Universal Pictures has unveiled the new trailer for Tim Story’s action-comedy ‘Ride Along,’ which stars Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, John Leguizamo, Bruce McGill, Tika Sumpter, David Banner, Bryan Callen and Laurence Fishburne. For the past two years, high-school security guard Ben (Hart) has been trying to show decorated APD detective James (Cube) that he’s more than just a video-game junkie who’s unworthy of James’ sister, Angela (Tika Sumpter). When Ben finally gets accepted into the academy, he thinks he’s earned the seasoned policeman’s respect and asks for his blessing to marry Angela.
Knowing that a ride along will demonstrate if Ben has what it takes to take care of his sister, James invites him on a shift designed to scare the hell out of the trainee. But when the wild night leads them to the most notorious criminal in the city, James will find that his new partner’s rapid-fire mouth is just as dangerous as the bullets speeding at it. ‘Ride Along’ opens on January 17th.
With pre-production in full-swing, a confirmed release date of December 18th, 2015, has been set for Lucasfilm’s highly anticipated ‘Star Wars: Episode VII.’ “We’re very excited to share the official 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, where it will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture,” said Alan Horn, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios.
‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ will be directed by J.J. Abrams (Super 8, Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek) and is being scripted by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi). Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, with Tommy Harper (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Jack Ryan, Star Trek Into Darkness) and Jason McGatlin (Tintin,War of the Worlds) serving as executive producers. John Williams is returning to score ‘Star Wars: Episode VII.’ Shooting is scheduled to begin spring 2014 at Pinewood Studios.
Vin Diesel has again took to his hugely popular Facebook account to reveal this new behind-the-scenes image from James Wan’s ‘Fast & Furious 7,’ this time featuring UFC champion Ronda Rousey. No plot details have been unveiled yet, except that the film will return to Los Angeles after the previous five films were set in other locations. Newcomers to the cast include the likes of Rousey, Tony Jaa, Nathalie Emmanuel, Kurt Russell, Jason Statham and Djimon Hounsou, while the likes of Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, Lucas Black, Ludacris and Jordana Brewster are returning. This May’s ‘Fast & Furious 6′ is the highest grossing film for Universal Pictures, having made more than $750 million at the worldwide box office. Expect more news about ’Fast & Furious 7′ shortly. The film is set for July 11th, 2014.
Journalist-turned-documentarian Adam Sjoberg’s new documentary, ‘Shake the Dust,’ sprawls across four countries to chronicle the stories of young hip-hop fans. To teenagers in South America, Africa and Asia, the cultural movement isn’t about fame or fortune – it’s about hope and their individual power. Sjoberg discovers that through break dancing, young people are enacting social change around the globe.
Producer David Jacobson, who recently co-produced Lee Daniels’ ‘The Butler,’ is spearheading ‘Shake the Dust’ along with Adam Sjoberg’s Loose Luggage Media and in association with Dave Stewart’s Weapons of Mass Entertainment and Wild Hair Media. Having left a stamp on the hip-hop world – he’s perhaps my favorite hip hop artist/rapper of all-time, Nas is on board as executive producer. He’ll also provide original music for the film.
Huffington Post has revealed this latest character poster for ‘Divergent,’ the first installment of the futuristic action-adventure trilogy based on Veronica Roth’s The New York Times bestselling novels. Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Maggie Q, Jai Courtney, Miles Teller, Zoë Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Ben Lamb, Christian Madsen, Ray Stevenson, Mekhi Phifer and Amy Newbold, ‘Divergent’ is set in a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities. Tris Prior (Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, she must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it’s too late.
The film, a futuristic action adventure, is directed by Neil Burger (Limitless, The Illusionist) from a script by Vanessa Taylor. The original draft of the script was written by Evan Daugherty. Summit will release the film theatrically on March 21st, 2014. The official synopsis for Veronica Roth’s ‘Divergent’ novel can be read below the film’s previously released character posters.
‘Batman Vs. Superman’ Artwork To Debut During This Saturday’s (November 9th) ‘Man Of Steel’ Fan Event?
Kevin Smith, who will host the ‘Man Of Steel’ fan event this Saturday with Zack Snyder, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams, has teased that we’ll be seeing some official artwork from Snyder’s ‘Man Of Steel’ sequel on the latest episode of his Hollywood Babble-On podcast. “They’re doing a special on Yahoo that I’m hosting, Zack Snyder is the featured guest, but it’s all about Man of Steel. So it’s me, Zack Snyder, Amy Adams, Henry Cavill is on video from London or he may even be on set with us, and then there’s some Michael Shannon stuff. So it’s an hour long, it’s free, it’s on the internet, but it’s just kind of to be like ‘Hey, Man of Steel is coming out!’ But there’s two things, there might be announcements during this show and the one thing I do know is there’s artwork going to be on this show that may or may not have something to do with a movie that’s coming up.” Smith then confirms that he is indeed alluding to the tentatively titled ‘Batman vs Superman.’ Quotes via CS.
Warner Bros and Yahoo! Movies bring this special online fan event to your computer screens to celebrate the home video release of ‘Man of Steel.’ The event kicks off at 9:00am PST/12:00pm EST/5:00pm GMT, so be sure to tune in. Fans can send their questions to @ManOfSteel_UK or at www.facebook.com/ManOfSteelUK using #AskManofSteel for a chance to have them answered during the live event. ‘Man of Steel’ will land on DVD, Blu-ray and download on November 12th in the US and December 2nd in the UK.