First Trailer for ANNIE Starring Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx, and Cameron Diaz

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Sony Pictures has released the first trailer for director Will Gluck‘s (Easy A) new musical adaptation Annie.  The redo stars Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) in the title role as a young, happy, street-tough foster kid living with the mean Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz) who is taken in by New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) in a thinly veiled campaign move.  The film is very clearly a modern day update of the story, as it bears little resemblance to the 1982 film adaptation of the same musical.  Wallis appears to be sufficiently charming in the lead role, and Diaz puts an interesting spin on the mean Miss Hannigan sans drinking habit.  Some of the music is rather heavy on the auto-tune, but all-in-all this looks to be a fairly entertaining musical aimed squarely at families looking for an agreeable holiday movie outing.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  Produced by Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Jay-Z, the film also stars Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and David ZayasAnnie opens in theaters on December 19th.

TOP 5: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Set Visit, POMPEII Interviews, FANTASTIC FOUR Casting, Toy Fair 2014

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Landing just outside of this week’s Top 5 and earning an opening paragraph mention as a result is the first trailer and poster for writer/editor/director Ti West‘s The Sacrament. Obviously inspired by 1978′s Jonestown Massacre, the film features a team of journalists who attempt to document the story of a seemingly peaceful religious commune only to have the proverbial shit hit the fan in the process. I think West is among the best working directors in terms of creating and maintaining terror as evidenced by both 2009′s The House of the Devil and 2011′s The Innkeepers. Each of those films expertly sustain a sense of dread throughout and if Gene Jones hauntingly daring the visiting journalists to “Take it…” in this first trailer is any indication, The Sacrament looks to be cut from the same stellar mold. While it will be tough to match the psychological horror dealt out by 2011′s cult-centric drama Martha Marcy May Marlene, I’ll be anxiously anticipating West’s latest up until the time it hits VOD on May 1st.

Transitioning to the list section of the feature, this week’s installment highlights the first trailer for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Steve’s set visit coverage for X-Men: Days of Future Past, interviews for and Matt’s review of Paul W.S. Anderson‘s Pompeii, casting news for Fox’s Fantastic Four reboot, and coverage from the floor of Toy Fair 2014 at the Javits Center in NYC. Keep reading for a quick recap and link to each of the above.

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje Talks POMPEII, the Special Effects, Getting to Sing and Dance in the ANNIE Remake, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Paul W.S. Anderson’s disaster epic Pompeii.  The film stars Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) as an enslaved Celtic gladiator named Milo who falls in love with a noblewoman (Emily Browning) on the eve of a massive volcanic eruption that destroys Pompeii, an event that also brings him face-to-face with the man (Kiefer Sutherland) who slaughtered his family years earlier.  The film also stars Jared Harris, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Carrie-Anne Moss, Sasha Roiz, Jessica Lucas, and Paz Vega.

At the Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Akinnuoye-Agbaje, who plays a fellow gladiator and friend to Milo.   He talked about his reaction to the finished film, the special effects and how they couldn’t have been done a few years ago, how Anderson likes to beat up his actors, the way he prepared for the role, getting to sing and dance in director Will Gluck’s Annie remake, and how his next project is the NBC pilot Odyssey.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

POMPEII Review

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Until Titanic was released to record-breaking box office and a slew of awards, director James Cameron was known for straight-up action movies.  Titanic is still an action movie; it just happens to have a cheesy love story in the middle, and its epic sweep and central tragedy connected with audiences.  Two lesser directors attempted to repeat this formula, but with far less success.  Michael Bay attempted it in 2001 with Pearl Harbor and now Paul W.S. Anderson, the director behind Mortal Kombat, Alien vs. Predator, and multiple Resident Evil movies, has tried with Pompeii, a movie that not only apes Titanic, but also Gladiator.  Anderson may recognize the formula and have more weapons of destruction at his disposal, but he neither has the skill or the originality to move Pompeii out of the shadow of giants.

Watch 4 Clips from Paul W.S. Anderson’s POMPEII Starring Kit Harington, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Emily Browning, and Kiefer Sutherland

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TriStar Pictures has released four clips from director Paul W.S. Anderson’s upcoming disaster epic Pompeii.  The film stars Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) as an enslaved Celtic gladiator named Milo who falls in love with a noblewoman (Emily Browning) on the eve of a massive volcanic eruption that destroys Pompeii, an event that also brings him face-to-face with the man (Kiefer Sutherland) who slaughtered his family years earlier.  If you missed any of Steve’s set visit coverage for the film, be sure to check out his full set visit report and interviews with Anderson, Harington, Sutherland, and producer Jeremy Bolt.

Hit the jump to watch the clips.  The film also stars Jared Harris, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Carrie-Anne Moss, Sasha Roiz, Jessica Lucas, and Paz VegaPompeii opens in 3D on February 21st.

First Clip from POMPEII Pits Kit Harington against Kiefer Sutherland

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The first clip from Paul W.S. Anderson’s ancient actioner Pompeii is now online.  While it’s light on volcanic action, this first look does feature quite a bit of gladiatorial fighting.  It looks like stars Kit Harington and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje have teamed up against a veritable army of soldiers within the fighting ring.  We also get a look at such antagonizing spectators as Kiefer Sutherland, Jared Harris and Sasha Roiz.

Also starring Emily Browning, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jessica Lucas, and Paz Vega, Pompeii opens February 21st.  Hit the jump to watch the clip.

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje Talks Physical Training, Fight Sequences, Being Influenced by SPARTACUS and BEN-HUR, and More on the Set of POMPEII

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While some roles are easy to prepare for, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje had to work extremely hard to play a champion gladiator in director Paul W.S. Anderson’s Pompeii.  During a group interview on set he explained:

“It was an hour of cardio in the morning.  Followed by two hours of stunt training with Jean, a great stuntman. Sword fighting, actual fighting, then I would break for lunch.  Then there would be an hour of workout with weights with trainer Nino De Salas.  Break for half an hour, go back for another review, then stunts for another forty-five minutes.  Then you go home and do another hour’s cardio.  That was the regime for four weeks.  We’re given a nutritionist that gave us four meals a day and two thousand calories.  That was the real challenge, doing all of that work on two thousand calories.  Literally, you’re just getting up and you’re going to bed, after eight o clock you’re eating your hands.”

During the rest of the interview, Akinnuoye-Agbaje talked about the intricate fight sequences, the nature of his character, being influenced by Spartacus and Ben-Hur, having a mini portable gym right beside the set, what he knew about Pompeii before being cast, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for the interview.

New Trailer for POMPEII Starring Kit Harington and Emily Browning

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TriStar Pictures has released a new trailer for director Paul W.S. Anderson’s disaster epic Pompeii.  The film stars Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) as an enslaved Celtic gladiator named Milo who falls in love with a noblewoman (Emily Browning) on the eve of a massive volcanic eruption that destroys Pompeii, an event that also brings him face-to-face with the man (Kiefer Sutherland) who slaughtered his family years earlier.  While this trailer teases a bit of the character interplay between Harington and Browning, the main focus is on the massive amount of destruction that Anderson unleashes in the film—which is to be expected when your movie is titled Pompeii.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer, and click here to check out a trio of new images.  The pic also stars Carrie-Anne Moss, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jessica Lucas, and Jared HarrisPompeii opens in 3D on February 21, 2014.

New Images from POMPEII and AMERICAN HUSTLE Featuring Kit Harington, Jennifer Lawrence, and Amy Adams

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Some new images from two upcoming films have landed online.  First up, we have a trio of new images from director Paul W.S. Anderson’s disaster pic PompeiiKit Harington (Game of Thrones) stars as an enslaved Celtic gladiator named Milo who falls in love with a noblewoman (Emily Browning) on the eve of a massive volcanic eruption that destroys Pompeii, an event that also brings him face-to-face with the man who slaughtered his family years earlier.  These images give us or first look at Kiefer Sutherland as the film’s villain and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Harington’s friend.  The film opens in 3D on February 21, 2014.

Additionally, fresh off the film being named the Best Picture of 2013 by the New York Film Critics Circle, a batch of new images from American Hustle have landed online.  Director David O. Russell’s comedic drama takes place in the 1970s and revolves around a con artist duo (Christian Bale and Amy Adams) working with an FBI agent (Bradley Cooper) to root out corruption.  These images highlight the pic’s lavish costumes, specifically those worn by Adams and Jennifer Lawrence.  The film opens in limited release on December 13th before going wide on December 20th.  Hit the jump to check out all of the images.

TOP 5: GRAVITY, THOR: THE DARK WORLD Set Visit, THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Trailer, BREAKING BAD, JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT Trailer

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As someone who has never considered 3D films to be more than a gimmick, here is something I never thought I would write: Alfonso Cuarón‘s Gravity in IMAX 3D is a stunning achievement that is not to be missed. You’ve probably read this advice over and over already, but seriously, do whatever you can to watch the film in this format. I honestly can’t imagine seeing it any other way and, while I understand not everyone has access to an IMAX theater, I have to believe that any other presentation type will do the pic a disservice. It’s the most awe-inspiring, immersive moviegoing experience I’ve ever had; the type of thing I’ll tell my kids about one day. I can heap praise its way all day, but speaking as concisely as possible, Gravity is science-fiction perfection.

Any guesses what our lead topic is this week? This installment of Top 5 features even more Gravity love, a recap of Steve’s Thor: The Dark World set visit coverage, a new trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, more science fact-checking of Breaking Bad as well as a breakdown of our favorite series moments, and the first trailer for Chris Pine‘s Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. As protocol states, a brief recap and link to each of the above is waiting after the jump.

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje Talks Playing Two Characters, Algrim’s Relationship with Malekith, and More on the Set of THOR: THE DARK WORLD

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Most people are lucky to play one role in a movie, but in Thor: The Dark WorldAdewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje gets to play both Malekith’s trusted lieutenant, a dark elf named Algrim, and the monstrous creature named Kurse.  And neither role was easy, since both required hours of prosthetics and two different accents.  Luckily, Akinnuoye-Agbaje seemed to think the prosthetics and accents helped the movie, as he told us during an on-set group interview:

“I think it adds a new dimension to not only the elves but the movie.  It makes it very real.”

In addition to talking about the makeup process, prosthetics, and different accents, he revealed Marvel wasn’t exactly forthcoming about what would be required for the roles when he signed on, what it was like wearing the costumes, which actors he got to work with, the difference between Algrim and Kurse, how things changed along the way, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to either read or listen to what he had to say.

Kurt Russell Confirmed for FAST & FURIOUS 7; Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje Signs on for ANNIE; Geoffrey Rush Joins GODS OF EGYPT

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Here’s today’s casting update:

Hit the jump for more on each project.

Teaser Trailer for Paul W.S. Anderson’s POMPEII Starring Kit Harington, Emily Browning, and Kiefer Sutherland

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FilmDistrict has released the first teaser trailer for Resident Evil and The Three Musketeers director Paul W.S. Anderson’s upcoming Mount Vesuvius actioner Pompeii.  The film stars Kit Harington as an enslaved Celtic gladiator named Milo who falls in love with a noblewoman (Emily Browning) on the eve of a massive volcanic eruption that destroys Pompeii, an event that also brings him face-to-face with the man who slaughtered his family years earlier.  This teaser opens up by quietly playing on the familiar imagery of the Pompeii citizens fossilized in ash, followed by a brief glimpse of footage.  While it’s tough to suss out the character interplay from this teaser, it’s clear that Anderson is not holding back when it comes to volcano carnage (as if you thought he would).  We’ve come a long way since Dante’s Peak and Volcano, folks.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Kiefer Sutherland, Jared Harris, Carrie-Anne Moss, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jessica Lucas, and Paz VegaPompeii opens in 3D on February 21, 2014.

New Trailer for THOR: THE DARK WORLD Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, and Christopher Eccleston

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Marvel has released a new trailer for director Alan Taylor’s sequel, Thor: The Dark World.  The film finds Chris Hemsworth’s Thor squaring off against the villainous dark elf Malekith the Accursed (Christopher Eccleston).  The trailer is a shorter, rearranged version of what was shown at Comic-Con, and it leaves me cold.  There’s plenty of destruction and ominous warnings, but only at the very end do you see any emphasis on the title character.  It almost seems like Marvel has given up on their hero, and realized that they should sell it on Loki (Tom Hiddleston) since he’s the more popular character.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo, and Anthony Hopkins.  Thor: The Dark World opens in 3D on November 8th.

First Trailer for THOR: THE DARK WORLD Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Christopher Eccleston, and Tom Hiddleston

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Marvel has released the first trailer for director Alan Taylor’s (Game of Thrones) sequel Thor: The Dark World and it looks great.  Like every well cut trailer, it showcases a ton of impressive looking action, while revealing new details about the story.  I especially liked the reveal of how Loki (Tom Hiddleston) will be involved in the sequel.   If you dug the first Thor, you’re going to love this trailer.  Hit the jump to watch and let me know what you think in the comments.  

Thor: The Dark World stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Christopher Eccleston,Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo, and Anthony HopkinsThor: The Dark World opens in 3D on November 8th.

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