CROSSBONES Review: The Legend of Blackbeard Gets a Reconsideration, Loses the Beard

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The first thing to note about NBC’s new pirate drama Crossbones, about the legendary Blackbeard, is that the actor portraying him, John Malkovich, sports a small gray goatee.  This Blackbeard also doesn’t like the name Blackbeard (probably because he doesn’t have one), and prefers the distinction The Commodore, or occasionally around his friends, Ed.  You see, the Blackbeard you thought you knew from legend is really more of a utopian socialist / Deist / appreciator of overdecorating, with a deep affinity for clocks.  But perhaps not all is lost.  There’s a lot of pretty water.  Hit the jump for more.

Keira Knightley to Signs on to EVEREST; Andy Garcia Joins MAX STEEL; Ifans, Luna, and Malkovich to Lead DOMINION

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With the Cannes Film Festival set to get underway later this month, there’s plenty of wheeling and dealing going on, which means there’s plenty of casting news.  First up, Keira Knightley has signed on as a late addition to the Everest.  Directed by Baltasar Kormakur (2 Guns), the movie focuses on two different expeditions that struggle to survive while climbing the world’s tallest mountain.  Filming has been underway for well over a month, and the Daily Mail reports that Knightley has signed on to play “Jan Arnold, widow of climber Rob Hall, who conquered the mountain five times.”  Knightley “shot most of her scenes at Pinewood and around the Home Counties,” so don’t expect to see her character scaling the mountain.  The outstanding cast also includes Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Jake Gyllenhaal, Martin Henderson, Emily Watson, Michael Kelly, Thomas M. Wright, Sam Worthington, and Robin WrightEverest opens in 3D and IMAX 3D on September 18, 2015.

Hit the jump for casting news on the adaptation of the Mattel superhero toy Max Steel and the Dylan Thomas biopic Dominion.

First CROSSBONES Trailer Featuring John Malkovich as the Dread Pirate Blackbeard

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The bald head and white beard of John Malkovich in the above image doesn’t exactly scream “the dread pirate Blackbeard,” but that’s exactly the role he’ll take on in the new NBC series, Crossbones.  For fans of Malkovich’s quirks and particular brand of humor, this first trailer should be a delight as it shows the veteran chewing scenery with zeal.  For those who aren’t quite as fond of Malkovich (myself included), then this first look acts as more of a deterrent than an enticement.  That’s a shame, since the rest of the cast – which includes Richard Coyle, Tracy Ifeachor, and Yasmine Al Massri – appears to turn in a worth-watching performance.

Hit the jump to watch the first trailer for NBC’s Crossbones, which premieres Friday, May 30th at 10/9c.

RED 2 Blu-ray Review

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Red 2 is a very obvious film.  It’s pleasant enough, but you know what you’re getting, which is old actors engaging in Bond-esque behavior.  It’s all fluffy and light, and seems geared towards Sunday afternoon cable viewing.  On that level it delivers.  But whether it’s demeaning or charming that so many talented performers are doing something so beneath them is up to the viewer.  Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren lead the cast and my review of Red 2 follows after the jump.

Benedict Cumberbatch & John Malkovich for PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR; Rashida Jones & Matt Bomer in B.O.O.: BUREAU OF OTHERWORLDLY OPERATIONS

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Check out the latest voice-casting news for the upcoming DreamWorks Animation movies below:

  • Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness) and John Malkovich (Red 2) will lend their voices to The Penguins of Madagascar feature.  The film is due out March 27, 2015.
  • Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation) and Matt Bomer (White Collar) will join the voice cast of B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations.  The film opens June 5, 2015.

Hit the jump for more on each film. 

Watch 6 Clips From RED 2 Starring Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Helen Mirren

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With the Red 2 press junket happening in New York City this weekend, Summit has provided us with six clips for director Dean Parisot’s (Galaxy Quest) upcoming action-comedy sequel.  The spy follow-up pits ex-CIA operative Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) against Victoria (Helen Mirren) when MI6 greenlights his assassination as Interpol’s “Most Wanted.”  All the while, Moses and his team work to track down a missing nuclear device.  The new clips continue to make the film look like a lot of fun, especially with regards to the very promising interplay between the pic’s talented cast members.

Hit the jump to watch the clips.  The film also stars John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Byung Hun Lee, and Anthony HopkinsRed 2 opens on July 19th.

New Posters for THE LONE RANGER, RED 2, STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, and I, FRANKENSTEIN [Updated]

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New posters have been released from The Lone Ranger, Red 2, Star Trek Into Darkness, and I, Frankenstein.  Briefly, The Lone Ranger international poster has the Lone Ranger in danger of falling into Helena Bonham Carter‘s cleavage, the gang is all there in the Red 2 poster, the Enterprise is still seriously screwed in the latest poster for Star Trek Into Darkness, and then there’s the first poster for I, Frankenstein.  It’s a “motion poster”, but it will be holographic when you see it at your local theater.  It doesn’t have a close-up of Aaron Eckhart as the monster, but at a distance, he’s the most handsome iteration of the creature to date.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.  The Lone Ranger opens on July 3rd.  Red 2 opens July 19th.  Star Trek Into Darkness opens in IMAX 3D on Wednesday and in 2D and 3D on Thursday.  I, Frankenstein opens in 3D on January 24th. [Update: The Star Trek Into Darkness poster was not approved by the studio, and we have removed it at their request.]

New Trailer for RED 2 Starring Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Helen Mirren

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Summit Entertainment has released a new trailer for director Dean Parisot’s (Galaxy Quest) action-comedy sequel Red 2.  The spy follow-up pits ex-CIA operative Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) against Victoria (Helen Mirren) when MI6 greenlights his assassination as Interpol’s “Most Wanted.”  This trailer introduces us to the film’s new characters, as Anthony Hopkins plays a living MacGuffin (similar to John Hurt‘s character in Crystal Skull) and Catherine Zeta-Jones plays an old flame of Willis’ character who joins the group to combat a common enemy.  Byung Hun Lee appears to bring some freshness to the film’s action sequences, and the humorous tone is spot-on thanks to the sensibilities of Parisot.  All in all, Red 2 looks to be quite the fun ride.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Mary-Louise Parker and John MalkovichRed 2 opens on July 19th.

New Character Posters RED 2 Featuring Bruce Willis and John Malkovich

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A couple of new character posters have been released for director Dean Parisot’s (Galaxy Quest) Red 2, a much-anticipated sequel to an indulgently fun summer blockbuster franchise.  The new posters showcase stars Bruce Willis and John Malkovich in all of their “retired” glory.  The sequel finds Frank Moses (Willis) pitted against Victoria (Helen Mirren) when M16 gives the go ahead to his assassination by declaring him Interpol’s “most wanted.” All the while, Moses and his team work to track down a missing nuclear device.  Mary-Louise Parker will return while Catherine Zeta Jones, Byung Hun, and Anthony Hopkins join the cast.

Although Red 2 looks indulgent (much like The Expendables franchise), we all can admit that we like to watch Willis blow stuff up and we enjoy seeing Malkovich, well, be himself.  Hit the jump to check out the new posters and to read the full synopsis.  Red 2 opens on July 19th.

Pilot Casting News: John Malkovich as Blackbeard in NBC’s CROSSBONES; Plus Christian Slater and Josh Lucas Cast in New Series

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It’s already been a busy season for pilot casting, and the biggest trend seems to be the number of movie actors who are taking roles on the small screen.  The jury is out on what kind of a stage we are in with movies right now (the Sequel Era?) but we’re definitely in the Second Golden Age of TV, and it makes sense that these actors art looking to get in on it (of course, where that leaves TV actors is fodder for another day).  Here are a couple of the latest ones to make the jump:

  • John Malkovich is set to star in NBC pilot drama series Crossbones
  • Christian Slater is looking to make his return to TV in the ABC pilot Influence
  • Josh Lucas has been cast in the Michael Bay A&E drama pilot Occult

For more on these projects, hit the jump.

New Poster for RED 2 Features the Backsides of Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Helen Mirren, and More

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Summit Entertainment has unveiled a new poster for director Dean Parisot’s (Galaxy Quest) upcoming sequel Red 2.  The spy follow-up pits ex-CIA operative Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) against Victoria (Helen Mirren) when MI6 greenlights his assassination as Interpol’s “Most Wanted.”  Mary-Louise Parker and John Malkovich reprise their characters from the first film as they’re joined by a bevy of newcomers that includes Catherine Zeta-Jones, Byung Hun Lee, and Anthony Hopkins.  This poster asks onlookers to test their knowledge of the aforementioned actors’ backsides, as the assembled cast is shown facing the opposite direction and striking some rather intimidating poses.

Hit the jump to take a look at the new poster.  Red 2 opens on August 2nd.

WARM BODIES Review

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In order to keep the zombie genre from rotting, it needs fresh life.  28 Days Later did away with the “z-word” and turned zombification into a virus.   Last year, ParaNorman took a compassionate view of the undead by seeing that they were just misunderstood albeit terrifying.  Warm Bodies moves in the direction of the latter to the point where it’s straining to even be a zombie movie.  Instead, Warm Bodies is more of a romance that embraces its reinvention of Romeo & Juliet, but with so much sweetness and charm, it’s hard to begrudge the lack of brain-eating or flesh-rotting.

5 New Clips and 5 New Posters for WARM BODIES Including an Interactive Infographic

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From writer/director Jonathan Levine (50/50) comes Warm Bodies, the zombie romantic comedy starring Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: First Class) and Teresa Palmer (I Am Number Four).  Today, five new clips and five new posters from the film have become available, including an interactive infographic on zombie anatomy with bits of footage embedded within it.  While Warm Bodies is not my preferred take on zombies, it does seem to offer something different to the genre along with a lot of humor and heart.  Also starring John Malkovich, Dave Franco, Analeigh Tipton and Rob CorddryWarm Bodies opens February 1st.  Hit the jump to watch the new clips and check out the new posters.

First Trailer and Poster for RED 2 Starring Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren and John Malkovich

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The retired and extremely dangerous gang from Red return in this new teaser trailer for Red 2.  Directed by Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest), the spy sequel pits ex-CIA operative Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) against Victoria (Helen Mirren) when MI6 greenlights his assassination as Interpol’s “Most Wanted.”  Mary-Louise Parker and John Malkovich return in fine form, providing some of the funnier moments in the new trailer.  Joining the sequel will be Catherine Zeta-Jones, Byung Hun Lee and Anthony HopkinsRed 2 opens August 2, 2013.  Hit the jump to check out the teaser trailer and poster for Red 2.

3 Clips and 13 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage for WARM BODIES Starring Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer

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Summit Entertainment has released three clips and 13 minutes of B-roll for Jonathan Levine‘s rom-zom-com, Warm Bodies.  The film centers on R (Nicholas Hoult), a zombie who falls in love with Julie (Teresa Palmer) after eating her boyfriend’s brains.  I haven’t watched the clips or the footage since I want to go in having seen as little of the movie as possible.  Warm Bodies is one of my most-anticipated movies of the next three months, and I want to be surprised.  However, if you still need to be sold on the flick, then you might want to see the new material.

Hit the jump to check out the clips and the B-roll.  The film also stars Rob Corddry and John MalkovichWarm Bodies opens February 1st.  Click on the corresponding links to read about my visit to the set and my interviews with Levine, Hoult, Palmer, Corddry, and producer Bruna Papandrea.

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