Oculus

As far as everyday objects go, mirrors can be pretty creepy. Ask anyone who’s ever stumbled into a funhouse mirror maze, or who’s ever shrieked at a shadowy figure in the dark only to realize they were looking at their own reflection. And those are the ones that aren’t haunted by malevolent forces.

In Mike Flanagan‘s Oculus, two unfortunate siblings (played by Karen Gillan and Brenton Thwaites) have to deal with one that is. As kids, their parents were brutally killed and Tim was convicted of the crime. However, Kaylie has always believed him to be innocent, and after he’s released from protective custody as an adult, they set out to prove that the mirror did it.

Which sounds kinda silly, but then again so do a lot of horror movie premises. Oculus received pretty solid reviews when it premiered at TIFF last year and caught the attention of Paranormal Activity producer Jason Blum, who scooped it up for Relativity to distribute. The new trailer has arrived, and you can see it after the jump.

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30 Rock

When Paul Walker passed away late last year, he was at a very busy point in his career. His Hours was on the verge of opening, he’d already wrapped Brick Mansions, and he was in the middle of shooting Fast & Furious 7. He also had a few more projects lined up beyond that. One, Agent 47, went to Homeland star Rupert Friend yesterday. Now another, The Best of Me, could be taken over by James Marsden.

Michael Hoffman (most recently of the Coens-scripted Gambit) is directing the romance, based on a novel of the same title by Nicholas Sparks. Michelle Monaghan is set to co-star. Hit the jump for more details on the project.

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Out of the Furnace

Scott Cooper‘s star-studded drama Out of the Furnace has, so far, been a box office disappointment. Despite the Oscar-caliber cast and crew, the film has grossed only $10 million since its December 4 release. Now, to rub even more salt in the wound, the filmmakers are being sued by seventeen Ramapough Indians who “feel embarrassed and humiliated because of false representations” the film makes about people who live in Ramapo Mountains of northern New Jersey.  Read More »

3 Days to Kill

Reconnecting with an estranged teenage daughter isn’t an easy task in any circumstance, but in 3 Days to Kill, Kevin Costner finds his attempts at familial bonding complicated even further by the discovery that he’s suffering from a terminal illness.

If this were a Nicholas Sparks adaptation, that’d mean we had a lot of weeping and hugging to look forward to. But because this is a Luc Besson-scripted, McG-directed thriller, it means Costner has to pull himself together and go slaughter a bunch of dudes in the most badass way he can manage. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Earth to Echo

In the year 2014, for a movie to fly so far under the radar we don’t hear about it until a trailer is out, is incredibly rare. It’s almost like a time before the Internet. A time when kids adventure movies like The Goonies or E.T. The Extra Terrestrial totally surprised audiences when they sat down in the theater. That time was the Eighties and that’s the vibe director Dave Green is going for with Earth to Echo, a found-footage film following a group of young kids who find something magical in the desert. Relativity will release the film on April 25 and the first teaser has just been released. If you like that kind of movie, you are going to smile at this one. Check it out below. Read More »

Scott Cooper

Scott Cooper isn’t a director with mainstream interests. His first film, Crazy Heart, was about a grizzled old musician; it won an Oscar for Jeff Bridges. His second film, Out of the Furnace, tells a methodical story of crime and revenge set in and around a blue collar Pennsylvania town during 2008, just as the American economy began to crap the bed. Christian Bale stars at Russ, a man with plenty of hardship in his life, who is forced to deal with even more problems when his brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) disappears. Throughout, Cooper is interested in the setting and characters, and subtly suggesting information to an audience, instead of huge setpieces and obvious reveals.

We spoke to Cooper about the difficulties of bringing a smaller story like this to the big screen. We also talked about how he changed the original screenplay, the rising trend of rural noir, some of the film’s questionable decisions and ultimately why he decided not to make The Stand. Read the full interview below. Read More »

Dwayne Johnson Will Be Lost at Sea in ‘Not Without Hope’

Dwayne Johnson in Pain and Gain

Are “lost at sea” pics the trend of the moment? Ang Lee won an Oscar earlier this year for stranding Suraj Sharma in the middle of the Pacific, and J.C. Chandor and Robert Redford put out All Is Lost just last month. Plus, even as we speak, Angelina Jolie is shooting the World War II survival drama Unbroken and Ron Howard is plowing on with the Moby Dick-inspired In the Heart of the Sea.

Now Dwayne Johnson is the latest to jump on the aimlessly floating bandwagon. The G.I. Joe star has signed on to star in Relativity’s Not Without Hope, based on the real-life tale of four football players who get stuck at sea. Hit the jump for all the details.

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Relativity Not Making ‘Stretch Armstrong’ Either

Stretch Armstrong

Peter called the developing Stretch Armstrong movie the “worst idea ever” when he reported on it in 2009, and now it seems Relativity’s come around to his point of view. The studio has just announced the cancellation of the long-gestating project, nearly two years after Relativity plucked it out of Universal Studios’ dustbin. More latest on the movie that never was after the jump.

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