LOS ANGELES - After back to back years of opening night duds "To Rome with Love" and "I'm So Excited," the Los Angeles Film Festival kicked off its 2014 campaign with a real winner, Joon-ho Bong's "Snowpiercer." Stars Tilda Swinton, Ed Harris, Allison Pill, Kang-ho Song, and Ah-sung Ko were on hand as Bong's critically acclaimed post-apocalyptic thriller finally hit U.S. shores. Chris Evans, who is essentially the film's lead, sent a video message from London where he's shooting "Avengers: Age of Ultron" proclaiming how happy he was over the LA premiere.
There's been a lot of talk already around "Interstellar," "Birdman," "Unbroken" and "Foxcatcher" in the Best Picture race, but one movie that should not be discounted is David Ayer's "Fury."
It may never be this good again for Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Well, actually, let's restate that. Until they are holding multiple Oscars in their hands after a triumphant Academy Awards it may never be this good again for Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.
Since breaking onto the cinema scene with 1985's "Blood Simple," Joel and Ethan Coen have made movies with Miramax, Focus Features, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, Walt Disney Studios, the long-gone Gramercy Pictures, Universal Pictures and CBS Films. Recently, the duo have partnered with uber-producer Scott Rudin on three straight movies, but now they are taking a break from their "True Grit" collaborator and reuniting with longtime buddies Working Title for "Hail, Caesar!" And, in something of a surprise, news broke today that the film will be released by Universal Pictures instead of the company's mini-major and previous Coens home, Focus Features. Could the Clooney factor be the reason?
NEW YORK - The cast and crew of "22 Jump Street" have done something quite remarkable. They have taken a successful comedy that spoofed the idea of turning a TV show into a movie and made an even better sequel that spoofs the idea of, well, sequels. Audiences are already hyped to see "22" based on the trailers and TV spots, but they have no idea just how smart the expected blockbuster really is. Who says the summer movie season can't have a happy surprise or two?
2014 is a little under halfway over, but one film that is still firmly entrenched near the top of my "best of" list is Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel." And three months after its release audiences have shown their own approval at the box office.
It's hard to believe, but another Comic-Con is right around the corner. Another four days of non-stop entertainment news and photo ops as some of the biggest stars in the world head to San Diego to promote their latest or current movies and TV shows. And, since approximately only 6,000 people can get into the massive Hall H, approximately 4,000 into Ballroom 20 and the entire event is effectively sold out, well, we're going to once again cover it from top to bottom for you.
"The Fault in Our Stars" arrives in theaters tomorrow having already transformed itself from summer sleeper to expected blockbuster. The reviews have been very positive with a number of critics even admitting they were bawling at the end. That being said, when it really comes down to it, most reviewers will admit Josh Boone's direction leaves a lot to be desired. Still, the movie works. Why? The reasons are two fold.
To be frank, the buzz the past few months on Andy and Lana Wachowski's "Jupiter Ascending" has not been good. So much so, that there was scuttlebutt it could be one of the bigger bombs of the summer. Well, Warner Bros. appears to be giving the futuristic thriller new life.
UPDATE: After we broke the story on Saturday that McKay would in fact not be replacing Edgar Wright as the director of "Ant-Man," the "Anchorman" helmer confirmed our story by tweeting that, although he had indeed met with Marvel about taking on the job, his plate is already too full to commit:
And yes, met w/Marvel. Kirby & Lee r my Lennon Mccartney so it was awesome. But have other projects I'm committed to. Not sure it can work.— Adam McKay (@GhostPanther) May 31, 2014
ORIGINAL STORY: With cast and crew already in Atlanta, Marvel Studios is no doubt anxious to try and salvage its big screen version of "Ant-Man." The shocking departure of Edgar Wright from the project a little over a week ago over the notorious "creative differences" leaving the Disney division scrambling to find another notable helmer to replace him. Contrary to reports, it will not be Adam McKay.