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Stunt: Tom Cruise, 55, injured himself during a failed building jumping stunt while filming Mission Impossible 6 in London on Sunday

  • Tom Cruise was filming a high-octane roof jump stunt for Mission: Impossible 6 in London on Sunday 
  • The 55-year-old, who prides himself on performing his own action stunts, crashed into the side of a building
  • The Hollywood star was pictured limping away in pain after crew members rushed to his side 
  • MailOnline has contacted a representative for the star for comment

He’s a Hollywood action man who takes pride in performing his own stunts.

But daredevil Tom Cruise came unstuck after he injured himself during a failed building jump stunt while filming Mission: Impossible 6 in London on Sunday.

Video footage has emerged showing the esteemed actor, 55, taking a gigantic leap off some rigging and onto a rooftop while attached to a harness, but his jump appears to fall short and he crashes into the side of a building.

Tom Cruise 3 Cruise out of control! Daredevil Tom injures himself after crashing into the side of a building during high octane roof jump stunt for Mission: Impossible 6 in LondonGrimace: A video shows the esteemed actor, 55, taking a gigantic leap off some rigging and onto a rooftop while attached to a harness but he misses his mark and slams into the side of the building

However, the star – who has been in training for a year in order to carry out the extreme stunts needs for the next Mission Impossible installment – seems to fall short of the mark and smashes into the building before falling down its side.

Following his crash, Tom is then seen limping away and falling to his knees, before clutching onto his legs seeming in apparent pain.

As the video ends, he is helped away from the set by stunt professionals. Tom Cruise 4 Cruise out of control! Daredevil Tom injures himself after crashing into the side of a building during high octane roof jump stunt for Mission: Impossible 6 in LondonJump around! Known for his adrenaline fuelled set-pieces, the star has filmed in Paris as well as London for the upcoming flick Tom Cruise 5 Cruise out of control! Daredevil Tom injures himself after crashing into the side of a building during high octane roof jump stunt for Mission: Impossible 6 in LondonImpact: The star can be seen crashing into the building as he fails to make his mark Tom Cruise 6 Cruise out of control! Daredevil Tom injures himself after crashing into the side of a building during high octane roof jump stunt for Mission: Impossible 6 in London

Bracing himself: The star can be seen putting his hands as he prepares to hit the building

Sporting all black attire, the Ethan Hunt actor leapt powerfully using his arms for added momentum while a safety harness dangled in the wind behind him.

Known for his adrenaline fuelled set-pieces, the star has been snapped in Paris as well as London for the upcoming flick.

Tom looked particularly animated mid-jump with his alarmed expression reflecting the danger of the stunt he was undertaking.

While most of the details of the plot of the latest film have been kept tightly under wraps, Skydance Media CEO David Ellison revealed that Tom will be performing the biggest stunt sequence of his career in the film.

Tom Cruise 7 Cruise out of control! Daredevil Tom injures himself after crashing into the side of a building during high octane roof jump stunt for Mission: Impossible 6 in LondonClimbing: The father of three looked hurt as he climbed onto the rooftop and limped off Tom Cruise 8 Cruise out of control! Daredevil Tom injures himself after crashing into the side of a building during high octane roof jump stunt for Mission: Impossible 6 in London

Cruise control: Tom is known for performing his own stunts in his movies 

Ellison told Collider: ‘What Tom is doing in this movie I believe will top anything that’s come before. It is absolutely unbelievable—he’s been training for a year.

‘It is going to be, I believe, the most impressive and unbelievable thing that Tom Cruise has done in a movie, and he has been working on it since right after Rogue Nation came out [in 2015].’

‘It’s gonna be mind-blowing,’ he teased.

The upcoming movie is set to be action-packed and Tom is no stranger to getting stuck into stunts for his archive of acting work.

Tom Cruise 9 Cruise out of control! Daredevil Tom injures himself after crashing into the side of a building during high octane roof jump stunt for Mission: Impossible 6 in LondonTaking a moments pause: Tom took a moment to assess his next move before filming began Tom Cruise 10 Cruise out of control! Daredevil Tom injures himself after crashing into the side of a building during high octane roof jump stunt for Mission: Impossible 6 in LondonHectic: Meanwhile, Tom is facing a busy schedule, having confirmed the Top Gun sequel in May, when he was promoting The Mummy Tom Cruise 11 Cruise out of control! Daredevil Tom injures himself after crashing into the side of a building during high octane roof jump stunt for Mission: Impossible 6 in LondonRoots: Top Gun’s success 31 years ago helped solidify Cruise’s star some three years after his breakout role in Risky Business Tom Cruise 12 Cruise out of control! Daredevil Tom injures himself after crashing into the side of a building during high octane roof jump stunt for Mission: Impossible 6 in LondonNew era: The long-awaited sequel to 1986’s action film Top Gun will be called Top Gun: Maverick Tom Cruise 13 Cruise out of control! Daredevil Tom injures himself after crashing into the side of a building during high octane roof jump stunt for Mission: Impossible 6 in LondonTouch down: Tom landed safely and continued running along the rooftop successfully completing the take

Over the years, he has taken part in many dramatic scenes, including submerging himself in water for six minutes to film an underwater scene of him breaking into a vault for Mission Impossible: Rogue National, being flung around an airplane cabin in zero-gravity for The Mummy and many high-speed car chases.

In one scene for 2004 flick Collateral, Jamie Foxx had to drive his car into one driven by Cruise, but misjudging the speed, Tom was sent flying into the air as his car was flung off set.

Despite suffering a slew of minor injuries – such as hurting his ankle in a scene where fish tanks exploded for the first Mission Impossible movie back in 1996 – and facing a number of near-death moments while carrying out stunts, it hasn’t put Tom off doing them himself.

He was previously praised by Rob Alonzo, the film stunt coordinator for Jack Reacher (2012), who said: ‘He is better than most stunt men. He’s an incredible driver, an incredible fighter and stunt performer.
Tom Cruise 14 1 Cruise out of control! Daredevil Tom injures himself after crashing into the side of a building during high octane roof jump stunt for Mission: Impossible 6 in London

Making an entrance: Tom’s latest stunt comes after he was pictured landing in London in a helicopter at the beginning of August to continue working on Mission Impossible 6 in the capital

‘He flies planes, he knows how to ride horses, he rides motorcycles, so any director would be lucky to have a guy like that because they can keep the camera on him the whole time and it’s more engaging.’

His latest stunt for Mission Impossible 6 came after Tom was seen exiting a helicopter at the beginning of August, as filming continued for his latest filming endeavour.

He appeared in high spirits as he touched down in the capital – no doubt keen to continue on with his work on set.

Tom stars alongside Man of Steel star Henry Cavill in the film, as well as a host of other big names including Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner and The Crown’s Vanessa Kirby.

Cavill’s addition to the cast was confirmed earlier this year by none other than Mission Impossible 6 director Christopher McQuarrie via Instagram.

Tom Cruise 15 Cruise out of control! Daredevil Tom injures himself after crashing into the side of a building during high octane roof jump stunt for Mission: Impossible 6 in LondonHigh praise: He was previously commended by Rob Alonzo, the film stunt coordinator for Jack Reacher (2012), who said: ‘He is better than most stunt men. He flies planes, he knows how to ride horses, he rides motorcycles, so any director would be lucky to have a guy like that’ Tom Cruise 16 Cruise out of control! Daredevil Tom injures himself after crashing into the side of a building during high octane roof jump stunt for Mission: Impossible 6 in LondonAdrenaline junkie: Over the years, he has taken part in many dramatic scenes, including submerging himself in water for six minutes to film an underwater scene of him breaking into a vault for Mission Impossible: Rogue National, being flung around an airplane cabin in zero-gravity for The Mummy and many high-speed car chases

He had tagged the actor in a post that read: ‘Say, @henrycavill. Had a thought. Curious if you’re interested in a role in the 6th installment of Mission: Impossible. No pressure.’

Cavill responded: ‘How can I say no to a man with such perfect hair…..’

Meanwhile, Tom is facing a busy schedule, having confirmed the Top Gun sequel in May, back when he was promoting The Mummy.

Filming is believed to be taking place later this year and it is slated for release in 2019.

Action hero Tom is the only actor who has been confirmed for the movie sequel and production staff are remaining tight-lipped about the plot of the new film.

He was spotted preparing to film the movie’s long-awaited sequel to the Eighties cult classic.

The Hollywood star has been learning to fly a helicopter in training for the role alongside his famous fighter jet position.

The action movie star wore his hair closely cropped and looked in a hurry following his flight practice.

Top Gun’s success 31 years ago helped solidify Cruise’s star some three years after his breakout role in Risky Business.

Starring as the cocky Maverick, alongside his wingman Goose – played by Anthony Edwards – the star became a Hollywood sex symbol as the fast talking, faster flying fighter pilot. Henry Cavill Cruise out of control! Daredevil Tom injures himself after crashing into the side of a building during high octane roof jump stunt for Mission: Impossible 6 in LondonStar-studded: Tom stars alongside Man of Steel star Henry Cavill (above) in Mission Impossible 6, as well as a host of other big names including Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner and The Crown’s Vanessa Kirby

The long-awaited sequel to 1986’s action film Top Gun will be called Top Gun: Maverick.

‘I didn’t want a number, you know what I mean?’ the 54-year-old told Access Hollywood while in London on the promotional trail for his current summer thriller, The Mummy. ‘You don’t need a number.’

The A-list stalwart hyped the film in saying, ‘We’re going to have the same tone we did in the first one … aviators are back, the need for speed.

‘We’re going to have big, fast machines. It’s going to be a competition film, like the first one – it’s going to be in the same vein as the first one, but a progression for Maverick.’

Tom Cruise 17 Cruise out of control! Daredevil Tom injures himself after crashing into the side of a building during high octane roof jump stunt for Mission: Impossible 6 in LondonCareer-maker: Top Gun’s success 31 years ago helped solidify Cruise’s star some three years after his breakout role in Risky Business

annabelle 2 1 The Conjuring Has Launched a Cinematic Universe That Actually Works

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‘Annabelle: Creation’
With cinematic universes multiplying rapidly in Hollywood the last couple of years, it’s clear that minting a garden-variety franchise simply isn’t enough anymore. Now you need not just sequels but prequels and spin-offs and sequels to said spin-offs, all painstakingly mapped out ahead of time so as to remain a cohesive, interlinked cinematic world. While Marvel Studios is the gold standard, not every universe has had so few bumps in the road. In addition to Marvel and DC, Disney has Star Wars, Universal has its (admittedly struggling) Dark Universe and now Warner Bros./New Line has The Conjuring. While the latter universe is the latest to bill itself as such (namely in the trailers for this weekend’s Annabelle: Creation), The Conjuring and Conjuring 2 director James Wan has had world-building in mind from the start.

“Very early on, I wanted to call the Conjuring films The Warren Files,” says Wan, who chatted with Heat Vision while en route to the Australia set of Aquaman. “And so that was going to be a more encompassing sort of umbrella name for this whole world. We didn’t end up going with that title, obviously, but I guess that spirit has always sort of lingered around.”

The spirit has so far been with Wan and his creative partners. In addition to the first two blockbuster Conjuring films, the 2014 spinoff Annabelle became a massively profitable hit ($256 million worldwide on a $6.5 million budget) and Annabelle: Creation (actually a prequel to the first movie) is primed to do similarly strong business. Wan and the studio are so confident in their growing universe that there are several projects in the pipeline beyond that, including Conjuring spinoffs The Nun and The Crooked Man (the former directed by Corin Hardy) and The Conjuring 3, which Wan says he will most likely not direct owing to his commitments on Aquaman, which opens in December 2018.

Unlike the Marvel and DC universes, of course, the Conjuring series isn’t based on any pre-established mythology (though the films do use alleged “true events” as jumping-off point). Wan and his collaborators are essentially creating these interconnected stories from whole cloth. Accomplishing this requires a different approach, said Wan, who says he’s tackling the universe in the same way a TV showrunner would, mapping out plotlines and character arcs. “If you start approaching it that way, you kinda see where the films can sort of fan out, where the storylines can fan out and become other stuff,” Wan says.

Like the Marvel and DC cinematic universes, the Conjuring franchise is a potentially career-making prospect for up-and-coming filmmakers. Annabelle: Creation director David F. Sandberg — whose 2013 short film Lights Out was adapted into a hit feature-length movie last summer — recently made the leap into the blockbuster sphere by signing on to direct Warner Bros.’ Shazam, a solo showcase for the DC comic book hero. Initially leery of directing a standard-issue horror followup, Sandberg tellsHeat Vision he was heartened by both the script and the creative freedom he was allowed.

“The only sort of mandate…was to put in these little references to the other movies,” says Sandberg, referencing the Easter eggs and plot crossovers that are scattered throughout the film. “But otherwise, it was very free.”

Wan agrees that directors brought on to the franchise are afforded a fair amount of “leeway” in approaching each individual film. However, when it comes to the visual style, he’s dead-set on keeping the elegant, old-fashioned cinematography he introduced in the first two Conjuring movies intact down the line.

“That is the aesthetic that I feel like I’ve set up…and I really want to keep that classical sort of old-school storytelling going on with all these films,” says Wan. “Those are the kind of horror movies that I really love, and so I want to make sure that all these films within the Conjuring world feel like they came from the same place. I don’t want them feeling too disjointed from a visual standpoint.”Conjuring 2 The Conjuring Has Launched a Cinematic Universe That Actually Works

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In Sandberg’s case, that aesthetic came naturally. “It wasn’t like, ‘Hey, it has to look and feel like a Conjuring movie,'” he says of coming onto the project. “It was more just that I [already] like the look and feel of the Conjuring movies, so it was a good fit.”

Next up for the franchise is The Nun, a spin-off based on a malevolent spirit introduced in The Conjuring 2 that Wan describes as “The Name of the Rose crossed with The Conjuring.” Beyond that film are The Crooked Man, The Conjuring 3, and potentially The Nun 2, which Wan claims to have a take on already. “I do know where potentially, if The Nun works out, where The Nun 2 could lead to,” he says, “and how that ties back to Lorraine’s story that we’ve set up with the first two Conjurings and make it all come all full circle.”

In other words: the Conjuring universe is just getting started.

Annabelle: Creation is in theaters this weekend.

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The creepy doll returns to reset a horror franchise and a slew of indie movies hit the big screen. On TV, ‘Orphan Black’ also ends its run.

Annabelle: Creation

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Miranda Otto is featured in the Warner Bros./New Line prequel to the doll-centric 2014 hit. David Sandberg directs the spinoff of the Conjuring franchise, which follows a dollmaker and his wife who, 20 years after the tragic death of their little girl, welcome a nun and several orphans into their home, only to see them targeted by the possessed titular creation.

Critic writes, “Closer in tone and old-school psychological fright tactics to the original film than either The Conjuring 2 or Annabelle, David F. Sandberg’s incisive approach capably resets the franchise in what will surely become another hit horror sequel.”

The Glass Castle

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Brie Larson and her Short Term 12 director Destin Daniel Cretton reunite for the Lionsgate adaptation of Jeannette Walls’ 2005 memoir. The dramedy centers on a successful young woman who was raised by dysfunctional and nonconformist parents (played by Woody Harrelson and Naomi Watts). Her world is shaken up when they move to New York to be near her.

Critic notes that the big-screen take “successfully captures the essence of the memoir, with exceptionally potent work by Woody Harrelson and Naomi Watts. … Yet whatever its imbalances and flaws, the movie is sure to strike an emotional chord with the book’s many fans as well as newcomers to the remarkable tale.”

The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature

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Will Arnett returns as Surly Squirell in the Open Road sequel to the 2014 animated film, alongside Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudolph, Gabriel Iglesias, Jackie Chan, Bobby Cannavale, Bobby Moynihan and Jeff Dunham. The Cal Brunker followup sees the animals joining to save their home from an evil mayor who decides to bulldoze Liberty Park to build a dangerous amusement park.

Review called it “content to recycle everything that worked — and didn’t — the first time around.” Still, “the lone exception is once again Rudolph,” who has a new courtship “marked by a squirmingly audacious regurgitation sequence that emerges as the film’s dubious high point. Too bad the rest of it feels so similarly churned out.”

Good Time

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The A24 crime drama stars Robert Pattinson as a small-time criminal who attempts to race against the clock to break his brother out of prison after a botched bank robbery. Josh and Benny Safdie direct the adrenaline-filled film, also starring Jennifer Jason Leigh and Barkhad Abdi.

Pattinson is quite unrecognizable in the movie, which was shot “guerrilla-style,” he explained at Cannes. “I was so nervous about people finding out about the shoot and paparazzi being there, just destroying the whole illusion of it. … With the makeup and the look — we did these pockmarks on my skin — and no one recognized me. We shot an entire movie on the streets of New York, and not even a single person took a cell phone picture. It was crazy.”

Ingrid Goes West

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The Neon dark comedy stars Aubrey Plaza as the obsessive and unstable titular woman who secretly moves to Los Angeles to get close to Taylor Sloane, an Instagram “lifestyle guru” played by Elizabeth Olsen. After Ingrid adopts an identity for herself, she works to prove she’s BFF material for her Insta idol. Billy Magnussen, Wyatt Russell, O’Shea Jackson Jr. and Pom Klementieff are also featured in the Matt Spicer film.

The film comically highlights the dangers of social media use. “It actually ends up creating this whole spiral down of comparison and finding lacks in your own life,” Olsen told THR at Sundance. “[Still,] there’s a lot of humor.”

The Only Living Boy in New York

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The Amazon/Roadside Attractions drama centers on a recent college graduate who begins a relationship with his father’s mistress after finding out about their affair. Kate Beckinsale stars as the mistress, who finds the son charming and has no intention of leaving the family’s life, and Callum Turner, Pierce Brosnan, Cynthia Nixon, Kiersey Clemons and Jeff Bridges are also among the cast.

THR’s critic warned of the movie named after the Simon & Garfunkel song, “Nothing in the movie merits or matches the song’s deep sincerity or nostalgic grandeur. Not even close. Not even a little. … This slick pastiche of male-coming-of-age-story cliches borrows from a slew of similarly themed works, … [but] it’s hard to make the old feel new again, and even harder when the writer and director barely seem to be trying.”

Orphan Black

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The clone drama starring Emmy winner Tatiana Maslany is wrapping its five-season run. After last season’s finale cliffhangers, there are 10 final episodes for Sarah Manning — and the many faces of Maslany’s character — to finish their story.

“For a long time, we’ve had a pretty good idea that season five would be the furthest that we could take the ball down the field,” co-creator Graeme Manson had told about why this cycle would be the end. “Everybody is hanging in the balance. Sarah’s been winged in a pretty serious way, she’s stuck on the island alone. Ferdinand is holding Mrs. S and Kira, so they’re holding onto Sarah’s heart. She’s wounded on the island. Rachel is just about to answer the door to the mysterious Westmoreland and there may be blood.”

Get Shorty

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After a novel and a movie, Get Shorty is the latest adaptation to hit the little screen, this time in the version of a darker series via movie channel EPIX (also home to Berlin Station and Graves). The series stars Chris O’Dowd and Ray Romano and is executive produced by Adam Arkin (Sons of Anarchy) and Allen Coulter (The Sopranos).

Review called the adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s novel and the 1995 film (starring John Travolta and Gene Hackman) the best series yet for the premium subscription service. The show is “charming, addictive and an eye-opener of impeccable quality.”

sixty eight kill 68 Kill (2017) Movie Review

A robbery leads to unexpected ultra-violent consequences in Trent Haaga’s blood-spattered dark comedy.

Writer-director Trent Haaga’s long tenure at shlock-oriented Troma Pictures serves him well for his sophomore feature that features enough grotesque sex and violence for a dozen B-movies. This tale of a hapless everyman led on a dangerous criminal path by his sociopathic, sexy girlfriend is so outrageously lurid and over-the-top that it practically demands to be seen only at midnight. A film which clearly and desperately aspires for cult status, 68 Kill will undoubtedly have its fans, but they won’t be people you’ll want to have over for dinner.

That the central character, Chip (Matthew Gray Gubler), works for a sewage company instantly signifies that he’s about to get caught up in a very messy situation. That he’s hopelessly besotted with his white-trash girlfriend Liza (AnnaLynne McCord), who supplements their income by providing sexual services to their trailer-park landlord, is instantly signified by the film’s symbolic opening shot of a fly trapped in honey.

During one of the tawdry assignations in the creepy landlord’s lavishly appointed house, Liza discovers that his safe contains $68,000 in cash. She naturally proposes to Chip that they escape their bleak existence by robbing him, although she assures him that it’s highly unlikely that they’ll need to use the loaded guns she insists they bring along.

Famous last words as the heist inevitably goes awry, with two people dead and a beautiful, lingerie-clad young woman, Violet (Alisha Boe), stashed in the couple’s car trunk. Liza decides that their captive will be a nice gift for her brother (Sam Eidson) who, even by sexually deviant serial-killer standards, seems a bit off.

Finally deciding that he’s endured quite enough violent mayhem, Chip ditches his girlfriend and takes off with Violet still in the car. But that’s far from the last of his misadventures. The seductive Violet turns out to be no slouch herself when it comes to criminality, and further complications ensue involving a goth convenience-store attendant (Sheila Vand) and her randy co-worker who trades Chip information for oral sex.

The screenplay isn’t likely to win any awards, considering that it features such dialogue as when Liza complains to Chip about their impoverished lifestyle: “You shovel shit for a living! I suck dick! I’m sick of it!”

That McCord can make such lines ring true is a testament to the convincingness of her aggressively sexy turn during which she frequently wears as little clothing as possible. But it is Gubler’s appealing performance that anchors the proceedings. Investing welcome doses of humor into his portrayal of a man who is in way over his head with his encounters with a series of femme fatales, trailer trash and murderous psychos, the actor manages to make his dimwitted character sympathetic in the best film noir tradition.

68 Kill 68 Kill (2017) Movie Review

Production company: Snowfort Pictures
Distributor: IFC Midnight
Cast: Matthew Gray Gubler, AnnaLynne McCord, Alisha Boe, Sheila Vand, Sam Eidson, James Moses Black, Ajay Mehta, Michael Beasley, Dave Maldonado, Hallie Grace Bradley, Peter Jaymes, Eric Podnar, Lucy Faust
Director-screenwriter: Trent Haaga
Producers: Travis Stevens, Bob Portal, David Lawson Jr.
Executive producers: Inderpal Singh, Stephanie Trepanier
Director of photography: Needham B. Smith
Production designer: Angela Gail Schroeder
Editor: Valerie Krulfeifer
Composers: Haim Frank Ilfman, James Griffiths
Casting: Samy Burch

100 minutes

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(L to R) Fat Amy (REBEL WILSON), Jessica (KELLEY JAKLE), Chloe (BRITTANY SNOW), Beca (ANNA KENDRICK), Aubrey (ANNA CAMP), Ashley (SHELLEY REGNER), Emily (HAILEE STEINFELD), Flo (CHRISSIE FIT) and Lilly (HANA MAE LEE)

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The Barden Bellas are back for a treble threat this December with Pitch Perfect 3, but when we pick up with the girls we find them a little off-key in post-Barden life.

Unhappy in her NYC record label job, Beca (Anna Kendrick) impulsively quits. “She’s immediately filled with horrible, crushing regret based mostly on fear,” Kendrick says. The rest of the group have also hit a bum note, so they’re available to regroup and rally for a USO tour of Europe, performing for the troops. Cue the explosions, cute camo clothing, and far more action than you’d expect from an a cappella showcase.

Luckily, it wasn’t just the Bellas who were eager to be reunited in a common cause. “It’s totally like summer camp,” says Kendrick of getting back on set with the other actresses (including Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, and Hailee Steinfeld). “We spend every waking moment together: We’re shooting together constantly, we’re in the hair and makeup trailer together and when we’re not shooting, we’re in a green room together. It starts to feel like ‘Oh, my God if I see these girls for one more second…’ and then every weekend it’s just like, ‘What you guys up to?’”

Counteracting any of that over-familiarity on location was new director Trish Sie (Step Up All In). “It’s so nice to have fresh blood on set,” says Kendrick. “It makes sure we’re on our best behavior.” For Sie, a massive fan of the franchise, coming on board with the Bellas was always in her stars. “When I heard they needed a new director I was just like, ‘That’s it. I am destined for this,’” she says. “It was like I was the stalker-girl who sees a guy in the coffee shop and is like, ‘I’m going to marry him!’ It was that crazy, one-sided love affair, but it all worked out.” Fortunately she channeled that crazy affection for the project into zealous drive on set. “She has such positive energy,” says Kendrick. “She’s this kind of crazy, lioness woman – a real force of nature.”

Part of the project’s attraction for the director was exploring real emotions and milestones encountered by young women. “These movies are so good at capturing relevant moments that happen to all kids,” she says. “In this case they’re heightened and absurd, but most people’s first years out of school are a pretty bleak reality check, and that’s where we pick up the story in this movie.”

That in-between moment in the girls’ lives and the fact that they’re now in their third outing led to some character revelations. “The ensemble gets juicier,” Sie says. Especially with Wilson’s Fat Amy. “It was funny that Fat Amy chose that name, but is there more? Where did she come from? It’s been fun to follow those rabbit holes.”

So, when all is sung and done, is this the final curtain for the Bellas, or could there be another encore? “Hell, yeah!” Kendrick says. “We’d do them forever.”

Pitch Perfect 3 hits movie theaters Dec. 22.

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Bye bye Batfleck! Ben Affleck may not star in standalone Batman film as Warner Bros ‘are working on ushering him out’ according to The Hollywood Reporter

He caused quite a stir when he was first cast in the role.

And now it seems Ben Affleck may already be leaving Batman behind.

The Hollywood Reporter has claimed Warner Bros is preparing to get rid of the 44-year-old as the Caped Crusader.

An insider told the site the studio ‘working on plans to usher out Affleck’s Batman — gracefully.’

The source claimed WB is working out how to address the change ‘in some shape or form in one of the upcoming DC films.’

Warner’s official stance is still that they want to keep Ben on as long as possible.

Studio chief Toby Emmerich told THR: ‘Ben is our Batman. We love him as Batman. We want to keep him in the cowl as long as we can.’

Ben Affleck 2 Batfleck no more? Ben Affleck may not star in standalone Batman film as Warner Bros are working on ushering him outGone? An insider told the site the studio ‘working on plans to usher out Affleck’s Batman — gracefully.’

The decision to cast the Daredevil star as the Dark Knight divided fans in 2013 when it was first announced.

He stared opposite Henry Cavill in last year’s Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, as well as a cameo in Suicide Squad that same year.

Although the first film didn’t please all critics, Ben’s performance as Bruce Wayne was generally considered one of the best things about it. Ben Affleck 3 Batfleck no more? Ben Affleck may not star in standalone Batman film as Warner Bros are working on ushering him outSplit: The decision to cast the Daredevil star as the Dark Knight divided fans in 2013 when it was first announced Ben Affleck 4 Batfleck no more? Ben Affleck may not star in standalone Batman film as Warner Bros are working on ushering him outSuper friends: Affleck is currently signed on to reprise the role in November’s first Justice League film, alongside Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash and Ray Fisher as Cyborg

Affleck is currently signed on to reprise the role in November’s first Justice League film, alongside Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash and Ray Fisher as Cyborg.

He was also set to direct, produce, co-write and star in the standalone The Batman, originally set for next year.

In January he stepped down as director to concentrate on his role in front of the camera; however if the latest developments hold water, he may have no involvement in the film whatsoever. Ben Affleck 5 Batfleck no more? Ben Affleck may not star in standalone Batman film as Warner Bros are working on ushering him outThe end: He was also set to direct, produce, co-write and star in the standalone The Batman, originally set for next year, but may now have no involvement at all

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The Warner Bros. war drama centers on the British military evacuation of the titular French city in 1940, one of the biggest battles during World War II. Written and directed by Christopher Nolan, the film’s ensemble cast includes Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Kenneth Branagh, Mark Rylance and One Direction’s Harry Styles.

In comparison to most war films, Dunkirk has very, very little dialogue and focuses and spans a relatively short period of time. “It places you so absolutely in the situation of conflict — you don’t learn the details of characters’ backstories or even their surnames. … You’re invited in to experience it as they’re experiencing it — as in, with not enough time to think or process things,” says Branagh. And since it has a PG-13 rating, Rylance hopes it speaks to a younger audience: “It’s good for young people to see a truthful war film like this. … young boys who are always fascinated by war can come and see just how awful and chaotic any war is. And if, God forbid, they come to a time when they’re going to be drafted or something like that, they’ll be a little more informed about what might be asked of them.”

Girls Trip
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The Universal comedy stars Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Tiffany Haddish as four lifelong friends who behave badly while vacationing in New Orleans. Though the R-rated offering has its share of raunchy humor, it’s also filled with heartwarming moments and female empowerment — a combination that’s earned strong reviews.

“I wanted a counterbalance to women sniping at each other or throwing drinks in each other’s faces; I wanted some real relationships,” explained director Malcolm D. Lee. “And my wife’s book club watched the movie as one of my first audiences, and they laughed and loved it and said, ‘I love how soft they are with each other.’ If that’s part of the takeaway of this bold, outrageous comedy, that’s great.”

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
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Luc Besson’s passion-filled adaptation of the 1960s-era French comic book stars Dane DeHaan as the titular time-traveling hero, and Cara Delevingne as his partner Laureline. They both find themselves on an enormous space station called Alpha, which is home to thousands of species. Ethan Hawke, John Goodman, Clive Owen and Rihanna round out the cast of the STX sci-fi thriller, which features a whopping 2,355 visual effects shots, some 600 more than Rogue One.

The high-budget project is a personal gamble for the director, who ended up investing his entire salary into the movie. “[The budget is] not my money, but at the last minute, the financing fell short, so they asked me, ‘Can you put your entire salary in?’ And I said yes,” said Besson, who has wanted to make this movie for decades. However, critics aren’t as enthusiastic about the finished project.

Landline
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The Amazon comedy from Jenny Slate, Gillian Robespierre and Elisabeth Holm — the team behind the beloved indie rom-com Obvious Child — stars Slate and Abby Quinn as sisters who, alongside their mother (played by Edie Falco), grapple with the fallout of their family patriarch’s affair in their unique ways.

The ’90s-set title is inspired by the writers’ own experiences. “Liz and I are both from New York City and our parents both divorced in the ’90s when we were teenagers and that’s sort of where this story started, with our personal lives,” says Robespierre. “Then through the course of writing it for a year it turned into something bigger. And that’s sort of how it started — over wine, as it always does.”

Ozark
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Jason Bateman and Laura Linney star in Netflix’s money-laundering drama, which released its full first season on Friday. Ozark sees Bateman, who is an executive producer and director on the series, in a much darker role than on his other Netflix show, Arrested Development. He plays Marty Byrde, a Chicago financial advisor who is laundering money for a Mexican drug cartel. After a betrayal by his partner, the show takes a violent turn and Marty moves the operation, and his family — Wendy (Linney) and kids Charlotte (Sofia Hublitz) and Jonah (Skylar Gaertner) — to Lake of the Ozarks.

Created by The Accountant‘s Bill Dubuque, THR‘s reviewer says the mystery drama is “four or five different shows doing battle at once — generally in the most familiar of moody and murky cable crime veins — but with a couple interesting characterizations and twists if you’re willing to focus in a way the show rarely is prepared to do itself.”

Ballers
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One week after Game of Thrones’ return, HBO’s Sunday night of originals kicks off its second hour with Dwayne Johnson’s football comedy. The Rock’s Ballers picks up after his character, Spencer’s, hip surgery and welcomes guest stars Steve Guttenberg, Steven Weber and Graceland‘s Serinda Swan.

After filming its first two seasons in Miami, the comedy, which is executive produced by Mark Wahlberg, moved to California to film the third season. The season trailer sees Spencer and Joe (Rob Corddry) hitting up some familiar Los Angeles hotspots, talking about the next step in Spencer’s “global domination” and exploring launching a football team in Las Vegas.

Insecure
Sunday, 10:30 p.m. on HBO.Insecure 7 Things to Watch This Weekend

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The second season of Issa Rae’s acclaimed comedy Insecure picks up fresh in the aftermath of Issa’s breakup with Lawrence (Jay Ellis). “For me it just came down to telling human stories,” Rae told THR of creating a show where people of color could be seen as relatable. “Trying to be funny, putting people in realistic situations. We’re telling a very universally specific story.”

Insecure and Rae were high on the list of snubs after the 2017 Emmy nominations were announced. But the star and co-creator (along with Larry Wilmore) said she was “over it in a minute.” Telling Bravo’s Andy Cohen, “We really stand behind this second season. We’re so excited about it and, you know, it just motivates us to work harder next year to get noticed.” THR‘s reviewer agreed, calling Insecure in his second season review “a show you should be watching.”

Invasion of the Body Snatchers Warner Bros. Planning Invasion of the Body Snatchers Remake

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‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’ (1978)
The body snatchers are back, with Warner Bros. developing a remake of the sci-fi classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Horror screenwriter David Leslie Johnson will pen the script for the feature, which will be produced by John Davis, who is known for I, Robot and Chronicle.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers has had many Hollywood iterations. The 1954 novel was first adapted for the screen in 1956 and focuses on a small town as it is invaded by aliens that mature to look like exact copies of the people in the town, but who are devoid of all emotion. A 1978 version starred Donald Sutherland and Jeff Goldblum and was set in San Francisco.

Johnson has a long working relationship with Warners, having penned the sequel to New Line’s successful horror feature The Conjuring. He also wrote the upcoming Conjuring 3 and is working on New Line/Warner Bros.’ Nightmare on Elm Street remake.

Johnson is repped by Paradigm and Behr Abramson.

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