The last time we saw Mark Wahlberg, he was pounding Bud Lights and flexing in Transformers: Age of Extinction.
This awards season, though, Wahlberg is aiming to remind everybody that he's a Serious Actor, and since he lost a bunch of weight to star in The Gambler, we can only assume that the erstwhile Dirk Diggler is also taking a shot at an Oscar®.
Rapper turned actor Andre Benjamin, better known as Andre 3000, is one half of the extremely popular hip-hop duo OutKast. As an actor he has appeared in such films as Be Cool, Four Brothers, Revolver, Fracture, and Semi-Pro, as well as the groundbreaking TV series The Shield. Benjamin now takes on the coveted role of Jimi Hendrix in the new biopic Jimi: All Is by My Side, which opens in theaters on September 26th.
The film, which was written and directed by Academy Award-winner John Ridley (12 Years A Slave), follows the life of iconic musician Jimi Hendrix as he left New York City for London, where his career really took off. Imogen Poots (Need for Speed) plays Linda Keith, girlfriend of The Rolling Stones’ guitarist Keith Richards, and the woman who discovered Hendrix and encouraged him to move to London to become a solo artist. The film is basically “Jimi Hendrix Begins,” and tells the origin story of how he came to be the legendary guitarist that we all know and love. In addition to Benjamin and Poots, the film also stars Hayley Atwell (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Burn Gorman (The Dark Knight Rises), and Andy Buckley (Bridesmaids).
I recently had the pleasure of briefly speaking with Andre Benjamin about his work on Jimi: All Is by My Side. The popular rapper and actor discussed his new film, preparing to play Hendrix, how his research helped shape his performance, and the influence Linda Keith had on Hendrix’s life and career.
In print, The Avengers have always had a rotating lineup.
Marvel Studios may just borrow the technique, putting some popular cinematic heroes on the bench for Avengers 3 in order to include heavy hitters like Cap, Thor, Black Widow, or Hulk in a mysterious Phase 4 movie rather than the climactic entry in Phase 3.
A full theatrical trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is probably right around the corner.
To prime the hype-pump, Warner Bros. has dropped a new poster for the climactic installment in the improbable Hobbit Trilogy.
Steven Spielberg has kicked off production on his first movie since 2012's Lincoln and it sounds like it's going to be pretty boss. Boss Hogg, even.
Inherent Vice premiered at the New York Film Festival this weekend, leaving a crowd of both ecstatic fans and befuddled non-fans.
Basically, the movie produced exactly the divisive reaction that you'd expect from a psychedelic noir-mystery-romp adapted from a Thomas Pynchon novel. Since it's a Paul Thomas Anderson movie, though, you can bet that whether you love it or hate it, you'll be impressed by its musical accompaniment.
The whole Inherent Vice soundtrack has been revealed, and you can listen to almost all of it right now free of charge.
The Merc With a Mouth won't be forced to play all by himself.
Instead, Deadpool will bring the irreverent, self-aware, certifiably insane mercenary back into the continuity of the X-Men franchise.
Writer/producer Simon Kinberg has worked on some of the most popular fan-favorite franchises of all-time!
Kinberg has written such successful films as Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Jumper and Sherlock Holmes. But it was his work on the screenplay for X-Men: The Last Stand that made him a household name among comic book nerds everywhere. Since then he has gone on to produce X-Men: First Class, write the recently announced Gambit solo movie, and write and produce the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse. He also wrote and produced last summer’s critically acclaimed X-Men: Days of Future Past, which will be available on Blu-ray and DVD beginning October 14th. But Kinberg isn’t just an X-Men eXpert, as he also wrote and produced next summer’s highly anticipated Fantastic Four, as well as writing and producing the new Star Wars Rebels TV series.
X-Men: Days of Future Past, which is based on the classic X-Men comic book storyline by Chris Claremont and John Byrne, begins 10 years in the future where giant robots called Sentinels are killing mutants and humans alike. In a desperate final attempt for survival, Professor X (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellen) use Shadowcat/Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) to send Wolverine/Logan (Hugh Jackman) back to 1973 in order to stop Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) from killing Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage), which caused the world’s hatred of mutants and the advancement of the Sentinel program. Now in the past, Logan must unite an emotionally shattered young Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) with Magneto, (Michael Fassbender) who has been imprisoned for the assassination of JFK. With the help of Hank McCoy/Beast (Nicholas Hoult), and a mutant named Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver (Evan Peters), they break Magneto out of jail and journey to stop Mystique before it’s too late, in the process, hopefully, changing the future for the better.
I recently had the absolute pleasure of speaking with Simon Kinberg about his work on X-Men: Days of Future Past, as well as X-Men: Apocalypse, another original trilogy cast film, Gambit, and the X-Men/Fantastic Four crossover movie. The accomplished writer/producer discussed X-Men: Days of Future Past, the challenges of adapting a two-issue comic book story into a feature film, how X-Men: Apocalypse will be the completion of the First Class cast trilogy, if Hugh Jackman will appear as Logan/Wolverine in Apocalypse, if Gambit will be reintroduced in Apocalypse or his own movie first, if there will ever be another film featuring the original trilogy cast set in the new Days of Future Past continuity, and which X-Men franchise actors and characters will appear in the X-Men/Fantastic Four crossover movie.
After a ho-hum September, October has started out like gangbusters.
Two R-rated new releases, Gone Girl and Annabelle, duked it out for box office supremacy. David Fincher's sly thriller/satire emerged on top, but by a smaller margin than you might think.
Actress Katie Cassidy is certainly no stranger to comic book adapted film or TV projects.
The daughter of actor David Cassidy (The Partridge Family), she has appeared in several successful TV series such as Supernatural, Melrose Place, and Gossip Girl, as well as popular films like Taken, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Monte Carlo. But Cassidy is probably best known for her role as Dinah “Laurel” Lance on the hit CW series Arrow, which is based on the popular DC Comics character Green Arrow and starts its third season on October 8th. But first the actress can be seen starring in the new film The Scribbler, which is also based on a graphic novel and opens in theaters, VOD and iTunes on September 19th.
The film, which is based on the graphic novel by screenwriter Daniel Schaffer, revolves around a young woman named Suki (Cassidy) who faces her destructive multiple personalities using an experimental new procedure known as "The Siamese Burn." In addition to Cassidy, the movie also stars Garret Dillahunt (Looper), Michelle Trachtenberg (TV’s Gossip Girl), Sasha Grey (Would You Rather), Gina Gershon (Killer Joe), Billy Campbell (TV’s The Killing), Eliza Dushku (True Lies), and Michael Imperioli (The Call).
I recently had the absolute pleasure of speaking with Katie Cassidy about her work on The Scribbler, as well as the upcoming third season of Arrow. The popular actress discussed her new film, if she had any concerns about appearing in another project based on a comic book, her almost unrecognizable performance, the importance of graphic novel creator Daniel Schaffer also penning the screenplay, the movie’s impressive production value, working with Eliza Dushku and Michael Imperioli, the new season of Arrow, the success of the show, if her character will be involved in more of the action this season, if she will ever become Black Canary like in the comics, and if the writer’s have a planned end game for the eventual finale of the series.