In this edition of theme park bits, we take a first look at the addition of Frozen to Disneyland’s parade in mid-June, the world’s tallest roller coaster has been announced for Orlando, find out which attractions are being closed for refurbishment at Disneyland and DCA, see photos from Harry Potter actors on a tour of Diagon Alley, The Walking Dead will return to Halloween Horror Nights but find out your chances of visiting Diagon Alley during the scary event, Universal Orlando launches a Wifi and smart phone app with real-time wait times. All this and more, after the jump.
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Ryan Gosling may get another chance at a modern take on an LA-set crime film (to offset Gangster Squad) thanks to Iron Man 3 director Shane Black. In the wake of last year’s huge Iron Man success, Black has been taking time to get his next film off the ground. While his Doc Savage film continues to simmer at Sony, his next now looks like it could be The Nice Guys. This one is a 1970s noir Black wrote with Anthony Bagarozzi.
Black is trying to get Gosling and Russell Crowe to sign on for the film, which is being produced by Joel Silver. Read More »
Another day, another new batch of Guardians of the Galaxy posters. This time, the two men in the group are highlighted. Following posters for the tree, the animal and the assassin, Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) and Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) have just been given their own character posters. Check them out below. Read More »
The second 2014 film from Phil Lord and Chris Miller, 22 Jump Street, doesn’t have much material that counts as serious. The movie is almost two hours long, but is wall-to-wall jokes, sight gags, action sequences, and deadpan comedy. As an experiment, and ultimately a winking way to emphasize the degree to which the movie is a long string of jokes, Lord and Miller have crafted what they’re calling the “dramatic and unfunny” cut. It is ten minutes long. That, along with a host of deleted scenes, will appear on the 22 Jump Street blu-ray. Get the details below. Read More »
Joel and Ethan Coen have set the leading cast for their next film, Hail Caesar!, and the two leads will be familiar presences on the Coen set. George Clooney and Josh Brolin will star in the film. Each actor has done multiple films with the Coens before; Clooney in O Brother Where Art Thou?, Intolerable Cruelty, and Burn After Reading, and Brolin in No Country For Old Men and True Grit. Universal will distribute Hail Caesar!. Read More »
Did the swift arrival of the end of the short 2014 season of Mad Men get you down? (Yeah, yeah, “mid-season break,” whatever. We still have yo wait a year for it to finish.) Well, now the show’s creator has something new for you to check out. Once called You Are Here, the first feature film from Sopranos writer and Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner is now called Are You Here. The comedy, which stars Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis, and Amy Poehler, hits in August, and the first Are You Here trailer has arrived. Read More »
Gavin O’Connor, who made Warrior and jumped on to direct the western Jane Got a Gun when it floundered after Lynne Ramsay exited the project, has a new film. O’Connor is now set to make a film with the lurid title Massacre in the Himalayas. The action-adventure is based on the Men’s Journal story by Freddie Wilkinson, which tells of a group of mountain climbers who go through hell when attacked by extremist terrorists in Pakistan. Read More »
Ron Howard looks to Jay-Z and other performers to find the power of music in Made in America. The documentary (no relation to the Ted Danson/Whoopi Goldberg movie of the same name) finds Howard looking at the creation and execution of Jay-Z’s Made in America festival, which took place last year in Philadelphia. Not only does Howard spend time pointing a camera at the people organizing the fest, he shoots most of the performers, which included Jay Z (of course), Miike Snow, Janelle Monáe, Pearl Jam, Run-D.M.C., Santigold, Skrillex, Kanye West, D’Angelo, Dirty Projectors, and The Hives.
And so we get moments such as the bit when the organizers talk about how Skrillex has to perform from inside his spaceship, and then we see Skrillex in his spaceship. That’s cinema, folks. The film premiered at TIFF last year and aired on Showtime not long afterwards, but has been picked up for theatrical distribution in the US this year. Watch the Made in America trailer below. Read More »
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