ENJOY THE SHOW
That photo you see above is the first still from Samuel Maoz's Lebanon, a film set almost entirely inside of a tank. The film just premiered at the Venice Film Festival (reviews below) and also shows at the Toronto Film Festival and is about a lone tank and a paratroopers platoon that are dispatched to search a hostile town during the Lebanon War in 1982 (same war as seen in Beaufort and Waltz With Bashir). As described in the TIFF guide: "Lebanon is a sensual film in the dictionary sense of the word. The majority of the action takes place inside the tank, and a hot, sweaty, rusted-out place it is, rank with the odours of men and fear."
A bunch of new release dates have been changed, set, or announced today. While all of the changes will be made to our Release Schedule, I wanted to point them out today, as there are a few films here that I know a lot of people are looking forward to seeing. First up, The Weinstein Company has set John Hillcoat's The Road for release on November 25th. Also opening on that same date is Richard Linklater's Me and Orson Welles, which premiered at TIFF last year and was just picked up by Freestyle Releasing. Michael Moore's new doc Capitalism: A Love Story also got pushed to October 2nd. More updates below.
Apparition has debuted the official theatrical trailer for Black Dynamite, the blaxploitation throwback starring Michael Jai White. This film is so badass that I can't even use the word badass to describe it because it would be way too tame of a term! I first saw this up at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and it was awesome. It gets a little too wild, too often, and by the end I was almost tired of it (read my review). But in the 2-minutes of this trailer, you definitely won't get tired! If you're digging this at all, it's one of those films that you just have to see it in theaters with a big group of people, you'll have one hell of a time. Dig it!
A response to Disney's acquisition of Marvel maybe? It seems that DC Comics properties are finally going to see the same kind of structure and stability that Marvel has displayed over the past few years, as Warner Bros. Entertainment as created a brand-spankin'-new company, dubbed DC Entertainment Inc., that will "fully realize the power and value of the DC Comics brand and characters across all media and platforms." Or so the press release says. DC Entertainment is to be run by Diane Nelson, former president of Warner Premiere (the studio's direct-to-video arm) that cranked out quite a few movies based on DC properties.
British screenwriter Alex Garland, the man behind 28 Days Later and Sunshine, two of my favorite screenplays of the last ten years, is, according to Empire via British comics artist Mark "Jock" Simpson's Twitter, currently writing a fresh adaptation of Judge Dredd. Now, Judge Dredd, as you may recall, was brought to life by Sylvester Stallone in the 1995 film directed by Danny Cannon. You may also remember, that that movie was
terrible awesome by most accounts a failure. But with over 30 years of source comics from 2000AD, the dystopian police-state satire is set to see the screen again (as we first reported last year).
A badass short 30-second TV spot for James McTeigue's Ninja Assassin has appeared online in high def recently and it's a definite must watch. I've actually seen the movie and I can guarantee that it has some awesome fight scenes, as hinted at in the footage. This TV spot may even be better than the first trailer, since it just gets right into the ninja action, which is all anyone cares about with this movie. The story isn't the greatest, but you know what, who cares, its got some amazing visuals, and it's fun as hell to watch. I'll be hyping this as much as I can because it has a bad release date (Thanksgiving) and because I love McTeigue.
Most of this industry is obsessed with the domestic box office results, but we can't forget that overseas box office results are just as important as well. While we don't normally care about box office numbers, this was just too shocking. As of this moment, Titanic is the #1 overseas box office earner, at $1.24 billion, followed by Return of the King at $742 million. This week, the #3 spot, currently held by Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, will be overtaken by one of this year's releases. What is it? Not what you think. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs has passed $657.5 million at the overseas box office. Are you kidding me?!
Paramount has launched the teaser trailer for Jason Reitman's Up in the Air on SlashFilm following its debut at the Telluride Film Festival this past weekend and in advance of its debut at the Toronto Film Festival this upcoming weekend. While this is a full 2-minute trailer, it's much more of a teaser, featuring a great voiceover from George Clooney (rather, a speech) and a clips of scenes and great moments from the film. It's a brilliant first-look at this and it should definitely have you hooked. Coming from someone who has seen the film (read my review), this does give you a fantastic idea of what to expect. Watch and enjoy!
We knew there was something up with the news from earlier this week that Nicolas Cage had been cast in two more action projects. THR's Heat Vision has separately confirmed today that Cage has dropped out of Michel Gondry's The Green Hornet, in which he was supposed to play a "gangster villain." We first ran this casting news back in July just before Comic-Con, but apparently he's been "in negotiations" ever since, and couldn't work out a deal with the studio in the end. So for the time being, Gondry and Rogen are moving forward without a villain, as shooting on Green Hornet started a few weeks ago (we also wrote about that).
Is Shark Week over yet? I love shark movies, everything from Jaws to Deep Blue Sea. I've been waiting to see that Meg movie, but since that probably won't be happening for a long time, I'll settle for this. Variety reports that Halle Berry has joined the cast of a new action-thriller titled Dark Tide. She will play a diving instructor who returns to the deep after a near-fatal incident with a Great White shark. Unfortunately this guy probably won't be a genetically enhanced shark (like in Deep Blue Sea), but I have feeling it will be as life-like as they can make it, adding more thrill to the experience. Shooting will start later this year.
It looks like the fighting arena just might be the new hot spot for fresh talent. First we had news of MMA fighter Gina Carano leading a Steven Soderbergh picture, and now THR reports that UFC fighter Quinton "Rampage" Jackson has stepped up to fill the role of B.A. Baracus (a role made iconic by Mr. T) in the upcoming big screen adaptation of The A-Team. Before today's official news, rappers-turned-actors like The Game and Common were rumored to fill the role, but it looks like Baracus needed a bit more muscle. Jackson joins the already confirmed Bradley Cooper and Liam Neeson in the movie, which is shooting now.