New Images from KILL THE MESSENGER and THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

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It’s been quite a while since that first trailer for Michael Cuesta’s Kill the Messenger dropped, but with the summer season coming to a close, Focus Features opted to unveil some brand new stills from select films on their fall lineup.  We’ve got five new Kill the Messenger images and then two from James Marsh’s The Theory of Everything to go along with them.

Hit the jump to check them all out.  Killer the Messenger stars Jeremy Renner, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta, Tim Blake Nelson, Barry Pepper, Oliver Platt and Michael Sheen, and will get a limited release on October 12th and hit additional cities thereafter.  The Theory of Everything stars Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Charlie Cox, Emily Watson and David Thewlis, and will arrive in select theaters beginning November 7th.

THE PURGE: ANARCHY Images Take the Action to the Streets

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Universal Pictures has released about a dozen new images for writer/director James DeMonaco‘s upcoming horror sequel The Purge: Anarchy.  One of the things I like about the direction this followup seems to be taking is that it truly expands on the general promise of the concept of “the Purge”, or at least it begins to show it implemented, rather than using it as a nifty backdrop for a mediocre home invasion film (à la last year’s first installment).  These pictures give you a good sense of that.

Hit the jump to check out the new The Purge: Anarchy images.  The film stars Frank GrilloCarmen EjogoZach GilfordKiele Sanchez, and Michael K. Williams.  It opens in theaters on July 18th.

First Trailer, Poster, and Images for THE PURGE: ANARCHY Starring Frank Grillo, Michael K. Williams, and Zach Gilford

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Universal Pictures has released the first trailer, poster, and images for writer/director James DeMonaco‘s horror sequel The Purge: Anarchy.  The follow-up continues the plot device from the first film in which all crimes are legal on one day of the year, during the annual “Purge”, which preserves peace and prosperity for the other 364 days of the year.  The sequel looks solid since instead of another home invasion, it appears we’ll be going beyond the confines of a shelter and watching characters struggle to survive the night.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer, poster, and images. The film stars Frank Grillo (The Grey), Michael K. Williams (Boardwalk Empire), and Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights).  The Purge: Anarchy opens in theaters on June 20th.

Watch 5 Clips from José Padilha’s ROBOCOP Starring Joel Kinnaman, Abbie Cornish, Gary Oldman, and Michael Keaton

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In advance of its February debut, we have five clips from José Padilha’s RoboCop reboot to share with you.  The new take on the Paul Verhoeven 1987 classic sees Joel Kinnaman (The Killing) taking on the title role as a cybernetically enhanced cop in 2028 Detroit.

The film also stars Abbie Cornish, Gary OldmanMichael KeatonJackie Earle HaleyMichael K. WilliamsJennifer EhleJay BaruchelMarianne Jean-Baptiste, and Samuel L. Jackson.  RoboCop opens in traditional theaters and IMAX on February 12, 2014.  Hit the jump to watch the clips.

Three TV Spots for ROBOCOP Starring Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, and Michael Keaton

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Three new TV spots have popped up online for the remake of RoboCop.  The film takes place in 2028 and finds the sleazy OminiCorp putting its drone technology to use on domestic grounds by way of taking blown-apart cop Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) and turning him into a cyborg police officer.  The experiment on Murphy is meant to be the first of many RoboCops the company hopes to put in every U.S. city, but things don’t go as planned.  After watching these TV spots, I’m still not excited for this movie.  I’m trying to hold out some hope, but I have to keep reminding myself that the film is coming out in February.

Hit the jump to check out the TV spots.  The film also stars Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jennifer Ehle, Jay Baruchel, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, and Samuel L. JacksonRoboCop opens February 12, 2014.

WARCRAFT Adds Clancy Brown and Daniel Wu; Michael K. Williams and Zach Gilford Join THE PURGE Sequel; Ricky Gervais Returns in NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 3

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Here’s today’s latest casting news:

Hit the jump for more on each picture.

New Trailer and Poster for ROBOCOP Starring Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, and Samuel L. Jackson

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MGM and Sony have just released the new trailer and poster for Jose Padilha‘s remake of Paul Verhoeven‘s RoboCopThe film takes place in 2028 and finds the sleazy OminiCorp putting its drone technology to use on domestic grounds by way of taking blown-apart cop Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) and turning him into a cyborg police officer.  The experiment on Murphy is meant to be the first of many RoboCops that the company hopes to put in every city around the country, but obviously things don’t go as planned.  For me, this trailer is not a good sign.  None of the action looks particularly interesting and the few laugh lines (“Robophobic”, “Good Cop/RoboCop”) land with a thud.  I think we could be looking at a movie that’s just as pointless as the remake of Verhoeven’s Total Recall.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster.  The film also stars Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jennifer Ehle, Jay Baruchel, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, and Samuel L. JacksonRoboCop opens February 12, 2014.

Chiwetel Ejiofor Contemplates Survival in New Clip from 12 YEARS A SLAVE

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Fox Searchlight has released a new clip from director Steve McQueen’s intensely moving drama 12 Years a Slave.  The true story is based on Solomon Northup’s autobiography of the same name, and stars Chiwetel Ejiofor (Children of Men) as Northup, an educated and married black man living in New York in 1841.  Northup was approached by two men about a job offer in Washington D.C., but when he showed up he was kidnapped and forced into slavery for over a decade.  This clip takes place shortly after Northup’s abduction, as he discusses a plan for survival with two fellow captives played by Michael K. Williams (The Wire) and Chris Chalk (Homeland).  This really is one of the best films of the year, and I highly suggest seeking it out when it opens in a theater near you.

Hit the jump to watch the new clip, and click here to read Matt’s review from the Toronto International Film Festival.  The film also stars Michael FassbenderLupita Nyong’OBenedict CumberbatchPaul GiamattiQuvenzhane WallisSarah PaulsonPaul DanoScoot McNairyGarrett DillahuntAlfre WoodardDwight Henry,  and Brad Pitt.  12 Years a Slave opens in limited release on October 18th and expands wide on November 1st.

First Featurette for Steve McQueen’s 12 YEARS A SLAVE Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, and Brad Pitt

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Steve McQueen‘s 12 Years a Slave received massive acclaimed when it premiered at the Telluride Film Festival, and now the first featurette for the film has been released.  The true story is based on Solomon Northup’s autobiography of the same name, and stars Chiwetel Ejiofor (Children of Men) as Northup, an educated and married black man living in New York in 1841.  Northup was approached by two men about a job offer in Washington D.C., but when he showed up he was kidnapped and forced into slavery for over a decade.  The featurette contains plenty of new footage, and listened to the interviews, it looks like they’ve stayed pretty close to the source material.  I read the book earlier this year, and found it to be revelatory and emotional, and I couldn’t understand why it’s not on middle school reading lists alongside Uncle Tom’s Cabin.  It’s a powerful story, and it looks like it will be a powerful movie.

Hit the jump to watch the featurette.  The film also stars Michael Fassbender, Benedict CumberbatchPaul GiamattiQuvenzhane WallisSarah PaulsonPaul DanoScoot McNairyGarrett DillahuntAlfre WoodardDwight Henry, Michael K. Williams, and Brad Pitt12 Years a Slave will play at the Toronto International Film Festival before opening on October 18th.

Watch Jay-Z’s Performance Art Film PICASSO BABY, Directed by Mark Romanek

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Never one to go the traditional route, Jay-Z has taken a rather fascinating approach to the video for his latest single, “Picasso Baby.”  The hip-hop artist collaborated with director Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go, One Hour Photo) to put together a piece of performance art for the track, and the result is a 10-minute short film called Picasso Baby that debuted on HBO Friday night.  Jay-Z and Romanek set the piece up at Pace Gallery in New York City with the intention of seeing what would happen if Jay-Z performed specifically to a single person instead of an arena full of fans.  The result is a highly entertaining piece of work with appearances by Judd Apatow, Michael K. Williams, Taraji P. Henson, Alan Cumming, Adam Driver, Jim Jarmusch, Jemima Kirke, and many more.

Of course, Romanek has plenty of experience crafting memorable music videos, as he’s the man responsible for Johnny Cash’s “Hurt,” Nine Inch Nails’ “Closer,” and Fiona Apple’s “Criminal.”  He also worked with Jay-Z previously on the video for “99 Problems.”  Hit the jump to watch the performance art film Picasso Baby.

15 New Images from BOARDWALK EMPIRE Season 4 Featuring Steve Buscemi, Ron Livingston, Patricia Arquette, and Jeffrey Wright

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The fourth season of the HBO drama series Boardwalk Empire kicks off on the pay cable network in a little over a month, but in advance of the premiere, HBO has unveiled some images from the new season that give fans a tease of what’s to come.  Regular cast members Steve Buscemi, Michael Shannon, Kelly Macdonald, Michael K. Williams, Jack Huston, and more are joined this year by a bevy of newcomers including Jeffrey Wright, Ron Livingston, and Patricia Arquette, all of which are seen in these new photos.  For those worried of spoilers, these images give away next to nothing by way of plot, but they do serve as a nice appetizer for the 12-episode fourth season.

Hit the jump to take a look at the high-resolution images.  Season four of Boardwalk Empire begins on HBO September 8th.

First Trailer and Poster for 12 YEARS A SLAVE Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, and Benedict Cumberbatch

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The first trailer for director Steve McQueen’s (Shame) historical drama 12 Years a Slave has been released online.  Based on Solomon Northup’s autobiography of the same name, the film stars Chiwetel Ejiofor (Children of Men) as Northup, an educated and married black man living in 1853 New York.  Northup was approached by two men about a job offer in Washington D.C., but when he showed up he was kidnapped and forced into slavery for over a decade.  Ejiofor’s performance as Northup is every bit as hopeful as Michael Fassbender’s plantation owner Edwin Epps is terrifying.  It’s easy to get caught up in early Oscar talk from this trailer, but let’s not forget how socially relevant Northup’s story is today, even 150 years later.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Benedict CumberbatchPaul GiamattiQuvenzhane WallisSarah PaulsonPaul DanoScoot McNairyGarrett DillahuntAlfre WoodardDwight Henry, Michael K. Williams, and Brad Pitt.  12 Years a Slave opens on October 18th.

Rooney Mara and Martin Sheen Join Stephen Daldry’s TRASH; Michael K. Williams Eyed for KILL THE MESSENGER

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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close director Stephen Daldry’s next film is casting up.  Deadline reports that Rooney Mara and Martin Sheen have signed on to star in Trash, which is an adaptation of Andy Mulligan’s novel of the same name that centers on “three poverty-stricken boys who discover something unusual, mysterious, and dangerous in a city dump.”  The pic has a script by Richard Curtis (War Horse, Love Actually), and newcomers Rickson Tevez, Eduardo Luis, and Gabriel Weinstein are set to play the three boys, with Wagner Moura (Elysium) and Selton Mello also part of the cast.

Hit the jump for more, including a possible release date for Trash and news concerning a The Wire alum joining the thriller Kill the Messenger.

Michael Kenneth Williams to Play ROBOCOP’s Partner; Catherine Keener, Toni Collette, Ben Falcone, and Eve Hewson Join Nicole Holofcener’s Next Movie

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RoboCop and Nicole Holofcener have nothing in common… until now!

  • The Wire breakout star Michael Kenneth Williams is in talks to join Joel Kinnaman, Hugh Laurie, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Jay Baruchel, Abbie Cornish, and Jackie Earle Haley in the Robocop remake.
  • Holofcener cast Catherine Keener, Toni Collette, Ben Falcone, and Eve Hewson in supporting roles in her next movie.  Julia Louis-Dreyfuss and James Gandolfini star.

Hit the jump for details on both projects.

Seasoned: Matt Reviews THE WIRE – Season 5

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Up until the past 15 years or so, television series were firmly episodic.  Serialized TV (outside of mini-series) risked alienating viewers since it stopped anyone from coming in mid-season.  However, with the rise of DVDs, OnDemand, and digital downloads, serialized TV series have become firmly established.  Some shows still retain an episodic nature, but some series—particularly dramas—have been built around telling one long story over the course of an entire season.  Our new feature, Seasoned, will review a TV series by season rather than by episode.

Hit the jump for my review of the fifth season of The Wire.  Click on the corresponding links for my reviews of Season 1, Season 2, Season 3, and Season 4.

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