Posted on Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 by Angie Han
Troll dolls last peaked about twenty years ago, but now that the ’90s revival is in full swing, DreamWorks is making a valiant effort to bring back those tiny bright-haired creatures. Coming up from the studio this fall is Trolls, an animated adventure featuring the mellifluous voices of Justin Timberlake (who released his first new single since 2013 for it), Anna Kendrick, Zooey Deschanel, Russell Brand, James Corden, and Gwen Stefani.
Timberlake leads the cast as a grumpy troll who must join forces with an extremely chipper troll (Kendrick) to fight a greater evil. Can these total opposites learn to respect each other and work together? Will they be able to vanquish the villain with the power of love and/or joy? Will the cranky one eventually open up to reveal the song in his heart? Tough questions, if you’ve never seen a movie before.
Watch the first Trolls trailer below. Read More »
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This is a big week for Eli Roth. Just yesterday, the Knock Knock and The Green Inferno director became attached to direct Paramount’s remake of Death Wish, a project that’s had quite a few directors, most notably Joe Carnahan (The Grey), split from the Bruce Willis-led film over the years. Only a day later, news has come out that Roth will direct Jim Carrey in an adaptation of Steve Niles‘ (“3o Days of Night”) comic book “Aleister Arcane,” which was illustrated by Breehn Burns.
Below, learn more about Aleister Arcane.
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If you’ve been holding out hope that we might see the Shrek franchise return to the big screen, we have some good news. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the original DreamWorks Animation film featuring the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz, and to celebrate the milestone, the studio is figuring out a way to bring the franchise back from the dead.
Comcast’s NBC Universal recently bought DreamWorks Animation, and part of their plan for the animation studio includes creating more Shrek sequels, as revealed by NBCU chief executive Steve Burke during the Guggenheim TMT Symposium in New York. Find out more about the revival of the Shrek franchise after the jump. Read More »
One of the most underrated movies from the last decade was undoubtedly Collateral. The raw thriller from director Michael Mann features two oustanding performances from both Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx. The former delivers one of the best performances of his career as the hitman Vince, while the latter, usually showy, actor disappears into the everyman role of Max perfectly.
Obviously actors like Cruise and Foxx get paid the big bucks for a reason, but you really get a sense for how amazing they are at their craft when you see some rehearsal footage without the ambiance of the city of Los Angeles and the setting of a car around them. Straight from the special features of the home video release, you can watch the Collateral rehearsal footage after the jump. Read More »
DreamWorks adaptation of the anime Ghost in the Shell has come under fire for whitewashing by casting Scarlett Johansson in the lead role as Kusanagi, a cyborg that is a part of an elite cybercrime-fighting task force known as Section 9. However, there will be some Asian talent on board the project in key roles in a poor attempt to heal the wounds left by this increasingly annoying method of casting.
Takeshi Kitano has already been brought in to play Daisuke Aramaki, the chief of Public Security Section 9. Now Japanese actress Rila Fukushima, who had her breakout role as Yukio in The Wolverine back in 2013, has come on board. More below. Read More »
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Director Mark Romanek has only been at the helm of a handful of feature films, including One Hour Photo and Never Let Me Go. But he’s had quite the lucrative career directing music videos for the likes of Taylor Swift, Madonna, Weezer and even Michael Jackson. Now he’s back behind the camera for a new music video from Justin Timberlake, and it just so happens to be for one of the many tracks that will be coming thanks to his starring role in DreamWorks Animation’s new animated musical comedy Trolls.
Watch the new Justin Timberlake music video after the jump. Read More »
Steven Spielberg has gotten some exceptional performances out of child actors throughout his career. Rarely does a child’s performance in a Spielberg film ring false. Empire of the Sun, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, A.I.: Artificial Intelligence, Jurassic Park, and The Temple of Doom star kids giving naturally charismatic and completely present performances. The director’s goal has always been to talk to them like people, not just treat them like children–and that’s evident in the video below featuring The BFG star Ruby Barnhill playing a round of Spielberg trivia with the director.
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We are going to see a lot of Michael Fassbender in 2016. Fassbender stars in this summer’s X-Men: Apocalypse, and we’ll see him later this year in Terrence Malick’s Weightless, Assassin’s Creed, and possibly Trespass Against Us (which is scored by The Chemical Brothers). Another promising title on his schedule is The Light Between Oceans. Writer/director Derek Cianfrance‘s (The Place Beyond the Pines) adaptation of M.L. Stedman‘s novel stars Fassbender, recent Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl), and Rachel Weisz (The Lobster).
Watch The Light Between Oceans trailer below.
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Posted on Thursday, May 5th, 2016 by Angie Han
Following the stunning success of Selma, Ava DuVernay found herself in high demand, getting courted for everything from Black Panther to A Wrinkle in Time even as she set up projects at OWN and HBO. But even DuVernay can only be in so many places at once, so this week she’s taking one item off her to-do list. DuVernay has exited DreamWorks’ Intelligent Life, a sci-fi project co-written by Colin Trevorrow which has Lupita Nyong’o attached to star. Read More »