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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Is the reboot franchise a continued success?

7 Things Harry Potter Fans Will Love About Universal's Diagon Alley

Sandie Angulo Chen stops by the PDC to clue us in on the awesome new attraction!

Exodus: Gods and Kings

Check out the first trailer here!

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay

President Snow addresses the districts.

7/23/2014

Comic-Con: It's a Lovely Day for the First 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Poster



Warner Bros. will be unveiling footage from George Miller's forever-developing and much-maligned Mad Max: Fury Road here at Comic-Con. And to celebrate, they have now released the very first poster featuring Tom Hardy as the road warrior himself and a tagline that reads "What a Lovely Day". Not that anything can ever be lovely in the stark, apocalyptic wasteland in which the fourth film in the franchise is set. Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley will co-star when the film opens May 15th 2015. Here's the synopsis:

Mad Max: Fury Road is a reboot of the adventure franchise that began with Mad Max in 1979, starring Mel Gibson. George Miller, the director of the original film and its sequel, is back behind the camera, working from a script he co-wrote with first-time writer Nick Lathouris. Within this world of fire and blood exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There’s Max (Tom Hardy) a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. Meanwhile, Furiosa (Charlize Theron) is a woman of action who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland.

Pierce Brosnan stars in new trailer for 'The November Man'


You know, if Liam Neeson can continue being an action star into senior citizenhood, why not Pierce Brosnan? The man is 61 years old, but he can still run, jump, fire guns, and chase after young women half his age with the best of them. To white men! And now you can see him do all those things in this new trailer for the spy thriller The November Man.

Starring Brosnan, the film is an adaptation of the novel There Are No Spies by Bill Granger; Brosnan will play an ex-CIA operative who has to face off against one of his mentees to protect a woman. The mentee is played by Luke Bracey, who was in Monte Carlo with Selena Gomez (ahahahha) and will also star in the future Point Break remake (also, ahahahhaa). I guess they'll beat each other up and then blow things up, which you know, I'm not averse to watching Pierce Brosnan do.

The November Man comes out on August 27, 2014. Watch Pierce Brosnan do stuff senior citizens probably shouldn't do in the trailer below.


Sony Dates 'Sinister Six' for 2016; 'The Amazing Spider-Man 3' Bumped to 2018




There has been a lot of talk lately about the state of Sony's The Amazing Spider-Man franchise, and little of it has been good. Okay, none of it has been. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 disappointed at the box office, Roberto Orci up and left the series completely, and rumors had begun that future movies were in disarray regarding when they would be released. And now that has proven to be true with Sony announcing dates for Sinister Six and The Amazing Spider-Man 3.

First up, it looks like Drew Goddard's Sinister Six movie will be next, hitting theaters on November 11th 2016. The film will try to build a story around Spidey's most nefarious villains, many of whom we saw glimpses of in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Making a movie about bad guys is always tough but this seems like an especially daunting task. That will be followed by The Amazing Spider-Man 3 which has been knocked back two years into 2018, with Marc Webb likely wrapping up his part in the franchise.

So why the significant delay? Simple. Spidey needs a serious repackaging and it's wise of Sony to take the time and do that rather than rushing out another sequel as they did before.

Also, Sony announced Seth Gordon's adaptation of the Uncharted video game will hit on June 10th 2016. What about the planned Venom movie directed by Alex Kurtzman? Nowhere to be found.

'Pirates of the Caribbean 5' to Set Sail in 2017...Probably



Whether you asked for it or not, Disney is going to give you another Pirates of the Caribbean...eventually. The fifth film in the franchise, subtitled 'Dead Men Tell No Tales' was originally supposed to come out in summer 2015 but it was delayed once pretty significantly, and now they've set a date that possibly will stick: July 7th 2017.

Presumably Kon-Tiki directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg will stick around that long, and why wouldn't they? This is their first crack at the big time and working on a 'Pirates' film with Johnny Depp is a sure way to become household names. Despite having the smallest domestic gross of the franchise, 2011's 'On Stranger Tides' still cleared over $1B worldwide due to the international world's continued interest in Jack Sparrow.

Depp will keep plenty busy until then with the Whitey Bulger biopic, Black Mass; Disney's musical fairy tale Into the Woods; a sequel to Alice in Wonderland, and the offbeat adventure film, Mortdecai.

'Guardians of the Galaxy' Writer Nicole Perlman Talks Raccoons, Comic-Con, and Working for Marvel



Chris Pratt. Vin Diesel. Bradley Cooper. Zoe Saldana. Dave Bautista. James Gunn. Nicole Perlman? We aren't hearing a lot about Perlman but she was the very first one to write Guardians of the Galaxy, laying the groundwork for Marvel's oddball team of intergalactic heroes. After a couple of highly regarded sci-fi scripts she got her break as part of the Marvel screenwriting labs, which is where she first pitched an idea for Guardians of the Galaxy and things took off from there. She's worked on a couple of other potential Marvel projects since, including a Black Widow script, but Guardians of the Galaxy is her big film debut.

With San Diego Comic-Con looming on the horizon, I had a chance to talk with Perlman about Guardians of the Galaxy; why she chose them specifically; and what it's like working in a field largely dominated by guys. She also discusses the decision to put Rocket Raccoon in the film, and what she hopes to work on next for Marvel.

Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood Enter 'Westworld'




About a year ago we learned J.J. Abrams would be teaming up with Jonathan Nolan, writer on The Dark Knight and Interstellar, to bring back Michael Crichton's 1973 sci-fi film Westworld as an HBO series. Little was learned about it since but now we know a top notch cast will be leading the future-set show.

First reported at Filmdivider, Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood have come aboard Westworld, with James Marsden eying a role, as well. The story takes place in an amusement park populated by androids in famous historical settings. When the robots become self aware, their interactions with the human visitors becomes deadly.

Hopkins would be taking on the role of Dr. Robert Ford, the Dr. Moreau-esque man who runs the park. Wood has taken the part of Dolores Abernathy, an android that doesn't realize her farm girl life is all part of the system's programming. Marsden would play cowboy hero, Teddy Flood.

Abrams will be producing through his Bad Robot banner, with Nolan co-writing and directing the pilot, which HBO has already committed to.

New trailer drops for 'Hector and the Search For Happiness,' starring Rosamund Pike and Simon Pegg


What makes people happy? That's the question at hand in Hector and the Search for Happiness, the adaptation of the best-selling novel by French psychiatrist François Lelord, who used his own experiences to inform his work. Starring Simon Pegg as a psychiatrist and Rosamund Pike as his wife, the film from director Peter Chelsom (most recently of the Hannah Montana movie, ugh) looks to strike at the heart of that question - while incorporating Pegg's normal comedic stylings, of course.

But ... does anyone else feel a strong The Secret Life of Walter Mitty vibe here? Because that flop from Ben Stiller last winter was also about a middle-aged white guy traveling to foreign places to learn about happiness. Walter went to Afghanistan; Hector in this trailer goes to China and Africa. Colonial guilt equals middle-aged self-satisfaction? Maybe.

Anyway, Hector and the Search for Happiness comes out September 19. Check out the trailer below and judge the latent fetishization of the Other for yourself.

Chloe Moretz Fights to Survive in New 'If I Stay' Trailer


Haven't quite had enough of movies with teens in hospital beds and lots of people crying around them? Good for you, sicko, because there's another such film on the way in If I Stay, an adaptation of Gayle Forman's novel that's sure to have the aisles soaked in tears.

Chloe Grace Moretz stars as a gifted cello prodigy who seems to have found it all when she meets the perfect boy. But just as she's considering leaving music behind, a car crash puts her in a coma where she has an out-of-body experience and must choose between life or death. Fun stuff. Mireille Enos, Josh Leonard, Jamie Blackley, and Stacy Keach co-star with R.J Cutler directing.

If I Stay opens August 22nd. Watch the trailer below with some tissue on hand.


Will Ferrell and Adam McKay Revive 'Manimal'; Steve Carell Leads 'Brooklyn Family Robinson'



The combination of Will Ferrell and Steve Carell has been incredibly with two Anchorman movies not just performing well at the box office, but becoming cultural touchstones. People love those films and can't get enough of either actor right now as they do their own thing, and now both have projects on the way that are sure to get a lot of attention....but especially Farrell's because it is bizarre.

So a couple of years ago Sony Pictures Animation began developing a feature film based on the terrible TV series Manimal. Although it only lasted for eight episodes back in 1983, the show has become a cult favorite mainly due to it being the butt of jokes. Simon MacCorkindale starred as Jonathan Chase, a guy with the power to transform into any animal, using that ability to fight crime. The show was hella cheap and often looked like somebody just took some photos at the local zoo to capture Chase's transformations. It's a crazy concept, perfect for Ferrell and Adam McKay who are on board to produce the live-action/CGI film. As of now Ferrell is not taking on the role of Chase, nor is McKay in line to direct but both of those things could change. Jay Martel and Ian Robert will provide the screenplay. Good luck making that work. Friggin' Manimal.

And Carell is now set to lead Brooklyn Family Robinson, an original script by Finding Nemo writer David Reynolds. Plot details are slim but it's described as a family adventure comedy about a patriarch who uproots his family from the city to the islands. [THR]




7/22/2014

'The Best Man Wedding' Ties the Knot in 2016


Fans of The Best Man waiting fifteen years for the sequel, The Best Man Holiday, and it showed as the film earned a solid $71M. That's not bad for a film with no huge stars and a $17M budget, and with director Malcolm Lee hinting at a third movie late last year, it now has a title and release date.

Universal has announced the entire ensemble will return for The Best Man Wedding, opening on April 15th 2016. Lee will once again write and direct with Monica Calhoun, Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Regina Hall, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, Melissa De Sousa, and Harold Perrineau reuniting for "the most unexpected wedding to date".

So who are we thinking? Howard and De Sousa's oft-contentious characters tying the knot?