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Drafthouse Sets Fall Openings for 'The Congress' & 'The Overnighters'

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:05:14 +0000

Get ready for more odd, exciting, intriguing cinema to catch this fall, as Drafthouse Films has confirmed release dates (via BoxOfficeMojo) for a number of their 2014 films. The doc The Final Member just opened today, and they have Borgman, Nothing Bad Can Happen and Mood Indigo set for the summer. After that, they just scheduled Ari Folman's half-animated mind-trip sci-fi film The Congress (starring Robin Wright as seen in the teaser photo) for August 29th late in the summer. Dog Day Afternoon doc The Dog will also be released in early August. Drafthouse Films has four additional films set to open late 2014. Read on! One of the two documentaries the indie distributor picked up at Sundance, Nick Cave's 20,000 Days on Earth about the musician, will hit theaters in September after playing at numerous festivals throughout the year. The other Sundance doc they bought, The Overnighters, which I went absolutely nuts over (read my glowing review) has been given ...

Samuel L. Jackson Back with Tarantino for 'Hateful Eight' Live-Read

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:28:56 +0000

Briefly: This month we learned that Quentin Tarantino would give a small audience the chance to see his delayed western The Hateful Eight come to life in the form of a live-reading of the script at at LACMA on April 24th. Tarantino was also said to be directing and picking the cast for this special event that will not be recorded or broadcast to the public, and Deadline has confirmed (complete with a tweet from Film Independent) that Samuel L. Jackson will yet again collaborate with his Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained director for some sort of role in the reading. We're not sure who else might pop up, but stay tuned for more. Reporting on this event is about as close as we'll get to being in attendance, so stay tuned.

Sound Off: Wally Pfister's Sci-Fi 'Transcendence' - What Did You Think?

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:00:21 +0000

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Yesterday Dr. Will Caster was only human. Today he is... everywhere. Now playing in theaters is Transcendence, the feature directing debut of cinematography Wally Pfister, a sci-fi thriller about artificial intelligence in this modern day and age. Johnny Depp stars along with Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Cillian Murphy, Kate Mara, Morgan Freeman and Clifton Collins Jr. So how is it? Does it live up to expectations? What do you make of the final half and the way it ends? If you've seen it, leave a comment below with your own thoughts about Wally Pfister's Transcendence. Spoiler Warning: We strongly urge everyone to actually see the film before reading ahead, as there may be spoilers below. We also encourage all commenters to keep major spoilers from the film to a minimum, if possible. However, this is an open discussion from this point on! Beware of spoilers, don't ruin this movie! To fuel the fire, ...

Watch: Full Trailer for HBO's 'The Normal Heart' Starring Mark Ruffalo

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:29:22 +0000

"This seems to only be happening to gay men." Coming next month is one of those films that HBO makes that seems to belong on the big screen, but is hitting cable instead. The Normal Heart is directed by "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy and follows Mark Ruffalo as Ned Weeks, a man who witnesses first-hand the mysterious disease that became known as AIDS as it claims the lives of many in his gay community. Weeks is looking for answers with the help of Dr. Emma Brookner (Julia Roberts), a paraplegic physician who treats several of the earliest victims. Now a full trailer has arrived, and this looks fantastic. Watch now! Here's the full trailer for Ryan Murhpy's The Normal Heart straight from HBO: The Normal Heart is directed by Ryan Murhpy ("Glee" and "The New Normal") and written by Larry Kramer, based on his own Tony Award-winning stage play of the same name. The story follows the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis ...

'Glengarry Glen Ross' Has New Life in 'Wolf of Wall Street' Style Trailer

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:04:52 +0000

In case you didn't know, The Wolf of Wall Street is now available on Blu-Ray and DVD, so if three hours in a movie theater was just too much to enjoy this Martin Scorsese directed masterpiece (my favorite film of 2013), now you can enjoy in the comfort of your home. Previously, we highlighted a great trailer mash-up that turned It's a Wonderful Life into The Wolf of Bedford Falls. Now another fantastic business-based drama gets the same treatment with footage of David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross being edited together in the same style as the initial teaser trailer for The Wolf of Wall Street. It's awesome. Watch now! Richard Trammell's Wolf of Wall Street / Glengarry Glen Ross trailer mash-up (via The Playlist): Aside from the fantastic job editing this trailer, one of the more amusing parts to me is the casual use of the f-bomb throughout, but the version of Kanye West's song "Black Skinhead" is the edited version that ...

Liam Neeson Writes Melodrama in First US Trailer for 'Third Person'

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:44:55 +0000

Following an international trailer and domestic poster for Paul Haggis' latest drama Third Person, the first trailer for the film's undated release in the United States has arrived. Unfortunately, all it does is showcase more of the melodrama while building up the mystery of what will tie all these characters together. However, if we were to take a guess based on this trailer, it clearly has something to do with the story that Liam Neeson is working on. We get a bit more of Mila Kunis, Kim Basinger and Maria Bello in this trailer as well. We're still not sold on this film, but maybe the performances are good. Watch? Here's the first US trailer for Paul Haggis' Third Person from YouTube: Third Person is written and directed by Paul Haggis (Crash, The Next Three Days) and follows three stories in Paris, Rome and New York, each with hidden connections between Michael (Liam Neeson), a writer whose latest manuscript has been refused, ...

Watch: 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' 10-Minute Interview & New Featurette

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:26:11 +0000

In a couple short weeks, we'll see how Columbia Pictures new plans for an expanded cinematic universe for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 kick off when the blockbuster sequel hits theaters. Of course, the film is already hitting all sorts of international markets, so be careful with spoilers online. In the meantime, check out a cool 10-minute interview special with Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx and director Marc Webb as they discuss the making of the film and their characters. It's strangely serious, almost like a documentary short film. Plus, there's a cool featurette on the sequel's score from composer Hans Zimmer. Here's the 10-minute interview special for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 from Film 4: And here's the featurette on the score with composer Hans Zimmer from Sony Pictures UK: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is directed by Marc Webb and written by Jeff Pinker, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) finds, life is busy between taking out the bad guys as ...

Review: Glazer's 'Under the Skin' Undoubtedly Gets Under Our Skin

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:14:02 +0000

Visually haunting and lyrical in style, Jonathan Glazer’s adaptation of the novel Under the Skin is the kind of profound sci-fi brain-stopper that will be sure to draw comparisons to some of the greats. We’re talking Kubrick and Roeg comparisons. History will tell if Under the Skin attains any part of that level of legacy, but it’s undeniable the film achieves success in the images it displays before our eyes and the emotions they beckon from the audience’s soul. Always at an arm’s length of understanding its grand design, the film relies on aesthetic and a gripping performance from Scarlett Johansson to hold the viewer’s attention. All things considered, that's not a bad combination of benefits to choose from. Read on! Johansson plays, we are to assume, a member of a strange, alien race who travels to our planet to pick up hitchhikers. That would be a noble cause for any race, not just one whose DNA is wholly different from ...

First Look: Michael Fassbender Holds Marion Cotillard in 'Macbeth'

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:57:14 +0000

While Natalie Portman was once slated to star alongside Michael Fassbender in the latest big screen adaptation of the classic William Shakespeare play Macbeth (or "that Scottish play" for all you theater folk), it's Marion Cotillard who ended up in the lead role as the lady of a Scottish lord who aspires to be king. Australian filmmaker Justin Kurzel, who directed a segment in the Aussie omnibus The Turning, is at the helm of this feature adaptation, and we have two first look photos that look gorgeous. One features Fassbender embracing Cotillard, while the other has General Macbeth clearly ready for battle. Look below! Here's the first look photos from Justin Kurzel's Macbeth from The Daily Mail: Macbeth is directed by Justin Kurzel (The Turning, The Snowtown Murders) and written by Todd Louiso (Hello I Must Be Going, Love Liza, The Marc Pease Experience), based on William Shakespeare's classic play of the same name. Set in the 11th century and using Shakespeare's ...

'Citadel' Director Ciaran Foy Gets Behind the Camera for 'Sinister 2'

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:32:17 +0000

When a sequel to the horror film Sinister was announced over a year ago, director Scott Derrickson and writer C. Robert Cargill were said to be reteaming for the film. And while Derrickson is still attached as a producer and writer, the filmmaker just revealed on Twitter that Ciaran Foy, the director of Citadel (which won the Midnighter Audience Award at SXSW in 2012), will be at the helm of the horror sequel this time. If you haven't seen that spectacular psychological horror thriller, you can watch the trailer right here, and then seek out the film right away. It shows that Foy is perfect to direct Sinister 2 in place of Mr. Derrickson. Still no details on how the story of the sequel will play out, but recalling the story of the first film, it only makes sense that the mysterious spooky figure and the creepy children that come in tow after some twisted home videos are discovered will terrorize ...

Review: Wally Pfister's 'Transcendence' Disappoints on Every Level

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:03:42 +0000

Cinematographer Wally Pfister's directorial debut, Transcendence, barely even registers. You can forget about it transcending anything. From the minute we're introduced to the wrap-around, and long before we even flash back, the stagnancy of the screenplay begins to dull everything down around it. It's playing on some interesting ideas, concepts that may well come across as far more mind-blowing when found in a science book. Too much is bland in Transcendence, and that goes for story, acting and direction. Not even the immaculate eye of Wally Pfister can escape the black hole of enjoyment that's at the heart of this film. That wrap-around is set five years into the future, a future where all electronics have shorted out and keyboards are only kept around for door stops. We're introduced to Max Waters (Paul Bettany), at one time a scientist now left to roam the analog world providing narration and exposition to anyone who will listen. That "anyone" just happens to be ...

Chris Pine to Star in Disney's Coast Guard Drama 'The Finest Hours'

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:47:08 +0000

For the most part, over the past few years, Chris Pine has taken on big blockbusters like Star Trek, last year's sequel and this year's disappointing Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. Now he's sticking with studio films, but looking to get a little more serious with his acting chops. THR has word that Pine is in talks to lead The Finest Hours, a coast guard drama set back in 1952 and based on the non-fiction book of the same name about how two oil tankers were caught in the middle of a nor'easter, a macro-scale storm along the upper East Coast of the US and Atlantic Canada. What happened is unbelievable, and worthy of the big screen. During the storm, the two oil tankers were split in town, dumping all 84 of their crew members into the swirling sea, leaving the coast guard doing their best to save as many as they could. Disney's Million Dollar Arm director Craig Gillespie (who also ...

First Look: Bérénice Bejo in Hazanavicius' Cannes Film 'The Search'

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:42:41 +0000

In 2011, French filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius and his wife, actress Bérénice Bejo, became the toast of Cannes when they premiered the B&W silent film The Artist (my glowing review), which went on to win Best Picture at the Oscars. Now three years later, Hazanavicius and Bejo are back with another film, titled The Search, which was just announced to play In Competition at Cannes 2014 next month. Leading up to the film's premiere in May, the first photo has been unveiled. The project was shot in secret last year and is a remake of an old 1948 WWII film, but contemporarized and set in Chechnya instead. Check it out below. Here's the first photo from Hazanavicius' The Search with Bérénice Bejo and the boy, found via The Playlist. The Search, written & directed by Michel Hazanavicius (OSS 117: Cairo Nest of Spies, OSS 117: Lost in Rio, The Artist previously), is about a woman (Bérénice Bejo) who works for a non-governmental organization ...

Steven Spielberg Considering 'The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara'

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 04:23:24 +0000

It's been well over a year since Lincoln hit theaters, and director Steven Spielberg still hasn't figured out his next project. However, at least one more possibility has surfaced as Variety reports the filmmaker is considering reteaming with writer Tony Kushner, the man behind the Best Picture nominated presidential biopic's screenplay and also Spielberg's powerful Munich for another religious drama called The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara. As of now Spielberg at least plans to produce the co-production between DreamWorks and The Weinstein Company, and he's considering the project as a directing gig too. The film would be based on David Kertzer's non-fiction book, and here's the synopsis: Bologna: nightfall, June 1858. A knock sounds at the door of the Jewish merchant Momolo Mortara. Two officers of the Inquisition bust inside and seize Mortara's six-year-old son, Edgardo. As the boy is wrenched from his father's arms, his mother collapses. The reason for his abduction: the boy had been secretly "baptized" by a family ...

First Trailer for Clint Eastwood's 'Jersey Boys' Musical Carries a Tune

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 03:53:46 +0000

It's been awhile since we had a big screen musical that didn't come with a big name cast, and perhaps that's what makes Clint Eastwood's adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys so damn interesting. John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Vincent Piazza, Michael Lomenda take the lead with Christopher Walken in a supporting role, and as you can see in the first trailer (and the first poster), we're going to get several points-of-view on the story of how Frank Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi became Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, the 60s music sensation. This looks fantastic! Watch! Here's the first trailer for Clint Eastwood's Jersey Boys straight from Warner Bros. Pictures: Clint Eastwood’s big screen version of the Tony Award-winning musical tells the story of the four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic '60s rock group The Four Seasons. Their trials and triumphs are accompanied ...

Gareth Edwards Talks About Taking the New 'Godzilla' Very Seriously

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:03:08 +0000

We have less than a month before Gareth Edwards' new monstrous version of Godzilla begins stomping around the world again, and just from the most recent trailer alone, it's clear that this isn't your father's Godzilla. Of course, while the classic monster movie is considered a B-movie, a new featurette has the director talking about how the film was meant to be taken seriously, and certainly in the time it was produced, he's right. And its that inspiration that drew Edwards to remaking Godzilla and not making it campy. He takes sci-fi seriously and wanted this new take on the King of Monsters to have weight. Watch! Here's the new featurette with director Gareth Edwards talking about Godzilla from Warner Bros. UK: Godzilla, being directed by Gareth Edwards (of Monsters), comes from a screenplay written by Drew Pearce, Max Borenstein and Frank Darabont. The cast is lead by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, with Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe and Juliette Binoche. ...

'The Quiet Ones' Are Quiet No More in Haunting New Rhyme Trailer

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:16:28 +0000

Following the spectacular original horror flick Oculus last weekend, there's another promising supernatural thriller on the horizon later this month. The Quiet Ones goes back to the past for a tale inspired by true events, following a university student (Sam Claflin) and some classmates, who are recruited to carry out a private experiment to create a poltergeist. This new trailer uses a creepy little rhyme, read perfectly by a little girl to make it all the more ominous. Jared Harris ("Mad Men") also stars in the film from Hammer, the company behind The Woman in Black. Could this start another horror franchise? We'll see. Read on! Here's the new trailer for John Pogue's The Quiet Ones straight from Lionsgate: The Quiet Ones is directed by John Pogue (Quarantine 2: Terminal) from a script he wrote with Craig Rosenberg (The Uninvited) and Oren Moverman (Rampart, The Messenger). Inspired by true events, and based on the theory that paranormal activity is caused by ...

First 'Maleficent' Featurette Shows More of Angelina Jolie's Spells

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:13:30 +0000

There's just over two weeks left until The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits theaters, officially kicking off the blockbuster summer season. One of the films arriving in the same month doesn't take a cue from a comic book, but from classic animation. Maleficent tells the story of Sleeping Beauty from the point-of-view of the titular sorceress (Angelina Jolie) who places the infamous curse on the young princess (Elle Fanning), and a new featurette talks more about the revision of the well-known fairytale. Jolie offers some insight into the character, as well as Fanning's memory from her childhood spent absorbing the film. Watch! Here's the first featurette for Robert Stromberg's Maleficent from YouTube: Robert Stromberg (a production designer on Alice in Wonderland and Avatar) is making his directorial debut with Maleficent from a script written by Linda Woolverton (The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast). Angelina Jolie plays the title villain from the classic Disney film Sleeping Beauty in this live-action spin that also ...

Gorgeous Teaser Trailer for Zhang Yimou's New Film 'Coming Home'

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:22:41 +0000

This is a gorgeous trailer, and this film looks amazing. Another anticipated upcoming film confirmed on the Cannes 2014 line-up this morning is Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou's latest, Coming Home, starring Chen Daoming (Hero, Infernal Affairs 3, Aftershock) and Gong Li (2046, Memoirs of a Geisha, Curse of the Golden Flower). The story is about a Chinese man who is forced into marriage and flees to America, but finally returns home years later only to be rejected by his family. It looks like there are very deep, complex emotions and a heartbreaking story to tell, but I am looking forward to catching this film sooner than later. Here's the first international trailer for Zhang Yimou's Coming Home, on YouTube via The Film Stage: Coming Home, or Homecoming or Return as it's also known, is directed by prominent Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou (of Hero, House of Flying Daggers, Curse of the Golden Flower, The Flowers of War) from a screenplay written by Zou ...

James Gray's 'The Immigrant' Trailer Chases the American Dream

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:47:19 +0000

With the 2014 Cannes Film Festival coming up, it's been nearly a year since The Immigrant debuted at last year's French film festival, and now the film is poised for release in limited theaters next month. The film follows two sisters (Marion Cotillard and Angela Sarafyan) in 1921 who head to America in search of a new life, but their immigration turns into a nightmare when one is quarantined for a lung disease, and the other is forced into prostitution in order to try and get her out, all while dealing with a dastardly man named Bruno (Joaquin Phoenix) who may have ruined her chance at a happy ending with his cousin Emil (Jeremy Renner). The movie hasn't garnered much buzz, but it looks like it could be worth checking out. Here's the first trailer for James Gray's The Immigrant, originally from Yahoo: In 1921 Ewa Cybulski (Marion Cotillard) and her sister Magda (Angela Sarafyan) arrive at Ellis Island, New York. Magda ...