Steven Spielberg directing War Horse

Steven Spielberg‘s last collaboration with screenwriter Tony Kushner was so successful, the pair are teaming up again. Spielberg plans to direct The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara based on a screenplay by Kushner. Mortara was an Italian Jew who made international headlines when he was removed from his home and raised as a Catholic in 1858.

The film will not be Spielberg’s next film, however. He’s still deciding between going back to Robopocalypse or Montezuma. The former much further along having just completed a total rewrite. Read More »

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Jersey Boys trailer

Though Clint Eastwood is one of our finest and most prolific directors, his decision to adapt a Tony award-winning, worldwide smash hit musical always felt odd. A macho, old-school actor/filmmaker making an upbeat rags-to-riches movie filled with popular songs? Not the obvious move. Well, the first Jersey Boys trailer is finally out and things now seem much clearer.

In this short look at the film, which opens June 20, we finally get an idea of Eastwood’s version of the musical version of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. The group who went from the street corners of New Jersey to one of the biggest musical acts in history. Check out the Jersey Boys trailer below. Read More »

MALEFICENT featurette

From some angles, the fact that Maleficent retraces a familiar path is the whole point. The Sleeping Beauty villainness has remained popular over the decades, and Disney’s counting on that to turn her movie into a hit. At the same time, though, the studio would like to stress that Maleficent isn’t just more of the same-old same-old.

A new Maleficent featurette plays up what’s fresh about this take on the tale. It’s not a retelling but a “reinvention” of the story, according to screenwriter Linda Woolverton — but one that “respect[s] the classic,” star Angelina Jolie reassures us. Basically, as star Elle Fanning puts it, it’s “the classic story of Sleeping Beauty plus so much more. Watch the video and check out some new photos after the jump.

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

In this edition of Sequel Bits, comments from Jerry Bruckheimer address the stalled Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and the possibly less-stalled Beverly Hills Cop 4. In addition, we’ve got the following after the break:

  • Mara Wilson talks about Mrs. Doubtfire 2,
  • Sin City: A Dame to Kill For seems to be using Frank Miller’s comics as storyboards,
  • There’s a poster for Leprechaun: Origins,
  • And a trailer for Dolphin Tale 2.

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Candykiller Ridley Scott Poster Art Prints

Our friends at Blurpy have alerted us to Brian Taylor‘s awesome Ridley Scott movie poster print series. Taylor, who also goes by the nickname Candykiller, is a Scotland-based graphic designer and illustrator who has worked mainly at design and advertising agencies. Candykiller has released the first two prints for the movies Blade Runner and Alien, available for purchase on Big Cartel. He has also uploaded a preview of his poster for Legend, and I’m sure there will be more in this series. Check out the Candykiller Ridley Scott poster artwork after the jump.

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Coming Home trailer

You can always count on the Cannes Film Festival to showcase the most intriguing releases from around the world. This year, that includes Coming Home, the latest from director Zhang Yimou.

Gong Li (Raise the Red Lantern) and Chen Daoming (Hero) lead the sweeping romantic drama, which has already been scooped up by Sony Pictures Classics for U.S. distribution. Watch the gorgeous first Coming Home trailer after the jump.

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The Immigrant trailer

We got our first look at the Cannes 2014 slate this morning, but there are still a few Cannes 2013 films making their way to theaters. One is James Gray‘s The Immigrant, starring Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, and Jeremy Renner.

Cotillard stars as Ewa, a Polish woman who emigrates to New York in 1920 with her sister Magda (Angela Sarafyan). The two are separated upon their arrival at Ellis Island when Magda turns out to be sick.

Desperate, penniless, and alone, Ewa accepts the help of a charming stranger named Bruno (Phoenix) who turns out to be a pimp. He traps her in a life of prostitution, but she sees the potential for salvation when she meets his more pure-hearted cousin Orlando (Renner). Watch the new The Immigrant trailer after the jump.

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Orange Is the New Black Season Two trailer

Even if you haven’t watched some or all of the first season of Orange Is the New Black on Netflix, this trailer is going to be a fun couple of minutes. Because, as one inmate says, there’s some next level crazy coming this year. The adaptation of Piper Kerman‘s book ‘Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison’ finds the fictionalized version of Chapman, played by Taylor Schilling, settling in to Litchfield prison, even as a new inmate severely shakes up the status quo. Watch the Orange Is the New Black season two trailer below. Read More »

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