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While some fans are still reeling from how Ben Kingsley was used to bring the arch nemesis known as Mandarin to life on the big screen in Iron Man 3, many still think it was an inspired bit of writing, and really added a fun twist rather than delivering what we all expected. Now Kingsley is back as the villain, or more accurately, the actor who played him for pure theatricality. Marvel has a new One-Shot short film coming with Thor: The Dark World on Blu-Ray and DVD, and as we surmised last October when Kingsley teased a secret Marvel project, the short called All Hail the King does indeed focus on the character of Trevor Slattery (now in a familiar prison), and we have some of the first photos of the new short film. Look!
We just recently got a funny look at more of Muppets Most Wanted by way of an online promo using some amusing, fake Twitter hype. And for anyone who's already excited to see Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and all their Muppet pals back on the big screen with stars like Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey, there's something else to be excited about too. Attached to the Disney film will be Pixar Animation's short film Party Central, taking a cue from the Oozma Kappa fraternity from last year's Monsters University. The film took eight months to make and now we have a first look photo from the short film.
Before the New Year, we finally got a first look at Ben Affleck in director David Fincher's adaptation of Gone Girl, based on Gillian Flynn's best-selling novel of the same name. In the film, Affleck is looking for his missing wife (Rosamund Pike), but he also becomes the prime suspect in the case. Now we get another odd look at the film thanks to the film being the cover story for Entertainment Weekly. Seemingly taking cues from the iconic Rolling Stone cover with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, the cover has Affleck lovingly embracing a clearly dead Pike on a table at the morgue. It's kind of disturbing, but feels like Fincher's style.
After teaming up with Sandra Bullock for the hit comedy The Heat, and being at odds with Jason Bateman in Identity Thief, this time Melissa McCarthy will be alongside Susan Sarandon in Tammy. The comedy follows McCarthy as the titular character, completely down on her luck with no money, no husband, and no car. She's ready to get the hell out of town, but in order to do that, she'll have to deal with her grandmother Pearl (Sarandon), who has a car and some extra cash. Yes, it's a road trip comedy, and we've got the first photo of this disastrous duo, and they seem to behaving some police trouble at a liquor store.
Yep, it's awards season. With the Oscar nominations voting closing this week, CBS Films is running one hell of a unique/ballsy marketing campaign in the NY Times for a film that is, indeed, one of the best of the year - the Coen Brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis. So far they've run two full-page ads in the Times for the new Coen Bros film, one of them featuring a list of over 400 critics' names (causing Twitter to go crazy in the afternoon) that have called Inside Llewyn Davis one of the best films of the year. The other is the now infamous tweet from NY Times' critic A.O. Scott talking about listening to one of the songs from the film about a folk musician, played excellently by Oscar Isaac (who also deserves a nomination). Photos below.
It's been far too long since Adam Sandler took a break from his stupid comedies like Grown Ups 2, That's My Boy and other garbage we'd rather forget about. Thankfully, Sandler is getting back to some solid filmmaking akin to his praiseworthy turns in films like Punch-Drunk Love, Spanglish and Reign Over Me. Director Thomas McCarthy (Win Win, The Station Agent) has Sandler leading his film The Cobbler, and we have a first look photo from the film. Sandler certainly looks tired (that's probably the idea) sipping some coffee out in front of his shoe shop. Hopefully McCarthy and Sandler deliver a charming little flick.
"Big girls don't cryyy!" Take a gander at the first official photo from the Jersey Boys movie, being directed by Clint Eastwood (yea, really!) adapting the Tony-award winning Broadway musical that first hit the stages in New York in 2005. The big screen adaptation stars (most of these actors coming from Broadway) John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Vincent Piazza, and Michael Lomenda as "Franki Valli and the Four Seasons", seen below. They're singing in front of a big lit sign, which is similar to the set design from the musical involving elaborate moving set pieces that help tell the 1960s-set story. A trailer is due out soon.
Following a battle in space this year in Ender's Game and a forthcoming encounter with danger alongside Kevin Costner in Three Days to Kill, young actress Hailee Steinfeld is getting into some action of her own. Barely Lethal follows the True Grit star as a young girl raised at a boarding school that trains children to be assassins. But that life is all she's ever known, so she's completely out of her element when she moves to a small town and has to deal with the challenges of high school. Now we have some first look photos from the film that sounds like Hanna meets Kick-Ass, but will it be on par with those fun, stylish films? Look below!
This fall, Steve Carell gets into family film mode with the adaptation of the beloved children's book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst. While the book focuses on a terrible day in the life of a kid, the film adaptation spreads the bad day to the entire family. Carell and Jennifer Garner lead the family as the mother and father, with relatively unknown child actor Ed Oxenbould taking the titular lead who wakes up with gum stuck in his hair. A first look photo shows the family in the middle of their horrible day as something seems to have gotten inside their house. Look!
One of the most anticipated comedies of 2014 is the new feature from writer/director Seth MacFarlane. Following up his feature debut Ted, MacFarlane once again writes/directs and stars in a comedy, this one a western titled A Million Ways to Die in the West. We've been waiting to see any glimpse of the movie and now have a photo showing our four main characters: Seth MacFarlane as Albert plus Charlize Theron standing next to him; with Neil Patrick Harris as Foy standing next to Amanda Seyfried, the main love interest. Liam Neeson and Giovanni Ribisi aren't pictured, and it's not a revealing shot, but it is something.
In a still that mimics the concept art that popped up at Comic-Con earlier this summer, the first official photo from Marvel's cosmic superhero ensemble Guardians of the Galaxy has arrived. This was actually a funny scene in the footage shown in Hall H earlier this summer, where the ragtag team of space misfits were gathered for some unknown reason. We finally get a look at the fully rendered versions of Rocket Racoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Groot (voice by Vin Diesel) along with heavily made-up Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista, with Chris Pratt being the most normal looking one in the bunch. Look!
Last December, when the first film in The Hobbit trilogy was released, late night talk show satirist Stephen Colbert dedicated a whole week to Peter Jackson's new fantasy endeavor. In case you didn't know, Colbert is a massive J.R.R. Tolkien fan, even winning a trivia contest against Jackson, Fran Walsh and Phillipa Boyens when he visited the set in New Zealand with his family. Along with his excitement and hype for the film trilogy, it was discovered that Colbert had a small cameo in the trilogy, and it wasn't in the first film. Well, keen eyes finally caught Colbert in The Desolation of Smaug on the big screen. Look!
The new cover of Empire last week gave us our first photo of Sebastian Stan as the new villain on the scene in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Now some new photos from that issue have surfaced to gives us a glimpse at a scene only teased in the teaser trailer and extended preview shown before Thor: The Dark World. One features the villain holding the shield of Captain America (Chris Evans) during a street battle (which has also been teased in the trailer), while another shows Scarlett Johansson in action as well. There's also a new shot of Cap and Robert Redford speaking with Samuel L. Jackson. Look now!
In what might be the first time we've seen the Biblical figure of Moses without long hair, the first look photo from Ridley Scott's epic Exodus has arrived with a glimpse at Christian Bale as the man who speaks to a burning bush. It's a simple photo featuring Bale atop a horse as the slaves of the Pharaoh Rhamses II (Joel Edgerton) build monuments in the desert. Scott's film will follow Moses from his near death as an infant to his adoption into the Egyptian royal family, as well as his defiance of the Pharaoh and deliverance of the Hebrews from enslavement. Are we looking at a return to awards season worthiness for Scott? Look!