Out in theaters on July 11th, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes continues the story of a growing nation of genetically evolved apes, led by Caesar (brought to life by Andy Serkis) and now threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus that was unleashed a decade earlier.
While at WonderCon to hype the upcoming release of the film, co-stars Andy Serkis, Keri Russell and Gary Oldman were joined by director Matt Reeves to talk about the first time they saw the original Planet of the Apes movie with Charlton Heston, why performance capture needs to be understood as just another form of acting, the challenges of taking this film on, the human colony, shooting in New Orleans, and how the third film will be expanded even further. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
Dimension Films has released a new trailer for co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. The film stars 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. This trailer doesn’t really get into the plot all that much, as it’s more of a flashy, aesthetic teaser than anything. Frankly, the visuals for Sin City 2 look quite cheap compared to the first film, even though technology has advanced almost a decade since Rodriguez made Sin City. The cast is promisingly eclectic, though, but right now that’s the only thing holding my interest here.
Hit the jump to watch the new Sin City 2 trailer and sound off with your thoughts in the comments. The film 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. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For opens on August 22nd.
Opening this weekend is director John Pogue’s supernatural horror film The Quiet Ones. The period pic stars Jared Harris as an unorthodox professor who sets up a series of dangerous experiments in order to explore the dark energy manifested by the damaged psyche of a young girl. Naturally, things don’t go well. The film also stars Sam Claflin, and Olivia Cooke. Erin Richards and Rory Fleck-Byrne. For more on The Quiet Ones, check out some creepy motion posters, the trailer, and all our previous coverage.
At yesterday’s Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Harris, Claflin and Cooke. They talked about whether the script changed during production, if they added anything to their characters, if they shot an alternate ending, deleted scenes, making a film for Hammer Films and the history of the company, and more. Hit the jump to watch.
If you’re looking for a film that deserves a second chance, Ender’s Game will certainly fit the bill. It came and went without much fanfare last fall, another adaptation of a beloved teen novel that failed to catch fire the way the producers clearly hoped it would. It was further burdened by homophobic comments made by the novel’s author Orson Scott Card, which the filmmakers were quick to disavow to no avail. Ender’s Game came and went with nary a hiccup, which sadly overshadowed the fact that – in and of itself – it’s actually rather terrific. Hit the jump for my full Ender’s Game Blu-ray review.
The hosts for the last few episodes of Saturday Night Live’s current season have been announced. Charlize Theron will take up hosting duties on May 10th with musical guest Black Keys, while Andy Samberg will return to SNL to host the season finale on May 17th with musical guest St. Vincent. Theron’s second stint at hosting comes at an opportune time, as she stars in Seth MacFarlane’s Western comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West, which opens in theaters on May 30th. Prior to Theron and Samberg, Andrew Garfield will lead the show on May 2nd for the first time to promote The Amazing Spider-Man 2, with musical guest Coldplay.
Earlier today, director Colin Trevorrow dropped a few fascinating nuggets of information about the upcoming sequel Jurassic World by discussing his desire to helm further installments in the franchise, the nature of Omar Sy’s character, and revealing that they are using animatronic dinosaurs for the production. Now, just a few hours later, the first official Jurassic World images have landed online as filming is underway in Hawaii. They’re not incredibly revealing, but we do get a first look at Bryce Dallas Howard’s character as well as a couple of environment shots. Trevorrow previously described Howard’s role as “very corporate, very controlled,” and that is certainly reflected in this debut image.
Hit the jump to check out the first Jurassic World images. The film also stars Chris Pratt, Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins, Vincent D’Onofrio, B.D. Wong, Judy Greer, Jake Johnson, and Irrfan Khan. Jurassic World opens in theaters on June 12, 2015.
Yesterday, Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn talked about Star Wars: Episode VII, but he also touched on some of the studio’s other major projects. After the monster success of Frozen, it was assumed that Disney would fast track a sequel. However, according to THR, Horn says that Frozen 2 “hadn’t even been discussed.” Perhaps there have been no serious discussions when it comes to finding a story or hiring cast and crew, but you don’t get to a over a billion dollars worldwide without someone saying, “Hey, maybe we should do a sequel.” That doesn’t mean one is happening tomorrow. Disney has no reason to rush when the original is still riding high. It’s currently the top selling Blu-ray and soundtrack on Amazon. However, I have no doubt when Horn says they’re primarily focusing on the Frozen musical. Disney loves bringing their animated features to the stage, and a Frozen stage musical is a license to print money.
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For No Good Reason takes audiences on a fascinating journey of discovery into the life and works of Ralph Steadman, one of the most important radical British artists of modern times and the last of the original Gonzo visionaries. Fifteen years in the making, the documentary directed by Charlie Paul reflects the culmination of his roots as a punk, art student, photographer and filmmaker. The multi-layered narrative features contributions from Johnny Depp, Hunter S. Thompson, Terry Gilliam, and Richard E. Grant, among others, and is a study in honesty, friendship and the ambition that drives an artist. Opening April 25th, the film is produced by Lucy Paul.
In an exclusive interview, the husband-wife filmmaking team talked about the appeal of doing a documentary about Steadman, gaining his trust, how the archive footage Steadman provided from his years with Thompson inspired their approach, the variety of formats they used to reveal Steadman’s artistic process and bring his illustrations to life, how key friends and collaborators who were part of Steadman’s life were brought into the story to draw an intriguing portrait, the musical contributions by Slash, Ed Harcourt, and Jason Mraz, and the cool projects their production company is currently working on including a new documentary directed by Asif Kapadia on late singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse. Check out the interview after the jump.
TV ratings for Tuesday, April 22nd are in. Briefly:
- ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. suffered another drop, falling three tenths to a 1.8 rating in the 18-49 demo and scoring 5.69 million viewers, which ties its series low rating. Read Evan’s recap here.
- Over on NBC, About a Boy ticked up a tenth to a 1.9 rating and scored 7.16 million viewers, while Growing Up Fisher matched last week’s 1.5 rating and hit 5.98 million viewers.
- Fox’s Glee dipped a tenth to a 0.9 rating and garnered 2.49 million viewers, while The Mindy Project was even with last week’s 1.0 rating and brought in 2.14 million viewers.
- At The CW, The Originals dropped a tenth to a series low 0.6 rating and 1.42 million viewers, and Supernatural rose two tenths to a 0.7 rating and notched 2.17 million viewers.
The miniseries adaptation of author J.K. Rowling’s first post-Harry Potter novel The Casual Vacancy is getting a high-profile partner. We learned last year that the BBC was developing an adaptation of the novel in miniseries format, and now HBO has come aboard the project to co-produce the three-hour event. In a story that is wildly different from the Potter universe, The Casual Vacancy revolves around the lives of a number of people living in a small town who are affected by the sudden death of a town council member. In the fight to fill the vacant seat, the various wars of the town (rich vs. poor, parents vs. teenagers, etc.) are brought to the surface. Rowling uses the story to explore themes like social class structure, the welfare state, drugs, and politics, making the miniseries format an excellent fit for the story.
Hit the jump for more on HBO and BBC’s plans for The Casual Vacancy miniseries, including how soon it might come to the small screen and which creatives will be bringing it to fruition.
It’s no secret that studios are high on branded IP. When you make a movie out of Transformers or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or He-Man, there’s the assumption that you’re already starting with a built-in audience, plus audiences immediately know what a Transformers movie entails as opposed to something wholly original like the upcoming sci-fi epic Jupiter Ascending—introducing that to audiences is tricky. And as evidenced by this February’s The LEGO Movie, it’s possible to make genuinely great films out of material that has zero backstory or mythology.
Which brings us to Barbie. Sony Pictures is currently moving forward with a live-action feature film adaptation of the 50-year-old toy, and they’ve got big plans for the property with their eye on jumpstarting a new franchise. Hit the jump for more, including what the Barbie movie entails.
Filming on Jurassic World is currently underway in Hawaii, but Colin Trevorrow took some time to reveal a few more details about the film. It should have gone without saying, but he said anyway, “We definitely talked about [sequels] a lot,” the director/co-writer revealed. “We wanted to create something that would be a little bit less arbitrary and episodic, and something that could potentially arc into a series that would feel like a complete story.” This seems unlikely. I just don’t buy that a major studio would want to take one of their marquee franchises and stretch it beyond this one movie.
In news that is actually newsworthy, hit the jump for what Trevorrow had to say about Omar Sy’s character, using animatronic dinosaurs, and the film’s larger conflict. The film also stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Irrfan Khan, Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins, Jake Johnson, and Judy Greer. Jurassic World opens June 12, 2015. If you missed them, click here to see the first official images from the film.
The superhero sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past is certainly one of the more ambitious undertakings of the past few years. Not only does the film mix the original X-Men cast with the younger X-Men: First Class cast, but it also introduces the long-awaited Sentinels for the first time, takes place in two time periods, and essentially chronicles a mutant apocalypse. As such, it wasn’t a huge shock when reports surfaced that Days of Future Past might have the largest budget of any Fox film except for Avatar.
When Steve recently sat down with Days of Future Past writer/producer Simon Kinberg, he addressed the film’s budget and also talked about the scope of the pic, specifically describing the opening scene of the movie. The pic begins in the future as the mutants face extinction, and Kinberg talked about their approach to the cold open of the movie, which introduces a band of refugee mutants (watch the opening here). Read on after the jump.
In the multitude of seemingly infinite memes, I quite enjoy this one taken from the end of The Avengers. Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo had fun chemistry with Tony Stark playing fast and loose and Bruce Banner going humble and reserved. And you can’t keep a good pair of science bros. down as Ruffalo has tweeted a couple images from set of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Obviously, these images aren’t revealing, but they’re still fun, and hopefully we’ll get more as production continues.
Hit the jump to check out Ruffalo’s Avengers 2 images, which includes an image of a Black Widow prizefighter robe (make it merch, Marvel). The film also stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, James Spader, Paul Bettany, and Thomas Kretschmann. Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015. [Update: Downey Jr. has gotten in on the fun as well, sharing a photo of his own from the set that amusingly highlights the Avengers assembled.]
Even though the fourth season of Arrested Development ended in a cliffhanger and the promise of a movie, creator Mitch Hurwitz is now moving to develop a new comedy series for Netflix. Additionally, Hurwitz “will develop projects with other creators as a non-writing executive producer and will consult for Netflix on comedy series,” according to Deadline. While Netflix remains in a licensing rights arms race with other streaming services (Amazon Prime just netted HBO content), the popular streaming service is making progress when it comes to original series. They’re doing well in dramas with House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black, so now it looks like they’re trying to bulk up their comedy roster.
It’s worth noting that while Hurwitz found critical acclaim with Arrested Development, his other series Sit Down, Shut Up and Running Wilde both flopped. However, Netflix also provides more creative freedom than network television. It remains to be seen how Hurwitz’ new deal with Netflix will factor into his plans for the Arrested Development movie and his intent to direct the comedy Guinea Pigging.