Movie News Wrap Up: January 7th 2013

Star Trek Fan Screening

This week:

The Host 2 eyes a Summer 2014 release; Pixar has released some concept art for a few of their forthcoming movies; Eddie Redmayne talks a little bit about auditioning for some upcoming Marvel features; John Woo wants in on Expendables 3 but Sean Connery does not; and J.J. Abrams makes a dying Star Trek fan's wish.


The Host 2, sequel to Bong Joon-ho's 2007 breakout hit, is apparently gearing up for production, and is also looking to hit theaters some time in the summer of 2014.

The Host 2 Summer 2014 Release

Unfortunately Joon-ho, who directed the critically-acclaimed film Mother in 2009, will not be directing, as that task has fallen to Park Myung-chun. Aside from that, not much is known about the film at this time, although it is said to feature two monsters this time around, as opposed to the original's single creature.

If you haven't seen The Host, or are confusing it with the upcoming Stephenie Meyer adaptation, we highly recommend giving it a look. Monster movies are hard to get right, and The Host more than rises to the task.

It's also important to note that there is no specification as to whether the tentative 2014 date is simply for South Korea, or if it will be a worldwide release.

Source: Indiewire


As Pixar and Disney fans anxiously await the return of Mike and Sully in Monsters University, they can now whet their appetites with some concept art pieces for three of Pixar's other forthcoming films.

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Included in the set are images for Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich's film based around Dia De Los Muertos, next year's The Good Dinosaur, and Up director Pete Doctor's second feature, which may or may not be called The Inside Out. Each image sells a broad concept for its respective film, with The Good Dinosaur's art coming the closest (in terms of design) to what we imagine the finished film will look like.

The film about Dia De Los Muertos is the furthest from anything resembling completion, as Lee Unkrich only began teasing the idea shortly after Toy Story 3's release - so don't expect to see anything too substantial from that film anytime soon. As far as the other two films are concerned, what we do know is that The Inside Out is said to focus on an exploration of the mind and The Good Dinosaur imagines a world where dinosaurs were not wiped out by an asteroid. Both seem like really intriguing concepts, and exciting new ideas from a very inventive studio.

The Good Dinosaur releases on May 30, 2014 and The Inside Out (tentative title) releases on June 19, 2015.

Source: Slashfilm


Eddie Redmayne, who plays Marius in Tom Hooper's big screen adaptation of Les Misérables, talked a little bit about comic book movies, as well as his rumored auditions for some forthcoming Marvel adventures.

Eddie Redmayne Marvel Auditions

Speaking with Collider, Redmayne didn't exactly discuss the roles he is believed to have auditioned or is being considered for - in films likes Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy – but he did reveal he's a fan of films like The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises.

As far as what roles Redmayne is seeking (or being sought for) the actor wouldn't say, although he does acknowledge he feels "very privileged for the moments that are true." Something tells us regardless of whether or not he is cast in a comic book movie, Hollywood is not done with Eddie Redmayne.

Source: Collider


Acclaimed Hong Kong action director John Woo has expressed interest in directing The Expendables 3, but he says he will only do so if studio interference is kept to a minimum.

John Woo Expendables 3

In an alleged interview with Yahoo, Woo said that he will direct Expendables 3 but wants to shoot it his way. Although the thought of watching a John Woo film staring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger sounds like an action lover's dream, the source of the interview doesn't appear to be all that credible, so take this one with a grain of salt.

And as we continue to add names to the wish-list of actors who should be considered for roles in Expendables 3, we can scratch Sean Connery off said list as he has rejected an offer from Stallone and Expendables 2 director Simon West. Connery retired from acting in 2005, but we imagine he will continue to be offered roles until the end of time.

Source: Expendables Premiere (via Movie Hole)


And finally we bring you the heartwarming, but at the same time extremely heartbreaking, story of Daniel Craft, a longtime Star Trek fan and organizer for the NY Asian Film Festival.

Star Trek Fan Screening

Several days ago Craft's wife and close friend took to Reddit to try to urge fellow Star Trek fans and Redditors to help Daniel – who had been diagnosed with two forms of terminal cancer – see the 9-minute preview of Star Trek Into Darkness that was screening with select showings of The Hobbit. Director J.J. Abrams caught wind of Craft's story through Twitter, called Craft's wife, and set up said private screening.

However, rather than the preview - which you can read details about here - Craft was shown Star Trek 2 in its entirety, albeit in an unfinished state. Though these stories of movie fans rallying around their own are few and far between, when they happen they're pretty inspiring.

Unfortunately, we are sad to report that a few days after his screening Craft lost his battle with cancer. He was 41.

Source: Fox News 1310

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