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    Saturday
    May312014

    Tom Cruise Making Surprise Appearences At 'Edge of Tomorrow' Screenings

    While it's pretty evident Tom Cruise is no longer the box office draw (at least here in the States) that he use to be, the man still is committed to making great films for moviegoers.  None the more true than his newest flick hitting cinemas this week (internationally) and next (domestic), Edge of Tomorrow.

    The sci-fi actioner so far has an excellent 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and is being touted as the under-the-radar, sleeper hit of the summer, with some calling it 'one of the best films of the year'.  In a season filled with sequels, Edge of Tomorrow is the definitely something original and different:

    The epic action of "Edge of Tomorrow" unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world.  Major William Cage (Tom Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission.  Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop - forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again...and again. But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt).  And, as Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy.

    Looking to drum up hype and good word-of-the-mouth for the film, Cruise is making surprise appearences across the county at early screenings for fans.  As you can view in the videos below, the actor first hit Toronto on Thursday, then Chicago yesterday.  Maybe New York today?  We shall see.

    I also embedded a new TV spot for the film, which hopefully does its job in selling more than just an action movie:

    Edge of Tomorrow opens next Friday, June 6th.

    Friday
    May302014

    For Your Consideration: Watch the Trailer For Best Picture 2014: LEFT BEHIND 

     

    The Nicolas Cage rapture-themed drama debuted it's first trailer today on the heels of yesterday's poster drop, and it actually looks pretty good.
    Based on the New York Times Best Selling series, LEFT BEHIND follows Academy Award-Winner and Ghost Rider Nicolas Cage as airline pilot Rayford Steele as he deals with half of his plane vanishing (along with half of the world entirely) as the Biblical Rapture begins 30,000 feet in the air.

    It's been a good time for spiritual movie-goers, with such films as Son of God raking in over $70 million off it's $20 million budget, God's Not Dead raking in $60 million off it's $2 million budget, and Heaven is for Real gaining almost $90 million off a modest $12 million budget. 
    One thing is for sure, faith-based films are getting bigger and bigger, and I doubt if LEFT BEHIND leaves anything behind when it opens this October. 

    The film also has a good boost from being based off the 16 book series (selling over 63 million copies) as well as having 3 films already in it's franchise with 2 PC games as well as graphic novels and audio-books.

    The final book in the series, Kingdom Come: The Final Victory was released in 2007. 

    Without warning, millions of people around the globe simply vanish.

    All that remains are their clothes and belongings … and an overwhelming sense of terror. The vanishings cause unmanned vehicles to crash and burn. Emergency forces everywhere are devastated. Gridlock, riots and looting overrun the cities. And there is no one to help or provide answers. In an instant, the earth has been plunged into darkness. For RAY STEELE, the pilot of a jumbo jet, it means trying to calm his hysterical passengers who saw loved ones vanish before their eyes. It also means trying to land his damaged plane when every airport is jammed with burning wrecks, all while wishing that he could talk to his family one last time. For BUCK WILLIAMS, the world-renowned journalist trapped at 30,000 feet, it means a struggle to understand the incomprehensible, the most devastating event in history. And for CHLOE STEELE, Ray’s daughter back on the ground, it means trying to find her mother and brother. Lost in a post-apocalyptic landscape, she is forced to head home through a world where despair and rage rule the day. This is the story of the Rapture, the story of those LEFT BEHIND.

    LEFT BEHIND releases October 3, 2014. 

    Thursday
    May292014

    MPAA Hates Fun - Rejects Breasty Eva Green "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" Poster

    Dimension Films, like most of us, are proponents of fun. The MPAA however, wants you to put your fun away. The studio was prepared to release the below provocative poster of Eva Green for "Sin City: A Dame To Kill For but the MPAA told them to pump the brakes.

    According to PAGE SIX the "Fun Police" over at the MPAA rejected the poster “for nudity — curve of under breast and dark nipple/areola circle visible through sheer gown.

    At least we can all enjoy it below.

    Thursday
    May292014

    The Poster for "Left Behind" Featuring Nicolas Cage 

    Left Behind follows Rayford Steele (Nicolas Cage) who is piloting a commercial airliner just hours after the Rapture when millions of people around the globe simply vanish. Thirty thousand feet over the Atlantic, Rayford is faced with a damaged plane, terrified passengers, and a desperate desire to get back to his family. On the ground, his daughter, Chloe Steele (Cassi Thomson) is among those left behind, forced to navigate a world of madness as she searches for her lost mother and brother.

    Thursday
    May292014

    Set Photos of TERMINATOR: GENESIS Give Us First Look at Arnold and Co: Don't Want No Scrubs

    Thanks to the Daily Mail by way of Flickering Myth comes our first look at A Good Day to Die Hard star Jai Courtney, Game of Thrones' Mother of Dragons Emilia Clarke, and Arnold Schwarzenegger reprising his role as the T-800 in the upcoming seq-preq-boot of James Cameron's TERMINATOR franchise.

     

    These come from the set of the current filming location in New Orleans. 

    I would use my best apex-predator movie knowledge to conclude this scene takes place at a Hospital; but I've been wrong before, maybe they're at a costume party and Kyle Reese and Sarah Connor are dressing up as J.D. and Elliot from the popular sitcom Scrubs.

    One thing is for sure, Arnold looks suave as hell, ready to beat some ass.

    Alan Taylor directs the all-star cast, which also includes Byung Hun-Lee (Storm Shadow in G.I. JOE: RETALIATION), J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man), Jason Clarke (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Matt Smith (Dr. Who, The Lost River) and Dayo Okeniyi (The Hunger Games).

    TERMINATOR: GENESIS will shoot it's way into theaters July 1st, 2015.

    Tuesday
    May272014

    New Extended Featurette for 'Edge of Tomorrow'

    A brand-new, 13-minute featurette has gone online - courtesy of Warner Bros. - for their June 6th release of Edge of Tomorrow, starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt.

    In this sci-fi action-thriller, Cruise stars as a military officer whose never seen a day of combat but is forced to keep reliving the same day on the battlefield over and over each time he dies.  After joining forces with a military warrior (Emily Blunt), Cruise's character becomes the ultimate weapon to defeat the enemy and win the war against the invading alien race.

    The featurette shows a lot of behind-the-scenes footage along with interviews with the cast and crew involved discussing the making of the film.

    The first reviews came in last night and by all accounts, it's an utterly fantastic film with many calling it the blockbuster to beat this summer.  I just hope people give Tom Cruise another chance and realize he's the epitome of a Hollywood movie star, plain and simple.

    The epic action of “Edge of Tomorrow” unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world. Lt. Col. Bill Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to little more than a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop—forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again…and again. But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt). And, as Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy.

    Source:  Warner Bros.

    Tuesday
    May272014

    Edgar Wright Might Move Back to NIGHT STALKER with Depp/Disney Combo

     

    After Friday's announcement that the Marvel Studios War-Machine (no pun intended) and British director Edgar Wright had broken up due to "creative differences" over Wright's 2015 ANT-MAN, the internet has been abuzz from not only the 42 or 43 people who actually care about Ant-Man; but from the rest of us wondering what the Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World director was going to tackle next.

    Following up on their exclusive story from over two years ago, Deadline once again is reporting Wright is eying a big-screen adaption of the 1970's hit science-fiction horror series: Kolchak: The Night Stalker that he developed as a vehicle for Johnny Depp. 

     I’m told that the script by D.V. DeVincentis is in strong shape. Of course, much of this depends on the availability of Depp, who’s playing Whitey Bulger in Black Mass right now and is supposed to make another Pirates Of The Caribbean movie either later this year or early next. 

    Of course there is talk already of Wright being "restricted" to Disney's PG-13 mandate for their releases; but as many should be reminded, Depp's 2012 film The Lone Ranger also with Disney was PG-13 and is as dark as they come.

    This will be the first time Carl Kolchak comes to screens since the early 2000s failed reboot series on ABC where was portrayed by Stuart Townsend.

    Saturday
    May242014

    First Trailer for Denzel Washington's THE EQUALIZER Adaption

    Sadly absent from the big-screen since August's Mark Wahlberg co-starrer 2 Guns, Denzel and his Training Day director Antoine Fuqua are re-teaming with their bloody adaption of the CBS TV series that ran for 4 years back in the late 1980s. 

    Joining Washington are Chloe Grace Moretz (CARRIE, Let the Right One In) and Melissa Leo (The Fighter, OBLIVION) with frequent-baddie Marton Csokas (XxX, The Amazing Spider-Man 2) as the antagnost.

    The film looks pretty sick, and considering Washington is the go-to guy for brooding and badass action with such hits as Man on Fire and Safe House it comes as no surprise that Sony is already developing a sequel after test-screenings indicate this is their most highly-recieved R-rated film in the studios' history. 

     In "The Equalizer," Denzel Washington plays McCall, a former black ops commando who has faked his death to live a quiet life in Boston. When he comes out of his self-imposed retirement to rescue a young girl, Teri (Chloл Grace Moretz), he finds himself face to face with ultra-violent Russian gangsters. As he serves vengeance against those who brutalize the helpless, McCall's desire for justice is reawakened. If someone has a problem, the odds are stacked against them, and they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer.

    The Equalizer releases September 26, 2014. 

    Friday
    May232014

    Universal Going To Great Lengths to Finish "Fast & Furious 7"

    In a fascinating write-up over at The Hollywood Reporter, much detail is given into the enormous challenge Universal and the cast & crew behind Fast & Furious 7 are taking on to complete the film, months after the passing of franchise star Paul Walker when filming was only halfway done.

    Besides the massive insurance claim the studio is looking to file (which can be read more in-depth here) in the realm of $50 million, the technical difficulties of competing a movie when your co-lead only completed half his scenes is particularly daunting.

    Currently, the film is in the midst of a grueling, 13-week, effects heavy shoot to finish what was put on hold last November 30th.

    In lengthy detail given by a source behind filming, the following stated in regards to how the late Paul Walker's scenes will be finished:

    "They are finishing the film more or less as scripted, replacing Paul with [computer-generated] face replacement," says this person. "They have two of Paul's brothers as well as an actor to 'play' Paul when needed." (The Walker brothers, 25-year-old Cody and 36-year-old Caleb, both are helping fill in for their brother physically -- Caleb primarily for body size and mannerisms and Cody for the eyes. But the filmmakers need to create a character that not only looks like Paul but also performs like him. That's the actor's job.) Peter Jackson's Weta is tackling the effects work using three cameras (in addition to the main-unit cameras) to capture Walker's stand-ins for face replacement. "There is a massive amount of gear," reports the source. "Everything they want with Paul gets done three times over. Three [actors] times seven cameras per shot is a clusterf--- of money being spent."

    The peice also adds how director James Wan plans to use unused footage from the previous two Fast & Furious installments to help aid with completing scenes.

    While it must be a huge obstacle - both emotionally and technically - to finish a film of this nature when such a huge peice of the franchise is gone, it's refreshing to hear the studio is doing everything they can to ensure things are done the best possible.

    Below you'll see a few pics from filming recently where Paul's brother, Cody, is standing in during what looks to be a 'goodbye' scene to 'retire' the Brian O'Conner character, as the studio had stated they would be doing (notice the dots on Cody's face for digital alignment purposes). 

    Fast & Furious 7 hits theaters April 10, 2015.

    Source:  The Hollywood Reporter, Daily Mail

    Friday
    May232014

    J.K. Simmons Talks "Terminator: Genesis"; Calls the Script 'Very Smart'

    J.K. Simmons - out at Cannes Film Festival promoting his new film, Whiplash - divulged a few details in regards to his role in next summer's Terminator: Genesis.

    The always fantastic character actor stated his initial hesistance to do the picture, but was turned on to it once reading the script:

    “I was leery of it when it first came my way, when my agent sent me the idea for it.  It's a small part, which they insist gets much bigger in the sequels. But I was very pleasantly surprised by the script itself."

    Simmons also states how the film definitely exists within the world of the first two films - James Cameron's films - and stays true to that world created:

    "This, I think, is a reimagining. They don't want to call it a sequel or a reboot. It's the world that James Cameron created with Arnold [Schwarzenegger, obviously]. All the leading characters are characters who have existed in that world – the character I play is new to it."

    Simmons' character is said to be a 'tired, weary detective' who has been following the case of Sarah Connor for three decades.

    The actor also chimes in on his feelings for the script and what he thinks of his co-stars:

    "The script, I think, is very smart, and it's going to be a wonderful part for Arnold to do. Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke and Jai Courtney are already shooting – we did a table read a few weeks ago – and all of them are going to be great."

    Finally, Simmons gives his thoughts on what to expect of director Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World) who is helming just his second big budget tentpole:

    "Alan Taylor is a wonderful director – I got to work with him on Oz a couple of times – so I'm optimistic that this can be one of those films. Y'know, it's a big action franchise, but it's also going to be a really intelligent, entertaining, enjoyable film.”

    Terminator: Genesis is due out next July 1st, 2015.

    Source:  Empire

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