MoviePass: Sony released a trailer today for the sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man. Director Marc Webb is back to direct The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which sees stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone return as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Gwen Stacy respectively. The sequel also brings in new baddies with Jamie Foxx as Electro, Paul Giamatti as The Rhino, and Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn. The movie opens May 2, 2014.
MoviePass: The Hollywood Reporter has posted a short film from Jonas Cuaron, co-writer of Gravity, called Aningaaq, a very cool story-enhancer/spinoff for those of you who saw Gravity in theaters. Be aware, some may consider this a spoiler, so watch at your own risk!
MoviePass was still in its infancy in the spring of 2012 when the first film in The Hunger Games series was released. Almost one third of our members went to see the film using our old voucher system. Fast forward to today and MoviePass is now accepted in over 95% of theaters nationwide! With thousands more theaters in our system and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire releasing wide tomorrow we’re predicting a large jump in the number of redemptions for this new film. Will you be one of them? Were you one of the lucky few original MoviePass subscribers?
MoviePass: Disney has unveiled the trailer for the Muppet sequel Muppets Most Wanted. As the last one did, the movie features a great list of non-puppet comedic talent including Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, and “Modern Family’s” Ty Burrell. The movie will premiere some time next year.
MoviePass: MTV interviewed Christian Bale recently and talked about his signature voice for his and Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. Great perspective on Bale’s method for discovering his character!
MoviePass: After its stellar, $30+ million weekend at the box office, The Best Man Holiday will have another sequel from Universal and director Malcolm D. Lee. The full article from Deadline is below:
deadline: After a rousing opening weekend that saw his sequelThe Best Man Holiday gross over $30 million domestically, Malcolm D. Lee is negotiating a deal with Universal to write, direct and produce another installment of the hit ensemble romantic comedy. Sean Daniel is also in talks to come back and produce another film through his The Sean Daniel Company shingle. No word yet on locking in the ensemble cast. I don’t believe they have options on a third film, so clearly all of them will be looking for pay bumps. First, Lee has to write it. It took 14 years for Lee to come back with a sequel, but this one is going to happen much more quickly. He is rewriting to direct an untitled project for Fox Searchlight, but this clearly becomes a priority project for Universal.
The $17 million sequel had the fifth-largest opening for an R-rated romantic comedy, the second-highest opening for an urban romantic comedy and the sixth-biggest opening for an urban-themed film overall. It also received an A+ CinemaScore across all quadrants. Lee is repped by Resolution and attorney Gordon Bobb of Dell, Shaw, Monves.
Delivery Man starring Vince Vaughn and directed by Ken Scott hits theaters this weekend but some of you have already seen it. In 2011, Ken Scott wrote and directed the French-language film Starbuck about a forty-something man named David Wozniak who finds out that a mix up at a fertility clinic has left him as the biological father of 533 children. Sound familiar? Scott insists that the two films will hold their own but there is no denying the many similarities between them. Several MoviePass members saw Starbuck when it hit indie theaters earlier this year, were you one of them? John M. from California called it a “great film” which he “highly recommended”. What did you think? Will you see Delivery Man?
A sequel fourteen years in the making, Malcolm D. Lee’s The Best Man Holiday opens this weekend in theaters nationwide. Starring Taye Diggs, Morris Chestnut, and Monica Calhoun, the film follows a group of college friends reunited over the holidays where forgotten rivalries and old romances reignite. Reviews have been mixed so far but as the only major release this weekend it should be able to nab a healthy slice of the box office pie. However, we predict that Thor: The Dark World will hold steady at #1.
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MoviePass: A trailer has been released for Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. The biblical epic stars Russell Crowe as Noah, with a supporting cast that includes Anthony Hopkins, Jennifer Connolly, and Emma Watson. Release date will be late March!
MoviePass: Disney has released a teaser for Maleficent, the much-anticipated Angelina Jolie star vehicle, directed by visual arts specialist and first-time director Robert Stromberg. Comes to theaters next summer!
MoviePass: To celebrate the premier of Lone Survivor at the AFI Festival, here is a new trailer Universal released for the movie this past weekend. Starring Mark Wahlberg and Eric Bana, the movie goes wide on December 27th.
MoviePass: Star Wars: Episode VII changes course as Michael Arndt passes the screenwriting torch to J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan.
-FilmLedger: It was announced on StarWars.com today that producer-director J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan will be taking over the screenwriting responsibilities for Star Wars Episode VII. Michael Arndt worked on it for about a year and now as the production start date draws nearer, Abrams and Kasdan have taken the reins. Kasdan is a consultant on the project, having worked for Lucasfilm in the past as screenwriter of Raiders of the Lost Ark and co-screenwriter of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Production is set to begin at Pinewood Studios in London in the spring 2014. The expected release of the anticipated Star Wars sequel is in 2015.