Movie News 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! Wed, 03 Jun 2020 07:31:54 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb IAR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Freida Pinto Talks 'Desert Dancer' IAR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Freida Pinto Talks 'Desert Dancer'

Opening in theaters on April 17th is the new drama Desert Dancer, which is based on a true story and stars Freida Pinto

The acclaimed Indian born actress rose to fame with her debut performance in the Academy Award-winning film Slumdog Millionaire. Since then she has appeared in such movies as Woody Allen’s You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, and the box office hits Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and Immortals

Desert Dancer was directed by first time feature filmmaker Richard Raymond and tells the true story of dancer Afshin Ghaffarian (played by Reese Ritchie), who risked everything to start a dance company amidst his home country of Iran's politically volatile climate and the nation's ban on dancing. Pinto plays Ghaffarian’s fellow dancer and love interest Elaheh. 

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with the absolutely lovely Freida Pinto about her work on Desert Dancer. The accomplished actress discussed her new movie, the true story it is based on, why she loves her character, what she does when what is “written on the page” is “not enough,” and her views on the film’s theme: freedom of expression. 

Here is what Freida Pinto had to say about Desert Dancer:

IAR: To begin with, what were your initial thoughts when you read the screenplay for Desert Dancer and learned about the true story of Afshin Ghaffarian?

Freida Pinto: I actually heard about this film from my agent who gave me the script because wonderful Richard Raymond is such a good spokesperson for this project and for his beliefs in wanting to tell this story. He was so driven by passion that he would figure out a way to reach out to me through my agency. When he sent me the script, the first thing that actually came to mind was that if there is anyone who can play this character then it absolutely has to be me because it is a great way to learn a new skill. More than anything else it was an idea that was so far removed from my world that it was very intriguing to me. I loved the complexity of Elaheh’s character. To be honest I fell in love with the character before I fell in love with the entire script. 

What was it about the character that you immediately fell in love with?

Pinto: It was definitely an opportunity to dance, and that was part of it. But to be really honest, I love characters that are two extremes. To be honest, what was written on the page was still not enough for me. I still could not figure out who she really was. The exploration of that was the most interesting part to me. I love observing people, studying them and learning about them. This was one more opportunity to do that. It is so boring to play characters that are just you. You look at them and go, oh, that is me! Then why do I need to play that? I will just be me, right?

You just mentioned that when you read the script, “what was written on the page was still not enough” for you. As an actress, when that happens what do you do?

Pinto: I meet the people who can guide me and take me to what else there is between the lines. I spoke to Afshin (Ghaffarian), which was a very interesting conversation we had in Paris. It was like what I call one of those dinner dates that was meant to last two hours but it went on for six. I asked him all of these questions about Elaheh. The next day he called up Richard and said, “Is this (movie) all about Elaheh now?” It was very interesting to get his perspective on her because I was never going to meet her. This was my only hope. The rest was actually based on a meeting I attended. I spoke to a lot of people who have had some sort of addiction in their lives and understand what drives them and makes them want to escape. That kind of research was very informative.

Finally, the film’s theme is really freedom of expression. Did your own views on that subject change at all after making this movie?

Pinto: I have been lucky because I have never had to experience any oppression in that sense. When growing up in Bombay with my family, I just had complete freedom to do what I wanted to do. The thought of actually not having it scared me so much that I wanted to put something out there in a creative form. My form of contribution to it would be a film because that is all that I can do. I want to talk about the subject matter. I want people to think about it. I want people who take it for granted to also have a conversation about oppression and freedom of expression. It is not just an Iranian issue. It is not just an issue that is specific to one country. It is pretty much all over the world. It is important to talk about the subject matter.

Desert Dancer opens in theaters on April 17th. 

FULL DISCLOSURE: Desert Dancer was produced by Relativity Media, which is iamROGUE's parent company. 

Interviews Mon, 13 Apr 2015 05:43:04 +0000
IAR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Columbus Short Talks 'The Girl Is in Trouble' and 'The Losers' Sequel IAR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Columbus Short Talks 'The Girl Is in Trouble' and 'The Losers' Sequel

Actor Columbus Short stars in the new crime thriller The Girl Is in Trouble, which opens in theaters on April 3rd. 

Short first gained attention for his performance in Stomp the Yard, and went on to appear in such films as Cadillac Records, Whiteout, Armored, Death at a Funeral, and the underappreciated action movie The Losers. But it was his role as Harrison Wright on the extremely popular ABC drama Scandal that made him a household name. 

The Girl Is in Trouble revolves around a Lower East Side bartender named August (Short) that becomes entangled in a murder mystery involving a desperate woman, a missing drug dealer and the scion of a powerful investment firm. In addition to Short, the film also stars Jesse Spencer (Uptown Girls), Alicja Bachleda (Stealth), and Wilmer Valderrama (Larry Crowne). The Girl Is in Trouble was directed by Julius Onah(Don’t Look Back), and produced by Spike Lee (Oldboy). 

I recently had the pleasure of speaking exclusively with Columbus Short about his work on The Girl Is in Trouble. The talented actor discussed his new movie, film noir, playing an “everyman,” drawing from his own life experience, Wilmer Valderrama’s career transcending performance, director Julius Onah, and the possibility of a sequel to The Losers

Here is what Columbus Short had to say about The Girl Is in Trouble and a sequel to The Losers:

IAR: To begin with, The Girl Is in Trouble seems like a throwback to classic noir films like The Maltese Falcon and Double Indemnity. Is film noir a genre that you have always wanted to be a part of?

Columbus Short: Absolutely. I grew up watching the Humphrey Bogart movies and watching all of that film noir. That whole era was just beautiful. The way the storytelling was back then was amazing. That is what attracted me to the script in the first place. I watched Julius Onah’s films after my agent sent me the script. I said this dude is amazing! He is a creative and is certainly on the front lines. It’s modern film noir but it really might be urban film noir. 

In many ways August is really an “everyman” type of character, and if audiences don’t relate to him the film simply won’t work. Did you feel a lot of pressure playing this role?

Short: That is a big thing. Let me tell you that. In not diminishing Jesses Spencer’s role but if August does not work than Angel (Valderrama) does not work. If Angel does not work, August does not work. All three of those characters have to work. When I was approaching this, it was very important to show humanity because August is a flawed character. He is morally ambiguous. He is kind of the antihero. I wanted to bring to him the humanity aspect. What drew me to him was the desire that he has. He knew what he wanted to do and he was willing to struggle for it. As an artist, I understand that. As a dancer, as a musician, as an actor it is hard. In a city like New York, L.A. or Chicago it is a hard life. I know that struggle, and there is a depression that comes with that struggle. Those were things I wanted to tap into in going there. I had to go around that. I wanted to make my narrative flat and very dry because that is how he was.

You just mentioned that you understood August and were able to pull from your own career struggles for the character. Have you drawn on your life experiences for any of your other roles?

Short: I put Columbus as far as away from the character as I can. The way to do that is to get out of my natural body movement. Harrison (Scandal) would spin his phone when he is thinking. That is his natural tick. That has to be consistent. I do not spin my phone, but every time I was on that set, it naturally starts to happen. So I go with that. Those are things that became natural. There are different aspects of people. With August I had to really spend time in the lower east side of New York. I grew up in California, so it was a different life. For that it is a different hustle. It is a different vibe, and I had to capture that, even in dialect. One of the most important things for me was my body language. How do I show depressed? That was with my body weight. You can tell if you are depressed or not if you are in tip-top perfect shape. I did not want to be this hot-bod guy. That is not how August is. He is not that guy. I wanted to play that man and “everyman” truthfully.

Wilmer Valderrama is really good in this movie and so different than anything I have seen him do before.

Short: I have to take full credit for that. Tell Wilmer that Columbus takes full credit for his performance in this movie if you do interview Wilmer.

I will definitely tell him! I assume you were familiar with his previous work, but when you were on set and saw how committed he was to his performance, what was your reaction?

Short: It took us to another place. I have been in scenes in movies that hopefully you have never seen, where I was literally like, oh my God. This is an awful scene right now. You have this out of body experience where you think I am in an awful scene. There is a scene where they are torturing me, and they do not want to. It’s the interrogation scene. We went some place else. I remember after the scene, we just looked at each other. That was just amazing. It was so powerful and I was so proud of him because it was a risk for Wilmer to do this role. It was a risk for him to step out of his comfort zone. I said, Wilmer, you are going to kill this. Guess what is going to happen? Hollywood is going to get to see you go from Fez (That ‘70s Show), what they know you, to the complete antithesis of that in a way that we have never seen before. You are going to kill it. He did exactly that. He went above and beyond everyone’s expectations.

Can you talk about working with director Julius Onah, and what are you looking for from a director on set?

Short: First of all, I have never worked with a director that was younger than me, so that was weird. When you are looking for a director, you want a director that is decisive and can be a leader. Literally you have these troops that are the cast and crew. Is this director leading us? He did a wonderful job of being hands on at every level and in every department. He knew he had an opportunity here and a platform to really do something special, and he took every alternative to do that. He killed it! Julius had a clear vision. There was no looking around. He had the movie edited in his head before each scene so there was no figuring it out. I love working like that. Everybody was working. There was no sitting around. We were moving. We were a unit.

Finally, I’m a big fan of The Losers. Do you think there is a chance that they will ever make a sequel?

Short: You have to look at it like this. Sometimes it may take six years to rewrite it as a franchise in the right situation. Sometimes it needs to become a cult classic. Scarface did not kill it in the box office, but it became something that was remembered forever. We have a comic franchise that was amazing. Everyone from that movie has had a lot of success including Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Zoe Saldana, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and myself. Everyone has blossomed since that movie. I think it is the right time. We can call the studio out right now and say, hey guys, let us make another one! It was a bigger hit than it was probably perceived at the time. We came out in a crowded marketplace that summer where you have to remember The A-Team and The Expendables were also coming out. We were not stand alone, and that A-Team franchise is what Hollywood was really looking forward to. The Losers was an awesome franchise that deserves to be revisited I think. I am not a sequel champion, but I think this one does deserve it. I would love to go back and play with those guys.

The Girl Is in Trouble opens in theaters on April 3rd. 

Interviews Wed, 08 Apr 2015 01:25:53 +0000
The "Final" 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Trailer is a Beautiful Lie The

A minute and a half of superhero action purporting to be the last trailer for next month's Avengers: Age of Ultron has whirled online like a vibranium shield hurled by a juiced-up patriot.

Of course, the real "final trailer" for Avengers: Age of Ultron is Avengers: Age of Ultron itself.

With its interconnected uber-franchises, Marvel Studios has effectively turned every movie into a trailer for every movie to follow.  The tidal wave of anticipation for this sequel to the biggest comic book movie ever extends beyond this May, all the way to 2019.  Between now and then, rabid Marvel-ites will get Avengers 2.5 thanks to next summer's Captain America: Civil War, then Avengers: Infinity Wars Parts I & II starting in 2018.  So much of the hype for Age of Ultron is about where these neon gods will end up by the time the credits roll and what that will mean for the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Not only is this next round of avenging a trailer for all the super-shenanigans to come, it's also a feature-length commercial for the endless parade of Avengers merchandise marching through global culture right now.  The movie itself is a handy way to move tons of cheap plastic, poorly made clothing, and even sugar-coated breakfast cereals.

But Avengers: Age of Ultron is just around the corner, arriving in much of the world on April 22nd and Stateside May 1st, so this is technically a final enough trailer, we suppose.  It's a damn good one, too, conspicuously underlining the greatness of Scarlett Johansson's Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow, one of the truly wonderful surprises of the first Avengers.

This emphasis on Johansson's indomitable secret agent is part of Marvel's grand plan to diversify its audience a bit and move away from the "no girls allowed" sense that's sort of inevitable on a team of five men and one woman. 

In order to bring more women into the Marvel blockbuster flock, Marvel is starting a series of young adult novels starring the MCU iteration of the character.  Black Widow: Forever Red by Beautiful Creatures author Margaret Stohl, hits shelves this October.

Johansson will be back in Captain America: Civil War, which finds Cap (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) getting into a colossal pissing match.  Before that, though, she'll once again kick ass and put her Y-chromosomal compatriots to shame in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Returning writer-director Joss Whedon recently commented on the relative scarcity of female cinematic heroes, even in spite of the success of The Hunger Games. "It's a phenomenon in the industry that we call 'stupid people'," said Whedon. "There is genuine, recalcitrant, intractable sexism, and old-fashioned quiet misogyny that goes on. You hear 'Oh, [female superheroes] don't work because of these two bad ones that were made eight years ago', there's always an excuse.”

Movie News Tue, 07 Apr 2015 02:17:36 +0000
B.O. Roundup, April 3-5: 'Furious 7' Speeds Past Records with $143.6 MIllion$1436-million.html$1436-million.html B.O. Roundup, April 3-5: 'Furious 7' Speeds Past Records with $143.6 MIllion

The Fast & Furious franchise hit the box office NOS button this weekend, speeding to all-time highs for the fourteen-year-old franchise.

Furious 7 broke plenty of records for the series and beyond, opening in 4,004 North American theaters and earning an estimated $143.6 million in the process.

That massive figure represents the biggest opening weekend in the franchise's history, easily surpassing the $97.3 million debut of Furious 6 back in May 2013.  $143.6 million is actually more than the 2001 original or either of the first two sequels, 2 Fast 2 Furious or The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, made in their entire domestic runs.

Furious 7 isn't just the biggest debut for Dom and company, it's also now the record holder for an April opening, quickly surpassing last year's Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($95.0 million).  And it took the record for the Easter Holiday weekend, more than doubling the debut of Clash of the Titans ($61.2 million) back in 2010.  It's also the biggest debut in the history of Universal Pictures.

Furious 7 is now on the top-ten all-time domestic openers, ranking ninth behind The Avengers, Iron Man Three, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, both Dark Knight pictures, the first two Hunger Games, and Spider-Man 3.

For a modest franchise that seemed to be on its last legs less than a decade ago, the performance of Furious 7 is nothing short of a marvel.  It also isn't entirely unexpected.  Between Fast 5 and Furious 6, the series had plenty of momentum and Universal hoped to capitalize by having Furious 7 in theaters last summer, a plan that changed when star Paul Walker tragically died in 2013, halfway through production.  Fans eager to see Walker's final performance turned out in droves, and while Universal's "One Last Ride" tagline accurately referred to the last hurrah for the original Fast Family, rest assured that Fast & Furious 8 is inevitable.

The seventh installment in the evergreen franchise also opened huge abroad, collecting an estimated $240 million before even opening in Japan, Russia, or China, the biggest emerging movie market in the world.

With Furious 7 poised to get an early start on the summer movie season, the weekend was free from major new competitors for the automotive actioner.  The only other new release was Woman in Gold, an indie from The Weinstein Company starring Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, and Tatiana Maslany.  Playing in just 258 theaters in the U.S. and Canada, Woman in Gold earned an estimated $2.0 million.  That's nothing to sneeze at, but it almost certainly would have been higher had the film garnered better reviews (Furious 7 actually received a better critical reception).

Check out the top ten right here:

1. Furious 7................................................................................$143.6 million...............New Release

2. Home......................................................................................$27.4 million.................$95.6 million

3. Get Hard.................................................................................$12.9 million.................$57.0 million

4. Cinderella...............................................................................$10.2 million.................$167.2 million

5. The Divergent Series: Insurgent..........................................$10.0 million.................$103.3 million

6. It Follows................................................................................$2.4 million..................$8.5 million

7. Woman in Gold.......................................................................$2.0 million..................$2.1 million

8. Kingsman: The Secret Service..............................................$1.7 million..................$122.2 million

9. Do You Believe?.....................................................................$1.5 million..................$9.8 million

10. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.............................$1.0 million..................$30.0 million

This Friday finds the Nicholas Sparks melodrama The Longest Ride joining the box office fray.  Relativity's acclaimed Desert Dancer starring Friedo Pinto leads a plethora of films opening in limited release, along with scifi thriller Ex Machina, international drama The Clouds of Sils Maria, action-comedy Kill Me Three Times, and Lost River, the directorial debut of Ryan Golsing.

Box Office Mon, 06 Apr 2015 16:30:24 +0000
'Winnie the Pooh' is Getting a Live-Action Disney Movie Too 'Winnie the Pooh' is Getting a Live-Action Disney Movie Too

If movies like Cinderella and Maleficent keep making dumptrucks of money, eventually Disney will run out of animated properties to turn into CGI-stuffed live-action spectacles.

If you had money on Winnie the Pooh as the next beloved animated classic getting the live-action treatment then you just won that bet.  Disney has hired an indie filmmaker to oversee a return to Pooh Corner that sounds like the Hundred Acre Wood version of Hook.

Created by A.A. Milne, the adorable stuffed, hunny-loving teddy bear has been captivating kids for almost a century since his debut in print.  Disney snagged the rights in 1961 and Walt Disney himself oversaw the 1966 animated short Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, which became part of the full-length theatrical release The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh in 1977.  Those were followed by many a short, movie, and TV series over the years, most recently the sweet, simple 2011 animated 2011 feature Winnie the Pooh.

Since everybody loves Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore, Owl, Kanga, and the gang, the studio is setting its sights on a live action movie that will doubtless feature CGI creatures.  This take reportedly follows a grown-up Christopher Robin returning to Pooh Corner for the first time in years, sort of like Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, the sequel that kicked off this parade of live-action rejiggerings.

Disney has enlisted Alex Ross Perry to write and direct, according to Deadline.  Perry, currently in post-production on the thriller Queen of Earth, is hardly the most obvious choice, having directed the Sundance drama Listen Up Philip starring Jason Schwartzman and Elizabeth Moss.

Then again, Disney recently hired another dramatic director with indie cred to tackle a family film: Ain't Them Bodies Saints director David Lowery is shooting a Pete's Dragon remake that will hit theaters next summer.

No major studio is as aggressively mining its own history.  Just this week, we learned that Disney is also developing a live-action remake of Mulan.

The trend kicked off with 2010's hugely successful Alice in Wonderland, which the studio followed up with last year's Sleeping Beauty riff Maleficent.  More recently, Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella is currently cleaning up, having grossed $335 million worldwide so far.

Next year, we're due for The Jungle Book directed by Jon favreau, followed by Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass.  Then, in 2017, there's Bill Condon's Beauty and the Beast remake that's in pre-production with Emma Stone as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast.  Oh, and Tim Burton is going back to the animated classic well with a Dumbo live-action remake, too.

Movie News Thu, 02 Apr 2015 17:26:03 +0000
Must Watch: Ryan Reynolds Makes it Clear 'Deadpool' Is Definitely Rated R Must Watch: Ryan Reynolds Makes it Clear 'Deadpool' Is Definitely Rated R

Ever since Fox announced that Deadpool would finally, really happen, there have been rumblings that in order to get his own movie, the Merc With a Mouth would have to settle for a squeaky clean PG-13 rather than the R rating the bullet-and-wisecrack-spewing anti-hero deserves.

Before putting the controversy to bed, Ryan Reynolds first fed it a whole bunch of Red Bull, pulling a none-too-shabby April Fool's prank that zigged into PG-13 before zagging emphatically into a confirmation of the rating everyone was hoping for.

A playful, self-aware nutjob, Deadpool, aka Wade Wilson, provides a running meta-commentary on his own comic book adventures, which tend to be gleefully ultra-violent, in keeping with Deadpool's origins as a goofy riff on the tough-as-nails, gun-toting, pouch-wearing anti-heroes who crowded comics in the late eighties and early nineties. So ever since Fox whiffed the character in 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine, "R" has been the watchword for Deadpool, a watchword repeated by Reynolds and X-franchise producer Lauren Shuler Donner

“It’s been a long time, but it’s happened in the right way and that’s all that matters,” Reynolds commented earlier this year, seemingly confirming the coveted but commercially riskier rating, saying, “We don’t have the kind of money that most superhero movies do, but that’s great, actually. Necessity is the mother of invention, and that’s why we get to make the movie we want to make.”

But it was still an open question.  The economic realities of comic book movies suggested a PG-13 was more likely. When Reynolds took to Twitter on Monday, he promised, "I want #Deadpool to be R. Always have. Fighting the good fight still. Lotta yelling today."  That didn't sound too promising. 

It sounded a whole lot worse when he confirmed the watered down rating on April Fool's Day, tweeting, "A PG-13 will still have 4th wall breaking, a shit-ton of action and at least 3 chimichangas. Zero need to panic. I promise."

But Reynolds is a cunning Canadian, and his confirmation was a ruse, one exposed by the actor himself via a faux-Extra interview that debuted at JoBlo:

As if murdering Mario Lopez wasn't enough, Reynolds made it abundantly clear that Deadpool will have no shortage of what fans love, declaring,"February 12th. There will be blood. Guns. F-bombs. And graphic, expertly lit French Unicorn sex. #deadpoolRatedR @deadpoolmovie #Aprilpools"

Tim Miller, a visual effects veteran, makes his feature directorial debut with Deadpool, currently shooting in Reynolds' native Vancouver, B.C.

Reynolds is joined in this unlikely comic book movie by Morena Baccarrin as Vanessa Geraldine Carlysle, aka Copycat, TJ Miller as Wade's sidekick/hardware guru Weasel, Ed Skrein (presumably playing the as-yet unidentified villain) and Gina Carano as obscure mutant Angel Dust.  There will also be roles for familiar mutants like Colossus, who won't be played by X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, and X-Men: Days of Future Past actor Daniel Cudmore.

Since Deadpool is definitely part of Fox's quickly expanding X-Men Universe, it's not too much to expect some cameos and/or shouts out to next year's X-Men: Apocalypse and Gambit, which stars Channing Tatum as the Ragin' Cajun.

Deadpool slices and dices in theaters February 12, 2016.

Movie News Thu, 02 Apr 2015 16:02:07 +0000
'Poltergeist' Trailer: The Remake Replaces Tangina With Lane Pryce from 'Mad Men' 'Poltergeist' Trailer: The Remake Replaces Tangina With Lane Pryce from 'Mad Men'

This summer's Poltergeist remake is smart enough to cut off the most famous line from the original, getting both a little bit of shock value and a sense of the new.

20th Century Fox released a new trailer for Poltergeist this morning, and though it's got some clever riffs like that, by and large the 2015 version looks very, very similar to Tobe Hooper's 1982 original.

Some names have been changed, the TVs are bigger, there are smartphones in play, and Zelda Rubenstein's beautifully weird Tangina has been replaced by Lane Pryce from Mad Men, but by and large, this Poltergeist sticks to the original's playbook.

Hooper and Steven Spielberg's suburban haunted house movie was a rare effects-driven horror tale, and this version, from director Gil Kenan and producer Sam Raimi, sticks to that.  Of course, the effects are digital now, but they actually look well-executed.

This new Poltergeist replaces Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams as the Freelings with Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt as the Bowens.  8-year-old Kennedi Clements takes over as Madison, their daughter yanked into another dimension by malevolent spirits.  Saxon Sharbino and Kyle Catlett also appear as the other Bowen kids.  Zelda Rubenstein walked away with the original as Tangina, a role that's had its gender swapped, with Jared Harris carrying the exposition this time.

Regardless of how nicely done the effects and some of the scares are, though, there's a smell of familiarity here that's about more than this being a remake.  Poltergeist has been influential for decades, providing inspiration for all manner of horror films.  So even though Poltergeist preceded a lot stuff like, say, Insidious, this remake might smack of staleness to anybody not familiar with the first movie, which spawned two inferior sequels.

Still, there's plenty of spookablast goodness on display in the trailer.  Mayhaps that's because spookablast legend Sam Raimi is the Spielberg to Kenan's Hooper, producing through his Ghost House Pictures.

"The original film commented on how we've let television get out of control, babysitting our kids," Raimi said earlier this year. "It's only gotten worse with the handheld portable devices. Screens are everywhere."

"The film is super-scary," enthused Kenan. "And it's scary on its own terms. I am excited to finally be able to share that with the world."

Poltergeist unleashes malevolent spirits on the world in theaters May 22nd.

Movie News Thu, 02 Apr 2015 15:42:13 +0000
New 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' and 'Batman v Superman' Trailers on the Way in May New 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' and 'Batman v Superman' Trailers on the Way in May

A trailer is no longer simply something you see at your local theater before the show starts.  For a big enough blockbuster, a new trailer isn't just a preview, it's an event, a two-and-a-half-minute promotional orgy designed to send the internet into paroxysms of foaming-at-the-mouth hype.

Very few films in the next year are more anticipated than Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, both of which are set to debut new trailers next month.

We've been hearing for a long, long time that the second trailer for JJ Abrams' Star Wars trilogy-starter would be attached to Avengers: Age of Ultron, which is indeed the case.  Warner Bros. will drop the first teaser trailer for Zack Snyder's superhero slugfest will follow just two weeks later with Mad Max: Fury Road.

Mere weeks after the first Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer hit, we heard that the next would accompany the Avengers sequel, which hits May 1st.  Common sense told us this was true, now Collider has confirmed that Disney, which owns both Marvel and Lucasfilm, will combine those two geeky tastes in theaters. 

Just when the trailer will arrive online is still a question, however, because the next trailer will debut at Star Wars Celebration, which runs from April 16th to 19th, right before Avengers: Age of Ultron starts rolling out internationally on April 22nd.  Will Disney risk a low-quality version leaking before May 1st, or will an official HD version land online before Earth's Mightiest Heroes land in Stateside theaters?  Time will tell.

When it does, we'll also find out if this rumored breakdown of the trailer is, in fact, accurate.

Warner Bros. dropped a teaser for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice at Comic-Con last summer, but has yet to reveal any footage to the public at large.  That will change when the studio's batshit insane sequel Mad Max: Fury Road opens in theaters on May 15th, according to Collider (again).

That's a canny move by Warners, not only because it gooses anticipation for the R-rated return of the Road Warrior, but because by then, audiences will have thoroughly gorged themselves on Marvel's biggest super-party yet and will be ready to bury their faces in a DC appetizer.  If the trailer is really effective, it could steal just a little bit of Marvel's thunder.

Of course, it's possible we'll see a first trailer for Batman v Superman before then, but Mad Max: Fury Road will definitely be preceded by the teaser in theaters.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens nationwide on December 18, 2015.  Dawn of Justice is still almost a year away from its release on March 25, 2016.

Movie News Wed, 01 Apr 2015 18:19:31 +0000
Clint Eastwood May Direct DiCaprio & Hill in 'American Nightmare,' the Richard Jewell Story Clint Eastwood May Direct DiCaprio & Hill in 'American Nightmare,' the Richard Jewell Story

Having directed the biggest domestic hit of 2014, Clint Eastwood can now choose from the cream of the crop for his next picture and it sounds like he's eager to direct a creamy, thoroughly A-list drama. 

His American Sniper followup might just find him directing Jonah Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio in the true and tragic story of Richard Jewell, the man vilified as a terrorist despite saving the day at the Atlanta Olympics.  But there's a hitch: two studios will have to work out a deal so that Eastwood doesn't turn his back on his longtime home at Warner Bros.

See, 20th Century Fox is developing Marie Brenner's 1997 Vanity Fair article "American Nightmare: The Ballad of Richard Jewell" as an inevitable awards season heavy hitter.  Two-time Oscar nominee Hill is set to star as Jewell with five-time nominee DiCaprio playing Jewell's lawyer and also producing through his Appian Way banner.

With a screenplay by another Oscar nominee, Billy Ray (Captain Phillips, Shattered Glass), the Jewell drama has attracted plenty of attention from top-tier directors like David O. Russell and Paul Greengrass, who came close but opted instead to return to the Bourne Identity franchise with Matt Damon.

Now Eastwood is "seriously circling" the project, according to Deadline.  And Fox would no doubt love for Eastwood to direct, but he has been making movies exclusively at Warner Bros. for decades.  He's 84 years old, so Eastwood isn't about to change and desert Warners just because the whippersnappers from Superbad and Growing Pains have some promising material.

So if Eastwood is to direct American Nightmare, Fox and WB will have to work out some sort of co-producing deal.  It's sort of like Interstellar, where Christopher Nolan's loyalty to Warners led to a co-financing deal between WB and Paramount.  In this case, however, both sides are reportedly wary of making such a deal, so don't count on American Nightmare being a Clint Eastwood film just yet.

Jewell's story is a tough one that is illustrative of the dangers of the contemporary twenty-four hour news cycle and the willingness to presume guilt within that cycle.  A thirty-four-year-old former sheriff's deputy, Jewell was working as a security guard at the Atlanta games in 1996 when he discovered a suspicious backpack at the Olympic compound.  Alerting the police and helping evacuate the area before the bomb detonated, Jewell was initially called a hero.  Within days, however, the media turned on Jewell, hard, with many outright declared him a lone bomber out for attention. 

On evidence charitably described as circumstantial, Jewell found himself the target of an FBI investigation and the subject of vicious attacks from national newspapers to late-night talk shows.  After being ground under the machinery of quick-to-judge media, Jewell was exonerated before his death in 2007, but his ordeal took a huge toll on the poor guy, who many, many Americans still believe to be responsible for the bombing that killed one person and injured over a hundred others.

Movie News Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:02:38 +0000
Stephen Amell Playing Casey Jones in 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2' Stephen Amell Playing Casey Jones in 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2'

Stephen Amell is going from a domino mask to a hockey mask, from arrows to baseball bats, from a quiver to a golf bag...and so on and so forth.

The star of CW's superhero series Arrow is reportedly set to play Casey Jones in next summer's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2.

Jones, who sat out last summer's live-action reboot, has made it to the screen before: Elias Koteas played him in 1990's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the second sequel in 1993.

The character is a down and dirty New York vigilante, a masked hero who beats the snot out of criminals using athletic equipment and whatever he can get his hands on.  He becomes an ally to the four mutated turtles and a scuzzy love interest for intrepid reporter/the turtles' BFF April O'Neil.

Amell, who has impossibly shredded abs and has appeared as Oliver "Green Arrow" Queen on the CW spinoff The Flash, was one of half-a-dozen actors who tested for the Casey Jones role over the weekend.  What, other than those abs, allowed Amell to emerge victorious?  His chemistry with Megan Fox, according to Variety.

Fox returns as April in the sequel, joined again by Will Arnett as goofy sidekick Vernon Fenwick.  It's currently unknown whether any other castmembers from the reboot are back for another round.

Pete Plozsek, Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, and Jeremy Howard played the titular turtles who are also teenaged, mutants, and ninjas via performance capture.  During post-production, however, Johnny Knoxville was brought in to replace Plozsek as the voice of Leonardo, so we're unsure whether the quartet will return for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2.

Much of the cast is still a mystery, but the director has definitely changed.  David Green, who oversaw last summer's scifi family adventure Earth to Echo, steps in as director, replacing Wrath of the Titans helmer Jonathan Liebesman, the director of the reboot. 

Screenwriters Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec are back for the sequel and are even being bumped up to executive producers, joining Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Andrew Form, and Brad Fuller.

When Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opened bigger than anticipated in August, Paramount immediately announced a sequel, staking a claim to a June 3, 2016 release date before the weekend was even over. Though some material has already been shot, production kicks off in earnest next month, during Amell's annual hiatus from Arrow.

Movie News Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:09:13 +0000