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Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds Talk Us Through R.I.P.D.

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Today we bring you a three minutes “making of” featurette for Robert Schwentke’s upcoming supernatural action-comedy R.I.P.D.

This special behind-the-scenes video features monster spirit tracking stars Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges providing insight into everything we need to know about the film. Co-starring actress Marisa Miller also puts in an appearance whilst we also get to see some exclusive footage from the film featuring scenes involving the likes of Kevin Bacon, James Hong and Mary-Louise Parker.


R.I.P.D. hits US cinemas this July 19 whilst we have to wait with bated breath until the 20th of September over here in the UK.

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PLOT SYNOPSIS:

Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds headline the 3D supernatural action-adventure R.I.P.D. as two cops dispatched by the otherworldly Rest In Peace Department to protect and serve the living from an increasingly destructive array of souls who refuse to move peacefully to the other side.

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Further San Diego Comic-Con Reveals From Sony and BBC

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Further to this morning’s Marvel reveals for this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Sony have announced that The Amazing Spiderman-2 will also be present later this month. The sequel in the revamped comic book to movie series will be represented by Andrew Garfield, Dane Dehaan and Jamie Foxx.

Sony have also announced that both RoboCop and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 will also be panelled at the convention.

The BBC’s Sherlock, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, makes its SDCC debut and will be panelled by show creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss.

The complete line up is to be released very soon, so expect some more big names to be revealed for convention which runs from July 18th to July 21st

We’ll leave you with the latest trailer for the aforementioned Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2.

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First Trailer for Focus Features’ ‘The Boxtrolls’

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Following previous releases Coraline and ParaNorman, Focus Features have released the first trailer to their latest animated movie, The Boxtrolls, inspired by Alan Snow’s bestselling children’s book “Here Be Monsters!”

The film follows a band of underground dwelling trolls who, along with the help of an orphan they raised called Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Write), find themselves fighting against an evil townsperson (Ben Kingsley) who wants to eradicate each and every one of them.

Whilst just over a minute long, the trailer clearly comes packed with messages to make, touting not only family diversity but briefly featuring same-sex parents – a hot topic of late given the Supreme Court’s recent decision to strike down Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act.

Both Coraline and ParaNorman were dazzling examples of the animation team working behind the films and the latest trailer shows we are in for the same kind of visual stunnery we have come to expect. Audiences will also be treated to quite the ensemble voice cast with the likes of Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Elle Fanning, Ben Kingsley and Tracy Morgan.

The Boxtrolls is scheduled for a September 26 release date in the US and we’ll leave you with the trailer.

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Trevorrow Confirms Dedication to Jurassic Park IV

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To be or not to be? This has been the question plaguing the upcoming dino-sequel Jurassic Park IV. Some fans were happy when said sequel was announced whilst others rejoiced when the project was put on hiatus.


A recent interview with the film’s director/writer, Colin Trevorrow should put the doubters to bed as he confesses his absolute determination to create a film worthy of standing alongside the original. Although Trevorrow doesn’t delve into any plot details, as such, he does state ““we definitely want to honor what came before us” which would indicate that we are most likely looking at a direct sequel rather than a reboot. We certainly hope this is the case as the origins story has been handled so well before there really is no need for a rehash.

The interview was conducted with Schmoes Know, via Coming Soon which you can watch in full below.

If all goes to plan, we should be able to catch Jurassic Park IV at cinemas some time in the summer of 2015.

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Marvel Confirms Panels for Comic-Con

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Marvel has revealed the films which will be highlighted at this year’s studio panel at the San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, July 20th.  Officially, Marvel will be presenting Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but the panel will also include “an inside look at the ever-expanding Marvel cinematic universe.”  Could this be details of the forthcoming ‘Phase Three’ line-up?

Here is the full list of Marvel release dates post-The Avengers 2 that we know of so far:

Ant-Man – November 6, 2015

Untitled Marvel Film – July 8, 2016

Untitled Marvel Film – May 5, 2017

Marvel Studios President and Producer Kevin Feige revealed recently that Doctor Strange would be next after Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man, although sequels to Captain America and Thor are also possibilities, and The Avengers 3 will almost definitely act as the culmination of ‘Phase Three.’  Stay tuned to Cinema Chords for further updates. Excelsior!

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Steven Spielberg Attached to ‘The Grapes of Wrath’

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As the 75th anniversary of the late and great John Steinbeck’s book ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ arrives next year, Steven Spielberg and Dreamworks are in negotiations to produce a remake of John Ford’s 1940 classic.

Set around the Great Depression, the 1940 Ford original is number 21 in AFI’s ‘100 Years…100 Movies’ list, having won two Oscars (including best director), and goes down in history as one of the greatest adaptations ever made.

Spielberg is not on board to direct, having already filled up his schedule with the adaptation of American Sniper, staring Bradley Cooper, and is instead due to produce the remake.

The Steinbeck family estate has also spoken to Robert Redford, who wanted to turn the Pulitzer Prize novel into a mini-series, but instead the family have chosen Spielberg and the cinematic approach.

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Exclusive New Images For Bong Joon-Ho’s ‘Snowpiercer’

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With just one more month before Bong Joon-Ho’s post-apocalyptic thriller Snowpiercer releasing in South Korea some new images have arrived, hot on the trail of the recently released first trailer.

Featuring a stellar ensemble cast with names of the calibre of Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell and John Hurt, Snowpiercer boards a train load of survivors in teh aftermath of an ice age that has destroyed virtually every living thing on the planet. As a class system takes over the train, tensions surge to boiling point.


Snowpiercer is slated for an August 1st release date in South Korea and whilst US and UK release dates are still to be announced the film was picked up by The Weinstein Company late last year.

In case you missed the trailer you can catch it below, along with the aforementioned new images.



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‘The Crow’ Comic Creator Brought Into the Movie Mix

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News of a new version of The Crow has fans uncertain as to how exactly the news should be taken. In what could be a move to keep audiences happy with the new version of the cult movie Relativity Media has signed on the creator of the original ’90s comic series, James O’Barr as the film’s creative consultant to overlook the screenplay.

Although photography is unlikely to move forward until next year, both O’Barr and the already assigned director, F. Javier Gutierrez (Before the Fall), will be revealing a few hints of their plans for the movie at this year’s San Diego Comic Con in a couple of week’s time.

In a report published by Variety O’Barr commented:

“It is important for ‘Crow’ fans to understand that Relativity, Javier, Luke and the entire team are working on a new adaptation of the book itself. I believe that this movie will stand alongside Brandon and his film as a valid work of art, and I look forward to collaborating on the project.”

As soon as we hear word from Comic Con, or something earlier, we’ll let you know.

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Exclusive Japanese Footage of Disney’s ‘Frozen’

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A couple of weeks ago Disney posted a first look trailer of the upcoming animated movie Frozen. Despite the film relating the tale of the protagonist, Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell), the trailer focused entirely on Sven the reindeer and Olaf, a talking snowman (voice by Josh Gad).

A Japanese entertainment show has since provided actual footage taken from the the film which you won’t be able to make heads or tails of from the voice over but it does at least give us a glimpse at the kind of glistening animation we can expect.

Frozen is released in UK cinemas on 6 December 2013.

Plot synopsis:

A prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, so Anna must team up with Kristoff, a daring mountain man, on the grandest of journeys to find the Snow Queen and put an end to the icy spell. Encountering Everest-like extremes, mystical creatures and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.

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Top Movies: July 2013

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Now You See Me – 3 July

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With Dynamo raising eyebrows since his apparition on the magic circuit us Brits are yearning for a healthy dose of abracadabra packed into an action-thriller-heist movie. Now You See Me certainly looks to pack all that into its running time. Under the adept direction of Louis Leterrier (The Transporter, Unleashed), the film follows a quartet of magicians know as The Four Horsemen (Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson, and Dave Franco) who use their mastery of magic to perform their greatest performance to date, transferring a millionaires bank funds into the accounts of members of the audience.


The Bling Ring – 5 July

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Oscar-winning filmmaker Sofia Coppola is back directing, writing and producing somewhat of a genre change for her – the caper film, The Bling Ring, based on the Vanity Fair story “The Suspect Wore Louboutins” by Nancy Jo Sales. Emma Watson has suddenly come of age and, as the trailer shows, we can expect to see her with different eyes as she plunders celebrity homes with her gang of crooks who come to be known as “The Hollywood Hills Burglars,” “The Burglar Bunch,” and “The Bling Ring,” all in the name of finding fame.

Despite the film being headed up by an ensemble cast of virtual unknowns, with the exception of the aforementioned Watson, The Bling Ring is sure to be one of our guilty summer season vices.


A Field In England – 5 July

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Since his 2009 debut, Down Terrace, Ben Wheatley has quickly clambered up the ladder of indie British filmmakers concocting a new wave pedigree of horror. If you thought Kill List and Sightseers reinvented the mould, the trailer for A Field in England promises an heftier doses of ingenuity as Wheatley forays into the English Civil War.

Many may be put off by the black-and-white decision but it certainly seems to be making a comeback as of late with Wheatley explained he took this route as the film in colour would have been “really distracting.”

Expect nothing to be done by the book and a film destined to achieve late-night cult screening status for years to come.


Monsters University – 12 July

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After thirteen films Pixar are picking up their backpacks and heading back to school with their first ever prequel, Monsters University. The film follows the antics of  Mike Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal) and James “Sulley” Sullivan (voice by John Goodman) relating their extremely shaky first encounter as monster fraternities battle it out in the annual Scare Games. Audiences can look forward to more than a few hat tips to cult ‘80s college movies so the film is sure to cater for kids and kidults alike.


Pacific Rim – 12 July

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Since the first footage of Guillermo’s Del Toro‘s Pacific Rim debuted at Comic-Con last year everyone has been waiting with bated breath see giant robots fight it out on the big screen against giant monsters (Kaiju). It certainly sounds like the perfect recipe for a generic summer blockbuster “a la Transformers”, but the promotional goodies haven’t turned sour yet and probably won’t as the release of the film is upon us. Not only that but with plotlines such as the robots being physically linked to the pilots, meaning they share memories, the simple premise becomes much more than brain switch off eye-candy.

To cut a story short the film relates how the Kaiju rise out of a dimensional portal in the ocean with the humans building massive robots, known as Jaegers, which require two pilots to fight in perfect synchronisation. If you want eye-candy that comes bundled with a plot that actually provides fodder to chew on this summer then Del Toro serves it up on a platter here.


Breathe In – 19 July

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Drake Doremus follows up Douchebag and Like Crazy with Breathe In, a drama which the director had in fact completed photography on before Like Crazy had even hit cinemas. Collaborating once again with the actress Felicity Jones the film also boasts the presence of the acting muscles that are Guy Pearce and Amy Ryan. Whilst Doremus has confirmed the implementation of his semi-improvised filming process used for previous projects, Breathe in is said to implement a more conventional, handheld-free aesthetic, which we can’t wait to experience.


The World’s End – 19 July

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Following the first two “Cornetto Trilogy” outings that were Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz the word excited doesn’t even begin to describe how much expectation there is for the final entry, The World’s End. The film follows a group of old friends who decide the time has come to relive an epic pub-crawl from their youth which they do, only something apocalyptic gets in the way.

We can’t wait for Barmageddon. Enough said.


The Wolverine – 25 July

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Alongside Pacific Rim, this is the other biggest blockbuster coming out in the month of July. It’s also the film fans of the comics have been waiting for as this is the first time the series rummages into the character’s comic book roots in Japan.

The Wolverine finds Hugh Jackman back for a fifth time as Logan, this time doing battle with ninjas and the yakuza.

When Aronofsky pulled out of the project expectations faded but, given the film’s eventual director, James Mangold’s track record including the likes of, Walk The Line, Identity and 3:10 to Yuma the project has been nurtured in safe hands.

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‘The World’s End’ Featurette Celebrates Edgar Wright

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Yahoo Movies has kindly released a rather special featurette boasting some behind the scenes footage to confirm just how good a director Edgar Wright really is. Even though the previous Cornetto Trilogy films Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz demonstrated his talents it’s always good to hear talent saying how good he is in interviews just to get us even more revved up as we are on the verge of The World’s End.

The World’s End opens in UK cinemas on the 9th of July before reaching US shores on the 23rd of August.

Plot Synopsis:

Five friends who reunite in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from 20 years earlier unwittingly become humankind’s only hope for survival.

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Jacob’s Ladder Clambers Back for a Remake

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There must be something in the water “a la Cabin Fever” as there’s another remake in the works and this time it’s of the 1990 pschological chiller Jacob’s Ladder which starred Tim Robbins.

Announcements confirm a screenplay is already on the table, in some form or another, and that financiers are already on board to back the project although a director is yet to be attached. Said financiers are LD Entertainment, responsible for stunning indies like Killer Joe and Black Rock whilst the script comes from the hand of Jeff Buhler (The Midnight Meat Train). Buhler is said to be revising an early draft written by Jake Wade Wall (When a Stranger Calls, The Hitcher).

For those who have yet to catch the original, the plot followed Vietnam vet Jacob Singer (Robbins) whose life experiences lead to some more than bizarre flashbacks and hallucinations that haunt his every waking and sleeping hour.

In relation to the remake, The Hollywood Reporter has stated that: “The producers are looking to make something more akin to an homage and not mimic the original. The plan is to contemporize the story with new situations and characters but still maintain a story that examines issues and poses existential questions.”

As soon as any more news is revealed, such as the attachment of a director, we will keep you in the loop.

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