Reminder: FX’s FARGO Series Begins Tonight

April 15th, 2014 by Graham McMorrow

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I’ve been waiting patiently for this day and now it’s finally here, Fargo!  It’s not the movie, it’s not a remake and it’s not the same characters.  It is produced and was partially written by Ethan and Joel Coen (the writers and directors of the feature film of the same name).  On top of all that, the same tone and dark comedy that you loved from the film is intact – you have nothing to worry about.

The limited 10 episode series begins tonight and stars Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks, Bob Odenkirk, Kate Walsh, Adam Goldberg, Oliver Platt, Glenn Howerton, Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key, Joey King, and Julie Ann Emery.

Catch up on all our Fargo coverage:

Attention Lawbreakers: MAGIC MIKE 2 Is Being Released on July 3, 2015

April 15th, 2014 by Graham McMorrow

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Warner Bros. has set the release date for Magic Mike 2 (or Magic Mike XXL), the sequel will bust a move on July 3, 2015.  That summer date is mental right now (Terminator: Genesis, Ant-Man, Despicable Me Minions) so don’t be surprised if there is some shuffling.  The indie dramedy is definitely counter viewing for the women, so set your schedules accordingly gentlemen.

Channing Tatum recently told MTV, “I think everyone’s gonna be back, I think, Obviously no one’s deals are done which is always kind of scary.”

So basically:

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In Flogging a Dead Horse News: The Next FRIDAY THE 13TH Reboot Might Have a Director

April 15th, 2014 by Graham McMorrow

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How many chances are these people taking with this franchise?  Good gravy, Friday the 13th was never a money machine anyways, are we out of ideas for horror now that we have used all the shaky camera footage?

Paramount Pictures has found a director for the next Friday the 13th reboot reports The Wrap.  David Bruckner (V/H/S) is in talks to take the job which the studio hopes will make a new Friday the 13th franchise happen.  The 2009 attempt was dead in the water (pun intended) and last November we heard plans for this reboot in the found footage style.  I would be curious to see what Bruckner could bring to the table to put life back into the series; someone has to hand in good script first I assume.  Michael Bay will produce this one too this his Platinum Dunes which already has a March 13, 2015 release date.

If they want COF to write a comic for this reboot, we got a spec going:

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Leonardo DiCaprio’s Next is the Gritty Thriller ‘The Revenan’

April 15th, 2014 by Graham McMorrow

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Leonardo DiCaprio is fresh off the The Wolf of Wall Street praise and recognition train and is right back to work on his next project.  DiCaprio will star in the gritty thriller The Revenant for director Alejandro González Iñárritu (Biutiful), and production will start this September for a 2015 release reports Deadline.

The movie is based on the novel of the same name by Michael Punke and revolves around a 1820s fronterisman who is mauled by a bear during a fur trapping expedition, robbed, and left for dead. When he recovers, he sets out to exact revenge on those who betrayed him.  Iñárritu has a lot of good buzz around his latest movie, Birdman; the dark comedy starring Michael Keaton is on my Movie to See in 2014 (it comes out October 17th).  So this is all around good news for people who watch good movies.

Paul Walker’s Brothers to Help Finish FAST & FURIOUS 7

April 15th, 2014 by Graham McMorrow

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Production has resumed on Fast & Furious 7 after stopping due to the death of Paul Walker last November; we’re still not entirely sure on how they will handle Walker’s unfinished scenes and or if it will change the story they had in place from the beginning.  They have now officially announced that they’ve enlisted the help of Walker’s brothers Caleb and Cody.  It sounds like they will be working as body doubles and doing wide shots; you can Google the guys to see how they resemble their brother Paul, but trust me, they do.

It’s not easy for any movie to continue after something as sudden as a death occurs, there is family to think of first.  I’d like to think what fans wanted and what the studio wanted here are the same – a respectful way to finish what Paul Walker started.  This sounds just right.

 

The full announcement is below; Fast & Furious 7 will open April 10, 2015:

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The First Trailer for GOD’S POCKET Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman

April 15th, 2014 by Graham McMorrow

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Philip Seymour Hoffman was a hardworking man wasn’t he?  Earlier this week the first trailer for A Most Wanted Man landed and now a trailer for another one of Hoffman’s last films, God’s Pocket can be seen below.  It’s a dark comedy/drama and a directorial debut of Mad Men actor John Slattery.

When Mickey’s (Hoffman) crazy stepson Leon is killed in a construction “accident,” nobody in the working class neighborhood of God’s Pocket is sorry he’s gone. Mickey tries to bury the bad news with the body, but when the boy’s mother demands the truth, Mickey finds himself stuck in a life-and-death struggle between a body he can’t bury, a wife he can’t please and a debt he can’t pay. Also stars John Turturro and Richard Jenkins.

Hoffman looks unsurprisingly great here; if there’s one actor who can pull off dark comedy and drama, it’s him.  The movie looks inspired by the work of the Coen brothers, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing, I just hope it leaves its own mark if any.  The movie also stars Christina Hendricks, Richard Jenkins, Eddie Marsan, Caleb Landry Jones, and John Turturro.

God’s Pocket opens in theaters on May 9th, watch the trailer below:

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The Best Trailer of the Year So Far; Tommy Lee Jones’ THE HOMESMAN

April 15th, 2014 by Graham McMorrow

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Here is the first trailer and images for what look to be Tommy Lee Jones’ greatest directorial effort yet, a western drama titled The Homesman.  His last feature, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada was great but was more of a modern-day western whereas The Homeman takes it back to 1850s American West.  The story centers on a claim-jumping rascal (Jones) and a frontierswoman (Hilary Swank) as they escort three insane women from Nebraska to Iowa and battle the harsh elemental conditions of the prairie.

The movie looks beautifully shot and will no doubt shine with potentially award deserving performances by its cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, Hailee Steinfeld, Meryl Streep, Tim Blake Nelson, James Spader, William Fichtner, John Lithgow, and Jesse Plemons.

The Homesman is currently awaiting distribution and has no release date; watch the trailer below and stay here for more:

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First Trailer for David Cronenberg’s MAPS TO THE STARS Starring Robert Pattinson

April 15th, 2014 by Graham McMorrow

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Here is the first trailer for Maps to the Stars from director David Cronenberg, and like any recent Cronenberg release, you might have to read the synopsis a few times to find out what’s going on.  The film stars John Cusack, Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson, Olivia Williams, and Sarah Gadon.

The Weiss family is the archetypical Hollywood dynasty: father Sanford is an analyst and coach, who has made a fortune with his self-help manuals; mother Christina mostly looks after the career of their son Benjie, 13, a child star.  One of Sanford’s clients, Havana, is an actress who dreams of shooting a remake of the movie that made her mother, Clarice, a star in the ’60s. Clarice is dead now and visions of her come to haunt Havana at night. Adding to the toxic mix, Benjie has just come off a rehab program he joined when he was 9 and his sister, Agatha, has recently been released from a sanatorium where she was treated for criminal pyromania…

I don’t know what to make of this just yet, but I like the challenge that comes with understanding just what the heck is going on.

Watch the trailer and check out the poster below:

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Samuel L. Jackson May Return for DIE HARD 6 Because Whatever Works

April 14th, 2014 by Graham McMorrow

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My second favorite Die Hard movie after the original classic is Die Hard with a Vengeance; Samuel L. Jackson teamed up with Bruce Willis and a great time was had by all.  Fast forward to two sequels later and John McClane is on his last legs creatively.

So here comes Latino Review’s “El Mayimbe” posting to his Twitter account a scoop that 20th Century Fox has been meeting with writers to find a way to incorporate Samuel L. Jackson’s Die Hard character, Zeus Carver, in a sixth film.

At this time, this is all speculative, but if they’re going to make a sixth one they best try something that worked right? Just please no more McClane kids to annoy us.

FYI: If you’re wondering how they could make another one of these after the critical pounding A Good Day to Die Hard took: mo money mo movies.

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David Fincher Exits Sony’s Steve Jobs Biopic

April 14th, 2014 by Graham McMorrow

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Speaking of David Fincher, the great director was set to re-team with Oscar-winning writer Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) for a “non-traditional” biopic of Steve Jobs; it sounded great, but that’s as far as that duo may go together on the project.  Fincher was talking with Sony Pictures about directing the film based on a screenplay by Sorkin, but now it seems that Fincher has dropped out after Sony denied his request for a $10 million up front payday as well as control over the film’s marketing THR reports.

This looks like it has to do with Sony and Fincher not having the same vision when it came to marketing The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  The $90 million R-rated flick had Fincher maintain control over marketing including using the awesome tagline “The Feel Bad Movie of Christmas” and creating expensive, metal one-sheets for the film that couldn’t even be displayed in theaters.  The movie wasn’t the international hit Sony was hoping for, so now they seem to be holding back.

Fincher could still re-enter negotiations, so we will keep you posted.  I hope it works out, as last we heard Fincher wanted Christian Bale as the lead, now that would be something to see.