Closely following the news that both Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Christopher Meloni have joined the sequel, Dimension Films has now officially announced that Academy Award nominee Josh Brolin (Gangster Squad, Milk) has joined the cast of Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez’s ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.’ He’ll play Dwight, the same character played by Clive Owen in the 2005 original.
In ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,’ Dwight is hunted down by the only woman he ever loved, Ava Lord, and then watches his life go straight to hell. Chronologically, this story takes place prior to “The Big Fat Kill” and explains how Dwight came to have a dramatically different face. “Dwight is a constant character throughout the Sin City world and ‘A Dame To Kill For’ is a defining episode in his life. We’re looking forward to Josh’s take on Dwight,” said Rodriguez and Miller.
Sony Pictures Classics send word that they’ve acquired the North American rights to Woody Allen’s next film, ‘Blue Jasmine.’ The official logline for the film is as follows: “It is the story of the final stages of an acute crisis and a life of a fashionable New York housewife.”
As is often the case with Woody Allen films, ‘Blue Jasmine’ has a stellar cast, including the likes of Alec Baldwin, Cate Blanchett, Bobby Cannavale, Louis C.K., Andrew Dice Clay, Sally Hawkins, Peter Sarsgaard and Michael Stuhlbarg. Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum and Edward Walson are producing the film. No word yet on the release date, yet I’d expect it to arrive in cinemas later this year. Expect further details soon.
With the release of the film on the horizon, Summit Entertainment has unveiled these three new clips from Jonathan Levine’s adaptation of Isaac Marion‘s novel, ’Warm Bodies.’ I’ve been keeping a keen eye on this flick, Levin’s previous film ’50/50′ was without doubt one of my highlights of 2011. The story for ‘Warm Bodies’ follows Nicholas Hoult’s character “R”, a zombie who falls in love with Julie (Teresa Palmer). The film co-stars Rob Corddry, John Malkovich, Analeigh Tipton and Dave Franco. Look out for ’Warm Bodies’ in cinemas from Febuary 1st in the US and Febuary 8th in the UK.
Zombies love people, especially their brains. But R (Nicholas Hoult) is different. He’s alive inside, unlike the hundreds of other grunting, drooling undead—all victims of a recent plague that drove the remaining survivors into a heavily guarded city. Now the Zombies roam about an airport terminal, searching for human prey and living in fear of the vicious Boneys, the next undead incarnation.
Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen runs the show in this town, reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs, the guns, the prostitutes and–if he has his way–every wire bet placed west of Chicago. And he does it all with the protection of not only his own paid goons, but also the police and the politicians who are under his control. It’s enough to intimidate even the bravest, street-hardened cop…except, perhaps, for the small, secret crew of LAPD outsiders led by Sgt. John O’Mara and Jerry Wooters, who come together to try to tear Cohen’s world apart. ‘Gangster Squad’ is a colorful retelling of events surrounding the LAPD’s efforts to take back their nascent city from one of the most dangerous mafia bosses of all time.
Under the direction of Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), ‘Gangster Squad’ stars Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling as the LAPD’s Sgt. John O’Mara and Jerry Wooters, and Sean Penn as real-life mobster Mickey Cohen. The film also stars Anthony Mackie, Robert Patrick, Michael Pena, Mireille Enos, Giovanni Ribisi, Nick Nolte as LAPD Chief “Whiskey Bill” Parker, and Emma Stone as Grace Faraday, Cohen’s moll and the object of Wooters’ attention. ’Gangster Squad’ is set for a January 10th release in the UK and a January 11th release in the US. My other interviews for the film can be found through the following links (more to come): Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.
What do you think it is about the 40s/50s era that appeals to audiences and storytellers alike?
Josh Brolin: It does. I think the innocence, this perceived innocence, this romantic… I don’t know if it was innocent (laughs), but there’s this romance to what it was like back then, with things like integrity and heroics. I talked to my Pop about it, and he told me these stories, or at least his perception of what it was back then – and even though I think it was a little bit more violent, or there was more street violence, covert street violence, there was something hands on about that time. There was something hands on and tactile about that era that he liked. Now everything is behind the scenes, it’s more political, it’s more “who’s done what”? And if you go back and watch the films of the 40s and 50s, there’s a cadence to it, there’s an exaggeration to everything that’s not as heavy handed as the 70s on.
During the keynote address at CES 2013, Qualcomm’s Chairman and CEO Dr. Paul E. Jacobs made the announcement that Paramount Pictures and Qualcomm have teamed up for a ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ app. Launching at the end of January, the app will unlock a first surprise during the Super Bowl’s second quarter on February 3th via a TV spot. The full press release for the ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ app can be read below in bold.
Set for release on May 17th, ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ is directed by J.J. Abrams with a script by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof. Chris Pine (James T. Kirk), John Cho (Sulu), Bruce Greenwood (Christopher Pike), Simon Pegg (Scotty), Zachary Quinto (Spock), Zoe Saldana (Uhura), Karl Urban (Bones) and Anton Yelchin (Pavel Chekov) reprise their roles from the 2009 original, with new parts for Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve, Noel Clarke and Peter Weller. The official synopsis for ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ can be read below the press release from Paramount Pictures and Qualcomm.
New Trailer For Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘Pacific Rim’ – Starring Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam & Rinko Kikuchi
Featuring a number of new snippets of footage from the film, Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures have unveiled, via CES Qualcomm, this new trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s sci-fi/adventure film, ‘Pacific Rim.’ Set for a July 12th 2D and 3D release, ’Pacific Rim’ is set in 2025, the 12th year of a war against giant malevolent alien creatures who reside in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. To combat its annihilation, the planet must band together and use highly advanced weapons technology to eradicate the growing threat. Undoubtedly one of my most anticipated movies of 2013, ‘Pacific Rim’ boasts a stellar cast of Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Robert Kazinsky, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Willem Dafoe, Ron Perlman and Max Martini. The official synopsis for ‘Pacific Rim’ can be read below.
From acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro comes Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ epic sci-fi action adventure “Pacific Rim.” When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)—who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.