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Back towards the end of August, we learned that there might be some changes made to the roster of The Avengers at the conclusion of next summer's sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron (watch the teaser trailer right here). Reportedly, that's because Marvel wants to have a different team in place so that some of the contracted members of the original assembly of heroes still have a movie left in their contract for something else coming down the road the the comic book studio's cinematic universe. Now Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige has confirmed that The Avengers roster will be different at the end of Age of Ultron.
We just learned that Jordan Peele and Keegan Michael Key, the comedy duo better known as Key & Peele, would finally team up together on the big screen for Keanu, the story of a group of friends who must enter the criminal underworld to retrieve a kidnapped cat. However, each of the guys have projects of their own that they do without each other all the time. Most of those projects have been small roles in various comedies over the past few years, but now Peele has his sights set on getting behind the camera and switching genres. Speaking to Playboy (via Badass Digest), Peele revealed a desire to take a stab at horror.
The Weinstein Company just recently pulled their family film Paddington from the original Christmas Day release date to arrive in the middle of January 2015 instead. But since the film is still on track for release around Thanksgiving in the United Kingdom, a new trailer form across the pond has just arrived. And what makes this trailer much better than the first is that Ben Whishaw (Skyfall) can finally be heard as the voice of the title bear (he replaced Colin Firth after a "conscious uncoupling" occurred). This still looks pretty silly and childish, but movies like this always pop up around the holidays for the kids, so there ya go.
Even though Kevin Smith's peculiar horror film Tusk may have bombed hard at the box office (even though that some how helped him get financing for Clerks III), that's not stopping him from marching onward and making the films he had planned to follow in the new film series being called his True North Trilogy. As we learned in August, the next film is Yoga Hosers, and it will star Harley Quinn Smith and Lily-Rose Depp, the respective daughters of Smith and Johnny Depp. We knew the latter actor also had a role in the film, and now Smith has revealed he'll be on screen this time, but with a big change. Look!
We're still waiting to see when the latest film from director Spike Lee, a non-traditional vampire flick called Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, will hit theaters, but there's still plenty of work the filmmaker has done that you can see right now. Lee directed the stand-up specials Katt Williams: Priceless and Jerrod Carmichael: Love at the Store (both are available on HBO right now), and he was also behind the camera for a great little documentary short called I Throw Like a Girl. The 16-minute doc focuses on Mo'ne Davis, a 13-year old Little League pitcher who made waves at the Little League World Series this past summer. She's awesome.
Since Kevin Smith's Tusk couldn't last in theaters over a couple weeks, maybe Justin Long will have better luck with a six-year spanning romance in Comet. The indie premiered at The Los Angeles Film Festival and follows a complicated relationship between the uptight Dell (Long) and a bright young girl named Kimberly (Emmy Rossum of "Shameless"). Set in a parallel universe, the film bounces back and forth over the course of an unlikely romance that lasts six years and moves from Paris to New York, but not before it all starts at Hollywood Forever during a meteor shower. This looks like a pretty great indie romance. Watch!
After directing Captain Phillips last year, filmmaker Paul Greengrass is ready to reach further into the past for another true story drama, this time overseas as opposed to at sea. Variety has word that FilmNation has attached Greengrass to direct The Tunnels, based on a book proposal by Greg Mitchell that the production banner just snagged the rights to. Saving Private Ryan producer Mark Gordon is also on board the film which chronicles a great escape story following a group of West Germans who are trying to get their families out of East Berlin before the infamous wall falls in 1989 and they get some unlikely help.
After once being slated to play the Mad Hatter's father in Through the Looking Glass, the sequel to Tim Burton's adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, Tony Award winner Mark Rylance ended up not taking the role, and it went to Rhys Ifans of The Amazing Spider-Man. However, Rylance did end up getting a role in Steven Spielberg's forthcoming Cold War thriller with Tom Hanks. And it turns out to have been a great move for the actor because DreamWorks has announced that Rylance has also landed the title role in The BFG, the adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic novel that will also be adapted by Steven Spielberg. Read on!
You might not expect a vampire western to come out of a country like Iran, but here we are with the first trailer for an indie called A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, one of the official selections of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival from earlier this year. This is a genre film through and through to the point that the trailer almost feels like it was directed by a young, foreign Quentin Tarantino or Robert Rodriguez. The press release cites influences from spaghetti westerns, horror and Iranian New Wave, and that's all perfectly on display here. This looks like a foreign film to go out of your way to see whenever possible. Watch now!
After being in the running for the role of Doctor Strange this past summer, and then falling away for a few months, "Sherlock" and Star Trek Into Darkness star Benedict Cumberbatch is now in talks with Marvel to take the lead role in their Phase Three film. Previously, Joaquin Phoenix was the top pick, but a deal wasn't finalized. Marvel has been considering various names since then, and right now they're just trying to figure out if they can work around Cumberbatch's schedule in order to get him in the film directed by Scott Derrickson (Sinister) and written by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus). That's some positively great news!
Just a couple months ago we learned that Harry Potter franchise star Emma Watson would team with Rush star Daniel Bruhl for the thriller Colonia, unfolding in the midst of the Chilean military coup of 1973. Well, production is already underway on the film from director Florian Gallenberger (Honolulu and City of War: The Story of John Rabe) and a fist look photo has just been released, revealing that Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and foreign Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy star Michael Nyqvist also stars in the film. In the photo, he seems angry and threatening Watson in a church. Look now!
There may not be a new movie from Terrence Malick this year (we never really know when his films are going to arrive), but his protégé, director A.J. Edwards has delivered The Better Angels, a coming of age drama focusing on historical icon Abraham Lincoln. But rather than looking at his presidential years, the black and white film looks at the formative years of the future emancipator, his family, the hardships that shaped him, the tragedy that marked him forever, and the two women who guided him to immortality. There's a large influence of Malick in style and storytelling, so this won't be for everybody, but the theatrical trailer looks good. Jason Clarke, Diane Kruger and newcomer Braydon Denney star in the film.
The teaser posters for Ridley Scott's latest epic, Exodus: Gods & Kings, left plenty to be desired since they made the film look like some kind of Las Vegas stage show. Thankfully, these new posters for the film are better, though still uninspired. Both Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton each get their own poster with a unique tagline. And then there's one more that has them facing off in battle, and they each get a different tagline. They're nothing special, but few posters are nowadays. But clearly Ramses (Edgerton) was born into his role while Moses (Bale) is just following his destiny, so do with that information what you will.
Though directing duo Phil Lord & Chris Miller won't be returning to direct The LEGO Movie 2, they were previously confirmed to produce the film that will be helmed by the first film's behind the scenes co-director Chris McKay. Now Deadline has word that Lord & Miller will be a little more involved with the sequel because Warner Bros. has also signed them on to write the film. That's the best way to ensure the brilliant creativity and originality that made the first film so great is still around in the sequel. Ever since the sequel was said to be in development, that was my biggest concern but now everything is awesome.