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"Come find me when you wake up!" Warner Bros has unleashed the first teaser trailer for the sci-fi time loop movie Edge of Tomorrow, formerly known as All You Need is Kill, starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. Taking place in the distant future during war between a race of aliens called Mimics and the human race, the movie involves Cruise being caught in a time loop, having to fight the same battle over and over. We got our first glimpse of this at Comic-Con, but this trailer is packed with gritty war action and it looks damn good. Bill Paxton and Jeremy Piven are in this too, but the story and action are the stars.
After hearing that a new Terminator TV series would like lead into the film franchise reboot at Paramount Pictures, we have our first official cast member in talks. The film is officially titled Terminator: Genesis (which sounds like a generic Resident Evil sequel title), and Deadline reports Jason Clarke (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Great Gatsby, Zero Dark Thirty) is in early talks to play John Connor, the future leader of the revolution against the intelligence Skynet system and its army of cyborg soldiers wiping out humanity. No plot details have been revealed, but this reports says time travel to the future will happen.
We've seen Caesar in war paint and Andy Serkis riding a horse on set in photos from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to the surprise success Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and now the first batch of teaser posters are here showing the ape revolutionaries in ready for battle. These might be part of one large banner for the sequel, but they're all show in parts on the film's official website. In addition, we have word that the first trailer for the film will arrive on December 18th, and you'll likely see it in theaters when Fox's The Secret Life of Walter Mitty hits theaters a week later on Christmas Day. See posters below!
Back in 2009, we got word that Sony Pictures was developing Bad Boys 3, a sequel to the Michael Bay action franchise starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. Then in 2010, producer Jerry Bruckheimer said, "It's a wish and a hope and a dream. We've been working on a screenplay, which is excellent. It's an idea Will gave us, so hopefully, it will come to fruition, we would love it to." But it's been three years and no dice. But now the project has life again as Deadline reports Sony, with producer Michael De Luca situated as production co-president, has hired Safe House scribe David Guggenheim to write Bad Boys 3 this time.
The nominees for the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards have just been announced today. Yet another awards show in the very top tier (which also includes the Golden Globes and Academy Awards) is the Screen Actors Guilds Awards, where the actors themselves choose the best performances from amongst their peers. These noms are usually similar to the Oscars. This year there is a very big set of contenders for acting awards, and it's interesting (and also exciting) to see who made the cut. Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave earned the most nominations, with 4 in total including Best Ensemble Cast. Full list of noms below.
Though Kevin Smith was all about self-distribution for his film Red State, this time he's letting a couple indie distributors take over. A24 and Demarest Films have just announced that they will distribute Smith's new horror film Tusk, the story of a podcast host and journalist (Justin Long) who follows finds the story of a lifetime in Mr. Howe (Michael Parks), a worldwide adventurer with amazing tales and a curious penchant for walruses. But what he really finds is himself in a terrifying and peculiar scenario you have to see to believe. Haley Joel Osment also returns to horror with this film along with Genesis Rodriguez.
The War continues. Paramount has signed a deal with Spanish filmmaker Juan Antonio Bayona, best known as just J.A. Bayona, to direct the World War Z sequel in development. After thwarting bad buzz to earn an impressive $540 million at the global box office, Paramount and Skydance Prods. are already moving forward on a sequel to the
zombie action movie based on Max Brooks' bestselling novel of the same name. Bayona last directed The Impossible, which got one Oscar nomination, and broke out with the 2007 horror film The Orphanage. Few details have been revealed about a sequel, but at least they found a good director.
Just last week, we learned that Disney gained the rights to Indiana Jones from Paramount Pictures, making their ownership of Lucasfilm complete. Disney picked up "distribution and marketing rights to future films, in addition to retaining its current ownership rights," which means the House of Mouse can now make Indiana Jones sequels, reboots, etc. at their leisure, just like their continuance Star Wars saga starting with Episode VII with director J.J. Abrams. Now a tweet from Indiana Jones producer Frank Marshall seems to indicate that Disney is moving swiftly to get a new Indiana Jones movie off the ground.
It's been awhile since we've gotten a generic thriller starring Nicolas Cage. And when I say awhile, I really mean only a year. But 2014 will see the release of the oddly titled Tokarev, which finds Cage seeking revenge after some Russian mobsters kidnap and kill his daughter, making him pay for something he did to wrong the gangsters in the past. There's gunshots, concerned cops like Danny Glover and a man willing to do anything for revenge along with all the other cliches we've come to expect with films like this. I'm hoping Cage pays back the money he owes the IRS soon, so he can stop doing garbage movies like this for money.
In what looks like a film that escaped the bargain bin at Wal-Mart, we have a new trailer for the delayed animated sequel Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return. With animation that feels unfinished and cheap, a surprising all-star cast that includes Lea Michele ("Glee") along with veteran actors like Patrick Stewart, Martin Short, Dan Aykroyd, Kelsey Grammer and more populate this film which sees Dorothy Gale's (Michele) return to the magical land of Oz, where she reunites with the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion (along with some silly new companions) to face a new threat, the Jester, who is trying to control Oz with the wand of the Wicked Witch of the West. Yeah, sounds pretty damn stupid to us.
The premiere category was just announced for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival featuring films like A Most Wanted Man with Philip Seymour Hoffman and the promising action-packed sequel The Raid 2. Another exciting entry to the festival in this special category is the newest film from The Guard director John Michael McDonagh. Reateaming with Brendan Gleeson, the story follows the In Bruges star as Father James Lavelle, a priest who has just found himself threatened during a private confession and is unsure what to do. It has some dark dry comedy helped along by Chris O'Dowd, Dylan Moran and more in this first trailer, and we'll definitely be checking it out at the festival next month. Watch the trailer now!
After hearing in October that Skyfall and Cloud Atlas star Ben Whishaw was the hopeful to take the lead role in a biopic about Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, it's official. Deadline has word that Whishaw has signed on to play the lead singer of the iconic classic rock band in a film from British actor turned director Dexter Fletcher, fresh off the musical adaptation Sunshine on Leith with featured music from the music group The Proclaimers. As of now the plan is to shoot the film next year, whether or not Sony Pictures is ready to pull the trigger on the film produced by Graham King (The Town) and his own GK Films banner.
Just the thought of not having any more films from Martin Scorsese is a real bummer. But at 71 years old, the iconic director of such films as GoodFellas, The Departed, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver and this month's The Wolf of Wall Street is tired, and it sounds like he sees the end of his career coming sooner than later. Speaking at the Marrakech Film Festival (via The Playlist), Scorsese explained that he has the desire to make more films, but it's not likely he'll go much longer. Scorsese says, "Yes, I have the desire to make many films, but as of now I’m 71 and there’s only a couple more left if I get to make them." Uh-oh.
"Frankly, none of us have faced a situation quite like this before." He's here. Warner Bros has debuted the first trailer for Godzilla, a brand new take on the classic giant Japanese lizard monster, being directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters). This ain't no wimpy teaser, this is a full-on 2 1/2 minute trailer packed with smokey glimpses of the giant monster(s) and some gritty, epic action. This movie looks huge in scale and badass in every way (love the opening scene). Aaron Taylor-Johnson stars along with Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe & David Strathairn. Hell of a trailer. This looks so f&!kin' awesome.