A movie starring Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith, David Schwimmer, Frances McDormand and Sacha Baron Cohen could get even the most casual movie fan excited. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted is exactly that, and yet I’d be lying if I said I was anticipating this one. The series follows a group of Central Park Zoo animals who were shipped back to their native continent and get into crazy adventures trying to find their way back to New York. In this installment, they’re traversing Europe as incognito members of the circus. Directors Eric Darnell and Conrad Vernon present the third theatrical film in the animated franchise, in 3D, on June 8. Check out the trailer below. Read More »


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In early May, Focus Features bought distribution rights to the new Wes Anderson film, Moonrise Kingdom, and issued an announcement of the full cast along with a plot description.

Or: almost the full cast. One actor who has been rumored for the film for some time is Harvey Keitel, but he was not among the announced cast list. Now he has been confirmed as being part of the movie. Along with that news, we’ve got the first images of some of the film’s sets, and of Edward Norton in costume (above) as a boy scout leader and Bill Murray being Bill Murray. That’s all after the break. Read More »

Wes Anderson is shooting his next film, Moonrise Kingdom, right now in Rhode Island, and the film now has distribution set: Focus Features has picked up worldwide rights. Some of those rights will be sold off at Cannes, wihle the company will release the film under the Focus banner in the US.

Moonrise Kingdom has a few new faces for the Wes Anderson collective, as the cast includes: Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and regulars Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman. Bruce Willis? Yep, and I can’t say I’m not really interested to see how that works out for Wes Anderson. The full synopsis is after the break. Read More »

So far, I’ve been more than a little mystified over images from This Must Be the Place, in which Sean Penn plays an aging musician who looks very much like The Cure’s Robert Smith. The big hair, lipstick and eyeliner aren’t doing Sean Penn many favors, and with each image — that’s the first official one, above — I’ve wondered about the fate of the film.

But Paolo Sorrentino‘s film does have serious aspirations, as that Robert Smith-like character is trying to track down the one-time Nazi who tortured his father. Now there is a montage of footage from the film, set to one of the song’s by the main character’s fictional band, and the stuff looks pretty great. Suddenly I can’t wait to see This Must Be the Place. Check out the clip after the break. Read More »

New Photos: ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’

With the approaching release of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, images from the film are starting to get out into the wild. It seems like there are certain requirements for any Transformers stills that don’t feature robots: they’ve got to have explosions, Shia LaBeouf running, or characters appearing to cautiously move through a location. And now we’ve got an image to cover each one of those bases for the third film. Check ’em out after the break. And, sorry, no robots. Read More »

In November it was reported that Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton were in talks to appear in Wes Anderson‘s next film, Moonrise Kingdom. But we haven’t heard much about the project since. Now that production is gearing up to shoot this spring in Rhode Island, we’ve begun to get some final confirmations on which actors we can expect to see in film.

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It’s been a slow couple of days for really significant news, but here’s something you can chew on: Wes Anderson‘s next film, Moon Rise Kingdom (previously written without a space in ‘moonrise’) is starting to line up a rather unusual and potentially very impressive cast. Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton are the names we have right now. Along with the report that each is in talks for the project, we’ve finally got substantial details on what the film might be. Read More »


We missed a big piece of casting news about a week ago, which was that Rachel Weisz had signed on for Fernando Meirelles‘ film 360. The picture is scripted by the ubiquitous-of-late Peter Morgan, based on a play by Arthur Schnitzler. (The gent who wrote Traumnovelle, which was last adapted to film as Eyes Wide Shut.)

Now joining Weisz in the film is Anthony Hopkins. There’s also an interesting duo in talks. (Not much of a secret — their names are right there in the headline.) Read More »


More first looks up today, kicking off with a low-key photo showing Jesse Eisenberg and Aziz Ansari in action for 30 Minutes or Less. If the photos don’t thrill you, remember that the film is directed by Zombieland‘s Ruben Fleischer, and that Danny McBride is also in the mix as a criminal who forces Eisenberg to rob a bank with a bomb strapped to his chest. The script is funny and slightly savage, and I’m looking forward to this one. [Grand Rapids Press via GatW]

After the break, images of Uma Thurman and Michael Angarano in Ceremony, and of Sean Penn in This Must Be the Place. Read More »