Like It or Not, Alex Kurtzman is The Director of THE MUMMY

July 31st, 2014 by Kevin Fraser

The Mummy

Alex Kurtzman, formally of the Orci/Kurtzman partnership, has been announced as the director of Universal’s The Mummy.  Along with Robert Orci, he helped craft blockbusters for all sorts of franchises including Transformers, Star Trek, The Amazing Spider-Man, and more.  So in short, poorly written mediocre blockbusters that look pretty and make money.  Now he’s in charge of this new Universal Monsters universe.  Lovely.

Marvel amazed everyone with its Marvel Cinematic Universe.  A series of films that all interconnect and share the same universe.  Universal saw this and thought “hey, we’ve got all those classic monsters…lets do the same thing with them!”  That’s right, we are about to see a complete revival of the classic Universal Monsters in a new series of films that all share the same universe.  I can only assume that they’ll be leading up to some sort of huge monster mash.  Remember back in the heyday of Universal Monster movies, when they would gather all sorts of different monsters in one film? House of Frankenstein, House of Dracula, Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man, even Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.  They were all great fun but could definitely be improved upon.  Perfect conditions for remaking something in my opinion.

I love the Universal Monsters movies, I know not everyone does but to me they are absolute classics in every sense of the word.  They’ve imaginative, funny, scary, and feature some of the best horror characters ever conceived.  The idea of Universal actually bringing them back under one roof in a shared universe is a very exciting one, yet I’m very apprehensive as to how they’ll go about it.  In my head, keeping them as period pieces would be the way to go; potentially even in B&W.  However it appears as though they’re intent on modernizing everything and bringing these monsters into the present day.  As for the genre, it looks as though they’ll be ditching the straight horror and going for more of an action/adventure feel.  Didn’t they already do with the previous Mummy series?

Alex Kurtzman, along with Chris Morgan (architect of Universal’s Fast & Furious franchise), are going to be crafting this universe together.  The first film will be The Mummy, directed by Kurtzman, which will hit theaters June 24, 2016.  I’m sure we’ll be hearing announcements regarding which monsters will be joining them in the future.

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The Teaser Trailer for Disney’s INTO THE WOODS

July 31st, 2014 by Graham McMorrow


Just like that we have the first teaser trailer for director Rob Marshall’s (Chicago) adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical Into The Woods.We shared the first images last night from the film which puts a modern twist on the Brothers Grimm fairy tales. The trailer isn’t much in terms of story but it’s a good casting call for who is in the movie.

The cast includes:

  • Meryl Streep is the Witch who wishes to reverse a curse so that her beauty may be restored.
  • Emily Blunt is the Baker’s Wife, a childless woman who longs to be a mother.
  • James Corden is the Baker, a hard-working man who desperately wants to start a family.
  • Anna Kendrick isCinderella, who finds herself on a journey of self-discovery.
  • Chris Pine portrays Prince Charming, who is on an endless quest to find his bride.
  • Johnny Depp steps in as the Wolf, who sets his sights on Little Red Riding Hood.
  • Lilla Crawford is Little Red Riding Hood, who journeys into the woods, finding unexpected adventures along the way.
  • Daniel Huttlestone is Jack, an adventurous boy who trades his treasured cow for five magic beans.
  • Tracey Ullman is Jack’s Mother, a poor and exasperated mom who is overwhelmed, yet fiercely protective of her son.
  • Christine Baranski plays the mother Stepmother who wishes for riches and grandeur; she’ll do anything to marry off one of her daughters to a prince.
  • MacKenzie Mauzy plays Rapunzel, a sheltered young woman who experiences the world beyond her tower for the first time.
  • Billy Magnussen is the Prince who courts Rapunzel.

Into the Woods opens in theaters on December 25th 2014 – check out the trailer below:

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Rob Zombie’s Latest Tale of Terror is Finally Revealed

July 31st, 2014 by Kevin Fraser

Rob Zombie 31

For the past couple of weeks Rob Zombie has been teasing us with bits and pieces of his upcoming film, something called 31, all the while promising that we’d finally get some big news about it today.  Zombie was true to his word and now we finally know what this mysterious film will be about…and how he plans to fund it.

“Welcome to my next film. It is called 31. It is the story of five random people kidnapped on the five days leading up to Halloween and held hostage in a place called Murder World. While trapped inside this man-made Hell they must fight to survive playing the most violent game known to man… a game called 31.”

As to how Zombie wants to fund the film, he’s turning to you.  That’s right, another crowd-funded film is upon us.  This approach has generated both support and controversy in the past, with many wondering why these big actors/directors have to take money from their fans in order to get something made.  Zombie had this to say:

“I’m crowd funding because I realize that it’s an incredible opportunity to engage the fans. They’ve always been the most important thing for me because, with metal and horror, the fans aren’t just fans – it’s their life, their lifestyle. They live and breathe it, as I do, and any way that you can bring the people that are as passionate about it as you are into the process is a win-win for everybody.Get on board! Get involved! Be part of this horrifying business! The world of horror needs you!”

As with all crowd funding campaigns of this type…depending on your level of support you can receive some pretty cool rewards, including a chance to be an extra in the film, an original Michael Myers mask, lifetime passes to Rob Zombie concerts, and more!  You can head on over here to find out more or even help fund the film.

Hit the jump for a video of Zombie explaining his vision as well as some new pre-production artwork!

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The New BIRDMAN Trailer; Michael Keaton Wants a Career Comeback

July 31st, 2014 by Graham McMorrow


Fox Searchlight Pictures has released a great new international trailer for Birdman, the upcoming dark comedy starring Michael Keaton, Lindsay Duncan, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts. It’s one of my most anticipated movies of the year (see that list here) has its first trailer was simply amazing. This trailer is no different; I can’t wait to see this one – a definite awards contender.

Birdman tells the story of an actor (Keaton) – famous for portraying an iconic superhero – as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.

Birdman hits theaters on October 17, 2014. Watch the trailer below:

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July 31st, 2014 by Graham McMorrow


As ridiculous as it looks, the first trailer for The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water 3D made me laugh a few times, and that’s what’s important. You get to see Slash,Antonio Banderas as a pirate, and SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward, Sandy, Plankton and Mr. Krabs as superheroes. It doesn’t look like the show has lost its charm after all these years.

The movie will be released February 2015, here’s the official synopsis:

SpongeBob and his friends need to go on a quest to discover a stolen recipe that takes them to our dimension, our world, where they tangle with a pirate who posesses the recipe. And in order to get it, SpongeBob transforms into a superhero named Invincibubble (while Patrick becomes Mr. Superawsomeness, Sandy stays as herself, Mr. Krabs becomes the Iron Man-like Sir Pinch-a-lot, Plankton becomes a yet unknown Hulk-like superhero, and Squidward becomes Sour Note).

Watch the trailer below:

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INTO THE WOODS Images; Anna Kendrick is Cinderella, Chris Pine is Prince Charming, and Johnny Depp is the Big Bad Wolf

July 30th, 2014 by Graham McMorrow


Director Rob Marshall’s (Chicago) adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical Into The Woods has appeared online. The Disney movie looks to put a modern twist on the Brothers Grimm fairy tales with intertwining plots from a few stories you may have read. It’s going to be a huge holiday movie I think; Marshall even had everyone sing live on set, and people love that. Sadly, we only get to see Johnny Depp’s hair arm.

Here’s the official synopsis:

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 (James Corden and Emily Blunt) their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.

There should be a trailer soon so stay tuned! The film also stars Anna Kendrick as Cinderella , Meryl Streep as The Witch, Chris Pine as Prince Charming, Lucy Punch, Christine Baranski, Tracy Ullman, Lilla Crawford as Red Riding Hood, Daniel Huttlestone, Tammy Blanchard, Billy Magnussen, and Mackenzie Mauzy.

Into the Woods opens in theaters on December 25th 2014 – check out the images below:

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The New Trailer For Christopher Nolan’s INTERSTELLAR Will Probably Give You Chills

July 30th, 2014 by Graham McMorrow


Check out this trailer for Interstellar that was shown at Comic-Con this year – it’s pretty amazing. Interstellar star Matthew McConaughey and director Christopher Nolan showed up to Hall H last weekend to show off this new trailer and discuss the project. It’s being called Nolan’s “most ambitious” film yet and was influenced by most influenced by 2001, Star Wars, and Blade Runner; not bad company to have in the back of your mind while creating a potential masterpiece.

A coin for anyone who can tell us what’s going on! The movie also stars Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, Casey Affleck, Matt Damon, Michael Caine, Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow, and Topher Grace.

Interstellar opens on November 7th, 2014, watch the trailer below:
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The New Boardwalk Empire Teaser Makes Me Sad; The End is Near

July 30th, 2014 by Graham McMorrow


The final season of Boardwalk Empire starts on September 7th, and now an “Invitation to the Set” video is here to bring us some idea of where we’re going this season. There is a lot more color this season as they mention, and some old grudges still to settle. We also take a look back into Nucky’s childhood, which is an interesting way to end the show rather than start it years ago.

Creator Terence Winter talks about what fans should expect over the final eight episodes below:

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THE HATEFUL EIGHT Poster Sets a 2015 Release for Quentin Tarantino’s Next Film

July 30th, 2014 by Graham McMorrow


So here is what we know now when it comes to The Hateful Eight: it will be Quentin Tarantino’s next film (his 8th says the poster) and we have the first official poster below for you to see. It’s going to be a bloody Western! So it confirms a 2015 release (likely in December) as well as the fact that Tarantino will shoot it in “Super CinemaScope”.

The Hateful Eight follows the steadily ratcheting tension that develops after a blizzard diverts a stagecoach from its route, and traps a pitiless and mistrustful group which includes a competing pair of bounty hunters, a renegade Confederate soldier, and a female prisoner in a saloon in the middle of nowhere.

The cast announced so far includes Bruce Dern, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Madsen, Kurt Russell, James Remar, Amber Tamblyn, Walton Goggins, and Zoe Bell.

Check out the great poster below:

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July 30th, 2014 by Graham McMorrow


Shawn Levy’s Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, starring Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais, Dan Stevens, Rebel Wilson and Ben Kingsley has its first trailer for you to watch below. If you enjoyed the first two films then you will no doubt be looking forward to this one; it looks bigger and better that’s for sure. I thought they missed a few steps with the first sequel so I expect if this is the last outing, they will give it their all.

Larry and museum exhibits including Pharaoh Ahkmenrah (Rami Malek), Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams), Attila the Hun (Patrick Gallagher), Sacajawea (Mizuo Peck), Roman centurion Octavius (Steve Coogan) and Jedediah (Owen Wilson) wind up at the British Museum’s famed Egyptian wing to solve the deadly mystery.

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb opens in theaters on December 19, 2014.

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