Fall 2015 Movie Preview

We’re well past the midpoint of the year, and we’ve already delivered our list of the Top 10 Films of 2015 So Far. And as we reach the end of the summer, the movie business starts slowing down, giving a little calm before the storm that is awards season. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t still tons of movies to look forward to before the end of the year.

That’s why we’ve collected a list of 30 Movies to Be Excited for Before the End of 2015. And since there are so many great movies coming up before the end of the year, this is the Blockbuster and Studio Edition of the list, and next week we’ll deliver a completely different list for independent movies. But until then, here’s a list of movies we think you won’t want to miss over the next four months. Read More »

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Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant (header)

Following a very successful 2014 awards season in which he took home Best Original Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Picture, Birdman helmer Alejandro González Iñárritu looks poised to make a splash in this year’s race as well with The Revenant. Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy star in the revenge drama, set in the early 19th century American wilderness. Watch the first The Revenant trailer after the jump. Read More »

Fantastic Four poster header - Fox CinemaCon 2015

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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Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Alejandro González Iñárritu is not content to rest on his laurels. Even as his Birdman glides trough awards season picking up every nomination in sight, the director is off in Canada shooting his next film The Revenant.

Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, and Domnhall Gleeson the 19th century revenge drama. Get your The Revenant first look after the jump. Read More »

CHILD 44

Briefly: Monday, Martin Scorsese’s latest was  slotted on the release schedule. Tuesday, three other movies join the calendar. First up is Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant, which will star Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy. It’s aiming at a prime December 25, 2015 release date from 20th Century Fox. Next up is the Ridley Scott produced Child 44, directed by Daniel Espinosa. Tom Hardy also stars in that one and it’ll open April 17, 2015 from Summit. Finally, Mark Neveldine announced his exorcism movie The Vatican Tapes opens February 25, 2015. It stars Michael Pena and Djimon Hounsou. Read more about each film at the above links.[Box Office Mojo, Twitter]

Megan Ellison Revenant

Megan Ellison has been a huge boon to many an auteur-driven passion project over the past several years, and now she may be about to save another. Her Annapurna Pictures is reportedly in talks to finance Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s The Revenant, which is facing serious budgetary woes as backer Worldview Entertainment pulls out.

Also not helping matters from a financial standpoint is Iñárritu’s desire to shoot the film in sequence. But from a cinephile’s point of view, Iñárritu’s insistence on sticking to his guns is what makes The Revenant sound interesting. Not to mention the fact that Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, and Will Poulter are all on board to star. Hit the jump for the details.

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That rumored Inception sequel never did come together, but fans can comfort themselves in the knowledge that Cobb and Eames will still reunite in the near future. Tom Hardy is looking to join Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant, a 19th century revenge tale being directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. More details after the jump.

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Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has been attached to the true 1800s revenge tale The Revenant for three years. In that time, the film has progressed little (Inarritu took time to direct October‘s Birdman), but a very important piece was just locked in. Leonardo DiCaprio has fully committed to star in the film. They’ll begin shooting in September, making the story of a man left for death in the woods a likely Fall 2015 release and potential 2016 Oscar contender. Read More »

Michael Punke‘s novel The Revenant, a dire revenge tale set in raw 1800s America, has been in the hands of Warner Bros for almost a decade. John Hillcoat was once linked to the film, with Christian Bale said to be attached to star; prior to that Park Chan-wook and Samuel L. Jackson were linked. As you read more info on the tale of a man wronged and bent on retribution, you’ll quickly see why either of those pairings might have been a great idea. But those configurations aren’t happening.

There is a script by Mark L. Smith, and Akiva Goldsman is producing. And now Babel and Biutiful director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is reportedly set to break out of the mode he established in those films by directing The Revenant. Read More »