Jake Gyllenhaal in Enemy

Mars is attracting white-hot stars. Rebecca Ferguson was the first to sign on for Daniel Espinosa‘s sci-fi thriller Life, hot on the heels of her breakout role in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, and Ryan Reynoldscasting was revealed just days after Deadpool‘s record-breaking opening weekend. Now it’s sucked Jake Gyllenhaal into its orbit as well. Whatever else this movie has going for or against it, that cast alone makes Life worth a look.  Read More »

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Ryan Reynolds in Safe House

You’ve got to hand it to Ryan Reynolds for sticking around as long as he has. His resume is littered with expensive stinkers that might’ve sunk a less talented or less charismatic actor, from X-Men Origins: Wolverine to Green Lantern to R.I.P.D. But not only has he managed to bounce back each time, he’s hotter than ever this week thanks to the record-breaking success of Deadpool.

So now that Deadpool has put him back at the top of everyone’s most-wanted list, what’s his next move? Apparently, reuniting with some of the folks who made Deadpool happen in the first place. And we’re not just talking for Deadpool 2. He’s joining forces with Deadpool screenwriters Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese for Life, a sci-fi adventure also starring Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation breakout Rebecca FergusonDaniel Espinosa, who previously worked with Reynolds on Safe House, is directing.  Read More »

Rebecca Ferguson Movie

Last summer, Rebecca Ferguson became the actress everyone wanted for their movies after proving to be a tough, sexy spy in Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation. She’s got plenty of projects coming out over the next couple of years, and now she’s lined up a sci-fi project that will reunite her with the Mission: Impossible producers.

Rebecca Ferguson has been set to star in Life, a sci-fi flick set up at Skydance’s David Ellison and Dana Goldberg producing along with Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn. And the good news is that it’s an original sci-fi story, not an adaptation or a remake. Find out more about the new Rebecca Ferguson movie below. Read More »

Life trailer

Anton Corbijn‘s Life has been flying under-the-radar the past few months. We saw a trailer for the film back in August, but Corbijn’s bio film didn’t generate much love or awards talk at any festivals. Then again, the director’s second feature film, The American, was hidden from critics and loathed by plenty of moviegoers, and that movie is a terrifically sparse thriller. Corbijn is taking on a very different story with his newest film, though.

Watch the Life trailer after the jump.

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Life trailer

Dane DeHaan plays James Dean in the first trailer for Anton Corbijn‘s Life, alongside Robert Pattinson as the Life magazine photographer sent to profile him.

The premise is not unlike that of the recent David Foster Wallace biopic The End of the Tour: the two embark on a road trip just as the tragically short-lived superstar is beginning his ascent, revealing and rediscovering themselves along the way. Watch the Life trailer after the jump. Read More »

Dane DeHaan James Dean

Dane DeHaan has played some pretty meaty roles over the course of his career, but he has particularly big shoes to fill in Life. The Anton Corbijn-directed drama stars DeHaan as silver screen legend James Dean, opposite Robert Pattinson as photographer Dennis Stock.

Until the movie actually opens, we won’t know whether DeHaan does a capable job of capturing Dean’s vital essence. But now that the first still has hit the web, we can at least gauge whether he looks the part. See the photo and judge for yourself after the jump.

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Dane DeHaan / Robert Pattinson

In The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Dane DeHaan plays Harry Osborn, a role previously played by James Franco in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy. In Anton Corbijn‘s Life, he’ll follow even further in Franco’s footsteps by picking up another of his old characters: James Dean.

DeHaan and Twilight star Robert Pattinson have joined the fact-based drama, which chronicles the friendship between the Rebel Without a Cause actor and photographer Dennis Stock. The two became close when they took a road trip together in 1955 for a Life magazine article. Hit the jump for more details.

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Photographer and music video director Anton Corbijn began his feature film career with the movie Control, which chronicled the life of late Joy Division singer Ian Curtis. Corbijn has moved into other arenas, making the arthouse thriller The American with George Clooney and A Most Wanted Man, featuring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright, Willem Dafoe, and Daniel Brühl in a story about a man caught up in the war on terror.

Now Corbijn is moving back to the biopic arena with a film called Life, which tells the story of the friendship and working relationship between photographer Dennis Stock and actor James Dean. Read More »

This Week in DVD & Blu-ray is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD and Blu-ray releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s.

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ALICE IN WONDERLAND
(Blu-ray available as single-disc and 3-Disc Combo Pack: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy)
I’d call Alice in Wonderland a misguided effort, but I’m not so sure director Tim Burton put forth much of an effort. At this point he’s in sleepwalk mode, content to wear out the Burton brand until Hot Topic goes out of business or is burned to the ground. I imagine a lot of time was saved during the film’s production by simply asking for everything to be made “more Burton”. For a filmmaker who prides himself on weirdness, it’s curious that he’s managed to take this supposedly original rendition of these classic, outlandish tales and grind out such an inert, formulaic bore. The movie isn’t exactly unwatchable; it’s just sort of there. Too much of an attempt has been made to fashion a straightforward narrative of the proceedings, with little attention paid to bringing a sense of vitality or genuine personality to the world or the characters that inhabit it. The CGI looks nice and expensive, but the design is so deliberately ostentatious that it ends up distracting more than immersing. There’s nothing to latch on to here—nothing to care about. Mostly it’s just a movie about a girl who shuffles lifelessly between different characters while being warned about “the Jabberwocky”. By the time the film reaches its climactic battle sequence, with a sword-wielding, armor-clad Alice, the moment doesn’t feel earned; it feels like it belongs in an entirely different movie. Even the film’s smaller moments, like the obligatory payoff to a previously set-up gag about the Fudderwacken dance, come across as empty attempts to elicit any sort of an emotional response. I’m not trying to paint the movie as some grand, spectacular failure, because it isn’t, but after seeing Johnny Depp’s lispy, accent-changing portrayal of the Mad Hatter, I can’t help but imagine how much better it could’ve been if there was a little more restraint and a whole lot less Fudderwacken.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD – 3 featurettes (“Finding Alice”, “The Mad Hatter”, “Effecting Wonderland”). Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as additional featurettes (“The Futterwacken Dance”, “The Red Queen”, “The White Queen”, “Scoring Wonderland”, “Stunts of Wonderland”, “Making the Proper Size”, “Cakes of Wonderland”, “Tea Party Props”, “Time-Lapse: Sculpting the Red Queen”).

BEST DVD PRICE
TargetBest BuyFry’s
$16.99$16.99$12.99
Amazon – $15.99

BEST BLU-RAY PRICE*
TargetBest BuyFry’s
$22.99$19.99$19.97
Amazon – $19.99

*Does not include 3-Disc Edition, which costs $24.99 at Amazon and Fry’s, and $26.99 at Target and Best Buy.

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