Aloha opening

Director Cameron Crowe returns to theaters this weekend with Aloha, starring Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, and Rachel McAdams. The film looks like a pretty routine romantic comedy thanks to trailers, but in fact there’s more to it than that. The first eight minutes of the film are now online, and the credits sequence introduces a melange of concepts, from the integration of Hawaii to the United States, to the rise and fall of the US space program.

Watch the Aloha opening below, featuring that credits sequence and the first big sequence establishing several of the film’s primary characters. Read More »

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Zombies vs Robots script

The IDW-published comic series Zombies vs Robots is coming to the big screen thanks to a development effort by Sony. The studio has Andrew Adamson (ShrekThe Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe) set to direct, and has now pulled in a new screenwriter. And this writer is someone whose previous work is set in a far more realistic vein: Craig Borten, who co-wrote Dallas Buyers Club and scripted The 33, based on the story of trapped Chilean Miners. Read More »

What’s a heroic band of gunslingers without a bad guy to fight? Thankfully Antoine Fuqua‘s The Magnificent Seven has finally found its villain in Peter Sarsgaard, who’ll play robber baron Bartholomew Bogue.

Sarsgaard joins a starry cast that includes Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, and Vincent D’Onofrio. It no longer includes Jason Momoa, who has pulled out after entering talks earlier this month. More on the Magnificent Seven Peter Sarsgaard casting after the jump.  Read More »

Pixels trailer

By now, you probably know if you’re going to see Pixels or not. Directed by Chris Columbus, the film stars Adam Sandler, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad, Kevin James and Michelle Monaghan as former video game champions who are asked to save the world when real life video game characters invade Earth. Think Independence Day starring the cast of The King of Kong.

If you still aren’t sure and are hoping for some new nugget to get excited about in this second Pixels trailer, it’s probably not going to do it. There is some new footage in here, including a bit with Kevin James killing a Smurf, as well as some background on the characters, but for the most part its the same few set pieces as the last trailer. The optimist in me is hoping Sony is simply holding back lots of other moments for the theater, but that tends not to be the case with the films of James and Sandler. Watch the new Pixels trailer below. Read More »

barry allen flash movie

Phil Lord, along with creative partner Chris Miller, has turned into one of the most reliable writer/directors in Hollywood, and that means he’s got a hand in quite a few different projects. One is The Flash, the big-screen version of DC’s speedster hero, which Lord reveals will likely be a Barry Allen Flash movie. That’s the same version of the character seen on TV. Grant Gustin plays the TV Flash, while Ezra Miller will be the big-screen star.

Another is the animated Spider-Man movie in development at Sony. Perhaps the most interesting thing Lord is willing to reveal is that both films will be sort of like standalone movies, rather than things connected to bigger franchises.

That’s no surprise for Spider-Man, which as an animated film already feels like a different thing from whatever live-action project will be assembled by Sony and Marvel. But it is a bit of a surprise for The Flash, which was assumed to be tightly linked to the rest of the DC movie universe. Read More »

Spider-Man header

It seems Marvel and Sony have found their new Spider-Man. Maybe. A new rumor has surfaced that he’ll be played by Asa Butterfield, the 18-year-old British actor who starred in Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, and Ender’s Game. Butterfield was reportedly Sony’s top choice among a short list of others who were up for the role. According to Latino Review, the actor is in final negotiations and once the contracts are signed, an official announcement will be made.

The new, Marvel Cinematic Universe Spider-Man is likely to first appear in Captain America: Civil War, which is currently shooting. That’ll then be followed by a solo film in 2017. Drew Goddard was rumored to be directing that film, but was not part of a recent short list. Read more about Asa Butterfield Spiderman below. Read More »

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Sony wants to cast a spell on a whole new generation of moviegoers. The studio is cuing up a remake of The Craft, the 1996 horror thriller about a group of teenage outcasts who get involved in witchcraft. But the really good news here is that it’s being directed by Leigh Janiak, who made her directorial debut last year with the very creepy Honeymoon.

Get all the details on the The Craft remake after the jump.  Read More »

Cameron Crowe Aloha Troubles

This morning, I retweeted a tweet from Amy Kaufman from the Los Angeles Times noting that the all-media screening of Cameron Crowe’s Aloha is set for May 26th, reviews are embargoed until May 28th in the afternoon pacific time, with the movie being released nationwide less than a day later on May 29th. At first glance, it doesn’t seem like a good sign for a movie from a filmmaker who is known to create audience pleasing dramedies. But is it fair to judge a movie based on a studio’s apparent lack of faith in a movie?

I explore the reported trouble behind Aloha and try to explore this question, after the jump.

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Ricki and the Flash trailer

In Ricki and the Flash, Meryl Streep plays a woman whose career as the frontwoman of a rock band seems to be kind of fading (she’s playing clubs, not massive stadiums), but a trip home in order to support her adult child in a for a moment of crisis forces her to confront the many aftereffects of putting her music career before her family. And because this is Meryl Streep (being directed by Jonathan Demme, no less, from a script by Diablo Cody) she makes the process of wringing tears out of audiences look pretty effortless.

Check out the Ricki and the Flash trailer below, and keep an eye out for Meryl’s amazing American flag back tattoo. What’s the story behind that? Read More »