Academy Award nominee Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) stars as Annie, a young, happy foster kid who's also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York in 2014. Originally left by her parents as a baby with the promise that they'd be back for her someday, it's been a hard knock life ever since with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz). But everything's about to change when the hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) – advised by his brilliant VP, Grace (Rose Byrne) and his shrewd and scheming campaign advisor, Guy (Bobby Cannavale) – makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. Stacks believes he's her guardian angel, but Annie's self-assured nature and bright, sun-will-come-out-tomorrow outlook on life just might mean it's the other way around.
Originally, this entry was solely going to be about the first trailer just released for director David Fincher's Gone Girl, an adaptation of the Gillian Flynn novel of the same name.
However, news broke just a couple hours back that the extremely talented filmmaker is reportedly 'out' as director for the Steve Job biopic he was looking to helm with Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) writing and possibly Christian Bale set to star.
First, I'll discuss Gone Girl.
The film is based on the crime-mystery novel about a man named Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) who becomes the lead suspect when his wife (Rosamund Pike) disappears on their five-year wedding anniversary.
The trailer - in typical Fincher style - has that unique look and feel to it (you can also view the film's poster below).
I haven't read the book but I'm certainly looking forward to anything Fincher does. Not to mention, our upcoming Batman looks to be in pretty fine form as Affleck's seemingly landed one of his most complex and challenging roles in years. Honestly, when has Fincher ever directed a bad performance?
Gone Girl opens October 3rd.
Anyway, now onto the Steve Jobs thing.
Apparently, Fincher wants too much creative control (including marketing) along with a $10 million up-front fee.
Sony isn't down with the filmmaker's demands and is now looking at other directors to take on the project.
Not for nothing, I understand studios feel things are always a business and are constantly looking to make the most money off of something, but this is David Fincher we're talking about. One of the top 5 directors working in Hollywood today, bar none. When the man wants something, you give it to him. It's not like his track records hasn't proven anything short of greatness.
The original story notes there is the possiblity the studio may re-enter negotiations with the filmmaker down the line so here's hoping Sony comes to their senses.
Source: 20th Century Fox, The Hollywood Reporter
A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal — an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces an epic battle with the invading king’s successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom — and perhaps to Maleficent’s true happiness as well.
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The film is based on the comic book storyline "Days of Future Past," which ran in Uncanny X-Men #141 and 142 back in 1981 during Chris Claremont and John Byrne's run and introduced the idea of an alternate future for Marvel's mutants that grew out of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants killing an important senator, leading to a future where all mutants are hunted by Sentinels.
The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from “X-Men: First Class,” in an epic battle that must change the past — to save our future.
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After a cowardly sheep farmer backs out of a gunfight, his fickle girlfriend leaves him for another man. When a mysterious and beautiful woman rides into town, she helps him find his courage and they begin to fall in love. But when her husband, a notorious outlaw, arrives seeking revenge, the farmer must put his newfound courage to the test.
The film is based on the Radical Studios graphic novel "Hercules: The Thracian Wars." Everyone knows the legend of Hercules and his twelve labors. Our story begins after the labors, and after the legend…
Haunted by a sin from his past, Hercules has become a mercenary. Along with five faithful companions, he travels ancient Greece selling his services for gold and using his legendary reputation to intimidate enemies. But when the benevolent ruler of Thrace and his daughter seek Hercules' help to defeat a savage and terrifying warlord, Hercules finds that in order for good to triumph and justice to prevail... he must again become the hero he once was... he must embrace his own myth... he must be Hercules
Hazel and Gus are two extraordinary teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them – and us – on an unforgettable journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous, given that they met and fell in love at a cancer support group. The Fault In Our Stars based upon the number-one bestselling novel by John Green, explores the funny, thrilling and tragic business of being alive and in love.
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The action 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 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.
Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April O'Neil (Fox) and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick (Arnett) to save the city and unravel Shredder's diabolical plan.
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Though no cast members have been announced, Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures have taken the early step in dating their tentpole fantasy retelling, King Arthur, for July 22nd, 2016 with Guy Ritchie directing.
Ritchie - who has a good relationship with the studio having directed both Sherlock Holmes films as well as next year's The Man from U.N.C.L.E. - was rumored to be circling the project back in January with news now coming that he has officially signed on.
If you recall, Warner Bros. was looking to make their new take on the King Arthur legend a couple years back but ran into budget issues as well as being unable to land a bankable lead (Colin Farrel's name was thrown around along with up-and-comers Joel Kinnaman and Kit Harrington).
Now, the studio has signed both a familiar and capable action movie director to deliver - what they hope will be - the start of a new franchise.