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An unwelcome Guest from Downton Abbey
In The Guest, director Adam Wingard’s follow-up to You’re Next, Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens stars as David Collins, an ex-soldier who introduces himself to the family of his deceased Army buddy, Caleb Peterson. But the Petersons (parents Leland Orser and Sheila Kelley and kids Maika Monroe and Brendan Meyer) soon learn that David is not exactly who he claims to be. After earning good reviews when it premiered at Sundance this year, The Guest hits theaters September 17th.
A brief history of Stephen Hawking
Eddie Redmayne stars as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, a look at Hawking’s early years at Cambridge where he met his first wife, Jane Wilde, played by Felicity Jones, and was diagnosed with motor neurone disease, more commonly known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Written by Anthony McCarten and directed by James Marsh (Man on Wire), the film is based on Jane’s memoir, Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen. Look for early reviews after its TIFF premiere on September 7th before it enters U.S. theaters on November 7th.
Check in at The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Richard Gere and Tamsin Greig join the original cast of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in a sequel that finds Sonny (Dev Patel) trying to expand his business as his marriage to Sunaina (Tina Desai), and the requisite traditional Indian wedding, approaches. Returning with Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Ronald Pickup, Diana Hardcastle, and Celia Imrie are director John Madden and writer Ol Parker. Your check-in date for The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is March 6, 2015.
1,000 Times Goodnight
In this feature from director Erik Poppe, Juliette Binoche plays a war photojournalist trying to balance the dangers of her work with her commitment to her husband Marcus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and their two young daughters. When she takes her eldest daughter (Lauryn Canny) on an assignment to a supposedly safe refugee camp, she’s forced to confront the risks she takes with each new job. Early reviews for the film have been mediocre, but Binoche has earned praise for her portrayal. 1,000 Times Goodnight will arrive On Demand and in select U.S. theaters on October 24th.
A Madagascar side trip
The Penguins of Madagascar is the fourth film of the Madagascar franchise, following 2005‘s Madagascar, 2008‘s Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, and 2012’s Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted. This new spin-off focuses on Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, and Private as they are recruited by Mr. Classified (a wolf voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) to help take down the evil octopus Dr. Octavius Brine (voiced by John Malkovich). Satiate your Madagascar cravings beginning November 26th while waiting for Madagascar 4 to arrive in theaters on May 18, 2018.
A second look at The Book of Life
Produced by Guillermo del Toro and based on stories and imagery from the Mexican holiday Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead, the film's original title), The Book of Life tells the story of Manolo (voiced by Diego Luna) and his journey to return to the land of the living to reunite with his beloved Maria (Zoe Saldana) and thwart her other suitor, Joaquin (Channing Tatum). Jorge R. Gutierrez’s feature debut opens on October 17th.
What's left? Nicolas Cage
In the upcoming reboot of the Left Behind franchise (conveniently, also titled Left Behind), Nicolas Cage takes the lead as a pilot who must land a plane after the Rapture, and Chad Michael Murray stars as Buck Williams, the character Kirk Cameron played in the original Left Behind, Left Behind II: Tribulation Force, and Left Behind: World at War. While Cage is in the air, his daughter, played by Cassi Thomson, struggles to survive on the ground as chaos reigns (as the fox says). Left Behind opens on October 3rd.
Ryan Phillippe and Rachelle Lefevre star in the adoption scam thriller Reclaim, coming to theaters and VOD on September 19th.
The band from Frank played The Colbert Report this week. That’s Michael Fassbender under the gigantic fake head.
News and notes
- Ridley Scott’s follow-up to Exodus: Gods and Kings will be The Martian, starring Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded on Mars. The latter film opens November 25, 2015.
- Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has moved from its original release date of May 6, 2016 to March 25, 2016, so it will no longer open against Captain America 3.
- Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service (starring Colin Firth) has been moved from October 24th of this year to a less desirable February 13, 2015 date.
- Eli Roth's film The Green Inferno has been pulled from its planned September release due to infighting at the company that financed the film. - Deadline
- Paul Feig is the latest director to be approached about Ghostbusters 3, but now the film might be a reboot with female Ghostbusters. - Heat Vision
- Deadline reports that Sony plans to release a female-led superhero movie in 2017, but it is unknown which character (Silver Sable, Black Cat, Stunner, Firestar, or Spider-Woman) will take center-stage.
- Richard Linklater ha stepped away from directing The Incredible Mr. Limpet so he can focus on That’s What I’m Talking About, his 1980s-set spiritual successor to Dazed & Confused. - THR
- Taylor Kitsch has been offered the lead in the English-language remake of The Raid. - The Wrap
- The long-gestating adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies will star Lily James, Sam Riley, and Bella Heathcote. Burr Steers will direct from a script he wrote with David O. Russell. - Deadline
- Jennifer Lee, the writer and co-director of Frozen, will adapt Madeleine L'Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time for Disney. - Variety
- Jennifer Connelly and Elle Fanning have joined Ewan McGregor in Phillip Noyce’s adaptation of Phillip Roth’s American Pastoral.
- Casey Affleck will join Chris Pine in the Craig Gillespie-directed The Finest Hours, the true story of a 1952 Coast Guard rescue mission. - Deadline
- Judd Apatow will produce a movie written by and starring The Lonely Island. - Variety
- The Interview, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco and directed by Rogen and Evan Goldberg, will now hit theaters on December 25th (rather than in October).
- Ricky Gervais will bring back his Office character David Brent for a new feature film Life On the Road, which will follow Brent as he struggles to become a rock star. - BBC
- Eric Bana, Theo James, and Jack Reynor are in talks to join Rooney Mara, Vanessa Redgrave, and Jeremy Irons in Jim Sheridan’s adaptation of Sebastian Barry’s novel The Secret Scripture.
- THR reports that LEGO movies four and five will be released on May 25, 2018 and May 24, 2019. What about 2 and 3? Well, the sequel to The Lego Movie is set to hit theaters on May 26, 2017, and LEGO Ninjago is due September 23, 2016.
- Samuel L. Jackson is in talks to take over the title role and join Kevin Hart in the hitman comedy The Black Phantom. Original star Jamie Foxx had step down due to scheduling conflicts. - Deadline
- Get it right, people: The title for the fifth Terminator film is not Terminator: Genesis or Terminator Genesis or even Terminator: Genisys, but Terminator Genisys.