Catch Wiig, Wilson and Galifianakis in “Masterminds” Teaser Trailer

You may remember that we were talking about Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess recently regarding his upcoming stint at Disney with Overnight at 42nd Street. But before we see what Hess will make of the plush cuddly corporation, there’s another project that’s coming up for release real soon. And from the looks of it, I’m not sure this one will be Disney friendly.
The project is called Masterminds, and stars Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson and Jason Sudekis. It’s a heist movie of sorts. With heist movies there are normally two kinds: you have your polished, twist filled style pieces like Ocean’s Eleven; and you have your bumbling buffoonery tales, like every Ocean’s Eleven sequel. Mastermind takes its cues from the latter but takes the mayhem in a different sort of direction. While the plan is left to a group of idiots, they actually manage to pull of the heist with some aplomb. And that’s where the trouble starts. But why am I telling you all this? There’s a perfectly good teaser trailer not one paragraph away!
Here’s the trailer, courtesy of YouTube:

An interesting looking beast I’m sure you’ll agree. A perfect comedy it certainly looks isn’t, but the talent is definitely there and there’s ideal opportunity for some off the books riffing between them. The question remains whether or not they will pull it off. The film I mean, not the heist.
The film is written by Jody Hill and Danny McBride of Eastbound and Down fame and will get a release in August 7th.
Are you in?

Adam West and Burt Ward to Voice Animated “Batman”

You know that a movie or TV show is truly culturally resonant if you can never actually watch it but still hold a moderately long conversation about it at a party. The original Batman TV series starring Adam West and Burt Ward is one such TV show: how many tropes of the show do you know purely from parodies and pop culture references? I’d estimate a whole bunch.

You may have seen the show get a boost in popularity recently with a resurgence of merchandise, thanks to Warner Bros. and the brand Batman ’66. Well that’s also due in no small part to the encroaching 50 year anniversary of the show.

But that’s not all, because we now have reports that there will be a salute to the golden age of camp batman and to an extent the golden age of batman in general with an animated movie based on the show.
According to Screenrant, the movie will be released at the start of next year on January 12th and will pay tribute to everything about the original TV series that we know and love.

But who will be voicing the dynamic duo themselves? Oh I don’t know, how about the dynamic duo themselves!? Slam! Sorry I got over excited. Both Adam West who starred as Batman and Burt Ward who starred as Robin both stated in a recent Batman panel at the Mad Monster Party in Charlotte, North Carolina, that they would be voting their original alter egos for the animated movie.

Ward also let slop to the crowd that this may be the first of two animated movies. Will both be based on the 1960s TV series? And if so will West and Ward return for a sequel? Well let’s not get ahead of ourselves yet, we’ve still got a while to wait to see even one.
If you’d like to see a video of the panel, why not have a peek down below:

Are you jazzed for an animated Batman movie?

Hugh Jackman Will Only Make One More “Wolverine” Movie

I don’t want you to panic, but we could very well be winding down on one of the most successful comic movie franchises of all time. There has been considerable evidence to suggest that Hugh Jackman will only be making one more Wolverine movie. Aaaaaaand panic now!

It goes without saying that there are seriously mixed reviews of the spin-off Wolverine movies that came out of the original trilogy of X-Men movies that began in 2000. But how ever you rate them, they haven’t done Marvel, X-Men or Mr Jackman himself any harm at all. 2013’s The Wolverine alone grossed nearly $415 million worldwide! That’s a lot of claw polish. But The Wrap is reporting that Jackman will only be donning the leather jacket one more time. This comes from a mysterious tweet the actor posted last week:

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While there was a suggestion that this could mean a final curtain on any potential future appearances of Logan, it has been explained by an insider that this is purely a reference to one final Wolverine standalone. There is no reason to believe that this news would have any impact on Jackman’s involvement with the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse or a potential foot in Deadpool’s door (hey, it could happen, you don’t know).

When talking about possible developments for a Wolverine sequel with The Wrap, Jackman had this to say:

“I’d probably move it to a different visual palette…We are looking at a lot of different storylines. No one has jumped out. You can tell from my answer that we’re still working it out.”

It would certainly be a crime to see the X-Men take on Oscar Isaac’s Apocalypse without the help to the adamantium-clad quasi-leader of the gang. Please don’t tell Cyclops I said that.

Simon Pegg Slams Idris Elba “Star Trek” Rumours…Or Does He?

As delicious as a movie rumour is in it’s prime, there is something even sweeter about that same rumour being shot down by someone in the know. Whispers were abounding last week (here included, I’m not ashamed to say – actually I am shamed but I’ll still say it) that Luther and The Wire star Idris Elba might be donning a ridged skull cap and taking a villainous turn in Star Trek 3 as the most handsome klingon in the quadrant. So what happened? Was the klingon part all nonsense. Nope, it was all nonsense, according to the nerd-do-well himself Mr Simon Pegg.

According to Slashfilm, Pegg, who starred in both previous Star Trek films and has continued with the third installment as both actor and co-writer (not a new experience for the Cornetto wieldin’ Brit) has spoken out about the alleged involvement of Elba. Here’s the key nugget from his interview on Absolute Radio:

“That’s not true. No, no, no. I heard there’s a rumour he’s been spoken to about stuff, so he may be in the film but he won’t be a Klingon. [Laughs.] Or maybe he will!”

Well that started as helpful but sort of trailed off at the the end there. It’s clear that Pegg is more interested in keeping everything about the new film a secret than quashing rumour after rumour until people can stitch the plot together themselves.

It’s also worth mentioning that we went through a similar situation with Benedict Cumberbatch and Khan with Star Trek into Darkness. Granted that came about after we knew Cumberbatch was attached. Could this be another run-around? My guess is no. Those kinds of rumour traps are very much JJ Abrams’ thing, but he’s not helming this project. And even if he were, he wouldn’t use the same trick twice in a row.

I’m sure if Elba is confirmed a week from now I will be sitting here once again with a Romulan-sized egg on my face (Romulans lay eggs right?), but that’s the game we play, baby. I’m willing to trust Pegg this time. Are you?

It’s all Highway: “Super Troopers 2” is a Go

When it comes to the world of movies, the phrase “the audience has spoken” is a powerful one. It gets thrown around all the time when the movie going public take matters into their own hands when it comes to what they want to see, and speaks to the strong sense of community that not only still exists in this time of digital isolation, but thrives on it.

With that ridiculously pompous intro in mind, movie-making funny-men Broken Lizard recently set up an Indiegogo account to get a Super Troopers sequel off the ground. Guess what? The audience has spoken.

The Wrap reports that in the short space of 48 hours, the team behind Club Dread, Beerfest and of course Super Troopers has been able to secure it’s 2 million target. The fund was made possible by some 22,000 (21, 647 backers as of 7:33 p.m. PDT to be precise) who gave their own money to see the project get made.

The original Super Troopers followed a group of small town highway patrolmen fighting with the local police officers to prove their worth when department closure is threatened. There are also drug busts, giant cotton candy, naked dudes and randy Germans. The film is perhaps most fondly known for the games and pranks that the patrolmen play on unsuspecting drivers.

This will be the first sequel that broken Lizard have taken on, and it’s been circling the rumour pool pretty much since the first film started accumulating a cult following.

The Broken Lizard team, which consists of Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske has already released a video thanking the contributors for their generous donations. It’s unclear whether or not donations will keep being accepted or whether we’ll be seeing another million or two roll in over the next few days. What we do know is that Fox has agreed to distribute and production should begin later this year.

I feel like watching Super Troopers again… Right meow.

Rumour Alert! Idris Elba Suspected to be “Star trek 3” Villain

If the latest Star Trek series has being boldly going where no one had gone before, it’s also boldly been going to England for talent. Benedict Cumberbatch made some phenomenal waves the last go around with his striking portrayal of Khan in Star Trek into Darkness, and now they might be bringing on another BBC darling for the as yet untitled Star Trek 3.

Screenrant reports that Luther and The Wire star Irish Elba may be in talks to star as the villain in the next movie. The rumour comes from Variety and has some other potentially delicious details for the latest Enterprise adventure: apparently shooting may be later than we anticipated, starting in June instead of May, and that the plot could involve klingons! If this is in any way true, we could be seeing Elba don a ridged forehead and dust off his old klingon dictionary (all actors have one, it’s great for monologues).

Of course this is all speculation, and we could be building to a Star Trek finale without a whiff of a klingon. This sort of rumour churning is easy with a project like Star Trek 3 that’s had such muddling and overhauling in terms of script and direction. With the departure of Roberto Orci from the helm and his relegation to producer, not to mention the hiring of Fast and Furious director Justin Lee to step into Orci’s shoes, the waters have been muddied and in low visibility rumours abound.

Orcs himself has alluded to ideas he had for a daring new plot for the Star Trek crew that may have been cast out. It would be an absolute treat to see Elba work his magic on the Star Trek set. He would be joining returning actors Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Simon Pegg and Alice Eve. Elba’s also no stranger to scifi adventures, earning his chops on Prometheus and Pacific Rim. But which film will Star Trek 3 be more like?

Want to see Elba on the bridge?

You Asked for it: First Full Entourage Trailer

I bet you thought everyone had forgotten about it didn’t you? Well guess again, obvious closet Entourage fan! We got news a few months back that the show was returning for a movie that would unite the entire cast once again, showing off a thematically predictable but still amusing teaser. Well now we’ve got a full length trailer for you to get your head around. Whether you’re totally into it or you couldn’t be further from interested, or even if you’re sitting comfortably in the middle laughing at the people either side of you (very rude by the way), here’s the latest trailer, courtesy of the good people at Slashfilm:

Unsurprising? Sure, but it doesn’t means it won’t be good. The film brings back Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara and Jeremy Piven, along with original show creator Douglas Ellin. Piven’s character is now running a studio and gives former client Vincent Chase a chance to star and direct in a modern adaptation of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. It’s unclear how much of the story will be taken up by this main plot and whether the other fellas will be going on side missions  like any other episode – although it does look like they’ve tried to mention every possible plot point in the trailer. Either way, it certainly looks like a return to form. Man this fence is uncomfortable.
Are you up for Entourage?

Beyond the Myth: International Trailer for “Mr Holmes”

We aren’t currently in a cultural situation where we’re short of Sherlock Holmes depictions. Whether you’re an elementary buff or a Cumberbatch fan, or of you’re holding out for a third dose of Downey Jr., you don’t need to look far for a take on the world’s greatest detective. Having said that, I am still chomping at the bit to get a look at Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes in the upcoming Mr Holmes, directed by Bill Condon. The film, based on the novel A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullin, will take a more biographical look at the detective, now retired and struggling to recall a case from his past.

We’ve had a few looks at the man himself, but now we finally have a full international trailer. So check it out, courtesy of Screenrant:

Well it’s certainly not going to be like any of its Holmesian contemporaries. Instead of focusing on a mystery, or drizzling drama and action with antisocial wit, Mr Holmes looks to take a slower, more sensitive look at a man, his mind and the strained relationship between them.

Mr Holmes will be out in UK theatres in June 19th and in the US on July 17th. If you were hoping for more excitement, don’t sell this movie short. It’s looks like it could certainly be a keeper, and at the very least the perfect combination of actor and subject. Just to be clear, I’m not endorsed by Mr Holmes or Ian McKellen.

Jack Huston to star in “Crow” Reboot

It’s been a long, gruelling decathlon for the Crow reboot, going through multiple staff and development setbacks. But now the final nail has been hammered into the coffin – that’s not negative, the film’s about a guy who comes back from the dead – with the announcement that the make-up donning anti-hero will be played by Jack Huston.

Empire has reported that the young up and comer has finalised a deal to take on the role of Eric Draven, a rock star who is murdered by a gang and is brought back from the dead to exact some freaky revenge.

Huston will be joining The Hallow helmsman Corin Hardy, the latest and hopefully final director to be attached to the project. The actor’s name has been in the pool for the role for a good while now, and he was even semi confirmed for the gig by original graphic novel scribe James O’Barr, who was dropping Jack Huston bombs all over the place. O’Barr has been deeply indeed with the reboot, ensuring that the plot and tone stay as close to the graphic novel, which is a good reason to get super excited about this project.

But don’t expect to see Huston getting into his blacks and leathers too soon. The actor’s got a whole stack of work coming up, which can I lay have been helpful in securing him the Crow gig. It might also have helped that he’s a lot of these projects are book adaptations, like Nicholas Spark‘s The Longest Ride, and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies from Seth Grahame-Smith. What else? The reboot of Ben-Hur? That do anything for you?

Before you start breaking out the congratulations for Huston, this won’t be an easy role to take on. The original Crow movie from 1994 is a hallowed cult classic and as much affection is felt for the late original actor Brandon Lee as there is for Eric Draven. So the task for Huston will be taking the role his own direction while still remaining faithful to the subject matter. Will he be up for the challenge? We’ll have to wait and see.

Cruise Control: New Trailer for “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation”

No one would blame you for forgetting that the latest Mission Impossible sequel is coming out this year. Let’s face it, it’s not the most exciting sequel coming out in the next few months. Nothing against the Impossible Missions Force, but there’s some stiff competition in the form of Jurassic World, Star Wars and Avengers: Age of Ultron in the next few weeks.

So just to keep you thinking, Screenrant has reported on a new trailer for Mission Impossible: Rouge Nation. But maybe you’re thinking “hey, I’m not a fan of trailers, I prefer something still that I can focus on and not have to keep pausing, like a photo or something”. If that’s the case, I really don’t get you much, but we got stills too all the same. Here’s the trailer for starters, fresh out of the oven:

Ok, well impossible is about right. If you were cynical you might suggest that Mission Impossible films are just padding constructed around a dumb stunt that Tom Cruise wanted to do. But I’m not that guy. Still though, trying yourself to a plane just seems silly. From the looks of things, it’s not a good time to be part of the IMF. The higher ups have disbanded the team at the very same time that an organisation called the Syndicate starts dicking around with crime and morals and stuff. So Ethan Hunt gets the band back together, including IMF vets Jeremy Render, Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg. Rebecca Ferguson will also be joining the team as Ilsa Faust, whose name suggests that she’s something of a badass.

This looks to be a solid follow on for the series, and while you might suggest that it looks like a carbon copy, it’s probably only because they’re following a formula that seems to have worked for them up until now.

Well we can at least throw the directing formula out the window since Jack Reacher director Chris McQuarrie is at the helm of this latest instalment. Will it be worth watching? I can’t say, but at the very least it’ll definitely be worth a few sweet action scenes.