Watch: Maggie Smith Stars as 'The Lady in the Van' in First Trailer

The Lady in the Van Trailer

"Would you like to push me up the street?" Today's trailer selection is for an adaptation of a play about an elderly woman named Mary Shepherd who lived in a battered car on the driveway of the writer Alan Bennett for 15 years. Oscar winning actress Maggie Smith plays Miss Shepherd, a character she has played before on stage and on the radio, and she looks like quite a hoot. She's joined by Alex Jennings as Alan Bennett, with appearances by Dominic Cooper, James Corden, Jim Broadbent, Frances de la Tour and a few others. The film won't be released for another 8 months, so this is more of our first teaser, but it's also just a fun introduction (for those unfamiliar) to an odd story that should make for an amusing film. Enjoy.

 Posted 9 hours ago in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Leonardo DiCaprio Enters 'The Crowded Room' with 24 Personalities

Leonardo DiCaprio

Later this year, we'll probably see Leonardo DiCaprio enter the awards race again with the lead role in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's The Revenant (get a first look right here). But it sounds like he's got another potential awards contender finally coming together after trying to get the project off the ground for nearly two decades. The Crowded Room is a real life drama about Billy Milligan, the first person to successfully use multiple personality disorder as a defense in a court of law. Sounds like a compelling enough story, and making the story more rich is the fact that Milligan had 24 different personalities for DiCaprio to portray.

 Posted 12 hours ago in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Warner Bros. Turning Animated 'Adventure Time' into Feature Film

Adventure Time

The wild and wacky journeys of Finn and Jake are heading to the big screen. Deadline has word that Cartoon Network's hit animated series Adventure Time is being developed by the channel's sister company Warner Bros. Pictures for a feature film adaptation. The LEGO Movie co-director and producer Chris McKay and Roy Lee are producing the film, so it's bound to be great. For those who don't know, the series follows a 12-year old boy named Finn and his talking dog best friend Jake who go on endless quests to protect their beloved Land of Ooo, usually from the Ice King who is searching for his Princess Bubblegum.

 Posted 13 hours ago in Animation, Development, Movie News | Comments

'MacGruber' Sequel is Still 'Priority #1' According to Star Will Forte

MacGruber

It's been about six months since we had any real update on the progress of MacGruber 2, a sequel that surprisingly has some legs even though the film bombed hard at the box office. The "Saturday Night Live" feature adaptation of the late night sketch parody of "MacGyver" has gained quite a following on home video though, and star Will Forte and writer/director Jorma Taccone have been at least slowly writing a sequel. And since Forte is currently doing the rounds for his new show "Last Man on Earth" on Fox (which you should watch because Phil Lord & Chris Miller have a hand in it), we have news on how it's progressing

 Posted February 27 in Development, Movie News | Comments

Sound Off: Glenn Ficarra & John Requa's 'Focus' - Your Thoughts?

Focus Sound Off

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? It's about distraction. It's about focus. Now in theaters is the latest movie starring Will Smith, titled Focus, co-starring Margot Robbie of The Wolf of Wall Street. Smith plays Nicky, a con man in the midst of his latest scheme who is thrown for a loop when an accomplished femme fatale from his past shows up. Focus comes from the directors of Crazy Stupid Love and I Love You Phillip Morris, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, and the cast also includes Adrian Martinez, Gerald McRaney, Rodrigo Santoro and BD Wong. So how is it? Worth your time or not? Is the heist even a good one? Once you've seen it, if you see it, post a comment with your thoughts on Focus.

 Posted February 27 in Discuss, Sound Off | Comments

Editorial: A Fond Farewell to Leonard Nimoy, the Face of 'Star Trek'

Leonard Nimoy

The U.S.S. Enterprise lost an irreplaceable member of her crew this morning: actor Leonard Nimoy, age 83, passed away in his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles, CA from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Fans everywhere have mourned the actor's death, paying tribute with a proper salute on social media. It's as if his memory has beamed into the hearts of those that watched him as a child on the bridge of the Enterprise – and into the hearts of those that just discovered him. For those that loved and admired him, Leonard Nimoy was more than just a Vulcan called Mr. Spock. To many, he was the face of Star Trek.

 Posted February 27 in Editorial, Obituaries | Comments

Another 'Robin Hood' Movie in the Works and This Time It's Gritty

Robin Hood

Hollywood just loves developing multiple versions of the same story about a certain figure at the exact same time, and right now the hot commodity is the heroic Robin Hood. Disney has a project in development called Nottingham & Hood from a spec script by Brandon Barker that is supposed to have the same tone and franchise hopes and Pirates of the Caribbean. Meanwhile, Sony Pictures picked up a Robin Hood pitch with multiple stories to make up a Sherwood Forest cinematic universe. Now Deadline reports Guy Ritchie's Knights of the Roundtable scribe Joby Harold is entering the mix with the gritty Robin Hood: Origins.

 Posted February 27 in Development, Movie News | Comments

Watch: Trailer for Sebastião Salgado's 'The Salt of the Earth' Doc

The Salt of the Earth

"A photographer is literally somebody drawing with light. A man writing & rewriting the world with light & shadows." I love this documentary, it's so utterly beautiful and awe-inspiring. The Salt of the Earth is a documentary by Wim Wenders exploring the life & work of legendary Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado, co-directed by his son Juliano Ribeiro Salgado. No doubt you've seen some of Sebastião's photos, many of which are featured in this doc. It's a mesmerizing look at a man who documented humanity in such a remarkably honest and intimate way, and the doc becomes something else when it focuses on how much he (Sebastião) loves this planet we are destroying. It was nominated for an Academy Award this year.

 Posted February 27 in Docs, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Blake Lively & Jason Clarke to Lead Marc Forster's 'All I See is You'

Blake Lively / Jason Clarke

This year we'll see Blake Lively stay perpetually young in The Age of Adaline, and Jason Clarke fight and army of machines in Terminator: Genisys. And next, the two will unite for something completely different for both of them. Deadline reports Lively and Clarke will star in All I See is You, a new psychological drama from World War Z and Quantum of Solace director Marc Forster. The filmmaker also wrote the script with Sean Conway and will produce along with Michael Shelby and  SC International Pictures along with Ron Perlman, by way of his own Wing and a Prayer productions, Jillian Kugler and Brian Wilkins.

 Posted February 27 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Middle Earth Theme Park Called 'The Shire' Currently in the Works

Middle Earth - The Shire

It was inevitable. We all knew this would happen one day, just surprised it took this long. There's an Avatar theme park in the works, Harry Potter Land is already open, Tron World is coming up, now it's time for Middle Earth. It has been announced (via EuroWeeklyNews) that a theme park is being built in Spain that will be called La Comarca, which roughly translates to The Shire, and it will be based on the universe and characters created by J.R.R. Tolkien. They already have six (!) live-action movie to choose from (between The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogies), plus a couple of Rankin/Bass animated features, and all of the books and endless artwork inspired by them. This could be so cool, but we're not sure what exactly it'll have.

 Posted February 27 in Hobbit, Movie News | Comments

Thor, Black Widow & Nick Fury Get 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Posters

The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Perhaps in preparation for the weekend, when people take a bit of a break from the internet to get some fresh air, Marvel has just unveiled three characters poster for The Avengers: Age of Ultron to follow Iron Man and Hulk earlier this week. We're still waiting to hear what this big announcement may be that Robert Downey Jr. teased on Wednesday, but maybe it'll coincide with the return of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D" next week. In the meantime, you can check out the posters featuring Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), and stay tuned for more. Look now!

 Posted February 27 in Hype, Marvel, Posters | Comments

'Star Trek' Franchise Icon Leonard Nimoy Has Passed Away at Age 83

Leonard Nimoy

After playing one of the most iconic sci-fi characters in the history of the genre, Leonard Nimoy, the man that everyone knows as Mr. Spock, has passed away. The New York Times reports the beloved actor of the Star Trek franchise, spanning from television to films, passed away this Friday morning in his home in Los Angeles at 83 years old. Nimoy had been hospitalized suddenly last week after a scare related to his chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and his wife Susan Bay Nimoy confirms that the end stages of the affliction finally took their toll. Of all the souls we've encountered in our travels, his was the most human. Read on.

 Posted February 27 in Movie News, Obituaries | Comments

Review: 'What We Do in the Shadows' is the First Must-See of 2015

What We Do in the Shadows

Yes, you're tired of "fresh" takes on the vampire myth, and you're sick to death of the found footage/faux documentary filmmaking style. Both have been driven well into the ground, especially in recent years, but there's a good reason these types of films continue on for so long. The simple reason is that films like What We Do in the Shadows come along once in a while achieving something that is as simple as it is clever, as hilarious as it is atmospheric, and as revitalizing as it is genuine. Not only is it the first must-see movie of 2015, it's sure to have a hand in lengthening the shelf lives of vampire movies and found footage horror.

 Posted February 27 in Horror, Review | Comments

Watch: Tim Burton-Inspired 'Fish Friend' Short Film About a Piranha

Fish Friend Short Film

Who doesn't want a piranha for a pet? They're so cuddly! This fun new short film called Fish Friend from writer/filmmaker Jordan Blum features a girl and her piranha "goldfish" pet, and it's quite charming and bloody. As explained in the pitch: "Fish Friend is the story of a girl and her murderous pet piranha, inspired by 1950s Americana, Tim Burton, and the shorts of Pixar." There's some excellent stop-motion work in this, and it's just an amusing little short that might just be the perfect way to end your week. I love coming across interesting and unique short filmmaking as a way of showcasing a lot of the fantastic talent out there. And for an extra dose of daily inspiration, plus insight into different storytelling techniques. Don't miss this!

 Posted February 27 in Short Film, To Watch | Comments

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