GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Footage Review: Evan’s Reaction to Marvel Screening 17 Minutes of Footage

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I’ve been more excited about Guardians of the Galaxy than I have most other Marvel films for some time now.  I’m a huge fan of director James Gunn (Slither, Super) and the potential for strong authorial voices gets me more excited for tentpoles (see also Shane Black’s Iron Man 3 and Edgar Wright’s unfortunately cancelled take on Ant-Man).  While I generally like Marvel movies, there’s something about the humor in all of the Guardians of the Galaxy promos that I’ve seen that has colluded with my fandom of Gunn to raise my expectations for this film.  So when an invitation came my way to preview 17 minutes of the film in 3D IMAX this evening at the TLC Chinese Theater, I leapt at it despite the fact that I would essentially just be watching 17 minutes of footage I’d be seeing in a more complete context within a matter of weeks.

Guardians of the Galaxy stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee PaceKaren GillanGlenn CloseBenicio Del ToroDjimon HounsouJohn C. ReillyMichael RookerPeter Serafinowicz, and the voices of Bradley CooperVin Diesel, and Josh Brolin.  It opens in 2D and 3D on August 1st.  Hit the jump to read my Guardians of the Galaxy footage reaction!

New Full-Length SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Trailer Features the Return of Mickey Rourke’s Marv

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Dimension Films has released a new full-length Sin City: A Dame to Kill For for directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s sequel.  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 focuses heavily on the returning members of the cast, specifically Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, and Bruce Willis.  There’s plenty of action and stylized visuals on display, but even after a number of trailers, images, posters, etc. I’m still having troubling drumming up anything but indifference towards the follow-up.  It looks fine, but 2006 was a very long time ago.

Hit the jump to watch the full-length Sin City: A Dame to Kill For trailer.  The film also stars Powers Booth, Rosario Dawson, Jaime King, Dennis HaysbertChristopher MeloniJeremy PivenRay LiottaJuno Temple, Stacy Keach, and Julia Garner.  Sin City: A Dame to Kill For opens on August 22nd.

Josh Brolin to Reunite with Coen Brothers in HAIL, CAESAR!

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Josh Brolin is on quite a roll.  He recently joined Emily Blunt in director Denis Villeneuve’s (Prisoners) promising next film Sicario and just signed on to play the Big Bad Thanos in Guardians of the Galaxy (and, by extension, the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe), and now he’s lining up a reunion with the Coen brothers.  Universal Pictures announced today (via The Wrap) that they will distribute the next film from writers/directors Joel and Ethan Coen, Hail, Caesar!, and in the announcement the studio revealed that Brolin will be starring in the film alongside previously announced George Clooney.  Hit the jump for more on the Coen brothers’ next film.

How Much Thanos Will We See in Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY?

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Ever since that puzzling mid-credits sequence in The Avengers, fans have been wondering when we’d see that big purple alien guy return in a Marvel movie.  Thanos, as he’s known in the comics, is one of the principal villains of the Avengers, wielding an enormous amount of power and wreaking havoc on essentially the entire universe.  Fans were sure that Thanos would return as the “Big Bad” for The Avengers 2, but instead writer/director Joss Whedon settled on the robot Ultron as that pic’s chief baddie.  We know that Thanos will make his on-screen return with this summer’s space-set Guardians of the Galaxy, with Josh Brolin filling the role, but we’re still unclear on just how much of a factor Thanos will be in the Marvel pic.

However, a new report has shed some light on exactly how much Thanos we’ll see in Guardians of the Galaxy and what kind of role he’ll play in the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron.  If you don’t mind mild spoilers for Guardians, hit the jump to learn more.

Josh Brolin to Voice Thanos in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and Future Marvel Films

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We got our first look at Thanos (aka The Mad Titan, Avatar of Death) in a tag scene at the end of The Avengers, strongly suggesting that the Marvel villain would be making appearances in future films.  Now, we have word that none other than Josh Brolin is set to voice the big bad.  Fans will likely get their next look at (and listen to) Thanos in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, which greatly expands the current Marvel Cinematic Universe beyond its terrestrial boundaries.  Logic follows that a villain of Thanos’ proportions (he’s got god-like powers and has attempted to wipe out the human race) would also appear in future films like Avengers: Age of Ultron, with The Avengers 3 a likely place to feature the antagonist.  Hit the jump for more.

Josh Brolin in Talks to Join Emily Blunt in Denis Villeneuve’s SICARIO

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Prisoners and Enemy director Denis Villeneuve continues to put together the cast for his next film, Sicario.  The pic already has Emily Blunt set in the lead as an officer from Tuscon who travels across the border to Mexico with a pair of mercenaries in order to track down a drug lord, and now Variety reports that Josh Brolin is in talks to co-star.  The nature of Brolin’s role is unspecified, but the cast also includes Benicio Del Toro and the recently added Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead).  Brolin will be seen later this year in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and Paul Thomas Anderson’s highly anticipated Inherent Vice, and he most recently wrapped the survival drama Everest.

Hit the jump for more on Sicario and Villeneuve’s follow-up project.

7 New SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Images Featuring Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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A batch of new images from directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s upcoming sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For have landed online.  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.  These images offer new looks at Brolin’s character, as well as the characters played by Jessica Alba and Joseph Gordon-Levitt and even a set photo featuring Rodriguez and Miller with Mickey Rourke.  The gang’s back together.

Hit the jump to check out the new Sin City: A Dame to Kill For images.  The film also stars Bruce WillisRosario DawsonJaime King, Dennis HaysbertChristopher MeloniJeremy PivenRay LiottaJuno Temple, Stacy Keach, and Julia Garner.  Sin City: A Dame to Kill For opens on August 22nd.

6 New Animated Images from SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR

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Well here’s a new one.  In lieu of clips or traditional images, The Weinstein Company has released a batch of “animated images” (ie. gifs) from 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.  I’m curious to see if the audience for a Sin City sequel is still out there nearly a decade after the first film was released, especially since technology has evolved so drastically since the groundbreaking graphic novel adaptation.

Hit the jump to check out the Sin City 2 gifs.  The film also stars Mickey RourkeJessica AlbaBruce WillisRosario DawsonJaime KingJoseph Gordon-LevittDennis HaysbertChristopher MeloniJeremy PivenRay LiottaJuno Temple, Stacy Keach, and Julia Garner.  Sin City: A Dame to Kill For opens on August 22nd.

New Trailer for SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Featuring Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Jessica Alba

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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 RourkeJessica AlbaBruce WillisRosario DawsonJaime KingJoseph Gordon-LevittDennis HaysbertChristopher MeloniJeremy PivenRay LiottaJuno Temple, Stacy Keach, and Julia Garner.  Sin City: A Dame to Kill For opens on August 22nd.

8 New Images from SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Starring Eva Green, Josh Brolin, and Jessica Alba

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Eight new images from Sin City: A Dame to Kill For have been released online.  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.  All of these images could be glimpsed briefly in the trailer, but these are some nice, higher-resolution stills, which is important when so much of the film’s impact will probably be in the visuals.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Mickey RourkeJessica AlbaBruce WillisRosario DawsonJaime KingJoseph Gordon-LevittDennis Haysbert, Jamie Chung, Powers Boothe, Christopher Lloyd, Christopher MeloniJeremy PivenRay LiottaJuno Temple, Stacy Keach, and Julia GarnerSin City: A Dame to Kill For opens on August 22nd.

Universal to Release EVEREST in 3D and IMAX 3D on September 18, 2015; Film Stars Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, and Jake Gyllenhaal

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Universal Pictures has bumped the survival drama Everest from February 27, 2015 to September 18, 2015.  Directed by Baltasar Kormakur (2 Guns), the movie focuses on two different expeditions that struggle to survive while climbing the world’s tallest mountain.  The film stars Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, and Jake Gyllenhaal as well as Martin Henderson, Emily Watson, Michael Kelly, and Thomas M. Wright.  Even though we’ll have to wait a little longer, the date change is encouraging since Universal might think they have an awards contender if they’ve moved the picture to the fall.  The studio will release Everest in 3D and IMAX 3D.

Right now, there’s no competition on September 18, 2015, but a week later Sony will have the family flick Hotel Transylvania 2 and Warner Bros. is releasing the comedy The Intern.  Hit the jump for the official synopsis for Everest.

OLDBOY Blu-ray Review

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At this point Spike Lee’s remake of Oldboy is something of an underdog.  One of 2013’s bigger bombs, the film got shellacked by critics who found it lacking in comparison to Park Chan-wook’s original adaptation of the manga, while audiences had no interest in the movie, which – for whatever reason – opened Thanksgiving weekend.  It’s not that bad, it just is hard to watch without comparing it to the original, which is clearly superior.  This film tries to do its own things, and there are moments of inspiration, but… Josh Brolin, Sharlto Copley and Elizabeth Olsen star in the remake, and my Oldboy Blu-ray review follows after the jump. 

First Trailer for SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Starring Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Eva Green

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Dimension Films has released the first trailer for co-director 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.  While I’m not crazy about the music they chose for this first cut, the character transformations are pretty damn cool.  Returning characters have a whole new look, which makes sense since it’s been almost a decade since the original film.  Newcomers to the franchise have been beat up, cut up, or dolled up to the point that they’re hardly recognizable.  A solid start.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Mickey RourkeJessica AlbaBruce WillisRosario DawsonJaime KingJoseph Gordon-LevittDennis HaysbertChristopher MeloniJeremy PivenRay LiottaJuno Temple, Stacy Keach, and Julia GarnerSin City: A Dame to Kill For opens on August 22nd.

27 New Images from Jason Reitman’s LABOR DAY Starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin

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Paramount Pictures has released a batch of new high-resolution images from writer/director Jason Reitman’s adaptation of the Joyce Maynard novel Labor Day.  The film takes place over the course of a Labor Day weekend and tells the story of a 13-year-old boy who convinces his reclusive mother (Kate Winslet) to take in a drifter (Josh Brolin), who turns out to be an escaped convict on the run.  Despite the fact that the film is being released without much fanfare, it’s actually quite good.  It’s a significant departure for Reitman and marks his most mature work to date, and Winslet and Brolin both give excellent lead performances.

Hit the jump to check out the new images and click here to read Matt’s review.  The film also stars Gattlin Griffith, Clark Gregg, J.K. Simmons, and James Van Der BeekLabor Day opens nationwide on January 31st.

New TV Spot for Jason Reitman’s LABOR DAY Starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin

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Paramount Pictures has released a new TV spot for writer/director Jason Reitman’s new film Labor Day, a movie that feels like it’s being unveiled unceremoniously despite the fact that it’s very, very good.  The film takes place over the course of a Labor Day weekend and tells the story of a 13-year-old boy who convinces his reclusive mother (Kate Winslet) to take in a drifter (Josh Brolin), who turns out to be an escaped convict on the run.  The narration in this one-minute spot is absolutely terrible, but it does highlight the excellent romantic chemistry between Winslet and Brolin.  The pic marks Reitman’s most mature work to date and is an impressive departure devoid of any cynicism or sarcasm; it’s also surprisingly thrilling.  I’m honestly befuddled as to why Paramount seems to be burying the film, as it’s well worth seeing.

Hit the jump to watch the new TV spot, and click here to read Matt’s review of the film from TIFF.  The pic also stars Gattlin Griffith, Clark Gregg, J.K. Simmons, and James Van Der BeekLabor Day is now playing in limited release and opens in wide release on January 31st.

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