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Briefly: We now have a date for the latest from John Hillcoat (seen above), director of The Proposition, The Road and Lawless. Titled Triple Nine, the ensemble crime drama from a script by Matt Cook is about a group of corrupt police officers who are blackmailed into pulling off a seemingly impossible heist. They plot the murder of a rookie cop in order to orchestrate a "999", code for "officer down", to pull off the heist around town. The impressive cast includes: Aaron Paul, Kate Winslet, Gal Gadot, Norman Reedus, Teresa Palmer, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Anthony Mackie, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Clifton Collins Jr. Triple Nine will hit theaters starting September 11th, 2015 over a year from now. We'll be watching for updates.
It was set to premiere at TIFF, but not anymore. Lionsgate has announced that in a "preemptive deal prior to the start" of TIFF, they've acquired the release rights to Maggie, an "apocalyptic thriller" (read: zombie movie) starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin and Joely Richardson. The film was set to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival late in the fest next month, but with an early 2015 release planned, they've decided to pull it from the fest (the film's original listing is now gone). Whether this upsets you or not, the good news is that it will still be released in theaters... eventually. Some photos from the film below.
Briefly: The first teaser trailer for Jason Reitman's latest film Men, Women & Children just debuted online before the drama premieres next month at the Toronto International Film Festival. But at the time, Paramount Pictures hadn't set an official release date. Now Deadline reports the studio has finally set the promising film for a limited release on October 1st with an expansion on October 10th and then a wide release on October 17th. The film stars Kaitlyn Dever, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ansel Elgort, Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer, Dean Norris and Adam Sandler in the story of high schoolers and their parents navigating life, love, and relationships in the age of our obsession with social media and the internet.
El Jefe is back! More Cubanos for everybody! Open Road Films has announced a re-release of the beloved summer indie comedy Chef, written, directed by and starring Jon Favreau. If you haven't already seen the film (or even if you have already!) they're offering you another chance to catch this up on the big screen. Although I would say this is probably best eaten while preparing you're own feast of a meal, because all it will make you want is the best food you can possibly eat during and after. We already raved about Chef when in our Sound Off but I'm always happy to keep highlighting it, especially during re-release. SlashFilm's Peter Sciretta listed it as one of the best films of the summer. We recommend seeing it whenever you get a chance.
Briefly: We now have a release date for Jon Stewart's new film Rosewater, which was filmed last year in the Middle East, and is already set for a big premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September. Open Road Films has schedule Rosewater for a limited debut starting November 7th this fall, putting it right smack in the middle of awards season. Guess what else opens on November 7th? Nolan's Interstellar; not to mention Disney's Big Hero 6. It's up against quite a few films, but it might have the power to take some adult crowds to the art house. Stewart's Rosewater stars Gael García Bernal as BBC journalist Maziar Bahari, who was detained in Iraq for more than 100 days. We expect to hear more about this film soon, as well as a first look.
Ahoy! Disney has confirmed a new release date for the latest sequel in the money-making Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Although the fourth movie, On Stranger Tides, performed the worst out of all four, it still made over $200 million at the US box office and thus justifies yet another sequel, even though fans have even begun losing interest. Initially titled Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, this fifth one is now scheduled for release on July 7th, 2017 - the same opening weekend as the first two films, release in 2003 and 2006. That is still three years away, but at least they have an actual release date.
Briefly: Universal has updated their 2015 release schedule with a few changes that should be good news for fans of this franchise. The release date for James Wan's sequel Fast & Furious 7, which is just finishing up production after a delay due to the tragic death of actor Paul Walker. The seventh movie in the Fast and Furious franchise was originally set to hit theaters April 10th, but will now arrive Friday, April 3rd, 2015, putting it against romance The Longest Ride two weeks before Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 opens. It should be a huge hit. In addition to Walker, the cast for Fast & Furious 7 includes Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel, Kurt Russell, Lucas Black, Jordana Brewster, Djimon Hounsou, Tyrese & Tony Jaa. All 2015 releases.
Briefly: It looks like we have official release dates for the next two Steven Spielberg-directed movies. In the last year, we've been covering news on Spielberg projects that have come about since Robopocalypse was delayed. A few months ago it was announced Spielberg was attached to an adaptation of Roald Dahl's The BFG (seen above), a family friendly story about a little girl who leads a friendly giant and the Queen of England on a journey to stop man-eating giants from gobbling children. Thanks to @ERCboxoffice, that one has been scheduled for release July 1st, 2016 two years away. In addition, the Cold War thriller starring Tom Hanks that Spielberg is also attached to has been given a release date - October 16th, 2015. Read on.
Briefly: We now have a release date for the next Jeff Nichols movie! If you're not already a fan of filmmaker Jeff Nichols, there's always time to get caught up with his films: Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter and Mud. He's in the middle of directing his first studio feature for Warner Bros now titled Midnight Special, a "government chase film" sci-fi inspired by John Carpenter about a kid who develops "extraordinary power"; starring Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver. This sounds like it's going to be awesome and even WB is so excited they greenlit it fast. Now Midnight Special is scheduled for release on November 25th, 2015 late next year, the same exact day as Pixar's The Good Dinosaur was reset for. WB also pushed Affleck's Live By Night from late 2015 to October 2016 - after Man of Steel 2. Full 2015.
Briefly: How will you spend your Christmas Day? How about snuggling up with loved ones at the cinema for the latest Tim Burton movie. That's the plan for 2014, as The Weinstein Company has scheduled Burton's latest, titled Big Eyes, for release on December 25th, Christmas Day, 2014. The film stars Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams as real-life artists Walter and Margaret Keane, who became famous in the 1960's with their wide-eyed depictions of women and children. This was shot last summer mostly in/around British Columbia for a much lower budget than Burton's Dark Shadows, and this release date seems to indicate it might be more family oriented than some of his other recent work. With the release now 7 months away, we expect to see a trailer and poster hit sometime soon. Stay tuned for updates on the latest Tim Burton movie.
Briefly: After getting a first look at Bennett Miller's latest drama Foxcatcher last year, Sony Pictures Classics decided to move the film out of last year's Oscar race to an unknown release in 2014. Now the film starring Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum is poised to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival next month, and has just received another awards season release date on November 14th this fall. The film tells the true story of Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark Schultz (Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Ruffalo) and their relationship with the eccentric John du Pont (Carell), heir to the du Pont Chemical fortune that led to murder. We'll likely have a full report on this one out of Cannes so stay tuned.
Get ready for more odd, exciting, intriguing cinema to catch this fall, as Drafthouse Films has confirmed release dates (via BoxOfficeMojo) for a number of their 2014 films. The doc The Final Member just opened today, and they have Borgman, Nothing Bad Can Happen and Mood Indigo set for the summer. After that, they just scheduled Ari Folman's half-animated mind-trip sci-fi film The Congress (starring Robin Wright as seen in the teaser photo) for August 29th late in the summer. Dog Day Afternoon doc The Dog will also be released in early August. Drafthouse Films has four additional films set to open late 2014. Read on!
Briefly: Last month, we learned the developing sequel to Steven Soderbergh's male stripper hit Magic Mike would be going by the appropriately bigger title of Magic Mike XXL and the original film's first assistant director Greg Jacobs would be at the helm this time. Now Warner Bros. has announced that the sequel will arrive in a prime summer spot on July 3rd, 2015, just in time to take advantage of the big box office that always comes through on July 4th weekend. That means the Channing Tatum sequel will arrive just a couple days after Terminator: Genesis, but the target audiences couldn't be more different. We still don't know much of anything about the film other than it's "a road movie sort of thing," so stay tuned for more.
Briefly: Fox Searchlight has announced a release date for Alejandro G. Iñárritu's Birdman, a Broadway stage drama about a fading actor starring Michael Keaton (seen above), for early in awards season 2014. Birdman will open in select theaters starting October 17th, 2014 this fall; a similar release date slot was used by Searchlight to debut 12 Years a Slave last year, and that went all the way to win Best Picture. Not saying that Birdman has that chance as we haven't seen much yet, but it will be something to behold anyway - with Oscar winner Emmanuel Lubezki behind the long-take cinematography. Also in the cast: Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, and Naomi Watts.