Ridley Scott’s ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD gets a trailer, film due December 8, 2017

Sony Pictures has released the first trailer for ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD, the second film from Ridley Scott in 2017 after his sci-fi sequel ALIEN: COVENANT. This one covers very different territory, as the story chronicles the true life saga of the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer) and his mother’s (Michelle Williams) desperate attempt to convince his insanely wealthy grandfather to pay the ransom. Kevin Spacey is wholly unrecognizable here as that grandfather, J. Paul Getty, and I love how the trailer keeps his character hidden until the big reveal at the end. Indeed, rumors have swirled that Spacey’s performance here is dynamite, and Scott may be throwing a last-minute wrench into the awards season that just kicked off on the fall film festival circuit.

Scott works incredibly fast, as evidenced by the fact that he shot this movie earlier this year. The project comes before filmmaker Danny Boyle tackles the same subject matter in a planned FX limited series called ‘Trust’ starring Donald Sutherland in the J. Paul Getty role. But Scott’s film will come first, and this thing looks pretty terrific. Scott is hit and miss, but when he hits he really hits. Here’s hoping this one delivers.

Scripted by David Scarpa (THE LAST CASTLE), ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD also stars Mark Wahlberg, Romain Duris, and Timothy Hutton and opens in theaters on December 8th.

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RED SPARROW trailer has Jennifer Lawrence as a seduction spy, film due March 2, 2018

20th Century Fox has just released the first trailer for RED SPARROW, a Lawrence² production that reunites HUNGER GAMES director Francis Lawrence with star Jennifer Lawrence. The movie focuses on a young Russian woman, Dominika (Lawrence), who joins the Sparrow program, a secret service that trains her into becoming a powerful weapon.

As a fan of the FX series ‘The Americans’, all of this might look familiar. In that series, two Russian super spies — who have been trained to act and speak like American-born citizens — infiltrate the U.S. in the 1980s and retrieve government secrets while ostensibly looking like a typical family. RED SPARROW looks like it will address similar issues on a smaller scale, but the thriller is sure to also have some explosive moments as well.

RED SPARROW also stars Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling, Mary-Louise Parker and Jeremy Irons. The film is set to hit theaters March 2, 2018

Red-Band trailer for THE SHAPE OF WATER reveals more plot, film due December 8, 2017!

Guillermo del Toro‘s latest film is shaping up to be one of the year’s best. THE SHAPE OF WATER has already won itself the Best Picture award at this year’s Venice Film Festival before going on to be quite the crowd-pleaser at TIFF. I’m honestly pleasantly surprised and optimistic about the buzz surrounding del Toro’s fantastical drama because the combo story of woman-meets-fishman romance and Cold War thriller is not one I thought audiences would gravitate towards. As this new red-band trailer for THE SHAPE OF WATER shows, however, the story is in good hands with del Toro and Fox Searchlight.

The new trailer lays a lot of the plot out for viewers, but it’s told in such a way as to keep things from getting too spoilery. Folks who have already seen the movie may disagree, however, so if you’d rather go see THE SHAPE OF WATER fresh, feel free to pass. For the brave, this red-band trailer features a lot more interaction between Sally Hawkins‘ Eliza Esposito and Doug Jones‘ creature character known only as “The Asset.” It also shows Michael Shannon losing his cool, which is always a treat. Rounding out the cast are Richard Jenkins and Michael Stuhlbarg, who you can also glimpse in this new trailer.

Keep an eye out for THE SHAPE OF WATER in theaters on December 8th.

First look at David Harbour as HELLBOY, film set for January 11, 2019!

Lionsgate has unveiled the first image of David Harbour as the titular character in the upcoming HELLBOY reboot, and you certainly can’t say he doesn’t look the part. The film was announced earlier this year, with comics creator Mike Mignola crafting a new story unconnected to Guillermo del Toro’s previous two feature film adaptations of the character. Harbour, who broke out in a big way in ‘Stranger Things’, landed the plum role and the film will be brought to life by THE DESCENT director Neill Marshall.

Harbour is joined in the cast by Mila Jovovich as the film’s villain and Ian McShane as Professor Broom, and while some controversy erupted when Ed Skrein signed on as Major Ben Daimio, Skrein dropped out over whitewashing concerns and is being replaced by Daniel Dae Kim.

Harbour’s look here closely mirrors the comics character, but there is some distinction from Ron Perlman’s iteration. Indeed, earlier this year Harbour revealed that Hellboy won’t be an origin story and explained how he plans to take the character in a new direction:

“There are things that I’m gonna do that are different. Hellboy is the same character from the comics and from what Ron did, there are certain things that are the same thing, but I do think that—I don’t know, there’s a different approach because I sort of highlight different things, I think, than Ron does. Ron sort of embraces this machismo in himself and in Hellboy, and I really like it and it’s super fun and it’s a super fun performance, but I think Hellboy has a certain psycho dynamic where occasionally he has to prove that he’s the lion, has to roar, and I think he struggles with his own masculinity. But I don’t think he needs that as much as maybe those other movies. I have a bit of a different take on his capability or his slickness. I sort of think that for me he’s a little less skilled at constructing that persona.”

The first image was revealed on Twitter on the film’s official page. HELLBOY opens in theaters on January 11, 2019.

Disney pushes back STAR WARS EPISODE IX to December 2019; Dates ALADDIN, ARTEMIS FOWL and NICOLE for 2019

Just after J.J. Abrams was announced as the writer and director of STAR WARS: EPISODE IX, the final chapter in the modern trilogy, the film’s release date has been shifted to accommodate the change. Previously set for a May 29, 2019 release, the ninth STAR WARS film in the Skywalker Saga will now arrive in theaters on December 20, 2019.

That actually puts the closing chapter in line with Abrams’ own STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS and the upcoming Rian Johnson effort, STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI. Both of those films opened just before the Christmas holiday in 2015 and 2017 respectively, so this will tie a nice bow on the whole thing.

Check out the official reveal of the new release date below:

This puts STAR WARS: EPISODE IX right in the middle of an already busy month. Warner Bros. currently has the Patty Jenkins-helmed WONDER WOMAN II slated for a STAR WARS-less December 13, 2019 release. In the very same weekend as STAR WARS: EPISODE IX‘s debut–for the moment is Universal’s WICKED musical movie. Sony/Columbia currently has their MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE re-do set for Wednesday, December 18, 2019.

Expect all of this to shuffle around except for STAR WARS: EPISODE IX which will likely reign supreme. The move gives Abrams plenty of time to shape his vision of the saga’s final chapter, but it’s also a massive flag planted in the end-of-the-year, holiday box office ground. (Oh and there’s also the Star Wars theme parks opening in 2019, by coincidence.)

Disney also added the following changes to their release date schedule, providing changes for some release dates and whole new films for others:

ALADDIN is the main mover here. It was Disney’s previously untitled live-action fairy tale film slated for a December 20, 2019 release; now that STAR WARS: EPISODE IX occupies that spot, Guy Ritchie‘s take on the animated classic will be moving up to STAR WARS’ former May opening. One title that didn’t fare as well is MAGIC CAMP, a Mark Waters-directed live-action comedy that follows a struggling magician who returns as a counselor to the title camp in order to spark up his career once more. This title, previously slated for an April 6, 2018 release, is currently without a release date despite the fact that it’s finished its production. The film stars Adam Devine in the lead with Jeffrey Tambor playing his mentor; Gillian Jacobs and Aldis Hodge also star in the family comedy.

Marc Forster‘s UNTITLED CHRISTOPHER ROBIN FILM, which stars Ewan McGregor as the adult version of the (un)title character alongside Hayley Atwell, opens in August of 2018. There’s also ARTEMIS FOWL, Kenneth Branagh‘s adaptation of the sci-fi/fantasy novels from Irish author Eoin Colfer, which follows up in August of 2019. NICOLE, which might not be the best name sans marketing, is Disney’s “Santa Claus’ daughter” movie starring Anna Kendrick as Nicole Claus, who inherits the family business. Writer-director Marc Lawrence helms the holiday film for a November 2019 release.

Here’s a look at the current schedule for these specific Disney releases:

MAGIC CAMP – TBD
UNTITLED CHRISTOPHER ROBIN FILM – August 3, 2018
ALADDIN – May 24, 2019
ARTEMIS – August 9, 2019
NICOLE – November 8, 2019
STAR WARS: EPISODE IX – December 20, 2019

Jaume Collet-Serra and Liam Neeson re-team again for THE COMMUTER, film due January 12, 2018

Liam Neeson and Jaume Collet-Serra are at it again with THE COMMUTER. The latest thriller from the frequent collaborators stars Neeson as an insurance salesman, Michael, who finds himself embroiled in a criminal conspiracy when his daily commute takes an unexpected turn. Propositioned by a mysterious stranger (Vera Farmiga) for a dangerously quick piece of cash and tasked with identifying a secret passenger, Michael soon ends up in over his head.

THE COMMUTER marks the fourth collab between Neeson and Collet-Serra, who previously teamed for the action thrillers UNKNOWN (2011), NON-STOP (2014), and RUN ALL NIGHT (2015), but it may be the last team up we see from them for a while. Collet-Serra, riding off the success of THE SHALLOWS, his delightful and delicious contribution to the sharksploitation genre, is moving on up the studio ladder to work on Disney’s THE JUNGLE CRUISE movie with Dwayne Johnson.

Meanwhile, Liam Neeson says he’s done with action thrillers. While at TIFF for MARK FELT, the actor explained “The thrillers, that was all a pure accident,” said Neeson. “They’re still throwing serious money at me to do that stuff. I’m like, ‘Guy’s I’m sixty-f–king-five.’ Audiences are eventually going to go, ‘Come on.’” The actor revealed that after THE COMMUTER hits theaters in January, he may have one more in him, but then he plans to call it quits.

THE COMMUTER opens January 12, 2018.

UPDATE: JJ Abrams returns to write and direct STAR WARS: EPISODE IX, film pushed back to December 20, 2019!

UPDATE: Disney has just announced that the film will be pushed back to a December 20, 2019 release date. This puts exactly two years between each “episodic” STAR WARS film. The still-untitled HAN SOLO spinoff is still set for May 25, 2018.

Huge, huge news on the STAR WARS front today — there has been a ton of speculation about who might take over the final film in the new trilogy since Colin Trevorrow was reported leaving the project. Many thought that Rian Johnson, director of the upcoming THE LAST JEDI, might also take over EPISODE IX (though Deadline reports he didn’t want the job), or that Disney might use this change-up as an opportunity to add someone new to the director’s chair. But if you know anything about Hollywood you should know that it doesn’t like to take chances, so the natural choice was for Disney and Lucasfilm to go with someone they have worked with on this scale before: J.J. Abrams.

A statement from Disney and Lucasfilm today posted on StarWars.com reads:

J.J. Abrams, who launched a new era of Star Wars with The Force Awakens in 2015, is returning to complete the sequel trilogy as writer and director of Star Wars: Episode IX. Abrams will co-write the film with Chris Terrio. Star Wars: Episode IX will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Abrams, Bad Robot, and Lucasfilm.

“With The Force Awakens, J.J. delivered everything we could have possibly hoped for, and I am so excited that he is coming back to close out this trilogy,” said Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy.

There are sure to be many, many opinions on Abrams returning to helm the final installment of this trilogy (and writing it). Are you happy with a safe choice like Abrams after the success of THE FORCE AWAKENS? Do you wish that Disney and Lucasfilm had chosen some new blood instead? Are you wondering why Rian Johnson passed over the offer? (My personal speculation is that it’s just such a massively intensive process that it might have killed him to have kept going with it for another few years). Either way, I’m all caught up in STAR WARS hype right now, and I’m excited for the future of the franchise.