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At 3 p.m. CST Friday, the doors opened at the Mondo Gallery in Austin Texas for the highly anticipated collaboration between Mondo and Disney. The show, called Nothing’s Impossible, is on display through March 11th. All week, leading up to the opening, several sites premiered images from the show.
So we’ve seen posters for Disney classics new and old such as Fantasia, Sleeping Beauty, The Incredibles, The Lion King, Wall-E, The Sword in the Stone and so many more. They can be viewed at this link but Mondo held back a few as a surprise. Those include posters by Aaron Horkey (Ratatouille), Olly Moss (The Jungle Book), Mike Mitchell (Up and Incredibles) and more. Check out the remainder of the show, which isn’t posted here, below.
Nothing’s Impossible, presented by Oh My Disney, will remain on display until March 11 at the Mondo Gallery, 4115 Guadalupe St., Austin TX. Here are the final images to be revealed from the show.
Since the announcement of the show, the one name everyone was curious about was “Aaron Horkey.” The insanely talented artist has become white hot over the past year and his contribution was by far the most discussed among Disney and Mondo fans. I venture to guess no one could have dreamed up his poster, inspired by Brad Bird’s Ratatouille. The piece is almost like a movie with a twist ending. You look at it, question it, scratch your head, but after sitting with it for a while, it’s difficult not to love. The more I look at it, the more I find it absolutely hilarious.
The Austin Chronicle debuted a few of the above images on Thursday, but we held them back until today.
If you’re down at SXSW, definitely head up to the gallery to check out this impressive show and maybe pick up a poster or two. Any leftovers (which, considering how many posters are in this show, should be considerable) will be sold online via @MondoNews on Twitter.
Oh, and if you were curious how busy the opening was? Here’s a video a friend sent me of the end of the line 3 hours before the gallery opened.
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John Oliver, who came up through the ranks at The Daily Show, is about to debut his own comedy news program, and here’s the first Last Week Tonight With John Oliver trailer. This gig comes after Oliver’s very successful run filling in for Stewart as The Daily Show anchor. Sure, Jon Stewart is still going strong at The Daily Show, and his one-time protege Stephen Colbert is at the top of his game on The Colbert Report. But there’s room for more comedy in news. (Or more news in comedy?)
The show will air each Sunday night on HBO. Presumably Oliver and his writing team will mine some of the same comic vein familiar to viewers of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, only with the language and content freedom that HBO provides.
This trailer pokes fun at the fact that the show won’t exactly be the most timely presentation of the week’s news. It’s a great trailer that really gets across Oliver’s personality, and hopefully augurs good things for the show.
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver debuts on Sunday, April 27 at 11 PM on HBO.
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“Making a Movie” is a series of columns that chronicles our attempt to make, market, and distribute a film with Stephen Tobolowsky in 2014. Our Kickstarter is still live and you can support our film project by going here.
On Wednesday, I woke up at 5:30 AM and spent the whole day shooting test footage for the film I’m working on with Stephen Tobolowsky. We had an ambitious schedule: between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., we were going to take one of Stephen’s stories and shoot different segments of it in four different locations (we plan to edit them together to form a single cohesive story). Later, at 8 p.m., Stephen performed a 45-minute story in front of a crowd of two dozen people in a local coffee shop, which we also filmed. Depending on how all the footage turns out, we may incorporate it into the final film.
Some of you are probably thinking, “Wait a second. Didn’t you guys just launch your Kickstarter? It barely just ended! How are you already filming stuff?” And you’d be right. But this test shoot really came together as a result of a couple of factors: 1) Stephen was going to be in town this week, and we didn’t want to miss an opportunity to shoot something with him, and 2) we wanted a chance to experiment with different formats for the final film. This film was originally conceived of as a concert movie with Stephen performing in front of a live audience on stage, but with a couple extra shooting days, we had the opportunity to expand the original scope of this movie in some interesting ways, and we wanted to take it.
Our production company for this project is Super Frog Saves Tokyo, and they have been exceptionally professional and energetic this entire time. They had the herculean task of pulling together all the resources necessary to make the shoot happen in a span of a couple weeks, including location scouting and crew. Our crew this week primarily consisted of a Red camera, a Movi operator plus his assistant, and a sound engineer.
Side note: the Movi really is as magical as it looks. While it took two people to operate it smoothly, it allowed us to get some spectacular shots that would’ve been impossible without much more complicated setups. It is an exceptional piece of machinery, but it’s also exceptionally intricate with many moving parts and electronics.
Stephen was (as always) a consummate professional who gave it his all for every single take. There were several moments throughout the day when the crew became completely enthralled by his storytelling. It made us all believe in the movie that we were making together. There’s nothing else like that feeling.
I found that the biggest challenge of making a movie is resource management — ensuring that the people and tools you have are being put to good use, and that you have enough time to get the shots you need. Because we were shooting on location (e.g. a supermarket, Seattle City Hall, etc.), there were multiple factors we could not control for, such as background noise and background lighting. Moreover, there were people wandering in and out of places that had to be controlled by extra crew (whenever possible). It didn’t take too long for me to start stressing that we might not get enough footage at each location.
Because of the way our day was structured, a delay at one location had a cascading effect, prompting delays at other locations and so on down the line. In order to make up the time, shortcuts sometimes needed to be taken. Maybe you only do two takes instead of three, or you don’t use a super elaborate lighting setup when you otherwise would have. Fortunately, we were able to hit all of our planned locations and only finish a half hour late. I credit our excellent producer for this miracle.
Beyond this, the entire process was absolutely exhausting. I can’t imagine what it’s like for people who have to be tireless in front of the camera. But as my friend Dan Trachtenberg puts it: This isn’t a job. It’s a dream. Making a movie is all about using the short time you have to create something meaningful and beautiful. I’ve seen a lot of the stuff we’ve captured today and I think it passes both these tests. I look forward to showing it to you.
Few imagined we’d ever see a sequel to Dumb and Dumber, but come November it’s happening. The Farrelly Brothers have begun to test screen Dumb and Dumber To, their two-decades-in-the-making sequel starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. One of those screenings took place last night, and some attendees took to Twitter to air their reaction to the first public screening of the film. Read their comments below.
Here are some Twitter reactions for Dumb and Dumber To:
I was lucky enough to see Dumb and Dumber 2 yesterday. Jim Carrey is back and it's funny as hell.
— ryanbiegel (@ryanbiegel) March 7, 2014
Dumb and Dumber To was hilarious. Everyone should watch it when it comes out! ????????
— His Last Vow (@Dalarb) March 7, 2014
Dumb and Dumber To was pretty fucking hilarious
— Hyde (@Doughboii24) March 7, 2014
— JP Ouellette (@Circa1888) March 7, 2014
dumb and dumber to wasnt as good as i thought it would be
— babeitstomiiikk (@tomikamirian) March 7, 2014
Was in the first audience ever to see Dumb and Dumber To and y'all should see it when it comes out in November cause that shit is FUNNY
— Breanna Wyant (@BreaParri) March 7, 2014
Dumb & Dumber To is freaking AMAZING! Top 5 Jim Carrey movies! And it was dope seeing the Marietta Square! #HardlyHomeButAlwaysReppin
— Myles Warden (@DJMighty) March 7, 2014
Just saw the first sneak preview of Dumb and Dumber To. Guess what? It was really funny. And I shook a Farrelly brother's hand! Yay to both!
— Tory Shulman (@iamtoryshulman) March 7, 2014
Dumb and Dumber To was fucking hilarious
— danielle krattiger (@danielleee_k) March 7, 2014
Overall, very positive, but there a ton of things to keep in mind when looking at these. First, this is a very early cut. The first cut, in fact. With a November release date, it’s only going to get better from here. Two, critics are not allowed into these screenings. Three, I’d bet half of those kids weren’t alive when the first film was released. And four, odds are everyone in the audience was told they were not allowed to publicly post about the film. These people are breaking the rules. If they can’t follow a simple rule, can you trust their opinion about movies? (Actually, those things probably aren’t connected.)
Regardless, when the reactions are so predominantly positive, the answer is probably “yes.” I’d like to think the Farrellys, Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels wouldn’t have come back to this franchise unless they were confident they could make a movie that wouldn’t taint the original. Unfortunately for us, we all have to wait until the Winter to find out.
Dumb and Dumber To opens November 14. Kathleen Turner, Laurie Holden, and Rob Riggle are also set to star, along with Cam Neely (Sea Bass) and Brady Bluhm (Billy in 4C).
Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reprise their signature roles as Lloyd and Harry in the sequel to the smash hit that took the physical comedy and kicked it in the nuts: Dumb and Dumber To. The original film’s directors, Peter and Bobby Farrelly, take Lloyd and Harry on a road trip to find a child Harry never knew he had and the responsibility neither should ever, ever be given.
This spring brings a wave of promising high-profile projects, but for cinephiles in the Middle East the pickings will be slightly slimmer. Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah and Lars von Trier‘s Nymphomaniac have been banned in the parts of the Middle East, which is probably about the only thing the two films have in common. Find out where and why after the jump.
According to THR, Noah studio Paramount has already been informed by censorship boards in Qatar, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates that the movie will not be shown in their countries. Jordan, Kuwait, and Egypt are likely to follow.
That’s despite the fact that Noah already has an Egyptian release date, March 26. In a statement, Egypt’s Sunni institute Al-Azhar called for the banning of the Paramount epic, criticizing it as “contrary to faith and to the fundamentals of the Islamic Sharia [law].”
“Al-Azhar renews its rejection to the screening of any production that characterizes Allah’s prophets and messengers and the companions of the Prophet [Mohammed],” it said. “Therefore, Al-Azhar announces the prohibition of the upcoming film about the Allah’s messenger Noah — peace be upon him.
Muslims are not the only ones who’ve objected to the movie. Last month, Paramount added a disclaimer to the Noah marketing materials explaining that “artistic license” had been taken, after an American Christian group complained that Aronofsky’s take on the tale was not literal enough.
Meanwhile, over in Turkey, the film board has issued an outright ban on Nymphomaniac after classifying the film as pornography. “This film is in the porn category… because of its explicit sexual scenes,” said Turkey’s cinema general director Cem Erkul. “It also depicts extreme violence against women.”
Nymphomaniac Volume 1 had been scheduled to open March 14 in the country, followed by Nymphomaniac Volume 2 on March 21. It had already been given an 18+ rating, meaning no one younger than 18 would have been allowed to see it.
The decision was not without controversy, as THR points out. Board member Yamac Okur called the decision “censorship” and tweeted afterward that “barring any cinema movie from commercial screening is unacceptable.” Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan also weighed in, tweeting, “I strongly condemn the ban on the film Nymphomaniac while there is in fact a policy in place on age limit.”
But Turkish citizens may get their chance to see the movie yet, if they can get a ticket to the Istanbul Film Festival in April. The ban applies only to the theatrical release of von Trier’s film, and Nymphomaniac will screen as planned during the event.
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The genre-bending ’80s-influenced action film The Guest will hit theaters this fall. Picturehouse has picked up rights to distribute the Sundance hit, directed by Adam Wingard, written by Simon Barrett and starring Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens. You can read our full review from Sundance here and the full press release below.Here’s the full press release:
Picturehouse has acquired all US rights to the Sundance hit THE GUEST, from the visionary team behind YOU’RE NEXT: director Adam Wingard, writer Simon Barrett and Snoot Entertainment’s Keith Calder and Jessica Calder. The acquisition was announced today by Bob Berney, CEO of Picturehouse, who is planning a fall release for the film.
THE GUEST stars Dan Stevens of “Downton Abbey” fame, Maika Monroe, (AT ANY PRICE, LABOR DAY), Brendan Meyer, Sheila Kelley, Leland Orser, and Lance Reddick (“American Horror Story” and “Intelligence”).
The film tells the story of a young soldier who arrives on the doorstep of the Peterson family, claiming to be a good friend of their beloved son who died in action. The Petersons welcome David into their home and into their lives, but when people start mysteriously dying in town, mayhem ensues as their teenage daughter Anna starts wondering if David is responsible.
“THE GUEST is hilariously fun and innovative, and its recent premiere at Sundance blew everyone away,” says Berney. “We pride ourselves on collaborating with filmmakers, and Keith, Jess, Adam and Simon are a force of nature.”
“We’re so excited to work with Bob and Jeanne at Picturehouse after long admiring the fantastic job they’ve done releasing some of our favorite movies of all time,” said producers Keith and Jessica Calder.
The deal was negotiated by Bob Berney on behalf of Picturehouse, and by CAA and Erik Hyman of Loeb & Loeb on behalf of the filmmakers.
The Guest is playing SXSW before it’s release. Check it out if you are in Austin for the fest.
The True Detective finale airs this weekend and fans everywhere are on pins and needles waiting to see where creator Nic Pizzolatto and director Cary Joji Fukunaga will take us in the last hour. After the debut episode, the show quickly reached critical mass. A True Detective parody here, a theory there, the Season Two meme is still everywhere, and debates have raged since day one. Now, even celebrities are getting into the fun. Community co-stars Joel McCale and Jim Rash (an Oscar winner, by the way) appeared on E’s The Soup to poke fun at hit HBO show. Check it out below.
Jim Rash and Joel McCale both do really solid impressions of True Detective stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey here; that makes the clip funny. It’s beside the point of the show though, which is partially about the mystery, partially about these two interesting characters, and partially about the essence of narrative. But that’s fine. The joke plays, they don’t run it into the ground and it’s always fun to see actors having a great time as these two obviously are. Plus, this clip looks beautiful infused with Fukunaga’s aesthetic via shots lifted right from the show.
Are you looking forward to this weekend’s finale? Are you prepared for the reaction pieces that are sure to dominate your online reading come Monday? Do you think there’s any way the second season of the show, whatever direction it takes, can match the popularity and watercooler buzz this star-studded first season reached?
Every week Joel McHale and The Soup crew load up their TiVos to find the strange, obscure, and totally unbelievable moments in pop culture, celebrity news, and reality TV. Then they deliver the best of it with an irreverent attitude that’s sure to satisfy your comedy cravings. Wednesdays @10/9c on E!
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Scott Derrickson last brought us the film Sinister, which put Ethan Hawke into the psyche of an increasingly messed-up writer. Now here’s the Deliver Us From Evil trailer, which marks the debut of Derrickson’s new horror, and features Eric Bana and Edgar Ramírez as an unlikely cop-priest duo who deal with demonic possession.
This is a pretty unusual trailer. It begins in typical fashion with a lot of quick cuts and some ominous images tied together with dialogue voiceover. But then it settles down into basically one sequence. The trailer takes its time. We’ve seen a few other horror films do something like this (The Conjuring comes to mind) but this is still stands as an atypical trailer. And this one ends with a real Twin Peaks-worthy moment that worked for me.
(This film was once called Beware the Night, so if you are confused about why Derrickson’s new one doesn’t have the title you expected, that might account for it.)
Deliver Us From Evil opens on July 2. Apple has the trailer.
In DELIVER US FROM EVIL, New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana), struggling with his own personal issues, begins investigating a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest (Edgar Ramírez), schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the frightening and demonic possessions that are terrorizing their city. Inspired by the book, which details Sarchie’s bone-chilling real-life cases.
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The Muppets have never been ones to resist a good pop culture parody, and the newest Muppets Most Wanted posters take on a whole slew of beloved films.
Kermit does his best James Bond for amphibian versions of Skyfall and The World Is Not Enough, while his devious doppelganger Constantine gets in on the action with a Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy send-up. The two then come together in a Muppets-ized poster for — what else? – Face/Off.
Meanwhile, the gang is also capitalizing on the John Travolta‘s “Adele Dazeem” gaffe with a brief new promo. See all the posters and watch the video after the jump.
The new Muppets Most Wanted posters are mostly spy-themed. That seems perfectly appropriate, seeing as Muppets Most Wanted is a European caper featuring mistaken identities, criminal masterminds, Interpol agents, and the like.
[via Bleeding Cool]
Of the four, Frogfall has to be my favorite. Kermit fills out a fancy suit almost as well as the real James Bond, Daniel Craig, does. Who knew? The title The Pig Is Not Enough doesn’t seem to bode well for their impending nuptials, though.
Here’s the Adele Dazeem spot, which is bursting with the Muppets’ usual goofy energy.
Directed by James Bobin, Muppets Most Wanted arrives March 21. Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, and Ty Burrell are the non-Muppet leads.
Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid, Dublin and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine—the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit the Frog—and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Ricky Gervais. The film stars Tina Fey as Nadya, a feisty prison guard, and Ty Burrell as Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon.
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Damien Chazelle, who wrote Grand Piano and wrote and directed Whiplash, certainly has a musical bent. While both of his films so far have had thriller elements, they have also had significant musical influence. Grand Piano follows a concert pianist, played by Elijah Wood, who is warned that any missed note in one particular performance will have violent consequences. Whiplash (above) follows a student jazz drummer who seeks greatness under the tutelage of an unusually stern taskmaster. (Read my review here.)
Now Chazelle will make a film called La La Land, which keeps the musical element, still with a jazz inclination, and sounds like it could even edge into thriller territory.
The LA Times says the film is ”described as a romantic musical set in L.A., the script centers on an aspiring actress and jazz musician who fall in love but see their relationship tested by the high-stress environment of the city’s arts and entertainment community.
The site says there is some studio interest, but that no big label has yet stepped up to produce and/or distribute. We don’t have any further detail at this point, and no cast possibilities to share, but given that Whiplash did so well at Sundance there’s a good chance that Chazelle will be able to pull in a solid cast.
It’s not really surprising that suave, handsome Englishman Jude Law would book a role in a James Bond-esque spy flick. But it’s something of an unexpected delight to hear that he’s been cast in this particular James Bond-esque spy flick.
Law is joining Melissa McCarthy and Jason Statham in Susan Cooper, the next comedy from Bridesmaids and The Heat helmer Paul Feig. More details after the jump.
TheWrap reported the news. Also on board is Rose Byrne, who previously worked with McCarthy and Feig on Bridesmaids. Feig wrote the script and will produce as well as direct. Jessie Henderson, Peter Chernin, and Jenno Topping will also produce.
Few plot details are known right now but Susan Cooper is said not to be a spoof. Instead, it’s described as a “realistic” comedy in a similar tone as The Heat. Casino Royale was also cited as an inspiration in earlier reports. Should the film do well — and given McCarthy’s recent track record, it probably will — Susan Cooper could launch a franchise.
What we know is that McCarthy will play the “female James Bond type” of the title. Statham will be another spy on her side, which probably means he’ll be the Agent Ashburn to her Agent Mullins. The other actors’ roles have not been revealed. Law would make a good villain, though, don’t you think?
Law is coming off of well received turns in Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects and Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina. His winning streak seems poised to continue with Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel and the gangster dramedy Dom Hemingway, both due out within the next month.
Susan Cooper marks a slight departure for Law. While the Brit actor hasn’t shied away from lighter fare like the Sherlock Holmes franchise, he hasn’t done many out-and-out comedies. Indeed, he most recently wrapped the thriller Black Sea, in which he plays a submarine captain.
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Wow. It’s been a wild ride but you guys have taken our Kickstarter project from $0 to fully funded in about 12 days. Thanks so much to everyone in the /Film community for making this happen!
After the jump, see a special, heartfelt thank you video from Stephen Tobolowsky himself.
We are working to put together some cool stretch goals, but in the meantime, if you’re a fan of The Tobolowsky Files, there are still a couple of reward tiers you can still back us for in order to receive bonus episodes of the podcast.
As promised in the Kickstarter, I fully intend on blogging at /Film about the entire experience of making, marketing, and distributing our film. You can follow those by bookmarking this link. Coming soon: how to build a Kickstarter, and what it was like to film with Stephen Tobolowsky for the first time.
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Between The Station Agent, The Visitor, and Win Win, we’ve developed a pretty good idea of what to expect from Tom McCarthy: low-key indies with touches of humor and pathos. But he’s shaking things up a bit with his upcoming The Cobbler by throwing fantasy and Adam Sandler into the mix. And now his next project after that could be an even bigger departure.
McCarthy has signed on to write and possibly direct the Tommysaurus Rex movie, based on an Image Comics book about a boy and his dinosaur pal. Get more details after the jump.
According to THR, McCarthy will co-write the script with John Bland. He’s not yet confirmed to direct. Mary Parent and Cale Boyter will produce. Parent was the one who bought the project a decade ago when she was co-president of production at Universal.
The studio paid $1 million for the rights at the time and put a lot of effort into making the movie happen. They went through several drafts of the script and even courted David O. Russell to write and direct. Nevertheless, the project failed to get off the ground. Universal put Tommysaurus Rex into turnaround — only for it to return to the studio some time later.
Written and illustrated by Doug TenNapel, Tommysaurus Rex follows a boy who moves in with his grandfather for the summer. The kid’s life isn’t easy — he’s just lost his beloved pet dog, and bullies won’t stop picking on him. Things start to turn around for him, however, when he discovers and befriends a huge dinosaur.
While Tommysaurus Rex doesn’t have much in common with McCarthy’s earlier directorial efforts, McCarthy does have experience with family-friendly fare. He received a story credit on Pixar’s Up, and penned Disney’s sports drama Million Dollar Arm. In the meantime, look for his next film The Cobbler to open sometime this year.
Given the pace at which old properties are being revived these days, the only surprising thing about Sony’s planned Zorro reboot is that it’s taking them this long. But it’s better late than never, and now the project is gaining some serious steam.
The studio has just signed playwright and screenwriter Chris Boal to pen the script. The new movie is described as being in the vein of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, because of course it is. More details after the jump.
According to Deadline, who broke the news, the new Zorro will be “less traditional swashbuckler, and more of a Dark Knight-style unveiling of the character with a new backstory, gritty realism and emotional core.” But don’t worry, there’ll still be plenty of swordplay, along with “swords, daggers, grappling, bare knuckles,” and Europe martial arts.
We first got wind of the Zorro reboot in 2011 when Sony began registering domains for the titles The Forging of Zorro, Zorro Begins, and Zorro: The Legend Begins. There’s no word on whether any of those names are still in the running, but any one of them would fit the description above.
Progress on the project has been pretty quiet since then. With Boal on board, though, it looks healthier than ever. There are still several stages to get through before the film hits theaters, but hiring a screenwriter is an important first step. Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, who are also behind Sony’s upcoming Men in Black reboot, are producing.
Boal apparently some experience with swordplay, having competed in fencing on a national level when he was younger. As a screenwriter, he’s worked on Paramount’s adaptation of the sci-fi novel Old Man’s War, Warner Bros.’ Viking epic Vanguard, and Warner Bros.’ sword-and-sandal Caesar. He also happens to be the brother of Hurt Locker scribe Mark Boal.
On the one hand, it’ll be fun to see the classic dashing hero back in action again. On the other hand, does the world really need another Dark Knight-esque origin story. But we’re at a point where even Santa Claus can’t escape the trope. Zorro never stood a chance.
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The first teaser for 24: Live Another Day debuted during the Super Bowl, but since we’ve yet to receive a full-length trailer we’re still mostly in the dark as to what the show will actually look like. Happily, we have a slightly better idea today since Fox has revealed a big batch of stills.
The new 24: Live Another Day images feature returning characters Jack (Kiefer Sutherland) and Chloe (Mary Lynn Rajskub), along with lots of fresh faces played by Yvonne Strahovski, Benjamin Bratt, Tate Donovan, and more. See them all after the jump.
EW premiered the images, if you couldn’t tell. They mostly feature the actors looking concerned, sometimes while talking on the phone and sometimes just while standing around. There’s no sign yet of guest stars Michelle Fairley, Stephen Fry, and John Boyega, but Dragon Tattoo Chloe almost makes up for it.
The 12-episode limited series picks up four years after the events of the series finale. Jack, now a fugitive wanted by the CIA, has resurfaced in London and is trying to prevent yet another terrorist attack.
Bratt plays Steve Harris, the head of the CIA, and Strahovski the “resourceful and ruthless” agent Kate Morgan. Also on their team are computer tech Joran Reed (Giles Matthey) and arrogant field operative Erik Ritter (Gbenga Akinnagbe).
In the White House is president James Heller (William Devane), whose chief of staff is Mark Boudreau (Donovan). It just so happens that Boudreau is married to Heller’s daughter, Jack’s ex Audrey (Kim Raver). As for Chloe (Rajskub), she’s now an Edward Snowden-esque radical, who’s working with hacker Adrian Cross (Michael Wincott).
Anticipation for Jack’s return is running so high that Variety estimates 30-second spot during the premiere could cost up to $500,000. Subsequent episodes will be cheaper at around $325,000, which is still high enough to make it the second-priciest program on broadcast TV. (Sunday Night Football comes in first at $628,000.) Keep that in mind as you DVR past the commercials when 24: Live Another Day kicks off May 5.
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The 2014 MTV Movie Award nominations have been announced, and the list could be the perfect medicine to anyone a little upset with how the Oscars turned out. Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave is among the nominees for Best Movie of the Year, but it’s joined by The Hobbit: The Desoluation of Smaug and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (along with fellow Oscar nominees American Hustle and The Wolf of Wall Street). Those last two led all nominees with eight apiece, followed closely by Hunger Games and…wait for it…We’re The Millers with six a piece.
As usual though, there are some fun categories and nominations for films Oscar ignored such as This Is The End, Anchorman 2, Spring Breakers, The Spectacular Now, Fruitvale Station and others. Below, check out the full list of 2014 MTV Movie Award Nominations.
The 2014 MTV Movie Awards airs April 13 and Conan O’Brien will be the host. You can vote for your favorite (which means Catching Fire will win evertyhing) at www.MovieAwards.MTV.com. Here’s the full list. Beware, there are some SPOILERS below.
MOVIE OF THE YEAR
12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
American Hustle (Columbia Pictures)
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Warner Bros. Pictures)
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Lionsgat
The Wolf of Wall Street (Paramount Pictures)
BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE
• Amy Adams – American Hustle (Columbia Pictures)
• Jennifer Aniston – We’re the Millers (New Line Cinema)
• Sandra Bullock – Gravity (Warner Bros. Pictures)
• Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Lionsgate)
• Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
BEST MALE PERFORMANCE
• Bradley Cooper – American Hustle (Columbia Pictures)
• Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street (Paramount Pictures)
• Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
• Josh Hutcherson – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Lionsgate)
• Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features)
• Liam James – The Way Way Back (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
• Michael B. Jordan – Fruitvale Station (The Weinstein Company)
• Will Poulter – We’re the Millers (New Line Cinema)
• Margot Robbie – The Wolf of Wall Street (Paramount Pictures)
• Miles Teller – The Spectacular Now (A24 Films)
• Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams – American Hustle (Columbia Pictures)
• Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Scarlett Johansson – Don Jon (Relativity Media)
• James Franco, Ashley Benson and Vanessa Hudgens – Spring Breakers (A24 Films)
• Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller – The Spectacular Now (A24 Films)
• Emma Roberts, Jennifer Aniston and Will Poulter – We’re the Millers (New Line Cinema)
• Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Paramount Pictures) – Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, DavidKoechner and Steve Carell vs. James Marsden vs. Sacha Baron Cohen vs. Kanye West vs. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler vs. Jim Carrey and Marion Cotillard vs. Will Smith vs. Liam Neeson and John C. Reilly vs. Greg Kinnear
• Identity Thief (Universal Pictures) – Jason Bateman vs. Melissa McCarthy
• The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Warner Bros. Pictures) – Orlando Bloom and Evangeline Lilly vs. Orcs
• The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Lionsgate) – Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and SamClaflin vs. Mutant Monkeys
• This is the End (Columbia Pictures) – Jonah Hill vs. James Franco and Seth Rogen
BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE
• Kevin Hart – Ride Along (Universal Pictures)
• Jonah Hill – The Wolf of Wall Street (Paramount Pictures)
• Johnny Knoxville – Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (Paramount Pictures)
• Melissa McCarthy – The Heat (20th Century Fox)
• Jason Sudeikis – We’re the Millers (New Line Cinema)
BEST SCARED-AS-S**T PERFORMANCE
• Rose Byrne – Insidious: Chapter 2 (FilmDistrict)
• Jessica Chastain – Mama (Universal Pictures)
• Vera Farmiga – The Conjuring (New Line Cinema)
• Ethan Hawke – The Purge (Universal Pictures)
• Brad Pitt – World War Z (Paramount Pictures)
BEST ON-SCREEN DUO
• Amy Adams and Christian Bale – American Hustle (Columbia Pictures)
• Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features)
• Vin Diesel and Paul Walker – Fast & Furious 6 (Universal Pictures)
• Ice Cube and Kevin Hart – Ride Along (Universal Pictures)
• Jonah Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street (Paramount Pictures)
BEST SHIRTLESS PERFORMANCE
• Jennifer Aniston – We’re the Millers (New Line Cinema)
• Sam Claflin – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Lionsgate)
• Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street (Paramount Pictures)
• Zac Efron – That Awkward Moment (Focus Features)
• Chris Hemsworth – Thor: The Dark World (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
• Steve Carell, Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner – Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues(Paramount Pictures)
The Channel 4 News Team’s afternoon is no longer a delight as their speeding van filled with bowling balls, scorpions and hot oil takes a tumble on the highway.
• Johnny Knoxville and Jackson Nicoll – Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (Paramount Pictures)
Johnny Knoxville and Jackson Nicoll manage to strike fear into a room full of unsuspecting beauty pageant-loving parents thanks to a bump n’ grind dance routine to a Warrant classic.
• Cameron Diaz – The Counselor (20th Century Fox)
Having sex in a car is pretty much a rite of passage, but having sex with a car? Cameron Diaz’s Malkinagets down and dirty with a bright yellow Ferrari to show the world how it’s done.
• Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street (Paramount Pictures)
Leonardo DiCaprio’s iconic portrayal of excessive Wall Street player Jordan Belfort takes a turn for the insane when he takes his Lamborghini for a spin.
• Danny McBride and Channing Tatum – This is the End (Columbia Pictures)
Danny McBride shows an apocalyptic world, and uncomfortable theater-goers everywhere, that there’s no better pet than a scantily-clad Channing Tatum.
• Barkhad Abdi – Captain Phillips (Columbia Pictures)
• Benedict Cumberbatch – Star Trek into Darkness (Paramount Pictures)
• Michael Fassbender – 12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
• Mila Kunis – Oz The Great and Powerful (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
• Donald Sutherland – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Lionsgate)
BEST ON-SCREEN TRANSFORMATION
• Christian Bale – American Hustle (Columbia Pictures)
• Elizabeth Banks – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Lionsgate)
• Orlando Bloom – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Warner Bros. Pictures)
• Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features)
• Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features)
BEST MUSICAL MOMENT
• Backstreet Boys, Jay Baruchel, Seth Rogen and Craig Robinson – This is the End (Columbia Pictures)
Spoiler alert! Backstreet Boys reunite in heaven to perform “Everybody” with signature boy band moves and flair for this unforgettable apocalyptic ending.
• Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle (Columbia Pictures)
Lawrence cleans and dances her frustrations away as she mouths the words to 70s classic “Live and Let Die.”
• Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street (Paramount Pictures)
During his wedding reception, DiCaprio’s fraudulent Jordan Belfort pops and locks it to Bo Diddley’s”Pretty Thing.”
• Melissa McCarthy – Identity Thief (Universal Pictures)
To ease the tension of stealing Sandy’s identity, McCarthy’s Diana shows her musical range as she attempts to sing along with the car radio — and even hits that high note in “Barracuda.”
• Will Poulter – We’re the Millers (New Line Cinema)
With eyes wide shut, Poulter’s Kenny Rossmore throws it back to the 90s with a hilarious rendition of TLC’s “Waterfalls.”
BEST CAMEO PERFORMANCE
• Robert De Niro – American Hustle (Columbia Pictures)
• Amy Poehler and Tina Fey – Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Paramount Pictures)
• Kanye West – Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Paramount Pictures)
• Joan Rivers – Iron Man 3 (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
• Rihanna – This is the End (Columbia Pictures)
• Henry Cavill as Clark Kent – Man of Steel (Warner Bros. Pictures)
• Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man – Iron Man 3 (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
• Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Warner Bros. Pictures)
• Chris Hemsworth as Thor – Thor: The Dark World (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
• Channing Tatum as John Cale – White House Down (Columbia Pictures)
Joke about these awards all you want, but any show that recognizes the Backstreet Boys cameo in This Is The End, Spring Breakers and Don Jon is all right in my book.
Superhero Bits: Fantastic Four, Batman vs. Superman, Andrew Garfield, Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Why is that shot above the best photo ever? Want to see a trailer for the 75th anniversary of Marvel Comics? How did Andrew Garfield and Batkid make up for getting cut from the Oscars? What exclusive can you get for pre-ordering Batman: Arkham Knight? Did Michael B. Jordan address the Fantastic Four casting controversy? When will we see the Batsuit, according to Batman vs. Superman director Zack Snyder? And how can you see Captain America: The Winter Soldier a few weeks early? Read about all that and more in today’s Superhero Bits.
An awesome trailer for the 75th anniversary of Marvel Comics.
Marvel is hosting advanced screenings of Captain America: The Winter Soldier on March 20. Tickets go on sale March 14.
Artist Kevin Tong did this cool variant cover for an upcoming Avengers comic.
Another new Captain America: The Winter Soldier commercial via Disney.
Wal-Mart preorders of Batman: Arkham Knight get this cool prototype Batmobile.
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Disney has picked up momentum in developing its version of The Jungle Book, which is set to be a live-action film with extensive CG embellishment. The project has just cast Idris Elba as Shere Khan, the tiger whose name literally means “king.” Elba has a regal bearing no matter what he’s doing, and even his voice alone should be able to command respect, and instill fear.
You probably best know the character from the original animated Disney version of the tale, but he’s been around since the original Rudyard Kipling stories. In the original tales, it is actually Shere Khan whose actions lead the boy Mowgli to be abandoned in the jungle, after which he is adopted by wolves. His role in the Disney story is a bit different, but still mean and antagonistic. We don’t know how he’ll end up on screen in this take.
The new film is to be directed by Jon Favreau, and in announcing Elba’s casting Deadline reports that the Oscar-winning Rob Legato (Avatar, The Wolf Of Wall Street, Hugo, Titanic) is overseeing the film’s visual effects.
Last month, we finally learned which version of Bong Joon-ho‘s Snowpiercer we’d be seeing in theaters. Now we also know when we’re going to see it. The Weinstein Co. have set a summer 2014 release date for the chilly sci-fi actioner, which had its world premiere in South Korea last summer. Hit the jump for more details on the rollout.
Box Office Mojo reports that Snowpiercer will open June 27, the same date as Transformers: Age of Extinction. As reported in February, this will be Bong’s uncut version of the apocalyptic drama, not the Weinsteins’ proposed dumbed-down one; also as reported then, the film is getting a limited release instead of a wide one.
But even if you don’t live in an area that typically gets limited releases, there’s hope for you yet. The Weinsteins are working with their VOD arm Radius-TWC on this, meaning it’ll probably hit VOD on the same date or not long after.
The dispute between the Weinsteins and Bong spilled into the public eye last summer. The Weinsteins reportedly wanted to recut Snowpiercer, which by then had already received rave reviews in Bong’s native South Korea, as a more conventional action-thriller. Bong fought back, lawyers got involved, and the argument dragged on for months.
Even after the two sides reached a compromise last month, it was unclear when exactly the Weinsteins would get around to releasing it. We’re just relieved to hear we won’t be waiting too long.
Based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige, Snowpiercer unfolds in a snowy, post-apocalyptic future. The only people left alive on Earth are the passengers of a perpetually moving train. Within the train, however, trouble is brewing as the have-nots begin rebelling against the haves.
Chris Evans plays the leader of the revolutionaries, while Tilda Swinton is one of the most powerful elites. Jamie Bell, Ed Harris, John Hurt, Octavia Spencer, Ewen Bremner, Alison Pill, Kang-ho Song, and Ah-sung Ko also star.
Shaquille O’Neal wants to make a video game. Scratch that. He wants to make another video game. The star of the 1994 fighting game Shaq-Fu has taken to IndieGoGo to raise funds for a reboot of that title, called Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn. Check out the pitch video, teaser and more below.
The full IndieGoGo can be accessed here, but here’s a teaser of the game.
And here’s the pitch video:
Here’s how the site says Shaq Fu 2 will be different from the original, which they truly, truly hate.
Shaq Fu is what the original game should have been – an instant classic. We’re talking Streets of Rage meets Street Fighter meets Devil May Cry. It’s a modern day take on the classic beat ‘em up. Play as Shaquille O’Neal – learn hundreds of moves and battle techniques, take onthousands of enemies with dozens of cool melee weapons, battle bosses in dynamic arenas, master cool finishing moves and play with your buddies in COOP mode or against each other in player vs player combat.
In Shaq Fu, dozens of unique and varied enemies await which require careful use of tactics. The game also features destructive environments, awesome power ups and a series of well-designed, beautiful levels with interesting progression. This is all tied together by what very well might be the story of the century, a performance worthy of an Oscar, by the Big Diesel, in his battle against a villain for the ages – the mysterious Black Star Ninja.
Besides the obvious crazy nature of the game, the list of incentives is pretty funny too. It ranges from exclusive characters in the game to Shaq following you on Twitter or hanging at his house. And while it’s all done with a sense of humor, you definitely get the sense the people behind the game are taking it very seriously. They want to make a great game and now you can help them.
There’s also a disclaimer that while Shaq is obviously rich and is investing his own money in the game, the IndieGoGo is just a small part of the total cost.
Do you think Shaq Fu: The Legend Reborn is a good idea?
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