After a questionable start to its new season, Sons of Anarchy returned this week with an episode that improved in some ways upon that initial outing, but was still just so dark and heavy. A show with so much violence and dark themes needs the relief of humor, or it’s a slog to watch. One of Sons of Anarchy‘s defining features early on was its gallows humor and quirky cast who played hard and then played harder. These days, time spent with SAMCRO is increasingly bleak, and that bleakness reached its lowest depths last week. Hit the jump for more on how the show needs to crawl out of that hole.
Last week, at the Toronto International Film Festival, I landed an exclusive video interview with directors Ti West and Eli Roth. West was in attendance for his film, The Sacrament, while Roth was there for The Green Inferno. While I had a lot of questions about both films, since almost all of you won’t be able to see them before watching the interview, I decided to ask questions that wouldn’t spoil the films and instead focus on filmmaking. During the interview, they talked about being at TIFF, what it was like showing the films for the first time to an audience, what the films are about, theatrical cuts vs. extended cuts, their thoughts on VOD, upcoming projects, why they both shot with the Cannon C300 camera, and more. Hit the jump to watch.
We’ve already heard from Breaking Bad’s “Ozymandias” director Rian Johnson on his behind-the-scenes experience filming the episode, but today, ASAC Hank Schrader (Dean Norris) gets his say. If you’re all caught up on Breaking Bad and haven’t read Allison’s review of the latest episode, do so now. We’ll keep the spoilers for after the jump, where the Harvard grad talks about filming the final episodes of the series, talking to the writers and director Johnson about how to tweak some of his scenes, and how starring on the show has changed his life and career. Hit the jump to see what he had to say and keep in mind that there are spoilers.
Michael Fassbender is an incredible actor, so it’s no wonder that he’s found himself at the center of some of the more exciting film franchises as of late in addition to fascinating dramatic fare. Steve recently sat down with Fassbender to discuss his work in Steve McQueen’s immensely powerful and moving 12 Years a Slave, which opens in theaters next month and is absolutely one of the best films of the year, and during the course of their conversation Fassbender briefly addressed his work in a couple of other upcoming films.
He admitted that he’s unsure about the status of the Prometheus sequel, confirmed that filming on Assassin’s Creed begins next year, and attempted to come up with a good tease for fans regarding X-Men: Days of Future Past. Hit the jump to watch what he had to say, and look for Steve’s full interview with Fassbender on Collider soon.
Filming is already underway in Bulgaria on the action sequel The Expendables 3, but there’s still one more actor to add to the cast. Deadline reports that Kelsey Grammer is signing on to the pic to play Bonaparte, an ex-mercenary who aids the titular aging heroes in their mission. This is the part that was initially earmarked for Nicolas Cage, but now Grammer will be handling the role. This is the second franchise film in a row for the Frasier actor, as he recently wrapped Michael Bay’s upcoming Transformers 4.
The Expendables 3 cast now includes Sylvester Stallone, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Jason Statham, Terry Crews, Antonio Banderas, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, and Wesley Snipes. Directed by Patrick Hughes, The Expendables 3 is slated to open in theaters on August 15, 2014. Hit the jump for casting news regarding the “Simon Pegg assassin” movie Kill Me Three Times.
The promising pairing of Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart is one step closer to becoming a reality. Variety reports that Tropic Thunder and Men in Black 3 screenwriter Etan Cohen has been tapped to make his feature directorial debut with Get Hard for Warner Bros., which sees Ferrell playing a wealthy investment banker and Hart playing the guy who washes his car. When Ferrell’s character is wrongly convicted of a crime and sentenced to a maximum security prison, he enlists the help of Hart’s “street-smart” character to help prepare him for prison life. Ian Roberts and Jay Martel (Key & Peele) wrote the script, and production will likely begin soon given both Ferrell and Hart’s busy schedules.
Ferrell is also producing Get Hard, and he and Cohen are actually poised to team up again on the comedy Daddy’s Home, which Cohen is attached to direct for Paramount. Hit the jump for news regarding the fascinating blog adaptation 40 Days of Dating.
While the sequels to his 1996 film Independence Day are likely his most-anticipated projects, director Roland Emmerich has a number of other ideas planned for his upcoming schedule. In addition to the two-part sequel, Emmerich recently talked about his slimmed-down script for the sci-fi pic, Singularity, as well as an adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation planned for the small screen. Bad news on the Asteroids front as Emmerich’s plate is too full to take on that particular Lorenzo di Bonaventura-produced project. Hit the jump for more on what Emmerich has coming up.
Fresh off the box office success of Insidious: Chapter Two and the announcement of a third Insidious pic, producer Jason Blum’s horror shingle Blumhouse Productions has set its sights on a new franchise. Deadline reports that Aaron Eckhart will lead Incarnatewith Journey 2: The Mysterious Island director Brad Peyton set to helm. Penned by Ronnie Christensen (Passengers), the film follows “an unconventional exorcist who can tap into the subconscious of the possessed.” Said exorcist meets his match when he confronts his next case, a 9-year-old boy possessed by a demon from his past. Filming is poised to begin next month.
Blumhouse has made a habit of churning out low budget, high profit horror pics over the past few years, starting off with the Paranormal Activity franchise and continuing with other hits like Sinister and The Purge. Peyton had been attached to helm an adaptation of the comics character Lobo for Warner Bros., but it’s unclear if he’s still involved with that project. No matter, Incarnate certainly sounds like a promising premise to tackle in the meantime.
Tommy Oliver’s 1982 is about the dissolution of a relationship, but never lets us care about the people involved in that dissolution. Overly eager to get to the drama, the movie skips past necessary development, and as a result is a tedious and eventually unbearable picture where thinly drawn characters are either saints or sinners. There are only brief moments of respite where Oliver comes to an honest, powerful moment with the help of lead actor Hill Harper. But whereas Harper is one of the movie’s best assets, the picture can be laughable when a horribly miscast Wayne Brady enters the picture.
I’ve not been a big fan of Ron Howard‘s movies since Apollo 13. Last night, I went into his latest picture with a fair amount of skepticism, and was delighted to find that he’s made an exciting, energetic flick. The story of Formula 1 racing rivals James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) has got some serious, compelling drama, and it’s matched by the intensity of the racing scenes. This is a completely different kind of movie than we’ve seen from Howard in the past, and it’s a fun ride.
I’m pleased to announce we’re giving away 20 admit-two passes to the Atlanta screening of Rush. Hit the jump to find out how you can see the movie early and for free. The film also stars Olivia Wilde. Rush opens nationwide on September 27th.
The USA Network’s Suits has become one of the most thrilling and unpredictable series on television, and things are sure to heat up on the summer finale. As Jessica Pearson, actress Gina Torres is compelling in every episode, partly for her strength and brutal honesty, and partly because she can be both your best enemy and your worst friend, especially if you’re Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht).
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, Gina Torres talked about what’s coming up for her character, what she’s enjoyed about the journey this season, how the stakes just keep getting higher and higher, whether Jessica and Harvey can ever expect true loyalty from each other, and whether she’d like to see Jessica get a love interest. She also talked about her experience doing Season 1 of Hannibal and her hope to return to Season 2, and what’s it like for people to still be fans of Firefly, so many years after it went off the air. Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.
We’re now two films into the career of Joseph Kosinski, and it’s fair to say that as a visual filmmaker he’s incredible. But when it comes to story, he doesn’t have the best eye for material, and that’s been a problem in both Tron Legacy and in his latest picture Oblivion. Tom Cruise stars alongside Morgan Freeman and Olga Kurylenko in this story of a post-apocalyptic Earth. My review of the Blu-ray follows after the jump.
Evil Dead director Fede Alvarez is going straight to hell. Deadline reports that Alvarez is in talks to direct an adaptation of the Electronic Arts video game Dante’s Inferno for Universal Pictures. Based on Inferno, the first canticle of Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy, the game finds Dante reimagined as a Templar knight and follows him as he journeys through the nine circles of Hell in order to reclaim the soul of his beloved Beatrice from Lucifer. The game debuted in 2010 to mediocre reviews, but clearly Universal sees potential. Bruce McKenna (The Pacific) wrote the initial draft of the script, with Jay Basu penning the most recent draft.
Alvarez was hand-picked by producer Sam Raimi to helm the Evil Dead remake based on the strength of his 2009 short Panic Attack!,and his redo of the horror classic was met with a fairly positive response. In addition to Dante’s Inferno, Alvarez is also attached to write and direct the sci-fi pic Machina. No word on which one will be his next project. Watch a trailer for the game after the jump.
The lengthy and drama-filled development of The Dark Tower will make for a damn fine book one day. A feature film adaptation of Stephen King’s book series has been in the works for years, and most recently director Ron Howard has been working with screenwriter Akiva Goldsman to get the project to the screen. There have been plenty of ups, downs, and exciting possibilities along the way, with the duo floating a three-film adaptation that would be bridged by two TV miniseries seasons. The last we heard on the project was that Warner Bros. had passed but MRC might be looking to pick up the rights. That was over a year ago.
Now Ron Howard has given a public update on the adaptation, confirming that it is indeed still alive and kicking. However, after the media whirlwind that surrounded the first go of development, he and Goldsman have agreed to go on radio silence about the pic’s progress. Hit the jump for more.