Fifty Shades sequel

Update: Two weeks after this news first broke, Variety reports that Foley has been officially offered the job directing Fifty Shades Darker. Talks are reportedly beginning now. Whether this will be a two-fer deal, with Foley also set to direct the third film, remains to be seen. Original story follows.

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.

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Amid all the Miley Cyrus weed jokes, the Taylor Swift wins, and the #viral #unscripted #moments at last night’s VMAs, MTV debuted the first trailer for The Shannara Chronicles. Based on the novels by Terry Brooks, the fantasy drama unfolds centuries after a nuclear holocaust has wiped our current civilization off the map.

At the center of the story are three heroes — Elven princess Amberle (Poppy Drayton), human Eretria (Ivana Baquero), and half-elf, half-human Wil (Austin Butler) — on a quest to save the world from an evil demon. Watch The Shannara Chronicles trailer after the jump. Read More »

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After becoming a 1960s Russian spy in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. earlier this year, Armie Hammer joining Nocturnal Animals, a dramatic tale of a story within a story that is the next film from A Single Man director Tom Ford.

Focus Features is behind the production based on Austin Wright’s novel Tony and Susan, and Hammer has a key role in the that focuses on a woman (Amy Adams) who receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband, a man whom she left 20 years earlier, asking for her opinion. And then things take an interesting turn. Read More »

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Every story ever told has a beginning, a middle, and a twist, according to Jack Black‘s fictionalized version of Goosebumps author R.L. Stine. In the film, the twist is that the Goosebumps books are actually prisons for the monsters created by Stine’s imagination, and opening the books releases the monsters.

A new Goosebumps international trailer is just packed with those monsters, as the books are opened and dozens of creatures escape. There’s a werewolf, a Yeti, the invisible boy, a giant preying mantis, and plenty more. Check out the footage and all the Goosebumps movie monsters below. Read More »

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Here’s the best indie film news of the week: A Prophet and Dheepan director Jacques Audiard is now going to direct the adaptation of a weird, funny, and touching Western novel called The Sisters Brothers. I love this book, which is set during the Gold Rush of 1851, and follows a violent pair of siblings as their contract-killing gig leads them to a man with an unusual plan to find gold.

John C. Reilly optioned the novel rights back in 2011, and he’ll be one of the two stars of the film, which will also be Audiard’s first English-language movie. Read More »

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There are plenty of people who are already sold on The Martian, the latest sci-fi drama from Ridley Scott. It’s one of our 30 Movies to Be Excited for Before the End of 2015, and the most recent trailer really showed how good it looks.

But 20th Century Fox still has a little over a month to go before the film hits theaters, and they’re continuing their impressive viral marketing campaign with yet another cool video focusing on the crew of the Ares 3, another manned mission to the surface of Mars. This time, famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson examines the upcoming mission in the style of the recent Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey series.

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Rickson Tevez, Gabriel Weinstein, and Luis Eduardo play three favela kids who spend their days picking through trash. One day they come across a wallet that happens to be of interest to some powerful and potentially dangerous people, sending them on an exciting adventure. Christian Duurvoort co-directed. Watch the Trash trailer after the jump. Read More »

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The final installment of the blockbuster young adult sci-fi franchise is coming in November, and as you can see in this video, right off the bat, these teens are extremely excited for this movie. Well, most of them are excited for it, while a couple of them just don’t seem to care and one is much more into The Maze Runner. Read More »

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A new trailer for Ridley Scott‘s adaptation of the novel The Martian went online earlier this week, but as with the first trailer, this one seems to lean pretty heavily on details some viewers might prefer to get from the movie itself. But for those who want to see more from the film without having too many of the story’s beats mapped out, we’ve got a new batch of The Martian images, mostly in high res, to show off the meticulous care that was put into the film’s costumes and sets.

In addition, you can watch a short video shot earlier this week that condenses a Q&A about the film, featuring Matt Damon, Ridley Scott, author Andy Weir, and participants from NASA. Read More »