STRETCH Trailer: Patrick Wilson Needs $6,000 By Midnight in Joe Carnahan’s Colorful New Film

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Since director Joe Carnahan decided to take the marketing into this own hands, we’ve already seen a number of clips, images, and even a gag reel from his new film Stretch.  However, the first official Stretch trailer has now been released online, giving us a better handle on the plot for this colorful, insane-looking action comedy.  The story revolves around a down-on-his-luck chauffeur (Patrick Wilson) who attempts to relieve his debt by driving around a mysterious, eccentric billionaire (James Badge Dale).  As we can see from this trailer, he comes across a number of unusual characters during his service, and things appear to get weirder and weirder as the night wears on.  I loved the introspective nature of Carnahan’s The Grey, but it’s nice to see that he’s still able to have fun with things like this and The Blacklist, and Stretch certainly appears to be a very wild ride indeed.

Watch the Stretch trailer after the jump.  The film also stars Chris Pine, Jessica Alba, Ed Helms, Norman Reedus, Ray Liotta, Shaun Toub, Brooklyn Decker, and David HasselhoffStretch will be available on iTunes and Amazon on October 7th and on VOD on October 14th.

MISS MEADOWS Trailer Positions Katie Holmes as a Prim Vigilante Serial Killer

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To me, for better and for worse, this feels like the kind of quirky dark comedy we were getting on the regular back between 1999 and 2004.  Now, not so much.  Which is to say that this trailer for Miss Meadows is simultaneously refreshing and stale.  For what it’s worth I’m definitely interested in seeing this, I’ll take a formula I haven’t seen in a while over a formula I’m exposed to every day.  And I happen to think Katie Holmes is a strong performer who took herself off the scene right before she started getting really interesting roles.   The film is written directed by Karen Leigh Hopkins, who directed the apparently abysmal Because I Said So, but I will hold out a sliver of hope regardless.

In Miss Meadows Holmes plays a sweet and proper elementary school teacher whose perfect manners and pretty floral dresses hide a dark secret: when she’s not teaching at the local elementary school or tending to her garden, she’s moonlighting as a gun-toting vigilante.  The film also stars James Badge Dale, Mary Kay Place and Jean Smart.  Hit the jump for the Miss Meadows trailer.  Entertainment One releases the film on November 14th. 

Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale, and Charlotte Le Bon in Talks for Robert Zemeckis’ Untitled Tightrope Tale; Cara Delevingne to Join PAN & TULIP FEVER

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Here’s today’s latest casting news:

  • Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale, and Charlotte Le Bon are in talks for Robert Zemeckis’ untitled drama based on Philippe Petit’s memoirs, and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
  • Cara Delevingne is in talks for roles in both Joe Wright’s Pan at Warner Bros., and Justin Chadwick’s period romance, Tulip Fever, for The Weinstein Company.

Hit the jump for more on each picture and casting story.

Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller Reunite for Tom Gormican’s Untitled Heist Movie; Elodie Yung Joins GODS OF EGYPT; James Badge Dale Circles SPECTRAL

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Here’s today’s latest casting news:

  • Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan will reunite with That Awkward Moment director Tom Gormican for his untitled heist movie set up at Warner Bros.
  • Elodie Yung is the latest addition to Alex Proyas’ Gods of Egypt, starring Gerard Butler, Geoffrey Rush, Brenton Thwaites and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
  • James Badge Dale is reported as being in negotiations for Legendary’s supernatural thriller, Spectral, directed by Nic Mathieu.

Hit the jump for more on both pictures. 

WORLD WAR Z Blu-ray Review

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Plagued by production troubles, rumored tension between star Brad Pitt and director Marc Forster, and expensive reshoots that entirely reworked the final 45 minutes of the film, World War Z opened this summer with a very large target on its back.  The final result, however, was far from a disaster.  Though many anticipated a major box office bomb from Paramount, World War Z was actually a rather effective summer tentpole whose intensity caught on with audiences to the tune of $540 million worldwide.  With a potential sequel on the way, the film is now available on home video.  Hit the jump for my review of World War Z on Blu-ray.

Jacki Weaver and James Badge Dale Talk PARKLAND, Researching Their Roles, and More; Plus Weaver Tells a Great Story about Woody Allen

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Opening this weekend is writer-director Peter Landesman’s JFK assassination drama Parkland.  Produced by Tom Hanks, the pic revolves around the chaotic events that occurred at Parkland Hospital in Dallas on the days surrounding President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.  Parkland Hospital is where Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald, and Jack Ruby all died.  Rather than focusing on one person, the film looks beyond the assassination and even President Kennedy to examine the surrounding figures on that infamous day and their roles in one of the most important events in American history.   Parkland is loaded with a great cast featuring Zac Efron, Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob ThorntonJacki WeaverJames Badge Dale, Mark Duplass, Marcia Gay Harden, Jackie Earle HaleyRon LivingstonColin HanksTom WellingJeremy Strong, and David Harbour.  For more on the film, read Matt’s review or watch the trailer.

At the Toronto International Film Festival, I landed a video interview with Weaver and Badge Dale (they play Marguerite Oswald and Robert Oswald).  They talked about getting ready for the role, whether anything surprised them while researching the part, and more.  In addition, Weaver talks about how she was cast in Woody Allen‘s next film and I try to get Badge Dale to talk about Joe Carnahan‘s Stretch.  Hit the jump to watch.

TIFF 2013: PARKLAND Review

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This November will be the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination.  There will be TV specials, memorials, and think pieces.  Peter Landesman’s Parkland looks beyond the assassination and even President Kennedy to examine the surrounding figures on that infamous day and their roles in one of the most important events in American history.  It’s a paradoxical film that mythologizes the people who have been overlooked by the history books, but also demythologizes the actual events by showing the details that were overshadowed by the moment when the course of history changed.  The result is a movie that captivates in how it depicts little moments from average people, but also undermines the story’s power by forcing drama on an inherently dramatic situation.

First Trailer for JFK Assassination Drama PARKLAND

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The first trailer for writer/director Peter Landesman’s upcoming drama Parkland has landed online.  Produced by Tom Hanks, the pic revolves around the chaotic events that occurred at Parkland Hospital in Dallas on the day that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.  Parkland Hospital is where Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald, and Jack Ruby all died.   At first blush, Parkland could easily be passed off as a film that simply wants to capitalize on the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination, especially since it must exist in the same spectrum as Oliver Stone’s 1991 effort JFK, along with the raw imagery of Abraham Zapruder’s historic home movie.  However, this trailer suggests that the film has captured the chaos of the event itself and the ensuing finger-pointing, along with the period-specific aesthetic; let’s hope the decision to focus on Parkland Hospital turns out to be an inspired one.  There are a few hammy moments in this first look, but Paul Giamatti’s performance is certainly one worth watching.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Billy Bob Thornton, Zac Efron, Marcia Gay Harden, Jacki WeaverJames Badge DaleJackie Earle HaleyRon LivingstonColin HanksTom WellingJeremy Strong, and David Harbour.  Parkland will debut at the Venice Film Festival and hits theaters later this year.

Deleted Scene from IRON MAN 3 Featuring Ben Kingsley as “The Mandarin” [UPDATED with Gag Reel]

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I almost feel like whenever we refer to Ben Kingsley as “The Mandarin”, quotes are now required to indicate the misleading name of the character.  Some people will never forgive the movie for the bait-and-switch because they wanted to see the Mandarin from the comics, which they were probably never going to get in the movie Iron Man world Marvel had been established.  There wasn’t going to be a guy with ten magic rings, and while I understand Iron Man 3 had a radical reinvention of the character for the screen, it was still highly entertaining.  For those who can’t get enough of co-writer and director Shane Black‘s take on the character, a deleted scene from the upcoming Iron Man 3 Blu-ray has been released online, and it features Kingsley in his hammy Mandarin persona.

Hit the jump to check out the deleted scene.  Iron Man 3 will be release on DVD, Blu-ray, and 3D Blu-ray on September 24th. [Update: We've added a just-released gag reel that will also be on the Blu-ray.]

TOP 5: THE LONE RANGER, 15 Movies You May Have Missed in 2013 So Far, Christian Bale Not Involved with JUSTICE LEAGUE, THE WAY, WAY BACK, Our Most Anticipated Movies: July to September

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With a production budget in the neighborhood of $150 million and a worldwide pull of just under $50 million entering its second weekend, it’s probably fair to say that White House Down will ultimately be seen by the powers that be as a bust. Blame its proximity to the similarly themed Olympus Has Fallen (which, on the whole, received similar critical reaction but comparatively more box office success) if you will, but having watched and enjoyed the heck out of the film last night I believe at least some of the blame lies at the feet of Sony’s marketing. Whereas Fallen was packaged, and ultimately delivered, as a dead serious action/thriller, I don’t think White House Down marketing did enough to prep its potential audience members for the over-the-top, often times ridiculous, self-aware genre piece they would encounter. The best examples I can give to support this theory are the multiple scenes that left me laughing out loud while the majority of my fellow moviegoers sat quietly, unsure whether the movie was actually asking them to laugh with it or was just that silly and contrived. It’s possible that I’m going Roland Emmerich and co. too much credit, but I went with the former every single time and ended up having a great time with the film as a result.

All White House drama aside, this week’s Top 5 includes a slew of interviews from The Lone Ranger with Johnny Depp and more, a list of 15 movies from the first half of 2013 that you may have missed but definitely deserve a look, Christian Bale insisting that he is not involved with the Justice League movie in any way, The Way, Way Back interviews with Steve Carell and more, and a look at our most anticipated movies from July to September.

James Badge Dale Talks THE LONE RANGER, the Experience of Making a Western, His Relationship with His Horse, Cowboy Boot Camp, and More

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From Academy Award-winning director Gore Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, The Lone Ranger is an action-adventure that tells the origin tale of the famed masked hero, John Reid (Armie Hammer), and how he became a legend of justice, with a little help from Native American warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp).  The movie also stars Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, Ruth Wilson and Helena Bonham Carter.

During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, the undeniably charming James Badge Dale (who plays the Lone Ranger’s older brother, Texas Ranger Dan Reid) talked about how cool it is to be in three of the biggest blockbusters of the summer (Iron Man 3, World War Z and The Lone Ranger), how The Lone Ranger was the most physically demanding, finding a treehouse out in Canyon de Chelly where he could grab a nap between takes, the process of finding the perfect cowboy hat for his character, working with a horse that was scared of gunfire, and the experience of cowboy boot camp.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

James Badge Dale Joins Joe Carnahan’s STRETCH; Josh Helman Set for Mysterious Role in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

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After appearing in brief but memorable roles in a number of swell films as of late, including Iron Man 3, Flight, and World War Z, James Badge Dale has become the latest actor to sign on to The Grey director Joe Carnahan’s low-budget action-comedy Stretch.  The film stars Patrick Wilson as a down-on-his-luck chauffeur looking to relieve his debt by driving around a mysterious billionaire who drags him to hell and back.  Chris Pine, Brooklyn Decker, and Ed Helms are also poised to appear, and Carnahan broke the news of Dale’s casting on Twitter by saying, “James Badge Dale, my boy AND one of the best actors walking the planet, has joined the cast of STRETCH.”  The two previously worked together on Carnahan’s terrific existential survival drama The Grey.

Hit the jump for news concerning an up-and-comer taking on a mysterious role in X-Men: Days of Future Past.

28 New High-Resolution Images from WORLD WAR Z Starring Brad Pitt

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Paramount Pictures has released a large batch of high-resolution images from director Marc Forster’s large-scale zombie pic World War Z.  The film stars Brad Pitt as a United Nations employee who traverses the globe in a race to stop a growing zombie pandemic that threatens to put an end to humanity.  The pic’s production troubles have not exactly been a secret, but Pitt has been doing everything he can to promote the film so one assumes he’s happy with the finished product.  The prospect of crafting a globe-trotting horror film on a tentpole scale still intrigues me, so here’s hoping everything came together in the end.

Hit the jump to take a look at the images.  The film also stars Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, David Morse, and Daniella KerteszWorld War Z opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on June 21st.

New Trailer for THE LONE RANGER Goes Heavy on the Action

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With a little over a month away until the release of Gore Verbinski‘s The Lone Ranger, Disney has a released a new trailer.  The story focuses on John Reid (Armie Hammer) surviving an attack, being saved by Native American warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp), and the two teaming up to fight injustice.  The new trailer speeds through the premise to get to the set pieces, and while I want to be excited for this movie, I just keep seeing Wild Wild West.  There’s hardly any of the humor that made Verbinski’s Pirates of the Caribbean movies so enjoyable, or the strangeness that brought Rango to life.  Then again, if Disney wants to leave the best stuff out of the trailer, that’s fine by me.  I’d like to be surprised.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, Ruth Wilson, and Helena Bonham CarterThe Lone Ranger opens July 3rd.

James Badge Dale Talks IRON MAN 3, His Audition Process, the Character’s Physicality, WORLD WAR Z, THE LONE RANGER, and More

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From director Shane Black, Iron Man 3 has certainly gotten the blockbuster movie season off to a pretty incredible start.  This time out, brilliant billionaire inventor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.), aka Iron Man, faces a terrifying enemy, known as The Mandarin (Sir Ben Kingsley), whose reach knows no bounds, and he must rely on his own instincts to protect those that he loves.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor James Badge Dale, who plays Extremis agent and all-around bad-ass Eric Savin, talked about how he came to be a part of the film, having to read pages from a cop movie for his audition, due to secrecy, how he finally gut a full script after negotiations for the role were finished, what it means to him to get to be a part of the Iron Man franchise, how he viewed Savin, and what he wanted to bring to the character’s physicality.  He also talked about his roles in two more upcoming blockbusters, World War Z with Brad Pitt and The Lone Ranger with Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp, and the great experiences he had on each.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

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