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As huge fans of the series Entourage, created by Doug Ellin, we could not have been more thrilled with the news that Vinnie Chase (Adrian Grenier) and his boys would be hitting the big screen in an Entourage movie. So it was a great honor to head to the set of Entourage and not only see part of the film being shot, but also to get to chat with the entire cast and Ellin as well.
For the next several days, we’ll be rolling out our chats with the stars of Entourage, and today we begin with the guy who leads the pack, Grenier.
As you can see from that Entourage trailer, Grenier’s Vincent Chase is starring and directing in a Jekyll & Hyde movie called Hyde and it’s not just our hero who has everything riding on this. Jeremy Piven’s Ari Gold is now a studio executive and it was him who green lit this uber-expensive effort.
After we witnessed the boys shoot a scene on the Warner Bros. lot that gave us the chills -- all four of the guys (Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara and Kevin Dillon) riding in that iconic black convertible of theirs -- we first sat down with Grenier and got a little taste as to what to expect from the movie that hits June 3.
“It’s a joy man. It’s a real treat to be able to come back and get the gang back together. It’s like a big family reunion not only with the entourage but also with the whole crew. Many of the same faces for the past eight years are back and it’s just a lot of fun,” Grenier said.
One thing hasn’t changed for everyone involved making Entourage and that is the ease and laughter that arises from what happens when the Entourage crew gathers to make magic. “These guys are making me laugh right before each take that I could barely hold it together before they said action.”
So, where’s Vinnie right now in terms of where the show left him?
“Always climbing and always aspiring. That’s part of the joy of the show. We always managed to one up ourselves. We have to because the audience really demands a fantasy ride so everything has to be very heightened and we have to live vicariously through these guys who have the best lives in the world,” Grenier said.
Grenier reported that having worked the show for eight years, filming the Entourage movie has felt like a well oiled machine has just started up again.
“We’ve perfected the production over the years so it’s quite efficient. Everybody knows what they need to do to accomplish a day or a scene, so it doesn’t feel different in that,” he said. But given that this is a film, there’s a little more freedom to get things exactly how they want them. “Because of the budgets and the time constraints, we couldn’t get a lot of extra shots [on the show]. But now that we’re making the film we can take the time to expand and indulge the cinematic aspects of the show.”
One thing fans can expect to be the same in the film that was a key element to the show is the core relationship between Vince and his lifelong friends. “The relationship between the guys just deepens and becomes more complex, but for me the focus is really about how do I bring the story arc of the film to life and really challenge Vince to have to overcome the obstacles,” Grenier said.
“So that’s different and that’s new, but at the fundamental core of this show it’s about the bonding of the guys and of friendship and that will never change.”
One thing that fans of the show adored was how it gave them a fly on the wall feeling to life as a Hollywood superstar. That surely continues with the Entourage movie.
“There’s some risqué stuff here certainly. We were making an adult show movie,” Grenier said and laughed. “I mean its Entourage. It’s for people who can handle the topic. It’s not for the faint of heart. The one thing that I’ve always loved about the show is people who you never would think would love the show are the biggest fans, so I have grandma’s coming up to me saying, ‘I love your show! It is so great! It’s the only time that I get to spend any quality time with my 12-year-old granddaughter.’ And you’re just like, ‘Okay first of all there are so many layers of inappropriate that I (expletive) love it!’ The show, despite all the language and the nudity and the sex and all of that, is about friendship and bonding and what really makes family community important.”
Before we let Grenier go, we have to ask about the cameos, something the show was known for (among many things!).
“Emily Ratajkowski (Gone Girl) is in the house. Russell Wilson was there, Mike Tyson dropped in and some of the old faces like Gary Busey and Bob Saget. It's chock full of cameos. There must be at some point an extras reel of just cameos. There’s just so many,” Grenier said.
“I think we set a record for most cameos in a film.”
Stay with Movie Fanatic as we roll out our Entourage set visit interviews with it Ferrera, Connolly, Piven, Dillon and Ellin in the coming week!
Sure, it was widely known that Furious 7 would not be the last chapter in the Fast and Furious series. And given the fact that Furious 7 has banked $1.158 billion so far at the international box office, it’s not hard to believe that Furious 8 will arrive sooner than later.
During Universal Pictures’ presentation at CinemaCon, they had a surprise guest make a surprise announcement to the theater owner association. Vin Diesel took to the stage and announced that Furious 8 would hit theaters on April 14, 2017.
You can understand why Universal is just a little bit happy with Furious 7. It is the first film in their history to cross the billion dollar box office mark during its initial run in theaters. Jurassic Park went over a billion, but only after its 3D re-release back in 2013.
Stay tuned for more as we get news on production details, when they start shooting and all that Fast and Furious goodness!
Watch Fast and Furious 6 online and check out where we last left our favorite speed demons.
Russell Crowe could not have chosen a more complex subject and vastly scoped epic for his directorial debut with The Water Diviner. Oh yeah, the Oscar winner also stars.
As teased in The Water Diviner trailer, Crowe plays Connor, an Australian farmer who has a gift -- he can find water below the land in an area that hasn’t seen rainfall in years. It’s the early 1900s and he is the father of three sons who, inspired by duty to king and country, enlist in World War I and head off to Gallipoli to fight the Turks in one of the earliest and bloodiest battles in the whole war.
When all three sons don’t return from the war, his wife is devastated and their lives are supremely empty. As his wife says, “You can find water but you can’t find your sons!” That is the haunting reality of daily life for Connor. So, he heads off to Turkey to find his sons. It’s been four years since the war ended, but his battle has just begun.
Once in Turkey, complications to his efforts abound. There are military rules. There are societal challenges in a culture that is having issues with their British “occupiers.” But Connor is determined and finds himself in the war zone where he is aided by Jai Courtney’s military man and a Turkish soldier, Major Hasan (an astounding Yilmaz Erdogan) who are, ironically, scouring the Gallipoli battlefield trying to identify all the dead.
There’s a nice supporting story that involves Connor’s stay at a local hotel in Turkey that finds him developing a relationship with a little boy and his mother (Olga Kurylenko) and the complications that his presence causes with her, her family and the Turkish culture as a whole. It’s a nice distraction from the sadness of war that all feel in this world. And it is largely given equal time onscreen as the father’s search for his son by Crowe in his directorial debut.
Don’t get us wrong, the emotional crux of this tale is still about a father and his search for his sons. There are even wider scopes that the Gladiator star could have tackled in this complicated historical mix. There’s the Turkish genocide of Armenians. There’s the Turkish mass killing of Greeks (who in Crowe’s film are seen as invaders). But, we feel that The Water Diviner is about solely one man’s search for closure. Connor is searching for his sons. It had to be a minefield for Crowe to try to tell this story with all of his complicated and deeply emotionally raw layers for so many culture and peoples.
Our The Water Diviner review finds that Crowe does a solid enough job, even if some of what happens he expects his audience to just take for granted -- like how his ability to find water in a desert would translate to finding his dead sons in a decimated battlefield. The film is gorgeous. It is also quite emotional. We actually are eager to see what Crowe, the filmmaker, does next.
Blake Lively may have seemed to be an interesting choice to carry a movie, playing the title character in The Age of Adaline. The former Gossip Girl star has never struck us as the huge movie star type, but there is something about her personality meets performance in The Age of Adaline that is simply perfect.
Lively plays Adaline, a woman born at the dawn of the 20th century who has a freak accident in her early 20s that causes her body’s ability to age to completely cease. Some of you are thinking, “That would be awesome!” Sure, it would have its benefits, but as shown in The Age of Adaline, there are massive amounts of complications that come with that gift that make it more of a curse.
Her daughter will age. Everyone she loves and cares about will age, and eventually die. Plus, how will she even explain her appearance to people? There’s no scientific reason for it. She could even find herself in a government lab being experimented upon.
Adaline continually changes her identity and moves around frequently. She tries to never get too close to anyone, for fear of being exposed and, frankly, hurt.
Director Lee Toland Krieger mostly keeps the story in present day, with flashbacks utilized effectively to fill in the blanks in the story and give us some history to what Adaline has gone through in this last century.
As the film’s narrator says, a “moment of weakness” leads to a massive change in her life and it involves meeting a man, Ellis (Michiel Huisman). With her daughter’s (Ellen Burstyn) encouragement, she lets herself fall for him, but as would be expected – it leads to complications. Credit to the screenwriters, they are of the most surprising variety -- and involve a man named William Jones, who is Ellis’ father (played by Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer scene stealer Harrison Ford).
The Age of Adaline is cute, and mostly works throughout because of the fantastical feel of the film. It has a fairy tale presence to it that especially is effective given the landscape of San Francisco that largely serves as our locale. There’s a rich history of the city that is frequently touched upon in the film that is seen through Adaline’s eyes, but also through those she meets who have a much shorter experience with the Bay Area.
Our The Age of Adaline review finds that for those who adore the romance genre of film, this is a sweep you off your feet type of flick -- even if it is a tad simplistic. It also raises many questions about life, love and how one would live life if there was no expiration date. But mostly, what is the biggest surprise of all in the journey of Adaline is the woman who plays her. Lively turns in a performance that is about as pitch perfect as is needed -- for the character and for the film itself.
M. Night Shyamalan has returned to the form that put him on the cinematic map. The first trailer for the film he wrote and directed, The Visit, has arrived and it is sensationally spooky.
Shyamalan first wowed us with The Sixth Sense, and then Unbreakable, Signs and The Village. With The Visit, he has crafted a tale that seems like the stuff of nightmares for kids! In fact, it started as a story he used to tell his own children!
Kathryn Hahn sends her two kids to her parents' house for a visit, finally giving the grandparents some quality time with their grandkids. They don’t have many rules. Just that bed time is 9:30 p.m. and you are not allowed to leave your room after that. Why? Well, check out the below trailer and see why!
The Visit is not only from Shyamalan, but is produced by Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions. They’re the team that brought us Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious. The film's first poster has premiered too!
Look for The Visit this September.
One thing that is hard to miss with the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer is that it is dark. Sure, Batman movies (especially The Dark Knight trilogy from Christopher Nolan) are on the bleaker side of the color spectrum. But, what we think always set Superman films apart is that they’re bright, vibrant and downright red, white and blue.
Watch Man of Steel online and clearly that too was dark. After the success that Warner Bros. and DC had with The Dark Knight trilogy, we can see why director Zack Snyder decided to use grayer hues with his film.
The folks at Color Lab wondered how the look of Man of Steel would be different if it was just a little bit more, well, colorful. Would it alter the feel, too?
Check out what they found in the video below.
Honestly, we kind of want to see the entire Man of Steel in the vibrant color teased in the clips above.
We also agree with the narrator in the video that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice could have it both ways. The Superman bits could be bright and colorful and the Ben Affleck as Batman parts could be dark and gloomy.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below!
Comedian Artie Lange is one of the funniest people on the planet.
Lange first came to fame as a stand-up comic, eventually becoming an original cast member of Mad TV. After leaving the series, he starred opposite Norm MacDonald in the now cult classic comedy Dirty Work, as well as his Fox series The Norm Show. He went on to appear in such popular films as Jerry Maguire, Old School, and Elf. But Lange found his true calling as the King of all Media’s sidekick for eight years on The Howard Stern Show. The comedian can currently be seen playing himself in the new film Laugh Killer Laugh, which was written and directed by Kamal Ahmed (The Jerky Boys), and opens in theaters on April 24th.
Laugh Killer Laugh revolves around a Jewel thief named Frank Stone (William Forsythe) who is a very deeply disturbed, anti social, milquetoast that finds no joy or humor in anything - until he awakens from a deep emotional coma. Lange appears as himself in the final scene of the film performing jokes from his act at a comedy club that Stone visits. In addition to Forsythe and Lange, the movie also features Bianca Hunter (The Fighter), Victor Colicchio (Inside Man), and Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan).
Our friend Jami Philbrick recently spoke with Artie Lange about his work on Laugh Killer Laugh, as well as Dirty Work. The hilarious comedian discussed his new film, how he got involved with the project, his friendship with director Kamal Ahmed, how he chose what jokes from his act to use, why it’s easy playing himself, the genius of Tom Sizemore, the legacy of Dirty Work, possibly making a sequel, and having the great Don Rickles make fun of him on screen.
Here is what Artie Lange had to say about Laugh Killer Laugh and Dirty Work 2.
Movie Fanatic: To begin with, how did you get involved in Laugh Killer Laugh?
Artie Lange: I’ve known Kamal (Ahmed) for over 20 years and I’ve done a few of his other movies. He called up and said he needed me to do a few old minutes of stand-up. I said all right because I always trust him. I went down to the club where he was shooting and did a few minutes of my old shit that he said he was going to add in. It was fun.
Movie Fanatic: How did you decide which parts of your act you wanted to include in the film?
Artie Lange: I was about to do a special on Comedy Central. So I told him I couldn’t do any new stuff because I was doing the special. Kamal said, “Just do some old stuff. I just need a few jokes from a stand-up.” So I just did shit that I used to do in clubs and stuff. It was unique. I did about six or seven minutes when we shot it and he put in three minutes but it was real pain free.
Movie Fanatic: Is it easier playing yourself rather than a character?
Artie Lange: It’s easier than playing a gay guy or something. Or a guy with an Irish accent because you really have to act to do that shit. Playing my stupid idiot self is simple.
Movie Fanatic: Have you seen the film yet?
Artie Lange: Yeah, I saw a screening and loved it.
Movie Fanatic; I think Tom Sizemore is incredible in it. What did you think of his performance?
Artie Lange: I never met him. I did a phone interview with him on my old show. He was a real cool guy to talk to. I wasn’t on the set when he was there. But Kamal does dark characters like that and he knows how to insert that into a film. Sizemore was fucking perfect for that. He really nails creepy in a great way.
Movie Fanatic: Artie, I have to tell you I’m a huge fan of Dirty Work. I think that is one of the most underrated yet brilliant comedies of all time.
Artie Lange: Oh thanks. Norm (MacDonald) would love to hear that. It’s funny, I did two films that people like in a cult way, and that’s one of them. I had fun making it. I think if you like Norm you’ll like it. (Chris) Farley is so funny in it. It’s Chris’ last movie. I appreciate that man. It was fun to make.
Movie Fanatic: Why do you think the film was initially ignored, but now has a big cult following?
Artie Lange: Yeah, that happens with a lot of films. Dirty Work is one of them I guess, which is great. I just talked to Norm the other day. He said that through Kickstarter we should do Dirty Work 2. Which would be funny because neither of us has aged well. So it will be funny in that sense. It didn’t make much money and critics hated it but what the fuck? That’s what a lot of comedies are. But people saw it thank God, on cable and liked it a lot. A lot of DVD sales so we’re proud of that. Again, I’m happy for Norm. I remember reading the script before I auditioned and met Norm and it was so (expletive) funny.
Movie Fanatic: Do you think Norm was serious about making a sequel?
Artie Lange: I told him to call me. I’m not busy making Iron Man 4 so I could do it. I don’t know, we’ll see. Sometimes Norm says shit, but that would be fun to do.
Movie Fanatic: You have a hilarious scene in Dirty Work with Don Rickles. What was that like to film?
Artie Lange: I’ve told this story before, but it was the first scene we shot. It was the first big movie I had a part in and I was nervosa. If you are going to get fired from a movie it’s going to be the first few days before you’re on film a lot. Rickles couldn’t remember the script. So after a while Bob Saget the director just pointed to Norm and me, and told Don to insult us like he would. So he just riffed, and I’m the first guy he goes up to and I laughed every time. I blew 20 takes before I got it right. Norm is laughing too in the movie. They couldn’t get a take where he’s not laughing. He was hilarious on and off screen. It was a pleasure to meet him. That’s all ad-libbed that entire scene.
Movie Fanatic: Finally, did you get to spend anytime with Don Rickles off the set or just when you were shooting that scene?
Artie Lange: He was so funny off set. In fact, I don’t know where this video tape is or if it still exists, but I got the PR person for the film who had a video camera shoot Don saying hi to my mom on video. Because my mom is from that Sinatra era and she loves Don Rickles. He was insulting me to my mother and it was so funny. My mother saw the video and it made her laugh a lot. I wish I still had that thing, I don’t know where it is. But he was real nice to me. I loved him.
That Twitter photo of Jared Leto as The Joker was merely a tease. Suicide Squad director David Ayer has upped the ante and, along with Warner Bros., shared a photo of Leto as The Joker in full costume. And he looks quite whacked!
Leto, as an Oscar winner, is surely more than qualified to step into a role that was previously played by Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight and Jack Nicholson in Tim Burton’s Batman.
Leto is joined in Suicide Squad by Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flagg, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress and Viola Davis as Amanda Walker.
Ayer is also a fantastic choice to helm the DC Comics/Warner Bros. production. The End of Watch and Fury filmmaker is more than primed to dive into the superhero pool.
Watch Fury online to check out his latest.
Suicide Squad is due August 5, 2016. What do you think of Leto's look?
The first Ted 2 red band trailer is everything you would expect it to be and so much more.
Those first Ted quotes were raunchy and yet strangely endearing as the friendship between Mark Wahlberg and his thunder buddy/teddy bear Ted was hilarious in the most outrageous and heartwarming ways.
The sequel looks to not have missed a beat, and we’re saying this after seeing a red band trailer that shows off some seriously outrageous scenes from the Seth MacFarlane written and directed follow-up to his comedy smash.
Ted and his girlfriend want to have a baby. Getting a sperm donor is the first of their problems. The state insists that Ted proves he is a person and not just a thing that can be owned -- he is a teddy bear after all.
So, the guys hire a lawyer (Amanda Seyfried), who they clearly have something in common with -- getting help for migraines.
Ted 2 also stars Liam Neeson, Giovanni Ribisi, John Slattery and Morgan Freeman. Watch Ted online and get ready for the hilarious sequel to land June 26.
Furious 7 won the weekend box office for the fourth weekend in a row. That’s right, for the last month the number one movie in the land was the seventh Fast and Furious movie. The James Wan-directed action fest is only the fourth movie in the last decade to win an entire month, after The Hunger Games, The Dark Knight and Avatar.
The weekend box office for Furious 7 also pushed it into the fifth spot (over Frozen) for highest grossing movies of all time.
Look for Furious 7’s run to end this week, though, as Avengers: Age of Ultron debuts in theaters this Friday.
Second place (for the second week in a row) was the Kevin James-starring sequel, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. That flick added another $15.5 million to bring its total to $43.9 million.
The Blake Lively romance The Age of Adaline debuted in third place and scored an impressive first week total of $13.4 million.
Fourth place belonged to the DreamWorks Animation hit Home. The $8.3 million it made this weekend brought its total to over the $150 million mark – specifically $153.7 million.
Closing out the top five was the horror flick Unfriended with its $6.2 million haul.
Box Office Top 10:
1. Furious 7, $18.3 million
2. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, $15.5 million
3. The Age of Adaline, $13.4 million
4. Home, $8.3 million
5. Unfriended, $6.2 million
6. Ex Machina, $5.4 million
7. The Longest Ride, $4.4 million
8. Get Hard, $3.9 million
9. Monkey Kingdom, $3.6 million
10. Woman in Gold, $3.5 million
Tim Burton has truly done something different with his work on the unbelievable true story Big Eyes. The tale of artist Walter Keane and his wife Margaret and those iconic Big Eyes paintings and the behind-the-scenes story as to who actually painted them comes to life in Burton’s film that is unlike anything he’s ever done and that is a very good thing.
Burton goes straightforward with his look at this unique story and instead of beyond reality sets and larger-than-life characters, he has his most “normal” picture he’s made in some time, if ever.
Christoph Waltz is Walter and Amy Adams is Margaret. The pair are impeccably cast and in any other year (that wasn’t so crowded), we think both could have been nominated for an Oscar.
As teased in the Big Eyes trailer, Walter meets Margaret at an art fair and is impressed with her work. He too is a painter and the single mom sees something special in Walter and eventually the two get married. After some tough times getting his painting career going, through some happenstance, her paintings start to take off in popularity.
But, there’s one thing… he takes credit for them as his own. Before she can do anything about it, the “big eyes” paintings are selling like crazy and have become a phenomenon. Walter even takes it a step further and in many ways originates the mass production of art work and his paintings (well, really hers!) become the first art/poster sensation of the twentieth century. Now he’s become a celebrity and she keeps painting at home, stuck and strangled by her (ah, his) success.
Waltz is, as always, a fine bad guy. But in Big Eyes he manages to find a different level of squirminess that is believable, identifiable and yet still completely and utterly shockingly pathetic. Adams could not be more angelic, yet she still has depths of despair that paints her Margaret as a woman of her times. Eventually she would find her strength and the two would go to court, but you have to watch Big Eyes to see how Burton's story (and the real life tale) plays out!
The look, the tone and even the score is very un-Burton and it is a nice and refreshing change for the filmmaker. For his fans, we cannot recommend this title enough. If you missed it in theaters (check out our theatrical Big Eyes review), don’t miss it on DVD, Blu-Ray and digital download.
When it comes to bonus features, The Making of Big Eyes is a terrific twenty-plus minute look at how Burton put together his unique film and further shows why the filmmaker is one of our favorites.
An interesting addition is the second and final bonus feature, Q&A Highlights. The thirty-three minute conversation features the writers of the film with Margaret Keane and her daughter Jane Keane, along with Adams, and later has moderator Anthony Breznican hosting Burton, Adams, Waltz and co-stars Krysten Ritter and Jason Schwartzman.
Watch Big Eyes online right now!
What is so interesting is how in every single Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, the focus has been on how downright evil and daunting our titular villain is in Joss Whedon’s sequel to The Avengers. Maybe it’s been on purpose, but there is also another artificial intelligence being in Avengers: Age of Ultron that has not been getting a whole lot of attention and that is Paul Bettany as The Vision.
Compelling is one way to describe this fact about them both… each was created by Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark! And each, one could argue, has elements of his personality.
“They do embody a little bit of him, but they’re also their own people,” Whedon told Movie Fanatic.
“But I do see them as two sides of the same coin. I like the sort of accord between the two of them. I think there’s something beautiful about the fact that they see the same thing and react to it differently emotionally.”
One of the biggest challenges for Whedon this time around was to present a coherent film that involved dozens of characters, each that could warrant their own film. Not only do we have those heroes you see when you watch The Avengers online, but we get introduced to Aaron Taylor Johnson’s Quicksilver, Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch, the aforementioned Vision and Ultron, and not to mention a mystery character played by Andy Serkis!
“There’s like 47 of these people. I really didn’t think that through, and I regret very much doing this at all,” Whedon said and laughed.
“It’s just making sure that everybody’s got their moment, that everybody’s got their through-line, that it’s connected to the movie. I have all these people. I love all these people. They’re extraordinary. But making sure that they’re not just all being served, but all within the same narrative structure -- that they’re in the same movie -- [and] that it’s all connected to the main theme.”
It was no easy task, he told us, especially when editing. “I could not have told you who they were, who I was, what movie I was making, I got so lost in it. But I think it all came together,” Whedon said. “It’s just about making these guys look good, which takes a long time.”
Whedon is asked to go back to the beginning of the Avengers: Age of Ultron process. How does one follow-up not only one of the most successful superhero movies of all time, but one of the most profitable movies of all time?
“With the smallest thing I can think of. The thing that drew me back to the movie was: What little moments are there between these characters that I haven’t gotten to do yet? What conversations have they not had? What haven’t I shown? It’s never sort of the big picture stuff,” Whedon said.
“It’s never ‘And then we can have an army of robots’ -- although that’s cool too. It’s always just, ‘Where do they live? Or, how can I get inside their hearts? What’s funny about them?’ Those are the moments [that] I write just reams and reams of paper just thinking about. That’s really the heart of the thing.”
Cameron Crowe has written and/or directed some of the most beloved films in the last several decades and now he’s back with Aloha.
From penning Fast Times at Ridgemont High to Jerry Maguire and Almost Famous, he is one of this Movie Fanatic’s favorite auteurs. His latest romantic comedy lands May 29 and stars Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams and those three are the biggest selling points of the film’s first poster.
But, the great Aloha cast doesn’t end with those three. Alec Baldwin also stars, along with Bill Murray, John Krasinski and Danny McBride.
Cooper plays a military contractor who is sent to Hawaii to revisit one of his greatest occupational highs, launching the U.S. space program’s presence in the Aloha state. He must first deal with a jaded ex (McAdams) and grapple with his ever increasing feelings for the Air Force official (Stone) who is in charge of his Hawaiian activities.
With Crowe at the helm, prepare for some riveting and compelling dialogue, heartfelt humor and the potential for hearts to fall in Aloha.
That last Tomorrowland trailer was mind-blowing, so with the arrival of the official TV trailer for the George Clooney starring Disney flick, we wondered what else could blow us away. Shame on us for doubting the Mouse House!
The latest teaser shows off some new footage and we have a feeling we get a look at Clooney’s former boy genius as he was “chosen” to explore the titular fantastical place.
In Tomorrowland (directed by Brad Bird), Clooney’s scientist meets a teen girl named Casey (Britt Robertson) who comes across a magical pin. When the pin is held, she sees vision of a land where anything is possible. Clooney and Robertson’s characters’ fates are clearly intertwined and the two will venture on a journey of great adventure and danger.
Tomorrowland lands May 22 and also stars Hugh Laurie, Judy Greer (who can also be seen this summer in Jurassic World) and Keegan-Michael Key, and also comes from the mind of Lost writer Damon Lindelof.
Summer movie season kicks off with a bang as Avengers: Age of Ultron lands in theaters on May 1.
But, that is merely the tip of the iceberg of May movies that should see millions enter the nation’s multiplexes.
We present nine films that arrive throughout this fifth month of 2015 and each is varied. There are comedies. There are musicals and disaster flicks starring Dwayne Johnson! A certain “Mad” hero from the future returns in one of our most anticipated movies of the entire year!
Also, watch Bridesmaids online and a star and director from that classic comedy are back together in what should be the biggest comedy surprise of the entire summer!
Are you ready for the temperature to increase?
Click through and discover the nine biggest reasons that May will bring some serious movie magic.
For fans of George Miller’s Mad Max series, the most important words associated with the debut of the film’s new teaser today should be “final trailer!” Warner Bros. debuted the final Mad Max Fury Road trailer and it is an impressive piece of teasing filmmaking.
Anticipation could not be any higher for Miller’s return to the Australian post-apocalyptic Outback as he introduces his new Mad Max in Tom Hardy.
But, what we adore about this particular chapter in his series is that it appears to be as much about a character named Furiosa, played by Charlize Theron. She is the focus of this latest trailer and she finds an unlikely ally in Hardy’s Max.
See, Furiosa believes that Max is her best bet in getting across the desert to her homeland. As you can tell by the below trailer, it’s a dangerous road, but with Max on her side and her innate ability for survival, she might just stand a chance.
Miller’s return to his Mad Max world lands in theaters merely days from now, May 15, and also stars Zoe Kravitz, Nicholas Hoult and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
Mad Max: Fury Road is just one reason we think summer 2015 will be the best ever.
After we finally saw Ben Affleck as Batman in that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer, most agreed that we kind of liked Affleck as the Dark Knight and in his scene as Bruce Wayne.
With David Ayer shooting his Suicide Squad currently, many have wondered, will Affleck appear in that world that features one of Batman’s most iconic foes with Jared Leto as The Joker?
We appear to have the answer as the film shoots in Canada. eTalk has word and has captured, via the photo below, evidence that Affleck will at least be Bruce Wayne in Suicide Squad, and we suspect he’ll don the Batsuit as well.
We’ll keep you posted as news continues to be made from the Suicide Squad set!
Beyond Leto, Suicide Squad stars Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman and Jai Courtney.
After making a splash at Paris Fashion Week announcing that Zoolander 2 was filming, the currently in production movie has added a name to the all-star cast that should certainly make some headlines. Justin Bieber joined star Ben Stiller in a Twitter photo as both sported the iconic Blue Steel fashion pose that serves as an announcement that the pop singer is set to at least make a cameo in the sequel to Zoolander.
Zoolander 2 brings back Stiller, along with his buddy Owen Wilson, in a film that was penned by Justice Theroux (we adore his Tropic Thunder quotes!).
Fred Armisen, Kyle Mooney, Olivia Munn, Kristen Wiig and Billy Zane are all part of the cast. We’ve heard rumors that Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Anna Wintour, Naomi Campbell and Cara Delevingne will all join Bieber in the cameo department as well.
Watch Zoolander online and get ready for Zoolander 2 on February 12, 2016.
Beyond the Reach finds Michael Douglas playing about as fierce of a character as he’s ever played.
The actor (soon to be seen in Ant-Man) visited Movie Fanatic, along with his Beyond the Reach co-star Jeremy Irvine. They also discuss their favorite Michael Douglas movies, including Fatal Attraction (one of our top 19 stalker movies!) and Black Rain.
Douglas plays a wildly successful businessman who has a passion for big-game hunting. He hires a guide (Irvine) to take him into the Mojave Desert for a hunt and mistakenly shoots a man and kills him.
When Irvine refuses to roll over and play along with Douglas’ effort to cover it up, the young guide finds himself the target of Douglas’ hunt.
Beyond the Reach is in theaters and is available on VOD now.
After the success of 21 Jump Street and 22 Jump Street, one could see why Sony head Tom Rothman is eager to turn that property into a serious franchise for the studio. Word has arrived today, courtesy of The Wrap, that the studio is seeking to do a female-centric spin-off of the film series that stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as undercover cops.
When you think about it, this could totally make a lot of sense and work on many levels. Where the first film mined jokes about reboots and turning TV shows into movies and the follow-up managed to lampoon the institution of the movie sequel, a female-driven 21 Jump Street could shine its wicked smart spotlight on movie spin-offs and even try to blatantly cater to the female audience.
No word as to whether the movie series' creators, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, will direct. We suspect that they’re busy enough with that animated Spider-Man movie that was just announced and they’re also developing a 23 Jump Street. Lord and Miller have also been mentioned as the creative team that could bring a new Ghostbusters to the screen with Tatum. Yes, they are quite busy. Look for them to simply serve as producers of a female 21 Jump Street.
With the right actresses on board who have a similar comedic and heartwarming chemistry as Tatum and Hill, we think this could easily work.
Watch 21 Jump Street online and check out our favorite 22 Jump Street quotes in the slideshow below!