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    Monday
    May052014

    Five New "Maleficent" Character Posters

    Explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic “Sleeping Beauty" and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever.

    COURTESY OF MOVIEFONE

    Tuesday
    Apr292014

    John McTiernan Wants Back in the Directing Game

    For anyone born post-2000, they probably don't have a clue who John McTiernan is.  They have grown up in the world of superhero and comic book movies and - for all intents and purposes - don't understand the craft of a 'true' action movie.

    Low and behold, Mr. John McTiernan.

    This man directed not only some of the best action films ever made (including Predator, Die Hard, The Hunt for Red October, Last Action Hero, Die Hard with a Venegance, and The Thomas Crown Affair) but also just good, quality films.

    Anyone can just blow stuff up (a la Michael Bay), but McTiernan always made sure to focus on the story and characters involved - because he knew without that - there'd be no connection to the action going on.

    Anyway, likely the reason you haven't heard McTiernan's name mentioned in a while is because he's actually been in jail for close to the past decade due to his involvement in a wire tapping scandal.

    But now, with that under the bridge, the man can get back to doing what he does best: making action movies.

    In his first interview since being released from prison, McTiernan states his first film out of the gate - Red Squad - is currently being rewritten as he felt unhappy with its current draft form but is hard at work on getting it right.  It's rumored the film will star Nicolas Cage (on a career comeback?) and Colin Farrell about a team of mercenaries who have gone rouge with their latest mission taking them to Mexico to bring down a drug lord.

    McTiernan also states he spent his time in prison writing a sequel to The Thomas Crown Affair, entitled Thomas Crown And The Missing Lioness.  While there has been movement over the years to make a sequel to the Pierce Brosnan starring 1999 caper flick, nothing has sufficed.  Maybe now with McTiernan back, it'll get going.

    Honestly, I just hope the guy gets a chance again in Hollywood because he knows how to make a film that not only sells tickets but actually tells a story too (something that's gotten lost in today's filmmaking).

    Source:  Empire

    Tuesday
    Apr292014

    20th Fox Has Finally Possibly Snagged a Director for ASSASSIN'S CREED

     

    With A-list commodity Michael Fassbender still locked in and ready to roll, the hunt for a director has also finally close with Justin Kurzel reported to be taking the helms for Ubisoft and 20th Fox's Assassin's Creed.

    Kurzel and Fassbender JUST finished their take on William Shakespeare's Macbeth set to hit theaters in 2015 and according to Deadline:

    No deal yet, but they are eager to get this film started, so it’ll come soon. 

    Well I'd sure hope so, given the film is slated for an August 7 release in 2015.

    Ubisoft is also moving forward with Splinter Cell starring Tom Hardy, based off the critically and financially successful series of games under the late author Tom Clancy's name. 

    Tuesday
    Apr292014

    STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Officially Announces It's Cast WITH An Image! 

     

    After what seems like years of every single internet site reporting almost every actor under 30 for every and any role in Disney's highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII we now have a confirmed cast list straight from the official Star Wars site.

    The Star Wars team is thrilled to announce the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.

    Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.

    Boyega broke into the spot-light back in 2011 with the British sci-fi thriller Attack the Block, with Daisy Ridley being the one almost truly unknown, British actor Domhnall Gleeson broke out from his Harry Potter roles with a brief appearance in 2012's DREDD as well as last year's emotional dramedy About Time which he headlined with Rachel McAdams.
    Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver recently co-starred in Inside Llewyn Davis but have both had good success on their own, with Driver starring in HBO's hit GIRLS as well as Isaac starring in such films as Sucker Punch, DRIVE, and The Bourne Legacy.

    Andy Serkis is probably (currently) the most well known, starring almost exclusively in motion-capture for The Lord of the Rings, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and KING KONG.

    Max von Sydow is the true veteran here, having acclaimed turns in such films as The Seventh Seal and The Exorcist he's recently starred in big-budget fare such as Shutter Island and Robin Hood.

    The release goes on:

    Director J.J. Abrams says, "We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud."

    Star Wars Episode VII will release December 18, 2015. 

    Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.

    Monday
    Apr282014

    Disney's Sierra McCormick To Raise Some Hell in SOME KIND OF HATE

     

    From Disney to Damnation, A.N.T. Farm's Sierra McCormick and Teen Beach's Grace Phipps have been cast alongside Indie actor Ronen Rubinstein for Some Kind of Hate which begins shooting this week.

    From Variety:

    “Hate” begins shooting this week in Los Angeles with Adam Egypt Mortimer directing from a script he co-wrote with novelist Brian DeLeeuw (“In This Way I Was Saved”).

    Well every Disney child has to have their break-out or bust, recent stars like Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens of High School Musical fame have had great luck with more daring roles such as Sucker Punch and Springbreakers for Hudgens and this summer Efron has The Neighbors co-starring with Seth Rogen.

    “Hate” follows a tightly wound kid who is a favorite target for the local high school bullies. Sent away to a remote desert reform school, the harassed teenager accidentally summons a vengeful spirit to exact revenge on his tormentors.

    Monday
    Apr282014

    TRUE DETECTIVE Director and...John legend...Team Up For THE BLACK COUNT

     

    Yes, you read that right, and yes it is *that* John Legend who sang 2008's hit "Green Light" and 2013's "All of You". Deadline reports that the acclaimed director of HBO's critically lauded series True Detective, Cary Fukunga, is teaming up with Legend's Get Lifted Film Co. partner Mike Jackson to tackle the award-winning biography of Thomas Alexandre Dumas, based on the 2012 novel The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, And The Real Count of Monte Cristo although I'd wager the title might be shortened a bit for when Sony releases the film.

    “Cary’s exceptional talent as a writer/director will bring to life all of the action and drama that have made The Black Count such a compelling read,” Michael De Luca, who is overseeing the pic for Sony told me today. “He’s got a great take on the material and we’re thrilled to be working with him, John, Thais, Troy and Mike,” added the Columbia Pictures President of Production.

    While the name might sound familiar, Dumas' son went on to write The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo which have both served as the basis for numerous Hollywood adaptions, most recently for 'Musketeers' in 2011 helmed by acclaimed auteur Paul W.S. Anderson (Pompeii, Resident Evil).

    Deadline notes:

    Born to a French nobleman and a slave woman of African descent, Dumas became the highest-ranking person of color to ever serve in any European army. A favorite of Napoleon for a time, Dumas was also the first non-white to become a brigadier general in the French military. Dumas’ exploits were used as the basis for the novels of his son Alexandre Dumas. Better known today than his father, the younger Dumas wrote The Three Musketeers and The Count Of Monte Cristo.

    This could be the start of a resurgence in bio-pics, with The Great Gatsby and Moulin Rouge! director Baz Luhrman helming Stanley Kubrick's passion project, Napoleon, for HBO. 

    Sunday
    Apr272014

    ZACK SNYDER Confirmed to Save Cinema with JUSTICE LEAGUE; Plans Revealed 

     

    Warner Brothers has dropped a pretty big bomb-shell on this quiet Sunday afternoon courtesy of The Wall Street Journal, confirming the obvious that cinematic visionary Zack Snyder will be directing Justice League as well as confirming they have other films in the works from DC/Vertigo.

    Speaking with Warner Bro's President of Worldwide Production, Greg Silverman:

    Like “Man of Steel” and its follow-up, which starts production next month, “Justice League” will be directed by Zack SnyderHenry Cavill is expected to return as Superman, along with Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot, who play Batman and Wonder Woman, respectively, in 2016’s “Man of Steel” sequel tentatively titled “Batman vs. Superman.”

    “It will be a further expansion of this universe,” said Mr. Silverman. “’Superman vs Batman’ will lead into ‘Justice League.’”

    A script for Justice League is supposedly in development, and the article notes that the film doesn't have a set release date but is un-likely to be before 2018 (which would be two years after the Untitled Batman vs Superman film.

    In terms of other DC films coming out:

    Warner Bros. has several other movies in development unconnected to the Justice League that are based on DC superheroes and fantasy and crime titles from its Vertigo line of genre comics, said Mr. Silverman and Toby Emmerich, president of Warner’s New Line Cinema label. They include “Shazam,” “Metal Men,” “100 Bullets,” and “Fables.”

    Also for the angry nerd crowds who have been parroting the "Marvel got a talking raccoon before DC got Wonder-Woman":

    And while there are no plans yet for a “Justice League” spinoff featuring Ms. Gadot’s “Wonder Woman,” Warner executives said they are warm to the idea.

    “That is our hope,” said Sue Kroll, president of worldwide marketing. “With the right script, that could be viable. The world is ready for her.”

    Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ben Affleck, and Ray Fisher line up the heroes announced so far, with Jesse Eisenberg set to tackle the role of Lex Luthor in the upcoming Batman vs. Superman film which is set to release Summer 2016.

    Obviously Snyder directing Justice League shouldn't be a shock, especially after seeing how well he has previously handled a grounded and more adult themed super-hero team with 2009's masterpiece WATCHMEN.

    Saturday
    Apr262014

    The Trailer (12 Years in the Making) for Richard Linklater's 'Boyhood'

    I remember first reading about this project way back in 2002 (I was a freshman in high school) and thinking to myself, "This must be an April Fools joke."

    The idea that someone would decide to shoot a movie over a span of 12 years to realistically depict a boy's growth from the age of 6 - 18 (1st - 12th grade) was a unprecedented undertaking.  Yet, when it comes to Richard Linklater, he's proven himself time and time again to be everything but a 'conventional' filmmaker.

    Starring Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette and newcomer (he's ironically been 'coming' for the past 12 years) Ellar Coltrane, Boyhood tells the story of a child named Mason as he naviagtes through that 'rocky' journey we all encounter from childhood to young adulthood.

    The film debuted at Sundance earlier this year and received an overwhelmingly positive reaction as a filmgoing experience unlike anything ever seen.  I wouldn't be shocked if this is finally Linklater's ticket to the Oscars that he's been long overdue for.

    You can view the film's trailer below along with its official synopsis and teaser poster.

    Boyhood hits theaters in limited release on July 11th. 

    Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater’s BOYHOOD is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason’s parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, BOYHOOD charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay’s Yellow to Arcade Fire’s Deep Blue. BOYHOOD is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. It’s impossible to watch Mason and his family without thinking about our own journey.

    Source:  IFC Films

    Thursday
    Apr242014

    First Stills from JURASSIC WORLD Drop, Director Might be Up for Sequels and Williams Returns?

    If you're looking forward to next summer's Jurassic World, which is currently filming in Hawaii, you'd be in luck to see three new stills for the upcoming sequel as well as some interesting news regarding director Colin Trevorrow and some upcoming inevitable sequels.

     

    Empire spoke with Trevorrow:

    “We definitely talked about [sequels] a lot,” the director/co-writer revealed. “We wanted to create something that would be a little bit less arbitrary and episodic, and something that could potentially arc into a series that would feel like a complete story.”

    With those story arcs already in place, Trevorrow hinted at the characters likely to participate in them across further films. One of them is cast newbie and Untouchable star Omar Sy, who's soon to be seen as Bishop in X-Men: Days Of Future Past. “He’s essentially Chris Pratt’s best friend,” he said of the Sy character. “They work together and have some pretty cool action scenes together. I wanted to create a relationship there that could be memorable and potentially carry on to future films.”

    But don't get too cozy with Pratt:

    Before anyone points and shouts ‘Spoilersaurus!’, Trevorrow did say “could” rather than “will”. There’s still a chance, albeit a slender one, that Pratt’s ex-military man will end up on a pterodactyl’s water biscuit.

    Trevorrow also confirmed to expect animatronic dinosaurs akin to the acclaimed visuals we saw in Spielberg's 1993 film, Jurassic Park. The film will also be moving to New Orleans after they're done in Hawaii to film. 

    Also according to fan-site Jurassic World-Movie, fans should expect the legendary John Williams to return to score the film:

    John Williams is in fact returning to do the score for Jurassic World, and is currently working on it according to my source and Jurassic Park Legacy.

    Jurassic World, starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Ty Simpkins, Irrfan Kahn, and Vincent D'Onfrio stars principal photography this month, and will release June 12 2014 in theaters and IMAX.

    Thursday
    Apr242014

    Third HOBBIT Film Gets New Title; Probably Gets Split Into 2, Eh

     

    The upcoming sequel to The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, which was set to be released as The Hobbit: There and Back Again will now be referred to as Peter Jackson Presents Lee Daniel's The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies: A Spike Lee Joint.

    Variety reports:

    Originally titled “There and Back Again,” Jackson wrote that the new name will be “The Battle of the Five Armies.” Rumors of a name change have been circulating for the past week, sparked when fan site TheOneRing.net reported that New Line had registered the name “The Hobbit: Into the Fire.”

    The franchise’s studio Warner Bros. confirmed the change.

    If I were you, I'd also expect an announcement soon that the film will be split into another part for maximum IMAX 3D money.

    Jackson took to Facebook to address the change:

    Inside Information...

    Our journey to make The Hobbit Trilogy has been in some ways like Bilbo's own, with hidden paths revealing their secrets to us as we've gone along. “There and Back Again” felt like the right name for the second of a two film telling of the quest to reclaim Erebor, when Bilbo’s arrival there, and departure, were both contained within the second film. But with three movies, it suddenly felt misplaced—after all, Bilbo has already arrived “there” in the "Desolation of Smaug".

    When we did the premiere trip late last year, I had a quiet conversation with the studio about the idea of revisiting the title. We decided to keep an open mind until a cut of the film was ready to look at. We reached that point last week, and after viewing the movie, we all agreed there is now one title that feels completely appropriate.

    And so: "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" it is.

    As Professor Tolkien intended, “There and Back Again” encompasses Bilbo’s entire adventure, so don’t be surprised if you see it used on a future box-set of all three movies.

    Before then however, we have a film to finish, and much to share with you. It’s been a nice quiet time for us—Jabez and I happily editing away in a dark cave in Wellington—but those halcyon days are quickly coming to an end. It will soon be time to step into the light. Expect to see and hear much about The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in the coming months.

    And there’s also The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Cut, which we’re in the process of finishing, with over 25 mins of new scenes, all scored with original music composed by Howard Shore.

    It’ll be a fun year!

    Uhg. 

    Anyway, The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies cash-grabs into theaters this December.

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