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Next year we'll see "Game of Thrones" star Emilia Clarke get into some big screen action in Terminator: Genisys, and Sam Claflin will reprise his charismatic role as Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I this fall. Now Deadline reports the two British stars have landed the lead roles in Me Before You, the adaptation of Jojo Moyes novel of the same name that MGM and Warner Bros. have set for a release in August of 2015. Tom Hiddleston was mentioned to be in the running for the male lead when he was being courted for the remake of Ben-Hur, but it sounds like Claflin won out in the end. Read on!
"If my picture is on the poster, maybe your kids shouldn't watch it!" The argument of whether or not Hollywood or bad parenting is the reason that people, more specifically kids, become violent or partake in other questionable behavior will never end. Do kids do bad things because they see it in movies, or is it because parents don't monitor what they're watching or explain what's right or wrong? Plenty have an argument one way or the other, but Samuel L. Jackson has some more specific advice when it comes to the kind of movies kids are consuming, mainly because he's getting blamed for all the bad behavior. Watch!
Not too long ago, we heard that Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe might team up with Iron Man 3 director Shane Black for The Nice Guys, a 70s set murder conspiracy thriller. Now Deadline has confirmed that the film will be Black's next project, complete with the aforementioned two leading men in the starring roles, and Warner Bros. has picked up the film that is being produced by Joel Silver and set it for release on June 17th, 2016. That's a prime summer release date, so the studio must be pretty confident in the film that Black also wrote himself years ago along with Anthony Bagarozzi. So what's it about?
After making his English-language debut with Stoker last year, director Park Chan-wook will get back in Korean mode for a new thriller, an adaptation of Sarah Waters' novel Fingersmith. ScreenDaily reports the film is Chan-wook's next project and hopes to start casting this month with production planned sometime in the first half of 2015. The film will go by the title Agashi overseas (which means "young lady" or "miss"), but an English title has yet to be decided. It also marks Chan-wook's return to Korean films after six years away, spending his time making short films in addition to the aforementioned Sundance thriller.
Following the unveiling of the finalists vying for a spot in ABCs of Death 2, the horror anthology sequel featuring 26 different filmmakers at the helm of horror shorts inspired by the alphabet, the first red band trailer has arrived. But this isn't your average restricted trailer as it's being touted as an "extreme" red band trailer. And we gotta be honest, it's more than a little bloody, and it has some super gruesome moments, making it absolutely NSFW. Basically, if you had fun with the first film, then this looks like more of the same craziness, just with 26 all-new directors bringing all sorts of new horror goodness this time. Watch!
This past summer, fans of the action thriller series 24 were treated to a revival of the Fox show in the form of "24: Live Another Day," a limited series return of Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer. And it turns out the success and reception of the shorter season has resulted in renewed interest in making the long-gestating big screen adaptation of the series finally happen. Director Antoine Fuqua was once attached to the project, but last year he said it was dead in the water, and that was after it had been delayed from the previous year (and several times before that). But now Imagine Entertainment seems keen on making it happen again.
Back towards the beginning of the summer, we got word that Steven Soderbergh would still be involved with the production of Magic Mike XXL, the sequel to the surprise male-stripping hit from 2012. Soderbergh isn't directing this time (Greg Jacobs has that job), but instead will serve as director of photography and editor. And now it sounds like production is beginning, at least for the Second Unit as the filmmaker posted a picture to Twitter over Labor Day weekend showing that he was getting into a helicopter for some standard aerial photography, likely for establishing shots, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Look!
"Killin' martians, baby." The most recent trailer for Monsters: Dark Continent, the sequel to Godzilla director Gareth Edwards' breakthrough indie sensation, showed off the larger scale story at the center of the follow-up. Now we get to see even more action as we follow a group of soldiers tasked with taking down some of the creatures across the globe. Thankfully though, it doesn't seem like they've completely thrown out the character-driven angle that made the first film so great as there seem to be hints of drama akin to Zero Dark Thirty or Black Hawk Down. This actually looks pretty decent, so we hope it ends up in the US.
"I see the devil inside him!" Following the first trailer for the horror action adventure Dracula Untold not too long ago, a new trailer from Japan has surfaced, showing a bit more of the desperate transformation Luke Evans makes in order to save his family and people from a tyrannical ruler. There's a lot of the same beats from the first trailer here, but this time they don't shove the fact that this is Dracula down your throat until the title appears at the end (and it has a different title too). Frankly, I'm still not completely sold on this flick, and I have a hunch that it's not going to do very well at the box office next month. Watch below!
"Rome is finished, my friend." Pier Paolo Pasolini is one of the most iconic filmmakers Italy has ever produced, and he also had his hands in many other arenas as a poet, novelist, journalist, playwright, actor, painter, philosopher, and more. Now Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man, Out of the Furnace) will bring him to life in the aptly titled Pasolini, the latest film from Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant, Mulberry St.). The film chronicles the final days of Pasolini's life and the events surrounding his murder. Now the first trailer for the film has arrived (the film plays at TIFF), and this looks to be a promising turn from Dafoe. Watch!
The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival will see some big films debuting in Canada, but there's also plenty of lower key flicks that festival goers should take notice of. One such film seems to be Cub, part of the Midnight Madness section at the festival. The film follows a group of Cub Scouts who find themselves stalked by a psychopathic huntsman who has riddled the forest with ingenious and deadly traps. The film comes from Belgium, and unfortunately there's no subtitles for the ominous scout song being sung in the trailer, but once you see the trailer, you realize that it's not really necessary to get the right vibe. Watch!
There has been so much buzz and success for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy since the film hit theaters last month. The sci-fi action flick just topped the box office again this past weekend, and is now the highest grossing film (domestically) of the year so far. Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr. recently praised the film saying that it might be Marvel's best one yet. And the demand for a cute dancing Groot toy has resulted in the real thing. Now we figured we show off some fun from before the film was made with Karen Gillan shaving her head to play the bald, cybernetically enhanced villain Nebula, daughter of Thanos. Cutting that long, gorgeous red hair clearly wasn't easy, and that's serious dedication on Gillan's part. Watch below!
A remake of John Carpenter's revered action thriller Escape from New York has been gestating for years, but no one seems to be able to get it off the ground. The most recent attempt in the works was reported about a year and a half ago with Studio Canal teaming with super producer Joel Silver (The Matrix, Lethal Weapon) and his Silver Pictures banner to start from scratch on the project. Now it sounds like they're making some progress as a rumor from Starlog (via Badass Digest) has surfaced saying that Pacific Rim and recently crowned King Arthur star Charlie Hunnam is the top contender to play Snake Plissken. Read on!
We just got word that Wes Ball's adaptation of the young adult novel The Maze Runner will heading to IMAX theaters the same day it hits standard theaters on September 19th. But the film will also be the first to try out a new projection system that could make the big screen experience even more immersive. THR has word that digital cinema maker Barco and their new Escape projection configuration will debut to the public with a little help from The Maze Runner. The film will be the first feature that has been specifically modified to project extra elements on two other screens to the left and right of the center screen. Read on!