First Images from Chris Evans’ BEFORE WE GO, GOOD KILL, THE GOOD LIE, and HUNGRY HEARTS

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Fresh off this morning’s excellent Toronto International Film Festival lineup announcement, we have debut images from some of the films that will be screening at the fest.  Briefly:

  • Before We Go – (Directed by Chris Evans) Starring Chris Evans and Alice Eve.
  • Good Kill – (Directed by Andrew Niccol) Starring Ethan Hawke and January Jones.
  • The Good Lie – (Directed by Philippe Farlardeau) Starring Reese Witherspoon, Corey Stoll, Arnold Oceng, Kuoth Wiel, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, and Femi Oguns.
  • Hungry Hearts – (Directed by Saverio Costanzo) Starring Adam Driver, Alba Rohrwacher, and Roberta Maxwell.

Hit the jump to chceck out the images and synopses.  TIFF 2014 runs from September 4th – 14th.

DEUS EX Movie Enlists PREDATORS Writer Michael Finch

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The Deus Ex movie, adapted from the video game franchise of the same name, now has a new screenwriter.  Heat Vision reports that CBS Films and producers Roy Lee and Adrian Askarieh have enlisted Predators screenwriter Michael Finch to work on the screenplay for the pic, which draws mainly from the Deus Ex: Human Revolution game and revolves around an ex-SWAT security specialist who unravels a global conspiracy after undergoing mechanical augmentation.  Sinister scribes Scott Derrickson and Robert Cargil wrote the previous draft of the Deus Ex script when Derrickson was attached to direct, but he’s a little busy at the moment as he’s gearing up to helm Marvel’s Doctor Strange.  It’s unknown if he’ll still be involved in the development of Deus Ex, but clearly CBS Films wants another pass on the script.

In addition to Predators, Finch also penned the script for the upcoming video game adaptation Hitman: Agent 47 and the impending thriller The November Man, and also worked on CBS Films’ adaptation of American Assassin.  Watch a trailer for the Deus Ex game after the jump.

First CHAPPIE Poster Revealed at Comic-Con; See the Robot from Neill Blomkamp’s Provocative Sci-Fi Comedy

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Very little is known about District 9 and Elysium director Neill Blomkamp’s new film Chappie besides the fact that it revolves around a robot imbued with artificial intelligence who is stolen by two local gangsters, and producer Simon Kinberg called it “the most provocative studio movie you’ll likely ever see.”  Well it looks like Sony Pictures is ready to unveil this curious pic to the public, as the first look at the titular robot (played by Sharlto Copley) has been unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con by way of a Chappie poster banner.  The film certainly looks to have a more darkly comedic tone than Blomkamp’s previous two features, and I’m really looking forward to seeing this thing in action in the near future.  Moreover, the prospect of seeing Hugh Jackman stretch his comedy talents in an offbeat sci-fi comedy is highly enticing.

Hit the jump to check out the Chappie poster, which Steve snapped a picture of inside the SDCC convention center lobby.  The film also stars Sigourney Weaver, and Die Antwoord frontpeople Ninja and Yolandi VisserChappie opens in theaters on March 27, 2015.

First INSIDIOUS 3 Image Reveals the Film Is a Prequel

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Focus Features has released the first Insidious 3 image, which reveals that the horror pic is actually a prequel to the low-budget franchise.  Insidious and Insidious Chapter 2 screenwriter Leigh Whannell takes over directing duties this time around from James Wan, as the story revolves around a teenage girl and her family, revealing more mysteries of the otherworldly realm of The Further.  The cast is led by Dermot Mulroney and Stefanie Scott, with Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson, and Whannell himself reprising their roles from the previous two movies.  Additionally, Focus is launching a sweepstakes for fans to win a visit to the set, which you can enter by visiting the official Facebook or Twitter pages.

I have yet to see a single Insidious movie so I don’t have much of a reaction to this image or prequel news, but what say you Insidious fans?  Are you pleased by this development?  Check out the first Insidious 3 image after the jump and sound off in the comments.  Insidious: Chapter 3 opens in theaters on May 29, 2015.

PIXELS Logo Unveiled; Film Will Include Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Frogger, Space Invaders, and More

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Unless it’s a drama (of which he has two on the horizon), it’s hard to get excited about an Adam Sandler movie these days.  That said, this might change with Sony’s upcoming action comedy Pixels.  Directed by Chris Columbus and based on the short film of the same name, the story revolves around a few 80s arcade game champions who are called upon to help defend earth from alien invaders who have misinterpreted our classic arcade games as a declaration of war.  Sandler stars alongside Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Monaghan, Brian Cox, and Kevin James as the President of the United States (I know), but today Sony has unveiled the official Pixels logo and revealed which recognizable video game characters will be popping up in the film.  It’s a hodge-podge of great game icons, from Pac-Man to Donkey Kong to Q*bert, and I’m really curious to see how they’ll be realized in the large-scale action-adventure film.

Hit the jump to check out the official Pixels logo, a high-resolution version of the previously released image, and the full press release and synopsis from Sony.  Pixels opens in theaters on May 15, 2015.

FX Passes on Charlie Kaufman’s Pilot HOW AND WHY

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The prospect of seeing an original TV series from the mind of Charlie Kaufman was almost too good to be true.  Alas, after producing a pilot for a comedy called How and Why, FX has decided to pass on the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Adaptation. scribe’s potential series, per Deadline.  The show was to star John Hawkes as a man who can explain how and why a nuclear reactor works, but is clueless about life.  The promising cast also included Michael Cera, Sally Hawkins, and Catherine Keener, but apparently it wasn’t up to snuff for the network.  Hit the jump for more.

Cameron Crowe’s Untitled Emma Stone/Bradley Cooper Comedy Pushed to May 29, 2015

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If you were looking forward to catching the next Cameron Crowe film this Christmas, we’ve got some bad news.  Sony Pictures has opted to push Crowe’s untitled new romantic comedy from its initial December 25th release date to May 29, 2015.  Sony recently saw a new cut and decided the pic was more of a summer play rather than a holiday/awards-type film.  Though I’m disappointed I’ll have to wait an extra five months to see the pic, hopefully it’s found a more fitting date.  On its new opening weekend, the film will square off against the horror sequel Insidous Chapter 3 and the animated adventure/family pic Monster Trucks.

Crowe’s untitled romantic comedy stars Bradley Cooper as a defense contractor overseeing a weapons satellite launch from Hawaii who teams up with (and falls for) an Air Force pilot (Emma Stone) to scuttle the launch.  The promising ensemble also includes Bill MurrayAlec BaldwinRachel McAdams, John Krasinski, and Danny McBride.

FXX to Air All 25 Seasons of THE SIMPSONS in Chronological Order for Longest Marathon in TV History

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The Simpsons fans rejoiced when news broke that FX’s new specialty (ie. comedy-centric) channel FXX nabbed the syndication rights to all episodes of the legendary animated series, and now there’s reason to celebrate once again.  FXX announced today that it will kick off its syndication of The Simpsons by showing all 25 seasons (that’s 552 episodes) in chronological order, plus The Simpsons Movie (airing after episode 400), starting on August 21st.  The episodes will run 24 hours a day until the series is up to date on September 1st, making it the longest-running marathon in TV history.  Starting September 2nd, Simpsons episodes will be in heavy, regular rotation on FXX.

Hit the jump for more, including how you can access every full-length The Simpsons episode on demand.

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s BIRDMAN to Close New York Film Festival

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There’s no doubt about it, the 2014 New York Film Festival is on fire.  First they nabbed David Fincher’s Gone Girl as their opening night film, then they set the world premiere of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice as their centerpiece film.  Now they’ve announced that Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance will close out the festival on October 12th, just five days before the film opens in limited release on October 17th.  The black comedy stars Michael Keaton as an actor who once played an iconic superhero, and now faces troubles with his ego and family as he prepares to mount a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim past glory.  NYFF director Kent Jones describes the pic as “consistently surprising and inventive”, which is no surprise given that Iñárritu shot the movie to look like it’s one giant continuous take.

Birdman will have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on August 17th.  The NYFF press release makes no mention of this being the film’s North American premiere, so a Telluride or TIFF debut in September seems likely.  NYFF 2014 runs from September 26th – October 12th.  Read the press release after the jump.

Roberto Orci Says the POWER RANGERS Movie Is Not a “Leave It Behind Reboot”; Will Exist in Continuity with the TV Series

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Lionsgate and Saban’s Power Rangers movie picked up a considerable amount of steam last week with the news that X-Men: First Class scribes Ashley Miller and Zack Stenz will be writing the screenplay.  Moreover, Transformers and Star Trek alum Roberto Orci has come aboard the project as executive producer.  Details regarding the adaptation of the popular 1990s TV series have been scarce, but Orci recently opened up a bit about their plans for the movie.  It’s still early days as the script hasn’t yet been written, but Orci revealed that the film will exist in continuity with the world of the TV series and also discussed the kind of research that he, Miller, and Stenz have been doing in preparation for the script.  More after the jump.

THE EXPENDABLES 3 Character Posters Get Colorful

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Ahead of San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, Lionsgate has unveiled a collection of The Expendables 3 characters posters, and they’re a bit, um, different.  Instead of the grit and grime of all the other marketing for the action franchise, these new posters go the opposite route and paint Sylvester Stallone, Harrison Ford, and Co. in some bright primary colors.  I’m not sure these posters are “good” necessarily, but it’s certainly a welcome change from the bland marketing thus far.  If only the actual films were this lively.

Hit the jump to take a look at the Expendables 3 character posters.  The film also stars Mel Gibson, Wesley SnipesArnold SchwarzeneggerKelsey Grammer, Antonio BanderasJason StathamJet LiDolph LundgrenRandy CoutureTerry CrewsKellan LutzRonda RouseyVictor Ortiz, and Glen PowellThe Expendables 3 opens August 15th.

FARGO and LOUIE Renewed by FX; FARGO Season 2 Will Have New Cast, Setting, and Characters

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FX has announced renewals for a couple of its most popular shows, both of which nabbed plenty of Emmy nominations this year.  Louis C.K.’s increasingly bizarre but nonetheless poignant Louie has been given the go-ahead for season 5, while Fargo season 2 is officially a reality.  Louie will return next spring, though the order is only for seven episodes as opposed to this year’s 14.  FX took on a unique airing format with season 4, though, as each week saw the premiere of two Louie episodes back-to-back.  I’m not sure if the abbreviated season 5 means they’ll continue with that format, or just play one episode a week for seven consecutive weeks.  It’s not necessarily a shock that the order has been shortened since Louie’s ratings hit new lows this year, but it’s encouraging to hear that the show will indeed be back.  There’s truly nothing else like it.

Additionally, the buzzy anthology series Fargo is returning for a second season next year.  Though most were rightfully skeptical of a TV series adaptation of the Coen brothers masterpiece, many found writer/showrunner Noah Hawley’s show to be an inspired take on the material.  So how will Fargo move forward given how the first season wrapped up?  Details after the jump.

Vin Diesel Says He’s Gearing Up to Make KOJAK and XXX 3; Reveals Michael Caine Has Joined THE LAST WITCH HUNTER

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While not every project in Hollywood actually comes to fruition, despite the years of development put into it, there are a few projects that Vin Diesel has been attached to for some time that he remains focused on getting made.  It may have taken nine years, but the Chronicles of Riddick follow-up Riddick finally came to pass last year, and now Diesel says he’s tackling two long-talked-about projects in the near future.  Steve recently spoke with Diesel in anticipation of the release of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, in which he voices Groot, and the actor revealed his next three projects.  After the fantasy-actioner The Last Witch Hunter, which Diesel is making next, the actor says he will move on to Kojak, followed by xXx 3.

Hit the jump for more, including news on the addition of Michael Caine to The Last Witch Hunter and a status update on the long-developing Hannibal.

TCA Awards Winners: BREAKING BAD Named Program of the Year; TRUE DETECTIVE, VEEP, and THE GOOD WIFE Win Top Honors

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Though the Primetime Emmy Awards are the TV honors that everyone’s familiar with, when it comes to clout, the Television Critics Association Awards take the cake.  Voted on by over 200 professional journalists, the TCA Awards honor the very best in television regardless of which networks can afford the most expensive campaigns, and so the list of 2014 winners comes with a considerable degree of weight.  Breaking Bad took the “Program of the Year” title for the second year in a row, while the Outstanding Achievement in Drama award went to CBS’ critical favorite The Good Wife.  The Best Comedy award resulted in a tie between the blissfully explicit Veep and FX’s wholly unique Louie, while True Detective won both Best Miniseries and Individual Achievement in a Drama for Matthew McConaughey.  As for Best New Program, that honor went to Netflix’s swell Orange Is the New Black.

Check out a full list of the TCA Awards winners after the jump, and if you missed the recent Emmy nominations announcement click here.

Paul Thomas Anderson’s INHERENT VICE to Have World Premiere at New York Film Festival

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The New York Film Festival made a hell of a first selection by nabbing David Fincher’s Gone Girl as its opening night film, and now the fest’s second selection makes it an even more enticing destination.  Writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice will have its world premiere at NYFF 2014 on October 4th, as the pic as been selected as the fest’s centerpiece gala.  The Thomas Pynchon adaptation is led by Joaquin Phoenix, with an eclectic cast that also includes Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, and Owen Wilson.  Per THR, NYFF director Kent Jones describes Inherent Vice as “a journey through the past, bringing the texture of the early ‘70s SoCal counterculture back to full-blown life.  It’s a wildly funny, deeply soulful, richly detailed, and altogether stunning movie.”

With the one-two punch of premiering Gone Girl and Inherent Vice, NYFF is giving the traditional festival juggernaut TIFF a run for its money.  Read a synopsis for the book after the jump.  NYFF 2014 runs from September 27th through October 13th, and Inherent Vice opens in limited release on December 12th. 

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