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Jennifer Lopez recently realized she has a certain unexpected connection to her new movie, The Boy Next Door.

"Actually my first boyfriend was the boy next door when I was like thirteen or fourteen years old.  Yeah, it was the summer I turned fourteen. He was cute," she said with a laugh at the Los Angeles press day for the film.  "Cute enough, I guess, at the time."

Lopez's romance with a neighbor turned out less dramatically for her than it does for Claire Peterson, her character in The Boy Next Door

In this psychological thriller, Claire is a high school classics teacher freshly separated from her philandering husband (John Corbett, Sex and the City).  She strikes up a flirtatious friendship with Noah (Ryan Guzman, Step Up All In), her charismatic nineteen-year old neighbor, and before long, the two share a momentary indiscretion on a dark and stormy night.

Claire, who immediately regrets it, never imagines that their one night stand will lead Noah into a full-blown obsession.  Before long, he's threatening Claire at home and school, using her son teenage Kevin (Ian Nelson, The Best of Me) as a pawn, and escalating his dangerous fixation until Claire's life is no longer her own.

The film, which opens in theaters nationwide this Friday, January 23rd, is directed by Rob Cohen, the director who kicked off The Fast and the Furious mega-franchise.

IAR Managing Editor Jami Philbrick was on hand at the press day to discuss The Boy Next Door with star Jennifer Lopez.  The multi-hyphenate star of screen, television, and music enthusiastically discussed the appeal of the project, making a lower-budget thriller, acting and producing, the camaraderie among the cast, the discomfort of shooting sex scenes, creating a crowdpleasing experience, and what the future holds for her.

Jake Gyllenhaal is joining Tom Hardy in the club of actors who won't play Rick Flag in Suicide Squad.

Just as Scotty has been called upon to save the USS Enterprise so, so many times before, Simon Pegg is now belowdecks making sure Star Trek 3 boldly goes to theaters in July 2016.

Pegg, who plays Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott in the rebooted Trek franchise, is co-writing the next sequel with Doug Jung.

Some Fifty Shades of Grey goodies (an extended TV spot and two pictures) have arrived.

And not a moment too soon, since fans of the book are going to need a soothing salve upon learning of a book-to-movie omission that stings like a spanking.

Suicide Squad brings together some of the most notorious DC villains next year, but the bad guy extravaganza may also include an appearance from the Caped Crusader.

Well, that was fast.

Mere days after The Huntsman lost its last director, Universal Pictures has enlisted Cedric Nicolas-Troyan to direct the Snow White and the Huntsman sequel.

A trio of ridiculously talented young actresses are being eyeballed to star in next year's standalone Star Wars spinoff.

This is the mysterious Star Wars movie directed by Gareth Edwards, the same one to which Gary Whitta recently said sayonara after completing a first draft of the script.  The other Star Wars spinoff, the one directed by Josh Trank, is further off in the distance.

Undeterred by the current lack of a screenwriter, Edwards is testing Rooney Mara and Tatiana Maslany for the as-yet unspecified lead role.

In a month, Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu might just have won a wheelbarrow full of Oscars, but for now, the Birdman director is roughing it in the wilderness of Calgary with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy.

He's shooting The Revenant, the first images from which show off DiCaprio's killing fur-trapping beard.

Actress Sarah Wayne Callies is no stranger to playing strong female characters on screen. 

Television audiences first became aware of Callies for playing Dr. Sara Tancredi on the Fox series Prison Break and the direct-to-DVD spinoff movie Prison Break: The Final Break. But her best role to date was as the doomed Lori Grimes on AMC’s breakout hit The Walking Dead. She also appeared on the big screen as Meteorologist Allison Stone in last summer’s Into the Storm. But now Callies can be seen playing another strong female character in the new film Black November, which opens in theaters, and on VOD and iTunes January 9th. 

Inspired by true events, Black November follows an oil-rich Nigerian community that wages war against an oil corporation to protect their land from being destroyed. When a Nigerian woman named Ebiere (Mbong Amata) is sentenced to death for leading her community in peaceful protest, rebels kidnap an American oil executive (Academy Award-nominee Mickey Rourke) and demand his corporation in stopping Ebiere’s execution. Callies plays Kate Summers, a journalist that befriends Ebiere and joins her fight against injustice. In addition to Amata, Rourke, and Callies, the cast also includes Hakeem Kae-Kazim (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Vivica A. Fox (Jackie Brown), Anne Heche (That’s What She Said), musicians Wyclef Jean and Akon, and Academy Award-winners William Goldman (All the President’s Men) and Kim Basinger (Batman). Interestingly, the film was originally released in 2011 under the title Black Gold, but writer/director Jeta Amata (The Amazing Grace) decided to reshoot 60% of the movie and rerelease it now as Black November.

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Sarah Wayne Callies about her work on Black November. The talented actress discussed her new movie, appearing in an entertaining and educational film, the affect its had on audiences, how Black Gold became Black November, filming in Nigeria, dealing with the country’s government, playing a journalist, and the meaning of the film’s ambiguous ending. 

So you want to be a Kingsman, an impossibly dapper, impeccably British, unstoppably deadly agent on Her Majesty's Secret Service?

A quartet of funny, polished little Kingsman: The Secret Service snippets will teach you how to be a well-mannered one-man wrecking machine in the style of Matthew Vaughn's over the top espionage adventure.

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