M Night Shyamalan

There’s no two ways about it: M. Night Shyamalan has whiffed in his last several attempts to make movies. Lady in the Water and The Happening were widely panned, The Last Airbender somehow fared even worse, and After Earth managed to disappoint even with the low, low expectations surrounding it. (To be fair, the blame does not rest entirely on Shyamalan’s shoulders with that one.)

But hey, there’s always the chance he’ll fare better on TV. Later this year, Shyamalan is set to debut his first TV series, a “Twin Peaks-y” Fox thriller titled Wayward Pines. And it looks worth a peek, if only for its solid cast. Matt Dillon leads, and Melissa Leo, Terrance Howard, and Juliette Lewis also star. Get the first look after the jump.

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Charlie Countryman

Whether you adore Shia LaBeouf or despise him, you’ll find something to enjoy in the new trailer for Charlie Countryman. He’s the title character and gets to make out with Evan Rachel Wood and hang out with Ron Weasley Rupert Grint, so his fans can be happy about that. He also gets beat up — and kicked, and cut, and suffocated — by Til Schweiger and Mads Mikkelsen, for the haters who’d rather see him suffer.

The romance begins with Charlie discovering that the man sitting next to him on the plane is dead, and only gets wilder from there. If nothing else, director Fredrik Bond, who’s making his feature debut here, deserves credit for coming up with the world’s oddest meet-cute. Watch the video after the jump.

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Summer only officially started a few days ago, but for those who don’t want a long procession of super-powered tentpoles, summer movie fatigue is here in full force. If you’re in that crowd the fall festival season may seem like a great promise on the horizon, and one of the first films in that season is Denis Villeneuve‘s Prisoners. The story follows a family (Hugh Jackman and Maria Bello) whose daughter is kidnapped; Terrance Howard and Viola Davis play another couple whose child is also missing. Melissa Leo, Paul Dano, and Jake Gyllenhaal factor in to the plot, too.

We just saw one fairly heavy trailer for the film a few weeks ago, but now there is already a second. Like the first look at the movie, this positions Prisoners as a tense and very promising fall entry.  Read More »

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The films of Denis Villeneuve stick with people. Movies like Incendies, Polytechnique, and Maelstrom demonstrate a knack for plunging recognizable characters into difficult situations (some based in reality, some purely fictional) and exploring the outcome in ways that most audiences won’t readily forget. His work is strong enough to attract an incredible cast to Prisoners, a drama in which two young girls go missing, shattering the complacent lives of their parents.

Hugh Jackman, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Viola Davis, Melissa Leo, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Paul Dano are the core cast, and the film was shot by the stunningly talented Roger Deakins. This first trailer for the movie is very intense, but may also give away more than you’d like to know. (Or it gives that impression, at least; I bet there’s a lot more than we see here.) I stopped watching 2/3 through, but what I saw was enough to confirm the September release as a must-see. Check out the footage below. Read More »

Between the final seasons of Dexter and Breaking Bad and the premiere of CBS’ Under the Dome, this summer is shaping up to be an exciting one for TV viewers. After the jump:

  • George R.R. Martin teases new characters for Game of Thrones Season 4
  • Melissa Leo boards M. Night Shyamalan‘s Wayward Pines
  • Tracy Morgan and Jenna Elfman find new jobs
  • Amazon makes some decisions about its new series
  • Comedy Central renews Inside Amy Schumer
  • Neil Patrick Harris will host the Emmys again
  • Vince Gilligan chats about the potential Saul Goodman spinoff
  • See new pics from CBS’ Stephen King thriller Under the Dome
  • Meet Dr. Evelyn Vogel in the new Dexter promo

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Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them in the form of a beautiful mysterious woman in a downed spacecraft. In Joseph Kosinski‘s Oblivion, Tom Cruise and Andrea Riseborough play two members of a lonely crew mopping up what’s left of Earth decades after a devastating alien attack.

They’re nearing the end of their assignment when Julia (Olga Kurylenko) falls out of the sky, leading Jack (Cruise) to realize that not all is as it seems. And, naturally, that the fate of humanity rests in his hands. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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If the first trailer for Joseph Kosinski‘s Oblivion made Tom Cruise look like a human Wall-E, the second turns him into a more typical sci-fi action hero. Not that that’s a bad thing. The new video offers a better idea of just why Jack is so intrigued by the mysterious woman (Olga Kurylenko) in the spacecraft, and what’s at stake when he decides to go against orders. Hit the jump to watch.

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In terms of message, there isn’t really much to The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman. It’s a film about love and the trials and tribulations we endure for it. Which, in a way, is pretty much the theme of half the movies ever made. What makes the film so entertaining is that it’s kind of insane. Shia LaBeouf plays the title character, who ignores society and goes on a seat of his pants adventure across Bucharest, embracing every impulse and never knowing what’s coming next. The audience can probably see what’s coming next, but getting there is a wild, frivolous ride.

Making his feature film debut, commercial director Fredrik Bond has made a visually impressive, thematically pointless joyride tainted with drugs and blood. And if that sounds like your kind of thing, you’ll love The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman. Read More »

There are two “Die Hard in the White House” movies set for release this year. One is Roland Emmerich’s White House Down, with Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx. The other is Antoine Fuqua‘s Olympus Has Fallen, which features Gerard Butler as a secret service agent, Aaron Eckhart as the President of the United States, Morgan Freeman as the Speaker of the House, and a whole bunch of Asian antagonists.

Here, Butler’s agent pulls the POTUS from a wrecked limo just before it plunges off a bridge… with the First Lady inside. He’s removed from service, but ends up back in action when the White House is taken over by terrorists while he’s inside. As the President is held hostage and Butler works his violent magic from inside 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.,  Morgan Freeman’s Speaker manages the situation from the outside. It’s all very explosive, and even the Washington Monument takes a hit.

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Here’s the first official poster for Oblivion, the new film from Tron Legacy director Joseph Kosinski. The movie casts Tom Cruise as a drone repairman who is stationed on an Earth that has seen better days, to put things mildly. The first image sells a grand vision of an almost fossilized Manhattan, with Cruise in the now-standard poster stance. After Tron I’m not certain about Kosinski’s storytelling chops, but I know he can deliver visual spectacle, and this poster certainly promises big imagery.

Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Melissa Leo also star, with the script by William Monahan, Karl Gajdusek, and Michael Arndt based on a graphic novel that Kosinski created.

The trailer will hit on Sunday, but for now you can see the poster below. Read More »