j.k. simmons justice league

Although I didn’t care for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, I’m approaching Zack Snyder’s upcoming Justice League movie with a clean slate. Mistakes were made for sure, but I know that Snyder is capable of making superhero movies that I can whole-heartedly embrace. I still like Man of Steel, after all. Plus, getting negative about a film that literally just began filming serves absolutely no one. I just want to wait and see. I just want to focus on the positive for now.

And there are few things as positive as J.K. Simmons, the extraordinary character actor who spent years being one of the most beloved “that guys” in modern cinema before winning an Oscar for Whiplash. Last month, Simmons joined the cast of Justice League as Commissioner James Gordon, Batman’s longtime ally in his war on Gotham City’s criminal underworld. Now, Simmons spoke out about his role in the film and how he fully expects to appear in more DC films.

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Patriots Day Cast

This weekend you should go out of your way to catch 10 Cloverfield Lane, an outstanding original sci-fi thriller that keeps you guessing the whole way through. One of the many reasons the flick works so well is an outstanding performance by John Goodman, proving yet again that he’s one of the best character actors of his generation. And now the actor has lined up another film in which he can steal scenes from the stars.

CBS Films and Lionsgate have announced that John Goodman has joined the cast of Patriots Day, one of several Boston Marathon bombing dramas in the works. Find out more about his role and the rest of the Patriots Day cast below. Read More »

JK Simmons as J Jonah Jameson

J.K. Simmons, known to comic book movie fans as the guy who spent three films yelling at Spider-Man, will get to yell at some DC characters for a change. He’s just been cast as Commissioner James Gordon in Justice League, which begins shooting this spring under director Zack Snyder for release in 2017.  Read More »

the meddler

The Meddler was on my most anticipated of 2016 list. The film, which stars Rose Byrne and Susan Sarandon, is Lorene Scafaria‘s second directorial effort, following the effortlessly charming Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. Scafaria’s film premiered at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, where it was greeted with a positive reception. Sarandon, in particular, was praised for her performance.

Watch The Meddler trailer below.

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kung fu panda 3 clip

Kung Fu Panda 3 is only two months away from release and you know what that means – a whole new collection of “Pandas are fat!” jokes. Which is perfectly fine, if fat pandas doing fat panda things is your idea of great comedy. There are definitely some of you out there since they’ve made three of these things.

As we’ve seen in the previous trailers, the third film in DreamWorks Animation’s series will find Jack Black‘s unlikely (because he’s a fat panda) kung fu master reuniting with his long-lost fat panda father, returning to his ancestral fat panda home, and training his fat panda brethren how to kung fu so they can stop an evil villain who is surely going to underestimate an army of fat pandas. A new clip from the film has arrived online and it contains no shortage of fat panda jokes. Hey, if the formula isn’t broken…

Watch the new Kung Fu Panda 3 clip after the jump.

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Zootopia - Bellwether

Zootopia is filling up. Disney has announced the full cast of its 2016 animated feature, set in a sprawling metropolis populated by non-human mammals. Joining previously announced leads Jason Bateman and Ginnifer Goodwin will be Idris ElbaJ.K. SimmonsOctavia Spencer, Jenny Slate, and more. Oh, and Alan Tudyk will drop by for a role that references his Frozen character.

Get the Zootopia full cast, and see the first photos of their characters, after the jump.  Read More »

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Terminator Genisys box office

Before Terminator: Genisys hit theaters this past summer, Paramount Pictures was hopeful that the sequel, which also functions as a franchise reboot, would be a big hit for them. The studio even scheduled two sequels to arrive in 2017 and 2019. However, when the film only rounded up a disappointing $89 million, the future of the franchise remained uncertain.

But nearly a couple of months after being released in the United States, the film hit the big screen in China where it landed $27 million in a single day, making it the 4th best opening day ever for a Hollywood movie in China, just behind Furious 7, The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Transformers: Age of Extinction.

And since then, the Terminator Genisys box office overseas has only gotten bigger, with a total that just might be enough to get a sequel for fans who are still curious to see what happens in this new Terminator timeline. Read More »

Kate Hudson Joins Kung Fu Panda

Normally voice casting for animated movies is done far in advance, mostly because sometimes the performance from each actor voicing the characters informs how the animators will bring the character to life. And because voice recording is done in advance, it’s a rarity to hear of someone being replaced with just under five months before the film’s release.

But that’s exactly what’s happening with Kung Fu Panda 3. Previously, Pitch Perfect star Rebel Wilson was slated to voice a character named Mei Mei, a ribbon-dancing panda who is romantically obsessed with Po. However, Almost Famous star Kate Hudson has now been hired to replace her on the film. Read More »

Whiplash short film

In a surprise run that doesn’t normally happen, Damien Chazelle‘s stupendous film Whiplash went all the way from a premiere at Sundance to a Best Picture nomination the following year. It didn’t take home the big prize, but J.K. Simmons ended up pulling off a deserved win for Best Supporting Actor, and the film also got the Film Editing and Sound Mixing awards.

In case you didn’t know, Whiplash was based on a short film of the same name that Chazelle directed in 2013. The film featured Simmons as the jazz band conductor still, but it had Johnny Simmons (co-star of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, no relation to J.K. Simmons) in the lead role instead.

And if you’ve ever wondered how the two compare, a YouTube video has a fantastic side-by-side comparison showing how the short and the feature length film are very similar, and nearly identical, in many key sequences. Watch the Whiplash short film comparison after the jump! Read More »