MADEA’S TOUGH LOVE Trailer: Meet Tyler Perry’s Animated Madea

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There’s no new Madea movie hitting theaters this year for the first time in three years, but you’re not completely off the hook.  Tyler Perry may have swapped his Madea getup for a super dapper suit to portray Tanner Bolt in David Fincher’s Gone Girl, but he’s still unleashing his inner Madea for a new animated film, Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Tough Love.

I’ve completely lost patience for the film franchise and for Madea in general, but I’ve also got to admit, the new Madea’s Tough Love trailer actually makes me think that the character would have been better suited for animation all along.  That voice is as grating as ever and the jokes aren’t particularly amusing either, but it is easier to be a little more forgiving when viewing her antics in cartoon format.  Take a look at the trailer for yourself after the jump.  Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Tough Love hits Digital HD on January 13, 2015 and will also makes its way onto DVD and VOD on January 20, 2015.

Kim Basinger Joins Shane Black’s NICE GUYS; Patrick Stewart to Play White Supremacist Leader in GREEN ROOM

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An L.A. Confidential reunion of sorts is in the works.  THR reports that Kim Basinger is set to join the cast of director Shane Black’s 1970s noir film The Nice Guys, reuniting her with her L.A. Confidential co-star Russell Crowe, who plays a hired leg breaker that teams up with a private eye (Ryan Gosling) in order to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star.  Basinger will play the chief justice in the film, a character who is in bed with criminals.  The film returns Black to noir territory after co-writing and directing one of the best Marvel films yet, Iron Man 3.  The cast is filling out quite nicely, with Matt Bomer, Cara Delevingne, Keith David, and Beau Knapp all onboard.  The film is slated for release on June 17, 2016.

Hit the jump for casting news concerning Patrick Stewart playing a white supremacist leader.

Trailer, Poster and Images for STARRY EYES, a New Horror Classic

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I have seen Starry Eyes twice now.  The first time was back in March at SXSW and while I immediately connected with the film and liked it very much, I wound up lobbing a few criticisms at it as well. As the months wore on the movie grew in my head, there was just something about this inexpensive indie that had worn its way into me.  So much so that, several months later, I asked if I could host the Los Angeles premiere of the film.  A second viewing that night not only ameloriated some of the vague concerns I had after the first viewing of the movie, it actually surpassed the version of the film I’d had playing in my head for months after the fact.  Starry Eyes isn’t just good… it’s fantastic.  That’s not hyperbole.  I know some of the people involved and would tell them to their face if I didn’t think it was at least a near classic.

While the trailer I’m including here is old, today’s release of the theatrical/VOD poster for the film is a good excuse to post it on this site for the first time.  Starry Eyes comes from the writing/directing team of Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer and stars Alex Essoe, Noah Segan, Amanda Fuller and Pat Healy.  It was produced by Travis Stevens‘ Snowfort Pictures and hits theaters and VOD on November 14th.  Be there.  Or be home.  But be watching it. 

Keanu Reeves Talks JOHN WICK, the Action Sequences, if He’ll Direct Again, the JOHN RAIN TV Series, Eli Roth’s KNOCK KNOCK, and More

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As I’ve said again and again on Twitter and on the site, I absolutely loved John Wick.  Filmmakers Chad Stahelski and David Leitch have crafted a fantastic action thriller that’s absolutely worth your time and money.  When I recently hosted a screening in NYC, there were plenty of laughs, gasps, and tons of applause during the incredible action set pieces.  In the film, Keanu Reeves stars as an ex-hitman who comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him.  Trust me, if you like action movies, this is a must see film.  For more on John Wick, watch this trailer, see Evan shoot people in the face, and here’s all our previous coverage.

Last week in New York City I sat down with Keanu Reeves for an extended interview.  He talked about how he got involved in the film, script changes, the challenge of shooting the various action sequences, the universal appeal of John Wick and the character motivation, if he’ll direct again, if he’d be willing to star in Marvel’s Doctor Strange, his hopes for the John Rain limited TV series that he’s also doing with Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, future projects including the courtroom drama The Whole Truth and the Eli Roth horror movie Knock Knockand more.  Hit the jump to watch.

New PEE-WEE HERMAN Movie is “Imminent” According to Paul Reubens

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As long as this is closer to Pee Wee’s Big Adventure and a decided departure from 1988′s ill fated Big Top Pee-Wee I think we’ll be in fairly decent shape.  Paul Reubens is claiming that an official announcement regarding a new Pee-Wee Herman movie is almost incredibly f*cking nigh.  This is excellent news considering the fact that it’s been well over two years since our last update on the project.  Given the fact that Reubens sounded optimistic then (though not quite this optimistic), let’s hope there’s a bit more going on than last time around.

There’s no word on if Judd Apatow is still involved or if they are using any of the script that he worked on, but I’m hoping there’s a strong steward aboard either way because I don’t want my Pee-Wee ship sailing rudderless.  Hit the jump for more on the new Pee-Wee Herman movie. 

Are We Getting a SCREAM TV Series with No Ghostface?

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The Scream franchise didn’t hold up particularly well, but the 1996 original is still one of my favorite films of all time so if you do anything with the property, even turn it into a tacky tween-approved MTV show, I’m going to watch it.  However, R.J. Tolbert of Fun World, the company that owns the rights to the Ghostface mask, just dropped a little detail that threatens to decimate any interest I have in it; there may be no Ghostface in MTV’s Scream show.

No Ghostface?  Why call it Scream at all then?  Hit the jump for more on the Scream TV series including what Tolbert had to say about the lack of his iconic mask.

New to Blu-ray: SNOWPIERCER, MAD MEN: The Final Season Part 1, LA DOLCE VITA Criterion, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include the latest from filmmaker Bong Joon-ho, one of the best shows on television, a Federico Fellini classic, and more.  Briefly:

The CW Orders Full Seasons of THE FLASH and JANE THE VIRGIN

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To the surprise of no one, The CW announced today that it has ordered a full season of freshman series The Flash.  Additionally, the network has also picked up the well-received comedy-drama Jane the Virgin for a full season.  The Flash is, of course, the network’s sort-of-spinoff of Arrow, as it follows the titular DC Comics character’s exploits in Central City, as played by Grant Gustin.  The show exists in the same universe as Arrow, with a crossover planned to occur during Episode 8 of this current season.  The Flash has earned mostly positive notices and has performed solidly in the ratings for the network—in fact it was the most-watched series premiere in The CW history.  Catch up on all of Dave’s recaps right here.

Jane the Virgin, meanwhile, has earned strong praise from critics.  Starring Gina Rodriguez, the show revolves around a religious young Latina woman whose vow to save her virginity until marriage is threatened by the fact that a doctor mistakenly artificially inseminates her during a checkup.  Read the full press release on the full season orders for both The Flash and Jane the Virgin after the jump.

A Horrifying Education: MARTYRS

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I’ll give this to my teachers: When they assigned torture porn, they didn’t do half-measures.

I knew of Martyrs by reputation, with the reputation being a mix of “One of the goriest films ever,” and “GAAAAAAHHHHH.”  And that got me excited because this was coming from die-hard horror fans; people who have seen the worst of the worst and they were still affected by this film.  I was ready to jump in with both feet by watching it in my darkened apartment right before going to bed.

Instead of making me afraid of possible nightmares, Martyrs helped me drift off to sleep by being so boring. [Spoilers and gory images ahead]

HAPPY VALLEY Trailer Explores the Story Behind the Penn State Scandal

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I followed the Penn State scandal pretty closely, but no news report can match the intensity of this new trailer for Amir Bar-Lev’s documentary, Happy Valley.  The film debuted at Sundance and chronicles what happened when Joe Paterno’s assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky, was charged with 40 counts of child sex abuse, devastating Penn State’s legendary football program.

Happy Valley will begin its run at the Village East Cinema in New York City on November 19th after which it’ll make its way to Los Angeles, Chicago, Pittsburgh and Columbus respectively.  Hit the jump to catch the new Happy Valley trailer.

Lynn Shelton Talks LAGGIES, How She Became Involved With the Film, Working With Keira Knightley and Chloë Grace Moritz, and Her Next Film I’M DOWN

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Remaining true to her indie roots while taking a step closer to the mainstream, Lynn Shelton brings her unique directorial voice to Laggies, one of her best films to date about a 28-year-old slacker (Keira Knightley) in the throes of a quarter-life crisis.  This is the first time Shelton has directed from a script written by someone else, but Andrea Seigel’s well written screenplay is a nice fit with the rest of Shelton’s body of work.  Laggies is also the largest scale film production of Shelton’s career and was shot in and around her hometown of Seattle.  Opening October 24th, the romantic comedy also stars Sam Rockwell and Chloë Grace Moretz.

In an exclusive interview, Shelton talked about how the project first emerged, what appealed to her about the story and characters, her fantastic collaboration with Seigel, letting others worry about the film’s financing while she focused on directing, creating an emotionally safe environment for her cast to take risks, what the actors brought to their roles, how her experience in television has made her a better director, directing the pilot for the Fresh Off the Boat TV series, her comedy feature in development entitled I’m Down, and aspirations to eventually develop her own show. Hit the jump to check out our interview with Lynn Shelton.

Watch Benedict Cumberbatch Pretend to Be a Dragon in THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Extended Edition Clip

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One of the more impressive aspects of director Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was the characterization of the titular dragon.  Benedict Cumberbatch not only provided the voice for the sleepy/cranky character, but he did performance capture as well that was then used to inform the animation of the dragon’s movements.  In anticipation of the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition on Blu-ray, a behind-the-scenes clip has been released that shows Cumberbatch performing as Smaug.  It’s a pretty fun watch, and you can definitely see how Cumberbatch’s movements influenced the finished product.  Additionally, Warner Bros. has released an assortment of other clips (both from the film and behind-the-scenes) from the EE release that are sure to pique interest, and we’ve included them as well.

Take a look at the The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition clips after the jump.  The film will be available on Blu-ray 3D and DVD on November 3rd, and is currently available on Digital HD.

Check out the Trailer for MONSTERS UNIVERSITY Short Film, “Party Central”; Watch the Full Short Now for Free on Disney Movies Anywhere

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Earlier this year, the Monsters University short film “Party Central” played in front of Muppets Most Wanted, and if you didn’t catch that film (and judging by the movie’s box office, you didn’t), you now have a chance to watch the short online for free.  The story has Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sully (John Goodman) using a door station to clandestinely move a frat party over at ROR to Oozma Kappa.  If you ignore the fact that (unlike the Toy Story shorts) there’s no way for this one to factor into the movie’s timeline, and that it’s out of character for the monsters to risk being caught by humans, this is a fairly amusing short.  It’s certainly worth seeing for free if you download the Disney Movies Anywhere app for iPhone or iPad.

Hit the jump to check out the Monsters University Party Central trailer.  The short also features the voices of Charlie Day, Dave Foley, Sean Hayes, Bobby Moynihan, Joel Murray, and Julia Sweeney.

New FOXCATCHER Images Highlight the Quiet Intensity of Bennett Miller’s Dark Drama

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A batch of new Foxcatcher images have landed online from director Bennett Miller’s (Capote) upcoming dark drama, and they do an excellent job of evoking the tone of the film.  Steve Carell stars as John du Pont, an eccentric millionaire who decided to host an Olympic Wrestling training camp on his grounds despite having no experience with the sport himself.  The crux of the film revolves around du Pont’s relationship with Olympic Champion brothers Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo), and in particular du Pont’s mentorship of the younger brother Mark, who lived in the shadow of his more successful brother.  I caught the film at TIFF and it’s magnificent.  The performances by Carell, Tatum, and Ruffalo are positively transcendent, as each actor wholly disappears into his role.  Don’t miss this one, folks.

Hit the jump to take a look at the new Foxcatcher images, and click here to read Matt’s review.  The film also stars Sienna Miller, Anthony Michael Hall, and Vanessa RedgraveFoxcatcher opens in theaters on November 14th.

JOHN CARTER Rights Revert Back to Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.; New Films Planned

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I like John Carter.  It’s not a perfect film by any means, but Disney spent years trying to get an adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ series of sci-fi novels off the ground, and I think director Andrew Stanton and his screenwriting partners Michael Chabon and Mark Andrews did a swell job of bringing the story to life.  Most strikingly, Stanton’s world building in the film is magnificent; you really feel like you’re on Barsoom for the film’s two-hour runtime.  I was really hoping to spend more time in Stanton’s John Carter world in future sequels, but unfortunately the film failed to catch on with audiences at the box office and its bloated budget made turning a profit near impossible.  Disney’s marketing was all over the place, and many thought the film looked derivative despite the fact that it was Burroughs’ John Carter of Mars that inspired subsequent sci-fi classics ranging from Superman to Star Wars.

However, it now looks as though there’s a glimmer of hope for those keen on seeing more John Carter of Mars movies, as word comes today that Disney’s option of the property has run out and the rights have reverted back to Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., which intends on moving forward with further films.  More after the jump.

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