Jai Courtney in Talks to Play Deadshot in SUICIDE SQUAD; Will Smith May Be Playing Captain Boomerang

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It seemed as though the packed nature of the cast for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was a one-time thing, an easy way of introducing a large ensemble of DC Comics characters before focusing on smaller casts in subsequent films.  But that may not be the case exactly.  Over the past few months, the studio has been putting together the ensemble for Suicide Squad, the supervillain-filled DC Comics adaptation that will arrive in August 2016 after BvS opens the previous March, and it’s looking pretty stacked with talent already.  Will Smith, Tom Hardy, and Margot Robbie are all in various stages of negotiations, with Robbie poised to play Harley Quinn and Jesse Eisenberg potentially set to appear as Lex Luthor, and we recently learned that Jared Leto is also in talks to play The Joker.

Now we know who Warner Bros. is looking at to play the Batman villain Deadshot, and it’s none other than Jai Courtney.  More after the jump, including which characters Smith and Hardy may be playing.

THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT Trailer: Shailene Woodley Defies Reality and Rides a Flying Building

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When the first film of a franchise scores $152.5 million opening weekend like The Hunger Games, the sequel is basically a guaranteed hit.  Even if the numbers do drop, it’s still bound to take big money to the bank.  On the other hand, the second Divergent film, Insurgent, is going to have its work cut out for it if it’s going to match the first film’s $54.6 million start and justify the studio’s decision to stretch the final book of the trilogy into two films.

I hoped the first bit of promo material from Insurgent would be something to ease fans back into the world and possibly even pull in newcomers. However, not only does this teaser trailer feel nothing like the original film, but it’s also highly unlikely that anyone who isn’t familiar with the first film or the books will have any idea of what’s going on.  Hit the jump to check out the Divergent Series: Insurgent trailer for yourself.  The film stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate WinsletOctavia Spencer, Naomi Watts, Miles Teller, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Maggie Q, Zoe Kravitz, Daniel Dae Kim, and Suki WaterhouseThe Divergent Series: Insurgent opens in theaters on March 20, 2015.

First MAN DOWN Image Featuring Shia LaBeouf, Jai Courtney and Clifton Collins Jr.

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We only first found out that Shia LaBeouf, Kate Mara and Gary Oldman were set to star in Dito Montiel’s latest, Man Down, back in September, but our very first look at the film is already here.  Man Down is a psychological thriller penned by Adam Simon (Synapse) and is about an Afghanistan war veteran struggling with his past while looking for his family in a post-apocalyptic America.

Hit the jump to catch the very first Man Down image featuring LaBeouf as that aforementioned war veteran as well as Jai Courtney and Clifton Collins Jr. as well.

New TERMINATOR: GENISYS Images Featuring Emilia Clarke and Arnold Schwarzenegger; Plus Additional Plot Details

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You thought that description of Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and the EW cover featuring Matt Smith and Jason Clarke being photo-bombed by a grinning Terminator were head-scratchers?  Just wait until you see some of the latest images from Terminator: Genisys.  EW just unveiled some new character artwork and the shots feature heavy weaponry and a whole lot of yelling.

Hit the jump to check out those new Terminator: Genisys images as well as some additional plot information.  The film opens July 1, 2015 and also stars Arnold SchwarzeneggerJai Courtney, J.K. SimmonsDayo Okeniyi and Byung Hun Lee.

First Look at TERMINATOR: GENYSIS Provides Images of the Characters Plus Plot Details; Sarah Connor “Orphaned by a Terminator”

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The Terminator franchise has now been going for thirty years, and it’s going to need a reboot of sorts if it plans to stay alive.  Personally, I’d be fine letting lay fallow or never coming back to it again since every sequel diminishes the ending of T2 (“We might have saved the world!”; “Nope.  No you didn’t.  In no way what so ever.”)  But as the cover of EW proclaims, Terminator: Genisys (spelling is for nerds) is trying to “save a billion-dollar franchise.”  And how do you go about that?  With a character description that will have you scratching your head.

Hit the jump to learn more about the movie and to check out the Terminator: Genisys images from EW, which provide a first look at the characters.  The film opens July 1, 2015 and stars Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke, Matt Smith, J.K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi and Byung Hun Lee.

Jai Courtney Calls TERMINATOR: GENISYS a “Reset” for the Franchise; Says You Don’t Have to Have Seen the Previous Films to Understand It

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Much has already been said about the nature of the upcoming Terminator film, Terminator: Genisys as it relates to the franchise as a whole.  It features new actors playing the already existing roles of Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke), Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney), John Connor (Jason Clarke), and Danny Dyson (Dayo Okeniyi), but it also features the return of Arnold Schwarzengger as the titular machine.  It has previously been described as not exactly a reboot but not necessarily a sequel either, and one imagines it involves a heavy amount of time travel given the age of John Connor.

Steve recently spoke with actor Jai Courtney in anticipation of his upcoming film Felony, and the discussion turned to Terminator.  Courtney said he’d actually describe the film as a “reset”, adding that if someone hasn’t seen the first two Terminator films they wouldn’t be completely lost when watching Genisys.  Additionally, the actor discussed the prospect of reprising his role in future sequels.  See what he had to say after the jump.

TERMINATOR: GENISYS Will Probably Be Rated PG-13; Not a Sequel or a Reboot

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Paramount Pictures is already feeling pretty bullish on its new Terminator film, Terminator: Genisys (that subtitle is still idiotic), as they recently staked out release dates for two sequels to drop in 2017 and 2018, with the plan to shoot them back-to-back.  We still know very little about the nature of Genisys (*shudder*), but we do know that the lead actors are playing Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke), Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney), John Connor (Jason Clarke), and Danny Dyson (Dayo Okeniyi) under the direction of Thor: The Dark World helmer Alan Taylor.  Oh yeah, and Arnold Schwarzenegger is back.

Courtney recently spoke a bit about the film, revealing that the Terminator: Genisys rating will most likely be PG-13 and describing it as not exactly a reboot but not exactly a sequel either.  Read on after the jump.

THE WATER DIVINER Trailer and Poster: Russell Crowe Directs and Stars in Australian World War I Drama

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The first The Water Diviner trailer and poster have been released for Russell Crowe’s feature directorial debut.  The story centers on an Australian man (Crowe) who travels to Turkey in an attempt to discover the fate of his three sons, who were fighting in World War I.  While I was afraid the film might feel a bit like a vanity project, this trailer is actually pretty good.  There are surprisingly few films that revolve around the horrors of The Great War, and this Australia-focused story provides an interesting point of view for what was truly a World war.  Crowe appears to be pretty confident behind the camera, and he’s filled his cast out with plenty of Australian actors.  Color me intrigued.

Hit the jump to check out the Water Diviner trailer and poster.  The film also stars Olga Kurylenko, Jai Courtney, Yilmaz Erdogan, Cem Yilmaz, Steve Bastoni, Isabel Lucas, Ryan Corr, Dan Wyllie, Damon Herriman, Jacqueline McKenzie, Michael Dorman, Megan Gale, and Dylan GeorgiadesThe Water Diviner opens in Australia and New Zealand on December 26th.

DIVERGENT Sequel INSURGENT Begins Filming in Atlanta

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Lionsgate has announced that the Divergent sequel Insurgent has begun production in Atlanta, barreling towards the film’s March 20, 2015 release date.  That’s a rather quick turnaround for the futuristic thriller since Divergent only just opened in theaters this past March, and especially given that director Robert Schwentke (Red) has only been on the project for a couple of months.  Schwentke takes over directorial duties from Neil Burger, who was too busy completing post-production on Divergent to be able to prep and shoot Insurgent in the allotted time.

Hit the jump for more on Insurgent, including the full press release and official synopsis.  The film stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Ray Stevenson, Zoe Kravitz, Jai Courtney, Mekhi Phifer, and Maggie Q.

Extended Featurette Provides First Look at Russell Crowe’s Directorial Debut, THE WATER DIVINER

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An extended, behind-the-scenes featurette for The Water Diviner has provided a first look at Russell Crowe‘s upcoming directorial debut.  The story centers on an Australian man (Crowe) who travels to Turkey to attempt to locate the bodies of his three sons, who were killed there during WWI.  The featurette is narrated by Crowe, and his passion for the material really comes through.  Even though this is only his first feature, it looks like he’s come up with something that has a grand scope but retains its focus on the intimate character drama.  This is definitely one I’m going to be keeping on my radar, and although it doesn’t currently have a release date, I hope we’ll get to see it soon.

Hit the jump to check out The Water Diviner featurette. The film also stars Olga Kurylenko, Yilmaz Erdogan, Cem Yilmaz, Jai Courtney, Steve Bastoni, Isabel Lucas, Ryan Corr, Dan Wyllie, Damon Herriman, Jacqueline McKenzie, Michael Dorman, Megan Gale, and Dylan Georgiades.

TOP 5: GODZILLA Set Visit, DIVERGENT, Final Trailer for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, MUPPETS MOST WANTED Interviews, CHEAP THRILLS

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Now available on VOD and in select theaters is Drafthouse Films’ dark thriller/comedy Cheap Thrills starring Pat Healy, Ethan Embry, David Koechner, and Sara Paxton. I watched the film last night and, while not for the faint of heart or stomach, I can’t recommend it enough. At its core, Thrills works from a single question: how far would you go to be able to provide for yourself and/or your family? It uses precision pacing, confident direction from E.L. Katz, and solid performances across the board to explore this question, all while gradually rising to a crescendo that feels both inevitable and wildly inventive. Offhand I can’t think of a film that blends the thrilling and the disgusting, excitement and repulsion, in a more entertaining way than Cheap Thrills. Regardless of whether you want to or not (and I don’t think you will), this is a movie you won’t soon forget.

In addition to talking a bit more about Cheap Thrills with Matt’s review and a couple of interviews, this week’s Top 5 also highlights our set visit coverage for Godzilla, Matt’s review of Divergent plus interviews with Shailene Woodley and more, the final trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and Muppets Most Wanted interviews with Tina Fey among others. Read on for a brief recap and link to everything I mention above.

DIVERGENT Review

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The story of Divergent celebrates bravery, compassion, and above all, accepting an emotional complexity that goes beyond a single characteristic.  Unfortunately, Neil Burger‘s adaptation of Veronica Roth‘s best-selling novel is constantly softening that emotional complexity or dodging it altogether.  The director is more focused on recreating the world of the novel, but rarely does he concern himself with fleshing it out and making the character relationships more than superficial.  The result is a staggeringly safe picture in what’s supposed to be a dangerous setting.

Miles Teller and Jai Courtney Talk DIVERGENT, Neil Burger, Shenanigans Off Set with the Rest of the Cast, TERMINATOR: GENESIS, and More

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With Divergent opening this weekend, I recently landed an exclusive video interview with Miles Teller and Jai Courtney.  During the interview they talked about working with director Neil Burger, why the police called so many times to the apartment building where the cast was staying, what can they tease about Reed Richards and Kyle Reese in Fantastic Four and Terminator: Genesis, and more

For those unfamiliar, the film is based on the Veronica Roth novel of the same name and takes place in a society where people are divided into factions based on their personalities.  Tris (Shailene Woodley) is a young girl who doesn’t fit into any of the pre-assigned groups and faces grave consequences due to her status as a “Divergent.”  Hit the jump to watch the interview.  Divergent also stars Theo James, Ashley JuddRay StevensonZoe Kravitz, Tony GoldwynAnsel Elgort,Maggie QBen Lloyd-HughesChristian Madsen, and Kate Winslet.

Over 25 New Images from DIVERGENT Featuring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller, Zoe Kravitz, and More

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Summit Entertainment has released a number of new images from director Neil Burger’s (Limitless) upcoming Veronica Roth adaptation Divergent.  The film is on track for a big opening weekend, and from what little footage we’ve seen, I’ve really liked Burger’s visual take on the dystopian world.  Moreover, the prospect of seeing The Spectacular Now stars Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller together again onscreen (albeit under very different circumstances) is highly enticing.  For those unaware, the futuristic thriller takes place in a society where people are divided into factions based on their personalities.  Woodley plays a young girl who doesn’t fit into any of the pre-assigned groups, and faces grave consequences if it’s revealed that she’s “Divergent”.

Hit the jump to check out the new images, which fans of the book will be happy to know include looks at nearly the entire cast and even Roth’s cameo.  The film also stars Theo James, Jai Courtney, Kate Winslet, Ashley Judd, Tony Goldwyn, Zoe Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Christian Madsen, Ray Stevenson, Amy Newbold, and Ben LambDivergent opens in traditional theaters and IMAX on March 21st.

New Images from DIVERGENT Featuring Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller; Film Tracking Strong as Advance Tickets Go on Sale March 8th

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Summit Entertainment has debuted a batch of new images from director Neil Burger’s (Limitless) upcoming futuristic thriller Divergent, giving us a first look at a number of characters from the book—including Miles Teller’s Peter.  For those unfamiliar, the film is based on the Veronica Roth novel of the same name and takes place in a society where people are divided into factions based on their personalities.  Tris (Shailene Woodley) is a young girl who doesn’t fit into any of the pre-assigned groups and faces grave consequences due to her status as a “Divergent.”  Summit no doubt hopes to mimic the success of another YA franchise (The Hunger Games), and it looks like they just may succeed as The Wrap reports that Divergent is tracking strong for a $50+ million opening and building.  As someone who read and enjoyed the book and is a fan of Burger’s visuals, that’s good to hear.  In addition, the studio has announced that advance tickets for the film will be on sale starting March 4th, at which time purchasers will receive a free digital copy of the book.

Hit the jump to take a look at the new images.  The film also stars Theo James, Ashley Judd, Ray Stevenson, Zoe Kravitz, Jai CourtneyTony Goldwyn, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Ben Lloyd-HughesChristian Madsen, and Kate WinsletDivergent opens in traditional theaters and IMAX on March 21st.

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