FilmDistrict announced today that it has acquired domestic distribution rights to the romantic comedy Are We Officially Dating?, setting the film for release on January 31, 2014. Written and directed by Tom Gormican, the pic features a promising ensemble cast led by Zac Efron, Miles Teller, and Michael B. Jordan, and centers on “three guys decide to support a friend devastated by a recent breakup by vowing to maintain their single status for as long as possible. The plan gets derailed when they each fall in love and have to secretly work around their pledge to bachelorhood, while trying to figure out the complications of modern day relationships.”
Additionally, the Elizabeth Banks-led comedy Walk of Shame has been pushed from this coming September to March 14, 2014, where it will open opposite Need for Speed. Banks plays a news anchor finds herself out on the street after a drunken one-night stand with no money, ID, or means of travel, with only a short time to trek across L.A. to get to a career-changing job interview. James Marsden and Gillian Jacobs also star. Hit the jump to read the Are We Officially Dating? press release.
Production is currently underway in Germany on George Clooney’s next directorial feature, the WWII drama The Monuments Men, and some new images of the star-studded cast on set have surfaced. Based on a true story, the pic centers on an unlikely World War II platoon made up of museum directors, curators, and art historians tasked by FDR with going into Germany and rescuing artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves before they are lost forever. These set photos give us a look at Bill Murray, Matt Damon, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Hugh Bonneville, and Clooney all in character, along with what looks to be a cameo by composer Alexandre Desplat. This is absolutely one of my most anticipated films of the year, and I can’t wait to see the ensemble’s interplay when the film hits theaters.
Hit the jump to check out the images. The film also stars Cate Blanchett and Bob Balaban. The Monuments Men opens on December 18th.
Just as Warner Bros. is celebrating its successful launch of what will hopefully be a fruitful DC Comics Movie Universe with the release of Man of Steel, Sony and Marvel have swooped in to steal some of that DC thunder. Sony Pictures has announced that The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man 4 will be released in theaters on June 10, 2016 and May 4, 2018, respectively. The studio rebooted the Spidey franchise last year with director Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man to the tune of over $750 million in worldwide box office, and Webb is currently hard at work filming the follow-up. However, it appears as though Sony is wasting no time in continuing the franchise even further. Hit the jump for more.
A new batch of images from the set of Warner Bros.’ Godzilla redo has popped up online. Directed by Gareth Edwards, the film obviously focuses on the titular monster wreaking havoc on Earth, but we don’t really have any more specifics with regards to plot. We’ve previously seen star Aaron Taylor-Johnson wearing Army fatigues, and in these new set images we see Johnson hanging around a wooded area on the Canada set with co-star Bryan Cranston in what look like factory workers’ uniforms. The uniforms, however, are taped at the hands and feet, bringing to mind some kind of homemade hazmat suit, which would fit into the radioactive origin story of Godzilla.
Hit the jump to check out the images. The film also stars Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, and Richard T. Jones. Godzilla opens on May 16, 2014.
It’s officially official: the Boy Meets World gang is coming back to television. The Disney Channel announced today that the sequel series Girl Meets World has been picked up to series, bringing Ben Savage and Danielle Fischel’s Cory and Topanga back to the small screen for the first time since the Boy Meets World series finale in 2000. Executive produced by BMW creator Michael Jacobs, Girl Meets World follows the exploits of Cory and Topanga’s tween daughter Riley, played by Rowan Blanchard. Other Boy Meets World regulars are expected to pop up on the new show every now and then, with William Daniels’ Mr. Feeny confirmed to be appearing in the pilot.
While we’ll have to wait until 2014 to see the show, Disney has released a couple of first-look images that give us a look at the Girl Meets World cast. Hit the jump to check them out.
Relativity Media has released the first clip from Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut Don Jon, and it fits right in with this past weekend’s Father’s Day holiday. Gordon-Levitt wrote, directed, and stars in the comedy as a contemporary, porn-addicted Don Juan-type who attempts to reform himself. In this red-band clip, Gordon-Levitt’s character brings his new girlfriend (Scarlett Johansson) over to his house to meet his family, fantastically portrayed by Tony Danza and Glenne Headly. I caught the film at Sundance and it’s a lot of fun, and as seen here in this new clip, Gordon-Levitt and Danza have some great chemistry as a very Jersey father and son.
Hit the jump to watch the clip, click here to read Matt’s review, and click here for the pic’s debut trailer. The film also stars Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, Jeremy Luke, Rob Brown, and Brie Larson. Don Jon now opens on September 27th, a few weeks earlier than its previous release date.
Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment have released seven clips from the upcoming animated sequel Despicable Me 2. In the new film, Gru (Steve Carell) is kidnapped by the “Anti-Villain League”, and recruited in order to defeat a new super villain, voiced by Benjamin Bratt. Fans of the first pic aren’t likely to be disappointed with this follow-up, as it looks to include more goofy weaponry, cute kids, and of course those adorable minions.
Hit the jump to watch the clips. The film also features the voices of Kristen Wiig, Ken Jeong, Steve Coogan, Dana Gaier, Elsie Kate Fisher, Miranda Cosgrove, and Russell Brand. Despicable Me 2 opens in 3D on July 3rd.
Gary Oldman is getting back in the director’s chair. Oldman is developing a biopic of photographer Eadweard Muybridge called Flying Horse that he intends to direct early next year, should the financing come together. Muybridge was a pioneer in the world of photography, as he focused on the studies of photography in motion and paved the way for the very first motion-picture; the Englishman literally made movies possible. It’s Muybridge’s personal life, though, that will be front and center in Flying Horse. Upon learning that his young wife’s friend, a theater critic named Major Harry Larkyns, may have fathered their seven-month-old son, Muybridge tracked Larkyns down and said, “Good evening, Major, my name is Muybridge and here’s the answer to the letter you sent my wife,” before shooting Larkyns point-blank and killing him. A nice gentleman, no doubt.
Hit the jump for more on the project, including which actors Oldman hopes will star in the film.
Late last month, we learned that John C. Reilly had been offered a role in Marvel’s upcoming superhero film Guardians of the Galaxy. Well now it appears that Reilly will indeed be joining the Marvel universe, as Deadline reports that Reilly has officially signed on to play Ronan the Accuser in the James Gunn-helmed film. In the comics, Ronan is a member of the alien race the Kree and has been portrayed as both villainous and noble at different times. The character possesses superhuman strength and speed, and wields a long hammer-like weapon called the “Universal Weapon,” which can do considerable damage. Ronan has also been portrayed as the son of Thanos in the comics, so it’s possible that Reilly will also play a large role in future Marvel films should the studio decide to tie his character into the big baddie that was gleaned at the end of The Avengers.
Reilly joins a truly exciting ensemble for Guardians of the Galaxy that includes Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, David Bautista, Glenn Close, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, and most recently Benicio Del Toro. Production begins very soon in London in anticipation of an August 1, 2014 release date. [Update: Deadline has corrected its report to note that Reilly will be playing Rhomman Dey in the film, not Ronan the Accuser.]
Superman is up, up, and away at the box office. Man of Steel, Warner Bros’ revitalized take on the character, raked in $21 million at the box office on Thursday, which includes $9 million from midnight showings and $12 million from those 7pm “advanced screenings” that were sold exclusively through Walmart. While the increased frequency of earlier Thursday night showings starting at 7pm and running every half hour has somewhat muddled the ability to compare “midnight” takes on blockbuster films, Man of Steel’s $21 million Thursday gross ranks at number 7 among late show records, standing above Iron Man 3’s $15.6 million take but below The Dark Knight Rises’ $30.6 million Thursday gross. Hit the jump for more.
Disney has released a slew of new images from director Gore Verbinski’s new film The Lone Ranger. The story focuses on John Reid (Armie Hammer) surviving an attack, being saved by Native American warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp), and the two teaming up to fight injustice. As a big fan of Verbinski’s work on the first three Pirates of the Caribbean films, I’m looking forward to seeing what he’s put together for Lone Ranger. These new images tease the film’s large cast of characters as well as the principal partnership between the titular Ranger and Tonto, and it should be fun to see how the duo’s relationship develops over the course of the film.
Hit the jump to check out the images. The film also stars Tom Wilkinson, Ruth Wilson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, and Helena Bonham Carter. The Lone Ranger opens July 3rd.
Summit has released a couple of new TV spots for director Dean Parisot’s (Galaxy Quest) upcoming action-comedy sequel Red 2. The spy follow-up pits ex-CIA operative Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) against Victoria (Helen Mirren) when MI6 greenlights his assassination as Interpol’s “Most Wanted.” Despite the cheesy voiceover, these new TV spots continue to make the film look like a lot of fun, especially with regards to the very promising interplay between the pic’s talented cast members.
Hit the jump to watch the TV spots. The film also stars John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Byung Hun Lee, and Anthony Hopkins. Red 2 opens on July 19th.
It’s finally here, folks. It’s been seven years since Superman last graced the silver screen, and after countless set photos, rumors, images, posters, and trailers, director Zack Snyder’s new film Man of Steel is finally in theaters for all the world to see. I enjoyed the film quite a lot, myself. Snyder wows with genuinely awe-inspiring visuals and action sequences, but the film also packs a surprising emotional punch that is buoyed by truly stellar performances from the entire cast. Matt has already posted his review and Steve has been raving about the pic basically non-stop, but now we’d like to hear from you, dear readers. Was Man of Steel everything you hoped it would be? What did you think of Snyder’s take on the character? Was Henry Cavill the right guy to bring this new Superman to life? Where do you want to see things go in the sequel?
We welcome you to sound off in the comments section, where healthy and spirited debate is greatly encouraged. After the jump, you’ll also find links to plenty of interviews and Man of Steel-related material that we have posted in the past, which you might find more relevant or interesting now that you’ve seen the film. Up, up, and away!
Sony Pictures has released a new trailer for District 9 director Neill Blomkamp‘s sci-fi film Elysium. The story takes place in 2159, and two classes of people are divided: the wealthy live on a man-made space station called Elysium, while the rest of the humans inhabit an overpopulated and ruined Earth. Matt Damon plays a desperate man who must reach Elysium in order to find a cure that will save his life. Running at over three minutes long, this trailer does an excellent job of clearly setting up the film’s premise while also teasing a fantastic-looking sci-fi film in the process. It’s great to see Damon playing a character with a bit of an edge to him, and Blomkamp’s world-building and visual effects are as exciting as ever.
Hit the jump to watch the new trailer. The film also stars Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, Wagner Moura, Diego Luna and William Fichtner. Elysium opens on August 9th.
Disney has announced a slew of release date debuts and shifts, along with a title for the Muppets sequel. Briefly:
- Two new untitled Marvel films have been set for release on May 6, 2016 and May 5, 2017.
- Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner has been set for release on October 10, 2014.
- The star-studded musical Into the Woods, directed by Rob Marshall and starring Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep, will open on December 25, 2014.
- The Muppets sequel has been titled Muppets Most Wanted.
- The bestseller adaptation The Hundred-Foot Journey, produced by Oprah Winfrey, opens on August 8, 2014.
- A presumed animated sequel Planes: Fire & Rescue will hit theaters on July 18, 2014 in 3D.
- Saving Mr. Banks, starring Tom Hanks as Walt Disney, now opens in limited release on December 13th before expanding wide on December 20th.
- Director Brad Bird’s mysterious new film Tomorrowland, starring George Clooney and Hugh Laurie, has been moved up to December 12, 2014 from its previously announced December 19th date.
Hit the jump for more on Marvel’s newly announced projects.