Harrison Ford's upcoming role of Colonel Dolarhyde in Cowboys and Aliens seems like a perfect fit for Ford — he gets to wear a hat, he fights aliens, the character is an antihero — but the movie is set in 1873 Arizona, making it Ford's first Western since 1979's The Frisco Kid. Ford had been looking for Western, the actor told Extra, but still, he almost didn't take the role.
watch the featurette >> Posted 07.17.11 by Ryan
I ready thirty pages and threw it across the room and said, "What the hell is this? There's nothing in this for me! I'm an actor!" Anyway, I told my agent, "Listen, I know there's not a lot going around these days, but..." [And] he said, "Go back and read the rest of it." And I did, and — I've always been looking for a Western — and, as I got deeper into it I sensed the complexity of the ambition of the piece a little more and I went and talked with Jon [Favreau] and I talked with the writers and I met with Daniel [Craig], and I was impressed with all of them and their ambition and also with their willingness to collaborate to make the whole thing better working together.
Just a couple more weeks before Jon Favreau's Cowboys & Aliens hits theaters, and in the past month or so, Universal has unveiled several trailers and some TV spots. Now it appears we finally have a peek at one of the scenes. Yahoo! Movies posted the first official clip, which features Daniel Craig as amnesiac criminal Jake Lonergan and Harrison Ford as the craggy, hard-headed Colonel Dolarhyde.
The story is that Dolarhyde originally pursued Lonergan, but must join him when the town is threatened by alien attacks. In the following clip, Ford tells Craig that "You owe me". The two men then "discuss" things diplomatically, as only they could in a movie called Cowboys & Aliens. Look for more action like this when the movie opens July 29. Watch the new clip >> Posted 07.13.11 by reelz
Marvel Studios is currently in production in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on its most ambitious comic book movie to date, The Avengers, which brings together the heroes, villains, and artifacts from the rest of the movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — Captain America: The First Avenger, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, and Thor — in one titanic movie.
Threads of The Avengers have been popping up in all of Marvel's movies going back to a just-glimpsed shot of Captain America's shield lying on the table in Tony Stark's (Robert Downey, Jr.) lab in Iron Man right up to the last appearance of Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) in an end-of-credits scene in Thor that links the movie to Captain America: The First Avenger and The Avengers, with countless more in between. It might all seem like a carefully orchestrated grand scheme set up by Marvel President of Production Kevin Feige — and it most assuredly is now — but following the screening of Iron Man at the recent Hero Complex Film Festival, director Jon Favreau revealed that all of the little "clues" in the movie were really "just a joke" at the time, with no expectation that they would be anything more than fun "easter eggs" for die-hard comic book fans. what did Favreau say about the origins of The Avengers movie? >> Posted 06.16.11 by BrentJS
The San Diego Comic-Con has become a huge promotional destination for comic book adaptations and other genre movies like Iron Man and Tron: Legacy, but this year's convention is going to have plenty of open slots in Exhibit Hall H.
The New York Times reports movie studios Warner Bros., Disney, DreamWorks, and The Weinstein Company are looking to skip this year's Comic-Con. Even Marvel Entertainment is looking to sit out this year, after unveiling the "assembled" line-up of their upcoming The Avengers last year, one of the highlights of the entire convention. So why are the studios skipping out on the convention? what movies will be there? >> Posted 06.14.11 by Ryan
Marvel Studios capped off the 2011 Hero Complex Film Festival (HCFF) with the world premiere of the new trailer for its latest superhero adaptation, Captain America: The First Avenger, followed by screenings of Iron Man and Iron Man 2. Between the screenings, the fan-friendly director of the movies, Jon Favreau, took the stage for a quick Q&A, joined by surprise guest Robert Downey, Jr., who flew in from the set of writer-director Joss Whedon's The Avengers in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Downey, Jr.'s appearance was not only totally unexpected, but also rather remarkable in that it might be the last time that he and Favreau take the stage together to talk about Iron Man considering Favreau has left the franchise behind to direct Magic Kingdom for Disney. In addition to talking about the first two movies and joking about Favreau's negotiations to appear in Iron Man 3 as Happy Hogan, Downey, Jr. and Favreau also talked about the difficulties in store for Shane Black as the director of the first post-Avengers Marvel movie. Downey, Jr. also gave a ringing endorsement of Whedon and said that The Avengers is "gonna be great." what did Downey, Jr. and Favreau have to say? >. Posted 06.13.11 by BrentJS
Before Iron Man director Jon Favreau passed on directing Iron Man 3 to take the helm of Disney's Magic Kingdom, a family adventure movie in which the attractions at Disneyland come to life after the park closes, Star Trek writer and Battlestar Galactica producer Ronald D. Moore wrote the initial draft of the movie that got the ball rolling. However, accompanying the announcement that Favreau would direct the movie came the news that Disney might be looking for someone to "reshape" Moore's script.
Nothing more was heard about Disney's hunt for a new screenwriter for several months until word got out back in March that Favreau and Pullitzer Prize-winning novelist and screenwriter Michael Chabon (Wonder Boys) had been meeting to discuss the movie. More than two more months went by with no confirmation of Chabon's involvement, which led many to believe that discussions must have stalled out. But, unless Favreau is just being cheeky, it seems that Chabon is or will be writing Magic Kingdom after all. On Saturday, Favreu tweeted, "Taking a spin with Michael Chabon," accompanied by a link to a photo of the two of them sitting on a silly little car outside of Mr. Toad's Wild Ride at Disneyland. That seems like a pretty big clue to Chabon's involvement in our book. Of course, maybe they just share a fondness for silly little cars... Posted 06.02.11 by BrentJS
Not since an awesome new trailer for director Jon Favreau's upcoming sci-fi and Western hybrid, Cowboys and Aliens, debuted in mid-April has Universal released new footage from the movie. Until now.
A new TV spot mixes in snippets of new footage with scenes from the previously released trailer and the Super Bowl spot.
Like the trailers before it, the TV spot begins with Jake Lonergan (Daniel Craig) who wakes up in the desert with no memory of who he is only to find that he must lead a charge of townspeople against an alien invasion. watch the trailer >> Posted 05.25.11 by Ryan
A new trailer for director Jon Favreau's upcoming sci-fi and Western mash-up movie, Cowboys and Aliens, has just debuted online. The trailer offers those who were unable to attend the recent WonderCon comic book and popular arts convention in San Francisco an opportunity to see some of the amazing footage that was shown during the presentation for the movie hosted by Favreau and co-writer (with Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof) Roberto Orci, including several shots of the aliens' spaceships in broad daylight.
Based on the Platinum Studios graphic novel created by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, the movie stars Daniel Craig as Jake Lonergan, a dangerous man who awakens in the desert with no memory of who he is or how he got there. After wandering into the dusty town of Absolution, Lonergan is arrested and about to be shipped off to face court justice when...aliens attack! Armed with some alien tech of his own, Lonergan may be the only chance the human race has of fighting off the alien invasion. Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Paul Dano, Keith Carradine, Abigail Spencer, Noah Ringer, and Sam Rockwell also star. watch the awesome new trailer >> Posted 04.15.11 by BrentJS
If the Green Lantern presentation was the highlight of the first day of festivities at the 2011 WonderCon comic book and popular arts convention that was held last weekend in San Francisco, Cowboys and Aliens was definitely the highlight of the second day. Without the added star power of Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford and Sam Rockwell, who were all guest panelists at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con presentation for Cowboys and Aliens, director Jon Favreau and co-writer Roberto Orci managed to captivate and excite the standing-room-only crowd in the Esplanade Ballroom by demonstrating their love of the movie and appreciation for the fans and on the strength of the never-before-seen footage that included the first (and, Favreau says, only) sneak peek at the aliens in the movie.
Following the presentation, Favreau sat down with Reelz and other members of the press for a set of roundtable interviews in which he talked about the importance of showing up at events like WonderCon, offered up some great insight into the process of developing the movie, and even talked a bit about what we can expect from the aliens that arrive in the Wild West town of Absolution. what did Favreau say about Cowboys and Aliens? >> Posted 04.07.11 by BrentJS
It was recently reported writer-director Shane Black, best known for writing the screenplay for Lethal Weapon and for directing Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, could be taking over directing duties on Marvel Studios' Iron Man 3 from Jon Favreau, who bowed out to direct Disney's Magic Kingdom instead. Now, Black himself has confirmed to TheWrap that he has been meeting with Marvel, but he said that it is premature to start listing him in connection with the movie just yet. what did black say about Iron Man 3? >> Posted 02.11.11 by BrentJS