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It's been awhile since we had a juicy Star Wars: Episode VII rumor, and a couple eyebrow-raising bits just popped up on the Internet, so let's explore them shall we? While there are no story details that have surfaced regarding the anticipated sequel to one of the most highly regarded trilogies of all-time, director J.J. Abrams has kept things even more hush-hush then usual, and not even Disney's D23 Expo unveiled any tidbits (SlashFilm's Germain Lussier does a great write-up on Lucasfilm's absence right here). But now two rumors have surfaced regarding the return of two iconic characters. But these characters are dead. Read on!
Remember back in 2010 - it wasn't that long ago - when Kick-Ass surprised everyone with its subversive but comical humor and even more taboo but energetic and badass action? The title was appropriate. A lot of taming can happen in just three years. Kick-Ass 2 takes its title from, well, the fact that it's a sequel, and it's loaded with the same subversive humor and hard-hitting, adolescent violence. But, like most studio sequels, all that worked so well with the original is delivered with minimal creativity and a severe lack of energy. The goings-on here are rarely fun, and Kick-Ass 2 is satisfied going through the familiar motions.
Finally! One of the last potential Oscar contenders we've been waiting to see scheduled is Foxcatcher, the new film from director Bennett Miller (of Capote, Moneyball). A press release has confirmed that Sony Pictures Classics (aka SPC) will open the film in select theaters starting Friday, December 20th this year. That means they're definitely planning to line this up as an awards film, with at least a week to play in 2013. The film tells the gripping, true story of Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark Schultz & Dave Schultz and their relationship with eccentric John du Pont, heir to the du Pont Chemical fortune, that led to murder.
"All these worlds are yours, except Europa. Attempt no landing there." There is a sci-fi film playing now that's one of the best in a long time. Similar to the upcoming Gravity, it's a film that might not even deserve the science fiction classification because it's much more science reality. The film is titled Europa Report, directed by Ecuadorian filmmaker Sebastián Cordero, and it involves a two-year long manned mission to Europa, Jupiter's sixth moon where many have theorized life might exist underneath miles of ice covering the surface. It's an excellent film that I've already seen multiple times and can't wait to watch again. Luckily, I was able to meet with Sebastián Cordero in person for a 17 minute chat about sci-fi and making this film.
Just recently, Vin Diesel caused a flurry of news when he posted a picture of the alien tree Groot to his Facebook page, giving a focus to those rumors that he was going to be working with Marvel in the near future. Since then, his negotiations for the role have been confirmed, but Marvel hasn't said a word. Now another bit of casting might be hinted at thanks to Simon Pegg. Ever since director Edgar Wright was announced as the director of Marvel's Phase Three title Ant-Man, many fans have said the Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and now The World's End star would be a great choice for the lead, and he might just agree.
After featuring some artwork commemorating the Cornetto Trilogy, not to mention a grotesque illustrated poster for The World's End, director Edgar Wright gets even more art paying tribute to his career with Gallery 1988's Official Edgar Wright Art Show in Los Angeles. While we've previously only featured pieces honoring the films of the aforementioned trilogy, this art show also has works that pay tribute to Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and the cult classic TV series "Spaced." Some pieces even pay tribute to all the work Wright has done on film and TV, most with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost on display.
"You have both turned a nine-year marriage into 100-year war." After the first poster arrived for the praised Sundance comedy A.C.O.D. (Adult Children of Divorce) starring Adam Scott, the first trailer is now online, chock full of laughter. Scott plays Carter, a seemingly well-adjusted Adult Child of Divorce who is forced to encounter the craziness of his mother (Catherine O'Hara) and father's (Richard Jenkins) divorce all over again when his younger brother (Clark Duke) decides to get married. The ensemble cast also includes Jane Lynch and Amy Poehler for more great comedy, and you won't want to miss this one.
After a delay in 2012 caused by seemingly necessary budget cuts, the Michael Bay produced iteration of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was pushed back from a Christmas 2013 release date until May of 2014. Then later the date was shifted again by a month back to June 6th, 2014. Well, the third time is the charm as Deadline reports Paramount Pictures is pushing back the Nickelodeon Movies and Platinum Dunes production back two more months for release on August 8th. This time the reason cited is to allow Transformers 4 to enjoy more time as the prominent merchandising and advertising giant for a couple of months before they do battle with themselves on toy shelves when TMNT releases a bit later. More below!
After showing off some footage at Comic-Con (along with those cool teaser posters), the sci-fi action flick Edge of Tomorrow (formerly All You Need is Kill) starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt was headed back across the pond for some scheduled reshoots. Well, along with those reshoots apparently came some rewrites as well, because Deadline reports Jeremy Piven is a last minute addition to the Doug Liman-directed film set up at Warner Bros. The movie was already wrapped when footage premiered at Comic-Con, but some extra scenes still needed to be shot and the "Entourage" star is playing a new character in them.
Briefly: While Marvel's sequel Thor: The Dark World will hit theaters everywhere on November 8th, the film will arrive a little earlier on a bigger screen. Marvel and IMAX have just announced that Chris Hemsworth will return to Earth as the god of thunder on October 30th, exclusively on IMAX 3D screens around the world. For those keeping count, that's over a week early. Anymore, sending a blockbuster to IMAX screens isn't surprising, especially since most people will fork over the extra money even if the film wasn't shot natively on IMAX cameras. Still, it's cool that the film will arrive earlier on the giant screen.
It's been nearly a year since the drama Zaytoun first premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, and the film is finally headed to US theaters this fall after premiering in the UK late last year. An international trailer showed off the dramatic chops of Stephen Dorff in the the story of a young Palestinian refugee and an Israeli fighter pilot in Beirut in 1982 as they form a tentative bond in their attempt to make their way across war-torn Lebanon and back home. This latest trailer tries to drum up film enthusiast interest by touting the producer of The King's Speech, but hopefully the story speaks for itself.
"All it would take is a little push…" If you were in the Washington DC metro or Maryland areas in late 2002, there's no doubt you remember the Beltway sniper attacks. Now 11 years later a film has been made about the shootings, but told from the perspective of the snipers. The father-son-esque duo purchased a blue 1990 Chevy Caprice sedan and shot at innocent victims along the highway and in various places around Virginia and DC. The film is called Blue Caprice, directed by Alexandre Moors, starring Isaiah Washington (seen on "Grey's Anatomy") and Tequan Richmond as the snipers. It premiered at Sundance to quite a bit of acclaim and will be released this fall, with the first official trailer for this harrowing drama now available.