The cast for this big sequel continues to grow, with yet another intriguing name. Deadline reports that actor William Fichtner is joining Roland Emmerich's Independence Day 2 as a "top general". Apparently Fichtner's role as a general will get "even larger in the two films that will follow." Very interesting. Fichtner has appeared in a variety of films recently, including The Homesman, Elysium, The Lone Ranger, Phantom, Wrong, Drive Angry and The Dark Knight of course. He's always great to see in a movie, and I'm curious why his role will expand as it goes on. Does something happen to him or is he just a survivor? This also indicates that Fox is really pushing forward with a new trilogy of Independence Day movies coming up. ›››
Continue reading William Fichtner Also Cast in Emmerich's 'Independence Day' Sequel
The ground shakes. Buildings fall. Hope rises. The crowd falls asleep… That's about where we're at with disaster movies and have been under this same model since the aliens invaded on Independence Day nearly 20 years ago. Sure, gimmicks like found footage and the glorious discovery of 3D (Thanks, Cameron) have given disaster movies a glossy, new coat, but it's the same gears moving it all forward underneath. Did you really think San Andreas, the latest, disaster flick from Warner Bros, would shake things up? Don't let the assumed size of the film's title fool you. San Andreas keeps it right at that level we've all grown tired of. ›››
Well this is sad. On a recent radio show, special effects and make-up artist legend Rick Baker announced that he was retiring from filmmaking. "The time is right, I am 64 years old, and the business is crazy right now. I like to do things right, and they wanted cheap and fast," Baker said in an interview on 89.3 KPCC (via THR). "That is not what I want to do, so I just decided it is basically time to get out." Baker has been working in the industry for over 40 years, and is now 64, he's had a huge impact on the industry and been a part of movie history for so long. He last worked on Maleficent, Tron Legacy plus MIB 3, and runs a studio. ›››
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There's nothing like Kung Fury! Get a load of this. There is a crazy throwback 1980's action comedy short film going around the web called Kung Fury, written & directed by David Sandberg, that you just have to see to believe. It's intense and well-made and features nazis, dinosaurs, vikings and cheesy one-liners packed into one 30 minute short. It's actually the kind of breakout cult sensation that we love coming across nowadays, because it's made with such love for all the cheesy 80's movies, but also fits perfectly in today's cinematic marketplace. Don't second guess, don't think about it, just dive in & enjoy the glory of Kung Fury. ›››
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Heroes don't get any bigger! Marvel has unveiled a new poster for Ant-Man, directed by Peyton Reed, starring Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas. This one seems to make up for the atrociously boring official poster they released earlier in the month. This time they have Ant-Man riding on the back of an ant, in full costume, dodging (or perhaps about to punch?) bullets. It actually looks pretty good, much better than the Photoshop disaster before. Despite this art looking solid, it still doesn't compare to some of the fan-art out there that we've included in the post below. Marvel's Ant-Man lands in theaters in a few months! Get ready. ›››
Continue reading He Can Dodge Bullets! Another Poster for Marvel's 'Ant-Man' Movie
This is cool. But I can't wait to see what the character actually looks like in the movie. There's an interesting interview with photographer Annie Leibovitz on StarWars.com that includes a fantastic new shot of Andy Serkis in full motion capture gear to play a character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams. The shot shows him inside a mo-cap rig, presumably at ILM, with cameras all around and dots all over his face. In the interview they reveal: "Andy Serkis is playing a character named Supreme Leader Snoke, and the character is being created through performance capture." Indeed. See him below. ›››
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"He killed two operatives with a spoon." Roll those joints, then light ’em up, and get ready for a good time. Lionsgate has debuted a red band trailer for Nima Nourizadeh's American Ultra, from a script written by Max Landis, co-starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart as stoners and lovers. It turns out that Eisenberg, while living a peaceful pot head existence in a small town, is actually a trained secret agent (think Jason Bourne) and there's suddenly people out to eliminate him. The trailer starts out with a few conventional setups, but gets much bigger in the second half with crazy action. It gets good when he says "I keep killing people… and there's a chance I may be a robot." Topher Grace & John Leguizamo co-star. ›››
Continue reading Light 'Em Up - First Red Band Trailer for 'American Ultra' Blazes In
"Everything is qualified by the fact that you don’t have a dick." Amplify Releasing has debuted a red band trailer for Jason Banker's Felt, a controversial and provocative indie film that premiered at Fantastic Fest last year. Felt broaches the topics of feminism and consent and sexuality, but dives in to the deep end with these topics, in what is described as a "feminist psychological thriller". Based on the real life experiences of Amy Everson, in the film a woman creates an alter ego in hopes of overcoming the trauma inflicted by men in her life. The cast in this includes Everson, Kentucker Audley, Ryan Creighton, Elisabeth Ferrara and Roxanne Lauren Knouse. If you're intrigued, give this a watch. Too experimental and wacky for my tastes. ›››
And then there was a man. Variety is reporting that the DC Comics take on Wonder Woman has cast the first male in the movie. Chris Pine will co-star with Gal Gadot, who is playing Wonder Woman, in the movie being directed by Patty Jenkins later this year. Pine will co-star as the love interest Steve Trevor in the origin story of the Amazonian warrior turned superhero. Variety also mentions that Scott Eastwood was rumored to be a top contender for the role, but in the end it went to Pine, who won over the WB execs. The actor is currently filming the thriller Comancheria and will start on Star Trek 3 right after, then this movie. ›››
Continue reading Actor Chris Pine Cast in DC's 'Wonder Woman' Movie as Co-Star
One of the next films by Jason Reitman will be animated. Deadline is reporting that Reitman has partnered with DreamWorks Animation based in Burbank, CA to adapt the book The Adventures Of Beekle: The Unimaginery Friend. This will be the first project put into development since DreamWorks Animation went through staff changes last year, with new Co-Presidents of Animation Bonnie Arnold and Mireille Soria running the ship. "I was book shopping with my daughter, when a little tooth-shaped character in a paper crown stole our hearts," Reitman said about the project. "His name was Beekle and I'm honored to now be adapting [author Dan] Santat's charming story into a feature film." Sounds like it will be a charming film. ›››
Continue reading Jason Reitman Heads to DreamWorks Animation for 'Beekle' Movie
One filmmaker on the rise in a big way is Denis Villeneuve, from Quebec, Canada, who just premiered his latest film Sicario to rave reviews at the Cannes Film Festival (here's our review). He's next set to direct the Blade Runner sequel/reboot/restart with Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, not to mention Roger Deakins as cinematographer. His previous work is also impressive (and worth seeking out): Incendies, Prisoners and Enemy. And if you want to go back even further, you can now watch his 2008 short film Next Floor that mocks the "endless symphony of abundance". It's a wicked commentary on excess that's powerful to watch. ›››
Continue reading Watch: Denis Villeneuve's Mad Brilliant 2008 Short Film 'Next Floor'
Whoa. Some impressive casting news for Marvel's Dr. Strange movie in the works. THR is reporting that Oscar winning actress Tilda Swinton is discussions to play the character called The Ancient One, a Tibetan mystic who is a mentor to Dr. Strange, originally a male role in the comics but now a female role in the movie. Director Scott Derrickson (Sinister, Deliver Us from Evil, The Day the Earth Stood Still) is at the helm of this new Marvel introduction, and it seems like he's really pushing for bold choices in the cast. Benedict Cumberbatch is set to play the lead Dr. Strange, and now with Swinton, this is an excellent duo so far. More casting news is likely on the way soon, as shooting us supposed to begin in November. Read on. ›››
Continue reading Tilda Swinton is The Ancient One for Marvel Studio's 'Dr. Strange'
Their first drive could be their last. Focus World has unleashed the trailer for Cop Car, starring Kevin Bacon, a Sundance 2015 Park City at Midnight cult hit that will definitely find an audience when it hits theaters this summer. Cop Car is, as it sounds, about two kids who steal a cop car and go joyriding on rural highways. However, there's a bigger back story involving Kevin Bacon's character that makes things much more interesting. This is one of those films that is best seen without knowing anything beforehand, as the trailer shows quite a bit of footage. But if you're curious to know what the heck this is even about - fire it up. ›››
"We're at war… It's a war of perception: the poor kid from Brooklyn against the whole Soviet Empire." Bleecker Street has debuted a full-length trailer for Ed Zwick's Pawn Sacrifice, the long-awaited Bobby Fischer movie, starring Tobey Maguire as the chess champion who went crazy. This movie profiles Fischer during the lead up to his 1972 match against Russian rival Boris Spassky, played by Liev Schreiber, in Reykjavik. The cast includes Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Stuhlbarg & Lily Rabe. I saw the film at TIFF last year and wrote in my review: "I was fully engaged in Pawn Sacrifice from start to finish, fascinated by the politics and the sport, but also intrigued by Bobby Fischer and his peculiar mind. The who and why…" ›››
"We're not even halfway there!" Broad Green Pictures has debuted the trailer (+ poster) for A Walk in the Woods, a comedy starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte as two old friends who catch up for a hike on the Appalachian Trail. Along the way they run into the likes of Kristen Schaal, Emma Thompson, Mary Steenburgen, and Nick Offerman as an REI employee. As much as this story should result in a charming and amusing adventure, it looks way too slapstick goofy – not in a good way – and utterly bland. This also plays like some sort of mainstream comedy, even though it premiered at Sundance; Ethan wrote a dismal review of it. Now I can see why. You may be curious enough to watch the trailer, but go no further than that. ›››
Continue reading Watch: Robert Redford & Nick Nolte in 'A Walk in the Woods' Trailer
"Hey, isn't it reassuring to have a lot of people read you?" A24 has unveiled the first official trailer for The End of the Tour, directed by James Ponsoldt starring Jason Segel as the late author David Foster Wallace, who wrote the novel Infinite Jest. The film follows Jesse Eisenberg as journalist/fellow writer David Lipsky, who spends a few weeks traveling – it takes place in the mid 90s – with David Foster Wallace at the end of his promo tour for Infinite Jest. They talk about life, writing, discussing interesting topics over cigarettes and tape recorders, and it's a remarkable and wonderful film. It was one of the best films out of Sundance this year, and Jason Segel gives career-defining performance as DFW - read my review. See this! ›››
Continue reading Must Watch: First Trailer for James Ponsoldt's 'The End of the Tour'
Glad to report some distribution news for one of the acclaimed films from the Berlin Film Festival this year. Music Box Films has announced that they will be distributing Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain's latest work, titled The Club (or originally El Club), which premiered at Berlinale in February. The film is about a small "club", or place where disgraced priests and nuns go to live in seclusion in a small Chilean town. It's a wicked, unsettling, smart film that nearly left me (and everyone who saw it) in shock. "We've followed Pablo Larrain’s impressive body of work closely over the years and The Club further establishes him as one of the most masterful filmmakers in the world today. We're excited for the opportunity to bring this dark, mordant yet compassionate film to North American audiences," said Ed Arentz of Music Box Films. Mark this down. ›››
Continue reading Music Box Films to Release Pablo Larrain's Acclaimed Film 'The Club'
"There are some who do not fear death, for they are more afraid of not really living." Warner Bros has debuted the first trailer for Ericson Core's Point Break remake, a new take on the cult favorite action heist movie from 1991 directed by Kathryn Bigelow, that starred Keanu Reeves. This new version is much, much cheesier and doesn't even look like it really pays homage to that film anyway. Luke Bracey plays Johnny Utah, and the guy he's after this time is played by Edgar Ramirez. The rest of the cast includes Teresa Palmer, Ray Winstone, Matias Varela and Clemens Schick. I wish I could say all this extreme action looks exciting, but it's wrapped around such cheesy dialogue, I can't help saying this looks pretty bad. Enjoy. ›››
Continue reading Watch: First Trailer for 'Point Break' Remake Starring Luke Bracey
"We’ve gotta get out of here and fast." It looks like we finally have some forward movement on the Jonny Quest live-action movie, which has been in development for years and years. We posted extensively back in 2007-2011 about a Jonny Quest movie, based on the Hanna-Barbera cartoon, with rumors of Zac Efron and Dwayne Johnson teaming up for the lead roles, but nothing ever came together. Deadline is now reporting that Warner Bros has hired Robert Rodriguez to direct the movie, and he'll also rewrite the script with Terry Rossio (of Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lone Ranger), that was originally written by Dan Mazeau. No word if Dwayne Johnson is back (he seems like the better fit, in all honesty) but at least they have a director. ›››
Continue reading Robert Rodriguez Heads to Warner Bros for 'Jonny Quest' Movie
"I refuse to be some sniveling crybaby, this is my life!" Yay! Sony Pictures Classics has debuted the official trailer for one of other favorite Sundance 2015 films, this one being The Diary of a Teenage Girl, the big breakout debuts of both director Marielle Heller and actress Bel Powley. Both of them are amazingly talented! Bel Powley stars as Minnie in an adaptation of Phoebe Gloeckner's book, about the coming-of-age story of a kick ass, free-spirited girl living in San Francisco. The cast includes Alexander Skarsgård, Kristen Wiig and Christopher Meloni. This is such a great film, and it comes highly recommended from all of us who saw it at Sundance - here's our review. And the trailer doesn't give away too much! Take a look. ›››
Continue reading Must Watch: Sundance Favorite 'The Diary of a Teenage Girl' Trailer