After Sunday's Golden Globes ceremony, this weekend's horror movie Mama doesn't just star Jessica Chastain but "Golden Globe winner" Jessica Chastain. It might seem strange to see an award-winning actress in a horror movie, but the trend of respected actors taking roles in horror movies is on the rise. Just last year, Oscar–nominated actor Ethan Hawke (Training Day) starred in supernatural horror-thriller Sinster while Golden Globe-nominated Rebecca Hall (Vicky Christina Barcelona) appeared in British ghost story movie The Awakening.
Of course, horror movies have historically been a place where actors often get their start. In fact, a surprising amount of Hollywood stars and Academy Award winners and nominees have started their careers in the horror genre, and, in fact, some are still working in the genre. check out the list >> Posted 01.18.13 by Ryan
Considering the huge success of last year's The Avengers, there are probably few out there who are unfamiliar with Marvel's comic book adaptation, which assembled all of Marvel's individual, cinematic superheroes onto one team. However, what most people probably haven't seen is how effects company Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) created the Academy Award–nominated visual effects of the movie, including the creation of the S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier and the computer-generated New York City that Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) flies around in at the start of the movie.
In order to reveal the company's visual effects work (and celebrate the Oscar nod), ILM has released an Avengers reel online. "This reel represents a small fraction of the work created by over 200 ILM artists, scientists, and engineers backed up by a world class production team," said the company of their reel, which transitions from computer sketches to behind-the-scenes shots of the production to the final product. watch the video >> Posted 01.12.13 by Ryan
It's important to learn from one's mistakes.
The original fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel told of a poor woodcutter's family, who are so poor that they leave their children in the woods to fend for themselves because they cannot afford to feed them. Abandoned, the siblings find a house made of gingerbread and sugar that houses a blind yet cannibalistic witch who wants to eat them. Instead, Gretel tricks the witch and burns her alive in her own oven and the kids live happily ever after.
The upcoming horror comedy Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters continues the siblings' story, taking Hansel and Gretel (Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton) into adulthood, where they are now trained witch hunters that are hired to defeat a coven of witches and retrieve the children they have abducted. As the title indicates, the movie is a tongue-in-cheek affair, and a bloody one at that, as revealed in the second red band trailer (the first red band trailer was released in October), which offers a simple, yet effective, lesson that Hansel and Gretel live by.only the sweetest trailers
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Strap yourself in and get ready for a wild ride as a shadowy black ops agency attempts to eliminate its own super spies to keep the existence of the top-secret procedures used to create them from going public. discover America's biggest secret >> Posted 12.11.12 by BrentJS
Upon hearing the news that the comic book heroes-turned-Saturday morning cartoon sensation-turned movie franchise Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were going to come "from an alien race" in the upcoming Ninja Turtles reboot fans weren't pleased — the popular notion is that the former household pets were transformed by a green ooze. However, Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman has remained steadfastly in favor of the project, urging fans "not to worry" and claiming that the reboot will be true to the "core concept", and "will be a great TMNT film."
"If we learned nothing else from one of my favorite comic book based films, The Avengers, that there's a lot to be said about never forgetting that core concept and core fan-base."
Much has been made online about Eastman comparing Ninja Turtles to The Avengers, which led us to think: "What would happen if the two teams fought each other?" Well, now the time has come inside the imagined cyber octagon that is our Character Cage Match! check out the teams' strengths and weaknesses before voting >> Posted 12.05.12 by Ryan
This is going to be one bloody fairy tale.
Actor Jeremy Renner has been on a roll ever since his Academy Award–nominated performances in The Hurt Locker and The Town, which have translated into roles in franchises like The Avengers, the Bourne movies and Mission: Impossible. There's no telling whether the upcoming horror comedy Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters will be the next franchise for Renner, as audiences won't know until early next year whether the decision to delay the movie (twice!) was a red flag or savvy scheduling. Considering what we see in the new, bloody red band trailer — certainly an improvement over the movie's first trailer — we're inclined to say its the latter, but time will tell.more grimm trailers
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Even though it has "Bourne" in the title, you won't find the eponymous character played by Matt Damon kicking butt and taking names in The Bourne Legacy, the fourth installment of the movie franchise based on the works of Robert Ludlum. No, this time around, the butt-kicking and name-taking duties have been handed over to Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner), a black ops "sleeper" agent similar to Jason Bourne, who just so happens to have a little genetic tinkering thrown in for good measure.
But, Renner is hardly the first actor to step in and take over as the lead in an established franchise. As Jeremy Parsons discusses for Hollywood Dailies, the role of James Bond has been in flux since the franchise began, and the roles of Jack Ryan and Clarice Starling have been played by multiple actors, as well.
The Bourne Legacy was written (with Dan Gilroy) and directed by Tony Gilroy, who wrote or co-wrote the three previous Bourne movies. The cast includes several familiar faces from previous Bourne movies, including David Strathairn as Noah Vosen, Albert Finney as Dr. Albert Hirsch, Joan Allen as FBI Agent Pamela Landy, and Scott Glenn as Ezra Kramer. New additions include Edward Norton as Byer, Rachel Weisz as Dr. Stephanie Snyder, Stacy Keach as Turso and Oscar Isaac as Number Three. Posted 08.11.12 by BrentJS
It's been a pretty good year for Jeremy Renner so far, and it could get even better after this weekend.
After stepping into the Mission: Impossible franchise with last year's Ghost Protocol, Renner joined the ranks of The Avengers, which, let's just say, was a bit of a success. In The Bourne Legacy, Renner picks up the Bourne franchise from Matt Damon, playing Aaron Cross, a decidedly different agent from Damon's Jason Bourne. "Aaron Cross knows exactly who he is," Renner told Hollywood Dailies' Jeremy Parsons. "He joins a different program — willingly — and wanted to be a part of something." more from our interview >> Posted 08.09.12 by Ryan
As promotion on the upcoming sequel The Bourne Legacy heads into the home stretch, Universal has released a new behind the scenes look at the latest installment of the Bourne franchise, which see Jeremy Renner takes over for Matt Damon as operative Aaron Cross. The featurette, released by Yahoo!, examines a pivotal chase scene in the movie involving Cross and Dr. Marta Shearing (Rachel Weisz) being chased through the streets of Manila on a motorcycle. As co-writer/director Tony Gilroy points out, The Bourne Ultimatum had a rather "definitive car chase" sequence, which was part of the inspiration to switch to motorcycles instead. Renner did most of his own driving, which made things easy for Weisz, who Gilroy said "didn't have to act" because she "was just scared the whole time." watch the video >> Posted 08.05.12 by Ryan
Ever since Universal made plans to make a Bourne movie without Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass, fans have questioned how The Bourne Legacy, the fourth installment in the franchise, would relate to the previous trilogy. Jeremy Renner takes over for Damon as operative Aaron Cross in a story that co-writer/director Tony Gilroy has said answers the question, "What if Treadstone wasn't the only black-ops program?"
That means that Operation Outcome takes the place of Bourne's Operation Treadstone training program, and Legacy follows the fallout from the events of The Bourne Ultimatum. The action in Legacy actually takes place at the same time as Ultimatum, as pointed out by producer Frank Marshall in a new featurette. The video shows how Legacy relates to the previous trilogy and why Renner and Rachel Weisz are on the run from Edward Norton's CIA agent Byer in newly released footage. The featurette does contain some spoilers from the movie, so, unless you're a Damon fan that still needs some convincing to watch Legacy, be warned. watch the featurette >> Posted 07.26.12 by Ryan