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Many adaptations of bestselling young adult novel series have tried to launch movie franchises.  A few have succeeded.  Most have gone nowhere.  For every Hunger Games, there are two or three misfires like Beautiful Creatures or Vampire Academy.

The Maze Runner has avoided the fate of, say, The Mortal Instruments, opening to the tune of $32.5 million this weekend.

That easily put The Maze Runner at the number one spot on the domestic box office charts, more than doubling the take of the second place finisher, A Walk Among the Tombstones.

David Ayer Might Direct DC's 'Suicide Squad'

Friday, 19 September 2014 13:38

Warner Bros. has been slowly developing a Suicide Squad movie for several years.

As the studio puts together a bumper crop of DC Comics movies in the wake of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, though, Suicide Squad may finally become a movie.

And David Ayer may just direct it.

Dylan O'Brien plays the title character in The Maze Runner, but he doesn't share his character's fondness for long-haul hoofing.

"I myself have particularly always hated long distance running," the actor revealed during a Q&A on the 20th Century Fox lot last month.

"I love sprinting, though, like for a short amount of time. I think if anything I’m way more of a sprinter," he said.  "And so this was perfect but also exhausting."

The 23-year-old is already a star thanks to his fan-favorite role as Stiles on MTV's hit Teen Wolf series, but The Maze Runner marks his first test as a leading man in the big screen.  The film, opening in theaters nationwide today, is based upon the bestselling young adult novel by James Dashner, and if it proves successful, O'Brien will headline a bona-fide franchise, since The Maze Runner is only the first in a trilogy of books.

When The Maze Runner kicks off, O'Brien's character, Thomas, wakes up with no memory in an industrial elevator speeding upwards.  When it reaches the top, Thomas finds himself in The Glade, a walled-in area populated by fellow young amnesiacs who have made a thriving, functional little community. The Glade is in the middle of a massive maze, the doors to which close every night, but any Gladers who don't make it back before nightfall never return.

As Thomas, a "greenie," becomes a Glader, his curiosity and determination to solve the mystery of his memories and the maze put him at odds with some of the makeshift community.  His discoveries running the maze deepen the rifts, and not long after Thomas's arrival, it's clear that The Glade will never be the same.

JJ Abrams has yet to wrap up production on Star Wars: Episode VII, but we're already getting worked up about Star Wars: Episode VIII.

Rian Johnson is set to write and direct the second installment in Disney's new trilogy set after Return of the Jedi, and the middle chapter works out, he'll likely return for the conclusion, Star Wars: Episode IX, as well.

Obviously, the Mystery Box is still sealed pretty tight on Episode VII, so Johnson hasn't dropped any mega-spoilers, but he did recently open up a bit about the gig, discussing Disney's plan, creative freedom in a galaxy far, far away, and his status as a Star Wars fan who is now a Star Wars director.

In next month's Gone Girl, Ben Affleck plays a pretty complicated guy.

"You hope he didn't murder his wife. And then you hope he did," Affleck says of his latest role, a man who America is pretty sure killed his wife in this A-list adaptation of Gillian Flynn's bestseller.

Based on its first theatrical trailer, Big Eyes looks like the best movie Tim Burton's made since Big Fish more than a decade ago.

Not only that, but this true story appears to be the perfect vehicle for Amy Adams, who might just snag her first Academy Award after no fewer than five – five! – nominations.

If you are a fan of actress Eliza Dushku then you won’t want to miss her latest film because it might be the last time you get to see her on screen for a while. 

Dushku is best known for her roles in the Joss Whedon produced series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Dollhouse, as well as films like True Lies, Bring It On, and Wrong Turn. But recently the 33 year-old decided to take a break from acting and attend college in Boston. Before her extended hiatus, the actress can be seen in the new film The Scribbler, which opens in theaters, VOD and iTunes on September 19th.

The film, which is based on the graphic novel by screenwriter Daniel Schaffer, revolves around a young woman named Suki (Katie Cassidy) who faces her destructive multiple personalities using an experimental new procedure known as "The Siamese Burn." Dushku plays Jennifer Silk, a police officer questioning Suki about a crime. In addition to Dushku and Cassidy, the movie also stars Garret Dillahunt (Looper), Michelle Trachtenberg (TV’s Gossip Girl), Sasha Grey (Would You Rather), Gina Gershon (Killer Joe), Billy Campbell (TV’s The Killing), and Michael Imperioli (The Call).  

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with the absolutely delightful Eliza Dushku about her work on The Scribbler, as well as her decision to attend college. The fan favorite actress discussed her new film, why she wanted to join the production, choosing to play Silk instead of Suki, acting with Michael Imperioli, the movie’s impressive production value, the importance of graphic novel creator Daniel Schaffer also penning the screenplay, why she loves her fans, and putting her career on hold to attend college.

After more than five years of ceaseless toil from Ryan Reynolds, it seems 20th Century Fox is finally ready to give Deadpool his due.

The studio has finally scheduled Deadpool for February 12, 2016, with Reynolds set to star as the one and only Wade Wilson.

An official video from the set of Star Wars: Episode VII provides our first real look at the fastest hunk of junk the galaxy.

Not only has JJ Abrams revealed his full-size Millennium Falcon exterior set, effectively flipping the bird to those aerial photographs from last week, but his little peek behind the scenes of Episode VII also shows off something entirely unexpected...a Batmobile.

Now that's more like it.

Not one but two new posters promoting Interstellar have made their way online.  Thankfully, both capture the hugeness and ambition of Christopher Nolan's scifi event movie, showing off beautiful spacescapes and, in the case of the latest poster, unveiling a more upbeat tagline.

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