New Line Cinema and Village Roadshow Pictures have unleashed this first trailer for ‘San Andreas,’ an action thriller that reunites Dwayne Johnson with director Brad Peyton and producer Beau Flynn following their collaboration on ‘Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.’ Also starring Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, Archie Panjabi, Hugo Johnstone-Burt, Kylie Minogue, and Art Parkinson, ‘San Andreas’ is slated to open in theatres on June 5th, 2015.
The synopsis for the film is as follows: After the infamous San Andreas Fault finally gives, triggering a magnitude 9 earthquake in California, a search and rescue helicopter pilot (Johnson) and his estranged wife make their way together from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save their only daughter. But their treacherous journey north is only the beginning, and when they think the worst may be over…it’s just getting started.
These five clips have arrived online from ‘Top Five,’ which is written by, directed by and stars Chris Rock. The comedy film sparked a major bidding war in September after premiering at the Toronto Film Festival to rave reviews. Paramount Pictures eventually picked up the project for a whopping $12.5 million and will release ‘Top Five’ on December 12th in the US and January 16th in the UK.
First Trailer & Poster For Robert Zemeckis’ ‘The Walk’ – Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt As High-Wire Walker Philippe Petit
Sony Pictures have just unveiled this first trailer and poster for Robert Zemeckis’ ‘The Walk.’ The film is a true story based on Philippe Petit’s book ‘To Reach the Clouds,’ starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the young dreamer who dared the impossible: an illegal wire walk between the World Trade Center towers.
Twelve people have walked on the moon, but only one man has ever, or will ever, walk in the immense void between the World Trade Center towers. Guided by his real-life mentor, Papa Rudy (Ben Kingsley), and aided by an unlikely band of international recruits, Petit and his gang overcome long odds, betrayals, dissension and countless close calls to conceive and execute their mad plan. Also starring in the film are James Badge Dale, Ben Schwartz, Charlotte Le Bon, Clément Sibony and César Domboy. ‘The Walk’ opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on October 2nd, 2015. Philippe Petit was also subject of the fantastic Oscar-winning documentary from James Marsh, ‘Man On Wire.’
Alright, I’m hugely excited for this one. Paramount Pictures has debuted this featurette for Ava DuVernay’s ‘Selma,’ which provides us with a behind-the-scenes look at a special screening that honored many of the real life figures seen in the film. ‘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. ‘Selma’ 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. The film’s release will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the landmark legislation. ‘Selma’ opens on February 6th, 2015 in the UK.
The film stars David Oyelowo as 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.
Edgar Ramirez is reportedly in final negotiations to join Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro in ‘Joy,’ David O. Russell’s movie about the remarkable life story of Joy Mangano (Lawrence), a struggling Long Island single mom of three who became one of North America’s most successful entrepreneurs with her self-wringing Miracle Mop invention. Ramirez will play Mangano’s dapper but philandering husband, whom she eventually divorces. De Niro is on board as Mangano’s father.
From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,’ the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece ‘The Hobbit,’ by J.R.R. Tolkien. ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.
Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain. As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance. ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ will be released in the UK on December 12th and in the US on December 17th. The likes of Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Lee Pace, Aidan Turner, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Christopher Lee, Manu Bennett, Billy Connolly, and Stephen Fry star.
One of the things I enjoyed in the book and now these films is how Bilbo’s heroic deeds are all the more remarkable because they fail to really change him as an individual. Plus, he never considers himself a hero….
Martin Freeman: I think like with any real life heroics, no hero considers themselves a hero. You speak to people in the fire service or the military or whatever and they don’t see what they’re doing as heroic at all. And with Bilbo it’s heroism that kind of creeps up on him, out of necessity – because he’s got to save his friends lives or he’s got to save his own life, so its fight or flight. I think if he had to sit down and think about, “Oh, would I go and really face a Dragon,” there’s no way he would do it (laughs). “Would I go and kill 20ft spider? No way.” He wouldn’t want to go through the barrel escape either, you know (laughs)? It’s really all out of spur of the moment decisions for him. And I think that’s the best way as an audience member… you see change gradually and in the moment, as opposed to something where the filmmakers have cheated and they’ve come back and said, “Now he’s a hero everybody!” It lets you see why he’s a hero. If courage means doing something in spite of your fear, then he’s being courageous pretty much the entire time (laughs), over the time he’s not in Bag End. He’s scared a lot of time I think.