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Although it lacks the cultural and financial punch of either Twilight or The Hunger Games film series, Divergent marches on to its inevitable two-part conclusion thanks to nearly $600 million in global box office sales for part one and part two. Insurgent was released earlier this year, and it included a number of particular revelations that blows up the concept of the series, and takes it into the grand, wide open world beyond the wall around post-apocalyptic Chicago. So what adventures await Tris, Four and the rest of the gang? Read the book! Or, better still, check out the first trailer for Allegiant below. (more…)

Universal Unveils Full Trailer for ‘Steve Jobs’

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Universal Pictures has released the first full trailer for Danny Boyle’s drama-filled Steve Jobs, and it looks like one intense ride. Written by Aaron Sorkin, the film is based on Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography of the Apple founder. The cast looks top-notch, and you can feel how compelling the story is from the brief glimpses in the trailer. Here’s the write up: (more…)

First Image of Carrey and Daniels Being ‘Dumb’ Again

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The other night after winning Best Actor in a Drama at the Emmys, reporters backstage asked Jeff Daniels about his immediate future plans, and he said he was going to Atlanta to start filming Dumb & Dumber Too. Guess he wasn’t lying.

The above picture is the first to show from the set, a backstage candid featuring co-stars Jim Carrey and Daniels, complete with bad haircuts and goofy grins, clearly relishing their reprising of the dynamic duo Lloyd and Harry nearly 20 years after the original Dumb.

And what’s that book they’re reading upside down? Why it’s Carrey’s soon to be released children’s book! Well, it looks like good reading, anyway.

Are you Bastards looking forward to the Dumb & Dumber sequel? Sound off below.

Source: Bleeding Cool

 

Spoiler Alert!

Looper is not a film about futuristic gangsters, strung out hitmen or time travel. It’s a film about human connection and how the absence of it can destroy you.

Writer/director Rian Johnson lets this existential theme play out against a backdrop 30 years into the future where Abe (Jeff Daniels) has traveled back in time to manage a group of hitmen known as Loopers. Because forensics is so advanced in 2074, it became nearly impossible for the mafia to get away with murder but time travel solved all of that. The mob finds its targets, binds them, puts a sack over their heads and sends them 30 years back in time to be killed by Loopers. For 2074, it’s no body, no crime and as far as 2044 is concerned, those people are still alive.

It seems like it all works out pretty well for the Loopers too, who are paid in bars of silver strapped to the backs of each victim. They have fast cars, cool guns, women, drugs. There is one catch though – eventually the Loopers all have to kill their future selves, thus closing their loop. They have 30 years and an untold amount of cash to spend from the time they kill their future to the day when they close their loop and meet their past.

One would think Abe would have a difficult time signing people up for a job that has suicide as a requirement but Abe’s smart about who he chooses to recruit. He chooses people who have nothing to lose, people for whom the draw of instant gratification is irresistible. Abe chooses junkies and abandoned street kids.

He chooses people like Joe, our anti-hero played by Joseph Gordon Levitt. Joe doesn’t understand what it means to be connected to someone. He’s never felt that. His mother sold him to a gang when he was young so that she could buy drugs. Joe’s only salvation came in the form of Abe, who gave him a gun and taught him to kill. At times, Joe tries to find moments of connection, like with a prostitute played by Piper Perabo, but Joe is surrounded by people who are just like him, devoid of connection.

In 2044, Joe is a lost cause and he knows it.

But 2072 Joe, played by Bruce Willis, isn’t a lost cause. He does know what it means to connect to someone. He’s been in love. So when it’s time for him to meet his past, he does everything he can to get back to his future. Old Joe does everything he can to get back to that feeling of connection and he needs his past self to help him do it.

This is where the movie takes a slightly unexpected turn. In 2044, Joe is so devoid of connection that he cannot even identify with himself. He sees his future self as a mere obstacle to his present goals. Joe doesn’t want to help his future incarnation. He wants him dead and he wants his payday.

Now a marked man himself, for failing to close his loop, young Joe chases his future across Kansas all the while being pursued by the mob. And this is where the movie takes a really unexpected turn and ends up at a sugar cane farm managed by Emily Blunt. It’s instinctual to think that her character Sara is there only to inject some romance into the story but her role serves a much deeper purpose. Sara, who lives on the farm with her young son Cid (Pierce Gagnon) , is a mirror image of Joe’s mother. She is struggling to connect with the child she abandoned years before for a life of partying, for a life unconnected.

Cid is more than resistant to Sara’s affection. Joe grows to see himself in this sweet but emotionally wounded little boy and the two bond over a shared history. However, when it is revealed that Sara’s abandonment of her son has had dangerous consequences, Joe wonders if Cid is more like himself than he realized and already beyond saving.

The underlying, and sometimes very overt, theme of connection is truly at the center of the story. The element of time travel is only introduced to open the conversation about human connection and the gangster-like environment provides the catalyst for the story to move forward. The meat of the story is in the philosophical questions raised by the film. What would happen if we lived our lives without feeling connected to someone else? What kind of person would we become? Is it ever possible to recover from that kind of lost human experience or do we forever remain damaged by that void?

The outcome of the film hinges on how young Joe chooses to answer to that question. Throughout the film, Joe never makes the choices you, or his future self, think he’s going to make and that keeps the movie fresh and worth the watch.

 

With its fantastic cast and mind-bending storyline, Rian Johnson‘s Looper may be one of the most original science fiction tales we’ve seen in the last few years. After only releasing its teaser as well as its initial trailer, people have already begun to have a vested interest in the film.

Guess this means it’s time for TriStar Pictures to release a brand new trailer for us all to enjoy!

Starring Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Noah Segan, Piper Perabo, and Jeff Daniels, this newly released trailer for Looper will absolutely make you want go out and purchase your ticket RIGHT NOW. Featuring an altered cut that hasn’t yet been seen and brand new footage, you have to watch this trailer (especially if you haven’t been paying attention) and be amazed! Seriously, any film that has the future version of yourself kick the past you in the grapes already has my money.

See for yourself below.

Here’s The Official Synopsis:

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First Image from Rian Johnsons ‘Looper’

What you see above is the first image of director Rian Johnson‘s time machine from his sci-fi film Looper. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Paul Dano, Jeff Daniels, and Emily Blunt about a team of hitmen that go all “Doc Brown” in their method of assassinations.

Touted as one of the most anticipated films of 2012, Johnson’s Looper employs the nerd candy we call time-travel in it’s storyline. The team not only receives their assignments from the future, but they also use time-travel to cover their tracks (that old gag). If early screenings and extremely positive reviews are are any indication, this is going to be one film to put on the nerd check list.

Check out the larger full-sized image below.

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‘Dumb and Dumber’ Sequel is Happening

In unrelated nerd news, Deadline  is reporting that the Farrelly Brothers are developing a sequel to their 1994 hit Dumb and Dumber, which they plan to direct after the completion of The Three Stooges. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels plan to reprise as Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne. Sean Anders and John Morris are set to pen the script. They co-wrote the Anders-directed Sex Drive and just co-directed the comedy I Hate You Dad starring Adam Sandler.

This new certainly doesn’t fit NB’s criteria of super heroes, Sci-Fi, or fantasy news…so why am I reporting it? Simple, Dumb and Dumber is by far one of my favorite movies. It’s immensely re-watchable. Every time it’s on TBS, or some shit, I sit in front of the TV Indian style (often naked…what, you don’t?)) and laugh my junk off. I  damn near quote that flick everyday too. Why just the other day I was complaining about being bored and wanted to go somewhere, “Someplace warm. A place where the beer flows like wine. A place where beautiful women flock like the salmon of Copastrono. I’m talkin’ about a li’l place called Assspen”.  Suffice to say, I love that flick and am compelled to write about it.

Now, would I welcome a sequel (FYI, I’m ignoring the existence of the prequel)? I’d like to think I would, but probably not. Carrey and Daniels are still plenty capable. Unfortunately… the Farrelly Bros are not. Give me 1 good funny movie they’ve made in the last 5 years?. On the other hand, just when I thought you couldn’t possibly be any dumber, you go and do something like this… and totally redeem yourself!

What do you guys think? Harry and Loyd 20 years later. Could it work? How would it work?

Source: Deadline

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