Former Downton Abbey actor Dan Stevens has not one but two major movies opening this week!
The first is the new thriller The Guest from You’re Next writer Simon Barrett and director Adam Wingard. The film, which opens in theaters on September 17th, follows a soldier named David (Stevens) that introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence. The Guest also stars Sheila Kelley (Matchstick Men), Leland Orser (Morning), and Lance Reddick (Oldboy).
The second is the new crime drama A Walk Among the Tombstones, which opens in theaters on September 19th. The movie revolves around private investigator Matthew Scudder (Liam Neeson), who is hired by a drug kingpin (Stevens) named Kenny Kristo to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife. A Walk Among the Tombstones was written and directed by Scott Frank (The Lookout). As if that is not enough, Stevens will be seen later this year playing the iconic role of Sir Lancelot in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.
I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Dan Stevens about his work on The Guest, A Walk Among the Tombstones, and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. The talented English actor discussed The Guest, first reading the screenplay, its cinematic inspirations, his character, the filmmakers, Leland Orser, A Walk Among the Tombstones, director Scott Frank, Liam Neeson, having two films open in the same week, appearing in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tom, playing Sir Lancelot, and working with the sensational cast.
Everybody loves seeing a great actress playing a witch. Meryl Streep is, best as we can tell, pretty much the greatest actress out there.
So for the first Into the Woods poster, Disney doesn't really need to do anything other than show Meryl Streep as a witch.
That's just what Disney has done, dropping a poster for the musical that makes sure the first thing anybody thinks about when they think about Into the Woods is the three-time Academy Award winning actress as a crusty old crone.
Liam Neeson is far from your standard action hero. Most stars proudly declare their enthusiasm for dangerous derring-do and stunts.
"I don’t do my own stunts," Neeson says matter of factly. "But I do my own fighting and stuff."
He's not a typical Hollywood cinematic ass-kicker, but this Friday's A Walk Among the Tombstones gives Neeson ample opportunity for the fisticuffs he so enjoys. That said, the film, opening nationwide September 19th, isn't the type of movie that requires the actor to outrun fireballs or spend days on green screen sets.
A Walk Among the Tombstones has a sharper pedigree and weightier source material than such a movie. Written and directed by Scott Frank (The Lookout), the film marks the big screen debut of literary P.I. Matt Scudder, a hard-as-nails ex-NYPD cop who has solved mysteries and won fans in over seventeen bestselling novels by Lawrence Block.
A promising young director and an actor bound for mega-stardom are setting sail for Skull Island.
Legendary Pictures has enlisted Jordan Vogt-Roberts to direct its big King Kong prequel, with Tom Hiddleston finally carrying an event movie of his own as the lead.
Guardians of the Galaxy is still raking in cash and converting new fans, but there's something even bigger on Marvel's horizon.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is mere months away. Marvel Studios is playing it cool promoting the sequel, and that's smart since it's the follow-up to the biggest movie ever not directed by James Cameron.
So we haven't seen a trailer for Joss Whedon's second superhero extravaganza, but the first official synopsis of the story promises that Avengers: Age of Ultron is jam-packed with comic book whiz-bang.
The latest poster for Christopher Nolan's upcoming science fiction epic sends Matthew McConaughey where no man has gone before.
A one sheet for this November's Interstellar makes it clear that the Oscar winner and erstwhile Wooderson goes to another planet. Visually, other that it doesn't tell us much, aside from the fact that McConaughey doesn't look to comfortable on this frozen world.
For years, Matt Damon was adamant that he wouldn't play the world's foremost amnesiac assassin unless Paul Greengrass returning to direct a follow-up to The Bourne Ultimatum.
Both star and director said that the third installment ended Bourne's story. They were equally steadfast that they wouldn't reunite for another Bourne adventure unless they felt there was an actual story to tell, a reason for to see where Bourne swam off to.
Apparently the duo have cooked something up, because they're both in talks with Universal to make a sequel. And the studio is so keen on the prospect that this as-yet untitled Bourne Identity sequel might even take the summer 2016 release date formerly pegged for a Bourne Legacy follow-up.
So apparently super-couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are married now, and they've consummated it by starring in a movie together for the first time since Mr. and Mrs. Smith kicked off their relationship a decade ago.
This time, though, Jolie not only co-stars, but she's writing, producing, and directing the whole thing.
Thanks to a trio of images, we now have our first look at the film, By the Sea, and a much better sense of what it's actually about.
Not too long ago, Ang Lee won his second directorial Oscar for the tricky novel adaptation Life of Pi.
He's been developing a movie that sounds more like a theme park attraction since then, but it turns out his next movie may instead be Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, another tricky novel adaptation that could be something special.
The full theatrical trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I makes it abundantly clear that this is no longer a game.
This time, the trailer basically declares, Katniss Everdeen is fighting an actual war.