Despite only just saying goodbye to David Letterman, audiences will suffer another late-night loss when Jon Stewart bids his Daily Show farewells in August. Comedy Central won’t wait long for the new guy however, setting South African comedian Trevor Noah’s Daily Show debut for late September with a new teaser.
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Before Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne and Carrie-Anne Moss, The Wachoswkis had some very different cast members in mind for The Matrix. The directors initially offered the roles of Neo, Morpheus and Trinity to Will Smith, Sean Connery and Janet Jackson, all of whom turned down the film. That’s just one of the facts packed into the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies, which swallows a big, red pill with The Matrix!
Watching the American Ultra trailer, it‘s easy to imagine the quick pitch that sold everyone on this project. What if you merged The Bourne Identity with a stoner comedy? And made it so violent and filthy that it required a NSFW red band preview to properly sell its contents? Oh, and what if it stars Jesse Eisenberg as the world’s least likely black ops assassin and Kristen Stewart as his girlfriend? Yeah, American Ultra certainly looks nutty.
Aloha, Cameron Crowe’s eighth feature, opens in theaters tomorrow. Its arrival has been met mostly with indifference from both audiences, who seem unaware of its existence, and the studio releasing it, who seems to be hiding it from that audience. In an attempt to raise Aloha’s profile, Crowe took the highly unusual step of making an appearance at the film’s Los Angeles press screening, where he defended his work and called it a “love letter” to Hawaii. Actually, that last part was not that unusual, at least for Crowe, who calls his movies “love letters” any chance he gets.
If the premise of Netflix and the Wachowskis’ upcoming Sense8 series has you confused, you’re not alone. Neither are you alone by the June 5 premiere’s latest round of videos focusing on each individual character, and their awakening to seven other selves. Still confused? Maybe you should just watch.
Jason Reitman’s last couple of movies haven’t exactly impressed critics or audiences, so maybe a little change of scenery is a good thing. Reitman’s next project will be very different from his previous dramedies, moving the director into the realm of family-friendly animation for a story about an imaginary friend who isn’t really imaginary. Charming!
The other day we learned that Cary Fukunaga had departed the two-part big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s It, following a move from Warner Bros. to New Line. The reason given for his departure was the standard “creative differences” along with reported budget cuts. The latest rumor about the film is definitely interesting: It has moved back over to Warner Bros., which is currently seeking a new director to move ahead with the project.
AMC’s Fear The Walking Dead spinoff “companion series” has kept a pretty low profile since the debut of its first teaser, but like the zombie apocalypse, the undead are slowly starting to creep out. A new round of BTS photos offer a look at our stars watching the outset of society’s crumble, while a new AMC promo offers our first real footage.
Yet another villain has been added to the lineup for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, which already boasts Shredder, Baxter Stockman, Bebop and Rocksteady, and — if reports are to be believed — Krang. On top of all of those baddies, the upcoming sequel has also added Karai, the daughter of Foot Clan leader Shredder.
Tom Cruise is reuniting with his Edge of Tomorrow (no, we will not call it anything else) director Doug Liman for the upcoming ‘80s crime film Mena, which has already begun shooting in Georgia. Several names have joined the cast, including Breaking Bad’s Jesse Plemons and X-Men: First Class star Caleb Landry Jones, as Universal has also formally announced a release date.