First of all, if you haven't seen Interstellar yet, then don't read any further, as this post will contain several spoilers for Christopher Nolan's sci-fi film. One of the more surprising moments during this grand sci-fi journey is the revelation that Dr. Mann is still alive on the planet he was tasked with exploring as a potential new home. Equally surprising is that the character is played by Matt Damon and he appears to be the saving grace of the mission, at least until he's not. Now a prequel comic book tells the story of how Dr. Mann (and his robot KIPP) arrived on the icy, desolate planet in the film, and how he began to forge data to make it seem like his planet was hospitable, just so someone would come rescue him. Check it out! ›››
Continue reading Check Out an 'Interstellar' Prequel Comic About Dr. Mann's Planet
Some people thought that just because Vin Diesel only had to say "I Am Groot" over and over again in Guardians of the Galaxy that he didn't have much work to do in the Marvel sci-fi adventure. However, you might have seen a video of Diesel in the studio recording his dialogue (sometimes on stilts) and learned that not only did he have to record that line dozens of times, but he also did it in a bunch of foreign languages too. Well, Marvel has put together a cool little montage of the variations on the line, complete with footage from the film, now available on Digital HD before arriving on Blu-Ray & DVD. Watch below! ›››
Continue reading Watch & Hear: Vin Diesel Says 'I Am Groot' in 15 Different Languages
As of now, there are already two Star Wars spin-off films lined up after Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives next December. Godzilla director Gareth Edwards is already signed to direct the first one, arriving just one year after Episode VII, and Lucasfilm has already lined up Chronicle director Josh Trank to be at the helm of whatever spin-off will follow Episode VIII from Looper director Rian Johnson. However, is there a chance that another spin-off is in the works? The Better Angels director A.J. Edwards partook in a Reddit AMA and was asked about potential involvement in the revival of the Star Wars franchise. Read on! ›››
Continue reading Is Director A.J. Edwards Making a Mace Windu 'Star Wars' Spin-Off?
At one time, Monster director Patty Jenkins was lined up to direct Thor: The Dark World for Marvel Studios, but some trouble behind the scenes saw her exit the project and the job ended up going to Alan Taylor. Sadly, that means the director hasn't found another big project since her breakthrough with the film famous for Charlize Theron's serial killer transformation. But she just might have another chance at becoming a household name as THR reports Jenkins will direct Jackpot, a remake of a Norwegian action comedy directed by Magnus Martens from 2011, an adaptation of a crime story by Jo Nesbo (Headhunters). ›››
Continue reading 'Monster' Director Patty Jenkins Takes the Action Comedy 'Jackpot'
After yesterday's new first look images from the animated Peanuts movie, bringing Charles Schulz's iconic comic strip characters to the big screen, a new trailer wasn't supposed to arrive for 10 days. However, since that also seems to be when the teaser trailer for Jurassic World will arrive, 20th Century Fox decided to unveil the trailer today by saying that sneaky beagle Snoopy leaked it online. The animation looks stylish and cool as we see Snoopy in one of his classic daydreams, flying his doghouse around the world. And then Charlie Brown pops up right at the end, in a movie theater, being the blockhead he always is. Watch below! ›››
Continue reading Watch: Snoopy Takes Flight in Second 'Peanuts' Movie Teaser Trailer
It's been over five years since we've heard anything on the development of the musical The Greatest Showman on Earth, the story of the famous three-ring circus creator P.T. Barnum. Last we heard, Hugh Jackman was slated to star in the film, and now Deadline reports the project is finally coming together with a plan to start shooting next summer in New York. This will be the first live-action, original big screen studio musical since The Goonies (though some argue you could count Moulin Rouge), and the most recent script comes from Bill Condon, writer and director of Dreamgirls. But who is directing? ›››
Continue reading Hugh Jackman's P.T. Barnum Musical Finally Shooting Next Summer
Right now, G.I. Joe Retaliation director Jon M. Chu is busy with Jem and the Holograms, a big screen adaptation of the musical animated series of the same name. And after that, he'll continue a run of nostalgia with Can't Touch This, a high school dance comedy set during the increasingly old decade that is the 90s. Deadline reports Chu and his producing partner Hieu Ho have set up the project at Focus Features, returning Chu to the world of dance that launched his career in the form of films like Step Up 2: The Streets and Step Up 3D. And this one has great talent with plenty of nostalgia experience working on the script. ›››
Continue reading Director Jon M. Chu Heading Back to the 90s for 'Can't Touch This'
Following the ominous teaser poster from last month, Universal Pictures has launched a viral site to tease Jurassic World. The website is for a company called Masrani Global, a corporation built on telecommunications which has since expanded to oil, all the profits of which helped founder Sanjay Masrani purchase International Genetic Technologies (InGen) in 1997 after Dr. John Hammond passed away. The site also gives us an introduction to Jurassic World, the operational theme park which has bee up and running since June 2005. And the best part is that there's some new images from the park, including our first look at B.D. Wong reprising his role from Jurassic Park, and Irrfan Khan as Masrani's son. Look! ›››
"It's not groovy to be insane." For those of you living in the United Kingdom, specifically London, this week you'll get a chance to catch early screenings of Paul Thomas Anderson's latest film, the adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel Inherent Vice. A short new trailer shows off some new footage of the film starring Joaquin Phoenix, and it's actually more of a straightforward comedy trailer than the one we've already seen for the film's release here in the United States. We get to catch a glimpse of Martin Short and whatnot, but the real takeaway is the revelation of a surprise screening happening this Wednesday. Watch! ›››
"We fight the darkness, wherever it hides." If the abysmal R.I.P.D. didn't give you enough of Jeff Bridges fighting computer generated monsters, then 2015 has a real treat for you with the long-delayed release of Seventh Son. Honestly, the film basically feels like a fantasy retread of the aforementioned undead action flick, but this time Bridges is showing the ropes to the next in a long line of mythical warriors meant to fight an ancient evil that threatens the world. Ben Barnes takes the lead as the title hero while Julianne Moore has some fun as a makeshift Maleficent. And all of this was apparently shot with an Instagram filter. ›››
Here's some fun and hype for all you Star Wars fans hungry for something new now that the title for the next chapter in the saga has been revealed. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is almost exactly a year and a month away from release, and more rumblings of a teaser trailer arriving before the end of the year have surfaced. Badass Digest says to expect it sometime in the next four to five weeks (they also have a rumored description if you're interested), so we're anxiously awaiting confirmation of this rumor. In the meantime, a fan has crafted an awesome contemporary trailer for The Empire Strikes Back to check out. Watch it! ›››
Continue reading Watch: Fan-Made Contemporary Trailer for 'The Empire Strikes Back'
As we head deeper into the 2014 awards season, more and more films start to hit cinemas all over, flooding the market with any and every possible contender. Which ones stand out? This one, to start with - Xavier Dolan's Mommy, the Quebecois filmmaker's fifth feature film that premiered at Cannes (my review) and played in Telluride and Toronto. It's Canada's officially entry into the Academy Awards and for good reason - it's one my favorite films of this year. Antoine-Olivier Pilon, seen below, stars as Steve in Mommy, a violent teenager who is sent to live with his mom, played by Anne Dorval, as they try to their feet back on the ground. Three gorgeous posters, square like the film's 1:1 aspect ratio, have debuted and we must share. ›››
Continue reading Three Sleek Korean Posters for Xavier Dolan's Oscar Entry 'Mommy'
Now that Interstellar has been in theaters for over a week, the film is getting talked about more openly. But before it even started screening for the public, there were more than a few complaints about the sound mix that was reportedly meticulously overseen by Christopher Nolan. This wouldn't be the first time Nolan had problems with sound as we all remember how difficult it was to understand Tom Hardy as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises teaser scene that played before Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, but there have been various issues surrounding the presentation of sound in the film, and Nolan has just responded. ›››
Continue reading Christopher Nolan Speaks Up on Sound Mix Issues in 'Interstellar'
Though she's been busy with young adult fare like The Divergent Series: Insurgent (watch the teaser trailer here) and the romance The Fault in Our Stars, actress Shailene Woodley is making some time for something much different. THR reports the young star is currently in talks to take the female lead in the developing film about Edward Snowden from controversial director Oliver Stone. Previously we heard that Joseph Gordon-Levitt was in the running to play the NSA whistleblower who fled the country to avoid prosecution for his headline-making actions, and it sounds like he's still involved at this time. More below! ›››
Continue reading Shailene Woodley Lands Role in Oliver Stone's Edward Snowden Film
Back in the spring, we got our first look at Blue Sky Animation's adaptation of the classic Charles Schulz comic strip Peanuts. It wasn't much except a glimpse at Charlie Brown with his loveable and occasionally mischievous dog Snoopy. But now some new images have surfaced showing off the rest of the gang, including Lucy, Linus, Sally, Peppermint Patty and more. No sign of Pigpen, but it does appear we get to spend Christmas with the gang. Could there be a new tale based around the holiday outside of the famous "A Charlie Brown Christmas" animated special that will be playing on TV again soon? It would seem so. Look! ›››
Continue reading It's Christmas in New Images from 2015's Animated 'Peanuts' Movie
Following the tragic death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, we learned that the actor would not be recast in the two-part finale The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, and he had actually finished most of his filming before passing away. However, for the few things that still needed to be filmed, it was said that visual effects would be used to recreate Hoffman's likeness in order to complete his part in the film. THR now reports that CGI was not used to complete the role, and it was a decision that was made after the cast and crew had time to grieve and figure out the best way to fix the unfortunate obstacle facing them in production. Read on! ›››
Continue reading No VFX Used to Finish Philip Seymour Hoffman's 'Mockingjay' Role
Here's to all the crazy ones. AMC Theatres and Paramount have announced a special ticket for Interstellar called the "unlimited ticket". Yes, it's exactly as it sounds, giving viewers the chance to get an unlimited viewing ticket for Christopher Nolan's epic sci-fi spectacular Interstellar (Sound Off here) at participating AMC theatres. That's the other catch - you have to be an AMC Stubs member, but there is good news if you already are one. "All AMC Stubs members who have already purchased a ticket to the movie can upgrade for $14.99." As odd as it sounds, the full price varies per location and theater if you need an entire unlimited ticket, ranging from $19.99 to $34.99. It might be worth it if you really, truly do love Interstellar that much. ›››
Continue reading AMC Reveals 'Unlimited Ticket' to Rewatch 'Interstellar' Over & Over
If you are a hammer - strike. How's that for a tagline? Today's trailer is for a film called Traitors made by American actor-turned-filmmaker Sean Gullette, who played mathematician Maximillian Cohen in Darren Aronofsky's Pi back in 1998. Gullette writes, produces and directs this film about an all-girl punk rock band from Morocco. Newcomer Chaimae Ben Acha stars as Malika in the film, who befriends Amal played by Soufia Issami as they take on a smuggling job to make some money to keep the band together. The film premiered at the 2013 Venice Film Festival, also playing at the Tribeca, Marrakesh, Dubai, Stockholm and Denver Film Festivals. It actually looks pretty good, there's a lot of heart and soul captured in this. Check it. ›››
Continue reading Indie Trailer Sunday: Sean Gullette's Moroccan Punk Drama 'Traitors'
"Here we go again." We have yet to feature this fan film, so if you haven't seen it yet - here's you chance. Norwegian filmmaker Martin Sofiedal made a live-action short film based on Uncharted: Drake's Fortune the video game, which is already being adapted into a movie as we speak. His version is a live-action take on a cutscene in the game, and features some impressive work for something made on his own time. The 7-min film is called Uncharted: Ambushed starring David Owe as Drake, Caroline Glomnes Johansen as Elena, with a really stunning score by Roy Westad. Sofiedal recently visited Naughty Dog Games, creators of Uncharted, and got a write up in THR. The film is worth a watch, even if you have seen it before. Enjoy! ›››
Continue reading Watch: Martin Sofiedal's 'Uncharted: Ambushed' Live-Action Fan Film
Just watch this film! If you love cinema, if you love filmmaking, if you love wacky Japanese cinema, if you love Tarantino, if you love supporting foreign films, if you love wacky, fun coming-of-age stories, if you love Japanese culture - don't walk, run to see this film (even if that means just running to your living room). Our latest Monthly Must See feature is one titled Why Don't You Play in Hell?, one of the recent films from Japanese auteur Sion Sono (he also recently made Tokyo Tribe which we flipped over at Fantastic Fest). The concept for this movie is basically: a young, renegade film crew becomes embroiled with a yakuza clan feud. Or: a bunch of wannabe filmmakers end up filming an actual yakuza war. It's crazy, but so much fun. ›››
Continue reading Monthly Must See: Sion Sono's Wacky 'Why Don't You Play in Hell?'