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Josh Brolin Argues with Emily Blunt in First Clip from 'Sicario'

Denis Villeneuve has taken us into the heart of darkness with his last two films, Prisoners and Enemy, and now he's giving us something just as visceral. His violent drug war thriller Sicario debuted to rave reviews at Cannes, and while we await an actual trailer, here's the first clip from the film which stars Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, and Josh Brolin.

In this scene we see Blunt's character, an idealistic FBI agent recruited to join a joint task force by a pair of ornery agents played by Del Toro and Brolin. Their goal is to cross into the most dangerous areas of Mexico and take out a drug cartel boss, but it looks like they'll have some internal issues to deal with, too. This is a simply composed and effective scene shot by the great Roger Deakins, who worked Villeneuve on Prisoners and will again on the Blade Runner sequel.

The clip comes courtesy of Extra Beurre and you'll have to wade through a lot of chatter to get to it. The actual footage doesn't begin until the 3:48 mark.

Sicario opens wide on September 25th after a limited run a week earlier.


Enter to Win Passes for an Advance Screening of 'Spy' Starring Melissa McCarthy

We're happy to offer our DC readers a chance to attend a free advance screening of the new comedy, Spy, starring Melissa McCarthy and directed by Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat). Also starring Jason Statham, Jude Law, and Rose Byrne, the film follows unassuming CIA analyst Susan Cooper (McCarthy) who is forced into the field to prevent a global disaster. The screening takes place on Tuesday, June 2nd at 7:00pm at Regal Gallery Place.

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Alicia Vikander Eyes 'Bourne 5' and 'Assassin's Creed'; Emma Watson Could Replace Her in 'The Circle'

You won't be able to escape Alicia Vikander in 2015, and why in the world would you want to? The Swedish star came into her own back in 2012 with A Royal Affair, and has amassed a steady string of notable performances. This year alone we've seen her in Alex Garland's Ex Machina, the indie crime thriller Son of a Gun, and...well, let's just forget Seventh Son happened; and she's still got Adam Jones, Testament of Youth, The Man from UNCLE, and potential awards films Tulip Fever and The Danish Girl. Wowsers. And filmmakers keep lining up to work with her, because Deadline reports out of Cannes that Vikander is circling two very high-profile studio films.

Vikander has entered talks to star opposite Matt Damon in Paul Greengrass' fifth Jason Bourne film, and the video game adaptation Assassin's Creed with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. Just one look at the caliber of leading man she's working with should tell you how in-demand Vikander is right now. We still don't know much about the plan for Bourne but filming is expected to begin in the fall with Damon, Greengrass, and Christopher Rouse writing the screenplay.

As for Assassin's Creed, production on that begins this August. Justin Kurzel, who last directed Fassbender and Cotillard in Macbeth, will be at the helm of that one.

With those productions so close together something had to give, and it looks as if Vikander will need to drop out of The Circle, the cyber-thriller directed by James Ponsoldt and starring Tom Hanks. She only recently boarded the the film, an adaptation of Dave Eggers' novel, which is being looked at as a majorly hot property. With her likely to exit, Emily Watson is being targeted as a potential replacement to play a young employee at a mysterious tech firm known as The Circle.

Assuming everything comes together as it should, we'll see Vikander in Bourne 5 on June 29th 2016, and Assassin's Creed on December 21st 2016.

*UPDATE* Matt Damon Walks on Mars in First Look at Ridley Scott's 'The Martian'

*UPDATE* Empire has revealed a few more images which you can check out below.

Matt Damon's next role in Ridley Scott's The Martian bears striking resemblance to the stranded astronaut he played in Interstellar just a few months ago. Both films also star Jessica Chastain, so it appears neither has any issue with thought-provoking sci-fi, even though this latest film is mostly going to be a one man show.

The first image of Damon all suited up as NASA engineer Mark Watney in The Martian has arrived, and you might want to get used to seeing him look like this. The film centers on Watney, who was left behind on Mars when a severe storm struck and forced his crewmates to evacuate, thinking him dead. With few supplies and no way to let anyone know he's alive, Watney must use his intellect and resourcefulness to stay alive until help shows up. The film co-stars Kristen Wiig, Aksel Hennie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Mara, Jeff Daniels, Donald Glover, Sean Bean, Sebastian Stan, Mackenzie Davis, and Naomi Scott, but don't expect to see a lot of them.

Drew Goddard has adapted the book by Andy Weir, which I'm currently in the middle of reading. It's highly technical, which may not translate so well to the screen, but that's not to say the story is boring. Watney's internal monologue is pretty funny, and the way he gets himself out of one jam after another is always interesting. The Martian hits theaters on November 25th. [Entradanumerada via ThePlaylist]

Doom Arrives in the New 'Fantastic Four' International Trailer

Hopefully, you're not one of those angry fanboys still upset over the Fantastic Four casting of Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm. If so, he's got a few words for you to chew on...

“To the trolls on the Internet, I want to say: Get your head out of the computer. Go outside and walk around. Look at the people walking next to you. Look at your friends’ friends and who they’re interacting with. And just understand this is the world we live in. It’s okay to like it.”

Basically, he drinks up your fanboy tears of rage, so get over it. Of bigger concern should be the film itself, which Josh Trank and 20th Century Fox famously kept hidden away for months while rumors of a troubled production persisted. Those rumors recently bled over into Trank's departure from his Star Wars spinoff, so there may be some validity to them. Still, what we've seen of Fantastic Four has been solid and definitely in keeping with the comic's deep sci-fi roots, even if it may be darker in tone than Marvel's Avengers films.

The latest trailer features some new footage and keeps the film's exploratory spirit and sense of adventure. Miles Teller is nerd genius Reed "Mr. Fantastic" Richard, Kate Mara as Sue "The Invisible Woman" Storm, and Jamie Bell as Ben " The Thing" Grimm. We also get a bit more of Toby Kebbell as Doom, and Reg E. Cathey as Dr. Franklin Storm.

Fantastic Four opens August 7th.

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Amy Schumer and Paul Feig Teaming for a Mother/Daughter Action Comedy

There's no hotter comedienne out there right now than Amy Schumer. Her provocative Comedy Central series Inside Amy Schumer has at least one skit that goes viral every week, like her recent parodies of Friday Night Lights and 12 Angry Men. She's already set to lead her first big screen effort in Judd Apatow's Trainwreck, and now she's ready to join Paul Feig for a new comedy project.

Feig, who has a track record of great female comedies to his name already, will direct an action comedy which Schumer will star in. Said to be in the spirit of The Heat, no surprise given it was first written by that film's screenwriter Katie Dippold, the untitled film involves a mother and daughter on a vacation that goes wrong.  Schumer and her sister Kim Caramele will give the script a rewrite before things get moving.

Don't be surprised if there are many more projects with Schumer's name attached, especially if Trainwreck is the hit many expect it to be.


Johnny Depp is a Stone Cold Gangster in the New 'Black Mass' Trailer

Johnny Depp is still as much of a risk taker today as earlier in his career. That much hasn't changed. The problem is that his fans don't really care. Unless he's wearing mascara and steering a pirate ship, they don't want to see him. But he's still out there taking on some potentially meaty roles, and playing infamous mobster Whitey Bulger in Black Mass may be the best role he's had in years.

Directed by Scott Cooper (Out of the Furnace), the film tells the true story of Bulger, the Irish gangster who joined with FBI agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) to take down the Italian mob. Bulger would go on the run for nearly two decades, protected by his old friend Connolly, until his capture in 2011. Here's the full synopsis:

In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly persuades Irish mobster James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the true story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history.

The cast is truly phenomenal with Benedict Cumberbatch, Jesse Plemons, Kevin Bacon, Rory Cochrane, David Harbour, Dakota Johnson, Julianne Nicholson, James Russo, Adam Scott, Corey Stoll, Juno Temple, and Jeremy Strong co-starring. But this is clearly Depp's show, and he's showing an icy ruthlessness that we rarely get to see. 

Black Mass opens September 18th, and expect a big awards season push for this one. 

Michael B. Jordan Addresses Those Upset About a Black Johnny Storm in 'Fantastic Four'

Michael B. Jordan has already said so much about the brain-dead Internet trolls upset about his Fantastic Four casting that it's a wonder he still feels the need to talk about it. Simply put: there was an outcry from certain people because his character, Johnny "the Human Torch" Storm, is traditionally Caucasian, blond hair and blue eyes, in the Marvel comic books. That there were some out there who were really upset by this fictional character being tweaked for the big screen is pretty sad, and the racist comments made towards Jordan were disgusting. With the film set to arrive this summer, Jordan expressed his feelings on the issue in an editorial at EW, and as usual he absolutely nails it.

"You’re not supposed to go on the Internet when you’re cast as a superhero. But after taking on Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four—a character originally written with blond hair and blue eyes—I wanted to check the pulse out there. I didn’t want to be ignorant about what people were saying. Turns out this is what they were saying: “A black guy? I don’t like it. They must be doing it because Obama’s president” and “It’s not true to the comic.” Or even, “They’ve destroyed it!”

It used to bother me, but it doesn’t anymore. I can see everybody’s perspective, and I know I can’t ask the audience to forget 50 years of comic books. But the world is a little more diverse in 2015 than when the Fantastic Four comic first came out in 1961. Plus, if Stan Lee writes an email to my director saying, “You’re good. I’m okay with this,” who am I to go against that?

There were even more people upset that Kate Mara, who is Caucasian, was cast as Jordan's sister in the film, because apparently these people have a problem with interracial relationships of any kind...

"This is a family movie about four friends—two of whom are myself and Kate Mara as my adopted sister—who are brought together by a series of unfortunate events to create unity and a team. That’s the message of the movie, if people can just allow themselves to see it."

Jordan ends with some words of wisdom for the trolls out there who simply can't beyond the changes Josh Trank and 20th Century Fox have made...

“To the trolls on the Internet, I want to say: Get your head out of the computer. Go outside and walk around. Look at the people walking next to you. Look at your friends’ friends and who they’re interacting with. And just understand this is the world we live in. It’s okay to like it.”

He's right, of course, and says everything that needs to be said on the issue. Now, let's move on and if those people want to be stuck in the past, let them stay there.  Fantastic Four opens August 7th 2015.

First Images of Jonah Hill and Miles Teller in Todd Phillips' 'Arms and the Dudes'

Todd Phillips' claim to fame has been The Hangover trilogy, the ultimate in off-the-wall bro comedies. However the finale ended on an oddly dark note, resembling a serious crime film more than fans expected or wanted. Maybe it was all just Phillips getting ready for what came next, Arms and the Dudes, a true crime tale starring Miles Teller and Jonah Hill.

Filming is underway and now Phillips has revealed the first images showing Teller and Hill in action. Based on Guy Lawson's Rolling Stone article, the story follows two Miami friends who get in way over their heads when they score a $300M weapons contract with the Pentagon to arm our Afghan allies. So how do two regular guys with no experience in the shady world of political arms trafficking fare? Well, it goes badly enough that Phillips wanted to make a movie out of it.

Arms and the Dudes opens March 11th 2016.

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'Now You See Me 3' Already in the Works at Lionsgate

You may recall that the magician heist film Now You See Me was my most anticipated film of 2013. It didn't totally live up to my lofty expectations, but it was enjoyable enough. Not really enough to warrant a sequel, but we're getting one anyway with Now You See Me: The Second Act. And apparently that won't be the last time the Four Horsemen will perform their magic.

Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer revealed today that work on a third film is already in the beginning stages, saying “We’ve already begun early planning for ‘Now You See Me 3." This is a pretty bold move, as the sequel is hardly a sure thing. While much of the original cast is returning, there have been some changes. Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) has taken over as director, and Isla Fisher was replaced by Lizzy Caplan. Daniel Radcliffe has come aboard as the son of Michael Caine's character, adding more starpower to a film that already boasts Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, and Mark Ruffalo.

So Lionsgate is really looking to build more franchises to take The Hunger Games' place. Now You See Me: The Second Act hits theaters on June 10th 2016.