INDEPDENDENCE DAY 2 Release Date Moved Up a Week; HITMAN: AGENT 47 Moved to Summer 2015; PADDINGTON Pushed to January

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We’ve got a few release date stories to attend to this evening.  Briefly:

  • The Independence Day 2 release date has been moved up a week, from July 1, 2016 to June 24, 2016.
  • Fox’s Hitman: Agent 47 is being moved from February 2015 to August 28, 2015.
  • The untitled Christmas comedy starring Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been moved up from December to November 25, 2015.
  • The Weinstein Company’s family film Paddington is being pushed from this Christmas to January 16, 2015.

More on these films and their new dates after the jump.

ANT-MAN Director Contenders Include Adam McKay, Ruben Fleischer, and Rawson Thurber

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To say fans are dismayed at the abrupt exit of director Edgar Wright from his long-planned Marvel adaptation Ant-Man is an understatement.  The filmmaker departed the film last week after the studio heavily rewrote his script, leaving the studio scrambling to find a replacement with just under a year before the film’s release.  Since filming had already been pushed back to address issues Marvel had with the script by Wright and Joe Cornish, we knew a replacement announcement would be coming soon, and now a list of filmmakers that are meeting with the studio has surfaced.  With contenders like Adam McKay (Anchorman), Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), and Rawson Thurber (We’re the Millers) in the mix, it’s clear that Marvel is keen on landing a director well-versed in the comedy genre.  Hit the jump for more.

[Update: A new report pegs Thurber as the frontrunner for the job.]


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It’s USA’s turn to get in on promoting its upcoming shows.  The network has now unveiled trailers for three upcoming series, and in keeping with tradition, they all have one-word titles.  Briefly:

  • Satisfaction – A provocative drama from creator Sean Jablonski (Suits) that explores a modern marriage at its midpoint.  Matt Passmore (The Glades) and Stephanie Szostak (The Devil Wears Prada) star.  The series premieres Thursday, July 17th.
  • Rush – A new drama series starring Tom Ellis (Miranda) as a hard-partying, renegade “medical fixer” who caters to the Los Angeles elite.  The show comes from writer/director Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies) and is executive produced by Adam Fierro (The Shield).
  • Complications – A new thriller series from Burn Notice creator Matt Nix,  starring Jason O’Mara (Vegas) as a disillusioned suburban doctor who intervenes in a drive-by shooting, saving a young boy’s life and subsequently going on the run when learning that the boy is marked for death.

Hit the jump to watch trailers for the aforementioned series.

SINISTER Director Scott Derrickson in the Running to Direct DOCTOR STRANGE; Jonathan Levine and Mark Andrews Still in the Mix

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A few weeks ago, we reported that Mark Andrews (Pixar’s Brave), Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies), Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair), and newcomer Dean Israelite (Welcome to Yesterday) were all in the mix to direct Marvel’s Doctor Strange.  It’s a diverse bunch of directors, and now one more name is joining their ranks: Scott Derrickson.  Derrickson mostly has a horror background.  His previous credits include Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Hellraiser: Infernoand he recently directed the supernatural thriller Deliver Us from Evil. However, he does have a big-budget feature to his name having directed the 2008 remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still.

Hit the jump for more.

Marvel Eyeing Directors for DOCTOR STRANGE; Contenders Include 50/50′s Jonathan Levine and BRAVE’s Mark Andrews

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As the internet is aflutter with buzz regarding Marvel’s very promising second 2014 release Guardians of the Galaxy, the studio is hard at work firming up plans for its next slate of films.  Thus far, we only officially know about one Phase Three film, Ant-Man, which will directly follow The Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015 and has Edgar Wright directing.  The studio has release dates for “untitled” films through 2017, and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has strongly suggested that Doctor Strange will be one of those Phase Three films.  Indeed, it now looks like Marvel is firming up plans for Doctor Strange, as the studio is currently vetting a shortlist of directors to take the helm of the project.  Hit the jump for much more on who’s in the running and what the comic book adaptation entails.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen Will Reunite with Director Jonathan Levine for UNTITLED XMAS COMEDY

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50/50′s director Jonathan Levine and stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen will reunite for an Untitled Xmas Comedy.  Sony recently beat out other studios to nab the project, fast tracking it for a production start this summer.  The film finds three childhood best friends reuniting in New York City for their annual tradition of a Christmas Eve excursion.  Gordon-Levitt and Rogen will play two of the best friends, while the third friend has yet to be cast.  Levine also wrote the screenplay for the as-of-yet untitled holiday comedy. (Via THR)

Channing Tatum to Star in Jonathan Levine’s BAD ROMANCE; Bill Murray Joins DreamWorks Animation’s B.O.O.

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Channing Tatum is lining up another producing project, and this time he’ll star as well.  THR reports that Tatum is in talks to produce and star in Bad Romance for MGM, with 50/50 and Warm Bodies helmer Jonathan Levine set to write and direct.  Details on the film are not given, but if it’s anything like Levine’s previous work it’ll be a swell blend of humor, drama, and of course, romance.  Tatum is currently busy filming the comedy sequel 22 Jump Street and has a range of roles on the horizon.  Next year he’ll be seen in Lana and Andy Wachowski’s sci-fi epic Jupiter Ascending, Bennett Miller’s real-life drama Foxcatcher, and the excellent-looking animated pic The LEGO Movie.

Hit the jump for casting news concerning a comedy legend joining DreamWorks Animation’s B.O.O.

Jonathan Levine Talks ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE, Finally Releasing the Film, and His Christmas Stoner Movie Produced by Seth Rogen

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Don’t let the delayed release date fool you into thinking the horror flick All the Boys Love Mandy Lane isn’t a movie worth seeing.  It’s gruesome, it’s fun and it’s unexpected, in so many ways, and it’s finally hitting theaters on October 11th.  When teenage beauty Mandy Lane (Amber Heard) accepts an invite to a classmate’s weekend getaway on a Texas ranch, everyone thinks they’re in for a wild time, but as things heat up, the body count starts to climb, and very quickly, no one is safe.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, director Jonathan Levine talked about how it feels to finally have the movie out in the world for people to actually be able to see (it’s been on a journey since it first sold back in 2006), how different he is as a filmmaker now, what made actress Amber Heard his leading lady, and his hope that the film has a timeless feel.  He also talked about the pilot he wrote and is directing for USA, called Rush, and the Christmas movie for stoners that he’s written for Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to produce.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

V/H/S 2 Gets Release Date and New Images; Jonathan Levine’s ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE Gets General Release Date and New Poster

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Check out the latest updates in today’s horror news:

  • V/H/S 2 – The horror anthology sequel from directors Simon Barrett, Adam Wingard, Edúardo Sanchez, Gregg Hale, Timo Tjahjanto, Gareth Evans and Jason Eisener will be released on VOD on June 6th and in theaters July 12th.
  • All the Boys Love Mandy LaneWarm Bodies director Jonathan Levine’s 2006 feature directorial debut starring Amber Heard and Anson Mount will now be released later this summer.

Hit the jump for two new images from V/H/S 2 and the trailer, press release and poster for All the Boys Love Mandy Lane.


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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.


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The first TV spot for Jonathan Levin’s ZomRomCom Warm Bodies has debuted.  It’s a quick look at principal cast members Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer, as well as some flashes of a supporting character played by John Malkovich.  Buzz has been positive so far, but you can decide for yourself when the picture opens on February 1st.

We also have a new TV spot for Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful which clues audiences in to who’s on whose side by pointing out the good, bad wise and powerful characters.  There’s not a lot here in terms of new footage, but the opening release date of March 8th is still two months away.  Oz the Great and Powerful stars James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams.  Hit the jump to see the new TV spots.

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.

TOP 5: 48fps Editorial, JUSTICE LEAGUE Rumors, WARM BODIES Set Visit, Jay-Z to Score THE GREAT GATSBY, Your Favorite Movies of 2012

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Welcome to 2013, folks. If you’re reading this it means that you survived the Mayan Apocalypse, the first Dick Clark-less New Year’s Rockin’ Eve celebration in like four decades, likely some sort of mandatory holiday time with your extended family, and incessant political jabber about some sort of “fiscal cliff”, all in a matter of about two weeks. Congratulations on a job well done. In spite of all these accomplishments, though, odds are you still haven’t spent any part of 2013 hanging out with Arnold Schwarzenegger and his tank. So, to this point, our Dave Trumbore still wins 2013.

All tank envy aside, let’s keep our heads up and focus on the first Top 5 installment of the new year. This week’s recap includes Brendan’s editorial plea for giving 48fps the old college try, Justice League rumors, Matt’s Warm Bodies set visit and ensuing zombie transformation, news of Jay-Z being brought on to score Baz Luhrmann‘s The Great Gatsby, and the results of our first ever readers poll that asked for your top movies of 2012. Brief recaps and links to all of the above are dying for your attention after the jump.

Matt Visits the Set of WARM BODIES and Gets Turned into a Zombie

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Being undead isn’t so bad.  Your clothes are filthy, you could probably do with a little more sun, and the quality of conversation is somewhat diminished, but I didn’t mind being a zombie for a day.  I was given this opportunity when Summit Entertainment decided to fly me up to Montreal to the set of Warm Bodies, the new film from director Jonathan Levine (50/50).  The film follows R (Nicholas Hoult), a zombie who falls in love with the non-zombie Julie (Teresa Palmer) after eating her boyfriend’s brains.

I’ve been on a few set visits, but for Warm Bodies, Summit invited me and my fellow movie journalists to be zombie extras.  In addition to interviewing Levine, Hoult, Palmer, co-star Rob Corddry, and producer Bruna Papandrea, we got to go through the zombification process without the nasty biting-and-dying part.  Hit the jump to read about my visit to the set of Warm Bodies.

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