Universal Pictures has released first trailer for director Robert Schwentke’s (Red) adaptation of the Dark Horse comic R.I.P.D. The supernatural actioner stars Ryan Reynolds as a newly deceased cop who joins a group of undead officers in the “Rest In Peace Department” to help combat a rising force of nefarious corpses. The trailer has a very strong Men in Black vibe, as Reynolds’ “new to death” rookie is introduced to this new supernatural world by his partner, a colorful veteran R.I.P.D. member played by Jeff Bridges. There’s a nice mix of humor and action on display in this debut trailer, and the chemistry between Bridges and Reynolds—which one imagines is the make or break aspect of the film—looks quite promising.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer and see the new images. The film also stars Kevin Bacon, Mary Louise-Parker, Stephanie Szostak, Marissa Miller, and James Hong. R.I.P.D. opens in 3D on July 19th in the U.S. and on August 30th in the U.K.
Weirdly, the least interesting part of The Following is that which was set up initially as the reason the watch: the interplay and stories of Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) and Joe Carroll (James Purefoy). Some of you have mentioned in the comments how Hardy is a lot like Jack Bauer from 24 – he always saves the day in the last minute, throwing himself body and soul in the job, carrying the weight of the victims on his stooped shoulders. Carroll, now re-incarcerated, hasn’t really had much to do in the last few weeks, instead getting his kicks vicariously through his following, some of whom are interesting (the love triangle) and some of whom are terribly boilerplate (Maggie, despite Carroll’s protestations otherwise). Hit the jump for the good and bad of the series, and my final judgment before moving on.
Despite the network’s protestations otherwise, there are many things about The Following that feel specifically like network television. At the same time, it has some genuine twists and jumps and set ups that certainly lend one to believe the show may be more than initially meets the eye (if you still have yours). The series comes from Kevin Williamson, who has had a hand in so many cultural touchstones, from Dawson’s Creek to Scream to the Vampire Diaries, it’s nearly unfathomable to figure how he could not have a hit with this one, particularly with Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy (Rome) as acting anchors. Plus, the formula combines some of our biggest cultural fascinations – serial killers, cults and, well, Kevin Bacon. Hit the jump for a recap of the series’ premiere episode, which seems promising.
From show creator/executive producer Kevin Williamson (The Vampire Diaries), the dark, fast-paced thriller The Following is an epic story of good versus evil, as told through the eyes of ex-FBI agent Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon), who is forced to return to the case that destroyed his career, when it becomes evident that notorious serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) is at the center of a cult of like-minded killers who have created an insidious web of blood and carnage. With Hardy’s help, a team of agents, including Mike Weston (Shawn Ashmore) and cult specialist Debra Parker (Annie Parisse), attempt to unravel the deadly plot of murder before the body count rises.
During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, show star Kevin Bacon talked about what attracted him to this show, wanting to play a complex and damaged hero, how much he enjoys getting to explore his character’s past through flashbacks, how he likes to do a detailed backstory for his characters, adjusting to a TV schedule, how much he enjoys working with co-star James Purefoy, why Claire Matthew (Natalie Zea) is the last person Ryan Hardy should fall in love with, and how, even though most episodes will continue to have surprising twists, the pace of the episodes will vary. He also talked about how much fun he had playing a villain in R.I.P.D., with Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
We’ve got a couple of TV news-related bits to share this afternoon. First up, as production on the second season of Aaron Sorkin’s HBO series The Newsroom gears up, two welcome cast additions have been announced. THR reports that Patton Oswalt and Rosemarie DeWitt (Mad Men) have been set in recurring roles for the show’s second season. Oswalt wil be playing the new VP of Human Resources at the cable network Atlantic Cable News, while DeWitt is set as a litigator who is brought in to defend the network in a wrongful-termination lawsuit.
Hit the jump for more, including a new trailer and poster for the promising new Kevin Bacon-fronted Fox series The Following.
The jaw-dropping lineup for the upcoming Toronto Film Festival was announced this morning, and a number of images and synopses have been released for films that will be screening at the prestigious fest. Briefly, here’s a batch of new images:
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Directed by Stephen Chbosky) Starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Nina Dobrev, Melanie Lynskey, Paul Rudd, and Dylan McDermott.
- Jayne Mansfield’s Car (Directed by Billy Bob Thornton) Starring Thornton, Robert Duvall, Kevin Bacon, and John Hurt.
- The Impossible (Directed by Juan Antonio Bayona) Starring Naomi Watts, Tom Holland, Samuel Joslin, Oaklee Pendergast, and Ewan McGregor.
- Byzantium (Directed by Neil Jordan) Starring Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan, Sam Riley, and Jonny Lee Miller.
Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.
The first trailer for Billy Bob Thornton’s latest directorial effort, Jayne Mansfield’s Car, has landed online by way of an international trailer. The story revolves around a man whose wife leaves him for an Englishman and moves away to England. 20 or 30 years later, in 1969, the wife dies but wishes to be returned to Alabama where she grew up, so the English family meets—and clashes with—the original family that she abandoned. The film is still awaiting a U.S. distribution deal despite a seriously stacked cast that includes Thornton, Robert Duvall, John Hurt, Kevin Bacon, Frances O’Connor, Robert Patrick, and Ray Stevenson.
There are laughs to be found in the first half of the trailer which centers on the culture clash between the two families, but the second half hints at some genuinely touching drama that comes out of the situation. I’m eager to see how the full feature plays out, especially since Thornton hasn’t directed since 2001’s Daddy and Them. Hit the jump to watch the trailer.
Fox unveiled their new lineup for fall 2012 earlier this morning, and we recently posted full trailers for the network’s new comedy shows. Now it’s time to take a look at Fox’s new dramas, and Kevin Williamson’s (Scream, The Vampire Diaries) serial killer series The Following is most certainly a standout. The trailer is genuinely chilling, and Kevin Bacon stars as an FBI agent who is reeled back into the department after a notorious serial killer (James Purefoy) he put away years ago escapes from death row. The serial killer creates a network of communicating with other active serial killers in the country, thus creating quite the problem for Bacon’s character. Sadly, the series doesn’t debut until midseason so we’ll have to wait a while to check out the full pilot, but I’m beyond intrigued by this trailer.
The other new Fox drama, The Mob Doctor, is decidedly less promising. Jordana Spiro (My Boys) stars as a Chicago surgeon with a lifelong debt to the Southside mob. I wasn’t particularly taken by any of the characters, but I presume the series could eventually prove promising. Hit the jump to watch the trailers.
It’s always a fun treat when a now-famous actor pops up in a small role in an older movie you haven’t re-watched in a while. We previously posted a “Before They Were Famous” supercut, but now someone has edited together a montage of actors in their very first feature film roles. While you’re most likely aware of the majority of these appearances, I’m willing to bet you’ll find at least a few surprises in this video. I had no idea Jon Hamm was in Clint Eastwood’s “old guys can be astronauts too” movie Space Cowboys, but I now feel compelled to move the pic to the top of my Netflix queue.
Watch Jack Nicholson, Woody Allen, Emma Thompson, Zach Braff and many more make their feature debut after the jump.
Hot on the heels of images from the set of The Dark Knight Rises, a new set photo and a couple of videos have surfaced for R.I.P.D. The Robert Schwetnke-directed pic stars Ryan Reynolds as a newly deceased cop who joins a group of undead officers in the “Rest In Peace Department”. Jeff Bridges stars as an R.I.P.D. veteran, and Kevin Bacon is onboard as the villain. Production is currently underway in Boston, and a potentially spoilery set photo and a couple of car chase videos have surfaced.
Hit the jump to see the photo and videos. The film also stars Mary Louise-Parker, Stephanie Szostak, Marissa Miller, and James Hong. R.I.P.D. opens on June 28th, 2013.
Some new images have surfaced from the set of Robert Schwentke’s (Red) adaptation of the Dark Horse comic R.I.P.D. The film centers on dead cops who work for the “Rest in Peace Department,” with Ryan Reynolds playing a newly deceased cop and Jeff Bridges taking on the role of his partner, a seasoned R.I.P.D. veteran. The images give us another look at Reynolds and Bridges (who looks like a Civil War Colonel) hamming it up, and we get another peek at Kevin Bacon who’s playing the villain in the film.
Hit the jump to check out the images. The film also stars Mary Louise-Parker, Stephanie Szostak, Marissa Miller, and James Hong. R.I.P.D. opens on June 28th, 2013.
Filming is underway in Boston on Robert Schwentke’s (Red) adaptation of the Dark Horse comic R.I.P.D., and some set photos have popped up featuring stars Ryan Reynolds and Kevin Bacon. A couple weeks ago we brought you a short video of James Hong and Victoria’s Secret model Marisa Miller filming a scene, and today we’ve got images of Reynolds, Bacon, and a very red Dodge Challenger. The film centers on dead cops who work for the “Rest In Peace Department,” with Reynolds playing a recently deceased officer who is teamed up with a seasoned R.I.P.D. veteran played by Jeff Bridges. Bacon stars as the villain.
Hit the jump to see the photos. The film also stars Mary-Louise Parker and Stephanie Szostak. R.I.P.D. opens June 28th, 2013.
Apparently Kevin Bacon had fun being all evil in X-Men: First Class, because the actor is looking to take on the villain role in the supernatural comic-book adaptation R.I.P.D. Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges are set to star in the film which centers on a cop who’s recruited by a team of deceased lawmen after he’s killed on-duty. Reynolds plays the recruit, and sets out with the “Rest in Peace Department” to find the man who murdered him. Bridges plays Reynolds’ new partner, a gunslinger who has been dead for hundreds of years.
Variety reports that Bacon is in final negotiations to take on the villain role in the pic, which Robert Schwentke (Red) is directing. Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi (Clash of the Titans) penned the screenplay. Bacon is currently filming Billy Bob Thornton’s return to the director’s chair Jayne Mansfield’s Car. Universal has slated R.I.P.D. for June 28th, 2013.
Would you ever take the advice of your thirteen-year-old self? Would you look back to your days as a batch of hormones and angst and say, “I was so wise back then. What happened?” Crazy, Stupid, Love. takes an “out of the mouths of babes” approach to serious romantic relationships and as a result an honest but funny relationship dramedy gets a saccharine sheen that completely overwhelms the film in the final act. Ultimately, great performances and cute humor can’t withstand the stalkerish affections of an 8th grader.
Billy Bob Thornton hasn’t directed a feature film since 2001’s Daddy and Them. Well, last November Thornton broke the news to us that he was once again stepping back into the director’s chair on a film he co-wrote with his writing partner Tom Epperson called Jayne Mansfield’s Car. Now it looks like Thornton is ready to start shooting on the project, as he’s secured funding and has filled out his cast with John Hurt, Kevin Bacon, Robert Patrick, Ray Stevenson (Thor) and John Patrick Amedori (The Butterfly Effect) joining previously announced Robert Duvall.
Deadline reports that AR Films is funding the project, which is set to start shooting on June 22nd in Georgia. The story revolves around a guy whose wife leaves him for an Englishman and moves away to England. 20 or 30 years later, in 1969, the wife dies but wishes to be returned to Alabama where she grew up, so the English family meets—and clashes with—the original family that she abandoned. While Thornton’s All the Pretty Horses left much to be desired, Sling Blade was a bit of a masterwork. Hopefully he can recapture that magic with this southern tale.