A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD Director John Moore to Helm Pierce Brosnan Actioner I.T.

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Pierce Brosnan returns to the thriller genre this weekend with The November Man, and now another action-oriented picture of his has landed a director.  Deadline reports that A Good Day to Die Hard helmer John Moore has been tapped to direct I.T., which will star Brosnan as a publisher who is tormented via technology when his relationship with a young I.T. consultant goes south.  Moreover, William Wisher Jr. (Terminator 2, The 13th Warrior) has been tapped to rewrite the screenplay for the Voltage Films picture, which was originally penned by Dan Kay.  In addition to the atrocious A Good Day to Die Hard, Moore’s directing credits also include Max Payne and Behind Enemy Lines.

Producers are currently looking to cast the antagonist role—that of the dreaded I.T. consultant—in anticipation of beginning production on the thriller this fall.  Brosnan is also attached to star in a November Man sequel if the first film does well in theaters, so it’s certainly clear that the actor is game for heading up more action oriented roles in the near future.

INTERSTELLAR TV Spot Repurposes Old Trailer Footage to Remind You That This Movie Will Probably Be Good

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Warner Bros. has released a “new” Interstellar TV spot for writer/director Christopher Nolan’s upcoming sci-fi film.  The spot doesn’t actually contain any new footage, but instead just repurposes footage from the latest trailer in a new 60-second cut—and that’s fine by me.  Nolan usually does a fine job of keeping the major aspects of his films out of the trailers, but even The Dark Knight Rises wasn’t immune to WB’s need to show footage from the third act in the trailers leading up to its release.  Regardless, Interstellar certainly looks to be one hell of a moviegoing experience, and with this absolutely stacked cast onboard I can’t wait to see what Nolan has put together.

Hit the jump to watch the UK Interstellar TV spot for a reminder of just how good this movie looks.  The film stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne HathawayJessica ChastainCasey AffleckMichael Caine, David OyelowoWes BentleyJohn LithgowEllen BurstynTopher GraceDavid GyasiMackenzie FoyBill IrwinTimothée Chalamet, and Matt Damon.  Interstellar opens in traditional theaters and IMAX on November 7th.

Gripping THE AFFAIR Trailer Hints at Darker Undertones in New Showtime Drama Series

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Showtime has released the first The Affair trailer for its upcoming drama series, and it is not at all what I expected.  Starring Dominic West (The Wire) and Ruth Wilson (Luther) and told separately from the male and female perspectives, the series is described as the exploration of two marriages and the emotional and psychological effects of the affair that disrupts them.  However, this first teaser trailer has a much darker tone to it and actually feels a bit reminiscent of HBO’s phenomenal True Detective.  There appears to be a framing device, an investigation of some sort, and a deeply traumatic event at play.  It’s really compelling stuff, especially in the way they set up the West and Wilson’s characters, and this trailer has me 100% committed to checking out the pilot.

Hit the jump to check out The Affair trailer and poster.  Executive produced by Sarah Treem (House of Cards) and Hagai Levi (In Treatment), the show also stars Joshua Jackson and Maura TierneyThe Affair premieres on Showtime on October 12th at 10pm ET/PT.

FULL HOUSE Revival in Development with Much of the Main Cast Poised to Return

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Jesse and the Rippers fans, rejoice!  It appears that new episodes of Full House may be on the way, as Warner Bros. Television is reportedly in the early stages of putting together a Full House revival.  The popular (and adorable) sitcom ran from 1987 to 1995 on ABC, teaching invaluable life lessons with equal amounts heart and humor thanks to Uncle Jesse, Uncle Joey, and of course Mr. Woodchuck.  Aside from Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, the cast has remained close-knit since the show went off the air and has been vocal about their willingness to return.  Bob Saget, John Stamos, and Dave Coulier even reprised their characters earlier this year on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and so it comes as little surprise that much of the main cast is in talks to return for this Full House revival.  More after the jump.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Zombie Movie MAGGIE Acquired by Lionsgate for Early 2015 Release; Will Now Skip TIFF

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One of the more offbeat movies that was poised to premiere at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival was Maggie, which stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as a father who struggles to come to terms with the fact that his daughter (Abigail Breslin) is slowly becoming a zombie.  I say “was” because Lionsgate announced today that it has acquired distribution rights to the film and, per THR, will be pulling it out of TIFF.  Instead of debuting at the festival, the studio has set a Maggie release date for early 2015, though a specific theatrical bow has not yet been determined.  It’s a bit of an odd move to pull the film out of TIFF, and not exactly a great sign if Lionsgate wants to control the flow of reviews for the pic.

The Black List script was penned by John Scott 3 and directed by Henry Hobson, with Joely Richardson taking on a supporting role in the film.  Read the full press release regarding the acquisition after the jump.

THE FLASH Poster Leaves a Mark and Kicks Off an Easter Egg Hunt

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The Emmys played out in traditional “let’s give it to whoever won last year” fashion last night, and so now it’s time to turn our attention to the upcoming 2014-15 TV season that’s just around the corner.  The CW has released the very first The Flash poster for its anticipated series, which is of course based on the DC Comics character of the same name (who may also be getting the big screen treatment in 2016).  The show is a spinoff of sorts of The CW’s other popular superhero show, Arrow, as the two series will inhabit the same universe—in fact a crossover is already planned for Episode 8 of both shows’ upcoming seasons.  This debut poster certainly flaunts star Grant Gustin’s ability to move quickly while also offering keen-eyed fans more than a couple of Easter eggs.  How many can you spot?

Hit the jump to check out The Flash poster.  The show also stars Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Jesse L. Martin, Candice Patton, Tom Cavanagh, Rick Cosnett, and John Wesley Shipp with Robbie Amell, Wentworth Miller, and Clancy Brown poised for guest appearances.  The Flash premieres on The CW on October 7th at 8/7c.

Netflix Chief Says Marvel TV Characters Could Cross Over to the Film World; Confirms Netflix Plan Is Based on THE AVENGERS Model

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When Marvel Studios finally executed its plan of teaming up various individual film characters into one big movie, The Avengers, it was a smashing success to the tune of $1.5 billion.  After that, the studio turned its attention to the small screen with its first self-produced TV series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  The show was met with a less-than-enthusiastic response, and while faithful viewers say it found its footing in the latter half of its freshman season, much of the show’s look-in audience had already abandoned it.

And so it’s with a certain mix of anticipation and caution that fans await Marvel’s upcoming series of Netflix shows.  The studio will kick things off with a 13-episode Daredevil series, followed by Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage and culminating in a 13-episode team-up season of The Defenders.  Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos recently spoke a bit about the shows, revealing that a crossover into the MCU “has been talked about” and confirming that the Netflix plan is modeled off The Avengers.  Much more after the jump.

Mike Epps Confirmed to Play Richard Pryor in Lee Daniels’ Biopic

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A biopic of legendary comedian Richard Pryor has been in the works for years now, but it appears that the film is finally coming to fruition.  We learned earlier this year that Precious and The Butler director Lee Daniels was signing on to helm the biopic, as contenders for the role of Pryor emerged.  Actors like Eddie Murphy and Chris Rock had all vied for the part at one point or another in previous iterations of the project, and Daniels’ iteration was reported to have Murphy, Marlon Wayans, and Michael B. Jordan circling the role.  But over all the iterations, one name had regularly surfaced as a standout: Mike Epps.  Apparently his screen test for a previous version of the film blew people away, and last night on Twitter Daniels and Epps confirmed that the Hangover and Next Friday actor will indeed be playing Richard Pryor in this new biopic.  More on the Richard Pryor movie after the jump.

New to Blu-ray: THE WALKING DEAD Season 4, ALL THAT JAZZ Criterion, THE DOUBLE, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include the latest season of one of the most popular shows on TV, a musical classic on Criterion, one of the year’s underseen dark comedies, and more.  Check them out below:

Ridley Scott Says He Will “Probably” Direct the BLADE RUNNER Sequel After THE MARTIAN; Talks PROMETHEUS 2

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Ridley Scott is a lot like Clint Eastwood and Woody Allen in that he’s become an incredibly prolific filmmaker in his 70s, but he differs from those two directors in that the projects he’s tackling are massive.  In the last four years, Scott has directed Robin Hood, Prometheus, The Counselor, and most recently the Biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, and in between he found time to helm a pilot called The Vatican that Showtime ultimately passed on.  Scott is next gearing up to shoot the sci-fi survival film The Martian with Matt Damon, and in a recent interview with EW he revealed that production on the pic—which revolves around an astronaut who becomes stranded on Mars and must find his way home—will begin in November.

But during the interview, Scott also revealed that Blade Runner 2 and Prometheus 2 are both completely written, adding that he hopes to make the Blade Runner sequel directly after The Martian.  More after the jump.

Director Colin Trevorrow Remembers Richard Attenborough with New JURASSIC WORLD Image

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The world lost a great filmmaker and actor this past weekend with the passing of Sir Richard Attenborough.  Though his directing credits included films like Gandhi, A Chorus Line, and Chaplin, many probably best remember him as the mild-mannered John Hammond from Jurassic Park.  Though filming on the new Jurassic Park film, Jurassic World, has wrapped, director Colin Trevorrow felt it was fitting to share a new Jurassic World image in remembrance of Attenborough, as it shows a statue memorializing his John Hammond character.  Though Hammond himself likely doesn’t appear in Jurassic World, the character no doubt looms large thanks to Attenborough’s unforgettable performance.

Hit the jump to take a look at the Jurassic World image.  The film opens in theaters on June 12, 2015.

Chris Hemsworth and Charlie Day in Talks to Join VACATION Reboot

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Thor’s got jokes, you guys.  Chris Hemsworth is looking to tackle a full-on comedy, as word comes that the actor is currently in negotiations to join the cast of the Vacation reboot/sequelHorrible Bosses and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 scribes John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein wrote and are making their directorial debut on the film, which stars Ed Helms as the grown Rusty Griswold who sets out to take his family on a road trip similar to the one he took with his family when he was younger.  You know, the one that ended with his father taking a nice security guard hostage and forcing him to take his family on all the rides at Wally World.

Hit the jump for more on Vacation, including who Hemsworth is playing and the addition of a Horrible Bosses veteran to the cast.

Extended AS ABOVE SO BELOW Red-Band Trailer Finds Madness in the Paris Catacombs

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Legendary and Universal Pictures have released a new extended As Above So Below red-band trailer for director John Dowdle’s (Quarantine) upcoming horror film.  The pic takes place in the Paris catacombs, as the 200 miles of twisting tunnels six stories below the surface offers a unique and terror-filled setting.  Born out of the Dowdle brothers’ desire to make a found footage Indiana Jones-type film, the story follows a group of people who find that as they go deeper into the catacombs, they’re each forced to face their own personal demons.  This actually looks like a pretty promising entry in the horror genre, as the terrifying nature of the real-life catacombs offers a sort of “descent into madness” atmosphere to the proceedings.

Hit the jump to watch the new As Above So Below red-band trailer, and click here to read our interview with the Dowdle brothers at Comic-Con.  The film stars Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, and Edwin HodgeAs Above So Below opens in theaters this Friday, August 29th.

HBO Developing SHUTTER ISLAND TV Series ASHECLIFFE; Martin Scorsese to Direct the Pilot

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Though Boardwalk Empire is coming to an end this year, it appears that Martin Scorsese will definitely be staying in business with HBO.  He recently shot a pilot for a potential HBO series set in the 1970s rock and roll music scene of New York City, and now HBO is developing a TV adaptation of his film Shutter Island with Scorsese’s involvement.  Titled Ashecliffe, the Shutter Island TV series will be written by novelist/screenwriter Dennis Lehane, and the plan is for Scorsese to also direct the pilot.  Lehane penned the source material for Scorsese’s twisty 2010 psychological thriller, which starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo.  DiCaprio will also be involved in the Shutter Island TV series as an executive producer.  More after the jump.

Jeremy Renner Says “There Are Rumblings” of Hawkeye Joining CAPTAIN AMERICA 3; Talks Upcoming Schedule

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It’s no secret that when an actor signs on to star in a Marvel Studios film, his or her contract also contains options to appear in X number of films for the studio.  The number varies from actor to actor (Samuel L. Jackson signed for nine movies, Chris Evans signed for six), but it helps ensure that the folks at Marvel can call on one of their many comic book characters to appear in any combination of films.  Since The Avengers, the team of superheroes has become more close knit, and so it makes sense that they would begin to populate each other’s movies going forward.  In the case of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Marvel opted to have a S.H.I.E.L.D.-heavy sequel with Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and Jackson’s Nick Fury playing major roles in the second Cap film.

Production just began on Marvel’s Ant-Man, but the next Marvel film set for release after the Paul Rudd-fronted feature is Captain America 3.  Directors Joe Russo and Anthony Russo are likely fine-tuning the script for the third Cap film as we speak, and when we recently spoke with Jeremy Renner in anticipation of his upcoming film Kill the Messenger, he revealed that there are “rumblings” that Renner’s Hawkeye might have a supporting role in Cap 3.  More after the jump.

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