THE CONJURING 2 Release Date Set for June 10, 2016

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Can lightning strike twice?  That’s the question New Line/Warner Bros. will be asking in summer 2016, as the studios have set a The Conjuring 2 release date for June 10, 2016, dropping the horror sequel into familiar territory.  The first film was a massive success at the box office (and with critics) when it opened last summer—a season traditionally dominated by VFX-heavy franchise pictures.  The excellent horror pic raked in over $300 million at the worldwide box office, and Warner Bros. is off to a good start with the follow-up as they recently brought back James Wan to direct.  More on the follow-up after the jump.

LET’S KILL WARD’S WIFE Trailer: Patrick Wilson, Scott Foley and Donald Faison Try to Get Away with Murder

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It seems as though Patrick Wilson is learning a lot about killing people lately.  Katherine Heigl teaches him a thing or two about making a seductive con artist disappear in the trailer for Home Sweet Hell and now he’s busy Googling “getting away with murder” in the first trailer for Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife.  The film is Scott Foley’s feature directorial debut and chronicles what happens when a group of friends decide they’ve had it with Ward’s (Donald Faison) wife.  She isn’t a nice person, she’s selfish, she’s mean and a bad mom, too, so why not kill her?

The film definitely doesn’t look like a masterpiece, but it stars Wilson, Faison, Foley, James Carpinello, Greg Grunberg and Amy Acker, and there’s just something fun about watching them try to get away with murder together.  Hit the jump to check out the Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife trailer.  The film hits iTunes and other digital platforms on December 23rd and then begins a limited theatrical run on January 9, 2015.

STRETCH Review

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One of the things I like about Joe Carnahan‘s films is that they filter drama and action through a working-class lens.  Narc is on the down-and-dirty streets; The Grey is about a group of oil drillers trying to survive in the wild; and even his blockbuster feature The A-Team sides with guys just trying to make a living.  The outlier is Smokin’ Aces, an ensemble piece that ranges from cartoonish to somber as assassins compete to take out an informant.  Carnahan’s latest feature, Stretch, attempts to blend the slapdash attitude of Smokin’ Aces with a grounded, working-class character.  The result is a movie that still manages to be endearing despite how often it tries to remind you of its weirdness.

Red Band HOME SWEET HELL Trailer Features Patrick Wilson and Katherine Heigl as a Killer Couple

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Did you know that Patrick Wilson, Katherine Heigl and Jordana Brewster made a movie together?  Probably not and this new red band trailer proves why.  Anthony BurnsSkateland follow-up, Home Sweet Hell, looks absolutely ridiculous.  But the question is, is it a so bad it’s good type of situation?

Wilson leads the film as Don Champagne.  He used to be a used car salesman, but now he’s got it all – a beautiful home, loving marriage and his very own rugs and furniture store.  But then Brewster’s character comes in and ruins it all.  She sleeps with Don and then blackmails him for money by threatening to tell his wife.  The thing is, Mona Champagne (Heigl) isn’t about to leave her man over a little fling; she’d rather just kill Brewster instead.  Hit the jump to check out the Home Sweet Hell trailer.  No word on a release date just yet, but Vertical Entertainment has the US theatrical rights to this one.  The film also stars Kevin McKidd and Jim Belushi.

STRETCH Trailer: Patrick Wilson Needs $6,000 By Midnight in Joe Carnahan’s Colorful New Film

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Since director Joe Carnahan decided to take the marketing into this own hands, we’ve already seen a number of clips, images, and even a gag reel from his new film Stretch.  However, the first official Stretch trailer has now been released online, giving us a better handle on the plot for this colorful, insane-looking action comedy.  The story revolves around a down-on-his-luck chauffeur (Patrick Wilson) who attempts to relieve his debt by driving around a mysterious, eccentric billionaire (James Badge Dale).  As we can see from this trailer, he comes across a number of unusual characters during his service, and things appear to get weirder and weirder as the night wears on.  I loved the introspective nature of Carnahan’s The Grey, but it’s nice to see that he’s still able to have fun with things like this and The Blacklist, and Stretch certainly appears to be a very wild ride indeed.

Watch the Stretch trailer after the jump.  The film also stars Chris Pine, Jessica Alba, Ed Helms, Norman Reedus, Ray Liotta, Shaun Toub, Brooklyn Decker, and David HasselhoffStretch will be available on iTunes and Amazon on October 7th and on VOD on October 14th.

Patrick Wilson and Matthew Fox Join BONE TOMAHAWK, Violent Western Shoots Next Month

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I’ve been looking forward to Bone Tomahawk ever since I read the words “Kurt Russell” and “Western” in the same sentence a while back and now it looks like this much anticipated film is on its feet and ready to go, making it one of two Kurt Russell westerns hitting screens next year (the other being The Hateful Eight).  So 2015 has that going for it.

In addition to the amazing (and previously reported) Richard Jenkins, the film has added Patrick Wilson and Matthew Fox to its already impressive roster.  The film’s writer S. Craig Zahler (who also penned the flat-out amazing script The Brigands of Rattleborge) will be stepping behind the camera to direct.  The films starts shooting next month outside Los Angeles and will be produced by Caliber Media’s Dallas Sonnier and Jack Heller.  Hit the jump for more on Bone Tomahawk.

Chris Pine Needs Wilford Brimley’s Mustache in Nutty STRETCH Gag Reel

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Director Joe Carnahan’s action-comedy Stretch was one of my most anticipated films of this spring, so I was quite disappointed when Universal decided to abandon the film’s theatrical release plan at the last minute.  Thankfully, the movie is finally set to be released VOD next month, and Carnahan has been doing a fantastic job of handling the film’s marketing duties by himself.  The story revolves around a down-on-his-luck chauffeur (Patrick Wilson) who attempts to relieve his debt by driving around a mysterious, eccentric billionaire (James Badge Dale).  We’ve already seen some images and clips that show off the batshit insanity that we can expect from the movie itself, and today Carnahan released a Stretch gag reel that proves Chris Pine is an untapped well of comedic gold.  The guy is funny, and his character looks to be positively off-the-rails.  Give me this movie now, please.

Hit the jump to watch the Stretch gag reel.  The film also stars Ed Helms, Jessica Alba, Brooklyn Decker, Norman Reedus, Ray Liotta, Shaun Toub, and David Hasselhoff.

First Clips from Joe Carnahan’s STRETCH Feature Patrick Wilson, Chris Pine, Scotch, Norman Reedus, Blood, a String of Pearls, and Ed Helms

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We got our first glimpse at images from Joe Carnahan’s newest film Stretch just about a week ago, but the movie’s social media campaign has been going bonkers since then.  There have been plenty of alt-posters, behind-the-scenes images revealing cameos and guest stars, and lots of general blanket insanity.  Now, the first clips from the film are making their way online, and boy are they delightfully strange.  They’re short, but efficient in their weirdness and humor, plus you get your first look at star Patrick Wilson and co-stars Chris Pine, Norman Reedus, and Ed Helms.  It’s a great introduction to what’s sure to be a balls-to-the-wall crazy film.

Hit the jump to check out the first clips, along with a bonus image from Stretch, and click here to watch an insane Chris Pine in the nutty gag reel.

First STRETCH Images Feature Patrick Wilson Cocking It up in Joe Carnahan’s New Thriller

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Maybe it’s not the best idea to feature the word “cock” in our header image, but Steve and the guys are currently enjoying Toronto International Film Festival 2014 and have left me in charge, so anything goes!  Besides, I’m happy to do anything we can in order to help director Joe Carnahan get the word out about his new thriller, Stretch.  The low-budget action film took a hit when Universal dropped it due to distribution and marketing budget concerns, so Carnahan sacked up and decided to do the advertising himself.  A selection of new images is just the first entry in his new social media campaign, with plenty more to come.

Starring Patrick Wilson 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 cast also includes Chris PineEd HelmsJessica AlbaBrooklyn DekkerJames Badge DaleShaun ToubRay Liotta, and David Hasselhoff.  Hit the jump for the first images and for more on the film.

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.

Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned films.

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.

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