Sam Neill Jurassic Park

Jurassic World has been picking up a pretty great cast, but one person we shouldn’t expect to see in it is original Jurassic Park star Sam Neill. Also after the jump:

  • The website for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For has launched
  • Zach Gilford slips a few plot details about The Purge 2
  • Uwe Boll and Brendan Fletcher will go on another Rampage
  • Spike Lee and Ray Allen have discussed a He Got Game sequel
  • Sarah Jessica Parker thinks SATC has “one last chapter to tell”
  • Stephen Moyer hints at a True Blood movie sequel, maybe

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The Purge writer-director James DeMonaco and producers Jason Blum and Michael Bay are all set to return for the sequel, but so far none of the original’s stars — which included Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey — are set to return. Instead, the filmmakers have been putting together a whole new cast, starting with Frank Grillo in the lead role last week.

This week, Grillo is joined by four more who didn’t appear in the last film: Michael K. Williams (Boardwalk Empire), Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights), Kiele Sanchez (A Perfect Getaway), and Carmen Ejogo (Sparkle). More about the horror sequel after the jump.

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‘Devil’s Due’ Trailer: The Antichrist Is Coming

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Fear is linked to the unknown, and related to change, and as such the birth of a child is one of the prime concerns in movie horror. There are so many questions that can drive simple uncertainty into realistic fear. ”What will my life be like after the kid is born? What if I don’t know how to parent? What if I ruin my kid? What if my kid is a sociopath even though I’m a great parent?” And so on. Fear of childbirth has been painted on the screen dozens of times; the mainstream popularity of horror as a cinematic genre can be directly traced to one example, Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby.

I don’t think it’s unfair to Devil’s Due to say it probably isn’t any Rosemary’s Baby. Not many films are. But this one comes from directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin & Tyler Gillett, one half of the collective known as Radio Silence; they created the last segment of V/H/S. That worked well, and the actual scenes of horror in the teaser trailer below are eye-catching. Given that we’re pretty familiar with the “evil pregnancy” idea, how far will this film go?  Read More »

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As a Friday Night Lights fan, I want nothing more than for Zach Gilford to live happily ever after. And for a while the Devil’s Due trailer makes it look like that’s exactly where he’s headed. He’s just gotten hitched to a beautiful woman (Terra Nova‘s Allison Miller), and she’s just gotten pregnant, and Etta James’ “At Last” is playing, and everything’s great.

But her pregnancy comes with complications, and not the usual medical kind. These are of the more Satanic / paranormal variety, it seems. Think Rosemary’s Baby filtered through the found footage format or, if you’re feeling less charitable, Hell Baby with a straight face. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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If the two Expendables movies were Arnold Schwarzenegger dipping his toe back into the acting pool, Kim Jee-woon‘s The Last Stand is him taking a cannonball dive back in. The former governor of California soaks in the spotlight as Ray Owens, a small-town sheriff who becomes the last guy standing between a ruthless cartel leader (Eduardo Noriega) and the Mexican border.

This being Arnold, of course that involves heavy-duty weaponry and some cheesy one-liners. The latest (and probably last) trailer earns a red-band rating for some gleeful violence and some naughty words. Watch it after the jump.

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The idea behind In Our Nature couldn’t be more simple: a young couple (Zach Gilford from Friday Night Lights, and Jena Malone from Into the Wild) head upstate for a weekend retreat. At their destination, they run into an expected second couple: Gilford’s character’s father, played by John Slattery, who has weekend plans of his own with much younger girlfriend Gabrielle Union.

Things get a little awkward as the two couples circle one another, and as Gilford and Slattery start to work out their family issues. But the trailer also suggests that there are some really good moments as, for example, Malone and Union talk about their own respective romantic situations. Some of those scenes look like they have an appealingly unvarnished honesty. And then is that Slattery hitting on Malone? How weird. Roger Sterling advancing on a young woman? Never! Check out the trailer below. Read More »

To hell with The Expendables, let’s move on to The Last Stand. South Korean director Kim Jee-woon (I Saw the Devil, The Good, the Bad, the Weird) makes his English-language debut directing Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s return to marquee-heading status. The straightforward action film features Arnie as a disgraced cop currently holding a small-town Sheriff post, who has to prevent a powerful drug lord (Eduardo Noriega) from escaping across the US-Mexico border.

Peter Stormare is the bad guy’s chief enforcer, but that’s OK; Arnie has Genesis Rodriguez, Luis Guzman, Jaimie Alexander, and, uh, Johnny Knoxville on his side. Read More »

On Mad Men, John Slattery proved to be fantastic at letting down his loved ones; on Friday Night Lights, Zach Gilford demonstrated an equal talent for being disappointed in his. So it makes perfect sense that the pair would team up to play a father and son with a rocky relationship in In Our Nature, an indie drama slated to premiere later this week at the South By Southwest Film Festival.

Specifically, Gilford stars as a son who still harbors resentment over his parents’ split. When a scheduling mishap leads to Gilford and his girlfriend (Jena Malone) sharing the family vacation home with his dad and his girlfriend (Gabrielle Union), father and son are forced to come to terms with one another and with the women in their lives. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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