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Disney CEO Confirms Release Years For ‘Star Wars Episode VIII and IX;’ Teases More Trilogies

1 hour 38 min ago

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens December 18. The first Star Wars standalone film opens December 16, 2016. After that, we have a good idea of what the next few years have in store for Star Wars but nothing is 100% set in stone. For example, though every single outlet in the world has confirmed Rian Johnson is directing Star Wars Episode VIII, along with the filmmaker himself, the company has yet to acknowledge that. And though we’ve heard there will be a Star Wars movie every single year, only the above two dates are confirmed.

However, the long term future of Star Wars was recently mentioned by Disney CEO, Bob Iger. In a Disney shareholders report, he talked about seeing footage from The Force Awakens, confirmed the release years for the next two films in “this” trilogy, and failed to mention the second standalone film. There’s more too. Read the extremely loaded Star Wars sequel trilogy quote below.

Get Your Geek On (via Star Wars Underworld) got the report, which includes this statement from Iger:

As one of the few people allowed to visit the set during filming….and one of the fewer who’s seen most of the footage…I can assure the millions of Star Wars fans who have spent the last decade hoping for a new movie this one will be worth the wait. And it’s only the beginning of a new era of exceptional Star Wars storytelling; next year we’ll release our first standalone movie based on these characters, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII in 2017, and we’ll finish this trilogy with Episode IX in 2019.

I’m almost shocked at how much information and speculation is possible in those two, long sentences. Let’s run it down.

  1. Iger has seen most of the footage from The Force Awakens.
  2. He believes it’s “worth the wait.”
  3. He mentions the 2016 standalone movie.
  4. He hints the 2016 standalone movie is about “these characters,” potentially meaning characters from the new movies.
  5. Star Wars Episode VIII will be out in 2017.
  6. There is no mention of a second standalone movie, directed by Josh Trank, hypothetically in 2018.
  7. Star Wars Episode XI will be out in 2019.
  8. He refers to that film as the end of “this trilogy.” That makes it sound like there will be more.

Now, of course we assume there will be more Star Wars after Episode IX concludes the Star Wars sequel trilogy (which Rian Johnson will also most likely direct). But to hear the head of the company hint at stories beyond that, and give us further confirmations of the years to expect those movies, is exciting.

As for the standalone movies, his tease about the 2016 film is curious, as is the omission of the second standalone movie for 2018.

Nevertheless, very cool stuff here. What do you get out of Bob Iger’s Star Wars sequel trilogy statement?

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Movies Sold at Sundance 2015: A Complete & Updated Guide

1 hour 58 min ago

These are the movies sold at Sundance 2015. Many of the films that premiere at the Sundance Film Festival are hoping to attract a distributor and find a bigger audience,be it in theaters around the country or distributed through digital VOD. Throughout the festival we will be reporting on all of the movies sold at Sundance 2015. This list should help give you an idea about which movies may someday be available to you either theatrically of VOD. We’re including photo stills from each of the films along with all of the relevant information (director, cast, how much it sold for, the plot synopsis and more).  Hit the jump to find out which movies sold at Sundance 2015.

Latest update: Magnolia picks up the documentary about a movie-loving bunch of siblings who were almost never allowed to leave their home, The Wolfpack.

Movies Sold At Sundance 2015 Studio Breakdown
  • A24: The End of the Tour, The Witch, Mississippi Grind
  • Alchemy: Strangerland
  • Focus: Cop Car
  • Fox Searchlight: Mistress America, Me, Earl And The Dying Girl, Brooklyn
  • IFC Films: The D Train
  • Lionsgate: Don Verdean, Knock Knock
  • Magnolia: Results, Tangerine, Best of Enemies, The Wolfpack
  • Open Road: Dope
  • Orchard: The Overnight
  • Relativity Sports: In Football We Trust
  • Showtime: Dreamcatcher
  • Sony Pictures Classics: The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Grandma
  • Sundance Selects: City of Gold
  • Tribeca Film: Misery Loves Comedy
  • Relativity: The Bronze
These Movies Sold at Sundance 2015

We will be updating this post with 2015 Sundance Film Festival acquisitions throughout the festival. The post is organized from newest to oldest, with the latest acquisitions on the top.

The Wolfpack

Acquired: January 29
By: Magnolia
Purchase Price: NA
Director: Crystal Moeselle
Starring: The Angulo Brothers
Other Info: This low-key doc about an unusual family features some surprisingly spot-on movie recreations.
Plot Synopsis:

The six Angulo brothers have spent their entire lives locked away from society in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Nicknamed “the Wolfpack,” they’re all exceedingly bright, are homeschooled, have no acquaintances outside their family and have practically never left their home.  All they know of the outside world is gleaned from the films they watch obsessively and recreate meticulously, using elaborate homemade props and costumes. For years this has served as a productive creative outlet and a way to stave off loneliness – but after one of the brothers escapes the apartment (wearing a Michael Meyers mask for protection), the power dynamics in  the house are transformed, and all the boys begin to dream of venturing out.

Mississippi Grind

Acquired: January 28
By: A24
Purchase Price: $2m, via Deadline
Director: Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Ben Mendelsohn, Sienna Miller, Analeigh Tipton, Alfre Woodard and Robin Weigart
Other Info: Buzz has been oriented around audience reaction to performances by Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn.
Plot Synopsis:

Gerry is a talented poker player, but his gambling habit is getting the best of him. One day, he meets a charismatic young traveler named Curtis. Deeming Curtis his lucky charm, Gerry convinces him that they should hit the road together. As they gamble their way down South toward a legendary high-stakes poker game in New Orleans, the trip’s highs and lows unveil the duo’s true character and motivation, and an undeniable bond forms between them.

Cop Car

Acquired:January 28
By: Focus World, a division of Focus Features
Purchase Price: NA
Director: Jon Watts
Starring: Kevin Bacon, James Freedson-Jackson, Hays Wellford, Shea Whigham, Camryn Manheim
Other Info: Midnight film described by Russ as a blend of Amblin and Coen Brothers ideas.
Plot Synopsis:

What would a normal pair of 10-year-old boys do when they stumble upon a seemingly abandoned police car in a country field? Take it for a joyride, of course. Cop Car embarks on a harrowing crash course full of mayhem as the duo attempt to navigate the back roads behind the wheel of a machine that they have no clue how to operate. Blissfully unaware of the impending doom they face at every turn, they see things go from bad to worse when the corrupt small-town sheriff aims to get his car back at all costs. The kids find themselves in the center of a deadly game of cat and mouse that they don’t understand, and the only way out is to put pedal to metal and drive as fast as their cop car will take them.

Best Of Enemies

Acquired: January 28
By: Magnolia & Participant
Purchase Price:  high six figures
Director: Academy Award-winning Morgan Neville (20 Feet From Stardom) and Robert Gordon
Starring:
Other Info: The film made its world premiere in the U.S. Documentary Competition section. The film last Friday at the Library Theatre.
Plot Synopsis:

In the summer of 1968, television news changed forever. Dead last in the ratings, ABC hired two towering public intellectuals to debate each other during the Democratic and Republican national conventions. William F. Buckley, Jr. was a leading light of the new conservative movement. A Democrat and cousin to Jackie Onassis, Gore Vidal was a leftist novelist and polemicist. Armed with deep-seated distrust and enmity, Vidal and Buckley believed each other’s political ideologies were dangerous for America. Like rounds in a heavyweight battle, they pummeled out policy and personal insult—cementing their opposing political positions. Their explosive exchanges devolved into vitriolic name-calling. It was unlike anything TV had ever broadcast, and all the more shocking because it was live and unscripted. Viewers were riveted. ABC News’ ratings skyrocketed. And a new era in public discourse was born.

City Of Gold

Acquired: January 28
By: Sundance Selects
Purchase Price:  North American Rights
Director: Laura Gabbert
Starring:
Other Info: The film made its world premiere in the U.S. Documentary Competition section
Plot Synopsis:

As the unabashed cradle of Hollywood superficiality and smoggy urban sprawl, Los Angeles has long been condemned as a cultural wasteland. In the richly penetrating documentary odyssey City of Gold, Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold shows us another Los Angeles, where ethnic cooking is a kaleidoscopic portal to the mysteries of an unwieldy city and the soul of America. Bombing through colorful neighborhoods in his green pickup truck, Gold is sniffing out his next strip-mall discovery—whether Oaxacan grasshopper soup, hand-cut tonkotsu ramen, or a particularly unctuous pad see ew. As piping-hot platters are served up, so are stories of immigrants whose secret family recipes are like sacred offerings pledged for the opportunity to build their American Dream. With eternal curiosity, razor-sharp intellect, and existential longing, Gold is a culinary geographer taking us where no critic has gone before. Like the film, Gold makes low culture high and high culture relevant, teasing out the meaning of life from a Korean taco, and pondering all that makes us different and all that makes us exactly the same

Grandma

Acquired: January 28
By: Sony Pictures Classics
Purchase Price:  $2 million for world rights
Director: Paul Weitz
Starring: Lily Tomlin, Julia Garner, Marcia Gay Harden, Judy Greer, Laverne Cox, Sam Elliott
Other Info: 
Plot Synopsis:

Elle, a onetime successful poet, abruptly breaks up with Olive, her girlfriend of four months. But before she gets a chance to get overly sentimental, her granddaughter, Sage, unexpectedly shows up with an emergency that requires money. With the clock ticking, the two set out in a vintage Dodge and drop in on Elle’s old friends and flames, asking for help but instead ending up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets. As they kick up a storm all over town, Elle’s tough front reveals she is still reeling over the loss of her longtime partner, Vi, who recently passed away.

Brooklyn

Acquired: January 27
By: Fox Searchlight
Purchase Price: $9 million
Director: John Crowley
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleesonm, Emory Cohen, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters
Other Info: Nick Hornby wrote the screenplay
Plot Synopsis:

Set on opposite sides of the Atlantic, John Crowley’s Brooklyn tells the profoundly moving story of Eilis Lacey, a young Irish immigrant navigating her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother’s home for the shores of New York City. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Eilis into the intoxicating charm of love. But soon, her new vivacity is disrupted by her past, and Eilis must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.

Tangerine

Acquired: January 27
By: Magnolia
Purchase Price: Unrevealed
Director: Sean Baker
Starring: Mya Taylor and Kitana Kiki Rodriguez
Other Info: Tangerine was shot entirely on iPhone 5s.
Plot Synopsis:

It’s Christmas Eve in Tinseltown and Sin-Dee is back on the block. Upon hearing that her pimp boyfriend hasn’t been faithful during the 28 days she was locked up, the working girl and her best friend, Alexandra, embark on a mission to get to the bottom of the scandalous rumor. Their rip-roaring odyssey leads them through various subcultures of Los Angeles, including an Armenian family dealing with their own repercussions of infidelity.

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Ernie Hudson Weighs In on the New ‘Ghostbusters’ Cast

2 hours 14 min ago

Dan Aykroyd has professed to being “delighted” by the new Ghostbusters cast, and Bill Murray was sold on the lady-centric idea from the get-go. Now it seems Ernie Hudson is coming around, too.

Though Hudson previously said an female cast “would be a bad idea,” he now says the cast looks “phenomenal.” More on the Ernie Hudson Ghostbusters comments after the jump. 

Following Tuesday’s reports that Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones would lead Paul Feig‘s Ghostbusters reboot, Hudson initially responded on Twitter with a cryptic “no comment.”

But that tweet seems to have been deleted, and he now tells THR, “Four fiercely funny, foxy, females busting ghosts… phenomenal!” He also reiterated those sentiments in a new tweet:

"Four fiercely funny, foxy, females busting ghosts … phenomenal!" #Ghostbusters #Ghostbusters2016 pic.twitter.com/wC8bSniGFS

— Ernie Hudson (@Ernie_Hudson) January 29, 2015

Last fall, Hudson expressed his reservations about Feig’s all-female Ghostbusters reboot in a conversation with The Telegraph:

I heard it was going to be a total reboot, and that it would have nothing to do with the other two movies. If it has nothing to do with the other two movies, and it’s all female, then why are you calling it Ghostbusters?

I love females. I hope that if they go that way at least they’ll be funny, and if they’re not funny at least hopefully it’ll be sexy. I love the idea of including women, I think that’s great. But all-female I think would be a bad idea. I don’t think the fans want to see that.

Maybe it will come out and be the most amazing thing, but in my opinion I think it would be wrong to do another movie that didn’t include the guys. And that didn’t include me!

Perhaps Hudson changed his mind after seeing the great cast Feig put together. Or maybe he just realized there was no point in fighting it anymore. Especially if he wants in. Feig has said he’d welcome back any original cast member “with open arms,” after all.

With Hudson’s blessing, it seems all of the original Ghostbusters are feeling good about the new Ghostbusters. Earlier this week, Aykroyd issued a statement saying, “The Aykroyd family is delighted by this inheritance of the Ghostbusters torch by these most magnificent women in comedy.”

Murray hasn’t yet commented publicly on the new cast. However, he suggested McCarthy and Wiig for the film back in September. Unless he has it in for McKinnon or Jones, he’s probably cool with the casting. And we can assume original director Ivan Reitman is too, since he’s producing.

Feig’s Ghostbusters lands in theaters July 22, 2016.

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‘Angelica’ Trailer: Jena Malone Gets Haunted in New Film From ‘Teeth’ Director

3 hours 13 min ago

Teeth director Mitchell Lichtenstein is back with a very different kind of horror story. Based on the novel by Arthur Phillips, Angelica stars Jena Malone as a wife and mother haunted by spirits in Victorian England.

The Angelica trailer is full of the shadows, bumps, and ominous warnings typical of the genre, but there’s a psychosexual bent to it that should keep things interesting. Ed Stoppard and Janet McTeer also star. Watch the Angelica trailer after the jump.

THR debuted the Angelica trailer. Between this and Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak, Victorian Gothic psychosexual horror seems to be having a moment this year.

It’s a bit difficult to suss out the plot details from that trailer, but the book centers on Constance’s marriage to medical researcher Joseph. As their young daughter Angelica is moved out of their bedroom, the couple is ordered to remain abstinent for the Constance’s health. But Constance starts noticing strange things around the house, threatening her and her daughter. She turns to a spiritualist for help, which only complicates things further.

Lichtenstein’s Teeth was a deliciously off-kilter take on a young woman’s sexual coming of age, and we can hope he’ll bring the same insight to Victorian sexual repression in Angelica. Though Phillips’ book has drawn comparisons to classics like Henry James’ Turn of the Screw and Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House, it’s actually a modern publication — it just came out in 2008. 

Add in a starring turn by the reliably excellent Malone, and Angelica looks like a horror film well worth seeking out. Malone is currently best known for playing steely-edged Johanna in the Hunger Games movies, but scared, naive Constance feels like Johanna’s polar opposite. Though it remains to  be seen what becomes of Constance after the spirits get ahold of her.

Angelica makes its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival next month.

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Iron Man Battles the Hulk in First ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ TV Spot

3 hours 43 min ago

Unlike a lot of other big 2015 releases, Marvel isn’t waiting til Sunday to unveil its first Avengers: Age of Ultron TV spot. It’s here right now, and it features a Super Bowl-worthy showdown between Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). Not to mention appearances by Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Ultron (James Spader), and more.

Marvel unveiled the first Avengers Age of Ultron TV spot on YouTube. It’s admittedly short on new footage, but it’s exciting and epic enough to make up for it.

I hate this. Not in the sense that I think this is a bad trailer, or a bad plotline, or a bad movie — I think it’s a great trailer, and I hope it’ll be a great plotline and a great movie — but in the sense that it makes my heart hurt to see the Science Bros turn on each other. What happened to the good old days of chugging beers and grappling with Mjolnir at Tony’s?

Avengers: Age of Ultron lands in theaters May 1Joss Whedon directed. Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Cheadle, Cobie SmuldersStellan Skarsgård, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Paul Bettany also star.

Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine, Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill and Stellan Skarsgård as Erik Selvig, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.

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Netflix’s ‘AKA Jessica Jones’ Casts Rachael Taylor as Trish Walker (AKA Hellcat)

4 hours 13 min ago

Jessica Jones has a new bestie. Rachael Taylor has just boarded Netflix’s AKA Jessica Jones as Patricia “Trish” Walker. In the comics, Trish Walker takes on the superhero identity Hellcat. More on the AKA Jessica Jones Rachael Taylor casting after the jump. 

Marvel announced the news. Here’s how they describe the character:

Trish is a syndicated radio talk show host, former model and child TV star known to her adoring fans as “Patsy” Walker. As Jessica Jones’ closest friend, Trish helps her embark on the most dangerous case of Jessica’s career.

Patricia Walker made her Marvel Comics debut in 1944. In the 1970s, she became the superhero Hellcat and joined the Defenders. The Marvel press release notes Trish’s Hellcat alter ego from the comic, but doesn’t confirm whether Trish will also become Hellcat on the show.

“The character is a star and a powerhouse, and required an actress who is both,” said showrunner Melissa Rosenberg. Executive producer Jeph Loeb added, “Rachael’s ability to embody a character that must balance both the darker and lighter elements of our series will provide a perfect emotional anchor for Jessica Jones.”

Krysten Ritter leads AKA Jessica Jones as a former superhero who rebuilds her life as a detective in New York City. She gets drawn into cases that involve people with superpowers. Also starring are Mike Colter as Luke Cage and David Tennant as villain Kilgrave.

Taylor is coming off of a string of short-lived shows: NBC’s Crisis, ABC’s 666 Park Avenue, and ABC’s Charlie’s Angels. On the bright side, she also had a recurring role on the very long-lived Grey’s Anatomy. Her film credits include Transformers, The Darkest Hour, and this weekend’s The Loft.

AKA Jessica Jones premieres in 2015 with 13 episodes. It’ll be the second of five Marvel shows coming up from Netflix, after this spring’s Dardevil. Following AKA Jessica Jones will be Luke Cage and Iron Fist. All four lead characters will then team up for The Defenders.

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Page 2: Inception, Grand Budapest Hotel, Star Wars, Star Trek, GoT, Jupiter Ascending, Peanuts,

4 hours 44 min ago

Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 36 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness.

Header Photo: Interstellar Lego model

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The Tiny Grand Budapest Hotel birdhouse

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How to Finally Get Through Your Seemingly Endless Netflix Queue

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Kevin Spacey To Star in Film About a Man Who Becomes a Cat

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Harry Potter‘s’ Hogwarts Express to Join U.K. Warner Bros. Studio Tour

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TIE Phantom – Star Wars Minute

7 THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT THE MOS EISLEY CANTINA

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‘John Wick’ Directors Eyed for Chris Pratt’s ‘Cowboy Ninja Viking’

5 hours 10 min ago

The filmmakers behind one of 2014′s best action films could be teaming up with one of 2014′s best action stars. John Wick helmers David Leitch and Chad Stahelski are being eyed to direct Cowboy Ninja Viking, a comic book adaptation to star Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Chris Pratt.

More on the potential Cowboy Ninja Viking directors after the jump.

Variety reports Leitch and Stahelski have received an offer for Cowboy Ninja Viking and are now in early talks, after meeting with Pratt and getting his approval. Marc Forster was previously attached to direct in 2012, before Pratt was involved.

Based on the graphic novel by A.J. Lieberman and Riley Rosmo, Cowboy Viking Ninja centers on an experimental government program that transforms multiple personality disorder patients into lethal super-soldiers with three personalities, each with his or her own set of skills.

Pratt will play protagonist Duncan, who has the attributes of a cowboy, a ninja, and a viking. He eventually escapes and tries to track down the people behind the program.

Stahelski and Leitch worked as stunt choreographers and second unit directors for years before making their feature directing debut last year with John Wick. (Leitch was uncredited.) The Keanu Reeves thriller earned strong reviews and performed better than expected at the box office, which put the pair in demand.

Cowboy Ninja Viking has been brewing for a few years already, first at Disney and now at Universal. The latter studio has put it on the fast track thanks to Pratt’s popularity. For his part, Pratt has been very vocal about his enthusiasm for the project.

However, it’s unclear when he’ll be fit it in, what with The Magnificent Seven shooting in the spring and Guardians of the Galaxy 2 following sometime after that. And let’s not forget Pratt’s press duties for Jurassic World, which opens this summer.

Cowboy Ninja Viking does not yet have a release date.

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‘Fargo’ Season 2 Casts ‘Battlestar Galactica’ Alum as Crime Boss

5 hours 36 min ago

The cast of Fargo Season 2 just gets better and better. The newest member of the family is Michael Hogan, whom TV geeks will recognize as Colonel Saul Tigh from Battlestar Galactica. He joins a sprawling cast that also includes Patrick Wilson, Ted Danson, Jesse Plemons, and Kirsten Dunst. Get character details and more after the jump. 

TheWrap reported on the Fargo Michael Hogan casting, and describes the character as follows:

Hogan will play Otto Gerhardt, a first generation immigrant from Germany who took over his father’s small trucking business and, through a mix of brutality and sheer will, turned it into a criminal empire that spans the upper Midwest. But he recently had a stroke and is now confined to a wheelchair, his every need taken care of by Indian servants.

Gerhardt has lost the ability to speak or feed himself or use the bathroom by himself. But he’s too mean to die.

You may recall that Jean Smart was previously cast as Floyd Gerhardt, matriarch of the Gerhardt crime family. Presumably Hogan’s character will be married to or otherwise related to her.

Otto shouldn’t be too much of a stretch for Hogan, best known for playing cranky SOB Saul Tigh on the acclaimed sci-fi drama Battlestar Galactica. His other credits include TNT’s Falling Skies, MTV’s Teen Wolf and Catherine Hardwicke’s Red Riding Hood.

Fargo Season 2 unfolds in 1979. Lou Solverson is a Vietnam vet turned Minnesota state patrolman and devoted husband. The character was played by Keith Carradine in the first season but will be portrayed by Patrick Wilson here.

Other characters include:

  • Ted Danson as Hank Larsson, Lou’s father-in-law and the sheriff of Rock County
  • Nick Offerman as Karl Weathers, a local lawyer and Korean war vet
  • Brad Garrett as Joe Bulo, frontman for a Kansas City crime syndicate
  • Bokeem Woodbine as Mike Milligan, Joe’s enforcer
  • Jeffrey Donovan as Dodd Gerhardt, Floyd’s hotheaded eldest son
  • Angus Sampson as Bear Gerhardt, the middle Gerhardt son
  • Kieran Culkin as Rye Gerhardt, the youngest Gerhardt son
  • Kirsten Dunst as Peggy Blomquist, a small-town beautician with big-city dreams
  • Jesse Plemons as Ed Blomquist, Peggy’s supportive husband and a butcher’s assistant
  • Rachel Keller as Simone

Still remaining to be cast are Lou’s wife Betsy, their young daughter Molly, Lou’s fellow officer Ben Schmidt, and a pre-White House Ronald Reagan.

In a recent interview, Fargo creator Noah Hawley explained the plot of the new season:

It’s about a small-town married couple who find themselves caught in the middle of a war between the last of the mom-and-pop crime syndicates and an out-of-town new corporate crime syndicate. It’s about how the couple manages that situation.

Fargo Season 2 will air on FX this fall.

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Indominus Rex Unveiled On ‘Jurassic World’ Website

6 hours 6 min ago

If you have a few minutes, start poking around the Jurassic World website. There is a ton of awesome content on there, including some very exciting teases of the mysterious, deadly Indominus Rex. We saw the hybrid dinosaur’s feet in the teaser trailer, some toys, and now he has an official website. On it, there’s a very frightening image of his teeth, a glimpse of his lair and more. Plus, there are some cool images of the full Jurassic World map. Check out all the Indominus Rex Jurassic World info below.

The Indominus Rex Jurassic World info comes from the official Jurassic World site. Thanks to Screencrush for the heads up.

Indominus Rex Jurassic World

The site also has some info on the beast:

We set out to make Indominus the most fearsome dinosaur ever to be displayed at Jurassic World. The genetic engineers at our Hammond Creation Lab have more than delivered.

At first glance, Indominus most closely resembles a T. Rex. But its distinctive head ornamentation and ultra-tough bony osteoderms can be traced from Theropods known as Abeliosaurs. Indominus’ horns have been placed above the eye orbit through genetic material hybridized from Carnotaurus, Majungasaurus, Rugops and Giganotosaurus. Fearsome indeed.

Indominus’ roar is estimated to reach 140-160db—the same as a 747 taking off and landing. And it can reach speeds of 30 mph…while confined to its enclosure. Come experience Indominus Rex for yourself beginning this summer. If you dare.

Ominous.

Here are a few other images we thought where cool from the Jurassic World site, including an interactive map of the park and their very own IMAX theater

Jurassic World directed by Colin Trevorrow, starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, opens June 12. We’ll have more later this week when the Super Bowl commercial is revealed. What do you think of the Indominus Rex Jurassic World?

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An American Version of ‘Black Mirror’ Is in the Works

6 hours 13 min ago

American audiences finally got the chance to dig into Black Mirror last month when the acclaimed British series hit Netflix. And now that we’ve acquainted ourselves with its excellence, we could be getting our own version of Black Mirror in the near future.

A U.S. take on the sci-fi anthology show is in in the works, as confirmed by production company Endemol. More on the developing Black Mirror US version after the jump. 

Variety reported the news from an industry conference in Washington, D.C. Charlie Corwin, co-chairman and co-CEO of Endemol Shine North America, revealed that “there is a plan” to adapt the show for the U.S. As for why he wants to make an American version if Black Mirror, Corwin enthused that the original Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker and producer Annabel Jones “have touched on something and I agree – we need more.”

Black Mirror can loosely be described as a modern sci-fi version of The Twilight Zone. Each episode of the anthology series features an entirely new cast, setting, and storyline. What remains constant is its focus on our relationship to technology, both in the present and in the not-too-distant future. The title refers to the shiny screen of a computer, phone, or television.

The show isn’t for everyone, as it gets pretty dark and disturbing at times. (The very first episode centers around a demand that the prime minister screw a pig on live television.) Nevertheless, Black Mirror was fawned over by critics and viewers. It’s also caught the attention of Hollywood heavyweights like Robert Downey Jr., who optioned the third episode (“The Entire History of You”) in 2013 for a feature film adaptation. 

American adaptations of British show have a spotty track record. For every House of Cards or Shameless, there’s a Skins or an IT Crowd. But it’s not hard to imagine a U.S. version of Black Mirror taking off. Its themes are as relevant in the States as they are across the pond, and the anthology format should give the U.S. team a lot of creative freedom.

The only real downside would be if the Americanized Black Mirror lacked Brooker’s unique insight — but there, too, it seems we’re in luck. Speaking last month, Jones said Brooker would serve as showrunner for any U.S. adaptation. However, Endemol hasn’t yet confirmed his involvement.

Would you be into an American version of Black Mirror, or do you want the Brits to hold onto this one?

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Visual Guide to Marvel Character Movie Rights Infographic

6 hours 43 min ago

Why isn’t Spider-Man allowed to join The Avengers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Why won’t we ever see “Mutants” in the Marvel movies? Why can’t the Fantastic Four meet the X-Men on the big screen? The answer to these questions is that the Marvel character movie rights are owned by different studios who are (so far) uninterested in working together. Artist Maurice Mitchell of The Geek Twins (found via LaughingSquid) has created “The Visual Guide to Marvel Character Movie Rights” Infographic which illustrates the current state of the Marvel movie universe, divided by which studios own the rights to which Marvel characters. Hit the jump to check it out.

My favorite part of this infographic is Stan Lee off to the side. Here is a listing of the major characters and which studios own them:

20th Century Fox
Doctor Doom
Human Torch
Invisible Woman
Mr. Fantastic
The Thing
Alicia Masters
Willie Lumpkin
Puppet Master
Silver Surver
Nova (Frankie Raye)
Galactus
Cable
Scarlet Witch
Quicksilver
Deadpool
Agent Zero
Angel
Angel Salvadore
Arclight
Azazel
Banshee
Beast
Bishop
Callisto
Colossus
Cyclops
Darwin
Deadpool
Deathstrike
Emma Frost
Erik Lehnsherr
Gambit
Harada
Havok
Iceman
Jason Stryker
Jean Grey
John Wraith
Jubilee
Juggernaut
Katherine Pryde
Kenuichio Harada
Kid Omega
Lady Deathstrike
Landry Jones Cassidy
Leech
Lord Shingen
Lucas Bishop
Magneto
Mariko Yashida
Moira MacTaggert
Multiple Man
Mystique
Nightcrawler
Norubo Mori
Phoenix
Professor X
Psylocke
Pyro
Quill
Riptide
Rogue
Sabretooth
Sebastian Shaw
Shingen Yashida
Silverfox
Storm
The Blob
Toad
Viper
Wolverine
Yashida
Yukio

Sony Pictures
Spider-Man
Doctor Octopus
Green Goblin
Harry Osborn
The Lizard
Sandman
Venom
Betty Brant
Dennis Carradine (Buglar)
J. Jonah Jameson
Ben Parker
May Parker
John Jameson
Joseph “Robbie” Robertson
Mary Jane Watson
Gwen Stacy
Mendel Stromm
Flash Thompson
Black Cat
Rhino
Elektro

Lionsgate Entertainment
Man-Thing

Universal Pictures
Namor the Sub-Mariner

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‘Insurgent’ Super Bowl Pre-Game Trailer: Shailene Woodley Is the One

7 hours 13 min ago

Forget Deflategate — Tris (Shailene Woodley) has real problems in the new Insurgent Super Bowl trailer. Like the fact that Erudite leader Jeanine (Kate Winslet) really wants her dead. And the fact that dystopian Chicago is full of very big windows into which one might crash, and very tall buildings off of which one might fall.

Watch The Divergent Series: Insurgent Super Bowl trailer after the jump. 

MTV premiered the Insurgent Super Bowl trailer. Well, technically, this isn’t a Super Bowl trailer but a “Super Bowl pregame trailer.” Which is just a quicker way of saying “We wanted to get in on the Super Bowl buzz, but there’s no way in hell we’re paying $4.5 million for 30 seconds of airtime.”

There’s no actual footage from the film in the spot. So the main thing we learn is that, yup, “The Divergent Series: Insurgent” sounds as stupid said out loud as it looks written down. Bet Veronica Roth is really regretting her decision to make all her book titles rhyme.

The Divergent Series: Insurgent opens March 20. Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, and Zoe Kravitz all return from the first film, and Octavia Spencer, Naomi Watts, and Daniel Dae Kim join the cast this time around. Robert Schwentke is directing.

THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT raises the stakes for Tris as she searches for allies and answers in the ruins of a futuristic Chicago. Tris (Woodley) and Four (James) are now fugitives on the run, hunted by Jeanine (Winslet), the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite. Racing against time, they must find out what Tris’s family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them. Haunted by her past choices but desperate to protect the ones she loves, Tris, with Four at her side, faces one impossible challenge after another as they unlock the truth about the past and ultimately the future of their world.

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Cool Stuff: Tracie Ching’s Tarantino Tintypes Art Prints

7 hours 44 min ago

Hero Complex Gallery is holding the Young Guns Invitational, a show featuring emerging artists, opening on Friday, January 30th at 7:00pm (unsold prints will be sold online the following week, TBD). Tracie Ching sent me a preview of her Quentin Tarantino inspired series of prints which will debut at the show. See a ton of images of Tracie Ching’s Tarantino Tintypes Art Prints, after the jump.

Here is more info from Tracie:

I was asked to participate in Each artist was asked to submit a small body of work featuring a subject of their choosing. I decided to create portrait studies evocative of old tintype photographs for three of Quentin Tarantino‘s most memorable characters – Jules Winnfield from Pulp Fiction, Aldo Raines from Inglourious Basterds, and Django from Django Unchained. They have been printed on French Paper’s gorgeous Steel Grey 100C and each study has a small variant run, each featuring totally unique blood splatter embellishments.

Print info:
Ltd. ed. 18×24″ silkscreen print
4/0 on Steel Grey 100C
Hand signed & numbered
Variant feat. blood splatter embellishments

Here are also a couple process videos:

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New Behind The Scenes ‘Better Call Saul’ Trailer; Plus Episode Titles and Descriptions

8 hours 14 min ago

Breaking Bad fans can almost count on their hands the number of days until the premiere of Better Call Saul. It happens February 8 and, to get fans ready, AMC has released a ton of new information. There’s a new Better Call Saul trailer that features behind the scenes footage, the titles and brief descriptions of the first few episodes, and a new overall synopsis to whet your appetite. Check it all out below.

AMC posted the below info, but thanks to ScreenCrush for the heads up. First up, the video:

New Better Call Saul Trailer

Next, here are the episode titles and descriptions:

  • Episode 1.01 – Uno - Jimmy tries an unconventional method for pursuing potential clients.
  • Episode 1.02 – Mijo - Jimmy’s troubles escalate, leaving him in dire straits; carelessness puts Chuck at risk.
  • Episode 1.03 – Nacho - Jimmy is eager to prove that his dangerous client is innocent.
  • Episode 1.04 – Hero - Jimmy must face consequences when his relationships become strained.
  • Episode 1.05 – Jello - Alarming news disrupts Jimmy’s efforts at drumming up new business.

You’ve gotta love the rhyming title names. I wonder if that’ll be a season by season thing.

And finally, here’s the description:

The series is set six years before Saul Goodman meets Walter White. When we meet him, the man who will become Saul Goodman is known as Jimmy McGill, a small-time lawyer searching for his destiny, and, more immediately, hustling to make ends meet. Working alongside, and, often, against Jimmy, is “fixer” Mike Ehrmantraut, a beloved character introduced in ‘Breaking Bad.’ The series will track Jimmy’s transformation into Saul Goodman, the man who puts “criminal” in “Criminal lawyer.” The series’ tone is dramatic, woven with dark humor.

I’m anxiously awaiting the premiere of this show. I think it’s going to be a tall task to match the quality and tension of Breaking Bad, but if Vince Gilligan and crew can even match half of it, Better Call Saul will be one of the best shows on TV.

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Watch ‘The History of Horror Movies’: A Video Film School Lesson About The Genre

8 hours 44 min ago


Filmmaker IQ has published another one of their long-form video essays. This 30-minute Film School lesson teaches you the history of horror movies “from it’s roots deep in Gothic literature, through B-movie status and director’s proving grounds to ultimate respectability as an important filmmaking genre.”

The history of horror is a vast and perhaps foolhardy thing to tackle. No matter how hard you try, there are films and horror subgenres that will slide through the cracks.. But horror is somewhat unique among the film genres in that there is a recognizable pattern that happens again and again. A film will come along and terrify an audience capturing their imaginations and making bank- Filmmakers flock to the cash cow like vampires to blood which leads to sequels and imitators – sometimes better than the original. But eventually the sequels run out of steam and the subgenre created by the original smash hit fades into memory lurking in the corners of history waiting to be rediscovered and reborn- this process is commonly referred to as cycles. Although other genres behave similarly, the unique appeal of horror from its low budget requirements to broad multinational appeal, make horror especially susceptible to these boom and fade cycles. But as we look at how the genre changes over time, we must not think of the history of horror as being a rigid one way street. New films borrow from old films all the time, a constant remix of subgenres and new techniques to make something for the contemporary culture.

Watch the history of horror movies video essay now embedded after the jump.

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‘Terminator: Genisys’ Super Bowl Spot Teases a New Threat

9 hours 23 min ago

There are a couple quick glimpses of a new Terminator in the Terminator Genisys super bowl spot, which just went online this morning. While most of the footage is culled from the first trailer, this spot promises “a new threat” before showing off a not-quite skeletal metal warrior with a familiar-looking skull face. Check out the spot below.

UPDATE: There’s also a new poster to go with the trailer — take a look after the jump.

Trailer via YouTube.

Terminator: Genisys opens in July, with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, J. K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi, Matthew Smith, Courtney B. Vance and Byung-Hun Lee

When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future…

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‘Ted 2′ Trailer: Everyone’s Favorite Dirty Teddy Bear Is Back This Summer

9 hours 47 min ago

You can’t keep a good bear down and, this summer, a not-so-good bear is back for more. Seth MacFarlane‘s Ted 2 hits theaters June 26 with the writer/director reprising his performance capture role as the foul-mouth, partying teddy bear came to life alongside his best “Thunder Buddy” John, played by Mark Wahlberg. Now, the first Ted 2 trailer is here, finally giving fans an idea of just what happened after the first movie. Watch the Ted 2 trailer below. 

Thanks to Universal Pictures for the trailer.

Ted 2 Trailer

Generally, I hate comedy trailers because they ruin all the good jokes. But wow if that wasn’t one of the funniest trailers I’ve seen in a long time. I love the idea that in the sequel, Ted is trying to integrate more into society. Wife, kid, legal rights. And all the nods are just spot on here – Samuel L. Jackson, social media, Flash Gordon again. I legitimately laughed at least six or seven times here in just over two minutes. Now if MacFarlane has another 90 or so minutes of that in him, Ted 2 has the potential to be one of the biggest hits of the summer.

Here’s the teaser poster, released earlier this week:

What did you think of the Ted 2 trailer?

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Here’s Your First Look at Michael Fassbender As ‘Steve Jobs’

10 hours 14 min ago

We know now a lot about the Danny Boyle directed, Aaron Sorkin written movie, Steve Jobs. We know the cast, we know the structure, but we don’t know what that cast looks like as their real life counterparts. Primarily, Michael Fassbender as Jobs himself.

Universal Pictures has yet to release anything official, but some fans have been able to snap some – admittedly crappy – images of the cast on set. In them, you can not-so-clearly see Fassbender as the icon. See the Michael Fassbender Steve Jobs pics below.

Again – these are not great photos, but they’re what we found poking around social media. Without further ado…Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs via Facebook.

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Post by Michael Fassbender.

It’s a terrible photo, yes. But you can see the hair and the posture there. That’s clearly Fassbender as the Apple co-creator. Here’s another photos from the same scene. If possible, this one is even worse.

Lurking on the set of the #SteveJobs movie shooting in Berkeley at Le Mediterranee with Boyle, Fassbender, Daniels. pic.twitter.com/zeaHIRv6A5

— Berenice (@thatBerenice) January 24, 2015

We also found a few others nuggets for anyone interested in the film. Such as this video of the crew setting up for filming at Jobs’ old house (which will be used in a flashback)

There’s also this “Picture” of Kate Winslet as Joanna Hoffman, the former marketing chief of Macintosh. Or at least, I think it is.

Look it's Kate Winslet! #reallynotreally #ha #filmshoot #stevejobs #elmwood #making #movie #collegeave #trafficjam #crazy #berkeley

A photo posted by Pilar Zuniga (@gorgeousandgreen) on Jan 23, 2015 at 7:08pm PST

Here’s the official information. We’ll have more on Michael Fassbender Steve Jobs as soon as it’s out there.

Universal Pictures today announced that principal photography has commenced in San Francisco on Steve Jobs. Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, the film takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter.

Steve Jobs is directed by Academy Award® winner Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) and written by Academy Award® winner Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, HBO’s The Newsroom), working from Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography of the Apple founder. The producers are Mark Gordon (Saving Private Ryan, Source Code), Guymon Casady (HBO’s Game of Thrones, Hope Springs) of Film 360, Scott Rudin and Academy Award® winner Christian Colson (Slumdog Millionaire, Selma).

Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Days of Future Past, 12 Years a Slave) will play Steve Jobs, the pioneering founder of Apple, with Academy Award®-winning actress Kate Winslet (The Reader, Eternal Sunshine of Spotless Mind) starring as Joanna Hoffman, former marketing chief of Macintosh. Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple, is played by Seth Rogen (Neighbors, The Interview), and Jeff Daniels (HBO’s The Newsroom, Good Night, and Good Luck.) stars as former Apple CEO John Sculley. The film also stars Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice, Being Flynn) as Chrisann Brennan, Jobs’ ex-girlfriend, and Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man, HBO’s Boardwalk Empire) as Andy Hertzfeld, one of the original members of the Apple Macintosh development team.

Other members of the cast include Perla Haney-Jardine (Future Weather), Ripley Sobo (Winter’s Tale) and Makenzie Moss (upcoming Do You Believe?) as young Lisa Brennan at various stages of her life, Sarah Snook (Predestination) as Andrea Cunningham, as well as Adam Shapiro (A Single Man) as Avie Tevanian.

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Watch A Brief Tease Of Disney’s ‘Tomorrowland’ Super Bowl Commercial

10 hours 43 min ago

Earlier today, you read about all the films that are going to have Super Bowl commercials. One of the semi-surprises on the list was Brad Bird‘s Tomorrowland. Well, Disney has released a brief tease of the spot, basically one sixth of it, with one new shot. It’s not much, but it’s a little morsel before the bigger meal on Sunday. Watch the Tomorrowland Super Bowl tease below.

Thanks to Disney for the Tomorrowland Super Bowl tease

Again – not really much, except that new half second look at Tomorrowland as seen in the image at the top. I have a feeling we’re going to start seeing much more soon, probably with Disney’s Cinderella.

We’ll have the full thing on Sunday. Here’s the official info on the film.

From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s “Tomorrowland,” a riveting mystery adventure starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.

Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.

The film also stars Hugh Laurie as brilliant scientist David Nix, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Judy Greer, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key and Thomas Robinson.

“Tomorrowland” is produced by Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird and Jeffrey Chernov and directed by Brad Bird, with John Walker, Brigham Taylor, Jeff Jensen and Bernard Bellew serving as executive producers. “Tomorrowland” opens in U.S. theaters on May 22, 2015.

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