Would it be so bad if the first official image from all of our most anticipated films for the next year involved a prominent cast member firing a rifle with some massive muzzle flash, would it? We saw an image like this featuring Bruce Willis from Looper, and now here’s the first official still from Steven Soderbergh‘s Haywire.

It’s a little weird that an action film starring MMA fighter Gina Carano would come out of the gate with an image of her brandishing a weapon other than her fists and feet, but what the hell, I’ll take it. She plays a character out to get revenge on the people who double-crossed her, and what better way to do that than blowing them to hell? See the full image after the break. Read More »

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There have been some conflicting, or perhaps we should say contended, reports about when and how Steven Soderbergh‘s new film Haywire will be released. Relativity financed the film and originally made a deal with Lionsgate to distribute in the US and worldwide, but when Relativity’s domestic distribution arm was formed, a long process of bringing the rights back to the company took place. There have been multiple possible release dates reported (January ’11, April ’11, then August ’11) and now the film will go out to the US via Relativity on January 20, 2012. Lionsgate will still distribute in foreign markets. Read More »

Steven Soderbergh has two big pictures coming down the pipe for 2011: Contagion, which he recently finished shooting, and Haywire, the thriller in which MMA fighter Gina Carano makes her big acting debut as a double-crossed black ops soldier who is out for revenge. We haven’t seen very much at all from Haywire, despite the fact that the film is finished and test-screening, but now there are some great concept posters floating around.

These aren’t likely to be final — more than likely when the movie actually hits theaters the one-sheet  art will foreground much of the strong supporting cast. (Like Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas and Antonio Banderas.) So take a look at this art now — there are some excellent images here. Read More »

On Tuesday, writer director Kevin Smith did a live chat with MTV News in which he discussed a variety of topics including possibly bringing back a few of his old friends for his next film, Hit Somebody. He also came armed with an exclusive clip from his upcoming film Red State. This 55 second clip features multiple award-winning and Best Supporting Actress front runner Melissa Leo as well as three of the actors who Smith plans to bring back for Hit Somebody: Michael Angarano, Kyle Gallner and Nicholas Braun.

Having seen the film at Sundance (read my review here) we can put this clip in context by saying it’s from early in the film, doesn’t really spoil much, but will leave you mighty curious as to watch happens next. Check it out after the jump. Read More »

Max Winkler’s ‘Ceremony’ Trailer

Magnolia Pictures has released the first movie trailer for Max Winkler‘s feature directorial debut Ceremony. I saw the film at the Toronto Film Festival, where I wrote the following: “Ceremony feels like the first movie from a filmmaker we need to watch — a fantastic feature debut. His screenplay is filled with complex, interesting and engrossing characters, and his film has fantastic performances across the board.”

Ceremony stars the very underrated Michael Angarano (Almost Famous, Snow Angels) as an aspiring children’s book author named Sam Davis, who convinces his former best friend Marshall (played by the also underrated Reece Thompson of Rocket Science and Assassination of a High School President) to spend a weekend with him to re-establish their friendship. But Sam has secret ulterior motives — he plans to infiltrate and break-up a wedding ceremony being held at a big Gatsby-esque-sized beach house in Long Island because he is in love with the bride, an older woman named Zoe (played by Uma Thurman).

Watch it now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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The closing title card of Kevin Smith‘s upcoming horror film Red State promises that “almost this entire cast will return in Hit Somebody.” We’ve previously told you about what roles Michael Parks, John Goodman and Melissa Leo would play if they return for Smith’s Hockey movie. Now Smith confirms that he also wants Red State co-star Michael Angarano as part of his team.

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‘Ceremony’ Poster

Magnolia Pictures has released a movie poster for Max Winkler‘s feature directorial debut Ceremony, which premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. Check it out right now after the jump. I heard the movie trailer will hit in the next couple days — so stay tuned for that.

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Kevin Smith’s new film Red State is more than just a departure from his trademark comedic style. It’s almost a complete 180. The bright colors and pop culture references have been replaced with blacks, reds and long monologues about scripture. Smith’s still very reliant on the spoken word – almost to a fault – but now he balances it with machine guns, blood and hand held camera moves. This is a maturing, confident Smith who proves, after Cop Out, he still has a unique voice. With Red State, that voice isn’t saying anything incredibly groundbreaking, and at times it gets a tad preachy, but the director has expanded out of his comfort zone and given audiences a genuine piece of art.

Read the rest of the review and watch a video blog featuring Peter Sciretta and Jeff Goldsmith of Creative Screenwriting Magazine after the jump.

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