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After directing Captain Phillips last year, filmmaker Paul Greengrass is ready to reach further into the past for another true story drama, this time overseas as opposed to at sea. Variety has word that FilmNation has attached Greengrass to direct The Tunnels, based on a book proposal by Greg Mitchell that the production banner just snagged the rights to. Saving Private Ryan producer Mark Gordon is also on board the film which chronicles a great escape story following a group of West Germans who are trying to get their families out of East Berlin before the infamous wall falls in 1989 and they get some unlikely help.
After once being slated to play the Mad Hatter's father in Through the Looking Glass, the sequel to Tim Burton's adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, Tony Award winner Mark Rylance ended up not taking the role, and it went to Rhys Ifans of The Amazing Spider-Man. However, Rylance did end up getting a role in Steven Spielberg's forthcoming Cold War thriller with Tom Hanks. And it turns out to have been a great move for the actor because DreamWorks has announced that Rylance has also landed the title role in The BFG, the adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic novel that will also be adapted by Steven Spielberg. Read on!
You might not expect a vampire western to come out of a country like Iran, but here we are with the first trailer for an indie called A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, one of the official selections of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival from earlier this year. This is a genre film through and through to the point that the trailer almost feels like it was directed by a young, foreign Quentin Tarantino or Robert Rodriguez. The press release cites influences from spaghetti westerns, horror and Iranian New Wave, and that's all perfectly on display here. This looks like a foreign film to go out of your way to see whenever possible. Watch now!
After being in the running for the role of Doctor Strange this past summer, and then falling away for a few months, "Sherlock" and Star Trek Into Darkness star Benedict Cumberbatch is now in talks with Marvel to take the lead role in their Phase Three film. Previously, Joaquin Phoenix was the top pick, but a deal wasn't finalized. Marvel has been considering various names since then, and right now they're just trying to figure out if they can work around Cumberbatch's schedule in order to get him in the film directed by Scott Derrickson (Sinister) and written by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus). That's some positively great news!
Just a couple months ago we learned that Harry Potter franchise star Emma Watson would team with Rush star Daniel Bruhl for the thriller Colonia, unfolding in the midst of the Chilean military coup of 1973. Well, production is already underway on the film from director Florian Gallenberger (Honolulu and City of War: The Story of John Rabe) and a fist look photo has just been released, revealing that Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and foreign Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy star Michael Nyqvist also stars in the film. In the photo, he seems angry and threatening Watson in a church. Look now!
There may not be a new movie from Terrence Malick this year (we never really know when his films are going to arrive), but his protégé, director A.J. Edwards has delivered The Better Angels, a coming of age drama focusing on historical icon Abraham Lincoln. But rather than looking at his presidential years, the black and white film looks at the formative years of the future emancipator, his family, the hardships that shaped him, the tragedy that marked him forever, and the two women who guided him to immortality. There's a large influence of Malick in style and storytelling, so this won't be for everybody, but the theatrical trailer looks good. Jason Clarke, Diane Kruger and newcomer Braydon Denney star in the film.
The year 2065 - war has destroyed Earth, mankind has been forced to leave. This is a must watch trailer for an indie sci-fi that seems to be going for something similar in scope to Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, except made on a shoestring budget. The Last Scout is a sci-fi space opera epic from filmmaker Simon Phillips that we first teased last year with a dark poster. Over a year has passed and we haven't heard or seen anything about this, but out of nowhere a teaser trailer has appeared, and the filmmakers are asking for Indiegogo funds to finish VFX and other post-production work. This trailer actually looks good, despite ending on that obnoxious explosion, but I'm still interested in checking this out. As long as it gets finished.
There used to be a time when we would look up at the stars and dream. We would wonder what it was like out there, what we might find out amongst the endless black of space. But then things changed, we became obsessed with ourselves again, with battling each other for money and power, and we forgot how to dream. Along comes Interstellar, an exhilarating science fiction creation that once again reminds us that we can dream, that we get to breathe this fresh air on this beautiful planet, that we get to smile, cry and laugh. And it's those feelings that matter the most. It reminds us that the desire to connect is one of the most important aspects of humanity and that nothing–whether it be time or space or others–can break those bonds of love.
The teaser posters for Ridley Scott's latest epic, Exodus: Gods & Kings, left plenty to be desired since they made the film look like some kind of Las Vegas stage show. Thankfully, these new posters for the film are better, though still uninspired. Both Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton each get their own poster with a unique tagline. And then there's one more that has them facing off in battle, and they each get a different tagline. They're nothing special, but few posters are nowadays. But clearly Ramses (Edgerton) was born into his role while Moses (Bale) is just following his destiny, so do with that information what you will.
Though directing duo Phil Lord & Chris Miller won't be returning to direct The LEGO Movie 2, they were previously confirmed to produce the film that will be helmed by the first film's behind the scenes co-director Chris McKay. Now Deadline has word that Lord & Miller will be a little more involved with the sequel because Warner Bros. has also signed them on to write the film. That's the best way to ensure the brilliant creativity and originality that made the first film so great is still around in the sequel. Ever since the sequel was said to be in development, that was my biggest concern but now everything is awesome.
Vengeance Hits Home. This first banner may be nothing but a Photoshop mash-up of the seven lead actors, but for fans of this series it's an exciting announcement reminding us that this seventh movie is still on the way. Despite the tragic death of actor Paul Walker last year, director James Wan and the rest of the cast worked together to finish this movie with the help of his family and friends. Universal has announced that the title of Fast & Furious 7 will be just Furious 7, and the first trailer is launching on Saturday, November 1st one week from now. Check out the first promo art and read more on the trailer event below.
When it comes to conventional horror thrillers in theaters this Halloween, there's not much to choose from (our own Jeremy K. Kirk says Ouija isn't very good at all), but Jake Gyllenhaal and his latest film Nightcrawler looks like it might offer a nice alternative to the usual slashers and supernatural terror. Gyllenhaal plays an aspiring crime journalist who decides to do whatever it takes to get his stories on the nightly news, even if that means staging an accident scene or filming a grisly murder. But his career path as a "nightcrawler" just might cost him his sanity and his life. This new red band trailer shows off just how twisted and crazy this movie is going to be, and it looks like a great trip to the movie theater on Halloween.