New Trailer & Poster: Push

Push is a new action/sci-fi movie directed by Paul McGuigan (Lucky Number Slevin), written by David Bourla (Nostradamus) and boasting a talented cast comprised of Chris Evans (Street Kings), Dakota Fanning (The Secret Life Of Bees), Camilla Belle (10,000 BC) and Djimon Hounsou (the underrated Never Back Down).

Resembling somewhat the X-Men and Heroes, the film has young people with telekinetic and clairvoyant powers trying to escape from an evil agency. The film has been criticized for having poor special effects, but I think this trailer looks pretty cool and the effetcs seem fine to me. That and I think the cast is great and McGuigan’s last two films were great. Give me your thoughts in the comments.

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Law Abiding Jamie

Oscar-winning douchebag Jamie Foxx (The Kingdom) is set to co-star alongside Gerard Butler (RocknRolla) in Law Abiding Citizen, a psychological thriller from Frank Darabont (The Mist) who co-wrote the script with Kurt Wimmer (Street Kings) for some reason.

The script follows a successful assistant D.A. (Butler) who finds himself at the center of a vigilante plot hatched by a traumatized victim of the legal system (Foxx). Foxx’s character is devastated to learn that, because of a plea bargain, one of his wife and daughter’s murderers will be set free. So he unleashes revenge on the killers and those who made the deal.

Darabont has directed what is controversially regarded as one of the very best films of all time with The Shawshank Redemption, but his other works left viewers more divided, particularly concerning his latest, The Mist, and and his 2001 effort, The Majestic. In any case this would be a very different subject matter to what he’s used to, and I’m sure it will be one film to look forward to.

The forty million dollar film is set for release at an undetermined time next year and is also rumored to star Welsh hottie Catherine Zeta-Jones (No Reservations). In the meantime Foxx will be seen in the possibly awesome The Soloist (view the trailer) which premieres on November 21st in the US.

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What A Wonderful Whitaker

Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker (Street Kings) will direct his fourth big-screen movie, a Louis Armstrong biopic titled What A Wonderful World, in which he’ll play the lead role, making this the first time he’ll act in one of his directing efforts.

Louis Armstrong was of course an incredibly famous jazz trumpetist and singer, active throughout most of the 20th century and probably best-known for the song which gave the movie its title. The film will start shooting next summer and Louisiana, and you can bet they’ll release it in 2011 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Armstrong’s birth.

The strange thing here is that while Whitaker is well-respected as an actor, he isn’t considered to be good director at all, with his last effort being the widely reviled First Daughter. Another strange thing is that the film is being produced by a Frenchman, Alain Goldman, to his credit no stranger to musical biopics after last year’s hit La Vie En Rose.

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New Trailer: Madagascar – Escape 2 Africa

The third and presumably final trailer for Madagascar 2 has popped up and it gives a lot more insight than the previous two. I wasn’t a big fan of the first Madagascar (I actually thought it sucked), but this looks potentially better, and though it’ll undoubtedly be incredibly stupid, there may be a few decent laughs.

Co-directed by original helmers Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath and written by Etan Cohen (Tropic Thunder), the sequel, whose title can be read as Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa or Madagascar 2: Escape Africa, has the four New York Zoo animals from the first film attempting to return to their home on a plane piloted by penguins only to crash in continental Africa.

In typical DreamWorks Animation fashion, the film features the voice talents of many notable people including Ben Stiller (Tropic Thunder), Chris Rock (I Think I Love My Wife), Jada Pinkett Smith (The Women), David Schwimmer (Friends), Sacha Baron Cohen (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street), Cedric The Entertainer (Street Kings), Bernie Mac (Transformers), Will.i.am (the band Black Eyed Peas) and Andy Richter (Semi-Pro), and will premiere on November 6th in Hungary and Russia (???). Will you go see it?

Renée Zellweger replaces Sharon Stone

Oscar-winning actress Renée Zellweger has joined the cast of My Own Love Song, the English-language debut for writer/director Olivier Dahan (La Vie En Rose). Zellweger steps in for Sharon Stone (the Basic Instinct films), who recently left the project.

Described as a “road movie”, My Own Love Song will be a love story between a former singer in wheelchair and an injured fireman. The film will start shooting next month and co-stars Forest Whitaker (Street Kings) and Madeline Zima (Showtime’s Californication).

Renée Zellweger will next be seen in the western Appaloosa, rolling out on September 19th in the US and the UK.

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