Don't mess with this guy. We're due for a trailer sometime by the end of the year, until then this will have to hold us over. Columbia Pictures has debuted the first look at Denzel Washington in Antoine Fuqua's The Equalizer, adapted from the 80's CBS show. The project has been in development for years and was finally filmed in and around Boston, MA earlier this year. Two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington plays Robert McCall, a veteran covert operative who, seeking redemption, quits the his agency and puts a classified ad in the newspaper that reads simply: "Got a problem? Odds against you? Call the Equalizer." Nice gun, McCall.
First things first, if you haven't seen You're Next yet, it's one of the best horror-thrillers in years and worth a watch. Once you're familiar with that film, you can prepare yourself for this first look at Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett's next film, an action-thriller titled The Guest. The film was just announced as one of the eight Park City at Midnight premieres at the Sundance 2014 in January, and these three new first look photos go hand in hand with that reveal. It's hard to piece together what exactly we're seeing, but these do present an interesting first look at what should be another kick ass film from Wingard and Barrett.
"If it's in a word, or it's in a look... you can't get rid of the Babadook." Well, what do we have here? One of the eight films announced in the Park City at Midnight category of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival is an Australian horror-thriller called The Babadook. The description doesn't sound like much, but these first photos say otherwise. It's about a single mother who battles with "her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house", but the coolest part is the little kid, Samuel - who's wearing some kind of catapult backpack and carrying a crossbow. All I know is that these photos look damn cool, I really want to see this because of 'em.
What other hidden gems can we discover early in the first Sundance 2014 announcement? How about a comedy where Aubrey Plaza (of Mystery Team, Funny People, Safety Not Guaranteed, "Parks & Rec") plays Dane DeHaan's girlfriend Beth, who he keeps as his girlfriend after she becomes a zombie. It's titled Life After Beth (nice) and does indeed star Plaza as a zombie. The ensemble cast includes more excellent names like John C. Reilly, Paul Reiser, Anna Kendrick, Alia Shawkat and Molly Shannon. Hopefully not too similar to Warm Bodies, this does sound interesting, we'll catch it at Sundance in January. First look below.
Meet Mickey - he's in trouble. Another good first look at another interesting film premiering at Sundance 2014. This one is the feature directing debut of "Mad Men's" Roger Sterling, actor John Slattery. The film is titled God's Pocket, based on the Peter Dexter novel, and stars Philip Seymour Hoffman as Mickey, a guy who gets in over his head when he tries to cover-up the accidental death of his stepson, Leon. The cast includes a couple of other fun actors, including: Richard Jenkins, Christina Hendricks (in lingerie of course), John Turturro, Caleb Landry Jones and Eddie Marsan. I'm intrigued, I'll see this at the fest.
Hell yes, this looks awesome. Another peculiar film just announced at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival is a film called Whiplash. We have written about this once before, and it has nothing to do with the Iron Man villain. Whiplash stars Miles Teller (Footloose, Project X, The Spectacular Now) as a "talented young drummer", who, "under the direction of a ruthless instructor" being played by J.K. Simmons, "begins to pursue perfection at any cost, even his humanity." Damn. If that doesn't sound cool enough, these six first look photos should do it. This is selected as the opening night film of Sundance, which honestly is a bit of a concern, but I still have a good feeling this will be something quite unique if not very memorable. See below.
One of the many interesting films just announced as part of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival line-up is one called Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter, starring Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi (Babel, The Brothers Bloom, Pacific Rim, 47 Ronin) and pretty much her alone (the cast lists no one else). The film, directed by actor-writer-filmmaker David Zellner, is about a Japanese girl who becomes "convinced that a satchel of money buried in a fictional film is, in fact, real." That film is actually Fargo, as you might have guessed, and it's actually based on a real story from back in 2001 (read more on the girl here & here). We have some first look photos from Sundance to go along with the announcement (congrats!), so check them out below.
In case you didn't notice, we updated our post featuring the leaked triptych poster for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 with the official high-resolution version, and it offers a pretty crazy glimpse of Dane DeHaan as Green Goblin. While we're still not sure how all three of the villains featured on the poster will come into play in this sequel, we have some new images of Spider-Man in action, including a couple shots of him in Electro's lair (though one looks like a screenshot from a video game). In addition, there's a photo of Jamie Foxx in Times Square after turning all electric blue. Come back for the first trailer in just two days.
Next year we'll see Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter star Dominic Cooper in some big blockbusters like DreamWorks' Need for Speed, and apparently in some kind return as Howard Stark in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. But earlier in the year, the actor will lead a low key thriller called Reasonable Doubt. Funnily enough, the film also features Marvel regular Samuel L. Jackson in the story of a District Attorney (Cooper) who has his life turned upside down when he's involved in a hit and run and another man is arrested for his crime and charged with murder. But it's what happens after the trial that makes for a truly terrifying scenario for this DA. Now we have some first look photos from the early 2014 thriller just below.
Earlier this week, the cover of Empire magazine featured the new design of Autobots leader Optimus Prime in Transformers: Age of Extinction, along with lead cast members Mark Wahlberg, Jack Reynor and Nicola Peltz. Now we have some more photos from that same issue that show off the new Bumblebee, Optimus Prime and some Autobots rolling up to a wrecked car (maybe a fallen comrade), and some of the action scenes being directed by Michael Bay. We're still not sure what to expect from this sequel, but it would be nice to get a tease of Dinobots. But maybe that will come with a trailer whenever it arrives. Look!
Right now, James Franco and Seth Rogen are filming The Interview, the film about a handsome talk show host (Franco) and his producer (Rogen) who find themselves in way over their heads when they get involved in a plot to assassinate the leader of North Korea. Well, we just noticed a first look photo from the set of the film giving us a glimpse at the character Franco is playing, along with a CIA training facility that he and Rogen in which they will get trained to kill. These photos were released last month, but we noticed them because of an amazing shot-for-shot remake of Kanye West's most recent silly and indulgent music video with Kim Kardashian. Let's just say Franco and Rogen get pretty intimate, and it's hilarious. Look!
Over a year ago, we got a first look at Arnold Schwarzenegger in the action thriller Ten from director David Ayer (End of Watch, Street Kings), but now the film is called Sabotage and we have some more photos from the film. The film follows an elite DEA task force who find themselves being taken out one by one after they rob a drug cartel safe house. The first photo only featured Schwarzenegger, but now some new photos show us some of his team, though the only ones we can pick out seem to be Joe Manganiello (Magic Mike) and Mireille Enos (World War Z), but Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard, Josh Holloway and more are also in the movie. It looks like there's going to be some kick-ass action in this one.
Over the summer, we learned about Kevin Smith's strange new horror film Tusk, based on a real newspaper article he had read about a man who was lost at sea for six months with a walrus and was now looking for a roommate. But there's a catch: the resident was required to wear a walrus costume for 2 hours a day, acting like his former aquatic friend. Smith called the film a "cuddly version of The Human Centipede," and he's been in production on the film since November 4th, and he's only got a few more days of shooting in order as production will wrap on Friday. Smith has been posting some boring photos from the set (though no sight of stars Justin Long and Michael Parkes just yet), but his latest is awesome. Look!
By now, it would be news if Christopher Nolan wasn't shooting part of his film using IMAX cameras. Since utilizing the large format film on The Dark Knight, the director has taken advantage of the beautiful tools from IMAX to deliver some amazing imagery to the big screen. Now he's at it again with the sci-fi flick Interstellar, which follows a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage. Now we have a first glimpse at something awesome Nolan is doing with the IMAX camera this time. Look!