Scope out the above image and then I’ll give you two guesses who’s directing the movie. Give up? Michael Bay! These lovely ladies were spotted on set of Transformers 4, along with stars Jack Reynor, Nicola Peltz and Mark Wahlberg. In addition to the eye candy, some military personnel were also present, plus a new vehicle that is featured in a quick set video. It’s not much to go on but at least we know Bay is sticking to his roots, even if Megan Fox isn’t along for the ride this time around.
Also starring Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, T.J. Miller and Bingbing Li, the untitled Transformers sequel opens June 27, 2014. Hit the jump to see the new images and watch a video featuring the new vehicle. [Update: The images have been taken down by request of the photographer. Sorry if you missed them.]
Well it appears that director Robert Rodriguez won’t have two films opening within weeks from each other after all. The Weinstein Company announced today that Rodriguez’s long-awaited sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For has been pushed back nearly a year, from this coming October to August 22, 2014, making Machete Kills Rodriguez’s sole release this year. That’s some pretty disappointing news for fans who have already been waiting eight years for the promised Sin City follow-up, so hopefully the finished product will be worth it. The film’s impressive ensemble cast is lead by Josh Brolin as the physically-altered Dwight (played by Clive Owen in the first film), who is “hunted down by the only woman he ever loved, Ava Lord (Eva Green), and then watches his life go straight to hell.”
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is currently the only film slated for release on that August date. The pic also stars Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson, Jaime King, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Dennis Haysbert, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven, Ray Liotta, Juno Temple, Stacy Keach, and Julia Garner.
Ryan Reynolds has departed Summit’s Highlander reboot. This leaves the picture without either a lead actor or a director, as Juan Carlos Fresnadillo exited last year citing creative differences. Producers Neal Moritz and Peter Davis had been searching for a replacement director with Reynolds waiting in the wings. This comes as a clean slate of sorts with the studio now able to search for a new leading man and a compatible director. As The Wrap reports, Reynolds would have played “Connor MacLeod, an immortal Scottish swordsman forced to confront the Kurgan, a brutal barbarian who lusts for the fabled ‘Prize.’” Reynolds will next be heard voicing the lead character in DreamWorks Animation’s Turbo, followed by a live-action role opposite Jeff Bridges in R.I.P.D., opening the same week.
On Season 3 of the AMC drama series The Killing, actress Bex Taylor-Klaus plays Bullet, a tough, scrappy street kid who is the self-appointed protector of all other street girls. With a gruesome string of murders having been uncovered, it puts all of the street kids at risk, and Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) and Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman) on a case that is sure to lead them down a dark path.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, Bex Taylor-Klaus talked about how she came to be a part of the show this season, the moment when she found out she got the unique role, why she immediately identified with the character, what it’s been like to work with Joel Kinnaman, how Bullet’s look came about, her favorite episodes, and what first interested her in acting. Check out what she had to say after the jump.
Judging by the film’s swell box office success, a vast majority of the moviegoing public saw Man of Steel this past weekend. Response to director Zack Snyder’s take on the legendary superhero has been decidedly all over the map, but it certainly seems like this iteration of Superman—and possibly that larger DC Comics Movie Universe—is here to stay. Snyder and writer David S. Goyer have already been enlisted to tackle a fast-tracked Man of Steel sequel, and that film will pave the way for Justice League and further DC comics adaptations, including Wonder Woman and Aquaman films that Warner Bros. is reportedly revving up.
During their numerous interviews on the Man of Steel press tour, Snyder and Goyer have made no secret of the fact that the world of Man of Steel is not exclusive to Superman—other superheroes exist in the same universe. This is Warner Bros.’ answer to Marvel’s incredibly lucrative series of films, and Snyder and Goyer went so far as to include a number of Easter Eggs and hints at other DC characters within Man of Steel itself as a tease of what’s to come. In case you missed some of these quick geek-friendly references, hit the jump to read a comprehensive roundup. [Warning: Spoilers Ahead]
20th Century Fox seems to have a game plan with regards to a sequel to last year’s Prometheus. While director Ridley Scott made no secret of the fact that he envisioned the Alien pseudo-sequel as the beginning of a new franchise, firm movement on the follow-up had yet to materialize. Coming off a box office take of over $400 million worldwide for the R-rated sci-fi pic, Fox was initially said to be targeting a 2014 or 2015 release date for Prometheus 2. Screenwriter Damon Lindelof revealed earlier this year that he opted not to return to pen the follow-up, and a few months ago a story surfaced claiming that Fox was “freaking out” over how to continue the story. Well it appears that a logline for Prometheus 2 has indeed been sorted out, as screenwriter Jack Palgen is in talks to pen the script for the follow-up, with Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender expected to return in the starring roles. Less certain, though, is Scott’s involvement this time around. Hit the jump for more.
The new Kick-Ass 2 trailer is now available. It features an extended look at both the continuing training regime for Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Hit-Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) and more new heroes on the block. The new cut also shows off the evil side of the mask with The Mother Fucker (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) putting together his own posse. The best thing about this trailer for Jeff Wadlow’s sequel isn’t Jim Carrey as Colonel Stars and Stripes or even the fact that his German Shepherd gets in on the action; it’s the tone, one that reminds us that comicbook movies are still allowed to be fun.
Kick-Ass 2, also starring Clark Duke, Donald Faison, John Leguizamo, and Olga Kurkulina, opens August 16th. Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.
Check out the latest casting additions below:
- Morgan Freeman (The Dark Knight) is in final negotiations to join Scarlett Johansson in Luc Besson’s new action-thriller, Lucy.
- Brooklyn Decker (Battleship) is set to join Stretch, the low-budget action-comedy from Joe Carnahan that stars Patrick Wilson, Chris Pine and Ed Helms.
Hit the jump for more on both casting announcements.
Disney has released a new behind-the-scenes featurette for director Gore Verbinski’s upcoming film The Lone Ranger. The story focuses on John Reid (Armie Hammer) surviving an attack, being saved by Native American warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp), and the two teaming up to fight injustice. This new featurette chronicles the heavy location-based production, as we see the enormous lengths to which Verbinski went in order to make the majority of The Lone Ranger practically. In fact, this featurette shows Depp falling completely off of his horse mid-stride during a stunt, and we get a look at the actor’s bruising that occurred as a result.
Hit the jump to watch the featurette. The film also stars Tom Wilkinson, Ruth Wilson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, and Helena Bonham Carter. The Lone Ranger opens July 3rd.
Disney has released the first images from their upcoming animated film, Frozen. The film features Kristen Bell as the voice of a young dreamer named Anna who teams up with Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), an extreme mountain man, to find her sister Elsa, the Queen of Arrendelle (Idina Menzel) who has accidentally trapped their kingdom in eternal winter. Anna and Kristoff are joined on their journey by Kristoff’s trusty reindeer Sven, and a talking snowman/comic-relief, Olaf (Josh Gad). The film will also have a bit of a love triangle between Anna, Kristoff, and the dashing Prince Hans (Santino Fontana), but the story will focus more on the relationship between Anna and Elsa. “That’s such an important part of this,” co-director Jennifer Lee tells USA Today. “Two sisters torn apart by a big family secret.” Bell adds that Anna is “not a good fighter, she doesn’t have good posture, she’s not very elegant, and she’s constantly putting her foot in her mouth. But, Bell adds, “she’s a good person and she’s utterly determined.” That sounds a bit like Disney’s Rapunzel, but I’m sure Anna will have her own personality, and I’m particularly interested to see how she relates to Elsa, since we haven’t really seen that dynamic with a Disney princess before.
Hit the jump to check out the first images from the movie, which features music from The Book of Mormon‘s Robert Lopez. Frozen opens in 3D on November 27th.
FilmDistrict announced today that it has acquired domestic distribution rights to the romantic comedy Are We Officially Dating?, setting the film for release on January 31, 2014. Written and directed by Tom Gormican, the pic features a promising ensemble cast led by Zac Efron, Miles Teller, and Michael B. Jordan, and centers on “three guys decide to support a friend devastated by a recent breakup by vowing to maintain their single status for as long as possible. The plan gets derailed when they each fall in love and have to secretly work around their pledge to bachelorhood, while trying to figure out the complications of modern day relationships.”
Additionally, the Elizabeth Banks-led comedy Walk of Shame has been pushed from this coming September to March 14, 2014, where it will open opposite Need for Speed. Banks plays a news anchor finds herself out on the street after a drunken one-night stand with no money, ID, or means of travel, with only a short time to trek across L.A. to get to a career-changing job interview. James Marsden and Gillian Jacobs also star. Hit the jump to read the Are We Officially Dating? press release.
This Is the End has been hailed as the summer’s great R-rated comedy, but I think we have another one on the way. After the smashing success of Bridesmaids, director Paul Feig is back with the buddy-cop action-comedy, The Heat. The film stars Sandra Bullock as an uptight FBI agent who’s paired up with a foul-mouthed Boston cop played by Melissa McCarthy. The red-band trailer absolutely won me over, and while the movie might not radically reinvent the buddy-cop formula, the execution could be top-notch with the dynamic between Bullock and McCarthy.
I’m pleased to announce that we’re giving away passes to the Atlanta screening of The Heat. Hit the jump to find out how you can see the movie early and for free. The film also stars Katilin Olson, Demian Bichir, Tony Hale, Thomas F. Wilson, Taran Killam, and Michael Rapaport. The Heat opens on June 28th.
Production is currently underway in Germany on George Clooney’s next directorial feature, the WWII drama The Monuments Men, and some new images of the star-studded cast on set have surfaced. Based on a true story, the pic centers on an unlikely World War II platoon made up of museum directors, curators, and art historians tasked by FDR with going into Germany and rescuing artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves before they are lost forever. These set photos give us a look at Bill Murray, Matt Damon, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Hugh Bonneville, and Clooney all in character, along with what looks to be a cameo by composer Alexandre Desplat. This is absolutely one of my most anticipated films of the year, and I can’t wait to see the ensemble’s interplay when the film hits theaters.
Hit the jump to check out the images. The film also stars Cate Blanchett and Bob Balaban. The Monuments Men opens on December 18th.
Originally launched in 2009, Disney’s official fan club has a new look and a ton of new content available for both new and old fans alike. The behind-the-scenes team at D23 has spent the better part of the past year prepping a revamped website that brings archival memorabilia, interviews with Disney legends, exclusive merchandise and more to its members. For the first time ever, D23 is offering a free level of membership so all fans of the Mouse House can get in on the fun. In addition to being able to access the all-new content, members will be able to purchase discounted tickets for the upcoming D23 Expo, which runs from August 9th to 11th this year in Anaheim. Hit the jump for much more on D23′s new look and how you can sign up!
Just as Warner Bros. is celebrating its successful launch of what will hopefully be a fruitful DC Comics Movie Universe with the release of Man of Steel, Sony and Marvel have swooped in to steal some of that DC thunder. Sony Pictures has announced that The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man 4 will be released in theaters on June 10, 2016 and May 4, 2018, respectively. The studio rebooted the Spidey franchise last year with director Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man to the tune of over $750 million in worldwide box office, and Webb is currently hard at work filming the follow-up. However, it appears as though Sony is wasting no time in continuing the franchise even further. Hit the jump for more.