July 10, 2015

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TOMORROWLAND in these new featurettes starring George Clooney, Britt Robertson and Director Brad Bird!

From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s “Tomorrowland,” a riveting mystery adventure starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.
Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.
The film also stars Hugh Laurie as brilliant scientist David Nix, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key and Thomas Robinson.
“Tomorrowland” is produced by Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird and Jeffrey Chernov and directed by Brad Bird, with John Walker, Bernard Bellew, Jeff Jensen and Brigham Taylor serving as executive producers. “Tomorrowland” opens in U.S. theaters on May 22, 2015.

Oscar Predictions for the month of May, 2015

Almost five full months into the 2015 movie season and I’m happy to report that we know zilch about the Oscar race. Why happy? Well, it means there’s plenty of fun guesswork to be done, and I’m all about that. The Cannes Film Festival has gotten underway and that can be used for a hint or two, but right now, it’s only eliminated one film (The Sea of Trees, which seems to be out of it entirely, outside of perhaps Matthew McConaughey) and made another a question mark (Woody Allen’s Irrational Man), with some other contenders like Carol still to screen. As such, your guess is as good as mine, which is part of the early year fun, at least in my book.
The one thing of note that I want to make mention of for this latest Oscar prediction update is that I expanded the fields a bit. The Best Picture lineup I’ve bumped up to 30, actually, with 15 for the other seven remaining categories that make up the “Big Eight”. As a bonus, I even went with ten for Best Animated Feature, just to have things as open as possible, which is what things are like right now, no question about it. My winners are still largely the same, including Steven Spielberg and his film Bridge of Spies, while something like Brooklyn or Carol is making its way up my rankings, slowly but surely. It’ll be a few months still until we have some semblance of an idea about the Oscar race, but right now, it’s a ton of fun to speculate…

Here now are my newest set of Academy Award predictions:
BEST PICTURE
1. Bridge of Spies
2. Our Brand is Crisis
3. Carol
4. The Light Between Oceans
5. Joy
6. The Martian
7. The Hateful Eight
8. Steve Jobs
9. The Revenant
10. Brooklyn
Next in line: 11. The End of the Tour 12. Ricki and the Flash 13. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl 14. Lion 15. MacBeth 16. Black Mass 17. By the Sea 18. Demolition 19. Freehold 20. Trainwreck 21. The Danish Girl 22. The Walk 23. Southpaw 24. In the Heart of the Sea 25. Star Wars: The Force Awakens 26. Bleed for This 27. Sicario 28. Irrational Man 29. Suffragette 30. Ex Machina
BEST DIRECTOR
1. Steven Spielberg – Bridge of Spies
2. David Gordon Green – Our Brand is Crisis
3. David O. Russell – Joy
4. Todd Haynes – Carol
5. Derek Cianfrance – The […]

“Mad Max: Fury Road” looks to take its place as one of the best action movies of the decade

There’s no way to get around this fact…”Mad” Max Rockatansky is coming back to the public consciousness. In just a few days, audiences are going to be blown away by Mad Max: Fury Road, the latest installment in/reboot of George Miller’s iconic franchise. This is the fourth time that writer/director Miller has looked at the post apocalyptic landscape through the experiences of Max, this time played by Tom Hardy instead of Mel Gibson. Here, with Mad Max: Fury Road, Miller has delivered what my colleagues are calling the best movies of the year so far. I won’t go that far, but it’s certainly one of the better action flick in some time…and yes, it’s essentially a two hour chase film, as has been the rumor.
Plot isn’t a huge deal in this film, but it does work to mostly establish the kind of world that the movie takes place in so that a prolonged chase can ensue. We initially meet Max on the run from the minions of Immortan Joe, who basically owns the wasteland since he controls the water supply. Caught and literally used as a blood bag by “war boy” Nux, Max is basically left for dead, until Nux is among those sent after Imperator Furiosa, a renegade who’s hijacked a war rig and has some of Joe’s slave girls as her cargo, headed towards a hopeful freedom. Max ends up freed from Nux and along for the ride with Furiosa, as Joe’s legions give chase. It’s a simple premise, just done to absolute excess. Miller directs and co-writes with Nick Lathouris and Brendan McCarthy, while in addition to Hardy the cast includes Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Zoë Kravitz, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keough, and more. They all come together to make this dystopian vision really sing.
Honestly, while I really enjoyed Mad Max: Fury Road, I wasn’t quite as blown away by it as most of my colleagues seem to be. It’s quite good, but one long chase, essentially split up into three or four parts, grows tiresome after awhile. There’s very little dialogue here, and while the score and visuals are luscious, it sometimes winds up feeling like too much. It’s hard to complain about having too much of a good thing, as it were, but that’s kind of how I feel. Don’t get me wrong, it’s probably among the dozen best things of 2015 so far, […]

Ethan Hawke might be the most underrated actor in Hollywood

I don’t know if many people notice, but there’s almost nothing in the film industry that Ethan Hawke can’t do…and do well. He’s been an awards mainstay of late, as well as being someone who Oscar has nominated far more often than you probably realize. This week, he makes another 2015 appearance (one of many for him this year) in Good Kill, which also reunites him with filmmaker Andrew Niccol. I think this intense role just serves as more evidence that Hawke can pretty much do anything. He’s already had a documentary of his come out in 2015, has some other indies on the way, and always is on the cusp of working with Richard Linklater again, not to mention being an author. He’s a true renaissance man.
First of all, we should briefly discuss Good Kill. The film centers around an Air Force pilot played by Hawke who’s assigned to work as a drone operator. As he continues to kill terrorists from the comfort of a base stateside, he begins to long for actual combat and to exist some signs of a form of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. His PTSD affects his job performance, interactions with his family, and his own sanity. In addition to Niccol writing/directing and Hawke in the central role, the cast includes Bruce Greenwood, Zoe Kravitz, and January Jones, among others. It’s a small scale outing by Niccol, but it’s a medium sized one for Hawke, who’s as comfortable in big budget features as he is in micro-budgeted indies.
I saw Good Kill back at the just recently completed 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and found it to be pretty solid. Besides having a captivating premise, what really struck me was Hawke’s performance. It’s a bit different than what he normally does, while at the same time fitting perfectly for him. It’s a part that fits him like a glove, frankly. As the screws get wound tighter, you just lean in and stare at his work. It’s nothing like his nominated performance in Boyhood, for example (which is nothing like his other nominated acting job in Training Day), but that’s the point…he’s so flexible, and I don’t think enough folks realize it.
Not to hammer the point home, but Hawke pretty much can do anything. If you look just at what the Academy has noticed, he’s got a pair of Best Supporting Actor nominations to his credit, alongside […]

‘Captain America: Civil War’ starts production in Atlanta, Georgia

Marvel Studios has commenced principal photography at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, Georgia on ‘Captain America: Civil War,’ the third installment of its Super Hero franchise. The production will shoot on location in Atlanta, Georgia, which serves as the base for the film?s production, as well as locations in Germany, Puerto Rico and Iceland.
Set for release in the United States on May 6, 2016, ‘Captain America: Civil War’ is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo (Marvel’s ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier,’ ‘Community’) from a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (‘Captain America: The Winter Solider,’ Marvel’s ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’). The film returns Chris Evans (‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier,’ Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’) as the iconic Super Hero character Steve Rogers/Captain America along with Robert Downey Jr. (‘Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ Marvel’s ‘Iron Man 3′) as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson (‘Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’) as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Sebastian Stan (‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier,’ ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’) as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie (‘Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’) as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Paul Bettany (‘Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ ‘Iron Man 3′) as The Vision, Jeremy Renner (‘Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ Marvel’s ‘The Avengers’) as Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Don Cheadle (‘Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ ‘Iron Man 3′) as Jim Rhodes/War Machine and Elizabeth Olsen (‘Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ ‘Godzilla’) as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch.
After his debut in Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’ on July 17, 2015, Paul Rudd (‘Ant-Man,’ ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’) will make his first appearance alongside the Avengers as Scott Lang/Ant-Man in ‘Captain America: Civil War.’
The film also includes outstanding additional cast, including Chadwick Boseman (’42,’ ‘Get on Up’) as T’Challa/Black Panther, Emily VanCamp (‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier,’ ‘Revenge’) as Sharon Carter/Agent 13, Daniel Brühl (‘Inglourious Basterds,’ Bourne Ultimatum?), Frank Grillo (?Captain America: The Winter Soldier,? ?Warrior?) as Brock Rumlow/Crossbones, William Hurt (‘A History of Violence,’ Marvel’s ‘The Incredible Hulk’) as General Thaddeus ‘Thunderbolt’ Ross and Martin Freeman (‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,’ ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’).
‘Captain America: Civil War’ picks up where ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ left off, as Steve Rogers leads the new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to […]

“Suicide Squad” is shaping up to be one of the most interesting upcoming superhero movies

At the very tail end of the weekend, filmmaker David Ayer unveiled his first look at most of the costumed cast of Suicide Squad, his DC superhero/anti-hero/villain movie that’s scheduled to follow Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice next year. This comes on the heels of Ayer also officially showing off Jared Leto as The Joker recently, making for an unusual amount of promotional material for a film coming second in line during 2016. At the same time though, it suggests something pretty different for DC and Warner Brothers, perhaps even in a way becoming their version of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Not in tone, of course, but in terms of being a possibly top tier outing due to a different feel from the rest of the pack. Having a recent Academy Award winner for Best Supporting Actor in the cast playing an iconic part won’t hurt either.
For those who have never hard of Suicide Squad, it’s a comic book adaptation, obviously, surrounding a government agency that recruits currently imprisoned supervillains to participate in black ops missions in exchange for clemency on their sentences. Ayer writes and directs, while the cast includes Jared Leto as Joker, Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flagg, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Care Delevingne as Enchantress, Jay Hernandez as El Diablo, Adam Beach as Slipknot, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc, along with Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, plus Common, Scott Eastwood, and Karen Fukuhara in unnamed roles, as well as cameos from Ben Affleck as Batman and Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, among potentially others. It takes place in the same universe that DC/WB is creating to lead up to a Justice League film, as well as possibly a stand alone Batman movie. It’s got a solid filmmaker and a very strong cast in place, so there’s plenty here to work with on all ends, I must say.
Obviously one of the big things here is getting to see a new interpretation of the clown prince of crime, this time portrayed by Leto. The first look at him suggested a very aggressive and dark new take, separated him in a big way from Jack Nicholson in Tim Burton’s Batman for sure, but also Heath Ledger in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight as well. Leto has emerged as a real exciting actor after his Oscar winning turn […]

Keanu Reeves returns to JOHN WICK 2

Lionsgate has confirmed plans to produce a sequel to 2014’s critically-acclaimed breakout hit ‘JOHN WICK,’ it was announced today by Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger, Co-Chairmen of the Theatrical Motion Pictures Group.
Keanu Reeves along with directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski as well as screenwriter, Derek Kolstad are set to return for the sequel. The film will be released through Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment and will be produced by Thunder Road’s Basil Iwanyk, who produced the first film.
In the follow up to last year’s adrenaline-fueled revenge and redemption thriller, legendary hit man John Wick is back.
“With such tremendous fan and critical support for ‘John Wick,’ we knew that there was still so much more of this story to tell,” said Jason Constantine, President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions. “We are thrilled that Keanu, David and Chad have re-teamed with us and promise to bring audiences even more excitement the second time around.”
Jason Constantine and Eda Kowan at Lionsgate will oversee the project on behalf of the studio.
Lionsgate International will be selling the picture internationally at the upcoming Cannes Film Market.

Woody Allen: First Trailer for “Irrational Man” with Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone

Each and every single year, we’re treated to a new Woody Allen movie. Moreover, basically every other year, Allen’s latest outing becomes an awards contender. With last year apparently being his off year with the enjoyable, if slight, Magic in the Moonlight, speculation is high that 2015 could see an Oscar player from the filmmaker. Well, the first Trailer for his new film Irrational Man has hit the web, and it shows off some solid acting and a unique take on a potentially tired plot. I’m not sure if the Academy will wind up noticing it when all is said and done, but I sure did.
Irrational Man is a romantic comedy about a burnt out Philosophy professor who arrives at a new school and winds up in an existential crisis when he becomes smitten/in a relationship with a student. Joaquin Phoenix plays the professor while Emma Stone plays the student. Also on hand in this potentially smaller than usual last for Allen (who of course writes and directs) is Jamie Blackley and Parker Posey, to name two. If the plot sounds like something you’ve seen before, you’re not alone. The catch here is that Allen has a very unique take on the world, so his interpretation of this situation has a ton of potential.
There’s two things in the Trailer that stick out at me. One is the chemistry apparent between Phoenix and Stone, as well as the potential for Posey to steal her scenes. The other is that it appears that Allen is utilizing dual voiceovers to get us into the headspace of both main characters. That could lead to some fascinating introspective commentary, though it also could wind up just being a gimmick. Right now though, I’m willing to look at it as a clever choice by the legendary filmmaker, one that gives this film something to potentially set it apart from the crowd. You’ll be able to see the Trailer below and decide for yourself, of course, but I liked what I saw.
Obviously, we don’t know if Irrational Man will be a player in the awards season or not, but if it does, my suspicion is that it would be on the back of Allen’s script and the performances of Phoenix, Posey, and Stone. One could potentially envision a campaign centered on Best Picture, Best Actor for Phoenix, Best Actress for Stone, best Supporting Actress for Posey, and […]

Disney’s DESCENDANTS – New Trailer

‘Descendants’ is a live-action modern day fairytale that introduces Mal, Evie, Carlos and Jay, the teenage descendants of re-imagined Disney villains ‘Maleficent,’ ‘the Evil Queen,’ ‘Cruella de Vil’ and ‘Jafar.’
Kenny Ortega, the Emmy Award-winning director and choreographer of Disney?s ?High School Musical? franchise, directs, choreographs and executive-produces the movie.
Disney’s DESCENDANTS – New Trailer

FIFTY SHADES DARKER Tease

The most talked about movie of the year FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, arrives on Digital HD Friday, May 1st and on Blu-ray™ Friday, May 8th from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
The release features more than two hours of bonus content including an exclusive tease of FIFTY SHADES DARKER, an Unrated Edition of the film and an Alternate Ending.

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