Sacha Baron Cohen Grimsby

The World Cup is paused right now in the rest zone between the Round of 16 and the Quarter-finals. But there’s a new dash of soccer enthusiasm to be found today via Sacha Baron Cohen. The actor stars in the comedy Grimsby, a film about an oafish soccer hooligan (Baron Cohen) who goes on the run with his formerly estranged black-ops agent brother, played by Mark Strong. We don’t know a lot more about the story, but the first look at Baron Cohen’s shaggy look has been revealed, thanks to Eric Idle. Read More »

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foxcatcher trailer

In this new Foxcatcher trailer, we see Channing Tatum as a wrestler who is obsessed with the idea of winning Olympic gold. But his talk of taking home the prize could almost be read like a speech from Tatum about putting in the work to win an Oscar. And if the glowing Cannes reviews are any indication, this new movie from Moneyball director Bennett Miller could be just as impressive as the first footage makes it out to be.

This trailer is deeply intense and grimly foreboding as Tatum squirms under the calculating eye of Steve Carell. Mark Ruffalo observes, playing the brother of Channing’s character. Tatum is downright scary here, and Carell looks like he’s playing a guy that could stare down Hannibal Lecter. This adaptation of a true story is more than just a sports drama, but Sony isn’t giving away too much just yet. Check out the trailer below.

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karate kid 2 director

Though Sony was quick to announce plans for The Karate Kid 2 after the success of 2010′s The Karate Kid, the actual movie has been slow in coming. It wasn’t until earlier this year that the sequel finally found a director in Breck Eisner — and now it seems it’s directorless again as Eisner has exited.

But progress is still being made, even if it’s not all that swift. Jeremiah Friedman and Nick Palmer have just been tapped to rewrite the script. Hit the jump for all the latest updates on the project.

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Fury trailer

Hot on the heels of the great poster for David Ayer‘s WWII movie comes the first full Fury trailer. Brad Pitt stars as the leader of a tank squad that has survived much of the war. But the squad finds itself facing down incredible odds in the final days of the war, as it is saddled with a green kid who has never seen the inside of a tank.

Much of this trailer focuses on the relationship between Pitt’s grizzled vet and the recruit played by Logan Lerman. And it makes the film look pretty conventional… for a minute or so. Then the trailer breaks open and we see quite a few impressionistic renderings of the battle, as the strain starts to get to the men. Watch below. Read More »

North Korea Denounces ‘The Interview’

North Korea denounces The Interview

North Korea is mad at Seth Rogen and James Franco. The country’s supreme leader, Kim Jong-un, has denounced their upcoming film, The Interview. Which makes sense, really, given that The Interview is about a would-be journalist (Franco) and his producer (Rogen) who are given the chance to interview the dictator. But a clandestine organization sees an opportunity there, and recruits the pair to assassinate Kim instead. Pretty easy to understand, then, why the leader wouldn’t be all that into the film. Read More »

Aaron Sorkin Flash Boys

The last time Scott Rudin had a Michael Lewis adaptation on his hands, he got Aaron Sorkin to help turn it into a critically acclaimed hit. So now that he’s got another Lewis adaptation in the works, he’s naturally bringing Sorkin back on board.

The Oscar-nominated scribe is in talks to pen Flash Boys, based on Lewis’ bestseller about high-frequency trading on Wall Street. Which sounds like kind of a dense, dull topic, but then so did sabermetric analysis before Rudin and Sorkin made it look interesting in Moneyball. Hit the jump for more details.

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ruben fleischer ghostbusters 3

Late Tuesday night, a report claimed Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis was working on a new draft of Ghostbusters 3. According to Nikki Finke‘s sources, Landis was probably going to do a polish rather than a completely new screenplay. (The report has since been deleted)

Unfortunately, after initial reports, Landis quickly took to Twitter to deny them. He’s not writing or polishing Ghostbusters 3, though he’d love to. Read the rest of the story below.
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Antoine Fuqua Equalizer

There’s no one film that launched Denzel Washington as a star. Rather, a collection of late ’80s and early ’90s performances, culminating in the drama/thriller combo of Philadelphia and Crimson Tide, cemented his leading man status. But there is one picture that tends to stand above most of Washington’s work, by virtue of the ferocity he brought to the role. Training Day, released in 2001, saw director Antoine Fuqua guiding Washington to one of his most striking performances, and to his second Oscar win.

Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington have teamed up again for The Equalizer. While the film is based on the concept created for an early ’80s TV show starring Edward Woodward, in which a former special ops guy uses his skill set to help the needy, the film is something a bit different. This is, as Fuqua explains, meant to be a bit like a European thriller, and a bit like a Western. It looks a bit more spare than your typical studio action picture. We visited the Boston-area set of the film, and spoke to Fuqua about the project. Read More »

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