Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan are an inseparable pair, but that wasn’t always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn’t stand each other. ‘Monsters University’ unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends. Screaming with laughter and fun, ‘Monsters University’ is directed by Dan Scanlon and stars the likes of Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Dave Foley, Julia Sweeney, Joel Murray, Helen Mirren, Ben Kingsley, Peter Sohn, Nathan Fillion, John Krasinski, Bonnie Hunt, Sean P. Hayes, Charlie Day, Aubrey Plaza and Alfred Molina. ‘Monsters University’ arrives in cinemas on June 21th in the US and July 12th in the UK. Check out my brief interview with Nathan Fillion for the film below.
Your character in the film, Johnny Worthington, he’s the top Scare student at Monsters University and president of the most auspicious fraternity on campus….
Nathan Fillion: Yeah, I play Johnny Worthington, the president of the most popular fraternity on the Monsters University campus, Roar Omega Roar (RΩR). Johnny comes from a long line of MU Scarers and respects the school’s legacy, traditions and most of all, the system by which Scaring excellence is judged. And the movie sort of turns into this 1980s nerds against the cool guys fraternity movie – which is my jam, I’m all about those movies (laughs), I grew up on those. And one of the themes in this movie is seeing a person’s hidden value – a skill Johnny certainly lacks. And spoiler alert, Johnny’s a bit of a jerk (laughs).
Paramount Pictures has unveiled three more TV spots for the upcoming post-apocalyptic zombie flick, ‘World War Z.’ Based on Max Brooks’ fantastic novel of the same name, ‘World War Z’ features a top-notch cast in Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale, Fana Mokoena, Matthew Fox and David Morse. The story revolves former United Nations investigator Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop a pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself. Look out for the film in cinemas on June 21st.
Universal Pictures and Focus Features send word that Sam Taylor-Johnson will direct the film adaptation of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey.’ Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti are producing the film based on E L James’ #1 bestselling book, alongside James. The announcement was made by Universal Pictures Co-Chairman, Donna Langley and Focus Features’ Chief Executive Officer, James Schamus. “Sam’s unique ability to gracefully showcase complex relationships dealing with love, emotion and sexual chemistry make her the ideal director to bring Christian and Anastasia’s relationship to life,” said De Luca. “E L James’ characters and vivid storytelling require a director who is willing to take risks and push the envelope where needed and Sam is a natural fit.”
Sam Taylor-Johnson most recently directed 2009’s ‘Nowhere Boy,’ the story of John Lennon’s childhood in Liverpool, where his fledgling genius found a kindred spirit in the teenage Paul McCartney. The film garnered two BAFTA nominations, including “Outstanding British Film” and “Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer.” Taylor-Johnson also directed the critically acclaimed short ‘Love You More,’ which was nominated for the Palme D’Or in 2008. She is currently in development on a film for Columbia Pictures based on the novel by Robert Goorlick, ‘A Reliable Wife,’ which is also being produced by Michael De Luca.
Sundance Selects has debuted this first trailer and poster for Sebastian Silva’s wild and psychedelic comedy, ‘Crystal Fairy.’ On a trip through Chile, a boorish American expat named Jamie (Michael Cera) and three Chilean brothers plan to set off in search of the prized San Pedro cactus and its promise of beachy hallucinations. But in the previous night’s drunken stupor Jamie invites a free-spirited fellow American (Gaby Hoffmann), whose devil-may-care worldview gives them more of an adventure than any of them had bargained for. Juan Andrés Silva, José Miguel Silva and Agustín SilvaWriters co-star.’Crystal Fairy’ arrives in theatres on July 12th. The film is one of two Cera-led indies that Silva shot in Chile, with the other being the psychological horror ‘Magic Magic.’
iTunes Movie Trailers has debuted this first trailer for Jimmy Hayward’s (Horton Hears a Who!) upcoming animated flick, ‘Free Birds.’ Featuring the voices of Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Amy Poehler, Dan Fogler, Lesley Nicol, George Takei, Colm Meaney, Keith David, Eddie Sotelo, Josh Lawson, and Danny Carey, ‘Free Birds’ opens on November 1st in the US and November 29th in the UK.
In this hilarious, adventurous buddy comedy for audiences of all ages, directed by Jimmy Hayward (Horton Hears a Who!), two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history – and get turkey off the Thanksgiving menu for good.
Shailene Woodley’s Mary Jane Watson Appearing In ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 3′ Not ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′
In the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly (via CBM), it is revealed that Shailene Woodley’s Mary Jane Watson is now being saved for the third installment of Marc Webb’s ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ franchise. Said Woodley, “Of course I’m bummed. But I am a firm believer in everything happening for a specific reason…Based on the proposed plot, I completely understand the need for holding off on introducing [Mary Jane] until the next film.” While we had a seen a number of images of the actress on the set of the film, director Marc Webb had explicitly stated that Mary Jane would only have a brief appearance in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ as a set-up for a bigger role moving forward.
It was recently announced that the third installment of ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ franchise has been penciled in for a June 10th, 2016 release, with the fourth installment following on May 4th, 2018. There’s currently no word on whether the footage that Shailene Woodley has already filmed will be used in the third installment or scrapped all together. Set for release on May 2nd, 2014, ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ stars Andrew Garfield (Peter Parker/Spider-Man), Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy), Jamie Foxx (Max Dillon/Electro), Paul Giamatti (Aleksei Sytsevich/The Rhino), Dane DeHaan (Harry Osborne), Colm Feore, Chris Cooper (Norman Osborne), Felicity Jones, B.J. Novak and Sally Field (May Parker).