Friday, March 31, 2017

First trailer for Netflix film, 'War Machine' shows Brad Pitt as a decorated U.S. general

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Netflix’s next high-profile project in their newest venture, original movies, looks to have potential in being one of the best under-the-radar films of 2017. The film I’m referring to is, War Machine and the latest trailer has just been released for the newest film from David Michod (Animal Kingdom, The Rover).

            War Machine is a satirical war film that’s based on the book, The Operators: The Wild & Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan that stars Brad Pitt as U.S. general Glenn McMahon (based on Stanley McChrystal) whose confidence in winning the war in the Middle East was lowered by the expose of a journalist. I absolutely loved the teaser for this when it was released and I thoroughly enjoyed this new preview. With quite possibly the most underrated cast of the year with the always fantastic Pitt leading, there’s a reason the movie is in my most anticipated of the year.

            Check out the trailer for War Machine below. The movie stars Pitt, Tilda Swinton, Ben Kingsley, Anthony Michael Hall, Topher Grace, Keith Stanfield, Emory Cohen, John Magaro, RJ Cyler and Scoot McNairy. War Machine is available to stream on Netflix on May 26th.

'Straight Outta Compton' writer penning Amazon series based on The Grateful Dead

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Amazon just keeps adding innovative and intriguing programs to their slate of original programming. They’ve also stockpiled a number of feature films as Amazon originals including The Grateful Dead documentary, Long Strange Trip. It seems this isn’t the only project in the works about the legendary band however, as the network is producing a biographical TV series that will be written by Jonathan Herman (Straight Outta Compton), per Deadline.

            The show will be based on the memoir from Grateful Dead roadie, Steve Parish titled Home Before Daylight: My Life on the Road with the Grateful Dead. The iconic group that rose to prominence in the 1960s is regarded by many as one of the greatest bands in the history of music. Not only were they great musicians, but they were a movement, touring almost without stop for three decades before frontman Jerry Garcia passed away in 1995. Co-founder Bob Weir will executively produce the show along with Parish and will oversee the music.

            Herman being the guy to write this series after his successful Oscar-nominated screenplay based on a legendary music group like N.W.A. Though they were a hip-hop group compared to the rock group that the Grateful Dead was, he helped a movie that could’ve been something like Notorious be one of the best films of the year. I’m excited to see how the show comes together in terms of casting and on a streaming service like Amazon. 

First trailer for Hulu's 'Dimension 404' looks to be their take on 'Black Mirror'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            With plenty of talk surrounding streaming services Amazon and Netflix, it seems that Hulu has sort of been forgotten about. They have had some successes such as The Path and 11.22.63 but it looks like their taking a dive into a different type of program with their latest sci-fi/comedy anthology series, Dimension 404.

            The show tells different stories about technology advancing and it looks like a strange combination of Stranger Things and Black Mirror but with a completely different tone being a lighter and more humorous take. The cast looks great though and it looks like it could be some fun, plus Mark Hamill narrating the entire series doesn’t hurt its cause. The show is the latest to follow the trend of anthology series taking over silver screens and will be the first of its kind on the streaming service.

            Check out the trailer below for Dimension 404! The show stars Patton Oswalt, Lea Michele, Joel McHale, Sarah Hyland and Megan Mullally. Dimension 404 premieres on April 4th only on Hulu.

Details emerge for 'Wreck-It Ralph' sequel at CinemaCon, gets a lengthy title

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By Darian Scalamoni
            It’s been quite a few years since the release of Wreck-It Ralph but this past week at CinemaCon details were revealed for the long-awaited sequel. The first detail that we learned is the official title, now being called Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2. It’s a bit wordy but it goes along well with the plot.

            Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 (see it doesn’t roll of the tongue so easily) has Ralph, Vanellope, Sergeant Calhoun and Fix-It Felix all returning for a new adventure in the world of the internet and online gaming. Co-director Rich Moore was quoted talking about the film, “To take these characters we love and have them enter the enormous world of the internet has given us so much to explore. Our production team has been hard at work designing a world that takes something we all think we know – the internet – but shows it in a whole new, imaginative way.” Sure, sounds good to me; as a huge fan of the original movie, I’m very excited to see if they can recapture that same charm that the first movie brought to the table.

            Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 opens in theaters on March 9th, 2018. John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch and Jack McBrayer all return as their beloved characters for the sequel to the 2012 Disney animated feature.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

New trailer for 'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets' gives us a glimpse at a sci-fi acid trip from the mind of Luc Besson

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By Darian Scalamoni
            It seems like it’s been trailer mania this week with CinemaCon happening, plenty of previews for 2017’s hottest movies are being released. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets joins that list as the sci-fi epic from the mind of Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Leon: The Professional) has dropped its newest trailer.

            The “dream” project for Besson is based on the French comic titled Valerian and Laureline, first published back in 1967. Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne star as special operatives for the government of human territories as they try to maintain order throughout the galaxy. These two humans are assigned a task in the intergalactic city of Alpha, which puts them in danger before warfare arises. The movie is definitely an epic and you can see the passion from Besson bleed on the screen but to be honest, I’m not as impressed as many others might be. It sure looks different than anything else we’ve seen but still has a bit of a Guardians of the Galaxy vibe to it. Besson has also claimed that he wants to make a sequel but I’ll reserve judgment before seeing the film and assessing just how successful it is for the studio.

            Check out the latest trailer for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets below! The film stars DeHaan, Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, John Goodman, Herbie Hancock and Kris Wu. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets will be released on July 21st!

NBC developing anthology issue-based series inspired by 'Thank You for Smoking'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Anthology series have really taken over the TV-sphere over the past few years. With FX running upwards of 4 anthology shows a year from Ryan Murphy and Noah Hawley, it seems that NBC is hopping on the bandwagon for their own anthology series. According to The Playlist, the network is producing an issues-based drama series influenced by Jason Reitman’s 2006 film, Thank You for Smoking.

            Thank You for Smoking starred Aaron Eckhart as a charismatic, tobacco lobbyist who tried to protect the big-time companies from being sanctioned by the government. The movie wasn’t a huge success at the box office but garnered Golden Globe nominations for Best Picture (Musical or Comedy) and Best Actor for Eckhart. As a huge fan of both the anthology format and the original movie, I’m definitely excited for this especially since the show’s first season will focus on gun control rather than the same topic the original movie was based around. The network will have to gather together a great cast though, because that along with a great script from Reitman propelled the movie to garner such reviews with critics.

            This has potential to be one of the better series NBC has produced even after their newest hit, This Is Us was one of the network’s biggest shows in years. Look for the show to begin shooting rather soon to premiere sometime in late 2017 or early 2018!

First trailer for 'It' might be the most terrifying we'll see all year

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By Darian Scalamoni
            The It remake has had plenty of issues since it had begun development. Originally, Cary Fukunaga was supposed to helm the film based on the Stephen King novel but now Andres Muschietti (Mama) is directing with Bill Skarsgaard starring as Pennywise in the first trailer.

            The trailer showcases the last moments of a young boy’s life running down a flooded street before his paper boat floats into the sewer and revealing the horrifying clown. The preview for the horror flick also reveals nods to the original book including the house at 29 Neibolt Street as well as the fire at the Black Spot. This could quite possibly be the best trailer of the year thus far and truly exceeded my expectations. Skarsgaard looks terrific as Pennywise the Clown. Also, with Finn Wolfhard from Stranger Things as one of the Losers, you can count me in for being there for opening night.
            Check out the trailer for It below! The film stars Skarsgaard, Wolfhard, Jarden Lieberher, Jack Dylan Grazer, Jackson Robert Scott, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs and Jeremy Ray. It opens in theaters on September 8th.

Paul Bettany and Sam Worthington to star in Discovery Channel's scripted series, 'Manhunt: Unabomber'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            It should be no surprise that with the expanding landscape of television that networks that you’d never expect to release scripted content would do so but at last, Discovery has joined the fray. According to Deadline, Sam Worthington and Paul Bettany will star in an anthology series titled, Manhunt: Unabomber. The show will depict the true story about the FBI’s hunt for the Unabomber, the deadliest serial bomber in history.

            Sam Worthington will play head FBI agent, Jim “Fitz” Fitzgerald who was the newest member of the Unabom Task Force who faced rough treatment for trying to take a different approach of taking down the Unabomber aka Ted Kaczynski. Paul Bettany will play Kaczynski, who was eventually captured by Fitzgerald in 1995, seventeen years after his first bombing. Brian d’Arcy James, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Mark Duplass, Elizabeth Reaser and Rebecca Henderson round out the cast for the first season. This isn’t the first series the channel has broadcast yet its second as their miniseries, Harley and the Davidsons was broadcast last year.

            Worthington can be seen in theaters now in The Shack and is set to reprise his role as Jake Sully in the Avatar franchise (whenever that starts up again). Bettany is currently filming Avengers: Infinity War in which he’ll reprise his role as Vision but is also in production for a drama titled Official Secrets also starring Harrison Ford, Anthony Hopkins and Martin Freeman. Manhunt: Unabomber premieres on August 1st at 9 PM with a two-hour episode.

Andrew Garfield set to star in drama, 'Black Lion'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Andrew Garfield had himself a phenomenal 2016 not only starring in a film for the legendary Martin Scorsese but also garnering an Oscar nomination for his portrayal as Desmond Doss in Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge. With his foot continuing to stay on the gas with a number of other projects lined up, he’s signed on to yet another. According to The Playlist, Garfield is set to star in Black Lion.

            Black Lion currently doesn’t have a director attached but Alessandro Camon (The Messenger, Bullet to the Head) is set to write the script. The film follows Carlos Mavroleon, a Harvard educated heir to an English/Greek shipping empire who left his life on Wall Street to become a war reporter. The true story will be framed around his final assignment for 60 minutes in which he snuck into Afghan tribal territories just days after President Clinton’s 1998 missile strikes against Osama Bin Laden’s camps. Mavroleon was actually one of the first to discover the link between Pakistan and Al Qaida. Unfortunately, just days later, he was found dead in his motel room under circumstances that are still not known to this day. This sounds like a great role for Garfield that can garner him even more awards buzz as he continues to pick diverse roles to add to his expanding filmography.

            Garfield has two incredibly intriguing projects set for this year already as he’ll star in Andy Serkis’ directorial debut, Breathe. He’ll also star in David Robert Mitchell’s follow-up to It Follows titled, Under the Silver Lake

New 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' trailer shows that the suit doesn't make the hero

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By Darian Scalamoni
            It was truly a blessing when Sony and Marvel Studios came to an agreement to let Spider-Man appear in some of the MCU films. That deal began with his inclusion in Captain America: Civil War and now we’re getting our third rebooted Spidey solo film but this time it looks and feels much different than the previous efforts. Sony has released the new trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming and we have it here just for you!

            Spider-Man: Homecoming will follow Tom Holland as Peter Parker navigating through his normal high school life while trying to keep it under wraps that he’s also a superhero by the name of Spider-Man. That is until a huge new threat emerges in the form of a villainous menace who goes by Vulture. Though I was a huge fan of the first trailer, this one didn’t sell me as much and to be honest, I think it gives too much away. Michael Keaton looks great as Vulture and I’m always excited to see Robert Downey Jr. on screen as Tony Stark but there are tons of plot details within this preview and frankly, I’m disappointed that they showed so much. I’m still very excited for the film though and after one small appearance and two trailers I think it’s easy to say that Tom Holland is a better Spider-Man than both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield.

            Check out the trailer below for Spider-Man: Homecoming! The movie stars Holland, Downey, Keaton, Jacob Batalon, Zendaya, Angourie Rice, Tony Revolori, Bokeem Woodbine, Jon Favreau, Logan Marshall-Green, Marisa Tomei and Donald Glover. Spider-Man: Homecoming opens everywhere on July 7th.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Miles Teller cast in Nicolas Winding Refn's Amazon series, 'Too Old to Die Young'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            One of the fastest rising stars in Hollywood is Miles Teller who has portrayed all different types of roles showing his diversity including a boxer, jazz drummer, superhero and charming lover boy. Now, he’s headed to television. According to THR, Teller has been cast in Nicolas Winding Refn’s Amazon series, Too Old to Die Young.

            Teller will play a police officer who is grieving over the death of his partner who then links up with the man who killed him. It sounds like a juicy role for Teller and continues his stretch of working with up-and-coming directors that already includes Damien Chazelle, James Ponsoldt and Ben Younger. I’m looking forward to see who else Refn can accumulate for the series.

            Refn joins a string of filmmakers that are shifting their focus to the small screen for a more creative outlet to stretch over a longer period of time. Teller will star in the PTSD drama, Thank You for Your Service later this year as well as be a part of the ensemble for Granite Mountain with Jeff Bridges, Taylor Kitsch and Josh Brolin. Too Old to Die Young begins filming this fall in Los Angeles so expect this to land on Amazon in 2018!

O'Shea Jackson Jr. joins the cast of Godzilla: King of the Monsters

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Monster movies have been building up some massive star power for their casts with Kong: Skull Island being a perfect example. Now, Godzilla’s sequel is looking to build some more credibility with their cast as well. According to Slash Film, O’Shea Jackson Jr. has joined Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

            Godzilla: King of the Monsters is the sequel to 2014’s Godzilla that starred Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe and Bryan Cranston that was directed by Rogue One helmer, Gareth Edwards. Watanabe is the only cast member that is returning for the sequel but the production is quickly coming together with horror director Michael Dougherty (Trick ‘r Treat, Krampus) taking the reigns with Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga and Stranger Things star, Millie Bobby Brown starring with Jackson joining. There are no details yet who Jackson will play but he joins his Straight Outta Compton cohorts Jason Mitchell and Corey Hawkins who are already in Legendary’s monster universe and starred in Kong: Skull Island.

            Jackson recently starred in Ingrid Goes West, an indie that debuted at Sundance and was praised for his performance. He’s also set to star in Den of Thieves alongside Gerard Butler and has a project in development based on the riots after the Rodney King verdict in which he’d star with his father, Ice Cube. Godzilla: King of the Monsters is set to be released on March 22nd, 2019.

Paul Greengrass to direct 'Ness' based on graphic novel

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By Paul Greengrass
            One director that really likes to take some time between films is Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Ultimatum, Captain Phillips). The Oscar-nominated filmmaker has taken 3 years between movies for his last four efforts with his last movie coming last year with the disappointing, Jason Bourne. Deadline reports however that he’s found his next project and will direct Ness based on a graphic novel by the name of Torso by Brian Michael Bendis and Marc Andreyko.

            Ness could be a potential franchise starter for Paramount and will follow the life of Eliot Ness, who led a team of agents during the Prohibition era, known as The Untouchables and took down crime lord, Al Capone. Greengrass is no stranger to franchises as he directed three of the five Bourne films that together grossed over $1 billion worldwide. This also isn’t the first time we’ll see Ness being portrayed on screen as Kevin Costner played him in the 1987 film, The Untouchables directed by Brian De Palma. With this version being based on a graphic novel though, it adds a different interpretation than the book that the 1987 film was based off.

            Greengrass has plenty of other films in development at the moment but it seems that Paramount is pushing for Ness to get a fall start so we’ll see just how quickly it comes together. He’s also been developing a Jimi Hendrix biopic as well as a film based on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s final days before his death but currently has no projects in any stage of production. 

First trailer for David Lowery's 'A Ghost Story' has Oscar-winner Casey Affleck feeling forgotten

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By Darian Scalamoni
            David Lowery (Pete’s Dragon, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints) is a name that you’re going to want to remember for years to come. After his debut feature, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints was garnered well with critics and featured a tremendous ensemble that included Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara, he latched onto a bigger film that he made his own, Pete’s Dragon. His next film reunites Lowery with Mara and Affleck in a fantasy film titled A Ghost Story that was hidden from the public until Sundance back in January. Luckily for us, the trailer for the film was dropped yesterday and we have it right here for you!

            A Ghost Story follows Affleck’s character who dies in a car accident and comes back as a ghost and proceeds to watch over his wife, played by Mara. The trailer is different than anything I’ve seen as its far from a horror movie, but it’s also not easy to categorize as a romance flick. Though some labelled the film as strange and unorthodox, it still garnered positive reviews and should be a moviegoing experience you don’t want to miss.

            Check out the trailer below for A Ghost Story! The film stars Rooney Mara and recent Oscar-winner, Casey Affleck. A Ghost Story opens in theaters on July 7th

'True Detective' Season 3 back on track, David Milch to help write

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By Darian Scalamoni
            HBO hit a goldmine with the start of True Detective. The anthology crime series was a massive success with stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson headlining the first season. The second season starring Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Vince Vaughn and Taylor Kitsch was a mess but there is some optimism for the third season which now has a TV veteran coming in to help the show. According to Entertainment Weekly, David Milch (Deadwood, NYPD Blue) will produce and write Season 3 of True Detective teaming up with creator, Nic Pizzolatto.

            In Season 1, Pizzolatto wrote the episodes but worked closely with Cary Fukunaga (Beasts of No Nation, Jane Eyre) who also directed all of the episodes. Pizzolato again wrote all of the episodes for Season 2 but a revolving door of directors emerged and it cost the show as it didn’t have the fluidity that Season 1 had. With another collaboration ahead for Season 3, I have faith that the show could get back in line with the brilliance of Season 1. Milch won’t be acting as showrunner, but no showrunner has been declared as of yet.

            With Milch’s background not only in crime dramas but also with a relationship with HBO previously on Deadwood and Luck, he seems like a perfect fit to help bring True Detective back to prominence. Now we just wait and see who they decide to bring together for the 

New images for Okja provide a first look at Jake Gyllenhaal's character

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By Darian Scalamoni
            It’s hard not to be excited for Bong Joon Ho’s (Snowpiercer, The Host) Netflix film, Okja. The teaser was brilliant giving a glimpse of the titular monster along with Tilda Swinton and our star, An Seo Hyun and now we have new images for you from the film, that not only gives a better look at those stars but also, a first look at Jake Gyllenhaal.

            Okja follows a young girl named Mija who has spent her life taking care of a giant monster named Okja in the mountains of South Korea. Unfortunately, the Mirando Corporation, a multinational conglomerate takes Okja for themselves as Mija sets out on a journey to rescue her friend. The pictures are just regular shots but the cast for this film is truly spectacular. I’m incredibly excited and am anxiously awaiting a full trailer.

            Check out the images for Okja below! The film stars Hyun, Swinton, Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Giancarlo Esposito, Steven Yeun and Lily Collins. Okja premiers on Netflix on June 28th!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Sony's 'Venom' will be R-rated and jump start their own cinematic universe

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Can’t say you didn’t see this coming. Just a week after the announcement of Sony producing a Venom movie for the studio, Collider is reporting that the film will be rated-R and jump start their own cinematic universe revolving around the Spider-Man characters. Sony and Marvel Studios currently have a deal in which Tom Holland’s Spider-Man can appear on screen in MCU films but Sony is capitalizing on their catalog of characters they have rights to use which is upwards of 900 Marvel characters.

            This announcement for Venom comes hot on the heels of the studio announcing the writing of a script for a movie following fellow Spider-Man characters, Black Cat and Silver Sable which will be written by Chris Yost (Thor: Ragnarok, Thor: The Dark World). Venom will be written by Dante Harper (Alien: Covenant) and will look to take advantage of the recent wave of rated-R comic book movie, Deadpool and Logan. It’s important to note that Sony’s new Marvel Universe will NOT be connected with any of the MCU movies.

            Venom seems like a great movie to start off the new Sony Marvel Universe but what do you guys? Also, who do you think could portray Venom in the 2018 film? Comment below and let us know!

First look images at Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft in 'Tomb Raider' are perfection

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Alicia Vikander had a MASSIVE year in 2015. After starring in films such as Ex Machina, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and The Danish Girl; the latter which won her an Oscar, she sort of disappeared in 2016 with roles in disappointing films, Jason Bourne and The Light Between Oceans. Since then though, Vikander has been shooting her first big time blockbuster starring as Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider reboot and we have new images from the movie right here for you!

            The iconic video game character who was first portrayed on screen by Angelina Jolie is a pure adventurer and a perfect role for Vikander as she begins to venture into bigger tentpole properties. The images came from the latest issue of Vanity Fair in which Vikander talked about how excited she was to take on the role, “I think people can identify with her for lots of different reasons, but for me I very much see her as a model for many young women. She’s trying to carve out her place in the world and connect her future with her past. She also has a fantastic mix of traits — tough, smart, vulnerable, plus she’s kick ass! She is also uniquely different to other characters I have taken on previously. It’s a lot of fun trying to get into Lara’s head and the challenge of getting to grips with such a physical role is an element of this project that I find an absolute thrill.”

            Check out the images below for Tomb Raider! The film stars Vikander, Walton Goggins, Dominic West and Daniel Wu. Tomb Raider opens in theaters on March 16th, 2018.

Amazon lands Barry Jenkins to direct 'The Underground Railroad' limited series

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By Darian Scalamoni
            It seems that Amazon is continuing their streak of bringing in film and television powerhouses to adapt for their streaming service with them headed for a new cream of the crop in the industry. According to Deadline, Amazon is developing a miniseries based on The Underground Railroad written by Colson Whitehead with Moonlight director, Barry Jenkins attached to helm and Brad Pitt’s production company, Plan B backing it.

            The Underground Railroad follows a young woman named Cora who makes a desperate attempt to find freedom in the South after escaping her Georgia plantation for the rumored Underground Railroad. The book garnered massive attention and accolades as it won the National Book Award just last year. This sounds like a great project not only for Amazon but also for Jenkins, whose film, Moonlight won Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards. It will most likely be a gritty look at the secret railroad that housed slaves that were fleeing the South to freedom.

            In addition to this project, Amazon has greenlit plenty of other series from experienced filmmakers including Nicolas Winding Refn, Woody Allen and Jill Soloway so it seems like a good place to house a series from Jenkins. The Oscar-winning filmmaker is also developing his next feature film that will be a sports drama following Claressa “T-Rex” Shields, a female boxer from Flint, Michigan who trained to be the first woman to win an Olympic gold medal in the sport.

New trailer for 'Justice League' offers a better look at the iconic DC Comics superhero team-up

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Well here’s a breath of fresh air for DC fans. Just this past weekend, the new trailer for Justice League was released and it’s pretty damn good. The epic superhero team-up flick that is trying to recreate the massive success of Marvel’s The Avengers will be released later this year and I feel like people forget that. The film did make my top 15 for most anticipated of the year but there were other comic book movies in front of it, admittedly.

            Justice League will bring together the team of Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg (and Superman?) to take down a massive force which could be one villain or multiple. So far, that information isn’t given but that’s a good thing, this trailer hits almost all its marks but has some weaknesses as well. It’s still early in post-production but Cyborg still looks awful, while I can almost guarantee Aquaman will steal the film. All in all though, there were some awesome shots in the trailer and the humor landed much better with this preview than the Comic-Con trailer.

            Check out the newest trailer for Justice League below! The film stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, J.K. Simmons, Connie Nielsen, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe and Ciaran Hinds. Justice League opens everywhere on November 17th.

Robert Downey Jr. to star in 'The Voyage of Doctor Doolittle' opening in 2019

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Robert Downey Jr. has been heavily involved in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since its inception back in 2008 when the actor portrayed the titular role in Iron Man. Here we are almost ten years later and Downey barely has time to play other roles in Hollywood. Deadline reports that Downey will find himself a role outside the MCU as he’s set to star in The Voyage of Doctor Doolittle for Universal.

            The Voyage of Doctor Doolittle will follow Downey as the title character based on the 1920s children’s books. This isn’t the first version of Doctor Doolittle on screen as Rex Harrison portrayed the character in 1967 and Eddie Murphy in 1998. The movie will act as a family affair with Downey playing the veterinarian who communicates with his animal cohorts throughout which could make for an interesting film. I’m not a huge fan of this for Downey as I wish he’d focus on more serious dramatic work which he happens to be damn good at. Downey has two Oscar nominations and has been busy playing Tony Stark and Sherlock Holmes over the past ten years that he only has a handful of films to his credit in the same time span.

            Downey was seen last year in Captain America: Civil War and will play Tony Stark/Iron Man twice more in Spider-Man: Homecoming and Avengers: Infinity War before portraying Doctor Doolittle. He’s also set to star in an HBO series that is inspired by the classic TV show, Perry Mason. That’s set to be produced by Downey’s production company he shares with his wife as well as written by Nic Pizzolato, who wrote True Detective for the premium network.

            Stephen Gaghan (Syriana, Gold) will write and direct the film that is scheduled for a May 24th, 2019 release. As of now, the movie will go head to head against Minecraft: The Movie based on the popular video game series starring that will star Steve Carell.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Joseph Gordon-Levitt to direct and star alongside Channing Tatum in musical/comedy 'Wingmen'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Joseph Gordon-Levitt gave the public a unique first film under his directorial belt with Don Jon, but now it seems he’s taking a more ambitious approach for his next effort in the director’s chair. According to Variety, Gordon-Levitt will direct and star with Channing Tatum for Wingmen, an R-rated musical comedy.

            Wingmen follows two pilots who crash in Las Vegas and get into a hilarious musical journey covering top 100 hits with a hint of adult humor. The film was pitched to Universal by Gordon-Levitt and Michael Bacall, writer of the Jump Street movies as Pitch Perfect meets Book of Mormon. The idea is genius especially with the talent involved; Tatum and Gordon-Levitt have had their fair share of involvement with musical programs and films. Tatum starred in Hail, Caesar! and also did his fair share of dancing in the Magic Mike movies while Gordon-Levitt has performed on his show HitRecord.

            The film isn’t to start production for quite a while as Tatum has a very busy schedule ahead as shooting for Triple Frontier is set to begin soon with Tatum and Tom Hardy. He’ll be seen next in Kingsman: The Secret Service and Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky. Gordon-Levitt also has some projects in development including Fraggle Rock and K Troop.

Colin Farrell cast in Tim Burton's 'Dumbo'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Colin Farrell has recently been one of the busiest actors in all of Hollywood and is adding yet another project to his expanding plate. According to The Playlist, Farrell has been cast in Tim Burton’s (Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands) live-action reimagining of Dumbo.

            Farrell is joining the film that recently cast former Burton collaborators Eva Green and Danny DeVito. This marks the first-time Farrell will work with Burton who has adapted Disney classics in a live-action format before, after directing 2010’s Alice in Wonderland. The film originally had Tom Hanks and Will Smith on board to star but both were peculiar choices; the more recent castings fill the roles more swimmingly. Details have also come out on who the actors will portray in the movie as Farrell will play a widowed father, Green will portray a French trapeze artist working for the villainous circus owner and DeVito will play a smaller circus owner whose tent gets acquired by the villain.

            Dumbo is set to begin production soon but the movie probably won’t be released until 2018 due to the visual effects work. As for Farrell, he’ll be seen in The Beguiled and The Killing of a Sacred Deer later this year and if it’s done filming in time, could be in line for awards season with Dan Gilroy’s follow-up to Nightcrawler titled Inner City that stars Farrell, Denzel Washington and Moonlight’s Ashton Sanders. 

First red-band trailer for 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' brings together a dark comedy that could garner Frances McDormand awards consideration

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Martin McDonagh (In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths) is one of the most underappreciated filmmakers in the world working today. The director has helmed some of the best dark comedies ever and he’s back with another terrific ensemble with the trailer for his next film, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

            Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri follows a mother who is running out of patience with local police after failing to find her daughter’s killer and decides to take matters into her own hands. This starts with her making three billboards in her town that draw a lot of attention in her town especially from the sheriff. This trailer is laugh-out loud funny and showcases its masterful cast while invoking that twisted comedy that McDonagh brings to all of his prior movies. If you haven’t seen any of McDonagh’s work before this, go ahead and see both In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths to prep for this film. McDormand clearly seems to have a strong, central performance, so much so that she can garner awards recognition for the first time since 2005. I’ll be there opening night for this film as it placed pretty high on my most anticipated list for 2017 which you can see right here.

            Check out the first red-band trailer below for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri! The film stars McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, John Hawkes, Peter Dinklage and Lucas Hedges. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri opens in theaters later this year.

Steve Carell, Amy Schumer and Nicole Kidman to star in Rebecca Miller's next film, 'She Came to Me'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            An interesting trio of actors are coming together to work with an indie darling director as The Playlist reports that Steve Carell, Amy Schumer and Nicole Kidman have signed on to She Came to Me. The comedy will be directed by Rebecca Miller (The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, Maggie’s Plan) and will be released sometime in 2018.

            She Came to Me will weave together different love stories and plays against the backdrop of opera and tugboats. The incredibly comedic and weird premise seems like perfect material for Carell and Schumer but is a bit suspicious for Kidman to join. No doubt though that all three are massive talents in their own right and Miller should provide quirky direction for a movie that seems pretty “out there”.

            Schumer recently dropped out of Barbie so she could take part in this movie. She’ll be seen next on screen in Jonathan Levine’s Snatched alongside Goldie Hawn and then will dabble in dramatic territory with Thank You for Your Service with Haley Bennett and Miles Teller. Carell has a bunch of big time projects this year including his return to voice Gru in Despicable Me 3. He also stars in the sports comedy, Battle of the Sexes with recent Oscar winner, Emma Stone and will star in Richard Linklater’s follow-up to The Last Detail, titled Last Flag Flying alongside Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne. Kidman currently stars on HBO’s Big Little Lies and will star in Sofia Coppola’s remake of The Beguiled and Yorgos Lanthimos’ next flick, The Killing of a Sacred Deer later this year. 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Robert Rodriguez in talks to direct 'Escape from New York' remake

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Many have been wondering what has been up with the Escape from New York remake that 20th Century Fox won the rights for back in 2015, and now, we have more details about the film and where it’s at production wise. According to Deadline, Robert Rodriguez (Grindhouse, Sin City) will direct the remake of the classic 1981 film that starred Kurt Russell and was directed by John Carpenter.

            Escape from New York follows Snake Plissken, an eyepatch-wearing tough SOB who is given the task of saving the President of the United States after Air Force One crashes in New York. The special forces operative has just under 24 hours to save the President and find a tape that holds the key to peace. If he fails on the mission, he’s wired to explode. Rodriguez is a perfect choice to helm the remake and is friends with the director of the original, Carpenter. Rodriguez has experience with directing hyper-violent action flicks and he should do a great job adapting this iconic property for new audiences.

            Rodriguez is currently working on post-production for his next film, Alita: Battle Angel. The film is based on the graphic novels of the same name that were written by James Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis. It’s set to be released on July 20th, 2018 and has a terrific cast that headlined by Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly and recent Oscar winner, Mahershala Ali.

Andrew Dice Clay cast in Bradley Cooper's 'A Star is Born' remake

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Bradley Cooper’s choice for his first undertaking as a director was already suspicious as he chose a remake of A Star is Born. Then, he cast Lady Gaga as the lead but now, things are going to get even more strange. According to Deadline, Andrew Dice Clay has been cast in the film as Lady Gaga’s “very Italian” father in a role that many are saying can steal the movie.

            A Star is Born follows a singer, who will be played by Lady Gaga who falls in love with an aging rocker, played by Cooper, who launches her career into orbit as his fame and popularity fades away. The original film was released in 1937 and two remakes followed in 1954 and 1976. The most recent iteration starred Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, who had great chemistry, now we’ll see the kind of chemistry that Cooper and Gaga have as the latter undertakes her first major feature film role. The most recent version of the script was written by Eric Roth (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Forrest Gump) and Clay joins another recent cast member, Sam Elliot, who will play Bobby and manages both stars in the careers as well as their personal lives.

            Clay is best known for being a raunchy, stand-up comedian but has been involved in much more TV work recently. He has his own show on Showtime, Dice that is in production for Season 2 currently. He also had roles on HBO shows, Vinyl and Entourage; but is no stranger to film work as just four years ago, Clay had a role in the Woody Allen movie, Blue Jasmine. I’m not a huge fan of Clay but in a role like this, I believe he could thrive. A Star is Born is currently scheduled to open in theaters on September 28th, 2018.

Brad Pitt considered playing Cable in 'Deadpool 2'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            With so many actors and actresses joining cinematic universes and franchises left and right, it’s hard to believe that an actor like Brad Pitt hasn’t gotten on board a bigger tentpole franchise. It seems that he might’ve thought he had his blockbuster with the sci-fi film, World War Z, but due to production and scheduling problems, the movie didn’t turn out as the incredibly big success that maybe he would’ve hoped for. According to Collider, it seems Pitt actually did have his eye on something in the comic book lore recently as there were discussions by the actor and Fox for Pitt to play Cable in the upcoming, Deadpool 2.

            Deadpool 2 is the follow-up to the mega-successful R-rated superhero flick that followed the Marvel character, Deadpool played by Ryan Reynolds. There have been rumors for months of who could possibly play the role of Cable with names like Kyle Chandler and Pierce Brosnan rumored early on, followed by Michael Shannon and Stranger Things’ David Harbour as recently as a week ago. Pitt would certainly be a major get for the studio and a massive star as he’s a recognizable name and has merit to his talents as he’s been nominated for three Academy Awards for acting. Pitt has been focusing on his producing much more in recent years though winning an Oscar for producing Best Picture winner, 12 Years a Slave. He also produced other Best Picture nominees The Big Short and Moneyball as well as acted as an Executive Producer for the most recent Best Picture winner, Moonlight.

            Sources say that the final decision on the role of Cable will be made “soon” but who knows when that’ll be. We did get some sort of casting news for the film recently though as Atlanta breakout star, Zazie Beets was cast as Domino. David Leitch (John Wick, Atomic Blonde) is set to take over for Tim Miller for directing duties for the sequel that is currently scheduled to be released early next year.

            Pitt will be seen next on screen in the Netflix movie, War Machine. He’s also set to star in the sci-fi film, Ad Astra and is trying to get World War Z 2 off the ground with frequent collaborator, David Fincher. With a schedule that busy it appears unlikely that he’ll appear in Deadpool 2 but we shall see in the coming weeks when Cable is officially cast.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Brie Larson to run for President in her latest film, 'Victoria Woodhull'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            It was only a matter of time for Amazon to produce another awards vehicle after their first foray into that season led to some wins for Manchester by the Sea and it seems they’ve found their project. According to Deadline, Brie Larson will star as Victoria Woodhull in the film of the same name. Larson will play a woman running for the most prestigious position in the world, the President of the United States.

            Woodhull was a suffragist who was in fact the first woman to run and be nominated for the Presidency in 1872, more than 40 years before women themselves had the right to vote. Larson is a very strong feminist and an incredible actress who is perfect for a role of this nature. Larson has had a nice smattering of roles in all different genres since picking up the Oscar for her leading role in Room. Since then she’s starred in Ben Wheatley’s shoot-em-up action film, Free Fire and dabbled in the blockbuster scene with a role in the recent, Kong: Skull Island. I’m excited to see what her and Amazon can do with this story, though I’m interested to see who they get to direct.

            Larson has a busy slate ahead of her though with the upcoming drama, The Glass Castle which will reunite her with Destin Daniel Cretton who directed her breakout role in Short Term 12. Also, she plans to make her directorial debut with a comedy titled Unicorn Store in which she’ll also star alongside acting veterans Samuel L. Jackson and Joan Cusack. Oh yeah, and she has that little role in Avengers: Infinity War as Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel coming right before her own solo movie in 2019.