It’s our pleasure to bring you an exclusive look at writer-director Stephen Sommers’ Odd Thomas. This clip features star Anton Yelchin as the title character, a short-order cook with clairvoyant abilities, who runs into quite the supernatural surprise by way of a faceless horde. There are sure to be plenty more spooky moments in store for audiences who check out the rest of the feature adaptation of the Dean Koontz novel.
Also starring Addison Timlin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nico Tortorella, Patton Oswalt, and Willem Dafoe, Odd Thomas is now available on VOD and opens in theaters February 28th. Hit the jump to watch our exclusive clip.
One great thing about the state of crowd-funding today is that director’s like Joe Dante (Gremlins, The Howling, The ‘Burbs) can afford to bring their own creative vision to light without bowing to studio pressures. The downside is that they’re dependent on fans to foot the bill. In the case of Dante’s latest project, Burying the Ex, a big portion of the donations will go to applying CG effects to augment his practical work on set. In addition to helping fund the film, donors can get a variety of rewards in return, from DVDs/Blu-rays, posters and t-shirts, to signed memorabilia, collectible props and VIP premiere passes.
Burying the Ex centers on Max (Anton Yelchin), a nice guy who begins to have second thoughts about continuing his relationship with his girlfriend, Evelyn (Ashley Greene) after they move in together. Max is saved the trouble of breaking up with his overbearing partner when she dies suddenly in a freak accident. Back on the single scene a few weeks later, Max meets up with Olivia (Alexandra Daddario), who might just be his soul mate. Too bad Evelyn is back from the grave as an undead zombie who’s out to get him back, by any means necessary. Hit the jump for more.
Earlier this week I had the opportunity to visit the set of Joe Dante‘s new film Burying the Ex, a horror comedy about Max (Anton Yelchin), a nice guy who moves in with his girlfriend Evelyn (Ashley Greene) only to find she’s a controlling nightmare. He’s saved the burden of a nasty breakup when she dies in a freak accident, and soon after meets the girl of his dreams (Alexandra Daddario). Everything seems hunkydory until Evelyn returns from the grave, crazy as ever and now with added undead super strength! As a huge fan of Dante’s I was excited to get an early look at what the film has to offer and speak with some of the folks involved. Though the film is already in production Dante and co have mounted a crowdfunding campaign through FundAnything to help with post-production and distribution. There are some damn cool rewards on the table including exclusive footage, screening invites, and even lunch with Mr. Dante himself. You can check out the official page here.
While on set I sat down for an interview with Yelchin. He talked about what attracted him to the script, working with Joe Dante, learning about the horror genre, and what audiences can expect from Burying the Ex. He also briefly touched on his feelings about getting a new director for Star Trek 3. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Our Sundance 2014 pre-coverage continues with some first look images and synopses from a collection of films that will have their world premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Briefly:
- Rudderless – Directed by William H. Macy; starring Billy Crudup, Anton Yelchin, Felicity Huffman, Selena Gomez, Laurence Fishburne, and William H. Macy.
- The Trip to Italy – Directed by Michael Winterbottom; starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon.
- The Voices – Directed by Marjane Satrapi; starring Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick, and Jacki Weaver.
- White Bird in a Blizzard – Written and directed by Gregg Araki; starring Shailene Woodley, Eva Green, Christopher Meloni, Shiloh Fernandez, Gabourey Sidibe, and Thomas Jane.
- Young Ones – Written and directed by Jake Paltrow; starring Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, Elle Fanning, and Kodi Smit-McPhee.
Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs January 16 – 26th.
Four months ago, we reported that Ethan Hawke would reunite for his Hamlet director Michael Almereyda for another modern spin on the Bard’s work. This time, they’ve teamed up for one of Shakespeare’s lesser-known works, Cymbeline. In the play, the story is about [per Yahoo! Movies] “the impossible love between Imogen (Dakota Johnson) and Posthumus (Penn Badgley), and on the conniving influence of the Queen (Milla Jovovich) on her husband, King Cymbeline (Ed Harris).” The new adaptation was reportedly “in the vein of Sons of Anarchy and Baz Luhrmann‘s Romeo + Juliet, and is an epic battle between dirty cops and a drug-dealing biker gang set in a corrupt 21st century America.” The trailer has now come online, and it looks like Amereyda has delivered on that promise in an effective and exciting manner.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars Anton Yelchin, John Leguizamo, and Delroy Lindo. Cymbeline currently has no U.S. release date.
Director Stephen Sommers’ (The Mummy) adaptation of the Dean Koontz novel Odd Thomas was filmed over two years ago, but the pic has been in limbo ever since. A financial dispute arose between the film’s independent investors, and a few months ago we learned that the release had been delayed indefinitely. Now Image Entertainment has stepped up and acquired the pic, which will finally be released in theaters in early 2014. The film stars Anton Yelchin as a short-order cook who can communicate with the dead, and it marks decidedly smaller territory for Sommers after his big-budget efforts like G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. Willem Dafoe and Addison Timlin also star.
Image Entertainment was behind the releases of Diablo Cody’s Paradise and The Colony so fans shouldn’t exactly expect a huge push in theaters, but at least this film will finally see the light of day. Read the press release after the jump.
Duncan Jones‘ fantasy adaptation Warcraft is gearing up to begin production in January, so the casting process is underway. Yesterday, we reported that Colin Farrell had been offered a lead role, and Paula Patton was in negotiations. Deadline has now updated their story to report that the production is also looking at Paul Dano (Prisoners), Anton Yelchin (Star Trek), Travis Fimmel (History Channel’s Vikings), and Anson Mount (Hell on Wheels) for roles. There are no details on who they might play, or if they’re each being offered a different role.
Given their looks and star power, I could see Dano and Yelchin competing for the same role, and Fimmel and Mount competing for another role. Dano and Yelchin are both skinny, around the same height, and are known mostly for their supporting work. Fimmel and Mount are the rugged, leading men from their respective TV shows. We’ll see how it all comes together in the weeks ahead.
The words “Jarmusch” and “vampires” were never supposed to be in the same sentence. Yet, somehow, here we are living in a world where the proto-hipster behind Down by Law and Coffee and Cigarettes has made a movie about bloodsuckers. Predictably, the movie is not a teen soap opera with fangs or a carnival of entrail-spewing carnage. Instead, it’s more of a listless, haunting, and darkly humorous experience that plays right into the director’s strengths and slips in a few genre thrills along the way for flavor. It just might even be the director’s finest film in years. Hit the jump to find out why.
Two more actors have joined the growing cast of writer/director Michael Almereyda’s (Hamlet) modern day adaptation of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline. The film is in the vein of Sons of Anarchy and Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet and is described as “an epic battle between dirty cops and a drug-dealing biker gang set in a corruption-riddled 21st century America.” Ethan Hawke, Ed Harris, and Milla Jovovich are already set to star, but it was announced today that Anton Yelchin (Star Trek) and Dakota Johnson (The Five-Year Engagement, Ben and Kate) have also joined the cast. Yelchin will play Cloten, the son of Jovovich’s Queen by a former husband, and Johnson will play Imogen, the daughter of Harris’ King from his former marriage.
Hit the jump to read the full press release. Production on Cymbeline begins in New York City on August 19th.
Nineteen new images have been released online for Stephen Sommers‘ adaptation of Dean Koontz‘ novel, Odd Thomas. The film stars Anton Yelchin as a short-order cook who can communicate with the dead, and judging by the trailer, it’s got a fun, quirky vibe that’s a far cry from Sommers’ previous blockbuster films, which includes The Mummy, The Mummy Returns, Van Helsing, and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. The images don’t tell us much about the film we didn’t already know, but we have learned some unfortunate news about the feature. According to THR, “Two Out of Ten Prods., known at TOOT, and Fusion Films filed their lawsuit Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, naming as defendants Outsource Media Group Fund, ABS Investment Group, individuals Craig Chang and Mark Bishop, and Outsource Media Group,” over $35 million in marketing and distribution costs. THR has more details regarding the particulars of the case, but the long and short of it is that we shouldn’t expect to see the film until this matter is resolved. It’s disappointing when you consider that not only does it have Yelchin in the lead, but the cast also includes Willem Dafoe and Patton Oswalt.
Hit the jump to check out the images. Odd Thomas also stars Addison Timlin, Nico Tortorella, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
We’re just days away from the US release of J.J. Abrams’ sequel Star Trek Into Darkness, and to mark the occasion Paramount has released a batch of high-resolution images from the film. By now, you probably already know whether you’ll be seeking this one out or not, but if you’re a fan of Trek and just can’t wait another 24 hours before seeing the film, this image gallery should appease you for now. We’ve seen some of these images before, but a few of them are new and all of them are in glorious high-resolution. If you missed Steve’s spoiler-free video blog review of the film, click here.
Hit the jump to check out the images. The film stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Alice Eve, John Cho, and Bruce Greenwood. Star Trek Into Darkness opens in IMAX 3D tomorrow, and in both 2D and 3D in traditional theaters on May 16th.
Paramount Pictures has released six clips from director J.J. Abrams’ upcoming sequel Star Trek Into Darkness. We’ve seen these clips individually before, but now they’re all together in one convenient place. If you missed any of our recent coverage, be sure to watch Steve’s spoiler-free video blog review of the film, the 3D trailer, three new TV spots that unveil an unmasked Klingon, and the final poster for the film.
Hit the jump to watch all the clips. The film stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Alice Eve, and Benedict Cumberbatch. Star Trek Into Darkness opens in IMAX 3D on May 15th and in 2D and 3D in traditional theaters on May 17th.
Paramount Pictures has released a new 3D trailer for director J.J. Abrams’ sequel Star Trek Into Darkness. If you happen to have a pair of red/blue 3D glasses handy, then you’re in luck. If not, well I hope you like slightly blurry images. This trailer is simply the latest theatrical trailer only refashioned in kinda-3D. I say kinda-3D because this is far from the quality 3D you’d see in a theater. Nevertheless, if you happen to have a pair of 3D glasses nearby, go nuts.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Alice Eve, and Benedict Cumberbatch. Star Trek Into Darkness opens in IMAX 3D on May 15th and in 2D and 3D in traditional theaters on May 17th.
The first trailer for director Stephen Sommers’ adaptation of the Dean Koontz novel Odd Thomas has made its way online. The story centers on a short-order cook who can commune with the dead, with Anton Yelchin starring as the titular character. It’s a uniquely “small” film for Sommers following the director’s previous tentpoles like Van Helsing, The Mummy, and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, but he appears to be delving in similar territory as the more supernatural aspects of Odd Thomas are grounded by a healthy dose of humor and charisma from Yelchin. The pic looks to strike a vibe similar to Men in Black or Beetlejuice, and it’s a bit too early to tell if it succeeds or not, but Yelchin’s starring turn sure is promising.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Willem Dafoe, Addison Timlin, Nico Tortorella, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Patton Oswalt. Odd Thomas opens in theaters later this year.
The Star Trek Into Darkness marketing blitz rolls on with three more TV spots for the upcoming sequel. A couple of the TV spots hammer home the same plot points we’ve seen before: Kirk (Chris Pine) needs to be responsible, the villain “John Harrison” (Benedict Cumberbatch) is really sinister, etc. But the third spot is an interesting evaluation of Uhura (Zoe Saldana) by Harrison. We saw this kind of evaluation before with Spock (Zachary Quinto), but the evaluation of Uhura sneaks in a couple frames of an unmasked Klingon. I’m not exactly sure why they needed masks in the first place, but as far as the design goes, it’s fairly subdued. However, in the TV series, the Klingons (from TNG onwards, which is when they got their distinctive foreheads) have different craniums. They have ridges, but the ridges vary from Klingon to Klingon, so we don’t know if that will be the case with Abrams’ film or if he’s gone for a uniform design.
Hit the jump to check out the TV spots and first image of an unmasked Klingon. The film also stars Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, and Alice Eve. Star Trek Into Darkness opens in IMAX 3D on May 15th and in 3D and 2D on May 17th.