There’s a good chance that I will always be stunned by how incredibly gorgeous stop-motion animation looks from Laika. The studio is host to dozens of animators who are masters of their craft, and when you see the new footage from the final Kubo and the Two Strings trailer, you’ll certainly agree.
The fantasy adventure follows a young boy named Kubo (Art Parkinson) who gets caught up in the kind of fantasy adventures with which he usually entertains his village. With the help of a monkey (Charlize Theron) and a trusty, loyal warrior named Beetle (Matthew McConaughey), Kubo must face gods and monsters in order to learn the true history of his family and become a hero in the process. Read More »
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With The Huntsman: Winter’s War, director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan makes his feature directorial debut with the fantasy sequel. Nicolas-Troyan worked on Snow White and The Huntsman, as a visual effects supervisor and second-unit director. After the experience of collaborating with director Rupert Sanders, the 47-year-old visual effects artist decided to finally direct a movie of his own.
The sequel stars Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain, Emily Blunt, and Charlize Theron. This time around, the story centers around Hemsworth’s Eric the Huntsman, who must retrieve the lost mirror for Snow White, in order to prevent — you guessed it — winter’s war.
Below, read our Cedric Nicolas-Troyan interview, in which he discusses his debut feature, a surprise narrator in the film, a key VFX shot, and, of course, Gore Verbinski‘s 2005 drama, The Weather Man.
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Posted on Thursday, April 7th, 2016 by Angie Han
UPDATE: Variety says Charlize Theron has also been confirmed for the Fast 8 cast, in the role of a villain. Read our earlier report on her (then unconfirmed) casting here.
Dom Toretto and his “family” have generally come out on top against every foe they’ve faced, but the next Fast and Furious villain may not be shaken so easily, considering he’s faced down much worse. Like magical ice zombies and humorless brothers in black. Yep, it’s another Game of Thrones alum snagging another big splashy action role. Kristofer Hivju has been recruited to play a bad guy in Fast 8, making him the first new addition to the cast. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, April 5th, 2016 by Angie Han
Charlize Theron has had some pretty great roles in her time, but one of her best was in Jason Reitman‘s Young Adult. She was mesmerizing as as selfish and troubled writer Mavis Gary, with help from some sharp dialogue written by Diablo Cody. So it comes as fantastic news to hear the team’s thinking of getting back together again. Theron is reportedly eyeing a new project written by Cody, which Reitman will direct. Read More »
The most important thing about The Huntsman: Winter’s War is that there is at least one scene where Emily Blunt rides a polar bear. This was true when the first trailer arrived last month and it continued to be true when the second trailer arrived last week. This film seems to offer its fair share of pleasures for all kinds of people – the astonishingly handsome Chris Hemsworth strutting about with just enough chest exposed, the lovely Jessica Chastain kicking all kinds of ass in black leather, the incredible Charlize Theron vomiting black goo all over the place – but I’m buying a ticket because Emily Blunt is a literal ice queen who rides a fantasy polar bear. How did this movie gain access to the darkest corners of my brain?
Anyway, a batch of new The Huntsman: Winter’s War clips have arrived and one of them is entirely about Emily Blunt and her polar bear. Be still, my pounding heart.
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Posted on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016 by Angie Han
Sunday was the first official day of spring, so naturally Universal is celebrating with a trailer that’s all about winter. The Huntsman: Winter’s War takes Eric the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) and Ravenna (Charlize Theron) back before they met Snow White, to a time when he got caught up in the battle between Ravenna and her sister Freya (Emily Blunt).
As one of Freya’s loyal protectors, Eric is forbidden to fall in love with a fellow Huntsman — but that rule becomes awfully difficult to follow when he sets eyes on Sara (Jessica Chastain). Watch the Huntsman: Winter’s War trailer below.
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The sheer beauty and wonder of stop-motion animation from LAIKA will never cease to amaze me. A new trailer for their latest project, Kubo and the Two Strings, has just arrived, and as the animation studio’s first epic, the visual are truly stunning. The intricacy of the animation makes you wonder why LAIKA takes the time do make these movies in stop-motion animated, but if you’ve seen any of their movies, you know that it gives it a certain homemade quality that makes it that much more special.
Watch the new Kubo and the Two Strings trailer after the jump. Read More »
Back in 2010, Mindhunter was set up at HBO, but the David Fincher-produced show recently found a new home at Netflix. Following a successful collaboration on House of Cards, Fincher, along with Charlize Theron, is adapting John Douglas and Mark Olshaker‘s book, “Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit,” for the streaming service.
Anna Torv (Fringe) and Jonathan Groff (Looking) have just joined the Mindhunter cast. Learn more about the television series below.
UPDATE: Holt McCallany (Lights Out) has just been cast as the Mindhunter lead, and new details have emerged about his and his co-star’s roles. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, February 11th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
The most important thing to understand about the new The Huntsman: Winter’s War trailer is that there are at least two shots where Emily Blunt, playing a literal ice queen named Freya, rides a polar bear. Now, I’m not sure what you value in life, but Emily Blunt as an ice-blasting sorceress sitting astride a polar is the kind of thing that can get us through a dark and lonely day. That’s some serious D&D shit right there.
The rest of the trailer for The Huntsman: Winter’s War isn’t nearly as inspiring, looking like a half-baked rehash of the already half-baked Snow White and the Huntsman. And yet it’s hard to find too much to hate about a movie that somehow managed to wrangle Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Jessica Chasten, and Emily Blunt (on a polar bear!) into the same ensemble.
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