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Though Dredd may not have fared as well as some hoped, writer Alex Garland is set to redeem himself by taking a turn directing with the sci-fi flick Ex Machina. Garland behind the scripts for Never Let Me Go, Sunshine and 28 Days Later, all unique films with great stories. As for Ex Machina, this one follows a love triangle between two men and a beautiful robot girl. That's definitely unlike anything we've seen before, and now we have a first look at the film with stars Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) and Domhnall Gleeson (About Time). No sign of the robot girl (Alicia Vikander) just yet, but we're certainly intrigued.
Not too long ago, some production photos from the set of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes surfaced showing the motion-capture suited actors behind the simian characters riding horses and handling some hefty guns. But now we have some new photos from the film featuring the fully rendered apes played by Andy Serkis, Toby Kebbell and more. Plus, we also get some more shots of Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Kirk Acevedo. There's one shot in particular that should tickle your fancy with Caesar looking like he's ready to hold-up a 7-11 or something. The footage shown at CinemaCon last month wowed plenty, and we're hoping for a new theatrical trailer soon. Look!
Before you read any further, if you want to save this fun little detail from Captain America: The Winter Soldier to be experienced when you see the film this weekend, we recommend avoiding the rest of this post. Having said that, what follows isn't a spoiler, but just an interesting tidbit in the sequel that adds even more charm to Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and his unique situation of having been frozen for 70 years and somewhat out of touch with pop culture and the contemporary world. What would Rogers do when he's not working for S.H.I.E.L.D.? Well, he has a lot of catching up to do, and his to-do list gives us some insight.
It's been nearly two years since we got a first look at the new drama Serena from director Susanne Bier (In a Better World). We're still not sure when the film starring Silver Linings Playbook duo Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper will arrive in theaters, but we do have some new photos from the film, showing off the period sets, not to mention Lawrence and Cooper looking rather dashing. The film follows the Pemberton couple, Boston natives who create a 1929 timber empire in North Carolina, as their intense, passionate marriage begins to unravel as the story moves toward a shocking reckoning. New photos below!
Next weekend, we'll see Scarlett Johansson kick ass again as Black Widow in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. And while her role in The Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015 is said to be substantial (with the hope of her own spin-off), audiences won't have to wait too long to see Johansson back in action. The actress leads Lucy, a new action thriller from director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, The Professional), and we have the first photo before a trailer arrives on April 2nd. Johansson plays a woman caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors and becomes a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.
Following last year's teaser for the anticipated sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, we're due for a new look at the summer release. And while we're not sure when the new trailer will hit (though X-Men: Days of Future Past would be a good time to debut a new trailer), we have some new behind the scenes photos showing Andy Serkis and Toby Kebbell in the motion capture suits used to create their ape performances as a guide for visual effects artists. There's another shot of Serkis on horseback speaking with Jason Clarke and Keri Russell, but the more interesting shots have the ape actors holding big guns. Look!
It's crazy to think that last summer brought the tragic news that James Gandolfini had passed away. The actor appeared in last year's charming comedy Enough Said, and this year will mark his final feature film performance in The Drop. Formerly known as Animal Rescue, the film follows an unassuming New York bartender (Tom Hardy) whose life is thrown asunder upon discovering a wounded dog and getting caught up in the middle of a criminal conspiracy unfolding in his mob-controlled bar. Now we have some first look photos from the film with Gandolfini and Hardy, and a couple shots with director Michaël R. Roskam.
Kicking off today is CinemaCon in Las Vegas, so expect plenty of first looks and new trailer arriving throughout the week. The latest comes from Warner Bros. looking to hype up their disaster thriller Into the Storm before the first trailer arrives later this week. Directed by Steven Quale (Final Destination 5), the film sees a small town devastated by a whole slew of tornadoes the likes of which haven't been seen before. It's like Twister on steroids, but without a big name cast to back it up. The most recognizable name is Richard Armitage (from The Hobbit) along with Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh and more. Look!
Before the first trailer for this summer's Greek epic Hercules arrives tomorrow (likely blowing January's release of The Legend of Hercules out of the water), a couple photos of Dwayne Johnson as the title hero have arrived. It's the first time in awhile Johnson has taken on a period action film, and hopefully this fares better than his earlier days in The Mummy franchise and the spin-off The Scorpion King. The former wrestler certainly has the physique to pull off this kind of film, but we'll see if he has the chops to lead this summer sword and sandal blockbuster, and if Brett Ratner makes a triumphant return to directing. Look!
When Alex Billington and myself were at Sundance, we caught the awesome indie sci-fi flick The Signal. Now the film is poised for release this summer from Focus Features, and to kick off the hype machine, we have some viral goodies that just popped up. First off, the viral video led us to the website RUAGITATED.COM, and that's where we were given a special code to access the teaser poster featuring a pixelated Laurence Fishburne, and a few new first look photos from the film as well. This is seriously one cool little sci-fi flick with some impressive special effects and a cool, mysterious story. More details below!
Production on Fast & Furious 7 will be getting back in swing in April, so it sounds like Dwayne Johnson might be pretty busy over the next few months, because in four weeks he's also slated to start shooting the disaster action thriller San Andreas. Sin City and Sucker Punch star Carla Gugino just joined the film about a special ops firefighter (Johnson) and his ex-wife (Gugino) as they attempt to leave Los Angeles and head to San Francisco in order to rescue their daughter (Alexandra Daddario) after a massive earthquake strikes California. Now we have a first look at Johnson looking like a bad ass with his chopper. Look below!
This past weekend, Wes Anderson's latest star-studded film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, received a limited release. And while that means only 4 screens were playing the film (it will expand in the coming weeks), that didn't stop it from smashing box office records. Variety reports the film picked up $800,000 at the box office, meaning each screen raked in $200,000, and that's enough for the film to become the highest grossing live-action limited release debut of all time. The previous record was held by P.T. Anderson's The Master. And if you'd like a closer look at the model of the titular hotel, check out construction photos below.
"The Noah story belongs to all of us - every religion, every culture, every citizen of planet Earth. Now it is your turn: the story is yours to envision." At a gallery in SoHo on a cold March night in New York, Darren Aronofsky debuted a grand collection of art created by his friends and colleagues inspired by the Book of Genesis and the Story of Noah. This event celebrated the opening of the "Noah Art Show", organized in promotion for Aronofsky's latest movie, Noah, in theaters at the end of this month. The show is officially titled "Fountains of the Deep: Visions of Noah and the Flood" and we've previewed it already, but with the opening tonight we were invited to take a look inside this spectacular gallery of stunning, one-of-a-kind art.
Later this year we'll see Anton Corbijn's recent adaptation of A Most Wanted Man, featuring one of the final performances from the late Philip Seymour Hoffman (read my review from Sundance here). But right now the director is working on a much different project, focusing on the real-life relationship of James Dean (Dane DeHaan) and photographer Dennis Stock (Robert Pattinson) in the film Life. Now we have a first look photo of the two young stars in the film that follows Stock as he meets Dean, shooting photos of him around the country, and slowly coming out of depression due to regret for being an estranged father.