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A quartet of new images from this summer's Fantastic Four display the latest in superhero fashion.

While the Avengers and their ilk favor bold, colorful costumes, Miles Teller, Kate Mara, and Michael B. Jordan all sport dark black outfits in the reboot of Marvel's First Family.

When he wasn't dropping Star Wars newsbombs this morning, Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed that a sequel to Frozen is indeed in development at Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Method Man is one of the founding members of the groundbreaking hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan, but in recent years he has also become a very accomplished actor!

Born Clifford Smith, the Grammy-winning rapper made his big screen debut in the classic crime drama Copland, which starred Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro. He went on to appear in such films as One Eight Seven, Big Daddy, How High, Garden State, Soul Plane, The Sitter, and Red Tails, as well as the upcoming Judd Apatow comedy Trainwreck with Amy Schumer. On television, Method Man first appeared on the HBO series OZ, before co-starring in his own sitcom Method & Red with fellow rapper Redman. But it was his role as Melvin “Cheese” Wagstaff on the seminal HBO series The Wire that really began his evolution from beloved musician to accomplished actor. But now, the rapper/actor stars opposite comedic powerhouse Adam Sandler (That’s My Boy) in the new comedy fantasy The Cobbler, which opens in theaters on March 13th. 

The Cobbler was directed by Method Man’s fellow The Wire alumni actor/writer/director Thomas McCarthy (The Station Agent, The Visitor, Win Win). The new movie follows Max Simkin (Sandler), who repairs shoes in the same New York shop that has been in his family for generations. Disenchanted with the grind of daily life, Max stumbles upon a magical heirloom that allows him to step into the lives of his customers and see the world in a new way. Max soon learns that sometimes walking in another man's shoes is the only way one can discover who they really are. Method Man plays one of Max’s customers whose life he soon embodies. In addition to Method Man and Sandler, the film also stars Dan Stevens (The Guest), Steve Buscemi (The Big Lebowski), Ellen Barkin (Sea of Love), and Academy Award-winner Dustin Hoffman (All the President’s Men, Tootsie). 

I recently had the absolute pleasure of speaking with Method Man about his work on The Cobbler. The rapper turned actor discussed his new movie, being directed by his former Wire cast member Thomas McCarthy, playing dual roles, working with Adam Sandler, understanding the business, and seriously studying the craft of acting. 

Next year's Star Wars spinoff, the first standalone adventure in a new cinematic universe, has a title, one that suits us just fine.

Disney CEO Bob Iger announced this morning that Gareth Edwards' mysterious space opera is officially called Star Wars: Rogue One

Yes, like iamROGUE, Star Wars is going Rogue.

Disney CEO Bob Iger has Star Wars beans, and he spilled some of them at a shareholders meeting in San Francisco this morning.

Iger announced not only the title of next year's standalone movie, Star Wars: Rogue One, but the release date of the second installment in the new trilogy that kicks off with this year's Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Star Wars: Episode VIII will open nationwide on May 26, 2017, just one day off from the actual 40th anniversary of the original Star Wars.


Thursday, 12 March 2015 08:07

He's not exactly the kind of barber you ask to just take a little off the top.

In the upcoming thriller The Barber, Scott Glenn stars as the title character, a barber hiding some deep, dark secrets.

The uniquely grizzled, magnetic Glenn is a part of the badass canon thanks to standout turns in the likes of Silence of the Lambs, Training Day, Backdraft, and The Hunt for Red October.  More recently, you probably caught him as Daredevil's mentor Stick in the latest trailer for Marvel and Netflix's Daredevil series.

The Barber follows John McCormick, played by Chris Coy (AMC's The Walking Dead), the son of a Chicago cop whose life was unraveled by his search for a notorious serial killer in the late 90s.  Twenty years later John, absolutely determined to finish his father's work, arrives in a small town where Eugene Van Wingerdt (Glenn) is the local barber.  John is convinced Van Wingerdt is, in fact, Francis Visser, killer of 17 women. 

In order to deliver him to justice, John claims to be an aspiring killer and requests that Van Wingerdt take him as his murderous protege, setting the stage for an unbelievably tense, twisty thriller that's full of surprises right up until the end.

Glenn and Coy carry the story, but the cast also includes legendary character actor Stephen Tobolowsky (Groundhog Day), Olivia Taylor Dudley (Transcendence), Jessica Lu (MTV's Awkward), Kristen Hager (SyFy's Being Human), and Max Arciniega (Haywire).

In anticipation of The Barber's theatrical and VOD release on March 27th, IAR is happy to debut a set of exclusive, all-new stills and behind the scenes photos.

In his acclaimed academic work on the whirlwind of unstoppable violence/social justice, eminent Seagalogist Vern notes that if you traced Steven Seagal's footsteps, "you will find a trail of broken windows and bones."¹

The latest step on Seagal's mythic path of shattered glass and bones is Code of Honor, a new action-thriller that just starting shooting today.

IAR INTERVIEW: Lily James Talks 'Cinderella'

Wednesday, 11 March 2015 10:40

This Friday, one of the most famous and enduring fairy tales gets a lavish big screen revitalization.

Disney previously adapted the seventheenth century folk tale as an animated fantasy classic sixty-five years ago, but the upcoming Cinderella marks the first time the studio has tackled the story of the glass slipper in live-action.

This new Cinderella is not, however, a revision, reinvention, or reimagining.  Instead, it's a heartfelt, straightforward retelling of a downtrodden girl's magical romance with a dashing prince, infusing an old story with the unprecedented spectacle of modern blockbuster filmmaking.

The film is already critically acclaimed, and all the CG spectacle and gorgeous sets wouldn't matter if critics and audiences weren't responding to the core of the Cinderella story: Cinderella herself.

Lily James stars as the heroine, called Ella in the new movie.  Best known as Lady Rose MacClare on the hit British series Downton Abbey, James breaks out as a full-blown movie star in Cinderella, bringing the title character to living, breathing life in a way that not even the finest animation can quite match and anchoring all the romance, pumpkin carriages, and ceremonial balls in a real, relatable humanity.

At the Los Angeles press day, Lily James star down with IAR Managing Editor Jami Philbrick and various other entertainment journalists to discuss Disney's Cinderella.  The actress enthusiastically talked about her history with fictitious princesses, the influence of animation, dancing in a hugely impractical ballgown, acting against living legends Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham Carter, working with director Kenneth Branagh, and how her take on Cinderella dispenses with outmoded concepts of gender.

Guy Ritchie's new movie, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. isn't even in theaters until this summer, but the director kicked off production on Knights of the Round Table this week, and the first photo of he and Charlie Hunnam on set proves it.

Why the Hell is 'TRON 3' Shooting this Fall?

Wednesday, 11 March 2015 08:32

Years after fans gave up hope, TRON 3 is actually happening.

Production on the digi-sequel is set to kick off in Vancouver this summer, with Joseph Kosinski returning as director and Garrett Hedlund, at least, reprising his starring role as Sam Flynn.

So the follow-up Disney was clearly planning when it hyped the heck out out TRON: Legacy five years ago is making the jump from the Grid to the real world.  But we cannot figure out why.

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