When production was halted on HBO’s television adaptation of the sci-fi feature Westworld, some were worried that the show was on shaky ground before it had even premiered on the cable network. Thankfully, J.J. Abrams came around to put a positive spin on the situation saying that executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy just needed more time to fine tune the final four scripts for the show’s first season. Now that a new Westworld trailer has debuted, it looks like this show will be worth the wait.
Over the weekend, HBO debuted a new Westworld trailer showing a whole bunch of new footage from the show that will explore artificial intelligence and consciousness in a future where an elaborate amusement park is brought to life by sophisticated androids. But what happens when these creations begin explore what it means to be human by testing the boundaries of their existence and significance, thereby threatening the humans who have controlled them for so long? Read More »
Ellen Page has already faced the end of the world as we know it as a mutant in both X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men: Days of Future Past. Now she and Evan Rachel Wood will have to deal with humanity turning on itself in the isolated, quiet apocalyptic thriller Into the Forest.
The film from director Patricia Rozema premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, and now it’s coming to theaters and VOD this summer. For all the apocalyptic thrillers that are out there, this one takes a more isolated, intimate approach to the idea of humanity falling apart in the wake of power outages, gas and food shortages and sheer desperation to survive.
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HBO debuted the first Westworld teaser to coincide with the season finale of True Detective. The brief tease for the series-length remake and expansion of Michael Crichton’s 1973 sci-fi film is certainly eye-catching and intriguing.
We don’t know much about the show. Westworld comes from exec producers Jonathan Nolan, Lisa Joy, and J.J. Abrams, and has been called “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.” Combine that with the plot of the original film, which features an amusement park for adults in which synthetic humanoids help recreate a few different periods from history, but also become very dangerous when they malfunction, and we’re excited to see what the team has created.
This Westworld teaser has some gorgeous and very tantalizing shots; check it out below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, January 23rd, 2015 by Angie Han
The first Lucasfilm movie announced by Disney after the acquisition was Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But the first Lucasfilm feature released by Disney is this weekend’s Strange Magic. First conceived by George Lucas over a decade ago, the animated musical delves into a fantasy world populated by lovelorn elves, feisty fairies, and embittered goblins.
During a recent press day in New York, I got the opportunity to sit down with Mr. Lucas himself, as well as Strange Magic stars Elijah Kelley, Evan Rachel Wood, and Alan Cumming to talk love, music, and of course, Star Wars. Watch the video interviews after the jump. Read More »
Not long ago, the announcement of a TV series that adapts or jumps off from a noted film would have elicited nothing but eyerolls. After shows like Fargo and Hannibal, however, even the most skeptical onlooker must realize that it’s better to keep an open mind. And when HBO is involved? The “benefit of the doubt” requirement goes way up.
HBO is making a series adaptation of Westworld, based on the 1973 feature film by Michael Crichton. In the movie, visitors to an advanced theme park for adults found their lives threatened when the androids populating the park break down and change behavior thanks to a virus-like problem. Miranda Otto (The Lord of the Rings, Rake) has just joined the cast, along with recent signee Thandie Newton (Rogue, E.R.). Read More »
HBO is quickly filling slots on its upcoming sci-fi show Westworld with some top end talent. The show, produced by J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub, Bryan Burk and writers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, is based on the 1973 film written and directed by Michael Crichton. It’s about robots at a theme park that run amok, an idea the author evolved two decades later for Jurassic Park.
Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood were already cast as two of the show’s leads and now six more actors have joined. Best known among them are Jeffrey Wright (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) and Rodrigo Santoro (300) along with Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Angela Sarafyan and Simon Quarterman. Read who each actor plays on the Westworld TV show Read More »
Posted on Monday, December 9th, 2013 by Angie Han
There’s something magical about Evan Rachel Wood, or so the movies would have you believe. Charlie Countryman and A Case of You didn’t have much else in common, but both were about her impressive ability to spur even the most aimless young (well, young-ish) man to action in an attempt to win her over.
She works her mysterious magic yet again in the indie romcom Barefoot, as an extremely sheltered and naive young woman who crosses paths with the ne’er-do-well scion (Scott Speedman) of a wealthy Southern family. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, November 11th, 2013 by Angie Han
10 Things I Hate About You was only a modest hit when it first opened in 1999, but it’s demonstrated some surprising staying power over the years. While most teen romcoms of the era have been lost to time, 10 Things I Hate About You was revived as an ABC Family sitcom just a few years ago. And that clip of Heath Ledger serenading Julia Stiles still makes the Internet rounds on the regular, at least among my circle of nostalgic 30somethings.
Now the Shakespeare-inspired comedy is getting another new lease on life, this time in the form of some kind of spinoff/sequel thing. I’m purposely keeping it vague because it’s not quite clear how 10 Things I Hate About Life is related to the original, aside from involvement of original producer Andrew Lazar and original director Gil Junger. This one stars Evan Rachel Wood and Thomas McDonell (Prom) as a young couple who meet cute when they both attempt suicide. Seriously. Check out the first official still after the jump.
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The possibilities of online dating leads to a plausible romcom plot possibility: what if a guy liked a girl so much that he just reworked his own personality to match the details of her online profile? It’s basically Catfish, but softer. And so A Case of You stars Justin Long as the guy who gets into trouble when the girl he wants (Evan Rachel Wood) believes the personality he crafts from nothing, and then has to follow through.
But the important part is Peter Dinklage, who seems to be on hand as a barista who offers some simple word choice advice to Long’s character. He’s the highlight of the trailer you’ll find below. Read More »
Charlie Countryman, starring Shia LaBeouf, has been somewhat divisive since it debuted at Sundance. Adherents (including our own Germain Lussier, quoted in the new trailer) like the film for its audacious, raw visuals and LaBeouf’s all-in performance, while detractors say that the debut from commercials director Fredrik Bond is more music video than anything else.
LaBeouf plays a guy who falls, hard, for a young woman (Evan Rachel Wood) while he’s touring around Europe. But there’s a problem. Her ex, played by Mads Mikkelsen, is possessive and very violent. Would you want to square off against a pissed-off Mads? Thought not.
Get a taste of the film for yourself in the new red-band trailer, which is more true to the film than some other looks we’ve had at it in the past. Like Shia’s other video clip to hit the web this morning, this one is not at all safe for work. Read More »