Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland, the brainchild of director Brad Bird and screenwriter Damon Lindelof, has been filming in Vancouver, BC for a few weeks now. The pair took a brief detour to the D23 Expo to tease audiences with a mysterious 1952 box and then went back to shooting the holiday 2014 release, leaving fans just as curious about the movie as we were months before hand.

Disney has now officially announced the start of production (they tend to wait a few weeks just to be safe) and while most of what’s in the release is well-known (the cast, the crew, etc.) there’s also the first official plot synopsis of the film. Though merely one sentence, it confirms long-rumored plot descriptions while also pushing focus away from the literal mystery box we saw at the D23 Expo. Read More »

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Delivery Man

Many a movie has centered on a man learning he has a kid he knew nothing about. Far fewer have followed what happens when a guy discovers he has 533 kids he’s never met.

Directed by Ken Scott based on his own French-Canadian comedy, Delivery Man stars Vince Vaughn as aimless 40something David Wozniak, who gets the unexpected news that he’s fathered 533 kids thanks to a mix-up at the clinic years ago. Once the initial shock wears off, he becomes curious about his offspring and starts to serve as a sort of guardian angel for several of them. Chris Pratt and Cobie Smulders also star. Watch the new trailer after the jump.

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Briefly: Brad Bird‘s upcoming Disney film, Tomorrowland, is one of the most highly anticipated films of 2014. Written by Damon Lindelof, the family sci-fi fantasy features three lead characters: a teenage girl, a middle-aged inventor and a girl robot. We’ll keep the precise nature of their story quiet here, but you can get more details from a link below. As for casting, George Clooney is the inventor, Raffey Cassidy is the robot and now two actresses are up for the lead of the teenage girl.

They are Britt Robertson, from the upcoming Under the Dome and The Secret Circle, and Naomi Scott, star of the Disney Channel film Lemonade Mouth and Fox’s Terra Nova. They’re both doing full makeup tests in the upcoming weeks.

There’s no guarantee either actress will get the role, but depending on the tests, one of these two could be your star on December 12, 2014. Read more about the plot to Tomorrowland here. [The Hollywood Reporter]

The loss of virginity plotline is a staple of teen flicks, as is the wild party setting. On that front, Jon Kasdan‘s The First Time offers nothing new. But since its Sundance premiere, this little coming of age tale has drawn praise for being an uncommonly charming example of the subgenre. Peter called it Can’t Hardly Wait meets John Hughes,” and that’s exactly what it looks like — familiar, perhaps, but sweet and smart enough to become a minor high school classic in its own right.

Dylan O’Brien (Teen Wolf) stars as awkward Dave, who carries a torch for his popular best friend Jane (Victoria Justice, Fun Size). That is, until he meets sarcastic Aubrey (Britt Robertson, The Secret Circle), who in turn is dating a douchebag named Ronny (James Frecheville, Animal Kingdom). Craig Roberts (Submarine) and Lamarcus Tinker (Friday Night Lights) round out the young, up-and-coming cast as Dave’s buddies. Watch the trailer after the jump.

The First Time is the kind of movie I hope to see at Sundance each year — a coming of age story which is smart, funny, and able to touch your soul. On Twitter I called the film an indie Can’t Hardly Wait for a new generation, and while I’m not sure that comparison is completely valid I’m going to go with it. The story is not set over the course of one night, but instead over the course of one weekend. While Wait was primarily set at a party, a high school party is the starting point for The First Time. This is where Dave Hodgman (Dylan O’Brien) meets Aubrey Miller (Britt Robertson) for the first time.

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