With Mission: Impossible 5 preparing to shoot early next year, Christopher McQuarrie is already busy as a director following his debut with Jack Reacher. In addition, we've also recently heard that McQuarrie will direct the adaptation of the sci-fi series Star Blazers (for which he also wrote the script) and he still has an adaptation of the British series Unforgiven and a remake of Ice Station Zebra on his plate. We're not sure if he'll end up working on all these projects, but now he has another one added to his slate as Deadline reports he will direct an adaptation of the French novel Three to Kill and Colin Firth will star in the film. ›››
Briefly: It looks like we now have an actual release date. Its being reported by BoxOfficeMojo that Warner Bros has set a May 15th, 2015 summer release date for George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road, the return of Mad Max, starring Tom Hardy as the new Mad Max. We've been following this sequel for many years, as it was shot down in Africa back in 2012 but has been stuck in post-production hell ever since, with extensive reshoots and more over the last few years. 2015 is already becoming one of the most exciting years for movies in a while, with the new Star Wars, Avengers and Jurassic Park movies on the docket already. Hopefully this is finally confirmation that we may finally see this new Mad Max within two years anyway. ›››
For awhile there had been discussion and hopes of turning Neil Gaiman's comic Sandman into a series, with the author hoping it would end up at HBO. However, it sounds like some moves are being made to potentially bring the iconic comic book from the author of Coraline and American Gods to the big screen instead. Badass Digest has learned that Man of Steel and The Dark Knight trilogy writer David Goyer just recently pitched a big screen version of Sandman to Warner Bros. and Joseph Gordon-Levitt is involved in some capacity, though it's not clear if he'd take the lead or be involved just as a producer or something. ›››
Continue reading Joseph Gordon-Levitt Part of David Goyer's Pitch to Adapt 'Sandman'
Never being met with the same respect as the other categories at the Academy Awards, the Best Animated Feature race is always one of the most interesting ones for to analyze and cover each year. This category is about as different from the others as it gets at the Oscars, so it's always worth a little bit of a different focus. It's also one of the harder ones to predict, especially when Pixar doesn't have a runaway frontrunner (which is becoming more normal now) in their prequel Monsters University. With the impending release of Frozen, the final contender for the prize, I wanted to discuss the category to see where the race is headed. ›››
Continue reading What Does the Oscar Race for Best Animated Feature Look Like Now?
Earlier this month, we learned that James DeMonaco was returning to write and direct a sequel to The Purge, this year's high concept horror thriller starring Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey. Produced by Paranormal Activity and Insidious franchise's Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Production banner on a budget of $3 million, the film went on to make nearly $90 million. Now Universal has announced that The Purge 2, which is just beginning production next month, has a release date of June 20th, 2014. That's a quick turnaround, but the first film was cheap, so it doesn't require a long post-production period. Read on! ›››
Continue reading Universal Sending 'The Purge' Sequel to Theaters in Summer of 2014
For those who aren't aware, The World's End is now officially on Blu-ray and DVD (we recommend picking up Edgar Wright's entire film trilogy if you don't have the other two films). And one of the glorious treats on the release of the film starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in their third go round with their "Spaced" brethren is a blooper reel. Thankfully, a tease of all the flubs is now online featuring some outtakes from Pegg's monologue reciting every single pub on The Golden Mile and also some hellacious burps. This is just a small amount of the fun that was had on set, but there were probably hard days too. ›››
Continue reading Watch: Huge Burps & Tongue Twisters in 'The World's End' Gag Reel
Towards the beginning of the year, John McClane (Bruce Willis) went to Russia for the mostly panned action sequel A Good Day to Die Hard, but shortly thereafter we heard that a sixth film was already in the works with the working title of Die Hardest. At the time, Ben Trebilcook was hired to write a treatment for a sequel that would take McClane from New York City to Tokyo, which made us think that it sounded similar to an unused spec script that the writer handed in to Fox for Die Hard 4. Well, the writer recently spoke to WhatCulture and he revealed tidbits of what he wrote including returning characters and more. ›››
Continue reading Returning Characters and Franchise End in Next 'Die Hard' Sequel?
We got a glimpse of some of the explosive mayhem (or Bayhem) on the set of Transformers: Age of Extinction in a first look photo from earlier this year, but now an even better look behind the scenes has popped up. The airheads over at Entertainment Tonight were given access to the set in "Hong Kong" where they filmed some segments during production of a scene with plenty of action. Of course, since the Autobots and Decepticons will be added in post-production, we don't know what's going on besides explosions, vehicle destruction and chaos. Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor were there too. Watch! ›››
Over a year ago, we got a first look at Arnold Schwarzenegger in the action thriller Ten from director David Ayer (End of Watch, Street Kings), but now the film is called Sabotage and we have some more photos from the film. The film follows an elite DEA task force who find themselves being taken out one by one after they rob a drug cartel safe house. The first photo only featured Schwarzenegger, but now some new photos show us some of his team, though the only ones we can pick out seem to be Joe Manganiello (Magic Mike) and Mireille Enos (World War Z), but Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard, Josh Holloway and more are also in the movie. It looks like there's going to be some kick-ass action in this one. ›››
Continue reading First Look: Arnold Schwarzenegger Gears Up for 'Sabotage' Thriller
While everybody and their mother has been auditioning for Star Wars: Episode VII, most of the names that have popped up in discussion have been pretty discreet about trying out for the film until after the fact. Saorise Ronan has indicated she didn't get the role, but her audition involved using lightsabers and doing dialogue. Otherwise, we haven't heard much about the auditions. But now X-Men: First Class star Jason Flemyng (he played Azazel) has been pretty bold and posted a page from the Star Wars script. How do we know? Well, along with the picture from Instagram, he wrote, "Pint of Stella and Star Wars script!" Look! ›››
For anyone who doesn't want to know anything about Alfonso Cuaron's incredible film Gravity, then don't read any further, because there will be some spoilers from here on out. You've been warned. In the sci-fi film, Sandra Bullock's character Ryan Stone ends up by herself inside a Russian space capsule, on the verge of giving up. While at her lowest point, she tries to use the vessel's radio, and ends up communicating with a foreign guy who has a dog and a baby with him. Well, Jonas Cuaron, son of the filmmaker, co-wrote the feature screenplay and directed this companion film called Aningaaq that follows the man on the other end of the radio, an Inuit fisherman stationed on a remote fjord in Greenland. Watch! ›››
We haven't heard anything about the action thriller El Presidente since 2010 when Tom Cruise was attached to the project and the actor was trying to get the likes of Jack Nicholson and even Robert Downey Jr. involved in the project with Jay Roach (Game Change, The Campaign) directing. Now Cruise is back with a vengeance trying to get the film off the ground at Warner Bros. again, and this time he has his Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman at the helm, and the two are making a last ditch effort to get Nicholson involved in the project which would mark their first big screen reunion since A Few Good Men back in 1992. ›››
"It's not easy being mean." Following the underwhelming childish teaser trailer for Muppets Most Wanted earlier this year, the full theatrical trailer has arrived delivering more of what we expected from the Disney comedy sequel. This time we get a much better glimpse at the human stars in the film including Tina Fey as a prison guard, Salma Hayek caught up in the madness of a Muppet show and Ricky Gervais as an unfortunately named sidekick of the thief frog Constantine who is a dead wringer for Kermit the Frog. Plus there's quick shots of Ray Liotta, Celine Dion and P. Diddy. This looks like a hell of a lot of fun. Watch! ›››
Continue reading Must Watch: Two Full Trailers for Disney's 'Muppets Most Wanted'
If you've been on the Internet at all this past week, then you've probably seen an epic splits stunt performed by veteran action star Jean-Claude Van Damme where he performs the trademark legs spread maneuver between two moving Volvo semi-trucks moving in reverse. It's one of the most impressive things you'll ever seen. Well, not to be outdone, Channing Tatum decided to perform his own stunt as Jenko on the set of 22 Jump Street. It's a great, timely spoof, and it's also a first look at what Jenko looks like undercover in college. It seems like he's playing somewhat of a douchebag if he's wearing that Affliction shirt. Watch now! ›››
Continue reading Channing Tatum Spoofs JCVD's Splits Stunt on '22 Jump Street' Set
Briefly: Following last week's news that Mission: Impossible 5 was making the bold choice to open on Christmas Day in 2015, just one week after Star Wars: Episode VII hits theaters, we have one returning cast member confirmed to join Tom Cruise in the sequel from Jack Reacher director and The Usual Suspects writer Christopher McQuarrie. Speaking with MTV, Simon Pegg confirmed that the IMF team's computer and gadget expert Benji will be back in the field with Ethan Hunt. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol threw him into the action mix after introducing him behind a computer in Mission: Impossible 3. Pegg provides perfect comic relief and fits in with the team, so it's good to have him back. Stay tuned for more.
"What kind of suit is this?" The teaser trailer and the full theatrical trailer for the remake of RoboCop painted a picture of action and deception. However, this new international trailer focuses on the human element of Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) as a man who nearly dies in an explosion, but is brought back to life in the form of a cybernetic cop who is given the illusion of free will when he is actually controlled by his creators. It's more about Murphy's acceptance of the suit until it shows some new action. Also, when Murphy says "Dead or alive, you're coming with me," there's not a voice effect like the US trailers. Watch! ›››
Continue reading Watch: International 'RoboCop' Trailer Dives into the Human Element
The chronicle of the notorious 1993 West Memphis murders has been given an extensive documentary treatment thanks to both HBO and Peter Jackson, but now the tragic story is being dramatized in The Devil's Knot, the latest film from director Atom Egoyan (Chloe). The film focuses on Reese Witherspoon as the grieving mother of one of the murdered boys, and while she wants justice for her son's death, she also becomes troubled by the town's eagerness to pin these heinous crimes on a trio of boys who may not be responsible. Her skepticism is confirmed by Ron Lax (Colin Firth), a private investigator for whom the sum of the case’s parts doesn’t quite add up, and who is driven to get at the truth. Watch now! ›››
Following breakthrough roles in films like Zero Dark Thirty, Lawless and The Great Gatsby over the past year (as well as a turn in White House Down), Australian actor Jason Clarke is making quite a name for himself. Next year, we'll see him in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, but before that, audiences can check him out in a thriller called Swerve. The film from down under follows a man (David Lyons) who happens upon a road accident where he finds a dead man, a beautiful woman, and a suitcase full of money. After trying to do the right thing he finds himself caught up in a dangerous scheme and pursued by a crooked Cop (Clarke). The film hit festivals in 2011 and 2012, but it's coming to the US next month, and we have a trailer. ›››
For anyone who ever thought that die-hard fans were crazy for recreating costumes, props, etc., here's a story to shut them up. Just recently, we featured the first behind the scenes photo from Star Wars: Episode VII featuring J.J. Abrams at the production workshop with Kathleen Kennedy, two other dudes, and everyone's favorite astromech droid, R2-D2. Many outlets took this as confirmation that the droid would return for the sequel, which wasn't a surprise, and now that fact has been confirmed along with some cool news about the team who will be working on the practical droid creation for the production now. ›››
Last year, Asghar Farhadi's film A Separation won Best Foreign Language Film and was nominated for Best Original Screenplay, and now the director is back with The Past. Sony Pictures Classics will release the film in theaters this December with Oscar heavy hitters like American Hustle, The Wolf of Wall Street and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. The film follows an Iranian man (Ali Mosaffa) as he deserts his wife and children to return to his homeland. Meanwhile, his wife (Bérénice Bejo from The Artist) finds love with another man (Tahar Rahim from A Prophet), a reality her husband confronts upon his wife's request for a divorce. This looks like it's full of amazing performances and could be another foreign winner. Watch! ›››