Star Wars Disney Infinity Twilight 1

The slow but steady integration of Star Wars into the world of Disney continues. Television was first with Star Wars Rebels, movies are on the way like The Force Awakens, theme parks will be later and video games are next. The first new Star Wars console game is an integration into Disney’s already popular Disney Infinity series, which was announced earlier this month. Now several new images from the prequel themed playset, Twilight of the Republic, have been revealed along with new images of the figures. Check out all the new Star Wars Disney Infinity images below. Read More »

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Alicia Vikander Joins Assassin's Creed

After starring in the riveting sci-fi thriller Ex Machina, which you can still catch in theaters, Swedish actress Alicia Vikander is on the rise to stardom. Aside from being sexy and mysterious in Alex Garland’s magnificent film about artificial intelligence, we’ll also see Vikander in Guy Ritchie’s forthcoming Man from U.N.C.L.E., the chef-centric Adam Jones starring Bradley Cooper and the potential awards contender The Danish Girl, with Eddie Redmayne.

And now she looks to be getting an even bigger boost as Alicia Vikander joins Assassin’s Creed, the video game adaptation at New Regency, and Universal’s developing Jason Bourne sequel with Matt Damon. Get more details after the jump. Read More »

Pixels trailer

By now, you probably know if you’re going to see Pixels or not. Directed by Chris Columbus, the film stars Adam Sandler, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad, Kevin James and Michelle Monaghan as former video game champions who are asked to save the world when real life video game characters invade Earth. Think Independence Day starring the cast of The King of Kong.

If you still aren’t sure and are hoping for some new nugget to get excited about in this second Pixels trailer, it’s probably not going to do it. There is some new footage in here, including a bit with Kevin James killing a Smurf, as well as some background on the characters, but for the most part its the same few set pieces as the last trailer. The optimist in me is hoping Sony is simply holding back lots of other moments for the theater, but that tends not to be the case with the films of James and Sandler. Watch the new Pixels trailer below. Read More »

Orgrim Doomhammer Warcraft Movie

It feels like Duncan JonesWarcraft has been in production since before the Horde or Alliance came into existance. The director finished filming about a year ago and ever since, has been very carefully showing hints and teases at big events like Comic-Con and BlizzCon. Most recently, the film’s release date was pushed back from Spring to Summer 2016 (the above logo is wrong), which disappointed fans but mostly meant the studio is confident in the film. Now we have an idea why.

The first official images from Warcraft have now been revealed showing off one of the film’s stars, the orc leader Orgrim Doomhammer. He’s played by Robert Kazinsky (Pacific Rim, True Blood) but beyond that performance he’s almost entirely the work of Industrial Light and Magic. Check out the Warcraft images below. Read More »

Hitman Mad Men credits

For years the enigmatic opening credits to Mad Men have provoked viewers into many entertaining questions. How literal is the opening animation meant to be? What does it mean for Don Draper, and by implication the rest of the characters? While the metaphoric thrust of the credits is evident to anyone who watches the show, it’s still fun to talk about.

Now a teaser for the new film Hitman: Agent 47 shows us the truth behind the Mad Men credits, just in time for the AMC show to broadcast its final leap into the sky. No surprise: in this conception, it isn’t a leap, but a violent fall. Read More »

Pixels movie - Chris Columbus interview

While in Las Vegas for CinemaCon 2015 last week, I got the opportunity to sit down with Chris Columbus, a screenwriter and director who had a dramatic effect on the cinema of my childhood, and yours. Lets do a list: Gremlins, Goonies, Young Sherlock Holmes, Adventures in Babysitting, Home Alone, Mrs. Doubtfire, Stepmom, and the first installments of the Harry Potter franchise. His latest film Pixels seems to be a return to the roots of his earlier days, and I’m personally excited to see it.

In my interview with Chris Columbus (who turns out to be a daily /Film reader) I ask him if he will ever return to writing original screenplays again like he did with Gremlins and Goonies. He explains how he got involved with Pixels, initially having not seen the viral short film which inspired the movie. He talks a bit about how the licensed video game characters became involved with the project and also talks about Pac Man creator Toru Iwatani‘s appearance in the film, not as himself (as seen in the trailer) but in a cameo role.

We learn whether or not there was any pressure to differentiate the movie from Ghostbusters, and Columbus talks about a return to the Amblin era of films, whether he’d ever direct one of John Hughes‘ unproduced screenplays, and he even gives us an update on the Gremlins reboot. Hit the jump to read my full Chris Columbus interview from CinemaCon 2015 in Las Vegas.

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Game over, man! The Grand Theft Auto movie just got weirder, and perhaps more awesome. The BBC production features Daniel Radcliffe as Sam Houser, aka one half of the sibling duo that has guided Rockstar Games and the Grand Theft Auto series to video game domination.

The film’s story revolves around a specific period in the company’s history, when Rockstar and GTA were under fire from firebrand Florida attorney Jack Thompson. And now we’ll see Bill Paxton in Grand Theft Auto as Jack Thompson, going a long way towards ensuring that we’ll be unable to look away from the BBC Films production. Read More »

Sam Houser Movie

Rockstar Games co-founder and president Sam Houser has long been using movies as fodder for his games — the Grand Theft Auto series, for which he has served as chief creative force for many years, is saturated with film influences. Now Houser, who generally shies away from the spotlight, will be the subject of a film.

Daniel Radcliffe is in talks to play Houser in Grand Theft Auto, which will chronicle one particularly odd period in the game designers life, when Rockstar came under attack from Florida lawyer Jack Thompson. Read More »

Five Nights at Freddy's movie

Mobile gamers have probably either played or heard of the Five Nights at Freddy’s game series, if only because they’ve been scoring good placement on app stores. The games are essentially survival horror, with the player cast as a security guard who must survive a work week doing night shifts in a twisted version of a Chuck E Cheese or Showbiz Pizza Place joint, dealing with animatronic animals who are prone to killing security guards.

Now the games created by Scott Cawthon are being turned into a film. The Five Nights at Freddy’s movie is coming via Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment, with Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg also set as producers for the Warner Bros. project. Read More »