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If yesterday's new poster for The Avengers: Age of Ultron didn't do anything for you, maybe a new character poster featuring Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man will tickle your fancy. In the background, we see one of the locations glimpsed in the trailer, which is believed to be tied to Baron von Strucker (who Thomas Kretschmann played in the credits sequence of Captain America The Winter Soldier). In addition, when Downey debuted the poster on his Twitter and Facebook pages, he added a messaged that teases some kind of big announcement coming in eight days. Could it be an Iron Man sequel or something else? Look!
Earlier this month, we got a first look at Frozen Fever, an animated short featuring the characters from the 2013 animated Disney musical hit Frozen. Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad are all lending their voices to the little story that will debut only in theaters with Cinderella on March 13th, and now a quick teaser of the short has arrived, complete with a sneak peek at the new original song from Oscar winners Robert Lopez & Kristen Anderson-Lopez. It basically shows the scenes that were teased in the first stills, plus a little more. It looks like it'll be a nice treat for Frozen fans. Watch below!
We've seen the lives of musicians like James Brown, Ray Charles and Johnny Cash played out on the big screen in the past decade, and now one more iconic act will have his story told too. Brian Wilson was the frontman of the iconic pop rock band The Beach Boys, and now we'll see his life played out in Love & Mercy, a film that sees Paul Dano and John Cusack playing the singer at different points in his life. We go from his early days starting the iconic band to the later years of his life when Wilson struggled with mental instability and substance abuse. The film played at TIFF last year, and now a teaser trailer is here.
After teaming with Seth Rogen for last summer's hilarious comedy Neighbors, former Disney Channel star Zac Efron is joining forces with another popular comedy star, this time from television, for his next big screen comedy. Just last month we learned Efron was signed on to lead Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates, a feature comedy at 20th Century Fox, but he still needed a co-star to take the other title role. Now THR reports it will be "Workaholics" co-creator and star Adam DeVine taking the role opposite Efron in the story of two brothers who try to find dates for their cousin's wedding by posting an ad on Craigslist.
Even though it took Susanne Bier's drama Serena starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence a long time to get to theaters, it looks like his TIFF-selected thriller A Second Chance will have a much more satisfying fate. "Game of Thrones" star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau stars in the film about Andreas, a Danish cop living a happy life with his wife and their newborn baby, who tries to save another infant from a neglectful home by kidnapping the child from its troubled parents. Soon Andreas' happy life begins to crumble, leaving him with some tough decisions. This looks like a pretty powerful dramatic thriller. Watch!
Another mutant has joined the ranks of X-Men: Apocalypse. Just after Dawn of the Planet of the Apes star Kodi Smit-McPhee was hired to play Nightcrawler in the next installment of the X-Men series, albeit in a new timeline, The Wrap reports Ben Hardy, the British television star of the UK series "EastEnders," is in talks for a key role in the film. Funnily enough, Hardy was up for the role of young Cyclops before it went to Tye Sheridan, and there have been rumblings that he might play a young version of Angel. However, the source notes that other insiders say that he's playing another mutant, though specifics are under wraps.
"I know you're angry Tris, but you're letting it consume you." If you're one of those fans who just can't wait for the arrival of The Divergent Series: Insurgent next month, the movie is a little bit more within reach as tickets are now on sale for the sci-fi sequel starring Shailene Woodley. And with that news also comes the final trailer for the film, showing that Tris (Woodley) is becoming consumed with anger, and she better get it in check if she's going to stay in control. Meanwhile, it looks like Ansel Elgort won't be offering help this time, despite being her brother, and Miles Teller may or may not be trustworthy. Watch!
It sounds like there's going to be some powerful female talent for The Huntsman, the prequel to the 2012 fantasy adventure Snow White and the Huntsman. Chris Hemsworth is returning in the title role, with Charlize Theron back as Queen Ravenna, and Emily Blunt was previously reported to join the cast as a new villain as well. Now Deadline reports A Most Violent Year and Interstellar star Jessica Chastain is joining the cast as a love interest for Hemsworth's character. This is such a great cast, but the dullness of the first film is keeping me from actually being excited to see what they do in this stark fairytale universe. Read on!
There's been a change in directors for the developing sequel to last year's animated hit The LEGO Movie. Nearly a year ago, Chris McKay, who essentially co-directed the original with Phil Lord & Chris Miller, was hired to be at the helm of The LEGO Movie 2. But since then, Warner Bros. Pictures has done some shuffling. Previously, the sequel was dated for May 26th, 2017, but that's when the LEGO Batman spin-off (which will now be directed by McKay instead) will arrive, which means The LEGO Movie 2 will now arrive on May 25th, 2018. And following the release date change last fall, THR reports "Community" and "The Mindy Project" director Rob Schrab will now be at the helm of the animated film for his feature debut.
This summer will see Paramount Pictures bring Terminator: Genisys to the big screen, and the studio already has two sequels in the works dated for May 19th, 2017 and June 19th, 2018. That close of a schedule could mean the sequels will be shot back-to-back, but we don't know for sure. What we do know now is that Arnold Schwarzenegger will at least be back for the second film. The star of the original Terminator franchise recently spoke with The Arnold Fans, and he was asked whether or not he would be back for what will be the sixth film in the series. Schwarzenegger simply says, "Yes, of course, next year.”
After playing at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, the tribal martial arts flick The Dead Lands is headed to theaters this spring, and it just might put New Zealand on the map when it comes to action. The film features the traditional (and terrifying) Maori martial art of armed combat known as Mau rakau, making the film full of genuine culture as it's set in pre-colonial New Zealand. We got a glimpse of the film last year when it hit TIFF, and now a red band trailer has just surfaced to show off how brutal this flick can be. Between this and What We Do in the Shadows, there's good stuff coming out of New Zealand.
Pretty much everything came up Birdman at the 87th Academy Awards last weekend, with the exception of Michael Keaton not winning Best Actor. Director Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu took home Best Director, and the film also won Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture. And since the film is already available on Blu-Ray and DVD, clearly Fox Searchlight wants to keep the excitement going since a faux commercial for the official Birdman action figure, which Alex Billington received when the film hit theaters last fall. It's the kind of commercial you'd see for action figures in the 90s (and occasionally still see today). Watch!
Even though Sony Pictures has a lot to be happy about following their new deal to share Spider-Man, with Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige producing a new franchise for the webslinger, the studio is still recovering from a rough end to 2014. Sony Pictures was the victim of a major cyber attack that saw many embarrassing and revealing things revealed in private company documents and e-mails. Once the dust settled on the debacle, which included the threatened release of The Interview, the studio's longtime co-chair Amy Pascal stepped down from her position. And now a replacement has been found, but it doesn't sound good.
I have consciousness. I am alive. I am…LEGO? Next week we'll get to see Neill Blomkamp's latest sci-fi endeavor, Chappie, hit the big screen. Sharlto Copley voices an artificially intelligent robot who promises to be the source of a technological revolution. As he absorbs the world around him, he becomes more humanlike, for better or worse. While you won't be able to get your own robot like Chappie anytime soon, maybe you can try to make your own little LEGO version of the robot like master builder Eric Tsai. He's a cute, small building brick recreation of the robot, even appearing to have eyes thanks to a small piece.