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It really says something about Johnny Depp‘s career that his role in Transcendence as a megalomaniacal digital god (or something) is the least weird he’s looked in a while. The role doesn’t require him to don gold teeth, or vampire fangs, or ten pounds of white makeup and a bird on his head. Instead, as director Wally Pfister puts it, Transcendence has him with “just a pair of glasses on and a pretty normal haircut.”

But don’t let that fool you: Transcendence sounds like a trip. The script, by Jack Paglen, centers on an AI researcher (Depp) who uploads his own consciousness into the computer when his life falls into danger. Rebecca HallMorgan Freeman, and Cillian Murphy also star, and you can see all of them in two new images after the jump.

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A clip of an extra from the Blu-ray set is now online that shows footage from Bale’s audition tape. That’s cool enough in itself. But, because the Batman Begins suit had not been designed yet, the actor wore the Sonar Batsuit Val Kilmer wore in Batman Forever. And he acted against Amy Adams. Check that out below, along with an image of Begins co-star Cillian Murphy auditioning for the role. Read More »

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The film Transcendence is the directorial debut of Christopher Nolan’s long-time cinematographer Wally Pfister. The film has mostly been a mystery so far; we know the cast, which includes Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman, Rebecca Hall, Cillian Murphy, Clifton Collins Jr., Kate Mara, and Paul Bettany. And we know that the story involves the transferrence of consciousness from a human (Depp) into a computer.

Most of the rest of the details have been under wraps. And they’ll remain so, but a few more teaser bits have come to light. Above is the first still from the production of the movie, showing the basic look Depp and Hall sport in the movie. And a brief behind the scenes featurette, embedded after the break, gives you a bit more info to go along with a Chinese teaser poster and quote from one producer about the aims of the film. Read More »

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Each time we report on a new actor being added to Wally Pfister‘s directorial debut, Transcendence, it’s the same old thing: new actor, very little new info. Being as Pfister has learned from the Christopher Nolan school, and in fact this film is being exec produced by Nolan, it’s no surprise that details are scant.

The new actor in this case is someone with whom Pfister should be very familiar, as they’ve done four films together. Pfister was director of photography on the last three Batman movies, and Inception, each of which featured Cillian Murphy. Now Murphy will play one of three lead male roles in Transcendence, with the other two played by Johnny Depp and Paul Bettany. Rebecca Hall, Kata Mara, and Morgan Freeman are in the film as well.

Jack Paglen scripted, and we know that the story revolves around a couple of scientists (Depp and Bettany), with Depp playing a guy whose consciousness is housed in a computer after his physical form is killed. The film will be released on April 25, 2014. [Latino Review]

After a very unrevealing first teaser, we finally got a better look at Buried director Rodrigo CortésRed Lights when the full-length international trailer hit last week. Unfortunately, with all the dialogue dubbed over in Spanish and nary a subtitle in sight, it was difficult to get a sense of what was actually going on. Now an English-language version of the same trailer has just gone up, and while the film is still shrouded in plenty of mystery — it is a thriller, after all — the new video does a much better job of setting up the premise for the non-Spanish-speakers among us.

Sigourney Weaver and Cillian Murphy star as psychologist Margaret Matheson and her assistant Tom Buckley, respectively, who study and debunk parascience and paranormal activity. They find their biggest challenge yet when a world-famous psychic Simon Silver (Robert De Niro) returns to the limelight after decades in retirement. Elizabeth Olsen and Toby Jones also star. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Two years ago Rodrigo Cortés brought the one-man thriller Buried to Sundance, and this year he returned with Red Lights, a film in which follows “psychologist Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) and her assistant Tom Buckley (Cillian Murphy) as they study and disprove paranormal activity, parascience and psychics. But can they take down world-renowned psychic Simon Silver (Robert De Niro), who has come out of retirement after three decades?”

Today, despite tepid reviews, Millennium Entertainment signed a deal to distribute Red Lights in the US. While there isn’t yet a new domestic trailer to supplement the teaser we saw a couple months back, there is an international trailer to show off the film a bit.

This Spanish trailer won’t tell you too much about the film, because it is dubbed in Spanish with no subtitles, but if you want to get a general idea of what the film looks like this should do the trick. Read More »

Rodrigo Cortés made a name for himself with a film that premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival: Buried, based on Chris Sparling’s black list script about a man buried alive who has to figure a way out of his coffin before his air supply is used up. The film starred Ryan Reynolds, and was critically praised for it’s direction, a tough task considering the 95-minute film takes place completely inside a casket.

Cortés returns to Sundance two years later with the $15 million thriller Red Lights, which he also wrote. The story follows Psychologist Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) and her assistant Tom Buckley (Cillian Murphy) as they study and disprove paranormal activity, parascience and psychics. But can they take down world-renowned psychic Simon Silver (Robert De Niro), who has come out of retirement after three decades?

This is a 21st century Ghostbusters. What if Venkman, Stantz and Spengler never got fired from their parapsychology professor jobs? What if they took their research seriously and mounted a serious fight against the world of paranormal scams (a la skeptics James Randi and Penn Jillette), busting “ghosts” through scientific research. Or you might even be ale to think of it as a Ghostbusters spin-off — what if Dana Barrett (Weaver’s character in GB) left the company of the Ghostbusters and became a skeptic?
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