A new trailer has been released for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Things have certainly changed for the news crew since Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Baxter’s still hanging around and Brick is as clueless as ever, but even though Veronica Corningstone makes an appearance, Ron seems to be pretty heavily into dating someone new. More challenges await the team as the network enters into a twenty-four hour news cycle and new youthful anchors threaten their place atop the pyramid. It’s not exactly what I expected for the first look at the sequel, but that’s not a bad thing. Bring on the scotch!
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film stars Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, David Koechner, Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Dylan Baker, Meagan Good, Greg Kinnear, and Harrison Ford. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues opens on December 20th.
While I’m looking forward to the conclusion of Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright’s Cornetto trilogy as much as the next fan, I’d prefer to go into the picture knowing just the basic information. Unfortunately, this new trailer for The World’s End reveals way too much and spoils the answer to the question of, “What the hell is going on in that quaint British town?” That’s right, I’ll field the spoilers so you don’t have to. Such sacrifices I make for you people.
Also starring Nick Frost, Eddie Marsan, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman and Rosamund Pike, The World’s End opens in the U.K. on July 19th and in the U.S. on August 23rd. Hit the jump to watch the new trailer, though I’d recommend only enjoying the nostalgic first thirty seconds and staying spoiler-free for the rest.
When last we reported on the status of the Dumb & Dumber sequel, it had been dropped by Warner Bros. with Bobby and Peter Farrelly eyeing Red Granite to finance and a number of studios vying for domestic distribution. Today, the Farrelly brothers confirmed that Red Granite will indeed be backing the film as well as handling international distribution, and that Universal Pictures has stepped in as a domestic distributor. Fans of Harry (Jeff Daniels) and Lloyd (Jim Carrey) should now be excited that the long awaited sequel to the 1994 hit comedy can now get off the ground. Hit the jump for more.
The first images from director Steve McQueen’s highly anticipated new film Twelve Years a Slave have arrived. Based on Solomon Northup’s autobiography of the same name, Chiwetel Ejiofor (Children of Men)plays Northup, an educated and married black man living in 1853 New York. Northup was approached by two men about a job offer in Washington D.C., but when he showed up he was kidnapped and forced into slavery for over a decade. The film boasts a wildly impressive ensemble cast and marks McQueen’s follow-up feature after the critically acclaimed 2011 drama Shame, and so we’ve been looking forward to this one for quite some time. Ejiofor looks fittingly intense as the film’s lead, but it’s the menacing Michael Fassbender who stands out in these debut images as a slave owner. With this debut set of photos hitting today, we should see a trailer for Twelve Years a Slave soon.
Hit the jump to take a look at the images. The film also stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Quvenzhane Wallis, Sarah Paulson, Paul Dano, Scoot McNairy, Garrett Dillahunt, Alfre Woodard, Dwight Henry, Michael K. Williams,and Brad Pitt. Twelve Years a Slave opens on December 27th.
Am ambitious animated undertaking of one the bestselling inspirational works of all time has landed an impressive voice cast. Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek, John Krasinski, Frank Langella, Alfred Molina and Quvenzhané Wallis will lend their voices to The Prophet, an adaptation of Kahlil Gibran’s collection of writings. Roger Allers (The Lion King) will write and direct an original narrative story based on Gibran’s work. The picture is scheduled to be complete by spring of 2014. Hit the jump for more.
Sony has tapped Greg Berlanti to helm a fascinating robot uprising film called Epsilon. The sci-fi actioner has a script by Zombieland and G.I. Joe: Retaliation scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick and takes place in the aftermath of a failed robot uprising, in which Earth operates on almost no electronics. In the world of the film, the remaining robots have taken refuge on a space station where they begin to raise their own human lab rats, which they train to act as their agents. The film’s protagonist is a man who discovers he is more human than he thought. Heat Vision reports that Berlanti has close a deal to direct the pic, with Michael De Luca onboard to produce alongside Reese and Wernick.
Berlanti is best known as the executive producer and showrunner of such TV series as Brothers & Sisters, Everwood, and No Ordinary Family. On the feature front, Berlanti scripted Green Lantern and the 2010 comedy/drama Life as We Know It, but most recently he has been serving as executive producer and showrunner on The CW’s Arrow. Epsilon certainly has a interesting take on the “robot uprising” conceit, and it marks Berlanti’s biggest directorial project to date. Here’s hoping he delivers the goods.
Warner Bros. has released the first teaser trailer and poster for writers/directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s new film The LEGO Movie. The story centers on Emmet (Chris Pratt), an average LEGO minifigure who is mistaken for the most extraordinary person in the LEGO world and is looked upon to save his people from an evil tyrant named President Business (Will Ferrell). The animation style is quite interesting, as it quite literally looks like a movie made out of LEGOs. The trademark goofy comedy of writers/directors Lord and Miller that they so expertly displayed in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Streetis here in spades, as there are some excellent gags with regards to the numerous kinds of LEGO minifigs in existence. We also get brief glimpses of Will Arnett‘s Batman and Morgan Freeman as a God-like character (what else?), and there are sure to be plenty more recognizable folks along the way. Count this firmly among one of my most anticipated films of 2014.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to check out the first poster. The film also features the voices of Elizabeth Banks, Liam Neeson, Nick Offerman, and Alison Brie. The LEGO Movie opens in 3D on February 7, 2014.
Today in unnecessary sequel news, Alcon Entertainment has announced that it is in the final stages of developing Dolphin Tale 2. The film is a sequel to “that dolphin movie with Morgan Freeman” from 2011, which itself was based on the true story of a bottlenose dolphin named Winter that was rescued off the Florida coast in 2005 and outfitted with a prosthetic tail. Sadly, Dolphin Tale 2 will not be subtitled “Winter’s Revenge,” and will instead focus on another true story inspired by the life of Winter involving a baby dolphin. The new dolphin, named Hope, will be playing herself in the film, marking the big screen debut of this up-and-coming young marine mammal.
Charles Martin Smith, who directed the first film, will return to write and direct Dolphin Tale 2, with the entirety of the original cast expected to reprise their roles as well. That includes Freeman, Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, and Kris Kristofferson. Dolphin Tale 2 is poised to hit theaters on September 19, 2014.
This week on The Collision, we talk about Man of Steel, its strengths, its flaws, implications for the sequel, finding the core of superhero characters, how far you can stray from the comics, “Marvel movies vs. DC Films”, and much more. As always we finish up with our recommendations.
Though he currently appears on screen in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, Russell Crowe will soon be going behind the camera for his directorial debut. Over the years, Crowe has considered a number of Australian stories for his first time at the helm, including The Long Green Shore and Bra Boys. It looks like The Water Diviner, scripted by Andrew Knight and Andrew Anastasios, will be the lucky film. Set in 1919, the picture centers on an Australian father traveling to Turkey in order to find his two sons, who have gone missing after the battle of Gallipoli. Deadline also reports that The Water Diviner is expected to shoot in Australia and Turkey later this year with Crowe set to direct and star. Crowe will next be seen in Akiva Goldsman’s Winter’s Tale and in the title role of Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
As a fan of many of their movies, I’ve been wanting to go to Pixar, for some time now. And since you have to either work there, know someone who works there, or get an invite to go there, I jumped at the recent opportunity to make the trip to Emeryville, Calif.to do interviews for their latest feature film, Monsters University, and had a great time while I was there. The film follows Mike Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal), who arrives at the campus with the dream of becoming a Scarer while James “Sulley” Sullivan (voiced by John Goodman) feels like he doesn’t have to put in the time or work to succeed because he was born with his talent. When their journeys both prove to be a bit more complicated than they anticipated, they find help and friendship in the unlikeliest of places.
At the film’s press day, director Dan Scanlon talked about how this particular story idea came about, how he got the gig directing his first feature, who he went to for advice, the technological advancements made with the film, how close to completion they were still making tweaks and changes, making sure the film never got too scary, how the supporting characters grew bigger than they ever expected, and how they incorporated some of the familiar characters from Monsters, Inc. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
A couple of highly promising casting decisions have been made regarding two exciting upcoming pilots. First up, Liv Tyler has signed on to co-star in Damon Lindelof’s HBO potential series The Leftovers. Based on the book of the same name by Tom Perotta, the story takes place after the Rapture, centering on the people in a small town that didn’t make the cut. Justin Theroux is already set as the show’s lead, but Deadline reports that Tyler will be co-starring as Meg, a young woman on the verge of getting married who becomes a target for recruitment by members of an enigmatic cult. Peter Berg is directing the pilot and Christopher Eccleston, Ann Dowd, Amanda Warren, and Carrie Coon are also set to star.
Hit the jump for news concerning a Hellboy alum joining Guillermo del Toro’s potential new series The Strain.
I’m so excited for White House Down. Roland Emmerich doesn’t make smart movies, but he knows how to make damn entertaining ones. 2012 is like one gigantic third act, and we still talk about how a Mac brought down an alien mothership in Independence Day. He strikes the right balance in his action movies to make them endearingly silly, and that that silliness was sorely missing from the awkwardly grim Olympus Has Fallen. But 2013 is going to get another shot at Die-Hard-in-the-White-House, and judging by the trailer for White House Down, Emmerich is going to get it right.
I’m pleased to announce that we’re giving away passes to the Atlanta screening of White House Down. Hit the jump to find out how you can see the movie early and for free. The film stars Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx,Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Woods, Richard Jenkins, Joey King, Jake Weber, Lance Reddick, and Jason Clarke. White House Down opens June 28th.
The first television outing for Skyfall duo Sam Mendes and John Logan has roped in even more prestige talent. The Impossible director Juan Antonio Bayona has been tapped to direct the first two episodes of the new Showtime series Penny Dreadful, which was created, written, and executive produced by Skyfall scribe John Logan and has Sam Mendes onboard as an executive producer. The incredibly promising “psychosexual horror series” takes place in Victorian London and weaves together the classic origin stories of horror icons like Dr. Frankenstein and his creature, Dorian Grey, and several characters from the novel Dracula. Hit the jump for more.
Paramount has released a new poster for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues that gives fans a face full of Burgundy. The details for the on-going adventures of the Channel 4 News Team are still somewhat under beyond trying to triumph at New York’s 24-hour news channel, but that’s almost secondary to simply letting the actors do their thing. This poster recalls one of the more quotable (and easily taglined) parts of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy by reminding us that he’s kind of a big deal. I’m wondering if we’ll be seeing more character posters that play off quotes from the first movie. I wouldn’t mind a poster that’s a close-up of Brian Fantana’s face with the tagline, “It smells like the inside of a fake leg.”
Hit the jump to check out the poster, and come back tomorrow to see a new trailer that will hopefully contain the first footage from the film. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continuesopens December 20th, and stars Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, David Koechner, Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Dylan Baker, Meagan Good, Greg Kinnear, and Harrison Ford.