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Check Out This Fantastic Illustrated Poster for Riley Stearns' 'Faults'

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 01:57:20 +0000

Tomorrow brings the release of Faults, the directorial debut of Riley Stearns, to limited theaters, and we've already highlighted the intriguing trailer featuring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Leland Orser. For those who don't know, the film follows a woman (Winstead) still under the mental grip of a mysterious cult who goes through a deprogramming from mind control expert Ansel Roth (Orser) at the behest of the girls' parents, but with great risk to her health. It certainly looks like one of those indies you'll want to go out of your way to see, and as one last effort to hype the film, check out this new stylish illustrated poster. Here's the cool new poster for Riley Stearns' Faults from ComingSoon: You can still watch the trailer for Riley Stearns' Faults right here. Claire (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is under the grip of a mysterious cult. Desperate to be reunited with their daughter, Claire’s parents set out to recruit Ansel Roth (Leland Orser), one of ...

Review: Neill Blomkamp's 'Chappie' is Adorable, Original Sci-Fi Fun

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 00:23:53 +0000

"I think, therefore I am Chappie." Third times the charm. South African sci-fi director Neill Blomkamp is back with his third feature, titled Chappie, following District 9 and Elysium over the past six years. While he is certainly adept at building one-of-a-kind science fiction worlds, and crazy characters to inhabit them, the stories in each of his three movies have been completely different and often times, unfortunately, the weakest link. Chappie, while on one hand a violent R-rated action film, sorta seems like RoboCop-for-kids designed for teens to go crazy over whenever they finally somehow see it. It's a lot more fun, totally wild at times, occasionally absurd, and much more charming than I was expecting. And I mean that in a good way. Blomkamp is a master at envisioning original sci-fi concepts, and creating all of the elements that are a part of that world. The way he's able to come up with a social setting that is one-of-a-kind, integrate ...

'Napoleon Dynamite' Director Set to Stay 'Overnight at 42nd Street'

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 23:37:13 +0000

After Hot Tub Time Machine director Steve Pink and Zombieland helmer Ruben Fleischer were linked to direct the Disney family comedy Overnight last year, it appears a new director will get behind the camera instead. The film, which is now called Overnight at 42nd Street, will be under the direction of Jared Hess the man who brought us Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre and Gentlemen Broncos. For those just joining us, the film is described as Home Alone in a toy store where a father and son win the chance to sleepover at an incredible toy store, but it just so happens to be on the night that some guys try to rob it. That's a fun premise for a comedy, maybe even inspired by Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, where the toy store Duncan's Toy Chest comes into play. Variety reports at one time, Will Ferrell was going to play the father, but that was also when his Gary ...

Here's the Trailer Mash-Up for 'Chappie' & 'Short Circuit' You Need

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 22:54:33 +0000

Ever since the first trailer for Neill Blomkamp's latest sci-fi flick Chappie debuted, there have been plenty of comparisons to RoboCop and Short Circuit. And now the trailer mash-up that we all expected has finally arrived. A clever editor has utilized footage from Short Circuit and edited it to the audio from one of the trailers for Chappie. The result shows that the films definitely share the same concept and basic story between Johnny Five and Chappie, and it's certainly amusing. Of course, I'm hoping Chappie is a little more thoughtful being a contemporary film about future robot technology and artificial intelligence. Watch now! Here's the trailer mash-up of Short Circuit and Chappie from Lance Ford (via Live for Films): Every child comes into the world full of promise, and none more so than Chappie: he is gifted, special, a prodigy. Like any child, Chappie will come under the influence of his surroundings – some good, some bad – and he will ...

Hear Comedian Patton Oswalt's Idea for Two 'Unbreakable' Sequels

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 21:24:14 +0000

Ever since Unbreakable was released 15 years ago, writer and director M. Night Shyamalan has been teasing a sequel. Every few years he'll mention that he still wants to make it happen, with the last update coming in 2013 when he said "it's getting closer." But maybe he should listen to a pitch from a somewhat unexpected place: comedian Patton Oswalt. The "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." guest star recently appeared on Screen Junkies to talk about his dream of seeing Unbreakable 2 happen, and he even has a basic idea for the story. But that's not all, because he has a plan to complete a trilogy with an Unbreakable 3 as well. Here's Patton Oswalt's pitch for his dream sequel Unbreakable 2 from Screen Junkies (via SlashFilm): Don't forget about Patton Oswalt's awesome Star Wars and Marvel crossover idea right here. If you don't have time to watch the whole video, we'll simplify it for you. Unbreakable 2 would be about David Dunn (Bruce ...

John Travolta Prepares for an Impossible Heist in 'The Forger' Trailer

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 20:08:46 +0000

"All you are is a liar and a fake." You have to give John Travolta credit for trying to keep his career alive, and the latest attempt is a heist thriller called The Forger. In this one, Travolta seems to be channeling a little bit of Vincent Vega from Pulp Fiction as Cutter, the world’s best art forger recently released from prison after striking a deal with a crime syndicate to pull off an impossible heist: forge a painting by Claude Monet, steal the original from a museum and replace it with a replica so perfect that no one will notice. And he ends up needing help from his father (Christopher Plummer) and son (Tye Sheridan). This starts of gritty and promising, but then makes and odd tonal switch. Maybe it's just a bad trailer though. Watch? Here's the first trailer for Philip Martin's The Forger, originally from Yahoo: The Forger is directed by Philip Martin ("Prime Suspect") and written by Richard D’Ovidio ...

Owen Wilson is Back in Action Mode in 'No Escape' Thriller Trailer

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 19:40:42 +0000

Though many know Owen Wilson for his more comedic roles in films like Wedding Crashers, earlier in his career he took on a variety of films from Behind Enemy Lines to The Haunting, and two of his earliest films were Armageddon and Anaconda. Now Wilson is getting back into action thriller territory with No Escape (formerly known as The Coup), the story of a man who finds himself and his family threatened in the middle of a political uprising just after moving to Southeast Asia. Pierce Brosnan and Lake Bell also star in the film which looks pretty intense, and might open some new doors for Wilson in other genres again. Watch! Here's the first trailer for John Erick Dowdle's No Escape from The Weinstein Company: No Escape is directed by John Erick Dowdle, who co-wrote the film with brother Drew Dowdle (both of As Above So Below, Devil and Quarantine). The thriller centers on an American businessman (Owen Wilson) as he ...

Charlize Theron in the French Trailer for Gillian Flynn's 'Dark Places'

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 18:21:26 +0000

"I was eight the night they were killed and suddenly I was famous" For those unaware, Gillian Flynn is the author behind the book turned into last year's Gone Girl adaptation by David Fincher, which caused quite a stir. This book, Dark Places, was written before Gone Girl and deals with a different story about a woman who survives her family being killed. The adaptation stars Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Chloë Moretz, Christina Hendricks and more. This was made kind of under-the-radar by French filmmaker Gilles Paquet-Brenner, and while it doesn't necessarily look bad, it does feel a little generic. Watch? Here's the first trailer (+ poster) for Gilles Paquet-Brenner's Dark Places, from Mars Distribution: A woman who survived the brutal killing of her family as a child is forced to confront the events of that day by a secret society obsessed with solving notorious crimes. Dark Places is both written and directed by French filmmaker Gilles Paquet-Brenner, of the films Sarah's ...

Jean Dujardin in Red Band Trailer for Crime Thriller 'The Connection'

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:50:26 +0000

Last year, we were teased with a trailer for the crime thriller La French, or The Connection as it's come to be called in the United States. Following a premiere at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, the film starring Jean Dujardin (The Artist) was picked up by Drafthouse Films for a release in the US this year. And now the European flipside to William Friedkin's classic The French Connection has just unveiled a red band teaser trailer. It's a stylish 70s set crime thriller following the exploits of real-life Marseilles magistrate Pierre Michel (Dujardin) as he tries to dismantle the drug smuggling ring called The French Connection. Here's the red band teaser trailer for Cédric Jimenez's The Connection from ComingSoon: The Connection (also known as La French) is directed by Cédric Jimenez (Aux Yeux de Tous) who also co-wrote the script with Audrey Diwan. Marseilles magistrate Pierre Michel (Jean Dujardin) is relentless in his crusade to dismantle the most notorious drug smuggling operation in ...

'Juno' Scribe Diablo Cody to Rewrite 'Barbie' Movie for Sony Pictures

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:55:17 +0000

Whether we like it or not, there are still some toys and board games heading to the big screen. One of the more potentially interesting attempts though might be Sony Pictures bringing Mattel's iconic doll Barbie to the big screen in an effort to create a global film franchise. With such a rich history and endless possibilities for Barbie, much like The LEGO Movie, this film adaptation can be about anything. As of now, we still don't know much about the story involved, but a first draft of the script has been completed by Jenny Bicks (Rio 2, What a Girl Wants), and now a surprising screenwriter is stepping up to deliver another draft. Read on! Deadline reports Juno and Young Adult scribe Diablo Cody has been hired to write the next draft of Barbie. That seems like an odd choice for a family film, but Cody is an empowering writer who knows how to write for women. Producer Walter Parkes ...

'Growing Up Baumbach' Screening Series Taking Place Nationwide

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:50:58 +0000

"Do I look old to you?" Local New York-based filmmaker Noah Baumbach has two new films coming out this year, the first being the wacky While We're Young about a couple growing older (see the trailer), and the other being Mistress America, a sort-of-sequel to his 2012 film Frances Ha. In honor of the upcoming release of While We're Young this spring, a nationwide screening series has launched called "Growing Up Baumbach" recapping at least four of his indie gems from the past decade. This includes The Squid and the Whale (still my favorite Baumbach film so far) and Kicking and Screaming, plus a few other films. Read on. The series has quietly launched with info at growing-up-baumbach.com and will be taking place in 16 different cities across the country, starting March leading up to the release of While We're Young at the end of this month. Per the introduction from the Film Society of Lincoln Center, they explain: "Baumbach ranks ...

Watch: Behind the Scenes of Marvel's 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron'

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:30:46 +0000

Yesterday's new trailer for The Avengers: Age of Ultron should have been enough to tickle your fancy for the next couple months as we await the film's arrival in theaters in May (not to mention the return of The Ultimate Marvel Marathon leading up to it). But if you're looking for a little more insight into the Marvel sequel, some behind the scenes featurettes have surfaced online from a couple outlets who were allowed on set to interview director Joss Whedon and stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner and more while production happened last year. Watch! Here's the featurettes for The Avengers: Age of Ultron from ET and Cineplex: You can still watch the most recent trailer for The Avengers: Age of Ultron right here. The Avengers: Age of Ultron is written & directed by Joss Whedon (The Avengers, Serenity). Earth's mightiest heroes must once again assemble when a super intelligent robot created by Tony Stark created ...

Adam Sandler & Bob Barker Continue Their 'Happy Gilmore' Brawl

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:40:30 +0000

It's hard to believe, but next year marks the 20th anniversary of Happy Gilmore, one of Adam Sandler's best comedies, and one that has aged surprisingly well considering his recent comedies seem to be getting worse and worse. One of the more memorable scenes from the film involves Sandler's unorthodox hockey player turned golfer getting into a brawl with "The Price is Right" game show host Bob Barker during a celebrity gold tournament. Well, the Comedy Central charity event "A Night of Too Many Stars" brings the two together again. Don't let the hospital setting fool you, these two get into it yet again. Watch below! Here's Adam Sandler and Bob Barker fighting again on "A Night of Too Many Stars" (via Comedy Central): And just for nostalgia's sake, here's the original clip from Happy Gilmore too: For those who don't know, since 2006 "A Night of Too Many" stars has been an annual event held by Comedy Central featuring a cavalcade of ...

Watch: Edgar Wright Stops By Criterion Collection to Pick Favorites

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:12:27 +0000

Ah yes, it's time to delve into the cinephile mind of Edgar Wright. What films have influenced him as a filmmaker, which are his favorites? Edgar (follow him on twitter @edgarwright) recently stopped by the Criterion Collection offices in New York and raided their DVD closet, as all respectable filmmakers must do. In the video they released, he talks about 3 specific films that he pulls from the shelf. However, Criterion has also published his list of Top 10 films to compliment the DVD/Blu-ray selections. Do you think you know his favorites already? Find out and discover more films from Edgar's Criterion raid. Order your Criterion here. Here's the Edgar Wright video of his visit to the DVD library, direct from Criterion Collection's YouTube: From Criterion: Acclaimed English filmmaker Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz, The World's End, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Shaun of the Dead) stopped by the Criterion Collection office and picked out a few of his favorite films from the ...

Dan Stevens to Star Beside Emma Watson in 'Beauty and the Beast'

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 02:19:42 +0000

Hot on the heels of news that The Hobbit franchise star Luke Evans had taken the villainous role of Gaston in Disney's live-action retelling of Beauty and the Beast, we finally have the man who will take the other titular role opposite Emma Watson as Belle. THR reports Dan Stevens, star of The Guest and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, has taken the role of the Prince cursed to be a beast in the film that will be directed by Dreamgirls helmer Bill Condon. So far the entire cast is British, but it remains to be seen if they will use their native accents or put on American accents like the characters had in the animated version. For those who may not be familiar, Beauty and the Beast tells the story of a bright, chipper young woman who takes her father’s place as a prisoner in a monstrous being’s castle after he's caught trespassing on his property, only ...

Fox Pushes Back 'Spy' to June, But Bumps Up 'Poltergeist' to May

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 00:16:22 +0000

Briefly: For anyone out there anticipating either the remake of Poltergeist or the action comedy Spy, you'll want to listen up. 20th Century Fox has just shuffled the release dates for each. First of all, Spy starring Melissa McCarthy (watch two trailers right here) has been pushed just a couple weeks to June 5th later in the summer. And moving up a couple months to take its vacated May 22nd release date will be Gil Kenan's new take on Poltergeist from MGM with Rosemarie DeWitt and Sam Rockwell (check out the two teaser trailers here). Finally, due to the shift in Spy, the adaptation of Paper Towns (based on the book by The Fault in Our Stars author John Green) has been pushed to July 24th. It'll be a busy summer!

Regal and AMC Theatres Bring Back The Ultimate Marvel Marathon

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 22:33:54 +0000

With the Marvel cinematic universe again reaching a milestone adventure with The Avengers assembling for the sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron, it's time to revisit all of Marvel Studios' films leading up to this point again. Back in 2012 when The Avengers hit theaters, all of Phase One was given a marathon leading up to the release of the first big screen superhero assembly. And now, with even more movies on the roster, The Ultimate Marvel Marathon is happening again at AMC Theatres and Regal Entertainment Group theaters beginning on April 29th and leading into the April 30th debut of The Avengers sequel. Here's the poster for The Ultimate Marvel Marathon from Regal Entertainment Group: However, this time the marathon won't be so easy to attend as the participating locations are very limited. As of now, AMC Theatres only lists this massive marathon as happening in Kansas City, New York, Anaheim and Orlando. Meanwhile, Regal will have marathons in Ontario, Atlanta, ...

Luke Evans to Play Gaston in Disney's New 'Beauty and the Beast'

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 21:59:41 +0000

Even though Disney's new live-action Beauty and the Beast is still trying to lock down the male lead for the musical fairytale, that's not stopping producers from locking down the supporting cast already. Variety has word that Fast & Furious 6 and The Hobbit franchise star Luke Evans is coming on board the film as the dastardly Gaston, the buff, handsome and vain man who didn't care for books and tried to woo Belle (Emma Watson of the Harry Potter franchise) to no avail. He eventually leads a catchy musical mob to kill the beast at his castle despite the protest of Belle who comes to see him as a misunderstood beast. Read on! I'm glad to see that Evans isn't stumbling after the disappointment that was Dracula Untold. The actor has a promising career ahead of him still, and he's smartly avoided the reboot of The Crow in favor of more high profile, respectable projects such as this. Plus, something ...

Leonardo DiCaprio & Netflix Strike a New Deal for Documentaries

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 20:23:39 +0000

While movie theaters continue to refuse to book films that strike deals for releases on Netflix the same day a film hits theaters, that's not stopping production companies from teaming up with the streaming service for future endeavors. Today, Netflix announced a multi-year first look deal with Leonardo DiCaprio and his Appian Way production banner for documentary projects that will stream exclusively on the streaming service. The aim of DiCaprio as a producer or executive producer of these projects is to mix philanthropy with filmmaking and create projects with topical, provocative environmental and conservation themes. This comes after DiCaprio and Netflix teamed on Virunga, a documentary that was just nominated for an Academy Award. Even though these forthcoming documentaries will be available exclusively on Netflix as far as streaming is concerned, that doesn't mean they won't get limited theatrical releases to qualify for awards season like Virunga. And since Netflix has millions of subscribers around the world, this means important environmental ...

Here's What 'X-Men' Would Be Like as Directed by Wes Anderson

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 20:02:08 +0000

If you go look online, there's a lot of parodies inspired by the work of Wes Anderson. Honestly, they all should have stopped after "Saturday Night Live" nailed it by creating the director's first horror film, but here we are with yet another spoof in the style of the director behind The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Royal Tenenbaums. This time, Patrick H. Willems has created a trailer for The Uncanny X-Men as if Wes Anderson directed the Marvel mutant comic book flick. It's quirky and odd as you would expect, and while it's mildly entertaining, it just feels a little uninspired, despite the effort put in. But surely some will enjoy it. Here's The Uncanny X-Men as directed by Wes Anderson by Patrick H. Willems (via EW): And if you want to see how they pulled it off, here's a making of featurette: My problem is mostly that parodies of Wes Anderson movies are somewhat easy to do because they can be ...