First Trailer and New Images for James Brown Biopic GET ON UP Starring Chadwick Boseman

by     Posted 34 days ago

get-on-up-chadwick-boseman

Universal has released the first trailer and some new images from director Tate Taylor‘s (The HelpJames Brown biopic Get on Up.  Cradle-to-grave biopics have a tendency to turn stale rather quickly and they almost all drone on for far too long, but this trailer markets Get on Up as a colorful, high-energy look at Brown’s life, inhabited by actor Chadwick Boseman.  In between all the funk and celebration is a strong dramatic undercurrent focusing on Brown’s mother (played by Viola Davis), and these kinds of scenes are where Taylor excelled in his debut feature The Help.  Boseman did a swell job playing Jackie Robinson in last year’s 42, so I’m interested to see how the actor inhabits the larger-than-life Brown.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to check out the images.  Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, Tika Sumpter, Jill Scott, and Dan Aykroyd co-star.  Get on Up opens August 1st.

TOP 5: ENDER’S GAME, First Trailer for X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, 12 YEARS A SLAVE, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, A Detailed History of GHOSTBUSTERS

by     Posted 165 days ago

collider-top-5-slice

With Halloween 2013 now a few days behind us, I may be a little late to the punch on this recommendation. Still yet, every October I find myself liking 1995′s Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers more and more. Directed by Joe Chappelle (who would later go on to direct episodes of The Wire and Fringe among others) and written by Daniel Farrands (a long-time fan of the franchise who, at the time, had little produced work under his belt), the film is notorious for its troubled production and its “Producers Cut” which features nearly 45 minutes of alternate footage, including a different ending. Watching it as a kid I remember it being the Halloween film that made me fear Michael Myers. To date, I still feel like the pic features the killer at his most ruthless (just try looking at doing the laundry the same way after watching). Rewatching it as an adult, I admire Farrands’ script for exploring the forces at work behind Michael’s madness. Even with October 31st, 2014 a distant 363 days away, I encourage Halloween fans to watch or revisit The Curse of Michael Myers this next week and see how your feelings towards the film stack up against my own.

Mid-90′s horror recommendations aside, this week’s Top 5 includes Ender’s Game interviews with Asa Butterfield and more, the excellent first trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past, a slew of interviews for 12 Years a Slave, a new trailer for The Wolf of Wall Street, and a detailed history of the Ghostbusters movies, comics, cartoons, and merch. In what should come as no surprise, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.

ENDER’S GAME Review

by     Posted 167 days ago

enders-game-asa-butterfield-slice

Orson Scott Card‘s 1985 novel, Ender’s Game, is shockingly ahead of its time.  It predicted the wide-spread adoption of e-mail and the Internet, the use of drone warfare, and the connection between video games and players causing an emotional disconnect between war and action.  The book can also be a bit of a chore because of how much time it takes to describe kids shooting freeze guns behind boxes.  Gavin Hood‘s adaptation makes the action come alive, but more importantly, he never forgets the compelling protagonist or the relevant social commentary from Card’s 28-year-old book.  The mind games and weariness might fade into the background, but the intensity of the action and performances make the story not just immediate, but exhilarating.

Viola Davis Talks ENDER’S GAME and Working With Michael Mann on CYBER

by     Posted 168 days ago

Viola-Davis-Enders-Game-interview-slice

It’s rare when a big budget studio film tackles weighty and controversial issues. The bigger the budget, the more the film must appeal to a mass audience (or so the thinking goes). It’s the typical four-quadrant-attempting-to-please-everyone-but-actually-pleasing-no-one bullshit. Ender’s Game is the rare exception: a film with an immense multi-million dollar price tag that’s also willing to tackle difficult socio-political issues. Viola Davis (The Help) co-stars as Major Gwen Anderson, the moral conscience of the picture, diametrically opposed to Harrison Ford’s gruff “by any means necessary” counterpart Colonel Graff. The two spend the majority of Ender’s Game getting into heated debates over the implication of using children during war, the applicability of morality during wartime and the often blood-soaked cost of creating a ‘utopia’. Weighty issues for a film ostensibly about children blowing up alien spaceships.

In the following interview with Viola Davis, the actress discusses the weighty implications of Ender’s Game, where she draws from to create characters and the differences in starring in big budget versus low budget sci-fi. Davis also touched upon her time working on the upcoming Michael Mann film Cyber, which she described as “the biggest ride of her life.” For the full interview, hit the jump.  Ender’s Game opens this Friday in theaters.

PRISONERS Review

by     Posted 209 days ago

prisoners-jake-gyllenhaal-hugh-jackman-slice

[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

by     Posted 221 days ago

prisoners-jake-gyllenhaal-hugh-jackman-slice

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.

42 Star Chadwick Boseman to Play James Brown in Biopic; Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, and Nelsan Ellis Eyed for Supporting Roles

by     Posted 233 days ago

chadwick boseman james brown

Producer Brian Grazer has been trying to make a James Brown biopic for over a decade.  Tate Taylor (The Help) signed on to direct and produce late last year, and Mick Jagger came to produce and lend his music cred, but there was no obvious candidate to play the Godfather of Soul.  One black actor surfaced in the last year and proved he could carry a period biopic: Chadwick Boseman.  Boseman played Jackie Robinson in 42, which premiered in April to solid reviews and went on to gross nearly $100 million domestic.  Variety reports Boseman was identified as the top choice weeks ago, but Universal and Imagine Entertainment needed to sort out the budget before an offer could be made.  Now, Boseman is Brown.

Another report suggests Taylor is eying a few members from the Help cast—Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis—for supporting roles.  More after the jump.

Final Trailer for ENDER’S GAME Starring Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, and Ben Kingsley

by     Posted 253 days ago

enders-game-asa-butterfield-hailee-steinfeld-interview-slice

Summit Entertainment has released the final trailer for director Gavin Hood‘s adaptation of Ender’s Game.  The film tells the story of Andrew “Ender” Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a young boy sent away to Battle School to hone his military skills in order to save the world from an impending alien invasion.  As someone who hasn’t read the book, I was pretty underwhelmed by the previous trailers.  However, this final look at the film does a nice job of selling the massive scope of Ender’s Game, and it finally gets across the stakes that Ender faces.  The visual effects are mighty impressive and the ensemble cast is more than proven, so here’s hoping Hood delivers a worthwhile adaptation.

Hit the jump to watch the final trailer.  The film also stars Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Abigail Breslin, and Harrison Ford.  Ender’s Game opens November 1st.

Final Poster for ENDER’S GAME Starring Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, and Harrison Ford

by     Posted 257 days ago

enders-game-final-poster-slice

Summit Entertainment has released the final poster for Gavin Hood’s adaptation of Ender’s Game.  The film tells the story of Andrew “Ender” Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a young boy sent away to Battle School to hone his military skills in order to save the world from an impending alien invasion.  This poster has a good chance at winning the year’s silliest tagline with “This Is Not A Game” and then immediately following it with a title that has the word “game” in the title.  Then you follow it up with face-boxes to let people know that this isn’t just a movie about an astronaut and his gigantic 8-sided dice.

Hit the jump to check out the poster.  The film also stars Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Abigail Breslin, and Harrison FordEnder’s Game opens November 1st.

6 Character Posters for ENDER’S GAME Starring Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, and Harrison Ford

by     Posted 273 days ago

enders-game-character-posters-banners-slice

Summit Entertainment has released six new character posters for Ender’s Game.  The film tells the story of Andrew “Ender” Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a young boy sent away to Battle School to hone his military skills in order to save the world from an impending alien invasion.  Rather than give you the names of the actors, these new posters provide the character names, so these are more for the fans of the book since the name “Hyrum Graff” doesn’t really mean anything to the uninitiated other than “Harrison Ford is playing a guy named Hyrum Graff.  That’s an odd name.”  Fans will note that Major Anderson’s gender has been changed to female for the movie, which isn’t a big deal, especially when you have a talented actress like Viola Davis for the role.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.  The film also stars Hailee Steinfeld, Nonso Anozie, and Ben KingsleyEnder’s Game opens November 1st.

5 Character Posters for ENDER’S GAME Starring Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, and Harrison Ford

by     Posted 290 days ago

removed_image_slice

Five character posters have been released for Gavin Hood‘s adaptation of Ender’s Game.  The film tells the story of Andrew “Ender” Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a young boy sent away to Battle School to hone his military skills and, hopefully, save the world from an impending alien invasion.  We previously saw some propaganda-style posters, and we also found out that the movie would have a major presence at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.  These five character posters are kind of bland unless you need a new poster of Harrison Ford glowering at you.  Nothing gets people in the seats like a good Ford glower.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.  The film also stars Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Viola Davis, Khylin Rhambo, Moises Arias, and Ben KingsleyEnder’s Game opens November 1st. [Update: we have removed the posters at the request of the studio.]

New Trailer for PRISONERS Starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal

by     Posted 293 days ago

prisoners-hugh-jackman-slice

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.

Production Starts on Michael Mann’s Untitled Project Starring Chris Hemsworth and Viola Davis

by     Posted 309 days ago

michael_mann_slice_01

Production on Michael Mann’s untitled thriller starring Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Viola Davis (The Help) has officially begun.  Co-written by Mann and Morgan Davis Foehl, the picture will center on cyber-theft and cyber-attacks.  The Legendary Pictures production, also starring Lust, Caution’s Tang Wei and Wang Leehom, is slated for a 2014 release.  Hit the jump to read the full press release.

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

by     Posted 321 days ago

prisoners-trailer-poster-slice

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.

First Trailer for ENDER’S GAME Starring Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, and Harrison Ford

by     Posted 344 days ago

enders-game-hailee-steinfeld-asa-butterfield-slice

Lionsgate has released the first trailer for director Gavin Hood’s anticipated adaptation of the Orson Scott Card novel Ender’s Game.  The film tells the story of Andrew “Ender” Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a young boy sent away to Battle School to hone his military skills and, hopefully, save the world from an impending alien invasion.  I plan to read the book before I see the movie, but was someone who is unfamiliar with the material, nothing in this trailer really leaps out at me.  It feels like they’re pushing a Hunger Games-vibe (putting a heavy burden on young adults) plus a lot of CG.  Also, Harrison Ford sounds really bored even though his narration is about trying to save humanity from annihilation.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Viola Davis, Khylin Rhambo, Moises Arias, and Ben Kingsley.  Ender’s Game opens on November 1st.

Copyright ©2005 - 2014. All Rights Reserved. Built by topLingo

Click Here