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, 19 Dec 2014 04:19:02 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb 'American Sniper' Trailer and Clips: Bradley Cooper Takes Aim at Oscar http://www.iamrogue.com/news/movie-news/item/12610-american-sniper-trailer-and-clip.html http://www.iamrogue.com/news/movie-news/item/12610-american-sniper-trailer-and-clip.html 'American Sniper' Trailer and Clips: Bradley Cooper Takes Aim at Oscar

If a new trailer for American Sniper doesn't get across the horrors of modern warfare, then hopefully two official clips will do it.

Bradley Cooper stars in this passion project as Chris Kyle, who holds the title of "deadliest sniper in U.S. history."  Kyle, whose 2012 autobiography became a huge bestseller, notched 160 confirmed kills out of 255 possible kills over four tours of duty in Iraq. 

The screenplay by Jason Hall attracted the attention of Steven Spielberg himself, but after flirting with American Sniper for awhile, the Bearded One moved on.  Cooper, who also produces, managed to wrangle another A-lister to direct, tapping Clint Eastwood to helm this deadly serious take on modern warfare.  It's quite a jump from Eastwood's last movie, Jersey Boys.

Kyle's story doesn't end how you might expect, but it does end tragically well after the Navy SEAL ended his service and returned home to the States in 2009.

As you can see in this trailer, the movie is as concerned with Kyle's time at home as it is with time on the trigger in Iraq.  Regardless of the setting, Cooper, who has really shepherded American Sniper, calls the film a "character study."

Cooper already had one major success in 2014, voicing Rocket Racoon in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, but the two-time Oscar nominee isn't interested in resting on his laurels.

"I had to do right by him and his family, there was really no choice," Cooper said recently.  "You're sitting across the dining-room table talking to this person's father and mother. And his children and wife are there. And he's passed away. Knowing that they are putting all of their stories in your hands and the responsibly of that, it's actually unique.”

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Obviously this movie rests on Cooper's shoulders, but it's also carried by Sienna Miller, who proved with Factory Girl that she isn't just a pretty face; Miller can act like crazy, so hopefully American Sniper gives her more to do than just stress over her husband.

American Sniper is set to open in select cities on December 25th.  After that Oscar-qualifying limited release, the film opens nationwide on January 15th.


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Movie News Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:41:54 +0000
Meet the Cast of 'Kingsman: The Secret Service' in Six Featurettes http://www.iamrogue.com/news/movie-news/item/12609-meet-the-cast-of-kingsman-in-six-featurettes.html http://www.iamrogue.com/news/movie-news/item/12609-meet-the-cast-of-kingsman-in-six-featurettes.html Meet the Cast of 'Kingsman: The Secret Service' in Six Featurettes

No fewer than six – six! – Kingsman: The Secret Service promotional featurettes are here to introduce you to the cast of characters in Matthew Vaughn's wild, energetic riff on old school spy movies.

So adjust your tie, correct your posture, and prepare to meet the larger-than-life figures played by Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson, Sophie Cookson, Sofia Boutella, and Michael Caine.

Vaughn's love of classic Bond was on display in his last movie, X-Men: First Class, and while Sam Mendes is busy directing the next actual 007 movie, Spectre, Vaughn is doing something that's actually, in its own way, more ambitious: setting up his own Bond-style franchise that revels in the goofiness James Bond left behind him years ago.

He's using Mark Millar's comic The Secret Service as a template, so Vaughn's in his comfort zone with his Kick-Ass collaborator. The director and co-writer has whipped up something that feels like the locus classicus of Matthew Vaughn movies, combining the straightforward crowd-pleasing blockbusterism of First Class with the too-clever-for-its-own-good subversion of Kick-Ass.  Since it's about British ass-kickers, Kingsman also sprinkles in a bit of Layer Cake (which starred Daniel Craig well before Bond) too.

This story concerns a car-stealing, free-running London punk recruited to be a member of the U.K.'s most elite espionage agency by a thoroughly Bond-ian spy called Harry Hart.  The youngster, an unlikely candidate for Britain's most posh secret service, arrives just in time to stop a plan for world domination by a lisping nutjob (Jackson).

Just watch the featurettes, courtesy of JoBlo.  They do a better job of explaining than we ever could:


“We missed all the spy movies we loved as kids, whether it was Bond or In Like Flint. They had a sense of humor as well as being a thriller,” Vaughn said earlier this year. “With [Kingsman], we’re subversing the spy movie genre as we know it.”

"I was afraid it was ridiculous. I think what’s brilliant about Matthew is that he takes people’s expectations and likes to mess with them," Firth himself said at the time. 

"When we first met the year before, he said, 'One of the reasons I’m casting you is because you’re probably the last person anyone could imagine kicking people and kicking off the villains.' And that was the surprise he wanted to pull. And he said, by the way, 'You’re going to have to do it. Are you up to it?' That’s one of the reasons he got me so early, to start training. He said, 'You’re going to hate me by the end of it,' and sure enough, the Jackie Chan training team comes to my house and they get to work on me. I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed myself so much in my life."

Originally scheduled to open in October of this year, Kingsman: The Secret Service will instead open nationwide on February 13, 2015.


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Movie News Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:37:43 +0000
IAR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Director Will Gluck Talks 'Annie' http://www.iamrogue.com/news/interviews/item/12608-iar-exclusive-interview-director-will-gluck-talks-annie.html http://www.iamrogue.com/news/interviews/item/12608-iar-exclusive-interview-director-will-gluck-talks-annie.html IAR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Director Will Gluck Talks 'Annie'

Opening in theaters on December 19th is Annie, which is a reboot of the beloved musical and ‘1980s movie. 

The new film is an updated version of the classic story and was directed by Will Gluck (Friends with Benefits, Easy A). The plot revolves around Annie (Academy Award-nominee Quvenzhane Wallis), a foster kid living with a mean foster parent named Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz). She soon sees her life change when business tycoon and New York mayoral candidate William Stacks (Academy Award-winner Jamie Foxx) takes her in. The movie was produced by musician Jay-Z and superstar actor Will Smith (I, Robot), and also stars Rose Byrne (X-Men: First Class), Bobby Cannavale (Chef), and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Pompeii). 

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Will Gluck about his work on Annie. The accomplished director discussed his new film, how he got involved with the project, his concept for the reboot, the out-of-the-box casting of Quvenzhane Wallis, if he was surprised by the media reaction to that choice, Jamie Foxx’s influence on the music in the movie, drawing inspiration from the musical as well as the ‘80s film, and breaking the forth wall. 


Here is what director Will Gluck had to say about Annie:

IAR: To begin with, can you talk about how you got involved with directing a reboot of Annie?

Will Gluck: It took 30 years of legal filings to finally get a chance to redo it. Producers Jay-Z, Will Smith and James Lassiter got the rights to Annie from creators Charles Strouse, Thomas Meehan, and Martin Charmin. They told them what they wanted to do and that they wanted to update it. They got their blessing and then they approached me to see whether or not I wanted to make it. I said this is something I did not think I would want to do, but let me think about it. I thought about it for a bit. Then I said if I was going to do Annie, here is how I would do it. I pitched my take on it to the studio and it is pretty much what you see (on screen). They said, “Go for it,” and there you have it.

What was the concept for the project when you first got involved and what was the idea for the film that you pitched in that first meeting? 

Gluck: I do not remember what the concept presented to me was. I am trying to remember the elements. They wanted to do it contemporary, and I think they wanted Jamie Foxx’s character to run for mayor. That was it. Then I wrote the script based on those elements. 

Was the goal always to cast an actress to play Annie that was a different ethnicity than how the character has been depicted before, or did you try to find the best actress for the role and it just happened to be Quvenzshane Wallis?

Gluck: Yes. We just started auditioning people. We never wanted to do that. Then at the same time we started auditioning people, this little nine year-old girl got nominated for the Academy Award. We were shooting a movie that needed a 9-year-old girl. I met with her. I was not 100% sure. She was fantastic. Then I started doing acting, singing and dancing with her. I remember saying, oh my God. This girl is Annie! There is no question about it. I went over to the studio and said we have Annie. We have found our Annie. There really never was a question to me about race or anything. Subsequently people make a big deal about it, but I would also say that if I decided to cast some girl who had blonde hair, they would make the same accusations. It is all about the red hair thing!


Were you surprised that Quvenzhane’s casting was big news?

Gluck: I am not surprised by anything in the news recently. Nothing surprises me. What I am very proud of is that we did cast Quvenzhane Wallis. Then we decided who we wanted to cast for Will Stacks. I went into the studio and we had a big discussion about what actor we wanted in this movie. Who is a big movie star? Who can sing? Who can dance? Who is about the right age? There are only about two actors that fit the criteria. We came out of that meeting with Jamie Foxx. I said, yes! I have always loved Jamie Foxx. He is such a talented guy. As I was walking away from the building, someone said to me, “Do you know that he is African American? So he and Annie would both be African American?” I said, no. I did not think about that. I know that sounds naïve, but when you are in the middle of this stuff, all you think about is the filmmaking. What will make the movie good? I will tell you this as well. Whenever we show the movie to kids, and we ask them, what do you think about Annie being African American? Kids say, “I do not understand. What are you talking about?” It is zero on the list of things they care about. For parents it is very high up there, which is an interesting social message.

In addition to being an Academy Award-winning actor, Jamie Foxx is also a Grammy Award-winning musician. Did he have any influence on the songs that he sings in the film?

Gluck: When you have Jamie, you use him for everything you can. I would play Jamie’s songs all the time. I would say, come listen to this. Then he would give his ideas. For the song “The City’s Yours,” we recorded it at his home studio. It was very much Jamie influenced because when you have someone like that, you let him or her run.

As a filmmaker, did you draw any inspiration from the original musical or the popular 1982 movie?

Gluck: I really wanted to honor the original Annie. I grew quite close to Charles Strouse. I would play him and Martin Charmin our music. Martin would give notes on the script. I really wanted to keep the DNA because they created a message, and I am just carrying it out. I am standing on their shoulders. The inspiration I did use was the bones of their music, which is fantastic. If you watch the movie, we put in about 35 references to the musical and the other movie. Some are very obvious, but some are very Annie geek heavy references. It is my way of saying I really respect Annie. I love Annie! This is just a new way of doing it. There is a lot of deep reference to Annie in this movie. There are a lot of references in the background and in people’s names. 


Finally, there is also a “breaking the forth wall” element to Annie. There are a few scenes where it seems like the characters are almost aware that they are in a film. Cameron Diaz’s character even says to Bobby Cannavale’s character at one point, “Why are you singing?” Can you talk about that aspect of the movie?

Gluck: To me, in this case, I did not want anyone breaking out into song and dance. Even from the first “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” Cameron comes in and says, “I said no singing and dancing.” I wanted it to feel real. If you are going to sing and dance, then I wanted to be able to comment on the fact that they are singing and dancing. I also love to put stuff in the background of my movies. It does not take anything away. If you do not notice it, then you do not notice it. I believe that every time you shoot something, you are setting an opportunity to shoot another story. There is a lot of stuff in the movie. It speaks to the characters as well. Here is a little clue that I will tell you. Bobby Cannavale’s character is named Guy. Twice in the movie Jamie Foxx calls him Gallo. Gallo is Spanish for rooster (the character’s original name). There are a lot of those things. The name of the Italian restaurant where Annie’s parents left her was called Domani, which means tomorrow in Italian. That stuff that you do not know, you will never know it. But if you do know it, to me it is another layer.

Annie opens in theaters on December 19th.




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Interviews Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:44:36 +0000
'Jurassic World' Picture: Hey There Li'l Raptor Buddy http://www.iamrogue.com/news/movie-news/item/12605-jurassic-world-image.html http://www.iamrogue.com/news/movie-news/item/12605-jurassic-world-image.html 'Jurassic World' Picture: Hey There Li'l Raptor Buddy

The last shot of the Jurassic World teaser trailer really riled some folks.

They hated that Chris Pratt appears to have raptor buddies riding shotgun as he blasted around Isla Nublar on a boss hog.  "Foul!" these Jurassic Park fans cried, "Velocipators do not pal around with humans!  Raptors eat humans!"

Those folks aren't going to dig a promotional picture in which Pratt and a velociraptor make like Turner and Hooch.

We get the trepidation.  We really do.  It's an idea that could end up with both feet firmly in the ridiculous, but if it can keep one foot on the right side of the goofy line, this new raptor business could be plenty cool.  We know these are smart critters, capable of tactical calculation and using doorknobs.  So long as they're not cute and cuddly doglike dinos, this could be novel and interesting.

And isn't that what a sequel's supposed to do?  Balance the familiar with the novel?  Having already seen two lazy Jurassic Park sequels that coasted on dino action, why are fans so eager to dismiss one that's actually doing something bold?

"Chris Pratt’s character is doing behavioral research on the raptors," director and co-writer Colin Trevorrow explained months ago. "They aren’t trained, they can’t do tricks. He’s just trying to figure out the limits of the relationship between these highly intelligent creatures and human beings. If people don’t think there’s potential in those ideas, maybe they won’t like this movie. But I ask them to give it a chance."

If all you can see in this publicity shot, which isn't a still from the film itself, is the raptor sidekick element, then you're missing the point.  The point is, that's a practical raptor, not a CGI beast.


Trevorrow himself shared the picture, which he tweeted with the caption, "Happy Holidays from the editing room. Do not try this at home."

Certified Star-Lord Pratt leads a cast that also includes Bryce Dallas Howard, Omar Sy, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jake Johnson, Irrfan Khan, Lauren Lapkus, Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins, and Judy Greer.


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Movie News Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:58:08 +0000
Sony Cancels Release of 'The Interview' After Terror Threat http://www.iamrogue.com/news/movie-news/item/12604-major-theater-chains-drop-the-interview.html http://www.iamrogue.com/news/movie-news/item/12604-major-theater-chains-drop-the-interview.html Sony Cancels Release of 'The Interview' After Terror Threat

They say any publicity is good publicity.  But about when bad publicity leads to your movie getting shut out of the multiplex?

The five biggest theaters chains in America are dropping Seth Rogen's The Interview in response to anonymous threats of violence against moviegoers.

So the release of The Interview, in which James Franco and co-director Rogen star as an imbecilic TV personality and producer recruited to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, is kaput.  Sony just made it official, announcing that it has scrapped the film's December release.

This goofy comedy has been at the center of the shitstorm that's erupted since hackers infiltrated Sony Pictures late last month, kneecapping the studio with subsequent leaks of stolen material running the gamut for embarrassing to scandalous to commercially catastrophic.  Until today, though, it appeared that The Interview would still open nationwide on Christmas Day.

On Tuesday morning, though, someone claiming affiliation with Guardians of Peace (the hacker collective behind the Sony hack), dropped the following vague but unmistakably sinister threat:

Warning

We will clearly show it to you at the very time and places "The Interview" be shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to.

Soon all the world will see what an awful movie Sony Pictures Entertainment has made.

The world will be full of fear.

Remember the 11th of September 2001.

We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time.

(If your house is nearby, you'd better leave.)

Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

All the world will denounce the SONY.

Since the prevailing theory is that North Korea is behind the Guardians of Peace and Sony's woes, this freaked plenty of people out, just like it was clearly designed to do.  In that context, it conjures alarming imagery of sleeper cells turning movie theaters into nightmares, but is the danger it promises real? 

The Department of Homeland Security has said there's "no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot against movie theaters within the United States.”

Former White House counter-terrorism adviser and cyber-security expert Richard Clarke told ABC, "Somebody is playing mind games with [Sony]. I think North Korea has little or no capability to do any physical attacks, commando activity, or terrorism in the U.S. By saying it’s coming, however, they hope to keep people from the theaters and, thereby, hurt Sony’s revenue."

But the threat worked.

Promotional appearances and events were scuttled promptly.  Tuesday night, Sony Pictures let exhibitors know that they can drop The Interview despite any prior obligations.  Fearing loss of life or liability in the event of an actual attack or that panic over the comedy from the This Is the End guys could scare moviegoers away from theaters over the crucially-important holiday weekend, the country's biggest theater chains and sundry smaller theaters have taken Sony up on that offer.

The top five – Regal Entertainment, AMC Entertainment, Cinemark, Carmike Cinemas and Cineplex Entertainment – have all said sayonara to Rogen and Evan Goldberg's comedy, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"Due to the wavering support of the film The Interview by Sony Pictures, as well as the ambiguous nature of any real or perceived security threats, Regal Entertainment Group has decided to delay the opening of the film in our theaters,” Regal declared in an official statement, throwing the beleaguered studio directly under the figurative bus.

This is a surreal situation.  The decision of these chains to hightail it away from The Interview obviously sets a strange and troubling precedent, a rumbling indicative of some anxious fault-lines in American culture.  It's all especially weird considering that the movie itself isn't a political polemic or even a particularly vitriolic satire, but is instead a comedy involving no small number of poop and butthole jokes.

So a controversial, $44 million movie is basically getting cancelled due to what appears to be an insubstantial terror threat.

The studio announced that it's officially scrapping The Interview's release mere moments ago with this statement:

In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film The Interview, we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release. We respect and understand our partners’ decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers.

Sony Pictures has been the victim of an unprecedented criminal assault against our employees, our customers, and our business. Those who attacked us stole our intellectual property, private emails, and sensitive and proprietary material, and sought to destroy our spirit and our morale – all apparently to thwart the release of a movie they did not like. We are deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie, and in the process do damage to our company, our employees, and the American public. We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome.

Whoa.

There are already reverberations among other studios: Fox and New Regency have shut down an untitled North Korea-based thriller, Deadline reports.  The project, which was on track to shoot in March, would have starred Steve Carell with Gore Verbinski directing.

Stay tuned for more on the ongoing saga of The Interview and the Sony hack.

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Movie News Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:34:33 +0000
Tom Hanks Doubling Down on Dave Eggers with 'The Circle' Adaptation http://www.iamrogue.com/news/movie-news/item/12601-tom-hanks-doubling-down-on-dave-eggers-with-the-circle-adaptation.html http://www.iamrogue.com/news/movie-news/item/12601-tom-hanks-doubling-down-on-dave-eggers-with-the-circle-adaptation.html Tom Hanks Doubling Down on Dave Eggers with 'The Circle' Adaptation

It's safe to say Tom Hanks is a big reader and quite a fan of Dave Eggers.

Having finished shooting an adaptation of Eggers's A Hologram for the King, Hanks is now producing and starring in a take on the author's latest, The Circle.

Published last year, the novel follows a young woman called Mae as she lands a dream job at The Circle, a sort of amalgamation of facebook, Apple, and any other tech giant. 

As her profile rises at the company, which seamlessly fuses users' emails, social media, banking, shopping, and everything else in one universal operating system, Mae finds every aspect of her life broadcast, shared, and tabulated in an increasingly scary situation.

It's a book very much about How We Live Now, one that sounds likely to attract studio suitors as agencies shop it to potential financiers.  That's happening this week, according to Deadline.

With Hanks already on board to star (probably as one of the Three Wise Men who run The Circle) and produce alongside Playtone partner Gary Goetzman.

James Ponsoldt already wrote the screenplay and is set to direct The Circle.  He's a hell of talent, having deftly managed difficult tonal  and emotional balances on the ostensibly tween romance The Spectacular Now and the similarly boozy Smashed.  His next, The End of the Tour, has us worried, since it stars Jason Segel as the late literary genius David Foster Wallace.  It illustrates his literary bent, however.

Eggers, a contemporary of Wallace, is a literary superstar himself.  The McSweeney's and 826 National founder is known for his memoir A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Zeitoun, What is the What, and The Circle.  He has co-written films including Where the Wild Things Are, Away We Go, and Promised Land.

A Hologram for the King is the first straight-up adaptation of his work.  Expected late in 2015, that adaptation is directed by Tom Tywker, who co-directed the ambitious Cloud Atlas adaptation in which Hanks was one member of a big ensemble.

Check out our only image from that Eggers adaptation and stay tuned for more news on The Circle.


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Movie News Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:59:14 +0000
'Cinderella' International Trailer Bips and Bops Through Disney's Fairy Tale http://www.iamrogue.com/news/movie-news/item/12600-cinderella-international-trailer.html http://www.iamrogue.com/news/movie-news/item/12600-cinderella-international-trailer.html 'Cinderella' International Trailer Bips and Bops Through Disney's Fairy Tale

If everybody weren't already familiar with the fairy tale, then this international trailer for March's Cinderella would constitute spoilers.

The folk tale has been kicking round since even before Charles Perrault published it in 1697 and the Brothers Grimm recapped it a century later, so it's not as though Disney really needs to keep a tight lid on its big budget Cinderella.

After all, this is a little different from the studio's recent glut of lavish, CGI-heavy riffs on animated fantasy classics.  Alice in Wonderland was actually a sequel in all but title and last summer's Maleficent was a prequel to/revision of Sleeping BeautyCinderella, on the other hand, is basically a live action remake of Disney's 1950 animated classic.

So basically it's the modern blockbuster version of a story we all know and theoretically love.

Lily James of Downton Abbey plays the title character, with Cate Blanchett as her wicked stepmother, Helena Bonham Carter as her Fairy Godmother, and Hayley Atwell as her actual mother.  Holliday Grainger and Sophie McShera show up as the stepsisters, while erstwhile King of the North Richard Madden from Game of Thrones plays Prince Charming.  Nonso Anozie, Stellan Skarsgard, and Derek Jacobi fill out the supporting cast.

Cinderella appears to ladle on the spectacle pretty heavily.  Almost every set is gorgeous and huge, the costumes are beautiful, the performances look happily broad, and the visual effects are plentiful.

It's all overseen by Gilderoy Lockhart himself Kenneth Branagh, the five-time Oscar nominated Shakespearean actor who recently directed Marvel's Thor and the epsionage reboot Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

In some ways, his approach to Cinderella looks like the squeaky clean counterpart to his hyper-gothic, over the top take on Frankenstein two decades ago.  The one where Branagh's shirtless and sweaty Dr. Frankenstein rolled around in KY Jelly with Robert De Niro's Monster for like three minutes.

Cinderella opens in 2D, 3D, and even IMAX 3D on March 13, 2015. 

When it does, it'll be accompanied by Frozen Fever, a short film that returns to Arendelle to catch up with Elsa, Anna, Kristof, and Olaf.

Here's the synopsis to a story we all know already:

The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella whose merchant father remarries following the tragic death of her mother. Keen to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother Lady Tremaine and her daughters Anastasia and Drisella into the family home. But, when Ella’s father suddenly and unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to “have courage and be kind.” She will not give in to despair nor despise those who abuse her. And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an employee at the Palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul. It appears as if her fortunes may be about to change when the Palace sends out an open invitation for all maidens to attend a ball, raising Ella’s hopes of once again encountering the charming “Kit.” Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand as a kindly beggar woman steps forward and, armed with a pumpkin and a few mice, changes Cinderella’s life forever.


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Movie News Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:24:14 +0000
'Suicide Squad' Adds Viola Davis as the All-Important Amanda Waller http://www.iamrogue.com/news/movie-news/item/12599-suicide-squad-adds-viola-davis-as-the-all-important-amanda-waller.html http://www.iamrogue.com/news/movie-news/item/12599-suicide-squad-adds-viola-davis-as-the-all-important-amanda-waller.html 'Suicide Squad' Adds Viola Davis as the All-Important Amanda Waller

Warner Bros. has already locked down a remarkable cast to play DC's baddest bad guys in Suicide Squad.

Now, a remarkable cast has gotten even more remarkable.  Viola Davis has joined the 2016 comic book movie as Amanda Waller, the government hardass who actually assembles the Suicide Squad.

Davis is great; she's a certified acting powerhouse, a two-time Oscar nominee who got her first nod for 2008's Doubt and her second for 2011's The Help.  Her filmography shows her willingness to dabble in both serious dramas like Prisoners and genre fare like Ender's Game.  She's a current Golden Globe nominee for her starring role on the Shonda Rhimes series How to Get Away With Murder.

And now she's negotiating for the role of Amanda Waller.  In the comics she is a former congressional aide, covert agent, and prison warden who oversees the Suicide Squad, a secret program that ropes convicted supervillains into ultra-dangerous missions that may just guarantee their freedom.  If, that is, the missions don't get them killed.

Apparently contenders for the role included Davis's The Help co-star Octavia Spencer and Oprah Winfrey herself. 

There's a potential hitch to Davis joining Suicide Squad, however.  According to Latino-Review, the actress's schedule on How to Get Away With Murder, a big hit for ABC, could be an issue.

Provided her schedule can be ironed out, Davis will act alongside an absolutely stacked cast in this, a major step in Warner's DC Cinematic Universe.  Will Smith is starring as Deadshot, with Jared Leto as The Joker, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Tom Hardy as Rick Flagg, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, and Cara Delevingne as Enchantress.

Production on Suicide Squad gets underway in April with David Ayer writing and directing.

“I can say that it’s a Dirty Dozen with supervillains," Ayer said recently while promoting Fury. "Then I can ask the question, ‘Does a movie really need good guys?’”

Suicide Squad is set to open nationwide on August 5, 2016, just months after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice sets DC's cinematic table in March 2016.

We're assuming that Davis will stick around for multiple movies as Waller, who was previously played by Angela Bassett in the aborted DC set-up Green Lantern:

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Movie News Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:45:49 +0000
IAR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: William Fichtner Talks 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Blu-ray/DVD and 'The Homesman' http://www.iamrogue.com/news/interviews/item/12598-iar-exclusive-interview-william-fichtner-talks-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-blu-ray/dvd-and-the-homesman.html http://www.iamrogue.com/news/interviews/item/12598-iar-exclusive-interview-william-fichtner-talks-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-blu-ray/dvd-and-the-homesman.html IAR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: William Fichtner Talks 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Blu-ray/DVD and 'The Homesman'

Actor William Fichtner is a true scene-stealer! For almost 20 years he has shined in every part he’s played on film and television no matter how small the role. 

Fichtner has appeared in such films as Heat, Armageddon, Go, The Perfect Storm, Pearl Harbor, Black Hawk Down, The Dark Knight, The Lone Ranger, Elysium, and most recently director Tommy Lee JonesThe Homesman. But he is probably best known to television audiences for his role as FBI agent turned fugitive Alexander Mahone on Prison Break, and his current series Crossing Lines. Fichtner also starred in last summer’s hit movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which was a reboot of the popular franchise and will be available on Blu-ray and DVD beginning December 16th. 

In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, when the Foot Clan threatens New York City, a group of mutated turtle warriors must emerge from the shadows to protect their home. Fichtner plays Eric Sacks, a famous scientist and the CEO of Sacks Industries who has ties to both the Foot Clan’s leader Shredder, as well as the origins of the Turtles. In addition to Fichtner, the film also stars Megan Fox (Jonah Hex) as April O’Neil, Will Arnett (The Nut Job) as Vern Fenwick, and Academy Award-winner Whoopi Goldberg (Ghost) as Bernadette Thompson, as well as Johnny Knoxville (Bad Grandpa) as the voice of Leonardo, and Tony Shalhoub (Pain & Gain) as the voice of Splinter. 

I recently had the honor of speaking with the great William Fichtner about his work on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, as well as The Homesman. The impressive veteran actor discussed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, his knowledge of the source material before agreeing to appear in the film, if it’s true that Sacks was originally going to be revealed as the villain Shredder, if the actor took inspiration for his character from any real life CEOs, his friendship with Michael Bay, Bay’s role as producer, why he liked working with director Jonathan Liebesman, The Homesman, and being directed by Academy Award-winner Tommy Lee Jones


Here is what William Fichtner had to say about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Blu-ray/DVD and The Homesman:

IAR: To begin with, what was your personal awareness of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles property prior to making the new film? 

William Fichtner: The Turtles came a little bit after my cartoon days. I have four sisters and they all have children. Every one of them had a child that grew up in the ‘80s, so I was certainly well aware of who the Turtles were and their entire world. When I was talked to about doing the film, my manager called me about the movie. I hung up with him and called my nephew Mike in Buffalo, New York. I said, hey, Mikey. I was offered a role in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. What do you think about that? He said, “I do not think anything about it. You are doing it, Uncle Bill.” If you were close to any kid in the ‘80s, someone had a birthday party that was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles themed. I was certainly aware of it. I knew of the cartoons and heard that there were other movies although I had not seen them. But having worked with Michael Bay more than once, I knew what his thoughts were behind it. The more I learned about what they were thinking about doing with this particular film, I just found the whole thing exciting from the get go. I knew that what they were going to make was going to be unlike any Turtles project you had ever seen before.

When it was first announced that you were going to appear in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, you told the Huffington Post Canada that you were playing Shredder. When you originally signed on to the project, was it in the script that Eric Sacks would eventually be revealed as Shredder, and if so, why did that change?

Fichtner: Yes. There were elements in the script from the get-go that leaned in that direction. That was kind of my original understanding of it also. As time went on in filming, it kind of went in a couple of directions, and one of them was to go away from that. But that was my original understanding of it all. Once we changed and tweaked it, we found the best way to tell the story. What we ended up with, regardless of some of the original thoughts, alternately felt like it was a stronger film in the end. 


Did you draw inspiration from any real life CEOs when you were creating the character of Eric Sacks, or did you create him completely from your own imagination and what was written in the script?

Fichtner: I usually go with my imagination. No, I really did not have any particular sort of person that I was modeling it after. There were so many little subtle things in the script about where Eric Sacks came from, and what he was involved with when he was with April’s father. There were a lot of little things. You start to put the pieces together and you say, that is a really interesting guy. I tend to go more in that direction.

You mentioned your friend Michael Bay, who you have collaborated with several times before. Can you talk about your working relationship with him, and his influence on this film as a producer?

Fichtner: Day to day we did not spend a lot of time with Michael. Michael was shooting Transformers 4 at the time. Literally I think both of our start dates were within days of each other. But having worked with Michael the first time on Armageddon, Michael is a master visualizer. If I had to say one thing about Michael it is that he is a perfectionist. He has a vision, and he would like to see this vision fully realized. That influence from Michael was every bit in our movie and especially the amazing producers that work with Michael, like Bradley Fuller (A Nightmare on Elm Street) and Andrew Form (The Purge). These guys are just like Michael, they’re committed to excellence and getting it right. They want to tell the story the way they want to tell. That is what Michael wants, and that is what they do. Ultimately I think when you have that sort of guide map along the way, you can end up with a film that is as good as Turtles ended up being.

What was it like working with director Jonathan Liebesman?

Fichtner: Let me tell you right off the back. If I had to pick one surprise that the whole Turtles experience gave me, because I always walk away with something, it would definitely be meeting Jonathan. That was it for me. I loved working with the guy. He is a smart guy. He can sink right into the moment. He was incredibly articulate. Jonathan could think amazingly fast on his feet. I have nothing but good things to say about Jonathan. I count him as a friend and I sure look forward to the next time that I get to work with him again. That is the truth.


Finally, I recently saw The Homesman and really enjoyed your performance. Since we are on the subject of filmmakers, what was your experience like being directed by Oscar-winner Tommy Lee Jones?

Fichtner: I have not had an experience that was quite like working with Tommy Lee Jones. I mean that in an absolutely positive way. He is one of a kind. When you are around Tommy, pay attention because he is a smart guy and is clear about what he wants. I also recently saw the film. I think the movie is a really good film. I love him in it, and especially Hilary Swank. I have to tell you, about half of what I shot in that film did not quite make the movie. I created a different character than the one that ended up on screen. But it is what it is, and Tommy obviously had his reasons to make the film he did. I wish him well.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be available on Blu-ray and DVD beginning December 16th. 


The Homesman is currently playing in theaters now!

To read our interview with Tommy Lee Jones and Hilary Swank about The Homesman, please click here



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'The Wedding Ringer' Trailer and Red Band Clip: Kevin Hart & Josh Gad Kill Grandma http://www.iamrogue.com/news/movie-news/item/12597-the-wedding-ringer-trailer-and-red-band-clip.html http://www.iamrogue.com/news/movie-news/item/12597-the-wedding-ringer-trailer-and-red-band-clip.html 'The Wedding Ringer' Trailer and Red Band Clip: Kevin Hart & Josh Gad Kill Grandma

Just when you're about to dismiss The Wedding Ringer for leaning on a cliche as hoary as a foul-mouthed grandma, the comedy goes and redeems itself by lighting Cloris Leachman on fire.

Sony has unveiled a new theatrical trailer, red band clip, and Aloe Blacc music video promoting The Wedding Singer.

The comedy stars two up-and-coming leading men/potential mega-stars Kevin Hart and Josh Gad.  Hart's established himself as a big draw, while Gad, who earned accolades in the original Broadway run of The Book of Mormon, won many fans voicing Olaf in Frozen.

Here, they team up for an R-rated movie with a sitcom premise. Doug Harris (Gad) is a nice guy marrying a woman he thinks is way out of his league.  So awkward is Doug that just weeks away from the big day, he still doesn't have a best man or even a single groomsman.  So he goes to Best Man Inc., a business/con in which a mercenary party animal pretends to be the best friend of guys like Doug, giving them the finest wedding experience money can buy.

"I run a business where I'm a great best man for the right price," Hart said of his character, Jimmy Callahan, not too long ago. "But I do what has never been done before in this case. I make this guy look like one of the most amazing people in the world."

"This is one hell of a whirlwind," he said. "It's a modern-day bromance with two guys who feed off each other really well."

There are plenty of modern-day bromances out there, but how many include an 88-year-old woman saying "red hot pussy seltzer?"


Now that you've seen Cloris Leachman going up in flames twice, how about cleansing your palette with that music video, which finds Hart and Gad both cutting a rug alongside Aloe Blacc?


The Wedding Ringer hinges on Hart and Gad, but they have plenty of support. 

Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting plays Doug's fiancee and hopefully Olivia Thirlby gets plenty to do in a supporting role as seemingly the only person who suspects Callahan of chicanery.  The cast also includes Mimi Rogers and Jorge Garcia.

The comedy is set to hit theaters on January 16, 2015, almost a year to the day after Ride Along's huge debut. 

If The Wedding Singer reigns supreme in a month, we might just to start thinking of that as Kevin Hart's weekend. 

Check out the official synopsis:

Jimmy provides best man services for socially challenged guys, who – for whatever reason – have no one close enough to agree to stand by them on the day of their wedding. Doug, a groom-to-be, has found himself in just such a situation, but, to make matters worse, he fabricates the names of not only a best man but nine groomsmen as well. When all else fails, Doug seeks out Jimmy’s services to carry out a charade designed to make Doug look his best, but threatens to destroy everything if it fails.


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