50 Shades sequel script

Fifty Shades of Grey made crazy money at home and internationally, but that doesn’t mean the creation of a sequel is an easy task. There’s already source material, in the form of the novel Fifty Shades Darker, by E.L. James. But the first film’s screenwriter and director, Kelly Marcel and Sam Taylor-Johnson, will not return for the second movie. Reportedly, that is in part due to clashes with James. Furthermore, there have been reports that James was lobbying to script the sequel herself.

Now the producers and Universal have a new solution to the 50 Shades sequel script problem. It will be written by Niall Leonard, an author with TV and film experience. He even contributed to the Fifty Shades of Grey script. And he happens to be E.L. James’ husband. Read More »

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Yakuza Apocalypse trailer

Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War Of The Underworld is one of a few recent films from prolific Japanese director Takashi Miike. It looks like the sort of thing that will go over well for those who’ve loved Sion Sono’s recent movies like Tokyo Tribe and Why Don’t You Play in Hell.

Like the latter film from Sono, this movie is a bizarre gangster tale with what seems to be a heavy dose of comedy, and even a vampire. Mayan Ruhian, who played Mad Dog in The Raid and a totally different character in The Raid 2, is even on board to add a little extra energy. The film premieres in the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight next month, but you can see a Yakuza Apocalypse trailer now. Read More »

Ant-Man

Two new clips have arrived for Marvel’s summer movies, and each one has a revelation of sorts. One, from Avengers: Age of Ultron, shows the arrival of Vision, the new character played by Paul Bettany. As a bonus, it has narration of sorts from the actor, as he presented the clip during a TV interview appearance. The other, from Ant-Man, shows Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) breaking into a safe that contains a surprising set of objects.

Check out the Ant-Man clip and Age of Ultron footage below.  Read More »

ex machina dance scene

Alex Garland‘s directorial debut Ex Machina knocked us out with its combination of provocative writing, impeccable craftsmanship, and detailed performances from Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, and Alicia Vikander. The film has played around the world and is gradually expanding across the United States.

Now there’s one more Ex Machina trailer to see, and it’s a doozy — a brief but dense treatise on the dangers of the development of artificial intelligence, set to some of the film’s darkly ominous score, by Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury. Oh, and the film’s distributor has also released a video featuring the great Ex Machina dance scene. No spoilers in noting that (it’s official marketing, after all) but for those who’ve already seen the film, the second video below is going to be your jam. Read More »

Black Mass first look

In two days, we’ve had two new images of Johnny Depp in two very different roles. Yesterday was the first look at his fifth Pirates of the Caribbean outing, with Depp in the now so-familiar Jack Sparrow garb. Today is the first look at Depp as famed Boston gangster Whitey Bulger — and here he’s more scary and intimidating than a real pirate. Check out the Black Mass first look below. Read More »

W. Earl Brown Cast as Hugo Root in ‘Preacher’

preacher-root-casting

The cast for Preacher, the TV adaptation of Garth Ennis‘ and Steve Dillon‘s comic series developed and directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, continues to grow.

Hot on the heels of confirmation that Dominic Cooper will play the title character comes this fun addition: W. Earl Brown, perhaps best known as Al Swearengen’s right-hand man Dan Dority on Deadwood and soon to be seen in True Detective season 2, has signed on to play Sheriff Hugo Root. He’s the mean-eyed father of Eugene Root, better known as Arseface. What we know about Preacher‘s Sheriff Root is below. Read More »

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Daredevil has been streaming on Netflix for just about two weeks, and evidently is doing well enough to warrant continuation. Netflix just gave the green light to Daredevil season 2, with plans to air in 2016. But there’s a big change. Steven DeKnight is out as showrunner due to “previous commitments,” and Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez will jointly take on the showrunner role in his stead. Read More »

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Last week was a weird one for Zack Snyder and his film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The film’s first trailer was briefly teased on Instagram, then released online in low-quality bootleg form, forcing Warner Bros. to officially release the trailer days in advance of its planned theatrical IMAX debut. (That’s still happening tonight.) But that’s all out there now, so we’ll just move forward. Now you can get a look at the primary Batman v Superman costumes thanks to a video featuring NBA star DeAndre Jordan checking out a Warner Bros. exhibit of the suits and new Batmobile.

UPDATE: B-Roll footage has now been put online with a much more detailed look at the costumes. Read More »

Russ and Roger director

The film Russ and Roger Go Beyond will chronicle the collaboration between film critic and novice screenwriter Roger Ebert and exploitation maestro Russ Meyer for the film Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. Will Ferrell is in talks to play Meyer, and now the film seems to have a director, as Michael Winterbottom is working out a deal to call the shots on Russ and Roger Go Beyond. Read More »