If Jose Padilha‘s RoboCop wasn’t called “RoboCop,” it would be much easier to embrace. While this remake evokes and/or borrows many designs and big ideas from Paul Verhoven’s 1987 original, the meat of the story is almost totally unique, giving it the feel of a completely different movie. Obviously, that was the point, but by simultaneously differentiating itself while also staying beholden to the original, the film is burdened with the weight of expectations and analysis of the original film.
That burden aside, Padilha has made a pretty solid movie. It has a lot to say and it delves into facets of the Alex Murphy character we’d never seen before. The story is global; the influence of media and government plays a huge role. There’s some really intense action, which takes a back seat to myriad points of social commentary and morality. Those points give the film a seemingly unique voice, but it doesn’t work as a cohesive piece. Padilha has brought together a strong cast with beautiful music and camerawork to make a movie much better than one would expect, but nowhere near what you’d hoped. Read More »
Posted on Friday, February 7th, 2014 by Angie Han
Two of the four hundred or so Stephen King projects currently in development are making strides in casting. Jay Baruchel has signed on to lead The Ten O’Clock People, replacing Justin Long, while Isabelle Fuhrman (Orphan) and Stacy Keach (Nebraska) have joined John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson in Cell. More details on both films after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, January 9th, 2014 by Angie Han
There was a moment around the turn of the decade when Dan Fogler seemed ubiquitous, popping up in everything from Fanboys to Kung Fu Panda to Take Me Home Tonight. But for the past couple of years, he’s kept a somewhat lower profile with roles on TV shows like Hannibal and indies such as Scenic Route and Europa Report.
His latest appearance is an indie, too, but this time around he’s much more involved. He’s the co-writer and co-director (with Michael Canzoniero) and also the star of Don Peyote, a trippy comedy about an ordinary man who either achieves enlightenment or goes nuts, depending on how you want to look at it. Anne Hathaway, Abel Ferrara, Jay Baruchel, Josh Duhamel, and Wallace Shawn co-star, or at least cameo. Watch the first trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, December 19th, 2013 by Angie Han
By the time How to Train Your Dragon 2 comes out, over four years will have passed since the first How to Train Your Dragon hit theaters. And rather than sit idly on the shelf waiting for DreamWorks Animation to bring them back, Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), Toothless, and the rest of their companions have spent the interim growing up.
Since Hiccup revealed the truth about dragons, the flying fire-breathers have been welcomed by the people of Berk, and Hiccup and Toothless’s bond with each other has only deepened. Oh, and Hiccup has “Neville Longbottom-ed” us all by growing from a hopelessly gawky boy into a handsome man. All in all, life looks pretty good.
But the sequel has to have a story, and a story has to have a conflict. So some kind of trouble is brewing for the pair, as you can see in the trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 by Angie Han
Kurt Russell‘s been laying pretty low as of late, making just one movie in the past five years. But as his character says in the trailer for Jonathan Sobol‘s The Art of the Steal, now he’s ready to go back to work.
The caper comedy is one of two that Russell has due out next year, the other being Fast & Furious 7 (well, at least until Universal gets around to changing that release date). Russell stars as a third-rate motorcycle daredevil and sometime art thief who puts together an Ocean’s 11-style team to pull off a heist involving one of the most valuable books in the world.
The first trailer has just been released, and you can check it out after the jump. Matt Dillon, Jay Baruchel, Chris Diamontopolous, Kenneth Welsh, Jason Jones, Katheryn Winnick, and Terence Stamp also star.
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Posted on Thursday, November 21st, 2013 by Angie Han
One of the advantages of an animated sequel is that the characters never really have to get older if the filmmakers don’t want them to. They can even regress in age, as Sulley (John Goodman) and Mike (Billy Crystal) did for this summer’s Monsters University, twelve years after Monsters Inc. first came out.
But the folks behind How to Train Your Dragon 2 have chosen to keep their characters aging more or less in “real” time, so the sequel features a handsome, grown-up Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) rather than the bumbling teen we met in the first film. His trusty companion Toothless, however, remains more or less the same. Check out the new teaser poster after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 by Angie Han
Of all the reasons to love This Is the End, the amazing cast is by far the best. As hilarious as Seth Rogen (who also co-directed with Evan Goldberg), Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson are individually, they’re even better together. The gang has been tight for years, and it shows in every perfectly silly riff.
We can only assume that that set must have been a hoot, what with all of these comedians trying to outdo each other. Now a gag reel from the production only lends credence to that theory. Hit the jump to see the guys getting even goofier on the set than they do in the final film.
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Posted on Monday, September 23rd, 2013 by Angie Han
Joss Whedon‘s Serenity finally gets a sequel, but it’s not a movie. Also after the jump:
- Atlas Shrugged: Part III turns to Kickstarter
- Independence Day might not become a trilogy
- Top Gun 2 is still happening, says Jerry Bruckheimer
- Goon 2 could shoot next year, with some luck
- Weep over this sad moment from Fast & Furious 7
- Meanwhile, Vin Diesel has a video message for fans
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Posted on Friday, August 30th, 2013 by Angie Han
Just one week after Edgar Wright’s The World’s End hit theaters, Sony Pictures has announced that it will bring this summer’s other big apocalypse comedy back to cinemas for another round.
This Is the End, the directorial debut of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, will return to the big screen next month. The film originally debuted June 12. Hit the jump for more details on the rerelease, as well as a new TV spot. Read More »
This teaser trailer for How to Train Your Dragon 2 is pretty great, because it doesn’t skimp on footage, but it also doesn’t barrage us with a rapid-cut montage. Instead, this is one long sequence that makes for an ideal teaser — it will remind those who saw the first film of the pleasures it contained, while also promising something new. And for those who haven’t seen the first film, this just offers a great look at the animation that will be seen when the film hits screens in just under a year.
So here we see Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his dragon Toothless exploring the outlying areas far from their home village… and then Hiccup does something a little different. Check it out below. Read More »