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Disney CEO Bob Iger has Star Wars beans, and he spilled some of them at a shareholders meeting in San Francisco this morning.

Iger announced not only the title of next year's standalone movie, Star Wars: Rogue One, but the release date of the second installment in the new trilogy that kicks off with this year's Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Star Wars: Episode VIII will open nationwide on May 26, 2017, just one day off from the actual 40th anniversary of the original Star Wars.

Thursday, 12 March 2015 08:07

IAR EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS PREMIERE: 'The Barber'

He's not exactly the kind of barber you ask to just take a little off the top.

In the upcoming thriller The Barber, Scott Glenn stars as the title character, a barber hiding some deep, dark secrets.

The uniquely grizzled, magnetic Glenn is a part of the badass canon thanks to standout turns in the likes of Silence of the Lambs, Training Day, Backdraft, and The Hunt for Red October.  More recently, you probably caught him as Daredevil's mentor Stick in the latest trailer for Marvel and Netflix's Daredevil series.

The Barber follows John McCormick, played by Chris Coy (AMC's The Walking Dead), the son of a Chicago cop whose life was unraveled by his search for a notorious serial killer in the late 90s.  Twenty years later John, absolutely determined to finish his father's work, arrives in a small town where Eugene Van Wingerdt (Glenn) is the local barber.  John is convinced Van Wingerdt is, in fact, Francis Visser, killer of 17 women. 

In order to deliver him to justice, John claims to be an aspiring killer and requests that Van Wingerdt take him as his murderous protege, setting the stage for an unbelievably tense, twisty thriller that's full of surprises right up until the end.

Glenn and Coy carry the story, but the cast also includes legendary character actor Stephen Tobolowsky (Groundhog Day), Olivia Taylor Dudley (Transcendence), Jessica Lu (MTV's Awkward), Kristen Hager (SyFy's Being Human), and Max Arciniega (Haywire).

In anticipation of The Barber's theatrical and VOD release on March 27th, IAR is happy to debut a set of exclusive, all-new stills and behind the scenes photos.

In his acclaimed academic work on the whirlwind of unstoppable violence/social justice, eminent Seagalogist Vern notes that if you traced Steven Seagal's footsteps, "you will find a trail of broken windows and bones."¹

The latest step on Seagal's mythic path of shattered glass and bones is Code of Honor, a new action-thriller that just starting shooting today.

More than a year out from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, we already know what most of Zack Snyder's Justice League looks like.

Henry Cavill's back as Superman, Ben Affleck is headlining as Batman, Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman has a significant role, Jason Momoa and Ray Fisher cameo as Aquaman and Cyborg, and Ezra Miller probably makes a quick appearance as the Flash.

But when Justice League: Part One hits in 2017, the team will probably have seven superheroes.  Snyder (maybe) signaled as much with the "UNITE THE SEVEN" tagline on that Aquaman first look.  So who is the seventh slugger batting for the Justice League?

It's gotta be Green Lantern.  When Warner Bros. dumped its long term DC Cinematic Universe plans last year, the studio announced a Green Lantern solo movie scheduled to open June 19, 2020.  You can bet dollars to donuts we'll meet the rejiggered GL long before then, most likely in Justice League.

Since all the other Leaguers have already been cast, it's no big leap to wonder who might play the emerald spacecop.

According to scoopmaster El Mayimbe, Chris Pine is in the running to play Hal Jordan in the Snyderverse.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015 10:40

IAR INTERVIEW: Lily James Talks 'Cinderella'

This Friday, one of the most famous and enduring fairy tales gets a lavish big screen revitalization.

Disney previously adapted the seventheenth century folk tale as an animated fantasy classic sixty-five years ago, but the upcoming Cinderella marks the first time the studio has tackled the story of the glass slipper in live-action.

This new Cinderella is not, however, a revision, reinvention, or reimagining.  Instead, it's a heartfelt, straightforward retelling of a downtrodden girl's magical romance with a dashing prince, infusing an old story with the unprecedented spectacle of modern blockbuster filmmaking.

The film is already critically acclaimed, and all the CG spectacle and gorgeous sets wouldn't matter if critics and audiences weren't responding to the core of the Cinderella story: Cinderella herself.

Lily James stars as the heroine, called Ella in the new movie.  Best known as Lady Rose MacClare on the hit British series Downton Abbey, James breaks out as a full-blown movie star in Cinderella, bringing the title character to living, breathing life in a way that not even the finest animation can quite match and anchoring all the romance, pumpkin carriages, and ceremonial balls in a real, relatable humanity.

At the Los Angeles press day, Lily James star down with IAR Managing Editor Jami Philbrick and various other entertainment journalists to discuss Disney's Cinderella.  The actress enthusiastically talked about her history with fictitious princesses, the influence of animation, dancing in a hugely impractical ballgown, acting against living legends Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham Carter, working with director Kenneth Branagh, and how her take on Cinderella dispenses with outmoded concepts of gender.

As promised, Disney has released a full theatrical trailer for Inside Out, Pixar's first original feature since Brave.

Dumbo is coming down Disney assembly line that turns animated classics into live-action juggernauts and the studio has secured a top-tier factory manager to make sure that the product is up to spec in the overbearing CGI and excessive spiral departments.

With Tim Burton set to direct the big-budget Dumbo, we're betting Johnny Depp is already pondering a role in the circus.

In San Andreas, Dwayne Johnson, a man who appears to have been formed by tectonic activity himself, has finally met his match.

The opponent worthy of The Rock isn't a mortal man or woman at all, but an unstoppable force of nature.  It's the biggest earthquake in recorded history, one that lays waste to all of California and presents a rare challenge that Johnson can't pummel into submission.

The new San Andreas trailer showcases some massive destruction that's basically porn for anybody who finds debris sims really, really hot.

Now this is how you announce a release date:

As fictitious male mega-models Derek Zoolander and Hansel walked the runway at the Valentino Fashion Show, causing a worldwide ruckus, Paramount took to Twitter to announce that Zoolander 2 is set to hit a theater near you on February 12, 2016.

The latest Daredevil trailer is grimmer and grittier than any before.

After all manner of fisticuffs, it concludes on a little joke, a reminder that, despite almost unrelenting darkness and dourness, the show is still a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a place of armored avengers and magic hammers.

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