Last week, Steve attended the American Film Market (AFM) and was able to bring back some first images, posters, and synopses for a handful of upcoming projects. One such film happens to be the Liam Neeson-fronted action thriller Non-Stop, for which we now have the first detailed synopsis. The story takes place during an international flight on which Neeson is an Air Mashal. His character begins to receive a series of text messages from someone who threatens to kill a passenger every 20 minutes until $150 million is transferred into a secret account.
Neeson reunites with Unknown director Jaume Collet-Serra for the pic, which is described as a mix of a mystery, actioner, and a Hitchcockian thriller. Moreover, Collet-Serra has assembled a surprisingly top-notch cast that includes Julianne Moore, Scoot McNairy, and Michelle Dockery. Hit the jump to read the full synopsis, which includes more detail.
We’ve got some new posters to share from the American Film Market (AFM). Briefly:
- Tarzan – A really poorly-made motion capture animated retelling of the classic story.
- InAPPropriate Comedy – A seriously terrible-looking “comedy” that tells the story of a computer tablet “full of the world’s most hilariously offensive apps” that sitrs up cultural anarchy. The pitiful cast includes Adrien Brody, Rob Schneider, Michelle Rodriguez, and Lindsay Lohan.
- Ip Man: The Final Fight – The next film in the martial arts franchise.
- Switch – An action drama set within the world of art thieving.
Hit the jump to check out the posters and a full synopsis for Switch and InAPPropriate Comedy.
Straight out of the American Film Market (AFM), we’ve got a few more images and synopses to share this afternoon. Briefly:
- Snitch – Dwayne Johnson stars as a father whose son is wrongly accused of a crime and sentenced to 10 years in jail. In order to clear the boy’s name, he must go undercover and risk his own life. The film opens on February 22nd, 2013 and also stars Susan Sarandon, Benjamin Bratt, and Barry Pepper.
- The Quiet Ones – From the same studio behind The Woman in Black, this horror film stars Jared Harris (Mad Men) as a professor who, accompanied by a small group of scientists, sets out to create a poltergeist by causing negative human energy. The film also stars Sam Claflin.
- Project Blue Book – In keeping with the found footage trend, this film puts a spin on the sci-fi genre as the story of a family lost in the mountains of North Carolina who encounter extraterrestrials is told entirely through the lens of a young boy’s camera.
Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.
While walking the floor of the American Film Market (AFM) this morning, Steve was able to grab some images and synopses for a few upcoming films. Briefly:
- Rush – Director Ron Howard’s 1970s drama focuses on the rivalry between Formula 1 racers James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl). The film opens September 20th, 2013.
- Can a Song Save Your Life? – This uplifting music-centered drama comes from Once director John Carney and centers on the relationship between a struggling musician (Keira Knightley) and a music producer (Mark Ruffalo) in New York City. The cast also includes Hailee Steinfeld, Adam Levine, and Catherine Keener.
- Thérèse – This adaptation of the classic novel stars Elizabeth Olsen as a young woman trapped in an arranged marriage who conspires with her lover (Oscar Isaac) to dispose of her sickly cousin husband (Tom Felton). Jessica Lange also stars.
Hit the jump to check out images and detailed synopses for all three films.
Steve walked the floor of the American Film Market (AFM) earlier this morning, and he was able to snap some shots of a few promo images and posters that were on display. One such poster belongs to writer/director Joss Whedon’s adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing. Whedon famously (and secretly) shot the film over the span of a few days after he wrapped Marvel’s mega-budget The Avengers. The modern-day adaptation stars a number of Whedon regulars, including Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker, and of course Nathan Fillion. This promo poster features Denisof and Acker front and center against the backdrop of a neat title treatment.
Hit the jump to check out the promo poster, and click here to read Matt’s review of the film from TIFF. The film also stars Clark Gregg, Reed Diamond, Fran Kranz, Sean Maher, and Jillian Morgese.
There’s a lot of American Film Market (AFM) craziness on the way with announcements, confirmations, first images and synopses from plenty of upcoming films. The Expendables 3 has looked like it’s pretty much a go since August, and a flyer from Nu Media/Millennium Films has confirmed that the studios are selling the international distribution rights, which will likely help fund the upcoming action flick. A more surprising announcement is that Nu Media/Millennium Films are planning The Mechanic 2, a sequel to the 2011 action flick about a hitman (Jason Statham) and his protégé (Ben Foster). We have absolutely no details on the plot for either sequel, but The Mechanic 2 is a bit of a surprise since the original flopped at the box office.
We’ll be sure to bring you any updates on both projects as we get them. Hit the jump for a full look at the flyer, which also includes Nu Media/Millennium Films’ non-sequels.
Straight out of the American Film Market, we’ve got the first images and a brief synopsis for the indie thriller Vehicle 19. The film stars Paul Walker, who is also an executive producer on the project, and centers on a foreign traveler who picks up the wrong rental car and ends up caught in the middle of a police corruption scandal. This isn’t your typical thriller though, because the hook of Vehicle 19 is that the entire film was shot from inside this one car. Written and directed by South African filmmaker Mukunda Michael Dewil, the film is an atypical action pic. Hit the jump to check out the images and the synopsis, as well as some thoughts from Dewil himself about the unique filmmaking approach.
We’ve got another round up of stuff from the American Film Market to share with you today in the way of promo posters for Ass Backwards, Thunder Run, and Carnaval. Thunder Run is the 3D motion-capture war film starring Gerard Butler, Sam Worthington, and Matthew McConaughey. Directed by Simon West (Con Air), the film centers on the 2003 capture of Baghdad. The comedy Ass Backwards stars Alicia Silverstone, Jon Cryer, Casey Wilson (Happy Endings) and Vincent D’Onofrio and centers on two best friends who head back to their hometown in an attempt to win a pageant they never won as children.
Carnaval stars John Cusack and Johnny Knoxville and centers on a sports scout (Cusack) who is forced to head down to Rio de Janeiro to recruit the world’s top soccer player. The scout’s best friend (Knoxville) comes along for the trip, and hijinks ensue. Josh Stern (Swing Vote) will direct. Hit the jump to check out the promo posters.
Straight from the American Film Market, we’ve got the first promo poster for the sci-fi pic Young Ones. The film is director Jake Paltrow’s (yes, the brother of Gwyneth) first since his 2006 feature directorial debut The Good Night. While info on the pic is scarce, the film is said to have Elle Fanning attached to star in a story set in the not too distant future where water is a scarce commodity (per Ion Cinema). The film centers on a cowboy grieving over the death of his father when he finds out that his father’s killer has just moved in with his sister. Greenberg and The Squid and the Whale writer-director Noah Baumbach may or may not be producing the pic, which sounds like an intense character drama highlighted by touches of sci-fi. The promo poster boasts the tagline “Not all children have a childhood” and features a young boy carrying a gun, against a desert-like landscape augmented by what looks to be a large robot/machine. Hit the jump to check it out.
Happy Saturday, folks. I’m writing to you this week surrounded by a mountain of used facial tissue (that’s right, I’m not endorsing Kleenex on the site without some sort of kick back…wait, dang it). Cold season has officially set in which means I’m on a daily regimen of Dayquil (which I have no problem endorsing), warm tea, and self-pity. In case you’re a longtime reader of the “Top 5″ and you’re wondering to yourself, “Wasn’t Jason just complaining about the summer heat?”, the answer is yes. Out of the 52 yearly weeks, I’m generally not complaining about the weather for approximately 2 or 3 of them. It’s sad, I know.
In this week’s “Top 5″ you can find our video interviews with the cast of A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, press conferences with Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and more from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 junket, the red band trailer for Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum’s 21 Jump Street, a sit-down with the great Albert Brooks, and our coverage to date of this year’s American Film Market. Find a brief recap and link to each after the jump.
Straight from the American Film Market, we’ve got the new synopsis and promo poster for Step Up 4 3D, as well as a new promo poster for The Cold Light of Day. Step Up 4 is the fourth installment in the popular dance franchise, this time taking place in Miami and centering on flash mobs. The cast includes Ryan Guzman, Kathryn McCormick (So You Think You Can Dance), Misha Gabriel (This is It), and Peter Gallagher (American Beauty). Step Up 4 3D opens July 27th, 2012.
We’ve also got a new poster for Cold Light of Day. The thriller stars Henry Cavill (Man of Steel), Bruce Willis, and Sigourney Weaver. It centers on a young American who must race to find the connection between his father’s secrets and his family’s disappearance before time runs out. Hit the jump to check out the synopsis and posters.
We’ve got the first images and synopsis for the drama The Brass Teapot from the American Film Market. The pic centers on a young broke couple who steal a teapot that produces cash whenever someone feels pain. Juno Temple (The Dark Knight Rises) and Michael Angarano (Red State) star as the young couple, with Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls) and Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development) rounding out the cast. Written by Tim Macy, the film was directed by Ramaa Mosley. Hit the jump to check out the images and synopsis. [Update: We've removed the images at the request of the studio.]
We’ve got a batch of goodies from the American Film Market that includes a new image and synopsis for Blackbird, a promo poster for Attack of the 50 Ft. Cheerleader, and a new image from Love Bite. The thriller Blackbird stars Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde as sibling fugitives on the run who encounter a convict boxer (Charlie Hunnam). The cast also includes Sissy Spacek, Kris Kristofferson, and Kate Mara (American Horror Story). There’s not a ton of info on Attack of the 50 Ft. Cheerleader, but according to the promo poster it stars Sean Young, Treat Wiliams, and Jena Sims, and is produced by Roger Corman.
As for Love Bite, the film stars Ed Speleers (Eragon) and Jessica Szohr (Gossip Girl) and centers on a small town that falls victim to a werewolf who feeds on teen virgins. Hit the jump to check out the images, promo poster, and synopsis.
We’ve got another batch of posters and synopses from the American Film Market, including promo posters and synopses for Tarzan 3D and The Impossible, as well as an official synopsis for the feature film adaptation of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. The new adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ classic tale Tarzan comes in the form of a 3D animated adaptation. Reinhard Klooss (Animals United) is directing from a script that Klooss co-wrote with Jessica Postigo (The Mortal Instruments). Additionally, The Impossible comes from The Orphanage director J.A. Bayona and stars Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, and Tom Holland. The film tells the true story of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, as Watts races to find and save her family from the ensuing flood.
Finally, we’ve got the official synopsis for the feature film adaptation of the popular teen book series The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. The 3D film stars Lily Collins as a girl who is transported to another world when she meets a mysterious half-angel known as a Shadowhunter. Hit the jump to see the promo posters and synopses.
Straight out of the American Film Market, we’ve got the first images and synopsis for director David O. Russell’s The Fighter follow-up, The Silver Linings Playbook. Based on the novel by Matthew Quick, the film tells the story of a former high school teacher (Bradley Cooper) who returns home after four years in a mental institution to live with his mother (Jackie Weaver) and win back the affection of his estranged wife. The great cast also includes Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Stiles, Chris Tucker, and Robert De Niro. Russell has a knack for off-center material, and I’m looking forward to see what he’s cooked up here. Hit the jump to check out the images and synopsis.
UPDATE: We’ve been asked by the studio to take down the images. Sorry if you missed them