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.
Phil Lord and Chris Miller‘s 22 Jump Street is one of my most-anticipated films of 2014. I adore 21 Jump Street, and it only gets better on repeat viewings. It’s quotable and makes for great background. The official synopsis for the upcoming sequel has been released, and if it weren’t for Lord and Miller at the helm, I’d be a bit nervous. In 22 Jump Street, Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko’s (Channing Tatum) partnership is tested again except this time they’re back in the roles they had when they were in high school for real—Jenko is the jock, and Schmidt is in the bohemian art scene (no word if he’s started a new juggling society). I have high expectations for the new movie, but I have faith in the talent. I also have faith in Korean Jesus.
Hit the jump for the official synopsis. The film also stars Ice Cube, Amber Stevens, Jillian Bell, and Craig Roberts. 22 Jump Street opens June 13, 2014.
Alan Taylor‘s Terminator reboot may have an official title. According to Production Weekly’s Twitter feed, the upcoming film will be called “Terminator: Genesis“. The production is currently deciding between Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) and Brie Larson (Short Term 12) to play the new Sarah Connor, and they’ll also be looking for a new John Connor and Kyle Reese. Terminator: Genesis is currently set to open on July 1, 2015.
Also, as we reported a few days ago, there’s going to be a new TV series that will tie into the film. That’s a whole lot of Terminator for a franchise that flopped hard when Terminator Salvation was released back in 2009. But I guess you can’t keep SkyNet and its army of killer robots down. We don’t know what the TV series will be called, but I hope they go with my suggestion, “Terminator n’ Friends“.
Telltale Games are doing something special in the world of video games. While other studios are competing for best graphics or best ways to squeeze every last nickel out of you via micro-transactions, Telltale is trying to re-imagine narrative storytelling in video games. Their solution has been to evolve the point-and-click adventure game with an emphasis on morally ambiguous choices. It worked beautifully in their adaptation of The Walking Dead, and now they’ll be taking their talents to another fatality-friendly world with Game of Thrones. Telltale has partnered with HBO “an interactive episodic game series” based on Game of Thrones that will be released across “home consoles, PC/Mac, and mobile devices” in 2014. I’ll be interested to see how the game’s release schedule relates to the TV series, which will return in the spring. In any case, winter is now coming to video games, and it will probably be much better than the last time Game of Thrones graced home consoles.
Hit the jump for the press release. Telltale Games is currently releasing The Wolf Among Us based on the comic series Fables, and on December 17th will begin releasing The Walking Dead: Season Two.
The year is winding down, which means its time for everyone to start looking back at the year that was. There will be lists and retrospectives and all that good stuff that tries to condense 365 days down into less than ten minutes of your time. The trick is who can make those ten minutes worthwhile. JoBlo and editor Nick Bosworth have made a worthwhile 8-minute and 30-second mashup with “Final Cut 2013″, which looks back at all of the movies—both blockbusters and notable indies—that graced movie screens this year. Not everyone can do these videos well. Some are just a bunch of clips mashed up with music and no discernible order. Final Cut 2013 succeeds because not only does it have good timing and music selection, but because Bosworth clearly took the time to organize his tribute by emotions—love, laughter, excitement, fear, and ultimately, inspiration.
Hit the jump to watch the video.
Last week, X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer tweeted that in 2016, the franchise would continue with X-Men: Apocalypse. We assumed that since he tweeted that information, he would be directing the film. Vulture has now confirmed that Singer will be returning to helm the sequel, making it his first back-to-back franchise venture since X-Men and X2. Furthermore, Days of Future Past will lead directly into X-Men: Apocalypse, and “the new film is intended to focus strictly on the younger McAvoy-Fassbender cast”. So where does that leave the franchise superstar Wolverine? Perhaps off on another solo adventure? Either way, it looks like DOFP will probably be a bit of a cliffhanger, so I’m glad Singer will be staying at the helm as the series moves to its next chapter (assuming DOFP is good, and as someone who thinks X2 is the best film in the franchise, I think it will be).
X-Men: Days of Future Past opens May 23, 2014. X-Men: Apocalypse opens May 27, 2016.
Everyone’s favorite kaiju will be getting a second chance at Hollywood blockbuster destruction when Godzilla opens next summer. We knew very few details about Gareth Edwards‘ upcoming remake, but judging by the teaser posters, they’re at least trying to go with the classic design, so it’s already a step up from Roland Emmerich‘s 1998 debacle. We’ll probably get an idea of what else Edwards has in store when the first trailer is released on Tuesday, although the release is being done in an unusual fashion. It will be a “worldwide satellite debut” with one feed happening at 1:00 – 1:15pm EST and a second feed at 4:00 – 4:15pm EST. I don’t know if that means two trailers, or two chances to see the same trailer, but we’ll get you your first look at the rampaging monster as quickly as possible.
Hit the jump for the satellite feed coordinates, and for some viral videos from “M.U.T.O.” The film stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, Ken Watanabe, and David Strathairn (you can hear Strathairn’s voice in the “MUTO” videos). Godzilla opens May 16, 2014.
The other day, Steve did the press junket for Lone Survivor, and he sent me an e-mail asking if I had any questions for director Peter Berg. I didn’t, but I told Steve to tell Berg that I adore his 2003 action-adventure film, The Rundown. For those who haven’t seen it, it’s similar to Midnight Run in that a tough guy (Dwayne Johnson) has to retrieve a squirrelly, meeker guy (Seann William Scott), but Berg’s film distinguishes itself with exciting set pieces and delightful performances, especially from Chistopher Walken. It’s my favorite Peter Berg film, but after ten years, I had given up any hope of a sequel.
But other fans have kept that hope alive, and now their patience might be rewarded. Berg says he’s actively developing a sequel. Hit the jump for more on The Rundown 2 (unofficial title, but it feels good just to write that). Lone Survivor opens in limited release on December 27th and goes wide on January 10th.
This Friday, Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch will face off as hobbit and dragon, respectively, in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. On January 1, 2014, they’ll be back together for real as Sherlock makes its long-awaited return. BBC One has released a new trailer for the upcoming third season, and you’ll see that Sherlock is his old, Sherlock-y self, and explaining his resurrection is the least of his worries. Two years have passed, Watson has moved on, and there are also those pesky mysteries that need solving. Three new, 90-minute episodes aren’t a bad way to ring in the new year.
Hit the jump to check out the new trailer. Sherlock returns on BBC One on January 1st; season three will premiere in the U.S. on January 19th.
[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 New York Film Festival. Inside Llewyn Davis opens today in limited release.]
It’s a terrible thing to feel like you’re not the protagonist of your own story—to simply exist with nowhere to go. Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) is a man who doesn’t fit into his own life, and in the Coen Brothers’ most melancholy film to date, Inside Llewyn Davis, we’re taken on the moving journey of a folk singer trying to succeed in the right place at the wrong time. He can’t create a future from the songs of the past, and he lives ambivalently in the present. Toning down the stylized hyperrealism of their previous movies, Joel and Ethan Coen have created a work that still bears their signature, yet takes them and us to a restrained, yet tonally and emotionally frustrating place. Anchored by a subtle, touching performance from Isaac, as well as beautiful renditions of folk songs, Inside Llewyn Davis is a somber look at a wandering musician.
The world is crazy, and it can make you feel weak, but Charles de Lauzirika‘s Crave takes fear and frustration and turns it into a meandering bore. De Lauzirika is very aware of his film’s influences, and there’s no pretention about carving out new territory, but he doesn’t show us anything we haven’t really seen before. Just as his protagonist looks to find love and strength, Crave stumbles around trying to find a novel idea worth exploring. Further burdened by miscasting and an ill-fitting visual style, the film slogs around, occasionally bumping into a worthwhile performance or relationship, but is ultimately sucked into a void where the harder it tries to find meaning, the less it means anything.
In its first trailer, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was willing to give fans a peek at what might be in store for the third film, but it’s still keeping a few secrets. We don’t have official confirmation on who Felicity Jones is playing (although she may have let it slip) or on B.J. Novak‘s role. But in a recent interview, Novak told The Huffington Post:
I’m in a couple of scenes. Yeah, I was never told whether or not I could say. I can say that I work at Oscorp. And I am someone from the comic books, someone from the original. So, yeah, I’m somebody. I wouldn’t say I’m pivotal, but I’m not an extra, either.
If that’s the case and if the viral campaign lines up, I’d put my money on Alistair Smythe, son of Spider-Slayer creator Spencer Smythe, who also works at OsCorp. Whoever Novak is playing, we’ll probably find out before the film opens on May 2, 2014.
Yesterday, we reported that Magnolia Pictures would release Lars von Trier‘s erotic epic Nymphomaniac in two parts with Part One being released in theaters and VOD in March and Part Two being released in theaters and on VOD in April. The film stars Charlotte Gainsbourg as Joe, a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac who recounts her life story to Seligman (Stellan Skarsgard), an old, charming bachelor who finds Joe beaten up in an alley. Today, the studio has released two simple yet slightly disturbing posters for “Volume I” and “Volume II”. The whip we knew about, but the lure? Yikes.
Hit the jump to check out the posters. The film also stars Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, Uma Thurman, Stacy Martin, Connie Nielsen, Christian Slater, Willem Dafoe, Mia Goth, Nicolas Bro, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Jens Albinus, and Udo Kier.