HBO Orders WESTWORLD to Series for 2015 Debut; Watch the First Brief Teaser

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Jonathan Nolan officially has another show on the air.  HBO announced today (via Twitter, obviously) that is has ordered to series Nolan’s adaptation of writer/director Michael Crichton’s 1973 sci-fi film Westworld, which revolved around a malfunctioning Wild West robot at a futuristic adult amusement park.  The official, cryptic logline for this HBO series is as follows:

Westworld is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.

Nolan, of course, is the brother of Christopher Nolan and has co-written the screenplays for films like The Dark Knight and Interstellar, but he also acts as the creator/executive producer of the CBS series Person of Interest and is developing another potential HBO show in the form of an adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s sci-fi series Foundation.  Hit the jump for more on the Westworld TV show and to watch the first brief teaser trailer for the series, which is poised to debut in 2015.

New CYMBELINE Trailer and First Clip; Ethan Hawke-Led Shakespeare Adaptation Acquired for North American Release

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Ahead of the film’s Venice Film Festival debut, a new Cymbeline trailer has been unveiled along with the news that writer/director Michael Almereyda’s unique Shakespeare adaptation has been acquired for North American distribution by Lionsgate’s Grindstone Entertainment.  The film reinvents one of Shakespeare’s lesser works and revolves around an epic battle between dirty cops and a drug dealing biker gang, set in a corruption-riddled contemporary America.  As evidenced by this new trailer, It’s very much in the vein of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet, and it actually marks the second Shakespeare collaboration between Almereyda and star Ethan Hawke, as the two previously worked together on 2000’s Hamlet.  This adaptation of Cymbeline looks to be rather intense, with even a bit of a Sons of Anarchy vibe aside from the Shakespearean dialogue.

Watch the new Cymbeline trailer and first clip after the jump.  The film also stars Ed Harris, Milla Jovovich, John Leguizamo, Penn Badgley, Dakota Johnson, and Anton YelchinCymbeline will have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and will be released in spring 2015.

Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, Ed Harris and Andy Garcia in Negotiations to Join GEOSTORM

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It’s been quite a while since Gerard Butler took the lead role in Dean Devlin’s Geostorm, but now it looks as though he could finally get some co-stars.  It’s being reported that Jim SturgessAbbie CornishEd Harris and Andy Garcia are all in negotiations for roles in the Warner Bros./Skydance film.

Devlin’s responsible for penning Universal Solider, Stargate and Independence Day, and also has a bunch of producing credits to his name too, but Geostorm will mark his feature directorial debut.  Hit the jump for more on the upcoming sci-fi adventure.  Geostorm is set for a March 25, 2016 release.

Ed Harris Set as WESTWORLD Villain; James Marsden, Jeffrey Wright, and More Join HBO Pilot

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The HBO pilot Westworld is coming together quite nicely.  Person of Interest creator and The Dark Knight screenwriter Jonathan Nolan is spearheading the adaptation of writer/director Michael Crichton’s 1973 sci-fi film of the same name, which revolved around a malfunctioning Wild West robot at a futuristic adult amusement park.  Anthony Hopkins is already set to lead the potential series as the creator of the park with Evan Rachel Wood co-starring as a “sassy farm girl”, and now THR reports that Ed Harris has signed on to play the show’s primary antagonist, The Man in Black.  The character is described as “the distillation of pure villainy into one man.”  Hit the jump for more on the latest Bad Robot series, including further casting.

Ed Harris Talks SNOWPIERCER, Joining the Film, Being a Fan of Bong Joon Ho and His Unusual Shooting Style, Editing While Shooting, and Working with Chris Evans

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From director Bong Joon Ho and adapted from the French graphic novel “Le Transperceneige,” Snowpiercer tells the story of what happens after Earth has been frozen for 17 years, making the planet uninhabitable, and the few who are still alive are separated by class and now live aboard a train that perpetually circles the world.  When a young leader (Chris Evans) from the slum-like tail section decides to start a riot, his fellow passengers charge toward the engine located at the front of the train, where they seek to gain absolute authority.

At the film’s press day, actor Ed Harris (who plays the train’s creator) spoke at a roundtable interview about what made him want to be a part of this film, being a big fan of the films of director Bong Joon Ho, how they came up with the look for his character, director Bong’s unusual shooting style, that the film was basically being edited while it was being shot, and how much he enjoyed working with Chris Evans.  He also talked about why it’s taking him so long to get back into the director’s chair again, and his experiencing voicing a helicopter for the animated feature Planes: Fire & Rescue.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

Take the Engine and Control the World in the New SNOWPIERCER Trailer Starring Chris Evans, Octavia Spencer, and Tilda Swinton

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Radius-TWC has released a new Snowpiercer trailer.  Directed by Bong Joon-ho (The Host), the story is set in a new ice age caused by a failed experiment to stop global warming that killed virtually all life on the planet.  The sole survivors live on a train called Snowpiercer—powered by a perpetual machine—who struggle with the class system implemented on the train.  The movie looks terrific and worth the wait since it was released in South Korea last August.  Bong has apparently managed to pull off a strong mix of sci-fi, action, and social commentary, and I’m excited to see how it all comes together.

Hit the jump to check out the new Snowpiercer trailer.  The film opens on June 27th and stars Chris Evans, John HurtJamie BellEd HarrisAlison PillEwen BremnerOctavia SpencerKang-ho Song, and Ko Asung.

Thrilling New Red-Band Trailer for SNOWPIERCER Starring Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, and Jamie Bell

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After months of international trailers and clips, an official domestic Snowpiercer red-band trailer has been released online.  Directed by Bong Joon-ho (The Host), the story is set in a new ice age caused by a failed experiment to stop global warming that killed virtually all life on the planet.  The sole survivors live on a train called Snowpiercer—powered by a perpetual machine—who struggle with the class system implemented on the train.  This debut U.S. trailer is absolutely fantastic, as it sells both the topical social commentary and the thrilling visuals in equal measure.  While it feels like it’s been forever since we first heard about the film, I’m very much looking forward to finally seeing it in theaters this summer—with Joon-ho’s cut intact, no less.

Hit the jump to watch the new Snowpiercer red-band trailer and click here if you missed the new images that debuted earlier today.  The film stars Chris Evans, John HurtJamie BellEd HarrisAlison PillEwen BremnerOctavia SpencerKang-ho Song, and Ko AsungSnowpiercer opens in theaters on June 27th.

SNOWPIERCER to Make Its U.S. Debut June 27th; KILL THE MESSENGER Drops October 10th

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Here are a couple of new release dates:

Snowpiercer, from writer-director Bong Joon-ho, and starring Chris Evans, Octavia Spencer, John Hurt, and Tilda Swinton, will make its U.S. debut on June 27th in limited release.

Kill the Messenger, directed by Michael Cuesta and starring Jeremy Renner, opens October 10th.

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Trailer for THE FACE OF LOVE Starring Annette Bening, Ed Harris, and Robin Williams

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IFC Films has released the trailer for director Arie Posin’s (The Chumscrubber) upcoming drama The Face of Love.  The film stars Annette Bening as a grieving widow who happens upon a man (Ed Harris) who looks almost exactly like her deceased husband.  The two strike up a relationship and a flood of old feelings come rushing back to her again.  The film looks to be a pretty interesting romantic drama that sidesteps the clichéd psychological thriller aspect that the premise might suggest.  Bening and Harris appear to have solid chemistry, and I’m interested to see how the story plays out.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Robin Williams and opens in select theaters on March 7th followed by a VOD release March 13th. 

Japanese Trailer for SNOWPIERCER Features Plenty of New Footage

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The legend of Bong Joon-ho‘s Snowpiercer is beginning to eclipse the actual movie.  The story is set in a new ice age caused by a failed experiment to stop global warming that killed virtually all life on the planet.  The sole survivors live on a train called Snowpiercer—powered by a perpetual machine—who struggle with the class system implemented on the train.  Snowpiercer was a hit in Bong’s native South Korea, and it’s slowly rolling out to other territories.  However, behind-the-scenes wrangling continues between Bong and U.S. distributor The Weinstein Company.  Harvey Weinstein wants a shorter, more action-oriented cut, while Bong obviously wants to keep his cut intact.  The result is that we currently don’t know what we’ll get or when we’ll get it.  As we wait, new trailers continue to roll out, and a new one from Japan features plenty of fresh footage, and a heavy emphasis on the movie’s protagonist, Curtis (Chris Evans).

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris, Alison Pill, Ewen Bremner, Octavia Spencer, Kang-ho Song, and Ko AsungSnowpiercer opens in Japan on February 7th.  Let us know what we’re missing, Japan.

Trailer and Poster for Michael Almereyda’s Adaptation of William Shakespeare’s CYMBELINE Starring Ed Harris, Ethan Hawke, and Milla Jovovich

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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 LindoCymbeline currently has no U.S. release date.

French Trailer for SNOWPIERCER Starring Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, and Alison Pill

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A French trailer has been released for Bong Joon-ho‘s Snowpiercer, and it provides our best look at the movie yet.  The story is set in a new ice age caused by a failed experiment to stop global warming that killed virtually all life on the planet.  The sole survivors live on a train called Snowpiercer—powered by a perpetual machine—who struggle with the class system implemented on the train.  This trailer provides not only a clearer picture of the plot, but also tons of visual effects we haven’t seen before.  It also has Alison Pill firing an automatic weapon, so that’s fun too.  Overall, Snowpiercer looks like an exhilarating ride, but we’ll have to see if we get the original South Korean cut or a shorter, dumbed-down version The Weinstein Company wants for U.S. distribution.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris, Ewen Bremner, Octavia Spencer, Kang-ho Song, and Ko AsungSnowpiercer currently does not have a U.S. release date.  The film premiered in Bong’s native South Korea last month, and was a big hit at the box office.

Cameron Crowe Recruits Alec Baldwin for Untitled Project; Ed Harris in Talks for RUN ALL NIGHT; Rob Corddry Negotiates SEX TAPE

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Baldwin!  Harris!  Corddry!  Tonight on Casting Report:

  • Alec Baldwin is in negotiations with director Cameron Crowe to join Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, and Danny McBride in Crowe’s next project, rumored to be a rework of Deep Tiki.
  • Ed Harris is in talks to join Liam Neeson and Joel Kinnaman in Run All Night, a crime thriller directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown).
  • Rob Corddry is up to play the best friend in Sex Tape, a comedy that reunites Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz with Bad Teacher director Jake Kasdan.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

New SNOWPIERCER Trailer Highlights Action of the Train and Axe Variety

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Give me a futuristic science fiction premise and a stylish director, and I’m a happy moviegoer.  By the looks of it, Bong Joon-ho (The Host) delivers with Snowpiercer—and adds a nice cast to boot: Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, Ed Harris, Ewen Bremner, Octavia Spencer, Kang-ho Song, Ko Asung.

The story is set in a new ice age caused by a failed experiment to stop global warming that killed virtually all life on the planet.  The sole survivors live on a train called Snowpercer—powered by a perpetual machine—who struggle with the class system implemented on the train.  You’ll have to take my word on the story, because the brief 47-second clip—labeled “Final Trailer” in the week leading up to the August 1 release in South Korea—focuses more on speedy train rides through a snowy mountain landscape and Evans axing a few passengers than class politics.  Still looks great.  No word on the U.S. release date yet, so stay tuned.  Watch the trailer after the jump.

First Trailer and New Images from SWEETWATER Starring January Jones, Jason Isaacs, and Ed Harris

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Today is the one-two punch of trailers for the worst films I saw at Sundance this year.  Earlier, we got the trailer for The Lifeguard, and now we have Sweetwater (which will be called “Sweet Vengeance” in some territories).  The western stars January Jones as a frontier woman who hunts down a religious fanatic Prophet Josiah (Jason Isaacs) when he murders her husband over a land dispute.  Ed Harris co-stars as a crafty lawman who’s hunting down Josiah for different reasons.  The trailer desperately tries to give off a Django Unchained vibe by highlighting the violence, but there are plenty of violent westerns.  Sweetwater is one of the really shitty ones.

Hit the jump to check out some new images along with the trailer to see what I mean.  Sweetwater currently has no domestic release date, although I wouldn’t be surprised if it were dumped directly to video.

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