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I just got home from Las Vegas, where for the last week I had attended the CinemaCon convention (formerly ShoWest), the largest gathering of movie theatre exhibitors each year. The convention is packed with talks about subjects such as how to maximize profits, and features a show floor filled with the newest and best concessions equipment. More notably, most of the major movie studios hold presentations of upcoming film line-ups for the next year and beyond. Companies even show some of their films early to get some excitement from those booking the screens.

Thursday morning we saw a presentation from 20th Century Fox showcasing some of their big upcoming films including Peanuts, Poltergeist, Paper Towns, Hitman: Agent 47, Victor Frankenstein, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, Fantastic 4, The Martian, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant and David O Russell’s Joy and more. After the presentation I recorded a spoiler free 20th Century Fox CinemaCon 2015 reaction video reaction with Steve from Collider, which you can watch that now embedded after the jump.

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The New England Patriots winning the Super Bowl might have been painful for some football fans, but it’s been a blessing for movie fans. As a result of friendly bets made about the game, we’ve seen some very cool stuff. The most obvious examples are the touching photos of Marvel-men Chris Pratt and Chris Evans, in costume, visiting children’s hospitals. Now, another photo has surfaced via a Super Bowl bet that reveals our first look at one of 2015’s most anticipated films.

That film is Ridley Scott‘s The Martian, an adaptation of the Andy Weir novel. Matt Damon stars as Mark Watney, an astronaut mistakenly left alone on Mars. He then struggles to survive as Earth struggles to get him back. Damon made a Super Bowl bet with his assistant and since the Patriots won, the assistant has to wear a Patriots shirt all over the world. The first photo was taken in Jordan, in the desert, on the set of The Martian. See The Martian movie set image below. Read More »

Germain’s Most Anticipated Films of 2015

Germain Anticipated 2015

If Hollywood plays its cards right, there’s no way 2015 shouldn’t break every single yearly box office record on the books. The calendar is simply jam packed with huge movies. They may end up being good, or maybe they won’t, but either way they’re going to put asses in seats. These are films audiences are excited for. Films they demanded. In some case, films we’ve been waiting years to see or never thought we’d actually see.

All that said, there’s an embarrassment of potentially awesome movies coming out during 2015. I considered at least 50 before cutting back down to a top ten that really speak to my personal tastes. Then I threw in ten more for good measure. Either way, there’s no doubt that, as great a year as 2014 has been for film, 2015 undoubtedly has it beat in the “potential” column. Especially when it comes to those big time Hollywood blockbusters I tend to get really excited about.

So, without further ado, here are my most anticipated films of 2015. Read More »

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When Ridley Scott‘s The Martian was first announced, it drew a lot of knee-jerk comparisons to Gravity thanks to its stranded-in-space hook. But as casting continues, it’s becoming increasingly obvious that The Martian is a different beast. For one thing, instead of just two lonely leads, The Martian boasts a star-studded cast that seems to get bigger by the day.

The latest big names to climb aboard are Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sebastian Stan, and Mackenzie Davis, who join Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Sean Bean, Michael Peña, Donald Glover, and Jeff Daniels. Hit the jump for more details on the latest The Martian casting.

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Sean Bean the Martian

As Ridley Scott‘s The Martian approaches the start of shooting, yet another high-profile name has entered its orbit. Sean Bean is reportedly set to star in the space survival drama, which centers on an astronaut played by Matt Damon. Hit the jump for more on the Sean Bean The Martian casting.

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Jeff Daniels The Martian

Jeff Daniels is about to be seen in moron mode in Dumb and Dumber To, but he’ll have to wise back up for his next role after that. He’s just signed on for Ridley Scott‘s The Martian, in which he’ll play the director of NASA.

Matt Damon leads the cast, while Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, and Michael Peña are circling supporting roles. Get all the details on Jeff Daniels in The Martian after the jump.

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Some very interesting talents have been circling Ridley Scott‘s The Martian in recent weeks, and now another has joined the orbit. Michael Peña is in talks to board the sci-fi actioner, joining Matt Damon. Hit the jump for more details on the Michael Pena The Martian casting.

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The Martian was originally an e-book by Andy Weir, then it became a screenplay by Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) and now that script is the basis for a film directed by Ridley Scott. The concept is a perfect elevator pitch: an astronaut stranded on Mars must survive after a dust storm forces his crew to evacuate, thinking him dead. Matt Damon plays the main astronaut, but this isn’t quite a one-man show. The early presence of the rest of the crew, along with flashbacks and other narrative devices offer roles for many other actors. Now Kate Mara (House of Cards) has been offered a role, and Mackenzie Davis (Halt and Catch Fire) is in final talks for a part. Read More »

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Ridley Scott‘s The Martian is on the fast track. With a November 2015 release date fast approaching, it has to be. So we’ll surely be hearing more and more about the Cast Away meets Apollo 13 thriller in the coming weeks.

The director has already got Matt Damon to play the lead role of Mark Watney, a wisea-ss astronaut who is stranded on Mars. And now the trades are reporting Jessica Chastain and Kristen Wiig are circling “the female lead” of the film. However, the book most certainly doesn’t have a “female lead” so either the movie is radically different from the book or they’re just up for one of the several supporting, but equally awesome female characters in the film. Read more about The Martian casting below. Read More »