What's the best way to hype the climactic installment in a kajillion dollar event movie trilogy?
Posters. Posters, posters, posters, and even some banners.
That's the approach Warner Bros. is taking with The Hobbit:
There and Back Again The Battle of the Five Armies, continuing its avalanche of character posters for Peter Jackson's last fantasy adventure.
Ryan Phillippe has been acting professionally for over twenty years, and he can now add writer and director to his impressive resume.
Phillippe began his career with roles in such films as Crimson Tide, White Squall, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and 54, but it was his performance in Cruel Intentions that made him a household name. He went on to appear in a string of critically acclaimed films like Robert Altman’s Gosford Park, Clint Eastwood’s Flags of Our Fathers, and the Academy Award-winning Crash, as well as the box office hit The Lincoln Lawyer, and the cult classic MacGruber. But now Phillippe makes his directorial debut with the new horror thriller Catch Hell, which he also stars in, co-wrote, and produced, and opens in theaters and VOD on October 10th.
The film follows washed up Hollywood actor Reagan Pearce (Phillippe) who is kidnapped by thugs in Shreveport, Louisiana while on location making a movie. Trapped in a swamp hut, his kidnappers (Russ Russo and Stephen Louis Grush) torture and blackmail him, hijacking his twitter account and threatening to upload compromising material. Accused of sleeping with the wife of one of his kidnappers, Pearce must now face his own demons in order to escape his captors and regain his reputation.
I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Ryan Phillippe about his work on Catch Hell, as well as returning for a possible MacGruber 2. The accomplished actor and first time director discussed his new movie, how he came up with the concept for the screenplay, why he decided to make Catch Hell his directorial debut, directing himself in the torture sequences, drawing inspiration from some of the legendary directors that he has previously worked with, what he learned about directing that he will apply to his next film, wanting to return for the recently announced MacGruber 2, and the long list of comedians who want to appear in the sequel.
So far, the identity of the star who will play Doctor Strange has been shrouded as if by the very Vapors of Valtorr.
Marvel Studios is deploying a searching spell to find the Sorcerer Supreme, however, and it may have conjured up Ewan McGregor as former neurosurgeon and current master of the mystic arts Dr. Stephen Strange.
The very first poster for Jurassic World has arrived.
It looks just like a poster for a Jurassic Park movie ought to, letting its instantly recognizable logo speak almost entirely for itself. Where this teaser distinguishes itself, however, is in its simple, crazy-effective tagline.
Disney is pulling out the big guns for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tells No Tales.
Or least it's busting out one big gun, enlisting famously choosy Oscar winner Javier Bardem to play the villain squaring off against Captain Jack Sparrow in his fifth nautical adventure.
Foxcatcher has been a heavy Oscar favorite for months.
Sony Pictures Classics has unveiled a new theatrical trailer that makes it abundantly clear why Foxcatcher has been a buzzed-about awards season contender since long before awards season even started.
Like everything we've seen from director Bennett Miller's Moneyball follow-up, this trailer promises a revelatory performance from the usually low-key and likable Steve Carell.
Marvel Studios just kicked up a whole lot of digital dust over the news that Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans will square off in Captain America 3, setting up big happenings throughout Phases 3 and 4.
But the Marvel blockbuster-factory has an issue with another Phase 3 movie, the launch of the Sorcerer Supreme's franchise. Specifically, Marvel needs to lock down a leading man to star in Doctor Strange.
None other than Keanu Reeves has publicly addressed rumors that he may don Strange's cape as the master of mysticism.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is about to be torn asunder by a war between superheroes.
Captain America 3 is going to be ground zero for the crossover slugfest, and none other than Robert Downey Jr. is bringing the hurt as the villain when Tony Stark faces off against Chris Evans as Cap in his 2016 sequel.
While everybody wonders what the hell Marvel has planned for Phase 4 and whether or not Sony will let Spider-Man play in that sandbox, Warner Bros. continues pursuing its ambitious plan for a whole host of DC superheroes.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice may be quite a ways off, but today brings some news nuggets about the film, which Warners is using as a springboard to a shared DC Comics universe.
These nuggets include assurances from Charles Roven that Christopher Nolan is indeed a creative cook in the kitchen, thoughts on Ben Affleck as Batman, and a streamlined take on Wonder Woman's origin for her feature film debut in which she doesn't even rate a place in the title.
Joel Edgerton has come a long, long way since oh-so briefly showing up in the second two Star Wars prequels as Uncle Owen.
Fourteen years after Attach of the Clones, the actor who had to say one of the worst lines in the prequel trilogy is discussing the possibility of returning to a galaxy far, far away for the rumored Obi-Wan Kenobi spinoff.