Justin Lin to Direct THE BOURNE LEGACY Sequel; Jeremy Renner Set to Return

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After helming the last four Fast & Furious movies, Justin Lin will move to another action franchise to direct the follow-up film to The Bourne Legacy.  Jeremy Renner is set to return as Aaron Cross in a sequel story scripted by Anthony Peckham (Sherlock Holmes, Invictus).  With Lin directing and Peckham writing, it looks like Tony Gilroy – who penned the previous four Bourne films and directed Legacy - may be stepping aside.  No title has been set just yet, but if Universal sticks with the titles of the novel series, then it may just be The Bourne Betrayal.  The studio is looking to release the film in the summer of 2015. Hit the jump for more.

First Look at Jeremy Renner in CIA Thriller KILL THE MESSENGER

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The first images of Jeremy Renner in the true story dramatic thriller Kill the Messenger have been released online.  Directed by Michael Cuesta (Homeland, Dexter), the pic is based on the true story of news reporter Gary Webb, whose life was ruined when he linked the CIA to a scheme to arm Contra rebels in Nicaragua and import cocaine into California.  After publishing his 1996 series “Dark Alliance,” Webb became the target of a smear campaign by the CIA that had serious repercussions.  Peter Landesman (Parkland) penned the screenplay, and the impressive ensemble cast includes Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta, Barry Pepper, Michael Sheen, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Oliver Platt, Andy Garcia, Tim Blake Nelson, Robert Patrick, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Paz Vega.

Hit the jump to take a look at the images.  Kill the Messenger will be released sometime in 2014.

New Posters for AMERICAN HUSTLE, NURSE 3D, and I, FRANKENSTEIN

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We have a few new posters for you today.  First up, it’s a blending of the character posters for David O. Russell‘s terrific-looking film, American Hustle.  It doesn’t pop off the page, but the font gives the uninitiated an understanding of the time period, and it doesn’t hurt to have a glamorous Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence flanking your leading man.  Far less glamorous and classy is the poster for the horror film Nurse 3D.  I understand it’s trying to evoke the art on World War II bombers, but the movie has nothing to do with that time period.  It’s just pandering, and not doing it very well.  Finally, there’s the poster for I, Frankenstein, which bears the tagline, “200 Years Later, He’s Still Alive”.  Imagine Colin Clive (from the 1931 movie) shouting that line and it loses some of its potency.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.  American Hustle opens December 18th, Nurse 3D opens February 7, 2014, and I, Frankenstein opens in 3D on January 24, 2014.

First Trailer for James Gray’s THE IMMIGRANT Starring Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, and Jeremy Renner

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Fresh off the film’s American debut at the New York Film Festival, the first trailer for writer/director James Gray’s new film The Immigrant has landed online.  The story centers on a woman (Marion Cotillard) immigrating to New York City in the 1920s who, when her sister is rejected and sent back to Poland, finds herself lured into the world of prostitution in the hopes of eventually being reunited with her kin.  This international trailer highlights the dichotomy between the two male leads, Joaquin Phonix as the charming man who recruits Cotillard into prostitution and Jeremy Renner as his debonair magician cousin.  Gray has definitely crafted a visually appealing look at the 1920s underbelly, and while Matt found the film misguided in his review, I’m intrigued by the interplay between the trio of main characters.

Hit the jump to watch the international trailer, which is NSFW.  The Immigrant will open in the U.S. sometime next spring.

New Trailer for David O. Russell’s AMERICAN HUSTLE Starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Jeremy Renner

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Sony Pictures has released a new trailer for director David O. Russell‘s new film American Hustle.  The story is based on the Abscam sting operation that uncovered widespread political corruption in the late 1970s.  This theatrical trailer doesn’t get too deep into the film’s plot, but we do get a nice feel for the film’s tone.  There’s a very strong Goodfellas vibe here, and it’s nice to see Russell getting back to his more offbeat roots after the slightly more conventional Silver Linings Playbook and The Fighter.  Obviously the cast is fantastic (Bale has a great moment at the beginning of this trailer), and I look forward to seeing how the ensemble comes together in the finished film.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer and click here to watch the first trailer.  The film stars Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale, Jeremy Renner, Louis C.K., Michael Pena, Amy Adams, and Jack Jones.  American Hustle opens in limited release on December 13th before going wide on December 25th.

NYFF 2013: THE IMMIGRANT Review

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There are some settings that don’t quite work with a soft, romantic approach.  There’s no romanticizing child labor or human trafficking or abject poverty.  James Gray’s The Immigrant shows there’s also no romanticizing prostitution in New York City in 1921.  Gray attempts to spin a complicated love triangle though an elegant web, but two of the three main characters get stuck in mushy, bland roles despite the best efforts of the actors.  What’s meant to carry an air of tragedy, damnation, and the hint of redemption ultimately comes off as silly due to Gray’s misguided approach.

First Look at AMERICAN HUSTLE Character Posters with Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, and Jennifer Lawrence [Updated]

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Just two months until David O. Russell‘s American Hustle hits theaters on December 13.  The story is based on the Abscam sting operation that uncovered widespread political corruption in the late 1970s.  We have seen the awesome “Good Times Bad Times” trailer and a few images, but no poster.  Fortunately, Steve has you covered: He snapped photos of character posters for Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, and Jennifer Lawrence on the way to a screening.

We expect Sony to officially release these online at some point (likely with an Amy Adams poster to complete the set), so check back for higher resolution down the road.  Hit the jump for an early taste. [UpdateSony has sent over the official high-resolution versions of the posters, complete with Amy Adams.  Check them out after the jump.]

THE BOURNE LEGACY Follow-Up Moving Forward with Screenwriter Anthony Peckham

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Universal is making headway on its follow-up to the 2012 pseudo-spinoff The Bourne Legacy, as a screenwriter has been tapped to further the adventures of Jeremy Renner’s chems-obsessed Aaron Cross.  While Universal announced that it was “actively working” on a new Bourne film a few months ago, Deadline reports that Sherlock Holmes and Invictus screenwriter Anthony Peckham has been brought on to write the script for another Bourne movie.  While Universal would obviously love to bring Matt Damon back into the fold, this follow-up is designed to continue Cross’ story; it would appear that Damon is still reluctant to return.  Hit the jump for more.

First Trailer for David O. Russell’s AMERICAN HUSTLE Starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale, and Jeremy Renner

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Sony Pictures has released the first trailer for David O. Russell‘s American Hustle.  The story is based on an  undercover sting operation called “Abscam”, which was set up in the 1980s by a con artist working for the FBI who rooted out corruption in Congress.  Christian Bale plays the con artist, Amy Adams plays his lover/accomplice, Bradley Cooper plays an FBI agent, and Jennifer Lawrence is set as Bale’s “loose cannon of a Long Island house wife.”  Those plot and character details are mostly absent from the trailer, but we do get a look at what could be a wild and fun ride.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film stars Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale, Jeremy Renner, Louis C.K., Michael Pena, and Jack JonesAmerican Hustle opens in limited release on December 13th before going wide on December 25th. [Update: We've replaced the video embed with a higher-quality version and added high-quality images.]

HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS Unrated Cut Review

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Writer-director Tommy Wirkola’s style is one that will either delight you with its over-the-top gore and sick brand of humor, or will disgust you for the same reasons.  I’m happily in the former camp.  My first introduction to Wirkola’s work was the fantastic original film Dead Snow – two words: Nazi zombies.  While I missed his broader effort Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters when it opened in theaters, last night I had the opportunity to attend the premiere of the film in all of its uncut glory.  The film may not have found its audience stateside, but the global box office of nearly $225 million gives hope that Wirkola will be around for future efforts.  Perhaps the unrated cut version of Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, available now on digital platforms and due out on Blu-ray/DVD on June 11th, will find more of a home with American audiences.  For my review of that particular cut, which features 12 minutes of previously-unseen bloody and violent footage, hit the jump.

Cannes 2013: New Images from BEHIND THE CANDELABRA, NEBRASKA, THE IMMIGRANT, and AS I LAY DYING

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The 2013 Cannes Film Festival begins today, and new images have been released for these movies in the fest’s line-up:

  • Behind the Candelabra – Directed by Steven Soderbergh, starring Michael Douglas, Matt Damon, Dan Aykroyd, Rob Lowe, and Debbie Reynolds.
  • Nebraska – Directed by Alexander Payne, starring Bruce Dern, Will Forte, Stacy Keach, and Bob Odenkirk.
  • The Immigrant – Directed by James Gray, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Marion Cotillard, and Jeremy Renner.
  • As I Lay Dying – Directed and starring James Franco, co-starring Tim Blake Nelson, Logan Marshall-Green, and Danny McBride.

Hit the jump for the images and synopses.  The 2013 Cannes Film Festival runs from May 15 – May 26th.

David O. Russell’s Next Film Gets New Title: AMERICAN HUSTLE

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Director David O. Russell’s follow-up to last year’s crowdpleasing awards contender Silver Linings Playbook now has a title.  Previously referred to as American Bullshit, the pic is now titled American Hustle per Box Office Mojo.  The story is based on a real-life undercover sting operation called “Abscam”, which was set up in the 1980s by a con artist working for the FBI who rooted out corruption in Congress.  The film boasts an incredible ensemble cast that includes a number of Russell regulars like Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Robert De Niro as well as some exciting Russell newcomers like Jeremy Renner, Louis C.K., Michael Pena, and Jack Huston.

Russell is currently in the middle of production on American Hustle in the New York City area, and we’ve already seen a number of wildly entertaining set photos of the cast done up in their 80s garb.  The film opens in limited release on December 13th before going wide on Christmas Day, and it’s safe to assume that American Hustle will be a serious player in this year’s awards race.

Paramount Moving Forward with HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS Sequel

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Paramount Pictures is now officially developing a sequel to this past January’s R-rated genre pic Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.  You’d be forgiven for being a bit surprised at the news, as the film was a flop domestically with a total gross of just $54.6 million.  However, overseas the film has now taken in over $150 million.  Against a purported budget of $50 million, the pic’s worldwide gross of $205 million is apparently enough to justify moving forward with the follow-up, as Deadline reports that a sequel is now officially in development.  Hit the jump for more.

ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK Gets Reboot Treatment with Plans for a Trilogy, Liam Neeson May Star

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John Carpenter’s 1981 post-apocalyptic thriller Escape from New York is the latest property to get a face-lift.  The original starred Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken, an eye-patching wearing, bank-robbing convict tasked with venturing into the maximum security prison that has become Manhattan in order to rescue the President (Donald Pleasence) and gain his freedom.  A reboot was attempted a few years ago but New Line let the rights lapse.  Now, Joel Silver’s Silver Pictures and Studio Canal are teaming up to bring a new look (and a new face) to the franchise with plans of an origin story and eventual trilogy.  Hit the jump for more.

Sony Sets Christmas Release Date for David O. Russell’s ABSCAM Film Starring Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, and Jennifer Lawrence

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Sony Pictures has given Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell’s next film a prime awards season release date later this year.  The untitled project (formerly known as American Bullshit) will hit theaters in limited release on December 13th before going wide on Christmas Day.  The pic is based on a real-life undercover sting operation called Abscam, which was set up in the 1980s by a con artist working for the FBI who rooted out corruption in Congress.

The cast reads like a “Best Of” from Russell’s filmography, as Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale are set in the leads with Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Louis C.K., Jeremy Renner, and Alessandro Nivola (Face/Off) rounding out the ensemble.  Hit the jump for more.

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