Wednesday, May 31, 2017

First trailer for 'The Mountain Between Us' reveals the survival movie starring Idris Elba and Kate Winslet

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Two of the best actors in the world are working together for the first time in a very ambitious project. The film, The Mountain Between Us that is based on the novel of the same name by Charles Martin has been in development for years with names like Michael Fassbender, Rosamund Pike and Charlie Hunnam attached. The adaptation has finally come together with Idris Elba and Kate Winslet starring and we have the trailer for the movie for you below!

            The Mountain Between Us follows an in-demand surgeon (Elba) and a photojournalist (Winslet) who charter a plane together as strangers to get where they need to be respectively when they plane crashes and leaves them in the freezing wilderness together. The trailer doesn’t have many standout scenes or anything but the material has been coveted for a very long time and with talent like this attached, I have to believe there is something more there.

            Check out the trailer below for The Mountain Between Us! The film stars Idris Elba, Kate Winslet, Beau Bridges and Dermot Mulroney and is directed by Hany Abu-Assad (Omar) as well as scripted by Chris Weitz (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, About a Boy) and J. Mills Goodloe (The Age of Adeline, The Best of Me). The film hits theaters on October 20th.

Monday, May 29, 2017

First trailer for 'Logan Lucky' reveals Steven Soderbergh's southern heist flick

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By Darian Scalamoni
            This summer will mark the feature film directorial return of Steven Soderbergh (Ocean’s Eleven, Magic Mike) with his latest crime/comedy titled Logan Lucky and we have the trailer for you right here! It plays very much like a “redneck” Ocean’s film as Soderbergh put it and boasts a remarkable cast.

            Logan Lucky stars Channing Tatum and Adam Driver as two brothers who attempt to pull out an elaborate heist during the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The movie looks brilliant and has tons of humor throughout. I was hyped when this was announced and now that I’ve seen footage, I’m hooked and ready to see this in the theater.

            Check out the trailer for Logan Lucky below! The film stars Tatum, Driver, Seth MacFarlane, Riley Keough, Daniel Craig, Katie Holmes, Katherine Waterston, Sebastian Stan and Hilary Swank. Logan Lucky opens everywhere on August 18th!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Sony picks up Liam Neeson-starring FBI film, 'The Silent Man'

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By Darian Scalamoni

            It was six years ago that J. Edgar Hoover got his long-awaited biopic that starred Leonardo DiCaprio as the head of the FBI directed by the incomparable Clint Eastwood, but now, his right-hand man is getting a movie of his own. The film titled, The Silent Man that will cover the life of Mark Felt has just been picked up by Sony Pictures Classics and we have a clip for the film below.

            The movie that was originally titled, Felt, covers the titular No. 2 for Hoover and had the nickname, Deep Throat. Deep Throat was known for being the whistle blower and primary source for the Washington Post reporters who uncovered the Watergate scandal that brought down the Nixon administration. It’s an incredibly timely film with the recent firing of FBI head, James Comey by President Donald Trump. The clip is pretty stellar and shows just how great of an actor Liam Neeson truly is, I’m excited to see the finished film.

            Check out the clip below for The Silent Man! The movie stars Liam Neeson, Diane Lane, Maika Monroe, Ike Barinholtz, Tom Sizemore, Bruce Greenwood, Brian d’Arcy James and Michael C. Hall. The film is also directed by Peter Landesman, who previously helmed Concussion and Parkland.

Rosario Dawson in talks for role in 'New Mutants'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            It seems that Rosario Dawson is getting very comfortable within the superhero universes in Hollywood. She’s starred as Claire Temple in all of the Marvel Netflix series and now is in talks to join the Fox universe as Tracking Board reports that Dawson might join New Mutants.

            The movie that recently cast Maisie Williams and Anya Taylor-Joy will focus on teenage mutants similar to the original X-Men movie back in 2000, but will focus on a different gang of superheroes. Dawson would play Dr. Cecilia Reyes, a mutant mentor to the group. In the comics, Reyes has the ability to create an invisible bio-filed around herself and is reluctant to join the X-Men team.

            Dawson will be seen later this summer in the Marvel series, The Defenders reprising her role as Claire Temple and also voiced Batgirl in this year’s The Lego Batman Movie. She also stars in Krystal directed by William H. Macy. 

T.J. Miller to exit 'Silicon Valley' for Season 5

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By Darian Scalamoni
            T.J. Miller’s career has blossomed since starring in HBO comedy, Silicon Valley. It’s resulted in tons of movie roles including Deadpool, Office Christmas Party and the upcoming, Ready Player One from Steven Spielberg. Now, Tracking Board is reporting that Miller will not be returning to the show for Season 5 after a mutual agreement between himself and the producers of the Emmy-winning series.

            It’s definitely a big blow for the series but thanks to the rest of the remarkable ensemble that includes Thomas Middleditch, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr and Zach Woods they should do fine. Miller is still in cahoots with the premium network as he has a stand-up special that debuts next month as well as appearing in episodes for the Pete Holmes-led comedy series, Crashing.

            In regards to Miller’s career going forward, he’s been a budding comedic movie star in recent years and has tons of projects upcoming. One of those includes the lead voice role in The Emoji Movie on July 28th. He also will play i-R0k in Ready Player One for Steven Spielberg, return as Weasel for Deadpool 2 and stars alongside Kristen Stewart in Underwater all set for 2018. 

First trailer for 'Wonder' showcases the movie based on the best-selling novel

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By Darian Scalamoni
            One of my most-anticipated movies of the year is based on one of my favorite novels, Wonder about a young boy dealing with a facial deformity in grade school. The New York Times bestseller is getting a movie adaptation that will be released around awards season and we have the trailer for you right here!

            Wonder tells the inspirational tale of August “Auggie” Pullman, a young boy born with a facial deformity and his experiences throughout fifth grade in a public school. The film will follow Auggie as he navigates throughout his family, new classmates and more struggling to accept the young boy into their community as he proves through his amazing journey that he was born to stand out in more ways than one. The trailer looks a bit campy to me but I have faith because of the incredible talent involved with this one. I think Jacob Tremblay, best known for his supporting role in Room, might garner himself some awards buzz for this and at just 11 years old, he’s already earning himself massive praise in the industry.

            Check out the trailer below for Wonder! The film stars Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Mandy Patinkin and Daveed Diggs and is directed by Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower). Wonder hits theaters everywhere on November 17th!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

First trailer for 'The Strain' Season 4 reveals the final stand in the battle of humans vs. vampires in the FX series

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By Darian Scalamoni
One of FX’s longest running original series is finally coming to an end as their supernatural horror series, The Strain will be ending after Season 4. Luckily for fans of the show, the new trailer has been released for the show’s final season and you can check it out below!

            For those who haven’t watched the show yet, SPOILERS are to follow as the preview for the upcoming season showcases Eph, Setrakian, Fet and the rest of the crew fighting harder to survive against the vampire apocalypse after losing the war that took over New York. I’ve only seen a few episodes of this series but was a fan of what I did see (as I am with most of FX shows) and it makes sense that it’s finally coming to an end especially with Corey Stoll getting as many film roles as he has.

            Check out the trailer below for Season 4 of The Strain! The show stars Stoll, David Bradley, Kevin Durand, Jonathan Hyde, Ruta Gedmintas, Miguel Gomez, Richard Sammel, Max Charles and Rupert Penry-Jones. The fourth and final season premiers on FX on July 16th.

Universal reveals their Dark Universe to be headlined by iconic monsters starting with 'The Mummy'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Coming off of the amazing success that Marvel Studios has had with their Marvel Cinematic Universe, many other studios have tried creating shared universes for different film franchises. Universal doesn’t own any superhero properties so they’ve decided to create their own “Monster” universe which they’ve now revealed will be called Dark Universe and have released a promotional video and images for the films going forward.

            The Dark Universe is set to jumpstart in just a few weeks with The Mummy that stars Tom Cruise (Nick Morton), Sofia Boutella (The Mummy) and Russell Crowe (Dr. Jekyll), who also appear in the actor’s photo below. They’re seen in the studio shoot photo below with Javier Bardem (Frankenstein) and Johnny Depp (The Invisible Man) who have all been cast within this quickly expanding universe. Following the remake of The Mummy will be the remake The Bride of Frankenstein that will be directed by Bill Condon (Beauty and the Beast, Dreamgirls) and hit cinemas on February 14th, 2019.

            The video that the studio released just a couple of days ago presents clips from all the original versions of the films that will be remade for the universe and I have to say, even though I’m not a huge horror fan, this looks great. The more I see from The Mummy, the more impressed I am so I think these iconic monsters being seen on screen yet again is a great move for Universal. Alex Kurtzman, Chris Morgan, Christopher McQuarrie and David Koepp are set to be the creative braintrust for this Dark Universe moving forward.

            Check out the photo of Cruise, Boutella, Crowe, Bardem and Depp below. Also, the sizzle reel can be seen below as well. Are you guys excited for the new Dark Universe? Will you be seeing The Mummy on June 8th? Sound off in the comments and let us know !

Vanity Fair launches four covers featuring the characters of 'Star Wars:The Last Jedi'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            We are rapidly approaching the latest in film set in the galaxy far, far away with Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi and now Vanity Fair has released four different covers for their upcoming issue. The four covers feature all your favorite characters from the previous film, The Force Awakens plus we get a first look at Kelly Marie Tran’s character, Rose Tico.

            The covers are divided as such; Rey and Luke Skywalker on the first, Captain Phasma, Kylo Ren and General Hux on the second, Poe Dameron, Finn and Rose Tico on the third and General Leia on the fourth and final cover. These shots are absolutely gorgeous to look at and maybe are hinting at an Empire Strikes Back-type structure in which all the characters will be split similar to the way everyone was divided on the covers.

            Check out the covers below from Vanity Fair magazine! Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15th and stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Laura Dern, Benicio del Toro, Kelly Marie Tran, Mark Hamill and the late, Carrie Fisher. 

Sam Mendes exits 'James and the Giant Peach', in talks to direct live-action 'Pinocchio'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            It was back in August that we reported that Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) was going to helm the live-action version of James and the Giant Peach. Now, Variety is reporting that Mendes has exited that film and is in early talks to helm another live-action Disney movie, Pinocchio.

            Mendes is one of the most diverse filmmakers in the industry right now but has been in franchise territory for his last two directorial efforts after helming the James Bond movies, Skyfall and Spectre. Seeing his take on Pinocchio would be stellar, though I was very excited for James and the Giant Peach. Also, Disney’s live-action version of a wooden puppet wanting to be a real boy is not the only one in development. Robert Downey Jr. has had an effort in the works for years with a script from the legendary Paul Thomas Anderson.

            Though I’d love to see Mendes do another film in the vein of American Beauty or Road to Perdition, I’m still excited to see this if it comes to fruition. Mendes also has eyeballed Beautiful Ruins and My Favorite Thing is Monsters in the recent years so we’ll see if this winds up happening.

First trailer for 'Castlevania' animated series reveals Netflix's video game adaptation

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By Darian Scalamoni
            It was about a year ago that Netflix announced that there would be a Castlevania animated series would be headed to the streaming service sometime in 2017. Netflix just released the trailer for Season 1, Part 1 for the show and we have it for you right here!

            It seems very much that this will be an animated Game of Thrones type show for Netflix and it certainly looks the part. Adi Shankar, a producer on the show has said that the series is “the best fucking video game adaptation ever made to date”, having said that, there aren’t many good video game adaptations to compare it to. The animation team behind the show is also behind Adventure Time so it has a great look to it as well.

            Check out the first trailer for Castlevania below! The show will be available to stream on Netflix on July 7th. How do you guys feel about the trailer? Do you think it could wind up being a hit for Netflix? Let us know in the comments.

Joseph Kosinski being eyed to direct 'Top Gun 2', expected to shoot sometime in 2018

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By Darian Scalamoni
            One of the biggest films of the 80s and especially Tom Cruise’s career has to be Top Gun. The 1986 flick based on a US Navy fighter pilots grossed $344 million worldwide on a $15 million budget which means it should’ve absolutely warranted a sequel. Now, according to Variety, 30 years later, Top Gun 2 is in the works and Joseph Kosinski (Oblivion, TRON: Legacy) is being eyed to direct.

            Kosinski will reunite with Cruise, who starred in 2013’s Oblivion and will be the seventh director to collaborate with the actor for two or more films. Though Top Gun 2 has been long-in-development, Cruise did confirm that it will be happening and will shoot next year after he’s done filming Mission: Impossible 6. Not only that, but Variety also reports that the movie will be “set in a world where drone technology and fifth generation fighters and explore the end of an era of dogfighting which made the original film so exhilarating”. Sources say that the main reason Kosinski is being coveted to direct is because it was his vision for the sequel that got the wheels moving (no pun intended). Oh and by the way, yes, Val Kilmer is back reprising his role of Iceman opposite Cruise’s Maverick.

            Kosinski is an interesting choice to direct but I think it will be right for the plot they’re going for. I liked TRON: Legacy more than most people but never saw Oblivion so I’ll have to watch soon to see how he works with Cruise. His next directed film, Granite Mountain, a firefighting drama that stars Miles Teller, Josh Brolin and Jeff Bridges hits theaters on October 20th. What do you guys think? Will Kosinski steer Top Gun 2 in the right direction? Let us know what you think in the comments!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

First look at Penelope Cruz in 'The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story' reveals the glamorous wife of the fashion legend

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By Darian Scalamoni
            It was months ago now that we announced that Ryan Murphy’s anthology series, American Crime Story would next follow Hurricane Katrina and then for Season 3, the assassination of Gianni Versace. EW, has now revealed the first look image for Penelope Cruz as Donatella Versace within the show.

            The enchanting first look at Cruz looks a tad photoshopped but nonetheless, I sure am excited to see American Crime Story continue its stories beyond just the O.J. Simpson trial. Vulgar Favors, written by Maureen Orth will serve as the source material that Murphy and FX will adapt for the third season of the Emmy-winning series.

            Check out the image of Cruz as Donatella Versace above! The series also stars Edgar Ramirez as Gianni Versace and Darren Criss as his murderer, Andrew Cunanan. The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story debuts on FX in 2018! 

Roger Moore passes away at the age of 89

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By Darian Scalamoni
            It pains us all here at Cinema Wave to report that Roger Moore, best known for playing James Bond has passed away at the age of 89 in Switzerland today. Moore’s family announced the news today on Twitter revealing that he lost his life “after a short but brave battle with cancer.”

            Moore was best known for playing the third James Bond, the world-famous spy in seven Bond films that were released from 1973-1985. Moore starred in the most James Bond films to date thus far including Live And Let Die, The Spy Who Loved Me and The Man with the Golden Gun. Though he’s best known for playing 007, he found his first success on television in shows like The Saint and The Persuaders. After passing the reins to Timothy Dalton for Bond, he took a hiatus from acting until 1990. The rest of his acting roles were sporadic until his death but he did return to the TV reboot of The Saint which starred Eliza Dushku in 2013.

            Moore was dedicated to his iconic role as Bond but more so, for his charity work for UNICEF for many, many years. Moore is survived by his wife, Kristina Tholstrup and his three children, Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian. Our thoughts are with all of his family during their time of grieving.

Tom Holland cast as Nathan Drake in Sony's 'Uncharted' movie

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By Darian Scalamoni
            The long-in-development movie adaptation of the video game series, Uncharted has finally found its lead. After years of actors like Mark Wahlberg, Bradley Cooper and Chris Pratt being thrown into the mix for Nathan Drake but it seems that the studio is going the younger route as Spidey himself, Tom Holland has been cast as the lead, per The Playlist.

            For those who are fans of the video game franchise and are scratching your head, you’re not alone. The original names that were sought are former Oscar nominated actors and box office draws in their 30s and 40s while Holland is a relatively new name who is about to be 21 years old and doesn’t fit the Nathan Drake mold. The studio did further their choice by saying that the movie will follow the youthful adventures of the treasure hunter and Shawn Levy (Real Steel, Night at the Museum). As a huge fan of the video game series, this comes as a disappointing turn of events. When it was announced that Uncharted would be getting the movie treatment, many were excited who would be cast as Nathan Drake, the middle-aged, rambunctious adventurer along the same type as Indiana Jones but with Holland playing a younger version of the character, it seems like they’re doing a prequel that no one wants to see.

            Holland recently starred in James Gray’s The Lost City of Z alongside Charlie Hunnam. He’ll be seen next reprising his role as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the MCU for Spider-Man: Homecoming. What do you guys think of Holland being cast as Nathan Drake? Do you think Sony is going down the right path with the adaptation? Comment below and let us know what you think.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

First trailer for 'Okja' showcases Bong Joon-ho's incredible imaginative feature

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By Darian Scalamoni
            With Cannes Film Festival wrapping up and Netflix making their presence felt there, one of the films they will be distributing, Okja just received its first trailer. Bong Joon-ho’s (Snowpiercer, The Host) next feature looks to be an imaginative and different story than we’ve seen before and I sure am excited to see it on Netflix at the end of June.

            Okja follows Mija, a young girl who must rescue her best friend, who also happens to be a giant genetically modified creature that looks like a cross between a pig and a hippo. An international corporation has kidnapped the titular animal and wants to use it for meat to sell to millions but Mija works together with a group of animal lovers to return her best friend to good hands. I absolutely loved this trailer and though reviews of Cannes have been mixed, I love the comparisons to E.T., it clearly looks like Joon-ho was inspired by the Spielberg classic. Also, the cast helps put this film over the top for me as Tilda Swinton and Paul Dano look to steal the movie.

            Check out the trailer for Okja below! The film stars An Seo Hyun, Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, Lily Collins, Steven Yeun, Devon Bostick, Daniel Henshall, Shirley Henderson, Giancarlo Esposito and Jake Gyllenhaal. Okja is available to stream on Netflix starting June 28th.

Friday, May 19, 2017

'Master of None' Season 2 Review

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By Diego Coya

            The long awaited second season to the critically acclaimed Netflix series Master of None is finally here. After the cliffhanger of the finale of Season 1, audiences were wondering what was going to happen next and what would be the ultimate fate of the characters. The setting of Season 2 is three months after the finale of the first season, and Dev, played by Aziz Ansari, moves to Italy temporarily to learn how to cook Italian food. This new season explores more of his personal and professional life, and some of the cast from the first season return, such as Eric Wareheim, Lena Waithe, Shoukath Ansari, and Fatima Ansari.

            The season also focuses on Dev trying to find a connection with someone after his break up in Season 1. As the season progresses, he meets someone who he eventually falls for, but what’s standing in his way is the fact that she is engaged to another man. In terms of the plot, this is all I will say since the season has plenty of themes that are relevant to society. As someone who was a huge fan of the first season, I was incredibly excited to see the second season. After binge watching season 2 in a span of two days, I can easily say that it met my expectations.

            Aziz Ansari created a series that is truly wonderful. Not only is it consistently hilarious, but it tackles thought provoking themes such as racism, adulthood, finding your true self, how the elderly is treated, and a plethora of other social commentary. Ansari does not convey these themes in a patronizing way, but rather a way that is clever. The performances in this show are also terrific. Ansari is so charismatic and hilarious; he nails the role just like he did in the first season. Eric Wareheim, who plays Arthur (my favorite character), is absolutely fantastic in this series. He often gives advice to Dev and provides so much humor that works so well. Dev’s parents, who are played by Ansari’s real parents, also shine in the series. The chemistry and conversations feel so natural, and the fact that Aziz Ansari’s character Dev and his parents are in fact parents and son in real life benefits this greatly.

            I also really enjoyed the new characters in the show, such as Chef Jeff, played by Bobby Cannavale. He was hysterical and he delivered some great scenes. Another standout in the show is Alessandra Mastronardi, who plays Francesca. She is an Italian woman that Dev meets in Italy, and she becomes a major character as the season progresses; that is all I will say. The performances really elevate greatness to the show. What also really helps is the amazing writing and great direction.

            The main reason why I loved both of these seasons is because I actually found it be relatable. Every time Ansari goes through something and has conversations with his friends, I felt like I have been through the same thing he was going through. I connected with some aspects of the show, which unfortunately I cannot get into because of spoilers. As far as flaws go, I can see people having a problem with the way this season concludes. Without giving any spoilers, I can say that the ending is left for interpretation, and some people might find it to be a “cop out” ending. Another aspect I can say is that there were some characters that I wished I saw more of, it’s not necessarily a flaw; it’s just something I wish I saw.

            Overall, Master of None Season 2 is an improvement over the first season. It’s hilarious, thought provoking, charming, and wonderful. It’s a series that I would highly recommend to everyone, because it’s honestly a feel good type show. I’m not sure if Season 3 is in development, but I’m really hoping it is because Aziz Ansari has proven to be a talent that is special.


Tom Hardy cast as 'Venom' for 'Zombieland' director, Ruben Fleischer

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Sony announced only a couple of months ago that they would be making a Venom movie to be released in 2018 and now, we have a star and director attached. According to Deadline, Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, Gangster Squad) will direct the R-rated comic book movie with Oscar-nominee, Tom Hardy portraying Eddie Brock.

            This is a huge get for Sony as they jumpstart their own new Marvel Universe from their catalogue of characters. The lead character of Eddie Brock is able to converse and have a relationship with a symbiote which latches to him becoming the villainous, Venom. Hardy is one of the best actors working in Hollywood today and is also a massive Venom fan. He was originally cast as Rick Flagg in DC’s Suicide Squad but had to drop out of the production due to The Revenant filming schedule going over its original end date. I think Hardy will due a tremendous job and though I believe that Fleischer’s Gangster Squad is atrocious, Zombieland is one of my favorite comedies of the 2000s and includes great moments of action as well.

            Hardy can be seen next in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk and also has a ton of other projects in development like Mad Max: The Wasteland, Josh Trank’s Fonzo and Splinter Cell. Venom begins production this Fall and has a release date of October 5th, 2018.

First trailer for 'The Glass Castle' reveals the adaptation based on the best-selling memoir

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By Darian Scalamoni
            One of my favorite indie films in recent memory is Destin Daniel Cretton’s Short Term 12 which showcased Brie Larson to audiences on a larger scale. Since then, the actress has not only nabbed Marvel’s first female-led superhero film, Captain Marvel but she’s also won an Oscar. Now, she’s reuniting with Cretton for his adaptation of the best-selling memoir, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls and we’ve got the first trailer for you!

            The Glass Castle chronicles the life of Walls, from her poverty-filled childhood to her rise as a successful New York-based journalist. Along the journey, we also see her relationship with her parents which looks to be the true emotional anchor of the film. This trailer tugs at the heartstrings and in my honest opinion, I believe we’re looking at our first official Oscar-type film. Even with its late summer release date, Cretton was beloved for his breakout film, Short Term 12 and the cast is terrific as well.

            Check out the first trailer below for The Glass Castle! The movie stars Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, Naomi Watts, Max Greenfield, Ian Armitage and Sarah Snook. The Glass Castle hits theaters on August 11th

Dennis Quaid set to play another former U.S. President, will portray George W. Bush in 'Katrina: American Crime Story'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Ryan Murphy has finally found his George W. According to Deadline, Dennis Quaid will be cast as President George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States in Katrina: American Crime Story. The season will be the sophomore campaign for the Emmy-winning miniseries that airs on FX.

            The series will follow the country’s response to the devastating hurricane that destroyed parts of the Southeast but especially New Orleans, Louisiana. President Bush was strongly criticized for the way he handled the catastrophic aftermath, including a statement for which he praised FEMA Director, Michael D. Brown by saying “Brownie, you’re doing a heckuva job” while most of the country disagreed strongly. Quaid is no stranger to portraying a President on screen as the actor also portrayed President Bill Clinton in the HBO film, The Special Relationship. Though, Josh Brolin was magnificent as Bush in the Oliver Stone film, W., I believe Quaid will do an admirable job in the FX series.

            Quaid joins the already cast Annette Bening and Matthew Broderick in Katrina. He currently stars in the Crackle series, The Art of More and will be seen next in the movie, I Can Only Imagine.

Billy Crudup cast in Richard Linklater's 'Where'd You Go, Bernadette'

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By Darian Scalamoni

            Richard Linklater happens to be one of my favorite directors of all time probably due to his range of storytelling. The man has made one of, if not, the greatest love trilogies of all-time, a special 90s comedy that was set within the 70s and a film that took place over a 12-year span in real time. Now, he’s adapting a novel for his next film that is set to go into production very shortly titled Where’d You Go, Bernadette. The film already had Cate Blanchett and Kristen Wiig cast, now Deadline reports that Billy Crudup has joined the fray as well.

            Where’d You Go, Bernadette follows the titular character, a mother in Seattle who has gone missing and left her teenage daughter to track her down. With the talent involved, it sure is a good move for Crudup to sign onto a project like this. He’ll continue his hot streak of working with talented directors in the last few years like Tom McCarthy, Pedro Larrain and Mike Mills. He’ll play Elgie in the film, the husband of Blanchett’s character.

            Crudup can be seen in theaters starting today in Ridley Scott’s, Alien: Covenant before heading into the comic book realm as Henry Allen in Justice League and The Flash. He also co-stars in the upcoming Netflix series, Gypsy which is available to stream on June 30th.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

'The Flash' courting Robert Zemeckis and Matthew Vaughn to direct; Sam Raimi and Marc Webb turn down the job

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By Darian Scalamoni
            The long-stretched search for the director for the DCEU film, The Flash continues as some serious talent have arose as the new top candidates for the job. While multiple outlets have Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, The Polar Express) and Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman: The Secret Service, X-Men: First Class) as the frontrunners; EW also reports that Sam Raimi and Marc Webb have turned down the job.

            Zemeckis was originally rumored just a month ago following the departure of Rick Famuyiwa (Dope) from the project but Matthew Vaughn is new to the project. Vaughn has been attached to almost any comic book property when they’re in need of a director after his past successes in that genre. What’s most fascinating is learning of the studio going after Raimi and Webb, who both directed their fair share of comic book pics with Raimi directing the original Spider-Man films and Webb taking over with the Andrew Garfield-led, Amazing Spider-Man franchise as well. While Raimi has dabbled in producing small and big projects recently, he hasn’t actually directed a feature film since Oz the Great and Powerful. Webb, on the other hand is headed back to his smaller film roots with his most recent release Gifted, as well as his upcoming movie, The Only Living Boy in New York.

            Zemeckis just recently announced his latest feature that will star Steve Carell, it seems Warner Bros. is willing to wait for him to complete that film before moving forward with The Flash so expect some more delays. That’s not too much of a surprise either with the film’s star, Ezra Miller also having a busy schedule of his own as he’s expected to shoot Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2, this Fall. Vaughn also has an upcoming film as well, Kingsman: The Golden Circle and he wants to shoot the impending close to the trilogy so it’s unlikely he signs on to the DC Comics speedster’s flick but we’ll be sure to keep you updated!

First trailer for TNT's 'The Alienist' reveals Cary Fukunaga's-produced crime drama

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Cary Fukunaga is back on TV with the first trailer for TNT’s The Alienist. Though he only has a producer credit on the show, I can see his touch radiating off of the screen in the limited series adaptation of Caleb Carr’s book of the same name.

            The Alienist is a crime drama that centers around Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, who works with mentally ill people and is brought in by the police to capture a serial killer of young male prostitutes. The crimes happen to be some of the most gruesome that anyone had seen to this point and Kreizler assembles a team to use psychology and forensic science to take down the killer. With this trailer, I think TNT firmly places themselves in the thick of being in that “peak TV” category. This looks like it could be one of my favorite shows this Fall and might give Daniel Bruhl the spotlight he deserves since Inglourious Basterds.

            Check out the trailer below for The Alienist! The show stars Bruhl, Luke Evans, Dakota Fanning and Brian Geraghty. The series is expected to land on TNT later this year.

'Doctor Strange' director Scott Derrickson will direct 'Snowpiercer' TV series, Daveed Diggs to star

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Daveed Diggs has had a pretty tremendous jump from Broadway star to TV star in the recent year or so. After starring alongside Lin-Manuel Miranda in the smash hit, Hamilton, Diggs has appeared in multiple television programs but he’s now received a starring role in an upcoming show for TNT. According to EW, Diggs will star in Snowpiercer based on the sci-fi film directed by Bong Joon-ho.

            For any who haven’t seen the original film (and please do because its fantastic), Snowpiercer takes place in a second Ice Age that is triggered by the world’s attempt to combat global warming. The survivors now live on a constantly moving train that’s divided by classism with the rich people living in the front of the train and the poor people living in the back.

            Diggs will star as Layton Well, “a prisoner who is barely surviving the harsh conditions in the tail end of the train. A quiet thinker who spends his days sniffing the industrial-waste-turned-drug Chronole and tending to his cage full of rats, Layton becomes a reluctant participant in a struggle that could upend life on the train.” It seems like TNT is using the setting but creating a new type of storyline that could last multiple seasons so I’m totally game for this. Also, Scott Derrickson (Doctor Strange, Sinister) will be directing the pilot and serve as executive producer alongside Bong Joon-ho which boosts my excitement to a whole other level.

            Diggs can currently be seen on TV for roles on Netflix’s The Get Down and ABC’s black-ish. He also has an upcoming role in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and will also play Mr. Browne in Wonder, starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay. 

TBS greenlights anthology comedy series, 'Miracle Workers' starring Daniel Radcliffe and Owen Wilson

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Anthology series have become the norm for TV with so many networks adopting the strategy that has been perfected by FX. Now, TBS, a network that has been killing it with original content recently with hits like Angie Tribeca and Search Party will be joining the fray. According to TVLine, Daniel Radcliffe and Owen Wilson will star in the seven-episode first season of Miracle Workers.

            The “Heaven-set workplace comedy” will launch on TBS in 2018 as Radcliffe plays Craig, a low-level angel who is responsible for handling all of humanity’s prayers. Wilson will play God in the series and Craig most achieve a miracle to prevent Earth’s destruction. The series sounds interesting and has great talent but I can’t see how this will work as an anthology series, to be honest. Nevertheless, it’s a huge get for the network to acquire two actors of Wilson and Radcliffe’s caliber and I’m looking forward to seeing what they can do with this.

            Radcliffe has only appeared on TV for the UK comedy series, A Young Doctor’s Notebook which he starred with Jon Hamm. This will be Wilson’s television debut but you can hear him reprise his role as Lightning McQueen next month in Cars 3 as well as star in Wonder, based on the best-selling children’s novel in November.

Jordan Peele adapting 'Lovecraft Country' for HBO, Bad Robot to produce

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By Darian Scalamoni
            It’s official: Jordan Peele is the hottest name in Hollywood right now. Coming off of his mega success as writer/director for Get Out, Peele is not only working on another film but according to Deadline, he’ll be producing Lovecraft Country for HBO. He’ll also collaborate with J.J. Abrams production company, Bad Robot on the series.

            Lovecraft Country is based on the 2016 novel from Matt Ruff that focuses on 25-year-old Atticus Black and his search for his father in 1950s Jim Crow era America. Black is helped by Letitia and his Uncle George on this journey and struggle to survive and overcome racist terrors. The network has high hopes that it could become an anthology series that will give storytelling from the African-American perspective.

            Jordan Peele and his Monkeypaw Productions recently signed first-look deal at Universal. He then quickly set up another timely thriller based around race for the studio after turning down Akira from Warner Bros.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

It's happening: 'Arrested Development' coming back for Season 5 at Netflix

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By Darian Scalamoni
            One of the most beloved comedies of all time is returning for a fifth season. Jason Bateman announced via Twitter that Arrested Development will return to its most recent home, Netflix for Season 5. Best news of all: the whole entire cast and crew will be returning.

            Arrested Development ran on Fox from 2003-2006 and won Best Comedy Series at the Emmy’s in 2004 but due to poor ratings, the show went off the air after three seasons. Fandom took over though and Netflix managed to bring everyone back for a fourth season in 2014 which was met to a mixed response due to the complicated timeline of the narrative. Expect them to change the formula back to its original format for Season 5.

            The cult comedy series stars Bateman, Michael Cera, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Will Arnett, Tony Hale, Portia de Rossi, David Cross and Alia Shawkat. Mitch Hurwitz will also return for show running duties. Bateman also claimed of a Summer shoot but no word has been given to confirm that yet.

First images for 'The Greatest Showman' give a glimpse at the colorful musical following P.T. Barnum

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Though Hugh Jackman was magnificent as Wolverine for Fox’s Marvel Universe, now that he’s made his final turn in this year’s film, Logan, he can move on to other projects. His next is a passion project, the musical based on P.T. Barnum’s life, The Greatest Showman and EW released first look images that we have for you here!

            The film will track Barnum’s life from his poor childhood all the way to his rise to the top of the circus stardom. The movie looks to have tons of spectacle and also includes a pretty stellar ensemble. The images showcase almost all of the stars of the film and now I’m clamoring to get a trailer!

            Check out the first look images below for The Greatest Showman! The film stars Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. The Greatest Showman hits theaters on December 25th.

Zac Efron cast as serial killer Ted Bundy in 'Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Zac Efron’s career is set to take a massive turn towards the insane and dramatic. Once a Disney heartthrob due to his role in the High School Musical films, Efron has worked towards working in more mainstream comedies as of late with Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates and the Neighbors films. Now, according to THR, the actor has been cast as serial killer Ted Bundy in the film titled Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.

            This could be a career making turn for Efron who has also done some dramatic work in movies like At Any Price and The Paperboy but nothing to the level of prominence like portraying Bundy. The film will tell Bundy’s story through the eyes of his longtime girlfriends, Elizabeth Kloepfer, who spent years denying all of the chargers against Bundy before turning him in. No word yet on who would portray Kloepfer.

            Efron will be seen next in the R-rated comedy, Baywatch alongside Dwayne Johnson. He’ll also make his return to musicals with a supporting role in The Greatest Showman with Hugh Jackman and Michelle Williams on Christmas Day.