Jordan DeSaulnier

Jordan DeSaulnier

Warner Bros. has gone lights and sirens with Gangster Squad promotion this week.  Yesterday, a full theatrical trailer showed off the ensemble's commitment to cool action, photogenic costumes, and pretty pictures.  If you're not into moving pictures, then the studio also dropped a one-sheet featuring many of those same elements.  Since that's not enough, there are now five character Gangster Squad posters, each showing off two players in the crime movie.

For almost a decade, the films of the Wrong Turn franchise have earnestly warned young people across America of the dangers posed by cannibalistic hillbillies turned monstrous by generations of inbreeding.  Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines continues to explore unbridled horror in the hill country on Blu-ray and DVD starting Tuesday, October 23rd, but today, IAR is pleased to present an exclusive image from the new sequel, a still that demonstrates just what can happen to folks who venture into the territory of Three Finger, One Eye, and Saw Tooth.

When two character posters from the upcoming musical Les Miserables made the rounds yesterday, it only made sense that more would follow shortly.  That they have, as Universal Pictures has unveiled two more posters from Tom Hooper's adaptation of the hugely popular stage musical, this time featuring Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried.  Or, to put in comic book terms, Catwoman and, uhhh, err, the dumb one in Mean Girls.

Eric Powell's The Goon is, no foolin', one of the best comics hitting shelves every month.  Because it doesn't feature Batmen, Iron men, or the Phoenix Force inexplicably creating mutants on Earth, a movie version isn't something risk-averse studios are throwing money towards.  After all, The Goon follows an unstoppable, beer-swilling lout and his horny, irascible sidekick as they humorously kick the asses of any phantasmagoric creature that needs an ass-kicking.

Director Edgar Wright is currently shooting The World's End, the concluding chapter of he and co-writer Simon Pegg's unofficial Cornetto Trilogy with co-star Nick Frost like right now.  For anyone wondering just when Wright, Pegg, and Frost's eagerly awaited next joint arrives in Stateside theaters, we know as of today that it's going to be over a year.  To hold you over between now and then, though, we also have an apocalyptic teaser poster.

Thursday, 11 October 2012 13:28

Say Hello to Severine in a New 'Skyfall' Clip

The second official clip from Skyfall has sexily sidled online, confirming that, with less than a month until the domestic release, this promotional effort is all about shock and awe. 

Thursday, 11 October 2012 09:52

IAR INTERVIEW: Ben Affleck Talks 'Argo'

Argo, arriving in theaters nationwide this Friday, October 12th, is the sort of genre-hopping film that could only be based on a thoroughly unbelievable true story.  In 1979, in the midst of the Iranian Hostage Crisis, six Americans found refuge secretly found refuge in the Canadian embassy in Tehran.  THe impossible task of covertly rescuing them fell to the CIA, specifically Tony Mendez, an exfiltration expert whose audacious, elaborate plan involved creating "Argo," an fictitious Hollywood sci-fi movie that would allow his team to enter and exit Tehran on a "location scout."

Written by Chris Terrio based on an article by Joshua Bearman, Argo is produced by George Clooney and Grant Heslov.  It boasts a formidable ensemble cast of veteran actors such as Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Rory Cochrane, Kyle Chandler, Taylor Schilling, Victor Garber, Clea DuVall, Titus Welliver, Zeljko Ivanek, and Tate Donovan.

Starring as Mendez, though, is Ben Affleck.  More importantly, Argo is Affleck's third feature as a director.  The actor and Oscar-winning screenwriter has become one of the most respected directors today in only three films, having earned accolades on his first two directorial endeavors, Gone Baby Gone and The Town.  With Argo, Affleck movies away from the familiar Boston setting of those beloved films, but is once again enjoying phenomenal reviews and audience enthusiasm.

At the press conference for Argo, the ever-ingratiating director, producer, and star fielded questions from an assembly of entertainment journalists from all over the world.  The topics of discussion covered working with producers George Clooney and Grant Heslov, playing a real-life CIA agent, multi-tasking on the set, shooting a sequence with thousands of extras in Turkey, and sidestepping the awards season hype that has accompanied Argo.

A new, jumbo-sized television spot for next month's Flight is making the rounds this morning.  It fits the the same profile as the trailer and two bite-sized TV spots from last week, giving a good sense of a damn fine looking Denzel Washington performance in a story about heroism, secrets, human frailty, and the complexity of courage.

It's also a horror show for anyone with a fear of flying.

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