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Denzel Washington makes kicking ass look cool.

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Mia Wasikowska goes on walkabout.

First Trailer for Inherent Vice!

Paul Thomas Anderson and Joaquin Phoenix get Psychedelic!

Review: All is By My Side

Andre Benjamin as Jimi Hendrix!

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And could the Guardians of the Galaxy be involved?

10/01/2014

Shower Buddies Plot a Kidnapping in New 'Horrible Bosses 2' Trailer


Part of the reason Horrible Bosses did as well as it did, earning more than $200M, was a supporting cast willing to go to some outlandish lengths. Jennifer Aniston's incredibly raunchy performance was a stand-out, and it looks like it will be again in Horrible Bosses 2. But its the dufus trio of Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, and Jason Bateman as would-be kidnappers who really seem to be at the top of their game in the latest trailer, giving the impression it may actually be funnier than the original. Here's the synopsis:

Fed up with answering to higher-ups, Nick (Bateman), Dale (Day) and Kurt (Sudeikis) decide to become their own bosses by launching their own business in “Horrible Bosses 2.” But a slick investor soon pulls the rug out from under them. Outplayed and desperate, and with no legal recourse, the three would-be entrepreneurs hatch a misguided plan to kidnap the investor’s adult son and ransom him to regain control of their company.

Also starring Christoph Waltz, Chris Pine, Kevin Spacey, and Jamie Foxx, Horrible Bosses 2 is directed by Sean Anders and opens November 26th.


Horrible Bosses 2 Trailer-3 w/ Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Chris Pine by thecinemasource

'Zombieland 2' Springs Back to Life; Ruben Fleischer Returning to Direct


After four years had passed since Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, and Abigail Breslin hilariously took on the undead in Zombieland, there seemed to be little hope of a sequel. This despite plenty of stories suggesting Sony Pictures was interested, even if the cast and director Ruben Fleischer didn't expect it to happen. When the attempted TV series couldn't get past the pilot stage it looked like Zombieland was officially dead, but now comes word that a sequel has been revived.

According to Deadline, Sony has hired writer Dave Callaham to begin work on the screenplay, working closely with Fleischer who is expected to take the helm once again. He hasn't been confirmed to return but the films he's done since like 30 Minutes or Less and Gangster Squad have been critical and box office flops. Fleischer may be anxious to return to the zombie comedy that got his career off to such a promising start.

The same may not apply to the cast, though, who have since gone on to bigger and better things. Eisenberg has long been skeptical of coming back, and without him or any of the others Zombielband 2 could be a tough sell.


First Trailer for Russell Crowe's Directorial Debut, 'The Water Diviner'



As we've seen with Angelina Jolie of late, the transition from actor to director is smoother for some than others. When you've had a chance to work with many of the top filmmakers in Hollywood, picking up a few pointers is natural, and Russell Crowe must have been soaking it up like a sponge. He's directed a couple of smaller projects, mostly documentaries, but last year we learned he'd be making his feature debut with The Water Diviner, and the impressive first trailer has arrived for it.

Crowe stars as an Australian farmer with a gift for finding water, who travels to Turkey to locate his three missing sons four years after the Battle of Gallipoli. A strong supporting cast of Olga Kurylenko, Jai Courtney, Yilman Erdogan, and Cem Yilmaz co-star, but the attention will be on how Crowe handles himself behind the camera. He seems to have a firm grasp on the story's historical sweep, although there are stretches where it looks a little dry.

The Water Diviner opens December 26th in Australia but does not have a U.S. date yet.


The Water Diviner Official Trailer #1 (2014) Russell Crowe Australian Epic Movie HD. by TrailerNow

9/30/2014

Tom Hanks Classic 'Big' is a TV Series Now, Too


Don't listen to people who say Hollywood is totally bereft of fresh ideas. Why, they've taken on the totally new idea of turning every one of your childhood favorite movies into TV shows. Okay, that may not be such a new concept, but the sheer volume of them is something we haven't seen before, and now you can add 1980s classic comedy Big to the list.

The light-hearted Tom Hanks film is being developed into an event series by Fox that will "explore what it means to be an adult and what it means to be a kid, and how in today's world those two things are more confused than ever." Could they have done this without using Big as the source material? Of course they could, but then they couldn't make use of the beloved film's name recognition. Running the show will be Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce (from the failed Fox comedy Enlisted), bringing us the story of a kid who makes a wish at a fortune telling machine, wakes up as an adult, dances on piano keys, gets hit on by Elizabeth Perkins, etc.

So it doesn't sound like this will be a continuing thing, but a miniseries similar to Fox's 24: Live Another Day. [TheWrap]

Keanu Reeves is Out for Blood in New 'John Wick' Trailer



Two weeks ago nobody outside of attendees at Fantastic Fest had ever heard of the revenge thriller, John Wick, now it's one of the most eagerly awaited genre films of the year. The reviews for the film have been mixed, trending towards positive, but the most glowing praise has been heaped upon Keanu Reeves as the title character, a former hitman who unleashes terrible vengeance on those who murdered his beloved pup. Yes, this is a film about guy getting revenge for his dog, but there have been blood feuds in movies for less reason than that.  A new trailer for John Wick has been released and it looks like the kind of film destined to be a quotable cult favorite. Here's the lean 'n mean synopsis:

An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. With New York City as his bullet-riddled playground, JOHN WICK (Keanu Reeves) is a fresh and stylized take on the "assassin genre."

Simple enough. Between John Wick, The Drop, Tracks, and The Rover this is turning out to be the year of the dog. Directed by Chad Stahelski with  Adrianne Palicki, Willem Dafoe, Bridget Moynahan, Ian McShane, Jason Isaacs, Alfie Allen, Lance Reddick, John Leguizamo, Dean Winters, and Michael Nyqvist
 co-starring, John Wick opens on October 24th.


John Wick Official Trailer #2 (2014) - Keanu Reeves, Willem Dafoe Movie HD. by TrailerNow

A 'Tetris' Movie of "Intergalactic Significance" is in the Works



“Brands are the new stars of Hollywood", so says Threshold Entertainment CEO Larry Kasanoff to the Wall Street Journal, and it's hard to argue with him. When audiences see a commercial for the next Captain America or Guardians of the Galaxy movie, they show up because "Marvel" brings with it a certain notoriety and expectation of quality. Lately we've seen Hollywood take to building franchises based on popular board and video games, and now one of the most iconic puzzle games of the '80s is getting its own movie.

Threshold Entertainment is piecing together a feature film based on the classic Tetris video game, y'know, the one with all of the falling blocks. The live-action movie is apparently very early on in development as no talent is attached, but Kasanoff says that a storyline is already in place.

Kasanoff:  "We have a story behind ‘Tetris’ which makes it a much more imaginative thing....It’s a very big, epic sci-fi movie.  This isn’t a movie with a bunch of lines running around the page.  We’re not giving feet to the geometric shapes."

It's not Kasanoff's first rodeo, either, as he helped bring the violent fighting game Mortal Kombat to the screen in 1997.  The company has worked with Marvel and Lego in the animation field and it wouldn't be surprising to see them take a similar route as The Lego Movie, creating a story inside a Tetris-based world. Tetris debuted in 1984 originally created by Soviet game designer Pajitnov, and it became so popular that is has been on practically every gaming platform in existence. If the movie turns out to be just as much of a hit, Kasanoff plans on going much bigger, like totally intergalactic.

Kasanoff:  “We certainly have the canvas for location-based entertainment based on the epicness....What you [will] see in ‘Tetris’ is the teeny tip of an iceberg that has intergalactic significance.”


Liam Neeson is a Wanted Fugitive in First Trailer for 'Taken 3'...er, 'Tak3n'



At the end of Taken 2, badass ex-CIA dude Bryan Mills was targeted by the father of a man he killed in the first movie. Before Mills could get his ultimate revenge, the father promised that his other sons would be seeking payback. The endless cycle of violence continues now in Taken 3 (or Tak3n), but instead of the usual "I will find you" nonsense we're used to, Mills will find himself on the run from the law.

The first trailer for Taken 3 has arrived and it actually looks like they're trying to do something a bit differently for once. Neeson is back as Bryan Mills and, after what appears to be a rekindled romance with his wife, is forced to go on the run when he's framed for murder. Forest Whitaker is a new addition to the cast as the officer assigned to bringing Mills to justice. Good luck with that. Maggie Grace also returns as Mills' oft-distressed daughter, Kim. 

Luc Besson protegee Oliver Megaton returns to direct Taken 3, which opens January 9th 2015, right where it belongs. Neeson has said this would be the end but that's exactly what he said after the last two movies.


TAKEN 3 Official Trailer (2015) Liam Nesson by Trailersstv

'Game of Thrones' Star Carice van Houten to Play Nazi Filmmaker in 'Race'



Dutch actress Carice van Houten is probably best known for playing the creepy and devious priestess Melisandre on Game of Thrones, warping the minds of the entire Baratheon clan. But her breakout role was in 2006 when she starred in Paul Verhoeven's WWII drama, Black Book, the highest-grossing Dutch film ever (also the most expensive). Now she's set to return to the era again in the Jesse Owens biopic, Race, only this time she won't be fighting the Nazis, she'll be portraying one of their most prominent members.

Van Houten will play infamous Third Reich filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl in the film, which is directed by Stephen Hopkins and has Stephan James in the Owens role. Riefenstahl directed the Nazi propaganda piece, Triumph of the Will, which despite its repulsive message is considered by many to be a cinematic work of art. Quentin Tarantino talked about Riefenstahl's influence as a director in his film, Inglourious Basterds. Hitler appreciated her work so much he invited her to film the 1936 Berlin Olympics, and she delivered to him the documentary, Olympia, recognized for its use of tracking shots and slow-motion effects.

Also starring Jeremy Irons and Jason Sudeikis, Race is filming now and should be in theaters next year. [THR]

David Fincher to Direct First Season of HBO's 'Utopia'


David Fincher may have the biggest hit of his career when Gone Girl opens, but that doesn't mean he'll follow it up with another big screen effort. Unfortunately, those who were hoping he'd take on a sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo will be disappointed because Fincher is will focus his energies on the HBO series, Utopia, directing the entire first season.

The series will reteam Fincher with Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, the pair obviously having gotten along during the film's production. Utopia is a remake of Dennis Kelly's UK TV series which revolved around fans of a graphic novel that seemed to predict future events. When a group of people uncover the author's sequel, they are suddenly pursued by a mysterious organization known as The Network while trying to prevent the calamities the manuscript predicts.

Fincher has dabbled in television before, the first two House of Cards episodes and exec-producing the Netflix series, but this is obviously a much larger commitment. It mirrors the ambitious effort of Cary Fukunaga on HBO's True Detective, and having one singular voice was a prime reasons why it achieved such acclaim. Clearly, HBO and Fincher are hoping to reach similar heights.

This will keep Fincher busy for much of next year, but when he's finished there will be options out there. Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs biopic is still out there, with Fincher saying it “was definitely a possibility, but it got very sideways very fast”. For now he's all about Utopia and is definitely excited about the opportunity.

Fincher: “I like the world of it. I like the characters – I love Dennis’ [Kelly, creator of the UK show] honesty and affinity for the nerds. I mean, I’ve always been a bit of a junior conspiracy theorist cos I don’t have time to connect them all! But it’s nice to see that somebody has.” [Guardian]

Regina Hall and Keegan-Michael Key go on 'Vacation'; Matt Bomer Joins 'The Nice Guys'



 Filming on the Vacation reboot/sequel has already begun but there's still room for two more cast members to join the road trip comedy. Regina Hall (Think Like a Man Too) and Keegan-Michael Key of Key & Peele have come aboard the film as family friends to the Griswolds. Ed Helms plays a grown-up Rusty Griswold whose family road trip turns out to be a disaster, just like the one his father took him on as a child. Christina Applegate, Chris Hemsworth, Charlie Day, Skyler Gisondo, Steele Stebbins, Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo star with John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein directing. [Variety]

Once Matt Bomer is done reuniting with Channing Tatum and the gang for Magic Mike XXL, he'll head over to film The Nice Guys for Iron Man 3 director, Shane Black. Bomer will be joining Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe in the 1970s-set thriller about an ex-alcoholic bruiser and an alcoholic private detective who team up to investigate a girl's disappearance and the mysterious death of a porn star. Bomer can be seen now in the sci-fi comedy Space Station 76, and is due to return for the sixth and final season of his USA series, White Collar.