This first image has landed online of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in the comedy ‘Sisters’ (formerly titled The Nest’), which will open on December 18th, 2015 (the same date as ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’). Directed by ‘Pitch Perfect’ helmer Jason Moore, the script is based on an original idea by Paula Pell. The film follows two disconnected sisters (Fey and Poehler) summoned home to clean out their childhood bedroom before their parents sell the family house. Looking to recapture their glory days, they throw one final high-school-style party for their classmates, which turns into the cathartic rager that a bunch of ground-down adults really need. The likes of Maya Rudolph and Ike Barinholtz co-star.
The folks over at EW have debuted this new image from ‘Ted 2,’ the comedy sequel which sees Mark Wahlberg back as the centerpiece in the ongoing saga of a man and his foul-mouthed teddy bear. Seth MacFarlane is back writing, directing and voicing the titular teddy bear, while the likes of Morgan Freeman, Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson, Jessica Barth and John Slattery co-star. ‘Ted 2′ opens June 26th, 2015.
“When Humans Become Gods” Featurette For ‘Ex_Machine’ – Starring Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac & Alicia Vikander
This behind-the-scenes featrette has arrived online from Alex Garland’s awesome looking directorial debut ‘Ex_Machina.’ The film is an intense psychological thriller in which Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), a 24 year old coder at the world’s largest internet company, wins a competition to spend a week at a retreat belonging to the company’s reclusive CEO, Nathan (Oscar Isaac). But when Caleb arrives he finds that he will have to participate in a fascinating experiment with the world’s first true artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot woman, Ava (Alicia Vikander). Truths, emotions and motives are blurred as the relationship between Caleb, Ava and Nathan intensifies.
Note: I’m posting a great, in-depth interview with David Oyelowo for ‘Selma’ on Monday (December 22th) – stay tuned for that (more interviews for the film will be posted this week).
These two clips and four TV spots have arrived online for Ava DuVernay’s ‘Selma,’ my favorite film of 2014. ‘Selma’ will have a limited release in the US on Christmas day before opening wide on January 9th, 2015 – setting up a major Awards season push. The film is the story of the historic struggle to secure voting rights for all people – a dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and led to President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. ‘Selma’ opens on February 6th, 2015 in the UK.
The film stars David Oyelowo as Dr Martin Luther King Jr., Tom Wilkinson as Lyndon Baines Johnson, Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King, Andre Holland as Andrew Young, Omar J. Dorsey as James Orange, Alessandro Nivola as John Doar, Dylan Baker as J. Edgar Hoover, Giovanni Ribisi as Lee White, Tessa Thompson as Diane Nash, Colman Domingo as Ralph Abernathy, Stephen Root as Al Lingo, Jeremy Strong as James Reeb, Keith Stanfield as Jimmie Lee Jackson, Wendell Pierce as Hosea Williams, Tim Roth as George Wallace, Ledisi as Mahalia Jackson, Nigel Thatch as Malcolm X, Niecy Nash as Richie Jean Jackson, and Oprah Winfrey as Annie Lee Cooper. Award-winning cinematographer Bradford Young shot the film.
Earlier this year, writer-director-producer J.J. Abrams provided fans with their first look at the set of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ via a video to promote the charity initiative “Force for Change” and raise money for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The campaign was a massive success, raising $4.26 million for the charity – and now in a final video from the set of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ Abrams and the film’s crew offer thanks to fans for the support.
From the set of the film, J.J. Abrams has released a number of video blogs outlining the campaign, which is dedicated to finding creative solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems. The campaign intended to raise funds and awareness for UNICEF’s Innovation Labs and its innovative projects benefiting children in need. By pledging money through the Omaze fundraising platform, any eligible supporter was automatically entered for a chance to visit the set, feature in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ and get an early screening of the film before its theatrical release in December 2015.
From Lionsgate comes these new TV spots for David Koepp’s ‘Mortdecai,’ which is set to land in cinemas on January 23rd. Based on the popular three-novel anthology by Kyril Bonfiglioli, the action-comedy crime film stars Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Paul Bettany, Olivia Munn, Oliver Platt, Aubrey Plaza and Jeff Goldblum. ‘Mortdecai’ is described as follows: “Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai (Johnny Depp) must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold.”