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Though Summit Entertainment's adaptation of the young adult novel Divergent doesn't hit theaters until March 2014, the studio seems to be counting on a hit as they're setting two sequels for release. Variety has word that Lionsgate has set Insurgent for release on March 20th, 2015, and they've also dated Allegiant for the following year on March 18th, 2016. However, the first film's director, Neil Burger of Limitless, will not return in the director's chair. Much like The Hunger Games franchise lost director Gary Ross, Lionsgate's sister company will have to find a new director to continue this new franchise. Read on!
This year Sofia Coppola turned in The Bling Ring, a more upscale version of Spring Breakers, but simply based on real-life events of spoiled, despicable teenagers. Sadly the film wasn't quite as good as the aforementioned film from Harmony Korine, in large part to a performance from James Franco. Now Coppola is going in a completely different direction with an adaptation of Fairyland, an adaptation of Alysia Abbott's memoir of the same name. Coppola will co-write the adaptation with Andrew Durham, a photographer who has frequently worked with Coppola. However, Coppola isn't attached to direct just yet.
Everyone has that friend who tries to be cheeky around the holiday season by saying their favorite Christmas movie is Die Hard. Obviously, they're not wrong since the film takes places at Christmas and features one very spectacular holiday moment (Ho-Ho-Ho), but it's just not clever anymore. There's no denying Die Hard is a Christmas movie, but since most equate the concept of a holiday movie with silly family comedy, Santa Claus, elves and some kind of magic, it's not one that immediately pops into someone's head unless they're a cinephile or a smart ass. Well, the folks at Mondo are big film fans, and they made Die Hard their Mystery Movie at an event in LA, and they debuted an awesome poster too. Look!
When a couple in love from Queens was down on their luck, they decided to pick themselves up by pointing a gun at the mafia. Michael Pitt ("Boardwalk Empire") and Nina Arianda (Win Win, Tower Heist) play a couple who hold up some mafia social clubs until they get in way over their head by picking up a mob family tree list that catches the interest of the FBI. Some familiar mobster faces like Andy Garcia and Michael Rispoli pop up, and Ray Romano is also here, maybe trying to shake his TV sitcom image for better or worse. It's at least an original story, and the trailer makes it look promising, but we're not sure if it'll work.
After Gary Oldman faced Tom Hardy as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, the two stupendous actors are together again, but even further in the past than their collaboration in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Set during the time of Stalin, the new thriller Child 44 follows Hardy as a security guard and former war hero investigating a series of child murders, catching the attention of the government that is trying to hide them for some reason. Oldman plays the head of the police looking into this scary conspiracy and Noomi Rapace (Prometheus) plays his wife. Now we have some first look photos with the stars in the 2014 film.
After premiering at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival (and hitting Canadian theaters this past fall), the crime caper The Art of the Steal is coming to big screens in the United States. Kurt Russell leads the film as a daredevil who is forced to head back into the arena of art theft for one last job with his shady brother Nicky (Matt Dillon). The cast is rounded out by Terrence Stamp, Jay Baruchel, Jason Jones and Katheryn Winnick, and while this doesn't look terrible, it does have the feel of a film that won't be all that memorable. At least it's not getting a January release date, but March is only slightly better.
After leading the poppy alternative rock band The All-American Rejects for years, frontman Tyson Ritter entered the world of acting in 2007 with an episode of "House M.D." and followed with a small role in The House Bunny and arcs on "Parenthood" and "Betas." Now he's going to lead a film that will feature his acting and musical chops. THR has word that Ritter will play Gregg Allman, one half of the classic rock duo The Allman Brothers, in a biopic called Midnight Rider. Ritter will be joined by Wyatt Russell (This is 40, 22 Jump Street) playing Duane Allman, and both will sing and play guitar, piano and organ on film.
"I am King under the Mountain!" Smaug has arrived. With the worldwide release of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug this weekend, Warner Bros has unveiled two more posters for the movie both featuring Smaug the Dragon. Smaug is the big reveal in the final act of the movie and they've been waiting to show him, with his only other appearance being on the side of an Air New Zealand airplane. That said, these two posters are actually impressive designs, especially the second one with Smaug hiding in all of the gold deep inside the mountain. If they printed it using gold ink it would be a must-have. See below.
He's got a new film (Labor Day) that is just about to hit theaters, and he's already starting production on his next one. Canadian filmmaker Jason Reitman has been on a roll, and Paramount has sent out a press release announcing "that principal photography has commenced" on his next film, titled Men, Women & Children. Adapted from the Chad Kultgen's novel of the same name with Reitman directing from a script he co-wrote with Erin Cressida Wilson, the film is shooting in and around Austin, Texas now and stars Rosemarie Dewitt, Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer, Dean Norris, Adam Sandler & Emma Thompson. Read on.
After leaving to form The Weinstein Company years ago, producers Harvey and Bob Weinstein are returning to Miramax for a new multi-year, multi-title film, TV and live stage co-production and co-distribution agreement involving library-derived and original development projects based on some of the most iconic titles in the Miramax library. The Weinsteins founded Miramax in 1979, but ended up leaving to form their own brand in 2005. Now this new deal will span 20 years, and part of the new agreement includes sequels to Miramax's hits Rounders and for some reason, Shakespeare in Love too. Read on!