Today, DreamWorks Animation presented a sneak peek at the three films set for release in 2013: The Croods, Turbo and Mr. Peabody & Sherman. While the films are in varying stages of completeness, clips from each movie were screened to give the audience a sense of tone, story and aesthetics. Not familiar with the movies in question? Here’s a look at the relevant directors and voice casts:
- The Croods – Directed by Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco, and featuring the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman and Clark Duke, The Croods opens March 22, 2013 in 3D.
- Turbo – Directed by David Soren and featuring a voice cast including Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Michael Peña, Luis Guzman, Bill Hader, Richard Jenkins, Ken Jeong, Michelle Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph, Ben Schwartz, Kurtwood Smith, Snoop Dogg and Samuel L. Jackson, Turbo opens July 19, 2013 in 3D.
- Mr. Peabody & Sherman – Directed by Rob Minkoff and featuring the voices of Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Ariel Winter, Allison Janney, Stephen Colbert, Stephen Tobolowsky, Mel Brooks, Leslie Mann and Stanley Tucci, Mr. Peabody & Sherman opens November 1, 2013 in 3D.
Hit the jump for a recap of the sneak peeks.
Although he joined the Highlander reboot well over a year ago, director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) has reportedly exited the picture. Fresnadillo and Summit Entertainment had been working on the reboot, but apparently did not see eye to eye; the director’s departure was on good terms. Fresnadillo previously exited a reboot of The Crow to helm Highlander, and it’s not yet clear if the previous position is still available. (Should we add him to the list of potential Star Wars: Episode VII directorial candidates while we’re at it?). Hit the jump for more.
New Regency is reportedly in final negotiations to land Battle for Bonneville, a true story based on half-brothers, rivals and land speed record holders, Art and Walt Arfons. Ryan Reynolds (Green Lantern) is attached to star with Jon Favreau (Iron Man) directing. The script, from Dan Gilroy (The Bourne Legacy), will follow the exploits of the half-brothers from their time as competitors on the race track to their eventual cooperation on the salt flats of Utah where they set three land speed world records in their jet-powered vehicle. Hit the jump for more on this project.
Let’s get to a couple of casting announcements, shall we?
- Ryan Reynolds (Green Lantern) is reportedly circling The Voices, a psychological thriller directed by Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis) from a Black List script by Michael R. Perry (Paranormal Activity).
- Ralph Fiennes (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2) is in talks to join director Wes Anderson’s Europe-set picture, The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Hit the jump for more on both actors and films.
The first trailer for DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods has been released. Written and directed by Kirk De Micco (Space Chimps) and Chris Sanders (How to Train Your Dragon), the film takes us back to “a previously undiscovered era in the history of our planet” and centers on the culture clash between a family of cavemen and a more evolved young man named Guy (Ryan Reynolds). We don’t see much of the plot in this trailer, but the visuals look absolutely gorgeous. We learn that the family The Croods live by the rule of “never try anything new,” so naturally the film will focus on their journey of leaving the cave for the first time. It’s interesting to see DreamWorks playing up the more dramatic and awe-inspiring aspects of this and Rise of the Guardians compared the comedy-heavy trailers for their previous films. I’m sure The Croods will still have plenty of jokes, but I’m encouraged by what we see in this teaser.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also features the voices of Emma Stone, Nicolas Cage, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman and Clark Duke. The Croods opens in 3D on March 22nd, 2013.
We’re about six months out from the release of DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods, the studio’s tale about a prehistoric family unit trying to adapt to a changing world. We brought you coverage on The Croods earlier this year from Comic-Con 2012 where DreamWorks Animation chief creative officer Bill Damashke and supervising animator James Baxter talked about the backstory and progress of the film. Now we have some new polished images of the family members as well as more meat to fill out each character.
The Croods, written and directed by Kirk De Micco (Space Chimps) and Chris Sanders (Lilo & Stitch) and featuring the voices of Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Nicolas Cage, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman and Clark Duke, opens March 22nd, 2013. Hit the jump to check out the new images and character descriptions.
Ryan Reynolds is set to lead Atom Egoyan‘s psychological thriller Queen of the Night. According to Deadline, “Reynolds plays a father who discovers a series of disturbing clues eight years after his daughter is abducted, he becomes determined to find her when the trail leads him to believe the now 17-year old girl is alive.” Egoyan recently wrapped on the West Memphis Three drama Devil’s Knot, and filming on Queen of the Night is slated to begin shooting in February in Ontario.
Hit the jump for more.
Safe House is the kind of movie that you might run across on cable a couple years down the line and forgot that you had ever seen it. Sure, it’s got a good cast (Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Vera Farmiga, Brendan Gleeson, and Sam Shepard), but it’s so routine and by the numbers that by the end the film it almost completely evaporates from memory. Our review of the Blu-ray of Safe House follows after the jump.
Ryan Reynolds has had a difficult time getting his “action leading man” career to take off. He’s an undeniably talented guy, but he was only briefly seen as Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and Green Lantern failed to connect with audiences. He’s long been attached to a Deadpool spinoff film, but that project has been in the development stages for some time now. However, that all might change as Lionsgate/Summit is apparently keen on the actor taking the lead in their reboot of the Highlander franchise. Hit the jump for more.
We’ve got a bunch of new images for you from the following projects:
- Safe, starring Jason Statham, opens April 27th.
- Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, starring Benjamin Walker, opens June 22nd.
- Casa de mi Padre, starring Will Ferrell, opens March 16th.
- Aftershock, starring Eli Roth, opens next year.
- Byzantium, starring Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton, opens later this year.
- The Lords of Salem, from writer/director Rob Zombie, opens later this year.
- The Croods, starring Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone and Nicolas Cage, opens March 22nd of 2013.
Hit the jump to check them out.
There’s no problem with delivering a solid action thriller that doesn’t reinvent the genre, but Safe House goes through the motions without an ounce of creativity or flavor. It’s the bare minimum of what an action movie should be and marches through gunfights and car chases because that’s what the genre requires, not what makes the film exciting. Denzel Washington doesn’t add much by doing a tamer retread of his Training Day performance, and Ryan Reynolds is the film’s redeeming aspect as he tries to bring a little nuance and shading to his character. But the main fault lays with director Daniel Espinosa, who knows how to make Safe House loud, but not much else.
Screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski first pitched the biopic Big Eyes to their Ed Wood director Tim Burton in August 2010. We haven’t heard much about the project since then, but there was a big development today. Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Reynolds are now attached to play Margaret and Walter Keane in the indie drama. Walter became famous for paintings featuring saucer-eyed kids, though it was the shy Margaret who really did the work. Margaret eventually tired of the misplaced credit, which led to a divorce and a heated court battle to prove authorship of the paintings.
Alexander and Karaszewski will direct Big Eyes, their fourth biopic script following Ed Wood, The People vs. Larry Flint, and Man on the Moon. Burton is producing. The trio is also working on a new version of The Addams Family. Filming is scheduled for this spring. Hit the jump for more on the story of the Keanes.
While it seems like we’re hit with an ever-increasing barrage of superhero movies each year, Deadpool is surely one of the most anticipated that’s yet to see the light of day. The film has been in the works for years now, and finally got some movement when visual effects guru Tim Miller was set as director last April. It’s a hard sell, as star Ryan Reynolds and those creatively involved are adamant that the feature be true to the comic and therefore rated R. Word on the project has been quiet for some time, but comic writer/illustrator Rob Liefeld recently let slip that he may or may not have seen eight minutes of test footage from the film. Details after the jump.
Universal has released a new and dull poster for the thriller Safe House. As you can see from the image, Denzel Washington has sprouted a Ryan Reynolds. No one is safe from Face Reynolds.
Hit the jump to check out the poster. The film also stars Brendan Gleeson, Sam Shepard, Vera Farmiga, Robert Patrick, Nora Arnezeder, Liam Cunningham, Joel Kinnaman, and Ruben Blades. Safe House opens February 10th.
David Dobkin’s The Change-Up arrived earlier this year following a marketing campaign pitched at the level of an out-of-control air siren, made a couple of bucks at the box office, and was then promptly forgotten about until now, when the film hit DVD and Blu-ray. Admit it: you didn’t even remember this film came out this year until you saw the title of this review. You probably didn’t bother seeing it in theaters, but if you did, you’ve blocked it from your memory. Now that it’s available on home video, you’ve got the option of either A) reliving the magic, or B) seeing Dobkin’s film for the very first time. Should you? Find out after the jump, folks.