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    Tuesday
    Jul282015

    Michael Bay's Benghazi Drama, 13 HOURS, Has a Trailer

    Since the summer of 2007, Michael Bay has been a little busy directing a multi-billion dollar franchise out of the Autbots and Decepticons, with his only in-between being the black-comedy/crime-drama Pain and Gain before he went back to Optimus for one more ride in 2014.

    SInce then, the "love him or hate him" Bay has been hard at work on 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi to bring him back into his element: R-rated, adult themed action pieces. This one, like Pain and Gain being based off a true story- only this time it's a bit more timely. 

     13 Hours tells the story of the six members of the security team that fought to defend the Americans stationed at the embassy in Benghazi when it came under attack. John Krasinski leads a cast that includes James Badge DaleMax Martini (Pacific Rim), Pablo Schreiber (Orange Is the New Black), and David Denman (The Office). The screenplay was penned by The Strainauthor/writer Chuck Hogan, adapted from the book by Mitchell Zuckoff.

    The film opens January 15, 2016. 

    Tuesday
    Jul212015

    Trailer for 'Before We Go' Starring Chris Evans and Alice Eve

    The Before Sunrise/Sunset/Midnight Trilogy are three of my favorite movies of all-time (yeah that's right, I'm a hopeless romantic, sue me). The simplicity of watching two people on camera for two hours interact with each other while being real and authentic in their conversations about everything to do with life is just...beautiful.

    Anyway, I bring that up because today we have the trailer for Chris Evans' directorial debut Before We Go (formerly titled 1:30 Train) about two strangers who find themselves stranded in New York City one night, only to grow closer to each other as the hours go on, putting them on new paths in the direction of their lives.

    The film also stars Alice Eve, with Evans of course playing the male lead. Judging by the trailer, it looks like a pretty cute but solid movie. It's certainly a breath of fresh air for Evans whose been doing nothing but CGI-filled popcorn blockbusters with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I had read somewhere that he wants to keep making movies like this where the story is simple, without any special effects or things like that. I hope he keeps his word.

    The film debuted last year at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and is finally hitting screens this summer. It's currently available via iTunes and VOD, and will have a limited release in theaters September 4th.

    You can view the trailer for the film below along with the official poster.

    Sunday
    Jul192015

    Disney Developing Live-Action 'Aladdin' Prequel, 'Genies'

    Well I guess this isn't too surprising given the trend lately, but if you ever wondered how Genie got stuck in that lamp...

    Disney is resurrecting another one of it's classic animated films for live-action form, the next being 1992's Aladdin.

    Oh, but it's not what you think. Instead of getting a live-action version of an animated classic (this year's Cinderella, next year's The Jungle Book, 2017's Beauty and the Beast, undated Mulan and Pinocchio), we're getting a prequel, entitled Genies, about the realm of, well, Genies.

    Not sure why that is. I mean the story of Aladdin pretty much sells itself. Not to mention the late Robin Williams famously voiced the original blue-skinned big guy so they're actually making it more difficult to fill those shoes by making that character the lead.

    But don't worry, if this film is a success (which, come on, it will be), they hope it will then lead to a live-action version of Aladdin (ah...it's about more money to make, isn't it?).

    The prequel is being described as a 'comedy-advenuture', currently being written by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift whose notable credits as screenwriters include Freddy vs. Jason and the recent Friday the 13th remake. Wait, what?

    (By the way, think they've thought about trying to do The Lion King live-action? Just saying.)

    Source: The Hollywood Reporter

    Sunday
    Jul192015

    Sam Mendes Done with James Bond After 'Spectre'

    It's crazy to think that it was three years ago in November when director Sam Mendes completely knocked it out of the James Bond park with Skyfall.

    The film was not only one the best in the James Bond series but also just a great film, period. And oh yeah, it made over $1 billion at the box office and nearly landed a Best Picture nomination at the Oscars.

    With all that, it's hard to imagine trying to top that kind of success, by Mendes is indeed doing it with this year's next James Bond film, Spectre, once again starring Daniel Craig as 007.

    However, coming straight from the horse's mouth himself, Mendes has declared he's done with Bond after this (though for the record, he said that after Skyfall too).

    Speaking with BBC News, the director states:

    "I said no to the last one and then ended up doing it, and was pilloried by all my friends, but I do think this is probably it. I don't think I could go down that road again. You do have to put everything else on hold. It really is more a lifestyle choice than a job."

    While the plot is still a near mystery (we know Bond is trying to track a secret organization), Mendes states the flick is actually bigger than Skyfall in terms of location shooting:

    "This is a bigger movie than Skyfall. It's shot in more places - we were in Mexico City and Tangiers and northern Sahara and Rome and the Alps and London. It's been an enormous undertaking."

    Finally, to probably not many Bond's fans surprise, he reveals the theme song for the film has actually already been recorded, but won't say who the artist is or the title:

    "I can say that the song's been recorded and it's fantastic and I'm very excited about it. You won't have to wait long."

    One thing to note is that this will actually be the 24th Bond film with, obviously, the next being the milestone 25. I wonder if that will allure Mendes to come back a third and final time, and maybe even be Craig's swan song to the franchise as well. We'll see.

    Spectre also stars film stars Ralph Fiennes as M, Ben Wishaw as Q, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, Christoph Waltz as Oberhauser, Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra, David Bautista as Mr. Hinx and Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swann.

    The film opens stateside November 6th, but in the U.K. over 10 days earlier on October 26th. Damn Brits (well, he is your character so, that sort of makes sense).

    A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.

    Source: BBC News

    Saturday
    Jul182015

    "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" Theaterical IMAX® Trailer #2

    After the internet blew up last week due to the release the Comic-Con footage for Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice Warner Bros is insisting that the movie going public enjoying their own version via IMAX. Check out the tighter but still impactful version below.

    Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.

    Saturday
    Jul182015

    "Pan" Official Adventure Trailer - Featuring Hugh Jackman & Rooney Mara

    The story of an orphan who is spirited away to the magical Neverland. There, he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny -- to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan.

    COURTESY OF MOVIECLIPS TRAILERS

    Saturday
    Jul182015

    Three Posters For Upcoming "Justice League Mortal" Documentary

    I really appreciate the fact that there are people out there who want to put the effort in to uncover the truth behind some of these failed film productions. Warner Bros is especially ripe with doomed projects and Purberry Productions is looking to walk in the same boots as Jon Schnepp with a documentary about George Miller's canceled Justice League Mortal

    Schnepp's The Death Of Superman Lives; What Happened was decent doc on the ups and downs of Tim Burton's attempt at Superman. It was interesting to see Nicholas Cage's take on Clark Kent and a further glimpse of what the finished classic Superman suit would have looked like. To Schnepp's credit, it did make me want to see Superman Lives, maybe an animated version with the actor's voices?

    I really look forward to an inside look at some of the suits that Weta worked on for JLM, I think geekdom would agree. Until then, here are three posters to kick of the marketing of the project

    Saturday
    Jul182015

    "Fantastic Four" Trailer #2 - Featuring Michael B. Jordan & Kate Mara

    FANTASTIC FOUR, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

    COURTESY OF MOVIECLIPS TRAILERS

    Friday
    Jul172015

    Resident Evil: The Final Chapter Begins Production 

     

    It's been almost 3 long years since the latest Resident Evil entry, Resident Evil: Retribution hit theaters in September of 2012 and after a slight hiccup (pregnancy) it seems that franchise star, Milla Jovovich, and franchise helmer (and husband of Jovovich) Paul W.S. Anderson are heading to South Africa to bring the final installment of the long-running sci-fi/horror series. 

    Jovovich posted the following photo on her Instagram:
     

    Well, the moment so many of you have been waiting for is finally here where I can tell you that it's zombie killing season for the Jovovich-Anderson clan! Here I am getting my face cast made for "resident evil: the final chapter"!! I leave to South Africa tomorrow to start prepping for the movie! #residentevilmovie #ladiary

    The franchise, based on the wildly popular Capcom series, first began in 2002, and has since became the most (and only) succesful video-game adaptation in box-office history.
    Director Anderson has stated in the past that he aims to bring the series full circle with this dramatic entry.  

    Thursday
    Jul162015

    First Trailer for 'Joy' Starring Jennifer Lawrence

    What if I told you an Oscar nominated filmmaker and an Oscar winning actress were making a movie about the woman who invented the miracle mop?

    You probably wouldn't believe me but indeed it's actually true.

    The first trailer has been released for writer/director David O. Russell's (American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook, The Fighter) drama/comedy (dramedy), Joy, starring Jennifer Lawrence as the title character who - through perseverance over life's obstacles - becomes the founder of a business dynasty.

    The trailer definitely seems to sell the 'emotional core' behind the film as we see Lawrence's character, Joy, going through life's struggles and disappointments before she decides to take action and change her life for the better. It also throws the comedy bits in as well as we see while the film will have its dramatic beats, it's not going serious to the point where it's a full-on drama.

    Lawrence obviously looks fantastic in the lead role and will probably be a heavy favorite once again for an Oscar nomination and win. Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper also have supporting roles as well.

    View the trailer below and judge for yourself.

    Sound off with your comments.

    JOY is the wild story of a family across four generations centered on the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love, pave the road in this intense emotional and human comedy about becoming a true boss of family and enterprise facing a world of unforgiving commerce. Allies become adversaries and adversaries become allies, both inside and outside the family, as Joy’s inner life and fierce imagination carry her through the storm she faces. Jennifer Lawrence stars, with Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramirez, Isabella Rossellini, Diane Ladd, and Virginia Madsen. Like David O. Russell’s previous films, Joy defies genre to tell a story of family, loyalty, and love.

    Source: 20th Century Fox