CHICAGO – The legacy of public housing is one of the strangest forces of karma in the City of Chicago. For example, sites that were once some of the roughest and most neglected housing for the poor now contain luxury condos. It is the people of those former hellholes that still remember the sorrowful history of what they once called home. The American Theater Company (ATC) have gathered these stories for the poignant and extraordinary “The Projects.”
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Want to see Batman on top of a car on the set of Suicide Squad? When can you get this X-Men Days of Future Past poster? How did The Avengers influence Warcraft? Who might be the villains in Gotham season 2? Could Crossbones come back in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? What unanswered questions did you have after Avengers: Age of Ultron? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits.
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Sexual assault is a tricky subject to tackle, as the outcry over that Game of Thrones rape scene reminded us so very recently. Too often it’s treated like just another crazy twist, rather than a grim reality that millions of people have to live with every day. Thankfully, that’s not the case in Felt, Jason Banker‘s character study-turned-thriller from Fantastic Fest 2014.
Starring and based on the experiences of Amy Everson, Felt follows an artist dealing with the fallout of sexual trauma in a most unusual way: by crafting grotesque costumed alter egos for herself. Her behavior alienates some of the people around her, but eventually she falls into a relationship with Kenny (Kentucker Audley). Watch the Felt red band trailer after the jump. (There’s also an all-ages version if you’re at work.)
Here’s the red-band trailer:
Rape revenge movies aren’t terribly uncommon, but one of the things that makes Felt look so unusual is the way it deals with rape culture, not just a single, specific rape. “You’re constantly objectified, discredited, for anything you do, because you’re female,” Everson laments in the trailer. “Everything is qualified by the fact that you don’t have a dick.”
This green-band trailer has a lot of the same ideas, but it is a bit more restrained on the language front.
Felt arrives in theaters June 26, and will hit digital HD and VOD July 21.
Amy is hanging on by a thread…
Struggling to cope with past sexual trauma and the daily aggressions of a male-dominated society, she creates grotesquely costumed alter egos that re-appropriate the male form. While giving her the sense of power she craves, acting as these characters pushes her further into a world of her own making. When she begins a new relationship with a seemingly good guy, she opens herself up to him – but that vulnerability comes at a dangerous cost, and her alter egos threaten to lash out in explosive violence.
Based on the real experiences and art of co-writer/star Amy Everson, Felt doesn’t just point a finger at rape culture; it takes a full on swing at it, creating a feminist psychological thriller that audiences will be hard-pressed to shake off.
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Jeff Goldblum is back for Independence Day 2, and writer/producer Dean Devlin has the photo to prove it. Devlin shared the first photo of the original Independence Day star on set for the sequel. Check out the Jeff Goldblum Independence Day 2 image after the jump.
Devlin shared a selfie of himself with Goldblum on Instagram.
A photo posted by Dean Devlin (@officialdeandevlin) on May 26, 2015 at 2:35pm PDT
Goldblum reprises his role as David Levinson, the brilliant computer expert who helped President Thomas Whitmore beat back the invading alien forces in the first film. 20 years later, he looks pretty much the same, only handsomer. That silver hair really suits him.
Word is the Independence Day sequel picks up roughly 20 years after the original, with a new generation of fighters battling the next wave of extraterrestrials. Here’s hoping Levinson hasn’t gotten lazy, in case his technological expertise is needed once again.
Also back from the original Independence Day are Judd Hirsch as David’s dad Julius; Bill Pullman as ex-POTUS Whitmore; Vivica A. Fox as Jasmine Dubrow; and Brent Spiner as scientist Brackish Okun. Will Smith, who played Marine pilot Steven Hiller, will not return.
New cast members include Jessie Usher as Jasmine’s son Dylan; Maika Monroe as Whitmore’s daughter Patricia; Liam Hemsworth as Patricia’s love interest Jake Morrison; Sela Ward as U.S. president Lanford; Patrick St. Esprit as her Secretary of Defense Tanner; plus Charlotte Gainsbourg, Travis Tope, Joey King, and DeObia Oparei.
Roland Emmerich directs once again, and wrote the first draft of the script with Devlin. Since then, James A. Woods, Nicolas Wright, and James Vanderbilt have all had a hand in the screenplay as well. Emmerich and Devlin are additionally producing with Harald Kloser.
Independence Day 2 opens June 24, 2016, just in time for the actual Independence Day and almost exactly 20 years after the opening of the original Independence Day.
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We’ve got a set of new release dates from Universal and Warner Bros. The new collaboration between Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman and star Tom Cruise has been set for January 2017 by Universal, and Warner Bros. has given dates to the Key & Peele film Keanu, and the remake of Going in Style.
First up, Deadline reports the two Warner Bros. dates. Keanu, which stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, will open on April 22 2016. The film is named after a cat, which is “abducted by a street gang, sending its humans undercover as drug dealers.” Peter Atencio, who directed the show Key & Peele, will direct this feature, which will compete with Universal’s The Huntsman.
And then Going In Style, starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin , will open on May 6. The film remakes a Martin Brest comedy that was popular on release in 1979, with Zach Braff and Theodore Melfi directing. The film follows three seniors who, fed up with living on bare subsistence funds thanks to social security checks, decide to rob a bank… despite their total lack of experience with such activities. The picture will act as counter-programming to Captain America: Civil War.
Finally, there’s Mena, which Universal will release on January 6, 2017.
The Gary Spinelli script ended up on the 2014 Black List, and follows “the outrageous and real exploits of hustler and pilot Barry Seal, a CIA recruit tasked with bringing down a burgeoning communist threat in Central America.”
Tom Cruise plays Seal — who in real life caused huge political problems for the Reagan administration and eventually met an ugly end — which will be interesting to see in the context of a big studio picture. The cast also features Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright, Jesse Plemons, E. Roger Mitchell Caleb Landry Jones and Lola Kirke. Mena is shooting in Atlanta as of this week.
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2015 marks the 40th anniversary of Industrial Light and Magic, the most revered special effects company in the world. It was famously created by George Lucas in 1975 to help make his movie, Star Wars, and has since gone on to basically create almost every single big special effects movie or moment you can remember or imagine. (With a few exceptions.)
Below, you can see a jaw-dropping, one-minute montage of their 40 year history, up to and including Star Wars: The Force Awakens later this year. Check out the ILM 40th anniversary video below.
Thanks to ILMVisualFX for the video. Can you name all the films seen within?ILM 40th Anniversary Video
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Chris Pine is bucking the trend of 30something white guys named Chris starring in Marvel movies. Instead, he’s in talks to join a DC film. Specifically, Pine is looking to join Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman, in which he would play Steve Trevor. More details on the Chris Pine Wonder Woman casting after the jump.
Variety reported on Pine’s casting as Wonder Woman’s love interest Steve Trevor. Patty Jenkins is directing the Warner Bros. superhero pic, having replaced Michelle MacLaren last month. Jason Fuchs is credited with the screenplay.
In the comics, Steve Trevor is an army officer who crash-lands on Paradise Island, home turf of the Amazons, during World War II. Wonder Woman nurses him back to health and eventually falls in love with him. When he returns to the outside world, she follows him.
Much like Superman’s love interest Lois Lane, Steve Trevor is an implausibly unobservant sort who fails to notice that his unassuming co-worker Diana Prince and the superheroine he’s fallen in love with are one and the same. However, we have few details right now on the movie version of the character.
If you’ve been following the development of Wonder Woman, you may have heard a rumor at one point that Scott Eastwood was up for the part of Steve Trevor. According to Variety‘s sources, he was was given the choice between a guaranteed supporting role in Suicide Squad and the opportunity to test for Wonder Woman. He chose the former, as we already know.
You may have also heard a separate story that Pine could play Green Lantern, but the Wonder Woman casting should nip those rumors once and for all.
Pine already has one big-budget sci-fi franchise under his belt. He’s played Captain Kirk in two Star Trek movies and is set to reprise the role for a third film due out in 2016. However, Wonder Woman marks his first foray into a major comic book adaptation.
Besides Star Trek, Pine is coming off of a string of quirky supporting roles in Stretch, Horrible Bosses 2, and Into the Woods. Next up for him are Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer prequel, plus the Disney survival drama The Finest Hours, the sci-fi pic Z for Zachariah, and the crime drama Comancheria.
Wonder Woman is expected out June 23, 2017. But first, Gadot will make her debut as the classic superheroine in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, slated for March 25, 2016.
Jason Reitman has made Oscar contenders, cult classics, TV pilots and live reads. Now he’s signing up for something totally different: an animated film. Reitman is attached to write and direct Beekle for DreamWorks Animation, based on a book called The Adventures Of Beekle: The Unimaginery Friend by Dan Santat. It’s about an imaginary friend who is so unique, no child imagines him, and he’s left alone. He then goes on an adventure to find a child to be friends with. Read more about the Beekle movie below.
The Wrap initially broke the news of the Beekle movie. Here’s what Reitman had to say:
I was book shopping with my daughter, when a little tooth-shaped character in a paper crown stole our hearts. His name was Beekle and I’m honored to now be adapting Santat’s charming story into a feature film.
The co-presidents of DreamWorks animation, Bonnie Arnold and Mireille Soria, said this about Reitman and the project:
Welcoming Jason onto this project is a true coup, as his incredible ability to tell heartfelt character-driven stories with a signature comedic tone makes him the perfect choice to bring this beloved book to the big screen. We immediately fell in love with the concept of ‘Beekle’ and know that Jason will create something truly special from this fantastic source material.
That’s the good news. The bad news is adapting an animated film takes at least 3 times as long as a live-action feature. So while Reitman will surely start working on Beekle soon, we’ll be lucky to see it on the big screen before the end of the decade. or at least close.
Here’s the description of the book via Amazon:
This magical story begins on an island far away where an imaginary friend is born. He patiently waits his turn to be chosen by a real child, but when he is overlooked time and again, he sets off on an incredible journey to the bustling city, where he finally meets his perfect match and-at long last-is given his special name: Beekle.
New York Times bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator Dan Santat combines classic storytelling with breathtaking art, creating an unforgettable tale about friendship, imagination, and the courage to find one’s place in the world.
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Paramount is pulling together a writer’s cabal to develop new Transformers films and spin-offs for a “Marvel-style connected universe,” and two more people have just been added to the roster. Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari, the pair who did a lot of rewrite work on Ant-Man, have joined the team. More interesting to Transformers fans will be that one idea reportedly being kicked around is a movie that would take place on Cybertron.
Deadline has the info. The Transformers production team is headed up by Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, and Akiva Goldsman, with Goldsman working as the direct coordinator of the new development efforts. The writer’s room includes Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man), Zak Penn (Pacific Rim 2), and Jeff Pinkner (Lost).
Task number one is to set up another Transformers sequel that can be ready for Michael Bay to shoot when he’s done making the Benghazi movie 13 Hours. And then there’s the task of setting up further interconnected spin-offs and sequels. But if they’re all developed together, things might actually cohere.
The report says that one idea being toyed with at the moment is called Transformers One, and is “more or less an origins story that takes place on Cybertron,” an idea which may have originally been pushed forward by Hasbro. Setting a movie on Cybertron means more licensing opportunities. This could end up being an animated film, akin to the mid ’80s Transformers animated film, but it sounds like the development efforts are still in pretty early stages.
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‘Fantastic Beasts’ Female Lead Shortlist Includes Kate Upton, Dakota Fanning, Saoirse Ronan and More
The Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is closing in on not one, but two female leads. A shortlist making the arounds reveals Saoirse Ronan and Dakota Fanning are in the running for one role, while Kate Upton and Elizabeth Debicki are eyed considered for the other.
Eddie Redmayne is already set to star as Newt Scamander, a “magizoologist” who goes on to write the classic Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. More on the possible Fantastic Beasts female lead casting after the jump.
TheWrap got the details on the Fantastic Beasts female lead shortlist. One of the characters is a young woman named Queenie and the other is Queenie’s older sister Tina. Let’s run down the options for both roles.
- Saoirse Ronan, known for Atonement and Hanna and more recently coming off of Lost River and The Grand Budapest Hotel.
- Dakota Fanning, last seen in Effie Gray and Night Moves and set to star in Ewan McGregor’s American Pastoral.
- Lili Simmons, an American actress who’s been on Cinemax’s Banshee and HBO’s True Detective.
- Alison Sudol, a musician/actress who’s been on USA’s Dig as Emma Wilson and Amazon’s Transparent as Kaya.
- Kate Upton, a model whose acting credits include The Other Woman, The Three Stooges, and the upcoming The Layover.
- Katherine Waterston, who played Shasta Fay Hepworth in Inherent Vice and appears in this fall’s Steve Jobs.
- Elizabeth Debicki, who broke through as Jordan in The Great Gatsby and co-stars this summer in Man From U.N.C.L.E.
The trade cautions that the list may be incomplete, and that not all of the actresses are necessarily even available to shoot Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Still, it’s a start, and several of the actresses are scheduled to test with Redmayne in the coming week.
Of the names above, Ronan and Fanning are by far the most famous. Most of the others, including Waterston and Debicki, are still on their way up. Upton’s appearance on this list is a bit surprising since her acting resume is pretty thin, but a high-profile role like this one would be a big boost for the charismatic model.
David Yates is directing Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them from a script by J.K. Rowling. Yates helmed the last four installments of the original Harry Potter film franchise.
Details on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them are being kept under wraps for now, but we do know it takes place in New York about seven decades before the start of the Harry Potter adventures. Warner Bros. hopes the new film will launch a trilogy.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens November 18, 2016.
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Doctor Strange is about to get a good dose of strange. Tilda Swinton is in talks to join Benedict Cumberbatch in the Marvel adventure, which is being directed by Scott Derrickson.
As if that weren’t insane enough, Derrickson has also dropped a hint that Death itself could stop by the movie. More on the Tilda Swinton Doctor Strange casting, and the possible Death appearance, after the jump.
THR broke the news about Swinton. Doctor Strange stars Cumberbatch as the title character, a cocky surgeon who injures his hands. In an attempt to fix himself, he stumbles into the discovery of magic. Swinton will play the Ancient One, a Tibetan mystic who becomes Strange’s mentor.
The character is male in the comics, and Marvel initially wanted a male actor. Indeed, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Morgan Freeman, Bill Nighy, and Ken Watanabe were among those rumored for the role in the past. But the filmmakers have obviously changed their minds, presumably because Tilda Swinton is an ethereal being who transcends such petty human distinctions.
Swinton has a made a career of eclectic choices. Last year she appeared in four films — Only Lovers Left Alive, Snowpiercer, The Zero Theorem, and The Grand Budapest Hotel — and was nearly unrecognizable from one role to the next. Next up for her are the Coen Bros. musical dramedy Hail, Caesar! and the Amy Schumer comedy Trainwreck. She previously won an Oscar in 2008 for Michael Clayton.
Doctor Strange isn’t Swinton’s first brush with comic book movies. She played the angel Gabriel in the 2005 Vertigo Comics adaptation Constantine, which starred Keanu Reeves as the chain-smoking antihero. It will, however, be her first time working with either Cumberbatch or Derrickson.
As for that Death rumor, that started with Derrickson himself, who posted the following tweet:
As will we all… pic.twitter.com/ctLeV5XUNx
— Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) May 13, 2015
It could just be Derrickson messing with us, or it could be something more. “Death” in the Marvel comics is exactly what it sounds like — a literal personification of death. It sounds weird, but that’s what you get when you start venturing into the cosmic corner of the Marvel universe.
If the character does appear, she could serve as the the bridge between Doctor Strange and the larger Avengers: Infinity War storyline. In the books, Thanos is in love with Death, and it’s to impress her that he collects the Infinity Stones, which are capable of destruction on a universal level.
Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016. Shooting begins this fall in the U.K. [THR]
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With 1990’s nostalgia hitting full swing, Disney isn’t yet ready to greenlight that Hocus Pocus sequel that has been rumored for some time or even a Broadway Hocus Pocus musical (despite the formation of fangroups and even dreamcasting in Playbill), but they are ready to bring Winifred, Mary and Sarah together for a new Halloween stage show in DisneyWorld. Hit the jump to learn more about the Hocus Pocus stage show and see a first piece of concept art.Hocus Pocus Stage Show: “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” Concept Art
The Hocus Pocus stage show will be part of the annual Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at DisneyWorld’s Magic Kingdom Park. The all-new show, “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular”, will be staged at the Castle Forecourt Stage.
The mischievous Sanderson Sisters from Disney’s “Hocus Pocus” return to the mortal world for one night during the Halloween season. With only a few hours to run amuck, the three sisters decide to use their magic to throw the best, evil Halloween party this side of the graveyard! With the help of the Disney villains, Winifred, Mary and Sarah gather together sinister shadows, nefarious nightmares and the power of their frightful friends to conjure the ultimate Hocus Pocus Party Potion and cast a spell on everyone in the Magic Kingdom Park. “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” features appearances by Dr. Facilier, Oogie Boogie, Maleficent and other great Disney villains, along with dancers, projections and special effects that combine to make this new show a not-to-be-missed Halloween treat.
Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular will be presented exclusively during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, so if you’re going to park during normal daytime hours you won’t get to see it. The halloween party is held select nights at Magic Kingdom Park from September 15th 2015 to November 1st, 2015.
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Movies don’t come much more lean than Cop Car, in which two kids stumble across a seemingly abandoned sheriff’s cruiser. One thing leads to another, and soon the pre-teens are off on the joyride of a lifetime. But the car wasn’t abandoned, and the sheriff, who has his own problems to deal with, wants the car back.
Kevin Bacon plays the lawman with a grim squint, and the two young actors at the center, James Freedson-Jackson and Hays Wellford, are terrific in their roles, and Jon Watts directs the film with mean efficiency that had me squirming at the horrifying potential in some of the violent situations.
Check out the first Cop Car trailer below.
Oh, and be patient with the pullquotes at the head of this trailer — they’re sourced from my Sundance review.
Yahoo has the trailer. Cop Car opens on August 7 and hits VOD on August 14.
Kevin Bacon (The Following, HBO’s Taking Chance, Mystic River) stars in director Jon Watts’ delightful throwback thriller Cop Car. When two good-natured but rebellious young boys (James Freedson-Jackson and Hays Wellford) stumble across an abandoned cop car hidden in a secluded glade they decide to take it for a quick joyride. Their bad decision unleashes the ire of the county sheriff (Kevin Bacon) and leads to brutal consequences.
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Universal Studios Hollywood is gearing up to introduce their new nighttime version of their famous Studio Tram Tour featuring all new lightening effects and sequences. It appears they have begun testing some of the new nighttime additions, and sadly it looks like they’ve dropped the ball in not including a Back to the Future sequence at the famous clocktower square. Check out some videos from the early previews of the new nighttime studio tour after the jump.
The following videos come from InsideUniversal, who had this to say about the new sequences and effects:
Featuring Marilyn Monroe and Frankenstein, the Nighttime Studio Tour takes advantage of various sets located across the lot – combining live actors and special effects to add an extra dimension to the otherwise normal daytime tour. Marilyn Monroe can now be seen waving back to passerby guests as Frankenstein lunges towards the tram in Little Europe. Projections are also used heavily throughout the Nighttime Tour, with scenes and characters projected on set windows across the lot. Notable moments including dinosaurs attacking inhabitants within the mobile unit RVs from Jurassic Park, Norman pacing back and forth with a knife in hand in the Psycho House, and various barroom fights taking place in Six Points Texas. King Kong 360 – 3D and Earthquake were also on the nighttime roster, adding traditional elements to an otherwise special tour of Universal’s sprawling backlot.Nighttime Studio Tour Videos
Check out the videos now below:
The Jaws sequence looks cool at night, and I love the addition of the Jurassic Park projection effects, but I’m still hoping they add something for Back to the Future at clockhouse square — if not, seems like a gigantic missed opportunity. Even if you couldn’t have a stunt man on top of the clocktower as the Delorean time machine races down the street they could have at least projection mapped Doc Brown on top of the clock tower from footage shot for the film.
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Bobby Fischer was a child chess prodigy, the youngest chess grandmaster at the time he was crowned, and eventually the representative of democracy in a politically-charged showdown with Soviet grandmaster Boris Spassky that took place in 1972. Bobby Fischer also totally lost it as he aged, becoming a Holocaust denier and anti-Semite, despite his own Jewish heritage.
Pawn Sacrifice features Tobey Maguire as Fischer and Liev Schreiber as Spassky, and is structured in a familiar “slice of history” biopic format that shows us Fischer’s childhood and rise to prominence in the chess world while focusing on his duel with Spassky and his disintegrating mental state. Check out the first Pawn Sacrifice trailer below to see how Maguire plays the renowned and broken champion.
Pawn Sacrifice opens limited on September 18. Apple has the trailer. Edward Zwick (Glory, The Last Samurai) directs from a script by Steven Knight (Locke, Peaky Blinders).
In a gripping true story set during the height of the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) finds himself caught between two superpowers when he challenges the Soviet Empire. Also starring Liev Schreiber and Peter Sarsgaard, PAWN SACRIFICE chronicles Fischer’s terrifying struggles with genius and madness, and the rise and fall of a kid from Brooklyn who captured the imagination of the world.
Clearly Disney isn’t going to rest until every animated character in its stable has undergone a live-action remake. Alice in Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella have already been updated, and re-adaptations of Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, Dumbo, Mulan, Winnie the Pooh, and Pinocchio are already in the works.
As if all that weren’t enough, just last week Disney announced a Tinker Bell spinoff movie starring Reese Witherspoon. Which got us thinking — what other Disney supporting characters deserve a chance to step into the spotlight? Below are 10 Disney live-action spinoffs we’d love to see.
1. Ursula (The Little Mermaid)
Premise: Like Maleficent, but underwater.
Starring: Taraji P. Henson as Ursula and Hugh Jackman as King Triton.
If Maleficent, one of Disney’s nastiest villains, can get a revisionist retelling, why not Ursula? It’s established in The Little Mermaid that she used to live in the royal palace of King Triton, but we never get the full story of what she was doing there, or why she was kicked out.
By the time we meet her in The Little Mermaid, she’s a deeply bitter, mean person. She seems to have a personal vendetta against Triton, delighting in the opportunity to ruin his daughter’s life and steal his throne. Whatever happened to them, it’s probably juicy enough to power a feature film.
2. Roger and Anita (101 Dalmatians)
Premise: A prequel chronicling Roger and Anita’s courtship.
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Roger, Zooey Deschanel as Anita, and Eva Green as Cruella de Vil.
101 Dalmatians may have come out in 1961, but married dog enthusiasts Roger and Anita are the picture of modern-day adorkable. (Even Disney’s official blog says so.) He’s a shabby musician in a thrift-store sweater vest; she’s a smart, gorgeous gal who finds his awkward hipster tics endearing.
In other words, they’re basically Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel from (500) Days of Summer, only with more puppies and fewer Ikea dates. Disney should lean into that and give us the romcom happy ending we always wanted for those two crazy kids.
3. Hades (Hercules)
Premise: A retelling of the Greek myth of Persephone.
Starring: Bryan Cranston as Hades.
Hollywood love a good public domain story, whether it’s a fairy tale that’s been turned into an animated Disney movie once before, or a rip-roaring Biblical adventure. It’s only a matter of time before they start mining Greek mythology for inspiration, and Disney already has a head start thanks to 1997’s Hercules.
Hades seems like a logical place to begin branching out, given his prominence in several Greek myths. Perhaps the most famous of those is the tale of Persephone, who becomes Hades’ queen after he abducts and tricks her. Admittedly, that’s a bit dark for a Disney fantasy — but hey, Hercules wasn’t a strictly faithful adaptation either.Continue Reading 10 Disney Characters Who Deserve Their Own Live-Action Spinoffs >>
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It’s not quite “Grumpy Old Men on the Appalachian Trail,” but A Walk in the Woods mines the memoir by Bill Bryson for the story of two old guys, played by Robert Redford and Nick Nolte, as reconnected friends of old who take to the two-thousand mile trail. The adventure is an excuse for some light, genial comedy as the two struggle through nature, and a few great comic actors, such as Kristen Schaal and Nick Offerman even show up to lend a hand once in a while. You’ll see it all on display in this A Walk in the Woods trailer.
A Walk in the Woods will open on September 2. Trailer via MovieFone.
Rick Kerb and Bill Holderman scripted based on the book by Bill Bryson, and Ken Kwapis (He’s Just Not That Into You, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) directed.
In this new comedy adventure, celebrated travel writer, Bill Bryson (Redford), instead of retiring to enjoy his loving and beautiful wife (Emma Thompson), and large and happy family, challenges himself to hike the Appalachian Trail – 2,200 miles of America’s most unspoiled, spectacular and rugged countryside from Georgia to Maine. The peace and tranquility he hopes to find, though, is anything but, once he agrees to being accompanied by the only person he can find willing to join him on the trek – his long lost and former friend Katz (Nolte), a down-on-his-luck serial philanderer who, after a lifetime of relying on his charm and wits to keep one step ahead of the law – sees the trip as a way to sneak out of paying some debts and sneak into one last adventure before its too late. The trouble is, the two have a completely different definition of the word “adventure”. Now they’re about to find out that when you push yourself to the edge, the real fun begins. A Walk in the Woods also co-stars Nick Offerman (22 Jump Street), Kristen Schaal (“The Last Man on Earth”) and Mary Steenburgen (Last Vegas).
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It’s been seven years since David Foster Wallace died, but his influence still lingers, and will for years to come. In The End of the Tour, Jesse Eisenberg plays a Rolling Stone journalist who reflects on the time he spent with the author (played by Jason Segel), shortly after Infinite Jest made him a literary rock star.
James Ponsoldt directed the film, and his knack for genuine, heartfelt drama shines through in the first The End of the Tour trailer. Check it out after the jump.
A24 revealed the first The End of the Tour trailer on YouTube.
While a familiarity with Wallace’s work probably doesn’t hurt, it’s by no means a prerequisite for enjoying this film. Germain, who admitted to not knowing much about the subject, went nuts for The End of the Tour at Sundance, praising everything from the screenplay to the performances to the direction.
Wallace’s family has already voiced their objections to the project, and some critics have speculated that Wallace himself would have been none too pleased either. “To its credit, The End of the Tour makes it very clear that David Foster Wallace would have fucking hated The End of the Tour,” wrote Vulture.
But for Wallace’s fans, and for film fans in general, The End of the Tour looks like a real treat. Ponsoldt is a sensitive director who brings out great performances, and Segel’s is said to be one of the best surprises to come out of this year’s Sundance.
The End of the Tour arrives in theaters July 31, 2015.
THE END OF THE TOUR tells the story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter (and novelist) David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel), which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace’s groundbreaking epic novel, Infinite Jest. As the days go on, a tenuous yet intense relationship seems to develop between journalist and subject. The two men bob and weave around each other, sharing laughs and also possibly revealing hidden frailties – but it’s never clear how truthful they are being with each other. Ironically, the interview was never published, and five days of audio tapes were packed away in Lipsky’s closet. The two men did not meet again. The film is based on Lipsky’s critically acclaimed memoir about this unforgettable encounter, written following Wallace’s 2008 suicide. Both Segel and Eisenberg reveal great depths of emotion in their performances and the film is directed with humor and tenderness by Sundance vet James Ponsoldt from Pulitzer- Prize winner Donald Margulies’ insightful and heartbreaking screenplay.
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Just ahead of Seinfeld‘s Hulu premiere, two of the show’s stars are reuniting for a much more modest venture: a quick drive and a cup of coffee. Julia Louis-Dreyfus is dropping by the sixth season of Jerry Seinfeld‘s web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, along with Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah, Steve Harvey, Bill Maher, and Jim Carrey.
Watch the Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Season 6 trailer after the jump.
Crackle unveiled the Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Season 6 trailer. As promised, it includes lots of comedians, lots of cars, and lots of coffee.
Louis-Dreyfus isn’t the first Seinfeld alum to make her way to the show. Jason Alexander and Wayne Knight stopped in during Season 4, and the entire series kicked off with an appearance by Seinfeld co-creator Larry David. And whoever the guest, Seinfeld is still Seinfeld. In a chat with Maher, he muses, “If they were really donut holes, wouldn’t the bag be empty?”
Besides the obvious appeal for Seinfeld fans, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Season 6 should also appeal to fans of Comedy Central’s late-night lineup past and present. Colbert and his magnificent Colbeard take a spin with Seinfeld, as does future Daily Show host Trevor Noah. Elsewhere, Seinfeld smokes cigars with Harvey, trades insults with Maher, and spins around on weird chairs with Carrey.
And while I won’t claim to know anything about the cars, it sounds like they’re almost as good as the guests. Business Insider says they include a Morgan Plus 8 (Colbert), a Lamborghini Countach (Carrey), and an Aston Martin DB5 (Louis-Dreyfus, because according to Seinfeld she’s “the James Bond of comedy”: “Whatever the mission, you come in and you kill it”). Additionally, Harvey shouts that he’s sitting in a “’57 Chevy Bel Air drop top.”
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Season 6 kicks off June 3 at 11:30 PM Eastern time on Crackle. Louis-Dreyfus will be the season’s first guest.
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Everyone loves binge-watching shows on Netflix. But the problem with watching an entire season of any show in a week or two is that the window for people to talk about that show comes and goes very quickly. For example, even though Netflix premiered the new Marvel Studios series Daredevil just last month, no one is really talking about it anymore.
However, that’s not stopping the internet from getting into mash-up mode by giving Daredevil a couple new opening credits sequences. The first is a goofy little remix that uses the opening credits style of the comedy Night Court. But the second one done in the style of Law & Order feels much more appropriate and fits right with the vibe of the show.
Watch the Daredevil credits mash-up videos after the jump!
While the Night Court sequence is just a little fun, the Law & Order credits style would be perfect for a spin-off called Law & Order: Hell’s Kitchen. People raved about the grounded, crime drama-style and tone of Daredevil, and so giving the series the opening credits of one of the most iconic crime procedurals of all-time just makes sense. You can just imagine scenes from the show beginning with that signature “donk-donk” sound.
And what makes the Law & Order mash-up even more perfect is that Vincent D’Onofrio, the man who plays Kingpin, was actually a series regular on Law & Order: Criminal Intent. All that’s missing is Ice-T. Yes, I know that he stars in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, but don’t they all exist in the Law & Order universe? Funnily enough both of these mash-up credits sequences end with the exact same shot of Daredevil overlooking the city that he blindly protects.
The first season of Daredevil came and went pretty quickly, but at least we know that a second season is already in the works. Though we won’t end up seeing it hit Netflix until 2016, don’t forget that A.K.A. Jessica Jones is on the way as well. So there’s plenty more Marvel action headed to Netflix and eventually the internet for inevitable mash-up entertainment.
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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was a drag of a movie, especially as it was the live-action swan song for Sean Connery. Just because that film was a stinker, however, doesn’t mean that the Alan Moore-written comic series, featuring Victorian-era pulp and sci-fi characters such as Allan Quatermain, Captain Nemo, the Invisible Man, Dr. Jekyll, and Mr. Hyde, isn’t any good as raw material for film and TV.
Well, now Fox has shifted priorities from making a TV series based on the comics to creating a The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen reboot movie.
Variety reports that John Davis and Davis Entertainment are producing, with Ira Napoliello and Matt Reilly overseeing the remake at Fox. This new film is once again based on Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s comics, but we don’t know how faithful this one will be. I hesitate to say they couldn’t be much less faithful than the 2003 film, but that might be misinterpreted as a dare.
No writer has been revealed, so this could still be in pretty early stages.
This presumably picks up where the 2013 effort to develop a TV series left off. That was initially given a put pilot commitment, with Michael Green (Green Lantern) as showrunner and exec producer, but the show never went anywhere.
If you’re not familiar with Moore and O’Neill’s original comics, here’s a brief Amazon review:
It’s 1898 and at the behest of M, the mysterious head of the secret Service, Campion Bond is dispatched to procure the services of Miss Mina Murray (nee Harker), adventurer Allan Quartermain, “Science-Pirate” Captain Nemo, Henry Jekyll (and his monstrous alter ego) and Hawley Griffin (a.k.a. the Invisible Man). Together, they must combat an insidious threat that will decide supremacy of the London skies, but their success may unleash a far greater threat. With no shortage of action, Moore and O’ Neill sustain a high level of suspense, intrigue, mystery and terrific wit that all contribute to an indispensable read. O’Neill’s art, so memorable in Marshal Law, produces a London filled with vivid, magnificent architecture and a malevolent atmosphere ripe with thrills and danger. An unmitigated triumph–pure and simple.
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