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Actress Katie Cassidy is certainly no stranger to comic book adapted film or TV projects. 

The daughter of actor David Cassidy (The Partridge Family), she has appeared in several successful TV series such as Supernatural, Melrose Place, and Gossip Girl, as well as popular films like Taken, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Monte Carlo. But Cassidy is probably best known for her role as Dinah “Laurel” Lance on the hit CW series Arrow, which is based on the popular DC Comics character Green Arrow and starts its third season on October 8th. But first the actress can be seen starring in the new film The Scribbler, which is also based on a graphic novel and 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 (Cassidy) who faces her destructive multiple personalities using an experimental new procedure known as "The Siamese Burn." In addition to 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), Eliza Dushku (True Lies), and Michael Imperioli (The Call).  

I recently had the absolute pleasure of speaking with Katie Cassidy about her work on The Scribbler, as well as the upcoming third season of Arrow. The popular actress discussed her new film, if she had any concerns about appearing in another project based on a comic book, her almost unrecognizable performance, the importance of graphic novel creator Daniel Schaffer also penning the screenplay, the movie’s impressive production value, working with Eliza Dushku and Michael Imperioli, the new season of Arrow, the success of the show, if her character will be involved in more of the action this season, if she will ever become Black Canary like in the comics, and if the writer’s have a planned end game for the eventual finale of the series.  

Remember how in Tree of Life, Brad Pitt played a dad who was kind of an asshole, a guy whose sternness edged over into abuse?

Well, in the first clip from Fury, Pitt's Sergeant Wardaddy makes that guy look like James Taylor.

Director/co-writer/producer Christopher Nolan and theoretical physicist/producer Kip Thorne briefly discuss the "rules" of Interstellar in a new behind the scenes featurette.

Before you get to that, though, there are some folks who are pretty pissed about Nolan's film initiative.  Specifically, the fact that Interstellar is premiering two days earlier in any theater that can project the scifi epic on actual film.

The first trailer for American Sniper is really, really intense.

Your average trailer is fairly overwhelming, filled with quick cuts and soundbites.  This trailer, on the hand, is more like a clip, putting Bradley Cooper in one hell of a moral quandary and letting it play out excruciatingly, leaving a major question and offering no resolution.

What do you do when you can't seem to get a sequel or a prequel to a big hit off the ground?

Just start over.

That's what Warner Bros. is doing with I Am Legend, planning a reboot to a movie that wasn't even a franchise.  Doesn't that mean it's simply a remake?

If all goes according to plan over the next several years, Universal Pictures will set up a Marvel-style cinematic universe for the studio's stable of classic movie monsters.

Until recently, 2016's The Mummy re-remake was set to kickstart these interconnected franchises, but it turns out that some late additions place this month's vampire origin story Dracula Untold at the forefront of the Monsterverse.

Reese Witherspoon believes her new movie, The Good Lie, does more than just entertain.

"Once you see the film, it makes you want to go home and look it up and get more involved," Witherspoon said at a press conference for the film in Nashville, Tennessee.

Opening in select cities this Friday, October 3rd, The Good Lie chronicles the journey of several "Lost Boys," the countless children made orphans by the unbelievably brutal civil war that ravaged Sudan beginning in 1983.  In order to evade the murderous Janjaweed militia that burned their village to the ground, this trio of survivors walk hundreds of miles on foot across harsh landscapes, first East to Ethiopia, then South to Kenya. 

Eventually, fifteen years later, all three arrive in America as part of a humanitarian effort to relocate several thousand Lost Boys to the U.S.

So in many ways, Academy Award® winner Witherspoon is, in fact, a supporting player in the film, with Sudanese actors Ger Duany, Arnold Oceng, Emmanuel Jal, and Kuoth Wiel carrying the bulk of the narrative as Jeremiah, Mamere, Paul, and Abital.  Witherspoon, meanwhile, plays Carrie, a Kansas City employment agency rep who befriends the refugees.

IAR Managing Editor Jami Philbrick traveled to Nashville for the premiere of The Good Lie.  At the press conference, Witherspoon recalled how she became involved in The Good Lie.  "For a few years, I was a little bit lost as an artist not being able to find what I wanted to do and making choices that I wasn’t ultimately very happy with," she said.  "What started this whole string of things that I was doing personally was just getting back to wanting to play interesting, dynamic female characters.  When I read Margaret Nagle’s script, I was just so moved."

If, like everyone around IAR HQ, you were psyched about Joaquin Phoenix joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, then today brings some bad news.

After months of talks, Phoenix has opted against starring in Doctor Strange.

This year is the first in a decade without a new release from Pixar Animation Studios.

Disney has released the first teaser trailer for next year's Inside Out, however, and this glimpse at Pixar's next suggests it'll be worth the wait.

As the title character in Mortdecai, Johnny Depp sports a little mustache that is restrained by Depp's usual standards of makeup affectation.

A quartet of character posters apply Mortdecai's signature lip-ferret to the faces of Depp and supporting players Gwyneth Paltrow, Olivia Munn, and Ewan McGregor, all of whom wear the upturned facial hair strikingly.

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