Last week, writer and director Kevin Smith confirmed that he's going to make Mallrats 2, and even explained why he felt compelled to do it after 20 years. And now he's starting to firm up the returning cast from the 1995 comedy, and easily the most important part of the original ensemble was that of Jason Lee. Thankfully, Smith has just confirmed on Twitter that Lee will absolutely be back as Brodie Bruce, though we still don't know where we'll find his character 20 years later. At the end of the first Mallrats, he went on to host "The Tonight Show," and then in Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back he was running a comic book shop. ›››
Continue reading Kevin Smith Confirms Return of Jason Lee & Others for 'Mallrats 2'
After joining the Navy in Peter Berg's action adaptation of the board game Battleship, it looks like Liam Neeson is getting back in uniform again (kind of). The Wrap reports the Taken and Run All Night star is being eye to lead Narco Sub, a drug-trafficking thriller that was once going to be directed by the late Tony Scott before his tragic death in 2012. Since then, filmmakers like Doug Liman and Antoine Fuqua have flirted with the project, but none of them have stuck with it. And now it will be "Game of Thrones" helmer Brian Kirk directing the film for 20th Century Fox and producers Ridley Scott and Simon Kinberg. ›››
For those who didn't know, British comedy star James Corden (who you may recognize from Into the Woods or Begin Again) took over "The Late Late Show" from Craig Ferguson and his first official show was last night. It's quite a big responsibility, especially when you're following David Letterman (at least until Stephen Colbert takes over "The Late Show"), but Corden had quite a fun inaugural episode with American treasure Tom Hanks stopping by. Corden and Hanks teamed up to recreate every Tom Hanks movie from his decades of acting in under seven minutes. From Big to Cast Away to Captain Phillips. Watch it! ›››
Continue reading Watch: Tom Hanks & James Corden Recreate Every Tom Hanks Movie
"This is the premier boychoir school in the nation." While Whiplash dived into the world of competitive jazz band with a terrifying drill instructor of a leader, Boychoir looks to take a softer route in exploring adolescence and the inspiration of music. Dustin Hoffman plays a tough but stupendous conductor who has been brought in to maintain a premiere boychoir at a very elite school. But there's one student who doesn't seem too keen on using his talent, complacent with squandering his gift. Hoffman doesn't get quite as crazy as J.K. Simmons did in Whiplash, but this still looks like it could be a nice, inspiring story. Watch? ›››
Continue reading Dustin Hoffman Inspires Talented Kids in US Trailer for 'Boychoir'
Following the addition of Nymphomaniac star Charlotte Gainsbourg last week, the blockbuster sequel Independence Day 2 has just landed another actress, but this one should be more familiar to fans of the original 1996 alien invasion hit. Vivica A. Fox will be back as Jasmine Dubrow, the stripper who was also the girlfriend of Will Smith and one of the few survivors who made it out of New York City. You may remember that she also had a son, played by Dylan Bagley in the original film, and that's the role Jessie Usher is playing with the kid all grown up. But don't hope that Smith is back, because it's not happening. ›››
Continue reading Vivica A. Fox Returns for Roland Emmerich's 'Independence Day 2'
Last year, Luc Besson brought us the action thriller Lucy, and director Steven Quale delivered the silly Into the Storm. Now the two are teaming up, for better or worse, for a new action thriller called The Lake. Besson will produce through his Europa Corp. production banner, and the project is said to be one of the most expensive projects they've taken on to date. Now Deadline reports J.K. Simmons, fresh off his Oscar win for Whiplash, has joined the supporting cast of the film which follows a group of Navy SEALs who attempt to solve an age-old mystery involving a treasure underneath a lake in war-torn Serbia. Sounds cool. ›››
Continue reading J.K. Simmons Heads into Action for Luc Besson Produced 'The Lake'
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, it's time for another shark thriller in the vast ocean. After bringing genre flicks like the first two installments of The Transporter franchise and the remake of Clash of the Titans to the big screen, as well as the magician heist crowd-pleaser Now You See Me, Deadline reports director Louis Leterrier has boarded In The Deep. The script by Anthony Jaswinski made the Black List with a story about a lone female surfer attacked by a shark at sea and ends up stranded on a reef, trying to get back to shore before her injuries become fatal. It's Gravity meets Jaws. ›››
Continue reading 'Now You See Me' Director to Swim 'In The Deep' for Shark Thriller
Back when news of Captain America: Civil War first surfaced, there were rumblings that the sequel's directing duo, Anthony & Joe Russo, were already in talks with Marvel Studios to be at the helm of the next installment of The Avengers, which we've since learned will be a two-part event called Infinity War. And now, if a rumor at Badass Digest is to be believed, the Russo brothers, who also directed the stellar Captain America: The Winter Soldier, have closed their deal to direct both parts of The Avengers' next adventure coming in 2018 and 2019, with production shooting back-to-back in both 2016 and 2017. ›››
Continue reading Rumor: Russo Brothers Close Deal to Direct 'Avengers: Infinity War'
When it comes to big budget franchises, there always comes a time when the contract is up and fans get worried that their favorite stars are moving on. Even though he's a big part of the next few years of the Marvel cinematic universe, Robert Downey Jr. once came close to walking away from Iron Man. And now it's time for Jennifer Lawrence to potentially make the same move. The Hunger Games franchise star is already slated to return for X-Men: Apocalypse as the shape-shifting mutant Mystique, but the Oscar winner just revealed to MTV turns out that this might be the last time we see her in the paint and scales. ›››
Continue reading Jennifer Lawrence Says 'X-Men: Apocalypse' is Her Last Mutant Outing
Last year, it was Marcello Mastroianni, this year it's Ingrid Bergman. The Cannes Film Festival has officially unveiled the poster art for the 68th Festival de Cannes, taking place this May in France. They explain: "Hollywood star Ingrid Bergman was a modern icon, an emancipated woman, an intrepid actress, and a figurehead for the new realism. She changed roles and adoptive countries as the mood took her, but never lost sight of her quintessential grace and simplicity." Bergman has been to Cannes many times for various films, working with filmmakers like Alfred Hitchcock, Roberto Rossellini and Ingmar Bergman. Take a look. ›››
It's been 16 years since The Matrix changed action films forever by introducing the bullet time craze, making way for tons more slow-motion in the genre. Sadly, the sequels didn't have as big of an impact (though I'll defend The Matrix Reloaded to the death), but that doesn't stop the original from being one of the most iconic action films of the past 20 years. And that's because of incredible sequences like the iconic lobby fight in which Neo (Keanu Reeves) and Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) attempt to save Morpheus (Laurence Fisburne) from the building where he's being held by Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) and his cronies. Now one of the film's fans and a LEGO enthusiast has recreated the scene in block form. Watch! ›››
Continue reading Watch: 'The Matrix' Lobby Fight Sequence Recreated in LEGO Form
Nearly a couple weeks ago, Mr. Holmes was set for a release in July this summer. And now the new approach to the iconic detective and logical mind has just debuted another international teaser trailer with Ian McKellen taking the spotlight. It doesn't give much away in the vein of the story, and it's edited rather weirdly with a black fade encapsulating the images and narrowing the scope of view, even though those images don't appear that way in the film. It's a very odd choice, especially considering is doesn't add much to the proceedings and isn't meant to hide. Anyway, Alex loved this at Berlin, and I'm excited to see it. ›››
Continue reading Human Nature is the Biggest Mystery in Latest 'Mr. Holmes' Teaser
Big news! Remember that awesome proof-of-concept teaser called The Leviathan we posted a week ago? It attracted some attention and now has two more major producers working on it. Deadline is reporting that fellow sci-fi director Neill Blomkamp (of District 9, Elysium and Chappie) is joining the creative team to develop as executive producer, plus screenwriter/producer Simon Kinberg (of This Means War, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Fantastic Four) will produce the project. Ruairi Robinson, the director behind The Leviathan, wrote on Twitter that he "could not hope for a better team to do this movie with." Hopefully this means the short proof will actually be made into an entire feature, because I already want to see more of it. ›››
Continue reading Blomkamp is Also Helping Turn 'The Leviathan' into a Feature Film
"This may very well be our last mission." Yesterday brought a quick one-minute teaser trailer for Mission: Impossible 5, which has been given the official title of Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. This time the IMF, which is now being dissolved by the CIA, is being hunted down by a group known as The Syndicate. And now the full theatrical trailer has arrived giving us much more of the problem that Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his team have to deal with this time. After being a little hesitant yesterday, I think I'm officially excited to see this one. Maybe it has something to do with a flute turning into a gun. Watch it! ›››
There was a little bit of an uproar following the announcement of a new film in the Alien franchise from District 9, Elysium and Chappie director Neill Blomkamp. It wasn't because the film was being made necessarily, but moreso because he said this new film would share DNA with Alien and Aliens, and then this new film would come next. That implied that he would basically ignore Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection, for better or worse. But he's since backtracked saying, "I’m not trying to undo Alien 3 or Alien Resurrection," but it will just be more connected to the first two films. But now he's being asked about Prometheus too. ›››
Continue reading Neill Blomkamp Says 'Alien 5' Won't Bump Heads with 'Prometheus 2'
The work of Chuck Palahniuk has seen two big screen adaptations ranging from David Fincher's wild Fight Club to Clark Gregg's dark sexual comedy Choke (yes, Agent Coulson from i directed that movie). And now the author's fifth novel, Lullaby, will get the feature film treatment, and this time it falls on the side of independent cinema. The Wrap reports Palahniuk has optioned the rights to his book to Andy Mingo and Josh Leake, with the former directing the film and co-writing the script with the author himself while the latter will produce the film. The plan is to start shooting in Oregon or Louisiana early next year. Read on! ›››
"Where is Hunt?" After some trouble seemed to be brewing over getting a real ending together for Mission: Impossible 5, which was worrisome since the film was moved to a July release instead of the later December arrival, the film now has a title, poster and a quick teaser trailer. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation sees the IMF team battling a secret organization that is basically the antithesis to everything the team has been fighting for, and everyone is at risk. The teaser trailer shows action that's bordering on the silliness of Mission: Impossible 2, but there's also stylistic flares of the first film, so I'm not sure what to think. Watch! ›››
Artificial intelligence seems to be a popular topic in science fiction these days–between giving life to a robot in Neill Blomkamp's Chappie, to extending life in Wally Pfister's Transcendence. The latest A.I. tale is Ex Machina, the feature directing debut of sci-fi screenwriter Alex Garland, whose past work includes 28 Days Later, Sunshine, Never Let Me Go and Dredd. How does he fare bringing to life his own script? Better than expected. Ex Machina is an engaging, amusing sci-fi thriller that literally asks provocative questions, with smart lines of dialogue that touch upon fascinating, honest topics. Garland digs deep with this movie, bringing up questions and concerns about artificial intelligence that not many others have really addressed. ›››
Continue reading Review: Alex Garland's 'Ex Machina' Asks Provocative A.I. Questions
If a retelling of Romeo & Juliet in the style of 300 didn't sound good, maybe a different approach to King Arthur will be more your speed. No, we're not talking about Guy Ritchie's new Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur (in production now), but rather a new project called Man at Arms that is being developed by Thunder Road Pictures. This project has Wrath of the Titans and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot director Jonathan Liebesman attached to direct the film that is said to take the King Arthur story we all know, but deliver it in the style of Clint Eastwood's modern classic western Unforgiven. So how'll that work? ›››
Because the world is obsessed with mashing things up, it's time for the world of William Shakespeare's classic tragedy Romeo & Juliet to get blended with the style of Zack Snyder's adaptation of the graphic novel 300. That's how a new project called Verona has been described as THR reports Sony Pictures just picked up the project based on a spec script written by freshman writing duo Neil Widener & Gavin James. While specific details are being kept under wraps at this time, the basic premise will see the iconic story of two star-crossed lovers from feuding families with the stylization of 300. This…is…unnecessary! ›››