New DEEPWATER HORIZON trailer focuses on humanity instead of controversy!

Lionsgate has released a new DEEPWATER HORIZON trailer online. Per the logline, “On April 20th, 2010, one of the world’s largest man-made disasters occurred on the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico. Directed by Peter Berg (Lone Survivor), this story honors the brave men and women whose heroism would save many on board, and change everyone’s lives forever.”

It feels like “heroism” might be missing the point of the story much in the same way that LONE SURVIVOR neglected any of the complexities of the War on Terror and instead boiled things down to the simplest terms possible. Drilling in the gulf is a controversial issue, but it looks like DEEPWATER HORIZON will dodge that controversy by keeping the focus on people saving each other rather than the damage done by spewing millions of gallons of oil in the ocean.

DEEPWATER HORIZON opens September 30th and stars Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez, Dylan O’Brien, and Kate Hudson.

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ALIEN: COVENANT: First look at Katherine Waterston’s Daniels character!

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20th Century Fox has released a new video village set photo from ALIEN: COVENANT featuring our first look at Katherine Waterston’s lead explorer character Daniels and the caption “Nowhere to run.” The ALIEN: COVENANT cast includes Michael Fassbender (reprising his PROMETHEUS role), Katherine Waterston (FANTASTIC BEASTS), Danny McBride (THIS IS THE END), Demián Bichir (THE HATEFUL EIGHT), Jussie Smolett (‘Empire’), Amy Seimetz (UPSTREAM COLOR), Carmen Ejogo (SELMA), Callie Hernandez (MACHETE KILLS), and Billy Crudup (WATCHMEN).

Set as the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with PROMETHEUS, ALIEN: COVENANT connects directly to Ridley Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. It begins with the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy. There, the crew discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David, survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.

Jack Paglen (TRANSCENDENCE) and Michael Green (GREEN LANTERN) are providing the ALIEN: COVENANT screenplay, which Ridley Scott will once again direct. The project is filming in Australia with 20th Century Fox set to distribute the film in theaters on August 4, 2017.

THE WOLVERINE’s Rila Fukushima joins Scarlett Johansson in GHOST IN THE SHELL!

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Amid the white-washing controversy surrounding the GHOST IN THE SHELL movie, Rila Fukushima was a name on most of those listicals about Japanese actresses who could’ve starred instead of Scarlett Johansson. Now, THE WOLVERINE star actually joins ScarJo in the adaptation of the beloved manga.

THR was the first to report the news of her casting, though the trade doesn’t reveal which character she’s playing. Nevertheless, her action movie chops make her well equipped for anything that’s coming her way. Fukushima notably played the sword-wielding ninja Yukio opposite Hugh Jackman’s Logan in THE WOLVERINE, in addition to DC character Katana on The CW’s Arrow.

GHOST IN THE SHELL centers on Johansson’s Major, a cyborg who leads the elite task force Section 9 that works to stop the most dangerous criminals. The film is already in production with director Rupert Sanders (SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN) and a cast that includes Michael Pitt as villain The Laughing Man, Beat Takeshi Kitano as Daisuke Aramaki, Juliette Binoche as Dr. Ouelet, Pilou Asbæk as Batou, Kaori Momoi, and members of Section 9 played by Chin Han, Danusia Samal, Lasarus Ratuere, Yutaka Izumihara, and Tuwanda Manyimo.

The project has come under fire for placing Johansson, a caucasian actress as a character originally envisioned as Japanese. Adding more insult to injury, the cast roster surrounding Johansson, including Fukushima, is primarily Asian, which can be seen as stealing a culture and giving it to another. Though he didn’t support the move, screenwriter Max Landis (CHRONICLE) said in a video response that this is how Hollywood works — casting high-profile stars in order to ease fears of poor international box-office sales.

GHOST IN THE SHELL is scheduled for release on March 31, 2017.

THE SPACE BETWEEN US trailer redefines “star-crossed romance”, film due August 19, 2016!

STX Entertainment (via Entertainment Weekly) has revealed the first THE SPACE BETWEEN trailer and poster for their upcoming intergalactic love story. THE SPACE BETWEEN US stars Gary Oldman (THE DARK KNIGHT trilogy, HARRY POTTER series), Asa Butterfield (ENDER’S GAME), Carla Gugino (WATCHMEN), Britt Robertson (TOMORROWLAND), BD Wong (JURASSIC WORLD), and Janet Montgomery (BLACK SWAN).

Described as being a “star-crossed science fiction love story,” THE SPACE BETWEEN US follows two teens from different worlds. Gardner Elliot, the first human born on Mars, is secretly raised in an experimental colony after his astronaut mother dies during childbirth. Sixteen years later, Gardner begins an online romance with a girl living in Colorado and hatches a plan to travel across the universe to meet her. Now, on the run, with Earth’s gravity threatening his very existence, Gardner must race against time and nature to find his love and win her heart. Once united, the two teens venture to seek out the enigmatic billionaire who funded the original expedition to Mars, in hopes of uncovering information about Gardner’s mother and the mysterious circumstances surrounding how Gardner came into existence.

Directed by Peter Chelsom (SERENDIPITY), THE SPACE BETWEEN US is set to open on August 19.

Rumor: THE WOLVERINE sequel’s villains to be ‘The Reavers’?

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Despite having already begun filming, we still don’t know a lot about the upcoming sequel to THE WOLVERINE. Hugh Jackman will be back one last time as the man himself, but many details about the film, like the villains, remain a mystery, apparently until now. Nerdist reports that the villain gang The Reavers will appear in the film. In the source material, The Reavers are a militant group of cyborgs, many of whom have a personal vendetta against Wolverine himself.

These aren’t the only villains in the film, however. We’ve also heard that the primary antagonists of the film are none other than Wolverine’s favorite group, Weapon X. How they factor into the movie along with The Reavers remains to be seen, but it’s certainly possible that they’re working together in an effort to stop or capture Wolverine as well as the young clone of him, X-23, who will also be along for the trip.

The cast for the film continues to come together with Hugh Jackman as Wolverine and Patrick Stewart as Professor Charles Xavier. They’re joined by Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, Richard E. Grant, Eriq La Salle and Elise Neal. James Mangold directs from a script by David James Kelly. It hits theaters March 3, 2017.

New poster for STAR TREK BEYOND beams up, film due July 22, 2016!

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Paramount Pictures has released a new STAR TREK BEYOND poster, featuring the crew of the Enterprise being watched over by Idris Elba’s new villain, Krall. STAR TREK BEYOND is set to feature the return of Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin and John Cho along with new roles for Idris Elba, Sofia Boutella and Joe Taslim. J.J. Abrams, who directed the last two films, is producing the third film in the rebooted franchise. Justin Lin is directing from a script by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung.

STAR TREK BEYOND hits the big screen on July 22, 2016, just a few weeks before the STAR TREK franchise celebrates its 50th anniversary.

First set photos from Nolan’s WWII drama DUNKIRK appear, film due July 21, 2017!

Production is officially underway on the next Christopher Nolan film. The DARK KNIGHT and INCEPTION helmer is tackling a new genre for the first time—World War II—with DUNKIRK, which chronicles the evacuation of Dunkirk during the British military operation that saved 330,000 lives as Allied soldiers were surrounded by German forces. Nolan is directing from an original screenplay he wrote himself, but while one may instantly think this is a World War II drama, the Warner Bros. picture is officially described as an “action-thriller” and Nolan is shooting the whole thing on a combination of IMAX 65mm and 65mm large-format photography. So, essentially, hold on to your butts.

Along with the announcement of the commencement of principal photography, Warner Bros. has also unveiled the film’s official synopsis, which points to the “action-thriller” aspect of the story:

Dunkirk opens as hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces. Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in.

Nolan is reteaming with his INTERSTELLAR cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema for the pic, which features a terrific cast led by Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, and newcomer Fionn Whitehead. The ensemble is filled out by Aneurin Barnard, James D’Arcy, Jack Lowden, Barry Keoghan, Tom Glynn-Carney, and of course One Direction member Harry Styles, as Nolan set out to cast fresh faces to play the film’s leading men. One actor noticeably absent from this cast list is Michael Caine, who has been in every Christopher Nolan movie since BATMAN BEGINS, but it’s possible he could still be added to the ensemble—I’d be shocked if he didn’t appear in some way, shape, or form.

Moreover, the first set photos from Dunkirk have arrived courtesy of photographer Pierre Volot as filming is taking place in France, with locations in Holland, the UK, and Los Angeles also planned. Check out the set photos below (via The Film Stage). DUNKIRK opens in theaters on July 21, 2017.