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Following the recent original horror flick Oculus, we're still due for quite the dose of newcomer Brenton Thwaites this year. The young actor leads the sci-fi indie The Signal, has a supporting role as Prince Phillip in Maleficent and stars alongside Jeff Bridges in the adaptation of the revered sci-fi novel The Giver. Now a new trailer has arrived for the film that also features Meryl Streep and Katie Holmes, combining some footage from the original teaser with some of the new bits that popped up in the recent featurette. While the book is held in high esteem, we're not sure if the film can offer anything fresh in the YA market.
"Got a problem? Odds against you?" Who you gonna call? How about The Equalizer! Last week we featured the first poster and we're waiting to finally see a trailer for the re-imagining of The Equalizer, originally a cult 80's TV show. In the big screen version, Denzel Washington stars as the Equalizer, a badass vigilante (or "former black ops commando") who comes out of hiding to rescue a young girl from Russian mobsters. Spotted by writer Gary Whitta in the NY Times (potentially from years ago) is a classified ad, with a fake 555 number, but similar to the exact one that's likely from Equalizer footage (whether old or new). See it below.
Right now producer Frank Marshall has his hands full with Jurassic World, the latest sequel (which also seems to be sort of a reboot) in the Jurassic Park franchise launched by Steven Spielberg in 1993. Marshall has produced some of the biggest franchises of all time like Back to the Future and Raiders of the Lost Ark, and now he's looking to get back behind the camera as a director. The last time Marshall directed a film, it was Disney's Antarctic adventure Eight Below with the late Paul Walker in 2006, and before that, Congo in 1995. Now THR reports Marshall will direct a shipwreck drama called The Longest Night at Paramount.
One week after The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits theaters, audiences will get to see the spectacular comedy Neighbors starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron. This writer has already seen the film, but our review won't be coming until closer to the release. But having already seen the film has me excited to hear news from SlashFilm that the comedy's director Nicholas Stoller (who also was at the helm of Forgetting Sarah Marshall and the spin-off Get Him to the Greek) has another promising project lined up with Rogen and comedian Kevin Hart in the lead. The inclusion of Hart might have otherwise sullied our excitement, but the premise for this particular buddy cop comedy sounds far too fantastic to even worry about at this point.
Following news that director Steven Spielberg was considering a reunion with Lincoln and Munich writer Tony Kushner for a religious drama called The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, yet another potential project has surfaced, and it would reunite him with another previous collaborator. THR reports Tom Hanks is attached to an untitled Cold War drama written by up and coming writer Matt Charman. The script tells the true story of James Donovan, an attorney who negotiated the release of downed U-2 spy plane pilot Gary Powers, who was held and interrogated by the KGB and imprisoned for espionage. Read on!
Just under a couple weeks ago, we highlighted a cool new animated short from Bruce Timm, the man behind the spectacular "Batman: The Animated Series." The short is just one of many special things happening this year in order to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Batman. And now a second animated short from Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment has popped up online, this one using the world of the animated series "Batman Beyond" to pay tribute to The Dark Knight. Fans will hear the return of Kevin Conroy as Bruce Wayne and Will Friedle as Terry McGinnis, and it's a cool short to celebrate Batman turning 75. Watch!
On this week's episode of The Golden Briefcase, hosts Tim and Jeremy go through their latest picks of the week, the newest DVD & Blu-ray releases and plenty more on this special episode. For the main topic of the night the guys talk with cinematographer Laurie Rose, of Ben Wheatley's Kill List, Sightseers and A Field in England. The topic was loosely based around Wally Pfister's Transcendence, and the guys wanted to talk about cinematography with a man who works in it. Laurie shares some of his favorite DP's working today, his own background of getting into the craft and his working relationship with Ben Wheatley. Enjoy!
Following a premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival over the weekend, The Avengers director Joss Whedon, along with Kai Cole and their Bellwether Pictures banner, have decided to release their latest micro-budget feature film on VOD. After teaming on Whedon's contemporary adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing, this latest project is written and executive produced by Whedon and directed by Brin Hill (Ball Don't Lie). The film is called In Your Eyes, and the press release describes the film as "a timeless boy-meets-girl story, wrapped in a supernatural, Whedonesque world." Zoe Kazan, Michael Stahl-David and more star in the film and we have a sneak preview, along with the stylish teaser posters, and a message from Whedon.
Following news last week that a clip from X-Men: Days of Future Past would be teased after the credits of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, despite both films being situated at 20th Century Fox and Sony Pictures respectively, there were rumblings and hopes that this might eventually lead to some cross-studio collaboration to combine all Marvel characters into a shared universe, regardless of which studio owns them. Now we have some comments from Sony's The Amazing Spider-Man franchise producer Avi Arad and Fox's X-Men: Days of Future Past and Fantastic Four reboot writer and producer Simon Kinberg, and they both seem to have opposing views on the possibility of a multiple studio, comic book crossover.
Though we weren't on hand to attend the once-in-a-lifetime event, Quentin Tarantino's live-read of his delayed western script The Hateful Eight still revealed some cool and promising tidbits for fan's of the iconic, contemporary filmmaker. First of all, the good news is that Tarantino is still working on the script and doesn't sound quite as adverse to making the film after all. At Film Independent's event at LACMA, Tarantino explained to the crowd (which included Harvey and Bob Weinstein), "This is the first draft." And he added he was already writing a second draft with a new ending, and a third draft as well. So that's good.
"Who... are you?" Today's indie trailer is the first official teaser for a kinetic South Korean action film titled No Tears for the Dead, from Jeong-beom Lee of the 2010 revenge film The Man from Nowhere. In this new film, Jang Dong-gun stars along with Kim Min-hee in a "love story between a professional hitman and his next target". While that kind of story could go either way on screen, this one goes for a much more energetic, explosive feeling. I'm not sure what is with the English subtitles for English-spoken dialogue, but aside from that, this actually looks pretty cool with a few great shots (like the one seen above). Take a look.
Last night, Saturday, April 19th, in New York City, just a few blocks from the Hook & Ladder 8 firehouse, Gallery 1988 opened the Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary art show. Located at the Gallery 69 art space in Tribeca, the show includes an impressive amount of Ghostbusters-themed art and merchandise for sale and will be stationed in New York for a week. From here it will head to Los Angeles, then Chicago, then eventually to Comic-Con in July. Ivan Reitman's Ghostbusters was released in June 1984 and the collection of art is one of the best I've seen honoring a classic, with outstanding work from so many well-known artists.
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: This month we learned that Quentin Tarantino would give a small audience the chance to see his delayed western The Hateful Eight come to life in the form of a live-reading of the script at at LACMA on April 24th. Tarantino was also said to be directing and picking the cast for this special event that will not be recorded or broadcast to the public, and Deadline has confirmed (complete with a tweet from Film Independent) that Samuel L. Jackson will yet again collaborate with his Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained director for some sort of role in the reading. We're not sure who else might pop up, but stay tuned for more. Reporting on this event is about as close as we'll get to being in attendance, so stay tuned.