Kevin Hart Will Star Alongside Cate Blanchett In Upcoming ‘Borderlands’ Film

Kevin Hart has been incredibly successful as a comedian and a comedic actor, but now it looks like he may be trying to extend his reach as an actor.

It was just announced this week that Hart will star alongside Cate Blanchett in the movie adaptation of the popular video game, Borderlands.

Hart will play Roland, a skilled ex-soldier-turned-mercenary in the film, which is being directed by Eli Roth.

Speaking of Roth, he had nothing but nice things to say about Hart…

I’m thrilled to be working with Kevin. ‘Borderlands’ is a different kind of role for him, and we are excited to thrill audiences with a side of Kevin they’ve never seen before. He’s going to be an amazing Roland.

Plot details have been kept secret, but the video game it’s based on launched back in 2009.

The game, which has spawned several sequels, takes place on the planet of Pandora. Craig Mazin, who created the acclaimed HBO miniseries ‘Chernobyl,’ wrote the latest draft of the screenplay.

So there are a lot of talented people involved in this movie. Typically movie adaptations of popular video games don’t go over well, but maybe this will break the curse.

And it’ll be fun to see Hart playing a different role, so that’s reason enough to check it out. No word on an exact release date yet.

Cate Blanchett And Jack Black Star In First Trailer For ‘The House with a Clock in Its Walls’

Are you a fan of Cate Blanchett or Jack Black? Or what about the TV series Supernatural? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then there is a decent chance you’ll enjoy the upcoming film The House with a Clock in Its Walls.

The film stars Cate Blanchett and Jack Black, and they’re both pleased to welcome you to a peculiar house.

“A gothic tale about 10-year-old Lewis (Owen Vaccaro of Daddy’s Home 2) going to live with his uncle in a creepy, creaky old house. While there seems to be a lot going on in the preview footage between moving portraits, hostile dummies, and Blanchett’s magical umbrella, the story comes down to a world of witches and warlocks Lewis discovers when he inadvertently wakes the dead.”

Eric Kripke, the creator of Supernatural, wrote this film which is based on John Bellairs’ children’s classic of the same name. Eli Roth directed the project, which is set to hit theaters on September 21, 2018.

Check out the trailer below…

First Official Photo From ‘Ocean’s 8’ Features Sandra Bullock, Rihanna, Cate Blanchett And More!

Are you ready for another spinoff/reboot/sequel/prequel/ugh from Hollywood? You better be! The first official photo from the set of Ocean’s 8, which is a spinoff from the Ocean’s trilogy, featuring an all-female cast has been released.

In the photo above, you have some of the most powerful women in Hollywood: Sandra Bullock, Mindy Kaling, Cate Blanchett, Helena-Bonham CarterAwkwafina, Anne Hathaway and Sarah Paulson.

In addition to the photo, Warner Bros. shared this nugget of information

“In Summer 2018, the tide will turn as Debbie Ocean (SANDRA BULLOCK) attempts to pull off the heist of the century at New York City’s star-studded annual Met Gala. Her first stop is to assemble the perfect crew: Lou (CATE BLANCHETT); Nine Ball (RIHANNA); Amita (MINDY KALING); Constance (AWKWAFINA); Rose (HELENA BONHAM CARTER); Daphne Kluger (ANNE HATHAWAY); and Tammy (SARAH PAULSON).”

That’s right, folks. This movie won’t be hitting theaters until June 8, 2018. You still have a LONG time to wait, so you best get comfortable.

This photo will be all you have for several months.

Taraji P. Henson Reveals She Made “Sofa Change” Compared To Brad Pitt And Cate Blanchett For ‘Benjamin Button’

We all know the wage gap between men and women in Hollywood is a real concern, especially for women of color. They might have it the worst in Hollywood, and actress Taraji P. Henson provided a prime example of this in her memoir, Around the Way Girl.

In the surprisingly revealing book, the Empire actress talks about how she made “the equivalent of sofa change” compared to Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett for their work on David Fincher’s Benjamin Button.

Brad and Cate earned millions for their roles, but Henson’s paycheck didn’t even come close to that. She explains in her memoir that she didn’t expect to get millions; however, she also didn’t think they would pull this sh-t on her…

“I sat by the phone for hours, waiting for Vince[Cirrincione, her manager] to call and tell me the number that I thought would make me feel good: somewhere in the mid six figures — no doubt a mere percentage of what Brad was bringing home to Angelina and their beautiful babies, but something worthy of a solid up-and-coming actress with a decent amount of critical acclaim for her work.

 

Alas, that request was dead on arrival. ‘I’m sorry, Taraji,’ Vince said quietly when we finally connected. ‘They came in at the lowest of six figures. I convinced them to add in a little more, but that’s as high as they’d go.’ There was one other thing: I’d have to agree to pay my own location fees while filming in New Orleans, meaning three months of hotel expenses would be coming directly out of my pocket. Insult, meet injury.”

A slap in the face? You bet. She received an Oscar nomination for her work in the film, so the critical acclaim was there, but the financial success was not.

She didn’t start getting the money she deserved until Tyler Perry put her in his 2009 comedy I Can Do Bad All By Myself.

“It was he who gave me a fair wage to star in his movie, which ultimately raised my quote — the baseline pay I could negotiate going into subsequent movie deals. It was because of him — not an Oscar nomination

Movie Review: Cinderella (2015) – Brilliantly Done, An Instant Classic! – 5 Stars

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Who doesn’t like a good Cinderella story? From the first Disney cartoon, all the way to the racier Pretty Woman, Cinderella has been made and remade, in countless mediums. So really, can it be improved upon? In this case, I have to say yes. Disney really nailed this one.

They stuck to the traditional telling of the story. The beginning of the movie starts with the death of Ella’s mother (Hayley Atwell), who gives her daughter a mantra. “Have courage and be kind.” Ella (Lily James) sticks to this even after her father (Ben Chaplin) brings home the evil Lady Tremaine (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters, Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera). After her father dies, Ella is relegated to the roll of servant. Then, she meets a handsome stranger (Richard Madden) who just happens to be an eligible prince. With the help of her fairy godmother (Helen Bonham Carter), pumpkins become coaches, mice become coachmen and Cinderella becomes a princess.

They did not reinvent the wheel here. Instead, they stuck to the Disney story in the purest sense. While it might sound boring, it instead becomes pure magic.

The colors in the movie alone draw you in, from Cinderella’s giant blue ball gown, all the way to the glittering glass slippers. Every visual part of this movie is a pleasure to behold. It truly is the one of the best looking movies I’ve seen in a very long time.

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The casting was extremely well done. Lily James seems like she was born for the roll of Cinderella, and she manages to come off as innocent and sweet, without reading as vapid. Blanchett played evil pretty well, which surprised me as she’s not usually someone I associate with villain roles. Helena Bonham Carter, who is one who shines in villain rolls, plays the good hearted fairy godmother equally well.

This is a movie that really focuses on the story. It doesn’t stray from the original formula. Instead, it gives the characters motivation for why they act the way they act. Even the Stepmother, although we hate her, she has her reasons for being the way she is.

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The direction was brilliant. Instead of getting strange, they stuck with classic and it gave the entire, beautiful colorful movie a storybook feel. This is a fairytale that felt like a fairytale. It’s actually pretty refreshing. In the days where everyone is trying to remake the classics, turning princesses into warrior princesses to somehow make the story of Cinderella more PC, it’s refreshing to see a film that sticks with the classic story.

A lot of times, people have problems with the story of Cinderella because it’s not very PC. A poor girl gets rescued by a rich prince. But in this movie, Cinderella is rewarded and loved for her kindness, not her beauty, and I think that’s a better message for young girls.

This live action adaptation of Disney’s cartoon was fleshed out and made even more beautiful. This is easily an instant classic and it has more than earned its spot at the top of the box office.

WE GAVE IT: 5 STARS!  Watch the Official Trailer and See the Official Movie Poster below

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Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett And Many More Added To Cast For ‘Jungle Book: Origins’

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Andy Serkis and Warner Bros. have loaded their ‘Jungle Book‘ adaptation with a cast full of stars. We have now learned that Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Tom Hollander and Naomie Harris will all join Benedict Cumberbatch as the animal characters in the movie.

The film, which will feature CG animation, motion capture and live action, will also star the adorable Bad Words actor Rohan Chand as the human boy Mowgli. It’s being reported that Christian Bale will voice the panther Bagheera, and Cate Blanchett will take on the menacing python Kaa.

Andy Serkis, who will be making his directorial debut on the film, will also take on the role of Baloo the bear. The casting is now complete on the film, which means Warner Bros. and Andy Serkis are ready to take on Jon Favreau and Disney. As most of you know, Disney is also mounting their own Jungle Book film, with Jon Favreau in the director’s chair.

Disney’s version has a cast full of stars, as well. Bill Murray, Christopher Walken and Scarlett Johansson have all agreed to join the cast. The film is expected to hit theaters October 9, 2015.

Which version are you looking forward to the most?

Movie Review: How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

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How to Train Your Dragon 2 is currently performing at number 2 in the box office. DreamWorks has done it again, so expect them to remain on the top of the list for some time.

In How to Train Your Dragon 2 we meet up with the same characters several years after the first installment. The Vikings have changed and are now embracing their dragon residents, going as far as to give them their own specially constructed stable. Stoick (voice of Gerard Butler) is still running things, but he is attempting to convince son Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), to take over the roll of chief. Hiccup has no desire to lead and instead spends most of his time riding around on his dragon, Toothless, much to the frustration of his girlfriend Astrid (America Ferrera). At one point, Hiccup discovers a group of “dragon catchers”. He learns that a warlord by the name of Drago (Djimon Hounsou) is assembling an army of dragons. He attempts to work things out peacefully, but things don’t go as planned and he is waylaid by the fierce dragon rider Valka (Cate Blanchett).

How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a bit darker than the original and really focuses on things like loyalty, family and taking responsibility. Carefree Hiccup is a great foil to his responsibility laden father Stoick. This time around, there isn’t really a feeling that everything is going to work out and you’re left wondering if there will be a happily ever after.

There are plenty of action scenes and those scenes are suspenseful and heart pounding. Fabulous animation makes this movie visually stunning and appealing to younger viewers and older viewers alike. While the 3D is well done, it feels unnecessary.

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This movie doesn’t seem as well suited to younger viewers as the original was, considering that it contains both war and death, which is some pretty heavy subject matter for an under 12 audience.

The actors in this film really give great personalities to their characters and no one falls flat. Cate Blanchett was an excellent edition to the cast and seems to know her way around voicing a character. Butler and Baruchel both manage to keep their characters true to life and charismatic.

The movie has a socially conscious message, which is pretty rare for animated films. In a way it reminded me a bit of Fern Gully, which also had a heavy message portrayed in a light way. Sometimes it gets a bit too heavy and I wish they’d managed to keep this movie as light as the original, but that’s just me. Maybe the transition into a more dramatic movie was a necessary part of the character development.

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In a year of disappointing sequels, How to Train Your Dragon 2 manages to outdo the original. I doubt the trend will continue when the inevitable 3rd installment comes out, but for now, I’m just enjoying the ride. DreamWorks has a winner in this film and will find an audience of fans in both young and old viewers. Aside from the Lego Movie, this movie might actually be the best animated movie to come out this year.  Watch the official trailer below:

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Featurette Release for George Clooney’s “The Monuments Men”.

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Admittedly after reading the plot for this film I thought they were way overcast for this type of story…and I also thought it would be a little dull, but that was over 13 months ago.

An unlikely World War II platoon are tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners.
After watching the full trailer during my viewing of “The Wolf of Wall Street”, I begin to see this movie a completely different way. This is not so much as a war movie, but more like a reverse heist movie. Sort of like The Italian Job or better yet Ocean’s Eleven and they are stealing the treasures back.

Sony has released a featurette that gives fans a behind the scenes look at the movie and attempts to expand narrow minds like mine who might have written this film off. The film, that just so happens to be co-written, directed and stars George Clooney is based on the book by Robert M Edsel entitled: The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History’. As mentioned before the film boasts a super all-star cast which includes, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Matt Damn, Jean Dujardin and Hugh Bonneville. [more…]

The author, Robert Edsel was on hand and actually on set on numerous occasions during the filming of the movie. Admittedly he did not always agree with Clooney’s direction but he said at least his viewpoints were taken into consideration. Edsel has teamed up with Clooney in attempts to get the actual team the Congressional Gold Medal by creating an online petition to be signed. You can also help to find any remaining pieces of art that you might have information on the website: Support the Monuments Men. Below is Sony’s featurette.