Michael Giacchino - R2-Me2

If you’ve been to a convention, odds are you spent some time drooling at a Sideshow Collectibles booth. Their large convention space consists of glass cases filled with the kind of high-end collectibles and figures most of us only dream of owning. Last weekend’s Star Wars Celebration was no different. Sideshow had a beautiful booth filled with goregeous merchandise. However, one big different this time was a huge selection of R2-D2’s that had been customized by various artists.

The exhibit was called R2-Me2 and consisted of efforts from almost 100 different artists – including composer Michael Giacchino – each using R2-D2 as a canvas for various interpretation of the character. Below, see a few our of favorite R2-Me2 images. Read More »

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Black Mass trailer

Hollywood doesn’t give us a lot of great gangster movies anymore, so when there’s one on the horizon that looks promising, we all get excited. Is this the next Scarface, White Heat, Goodfellas or Godfather? We don’t know yet, but Black Mass certainly has a shot at success.

Directed by Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart) the film stars Johnny Depp as Boston gangster Whitey Bulger, who became an FBI informant to help take down the Italian mob. The film co-stars Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Bacon, Dakota Johnson, Peter Sarsgaard, Jesse Plemons, Corey Stoll, Rory Cochrane, Sienna Miller, Adam Scott and opens in September.

Below, watch the first Black Mass trailer. Read More »

Tyler Perry in Gone Girl

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 is going to be a Tyler Perry movie. But don’t worry, that doesn’t mean the amphibian warriors are getting a dressing down from Madea. Perry is playing Baxter Stockman, a scientist whose inventions spell trouble for Master Splinter. Learn more about the Ninja Turtles Tyler Perry casting after the jump.  Read More »

Area 51 trailer

Area 51, in which a group of people breaks into the famed government alien holding area, is the long-shelved film from Oren Peli that was once intended to be a follow-up to Paranormal Activity. The film has been stuck in limbo with Paramount’s small Insurge banner for quite some time; the last update on the film came in 2013, and before that 2011.

Now Area 51 is about to get a very short theatrical life. Along with Drunk Wedding, another Insurge film, Area 51 will play sixteen Alamo Drafthouse locations for one weekend in May, alongside their VOD debuts. The first Area 51 trailer is below.  Read More »

Rock of Ages

Tom Cruise could follow up his string of action movies with something completely different. The A-lister is reportedly circling the title role in Bob the Musical, a Disney comedy about a guy whose life turns into a musical after he receives a blow to his head. Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) is being courted to direct. More about the possible Tom Cruise Bob the Musical deal after the jump.

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Rogue One Riz Ahmed

The first Star Wars Anthology film, Rogue One, to be directed by Gareth Edwards, is sounding like an anomaly in the Star Wars lineup. The movie has been positioned explicitly as a war film, and the teaser trailer shown at Star Wars Celebration featured a vibe that is more serious, even adult, than any other Star Wars project to date. And there’s the cast, which is so far led by Felicity Jones, who we know plays a Rebel fighter.

Now Riz Ahmed (above, with Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler) is reported to be in the Rogue One cast as well. Additionally, Sam Claflin is reportedly circling a role. Read More »

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Ang Lee 120 frames

Twenty-four frames per second has served us just fine for almost a hundred years. Modern technology, however, always strives for more, and filmmakers recently began to experiment with a higher frame rate. Shooting at higher frame rates would, in theory, make a moving image more realistic (because more info is being fed to us) and make it much more open to manipulation.

James Cameron is considering making the Avatar sequels in a higher frame rate and we all know Peter Jackson shot The Hobbit trilogy in 48 frames per second. That experiment is considered a failure because of the public outcry against the result, but I’m sure Jackson himself is happy with the raw results, even if audiences never saw it the way he intended.

Now, another filmmaker who has been flirting with high frame rate is taking a dive into that world. Sony executives confirmed that Ang Lee will shoot his next project, the Iraq war film Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, at 120 frames per second. Read the Ang Lee 120 frames news below. Read More »

Civil War cast

We know some of the Avengers cast is going to end up in Captain America: Civil War. Robert Downey, Jr. and Chris Evans will reprise their roles, and not-yet-an-Avenger Chadwick Boseman is going to be on hand as Black Panther. The events of Avengers: Age of Ultron lead directly to the next Cap chapter, and now we know one other character who will definitely carry over.

Who is it? We’ll tell you below, but note that there’s the possibility that revealing the carryover character could count as a spoiler for Age of Ultron. Read More »

Sony CinemaCon 2015 Video Blog Reaction

Sony CinemaCon

I’m in Las Vegas for the CinemaCon convention (formerly ShoWest), which is the largest gathering of movie theatre exhibitors each year. The convention is packed with talks about subjects such as how to maximize profits, and features a show floor filled with the newest and best concessions equipment. More notably, most of the major movie studios hold presentations of upcoming film line-ups for the next year and beyond. Companies even show some of their films early to get some excitement from those booking the screens.

Wednesday afternoon we saw a presentation from Sony Pictures showcasing some of their big upcoming films including Perfect Guy, Concussion, 5th Wave, X-Mas, Spectre, Goosebumps, Pixels, Aloha, Ricky and The Flash, The Walk and Money Monster and more. After the presentation I recorded a spoiler free Sony CinemaCon reaction video reaction with Steve from Collider, which you can watch that now embedded after the jump.

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