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I N   T H E   U K . . .
  1. + CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER
  2. + NOAH
  3. RIO 2
  4. = DIVERGENT
  5. > THE QUIET ONES
  6. MUPPETS MOST WANTED
  7. > CALVARY
  8. > THE RAID 2
  9. THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
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Still showing: HALF OF A YELLOW SUN. KHUMBA
. PIONEER. THE STRANGE COLOUR OF YOUR BODY'S TEARS. THE DOUBLE. NON-STOP. NEED FOR SPEED. 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE. STARRED UP. A LONG WAY DOWN.

I N   T H E   U S . . .
  1. = CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER
  2. > RIO 2
  3. > OCULUS
  4. > DRAFT DAY
  5. NOAH
  6. DIVERGENT
  7. – GOD'S NOT DEAD
  8. THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
  9. MUPPETS MOST WANTED
  10. MR PEABODY & SHERMAN
Still showing: THE RAILWAY MAN. ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE. CUBAN FURY. JESUS PEOPLE. NEED FOR SPEED. NON-STOP. UNDER THE SKIN. ALAN PARTRIDGE. DOM HEMINGWAY. NYMPHOMANIAC.
 

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Jeremy Irvine will star in STONEWALL, a drama about the 1969 riots that launched the gay rights movement in New York City. Roland Emmerich is directing from a script by Jon Robin Baitz (Brothers & Sisters).


Johnny Depp has joined the cast of TUSK, Kevin Smith's monster movie, based loosely on the true story of a journalist (Justin Long) looking into the life of an adventurer (Michael Parks) who has an obsession with walruses. Haley Joel Osment and Genesis Rodriguez costar.
Terrence Howard is joining Vince Vaughn in the thriller TERM LIFE, based on the graphic novel about a man who goes on the run from the mob in order to let his daughter (Hailee Steinfeld) cash in his life insurance policy. Peter Billingsley is directing.
Chloe Grace Moretz is up for a role in THE 5TH WAVE, about a young woman who survives four fierce alien attacks on earth before meeting a young man who might offer hope to fend off the next one. J Blakeson is writing and directing.
Gerard Butler will star in GEOSTORM, a disaster thriller about a satellite malfunction that creates a global storm, so a scientist has to team up with his estranged brother to head to space to fix the mess. Meanwhile, someone's trying to kill the US president. Dean Devlin is directing.
Michelle Monaghan is joining the cast of PIXELS, the Adam Sandler comedy about a group of guys who have to defend New York when it is attacked by 1980s videogame villains. Kevin James, Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad costar.
Mark Rylance is joining the cast of THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, the Alice in Wonderland sequel reuniting Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. Rylance would play the Mad Hatter's father in the film, which is being directed by James Bobin (Muppets Most Wanted).
Malin Akerman, Alexander Ludwig, Thomas Middleditch, Nina Dobrev, Taissa Farmiga and Adam Devine will star in the horror comedy THE FINAL GIRLS, about a group of friends who are mysteriously transported into a 1980s movie that starred one of the teens' mothers, an iconic period scream-queen.
Amy Ryan, Lucas Till, Danny Glover, Thomas Lennon, Jane Levy and Holt McCallany will star in MONSTER TRUCKS, a comedy that starts filming next week. The plot is, for some reason, being kept under wraps.
And Baz Luhrmann is the unlikely director on board KUNG FU, a film adaptation of the classic 1970s TV series about drifter who as a young boy was adopted by a martial arts mentor. Apparently the film script, which was written by Rich Wilkes (XXX), is set in China and involves the man's search for his father.

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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will reteam on-screen for THE NEST, playing slacker sisters who become homeless when their parents sell the family house and move into a condo. So they decide to throw one last party before they move out.


Cate Blanchett is lined up to star in THE DIG, a drama centred around the major archaeological discoveries at Sutton Hoo in the late 1930s. Susanne Bier is directing from a script by Moira Buffini.
Matt Damon will star in THE MARTIAN, a thriller based on Andy Weir's book about an astronaut stranded on Mars who is trying to survive until a rescue mission reaches him.
Charlize Theron and Adele Exarchopoulos are set to star in THE LAST SPACE, a relationship drama about people living in refugee camps in Sudan and Liberia. Sean Penn is directing.
Noomi Rapace will star in the spy thriller UNLOCKED, as a CIA operative trying to get information from a terrorist who is planning a biological attack on London. Michael Hafstrom is directing from the Black List script by Peter O'Brien.
Brendan Gleeson and Killian Scott will join Michael Fassbender in TRESSPASS AGAINST US, about an Irish criminal who is trying to turn his life around. Adam Smith is directing the film, which will have an original score from The Chemical Brothers.
Salma Hayek has joined the cast of SAUSAGE PARTY, the animated comedy about a pack of sausages that falls out of a shopping trolly and has a series of adventures in the supermarket. James Franco, Jonah Hill and Kristen Wiig also voice characters in the movie, which is written and directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.
Keanu Reeves will star in the thriller KNOCK KNOCK, about a man who is alone in his home when two young women (Lorena Izzo and Ana de Armas) set out to destroy his life. Director Eli Roth starts filming in Chile next week.
Ray Winstone is joining Gerard Butler and Luke Bracey for the remake of POINT BREAK, about a thrill-seeking crime ring that's infiltrated by an undercover FBI agent. Filming is underway.
And Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan will be back for THE KARATE KID 2, which will be directed by Breck Eisner (Sahara). There's no word yet on the plot of the sequel to the 2010 remake.

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Zac Efron will replace Shia LaBeouf in THE ASSOCIATE, based on the John Grisham novel about a recent law school graduate who is blackmailed into taking a lawyer job so he can spy on a defence contractor.


Meanwhile, Scott Caan will replace LaBeouf as a con-man in the comedy ROCK THE CASBAH, about a has-been manager (Bill Murray) who discovers a young girl and coaches her to compete in Afghanistan's Pop Idol TV competition. Barry Levinson is directing the film, which also stars Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Zooey Deschanel and Danny McBride.
Juno Temple and Jesse Plemons are lined up for key roles in BLACK MASS, the biopic starring Johnny Depp as mobster Whitey Bulger. Scott Cooper is directing the film, which costars Joel Edgerton and Guy Pearce.
Judy Greer, Katie McGrath and Lauren Lapkus are the latest to join the cast of JURASSIC WORLD, Colin Trevorrow's franchise reboot, which stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins.
John Leguizamo, Jim Belushi and Lynn Collins will join Patrick Wilson and Ian McShane in THE MAN ON CARRION ROAD, about a sheriff who teams up with his retired predecessor to investigate a drug cartel. Filming starts next week.
Topher Grace is joining Jessie Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Uma Thurman and Walton Goggins in the action comedy AMERICAN ULTRA, about a stoner in a small town who discovers that the government wants to obliterate him. Nima Nourizadeh (Project X) is directing.
Toby Kebbell looks set to play the villainous Doctor Doom in the new FANTASTIC FOUR movie, which stars Michael B Jordan, Jamie Bell, Miles Teller and Kate Mara as the superhero quartet. Josh Trank is directing.
Johnny Knoxville and Tony Shalhoub will voice two of the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES in the franchise reboot currently in post-production. Jonathan Liebesman directed the film, which used performance-capture technology.
Norman Reedus has joined the cast of John Hillcoat's TRIPLE NINE, an action thriller about dirty cops blackmailed by the Russian mob to pull off an impossible heist. The film also stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Woody Harrelson, Kate Winslet, Casey Affleck, Aaron Paul, Anthony Mackie, Michael Pena and Gal Gadot.
And busy screenwriter Jack Paglen (Transcendance) has landed the job of adapting BATTLESTAR GALACTICA for the big screen. The story, tracing humanity's search for its historical roots after robots turn on them, was adapted into TV series in the 1970s and 2000s.

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