Disney's latest fairytale Frozen hits the big screen today, just in time for families to get together for Thanksgiving and head out to the movies. There's been plenty of praise for the non-Pixar film, and it might even be better than Disney's recent triumphs Wreck-It Ralph and Tangled. Whether the story lands for audiences or not, one thing can't be denied: the snowy animated landscapes of the film are some of the most beautiful we've ever seen. They're realistic, stunning and just perfect, mostly because of how the snow is animated. Now we have a featurette that dives into the making of these animated effects by the use of what is called a material point method for snow simulation. This one is for the hardcore nerds out there. Watch ! ›››
Continue reading Watch: The Secrets Behind the Gorgeous Snowy Animation of 'Frozen'
The lovely Scarlett Johansson was honored by the Rome Film Festival as Best Actress for her voice-only performance in Spike Jonze's new film Her, and we discussed how this might affect her chances at getting some Oscar love for the role. She still has at least some chance of getting recognized by the Academy, no matter how unlikely that possibility may be, but the Hollywood Foreign Press Association won't be giving her any love. The Wrap has confirmed that Johansson's performance is ineligible for consideration in the Golden Globes due to a rule saying voice performances are not eligible for the acting awards. Read on! ›››
Following the great success of Django Unchained, director Quentin Tarantino is ready for his next film. After naming The Lone Ranger as one of his 10 favorite films of 2013, the director is ready to head back into the western genre. While appearing on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno, Tarantino was promoting a recently published graphic novel version of the Best Picture nominated western of 2012. However, for those hoping that this next film will be a sequel to Django Unchained, the director has already said that's not the case. At the same time, Tarantino didn't offer any details other than the genre of his latest film. Read on! ›››
Continue reading Quentin Tarantino Reveals That His Next Film Will Be Another Western
After scripting this year's Now You See Me, Deadline reports writer and director Boaz Yakin has lined up a family adventure at MGM. Yakin has directed a variety of films from the respected Remember the Titans to forgotten films like Uptown Girls and the 2012 Jason Statham thriller Safe. Now he's set to direct Max, a film Yakin will write with Sheldon Lettich. Inspired by true events, the film takes cues from Lassie and Benji as it follows a Belgian Shepherd Malinois military dog returns from active service in Afghanistan traumatized by his handler’s death. Though dangerous, Max still ends up adopted by the mourning family. ›››
Continue reading 'Remember the Titans' Director to Helm MGM's 'Max' Family Adventure
Homefront is the latest actioner for Jason Statham, the reigning champ of the action genre, but the role was intended for a former title-holder. Sylvester Stallone adapted the screenplay for himself, and if you're familiar with Sly's work when he puts pen to paper, you'll recognize Homefront for the '80s-style, eye-roller of excitement that it is. The movie is exciting, thanks in large part to a capable director, but that and Statham's charm aside, Homefront fumbles the ball far too many times on hackneyed dialogue, cringe-inducing drama, and a James Franco performance out of the golden era of action. And not in a good way. ›››
Continue reading Review: Jason Statham Barely Punches Up Excitement in 'Homefront'
Briefly: "Bring on the fun bags." Paramount will be releasing the highly anticipated sequel Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues two days early in December, right on time for the holidays. The new Anchorman will now open on Wednesday, December 18th, moving up two days ahead of its original December 20th release. Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell & Dave Koechner return to take New York's first 24-hour news channel by storm. Ron Burgundy, the man himself, will also be hosting ESPN's SportsCenter on December 5th at 6PM for those interested. Paramount also just released an app called "Scotchy Scotch Toss" for iOS. Can't wait to see this! We'll be in theaters this holiday season catching up with Ron Burgundy and friends.
Just when you thought they couldn't pack 2015 (see here) with any more excitement, hype, sequels, restarts and reboots, Hollywood decides to toss another log on the fire. Word is Paramount, after getting their hands on the rights, is developing a brand new Friday the 13th movie. But this won't actually be a sequel to the 2009 remake directed by Marcus Nispel, instead it will be yet another new reboot of the Jason Voorhees horror franchise that first began back in 1980. Earlier in the year, we wrote about Warner Bros sharing the rights with Paramount, which has eventually lead to this latest reboot/iteration coming together. Read on! ›››
Continue reading Yet Another Brand New 'Friday the 13th' Reboot Arriving March 2015
In the first TV spot for American Hustle, we saw Jennifer Lawrence getting a little sassy, and this new TV spot shows her being a little bit mouthy too. But this time, we also get a sense of how Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, Jeremy Renner and Amy Adams are involved in the story that fictionally dramatizes the 70s FBI sting operation Abscam. This looks like it's going to be dramatic, but with a decent amount of humor as well. There will likely be plenty of acting nominations in the future for this film. Thankfully, it's just over two weeks away, arriving with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, making for a great weekend. ›››
Continue reading New 'American Hustle' TV Spot Lays Out All of the Main Characters
Briefly: Relativity has announced and confirmed a release date for the film Jane Got a Gun, an action-western directed by Gavin O'Connor starring Natalie Portman. The production has been troubled, with big delays and creative issues with the previous director, Lynne Ramsay. Actors walked off of set, everything was temporarily shut down, but eventually they got a crew together to finish and filming wrapped. Despite all the troubles, Relativity Media is still planning to release the film and has officially set an August 29th, 2014 late summer release next year (same day as horrors The Loft & Jessabelle). Synopsis: A woman asks her ex-lover for help in order to save her outlaw husband from a gang out to kill him. Stay tuned for more. ›››
Continue reading Natalie Portman's 'Jane Got a Gun' Now Set for August 2014 Release
With the recent buzz of a sequel to It's a Wonderful Life (which will be blocked by Paramount Pictures) and the forthcoming Christmas release of Martin Scorsese's new film The Wolf of Wall Street (which will supposedly clock in at 2 hours and 59 minutes), there's no better time for someone to craft a mash-up trailer using the Kanye West track "Black Skinhead" from the first trailer for the Leonardo DiCaprio film and a colorized version of the Frank Capra classic. It's called The Wolf of Bedford Falls, and it's just perfect for this time of the year. It makes us want to see a version of The Wolf of Wall Street with Jimmy Stewart. ›››
The Independent Spirit Awards are an annual award given in the name of independent film, featuring plenty of those little indies which deserve the honor and recognition that they won't necessarily be receiving at the Oscars - though we always hope they get something. The nominees for the 29th annual Film Indie Spirit Awards were announced today, and can be seen in full below. Jeff Nichols' Mud was selected to receive the annual Robert Altman Award, bestowed upon a film's director, casting director and its ensemble cast. The winners of the Indie Spirit Awards will be announced on March 1st in Santa Monica. ›››
Continue reading 2014 Indie Spirit Nominees: '12 Years a Slave' and 'Nebraska' on Top
Next year comes another installment in the long-running Hollywood trend of dueling films from similar studios. Last year it was Snow White and the Huntsman and Mirror Mirror, and this year it's Brett Ratner's Hercules and Hercules: The Legend Begins from director Renny Harlin. Now we have a theatrical trailer for the latter which has been given a telling release date in early January, trying to get a leg up on Ratner's summer release about the Greek hero. Kellan Lutz plays the title hero who must choose to flee with his true love, the Princess of Crete, or to fulfill his destiny by overthrowing the tyrannical rule of the king and restoring peace. This looks just like a bad 300, but with Hercules instead of the Spartans. Watch? ›››
We've already seen a teaser trailer for next year's release of The Boxtrolls, the latest stop-motion animated film from Laika, the studio behind the films Coraline and ParaNorman. Now a second trailer has surfaced, and this one goes behind the scenes of the painstaking production, showing the hands who move these intricate characters and set pieces frame by frame. Based on Alan Snow’s novel Here Be Monsters and follows a group of sewer-dwelling oddballs, who are perceived as dangerous, but in fact have raised a orphan boy. Ben Kingsley, Elle Fanning, Jared Harris, Toni Collette, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan and Simon Pegg all lend their voices to characters in the film. Watch the trailer below! ›››
Continue reading Watch: Laika's Stop-Motion 'Boxtrolls' New Behind the Scenes Trailer
For those who don't know the name Janusz Kaminski, he's the go-to director of photography for Steven Spielberg, shooting films like Lincoln, Catch Me If You Can, Minority Report, Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List and more. Now New York Times Magazine has commissioned the cinematographer to direct 11 different short films from various writers like J.C. Chandor, Spike Jonze, Evan Goldberg & Seth Rogen and Before Midnight trio Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater. Their job was to write a single line of dialogue, and then a short film was created based around that writing, featuring stars like Bradley Cooper, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michel B. Jordan, Robert Redford and more. Watch! ›››
Continue reading Greta Gerwig, Chiwetel Ejiorfor & More in 11 Janusz Kaminski Shorts
The onslaught of publicity for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues isn't slowing down. First of all, despite how much we agree with the pointless nature of most character posters, a new batch featuring some of the supporting players in the comedy sequel deserve to be highlighted, if only because Ron Burgundy's loyal friend Baxter gets his own poster, and Kristen Wiig's one-sheet is pretty funny. But that's not all. The Big Lead reports that Will Ferrell will guest host ESPN's "SportsCenter" on December 5th and says, "there will be some sort of Ron Burgundy element to telecast.” The Wrap says Ferrell will indeed appear as Burgundy, but we hope sports anchor Champ Kind (David Koechner) will stop by too. See posters below! ›››
Continue reading More 'Anchorman 2' Posters and Ron Burgundy to Host SportsCenter?
Following the success of "The Bible" on History, the producers are back with another tale inspired by the religious book. Son of God follows Jesus Christ (Diogo Morgado) from his birth to his loyally followed teachings and milestone events such as the crucifixion and resurrection. This is the first time a major motion picture from a studio like 20th Century Fox has focused on Jesus since the controversial but successful Passion of the Christ from Mel Gibson, and now we have a trailer. Because of the subject matter, this has a built-in audience who will take buses to see the film, but we doubt it will be a box office giant. ›››
Between posting pictures from the set of Fast & Furious 7 and practicing stilts-walking for motion capture performing as Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy, Vin Diesel has been busy giving his fans specials treats on Facebook. Now the actor has revealed a tidbit of potential news. Just before Christmas last year, we learned that Universal was developing a big screen adaptation of the 1970s crime drama series Kojak with Diesel taking the title role. The script was reported to come from Skyfall writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, but no director was attached at that point. But now we have an idea as to who might direct now. ›››
"Where was God when I was suffering all these years?" Roadside has debuted the full theatrical trailer for Ron Krauss' Gimme Shelter, a film starring Vanessa Hudgens as a pregnant teenager going through tough times. Despite the title, the film has nothing to do—unfortunately—with the Rolling Stones song of the same name, "Gimme Shelter", but that doesn't mean it deserves to be completely ignored. This trailer does have powerful moments, making me perk up and take an interest. The cast includes Rosario Dawson (who looks crazy!), Brendan Fraser, Stephanie Szostak and James Earl Jones. Check this trailer out. ›››
Continue reading Watch: A Different Vanessa Hudgens in First 'Gimme Shelter' Trailer
Over two years ago, some brief talk from Simon Kinberg discussed some details about the X-Men: First Class sequel that hadn't yet been revealed to be using the X-Men: Days of Future Past storyline. At the time, he mentioned that the film would open with a revelation about the assassination of John F. Kennedy, which happened 50 years ago last Friday. Kinberg said they would reveal that "the magic bullet was controlled by Magneto. That would explain the physics of it, and we see that he’s pissed off because Kennedy took all the credit for saving the world and mutants weren’t even mentioned." Now that little detail has been made more prominent by way of a viral website that makes the fictional plot point seem real. Look! ›››
Considering the outlandish nature of the comic book series, it's very likely that fans will never see a big screen version of the Marvel Zombies limited series. The five-issue run is set in an alternate universe where the world's superhero population has been infected with a virus which turned them into zombies. Therefore, it's even less likely that we'll see that other five-issue comic book series that followed: Marvel Zombies vs. Army of Darkness. That comic book series brings Bruce Campbell's Ash character from the third film in Sam Raimi's horror series into the Marvel zombie world, and makes for some epic horror mash-up goodness. Now someone has taken the time and passion to craft a fan film bringing the series to life. Watch! ›››
Continue reading Fan Film Meshes Marvel Zombies with Ash and 'Army of Darkness'