We have the first promo art for two Sony Pictures Animation projects due in 2015:
- Hotel Transylvania 2 – The sequel to Genndy Tartakovsky‘s 2012 feature returns the hotel owned by Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler) where monsters vacation when they need a break from humans.
- Shaun the Sheep - Aardman Animations—the studio behind Wallace & Gromit and The Pirates! Band of Misfits—will adapt its British stop-motion series Shaun the Sheep for the big screen.
See the promo art after the jump.
Sony Pictures has released the first trailer for director Marc Webb’s sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The clip emphasizes the burden on Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), as he explains in voiceover: “The more people I try to save, the more enemies I will make. And it’s just a matter of time before I face those with more power than I can overcome.” (See: Sinister Six.) There’s just a bit of footage of Jamie Foxx as the new villain Electro, but the trailer closes with a cool chase/battle that promises a nice match between our agile hero and the seemingly teleportable villain.
Emma Stone, Dane DeHaan, Paul Giamatti, Felicity Jones, Chris Cooper, and Sally Field also star. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 3D on May 2, 2014. Watch the trailer after the jump, click here to check out the screengrabs, click here to check out more images and to preview the score, and click here to find out whether the post-credits sequence has already been spoiled.
Peyton Reed (Yes Man) has signed on to direct The Fifth Beatle, an adaptation of the graphic novel about Beatles manager Brian Epstein. Graphic novel author Vivek J. Tiwary penned the screenplay, tracking Epstein’s career as he “helped guide the band to international stardom as their manager, securing their first record deal at a time when no one else was interested, and successfully bringing them to the world stage with a scale and scope no music impresario had ever attempted.” Epstein died of a drug overdose in 1967 at age 32.
Bruce Cohen (Silver Linings Playbook) and Tiwary will produce The Fifth Beatle, slated to begin shoot in 2014. With a director on board, the filmmakers can start the search for their Epstein. See the press release after the break for more details.
The CW’s original plan was to introduce Barry Allen in a recurring role on Arrow and reveal his alter ego Flash in a late-season backdoor pilot before launching The Flash next fall. The Arrow team shot episodes 8 and 9 with Barry Allen—response was positive enough that The CW will forego the backdoor pilot process and start prepping a traditional Flash pilot that is all but guaranteed for a series order.
The network has released a clip of Barry Allen’s introduction from episode 8, “The Scientist.” Grant Gustin makes a good first impression. I can already see in the minute-long clip how Gustin could turn this into a memorable character, which is a great sign for The CW’s very valuable property. Watch the clip after the jump. “The Scientist” airs Wednesday at 8/7c.
The Gotham Awards, established to honor the best in independent film, have announced the 2013 winners. The Coen Brothers‘s Inside Llewyn Davis won Best Picture. Matthew McConaughey took home Best Actor for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club. Short Term 12‘s Brie Larson beat out prohibitive Oscar favorite Cate Blanchett for Best Actress. Fruitvale Station dominated the “breakthrough” categories: Ryan Coogler won Breakthrough Director for his first feature and star Michael B. Jordan won Breakthrough Actor. The Act of Killing rounds out the awards with a win for Best Documentary.
Hit the jump for the full list of nominees and winners.
Will Ferrell is always game to appear as Ron Burgundy beyond the Anchorman universe. So when The Big Lead reports that Ferrell will guest host a December 5 episode of SportsCenter, I first assumed he would do so in character as everyone’s favorite movie anchorman. However, the source is only able to reveal “there will be some sort of Ron Burgundy element to telecast.” I do expect David Koechner‘s sportscaster character Champ to be involved, and at that point, you ought to bring in Steve Carell and Paul Rudd if they are available.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. An ESPN spokesman declined to comment on the story, so we will have to wait for an official announcement for more details. Either way, Will Ferrell and/or Ron Burgundy guest hosting SportsCenter is a cool prospect. Anchorman: The Legend Continues opens December 20.
The Doctor Who 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor was simulcast in over 200 countries today, creating a nice opportunity to air teasers for other fine British productions. Naturally, there was a 10-second promo for the Doctor Who Christmas special which promised “Silence Will Fall” and a visit to the planet Trenzalore. There were also slightly longer 30-second promos for Sherlock season 3 and Orphan Black season 2. Given where the previous season left off, the Sherlock clip opens on a tombstone that reads “Sherlock Holmes” before reassuring fans with the hashtag #sherlocklives. The Orphan Black clip reveals the April 19, 2014 premiere date, then retreats as a distraught Tatiana Maslany stalks toward the camera.
Sherlock returns to PBS January 19. Peter Capaldi will be fully revealed as the new Doctor on December 25. Watch the teasers after the jump.
Doctor Who premiered on the BBC November 23, 1963 and launched an everlasting, beloved sci-fi franchise. The 50th anniversary is Saturday, and to commemorate, the 3D special Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor will be simulcast to over 200 countries. The last two Doctors, Matt Smith and David Tennant, star alongside John Hurt (playing another Doctor!), Jenna Coleman, and Billie Piper.
To coincide with the special, Matt Ferguson created a series of 11 posters with a silhouette of all the Doctors. Check them out and find out how to buy after the jump.
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.
Over a decade passed between Christopher McQuarrie‘s directorial debut The Way of the Gun and 2012′s Jack Reacher. McQuarrie plans to fill up his slate for the decade that follows. He begins shooting Mission: Impossible 5 in February 2014 for a Christmas 2015 release. McQuarrie is also attached to direct adaptations of the sci-fi anime Star Blazers, the British miniseries Unforgiven, and the 1968 Rock Hudson movie Ice Station Zebra. Add one more to the pile.
Deadline reports McQuarrie is signed to direct Three to Kill, an adaptation of the Jean-Patrick Manchette noir novel set on the French coast. Colin Firth is set to star as “disillusioned businessman witnesses a murder and finds himself being hunted by two relentless sociopaths.” Read the book synopsis after the jump.
As the only new wide release last weekend, The Best Man Holiday was a surprise hit with a $30 million opening weekend, nearly matching the $34 million total box office of the 1999 original The Best Man. Universal is eager to develop a sequel, and so has entered negotations with Malcolm D. Lee to write, direct, and produce another Best Man movie.
Deadline believes Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Regina Hall, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, Harold Perrineau, Monica Calhoun, Melissa De Sousa are not locked in for a second sequel option. Should the ensemble cast seeks a pay raise, Universal will find it difficult to keep the budget as low as the $17 million Holiday. It is expected that the turnaround much quicker than 14 years for this sequel.
The LEGO Movie released two character posters today. The poster for the Charlie Day character (Benny) is exactly what you’d expect for a LEGO movie: a big goofy smile on the classic yellow figure. It’s pure joy. The other poster is indescribably creepy. Morgan Freeman‘s mystic character Vitruvius stares at you with glowing dead eyes. Just end with the Benny poster, and everything will be okay.
The story follows Emmett (Chris Pratt), an average LEGO minifigure who is mistaken for an extraordinary person who can save the world: “He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant (Will Ferrell), a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.” The LEGO Movie opens in 3D on February 7, 2014. See the posters after the jump.
The CW premiered three new dramas in the fall: Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals, sci-fi series The Tomorrow People, and regal period drama Reign. Tonight the network announced it will pick up full seasons for all three. Said CW President Mark Pedowitz:
“We’re excited about the creative momentum the producers have established for all three of our new series, and now our fans will have the chance to see the full stories unfold for them this season.”
At least for the rest of the year, The CW will be home to plenty of genre television, plus Hart of Dixie. Full details in the press release after the jump.
It’s easy enough to make a live-action movie about a billionaire, a scientist, or a soldier. But to realize The Avengers, Marvel first needed to bring a god to the silver screen. Thor has been a Marvel Comics mainstay for over five decades, but in 2011′s Thor, Marvel needed to prove that the fantasy mythology that worked in the comics would translate. Thor proved a crucial stepping stone to the cultural dominance of The Avengers in 2012. Now Thor is a standalone draw, with sequel Thor: The Dark World the proud owner of an $86 million opening weekend.
Hit the jump for Thor by the Numbers, a numbers-based feature that tracks how Marvel turned the comics god into a viable screen superhero.
The first clip from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire found its way online earlier today. Since it found its way after premiering on The Tonight Show, Lionsgate released another scene on the Hunger Games Facebook page and bills it as the official first Catching Fire clip. Haymitch (Woody Harrelson) gives a Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) a reality check about their role as public figures under the watchful eye of President Snow (Donald Sutherland):
“This trip, girl, wake up! This trip doesn’t end when you get back home. You never get off this train. You two are mentors now. From now on, your job is to be a distraction so people forget what the real problems are.”
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens November 22. Watch the clip after the jump.