Director Ruben Fleischer Stays 'Overnight' in Disney's Toy Store Heist

Toy Store

Though both 30 Minutes or Less and Gangster Squad mostly failed to impress audiences and critics, director Ruben Fleischer is pressing on with a new project at Disney. Still riding the wave of his success with Zombieland, the filmmaker is headed into more family friendly territory with Overnight, a film from Original Film producer Neal Moritz (21 Jump Street), which Variety simply describes as Home Alone in a toy store. But rather than focusing on just a kid, this time it's a father and son who win the chance to sleepover in some sort of amazing toy store. But it just so happens to be the night some guys try to rob it.

 Posted February 25 in Development, Movie News | Comments

Just Keep Swinging: Marc Webb to Direct 'The Amazing Spider-Man 3'

Marc Webb

Briefly: When Sony Pictures dated two more sequels for The Amazing Spider-Man franchise to hit theaters in 2016 and 2018, we weren't sure if director Marc Webb would return beyond this summer's forthcoming second film in the reboot franchise. Now we have an answer for at least one of the films as an analysis piece from Variety reveals that Webb is indeed on board to direct The Amazing Spider-Man 3, dated for release on June 10th, 2016. We already know Andrew Garfield will be back as Peter Parker, but the actor revealed last year that he's not yet contracted for the fourth film. Stay tuned for any updates.

 Posted February 25 in Development, Movie News | Comments

Which Films from Sundance 2014 May End Up Being Oscar Nominees?

Sundance 2014 / Oscars

Each year at the Sundance Film Festival, folks like myself try and pick out which, if any, of the movies making their debut in Park City could become Oscar contenders later in the year. In 2013, I attended the indie film festival so I can attest to the Oscar buzz starting for something like Fruitvale Station screened. Ironically, none of the movies from Sundance 2013 made the cut for Best Picture, but screenplay nominee Before Midnight premiered there along with four of the five Best Documentary Feature nominees. But maybe some films from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival could get Oscar love. The question is, which ones?

 Posted February 25 in Awards, Editorial, Sundance 14 | Comments

Anthony Mackie Gets a 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' Poster

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Following that potentially spoilerish TV spot for Captain America: The Winter Soldier that teases a big character death, we have a new poster showing off one of the new supporting characters. Robert Redford already got his own poster showing off his S.H.I.E.L.D. head character Alexander Pierce, and now one of the new heroes gets the spotlight. Anthony Mackie plays Cap's new sidekick Falcon, and the trailers have already shown him flying around and getting into the thick of the action, but now he and his bad ass wings get their own poster. We're pretty sure the sequel will top Thor: The Dark World and shake everything up.

 Posted February 25 in Hype, Marvel, Posters | Comments

Must Watch: Second Trailer for Gareth Edwards' 'Godzilla' Roars In

Godzilla Trailer #2

"You're not fooling anybody when you say that what happened was a natural disaster… You're lying! You're hiding something out there!" Warner Bros & Legendary have unleashed the second theatrical trailer for Gareth Edwards' Godzilla and it is epic, massively epic, in every possible way. We've seen one teaser trailer before but this time they up the ante and give us another exhilarating early glimpse without showing too much. The international cast is lead by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen and Ken Watanabe, plus Juliette Binoche who we have yet to see. This looks phenomenal, the return of the King of Monsters we've been waiting for. Bring it on, cannot wait. "In 1954, we awakened something…"

 Posted February 25 in SciFi, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

DreamWorks Animation Working on Another Film in 'Shrek' Franchise

Shrek

Recently it was revealed that DreamWorks Animation was planning a London theme park attraction called Shrek's Far Far Away Adventure, inspired by the animated film Shrek and the film franchise that followed. Now it sounds like we might get another film to add to the pile. Fox Business (via Variety) spoke with DreamWorks founder Jeffrey Katzenberg, and he clearly hinted that another film in the Shrek franchise might be in the works. Katzenberg said, "We like to let them have a little bit of time to rest, but I think you can be confident that we’ll have another chapter in the Shrek series." Because four just wasn't enough.

 Posted February 25 in Animation, Development, Movie News | Comments

'G.I. Joe' Actor Luke Bracey is Johnny Utah in Remake of 'Point Break'

Luke Bracey

We already know Gerard Butler (300, Gamer) is taking the role once originated by Patrick Swayze in the remake of Point Break from Ericson Core, the director of photography from The Fast and the Furious (the first film from 2001) and Daredevil and director of the sports drama Invincible. And now we have word on who will take the role played by Keanu Reeves in Kathryn Bigelow's 1991 action thriller. THR reports G.I. Joe: Retaliation actor Luke Bracey will play Johnny Utah, the FBI agent who must infiltrate a group of extreme sports nuts who live life surfing big waves, but get some extra thrills from robbing banks. Read on!

 Posted February 25 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Watch: Benedict Cumberbatch Does Dragon MoCap for 'The Hobbit'

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

We have just one more chapter in Peter Jackson's trilogy adaptation of The Hobbit, and if you missed the second installment, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, you can catch the film on Blu-Ray and DVD on April 8th. But for everyone else who saw the film (and the fun cameo featuring J.R.R. Tolkien fanatic Stephen Colbert), we've got a cool featurette from David Clayton and the rest of the Academy Award nominated visual effects team at Weta Digital showing us how a combination of a motion capture performance from Benedict Cumberbatch and animators brought the dragon Smaug to life. Watch now!

 Posted February 25 in Featurette, Hobbit, To Watch | Comments

New Line Hires 'Due Date' Writer to Script 'We're the Millers' Sequel

We're the Millers

Last year's late summer comedy We're the Millers starring Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston was not only a surprise hit at the box office (it pulled in nearly $270 million worldwide on a budget of just $37 million), but it's one of the better written comedies in a long time. Now New Line is keen on getting the faux family back together for a sequel, and the Warner Bros. based company has just hired Due Date and Made of Honor writer Adam Sztykiel to script the sequel, but there's no indication of where the story might make the misfits turned family unit, and we're not exactly sure this comedy needs a sequel at all. Read on!

 Posted February 25 in Development, Movie News | Comments

Watch: Go Globe-Trotting in Second 'Muppets Most Wanted' UK Trailer

Muppets Most Wanted

"Kermit, you were like James Bond back there." We're just under a month away from the release of Muppets Most Wanted as Jim Henson's beloved creations head around the world when Kermit is mistaken for an international thief named Constantine. Now a second trailer for the film's release across the pond has arrived by way of comedian Ricky Gervais, who plays the right hand man to the frog thief who is identical to Kermit, save for one little mole and a silly French accent. This looks like it's going to deliver more of the clever, family fun we all loved about the return of The Muppets in 2011 with Jason Segel. Watch!

 Posted February 25 in To Watch, Trailer | Comments Closed

Will '12 Years a Slave' or 'American Hustle' Get Shut Out at the Oscars?

12 Years a Slave / American Hustle

There's a theory of mine that's been in my head for a couple weeks now, and it's not going to be a popular one, but I also hope it doesn't come true. As much as many of my colleagues are looking to a potential shutout for American Hustle (though Jennifer Lawrence is looking pretty good for Best Supporting Actress), I think that 12 Years a Slave could be just as likely for that fate. Now, I'm not saying it should or that it will happen, but there's just as much of a chance for a 12 Years a Slave shutout as for American Hustle, so it's worth considering. Either one could join Captain Philiips, Nebraska, Philomena, and/or The Wolf of Wall Street as the Best Picture nominees that wind up going home empty-handed.

 Posted February 24 in Awards, Editorial | Comments

Sony Pictures Planning Sequel to Denzel Washington's 'The Equalizer'

The Equalizer

Well, if you're wondering whether or not Sony Pictures' adaptation of the 80s series The Equalizer is any good, we seem to have an answer. While we've only seen a first look photo from the film starring Denzel Washington, The Wrap reports the studio is already planning a sequel to the film with Richard Wenk (The Expendables 2, Mechanic) returning to script the film, though it's not clear if director Antoine Fuqua would return and Washington doesn't have a deal in place yet. This would be Washington's first sequel, and apparently the film has been testing extremely well with early focus group screenings, so Sony wants to make sure they're ready to make a sequel by the time the film hits theaters this fall on September 26th.

 Posted February 24 in Development, Movie News | Comments

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