When Thomas wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape.

Based upon the best-selling novel by James Dashner. Dylan O’Brien, Will Poulter, Amel Ameen, Kay Scodelario

Action, Adventure, Mystery 1 hour 54 minutes

 

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Moana
Late last year, riding high on the success of female-centric flick “Frozen,” Disney announced that another young girl would be at the heart of its next animated feature, “Moana.” Now, the Mouse House has revealed a first look at concept art for the upcoming film, and announced a new, closer release date.

The photo (click here for a larger version), released on Walt Disney Animation Studios’s Facebook page, depicts the young titular heroine setting sail on a makeshift boat, her long locks flying free in the breeze. She seems to be headed toward a large, mountainous island, with someone else by her side.

According to a plot synopsis that surfaced last year, Moana is “a sea-voyaging enthusiast, and the only daughter of a chief in a long line of navigators. When her family needs her help, she sets off on an epic journey. The film will also include demigods and spirits taken from real mythology.” Disney’s Facebook announcement also stated that the movie would be a “comedy-adventure.”

Reliable Disney hitmakers Ron Clements and John Musker (the duo behind classics “The Little Mermaid” and “Aladdin,” and recent outing “The Princess and the Frog“) are directing the flick, which will be CG-animated. It’s also set to feature some songs.

Originally slated to hit theaters sometime in 2018, “Moana” has now been moved up to a late 2016 release. We can’t wait.

[via: Facebook, h/t First Showing]

Photo credit: Walt Disney Animation Studios

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Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Age of UltronMarvel is upping its visual effects game with forthcoming “Avengers” sequel “Age of Ultron,” as one of the studio’s effects executives has revealed that the flick will have the most visual effects shots of any Marvel movie.

Victoria Alonso, the executive vice president of visual effects and postproduction for Marvel Studios, told a crowd at the VES Summit this weekend that the studio is constantly one-upping itself in terms of the scope of its projects, and that includes “Ultron.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, Alonso, who is executive producing the flick, “anticipates topping 3,000 VFX shots for the ‘Avengers’ sequel, which would make it Marvel’s largest VFX shot count to date. She previously exec produced ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier,’ which maxed out at 2,500, and ‘Guardians on the Galaxy,’ which reached 2,750.”

That’s a whole lot of CGI, though Alonso told THR that Marvel planned to work with “seven to 12 VFX vendors in five to seven different countries” to ensure a diverse array of effects.

Alonso’s comments confirm previous reports that the motion-capture work with Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk, specifically, will be amped up for the “Avengers” follow-up. And with multiple cast members chiming in that “Ultron” will be bigger and badder than its predecessor, we can only imagine that other actors are getting even more invested in the green screen game, too.

We’ll get to see the fruits of Marvel’s visual effects labors when “Avengers: Age of Ultron” opens on May 1, 2015.

[via: The Hollywood Reporter, h/t Cinema Blend]

Photo credit: Disney

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weekend box office brad pitt furyLOS ANGELES (AP) – The bloody World War II drama “Fury” blew past “Gone Girl” at theaters this weekend.

“Gone Girl” was tops at the box office for two weeks before Brad Pitt and his rag-tag group of tank mates in “Fury” blasted the film to second place.

According to studio estimates Sunday, Sony’s “Fury” captured $23.5 million in ticket sales during its opening weekend. Fox’s “Gone Girl” followed with $17.8 million.

Two other new movies landed in the top five: The animated Fox feature “The Book of Life” opened in third place with $17 million; and Relativity’s Nicholas Sparks romance “The Best of Me” debuted in fifth place with $10.2 million.

Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” placed fourth, dropping one spot since opening last weekend.

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When drug dealer Kenan Khoury’s wife is kidnapped and he tries to negotiate the price of the ransom, she’s murdered.  He hires his friend, ex-NYPD cop and current private investigator Matt Scudder (Liam Neeson), along with two computer genius is, a streetwise punk and drug lords to find out who killed his wife. Based on the novel by Lawrence Block. Thriller,

Drama, Action 1 Hour 54 minutes

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Brad Pitt FactsSince breaking out over 20 years ago in “Thelma & Louise,” Brad Pitt has been difficult to miss.

After landing his place in cinematic history as a hunky (and shirtless) criminal, Pitt’s career blossomed with starring roles in critical and box office hits alike, such as “A River Runs Through It” (1992), “Seven” (1995), and “12 Monkeys” (1995) — just to name a few. In the past two decades, Pitt has become one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, but his role has expanded beyond just acting. In only the past few years, he’s produced two Best Picture nominated films, “Moneyball” (2011) and “12 Years a Slave” (2013). This fall, he’s back in front of the camera leading his battle-hardened platoon into Nazi Germany in “Fury.”

From his early days in Missouri to his unlikely romances, here are 35 things you probably don’t know about Brad Pitt.

1. Brad Pitt was born December 18, 1963 in Shawnee, Oklahoma to Jane Hillhouse and William Pitt.

2. His mother was a school counselor, while his father ran a trucking company.

3. Pitt has two younger siblings, Douglas and Julie, each three years apart.

4. Douglas Pitt is a successful businessman and philanthropist, who became the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Republic of Tanzania in 2010.

5. Pitt and his siblings were raised in a strong Southern Baptist household, but he admits he isn’t particularly religious and “oscillate[s] between agnosticism and atheism.”

6. Although he was born in Oklahoma, Pitt was raised in Springfield, Missouri, which he described on “Inside the Actors Studio” as “Mark Twain country, Jesse James country.” He has the guns to prove it!

7. “I got my grandfather’s shotgun when I was in kindergarten.” Pitt has been a gun owner since the age of 6 and fired his first handgun when he was 8. The actor acknowledged that it’s simply a rite of passage to inherit your ancestors’ guns in Missouri.

8. In school, he was also a member of the tennis, golf, and swimming teams and participated in school debates and musicals.

9. After high school, he enrolled in the University of Missouri as a journalism major, but felt unsatisfied as graduation approached.

10. With only two weeks before earning his degree, Pitt packed up and headed to Los Angeles to cut his teeth as an actor.

11. To support himself while he auditioned, the future star worked for El Pollo Loco in Hollywood. His job required that he wear a chicken suit and dance around to attract customers to the restaurant. Really.

12. In 1987, Pitt made his film debut in “Hunk” in an uncredited role.

13. Later that year, he appeared in “Less Than Zero,” starring Robert Downey Jr. Pitt played a “partygoer” and his role, yet again, was uncredited.

14. After having a small recurring role on the hit show “Dallas,” Pitt also appeared in a 1988 episode of “21 Jump Street.”

15. The actor’s big break came a few years later in “Thelma & Louise” (1991) as the hunky — and occasionally shirtless — small-time criminal, J.D.

16. Although the role seems tailor-made for Pitt, he actually was the producer’s third choice to play J.D. Who was the top candidate? William Baldwin.

17. He almost played another famous “J.D.” A few years prior, Pitt auditioned for the lead role of J.D. in “Heathers” (1988). The role eventually went to Christian Slater, after Pitt was deemed “too sweet” for the part.

18. The attention from “Thelma & Louise” led to Robert Redford casting the young actor as a co-lead in his period drama “A River Runs Through It” (1992). The part was a career-making performance for Pitt and proved he could carry his own.

19. After “A River Runs Through It,” the starring roles began piling up, most notably as a vampire in “Interview with the Vampire” (1994) and a detective in David Fincher’s “Seven” (1995).

20. He broke his arm while filming “Seven” and the injury was subsequently written into the script.

21. Although the lead roles were rolling in, it was a supporting role in Terry Gilliam‘s “12 Monkeys” (1995) that earned Pitt his first Oscar nomination. The actor earned rave reviews for his performance as a crazed mental patient with fanatical animal rights views.

22. Unfortunately, Pitt did not receive the Oscar, losing out to Kevin Spacey for “The Usual Suspects” — but he’s been nominated twice for Best Actor since then, for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (2008) and “Moneyball” (2011).

23. He’s also won a Best Picture Oscar as a producer of “12 Years a Slave” (2013). “12” seems to be Pitt’s lucky number.

24. Pitt has also been included on dozens of “Hot Lists” since his career began, earning People’s coveted Sexiest Man Alive title in 1995 and 2000.

25. The titles probably didn’t hurt the actor’s chances of snagging several beautiful and high-profile actresses. Pitt dated Gwyneth Paltrow from 1994 to 1997, and the pair were even briefly engaged.

26. Prior to Paltrow, he also dated “Kalifornia” (1993) co-star Juliette Lewis, who was 10 years his junior and just a teenager when they began dating.

27. In 1999, Pitt also attracted the unwanted attention of a 19-year-old fan who broke into the actor’s Hollywood home, dressed in his clothes, and stayed for 10 hours before being apprehended.

28. After Paltrow and Pitt split, the actor met “Friends” star Jennifer Aniston. The pairing of America’s heartthrob and its new sweetheart drew significant tabloid attention and the two were married in Malibu, California in 2000.

29. By the way, Aniston and Pitt met on a blind date arranged by their agents.

30. The romance was too good to be true, however, and the couple separated just five years later. Pitt’s subsequent involvement with Angelina Jolie created a media frenzy.

31. During the production of “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” (2005), sparks flew between Pitt and co-star Jolie, and while he’s acknowledged he fell in love on set, they were reportedly not romantically involved until after Aniston’s and Pitt’s divorce.

32. Jolie and Pitt announced their engagement in 2012 and were married in a private ceremony at their residence, Château Miraval, in August, 2014.

33. Jolie and Pitt have six children together. The three oldest are adopted, while the three youngest are the couple’s biological children.

Bonus Facts:

34. The actor is banned from entering China after starring in “Seven Years in Tibet” (1997), which depicts China’s controversial takeover of Tibet.

35. Pitt admires architecture to such a degree that he did an informal apprenticeship at the office of renowned architect Frank Gehry. In 2001, Gehry also renovated the wine cellar in Pitt’s and Aniston’s Los Angeles home.

[Sources: Wikipedia, IMDb]

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Period Piece Movie MistakesIt’s no secret: filming a period movie is tough… really tough. A filmmaker’s biggest challenge, of course, is taking a modern city and turning back the clock.

Successfully disguising an area to make the audience believe they’ve actually stepped back in time is no small feat. It requires countless antique props and (very) vintage clothing, and the need to hide all things present day!

Regardless of whether or not the film has successfully transported us back to a different era, there’s usually a mistake or two that slips through the cracks. From “The Godfather” to “Pride & Prejudice,” here are a few “oops” moments from your favorite period pieces.

As always, photos are courtesy of MovieMistakes.com

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