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With director Patrick Hughes confirmed to be at the helm of The Expendables 3, the biggest concern is rounding up all the bad asses to make up the ensemble of action stars kicking ass this time around. Wesley Snipes has been pegged for a role, and recently Stallone further confirmed the involvement of Jackie Chan and return of Mickey Rourke. Now it sounds like another new face might enter the mix. Stallone took to Twitter for another revelation and merely said, "Just talked to Steven S. in Moscow. Sounds great and says he wants to be in EX3, if the part fits..." If you're thinking that means Steven Spielberg, just get out of here.
Despite some misinformation about the funding coming together for Zach Braff's film Wish I Was Here, following a very successful Kickstarter campaign, it sounds like the Garden State director has his head on straight, and there hasn't really been any deception to those who so graciously helped Braff get his project off the ground. And so the film marches onward with a couple new casting additions. First, The Wrap reports that the lovely Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect, 50/50) has landed a supporting role and Deadline pegs Kate Hudson for a role alongside Braff, who is leading the film in addition to writing and directing.
While fans wait for the long-gestating and frequently hyped Ghostbusters 3, a sequel that we're not necessarily excited about anymore, some vague story details have now surfaced from Dan Aykroyd himself. The co-writer and star of the film has been one of the few consistent parts of the hype machine for this developing sequel, and he recently appeared on "Larry King Now" (the TV personality has appeared in the franchise as himself) with some vague plot details that sounds relatively interesting. Aside from again confirming a new, young Ghostbusters, Aykroyd reveals info about the supernatural force they'll deal with.
Another day, another set photo from X-Men: Days of Future Past from director Bryan Singer. This one doesn't reveal anything that we haven't seen before, but there's just something special about seeing Jennifer Lawrence go blue as Mystique. It looks like there's a lot of green screen work in this particular scene, and while she was quite fit in X-Men: First Class, it looks like Lawrence is even more trim. This time around we've heard there's not as much full body make-up and she has a body suit on so preparing to shoot is less arduous. It's cool to see a shot like this without any Photoshop work to see the real make-up quality.
Would you wait in line for over an hour in the pouring Mediterranean rain, drenched and dripping by the time the doors open up, just to see the new Coen Brothers film? If you love cinema, the answer to that is an undeniable yes. And yes, me and about two thousand other members of the press huddled underneath umbrellas of all shapes and sizes to wait in a torrential downpour just to catch the very first screening ever of Inside Llweyn Davis. That's Cannes for you. Cinema fiends and movie lovers ignoring the bad weather just to be there for more cinema. Rain or shine, we're all here to see films, all day, every day until the end.
It's been nearly three years since the headline-making Chilean miner accident captivated millions around the world as an international effort was made to save 33 miners who became trapped in a copper and gold mine, half a mile beneath the surface, for 69 dyas. More than a billion people tuned in to the 24-hour coverage of the rescue effort, and it was only a matter of time before a film chronicled the disaster. Shortly after the rescue, Javier Bardem was said to be involved with a film about the event, but now Variety has word Antonio Banderas will lead The 33 as Mario Sepulveda, who came to be known as “Super Mario.”
After the swarm of rumors that circulated about who might be behind the camera for Star Wars: Episode VII, before J.J. Abrams was officially announced as director, it sounds like the casting rumors are heating up again. We've already heard plenty of talk about Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford reprising their roles from the original sci-fi saga, but now we have a rumor on a new young cast member for this sequel that will follow Return of the Jedi. Latino Review reports that Abrams' Mission: Impossible III star Jonathan Rhys Meyers is currently in talks for an unknown role in the anticipated sequel. More below!
Now that we've seen a big chunk of footage in the form of spectacular full trailers and some stunning TV spots, it's time to dive behind the scenes of Man of Steel, the promising return of Superman directed by Zack Snyder. This new featurette features some awesome new footage along with interviews with Clark Kent and Superman himself, Henry Cavill, along with the aforementioned filmmaker, his wife and producing partner Deborah Snyder, The Dark Knight trilogy producer Charles Roven and co-stars including Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Laurence Fishburne and more. Watch it!
The first trailer for Jordan Vogt-Roberts' hit indie comedy Kings of Summer brought some laughs, but we pointed out that it wasn't necessarily indicative of the film as a whole. This film has edge, heart, and a unique take on the familiar coming-of-age story and that's why it took Sundance by storm earlier this year. Now a new red band trailer is available online (with a quote from our very own Alex Billington featured prominently), and this one was cut by the director himself, so the film is portrayed exactly as he wants it to be. Led by Nick Robinson, Gabriel Russo and Moises Arias, with great supporting turns by Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally, this is one indie you will not want to miss this summer. Watch below!
"We are fighting to maintain our identity!" While the Cannes Film Festival rages on, today's trailer is for an indie rock doc called A Band Called Death, which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival this year and was picked up by Drafthouse Films in February. This trailer has been out for a bit, but we haven't featured it yet and I thought it a worthy film to highlight today. Similar to the Oscar winning doc Searching for Sugar Man, this tells the story of a three-member African-American punk rock band called Death from Detroit that never hit it big until 30 years later when tapes were found in an attic. This looks badass. The Ultimate Trip.
Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about cool indie projects that need your help to become a reality. This week, we're taking a look at "a film that utilizes and celebrates practical creature effects" called Harbinger Down. This project comes from the folks at Amalgamated Dynamics and promises a tense, claustrophobic thriller in the vein of Alien and The Thing. The best part? They'll only use practical animatronic and makeup effects to create the film's creatures. Take a look at their pitch video below, leave us a comment, and donate if you can. Watch this!
Ah yes, the Coen Brothers. We all know them. We all love them. They've made some of finest films cinema has to offer. But what if they did something a bit different? Inside Llewyn Davis, while unquestionably a Coen Brothers film, is a breath of fresh air from the filmmaker brothers. It's not as dark or deeply moving as No Country for Old Men, nor is it at overly joyful as Burn After Reading, it falls somewhere inbetween, an engrossing exploration of a musician named Llewyn Davis living in New York in the 1960s. It's a perfect period piece and a dark, but fun, earnest, entertaining film that I thoroughly enjoyed every last second of.
In mid-February of last year I went, by myself, to a screening of Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi's A Separation and fell for it completely, a masterpiece. A month later the film went on to win the Oscar, and Farhadi started working on his next feature, which I knew I had to see. Premiering at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival is Asghar Farhadi's The Past, a French film dealing with a series of complex relationships between two families in Paris. It's further proof that Farhadi is an absolute master of human dynamics, relationships and performances that expertly captures the complex, deep layers that exist between all of us in this world.
Very early last year, two teaser trailers arrived for Anchorman: The Legend Continues. Now another teaser for the film currently shooting in Georgia has been unveiled in the same vein as those first two. There's still no real footage from the film starring Will Ferrell just yet, but trust that there are plenty of insane and unpredictable cameos in store, and you'd be wise to avoid anyone trying to spoil them with set photos online. Some will be familiar faces from Adam McKay's previous films, while others will come out of left field to surprise you. We can't wait to see this comedy before Christmas later this year. Watch below!