Fresh off a trip to Planet Zero, Toby Kebbell is preparing to set sail for Kong: Skull Island. The Fantastic Four baddie joins a high-profile cast that also includes Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson. Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kings of Summer) is directing. Learn all about the Kong Skull Island Toby Kebbell casting after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, August 20th, 2015 by Russ Fischer
Even as Fifty Shades of Grey was being released to theaters this past February, we knew that director Sam Taylor-Johnson wasn’t likely to be back to direct the adaptation of the sequel novel, Fifty Shades Darker. There was talk of a power play on the part of novel author E.L. James, who reportedly wanted to write the sequel script herself, the better to keep it close to the novel. The screenwriting gig for the sequel went to Niall Leonard, who is married to James, but the director’s chair for the sequel has remained open.
Now James Foley (House of Cards, Fear, Glengarry Glen Ross) has turned up as the likely Fifty Shades sequel director. Read More »
There’s some cross-pollination between the current generation of movies featuring giant beasts. Legendary and Universal have people in Hawaii getting ready to shoot Kong: Skull Island, and as is often the case with a big film like this, work on the script is ongoing as final decisions are made. To finish the last run on the Skull Island script, Jurassic World co-writer Derek Connolly has been brought in to polish things up before cameras roll. Read More »
Posted on Monday, August 17th, 2015 by Peter Sciretta
Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights is beginning to take shape. We’ve already told you about the Crimson Peak, Insidious, Halloween: Michael Myers Comes Home and This Is The End mazes. And this morning Universal announced that the annual Purge will commence at Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort as both parks will debut all-new “disturbingly-real experiences” inspired by Universal’s popular horror franchise film series created by writer and director James DeMonaco and produced by Blumhouse Productions and Platinum Dunes. They’ve also announced that last year’s AVP: Alien vs. Predator maze will return due to popular demand. Hit the jump to watch the teaser trailer for The Purge at Horror Nights and find out more.
Posted on Sunday, August 16th, 2015 by Ethan Anderton
Even though the horror flick Ouija, inspired by the spirit board that has been said to allow users to speak to people in the afterlife, wasn’t a massive hit at the box office last year, it still pulled in $100 million worldwide on a budget of just $5 million. That made it profitable enough for Universal Pictures, Blumhouse Productions, Platinum Dunes and Hasbro to move forward with a sequel, which was announced back in January.
The first movie was absolutely terrible, and the paltry 7% on Rotten Tomatoes reinforces that. However, now there’s a chance that the sequel could be better with with Oculus helmer Mike Flanagan directing Ouija 2. Plus, one of his stars from the aforementioned superior psychological horror flick is coming with him. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, August 13th, 2015 by Ethan Anderton
This week the 1960s television series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. gets a big screen update starring Armie Hammer (The Social Network) and Henry Cavill (Man of Steel), and yet another 1960s television adaptation is on the way in 2016 with the British comedy Dad’s Army.
Based on the series of the same name from the 1960s and 1970s, the movie features quite the impressive cast, including Bill Nighy, Catherine Zeta Jones, Toby Jones, Daniel Mays, Michael Gambon, Bill Paterson and Tom Courtenay. And now the first Dad’s Army teaser trailer has arrived, showing off humor that fits with the title in that it might be better suited for your parents. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, August 13th, 2015 by Angie Han
This weekend’s Straight Outta Compton takes us back to Ice Cube‘s roots as a gangsta rap pioneer. This week’s Ride Along 2 trailer brings us back to his present as an actor (among other things) who’s really good at playing cranky cops.
The action-comedy sequel reunites Ice Cube’s James with Kevin Hart‘s Ben, who is now a full-fledged cop. The two stumble onto a big case that takes them to Miami, where Ben proceeds to screw things up as usual. Director Tim Story and co-star Tika Sumpter return, Ken Jeong, Olivia Munn, Benjamin Bratt, and Sherri Shepherd tag along for the ride. Watch the Ride Along 2 trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 by Angie Han
Last year, Universal irked a lot of fans when head Donna Langley revealed the studio’s plan for the rebooted Universal Monsters franchise was to “take it out of the horror genre, put it more in the action-adventure genre.” But those same fans may be able to breathe a bit easier now that director Alex Kurtzman has offered a clarification.
Kurtzman has promised “there definitely will be horror” in the upcoming films — including his own 2017 directorial effort The Mummy, which is expected to kick off the whole franchise. Read his Universal Monsters horror comments after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 by Russ Fischer
There’s a robot in the new Jem and the Holograms trailer, and at first I was sure why. For the most part, this new trailer is an expansion of the first, where Jerrica, a shy but talented young woman becomes an internet sensation only to find rapacious talent executives trying to separate her from her friends in order to control her. (Just like what happens to Eazy-E in Straight Outta Compton!)
Turns out the robot, a cute toy invented by Jerrica’s dad, is the movie’s updated version of the holographic computer from the original animated series. Check it out in the new Jem trailer below. Read More »