Comic-Con: Channing Tatum, Christina Applegate and Ron Perlman Talk THE BOOK OF LIFE, Enjoying the Voiceover Process, Working without a Script, and More

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Mexico’s Day of the Dead will be brought to life in the animated fantasy adventure tale, The Book of Life.  A vibrant, magical and romantic journey, the story will tell the legend of Manolo (Diego Luna), a conflicted hero and dreamer who sets off on an epic quest in order to rescue his one true love and defend his village.  The voice cast also includes Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Christina Applegate, Ron Perlman, Danny Trejo, Ice Cube and Cheech Marin.

While at Comic-Con for a presentation in Hall H, co-stars Channing Tatum, Christina Applegate and Ron Perlman spoke to press during a conference, in which they talked about what they enjoy about the voice-over process, what it’s like to see their voice matched to the finished product, what was appealing about the story, working without an actual script, and how they would describe the film.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

THE BOOK OF LIFE Comic-Con Panel Recap Featuring Guillermo Del Toro, Channing Tatum, Ron Perlman, Christina Applegate, Biz Markie and More

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Anything Guillermo Del Toro gets involved in is worth attention.  He can only direct so many movies, but he’s been able to make an even bigger impact on cinema by also working as a producer.  During 20th Century Fox Comic-Con presentation today in Hall H, Del Toro was present for The Book of Life, an animated film he’s producing with Jorge Guiterrez directing.  The unique story embraces its Mexican style and influence as it tells a love story that spans the worlds of the living and the dead.

Hit the jump for The Book of Life Comic-Con panel recap.

New GOOSEBUMPS, JUPITER ASCENDING, and MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Images Released Ahead of Comic-Con

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Comic-Con officially begins tomorrow night, but the festivities have been well underway since last week with studios releasing sneak peeks of the movies they’ll have on tap for the annual convention.  Earlier today we got a look the first poster for Goosebumps, and now three new images have been released (click here for the images that were released last week).  Warner Bros. has also released images for a couple of the movies they’ll have for Comic-Con: Jupiter Ascending and Mad Max: Fury Road.  We’ll be in Hall H on Saturday covering these two panels, but in the meantime enjoy pale Channing Tatum and buzz-cut Charlize Theron.

Hit the jump to check out the Goosebumps images along with ones from Jupiter Ascending and Mad Max: Fury Road.

THE BOOK OF LIFE Footage Review: Jorge Gutierrez and Guillermo del Toro’s Animated Film Looks Outstanding

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Just yesterday I was doing a news update on Guillermo del Toro’s potentially upcoming Haunted Mansion and found myself marveling at the amount of projects he has in the pipeline, either as a director or producer.  And, as I was listing them off, I totally forgot to include The Book of Life.  That won’t be a problem now since I just got back from a footage presentation (along with a Q&A with del Toro and director Jorge Gutierrez) on the Fox Lot.  This movie is now on my radar in a major way.  Normally I’m not into footage presentations but this one was far enough ahead of release to get behind.  It was also largely fantastic, priming me for the full experience in October.

The Book Of Life revolves around three childhood friends—Manolo (Diego Luna), Maria (Zoe Saldana), and Joaquin (Channing Tatum)—who find themselves in a love triangle as the gods wager on who will win Maria’s heart.  Manolo is the central character of the story, as he dreams of breaking his family tradition of bullfighting to become a guitar player.  Over the course of the fantastical story, audiences are taken to The Land of the Living, the Land of the Remembered, and the Land of the Forgotten as Manolo seeks to live a complete and fulfilling life that is remembered by the living.  Hit the jump to for more on The Book of Life footage presentation.  The film also features the voices of Hector Elizondo, Christina Applegate, Ron Perlman, Danny Trejo, Ice Cube, and Placido Domingo.  If you haven’t seen the trailer you can fix that here.  The Book of Life opens in 3D on October 17th.

FOXCATCHER Trailer: Channing Tatum Wants to Win a Gold Medal—And Maybe an Oscar

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Sony Pictures Classics has released an intense new Foxcatcher trailer for director Bennett Miller’s (Moneyball, Capote) highly anticipated drama.  The film tells the true story of Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo), and their troubled relationship with eccentric millionaire John du Pont (Steve Carell).  While many expected—and got—a standout dramatic performance from Carell when the pic debuted at Cannes, a heavy amount of praise was also heaped on Tatum’s turn as an Olympic-focused wrestler.  Judging by the recent teaser poster and the focus of this fantastic new teaser trailer, Sony will be campaigning for Tatum in addition to Carell during this year’s sure-to-be-competitive awards race.  Though we only see glimpses of Tatum’s performance in this new trailer, it certainly looks to be unlike anything he’s done before.

Hit the jump to watch the new Foxcatcher trailer.  The film also stars Sienna MillerVanessa Redgrave, and Anthony Michael Hall.  Foxcatcher opens in theaters on November 14th.

Channing Tatum Gets Intense in New FOXCATCHER Poster

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Sony Pictures Classics has released a new Foxcatcher poster for director Bennett Miller’s (Moneyball) highly anticipated drama.  The film tells the true story of Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo), and their troubled relationship with eccentric millionaire John du Pont (Steve Carell).  The excellent debut trailer promised a dark, introspective portrait of the central relationship, and subsequent reviews out of the film’s Cannes premiere were ecstatic.  While the praise for Carell’s performance was somewhat expected, many also singled out Tatum for his work in the film, putting him on track for potential awards recognition.  It’s still too early to tell if he’ll make it all the way to Oscar, but this new teaser poster puts Tatum front and center in heavy make-up.  This one is towards the top of my most anticipated list for the remainder of the year.

Hit the jump to take a look at the new Foxcatcher poster.  The film also stars Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave, and Anthony Michael HallFoxcatcher opens in theaters on November 14th.

Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton, and Ralph Fiennes Join the Coen Brothers’ HAIL, CAESAR!

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Filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen are putting together the cast for their next film, Hail, Caesar!George Clooney has long been attached to star in the Hollywood-set 1950s comedy, which revolves around a “fixer” for the stars, and a couple of weeks ago it was announced that Josh Brolin will be a part of the cast.  Now an incredibly exciting trio of actors has been added to the latest Coen brothers pic, as THR reports that Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton, and Ralph Fiennes are in talks to sign on.  The film is said to be filled with characters harkening back to Hollywood’s Golden Age, and indeed these three actors are set to fill some very juicy roles.  Hit the jump for more details on the casting. 

Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill Talk 22 JUMP STREET, the First Table Read and the Studio’s Reaction, Deleted Scenes, GAMBIT, Bennett Miller, and More

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Now playing in theaters is 22 Jump Street, the fantastic sequel from directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller.  As most of you already know, the film finds Channing Tatum and  Jonah Hill reprising their undercover cop roles from the first movie, and they’re now tasked with infiltrating a drug operation on a college campus.   Loaded with great jokes and fantastic performances from Tatum, Hill, and the rest of the cast (Ice CubeNick Offerman Amber StevensPeter StormareRob Riggle, Dave FrancoJillian Bell, and Craig Roberts), 22 Jump Street should absolutely be seen in a theater this weekend.  You’ll love it.  For more on the film, watch these clips and behind-the-scenes footage, read Matt’s review, or click here for all our previous coverage.

At the New York City press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill.   They talked about if they were nervous to make the sequel, the first table read and the studio’s reaction, deleted scenes, if they’ll want to make another sequel, Foxcatcher director Bennett Miller, if Tatum will be playing Gambit in an X-Men movie, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

22 JUMP STREET Review

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Over the past couple of years Phil Lord & Christopher Miller‘s 21 Jump Street has become one of my favorite comedies.  I can watch it any time, quote it, and find new things to love about it every time.  It set a high bar for a sequel, and the bar gets even higher when you consider that comedy sequels rarely eclipse or even meet the quality of the original.  Rather than strictly go by the rules of comedy sequels, Lord & Miller have once again done what they do best: play against expectations.  Following Captain Dickson’s edict from the first film to “Embrace your stereotypes!”, 22 Jump Street happily acknowledges its sequel status, and tries to derive comedy from its trappings.  Like the first movie, the sequel delivers plenty of laughs, brilliant jokes, weird moments, and excellent chemistry from stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum even if their characters’ relationship is strained a little too far and a little too reliant on gay jokes derived from their bromance.

TOP 5: THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, Josh Trank Lands STAR WARS Spinoff Film, EDGE OF TOMORROW, DOCTOR STRANGE, JUPITER ASCENDING Delayed

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The Fault in Our Stars will break you. Don’t think for a second that it won’t. If you come out of it saying otherwise then there are only two explanations: you’re lying or you’re a sociopath. Either way, I’m not sure we can be friends. Led by terrific lead turns by Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort (and solid supporting efforts by Laura Dern and Nat Wolff), director Josh Boone‘s adaptation of the John Green novel disguises a lesson in how much of a cold hard bitch the universe can be as a romantic teen drama. Every sweet moment that Hazel and Gus share (of which there are plenty) has an all-consuming gray cloud overhead. Even the catharsis that comes from pelting your ex’s car with eggs only lasts as long as the inevitability of your own mortality will allow. For all of its borderline grief-inducing moments, The Fault in Our Stars is actually a solid entry in the genre that handles its subject honestly and respectfully. It deserves praise for this even if it does depress the hell out of us along the way.

In addition to more on The Fault in Our Stars, this week’s Top 5 also includes Chronicle director Josh Trank landing a Star Wars spinoff film, Matt’s Edge of Tomorrow review, Scott Derrickson getting the Doctor Strange gig as well as casting rumors surrounding the pic, and Warner Bros. pushing Jupiter Ascending back from next month to February 2015. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Channing Tatum Says “I’m About as in as I Could Possibly Be” for GAMBIT; Hopes to “Change Up” the Superhero Movie

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Though the “McConaissance” is all the rage at the moment, actor Channing Tatum has been undergoing a pretty impressive career transformation of his own over the past couple of years.  After working in films like Step Up, Dear John, and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra early in his career, Tatum started taking some big risks with excellent payoffs.  Director Steven Soderbergh brought out a different side of the actor in Magic Mike, Haywire, and Side Effects, he proved to be fantastically adept at comedy with standout roles in 21 Jump Street and This Is the End, and he drew raves for his dramatic work in the dark drama Foxcatcher at that film’s Cannes premiere last month.  With these eclectic performances under his belt, Tatum now has his eyes set on something many other actors are vying for: his own superhero movie.

Tatum has been keen on playing the X-Men character Gambit for a while now, and with recent news that plans are firming up for a standalone Gambit movie with Tatum, Steve took the opportunity to ask the actor about the film during the press day for the upcoming sequel 22 Jump Street.  Tatum cautioned that it’s still very early in the story stages, but confirmed he’s as in as he “could possibly be” and said he’d like to change up the superhero movie with this film.  Read on after the jump.

Early 22 JUMP STREET Reviews Praise the Film’s Meta Commentary on Sequels and Consistent Laughs

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Comedy sequels are incredibly difficult to pull off.  For every Back to the Future Part II, there are a hundred Caddyshack II’s.  It’s almost impossible to recapture the lightning in a bottle that made Airplane! or Ghostbusters so fantastic, but if anyone can pull off a successful comedy follow-up, it’s directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller.  They’ve made a habit of wildly surpassing expectations, and early reviews for their 21 Jump Street sequel 22 Jump Street are incredibly positive, praising the film’s self-referential nature, emotional backbone, and a standout end credits sequence sequences in addition to another pair of solid performances by Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum.  Though the film is still over a week from release, we’ve rounded up a few of the reviews and reactions to give you an overview of the response thus far.

Hit the jump to take a look.  22 Jump Street opens in theaters on June 13th. 

New 22 JUMP STREET Clips and 15 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage

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Sony Pictures has release four 22 Jump Street clips and nearly 15 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage from directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s highly anticipated comedy sequel.  Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill reprise their roles from the first movie as their undercover cop characters are tasked with infiltrating a college campus.  Normally this would be a prime example of mining familiar territory in order to take advantage of a popular property, but Lord and Miller are on a fantastic role (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street, The LEGO Movie) and have a wonderfully inventive sensibility, so I’m inclined to think that we’re in for something really funny and self-aware with this follow-up.

Hit the jump to watch the collection of 22 Jump Street clips and behind-the-scenes footage.  The film also stars Ice CubeNick Offerman, Amber StevensPeter StormareRob RiggleDave FrancoJillian Bell, and Craig Roberts.  22 Jump Street opens in theaters on June 13th.

First THE BOOK OF LIFE Trailer Featuring the Voices of Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, and Channing Tatum

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20th Century Fox has released the first The Book of Life trailer.  Inspired the Mexican holiday “Day of the Dead”, the film revolves around three childhood friends—Manolo (Diego Luna), Maria (Zoe Saldana), and Joaquin (Channing Tatum)—who find themselves in a love triangle as the gods wager on who will win Maria’s heart.  While the story of the gods interfering with the lives and loves of mortals is one of the oldest tales in human history, it’s refreshing to see a feature that pulls from Mexican mythology.  Equally appealing is the unique visual style of the film.  I’m sure there’s a proper term for it, but characters and settings already feel 3D in a 2D viewing experience.  They seem carved, or crafted from papier mache, more reminiscent of games like “Little Big Planet” than anything we’ve seen in the animated world lately.  A gorgeous, eye-catching, and colorful introduction to this bold take on Dia de los Muertos.

Hit the jump to check out The Book of Life trailer, and click here to see the teaser poster.  The film also features the voices of Hector Elizondo, Danny Trejo, Ice Cube, and Placido DomingoThe Book of Life opens in 3D on October 17th.

New 22 JUMP STREET Images and Featurette; Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum Are Game for the Challenge of a Comedy Sequel

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Sony Pictures has released a collection of new 22 Jump Street images and a new behind-the-scenes featurette for directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s comedy sequel.  In this featurette, the filmmaking duo discuss the challenge of recapturing the magic that made the first film so great, and stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are up to the task.  Lord and Miller have made a habit of greatly surpassing expectations, and I have no reason to believe 22 Jump Street will be any different for those wary of a comedy sequel.  The follow-up finds Hill and Tatum’s characters taking their undercover operation to a college campus, and I can’t wait to see what surprises are in store when the film opens in theaters next month.

Hit the jump to check out a batch of new 22 Jump Street images as well as the featurette.  The film also stars Ice CubeNick Offerman, Amber StevensPeter StormareRob RiggleDave FrancoJillian Bell, and Craig Roberts22 Jump Street opens on June 13th.

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