If you have any interest whatsoever in seeing the upcoming home-invasion thriller The Purge free and/or early, then this post may be of interest to you. We here at Collider are giving away passes to an early screening of the Ethan Hawke-fronted film to some of our lucky readers in five cities. For those unaware, the pic takes place in a world where the government keeps the peace by sanctioning an annual 12-hour period where everything—including murder—becomes legal. During this madness, a family inside a gated community fights to survive without turning into monsters themselves. The screenings are on June 3rd in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta, and Austin, so hit the jump to find out how you can get passes.
Sony Pictures has released a new featurette for director Roland Emmerich’s upcoming actioner White House Down. The story follows a rejected Secret Service applicant (Channing Tatum) who must save the President (Jamie Foxx) when a heavily-armed paramilitary group takes over the White House. We saw in the most recent trailer that the pic has an almost buddy cop feel to it, and this featurette shows off a few new bits of footage that continue to be promising. We also get a fascinating look behind the scenes at the massive sets that Emmerich built in order to re-create the White House, as he shot almost exclusively on soundstages for the film.
Hit the jump to watch the featurette, and if you missed any of Steve’s set visit coverage be sure to check out 35 things to know and his interviews with Tatum, Emmerich, producers Brad Fischer and Reid Carolin, producer Harold Kloser, and production designer Kirk M. Petruecelli. The film also stars Jason Clarke, James Woods, and Maggie Gyllenhaal and opens on June 28th.
The age-old question of “Does Superman like cheesburgers?” may or may not have finally been answered. Hardee’s/Carl’s Jr. has released a new commercial tied to Warner Bros.’ upcoming film Man of Steel, and Superman himself Henry Cavill makes an appearance in the ad. I would’ve given the spot top marks if it had showed Superman actually taking a giant bite out of one of Hardee’s unreasonably ginormous burgers, but alas Supes only shows up to do more city damage with his power thrusting. Hit the jump to watch the commercial. Man of Steel opens in 3D on June 14th.
Just in time for the holiday weekend, Screen Gems has released a new motion poster for director Kimberly Peirce’s (Boys Don’t Cry) adaptation of the Stephen King novel Carrie. For those unfamiliar, the film revolves around a young girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) who discovers she has telekinetic powers and who is abused at home by her ultra-religious mother (Julianne Moore) and tormented at school by her peers. This motion poster shows flashes of some of the more horror-infused scenes that were gleaned in the recent theatrical trailer, but the crux of the poster boasts a twist on the famous line, “Keep Calm and Carrie On.”
Hit the jump to check out the motion poster. The film also stars Judy Greer, Portia Doubleday, Ansel Elgort, Alex Russell, and Gabriella Wilde. Carrie opens on October 18th.
The first trailer for the Sundance hit Ain’t Them Bodies Saints has been released online. The film centers on a young outlaw couple played by Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck who are apprehended by the law and must deal with the consequences of their actions, Affleck’s character escapes prison years later and sets out to find his lover and daughter in 1970s Texas Hill Country. Writer/director David Lowery’s debut feature drew positive reviews and comparisons to the work of Terrence Malick at Sundance, and after watching this trailer it’s not hard to see why. Not only is his visual style eloquent and poetic, but the story almost feels like a spin on Malick’s Badlands. The trailer promises a slew of fine performances and a nuanced, character-centric story, and I’m eager to catch the full film when it hits theaters.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and click here to read Matt’s positive review from Sundance. The film also stars Ben Foster and Keith Carradine. Ain’t Them Bodies Saints opens on August 16th.
In a rather unexpected development, director Guy Ritchie’s adaptation of the popular TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. has lost its leading man. Tom Cruise was originally set to star in the Warner Bros. spy pic, which is being planned as a potential franchise-starter, but with a fall production start-date looming Cruise has now vacated the starring role in order to focus his efforts on getting Mission: Impossible 5 off the ground. The film had recently started filling out its cast with Armie Hammer signing on to co-star and Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina) entering talks to play the film’s female lead, but Ritchie must now start searching to fill his leading role . Hit the jump for more on the future of both U.N.C.L.E. and Mission: Impossible 5.
Though production is already well underway on director Bryan Singer’s sequel X-Men: Future Past in Canada, a late addition to the cast has been made. Singer announced today on Twitter that American Horror Story star Evan Peters will play Quicksilver in the star-studded superhero pic, though this may make things quite complicated for Marvel’s The Avengers 2. In comics lore, Quicksilver is a mutant capable of moving and thinking at superhuman speeds. He also happens to be the son of Magneto, along with his twin sister Scarlet Witch. While this is certainly a fascinating cast addition to the time-bending X-Men: Days of Future Past, it could very well affect Marvel’s Avengers sequel as Joss Whedon only recently revealed that he’s written both Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch into his script. Hit the jump for more.
So much for retirement. Much has been made over the past year or so about the fact that filmmaker Steven Soderbergh would be taking a self-imposed hiatus from directing after the release of his Liberace film Behind the Candelabra. While Candelabra premieres on HBO this Sunday, it appears that Soderbergh is already coming out of “retirement” to direct a new TV series for Cinemax. The filmmaker will helm 10 episodes of a period series called The Knick, which will star Clive Owen and takes place in New York in 1900. Hit the jump for more.
Xbox unveiled its brand new game console earlier this week, and as part of the announcement, a new game from Bungie and Activision was teased. The team behind Halo is launching a new franchise called Destiny, and a live-action trailer for the game has been released online. In the world of the game, the hero is a Guardian of the last safe city on Earth following the arrival of “the Traveler.” This live-action/CG trailer, directed by Jon Favreau, stars Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad, Revolution) as a Guardian of the City who is recalling an important life lesson he once learned. The trailer essentially gives Favreau the chance to make the Star Wars film he never could, but I’m interested to see more from the game.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Gameplay from Destiny will be unveiled at the E3 press conference on June 10th.
Wednesday evening’s TV ratings are in. Here’s a rundown of the night’s original scripted programming:
- The season finale of ABC’s Modern Family garnered a 3.6 rating and 9.92 million viewers, down 3% from last week’s episode and down 12% from last year’s season finale. Elsewhere on ABC, The Middle hit a 2.0 rating and 7.53 million viewers for a rise of 5% from last week and even with last year’s finale, and the season one finale of Nashville scored a 1.9 rating and 6.07 million viewers, up 12% from last week’s 1.7 rating.
- On CBS, the two-hour season finale of Criminal Minds notched a 2.7 rating and 10.8 million viewers, rising 4% from last week’s 2.6 rating but down a whopping 25% from last year’s season finale 3.6 rating.
- Finally, on NBC Law & Order: SVU’s season finale hit a 1.6 rating and 6.68 million viewers for a rise of 7% from last week’s episode and a drop of 20% from last year’s season finale, and the season one finale of Chicago Fire hit a 1.7 rating and 6.17 million viewers, which is down 15% from last week’s 2.0 rating.
While we just recently saw a new trailer and a batch of new images from director Zack Snyder’s Superman film Man of Steel, Warner Bros. has now unveiled a large group of high-resolution images. We’ve seen a few of these before in lower-resolution iterations, but we also get new, clear looks at Supes’ parents (both birth and adopted), as well as a great photo of Christopher Meloni’s character.
Hit the jump to take a look at the images. The film also stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fisburne, Antje Traue and Russell Crowe. Man of Steel opens in 3D on June 14th.
The big screen adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novella The Price of Salt has a new director. Cate Blanchett and Mia Wasikowska signed on to star in Carol last summer for Boy A director John Crowley, but Screen Daily now reports that Todd Haynes is taking the helm. The pic is described as a love story about pursuit, betrayal and passion that follows the burgeoning relationship between two very different women in 1950s New York. One, a girl in her twenties working in a department store who dreams of a more fulfilling life, and the other, a wife trapped in a loveless, moneyed marriage desperate to break free but fearful of losing her daughter in the process.
Haynes’ directing credits include 2007’s I’m Not There and 2002’s Far From Heaven, for which he was nominated for a Best Original Screenplay Oscar. The filmmaker most recently helmed the acclaimed HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce, and he makes an excellent addition to what looks to be promising project. Blanchett and Wasikowska remain attached to star, and Carol has a script by playwright Phyllis Nagy. Hopefully production can get underway soon.
Relativity Media has released the first trailer for Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut Don Jon. Gordon-Levitt stars in the comedy as a contemporary, porn-addicted Don Juan-type who attempts to reform himself. I caught the film at Sundance and it’s really funny and marks the start of what looks to be a very, very promising directorial career for Gordon-Levitt. This trailer does a great job of conveying the film’s tone and the style that Gordon-Levitt has crafted, as quick editing, music, and repetition are used frequently to present some of the film’s situations, especially with regards to the porn. While the trailer does give away a couple of the pic’s best comedic surprises (like the cameos), there’s also a sweet sincerity to Don Jon that’s only hinted at here, and the performances from Gordon-Levitt, Johansson, Moore, and Danza are all top-notch. I expect the film will be a major crowd-pleaser when it hits theaters later this year.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer, click here to read Matt’s review of the film from Sundance, and click here for Steve’s interview with Gordon-Levitt and the cast. The pic also stars Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, Jeremy Luke, Rob Brown, and Brie Larson. Don Jon opens on October 18th.
Disney has released a new trailer for Pixar’s upcoming prequel Monsters University. While the Hangover Part III-style trailer does boast a good deal of new footage (showing off more fantastic monster designs in the process), the central focus is on a new track called “Roar” composed by Axwell & Sebastian Ingross of Swedish House Mafia. It’s a rather dance-y track that director Dan Scanlon commissioned in order to capture the college feel in the film, but I’m interested to see how it works alongside Randy Newman’s score for the animated pic. Newman himself collaborated with international drum corps The Blue Devils on the music, so we should expect something a tad different from his Monsters Inc. score.
Hit the jump to watch the new trailer. The film features the voices of Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren, John Krasinski, Nathan Fillion, Charlie Day and many more. Monsters University opens in 3D on June 21st.
Filmmaker Richard Linklater is no stranger to unique narratives. Dazed and Confused follows a number of characters on the last day of school in 1976, and Before Sunset plays out essentially in real time as Ethan Hawke’s Jesse and Julie Delpy’s Celine spend a couple of hours together in Paris. However, Linklater’s most ambitious film to date has actually been in production for the last decade. Growing Up (aka Boyhood) stars Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as a divorced couple raising their son, and Linklater and his actors have been shooting scenes for the film every year since 2002, as the story traces the boy’s life from first grade to 12th grade.
Steve recently spoke with Linklater in anticipation of the release of Before Midnight, and the director provided a promising update on the status of Growing Up. Linklater said that he’s actually mulling over a 2014 release for the film, revealing that the production process is nearly complete. Linklater also talked about how closely the finished product resembles his intial plan and how long the pic’s runtime will be. Hit the jump to read on.