The big-screen version of 21 Jump Street finally has a female lead. Brie Larson (United States of Tara, Scott Pilgrim vs the World) will play Molly in the rather unlikely R-rated comedy/action translation of the TV show that launched the career of a young Johnny Depp in 1987.

Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs) are directing from a script by Josh Appelbaum with Michael Bacall, Joe Gazzam, Jonah Hill and André Nemec. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum will play the primary roles as cops investigating the drug trade in a high school; Ice Cube is their captain. The Lord/Miller team had me locked after Cloudy, and this one has been talked up as a Bad Boys-style action picture. Let’s hope that really happens. [Deadline]

After the break, Luke Evans joins Robert Carlyle in the UK cop thriller Dogs of Law while Pierce Brosnan signs for All You Need is Love. Read More »

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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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Ironclad Movie Trailer

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After the break lurks the first trailer for Ironclad, comprising un-polished footage from only the first 2 weeks of shooting and originating as a Cinematical exclusive. You can also see a BBC video report from the set that, while considerably less intense and graphic shows just as much mud and medieval might.

Jonathan English‘s film stars Paul Giamatti as big, bad King John and Jason Flemyng, William Moseley and Robert Carlyle as some of the good guys, with Kate Mara as one of the good gals. Her action is revisionism, sure, but healthy revisionism.

English previously directed Minotaur, a myth-infused B-movie with a starring role for Tom Hardy and a cameo from Ingrid Pitt… so, why haven’t I seen it exactly?
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Ever since he owned the screen in Trainspotting, Robert Carlyle has been a favorite actor for a lot of us. But matching a role and performance like the psychopathic Francis Begbie is difficult, so it’s no surprise to hear that the actor would jump at the chance to revisit it. While that still seems like a distant possibility, Carlyle is talking it up anyway. In addition, he is featured in a five-minute commercial for Johnnie Walker whiskey, and his one-take recitation of the brand’s history is definitely worth a look. Read More »

Watch This: The Tournament Movie Trailer

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I wasn’t even aware of the film The Tournament until Peter pointed out the trailer this evening. Now that I am, I can see it being a crazy, fun time totally untethered to any sort of reality. That is, one of my preferred action movie modes. The Tournament posits that every seven years in a small town, the world’s greatest assassins come together to compete for a tremendous cash prize and great renown. It’s the cast that might get your attention, though: Ving Rhames, Kelly Hu, Scott Adkins, and, as the priest caught in the middle of the action, Robert Carlyle. Check out the trailer after the break. Read More »

24 Movie Prequel is Beginning to Sound Lame

A few years ago when Fox announced that they would be making a feature film out of it’s hit real time television serial 24, I was excited. But that was before this past season, where the show not only jumped the shark, but nuked the fridge. We had Jack Bauer running around with the fictional equivalent of Osama Bin Laden, numerous unexplainable twists, turns and deaths, and a storyline that involved Bauer teaming up with a mentally disabled man. And the upcoming season doesn’t look much better – we have a man coming back from the dead, and the early advertisements show a torture-obsessed Bauer who has been reduced to a parody of the multi-layered character from the first few seasons. Remember when Bauer kicked his heroin habit over the course of one day? I’m beginning to miss those times.

For some reason, I just assumed that the 24 movie would never actually happen. And now I actually doubt it ever will. A two hour prequel for this upcoming season is currently in production. Robert Carlyle has confirmed to Premiere that the two hour prequel takes place in real time and the the end of the prequel will connect directly into the first episode of the series

“This two hours is two hours in real time and there’ll then be 22 episodes. I don’t know how they connect it to the first of those 22 episodes but it’s literally the third hour…”

So wait a second. Not only is this not the big screen movie that Fox has been promising for years, but its looking less and less like a supplemental television movie. 24 has always had a 24 episode season. If this prequel accounts for the first two episodes, and leads directly into the third hour, than how is this even a prequel?

Still interested? Carlyle revealed a little more about his role in the prequel:

“My character’s called Carl Benton who is Jack Bauer’s best buddy and he hasn’t seen him for 10 years or something. Jack’s on his travels and he comes to see Carl and hang out with him and potentially change his life. Maybe…” “We were in the Stellenbosch region, the wine country. It was doubling for jungle in the fictional country of Sangala.”

28 Weeks Later Movie Trailer in HD

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The movie trailer for 28 Weeks Later premiered before The Hills Have Eyes 2 this past weekend, but apparently no one bought tickets. Fox Atomic has now put the trailer online for all to enjoy.
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Danny Boyle talks Trainspotting Sequel, Porno

Porno BookIt’s been 11 years since Trainspotting burst onto the scene. Scottish writer Irvine Welsh’s sequel titled Porno was released five years back. So will Sunshine director Danny Boyle ever get around to making the movie?

“That’s the thing. We’ve been given the rights to do the sequel to it, and there is a script – a very early script from John Hodge, the writer of the first one. And we got the idea of doing it, but it depends on [the actors] being quite a bit older than they are at the moment. They need to have a bit of age,” admitted the director to IGN. “Our take on it is, their headiness – these guys who lived at the absolute brink, felt they were invincible and felt they could abuse themselves to the absolute limit – suddenly hit middle age. They’re in their forties and they look it – but they don’t really look it, those actors, yet. They’re a bit moisturised up and looked after. So when they get a bit older, we’ll have a go at sassing it up a bit, yeah.”

Trainspotting starred Ewan McGregor (now age 35), Ewen Bremner (35), Jonny Lee Miller (34), Kevin McKidd (33), Robert Carlyle (45) and Kelly Macdonald (31).

Porno follows the characters of Trainspotting nine years after the events of the earlier book, as their paths cross again in, this time the pornography business being the backdrop rather than heroin use.  The novel is divided into 3 sections, each of which comprises chapters with different narrators. Unlike Trainspotting which had more narrational diversity, Porno is reduced to just 5 narrators: Sick Boy, Renton, Spud, Begbie and Nikki.

If Boyle decides to make it, let’s hope he does it soon.

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