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Michael Giacchino - R2-Me2

If you’ve been to a convention, odds are you spent some time drooling at a Sideshow Collectibles booth. Their large convention space consists of glass cases filled with the kind of high-end collectibles and figures most of us only dream of owning. Last weekend’s Star Wars Celebration was no different. Sideshow had a beautiful booth filled with goregeous merchandise. However, one big different this time was a huge selection of R2-D2’s that had been customized by various artists.

The exhibit was called R2-Me2 and consisted of efforts from almost 100 different artists – including composer Michael Giacchino – each using R2-D2 as a canvas for various interpretation of the character. Below, see a few our of favorite R2-Me2 images. Read More »

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Black Mass trailer

Hollywood doesn’t give us a lot of great gangster movies anymore, so when there’s one on the horizon that looks promising, we all get excited. Is this the next Scarface, White Heat, Goodfellas or Godfather? We don’t know yet, but Black Mass certainly has a shot at success.

Directed by Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart) the film stars Johnny Depp as Boston gangster Whitey Bulger, who became an FBI informant to help take down the Italian mob. The film co-stars Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Bacon, Dakota Johnson, Peter Sarsgaard, Jesse Plemons, Corey Stoll, Rory Cochrane, Sienna Miller, Adam Scott and opens in September.

Below, watch the first Black Mass trailer. Read More »

Tyler Perry in Gone Girl

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 is going to be a Tyler Perry movie. But don’t worry, that doesn’t mean the amphibian warriors are getting a dressing down from Madea. Perry is playing Baxter Stockman, a scientist whose inventions spell trouble for Master Splinter. Learn more about the Ninja Turtles Tyler Perry casting after the jump.  Read More »

Ash vs Evil Dead details

The Ash vs Evil Dead TV series has begun production in New Zealand, and the first behind the scenes photo featuring the producers, director and star also features a super-important returning character: the 1973 Delta 88 that has been in nearly every Sam Raimi movie to date. Along with that image, which you can see in larger form below, we have a handful of new facts about the show, straight from the creative trio of Raimi, Robert Tapert, and Bruce Campbell.

We have many details below, but perhaps all you need is this statement from Campbell, who promised “This is not going to be a watered down version of Evil Dead. …[The fans] want the hardcore stuff, and they’re going to get it.” 

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The Dead Lands

Both James Cameron and Peter Jackson love The Dead Lands. That’s a pretty amazing endorsement. Written by Glenn Standring and directed by Toa Fraser, the raw action movie is about a young warrior who must avenge his father’s death by traveling across the treacherous dead lands to forge an alliance with an stranger.

This small, New Zealand-based action film is currently in select theaters and on VOD. In the hopes you might check it out, the studio has provided /Film with an exclusive clip of one of the film’s action sequences. It features some dynamic camera moves and violence to illustrate why Cameron and Jackson love the movie so much.

Below, watch the exclusive Dead Lands clip, check out the trailer and read the specific quotes from James Cameron and Peter Jackson. Read More »

Area 51 trailer

Area 51, in which a group of people breaks into the famed government alien holding area, is the long-shelved film from Oren Peli that was once intended to be a follow-up to Paranormal Activity. The film has been stuck in limbo with Paramount’s small Insurge banner for quite some time; the last update on the film came in 2013, and before that 2011.

Now Area 51 is about to get a very short theatrical life. Along with Drunk Wedding, another Insurge film, Area 51 will play sixteen Alamo Drafthouse locations for one weekend in May, alongside their VOD debuts. The first Area 51 trailer is below.  Read More »

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Tom Cruise could follow up his string of action movies with something completely different. The A-lister is reportedly circling the title role in Bob the Musical, a Disney comedy about a guy whose life turns into a musical after he receives a blow to his head. Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) is being courted to direct. More about the possible Tom Cruise Bob the Musical deal after the jump.

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Rogue One Riz Ahmed

The first Star Wars Anthology film, Rogue One, to be directed by Gareth Edwards, is sounding like an anomaly in the Star Wars lineup. The movie has been positioned explicitly as a war film, and the teaser trailer shown at Star Wars Celebration featured a vibe that is more serious, even adult, than any other Star Wars project to date. And there’s the cast, which is so far led by Felicity Jones, who we know plays a Rebel fighter.

Now Riz Ahmed (above, with Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler) is reported to be in the Rogue One cast as well. Additionally, Sam Claflin is reportedly circling a role. Read More »

Ang Lee 120 frames

Twenty-four frames per second has served us just fine for almost a hundred years. Modern technology, however, always strives for more, and filmmakers recently began to experiment with a higher frame rate. Shooting at higher frame rates would, in theory, make a moving image more realistic (because more info is being fed to us) and make it much more open to manipulation.

James Cameron is considering making the Avatar sequels in a higher frame rate and we all know Peter Jackson shot The Hobbit trilogy in 48 frames per second. That experiment is considered a failure because of the public outcry against the result, but I’m sure Jackson himself is happy with the raw results, even if audiences never saw it the way he intended.

Now, another filmmaker who has been flirting with high frame rate is taking a dive into that world. Sony executives confirmed that Ang Lee will shoot his next project, the Iraq war film Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, at 120 frames per second. Read the Ang Lee 120 frames news below. Read More »