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Steven Spielberg's Untitled Cold War Thriller has a title, a new official image, and a composer, a composer who is, shockingly, NOT John Williams.

Williams has scored pretty much everything Spielberg's done for almost the last forty years, but a minor health issue prevented him from providing musical accompaniment for this year's Bridge of Spies.  But hey, Williams is on the mend, enough so that the living legend will score Steve-O's next movie, The BFG.

And Bridge of Spies has picked up another composer: twelve time Oscar nominee Thomas Newman.

In my time as Managing Editor of IAR, I’ve had the pleasure to check several illustrious names off of my “interview wish list,” including Oprah Winfrey, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Bruce Willis, Mel Brooks, William Shatner, Adam West, Stan Lee, Mike Tyson, and Oscar the Grouch. But I can now cross off my wish list the name of one of the greatest screen actors of all time … Al Pacino!

It almost seems redundant to list Mr. Pacino’s incredible body of work, but here goes anyways. The Academy Award-winner made his screen debut in The Panic in Needle Park, but it was his iconic role as Michael Corleone in The Godfather that made him a household name. He would go on to appear in some of the best movies ever made including Serpico, The Godfather Part II, Dog Day Afternoon, …And Justice for All, Scarface, Sea of Love, Carlito’s Way, and Heat. The actor has won four Golden Globes Awards, two Emmy Awards, two Tony Awards, and been nominated for eight Oscars, finally winning Best Actor in 1993 for his performance in Scent of a Woman. Pacino’s latest film Danny Collins, which is one of his best in recent years, opens in theaters on March 20th. 

Danny Collins features Pacino as the title character, an aging rock star who decides to change his life when he discovers a 40-year old letter written to him by John Lennon. After reevaluating his life, Collins attempts to reunite with his long lost son Tom (Bobby Cannavale), and Tom’s wife (Jennifer Garner) and daughter. The musician also befriends a hotel manager named Mary (Annette Bening), and soon begins writing new material that puts him at odds with his longtime manager (Christopher Plummer) and his fans. The film was written and directed by Dan Fogelman (Last Vegas). 

I recently had the honor of sitting down with the great Al Pacino (along with a few other members of the press), to talk about his work on Danny Collins. The legendary actor spoke candidly about his new film, his process as an actor, how it’s changed over the years, what real life rock stars influenced his performance, and his signature role as Michael Corleone in The Godfather

If you already know you're going to see Insidious: Chapter 3, maybe skip the new trailer, which spoils quite a few solid scares.

Yeah, Adam Sandler, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Monaghan, and Josh Gad are all in the movie, but Pac-Man is the real star of the first Pixels trailer.

By now, you've seen the Fantastic Four teaser trailer and pictures of the cast in-costume, costumes that are a far cry from the blue spandex Marvel's First Family usually sport on the comic book page.

In keeping with the reboot's grittier tone, these superheroes wear black, insignia-less get-ups that Human Torch Michael B. Jordan has described as "containment suits."

According to no less a source than Miles Teller, however, Fantastic Four also includes more traditional costumes.

Where last year's Divergent was about rebelling against a rigid, dystopian social order, this Friday's sequel, Insurgent, is about full-blown revolution.

Based on the bestselling Young Adult novel by Veronica Roth, The Divergent Saga: Insurgent raises the stakes for our heroes and for the entirety of the scifi society Roth has constructed.

The second chapter in The Divergent Series picks up where its predecessor left off.  Having unearthed and survived a sinister conspiracy by the powerful Erudite faction, Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley, The Fault In Our Stars) and Four (Theo James, Underworld: Awakening) are fugitives on the run grappling with guilt over the lives that have been lost.  They and their allies are desperate to evade Jeanine (Kate Winslet, Contagion) and her Erudite acolytes while digging deep into the mysteries of their society and attempting to unite Chicago's Factionless for a war that could shatter the caste system of the future.

IAR was on hand for the Los Angeles press day promoting Insurgent, which opens nationwide on March 20th.  Managing Editor Jami Philbrick, along with entertainment journalists from all over the world, participated in the Insurgent press conference, discussing the sequel with stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Ansel Elgort (The Fault In Our Stars).

All three actors enthusiastically talked about returning for The Divergent Series: Insurgent, working with a new director, how much has changed in the year since the first film's release, filming elaborate action sequences, why Caleb (Elgort) is the odd man out, and the unique relationship between Tris and Four.

Just as one leg of the Spectre production kicks up a bit of controversy, 007 is smoldering and oh-so intense on an international poster that's all about Craig, Daniel Craig.

After a decade in development hell, Deadpool finally kicks off production in Vancouver this month.

Ryan Reynolds, the man emptying clips and spouting quips as Deadpool, is promising that next year's solo movie shows "slavish devotion" to the Marvel Comics character and, as such, ought to be embraced by even "the most critical of fanboys."

Set photos have already revealed Michael Fassbender in character as Steve Jobs in the appropriately titled Steve Jobs, but today we've got something a little more novel:

A poster, apparently from the set, recreating a 1997 poster on which the Apple co-founder shills for the NeXT.

Disney just can’t let Frozen go!

The animated musical was a runaway hit for the studio, winning Oscars for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song, as well as becoming the fifth biggest grossing movie of all time. After recently announcing development of Frozen 2, Disney has produced a brand new short film entitled Frozen Fever, which was released with Cinderella and is currently playing in theaters now.

Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee once again direct Frozen Fever, with Peter Del Vecho producing. Voice actors Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, and Josh Gad all reprise their roles from the original, while Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez composed a new song for the short. Frozen Fever takes place on Anna's (Menzel) birthday, as Elsa (Bell) and Kristoff (Groff) are determined to give her the best celebration ever. However, Elsa's icy powers may put more than just the party at risk. 

I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with co-director Chris Buck and producer Peter Del Vecho to talk about their work on Frozen Fever. The Oscar-winning director and producer discussed the new short, the incredible success of the original feature, their master plan for world domination, purposely having John Travolta mispronounce Idina Menzel’s name at the Academy Awards, revisiting the Frozen characters, the Lopez’s new song, and the cute new characters from Frozen Fever that might just appear in Frozen 2.

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