'Expendables 2' Director Set to Remake Horror Classic 'The Blob'

The Blob

As Universal Pictures is preparing a new cohesive cinematic universe for their classic movie monsters like Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Wolfman ad more (albeit without as much horror in the films), Goldcrest Films has just announced a remake of another horror classic. A press release reveals The Expendables 2 and Con-Air director Simon West will direct a remake of the 1958 sci-fi horror flick The Blob, about a gelatinous alien life-form attacking a small town. West says, "With modern CGI we can now fully realize the potential of The Blob. The world I create will be totally believable, immersive and emotionally satisfying."

 Posted January 22 in Development, Movie News | Comments

Vincent Cassel in Aussie Sundance Drama 'Partisan' Teaser Trailer

Partisan

The 2015 Sundance Film Festival kicks off today, and we'll have plenty of updates of the most buzzed about films, acquisitions of the indies for distribution, and plenty more from Park City, Utah. But before the films start playing this evening, the teaser trailer for one of the entries in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition has been unveiled. Partisan is a drama from Australia starring Vincent Cassel (Trance, Oceans 12) as a man running a closed community, overseeing a boy named Alexander, who runs dangerous errands to help provide for the group. But slowly, Alexander gets more inquisitive, and that's a problem.

 Posted January 22 in Indies, Sundance 15, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

'Maze Runner's Kaya Scodelario Sails to 'Pirates of the Caribbean 5'

Kaya Scodelario

After being the only female misfit in the young adult sci-fi adaptation The Maze Runner, British actress Kaya Scodelario may be heading to an established film franchise next. Deadline has word that the "Skins" cast member is in early talks to take the female lead in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the fifth installment in Disney's swashbuckling adventure franchise starring Johnny Depp. However, we're not sure what kind of character Scodelario will be playing, but there's probably a good chance she'll end up finding romance with another new cast member, Brenton Thwaites, who joined the cast last fall.

 Posted January 22 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Simon Pegg Giving 'Star Trek 3' All He's Got by Co-Writing the Script

Star Trek Into Darkness

It's a pretty foregone conclusion that the principal cast members of the rebooted Star Trek franchise would be coming along for Star Trek 3. That includes Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin and Simon Pegg. But one of the crew members of the U.S.S. Enterprise has a new job outside of the ship as well. Deadline reports Simon Pegg will also now be responsible for co-writing the new draft of the script with Doug Jung, the creator of the TNT police drama series "Dark Blue." Previously, Roberto Orci was going to have his hand in writing the script, but that was before he departed the film.

 Posted January 21 in Development, Movie News | Comments

Lionsgate Picks Up 'Don Verdean' Before Its Premiere at Sundance

Don Verdean

The 2015 Sundance Film Festival won't even begin until tomorrow, but Lionsgate has already picked up a film debuting in Park City this month. It's been 11 years since director Jared Hess made a huge splash at Sundance with Napoleon Dynamite, and now he's back with Don Verdean, a new comedy starring Sam Rockwell, Jemaine Clement, Amy Ryan, Danny McBride, Will Forte and more. And now Deadline reports Lionsgate has already picked up the distribution rights to the film before it premieres next week. Does this mean that Hess might finally have another good film to follow his breakthrough indie sensation? We certainly hope so, especially since it's one of our 10 most anticipated films of the festival. More below!

 Posted January 21 in Indies, Movie News, Sundance 15 | Comments

Watch: Hand-Drawn Animated Short Film 'Confusion Through Sand'

Confusion Through Sand Short Film

Almost a year ago we featured a trailer for a short film called Confusion Through Sand, which was set to premiere at the SXSW Film Festival. The short is hand-drawn on recycled paper, and looks nothing like anything we've ever seen before. Not only that, but the camera movements are amazing. It tells the story of a young soldier "in a hostile desert, scared as hell and trained to react," no doubt referencing the Iraq war. The director tipped me to let me know the short is now available online in full. Suffice it to say, it's a must watch, well worth the wait. One last warning: "this gets loud and intense and may be hard for some people."

 Posted January 21 in Animation, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Get Your Tickets Now for AMC's Best Picture Showcase Marathon

Best Picture Showcase

"The Best of the Best is Back." Your last chance to see these in theaters! AMC has unveiled details for their latest version of the Best Picture Showcase. For years, AMC has been hosting marathon screenings of all of the Best Picture nominees at the Academy Awards, so moviegoers of all kinds can catch up before the big show next month. This year, with eight nominees including Boyhood, Selma and Whiplash, AMC is splitting the screenings across two consecutive Saturdays, " so you can attend one day, or both days. Or, enjoy all the films in one day with the 24-hour marathon in select markets." More info on the films and theaters below.

 Posted January 21 in Awards, Events, Movie News | Comments

Gareth Evans Says Don't Expect 'The Raid 3' for at Least Three Years

The Raid 2

If the incredible action and larger scale story in The Raid 2 left you wanting another round from director Gareth Evans, we have some disappointing news. Don't worry, The Raid 3 is still very much in the works, but Evans just isn't in a hurry to make it. The filmmaker teased a new project on Twitter by saying, "Time to find a brand new collection of streets & buildings outside of Indonesia to fuck up with cars and mayhem." That prompted a fan to ask whether or not it was related to The Raid 3, and sadly, the director dashed our dreams of seeing the sequel anytime soon. However, that doesn't mean he isn't thinking about it. Read on!

 Posted January 21 in Development, Movie News | Comments

'The Hunting Ground' Doc Trailer Exposes College Sexual Assault

The Hunting Ground

After exposing sexual assault in the United States military at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, the team behind The Invisible War is back at the festival again, but this time they're exposing the rape crimes that are being covered up and overlooked on college campuses across the United States. The Hunting Ground is directed by Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering and reveals "an endemic system of institutional cover-ups, rationalizations, victim-blaming, and denial that creates perfect storm conditions for predators to prey with impunity." It's premiering at Sundance this month, and the first provocative trailer has just arrived. Watch!

 Posted January 21 in Docs, Sundance 15, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Watch: Brad Bird Plays with Mondo's Incredible 'Iron Giant' Figure

The Iron Giant

Just before Comic-Con last summer, we learned that the collectible arthouse Mondo was expanding their love and tributes to film and television by producing and selling collectible toys for fans to buy. One of the first toys announced as part of their new venture was a huge figure of The Iron Giant, the massive robot from Brad Bird's under-appreciated animated film from the late 90s. Well, the figure is finally available for pre-order starting tomorrow, and to help hype the sale, io9 was given a video of Brad Bird himself playing with the figure, giving his full endorsement, and maybe even getting a little emotional and nostalgic.

 Posted January 21 in Cool Stuff, To Watch | Comments

Nicolas Cage is 'Borat' Director's 'Army of One' to Hunt Bin Laden

Nicolas Cage

There's been a lot of terrible Nicolas Cage movies made over the past few years, and last year brought one of the worst with the new adaptation of Left Behind. But it sounds there might be a good one in the works, and it's not just another action thriller. THR has word that Cage is slated to star in Army of One, a satirical comedy from Borat director Larry Charles about an average guy who decides to begin his own hut for Osama Bin Laden. And the film has some serious producer power behind it as Harvey and Bob Weinstein have struck a deal for the North American rights to the film through the TWC-Dimension banner. Read on!

 Posted January 21 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Sacha Baron Cohen's Comedy 'Grimsby' Moves to February 2016

Grimsby

After being originally slated for release this summer, Sacha Baron Cohen's spy and soccer hooligan comedy Grimsby has been pushed back seven months and won't arrive until February 26th, 2016. We're not sure what the hold up is, especially since the film was shooting last summer (get a first look here), but maybe test screenings aren't working out so they're going to reshoot some stuff. It's much easier to do that kind of thing with a comedy than a blockbuster. Or maybe it's just not a good summer release. That's really just speculation on our part, but now we know why we hadn't seen any official photos from the film yet.

 Posted January 21 in Movie News, Release Dates | Comments

Watch: Teaser Trailer for Hip-Hop Fueled Sundance Drama 'Dope'

Dope

Most of the films we named as our 10 Most Anticipated Films of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival have only revealed a couple first look photos and a vague synopsis. However, one of the picks on Alex Billington's list gets teased a bit more in a short tease for Dope.  The film follows a group of high schoolers living in The Bottoms, one of the toughest neighborhoods in Inglewood, California. Shameik Moore leads the film with The Grand Budapest Hotel's lobby boy Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, Zoë Kravitz, rapper A$AP Rocky and "Workaholics" star Blake Anderson. We'll definitely be checking this one out. Watch below!

 Posted January 21 in Indies, Sundance 15, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Sundance 2015: Our 10 Most Anticipated Films We Can't Wait to See

Sundance 2015

Nothing like seeing movies in the mountains. Kicking off this week in snowy Park City, Utah is the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, where both Ethan and I are headed for 10 days to see fresh new indie films non-stop. To help get everyone up to speed on some of the films we're interested in, here are 10 Sundance 2015 films that we're excited for, a small look at some of the films we're keeping an eye on and will be seeing at any earliest opportunity. Alex has chosen five he's interested in, and Ethan has also chosen another five he's ready to enjoy from the diverse and hopefully impressive 123-film line-up this year. Whether it's horror or drama or comedy or a documentary or something else entirely, we seek great movies to fall in love with.

 Posted January 21 in Editorial, Indies, Lists, Sundance 15 | Comments

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