The first trailer for Ruben Fleischer's The Gangster Squad is now online, courtesy of iTunes Movie Trailers, along with a brand-new promotional image. Check out the video in the player beneath the synopsis and click on the image at the bottom of the page for a larger version in our gallery.
Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) runs the show in this town, reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs, the guns, the prostitutes and--if he has his way--every wire bet placed west of Chicago. And he does it all with the protection of not only his own paid goons, but also the police and the politicians who are under his control. It's enough to intimidate even the bravest, street-hardened cop...except, perhaps, for the small, secret crew of LAPD outsiders led by Sgt. John O'Mara (Josh Brolin) and Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling), who come together to try to tear Cohen's world apart. "The Gangster Squad" is a colorful retelling of events surrounding the LAPD's efforts to take back their nascent city from one of the most dangerous mafia bosses of all time.
The Gangster Squad is currently without an official release date, but expect that to change in the very near future.
Ubisoft and Marvel announced today the video game Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth coming to the Xbox 360 and Wii U this fall. Here's the press release:
Ubisoft and Marvel Entertainment have joined forces to develop a video game based on the popular Avengers characters and other heroes and villains from the Marvel Universe.
Developed by Ubisoft Quebec, "Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth’s" interactive environments are inspired by iconic Marvel comic artwork and the Secret Invasion storyline. The game will be released this fall for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft with Kinect for Xbox 360 and Nintendo’s Wii U system.
“We are excited to team up with Marvel Entertainment to bring some of the most iconic comic book characters from the Marvel line-up to life in motion-gaming,” said Tony Key, US senior vice president of sales and marketing at Ubisoft. “Fans of the Marvel universe and superhero games are going to love the extensive combinations of characters, motion-controlled moves and competitive gameplay.”
“For the last few years, Marvel has positioned itself to deliver the absolute best in entertainment, be it in film, animation, comics or games,” said Andreea Enache-Thune, senior vice president of games and digital distribution at Marvel. “Partnering with Ubisoft is a big part of that ongoing movement. We are confident that Ubisoft’s talent matches Marvel’s own commitment to making the "Avengers: Battle for Earth" the best in the motion-controlled gaming category.”
"Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth" features 20 different characters, including Avengers such as Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America and Thor, as well as other fan-favorite super heroes and super villains from the Marvel Universe.
The first clip from the upcoming DC animated film Superman vs. The Elite is now online along with several news stills from the direct-to-DVD project. Check them all out below!
In the film, Superman's effectiveness as a superhero comes into question when a new group of super-powerful crusaders, known as "The Elite," appear on the scene. As superheroes, the Elite know no bounds and are more than willing to kill, even on a massive scale, to stop villainy -- putting them on a collision course with the ever-ethical, preferably nonlethal Man of Steel.
The voice cast is led by George Newbern, reprising his Justice League/Justice League Unlimited role as Superman, Pauley Perrette as Lois Lane, and Robin Atkin Downes as Manchester Black, the leader of The Elite.
Superman vs. The Elite arrives in stores on June 12th.
Summit Entertainment has announced that Catherine Zeta-Jones and Byung-Hun Lee will be joining the ensemble cast of the upcoming RED 2, set to hit theaters on August 2, 2013.
The project is being directed by Dean Parisot from a screenplay by Erich and Jon Hoeber, who wrote the script for the original RED, based in turn on a comic book by Warren Ellis and Cully Hammer.
RED 2 brings back the team of retired CIA operatives as they use their old-school style to take on a new set of enemies all across Europe.
“We had so much fun making 'RED' and seeing that amazing cast assembled together – and so did consumers: over $200m worldwide and the number one home entertainment rental of last year," says Erik Feig, President, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, Production. "We can't wait to bring them back together, give them some new friends, and show they ‘still got it.’”
Zeta-Jones can soon be seen on the big screen in Rock of Ages and Lee in G.I. Joe: Retaliation.
Lorenzo DiBonaventura and Mark Vahradian will produce the film via their DiBonaventura Pictures banner. Feig will oversee the project for the studio along with Summit Entertainment’s Senior Vice President of Production, Geoff Shaevitz.
MGM has plans to develop Ray Bradbury's fantasy anthology From the Dust Returned, Deadline reports. The book, published in 2001, is officially described as follows:
Fifty-five years in the making, "From the Dust Returned" grew out of a short story, "Homecoming," which appeared in the October 1946 issue of Mademoiselle magazine. Bradbury has published just five other stories about the Elliots, an outlandish, greathearted and loving-spirited Halloween creature clan and their "abnormal" (i.e., his face is reflected in the mirror!) adopted son Timothy. Over the years, Bradbury readers have clamored for more Elliott tales. A lifelong labor of love, "From the Dust Returned" is a novel (in much the way "The Martian Chronicles" is a novel) comprised of the previously published six stories interwoven with newer chapters and "connective tissue" that give us an unforgettable portrait of the rise and fall of a most peculiar brood. Here are Cecy, "the one who dreams," a young girl yearning for love who can experience the world only through the travels of her mind; Uncle Einar, a fun-loving, proud-winged vampire who loses his ability to fly; Great Grandmère, the family matriarch, who speaks of millennia gone by from deep within her mummified wrappings; and Tom, a farm boy whom Cecy "meets" and falls in love with one night during one of her spirit-borne journeys.
The news comes after announcements last year that both Bradbury's Dandelion Wine and his The Martian Chronicles are headed to the screen.
Chloe Moretz is in talks to join the dramatic horror film Maggie, Variety reports. The script landed on the 2011 "Black List" of unproduced screenplays. Written by John Scott 3, it was given the following official logline:
As a “walking dead” virus spreads across the country, a farm family helps their eldest daughter come to terms with her infection as she slowly becomes a flesh-eating zombie.
Paddy Considine is attached to play the father and Moretz, who appears in this Friday's Dark Shadows, would play Maggie herself. She's also slated to soon play the title role in Carrie and is expected to reprise her role as Hit-Girl in Kick-Ass 2.
Commercials director Henry Hobson will helm Maggie and the modestly-budgeted film will mark his theatrical debut.
New Line Cinema is moving foward with the supernatural tale Solace, featuring Anthony Hopkins in the lead. Today, Variety brings word that Brazilian director Afonso Poyart is in talks to direct.
Originally announced for development in 2008 with Mark Pellington (The Mothman Prophecies, Arlington Road) directing, the project deals with a clairvoyant doctor who is enlisted by the police to help catch a serial killer. Hopkins will play the doctor, John Clancy.
Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson of Contrafilm are producing alongside Matthias Emcke and Thomas Augsberger. When the project was originally announced, the script had been written by Sean Bailey and Ted Griffin with rewrites by James Vanderbilt. It has since been rewritten by Peter Morgan.
Poyart is best known for writing, directing and starring in 2 Coelhos, which hit Brazilian theaters earlier this year.
Rachel McAdams has landed a leading role Richard Curtis' About Time, says a story at The Hollywood Reporter. She's replacing the previously-attached Zooey Deschanel.
McAdams will star opposite Domhnall Gleeson, Bill Nighy, Tom Hollander, Margot Robbie, Lydia Wilson and Vanessa Kirby in the modestly budgeted time-travel romance, also scripted by Curtis and set up at Working Title Films.
Curtis' recent writing credits include Steven Spielberg's War Horse and -- in what could be considered a time travel crash course -- the 2010 "Doctor Who" episode, "Vincent and the Doctor," which guest-starred Nighy.
McAdams, meanwhile, recently appeared in The Vow opposite Channing Tatum and can soon be seen in Terrence Malick's still-untitled next film.
Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures have announced the launch of a special Batman-themed "Tumbler Tour" to promote the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises.
Fans who have been eagerly awaiting the July 20th release will have an opportunity to get a firsthand look at the Tumbler and the Bat-Pod, which are rolling out on a coast-to-coast tour, sponsored by Mountain Dew and IMAX.
Both the Tumbler and the Bat-Pod have served as high-powered modes of transportation for Batman in Christopher Nolan's earlier blockbusters--with the Tumbler first appearing in Batman Begins, and the Bat-Pod being introduced in The Dark Knight. They will both be featured in different ways in Christopher Nolan's hugely anticipated finale to his Batman trilogy.
Leading up to the opening of the film, the Tumbler and the Bat-Pod will be making their way across North America, appearing in the following cities and towns:
Bentonville, Arkansas May 12 Tulsa, Oklahoma May 15 Overland Park, Kansas May 19 Kansas City, Missouri May 21 Chicago, Illinois May 25 Washington, DC May 27 Baltimore, Maryland May 28 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania May 30 Buffalo, New York June 1 Toronto, Canada June 7 Montreal, Canada June 10 Purchase, New York June 12 Columbus, Ohio June 13 Lansing, Michigan June 15 Detroit, Michigan June 16 Brooklyn, Michigan June 17 Indianapolis, Indiana June 19 Nashville, Tennessee June 21 Knoxville, Tennessee June 22 Atlanta, Georgia June 23 Dallas, Texas June 25 San Antonio, Texas June 27 El Paso, Texas June 29 Albuquerque, New Mexico July 1 Phoenix, Arizona July 2 Los Angeles, California July 7
More information on the tour can be found by clicking here.
Production only recently began on Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation's The Smurfs 2, but Variety is now reporting that plans are already underway for a third adventure with Karey Kirkpatrick and Chris Poche returning to provide the screenplay.
The second film is set to hit theaters on July 31, 2013 and stars Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Sofia Vergara, Hank Azaria, Brendan Gleeson, Katy Perry, Jonathan Winters, Alan Cumming, Fred Armisen, George Lopez, Anton Yelchin, John Oliver, Christina Ricci and JB Smoove.
In it, the evil wizard Gargamel creates a couple of mischievous Smurf-like creatures called the Naughties that he hopes will let him harness the all-powerful, magical Smurf-essence. But when he discovers that only a real Smurf can give him what he wants — and only a secret spell that Smurfette knows can turn the Naughties into real Smurfs — Gargamel kidnaps Smurfette and brings her to Paris, where he has been winning the adoration of millions as the world's greatest sorcerer. It's up to Papa, Clumsy, Grouchy, and Vanity to return to our world, reunite with their human friends Patrick and Grace Winslow, and rescue her! Will Smurfette, who has always felt different from the other Smurfs, find a new connection with the Naughties Vexy and Hackus – or will the Smurfs convince her that their love for her is True Blue?
There's no word yet on who else might be returning for The Smurfs 3, but check back for details as they become available.
Universal Pictures has released, via Yahoo! Movies, a new clip from Snow White and the Huntsman featuring Charlize Theron's evil queen sending Chris Hemsworth's huntman into the dark forest.
Opening in theaters on June 1st, the action adventure also stars Kristen Stewart, Sam Claflin, Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, Eddie Izzard, Bob Hoskins, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, Stephen Graham, Ray Winstone, Lily Cole, Sam Spruell, Liberty Ross and Noah Huntley.
In the film, Stewart ("Twilight") plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Theron) who is out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman who was dispatched to kill her.
Sony Pictures has released a new international featurette on Men in Black 3 which you can view using the player below. Opening in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D theaters on May 25, the sequel stars Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Jemaine Clement, Emma Thompson, Nicole Scherzinger, Alice Eve and Michael Stuhlbarg.