isle of dogs

Aside from that pretty wonderful holiday short film/commercial released last month, things have been pretty quiet for director Wes Anderson in the wake of 2014’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, which was a critical darling, a box office hit, a genuine Oscar contender, and very much the best movie released that year. A little over a year ago, we learned that Anderson was making another stop-motion animated movie, that it’s about dogs, and that it will follow in the footsteps of his previous film and feature an impressive ensemble of actors.

Today, we finally know more. The film is called Isle of Dogs and Anderson revealed the full cast and a tiny snippet of footage.

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Spotlight trailer

Spotlight tells the story of the Boston Globe’s investigation into allegations of child molestation by Catholic priests, and just look at this cast assembled by director Tom McCarthy: you’ve got Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schrieber, Brian D’Arcy James, Stanley Tucci and Billy Crudup playing people on both ends of the legal argument. The Spotlight trailer features them all, and it’s footage that is pretty difficult to resist in the end. Read More »

Ray Donovan

As antiheroes go, it’s tough to find one more “anti” than Dexter Morgan. He’s a serial killer, for God’s sake. But he can’t stick around Showtime forever, so this summer, he’ll help usher another shady character into the channel’s lineup.

Following Dexter on Sunday nights this month will be Ray Donovan, starring Liev Schreiber as a fixer of problems who — wait for it — can’t seem to fix his own problems. The drama isn’t set to premiere until June, but Showtime’s getting a head start on the buzz by debuting the first episode online for free, almost two weeks early. Check it out after the jump.

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine TV Spot 2 -“Brothers”

wolverine brothers
20th Century Fox aired the second of three announced 60-second television sports for X-Men Origins: Wolverine. You can watch the first titled “Outcasts” , which aired during Family Guy at this link. The second spot which premiered tonight during House, is titled “Brothers”. The story begins after the first clip, where Wolverine and his kid brother run away from home and find themselves at War. The third spot will air on on Tuesday (February 17th) during American Idol. I have a feeling that the third spot is going to ruin some of the film’s climax… I could be wrong. Watch “X-Men Origins: Wolverine – Brothers” after the jump.
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X-Men Origins: Wolverine in May 2009

Jackman as WolverineThe official title of Gavin Hood’s Wolverine X-Men spinoff feature film is X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which makes complete sense. I’m guessing that David Goyer’s Magneto spin-off will get the same title treatment (X-Men Origins: Magneto).

Liev Schrieber (The Hurricane, The Painted Veil) is in final talks to star as William Stryker, who was played by Brian Cox in the 2003 film X2: X-Men United. In that film, Stryker was a rogue army colonel with an equally fervent desire to destroy mutants, stemming from his mutant son’s causing the death of his wife, and the failure of Professor X to help him. In the comic book series, Stryker was an obscure character, with only one appearance as a religious fanatic, with a military history which may have involved the Weapon X project, which resulted in Wolverine being given his adamantium skeleton.

Hugh Jackman, who is also producing the film, returns as Wolverine. The film is scheduled to shoot in Australia, New Zealand and New Orleans. The New Orleans location has some fans convinced that the popular but yet to be seen New Orleans-based X-Men character Gambit might make an appearance in the film.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine
will hit theaters on May 1, 2009 (up against Disney’s animated movie “G-Force“).