Archive for January, 2015:

HBO Greenlights 6-Hour LEWIS AND CLARK Miniseries Starring Casey Affleck and Matthias Schoenaerts

HBO is pretty much unrivaled when it comes to the miniseries game, and in the wake of other networks getting in on the “limited series” trend, HBO just dropped the mic.  It was announced today that a 6-hour Lewis and Clark miniseries has been greenlit by HBO, with Casey Affleck and Matthias Schoenaerts (The Drop, Rust and Bone) set to star as the eponymous explorers.  But that’s not all!  This thing has a seriously stacked behind-the-scenes team.  Tom Hanks, Brad […]
January 30, 2015

GAME OF THRONES Season 5 Trailer Explodes with Action and…Hope?

The first full Game of Thrones Season 5 trailer has been released online following its premiere at IMAX screenings for the final two episodes of Season 4.  The trailer is action-packed and filled with massive visual effects, which makes sense since it played in IMAX.  But even without the set pieces, there's still plenty of compelling drama. What I find most interesting about this trailer is that it conveys a sense of hope, a concept that seems antithetical to the […]
January 30, 2015

No WINDS OF WINTER in 2015; What Does This Mean for GAME OF THRONES?

Truly, what sweet, summer children among you thought that George R. R. Martin would be close enough to finishing The Winds of Winter in time for a 2015 release?  It will not come to pass (it is known). In a surprise to almost no one, Martin's publisher HarperCollins told The Guardian that Martin is not finished with the sixth installment to his A Song of Ice and Fire series, the basis for HBO's Game of Thrones (whose new fifth season trailer you […]
January 30, 2015

GAME OF THRONES Season 5 Images Reveal Bearded Tyrion, Plotting Cercei, and Lonely Arya

Hot on the heels of the debut trailer, the very first Game of Thrones Season 5 images have been unveiled by HBO.  As the premiere approaches, fans are no doubt curious to see how the show picks up now that the material has come very close to catching up to the books (and also seeing as how we won’t be getting The Winds of Winter any time soon).  These images are curious in that everyone appears to be so spread […]
January 30, 2015

Antonio Banderas Talks KNIGHT OF CUPS; Does He Play a Character or Himself?

Back when we spoke to Antonio Banderas for The Expendables 3, he admitted that he had no idea what was to come from his participation in Terrence Malick’s upcoming film Knight of Cups, but he was sent images for approval, so he was hopeful that he did make the final cut of the Hollywood-set drama.  Sure enough, eight months later, the trailer dropped and Banderas does make an appearance in the footage. However, when I brought up Banderas' appearance in the […]
January 30, 2015

Jonny Weston and Sofia Black-D’Elia Talk PROJECT ALMANAC, INSURGENT, BEN-HUR, and More

Now playing in theaters is director Dean Israelite’s time travel movie Project Almanac.  The film stars Jonny Weston as David, a kid who comes across his late father’s plans to build a time machine.  Determined to complete his dad’s work, David recruits his friends (Allen Evangelista and Sam Lerner) to help him put it together.  As they begin to use the machine, unexpected complications lead to severe consequences when each jump they take in time alters the present.  Project Almanac also stars Virginia Gardner, Sofia Black-D’Elia, and Amy […]
January 30, 2015

Star Wars Episode VIII and Episode IX: When Can We See Them?

December 18 has been circled in our calendars for quite a while as Star Wars: The Force Awakens lands in theaters. But, what about the next two films in the series? When can we expect the Force to continue? Bob Iger, Disney CEO and Chairman, has announced that the Rian Johnson-directed Star Wars: Episode VIII will land in 2017 and Star Wars: Episode IX in 2019. Iger also commented on the series as a whole with his announcement about when […]
January 30, 2015

Joss Whedon Calls Lucy a Huge “Step” In Female Superhero Landscape

Joss Whedon is beyond excited that the studio behind his The Avengers movies is finally making a superhero movie that features a female lead, Captain Marvel. But, he still is saying that Hollywood has a long way to go. “[Captain Marvel is] something that Kevin [Feige] has been working on for a while. And I obviously was a cheerleader, but he had to get all the ducks in a row and get all the minds in agreement. I think being […]
January 30, 2015

Weekend Movie Preview: January 30, 2014

The final edition of the weekend movie preview for January 2015 is a busy one. There are four films opening nationwide and each offers something for everyone (except maybe the kids!).  Jason Statham still kicks butt, but stretches a bit in Wild Card. Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer battle over race in Black or White. The found footage format tackles time travel in Project Almanac and Jude Law scores the best and most riveting movie of the weekend with Black Sea.  Project Almanac: Imagine a […]
January 30, 2015

15 Top Director Debuts: Instant Hollywood Heavyweights

It is hard enough for a director to make a movie in general, but that very first movie that a helmer makes, well that has to be the most stressful thing of all. That is why it is so astounding what these 15 directors did with their first film. These are announcements of the highest order that talent has entered the room and crafted something truly extraordinary. The man who would win an Oscar for the film that you can […]
January 30, 2015