IFC Films has released the Cold in July trailer and poster. The film stars Michael C. Hall as an mild-mannered family man who kills a home intruder, but events take a bizarre twist when the intruder’s father (Sam Shepard) begins stalking around, and an even larger conspiracy is around the corner. I saw the film at Sundance, and even though the tone is erratic, it’s also electrifying. This trailer provides a good sense of the movie without giving too much away, or at least not so much that you can piece together the entire story. This is an indie flick you should definitely keep on your radar.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster. The film also stars Don Johnson and Vinessa Shaw. Cold in July opens May 23rd.
An unexpected Marvel crossover is happening, though it’s not the kind everyone’s been hoping for. It has been confirmed that a clip from X-Men: Days of Future Past will be play after the credits roll on The Amazing Spider-Man 2. This is not only weird because previews of upcoming movies usually come before the film and not after, but because X-Men and Spider-Man are owned by separate studios. Yes, they’re both Marvel comics properties, but Fox retains the rights to all X-Men characters while Sony is in control of all things Spidey. This has been the principal hurdle preventing possible crossovers between the Spider-Man/X-Men/Avengers universes, since the practicality of any “team-up” film would necessitate a split of profits between major studios.
Hit the jump for more on this odd move, and what it could mean for the future.
Sony Pictures has released new The Amazing Spider-Man 2 movie clips, six minutes of B-roll, and a behind-the-scenes look at the recording of the score. The follow-up finds Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) surrounded by antagonistic forces as Electro (Jamie Foxx) emerges, Parker’s old friend Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) returns to New York City, and everyone seems to have a connection to the shady goings-on at Oscorp. The music stuff is particularly cool because it shows composer Hans Zimmer recording with the band. And if you don’t blink, you might see director Marc Webb playing guitar towards the end of the video.
Hit the jump to check out the clips, B-roll footage, and behind-the-scenes video of the scoring process. The film also stars Emma Stone, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field, Chris Cooper, B.J. Novak, and Felicity Jones. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 2nd.
Tuesday evening’s TV ratings are in. Here’s a brief look at the highlights:
- ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. saw a ratings uptick of 5% from last week’s 1.9, scoring a 2.0 rating in the 18-49 demo and bringing in 5.07 million viewers. Read Evan’s recap here.
- Over on Fox, New Girl returned from a brief hiatus to a series low 1.1 rating and notched 2.2 million viewers. The show has lost quite a bit of steam since its debut, but Fox has already ordered a fourth season.
- On the flipside, NBC’s new series About a Boy saw a rise of 12% from last week’s series low 1.7 rating to a 1.9 rating in the demo and 7.23 million viewers.
Hit the jump to read the rest of the ratings report for Tuesday, April 15th, including Glee, Person of Interest, The Mindy Project, Supernatural, and more.
FX has ordered a 13-episode third season of its excellent drama series The Americans. While I enjoyed but wasn’t over-the-moon about its first season, the current second season of the period spy drama has turned the show into one of the very best on TV—and in this current Golden Age of Television, that’s saying something. Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys star as sleeper KGB agents living in America as a married couple with two kids during the Reagan-fueled early 1980s. While on the surface the show is a thrilling spy series, at its heart The Americans is really a portrait of a marriage as told through the incredibly complicated lives of two individuals, with Russell and Rhys regularly turning in brilliantly nuanced performances. Suffice it to say, I am very much looking forward to The Americans season 3.
Hit the jump to read the full press release, and click here to catch up on Allison’s recaps. The Americans currently airs on FX Wednesdays at 10pm, with six episodes remaining in the second season.
While some animation studios take a very calculated, conservative approach to its films, DreamWorks Animation is known for churning out as many as three feature films in the span of a year; the studio has become a well-oiled animation machine. Though the Shrek franchise came to a close (maybe) with 2010’s Shrek Forever After, DreamWorks Animation kept the spirit of the series alive with the 2011 spinoff feature Puss in Boots. The pic focused on the adorably feisty titular kitty, voiced by Antonio Banderas, and grossed $554.9 million worldwide. We’ve known that the studio was developing a sequel to the fairy tale film, but extensive information on the follow-up has thus far failed to materialize.
However, when we recently spoke with Banderas in anticipation of the action sequel The Expendables 3, the actor revealed that he actually started work on Puss in Boots 2 a few days ago. Hit the jump to read on.
Sylvester Stallone, Randy Couture, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Dolph Lundgren and Jason Statham are walking through an abandoned building. The hallways are torn apart. Debris is everywhere. The building looks like it’s in the middle of a war zone. As the Expendables, clad in black clothing and carrying massive automatic weapons, take in their surroundings, they slowly make their way down a long hallway and carefully try to see what’s ahead. As they reach a closed door they stop. Stallone motions with his head to open the door and in an instant Couture kicks it open and they all rush in.
Last September, when director Patrick Hughes was filming The Expendables 3 in Sofia, Bulgaria, I was invited to visit the set with a few other reporters. As a fan of The Expendables movies and especially the cast, I was excited to see them in action, and what I saw and learned on set made me think the third installment is going to be the best of the bunch. Hit the jump for more.
You might think after decades of making kick-ass movies, Sylvester Stallone might want to slow down. You’d be wrong. While some actors are lucky to have one franchise during their career, Stallone has again and again played roles that fans around the world have loved. In his latest successful franchise, The Expendables, Stallone leads some of the biggest action stars on the planet and shows no signs of slowing down.
Last year when The Expendables 3 was filming in Bulgaria, I got to visit the set with a few other reporters. During a break in filming, we were able to sit down with Stallone for an awesome interview. He talked about the great additions to the cast, why he chose these particular actors, how he sees the actors’ “baggage” from their previous films as an advantage, why the script changed during production, the younger Expendables joining the film, why he wanted Mel Gibson for the villain, how he tried to get Jack Nicholson for a role, how happy he was to land Dan Bradley as his second unit director, why he wanted Patrick Hughes to direct the film, and so much more. Hit the jump for what he had to say.
Last year, when The Expendables 3 was filming in Bulgaria, I got to visit the set with a few other reporters. As most of you know, The Expendables 3 has Sylvester Stallone’s Barney Ross and his Expendables crew squaring off against Ross’ old partner Conrad Stonebanks, played by Mel Gibson. Returning for the sequel are Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews and Arnold Schwarzenegger, with Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Kelsey Grammer and Harrison Ford joining the cast along with Kellan Lutz, Glen Powell, Robert Davi, MMA star Ronda Rousey, and welterweight boxing champion Victor Ortiz.
While on set, one of the people I really wanted to talk to was director Patrick Hughes. But as you might imagine, he was incredibly busy trying to make his day, so we were never able to get any time with him. Thankfully, last week Lionsgate set up an exclusive phone interview with him, so after the jump you can read what he had to say about landing the job, his approach to capturing the action, the experience of directing the incredible cast, what it was like working with Stallone, his take on The Raid remake and how it differs from the original, and so much more.
A new image has gone online for Woody Allen‘s upcoming film Magic in the Moonlight. We previously reported that the movie “is a romantic comedy about an Englishman (Colin Firth) brought in to help unmask a possible swindle. Personal and professional complications ensue. The film is set in the south of France in the 1920s against a backdrop of wealthy mansions, the Côte d’Azur, jazz joints and fashionable spots for the wealthy of the Jazz Age.” The latest issue of EW reports that the “possible swindle” involves the Englishman trying “to expose a phony mystic (Emma Stone), only to end up falling for her.” Furthermore, Marcia Gay Harden will play “Stone’s mother and co-conspirator.”
Allen says he had the idea for “ages” but it only recently clicked when he decided to set it in the south of France in the 1920s rather than the present day. Allen also said that the reason for him shooting so many of his recent films in Europe is “By sheer accident because I was getting European financing. I’ve wound up being a foreign filmmaker.” Hit the jump to check out the image. Magic in the Moonlight opens July 25th.
Following yesterday’s final trailer, two new X-Men: Days of Future Past featurettes have been released. These featurettes go into the making of two specific scenes. One featurette focuses on a last-minute addition to the movie where director Bryan Singer felt there needed to be a scene where Magneto (Michael Fassbender) retrieves his helmet, and the other featurette looks at the task of outfitting extras with custom-made 1973 outfits. They’re both interesting featurettes because they show aspects of filmmaking that some people might not think about.
Hit the jump to check out the featurettes. The film also stars Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Peter Dinklage, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Evan Peters, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Halle Berry, Lucas Till, Omar Sy, Adan Canto, Daniel Cudmore, and Bingbing Fan. X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in 2D and 3D.
The first Guardians of the Galaxy TV spot is now online! When you own the network that airs a show that provides interconnecting tissue to your cinematic universe, you can get away with doing more than showing off a thirty-second teaser. Enter Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, which debuted a brief teaser during Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. last night. The quick TV spot at that space-based property gave us a nice behind-the-scenes look at the film, along with commentary from Kevin Feige, and stars Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, and Bradley Cooper.
You’ll have to wait until August 1st to view the movie in full, but for now, hit the jump to watch the first Guardians of the Galaxy TV spot.
On the new CW drama series The 100, a nuclear Armageddon decimated planet Earth and destroyed civilization, and the only survivors were the 400 inhabitants of 12 international space stations that were in orbit, at the time. Ninety seven years later, the survivors now number 4,000 and resources are running out on their dying Ark. To protect the survival of the human race, the leaders take ruthless steps to ensure their future, including secretly sending a group of 100 juvenile prisoners to the Earth’s surface to test whether it’s habitable again. The series stars Paige Turco, Isaiah Washington, Henry Ian Cusick, Eliza Taylor, Thomas McDonell, Bob Morley, Eli Goree, Marie Avgeropoulos, Christopher Larkin and Devon Bostick.
During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Thomas McDonell talked about why this show enticed him to doing TV, his interest in the unpredictability of the story, embracing the fact that any character could go at any time, checking out the fan reaction on Twitter, that there are more big game-changing plot pieces coming up, Finn’s love drama, how his character ends up being extremely close to one of the last people you expect he would, and that things will just keep ramping up. Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.
Warner Bros. Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and New Line Cinema have released the first If I Stay trailer for director R.J. Cutler’s (Nashville) drama. Based on the Gayle Forman novel of the same name, the film stars Chloe Grace Moretz as a young girl facing a tough decision between pursuing her musical dreams at Julliard or staying close to home with the love of her life (Jamie Blackley). Circumstances are further complicated when a life-changing accident throws her life off completely off balance. I’m not familiar with the novel, but it’s easy to see why the story’s central relationship is so beloved among readers, and this trailer suggests that the filmmakers have obviously taken great pains to bring that bond to the screen in as honest a way as possible.
Hit the jump to watch the If I Stay trailer. The film also stars Mireille Enos, Joshua Leonard, Liana Liberato, Aisha Hinds, and Stacy Keach. If I Stay opens in theaters August 22nd.
Neither part of the term “original adaptation” fully applies to FX’s new limited series Fargo, even if it’s branded as such.It evokes a sense of the original Ethan and Joel Coen film without using the same characters, yet it’s full of callbacks. There are currently many series on air that tie in with movies: NBC’s Hannibal (a prequel of sorts to Silence of the Lambs), A&E’s Bates Motel (a prequel to Psycho), and even NBC’s comedy About a Boy (like Fargo, it is “inspired” by the world of the movie). What they have in common is that each series is at its best when its the farthest away from its source material. Once it becomes its own interpretation of the world it’s using as a base, it gets stronger. With Fargo, it may take a few episodes for that to develop, but once it does, there’s great potential. Hit the jump for more.