If you’ve hungered for a crime film with the particular flavor that the UK can provide, Welcome to the Punch might be your movie. From writer/director Eran Creevy (Shifty), the film casts James McAvoy and Mark Strong as a cop and criminal at odds with one another. Strong is the untouchable underworld figure, and McAvoy is the detective who doggedly trails him. That’s the beginning of the story, at least. There’s a lot of gunplay in this first trailer, but also enough to show us that the basic “cop versus bad guy” setup isn’t all this film is interested in. Read More »

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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 EdgertonJessica ChastainChris PrattKyle ChandlerMark 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 »

Major actors going to TV and major characters returning to TV are just two of the following TV Bits. After the jump read about the following:

  • MTV’s new found footage show, The Experiment, is inspired by Paranormal Activity.
  • Mark Strong will star in an AMC pilot called Low Winter Sun.
  • Channing Tatum’s wife Jenna Dewan (above) will romance Adam Levine on American Horror Story season 2.
  • Matthew Weiner talks seasons 6 and 7 of Mad Men including Elisabeth Moss‘ role.

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They’re not major sequel updates, that’s why they’re called “Bits.” After the jump, you can enjoy expanding your knowledge on the following:

  • Michael Fassbender reveals he’s been chatting with writer Simon Kinberg about X-Men First Class 2.
  • Jay Baruchel confirms he’s been doing the voices for How To Train Your Dragon 2.
  • Mark Strong comments on whether or not he thinks a sequel to John Carter will see the light of day.
  • James Cameron geeks out about Prometheus and offers a non-update on Avatar 2 and 3.
  • Sir Ridley Scott spoke a bit about the use of 3D in Prometheus.

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‘John Carter’ – What Did You Think?

It’s the big weekend for Disney, and Pixar director Andrew Stanton, as Stanton’s live-action adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs novel A Princess of Mars finally hits theaters. John Carter is a film that has been many, many years in development, and finally sees life thanks to Stanton’s interest in the story. Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Willem Dafoe, Mark Strong and more make up the cast of the film, which follows a Civil War vet (Kitsch) who is transported to Mars, where he meets a smokin’ hot princess (Collins) and is drawn into an alien civil strife.

In our review of the film, Angie praised the loving care devoted to realizing the film’s world, even as she was less than impressed with the overall narrative structure and central character. But enough about our thoughts, and enough about Disney’s marketing of the movie, plans for sequels, or past versions that never came to be. Let’s talk about the John Carter that we have here and now — hit the jump to voice your thoughts on the film, and go into the discussion knowing that spoilers lie ahead. Read More »

On a surface level, there’s much that Andrew Stanton‘s John Carter gets right — much more than you’d expect, given Disney’s exasperatingly incompetent marketing campaign. The visual effects are imaginative and seamless, the action is appropriately flashy, and the source material by Edgar Rice Burroughs seems rich enough in mythology to make even the most jaded sci-fi and fantasy geek drool. All of that, however, can’t make up for the fact that beyond its intricate trappings, John Carter feels oddly hollow. Somehow, the director who once brought us Finding Nemo and Wall-E fails to evoke emotion in his first live-action outing.

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With exactly ten days left until the opening of John Carter, Disney has released what I’m assuming is the final trailer for the film. And while I haven’t loved all of the previous marketing, it appears the team has learned from its mistakes because this is probably the best one they’ve released so far. The new trailer is heavier on menacing Mark Strong, eye-popping action, and plot, and lighter on Taylor Kitsch‘s stilted readings of generic dialogue. Watch the video after the jump.

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Perhaps the reason Kathryn Bigelow has yet to decide on a title for her upcoming Osama bin Laden thriller is that she’s simply been too busy assembling a large, impressive cast. Jason Clarke (The Wettest County in the World) was the first to board back in November, and since then, Joel Edgerton, Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt, Mark Strong, Edgar Ramirez, and Coach Taylor Kyle Chandler have all signed on for the picture as well. Now the latest additions are Jennifer Ehle, Harold Perrineau, and Nash Edgerton (yep, Joel’s brother). More after the jump.

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