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James Marsden, Thomas Jane and Billy Bob Thornton have all been cast in Red Machine, a new wilderness thriller from director David Hackl (Saw V) and first time screenwriter J.R. Reher. According to Variety, the film centers around two at-odds brothers (Jane and Marsden) who attempt to mend fences over a camping trip. Yet, instead of putting things back together, they're literally torn apart by a relentless grizzly bear nicknamed "Red Machine." I'm assuming he got the nickname from his reddish brown fur and knack for killing as opposed to just destroying Mountain Dew Code Red vending machines. More below!
A mere 24 hours before this film gets quietly released in limited theaters, Wrekin Hill has finally released an official US poster (via IMDb) for The Flowers of War, the Zhang Yimou-directed WWII drama starring Christian Bale that was China's Best Foreign Film Oscar entry. While it is a fairly conventional poster with floating heads blended, I love the colors and the overall design and layout. It's eye-catching and a perfectly gorgeous poster to go along with an otherwise outstanding film. I got to see it late last year and enjoyed it a lot, it's very powerful filmmaking from one of China's best filmmakers, Zhang Yimou. Check it out below!
Would you like to buy a Sony product? By the end of this trailer I'm sure your answer is no, but they may get some of you. Sony / Screen Gems has released the first official trailer via Yahoo for Paul W.S. Anderson's latest sequel in this undead video game franchise, Resident Evil: Retribution, the fifth movie in the franchise. Milla Jovovich is back as Alice and this looks action-packed, but it's also half of an commercial for Sony and Sony products, which kind of sucks. I also don't have much care or concern for this franchise, just like Underworld as well, but the action footage did look a bit better than I was expecting. Take a look!
"There isn't yet a superior or even an equal imaging technology to film, but we're being forced to transition." Perfectly timed for the start of the Sundance Film Festival today is a trailer for a documentary called Side by Side, produced by Keanu Reeves, about the science, art, and impact of digital cinema. This trailer features interview snippets from Chris Nolan, Steven Soderbergh, David Lynch, Robert Rodriguez, James Cameron and Marty Scorsese, all of whom are either making the big digital transition or still holding onto film (like Nolan). It looks like a fascinating doc and something that everyone in this industry needs to watch.
Wow, this is huge news if you're a fan of Clint Mansell. The award-winning composer is known for rarely ever making appearances, but is one of the most beloved composers working in Hollywood today. Mansell is most well known for scoring Darren Aronofsky's films, like Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain and Black Swan, but will be hosting a live event in LA for two nights celebrating the release of his score for Massy Tadjedin's drama Last Night. During his first ever live shows in the US, Mansell and the Sonus Quartet will perform pieces of the score, as well as performances of his other music. Oh, I will be there, no question.
Though director P.J. Hogan might better be know for his romantic comedy work on films like My Best Friend's Wedding, Muriel's Wedding and Confessions of a Shopaholic, the filmmaker also delved into fantasy with the most recent adaptation of Peter Pan. Now Heat Vision has word that Hogan will head into another fantastical world by directing an adaptation of the comic book Bone with "Greek" creator Patrick Sean Smith adapting Jeff Smith's series which ran from 1991-2004 and found new life when bundled as graphic novels in recent years. Story details from the rejuvenated comic book series can be found below!
While We Need to Talk About Kevin only got buzz at the Golden Globes from Tilda Swinton's performance, the BAFTA's had much more love for the film about the mother of a teenage boy who went on a high-school killing spree who tries to deal with her grief and feelings of responsibility for her child's actions. We've already seen a couple trailers and one Rosemary's Baby inspired poster, but this one really amps things up, and even though I haven't seen the film, I've heard that it's quite misleading, if only because the film really isn't about the spawn of the devil like the aforementioned classic. See the new poster below!
Though international superstar Will Smith has starred in several blockbusters, only Bad Boys and Men in Black (watch the trailer for the third installment here) have warranted not just one but two sequels. However, there have been rumblings about sequels to I, Robot and Hancock, despite no real development on either. Recently though, director Peter Berg spoke with Comic Book Movie (via The Playlist) and revealed a sequel to the latter superpowered blockbuster might still be in the cards. Berg says, "We've been talking about the sequel between us, Will Smith, [producers] Michael Mann and Akiva Goldsman and myself."
Taking out the trash, one jerk at a time. Magnet Releasing debuted the first official poster for Bobcat Goldthwait's new comedy God Bless America, starring Joel Murray and Tara Lynne Barr (seen on the poster). The two realize they're fed up with American culture and decide to don weapons and "take out the trash." Unfortunately the tagline is the best part of this poster, because it's otherwise a very tame, lame, uninspired design for a film that I think deserves much better. Just look at this photo from the film! You can do better, Magnolia. This is a wild, crazy, hilarious film (my TIFF review) and I hope we see better posters.
Not to be confused with Steven Soderbergh's forthcoming film The Side Effects, horror filmmaker Ti West is venturing into science fiction for his next feature titled The Side Effect. We'll have a report on his found footage horror anthology V/H/S (part of our Top 10 films to watch at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival) sometime soon, but in the meantime we have word that Liv Tyler (The Fellowship of the Ring, Super) will lead the sci-fi thriller as Catherine Rigby, a woman who spends several months alone in space as an experimental subject for a global pharmaceutical company, and somehow becomes inexplicably pregnant.
Over the decades, marketing movies has changed quite a bit, but one of the coolest ways to promote a film still comes in the form of movie posters. The style of these posters has changed drastically over the years, but some artists still like to throwback to posters form years past for their inspiration. Graphic artist Peter Stults has done just that, but rather than just reimagining the posters in a classic style, Stults has also cast movies like Inception, Avatar, Drive and The Hangover with Hollywood's biggest names during the Golden Age of cinema. Honestly, some of these movies would be great with casts like this. Posters below!
She has the code. He is the key. And no one is safe! Collider has unveiled the official theatrical poster for Boaz Yakin's Safe, the new action-thriller starring Jason Statham due out this spring (watch the trailer). While we've seen plenty of badass shots of Statham before, and lots of gun-pointed-at-the-camera imagery, this poster combines those two elements with some lush colors to deliver an eye-catching action design. I'm sure they're trying to make sure this poster stands out in the crowd of action flicks coming up, and putting Statham posed like this was definitely a smart idea. I like it, and I'm looking forward to seeing this movie.
Just last summer we learned that Forrest Gump team Robert Zemeckis and Tom Hanks were going to team up again for Major Matt Mason, a big screen adaptation of the Mattel action figure from the 1960's. Mason was a unique toy because it debuted in 1966 and was a line about an an astronaut who lived and worked on the moon. Eventually we actually landed on the moon and for some reason the toy just wasn't as cool as the real astronauts. We've been wondering just what the story will be for Major Matt Mason and now screenwriter Graham Yost (Speed, Broken Arrow) has revealed some brief details on the film's plot.
"We are, and always have been, a festival about the filmmakers." Kicking off this week in soon-to-be-snowy Park City, UT is the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, where both Ethan and I are headed for 10 days to see films non-stop. To clue everyone in on some of the movies we've taken an interest in, here's our pick of the Top 10 films we're excited for, ones we're keeping an eye on and will be seeing at the earliest opportunity. Alex has chosen five he's interested in, and Ethan has also chosen another five he's excited to see. You never know how any of these will turn out, but I'm hoping some of them are truly as great as they sound on paper.