ENJOY THE SHOW
Outside of the success of the musical comedy series "Glee," Dianna Agron hasn't really had much success on the big screen. The Family and I Am Number Four were both misfires and weren't loved by audiences or critics. So now she's doing something completely different than her previous big screen or small screen efforts with Headlock, an action thriller that marks the directorial debut of The Astronaut Farmer scribe Mark Polish. And now we have a first look photo that features Agron with her hair blown back, a sly smile on her face and a gun in her hand. Could this turn the actress into another female action star? Look below!
Production has officially begun on The Last Witch Hunter, a new fantasy action flick from The Crazies director Breck Eisner with Fast & Furious franchise star Vin Diesel in the lead. And because the action star likes to keep his fans updated on his projects, he's just revealed the first photo from the production, showing off his immortal witch hunter character Kaulder. And as the caption with the photo indicates, this image shows the title character at some point in the 13th century, which means he's been around for awhile once the action picks up in modern day New York City. So that should be a rather unique sight to see. Look!
Yesterday, there were some reports going around about an alternate cameo that Marvel Comics icon Stan Lee would have had in Guardians of the Galaxy instead of what ended up on the big screen. Rather than being called an old pervert by Rocket Raccoon, the comic creator was almost part of The Collector's expansive collection of aliens, creatures and other goodies. When our heroes arrive in The Collector's lair, they would have encountered Lee in one of the containers, not unlike the Dark Elf or Chitauri soldier we can see in the background (or the end credits cameo), and he would have flipped off Groot. So what happened?
It's hard to believe that it's been 20 years since Forrest Gump hit theaters, but the film returns to IMAX screens this weekend for an anniversary re-release for one week only. But another lesser celebrated film from 1994 is also 20 years old, and that's The Little Rascals. The contemporary big screen adaptation of the classic TV series of the same name is certainly a nostalgic movie for kids of the 90s, and 20 years later, a production company called 22 Vision (specializing in celebrating films by reuniting cast members from movies of the past), has brought the cast together for an adorable photoshoot to celebrate the film. Look!
Over the last few days social media has been abuzz with an endless amount of global shenanigans. Luckily we have movies to remind us that life is grand, and there's a big hashtag campaign right now that is making me love movies all over again. The hashtag is just #CinephilePhoto and the chain-letter-esque campaign involves tweeting out any favorite shot from your favorite films, and nominating three (or more/less) others to do the same. The hashtag has caught on like wildfire throughout the global film community, and I've seen countless amazing shots showing up all the last few days. If you need to remember why you love movies, just search for #cinephilephoto and get ready to stare in awe. So many amazing films, so many excellent shots.
Back towards the beginning of the summer, we got word that Steven Soderbergh would still be involved with the production of Magic Mike XXL, the sequel to the surprise male-stripping hit from 2012. Soderbergh isn't directing this time (Greg Jacobs has that job), but instead will serve as director of photography and editor. And now it sounds like production is beginning, at least for the Second Unit as the filmmaker posted a picture to Twitter over Labor Day weekend showing that he was getting into a helicopter for some standard aerial photography, likely for establishing shots, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Look!
So far, we've only seen a brief glimpse of Pixar Animation's forthcoming movie Inside Out. The film follows a little girl named Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job all the way in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions are the only first look we've gotten at the 2015 release from Pixar, and they're a big part of the movie as they live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. Now we finally have the first image of Riley in the film as well, though we're still not sure who is voicing her.
"Welcome to Jurassic Park!" With the death of the great Richard Attenborough this week, the industry has been outspoken in their love for the legendary actor/filmmaker. One of the roles he is remembered for the most is Dr. John Hammond from Jurassic Park, the man who loved dinosaurs so much he had to bring them back to life. Steven Spielberg wrote about how Attenborough "was the perfect ringmaster to bring the dinosaurs back", but now the director of the new Jurassic World, Colin Trevorrow, has chimed in with his own "In Memoriam": a photo of a John Hammond statue, which we can only assume is from the new movie.
Shortly after Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hit theaters a few weeks ago, and hitting the box office so hard that they're already guaranteed a sequel coming in 2016, some rejected concept art for the new designs of the turtles surfaced showing that things could have been much worse. The new designs still ended up causing some grief amongst fans, but again, we'd like to show you how terrible some of the other designs were so we can be somewhat grateful for the final character design. Some new rejected concept art has surfaced from Anthony Francisco (who worked on Guardians of the Galaxy) and their designs are just weird, making them look almost like traditional aliens with shells, ready to eat children on pizza. Look!
Gather 'round for your first look at one awards contender - the film Selma, directed by Ava DuVernay, starring David Oyelowo as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. With the awards season kicking off next month, many films lining up are finally starting to be unveiled and this is yet another on the docket. Selma follows Oyelowo as Martin Luther King, Jr. on his historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. While one shot gives us a close look at Oyelowo and Carmen Ejogo as his wife Coretta Scott King, the second one features quite the ensemble line-up: Tessa Thompson plays Diane Nash, Omar Dorsey plays James Orange, Colman Domingo plays Ralph Abernathy, André Holland plays Andrew Young, Corey Reynolds plays Rev. C.T. Vivian, and Lorraine Toussaint plays Amelia Boynton. See both images below.
It's been awhile since Keanu Reeves has really done anything worth paying attention to, but maybe a new shot of him getting back into action, and not in some weird medieval fantasy world, will help him get his groove back. John Wick is a new action thriller coming this fall, and while the title doesn't sound like anything special, the first look image of Reeves in the film is pretty bad ass, showing the star of The Matrix franchise armed and dangerous, complete with some longer hair and a beard. The film sees Reeves as the titular character, an ex-hitman who is out for vengeance. Sounds generic, but we're still hoping for the best.
Following the start of production on Ant-Man yesterday, along with the addition of Judy Greer, Bobby Cannavale and John Slattery to the cast of Marvel's Phase Three comic book film, we have our first look at the superhero story. Paul Rudd plays a thief named Scott Lang who will go on to become a superhero with the help of scientist and mentor Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), and now we get to see him looking rugged before he takes a turn towards being a hero. He's got some kind of cut on his face, and looks like he's getting ready for a heist. It's not much, but we're glad Marvel got this out there before spy photos emerged. Look!
"A visit to a cinema is a little outing in itself. It breaks the monotony of an afternoon or evening; it gives a change from the surroundings of home, however pleasant..." [-Ivor Novello] Last week I stopped by the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland, located in the lake-mountain town of Locarno on Lake Maggiore. The festival has been running since 1946, famous for its Piazza Grande outdoor venue, yellow & black color scheme, and leopard award/logo. In addition to my coverage of the films I saw at the fest, I wanted to share some of the images from my visit, as it was such a charming and gorgeous place to get immersed in cinema.
Finally! Meet Doc Sportello - Joaquin Phoenix in Paul Thomas Anderson's new film Inherent Vice. Set in the 1970s, Doc is a marijuana-loving private eye and investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend in this "Cheech and Chong"-esque film from PTA - in theaters this winter. While we've featured one set photo previously, we've also been waiting patiently for an actual first look that isn't a set photo, and we finally have this: a shot from Entertainment Weekly, but it's something, as we get to see that impressive hairdo on Joaquin. I'm anxiously awaiting this mostly because it's PTA but it also sounds like so much fun.