Over 12 New GET ON UP Images Show James Brown Coming to Life

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Universal Pictures has released several new images for Get on Up, the James Brown biopic directed by Tate Taylor (The Help).  42 star Chadwick Boseman plays the Godfather of Soul in the film.  I’m not sure what kind of role there is for these kinds of films in the post Walk Hard universe.  Ever since that parody so thoroughly nailed the biopic genre the standard structure for these things has become so transparent.  It could very well be that this movie breaks out of the rather constraining narrative box, though most of the elements I’ve seen don’t indicate that it will.

Still, it could be a nice treat for Brown fans and the new images look handsome enough.  Brown didn’t live a boring life by any means, so I’m sure hitting those required bases will provide some kind of enjoyment.  The film also stars Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, Tika Sumpter, Jill Scott, and Dan Aykroyd.  It opens on August 1st.  Check out the trailer if you missed it.  Hit the jump for the new Get on Up images.

We Came, We Saw, We Kicked Its Ass in the GHOSTBUSTERS Re-Release Trailer

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Sony has released a Ghostbusters re-release trailer for the film’s 30th anniversary.  The Labor Day weekend is notoriously slow at the box office, but Sony is making a smart move to capitalize on the soft competition by bringing the beloved comedy back to theaters for one week only.  If you’ve never seen Ghostbusters on the big screen before or if you’re a fan that wants to see it in a 4K restoration, then you’ll want to make time for this re-release.

Hit the jump to check out the Ghostbusters re-release trailer.  The 4K restoration will be released on August 29th.

First Trailer and New Images for James Brown Biopic GET ON UP Starring Chadwick Boseman

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Universal has released the first trailer and some new images from director Tate Taylor‘s (The HelpJames Brown biopic Get on Up.  Cradle-to-grave biopics have a tendency to turn stale rather quickly and they almost all drone on for far too long, but this trailer markets Get on Up as a colorful, high-energy look at Brown’s life, inhabited by actor Chadwick Boseman.  In between all the funk and celebration is a strong dramatic undercurrent focusing on Brown’s mother (played by Viola Davis), and these kinds of scenes are where Taylor excelled in his debut feature The Help.  Boseman did a swell job playing Jackie Robinson in last year’s 42, so I’m interested to see how the actor inhabits the larger-than-life Brown.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to check out the images.  Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, Tika Sumpter, Jill Scott, and Dan Aykroyd co-star.  Get on Up opens August 1st.

First Trailer for TAMMY Starring Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon

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Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for director Ben Falcone’s upcoming road trip comedy Tammy.  The film stars Melissa McCarthy as a woman who takes a road trip with her diabetic/alcoholic/foul-mouthed grandmother (Susan Sarandon) after she’s laid off from a fast food restaurant and discovers that her husband is having an affair.  This first teaser focuses squarely on McCarthy, who appears to be doing her best Shia LaBeouf impression right off the bat.  It’s a great example of a teaser, since only the barest bones of a plot are on display.  If you like the humor in this minute-plus, there’s a good chance you’ll want to check out the full movie.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Allison Janney, Gary Cole, Mark Duplass, Toni Collette, Nat Faxon, Dan Aykroyd, and Kathy BatesTammy opens July 2nd.

Dan Aykroyd and Jill Scott Join James Brown Biopic GET ON UP; Kate Beckinsale in Negotiations for THE DISAPPOINTMENTS ROOM

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Dan Aykroyd (Ghostbusters) and Jill Scott (Baggage Claim) are set to star in Tate Taylor’s James Brown biopic, Get On Up.  Chadwick Boseman (42) stars as the legendary musician in a story that takes Brown from his humble beginnings to the peak of his career, “while recounting his battle with drug addiction, arrest for domestic violence, and flirting with financial ruin several times.”  Aykroyd is set to play Ben Bart, the president of one of New York’s biggest agencies, Universal Attractions, which represented Brown for 40 years.  Scott stars as Brown’s wife, in a part written with her in mind.  Get On Up also stars Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, and Lennie James, and is scheduled for an October 17, 2014 release date.  Hit the jump for news on Kate Beckinsale’s negotiations to star in D.J. Caruso’s The Disappointments Room.

THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY Writer to Direct John Belushi Biopic; Emile Hirsch, Adam Devine, or Joaquin Phoenix Might Star

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John Belushi will always be remembered as a comic genius who died too young, and his drug-fueled life made his early death a tragedy.  A biopic has been in the works for years with The Hangover director Todd Phillips attached to helm the picture.  THR is now reporting that The Secret Life of Walter Mitty screenwriter Steve Conrad will direct from a script he co-wrote with Phillips.  The project will be an indie feature, and Conrad has already started looking at actors who could play the iconic comedian.

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New UK Trailer and Images for Steven Soderbergh’s BEHIND THE CANDELABRA Starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon

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Fresh off the release of an extended 12-minute featurette, a new UK trailer and a batch of new images from director Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming Liberace film Behind the Candelaba have landed online.  The plot centers on the tempestuous relationship between the musician (Michael Douglas) and his lover Scott Thorson (Matt Damon) throughout their secretive five-year love affair that began in 1977.  This UK trailer goes deeper into the film’s story, as we see the beginnings of the relationship and start to see some of the great interplay between Douglas and Damon. You can go ahead and wrap up Douglas’ Emmy right about now.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to see the new images.  The film also stars Rob Lowe, Debbie ReynoldsScott BakulaDan AykroydCheyenne JacksonPaul Reiser, and Boyd Holbrook.  Behind the Candelabra will premiere on HBO on May 26th at 9pm/8c.

12-Minute Featurette for BEHIND THE CANDELABRA Goes Behind the Scenes of Steven Soderbergh’s Final Film

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HBO has released a new extended featurette for director Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming Liberace film Behind the Candelabra.  The 12-minute video takes us behind-the-scenes of Soderbergh’s possibly final feature film, as we get an intimate look into how the filmmaker crafted his chronicle of the tempestuous relationship between Liberace (Michael Douglas) and his lover Scott Thorson (Matt Damon) throughout their secretive five-year love affair that began in 1977.  Much of the featurette’s focus is on the insane costume and production design of the film, but we also get some footage of Sodbergh operating the camera himself and of a nearly unrecognizable Rob Lowe as Liberace’s plastic surgeon.

Hit the jump to watch the featurette.  The film also stars Debbie Reynolds, Scott Bakula, Dan Aykroyd, Cheyenne Jackson, Paul Reiser, and Boyd HolbrookBehind the Candelabra will premiere on HBO on May 26th at 9pm/8c.

Full Trailer for BEHIND THE CANDELABRA Starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon

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After a couple sneak peeks, a full trailer has been unveiled for Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra.  The film stars Michael Douglas as the famous musician Liberace and Matt Damon as his lover Scott Thorson.  The plot centers on the tempestuous relationship between the two throughout their secretive five-year love affair that began in 1977.  Judging by the new trailer, the story seems to be heavily from Thorson’s perspective as he took a unique relationship with Liberace.  It’s intriguing.  Not quite as intriguing as Rob Lowe‘s hairstyle, but close.

Hit the jump to check out the full trailer.  The film also stars Dan Aykroyd and Debbie ReynoldsBehind the Candelabra premieres on HBO on May 26th at 9/8c.

Dan Aykroyd Drives with TAMMY, Michael Peña Joins David O. Russell’s Untitled Picture and Omar Sy Joins Stephen Gaghan’s CANDY STORE

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Check out some recent casting announcements below:

  • Dan Aykroyd (Ghostbusters) is in negotiations to join the road trip comedy Tammy, starring Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Mark Duplass and Kathy Bates.
  • Michael Peña (End of Watch) joins the Oscar-award winning cast of David O. Russell’s new untitled picture that stars Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Jennifer Lawrence.
  • Omar Sy (The Intouchables) is on board director Stephen Gaghan’s Candy Store, also starring Jason Clarke.

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GHOSTBUSTERS 3 Delayed…Again

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Surprise!  Those still crossing their fingers for the very long in-development Ghostbusters 3 were granted a glimmer of hope when we recently learned that the sequel could start filming next summer, but that hope has now swiftly been dashed out.  Due to some financial uneasiness, Sony Pictures Entertainment is currently reassessing all of their projects in the pipeline.  Per THR, any decision on Ghostbusters 3 has been postponed until the end of March, which means that the hoped-for Summer 2013 start date is no longer a possibility.  Should Sony ultimately decide to move forward with the sequel, filming likely wouldn’t be able to get underway until next fall at the earliest.

The most recent draft of the script was written by Etan Cohen, and Ghostbusters I and II director Ivan Reitman had been set to return.  I’m not sure we really need another Ghostbusters movie (especially now that Bill Murray is out), and I remain skeptical as to whether Ghostbusters 3 will actually come to fruition.

First Teaser Trailer for DOROTHY OF OZ Featuring the Voices of Lea Michele and Patrick Stewart

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The first trailer for the animated feature Dorothy of Oz has been released.  The CG-animated musical centers on Dorothy (Lea Michele) returning to the Land of Oz, only to find that the kingdom and its inhabitants are in grave danger from a wicked Jester (Martin Short).  The low-budget film comes from the studio Summertime Entertainment, and the visuals are sadly a far cry from Pixar or DreamWorks Animation.  That said, the colorfulness and strange cast of characters would have been a big pull for me as a kid so maybe this will play better to younger audiences.  The film is almost reminiscent of the dark and twisted unofficial sequel Return to Oz, but with decidedly more singing/Broadway stars.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The voice cast also includes Dan Aykroyd, Kelsey Grammer, Patrick Stewart, James Belushi, Bernadette Peters, Hugh Dancy, Megan Hilty, and Oliver PlattDorothy of Oz will open sometime in 2013. 

THE CAMPAIGN Review

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Earlier this year, I wrote about how The Five-Year Engagement over-indulged its actors’ improvisational comedy, which caused scenes to run on for far too long.  Director Jay Roach wisely dodges this problem by cutting his new film, The Campaign, down to a lean 85 minutes.  There’s clearly plenty of more material as stars Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis‘ strong chemistry and comic mastery play brilliantly off each other, especially when the humor gets particularly crass.  It’s a film that can deliver big laughs, and yet it features an odd concoction of broad comedy that grazes up against targeted political commentary.  The brew tastes a bit off as it highlights a missed opportunity to truly take advantage of the political arena.

Dan Aykroyd Says Bill Murray Won’t Return for GHOSTBUSTERS 3

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Dan Aykroyd has somehow become the Mark Millar of his own franchise.  While Mark Millar is an outsider who pretends like he knows the daily goings-on behind the adaptations of his comic books, Aykroyd is actually a producer of the Ghostbuters movies.  However, he exposes the key flaw in trying to give people specific status reports: the facts change on a daily basis.  Just because it’s sunny today, doesn’t mean it’s going to be sunny a year from now.  If everything Aykroyd said about Ghostbusters 3 was accurate, filming would have taken place this past spring.  But the most frequently asked question for Aykroyd hasn’t even been, “When do you start filming?”  It’s been, “Is Bill Murray coming back?”

The chances of Murray returning have always leaned towards no with the star highly reluctant to reprise his role as Dr. Peter Venkman.  There was a time when he seemed slightly up on the idea of the character returning as a ghost, but that’s about it.  Now it looks like Aykroyd is finally willing to move on without Murray.  Hit the jump for more.

6 Clips, 10 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage, and Over 25 New High Resolution Images from THE CAMPAIGN

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Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis will duke it out in the upcoming comedy The Campaign, and six clips, 10 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage, and over 25 new high-resolution images from the pic have been released.  Ferrell stars as an incumbent congressman who is surprisingly challenged by the green and inexperienced Galifianakis in a North Carolina race.  Jay Roach (Recount, Austin Powers) directs the pic, which takes the ridiculousness of American politics to another level.  Ferrell and Galifianakis appear to be having a blast, and I’m looking forward to seeing the two take on the world of politics with gusto.

Hit the jump to check out the cilps, featurettes, and images, and if you missed any of our set visit coverage click here.  The film also stars Jason Sudeikis, Dylan McDermott, Dan Aykroyd, Brian Cox, and John LithgowThe Campaign opens on August 10th.

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