First Look Photos: Jack Huston and Morgan Freeman in BEN-HUR Remake

Timur Bekmambetov, the director of movies like Wanted and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, is adapting the story of Ben-Hur for the big screen. The 1880 novel has already been adapted multiple times before, twice as silent films and once as the 1959 Charlton Heston movie that won eleven Oscars, but the bombastic filmmaker is hoping that modern audiences take a shine to the story as well.

USA Today has a couple of first-look images from the new film, which stars Jack Huston as Judah Ben-Hur, the role Heston made famous, and Morgan Freeman as Ilderim, who trains the hero for the climactic chariot race, which Bekmambetov calls "truly the crown jewel of the film." Huston and co-star Toby Kebbell, who plays Messala, trained for two and a half months for that sequence and eventually got to the point where there were 32 horses racing around the course at one time.

“You get in with two horses on a chariot, which blows your mind, and then you put four horses on the end of your reins,” Huston recalls. “It would be the equivalent of a Formula 1 race.
"It's overwhelming and incredibly scary," he says. "But after the first day where you think every second, ‘I’m gonna die, I’m gonna die, I’m gonna die,’ you decide to put that out of your brain for good and it becomes just part of the job.”

Huston clearly knows that many cinephiles are wary of this remake, but he's giving us the benefit of the doubt and thinks we'll do the same: “I hope people will go into this with a very open mind and realize the beauty’s very much in the story.”

Ben-Hur hits theaters on August 12.

Patrick Stewart Looks Terrifying in New GREEN ROOM Trailer

Jeremy Saulnier made a big impact on the indie scene with his debut feature film, Blue Ruin, and he's secured an excellent cast for his second movie, Green Room. Patrick Stewart stars as the terrifying leader of a Nazi skinhead gang, and a punk band consisting of people like Anton Yelchin and Imogen Poots get mixed up with them and basically have to shoot their way out of a venue in order to survive. It looks like a heart-pounding thriller, and from what I've heard, Stewart gives an amazing performance. Since he's played so many iconic heroes in his career, it'll be great to see him dive back into playing a ruthless villain again.

Green Room hits limited theaters on April 15 and goes wide on April 29.

Learn What It Felt Like To Be a Stormtrooper in The Original STAR WARS Trilogy

GreatBigStory runs a bit too many advertisement stories on their channel for my tastes, but when they aren't doing that, their content is phenomenal! Take this for example. They found a Stormtrooper from who was in Star Wars Episodes V (Empire) and VI (ROTJ) and got his story about the entire experience!

Suddenly I want to be a Stormtrooper a lot less...hopefully they've made the suits a bit more comfortable since then!

Todd McFarlane Teases His R-Rated SPAWN Movie Script in Video Update

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Last month, Spawn creator Todd McFarlane brought up his long-awaited new Spawn movie again. He's been working on this thing for years. McFarlane said at the time he was finished with the script and went on to describe it as containing elements of horror, suspense, and supernatural thrillers. He also described it as Paranormal Activity meets The Departed, and explained:

"In the background, there’s this thing moving around, this boogeyman. That boogeyman just happens to be something that you and I, intellectually, know is Spawn. Will he look like he did in the first movie? No. Will he have a supervillain he fights? No. He’s going to be the spectre, the ghost."

McFarlane isn't done talking about his movie! He recently did a live Facebook video in which he gave another update on the project. This is obviously a project that he's not going to give up on. Seeing his determination to make this thing, I actually believe that he won't stop until he's done it.

In the video, he teases the script that he's written, which currently sits at 132 pages. There's a little bit more editing that needs to be done, but there are goals in place. I think seeing the success of Deadpool really lit a fire under McFarlane's ass to get this thing done. 

The first Spawn film was rated R, but it failed miserably because it sucked so bad. This new film version of Spawn will be a hard R movie, but it sounds like this one is headed in a much better direction. It's great to know that the movie is still in development and moving forward to production. As a long-time fan of Spawn, I can't help but be excited for this and seeing how it turns out.

Watch McFarlane talk about his film in the video below:

Yes... The Spawn Movie Is Happening.

LIVE update on my Spawn movie script....

Posted by Todd McFarlane on Monday, March 14, 2016

Don’t Have Time To Read CIVIL WAR? Watch This Short Animated Breakdown!

Look, you don't have to justify why you don't have the time to read the Civil War comic. I get it! You're busy! You have A LOT on your plate. I COMPLETELY understand why you don't have the time at all in the next 2 months to read one of the most critically acclaimed comics of the past 15 years.

Because you're SOOOO busy, I embedded this animated short which breaks down the entirety of Civil War as it happens in the comics. Obviously a bit of it will change in Captain America: Civil War, but you'll get the gist of it from watching this!

All my patronizing aside, thanks to Noah Sterling for making this for people who are too busy to read the series.

Peter Jackson, Spielberg, and Abrams Back Napster Founder’s Plan To Put New Movies In Your Home

Sean Parker, founder of Napster, is trying to bring Civil War and other high-profile films to your home on release day. What's crazier is he has the support of guys like Peter Jackson, Steven Spielberg, and J.J. Abrams saying that his new service, Screening Room, is a good idea.

Screening Room, according to Guardian, is a service that will allow you to get first-run films screened directly in your home. One movie costs $50, and $20 of that goes to the theaters who would lose your business. The set-top box itself will cost $150 and will come with anti-piracy measures, and is designed to draw in an audience who does not currently go to theaters at all.

Are the obscenely wealthy not attending the movies?! $50 for a single showing of a film?! I might do that once in my life if I were able to find a bunch of people to chip in! Furthermore, I would not buy a special box for the service that I would, once again, only use once. No wonder the film industry is loving this idea...they're making out like bandits!

Maybe families with multiple children would benefit from this? From a two person household, I'm not seeing the light! Am I missing something?

BATMAN V SUPERMAN Featurette Offers Some New Footage and Interviews

"You're not brave. Men are brave."

Warner Bros. teamed up with Doritos for the release of this new featurette for Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The video shows off some new footage from the film as well as interviews with Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Jesse Eisenberg, and a couple others. They briefly talk about the movie and the characters they play.

We only have 10 more days to wait before we finally get to see Batman and Superman unleash the fury on each other! The movie comes out on March 25th.

FEAR THE WALKING DEAD Season 2 Trailer is All About Zombies and Danger

Mission “run away or kill the zombies” will start once again soon, as EW has unveiled a new trailer for the upcoming second season of Fear the Walking Dead. Just when we thought the zombie action was over as this season of The Walking Dead comes to a close, the new season of the spin-off is so close that we can actually taste the smell of dead (but walking) bodies. One week after TWD's Season 6 finale hits screens (April 3), the prequel series is going to remind zombie fans that the undead stories haven’t really died away.

This new trailer shows the main characters wandering around by land and sea. And judging from what we can hear and see, life on land doesn’t seem to offer many safe places. Zombies are pretty much everywhere!

Fear the Walking Dead is produced by showrunner Dave Erickson, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne HurdGreg Nicotero, and David Alpert. It features Kim Dickens as MadisonCliff Curtis as Travis, Frank Dillane as Nick, Alycia Debnam Carey as Alicia, Rubén Blades as Daniel, Mercedes Masöhn as Ofelia, Lorenzo James Henrie as Chris, and Colman Domingo as Strand. The second season is going to air 15 new episodes, and the premiere is set for April 10.

Red-Band Trailer For Seth Rogen’s R-Rated Animated Comedy SAUSAGE PARTY

Sony Pictures has released the first red-band trailer for Seth Rogen's R-rated animated comedy Sausage Party and it's absolutely hilarious! There were moments in this trailer that had me busting up with laughter. Rogen has described the film as an "R-rated Pixar-style movie" and after watching this trailer, I can't wait to see it. 

“Sausage Party” is an ‘R’ rated theatrical animated movie about one sausage’s quest to discover the truth about his existence. After falling out of a shopping cart, our hero sausage and his new friends embark on a perilous journey through the supermarket to get back to their aisles before the 4th of July sale.

The movie was directed by Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon (Shrek 2, Monsters vs. Aliens) from a script written by Rogen, Evan GoldbergKyle Hunter, and Ariel Shaffir. It also has a great voice cast which includes Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Bill Hader, Michael Cera, James Franco, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Paul Rudd, Nick Kroll, David Krumholtz, Edward Norton, and Salma Hayek.

The movie premiered at SXSW and I hear it's been getting a lot of positive buzz. So if you are looking for a laugh, it looks like this movie is going to deliver it. Sausage Party arrives in theaters on August 12th.