Rapid Fire Movie News (Trailers for Upcoming True Story Films) – ’13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi’, ‘Spotlight’, ‘The 33′

This is Rapid Fire Movie News, where we give small updates on some upcoming movies, plus our reactions.

Today, its all about upcoming films based on true stories. We have new trailers for the following..

  • Michael Bay’s film about a group of heroic men defending an American embassy under attack.
  • A thriller about reporters exposing the sexual abuse crimes committed by a Catholic Church.
  • The courageous rescue of 33 miners trapped in the Chilean mine back in 2010.


13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Yes, Michael Bay has a new film coming out next year. No, its not another Transformers or mindless action flick (hopefully). Based on a true story, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi tells the story of a security team defending Americans stationed at an embassy under attack. The film stars John Krasinski (The Office), James Badge Dale (Iron Man 3)Max Martini (Pacific Rim), Pablo Schreiber (Orange Is the New Black), and David Denman (The Office).

Bay wanted to step away from Transformers and focus on this project. He’s been hit and miss with films based on true stories, but this one looks like a hit. Granted, it could suck badly and make Bay look more like a disappointment. However, this trailer was intense and full of action. The shots looked pretty darn good, despite a product placement another editor pointed out, which made me look for it.

The January 15, 2016 release date suggest that Paramount isn’t sure how much of general audiences will give this film a chance when they see who’s directing. I certainly will, because I want to see Bay get back to form doing not so over the top action.




Spotlight

This film tells the story of a team of reporters at The Boston Globe who investigated and reported a Catholic Church’s cover up of sexual abuse crimes. The film is co-written/directed by Tom McCarthy (Win Win) and features an incredible ensemble in Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo,Rachel McAdamsJohn Slattery, Liev Schreiber, Stanley Tucci, Brian d’Arcy James, and Billy Crudup.

Such a sensitive topic surely, but its a story worth telling on film. The studio in charge has so far done an incredible job assembling a strong cast and the trailer looks great. What I hope is the film doesn’t hold back in revealing all the details of this troubling discovery.

Spotlight releases in theaters on November 6th, 2015




The 33

Back in 2010, a disaster took place at a 100 year old Chilean mine that resulted in 33 miners trapped for 69 days with limited food and water. The 33 tells the story of a daring rescue and the world coming together in hope and prayer for those men.

I liked this trailer very much, I’m a sucker for real life rescue missions and stories of bravery (i.e Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center). Unlike many others, I didn’t mind the music playing over it. For me, the music gave the trailer a deep sense of hope and courage. I love Antonio Banderas in this trailer, and I think he’ll deliver a heavy and emotional performance.

Patricia Riggen (Girl in Progress) is directing, and also stars Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche, James Brolin, Lou Diamond Phillips, Bob Gunton, and Gabriel ByrneThe 33 opens in theaters on November 13th.

All of these are worth seeing, but which of these films are you looking forward to the most? Let us know.

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Batman V Superman – Snyder Talks Batman + High Res. Photos

Empire Magazine’s September issue will feature Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Some high resolution photos have been released ahead of the issue, along with comments from director Zack Snyder.

Below, Snyder discusses his vision for Batman that ultimately sold Ben Affleck on accepting the role. Snyder also talks about how an idea for a Justice League film evolved into the current plan Warner Bros has for their DC Cinematic Universe.

Snyder’s comments (via. Empire)

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“We want to assume that Batman has reached this point in his life and career as a superhero, and Superman represents a sort of philosophical change. He is a paradigm shift for Batman: ‘I’ve been fighting criminals all my life, trying to find justice, and now I am confronted with a concept that is transcendent to me.’ In the face of Superman, a man robbing a bank doesn’t matter.”

“What we are doing is ground up all the way. It is one giant story. The first thing we had was the Justice League concept. The other movies, in a way, have to support that. That is our Wonder Woman, our Aquaman. They have their own creative concepts that supports them, but they do serve Justice League in the coming together of those heroes. I want all the other directors of the other films to be able to stretch their legs and do what they want, but at the same time there is a big interconnected universe. I have given everyone amazing access to our story, to me, and what we are doing. All the films have like minded conceptual jumping on points.”

Check out all the awesome photos for Batman V Superman below. Don’t mind my captions, I’m just having fun here. The film releases on March 25, 2016

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Batman’s skills go beyond crime fighting and into directing.

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Lois take Superman Clark w/ you and see what you can find out.

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Jeremy Irons: So what if those who hated your casting will be at Comic Con. You must be the bigger man and go Ben. Show them forgiveness-ness.

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Entering the gym like…

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Exiting the gym like…

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Mel Gibson Set to Direct WWII Drama Starring Andrew Garfield & Vince Vaughn

How exciting is it to hear that Mel Gibson is back in the director’s chair? I’ve always hoped the man would get another chance in Hollywood, because he’s simply too talented not to be in work. After nearly a decade, the Oscar winning director is set to helm a WWII drama titled Hacksaw Ridge.

The drama will star Andrew Garfield as real life war hero Desmond T. Doss, who was drafted in 1942 and stationed in the Pacific. After refusing to carry a weapon or let alone kill, Doss became a medic and ended up saving 75 men during the Battle of Okinawa by evacuating the wounded and putting himself in the line of fire.

This will be another demanding role for Garfield, who is set to appear in Martin Scorsese’s Silence next year. I give him props for seeking to work with the best.

Joining Gibson and Garfield for Hacksaw Ridge is Vince Vaughn, as Sgt. Howell who is tasked with ensuring soldiers are battle ready. I’m sure Howell will not take Doss’s beliefs about war too lightly. Thus setting up some nice exchanges between Vaughn and Garfield.

Fans are split with Vaughn’s dramatic performance in the HBO series True Detective, and I’m one of those people who watch the show because of him and a few others. This is a great move for Vaughn, who can do dramatic roles and perhaps a guy like Gibson directing him will make a huge difference in comparison to a Justin Lin (True Detective), who I do like.

I’m looking forward to Hacksaw Ridge, if for anything to see Mel Gibson direct again. Furthermore, Randall Wallace co-wrote the script, who wrote Gibson’s Braveheart. Production will take place soon in Australia.

Are you looking forward to Hacksaw Ridge, and seeing Mel Gibson back in the director’s chair?

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MTE Podcast #10- ‘Trainwreck’ & ‘Pixels’ Spoilers Talk, Box Office Report

On this episode of the MTE movie podcast we review Trainwreck and Pixels, give our thoughts on the careers of Amy Schumer, Judd Apatow and Adam Sandler, the weekend box office and more!

Podcast Content:

Box Office Report: Ant-Man, Pixels, Southpaw, Paper Towns Etc.

‘Trainwreck’ Spoilers Review

Amy Schumer becoming a huge star?

Judd Apatow’s directing career so far.

‘Pixels’ Spoilers Review

Adam Sandler’s Career done?

Open Mic:

1) Gio brings up the issue in Hollywood of studios spending too much money on production budgets for movies.

2) Jacob brings up George R.R. Martin’s recent comments on Marvel villains having the same powers as their opposing hero and whether or not we agree with that.

*All photos are found on Google Images search engine and we do not have the rights to monetize off of these photos nor do we try to.

Thank you for listening.

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Rachel McAdams Joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

Rachel McAdams is currently on fire right now, with True Detective Season 2 currently happening on HBO and her new movie Southpaw. What I’m ashamed of not realizing is just how much I actually enjoyed her work from Wedding Crashers, The Notebook, and Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes. This woman can do whatever she wants, and I believe she can elevate her career by getting her foot into the door of the comic book genre.

The actress has recently confirmed that she is in early talks for the female lead in Marvel’s upcoming Doctor Strange, but quickly stated that “it’s still super-early days, and I don’t know where that’s gonna go, if it’s gonna go anywhere at all.” If this happens she’ll join an ensemble that could feature Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Tilda Swinton.

Her acting chops could further add depth to an already talented and big named ensemble, especially for a solo character film. She’s more than capable for the female lead, and after following her bad ass character in this season’s True Detective… I think she can go as far as playing Captain Marvel. Am I right, or just plain insane? Let me know below.

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‘The Night Before’ Trailer – Starring Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Anthony Mackie

Twas The night before Christmas, three longtime friends (Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon Levitt and Anthony Mackie) decide to party it up one last time before calling it quits.

This trailer is funny! The ensemble of Rogen, Levitt, and Mackie was a huge buy for me, but now that I’ve seen the trailer I can throw away the receipt because I’m all in. As a comedy film starring Seth Rogen, its everything I’d expect and that’s okay because its still funny. Him and Levitt re-teaming after 50/50 was a great idea, and I’m looking forward to seeing Mackie show us more of his comedic chops.

The film is co-written and directed by Jonathan Levine (50/50). The film stars Lizzy Caplan, Michael Shannon, Mindy Kaling, and Jillian Bell (who I thought for a second was Amy Schumer and sadly got all excited).

The Night Before releases on November 25th 2015. Let us know if this film looks funny or not below.

From Jonathan Levine, the acclaimed director of 50/50, comes the new comedy The Night Before. Ethan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Isaac (Seth Rogen) and Chris (Anthony Mackie) have been friends since childhood, and for a decade, their yearly Christmas Eve reunion has been an annual night of debauchery and hilarity. Now that they’re entering adulthood, the tradition is coming to an end, and to make it as memorable as possible, they set out to find the Nutcracka Ball – the Holy Grail of Christmas parties

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Batman V Superman – Lex Luthor, Batman, Superman Images

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(Sorry our recent absence on here. It was both mine (25) and Jacob’s (24) birthdays this weekend. But we’re back now for anyone who is still here.)

Empire Magazine has released some new photos for Batman V Superman which focuses on the film’s three kings in Lex Luthor, Superman, and Batman.

The photo showing Lex Luthor (Eisenberg) standing at center court confirms an earlier rumor about his company headquarters (LexCorp) featuring a basketball court. I have no problem with this, as this further demonstrates the differences in this version of Lex from previous ones. I’ve always been in support for a young, rich, and genius type Lex Luthor. Its very modern and fitting for this DC universe.

I’m curious to know if there’s any significance to where Superman (Cavill) is at in the center photo. From the looks of it, I’m guessing that’s where him and Batman battle it out, because of an earlier photo which showed Batman in his mech suit crashing into a building similar to the one above.

Finally the photo of Batman (Affleck) in his mech suit standing by the Bat symbol is just pure awesome. Signaling his frenemy of his whereabouts for the ultimate showdown. Gotta say I love these pics and that Warner Bros is keeping this film on our minds, even with so much time till its release.

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice releases on March 25, 2016

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