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2/10/2016

Killer First Trailer For 'The Purge: Election Year' Starring Frank Grillo


Following on the heels of last night's New Hampshire Presidential primaries, now is the perfect time for the first trailer for The Purge 3, newly subtitled 'Election Year'. Wait, what does a franchise about a national day of penalty-free murder have to do with our elections? The first two movies, both small-budget hits for director James DeMonaco and Universal, are surprisingly political, dealing with this country's wealth gap and general mistreatment of the poor.

What's a good way to deal with millions of poor people who are a drain on the public coffers? Kill 'em off, of course, and that's what an underground movement is attempting to stop once and for all. Frank Grillo returns as Sergeant, who joins with a U.S. senator (Lost's Elizabeth Mitchell) and a rebel band to bring the annual Purge to an end. But of course they'll have to survive the murderous event themselves.

So these are more than just simple home invasion flicks, and they couldn't be coming out at a better time. The Purge: Election Year opens July 1st.

Charlotte Rampling Joins 'Sanditon', Based On Jane Austen's Final Novel


What's that? There's a Jane Austen adaptation on the way that we haven't seen a million times before, and isn't some horror mash-up like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies? Well then, that's reason enough to stand up and take notice because nobody needs another Pride and Prejudice or Sense and Sensibility. Before she died, Austen began work on her final book, Sanditon, but was unable to complete it. It's since been "finished" by other writers unofficially, and now one version is headed to the big screen with Oscar-nominee Charlotte Rampling on board for a role.

The 45 Years actress and screen legend will play Lady Denham in the Jim O'Hanlon-directed film penned by Simon Reade. The story sounds like pure Austen, centering on young Charlotte Haywood, who travels to the seaside village of Sanditon to find a husband. Here's the synopsis:

Charlotte the Heywood, captivating heroine of Sanditon, is smart, beautiful, and in search of a husband. As in all of Austen's novels, however, the road to matrimony is littered with obstacles: Charlotte must escape the clutches of an insufferable suitor, deal with the fortune-hunting schemes of the reigning local dowager, and outsmart a bevy of ambitious beauties who have set their sights on the charming Sidney Parker -- and convince the fickle young man that he really loves her. 

Filming begins this summer, and who knows? Perhaps by then they'll be able to boast about having an Oscar winner in the cast if Rampling comes away victorious.

Arielle Kebbel Is 'Fifty Shades Freed', Julie Delpy Joins 'The Bachelors', Josh Gad Is 'Heavy Duty'


Arielle Kebbel (Ballers, Think Like A Man) has been cast in Fifty Shades Freed, the final film in the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. She'll play Gia Matteo, the architect hired to design Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele's future home. Ana gives her the nickname “Miss-Provocative-And-Unfortunately-Good-At-Her-Job.” Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson return as Christian and Ana, with Kim Basinger and Bella Heathcote other new additions to the cast. Fifty Shades Darker opens February 10th 2017. [THR]

J.K. Simmons has been joined in ensemble dramedy The Bachelors by Before Sunrise's Julie Delpy. The film will be written and directed by Kurt Voelker (Sweet November) and centers on a widower and his teenage son who move from a small California town to Los Angeles, where a new job, a new school, a wry old friend and two extraordinary women play a transformative role in the reshaping of their lives.

Josh Gad has come up with an idea for a new comedy called Heavy Duty, and he's set to star in it for Paramount Pictures. Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit will pen the screenplay for the film which stars Gad as an ordinary guy who signs up for a wellness retreat to lose weight and live a more extraordinary life. But he and the other underachievers find themselves unexpectedly tested when things go awry. This one's still pretty early on as a director still needs to be found.

Watch Johnny Depp As Donald Trump In Funny Or Die's Hilarious Mockumentary 'The Art Of the Deal: The Movie'


Now here's a surprise that came out of nowhere. Last night Donald Trump won in the New Hampshire GOP primary...okay, that's not really the surprise even if it is a tad disturbing. The surprise is this Funny or Die mockumentary that just hit which should have The Donald scrambling his lawyers faster than you can say "xenophobia".

Funny or Die has released The Art of the Deal: The Movie, which stars Johnny Depp in a hilarious impersonation of Trump. Narrated by Ron Howard and directed by Jeremy Konner (Drunk History), "The Art of the Deal" is supposedly a long-lost movie made by Trump which has now been found and it paints the showboating candidate in the worst way possible. If you recall, Trump released a book in 1987 titled "The Art of the Deal". He still carries it around at rallies and says it's his favorite book right next to The Bible, which I'm pretty sure he's never ever read.

Producer Adam McKay labored to keep the whole thing a secret, and he certainly managed to pull that off. He tells the New York Times, "It was a crazy, completely nuts idea that somehow we pulled off,"

Editor-in-chief Owen Burke adds, “The plan was to move really fast because we thought Trump would go away, as least as a presidential candidate. When he bizarrely didn’t go away, we had a little more time. But that meant keeping the secret for longer.”

The doc is pretty funny, and features a great supporting cast of Alfred Molina, Robert Morse, Patton Oswalt, Jack McBrayer, Michaela Watkins, Henry Winkler, Stephen Merchant, Christopher Lloyd, Kristen Schaal, Andy Richter, Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel, Tymberlee Hill, Alf, Jordan Coleman, and Joe Nuñez.  Check it out below!


Alexander Payne To Direct Road Trip Movie 'My Saga'


While road trip movies are a dime a dozen, nobody does them with the same thoughtfulness as Alexander Payne. The Sideways and Nebraska director is set to embark on another cinematic journey with My Saga, based on the hard-hitting writing of Norwegian author, Karl Ove Knausgard.

Knausgard has been a sensation since his 6-volume autobiography, My Struggle, which causes a media frenzy for their warts-and-all look at the author's private life and darkest thoughts. My Saga is based on his travel writings for the New York Times, in which he makes a comic journey across the northern U.S. retracing the Vikings' epic trek.

Next up for Payne is the sci-fi comedy, Downsizing, starring Matt Damon and Reese Witherspoon. That shoots later this year, and presumably Payne will get moving on My Saga once that's done. [Thompson on Hollywood via ThePlaylist]

2/09/2016

Johnny Depp To Star As 'The Invisible Man'


Universal is really shooting for the moon in building their movie monsters universe. While the Luke Evans-led Dracula Untold didn't get things going with the greatest amount of momentum, securing Tom Cruise to lead The Mummy was a major step. And now the studio has taken one more by adding Johnny Depp to the cast of another classic reboot.

Depp is set to star as The Invisible Man, which is based on H.G. Wells' 1897 book that was adapted into a 1933 movie. The story centers on a scientist who discovers a way to turn himself invisible, but it costs him his sanity in the process. There aren't any details on a writer (David Goyer penned a screenplay nearly a decade ago) or director, but producers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan are figuring that stuff out now.

This is a pretty big deal for a couple of reasons. Depp's a greater draw when part of a franchise, and Universal clearly sees that kind of potential in The Invisible Man. Also, there's a chance we could see Depp and Cruise in the same movie if they decide to merge all of these monster movies in an Avengers-style crossover. [Deadline]

Amy Schumer Joins Miles Teller In PTSD Drama 'Thank You For Your Service'


Last year Sarah Silverman bucked her comic roots and went for a straight-up sobering drama in I Smile Back. The move earned her a ton of acclaim and perhaps set up a completely different career path. Now it looks like Amy Schumer, hot off the success of Trainwreck, is about to do the same in a film that may be a future Oscar contender.

Schumer has joined the growing cast of Thank You for Your Service, which follows a trio of Iraq War soldiers as they struggle to adapt to civilian life back home in the U.S. Marking the directorial debut of American Sniper writer Jason Hall, the film also stars Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Joe Cole, Beulah Koale, Scott Haze, and Keisha Castle-Hughes.  The film is based on the book by David Finkel.

It's unclear what Schumer's role will be, but this is an unexpected move for her no matter what. [Deadline]

Fox Has Already Greenlit A 'Deadpool' Sequel


20th Century Fox doesn't release Deadpool into theaters for a few more days, and yet they're ready for more of the mouthy merc. With anticipated at an all-time high and a strong box office expected, Fox has gone ahead and officially green lit the sequel.

Ryan Reynolds, who pushed hard for the R-rated film to be made in the first place, will obviously be coming back. And so will writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, whose screenplay got the whole thing moving years ago. Unclear is if director Tim Miller will step back behind the camera or if Fox will turn it over to someone new.  He hasn't signed on but the studio wants to keep the band together.

This is a bold move considering the epic fail Fox experienced with Fantastic Four. They had a sequel for that all lined up and ready to go until the film flopped so badly that any follow-ups were shelved. Coincidentally, earlier rumors had a Deadpool sequel slotted to take the June 2017 spot vacated by Fantastic Four 2, but who knows if that will stick. Reynolds has been vocal about his desire to see a sequel include Cable and the mutant team, X-Force, calling it his "priority" to make that happen.

Charlize Theron May Bring Fury As The 'Fast 8' Villain


Charlize Theron may be about to hit the road again, but it won't be as Furiosa in a Mad Max sequel. Instead, the badass actress is gearing up for vehicular mayhem of another sort, by entering talks to join Vin Diesel for Fast 8, and if she signs on she'll be playing the franchise's latest villain.

The report comes from Variety, who say Universal is "eager" to have the Oscar-winning actress join the cast, which includes Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Kurt Russell, Jason Statham, and Lucas Black. Plot details are still unavailable, but we know the story will take the gang to New York for the very first time. That could be a perfect setup to introduce Theron, who would be their first true female foe. Sure, there have been guest stars like Ronda Rousey and Gina Carano, but they were there just to brawl with Rodriguez then leave. Theron would pose a different kind of threat as a woman who can go toe-to-to with Rodriguez while intimidating the crap out of guys like Diesel and Johnson.

So we'll see how this shakes out. F. Gary Gray is directing Fast 8 to hit theaters on April 14th 2017, and that will be followed by at least two more sequels.

Yorgos Lanthimos Lines Up Supernatural Thriller 'The Killing Of A Sacred Deer'


When it comes to the films of director Yorgos Lanthimos, a simple logline rarely does justice to what he truly has in store. For instance, his most recent film The Lobster is a sci-fi love story about a world where being single is forbidden. But those who have experienced the funky oddity that is the film's true nature know there's a lot more going on. That's also one reason why his projects are always worth looking forward to, and now he's settled on one that sounds like a revenge movie but is sure to be much more.

Lanthimos will direct and co-write The Killing of a Sacred Deer, which follows" a young man that needs to take revenge, a doctor that has to make a decision, and his family that must survive." It's being described as a psychological thriller with supernatural aspects, and under Lanthimos' guidance that could be pretty insane.

Next up for Lanthimos is period piece The Favorite with Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz.