With troubles like a viewer being detained for potential piracy during a showing of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, it's no surprise to hear that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) have announced (via SlashFilm) that Google Glass has officially been banned in all movie theaters in the United States. The reason for the ban boils down to piracy and the two organizations cite "a zero-tolerance policy toward using any recording device while movies are being shown.” And in this case, Google Glass can be regarded as a recording device. Read on!
No, just because Michael Bay has been at the helm of every single overlong explosion-laden film in the Transformers franchise, that doesn't mean he's making a 13-hour movie. Instead, THR reports 13 Hours is surprisingly a political drama focusing on the September 11th, 2012 terrorist attack against the U.S. State Department Special Mission Compound in Benghazi. You've likely heard all the controversy surrounding the event on various cable news networks, but this would focus on on six members of a security team that valiantly fought to defend the many Americans stationed there, and Michael Bay is now in talks to direct.
Sadly, we didn't get a new film from Joel & Ethan Coen this year, and it doesn't look like we'll be getting one in 2015 either. Deadline has just learned that the Coen Brothers' developing comedy Hail Caesar has been set for release by Universal on February 5th, 2016. Seems like weird placement for a movie from the Coens, even though it's a comedy, but all right. The film already has quite a cast assembled with George Clooney starring and Josh Brolin Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand and Jonah Hill all appearing in the story following a single day in the life of a studio fixer who is presented with plenty of problems to fix. Stay tuned for more information.
Most people know Jon Stewart as the host of "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central, but last year the comedian took a break from his late night duties to direct a feature film called Rosewater. The film is a passion project for Stewart after he learned Iranian Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari was wrongly imprisoned and tortured in Iran while covering the country's elections due to a misunderstood joke during an interview on "The Daily Show" that said he was a spy. Our own Alex Billington caught the film at Telluride and seemed to respect it for the message, but said it has some issues coming from a first-time filmmaker. Now you can judge for yourself and also see the film with a live Q&A afterwards. More below!
After taking on some young adult sci-fi with Ender's Game last year, Oscar-nominated actress Hailee Steinfeld is getting her own young romance too. Deadline has word that Steinfeld will star in The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight, an adaptation of Jennifer E. Smith's young adult novel of the same name. The film will see Steinfeld as a young twentysomething who has having a pretty terrible day waiting in an airport for a flight to London to attend her father's second wedding. But while she waits, she meets a young British guy, and of course sparks fly when they're seated next to each other on the plane.
After making his directorial debut with the thoroughly enjoyable Bad Words last year, Deadline reports Jason Bateman has just lined up his sophomore directing effort with a comedy called IPO Man. Bateman will again also take the lead role in the film set up at Fox Searchlight and based on a Wired article by Joshua Davis called "Meet The Man Who Sold His Fate To Investors At $1 A Share." In case you haven't guessed, the film follows a man who turned himself into a public offering. However, what started out as a seemingly genius way to make money became a disaster as the shareholders wanted more control than he expected.
After blasting away countless bad guys in John Wick, it seems like Keanu Reeves is on the verge of a fun comeback. Now the actor is set to reteam with the action thriller's producer, Stephen Hamel (who is also working on Reeves' gestating sci-fi romance Passengers), for a sci-fi thriller called Replicas. The project is on sale at the American Film Market with Lotus Entertainment and Bonaventura Pictures (ran by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who worked on The Matrix trilogy and Constantine) behind the film that will be directed by Tanya Wexler (Hysteria) with a script from Chad St. Johnson. So what's this new project about?
Marvel Studios doesn't usually like to announce things more than two or three years away, but the recent onslaught of news from Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment provoked the studio into making a big spectacle and announcing their entire slate for Phase Three of their cinematic universe, which will begin with Ant-Man in 2015 following The Avengers: Age of Ultron. And besides the revelation of Black Panther, Inhumans and Captain Marvel, the comic book studio also announced the titles for Captain America 3 and Thor 3, sequels that we've been expecting and anticipating. But what do the titles tell us? Read on!
After the credits scene following The Avengers in 2012 revealed the titan Thanos as the puppeteer behind the mischievous plans of Loki (Tom Hiddleston), comic book fans were immediately excited about the potential of seeing a storyline play out on the big screen featuring the artifact known as The Infinity Gauntlet. Their hopes were confirmed in the credits scene for Thor: The Dark World when the presence of the Infinity Stones (or gems) was revealed, which ended up leading to another one being shown in Guardians of the Galaxy. And now we know where that all is leading as Marvel Studios has announced The Avengers: Infinity War, arriving in two parts in the summers of 2018 and 2019. This is crazy!
It's official! After years of speculation, Marvel Studios has officially announced and confirmed that actor Chadwick Boseman (seen in 42 as Jackie Robinson as well as Get on Up and Draft Day) will play Black Panther in an upcoming movie now set for late 2017. The announcement was featured as part of Marvel's Phase 3 and revealed during the "Marvel Event" on Tuesday at Disney's El Capitan in Los Angeles. Boseman will be introduced as Black Panther in the third Captain America movie, announced as Captain America: Civil War (oooh sounds fun), and he made an appearance with Robert Downey Jr. (also appearing in Cap 3) and Chris Evans, Cap himself, at the event to help promote the news - see photos + concept art below.
Today Marvel Studios had their own event to announce their future plans for the big screen, and there were some big announcements. We'll be taking a closer look at some of the news in the coming hours, but first up, we wanted to run down the list of projects that Marvel Studios will be sending to theaters through 2019. They include some sequels we expected like Captain America 3 and Doctor Strange, but there were also some long-developing films that were finally given official release dates. Even Guardians of the Galaxy 2 was given a new release date meaning it will arrive earlier in the summer of 2017. Here we go!
Summit Entertainment is giving fans a mouthful to say if they want to refer to the forthcoming Divergent sequel Insurgent by its proper marketing title. The studio has decided to give it the official title of The Divergent Series: Insurgent, not like the later titles in the Twilight franchise used the qualifier The Twilight Saga to precede the subtitle of the film. Along with that small revelation comes news that Insurgent will get released in 3D, even though the first film didn't enter the third dimension when it hit theaters earlier this year. And to get the hype train moving, some interactive character posters have arrived.
Back towards the end of August, we learned that there might be some changes made to the roster of The Avengers at the conclusion of next summer's sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron (watch the teaser trailer right here). Reportedly, that's because Marvel wants to have a different team in place so that some of the contracted members of the original assembly of heroes still have a movie left in their contract for something else coming down the road the the comic book studio's cinematic universe. Now Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige has confirmed that The Avengers roster will be different at the end of Age of Ultron.
We just learned that Jordan Peele and Keegan Michael Key, the comedy duo better known as Key & Peele, would finally team up together on the big screen for Keanu, the story of a group of friends who must enter the criminal underworld to retrieve a kidnapped cat. However, each of the guys have projects of their own that they do without each other all the time. Most of those projects have been small roles in various comedies over the past few years, but now Peele has his sights set on getting behind the camera and switching genres. Speaking to Playboy (via Badass Digest), Peele revealed a desire to take a stab at horror.