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In case you forgot, there's still a remake of the classical musical Annie coming this winter, just before families get together for Christmas. This time it's breakout Beasts of the Southern Wild actress Quvenzhané Wallis taking the titular lead as an orphan who gets upgraded to the big time when New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) takes her under his wing in a mutually beneficial relationship used to boost his approval ratings and give Annie an upscale home for awhile. But of course, they end up finding a unique bond, and Stacks ends up wanting to have a more permanent place in her life. This latest trailer from the United Kingdom goes into full-on musical mode in the Big Apple. Watch now!
For anyone who grew up when Nintendo 64 was new and popular, the James Bond game GoldenEye is easily one of the best games from that time. Today there are still plenty of people who held on to their system and play the game with their friends. But what if you could play the game with James Bond himself? Well, that's exactly what Jimmy Fallon did on "The Tonight Show" last night when Pierce Brosnan came on the show to promote The November Man, the film hitting theaters next week and that also just had a sequel announced to be in development. So did Brosnan hold his own against Fallon at all? Watch below!
Last fall, Pixar Animation had to push back the release of The Good Dinosaur from an initial release this past summer back to November 25th, 2015. The news came just a few weeks after we learned Bob Peterson had been removed from the film as director and a brain trust consisting of John Lasseter, Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich, replacement Brave director Mark Andrews, and Party Cloudy short director Pete Sohn were put in place to take over the project. Now we have word that Pixar has completely overhauled the film as voice star John Lithgow says the film has been drastically changed for the better.
In what feels like an effort to get audiences more interested in next week's release of the new action thriller The November Man starring Pierce Brosnan, Relativity Media has announced pre-production on a sequel. In the first film, Brosnan plays Peter Devereaux, a lethal and highly trained ex-CIA agent enjoying a quiet life in Switzerland. Lured out of retirement, he must protect valuable witness, Alice Fournier, (Olga Kurylenko), which suddenly marks him a target of his former friend and CIA protégé David Mason (Luke Bracey). Sounds like Brosnan has found a new franchise to follow his time as James Bond from years ago.
Earlier this year, Liam Neeson and Felicity Jones joined the cast of A Monster Calls, an adaptation of the children's fantasy novel by Patrick Ness from director Juan Antonio Bayona. Now THR pegs two more cast members with Sigourney Weaver and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes star Toby Kebbell joining the story about a young boy dealing with his mother's debilitating illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales. Neeson is playing the titular monsters who befriends the boy and tells him stories, but the two new cast members will be playing human characters.
Over two years ago, Halloween 3D was meant to be the next installment in the horror remake franchise that had been directed by Rob Zombie. But Dimension Films pulled it from their future release calendar, and the film was left hanging in the balance. My Bloody Valentine and Drive Angry filmmakers Todd Farmer and Patrick Lussier were supposed to write the script, but after the film was pulled from the release calendar, there were rumblings that Platinum Dunes was going to take a crack at Michael Myers. Thankfully, that's not the case, and there's a new attempt to keep the slasher alive in Halloween: The Next Chapter.
In the short history of filmmaking, there have been incredible advances in technology that have changed the face of filmmaking from the innovation of sound to computer generated visual effects. However, there are subtle changes that help make visual storytelling a little easier too, making it so the audience doesn't feel detached from the story and world they're seeing unfold on the big screen. One such arena you may not realize is how characters communicate on the big screen in a contemporary society where individuals talk more often by way of text messages instead of talking on the phone. Filmmakers are only recently figuring out how to do this effectively, occasionally with some style, and a neat video essay explains how. Watch it!
After saving the world from giant robots earlier this summer, but not saving movie-goers from making themselves more stupid, Transformers: Age of Extinction star Mark Wahlberg will remain a little more grounded with his next project. Deadline has word that Wahlberg is currently in talks to star in Deepwater Horizon, the drama about the headline-making oil rig of the same name which exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, resulting in a catastrophic oil spill, the likes of which haven't been seen since the Exxon Valdez oil spill incident back in 1989. Wahlberg will play the second manager in command on the oil rig in the story about what happened in the 48 hours leading up to the explosion and what followed immediately after.
In a team-up that you otherwise might have thought would never happen, Kevin Smith and Johnny Depp are making a movie together. Yoga Hosers is being described by Smith himself as a comic book movie, which we first heard about earlier this summer, but without the pesky source material. Depp is starring in the film along with his daughter Lily-Rose Depp, who will lead the story alongside Smith's own teenage daughter Harley Quinn Smith (named after the Batman character). Production begins this week on the action adventure which is actually a spin-off of Smith's forthcoming horror flick Tusk, and the two teenage girl characters appear in the film as convenience store clerks, which is a little more than fortuitous.
Back during Comic-Con, director Jon Schepp made the timely debut of a trailer for his gestating documentary The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? Now we get another glimpse of the doc which is still in production and looking for help with a FanBacked campaign. For those who don't know, the film is about the failed attempt by director Tim Burton to create a new Superman film with Nicolas Cage as the DC Comics superhero. This new trailer focuses on the crazy vision for the film that included monsters, weird landscapes, a translucent, Sigfried & Roy-style Superman suit, and much more insanity.
Late night hosts Jimmy Fallon and Conan O'Brien have already paid tribute to the late comedian Robin Williams, a man who was an inspiration to them both, making his mark as the best late night talk show guest ever. Now the more seasoned David Letterman has stepped up, taking a week to gather his thoughts, with an extended tribute from "The Late Show" on CBS the program that he will be leaving behind at the end of the year. It's a heartfelt tribute from a man who is a comedy legend in his own right, and spent some wild and wacky time with Williams at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City over the years. Watch!
Though author Stephen King may not be at the top of his game lately, that hasn't stopped him from being a prominent force in pop culture on film and television. Every year there's a new adaptation of one of his books or short stories, and this year is no different. But this time, King actually wrote the screenplay for A Good Marriage, a pretty conventional thriller starring Joan Allen and Anthony LaPaglia. The film follows a happy couple whose seemingly perfect life is thrown into upheaval when Darcy (Allen) discovers that her husband may actually secretly be a serial killer. Seems pretty bland and generic to me. Watch it?
While it seems like Disney's new live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book is ahead of the curve with a fall 2015 release date and a fully assembled cast that includes Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong'o, Christopher Walken, Giancarlo Esposito, Idris Elba, Ben Kingsley and Bill Murray, the competing adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's classic is marching onward. Earlier this month, the studio dated Jungle Book: Origins for release in October of 2016, and now they have their first cast member as THR reports Benedict Cumberbatch will voice the tiger Shere Khan, the man-eating villain of the film directed by Andy Serkis.
Following the start of production on Ant-Man yesterday, along with the addition of Judy Greer, Bobby Cannavale and John Slattery to the cast of Marvel's Phase Three comic book film, we have our first look at the superhero story. Paul Rudd plays a thief named Scott Lang who will go on to become a superhero with the help of scientist and mentor Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), and now we get to see him looking rugged before he takes a turn towards being a hero. He's got some kind of cut on his face, and looks like he's getting ready for a heist. It's not much, but we're glad Marvel got this out there before spy photos emerged. Look!