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After directing the young adult sci-fi adventure Divergent, director Neil Burger isn't returning for the sequel Insurgent, and RED 2 director Robert Schwentke is taking over. Instead, Burger is taking himself into the spy thriller genre with All the Old Knives, an adaptation of Olen Steinhauer's yet-to-be-published thriller novel that has already been optioned by Chockstone Pictures and turned into a screenplay by the author himself. The story takes place in a town called Carmel-by-the-Sea and follows two former lovers, one still in the CIA and one an ex-agent, as they meet for some dinner and recollect the past.
Plenty of fans love Peter Dinklage on the hit HBO fantasy series "Game of Thrones," and now he'll get his own lead role on the big screen. Hollywood Gang sent out a press release announcing that Dinklage will lead an adaptation of Joe R. Lansdale's novel The Thicket. The story follows a young man named Jack who is forced to go on a journey to rescue his sister after she's kidnapped by a killer called Cut Throat Bill and his whole gang. He can't do this all himself though, so he enlists the help of a bounty hunter named Shorty (Dinklage), the son of an ex-slave and street-smart prostitute, to join him on this dangerous quest. Read on!
If you've seen Liam Neeson kicking asses in Taken and the sequel Taken 2, then you can probably already guess what he looks like in the forthcoming Taken 3. Regardless, we have a few first look photos from the latest installment of the surprise hit action franchise. However, it sounds like the plot has steered away from what the title actually means as this time it's Neeson's character Mills who is on the run after he's framed for the murder of someone close to him. But these first look photos don't show much ass-kicking or even gun-wielding. But we do see Maggie Grace in some distress and newcomer Forest Whitaker. Look!
"Manners maketh man." 20th Century Fox has debuted another excellent new trailer for Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Secret Service, his latest comic book action movie adaptation about an unsuspecting street kid known as Eggsy, played by Taron Egerton, who is recruited to a top secret spy agency. His mentor is Colin Firth, who kicks a lot of ass, as we saw in the very first trailer (and in this one, too). But we finally get a better glimpse at the real villain, Samuel L. Jackson, who does indeed talk with a lisp and looks like a hilariously awesome addition to this action extravaganza. The trailer also features a new track from Iggy Azalea featuring Ellie Goulding, and the girl with the blades for legs. Oh yes, she looks killer. Enjoy.
Because general American audiences have a weird aversion to films with subtitles, Studio Ghibli releases in the United States usually get an English-dubbed version featuring a wide array of actors doing the voiceover instead of the original Japanese recordings. The Tale of Princess Kaguya will see an English-dubbed version hit theaters this fall with Chloe Grace Moretz taking the lead role, and the first full theatrical trailer for that release has just arrived. Unlike the first US teaser trailer for the animated gem, this one showcases the film's dialogue, brought to life with the voice talents of James Caan, Darren Criss, Lucy Liu, Mary Steenburgen, Beau Bridges, James Marsden, Oliver Platt and Dean Cain. Watch now!
The reboot of Star Trek was directed by J.J. Abrams, and although he wasn't a longtime fan of the classic sci-fi property, he managed to take fans on a new path with familiar characters while keeping the old mythology intact. There's actually more than a direct connection with the original Star Trek characters (beyond following the alternate younger versions of them) since the alternate future Mr. Spock has popped up in both the 2009 reboot and the sequel Star Trek Into Darkness. And now there's a chance for William Shatner to have the same kind of cameo in Star Trek 3, appearing as the alternate Captain James T. Kirk.
Following the death of Sir Richard Attenborough late last month, director Colin Trevorrow posted a picture of their tribute to him as John Hammond that will be seen in the forthcoming Jurassic World. Now another look behind the scenes shows off a familiar location to fans of Jurassic Park. In the original film, you might remember that Dennis Nedry (Wayne Knight) tried to smuggle dinosaur DNA out of the park in order to sell it on the black market But he got lost in a rainstorm and didn't know where to go. Well, since Jurassic World goes back to Isla Nublar, it looks like we're going to return to that area at some point.
Though X-Men franchise launching director Bryan Singer, who knocked X-Men: Days of Future Past out of the park this past summer, was confirmed to direct the forthcoming 80s set sequel X-Men: Apocalypse for 2016, some legal troubles came up that could have prevented him from getting back behind the camera. With charges in those legal matters being dropped recently, now Deadline reports Fox has closed a deal for Singer to return. Funnily enough, the news comes just as writer Simon Kinberg had a chat about what team of mutants we'll see on the big screen this time around. And it's in line with hints we've heard before.
In case you didn't know, Steven Soderbergh has been doing some interesting work on the side in the midst of working on the Cinemax series "The Knick" and lensing Magic Mike XXL as director of photography, not to mention editing the male stripper sequel. On his own website, Soderbergh mashed up the original version of Psycho with his shot-for-shot remake and also did a "Butcher's Cut" of Heaven's Gate. This time he's taking aim at a much bigger project by cutting a silent, black and white version of Raiders of the Lost Ark, complete with a borrowed score with music from The Social Network and more.
Director Steven Spielberg did a fine job chronicling a small part of the life of Abraham Lincoln, but now comes a completely different kind of film about the childhood years of the 16th president from A.J. Edwards, a longtime protégé of Terrence Malick. The film is based on 19th century interview with Lincoln's family and follows Braydon Denney as the young boy is shaped into the historically famous man he would become. Brit Marling, Jason Clarke, Diane Kruger and Wes Bentley also star in the film, and it looks to be very visceral, and remarkably different from the kind of film you'd expect about Lincoln. Watch!
There's been a lot of buzz surrounding actor Matt Damon lately, from the talk of reteaming with Paul Greengrass for another outing with Jason Bourne, to a reunion with director Kenneth Lonergan for Manchester-by-the-Sea. Now there's another project on the horizon that the actor is circling and that's The Great Wall, a film that has been developing at Legendary Pictures since 2011 and once had Ed Zwick slated to be at the helm with Henry Cavil and Benjamin Walker starring. But now Deadline reports Hero director Zhang Yimou will direct the film, and Damon is interested in a role if it jives with his schedule.
"You have no idea of the effect you have, do you?" It's time for yet another Monthly Must See feature film that we highly recommend you watch. This one may be one a few have seen already, considering it's rotating through the Top Movies list on iTunes. The film is titled Ida starring the lovely Agata Trzebuchowska, from Polish filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski. This intriguing Polish drama first premiered at the Telluride Film Festival last year, before playing at festivals all over the world and eventually arriving in US theaters for a limited release back in May. Shot and presented in black & white in the 1.37:1 'Academy ratio', this stunning film tells the story of a young nun named Ida in 1960s Poland discovering herself and the world.