Yesterday, the teaser trailer for Godzilla was released online, and judging by the reaction of the people I follow on Twitter, response was positive. It’s a well-made trailer, and more importantly, the response shows that people are eager to see the giant monster get a second chance at an American adaptation. Today, an international trailer and TV spot have gone online, and the tone is the same, but they contain brief new bits of footage. If yesterday left you with a need for more Godzilla (or a need for actors who will be in Godzilla, since there’s not much of the titular monster at this point), it’s a quick fix.
Hit the jump for the trailer and TV spot. The film stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, and Sally Hawkins. Godzilla opens in 3D on May 16, 2014.
This week on The Collision, we’re talking television with our TV editor, Allison Keene. We discuss new shows we like (such as Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and shows we don’t (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. comes under heavy fire), the status of returning shows (I remain the only person in the world who’s loving the final season of How I Met Your Mother), and look ahead to the show we’ll be seeing in spring 2014. As always, we finish up with our recommendations.
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Universal continues to inch forward on how to proceed on Fast & Furious 7 following the death of Paul Walker. As we previously reported, Walker was only halfway finished with filming, and had yet to shoot some of his biggest scenes. According to THR, screenwriter Chris Morgan is revising the script, and he might work in scenes Walker had already shot. It’s an encouraging sign that the studio and director James Wan want to find some way to a satisfying good-bye for Walker’s character, Brian O’Conner, rather than cut him out of the film entirely. If Morgan is about to weave in the material Walker shot before his death, then the delayed production might be able to resume by January.
Hit the jump for more.
The Screen Actors Guild nominations were announced this morning, and unsurprisingly, 12 Years a Slave led the pack with four nods including Best Ensemble, Best Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Best Supporting Actor (Michael Fassbender), and Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong’o). The surprises came with the snubs. The Wolf of Wall Street, Her, and Inside Llewyn Davis missed the cut, and it’s clear that The Weinstein Company was a heavy hitter by getting multiple nominations for Lee Daniels’ The Butler and August: Osage County. Arguably, the biggest snub was Robert Redford for All Is Lost. Not only is it an acclaimed performance, but also part of his momentum is supposed to be based on the respect he’s accumulated for his long career. Keep an eye for Oscar Beat as Adam breaks down what the nominations and snubs mean in the long run. [Correction: Adam tells me Wolf of Wall Street was ineligible because it missed the SAG voting deadline, so it's not really a snub]
Hit the jump for the full list of nominations including the ones for television shows. The winners will be announced on January 18th.
Warner Bros. has released two new images from Doug Liman‘s upcoming sci-fi action flick, Edge of Tomorrow. The film stars Tom Cruise as a military officer who is killed within minutes of a doomed combat mission to take down a hive-like alien race; he then wakes up and is forced to relive the day over and over again, but it allows him to become a better soldier and perhaps change his fate. Yesterday, we got some viral images and tomorrow we’ll get the trailer, but for now USA Today (which debuted the images) focuses on the exosuits. The suits weighed about 85 pounds, and at one point Cruise had to sprint with a suit that weighed in at 130 because it had a sniper rifle and a missile launcher. Cruise said it was “physically grueling” except he’s 51 and looks maybe 40, and I have no pity for people who have access to the fountain of youth. I imagine he keeps it next to a portrait of him getting older.
Hit the jump to check out the images. The film also stars Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, and Jeremy Piven. Edge of Tomorrow opens June 6, 2014.
American Hustle will probably be one of the major players in this year’s awards race. It’s already been honored by the New York Film Critics Circle for Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Lawrence), and it recently landed on the American Film Institute’s Top 10 movies of the year. I’ll have my review up on Thursday, but I’ll say this for the film right now: it’s a lot of fun, but in a way that’s different from director David O. Russell‘s previous movie, Silver Linings Playbook. If you’re looking for a good night out, this flick my fit the bill.
I’m pleased to announce we’re giving away 30 pairs of passes to the Atlanta screening of American Hustle. Hit the jump to find out how you can see the movie early and for free. The film also stars Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, and Jeremy Renner. American Hustle opens in limited release on December 13th and goes wide on December 20th.
Yesterday, we reported that the 2014 Sundance Film Festival had chosen John Michael McDonagh‘s Calvary to play in the “Premieres” category. The dark comedy stars Brendan Gleeson as a good priest who wants to do well by his community, but his life is threatened by an unknown assailant during confession. Judging by the trailer, this is far less comedic than McDonagh and Gleeson’s previous collaboration, The Guard, but still entertaining in its own way. The film also has a strong cast of supporting players, which includes Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, and Marie-Josée Croz.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 16 – 26th.
There’s a reflex cringe factor when a studio wants to bring a classic film to the small screen. But as we’ve seen in the past, there’s the possibility for success. Nothing can surpass the original, but Bates Motel (based on Psycho) and Hannibal (based on Red Dragon) have managed to find critical success. NBC, which is in the horror business with Hannibal, Grimm, and Dracula, is now looking for a miniseries based on Rosemary’s Baby, which was previously adapted by Roman Polanski into the terrifying 1968 film of the same name. The story focuses on a young couple who move into an apartment complex, and the wife, Rosemary, becomes paranoid when her pregnancy becomes a great concern among her elderly neighbors.
According to THR, Scott Abbott (Introducing Dorothy Dandridge) and James Wong (American Horror Story) will write the screenplay for the four-hour miniseries. Production will begin in Paris in January. Again, it’s probably best to readjust expectations since nothing will surpass Polanski’s movie, but Ira Levin’s 1967 novel has the potential for another interesting take.
Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have released the first trailer for director Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla along with a new poster If you want to see the titular kaiju, you’re going to be in for a bit of a disappointment, but you should be encouraged by the style Edwards is bringing to the movie. There are some great-looking shots, especially the opening halo jump and the red smoke clouds following the paratroopers. And when Godzilla is finally “revealed”, it’s in a stunning, smokey silhouette. It’s an effective teaser trailer, and I don’t mind waiting to see more while the special effects team attempts to recreate one of cinema’s most memorable monsters.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer and check out the new poster. The film stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, and Sally Hawkins. Godzilla opens in 3D on May 16, 2014.
In a blockbuster landscape dominated by superheroes, Sony Pictures has one of the most famous with Spider-Man. His latest adventure, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, doesn’t swing around until May, but the studio is already looking two sequels ahead. The Amazing Spider-Man 3 is slated for June 10, 2016, and The Amazing Spider-Man 4 is set for May 4, 2018. But by the time the fourth installment rolls around, there could be a new actor wearing the web-shooters. In a recent interview, star Andrew Garfield mused on the possibility about hanging up the costume after the third film.
Hit the jump for more. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 3D on May 2, 2014.
The Star Wars: Episode VII casting rumor mill has been so quiet for a few weeks that I was almost starting to miss it. Today, it’s fired back up with an exciting possibility. The latest actor rumored for a role in the movie is Jack O’Connell. O’Connell is mostly unknown to American audiences, but after seeing his work in Starred Up at TIFF, he’s definitely an actor to watch. He’s magnetic, charismatic, and could be on the verge of a big breakthrough when he stars in Angelina Jolie‘s adaptation of the bestselling book, Unbroken, which opens next Christmas.
Hit the jump for more on how O’Connell might be headed to a galaxy far, far away.
The 2014 Sundance Film Festival just announced its Premieres line-up, along with images and synopses for the movies playing in that category. Briefly:
- Calvary – Written and directed by John Michael McDonagh; starring Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, and Marie-Josée Croz.
- Hits – Written and directed by David Cross; starring Meredith Hagner, Matt Walsh, James Adomian, Jake Cherry, Derek Waters, and Wyatt Cenac.
- I Origins – Written and directed by Mike Cahill; starring Michael Pitt, Brit Marling, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Steven Yeun, and Archie Panjabi.
- Little Accidents – Written and directed by Sara Colangelo; starring Elizabeth Banks, Boyd Holbrook, Chloë Sevigny, Jacob Lofland, and Josh Lucas.
Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 16- 26th.
Focus Features has released the red-band trailer for Jason Bateman‘s directorial debut, Bad Words. The film stars Bateman as the Guy Trilby, a 40-year-old who exploits a loophole to compete in a national spelling bee competition. Guy has a larger motive than just winning, but his mean-spirited nature allows him to berate and humiliate kids along the way. It’s really funny. When I saw the film at TIFF, I was worried the trailer would give away too many of the jokes, and this red-band trailer does drop a few of the good ones (especially an insult near the end), but it manages to keep most of them a secret by focusing on Guy’s relationship with his competitor Chaitanya (Rohan Chand).
Hit the jump to check out the trailer, and click here for Steve’s interview with Bateman at TIFF. The film also stars Kathryn Hahn, Allison Janney, Ben Falcone, and Philip Baker Hall. Bad Words opens March 21, 2014.
Earlier today, Warner Bros. was promoting Godzilla via a viral marketing campaign. It looks like they’re also using the same strategy for their action movie, Edge of Tomorrow. The film stars Tom Cruise as a military officer who is killed within minutes of a doomed combat mission to take down a hive-like alien race; he then wakes up and is forced to relive the day over and over again, but it allows him to become a better soldier and perhaps change his fate. The images are coming from the Twitter feed @EmbeddedUDF, and they’re somewhat low-quality, probably to stick with viral campaign’s alternate reality. Maybe we’ll get some higher quality images when the first trailer is released on Wednesday.
Hit the jump to check out the images. The film also stars Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton and Jeremy Piven. Edge of Tomorrow opens June 6, 2014.
The Hunger Games may be the only young adult fantasy series succeeding at the box office, but everyone is still eager to find its successor. Divergent comes out next year, and The Mortal Instruments has refused to die, so other book series with the basic plot of “teenage female protagonist attempts to save the world” have a reasonable chance to make it to the big screen. The latest contender is Fae, which has just been optioned by Ridley Scott. Per Deadline, “Protagonist Caroline Ellis reaches 16, a birthday that triggers the battle fated for centuries between the Dark and Light Fae, forcing her to confront who she is and discover whether her tumultuous relationship with Devilyn Reilly, who’s battling the power of the Dark within him, will destroy them both along with humanity.” Kind of makes “Sweet 16″ parties look even sillier by comparison.
According to Deadline, Scott and Giannina Facio will produce the adaptation. The book has apparently been a big hit on digital (even though it’s ranked #98,876 in Amazon’s Kindle store) , Twitter, Facebook, and Pintertest, and social media is never wrong. Authors Colet and Jasmine Abedi have already completed the second book, The Dark King, so this franchise is primed to take off if the first movie is a hit. Hit the jump for the book’s official synopsis.