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Vanity Fair, for their annual Hollywood issue, has created three short films featuring a who’s who of British talent from the newbies (Eddie Redmayne) to the classics (Michael Caine).
The films are broken into three parts and use World War II as a theme.
There’s Preparing for War, Coming to America and Victory Is Assured.
And as for the script, it’s nothing but the most iconic movie quotes! From the line Bruce Willis utters that you know is iconic when you watch Die Hard online to Clark Gable’s classic from Gone with the Wind.
With so much to choose from, we have to hand it to the folks at Vanity Fair for getting this level of talent.
You’ve got Keira Knightley doing the Meg Ryan orgasm scene from When Harry Met Sally then Tom Hiddleston and Felicity Jones (newly minted cast member of the Star Wars universe) doing their best Bonnie and Clyde.
Here’s Episode 1:
And finally, Episode 3:
Liam Neeson last starred in Taken 3 and the third chapter of the action thriller was a blockbuster hit earlier this year. In just a few months, he’ll be back in action in Run All Night and Warner Bros. has just premiered the film’s first poster.
Run All Night re-teams Neeson with the director whose magic you can witness when you watch Non-Stop online, Jaume Collett-Sera.
It follows Neeson’s Brooklyn mob hitman who is facing a moment in time where those he works for are having to answer for the sins of their past. His boss Shawn Maguire (Ed Harris) has people coming out of the woodwork trying to kill him and all of his associates.
Things get personal when the thugs target Neeson’s son Mike (RoboCop star Joel Kinnaman). By the time this particular night turns to day, those vengeance seekers promise that all of Maguire’s people (including Neeson and his son) will be dead.
As we know from previous Neeson endeavors, that is likely not going to happen if he gets to them first!
Look for Run All Night, which also stars Nick Nolte, Genesis Rodriguez and Vincent D’Onofrio, in theaters April 17.
We rather like this Run All Night poster, featuring Liam Neeson front and center.
If that Furious 7 Super Bowl trailer whets your appetite, than the first official full length trailer for Furious 7 that just debuted should have you on overload.
There are two standouts moments (and there are many!) that we have to salute -- the Jason Statham major league fistfight with Dwayne Johnson and Kurt Russell making his first appearance!
Our Fast and Furious family are being hunted by Statham, and he’s the brother of Luke Evans who the gang “took care of” in Fast and Furious 6. And yes, he’s kind of pissed.
The locales are off the charts. The cars are cooler than ever and the family unit is as tight as kin can be. We cannot wait for this flick, one of our top 15 most anticipated movies of 2015!
Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, and Lucas Black all return! Look for Statham and Russell to be joined in the newbie department with Tony Jaa, Nathalie Emmaneul, Djimon Hounsou, Iggy Azaela and John Brotherton.
Watch Fast and Furious 6 online to get ready for the big-time sequel.
Paul Walker is ready for action in this still from Furious 7.
The latest Fifty Shades of Grey scene has arrived, and while we recently learned that Jamie Dornan’s Christian Grey doesn’t do romance in the last Fifty Shades of Grey clip, this time we learn the specifics.
Christian takes Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) to his playroom, and no, it’s not where he keeps his X-Box.
The hype machine for Fifty Shades of Grey is in full gear as the film is debuting in just over a week! For fans of the 70 million selling novel by EL James (that started out as Twilight fan faction, believe it or not), the day of
whipping pleasure is here!
Universal has also released the latest TV spot for Fifty Shades of Grey below and we love how it’s called Valentine’s Day. You know, nothing says romance like blindfolds, whips and chains!
Luke Grimes, Jennifer Ehle, Marcia Gay Harden and Rita Ora all co-star in the film that lands February 13.
What exactly is Jamie Dornan doing to Dakota Johnson here?
Hot on the heels of those Poltergeist photos, the first Poltergeist trailer is here.
For fans of the iconic original from Steven Spielberg and Tobe Hopper, the news of a remake may seem, for lack of a better and supremely appropriate word, sacrilegious.
But this remake has several things going for it.
One, it is from producer Sam Raimi, who is the brains behind the Evil Dead movies and many more horror classics.
Second, the cast is awesome, from Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt as the parents to Jared Harris as the medium who comes to “clean the house” of those nasty poltergeists.
Check out the trailer and let us know what you think…
Poltergeist is set to land July 24 and introduces us to eight-year-old Kennedi Clements as Maddie, who will head into the light first made famous by Heather O’Rourke’s Carol Anne in the original early '80s classic.
Hot on the heels of that riveting Furious 7 trailer that premiered last night, Universal has unveiled a series of 10 photos from their upcoming seventh installment in the Fast and Furious series.
We’ve got a boatload of new stills and there is something here for everyone.
From Paul Walker’s unforgettable baby blues, to our first look at Jason Statham’s villain and Dwayne Johnson going mano-a-mano and then, of course, there’s the cars -- lots and lots of the most beautiful (and fast) cars.
Also in the slideshow below is the first Furious 7 still of Kurt Russell, who plays a government agent who is helping our Fast and Furious family stop Statham as he does his best to end the life of each and every member of the clan, one by one.
Furious 7 opens April 3 and also stars Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ronda Rousey, Nathalie Emmanuel, Lucas Black (who’s back!), Djimon Hounsou, Jordana Brewster (who gets her first still below!) and Elsa Pataky.
Watch Fast and Furious 6 online to get ready for one of the most anticipated movies of the year!
Essentially, we'll look at this latest Furious 7 poster as the Paul Walker tribute poster. It's perfect.
Hector and the Search for Happiness is one of the more life-affirming movies Movie Fanatic has seen in some time. And now that the Simon Pegg-starring emotional powerhouse has landed on DVD, the world can discover what we think is the movie role that Pegg was born to play.
Pegg is Hector. He is a psychiatrist who has a successful London practice. He has a brilliant and beautiful girlfriend (the always awesome Rosamund Pike), and one day he realizes that he believes he might be a fraud. Here Hector is accepting money from his patients, all who seek his insight into finding happiness, and at the end of the day, he has absolutely no clue what exactly that looks, sounds or feels like -- much less how to expertly tell people how to live it.
So he embarks on a global journey in search of the elusive emotional concept. From Africa to Asia to America and everywhere in between, he chronicles in his journal through drawings and writings how the word "happiness" is defined by varied cultures, peoples and societies.
Director Peter Chelsom has orchestrated a true testament to the human spirit and what it is that not only defines us, but makes us a varied collective of souls sharing the same planet. And he has a brilliantly gifted cast beyond Pike and Pegg to help illustrate his messages and themes.
Excelling in their roles, however small or large, is an impressive group, such as Christopher Plummer (his part made us weep!), Toni Collette, Jean Reno, Stellan Skarsgard and an army of international actors who you have probably never heard of who all join in an electric ensemble to bring us one of our top 15 films of 2014.
For more on the film itself, don’t miss our theatrical Hector and the Search for Happiness review. Now, in terms of the DVD bonus features, there is plenty to enhance the Happiness experience.
Who wouldn’t want to go Around the World with Simon Pegg? Thanks to the bonus feature, viewers get to and it is an utter delight. One of our favorite actors takes us along for a ride that crosses the planet and gives unparalleled insight into the movie that allowed the thespian to greatly expand his range and spread his wings. We sure hope he gets to do it again.
The bonus feature feels like a travel journal and, in many ways, mirrors the one that Hector keeps. Pegg is a natural and that comes across in this DVD extra that we plan on watching again and again.
The Making of Hector and the Search for Happiness is another bonus feature treat. What is so fascinating to see in how this film was put together is how Chelsom keeps the scope massive (what with its globe-trotting nature for the elusive search for what makes people happy), all while keeping it firmly grounded in the emotional power that is normally reserved for smaller-scoped tales. Hector and the Search for Happiness manages to do both, and witnessing how that tall task was conquered is as much a joy as the film itself.
Speaking of Chelsom, hearing the movie magician at work on the audio commentary track is like attending a master film class in how to make the impossible supremely possible.
Watch Hector and the Search for Happiness online now and prepare to be mesmerized by its power and resonance.
And Hector is not happy, so he journeys out into the world in Hector and the Search for Happiness.
The head of Sony Pictures, Amy Pascal, has stepped down from her post. It is a loss in many ways as she was one of the rarest breeds in Hollywood: A female head of a studio. But, in the wake of the scandal involving the cyber attack on Sony in “retaliation” for The Interview, it seemed like the writing was on the wall, long before today’s news.
Those email leaks painted Pascal (and more importantly the people who were communicating with her) as, let’s just say, opinionated. And given her strong relationship with some of the talent (like Angelina Jolie) that were the subject of those email jabs, it was probably just a matter of time before Pascal stepped down.
But this is not the only facet of the Pascal story today.
She is leaving as Sony Pictures' head, sure, but she is now embarking on a deal that will honestly find her doing what she does best.
Pascal is leading a major new production company at Sony and will start in that capacity (we think she already started!) in May. This is Pascal’s own company that will develop film and television properties, and even theater. “I have spent almost my entire professional life at Sony Pictures and I am energized to be starting this new chapter based at the company I call home. I have always wanted to be a producer,” Pascal said in a statement.
“As the slate for the next 2 years has come together, it felt like the right time to transition into this new role. I am so grateful to my team, some of whom I have worked with for the last 20 years and others who have joined more recently. I am leaving the studio in great hands. I am so proud of what we have all done together and I look forward to a whole lot more.”
Sony Pictures will completely fund Pascal’s operation. So, she isn't leavingSony. She is merely adjusting her duties. And given the many stars we’ve talked to over the years, including Jolie who she triumphed with on Salt (the rare female-led action movie at the time), it sounds like project development is truthfully what she was put on this earth to do.
“Amy’s creativity, drive, and bold choices helped define SPE as a studio where talented individuals could take chances and push boundaries in order to deliver outstanding entertainment,” said Michael Lynton, CEO of Sony Entertainment.
“The studio’s legacy is due in large part to Amy’s passion for storytelling and love of this industry. I am delighted that Amy will be continuing her association with SPE through this new venture, which capitalizes on her extraordinary talents. In recent months, SPE faced some unprecedented challenges, and I am grateful for Amy’s resilience and grace during this period. Amy has been a great partner to me in heading the studio and I am looking forward to a continued close working relationship with her in her new role on the lot.”
How’s this for impressive: Under Pascal’s guidance, Sony has banked $46 million in global box office, scored 212 Golden Globe nods, 315 Oscar nominations and had 115 number one movies.
Well done, and we cannot wait to see what she does next.
In hindsight, the film that started this whole thing could prove to be the best thing to ever happen to Pascal. Watch The Interview online now.
The Interview was just one of many hot-button movies in Hollywood history. What else ruffled feathers?
Wag the Dog arrived in 1997 and its storyline remarkably reflected something that was going on at the real White House. President Clinton was in the midst of the Monica Lewinsky scandal and seemed to divert attention from it by engaging in military activities overseas. In the film, Robert De Niro's political operative solicits the help of a Hollywood executive to help do the same thing. For many, it hit too close to home.
Usually when a film takes years to hit screens, it is a sign of trouble. But, that is not necessarily the case with Seventh Son. Often delayed, and thus much maligned, the Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore and Ben Barnes starring medieval epic is actually somewhat entertaining.
Bridges portrays Master Gregory. He is a Spook, a man with innate gifts to fight the supernatural. He hasn’t had the best of luck with apprentices as his last several perished (including what amounts to a cameo from Kit Harrington).
As the film commences, we learn that he imprisoned -- deep in a mountaintop hole -- the most evil of witches, Mother Malkin (Moore).
After a visually stunning capture of the passage of time -- she escapes in dragon form no less. The world, and Master Gregory, will pay for her imprisonment and to say she’s pissed is the hugest understatement ever.
Meanwhile, Bridges needs an apprentice (as so eloquently teased in that Seventh Son Super Bowl trailer), and that finds him landing on the shores of the home of Barnes’ Tom Ward. He is the seventh son of a seventh son and that makes his appointment a destiny that he cannot fight, even if he would rather stay home and feed pigs. We learn there is something else that makes him special, but you won’t hear that from us!
The two embark on a journey to find and kill Mother Malkin and her witchy charges.
Director Sergey Bodrov has a firm command of the genre and we have to admit that the film truly takes us away to another time. Not once during his movie did we think about the modern issues that confound us, and that is saying something for sure. The visuals are astounding and crafty, but too often they overshadow the dramatic potential of his Oscar caliber leads. Then again, they both do their own parts in dragging Seventh Son down a notch.
Bridges won an Oscar merely a few years ago for Crazy Heart and then came back with the incredible True Grit. But, with his performance in The Giver and now in Seventh Son, we’re kind of wondering about his choice in characterization. Specifically, the vocal presentation of his character. That accent and his delivery in Seventh Son are downright distracting. This pains us to report, as Bridges is one of our favorite actors (his The Big Lebowski quotes are our fave, which also saw him with Moore!).
Moore, well, she seems to just be mailing it in. She could have gone over the top and overtly showy. But instead, she chooses a more leveled approach to her character. Part of the fault of why her performance doesn’t work may lie in Bodrov’s use of amplified audio every time she tries to get her menacing point across.
The savior here in the acting and storytelling department is Barnes. The former The Chronicles of Narnia star has a ball tackling a strong and full character arc that goes from simple farm boy to all-powerful extoller of justice.
Our Seventh Son review feels that the film is a fun ride, albeit flawed, and not at all worthy of the stigma that comes with a movie that took years to arrive on screens.
Jeff Bridges is the warrior mentor in Seventh Son.
An extended TV trailer for the Will Smith-starring Focus has arrived and the February 27 thriller certainly looks good.
Smith stars as a con man who takes another con under his wing. Margot Robbie has the looks, style, panache and swagger to be successful, but might just need a little fine tuning with her grifting. Or, so he thinks.
Smith is Nicky, a veteran con man who violates rule number one in the game… don’t get romantically attached. But, there’s something about Robbie’s Jess that he just can't get out of his system.
But, can he trust her long enough to pull off the greatest score he’s ever even attempted? Has he lost his Focus?
What’s fascinating for us about Focus is it is merely the first chapter in a Smith-Robbie pairing. The two were just cast in DC Comics and WB’s Suicide Squad with Robbie tackling Harley Quinn and Smith aiming for Deadshot.
Focus looks promising, as it is written and directed by the pair that gave us Crazy, Stupid, Love -- John Requa and Glenn Ficarra.
Margot flirts with Will and it totally throws him off his game.
In barely a week, audiences can check out what we think will be one of the most enjoyable experiences at the cinemas in 2015 with the arrival of Kingsman: The Secret Service.
It stars Colin Firth as a high ranking member of the Kingsman, a secretive organization who operates like a spy agency, without the overseeing by any government. They do the work that no one else wants to do.
Firth recruits a young punk (Taron Egerton) who he thinks has what it takes to be the next great member of the Kingsman: The Secret Service.
We honestly think the flick might be one of the best of the year when all is said and done. It’s just that fun.
Before you head into the theaters, let Movie Fanatic give you a little (spoiler-free) taste of what to expect.
Click through and discover 7 things you need to know about Kingsman: The Secret Service!
Kingsman: The Secret Service director Matthew Vaughn has long stated that his dream would be to direct a James Bond movie. When Sam Mendes got the gig for Skyfall, he figured he might never get his chance. What we saw in his X-Men: First Class is a helmer who did a film that winked at the '60s-era spy world that Bond started in, and in Kingsman: The Secret Service, he truly embraces the super secretive secret service world that Bond wishes he could live in!
We are all too excited for the return of our favorite characters from Frozen in the Frozen Fever short film that will debut before Cinderella in March.
But, not everyone is thrilled that Olaf, Elsa and Anna are coming back.
Fox News believes that Disney's highest grossing animated film of all time doesn’t like boys. It makes them look stupid and buffoon-ish. And worse, it’s sending a terrible message to all those boys in the world.
You know, because there are so many movies out there that don’t have strong male characters as the lead.
Fox News turned to their guest, Penny Nance, the CEO of Concerned Women for America, and got her take. “It’s not just Disney, but Hollywood in general has often sent the message that men are superfluous, that they’re stupid, that they’re in the way, and if they contribute anything to a family it’s a paycheck. And that is not true, and it’s not good social science,” she stated.
Now, in this era where we have been talking about the lack of strong roles out there for women and that is reflected in the Oscar nominations, this seems out of left field and misguided, no?
To go after Disney and Frozen seems inane. Aren’t the two leads in the movie Anna and Elsa?
And did you watch the movie? Didn’t Olaf practically commit suicide to save his beloved female friend? Then there’s Kristoff and his desperate attempt to return and save Anna!
You’re right, those male characters should feel “stupid” and they don’t “contribute anything.”
Wait, watch Frozen online and see if you agree. Are you, I and Fox News watching the same movie?
Nance went even further into this astounding rabbit hole of idiocracy.
“The question for us as moms, is when we bring our daughter to see Frozen, or whatever the movie is, we often have our little boy sitting there, and is this message helpful? We want them to know that they’re essential,” she stated. “We want to raise heroes. We want to raise real men. We want to encourage masculinity and not villainize masculinity.”
“We want to raise heroes?” Here’s the entire interview!
Did she not notice that Marvel and DC Comics are making a killing with male superheroes saving the day around every turn? And in fact, isn’t the opposite problem the real issue?
Where are the female superheroes?
Well, they’re coming, people. And with the help of movies such as Lucy, the coming soon Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel, there’ll be plenty of women to save the day.
And of course, Hollywood being Hollywood, there will still be plenty of “real men” centering our entertainment. In fact, we'd bet they'll still be (by far) the majority.
On a lighter note, check out our favorite Frozen quotes!
Hi, everyone. I'm Olaf and I like warm hugs!Olaf
Hi, everyone. I'm Olaf and I like warm hugs!
Today, it’s the Best Actor’s turn to head into our crystal ball. With Eddie Redmayne’s win for Best Actor, Drama at the Golden Globes for The Theory of Everything and Michael Keaton’s victory for Best Actor, Comedy at the Globes for Birdman, it appears to have come down to a two-man race.
But do not count out the other three nominees by any means. As anyone who has followed any kind of voting institution over the years knows, splitting the vote can result in a surprise third person emerging victorious.
First of all, here are the nominees.
The comeback is complete, Michael Keaton is a Best Actor nominee for BIrdman.
And that third person who could emerge victorious is who exactly?
Let’s break it down…
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
There are several reasons we’re surprised Steve Carell is nominated for Foxcatcher. He’s one of our favorite people in Hollywood, don’t get us wrong. It’s just we felt that his turn as John du Pont was more of a supporting role (totally Oscar worthy) and secondly, there were probably a few Oscar snubs out there for people who might have deserved this fifth spot a wee bit more than Carell.
But, it is a performance that astounds and announces Carell as more than someone who can make us laugh. Look for him to further expand his reach in the coming years, thanks to his talent and this Oscar nod. We think he could easily follow a career path like another funny man who once won an Oscar, Robin Williams. But this year, this will not be his turn.
Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
Given the blockbuster success of American Sniper (almost $250 million so far domestically), one might think that Bradley Cooper had shot to the top of the favorite pile for his turn as real life sharpshooter Chris Kyle.
The Academy has notoriously not paid any attention to box office and we don’t think they’ll start now. Cooper is on a roll with his third straight Oscar nomination and one day he will grasp one and we will be the first to cheer. But this year, like Carell, is not his time.
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
If there is an upset in this category, it will come from Benedict Cumberbatch for his stunning turn as real life World War II hero Alan Turing, who created the computer that broke the Nazi Enigma code and helped win the war. Cumberbatch dazzled us and carried The Imitation Game in many ways. He is another who we think before he is done, will amass a huge amount of Oscar nominations. But is this his year?
There is a theory, that if Eddie Redmayne and Michael Keaton split the votes that the name read on Oscar night will be Cumberbatch’s. We’d be fine with that. He deserves it. But, alas, it’s not going to happen.
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
What Eddie Redmayne did in The Theory of Everything is nothing short of a miraculous transformation. Oscar loves people who play real people who triumph over all sorts of adversity and make a mark on society. Stephen Hawking certainly did that and then some. And the way that Redmayne captured his evolution is incredible, from highly educated and gifted scholar to ALS-riddled survivor who would not give in to the disease that ravaged his body, but not his mind.
The thing is, Redmayne is just at the beginning of his career. We see many Oscar voters feeling that he will be back. Even though what he did is clearly Oscar worthy and deserved, we think the veteran will get the award this year. Who?
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Michael Keaton will win for Birdman. He is a Hollywood pro who has been entertaining us for decades and will finally get his Oscar spotlight moment. The Academy loves a comeback and in a moment of art imitating life, the story of a Hollywood superstar mounting a comeback in Birdman truly mirrors the one that the man who plays Birdman went through with that role.
Even though this is the toughest category in terms of competition, we don’t see a world where Keaton is not exiting the Dolby Theatre with a new moniker, Oscar winner Michael Keaton.
Who do you think should win Best Actor?
Take elements of story structure from The Matrix, add in the camera work of Speed Racer and the scope of Cloud Atlas and then multiply that all by 100 and you have the latest from the Wachowskis, the epic Jupiter Ascending.
Mila Kunis is the rarest of breeds with the role of Jupiter Jones. She is a leading lady protagonist in a massive science fiction adventure. Channing Tatum’s Caine Wise is a dash of knight in shining armor, but more of an alien/human hybrid out to prove something.
Their two fates will collide in the city of Chicago where Kunis is living with her Russian immigrant relatives working as a cleaning lady. As you can tell from the Jupiter Ascending trailer, Kunis is a princess, and although she does not know it, she affects the fate of everyone not only on Earth, but in the entire universe.
In a plot too complicated to explain further here, Balem (Eddie Redmayne) wants control of Earth and the newly discovered princess on that planet makes that difficult. Caine will swoop in to rescue her as Balem’s assassins are trying their best to kill her. Before long, they’re off to Balem and Caine’s planet (you guessed it, Jupiter) and all our characters will dive into one epic science fiction tale with plenty of pizzazz, zip and stunning eye-popping visuals from the filmmaking siblings who are ever pushing the envelope in that department.
As we said earlier, there are story elements right out of The Matrix. That “you are the one, but you don’t know it, and by the way there’s this entire world that you never knew existed, and yeah, you’re key to that world’s entire future.” It is amplified though. The stakes are much higher and the characters on this Wachowskis' playing field are much more diverse.
It doesn’t necessarily mean it all adds up, makes a whole lot of sense or isn’t convoluted in the slightest. Jupiter Ascending is massive and anything this big is bound to have issues. How anyone on earth doesn’t know about this outer universe battle is a bit sketchy. How a certain character reacts to learning of said world is also a bit unbelievable.
But this is not the movie to dissect for plot points that work together like a physics equation. This is pure popcorn fun and between the action, and the science fiction-ness of it all, the Wachowskis have again blown our minds and done something triumphant. It is an eye-popping stunner and unlike anything they’ve done before from a visual standpoint.
When it comes to the performers in Jupiter Ascending, Kunis and Tatum are great together and each pulls off lines that might have been a challenge to utter so out of context in such a CG environ. Our issue is with Redmayne. He is too over the top and yet simultaneously understated. It’s a frankly bizarre turn from the current Oscar nominee for his out-of-this-world turn in The Theory of Everything.
This Jupiter Ascending review could tear it apart for the multitude of issues this massive epic tale has. We instead choose to look on the bright side. The Wachowskis need to be encouraged by what they have accomplished with their latest.
Considering how many years it has been since their first feature, looking back they haven’t made too many movies. Given that they’ve released two in three years, and each went for potentially unreachable Hail Marys, we have to salute them and let the cinematic siblings know we’ll be first in line for their next piece of escapism art.
Want to see the filmmaking siblings' best work? Watch The Matrix online.
Channing Tatum is an alien warrior sent to rescue Mila Kunis.
Although the latest Furious 7 poster is billed as its “official” theatrical poster, we prefer to think of it as the Paul Walker tribute poster.
It features a black and white image of Walker with his close friend and Fast and Furious cohort Vin Diesel. Simply, it’s perfect.
The seventh film in the series has been on a serious role of late, what with the release of the full length Furious 7 trailer yesterday and that astounding group of 10 Furious 7 stills… one would think the movie is coming sooner than later.
Given that the calendar just turned from January to February, that means the month after next, we can finally see James Wan’s vision for the latest adventure that feels a whole lot like a vengeance tale.
Jason Statham joins the cast as the brother of Luke Evans’ villain from Fast and Furious 6. He’s just a little pissed that his bro is no longer with the living and he’s taking payback in the form of trying to kill off every member of Diesel’s “Fast family.”
Watch Fast and Furious 6 online and see where we left off because Furious 7 lands on April 3 and starts the minute that action blockbuster ended.
Walker and Diesel are joined once again by Ludacris, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson and Michelle Rodriguez. Lucas Black makes a triumphant return as Kurt Russell joins the cast with fellow Fast and Furious neophytes Djimon Hounsou, Iggy Azalea and John Brotherton.
Essentially, we'll look at this latest Furious 7 poster as the Paul Walker tribute poster. It's perfect.
It is fitting that soon after we got the news about the Mockingjay Part 1 DVD, we hear more about its follow-up, Mockingjay Part 2.
Lionsgate and IMAX have announced plans to release the final film in The Hunger Games series on November 20 on standard movie theater formats, as well as IMAX and IMAX 3D.
“I’m thrilled Mockingjay Part 2 will be in IMAX theaters,” said director Francis Lawrence in a statement.
“Fans will now have the chance to see the film in any format they want, which is exciting. We recently saw the 3D version of Mockingjay Part 1 before its release in China, and the new level of immersion was really fantastic.”
If you remember, Mockingjay Part 1 was not shown in 3D in the United States, and that didn’t matter as the thing still banked enough cash to have it replace Guardians of the Galaxy as the highest grossing film of 2014 in the early stages of 2015 as receipts came in.
Now that Mockingjay Part 2 will be released in 3D, and standard formats, plus the fact that it is the final chapter in a beloved series, we think there is no question that the Suzanne Collins page-to-screen effort’s last film will be 2015’s highest grossing…. Wait one minute!
Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Avengers: Age of Ultron might have something to say about that! Is it us, or is 2015 going to be the most anticipated movie year ever?!
Watch The Hunger Games online to see how it all got started.
I never wanted any of this, I never wanted to be in the Games, I just wanted to save my sister and keep Peeta alive.
Katniss didn't seek to become the face of revolution. She just wanted to save her sister... oh, and Peeta.
Hot on the heels of that first Mr. Holmes clip that introduced us to a walking/talking version of Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes, we got the film’s teaser poster.
McKellen plays the iconic sleuth later in his years and he is haunted by a mystery that he could never solve. Eager to get this cold case hot, he vows to dive into it with new vigor and make sure whoever committed this crime is brought to justice, before Holmes leaves this earth.
Mr. Holmes also stars one of our favorite actresses (and former high school classmate!), Laura Linney. She portrays Holmes’ housekeeper and it is just her, her young son Roger and Holmes in the English estate.
Linney’s character thinks it is a great idea that Holmes figures this mystery out, as it seems to bond him and her son. And given that Holmes is slowly losing his memory, the young boy is the perfect addition to his one last crime-solving effort.
Look for Mr. Holmes sometime in 2015 (we’re guessing summer) and we cannot wait to see it as it reunites McKellen with the director who guided him to Oscar gold for his work on Gods and Monsters, Bill Condon.
Fan of the Holmes story? Watch Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows online for a slightly different take from Guy Ritchie!
Anchorman is one of the most beloved and popular comedies of all time.
Will Ferrell has often said that Ron Burgundy was his most favorite character that he ever played. When it comes to that film, it’s hard to find someone who has not seen it.
Yet, we bet that you did not know these 13 fun facts about the comedy classic from Ferrell and his writing-directing partner Adam McKay!
Sure, those Anchorman quotes are iconic, and many think that Brick’s are the most out there. Did you know the studio wanted that character completely cut out of the movie? Yeah, seriously.
Watch Anchorman online and it’s easy to tell the affinity that it has for San Diego. And the love is mutual -- the city has adopted the film as its own. But, how much of it was actually filmed there?
Click through and learn these 13 little known facts about one of the most beloved comedies ever made, Anchorman.
When the movie started, did you notice the title card that read, "Based on actual events. Only the people, places and events have been changed." Yeah, that. Had to know you were in for some kind of comedy that could not be more self aware if it tried.
The Seth Rogen and Zac Efron battle will continue as Universal has announced plans for Neighbors 2.
The first film that saw Rogen’s onscreen wife Rose Byrne steal scenes left and right with her Neighbors quotes was a comedy smash from summer 2014 and it looks like we’re getting a follow-up on May 13, 2016.
Rogen, Efron and Byrne are all back, and so is director Nicholas Stoller. The first film made an astounding $269 million and was one of our top 14 comedies of 2014.
No word on the plot, as it seemed as if Rogen and Efron’s characters had made up at the end of Neighbors. But, we’re sure the comedic brain trust that impressed us the first time around will do the same.
Neighbors 2 will be written by Rogen, Stoller, Andrew Jay Cohen and Brendan O’Brien.
Watch Neighbors online and see what all the fuss is about!
Rose and Seth meet the new neighbor, Zac Efron. Seems nice enough.
February is starting with quite a bang for this first weekend movie preview of the month. The Wachowskis are back with Jupiter Ascending, Jeff Bridges battles Julianne Moore and her coven in Seventh Son and SpongeBob gets his own big screen adventure with The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.
Let's break it down...
Jupiter Ascending: The Wachowskis are always known for pushing the limits of what visual effects can do while simultaneously tackling a storyline that has the biggest of scopes. They're back with their latest and it is a princess story that stretches to the furthest reaches of the universe. Mila Kunis is said princess and Channing Tatum is an alien warrior sent to Earth to save her from assassins who seek to kill her so they can keep control of the universe.
Channing Tatum is an alien warrior sent to rescue Mila Kunis.
As we stated in our Jupiter Ascending review, the film is a bit complicated to digest, but the visuals are epic and stunning. When it comes to popcorn movies, this one is the pop-iest of all!
Seventh Son: This long delayed movie is not as bad as most often delayed movies can be. Bridges battles Moore's witch, sure, but this film is more about finding one's destiny and that arrives in the storyline following Ben Barnes. He is Bridges' apprentice and he will discover his life calling over the course of their fantastical journey.
Jeff Bridges is the warrior mentor in Seventh Son.
Our Seventh Son review found the film more entertaining than we expected, but sure it has problems. Bridges' characterization is all sorts of off and Moore seems like she is just phoning it in.
The SpongeBob Movie Sponge Out of Water: Where the SpongeBob Squarepants show is a hit with both young and old, we feel that the big screen story will only find joy with the youngest of viewers. SpongeBob must head onto land in search of the recipe of his beloved burgers that have been stolen by real-world Antonio Banderas. Kids will love it, but we're afraid that's about it.
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water releases its latest poster!
Feel like staying in this weekend?
Some super titles have landed on digital download. Watch Dracula Untold online and discover the Vlad the Impaler origins story we never knew. Also, watch John Wick online and prepare to be dazzled by the best Keanu Reeves film in years.