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It may yet happen. Don't give up all hope! Last summer we reported news that there might be a positive spin on the once-thought-dead sequel to Dredd, the rebooted comic book series starring Karl Urban as Judge Dredd from writer/producer Alex Garland. Now we have another early 2014 update that things are brewing and "discussions" are happening. A report from the Las Vegas Star Trek this week includes a quick mention of the Dredd sequel, and that Karl Urban says that "conversations are taking place between the studio, the director and writer". Sounds great to me, let's keep pushing for this and make it happen, sooner than later.
Briefly: It's official - Warner Bros has confirmed a late 2014 release date for Paul Thomas Anderson's next film, Inherent Vice, starring Joaquin Phoenix (The Master, The Immigrant, Her) as 1970's pot-fueled private detective Larry "Doc" Sportello, based on the Thomas Pynchon character. PTA filmed late last year around Southern California, and will have the comedy ready for release starting December 12th, 2014. Warner Bros, the studio releasing the film, seems to be lining this up as another awards contender, as even @ERCboxoffice quips "just in time for awards season." The cast: Jena Malone, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Maya Rudolph and Sasha Pieterse. This should be fun.
"You're not fooling anybody when you say that what happened was a natural disaster... You're lying! You're hiding something out there!" Warner Bros & Legendary have unleashed the second theatrical trailer for Gareth Edwards' Godzilla and it is epic, massively epic, in every possible way. We've seen one teaser trailer before but this time they up the ante and give us another exhilarating early glimpse without showing too much. The international cast is lead by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen and Ken Watanabe, plus Juliette Binoche who we have yet to see. This looks phenomenal, the return of the King of Monsters we've been waiting for. Bring it on, cannot wait. "In 1954, we awakened something..."
Pay attention to the Oscar nominees - Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave is now/soon mandatory viewing in school. Despite reports that a low percentage of the mainstream public has seen most of the Best Picture Academy Award nominees, only one week out from the 86th Oscars this weekend, there is one that will get a boost no matter what. A report from the National School Boards Association (NSBA) says that they've partnered with "New Regency, Penguin Books, and the filmmakers to distribute copies of the acclaimed film, book, and study guide 12 Years a Slave to America's public high schools." Of course Solomon Northup's actual book is included, too. As it should be - considering this is based on a harrowing true story.
"You have no idea what's coming." Oh shit. Get ready. There's a big reveal happening tomorrow, February 25th, at 10AM PST. Warner Bros/Legendary has launched a few teases for Godzilla featuring the monster's roar. It was first revealed in full via a clip (hear it below) and eventually complimented by an animated sound wave video, which lead to this website. In Bryan Cranston's voice, we hear this eerie but amazing speech: "You're not fooling anybody when you say that what happened was a natural disaster. You're lying! You're hiding something out there! It was not an earthquake, it wasn't a typhoon. This is what caused everything in the first place. Don't you see that! And it is going to send us back to the stone age..."
From girls to boys in the Riot Club. Danish director Lone Scherfig, of the films An Education with Carey Mulligan, and One Day with Anne Hathaway previously, is finishing up her next film titled Posh. Adapted from a play of the same name, Posh is about the two first years at Oxford University, played by Max Irons and Sam Claflin, determined to join the notorious Riot Club - a place that can make or break your time in higher education and, possibly, life. A major event happens at the Bull's Head pub, which can be seen in the background of one of these first look photos. These two shots just debuted online from the UK - take a look.
Time to get a look at the first two pieces of art that are part of the upcoming exhibition in honor of Darren Aronofsky's new movie Noah, starring Russell Crowe. Earlier last week we posted news that Aronofsky is organizing an art show in honor of Noah in New York City called "Fountains of the Deep: Visions of Noah and the Flood." The exhibition will include work from 50 internationally-recognized artists, from celebrated contemporary artists to comic book legends and many others. Darren has posted the first two pieces, one by Carmen Arvizu, the other by James Jean, as our early teases and they're worth checking out.
"I've always had a dream of fame and fortune... for Elmo" Today's indie trailer is for a rather awkwardly yet oddly amusing documentary called The Final Member, about the one-and-only Icelandic Phallological Museum that houses the world's largest collection of preserved male genitalia (collected for over 40 years!). So what makes this worthwhile? The story focuses on three people: curator Sigurður "Siggi" Hjartarson, as well as the two eccentric men who want to donate their own specimens to the museum. The doc eventually becomes about the challenges of making a tough decision, and crazy enough, I have to say that this looks fascinating. Best of all, Drafthouse Films is releasing it which means it's certainly unlike anything out there.
Believe it or not,
it's happening. Earlier in the week we posted a Space Jam mod for the NBA 2K14 game, showing just how much fans, oddly, still love that movie. Well, now they're finally, actually, officially making a sequel. Deadline reports that NBC Sports executive Dick Ebersol's two sons are working on developing a sequel to Space Jam, tentatively just Space Jam 2, and have already looped in Miami Heat star LeBron James for a role. This may or may not be officially in the works at WB, tying in the animated Looney Tunes characters that get into the mix with the star NBA players. The original 1996 movie starred Michael Jordan.
While we wait for the summer movie and festival season to pick up in a few months, another film festival is preparing to return for its 43rd year. A spin-off of the New York Film Festival, the Film Society of Lincoln Center's New Directors/New Films festival features screenings of highly acclaimed feature debuts of up-and-coming filmmakers. This year they've got a number of Sundance gems, as well as a few other debuts from around the world, which we'll try and cover. If not, the full list of all 27 feature films showing at the 43rd New Directors/New Films festival can be found at FilmLinc or NewDirectors.org. Read on for more.
Yes! This sounds awesome. Paramount has officially announced that Oscar-nominated filmmaker Darren Aronofsky will present an exhibition of contemporary artwork inspired by the biblical saga of Noah and the Ark. The exhibition will be titled, in full: "Fountains of the Deep: Visions of Noah and the Flood" and will contain artwork curated by Aronofsky that compliments the release of highly-anticipated upcoming film Noah (watch the latest trailers). The gallery will open in New York on Friday, March 7th, 2014 and run for a few weeks, coinciding with the theatrical release of Noah on March 28th later that month. More below.
"Some people believe if you talk about the Jinn, they will come to you." A full trailer has debuted for an indie horror called Jinn, from filmmaker Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad, based on the ancient Arabian folklore that revolves around the spiritual battle between good and evil. The cast includes Ray Park as Gabriel, Serinda Swan as Jasmine, plus Faran Tahir, William Atherton and Dominic Rains as a group of brave souls who are tasked with saving the world when an evil fire demon awakes from its slumber. This looks really, really cheesy but it doesn't look as bad as I thought it would. If you're into action-horror, give this a look.
This might be something very cool, and potentially an awards winning short in the next year or two. SXSW has debuted a short trailer for an animated film called Confusion Through Sand. At first, Indiewire was billing this as the entire short itself, but the festival lists it as an 11 minute-long short, which means there's plenty more to see and this is just a tease. Confusion Through Sand is a hand drawn, animated short made by the 26-year-old filmmaker Danny Madden, made entirely on recycled paper, hence the look. The story follows a 19-year old soldier who finds himself alone in a hostile desert, scared as hell and trained to react.
Now that we're a few months into 2014, it's time for our first reminder that later this year we'll be getting Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, which will likely feature yet another phenomenal performance from the it man, Matthew McConaughey. The actor, receiving acclaim and Oscar nominations for his work in Dallas Buyers Club, Wolf of Wall Street, Mud, Magic Mike even Killer Joe, spoke to Variety about his career comeback and recent highlights, and talked briefly about working on Nolan's Interstellar, his next science fiction project that was quietly filmed last year. It's the most ambitious thing he's ever done," he states.