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    Wednesday
    Jul082015

    "Southpaw" Official Trailer #3 

    From director Antoine Fuqua (TRAINING DAY) and writers Kurt Sutter (SONS OF ANARCHY) and Richard Wenk (THE MECHANIC) comes SOUTHPAW - the story of Billy "The Great" Hope, Junior Middleweight Boxing Champion of the World. When tragedy strikes and he loses it all, Billy enters the battle of his life as he struggles to become a contender once again and win back those he loves. SOUTHPAW stars Academy Award® nominee Jake Gyllenhaal, Academy Award® winner Forest Whitaker, Rachel McAdams, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Rita Ora, Naomie Harris and Victor Ortiz.

    COURTESY OF MOVIECLIPS TRAILERS

    Wednesday
    Jul082015

    "Scout's Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse" Poster - Always Bring Protection

    Three scouts and lifelong friends join forces with one bad-ass cocktail waitress to become the world’s most unlikely team of heroes. When their peaceful town is ravaged by a zombie invasion, they’ll fight for the badge of a lifetime and put their scouting skills to the test to save mankind from the undead.

    COURTESY OF IMP AWARDS

    Wednesday
    Jul082015

    "Goosebumps" Official Trailer #1

    Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange… he is a prisoner of his own imagination – the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts and they begin to terrorize the town, it’s suddenly up to Stine, Zach, and Hannah to get all of them back in the books where they belong.

    COURTESY OF MOVIECLIPS TRAILERS

    Wednesday
    Jul082015

    First Set Pic of Melissa McCarthy in New 'Ghostbusters' Uniform

    In terms of 80s film favorites, I like Ghostbusters but I don't necessarily LOVE it like Back to the Future.

    Ghostbusters only had one sequel - an above average one at best - while Back to the Future did an entire trilogy which is still today deemed a classic.

    Not to mention, the filmmakers behind Back to the Future knew both when to stop and how not to allow any type of reboot or remake from ever getting made (it's in their contracts). Ghostbusters, on the other hand, spent decades in 'development hell' trying to get a 3rd film off the ground before finally succumbing to an all-female led reboot hitting theaters next year. I'm pretty sure it's going to end up taking less time for the new film to go from pre-production to release than it took Dan Aykroyd to write the first draft of Ghostbusters 3.

    Anyway, with all that said, we finally have our first look at the new Ghostbuster leader, Melissa McCarthy, on set in full uniform:

    I know, not exactly earth shattering but it's the first time we've seen anyone filming a movie with a Ghostbusters outfit in over 25 years so...plus the glasses look like a nice touch.

    The new film also stars new Ghostbuster members Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, as well as Chris Hemsworth as 'the secretary' and Neil Casey recently being added to the cast as the film's villain. 

    There's no official synopsis yet though there is this tidbit from the Boston Herald (where filming is currently taking place):

    Wiig and McCarthy play a pair of unheralded authors who write a book positing that ghosts are real. Flash forward a few years and Wiig lands a prestigious teaching position at Columbia U. Which is pretty sweet, until her book resurfaces and she is laughed out of academia. Wiig reunites with McCarthy and the other two proton pack-packing phantom wranglers, and she gets some sweet revenge when ghosts invade Manhattan and she and her team have to save the world.

    Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat, Spy) both co-writes and directs the new film, set for release July 22nd, 2016.

    Source: Vulture, Boston Herald

    Monday
    Jul062015

    New Official Image from 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2'

    Lionsgate has released a new still from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, the conclusion to the film saga that began back in March 2012.

    The final installment is set around Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and a unit from District 13 going on a mission to the Capitol to assassinate that damn President Snow (Donald Sutherland, can't stand the guy because he plays a villian so well) and end the war that has overtaken Panem.

    The image features Katniss, Boggs (Mahershala Ali) - right-hand man to President Alma Coin - and Gale (Liam Hemsworth) prepping for battle.

    I have not read the Hunger Games books though I did see the most recent installment of Mockingjay - Part 1, which I thought was really well done and definitely enjoyed it. I think it's rather impressive the studio, Lionsgate, has been able to get these films out within a year of each other and not only maintain quality but even surpass it.

    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 hits theaters November 20th, and I am certainly looking forward to seeing it.

    With the nation of Panem in a full scale war, Katniss confronts President Snow (Donald Sutherland) in the final showdown. Teamed with a group of her closest friends – including Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Finnick (Sam Claflin), and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) – Katniss goes off on a mission with the unit from District 13 as they risk their lives to stage an assassination attempt on President Snow who has become increasingly obsessed with destroying her.  The mortal traps, enemies, and moral choices that await Katniss will challenge her more than any arena she faced in The Hunger Games.

    Source: Lionsgate

    Tuesday
    Jun302015

    First Trailer for 'Creed' Starring Michael B. Jordan

    When it was first announced a couple years back (July 2013 I believe) that a Rocky spinoff was in the works - based around Apollo Creed's son being trained by the Italian Stallion himself - I was quite curious.

    The film would be written and directed by Fruitvale Station helmer Ryan Coogler as well as starring that film's lead, Michael B. Jordan, as the title character of Adonis Johnson. Sylvester Stallone would be back of course, this time as a supporting character in his signature role.

    Creed was said to be a 'dream project' for Coogler. He always wanted to tell a story of Apollo Creed's son, whose father died in the ring before he was born, leading his family to forbid him from boxing. That, along with his natural talent, makes his desire to pursue the sport that much stronger.

    Well the first trailer just hit tonight and...Wow! This. Looks. Awesome.

    I don't think Sly Stallone on his best day could have directed a film that looks this good. The trailer is utterly fantastic. I can't wait to see this movie.

    Why are you still reading this? View the trailer below along with the film's official synopsis.

    Creed hits theaters (no pun intended) November 25th.

    From Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures comes award-winning filmmaker Ryan Coogler’s “Creed.”  The film explores a new chapter in the “Rocky” story and stars Academy Award nominee Sylvester Stallone in his iconic role.  The film also reunites Coogler with his “Fruitvale Station” star Michael B. Jordan as the son of Apollo Creed.

    Adonis Johnson (Jordan) never knew his famous father, world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, who died before he was born.  Still, there’s no denying that boxing is in his blood, so Adonis heads to Philadelphia, the site of Apollo Creed’s legendary match with a tough upstart named Rocky Balboa.

    Once in the City of Brotherly Love, Adonis tracks Rocky (Stallone) down and asks him to be his trainer.  Despite his insistence that he is out of the fight game for good, Rocky sees in Adonis the strength and determination he had known in Apollo—the fierce rival who became his closest friend.  Agreeing to take him on, Rocky trains the young fighter, even as the former champ is battling an opponent more deadly than any he faced in the ring.

    With Rocky in his corner, it isn’t long before Adonis gets his own shot at the title…but can he develop not only the drive but also the heart of a true fighter, in time to get into the ring?

    Source: Warner Bros. Pictures/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures

    Monday
    Jun292015

    Two New Posters Released for 'Terminator Genisys'

    You know it's a slow news day - or slow weekend - when your first entry of the week is about film posters. Anyway...

    Two new posters have been released for Terminator Genisys, opening tomorrow night with early pre-shows followed by it's official opening day on Wednesday. The reviews so far...haven't been great (36% currently on Rotten Tomatoes, but hey, there's only 11 reviews to count at this point).

    I guess it's foolish to hope or think this film will live up to James Cameron's original two masterpieces (especially since the 3rd and 4th entries have been subpar), but if this is serviceable and falls more in line with what Cameron created, I'll accept that.

    You can check out the two new posters below (the first I believe will be handed out by AMC theaters tomorrow night during early pre-shows, the second is a play on the teaser poster that was released last year with a pretty catchy tagline of 'time is the ultimate weapon').

    Source: Paramount Pictues/Skydance Productions

    Sunday
    Jun212015

    New 'Terminator Genisys' Featurette - Sarah Connor

    With it's July 1st release date fast approaching, a new featurette for Terminator Genisys has been released, this one focusing on Emilia Clarke's Sarah Connor.

    Having recently re-watched The Terminator, I can definitely say for sure that Clarke shares a strong resemblance to the original Sarah Connor, Linda Hamilton. With that said, I'm still not sure what to make of this movie. I want to believe it will be good, but the more footage I see, the more it looks like your typical, modern day action film with plenty of CGIed special effects and average at best writing to move the story along.

    I believe its actually having its world premiere tonight in Berlin, Germany and the press was given their screening yesterday so reviews and reaction should be hitting early this week. If its positive buzz, I can see the film doing solid business over the long 4th of July weekend. However, if the buzz is bad (which, let's be honest, the very well could happen), I can truly see this film doing very poorly during the holiday weekend and not being well received at all. Its just got a lot to overcome.

    Anyway, you view the new featurette below with the film's official synopsis as well.

    Terminator Genisys officially hits theaters next Wednesay, July 1st.

    When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future.

    Source: Paramount Pictures/Skydance Productions

    Saturday
    Jun202015

    Julia Stiles Returning for 'Bourne 5'; Viggo Mortensen Offered Villain Role

    A lot of people like to cite The Dark Knight Trilogy as their favorite trilogy over the past 10-20 years. However, for me, one that seems to be forgotten quite often and in my opinion is actually BETTER is that of The Bourne Trilogy starring Matt Damon.

    I remember watching the first film, The Bourne Identity, on HBO I think about a year after it came out and loving the movie. Then The Bourne Supremacy hit theaters in 2004 (which I didn't go see) but ended up buying it on DVD along with the first film and watching them both a number of times. Finally, The Bourne Ultimatum hit in 2007 and I did in fact go see this one in theaters. It was a great movie and capped off what was at the time and still is, one of the best action movie trilogies of all-time and probably in the top 10 of best film trilogies, period.

    With all this, I was rather shocked and ecstatic last year when news came that Matt Damon was returning for his 4th outing as Jason Bourne along with director Paul Greengrass (he helmed Supremacy and Ultimatum). It was always widely known that Damon wouldn't come back unless Greengrass was directing and that seemed unlikely given the filmmaker's sour relationship he had with the studio, Universal, after making another Damon action film, Green Zone in 2010. But, I guess time does indeed heal all wounds, and now we have the currently untitled Bourne 5 hitting theaters next July 29th, 2016 (by the way, the fourth entry - The Bourne Legacy starring Jeremy Renner that was released in 2012 - I didn't see it and have no interest. Heard it wasn't very good).

    While nothing has been released in terms of story for Damon's next outing as Bourne, we now have learned that Julia Stiles (who appeared in all three original films as covert agent Nicky Parsons) will be back for the next installment. She joins Alicia Viklander (Ex Machina) who is also in talks to join the cast. Stiles played a small role in the first film, a bit larger role in the second, and definitely a key role in the third as it was hinted her character and Damon's Bourne had a romantic relationship at one point. It's unclear what significance she will have this time around.

    To top this all off, word also comes that Viggo Mortensen himself (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy - yeah, I guess I forgot about that one, never saw) has been offered the role as the film's villain, an assassin tracking Bourne. Mortensen would certainly be a 'get' for the project as the man is very picky with his roles, but obviously when he does decide to do anything, he's friggin fantastic (see A History of Violence, great movie).

    I'm curious if more cast members from the original trilogy will be back for this one. Joan Allen's Pamela Landy certainly comes to mind, along with David Strathairn's Noah Vosen, who both appeared in The Bourne Legacy as well. Maybe even Jeremy Renner's Aaron Cross will make an appearance. 

    We shall see, but I'm definitely excited for this one. Probably my most anticipated movie of 2016.

    Source: Variety

    Monday
    Jun152015

    Jack Huston Departs 'The Crow'

    When it comes to the new adaptation of The Crow that Hollywood has been trying to do for years, you have to wonder if the project is cursed by the ghost of Brandon Lee.

    That's not to say the franchise's legacy is on solid ground (three really bad direct-to-video films followed the original), but it's starting to become apparent that maybe the 1994 classic should be left alone to age like a fine wine.

    Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire) - who was set to star just three short months ago - has dropped out of the project due to 'scheduling issues'. This comes after Luke Evans (Dracula Untold) - who had been attached to star for almost two years - dropped out back in January because he was tired of waiting and wanted to pursue other projects. Not only that, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) was supposed to direct, then unknown director J. Javier Gutierrez, with newcomer Corin Hardy signing on to helm back in December (do we start the countdown now of when he'll go?).

    This news all comes after things were starting to look up for the project with Andrea Riseborough (Oblivion) being eyed to play the film's villain just last month, and Academy Award winner himself, Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland), entering talks today for an unspecified role.

    The director, Hardy, had this to say regarding Huston's departure:

    “Jack Huston is unfortunately unavailable to continue with us on ‘The Crow'. [It] is an amazing project, and I am grateful that we have the time and patience to get it right. We look forward to unveiling our new lead and starting to film over the next several weeks.”

    I'm not sure if it's 'creative differences' the numerous lead actors are having with the studio but it's very obvious this project is troubled and has been through the ringer in terms of getting it on track. Word is that the studio, Relativity, is now looking at Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: First Class) and Jack O'Connell (Unbroken), among others, as replacements. O'Connell definitely has the talent, but I'm not sure if he's the right guy for this role. Same for Hoult.

    Relativity actually released a statement regarding Huston's departure too:

    “Jack is a remarkably gifted actor, and we look forward to working with him in the future. Corin Hardy has a tremendous vision for ‘The Crow,’ and we are working closely with him to continue prepping the movie and supporting him as he brings his vision to the bigscreen.”

    The studio is definitely persistent in getting this film made and, who knows, it could end up being a solid movie. I think they really need to score a good lead for the film and get production underway. Once some promo pics are released, maybe with a effective trailer, things can start to turnaround.

    Until then...

    Source: Variety

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