Kate Mara Shares Celebratory FANTASTIC FOUR Image to Mark End of Filming

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One of the bigger “huh?” moments from this year’s Comic-Con was the complete lack of anything from 20th Century Fox’s The Fantastic Four.  Granted, director Josh Trank‘s superhero adaptation was in the midst of production and barreling towards a fast-approaching June 19, 2015 release date, but fans were hoping to see at least a title treatment or image from the pic.  Alas, no such preview emerged, but Invisible Girl herself Kate Mara has now shared a kind of Fantastic Four image by way of a celebratory selfie with her fellow FF members.  “That’s a wrap on Fantastic Four” the tweet reads, though it’s unclear if that means the entire production has wrapped, the principal castmembers have wrapped, or only Mara has wrapped.  Regardless, since we’ve seen nothing official from the film thus far, it’s kind of neat to see Mara, Miles Teller (Mr. Fantastic), Michael B. Jordan (Human Torch), and Jamie Bell (Thing) all together on the streets of New Orleans.

Hit the jump to check out the image for yourself.  Hopefully a genuine piece of Fantastic Four material will show up in the coming months.  The film also stars Toby Kebbell, Tim Blake Nelson, and Reg E. Cathey.

AMC Renews TURN for a Second Season

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Well at least one of AMC’s new series will be returning next season.  With no more Breaking Bad to look forward to and facing the end of Mad Men next spring, AMC has given a season two order to the Revolutionary War drama Turn, which debuted earlier this year.  The show revolves around America’s first spy ring, as Jamie Bell plays a farmer-turned-secret agent living in Long Island, working to aid George Washington and turn the tide of the war.  I haven’t seen the show yet myself, but I’ve heard positive things.

The ratings for Turn haven’t been through the roof, but they’ve been solid enough.  On the other hand, AMC’s other new drama, Halt and Catch Fire, has not been faring as well.  The show had promise with its intriguing premise and talented cast, but it’s thus far failed to really take off (its Mad Men/Breaking Bad ripoff vibe is certainly off-putting).  Regardless, the ratings juggernaut The Walking Dead returns this fall, and though Better Call Saul was postponed to early 2015, AMC has already given the Breaking Bad spinoff a season two order.

FILTH Review

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Addiction can be used as a way to mask a deeper pain.  The addict can disappear into a drug-induced haze, and find a brief reprieve before real life comes crashing back in, and there’s a need for a bigger fix.  Filth follows suit, but instead of using drugs to mask pain, it uses drugs to mask a shallow story and weak jokes.  Writer-director Jon S. Baird has plenty of tricks: breaking the fourth wall, throwing up graphics, frenetic cinematography, etc.  He also has a great cast willing to give it their all, but nothing can compensate for a tedious picture that thinks it’s more aggressive and exciting than it actually is.  Only near the very end does its constant posturing prove to have a semblance of a point.

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.

Exclusive Clip from FILTH Starring James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, Eddie Marsan, Imogen Poots, and Jim Broadbent

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With director Jon S. Baird’ adaptation of the Irvine Welsh crime novel Filth now on VOD today and in theaters May 30th, we’ve happy to premiere an exclusive clip from the film.  If you’re not familiar with the story, James McAvoy stars as Bruce Robertson, a corrupt, drug-addicted detective who attempts to connive his way to a promotion in the hopes that it will repair his broken family.  The film also stars Jamie Bell, Imogen Poots, Eddie Marsan, and Jim Broadbent.  Hit the jump to watch the clip and here’s a crazy red band trailer if you missed it.

Jamie Bell Talks TURN, Coming to Television, Physical Challenges, Researching the Historical Setting, and More

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From showrunner Craig Silverstein (Nikita) and based on Alexander Rose’s book Washington’s Spies, the new AMC drama series Turn tells the untold story of America’s first spy ring.  A historical thriller set during the Revolutionary War, the show follows Abe Woodhull (Jamie Bell), a farmer living in British-occupied Long Island who bands together with his childhood friends to form the Culper Ring, which is an unlikely team of secret agents who not only went on to help George Washington turn the tide of the war, but also gave birth to modern spycraft.

During this recent interview to promote the new show, actor Jamie Bell talked about what attracted him to this project, why he was drawn to television, the responsibility in playing someone who existed and who did something quite incredible, in terms of the history of this country, that spies were hated during that time period, what most surprised him when he did his research, the complexity of the relationships with the women in Abe Woodhull’s life, how being a new father influences his performance, why Abe Woodhull is appealing to audiences, even with all of his flaws, and the challenges of the physical side of the role.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

NYMPHOMANIAC: VOL. II Review

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[Note: This review is of a censored, abridged version of Nymphomaniac: Vol. II.  Director Lars Von Trier gave this version his approval, but did not create this cut.]

In Nymphomaniac: Vol. II, Joe’s (Charlotte Gainsbourg) nymphomaniac has gone from a lilting, slightly melancholy, comically punctuated romp to a place of loss and ruin.  She has passed “innocent” discovery and, like any addict, needs a bigger fix.  She can’t help herself, and she becomes self-destructive as a result.  In this way, writer-director Lars Von Trier is the same as his protagonist.  He can’t get away from his greatest flaws no matter how hard he tries, and in Nymphomaniac: Vol. II, he tries pretty damned hard.  There are still bouts of silly melodrama and off-kilter jokes, but Vol. II is far more brutal than Vol. I [my review], and Von Trier (unsurprisingly) seems to feel more comfortable in an environment of pain and suffering.  Nevertheless, for all the stumbles and false notes, he builds to something emotionally impactful.  And then he fucks it up.

New Trailer for NYMPHOMANIAC: VOLUME II Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jamie Bell, and Shia LaBeouf

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A new trailer for the second half of director Lars von Trier’s sexual epic Nymphomaniac has arrived.  Nymphomaniac: Volume II continues the story of Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) as she recounts her life to an old bachelor (Stellan Skarsgard), this time focusing on her adulthood.  This trailer is certainly aggressive and quite weird, showcasing the further sexual exploits of Joe and giving us further looks at the characters played by Jamie Bell, Willem Dafoe, and Shia LaBeoufVolume I was only just made available VOD earlier this month, but Volume II hits the market in just a couple of days.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and click here to read Matt’s review of Volume I.  The film also stars Stacy Martin, Mia Goth, and Jean-Marc BarrNymphomaniac: Volume II will be available VOD on March 20th and opens in theaters on April 4th.

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.

Hit the jump for more on both films.

TOP 5: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Set Visit, POMPEII Interviews, FANTASTIC FOUR Casting, Toy Fair 2014

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Landing just outside of this week’s Top 5 and earning an opening paragraph mention as a result is the first trailer and poster for writer/editor/director Ti West‘s The Sacrament. Obviously inspired by 1978′s Jonestown Massacre, the film features a team of journalists who attempt to document the story of a seemingly peaceful religious commune only to have the proverbial shit hit the fan in the process. I think West is among the best working directors in terms of creating and maintaining terror as evidenced by both 2009′s The House of the Devil and 2011′s The Innkeepers. Each of those films expertly sustain a sense of dread throughout and if Gene Jones hauntingly daring the visiting journalists to “Take it…” in this first trailer is any indication, The Sacrament looks to be cut from the same stellar mold. While it will be tough to match the psychological horror dealt out by 2011′s cult-centric drama Martha Marcy May Marlene, I’ll be anxiously anticipating West’s latest up until the time it hits VOD on May 1st.

Transitioning to the list section of the feature, this week’s installment highlights the first trailer for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Steve’s set visit coverage for X-Men: Days of Future Past, interviews for and Matt’s review of Paul W.S. Anderson‘s Pompeii, casting news for Fox’s Fantastic Four reboot, and coverage from the floor of Toy Fair 2014 at the Javits Center in NYC. Keep reading for a quick recap and link to each of the above.

Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Bell to Star in FANTASTIC FOUR

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We have passed along Fantastic Four casting rumors for nearly a year now.  It seems Fox is very close to finalizing the cast.  THR reports the studio is in the final stages of negotiation with Miles Teller for Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara for Invisible Girl, Michael B. Jordan for the Human Torch, and Jamie Bell for The Thing.  Bell is the only name we have yet to hear attached to the project, but he’s a great addition to a promising young cast.  Mara, nearly 31, is the oldest of the group.  Heck, she’s older than director Josh Trank (Chronicle), who just turned 30.  The age range may not match the public conception of the Marvel superhero group, but such a group of fresh voices reassures the reboot will look nothing like Fox’s other Fantastic Four attempts.

Fantastic Four is scheduled for release on June 19, 2015.  Hit the jump for background from the comics.

New U.S. Trailer for Lars von Trier’s NYMPHOMANIAC: VOLUME I

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As a special Valentine’s Day treat (?), Magnolia Pictures has released the official U.S. theatrical trailer for director Lars von Trier’s new film Nymphomaniac: Volume I.  The two-part epic tells the story of Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac who recounts her numerous sexual encounters to an old bachelor when he discovers her badley beaten in an alley.  Volume I looks to mainly take place in flashback, as the young Joe (Stacy Martin) begins her adventurous journey.  This trailer is devoid of any NSFW material from von Trier’s graphically explicit film, but there is quite a bit of Shia LaBeouf.  The tone is certainly aggressive, and it’ll be interesting to see how von Trier’s epic stands up as two separate films.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Jamie Bell, Uma ThurmanStacy MartinConnie NielsenChristian SlaterWillem DafoeMia GothNicolas BroSophie Kennedy ClarkJens Albinus, and Udo KierNymphomaniac: Volume I will be available VOD on March 6th followed by a theatrical release on March 21st, while Nymphomaniac: Volume II hits VOD on April 3rd and theaters on April 18th.

New Trailer for Lars von Trier’s NYMPHOMANIAC: PART TWO Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg and Shia LaBeouf

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A new trailer for Lars von Trier‘s Nymphomaniac: Part Two has been released.  Unlike the NSFW trailer for Part One and Part Two, there’s no sex or nudity in this one, but there is plenty of weirdness.  That’s part and parcel of a Lars von Trier movie, and in addition to some bondage, painting over mirrors, and orgasmic visions, there’s also setting cars ablaze set to The Talking Heads‘ “Burning Down the House”.  The trailer also features Shia LaBeouf, who would like to remind you that he’s not famous anymore.

Hit the jump to check out.  The film also stars Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, Jamie Bell, Uma Thurman, Stacy Martin, Connie Nielsen, Christian Slater, Willem Dafoe, Mia Goth, Nicolas Bro, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Jens Albinus, and Udo KierNymphomaniac: Part One  will be available on VOD on March 6th and in theaters on March 21st;  Nymphomaniac: Part Two will be released on VOD on April 3rd and in theaters on April 18th.

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.

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