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This year Jason Clarke will face a revolution of simians in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, but next year he'll be facing the elements in Everest, a mountain climbing drama from Baltasar Kormakur (Contraband). Now we have the first look at the film which will be presented in 3D when it hits theaters in February of 2015. There's no sight of the rest of the impressive cast, which also includes Josh Brolin, John Hawkes and Jake Gyllenhaal (sadly no sign of John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt). With a script from Simon Beaufoy, we're anxious to see how this cold and dangerous expedition turns out. Look below!
Don't be fooled into laying a false sense of infallibility to the RoboCop franchise. Two dreadful sequels and a short-lived TV series that was even worse - not to mention the WCW Wrestling appearance and Japanese chicken endorsement - makes it so that a remake is not the worst thing imaginable for the half-man/half-machine/all-cop character. But any forewarning is moot when it comes to the RoboCop remake, a noticeably tamer but still entertaining take on the story that, despite its dip into idiocy, still makes an attempt at the satirical subtext that places the original film in such high regard. Like the character, the film is clunky, but when all its pieces are in motion, it's a more enjoyable thrill than this series possibly deserves. More below!
There's already a book on shelves and a documentary adaptation in the works about Chris Strompolos and Eric Zala, two kids who decided to put together a homemade adaptation of Raiders of the Lost Ark when they were kids. The film has been shown at some special screenings around the country, but catching it has been pretty damn hard. However, the film has never been 100% completed because it's missing the infamous airplane scene featuring Indiana Jones facing off with a tough, bald Nazi mechanic before meeting a bloody end. But now Strompolos and Zala are trying to finish it, and they've asked Kickstarter for help.
"Brick Mansions: It's so dangerous we built a wall around it." Following yesterday's explosive poster for Brick Mansions, the first trailer for the film featuring one of the final performances of Paul Walker has arrived. There's some pretty impressive action on display here, including plenty of parkour style fighting from Walker's convict partner played by David Belle. And for those can't get enough of Walker in Fast & Furious mode, it looks like there's some car chase action too. It's a little bittersweet knowing he's gone, but Walker seems pretty bad ass in this flick. Plus RZA is the bad guy, so that's a decent bonus. Watch below!
After delivering the successful action comedy RED to Summit Entertainmnt in 2010, the studio has rounded up director Robert Schwentke for their young adult franchise that kicks off with Divergent next month. THR has word that Schwentke has been hired to direct Insurgent, the next chapter in the young adult novel series written by Veronica Roth. The sequel was already given a release date of March 20th, 2015, and at the same time it was revealed that Divergent director Neil Burger would not return to direct the sequel, like Gary Ross left The Hunger Games franchise after the first film and Francis Lawrence took over.
"What is this?" "It's evolution…" Time to set your mind free. Warner Bros has unleashed the second full theatrical trailer for cinematographer Wally Pfister's directorial debut, an original science fiction movie called Transcendence, starring Johnny Depp. We've seen a couple of teasers and one full trailer already, but this one delves more into the concepts and focuses on the love story before its unveiling this April. We also get to spend a bit more time with the rest of the cast in this trailer: Rebecca Hall as Evelyn, Kate Mara, Morgan Freeman, Paul Bettany, Cole Hauser & Cillian Murphy as the antagonist Anderson. I'm actually looking forward to seeing this, it looks like it could be a very thrilling watch. "This is the future."
As a sucker for coming of age films, a new documentary produced by actor Jason Schwartzman about the dawn of youth culture has caught my eye. At one time, the idea of teenagers didn't exist, but they are now a coveted demographic and audience as kids grow into adults and are easily influenced and building their tastes. The documentary Teenage focuses on the rise of these young people and their culture during the late 19th century and early 20th century by way of archival footage from history. Complete with voiceovers from Jena Malone and Ben Whishaw, this adaptation of Jon Savage's novel looks pretty interesting.
Following Spring Breakers last year, the talents of director Harmony Korine and actor James Franco might turn in some even more strange cinematic fare. The New York Post (via The Playlist) recently spoke with the rappers ATL Twins (they were part of Franco's crew in Spring Breakers) where they revealed a new project with Franco involved, and it's based on an older piece of writing from Korine. Supposedly ATL Twins are working with Franco on an adaptation of Korine's 1998 novel A Crack-Up at the Race Riots where Franco would "be like a KKK leader" and the rappers are "his goons." But that's not the weirdest part.
After casting has been slowly revealed, Warner Bros. announced their new adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic jungle hero Tarzan will hit theaters on July 1st, 2016 in 3D. The summer holiday release indicates the studio's confidence in their new property which features "True Blood" star Alexander Skarsgard as the title hero and The Wolf of Wall Street leading lady Margot Robbie as his female counterpart Jane Porter. There's not confirmed much in the vein of plot details, but the press release says it will follow the man orphaned as a baby and raised in the jungle as he returns to the urban jungle of London.
Our own Alex Billington has already seen Wes Anderson's latest film The Grand Budapest Hotel (read his review right here), and with the film's release not too far away beginning on March 7th. Now a video essay from Way Too Indie (the same group behind that Darren Aronofsky piece from last week) dives into one of Anderson's most trademark elements: the mise en scène, a term used to describe visual themes that come from cinematography, art direction and production design. Anderson films are easy to spot, and this video uses voiceover from Anderson himself and film clips (some not his own), to offer insight. Watch now!