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The building block game Minecraft just got picked up for film treatment, and now the hit Playstation 3 video game The Last of Us is poised to hit the big screen as well. Deadline has word that Screen Gems, the company behind the Resident Evil franchise, will distribute a live-action adaptation of the pandemic ravaged open world game with Sam Raimi and his Ghost House Pictures banner producing. The game studio Naughty Dog will have their co-presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra working as the "creative architects" along with the game's creative director Neil Druckmann and director Bruce Straley.
Though the first batch of trailers and most recent "We're Doing a Sequel" musical number seem to promise a great sequel in Muppets Most Wanted, we wish there were some parody trailers in the same vein as the promotions for The Muppets. Those trailers took aim at Green Lantern, The Hunger Games and other popular films of the time with all the fun of The Muppets. Well, now we get a small taste of that parody style with some posters from across that pond that have blended Kermit the Frog with a couple James Bond posters and other action/spy thrillers. They're pretty awesome, and we wish there were more of them. Look!
"That there is a dame to kill for." Some recent first look photos popped up showing off the return of Mickey Rourke and Jessica Alba in Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, not to mention a glimpse of Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Now we get to see more of them and a much better look into the sequel, including the first looks at Ray Liotta, Eva Green, Powers Boothe, and Dennis Haysbert stepping in for Michael Clarke Duncan. As expected, the visuals are gorgeous, and this looks like the Sin City sequel we've all been waiting for from Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller. It's short and sweet, but that's all we need now. Watch!
This spring, Johnny Depp will become one with a computer in Transcendence, and the second trailer for the directorial debut from cinematographer Wally Pfister certainly showed off the scale of this technological thriller. The film isn't too far away from hitting theaters, and now the hype machine is getting a little more generic and safe in trying to get audiences interested. A new poster has just arrived and it makes full use of Depp's handsome face, but almost as if the poster was accessed by dial-up, half of the image is pixelated. I still think this film feels like a 90s thriller with contemporary technology, but we'll see.
Can Tom Hardy make driving in a car for an hour and a half compelling? If the quotes in this first domestic trailer for the real-time thriller Locke are to be believed, then then answer is affirmative. While the trailer does seem a bit silly since it uses quick cuts to Hardy driving a car from different angles and in various states of distress, it does sounds like his character is dealing with a lot of pressure from several different angles. Taking the isolated setting and single-character style of Buried and adding an actor like Hardy into the mix is what truly makes this seem like a promising film, but we'll find out this spring. Watch!
After playing at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, the indie rock comedy Frank is poised to hit theaters sometime this year after Magnolia Pictures picked up the film starring Michael Fassbender. Since the film is already slated for a release in the United Kingdom on May 9th, that's where the first trailer for the film comes from, and it perfectly showcases the quirky, hilarity that makes this such an endearing comedy. But if you're hoping to see Fassbender's handsome face alongside Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Scott McNairy, you're in for a surprise, because he's got quite a special accessory. Watch!
Later this year we'll see Anton Corbijn's recent adaptation of A Most Wanted Man, featuring one of the final performances from the late Philip Seymour Hoffman (read my review from Sundance here). But right now the director is working on a much different project, focusing on the real-life relationship of James Dean (Dane DeHaan) and photographer Dennis Stock (Robert Pattinson) in the film Life. Now we have a first look photo of the two young stars in the film that follows Stock as he meets Dean, shooting photos of him around the country, and slowly coming out of depression due to regret for being an estranged father.
"Movies don't really build things like this anymore." While much of the talk about Noah after the film hits theaters will likely and pointlessly revolved around the film's accuracy to The Bible and various other religious qualms, some attention should be paid to its achievement in filmmaking. And one such impressive element is the constructions of the ark at the center of the film. The first featurette for Darren Aronofsky's epic focuses on how they made part of this giant ship a reality, taking one year to design and six months to build it. Visual effects complete the ark, but this practical set piece is awesome. Watch below!
We just recently saw a cool featurette showing Benedict Cumberbatch doing motion-capture work to play the titular dragon in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Now another look behind the scenes has popped up looking at the somewhat silly, but impressive dwarf barrel escape sequence from the sequel that feels almost straight out of a Steven Spielberg film. Peter Jackson pops up on set as this featurette shows a combination of the footage shot and the visual effects that came together to make this fun sequence work on the big screen. It's a short featurette, but it shows just how much went into this small part of the film.
Originally slated for release last year around awards season, The Weinstein Company decided to delay Grace of Monaco to a March release. However, the film was pulled from that release as well in favor of a premiere at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival this summer. That might mean that The Weinstein Company is looking to give the film an awards season theatrical run this year instead, but we'll have to wait and see how the film does at its festival debut overseas. In the meantime, we have a new trailer from the United Kingdom to see how Nicole Kidman fares as Grace Kelly, getting involved with the monarchy in Monaco. Watch it!
After a breakthrough performance in the Best Picture nominated Beasts of the Southern Wild, young actress Quvenzhané Wallis is getting musical in this contemporary adaptation of the classic musical Annie. With a story that puts the adorable orphan in the care of Will Stacks, just in time to help his New York mayoral campaign, everything about this updated, urban on the material feels too phony, and so do Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz. Wallis is cute as Annie, and she's certainly grown up a bit since her indie debut, but this film doesn't look like anything special, and the singing sounds way too artificially poppy. Watch?
Last year, IMAX delivered some cool posters for Star Trek Into Darkness, Pacific Rim and Riddick as part of their new Fanfix program for certain big releases on the giant screen. Now we have our first Fanfix poster of the year for the impending release of the young adult sci-fi adaptation of Divergent. This time the poster takes a comic book style approach to the train-jumping scene that we've seen in the trailers, complete with an illustrated Shailene Woodley. It's not the coolest poster, but we're sure those flying birds have some sort of significance for fans. Get this poster at the first IMAX screenings of the film on March 20th.
Late last year we learned that Juan Antonio Bayona, better known as J.A. Bayona, would step into the director's chair for the gestating sequel to World War Z at Paramount Pictures. However, before that project gets off the ground, The Wrap reports Bayona has been tapped to direct A Monster Calls, based on the novel of the same name by author Patrick Ness of the Chaos Walking trilogy. The project sounds remarkably different than his work on The Impossible as it follows 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.
Our first glimpse at the thriller Locke came in the form of a trailer from the United Kingdom where the film hits theaters a week early, but tomorrow we'll get the first domestic trailer for the Venice Film Festival selection starring Tom Hardy. However, this thriller is unique in that it's set entirely in a car and unfolds in real time. Our own Alex Billington caught the film at Sundance and said, "This is one of those must see it to believe it unique concepts for a film, and it's actually pretty damn good." We're anxious to see just what the trailer can show off since it's all set in this one car, but until that arrives, see the poster below. Look!