When David Fincher was first announced as the likely director for the Aaron Sorkin-scripted Steve Jobs movie, there was some dissent as to how firm or even likely the deal was. Now the deal is dead, because Fincher wants too much control, or too much money. Or perhaps both. Read More »
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With the premiere of the final Mad Men season taking place last night, what better time to release the first trailer for a film directed by one of the show’s key players? Mad Men‘s John Slattery co-wrote and directed God’s Pocket, which is one of the last films to feature Philip Seymour Hoffman. The story takes place in a blue-collar neighborhood, and has Hoffman as a guy who starts looking into the contraction site death of his stepson. With a cast that also includes Christina Hendricks, Richard Jenkins, John Turturro, and Eddie Marsan, there’s plenty of reason to check out the God’s Pocket trailer below. Read More »
David Michod, who directed Animal Kingdom and the forthcoming The Rover (trailer here), is now set to direct Brad Pitt in a film about US operations in Afghanistan. The source material is Michael Hastings’ book The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan. Michod will also script The Operators. One focus of the book is General Stanley McChrystal, who was brought back to DC and soon resigned after a Hastings-authored article in Rolling Stone portrayed the general’s men bashing the Obama administration, it’s difficult to see Pitt in that role. We don’t know who Pitt will play at this point.
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The MTV Movie Awards came complete with a barrage of clips and ads, and one of the most significant was a minute-long clip from Bryan Singer‘s new X-Men film. Here, the Sentinels attack early in the X-Men: Days of Future Past storyline — or early in the movie at least, despite these events taking place in one possible future for the mutant race.
Here you’ll see a variety of mutants, from Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) and Colossus (Daniel Cudmore) to Iceman (Shawn Ashmore), Blink (Fan Bingbing), Bishop (Omar Sy), Sunspot (Adan Canto), and Warpath (Booboo Stewart). All work together as the mutant-hunting Sentinel robots attack. You’ll see more of how the Sentinels operate, and get a sense of how the mutants are employing teamwork to defend themselves — not that it will likely do them any good, given how effective the Sentinels are. Read More »
There’s a tiny bit of new Turtle fight action in this TV spot, but the part of this new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles footage that you’ll probably want to see is the first real look at the rat Splinter. You don’t get a great look at the guy, but there’s enough of a view to know that it couldn’t possibly be anyone else. The Turtles are still ugly, though, as as in the trailer. “New ugly,” I mean; the guys were never pretty, but at least they had an established look. Enough about that, however. Check out the spot below for the shot of Splinter. Read More »
If nothing else, the marketing department at Fox is doing a great job with the “viral” ad campaign for X-Men: Days of Future Past. A new Days of Future Past video and slideshow website runs through 25 big moments in modern human history, showing along the way how mutants, and those who are concerned with them, have played into the evolving course of our times. Bolivar Trask works with Richard Nixon, and eventually has a hand in Guantanamo. Familiar mutants are present at important points in time, and one fan-favorite character has a significantly revised origin.
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David Fincher‘s next film is an adaptation of Gillian Flynn‘s novel Gone Girl, and the first footage from the film is now available. Unfortunately, this is one of those Entertainment Tonight teases, which means that irritating music and voiceover is slathered over the footage.
The first real trailer for Gone Girl will arrive on Monday, but in the meantime try to filter out the ET garbage and take a look at flashes of footage featuring Ben Affleck as a man whose wife (Rosamund Pike) goes missing, leading to difficult times for the guy. Read More »
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Several times in the past, Baz Luhrmann has shown a tendency towards tweaked applications of tropes from western movies. So there’s a weird and somewhat thrilling sense of appropriate convergence to the fact that Luhrmann is now in talks to direct Kung Fu for Legendary. The original TV show, which first ran from 1972 to 1975, starred David Carradine as Caine, a Shaolin monk who roamed the American west, and has lived in pop-culture memory in no small part thanks to Quentin Tarantino’s fandom. There will be some changes in the new version, but with Luhrmann as director, there will be no shortage of great-looking visions. Read More »