White Bird in a Blizzard

Shailene Woodley rocked the Sundance Film Festival last year with James Ponsoldt’s lovely The Spectacular Now, and she’ll hope to do the same next year with Gregg Araki‘s White Bird in a Blizzard. Based on a 1999 novel of the same title by Laura Kasischke, the drama stars Woodley as a teenager whose life is thrown into chaos by the mysterious disappearance of her mother (Eva Green).

While most Sundance films haven’t released much more than a still image, if that, White Bird in a Blizzard has just put out its first trailer. Check it out after the jump.

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Olympus Has Fallen

It took the Die Hard franchise five installments to send its hero overseas, but Olympus Has Fallen, a.k.a. “Die Hard in the White House,” will get there considerably faster. According to a new report, Nu Image and Millennium Films are reuniting the entire principal cast of the first movie — including Gerard ButlerAaron Eckhart, and Morgan Freeman – for London Has Fallen, set in, you guessed it, London. Hit the jump for more plot details.

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There are two “Die Hard in the White House” movies set for release this year. One is Roland Emmerich’s White House Down, with Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx. The other is Antoine Fuqua‘s Olympus Has Fallen, which features Gerard Butler as a secret service agent, Aaron Eckhart as the President of the United States, Morgan Freeman as the Speaker of the House, and a whole bunch of Asian antagonists.

Here, Butler’s agent pulls the POTUS from a wrecked limo just before it plunges off a bridge… with the First Lady inside. He’s removed from service, but ends up back in action when the White House is taken over by terrorists while he’s inside. As the President is held hostage and Butler works his violent magic from inside 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.,  Morgan Freeman’s Speaker manages the situation from the outside. It’s all very explosive, and even the Washington Monument takes a hit.

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Last night during 30 Rock and American Idol Warner Bros. premiered a new TV spot for Green Lantern, but the spot was really more of a recut trailer. At 1:30, it is essentially a shortened version of the WonderCon footage that was shown off not long ago. But there are a few new bits sprinkled here and there in this edit. and it is good to see that Green Lantern looks like a properly cosmic, more than a little bit weird movie to rival the two Marvel films hitting this summer. Read More »

TriStar Pictures has released a new trailer for Jumping the Broom, starring Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, Paula Patton (Just Wright, Precious) and Laz Alonso (Avatar). The film revolves around the wedding of Sabrina (Patton) and Jason (Alonso), and the clash that ensues when her uptown family meets his downtown one. This is the first feature by director Salim Akil, a television director whose credits include The Game, Girlfriends and Soul Food. While Jumping the Broom is unlikely to convert romcom haters, it looks like an enjoyably fluffy flick for everyone else. Check out the trailer after the jump.

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Briefly: McG has been shooting his action-filled romantic comedy This Means War for a few weeks, with Chris Pine, Tom Hardy and Reese Witherspoon starring. Now Angela Bassett has been added to the cast.

The story follows two agents and best friends (Pine and Hardy) who go to war over the affections of one woman (Witherspoon). Angela Bassett will play the CIA boss of the who men; she’s a lifer, and has no real experience or interest outside the agency. Additional cast includes David Koechner, Chelsea Handler, Til Schweiger and Leela Savastas. Despite the direction of McG and the fact that the script has been floating around in development hell for years, I’m curious to see how this one turns out. Can’t resist Tom Hardy as a comically aggressive CIA agent, and Angela Bassett is always a welcome sight. [Variety]

Six More Green Lantern Photos Arrive

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Update: Two more images have been added to this post bringing the total up to six photos. New images include Hector Hammond before his alien encounter and Hector in a bunker with the corpse of alien Abin Sur.

Earlier today we had the first look at Ryan Reynolds in costume as Green Lantern, thanks to the cover of Entertainment Weekly. Now some pics from the mag’s coverage have been scanned, and while there isn’t another big image of the character in costume, we see Reynolds, Blake Lively, Tim Robbins and Angela Bassett as they’ll appear in the film. In addition, one shot has a sideways look at Peter Sarsgaard, which seems to confirm the makeup from spy shots we saw months ago.

Finally, a better scan of the cover reveals more detail about the wonky-looking Green Lantern mask. In this shot at least, the thing is indeed painted on, as many realized when looking at the first image. Let’s hope that’s just for this photo, because while I can accept that a test pilot might gain possession of a willpower-channeling ring from space, with which he creates and maintains his own costume, the idea that he’d paint on a harlequin mask as an afterthought just seems absurd. (Looking at the close-up, blurring around the mask edges suggests this is a photoshop job.)

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We haven’t talked much about the film LOL, a remake of a French comedy, because it is a Miley Cyrus picture. Not really what most of our audience is clamoring to learn about. But on this Eclipse eve, why not report that Twilight co-star Ashley Greene is joining the cast along with everyone’s favorite sorta-tough guy, Thomas Jane. (I’m not being sarcastic there — I like Jane’s work quite a bit.)

They join Cyrus and Demi Moore in a film about “a teenage girl (Cyrus) who is dumped by her more sexually experienced boyfriend (George Finn) while her divorcee mother (Moore) struggles to move on with her life.” Jane plays the father of Cyrus’ character, while Greene will be “a high school bad girl.” [THR]

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