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Aug. 25, 2014 | 4:01 p.m.

‘Mission: Impossible': New Tom Cruise actioner heads into production

Tom Cruise is embarking on a new mission. Production kicked off Monday on the fifth film in the “Mission: Impossible” franchise; the upcoming release will see Cruise reprise one of his most successful roles, super-spy Ethan Hunt, for director Christopher McQuarrie. The actor is also producing the film, which McQuarrie wrote with Drew Pearce and Will Staples. The production is scheduled to shoot in Vienna, Morocco and London and will see franchise veterans Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner and Ving Rhames join Cruise on screen. Alec Baldwin and Rebecca Ferguson are also set to appear in the film. The previous film in the series, 2011’s “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol,” directed by Brad Bird, earned nearly $700 million at the global box office to rank as Cruise’s highest-grossing film. Since then, though, the actor has appeared in several projects that had […]
Aug. 19, 2014 | 11:04 a.m.

‘Ant-Man': First look at Paul Rudd as Scott Lang in Marvel film

Paul Rudd stars as Scott Lang in Marvel's "Ant-Man," scheduled for release in the U.S. on July 17, 2015. (Zade Rosenthal/Marvel)
Paul Rudd is looking pensive in the first photo from “Ant-Man,” Marvel’s upcoming superhero adventure due for release next year. Production on “Ant-Man” kicked off this week in San Francisco, with Rudd starring as reformed thief Scott Lang, the second superhero to take the name Ant-Man. In the film, Lang must help his mentor Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) protect the secret behind his Ant-Man suit, which enables its wearer to shrink in size while enjoying increased strength. The movie, which will also shoot in Georgia, features Evangeline Lilly as Pym’s daughter Hope Van Dyne, while actor Corey Stoll will play Darren Cross, a former ally of Pym’s who becomes the villain known as the Yellowjacket. A shadow of uncertainty fell over the film earlier this year when original “Ant-Man” director Edgar Wright abruptly departed the project he’d steered toward the […]
Aug. 19, 2014 | 4:00 a.m.

‘Sin City': Rodriguez, Miller talk noir yarns, not social commentary

“Robert and Frank couldn’t be more different, but I feel like they bring out the best in each other,” returning "Sin City" actress Jessica Alba said of the directing duo. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
When director Robert Rodriguez and legendary comic-book author Frank Miller released their movie “Sin City” in 2005, they had few expectations they’d ever make the sequel opening this Friday. In fact, they weren’t sure audiences would turn up for the first film at all. A panel-for-panel re-creation of stories from Miller’s popular graphic-novel series, “Sin City” was unlike any comic-book movie anyone had seen. This wasn’t another rousing story of a superhero saving the planet. It was something darker and stranger: a hyper-stylized, ultra-violent noir thriller set in a corrupt urban nether world of hard-edged men and underclothed women, with no cape, cowl or stitch of spandex to be seen. “I thought people just might not get it,” said Rodriguez, who co-directed the film with Miller, perhaps best known for his 1986 Batman comic-book miniseries “The Dark Knight Returns.” “I […]
Aug. 15, 2014 | 1:36 p.m.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy': Watch adorable, groovy Groot clip [video]

“Guardians of the Galaxy” opened in theaters Aug. 1 to become Marvel’s latest success — the quirky cosmic adventure is closing in on more than $200 million in domestic box office, and a sequel is already on the calendars for July 28, 2017. While audiences responded to the film’s wild menagerie of creatures and interstellar locales, many shared a favorite moment. The scene in question takes place at the end of the movie and involves Groot, the sentient tree voiced by Vin Diesel, one of the five members of the “Guardians” team that also includes Chris Pratt’s Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord; Zoe Saldana’s green assassin, Gamora; Dave Bautista’s vengeful Drax the Destroyer; and Groot’s pal Rocket, a machine-gun-wielding raccoon voiced by Bradley Cooper. Check it out below — unless, of course, you haven’t yet seen “Guardians,” in which case you […]
Aug. 14, 2014 | 12:06 p.m.

‘Godzilla 2’: Gareth Edwards’ sequel set to open June 8, 2018

The King of All Monsters will return to theaters in 2018. Warner Bros. and Legendary on Thursday announced that “Godzilla 2,” the planned sequel to Gareth Edwards’ early summer hit, is set for release June 8, 2018. Edwards last month confirmed that he will helm the upcoming film during the Legendary Comic-Con International presentation — the director sent a cheeky video message in which he was pretending to oversee the cleanup of some of the destruction of San Francisco showcased in his May reboot. PHOTOS: Godzilla through the years At Comic-Con, the company also suggested that three other iconic creatures from the Toho canon will probably make an appearance in the followup: Rodan, Mothra and Ghidorah. Before he turns his attention to the “Godzilla” sequel, however, Edwards will direct the first of the upcoming series of standalone films set in […]
Aug. 11, 2014 | 3:31 p.m.

‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For': Robert Rodriguez talks Frank Miller

Robert Rodriguez arrives at the "Sin City: A Dame To Kill For" party on Day 1 of Comic-Con International held at the Hard Rock Hotel on Thursday, July 24, 2014, in San Diego. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
In 2005, Texan filmmaking enfant terrible Robert Rodriguez teamed up with misanthropic comic book master craftsman Frank Miller to co-direct “Sin City,” an adaptation of Miller’s gritty comic book yarns of the same name, rewriting the Hollywood playbook in the process. With an ensemble cast that included Jessica Alba, Clive Owen, Mickey Rourke, Rosario Dawson and Bruce Willis, the neo-noir crime thriller  painted a stark world in which corrupt cops and underworld strongmen, hookers with hearts of gold and one grotesquely disfigured serial killer operate in high-definition black and white (with select jolts of gold and arterial-splatter red). Come Aug. 22, nearly a decade after the first “Sin City” pressed reset on digital filmmaking and use of green-screen technology, Miller and Rodriguez are back with a second installment of the gritty anthology: “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” (view the trailer above). […]
Aug. 07, 2014 | 6:46 a.m.

Marilyn Burns: An appreciation from ‘Texas Chainsaw 2′ star Bill Moseley

Leatherface (Gunnar Hansen) wielding his weapon while Marilyn Burns' Sally Hardesty tries to escape in "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre." (Daniel Pearl)
Actress Marilyn Burns died Tuesday in her Houston-area home at age 65. Texas figured large in her career — Burns was perhaps best known for starring in “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre,” Tobe Hooper’s dark nightmare of murder and cannibalism in the South that has become, in the years since its original release, a landmark in the horror genre and in the world of independent filmmaking. Bill Moseley was one of the many viewers deeply affected by the film — his relationship to it helped shape his acting career. Below, the man who starred in “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2″ as Chop-top offers an appreciation of Burns. My first glimpse of Marilyn Burns was on the screen of the old Paramount Theater in Boston’s Combat Zone in 1975, in Tobe Hooper’s horror classic, “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.” Marilyn was […]
Aug. 06, 2014 | 2:29 p.m.

‘Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice': New release date avoids ‘Cap 3′

Batman and Superman will no longer be staring down Captain America the next time they appear on the big screen. Warner Bros. will now open “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” Zack Snyder’s follow-up to “Man of Steel,” in 3-D on March 25, 2016. The film previously had been set to open May 6, 2016, opposite Marvel’s third “Captain America” film. The studio also revealed that it plans to release two DC Comics-based films annually starting in 2016: They will be released on Aug. 5, 2016; June 23, 2017; Nov. 17, 2017; March 23, 2018; July 27, 2018; April 5, 2019; June 14, 2019; April 3, 2020, and June 19, 2020. A new release date schedule also includes two untitled Warner Bros. “event” films — opening Nov. 16, 2018, and Nov. 20, 2020. PHOTOS: The roles that led Ben Affleck […]
Aug. 06, 2014 | 9:38 a.m.

‘Divergent’ Blu-ray: Theo James on Four’s brand of good-guy heroism

Theo James is photographed in Beverly Hills on March 21, 2014. (Annie I. Bang / Associated Press)
The spring blockbuster “Divergent” arrives on Blu-ray and DVD this week, bringing the first movie installment based on Veronica Roth’s young adult book series to home video. The sci-fi adventure film, which has earned nearly $275 million at the worldwide box office since opening in March, helped catapult its young cast, including rising star Shailene Woodley, into the public eye. Woodley portrays Tris Prior, a girl who discovers she doesn’t fit neatly into any of her society’s five rigidly divided factions in a dystopian future Chicago. She joins Dauntless, the faction based on bravery, where she meets Four, portrayed by English up-and-comer Theo James (“Downton Abbey,” “Golden Boy”). Four, a leader in Dauntless, helps train Tris and the other initiates while hiding his own mysterious past. James will reprise the role in the upcoming sequels — 2015’s “Insurgent,” 2016’s “Allegiant — […]
Aug. 06, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.

Scarlett Johansson talks Black Widow’s fighting style [video]

Scarlett Johansson was most recently on screen playing a chemically enhanced drug mule in Luc Besson’s sleeper hit “Lucy,” but it wasn’t the actress’ first action-packed role this year. Back in April, Johansson reprised her role as Natasha Romanoff (better known as Black Widow) in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” conceived as Marvel’s answer to the gripping thrillers of the ’70s. The film, which sees Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers team up with Black Widow on a number of key missions, even as the patriotic superhero comes into conflict with S.H.I.E.L.D. leader Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford in a key supporting turn), currently stands as the highest grossing domestic release of 2014, having surpassed $259 million at the U.S. box office. Those who missed it in theaters — or simply want to see it again — now have a chance to catch […]
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