Did you know that Russell Crowe (star of Noah) is currently directing his first film? Shooting is already underway, and Crowe is starring and directing the film about an Australian man who travels to Turkey after the Battle of Gallipoli to try and locate his three missing sons. It's titled The Water Diviner and the first official still arrived recently. They're currently shooting in Australia before going to Turkey, and this looks like an early moment with one of his sons. The supporting cast includes Turkish actors Yilmaz Erdogan (Once Upon a Time in Anatolia) and Cem Yilmaz (Hokkabaz), Oz actors Jai Courtney, Steve Bastoni, Isabel Lucas, Ryan Corr, Michael Dorman, plus Dylan Georgiades. It's a very nice first look, caught my attention.
Yesterday, we continually posted the magazine covers from Empire promoting the forthcoming summer release of X-Men: Days of Future Past. There are 25 total covers, but when the final one was revealed, we decided to separate it from the pack. Why? Because it's our first look at the sentinels of the future wreaking havoc on Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman and the rest of the X-Men originated by director Bryan Singer. They certainly don't look much like the retro design we've seen from Trask Industries, and have an almost surreal quality about them. Anyway, in addition we've also included a glimpse at the full panorama shot that is created when all of the magazine covers are put side-by-side. Look!
We've already seen one photo from Seth MacFarlane's western comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West, but we're still waiting for some sort of teaser trailer. In the meantime, we have a new photo from the film featuring Charlize Theron looking like wild west bad ass as she wields two pistols. Neil Patrick Harris, Amanda Seyfried and MacFarlane himself look off-screen, likely in awe at Theron's gunslinger talents. Seyfried looks a little more concerned than impressed though, so maybe Theron has just shot someone? Since this is a comedy, we won't know what we're dealing with until we get a trailer so stay tuned.
It's not often that I would call an adaptation one of my most anticipated, but there's something about this story that intrigues me, and this film has been a long time in the making. EW.com has debuted the first two photos from The Giver, adapted from Lois Lowry's novel, starring Jeff Bridges and most importantly, Brenton Thwaites as Jonas. Bridges has been developing this project for a while, and is producing as well as staring as "The Giver". The cast also includes Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgård, Taylor Swift and Katie Holmes, who aren't pictured yet. But this is a good first look, and we'll definitely be keeping our eye on this.
We've already gotten a peek at Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels back together in the sequel Dumb & Dumber To, coming 20 years after the 1994 contemporary comedy hit. Now we have the first official photo from the film directed by Peter & Bobby Farrelly, and it looks like Lloyd (Carrey) and Harry (Daniels) have traded out their old scooter for a statue of a deer. We're not exactly sure what's going on in this picture, or what that package is in Harry's hands, but it looks like the duo is having a good time. We're not sure if these new antics will shake a stick at the beloved original, but the film is still one I'm excited about. Look!
After playing Jackie Robinson on the big screen in 42, actor Chadwick Boseman is bringing another icon to life, this time in the music world. The Help director Tate Taylor is directing Get On Up, a biopic on the Godfather of Soul, James Brown. Boseman plays the energetic singer in the film that is currently shooting in Mississippi. Before passing in 2006, the project had Brown involved behind the scenes, so this should be a rather accurate portrayal of his life. But can Boseman deliver the iconic voice of Brown? Well, apparently Taylor will use a combination of Boseman's voice and an overlay of the singer's actual voice. Anyway, we have the first look photo featuring Boseman singing and Craig Robinson on the saxophone. Look below!
We already know that Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, the brother and sister heroes from the Marvel universe, are allowed to appear in both the X-Men franchises and The Avengers assembly since Fox and Marvel Studios share the rights. Aaron Taylor-Johnson is playing Quicksilver in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, but in X-Men: Days of Future Past, it's Evan Peters as the speedy hero. Now we have a first glimpse at him in the film in what seems to be an attempt to break Magneto (Michael Fassbender) out of some sort of prison. Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and Professor X (James McAvoy) are also in tow, and have walked into a snowy room. Is this some kind of mutant prison where they find a young Storm? Look!
While some fans are still reeling from how Ben Kingsley was used to bring the arch nemesis known as Mandarin to life on the big screen in Iron Man 3, many still think it was an inspired bit of writing, and really added a fun twist rather than delivering what we all expected. Now Kingsley is back as the villain, or more accurately, the actor who played him for pure theatricality. Marvel has a new One-Shot short film coming with Thor: The Dark World on Blu-Ray and DVD, and as we surmised last October when Kingsley teased a secret Marvel project, the short called All Hail the King does indeed focus on the character of Trevor Slattery (now in a familiar prison), and we have some of the first photos of the new short film. Look!
We just recently got a funny look at more of Muppets Most Wanted by way of an online promo using some amusing, fake Twitter hype. And for anyone who's already excited to see Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and all their Muppet pals back on the big screen with stars like Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey, there's something else to be excited about too. Attached to the Disney film will be Pixar Animation's short film Party Central, taking a cue from the Oozma Kappa fraternity from last year's Monsters University. The film took eight months to make and now we have a first look photo from the short film.
Before the New Year, we finally got a first look at Ben Affleck in director David Fincher's adaptation of Gone Girl, based on Gillian Flynn's best-selling novel of the same name. In the film, Affleck is looking for his missing wife (Rosamund Pike), but he also becomes the prime suspect in the case. Now we get another odd look at the film thanks to the film being the cover story for Entertainment Weekly. Seemingly taking cues from the iconic Rolling Stone cover with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, the cover has Affleck lovingly embracing a clearly dead Pike on a table at the morgue. It's kind of disturbing, but feels like Fincher's style.
After teaming up with Sandra Bullock for the hit comedy The Heat, and being at odds with Jason Bateman in Identity Thief, this time Melissa McCarthy will be alongside Susan Sarandon in Tammy. The comedy follows McCarthy as the titular character, completely down on her luck with no money, no husband, and no car. She's ready to get the hell out of town, but in order to do that, she'll have to deal with her grandmother Pearl (Sarandon), who has a car and some extra cash. Yes, it's a road trip comedy, and we've got the first photo of this disastrous duo, and they seem to behaving some police trouble at a liquor store.
It's been far too long since Adam Sandler took a break from his stupid comedies like Grown Ups 2, That's My Boy and other garbage we'd rather forget about. Thankfully, Sandler is getting back to some solid filmmaking akin to his praiseworthy turns in films like Punch-Drunk Love, Spanglish and Reign Over Me. Director Thomas McCarthy (Win Win, The Station Agent) has Sandler leading his film The Cobbler, and we have a first look photo from the film. Sandler certainly looks tired (that's probably the idea) sipping some coffee out in front of his shoe shop. Hopefully McCarthy and Sandler deliver a charming little flick.
"Big girls don't cryyy!" Take a gander at the first official photo from the Jersey Boys movie, being directed by Clint Eastwood (yea, really!) adapting the Tony-award winning Broadway musical that first hit the stages in New York in 2005. The big screen adaptation stars (most of these actors coming from Broadway) John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Vincent Piazza, and Michael Lomenda as "Franki Valli and the Four Seasons", seen below. They're singing in front of a big lit sign, which is similar to the set design from the musical involving elaborate moving set pieces that help tell the 1960s-set story. A trailer is due out soon.
Following a battle in space this year in Ender's Game and a forthcoming encounter with danger alongside Kevin Costner in Three Days to Kill, young actress Hailee Steinfeld is getting into some action of her own. Barely Lethal follows the True Grit star as a young girl raised at a boarding school that trains children to be assassins. But that life is all she's ever known, so she's completely out of her element when she moves to a small town and has to deal with the challenges of high school. Now we have some first look photos from the film that sounds like Hanna meets Kick-Ass, but will it be on par with those fun, stylish films? Look below!