the girl on the train first look

Because it’s about a mystery revolving around an unreliable narrator (and possibly because it has “girl” in the title), Paula HawkinsThe Girl on the Train earned instant comparisons to Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl when it was published earlier this year. Now that a film adaptation is on the way, we can move on from comparing the two novels to comparing the film versions. This is how the world works.

In any case, The Girl on the Train wins some instant affection simply by casting the great Emily Blunt as that titular woman on public transit. It’s simple movie math: Blunt makes any movie better, whether or not they’re based on acclaimed thrillers. The first two official stills from the film have arrived and they showcase Blunt in-character as Rachel Watson. You can check out the Girl on the Train first look below.

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The Huntsman trailer

The full trailer for The Huntsman: Winter’s War debuts next week, but in the meantime, Universal has released a teaser for the trailer. The sequel/spinoff features an excellent cast, which is why, after the underwhelming first film, Snow White and the Huntsman, this might actually be worth seeing.

After the jump, watch a whopping 15 seconds from The Huntsman: Winter’s War.

UPDATE: Shortly after we shared the first The Huntsman teaser, the first full-length The Huntsman trailer went up. Watch it below.

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Huntsman director

Universal ditched the Snow White half of Snow White and the Huntsman some time ago, but the Huntsman will be back next year headlining his very own movie. And as of today, that movie has a new title, a new synopsis, and four first-look promotional images.

The Huntsman: Winter’s War has dished out four new character posters featuring Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt, and Jessica Chastain, or, as I think of them, “Thor and three people the internet wishes would play Captain Marvel.” Get your The Huntsman first look after the jump.  Read More »

Johnny Depp Joins Sherlock Gnomes

It’s been three years since we heard anything about Gnomeo and Juliet 2, the sequel to the 2011 family film that delivered a fantastical adaptation of William Shakespeare’s tragedy, following two feuding lawn gnomes who fall in love. But the animated follow-up just gained a big name for the voice cast.

Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp will be lending his voice to the sequel with the punny title Sherlock Gnomes. And as you’ve surmised, there will be a mystery among the gnomes that needs to be solved. Read More »

Escape From New York remake

For over eight years now an Escape from New York remake has been in development. Originally, Gerard Butler (300) was set to star, which, if I recall correctly, made a puzzled Kurt Russell ask, “Isn’t Snake Plissken an American?” Butler, like many writers and directors, departed from the project. Today, some life has been breathed back into the in-development-hell film, as there’s a new Escape from New York remake writer onboard. Read more after the jump.

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Sicario visual effects

If you haven’t ventured out to theaters to see the drug trafficking action thriller Sicario, allow me to recommend that you stop dragging your feet and take a chance on what may be one of the best films of the year. It’s an intense, white knuckle flick featuring a bad ass performance from Emily Blunt, and a scene-stealing turn from Benicio del Toro.

And when you see the film, you probably won’t realize there are actually a bunch of impressive, unnoticeable visual effects in the movie. But a Sicario visual effects reel from Oblique FX shows just what was real and what was digitally created. Having just seen the movie recently, I was floored after learning just how many visual effects were employed. However, if you haven’t seen Sicario, beware of minor spoilers. Read More »

Emily Blunt in Sicario

When Marvel announced plans to make Captain Marvel, Emily Blunt was immediately pegged by fans (us included) as a dream pick for the lead. She’d just proven her action bona fides in Edge of Tomorrow, making her an obvious choice for the bold, badass Carol Danvers. But her casting remains in the realm of wishful thinking, as Blunt clarifies she’s not heard anything about the role.

She does, however, have some thoughts about why her name keeps cropping up in rumors. And, for that matter, why the same names seem to come up in rumors about any female-led action movie. Hear from Emily Blunt on Captain Marvel rumors after the jump. Read More »

Rebecca Ferguson's next movie

After the opening of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, the major question we all had was “how long do we have to wait for Rebecca Ferguson‘s next movie?” In fact, that next movie will probably be Florence Foster Jenkins, with Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, directed by Stephen Frears.

But the film after that won’t be Gambit, as Ferguson has reportedly dropped that possible gig for something heavier. Ferguson is in talks to join the cast of The Girl on the Train, which Tate Taylor (The Help) will direct based on the novel by Paula Hawkins.

Given that the novel is frequently praised with comparisons to the work of Alfred Hitchcock, and that Ferguson was central to Rogue Nation‘s own Hitchcock homage sequence (above) this all seems like a pretty tidy deal. Read More »

Sicario trailer

This fall brings the arrival in theaters of Sicario, the latest film from Enemy and Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve, with a cast highlighted by Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, and Josh Brolin. The three play corners on a triangle of official and sometimes very unofficial players in the war between law agencies and Mexican drug cartels.

This new Sicario trailer has some of the same footage as the last domestic trailer, but it is a bit shorter, so it reveals less, and it is cut in a slightly more broad manner, presumably to get its ideas across to a larger audience. It is still quite good, and still makes Emily Blunt look like a total badass.  Read More »

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Sicario

Who would have guessed, when Emily Blunt first broke through as Meryl Streep’s snobby assistant in The Devil Wears Prada, that she’d go on to have a career as a badass action hero? Yet here we are with Looper and Edge of Tomorrow and now Sicario, the latter of which promises to be her darkest turn yet.

Directed by Denis Villeneuve, Sicario follows an FBI agent involved with the war on drugs. Her latest assignment takes her to the U.S.-Mexico border in the company of two men, a CIA official played by Josh Brolin and a mysterious consultant played by Benicio del Toro. Watch the first Sicario trailer after the jump. Read More »