Watch: First International Teaser Trailer for John Woo's 'The Crossing'

The Crossing

It's been five years since we've seen a film from director John Woo, but that all changes next year when the first part of his period drama The Crossing arrives this winter in China. This promises to be Woo's most ambitious film yet with the two-part story chronicling three couples from different backgrounds who make a fateful voyage on a ship fleeing China to Taiwan in the heart of revolutionary China in 1949. But sadly, that ship ended up sinking, leading to the deaths of over 1,500 passengers and crew members. Sounds like this could be Woo's Titanic, and the first teaser trailer below certainly promises sprawling drama. Watch below!

 Posted 1 min ago in Foreign Film, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Fantastic Fest Review: To Put It Simply, 'John Wick' is F'ing Awesome

John Wick

John Wick is awesome. That statement is direct, to the point, but it could not be more appropriate for the film it's describing. Keanu Reeves latest action vehicle is a simple movie with simple ideas, but that isn't keeping it from being one of the most exhilarating, balls-to-the-wall action movies to come down the pipeline in a long while. It's the kind of movie that leaves you both exhausted by the whirlwind of epic action it offers and completely amped for more ass-kickery. Action junkies have been waiting a long time for a movie like John Wick, and no one will end up going home dissatisfied with all that it delivers. Read on!

 Posted 25 mins ago in Fantastic Fest 14, Review | Comments

Joseph Gordon-Levitt Maybe Playing Edward Snowden for Oliver Stone

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Next fall, Joseph Gordon-Levitt will bring to life the exploits of daredevil Phillippe Petit, the man who did a high wire walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center back in 1974, in the film The Walk. But it sounds like he might bring another headline-making real-life person to life soon too. Deadline reports the star of Don Jon is the top choice to lead Oliver Stone's developing film about CIA leaker and NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Previously it was said that Stone was basing his film on The Snowden Files, the book by Luke Harding, who is also a reporter for The Guardian, the outlet who scooped the story, but it sounds like they have some new source material now from another subject close to Snowden. Read on!

 Posted 46 mins ago in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb' Gets an M.C. Escher Poster

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

The teaser trailer for this winter's sequel Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb arrived this past summer, and now 20th Century Fox has unveiled a new poster for the film starring Ben Stiller. It's certainly one of the better posters we've seen for the franchise as it takes the ensemble cast that includes Ricky Gervais, Rebel Wilson, Rami Malek and more, and puts them into an M.C. Escher style image with staircases that don't seem to end. Yes, Robin Williams is in the poster too (this is one of his final performances) and you can even spot a tiny Steve Coogan and Owen Wilson if you scan carefully. Look!

 Posted 1 hour ago in Hype, Posters | Comments

'Maze Runner' Sequel 'Scorch Trials' Set for a September 2015 Release

Maze Runner: Scorch Trials

After topping the box office this past weekend with an estimated $32.5 million opening weekend, the young adult sci-fi adaption The Maze Runner starring Dylan O'Brien, Will Poulter and Kaya Scodelario has done well enough for 20th Century Fox for them to move forward with a sequel. THR reports the studio has set Maze Runner: Scorch Trials for release on September 18th, 2015. The film will be based on the second book in James Dashner's book series, and while the title seems odd, considering the fact there are no mazes in the sequel story, it's simply brand recognition so people who aren't familiar with the books.

 Posted 1 hour ago in Development, Movie News | Comments

Fantastic Fest Review: 'Tokyo Tribe' is Cult Japanese Hip Hop Insanity

Tokyo Tribe

"Tokyo Tribe, never ever die!" Oh my goodness, this movie is totally insane, wacky, absurd and terrible in every way, but so so so awesome. Do you remember those kind of crazy cult films you'd find in the back of a video store, only one copy on VHS, that you'd lose your shit over discovering and would have to tell your friends about and the next thing you'd know the entire high school would be into this crazy film. Sion Sono's Tokyo Tribe is one of those films, the kind that is really bad in every way, but also insanely awesome in every way. Love it, hate it, it's a can't-believe-this-is-real experience that feels a bit like The Warriors meets You Got Served, even though it's really unlike anything else. Holy sh*t I love this movie, even as bad as it is.

 Posted 9 hours ago in Fantastic Fest 14, Review | Comments

Watch: Impressive Fan Film 'Spawn: The Recall' from Michael Paris

Spawn: The Recall Fan Film

"You are lucky I found you first, child." Catch this dark, impressive fan film from Michael Paris. While there has been some talk of another Spawn movie in development, we haven't seen anything actually come together in years. There hasn't been anything since the Spawn movie from 1997 with Michael Jai White that most people despise. Paris decided to make his own Spawn film and the result is "The Recall", set mostly inside of a grocery story with some really cool scenes. It's impressive work for a fan film and shows just how much potential there is in great characters. Spawn fans will enjoy this the most, but it's entertaining for all.

 Posted 18 hours ago in Comics, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Fantastic Fest Review: Don't Mess With Keanu Reeves in 'John Wick'

John Wick

When it comes to action movies, the good ones seems to be few and far between nowadays. Not only do they lack interesting characters and coherent stories, but the action just sucks, it's never good, it's shot poorly. Thus I must admit that it is completely refreshing to come across an awesome action movie that delivers, yet doesn't try to over deliver. John Wick starring Keanu Reeves as John Wick is the latest movie to join the pantheon of great modern action movies (in the last 10 years), including The Raid 2, Kick-Ass, Crank, Shoot 'Em Up, Wanted (just a few that came to mind while watching this). It's nearly perfect, and is the kind of pure action I've missed. Just a man, his guns, endless henchman, and tons and tons of headshots. Oh yes.

 Posted September 20 in Fantastic Fest 14, Review | Comments

Franco & Rogen Join the CIA in New Red Band 'The Interview' Trailer

The Interview

"I got some questions for that goat." At the beginning of the year, The Interview was one of my most anticipated films of 2014. But I'll admit to being more than underwhelmed when the teaser trailer debuted. It just didn't look that funny, and the trailer went for style over comedic substance. But all that changes, and this finally looks like a comedy to get excited about in a new three-minute red band trailer that lays out the story and all the raunchy humor you'd expect from Seth Rogen and James Franco. There seems to be tons of celebrity cameos just like This is The End too. Free your mind, and the rest will follow. Watch now!

 Posted September 19 in To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Watch: Zacarias & Macgregor's Sci-Fi Short 'Similo' Years in the Making

Similo Sci-fi Short Film

"I remember you." This may be worth your time, even though it's 21 minutes long, it's a good one. There's a short that has been in the works for at least seven years, filming back in 2007 through 2009. And it's finally done and ready for public consumption. The short is titled Similo from Spanish filmmakers Zacarias & Macgregor, set in the distant future about a man and a woman and what each one desires. Explained on their website: "Similo started as a simple yet ambitious idea: to make a realistic science fiction love story. The combination of these two aspects,' science fiction' and 'realism', was quite an exciting challenge for us." The results are something to behold, and it looks gorgeous on top of everything, so fire this up and dive in.

 Posted September 19 in SciFi, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Elle Fanning & John Hawkes in Jazzy Trailer for Sundance's 'Low Down'

Low Down

A few more films that premiered at Sundance at the beginning of the year are still trickling into theaters, and while some are absolutely incredible with lots of buzz like Whiplash (arriving next month), others don't seem to have the same hype. Low Down is one of those films, and the trailer seems to indicate why. There's praise in the trailer for the performances, but if the trailer is any indicator, this indie seems to meander around the story of jazz pianist Joe Albany (John Hawkes) from the perspective of his young daughter (Elle Fanning) as she watches him contend with his drug addiction in the 60s and 70s. Glenn Close, Lena Headey ("Game of Thrones") and Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers also star in the film. Watch?

 Posted September 19 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Angelina Jolie to Direct Elephant Poaching Drama 'Africa' at Skydance

Richard Leakey

As we wait for Angelina Jolie's sophomore directing effort Unbroken to hit theaters this winter, the actress turned filmmaker is moving quickly from project-to-project. We just got some first look photos from her next directorial effort, By the Sea, which stars her husband Brad Pitt, and now Deadline reports she's been lined up to direct Africa, an elephant poaching drama set up at Skydance Productions. With a script from Eric Roth (Forrest Gump) the film follows paleo-archaeologist Richard Leakey and his battle with ivory poachers in Kenya in the 80s as hunters gravely threatened the African elephant population. Read on!

 Posted September 19 in Development, Movie News | Comments

Does This New IMAX Poster for Nolan's 'Interstellar' Show Too Much?

Interstellar

We've seen not one, not two, but three official new posters for Christopher Nolan's fall release Interstellar, and it's starting to be a little too much. In fact, despite the fact that the first poster that debuted this week showed Matthew McConaughey on another world (which we've seen glimpsed in the most recent trailer), we think this last poster might just be overkill. We already know the space crew goes to another world, but this one shows them on a planet full of water. Or maybe it shows them on Earth after they've returned and the world is flooded. It won't ruin the movie, but does it give a little too much mystery away? Here's hoping this IMAX poster is the last one before the film gets released later this fall. Look now!

 Posted September 19 in Hype, Posters | Comments

'Fury' Director David Ayer Circles DC Comics' Villainous 'Suicide Squad'

Suicide Squad

Looks like we know one more of one of the many projects Warner Bros and DC Entertainment want to bring to the big screen with their release schedule staked out through 2020. THR has just reported that Fury director David Ayer is currently circling an adaptation of Suicide Squad, based on the DC Comics property of the same name. This was one of several projects David Goyer was said to begin developing late last year along with Booster Gold, Deathstroke and Team 7. Justin Marks was previously attached to write the script in 2009, but has lain dormant since Batman v. Superman and Justice League began swirling.

 Posted September 19 in DC, Development, Movie News | Comments

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