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Trailer and Poster for 'The Water Diviner,' Directed by and Starring Russell Crowe

October 1, 2014

A new international trailer and poster have come online for The Water Diviner, Russell Crowe's directorial film debut in which he also stars.

The film is set four years after the devastating battle of Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I. Australian farmer Connor (Crowe) travels to Istanbul to discover the fate of his sons, reported missing in action, where he forges a relationship with the beautiful Turkish woman (Olga Kurylenko) who owns the hotel in which he stays. Holding on to hope, and with the help of a Turkish officer, Connor embarks on a journey across the country to find the truth about the fate of his sons.

Jai Courtney, Yilmaz Erdogan, Cem Yilmaz, Steve Bastoni, Isabel Lucas, Ryan Corr, Dan Wyllie, Damon Herriman, Jacqueline McKenzie, Michael Dorman, Megan Gale and Dylan Georgiades co-star.

The Weinstein Company acquired The Water Diviner at the Cannes Film Festival this past May, but have yet to set a US release date.

The Water Diviner Int. Poster

Source: Entertainment One, Universal Pictures

Ben Affleck Eyes Role in 'The Accountant' Thriller

Ben Affleck looks to have lined up his next starring role. According to Variety, the actor is in talks to star in The Accountant, an action-thriller that Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) is being eyed to direct.

Originally set-up at Warner Bros., the project moved to Sony, and now resides back at Warner's. The film, based on a script by Bill Dubuque, centers on a mild-mannered accountant who moonlights as a lethal assassin.

Mark Williams and Lynette Howell are producing the film with Drew Crevello and Jon Gonda overseeing for the studio.

Affleck is currently out promoting his newest film Gone Girl (which hits theaters Friday), before he resumes filming Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in Detroit. He would then reportedly shoot The Accountant and then move on to directing Live By Night, a crime drama also at Warner Bros.

Source: Variety

Christian Bale in the New Trailer for 'Exodus: Gods and Kings'

20th Century Fox has released a second trailer for Ridley Scott's latest epic, Exodus: Gods and Kings, starring Christian Bale as Moses and Joel Edgerton as the Egyptian Pharaoh, Ramses.

Opening in theaters December 12th, the film is the story of one man’s daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state-of-the-art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses (Christian Bale) as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.

Exodus: Gods and Kings also stars Aaron Paul, John Turturro, Sigourney Weaver, and Ben Kingsley.

Source: 20th Century Fox

'Angry Birds' Movie Reveals Voice Cast and First Photo

Over the past 48 hours, fans of Angry Birds have discovered a reveal within the game: by slinging one billion birds, fans had the chance to unlock the voice cast and get a sneak peek at the new look of the characters of the Angry Birds feature film.

Jason Sudeikis (Horrible Bosses, last year's comedy hit We're the Millers) will lead the cast as Red, a bird with a temper problem. Josh Gad, in his first animated role since the global smash hit Frozen, plays speedy Chuck, and Danny McBride (This is the End, Eastbound & Down) portrays the volatile Bomb. Bill Hader ("Saturday Night Live," Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) has joined the pork side, Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids) will play Matilda, and Peter Dinklage ("Game of Thrones," X-Men: Days of Future Past) will play the legendary Mighty Eagle.

In the supporting roles, Keegan-Michael Key (Comedy Central's "Key & Peele"), Kate McKinnon (Emmy nominee for "Saturday Night Live"), Tony Hale (Emmy winner for "Veep," "Arrested Development"), Ike Barinholtz (Neighbors, "The Mindy Project"), Hannibal Buress ("Broad City," Neighbors), Cristela Alonzo (ABC's upcoming "Cristela"), Jillian Bell (22 Jump Street), Danielle Brooks ("Orange is the New Black"), Grammy nominee and Latin music sensation Romeo Santos, and YouTube stars Smosh (Ian Andrew Hecox and Anthony Padilla), who have over 30 million YouTube subscribers, will bring an extra kick to this angry flock.

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Photo: Chuck (Josh Gad), Red (Jason Sudeikis), Bomb (Danny McBride) in Columbia Pictures and Rovio's 'Angry Birds.' (Columbia Pictures)

John Cohen, producer of the film said, "I'm extremely proud of this cast. Not only do we have Jason, Josh, Danny, Bill, Maya, and Peter bringing these characters to life, but they're surrounded by an all-star ensemble of emerging comedic talent – these are some of the funniest people out there today, and we're thrilled to have them all on board."

Dwight Caines, president, Theatrical Marketing for Sony Pictures, said, "With two and a half billion gamers around the world, Angry Birds is one of those brands that can drive massive fan engagement. That's why we wanted to bring this unlock to the fans first. Our filmmakers are cooking up a hilarious movie, and we know these fans can't wait to see how they're going to bring the Angry Birds' story to life on the big screen of movie theaters."

"We heard limbs and dialogue were all the rage in modern animation so we went all in. Not just one, but all of our characters have legs and wings! Except for the pigs, that is," added Blanca Juti, Chief Marketing Officer of Rovio.

The upcoming movie marks Rovio's first foray into feature films, although fans have already been introduced to the Angry Birds world with the weekly Angry Birds Toons animated series. Rovio launched the series last year through its Angry Birds game, as well as on select video-on-demand channel providers, Smart TVs, connected devices, and on select TV networks around the world. Paving the way for a full-length feature film, Angry Birds Toons has been a massive success for Rovio and has surpassed more than three billion views in its first 18 months.

Set to debut in the US on July 1, 2016, Angry Birds is directed by Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis, produced by John Cohen and Catherine Winder, and executive produced by Mikael Hed and David Maisel. The film is written by Jon Vitti. The film, which will be distributed globally by Sony Pictures, is produced by Rovio, and the Academy Award-winning visual effects and animation company Sony Pictures Imageworks, headquartered in Vancouver, B.C., is the animation facility for the production.

Source: Columbia Pictures, Rovio

Short Films Competition Based on 'Twilight' Characters Announced

As part of its ongoing effort to enhance its diverse portfolio of premium content, Lionsgate is teaming with Facebook, the prestigious Women In Film organization, the crowdsourcing platform Tongal and best-selling Twilight Saga author Stephenie Meyer to create and manage a social media campaign to develop and produce a series of short films directed by aspiring female filmmakers. The campaign, called "The Storytellers – New Creative Voices of The Twilight Saga," will include films based on a broad spectrum of characters from the Twilight universe, with guidance provided by Meyer's encyclopedic "The Twilight Saga: Official Illustrated Guide."

The campaign will center on a multiphase contest culminating in the selection of at least five aspiring female filmmakers to direct short films based on characters from the Twilight universe. The films will be produced and directed with the mentorship of a blue chip panel of advisors, which will ultimately select the winning shorts that will premiere exclusively on the Facebook platform next year. The star-studded group of female panelists will include Stephenie Meyer, actress Kristen Stewart, Academy Award winners Kate Winslet and Octavia Spencer, Jennifer Lee, the award-winning writer and one of the directors of Disney's global blockbuster Frozen, Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke, Emmy Award-winning actress Julie Bowen, and Women In Film President Cathy Schulman.

Five winning shorts will be financed through production advances, and fans will help select a grand prize winning filmmaker who will receive a cash prize and career opportunities. The short film development and production process will involve extensive fan engagement on the Facebook and Tongal platforms.

"More people than ever before are creating, discovering and engaging with videos on Facebook," said Facebook Vice President of Partnerships Dan Rose. "This collaboration with Stephenie Meyer, Lionsgate and Women In Film is a great opportunity to engage Twilight's massive global audience on Facebook through an innovative premium video program."

"We're delighted to expand our longstanding relationship with Stephenie and confident that her participation in the Twilight short films campaign will add an exciting new dimension to the incredible world she has created as an author and producer," said Lionsgate Chief Executive Officer Jon Feltheimer and Vice Chairman Michael Burns. "Our partnership with Facebook and Women In Film underscores the opportunities for growing our franchises in exciting new directions, and we're pleased to introduce fresh creative talent to the Twilight universe as part of our commitment to female empowerment in front of and behind the camera."

"Accessing Hollywood is a momentous challenge, especially for aspiring female filmmakers, so I'm thrilled that Women In Film has been invited to join Stephenie Meyer, Lionsgate and Facebook to empower new storytellers with diverse voices," said WIF President Cathy Schulman. "Women In Film is proud to help recruit and mentor female filmmakers as part of a project that illustrates the power of a beloved book and movie franchise to lessen the gender gap in our film community and provide a platform for women's perspectives to be seen and heard."

"The female voice is something that has become more and more important to me as I've worked in the film industry," said Meyer. "I'm honored to be working with Women In Film, Lionsgate, and Facebook on a project dedicated to giving more women a chance to be heard creatively."

Source: Lionsgate

'Horrible Bosses 2' Debuts a New Trailer

New Line Cinema has debuted a third trailer for their upcoming R-rated comedy sequel, Horrible Bosses 2, which finds Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Aniston, and Kevin Spacey all reprising their roles from the 2011 original, along with newcomers Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz.

Fed up with answering to higher-ups, Nick (Bateman), Dale (Day) and Kurt (Sudeikis) decide to become their own bosses by launching their own business in Horrible Bosses 2. But a slick investor soon pulls the rug out from under them. Outplayed and desperate, and with no legal recourse, the three would-be entrepreneurs hatch a misguided plan to kidnap the investor’s adult son and ransom him to regain control of their company.

Horrible Bosses 2 hits theaters nationwide on November 26th.

Source: New Line Cinema (Warner Bros.)

'Zombieland 2' Finds Writer, Ruben Fleischer Returning to Direct

Five years after the original was released, Sony Pictures is finally moving forward with Zombieland 2 with word coming from Deadline that the studio has tapped Dave Callaham to pen the script.

Callaham received a story credit for this year’s Godzilla film and also co-wrote 2010’s The Expendables. More recently, he worked on a rewrite of Marvel’s Ant-Man and wrote the screenplay for a dark comedy called Jackpot, which is reportedly what nabbed him the job to script Zombieland 2. He'll work closely with Ruben Fleischer, who will be returning as director.

In 2013, the franchise made a brief move to the small screen as "Zombieland: The Series," a planned Amazon Original Series, but never made it past the pilot episode.

The 2009 original starred Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin as a group of survivors who join forces to travel across a zombie-filled America. There’s no word if any of them will return for the next installment, but we'll pass along any details as they become available.

Source: Deadline

Alec Baldwin and Kevin Spacey Lend Voices to DreamWorks Animation's 'Boss Baby'

September 30, 2014

Academy Award nominee Alec Baldwin suits up to play the boss (who FYI, is a total baby) in DreamWorks Animation's upcoming comedy feature Boss Baby. Joined by two-time Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey who will take on the role of corporate uber-villain (and baby nemesis) Francis E. Francis, the two will duke it out for the proverbial "World's Best Boss" mug. Inspired by Marla Frazee's award-winning picture book of the same name (Publishers Weekly Best Children's Picture Book of the Year in 2010), the CG film will be released by 20th Century Fox on March 18, 2016.

Directed by Tom McGrath (Madagascar franchise, Megamind), produced by Ramsey Naito (The Spongebob Squarepants Movie) and Denise Cascino (Mr. Peabody & Sherman, Megamind) and written by Michael McCullers (Austin Powers films), Boss Baby is a fantastical family comedy about the bossiest member in every family – the new guy. From the day his baby brother arrived (in a cab…wearing a suit), seven-year-old Tim knew this fast-talking briefcase-carrying baby (voiced by Baldwin) was trouble – after all, there's only so much love to go around, right? But as Tim embarks on a mission to win back the sole affection of his parents, he stumbles upon a secret plot by the CEO of Puppy Co. (voiced by Spacey) that threatens to destroy the balance of love in the world – and this brash baby executive masquerading as his new brother is at the center of it all. Now, they must come together as true brothers to stop the dastardly scheme, save their parents, restore order to the world, and prove that love is indeed an infinite force.

Source: DreamWorks Animation

Journey Behind-the-Scenes of 'Dracula Untold' with Two Featurettes

Universal Pictures has released two new featurettes for Dracula Untold. In the first video, we join star Luke Evans on his way to the film's set, his makeup session and, finally, the filming of an action sequence. And in the the second video, we're introduced to "Mirena," Sarah Gadon's character and wife to "Vlad" (Evans).

In the film, opening October 10th, Luke Evans transforms from the cursed man history knows as Vlad the Impaler to an all-powerful creature of the night in this origin story of the alluring immortal we have come to fear as the sun sets: Dracula.

Directed by Gary Shore, Dracula Untold also stars Dominic Cooper, Zach McGowan, Samantha Barks, Diarmaid Murtagh, Thor Kristjansson, Art Parkinson, and Charles Dance.

Source: Universal Pictures, Legendary Pictures

'John Wick' Delivers a Final Trailer and New Poster with Keanu Reeves

Lionsgate has released both a final trailer and a new poster for John Wick, the upcoming Keanu Reeves-led action-thriller from directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski.

With New York City as his bullet-riddled playground, John Wick is a fresh and stylized take on the “assassin genre," centering on an ex-hitman (Reeves) who comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him.

Opening in theaters October 24th, John Wick also stars Adrianne Palicki, Willem Dafoe, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Bridget Moynahan, Ian McShane, and John Leguizmo.

John Wick Poster

Source: Lionsgate


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