Finally! Meet Doc Sportello - Joaquin Phoenix in Paul Thomas Anderson's new film Inherent Vice. Set in the 1970s, Doc is a marijuana-loving private eye and investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend in this "Cheech and Chong"-esque film from PTA - in theaters this winter. While we've featured one set photo previously, we've also been waiting patiently for an actual first look that isn't a set photo, and we finally have this: a shot from Entertainment Weekly, but it's something, as we get to see that impressive hairdo on Joaquin. I'm anxiously awaiting this mostly because it's PTA but it also sounds like so much fun.
As the Toronto International Film Festival looms closer, some images from the films that will be debuting at the Canadian showcase of cinema from around the world are trickling online. One of the more interesting titles is that of Maggie. Like Warm Bodies and Life After Beth, this film aims to put a new spin on the zombie genre by painting an intimate story of a father who vows to stay by his daughter's side as she turns into a flesh-eating zombie. Taking a father and daughter and using a zombie infection as a catalyst for drama should make for an interesting story, but we're a little skeptical with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the dramatic lead, even if he is paired with a talented young actress like Abigail Breslin. Look below now!
Following a first look at James Franco's forthcoming film The Sound and the Fury, a period drama that also stars Seth Rogen and Danny McBride and is premiering at the Venice Film Festival, we have a look at one of the actor's forthcoming starring roles currently in production. After going gay with a pivotal role in Milk previously, this time director Gus Van Sant is producing Michael, a drama which will see Franco playing Michael Glatze, a San Francisco gay activist who somehow evolved himself into an ex-gay Christian fundamentalist, as chronicled in the New York Times article "My Ex-Gay Friend" by Benoit Denizet-Lewis back in 2011. Now we have a first look photo from the set showing Franco at work, filming a scene. Look!
Normally when we see Seth Rogen, James Franco and Danny McBride get together, it's for outrageous comedies like Pineapple Express or the makeshift sequel from the apocalyptic hit This is The End. However, at the Venice Film Festival, we'll see the trio in a whole new light as they all have roles in Franco's adaptation of William Falkner's classic novel The Sound and the Fury. Franco is directing and starring in the film about the tragic crumbling of the Compson family decades ago. It's so odd seeing Rogen and McBride in period wardrobe like this, and we're very curious to see how they do in this kind of film. Look!
For a little while, it was up in the air so whether or not Christoph Waltz would have a role in the comedy sequel Horrible Bosses 2. But the actor was confirmed for a role in the film last fall, even though he didn't pop up in the teaser trailer back in July. But now, we finally get a good look at Waltz in the film as he chats with Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis on a golf course, with Chris Pine right behind him as his douchebag son. The dejected look on Bateman's face indicates this might be when the trio learn that Waltz is screwing over their new business venture, prompting their kidnapping of his son. Look!
Earlier this year we heard that Cast Away and Forrest Gump director Robert Zemeckis was teaming up with actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt to tell the story of Phillippe Petit, the man who did a high wire walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center back in 1974. The film was originally called To Reach the Clouds, based on Petit's book of the same name, but now it will be known as The Walk as it heads to theaters on October 2nd, 2015. Production just wrapped on the narrative film inspired by James Marsh's documentary Man on Wire, and two first look photos from the 2015 film have just emerged. Look below!
After first hearing about the project late last fall during the American Film Market, the drama 99 Homes from director Ramin Bahrani (At Any Price) will premiere at the Venice Film Festival later this month, not to mention screening at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. The films tars Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man) as a desperate blue-collar construction worker whose family is evicted when the bank forecloses on their home during the economic downturn. Michael Shannon (Man of Steel) plays a crooked real estate worker who has a risky deal to help Garfield get his house back. Look below!
Bring on more Aussie crime dramas. Scottish actor Ewan McGregor is very versatile - he can play hard or soft and always pull it off with grace. One of his upcoming movies is titled Son of a Gun, an Aussie crime drama about a youngster named JR, played by Brenton Thwaites who you can see starring in The Giver soon, that ends up working for "Australia's most notorious criminal, Brendan Lynch", or McGregor with a gnarly beard. This looks like a film David Michôd would be directing (see The Rover), but it's something fresh from newcomer Julius Avery, and hits theaters down in Oz in October (no US release yet). More below.
Get you first look at a likely awards contender this year. USA Today has unveiled a first look with two photos from Tim Burton's Big Eyes, which we have been hearing about for a while and is finally being readied for release in December. In the film, Amy Adams stars as real life painter Margaret Keane, along with Christoph Waltz as her husband, Walter Keane, who took credit for Margaret's works in the 1960s. The film is apparently something a bit different and perhaps more traditional for Burton, but looks like it might feature another fantastic performance by Adams, who was Oscar nominated for American Hustle last year.
Those of us who were online at the right time earlier this week were lucky enough to see the leaked footage of the test reel for a potential Deadpool movie that director Tim Miller and writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick put together with Ryan Renyolds. The footage has been around for awhile, and it's even leaked in better quality, but the timing after Comic-Con was perfect, and hopefully it showed 20th Century Fox just how keen people are to see the smart ass character hit the big screen without having his reputation sullied and his mouth sewn shut. Now we get a different look at the rest reel with a behind the scenes photo.
This weekend you should be checking out Guardians of the Galaxy, because it's just awesome (and let us know what you think afterwards too). It's the last film to hit before Phase Two's of Marvel's cinematic universe concludes with The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and it's been a long road to get here. At Marvel's Comic-Con panel last weekend, they wanted to remind everyone how they got here with a cool retrospective reel that starts with Iron Man back in 2007 and goes all the way through Guardians of the Galaxy today, finally revealing Josh Brolin as the villain Thanos, who is really going to shake things up. Watch below!
There's no doubt that after this weekend, Chris Pratt is going to be a household name as he leads the ragtag team of space thugs in Guardians of the Galaxy. And Universal Pictures and director Colin Trevorrow know that since a new photo from Jurassic World featuring only the "Parks & Recreation" star has just arrived. Again, there's still no dinosaurs, but it shows Pratt looking like a handsome leading man, peering through the bars of what is likely the cage to an unseen dinosaur. He certainly has the hero look down, and in this photo, he seems like a viable Indiana Jones replacement if he got the chance. Look!
For the past few years we've been highlighting an annual filmmaking contest called Jameson First Shot, which has allowed budding filmmakers to get their chance to break into Hollywood working with the likes of actor Kevin Spacey and producer Dana Brunetti. The contest from late last year have completed production on their films and all three are now available for viewing. Each one stars Uma Thurman in a new role, and they're each quite fun. The Mundane Goddess follows the story of Hera, queen of the Greek Gods, who seeks answers from a therapist about her boring home life. The Gift follows the character Miss Anderson, who works at a city department store wrapping gifts. Jump! is set during 48 hours at a psychiatric facility, where Jack meets Wendy, a young woman with a unique obsession. If you're interested, watch them below.
Very soon Disney will release the first trailer for their adaptation of fairytale mash-up stage musical Into the Woods, but in the meantime, we finally get some more first look photos to join the singular glimpse at the film that featured Meryl Streep as an ugly witch. This time there's photos of Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, Chris Pine as her prince, Johnny Depp as the the Wolf, James Corden as the baker, Emily Blunt as the baker's wife, and many more. Could this inspire the return of live-action musicals at The House of Mouse? It's about time they ad a bit of a revival since once being a big part of the studio's history.