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Ben Fountain’s acclaimed war novel, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, won several year-end awards, most notably the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. Ang Lee brings the 2012 novel to life on the silver screen with a star-studded cast and a cute newcomer named Joe Alwyn who plays the titular role. Damn, Alwyn is adorable 😉

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk Description

The film is told from the point of view of 19-year-old private Billy Lynn (newcomer Joe Alwyn) who, along with his fellow soldiers in Bravo Squad, becomes a hero after a harrowing Iraq battle and is brought home temporarily for a victory tour. Through flashbacks, culminating at the spectacular halftime show of the Thanksgiving Day football game, the film reveals what really happened to the squad – contrasting the realities of the war with America’s perceptions. Ang Lee used new technology, shooting at an ultra-high frame rate for the first time in film history, to create an immersive digital experience helping him dramatize war in a way never seen before.

Among the big names featured in the cast include Chris Tucker, Garrett Hedlund, Vin Diesel, Steve Martin and Kristen Stewart.

Speaking of Stewart, props to her for reinventing herself from Twilight teen queen to critically-acclaimed respected actress. She’s really become a favorite among top directors and currently making a splash in Cannes this week promoting her two new films- Woody Allen’s Cafe Society and Olivier Assayas’ Personal Shopper. Congrats on all the success.

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk fittingly marches into theaters on Veterans Day, November 11. Check out the intense first teaser below which features Alesso’s somber cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes (We Could Be).”

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Whether you like it or not, Jumanji is getting a reboot. If you’re in the camp that feels touching the Robin Williams classic is sacrilegious, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson promises fans that the late comedian will be honored in the new movie. You know what? I actually believe Johnson.

“The love and respect I have for this man is boundless,” Johnson wrote of Williams on Instagram. “You have my word, we will honor his name and the character of ‘Alan Parrish’ will stand alone and be forever immortalized in the world of Jumanji in an earnest and cool way.”

Joining The Rock in the reboot is his Central Intelligence co-star Kevin Hart. They now have a new member to the cast. The 44-year-old former wrestler took to Instagram to announce the latest addition. Find out who below and what he wrote about his new co-star.

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Assassin’s Creed is a film adaptation based on the popular Ubisoft video game. The action adventure film will be set in the same universe as the game franchise, which includes nearly 20 installments, but will feature an original story that will expand the series’ mythology.

Set in present day, Michael Fassbender portrays a drifter named Callum Lynch who discovers he’s a descendant of a 15th century Spanish assassin. The film reunites Fassbender with his Macbeth co-star Marion Cotillard. Coincidentally enough, their Macbeth director Justin Kurzel also directs this film.

Assassin’s Creed Movie Synopsis

Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.

Rounding out the cast are Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson and Michael Kenneth Williams. Assassin’s Creed invades theaters on December 21. Check out the first trailer below.

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Are you a watcher or a player? Depends on the game 😉 In this case, I’ll opt for the former. You will as well after watching the clip.

Nerve is an upcoming thriller based on Jeanne Ryan’s 2012 YA novel of the same name. It follows a high school student who engages in a Truth or Dare-type interactive online game. Things start innocently enough with a simple kiss-a-stranger dare before things get high stakes and deadly.

Nerve Movie Synopsis

Industrious high school senior, Vee Delmonico [Emma Roberts], has had it with living life on the sidelines. When pressured by friends to join the popular online game Nerve, Vee decides to sign up for just one dare in what seems like harmless fun. But as she finds herself caught up in the thrill of the adrenaline-fueled competition partnered with a mysterious stranger [Dave Franco], the game begins to take a sinister turn with increasingly dangerous acts, leading her into a high stakes finale that will determine her entire future.

Nerve comes from the team behind the documentary film Catfish– Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman. Joining Dave Franco and Emma Roberts are Kimiko Glenn and Juliette Lewis. Nerve hits theaters on July 27. Check out the exciting trailer below.

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Gael García Bernal Tapped To Play Zorro In Reboot

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Everyone’s favorite Latin masked swashbuckler is headed to the silver screen again. It should come as no surprise since Hollywood loves a reboot. Y Tu Mama Tambien actor Gael García Bernal has been tapped to play Zorro.

“I have always loved Gael for this role,” Mark Amin of Sobini Films said in the announcement. “Zorro is a hero who is charming, witty, and clever. Gael possesses all those characteristics and he’s able to deliver them with a modern spin to introduce the Zorro character to a new audience.”

Bernal’s version won’t resemble anything like the hero played by Antonio Banderas in two films. Instead, the titular hero will be reimagined as a futuristic hero. It may sound a little cheesy, but with Jonás Cuarón on board, I have faith Z won’t be a trainwreck. After all, he’s the son of Alfonso Cuarón, co-wrote Gravity and also wowed with Desierto at TIFF.

Z marks a reunion of sorts for Bernal and Cuarón. They previously collaborated on Desierto. Would you watch a Zorro reboot? Sound off below.

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Tom Hanks steps in to play symbologist Robert Langdon for a third time, following The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons. This time around, he’s joined by Felicity Jones. Together they’re out to stop a madman from releasing a global plague connected to Dante’s Inferno.

“There’s a switch,” says the film’s villain in the teaser. “If you throw it, half the people on Earth with die. But if you don’t, in 100 years the human race will be extinct.” What would you do if you were in his shoes?

Ron Howard returns to direct the third installment. Check out the first trailer below. Inferno hits theaters on October 28.

Inferno Movie Synopsis

Academy Award® winner Ron Howard returns to direct the latest bestseller in Dan Brown’s (Da Vinci Code) billion-dollar Robert Langdon series, Inferno, which finds the famous symbologist (again played by Tom Hanks) on a trail of clues tied to the great Dante himself. When Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones), a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories. Together, they race across Europe and against the clock to foil a deadly global plot.

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Why didn’t this happen in the first film? I could’ve watched a scene or two of Dave Franco pining over Zac Efron while they engaged in some homoerotic frat activities in Neighbors. It would’ve made the movie much better, right? Better late than never I guess.

For the sequel, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, Franco’s character Pete not only comes out as gay but is also planning a wedding. Director Nicholas Stoller explains to Yahoo the reason behind the decision.

“Clearly, we’re playing with the homoerotic tension [in the first film], and I was like, ‘He should just be gay.’ Then in this one, it came up again. [Co-writer] Evan Goldberg brought it up, and he said, ‘I think he should be gay, and part of [his arc] should be the proposal.’ It was kind of all of us coming to the same conclusion.”

Naturally, being a Franco, Dave loves playing a gay character like his older brother James. Read below to learn Dave’s thoughts on his character.

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Cats Feature Film Adaptation In The Works

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Andrew Lloyd Webber’s feline musical really does have nine lives.

Cats is heading to the big screen with Tom Hooper sitting in the director’s chair. He previously delivered the Oscar-nominated stage-to-screen adaptation of Les Miserables.

Based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, Webber’s score for Cats features the iconic number, “Memory.” The musical centers on a tribe of cats who come together for an annual event where one furry friend ascends to heaven.

Cats is the fourth longest-running musical in Broadway history, with over 7,400 shows. The original production ran from 1981 until September 2000. A new production of Cats is set to open this August at the Neil Simon Theatre.

I love musicals, but was underwhelmed when I saw Cats. And that’s putting it nicely. With that being said, I have the utmost respect for Hooper and will most likely check out his adaptation. I wonder who’ll score the coveted role of Grizabella. Any suggestions? Weigh in below.

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