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We've been following the activity Star Wars: Force for Change fundraiser that was created in coordination with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) because not only is it a great cause, but director J.J. Abrams has been teasing some tidbits from the set of Star Wars: Episode VII along the way. The first video came from a desert market and showed some cool aliens, the next one showed off an X-Wing, and another had Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart fighting. Now the fundraiser has ended, and to thank everyone for the nearly $5 million raised for UNICEF, Abrams gave a note to a droid. Or did he?
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!
Director Zack Snyder has been having fun on the set of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (which just moved up its release to March 25th, 2016), by mashing up his comic book film with the world of Star Wars. First he posted a picture of Henry Cavill wearing the Superman suit, but shrouded in a cloak and wielding a red lightsaber. Then last weekend he used action figures to create a scene on Tatooine with Batman and C-3PO. Well, the folks at Bad Robot decided to keep the game going by throwing up a pretty bad ass image of a familiar golden droid looking like The Caped Crusader, but with a different bat signal.
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!
Hot on the heels of the production wrap on Jurassic World, another 2015 blockbuster has just finished principal photography as well. Terminator: Genisys has been revealed as the official title, a weirdly spelled version of the title we've already been using to refer to the sequel/reboot. And along with the unveiling of the official title treatment, franchise star Arnold Schwarzenegger has posted a photo from the set. No, it doesn't show the aged Terminator we've heard about in action, but it does look like the actor is wearing the iconic black leather jacket that we've all become accustomed to seeing the cyborg wear. Look!
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.
After director Colin Trevorrow jumped on the Chris Pratt hype train by posting a picture of his character in Jurassic World, just when Guardians of the Galaxy was hitting theaters, now he's finally teasing some of the dinosaurs in the film. It's only one dinosaur, and it looks to be the familiar teeth and jaws of the tyrannosaurus rex we've seen in all the Jurassic Park films up until now. However, there's a chance it could also be the jawline of a new dinosaur as well. Either way, the photo was accompanied with the single-world Twitter update of "Wrap." And take that into account with producer Frank Marshall's confirmation of the end of production, and it's time to begin the long post-production process. Look below!
During Comic-Con, director Zack Snyder had a little bit of fun by posting a picture of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice star Henry Cavill in his Superman suit, but most of it was obscured by a robe. But what made the photo truly interesting was the addition of a red lightsaber from Star Wars for the British actor to hold. Snyder used the hashtag #SuperJedi, but he really looked more like a Sith. Well, over the weekend, Snyder decided to have a little more franchise mash-up fun, and he posted a new photo of what appeared to be Ben Affleck as Batman in the desert alongside R2-D2. However, this fun little picture was a little more tricky photographically than anyone initially anticipated. Is Snyder trolling? Look 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.
Many were disappointed at Comic-Con a week ago when the 20th Century Fox panel didn't bring any surprises for their forthcoming comic book reboot Fantastic Four. All we wanted was a teaser poster, or an image of the whole gang together, anything would have satisfied the fans' hunger. Well, one week later, we get just a taste of the production from director Josh Trank. Apparently production just wrapped, and star Kate Mara took to Twitter along with her co-stars Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell to post a photo from the set. It doesn't reveal anything, but it's nice to see them all together. Look now!
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.