After teaming with rapper turned actor Ice Cube for Universal's buddy cop comedy Ride Along (and a forthcoming sequel), comedian Kevin Hart is getting ready to work with another hyphenate actor and singer. Variety reports Hart is in talks to join Jamie Foxx in an action comedy called Black Phantom set up at Screen Gems. The film would reunite even more of the Ride Along team with Tim Story in talks to direct and Will Packer producing the story about a hitman who is double-crossed and forced to enlist the help of another hitman called The Black Phantom, the same assassin hired to kill him in the first place. ›››
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This fall, DreamWorks Animation has their film Home hitting theaters. Formerly known as Happy Smekday!, the film is an adaptation of Adam Rex's children's book, The True Meaning of Smekday. The film follows an alien race invading Earth as their new home to hide form a mortal enemy. But when one lowly alien (Jim Parsons) accidentally notifies the enemies of his whereabouts, he is forced to go on the run with a stubborn teenage girl (Rihanna) to right all of his wrongs. Now an animated short film introduces us to the alien characters trying to find a new home planet, including the leader voiced by Steve Martin. Watch! ›››
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With his latest indie effort Chef having just premiered at SXSW, Jon Favreau is looking to reteam with the buddy who helped launch his filmmaking career. Deadline has word that Favreau is getting back together with Vince Vaughn for the crime thriller Term Life at Universal. In the film Vaughn plays a man named Nick Barrow (Vaughn) who makes money planning heists and selling them to the highest bidder. But soon he finds himself chased down by mobsters, assassins and corrupt cops. Thinking of his estranged daughter (Hailee Steinfeld), he takes out a $1 million insurance policy on himself, payable to her. But there's a catch. ›››
Following last week's cool art show in New York and an awesome featurette looking at the construction of the massive set, we have one more trailer for Darren Aronofsky's apocalyptic epic Noah. In what might be an effort to get a younger audience interested in the film, co-star Emma Watson introduces the trailer, complete with some endearing flubs. Since this was meant to be posted on Watson's Twitter and Facebook pages, there's more of the Harry Potter actress in the trailer, but the star is still Russell Crowe. Also, this one has a frustrating disclaimer as part of the religious pandering we've heard about previously. Watch it! ›››
Continue reading Emma Watson Introduces One More Trailer for Aronofsky's Epic 'Noah'
Complete with a cool animated credits introduction to all of the stars who kick some serious ass, we have a new 10-minute featurette for The Raid 2: Berandal. Director Gareth Evans kicks things off by explaining where our story begins, which is actually just a couple hours after The Raid ended. This time a war between an Indonesian and Japanese crime family is brewing while our hero, Iko Uwais as Rama, is undercover in the middle of it all. This is a pretty informative featurette with a great look behind the scenes. And don't be confused by the appearance of Yayan Ruhian, because he's playing a different character than he did in the first film, not to mention being the fight coordinator for all this impressive action. Watch now! ›››
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For years there have been attempted plans to bring back the comedy character Fletch that originated with Chevy Chase in 1985 and even spawned a sequel. Previously Kevin Smith had written a draft of the project called Fletch Won, with the hopes that his frequent collaborator Jason Lee could lead, but that never came to fruition. More recently, several writers have tried to make it work, but to no avail. Now newcomer David List has written a draft that the studio and the film's producers enjoyed, and now "SNL" veteran and We're the Millers star Jason Sudeikis is taking the titular lead role of the investigative reporter I. M. Fletcher. ›››
Continue reading Jason Sudeikis Takes Chevy Chase Role in Comedy Reboot 'Fletch Won'
Let's just start this off by saying that no matter what side of the aisle your political beliefs fall on, we can all appreciate the fact that every president in our past has taken the time to have a little fun every now and then, so there's no reason to turn this into a political pissing contest. With that out of the way, please enjoy this awesome and pretty unbelievable appearance by President Barack Obama on the Funny or Die web series "Between Two Ferns" with Zach Galifianakis. And just like previous appearances from stars like Jennifer Lawrence and Will Ferrell, the president takes some great jabs at Galifianakis in the show. Watch! ›››
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"Did you just throw my cat out the window?" After breaking limited release box office records with a debut on just four screens this past weekend, The Grand Budapest Hotel is already a success for director Wes Anderson. But the film is still poised to expand to more screens in the coming weeks, so Fox Searchlight has decided to release one more last minute trailer, but this time with some red band edge. It's pretty tame, with only a few f-bombs and a distant shot of one of Ralph Fiennes geriatric lovers (maybe Tilda Swinton) performing fellatio, but it makes me more anxious to see the flick. Watch the red band trailer! ›››
Continue reading One More Last Minute 'Grand Budapest Hotel' Trailer Goes Red Band
Since the reboot of National Lampoon's Vacation is still dead in the water, and we haven't heard anything about a remake of The Naked Gun, we've been waiting to see what else Ed Helms will be doing besides lending his voice to Captain Underpants. Now Deadline has word that Helms is attached to star in an action comedy called Epic Fail set up at Lionsgate. In a story that sounds like Tropic Thunder without the show business angle, the film would follow an elite but unorthodox Special Forces team taking their dysfunction and excessive firepower on a desperate mission to save America, led by a real tough guy called The Walrus. ›››
This past weekend, Wes Anderson's latest star-studded film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, received a limited release. And while that means only 4 screens were playing the film (it will expand in the coming weeks), that didn't stop it from smashing box office records. Variety reports the film picked up $800,000 at the box office, meaning each screen raked in $200,000, and that's enough for the film to become the highest grossing live-action limited release debut of all time. The previous record was held by P.T. Anderson's The Master. And if you'd like a closer look at the model of the titular hotel, check out construction photos below. ›››
Continue reading 'Grand Budapest Hotel' Smashes the Box Office + See How It Was Built
Though Marvel's cosmic superhero assembly of Guardians of the Galaxy doesn't hit until August, the comic studio knows that they still have to put some effort into convincing some of the more skeptical or uninterested general audiences of their cinematic universe to get unboard with a property they've never heard of. That's why this past weekend, AMC Theatres hosted a 30-minute chat with Marvel head Kevin Feige, director James Gunn and the film's star Chris Pratt to discuss the late summer release. It's not overwhelmingly informative since it's pretty early, but it's still pretty good to hear what they have to say. ›››
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Seemingly taking a cue from the most recent official poster for the new take on the classic movie monster Godzilla, the folks at Mondo have debuted a new poster designed by Phantom City Creative (who designed last year's Comic-Con poster for the film) to hype up the Gareth Edwards film. The poster features Godzilla stomping through a nondescript skyline where the fire and smoke created from his stomping forms the monster himself. It's a pretty damn cool piece of artwork, and anyone attending SXSW will have a chance to pick one up when the original 1954 film screens at the Ritz Alamo Theater tomorrow. ›››
Continue reading Mondo & Phantom City Creative Give 'Godzilla' a Fiery SXSW Poster
After an unofficial trailer arrived last fall, the first official trailer for the homicide drama The Devil's Knot has arrived. Though this seems like the kind of film that would be saved for an awards season run, the drama from Chloe director Atom Egoyan arrives this summer, boasting an impressive cast that includes Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon, Amy Ryan, Dane De Haan and more. The film focuses on the well-known West Memphis murder trial and conviction of three teens who were wrongly accused and imprisoned for the death of three children in what was believed to be a satanic ritual. It's definitely reminsicent of Mystic River in parts but it's just set in the South instead of the city. Watch the trailer now! ›››
Though the teaser trailer that used Disney's classic Sleeping Beauty to show off the villainous side of the tale in Maleficent didn't work all that well, the more recent teaser using Lana Del Rey's haunting rendition of "Once Upon a Dream" was much better. Now we have a tease of a different sort with a couple new posters, both featuring Angelina Jolie. However, the domestic poster is boring and uninspired, relying on only Jolie's presence to sell the movie. Meanwhile the French poster is much more beautiful, using a gorgeous image of Elle Fanning as Sleeping Beauty. Seems like the US marketing team needs to try harder. Look! ›››
Continue reading French Poster for Disney's 'Maleficent' Much Better Than US Version
While many fans are waiting for Mark Ruffalo to return as The Hulk, the actor has some great lower key projects waiting in the wings. Ruffalo stars with Steve Carell and Channing Tatum in Foxcatcher, turns in an amazing leading performance in Infinitely Polar Bear from Sundance earlier this year, and now he seems prime for an Emmy nomination in the new HBO film The Normal Heart, directed by "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy. Based on the Tony Award winning play of the same name, the film takes place during the HIV-AIDS crisis in NYC in the early 1980s, and the first teaser trailer has just debuted online showing off the impressive cast that includes Julia Roberts, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons & Matt Bomer. Watch! ›››
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In case you didn't know, this year marks the 40th anniversary of the original slasher film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. And for those who just haven't enjoyed the various remakes, reboots and sequels over the past decade or so, we have some good news. The original film from director Tobe Hooper will be hitting theaters again this summer, looking better than ever with a fully restored version that goes back to the original 16mm A/B rolls. Shock Til You Drop has news of the restoration which is actually premiering at SXSW tonight at 9:30pm at the Topfer Theatre after being worked on for 40 hours a week for five months. ›››
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You are your own worst enemy. We often feature short films and other unique indie/do-it-yourself projects that are often the very beginning of a successful filmmaker's career. The latest project worth featuring is a sci-fi movie called Chrononaut, which is a feature project about a father and his daughter, involving time travel and giant robot mech suits and all kinds of crazy stuff. This video is short animatic (meaning none of the footage is actually animated) pitch to show any interested parties how cool this will look. I love the voiceover, there are a few cool shots, overall it's a strong pitch for a project I hope we one day do get to see. ›››
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We're still a couple months away from seeing The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hit theaters, but while director Marc Webb was down at South by Southwest, he participated in a Q&A where the webslinging hero came up, and there's a couple interesting tidbits that fans will be interested in hearing. First of all, anyone who has seen the countless trailers knows that there's a lot of villains in this sequel, and that's something previous superhero franchises suffered from, including Sam Raimi's adaptation of the webcrawler in Spider-Man 3. But Webb isn't worried about overkill, and is confident they've done it right. ›››
Continue reading Too Many Villains in 'Amazing Spider-Man 2'? Marc Webb Not Worried
The release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier is just under a month away, so the hype machine is in full swing. And for those looking to refresh their memory about the patriotic Marvel superhero, but want the big screen experience all around, AMC Theatres has announced a special double feature that begins with Captain America: The First Avenger at 5:30pm on April 3rd, leading right into the early 8pm screening of the sequel shortly thereafter. You can buy tickets for the event at participating theaters right here. In the meantime, check out some cool posters plastered around the SXSW festival in Austin, TX. ›››
Continue reading AMC Theatres Plans 'Captain America' Double Feature + SXSW Posters
Though Paramount Pictures had some trouble bringing Max Brooks' novel World War Z to the big screen (it mostly worked out in the end), that's not stopping Sony from picking up a forthcoming graphic novel from the author. THR has word that the studio has picked up The Harlem Hellfighters, a story about the real-life African American infantry unit from World War I. Much like the true story about the racial barrier breaking Tuskegee Airmen in WWII, this follows the Army's 369th infantry division, which spent more time in combat than any other American unit, never losing a foot of ground to the enemy, or a man to capture. ›››
Continue reading Sony Picks Up Max Brooks' WWI Graphic Novel 'Harlem Hellfighters'