As you would expect from the Muppets, the Muppets Most Wanted marketing campaign satirizes Hollywood’s marketing cliches. A new set of international posters follows suit and parodies posters for Skyfall, The World Is Not Enough, Face/Off, and (surprisingly, wonderfully) Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. There are naturally some fun fake titles (Animal Piggy Frog Spy) and clever redesigns, but all I need is Kermit’s finger guns.
Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, and Tina Fey star alongside the Muppets in the sequel directed by James Bobin. Muppets Most Wanted opens March 21. Check out the posters after the break.
Spoke Art is launching “In Dreams”, an art exhibition inspired by the work of David Lynch, on Saturday, March 8. The collection of original paintings, sculpture, and limited edition prints from over 50 artists will be on display until March 29. The stated goal of the exhibit is to present “a closer look into the unsettling, yet hypnotizing realm of Lynch’s cinematic repertoire.”
Hit the jump for more on the event and preview some of the collection, including works inspired by Eraserhead, Dune, Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks, and Mullholland Dr.
Marvel has released a new poster for Captain America: The Winter Soldier. In the sequel, Captain America (Chris Evans) joins forces with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the Falcon (Anthony Mackie) to expose a conspiracy, fight off professional assassins, and battle a new enemy, the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan).
Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford, Georges St-Pierre, Frank Grillo, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, and Maximiliano Hernández also star. Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens in 3D on April 4. Check out the poster after the jump.
Bret Easton Ellis and Rob Zombie are teaming up with Alcon Television to develop a limited series about the Manson Family murders in August 1969. Zombie remarked:
“I have been obsessed with this insane story since I was a kid, so obviously I jumped at the chance to be involved in this incredible project. After speaking with Bret, I immediately realized that we shared the same vision for this epic madness.”
The project is in the very early stages of development at Fox. Should Fox greenlight the multipart series, Ellis will write the script and some additional materials. Zombie will direct. More after the jump.
Shrek Forever After grossed a series low $239 million domestic in 2010, but still earned over $750 million worldwide to bring the Shrek series total box office to $2.9 billion. For DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, that’s cause to take a break but not give up the golden goose forever (no matter what this Blu-ray box set impiles). In an upcoming interview with Fox Business Network [via Variety], Katzenberg remarked:
“We like to let them have a little bit of time to rest. But I think you can be confident that we’ll have another chapter in the Shrek series. We’re not finished, and more importantly, neither is he.”
The next chapter could be a television special like 2007′s Shrek the Halls, but I expect to see another Shrek movie in my lifetime, if only to reach $3 billion. More Shrek news after the jump.
Open Road has released eight new images from Chef, written and directed by Jon Favreau. Favreau also stars as Carl Casper, a chef who loses his job and opens a food truck with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo), and his son (Emjay Anthony) to recapture his artistic promise. After years of big-budget fare like Iron Man and Cowboys & Aliens, Favreau is scaling back for his latest effort—well, except for the cast. Scarlett Johansson, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt, and Robert Downey, Jr. co-star.
Chef premieres at SXSW in March before hitting theaters May 9. Check out the images after the jump.
If you count “Kid,” tonight’s casting report features a great group of first names.
- Holliday Grainger is in negotiations to star opposite Christoph Waltz in the period romance Tulip Fever, directed by Justin Chadwick (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom).
- Kid Cudi has joined the cast of the Entourage movie, written and directed by series creator Doug Ellin.
- Genesis Rodriguez will join Topher Grace and Patricia Clarkson in the supernatural thriller Home, directed by Dennis Iliadis (The Last House on the Left).
More on each project after the jump.
We have passed along Fantastic Four casting rumors for nearly a year now. It seems Fox is very close to finalizing the cast. THR reports the studio is in the final stages of negotiation with Miles Teller for Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara for Invisible Girl, Michael B. Jordan for the Human Torch, and Jamie Bell for The Thing. Bell is the only name we have yet to hear attached to the project, but he’s a great addition to a promising young cast. Mara, nearly 31, is the oldest of the group. Heck, she’s older than director Josh Trank (Chronicle), who just turned 30. The age range may not match the public conception of the Marvel superhero group, but such a group of fresh voices reassures the reboot will look nothing like Fox’s other Fantastic Four attempts.
Fantastic Four is scheduled for release on June 19, 2015. Hit the jump for background from the comics.
The 2014 Berlin Film Festival awards were announced today. The Chinese production Black Coal, Thin Ice won the Golden Bear for Best Film and star Liao Fan won Best Actor. Wes Anderson‘s latest, The Grand Budapest Hotel, took home the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize. The Alfred Bauer Prize that honors “a feature film that opens new perspectives” went to Alain Resnais‘ Life of Riley. Richard Linklater was awarded Best Director for his decade-long undertaking Boyhood.
Check out Steve’s video blog from the festival here and see the full list of awards after the break.
Although they are very active as producing partners, it’s been quite a few years since Ben Affleck and Matt Damon starred in a movie together. So it’s fun to see them banter and bicker for a charity video to help Eastern Congo Initiative and Water.org. For $10, you can enter to win a trip to Hollywood to be Affleck and Damon’s “VIP guests to a private star-studded event.” Affleck mocks Damon’s height, lack of Oscars, and shallow questions, but Damon has the ultimate trump card: Gigli.
Hit the jump to check out Ben and Matt (er, Matt and Ben) tease for a good cause and find out how to enter.
TNT billed the period gangster noir Mob City as a limited event series, airing the six episodes in two-hour chunks over three weeks in December. However, the network and creator Frank Darabont were open about their desire to do more episodes. But the ratings just weren’t there: the season finale managed just 1.4 million viewers and a 0.4 rating in the 18-49 demo. A TNT spokesperson released this statement:
“Mob City was created as a three-week television event and we are incredibly proud of the six hours we presented of this remarkable drama. Although the ratings of the limited series haven’t warranted more hours we are eager to work with Frank Darabont again and were delighted to bring the vibrant world of Mob City to life.”
I was mixed on Mob City, but generally like Darabont’s work and hope he gets another show on the air sooner than later. Will you miss Mob City?
Relativity has released a set of images for 3 Days to Kill, the action thriller directed by McG (Terminator Salvation). Kevin Costner stars as an international spy determined to retire to spend more time with his estranged wife and daughter: “But first, he must complete one last mission—even if it means juggling the two toughest assignments yet: hunting down the world’s most ruthless terrorist and looking after his teenage daughter for the first time in ten years, while his wife is out of town.”
Amber Heard, Hailee Steinfeld, and Connie Nielsen co-star. 3 Days to Kill opens February 17. Check out the image gallery after the jump.
Matt was pretty critical of Disney’s recent decision to rush a 3D post-conversion of Need for Speed, but conceded, “While the domestic demand for 3D has died down over the past couple of years, it’s currently fueling international sales, so we have to keep putting up with it.” Paramount may have found a way to have its cake and eat it too. The studio is reportedly spending $10 million to create a 3D version of Darren Aronofsky‘s biblical epic Noah for 65 international markets. However, the studio will distribute Noah exclusively in 2D in the U.S, the U.K., Australia, and France.
Hit the jump for more on the logic behind the decision. [Update: We added a new international poster after the jump.]
We are sad to report that Philip Seymour Hoffman died today at age 46. The WSJ report indicates the New York Police Department is investigating after Hoffman was found dead in his New York City apartment this morning.
Hoffman was always a fascinating screen presence. In particular, the actor was Paul Thomas Anderson‘s greatest collaborator, from Hard Eight to Boogie Nights to Magnolia to Punch-Drunk Love to, most recently, The Master. Hoffman recently took on a role in the Hunger Games series, which is currently filming the final chapter, Mockingjay – Part 2. Hoffman was also set to star in the Showtime series Happyish.
Hoffman was nominated for four Oscars in the last decade for Capote, Charlie Wilson’s War, Doubt, and The Master. Watch his Capote Best Actor acceptance speech after the jump.
300: Rise of an Empire is scheduled for release on March 7. To whet fans’ appetites, Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have planned screenings of the original 300 February 4 in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Boston, Dallas, Washington DC, Phoenix, Toronto, and Montreal. To make it extra special, the first 13 minutes of 300: Rise of an Empire will screen in 3D IMAX prior to the screening. It’s a neat and logical promotion.
Hit the jump for the press release with all the details. Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, Rodrigo Santoro, David Wenham, Igal Nao, Callan Mulvey, Jack O’Connell, and Andrew Tiernan star in 300: Rise of an Empire, directed by Noam Murro.