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Briefly: This month we learned that Quentin Tarantino would give a small audience the chance to see his delayed western The Hateful Eight come to life in the form of a live-reading of the script at at LACMA on April 24th. Tarantino was also said to be directing and picking the cast for this special event that will not be recorded or broadcast to the public, and Deadline has confirmed (complete with a tweet from Film Independent) that Samuel L. Jackson will yet again collaborate with his Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained director for some sort of role in the reading. We're not sure who else might pop up, but stay tuned for more. Reporting on this event is about as close as we'll get to being in attendance, so stay tuned.
So far only a single first look photo from this fall's action thriller The Equalizer, based on the 80's CBS series of the same name, has surfaced, but there's already a sequel in development at Columbia Pictures due to reportedly overwhelmingly positive focus group tests. Now it sounds like the first trailer might be just around the corner as the first poster for the film starring Denzel Washington has arrived. Relying only on Washington's name and silhouette, the studio seems to be counting on a lot of people recognizing the title. At the very least, the poster is stylish, and we're glad it's just not Washington looking intimidating. Look!
Following last night's final trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past, not to mention this morning's revelation that Anna Paquin will have a brief appearance as Rogue in the film after all, that's not all the news for the comic book sequel we have. Empire has learned that the film will actually be teased after the credits of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. But before anyone gets too excited, this isn't like a Marvel Studios credits scene that will tie the two franchises together (X-Men is at Fox while Spider-Man is at Sony), but merely a collaboration between the two studios to tease another comic book blockbuster. More below!
Following yesterday's international trailer for the Toronto Film Festival selected Third Person, the first poster for the film's release in the United States has arrived, but the film doesn't yet have a date to hit theaters. If you look hard enough, you can see Liam Neeson in the background, and we're not sure why he's being given top billing since the film follows him along with Adrien Brody and James Franco, with all of their stories in Paris Rome and New York (respectively) intersecting somehow. The dress blowing away like paper is a nice touch, but after yesterday's trailer, we're not all that excited to see the film itself.
"A horror icon is reborn." That might be a little too liberal use of the word "icon." Yes, there's been plenty of Leprechaun films in the past, but they've all been B-movie level horror movies (some even worse), many never even hitting the big screen and going straight-to-DVD. But the tiny little bastard is making a comeback with Leprechaun: Origins, and now Lionsgate and WWE Films have released the golden teaser poster for the horror reboot starring wrestler Dylan "Hornswoggle" Postl in the role originated by Warwick Davis. This likely means the first trailer is also coming sometime soon, so stay tuned. Look below!
Introducing the official poster for the 67th Cannes Film Festival. This year's poster art features Guido in his sunglasses from Federico Fellini's classic film 8½ awash in gold and adorned with Cannes text and logos. It's an outstanding poster for one of the best film festivals in the entire world, and we're excited to debut this just ahead of the official line-up later this week. "The way he looks at us above his black glasses draws us right in to a promise of global cinematographic happiness," explains the poster's designer. "The happiness of experiencing the Festival de Cannes together." Indeed. There's nothing like this film festival.
From James Cameron to Harrison Ford, they're getting everyone on Reddit. Over the weekend the other big Reddit AMA (aka Ask Me Anything) participant was legendary actor Harrison Ford, best known as Han Solo, Indiana Jones, Rick Deckard, Jack Ryan, President James Marshall, Colonel Graff. He explains that he was recently a "correspondent for Years of Living Dangerously, a new Showtime docuseries about climate change," and answered a number of fan questions for an hour. He covers topics on Blade Runner, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, even Anchorman, Expendables, and plenty more. Recap his highlights below.
"I think we may have just found a Transformer." Tonight MTV hosted their faux-awards show the MTV Movie Awards, which aren't worth covering aside from the handful of new TV spots that debuted during the show. This year they debuted fresh spots for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Transformers: Age of Extinction (gotta love Mark Wahlberg in this), as well as another new spot for Seth MacFarlane's wacky western comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West. Also toss in the Tom Cruise/Emily Blunt time loop sci-fi Edge of Tomorrow and of course Hercules with Dwayne Johnson and that's about it. Fire 'em up.
For better or worse, more Transformers movies are on the way. At least three more of them. We have the fourth one titled Transformers: Age of Extinction, still directed by Michael Bay, arriving in theaters this summer. As pretty much everyone completely and totally expected, Michael Bay has revealed via an Entertainment Weekly interview that this one is the first in another new trilogy of Transformers movies. There's a brand new cast this time, new 'bots, a new storyline, of course it's the start of a new trilogy. Would we expect anything less? I think not. Then again, this is about gaining new fans moving ahead in the series.
"Where to begin?" TWC has debuted a new featurette for the upcoming adaptation of Lois Lowry's The Giver, being directed by Phillip Noyce. This beloved, Newbery Medal-winning novel is finally being adapted into a movie this year, with Jeff Bridges producing and playing The Giver, and up-and-comer Brenton Thwaites as Jonas. We already seen the first trailer, but one of the complaints was that it was all footage in color. In this featurette, the author herself, Lois Lowry, and the filmmakers address the issue head on by asking "what if?" in a cinematic context and answering: yes, there will be a few scenes in black & white. Including one shown in this featurette - which is a very key scene from the story that fans should recognize.
Take a look back at the 25 most important, powerful, influential moments in the struggle between X-Men and Humans, or Mutants and Men. As part of a sleek interactive/online promo for Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past, Fox has launched a new website called "25 Moments" (at 25moments.com) that looks back at 25 key moments in X-Men/mutant history. The site highlights a series of different moments spanning 56 years in an interactive timeline, also including the entire comic book franchise, with hints of X-Men: First Class and even X3 (see the Battle of Alcatraz in 2006). This is actually very well done and fun to go through, looking at the fairly extensive history, and future, of mutants. Warning - potential spoilers.
Along with some cool official posters and some stellar artwork from talented fans, we've seen quite a bit of the new version of Godzilla, the classic monster who has terrorized the world for decades. But now we get a different look at the King of Monsters in a cool new black and white poster. It's not quite as cool as that fanmade seismograph poster (which you can buy right here), but it's still something to see for any fan of Godzilla. If anything, it calls back to the original inception of the giant lizard since he debuted when black and white was a standard in motion pictures. A new black and white Godzilla would actually be fun. Look!
While the teaser trailer for the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles wasn't entirely disappointing, the casting of Johnny Knoxvile as Leonardo has left some of us utterly perplexed. But there's no stopping the franchise reboot from producer Michael Bay and director Jonathan Liebesman as the film gets closer to hitting theaters later this summer. Now we have four new teaser posters, each showcasing the signature weapons of our four heroes in a half-shell. We didn't see a lot of the turtles in the aforementioned teaser trailer, so we're not surprised that they are fully shown in these posters, but we would still like to see more.
This upcoming weekend, The Raid 2 finally expands nationwide, and you can see which theaters will have the action-packed sequel right here. In the meantime, before you see the continuation of the fantastic crime thriller from director Gareth Evans, why not get into the action on your own? If you're looking to waste time at work or just have nothing to do today, The Raid 2 has been turned into an awesome 8-bit, side-scrolling video game in the vein of Streets of Rage and other classic games. Play as Rama undercover, or a few of the other martial arts skilled fighters and beat the crap out of some bad guys. It's super addicting. Play below!