Halt and Catch Fire teaser

The title Halt and Catch Fire makes this new AMC show sound like a strange thriller, but it’s really about the expansion of the PC market after IBM rose to prominence. That said, the show does look like a thriller to some extent, as a set of characters — primarily Lee Pace as Joe MacMillan, Scoot McNairy as Gordon Clark, Kerry Bishé as Donna Clark, and Mackenzie Davis as Cameron Howe — exploit particular aspects of IBM’s design to create their own personal computer. Check out a Halt and Catch Fire teaser trailer below.

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The man who directed the two Mesrine movies is recruiting Mel Gibson for a new thriller. Jean-Francois Richet has Gibson in talks to star as an ex-con and former Hells Angel in Blood Father, described as “a Taken-style action thriller.” Peter Craig wrote the script based on his own novel. (Craig also scripted The Town, and has worked on drafts of Top Gun 2 and Bad Boys 3.) Read More »

‘The Purge: Anarchy’ Trailer

Purge: Anarchy trailer

The Purge: Anarchy, which acts as the sequel to last fall’s hit thriller, throws a stranger middle-class couple and a man out for revenge into the mayhem of the annual purge. That event, for those who missed the first film, is a single night per year in which all crime is legal, the better to weed out the “weaker” aspects of society. The Purge: Anarchy trailer gives vague hints about how those new characters come together, and shows off one particularly icky situation in which a parody of a charity auction turns into a night of murder for sale.

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Disney Developing a “History of Magic” Movie

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Briefly: Disney, known as the creator of the Magic Kingdom, is looking to the Magic Castle for a new film. The studio is developing an as-yet untitled movie featuring a strong magical component. In fact, a noted practitioner of card tricks and sleight of hand, Derek DelGaudio, is on board as a producer.  DelGaudio is also recently spending the first half of 2014 as an artist in residence at Walt Disney Imagineering.

Keith Bunin, who wrote Ezekial Moss, the movie Phillip Seymour Hoffman planned to direct prior to his death, will script.  There is little info available about the pitch that put the development in motion, but THR reports that the story will “tackle the history of magic’s last 100 years as seen through the eyes of one magician.”

Bunin is on a streak; in addition to Ezekial Moss, he adapted Joe Hill’s Horns into a film starring Daniel Radcliffe, and wrote the Dr. Seuss biopic that Johnny Depp may topline. He’s also got the script Standard Loneliness Package set at Fox Searchlight with John Krokidas to direct, and Skyjack at CBS films, with Will Gluck directing.

Night Moves trailer

Following the release of an international promo last week, a second Night Moves trailer has been released, this time for the U.S. market. The Kelly Reichardt-directed thriller stars Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, and Peter Sarsgaard as a trio of radical environmentalists who join forces to blow up a dam.

Though all three profess to live by the ideals that led them to this extremist act in the first place, it’s not long before paranoia, doubt, and distrust set in. Watch the video after the jump.

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First Look: Final James Gandolfini Film ‘The Drop’

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Here are the first images from the final James Gandolfini film, The Drop. Once called Animal Rescue, the tense Brooklyn-set drama also features Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and Matthias Schoenaerts, under the direction of Bullhead helmer Michael Roskam. Dennis Lehane (Gone Baby Gone) scripted the crime drama, which features Gandolfini as a former criminal whose cousin, played by Tom Hardy, is trying to go straight and having a pretty bad time doing so.

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Scarface

The latest Scarface remake might have found its director. Pablo Larraín, director of No, is in final talks to remake the 1983 Brian De Palma gangster classic, itself already a remake of a 1932 film by Howard Hawkes. Written by Paul Attanasio (Donnie Brasco), this version of Scarface will combine elements from both films in modern day Los Angeles as a Mexican immigrant works his way up in the drug trade. Producers are hoping to cast a bicultural, bilingual Latino actor in the lead. Read More »

Blue Ruin trailer

The indie thriller Blue Ruin is one of your best bets for spring moviegoing. This is a lean, compact, and really effective revenge tale about a guy who takes extreme measures in an ill-considered effort to protect and avenge his family. It’s a dark, violent movie with flashes of macabre, gruesome humor, and a nicely-pitched lead performance from Macon BlairJeremy Saulnier‘s revenge tale just doesn’t mess around, and should captivate anyone who wants to spend an hour and a half in some pretty dark (yet still entertaining) places. Check out a great new trailer below.

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