THE DROP Clips and Images Featuring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, and James Gandolfini in One of His Final Roles

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Fox Searchlight has released three new clips and some new images from The Drop.  In the film Tom Hardy plays Bob, a former criminal and current bartender working at a bar that serves as a money “drop” for local gangsters.  When the bar gets robbed, Bob and his cousin/employer Marv (James Gandolfini) find themselves in the crosshairs of an investigation and the criminal underworld.

I could go either way on this movie.  It looks like a perfectly good thriller that has been marinating a bit too long in the “tough guys in a tough neighborhood doing tough things” tropes that a lot of filmmakers follow too far down the rabbit hole.  On the other hand it also looks like it might balance that out with a genuinely deft touch.  It also has a great cast and a well-regarded director in Bullhead helmer Michaël R. Roskam and it marks one of Gandolfini’s final performances.  Hit the jump to check out The Drop clips and images (also watch the trailer if you missed it). The film also stars Matthias Schoenaerts,  Noomi Rapace, John Ortiz, Ann Dowd, and James Frecheville.  It opens on September 12th.

First CAMP X-RAY Poster, Plus New Posters for TRASH, HORNS, WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD, and JESSABELLE

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A few new posters have made their way online.  Briefly:

  • Camp X-Ray – The first Camp X-Ray for the Guantanamo Bay-set drama makes no mistake about its selling point, as star Kristen Stewart graces almost the entire one-sheet.  The film opens in theaters and VOD on October 28th.  Read my review of the film here.
  • Trash – The first UK poster for director Stephen Daldry’s anticipated new film highlights its three unknown leads.  Also starring Rooney Mara and Martin Sheen, the pic doesn’t yet have a US release date, but could make a surprise appearance in this year’s awards season.
  • Horns – A couple of UK character posters for director Joe Hill’s darkly comic thriller shows the light (Juno Temple) and dark (Daniel Radcliffe) sides of the film, which opens in theaters and VOD on Halloween.
  • White Bird in a Blizzard – Star Shailene Woodley is front and center on the poster for director Gregg Araki’s sexually-charged drama.  The film will be available on VOD September 25th and opens in theaters on October 24th.
  • Jessabelle – The first poster Saw 3D director Kevin Greutert’s new horror film shows the dual nature of star Sarah Snook’s lead character.  The film opens in theaters on August 29th.

Hit the jump to check out the posters and synopses for the aforementioned films.

AUTOMATA Trailer: Antonio Banderas Faces a Robot Uprising in Sci-Fi Thriller

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Millennium Entertainment has released the first Automata trailer for director Gabe Ibáñez’s upcoming sci-fi thriller.  The I, Robot-esque story takes place in the year 2044 where robots are ubiquitous and operate under two fundamental laws that prevent them from harming humans or themselves.  Antonio Banderas plays an insurance agent of the ROC robotic corporation who discovers that the robots may be more human than people are led to believe.  Though we’ve seen this story many times before, the film actually looks quite good.  Dylan McDermott fills the role of the robot-hating human, while Ibáñez imbues the picture with a washed out aesthetic reminiscent of Blade Runner that reflects the dire nature of humanity.

Hit the jump to watch the Automata trailer.  The film also stars Melanie Griffith and will be released in theaters and VOD on October 10th.

Marin Ireland and Damon Gupton Talk WE TV’s THE DIVIDE, Shooting the Pilot Twice, Working with Tony Goldwyn, and More

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The WE tv drama series The Divide follows Christine Rosa (Marin Ireland), a whip-smart caseworker with a knack for getting herself in and out of trouble, and Adam Page (Damon Gupton), the youngest DA in the history of Philadelphia, both on opposite sides of a case where the outcome could either protect or destroy their reputations.  Created by Tony Goldwyn and Richard LaGravenese, the show also stars Nia Long, Paul Schneider, Joe Anderson and Clarke Peters.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, co-stars Marin Ireland and Damon Gupton talked about how they came to this show, auditioning for Tony Goldwyn, who is acclaimed as both an actor and director, what attracted them to these characters, shooting the first pilot about a year and a half ago, how things changed and evolved, the research they did for these roles, and where things are headed for the remainder of the season.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Showtime Renews MASTERS OF SEX and RAY DONOVAN for Season 3

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Fresh off AMC’s decision to bring Halt and Catch Fire back for another season, Showtime has ordered Masters of Sex Season 3 and Ray Donovan Season 3.  Both shows received 12-episode orders for a third season, set to debut in early 2015.  I haven’t seen either, but Masters of Sex is high on my list of shows I need to catch up on.  Lizzy Caplan has earned rave reviews for her lead performance, garnering an Emmy nomination for Best Actress in a Drama Series along with a bevy of Emmy nods for the show in general.  The series averages four million weekly viewers across all platforms while Ray Donovan averages five million, so bringing both shows back was a no-brainer for Showtime.  Read the full press release after the jump.

THE NOVEMBER MAN 2 Will Go Into Production Before the First Film’s August 27th Release

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I’ve got to admit, I didn’t think The November Man was anything special.  Sure, it’s based on some popular source material, but the film is getting a late August release and the trailer is a little hokey, too.  Regardless, the folks at Relativity Studios think they’ve got something good here because the studio just announced that it’s entering pre-production on the sequel even before the first film comes out on August 27th.

The November Man stars Pierce Brosnan as Peter Devereaux, a former CIA agent who gives up his quiet life in Switzerland for one last mission.  Hit the jump for more on Relativity’s plan to move forward with The November Man 2.

Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Naomie Harris, and More Join Andy Serkis’ JUNGLE BOOK: ORIGINS

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Director Jon Favreau is already in production on his nearly entirely CG-animated The Jungle Book for Disney, but Warner Bros. has now filled out the cast for its own adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling story.  Andy Serkis directs the terribly titled Jungle Book: Origins, and fresh off the news that Benedict Cumberbatch will be voicing Shere Khan, THR reports that Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Naomie Harris, Tom Hollander, Eddie Marsan, and Peter Mullan have joined the cast.  Moreover, Bad Words star Rohan Chand has been selected to fill the live-action role of Mowgli.  The film will be a mix of motion-capture, CG animation, and live-action with Serkis also set to star as Baloo.

Hit the jump to find out who the aforementioned actors will be playing in Jungle Book: Origins.

AMC Renews HALT AND CATCH FIRE for Season 2

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After the season finale only accumulated 574,000 viewers, it looked as though AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire would never make it to season 2.  On top of that, the only time it broke a million viewers was season premiere night.  Otherwise, the numbers ranged from 970,000 down to a lackluster 550,000.  But, it turns out, AMC still has faith in the series because it was just renewed and will air again next summer.

For those of you who have missed out, Halt and Catch Fire picks up about a year before IBM unleashes the very first IBM personal computer.  Lee Pace leads as Joe MacMillan, an ex-IBM executive who’s determined to beat them to it, even if it means running the risk of getting into some serious trouble in the process.  Hit the jump for more on the Halt and Catch Fire season 2 renewal.

Exclusive THE GUEST Poster Featuring Dan Stevens in Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett’s Latest

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You think you know what Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett are capable of?  Think again.  Their past work including You’re Next and their contributions to V/H/S, V/H/S 2 and The ABCs of Death are still great and all, but their latest feature, The Guest, is like nothing you’ve ever seen before.  It stars Dan Stevens as David, a soldier who shows up at the Peterson family’s door claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action.  The Guest does have a horror quality to it, but it’s more of a bloody action thriller than anything, and an expertly stylized one at that.

With The Guest making its way into theaters in less than a month, on September 17th, Collider’s got the honor of unveiling a brand new poster for the film.  Click here to read Matt’s review and hit the jump to check out that exclusive The Guest poster.  The film also stars Maika MonroeLeland OrserSheila KelleyBrendan Meyer and Lance Reddick.

Dennis Haysbert Talks SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR, Taking Over Michael Clarke Duncan’s Role, BACKSTROM, MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN, and More

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Nearly a decade after the first film, co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller have reunited to bring the visually stunning Sin City graphic novels back to the screen for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.  In a town where murderers reign and the desperate want vengeance, their paths cross at the famous Kadie’s Club Pecos, where Nancy Callahan (Jessica Alba) still dances while mourning the loss of her love, John Hartigan (Bruce Willis).  With Marv (Mickey Rourke) in the center of the carnage, a cocky young gambler named Johnny (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) takes on the villainous Senator Roark (Powers Boothe), and Dwight McCarthy (Josh Brolin) is battles with the woman of his dreams and nightmares, Ava Lord (Eva Green).

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Dennis Haysbert (who plays Manute, the mysterious, loyal and lethal bodyguard who has served many of Sin City’s most powerful figures) talked about why he wanted to be a part of this universe, how he came to take over this role from Michael Clarke Duncan (who played Manute in the first film), how quickly he took to the green screen process, how much wearing the chauffeur’s outfit from hell helped to inform his performance, his character’s motivations, what most impressed him about the way that Robert Rodriguez works, and how much he admired Eva Green’s work ethic and talent.  He also talked about what led him back to TV for Fox’s Backstrom, and the experience of working on Men, Women & Children with director Jason Reitman.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Read Description of Quentin Tarantino’s THE HATEFUL EIGHT Trailer; Confirms the Film Is Shooting in 70mm

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If you go to see Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, you’re also going to get to see the first trailer for Quentin Tarantino‘s The Hateful Eight.  Additionally, the trailer might not be released online, but we’ve managed to get a look at it, so we’re going to describe what it contains.  Considering that the movie hasn’t started shooting yet, it’s along the lines of what most people predicted it would be, although it also confirms that that the movie is shooting in 70mm.

Hit the jump for The Hateful Eight trailer description.  The film opens in 2015, and stars Bruce Dern, Kurt Russell, Amber Tamblyn, Michael MadsenJames RemarWalton GogginsZoe Bell, and Samuel L. Jackson.

New HALLOWEEN Movie is on Track and It’s Not Called HALLOWEEN: THE NEXT CHAPTER

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The plan to make another Halloween movie has been around for quite some time now.  Remember when Halloween 3D was set for a 2010 release, then got bumped to 2012 and then it was removed from The Weinstein Company’s schedule entirely?  Well, apparently that isn’t stopping Dimension Films and producer Malek Akkad from trying to make it happen again.

It was just reported that a script for the next installment, Halloween: The Next Chapter, will be turned in in the fall of 2015 and that it won’t be a direct sequel to the Rob Zombie films.  However, then Akkad chimed in to refute those claims.  Hit the jump to find out how it all played out.

Matthew Lillard Talks THE BRIDGE Season 2, His Favorite Aspect of the Character, the SCREAM TV Show, and More

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Season 2 of the FX crime thriller The Bridge has Detective Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger) and her Mexican counterpart, Detective Marco Ruiz (Demian Bichir) teamed up again to when the body of a cartel member is found on U.S. soil.  Brutal crimes and dangerous enemies will see them pulled into a complex web of drug running, money laundering and police corruption.  The Bridge season 2 also stars Ted Levine, Matthew Lillard, Emily Rios, Thomas M. Wright, Annabeth Gish, Franka Potente, Nathan Phillips, Abraham Benrubi and Lyle Lovett.

During this interview about the series and his role on it, actor Matthew Lillard (who plays arrogant El Paso Times reporter Daniel Frye) talked about how he came to be a part of The Bridge, what’s in store for Daniel, how far he’s willing to go to find the truth, working with Emily Rios, his favorite aspect of his character, living in such a dark place this season, how much longer his character can dodge death, and having an open door to talk to the writers.  He also talked about what he’d like to do next, and his thoughts about Scream being turned into a TV series for MTV.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

First ANT-MAN Set Images and Video Leak Online; Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige Chats It up with Paul Rudd

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Yesterday, we got the first official Ant-Man image, and it was a savvy move since filming has begun, and now plenty of unofficial official images and video have landed online.  I’m glad our first look at Paul Rudd as Scott Lang wasn’t a grainy Instagram photos.  But if you’re into those, you now have plenty to enjoy as the movie is shooting on location in San Francisco.  There’s nothing particularly amazing about these photos—no crashes; no explosions; no Paul Rudd riding around on ants.  Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is on set, so that’s nice I suppose.

Hit the jump to check out the Ant-Man set images and videos.  The film also stars Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Abby Ryder Fortson, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, Wood Harris, Gregg Turkington, T.I., and John SlatteryAnt-Man opens July 17, 2015.

Pierce Brosnan Is Better at Playing James Bond in Movies; Watch Him Play the Classic Video Game GOLDENEYE 007 on THE TONIGHT SHOW

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If you grew up in the 90s and were near a Nintendo 64, you played GoldenEye 007.  It was one of the must-own titles, and while young gamers today would scoff at the boxy graphics, seemingly limited play modes, and lack of online play, it’s important to remember that those young gamers are stupid kids who don’t know any better.  I sucked at GoldenEye and still had fun playing it.  The game had so much cool stuff: paintball mode, golden guns, one-hit kills, and there was only one rule: You can’t play as Oddjob because he’s too hard to kill since he’s short.

Last night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Pierce Brosnan was on promoting his new movie, The November Man.  Fallon, an endearing nerd and gamer, took the opportunity to play the most famous James Bond game with James Bond.  Hit the jump to check out the video.

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