When most people think of Walt Disney films, they think of two genres: the animated musical and the live-action family film. Beauty and the Beast or 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Snow White or Swiss Family Robinson. What’s slightly more rare of late is a blend of the two, the live-action musical, as we’ve seen in films like Mary Poppins, Newsies, Enchanted or The Muppets. These come out much less frequently.
Next year, however, Disney will be releasing two live-action musicals: Muppets Most Wanted and one that’s likely to be their most elaborate and star-studded live action musical to date, Into The Woods.
Directed by Rob Marshall and based on the Tony Award-winning broadway show with music by Stephen Sondheim, Into the Woods just began production aimed at a Christmas 2014 release. Below, read the full press release including the list of confirmed cast members, such as Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine, Anna Kendrick, Christine Baranski and Tracy Ullman. Read More »
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Doug Liman‘s Edge of Tomorrow, once called All You Need is Kill, showed off a new image (above) and a poster before heading to Comic Con, with footage likely to debut Saturday morning at the Warner Bros. panel. But on the show floor some of the costumes from the film are being displayed for attendees right now.
In the film, Tom Cruise plays a soldier killed in battle with aliens, who finds himself reliving his final day of life. (You might remember that this project was described pretty early on as Groundhog Day meets Starship Troopers.) That constant reincarnation lets him play out that battle almost like a video game, allowing him to get better and better as s soldier. Some of his gear for the fight eventually includes the power suits seen above and in the Comic Con poster. You can get another look at the suits in pics from the show floor, below. Read More »
Doug Liman‘s upcoming sci-fi action film starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt has been given a new title. Originally called All You Need Is Kill, which also is the name of the original graphic novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, the film has now been renamed Edge of Tomorrow. It’s definitely a less confusing, more catchy title for the June 2014 release. The film is about a futuristic world where a soldier is caught in a time travel loophole, consistently dying in battle, but in the process also hardening into a military powerhouse, and probing for the weakness of his enemy.
Below, check out the first poster for the film. Read More »
Posted on Friday, May 17th, 2013 by Angie Han
Rob Marshall has directed one really good musical (Chicago) and one not-so-great one (Nine). Presumably it’s the former that has Hollywood’s biggest stars eagerly lining up for his next one.
Emily Blunt and Christine Baranski have entered negotiations to team with Marshall for Disney’s Into the Woods, joining Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Chris Pine. The fairy tale mash-up is based on a Broadway musical by Stephen Sondheim. More details on their roles after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 by Angie Han
Pretty much everyone has had a moment when they felt an intense desire to run away from their own lives, an urge to leave everything and everyone behind completely and start fresh as an entirely different person. Only a precious few people actually attempt to do it.
In the first trailer for Arthur Newman, family man Wallace Avery (Colin Firth) joins those ranks by faking his own death and assuming the identity of Arthur Newman, golf pro. Along the way, he encounters a troubled woman (Emily Blunt) who’s running from some demons of her own. The comedy is the feature debut of commercial helmer Dante Ariola, whose work we’ve spotlighted here in the past. Hit the jump to keep reading.
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Heading into 2012, two films many of us were looking forward to were the new movies from Rian Johnson and Judd Apatow: Looper and This is 40. Now that we’ve seen them, why not see a bit more? After all, whether or not you loved or loathed either film (read my review of each at these links) it’s difficult to dispute that everything Johnson or Apatow does is worth watching.
Two deleted scenes from This is 40 have been posted, including a really funny one with Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, and another with indie songwriter Mark Oliver Everett of Eels. Then there’s a tense scene from Looper featuring Emily Blunt, Garret Dillahunt and a hamper. Check them out below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, October 8th, 2012 by Angie Han
It took a good four years for The Avengers to finally make it to the big screen after being teased in 2008’s Iron Man, but The Avengers 2 is on a somewhat tighter schedule. A May 1, 2015 release date has already been nailed down, with writer/director Joss Whedon set to return, and now word is that casting has started for one high-profile character.
According to a new report, Emily Blunt and Ruth Wilson are up for the role of Ms. Marvel, otherwise known as Carol Danvers. It’s worth noting that the source is less than 100% reliable, so take it with a grain of salt. On the other hand, considering the caliber of talent the franchise has been attracting, these names don’t entirely seem out of the realm of possibility.
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We’ve been pretty high on the idea of Rian Johnson‘s third film, Looper, since the movie was first announced, especially as we learned that Joseph Gordon-Levitt would play a near-future assassin who kills mob victims illicitly sent back in time. Add Bruce Willis as the older version of the same character, who becomes a target for JGL, and things got really interesting. Then a test screening last fall got word out that Johnson may have really knocked Looper out of the park, and expectations for the film went through the roof.
And now, as we fairly easily begin to forget the unsatisfying sumer of 2012, Looper has hit theaters. And I’m happy to say that it is an excellent film. Not only is Johnson firing on all cylinders as a storyteller and director, the film is both a great piece of sci-fi and a satisfying character piece that really puts that central assassin character through the wringer. And even for those who have been paying attention to all the marketing, Sony left a few things unrevealed, so Looper gets to keep a few tricks hidden up its sleeve right until the end.
Moreso than for any other recent genre film, I’m curious to know what people think about Looper. So have at it in the comments below, where spoiler discussions of the film’s story and meaning are fair game. Read More »
No one goes into a time travel movie expecting all the answers. Time travel films are often filled with unanswerable mysteries, because the idea of moving characters against the normal flow of time creates problems and paradoxes. Bending your mind around the layers and repetition of time travel is part of the fun, even in a bad time travel movie. Writer/director Rian Johnson loves time travel movies too, even the bad ones. Thankfully, he made a great one in Looper, now in theaters. (Read our review right here.)
Even after you walk out of Looper, though, you’re bound to have questions that need answering. In a recent 15 minute interview with Johnson, that’s all we focused on. Spoilers, spoilers and more spoilers. Questions that the movie doesn’t answer, ideas the movie hints at, character motivations, all of it. On Monday, we’ll run the full video interview but, for now, we provide answers to ten unexplained mysteries from the film with the help of Johnson himself.
Beware, MASSIVE SPOILERS for Looper after the jump. Read More »