Chad Stahelski and David Leitch Talk JOHN WICK, the Changing Color Palette of the Film, the Action Set Pieces, the Keanu Reeves-Led JOHN RAIN TV Series, and More

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Now playing in theaters is John Wick.  As I’ve said again and again…I loved this movie.  In the film, Keanu Reeves stars as an ex-hitman who comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him.  Filmmakers Chad Stahelski and David Leitch have crafted a fantastic action movie that’s absolutely worth your time and money.  While you might not know their names, you’ve definitely seen their awesome work in films like Speed RacerThe Bourne LegacyThe Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and tons of others.  On some of what I just mentioned they did the stunts, and on some they directed second unit (which means they directed a lot of the action).  In addition to the films I just mentioned, they run 87eleven, which is the premiere action design team in Hollywood.  When an actor needs to be trained for an action role, they get sent to 87eleven.  While this is their first feature film as directors, I’m beyond confident it won’t be the last.  Trust me.  See John Wick this weekend.

At the recent New York City press day I landed an extended video interview with Chad Stahelski and David Leitch.  They talked about how the finished film compares to what they envisioned, the changing color palette, deleted scenes, the great supporting cast, the different action set pieces, the status of their John Rain TV show with Keanu Reeves and how they want to up the level of what you can do with action on TV, what they did on the Wachowskis Jupiter Ascending, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch

New JUPITER ASCENDING Trailer Sends Us into Space Politics and Space Explosions

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Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow have released a new trailer for the Wachowski SiblingsJupiter Ascending, and it finally goes in depth with the plot.  The basic story centers on Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis), a recent Russian immigrant who scrubs toilets for a living, but then discovers she has the genetic signature that makes her next in line to be Queen of the Universe.  Channing Tatum plays an ex-military half-werewolf half-albino hunter tasked with tracking her down.  However, this trailer goes far beyond that description and introduces us to the space politics involved as well as plenty of new footage showcasing finished visual effects that are mighty impressive not so much for how they look (which is perfectly fine) but for how they function.  This looks like a big, crazy, space opera with the hint of unique madness only the Wachowskis can provide.  I’m still not sure if the movie will be any good, but I can’t wait to see it.

Hit the jump to check out the new Jupiter Ascending trailer.  The film also stars Eddie Redmayne, Sean Bean, Douglas Booth, Tuppence MiddletonJames D’ArcyTim Pigott-Smith, and Doona Bae.  Jupiter Ascending opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on February 6, 2015.

Douglas Booth Talks THE RIOT CLUB, the Wachowskis’ JUPITER ASCENDING, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES and More at TIFF 2014

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One of the many films to premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was The Riot Club.  Directed by Lone Scherfig (An Education) from screenwriter Laura Wade’s adaptation of her critically-acclaimed play, Posh, the film follows two Oxford University freshmen who begin the initiation process to join the infamous and highly selective Riot Club.  As the story progresses and the rambunctious initiation comes to a close, issues of class and social status come to a head from the point of view of the young, rich, and spoiled-rotten.  The Riot Club stars Max Irons, Sam Claflin, Douglas Booth, Holliday Granger, Jessica Brown Findlay, and Natalie Dormer.  For more on the movie, read Adam’s review from TIFF.

Shortly after the film’s premiere, I landed an exclusive video interview with Douglas Booth.  He talked about what the last year has been like for him, the experience of making The Riot Club, how the characters were developed from the stage to the screen, his research for the role, if the script changed during production, working with the Wachowskis on Jupiter Ascending and he revealed that Pride and Prejudice and Zombies will begin shooting in London very soon.  Hit the jump to watch.

JUPITER ASCENDING Comic-Con Panel Recap: Epic New Trailer Revealed

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One of my most anticipated films of this summer was writers/directors Lana and Andy Wachowski’s original sci-fi pic Jupiter Ascending.  I was bummed when Warner Bros. decided to push the movie to next February, but luckily that gave the studio the opportunity to shed more light on the film at Comic-Con 2014.  Earlier today in Hall H, star Channing Tatum took the stage to present the film’s excellent new trailer and tease a bit more about the pic.  Read my full recap of the Jupiter Ascending Comic-Con panel after the jump.

New GOOSEBUMPS, JUPITER ASCENDING, and MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Images Released Ahead of Comic-Con

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Comic-Con officially begins tomorrow night, but the festivities have been well underway since last week with studios releasing sneak peeks of the movies they’ll have on tap for the annual convention.  Earlier today we got a look the first poster for Goosebumps, and now three new images have been released (click here for the images that were released last week).  Warner Bros. has also released images for a couple of the movies they’ll have for Comic-Con: Jupiter Ascending and Mad Max: Fury Road.  We’ll be in Hall H on Saturday covering these two panels, but in the meantime enjoy pale Channing Tatum and buzz-cut Charlize Theron.

Hit the jump to check out the Goosebumps images along with ones from Jupiter Ascending and Mad Max: Fury Road.

Comic-Con 2014 Schedule for Saturday, July 26th Includes MAD MAX, THE HOBBIT and Marvel Studios Presentations

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The Saturday schedule for San Diego Comic-Con 2014 has been announced.  Warner Bros. is bringing an eclectic presentation with appearances made by the recently pushed Jupiter Ascending, the highly anticipated Mad Max: Fury Road and Peter Jackson’s (likely) last foray into Middle Earth with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.  Legendary Pictures also has a presentation scheduled, but have declined to disclose which projects they’ll be presenting.  LAIKA Animation’s The Boxtrolls will also be making an appearance in the big hall followed by Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.   That’s all capped off by Marvel’s presentation later in the day followed by the big Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment Television panel which will feature a look at Constantine and the world premiere of Gotham among other shows.

Outside of Hall H there’s cool TV stuff like The Blacklist and what’s probably the final True Blood Panel.  Hit the jump to take a look at some highlights from Saturday’s schedule, and click here if you missed the Wednesday/Thursday or Friday schedules. Comic-Con 2014 runs from July 23rd to July 27th.

Comic-Con 2014: Warner Bros. Bringing THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, and JUPITER ASCENDING to Hall H

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We should be getting the schedule for Comic-Con 2014 later this week, but studios are already jumping out ahead with what they’re planning to bring to the biggest geek convention of the year.  Warner Bros. has announced that on Saturday, July 26th at 10:00am, they’ll have presentations for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Jupiter Ascending.  Of these three, I’m incredibly excited to get a look at Mad Max since it looks kind of insane.  Warner Bros.’ panels have been huge in the past, and the smaller lineup is presumably due to the studio’s recent breakup with Legendary Pictures, which has now teamed-up with Universal.

Also, the press release makes no mention of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and while I don’t expect a full presentation, I wouldn’t be surprised by a powerhouse closer like having the full cast assemble on stage and/or showing a very brief teaser.  Hit the jump for more on the loads of stuff WB is bringing to this year’s con including their TV and video game presentations.  The 2014 San Diego Comic-Con will run from July 23rd – 27th.

TOP 5: THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, Josh Trank Lands STAR WARS Spinoff Film, EDGE OF TOMORROW, DOCTOR STRANGE, JUPITER ASCENDING Delayed

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The Fault in Our Stars will break you. Don’t think for a second that it won’t. If you come out of it saying otherwise then there are only two explanations: you’re lying or you’re a sociopath. Either way, I’m not sure we can be friends. Led by terrific lead turns by Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort (and solid supporting efforts by Laura Dern and Nat Wolff), director Josh Boone‘s adaptation of the John Green novel disguises a lesson in how much of a cold hard bitch the universe can be as a romantic teen drama. Every sweet moment that Hazel and Gus share (of which there are plenty) has an all-consuming gray cloud overhead. Even the catharsis that comes from pelting your ex’s car with eggs only lasts as long as the inevitability of your own mortality will allow. For all of its borderline grief-inducing moments, The Fault in Our Stars is actually a solid entry in the genre that handles its subject honestly and respectfully. It deserves praise for this even if it does depress the hell out of us along the way.

In addition to more on The Fault in Our Stars, this week’s Top 5 also includes Chronicle director Josh Trank landing a Star Wars spinoff film, Matt’s Edge of Tomorrow review, Scott Derrickson getting the Doctor Strange gig as well as casting rumors surrounding the pic, and Warner Bros. pushing Jupiter Ascending back from next month to February 2015. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

JUPITER ASCENDING Delayed until February 6, 2015

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In a bit of strange release date news, Warner Bros. has pushed the Wachowski Siblings’ sci-fi adventure epic Jupiter Ascending from its planned July 18, 2014 release date back to February 6, 2015.  The summer weekend only had Planes: Fire & Rescue, The Purge: Anarchy, Sex Tape, and Wish I Was Here slated as its opening weekend competition.  The early 2015 spot, oddly enough, has the Johnny Depp-starring action-comedy Mortdecai, the Liam Neeson actioner Run All Night, and the fantasy film Seventh Son already set to open that weekend.  One could argue that the new release date is actually more competitive than the current one, so why the move?  Hit the jump for more.

New International Trailer for JUPITER ASCENDING Starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis

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If you’re like me, you don’t need a lot of marketing to convince you to check out a project from Andy and Lana Wachowski.  Unfortunately, as of late most of the world isn’t as tuned in to the Wachowskis as you and me, as evidenced by the poor box office returns of Cloud Atlas.  Hopefully their new sci-fi epic Jupiter Ascending changes all that, thanks in part to the star power of Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, along with the upswing in recent marketing.  We’ve already seen the first trailer for the film, followed by an international trailer, and second domestic trailer.  We got a look at some new images and the film’s first clip not too long ago, and now a new international trailer has dropped.  Enjoy it in all its unfettered majesty!

Also starring Eddie RedmayneSean BeanDouglas BoothTuppence MiddletonJames D’ArcyTim Pigott-Smith, and Doona BaeJupiter Ascending opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on July 18th.  Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.

Channing Tatum Explains His Gravity Boots in First Clip from JUPITER ASCENDING

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The first Jupiter Ascending clip has landed online for writers/directors Lana and Andy Wachowski’s ambitious sci-fi adventure.  The story follows Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis), a recent Russian immigrant who scrubs toilets for a living, but then discovers she has the genetic signature that makes her next in line to be Queen of the Universe.  Channing Tatum plays an ex-military half-werewolf half-albino hunter tasked with tracking her down.  This debut clip is a quiet scene between Kunis and Tatum’s characters, as Tatum’s hunter explains how his gravity boots work before they board an invisible spacecraft.  The film still looks like a whole lot of fun and wildly inventive, and I can’t wait to see what crazy surprises the Wachowskis have in store.

Hit the jump to watch the first Jupiter Ascending clip.  The film also stars Eddie Redmayne, Sean Bean, Douglas Booth, Tuppence MiddletonJames D’ArcyTim Pigott-Smith, and Doona Bae.  Jupiter Ascending opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on July 18th.

New Images from GODZILLA, TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, and More

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New images have gone online for the following films:

  • Godzilla – Opens May 16th and stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan CranstonElizabeth OlsenJuliette Binoche, and David Strathairn.
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2 – Opens June 13th and features the voices of Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, America FerreraJonah HillChristopher Mintz-PlasseT.J. MillerDjimon Hounsou, and Kristen Wiig.
  • All Is by My Side – Opens June 13th and stars Andre Benjamin, Imogen Poots, Hayley Atwell, Ashley Charles, and Ruth Negga.
  • Jupiter Ascending – Opens July 18th and stars Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Eddie Redmayne, and Sean Bean.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy – Opens August 1st and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Benicio Del Toro, Karen Gillan, Glenn Close, John C. Reilly, and the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel.
  • Lucy – Opens August 8th and stars Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman.

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New TAMMY, JERSEY BOYS, and JUPITER ASCENDING Images, Featuring Channing Tatum’s Rocket Boots

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Warner Bros. has unveiled a few new images from some of its upcoming Summer 2014 films.  Briefly:

  • Jupiter Ascending – A new Jupiter Ascending image from writers/directors Lana and Andy Wachowski’s sci-fi epic shows that Channing Tatum’s half-werewolf/half-albino character has himself a pair of rocket boots, which come in handy when saving Mila Kunis’ queen character.  The film opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on July 18th.
  • Tammy – A pair of new Tammy images from the upcoming comedy highlight Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon, with McCarthy playing a down-and-out woman who takes a road trip with her foul-mouthed, alcoholic grandmother (Sarandon).  Directed by Ben Falcone, the film opens on July 2nd.
  • Jersey Boys – Two new Jersey Boys images from director Clint Eastwood’s feature film adaptation of the stage musical show the titular characters, played by newcomers John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, and Vincent Piazza.  The film opens on June 20th.

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New Trailer for JUPITER ASCENDING Starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis

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Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures have released a fantastic new trailer for The Matrix Trilogy and Cloud Atlas writers/directors Lana and Andy Wachowski’s original sci-fi adventure Jupiter Ascending.  The story follows Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis), a recent Russian immigrant who scrubs toilets for a living, but then discovers she has the genetic signature that makes her next in line to be Queen of the Universe.  Channing Tatum plays an ex-military half-werewolf half-albino hunter tasked with tracking her down.  One thing is abundantly clear from this new trailer: the scope of Jupiter Ascending is positively epic.  The Wachowski siblings appear to have gone all-out with this sci-fi pic, and the result is an ambitious, colorful, and massive world that looks like a whole lot of fun.  Eddie Redmayne feels almost Shakespearean as the villain, and I’m incredibly impressed by just how big and other-worldly this thing is.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  The film also stars Sean BeanDouglas BoothTuppence MiddletonJames D’ArcyTim Pigott-Smith, and Doona Bae.  Jupiter Ascending opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on July 18th.

Channing Tatum Wields a Space Gun in Poster for JUPITER ASCENDING; New Trailer Coming Today

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Warner Bros. has released a pair of posters for writers/directors Lana and Andy Wachowski’s original sci-fi adventure Jupiter Ascending, and they’re unabashedly out there.  The story follows Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis), a recent Russian immigrant who scrubs toilets for a living, but then discovers she has the genetic signature that makes her next in line to be Queen of the Universe.  Channing Tatum plays an ex-military half-werewolf half-albino hunter tasked with tracking her down.  A new trailer will be online later today, but I’m still loving the weirdness of the world that was presented in the first trailer and continues with today’s marketing.  It’s also refreshing to have a completely original non-sequel, non-reboot, big-budget film coming our way this summer.

Hit the jump to take a look at the posters and check back tonight at 7:30pm ET to watch the new trailer.  The film also stars Sean BeanEddie RedmayneDouglas BoothTuppence MiddletonJames D’ArcyTim Pigott-Smith, and Doona Bae.  Jupiter Ascending opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on July 18th.

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