The veil was finally lifted from Mission: Impossible 5 over the weekend as a poster, teaser trailer and the film’s actual title were revealed. In unusual fashion, those elements all dropped barely 24 hours before the arrival of the film’s full trailer — moving up the release date from Christmas to July has really changed the marketing plan for this new film.
And so here’s the full Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation trailer, which previews even more of Cruise’s insane airplane stunt, and also sets up the hunt for the Syndicate, a giant anti-IMF organization. Tickets for the film are even on sale now, and Paramount is offering a deal where a ticket purchase this week comes with an HD download of any previous film in the series. Read More »
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Only two feature films have been produced based on novels by Chuck Palahniuk. One, Fight Club, was a studio production. The other, Choke, was an indie affair, directed by Clark Gregg, now much better known as Marvel’s Agent Coulson. There have been other options sold, and other development attempts, but for the moment that set of two films is it. But now Palahniuk’s novel Lullaby, which features a reporter who discovers a song that can kill, has been optioned for an indie production, and the author may even end up working on the script. Read More »
John Williams had a personal issue that caused him to back out of scoring Steven Spielberg’s new film Bridge of Spies, breaking their long-running collaborative pattern. But Williams is still composing the Star Wars: The Force Awakens score, and now he’s planning to record it in Los Angeles, making it the first Star Wars score to be recorded in the United States. Read More »
Furious 7, directed by James Wan, opens in a couple weeks, and Universal has dropped a new clip. We saw the film last weekend at SXSW, and didn’t love it, but can’t argue with the fact that it gives some fans what they want, and acts as a respectful send-off to the late Paul Walker.
But this clip has nothing to do with the latter, and everything to do with the former. It shows off an encounter between Jason Statham, playing the film’s big bad, and The Rock, playing the film’s sweatiest law-enforcement machine. Read More »
Guy Ritchie is currently making his King Arthur movie, called Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur, but in accordance with the way things are done now, that’s not the only Arthur story in the works. Jonathan Liebesman, who directed last year’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, is now attached to make Man At Arms, which is being described as an Arthurian story filtered through Unforgiven, with Lancelot as the main character. Read More »
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When talking about A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night last year, I said that director Ana Lily Amirpour is someone we’re excited to watch going forward. And we’re evidently not the only ones with confidence in her work. Her next film, The Bad Batch, is backed by Megan Ellison and Annapurna Productions, which immediately puts Amirpour in great company. The film already had Jason Momoa as a core member of the cast. And now The Bad Batch cast can announced a bunch of new names, including Jim Carrey and Keanu Reeves. Read More »
The first synopsis is out for Marvel’s upcoming film Captain America: Civil War, which begins shooting on April 1 in Atlanta. The info won’t tell comics fans anything they don’t already know, but for those new to the story the Civil War synopsis will offer some indication of what’s to come.
(Note: this was mentioned in Superhero Bits yesterday, but we figured it might be of interest to those who don’t read that column.) Read More »
The surprising and totally freaky film Spring opens this week after winding its way through a few festivals, including TIFF and Fantastic Fest, and making fans along the way. The film will be in some theaters, and on VOD and even available via BitTorrent Bundle, making it the second film distributed in that manner. But with more films available to viewers every week, even a unique film has to take every chance it has to reach out to new people. Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, the directors of Spring, have put together their own little video showing off their grass-roots promotion for the film; check it out below. Read More »
Back when Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar was in theaters, Peter wrote a very detailed breakdown of the differences between the original script by Jonathan Nolan, written for Steven Spielberg, and the version that Christopher Nolan shot with his own revisions. Now Jonathan Nolan has talked about some of differences between his script and the finished film while promoting the blu-ray release of the film. Specifically, he addressed the ending, which as originally written in one draft — potentially a different one from the 2008 Spielberg draft — was much more simple, and potentially far less happy. Read More »