Each year at the Sundance Film Festival, folks like myself try and pick out which, if any, of the movies making their debut in Park City could become Oscar contenders later in the year. In 2013, I attended the indie film festival so I can attest to the Oscar buzz starting for something like Fruitvale Station screened. Ironically, none of the movies from Sundance 2013 made the cut for Best Picture, but screenplay nominee Before Midnight premiered there along with four of the five Best Documentary Feature nominees. But maybe some films from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival could get Oscar love. The question is, which ones? ›››
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Following that potentially spoilerish TV spot for Captain America: The Winter Soldier that teases a big character death, we have a new poster showing off one of the new supporting characters. Robert Redford already got his own poster showing off his S.H.I.E.L.D. head character Alexander Pierce, and now one of the new heroes gets the spotlight. Anthony Mackie plays Cap's new sidekick Falcon, and the trailers have already shown him flying around and getting into the thick of the action, but now he and his bad ass wings get their own poster. We're pretty sure the sequel will top Thor: The Dark World and shake everything up. ›››
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"You're not fooling anybody when you say that what happened was a natural disaster... You're lying! You're hiding something out there!" Warner Bros & Legendary have unleashed the second theatrical trailer for Gareth Edwards' Godzilla and it is epic, massively epic, in every possible way. We've seen one teaser trailer before but this time they up the ante and give us another exhilarating early glimpse without showing too much. The international cast is lead by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen and Ken Watanabe, plus Juliette Binoche who we have yet to see. This looks phenomenal, the return of the King of Monsters we've been waiting for. Bring it on, cannot wait. "In 1954, we awakened something..." ›››
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Recently it was revealed that DreamWorks Animation was planning a London theme park attraction called Shrek's Far Far Away Adventure, inspired by the animated film Shrek and the film franchise that followed. Now it sounds like we might get another film to add to the pile. Fox Business (via Variety) spoke with DreamWorks founder Jeffrey Katzenberg, and he clearly hinted that another film in the Shrek franchise might be in the works. Katzenberg said, "We like to let them have a little bit of time to rest, but I think you can be confident that we’ll have another chapter in the Shrek series." Because four just wasn't enough. ›››
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We already know Gerard Butler (300, Gamer) is taking the role once originated by Patrick Swayze in the remake of Point Break from Ericson Core, the director of photography from The Fast and the Furious (the first film from 2001) and Daredevil and director of the sports drama Invincible. And now we have word on who will take the role played by Keanu Reeves in Kathryn Bigelow's 1991 action thriller. THR reports G.I. Joe: Retaliation actor Luke Bracey will play Johnny Utah, the FBI agent who must infiltrate a group of extreme sports nuts who live life surfing big waves, but get some extra thrills from robbing banks. Read on! ›››
We have just one more chapter in Peter Jackson's trilogy adaptation of The Hobbit, and if you missed the second installment, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, you can catch the film on Blu-Ray and DVD on April 8th. But for everyone else who saw the film (and the fun cameo featuring J.R.R. Tolkien fanatic Stephen Colbert), we've got a cool featurette from David Clayton and the rest of the Academy Award nominated visual effects team at Weta Digital showing us how a combination of a motion capture performance from Benedict Cumberbatch and animators brought the dragon Smaug to life. Watch now! ›››
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Last year's late summer comedy We're the Millers starring Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston was not only a surprise hit at the box office (it pulled in nearly $270 million worldwide on a budget of just $37 million), but it's one of the better written comedies in a long time. Now New Line is keen on getting the faux family back together for a sequel, and the Warner Bros. based company has just hired Due Date and Made of Honor writer Adam Sztykiel to script the sequel, but there's no indication of where the story might make the misfits turned family unit, and we're not exactly sure this comedy needs a sequel at all. Read on! ›››
"Kermit, you were like James Bond back there." We're just under a month away from the release of Muppets Most Wanted as Jim Henson's beloved creations head around the world when Kermit is mistaken for an international thief named Constantine. Now a second trailer for the film's release across the pond has arrived by way of comedian Ricky Gervais, who plays the right hand man to the frog thief who is identical to Kermit, save for one little mole and a silly French accent. This looks like it's going to deliver more of the clever, family fun we all loved about the return of The Muppets in 2011 with Jason Segel. Watch! ›››
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There's a theory of mine that's been in my head for a couple weeks now, and it's not going to be a popular one, but I also hope it doesn't come true. As much as many of my colleagues are looking to a potential shutout for American Hustle (though Jennifer Lawrence is looking pretty good for Best Supporting Actress), I think that 12 Years a Slave could be just as likely for that fate. Now, I'm not saying it should or that it will happen, but there's just as much of a chance for a 12 Years a Slave shutout as for American Hustle, so it's worth considering. Either one could join Captain Philiips, Nebraska, Philomena, and/or The Wolf of Wall Street as the Best Picture nominees that wind up going home empty-handed. ›››
Well, if you're wondering whether or not Sony Pictures' adaptation of the 80s series The Equalizer is any good, we seem to have an answer. While we've only seen a first look photo from the film starring Denzel Washington, The Wrap reports the studio is already planning a sequel to the film with Richard Wenk (The Expendables 2, Mechanic) returning to script the film, though it's not clear if director Antoine Fuqua would return and Washington doesn't have a deal in place yet. This would be Washington's first sequel, and apparently the film has been testing extremely well with early focus group screenings, so Sony wants to make sure they're ready to make a sequel by the time the film hits theaters this fall on September 26th. ›››
Continue reading Sony Pictures Planning Sequel to Denzel Washington's 'The Equalizer'
Briefly: Following Wet Hot American Summer 12 years ago, Bradley Cooper took on his now Oscar nominated role in American Hustle, and he's attached to an adaptation of American Sniper as well. Now he's going for a quartet of "American" films as Deadline reports Cooper is attached to star in American Blood, a project which Warner Bros. picked up based on a 50-age proposal for a crime story written by New Zealand author Ben Sanders. Cooper will also produce the film through his 22nd & Indiana production banner. The future book will be adapted by Andrew Sodroski, who wrote the Black List script Holland, Michigan. No plot details are available at this time, but the book will arrive in the fall of 2015. Stay tuned. ›››
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After about 20 years of trying, Warren Beatty is finally getting his gestating biopic about Howard Hughes off the ground. The last we heard about the project had Beatty rounding up a cast that included Felicity Jones (Like Crazy) signed on for the film along with names like Alec Baldwin, Shia LaBeouf, Rooney Mara, Andrew Garfield, Jack Nicholson, Evan Rachel Wood and Annette Bening circling the film. Now with the help of billionaire duo Ron Burkle and Steve Bing, with Terry Semel of Windsor Media and Arnon Milchan of New Regency, Beatty will direct and star, but who else has a role? ›››
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While you might not know Stephen Tobolowsky by name, you've certainly seen him in countless films like Groundhog Day (Ned! Ryerson!), Spaceballs, Sneakers, Radioland Murders, The Insider and Memento, and his voice is unmistakable in Robots, Buried and The Lorax. Plus, there's all the TV appearances on shows like "Glee" and "Heroes." Our friends as SlashFilm and writer David Chen have been host to the unique and fascinating podcast The Tobolowsky Files, and now they're trying to turn some of the actor's stories (now available in a book) into a concert documentary film, and they need help. ›››
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With a role in Lawless, actor Tom Hardy has already dabbled in the wrong side of the law during America's history, but now he's heading into gangster territory in his homeland of the United Kingdom. ScreenDaily reports Hardy will actually play two gangsters, the infamous identical twin brothers Ronald and Reginald Kray known for their criminal activities in the 50s and 60s. Payback and 42 director Brian Helgeland, who previously wrote the film noir L.A. Confidential, will write and direct the film currently going by the title Legend. However, Hardy is only in talks right now, and hasn't closed a deal to star yet. ›››
Continue reading Tom Hardy to Play Gangster Twin Bros. in Brian Helgeland's 'Legend'
Pay attention to the Oscar nominees - Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave is now/soon mandatory viewing in school. Despite reports that a low percentage of the mainstream public has seen most of the Best Picture Academy Award nominees, only one week out from the 86th Oscars this weekend, there is one that will get a boost no matter what. A report from the National School Boards Association (NSBA) says that they've partnered with "New Regency, Penguin Books, and the filmmakers to distribute copies of the acclaimed film, book, and study guide 12 Years a Slave to America's public high schools." Of course Solomon Northup's actual book is included, too. As it should be - considering this is based on a harrowing true story. ›››
This summer Amanda Seyfried will be seen with Seth MacFarlane in the "Family Guy" creator's sophomore directing effort A Million Ways to Die in the West. The western comedy debuted a hilarious red band trailer not too long ago, and it sounds like Seyfried had a great time on the film, because Deadline reports the Les Miserables star is sticking with MacFarlane and his brand of comedy by taking the female lead role in Ted 2. Apparently Mila Kunis, the female lead from the successful first film and voice of Meg on "Family Guy," will only (maybe) have a small role in the sequel, mostly because the plot doesn't need her. ›››
Continue reading Seth MacFarlane Picking Up Amanda Seyfried Again to Star in 'Ted 2'
After making a splash with Tom Yam Goong, or The Protector as it came to be known in the United States, action star Tony Jaa is back nine years later with The Protector 2. The sequel sees Jaa running from the police and getting involved in an underground fighting ring where he'll have to contend with LC (RZA), a crime lord who’s obsessed with collecting top-class martial artists from around the world. Of course, the action is the star here (even though it's silly), and Jaa is kicking some serious ass in this first trailer. And apparently, this one will be released in 3D this time, so the fists and feet will be flying at your face. Watch! ›››
"You have no idea what's coming." Oh shit. Get ready. There's a big reveal happening tomorrow, February 25th, at 10AM PST. Warner Bros/Legendary has launched a few teases for Godzilla featuring the monster's roar. It was first revealed in full via a clip (hear it below) and eventually complimented by an animated sound wave video, which lead to this website. In Bryan Cranston's voice, we hear this eerie but amazing speech: "You're not fooling anybody when you say that what happened was a natural disaster. You're lying! You're hiding something out there! It was not an earthquake, it wasn't a typhoon. This is what caused everything in the first place. Don't you see that! And it is going to send us back to the stone age..." ›››
Continue reading Hear the Monster's Roar + Animated Teaser for Godzilla's Big Return
When we highlighted the red band trailer for The Sacrament last week, we pointed out that before The Green Inferno (hitting theaters this year), director Eli Roth (Hostel, Cabin Fever) had taken a six year break from directing. But he's not waiting so long to get back behind the camera again as The Wrap repots Roth will direct Knock Knock, a new horror film he co-write with Nicolas Lopez and Guillermo Amoedo, writers on the Roth-produced disaster horror Aftershock. And of course, Roth will also produce the film, which seems to be coming together quickly with veteran actress Colleen Camp also producing. ›››
What a terrible start to the week. The Chicago Tribune has reported that writer, director and actor Harold Ramis, best known for playing Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters (not to mention writing the screenplay), has passed away at age 69 due to complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that involves swelling of the blood vessels. Ramis started his comedy career at Second City in Chicago (not to mention the improv troupe's TV series "SCTV"), where he would become buddies with the late John Belushi, a comedian whose career he helped launch by writing the college comedy classic National Lampoon's Animal House. And that's just the beginning of his legendary influence on comedy. Read on. ›››
Continue reading 'Ghostbusters' Star and Writer Harold Ramis Has Passed Away at 69