It has all been leading up to the Day of the Dead. It’s Sam Mendes’ fourth day of shooting the opening sequences of the new James Bond movie, Spectre, on location in Mexico City.
Judd Apatow has an impressive number of big hits on his resume, but one thing that he has never really specialized in is sequels. There is Anchorman 2, and semi-spinoffs like This Is 40 and Get Him To The Greek, but for the most part the movies he’s made have been largely one-and-done. If it were up to him, however, that wouldn’t be the case.
In Hollywood right now, no trend is hotter than the shared universe model. Ever since The Avengers became an incredible global phenomenon, studios have been trying to create their own versions of the Marvel Studios system and create their own united franchises.Now it seems that another horse has entered this race.
We expect the Joe Manganiello news to be confirmed soon. If it is to be, what do you think of the casting?
In Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella, there are many elements immediately reminiscent of the Walt Disney Animation film from 1950 – but there is one interesting difference between the two movies’ genres: the live-action adaptation isn’t a musical. And while there are certainly fans that are going to miss these songs, there’s a fairly simple explanation for why they’re not in the movie
It’s hard to make a prison comedy without letting the language get a little… well, “hard” is the right adjective, once again. This was the chief lesson learned by Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart as the comedians started collaborating on Get Hard.
Get Hard will hold its premiere at the SXSW film festival later this month, so look for our review out of Austin once it screens. Everyone else will be able to see the new comedy when it opens in theaters on March 27.
During his time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye has been presented as a rather gruff character. So what happens when a personality like that is introduced to some new, odd characters like Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch and Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Quicksilver? The answer is a lot of skepticism and concern.
Both individually and as a unit, the members of The Avengers have faced down many terrifying threats thrown at them – but this summer will see them square off against an enemy unlike any they’ve ever come across. The Age of Ultron is almost here – and if Chris Evans can be believed, then the robotic menace will be one of the most fascinating villains we’ve seen so far in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
With three Marvel Studios films under his belt, there are few people in the world that understand Captain America quite like Chris Evans. But while the actor has taken ownership of the superhero role that has made him a global superstar, going into The Avengers: Age of Ultron he only had one request for writer/director Joss Whedon.
The very first moment we meet Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye in The Avengers, we really start to learn everything we need to know about him. Claiming to see better from a distance, he sets himself up as a bit of a loner and detached from all the action and people that he is monitoring on the floor below him. The truth is, Hawkeye isn’t really much of a team player, and that element plays an interesting element in The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Amazing as it is to see all of the core members of The Avengers unifying on the big screen, it’s certainly more narratively fulfilling if there is a reason for all of the heroes to be together. Fortunately, this appears to be very much in the cards for the blockbuster – at least for Thor, who will be bringing a very interesting element to the table in the fight against the movie’s titular villain.
Staying true to the character’s comic book origin as a somewhat Shakespearean royal figure, Thor has earned a reputation as being a bit of an uptight figure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This was true through the end of Thor: The Dark World, but, interestingly, this attitude is going to be getting a bit of a facelift in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Reading the reactions to the church scene has been interesting this weekend. Many audience members who came back to CinemaBlend for post-screen chatter praised the action choreography of the church fight. Some, however, did admit to being turned off to the violence in the sequence.
Kingsman: The Secret Service could be described as the “dirty” version of James Bond – which is hysterical because cheeky 007 is already known for being more than a little risqué. There are various ways that director Matthew Vaughn wanted to push the envelope as a homage to the Bond franchise. And then there’s that back-door joke that ends the film on a blush-worthy final note.
When Chappie director Neill Blomkamp revealed concept art a month ago of a new Alien idea he was working on featuring Ripley herself, the Internet, understandably, lost its shit. In the time since that reveal, many have wondered about the exact details of the situation, but fortunately we recently got the chance to speak with Weaver herself to get the behind-the-scenes story.
News broke the other day from the mouth of Patrick Stewart himself that he was in talks to join up with Hugh Jackman in the next Wolverine movie. (The Wolverine 2? Wolverine 3? Whatever you call it. It looks like the plan is to feature Professor Xavier in the sequel to James Mangold’s film in some way. We caught up with Jackman on Tuesday to get his comment on the situation, and, as expected, he skirted around the topic.
Imagine this scenario. You hire Samuel L. Jackson to play the lead villain in your new spy thriller. But then he brings his interpretation of the character to you… and it’s not what you expected at all.
There’s an art to interviewing celebrities. When to push harder. When to let them retreat. When to let them ramble. When to interrupt. No one knows that better than Larry Grobel. Over the course of his career, he’s written for Playboy, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times and dozens of other publications, coaxing secrets out of some of the more famous men and women in the world.
The advances in technology are rapidly changing the way we live our lives and, in the case of actors, earning their next paychecks. As Alan Cumming told me during an interview for George Lucas’ fairytale musical endeavor, neither he nor his Strange Magic co-star Evan Rachel Wood landed their roles through practical means.
Suicide Squad will be a major step for Warner Bros. and its developing DC cinematic universe, the first movie to arrive in a post-Batman v Superman world that could – according to rumors – set the stage for several future projects, including a solo Batman movie.
It was revealed in a recent interview that George Lucas, the father of the Star Wars movies, had originally planned to make Episode 7 before Disney purchased Lucasfilm. He even began developing some ideas for the next installment, which he passed along to Disney. As it turns out, though, the Mouse House and J.J. Abrams didn’t use Lucas’ treatment ideas for the current script.
In recent months, we’ve seen reports about actors getting into talks with Marvel only to balk at the idea of signing long multi-picture deals – the performers fearing that locking themselves to a role might prevent them from pursuing other creative endeavors. This is definitely not an issue for Chris Hemsworth.
Frozen 2, at the moment, isn’t a guarantee – even though it feels like a no-brainer to us. After hearing Emily Blunt sing in Into The Woods, hiring her for a part in Frozen 2 feels like a no-brainer, as well.
The way Emily Blunt describes it, they all sat around an enormous table and sang their songs, accompanied by one man on a piano. They all stared at their script pages, “pretending to look at our lines” and getting used to not being embarrassed.