Warner Bros. Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and New Line Cinema have released the first If I Stay trailer for director R.J. Cutler’s (Nashville) drama. Based on the Gayle Forman novel of the same name, the film stars Chloe Grace Moretz as a young girl facing a tough decision between pursuing her musical dreams at Julliard or staying close to home with the love of her life (Jamie Blackley). Circumstances are further complicated when a life-changing accident throws her life off completely off balance. I’m not familiar with the novel, but it’s easy to see why the story’s central relationship is so beloved among readers, and this trailer suggests that the filmmakers have obviously taken great pains to bring that bond to the screen in as honest a way as possible.
Hit the jump to watch the If I Stay trailer. The film also stars Mireille Enos, Joshua Leonard, Liana Liberato, Aisha Hinds, and Stacy Keach. If I Stay opens in theaters August 22nd.
Neither part of the term “original adaptation” fully applies to FX’s new limited series Fargo, even if it’s branded as such.It evokes a sense of the original Ethan and Joel Coen film without using the same characters, yet it’s full of callbacks. There are currently many series on air that tie in with movies: NBC’s Hannibal (a prequel of sorts to Silence of the Lambs), A&E’s Bates Motel (a prequel to Psycho), and even NBC’s comedy About a Boy (like Fargo, it is “inspired” by the world of the movie). What they have in common is that each series is at its best when its the farthest away from its source material. Once it becomes its own interpretation of the world it’s using as a base, it gets stronger. With Fargo, it may take a few episodes for that to develop, but once it does, there’s great potential. Hit the jump for more.
20th Century Fox has released a final X-Men: Days of Future Past trailer for director Bryan Singer’s superhero “inbetweenquel,” and man does it have everything you could ask for in a mutant-mashup movie. We get way more setup – along with a look at just how extensive and vital a role Wolverine plays in the plot – with plenty of superpowers on display, promising an action-packed payoff. The follow-up finds Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) having his consciousness sent back to 1973 in order to help Professor X (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and the rest of the X-Men: First Class crew stop Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage) and the rise of the Sentinels, giant robots programmed to exterminate mutants. The trailer does a great job at summing up the premise, which highlights the caper aspect of the plot. It’s only downside is the poor choice of music; even Quicksilver looks good here!
Hit the jump to watch the final X-Men: Days of Future Past trailer. The film also stars Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Evan Peters, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Halle Berry, Lucas Till, Omar Sy, Adan Canto, Daniel Cudmore, and Bingbing Fan. X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in 2D and 3D.
War has changed and so too have the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Following last week’s episode and the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the agents are left without the resources of which they’ve become accustomed. The series has begun to turn itself around with traitors, espionage, and revelations coming fast and heavy, throwing some unexpected curveballs our way. Did I also mention that this episode sees the arrival of Agent Eric Koenig, played by comedian extraordinaire Patton Oswalt? Can the agents defeat Hydra that have taken over S.H.I.E.L.D. bases across the world? Will the show continue its hot streak moving forward? Has Ward turned heel for real? Hit the jump for our recap.
Writer-director Paul Haggis’ Third Person trailer is now available online. As a treat, we’ve also got a look at the film’s international trailer, a bunch of character images, and the film’s poster. All of the varied media give looks at stars Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde, James Franco, Mila Kunis, Adrien Brody, Moran Atias, and Maria Bello. That’s quite the cast that Haggis has assembled for his romantic drama that tells the tale of three interlocking stories of couples in Rome, Paris, and New York, familiar territory for the Oscar-winning writer of Crash.
Also starring Kim Basinger, the film will make its U.S. debut on April 24th at the Tribeca Film Festival. Watch the first Third Person trailer after the jump, plus a bonus international trailer and a host of new images.
Season 2 of the BBC America dramatic conspiracy thriller Orphan Black sees Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) in a desperate race to find her missing daughter. The wild pursuit brings her head-to-head with ruthless clone Rachel (Maslany), and Sarah, along with her clone sisters Alison (Maslany) and Cosima (Maslany), struggle to pick up the pieces of their broken lives while dealing with the harsh reality that no one around them can be trusted.
During this interview to promote the return of the show, the ridiculously talented Tatiana Maslany, who expertly pulls off playing every clone, talked about running on adrenaline to get through the season, developing the different clones, doing a backstory for each clone, how she gets into each character, the process for shooting more than one clone in the same scene, how this project has changed her, what it’s like to be in the public eye, mastering all of the different accents, taking everything to the next level for Season 2, how much fun she had guesting on Parks and Recreation, and how she’d love to work with Gena Rowlands. Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.
The stars of Step Brothers and Talladega Nights are back! Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are set to reunite on screen in Border Guards, a new Sony Pictures comedy that Adam McKay is eyeing to direct. The picture would see Ferrell and Reilly as two incompetent border guards who get stranded in Mexico and have to sneak back across the border. While the the reunion of the comedic trio is cause for celebration in its own right, there’s also word that Sony has set British scribe and Peep Show creator Jesse Armstrong to pen the script. Hit the jump for more.
We’ve got a few casting stories to attend to this afternoon. Briefly:
- Helen Mirren is in talks to join Bryan Cranston in the promising biopic Trumbo, which tells the story of blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo.
- Jaden Smith and Liev Schreiber are in line to lead the slavery drama The Good Lord Bird.
- Sharon Stone has joined the ensemble cast of the action comedy American Ultra.
Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned projects.
A new batch of The Expendables 3 images is making its way around the net this afternoon. Hopefully you caught the image we premiered early today, which comes in advance of Steve’s set visit report dropping tomorrow morning. The new images feature more behind-the-scenes looks at stars Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Harrison Ford, Dolph Lundgren, Jason Statham, Antonio Banderas, and director Patrick Hughes. If you want to see all of them and more in action, click here to watch the film’s recently released roll call. You can also check out 16 character posters here. Hit the jump to take a look at the new The Expendables 3 images.
With director Tim Story’s comedy Ride Along hitting DVD/Blu-ray this week, I recently landed an exclusive interview with Ice Cube to help promote the release. As most of you know, the film stars Kevin Hart as a fast-talking aspiring police officer who must team up with his girlfriend’s (Tika Sumpter) brother, a hot-tempered cop (Cube), to prove that he’s worthy of being her husband. While Universal was obviously hoping for a hit, I don’t think anyone expected the film to make $150 million at the worldwide box office. But it definitely explains why the studio is quickly moving forward with a sequel, which is already slated for a January 15, 2016 release.
During the interview, Cube talked about the success of the film, why he wanted to make the project, the sequel, if it’s weird that he’s played so many police officers, what he recommends people do when they visit L.A., Straight Outta Compton (which he says is casting now and will start shooting this July), 22 Jump Street, doing a voice for the Guillermo del Toro-produced The Book of Life, the status of the Friday and xXx franchises, and more. Hit the jump for what he had to say.
Because Aaron Sorkin has a distinct style, he’s an easy target for parody. However, that doesn’t mean parodying him is easy. There’s still a cadence, a tone, and a personality to mimic, and nailing down those elements takes a sharp comedic mind. Enter Amy Schumer, who’s probably about to break out in a big way. She’s the writer and star of the upcoming Judd Apatow film, Trainwreck, and she currently has a series on Comedy Central entitled Inside Amy Schumer. On the latest episode, she did a glorious parody of The Newsroom by resetting it in a fast food joint. The results are hilarious. It’s also great to see Josh Charles, who starred on Sorkin’s Sports Night, lampooning the kind of role he once played for real.
Hit the jump to check out the sketch.
A new Walk of Shame red-band trailer has been released online for director Steven Brill’s R-rated comedy. The film stars Elizabeth Banks as a news anchor who finds herself out on the street after a drunken one-night stand with no money, identification, or means of travel. Her shameful trek across Los Angeles is fraught with misadventures as she attempts to make it to a career-changing job interview. This NSFW trailer shows some of the hijinks that ensue during Banks’ trek, and it appears that Brill has taken the opportunity to pack plenty of talented comedians into bit parts that play into the lead character’s misfortune.
Hit the jump to watch the Walk of Shame red-band trailer. The film also stars Gillian Jacobs, Sarah Wright Olsen, Kevin Nealon, Ethan Suplee, Bill Burr, and Willie Garson. Walk of Shame will be released in theaters and VOD on May 2nd.
Earlier this month, production resumed on Fast & Furious 7. Filming had halted following the death of Paul Walker last November, and while it’s still not exactly clear how the production will handle the actor’s remaining scenes or even the overall story, they’ve announced that they’ve enlisted the help of Walker’s brothers Caleb and Cody. It was rumored that Cody might step in and work on some of Paul’s remaining scenes, and while the announcement doesn’t specify how Walker’s brothers will be assisting the production, I assume they’ll be working as body doubles and handling wide shots where they’ll resemble Paul at a distance. While the production could have just hired anyone who matched Walker’s height and build, I think this is a more respectful route, and one that will probably result in a better film since there’s a personal connection as opposed to a stranger stepping in.
Hit the jump for the full announcement. Fast & Furious 7 will open April 10, 2015.
Warner Bros. has unveiled a few new images from some of its upcoming Summer 2014 films. Briefly:
- Jupiter Ascending – A new Jupiter Ascending image from writers/directors Lana and Andy Wachowski’s sci-fi epic shows that Channing Tatum’s half-werewolf/half-albino character has himself a pair of rocket boots, which come in handy when saving Mila Kunis’ queen character. The film opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on July 18th.
- Tammy – A pair of new Tammy images from the upcoming comedy highlight Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon, with McCarthy playing a down-and-out woman who takes a road trip with her foul-mouthed, alcoholic grandmother (Sarandon). Directed by Ben Falcone, the film opens on July 2nd.
- Jersey Boys – Two new Jersey Boys images from director Clint Eastwood’s feature film adaptation of the stage musical show the titular characters, played by newcomers John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, and Vincent Piazza. The film opens on June 20th.
Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.
Warner Bros. has set the Magic Mike 2 release date for July 3, 2015. 2015 is already ridiculously crowded, but I have to admire a studio scheduling the sequel to an indie dramedy about male strippers for one of the biggest blockbuster weekends of the year. Even better, it will face off against Terminator: Genesis, and while audiences are used to getting their big action fix on the July 4th weekend, I wouldn’t rule out Magic Mike 2 as highly effective counter-programming. There’s more than one way to set off fireworks. One of those ways involves cock pumps.
In a recent interview, Magic Mike 2 star Channing Tatum said that “everyone” will likely return for the sequel. I hope that the movie is good and that they’ll be seeing a lot of laaawwwwwbreakers.