Watch the 1st Trailer for Tomorrowland, Today!

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Even if your teams weren’t playing, chances are you still tuned in to last night’s Super Bowl – either for the commercials or one of the fifteen new, and hotly anticipated, movie trailers.  Disney was one of the studios who paid big bucks to unveil one of those trailers in front of one of the largest (if not the largest) television audiences of the year.

Take a look at the first trailer for the sci-fi thriller, Tomorrowland:

“What if there was a place where nothing was impossible,”

After watching this little 30 second tease, that place still exists only in our imaginations, since we don’t know very much more than we did before we saw it. What we did get was the teensiest of peeks at the visuals,  which since they have to compete with the 3-D Tomorrowland  that many grew up actually walking around in, are sure to stunning.

from Walt Disney Studios:

“Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as “Tomorrowland”.”

I’m not generally a fan of films based on theme park rides or attractions, but I am intrigued by Tomorrowland.  One reason is that its director, BradThe IncrediblesBird,  was offered Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens as only his second live-action film (after IM5:Ghost Protocol), but turned it down for this one because, “when you get the rare chance to do an original film like Tomorrowland, you take the opportunity”. Since he co-wrote the screenplay with Damon Lindeloff, I’m not sure which came first, the film or the opportunity to direct.

Actually, the idea for the film has been kicking around almost as long as its Disneyland incarnation. Okay, that’s hyperbole. But in Hollywoodland terms,  2008, might as well be 1955.  It all started with a script from writers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore,  who wanted Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to star. Their screenplay was supposedly not based on the Disney Tomorrowland attractions, but was an original story which merely “borrowed” the title.

In 2013, Walt Disney Pictures announced that a film titled 1952 (a code name for the top-secret, very hush hush project) would be re-titled Tomorrowland.  It doesn’t appear that Bird and Lindelof are using Lucas and Moore’s script at all, since only they (along with Jeff Jenson) have story credit on the film.

In any case, Bird has assembled a cast top-lined by the world’s most famous newlywed,  George Clooney, as inventor Frank Walker, as well as Hugh Laurie, Kathryn Hahn, Judy Greer, Keegan-Michael Key, Lochlyn Munro, Tim McGraw and  Britt Robertson, best known for “Under the Dome”, as budding scientist Casey Newton.

More will follow…and soon. Tomorrowland opens the flood-gates on this summer’s blockbuster season, on May 22…everywhere.

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Jason Momoa Smelled Trouble As Soon As Lucas Till Walked In – New Clip from Wolves

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There’s a new clip from David Hayter’s directorial debut, Wolves, which is finally opening tomorrow, November 14. While I’m still baffled by the missed opportunity of a Halloween release, at least we’ll have something to go see if Interstellar or that Jim Carrey/Jeff Daniels flick-that-shall-not-be-named is sold out.

The clip, which is exclusive to MovieWeb (and can be found at the link), features Lucas Till (whom you’ll remember as from the two latest X-Men films) as main character Cayden Richards (Cayden? Who wrote this, Christine Feehan? No, actually it was David Hayter. He also wrote X-Men, X2: X-Men United, The Scorpion King, and Watchmen), as he is attempting to enjoy a beer in solitude and failing badly. So we get Cayden, bartender Angelina, and their “meet-cute”. It’s worth noting that the teensiest glimpse of Jason Momoa as Connor, the bad-ass alpha of the local wolfpack, is so much more interesting and hints at some major lycan shenanigans still to come. (You know I’ll be buying a ticket looking for the fulfillment of that promise.)

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See?

Speaking of which, check out this clip.:

Uh yeah…”boy” vs “animal”…

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I’d know that drop-shouldered strut anywhere

Once a popular high school student, Cayden Richards wakes from a horrific nightmare, only to realize that he’s living it. He is changing into something vicious, unpredictable and wild. Forced to hit the road after the brutal murder of his parents, Cayden tries to hunt down the truth of what he is. He finds the answers he seeks in the mountain town of Lupine Ridge, where he discovers others just like him, including the beautiful Angelina (Merritt Patterson), a young woman caught between two ancient clans of wolves.

Just for kicks, here’s the official trailer #2:

Wolves with Lucas Till, Merritt Patterson, Jason Momoa, John Pyper-Ferguson and Stephen McHattie opens in the US on November 14.

Disney Drops Teensiest Musical Breadcrumbs Hoping to Lure Us Into the Woods

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Back at the beginning of August, when I shared the first trailer for director Rob Marshall’s big screen adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods, I wondered where the music was for this lavish movie musical, and why the producers were keeping it from us.

Well, now there’s a new featurette that lets us know that there will be music, but they’re still not ready to give us the “full Monty”, as it were. (Or the full Meryl for that matter). Streep has a lovely singing voice, but I’m still not convinced she possesses the power and range needed for the role – unless her best songs have been cut. Why the hell aren’t they leading with “Children Will Listen”? (They are, however, using a snippet of “Stay with Me”, another showstopper, but we only get the intro.)

We also get a better look at Johnny Depp as “the Wolf”.

Featurette:

Oh dear. Captain Jack has a brand new bag.

The brilliant minds at HitFix have said all there is to say about our first look at Depp’s latest paycheck grab role. Their ten best reactions are…priceless:

1. “Into the Woods” is going to feel like an Evanescence video directed by Tim Burton.
2. I’m guessing the Wolf’s parents are a Steven Tyler mic stand and a Stevie Nicks yard sale.
3. Can Russell Brand or Keith Richards sue Johnny Depp? Do they have to sue each other first?
4. When did Johnny Depp become an airbrushed Mickey Rourke?
5. I think he’s about to cry.
6. Little Red Riding Hood is looking at us like, “Can you believe I’m supposed to be scared of this freakish art dealer?”
7. Furry sleeves? He looks like Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer dyed turquoise.
8. You know Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter sit around dreading the day they’ll have to play each other.
9. It’s so easy to picture Meryl Streep laughing at this.
10. “Wolf” is code for “Willy Wonka’s sassy aunt.”

What are your thoughts? Do you agree?

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, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.

You can find clips of the original Broadway cast of the show, here.

Into the Woods opens in the US on December 25, and 9th January in the UK. The cast includes Streep, Emily Blunt, James “The new Craig Ferguson” Corden, Chris Pine, Anna Kendrick, Mackenzie Mauzy, Daniel Huttlestone, Lilla Crawford, Tracy Ullman, Annette Crosbie, Tammy Blanchard, Lucy Punch, Simon Russell Beale, Billy Magnussen and Christine Baranski.

Netflix Is Giving Us #CillianMurphy and #TomHardy in the BBC’s “Peaky Blinders”!

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Netflix has gotten into the original series business in a big way the past couple of years, with game changers “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black“. Now, thanks to our friends (sorry, I feel like I have a relationship with these people) Harvey and The Weinstein Company, along with Endemol (which also brings us “Hell on Wheels” among others) the company has picked up both seasons of the BBC series “Peaky Blinders”, which some are calling the UK’s answer to “Boardwalk Empire”.  As I’ve said before, I don’t often feel the need to bring television to this blog, so when I do, you know it’s something I consider special. Like Boardwalk, now airing its Swan Song season on HBO, “Peaky Blinders” is a huge hit. Both shows are about “gangsters” of a sort, but at least one other thing they have in common is that both series have managed to lure a great many actors known primarily for their film work, to series television, including series star Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill, Helen McCrory, Charlie Creed Miles, Annabelle Wallis and Paul Anderson. In season two, Tom Hardy joins the cast. (Yes, that Tom Hardy). Who might have induced an actor with a schedule as full as Hardy’s to take on a role in a television show, you ask? Why, Steven Knight, the writer/director of Locke, who happens to be the creator and writer of “Peaky Blinders”, that’s who. *demented poodle dance*

‘Peaky Blinders’ takes place in 1919 Birmingham, England, and follows the Shelby family, who lead the title group — a feared gang named for their practice of sewing razor blades into the peaks of their caps. Until now they have made money from illegal bookmaking, protection and the black market, but when a crate of guns from the local arms factory falls into his possession, Thomas Shelby (Cillian Murphy) recognizes an opportunity to move up in the world. As rival gangs, communist revolutionaries and IRA Fenians descend on the city in pursuit of the weapons, Winston Churchill dispatches a ruthless police chief (Sam Neill) from Belfast to impose order on an increasingly lawless city and recover the guns.

The first six episodes of the first season will be available starting after 12:01am PT on Tuesday September 30 and the second season (in which Hardy will appear along with his new wife, Charlotte Riley, and Noah Taylor) will be available sometime in November.
The BBC Two, season two promo:

Netflix teaser:

Matthew McConaughey’s New Commercials For Lincoln Are Peak McConaughey

Uproxx declares that “Matthew McConaughey can act the shit out of anything!”

To which I reply, “Yes. Yes he can”. And while we’re here, may I just add that that is not only something I’ve been saying for years, but the fact that it is now a universal truth is still more proof to anyone in need of a public perception make-over that rehabilitation and rejuvenation are possible. *coughYouKNOWwhoI’mtalkingaboutcough* It won’t be long before “McConaisance” becomes a noun recognized by the Oxford Dictionary.

UPROXX

A few things:

  • Matthew McConaughey and Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn have teamed up to create a series of commercials for Lincoln, an automaker McConaughey has been tied to at least since his starring role in the 2011 film The Lincoln Lawyer.
  • The commercials have kind of a True Detective-y feel, in part because they remind me of the famous scenes where he creeped Woody Harrelson out as they drove from crime scene to crime scene, and in part because McConaughey is wearing the Rust Cohle uniform of rumpled white dress shirts, loosened neckties, and leather jackets.
  • There are three commercials (so far!), but my favorite by miles and miles and miles is the one at the top of the screen, because McConaughey gives the line “That’s a big bull” the FULL MCCONAUGHEY at about the 0:10 mark, and I have not been able to stop laughing since…

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Pics and Clips of Simon Pegg in the TIFF Bound Hector and the Search for Happiness

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courtesy Relativity Media

We love Simon Pegg. Whether he’s paired with friend and frequent collaborator Nick Frost while beating off zombies with a cricket bat¹, busting the village serial killer², befriending aliens³or thwarting an alien  invasion♠,  or without, as a has been comedian and would be blackmailer♣, robbing graves for fun and profit♥, going boldly where no man has gone before♦ or choosing to accept missions with Ethan Hunt◊, if Simon Pegg is in it, we’re there. (Why have I decided to use the royal “we”? I have no idea.)

In any case, Pegg’s latest, Hector and the Search for Happiness, directed by Peter Chesolm, is something of a departure. As the title might suggest, Pegg plays a man searching for inner peace. Hector is a psychiatrist who, having lost the ability to offer insight to his own patients embarks on a quest to figure out the formula for happiness. The journey that takes him from Africa to Shanghai to Tibet.

Ahead of its North American debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, Relativity has released the clips below
These first two, via Flickering Myth, feel like vintage Pegg:

and finally, via The Playlist, is a clip that would seem to give us a better feel for the tone:

If not, who knows. The director has had more luck with television than his theatrical endeavors, which include Hannah Montana: The Movie, Shall We Dance, Serendipity and the almost universally reviled Town & Country, so I’m not sure what to expect from him.  The screenplay, based on the novel “Le voyage d’Hector ou la recherche de bonheur” by Françoise Lelord, has three credited writers including the director, Maria von Heland, and Tinker Lindsay.  But, as I said, on the strength of Pegg , not to mention the  supporting cast, which includes Toni Collette, Rosamund Pike (who last appeared with Pegg in 2013’s The World’s End), Stellan Skarsgård, Jean Reno, and Christopher Plummer, I’m keeping an open mind. Hector and the Search For Happiness, which was released in the UK last month, opens in the US on September 19.

Here’s the latest trailer as well:

1. Shaun of the Dead
2. Hot Fuzz
3. Paul
♠. The World’s End
♣. “Mob City”
♥. Burke and Hare
♦. Star Trek and Star Trek: Into Darkness
◊. MI:3, 4 and the upcoming 5

#TomHardy “Keeping It Real” For #DennisLehane, #MichaëlRoskam in #TheDrop BTS Featurette

 

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Is there anything cuter than Tom Hardy and a puppy? The answer is no…no, there is not.

Belgian director Michaël Roskam‘s first English-language feature, The Drop, with Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and featuring the late James Gandolfini‘s final screen performance, “drops” in less than two weeks.

The film, in which a man called Bob Saginowski (Hardy) finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood’s past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living – no matter the cost, and one I’ve been talking about for some time (if you’re not a fan of any of the above, sorry, but there’s more to come) was made from the first ever screenplay by writer Dennis Lehane, who adapted is own short story.  He has subsequently turned the screenplay into a novel, out next Tuesday, September 2.

The screenplay itself was based on an earlier Lehane short story called “Animal Rescue,” (the original title for the film- “what was wrong with that?”, I have to ask), which originally appeared in a short story collection called “Boston Noir”, about a killing that results from a lost pit bull.

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See? Told ya.

As the writer explains in the featurette below, that story was based on a book he started more than a decade ago, but shelved.   After the movie was made, he was asked to do a “novelization” of the script, an idea he hated, but found that there were things from from the original novel that didn’t make it to the story or the script plus things original to the script that were cut either from that screenplay or from the finished film, that he still wanted to explore. Add all of that together and the result was a new book, now also called, “The Drop”.

In the interest of full disclosure, I an ardent Lehane fan. He’s one of the few contemporary writers that I feel will always merit the purchase of an actual book, as opposed to the digital version.

Lehane’s work, whatever form it takes, seems to lend itself particularly well to the screen. There have already been memorable adaptations of the novels Mystic River (dir. by Clint Eastwood), Shutter Island (Martin Scorsese) and Gone Baby Gone (which put Ben Affleck on the directorial map). Once Batfleck finally finishes work for Zack Snyder‘s Superman sequel, he’ll be back behind the camera for Live By Night, another Lehane adaptation.

For his part, Lehane is also writing episodes of the final season of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” (JMHO, but that’s reason enough to keep watching)  as well as developing “Ness”, a prospective television project about famed bootleg-buster Eliot Ness.

(Belgian Matthias Schoenaerts, here in his third film for Roskam   is apparently a method actor. Did you catch the Brooklyn accent used throughout?)

The Drop, directed by Michaël Roskam, with Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini, Elizabeth Rodriguez (“Orange is the New Black”), James Frecheville (Animal Kingdom) and Matthias Schoenaerts will screen at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on Septemer 5. It has also just been announced that the film will screen in competition at the 62nd San Sebastián Film Festival on September 26. It opens in the US on September 12 and in the UK on 14th November.

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