Kenneth Branagh Macbeth

Kenneth Branagh may have just added one more item to Martin Scorsese‘s very long to-do list. According to the actor, Scorsese is looking to direct a feature film adaptation of the classic William Shakespeare tragedy Macbeth, based on the recent stage production mounted by Branagh.

And though Branagh acknowledges that scheduling could be tricky, he maintains they’re “practically there” and he’s feeing “very very hopeful.” More on the potential Martin Scorsese Macbeth project after the jump.  Read More »

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I Kill Giants

Chris Columbus is preparing to slay some monsters. Or rather, he’s preparing to help a fictional character to do so. He’s set to produce I Kill Giants, based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Joe Kelly and J.M. Niimura. Oscar winner Anders Walter is directing, and Treehouse Pictures will finance. Read all about the I Kill Giants movie after the jump.  Read More »

The Martian movie

The New England Patriots winning the Super Bowl might have been painful for some football fans, but it’s been a blessing for movie fans. As a result of friendly bets made about the game, we’ve seen some very cool stuff. The most obvious examples are the touching photos of Marvel-men Chris Pratt and Chris Evans, in costume, visiting children’s hospitals. Now, another photo has surfaced via a Super Bowl bet that reveals our first look at one of 2015’s most anticipated films.

That film is Ridley Scott‘s The Martian, an adaptation of the Andy Weir novel. Matt Damon stars as Mark Watney, an astronaut mistakenly left alone on Mars. He then struggles to survive as Earth struggles to get him back. Damon made a Super Bowl bet with his assistant and since the Patriots won, the assistant has to wear a Patriots shirt all over the world. The first photo was taken in Jordan, in the desert, on the set of The Martian. See The Martian movie set image below. Read More »

Dazed and Confused Linklater

The great thing about Dazed and Confused? I get older and it stays the same age.

Twenty-two years after Richard Linklater‘s ’70s slice of life film hit theaters, listening to it read by a group of actors still feels as poignant and relevant as ever. Maybe the music and references have changed a bit but a teenager’s insecurities, rebellious nature and mischievousness are and will continue to be universal. In Linklater’s script those ideas are delivered with an almost unfairly simple and eloquent precision.

At Thursday’s Live Read, presented by Film Independent at LACMA, Jason Reitman brought together a group of actors to read the script and, yes, the huge cast of characters made things a little confusing. In back-to-back scenes, an actor might have to jump from nerd to cool guy to stoner, giving the whole evening an unpredictable energy. It was even more unpredictable as they were reading an earlier version of the script that had some huge differences from the final film.

Below, we’ll break down those script changes, the cast, some of the crazy performances, and talk about how even in a form that’s unfamiliar to most of us, Dazed and Confused remains as good as ever. Read More »

Fraggle Rock movie

If you’re a Fraggle Rock fan, it hasn’t been easy to dance your cares away for the past few years. A movie has been bouncing around Hollywood for the better part of a decade. It’s swapped writers and companies, with a film version of the show seeming less and less likely. Those worries are now for another day, however. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is attached to produce and star in a Fraggle Rock movie. Read his quote and more below. Read More »

Paper Towns

The Fault in Our Stars author John Green is back this summer with Paper Towns, a somewhat lighter tale of teen romance. Nat Wolff plays Quentin, an ordinary kid who carries a torch for his beautiful and mysterious next-door neighbor Margo, played by Cara Delevingne. But they haven’t much spoken since childhood, so he’s shocked when one night, she beckons him out on an adventure.

Then, things take a turn for the even weirder next morning when she vanishes, leaving a trail of clues for Quentin and his friends to follow. Watch the Paper Towns trailer after the jump.  Read More »

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Little Women

Louisa May Alcott‘s Little Women are getting another big picture. Sony is moving forward with a new adaptation of the classic novel, about four sisters growing up in the post-Civil War era. Amy Pascal will produce and Sarah Polley will write the script. Get all the details on the Little Women remake after the jump.  Read More »

john williams bridge of spies

Steven Spielberg‘s latest film, recently named Bridge of Spies, won’t be scored by the director’s frequent collaborator, John Williams. The Cold War spy film starring Tom Hanks opens October 16 and was supposed to feature music by Williams. The composer had to drop out, however, when his “schedule was interrupted and he was unavailable to score the film due to a minor health issue, now corrected.”

Williams will be replaced by Thomas Newman, who obviously is no slouch. The twelve-time Oscar nominee (he’s never won!) has done the scores for The Shawshank Redemption, Finding Nemo, American Beauty and Skyfall.

Williams will, however, work with Spielberg on The BFG, which will start filming later this year.

Below, read more about the Thomas Newman/John Williams Bridge of Spies change and see a new image from the film. Read More »

Mockingjay Part 1 Blu-ray header

It’s been only four months since the last Hunger Games movie was released, and we still have eight months to go until the next (and last) one hits theaters. But Lionsgate is wasting no time amping up the excitement. The studio has revealed the first The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 teaser trailer and poster, and you can check ‘em both out after the jump. Read More »