EW have announced a March 14th, 2014 US release date for Rob Thomas’ upcoming ‘Veronica Mars’ movie. “Warner Bros. had this date circled for quite some time and hoped it would stay open,” Thomas says. “Luckily, no other teen detective movie decided to open in the middle of March.” The film reunites the show’s cast (last seen on The CW in 2007), including Kristen Bell, along with Enrico Colantoni, Jason Dohring, Percy Daggs III, Chris Lowell and Ken Marino.
The original distribution plan called for ‘Veronica Mars’ to get a limited engagement run in just a few cities before becoming more widely available via video on demand and other digital platforms. But Rob Thomas reports that Warner Bros. Pictures will now give the film a wider, nationwide release (number of screens still TBD) and let the marketplace decide how long it should stay in theaters. “We’re not going to dribble it out there,” says Thomas, who shot the movie in 23 days this past summer. Expect word on the film’s international release dates shortly.
Competition Films Announced For 2014 Sundance Film Festival; Featuring Zoe Saldana, Mark Ruffallo, Kristen Stewart, Anne Hathaway….
The Sundance Institute just announced the selection of 56 films that will be playing in competition at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, the 30th Anniversary of the annual Park City film celebration that will end up with 117 films total, all to be announced in the next few days. The festival runs from January 16th – 26th. Check out the list of film’s alongside some stills.
U.S. DRAMATIC COMPETITION
Presenting the world premieres of 16 narrative feature films, the Dramatic Competition offers Festivalgoers a first look at groundbreaking new voices in American independent film.
Theatrical Trailer For ‘Pompeii’ – Starring Kit Harington, Emily Browning, Kiefer Sutherland & Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
FilmDistrict has loose this new full-length trailer for ‘Pompeii,’ the period-based action film from director Paul W.S. Anderson. Set for a February 28th, 2014 release, the film stars Kit Harington, Emily Browning, Jared Harris, Kiefer Sutherland, Carrie-Anne Moss, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and Jessica Lucas. ‘Pompeii’ follows an enslaved Celtic gladiator (Harrington) who falls in love with a noblewoman (Browning) on the eve of a massive volcanic eruption that destroys Pompeii, an event that also brings him face-to-face with the man who slaughtered his family years earlier.
Accompanying Variety’s report on Gal Gadot landing the role of Wonder Woman in the tentatively titled ‘Batman vs. Superman’ movie, the outlet adds that the studio is currently in the process of casting a villain in the film. While Batman and Superman’s relationship will at one point be contentious in the ‘Man of Steel’ follow-up, the ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ and ’300: Rise of the Empire’ star Callan Mulvey is said to be someone Warner Bros and director Zack Snyder has as a contender for the unknown antagonist role. Additionally, The Flash is still said to be a lock to appear “in some fashion, whether that’s a significant role or a cameo”.
Warner Bros. Pictures has set loose this new banner for ’The LEGO Movie.’ Scheduled for a February 7th release in the US and a February 14th bow in the UK, ’The LEGO Movie’ is directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (21 Jump Street, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) from their own original screenplay. The film features the voices of Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Neeson, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Cobie Smulders, and Morgan Freeman.
Chris Pratt stars as Emmet. Oscar winner Morgan Freeman and Elizabeth Banks will star as two of Emmet’s fellow travelers: Vitruvius, an old mystic; and tough-as-nails Lucy, who mistakes Emmet for the savior of the world and guides him on his quest. She also calls upon the mysterious Batman, a LEGO minifigure voiced by Will Arnett, with whom she shares a history. Will Ferrell will play Emmet’s primary adversary, President Business; Liam Neeson is the president’s powerful henchman, Bad Cop; Nick Offerman is a craggy, swaggering pirate obsessed with revenge on President Business; and Brie is a member of Emmet’s team with a powerful secret.
According to Deadline, director Alan Taylor and Paramount are looking closely at Emilia Clarke and Brie Larson to play the role of Sarah Connor in the ’Terminator’ reboot . Connor was played by Linda Hamilton in the classic movies directed by James Cameron. The character is the future mother of John Connor, who grows up to be the leader of the human resistance in the war between humanity and cyborgs.
Both actresses have tested for the producers, and are said to be the frontrunners. Deadline have apparently heard that Emilia Clarke has an edge, and that would not be surprising. Before Alan Taylor helmed ‘Thor: The Dark World,’ he directed Clarke in HBO’s ‘Game Of Thrones.’ She, of course, plays the awesome dragon-commanding heroine Daenerys Targaryen in the HBO series, and has demonstrated the mettle to capably play one of the screen’s most formidable heroines. Expect more casting news shortly.