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The Super Bowl spot from Sunday showed off some of the great, real action from the video game adaptation Need for Speed. Even if the full theatrical trailer showcased a lot of melodrama and cheesy dialogue, we at least now this film will look pretty on the big screen and have some spectacular racing sequences with big crashes. And now those bits of high speed destruction will be coming at our faces. After an update on Twitter from Box Office Mojo said the film would be released in 3D, people began worrying about a terrible, hasty 3D conversion akin to the atrocities committed in the moving pop-up book of Clash of the Titans or The Last Airbender. But fortunately, director Scott Waugh says that's not the case. More below!
Next month we'll see if Matthew McConaughey takes home the Oscar for Best Actor for his spectacular turn in last year's Dallas Buyers Club, and now we have a new project for the actor as well. The Wrap reports McConaughey, who has been enjoying quite the career surge over the past few years, has joined the cast of Good Will Hunting director Gus Van Sant's new drama Sea of Trees. The script hails from Buried writer Chris Sparling and follows McConaughey as a man who takes a journey into the infamous “Suicide Forest” at the foothills of Mount Fuji (that's a real, depressing place) with the intention of killing himself.
Magnolia Pictures has already picked up Happy Christmas from director Joe Swanberg and Frank starring Michael Fassbender from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, but now they have a documentary from the indie fest under their wing. THR reports Magnolia has just picked up Life Itself, the documentary from Hoop Dreams director Steve James about the late legendary film critic, Roger Ebert. Borrowing the title and stories of the critics book of the same name, the film chronicles Ebert's career and life story interspersed with glimpses at Ebert's final days as he underwent hospital care following the removal of his jaw. Read on!
After taking to the small screen and showing off her assets in HBO's "True Detective," the lovely Alexandra Daddario is making a leap to a hopeful tentpole. Deadline has word that the co-star of the Percy Jackson fantasy franchise has taken the female lead alongside Dwayne Johnson in San Andreas, the disaster thriller from Journey 2: The Mysterious Island director Brad Peyton. In the film, Johnson plays a rugged rescue helicopter pilot going across the state to save his estranged daughter after a massive earthquake strikes Califorina. It's a pretty straight forward story focusing on absolute destruction and chaos. Read on!
"Leo's got an army waiting for you!" "He's gunna need it. Today's new short film is a pulp western titled Domino Falling, that plays as a primer to a feature-length story focusing on the character of restless hit man in Mexico, played by Christopher Backus. The short is written and directed by Siavash Farahani and features some nice work all around, it's a good watch. It reminds me a bit of Kill Bill, in a way, and is quoted as having references to Peckinpah and Leone. I will say, by the end of this I do admit I really did want to see more. As something fun to watch for only 14 minutes, it's a worthy short to catch. Watch below.
After being delayed indefinitely last summer in a legal dispute, Image Entertainment picked up the adaptation of Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas starring Anton Yelchin, and the film is coming to theaters and iTunes later this month. It seems like an unceremonious release for a film that some fans have been waiting to see, but there you have it. The film follows a short-order cook named Odd Thomas who can talk with the dead, leading him to help the silent souls who seek him out, sometimes wanting justice done and helping the police solve, or even prevent, a crime. The movie doesn't look bad from this trailer, and it might be good.
After making for a hilarious and award worthy duo in The Wolf of Wall Street, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill are teaming up on the big screen again for another true story. Deadline has word that Fox has picked up the rights to a Vanity Fair article called The Ballad of Richard Jewell, the story of the security guard who discovered an explosive laden backpack at the 1996 Olympics compound in Atlanta and cleared bystanders, only to be turned on when he was labeled a potential suspect three days after being called a hero. Jonah Hill would play the lead this time though with DiCaprio in a supporting role. Read on!
We've seen horror anthologies in the form of V/H/S and The ABCs of Death, but now the terror is headed overseas in a new series of interconnected horror stories called Fear Paris. The producers behind Paranormal Activity and Insidious have rounded up directors Joe Dante (Gremlins), Xavier Gens (Hitman) and Timo Vuorensola (Iron Sky) for a collection of stories within the realm of fantasy, horror and sci-fi, all set in "the dark underbelly of the City of Lights." The project doesn't start shooting until the summer or fall, but an announcement teaser is available. It's rough with lots of green screen, but looks dark.
Fresh off the premiere of the Sundance selected drama Whiplash, actor Miles Teller has a project that will send him to the boxing ring. Synchronicity Entertainment, a division of The Solution Entertainment Group, has announced that Teller will star in Bleed for This, the story of boxer Vinny Pazienza (Teller), who quickly shot to stardom when he dominated undefeated champion Gilbert Dele. But a near-fatal automobile accident left him with the news that he would never walk again. After months of recovery and against doctors’ orders, Vinny dared to return to the ring again, launching an inspiring athletic story. More below!
"You don't fit into a category, they can't control you. You can't trust anyone, you have to hide inside a faction to survive." Summit has debuted the third and final exciting trailer for Neil Burger's Divergent, the next big Young Adult adaptation to follow-up Twilight and The Hunger Games. Up-and-coming actress Shailene Woodley stars as Tris, the 'Divergent' in a futuristic social system divided by personalities. The cast includes a whole bunch of big names: Kate Winslet, Theo James, Zoe Kravitz, Jai Courtney, Miles Teller, Maggie Q, Ray Stevenson and even Ashley Judd. I'm not entirely sure if this will be any good, it looks passable at most, but they definitely are trying to push this like it's the next best thing. Enjoy!