‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2’ Begins Filming This April

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During the press day for Project Almanac (which opens January 30th), Collider editor Steve Weintraub spoke with producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form. Mr. Weintraub inquired about the status of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, and the producers revealed that the film is scheduled to be released on June 3, 2016, with photography beginning in New York this April.

The producers also shed light on potential new characters in TMNT 2, which were created for TMNT 1 but not used…

We designed and we did lots of work on all of them and then only so many fit in the box and luckily we have another chance to make another one of these movies and some of those characters.”

For the complete interview, click on the video player below.

‘The Gunman’: Check Out the New Poster for the Sean Penn Thriller

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The crew over at Fandango debuted the first poster for the Sean Penn thriller The Gunman. Be sure to go there for the high-res version.

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The trailer…

Director: Pierre Morel (Taken, The Transporter)
Cast: Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, Idris Elba, Ray Winstone and Mark Rylance

Synopsis: A former Special Forces soldier (Sean Penn) who has PTSD tries to reconnect with his longtime lover, but must first go on the run across Europe to clear his name.

First Trailer and Photos from Paul Feig and Melissa McCarthy’s ‘Spy’

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20th Century Fox has released the first trailer (both Red Band and Green Band versions) and a few photos from director Paul Feig’s Spy starring Melissa McCarthy. The film is scheduled for release on May 22, 2015.

Red Band Trailer…

The Green Band trailer…

Photo gallery…

Director: Paul Feig
Written by: Paul Feig
Producers: Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, Paul Feig, Jessie Henderson
Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Allison Janney, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Miranda Hart, and Jude Law

Synopsis: Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) is an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst, and the unsung hero behind the Agency’s most dangerous missions. But when her partner (Jude Law) falls off the grid and another top agent (Jason Statham) is compromised, she volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent a global disaster.

Intrada Records Releases ‘Shock Waves’ CD Soundtrack and More

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Intrada Records has a number of terrific new movie soundtracks available this month. There’s composer Johann Johannsson’s Golden Globe-nominted score for The Theory of Everything, John Frizzell’s The Loft, Patrick William’s Breaking Away, Richard Einhorn’s Shock Waves, Nathaniel Levisay’s The Toy Soldiers, and Fantasia: The Legacy Collection 4-CD Set.

To order any of these discs, head on over to: Intrada Records.

And in case you missed it, Intrada’s recent titles include Craig Safan’s The Last Starfighter (Expanded), Alan Silvestri’s Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, Andre Desplat’s Unbroken, Howard Shore’s The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies (now out of stock), Johnny Greenwood’s Inherent Vice and Gary Yershon’s Mr. Turner.

A lot of great music to choose from.

Varese Sarabande Releases ‘Predator 2: The Deluxe Edition’ 2-CD Soundtrack

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Responding to fan requests to dig into its catalog and bring back certain titles, Varese Sarabande has released composer Alan Silvestri’s Predator 2: The Deluxe Edition 2-CD soundtrack – greatly expanded from Varese Sarabande’s original 11-track CD release in 1990.

According to the company…

Alan Silvestri’s score for the original Predator is one of the all-time classic action scores and one of his own very best. It was an instant classic when the film was released in 1987, though a soundtrack album never followed until we released it in 2003. 1990’s Predator 2 gave Silvestri an even bigger palette. He not only lived up to his first score but went beyond. Predator 2 is a master class in percussion and brass. The score is truly epic and has, for many years, been one of our most requested scores to bring back and expand.

The soundtrack is priced at $24.98 and is limited to 3,000 units. You can order it here.

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David Fincher and Ben Affleck Re-team for ‘Strangers on a Train’ Remake

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Director David Fincher on the set of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

In an exclusive report via Deadline Hollywood, word arrives that director David Fincher and Ben Affleck will re-team (their prior collaboration being Gone Girl, which debuts on Blu-ray and DVD this week) for a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1951 thriller Strangers on a Train. The new film is simply titled Strangers.

Gone Girl novelist and screenwriter Gillian Flynn will write the script. And Mr. Affleck will produce the film via Pearl Street, his production company which is under contract with Warner Bros.

Deadline reports…

…The twist here is a compelling one. Affleck will play a movie star–in the middle of a campaign for an Oscar during awards season–whose private plane breaks down and is given a ride to LA on another plane by a wealthy stranger.

First Trailer for Timur Bekmambetov’s ‘Unfriended’

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It’s been a little while since we’ve heard from director Timur Bekmambetov (Night Watch, Wanted, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter). But that ends today as MTV has debuted the first trailer for Unfriended, which is created and produced by Mr. Bekmambetov. The film – an independent production that was picked up by Universal Pictures – is scheduled for a nationwide release on April 17th, 2015. Check it out…

Directed by: Levan Gabriadze
Written by: Nelson Greaves
Produced by: Timur Bekmambetov, Nelson Greaves and Jason Blum
Cast: Shelley Hennig, Moses Jacob Storm, Renee Olstead, Will Peltz, Jacob Wysocki, Courtney Halverson and Heather Sossaman

Summary: One year after her suicide, the vengeful spirit of a bullied teen (Heather Sossaman) uses online trickery to kill her tormentors.

New ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Trailer

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Marvel Studios has released the second trailer for The Avengers: Age of Ultron. The film is scheduled to open on May 1, 2015.

Summary: Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine, Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill and Stellan Skarsgård as Erik Selvig, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.

Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963. Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015.

Drew Barrymore’s Horror Film ‘Animal’ Coming to Blu-ray

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The Drew Barrymore-produced horror film Animal will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on February 17, 2015. According to the good folks at Scream Factory, the disc’s bonus features will include…

  • Audio Commentary With Director Brett Simmons
  • Interviews With The Cast
  • Behind-The-Scenes Footage
  • Theatrical Trailer

About the “animal” creature itself, Ambush Bug at Ain’t It Cool News says it’s…

… wholly original-looking, like a product of the thickly wooded environment it is hunting and killing in, yet nothing we’ve ever seen before. Even down to the distinct whiny, almost canine-like howl, this animal is an original.”

You can pre-order the disc here.

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Directed by: Brett Simmons
Executive Producers: Drew Barrymore and Nancy Juvonen
Producers: Chris Miller, Ember Truesdell, Kelly Dean Smith and Thommy Hutson
Written by: Thommy Hutson and Catherine Trill
Creature Effects by: Gary J. Tunnicliffe
Music by: tomandandy
Cast: Joey Lauren Adams, Elizabeth Gillies, Paul Iacono, Eve Jeffers, Thorsten Kaye, Amaury Nolasco, Keke Palmer, Jeremy Sumpter and Parker Young

Summary: There’s a part of the wilderness you haven’t explored yet. The deeper you go, the darker it gets. Something ominous is lurking and ready to plumb the weakness of the human psyche. On February 17, 2015, SCREAM FACTORY™ will unleash director Brett Simmons’ suspenseful creature thriller ANIMAL on Blu-ray™ and DVD. Executive produced by Flower Films, ANIMAL features a generous dose of suspense terror and follows a group of close-knit friends finding themselves stranded in unfamiliar territory, pursued by a menacing, blood thirsty predator. Holed up in an isolated cabin, tensions mount as long-buried secrets are revealed. As the body count rises, the group must put their differences aside and fight for survival.