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Of the trio who gave us Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End, only Nick Frost has really had a hard time creating a name for himself on his own. Simon Pegg has appeared in the Star Trek and Mission Impossible series, while Edgar Wright has given us Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and was attached to Marvel’s Ant Man until he wasn't. By contrast, Nick Frost hasn’t had much opportunity to create a name for himself stateside, though he’s had a fair bit of success as the lead in the rather funny Sky TV series Mr. Sloane. For Frost, Cuban Fury was supposed to be his chance to prove his leading man chops. He succeeds, but unfortunately it’s in a rather predictable dance comedy that’s oddly light on both dance and comedy. Nick Frost could easily become a big name for comedy lovers in America, »
- Lex Walker
Back in 2011, Anton Yelchin and Imogen Poots starred in the remake of Fright Night, and now they're getting back together for another thriller. THR reports Yelchin and Poots (which sounds like a good name for a musical duo) will both star in Green Room, the next thriller from Blue Ruin director Jeremy Saulnier. We first reported on the film in May, and it's said to follow a punk rock band (led by Yelchin) who find themselves trapped in a secluded venue after stumbling upon a murder outside, forcing them to fight for their lives against a gang of white power skinheads. And the supporting cast has filled out too. Read on! Alia Shawkat ("Arrested Development"), Mark Webber (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Joe Cole ("Peaky Blinders"), Callum Turner (Queen and Country) and Saulnier's incredible Blue Ruin lead Macon Blair will also star in the film. The trade doesn't say who »
- Ethan Anderton
Dead Snow 2: Red Vs. Dead
Tommy Wirkola’s 2009 film Dead Snow was a fun time, giving horror fans a gory, Nazi zombie-filled horror comedy that fans seemed to really latch onto. Having temporarily moved on to direct 2013’s Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, Wirkola returned to the film that made a genre name for himself with this year’s sequel, Dead Snow 2: Red Vs. Dead, featuring a bloodier ride and a cast featuring returning star Vegar Hoel, along with Knocked Up/Silicon Valley‘s Martin Starr, Jocelyn DeBoer (Stuck Like Chuck) and Ingrid Haas (Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World). Personally, I love sequels that begin the moment the first film ends, as it adds a Real follow-up feeling, almost as if both films were one long, gore-filled adventure.
WellGoUSA is set to unleash Dead Snow 2 on December 9th, with both a DVD and special Bluray collector’s edition, featuring »
- Jerry Smith
War is hell. This much we know is true.
It's also the fodder for prestige action movies like "Fury," about a small team of men who pilot and maneuver the titular tank in the waning days of World War II, where Hitler's Germany acted like a scared and wounded dog -- all teeth and matted fur and ferocious intent. Brad Pitt leads the platoon, which is stocked handily with fine actors like Jon Bernthal, Logan Lerman, Shia LeBeouf (who lost a tooth and cut his face for the role) and Michael Pena.
Instead of a world-saving mission, these good ole boys are more interested in just surviving until the war officially concludes (a task that seems doable until, well, things go to hell). But does this rise out of the flames of war, triumphant? Or burn before it reaches the finish line? Read on to find out!
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- Drew Taylor
It's not “Ant-Man,” but it'll do. Pharrell Williams released the Edgar Wright-directed music video for his single “Gust of Wind” on Tuesday. Also read: Twitter Tests ‘Buy Button’ With Demi Lovato, Eminem and Pharrell The video begins with the singer and his oft-mentioned Buffalo hat wandering through a tree-filled mountain range. He stumbles across a couple of spaceship-looking thingies, shaped much like the helmets Daft Punk wears in its videos, including the collaboration with Pharrell, “Get Lucky.” Suddenly tree leaves start falling, pretty ladies start dancing and “Gust of Wind's” catchy beat kicks in. It's a quirky, engaging video »
- Travis Reilly
Good news: Edgar Wright‘s latest movie is here. Bad news: it’s only five minutes long. Wright, the director of Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, just directed a music video for a Pharrell Williams song called ‘Gust of Wind.’ Daft Punk cameos – in a way – and it’s filled with lots of interesting […]
- Germain Lussier
Some directors are more prolific than others: some knock out a movie a year, resulting in decidedly mixed quality (*cough* Woody Allen). Others make a couple of movies a decade if you're lucky. Still others fall somewhere in between, taking their time between projects and only going before cameras when they're ready. Edgar Wright is one such filmmaker: since 2004, he's released a film every three years, with "Shaun Of The Dead" that year, "Hot Fuzz" in 2007, "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" in 2010, and "The World's End" in 2013. Three years can feel like a big gap, and one of the reasons we were excited about his rendition of the Marvel superhero "Ant-Man" was that it meant that only two years would pass in between Wright pictures. But the filmmaker departed the project earlier this past summer, which seemed to doom us to an even longer wait than usual. Fortunately, something's arrived »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Former Man of Steel Brandon Routh (Superman Returns, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) is set to play yet another comic book character this year, as he’s joined the cast of Arrow as Ray Palmer, a.k.a. The Atom. In the comics, Palmer is a physicist who specializes in matter compression, and uses a mass of white dwarf star matter to create a suit that enables him to shrink down to microscopic size.
He’ll debut on Arrow this season as the owner of Palmer Technologies, and appears to take over Queen Consolidated now that Oliver’s lost the company. Many assumed that we’d see him suit up as The Atom at some point in the series, but according to Routh himself, that may not be the case.
Executive producer Marc Guggenheim spoke with Green Arrow TV, and was asked about their plans for Ray Palmer and whether »
- James Garcia
Directed by David Ayer, Fury stars Brad Pitt as “Wardaddy,” a Sherman tank commander who must guide his men into the heart of Nazi Germany during the last month of World War II. The film features a star-studded cast, including Shia LeBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña and Jon Bernthal. Fresh off of his Oscar win for Gravity’s high-energy, out-of-this-world score, Price strikes a musical balance with an emotionally resonant, action-packed score for Fury.
The Fury Original Motion Picture Soundtrack will be available on Varèse Sarabande Records October 14th, 2014.
- Michelle McCue
Walt Disney Studios has released the first theatrical poster from their upcoming Broadway adaptation, Into The Woods. The film, which is a modern twist on the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tales, boasts quite an impressive cast highlighted by Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady), Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow), James Corden (Begin Again), Anna Kendrick (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Chris Pine (Star Trek), and Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean). The film will hit theaters everywhere Christmas Day, you can check out the poster below: Into the Woods is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, »
By Anjelica Oswald
Every year, the glittering lights and unique experience of Broadway lures Hollywood actors to the East Coast; some are veterans of the stage and others are making their Broadway debut. Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), James Franco (This is the End) and Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) all made their Broadway debuts earlier this year, with O’Dowd receiving a Tony nomination for Of Mice and Men and Cranston winning a Tony for All The Way. Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), who hadn’t been on Broadway since his 2004 run in Assassins, scored his first Tony nomination and win for Hedwig and the Angry Inch this summer.
The Broadway lineup for the end of the year hosts a number of Hollywood actors making their Broadway debuts, and they are joined by an illustrious group of Broadway vets returning to the stage.
- Anjelica Oswald
With a filmography that includes Up In The Air, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, and End of Watch, actress Anna Kendrick has been seen in a number of genres over the past few years. One of her more notable entries was 2012′s Pitch Perfect, which saw her make a foray into musicals, which she followed up with by signing on to the movie adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical Into The Woods. However, Kendrick will also be seen in The Last 5 Years, an adaptation of the stage musical that follows a couple over the course of their five-year affair. Kendrick takes on the role of Cathy Hyatt in the film, co-starring alongside Betsy Wolfe, who played the role in a 2013 stage revival of the musical, as well as Jeremy Jordan and Natalie Knepp. The film is written and directed by Richard Lagravenese, and made its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Despite a positive response at Sundance earlier this year we've all been wondering just where and when we would be catching Jonathan Miliot and Cary Murnion's new horror comedy 'Cooties'. The feature was picked up by Lionsgate and we were expecting a speedy roll out. But now it seems, at least according to producer and star Elijah Wood ('Maniac', 'Grand Piano'), that the project is actually getting a new ending and will hopefully be appearing in theatres at some point in January 2015. The actor revealed the details in a recent interview with Twitch confirming that 'we ended up getting some more money to make a new ending, which we're really excited about'. Wood stars alongside Rainn Wilson ('The Office'), Alison Pill ('Scott Pilgrim vs. the World'), Jack McBrayer ('30 Rock') and Nasim Pedrad. Whilst Miliot and Murnion helm from »
Summer movie season is a magic time of year when Hollywood traditionally rolls out its most appealing merchandise. It’s true that some summer movie seasons are better than others. This is our ranking of all the summer movie seasons since 1980 from worst to best.
On January 20th, 1975, Steven Spielberg and Universal Studios released Jaws. The movie landscape would be forever changed from that date. Jaws is widely credited as being the first blockbuster film because it was the first movie to make over $100 million (non-adjusted). The fact that the film had a meager $8 million budget meant that it was a huge cash cow for the studio and rocketed Spielberg to the the forefront of a new generation of filmmakers for a new era of movie mass-consumption. George Lucas and Spielberg followed up in 1977 with Star Wars, which became a sensational and very profitable hit. It helped to convince production »
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
With a title like “The Lego Movie”, most potential audience members will probably have made up their minds one way or the other. The film itself shows that you can't judge a film by its title; unless you think it's going to be awesome, in which case you happen to be right. It seems that many people did expect it to be awesome, going by the film's box office. But really, The Lego Movie will appeal to anyone who likes creativity (which should, in theory, be anyone who's a fan of cinema). And here's why...
It's from the directors of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs was a terrifically inventive ode to geeky enthusiasm (a scientist is hailed as a hero for making it rain cheeseburgers), with a goofy wit, stylish cinematography (or whatever the animated equivalent is), and one of the most oddly »
The second official one-sheet for Tommy Wirkola's zombie comedy horror sequel 'Dead Snow 2: Red Vs. Dead' is here and comes complete with yet another pun firmly asserting itself into the tongue in cheek category once more. The follow-up will be released by USA Entertainment both on VOD and theatrically simultaneously on 10 October. 'Dead Snow 2' stars Vegar Hoel, Stig Frode Henriksen, Ingrid Haas ('Scott Pilgrim vs. the World'), Jocelyn Deboer, Martin Starr ('This is the End') and Orjan Gamst. Head below to check out the new poster. »
Throughout the summer, an admin on the r/movies subreddit has been leading Reddit users in a poll of the best movies from every year for the last 100 years called 100 Years of Yearly Cinema. The poll concluded three days ago, and the list of every movie from 1914 to 2013 has been published today.
Users were asked to nominate films from a given year and up-vote their favorite nominees. The full list includes the outright winner along with the first two runners-up from each year. The list is mostly a predictable assortment of IMDb favorites and certified classics, but a few surprise gems have also risen to the top of the crust, including the early experimental documentary Man With a Movie Camera in 1929, Abel Gance’s J’Accuse! in 1919, the Fred Astaire film Top Hat over Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps in 1935, and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing over John Ford’s »
- Brian Welk
More than a dozen female celebrities have been victims of a leaked photo scandal, many of which are seen fully nude. The hacker who posted the photos reportedly has more nude images of even more celebrities, while representatives of the victims in questions are looking to press charges.
Among the celebrities involved are Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Kirsten Dunst (Spider-Man) and Krysten Ritter (Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23), as well as model Kate Upton and Olympic medalist Hope Solo.
A statement from Lawrence’s representatives said: “This is a flagrant violation of privacy. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence”.
Lawrence herself added on Twitter: “It’s so weird and hard how people take your privacy away from you.”
Many of the victims have denied »
- Luke Owen
Anthony Stokes on why Marvel’s movies will only get better from here…
After the massive success of comic book movies over the past few years, there has been a lot of talk about the superhero bubble bursting and that the trend will come to an end. For Marvel Studios, there’s also the issue that many of their lead actors contracts are coming to an end in the next few years. Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. specifically may not have many more Marvel movies under their belt, with Robert’s age becoming a factor and Chris Evans seemingly wanting to kickstart the second leg of his career doing more meaningful intimate projects. But fear not. Not only do I think Marvel will be just fine without their core Avengers, but they might do even better. Creatively at least.
In response to the question of whether the comic book movie trend is sustainable, »
- Gary Collinson
As we’ve said before, Edgar Wright is one of the most visually inventive directors working today. That’s just a fact. He makes dynamic use of his camera to aid storytelling and joke-telling. One of his signature moves is using extreme close ups to tell visual jokes, often with crash zooms and ominous music. Filmmaker Jaume R. Lloret has gone over Wright’s films with a fine tooth comb, pulling examples from Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End to create this entertaining supercut of extremely mundane objects extremely close-up. Check it.
- Mily Dunbar
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