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Last month, Hulu made the entire Criterion Collection available for a few days, and now they're giving cinephiles another treat from the esteemed feature film collection. In case you didn't know, legendary director Akira Kurosawa's birthday is on March 23rd, and to celebrate the occasion, Hulu and Criterion have made all 24 of his films in the line-up available to watch for free from now until Sunday at midnight. This includes classics like Rashomon, Seven Samurai and Yojimbo along with his final film Madadayo. Sounds like the perfect opportunity for people to get acquainted with Kurosawa's filmography.
"They say you're a hard man. It's a hard city." After the absolute garbage that was Parker, this trailer for Hummingbird should get fans of Jason Statham excited. In what looks to be a gritty and grounded thriller, Statham seems to be in rare form as a damaged ex-special forces soldier named Joey Jones who is homeless after going on the run from a military court-martial. It feels very similar to Dead Man Down, but thankfully, it doesn't have the ludicrous action that Statham has taken on enough in The Transporter and Crank (though those films are fun). It could be Statham's best film since The Bank Job in 2008. Watch it!
Her, remember Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief? Well, you may have forgotten that there's a sequel coming this year in the form of Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, with Logan Lerman reprising his heoric title role, joined by his stunning female sidekick Alexandra Daddario as Annabeth and Brandon T. Jackson as the satyr Grover. Now we have some photos giving us our first look at the sequel (the first trailer won't be far behind), including new cast members like Douglas Smith as Tyson the Cyclops and Leven Rambin as Clarisse La Rue, daughter of the war god Ares as they join our heroes on a quest to retrieve the Golden Fleece in order to save their homeland and Camp Half-Blood. Photos below!
Despite being fatally injured by the henchman of Tom Hardy as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, it sounds like Gary Oldman doesn't hold any grudges as Heat Vision reports The Fifth Element and recently added cast member of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will reteam with the Batman villain for the thriller Child 44 from Safe House director Daniel Espinosa. Hardy is leading the story written by Richard Price (Ransom and Shaft) and based on Tom Rob Smith's novel of the same name (the first in a trilogy), which also features Prometheus star Noomi Rapace and new RoboCop Joel Kinnaman as the film's murderous villain. Read on!
The cast of Captain America: The Winter Soldier has been pretty well situated with Chris Evans returning as the titular patriotic comic book hero, along with familiar faces like Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulder and Scarlett Johansson from S.H.I.E.L.D. In addition, Toby Jones and Hayley Atwell are somehow reprising their roles from the first film, despite taking place in present day. But if they can bring Sebastian Stan (Bucky from the first film) back as the title villain, then anything is possible. Finally, other new cast members include Anthony Mackie as Cap's new sidekick Falcon, Frank Grillo as the villain Crossbones and Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter, niece of Atwell's Peggy Carter. And now there's one more name to add!
Olympus Has Fallen, the latest actioner from Antoine Fuqua, is touted as "Die Hard in the White House," the first of two similar films being released this. That would lead some to believe it's about a trained authority (in this case a Secret Service agent) going against a group of vicious terrorists who have taken 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue hostage and that it would feature loads of exceptional action, colorful villains, and a charismatic ass-kicker equipped with guns and one-liners. The premise is there, but Olympus Has Fallen carries little else of value with it. It's enough to wish for Roland Emmerich's White House Down.
"A Head-Turning Poster." I love it. Ever since I've been attending the Cannes Film Festival in the South of France (this will be my 5th year) their poster art and fest identity has improved year after year. While I wasn't the biggest fan of the Marilyn Monroe art last year, this one brings it right back with an eye-catching, "head-turning" poster that fits the festival perfect and simultaneously gets me excited for the screenings to come. For the 2013 fest, Cannes has unveiled artwork featuring Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman, photographed during the shooting of the aptly named A New Kind of Love, by Melville Shavelson (in 1963).
The new international trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness just arrived overnight yesterday and showed off the amazing talents of Benedict Cumberbatch as villain John Harrison and the vendetta Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) embarks on to stop his spread of chaos. Now the Bad Robot Twitter account (@Bad_Robot) has called our attention to a retread of that spectacular trailer, but with some bonus footage. The trailer is pretty much the exact same as the one released yesterday, but for those looking closely, there are some new bits to be seen. The Bad Robot Twitter account has been a lot more active lately, and I think we might be seeing more exclusive stuff like this from many of their projects in the future, so be sure to follow. Watch!
Some news about one of our favorite indies from Sundance that will hopefully break out this summer. CBS Films is releasing Jordan Vogt-Roberts' The Kings of Summer, a coming-of-age comedy formerly known as Toy's House, this summer and originally set the film for a June release against Man of Steel. The studio has now rescheduled the film for May 31st, two weeks earlier (same day as Now You See Me) and released a teaser to go along with the date change. The trailer, which is the fantastic opening scene setting the tone for the film, features quotes from Sundance reviews including our own Ben Pearson at GeekTyrant. Take a look!
Late last summer, we highlighted a contest for LEGO builders to craft their own LEGO vehicle creation to appear in The LEGO Movie from Phil Lord and Chris Miller and win a little bit of cash. We're not sure how that contest played out, but now a new competition is upon us. In addition to revealing the cool logo (see it in full below) for the animated film coming to theaters on February 7th, 2014, Warner Bros. Pictures has announced the LEGO ReBrick Movie Competition. The contest allows fans to create their own 15-30 second video clip based on the film's story and the winner may be featured in the animated film.
Back in the spring of 2011, we heard that Rush Hour and Red Dragon director Brett Ratner was taking on Hercules, an adaptation of Steve Moore's comic book which doesn't make the Greek hero a superpowered man, but simply a mortal with an intimidating reputation. The film sees Hercules, played by Dwayne Johnson, teaming up with other men who face death as the King of Thraces hires a group of mercenaries to become the greatest army of all-time and take on an ominous, perilous mission. Now THR has word on some of the cast members joining Johnson including Jack the Giant Slayer king, Ian McShane. Read on!
This summer Seth Rogen makes his directorial debut with his Superbad writing partner Evan Goldberg with the apocalyptic comedy This is the End. The film features all the usual suspects that join Rogen for comedies on the big screen, including his Pineapple Express star James Franco, and it sounds like they might work together yet again. THR has word that Rogen has signed on to direct, produce and star in a film called The Interview set up at Columbia Pictures. The film is based on a story written by Rogen, Goldberg (who are writing the screenplay) and "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" writer Dan Sterling. More below!