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The First Official Trailer for ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1′ Is Finally Here, So Watch It Already

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I'm not going to try to explain everything that is going on in the first official trailer for Mockingjay – Part 1. For starters, it's just too hard explain this dystopian future in the limited space I have here. And more importantly, I don't want to ruin anything for people who have not seen (or read) the previous two instalments in the Hunger Games franchise, because I have a hunch that, after they've seen this trailer, they will want to watch the first two movies.

What I will say is that, given how Catching Fire raked in a whopping $864.6 million worldwide with just a $140 million budget, I'm surprised Lionsgate is only splitting the third and final book of the original trilogy into two parts. It's so unambitious. If it were me, I'd put Zeno's dichotomy paradox to the test and keep dividing the last instalment in half, stretching it out forever.

Then again, maybe Lionsgate is just hoping Suzanne Collins will eventually add to the Hunger Games universe. Everybody loves a good prequel, right?

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 hits theaters November 21, 2014.

Andrew Garfield Says It Is Sony’s Fault ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Sucked

Regular, everyday movie goers liked The Amazing Spider-Man 2 well enough. It's got a solid 7/10 on IMDB and 4½ stars on Fandango. More importantly, it raked in $203 million at the domestic box office and $708 million worldwide, while costing "just" $200 million to make. However, critics were unimpressed with the film, citing a choppy storyline that tried to do too much. So The Amazing Spider-Man 2 got just a 53% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 53 on Metacritic.

But why do I bring all this up now, when the movie came out four months ago? Because in a recent interview with The Daily Beast, Andrew Garfield basically said, yeah, the movie kinda sucked, and it's all the studio's fault:

It’s interesting. I read a lot of the reactions from people and I had to stop because I could feel I was getting away from how I actually felt about it. For me, I read the script that Alex [Kurtzman] and Bob [Orci] wrote, and I genuinely loved it. There was this thread running through it. I think what happened was, through the pre-production, production, and post-production, when you have something that works as a whole, and then you start removing portions of it—because there was even more of it than was in the final cut, and everything was related. Once you start removing things and saying, “No, that doesn’t work,” then the thread is broken, and it’s hard to go with the flow of the story. Certain people at the studio had problems with certain parts of it, and ultimately the studio is the final say in those movies because they’re the tentpoles, so you have to answer to those people.

In other news, if anyone's looking for Sony Pictures, they'll be hanging out under a bus.

 

Behold the New Batmobile from ‘Batman v Superman’

Back in May, when Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder tweeted a mere glimpse of the Batmobile, the internet went into minor frenzy. And it wasn't just because that was the very first image released from the set of the highly anticipated superhero flick. It was also because comic books geeks have always fetishized Batman's many vehicles, gadgets, and gizmos, and chief among them is the Batmobile.

That being the case, I imagine a few hundred geeks died of heart attacks last night when the first full, detailed images of the new Batmobile hit the web.

The pics in question were snapped by somebody on the set of Batman v Superman during a recent night shoot at the Russell Industrial Center in Detroit:

With the cat out of the bag, Snyder tweeted out what he called a "real" pic of the new Batmobile a few hours later:

Not sure why the Batmobile is brown in the set photos and black in the publicity still, but it looks to me like their goal was to keep some of the tank aesthetic from the Dark Knight trilogy's Tumbler while making it a bit more sporty.

Grade: A+

’23 Jump Street’ Is in the Works, Obviously

Sony may have a tough time figuring out what the hell to do with their floundering The Amazing Spider-Man franchise, but when it comes to Jump Street it's a no-brainer.

The original 21 Jump Street raked in $201.5 million worldwide on a $42 million budget, while this summer's sequel, 22 Jump Street raked in $319.6 million on a $65 million budget. So 23 Jump Street? Duh, of course.

Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are coming back, and 22 Jump Street co-writer Rodney Rothman has been hired to write the script for the threequel. However, we don't yet know who will direct.

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller directed the first two instalments—as well as Lego Movie—and according to Deadline, the job is theirs if they want it. But that's a big if, since they've been pretty damn busy for the last few years. So for now they've only signed on as producers.

Regardless of who winds up in the director's chair, don't be surprised if Sony greenlights 24 Jump Street before they even start filming 23 Jump Street. That's the way Hollywood is rolling these days.

Always Helpful Bill Murray Offers His Suggestions for an All-Female Cast of ‘Ghostbusters 3′

As you may recall, they're still pushing ahead with the mythical Ghostbusters 3, even though Harold Ramis has passed away and the great Bill Murray wants absolutely nothing to do it.

How are they doing this, you ask? By making it Ghostbusters reboot, of course. For a while now the rumor has been that new ragtag gang of scientific misfits—quite possibly from Columbia University, just like the originals—will take up the Ghostbusting cause and become the new Ghostbusters. And now there's a new rumor that that Sony is strongly considering making the new crew all-female.

Of course, the internet has a lot of strong opinions about the possibility of an all-female Ghostbusters, both for and against. But honestly, who really cares what the internet thinks? Wouldn't you rather know what Bill Murray thinks? Because I would, and it just so happens that he told the Toronto Star what he thinks this week at the Toronto International Film Festival.

"I’m fine with it,” he said. “I would go to that movie, and they’d probably have better outfits, too."

He didn't stop there, either. Murray also suggested four women he'd like to see strap on the proton packs.

Melissa (McCarthy) would be a spectacular Ghostbuster. And Kristen Wiig is so funny — God, she’s funny! I like this girl Linda Cardellini a lot. And Emma Stone is funny. There are some funny girls out there.”

So there you have it. There's no point doing anything other than this now, is there? Sony just needs to listen to Bill Murray.

 

Watch Jennifer Lopez Get Busy with a Teenager in ‘The Boy Next Door’ Trailer

Steamy housewife fantasy turns into obsession thriller...

For those of you who stopped reading the headline of this post after busy, I'm sorry to inform you that, no, this is not about a Jennifer Lopez sex tape. It's about a trailer for a new mainstream feature film called The Boy Next Door, directed by Rob Cohen and starring Lopez, Kristen Chenowith, John Corbett, and some ridiculously good-looking 26-year-old guy named Ryan Guzman who we're all supposed to believe is in high school.

The plot? Well you start out thinking it's going to be some kind of desperate housewife drama where a sad suburban mom rediscovers her joie de vivre in the muscly arms of the innocent boy next door. However, about halfway through the trailer you learn the boy next door, while muscly, is anything but innocent. At that point the film turns into a psychological thriller that you just know is going to leave a bunch of people dead or seriously injured.

In theory it all sounds pretty entertaining. But of course, the law of averages suggest it probably won't be.

The Boy Next Door hits theaters January 23, 2015.

No Plans for ‘Iron Man 4,’ Says Iron Man

As you probably know, Iron Man 3 was a pretty big hit. And by "pretty big" I mean the fifth-highest grossing film of all time. So it might seem like everyone and their mother would be on board for Iron Man 4. But no, this is not the case.

You see, Marvel had to pay a small fortune to Robert Downey Jr. for the first Avengers film—rumored to be 5-7% of the billion-dollar box office take—and his asking price for two more was so steep that they struggled to reach an agreement. Of course they did reach an agreement eventually, but Marvel was basically over a barrel and had to pay Downy more money than they wanted. Now he doesn't really need any more money or fame, and Marvel doesn't really want to pay it.

So there's that. Then there's the fact that we're not talking about a superhero with special powers woven into DNA or something. We're talking about a smart guy who wears a super suit. And theoretically that super suit could be worn by anybody. And judging by some of the changes they've made to the actual Avengers comics, Marvel may even be preparing the public for such a change.

Now Downey himself has come out and admitted in an interview with Variety this week at the Toronto International Film Festival that—and I quote—"there's no plan for a fourth Iron Man."

But of course what he really means is there's no plan for a fourth Iron Man involving him. I'd bet a billion dollars (that I obviously don't have, so somebody's gonna need to front me the money) that Marvel will make another standalone Iron Man movie, with or without Robert Downy Jr.