In the novel The Good Lord Bird, the young slave Henry dresses in a sackcloth during an escape from violence, and subsequently takes advantage of being mistaken for a girl as he seeks freedom. It’s not the role you might assume Jaden Smith would take to follow a couple of Karate Kid movies (the second is moving forward now) and After Earth. Nevertheless, it’s the movie he’s doing. Read More »
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You’ve seen the most recent (and supposedly final) trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past. To complement it, stars Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, and Michael Fassbender took part in a 20-minute question and answer session in which they fielded inquiries about the new movie. But this isn’t the place where Fox’s well-oiled marketing machine suddenly breaks down and all manner of secrets are revealed. No, this is just the place where you get a sense of how much fun it might be to hang out with these three actors for a little while. And that is pretty good, given their personalities and easy chemistry together. Read More »
Tommy Lee Jones has directed two TV movies (most recently The Sunset Limited) and one great theatrical feature, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada. Now he has finished another film, which adapts Glendon Swarthout’s novel The Homesman. Jones’ movie will likely premiere at Cannes, and has a French release planned for May.
The first Homesman trailer is now out, and it proves that Jones has employed a great cast — besides Jones himself, the roster features Hilary Swank, Hailee Steinfeld, Meryl Streep, Tim Blake Nelson, James Spader, William Fichtner, and Jesse Plemons. It also suggests that Jones has employed the same combination of action and lyrical style seen in other westerns such as Unforgiven. Read More »
Paramount seems to have chosen the next man to line up victims for Jason Voorhees. David Bruckner, co-director of The Signal from 2007, and director of the first segment in V/H/S, is now in talks to direct another Friday the 13th reboot. The question is: what kind of Friday the 13th will this be? Read More »
It’s a good day when you get to see footage from one of your most anticipated films of the year, and this Maps to the Stars trailer is our first look at real footage from David Cronenberg‘s new movie. The film stars Mia Wasikoska as a young woman who bears a visible external scar, and probably some pretty serious internal damage as well. She turns up in Hollywood and scores a job as personal assistant to an actress played by Julianne Moore, but we soon learn that the girl has more on her mind than just doing her job well. Check out the trailer below for hints of much stranger stuff to follow.
Update: A second trailer has been released. It is even less safe for work than the first, but it is also actually a proper trailer rather than a sales reel. Both are embedded below.
Update 2: The sales trailer has been pulled.
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Hans Zimmer provided the emotional sound of Christopher Nolan’s Batman films, and he he helped build the soul of Zack Snyder’s new Superman, too, for Man of Steel. But Zimmer has been reluctant to commit to the Batman vs. Superman film that acts as sequel to Man of Steel, because it will bridge his own Superman, and a new version of Batman. It’s a strange spot to be in for a composer. Yet it seems that whatever reservations the composer had are now slipping away, as he says in a recent interview that he’s going to work on ideas for Batman vs. Superman. Read More »
There’s little to go on here, and the news is far from confirmed, but one persistent seeker of big studio news says that Fox is meeting with writers for pitches on a new Die Hard script. No real surprise there. While the last film sucked, it made some money, and Bruce Willis has said he would play the role of John McClane again. The big news, assuming this report is correct, is that for Die Hard 6 Fox wants to reunite Willis with his Die Hard With a Vengeance co-star, Samuel L. Jackson. Read More »
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Here’s the first full Gone Girl trailer, showing us the fruits of David Fincher‘s recent labors. The thriller adapts Gillian Flynn‘s best-selling novel (with a new ending scripted by Flynn) and stars Ben Affleck as a man whose wife (Rosamund Pike) goes missing on their fifth wedding anniversary. As the mystery of her disappearance persists, eyes turn towards Affleck.
This trailer should keep fans of the book happy, as it has more than enough imagery to recall the book’s key moments and general tone. And movie fans should love this teaser as it lays out many basic concepts without giving away anything specific. This looks and feels like a mystery, and a very engaging one at that. Read More »