ANT-MAN Actors Exit Due to Scheduling Conflicts

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Marvel’s Ant-Man has certainly had its fair share of drama behind the scenes before it has even started production.  The Interwebs are well aware of once-upon-a-time director Edgar Wright’s long-standing attachment to the project and his supposedly amicable departure from it.  Wright’s exit was more about creative differences than scheduling conflicts, which is the reason for the latest bout of difficulties besetting the film.  Hit the jump to find out who is on the way out.

Starring Paul RuddMichael DouglasMichael PeñaEvangeline Lilly, and Corey StollAnt-Man opens July 17, 2015.

SPACE STATION 76 Trailer Shows Patrick Wilson, Matt Bomer and Liv Tyler Living in Deep Space 70s-Style

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We’ve got an abundance of films set in a futuristic version of space, but what if space travel and deep space living more closely resembled the 70s instead?  That’s exactly what Jack Plotnick’s feature directorial debut is all about.  Rather than run with a single primary narrative, Space Station 76 puts the focus on a number of main characters going about their daily lives on a refueling station called the Omega 76.

There’s the bitter captain, Glenn (Patrick Wilson), his new assistant captain, Jessica (Liv Tyler), the space station mechanic, Ted (Matt Bomer), and his wife Misty (Marisa Coughlan) who struts around without a care in the world, often neglecting her own daughter.  You can catch them all in action in the very first Space Station 76 trailer after the jump.

First Look at Tom Hanks in A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING; Plus Debut Images from THE KEEPING ROOM and THE MAN ON CARRION ROAD

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As the Cannes Film Festival heats up, debut images from a number of films are starting to surface.  We now have our first looks at the following films:

  • A Hologram for the KingTom Hanks stars in Cloud Atlas co-director Tom Tykwer’s comedic drama adaptation of the Dave Eggers novel, which finds a down-on-his-luck American salesman venturing to Saudi Arabia in a last-ditch effort for success.
  • The Keeping Room – A Civil War drama from director Daniel Barber that revolves around three Southern women who must defend their home and family from an onslaught of soldiers that have broken off from the Union Army.  Brit Marling (Sound of My Voice), Hailee Steinfeld, Muna Otaru, and Sam Worthington star.
  • The Man on Carrion Road – Director Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego’s (Open Grave) drama tells the story of a retired sheriff (Ian McShane) and his replacement (Patrick Wilson) who investigate a botched cartel deal.

Hit the jump to check out the debut images from the aforementioned films.

Octavia Spencer Joins Leslie Mann in LAS MADRES; Patrick Wilson and Jessica Biel Lead Highsmith Adaptation; Frank Langella Joins DRIFTLESS AREA

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We’ve got a few pieces of casting to attend to this evening.  Briefly:

  • Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer will join Leslie Mann in the DreamWorks comedy Las Madres.
  • Patrick Wilson, Jessica Biel, Toby Jones (Captain America), and Imogen Poots (That Awkward Moment) have joined the cast of the untitled adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel The Blunderer.
  • Frank Langella will star opposite Anton Yelchin and Zooey Deschanel in the unconventional romance The Driftless Area.

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SXSW 2014: SPACE STATION 76 Review

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Jack Plotnick’s feature directorial debut rocks a creative concept with some highly appealing production design, but the film is entirely devoid of a compelling through line, rendering Space Station 76 more of a short-lived novelty rather than a thoughtfully layered, story-driven experience.  Hit the jump for my full review of Space Station 76 from the SXSW Film Festival.

Patrick Wilson in Talks to Join Edgar Wright’s ANT-MAN Starring Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas

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Edgar Wright‘s Ant-Man has been lining up talented actors left-and-right with Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas set to lead the picture, and Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena, and Clifton Collins Jr. all circling the film.  Now another excellent actor is in the mix as The Wrap reports that Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring) is in talks for an unknown role.  Because Wright is already going in a different direction with the story by putting Scott Lang (Rudd) center stage and moving the more-familiar Hank Pym (Douglas) to a supporting role, it’s difficult to know how many of the other characters will be plucked from the comics and how many are from scratch.  Either way, I hope Wilson signs on since he’s a great addition to every film he’s in.  He’ll next be seen in Joe Carnahan‘s Stretch and he’s also attached to star in the indie The Man on Carrion Road.

Ant-Man will open on July 17, 2015.  Bill Pope (The Matrix) will handle the cinematography, and Steven Price (Gravity) is composing the score.  Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) co-wrote the script.

INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 Blu-ray Review

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Director James Wan and writer Leigh Whannell‘s 2011 creeper Insidious was a box office success, even though the general consensus was that the second half sucked.  But since it made a profit, a sequel was only natural.  The filmmaking duo have fallen into the trappings of sequels before with the Saw franchise that they started, but for Insidious: Chapter 2 they decided to take the reigns themselves.  The result is a mixed bag of cheap jump scares and effective atmosphere that makes you wonder, was this a story that really needed to be told?  Now Insidious: Chapter 2 is available on a solid Sony Blu-ray.  Hit the jump for my review of the package.

THE CONJURING Blu-ray Review

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Horror movies are the ultimate test of directorial skill.  It’s not the words that make it scary, it’s the camera, the performance, and how things are revealed.  And watching The Conjuring it’s obvious that James Wan is a remarkable talent, and it’s great that he’s moved into the big time as his next project is Fast and Furious 7.  He’s got it.  The Conjuring follows two families.  The Warrens (Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson) are ghost hunters who uncover real and fake hauntings, while the Perrons (headed by Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston) are an ordinary family whose new house is haunted.  The two cross paths in this supposed true story.  My review of The Conjuring on Blu-ray follows after the jump.

Patrick Wilson is THE MAN ON CARRION ROAD; Alan Arkin, Diane Keaton, Annette Bening, Amanda Seyfried & Theo James for THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME

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Today’s casting news:

Hit the jump for more on each project.

INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER THREE Moving Forward; Leigh Whannell Returning to Write the Script

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Following the impressive box office success of Insidious: Chapter Two, another sequel in the horror franchise is moving forward.  eOne, FilmDistrict, and Sony Pictures Worldwide announced today that they are developing a third Insidious film, with Insidious and Insidious: Chapter Two screenwriter Leigh Whannell returning to pen the screenplay.  James Wan directed the first two installments, but after the back-to-back successes of The Conjuring and Insidious 2, he has stated his intention to move away from the horror genre and try his hand at other kinds of films.  He’s currently busy directing Fast & Furious 7 and the press release makes no mention of his involvement with Insidious: Chapter Three, so it’s unlikely that he will return to direct.

Jason Blum and Oren Peli are producing the third installment, but further details about the horror sequel are unknown.  The second film made over $40 million in its opening weekend against a $5 million budget, so clearly continuing the series is in the best interest of the studios.  Hopefully Whannell develops a worthwhile story.  Hit the jump to read the press release.

TOP 5: INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 Interviews, Oscar Beat, HARRY POTTER Spinoff Film Series in the Works from J.K. Rowling, Cinemath, TIFF 2013 Coverage

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Having played in limited release since August, director James Ponsoldt‘s high school drama The Spectacular Now finally made its way to my Midwestern neck of the woods this weekend and I jumped at the chance to see it last night. Although it elicited fewer laughs than I expected, the film levied an emotional punch that I’m still shaking off today. As has been noted by many before me, Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley‘s performances are fantastic and their chemistry is palpable from beginning to end (one scene in which Woodley’s Aimee describes her dreams of a perfect marriage stands out to me in particular). Moreover, Kyle Chandler‘s turn as Teller’s estranged father is as powerful as it is short-lived. If you have the slightest interest in the coming-of-age genre, and this film is playing nearby, take the time to see it. Few in the genre capture the nuance of high-school love and personal demons as honestly as The Spectacular Now.

With that ringing endorsement behind me, this week’s Top 5 includes a slew of Insidious: Chapter 2 interviews, Adam keeping his finger on the pulse of awards season with his recurring Oscar Beat feature, news that Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling are teaming up for a new film series inspired by Harry Potter, a new installment of Cinemath that takes a look at the history of movie ticket prices, and a recap of our robust TIFF 2013 coverage. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.

Patrick Wilson Talks INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2, Teaming up with James Wan Again, Playing Multiple Characters, His Desire to Get Back on Stage, STRETCH and More

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Opening in theaters this weekend is James Wan’s Insidious: Chapter 2.  The follow-up to the 2011 surprise hit picks up exactly where the first left off. Josh (Patrick Wilson) has returned from the Further feeling not quite himself, and when Renai (Rose Byrne) begins seeing familiar signs of the paranormal the Lambert family is thrust once more into a world of psychics, demons and ghosts. Insidious: Chapter 2 also stars Barbara HersheyLin ShayeLeigh WhannellAngus Sampson, and Ty Simpkins.

During a recent New York press day I hopped on the phone for an interview with Wilson. He talked about working on his first sequel, playing multiple characters, what he’s learned from his collaborations with James Wan, wanting to get back on stage and more. He also gave an update on Joe Carnahan’s Stretch. Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

17 New Images from INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2; Take Part in Online Seance If You Dare

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FilmDistrict has released a new batch of images from Insidious: Chapter 2.  Additionally, the studio invites you to participate in a séance at the official site.  It is a neat bit of interactive promotional material as long as you don’t mind granting access to your webcam—worth a couple minutes if you are a fan of the first movie and care to role the dice.

Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Ty Simpkins, and Barbara Hershey star.  The James Wan-directed sequel opens September 13.  See the images after the jump.

Patrick Wilson Talks Joe Carnahan’s STRETCH; Says “It’s Like All Those Excessive 80s R-Rated Action Comedies”

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I’m a big fan of director Joe Carnahan.  I like the diversity of his filmography, and I’ve even had a blast with his panned pictures like Smokin’ Aces and The A-Team.  They’re both action movies that have a lot of spark and lunacy to them, and his upcoming film Stretch seems to have the same kind of energy according to star Patrick Wilson.  For those unfamiliar with the film, Wilson stars as “a down-on-his-luck chauffeur looking to relieve his debt by driving around a mysterious billionaire who drags him to hell and back.”  The film is low-budget, but the cast includes Chris Pine (who worked with Carnahan on Smokin’ Aces and was great), Ed Helms, Jessica Alba, Brooklyn Dekker, James Badge Dale, Shaun Toub, Ray Liotta, and David Hasselhoff.

Hit the jump for the kind of craziness we can expect from the movie.  Stretch opens March 21, 2014.

THE CONJURING Review

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Director James Wan and I have a disagreement on the meaning of the word “malevolent.”  His new film, The Conjuring, features an opening crawl that says the events we’re about to see are based on the true story of the most malevolent case in the files of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren.  The case is so sinister that it’s been kept secret until now.  With this kind of billing, I expect something truly horrific and upsetting.  But for Wan, “malevolent” is the equivalent of demons pulling supernatural tricks on a helpless family.  The film features excellent performances and thoughtful cinematography that evokes the time period of the story, but Wan’s definition of horror continues to rely on stale spooky images.  His strongest asset is the Warrens, but the malevolence on display becomes redundant and annoying until the third act when Wan is finally able to tap in to true terror.

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