TOP 5: First Teaser Trailer for TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, NOAH, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, SABOTAGE, CinemaCon Coverage

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I’ve decided to use this weekend’s release of Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah as an opportunity to reflect on the director’s most soul crushing work to date: his adaptation of the Hubert Selby Jr. novel of the same name, Requiem for a Dream. While I’d list Black Swan as my favorite Aronofsky film, Requiem stands alone as a devastating look at the nature of addiction that, by its end credits, will assure you that nothing decent will ever happen to you again. The film netted the great Ellen Burstyn her sixth Academy Award nod while Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, and Marlon Wayans provided equally powerful performances as heroin addicts whose trajectories only bend downwards. While its story and characters offer little to be optimistic about, Requiem all but cemented Aronofsky’s place among the most skilled and uncompromising filmmakers of his generation. If you haven’t already, check out the film on Amazon Instant Video where it’s available to stream. Just be sure you’re not already in an emotionally fragile state or else you’re in for a long night.

Aronofsky reflections aside, this week’s Top 5 highlights the first teaser trailer for director Jonathan Liebesman‘s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, interviews for and Matt’s review of Noah, the new trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past, Sabotage interviews and Matt’s review, and Steve’s coverage of CinemaCon from Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

SABOTAGE Review

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I have no problem with machismo in movies.  Machismo can be a lot of fun.  Arnold Schwarzenegger is machismo personified.  He’s macho to the point where he becomes an easy caricature.  He’s the violent badass we can all enjoy guilt-free.  But not everyone can handle that attitude, and as his co-stars demonstrate in David Ayer‘s Sabotage, the line between machismo and outright misogyny is a thin one.  The movie puts a lot of effort into its action and professional tactics, but the supporting characters aren’t just an afterthought.  They’re completely misguided weapons who earn our disdain rather than our sympathy.

Director David Ayer Talks SABOTAGE, Casting Arnold Schwarzenegger, Building to the Big Reveal, Alternate Endings, His WWII Film FURY, and More

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In filmmaker David Ayer’s Sabotage, elite DEA task force agent John “Breacher” Wharton (Arnold Schwarzenegger) heads a team that takes on the world’s deadliest drug cartels.  But after the team successfully executes a high-stakes raid on a cartel safe house, they mysteriously start to be murdered, one by one, making everyone a suspect, including the team members themselves.  The film also stars Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard, Mireille Enos, Joe Manganiello, Josh Holloway, Max Martini, Olivia Williams, Harold Perrineau and Martin Donovan.

At the film’s press day, director David Ayer spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how open Arnold Schwarzenegger was to reinventing himself for this role, the challenges of telling a story that leads up to a big reveal, that there are bread crumbs if you know where to look for them, how the first cut was over three hours, that he shot a very different alternate ending, and finding very strong women to go toe-to-toe with the guys.  He also talked about what he was hoping to achieve with his Work War II film Fury and how audiences will see a very different Brad Pitt in it, how he’ll be back to the drawing board to write his next film, and that he would love to do something female centric.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Logan Lerman Talks NOAH, Working with Darren Aronofsky and Russell Crowe, David Ayer’s FURY, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Darren Aronofsky’s Biblical epic Noah.  As most of you already know, the film is Aronofsky’s take on the Great Flood story from the Bible, with Russell Crowe assuming the role of a man who is told by God that Earth’s population will be wiped out by a flood.  The film also stars Jennifer ConnellyRay WinstoneEmma WatsonAnthony HopkinsLogan Lerman, and Douglas Booth.  For more on Noah, here’s 11 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage, 30 images, a featurette, and all our previous coverage.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Logan Lerman.  He talked about working with Aronofsky and Crowe, his reaction to seeing the ark for the first time, deleted scenes, David Ayer’s World War II tank actioner Fury, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Watch: 15 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage from SABOTAGE Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sam Worthington

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Open Road Films has released an extended behind-the-scenes look at director David Ayer’s (End of Watch) upcoming actioner Sabotage.  The film is a riff on the Agatha Christie novel And Then There Were None, as it revolves around a DEA task force that starts to get picked off one-by-one after they heist a drug cartel safe house.  The ensemble cast is led by Arnold Scharzenegger, with Sam Worthington, Mireille Enos, and Joe Manganiello providing sufficient support.  This b-roll comprises 15 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage from the film, giving us a look at what goes into making an R-rated action film of this scale.

Hit the jump to watch the footage.  The film also stars Olivia Williams, Harold PerrineauTerrence HowardMax MartiniJosh Holloway, and Kevin VanceSabotage opens March 28th.

Exclusive SABOTAGE TV Spot: Arnold Schwarzenegger Is the “Cartel’s Most Wanted Man”

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We have an exclusive TV spot for Sabotage, the latest from writer/director David Ayer (End of Watch).  The voiceover tells most of what you need to know: “When he arrested the world’s most wanted druglord, he became the cartel’s most wanted man.”  The hail of gunfire fills in the rest.  Arnold Schwarzenegger, Olivia Williams, Mireille Enos, Sam Worthington, Harold Perrineau, Terrence Howard, Joe Manganiello, Max Martini, and Josh Holloway star.  Sabotage opens March 28.  Watch the TV spot after the jump.

New International Trailer for David Ayer’s SABOTAGE Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sam Worthington

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A new international trailer for director David Ayer’s (writer of Training Day/director of End of Watch) Sabotage has just been released.  Based on Agatha Christie’s classic mystery novel And Then There Were None, the film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and centers on a DEA task force who heists a drug cartel safe house, only to start getting picked off one-by-one by an unknown assassin.  While I was already excited for the project due to Ayer directing, all the footage I’ve seen makes the film look even better than I expected.  It’s also a lot bloodier than anything Schwarzenegger has done in many years.  It’s a great surprise.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Sam WorthingtonOlivia WilliamsMireille EnosHarold PerrineauTerrence HowardJoe ManganielloMax MartiniJosh Holloway, and Kevin Vance.  Sabotage opens March 28th.

Watch a 3 Minute Red-Band Trailer for David Ayer’s SABOTAGE Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sam Worthington

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Open Road Films has released a great looking three minute red-band trailer for director David Ayer’s (writer of Training Day/director of End of Watch) new film Sabotage.  Based on Agatha Christie’s classic mystery novel And Then There Were None, the film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and centers on a DEA task force who heists a drug cartel safe house, only to start getting picked off one-by-one by an unknown assassin.  While I was already excited for the project due to Ayer directing, this trailer makes the film look even better than I expected.  It’s also a lot bloodier than anything Schwarzenegger has done in many years.  It’s a great surprise.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Sam WorthingtonOlivia WilliamsMireille EnosHarold PerrineauTerrence HowardJoe ManganielloMax MartiniJosh Holloway, and Kevin Vance.  Sabotage opens March 28th.

Release Date for David Ayer’s Actioner SABOTAGE Moved Up to March 28th

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Open Road Films has shifted the released date for director David Ayer’s (End of Watch) upcoming actioner Sabotage.  Loosely based on Agatha Christie’s classic mystery novel Ten Little Indians, the film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and centers on a DEA task force who heists a drug cartel safe house, only to start getting picked off one-by-one by an unknown assassin.  Open Road has moved the film’s release date up from April 11th to March 28th, where it will act as a bit of counterprogramming opposite Darren Aronofsky’s Biblical epic Noah and the comedy sequel A Haunted House 2.  The film’s first trailer actually looks quite fun and Ayer has an impressive track record, but the “screenplay by Skip Woods” credit is room for pause given the A Good Day to Die Hard scribe’s past efforts.

Sabotage also stars Sam Worthington, Olivia Williams, Mireille Enos, Harold Perrineau, Terrence Howard, Joe Manganiello, Max Martini, Josh Holloway, and Kevin Vance.

Director David Ayer Shares New Images from the Set of WWII Tank Film FURY Starring Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, and Jon Bernthal

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Production continues in London on director David Ayer’s WWII tank film Fury, and the filmmaker has been sharing an image from the set for each day of filming.  The story takes place in 1945 as the Nazi regime is in collapse and revolves around the five-man crew of an American tank called “Fury” that battles a desperate German army.  Ayer’s original screenplay sparked a bidding war among studios earlier this year, and Jon Bernthal recently described the film as “one of the darkest war movies ever made.”  Brad Pitt leads a cast that includes Bernthal, Shia LaBeouf, Michael Pena, and Logan Lerman, and all can be glimpsed in this new collection of set images, which also includes looks at how Ayer is filming the tank battle sequences.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  Fury opens November 14, 2014.

First Trailer for David Ayer’s SABOTAGE Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, and Terrence Howard

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Open Road Films has released the first trailer for director David Ayer‘s (End of Watch) new film Sabotage.  Previously referred to as Ten, the film is loosely based on Agatha Christie’s classic mystery Ten Little Indians, as it centers on a DEA task force who heists a drug cartel safe house, only to start getting picked off one-by-one by an unknown assassin.  The film actually looks pretty great, as the fantastic ensemble makes for an excitingly hardened team led by Arnold Schwarzenegger, who actually feels like a natural fit for the role of the group’s boss/father figure.  Intriguing story, talented director, varied and charming ensemble—Sabotage is looking mighty promising.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film stars Joe Manganiello, Sam Worthington, Harold Perrineau, Terrence Howard, Max Martini, Josh Holloway, Olivia Williams, and Mireille Enos.  Sabotage opens on April 11, 2014.

Director David Ayer Releases New Set Photos from His World War II Film, FURY, Starring Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf

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A few weeks ago, director David Ayer shared some images from his upcoming tank movie, Fury.  The story takes place in 1945 as the Nazi regime is in collapse and revolves around the five-man crew of an American tank called “Fury” that battles a desperate German army.  Even though these are just set photos, the composition on some of them is superb and highly encouraging for the visuals of the finished film.  This is clearly Ayer’s biggest feature to date, and it could be really impressive if he blends the scale of a World War II action film with the strong character work of his previous film, End of Watch.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film stars Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Jon Bernthal, Michael Pena, and Jason IsaacsFury opens on November 14, 2014.

Director David Ayer Shares Images from the Set of WWII Film FURY Starring Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, and Brad Pitt

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Production is currently underway in London on writer/director David Ayer’s (End of Watch) World War II tank film Fury, and Ayer has been sharing a number of images from the set on his Twitter account.  The Training Day scribe wrote the period script on spec and eventually sold it for a cool $1 million to QED, with Columbia Pictures boarding the project earlier this year.  The story takes place in 1945 as the Nazi regime is in collapse and revolves around the five-man crew of an American tank called Fury that battles a desperate German army.  The new images offer a glimpse at how Ayer is shooting the tank-set scenes, and confirm that the director is shooting the pic on good old fashioned film.  So far this one looks and sounds great, and I’m really looking forward to seeing the first footage from the pic.

Hit the jump to take a look at some behind-the-scenes images.  The film stars Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Jon Bernthal, Michael Pena, and Jason IsaacsFury opens on November 14, 2014.

Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, and Jon Bernthal Sit on a Tank in First FURY Image

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Writer/director David Ayer has been tweeting pictures from the set of his World War II tank movie, Fury.  Mostly behind-the-scenes stuff, but tonight’s offering is our first official look at the cast in costume.  Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, and Jon Bernthal sit casually atop a tank which, according to a scribble of white paint across the tank gun barrel, is called “Fury.”  Pitt plays Wardaddy, an Army sergeant who leads the five-man crew of the Fury into a dangerous mission behind eneymy lines: “Outnumbered and outgunned, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.”

Fury is scheduled for release on November 14, 2014.  See the image after the jump.

Shia LaBeouf in Talks to Join Brad Pitt in David Ayer’s WWII Film FURY

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Once you have Brad Pitt set as your star, it becomes quite a bit easier to fill out the rest of your cast.  Earlier this month, Pitt committed to the lead role in End of Watch director David Ayer’s World War II film Fury.  The story takes place in 1945 as the Nazi regime collapses and the five-man crew of an American tank called Fury battles a desperate German army.  Pitt is onboard to star as an army sergeant named “Wardaddy,” and now Variety reports that Shia LaBeouf is in talks to co-star.  Further details are unknown, but LaBeouf would play a member of the Fury crew should his deal make.

Ayer wrote the script for Fury himself on spec, and with LaBeouf now onboard I’m really interested to see how the rest of the cast fills out.  LaBeouf was most recently seen in Robert Redford’s thriller The Company You Keep and the Sundance film The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman.  Just yesterday, we learned that he’s attached to reunite with his Disturbia director D.J. Caruso on the espionage film Spy’s Kid alongside Robert De Niro, but with production on Fury set to begin this fall, the WWII film will likely be his next project.  Fury hits theaters on November 14, 2014.

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