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Guillermo del Toro Expands ‘Trollhunters’ Universe With ‘Tales of Arcadia’ Trilogy Series

Guillermo del Toro Expands ‘Trollhunters’ Universe With ‘Tales of Arcadia’ Trilogy Series

Guillermo del Toro is brining ‘Tales of Arcadia’ to Netflix.

Guillermo del Toro has announced that the world of Trollhunters will expand to become a trilogy of series called Tales of Arcadia.

On the surface, Arcadia appears to be a slice of timeless Americana, but it is no ordinary town.  It lies at the center of magical and mystical lines that will make it a nexus for many battles among otherworldly creatures including trolls, aliens and wizards.  DreamWorks Trollhunters, the first installment in the Tales of Arcadia trilogy, will be followed by two additional series 3 Below in 2018 and a final chapter Wizards set to debut in 2019.

Following Trollhunters, DreamWorks 3 Below will focus on two royal teenage aliens and their bodyguard who flee a surprise takeover of their home planet by an evil dictator and crash land in Arcadia. Now on the run from intergalactic bounty hunters, they struggle to blend in and adapt to the bizarre world of high school all the while attempting to repair their ship so they can return and defend their home planet.

DreamWorks Wizards brings together the three disparate worlds of trolls, aliens and wizards who have found themselves drawn to Arcadia. The final chapter of the Tales of Arcadia culminates in an apocalyptic battle for the control of magic that will ultimately determine the fate of these supernatural worlds that have now converged.

Premiering in 2016 to critical acclaim, Trollhunters introduced audiences to the seemingly quiet town of Arcadia and an ordinary kid who embarks on an extraordinary adventure in a hidden world right beneath his feet featuring the voices of Anton Yelchin, Kelsey Grammer, Ron Perlman, Steven Yeun, Anjelica Huston and more. The first season lead the Creative Arts Daytime Emmys with six wins, more than any other program, including writing for an animated program (Marc Guggenheim), directing (Rodrigo Blaas, del Toro), casting (Ania O’Hare, Mary Hildalgo) and a voice acting win for Grammer.

DreamWorks Trollhunters is created and executive produced by del Toro with Marc Guggenheim (Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow), Rodrigo Blaas (Alma) and Chad Hammes (Dragons: Race to the Edge) and Christina Steinberg (Rise of the Guardians) serving as executive producers.  Dan Hageman (The Lego Movie, Ninjago) and Kevin Hageman (The Lego Movie, Ninjago) serve as co-executive producers.

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First Trailer and Theatrical Poster For ‘REMEMORY’ Starring Peter Dinklage

First Trailer and Theatrical Poster For ‘REMEMORY’ Starring Peter Dinklage

Watch Peter Dinklage dig up the past in the new trailer and poster for REMEMORY. After the death of a scientific pioneer (Martin Donovan) whose newest work is a device that can replay a person’s memories, a mysterious man (Dinklage) tries to unlock the truth. Don’t miss director Mark Palansky’s new film, also starring Julia Ormond, Anton Yelchin and Henry Ian Cusick, on Google Play August 24th and in theaters September 8th!

ABOUT THE FILM: REMEMORY was written by Michael Vukadinovich and Mark Palansky and produced by Daniel Bekerman and Lee Clay. The film explores the unexplained death of Gordon Dunn (Martin Donovan), a visionary scientific pioneer whose body is found shortly after the unveiling of his newest work: a device able to extract, record and play a person’s memories. Gordon’s wife, Carolyn (Julia Ormond – Mad Men, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Legends of the Fall), retreats into her house and cuts off contact with the outside world when a mysterious man (Peter Dinklage – Game of Thrones, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Station Agent) shows up. After stealing the machine, he uses it to try and solve the mystery, beginning an investigation of memories that lead him to unexpected and dangerous places.

Directed by Palansky (Penelope, Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events), REMEMORY folds science, superstition and the supernatural into a place where one man finds terror – and the truth. The film will be released by Google Play on August 24th, 2017 and will be in theaters by Lionsgate Premiere on September 8th, 2017. 

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BREAKING THE MOLD: Director Vinod Chopra On His New Film ‘Broken Horses’

BREAKING THE MOLD: Director Vinod Chopra On His New Film ‘Broken Horses’

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Hollywood is no stranger to foreign filmmakers leaving their marks in the world of American cinema and Academy Award nominee Vinod Chopra is the latest filmmaker to do just that!  An acclaimed Bollywood director, Chopra has now set his sights on American cinema. While he may not be a household name in The States, this breakout film has certainly put him on the radar. It is also important to note, Chopra is the first Bollywood director in history to write, direct, and produce a mainstream Hollywood film. Set in the shadows of the US-Mexico border gang wars, ‘Broken Horses’ is a gritty, epic thriller about the bonds of brotherhood, the laws of loyalty, and the futility of violence. Having left town as a child after the death of his father, young music prodigy, Jacob Heckum (Anton Yelchin), returns to his desolate hometown after years only to discover that Buddy (Chris Marquette), the child-like brother he left behind now works for a drug gang. The gang’s ruthless leader has twisted his simple mind and manipulated him into a killer… a surrogate son who blindly does as he is told. He is unable to convince Buddy to leave his new fraternity. Drowned in guilt for having abandoned him, Jacob quickly realizes the only way to save Buddy is from the inside out. The film is a bold introduction from this accomplished director. James Cameron and Alfonso Cuaron have supported Vinod calling his film “an artistic triumph” and “overwhelming” respectively. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Vinod Chopra as her visited New York City to promote the film. In the interview he discusses his early years, his influences, breathing life into ‘Broken Horses to life and what the future might hold for him in cinema.

Director Vidhu Vinod Chopra

Director Vidhu Vinod Chopra

What made you pursue a career in filmmaking? Was there something that really intrigued you early on in your life about film?

You know, I come from a very small town and I learned about everything when I was about 16 years old. I can tell you, I used to look at those big posters at the small cinema hall in the town called The Palladium. I just wanted my name on those posters! [laughs] It was as simple as that! It was a complete childhood dream or fantasy that one day my name would be on those posters. I let that fantasy overrule all of my rational senses! I just followed my fantasy and here I am talking to you in Hollywood!

Who were some of your influences as a filmmaker, both as a boy and today?

This is a very complicated kind of a thing. When I was in Kashmir, all I could see were Hindi movies. At that time, there were filmmakers from India like Guru Dutt, Bimal Roy and Mehboob Khan. These were the people who influenced me. Then when I went to The Film Institute, I suddenly saw Orson Welles, Federico Fellini and Francois Truffaut and I was blown away! I didn’t even know cinema like that existed. It has been a crazy influence beginning with filmmakers only from India, because that was all I saw, and then suddenly realizing a whole new world exists! Then I became influenced by this new world. I think that is why my work in cinema has a strange originality. It is really from two different worlds in a way.

Filmmaking is not an easy profession. What has keep you inspired through the years?

'Broken Horses'

‘Broken Horses’

It really boils down to it being a story I want to tell or not tell. For me, because cinema has been a childhood passion, I will never make a movie that I don’t believe in. Now, after “Broken Horses,” I have some really big studios talking to me about what might be my next movie but I am not going to pick up a script that they give me and say, “Make this in India because it will make a billion dollars.” I don’t care. I have made enough money in my life and I have never made a movie that I don’t believe in and I will not do it even now. What really pushes me is the script and a story that I want to tell! If I can in some way touch people’s lives or in “Broken Horses” bring families together and make brothers love each other. If I can convey that, I will be very, very happy. For instance, the last film I did in India was called “PK” and it was about religion and was, of course, the biggest hit ever in India. I was making a point that if you follow religion blindly, there will be nothing left on planet Earth except for shoes because everyone will kill everyone. That is what drives me, conveying a point of view to an audience. I find it very inspiring.

What made “Broken Horses” the film to introduce yourself to American audiences?

I don’t think like that, Jason. I don’t plan and think, “Is this the right film for me?” Maybe it isn’t! Maybe I should have made “Slumdog Millionaire” a big hit, you know? I basically go with what I feel like doing and what I feel is the right thing for me to do at the moment. I have never thought too much on, “Is this the right thing for me?” I don’t think like that. I just do what I believe I must do and leave the rest to the Gods of Cinema, so to speak!

What sparked the idea for the story of “Broken Horses” and got the ball rolling?

You know, it is loosely based on a cult movie I did in India called “Parinda.” It was me and my writer, Abhijat Joshi, traveling on a train to Boston when we said, “OK, let’s try to adapt ‘Parinda.'” That was because I had recently seen Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed” and I thought the original Korean film was much better. That is how it all started. It was inspired by that but it has gone somewhere that was very different. When we made Buddy Heckum slow, which was in the fourth or fifth draft, I realized the film was going far beyond the original concept.

Vincent D'Onofrio & Chris Marquette

Vincent D’Onofrio & Chris Marquette in ‘Broken Horses’

What did you hope to accomplish as a director that you might not have attempted before in the medium?

This was the first time I danced with this art form. You see, when you make films in India, they are slightly loud, over the top, people sing and it is a completely different art form. Alfonso Cuaron (“Gravity”) said to me, “This is such a smooth transition to an American movie.” It is very different. James Cameron also praised the film sky high when he saw it. He said, “How did you storyboard this film?” I said, “James, I didn’t do storyboarding. I just worked with the actors.” He couldn’t believe it! [laughs] For me, this was a completely different art form and it isn’t the same thing I have done in India.

What was the biggest challenge you faced on the project?

For me, the biggest challenge was, in the beginning, the prejudice that most Americans have for Hindi cinema. Like I said, the films are loud and over the top. That was a problem when I first came here. But now, most people who have seen “Broken Horses” have loved it. More actors, stars and studios want to work with me, so it is a totally different story than before this film.

Vincent D'Onofrio in 'Broken Horses'

Vincent D’Onofrio in ‘Broken Horses’

Was it difficult to get the right mix of actors to flesh out these detailed characters in the film?

I was fortunate that I was not only the writer/director/producer for the film but I was also the chairman of the studio that was doing it so I could make many bold decisions. For example, when I felt Vincent D’Onofrio was the right actor for the part of Julius Hench, I knew at that given moment we had another name that would help me market the film much easier. I stood by Vincent and said, “No. He is the right actor for this role.” I could make those bold moves because it was my money and my studio. I was totally hand-picking these actors. Chris Marquette was perfect for the role of Buddy and on and on with all of these guys in the film. I was fortunate that no studio head was telling me what to do!

Director Vinod Chopra

Director Vinod Chopra

Being as involved with the world of cinema as you have been through the years, what had the biggest impact on you as a filmmaker? Also, what has you most excited for the future?

Let me tell you, when James Cameron saw my movie and started clapping in a dark theater, that was very inspiring to me. That really pushed me and inspires me to go forward and make my next project. My next project will again be a movie that I really want to make but maybe it will be a huge film like “Lawrence of Arabia” or something huge like that. It is also inspiring when people like James, Alfonso or many others are raving about the film after a screening. What happens when people like what you are doing, it inspires you to go even further. That is what “Broken Horses” has done for me and it has been a very satisfying journey.

Many young filmmakers and creatives can look to you as an inspiration. What is the best lesson to be learned from your story?

Create excellence and success will follow. That is the bottom line and it is that simple.

Thank you for your time, sir! I wish you continued success!

Thank you, Jason! Thank you so much!

Released by Vinod Chopra Films and Reliance Entertainment, ‘Broken Houses’ hits theaters on April 10th, 2015 and stars Vincent D’Onofrio, Anton Yelchin, and Chris Marquette.

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First Theatrical Poster For ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Unveiled

First Theatrical Poster For ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Unveiled

The first poster for ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ has been revealed by Paramount Pictures. The film stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Anton Yelchin, John Cho,Simon Pegg and Karl Urban. New additions to the cast include Alice Eve, Peter Weller, Benedict Cumberbatch and Noel Clarke.

Written by Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, ‘Star Trek 2’ is slated to hits theaters on May 17, 2013.

Official Synopsis: When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis.

With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man (Benedict Cumberbatch) weapon of mass destruction.

As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

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New Poster, Trailer and Clip For HBO’s ‘The Life and Times Of Tim’

New Poster, Trailer and Clip For HBO’s ‘The Life and Times Of Tim’

HBO’s THE LIFE AND TIMES OF TIM premieres next Friday, December 16th at 9pm for its hilarious third season! This time around, Tim’s habit of befriending bizarre and unusual personalities in New York City continues to put him in dangerously funny circumstances.

The show focuses on Tim, who is a normal, twentysomething New Yorker trying to get ahead at work while keeping his girlfriend Amy happy and living a “normal” life. However, in Tim’s world, his often peculiar choices leave him in outlandish, surprising situations. This animated comedy series about an average guy whose actions repeatedly lead him down the wrong path was created by Steve Dildarian, who executive produces, writes for the show and provides the voice of Tim. Each half-hour episode of THE LIFE & TIMES OF TIM consists of two segments that find Tim in a new unenviable dilemma.

Guest voices this season include Jennifer Coolidge, Rob Corddry, Andrew Daly, Jon C. Daly,Jamie Denbo, Bob Einstein, Joe Flaherty, Andy Kindler, Marc Maron, Penny Marshall, Edie McClurg, Alfred Molina, Mary Kay Place, Ian Roberts, Stephen Root, Paul Rust, Bob Saget, Horatio Sanz, Paul Scheer, George Wallace, Kym Whitley, Fred Willard, Billy Dee Williams and Anton Yelchin.

Check out the official poster that was just released and some videos to get you in the know!

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First Poster and Trailer For Craig Gillespie’s ‘Fright Night’ Remake

First Poster and Trailer For Craig Gillespie’s ‘Fright Night’ Remake

DreamWorks has just released the first trailer and teaser poster for Craig Gillespie’s 3D remake of classic 80s flick ‘Fright Night’. The film stars Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, Toni Collette, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, David Tennant and Imogen Poots. ‘Fright Night’ is slated to hit theaters on August 19th, 2011. Check out the new stuff below and weigh in with your thoughts!

Synopsis: Senior Charlie Brewster (Anton Yelchin) finally has it all going on: he’s running with the popular crowd and dating the most coveted girl in his high school. In fact, he’s so cool he’s even dissing his best friend. But trouble arrives when Jerry (Colin Farrell) moves in next door. He seems like a great guy at first, but there’s something not quite right—but everyone, including Charlie’s mom (Toni Collette), doesn’t notice. After observing some very strange activity, Charlie comes to an unmistakable conclusion: Jerry is a vampire preying on the neighborhood. Unable to convince anyone, Charlie has to find a way to get rid of the monster himself in this Craig Gillespie-helmed revamp of the comedy-horror classic.

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Columbia Pictures Unveils A Smurfy New Trailer For ‘The Smurfs’

Columbia Pictures Unveils A Smurfy New Trailer For ‘The Smurfs’

Columbia Pictures has released the trailer for ‘The Smurfs’ movie starring Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Sofia Vergara, Hank Azaria, Anton Yelchin, Katy Perry, George Lopez, Paul Ruebens and Jonathan Winters. The film is currently slated for an August 3rd, 2011 release.

Synopsis: Audiences everywhere are in for a Smurfy good time as the Smurfs make their first 3D trip to the big screen. When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the tiny blue Smurfs out of their village, they tumble from their magical world and into ours – in fact, smack dab in the middle of Central Park. Just three apples high and stuck in the Big Apple, the Smurfs must find a way to get back to their village before Gargamel tracks them down. The film is set for release August 3, 2011.

Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Sofia Vergara, and Hank Azaria star on camera opposite an all-star voice cast. Anton Yelchin will play Clumsy Smurf; comedy legend Jonathan Winters, who voiced roles in the “Smurfs” television series, will voice Papa Smurf; Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Katy Perry will play Smurfette; Alan Cumming will play Gutsy Smurf; “SNL’s” Fred Armisen will voice Brainy Smurf; and George Lopez will play Grouchy Smurf.

In the live-action roles, Azaria will play the Smurfs’ nemesis, the evil wizard Gargamel. Harris and Mays star as an expectant couple whose lives are turned upside down when the Smurfs cross over from their magical village to New York City. Vergara plays Odile, Harris’s boss, a cosmetics executive.

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First Official (and Smurfy!) Theatrical Poster For ‘The Smurfs’ Unveiled!

First Official (and Smurfy!) Theatrical Poster For ‘The Smurfs’ Unveiled!

Sony Pictures has unveiled the first official poster for their upcoming live action meets CGI version of the 80s classic cartoon series, The Smurfs. The flick, which is set to hit theaters on August 3, 2011, features the talents Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Jonathan Winters, Hank Azaria, George Lopez, Alan Cumming, Katy Perry, Sofia Vergara, Anton Yelchin, Fred Armisen, Paul Reubens, Kenan Thompson, John Oliver, B.J. Novak, Jeff Foxworthy and Wolfgang Puck.

Now that is some “smurfing” star power! Check out the poster below and weigh in with your thoughts!

Synopsis: Audiences everywhere are in for a Smurfy good time as the Smurfs make their first 3D trip to the big screen. When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the tiny blue Smurfs out of their village, they tumble from their magical world and into ours – in fact, smack dab in the middle of Central Park. Just three apples high and stuck in the Big Apple, the Smurfs must find a way to get back to their village before Gargamel tracks them down. The film is set for release August 3, 2011.

Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Sofia Vergara, and Hank Azaria star on camera opposite an all-star voice cast. Anton Yelchin will play Clumsy Smurf; comedy legend Jonathan Winters, who voiced roles in the “Smurfs” television series, will voice Papa Smurf; Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Katy Perry will play Smurfette; Alan Cumming will play Gutsy Smurf; “SNL’s” Fred Armisen will voice Brainy Smurf; and George Lopez will play Grouchy Smurf.

In the live-action roles, Azaria will play the Smurfs’ nemesis, the evil wizard Gargamel. Harris and Mays star as an expectant couple whose lives are turned upside down when the Smurfs cross over from their magical village to New York City. Vergara plays Odile, Harris’s boss, a cosmetics executive.

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‘Fright Night 3D’ Gets An Official Release Date

‘Fright Night 3D’ Gets An Official Release Date

Craig Gillespie‘s upcoming remake of the 1985 classic, Fright Night, now has an official release date. The film which features the likes of Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell,Toni Collette, David Tennant and Christopher Mintz-Plassewill hit theaters on October 7th, 2011.

The original “Fright,” released in 1985, was written and directed by Tom Holland and starred Chris Sarandon, Roddy McDowall and William Ragsdale. Ragsdale played a teenager who discovers his neighbors are vampires.

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Get Smurf’d With The ‘The Smurfs’ Teaser Trailer

Get Smurf’d With The ‘The Smurfs’ Teaser Trailer

The first official teaser trailer for the big screen adaption of ‘The Smurfs’ has hit the web. Check it out and weigh in with your thoughts on the first glimpse of the cute lil’ fellas.

Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Sofia Vergara, and Hank Azaria star on camera opposite an all-star voice cast. Anton Yelchin will play Clumsy Smurf; comedy legend Jonathan Winters, who voiced roles in the “Smurfs” television series, will voice Papa Smurf; Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Katy Perry will play Smurfette; Alan Cumming will play Gutsy Smurf; “SNL’s” Fred Armisen will voice Brainy Smurf; Paul Reubens will play Jokey Smurf and George Lopez will play Grouchy Smurf.

In the live-action roles, Azaria will play the Smurfs’ nemesis, the evil wizard Gargamel. Harris and Mays star as an expectant couple whose lives are turned upside down when the Smurfs cross over from their magical village to New York City. Vergara plays Odile, Harris’s boss, a cosmetics executive.

The film is directed by Raja Gosnell. The screenplay is by J. David Stem & David N. Weiss and Jay Scherick & David Ronn, based on the characters and works of Peyo. The producer is Jordan Kerner and Ezra Swerdlow, Ben Haber, and Paul Neesan are the executive producers.

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