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Reboots aren't just for series that have lain dormant for decades.  Nor are they just for the high-profile series that stumble creatively.

Reboots are also for contemporary series that most people simply forgot existed, like Underworld.

One of the most groused-about of the many Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice decisions being loudly groused about is the selection of Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, possibly the most famous villain in DC's stable.

When Eisenberg was announced as Superman's arch-nemesis early this year, many fans went apoplectic, decrying the choice of a fiercely intelligent Oscar-nominated actor to play a fiercely intelligent billionaire.

With Batman v Superman deep into production, the fervor over Luthor has died down.  Eisenberg himself is revealing a few nuggets of insight about playing the yin to Superman's yang.

Exodus: Gods and Kings doesn't open until December, but the Biblical epic has already kicked up a bit of dust online.

The controversy doesn't concern the film's religious elements, but its casting.  Specifically, the fact that a bunch of lily white actors are starring as Ancient Egyptians.

Exodus retells the story of Moses leading his enslaved people to freedom, with Christian Bale as Moses, Joel Edgerton as his adopted brother Rhamses, Sigourney Weaver as their mom Queen Tuya, and even Aaron Paul as Joshua.

Odds are, Steve Carell has never made you feel super uncomfortable.  With his genial everyman persona, Carell is a figure of warmth, humor, and sympathy.

In Foxcatcher, however, Carell undergoes a complete transformation to play a guy with very serious issues.

A new teaser and poster for Bennett Miller's upcoming drama have landed online, and both turn Mr. Nice Guy into nightmare fuel.

Opening in theaters on August 29th is the new horror adventure thriller As Above, So Below from sibling filmmakers John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle

The movie is based on a script written by both brothers, while John Erick Dowdle directed, and Drew Dowdle produced the project. Their previous films include Quarantine, as well as Devil, which John directed and Drew executive produced. They are currently in post-production on their next film The Coup, which stars Pierce Brosnan (The November Man), Owen Wilson (Free Birds), and Lake Bell (Million Dollar Arm), and is scheduled for release on March 6th, 2015. 

As Above, So Below, which was produced by Legendary Pictures, follows a team of explorers led by archaeologist Scarlet Marlowe (Perdita Weeks). Their adventure leads them into the catacombs beneath the streets of Paris. They soon uncover the dark secret that lies within this city of the dead. In addition to Weeks, the film also features Ben Feldman (Cloverfield), Edwin Hodge (The Purge: Anarchy), and Francois Civil (Frank). 

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with director/co-writer John Erick Dowdle, as well as his brother co-writer/producer Drew Dowdle about As Above, So Below. The sibling filmmakers discussed their new movie, coming up with the concept, how Legendary Pictures’ Thomas Tull helped them combine one of their older character ideas with setting the story in the catacombs, their writing process together, how much time they had to actually write the script before they began production, casting Scarlet Marlowe, the challenges of making a found footage film, and how they share filmmaking duties while on set. 

Marvel Studios is this close to locking down a three-time Academy Award nominee to star in Dr. Strange.

A month after he was first rumored for the role, Joaquin Phoenix is reportedly in final negotiations to play the Sorcerer Supreme in this big franchise.

With Life of Crime, Jennifer Aniston heads to the seventies, a decade known for some regrettable styles.

"It’s a tough look," the actress and international superstar commented. "It was awesome for the time and a lot of fun to wear all of that polyester and the handkerchiefs around the neck. My favorite piece of wardrobe was the sunglasses."

"I basically looked like my mom," Aniston quipped. "I pulled out a lot of her old pictures and tried to rock the old Nancy Aniston 1970s look."

Her outdated costuming was part of creating the period look and feel of Life of Crime, which is based on an Elmore Leonard novel first published in 1978.  Leonard, a master of American crime fiction who died almost exactly one year ago, was known from crackling dialogue, sharp humor, and unforgettable characters in a world of bad choices and worse consequences.

One of his many indelible characters is Mickey Dawson, played by Aniston.  A Detroit housewife, Mickey goes on an unconventional journey of self-discovery when she's abducted by a pair of first-time kidnappers.

At the Los Angeles press day, Jennifer Aniston shared her enthusiasm for Life of Crime, saying, "I was so excited because I’ve always loved Elmore Leonard. I had read The Switch, which was the actual name, but we had to switch because I was already in a movie called Switch about best friends making a baby. Then I read the book and I love how he writes his characters. They’re all so interesting and detailed. Also his bad guys aren’t the brightest, yet they somehow always make it happen and they’re actually lovable."

Remember Seventh Son?

You know, the fantasy action-adventure starring Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore, the one that was supposed to hit theaters last October then again this January? Well, it's finally arriving in February.

Don't believe us?  A new theatrical trailer and poster prove that Seventh Son is finally on the way, and it remains packed with genre signifiers and weightless visual effects.

For his debut movie as director, Jon Stewart is setting aside the nimble sense of humor that made him a national treasure.

The first trailer for his film Rosewater suggests that Stewart has tapped dramatic depths in order to tell a searingly intense true story.

The Fantastic Four reboot is less than a year away, but not a single official look at Marvel's First Family has been released. 

20th Century Fox has kept a tight, tight lid on The Fantastic Four, but a small crop of leaked pictures from the set purportly reveal our first look at Toby Kebbell in costume as Dr. Doom, the titular team's arch-nemesis.

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