Fresh from the Berlin Film Festival, we’ve got a number of casting announcements to address this afternoon. Briefly:
Hit the jump for details regarding the aforementioned casting.
We’ve got a couple of TV casting stories to report on today. First up, Jay Baruchel has been tapped to lead a new FX comedy pilot called Man Seeking Woman, based on author Simon Rich’s book The Last Girlfriend on Earth. THR reports that Baruchel will play “a naïve romantic on a desperate quest for love” in the potential half-hour comedy series, which is described as a sweet and absurd look at the life-and-death stakes of dating. Jonathan Krisel (SNL) will executive produce and direct the pilot, with Lorne Michaels also acting as executive producer. The show returns Baruchel to television after the actor shined on Judd Apatow’s short-lived Undeclared, and the pilot will be filmed in Toronto this spring.
Additionally, a trio of very talented actors have joined Kyle Chandler in the new Netflix series from the creators of Damages. Hit the jump for more.
Three new TV spots have popped up online for the remake of RoboCop. The film takes place in 2028 and finds the sleazy OminiCorp putting its drone technology to use on domestic grounds by way of taking blown-apart cop Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) and turning him into a cyborg police officer. The experiment on Murphy is meant to be the first of many RoboCops the company hopes to put in every U.S. city, but things don’t go as planned. After watching these TV spots, I’m still not excited for this movie. I’m trying to hold out some hope, but I have to keep reminding myself that the film is coming out in February.
Hit the jump to check out the TV spots. The film also stars Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jennifer Ehle, Jay Baruchel, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, and Samuel L. Jackson. RoboCop opens February 12, 2014.
MGM and Sony Pictures have released five new images from RoboCop. The film takes place in 2028 and finds the sleazy OminiCorp putting its drone technology to use on domestic grounds by way of taking blown-apart cop Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) and turning him into a cyborg police officer. The experiment on Murphy is meant to be the first of many RoboCops the company hopes to put in every U.S. city, but things don’t go as planned. In addition to giving us more images of the cast, the most noteworthy image shows us a suit that looks highly reminiscent of the iconic one from Paul Verhoeven‘s 1987 original. This version looks pretty crappy, and that’s probably intentional since Murphy is presumably meant to evolve from this fat, clunky suit to the sleek black one.
Hit the jump to check out the images. The film also stars Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jennifer Ehle, Jay Baruchel, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, and Samuel L. Jackson. RoboCop opens February 12, 2014.
Radius-TWC has released the first trailer for director Jonathan Sobol new film The Art of the Steal. Led by Kurt Russell, the comedy tells the story of a small group of crooks who team up to steal one of the most valuable books in the world. The trailer teases a fun Ocean’s Eleven-style caper with plenty of comedic interplay between the ensemble cast, which also includes Jay Baruchel, Matt Dillon, and Jason Jones. Steve was a big fan of the film when he caught it at the Toronto International Film Festival, and if you missed them, be sure to watch his video interviews with Sobol and Baruchel.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Terence Stamp, Katheryn Winnick, and Chris Diamantopoulos. The Art of the Steal will be available on VOD February 7, 2014 and opens in theaters March 14, 2014.
MGM and Sony have just released the new trailer and poster for Jose Padilha‘s remake of Paul Verhoeven‘s RoboCop. The film takes place in 2028 and finds the sleazy OminiCorp putting its drone technology to use on domestic grounds by way of taking blown-apart cop Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) and turning him into a cyborg police officer. The experiment on Murphy is meant to be the first of many RoboCops that the company hopes to put in every city around the country, but obviously things don’t go as planned. For me, this trailer is not a good sign. None of the action looks particularly interesting and the few laugh lines (“Robophobic”, “Good Cop/RoboCop”) land with a thud. I think we could be looking at a movie that’s just as pointless as the remake of Verhoeven’s Total Recall.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster. The film also stars Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jennifer Ehle, Jay Baruchel, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, and Samuel L. Jackson. RoboCop opens February 12, 2014.
Seth Rogen made a bold decision in his directorial debut This is the End (which he co-wrote and co-directed with Evan Goldberg) that could have just as easily blown up in his face. He stars as himself, as do his friends/co-stars Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson in this comedy about what happens when actors survive the rapture. My review of the Blu-ray of This is the End follows after the jump.
Filming is already underway in Hawaii on writer/director Cameron Crowe’s untitled next film, but the filmmaker is adding two fantastic last-minute additions to the cast. The Wrap reports that Bill Murray is in talks to join the pic, while THR reports that Jay Baruchel has signed on to reunite with his Almost Famous helmer. Bradley Cooper stars in the romantic comedy as a defense contractor overseeing a weapons satellite launch from Hawaii who teams up with (and falls for) an Air Force pilot (Emma Stone) to scuttle the launch. Mystical island forces also play a role in the story.
Murray’s character is being kept under wraps, but Baruchel will be playing the step brother of Cooper’s character. Baruchel makes a great addition to the ensemble, and the thought of Murray and Crowe teaming up on a feature is incredibly promising. The swell cast also includes Rachel McAdams, Alec Baldwin, and Danny McBride. Murray will next be seen in George Clooney’s WWII pic The Monuments Men, which opens this December.
One of the many films to premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was writer-director Jonathan Sobol‘s The Art of the Steal. Loaded with a great cast featuring Kurt Russell, Matt Dillon, Jay Baruchel, Terence Stamp, Katheryn Winnick, Jason Jones, and Chris Diamantopoulos, the film is about a small group that teams up to steal one of the most valuable books in the world. While I wasn’t sure what to expect going in, I had a blast watching The Art of the Steal. The pic is a fresh take on the heist genre, and it’s loaded with great dialogue and fun set pieces. While I’m not sure when it’s going to be released in America, it’s definitely worth checking out down the road.
Shortly after the premiere, I landed an extended video interview with Jay Baruchel. During our wide-ranging conversation we talked about being at TIFF, what The Art of the Steal is about, what it was like for Baruchel to work with Kurt Russell and Terence Stamp, what he collects, the reception to This Is the End, the Goon sequel (and what it’s about), and more. In addition, he talked about how he’d just seen the rough cut of How to Train Your Dragon 2, who he plays in the Robocop remake, and future projects like his pilot for ABC, and his comic book adaptation, Random Acts of Violence, which is in development. Hit the jump to watch.
Sony Pictures has released the first trailer for director Jose Padilha’s remake of RoboCop. While it’s already getting plenty of snark from internet grumps, I rather enjoyed this first look at the new film. Sure, it’s got a bit of a Total Recall or [insert recent sci-fi movie] vibe going on, but there’s plenty here to suggest that the filmmakers will give nods to fans of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 original while putting their own stamp on the new iteration. Star Joel Kinnaman looks to be charismatic as Alex Murphy, a trait that he’ll struggle to regain once making his transformation. There’s plenty of screentime to go around as we also get looks at Samuel L. Jackson’s media mogul, Michael Keaton’s string-pulling CEO and Gary Oldman’s conflicted scientist. There’s plenty to look forward to, so let’s not lose our collective shit just yet.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer and, while you’re at it, check out these newly-released official images from the film. The film also stars Abbie Cornish, Jay Baruchel, and Jackie Earle Haley. RoboCop opens February 7, 2014.
This morning, the Toronto International Film Festival announced its terrific line-up for their Galas and Special Presentation programs. Among the films with new images and synopses are:
- Life of Crime (Directed by Daniel Schechter) Starring John Hawkes, Yasiin Bey (a.k.a Mos Def), Jennifer Aniston, Tim Robbins, Isla Fisher, Will Forte, and Mark Boone Jr.
- The Railway Man (Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky) Starring Colin Firth, Jeremy Irvine, and Nicole Kidman.
- Third Person (Directed by Paul Haggis) Starring Liam Neeson, Mila Kunis, Adrien Brody, James Franco, Olivia Wilde, Maria Bello, Kim Basinger, and Moran Atias.
- The Art of the Steal (Directed by Jonathan Sobol) Starring Jay Baruchel, Matt Dillon, Kurt Russell, Terence Stamp, Katheryn Winnick, Chris Diamantopoulos, Kenneth Welsh, and Jason Jones.
- Bad Words (Directed by Jason Bateman) Starring Jason Bateman, Allison Janney, Phillip Baker Hall, Kathryn Hahn, and Rohan Chand.
Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5 – 15th.
DreamWorks Animation has released the first teaser trailer for How to Train Your Dragon 2. The movie picks up five years after the first installment, and has Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless exploring new territories while the rest of his friends are enjoying dragon races. During one of Hiccup and Toothless’ journeys, they discover “a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, and the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace.” None of that plot is conveyed in this teaser trailer. Instead, it throws us back to the joy of the flying sequences in the first movie, and then ups the ante. We see a confident (and hot) Hiccup pulling daredevil stunts, and for a teaser trailer, it’s a perfect announcement that the sequel is on the way. I can’t wait for this movie.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also features the voices of Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, Kristen Wiig, Kit Harrington, and Gerard Butler. How to Train Your Dragon 2 opens in 3D on June 20, 2014.
After months of speculation, we have an answer: on its first weekend in theatres Man of Steel earned an estimated $113 million from 4,207 locations. That does not include the $12 million from its Thursday evening previews, but the number was still big enough to give Superman the new record for June.
|| Man of Steel
|| This Is The End
|| Now You See Me
|| Fast & Furious 6
|| The Purge
|| The Internship
|| Star Trek Into Darkness
|| After Earth
|| Iron Man 3
Was there really a chance of writing about something other than Man of Steel in this week’s opening paragraph? Well, maybe. I did really enjoy This Is the End. But, alas, this week is about Supes’ return to the big screen. I watched the film (in 2D) for the first time last night and, as far as superhero movies go, it elicited an emotional response from me that few in the genre have. Sure, there were times where the grand scale of destruction left me cold and the product placement took me out of the moment (if only to admire some beautiful appliances meeting their untimely demise). Nevertheless, the themes of love, sacrifice, acceptance, and trust were beautifully woven into the film’s text in such a way that it made me do something I’ve only done one other time (while reading Grant Morrison‘s excellent All-Star Superman run): become emotionally invested in the Man of Steel.
While this is undoubtedly Kal-El’s weekend, in addition to Man of Steel interviews and more, this week’s Top 5 also includes the first teaser trailer and poster for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, This Is the End interviews with Seth Rogen and more, the new Elysium trailer, and a recap of E3 2013 from the convention floor. Learn more about all of the above via a link and brief recap after the jump.
This Is the End opens today, and you should totally go see it. In a clever bit of cross-promotion, a new parody has This Is the End stars Seth Rogen, James Franco, Craig Robinson, Jay Baruchel, and Danny McBride stuck in a Portland The Real World house with Portlandia stars Joi Niemeyer and Averey Tressler co-star, and while their fans might be a bit disappointed that all of the jokes come from the guys, it’s still a damn fine parody of The Real World. It also shows off the great comic dynamic fans will see in This Is the End without giving away any jokes from the movie.
Hit the jump to check out the parody. The Real World: Portland finale also airs today in case you care.