DRAGON BLADE Poster: John Cusack Makes for a Silly-Looking Centurion alongside Adrien Brody and Jackie Chan

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The American Film Market is currently underway, which means production companies and filmmakers are seeking financing for projects or trying to sell international rights for finished films.  Promotion artwork can help them do that, although I’m not sure how much this Dragon Blade poster will accomplish.  We saw some more neutral posters last week for the film, which is about “a missing legion of Roman soldiers that traveled into China in 48 B.C.”  Those posters did not show us John Cusack dressed as a Roman soldier.  I have trouble buying Cusack as anyone who lived before 1980, and I also have trouble understanding why he continues to take such laughable roles.  His presence in schlock has become almost as ubiquitous as Nicolas Cage, but without the charming insanity.  It’s a shame because Cusack can still do good work when he tries such as his recent performance as Brian Wilson in Love & Mercy.  But if he wants to wear a silly helmet, that’s his business, and Chinese cinema can certainly pay well these days.

Hit the jump to check out the Dragon Blade poster.  The film stars Jackie Chan and an also-ridiculous-looking Adrien Brody, and opens in China on February 19, 2015.  Click here and here for more AFM promo posters.

AFM 2014: Promo Posters for EVERYTHING CARRIES ME TO YOU, IRON SKY 2, TOMORROW, and LAVALANTULA Starring Steve Guttenberg

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The American Film Market is officially underway, which means production companies and filmmakers are seeking financing for projects or trying to sell international rights for finished films.  Promotion artwork can help them do that.  Briefly, here are some new AFM posters:

  • Everything Carries Me to You with Matthew Rhys, Jessica Brown Findlay, Freddie Fox, and Kate Walsh.
  • Iron Sky: The Coming Race, the sequel to 2012′s underwhelming moon Nazi movie (we also have the teaser trailer for the sequel, which may or may not contain zombie Hitler riding a dinosaur).
  • Tomorrow starring Stephen Fry and Joss Stone, and executive produced by Martin Scorsese.
  • Lavalantula starring Steve Guttenberg, Michael Winslow, Leslie Easterbook, Nia Peebles, and lava-breathing tarantulas.

Hit the jump for more. Click here for more AFM 2014 promo posters.

AFM 2014: Promo Posters for Henry Cavill’s STRATTON, DRAGON BLADE with Jackie Chan, LAST KNIGHTS Starring Clive Owen, POSTHUMOUS and More

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The American Film Market is officially underway so that means loads of filmmakers are seeking financing for projects or trying to sell finished films and often, promotional artwork can help them do that.  Here’s the AFM posters we’ve got coming at a glance:

Hit the jump to check it all out.

First Synopsis for Director Jaume Collet-Serra’s NON-STOP Starring Liam Neeson

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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.

AFM 2012: Promo Posters for TARZAN, IP MAN: THE FINAL FIGHT, SWITCH, and INAPPROPRIATE COMEDY

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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.

AFM 2012: Images and Synopses for SNITCH Starring Dwayne Johnson, THE QUIET ONES, and PROJECT BLUE BOOK

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Straight out of the American Film Market (AFM), we’ve got a few more images and synopses to share this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • SnitchDwayne 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.

AFM 2012: Images and Synopses for CAN A SONG SAVE YOUR LIFE? with Keira Knightley, Ron Howard’s RUSH, and THERESE Starring Elizabeth Olsen

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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.

AFM 2012: Promo Poster for Joss Whedon’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

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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 GreggReed Diamond, Fran Kranz, Sean Maher, and Jillian Morgese.

AFM 2012: THE EXPENDABLES 3 Confirmed; THE MECHANIC 2 Announced

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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.

First Images and Synopsis for VEHICLE 19 Starring Paul Walker

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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.

Promo Posters for ASS BACKWARDS, CARNAVAL, and THUNDER RUN Starring Sam Worthington and Gerard Butler

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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.

Promo Poster for Jake Paltrow’s Sci-Fi Flick YOUNG ONES

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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.

TOP 5: A VERY HAROLD AND KUMAR 3D CHRISTMAS, BREAKING DAWN, 21 JUMP STREET, Albert Brooks Interview, American Film Market Coverage

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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.

New Synopsis and Promo Poster for STEP UP 4 3D and New Promo Poster for THE COLD LIGHT OF DAY Starring Bruce Willis and Henry Cavill

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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.

First Images and Synopsis for THE BRASS TEAPOT Starring Juno Temple and Alexis Bledel

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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.]

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