First ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING Images Have Simon Pegg Using Magic Powers in Terry Jones’ Sci-Fi Film That Reunites Monty Python Members

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The first Absolutely Anything images have gone online, and while they don’t tell us too much about the movie, it’s still nice to get a first look at Terry Jones‘ upcoming sci-fi film.  Simon Pegg stars as Neil Clarke, a secondary school teacher who is given magical powers by aliens.  While that may seem fanciful, there seems to be a delightfully twisted edge to it.  “He can make anything happen”, says Jones, “[but] he doesn’t realize it until his colleague says, ‘What would you do if you could do anything?’ and Neil responds with, ‘I’d make an alien spaceship hit class 4C and vaporize them.’ Then there’s an explosion in the school, and they run to 4C’s classroom, open the door and there’s a vast hole in the ground.”

Hit the jump to check out the Absolutely Anything images.  The film also stars Kate Beckinsale, Jones’ Monty Python colleagues John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, and Michael Palin plus Robin Williams providing the voice of Neil’s dog, Dennis.  Absolutely Anything is due out in summer 2015.

Len Wiseman Says UNDERWORLD TV Series Being Developed; Plus Two New Films, One Possibly with Kate Beckinsale

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It looks like Resident Evil isn’t the only film franchise getting the TV treatment.  While at New York Comic-Con promoting Sleepy Hollow, Len Wiseman revealed that the new Underworld film starring Theo James isn’t the only thing in the works.  He’s also developing an additional Underworld film, possibly with Kate Beckinsale, and an Underworld TV series as well.

Wiseman couldn’t confirm which one they’ll jump into first nor how they’ll all fit together to expand the Underworld cinematic universe, but they are in development now.  Hit the jump for more on all three endeavors.

The Inmates Take Over in the STONEHEARST ASYLUM Trailer and Poster

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One weird thing about Stonehearst Asylum is that I had never heard of the film before today, despite a cast featuring Michael Caine, Ben Kingsley and Kate Beckinsale, but suddenly it’s a real entity with a trailer and poster and everything. Of course that can happen when you’ve been operating under the name Eliza Graves (a film I had been aware of) for several years and haven’t announced a title change.  Brad Anderson (The Call) directed it from a screenplay by Joe Gangemi.  The film is based on the Edgar Allan Poe story The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether.

In the film Jim Sturgess plays a recent medical school grad who takes a position at a mental institution soon finds himself taken with one of his colleagues, though he has no initial idea of a recent, horrifying staffing change.  The film also stars Brendan Gleeson and David Thewlis.  Hit the jump for the Stonehearst Asylum trailer and poster.

Kate Beckinsale in THE DISAPPOINTMENTS ROOM for D.J. Caruso; Jim Belushi Tells THE WHOLE TRUTH; Dakota Johnson Is FOREVER, INTERRUPTED

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Here’s a bit more casting news for you to enjoy:

  • Kate Beckinsale will star in the psychological thriller The Disappointments Room for director D.J. Caruso.
  • Jim Belushi has joined Courtney Hunt’s courtroom drama The Whole Truth starring Keanu Reeves, Renée Zellweger, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Gabriel Basso.
  • Dakota Johnson is attached to star in Forever, Interrupted, an adaptation of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s novel.

Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.

Teaser Trailer for FACE OF AN ANGEL Starring Kate Beckinsale and Daniel Bruhl; Inspired by Amanda Knox Case

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Michael Winterbottom‘s Face of an Angel is currently being shopped around the European Film Market at the Berlin Film Festival, and a clip from the promo reel has gone online.  The film is inspired by Barbie Latza Nadeau‘s book “Angel Face: Sex, Murder and the Inside Story of Amanda Knox” and according to Variety, “uses a fictional adaptation of the tragic story of the 2007 murder case in Umbria, Italy, and ensuing media circus as a springboard for a wider investigation of society’s fascination with violence.”  While the trailer seems to fall in line with this logline, the full synopsis seems to tell a much different story.

Hit the jump for more.  The film stars Daniel Bruhl, Kate Beckinsale, and Cara Delevingne.

Dan Aykroyd and Jill Scott Join James Brown Biopic GET ON UP; Kate Beckinsale in Negotiations for THE DISAPPOINTMENTS ROOM

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Dan Aykroyd (Ghostbusters) and Jill Scott (Baggage Claim) are set to star in Tate Taylor’s James Brown biopic, Get On Up.  Chadwick Boseman (42) stars as the legendary musician in a story that takes Brown from his humble beginnings to the peak of his career, “while recounting his battle with drug addiction, arrest for domestic violence, and flirting with financial ruin several times.”  Aykroyd is set to play Ben Bart, the president of one of New York’s biggest agencies, Universal Attractions, which represented Brown for 40 years.  Scott stars as Brown’s wife, in a part written with her in mind.  Get On Up also stars Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, and Lennie James, and is scheduled for an October 17, 2014 release date.  Hit the jump for news on Kate Beckinsale’s negotiations to star in D.J. Caruso’s The Disappointments Room.

Kate Beckinsale in Talks to Star in Edgar Allen Poe Story ELIZA GRAVES, Directed by Brad Anderson

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Reports have Kate Beckinsale (Total Recall) in negotiations to star in Eliza Graves for Millenium and Nu Image.  The psychological thriller is based off of an early story from the career of Edgar Allan Poe, the 1945 short titled The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether.  When last we reported on Eliza Graves, the film had Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity) attached to direct.  It looks like things have changed as the film now has Brad Anderson (Session 9) in the director’s chair.  Hit the jump for more. 

TOTAL RECALL Blu-ray Review

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Though by no means is it a good movie, Total Recall, the 2012 remake of the Arnold Schwarzenegger/Paul Verhoven action classic, is also not the disaster that some might have expected or hoped for.  For the most part it’s a slightly stupid action movie with a number of big set pieces, but nothing all that memorable about it.  Colin Farrell stars alongside Jessica Biel and Kate Beckinsale in Len Wiseman’s update, and our review of the film on Blu-ray follows after the jump.

TOP 5: TOTAL RECALL, First Full SKYFALL Trailer, Guillermo del Toro Multi-Part Interview, THE HOBBIT Will Be a Trilogy, Saturn Awards Interviews

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Last week, I admitted to being among those who become hopelessly caught up in the Olympic Summer Games. One week later and things have taken an unexpected turn for the pathetic as I now find myself legitimately concerned with the “Medal Count”. As if it has any sort of bearing on my own life in any way, shape, and/or form, I’m consistently pulling for the U.S. to overtake China not only in total medals, but also in total Gold medals. In short, whether by virtue of patriotism or just sheer boredom, living vicariously through world-class athletes is what my life has come to.

Sports talk aside, awaiting you on the other end of this week’s Top 5 are brief recaps and links to Steve’s Total Recall video interviews with Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, and more, the first full trailer for James Bond’s Skyfall, our multi-part interview with the great Guillermo del Toro, the news that The Hobbit will be a trilogy, and all of our Saturn Awards interviews including talks with writer/director Drew Goddard and Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan.

Kate Beckinsale Talks TOTAL RECALL, THE TRIALS OF CATE MCCALL and UNDERWORLD 5; Says It’s Unlikely She’ll Do Another UNDERWOLD Sequel

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Opening this Friday is director Len Wiseman‘s remake of Total Recall.  Based on the short story We Can Remember It for You Wholesale by Philip K. Dick, Total Recall stars Colin Farrell in the role originated by Arnold Schwarzenegger.  In the film, Farrell stars as Douglas Quaid, a man who is bored with his life (even though he’s married to Kate Beckinsale) and seeks to have adventurous memories implanted in his brain.  However, after visiting Recall, both friends and family are after him for different reasons.  But the big problem is he doesn’t know what’s real.  The film also stars Jessica Biel, John Cho, Bill Nighy, and Bryan Cranston.

The other day I got to speak with Kate Beckinsale here in Los Angeles.  We talked about how the film is non-stop action, what she did to prepare for the role, how the film compared to what she thought going in, and more.  In addition, after the success of Underworld 4 (Underworld: Awakening), I asked the status of Underworld 5.  She said, “I think it’s probably unlikely that I’ll do one but they may do one without me.”  Hit the jump to watch the interview.

5 Clips and 15 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage from TOTAL RECALL

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Director Len Wiseman’s remake of Total Recall hits theaters next weekend, and Sony has released five clips and 15 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage from the film in anticipation of the release.  Colin Farrell takes over the role originated by Arnold Schwarzenegger, and judging by these clips and previous trailers, Wiseman’s got a whole lotta sci-fi action in store for moviegoers.  So much so that the director recently revealed to Steve that he put together a director’s cut for the Blu-ray that includes 17 minutes of extra footage.

Hit the jump to check out the clips and behind-the-scenes footage, and be sure to check out Steve’s Comic-Con interviews with stars Jessica Biel and Bryan Cranston.  The film also stars Kate Beckinsale, Bill Nighy, and John ChoTotal Recall opens on August 3rd.


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The Underworld series has always been more style than substance. Or, more accurately, all style and no substance. That’s not necessarily a fault; plenty of films have succeeded primarily on flair. Alex Proyas’ The Crow, for example. The original Underworld, helmed by Len Wiseman and starring wife Kate Beckinsale, never approached (or aimed for) the haunting visual poetry of that film. But in the beginning, it got by on an inherently cool premise (werewolves and vampires at war) and competently staged action. Four films in, the novelty’s worn off.

Underworld: Awakening sees Beckinsale slipping back into her famed leather catsuit after sitting out the last prequel entry; and while she fits the role of undead “Death Dealer” Selene well as ever, the franchise to which she returns is a bloated corpse. Hit the jump for our review of Underworld: Awakening on Blu-ray.

Comic-Con: Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston and Director Len Wiseman Interview TOTAL RECALL

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Returning to Comic-Con for a big Hall H presentation, with its August 3rd theatrical release imminent, Total Recall is now finished and ready for audiences, and the fans were able to get a good idea of what to expect when it hits the big screen. The film is about a factory worker, named Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell), who begins to suspect that he is a spy after a visit to Rekall – a company that provides its clients with implanted fake memories of a life they would like to have led – goes wrong and he finds himself on the run.

During a press conference with director Len Wiseman and actors Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel and Bryan Cranston, they spoke about how they decided what to keep from the original, identifying with such over-the-top material, what excited them about the script, Cranston’s horrible case of pink eye in both eyes (that had to later be digitally removed from the film), the theme of paranoia about the invasion of technology in our society, building a futuristic world, and whether the sci-fi genre still has a lower level of respect than other genres. Jessica Biel also said that it’s still a bit too early to say that she’s signed on as Viper for the Wolverine film. Check out what they had to say after the jump.  Also, check out our recap of the Total Recall panel.

Comic-Con: TOTAL RECALL Panel Recap

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It’s rare for a film to come to consecutive Comic-Cons, but Total Recall showed up last year at the beginning of production, and now it’s returned with its theatrical release only weeks away.  We’ve seen multiple trailers, TV spots, images, and featurettes, so I was curious what a panel would have to offer.  It’s return to Comic-Con is part of a final big push.  Having seen both panels, and being less-than-impressed the first time around, I was curious to see if a sneak peek at the completed footage would get me on board.

Hit the jump for my recap, and click here for all of our Comic-Con coverage.

TOTAL RECALL Unleashes a New Clip [Updated with New Posters and Featurette]

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With director Len Wiseman’s Total Recall reboot less than a month away, a new clip has popped up online.  Unfortunately, the clip just rehashes the same extended action sequence we’ve seen in the trailerColin Farrell stars as Douglas Quaid, a man who is bored with his life and seeks to have adventurous memories implanted in his brain.  In the clip, we watch as Farrell’s plans go awry and he goes all Jason Bourne on a number of faceless federal police. It’s much less sexy than Farrell vs co-star Kate Beckinsale, which we saw in this earlier clip.  The only thing tempting me to see the movie at this point is some Beckinsale vs Jessica Biel action.  Total Recall, also starring Bill Nighy, John Cho and Bryan Cranston, debuts August 3rd.  Hit the jump to watch the new(ish) clip.

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