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"You go to high school in Inglewood. Think you're going to get into Harvard? Who do you think you are, huh?" Open Road has debuted a new TV spot for the upcoming release of one of our Sundance favorites, a little film called Dope, written/directed by Rick Famuyiwa starring up-and-comer Shameik Moore as __! Like the TV spot, we can't reveal that until you see it. I love the way they're marketing this, it's fresh and interesting and stands out, and I hope it's grabbing your attention. This TV spot first aired during the MTV Movie Awards last night, and it's a good sell, but I hope we see a bit more as they build up to the release in June. And yep, that's Lobby Boy from Grand Budapest, actor Tony Revolori, in the image above. Enjoy!
This year's Cannes Film Festival has announced their opening night selection - a film by Frenchwoman Emmanuelle Bercot titled La Tête Haute which translates to Heads Up in English. It was revealed this morning, ahead of the rest of the line-up coming this week. It's not uncommon to see a French film selected as opener, but Thierry Frémaux says "the choice of this film may seem surprising, given the rules generally applied to the Festival de Cannes Opening Ceremony." The world première of La Tête Haute will be shown in the Grand Théâtre Lumière in the Palais des Festivals, and will be released in French cinemas the same day, on Wednesday, May 13th. The film tells the story of a juvenile delinquent, Malony, and his upbringing.
"We are humanity's last hope." After teasing the trailer with the hashtag #TerminatorUnlock, the full trailer has finally been revealed and it's a bit different than the first one. Paramount has unveiled another official trailer for Terminator Genisys, the latest creation in the Terminator series spearheaded by Skydance Productions, with Thor: The Dark World / "Game of Thrones" director Alan Taylor at the helm. Arnold Schwarzenegger is back, but the film mainly stars Jason Clarke, Jai Courtney, Emilia Clarke, J.K. Simmons and Byung-hun Lee as the badass T-1000. Whoa, Jason Clarke is a bot too? Apparently "more" than just man or machine. I'm definitely interested in this, but still not yet sure if it's going to be any good.
Heroes don't get any bigger than this! Marvel has unveiled the second full trailer for Marvel's Ant-Man movie, starring Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, who becomes Ant-Man. There's definitely a humorours edge to this, especially with the name "Ant-Man", but they stick to their Marvel guns and bring out all the action and kick ass visuals to help sell it more than anything. Michael Douglas stars as Hank Pym, Corey Stoll becomes the villain Yellowjacket, who we see plenty of in this, and the cast includes Evangeline Lilly and Judy Greer. This new trailer is much better than I was expecting, but mostly from a pure entertainment standpoint. I still would've loved to see Edgar Wright's version, but I'm now just as excited for this anyway.
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? There is nothing more human than the will to survive. In theaters in the US starting today is the feature directorial debut of sci-fi screenwriter Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Sunshine, Dredd), a film called Ex Machina about a man and his creation. Oscar Isaac stars as Nathan, the billionaire founder of a technology company, along with Domhnall Gleeson as Caleb, a young programmer brought to Nathan's home to test one of his new robots. Alicia Vikander plays Ava, an artificial intelligence humanoid designed by Nathan that Caleb is instructed to test, to see just how real she really is. Once you've seen it, leave a comment below with your own thoughts on Alex Garland's Ex Machina.
Are you ready for the next big thing in movie theater technology?! Dolby is hoping you're ready! AMC and Dolby have announced an exciting new partnership for their "premium cinema offering" that's part of the AMC Prime experience. The new "experience" is being called Dolby Cinema, and it will feature the latest in cinema technology including Dolby Atmos sound, Dolby Vision laser projection, and rumble seats synced to the movie (oh boy). Prime is an already-existing premium offering found at some AMC theatres featuring "power reclining seats with seat transducers" in addition to the best sound/projection they can install. To top it off, they're partnering with Dolby to make it better, and it's expanding to four locations this summer.
Hahaha! Oh, how David Ayer teases. The next photo from Suicide Squad has appeared on Ayer's Twitter, following the group shot of the cast yesterday. It addresses the question of "where is Jared Leto?" The actor was noticeably absent from a cast shot that included everyone else, from Will Smith to Margot Robbie to Joel Kinnaman to Viola Davis. The new photo shows Jared Leto, with short green hair preparing to play The Joker, hiding behind half a camera. At what first seems like a bad shot, is actually a reference to the cover of the acclaimed Joker graphic novel The Killing Joke, written by Alan Moore & Brian Bolland. Nice one, Ayer. It's a cool shot, I just wish we'd get more than this tease and the hair shot from before. In time…
You're never too old, it's never too late, to change your life, to start something new. How about becoming a feature film director? Or a screenwriter? Throughout the years we've always tried to provide some extra inspiration for our filmmaker/storyteller readers and this fine infographic is the perfect bit of inspiration to share. Nathalie at the site Mentorless has created an infographic titled It's Never Too Late To Make Your First Feature Film that takes a look at 26 filmmakers "with an international career that made their first feature film in their 30s or 40s, proving that it's never too late to start making films." Indeed. She breaks down each into 4 categories, including their age when they directed an "international breakthrough".
Marvel is kicking things up a notch with Avengers 2 just a few weeks away. Up next is a first look at the villain Yellowjacket, the first real photo of him in costume, from the Ant-Man movie directed by Peyton Reed starring Paul Rudd as Hank Pym. This is likely from the next trailer, and just being revealed as a single shot now, but take a look anyway. Yellowjacket is the name of the suit that Darren Cross (played by Corey Stoll) wears when he becomes a villain, with the suit giving him super powers. "Hank Pym's Ant-Man suit doesn’t have a single weapon," director Peyton Reed told EW. Adding, "whereas Yellowjacket is armed with plasma cannons." Looks like at least two of them sticking up like stingers behind his shoulders in this photo.
Briefly: This isn't the most exciting or revealing news, but it is an important industry update worth noting. The Academy is pulling a Marvel and announcing the next three dates for the upcoming Academy Awards ceremonies. AMPAS has locked down these dates at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood for the next three years: Sunday, February 28th, 2016; then Sunday, February 26th, 2017; and finally Sunday, March 4th, 2018. So there you have it, that's when we'll be celebrating the Oscars for the next three years. Even if you don't like them, or pretend not to care about them, the Academy Awards still remain the pinnacle award in filmmaking and it will always be a prestigious event. For now, we've got a long way until awards season.
Here they are…! Get your first look, sort of, at the cast of David Ayer's Suicide Squad for Warner Bros, featuring one hell of a line-up of actors for a one-off DC romp. The photo was tweeted out by writer/director David Ayer today, since (bring it on) production is about to begin on this, and it shows Ayer plus twelve other actors gathered for a "read through", meaning they read through the script to get a feel for their roles. It features everyone from Will Smith to Margot Robbie to Joel Kinnaman, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jai Courtney, Viola Davis, Cara Delevingne, Adam Beach, Jim Parrack (looking a lot like Tom Hardy) and even comedian Ike Barinholtz. Oddly, Jared Leto is missing, but I think we'll be seeing more of him soon enough.
Maybe these should actually be real, I'd buy a few of them. "I created these VHS covers for 'april's fool day' pretending a parisian hipster named 'Stan' only watched modern films and TV series on VHS," he writes on his Tumblr. French artist Golem13 posted a full breakdown on his own blog detailing his fun creating a series of fake VHS tapes and covers for modern movies and TV shows like "Game of Thrones", "The Walking Dead", "Breaking Bad", The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wolf of Wall Street, Gravity, Interstellar and Guardians of the Galaxy. As goofy as all this sounds, these actually look pretty dang cool and I suggest taking a look at some of the photos of the vintage VHS covers below. If anything, for a quick smile + laugh.
What do you do after earning boatloads of money for Lionsgate making three Hunger Games movies? You adapt Homer's Odyssey of course! Deadline is reporting that Lionsgate has put a brand new version of The Odyssey on the "fast track" for director Francis Lawrence following his work on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 this fall. In fact, they've gone all out bringing the whole team back, including producer Nina Jacobson (Hunger Games, Diary of a Wimpy Kid) and writer Peter Craig (The Town, Mockingjay Part 1 & 2, Top Gun 2, Hunter Killer), along with Francis Lawrence. Ten bucks says Jennifer Lawrence is going to be cast in this one somewhere. But it sounds like this will be quite something once they pull it off.
"Isn't it strange, to create something that hates you?" With the US release of Alex Garland's new sci-fi Ex Machina just around the corner (on April 10th - go see it!), there's no better time to feature some concept art that appeared earlier in the year (thanks to io9 + CBR). Jock, a famous comic book artist/illustrator, did some concept art work for Garland's Ex Machina when it was in development, helping envision the main robot character Ava played by Alicia Vikander in the film. He tweeted out some of these images in January, and we're just seeing them but it's perfect timing as the film hits theaters here soon. That means everyone finally gets a chance to have their mind opened by the sci-fi fun of Ex Machina (here's my review).