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POSTED: Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 10:23 AM
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Director David Lynch speaks onstage at the David Lynch Foundation Gala Honoring Rick Rubin at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on February 27, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Nearly a decade before he entered pop culture's collective consciousness with 1977's Eraserhead, David Lynch found himself wandering around Philadelphia, looking for inspiration. He left in 1970 to become the auteur he is today, but now Lynch is making his way back to Philly with some help from the Philadelphia Film Society.

PFS will host "David Lynch Revisited: A Retrospective Film Series" starting in September, screening everything from Twin Peaks and Inland Empire to Elephant Man and Mulholland Drive across a two-month period and culminating with a "From the Vaults" tribute at this year's Philadelphia Film Festival in October. It's all happening at the Prince Music Theater starting September 3, with tickets on sale now. Full retrospective passes run $60, and Q&A tickets go for $25. 

The pièce de résistance, though, is the one-time Q&A between Lynch and journalist Kristine McKenna on September 10. Public appearances for Lynch are rare, with Lynch having long cultivated a reputation as somewhat of a recluse who balks at the idea of public speaking. So, if ever you wanted to hear from the man himself about, say, just what exactly that Eraserhead baby is (please?), now's your chance. 

POSTED: Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 2:12 PM

Jul 29 (TheWrap.com) - Universal and director F. Gary Gray have found the remaining members of gangster rap group N.W.A, as Aldis Hodge and Neil Brown Jr. have been cast as MC Ren and DJ Yella, respectively, in “Straight Outta Compton,” TheWrap has learned.

Brown Jr. (above) and Hodge (left) join O'Shea Jackson Jr. (Ice Cube), Corey Hawkins (Dr. Dre) and Jason Mitchell (Eazy-E).

Original N.W.A. members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre are producing the drama with Matt Alvarez and Tomica Woods-Wright, while Gray is executive producing with Will Packer and former Universal exec Scott Bernstein. 

POSTED: Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 1:07 PM
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 25: Kevin Smith poses after being nterviewed on SiriusXM's Entertainment Weekly Radio channel from Comic-Con 2014 at The Hard Rock Hotel on July 25, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kent C. Horner/Getty Images for Sirius XM)

Jul 29 (TheWrap.com) - Documentaries by actor-turned-director Ethan Hawke, legendary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman and “The Act of Killing” director Joshua Oppenheimer are among the films added to the lineup of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF organizers announced on Tuesday.

In addition to the typically strong TIFF Docs slate, the festival also announced its Masters, Midnight Movies and Vanguard sections, which range from a thorny 3D experiment from icon Jean-Luc Godard to edgy new works by Kevin Smith, Adam Wingard and Takashi Miike.

While more than a dozen of the 40 new additions are world premieres, a number of others have screened at previous festivals, including several from this year's Cannes Film Festival.

POSTED: Monday, July 28, 2014, 2:21 PM

Jul 28 (TheWrap.com) - Oscar winner Christopher Walken and “Breaking Bad” villain Giancarlo Esposito have joined the voice cast of Jon Favreau‘s “The Jungle Book,” Disney announced on Monday. 

Favreau is directing from a script by Justin Marks. The new 3D film, which is a combination of live-action and animation, will follow the adventures of Mowgli (Neel Sethi), a little boy who's raised by wolves and friends with all sorts of jungle creatures.

Walken will play King Louie, the ruler of a troop of monkeys and apes, while Esposito will voice Akela, the leader of the wolf pack. 

POSTED: Monday, July 28, 2014, 12:10 PM

Jul 28 (TheWrap.com) - Time will tell which of these two films winds up being the fluke, but director Tate Taylor, the man behind the cloying and artificial “The Help,” has bounced back with “Get on Up,” a daring and often thrilling screen treatment of the life of music legend James Brown.

(Yes, I know, “The Help” made money and won Oscars. Don't pretend that an awful movie has never done that before.)

If you thought the recent “Jersey Boys” was stodgy and problematic, here's a music movie that avoids that other film's pitfalls: It places Brown (Chadwick Boseman, in an electrifying performance) into a specific cultural and political context, while also spelling out to a mass audience the musician's innovations as a performer, artist, and businessman.

POSTED: Friday, July 25, 2014, 10:54 AM

Jul 25 (TheWrap.com) - A bore, a drag, an eyesore, a trifle: Brett Ratner‘s ‘roid-brained “Hercules” is all of these, but most of all it's a self-satisfied smirk drawn on a 64-ounce protein shake. It's a supernatural epic that never feels quite colossal or consequential enough, as well as an utter waste of Dwayne Johnson‘s unique dopey-flirty charm in a starring role that requires him only to open his mouth very wide when yelling and look unmistakably masculine while wearing nothing but a leather miniskirt and one of those animal-head hats popular with middle-school girls.

Adapted from the comic book by the recently deceased Steve Moore (who repotedly wanted his name removed from the film), this Hercules belongs to the Dark Knight school of gloomy antiheroes. Johnson's demigod comes with a ghastly backstory that would fell mere mortals: his entirely family was slaughtered while he was in the same room with them, and it's rumored that he's the culprit, since according to the New Comic-Book Hero Rules, behind every great man is a great woman who meets a violent death because of him.

(In the actual Greek myth, Heracles did kill his wife and child, which, yikes.)

POSTED: Thursday, July 24, 2014, 4:56 PM
Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey in "Fifty Shades of Grey". (Evan Agostini/Getty Images) Beyonce Knowles (Evan Agostini/Getty Images)

You’ve probably already seen the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ trailer by now, but did you listen closely to the music? 

The familiar sound is indeed from ‘Crazy in Love’ by Beyoncé, which was specifically re-created for the movie. 

It certainly couldn’t be just any remake of the popular hit, and what better opportunity to slow down the beat than for the likes of Christian Grey.

POSTED: Thursday, July 24, 2014, 9:47 AM
Image via TheWrap and /Film.

Jul 24 (TheWrap.com) - Fans who showed up for Preview Night at San Diego Comic-Con got the chance to see the cape and cowl that Ben Affleck will wear as Batman in the upcoming film, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” DC Entertainment had the suit displayed on the floor, allowing fans to get up close and personal with the movie costume.

While the body of the suit was missing, fans were still able to see how the face of the cowl was structured, which goes a long way to show how the character will look on the big screen. After all, Batman has had more on-screen costume interpretations than just about any other superhero character, so fans are always eager to see how good the latest incarnation will look. 

Some costumes have been great, and some have been disastrous — bat-nipples anyone? This one keeps the ears small, and the color palette black. As a vigilante working at night and utilizing the power of intimidation over his foes, the blues and brighter colors seen in some costumes never made much sense.

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