Movie News IAMROGUE.com gives you EXCLUSIVE access to MOVIES, FILM & TELEVISION with an Attitude! View Upcoming Movie Trailers & Clips, Insider TV & Movie News, the BEST Movie Reviews, Interviews and Contests…Join our Film Community! http://www.iamrogue.com Fri, 27 Mar 2015 01:49:14 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Grim 'Child 44' Posters Featuring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, and Gary Oldman http://www.iamrogue.com/news/movie-news/item/13174-child-44-posters-featuring-tom-hardy-noomi-rapace-and-gary-oldman.html http://www.iamrogue.com/news/movie-news/item/13174-child-44-posters-featuring-tom-hardy-noomi-rapace-and-gary-oldman.html Grim 'Child 44' Posters Featuring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, and Gary Oldman

Next months' Child 44 has a ridiculously talented cast and as we all know, character posters are a good way to let everybody know just how stacked a cast is.  So naturally, today we have three Child 44 character posters featuring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, and Gary Oldman, any one of whom can carry a movie on their own.

All three are looking pretty grim on their respective posters, but that's totally appropriate (at least these leave off the tagline "those who seek the truth will be silenced").

Child 44 follows Hardy as Leo Stepanovich Demidov, a war hero, rising star in State Security Force, and true believer in the state despite its hypocrisy and brutality in the final days of Stalin's rule. 

In 1953, though, Leo begins tracking a serial killer who targets children, and his investigation puts him at odds with his superiors, whose official position is to simply deny that the killer exists.  Leo edges ever-closer to becoming an enemy of the state himself, his increasing determination to find the killer leading him to reclaim his humanity from an oppressive machine.

Rapace plays Raisa, Leo's wife and ally in his search, while Oldman appears as General Mikhail Nesterov, who also assists in the hunt for a killer no one's allowed to acknowledge even exists.


The film is based on the novel, the first in a trilogy, by Tom Rob Smith, with Clockers novelist and The Wire writer Richard Price handling the screenplay adaptation. 

Back in 2009, Ridley Scott was planning on directing Child 44.  He's still on board as a producer, but the film is instead directed by Daniel Espinosa, the Swedish Snabba Cash helmer who made his English-language debut in 2012 with Safe House.

Child 44 reunites Espinosa with his Snabba Cash star Joel Kinnaman in a supporting role as Vasili, Leo's rival who staunchly maintains that crime simply doesn't exist in Soviet Russia.

Kinnaman is just one member of a supporting cast that includes Jason Clarke, Dev Patel, Paddy Considine and Vincent Cassel.  This is an ensemble that's even more impressive than these three posters convey.

Child 44 opens nationwide on April 17th, and it ought to provide a grim, grown-up alternative to some of the season's splashier fare.  At the very least, it will slake your Tom Hardy thirst until Mad Max: Fury Road blows the doors off your local multiplex in May.

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Movie News Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:07:13 +0000
'X-Men: Apocalypse' Adds Jubilee and a Bunch of Mutant Cameos http://www.iamrogue.com/news/movie-news/item/13173-x-men-apocalypse-adds-jubilee-and-a-bunch-of-mutant-cameos.html http://www.iamrogue.com/news/movie-news/item/13173-x-men-apocalypse-adds-jubilee-and-a-bunch-of-mutant-cameos.html 'X-Men: Apocalypse' Adds Jubilee and a Bunch of Mutant Cameos

Jennifer Lawrence may be kicking rocks after X-Men: Apocalypse, but director Bryan Singer is lining up a cadre of mutants to continue the franchise beyond next summer's anticipated sequel.

The director has announced that actress Lana Condor will make her feature debut with a yellow trench coat in X-Men: Apocalypse, while a bunch of other X-Men are rumored for cameos.

Last year's X-Men: Days of Future Past was absolutely jam-packed with mutants and Apocalypse won't bee too different, it seems.  The First Class crew of Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, and Nicholas Hoult are all returning for a third go-round, the last for which they're contractually obligated.  They're joined by fellow prequel vet Rose Byrne, who sat out Days of Future Past.

There are already plenty of new additions, with Sophie Turner, Alexandra Shipp, and Tye Sheridan playing young Jean Grey, Storm, and Cyclops, respectively, along with Kodi Smit-McPhee as li'l Nightcrawler.  The great Oscar Isaac also joins the franchise as the titular villain, the oldest and most powerful mutant in existence.

Now Condor has joined the increasingly crowded ensemble as Jubilation Lee aka Jubilee.  Singer made it known via Instagram, declaring, "I'd officially like to welcome our newest mutant #JubilationLee, #Jubilee @LanaCondor to #XMEN #Apocalypse." A big character on the 90s animated series, Jubilee shoots fireworks-style pyrotechnics from her fingertips.  Interestingly, Jubilee has already appeared in a Singer-directed X-movie before: Katrina Florece played her in 2000's X-Men.

Okay, no on to the cameos, which count as SPOILERS if you're wary of that sort of thing.

Let's go with the unsurprising ones first.  According to Latino Review, Hugh Jackman will appear as Logan, which everybody assumed already since he was such a big part of Days of Future Past and Jackman, who reprises the role for another Wolverine sequel, intends to play the character for the rest of his life.  Then there's Channing Tatum as the rebooted Gambit, who gets his own spinoff movie next year.  He's been rumored for a cameo in Apocalypse for months, so this is to be expected.

Here's the one we didn't see coming: Halle Berry's Storm.  She dusted off her white wig for Days of Future Past, but her role was chopped down to a handful of lines, so the Oscar-winner's involvement in the followup wasn't exactly something we were counting on.  As such, she probably appears only briefly.

Production on X-Men: Apocalypse is set to kick off this April 28th in Montreal.  The final movie in the First Class cycle hits theaters May 27, 2016.  It's just one of three X-movies scheduled for next year, with Deadpool hitting on February 12 and Gambit on October 7.

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Movie News Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:12:50 +0000
Director Sam Taylor-Johnson Officially Frees Herself From 'Fifty Shades Darker' http://www.iamrogue.com/news/movie-news/item/13172-director-sam-taylor-johnson-frees-herself-from-fifty-shades-darker.html http://www.iamrogue.com/news/movie-news/item/13172-director-sam-taylor-johnson-frees-herself-from-fifty-shades-darker.html Director Sam Taylor-Johnson Officially Frees Herself From 'Fifty Shades Darker'

Unlike Anastasia Steele, Sam Taylor-Johnson has managed to free herself from an abusive, controlling relationship: the Fifty Shades of Grey director has formally announced that she won't return to direct Fifty Shades Darker or Fifty Shades Freed.

This is in no way surprising; it's only a confirmation of what we've been hearing since the film hit theaters more than a month ago.  Even as Fifty Shades of Grey became a mega-hit, grossing over $550 million worldwide (one hell of a feat for an erotic, R-rated romance about a contractually-obliged BDSM courtship), scuttlebutt suggested neither Taylor-Johnson nor screenwriter Kelly Marcel would be back for the inevitable sequels.

Taylor-Johnson's creative battles with author and producer EL James are well-known by now.  When James sold the rights to Universal Pictures/Focus Features, she leveraged the 100 million copies the book ended up selling into a highly unusual amount of creative control on Fifty Shades of Grey.  Like Christian Grey bending a virginal coed over his knee, James exercised that control, much to the chagrin of the professional filmmaker entrusted with the adaptation.

The director has gone on record describing the film as an "incredibly painful process" thanks to James being "incredibly vocal" throughout.

So Taylor-Johnson's departure has been in the mail for well over a month, but the package has finally arrived.  She's officially kicking rocks, and she has the class to shout-out Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, the stars who were reportedly loyal to their director throughout the production.

"Directing Fifty Shades of Grey has been an intense and incredible journey for which I am hugely grateful," Taylor-Johnson tells Deadline. "I have Universal to thank for that. I forged close and lasting relationships with the cast, producers and crew and most especially, with Dakota and Jamie. While I will not be returning to direct the sequels, I wish nothing but success to whosoever takes on the exciting challenges of films two and three."

While most sure-thing sequels hit the ground running even before their predecessors hit theaters, progress on Fifty Shades Darker has been relatively slow.  James, who initially wrote her bestseller as Twilight fan-fict under another pseudonym (Snowqueens Icedragon) wants to make her feature screenwriting debut adapting her own novel.

We'll see how it shakes out, but with Taylor-Johnson officially putting Fifty Shades in her rearview, it sounds like James has Universal bound, gagged, and bent over a barrel on the sequel.


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Movie News Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:19:37 +0000
A Really Great Actor Might Join Felicity Jones in 'Star Wars' Spinoff 'Rogue One' http://www.iamrogue.com/news/movie-news/item/13171-a-really-great-actor-is-joining-felicity-jones-in-star-wars-spinoff-rogue-one.html http://www.iamrogue.com/news/movie-news/item/13171-a-really-great-actor-is-joining-felicity-jones-in-star-wars-spinoff-rogue-one.html A Really Great Actor Might Join Felicity Jones in 'Star Wars' Spinoff 'Rogue One'

The second Star Wars movie of the Disney era, next year's Rogue One, is circling its second lead actor, and between the already-cast Felicity Jones and the soon-to-be-cast Ben Mendelsohn, this standalone Star Wars clearly isn't playing second fiddle to the main saga.

This year, Disney's first adventure in a galaxy far, far away restarts that main saga with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, then Rian Johnson's Star Wars: Episode VIII continues that primary story in summer 2017.  Between those two, though, there's the spinoff Rogue One directed by Gareth Edwards.  And between Episodes VIII and IX, there's a 2018 standalone directed by Josh Trank.

As Rogue One gears up to shoot this summer, Edwards is filling up his cast.  Oscar-nominee Jones is already on board as the main character, and now Deadline reports the one and only Mendelsohn appears to be Lucasfilm's choice for another major role in the spinoff.

You probably don't recognize him by name, but Mendelsohn has been one of the most underappreciated actors out there for the last several years.  He's currently tearing it up with a standout performance as Coach Taylor's brother on the acclaimed Netflix series Bloodline

The Australian actor came to stateside attention with a supporting turn in the great Aussie slow-burn Animal Kingdom, and since then he's been absolutely crushing it with sly, layered turns in The Place Beyond the Pines, Killing Them Softly (see the bottom of this page), and even The Dark Knight Rises.  He even memorably played Jessa's dad in an episode of Girls.

Apparently an offer to star in Rogue One is not yet on the table, but Mendelsohn has met with the filmmakers.  If he does end up starring, he'll reunite with The Dark Knight Rises unit production manager Simon Emanuel, who is an executive producer on this mysterious Star Wars project.

Emanuel executive produces alongside Jason McGatlin and John Knoll, the Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor of all three Star Wars prequels who also whipped the Rogue One story.  The screenplay has seen work from Gary Whitta, with American Pie co-director Chris Weitz now handling scripting duties.  IAR recently talked to Weitz about it in an exclusive interview.

So it looks like Rogue One is two-for-two on casting.  But then again, Edwards also assembled a formidable cast for his Godzilla reboot, and mostly they had to play cardboard characters burdened with endless exposition.

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Movie News Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:37:58 +0000
Steven Spielberg Going Full-80s, Directing Ernie Cline's Nostalgia-Blast 'Ready Player One' http://www.iamrogue.com/news/movie-news/item/13170-steven-spielberg-going-full-eighties-with-ready-player-one.html http://www.iamrogue.com/news/movie-news/item/13170-steven-spielberg-going-full-eighties-with-ready-player-one.html Steven Spielberg Going Full-80s, Directing Ernie Cline's Nostalgia-Blast 'Ready Player One'

Ready Player One just went from "Oh yeah, that'd make a fun movie" to "Holy shit, when can I get in line?"

What could possibly propel the long in-the-works adaptation of Ernest Cline's enjoyably nostalgic kitchen sink scifi adventure to such heights of anticipation?  The fact that Ready Player One is suddenly a Steven Spielberg film.

In case you missed it, Cline's bestseller is a rip-roaring adventure thoroughly based in the author's love of 1980s pop culture. 

Yet it's not actually set in the eighties.  It's set in 2044, when the world is an overcrowded hellhole where inequality and corporate control reign.  The only refuge is OASIS, a sort of no-rules Matrix that's a sprawling virtual reality where anything is possible.  The game's inventor, a child of the eighties, embedded a series of clues and puzzles into OASIS, all of which are part of an elaborate game that will grant the winner control over the digital utopia's future.  When teenage nobody Wade Watts unlocks the first real clue – one whole lot of people have spent years looking for – he kickstarts an epic quest through virtual reality and the actual world.

Read Player One is a book that reads like it's destined to be a blockbuster movie, even if all the allusions (everything from WarGames to video games to Super Sentai-style robot battles) present all manner of rights issues.

Naturally, Cline's book was optioned for a six-figure sum even before it hit shelves.  Producers Donald De Line and Dan Farah have been developing Ready Player One for the last five years.  Cline himself took the first swing at the script, which has subsequently seen work from Eric Easton and, most recently, Cline's buddy Zak Penn.  Warner Bros., which is distributing and co-financing with Village Roadshow, has been shopping for top-tier directors for the last several months, floating names like Peter Jackson and Christopher Nolan.

Now, the studio has snagged the topmost director out there, securing Steven Spielberg to direct.  Per Deadline, Spielberg's deal is done and he's expected to make Ready Player One after The B.F.G., the Roald Dahl adaptation he's shooting this summer.  Prolific as always, Spielberg is currently in post-production on Bridge of Spies, his fact-based 1960s thriller starring Tom Hanks.

He's not "circling" or "in talks," but is actually and completely on board, reuniting with the studio for which he last directed A.I. Artificial Intelligence damn near fifteen years ago.

“We are thrilled to welcome Steven back to Warner Bros,” Greg Silverman, the studio's president of creative development and worldwide production said in an official statement. “We had an historic series of collaborations in the 1980s and 1990s and have wanted to bring him back for years.”

Plus, Silverman is confident that Ready Player One can navigate the treacherous waters of IP clearance. “What we found with The Lego Movie is that when we went and talked to those having the rights, people got excited about being involved,” said Silverman.  Of course, LEGO already had licensing relationships with a lot of the properties represented in that movie, but with Spielberg at the helm, Ready Player One will have quite a bit of clout.


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Movie News Wed, 25 Mar 2015 23:13:25 +0000
IAR INTERVIEW: Steve Martin, Jim Parsons, and Rihanna Talk 'Home' http://www.iamrogue.com/news/movie-news/item/13164-iar-interview-steve-martin-jim-parsons-and-rihanna-talk-home.html http://www.iamrogue.com/news/movie-news/item/13164-iar-interview-steve-martin-jim-parsons-and-rihanna-talk-home.html IAR INTERVIEW: Steve Martin, Jim Parsons, and Rihanna Talk 'Home'

Between Jim Parsons, Rihanna, and Steve Martin, this Friday's animated adventure Home brings together three formidable talents best known for television, music, and film, respectively.

The latest film from DreamWorks Animation, Home centers around the four-legged Broov, a species of highly confident purple aliens in search of a new homeworld.  When they find one in Earth, the Broov promptly relocate humanity and get to work rejiggering the planet, removing everything that doesn't fit their style.  When one resourceful human manages to avoid the Broov, she must team with an outcast extraterrestrial for a wild trip in which the unlikely duo attempt to make Earth safe for people and Broov alike.

The outcast is Oh (Parsons, Big Bang Theory), who like Jar-Jar Binks before him was banished on account of his clumsiness.  The human who becomes his buddy and partner is Gratuity "Tip" Tucci (Rihanna, Battleship), a reluctant driver in an airborne road trip.  In order to save both Earthlings and Broov, together they have to face Captain Smek (Martin, It's Complicated), the oblivious leader of the alien invaders.

Home is from Tim Johnson, who previously helmed the suburban animal comedy Over the Hedge, the digitally animated Antz and the traditionally animated Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas.  More importantly, he oversaw the "Homer Cubed" CG segment in a long ago Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror" episode.

The stars of Home were all eager to praise their director during a press day at DreamWorks last year, when IAR was on hand to discuss the scifi comedy with the actors who lent their voices to the film.  Rihanna, Parsons, and Martin all enthusiastically discussed the film, addressing the surreal nature of voice acting, American accents, the emotional heart of Home, music, the film's message, and where they feel most at home.


Speaking for herself and Parsons, Rihanna explained, “Neither of us I know had ever done an animated film, and the story just spoke to me. It was so real, and I found so many parallels in it. I felt like I identified with Tip. She’s essentially a role model, and for me it was very strange reading a character that you could look up to. I was very excited. I’d never done an animated film before."

"Even before I knew what the story was I was very excited about the idea because I wanted a chance to do an animated film," echoed Parsons. "And then once we talked about it I just like the little character that I was playing so much—even the way he looked."

Playing a character purely via his voice, he said, was "the most interesting playtime I’ve ever had as an actor—it’s about this feeling of going down a mysterious but joyful black hole, almost, where there’s nobody else there and there are directions being thrown at you by Tim, and once you relax after fifteen or twenty minutes and say, ‘Okay, I don’t care if I look like an ass,’ it’s really fun to see what happens. You know that nothing is being visually judged in that way, and thank God, because I never left without being a sweaty mess, ever.”

"You learn so much when the camera is not there," said Rihanna. "Especially for me, being from Barbados, I have an accent, so learning to speak American you realize that there’s twenty different types of American. There’s all these different types of accents, which I didn’t know (about). I was learning all over again, not just about accents but also how to act with my voice."
  
As for how he got involved with Home, Martin joked, "I know Jeffrey Katzenberg, because we both drive the same car, and when I heard that Tim Johnson was directing I thought, ‘Is he a foreigner? Because he has such an exotic name!’"


"No, actually, I love the animated process because it’s kind of like writing a play, in that you can try it out, you can change it, you can go back and experiment in seventy different ways," e continued. "When I saw the first animated sequences I was really astounded. I thought it was beautiful. So much emotion can be brought in an animated film that’s very hard to get in a live-action film—it might be because the characters can make facial expressions that if you made in a movie they would call corny. But I find animated movies very touching. They reach an audience that is hard to get in live-action films. So I was thrilled to be in a movie that is so affecting, and with a fabulous leader and these two fantastic talents.”

"And we had a lot of emotional moments in this film that I didn’t really expect," Rihanna agreed. "Because it’s an animated film you think it’s going to be all fun, but it’s so real that you really connect to the characters. There’s one specific moment in the movie that really wrecks me, and I feel like it’s going to (impact) everyone in the same way. When I was watching it for the first time it was just stick figures, it wasn’t even at the point where the animation was all finished, so I was bawling my eyes out and I was so embarrassed."

Despite the emotional moments and some thematic meat on Home's bones, Martin explained, “Basically, I think films are about having a good time. There’s a message in the film about friendship and how valuable it is, but I wouldn’t want a kid to walk out and say, ‘Wow, friendship is valuable!’ I just would really him rather say, ‘Gee, wasn’t it funny when this happened,’ or ‘I cried when that happened.’ And then they can connect with the message on an almost subliminal level, a week or even a year later. The message of a film is always what a critic writes about, and the fun or emotion of a film is what an audience feels.”

“He’s right," added Parsons. "The movie is about friendship, and you never know who it’s really going to be with. If you’re open to it, some real magic can come into your life that way. But I spent a brief period of time very early on working in day care, and we would play the same animated movies again and again, and kids always enjoyed them. I think with something like this movie the first hope would always be that it’s simply entertaining to them, and that any message of goodwill toward men or whatever it is embedded in the general tone. It’s fun enough to watch that you can absorb that message."


“Personally, for me, I felt like the message of the movie became clearer and clearer as it went on," Rihanna explained. "You see these two individuals from completely different worlds and they have completely different ideas about who each other are, based on the worlds they come from and the different environments where they grew up, and by the end of the movie you start to see all these similarities being revealed and acknowledged between the two of them. That’s the basis of their friendship. There’s this thing we have as humans where we judge each other, without even knowing or even having a conversation, really. By the end of the movie, they’re so similar that when you think back to the beginning of the movie when they first met, it really is like 180 degrees.”

Being one of the biggest music stars on the planet, Rihanna created a Home concept album of eight original songs to accompany the film.  "Music is such an important and crucial part to the animated film. You don’t think about it, but you can watch Tom & Jerry for hours, and there’s no words," she said. "The music dictates the emotion, it dictates where the story is going or how you’re supposed to feel the suspense. Everything is in the music, so I worked very closely with Tim and Jeffrey Katzenberg, because I could bring them songs but if it didn’t move them or make sense in a certain part of the movie then it wouldn’t work.”

Since the film is all about the idea of home, each actor was asked what the title of Home means to them personally.

“Home for me is when someone comes up to me and says, ‘Can I get a selfie?’" Martin answered with a laugh. "No, it’s the same—it’s where your wife and your family are, the emotional place where you feel like you’re not away from it.”

“For me it’s wherever I feel safe, or safest," said Rihanna. "Anything that feels familiar and comfortable. Most of the time that’s just Barbados. It’s warm, it’s beautiful, there’s the beach, my family, the food, the music—it’s everything that feels familiar and right and safe. Barbados is home for me.”

"Yeah, everybody seems to sort of have the same (feeling). It’s where you feel un-judged, and that what I do isn’t necessarily stupid or wrong or something," concluded Parsons. "That’s it.”

Home opens nationwide in 2D and 3D this Friday, March 27th.


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Movie News Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:53:50 +0000
Idris Elba In Talks to Play the Mysterious 'Star Trek 3' Villain http://www.iamrogue.com/news/movie-news/item/13168-idris-elba-playing-the-mysterious-star-trek-3-villain.html http://www.iamrogue.com/news/movie-news/item/13168-idris-elba-playing-the-mysterious-star-trek-3-villain.html Idris Elba In Talks to Play the Mysterious 'Star Trek 3' Villain

Between Eric Bana and Benedict Cumberbatch, the rebooted Star Trek franchise hasn't been hurting for charismatic actors with real chops as the villains.

For Star Trek 3, director Justin Lin is doubling down: Idris Elba is in early talks to play the bad guy in the third rejiggered adventure of the USS Enterprise.

Elba, who will always be Stringer Bell of The Wire to me, is a fan-favorite and a hell of an actor, and his BBC series Luther illustrates with aplomb.  When he's not earning acclaim for performances like Mandela and the upcoming Beasts of No Nation, he's lending support to geek-friendly blockbusters like Pacific Rim, Thor, Prometheus, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, and this summer's Avengers: Age of Ultron.

The silky smooth British actor is adding yet another geeky feather to his cap.  According to Variety, Elba's been tapped to face off against Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), Uhura (Zoe Saldana), Bones (Karl Urban), and the rest of the bridge crew in Star Trek 3.

Virtually nothing is known about his character, however.  In an speculative leap that might have a whiff of racial presumption about it, the first thought of many has been that he's in talks to play a Klingon. 

That does seem to be the way the series has been heading, though, giving just a pinch more Klingon action each time. Given how the 2009 reboot Star Trek and 2013 sequel Star Trek Into Darkness danced around major Klingon involvement in the story, it's hard not to hope that Elba might slap on some forehead ridges and swing a bat'leth as a formidable Klingon.

Star Trek 3 has been on a new creative course over the last few months, with Fast & Furious 3-6 helmer Justin Lin taking over for Roberto Orci.  Orci's screenplay was also jettisoned into the cold vacuum of space, so Scotty himself Simon Pegg is currently overhauling the script alongside Doug Jung.

In a new interview with Collider, Pegg explained how he ended up overhauling the next Star Trek. "Me and Bryan Burk, who’s one of the producers at Bad Robot, have worked together on a bunch of stuff. We were sitting around, talking about the direction the next film was gonna go in. They were thinking, 'Maybe we should go back to the drawing board, a little bit, with the screenplay.'"

"Bryan and I would just sit around and talk, and we’d get excited. And then, Bryan was like, 'Do you want to write it then?' It was a difficult decision," he continues. "I hemmed and hawed about it, a little bit, because it felt like a big responsibility. I owe J.J. [Abrams] and Bryan an awful amount. I love those guys. I want to do right by them, so I felt like I should man up and do it."

With a July 8, 2016 release date getting closer every day, Pegg says the script has to be finished by "Come hell or high water, June. I’m busy writing it. It’s an ongoing thing. I’m sure we’ll be finessing it, right through the shoot. You never really, truly start writing a movie until the edit."

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Movie News Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:03:59 +0000
First Look: Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor in 'Batman v Superman' http://www.iamrogue.com/news/movie-news/item/13166-first-look-jesse-eisenberg-as-lex-luthor-in-batman-v-superman.html http://www.iamrogue.com/news/movie-news/item/13166-first-look-jesse-eisenberg-as-lex-luthor-in-batman-v-superman.html First Look: Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor in 'Batman v Superman'

Somehow, Zack Snyder managed to keep his Lex Luthor under wraps throughout the long, long production of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

But now, a year out from the DC mega-movie's release, Snyder has unveiled our first look at Jesse Eisenberg as one of the greatest villains in all comic book lore.

If you were one of the many fans who lost their damn minds when Eisenberg was cast, this look at him and his authentic chrome-dome ought to sooth your jangled nerves.  This thing looks like a prison photo, and though it's in black and white, Eisenberg is every shade of intense and even a little unnerving.  We're not looking at the stammering boy-man of Adventureland or even the exceptionally intelligent geekery of The Social Network, but instead a nightmare of a man whose eyes burn with fiery, conniving hate.

“He’s not any of the Lexes that you’ve seen, that’s for sure,” Snyder himself tells Entertainment Weekly, “other than him being a captain of industry and one person to the world and another person to himself. And bald, of course.”

“Our Lex is disarming and he’s not fake,” Snyder explains. “He says what he believes and he says what’s on his mind. If you can unravel the string and decipher what he means, it’s all there.”


Eisenberg squares off against Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill the titular neon gods, obviously, with Gal Gadot playing Wonder Woman in her belated cinematic debut.

The film, a first course in the DC Cinematic Universe Warner Bros. is building, has plenty of familiar comic book characters to join them.  Also appearing are future Justice Leaguers Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), and probably The Flash (Ezra Miller), along with Lois Lane (Amy Adams), Doomsday (a bunch of CGI), Perry White (Laurence Fishburne), Alfred Pennyworth (Jeremy Irons), Martha Kent (Diane Lane), and maybe even a new Carrie Kelley-style Robin (Jena Malone, according to the rumor).

Last year, we heard that Eisenberg was in talks to bring his Luthor to Suicide Squad, next summer's all-star villainous team up also featuring the Joker (Jared Leto), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), and Deadshot (Will Smith), among many others.  It's unclear if Eisenberg's talks with the studio actually bore fruit, but if they did, he'll likely show up for a relatively quick appearance.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice dawns in theaters exactly one year from now, on March 25, 2016.


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Movie News Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:38:24 +0000
'Entourage' Theatrical Trailer and Poster: Vinnie's Gonna Do the Movie! http://www.iamrogue.com/news/movie-news/item/13163-entourage-trailer-and-poster.html http://www.iamrogue.com/news/movie-news/item/13163-entourage-trailer-and-poster.html 'Entourage' Theatrical Trailer and Poster: Vinnie's Gonna Do the Movie!

Because TV shows can end but douchiness endures forever, the Entourage movie is heading to theaters this summer.

Don't believe me? The full theatrical trailer and a new poster have landed online, proving that Vinnie & Co. have indeed made the jump from the boob tube to the big screen, giving new meaning to the show's frequent refrain, "Vinnie's gonna do the movie!"

Basically, this looks like a longer version of your average episode of the HBO series, which chronicled the stakes-free adventures of charisma-less movie star Vinnie Chase, his three closest hangers-on, and his volatile agent. 

The budget of the movie is bigger, though, so the parodies are more splashy, the yachts and cars are more expensive, and the women are even more beautiful (they're easier to objectify that way).  And since the running time is longer, there's more room for even more incident, none of which will have repercussions of any kind, even one of the crew becoming a father.

Adrian Grenier returns as Vinnie, joined by Kevin Connolly as E, Jerry Ferrara as Turtle, Kevin Dillon as Johnny Drama, and, of course, Jeremy Piven as Ari Gold, the super-agent turned studio chief who nonetheless hangs out with these guys damn near constantly.

The movie is written and directed by Doug Ellin, who co-created the show with executive producer Mark Wahlberg.

Speaking of Wahlberg, his appearance in the latest trailer is just the tip of the cameo iceberg, one big enough to sink Chase's party yacht.  Like the series, Entourage is powered largely by the promise of stars big and small playing funhouse mirror versions of themselves or other industry stereotypes.  The movie version features Gary Busey, Bob Saget, Emily Ratajkowski, Scott Mescudi, Liam Neeson, Billy Bob Thornton, Haley Joel Osment, and Rhonda Rousey

All those stars join returning series players Perrey Reeves, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Rex Lee, Rhys Coiro, Nora Dunn, and Debi Mazar.

Entrouage is set to bring "pervasive language, strong sexual content, nudity and some drug use" to a theater near you this June 5th.


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Movie News Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:23:49 +0000
Bradley Cooper to Make Directorial Debut with 'A Star Is Born' Remake; Will Beyonce Return? http://www.iamrogue.com/news/movie-news/item/13162-bradley-cooper-to-make-directorial-debut-with-a-star-is-born-remake.html http://www.iamrogue.com/news/movie-news/item/13162-bradley-cooper-to-make-directorial-debut-with-a-star-is-born-remake.html Bradley Cooper to Make Directorial Debut with 'A Star Is Born' Remake; Will Beyonce Return?

Not content as a mere two-time Academy Award nominated, talented, handsome, and charismatic actor, Bradley Cooper is finally fulfilling his longtime ambition to direct.

And he's chosen a humdinger for his feature directorial debut: Cooper is in talks with Warner Bros. to direct and possibly star in another remake of A Star Is Born.

The studio has been keen on a modern A Star is Born for the last four years.  In 2011, Warner Bros. enlisted Clint Eastwood to direct, with with Beyonce set to star as a young vocalist on the rise who is also engaged in a dramatic love affair with a failing older musician.  That iteration never gained the necessary momentum, however, and when Queen Bey became pregnant, Eastwood moved along to Jersey Boys and, eventually, American Sniper.

Now that American Sniper is the biggest U.S. release of last year, having grossed $344 million at home towards a $528 million worldwide total, the studio is eager to stay in the Bradley Cooper game.  He was instrumental in getting the film (a passion project of his) made, and he was a key creative figure too. So now he's seizing the opportunity to direct, which he's been talking about since even before Limitless

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cooper's in negotiations to direct, produce, and maybe even play the aging alcoholic musical mentor.  Since she's only become more unstoppable in the last four years, it's only natural to assume Warner Bros. is hoping Beyonce can finally fit A Star Is Born into her schedule.

The film will be produced by Billy Gerber and Jon Peters, who also produced the 1976 version starring Barbara Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.  That was the third version of the tale first told in 1937 original, which starred Janet Gaynor and Frederic March.  That was followed by the first remake, the one with Judy Garland and James Mason, in 1954.

Now Cooper, who next stars in Cameron Crowe's Aloha, is poised to make it an even four iterations of the musical.  It might be some time before he can actually make A Star Is Born, because he's keeping very busy.  He's reuniting with Silver Linings Playbook/American Hustle cohorts Jennifer Lawrence and David O. Russell on Joy, the true story of the single mother who invented the Miracle Mop.  He'll also dust off his Wet Hot American Summer character Ben for the Netflix series.

Oh, and he's also developing Honeymoon with Harry as a directorial project and producing Arms & the Dudes, a true story directed by The Hangover helmer Todd Phillips and starring Miles Teller and Jonah Hill.

But if he and the studio can snag Beyonce, expect A Star Is Born to come together quickly.

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Movie News Tue, 24 Mar 2015 22:49:28 +0000