David Oyelowo Joining Lupita Nyong'o for 'Americanah' Adaptation

David Oyelowo

Over the summer, we learned that 12 Years a Slave star Lupita Nyong'o would reateam with Brad Pitt's Plan B production banner for an adaptation of the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award winning book Americanah, written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The Oscar-winning actress will star in and produce the film along with 2 Productions and Potboiler Productions, and now she's just gained a co-star who has had a hell of a year on the big screen in 2014. Variety reports David Oyelowo, who is getting awards buzz for his turn in Selma, is set to co-star in the story of Nigerian immigrants who face struggles in their love.

 Posted December 15 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

'Whiplash' Sensation J.K. Simmons Joins Cast of 'Kong: Skull Island'

J.K. Simmons

Briefly: Just before we weekend, we learned that Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures were shifting their action adventure Skull Island back to March 10th, 2017, and they had also changed the title to Kong: Skull Island. Now Deadline reports the film directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kings of Summer) and starring Tom Hiddleston has just gained a cast member in the form of J.K. Simmons, fresh off endless praise for his stirring turn in this year's Whiplash. No word on who he is playing, but the film has been said to focus on the mysterious and dangerous home of the king of the apes as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the treacherous, primordial island, so he's likely part of the team. Stay tuned for anymore details.

 Posted December 15 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

'A Walk in the Woods' & 'True Story' Are Also Headed to Sundance

A Walk in the Woods

The line-up for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival has already been revealed, but as always, there are a couple more last minute additions. Festival founder Robert Redford will see the premiere of his latest starring role in A Walk in the Woods, the adaptation of Bill Bryson's memoir of the same name, premiering at the festival. In addition, True Story starring Jonah Hill and James Franco will also debut up in the mountains. We've got first look photos from both of the movies below, along with the festival loglines to give you a better idea of what each of the films are about. Looking forward to both of these additions next month!

 Posted December 15 in Indies, Sundance 15 | Comments

See Mondo's New Posters for 'The Hobbit' & 'Fellowship of the Ring'

The Hobbit

While there are marathons of The Hobbit trilogy happening around the country in some theaters today, the final installment, The Battle of the Five Armies, doesn't start playing until tomorrow evening. And to hype up the release, Mondo has come through with two new collectible prints for the first two chapters of the J.R.R. Tolkien film adaptations. Ken Taylor is responsible for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Nicolas Delort created one for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. If you're a huge Middle Earth fan, find out how you can try to get these prints to frame on your wall at home. Look below!

 Posted December 15 in Artwork, Hobbit, Posters | Comments

'Mud' Director Jeff Nichols Revealed as Possible 'Aquaman' Director

Jeff Nichols / Aquaman

There's so many tidbits of information hitting the web due to the leaked documents and e-mails from the hack of Sony Pictures that it's hard to keep track of it all. Well, over the weekend, one story finally got some traction after being online for a few days before that. While plenty of details are leaking concerning various projects at Sony Pictures, the hack is also creating some potential secrecy issues for other studios as discussions in the e-mails mentions unknown details about projects outside of Sony. The latest revelation is that Warner Bros. and DC Comics may have a director for Aquaman already, and it's not Zack Snyder.

 Posted December 15 in DC, Development, Movie News | Comments

Watch: Relive the Whole Year of Cinema with Clever 'Final Cut 2014'

Final Cut 2014

Another one of our reliable movie fans, Nick Bosworth from JoBlo.com, has returned for the third year in a row with his retrospective of the past year in cinema. Final Cut 2014 might be our favorite retrospective video yet, if only for the interaction between the scenes, especially the juxtaposition of certain scenes in X-Men: Days of Future Past with Michael Fassbender's role in Frank and James McAvoy's work in Filth. Plus, that little opening bit to kick off the video is pretty clever too. From Birdman to Batman (in The LEGO Movie), this is a gorgeous compilation of the movies we loved (and some we hated) this year.

 Posted December 15 in Looking Back, To Watch | Comments

Malick's Next Film 'Knight of Cups' Set to Premiere at Berlinale 2015

Knight of Cups

It's official - the next Terrence Malick movie will be arriving next year. The 65th Berlin International Film Festival has announced the first seven films selected as part of their competition programme for 2015. Berlinale, as the fest is known, takes place in Germany in early February right after the Sundance Film Festival (which we'll also be covering). After a successful trip to Berlin last year to see The Grand Budapest Hotel premiere, Berlinale has invited me back for another year and I'm looking forward to returning quite a bit. This first announcement is just a small tease, but it confirms that Malick's Knight of Cups starring Christian Bale and Natalie Portman (see that first look photo) will be premiering at the festival next year.

 Posted December 15 in Indies, Movie News | Comments

Ryan Gosling, Chris Pratt & Channing Tatum May Be 'Ghostbusters'

Ryan Gosling / Chris Pratt / Channing Tatum

Now before you get all confused, let's just reiterate the fact that Bridesmaids director Paul Feig is working on a reboot of Ghosbusters with The Heat writer Katie Dippold, and it will have an all-female cast of paranormal investigators this time. So how is it possible that these three male stars could end up busting ghosts? Well, there's two very different prospects here. First of all, Sony Pictures wants Ryan Gosling to take a role in their developing Sinister Six (though who knows if that will even get off the ground), but the Crazy Stupid Love and Gangster Squad star has expressed interest in the Ghostbusters reboot instead.

 Posted December 15 in Development, Movie News | Comments

Morgan Freeman, Bill Nighy & More Up for Role in 'Doctor Strange'

The Ancient One / Bill Nighy

Now that Marvel Studios has officially confirmed "Sherlock" star Benedict Cumberbatch as the title mystical hero in Doctor Strange, the focus has shifted to the supporting roles. So far nobody else has been cast in the film that will be directed by Scott Derrickson (Deliver Us from Evil) and written by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus), though there have been rumblings (and potentially confused details) about Daniel Bruhl's character from Captain America: Civil War potentially crossing over into Doctor Strange. But a new rumor pegs Morgan Freeman, Bill Nighy & Ken Watanabe on a shortlist for a supporting role. More below!

 Posted December 15 in Casting, Development, Marvel, Movie News | Comments

Concept Art Offers First Look at Disney's New Take on 'Jungle Book'

The Jungle Book

Just a few days after Warner Bros. Pictures announced they had delayed Jungle Book: Origins back to October of 2017, Disney felt like firming up their plans to release their own adaptation of The Jungle Book on October 9th, 2015. Production is underway on the film right now, and while we don't have a first look at the film from the set (likely because there will be tons of visual effects used to bring the animals to life), a piece of concept art has surfaced giving us a glimpse at Mowgli (played by newcomer Neel Sethi, the only actor who will be seen on screen) and the black panther Bagheera (voiced by Ben Kingsley). Look!

 Posted December 15 in Artwork, First Look | Comments

'SNL' Mashes Up 'The Hobbit' and 'The Office' with Martin Freeman

The Office: Middle Earth

"The brave hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, now works at a paper company." Last night, the star of The Hobbit trilogy, Martin Freeman hosted "Saturday Night Live," and some kind of parody of Peter Jackson's Middle-Earth epic was inevitable. However, we didn't think it would also crossover with a spoof of Freeman's work on the original British version of "The Office." Complete with an awesome opening title sequence of the show that airs on the JRR network (get it?), this was one of the funniest sketches in an episode where Freeman felt like he belonged amongst the cast of live sketch comedians. Watch below now!

 Posted December 14 in Hobbit, Humor, To Watch | Comments

Universal's 'Skull Island' Delayed to 2017, Gets a Slight Title Change

Kong: Skull Island

After Legendary Pictures surprised Comic-Con audiences with the announcement of a new King Kong prequel called Skull Island, the studio hired Kings of Summer director Jordan Vogt-Roberts to get behind the camera and Thor and The Avengers villain Tom Hiddleston to lead the film. The project was announced with a November 4th, 2016 release date, but now Legendary has just revealed that the film has been pushed back to March 10th, 2017. Written by John Gatins (Flight) and Max Borenstein (Godzilla), the film is now called Kong: Skull Island and focuses on the mysterious and dangerous home of the king of the apes as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the treacherous, primordial island.

 Posted December 12 in Movie News, Release Dates | Comments

Check Out This Awesome Holographic Foil Print for 'Top Gun' by Gabz

Top Gun by Gabz

Highway to the danger zone... Gunna take it right in to the danger zone!! Now these are some must-have poster prints, if you're lucky enough to get your hands on one. Our friends at SlashFilm have posted photos of the new print for Tony Scott's 1986 action-drama classic Top Gun designed by Gabz being sold by Odd City Entertainment. The print is unique because it was printed on holographic "foil" paper, meaning it shimmers like it's metallic and can be flipped and both sides show the kick ass Top Gun artwork. So awesome. I'm a huge Top Gun fan, I mean, who isn't? Tom Cruise, fighter jets, Anthony Edwards, frickin' Tom Skerrit, it's the best. This art highlights the fighter jets above all and if you're a big fan, it's a must have.

 Posted December 12 in Artwork, Cool Stuff, Feat | Comments

Sound Off: Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice' - Your Thoughts?

Inherent Vice Sound Off

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "But if you're Doc, it may all start to get a little peculiar after that..." Now in theaters is the latest from acclaimed filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson, an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel Inherent Vice, starring Joaquin Phoenix as PI "Doc" Sportello. This stoner comedy/drama/mystery begins when Doc looks into the disappearance of an ex-girlfriend named Shasta, played by the effervescent Katherine Waterston. PTA's cast includes a bunch of other goofy characters: Josh Brolin as Bigfoot, Joanna Newsom as Sortilège, Benicio Del Toro as Smilax, even Owen Wilson, Jena Malone and Martin Short.. So how is it? One of PTA's best or did PTA get too high on his own supply? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on PTA's Inherent Vice.

 Posted December 12 in Discuss, Sound Off | Comments

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