MOVIEPASS: New Character Posters For ‘Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters’ Featuring Alexandra Daddario as Annabeth Chase and Logan Lerman as Percy Jackson
In theaters August 7, In order to restore their dying safe haven, the son of Poseidon and his friends embark on a quest to the Sea of Monsters to find the mythical Golden Fleece and to stop an ancient evil from rising.
MOVIEPASS: New ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ Set Photo Reveals Destruction
- comingsoon: Director Marc Webb continues his tradition of posting set photos from the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and the latest image should raise some eyebrows. Webb captioned the image with this: “Day 77. Never go full hobo. Writer Alex Kurtzman, Rocky and me making use of an Oscorp crater fire.” The substantial destruction seen in the image brings up the question: Who caused it? With Electro and Rhino set to appear in the film we’re given two possibilities, but could it in fact be Chris Cooper’s Norman Osborn as The Green Goblin? Who do you think set the fire?
MOVIEPASS: Play The ‘Man Of Steel’ Game Now for FREE!
- comingsoon: Warner Bros. has debuted “Metropolis Mayhem,” a browser-based game where you play as Superman, dodging obstacles and using your heat vision if one gets in your way. You can play the game by clicking here
MOVIEPASS: Sung Kang On ‘Fast & Furious 6’ and Han’s Final Fate
- comingsoon: Of all of the diverse characters in Justin Lin’s Fast & Furious 6, none have quite as complicated a backstory as Sung Kang’s Han Lue. Although his first franchise appearance is in 2006’s The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Lin made the character a continuation of the one Kang played in his 2002 crime drama Better Luck Tomorrow. What’s more, Han was killed in Tokyo Drift and the subsequent Fast & Furious films have all been set up as subtle prequels, meaning that each entry has been bringing the character closer and closer to his death.
ComingSoon.net spoke with Kang about his five-film arc as Han, working with Lin for over a decade and his upcoming television series “Gang Related.” Kang also offers a pretty fantastic pitch for his dream role as a certain Caped Crusader and tells us whether or not Han has finally seen his last adventure. Beware of some minor spoilers! CLICK HERE FOR INTERVIEW
MOVIEPASS: Entertainment One Acquires U.S. Distribution for ‘Diana’
- comingsoon: Entertainment One (eOne” has announced that it has acquired the US rights to Diana from Embankment Films and Ecosse Films. eOne will also distribute with major releases in the UK, Canada and Spain.
From the director of the Academy Award-nominated Downfall, Oliver Hirschbiegel and writer Stephen Jeffreys (The Libertine) , the film stars two time Academy Award-nominee Naomi Watts (The Impossible, J. Edgar, 21 Grams, Mulholland Drive) and Naveen Andrews (“LOST,” The English Patient). Currently in post-production, the romantic story explores the last two years of beloved Princess Diana’s life and her relationship with heart surgeon Dr. Hasnat Khan. The film is produced by Ecosse Films’ Robert Bernstein and Douglas Rae.
“We are thrilled to be bringing ‘Diana’ home from Cannes,” said Dylan Wiley, VP Theatrical Marketing and Distribution, eOne Films US. “’Diana’ will give audiences worldwide a chance to not only fall in love with the Princess all over again, but also discover a part of her life up until now kept out of the public eye. And only Naomi Watts could bring such a modern icon to life, through a truly beautiful and nuanced performance.”
“Dylan and his team are totally collaborative; they recognize the opportunity for US audiences to discover Princess Diana’s unique voice told through a highly emotional and touching love story. With eOne US the film continues to build on aggressive releases already committed by our other distribution partners throughout the rest of the world,” said Bernstein and Rae.
The deal was negotiated by Tim Haslam for Embankment Films and Ecosse Films and Jo Sweby for eOne.
Diana is expected to hit theatres in the US in late 2013.
MOVIEPASS: Tom Cruise Drops ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ To Focus On ‘Mission: Impossible 5’
- cenimablend:Deadline is reporting that Cruise has decided he no longer wants to make The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and instead focus on his already-established franchise based on a spy television series: Mission: Impossible. While Warner Bros. was planning on having Ritchie start production on the new film this fall, Cruise is now planning to use that time to get Mission: Impossible 5 going, hoping to start shooting before the end of the year. It’s worth noting that the sequel doesn’t currently have a director attached, but does have Iron Man 3 co-writer Drew Pearce handling the script.
Obviously, these leaves WB with a considerable problem. They are once again looking for an actor to take the lead role, though replacing somebody with Cruise’s star power isn’t exactly an easy task. Unfortunately, the site doesn’t mention any of the stars the studio is considering. Hammer is still attached to the project and while she isn’t mentioned in the new report, presumably Swedish actress Alicia Vikander is still attached as the female lead.
MOVIEPASS: Universal Lands Right To ‘The School For Good and Evil’ Book Trilogy
- firstshowing: Universal is heading into children’s fantasy territory with the recently released The School for Good and Evil, the first book in a new trilogy from writer Soman Chainani. The studio landed to the rights to the book series which will be adapted by the author and Hook screenwriter Malia Scotch-Marmo. THR says the book hit shelves on May 14th and heads across the pond early next month with a story that follows two best friends on the opposite end of the spectrum as they head into The School for Good and Evil where they will be trained as either a hero or a villain. But things don’t quite go as the young girls expected. CLICK HERE TO READ ON!
MOVIEPASS: Brad Pitt Screens ‘World War Z’ To Select Crowds, Scores Positive Reviews
- cenimablend: A public, but still limited, event held in New Jersey Wednesday night continued Paramount’s push to introduce Marc Forster’s World War Z to audiences. None other than Brad Pitt attended a public sneak of the anticipated zombie thriller, which several media members attended … weighing in on the film’s impact below.
“We gotta do a screening for the fans. So, we decided there was no better place to do that than Jersey,” Pitt exclaimed to a packed theater, according to ScreenCrush, which was in attendance. The site went on to describe the film as a “crowd-pleaser,” saying, “If you’ve heard any of the production problems the film has had, don’t believe the hype: World War Z isn’t a disaster. But as a disaster movie, it’s actually pretty good.”
Huffington Post editor Mike Hogan, who attended a smaller, celebrity-filled screening at MoMA in New York City weighed in with his own opinion, stating, “I think it works, though I suspect some people who see the movie cold will wonder why its scale contracted instead of expanding. … I’m curious to know what a paying audience will think. But for now, at least, the dark rumors that World War Z would be dead-on-arrival appear to have been greatly exaggerated.”
Both reports are referencing a steady stream of disastrous production stories of a ballooning budget, costly reshoots, an ending that didn’t work, and so on. All of this led those tracking the production to believe that Z would be more trouble for Paramount than it was worth.
Yet as Forbes points out, all of this negative buzz tends to matter to inside-baseball trackers, but has little impact on the box office.
“The countless millions of moviegoers who decide the box office fate of World War Z either don’t know about the film’s tumultuous production or don’t care. Oh, the reports of alleged disagreements between Brad Pitt and director Marc Forster may make juicy gossip, but not one single ticket-buyer who is otherwise interested in a large-scale zombie adventure starring Brad Pitt is going to refrain from buying a ticket because the star and the director might not have always get along.”
Too true. If Z is good – and we hope it is – audiences will flock, interested to see the finished product, caring little about what went into making the movie before it reached your local screen.
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MOVIEPASS: Michael Cera Talks ‘Magic Magic: Cannes 2013
- totalfilm: Perhaps best known for playing geeky, genial types in the likes of Scott Pilgrim Vs The World and Juno, Michael Cera is taking a darker turn with his latest role – in dark psychological thriller Magic Magic.
Screening in the Director’s Fortnight strand of Cannes 2013, Sebastián Silva’s film sees young American traveller Alicia (Juno Temple) start to lose her grip on reality during a road trip across southern Chile with her best friend (Sucker Punch’s Emily Browning) and the increasingly sinister Brink (Cera).
“He has real authorship over his work and that’s exciting to work with – someone who has clear ideas and doesn’t compromise,” said Cera of Chilean director Silva when Total Film caught up with him on the Croisette.
“Sebastian sent me the script and it was just a great character,” Cera continued. “It had a very different feeling and the script was so playful – every scene has some fun, weird idea in it. It was a good excuse to learn Spanish and get weird, you know…”
We also quizzed the actor about whether he might possibly reteam with his Scott Pilgrim director Edgar Wright for upcoming Marvel adap, Ant-Man. “I’d do anything – I’d be on set with him any day he wanted me to be,” laughed Cera.
“For me [taking on a role] depends on what the movie is and who the director is. Edgar is the most focused and careful filmmaker I’ve ever worked with. He’s a very specific engineer and has a wonderful sense of craftsmanship. I actually just got to see his new movie [The World’s End]… It may be my favourite of his. It’s got all of his control and his muscle as a director, but it also has this looseness, with this great cast – it feels so spontaneous somehow…”
MOVIEPASS:Critics Consensus ‘The Hangover lll’ Is Short On Laughs
- rottentomattoes:The Hangover Part II was mostly content to recycle its predecessor, so switching things up for the second sequel was probably a good idea. Unfortunately, critics say The Hangover Part III is so joke-free that it barely qualifies as a comedy, and while the stars make for good company as usual, the energy level isn’t particularly high. Phil and Stu (Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms) decide to get their out-of-control buddy Alan (Zach Galifianakis) into rehab, but their plan is foiled when a mobster (John Goodman) forces the Wolfpack to track down their old frenemy Chow (Ken Jeong). The pundits say The Hangover Part III is substantially darker than the previous installments, and it lacks the go-for-broke exuberance that made the original a massive hit.
MOVIEPASS:Critics Consensus ‘Fast & Furious 6’ Is Certified Fresh
- rottontomatoes: While most movie franchises find themselves running on fumes after one or two sequels, the Fast & Furious movies have improved as they’ve gone along. Critics say Fast & Furious 6 shows the series still has plenty left in the proverbial tank, its absurd plot is merely an excuse to stage (even more) deliriously exciting chases, stunts, and crashes. This time out, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his merry band of thieves postpone retirement when government agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) asks for their help in taking down a vicious criminal gang that counts old friend Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez) among its members. The pundits say the Certified Fresh Fast & Furious 6 is as gleefully preposterous as previous installments, and if you’re in the mood for exhilarating, supercharged action set-pieces, you’ve come to the right place.