New JURASSIC WORLD Image Has Chris Pratt Ridin’ with Raptors; Director Colin Trevorrow Teases the Threat of “The Other”

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Yesterday, we got a new Jurassic World image of Chris Pratt hanging out with a raptor, which felt like a way of doubling down on one of the more controversial aspects of the first trailer—shouldn’t raptors be scary?  Isn’t it cooler if they’re wild and undomesticated?  Of course, we don’t know the context of this perceived friendship or how it will play out, so I’ll give director Colin Trevorrow the benefit of the doubt, especially since a new image has been released that shows researcher Owen (Pratt) riding a motorcycle alongside his raptor pals.  But perhaps they’re not friends as much uneasy allies since this time there’s a much bigger threat out in the park.

Hit the jump to check out the new Jurassic World image and learn new details about the plot.  The film also stars Bryce Dallas HowardNick RobinsonTy SimpkinsVincent D’OnofrioIrrfan Khan, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy and Judy GreerJurassic World opens in theaters in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on June 12, 2015.

First Image from Steven Spielberg’s Untitled Cold War Drama Reveals His Fourth Collaboration with Tom Hanks

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The first images from director Steven Spielberg’s next film have been released online.  The still-untitled drama tells the true story of James Donovan, a lawyer working on behalf of the CIA to secretly negotiate the release of a U.S. pilot shot down over Soviet airspace in 1960.  Tom Hanks fills the role of Donovan in the picture, which boasts a screenplay by Joel and Ethan Coen.  Speaking with EW, Spielberg revealed what appealed to him about the project: “I’ve always wanted to make a spy movie, and this is that and then some.”  A Cold War spy thriller from director Steven Spielberg?  That’s definitely something to look forward to.

Check out the first images from Spielberg’s untitled film after the jump.  Once he completes post-production on the project, he moves directly into shooting his next directorial effort, The BFG.  The untitled Cold War thriller also stars Amy Ryan, Mark Rylance, and Alan Alda and opens in theaters October 16, 2015.

First CRIMSON PEAK Image Features Jessica Chastain in Gothic Garb for Guillermo Del Toro’s New Ghost Story

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Guillermo Del Toro‘s Crimson Peak is easily one of my most-anticipated films of 2015.  It’s been eight years since Pan’s Labyrinth was released, and the director will now be returning to a smaller canvas following Hellboy II: The Golden Army and Pacific Rim (not to mention the false starts on The Hobbit and At the Mountains of Madness).  Crimson Peak is part-ghost story, part-gothic romance, and part-haunted house flick.  Putting that combination together in the hands of Del Toro is an incredibly exciting prospect, and that’s not to mention a stellar cast featuring Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, and Charlie Hunnam

The first Crimson Peak image has been released, and it shows Chastain in a beautiful crushed blue velvet dress, standing in dilapidated surroundings.  The trailer we saw at Comic-Con (one of the few that hasn’t officially been released online) was terrific, and I’m eager to see what else Del Toro has in store.  Hit the jump to check out the image, and click here for our set visit report.  Crimson Peak opens in regular theaters and IMAX on October 16, 2015.

Check out New Images from THE VOICES Starring Ryan Reynolds and Gemma Arterton; Film Set for Release in Theaters and VOD on February 6th

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I missed The Voices at Sundance and TIFF, and it has hurt both times because I’ve heard the film is delightfully insane.  Insane to the point where even though Lionsgate acquired, there was the question if the movie could even be released.  Thankfully, the film now has release date and Lionsgate has provided some new images as well.  Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick, and Jacki Weaver star in the psychological thriller about Jerry Hickfang (Reynolds), a factory worker who fancies his co-worker in accounting.  Per the official synopsis, “When their relationship takes a sudden, murderous turn, Jerry’s evil talking cat and benevolent talking dog lead him down a fantastical path where he ultimately finds salvation.”  Adam liked the film when he saw it at Sundance, and I can’t wait to finally give it a look when it’s released on VOD and in theaters on February 6th.

Hit the jump to check out The Voices images.

Chris Pratt Is Straight Up Chillin’ with a Raptor in New JURASSIC WORLD Image

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The holidays are approaching, but as everyone readies themselves for trips and food and awkward time with extended relatives next week, Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow wanted to offer up a little holiday greeting in the form of a new image from the film.  It’s a nice sentiment that’s made all the more special by the fact that the image in question is undeniably great, as it shows a badass-looking Chris Pratt taking part in a staring contest with a feisty velociraptor at his side.  We caught a brief glimpse of Pratt’s character seemingly working alongside the raptors in the film’s teaser trailer, and this image seems to suggest that he and the dangerous creatures just might be buddies.

Check out the new Jurassic World image after the jump.  The film also stars Bryce Dallas HowardNick RobinsonTy SimpkinsVincent D’OnofrioIrrfan Khan, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy and Judy GreerJurassic World opens in theaters in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on June 12, 2015.

Sundance 2015: First Images from DIGGING FOR FIRE, DON VERDEAN, THE END OF THE TOUR, and EXPERIMENTER

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Our Sundance 2015 pre-coverage continues with some first look images and synopses from a collection of films that will have their world premiere in the Premieres category at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Briefly:

  • Digging for Fire – Directed and co-written by Joe Swanberg; starring Jake Johnson, Rosemarie Dewitt, Orlando Bloom, Brie Larson, Sam Rockwell, and Anna Kendrick.
  • Don Verdean – Directed and co-written by Jared Hess; starring Sam Rockwell, Jemaine Clement, Amy Ryan, Danny McBride, Leslie Bibb, and Will Forte.
  • The End of the Tour – Directed by James Ponsoldt; starring Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Segel, Anna Chlumsky, Joan Cusack, Mamie Gummer, and Ron Livingston.
  • Experimenter – Written and directed by Michael Almereyda; starring Peter Sarsgaard, Winona Ryder, Jim Gaffigan, Kellan Lutz, Taryn Manning, and John Leguizamo.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2015 Sundance Film Festival runs January 22nd – February 1st.

First SPECTRE Image from the Set Announces the Start of Filming and Teases SKYFALL Connection

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It’s been four days since Sony Pictures unveiled the title and cast of Bond 24, and now it’s time for the team to get to work.  A new picture just popped up on the official James Bond 007 Facebook page and it shows off the slate for the first take on the very first day of filming and also teases a little something from Skyfall.

Spectre stands for Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion, the organization run by the evil genius Ernst Blofeld.  At this point, we know Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw and Rory Kinnear will be back to reprise their roles and that the newcomers include Christop Waltz as Oberhauser, Lea Seydoux as Madeleine Swann, Dave Bautista as Mr. Hinx, Andrew Scott as Denbigh and Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra, but there’s still no word on who snagged the role of Blofeld, if Oberhauser is an alias for Blofeld, or if the character is in the movie at all.  Hit the jump to check out the very first image from the set of Spectre.  The film is due in theaters on November 6, 2015.

First SAN ANDREAS Images Have Dwayne Johnson Battling through an Earthquake

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Warner Bros. has released the first San Andreas images online.  Dwayne Johnson stars as a helicopter pilot who must work together with his ex-wife (Carla Gugino) to save their daughter (Alexandra Daddario) after a massive Earthquake strikes Los Angeles.  In a USA Today first look article about the film, Johnson says after the helicopter crashes, “There’s nothing that I don’t pilot or drive. We utilize everything we can to get there.  This has big stakes. It’s entertaining and also has heart.”  When Instagramming about the movie, he also hashtagged it, “SpielbergInspired”, so maybe director Brad Peyton (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island) will able to capture that tone for this upcoming disaster flick.  We’ll have a slightly better idea about what they’re going for when the first trailer is released on Tuesday.

Hit the jump to check out the San Andreas images.  The film opens May 29, 2015.

Theo James, Shailene Woodley, and Ansel Elgort Are on the Run in First INSURGENT Image; New Trailer Coming 12/12

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Summit Entertainment has released the first image from the studio’s upcoming Divergent sequel Insurgent, and it appears as though our lead characters have gotten themselves into a bit of trouble.  The Divergent Series: Insurgent is the second in what will be a four-film adaptation of author Veronica Roth’s dystopian sci-fi series, and it finds the principal characters on the run in the fringes of society after breaking open the world as they knew it.  Robert Schwentke (Red) takes over directing duties from Neil Burger this time around, and I can’t say I was encouraged by the CG-laden first teaser trailer for this sequel.  Luckily a new trailer is set to debut next Friday, December 12th, where we’ll hopefully be given a proper introduction to how the studio is handling the follow-up.  It has a solid cast and a cinematic premise, so the pieces are there.

For now, check out the first official Insurgent movie image after the jump, featuring stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Ansel Elgort.  The film also stars Kate Winslet, Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Jai Courtney, Miles Teller, and Zoe Kravitz.  The Divergent Series: Insurgent opens on March 20, 2015.

Sundance 2015: First Images from 6 DESIRES, ALOFT, EDEN, and GIRLHOOD

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Our Sundance 2015 pre-coverage continues with some first look images and synopses from a collection of films that will have their world premiere in the Spotlight category the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Briefly:

  • 6 Desires: DH Lawrence and Sardinia – Documentary directed by Mark Cousins.
  • Aloft – Written and directed by Claudia Llosa; starring Jennifer Connelly, Cillian Murphy, Mélanie Laurent, and William Shimell.
  • Eden – Directed by Mia Hansen-Løve; starring Félix de Givry, Pauline Etienne, Greta Gerwig, Brady Corbet, Arsinee Khanjian, and Vincent Macaigne.
  • Girlhood – Written and directed by Céline Sciamma; starring Karidja Touré, Assa Sylla, Lindsay Karamoh, Mariétou Touré, Idrissa Diabaté, and Simina Soumaré.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2015 Sundance Film Festival runs January 22nd – February 1st.

Sundance 2015: First Images from ADVANTAGEOUS, THE BRONZE, DOPE, and PEOPLE, PLACES, THINGS

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Our Sundance 2015 pre-coverage continues with some first look images and synopses from a collection of films that will have their world premiere in the U.S. Dramatic Competition category at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.  Briefly:

  • Advantageous – Directed and co-written by Jennifer Phang; starring Jacqueline Kim, James Urbaniak, Freya Adams, Ken Jeong, Jennifer Ehle, and Samantha Kim.
  • The Bronze – Directed by Bryan Buckley; starring Melissa Rauch, Gary Cole, Thomas Middleditch, Sebastian Stan, Haley Lu Richardson, and Cecily Strong.
  • Dope – Written and directed by Rick Famuyiwa; starring Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, Blake Anderson, Zoe Kravitz, and A$AP Rocky.
  • People, Places, Things – Written and directed by James C. Strouse; starring Jemaine Clement, Regina Hall, Stephanie Allynne, Jessica Williams, Gia Gadsby, and Aundrea Gadsby.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.  The 2015 Sundance Film Festival runs January 22nd – February 1st.

First WILD CARD Image, Poster, and International Trailer for Simon West’s New Action-Thriller Starring Jason Statham and from Screenwriter William Goldman

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Along with a U.K. poster and French trailer, Lionsgate has released the first Wild Card image online, and it could easily be from just about any other Jason Statham action-thriller.  That’s how much his movies blend together, although this one is particularly amusing in that his character’s name is Nick Wild.  That puts it one step above his previous action films that could have been improved by naming the characters Jerry Mechanic, Howard Homefront, Billy Safe, Jack Blitz, and so forth.  In Wild Card, Nick Wild (hoo-boy) is a Las Vegas bodyguard with a gambling addiction and lethal skills, but when he beats a mob boss’ son in an act of revenge, he must fight against the criminal underworld.

That sounds painfully generic, but here’s where it gets interesting: the film pairs Simon West—director of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, The Mechanic, and Stolen among other crappy movies (excluding Con Air)—and William Goldman, the writer of classic films as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President’s Men, and The Princess Bride.  Goldman has kept busy with script doctor work, but this is his first credited screenplay since 2003′s abysmal Dreamcatcher.  I don’t know how much rewriting has been done on the Wild Card script, but this triumvirate of Statham, West, and Goldman could be too nuts to pass up.  Hit the jump for the image, U.K. poster, and French trailer.  Wild Card opens January 30, 2015, and also stars Anne Heche, Sofia Vergara, Jason Alexander, Hope Davis, and Stanley Tucci.

Jake Gyllenhaal Is Ripped in First SOUTHPAW Image from Antoine Fuqua’s Boxing Drama

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The Weinstein Company has unveiled the very first Southpaw image from director Antoine Fuqua’s long-in-the-works boxing drama, and it reveals a rather transformed Jake Gyllenhaal.  The film has been in development for years, with Eminem previously attached to star.  Written by Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter, the story revolves around a left-handed boxer who wins a title but suffers various tragedies in his personal life, all while trying to win back the love of his daughter.  Gyllenhaal gained 15 pounds of muscle for the role, and judging by this first image it’s a far cry from his gaunt physique in Nightcrawler.

Check out the first Southpaw image after the jump.  The film also stars Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker, Naomie Harris, Victor Ortiz, and 50 CentSouthpaw will be released in theaters sometime in 2015.

Lake-town Gets Toasty in New THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES Images

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Warner Bros. has released three new The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies images online.  The film concludes the Hobbit saga as five armies descend upon the Lonely Mountain in order to claim its now unguarded treasure, and it also acts as as prelude to Jackson’s other J.R.R. Tolkein trilogy, The Lord of the Rings.  Because The Desolation of Smaug ended in an action cliffhanger (as opposed to the previous movies, which ended in walking cliffhangers), I assume TBOTFA will begin with Smaug raining down fire on Lake-town.  The movie is supposed to end with a 45-minute battle sequence, and I guess that’s the only way to go when your first set piece is a dragon destroying an entire town.

Hit the jump to check out The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies images.  The film stars Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Fry, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, and Orlando Bloom.  The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens on December 17th.

First HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2 Image Revealed as Mel Brooks Joins Voice Cast

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Sony Pictures Animation has revealed the very first Hotel Transylvania 2 image from the upcoming sequel in concert with announcing that Mel Brooks has joined the voice cast.  Brooks will be providing the voice of Vlad, the “ancient, undead and incredibly grumpy” father of Adam Sandler’s vampire character.  The story of the follow-up finds Vlad showing up at the hotel for an impromptu family get-together, resulting in a collision of “supernatural old-school and modern day cool.”  I never caught the first film but it was a sizeable success at the box office, grossing $358.3 million worldwide.  Genndy Tartakovsky returns to direct the sequel as Robert Smigel once again pens the script.

Check out the first Hotel Transylvania 2 image after the jump.  The film opens in theaters on September 25, 2015.

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