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From 'Birdman' to 'Gone Girl' to 'Eden' - It's Time for the Fall Festivals

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 23:13:04 +0000

This is the moment it all begins. The awards season (if we have to give this time of year a label) starts now, right here at the end of August, at the beginning of September. While officially it doesn't become "autumn" until September 22nd, the "fall film festivals" kick off this week - with the Venice and Telluride Film Festivals underway. Next we head right up to the Toronto Film Festival, with its 300-film line-up, and then we head to the always entertaining Fantastic Fest down in Austin, before continuing with the New York Film Festival throughout October. It's an exciting time of year - especially with the line-up for 2014. Every time I start writing about the awards season, I usually get to a point where I want to say: you know... just go read Awards Daily and what Sasha writes, she captures the feeling of this time so much better. In her blog post titled "A Brief Recent History ...

Ridley Scott Addresses Whitewashed Cast of 'Exodus: Gods and Kings'

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:33:47 +0000

If you watched the trailer for Ridley Scott's latest film Exodus: Gods and Kings and found yourself annoyed by the whitewashed lead cast of the Biblical epic that takes place in Egypt, you're not the only one. There's been quite the outcry against the casting of Australian actor Joel Edgerton as Pharaoh Ramses II and British actor Christian Bale as Moses, and that's only been made worse since it's been revealed that a slew of black actors are playing servants, thieves and lower class civilians. And now, Ridley Scott himself has addressed the controversy, but hasn't really defended against the concerns being raised. Read more below! If you don't understand the issue at hand, here are a couple of tweets that lay it out simply: Apparently its ok to animate accurate looking Egyptians, but not ok to cast them live action. #BoycottExodusMovie pic.twitter.com/VIaO3kDaGh— Marco (@Marcohtx) July 30, 2014 The irony. Coincidence or not. Black actors cast to play slaves #BoycottExodusMovie pic.twitter.com/ImA6jpMVRG— Hodan (@HodanLioness) ...

Lionsgate Bringing 'Saw' Back to Theaters for One Week on Halloween

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:04:25 +0000

Briefly: If you feel like Halloween is lacking in the horror department this year, don't worry, Lionsgate has your back. For the 10th anniversary of the original Saw, the horror film that spawned a drawn out franchise, Lionsgate is sending the first film back to theaters on Halloween for just one week only. Since the movie has been out for 10 years, there might be new horror fans who are old enough to partake in the franchise now and have never seen any of the films. Saw returns on October 31st with some special screenings on Thursday, October 30th as well. So feel free to go see James Wan and Leigh Whannel's original horror film that launched their big empire that has come to life in Insidious and The Conjuring.

Watch: Action Movie Kid Gets into More Visual Effects Shenaningans

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:54:46 +0000

Back in the spring when we focused on the young boy who had been dubbed Action Movie Kid, based on the fun, short videos that his father, a former DreamWorks animator named Daniel Hashimoto, made with visual effects to create some pretty unique home movies. Now Action Movie Kid is back in another quick series of adventures, and this time they're all collected into a single video for your enjoyment. Honestly, these little wacky snippets are more entertaining and satisfying than some of the blockbusters that hit theaters this summer. But hey, this could very well spark a new kind of kids adventure film. Watch! Here's Action Movie Kid - Volume II, brought to our attention by Movies.com: There's some good work here for not really having any kind of budget. Many Hollywood films have millions of dollars thrown at them and don't have special effects this good. Anyway, this was some nice fun, and as the bumper at the end indicates, ...

Lake Bell Lines Up Sophomore Directing Gig 'The Emperor's Children'

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:46:23 +0000

If you haven't taken the time to seek out the impressive indie comedy In a World, directed by and starring "Children's Hospital" regular Lake Bell, then you should try to rectify that as soon as you can. In the meantime, THR reports Bell has lined up her sophomore directing effort in the form of an adaptation of Claire Messud's 2007 novel The Emperor's Children. Imagine Entertainment is producing the film with a script coming from Noah Baumbach, writer/director of Frances Ha and Greenberg, who was previously attached to direct the story of the lives of three friends near their thirties, barely making their way in NYC. More specifically, the book follows three entitled but unsuccessful characters who orbit the life of a famous journalist in the months before and after the events of 9/11, that is until two new people enter their social group and threaten to throw everything into upheaval. That certainly sounds different than Bell's feature debut, and is ...

Watch: 'Gray Ghost' Short Inspired by 'Batman: The Animated Series'

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:40:10 +0000

"Remember kid: this is the only law left in this town." Damn this is cool. A couple of friends, who grew up with Batman as their childhood hero, have decided to make a short film inspired by the classic 1992 episode of Batman: The Animated Series, 'Beware The Gray Ghost'. Titled The Gray Ghost, this short film chronicles the live-action adventures of "The Gray Ghost" aka Simon Trent. In the original animated series, Trent (voiced by Adam West) is depicted as a down-on-his-luck actor who was typecast for life playing a masked avenger on a black-and-white serialized TV show. This short film plays like a "lost reel" from the old serialized show, and it's very well done for something some friends made in their spare time. Check this out! From their Vimeo page: Heart-Beat Productions presents a short film Directed by J.L. Topkis and Written by Matt Landsman. "We are filmmakers with a life-long passion for Bruce Timm’s Batman: The Animated ...

'Looney Tunes' Spin-Off 'ACME' Back to Life with Steve Carell Starring

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:30:01 +0000

Way back in 2010, Warner Bros. was developing a live-action/CGI hyrbid spin-off of their iconic "Looney Tunes" cartoon short franchise. The film was said to focus on the fictional ACME Corporation, the company responsible for making a lot of the crazy (and often times faulty) products that pop up in "Looney Tunes" cartoons from time to time. Originally Kevin & Dan Hageman were hired to write the script after coming up with an idea similar to the Amblin Entertainment movies of the 1980s, but now X-Men: First Class and Thor writing duo Ashley Miller & Zack Stentz will be tackling the script. But that's not all. THR reports Crazy Stupid Love directing duo Glenn Ficarra & John Requa are circling the project, simply called ACME, and now in early talks with the studio to make it official. And the project will be a bit of a reunion because Steve Carell is also attached to lead the project from The LEGO Movie ...

Rumor: Warner Bros. Pushing Hard Against Humor in DC Comics Films

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:55:50 +0000

There have been some commenters saying that we don't talk about DC Comics films enough, so here's a provocative rumor that should get the masses talking. HitFix has heard from several different sources that Warner Bros. is making a big push to keep humor out of their forthcoming DC Comics adaptations that have been scheduled to hit theaters through 2020. Drew McWeeney (who isn't prone to just posting any ole rumor) says he keeps hearing a "no jokes" kind of mandate for these films in the DC Comics cinematic universe, and Badass Digest has also echoed those sentiments. But that seems more than a little extreme. HitFix hypothesizes this attitude might have something to do with the failure of Green Lantern, a superhero film that tried to incorporate a decent amount of humor into the mix. But that train of thought seems too basic, mostly because the balance of humor and superhero action and drama was hardly the biggest problem with ...

The Rebels Assemble on New 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay' Posters

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:42:55 +0000

After  the teaser trailer showed Jennifer Lawrence arriving in the District 13 rebel stronghold, Lionsgate has revealed a look at the warriors who will step up to help fight the revolution against the Capitol in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I. A small batch of new posters have arrived with a completely different aesthetic than the previous District 13 character posters. Liam Hemsworth doesn't look much different than he did suited up in The Expendables 2, but the other posters give us a first look at Cressida (Natalie Dormer), Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Messalla (Evan Ross), Boggs (Mahershala Ali), Castor (Wes Chatham) and Pollux (Elden Henson). They all look pretty bad ass, so check them all out below! Here's the new posters for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I from Wired: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I is the first movie in the two-part finale of The Hunger Games franchise, based on the books by Suzanne Collins. In this chapter ...

Monthly Must See: David Mackenzie's 'Starred Up' with Jack O'Connell

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:04:07 +0000

There are prison movies, and then there are prison movies. David Mackenzie's Starred Up is a harrowing, violent, bold new take on the "prison movie" that is worth your time to take a look at, playing in theaters now and also available on VOD. The film also introduces the astonishing Jack O'Connell (now well-known thanks to Yann Demange's '71 and 300: Rise of an Empire, plus he stars in Angelina Jolie's Unbroken), who stars as the lead character Eric alongside Ben Mendelsohn, another badass we've already seen in the likes of Animal Kingdom, Killing Them Softly, The Dark Knight Rises and The Place Beyond the Pines. Together they take on an entire prison in Starred Up, and it's a hell of a ride. It's our next Monthly Must See film. Deep down at its core, Starred Up is much more than just a prison movie, and like the characters it attempts to examine and criticize the inner-workings of prisons and the ...

Chloe Moretz Says Piracy Means 'Kick-Ass 3' Probably Won't Happen

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:02:47 +0000

Gifted young actress Chloe Grace Moretz has been making the publicity rounds for her latest tearjerking drama If I Stay, and that means she's been fielding questions about projects other than the current one she's promoting. And considering most of the general population knows he as the foul-mouthed, ass-kicking Hit-Girl from Kick-Ass and last year's underwhelming sequel, she was inevitably asked about Kick-Ass 3. However, rather than being hopeful about the possibility of another film in the R-rated comic book franchise, she pretty much shot down any hopes fans might have of seeing her suit up again. More below! Speaking with Digital Spy, Moretz lamented that Kick-Ass 3 probably won't happen: "Sadly, I think I'm done with the character. Hit-Girl was a very cool character, but I don't think there will be any more movies. You make these movies for the fanboys, but nowadays everyone seems to pirate them rather than watch them in the movie theater. 'Kick-Ass 2' was one of the ...

Daniel Radcliffe Gets Even More Devilish in New 'Horns' UK Trailer

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:39:09 +0000

"You don't think I'm capable of murder? Just put me in a room with the guy who really killed her." Following a pretty dark teaser trailer for Alexandre Aja's adaptation of Joe Hill's novel Horns, a trailer from across the pond has surfaced for the film starring Harry Potter franchise leading actor Daniel Radcliffe. While the footage shown at Comic-Con showed off some of the dark humor that's in the flick, this teaser trailer from the United Kingdom keeps things serious, pushing up the horror thriller elements of the film to the max. Radcliffe does a great American accent, but it will take some getting used to for sure. Here's the UK teaser trailer for Alexandre Aja's Horns, originally from Yahoo UK: Alexandre Aja (Piranha 3D) directs Horns with a script from Keith Bunin ("In Treatment") based on Joe Hill's novel of the same name. The story follows a 26-year-old man (Daniel Radcliffe) who wakes up after a nasty hangover to find ...

Tyler Perry Didn't Know Who David Fincher Was, Hypes Up 'Gone Girl'

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:03:54 +0000

Most of the time, people who are lucky enough to work in Hollywood are so busy with their own projects that they don't have time to keep up with what's happening outside of their own professional bubble. That means actors, writers, directors and more aren't quite as knowledgeable as to what's happening with other films, sometimes not even being aware of one another's work. However, when it comes to a director like Tyler Perry mentioning in an interview with Vulture that he didn't know who David Fincher (director of The Social Network and Se7en) was before signing on for a role in Gone Girl, that seems a little ridiculous. Perry mentions this absence of knowledge when talking about his supporting turn in Gone Girl, explaining that he wouldn't have taken the role if he had been aware of who Fincher was as a filmmaker. Don't worry, it's not as cocky as it sounds on the surface. Perry says: "This is the ...

Watch: Rooney Mara Helps Two Boys in the Slums in 'Trash' UK Trailer

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:19:20 +0000

We've seen Rooney Mara insult Mark Zuckerberg, struggle with the law in Ain't Them Bodies Saints and take matters into her own hands in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Now she's in the slums of Rio, Brazil in Stephen Daldry's latest film Trash. In what feels like a different take on Danny Boyle's Millions, the story follows two trash-picking boys from Rio’s slums who find a wallet amongst the usual garbage at a local dump. But when they learn that their find might belong to someone important and land them a reward, they have to figure out who to trust outside of the corrupt police force. Now a trailer from across the pond has surfaced, and it doesn't look half-bad, uplifting but not cheesy. It's way better than the other trailer. Watch! Here's the UK trailer for Stephen Daldry's Trash from Universal Pictures UK: When two trash-picking boys from Rio’s slums find a wallet in their local dump, little do they ...

First Look: Pixar's 'Inside Out' Reveals the Girl Outside of the Mind

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:48:29 +0000

So far, we've only seen a brief glimpse of Pixar Animation's forthcoming movie Inside Out. The film follows a little girl named Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job all the way in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions are the only first look we've gotten at the 2015 release from Pixar, and they're a big part of the movie as they live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. Now we finally have the first image of Riley in the film as well, though we're still not sure who is voicing her. The below images are screencaps of a video (via SlashFilm and Pixar Times) that is only able to be viewed through the Disney Anywhere app (or ...

'A Good Day to Die Hard' Director to Helm 'I.T.' with Pierce Brosnan

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 02:07:18 +0000

Audiences will see Pierce Brosnan get back into action mode this weekend with The November Man (and there's already a sequel on the way), but that's not the only action he'll be seeing on the big screen. The former James Bond is set to star in I.T., another thriller set up at Voltage Films with A Good Day to Die Hard helmer John Moore attached to direct. But it sounds like there won't quite be as much action as either of their recent projects since the story follows Brosnan as a publisher whose relationship with a young I.T. consultant sours, causing the young man to use technology to threaten his family, business and life. Deadline reports the script originally comes from Dan Kay, based on an idea from David T. Friendly and his Friendly Films banner. But now Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Live Free or Die Hard writer William Wisher Jr. will pen a new draft with production slated to ...

Ron Howard & Tom Hanks Finally Making Dan Brown's 'Inferno' Next

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 01:51:42 +0000

Over a year ago, news surfaced that Sony Pictures was going to round up director Ron Howard and star Tom Hanks to adapt Dan Brown's novel Inferno, the latest book in the series featuring symbologist Robert Langdon. Hanks played the character who gets caught up in action and adventure, like an upscale Indiana Jones, in both The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, and while there's a third book that hasn't been turned into a film, The Lost Symbol, the studio is just marching onward with Inferno, a story which finds our hero suddenly waking up in an Italian hospital with amnesia. Did you see Fonzie jump that shark? Anyway, Langdon has to team up with Dr. Sienna Brooks to help recover his memories in order to prevent some psychopath from unleashing a global plague that is somehow tied to the classic Dante's Inferno. These books and films have never been subtle, but that certainly doesn't mean they've been exciting. ...

Must Watch: Outstanding First Trailer for 'The Overnighters' Doc

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:12:12 +0000

"I will not give into despair, because hopeless should never win... and hopeless is a lie." Drafthouse Films has debuted the first trailer for the highly acclaimed documentary The Overnighters, from director Jesse Moss, who captures an extraordinary look at a small community in North Dakota. We've been raving about this documentary since Sundance and recently featured the first "motion-poster" poster for the doc, which fades between many of the faces seen in this trailer. The trailer is a beautiful glimpse at the bigger story in The Overnighters, as there's something else going on but you have to see the film to reveal its secrets. Many, many people are going to be talking about this documentary this year, so get your first look at the trailer. Here's the first official trailer for Jesse Moss' doc The Overnighters, from YouTube (via TheMovieBox): The Overnighters is written, directed and produced by filmmaker Jesse Moss. I caught the doc late at the Sundance Film Festival ...

Ewan McGregor & Brenton Thwaites in First Trailer for 'Son of a Gun'

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 22:19:44 +0000

"Where is the gold?!" eOne out of Australia has debuted the first trailer for Son of a Gun (fun title, no?) a crime thriller starring Ewan McGregor and Brenton Thwaites (from The Giver) as partners in crime. The story involves McGregor taking Thwaites under his wing while he's in prison at age 19, recruiting him for a job upon release which eventually leads to him earning a spot on the heist crew. Then it goes all out Italian Job (remake, not the original). There's lots of heisting, prison violence, beards, accents, guns, and a woman, of course - Alicia Vikander, a Swedish actress you may recognize from Anna Karenina or A Royal Affair. This looks solid, and entertaining, I'm curious to check it out when it makes its way up here. Enjoy. Here's the first official trailer for Julius Avery's Son of a Gun, direct from eOne ANZ on Facebook: Post by eOne ANZ. Locked up for a minor crime, 19 year old ...

Jean Dujardin in Crime Thriller 'The Connection' or 'La French' Trailer

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:49:26 +0000

Whoa - this looks cool! Oscar winner Jean Dujardin stars in what might be best described as a "reboot" of The French Connection, titled just The Connection in America, but known as La French back in France. Set in Marseille, the same place as French Connection, the film tells an action-heavy story about a French police magistrate who spends six years trying to take down one of the country's most powerful drug rings. Sound familiar? At least it doesn't look so bad, seriously. I like the music choices, I like the intense action, it doesn't look too cheesy or comical. I'm interested - what about you? No subtitles included but none needed. Here's the first trailer for Cédric Jimenez's The Connection, or La French, on YouTube (via SlashFilm): From the TIFF 2014 guide: "Academy Award-winning actor Jean Dujardin (The Artist, The Wolf of Wall Street) stars in this high-octane crime epic chronicling a violent six-year campaign to bring down the kingpin of ...