By Dana Brawer
Some highly anticipated Oscar contenders will not be making the cut this year, and last night, another joined that list. The release of George Clooney's World War II drama, "The Monuments Men," has been pushed from its original December release to a February 2014 opening, according to the LA Times, making it ineligible for a nomination.
Clooney's picture does not stand alone in a widespread trend of delayed Oscar prospects. Leonardo DiCaprio's "Wolf of Wall Street" has been delayed, though it will barely make the 2013 deadline with a new late December release. Nicole Kidman's "Grace of Monaco," originally anticipated as a huge competitor due to Kidman's past success at the Oscars, will now be released in 2014, however.
Historical drama, 'The Immigrant" and sports drama "The Foxcatcher" have also been pushed into 2014 releases.
Thus far, all of the official details about the stories for "Avatar 2," "Avatar 3," and "Avatar 4" involve people coming back from the dead. First, we heard that Signourey Weaver will be back, and now we know that a villain is getting the same favor from James Cameron
Deadline is reporting that Stephen Lang, who played the na'vi-hating Colonel Miles Quaritch, has just signed on for the next three movies in the sci-fi fantasy series, despite getting killed by Zoe Saldana's character in the original.
"Steven was so memorable in the first film, we're privileged to have him back," Cameron said. "I'm not going to say exactly HOW we're bringing him back, but it's a science fiction story, after all. His character will evolve into really unexpected places across the arc of our new three-film saga. I really look forward to working with such a gifted actor, who's also become a good friend."
What is it that makes James Wan's recent string of horror hits, including both "Insidious" movie and "The Conjuring" (which hits Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow), so scary?
In this exclusive featurette from the home video release, Wan explains that it's his emphasis on a solid sound design that makes his horror movies work like they did in the good old days.
And he's right. Just take a look at the first trailer for "The Conjuring," and it's clear that this guy has a grasp on what makes something simple, yet scary. We're still terrified any time someone claps around us.
Things have been hard since we saw "The Conjuring."
"The Conjuring" hits Blu-ray and DVD on October 22.
By Ryan Rigley
Looks like we've finally gotten our first official cast member of "Star Wars VII." Last weekend, during this year's New York Comic Con, original C-3P0 actor Anthony Daniels may or may not have confirmed his role reprisal in the new trilogy. "Yes, I am the only actor to be in all seven because I feel... Six! Whatever," Daniels teased during a panel in New York.
While this is obviously far from an official announcement, it is entirely possible that Daniels could have let the truth slip out unintentionally. However, until Daniel's casting is made official, we'll just keep speculating as to which Star Wars Expanded Universe characters might appear in the new "Star Wars" trilogy. Take Vergere for example, a member of the New Jedi Order and secret student of the Sith!
By Charles Webb
After what The Hollywood Reporter describes as months of negotiations, Simon Crane has signed on to direct a "Hot Wheels" movie based on the Mattel line of die-cast toy cars.
Crane beat out "28 Weeks Later" director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo in the latest attempt at jump-starting the nascent "Fast & the Furious" competitor, after previous attempts to bring the project at other other studios (Columbia, Warner Bros.) and other directors (McG) stalled out.
"Hot Wheels" joins "Gran Turismo" and the upcoming Aaron Paul vehicle "Need For Speed" as attempts to catch up to Universal's seemingly unstoppable "Fast" franchise. Across six movies, they've earned nearly a billion dollars for the studio since Vin Diesel and Paul Walker first glowered at each other across the hood of a muscle car with 2001's "Fast and the Furious."
If you thought a "Hot Wheels" movie would offer some good, family fun, you've got another think coming: The script, currently undergoing a rewrite from "Quiz Show" writer Paul Attanasio, concerns a "washed-up Illinois State Trooper who, after a dangerous military device falls into the hands of a criminal, fights the man his father once put behind bars."
Crane has been a fixture in Hollywood, acting as a second unit director and stunt coordinator on films like "Titanic," "Goldeneye," "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider," and most recently, "World War Z." "Hot Wheels" would be the second feature to which Crane's name is attached as director, alongside the spy thriller "Echelon."
By Amelia Mularz
So your zero-gravity Sandra Bullock costume isn't exactly panning out. We've got a couple other movies that might inspire your Halloween wears. Here's what's playing this weekend:
On the Big Screen: "Carrie"
It's time for a whole new generation to develop illogical fears of tampons and high school dances. The new "Carrie" opens today, and it's got something big that the original didn't have. Social media.
This go-around the mean girls capture Carrie's menstrual nightmare on camera and the video goes viral. Age-old agonies are suddenly magnified when placed in the present day. Imagine if we revisited other Stephen King-created horrors and unleashed advanced technology on each of them. Give Cujo a blog so he can chronicle every moment of his rabid rampage. Let the clown from "It" terrorize children with Snapchat. See? So much scarier.
These days, it wouldn't be hard to trip and land on a found-footage horror film. The format has really taken off in the past decade with first-time filmmakers like Oren Peli picking up a movie camera and making homemade paranormal magic happen.
The anthology series "V/H/S" recently employed the popular style with a videotape-centric frame tale, and now a new project has surfaced that also references the nostalgic era of mom and pop video stores and schlocky VHS cover art — except this film combines it with the weirdness of public-access television, Satanic panic media coverage, and all things 1980s.
In the years since "Taken" established him as an older action star, Liam Neeson's yearly forays into the genre have gotten sillier and sillier.
For 2014, he's the only man on a NON-STOP flight from New York to London that can stop a madman from killing every passenger on board. Neeson plays an air marshal who receives a text message claiming that one person will die every 20 minutes until a ransom is wired to a bank account.
The first trailer plays out pretty much like you'd expect, expect with a lot of shots of Julianne Moore. (Mark her down as our top suspect.) We'll definitely give it credit for ending with a near zero-G shot of Neeson grabbing a gun out of midair. That's dope.
"Non-Stop" opens in theaters on February 28, 2014.
Guillermo del Toro is a unique kind of director because he doesn't hide behind denials and institutionalized secrets when it comes to make big-budget projects. He wants everyone to join in on the fun, and that's why he usually knocks it out of the park when it comes time for home video extras.
We spoke with del Toro over the phone about the release of "Pacific Rim," and he shared why sharing is such a big part of the process for him.
Clip past the job to read out interview with Guillermo del Toro about the "Pacific Rim" Blu-ray.
Sundance. Cannes. Toronto. I've been lucky enough to cover all the major film festivals in my tenure at MTV News. But did any of them revolve around a tasty guilty pleasure that makes everything better? I'm waiting for your answer, Robert Redford. Yeah, I didn't think so.
Friends, colleagues, and pork enthusiasts everywhere, let me introduce you to the 2013 International Bacon Film Festival. Yes, the folks over at Hormel Black Label Bacon threw down the gauntlet and aspiring filmmakers have stepped up to the plate. The challenge: create a film that highlights "the exceptional passion people have for bacon and the extent of its influence on culture." The result? 11 finalists chosen from hundreds of submissions that covered every conceivable genre.
Sure it's insane but it's also kind of amazing and cool, no? Just check one of the finalists below to see how the muse that is bacon can provoke artistic awesomeness.