Elizabeth Banks Taking the 'Walk of Shame' for 'Little Nicky' Director

Elizabeth Banks

Actress, director and producer Elizabeth Banks is no stranger to the comedy world. She's starred in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Zack and Miri Make A Porno, Role Models, and produced Pitch Perfect (in which she also had a small role), plus she's directing and acting in a segment of the ensemble comedy Movie 43. But she's stepping up from supporting roles, as Variety reports Banks will lead a new comedy called Walk of Shame for director Steven Brill, whose credits include such films as Drillbit Taylor and Little Nicky, but also the terrific kid fat camp comedy Heavy Weights and writing The Mighty Ducks awhile back. Read on!

 Posted October 17 in Casting, Movie News | Comments

'Dark Knight' Cinematographer Wally Pfister Calls 'Avengers' Appalling

Wally Pfister

Well, this is definitely going to cause some fanboy bickering. There's no doubt that two of the biggest films of the year are The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises. Of course, each is special in their own way and has a vastly different style and storytelling technique. However, it's safe to say that directors Joss Whedon and Christopher Nolan mostly hit the mark with their blockbusters. However, if Nolan's cinematographer Wally Pfister puts in his two cents, the Marvel superhero ensemble didn't impress him at all. In fact, Pfister says, ""I thought The Avengers was an appalling film." And cue all the Marvel fanboy rage! Read on!

 Posted October 17 in Hype, Movie News | Comments

Tom Cruise Not a Hero: Full 'Jack Reacher' Trailer with Werner Herzog

Jack Reacher Trailer

"On second thought, I'd like to kill you." The first trailer for Jack Reacher was just a tease of Tom Cruise as the recurring character in Lee Child's novels, and now we get more of the man who has no regard for the law. It's kind of cool to see Cruise be this much of a bad ass, even if he doesn't match up to the description from the books. Plus, we finally get a good look at the rest of the cast including Werner Herzog as the villain, Jai Courtney as his muscle, Rosamund Pike as a lawyer in distress and the men of the law Richard Jenkins and David Oyelowo. Oh, and Robert Duvall is there for good measure. Watch below!

 Posted October 17 in Hype, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Lee Daniels Working on Another Janis Joplin Biopic with Amy Adams

Amy Adams / Janis Joplin

While Martha Marcy May Marlene director Sean Durkin is working on a Janis Joplin film with Nina Arianda, Precious director Lee Daniels is also in talks to direct a film about the iconic singer who died all too soon. THR has news that Daniels will direct Get It While You Can which has Amy Adams attached to play the rock goddess. Though no specifics are mentioned, it sounds like the film will chronicle just one day in the life of the iconic singer (according to the IMDb page). Since Durkin's Joplin film has been developing for 12 years, there's no telling if it will get off the ground and complete with Daniels' project.

 Posted October 17 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

'Pacific Rim' Producer Gets Tom Cruise for 'Our Name is Adam' Sci-Fi

Tom Cruise

It sounds like Tom Cruise is addicted to sci-fi at the moment. Not only is Cruise filming Universal's big budget Oblivion for Tron Legacy director Joseph Kosinski and Warner Bros. All You Need is Kill for Doug Liman back to back, but he's just landed another out of this world project. Variety has word that Pacific Rim producer Mary Parent has just attached Cruise to Our Name is Adam, a sci-fi spec script from newcomer T.S. Nowlin. Unlike Cruise's other projects, since this is based on an original script, we don't have any idea of the plot. However, it does seem interesting that Cruise has been diving into so much sci-fi lately. Read on!

 Posted October 17 in Casting, Movie News, SciFi | Comments

'Star Trek Into Darkness' Teaser is NOT Being Unveiled on Facebook

Star Trek Into Darkness

It's time to empower the fans! Paramount has just launched a Facebook page to start promoting Star Trek Into Darkness, the J.J. Abrams-directed sequel to his reboot of the Star Trek series. A few weeks ago, J.J. went on Conan O'Brien and teased a 3-frame (not 3-second, just 3 frames) clip which simultaneously angered and excited fans, but now they're letting fans finish things off and eventually unveil the new trailer. An unofficial Facebook page has launched for Into Darkness, and a photo posted (see below) teases the first trailer, with a message that it will be revealed in full once the page reaches 500,000 likes. But is this real?

 Posted October 17 in Hype, Movie News, SciFi | Comments

One More 'Skyfall' Video Blog on Creating Thomas Newman's Score

Skyfall Music Video Blog

"There's something about that tune is that is just classic and iconic." This may be one of the last video blogs we featured for James Bond's Skyfall, since it hits theaters around the world in just a few weeks. For those of you steering clear of any footage/spoilers, this has none. It focuses on composer Thomas Newman (Oscar nominated composer of American Beauty, Road to Perdition, Finding Nemo, Wall-E) and recording the new score for the film. Similar to Adele's excellent title track (listen here), Newman's score is refreshing and exciting, the perfect accompaniment to an otherwise fantastic new Bond film. Get a first listen below.

 Posted October 17 in James Bond, To Watch, Video Blog | Comments

Watch: Official Release Trailer for Peter Chan's 'Dragon' aka 'Wu Xia'

Dragon Trailer

"What kind of man are you?" This has been a long time coming, especially because it premiered in Cannes more than a year ago. The trailer is for a film now called simply Dragon, directed by Peter Ho-Sun Cha, originally known as Wu Xia when it premiered, previously called Swordsmen as well. The film stars Donnie Yen, Takeshi Kaneshiro with Yu Wang, Kara Hui, Wu Jiang. It's a rather expansive, intense, and revealing, but still badass trailer for the martial arts drama that plays kind of like A History of Violence. It's a good film, so this is just a reminder to take a look and check it out once it's available near you. Watch and enjoy!

 Posted October 17 in Foreign Film, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Focus Features Sets 'Place Beyond the Pines' for Late March 2013

The Place Beyond the Pines

Briefly: We've got some good 2013 release date news to report on this fine evening. Focus Features (via ComingSoon) has set an official release date for Derek Cianfrance's third film, The Place Beyond the Pines, starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Rose Byrne, Ben Mendelsohn, Dane DeHaan and Emory Cohen. The film premiered at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival and earned rave reviews from friends like Kevin Jagernauth of The Playlist; I gave it a solid review, too. Focus has set the film to arrive on March 29th, 2013, likely in a limited release at first. Same weekend as G.I. Joe: Retaliation and The Host.

 Posted October 16 in Indies, Movie News, Release Dates | Comments

'Iron Man 3' Mark XLVII Armor Tested in Action-Packed Promo Poster

Iron Man 3

In one week the first official teaser trailer for Iron Man 3 will kick off the hype machine for the first film in Phase Two of Marvel's cinematic universe. Until then, fans will have to settle for this cool promo banner showing Iron Man in action. Highlighting the Mark XLVII armor, Tony Stark is clearly dealing with some heavy fire power including guns and likely missiles. If you want a recap of what we saw at Comic-Con this past summer, check out our video blog right here. We're not sure how much of that footage will be shown in the first teaser trailer, but we'll be sure to post it as soon as it's available on October 23rd. Poster below!

 Posted October 16 in Hype, Marvel, Photos | Comments

Robert Pattinson Joins Carey Mulligan for 'Nancy and Danny' Thriller

Robert Pattinson

Back in August we learned that An Education and Shame star Carey Mulligan (easily one of my favorite actresses right now) would star in Nancy and Danny, a romantic thriller from Indian Paintbrush, the company who made waves this summer with Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom. At the time, Man on Wire director James Marsh was going to be at the helm, and thankfully he's still attached, but has ditched the title in favor or Hold on to Me. In addition, THR has word that Robert Pattinson is joining the project, which should get some Twilight Saga tainted tween eyes in need of some film education to watch. Read on!

 Posted October 16 in Casting, Movie News | Comments

Rupert Sanders Will Next Direct the Sci-Fi Crime Thriller 'The Juliet'

The Juliet

Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders is moving on from the behind the scenes scandal between him and Kristen Stewart that took place during his debut film. At one point, he was rumored to be directing a sequel that would be more of a spin-off, concentrating on Chris Hemsworth's character of the Huntsman. Now the future of that project is up in the air, as Deadline reports he's directing The Juliet next, an adaptation of Alfred Bester's sci-fi short story Fondly Fahrenheit about a playboy and an android who join to become one murderous personality. It's also being described as "Bonnie and Clyde in space."

 Posted October 16 in Development, Movie News, SciFi | Comments

'Man with the Iron Fists' Trailers for Bronze Lion & Madame Blossom

The Man with the Iron Fists

The blood and violence has been more than hinted at in a first and second red band trailer for RZA's kung fu directorial debut The Man with the Iron Fists, and we've seen plenty of promotional material with that huge batch of posters that showed up not too long ago. Now a couple quick trailers have surfaced focusing on Lucy Liu's Madame Blossom and Ultimate Fighting Champion, Cung Le's Bronze Lion. There's some more great action footage here, and this looks like it's going to be an off-the-wall kung fu extravaganza in the same vein as Kill Bill. Plus, I can't wait to see Russell Crowe in the villain role as well.

 Posted October 16 in Hype, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

First Look: Harrison Ford & Gary Oldman Facing Off in 'Paranoia'

Paranoia

It's probably pretty hard to top the line-up of veteran action heroes that Liam Hemsworth joined in The Expendables 2, but Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford can probably give them a run for their money as the two join The Hunger Games actor (and brother of Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth) in Robert Luketic's financial thriller Paranoia. Hemsworth plays Adam Cassidy, an entry-level employee at The Wyatt Corporation. When he becomes enlisted as a company spy, pinned against a rival mogul (Ford) he becomes a pawn in a corporate game bigger than he could have ever imagined. Adam must find a way out from under his boss (Oldman), who will stop at nothing to win a multi-billion dollar advantage. First look photos below!

 Posted October 16 in First Look, Photos | Comments

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