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The time has come to prepare your wallets for another month of home video releases. April brings a few more of last year’s awards season favorites, as well as a couple of great horror films and some good indies for you cinephiles out there. Read on for our guide to the new DVD and Blu-ray releases hitting shelves this April.
Star Wars Celebration is going to be kind of a big deal for fans of the epic franchise. In addition to directors, stars, producers and various behind the scenes talent from the very first film up to now, there will be panels, interactive events and…a screening of Revenge of the Sith in 3D, if you’re into that. Lucasfilm just made two pretty important additions to the lineup today, confirming Star Wars standalone film directors Gareth Edwards and Josh Trank — which means we could learn more about these two mysterious projects pretty soon.
Anchorman director Adam McKay came pretty close to directing Ant-Man before Marvel brought Peyton Reed in to replace Edgar Wright. While McKay’s scheduling conflicts wouldn’t allow for the director to direct for the studio last year, he still lent a helping hand, working with Paul Rudd to spruce up the screenplay a bit. Apparently McKay made something of an impression on Marvel — rumor has it they’re eyeing him to direct an upcoming project.
And so it begins. We’ve heard the stories of issues on set between Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson and author E.L. James, making it seem unlikely that Taylor-Johnson would return to direct the sequel. Universal has now made it official: Fifty Shades Darker is in the market for a new director, as Taylor-Johnson has declined to return.
Now that the first Star Wars spinoff has an official title and an official leading lady, it’s about time for the project to get into gear and add a few more faces. Australian actor Ben Mendelsohn might just be the first name to join the cast opposite Felicity Jones, which is a very, very exciting prospect if you’ve paid any attention to Mendelsohn’s work at all.
Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal are two of the most talented actors working right now, so the idea of them eventually combining their talents for one film just makes sense. Early last year, the actors were set to star together in Ezekiel Moss, which was intended as the directorial debut of Philip Seymour Hoffman before his tragic passing. But now they've found another opportunity to team up on the big screen with director Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals.
You might not remember Alien Nation, the 1988 sci-fi buddy cop film which paired a human police officer with an alien partner in a not-too-distant future. The film, originally produced by The Walking Dead and Terminator producer Gale Anne Hurd, isn’t a film that immediately shouts “remake” — it’s not based on a comic book, existing franchise, superhero, toy, YA novel or a film that makes thirtysomethings feel nostalgic. But if you’re determined to remake a movie, this is the kind of movie that feels okay to remake.
A new Friday the 13th sequel has been in the works for a long while now with The Signal director David Bruckner attached to direct. We only recently began to hear more about the upcoming project via producer Brad Fuller, who’s been assuring fans that yes, this sequel is definitely, finally happening. To make us a little optimistic about the new installment, Hannibal writer Nick Antosca has been hired to pen the screenplay.
Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson recently popped up during Paris fashion week reprising their Derek and Hansel characters from Zoolander to officially announce production on the sequel. It looks like the pair stuck around Paris for a while longer to do a little additional posing for the camera, as evidenced by these new photos featuring Stiller, Wilson and their ridiculously good-looking faces.
Jubilee is one of the more wildly divisive characters from X-Men — you either love or loathe her to pieces. Throughout five X-Men films and a few spinoffs, Jubilee has never really been featured, although she did put in some very minor appearances in the first few films. That’s all changing now as director Bryan Singer has cast newcomer Lana Condor as Jubilee for X-Men: Apocalypse.