Universal has a plan to reboot its Universal Monsters characters, and it shouldn’t even come as a big surprise: the monsters will anchor action/adventure movies, not horror films. That’s the angle we knew the studio was planning with the new Mummy movie, to be directed by Alex Kurtzman. They’ve done this before, with the last Mummy franchise, and it was a success. (For a while.) They tried it with Van Helsing, which was a joke of a movie. But the Fast/Furious model seems too good to ditch now, and so the “horror” part of these monster movies is being pitched in the bin.
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The parade of film-to-TV series developments continues with Frequency. The original time-twisting 2000 film featured Jim Caviezel as a guy whose radio allowed him to speak with his dead father (played by Dennis Quaid), with their communication being the portal into a thriller plot involving a serial killer. The series is in development at Warner Bros. Television and NBC with current Supernatural showrunner Jeremy Carver scripting.
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The Dardenne Brothers (The Kid With a Bike) aren’t known for working with actors who might also be found in a Christopher Nolan tentpole, but Marion Cotillard is that rare talent who can seem at ease in both environments. And she seems perfectly cast in Two Days, One Night, the new film from the Dardennes, in which Cotillard plays a woman who must rely upon a certain sort of generosity from her co-workers in order to keep her job. It doesn’t sound like much, but that setup is all the Dardennes need to create a stirring film. See the new Two Days, One Night trailer below.
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Here’s the full trailer for the film adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey, and the excitement is palpable. Will this be as crazy and explicit as the book? (Nope.) Will it properly represent the sexual practices and lifestyle it has co-opted? (Maybe, but probably not.) Will there be attractive people having lots of simulated sex? Almost certainly. Check out the 50 Shades of Grey trailer below. Read More »
The cast for Bond 24 is coming together. We don’t know the actual title of the film yet, but with shooting set to commence in just a few weeks expect a splashy press conference with that detail and many other bits of information. In the meantime we’ll continue to assemble an understanding of the film from small bits of leaked information. The latest intel says that Christoph Waltz has signed for a role in the film. Just what he’ll do in Bond 24 is a mystery, however. Read More »
Bobby and Peter Farrelly return to 1994 this week with the release of Dumber & Dumber To. OK, technically the film takes place in the present day, and characters Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) and Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels) have definitely aged as time has marched on. But the film finds a way to pick up with the characters more or less as they were when we last saw them. They’re joined by plenty of new characters, and there’s one difficult-to-guess cameo among them. Check out a clip of the Dumb and Dumber To cameo below, and see if you can guess the actor.
We’ll keep the spoiler info to after the break. (Having seen the film, I can tell you that the ID of the actor isn’t any real spoiler, and he’s so disguised that many people will never guess who it is. Some might not even figure there’s a secret to guess in the first place.) Read More »
Sony is getting into the cloud-based TV game via a new PlayStation streaming service called Vue. Planned for an invite-only soft launch in New York City this year, the service will be available to PlayStation 3 and 4 users in 2015. Vue is intended as a competitor to cable, with agreements in place to deliver shows from 75 major network providers. Perhaps most important to cord-cutters, Vue will stream live television. Read More »
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It’s happened to all of us: you head south to surf, meet the person of your dreams, and then discover that their “Uncle Pablo” is in fact notorious cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar. In the film Escobar: Paradise Lost, John Hutchinson is the surfer, Claudia Traisac is Maria, the girl he falls for, and Benicio Del Toro is Pablo Escobar. Through the three of them we see Escobar’s criminal activities, but also the way in which he was held up as a Colombian folk hero for his donations back to the community. See the new Escobar trailer below. Read More »