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Opening In Theaters Friday - Brad Bird's Tomorrowland
Well isn't that cute! Oh wait… it's Iron Man's head?! Or maybe just his helmet. This can't really mean what we all think it might mean, right? Marvel Studios has unveiled the fifth character poster in their series for Iron Man 3, directed by Shane Black, starring Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark once again. As much as I wanted to be done with these, this one shows Pepper Potts played by Gwyneth Paltrow. And although she's in an awful pose and her face is barely visible, it's all about the face in her hands, if you know what I mean. This film seems to get darker the more we see from it. There's another Empire cover shot below, too.
"The only awards ceremony watched by more people at the show than on actual television." Ha! The perfect way to kick off the Oscar comedy to come (or perhaps end the evening) is with a some industry comedy from the Indie Spirit Awards. We posted the winners last night, which mainly included Silver Linings Playbook taking too many wins. Before all that was revealed, the Santa Monica ceremony was opened by host Andy Samberg, who started with a great fake trailer for an indie hit, Bottle Cap, and continued with an even funnier 10-minute monologue about all the nominated features and independent film industry. See below.
"The sun'll come out tomorrow!" The youngest Academy Awards Best Actress nominee ever has confirmed her next starring role. Sony Pictures and Overbrook Entertainment have chosen this fine Oscar Sunday to officially announce that Quvenzhané Wallis will be starring in their new take on Annie, adapted from the musical which first hit Broadway in 1977. Wallis, the star of Best Picture nom Beasts of the Southern Wild, is now 9-years-old and has been touring around this past awards season, which culminates in her big night at the Oscars. Whether she wins or not, she's a charming, bright young star who has many roles ahead.
"I wanted to say thank you to the cave." Today's trailer on Oscar Sunday is for the documentary called No Place On Earth, an "extraordinary true story" about a cave expedition where they found remnants of a WWII camp that lead to the discovery of a remarkable and harrowing story of survival. This looks like yet another powerful doc, that begins one place, and ends in a completely different one. It tells the story of this group of survivors from the cave, and it seems to show them returning there for a revisit, though that might be giving away too much. There's some tricky editing in this trailer, but this otherwise looks worth watching.
The Independent Spirit Awards are an annual award given in the name of independent film, featuring plenty of those little indies which deserve the honor and recognition that, this year, they might not receive at the Oscars. The 2013 winners were announced Saturday, via Deadline, at a ceremony at lunch in sunny Santa Monica on the beach. The big winner this year was David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook, hardly an indie feature if I might say, which ended up taking home the Best Feature, Director, Screenplay and Female Lead/Actress wins. A shame Beasts didn't win. Read on for the full list of Indie Spirit winners.
From cannibals to vampires to apes. 16-year-old actor Kodi Smit-McPhee already has quite a career, but it continues to get more interesting. Earlier in the week, we reported that Zero Dark Thirty actor Jason Clarke had taken one of the leads in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to the Rise of the Planet of the Apes reboot from 2011, being directed by Matt Reeves (of Cloverfield, Let Me In). Deadline is reporting another new addition to the cast - Kodi Smit-McPhee, who voiced ParaNorman and worked with Matt Reeves on Let Me In, and stars in a couple other projects coming up including Jake Paltrow's Young Ones.
With the Paranormal Activity franchise and Sinister under his belt, producer Jason Blum and Blumhouse Productions have taken low budget horror to new heights, delivering top-notch thrills with shoestring financing. There's a definite formula to these and other recent horror films, a formula that Blumehouse's latest, Dark Skies, follows to the letter. The twist here? It's a family being terrorized by aliens, not ghosts. And with no cliche left on the floor and little imagination, Dark Skies ends up an assembly line thriller, seemingly culled together from films that handled the alien abduction territory with much more success.
This Sunday night, the 85th Annual Academy Awards Ceremony will take place at the Dolby Theatre right here in the heart of Hollywood. It's the biggest of all award shows, the culmination of months and months of speculation from supposed "experts" and millions of dollars spent behind the scenes to jockey certain films into the best position possible to take home as many trophies as they can. The question in the headline isn't meant to single out this year specifically, but instead to wonder, in an age in which technology makes award shows like these more ubiquitous than ever before, if the Oscars really still mean anything anymore.
The "Iron Throne" versus Riddick's Throne? That's not a debate I dare open the doors to, so I'll stay away for now. We're still waiting for a trailer for the new Riddick sequel, but in the meantime, Vin Diesel keeps debuting photos on his own Facebook page. Most of his photos have been gritty shots from the set, this time it's a nice clear shot of the "Alpha Furyan" Riddick sitting on his badass futuristic throne. It's worth taking a look at while we keep waiting. "It has been 9 years since the Chronicles of Riddick was released… all along I knew I would eventually have to return to that dark place, the mind of an Alpha Furyan…" See him below.
"So what have you been doing in Paris?" Feast your eyes on this odd piece of cinema, or as one of the critics calls it, "a brilliantly orchestrated work of cinema." IFC Films has finally debuted their theatrical trailer for Antonio Campos' new film Simon Killer, starring Brady Corbet (seen in Funny Games, Melancholia) as an American tourist in Paris who falls for a prostitute and pulls some shady business. This premiered back at Sundance in early 2012 and has been on hold since. It got some dismal reviews, but I know our friend Jordan of The Film Stage loved it at least (not me). I admire this trailer, it's flashy and fits the film perfectly.
Though a firm start date hasn't been set yet, Marvel has already started aligning key players for Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Nick Fury, Black Widow, and Agent Maria Hill are returning for the sequel, Frank Grillo is playing the villain Crossbones, Anthony Mackie will be Cap's new ally Falcon, Emily Van Camp snagged the female lead, and we know the story will be based on Ed Brubaker's infamous comics run. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige told Variety this morning that the sequel will be a "political thriller," so now we have an idea of what sort of tone to expect from Joseph and Anthony Russo's sequel.
Real adventure has no limits. "This is bigger than us." One of the five Best Foreign Language Film nominees at the 85th Academy Awards this weekend is this film, an epic survival adventure called Kon-Tiki about Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdal (played by Pål Sverre Hagen) and his 4,300 mile journey across the Pacific on a wooden raft. This looks a lot better than it sounds on paper. There are some beautiful shots in this trailer alone, both on land and at sea, and I'm considerably curious to see this. You'll understand why it's an Oscar nominee by watching this trailer. And, like me, you'll probably want to see this after it's over.