Channing Tatum in Hail Caesar

One of the many themes floating around in the Coen brothers’ Hail Caesar! is the transcendent power of cinema — the way a really good film can mesmerize, delight, make all your troubles melt away, and awe you with its artistry. And few scenes in the film make a better case for it than the snippet we get to see of “No Dames,” an Anchors Aweigh-style musical number starring the Gene Kelly-esque Burt Gurney, played by Channing Tatum.

It’s a fantastic showcase for Tatum’s talents as a song-and-dance man, and it’ll leave you wishing we could get an actual, full-length musical with him. Now, the good news is that we will. And the even better news is that it’ll also star Joseph Gordon-Levitt, another actor who’s demonstrated some serious moves in the past.  Read More »

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Hail Caesar Trailer

If you’re a Coen Brothers fan, then you’re probably already excited about the directing and writing duo’s new film coming next month, the comedy Hail, Caesar! starring a cavalcade of great talent. We’ve already seen one trailer showing off the quirky story that takes place in the Golden Age of Hollywood, and now a new trailer shows us even more. But rather than taking the traditional trailer route, they basically use an entire, hilarious scene to sell the movie with a brief montage at the end. And it’s just as fantastic as you’d hope. Read More »

George Clooney in Hail Caesar

2015 officially ends in a couple of days, but it’s hard to mind too much when 2016 looks so promising. For starters, next year brings Hail, Caesar!, the Coen Brothers‘ first film since 2013’s superb Inside Llewyn Davis. The directors’ names alone were enough to put this one on our radar, but the first trailer catapulted it right to the top of our most-anticipated lists.

Set during the Golden Age of Hollywood, the star-studded comedy follows studio fixer Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) over the course of one very busy day. When movie star Baird Whitlock (George Clooney) is kidnapped by a mysterious organization calling itself The Future, it falls on Eddie to rescue him. The first Hail, Caesar! poster and a new Hail, Caesar! TV spot have just been released, and you can see them both after the jump.  Read More »

most overpaid actors

In news that should come as no surprise the millions of people who went out of their way to avoid Mortdecai and Transcendence, Forbes has compiled its annual list of the most overpaid actors in Hollywood and Johnny Depp is sitting not-so-pretty at number one. And when you look at the raw numbers, no one else is even close.

However, there’s a little more going on here than a great excuse to kick Johnny Depp and his collection of dumb hats while they’re down. The disparity between what “movie stars” are paid and what their movies end up grossing at the box office is shifting. The age of the movie star is effectively over and you can see this reflected in the full list below.

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gambit movie details

After a rocky few months, it looks like 20th Century Fox’s Gambit movie is finally starting to find its footing. Doug Liman is in negotiations to direct (replacing Rupert Wyatt), Channing Tatum is still locked in to play the kinetically charged mutant superhero, and producer Simon Kinberg is saying the right things in interviews.

According to Kinberg, who is the godfather of sorts to the entire X-Men movie franchise at this point, Gambit will be a “heist movie” and a “sexy thriller” that will stand alone from the rest of Fox’s superhero movies. The heist movie aspect isn’t surprising given the character of Gambit’s penchant for thievery. The sexy thriller part of the equation makes sense because there is no way Channing Tatum doesn’t spend great swaths of this movie shirtless and showing off his disconcertingly attractive body.

The full sexy, heist-y Gambit movie details can be found after the jump.

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gambit director

The development of Gambit has been something of a roller coaster. First, the film struggled for months to find a director as every A-list filmmaker turned down the job. Then, Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt took the gig, only to drop out shortly thereafter. And producer and star Channing Tatum threatened to quit and then he was back on board. It has not been an easy road for 20th Century Fox’s X-Men spin-off, which was last seen quietly begging a new group of directors to please, for the love of God, sign on and make this movie happen, pretty please.

And lo and behold, one of those directors has apparently taken the gig. Doug Liman, the director of The Bourne Identity and Edge of Tomorrow, has taken the gig. Hopefully, whatever scared everyone else away won’t affect Liman, who has a reputation for having stood firm through his fair share of troubled productions.

Hit the jump for more news on the new Gambit director.

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gambit directors

We don’t want to run around yelling things like “There’s something wrong with Channing Tatum‘s Gambit movie!” because we don’t have a mutant power that lets us see behind the scenes of major film productions. However, based purely on everything that has been going on with this movie in public, it certainly seem like there’s something wrong with Channing Tatum’s Gambit movie. After all, it took months of searching (and a whole bunch of refusals) to land director Rupert Wyatt, who promptly dropped out of the project a few weeks ago.

Now, production on the X-Men spin-off has supposedly been delayed as the hunt for a director continues. Now, three new filmmakers are supposedly r in contention for the job. Like so many of the others who have passed on the film, they are one varied bunch: Doug Liman, Shane Black, and Joe Cornish.

Let’s dive into the potential Gambit directors after the jump.

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Doug Liman directing Jumper

Having lost Rupert Wyatt to creative differences and/or scheduling conflicts last month, 20th Century Fox’s X-Men spinoff Gambit has been on the hunt for a new director. And now, thankfully, it seems to be zeroing in on a good one.

Rumor has it Edge of Tomorrow and The Bourne Identity helmer Doug Liman is wanted for Gambit, which will star Channing Tatum as the eponymous superhero. More on the Gambit Doug Liman rumor after the jump.

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Hail Caesar trailer

As if we didn’t have enough movies to look forward to between now and the end of this year, it’s already time to start looking ahead to next year. Working Title has just dropped the first trailer for Hail, Caesar!, Joel and Ethan Coen‘s not-quite-musical farce set in the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Josh Brolin plays studio fixer Eddie Manix, whose crazy day gets a whole lot crazier when a movie star (played by George Clooney) gets abducted. The all-star cast also includes Ralph FiennesScarlett JohanssonTilda SwintonAlden Ehrenreich, and Frances McDormand. Watch the Hail Caesar trailer after the jump. Read More »