Want to see how Warner Bros. is pushing The Dark Knight Rises for Oscar consideration on their own building? How is Frank Grillo training for Captain America: The Winter Soldier? What is Natalie Portman up to on the set of Thor: The Dark World? Is there any truth to Green Lantern 2 rumors? Are Batman Live performances being cancelled? Who is the latest character to get their own Hot Toys toy? Would Sam Mendes be interested in directing Justice League? Read about all of this and much more in today’s massive Superhero Bits. Read More »
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What superheroes did Dwayne Johnson and Patton Oswalt dress up as for Halloween? Has one of the Phase 2 villains already been confirmed for The Avengers 2? Which Star Wars actor will appear in Mark Millar’s The Secret Service? Who is on set for the final day of shooting on Iron Man 3? Want to see some behind the scenes footage from The Goon? Can the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles still get you a discount at Pizza Hut? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits:. Read More »
Character actor and all around bad ass Frank Grillo (The Grey, Warrior) might have inadvertently let the news slip that he’s soon to be part of the Marvel Universe.
(NOTE: THE TWEET HAS BEEN DELETED. It said something along the lines of “Nice Trip LA, Everyone at Marvel is great, hope it works out #captainamerica”)
The role is reportedly Crossbones, a nemesis of Captain America, and it just so happens a new Captain America film is about to go into production: Captain America: The Winter Soldier, directed by Joe and Anthony Russo. Read more evidence and more about the character below. Read More »
The ad campaign for Kathryn Bigelow‘s Zero Dark Thirty, which chronicles the mission that led to the killing of Osama Bin Laden by a Navy SEAL team, has been pretty low-key so far. But then, the studio hasn’t had to do much, as there has been a fair amount of publicity for the movie thanks to accusations that the original October release date was meant to remind audiences of President Obama’s role in the mission, just before the Presidential election takes place. There have been far more serious (but unproven) allegations that the film is based on access to classified data that was given illegally to the production.
Now it’s time to move beyond those talking points to look at the actual film. Derspite featuring Joel Edgerton, Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt, Kyle Chandler, Mark Strong, and Jason Clarke, the teaser trailer showed few faces, and relied upon audio montage to set up the story of the hunt for Bin Laden. A few images later gave us a bit more. Now you can see a lot more of Bigelow’s follow-up to The Hurt Locker, in the full trailer below. Read More »
After four features including this year’s The Grey, it’s no surprise Joe Carnahan is considered a solid filmmaker. The bigger surprise is that he’s now becoming an innovator in the world of social media too. Carnahan made big headlines last month when he posted two pitch trailers created for a possible Daredevil reboot at 20th Century Fox. They were rare but welcome glimpses into the development of a major property, similar to Kevin Tancharoen’s Hunger Games pitch trailer.
Now Carnahan is sharing again. Thursday he posted a screen test for a film he wrote and is hoping to direct, called Continue. He describes it as “Groundhog Day as an action movie.” Unfortunately, Carnahan has since removed the clip. After the jump, read what he had star Frank Grillo doing, and thoughts on whether or not we’ll ever get to see the film. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 by Angie Han
As the writer behind Training Day and the helmer of Street Kings and Harsh Times, David Ayer‘s clearly got a deep and abiding interest in the LAPD. So it’s no surprise that his latest directorial effort, End of Watch, centers around that same theme.
Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña star as a pair of young officers assigned to some of Los Angeles’ roughest neighborhoods. Though the guys are used to being targeted — as one of them says, “We’re cops, everyone wants to kill us” — when they stumble upon a dangerous discovery, they find themselves in the crosshairs of a drug cartel. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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One bit of Death Wish trivia known to those who’ve read a lot about the film’s early development is that Sidney Lumet was originally looking at adapting the Brian Garfield novel that Michael Winner eventually turned into the film starring Charles Bronson. Lumet was looking at casting Jack Lemmon in the role of accountant Paul Benjamin, whose wife is killed and daughter incapacitated by a violent attack. (In the Winner film, the character’s name and occupation were changed.) That would have been a very different film than the eventual Bronson version, and likely one that did not celebrate vigilante violence in the manner of Winner’s movie.
Now, to follow The Grey, director Joe Carnahan is writing and planning to direct a new version of Death Wish. He’s creating a role for Frank Grillo, after Grillo was so good in one of the most important roles in The Grey. Carnahan has explained a bit about his new Death Wish — that it will be set in LA, and showcase lesser-seen sides of the city — and now Grillo has revealed that the film will feature two brothers, and possibly echo the approach that Lumet might have taken if he had directed the original film decades ago. Read More »
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The teaser trailer for The Grey, Joe Carnahan‘s man vs. wolf survival action story starring Liam Neeson, concluded with an epic showdown featuring Neeson getting ready to fight a wolf with broken mini-bar booze bottles taped to his hands. Basically, it was amazing. This brand-new theatrical trailer ends the exact same way but, before it gets there, we’re given a much better sense of the scope of the story and fear that the characters played by Dallas Roberts, James Badge Dale, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo, Nonso Anozie, and Joe Anderson must face. It open January 27, 2012 and you can watch this full theatrical trailer after the jump. Read More »