There aren’t many surprises left when it comes to The Amazing Spider-Man 2 villain, Electro (Jamie Foxx). We’ve seen him as the meek, pre-Electro Max Dillon, and we’ve seen his blue, veiny visage as Electro. Now we’ve learned what his voice will sound like as the mutated baddie. But before he gave the audience at The Tonight Show a sample of his vocal work, he explained Dillon’s wretched hairstyle. “My sister is my hair stylist and she created the ‘Django’ look; Ray Charles and things like that.” When it came to Dillon, Foxx explained, “When I’m the nerd guy, I want to be the first black man with a comb-over. I told her, ‘Make me look like I would look if I never made it.’” The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be truly groundbreaking when it comes to African-American hairstyles.
Hit the jump to hear how Electro will sound. The film also stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Dane DeHaan, Shailene Woodley, Paul Giamatti, Felicity Jones, Chris Cooper, and Sally Field. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 3D on May 2, 2014.
Sony Pictures has released a new trailer for Roland Emmerich’s new action film, White House Down. The story follows a rejected Secret Service applicant (Channing Tatum) who must save the President (Jamie Foxx) when a heavily-armed paramilitary group takes over the White House. I haven’t watched this four-minute trailer because the previous trailer already sold me on the movie. It looks like loads of fun by setting up one of most unlikely buddy-cop-esque partnerships, and then blowing up Washington, but not in an uncomfortable, far-too-serious, Olympus Has Fallen way.
Hit the jump to check out the new trailer. The film also stars Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Woods, Richard Jenkins, Joey King, Jake Weber, Lance Reddick, and Jason Clarke. White House Down opens June 28th.
Judging by the trailer, Roland Emmerich‘s White House Down looks like loads of fun, and while Emmerich’s movies have a reputation for being silly, a new featurette shows the creation of the President’s limo to be downright ridiculous. Dubbed “The Beast”, this featurette impressed the hell out of me as the crew explains how they were able to extrapolate the vehicle’s dimensions from a headlight, fortify the limo like a tank, and then make the car do all of the maneuvers Emmerich required for the action scene. Even if you’re not excited for White House Down (although you should be) you’ll find this featurette fascinating.
Hit the jump to check out the featurette. The film stars Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Woods, Richard Jenkins, Joey King, Jake Weber, Lance Reddick, and Jason Clarke. White House Down opens June 28th.
When does self-indulgence trump talent? Plenty of directors have tested that boundary to their detriment: witness the litter of auteurial “visions” that almost destroyed the studio system in the late 1970s. Quentin Tarantino hasn’t gotten there yet. His voice shines too bright and his visions are too singular to let their increasing flabbiness bother us. But while his epic Django Unchained remains a terrific entry in his canon, one wonders how much farther it would have gone if the director could just get out of his own way. Hit the jump for my full review of Django Unchained on Blu-ray.
Sony Pictures has released a new featurette for director Roland Emmerich’s upcoming actioner White House Down. The story follows a rejected Secret Service applicant (Channing Tatum) who must save the President (Jamie Foxx) when a heavily-armed paramilitary group takes over the White House. We saw in the most recent trailer that the pic has an almost buddy cop feel to it, and this featurette shows off a few new bits of footage that continue to be promising. We also get a fascinating look behind the scenes at the massive sets that Emmerich built in order to re-create the White House, as he shot almost exclusively on soundstages for the film.
Hit the jump to watch the featurette, and if you missed any of Steve’s set visit coverage be sure to check out 35 things to know and his interviews with Tatum, Emmerich, producers Brad Fischer and Reid Carolin, producer Harold Kloser, and production designer Kirk M. Petruecelli. The film also stars Jason Clarke, James Woods, and Maggie Gyllenhaal and opens on June 28th.
In 2011, The Amazing Spider-Man went to Comic-Con, and showed off the first footage of The Lizard (the reaction on Twitter from my peers seemed to be “That looks like Killer Croc, and I hope they do more work on the CGI”). The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is set to kick off the 2014 summer movie season, and so it looks like Sony is bringing the movie for a panel at this summer’s San Diego Comic-Con, which runs from July 18 – 21st. Jamie Foxx, who plays the villain Electro, tells Yahoo! Movies, “Now I’m just waiting to get to Comic-Con and see how people respond to it.” People will probably be enthusiastic. They love Spider-Man, and while The Amazing Spider-Man is a misfire, it didn’t kill off interest in the reboot. There’s still a great cast, and hopefully the script is stronger this time around.
The film also stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Dane DeHaan, Shailene Woodley, Paul Giamatti, Felicity Jones, Chris Cooper, and Sally Field. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 3D on May 2, 2014.
Marvel makes it look easy. That’s what kept running through my head while watching Iron Man 3 Thursday night. Pumping out one solid standalone film after another with the overall goal of creating a whole that is equally, if not more, entertaining than its formidable parts can’t be that easy. And yet, Marvel makes it seem that way. In a medium outside of their native reach no less. Granted, Iron Man 3 isn’t without its flaws. But it doesn’t have to be. It succeeds on the exact level it’s meant to: in moving both the individual character and universal stories ahead in an entertaining and logical way. If “Marvel makes it looks easy” was my primary takeaway from IM3, “DC has their work cut out for them” isn’t far behind.
But enough Marvel love for one opening paragraph. In this week’s Top 5 we’ve got Iron Man 3 interviews with director Shane Black and more, a video blog review for Star Trek Into Darkness, the Pacific Rim trailer from WonderCon, Fox’s courting of Michael B. Jordan the the role of Human Torch in its upcoming Fantastic Four reboot, and the new trailer for Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx‘s White House Down. A brief recap and link to each is a “Continue Reading” click away.
Columbia Pictures has released a new trailer for director Roland Emmerich’s White House Down. The story follows a rejected Secret Service applicant (Channing Tatum) who must save the President (Jamie Foxx) when a heavily-armed paramilitary group takes over the White House. While the first teaser trailer played up the severity of the situation, this full trailer shows that the film has a much lighter tone than we initially thought. It looks to be along the lines of a buddy cop movie, only in this case one half of the team is the President of the United States. As for comparisons to Olympus Has Fallen, whereas the Gerard Butler-fronted actioner was all doom and gloom (and a heavy amount of “dumb”), this new trailer for White House Down makes Emmerich’s take on the same premise look like a whole lot of fun.
Also starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Woods, Richard Jenkins, Joey King, Jake Weber, Lance Reddick and Jason Clarke, White House Down opens on June 28th. Hit the jump to check out the new trailer, and click here to catch up on Steve’s set visit coverage.
A couple months ago, Beasts of the Southern Wild star Quvenzhané Wallis was tapped to star in the remake of Annie. For those unfamiliar with the musical (or the comic strip on which it was based), Annie centers on a poor orphan who is adopted by Daddy Warbucks, a wealthy benefactor. According to Heat Vision, Jamie Foxx is in talks to play “Benjamin Stacks”, who is “a variation of the Daddy Warbucks personage” and in case you couldn’t figure it out, his name comes from stacks of $100 bills. While I understand that it’s appropriately updated, I couldn’t help but hear a needle-scratch when I read that name simply because of how corny it sounds. Hopefully, it works better in the context of the movie and the tone director Will Gluck and producers Will Smith and Jay-Z are going for.
Foxx is currently filming on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and is developing a horror series for SyFy. He’ll be seen later this summer in the action flick White House Down. Annie is eyeing a fall production start for a 2014 release.
The deluge of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 set photos continues. Last week, we got our first official look at Jamie Foxx in his non-Electro form, and these unofficial set photos provide more shots of the antagonist and his atrocious hairstyle. I’ll caution that these set photos are moving us closer to understanding the character’s arc and his relationship to Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield), so spoiler-phobes should consider themselves warned. Director Marc Webb has also released a couple of innocuous set photos, and we’ve thrown those in as well.
Hit the jump to check out the set photos. The film also stars Emma Stone, Dane DeHaan, Shailene Woodley, Paul Giamatti, Felicity Jones, Chris Cooper, and Sally Field. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 3D on May 2, 2014. [Update: We've added behind-the-scenes video]
With production currently underway in New York on director Marc Webb’s sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2, we’ve seen our fair share of grainy set photos. We hadn’t really gotten a look at anything super revealing, but then last week images surfaced of a very different looking Jamie Foxx as the pic’s villain Electro. The actor was covered head to toe in blue body paint and was sporting some luminous markings on his skin, making for a rather unique take on the comics character. Now that those images are out there, Webb has decided to share some official images of the actor in character as well as our first look at Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn.
Hit the jump for more, including the images. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 3D on May 2, 2014.
Yesterday, we got our first look at Jamie Foxx as a very blue Electro in Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Today, more set photos have surfaced to show the villain wearing a parka, and it could be part of the costume since the set photos also show co-stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone in winter coats. It’s also possible that he’s wearing it to cover up his costume to prevent it from being seen in leaked set photos such as these.
Hit the jump to check out the set photos. The film also stars Dane DeHaan, Shailene Woodley, Paul Giamatti, Felicity Jones, Chris Cooper, and Sally Field. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 3D on May 2, 2014.
Jamie Foxx blue himself. Set photos of Foxx as The Amazing Spider-Man 2‘s villainous Electro have leaked online, and they are somewhat surprising. Foxx commented on the look of his character back in December saying that the costume would be black, and the filmmakers wanted “to try new things, like a liquid rubber and things like that, and there are all these bolts and stuff in my arms when they are hanging me upside down and trying to figure out what happened.” That still didn’t prepare us for the look of his clearly mutated character. The scene appears to take place before Electro gets his full costume, but the hoodie looks like it has tracking dots to add special effects in post production.
Hit the jump to check out the images. The film also stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Dane DeHaan, Shailene Woodley, Paul Giamatti, Felicity Jones, Chris Cooper, and Sally Field. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 3D on May 2, 2014.
Syfy has just unveiled that Oscar winner Jamie Foxx and his production company Foxxhole are bringing a high-profile horror anthology series to the small screen later this year. In fact, Foxx is doing just about everything: he plans to executive produce, write and direct the series’ five episodes, which are set to debut in the fall during Syfy’s month-long celebration of all things Halloween.
The as of yet unnamed series will riff off of classics such as Tales from the Crypt and The Twilight Zone, focusing on creepy tales of woe for those engage in bad behavior (as Bela Lugosi would say, “Beware … beware!”. Hit the jump for more on the series.
Director David Yates—who helmed the final four Harry Potter films—is having a bit of trouble getting a post-Potter project off the ground. He was initially attached to direct the small-scale drama Your Voice in My Head with Emma Watson and Stanley Tucci attached to star, but was subsequently forced to drop out of the director’s chair for personal reasons. After briefly flirting with a large-scale adaptation of The Stand, Yates then moved on to a reimagining of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan as his next project.
The filmmaker has been developing Tarzan since last summer and recently set True Blood star Alexander Skarsgard as his lead. We learned last month that Jessica Chastain was circling the Jane role, but now Warner Bros. is putting the brakes on the project due to budget concerns. Hit the jump for much more.