THE NOVEMBER MAN Gets a New Trailer and Poster; Seems Slightly More Fun Than Before

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Relativity Media has released the second trailer for The November Man, director Roger Donaldson’s (The Bank Job) new action thriller.  The film stars Pierce Brosnan as an ex-CIA operative who is brought back in on a personal mission and finds himself pitted against his former pupil in a deadly game involving high-level CIA officials and the Russian president-elect.

While the first trailer was brief and dour, this new one is actually quite a bit more fun.  If you can embrace the incredibly on-the-nose exposition in the first half of the trailer, then you should have no problem tuning in to the (admittedly slight) humor built into the second half.  Only time will tell if this film transcends the tired tropes on display here, but at the very least it promises to be something of a quality repetition of the clichés its embracing.  Olga Kurylenko, Luke Bracey and Eliza Taylor also star. Hit the jump for the new The November Man trailer and poster.  The film opens in theaters on August 27th.

THE NOVEMBER MAN Trailer and New Images: Pierce Brosnan Gets Back into the Action Game

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Relativity Media has released the first The November Man trailer for director Roger Donaldson’s (The Bank Job) action thriller.  The film stars Pierce Brosnan as an ex-CIA operative who is brought back in on a personal mission and finds himself pitted against his former pupil in a deadly game involving high-level CIA officials and the Russian president-elect.  It’s fun to see Brosnan back in Bond-esque mode, and the prospect of him appearing alongside former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko is neat, but this trailer paints the film as taking itself very, very seriously.  Hopefully there’s some fun to be had once we get into the thick of it, because as of now The November Man just looks like another gritty, generic riff on Taken.

Hit the jump to watch the The November Man trailer and to check out new images.  The film also stars Luke Bracey (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) and Eliza TaylorThe November Man opens in theaters on August 27th.

Extended Featurette Provides First Look at Russell Crowe’s Directorial Debut, THE WATER DIVINER

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An extended, behind-the-scenes featurette for The Water Diviner has provided a first look at Russell Crowe‘s upcoming directorial debut.  The story centers on an Australian man (Crowe) who travels to Turkey to attempt to locate the bodies of his three sons, who were killed there during WWI.  The featurette is narrated by Crowe, and his passion for the material really comes through.  Even though this is only his first feature, it looks like he’s come up with something that has a grand scope but retains its focus on the intimate character drama.  This is definitely one I’m going to be keeping on my radar, and although it doesn’t currently have a release date, I hope we’ll get to see it soon.

Hit the jump to check out The Water Diviner featurette. The film also stars Olga Kurylenko, Yilmaz Erdogan, Cem Yilmaz, Jai Courtney, Steve Bastoni, Isabel Lucas, Ryan Corr, Dan Wyllie, Damon Herriman, Jacqueline McKenzie, Michael Dorman, Megan Gale, and Dylan Georgiades.

4 Clips from VAMPIRE ACADEMY Starring Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, and Olga Kurylenko

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The Weinstein Company has released four new clips from the adaptation of the Richelle Mead novel Vampire Academy.  The film takes place at the titular hidden boarding school and follows Rose Hathaway (Zoey Deutch), a bodyguard for her best friend and Moroi vampire princess, Liss (Lucy Fry).  The pair faces the dangers of St. Vladimir’s Academy while navigating forbidden romances and awkward social situations.  Though some may have automatically written the pic off as another YA adaptation targeted at teens, it actually looks incredibly sharp and features strong pedigree in the form of Heathers screenwriter Daniel Waters and Mean Girls director Mark Waters.

Hit the jump to watch the clips.  The film also stars Olga Kurylenko, Sarah Hyland, Danila Kozlovsky, Gabriel Byrne, Joely Richardson, Cameron Monaghan, Sami Gayle, Claire Foy, and Ashley CharlesVampire Academy opens February 14th.

New Trailer for VAMPIRE ACADEMY Starring Zoey Deutch and Lucy Fry

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The Weinstein Company has released a new trailer for Vampire Academy.  Mark Waters (Mean Girls) directs the adaptation of Richelle Mead’s novel, set at a hidden boarding school for Moroi (mortal, peaceful vampires) and Dhampirs (half-vampire/half-human guardians).  I may not be in the target audience, but the trailer suggests a sharp script by Daniel Waters (Heathers).  In particular, relative newcomer Zoey Deutch handles her sassy dialogue well with a charismatic screen presence in the lead role.

Lucy Fry, Danila Kozlovsky, Gabriel Byrne, Sarah Hyland, Olga Kurylenko, Cameron Monaghan, Joely Richardson, Sami Gayle, and Dominic Sherwood co-star.  Vampire Academy opens Feburary 14, 2014.  Watch the trailer after the jump.

Olga Kurylenko, Gal Gadot & Elodie Yung in Auditions for BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN Lead; Will It be Wonder Woman, Bruce Wayne’s Love Interest or Both?

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Earlier today, we reported that Olga Kurylenko (Oblivion) was rumored to have screen-tested for the role of Wonder Woman.  Now, we’re getting some additional reports that say the same, but also include Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious 6) and Elodie Yung (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) in the mix.  It’s important to note that this trio has or will test for the female lead in Zack Snyder’s Batman vs. Superman.  While some are quick to jump to the conclusion that the role is that of Diana Prince / Wonder Woman, it’s equally possible that it will end up being the love interest for Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck), not that those two characters must be mutually exclusive.  Hit the jump for more.

BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN Rumors: Dick Grayson (aka Nightwing) Will Be in the Movie; Olga Kurylenko Tested for Wonder Woman

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When Batman vs. Superman was announced at Comic-Con this past summer, the crowd went absolutely nuts.  For the first time, DC Comic’s most popular superheroes would share the screen in a blockbuster picture.  That is legitimate cause to be excited.  But in the months since then, such a pairing is no longer good enough.  A couple weeks ago, Warner Bros.’ Greg Silverman gave the slightest of indications that Wonder Woman could be in the movie.  And apparently, that’s still not enough for sites that are so desperate for scoops they’ll take whatever information they can regardless of its proximity to the truth.

Hit the jump for rumor-bait regarding Dick Grayson being in the movie, and Olga Kurylenko screen-testing for Wonder Woman.  Batman vs. Superman opens July 17, 2015.

OBLIVION Blu-ray Review

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We’re now two films into the career of Joseph Kosinski, and it’s fair to say that as a visual filmmaker he’s incredible.  But when it comes to story, he doesn’t have the best eye for material, and that’s been a problem in both Tron Legacy and in his latest picture OblivionTom Cruise stars alongside Morgan Freeman and Olga Kurylenko in this story of a post-apocalyptic Earth.  My review of the Blu-ray follows after the jump. 

Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko & Vincent Cassel Gain MOMENTUM; Rupert Grint & Charles Dance Brew Up Macbeth Adaptation; Ryan Kwanten in NORTHMEN

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Here’s the first of what promises to be a lot of casting news over the next few days:

Hit the jump for more on each project.

Jon Hamm to Lend His Voice to MINIONS, Olga Kurylenko Joins VAMPIRE ACADEMY, Andy Garcia and Ray Romano Set for ROB THE MOB

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We’ve got a few casting stories to share this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • Jon Hamm will be lending his voice to one of the lead roles opposite Sandra Bullock in Illumination Entertainment’s spinoff Minions.
  • Fresh off her turn in Oblivion, actress Olga Kurylenko has joined the cast of director Mark Waters’ (Mean Girls) YA adaptation Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters.
  • Andy Garcia and Ray Romano are joining the cast of the crime drama Rob the Mob.

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Andrea Riseborough and Olga Kurylenko Talk OBLIVION, Practical Sets, Filming in Iceland, and More

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Joeseph Kosinski‘s new Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman starrer Oblivion is the rarest of all things, a big budget scifi film aimed squarely at adults.  While the trailers might seem like they give away the whole movie, I assure you they only scratch the surface. Things get really weird and far more ambitious than the I Am Legend-style one sheet implies.

Last week, Collide sat down with Olga Kurylenko and Andrea Riseborough to discuss their surprising and twist-filled roles.  During the interview they talked about shooting in Iceland, wanting to switch parts, the massive and elaborate sets and much more.

OBLIVION Review

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When science fiction wants to present thoughtful subtext, it can’t go broad.  The freedom to construct a world has to come down to precise themes.  The world can be derivative (or “inspired by” if you want to be charitable), and the themes can be universal, but they have to be cohesive.  In casting a wide net for influences, Joseph Kosinski‘s Oblivion mashes-up the ideas from better movies, and doesn’t put them towards abstraction or ambiguity, but towards ambivalence.  The film is more concerned with its gorgeous visuals and rousing score while the emotions become lost in a shuffle of reveals and fragmented ideas.

Olga Kurylenko Talks OBLIVION, Flying the Bubbleship, How Her Bond Experience Helped Her with Action, and More

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Olga Kurylenko plays a crash-landing traveler who crosses time and space in search of true love in Joseph Kosinski’s new sci-fi thriller, Oblivion.  The action-adventure saga is set in the year 2077 after a massive war has left Earth in ruins and uninhabitable.  The Ukrainian actress and former Bond girl who made a scorching impression in Quantum of Solace was game for the tough role of Julia and turns in a compelling performance opposite Tom Cruise.  Opening in theaters on April 19th, the film also stars Andrea Riseborough, Morgan Freeman, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Melissa Leo.

At the recent press day, Kurylenko discussed what attracted her to the mysterious role, how Cruise and she collaborated with Kosinski on their characters, why she found Cruise to be a generous acting partner, how she got used to flying in the Bubbleship, how her Bond experience helped with the action sequences, what it’s like to have worked with two of Hollywood’s biggest action actors, what Cruise and Daniel Craig share in common, how making Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder compared to Oblivion, and more.  Hit the jump to read the interview.

27 Hi-Res Images from OBLIVION Featuring Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Morgan Freeman and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

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We’ve got 27 new hi-res images from writer/director Joseph Kosinski’s sci-fi thriller Oblivion to share with you today.  You may have seen some of these visual treats in previous gallery articles, but now we have them in the highest of resolutions so that you might enjoy zooming in on each of Morgan Freeman’s freckles.  There are also some bonus behind-the-scenes shots from the set of Oblivion that features Kosinski looking rather pensive.

Starring Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, NIkolaj Coster-Waldau, Melissa Leo and Zoe Bell, Oblivion opens April 19th in IMAX and traditional screenings.  Hit the jump to partake of the new images.

4 Clips from Joseph Kosinski’s OBLIVION Starring Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman and Olga Kurylenko

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With writer/director Joseph Kosinski’s Oblivion opening April 19th, we’ve been provided with four clips from the sci-fi film.  The story takes place on a dystopian Earth and stars Tom Cruise as a drone repairman who holds the future of mankind in his hands after discovering a crashed spaceship. Oblivion also stars Olga Kurylenko, Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseborough, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Melissa Leo. 

Over the past few months we’ve seen tons of images, posters, images, and featurettes.  Based on what I’ve seen thus far, I’m counting down the days, especially since Kosinski told us that Oblivion will be presented “in IMAX will be full frame 1.9 through the whole thing.”  Needless to say, if you’re going to see the film, see it in IMAX!  Hit the jump to watch the clips and look for my video interviews with the cast week of release.

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