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Focus, hitting theaters nationwide today, is all about the con, but when the conmen are Will Smith and Margot Robbie, you'll actually feel happy about being swindled.

International megastar Smith (After Earth) stars in this comedy-drama-caper-thriller as Nicky, a charming longtime grifter who takes the beautiful and inexperienced Jess, played by Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street), under his wing, teaching her the ways of the conman.  Until, that is, she gets too close and he promptly kicks rocks, leaving his onetime protege in the dust. 

Three years later, however, while Nicky's preparing for a huge and highly dangerous con in Buenos Aires, Jess reappears.  This time, the student may very well have become the master, as Nicky's onetime "intern" is now a formidable operator in her own right, a schemer who might just turn Nicky's most ambitious graft into a shamblefest that could cost them both a fortune.  or their very lives.

Focus makes perfect use of both Oscar-nominated stars' peerless charisma as each character uses their charm to sweep marks off their feet and conceal their true motives.  At the Los Angeles press day for Focus, however, Smith and Robbie appeared sincerely enthusiastic about their new movie.

IAR Managing Editor Jami Philbrick was on hand to discuss Focus with the stars, who happily talked about their onscreen chemistry, how Robbie snagged the role, improvisation, Smith's new mindset, the love story beneath all the cons, and the philosophical implications of graft.

Avengers: Age of Ultron character posters, assemble!

Marvel has been dropping posters for this May's sequel all week, starting with the crowded, hyper-'shopped official one-sheet.  Then Robert Downey Jr. unveiled an Iron Man character poster and Mark Ruffalo followed suit with a Hulk poster.

Now, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, and Samuel L. Jackson join the poster party with new promos featuring Thor, Black Widow, and Nick Fury.

Sad, sad news this morning.  Leonard Nimoy, an actor, director, writer, poet, musician, and gentleman, has died. He was 83 years old.

Nimoy passed away Friday morning at his home in Bel Air, Los Angeles, after being hospitalized on Monday.  His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed his death, citing end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease as the cause.

A lot just happened on the Blade Runner sequel we never really believed would happen: Harrison Ford is locked down to return as Rick Deckard and Denis Villeneuve is in talks to direct the follow-up to a tried and true scifi classic.

You don't see enough keytars these these days—is there even really such a thing as "enough keytars?"

Jem and the Holograms understands that the keyboard-guitar is one of mankind's greatest innovations, that's why the magical instrument is prominently featured in the first real image from the live-action update of the eighties Hasbro cartoon.

Evan Peters is very quickly becoming a Hollywood movie star!

The actor began his career in the fighting films Never Back Down, and it’s sequel Never Back Down 2: The Breakdown, before eventually appearing in Kick-Ass and on all four seasons of the hit FX anthology series American Horror Story. But his big break came last summer when he sprinted on to the big screen as the Marvel comic book character Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Many critics praised Peters’ performance as one of the best aspects of the film. The actor is expected to reprise his role in the upcoming follow up X-Men: Apocalypse, and will also play former Deputy Assistant to President Nixon, Dwight Chapin in Elvis & Nixon. But first, Peters can be seen as part of the exceptional ensemble cast in the new horror thriller The Lazarus Effect, which opens in theaters on February 27th. 

In the new movie, a group of medical research students discover a way to bring dead animals back to life. But when Zoe (Olivia Wilde) accidentally dies, her husband Frank (Mark Duplass) forces the group to help bring his wife back from the dead. While the experiment is successful, the situation become dangerous when they realize that Zoe’s personality has been altered. Peters plays Clay, a member of the research team that has second thoughts about their experiments. In addition to Duplass, Wilde, and Peters, the film also stars Donald Glover (The To Do List), and Sarah Bolger (In America). The Lazarus Effect was produced by Jason Blum (Whiplash), and directed by documentary filmmaker David Gelb (Jiro Dreams of Sushi).

I recently had the absolute pleasure of sitting down with Evan Peters to talk about his work on The Lazarus Effect. The talented young actor discussed his new movie, its cinematic influences, scientific research, faith vs. science, collaborating  with documentary filmmaker David Gelb, what he needs from a director, working with Mark Duplass and Olivia Wilde, and how he created his character.

The latest poster for April's Daredevil show is part of Marvel and Netflix's ongoing effort to distance this streaming reboot from the 2003 movie that put Ben Affleck in head-to-toe red leather.

A bunch of new images from the series, meanwhile, show off its cast, which is pretty phenomenal.

The Science Bros. are the first two Avengers to get their own Avengers: Age of Ultron character posters.

Yesterday, Robert Downey Jr. dropped an Iron Man poster, and today Mark Ruffalo has followed in his flying footsteps, revealing a Hulk character poster on Twitter.

It's a Spectre bonanza! 

There's a new official video promoting James Bond's twenty-fourth cinematic adventure, mixing tantalizing behind the scenes footage with Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes teasing the sequel's themes and connections to Skyfall.

That's not all, either, because there's also a first look picture of Dave Bautista in character as henchman Mr. Hinx and a new peek at Lea Seydoux as the mysterious Dr. Madeleine Swann.

In an unprecedented occurrence, a bunch of Instagram concept art has led straight to Neill Blomkamp making an Alien sequel his next movie.  As the art indicated, Blomkamp is bringing back Sigourney Weaver's indomitable Ellen Ripley for what the actress has implied will be a farewell to the iconic character.

But how is Blomkamp returning to the original Ripley, since she died in Alien3, only to be cloned in Alien: Resurrection

Simple.  He's acting like those last two sequels simply never happened.

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