Ascendant Director

Following the making of The Divergent Series: Insurgent and The Divergent Series: Allegiant, director Robert Schwentke decided against returning for the final installment, The Divergent Series: Ascendant. But the fourth film in the series is still scheduled to open next summer, and the studio may have found a replacement who can meet that date.

Lee Toland Krieger (The Age of Adeline) may close out the franchise. Learn more about the project and Krieger’s involvement below.

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Power Rangers starts production

How are Power Rangers fans feeling about the upcoming reboot? I’m not a fan of the show and don’t know anyone who is, including Jacob Hall, but do they like the direction this film is going in? It was certainly hard to knock casting Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect 2) as the villain, considering she’s Elizabeth Banks, but is this a property fans actually want to see return to the big screen?

Well, whether they do or not, this movie is happening. The Power Rangers movie starts production today, and a press release was sent out highlighting the cast and crew, including screenwriter Max Landis (ChronicleAmerican Ultra).

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gods of egypt director

Gods of Egypt opened this past weekend to turgid reviews and worse box office, making only $14 million against a reported budget of $140 million (before marketing costs, of course). The film is a Jupiter Ascending-sized flop, and like that film, it’s actually easy to see why it failed to perform: it’s really, really weird. Whether that weirdness works or not is the question, and that answer can only arrive with time. But right now, regular film fans and critics alike have rejected the film.

And now, director Alex Proyas has let his displeasure be known to the masses, unleashing a brutal tirade against film critics. It’s the kind of thing that’s going to promote knee-jerk reactions of all kinds, but the issue at hand here is a bit more nuanced than that.

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precious cargo trailer

It’s tough to pinpoint exactly when Bruce Willis stopped giving a shit, mainly because he’s still capable of great work. His tremendous performance in Rian Johnson’s Looper goes a long way to helping cancel out those past few Die Hard sequels, although it’s a bit harder to forgive his phoned-in paycheck jobs in movies like Vice and Fire With Fire. Those last two titles don’t ring a bell? Exactly.

Willis plays the villain in Precious Cargo and if the trailer is any indication, it’s another quick, in-and-out gig in a project that otherwise looks like it somehow escaped the DTV realm. After all, the star of gigantic hits like The Sixth Sense and Armageddon is credited beneath Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who has apparently decided to try out this whole action hero thing.

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gods of egypt clips

Gods of Egypt has looked like a disaster since those goofy character posters arrived so long ago and most of the trailers have looked downright bad. However, I’m starting to think that this isn’t an ordinary disaster. Oh, no. Gods of Egypt is starting to look like my kind of disaster, the kind of train wreck that can only occur when a bunch of genuinely interesting people with an actual vision get together…and then bump heads as they stumble around in the dark.

A new batch of clips from director Alex Proyas‘ genuinely bizarre-looking fantasy adventure have arrived and I’ll be honest – they’re giving me real Jupiter Ascending vibes. And I love Jupiter Ascending.

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criminal trailer

The first trailer for director Ariel Vromen‘s Criminal looks familiar, but in an oddly comforting way. After watching this footage, you can assemble the entire plot of the film in your head, predict every character arc, and call every twist, but it still feels perfectly fine. This is the kind of mid-range, slightly predictable thriller that we need in our lives, a vehicle for good actors to remind your why you like them. If Criminal lives up to its trailer, it will be a perfectly serviceable stepping stone between event movies. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

Plus, it features Ryan Reynolds‘ brain being directly injected into that of Kevin Costner, which is just weird enough to garner your attention for two minutes.

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In 2004, a tiny horror movie called Saw, from an unknown director named James Wan, played at the Sundance Film Festival to good reviews, was picked up by a relatively minor distributor called Lionsgate, and the rest is history. Lionsgate is now a major player. James Wan is directing gigantic blockbusters. And the Saw series went the path of so many other horror franchises: it was driven into the ground until it died a violent and seemingly final death.

It’s been six years since Saw 3D: The Final Chapter seeming closed the book on the saga of Jigsaw and his merry band of serial killers, but like Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare, and The Final Destination before it, that title turned out to be a lie. A new report indicates that Lionsgate is currently working to bring Saw out of hibernation for an eighth film, to be titled Saw: Legacy.

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Ascendant director

Tris’ quest to uncover the truth about her oppressive high-tech dystopia just got that much more challenging. Robert Schwentke, who directed last year’s The Divergent Series: Insurgent and this year’s upcoming The Divergent Series: Allegiant, has opted not to return for next year’s franchise finale, The Divergent Series: Ascendant. Find out why below. Read More »

Gods of Egypt Super Bowl Spot

If Gerard Butler screaming as a power-hungry god along with tons of crazy creatures flying around and destroying things doesn’t get you interested in Alex Proyas‘ action epic, then nothing will. Lionsgate has just debuted a 60-second Super Bowl spot for Gods of Egypt, attempting to get the crowd that loves both football and 300 on board this positively insane looking movie. There’s a good chance it just might work. Watch the Gods of Egypt Super Bowl spot after the jump. Read More »