More MAX STEEL Images Showcase a Better Look at the Suit and a More Polished Aesthetic

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Just a couple weeks after the first Max Steel images landed online (check those out here) we have a look at some new pics, which have a much more polished, high resolution look.  The Stewart Hendler directed film based on the Mattel action figure and its accompanying Disney XD animated show just wrapped production last month in Wilmington, North Carolina.  The shoot saw star Ben Winchell (Disney’s A.N.T. Farm, Necessary Roughness) training 6-8 hours a day studying Parkour, martial arts, boxing and fencing to prepare for the role.

Max Steel also stars Ana Villafañe (Hiding) as Sofia Martinez,  Maria Bello (A History of Violence) as Max’s mom, Molly McGrath and Andy Garcia (the Ocean’s 11 franchise) as Dr. Miles Edwards.  The film was penned by Marvel Studios veteran Christopher Yost (Thor: The Dark World).  Hit the jump to take a look at the new Max Steel images. 

MAX STEEL Images Feature Ben Winchell and His Armor

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It’s surprising to see these Max Steel images so early, since the film based on the Mattel action figure and its accompanying Disney XD animated show was just gearing up to shoot in Wilmington, North Carolina a few months ago. Now it appears that the Stewart Hendler directed live action feature is at least far enough along to begin sharing some material. Moviefone got the first look at nine pics from the film today, and the project seems to be aimed squarely at the young adult fan base. Per Moviefone the film follows “16-year-old Max who is going through a particularly uncomfortable bout of puberty: it seems he has hidden powers that when combined with an extraterrestrial friend, Steel, produce ‘the universe’s most powerful energy.’ The two join forces to become super hero Max Steel.”

Disney XD star Ben Winchell stars as the titular Max Steel. Andy Garcia, Maria Bello and Ana Villafañe join him in the cast. Open Road will release the film sometime in 2015. Check out the pics below the jump!

PRISONERS Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.  Prisoners opens tomorrow.]

There’s enough symbolism and religious themes to give Prisoners some weight. There’s enough curiosity to keep its mystery intriguing. Director Denis Villeneuve does slightly more than expected to keep us interested in its segregated storyline where one hand provides the mystery and the other hand provides some semblance. In between is a film that’s far longer than it needs to be but is supported by Roger Deakins’ striking cinematography and a great cast with a standout performance from Hugh Jackman.

TIFF 2013: PRISONERS Review

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There’s enough symbolism and religious themes to give Prisoners some weight.  There’s enough curiosity to keep its mystery intriguing.  Director Denis Villeneuve does slightly more than expected to keep us interested in its segregated storyline where one hand provides the mystery and the other hand provides some semblance.  In between is a film that’s far longer than it needs to be but is supported by Roger Deakins’ striking cinematography and a great cast with a standout performance from Hugh Jackman.

Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Mackie Set for Paul Bettany’s SHELTER; Maria Bello Joins Disney’s MCFARLAND

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Paul Bettany is looking to make his directorial debut with a couple of familiar faces.  It was announced today that Jennifer Connelly (Bettany’s wife) and Anthony Mackie will lead Shelter, which the A Beautiful Mind actor will direct from a script that he wrote.  Plot details are unavailable at the moment, but Bettany will be producing the pic alongside Voltage Pictures and BiFrost Pictures.  He most recently wrapped Transcendence opposite Johnny Depp, while Connelly will next be seen in Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.  As for Mackie, he plays Falcon in Marvel’s upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Additionally, Maria Bello has been added to the cast of Disney’s sports drama McFarland.  The film stars Kevin Costner and centers on the champion track team of the predominantly-Hispanic California town of McFarland, which overcomes social and physical challenges during their meets in the 1980s.  Per Deadline, Bello will play the wife of Costner’s coach character.  Whale Rider director Niko Caro is onboard to helm.

New Trailer for PRISONERS Starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal

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Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for director Denis Villeneuve’s (Incendies) dramatic thriller Prisoners.  The film stars Hugh Jackman as a working-class father in Pennsylvania who sets out to track down the man he believes is responsible for kidnapping his daughter and her friend. Along the way, he runs up against the big city detective (Jake Gyllenhaal) assigned to the case.  While I was worried that the first trailer gave away the entire film, this new trailer hints that there’s much more to the pic than meets the eye.  The real grab for me, though, is the character-driven story and intense performances from Jackman and Gyllenhaal, not to mention cinematographer Roger Deakins’ gorgeous camera work.  Really, really looking forward to this one.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  The film also stars Paul DanoMaria BelloTerrence Howard, and Viola Davis.  Prisoners opens September 20th.

First Trailer and Poster for PRISONERS Starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal

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The first trailer has been released for Denis Villeneuve’s (Incendies) dramatic thriller Prisoners.  The film stars Hugh Jackman as a working-class father in Pennsylvania who sets out to track down the man he believes is responsible for kidnapping his daughter and her friend. Along the way, he runs up against the big city detective (Jake Gyllenhaal) assigned to the case.  The film certainly appears to do justice to a dramatic telling of a parent’s worst nightmare, but it goes further than that, asking to what lengths a person would go to in order to return their children home safely.  Unfortunately, as is the case with many recent trailers, too much of the story is given away too soon.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Paul Dano, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, and Viola DavisPrisoners opens September 20th.

Tom Hardy Eyed for Elton John Biopic ROCKETMAN; Lucas Till, Maria Bello, and Tom Everett Scott Set for STRINGS

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We’ve got a couple of casting stories to share today.  First up, an unlikely actor is being eyed to topline the Elton John biopic Rocketman.  Commercials helmer Michael Gracey was tapped to direct the film this past March, and HitFix now reports that the project is out to Tom Hardy to take on the life of John in the film.  The pic is described as a “radically different” kind of biopic, as the story is told in a non-linear, hyper-visual manner complete with choreographed sequences set to John’s songs.  Hardy does not have an offer to star nor is he in formal negotiations, but apparently the Dark Knight Rises actor is being considered for the lead role.  Hardy has a knack for disappearing into all kinds of difference characters, and I would absolutely love to see him transform into Elton John for the unique-sounding Rocketman.

Hit the jump for casting news concerning the indie drama Strings.

First Trailer for GROWN UPS 2 Starring Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, and Kevin James

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Columbia Pictures has released the first trailer for director Dennis Dugan’s comedy sequel Grown Ups 2.  I hate myself for saying this, but I actually got a few chuckles out of the trailer.  After you get past the deer piss, there are a couple of ridiculous cameos from Shaquille O’Neal and Andy Samberg that are nice throwbacks to the zany Adam Sandler movies of old.  There’s also a nice flip on the “hot girl car trouble” scene from the first film.  And believe it or not, this might be a role that Lautner was Taylor-made for (sorry).

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film stars also Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Salma Hayek, Maria Bello, Maya Rudolph, Nick Swardson and Patrick SchwarzeneggerGrown Ups 2 opens on July 12th.

Production Begins on Denis Villeneuve’s Thriller PRISONERS, Starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal

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Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros. have announced the start of production of director Denis Villeneuve’s (Incedies) dramatic thriller Prisoners.  The film stars Hugh Jackman as a working-class Boston father who sets out to track down the man he believes is responsible for kidnapping his daughter and her friend. Along the way, he runs up against the big city detective (Jake Gyllenhaal) assigned to the case.  Filming is underway in Georgia, with an impressive supporting cast that includes Paul Dano, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, and Viola Davis.

The screenplay was written by Aaron Guzikowski (Contraband), and Mark Wahlberg is onboard as one of the film’s executive producers.  Moreover, genius cinematographer Roger Deakins (Skyfall, No Country for Old Men) is handling the camera work.  Hit the jump to read the full press release.  Prisoners opens on September 20th of this year.

Rosario Dawson Joins QUEEN OF THE NIGHT, Frank Grillo and Maria Bello Board James Wan Thriller, Plus Casting Updates on MAN OF STEEL and FREEZER

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Check out the latest casting news below:

  • Rosario Dawson (Sin City) will join Queen of the Night, the Atom Egoyan thriller that stars Ryan Reynolds, Scott Speedman and Mireille Enos.
  • Frank Grillo (The Grey) and Maria Bello (A History of Violence) will star in a James Wan-presented thriller, possibly titled House of Horror, to be directed by Will Canon (Brotherhood).
  • Peter Facinelli (The Twilight Saga) and Yuliya Snigir (A Good Day to Die Hard) join the cast of Freezer, an action/thriller directed by Mikael Salomon and starring Dylan McDermott.
  • Richard Cetrone and Revard Dufresne, who each had stunt/small roles in Sucker Punch, will fill out the villainous contingent of Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel presumably as General Zod’s henchmen.

Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.

Maria Bello Confirmed to Star in Untitled ‘James Wan Presents’ Thriller

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Maria Bello has been set as the female lead in an upcoming untitled thriller produced by Insidious and Saw director James Wan.  The Untitled ‘James Wan Presents’ Thriller (previously referred to as House of Horror) takes place during the aftermath of a horrific massacre of five college students who were brutally murdered inside an abandoned home.  Bello will play the police department’s psychologist who, after interviewing one of the survivors, learns that the students were amateur ghost hunters who stumbled across “something truly terrifying” inside the house.

We previously heard that Bello was eyeing the role, but today Dimension Films confirmed the casting with a press release.  The project is based on an idea by Wan and was scripted by Max La Bella.  Wan will produce alongside Lee Clay (Beautiful Boy), with Will Cannon (Brotherhood) set to direct.  Production is slated to begin January 2013 in Baton Rouge.  Hit the jump to read the full press release.

Maria Bello and Adrien Brody Join Paul Haggis’ THIRD PERSON; Woody Harrelson and Martin Sheen to Star in 9/11 Film SEPTEMBER MORN

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Writer/director Paul Haggis (Crash) has made a couple of last minute casting additions to his next project, Third PersonMaria Bello and Adrien Brody are the latest to join a cast that now includes Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde, James Franco, Kim Basinger, Mila Kunis, and Moran Atias.  In the vein of Haggis’ Oscar-winning 2004 drama Crash, the film follows three intersecting stories set in Paris, New York, and Rome, “with each storyline following a different stage of a love relationship from the beginning, middle, and the end.”

Variety’s report doesn’t provide details on Bello’s character, but Brody plays the love interest of Atias.  We also know that Neeson and Wilde play a journalist and a gossip columnist, respectively, in the New York storyline.  Production begins this week in Rome.  Hit the jump for casting news concerning the 9/11 drama September Morn.

Taylor Lautner Joins Adam Sandler in GROWN UPS 2

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Twilight’s Taylor Lautner has apparently outgrown vampires and is now interested in comedies.  Enter Adam Sandler’s first-ever sequel, Grown Ups 2.  Lautner is reportedly in negotiations to star opposite Sandler in a role that would allow him to go “toe-to-toe” with the veteran comedian.  Details are in short order at the moment, but reports specify this only as a “fun” role for Lautner, who is looking for another big movie to hang on to. Since The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 will be closing out the franchise when it hits theaters November 16th, and even with the lackluster box office response to Lautner’s Abduction, the young star might just strike gold in Grown Ups 2. The original film about a reunion of childhood friends grossed over $160 million domestically. Hit the jump for more on the sequel.

Horror Round-Up: Maria Bello Eyeing HOUSE OF HORROR; Keri Russell in Talks for DARK SKIES

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We’ve got a couple of horror-related casting stories to share today.  First up, Bloody Disgusting reports that Maria Bello is in talks to star in House of Horror.  Produced by James Wan (Insidious), the story centers on a lead detective and a police psychologist who question a suspect following the brutal murder of five college students.  Should she sign on, Bello would take the psychologist role.  Xavier Gens (The Divide) was previously attached to direct, but he’s no longer involved with the project.  The report doesn’t specify the structure of the film, but I’m assuming it’s not just two people talking to a suspect for 90 minutes.  Producers are currently looking for a new director to sign on.  Bello recently starred in the NBC drama Prime Suspect, but the series was not picked up for a second season due to low ratings.

Hit the jump for casting news concerning the sci-fi horror pic Dark Skies.

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