Upgrade trailer

Each year during Austin’s SXSW Film Festival, press attendees (like myself) must pick-and-choose amidst a Texas-sized whirlwind of conflicting screening times and maximum exhaustion. In 2018, that meant (excitedly) interviewing Upgrade writer/director Leigh Whannell alongside stars Logan Marshall-Green and Betty Gabriel instead of catching a buzzy midday showing…like it was even a hard choice? Upgrade won the Midnighters Audience Award and ended up being one of my festival highlights with good reason. Check out my glowing review.

When sitting down with three talented parties such as Whannell, Gabriel and Green, there’s never enough time to ask even half the questions you prepare, but that doesn’t stop an interviewer from trying. Whannell opened up about time-hop filmmaking on a budget, Gabriel exposed the mindset of her character, and Green permitted the same. There was plenty to be said about where society is headed and how Upgrade takes that into consideration along with sci-fi discussions about existing examples of cultural deconstruction. Ideas have to come from somewhere – social influences or past Hollywood classics.

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Upgrade Review

(This review originally ran during our coverage of the SXSW Film Festival. Upgrade is in theaters today.)

Leigh Whannell’s latest film Upgrade is one of the most strikingly invigorated sci-fi watches I’ve been awestruck by in quite some time. I’m talking *hard* sci-fi, with callbacks to anything from eXistenZ to The Matrix to Minority Report. Whannell customizes an “efficient” future not so far from our own, where self-driving Loop Dash vehicles chauffeur around bioengineered super-beings and pizzas aren’t ordered, they’re printed. It’s the kind of SmartHouse, techno-takeover world that Apple users dream of, blackened and revenge-ified by Whannell’s oddly apt Her meets Weekend At Bernie’s scramble – with way more splattered blood and guts. Read More »

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Logan Marshall-Green is a killing machine, literally, in a new Upgrade red band trailer. The new film from Leigh Whannell has the actor out for vengeance, with a little bionic assistance. Watch the new Upgrade red band trailer (and a green band trailer, too) below.

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Upgrade trailer

Are you ready for some hyper-violent science fiction starring a guy who looks like Tom Hardy, but isn’t? Leigh Whannell, the writer of Saw and creator of the Insidious franchise, is here to scratch your itch with Upgrade, a piece of hardcore pulp entertainment starring Logan Marshall Green that won the Midnighter Audience Award at this year’s SXSW film festival.

Blumhouse Tilt just released a red-band Upgrade trailer, and if you’re even remotely interested in sci-fi or action filmmaking, stop what you’re doing, because you need to see this right now. Read More »

Spider-Man Homecoming Cameos

Spider-Man: Homecoming doesn’t hit theaters until July 7, but the early buzz has already started after the social media embargo was lifted Friday night, revealing the first reactions from critics who have already seen the movie. Full reviews will arrive sometime next week.

In the meantime, the full cast list for Spider-Man: Homecoming that was given out in press notes to critics seeing the movie have revealed a few interesting details. However, a couple of them venture into spoiler territory, including news of at least one cameo that we didn’t know about before. So if you don’t want to know about these Spider-Man Homecoming cameos or other cast details, don’t read any further. Read More »

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Two Brits don American — and in Henry Cavill‘s case, heavily Southern — accents to portray soldiers in the upcoming Netflix war drama, Sand Castle.

Set in 2003 during the occupation of Iraq, a group of American soldiers are tasked to repair a water pumping station in a dangerous rural village, but things don’t go quite as planned. Nicholas Hoult is the naive American private at the center of this drama, based on the experiences of screenwriter Chris Roessner, who “learns the true cost of war.”

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Spider-Man: Homecoming Nightwatch rumor
Filming of Spider-Man: Homecoming has moved from Atlanta, Georgia to Peter Parker’s hometown of Queens, New York, and some great set photos have found their way online teasing the arrival of Tony Stark himself (Robert Downey Jr). Meanwhile, a new rumor claims that the film might feature yet another previously unreported villain — Nightwatch. Hit the jump to see the photos and learn about the Spider-Man: Homecoming Nightwatch rumor.

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Michael Chernus has joined the cast of Spider-Man: Homecoming, and will play one of the film’s villains. Chernus, best known for playing Cal Chapman on Orange Is The New Black, is set to play Phineas Mason aka the Tinkerer in the film. Learn more, after the jump.

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Logan Marshall-Green in Dark Blue

Sony’s little corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is starting to fill up. Following Tuesday’s news that Donald Glover would be swinging by, Spider-Man: Homecoming has added two more supporting players. Logan Marshall-Green, best known for starring in Prometheus and for not being Tom Hardy, will join Michael Keaton on the side of evil. And Martin Starr of Silicon Valley has boarded in yet another mystery role.

Tom Holland leads the superhero adventure directed by Jon Watts (Cop Car).  Read More »

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Director Karyn Kusama made her directorial debut in 2000 with the critically acclaimed Girlfight. Her sophomore effort was the 2005 adaptation Æon Flux, which she didn’t have enough creative control over. Kusama’s third feature, 2009’s Jennifer’s Body, while divisive, isn’t without its fans. Since making that horror-comedy, Kusama has directed episodes for Halt and Catch Fire and The Man in the High Castle, but after a six-year wait, the director’s newest film, The Invitation, is now opening in theaters.

The unsettling thriller shows a dinner party gone wrong, told from the perspective of a potentially unreliable narrator, Will (Logan Marshall-Green). Written by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, Kusama’s film is driven by an emotional and unsettling atmosphere, an uneasy sense of dread and loss we discussed with the director.

Below, read our Karyn Kusama interview.

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