For one reason or another, Jason Reitman is a polarizing figure among movie fans. Some really like his heartfelt, unique movies while others dismiss them as obvious. The same can be said about his live read series. Some enjoy reading about this fun, one-time-only event and others don’t see the point. No matter what side of that you fall on, you’re bound to like Reitman more after listening to this interview.
Reitman spoke on The Hats Off Show recently and the conversation went all over the map: to great sequels, traveling back in time, underrated actors, Reitman’s movies and an argument over the better Schwarzenegger film: Kindergarden Cop or Twins. There was also a healthy amount of talk about sports movies. Reitman mentions he’d be interested in doing one, especially if it had something to do with the untapped world of being a referee. Below, listen to the full Jason Reitman sports interview. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, December 30th, 2014 by Angie Han
Unlike some upcoming sequels and spin-offs, the Rocky spin-off Creed hasn’t been clamped down in some mystery box. We already know it’ll center around Apollo Creed’s grandson Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan); we know Adonis wants to be a boxer; we know he gets his granddaddy’s old rival Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) to get him into fighting shape.
Still, there are probably a few things the production would still like to keep under wraps. Like the ending, which Stallone may have just given away on Twitter. Hit the jump for the Sylvester Stallone Creed spoiler. Read More »
There’s little debate that the first Rocky is the best Rocky. To this day, Sylvester Stallone‘s Oscar-winning underdog story holds up because of its unpredictable nature and great, unique characters.
The bigger question is, what’s the most beloved film of the franchise? The one fans will watch time and time again no matter what else is on. For my money, that’s Rocky IV, the montage-mad 1985 film that pitted the Italian Stallion against the unstoppable Ivan Drago, played by Dolph Lundgren in his prime. Rocky IV is by far the cheesiest of the series (squeaking out a win over Rocky III by a close margin) but it’s so unabashedly ’80s, from the music to the Cold War narrative, that’s it’s hard not to enjoy.
Rocky IV has gotten some poster love in the past but Jason Edmiston‘s newest gem takes the cake. It perfectly represents the film’s over-the-top tone while also being just a damn good looking poster. Skuzzles will release the poster on Boxing Day, December 26, and /Film is proud to exclusively give you a glimpse at the gorgeous Rocky IV poster by Jason Edmiston. Read More »
Say what you will about Kevin Smith‘s Tusk, but ultimately it was the spark that gave new life to the filmmaker. Just like he did in the ’90s, Smith made Tusk kind of on a whim. He and his producer Scott Mosier came up with the idea, Smith wrote it and a few months later it was being shot. Unlike his ’90s debut, Smith did have funding this time so it wasn’t as down and dirty as Clerks. But the independent spirit was there. And Kevin Smith is now overflowing with movie ideas.
He’s got a few more days to shoot on Yoga Hosers, a Tusk spinoff about two 15-year-old girls fighting monsters. After that, he’ll finally make the long awaited Clerks III. He’s also got preliminary funding to make Moose Jaws, a horror comedy that is basically Jaws with a moose. That’ll likely happen after Clerks III.
For Smith fans, though, there’s one glaring omission that list: Hit Somebody. Over the past few years, Smith’s hockey epic morphed from one film, to two films, to a miniseries and then into oblivion as he got busy with so many other things. But /Film recently talked to the director and he revealed that the producers of Tusk have given him money not only to make Yoga Hosers, Clerks III and Moose Jaws but Hit Somebody as well. And they’ll shoot it in Canada during the Fall of 2015.
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In 2012, Screenwriter Max Landis (Chronicle, and upcoming American Ultra, Victor Frankenstein) released a short film called The Death and Return of Superman which starred Elijah Wood, Mandy Moore, Ron Howard, Chris Hardwick, Simon Pegg and more. The short, described as “an educational parody,” told the hilarious, literal, insider version what happened in 1992 when DC Comics decided to kill, then resurrect, Superman. The video became a viral hit, watched by over 2.6 million people. Tonight I got contacted by Max, who has released a teaser video announcing The Death and Return of Superman sequel Wrestling Isn’t Wrestling. Watch the announcement teaser trailer and I’ll attempt to get more details out of Landis, after the jump.
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A new entry into the Rocky series has finally begun moving forward. Creed, directed by and starring the Fruitvale Station team of Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan, has been in-development for over a year. It’ll star Jordan as the grandson of Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), the nemesis/friend of Rocky Balboa who died in Rocky IV. He’s an up and coming boxer and asks his dad’s old friend Rocky (Sylvester Stallone, reprising his iconic role) for help.
Now it seems like the film is aiming at a January start date and two champion boxers are about to sign on. Read more about the Rocky spin-off, Creed, below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, November 6th, 2014 by Angie Han
Judd Apatow is diving into the world of football, and he’s taking Laura Dern with him. The two are teaming up for an untitled ensemble comedy about female football fans, to be written by Pam Brady (Team America: World Police, South Park). Hit the jump for more details on the Laura Dern / Judd Apatow female football project.
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Disney has a solid legacy of family-friendly inspirational sports movies, and McFarland, USA looks to be the latest. Kevin Costner stars as a coach who begins work at a relatively cash-poor and predominantly Latino high school in Central Valley CA. Inspired by a true story from 1987, Costner’s coach finds himself working with a promising group of young runners, and they all eventually forge a competitive cross-country team. Whale Rider and North Country director Niki Caro calls the shots; check out the McFarland USA trailer below. Read More »
When you hear WWE Studios, you probably automatically think of No Holds Barred. It’s fine. The WWE is the premiere pro wrestling company in the world and probably the biggest pro wrestling movie of all time is that Hulk Hogan catastrophe. Funny thing is, the WWE had very little to do with it. (They did help release a Blu-ray recently.)
No, WWE Studios is in the business of making non-wrestling movies. Movies starring, or related to, their talent. Films like The Marine with John Cena, See No Evil with Kane or, once upon a time, The Scorpion King with The Rock. Their latest film was Leprechaun: Origins starring Hornswoggle. In fact, according to Wikipedia, since 2002 WWE Studios (in one form or another) has helped produce almost 30 movies and the only one with a wrestling connotation is Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery. The wrestling movie studio had never made a live-action movie about wrestling.
That changed in 2012 when they helped produce a French film called Queens of the Ring. It features cameos by The Miz, CM Punk and others. Now, it’s finally getting released, and you can check out the trailer for WWE Studios Queens of the Ring below. Read More »