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Quvenzhané Wallis Is The New ‘Annie’

24 February 2013 11:08 AM, PST

Overbrook Entertainment, Marcy Media, director Will Gluck and Sony Pictures Entertainment have cast Academy Award® nominee Quvenzhané Wallis, the star of Beasts of the Southern Wild, in the title role of Annie, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures, and Hannah Minghella, president of Production for the studio.

Commenting on the announcement, Minghella said:

“With the recent Academy Award® nomination and critical acclaim, Quvenzhané Wallis is a true star and we believe her portrayal as Annie will make her a true worldwide star.  She is an extraordinary young talent with an amazing range, not only as an actress but as a singer and dancer, and we can’t wait for audiences to further discover her.”

Annie will be released during the winter holiday season in 2014. The film is being directed by Gluck and produced by James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Will Smith through Overbrook Entertainment, »

- Kellvin Chavez

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James Mangold Gets Down With Hot Twitter Trend & Drops Behind The Scenes Pic From ‘The Wolverine’

23 February 2013 12:49 PM, PST

“Yo man! I want to be down too!”

That’s probably what James Mangold said when he saw Marc Webb and Bryan Singer having all the fun with their twitter activities.

Mangold seriously upped his twitter swag game big time, and instead of either releasing a pic of a prop or a supporting character, Mangold dropped a behind the scenes pic of Hugh Jackman as Logan oiled up and looking Jacked as all hell. Check it out.

A production snap from shooting a wood chopping scene in Omishima. We found an eight inch caterpillar that morning. twitter.com/mang0ld/status…

James Mangold (@mang0ld) February 23, 2013

Full pic below.

Synopsis for those not in the know:

Based on the celebrated comic book arc, The Wolverine finds Logan, the eternal warrior and outsider, in Japan. There, samurai steel will clash with admantium claw as Logan confronts a mysterious figure from his »

- El Mayimbe

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Forget About Joe Carnahan’s ‘Death Wish’

22 February 2013 6:06 PM, PST

I’m in the crowd that generally doesn’t like remakes. That being said, sometimes a writer/director signs on for a remake and it just feels right. Such was the case when Joe Carnahan (The Grey, The A-Team) signed up for Death Wish.

The original was a gritty 70s flick starring Charles Bronson as an NYC architect who turns vigilante when his wife and child are murdered by some street punks. In Carnahan’s version the basic plot was the same, but the action was moved to La.

There was a lot of speculation on who Carnahan was going to cast in the lead. Some people (myself included) were hoping he’d go with Liam Neeson, but it seemed Carnahan was leaning towards Frank Grillo, which would have also been awesome. Paramount and MGM, however, had other plans, and therein lies the problem.

Apparently the studios want Bruce Willis to take the lead, »

- Philip Sticco

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New Trailer for ‘Simon Killer’

22 February 2013 5:46 PM, PST

There’s a new trailer for Simon Killer, which you can see below.

The synopsis:

The follow-up to Antonio Campos’ critically acclaimed Afterschool, Simon Killer is an erotic and and psychological portrait of Simon (Brady Corbet, Melancholia, Martha Marcy May Marlene), a well-educated, handsome and seemingly sympathetic college graduate with just a hint of something off-putting enough to ignite a sense of concern. Recently heartbroken, Simon travels to Paris to clear his head. After several days of wandering aimlessly, Simon finds himself drawn into a sex parlor and has a sexual encounter with an exotic prostitute, Victoria (Mati Diop, 35 Shots Of Rum). The chemistry builds between the two until they find themselves in a serious relationship, one that leads to blackmail, betrayal and the ultimate revelation of Simon’s true nature.

The film stars Brady Corbet, Mati Diop, Michael Abitebouln and Constance Rousseau. It was written an directed by Antonio Campos. »

- Philip Sticco

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New Shot from ‘Riddick’, and He’s on a Throne!

22 February 2013 5:36 PM, PST

There’s a new pic from Riddick, which you can see below. It features Riddick (Vin Diesel) sitting on a throne looking all ponderous. He obviously does a lot of thinking.

The new entry in The Chronicles of Riddick returns the series to it’s R-rated origins. Does the harder rating guarantee the films will be awesome? Not at all, but it does mean we’re going to get a more raw look at the character

Here’s the synopsis courtesy of IMDb:

Left for dead on a sun-scorched planet, Riddick finds himself up against an alien race of predators. Activating an emergency beacon alerts two ships: one carrying a new breed of mercenary, the other captained by a man from Riddick’s past.


Source: Facebook »

- Philip Sticco

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Exclusive Interview with Benjamin Bratt in ‘Snitch’

22 February 2013 1:45 PM, PST

In “Snitch,” an action-drama film opening this weekend, veteran Latino actor Benjamin Bratt plays a ruthless cartel drug lord. He is portrayed differently from other movies to be a sophisticated villain with a human side in the film.

Here’s the synopsis of the film:

In the fast-paced action thriller “Snitch,” Dwayne Johnson stars as a father whose teenage son is wrongly accused of a drug distribution crime and is looking at a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 10 years. Desperate and determined to rescue his son at all costs, he makes a deal with the U.S. attorney to work as an undercover informant and infiltrate a drug cartel on a dangerous mission — risking everything, including his family and his own life.

Latino-Review had a chance to speak with this well-respected actor about his character in the movie and working with director Ric Roman Waugh. We go into depth about his authenticity of his character. »

- Gig Patta

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‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Is A Political Thriller Per Kevin Feige

22 February 2013 12:29 PM, PST

As you know, I been busy with Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy and their Phase 3 plans (he he he) but what is going on with Captain America: The Winter Soldier?

I recently gave Ed Brubaker’s creation a shot in The Winter Soldier stand alone comic that just ended Brubaker’s run with issue #15. It was a dope series and I grown to like the character.

Movie wise, the Cap sequel starts production this spring with the Russo brothers directing.

My boy Kevin Feige, who is receiving the Motion Picture Showmanship Award from the Icg Publicists Guild, spoke to Variety and dropped this tidbit about Superhero films:

If it is a fad, it’s one that lasts 30 to 40 years, as the Western did, because each one is so different. There’s an opportunity to graft almost sub-genres onto them. Our first Captain America film was a World War II picture, »

- El Mayimbe

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Matthew Vaughn Boards ‘Fantastic Four’ Reboot As Producer!

22 February 2013 12:06 PM, PST


Looks like Mark Millar is getting into the fanboy news game because he tweeted the breaking news that Matthew Vaughn has boarded the reboot of Fantastic Four as producer! Josh Trank is directing from a script by Jeremy Slater.

Just off the phone with Fox and some excellent news – Matthew Vaughn is producing Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot!

Mark Millar (@mrmarkmillar) February 22, 2013

More on this story as it develops…

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Source: @mrmarkmillar »

- El Mayimbe

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‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Victory Tour Posters

22 February 2013 10:56 AM, PST

Lionsgate has released two new posters from the upcoming sequel “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” which features the celebration victory tour of Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson).

The film will be released worldwide on November 22, 2013, and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Jeffrey Wright, with Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever. »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Former X-Man Now ‘Anchorman’

22 February 2013 10:47 AM, PST

Rumors for “Anchorman 2” have been buzzing for what seems to be forever and now fans will be getting exactly what they want. There is also news as to who else will join the Will Ferrell-led cast.

This goofball comedy will now feature the talents of former “X-MenJames Marsden. Another recent addition is reportedly Kristen Wiig. The cast will have the same familiar faces like Christina Applegate and Steve Carell.

Details are under wraps, but mayhem is expected to ensue for the wacky bunch. If feminism was there main travail in the first movie, maybe Ron Burgundy’s inept transition into internet reporting will rear its head.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” is planned to be released by the end of this year.

Source: Deadline »

- Ruben Gonzalez

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Creators Talk ‘Deus Ex’ Film

22 February 2013 10:38 AM, PST

Just like the early attempts of comic book movies to break into the cinematic mainstream, video games are coming at the fore of pop culture trying to make it to theaters. Just like early comic movies, video game adaptations have been written off as either childish or bland rubbish. Whatever made the original tick, did not translate to the screen. Now it is “Deus Ex’s” turn at bat and the creators of this enterprise will look to the recent Sci-Fi flicks for inspiration.

The movie will be one of the cyberpunk, a sub-genre of science fiction. “We’re trying to break out, and really, the mold for the movies that we’re looking at…We’re looking at movies like ‘District 9’ and ‘Looper,’ and ‘Inception.’ Those are the molds of what we’ve been doing,” says writer C. Robert Cargill. “It’s… Let’s push this and do »

- Ruben Gonzalez

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NYC Readers: Advance Tickets To Check Out ‘21 and Over’

22 February 2013 10:30 AM, PST

Relativity Media and Latino-Review.com are teaming up to give away a few pair of tickets for “21 and Over,” a new outrageous, party comedy that centers on an inebriated night of debauchery involving an uptight, nerdy college student who’s wildly celebrating his 21st birthday with his two dimwitted childhood friends.

The film stars Justin Chon, Skylar Astin, Miles Teller, and Sarah Wright.

Film follows straight-a college student Jeff Chang who has always done what’s expected of him. But when his two best friends Casey and Miller surprise him with a visit for his 21st birthday, he decides to do the unexpected for a change, even though his critical medical school interview is early the next morning. What was supposed to be one beer becomes one night of chaos, over indulgence and utter debauchery in this outrageous comedy.

“21 and Over” will hit theaters on March 1, 2013.

The screening will take »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Bryan Singer on ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Continuity and Dinklage Role

22 February 2013 10:13 AM, PST

With the huge influx of characters and the temporal as well as physical scope of the story, “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” seems akin to the great Grecian Epics Hollywood produced in its golden era. While fans of the X-Franchise keep speculation at a fever pitch, director Bryan Singer continues to hint at the grandeur of said movie.

It has been rumored that the time-traveling aspect will in some way affect events from Brett Ratner’s “X-Men 3,” particularly with the ignominious deaths of two iconic characters. When questioned about their return, Singer says: “Who wouldn’t? Who wouldn’t? [Laughing] That’s all I can say.” On the topic of possible alterations to the third film through “Days of Future Past,” Singer responds: “You mean, what you’re politely saying is, “fix s**t.” Is that what you’re saying? That’s what I’m hearing. [Laughing].” He continues, saying: “There’s »

- Ruben Gonzalez

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Exclusive: Talking ‘The Last Exorcism Part II’ with Eli Roth

22 February 2013 5:38 AM, PST

Continuing where the first film left off, Nell Sweetzer (Ashley Bell) is found terrified and alone in rural Louisiana. Back in the relative safety of New Orleans, Nell realizes that she can’t remember entire portions of the previous months only that she is the last surviving member of her family. Just as Nell begins the difficult process of starting a new life, the evil force that once possessed her is back with other, unimaginably horrific plans that mean her last exorcism was just the beginning.

Speaking with Eli Roth we weren’t able to get too much information on his latest top secret project but just enough to keep audiences on their feet. We spoke to Eli about, the different look the sequel will have, if it’s going to be a bit more graphic then the first one, getting a whole new writer and directing team, and why »

- Fernando Esquivel

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New Character Poster For ‘Iron Man 3′

22 February 2013 5:09 AM, PST

Marvel has released new character poster from the anticipated sequel “Iron Man 3″ starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, James Badge Dale, Stephanie Szostak, and Jon Favreau.

The character poster features Sir Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin.

Marvel’s “Iron Man 3″ pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man? »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Megan Fox Lands the Lead in ‘Ninja Turtles’

21 February 2013 6:25 PM, PST

I guess Michael Bay and Megan Fox sorted out they’re shit, because she has just been cast as April O’Neil in Ninja Turtles. Bay is only producing, so they won’t have nearly as much interaction as they did on the Transformers films.

Here’s my question: What does Fox’s being cast tell you about this film?

I’ll try to be gentle, so let’s just say while Fox is fun to look at, I’m not a huge fan of her acting ability. I mean, didn’t she get the part in Transformers because Bay thought she had a nice stomach?

Other actresses up for the role were Jane Levy, Anna Kendrick and Elizabeth Olsen. Personally I would have liked for Gemma Arterton to be cast, but no one ever listens to me.

On the upside, we’ll get to see Fox as a redhead. »

- Philip Sticco

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New Red Band Trailer for ‘Spring Breakers’

21 February 2013 6:09 PM, PST

“It’s Spring Break, bitches!” I know this because it’s said more than a few times in the red band trailer for Spring Breakers, which you can see below.

Spring Breakers is the new film from writer/director Harmony Korine (Kids) and it stars James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, Heather Morris and Rachel Korine.

The flick tells the story of some college girls who rob a restaurant in order to pay for Spring Break. The get caught and are bailed out by Franco, a drug and arms dealer. Hilarity and hijinks involving barely legal girls in bikinis ensues.


Source: Yahoo! »

- Philip Sticco

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Hercules Finds Recruit For ‘Thracian Wars’

21 February 2013 5:59 PM, PST

Hollywood has been reusing ideas from the dawn of Western Civilization for

years and now they will be going back to basics by making their own Hercules film.

Other than Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, there is no other mention of casting until now.

This popcorn entertainment flick of recycled ideas will be led by director Brett

Ratner. Coming on board to lend their talent is Norwegian actor Aksal Hennie. He has

starred in such movies as the thriller “Headhunters” and “Max Manus.” Hennie is slowly

breaking into Hollywood with “The Last Knights” which stars Clive Owen and Morgan


Marketing for the film will definitely be no Herculean task because regardless

of the story, it has the ingredients to make bank. The name of Hercules already brings

familiarity as well as the star power of action hero, “The Rock.” It will be a tentpole

release which opens up the 3D/IMAX possibilities. »

- Ruben Gonzalez

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‘Ben Ten’ Movie Hires Writer

21 February 2013 5:53 PM, PST

With Super heroics being the most popular card of the summer blockbuster

season, studios are trying to find the next big thing. With two of the biggest comic book

companies tied with three big movie studios, superheroes seem to be slim pickings. But,

there are still some to choose from.

Ryan Engle will now write a cinematic treatment to the cartoon “Ben Ten.” The

protagonist Ben has the power to change into ten different monsters with the help of his

Omnitrix watch. Engle has previously been hired to work on a screen adaptation of the

Rampage” video game which centered on monsters destroying a city and its military

might; Also, his script “On A Clear Day” was on the Black List.

“Ben Ten” has become an animated phenomenon winning two Emmys as well as

making billions in sales from video games to toys to comics. Though the show’s station, »

- Ruben Gonzalez

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5 Cool Kickstarter Film Projects I Dig & Think You Might Too!

21 February 2013 2:02 PM, PST

I’m a fan of Kickstarter. In fact, I share Mark Cuban’s opinion about the crowd funding platform.

“Kickstarter should be a requirement for every startup. It’s a way for you create demand and sell the product without giving up any equity. That is a compliment to what an investor might do. In terms of Privte Equity, there are strategic investors and then there’s just money. I’m not a big fan of money investors, which is what most angel investors turn out to be, because they just want their money back.”

Kickstarter cool kids are always coming at me asking them to show them some love here on the site. So instead writing separate articles about each, I’m going to showcase some cool projects that I not only personally backed, but feel our readers might back as well.

Film Hawk – a documentary on Bob Hawk

This one finishes soon. »

- El Mayimbe

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