Sometimes, all it takes is two minutes of new footage from a great filmmaker to start the day off right. Here’s your first look at a clip from Drive, the Nicolas Winding Refn film that stars Ryan Gosling as a stunt man / getaway driver. The clip is from very early in the movie, and makes me think that Refn has really managed to bring the script perfectly to life. The footage is tense and exciting, and juiced with a slow-boil energy that we don’t see enough of lately. Read More »

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First Looks: ‘Drive’ and ‘Lock-Out’

The show now known as CinemaCon, formerly ShoWest, is in full swing in Las Vegas. The marketplace is full of first looks at a great many films we’ll be seeing over the next year, and we’ve got images from two of them. One is among my most highly-anticipated films of the year: Drive, directed by Nicolas Winding Refn and starring Ryan Gosling. (One of two images is above.) The other is Lock-Out, a sort of Taken clone in space, starring Maggie Grace and Guy Pearce. See the images after the jump. Read More »

‘Bunraku’ Trailer

UDPATE: Because this isn’t an official trailer, the producers of the film have been trying to get it removed from YouTube. At their request, we’ve pulled it and will re-post something when an official version is available.

Bunraku looks like one hell of a weird beast. The film stars Josh Hartnett, Woody Harrelson, Demi Moore, Gackt, Ron Perlman, Kevin McKidd and more in something that looks like the love child of Takashi Miike and Frank Miller, if the two hooked up while watching the films of Seijun Suzuki. The trailer has finally landed, and there’s a 50/50 chance you’ll walk away from it a lot more confused or uncertain about the film than you might be already. Watch it after the break. Read More »

As Season of the Witch limps towards theaters, the cast and crew are out doing the press rounds. Among them is Ron Perlman, the actor who has been a frequent presence in movies by Guillermo del Toro and who has already shot a part in Conan the Barbarian. While doing interviews for his current film, he has dropped some info about Conan, At the Mountains of Madness, and background for the idea for Hellboy 3. Read More »

There’s a bunch of varied news from the Shire today, including, appropriately, a new image of the Shire.

First up is some minor casting clarification. While Ian McKellen has listed The Hobbit on his own website as a 201? project (that question mark is verbatim, not my typo) and therefore seemingly confirms his participation, Ron Perlman will not be in the film. The actor told ComingSoon that he’s not doing the movie. When Guillermo del Toro was directing there was talk of Mr. Perlman landing in the cast, but don’t expect that to happen at this point.

After the break, the latest trouble for the production: accusations of racism in the casting process. Read More »

Almost exactly a year ago we got the first full trailer for Season of the Witch, then a LionsGate film starring Nicolas Cage. The film still stars Nic Cage, but is now being distributed by Relativity Media, which also financed the film’s production. The company has cut a new trailer to begin promoting the January 7 release, and it is a completely different beast from the previous one. Read More »

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Looks like Universal got the jump on everyone at the end of this past week by announcing a boatload of release dates. Others are falling in line to grab their own weekends, and so we’ve got new dates for Lionsgate’s 3D version of Conan, which now seems to be officially called Conan 3D, and Sony’s 21 Jump Street, the latter of which is being pushed back from a 2011 date and had previously been dated as a ‘Winter 2012′ film. Read More »

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James Gandolfini is about to start work on Violet & Daisy but is lining up work to take on after that film wraps. One possibility is Great Hope Springs, the matrimonial drama that will re-team director Mike Nichols and Meryl Streep. Jeff Bridges was one possible candidate for the same role over the summer, but he’s out of the picture.

If Gandolfini signs on, he’d also join Philip Seymour Hoffman in the Vanessa Taylor-scripted film about “a husband and wife (Gandolfini and Streep) undergoing an intense weekend of counseling to decide their future after 30 years of marriage.” Streep sparring with Gandolfini with Hoffman as the ref? Yep, I’ll take that. Vulture says the trio is keen to work together, and the film could shoot in March if deals come together.

After the break, the fourth Mission: Impossible gets a new Russian agent, and a spot is held At the Mountains of Madness for Ron Perlman. Read More »

Disney’s next animated film is Tangled, which retells the classic Rapunzel story with a distinctly Pirates of the Caribbean, ‘maybe boys will see this’ vibe. We’ve seen a couple of teasers, some clips and plenty of art from the film. Now there’s a full trailer, which gives a much better idea of what the film might actually be like. Read More »

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