Warner Bros. Pictures has debuted, via USA Today, these first two images from the upcoming conman romance, ‘Focus.’ The film, penciled in for a February 27th, 2015 release date, follows Nicky Spurgeon (Will Smith), a professional con artist who takes a young, attractive woman (Margot Robbie) under his wing. They get involved romantically but that becomes perilous in a business where they lie and cheat for a living. The complications of the encounter haunt them when they meet up again in the future.
Complicating matters even more, Nicky finds himself at odds with another suitor for the girl’s affections, as well as a run-in with a former flame…all before the heist of a lifetime. The film is written and directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Crazy, Stupid, Love). Stay tuned for the film’s first trailer.
BET and Relativity Media have unveiled this first clip from writer/director Gina Prince-Bythewood’s (The Secret Life of Bees, Love & Basketball) ‘Beyond the Lights.’ The film follows a perfectly packaged pop star, played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who’s been groomed for stardom from a young age by her overbearing, opportunistic mother (Minnie Driver). Also starring Nate Parker, Danny Glover, Jordan Belfi, Aml Ameen and Machine Gun Kelly, ‘Beyond the Lights’ opens on November 14th.
With the film’s October 17th US release on the horizon, IFC Films has unveiled this new behind-the-scenes featurette for Peter Sattler’s ‘Camp X-Ray.’ In the film, a young woman (Kristen Stewart) joins the military to be part of something bigger than herself and her small town roots, but ends up as a rookie guard at Guantanamo Bay. Her mission is far from black and white, as she is surrounded by hostile jihadists and aggressive male squadmates. When she strikes up an unusual friendship with one of the detainees (‘A Separation’ star Payman Maadi), both of their worlds are forever shifted. The film, with a screenplay by Sattler, also stars Lane Garrison, J.J. Soria and John Carroll Lynch. Expect a UK release date shortly.
This new red band trailer has landed online for Justin Simien’s ‘Dear White People,’ which premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival to stellar reviews and a special jury award for breakthrough talent. Starring Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, Kyle Gallner, Teyonah Parris, Brandon Bell, Malcolm Barrett, Brittany Curran, Justin Dobies, Marque Richardson, Dennis Haysbert and Peter Syversten, ‘Dear White People’ follows the stories of four black students at an Ivy League college where a riot breaks out over a popular “African American” themed party thrown by white students.
With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film explores racial identity in “post-racial” America while weaving a universal story of forging one’s unique path in the world. ‘Dear White People’ opens on October 17th in the US. I got to see the film last week and I thought it was absolutely FANTASTIC. Fingers crossed there’s word on a UK release date shortly (it is showing at the London Film Festival on the 9th and 10th of October).
Back in August it was first reported that Paul Feig, helmer of ‘Bridesmaids and ‘The Heat,’ will replace Ivan Reitman as director on the long-in-development (yet-I-still-don’t-believe-we’ll-ever-see-it-on-the-big-screen) ‘Ghostbusters 3.’ Today we hear that Katie Dippold, who wrote Feig’s ‘The Heat,’ is reteaming with the director for Sony’s new Ghostbusters movie. If recent reports are anything to go by, this new film will be a reboot focusing on female Ghostbusters. The ‘Ghostbusters 3′ story reportedly introduces new Ghostbusters and hands the baton from at least a couple of the originals. Dan Aykroyd has said he will return but Bill Murray has not committed.
First Official Images From Brad Bird’s ‘Tomorrowland’ – Starring Britt Robertson, George Clooney, Hugh Laurie…
Walt Disney Pictures has released, via EW, this first selection of images from Brad Bird’s ‘Tomorrowland.’ Along with the release of these images, the outlet also spoke with Bird about the film. “We begin our movie asking what did [the future] used to be?” Bird says. “What’s good about the future and what’s scary about it? And we wrestle with those things in a slightly mythical way.”
Writer Damon Lindelof had the following to say about the film, “What Hogwarts is to magic, Tomorrowland is to science: They are both easy to find if you are a wizard and very difficult to find if you’re a Muggle. Walt Disney is not a character in our movie, but he is referenced as having some involvement in this mysterious place called Tomorrowland, as a huge futurist and aficionado of space travel, rocketry, cities of the future, and space travel.” Lindelof, the co-creator of ‘Lost,’ came up with this tale in collaboration with EW TV critic Jeff “Doc” Jensen, who co-wrote the story and serves as an executive producer. Head on over to EW for the full interview with Lindelof and Brad Bird.