Last night, the first screening of Quentin Tarantino‘s new film Django Unchained took place for an audience sponsored by the Directors Guild of America (DGA). The DGA screening was, technically, a guild affair, but a few members of the press managed to attend as well. While we don’t have any reviews for the film just yet, many of those who attended took to Twitter afterwards, and their comments are almost unanimously enthusiastic. (I’ll let you decide whether the Blazing Saddles comment is positive or not.)
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Following on the heels of a bunch of character images, here’s the first full trailer for Blue Sky Studios’ Epic, directed by Chris Wedge (Ice Age, Robots) and featuring the voices of Amanda Seyfried, Josh Hutcherson, and Aziz Ansari (in what seems to be essentially a parralel of Eddie Murphy’s gig in Shrek). Seyfried voices a girl who is pulled into a tiny forest battle between Leafmen and their enemies; naturally there’s a handsome little leaf dude (Hutcherson), a weird sidekick (Ansari) and a bunch of eye-candy creature-fairy-things.
Much like the Ice Age series from Blue Sky Studios, this is a beautifully-animated piece of work that looks like it will have more appeal for kids than big crossover success in the vein of Pixar.
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Posted on Monday, November 19th, 2012 by Angie Han
The first teaser trailer for Blue Sky’s CG-animated Epic was wonderful at showing off its fantastical forest setting, but not so much at introducing us to the characters. We heard more of Snow Patrol’s “The Lightning Strike” than we did dialogue from the cast, despite a star-studded lineup including Amanda Seyfried, Josh Hutcherson, Christoph Waltz, Colin Farrell, Beyonce Knowles, Jason Sudeikis, Aziz Ansari, and Chris O’Dowd.
But now a fresh batch of images have cropped up to show us who’s who in the picture, and what they’re all doing there. Hit the jump to see images of Hutcherson and Farrell’s miniature Leafmen warriors, Knowles’ Mother Nature incarnate, Waltz’s villainous force of decay, Ansari’s rather Tom Haverford-esque slug, and more.
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The first details have been revealed for the sequel to Disney’s 2011 hit The Muppets and they’re a Bingo. Christoph Waltz, best known for his Oscar-winning work with Quentin Tarantino, is currently in talks to star in The Muppets 2 (not the official title) as an Interpol inspector. The film will be set in Europe and while it’ll surely have dozens of cameos, the main human roles are this one as well as “a Russian femme fatale and a male lead whose intentions are always in question,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.
As previously reported, the film was written by Muppets director James Bobin and the original’s co-writer Nicholas Stoller. Bobin will now, officially, return to direct as well. Read more after the jump. Read More »
Today may be Halloween but I’m already looking ahead to Christmas. The family gatherings, the joy of giving, the religious celebration… it’s all important. But this year, there’s also Tarantino. Quentin Tarantino‘s latest film, Django Unchained, opens on December 25 and brings with it the kind of excitement generated by a filmmaker whose previous releases have been almost universally stellar. Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill, Inglourious Basterds and now the story of a slave (Jamie Foxx) trained by a bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) to kill some evil brothers (including Leonardo DiCaprio) to save the slave’s wife (Kerry Washington).
Tarantino recently revealed, like is the case with many of his films, Django is going to have ties to his previous movie and that makes this new batch of images even more interesting. Besides new shots of several of the stars, we meet secondary characters played by Don Johnson and Walton Goggins. Most of the Tarantino movie connections are tangential so it’s possible these guys are more important than they seem. And if they’re not, it’s still a new look at the latest Tarantino film. Check out all the images after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, October 25th, 2012 by Angie Han
The first teaser trailer for A Good Day to Die Hard was a delightfully explosive bit of fun, but disappointingly, that energy doesn’t seem to have translated to the first teaser poster. Our first bit of print marketing for the action sequel tries to be striking in its simplicity, and merely ends up being bland. Doesn’t help that star Bruce Willis‘ face is so Photoshopped he’s tiptoeing right up against the border of Uncanny Valley, either.
Much more exciting are the badass new international poster for Django Unchained, and the Weinstein Co.’s latest batch of stylish onesheets for Killing Them Softly. Check ‘em all out after the jump.
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For a few months we’ve known that Wally Pfister, the cinematographer who has shot all of Christopher Nolan‘s major work from Memento on, would be making his directorial debut with a top-secret film. We’ve known that Nolan and Emma Thomas are producing, and Pfister said not long ago that “it’s a present-day science fiction film, a fairly big concept. It’s bigger budget — not as big as “Batman,” but not independent.”
Other than those tidbits we’ve known nothing, not even a title. Now we know the film is called Transcendence, and that Johhny Depp is in talks to star.
Edit: While the original news break called the film “Transendence,” as originally spelled here, it appears that was wrong, and the title uses the standard spelling Transcendence.
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Posted on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 by Angie Han
At this point, it feels like we’ve seen more trailers for December’s Django Unchained than we have for a lot of October and November releases. Not that I’d think of complaining, when they’re all this much fun.
The latest international trailer remixes some of the same footage we’ve already seen, but offers enough new scenes to give us a fresh angle on the personalities and motivations of the main players – Django (Jamie Foxx), Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz), Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), and Broomhilda (Kerry Washington). And of course, there’s more than enough wit, style, and violence to remind you that this is a Quentin Tarantino movie. Watch the new trailer after the jump.
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