Queen of the Desert

After several documentaries, Werner Herzog returns to narrative features this year with Queen of the Desert. Nicole Kidman stars as Gertrude Bell, an English explorer sometimes described as the “female Lawrence of Arabia.” Along with the male Lawrence of Arabia (played here by Robert Pattinson), she helped shape the Middle East region as we know it today.

Now a new Queen of the Desert trailer has been released, and you can watch it after the jump. Damian Lewis and James Franco also star.

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Laurence Fishburne in Hannibal

The Roots remake has found its first big star. Laurence Fishburne will portray author Alex Haley in A&E’s upcoming event series, based on the 1976 book by the real-life Haley. James Earl Jones played the role in ABC’s 1977 adaptation. More on the Laurence Fishburne Roots casting after the jump. Read More »

steve jobs trailer

Universal Pictures has released the first full trailer for Steve Jobs, the film starring Michael Fassbender, directed by Academy Award-winner Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours, Trainspotting) and written by Academy Award-winner Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, Moneyball, A Few Good Men). You may recall that Sony released a one minute Steve Jobs teaser trailer during the final episode of Mad Men. The new trailer gives us a better look at the upcoming film. Hit the jump to watch the new Steve Jobs trailer.

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Anthony Mackie in Captain America The Winter Soldier

Captain America’s big-screen buddy is set to portray another, even greater, American icon. Anthony Mackie will play Martin Luther King Jr. in HBO Films’ All the Way, opposite Bryan Cranston as U.S. president Lyndon B. Johnson. More details on the Anthony Mackie Martin Luther King Jr. casting after the jump.  Read More »

Neve Campbell in House of Cards

With three seasons gone, the Netflix series House of Cards feels now like it needs a shot in the arm. The series debuted strong as Netflix’s flagship streaming series, but in its second and third season the show has contended with the loss of David Fincher, who moved on to other projects, and an audience that, based purely on anecdotal evidence, is growing wary of the show’s tricks.

Netflix and creator Beau Willimon are powering forward with House of Cards season 4, however, and the show has just added Neve Campbell as a regular.  Read More »

Creed trailer

Creed marks a new chapter in the long Rocky storyline, and the film is both a sequel and, in a way, a reboot. Rocky is still around, still played by Sylvester Stallone. But this time, he’s in the corner as a trainer for a young fighter, and that fighter is the son of his old foe Apollo Creed. Michael B. Jordan plays Adonis Creed, a promising slugger who will also be the true star of the new film.

Update: Just after we ran a brief bit of footage from the film, the first Creed trailer arrived. You can check it out below. Read More »

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Swiss Army Man movie

The headlining trio of Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe and Mary Elizabeth Winstead is all the sales pitch I really need to be interested in a new film, but the plot of their new project Swiss Army Man sounds particularly odd.

The three actors have all signed on for the film which will be directed by the team of Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert — if you don’t know those two names, you may know the name Daniels, under which they’ve directed many music videos and short films. If you don’t know the name Daniels, you probably know at least one example of their work, since they did the video for ‘Turn Down for What.’

And this film, which will be their first feature, is about a guy who befriends a dead body. I guarantee you want to know more about this one, because it sounds nuts. Read More »

J.C. Chandor Directing Triple Frontier

Following the acclaimed Zero Dark Thirty, the next project for director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal was supposed to be Triple Frontier at Paramount Pictures. The project had been developing for years, but then Bigelow and Boal decided to focus on a film about Bowe Bergdahl, the US Army Sergeant captured by the Taliban and held for five years before being released in a controversial prisoner exchange in 2014.

Now Triple Frontier may have a new director. Margin Call, All is Lost, and A Most Violent Year helmer J.C. Chandor is in early talks to direct the film. And it sounds like Will Smith and Tom Hanks, who have been linked to the project for years, may still end up being involved, too. Find out more about J.C. Chandor directing Triple Frontier below! Read More »

Ten Thousand Saints trailer

Ten Thousand Saints, which comes from the American Splendor team of Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, has an incredible cast for a story set at a tense period in New York City history. Ethan Hawke, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Emile Hirsch and Emily Mortimer play a collection of characters who create an unlikely extended family finding their way through Manhattan in the days of hardcore punk and the Tomkins Square Park riot of 1988.

This Ten Thousand Saints trailer doesn’t show much of Hirsch as the leader of a straight-edge hardcore band (that’s him on the mic in the background of the image above), but it does introduce Asa Butterfield as his damaged younger brother, Hailee Steinfeld as the young woman caught between them, and Ethan Hawke as the boys’ rakish, charming dad, imported more or less directly from Boyhood. Read More »