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Warner Bros. Pictures have released the final trailer for Shane Black's 1970s L.A. comedy noir film "The Nice Guys" which is set to open May 20th.
Running a full three minutes and mostly consisting of new footage of Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe proving to be an excellent comedy team. The film has begun screening with the first social media reactions:
"There's a chance THE NICE GUYS is the ultimate Shane Black film. Holy s--t is this one great." - Andrew Woods
"The Nice Guys is great. Shane Black is full on Shane Black here and @russellcrowe & @RyanGosling could make a series out of these characters." - Eric Vespe
"THE NICE GUYS is one of the movies I'm going to ask people about to see whether or not we can still be friends" - Connor Kelly
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Russell Crowe is reportedly in talks to star in the James Franco-directed film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's "Blood Meridian" at Rabbit Bandini.
The long-in-the-works adaptation is based on historical events that took place on the Texas-Mexico border in the 1850s and traces the journey of the Kid, a 14-year-old Tennesseean who stumbles into a nightmarish world when he joins a ruthless gang of scalphunters that includes the mysterious and menacing Judge Holden.
Tye Sheridan and Vincent D'Onofrio are also onboard while Franco will have a role in the film which Scott Rudin, Cassian Elwes and Vince Jolivette will produce. Franco previously directed the 2013 McCarthy adaptation "Child of God" and most recently starred in the gay porn murder scandal film "King Cobra".
Actor and producer Channing Tatum is bringing the "Magic Mike" franchise to the stage with the announcement of "Magic Mike Live Las Vegas" which will take up permanent residence at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Currently anticipated to open for preview performances in March 2017, Magic Mike Live Las Vegas will recreate the mythic Club Domina, the Savannah cabaret nightclub run by Rome (Jada Pinkett-Smith) in last year's "Magic Mike XXL". Film franchise choreographer Alison Faulk will once again reprise her role, creating the stage show's choreography.
This complete re-imagination of the male revue will boast sizzling 360-degree dance and acrobatic strip tease spectaculars. Visit MagicMikeLiveLasVegas.com for the latest information about the show, the cast and priority ticket opportunities.
Tatum says in a statement: "'Magic Mike' has been a special and very personal project for me, and this show is a natural extension of that. So while I won't be on stage as Mike, Magic Mike Live Last Vegas is my vision and I'm looking forward to spending a lot of time in Las Vegas creating something that will give women what they really want."
This new Club Domina will be unlike any other in Las Vegas with three elaborately designed bars, an integrated stage and seating for 450 guests. In a show that happens in front of, behind, above and all around the audience, a dozen of the hottest and most talented men in the country will bring Mike and his crew to life through sexy and daring themed dance and strip routines.May 5, 2016
Not content with just FX's award-winning "American Horror Story" and this year's highly acclaimed "American Crime Story," producer Ryan Murphy is setting up a third anthology series at the network entitled "Feud".
Scoring a straight-to-series eight-episode order, each season of the anthology will center around a different epic battle between two major personalities. For this first season he's picked a juicy one - the legendary backstage battle between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis and how the rivalry came to a crescendo with the making of 1962's "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?".
Murphy has enlisted Jessica Lange to play Crawford and Susan Sarandon to play Davis in the series which also stars Alfred Molina as director Robert Aldrich, Stanley Tucci as studio mogul Jack Warner, Judy Davis as gossip columnist Hedda Hopper, and Dominic Burgess as 'Jane' co-star Victor Buono.
Murphy, Sarandon, Lange, Dede Gardener and Brad Pitt will all produce with Murphy directing several episodes. The pilot will be based on Jaffe Cohen and Michael Zam's script "Best Actress" which Murphy has purchased and refashioned. Production kicks off this Fall ahead of a 2017 airing.
After talking about the idea for a while, and having co-written one with "Ant-Man," acclaimed "The Big Short" and "Anchorman" helmer Adam McKay has finally set his sights on directing a superhero film - just not one you might expect.
McKay is set to helm an edgy film adaptation of Boom! Comics' "Irredeemable" from a script by "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" director Tommy Wirkola. Mark Waid's limited edition comic follows Plutonian, the world's greatest superhero until he began heartlessly slaughtering those who defy him.
It falls to a superhero group of his former colleagues, now known as the Paradigm, to stop this mass-murdering maniac's rampage despite them not even being close to Plutonian in terms of power. Their only hope lies in an imprisoned famous supervillain.
McKay, Kevin Messick, Ross Richie and Stephen Christy are producing the film for 20th Century Fox.
20th Century Fox tried to continue its marketing campaign for "Deadpool" for a while after the film opened, but you can have too much of a good thing as so they quickly pulled it back.
With the film now about to get its home video release next Tuesday though, there's another opportunity for them to have fun with it and so today they've released a new promo for that release. In classic "Deadpool" style though, there's a comical twist - the entire promo is done in the style of an ad for erectile dysfunction medication.May 5, 2016
Lionsgate has announced a November 4th wide release date for the Mel Gibson-directed WW2 true story feature "Hacksaw Ridge" starring Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths and Vince Vaughn. The story follows Corporal Demond Doss (Garfield), the first conscientious objector to receive the US congressional Medal of Honor.
Summit Entertainment has pushed back the Sam Worthington-led horror tale "The Shack" from November 18th to March 3rd 2017. The film, which reportedly tested well recently, follows a grieving man who receives a mysterious, personal invitation to meet with God at a place called 'The Shack'.
Lionsgate and CBS Films have set an August 12th limited release ahead of an August 26th wide release for "Starred Up" helmer David Mackenzie's heist thriller "Hell or High Water" starring Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine and Ben Foster. Taylor Sheridan ("Sicario") penned the film about a divorced dad and an ex-con who embark on a daring bank robbery spree to save their family farm in New Mexico.
Finally, Open Road Films has set a November 4th limited expanding to a November 23rd wide release for the Vinny Pazienza biopic "Bleed for This" starring Miles Teller. Vinny, known as 'The Pazmanian Devil,' was a boxer who suffered a near-fatal car accident left him with a severed spine.
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Lionsgate has revealed a new trailer and the first clip from the sequel to the illusionist heist thriller "Now You See Me" which is set to open on June 10th. Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Lizzy Caplan, Daniel Radcliffe, Mark Ruffalo, Jay Chou, Michael Caine, and Morgan Freeman star.
One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public's adulation with their Robin Hood-style magic spectacles, the Four Horseman resurface for a comeback performance in hopes of exposing the unethical practices of a tech magnate (Radcliffe). Jon M. Chu helms the film.
Filmmaker Justin Simien is set to adapt his own acclaimed 2014 comedy feature "Dear White People" into a ten-episode Netflix half-hour comedy TV series.
Netflix has given the project a straight-to-series order with the action following a diverse group of students of color as they navigate a predominantly white Ivy League college where racial tensions are often swept under the rug.
The series is a send up of 'post-racial' America that also weaves a universal story about forging one's own unique path. Simien will write the series and direct the first episode, with production kicking off later this year for a 2017 debut.
It's unclear if any of the movie's original cast will be onboard, but Devon Shepard, Stephanie Allain Bray and Julia Lebedev are set to executive produce.
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Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz are reportedly set to star in "Escobar," a film set to be shopped at the Cannes market next week by Millennium Films.
Fernando Leon de Aranoa helms from this own script based on a true story of the unlikely romantic relationship between the famed drug kingpin and the upscale TV host Virginia Vallejo.
Dean Nichols and Bardem are producing with the latter set to be on hand to help sell it on the Croisette next week.
Elizabeth Debicki ("The Great Gatsby," "The Man from UNCLE") is in negotiations to join David Oyelowo and Gugu Mbatha-Raw in the Julius Onah-directed sci-fi feature "God Particle" at Paramount Pictures.
Set in the near future, the story centers on a team of astronauts who make a terrifying discovery that challenges everything they know about the fabric of reality, as they desperately fight for survival.
Debicki would play one of the astronauts. John Krasinski was also in talks, but the status of his casting is currently unclear. J.J. Abrams is producing and a February 24th 2017 release is being targeted.
A new trailer has been released for Aaron Kaufman's "Urge," a new thriller about a group of young friends on holiday who are introduced to a new designer drug by a mysterious nightclub owner (Pierce Brosnan).
Stripped of their inhibitions, they start living out their wildest fantasies - but what starts out as a fun night of partying quickly turns deadly, as the island paradise deteriorates into a tropical madhouse.
Justin Chatwin and Ashley Greene also star, but the attention here is all on Brosnan going nuts and enjoying himself in the process. "Urge" will get a limited release on June 3rd ahead of a VOD release.
Paramount Television is putting together the dramedy series "Bettyville" starring Oscar winner Shirley MacLaine and Tony winner Matthew Broderick.
Broderick plays a man who returns to his hometown of Paris, Missouri to care for his aging mother (MacLaine). He expected to be away for only a few weeks, but life conspired to keep him there, armed with not much more than a (mostly) willing heart, a broken past to sort out, and the pair's irascible personalities.
John Hoffman ("Looking," "Grace and Frankie") is penning this adaptation of journalist George Hodgman's best-selling memoir and will serve as executive producer and showrunner. Hodgman, Anne Carey and Amy Nauiokas will also executive produce with filming to take place in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
As mid-level budget filmmaking wanes and decent visual effects become quite affordable, we're seeing more and more genre filmmaking exploring big ideas and themes in a way that often makes a very small scale film feel large. Filmmaker Jeff Nichols is no stranger to this, his "Take Shelter" was a story about apocalyptic warnings which proved to be an excellent exploration of masculine anxiety.
Whereas that film pointedly avoided the cliches of supernatural thrillers to deliver something both original and exceptional, his new effort "Midnight Shelter" isn't so fresh or rich even if it remains a very polished piece of filmmaking. Effectively a blend of John Carpenter's "Starman" and Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and "ET: The Extra-Terrestrial," Nichols isn't as afraid to embrace formula this time even as he knowingly avoids the overt emoting that has often proven the Achilles Heel of this genre.
Yes it's a person (in this case a boy) with exceptional powers on the run, with the help of their family, from evil authority figures that include a sympathiser who proves helpful in their darkest times. Nichols makes only minor tweaks here and there, blending some religious elements into the work and avoiding extraterrestrial influences in favor of more human and ubermensch possibilities.
There's enough changes to the details though, like very early reveals of the kid's channeling of radio transmissions to the idea of a cult hiding him, to make it interesting even if it's not enough to overcome strong feelings of familiarity. Kicking things off in media res, the reveals here are very carefully dished out with a discipline which make it quite compelling on first viewing - it's a restrained and very lean film that demands a certain amount of intelligence and intuitive leaps from its audience.
Sadly the flaws quickly pop out on reflection. The characters - though supported by very strong performances by the likes of Michael Shannon, Kirsten Dunst and Joel Edgerton - are one-note. Their only quality is determination to get the boy, very well played by Jaeden Lieberher, to where he needs to go. Shannon in particular is able to milk the most out of a fairly routine part with his wonderful ability to emote so much through his face and delivery.
Adam Driver is an exception, his arc is contained entirely within the movie. It's an even more cliche role than anyone else in the film, his NSA agent effectively a merging of the Francois Truffaut and Bob Balaban roles from 'Encounters,' but it's the one that at least brings a brief sense of wonder and energy to an otherwise very self-serious affair.
Nichols' film is not short of ambition, and here he creates a very lived in and believable world in which these exceptional acts take place. That he does so with very minimal dialogue and a very small cast of characters is a testament to his strength as a filmmaker. Despite its polish though, you can't help shake the feeling that the more narratively compelling stuff took place before events in the film kicked off and so what we're left with is essentially the second half of a chase movie.
That doesn't mean that what's there still isn't compelling in its own right. The film's themes of the importance of familial bonds shines through and offer a comforting notion, while its ending is a surprisingly satisfying one that tries something a bit different. Though not an exceptional original sci-fi films of late such as "Ex Machina" or "Under the Skin," its every bit up there with the likes of "Sound of my Voice" or this year's "The Invitation" of engrossing small scale but big idea filmmaking. It is also certainly one of the better films of the year thus far.
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