JAMES WAN PRESENTS DEMONIC and AMITYVILLE Fall off Release Schedule; MORTDECAI Moves up a Fortnight; THE AGE OF ADALINE Delayed until April

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Here’s a look at the latest release date shuffle:

  • The Weinstein Company / Dimension Films horror projects Amityville and James Wan Presents Demonic were previously slated to bookend the new year, but have now been moved to TBD status.
  • Lee Toland Krieger’s romantic drama, The Age of Adaline, starring Kathy Baker, Amanda Crew, Harrison Ford, Blake Lively, Ellen Burstyn and Michiel Huisman, moves to an April 24, 2015 release date.
  • David Koepp’s Mortdecai, starring Johnny Depp, Gwyneth PaltrowEwan McGregorOlivia Munn, Aubrey PlazaJeff GoldblumOliver Platt, and Paul Bettany, takes the vacant January 23, 2015 release date.

Hit the jump for more on each film.

First Look at LAST DAYS, Kathryn Bigelow’s PSA on Elephant Poaching Which Premieres at the 52nd NYFF

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Kathryn Bigelow’s newest project may not be a military-themed thriller, but it could be her most important work yet.  The anti-poaching PSA Last Days is set to premiere Saturday, September 27th at the 52nd New York Film Festival, followed by a panel discussion titled “The Crisis in Elephant Poaching.”  Bigelow will moderate the panel, with WildAid’s Peter Knights, Assistant District Attorney of New York County Julieta V. Lozano, award-winning journalist Peter Godwin, and Somali human rights activist K’naan Warsame participating.  Tickets to the free event will be distributed one hour prior to its 6pm start time.

The PSA is one of a few anti-poaching projects to make headlines in recent years.  Leonardo DiCaprioTobey Maguire, and Tom Hardy have teamed up to produce an anti-poaching drama for Warner Bros. with Will Staples writing the screenplay.  Even more recently, Angelina Jolie is lining up her next next film as a directorAfrica, the biopic of paleo-archeologist Richard Leakey, who devoted his life to combating elephant and rhino poaching.  Bigelow gets the first crack at it this weekend with Last Days.  Hit the jump to see the first look at the PSA.

First GONE GIRL Clip Features a Meet-Cute between Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, While a New TV Spot Puts Affleck on the Defensive

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Believe it or not, we’re only about a week away from the release of David Fincher’s latest dramatic adaptation, Gone Girl.  Perhaps you’ve noticed that there’s been a recent uptick in the film’s marketing material, what with two TV spots being released, along with a host of images.  Today, we are being treated to another TV spot and the movie’s first clip, which provide a rather interesting contrast for where the lead characters’ relationship begins and ultimately where it ends up.

Starring Ben AffleckRosamund PikeTyler PerryCarrie CoonKim DickensPatrick FugitScoot McNairyMissi PyleCasey WilsonEmily Ratajkowski, and Neil Patrick HarrisGone Girl will premiere this Friday at the New York Film Festival and then opens in theaters on October 3rd.  Hit the jump to watch the film’s first clip, as well as a newly released TV spot.

Jeremy Renner Talks Hawkeye, Chances for a Solo Film, His Part in the AVENGERS Ensemble, and His Appearance in CAPTAIN AMERICA 3

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Here’s the deal, Internet: I’ll provide you with interview footage of Jeremy Renner basically confirming Hawkeye’s appearance in Captain America 3 if you make me a GIF of Renner’s dramatic winks.  Sound good?

There have been a few similar unofficial confirmations of just such an occurrence in recent weeks.  Captain America 3 directors Joe and Anthony Russo themselves mentioned Hawkeye’s involvement in the film during Steve’s interview with them for Captain America: The Winter Soldier Blu-ray release, and around the same time, Renner mentioned the possibility of joining the film as long as his schedule allowed it.  This one sounds like a safe bet.  Hit the jump to hear it (and see it) from Renner himself.

GAME OF THRONES’ Charles Dance and Lena Headey Board PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES; Screen Gems Secures U.S. Distribution

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Though Jane Austen likely continues to spin in her grave, Burr Steers’ adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies keeps managing to shamble its way forward.  In addition to landing domestic distribution through Screen Gems, the 19th century zombie apocalypse film also boasts the addition of Game of Thrones alumni Charles Dance and Lena Headey.  There are no indications as to which roles the attached cast members will be embodying, but the recent casting news comes as a good sign for fans who have been waiting to the novel realized on the big screen.  It’s currently scheduled for a 2015 release.

Hit the jump for more on Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

MOMMY Trailer Offers a Look at Xavier Dolan’s Cannes Film Festival Award-Winning Drama

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If you couldn’t make it to this years Cannes Film Festival, you’re in luck because the films are now coming to you!  One notable entry from the competition is writer-director Xavier Dolan’s award-winning drama, Mommy.  The winner of the Jury Prize centers on a single mom and her mercurial son whose daily struggle to coexist is helped by the friendship of a strange new neighbor.  It’s certainly not your run-of-the-mill schmaltzy family film as both mother and son have some major personal and mental health issues going on, so if hard-hitting dramas are more your speed, then put this one on your radar.

Starring Anne Dorval, Antoine-Olivier Pilon, Suzanne Clement, Alexandre Goyette, and Patrick Huard, the Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions presentation of Mommy lands in theaters January 2015.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer and check out the film’s official synopsis and poster.

SCORPION Recap: “Pilot” – Everybody Is a Genius

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If CBS’ shows The Big Bang Theory and Hawaii Five-0 had a baby, and that baby popped Adderall and was fueled by premium octane, it would be named Scorpion.  The new fall action-drama centers on a foursome of geniuses (and one down-to-Earth waitress) who are recruited by Homeland Security to help defend against modern-day threats.  Sounds great in theory, but the over-reliance on geek speak and the “Let’s talk so fast that no one will notice how dumb this is” tactic quickly wear thin and make this possible prodigy fall far short of its potential.  Hit the jump for my Scorpion recap.

GOTHAM Premiere Recap: A Promising Start to the Fall’s Most Anticipated New Series

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It’s a bold move indeed to launch a television series steeped in the mythology of Batman without including the Caped Crusader himself.  Fox’s Gotham attempts to do just this, by choosing instead to center on Detective James Gordon (Ben McKenzie), the city’s lone hero who looks to avenge the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne, put an end to the corruption within the police department, and clean up the mob menace that currently rules the streets.  It’s a solid start, if not a groundbreaking one, that should please both comic book fanatics and police-procedural regulars alike.  There are plenty of nods to the Great Detective’s mythos and Rogues Gallery in this stylized noir version of the title town, but Gotham also leans heavily on familiar (and proven) tropes from the ever-popular detective dramas.  Time will tell if the Batman-less gamble pays off, but for now, hit the jump for my recap of Gotham’s premiere. 

THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA Trailer

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The latest effort from Studio Ghibli and writer-director Isao Takahata, The Tale of Princess Kaguya, boasts a beautiful animation style that’s all too uncommon in recent years, and befits the film’s story inspired by one of Japan’s most beloved folktales.  You’ll know in an instant whether or not the sweeping, hand-drawn animation is your cup of tea, but the studio’s pedigree should be reason enough to take a look at the first trailer for the English language version.  The story revolves around the titular princess, a tiny girl found inside a stalk of bamboo, who rapidly matures and mystifies those around her, but must inevitably pay the price for her crime.

Featuring the English voice cast of Chloe Grace Moretz, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Darren Criss, and Lucy LiuThe Tale of Princess Kaguya opens Stateside on October 17th.  For more on the film, be sure to check out Matt’s review from TIFF, as well as Steve’s recent interview with Takahata himself.  Hit the jump to watch The Tale of Princess Kaguya trailer.

Exclusive Clip from TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION’s Blu-ray/Digital Release Takes a Peek into the Mind, Method, and Madness of Michael Bay

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The closest most people get to understanding the singular vision and unique method of Michael Bay’s filmmaking is to simply watch his finished products.  Unfortunately, so much is lost in translation between the empty frame at the beginning of production and the overloaded insanity Bay packs into each and every scene by the movie’s end.  While I was lucky enough to see Bay’s process in action while on set of his recent blockbuster Transformers: Age of Extinction, now you can get a front-row seat thanks to our exclusive clip.  This behind-the-scenes video, which celebrates the film’s release on Blu-ray/Digital, reveals a glimpse of Bay visualizing an epic scene while translating his vision to his cast and crew.  Hit the jump to check it out, and for more on the upcoming Transformers: Age of Extinction Blu-ray/Digital release.

First Clips from Joe Carnahan’s STRETCH Feature Patrick Wilson, Chris Pine, Scotch, Norman Reedus, Blood, a String of Pearls, and Ed Helms

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We got our first glimpse at images from Joe Carnahan’s newest film Stretch just about a week ago, but the movie’s social media campaign has been going bonkers since then.  There have been plenty of alt-posters, behind-the-scenes images revealing cameos and guest stars, and lots of general blanket insanity.  Now, the first clips from the film are making their way online, and boy are they delightfully strange.  They’re short, but efficient in their weirdness and humor, plus you get your first look at star Patrick Wilson and co-stars Chris Pine, Norman Reedus, and Ed Helms.  It’s a great introduction to what’s sure to be a balls-to-the-wall crazy film.

Hit the jump to check out the first clips, along with a bonus image from Stretch, and click here to watch an insane Chris Pine in the nutty gag reel.

Stephen Amell Talks ARROW Season 3, the State of Starling City, Brandon Routh’s Character, Their TV Version of Justice League, and Surprise Characters

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We’re less than a month away from the season three debut of The CW’s Arrow, starring Stephen Amell.  Never one to shy away from talking up the show on social media, Amell shared his enthusiasm with fans attending Fan Expo Canada 2014.  The successful superhero series star talked about the consequences of the season two finale, how it affected Starling City and its citizens, and also how it opens the doors for new heroic and villainous characters alike.  There was also plenty of relationship talk concerning Amell’s Oliver Queen and Emily Bett Rickards’ hot hacker Felicity Smoak. Oh, and rather than dance around the question of whether the TV show heroes would ever cross over to appear in WB’s feature films, Amell answered it straightforwardly.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

DC’s TITANS Nearing Live-Action Series Pilot Production Order at TNT

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Comic-book superheroes are coming to cable TV, or they soon will be if TNT’s newest project lands a pilot order.  DC’s Titans property is the latest live-action adaptation that could be appearing on your TV screens sooner than later.  For the uninitiated, the comic run (which has already been featured on television in animated form) centers on Dick Grayson, who moves on from his time as Batman’s sidekick and becomes a hero of his own making in the form of Nightwing.  He’s not alone in his fight against crime, as his fellow Titans Raven, Starfire, Cyborg, and more complete the title team.  Hit the jump for more on this latest possible adaptation.

Harry Connick Jr. Talks DOLPHIN TALE 2, How His Character’s Story Parallels His Real Life, Balancing His Projects, and Bringing Music into the Film

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Harry Connick Jr. returns for the family friendly fish aquatic mammal sequel, Dolphin Tale 2, which tells the continuing story of the fine folks of the Clearwater Marine Hospital and their world-famous patients.  While on the film’s set at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, which inspires the movie hospital, our select group of journalists got a chance to interview Connick Jr. between scenes.  He talked about returning for the sequel, interacting with his human and animal co-stars alike, balancing all the projects on his schedule, and bringing music into the film.

Writer-director Charles Martin Smith’s Dolphin Tale 2 opens Friday, September 12th, and also stars Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Cozi Zuehlsdorff, Nathan Gamble, Kris Kristofferson, Austin Highsmith, Austin Stowell, and the dolphins Winter and Hope.  Hit the jump for the full interview, and click here for more from the film.

Morgan Freeman Talks DOLPHIN TALE 2, Returning to Play the Snarky Dr. McCarthy, Reuniting with Winter, and Comments on the Late Nelson Mandela

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One thing I have in common with Morgan Freeman: we both flew into Florida to head to the Clearwater-based set of Dolphin Tale 2.  The difference is that he was flying in on his private airplane after playing golf in Guatemala, and I … was not.  Luckily, Freeman was able to squeeze in an interview with our group of visiting journalists before joining his co-stars on set.  He talked about the pleasant surprise of returning for the sequel, his reunion with Winter the dolphin, how his character’s expertise is tested again in this film, and a glimpse of just what it’s like on set.  Freeman also comments on the passing of Nelson Mandela, who died just a few days before this interview.

Writer-director Charles Martin Smith’s Dolphin Tale 2 opens Friday, September 12th, and also stars Harry Connick Jr.Ashley JuddCozi ZuehlsdorffNathan Gamble, Kris Kristofferson, Austin HighsmithAustin Stowell, and the dolphins Winter and Hope.  Hit the jump for the full interview, and click here for more from the film.

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