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    Tuesday
    Aug042015

    X Gon' Give It To Ya' in Red Band DEADPOOL Trailer 

     

    The 4th wall-breaking quip-machine was the talk of the town after Comic-Con when the trailer was circulating the web in low cell-phone quality (along with Suicide Squad) and now, weeks later, the trailer for the 20th Fox gamble of "fine here's the movie you all have been bitching about wanting for 5 years" has made it's way online officially. 

    Deadpool follows Wade Wilson, a cancer patient who undergoes a life-saving experimentation from the Weapon X program, as he is turned into the grizzle faced mercenary known as Deadpool who goes on the lamb from the organization that created him and along the way finds Negasonic Teenage Warhead, a child from the house that Xavier built as they are hunted and haunted by their estranged pasts.

    DEADPOOL stars Ryan Reynolds as he reprises his role from 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine and is joined by a bevy of talent such as Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller, and the stunning Morena Baccarin, Gina Carano, and newcomer Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic. 

    The film opens everywhere February 12, 2016. 

    Tuesday
    Aug042015

    Promo Video for 'The Martian' - Ares 3: The Right Stuff

    Having recently finished reading Andy Weir's The Martian, I am beyond psyched to see the film.

    The combination of science, suspense, reality, authenticity and most of all, humor, makes the book one of the best I have ever read. I am just praying and hoping the film is able to capture that same spirit as the book.

    Seriously, Mark Watney is like my friggin hero now.

    Anyway, if you haven't seen the trailer, you should check it out (as I have about 100x). Today though, we have another promo video for the film where the 'crew' is being interviewed by a psychologist before their mission after each spending 10 days in isolation. It's safe to say, all the actors here (especially Matt Damon) have seemingly translated their characters from page to screen. Even reading the book, I couldn't help but picture all of these actors in their respective roles.

    The Martian opens nationwide October 2nd.

    During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return. Based on a best-selling novel, and helmed by master director Ridley Scott, THE MARTIAN features a star studded cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover.

    Source: 20th Century Fox

    Sunday
    Aug022015

    Weekend Box Office- July 31- Aug 2

     

    With the Cruise you clearly never lose. Paramount is having a good weekend after a rough summer start with the critically derided but actually brilliant Terminator: Genisys which has so far tallied up $317 million; but that's besides the point, as the amazing Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation dominated with $56 million for the opening weekend. The thriller, a fifth entry in the long-running journeys of the Impossible Mission Force, continues to showcase Cruise as both an entertainer and a box office draw.

    Up against Ethan Hunt and his globe-troting escapades was National Lampoon's "Vacation" reboot, aptly titled Vacation which opened Wednesday, and finished the weekend with $21 million. The reboot starred Ed Helms as Clark Griswold's son, taking his family to Wally World. The reboot came in second.

    Rounding out the weekend was Marvel Studios ANT-MAN, Minions, and PIXELS in fifth. 

    Courtesy of Deadline:

    1). Mission: Impossible-Rogue Nation (PAR), 3,956 theaters / $20.3M Fri.* / $19.7M Sat. (-3%) /$16M Sun. (-19%) /3-day cume: $56M / Wk 1
    * includes previews of $4M
    Industry estimate:$55.6M FSS

    2). Vacation (WB), 3,411 theaters / $4.5M Fri. / $5.8M Sat. (+28%) /$4.6M Sun. (-21%) / 3-day cume: $14.85M / Total cume: $21.2M** /Wk 1
    **includes Tuesday previews of $1.2M
    Industry estimate:$14.7M FSS, $21.2M cume

    3). Ant-Man (DIS), 3,322 theaters (-546) / $3.6M Fri. / $5.1M Sat. (+40%) /$3.9M Sun. (-23%) / 3-day cume: $12.6M  (-49%)/Total cume: $132.1M/Wk 3
    Industry estimate: $12.6M FSS, $132.1M cume

    4). Minions (UNI), 3,575 theaters (-491)/ $3.6M Fri. / $5M Sat. (+36%) /$3.6M Sun. (-28%) / 3-day cume: $12.2M (-47%)/Total Cume: $287.3M / Wk 4
    Industry estimate: $12.2M FSS, $287.3M cume

    5). Pixels (SONY), 3,723 theaters (0)/ $3.16M Fri. / $4.1M Sat. (+31%) /$3.1M Sun. (-24%) / 3-day cume: $10.4M (-57%)/Total cume: $45.6M/ Wk 2
    Industry estimate:$10.3M FSS, $45.6M cume

    Next weekend, August 7, will see a crowded brawl as the 20th Century Fox Fantastic Four opens alongside the Joel Edgerton thriller The Gift and the Meryl Streep indie mother/daughter drama Ricki and the Flash.

    I'm clearly no expert; but I'd wager F4NTASTIC or Fantastic Four or F4 or whatever you wanna call it will take a win from Rogue Nation. Tracking puts the Marvel super-hero reboot to a $45-50 million weekend, with a lot riding on the fresh-faced but accomplished young cast overpowering the negative rumors that have been circulating about director Josh Trank. While likely untrue and baseless, the same kind of negativity surrounded Fox's Days of Future Past last year, with the rumors of Bryan Singer doing absolutely nothing to detract from the film's stellar opening. 

    Time wlill tell. 

    Sunday
    Aug022015

    'Zoolander 2' Trailer Debuts...Or is it '2oolander'?

    I guess it's pretty sad when you remember seeing Zoolander in theaters when you were still in middle school.

    When the film first debuted back in 2001, it was certainly considered 'funny' but I don't think many thought it would go on to become such a cult classic. Like Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, its both marveled for its complete stupidity yet adored for its absolutely hilarious humor.

    Like Ron Burgundy as well, Derek Zoolander is finally getting a sequel which can also be considered a bit 'too late'. Anchorman: The Legend Continues took nine years to get made while Zoolander 2 is even longer at fifteen (Dumb and Dumber To holds the ultimate title with the big 2-0).

    Anyway, Paramount has released what is really just a teaser for the film with no actual footage shown other than Derek Zoolander asking a very important question to the audience. The dummy (no pun intended) narration by Stephen Hawking is a nice touch though.

    Little is known about the plot of the actual film but original co-stars Owen Wilson, Christine Taylor and Will Ferrel are back with Stiller along with new additions Kristen Wiig, Olivia Munn and Penelope Cruz.

    View the trailer below and sound off with your comments. Is it really, really ridiculously good looking? Sorry, just had to.

    Source: Paramount Pictures

    Saturday
    Aug012015

    ASSASSIN'S CREED Director Explains The Appeal of the Franchise to Film

     

    Not many movies like Assassin's Creed end up happening- from being in development for years and having more scheduled release dates than there are actual games in it's own series (like 26)- but Justin Kurzel is committed to bringing the "heart and history" of the acclaimed franchise to the big screen.

    Speaking to IGN, Kurzel said:

     “Because I think there’s so much underneath it,” he explained. “I don’t think it’s your typical shoot-em-up game. I don’t think it’s your typical one-dimensional game. It has a heart and a history to it.

    The franchise, developed by Ubisoft, first launched in 2008 and has since spawned 21 games in both the main series and subsequent spin-offs, and detail a high-concept science fiction world where the Knight's Templar engineer a device, The Animus, to allow them to delve into the DNA memories from the descendants of Assassins, warriors who are both master killers, and have been in a never ending war with the Templars to preserve the Pieces of Eden- objects left behind by "Those who came before" which grant their users otherworldly abilities that can be as mighty as they are devastating. 

    “The whole idea of memories and the whole idea of we are made up of who comes before us and within us we carry the DNA of our ancestors and we have access to those ancestors and they somehow speak to who we are now – that is just an incredibly strong, human kind of curious thing, so I think that there is something there that’s really original and really fresh and it’s no wonder it has 90 million players. There’s got to be something more than just the fun of playing it. There’s definitely a culture to it that people really respond to.”

    The film's principal photography is expected to begin within the next "six or seven weeks" per IGN, with Michael Fassbender (Shame, Steve Jobs), Marion Cotillard (Inception) and Michael K. Williams (HBO's The Wire) starring, with others expected to be announced soon.

    The film will see Fassbender and Cotillard reteaming with Kurzel off their critically acclaimed MACBETH film which is set to open in October in the UK, with the next installment for the game franchise, Assassin's Creed: Victory coming out this fall.

    Saturday
    Aug012015

    Lionsgate Bringing NARUTO to the Big Screen...Believe It.

     

    The studio that has made billions off watching teenagers fight to the death with The Hunger Games is jumping into the anime-fray with the wildly popular manga/anime series Naruto apparently coming to a theater near you, from director Michael Gracey. From Variety:

     Avi Arad and his son Ari Arad are producing through Arad Productions. Erik Feig, Geoff Shaveitz and Kelly O’Malley will oversee for the studio. [...]
     Gracey is a former visual effects specialist who has moved into directing. He’s been attached to several studio projects that are in development — Universal’s adaptation of the New York Times best-seller “Daughter of Smoke and Bone,” his Elton John biopic “Rocketman” with Tom Hardy attached and Fox’s P.T. Barnum biopic “The Greatest Showman on Earth.”

    Naruto follows the titular Naruto Uzumaki as he champions to become "Hokage", the highest title a ninja warrior can achieve, in a world divided by different villiages and ninja clans, each with their own special set of powers. The manga features a wide cast of diverse characters.
    If done right, the action-adventure fantasy could be a mega hit, and it certainly has the potential to be, the only major setback being the series is deeply rooted in Japanese myths and legends; but who knows.

    The series recently just ended it's almost 20 year run.  

    Saturday
    Aug012015

    Robert Rodriguez Talks JOHNNY QUEST

     

    Sim, Sim, Sala Bim! While Robert Rodriguez is currently busy working on his From Dusk Till Dawn series for his El Rey network, the Once Upon a Time in Mexico and Spy Kids director has shared some details to /Film about his upcoming Johnny Quest adaptation, promising it's different than anything he's ever done. 

     “I thought it’d be really cool to do a legitimate action/adventure film that just happens to have a kid in it,” Rodriguez said. “Not a kids film; the Spy Kids were more like kids films, this would be like a real action-adventure film because that’s what the original series was like. It was a hard hitting, kickass action-adventure series. That’s what enticed me to go do it. My own series had already played out. That was a cool property still that the studio had. I thought I would go see what they thought of it and they were really into it.

    Rodriguez is no rookie to hard-hitting action, as evident in his "Mariachi" trilogy with Antonio Banderas, and went on to compare hsi forthcoming adaptation of the mid-60's Hanna Barbara cartoon as doing a "James Bond/Indiana Jones" film:

     It’d be different from anything that I’ve done. I’ve never done anything really that wasn’t either a really small little kid type movie or a more violent action film. This would be like doing a James Bond/Indiana Jones movie. Imagine you’re a kid and James Bond is your bodyguard and your dad is Indiana Jones. It’s one of those movies and you just happen to be in it.

    Johnny Quest was last revived in the 1990s as a more modern, cyber-thriller, cartoon series that involved then-cutting edge CGI animation. It wasn't until the mid 2000's where Zac Efron and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson were in talks to star in a big budget film.

    The series follows Johnny Quest, son of the famous scientist Dr. Benton Quest, his friend Hadji, their dog Bandit, and Dr. Quest's bodyguard Roger Bannon as they embark on adventrues accross the globe to face threats both paranormal, and incredibly real. The series is inspired by pulp adventure comics. 

    The film, directed by Rodriguez, will be written by Terry Rossio (Pirates trilogy) for Warner Brothers, and produced by Adrian Askarieh, who has had his hand in the globe-trotting Hitman films as well. 

    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

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