Kevin Costner in 3 Days to Kill

2014 is shaping up to be a busy year for Kevin Costner. So busy, in fact, that this isn’t even our first Kevin Costner post of the day. Earlier this morning, we saw him in the new Super Bowl spot for his sports drama Draft Day. Now we also have a new trailer for his upcoming thriller 3 Days to Kill.

Directed by McG, the film stars Costner as an international spy whose job has kept him distant from his wife (Connie Nielsen) and daughter (Hailee Steinfeld). When he discovers that he’s sick, he decides to get out of the game to spend more time with his family.

Then a mysterious femme fatale (Amber Heard) shows up, promising a cure for his illness if he’ll just compete one last mission. As it happens, the assignment falls on the same weekend that he’s tasked with taking care of his kid for the first time in ten years. Watch the new video after the jump.

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Hailee Steinfeld as Petra Arkanian in Ender's Game

After taking on forbidden love in Romeo & Juliet and Battle School in Ender’s Game (above), Hailee Steinfeld is ready for a real challenge: high school. Well, that and killing people.

Kyle Newman‘s upcoming action-comedy Barely Lethal stars the True Grit actress as a teen assassin who’s ready to leave her killer life behind and try her hand at a normal adolescence. Unfortunately, her former handler (Jessica Alba) has other ideas. Hit the jump to check out the first stills from the film, featuring Steinfeld, Alba, and Samuel L. Jackson.

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3 Days to Kill

Reconnecting with an estranged teenage daughter isn’t an easy task in any circumstance, but in 3 Days to Kill, Kevin Costner finds his attempts at familial bonding complicated even further by the discovery that he’s suffering from a terminal illness.

If this were a Nicholas Sparks adaptation, that’d mean we had a lot of weeping and hugging to look forward to. But because this is a Luc Besson-scripted, McG-directed thriller, it means Costner has to pull himself together and go slaughter a bunch of dudes in the most badass way he can manage. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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When meeting Harrison Ford isn’t the highlight of your day, that’s a day for the ages. On the New Orleans set of Ender’s Game, the man who played Han Solo, Indiana Jones and Rick Deckard was there and I shook his hand. Incredibly, though, that moment was topped when I realized director Gavin Hood had figured out a way to make kids fly in zero gravity.

In Orson Scott Card’s sci-fi masterpiece Ender’s Game, a young boy named Ender leaves Earth and enters Battle School to train for an inevitable attack from an alien race called the Formics. They train in a zero gravity space called the Battle Room where dozens of pre-teen boys and girls zip and float around in formation, blasting each other with guns. It’s here that Ender learns to be a great leader and where the action of Ender’s Game hinges.

What I found out on May 17, 2012 – the 59th day of a 70 day shoot – was that Hood not only pulled off these sequences, he’s pulled them off with the actual actors and practical effects. A whole new way of basically puppeteering actors to look like they’re in zero gravity had to be invented to do this, but with the polish of digital effects Hood and his team have realized the dreams of every single Ender’s Game out there.

After the jump, read our set visit which includes a video blog and 30 things I learned on the set of Ender’s Game about the production origins, the Battle Room and more. Read More »

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These days, teen romances are as likely as not to involve vampires, werewolves, zombies, aliens, and/or hellish dystopian landscapes. At their heart, though, so many of them are about forbidden love of one kind or another. In other words, they’re essentially Romeo & Juliet with supernatural bells and whistles.

Now along comes the original Romeo & Juliet to (hopefully) show us all how it’s done. Carlo Carlei‘s apparently faithful adaptation stars Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth as the iconic star-crossed lovers. Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Ed Westwick, Stellan Skarsgard, and Kodi Smit-McPhee also star. Watch the new trailer after the jump.

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Fans who travel to San Diego Comic-Con in July will be able to take a flight to Battle School. Summit Entertainment has revealed they’ll be bringing their sci-fi adaptation Ender’s Game to the convention in full force. It starts Thursday July 18 with a Hall H panel featuring stars Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld and Abigail Breslin. (Yes, Harrison Ford will be back at Comic-Con.) The experience continues on the Hilton Gaslamp lawn with an exhibit showcasing eight rooms representing the most recognizable environments of Ender’s world, and finally a show-floor booth with plenty of goodies. Read more below. Read More »

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The world has been on pins and needles waiting for the answer to one question: When will we see the next McG theatrical feature? The answer is February 14, 2014. Three Days to Kill, directed by McG, co-written by Luc Besson and starring Kevin Costner, Hailee Steinfeld, Amber Heard and Connie Nielsen, has just been picked up by Relativity and slotted on the calendar. Read about the plot and more below. Read More »

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A day Ender’s Game fans never thought would happen has arrived. The first teaser trailer for the film adaptation of Orson Scott Card‘s landmark sci-fi novel is finally here.

For years, Hollywood told fans the age of the characters and the complicated action sequences made the story unfilmable. Enter director Gavin Hood who, along with producers Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and others, willed the film to the big screen. They cast Asa Butterfield (Hugo) as the title character, a young man who is recruited to go into space and train as a military leader whose destiny is to save the world. Harrison Ford plays his gruff mentor and the rest of the cast is filled out with Oscar-calibur talent like Hailee Steinfeld, Sir Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis and Abigail Breslin.

Ender’s Game opens November 1 and, below you can see just how Hood’s vision came together. Read More »

Romeo and Juliet

Since her Oscar-nominated breakthrough performance in 2010’s True Grit, Hailee Steinfeld has mostly kept out of the limelight. In fact, she hasn’t appeared in a single movie since then. But with half a dozen releases planned for the next couple of years (including Ender’s Game, Can a Song Save Your Life, and Three Days to Kill) she now looks ready to make up for lost time.

Among the many projects on her slate is the Carlo Carlei-directed, Julian Fellowes-scripted Romeo and Juliet. Steinfeld and rising star Douglas Booth play the iconic star-crossed lovers, surrounded by a talented if somewhat random cast that also includes Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Natasha McElhone, Ed Westwick, Kodi Smit-McPheeStellan Skarsgård, and Lesley Manville. Check out the new trailer after the jump. Read More »