Aaron Sorkin Talks Steve Jobs Biopic; Says Jobs’ Daughter Lisa “Is the Heroine of the Movie”

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Danny Boyle‘s untitled Steve Jobs movie is still looking to land a lead actor (after moving through Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale, the production is now trying to get Michael Fassbender to play the late Apple co-founder), but screenwriter Aaron Sorkin is still enthusiastic about the project, and had more to say about it while doing the press rounds for the final season of The Newsroom.   Speaking to The Independent, he revealed that the screenplay is 181 pages (since a single script page usually equals a minute of screentime, this movie is currently running around three hours), and about 100 of those pages is Steve Jobs.

However, this movie will go beyond just the Apple CEO and also look at his relationship with his daughter, Lisa Brennan-Jobs.  Hit the jump for more.

New PEANUTS Movie Images Show a Refreshing Reverence for Charles Schulz’ Iconic Comic Strip

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20th Century Fox and Blue Sky have released new images from the animated adaptation of Charles Schulz‘ classic comic strip Peanuts.  The movie is a little under a year away, and producer Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Freaks and Geeks) tells USA Today that if the film had a title closer to other Peanuts adaptations, he would probably call it “Don’t Give Up, Charlie Brown!“.  According to USA Today, “The story follows the little round-headed boy with the indomitable optimism on a quest to get something he’s sure he needs, even though he discovers he’s pretty OK just as he is.”  I assume he needs a trustworthy football holder.

Hit the jump to see the new Peanuts movie images and to learn more about the film.  Peanuts opens November 6, 2015.  A cast has yet to be announced, but it’s suspected that the adult characters will be voiced by Muffled Trombone.

JURASSIC WORLD LEGO Provides First Look at the Film’s Genetically Engineered D-Rex and More

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First, let us have a moment of celebration that there will be Jurassic World LEGO (fun side-note: it also means Chris Pratt will be tied to three LEGO lines).  Second, toys (as they usually do) provide a first look at what the film has to offer (which is why there was no dancing Groot toy available when the movie was released; James Gunn wanted to keep it a secret), and now images have leaked for what could be the main dino antagonist of Jurassic World.  The “Diabolus Rex” aka “D-Rex”, has white skin, red eyes, and is made from the DNA of a Tyrannosaurus Rex mixed with a Velociraptor, a snake, and a cuttlefish.  I’m not exactly sure what cuttlefish adds to the mix.  One of its predators is a dolphin.  You can’t be threatening if you can be taken down by a dolphin.

Hit the jump to check out the LEGO images and to learn more about what director Colin Trevorrow is planning.  The film also stars Bryce Dallas HowardNick RobinsonTy SimpkinsVincent D’OnofrioIrrfan KhanJake JohnsonJudy Greer, and Omar SyJurassic World opens June 12, 2015.

Paramount and AMC Theaters Want You to See All 169 Minutes of INTERSTELLAR as Many Times as You Want with an “Unlimited Ticket”

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I have mixed feelings about Interstellar, but I have no doubt that if you want to see it, you have to see it on the big screen (preferably IMAX).  And if you loved Interstellar, you probably want to see it again and again except ticket prices are ridiculously high.  Paramount and AMC Theaters are teaming up to solve this problem by offering an “Unlimited Ticket”.  First, you have to be an AMC Stubs member (it’s actually not a bad membership on its own), and then the cost of an unlimited ticket is $19.99 to $34.99 based on the location of the 330 participating theaters across the country.  If you already bought a ticket for Interstellar, you can upgrade for $14.99.  The ticket works at any AMC theater and for any format of the film, including IMAX.

Sweet deal, right?  If you love Interstellar and want to keep seeing it, this is a solid value.  But I think what’s more valuable is this concept, which I’d like to see applied to other big movies.  Interstellar isn’t having the same box office hold as The Dark Knight and Inception, Nolan movies that people were happily shelling out cash to see repeatedly.  I’m curious if any other studio will take this “Unlimited Ticket” concept and apply it to any film that may doing well, but not well enough that it can comfortably count on repeat business.  Hit the jump for the press release, which contains more details.

New THE LAST WITCH HUNTER Image Shows Vin Diesel Doesn’t Care about Extinguishing Fires

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Vin Diesel, who loves connecting directly to his fans, has released a new The Last Witch Hunter image on his Facebook page.  In the film, Diesel plays Kaldur, an immortal witch hunter who partners with his natural enemy, a female witch (Rose Leslie), to stop the covens of New York City from unleashing a plague on humanity.  From what we’ve seen so far, the film looks fairly dour, so I assume the picture isn’t 100 minutes of Diesel punching hipsters.  But as this image tells us, Kaldur likes standing around like a dummy while he’s surrounded by fire.  If all other witch hunters behaved this way, I think I know why he’s the last one.

Hit the jump to check out The Last Witch Hunter image.  The film opens October 23, 2015, and also stars Elijah Wood and Michael Caine.


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[This is a re-post of my Foxcatcher review from the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.  The film opens today in limited release.]

For those who aspire to be champions, it’s a horrible thing to know you’ll never be the best. Successful people will engender only envy and further self-loathing. You will only see your weakness. You will live in shadows. Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher is an incredibly sad and poignant portrait of two men desperate for greatness they’ll never achieve, and destroyed by the failings they’ll always feel. They can lie about confidence, achievements, and relationships, but there’s no escape. Led by astounding performances from Channing Tatum, Steve Carell, and Mark Ruffalo, Miller has created a quiet, brooding picture of doubt, depression, and destruction.


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[This is a re-post of my Rosewater review from the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.  The film opens today in limited release.]

Gael Garcia Bernal plays incarcerated journalist Maziar Bahari in Rosewater, but writer-director Jon Stewart is the true lead. For fans for The Daily Show, his personality shines through every episode, and it’s one that has become wearied over the years as news coverage has declined at an exponential rate. His hopes for a better world have become a life raft, and his refusal to give into cynicism is what keeps his directorial debut afloat even if it veers into being earnest to the point of cheesiness. Rosewater may not have much depth, but Stewart’s personal connection to the story—both professional and ideological—give it an abundance of heart.

THE LEGO MOVIE 2 to Have More Female Characters Say Writers Phil Lord & Christopher Miller

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Phil Lord & Christopher Miller‘s The LEGO Movie is easily one of my favorite films of 2014.  I’ve watched it far more than any other 2014 movie, and I can’t wait to see the further adventures of Emmet and his pals.  Unfortunately, that adventure is a long ways off.  Originally slated for May 26, 2017, the sequel was pushed back a year to make room for a Batman spin-off movie, which is fine, but part of the joke in the The LEGO Movie is that Batman is relegated to a supporting character.  Emmet, the ordinary guy, is the hero.

The upside is that Lord and Miller will return to at least write the script for The LEGO Movie 2, and they’re already on the right track with how they plan to approach gender roles.  Hit the jump for more.

Pre-Order Marty’s BACK TO THE FUTURE PART II Light-Up Shoes (Power Laces Not Included)

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In Back to the Future Part II, Marty, Doc, and Jennifer traveled to 2015, and we still look at that film and like to complain about the non-existence of flying cars.  But what about our power laces?  Surely, we are lazy enough to demand that our shoes tie themselves, but technology has let us down.  All I have is a small computer in my hand that can fetch almost any piece of information I want in a matter of seconds, but I’m still tying my shoes like a sucker.  The closest we’ll be able to get to the wonderful dream of Marty’s future shoes is what HalloweenCostumes.com is offering.  These official replicas don’t lace themselves, but they do light up, although you will need to charge them.  That’s right: You have to charge your footwear so it will be able to light up for four hours.  Be sure to have guests over when you’re charging your shoes because their bewildered looks are going to be priceless.

Hit the jump to check out images of the Back to the Future Part II shoes.


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In 1994, Dumb & Dumber was one of the funniest movies I had ever seen.  My ten-year-old self loved the dirty jokes, the characters’ charming stupidity, and the childishness of it all.  As the Farrelly Brothers’ Dumb and Dumber To shows, that childishness—specifically the odd innocence of the characters—was key to making the original picture work.  The sequel replaces that childishness with a mean-spirited attitude that turns obliviousness into narcissism and antics into attacks.  There are still some laughs scattered about, but the heartlessness of the picture makes Dumb and Dumber To too nasty to be dumb fun.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE to Show Batman’s Parents Getting Murdered Yet Again; Scene Will Be Shot in IMAX

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I’m willing to bet if you walked up to ten people on the street and asked them “What happened to Batman’s parents?” at least nine of would correctly answer “They were murdered.”  They could also probably tell you that it was by a mugger in a back alley.  And yet Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will apparently need to tell us yet again that Thomas and Martha Wayne were gunned down in front of their young son, Bruce Wayne, thus teaching him that crime is bad, and that the best way to fight it is to dress up like a giant rodent and be a vigilante.

I’ll admit that’s a tad reductive, but it’s also true that we don’t need to see the Waynes die again.  We especially don’t need to see it in Batman v Superman, which features an older, more experienced Batman (Ben Affleck).  This is not an origin story, which, by the way, we will never need for Batman ever again unless something is radically altered in his history like being a computer programmer named Bruce Wain.  But new set photo and videos shows that we’ll be getting the Dark Knight’s life-changing event for the umpteenth time.  Hit the jump to check it out.  Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens March 25, 2016.

Benicio Del Toro and Josh Hutcherson Find Entire Movie in ESCOBAR: PARADISE LOST Trailer

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Radius-TWC has released the Escobar: Paradise Lost trailer online.  The film follows a young Canadian (Josh Hutcherson) who goes to Columbia and falls in love with a local girl (Claudia Traisac), but gets caught up in the criminal empire of her uncle, drug kingpin Pablo Escobar (Benicio Del Toro).  Paradise Lost carried a lot of potential, especially with Del Toro playing Escobar, but I found the film to be a massive disappointment when I saw it at TIFF.  This trailer saves people the trouble of seeing the movie by basically showing the entire plot minus some shots that are misleading since they’re taken out of context.

Hit the jump to check out the Escobar: Paradise Lost trailer.  The film opens January 16th.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Deleted Scene Has Gamora and Nebula Quarreling over Their Killing Skills

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With the upcoming release of Guardians of the Galaxy on Blu-ray, Marvel has released a deleted scene from the film.  While the movie is filled with great characters, I felt that Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Nebula (Karen Gillan) didn’t get as much attention.  Gamora had to be the grown up in the room, and Nebula’s only real purpose was to fight Gamora.  However, after watching this deleted scene, leaving them on the cutting room floor may have been a wise decision.  This scene adds nothing to the film (we know Gamora and Nebula are rivals), and the line readings are stilted and melodramatic.  Guardians of the Galaxy is a space opera, but this is from a soap opera.

Hit the jump to check out the Guardians of the Galaxy deleted scene.  The film hits shelves on December 9th, and stars Chris Pratt, Dave BautistaLee PaceGlenn CloseBenicio Del ToroMichael RookerJohn C. Reilly and Peter Serafinowicz and features the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel.  Click here and here for more clips from the Blu-ray, and click here to pre-order.

Watch 6 New Clips from THE IMITATION GAME Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, and Mark Strong

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The Weinstein Company has released six new clips from The Imitation Game online.  The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, a brilliant cryptanalyst whose expertise cracked Germany’s “Enigma code” and helped turn the tide of World War II for the Allies, but his homosexuality made him a target of persecution.  I saw the film at TIFF, quite enjoyed it, and am very eager to see it again.  Also, if you don’t need to worry about these clips spoiling the best moments from the movie.  They’re definitely good, but they won’t diminish your experience when you see the entire film.

Hit the jump to check out The Imitation Game clips.  The film also stars Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Charles Dance, Mark Strong, Rory Kinnear, Allen Leech, and Matthew BeardThe Imitation Game opens in the U.K. on November 14th and in the U.S. on November 28st.

UNCHARTED Brings on THE HURT LOCKER Screenwriter Mark Boal to Work on Script; Film Still Looking for Lead

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When we last checked in on Sony’s long-gestating adaptation of the popular video game Uncharted, they had set a release date for June 10, 2016 with Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) with an eye to start filming in early 2015.  However, it looks like the script still isn’t ready yet as THR reports that Oscar-winning screenwriter Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) is coming in to work on the screenplay.  He’s the latest in a long line of screenwriters that includes Thomas Dean Donnelly, Joshua Oppenheimer (the writer of Sahara, not the director The Act of Killing), David Guggenheim, and Cormac & Marianne Wibberley.  Boal, a former journalist who also wrote Zero Dark Thirty, is an unexpected choice to work on a screenplay for a blockbuster that’s in the vein of Indiana Jones, but THR says he’s a fan of the video game.

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