It’s not too often you get to tell one of the stars of a huge franchise like Man of Steel casting news, but that’s what happened earlier today when I interviewed Amy Adams for director David O. Russell’s American Hustle. For whatever reason, I was one of her first interviews, and towards the end of our conversation I tried to ask when she knew Wonder Woman (being played by Gal Gadot) would be in Batman vs. Superman. However, as I was asking the question, she revealed she didn’t know the character would be in the film or that the role had been cast. But even though she didn’t know, Adams said it was “awesome” news and she “hoped she gets a scene with her.” While she didn’t know the casting news, she confirmed the sequel starts to film in February, which makes sense, since the sequel hits theaters in the summer of 2015 and they need plenty of time in post production for the effects.
Hit the jump to watch Adams talk about the Man of Steel sequel, Batman vs. Superman., and look for the full interview soon.
Fresh off being named the Best Film of 2013 by the New York Film Critics Circle, a new clip from director David O. Russell’s American Hustle has been released online. The film 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. The movie is really, really funny, and this clip comes from a scene in the first half of the pic that nicely showcases the big-dreaming characters played by Bale, Adams, and Cooper. Their performances are all great, but it’s Jennifer Lawrence and Louis C.K. who really steal the film.
Hit the jump to watch the clip. The film also stars Jeremy Renner, Michael Pena, and Jack Huston. American Hustle opens in limited release on December 13th before going wide on December 20th.
Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for director Spike Jonze’s upcoming romantic drama Her. The story revolves around a man (Joaquin Phoenix) who falls in love with his operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson). The film picked up considerable acclaim at its New York Film Festival Premiere, with Matt calling it a “tender, funny, and touching love story” in his review. This trailer (aided by the musical stylings of Arcade Fire’s “Supersymmetry”) continues to highlight the central romance while also revealing a refreshingly warm performance by Phoenix. Her really looks to be something quite special, and I can’t wait to check out the full film.
Hit the jump to watch the new trailer and to check out a large batch of high-resolution images. The film also stars Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, and Olivia Wilde. Her opens in limited release on December 18th and expands wide on January 10th.
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 Pompeii. Kit 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.
In Collider’s ongoing awards feature Oscar Beat, we recently took a look at the state of the Best Actor Oscar race, which is looking to be one of the most competitive in recent memory. Likewise, this year’s Best Actress race is chock-full of fantastic performances and serious contenders, but we’ve had a frontrunner for the category since July and Cate Blanchett’s name remains atop the pile as we head into the thick of the race. Will Blanchett remain the favorite over the next three months or is there another contender more worthy of the trophy? Can any of the brilliant performances from this year’s smaller indies crack the top five? Read on after the jump as we examine the current state of the Best Actress category.
One of the biggest movies of the year, Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, is now available to take home on Blu-ray. If you only saw the picture once, or even twice in the theaters, there’s likely quite a bit you missed. Luckily, the Blu-ray is packed full of behind-the-scenes featurettes and a multimedia commentary track that delves into every facet of the filmmaking process. And for those of you who want to minor in Kryptonian studies, the special features also explore the newly created language and alphabet, technology, and all-around culture of the inhabitants of Krypton, plus an in-depth look at the alien world itself.
Starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Laurence Fishburne, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Antje Traue and Russell Crowe, Man of Steel is an enjoyable, yet absolutely detailed and expansive entry in the pantheon of Superman films. The quality of the film alone is worth picking it up on Blu-ray, but the special features put the icing on the cake.
Though director David O. Russell is still feverishly working to finish the film, Sony Pictures has released a new TV spot for American Hustle. The story is based on the Abscam sting operation that uncovered widespread political corruption in the late 1970s, and Russell’s fantastic ensemble cast is led by Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Jeremy Renner. This new TV spot features some new footage from the film, and critics and Oscar pundits alike are itching to get a look at the pic given that Hustle is one of only two potential awards contenders that has yet to be seen (the other being The Wolf of Wall Street). Given the success of Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook at the Oscars last year, Hustle seems poised to make some waves—a fact we discussed on the latest Oscar-themed episode of The Collision.
Hit the jump to watch the new TV spot, and click here to watch the Lawrence-centric first clip. The film also stars Louis C.K., Michael Pena, and Jack Jones. American Hustle opens in limited release on December 13th before going wide on December 19th.
What better place to get your Superman intel then from the cast and crew of Man of Steel? An upcoming fan event will feature director Zack Snyder along with stars Henry Cavill and Amy Adams in a discussion on all things Superman. Moderated by Kevin Smith, the special fan event will talk about Man of Steel, what the cinematic future holds for Superman, and will even answer your fan questions. The live event airs on Yahoo! November 9th. Hit the jump for more.
We have a few new posters for you today. First up, it’s a blending of the character posters for David O. Russell‘s terrific-looking film, American Hustle. It doesn’t pop off the page, but the font gives the uninitiated an understanding of the time period, and it doesn’t hurt to have a glamorous Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence flanking your leading man. Far less glamorous and classy is the poster for the horror film Nurse 3D. I understand it’s trying to evoke the art on World War II bombers, but the movie has nothing to do with that time period. It’s just pandering, and not doing it very well. Finally, there’s the poster for I, Frankenstein, which bears the tagline, “200 Years Later, He’s Still Alive”. Imagine Colin Clive (from the 1931 movie) shouting that line and it loses some of its potency.
Hit the jump to check out the posters. American Hustle opens December 18th, Nurse 3D opens February 7, 2014, and I, Frankenstein opens in 3D on January 24, 2014.
We ascribe technology a personality and vice versa. We say our machines “hate” us when they break down. Programs illustrate the interests of the user. Spike Jonze’s Her may seem like an outrageous concept—a man falling in love with a computer—the idea is closer than we think, and its immediacy isn’t just a social concern. It’s an existential concern as the film attempts to provide the contours of a soul through the absence of a body, a past, and society. Her is a fragile, delicate movie that requires the audience’s absolute indulgence, but the rewards are some head-spinning questions coupled with a tender, funny, and touching love story.
Having missed it during its highly successful theatrical run, I made an early trip to the video store (remember those?) this past Tuesday to pick up The Purge on Blu-ray. Like many, I was intrigued by the premise of a dystopian future America in which an annual night of crime-free killing known as “The Purge” is the key to the new U.S. of A.’s unprecedented prosperity. For an elevator pitch, my last sentence is intriguing stuff that leaves you wanting to know more about the world created by writer/director James DeMonaco. Unfortunately, I found the stellar logline to be the best thing going for The Purge as a majority of the film’s execution felt flat. I cared little to nothing about the Sandin family, was taken out of the movie during long stretches of characters searching aimlessly around the house with a flashlight, and felt the pic exchanged discernible commentary on societal violence for an all-out bloodbath that was not as much scary as it was a welcomed break from said extensive flashlight searching. Final verdict? Watch The Purge for the interesting premise, but don’t expect much in the way of scares or social commentary.
All new to home video discussion aside, this week’s Top 5 is filled to the brim with Captain Phillips interviews with Tom Hanks and more, a new trailer for Ben Stiller‘s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty including Matt and Steve’s impressions of the film, 106 lost episodes of Doctor Who potentially popping up in Ethiopia, a new trailer for David O. Russell‘s American Hustle, and Quentin Tarantino‘s top 10 films of 2013 to date. As you may be expecting, a brief recap and link to each of the above awaits after the jump.
Sony Pictures has released a new trailer for director David O. Russell‘s new film American Hustle. The story is based on the Abscam sting operation that uncovered widespread political corruption in the late 1970s. This theatrical trailer doesn’t get too deep into the film’s plot, but we do get a nice feel for the film’s tone. There’s a very strong Goodfellas vibe here, and it’s nice to see Russell getting back to his more offbeat roots after the slightly more conventional Silver Linings Playbook and The Fighter. Obviously the cast is fantastic (Bale has a great moment at the beginning of this trailer), and I look forward to seeing how the ensemble comes together in the finished film.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer and click here to watch the first trailer. The film stars Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale, Jeremy Renner, Louis C.K., Michael Pena, Amy Adams, and Jack Jones. American Hustle opens in limited release on December 13th before going wide on December 25th.
If all goes according to plan, three of the biggest films in recent memory will be in production at the same time. Marvel’s superhero team-up sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron is slated to begin production next March, J.J. Abrams’ highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII is set to start filming in “early 2014,” and now word comes that director Zack Snyder’s untitled Man of Steel follow-up will start filming next February. For those of you just now coming out of a coma, Ben Affleck has been tapped to play Batman opposite Henry Cavill’s Superman in the Warner Bros. film, and the pic appears to be moving full-speed ahead towards its July 17, 2015 release date.
In addition to the filming dates of the Batman vs. Superman film, though, a new report also has confirmation that Affleck has indeed signed on to play Batman in multiple films. Hit the jump for more, including the specific shooting dates of Batman vs. Superman.
A little under a year ago, we reported that Lee Daniels was in talks to direct the biopic, Janis Joplin: Get It While You Can with Amy Adams attached to play the late singer; the story would focus on a single day in Joplin’s life. Daniels’ latest film, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, had a successful opening weekend at the box office, and he is now set to make the Joplin biopic his follow-up. The director tells THR, “This is my next project for sure. I had no idea Janis Joplin was so smart — intellectual, even. Look, some of the smartest people in the world have been drug addicts.” He goes on to say that Adams, “can sing her ass off!” which isn’t surprising to anyone who saw Enchanted.
Daniels also went on to say that following the Joplin movie, he wants to do a screen adaptation of the musical Miss Saigon, “And then — I want to make a horror movie!” He says that like he hasn’t made one. Having seen The Paperboy, I can say that he’s already made something pretty horrific.
New images from three highly anticipated fall films have landed online. Briefly:
- The Monuments Men – The first official image from George Clooney’s latest directorial effort highlights the swell ensemble cast of the WWII heist movie, featuring Clooney, Matt Damon, John Goodman, and Bob Balaban. The film opens in theaters on December 18th.
- American Hustle – Another new image from Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell’s next film shows off even more of the early 1980s fashions donned by Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Bradley Cooper. The film opens wide on December 25th.
- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – A new image from the second film in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy takes a break from the dwarves as we get another look at Orlando Bloom’s Legolas and Evangeline Lily’s Tauriel. The film opens on December 13th.
Hit the jump to take a look at the images. [Update: We've added a batch of more images from The Monuments Men, including a first look at Cate Blanchett's character.]