Spy Melissa McCarthy

Before Spy was released into theaters, writer-director Paul Feig already knew he wanted to make a sequel, and what it would be about. The director had hoped to turn The Heat into a franchise–something Sandra Bullock wasn’t onboard with–but it looks like he may get his wish with a Spy 2. The director of this summer’s Ghostbusters reboot is adamant about making the sequel, which would involve more of Rick Ford (Jason Statham), the one and only man who can walk through fire, waterski blindfolded, and take up piano at a late age.

Below, learn more about the Spy sequel.

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VOTD: Rose Byrne Cracks Up in ‘Spy’ Gag Reel

Spy Gag Reel

In Paul Feig‘s comedy Spy, Rose Byrne played the mostly villainous character Rayna, but even a character with a cold soul cracks up when she’s in the same room with a bunch of accomplished comedians. And so we’ve got this clip from a Spy gag reel drawn from the film’s home video release, which is available from digital HD outlets today.

Here Rose Byrne, herself a very accomplished comedian, loses it more than a few times while shooting various scenes in the film. Check out part of the reel — one of two on the home release — below.  Read More »

/Film’s Top 10 Films of 2015 So Far

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It’s hard to believe, but we’re already halfway through 2015. Which means we’ve already seen about half the films we’re likely to this year. Which, then, means now is as good a time as any to stop and reflect upon some of the big highlights of the year so far.

Our entire staff voted on the top 10 list that follows. The results run the gamut from quirky indie to broad comedy to R-rated action. Find /Film’s list of the top 10 films of 2015 so far after the jump. Read More »

Tomorrowland roads

Hollywood has a woman problem, both behind the scenes and in front of the camera. There isn’t enough female filmmakers making big movies, and there aren’t enough big-budget films centering on — or even featuring — complex female characters. This is something discussed many times in recent years here and on other sites. Over the last decade we’ve seen the Bechdel test, a simple routine which calls attention to drastic gender inequality in our big screen stories, blow up in popular culture.

The old Hollywood way of thinking has always been that female driven stories doesn’t usually equate to huge box office successes unless they involve princess fairytales or epic love stories. In recent years we have seen a growing desire for female driven stories on the big screen, from young adult adaptations like Twilight or The Hunger Games to 2013’s Oscar-winning success Gravity, or even breakout b-action films like Lucy.

But the tables are turning and we’re starting to see Hollywood bet big on female-driven stories. This summer alone is filled with blockbuster films with strong female characters in the central role. I thought now that we are almost half way into June we should look back and forward and take an assessment of the new era we may have approached.

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/Filmcast Ep. 321 – Spy

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David, Devindra, and Jeff discuss two movies that are ideologically opposed on their views on sex work, delve into the Wachowskis’ latest work on Netflix, and discuss the controversy over Cameron Crowe’s latest film. Also, you can back David Chen’s new Kickstarter here.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Also, like us on Facebook!
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3D Printed Jason Statham Mask

If you’ve ever watched The Transporter, Crank, or The Expendables and wished you were Jason Statham, then we have some good news. Thanks to a pretty odd promotion from 20th Century Fox for next month’s action comedy Spy, you can get plans for a 3D printed Jason Statham mask. Disclaimer: Whatever you decide to do once that mask is in your possession is up to you, and we are not responsible.

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Most Anticipated Movies of Summer 2015

April isn’t even 48 hours old but at the movie theater, summer has already begun. With tonight’s opening of Furious 7, the trend of major blockbusters opening well before the first weekend in May continues. Fast Five, The Hunger Games and Captain America: The Winter Soldier are a few recent examples; next year, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will open over a month before the traditional first weekend of summer. Let’s face it. It might be Spring outside, but it’s Summer at the movies.

With that in mind, the /Film crew decided to rank our most anticipated films of the season. Everyone on staff (Peter, Russ, Angie, David, Devindra, Angie, Chris, and myself) ranked their 20 most anticipated movies of summer 2015, those rankings were given point values, and then an overall list was created.

Below, read /Film’s most anticipated movies of Summer 2015. Read More »

Spy

Melissa McCarthy is funny pretty much all of the time, but she’s never better than when she’s working with Paul Feig. Following the massive successes of Bridesmaids and The Heat, the pair are reuniting again this summer for the James Bond sendup Spy.

McCarthy plays Susan Cooper, a deskbound CIA analyst supporting the agency’s suave star spy (Jude Law) on his missions, she never gets to have the glory. Until, that is, the usual James Bond types (including Jason Statham) are targeted by a villain (Rose Byrne) who claims to know all the identities of all the agents. With no other options, the CIA reluctantly promotes her to field agent.

Watch the new Spy trailer after the jump.

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maze runner

After the jump:

  • Sharknado 3 gets hit with a strike-nado, might get delayed
  • T.S. Nowlin will be back to script the last Maze Runner
  • Joe Carnahan offers a glimpse of the A-Team sequel we never got
  • The Poltergeist remake is going to be here two months early
  • Sigourney Weaver is excited about Neill Blomkamp’s Alien sequel
  • The latest Terminator Genisys rumors are are the craziest yet
  • Get another little peek at Bryce Dallas Howard in Jurassic World
  • Watch expensive cars chase each other on the set of Spectre

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SXSW 2015 Movies: Feature Film Lineup Announced

SXSW 2015 movies

South By South West has announced their 2015 feature film lineup. After the jump you will find the press release with the full feature program information. Notable films include Alex Garland‘s Ex MachinaDavid Gordon Green‘s ManglehornPaul Feig‘s Spy, and the documentaries Alex Gibney’s Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine and Ondi Timoner’s BRAND: A Second Coming. Plus, there’s a sneak of Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck, a documentary about Raiders of the Lost Ark, several of the biggest film from Sundance and more.

The Midnight films and Short Film lineup will be announced next Tuesday, February 10th, followed by the complete Conference lineup & schedule on February 17th. Hit the jump for the SXSW 2015 movies lineup.

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