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Just after we learned that Interstellar would return to IMAX screens for one showing only this weekend on Saturday afternoon, you can dive back into the sci-fi epic in another way. Last month, Looper and future Star Wars director Rian Johnson hosted an interview with Christopher Nolan following a screening of Interstellar at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica, California. And all the cinephiles out there will be glad to hear that this is a 32-minute discussion between the two filmmakers talking about the inception of the script, technical details of production, and much more. It's definitely worth listening to in its entirety.
If the current offering of big screen titles just isn't tickling your fancy (you should be seeing Kingsman: The Secret Service), then maybe one of the more divisive but extensively talked about titles from 2014 coming back to theaters briefly will get you out of the house. Today, Paramount Pictures has announced that Interstellar, the latest film from director Christopher Nolan, will be returning to select IMAX screens at participating AMC Theatres this weekend. However, the film will only be playing for one showtime and only on Saturday, February 21st. But there will be 12 minutes of unseen behind the scenes footage.
"There has been an awakening. Have you felt it?" It's a big year for Star Wars fans. Not only is Star Wars: The Force Awakens coming out this year, but there's also another Star Wars Celebration happening in Anaheim, California. These conventions for fans only happen every three years in the United States, but it will have been four years since the last one happened, and it couldn't be a better year. Fans have been wondering what will be happening at the big event with Episode VII on the way, and now director J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm president and producer Kathleen Kennedy have been announced to appear.
Last fall, Dwayne Johnson officially made his choice to play Black Adam in the DC Comics adaptation of Shazam. We've got plenty of time before that film gets off the ground since it doesn't arrive until April 5th, 2019, but that doesn't mean Johnson isn't getting questions about the project at every turn. Well, Johnson spoke to Games Radar (via SlashFilm) about his forthcoming role in the the DC Comics universe, and despite earlier indications that Shazam might not tie into the world of Justice League, Johnson says their film will indeed be part of that universe. But he also teases something else pretty big.
Technically, we've already gotten a first look at the anticipated adaptation of the Marvel Comics character Deadpool that 20t Century Fox finally decided to bring to theaters next year. What really pushed production of the film forward was the excitement that resulted from the leaked test reel that featured Ryan Reynolds in the title role. Now the film is exactly one year away today, and Reynolds has teased the arrival of the Merc with a Mouth by posting a behind the scenes photo from the set of the film. It's not much, but we do see a prototype of the mask Reynolds will be wearing for part of the film. Or maybe that's just a mold of what it will look like, because there will probably be some visual effects used for his face too. Look now!
The first trailer for the Sundance selected dark comedy The Voices starring Ryan Reynolds just debuted last month, and last weekend the film finally hit limited theaters and is available now on VOD. But the film has still yet to be released in the United Kingdom (it arrives next month), and they've just released an awesome poster for the film that is just as deliciously twisted as the movie itself. If you've seen the trailer, then you know that besides talking animals, there's also several talking severed heads, including Anna Kendrick and Gemma Arterton, and they're both featured in Reynold's fridge on this new poster. Look!
When we showed you some images teasing the genetically modified hybrid dinosaur called Indominus Rex, we mentioned that the website for Jurassic World is chock full of cool stuff. There's live park feeds, an interactive map of the entire island, and tons more that makes the park feel real. And now a viral video from the site has revealed something else: the role Vincent D'Onofrio is playing in the film. The video introduces us to the security side of Masrani Global, the company who bought InGen and made Jurassic World a reality, and the head of security is Vic Hoskins (D'Onofrio looking like Jon Favreau). Watch below!
Briefly: It looks like IMAX really is going all out with putting non-blockbuster films on their giant screens. Following yesterday's news that Fifty Shades of Grey was getting a small IMAX run at the last minute this weekend, as well as announcements of Will Smith's con-artist romance Focus and the sci-fi action drama Chappie getting the same treatment, today it's Disney's new live-action Cinderella revealed to hit IMAX next month. The film starring Lily James, Richard Madden and Cate Blanchett will hit the large format the same day as traditional theaters on March 13th. Come back for a brand new trailer tomorrow!
On the awards circuit, Birdman has been cleaning up, grabbing the awards from the Directors Guild, Producers Guild and the Screen Actors Guild. That makes it a frontrunner for the 87th Academy Awards, even though Boyhood and Richard Linklater took the top prizes at the BAFTAs last weekend. But besides the awards buzz, there's been a lot of discussion about the ending of Birdman and just what it all means. However, rather than examine the end of the final film, we want to call your attention to the original ending of the movie, which would have had a cameo from Johnny Depp, and would have been pretty interesting.
With news hitting this morning that Fifty Shades of Grey may already have sequels in development at Universal Pictures, the release of the first film coming this weekend just got a little bigger. Deadline has word that IMAX is setting about 75 screens to play the film in the large format theater which the company's CEO Greg Foster describes as "something we’re doing literally at the last minute." Foster also says that it's "something I think we have to do" in order to "increase our bandwidth," which is another way of saying they want to make more money from audiences outside of those seeing big budget blockbusters.
Along with this morning's news that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 would be the first installment of the whole franchise to hit screens in IMAX 3D, there's also word from Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer that Lionsgate is actually thinking about new ways to keep the series alive on the big screen. Deadline reports the executive was speaking with analysts this morning and said they were "actively looking at some development and thinking about prequel and sequel possibilities." That's no guarantee that we'll see more films in The Hunger Games series, but there are discussions happening behind the scenes now.
You may not realize this, but the entirety of The Hunger Games franchise has not been released in theaters in 3D. In addition, while The Hunger Games and the sequel Catching Fire hit IMAX screens, last year's Mockingjay - Part 1 was not released on IMAX, mostly because of the proximity to Christopher Nolan's more giant screen worthy Interstellar. However, after Mockingjay - Part 1 got a 3D release in China, and that was enough to convince Lionsgate and director Francis Lawrence to release Mockingjay - Part 2 of the franchise in the massive IMAX 3D format when the film hits theaters November 20th.
When it comes to talking about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, director J.J. Abrams has done a pretty good job when it comes to avoiding major press events where he's asked a whole bunch of questions that he can't answer. However, Collider recently got a chance to catch up with Abrams as he attended the Visual Effects Society Awards to accept their Visionary Award, and the director was forthcoming about some things, though they're not particularly revelatory. Abrams confirmed there's only one sequence shot in IMAX, and he will executive produce Episode VIII and Episode IX. But what about that new lightsaber?
If the teaser poster for Magic Mike XXL is any indicator, it's going to be a hot summer this year. The sequel arrives in the prime July 1st weekend, and it's bound to be a huge box office hit, and now Channing Tatum is getting the hype machine started by pointing straight to his package on the teaser poster. And wouldn't you know it, the release date is right on Tatum's junk, along with the easy placement of the word "coming" as well. Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez and Gabriel Iglesias are all returning along with new cast members like Elizabeth Banks and Donald Glover. Look!