LA Riots thriller

Straight Outta Compton, produced by Ice Cube based on his own life and starring his son O’Shea Jackson Jr., has proven to be box-office gold, and you can already see evidence of producers trying to kickstart projects that might imitate or borrow some of Compton’s qualities. One film sounds like it is riding Compton‘s coattails, but in fact comes from one of the producers on the film, and may pull in Cube and his son.

April 29, 1992 is a thriller set against the backdrop of the 1992 Los Angeles riots that followed the acquittal of police offers in the Rodney King beating case, as depicted in Straight Outta Compton. The story follows a father and son caught up in their own problems as the riots rage, and Ice Cube and O’Shea Jackson, Jr. are in talks to star.

Update: Another report has a quote from Cube saying they have “no plans” for this movie. More below.

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Green Room release

Green Room, the upcoming thriller from Blue Ruin writer/director Jeremy Saulnier, features Anton YelchinImogen Poots and Alia Shawkat as members of a band who are trapped in a backwoods venue by a white power gang led by Patrick Stewart.

The movie is perched near the top of my “most anticipated films of 2015” list, and there’s some good news and bad news on that front. The good news is that Green Room has been picked up for distribution in the US by the terrific A24, which also boasts films such as The Witch (see that ominous trailer here), The End of the TourEx Machina, and Slow West. The bad news is that the Green Room release isn’t set for this year.

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The Shee movie

The director of Citadel and Sinister 2 has made a new deal with Blumhouse to direct a thriller set in his native Ireland. Ciarán Foy will make The Shee, an “elevated thriller” that features supernatural elements presumably from Irish folklore about faeries. Read More »

Rebecca Ferguson's next movie

After the opening of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, the major question we all had was “how long do we have to wait for Rebecca Ferguson‘s next movie?” In fact, that next movie will probably be Florence Foster Jenkins, with Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, directed by Stephen Frears.

But the film after that won’t be Gambit, as Ferguson has reportedly dropped that possible gig for something heavier. Ferguson is in talks to join the cast of The Girl on the Train, which Tate Taylor (The Help) will direct based on the novel by Paula Hawkins.

Given that the novel is frequently praised with comparisons to the work of Alfred Hitchcock, and that Ferguson was central to Rogue Nation‘s own Hitchcock homage sequence (above) this all seems like a pretty tidy deal. Read More »

The Circle movie cast

For a couple years after Attack the Block we expected to see John Boyega getting great roles, but it took a bit of time. But the events of 2014, from the indie Imperial Dreams to the 24 revival and nabbing a lead role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, have given him new power. Now he’ll join Tom Hanks and Emma Watson in the The Circle, a satire about the erosion of privacy in the information age, written and directed by James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now, The End of the Tour). Read More »

Cobie Smulders in Jack Reacher 2

If you didn’t think Cobie Smulders had enough to do in Avengers: Age of Ultron, then keep an eye out for Jack Reacher 2. Smulders is reportedly close to signing a deal to join the cast as the co-lead opposite Tom Cruise. If the film follows the reported source novel to even a vague degree, she’ll have a great role that will put her right in the action with Cruise. Read More »

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Keeping Room trailer

Brit Marling and Hailee Steinfeld star in Daniel Barber‘s twist on the Civil War drama, with Muna OtaruSam Worthington in supporting roles. The story, written by Julia Hart, follows Marling and Steinfeld as sisters who defend themselves and their home against assault by Yankee soldiers determined to get in towards the end of the war.

But things aren’t so simple; the two young women are slave owners, with Muna Otaru playing the woman who is bound to the home, and who is in just as much danger as the other two women, even if she isn’t part of their family. So the film has the ingredients to be a tense and possibly uncomfortable thriller with situations that go beyond the basic “survive a siege” plot. Check out The Keeping Room trailer below.  Read More »

Sicario trailer

This fall brings the arrival in theaters of Sicario, the latest film from Enemy and Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve, with a cast highlighted by Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, and Josh Brolin. The three play corners on a triangle of official and sometimes very unofficial players in the war between law agencies and Mexican drug cartels.

This new Sicario trailer has some of the same footage as the last domestic trailer, but it is a bit shorter, so it reveals less, and it is cut in a slightly more broad manner, presumably to get its ideas across to a larger audience. It is still quite good, and still makes Emily Blunt look like a total badass.  Read More »

Devil in the White City movie

There was a lot of talk about whether or not Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio intended audience sympathies to lie with the lead character in their last collaboration, The Wolf of Wall Street. For their next film together, there won’t be any such uncertainty about how they view DiCaprio’s character.

The book Devil in the White City, which among other things follows a faux doctor and real serial killer who haunted Chicago during the days of the 1893 World’s Fair, has been in development with various major film studios for over a decade.

Now Devil in the White City is back at Paramount, and Leonardo DiCaprio has brought Martin Scorsese onto the project. DiCaprio will play the killer, and Scorsese will direct. Read More »