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Monthly Must See: Starred Up featuring Jack O'Connell
If you haven't taken the time to seek out the impressive indie comedy In a World, directed by and starring "Children's Hospital" regular Lake Bell, then you should try to rectify that as soon as you can. In the meantime, THR reports Bell has lined up her sophomore directing effort in the form of an adaptation of Claire Messud's 2007 novel The Emperor's Children. Imagine Entertainment is producing the film with a script coming from Noah Baumbach, writer/director of Frances Ha and Greenberg, who was previously attached to direct the story of the lives of three friends near their thirties, barely making their way in NYC.
There have been some commenters saying that we don't talk about DC Comics films enough, so here's a provocative rumor that should get the masses talking. HitFix has heard from several different sources that Warner Bros. is making a big push to keep humor out of their forthcoming DC Comics adaptations that have been scheduled to hit theaters through 2020. Drew McWeeney (who isn't prone to just posting any ole rumor) says he keeps hearing a "no jokes" kind of mandate for these films in the DC Comics cinematic universe, and Badass Digest has also echoed those sentiments. But that seems more than a little extreme.
After the teaser trailer showed Jennifer Lawrence arriving in the District 13 rebel stronghold, Lionsgate has revealed a look at the warriors who will step up to help fight the revolution against the Capitol in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I. A small batch of new posters have arrived with a completely different aesthetic than the previous District 13 character posters. Liam Hemsworth doesn't look much different than he did suited up in The Expendables 2, but the other posters give us a first look at Cressida (Natalie Dormer), Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Messalla (Evan Ross), Boggs (Mahershala Ali), Castor (Wes Chatham) and Pollux (Elden Henson). They all look pretty bad ass, so check them all out below!
There are prison movies, and then there are prison movies. David Mackenzie's Starred Up is a harrowing, violent, bold new take on the "prison movie" that is worth your time to take a look at, playing in theaters now and also available on VOD. The film also introduces the astonishing Jack O'Connell (now well-known thanks to Yann Demange's '71 and 300: Rise of an Empire, plus he stars in Angelina Jolie's Unbroken), who stars as the lead character Eric alongside Ben Mendelsohn, another badass we've already seen in the likes of Animal Kingdom, Killing Them Softly, The Dark Knight Rises and The Place Beyond the Pines. Together they take on an entire prison in Starred Up, and it's a hell of a ride. It's our next Monthly Must See film.
Gifted young actress Chloe Grace Moretz has been making the publicity rounds for her latest tearjerking drama If I Stay, and that means she's been fielding questions about projects other than the current one she's promoting. And considering most of the general population knows he as the foul-mouthed, ass-kicking Hit-Girl from Kick-Ass and last year's underwhelming sequel, she was inevitably asked about Kick-Ass 3. However, rather than being hopeful about the possibility of another film in the R-rated comic book franchise, she pretty much shot down any hopes fans might have of seeing her suit up again. More below!
"You don't think I'm capable of murder? Just put me in a room with the guy who really killed her." Following a pretty dark teaser trailer for Alexandre Aja's adaptation of Joe Hill's novel Horns, a trailer from across the pond has surfaced for the film starring Harry Potter franchise leading actor Daniel Radcliffe. While the footage shown at Comic-Con showed off some of the dark humor that's in the flick, this teaser trailer from the United Kingdom keeps things serious, pushing up the horror thriller elements of the film to the max. Radcliffe does a great American accent, but it will take some getting used to for sure.
Most of the time, people who are lucky enough to work in Hollywood are so busy with their own projects that they don't have time to keep up with what's happening outside of their own professional bubble. That means actors, writers, directors and more aren't quite as knowledgeable as to what's happening with other films, sometimes not even being aware of one another's work. However, when it comes to a director like Tyler Perry mentioning in an interview with Vulture that he didn't know who David Fincher (director of The Social Network and Se7en) was before signing on for a role in Gone Girl, that seems a little ridiculous.
We've seen Rooney Mara insult Mark Zuckerberg, struggle with the law in Ain't Them Bodies Saints and take matters into her own hands in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Now she's in the slums of Rio, Brazil in Stephen Daldry's latest film Trash. In what feels like a different take on Danny Boyle's Millions, the story follows two trash-picking boys from Rio’s slums who find a wallet amongst the usual garbage at a local dump. But when they learn that their find might belong to someone important and land them a reward, they have to figure out who to trust outside of the corrupt police force. Now a trailer from across the pond has surfaced, and it doesn't look half-bad, uplifting but not cheesy. It's way better than the other trailer. Watch!
So far, we've only seen a brief glimpse of Pixar Animation's forthcoming movie Inside Out. The film follows a little girl named Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job all the way in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions are the only first look we've gotten at the 2015 release from Pixar, and they're a big part of the movie as they live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. Now we finally have the first image of Riley in the film as well, though we're still not sure who is voicing her.
Audiences will see Pierce Brosnan get back into action mode this weekend with The November Man (and there's already a sequel on the way), but that's not the only action he'll be seeing on the big screen. The former James Bond is set to star in I.T., another thriller set up at Voltage Films with A Good Day to Die Hard helmer John Moore attached to direct. But it sounds like there won't quite be as much action as either of their recent projects since the story follows Brosnan as a publisher whose relationship with a young I.T. consultant sours, causing the young man to use technology to threaten his family, business and life.
Over a year ago, news surfaced that Sony Pictures was going to round up director Ron Howard and star Tom Hanks to adapt Dan Brown's novel Inferno, the latest book in the series featuring symbologist Robert Langdon. Hanks played the character who gets caught up in action and adventure, like an upscale Indiana Jones, in both The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, and while there's a third book that hasn't been turned into a film, The Lost Symbol, the studio is just marching onward with Inferno, a story which finds our hero suddenly waking up in an Italian hospital with amnesia. Did you see Fonzie jump that shark?
"I will not give into despair, because hopeless should never win... and hopeless is a lie." Drafthouse Films has debuted the first trailer for the highly acclaimed documentary The Overnighters, from director Jesse Moss, who captures an extraordinary look at a small community in North Dakota. We've been raving about this documentary since Sundance and recently featured the first "motion-poster" poster for the doc, which fades between many of the faces seen in this trailer. The trailer is a beautiful glimpse at the bigger story in The Overnighters, as there's something else going on but you have to see the film to reveal its secrets. Many, many people are going to be talking about this documentary this year, so get your first look at the trailer.