Sony Pictures Classics and Stage 6 Films announced today that they will release ‘The Raid 2′ in the US on March 28th. The film will have its World Premiere at the upcoming 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Once again written and directed by Gareth Evans, ‘The Raid 2′ picks up right where the first film left off and follows Rama (Iko Uwais) as he goes undercover and infiltrates the ranks of a ruthless Jakarta crime syndicate in order to protect his family and uncover the corruption in his own police force. In addition to Uwais, the international cast includes Tio Pakusadewo, Putra Arifin Scheunamann, Julie Estelle, Alex Abbad and Roy Marten.
‘The Raid: Redemption’ premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, where it took home the Audience Award in the Midnight Madness section. It went on to play at Sundance and SXSW, before a theatrical release in the United States through Sony Pictures Classics. Expect word on the UK release of ‘The Raid 2′ shortly.
First ‘Million Dollar Arm’ Trailer & Poster – Starring Jon Hamm, Suraj Sharma, Alan Arkin & Bill Paxton
Walt Disney Pictures has unveiled this first trailer and poster for ‘Million Dollar Arm.’ Directed by Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl, Fright Night), the film stars Jon Hamm, Suraj Sharma, Bill Paxton, Lake Bell, Aasif Mandvi, Madhur Mittal, Pitobash and Alan Arkin. A.R. Rahman (127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire) is scoring the film.
Based on a true story, Disney’s ‘Million Dollar Arm’ follows JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm), a once-successful sports agent who now finds himself edged out by bigger, slicker competitors. He and his partner Aash (Aasif Mandvi) will have to close their business down for good if JB doesn’t come up with something fast. Late one night, while watching cricket being played in India on TV, JB comes up with an idea so radical it just might work. Why not go to there and find the next baseball pitching sensation? Setting off for Mumbai with nothing but a gifted but cantankerous scout (Alan Arkin) in tow, JB stages a televised, nationwide competition called “Million Dollar Arm” where 40,000 hopefuls compete before two 18-year-old finalists, Rinku and Dinesh (Suraj Sharma, Madhur Mittal), emerge as winners. JB brings them back to the United States to train with legendary pitching coach Tom House (Bill Paxton). The goal: get the boys signed to a major league team.
Tommy Chestnut has put together this great Ben Affleck as Batman concept art for Zack Snyder’s tentatively titled ‘Man of Steel’ follow-up, ‘Batman vs. Superman.’ The film is set to arrive in cinemas on July 17th, 2015. Affleck and Snyder will create an entirely new incarnation of Batman/Bruce Wayne in Snyder’s project – bringing Batman and Superman together for the first time on the big screen and continuing the director’s vision of their universe, which he established in ‘Man of Steel.’ The film will mark the big screen debut of Wonder Woman as played by Gal Gadot. Additionally, ‘Game of Thrones’ star Jason Momoa is reportedly in talks for a role in the movie.
UK ‘That Awkward Moment’ Poster Highlights Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, Imogen Poots & Miles Teller
Entertainment One has unveiled this UK quad poster for their upcoming R-rated comedy ‘That Awkward Moment.’ Lead by Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller as three friends in Manhattan who make a pact to remain single just as they each start to fall in love, the film co-stars Imogen Poots, Jessica Lucas, Lola Glaudini and Josh Pais. Opening on January 29th, ‘That Awkward Moment’ is written and directed by Tom Gormican.
Zac Efron, Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan star in the R-rated comedy, THAT AWKWARD MOMENT, about three best friends who find themselves where we’ve all been– at that confusing “moment” in every dating relationship when you have to decide “So…where is this going?”
Following the tragic death of Paul Walker on November 30th, Universal Pictures issued the statement on the status of ‘Fast & Furious 7.’ “Right now, all of us at Universal are dedicated to providing support to Paul’s immediate family and our extended Fast & Furious family of cast, crew and filmmakers. At this time we feel it is our responsibility to shut down production on Fast & Furious 7 for a period of time so we can assess all options available to move forward with the franchise. We are committed to keeping Fast & Furious fans informed, and we will provide further information to them when we have it. Until then, we know they join us in mourning the passing of our dear friend Paul Walker.”
Today, Vin Diesel has confirmed that the release date for ‘Fast & Furious 7′ has been moved back from July 11th, 2014 to April 10th, 2015. Diesel also posted the above image on Facebook and included the message:
Long linked to the role through various reports and quotes from Vin Diesel himself, Marvel has today officially announced that Diesel will be playing the motion-captured Groot in next year’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’ Additionally, the star just posted the above image to his Facebook page, depicting himself posing with a detailed bust of the character. Director James Gunn also Tweeted the same image along with the comment, “Vin Diesel is a super awesome dude. I can’t tell you how much I like this guy.” Marvel’s press release is as follows: