Jennifer Garner Surfs the Web in New MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN Images

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Judging by the film’s first trailer, Men, Women & Children is going to be a rather striking departure for Up in the Air and Young Adult filmmaker Jason Reitman.  His previous feature, Labor Day, showed that Reitman was in the midst of evolving as a director, but Men, Women & Children looks to be worlds away from his other films, teasing a deeply dark, dramatic, and intense chronicle of living life in the digital age.  Based on the Chad Kulten novel of the same name, the picture revolves around high school students and their parents, and how their relationships, self-image and quality of life are affected by the internet.  A pair of new Men, Women & Children images have been released that feature stars Jennifer Garner and Ansel Elgort, and the photos continue the sober tone that was prevalent in the film’s teaser trailer.  I’m incredibly curious to see what kind of film Reitman has put together here, and I look forward to catching the world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival later this week.

Hit the jump to take a look at the new Men, Women & Children images.  The film also stars Kaitlyn Dever, Adam Sandler, Rosemarie DeWitt, Judy Greer, Dean Norris, J.K. Simmons, Timothée ChalametOlivia Crocicchia and Emma ThompsonMen, Women & Children opens in limited release on October 3rd.

MAGIC MIKE XXL Second Unit Filming Has Begun with Steven Soderbergh as Camera Operator

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Ladies and gentlemen, Magic Mike XXL is on the way.  Director Steven Soderbergh’s “male stripper movie” Magic Mike was one of the bigger surprises of 2012 in more ways than one.  Not only did the $7 million pic become a box office smash to the tune of $167 million worldwide, but Soderbergh dug deep into his subject matter, crafting a seriously dramatic story about the American Dream against the backdrop of the male stripper world.  Tatum has been hard at work on the Magic Mike sequel for the past year, and today Soderbergh revealed that second unit filming has already begun via a Magic Mike XXL image on Twitter.  Though Soderbergh is in retirement from film directing, he’s acting as the cinematographer, camera operator, and editor on Magic Mike XXL while Gregory Jacobs takes over the director’s chair.  It appears that he’s getting a jump on things before principal photography begins in earnest, with a little second unit photography work in Myrtle Beach.

Take a look at the teaser Magic Mike XXL image after the jump, courtesy of Soderbergh.  Full cast has yet to be confirmed, but Tatum is back in the lead role and the film is slated to hit theaters on July 1, 2015.

DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS. DEAD Review

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There’s this one gag in Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead that keeps popping into my mind and making me giggle even days after seeing it.  The first film is a brilliant blend of camp and gross-out horror, but the sequel is above and beyond in almost every respect.  There’s more humor, more outrageous gore, more zombie genre mythology and just so many more priceless moments that you’ll want to run and tell your friends about.  In fact, on our way out of the screening, the group I was with couldn’t settle on a favorite one.  How can you possibly choose between using a zombie body for traction to get a car out of deep snow and blowing up baby carriages?

Joe and Anthony Russo Talk COMMUNITY Season 6; Say “Dan Harmon Will Make a Movie” and Reveal Chris McKenna Wrote Jokes for CAPTAIN AMERICA 2

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Community is really kind of “The Little Engine That Could” of modern sitcoms.  The show found its creative footing during its first season and built up a small yet loyal fanbase, but during its five seasons on NBC it faced the threat of cancellation nearly every year, had its showrunner/principal creative force fired for a season and then rehired a year later, and then finally NBC cancelled the offbeat series once and for all this past May.  Fans were obviously upset by this news, but it felt like it had been a long time coming.  But no, Community wasn’t dead yet.  At the last minute, Yahoo Screen picked up the rights to the series and ordered a sixth season of Community to air exclusively on the digital platform.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors Joe and Anthony Russo have been involved with Community since its inception, helming the pilot and 20 other episodes of the show throughout its run.  When Steve recently spoke with the Russo brothers in anticipation of the Marvel film’s Blu-ray release, the two also discussed their impending return to Community to direct one Season Six episode and the show’s move to Yahoo Screen.  Additionally, they addressed the prospect of a Community movie, saying they’re confident it will happen and would be willing to direct it “in a heartbeat,” and revealed that executive producer Chris McKenna actually contributed jokes to The Winter Soldier.  More after the jump.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: James and Sean Gunn Talk Spinoffs, Peter Quill’s Father, Stan Lee’s Original Cameo, Female Superheroes, and More at Dragon Con

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Following the recent news that Guardians of the Galaxy has become the highest grossing movie of the year at the domestic box office, writer/director James Gunn and brother Sean Gunn (who played pre-motion capture Rocket on set and also appeared in the film as Kraglin), recently took part in a panel at Dragon Con in Atlanta.  The brothers were quite candid in answering fans questions and revealed a number of pieces of information not yet explored, including discussing an original semi-R-rated cameo for Stan Lee that Disney vetoed, the inclusion of female characters in the Marvel universe, a bloody extension of Lloyd Kaufman‘s cameo that was excised, and the extent of Sean Gunn’s on-set performance of Rocket Raccoon that ended up on screen.  James Gunn also talked about how he’s currently focusing on the cosmic side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including potential Guardians spinoffs, the status of Thunderboltsand he revealed that in an early version of Guardians of the Galaxy, Yondu was going to be Peter Quill’s father. 

Hit the jump for my full recap of the Gunn brothers’ panel at Dragon Con.

The 24 Movie Is Possibly Taking Shape Again

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Could Jack Bauer finally, really, truly be coming to the big screen?  Maybe!  Talk of a 24 movie has been bubbling since deep into the Fox show’s run, as star Kiefer Sutherland and those involved behind the scenes have been keen on transporting Bauer’s ass-kicking and name-taking to movie theaters.  Movement began in earnest after the show’s series finale in 2010, but producer Brian Grazer and 20th Century Fox failed to get the film going after numerous drafts by screenwriters like Billy Ray and Mark Bomback, and even filing through directors such as Tony Scott and Antoine Fuqua.  It appeared that a movie wasn’t meant to be, and as Sutherland and Co. saw that it probably wasn’t going to happen, they resurrected Bauer in the form of a 12-episode limited series.

Fox’s 24: Live Another Day debuted this past May and garnered solid ratings for Bauer’s return, and now it appears that Imagine Entertainment has been spurred by the miniseries’ success to give the 24 movie another shot.  More after the jump.

Over 60 Cosplay Photos from Dragon Con 2014

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Atlanta’s fantasy and sci-fi convention Dragon Con has come to a close for 2014, and has, as always, been a rip-roaring good time.  The fan-run con has always puts its emphasis on cosplay and deeper exploration of fandoms through panels and social events, and routinely draws around 60,000 attendees for its programming and parade. (In fact, here are 5 Things You Should Know About Dragon Con).

Hit the jump to get a peek at some of the cosplayers, dedicated costumers, and others who help make Dragon Con a true geek heaven.

GAME OF THRONES’ Miltos Yerolemou Joins STAR WARS: EPISODE VII

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Those darn limeys don’t observe Labor Day, and it’s for the best since they’ve got some new Star Wars: Episode VII casting.  According to the BBC, Miltos Yerolemou, who played swordsman Syrio Forel on Game of Thrones, has joined the upcoming Star Wars sequel in an undisclosed role, although it will probably be a minor one.  Yerolemou is probably best known to American audiences for his performance on Game of Thrones, but he’s also played other roles that involve sword fighting, so don’t be surprised if you see him wielding a lightsaber.

Yeromelou is the second Game of Thrones alum to join Episode VII following the casting of Gwendoline Christie back in June, although Lucasfilm declined to comment on his casting.  In case you’ve never seen Yerolemou on Game of Thrones or just want a refresher, hit the jump.  Star Wars: Episode VII opens December 18, 2015, and also stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong’o, and Max von Sydow.

Two New TV Spots for AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Remind Us It’s a “Make or Break Moment”

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I heard that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. improved once the show was transformed by the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and I hope that the new season is good enough to bring back those who abandoned the show earlier in season one (myself included).  As Coulson points out in one of two new TV spots, “This is a make or break moment.”  Perhaps working “in the shadows” is a better approach for the series and now that expectations have been lowered, it can bounce back.  And if not, there’s still Agent Carter to look forward to.

Hit the jump to check out the new Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV spots.  Season two premieres Tuesday, September 23rd at 9pm, and stars Clark Gregg, Chloe Bennet, Brett Dalton, Ming-Na Wen, Iain De Caestecker, and Elizabeth Henstridge.

New STAR WARS REBELS Short Is “Not What You Think”

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For your Labor Day viewing enjoyment, Disney XD has released a new Star Wars Rebels short.  The animated series will take place about 14 years after the events of Revenge of the Sith and centers on the fledgling rebellion as the Empire hunts down the last of the Jedi Knights to secure rule of the galaxy.  This new short gives us an introduction to Ezra Bridger (Taylor Gray), who shares the same irreverent attitude of Sabine and Zeb.  I’m curious to see how the show will develop and differentiate these characters, and how their playful jabs at the Empire will stack up when faced with powerful foes like Agent Kallus and the Inquisitor.

Hit the jump to check out the new Star Wars Rebels short, “Not What You Think”.  Star Wars Rebels premieres on Disney XD this October, and also features the voices of Freddie Prinze Jr., David Oyelowo, Jason Isaacs, Vanessa Marshall, Steve Blum, and Tiya Sircar.

THE STRAIN Recap: “Creatures of the Night”

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Something is going on with current TV shows where (this week in particular) a capsule, single-focus episode sneaks in around mid-season.  It’s a good thing.  It’s also a great way for character development, instead of having the plot jump all over town, whipping from story to story.  The device also makes the show feel more novelistic, and acts as a great stand-alone (one of those episodes, too, that you can point to to get new viewers interested).  “Creatures of the Night” was all of that, and it continued The Strain‘s track record of improving every single week.  Hit the jump to put it to a vote: “who wants to stay and die?”

MASTERS OF SEX Recap: “Mirror, Mirror”

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The hope for Masters of Sex was that it would have a second season renaissance that would collate the best parts of its first season, and leave the rest in the dust.  Masters had a good first season, but none of it came together as beautifully as it did in just its second season premiere.  Since then, only “Fight” has really been exceptional, and instead of taking flight, Masters‘ second season has gotten stalled out in some tedium (like the fact that an episode that spanned three years only covered, essentially, one conversation, then ended up back where things started).  “Mirror, Mirror” had some great moments (mostly thanks to Flo), but still felt like more of the same.  Hit the jump if you’ve been a very naughty orthopedist.

Martin Scorsese to Direct Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Robert De Niro in Short Film Promoting New Casino

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The good news: Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Robert De Niro are teaming up to star in a new film from Martin Scorsese.  The disappointing news: It’s for a short film promoting a casino.  According to Deadline, RatPac Entertainment is producing a short film that will be used as a campaign for Melco-Crown Entertainment, a global resorts and casino brand.  In addition to nabbing three movie stars and a legendary director, Terrence Winter (The Wolf of Wall Street) will handle the script.  The film will premiere next year at a new movie-themed resort in Studio City, Macau.  I assume it will be about how casinos are awesome as opposed to Casino, which shows a glamorous world of delights masking a seedy, violent underbelly.

Despite the short’s purpose, I’ll still watch it if I get a chance.  It’s too exciting to see this kind of talent align for any project.  I just wish it were a real feature, but as Deadline points out, this short could at least function as a bit of a warmup for another project.  In particular, there’s the Frank Sinatra movie Scorsese has been kicking around the past few years.

Jennifer Aniston Talks LIFE OF CRIME, Elmore Leonard, the Lack of Improv, the Way She Likes to Work, and More

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Life of CrimeDaniel Schecter’s adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel The Switch, is now playing on VOD and in theaters.  The film features younger versions of the Robert De Niro and Samuel L. Jackson characters from another Leonard adaptation, Jackie Brown, with John Hawkes and Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) filling the roles this time around.  The story features Hawkes and Bey kidnapping the trophy wife (Jennifer Aniston) of a wealthy man (Tim Robbins) only to find out he doesn’t actually want her back.  The film also stars Mark Boone JuniorIsla FisherWill Forte.  Life of Crime is loaded with juicy characters and great dialogue, and it’s definitely worth checking out.  For more on the movie, read Matt’s review or watch the trailer.

At the recent Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive video interview with Jennifer Aniston.  She talked about making Life of Crime, how quickly she said yes to the project, the way she likes to work, the lack of improv on the film, how doing big Hollywood movies allows her the freedom to make independent movies, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

RAY DONOVAN Recap: “Sunny”

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The best laid plans of Ray and kin often go astray.  The overarching irony of Ray Donovan is that for a fixer, Ray isn’t very good when it comes to his own family.  The truth about him laundering money through the gym to help support Terry (as well as clean Ray’s money) ends up alienating Terry completely.  The house in Trusdale meant nothing to Abby without Ray’s emotional support behind it, and she finally challenges his years of cheating on her.  Ray was willing to allow Cookie Brown to take hold of Marvin’s life, so long as he moved him to South Beach to keep him away from Bridget.  But that, too, turned sour quickly.  Hit the jump for Ray’s other misdeeds, and how it all might get put back together again.

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