There is a New HALLOWEEN Movie On the Way

August 20th, 2014 by Graham McMorrow

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The last Halloween movie to hit theaters was Rob Zombie‘s Halloween II in 2009; it was a good effort but was not as brave as his 2007 remake. Since II people have been wondering if and when we would see Michael Myers walking slowly again, well it’s happening, that much we do know.

Dimension Films and producer Malek Akkad from trying to make it happen again. Akkad said via the Halloween Facebook page:

“We’ve been getting a lot of e-mails/tweets/Facebook messages lately about a project called Halloween: The Next Chapter. It seems that’s the latest buzz surrounding the next Halloween film and again it’s just not true. As we stated before, a new installment of Halloween is indeed in on track and moving forward and we are currently developing a script, to finally bring Michael back to the theaters! More information will be released over the coming months and exclusively at Halloweenmovies.com. So make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook, so you can know first!”

So we know now that Halloween is alive and on track. Are you excited?

Book Review: The Art of John Alvin

August 20th, 2014 by Kevin Fraser

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Movie posters have always fascinated and inspired me.  Over the many years of film-making there have been countless artists who have designed and crafted some of the most recognizable images of our time.  Some of these artists are superstars, some have been the unsung heroes, but both produced work that is timeless.

Outside of the film and art community John Alvin wasn’t as well known as he should have been, despite working on more than his share of blockbusters.  Thankfully in recent years his work and contribution to the world of movies have reached more and more people.  Unfortunately John Alvin passed away as a result of a heart attack in 2008, but I’m sure he’d be extremely pleased that a whole new generation can now discover his work..  His wife and studio partner Andrea Alvin put together this book, The Art of John Alvin, which compiles many of his most famous works as well as countless concepts and colour studies.

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A lot of “art of” books show you a bunch of pretty pictures without much explanation, but thankfully Andrea has included explanations of John’s artistic process for many of his works as well as how he dealt with the studios.  Some very interesting information is revealed about that, especially on how John was able to keep working as the studios were slowly shifting away from traditional painted posters and towards the Photoshopped floating heads that are so numerous today.

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An interesting anecdote comes out about John’s work on the poster for Cocoon.  Once the piece was finished (which is beautiful) it was being transported from New York to Los Angeles…where it was completely shredded by a baggage conveyor belt.  Only a small piece of the work arrived at its destination.  Thankfully it had been photographed beforehand so John didn’t have to repaint it.

If you’re interested in movie posters, the art process, and seeing alternate concepts for some of your favourite posters…I cannot recommend this book enough.

The Art of John Alvin will be released on August 26th and you can pre-order it now on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca

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The first Official Image from Paul Thomas Anderson’s INHERENT VICE Adaptation

August 19th, 2014 by Graham McMorrow

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The first official still from Inherent Vice has made its way online; it’s one of my most anticipated movies of the year for so many reasons. Firstly it’s based on an outstanding novel by Thomas Pynchon, it’s directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, one of the best directors ever (Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch-Drunk Love, There Will Be Blood, The Master). It also stars Joaquin Phoenix! What’s not to love?

In Los Angeles in 1970, drug-fueled detective Larry “Doc” Sportello investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend.

The first image shows Joaquin Phoenix as burnout “detective” Doc Sportello, as he has a moment with hard-ass cop “Bigfoot” Bjornson, played by Josh Brolin.

The film also features Benicio Del Toro, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, and Katherine Waterston as Sportello’s ex Shasta, whose current boyfriend goes missing, setting up the story. Martin Short, Jena Malone, Kevin J. O’Connor, Timothy Simons, Peter McRobbie, Sasha Pieterse, Joanna Newsom, Maya Rudolph and Eric Roberts also star.

Inherent Vice will premiere at the New York Film Festival and will be released December 12 2014.

Check out the official Inherent Vice image below:

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Trailer for Jason Reitman’s MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN

August 19th, 2014 by Graham McMorrow

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Jason Reitman’s next film Men, Women & Children is set for a limited release on October 3rd, and the first trailer has arrived. Adam Sandler leads an ensemble cast that includes Rosemarie Dewitt, Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer, Dean Norris, J.K. Simmons, Ansel Elgort, and Emma Thompson. It looks like it’s going to be a dark film for Reitman as he tackles everyday issues of self-image, love, and technology effecting lives. It reminds me a lot of 2012′s underrated Disconnect (see that trailer below too); basically holding a mirror up to society and saying to put down the phone.

Here’s the official synopsis for Men, Women & Children:

“MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN” follows the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives. The film attempts to stare down social issues such as video game culture, anorexia, infidelity, fame hunting, and the proliferation of illicit material on the internet. As each character and each relationship is tested, we are shown the variety of roads people choose – some tragic, some hopeful – as it becomes clear that no one is immune to this enormous social change that has come through our phones, our tablets, and our computers.

Men, Women & Children opens wide on October 17th 2014, watch the trailer below:

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The Box Office: Together, you are stronger than he can ever be…

August 18th, 2014 by Graham McMorrow

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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles stayed on top for another week, proving nostalgia and curiously will beat out critical consensus all the time. Guardians of the Galaxy remained in the second spot as well (did you see the dancing Groot yet?). The Expendables 3 was a failure in every sense of the word; blame the online movie leak or a tired franchise, but it took a beating. The formula of bringing back old action stars might have run its course, and that’s alright. It tried to get a bigger audience this time around with a PG-13 rating over an R but that didn’t even help. Let’s Be Cops managed to beat it by a pretty big margin.

The weekend’s other new release was The Giver, the adaptation of the bestselling fantasy novel by Lois Lowry.  The book was published over 20 years ago, but because of the success of The Hunger Games and Twilight, it’s just now made it to the big screen. Well it failed like a lot of young adult mishandlings (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Beautiful Creatures).  From over 3000 locations, The Giver only earned an estimated $12.6 million.

Next week we get: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, If I Stay, When the Game Stands Tall

Title Weekend Total 1. Neighbors $51,070,000 $51 2. Amazing Spider-Man 2 $37,200,000 $147.9 3. The Other Woman $9,250,000 $65.7 4. Heaven is for Real $7,000,000 $75.2 5. Captain America 2 $5,619,000 $224.9 6. Rio 2 $5,125,000 $113.1 7. Mom’s Night Out $4,200,000 $4.2 8. Legends of Oz $3,705,000 $3.7 9. Divergent $1,700,000 $145 10. Brick Mansions $1,480,000 $18.3
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Title Weekend Total
1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 28.4M $117.6M
2. Guardians of the Galaxy $24.7M $175.8M
3. Let’s Be Cops $17.7M $26.1M
4. The Expendables 3 $16.2M $16.2M
5. The Giver $12.7M $12.7M
6. Into the Storm $7.7M $31.3M
7. The Hundred-Foot Journey $7.1M $23.6M
8. Lucy $5.3M $107.5M
9. Step Up All In $2.7M $11.8M
10. Boyhood $2.1M $13.8M

Weekend Preview: Your Summer Action Hero is Kelsey Grammer

August 15th, 2014 by Graham McMorrow

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Welcome to the weekend preview! Check out what’s happening this weekend and decide what you’re going to do, we can only help so much. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook because my mom says those are cool.  If you’re looking to find out what’s on for the rest of the summer, check out our COF SUMMER MOVIE GUIDE.

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You heard me right folks, Kelsey Grammer is our new action hero. After this summer he will have starred in The Expendables 3, Transformers: Age of Extinction, and X-Men: Days of Future Past. This man doesn’t slow down and I’m happy for him. I grew up watching him on Cheers and Frasier and hearing him as Sideshow Bob; to see him all summer on the big screen is pretty awesome. Also, his name in the movie as I’ve mentioned before is Bonaparte. Bonaparte!

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Wow this turned into a mess fast right? It didn’t feel like the book from which it’s based on, and I’m sure many fans will realize that when they watch it. It’s a little too clean looking for starters, and seems to act like all the other dystopian movies as of late. We don’t need another Hunger Games (Divergent) and we don’t need a stylized version of The Giver. If you want a great morality play, read the book.

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This premise goes on for nearly 2 hours? I can just imagine judging from the trailers and sitting in the best armchair around of course, that this movie tries to make every scene memorable instead of using characters and plot points to move it along. Gags on top of gags isn’t a movie.

Martin Lawrence Says BAD BOYS 3 is Happening and Jackie Chan Has Been Approached for RUSH HOUR 4

August 15th, 2014 by Graham McMorrow

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I’m a fan of the Bad Boys movies; they are fun, action packed and hilarious. They are also so over the top crazy that you can’t help but admire the writers and Michael Bay’s direction with the movies. There’s been a lot of talk when it comes to making it a trilogy with Bad Boys 3, but now it looks like it might actually happen.

Martin Lawrence went on Conan last night and said (video below too):

“I believe so. Yes. I just talked to Jerry Bruckheimer yesterday and he said its real, they’re working on the script, they’re getting close and it all looks good.”

So we don’t know how far they are in development process, but obviously the big obstacle is getting Will Smith to sign on. Lawrence seems really excited about it judging by his Facebook post:

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Check out the New Stormtrooper Helmets From STAR WARS EPISODE VII

August 15th, 2014 by Graham McMorrow

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J.J. Abrams, bless his heart, is trying his best to keep spoilers off the Internet for Star Wars: Episode VII, but in turn, even the smallest details are making their way online. Case in point, we now have a potential first look (it probably is) at a redesigned Stormtrooper helmet from the film. Next week, Luke’s shoes!

The people at Indie Revolver and RPF shared the potential designs; one seems to be an expansion of the original design, and the other appears to be a modification that they speculate is the “Snowtroopers” from The Empire Strikes Back. The film takes place 30 years after Return of the Jedi, so it only makes sense that they would have some modifications right?

Star Wars: Episode VII is ready to resume shooting again after a two week hiatus for Harrison Ford‘s broken leg.

Check them out below and tell us what you think! Check out all of our Episode VII news here.

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Ben Affleck Talks about the Reaction to His Casting in BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

August 15th, 2014 by Graham McMorrow

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Every actor to ever put on a cape for a superhero movie has faced criticism. Hell, even Heath Ledger who went on to win an Oscar for his role as the Joker was once deemed unfit (albeit by people in corners of the Internet) to play the part. No the Joker doesn’t wear a cape but my point is that people are naive to think that studios and actors who decide on a role don’t think about the reaction it might have. Ben Affleck knows not everyone likes him; he’s made some bad movies sure, but obviously the man isn’t unaware of the backlash to his casting to Batman. Affleck has come out and basically said that if he didn’t think he could do it, he never would have signed on in the first place.

Talking to EW, when he was asked what it’s like to play Batman:

“I’m right in the middle of shooting now. It’s a process that I’ll probably have better perspective on when I’m done. I can tell you that every time I do a role, it’s the responsibility of an actor to get their physical self as close to the role as possible. And Batman’s obviously got a set of expectations that are tough. So I spent a lot of time working out. And it’s a far cry from Gone Girl where my character is described as ‘puffy and hungover.’ I want you to know I worked equally hard at both!”

Affleck on prepareing himself for the fan reactions:

“Before I took the role, Warner Bros. gave me a bunch of past reactions to casting and said, ‘Are you sure you want to get into this? This is part and parcel of these movies now. There’s a lot of active fans with a lot of opinions.’ To me, having been through a certain amount of that, it doesn’t really … Everyone’s entitled to their opinion. I wouldn’t have taken the part if I didn’t trust my instincts in terms of the filmmaking. I think Chris Terrio wrote a terrific script. Zack’s a great visual director. And there’s an interesting take. I wouldn’t have done it if I didn’t think I could do it. I have the benefit of a lot of that understanding. But also, everyone is entitled to their opinion. That’s a big part of this international sport. The Fifty Shades of Grey kid or whatever it is. That’s sort of become a thing.”

Affleck does admire the reaction though:

“You know what? It’s great that people do care that much. They want to see the movie that much. And it is incumbent on you to honor the story. There are the Greek myths and these are the American myths. The American myths are these superheroes. People care about ‘em a lot. And it’s incumbent on you to do a good job and make it as excellent as you possibly can. At the end of the day, the movie’s all that matters.”

Whatever your feelings are about the casting, this is happening. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters on March 25, 2016 and also stars Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Jason Momoa, Holly Hunter, Scoot McNairy and Jeremy Irons.

Read all of our BvS news here.

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Trailer and Poster for William H. Macy’s Fantastic Looking Directorial Debut RUDDERLESS

August 15th, 2014 by Graham McMorrow

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Rudderless directed by William H. Macy has its first trailer for your eyes and ears below. It looks pretty great if you ask me, and I’m not always a fan of movies about music. You not only have to appreciate the sounds you hear, but also the performances that tend to be a little too phony from non-musicians and or over-actors. Here luckily I dig the sound and cast, and knowing that it’s William H. Macy’s directorial debut intrigues me more. The film stars Billy Crudup, Anton Yelchin, Felicity Huffman, Jamie Chung, Selena Gomez and Laurence Fishburne.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Billy Crudup plays Sam, a former high-profile advertising executive whose life is torn apart by the sudden death of his son. Living off the grid on a docked sailboat, he wastes away his days while drowning his pain in alcohol. When Sam discovers a box filled with his son’s demo tapes and lyrics, his own child’s musical talent is a revelation for him, a grieving father who felt he’d been absent from his son’s life. Communing with his deceased son’s dashed dreams, Sam learns each song and eventually musters the will to perform one at a local bar. When Quentin, a young musician in the audience, is captivated by the song, the unlikely duo forms a rock band that becomes surprisingly popular and revitalizes both of their lives.

Check out the Rudderless trailer and poster below, it hits theaters and VOD on October 17th, 2014.

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