In the first of what is yet to come in terms of the major studio film announcements, Warner Bros. revealed today its cinema panel lineup at Comic-Con 2014. On Saturday, July 26 at 10 AM, the studio is bringing Peter Jackson and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies to Hall H as well as director George Miller who’ll present a sneak peek at his Mad Max: Fury Road. In addition, there will be a first look at the Wachowskis’ Jupiter Ascending. Attending stars will be announced at a later date. In the meantime, fans can start lining up at the Gas Lamp Theatre for a 10 PM pre-Con fan screening of New Line and Village Roadshow Pictures’ upcoming “cli-fi” thriller Into the Storm on Wednesday, July 23.
However, the big question Comic-Con attendees really wanna know is: Will Disney bring Star Wars: Episode VII in any shape or form to the fanboy confab? Will J.J. Abrams possibly start that August break just a little earlier and bring the gang to San Diego? Disney did not reveal any sneek peeks of the franchise at their D23 convention last summer.
Warner Bros./New Line released a full-length trailer for their Aug. 8 title Into the Storm and amid the onslaught of franchise films bowing that weekend (Lionsgate/Summit‘s Step Up All In and Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) this is one of the more underrated spectaculars on the summer release schedule. Clips were shown at Wondercon, and the film, helmed by Avatar VFX supervisor Steven Quale, literally puts the audience in the middle of the film’s small town, Silverton, that’s being beaten up by a series of twisters. Richard Armitage plays a single father trying to shield his teenage son from this bad weather day. Matt Walsh (Veep), changing his comedy hat for action, plays an obsessed stormchaser who along with his meteorologist associate portrayed by Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead), cuts through the puddles like butter in their armored Titus vehicle as seen here. Though it looks like a tank from G.I. Joe, the Titus is based on an actual stormcashing vehicle and was constructed for the film out of an old Dodge pickup truck.
EXCLUSIVE: Matt Walsh will join Shirley MacLaine, Jessica Lange, Demi Moore and Billy Connolly in Andy Tennant’s feature comedy Wild Oats which has been lensing in Spain over the past few weeks. Wild Oats centers on a widow (MacLaine) who receives an unexpected windfall check because of a computer glitch and goes on the run from the law. Walsh will play a con man named Forbes, who partners with Connolly’s character. The Weinstein Company is handling domestic while Sony will distribute abroad. Walsh, who is one of the co-founders of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, is having a busy year: On August 8, he takes on his first action lead role in Warner Bros./New Line’s Into the Storm as an obsessed tornado chaser. Walsh is also starring in the Blumhouse thriller Miranda 6 Drive with Kevin Bacon and is currently putting the final touches on his second directorial comedy film A Better You starring Brian Huskey (who also co-wrote), Horatio Sanz, Joe Lo Truglio, Morgan Walsh, Mo Gaffney and Rob Huebel. This fall, he returns to production on the fourth season of HBO’s Veep as the deadpan press secretary Mike McLintock to Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ commander-in-chief. Walsh is repped by CAA, Principato Young and attorney Lev Ginsburg.
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Next to the all-star fireworks Warner Bros unleashed at CinemaCon last month with Adam Sandler, Johnny Depp and Clint Eastwood, the studio kicked off WonderCon’s Saturday movie schedule on a sleepy note with a low wattage of stars. Comparisons to Disney’s previous D23s are inevitable, especially due to the fact that the Mouse House has trotted out such megastars at this same venue — the Anaheim Convention Center Arena — in its previous confabs, i.e. Angelina Jolie, Natalie Portman, and Robert Downey Jr. First up for Warner Bros today was a fresh Edge of Tomorrow trailer, spotlighting co-star Bill Paxton as a Kentucky sergeant. Paxton later took the stage, but Edge of Tomorrow star Tom Cruise didn’t show; the crowd didn’t seem to mind, though, rolling their cheers in appreciation for the Aliens thespian, but still — Cruise isn’t here. Nor was Godzilla castmember Bryan Cranston, a fave for his panel appearances for Breaking Bad at ComicCon.
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New Line Cinema and Village Roadshow Pictures will release the Steven Quale-helmed Into The Storm on August 8, 2014. This is the first teaser for the pic, which is told through the eyes and lenses of professional storm chasers, thrill-seeking amateurs, and courageous townspeople, throwing you “directly into the eye of the storm to experience Mother Nature at her most extreme.” John Swetnam wrote the script and Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Arlen Escarpeta, Nathan Kress, Jon Reep and Jeremy Sumpter star. A lot has improved VFX-wise since Warners’ 1996 tornado pic Twister, so this looks pretty great (check out the teaser below). But it sure is a tough time to promo a pic from the disaster genre, what with the Malaysian Airlines plane and its 239 passengers still missing and the tragedy in Washington state where rescuers are faced with recovering an entire neighborhood that essentially disappeared under a wave of mud.
EXCLUSIVE: Matt Walsh is going to chase tornados for Steve Quale. The Veep actor has joined Quale’s Untitled natural disaster thriller at New Line. Walsh will play Pete, a storm chaser looking to get a picture of the eye of a tornado. Directed by Quale, the film, once known as Category 6, is written by John Swetnam. Todd Garner is producing. Untitled follows a group of teens and the devastating consequences of a tornado hitting their town. The Walking Dead’s Sarah Wayne Callie joined the movie in June. One of the co-founders of the Upright Citizens Brigade comedy troupe, Walsh plays the Vice-President’s Communications Director on the Emmy nominated HBO series Veep. He recently starred in Seth MacFarlane’s Ted and will be appearing on NBC’s new sitcom Animal Practice later this year. Walsh is repped by CAA, Principato-Young Entertainment and attorney Lev Ginsburg.