Focus Sets Indie Sci-Fi Film 'The Signal' for Summer Release in June
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 21:57:56 +0000
Briefly: Not to be confused with the other indie Sundance '07 horror thriller The Signal, a triptych set of stories, this is one full-length sci-fi indie feature that just premiered at Sundance 2014. Another one of our favorite Sundance films (my review) this year finally gets a release date, as Focus Features has announced that William Eubank's The Signal will hit limited theaters starting June 13th, 2014 this summer, with wider expansions June 20th and June 27th. In The Signal, three college students on a road trip across the Southwest experience a detour; the tracking of a computer genius who has already hacked into MIT and exposed security faults. The trio find themselves drawn to an eerily isolated area when suddenly, everything goes dark. The film stars Brenton Thwaites, Olivia Cooke, Beau Knapp and Laurence Fishburne. More soon.
Hiddleston Out for Blood in Another 'Only Lovers Left Alive' US Trailer
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 21:26:03 +0000
"Is that the really good stuff?" Sony Pictures Classics has debuted one more official trailer for the new Jim Jarmusch film, Only Lovers Left Alive, which premiered at Cannes last year and has been playing at festivals all over, including Sundance at this January. In the film, Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton star as a two blood-crossed vampires who have been in love for centuries. But it's not the conventional take on vampires, it's the Jarmusch very indie, minimal take with depressing German rock music and sunglasses. Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt and Anton Yelchin all co-star. The trailer pretty much speaks for itself - enjoy.
Here's the latest official US trailer for Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive, originally from Yahoo:
Only Lovers Left Alive, written & directed by Jim Jarmusch (Dead Man, Broken Flowers, Limits of Control) takes place against the romantic desolation of Detroit and Tangier and follows an underground musician (Tom Hiddletons), deeply depressed by the direction of human ...
Sound Off: Noam Muro's '300: Rise of an Empire' - Your Thoughts?
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 19:37:27 +0000
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Seize your glory! Now in theaters everywhere is 300: Rise of an Empire, the sequel/prequel/side-story to Zack Snyder's 300 based on Frank Miller's graphic novel, which raged on the big screen seven years ago in early 2007. While Leonidas isn't back, this time we follow Sullivan Stapleton as Themistokles, fighting off Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes, played again by Rodrigo Santoro, and Artemisia, played by Eva Green. So how is this one? As good as the first one? Any better? If you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on 300: Rise of an Empire.
To fuel the fires of Sparta, 300: Rise of an Empire is actually an impressively entertaining action movie that sort of, for the most part, lives up to the original. Director Noam Murro replicates the style and the feel, but he doesn't have the same touch that Snyder does with the action scenes. They just ...
Picturehouse Picks Up Adam Wingard's Kick Ass New Film 'The Guest'
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 18:42:31 +0000
Briefly: We're happy to report that one of our favorite films out of Sundance 2014 finally has a distributor and will be hitting theaters this fall. Picturehouse, the 2013-rebooted version of the classic indie studio, has acquired all US rights to The Guest, from writer Simon Barrett and director Adam Wingard, behind You're Next previously. The film was a huge hit at Sundance this year, playing in the Midnight Madness category, starring Dan Stevens (from "Downton Abbey") as a soldier who arrives at the home of the Peterson family, and begins protecting them. It's awesome, a throwback to 80's action and yet still so much kick ass fun, and I'm so glad it will be out this year. No release date it set yet, however Picturehouse is planning a fall release.
Commenting on the acquisition news, Picturehouse CEO Bob Berney stated: Barrett & Wingard's "The Guest is hilariously fun and innovative, and its recent premiere at Sundance blew everyone away... We ...
Watch: Eric Bana in First Trailer for Derrickson's 'Deliver Us from Evil'
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 17:47:50 +0000
"I've seen some horrible things - but nothin' that can't be explained by human nature." "Then you haven't seen true evil." Screen Gems has debuted the first full trailer for Scott Derrickson's (of 2012's Sinister) new paranormal horror-thriller Deliver Us from Evil, starring Eric Bana as a New York police officer who joins forces with an unconventional priest, played by Edgar Ramirez, to combat possessions terrorizing their city. That sounds awesome, so how does it look? Good. It had my attention at the start, then suddenly gets quiet as it becomes all about building suspense. This mostly just a tease, but a good one to start with.
Here's the first official trailer for Scott Derrickson's Deliver Us from Evil, in high def from Apple:
Update! We added another better international trailer for Derrickson's Deliver Us from Evil here:
NY police officer Ralph Sarchie (Bana), struggling with his own personal issues, begins investigating a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes. He joins forces with ...
Tom McCarthy Writing & Possibly Directing 'Tommysaurus Rex' Movie
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 17:14:28 +0000
Tommysaurus Rex and Tom McCarthy - sounds like a perfect match. Over at Heat Vision they're reporting interesting development news on a comic book adaptation that's been in the works since 2004. Universal first acquired the rights to adapt Doug TenNapel's graphic novel Tommysaurus Rex back in 2004, ten years ago, for around $1 million. The project has been bouncing around at the studio ever since, but now they've picked up Tom McCarthy, an actor/writer/producer and director who will be co-writing the script and possibly directing the movie, too. Now I actually have some hope this might turn out pretty damn good.
Most may recognize Tom McCarthy from the Meet the Parents series, or Michael Clayton, 2012, The Lovely Bones and so on. However, McCarthy is actually an award-winning director, behind the films The Station Agent, The Visitor and Win Win, as well as a writer, credited on the script for Disney's Million Dollar Arm and story for Pixar's Up. McCarthy ...
Stunning Visuals, Eva Green Make '300: Rise of an Empire' Worthwhile
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 16:41:14 +0000
Even with middle-of-the-road reviews and decent box office, a sequel to 300 always seemed inevitable. The art of Frank Miller's comic book brought to cinematic life by director Zack Snyder with all the slow motion and speed ramping he could muster seemed justified enough for a follow-up. That sequel is 300: Rise of an Empire, and though Snyder isn’t sitting in the director’s chair this time around, the trademark look and feel of his 300 is present in every frame. That’s not all. Despite the familiar look, and the all-too familiar narrative points we have to go back over, 300: Rise of an Empire also has a familiar way of kicking the audience’s ass, loading the screen with epic battles brought to life this time around with the very best in digital effects hard at work. That’s to say nothing of the awesome villainy on display from Eva Green.
Playing much like a 300 naval expansion pack, the film moves the ...
Another Impressive Artistic Poster for Ayoade's 'The Double' Arrives
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 15:47:05 +0000
One of the many indie films we really think deserves to break out this year is the latest feature from British filmmaker/actor/comedian Richard Ayoade, a funky dystopian sci-fi dark comedy based on Dostoyevsky's The Double, starring Jesse Eisenberg. The film premiered at TIFF last year and we've been promoting it with reviews, trailers, interviews and plenty of other posters in the past, but this new poster is the best one yet. This new UK poster for The Double has a very minimalistic, artistic feel to it, like it was hand-drawn. A single ray of light shines down across a city on one man. It's impressive, and I'm glad it's an official poster.
Check out this latest poster for Richard Ayoade's The Double, direct from IMPAwards via Live for Films.
The Double is directed by Richard Ayoade (watch our TIFF interview with him here) who co-wrote the script with Avi Korine (brother of Spring Breakers director Harmony Korine), based on Fyodor Dostoyevsky's The ...
Take a Look Inside Darren Aronofsky's Stunning NYC Noah Art Show
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 07:08:51 +0000
"The Noah story belongs to all of us - every religion, every culture, every citizen of planet Earth. Now it is your turn: the story is yours to envision." At a gallery in SoHo on a cold March night in New York, Darren Aronofsky debuted a grand collection of art created by his friends and colleagues inspired by the Book of Genesis and the Story of Noah. This event celebrated the opening of the "Noah Art Show", organized in promotion for Aronofsky's latest movie, Noah, in theaters at the end of this month. The show is officially titled "Fountains of the Deep: Visions of Noah and the Flood" and we've previewed it already, but with the opening tonight we were invited to take a look inside this spectacular gallery of stunning, one-of-a-kind art.
The Fountains of the Deep art show opens at 462 West Broadway (Google Maps) on Friday, March 7th, 2014 and run for a few weeks, coinciding with the ...
Idris Elba to Voice Shere Khan in Disney & Jon Favreau's 'Jungle Book'
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 00:22:37 +0000
After piloting a giant robot in Pacific Rim, fighting Dark Elves in Thor: The Dark World and fighting apartheid in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, British actor Idris Elba is heading into the jungle. Deadline has word that Elba is in final talks to take on the role of the villainous tiger Shere Khan in Disney's new adaptation of The Jungle Book from Iron Man director Jon Favreau. It is said that Elba will "perform the role and provide the voice" so it sounds like there will be some motion capture used on this film to have human actors play the animals, much like Andy Serkis has done Rise of the Planet of the Apes or King Kong.
Benedict Cumberbatch also did something similar by doing motion-capture and voice work to bring the dragon Smaug to life in the second installment of The Hobbit. Elba certainly has the perfect voice to bring the tiger to life, and he's already gone dark ...
Robert Downey Jr. Designed Jon Favreau's Colorful SXSW 'Chef' Posters
Thu, 06 Mar 2014 23:49:34 +0000
At the South by Southwest Film Festival this year, Jon Favreau is getting back to his indie roots with Chef, the story of a talented cook who loses his job at a big restaurant in Los Angeles and tries to start his career anew while trying to get his estranged family back together. In order to hype the film at the festival in Austin, Favreau had his good friend and Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr. use his graphic artist skills to design some bright and colorful posters that they will be putting around town. And keep an eye out, because it looks like some of these posters will be signed by Downey himself. See the unveiling of the posters below!
Here's the video revealing the SXSW posters for Jon Favreau's Chef from the director's Twitter:
When Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling ...
Weinstein Company Sets Awaited 'Snowpiercer' US Release in June
Thu, 06 Mar 2014 22:50:52 +0000
Briefly: After getting picked up about a year and a half ago by The Weinstein Company, and getting jockeyed around with 20 minutes being cut from the film and a new edit being tested and shot down in favor of director Bong Joon-ho's original cut, Snowpiercer is finally coming to the United States. Last month we learned the director's cut of the film will see release, and Radius-TWC has just given the film a limited theatrical release on June 27th, and if the distribution arm follows suit, the film will likely hit VOD the same day. With Captain America: The Winter Soldier coming in April, it's a good year for Chris Evans.
Screen Gems and Sam Raimi Team to Adapt 'Last of Us' Video Game
Thu, 06 Mar 2014 21:49:52 +0000
The building block game Minecraft just got picked up for film treatment, and now the hit Playstation 3 video game The Last of Us is poised to hit the big screen as well. Deadline has word that Screen Gems, the company behind the Resident Evil franchise, will distribute a live-action adaptation of the pandemic ravaged open world game with Sam Raimi and his Ghost House Pictures banner producing. The game studio Naughty Dog will have their co-presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra working as the "creative architects" along with the game's creative director Neil Druckmann and director Bruce Straley.
For those who don't know anything about The Last of Us, here's a cool game trailer:
The game follows two characters, hardened survivor Joel and the young and capable Ellie, who join forces to try and survive in a radically transformed world some 20 years after an infectious pandemic has ravaged humanity. Joel had a life before the pandemic, while the world of ...
James Bond & Spy Thriller Parody Posters for 'Muppets Most Wanted'
Thu, 06 Mar 2014 20:58:47 +0000
Though the first batch of trailers and most recent "We're Doing a Sequel" musical number seem to promise a great sequel in Muppets Most Wanted, we wish there were some parody trailers in the same vein as the promotions for The Muppets. Those trailers took aim at Green Lantern, The Hunger Games and other popular films of the time with all the fun of The Muppets. Well, now we get a small taste of that parody style with some posters from across that pond that have blended Kermit the Frog with a couple James Bond posters and other action/spy thrillers. They're pretty awesome, and we wish there were more of them. Look!
Here's the UK parody posters for Muppets Most Wanted, the first one targeting Face/Off:
With another using the very British spy thriller Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy:
And then James Bond gets skewered with a The World is Not Enough parody:
Along with the much more obvious spoof of Skyfall:
Thanks to Bleeding Cool ...
Watch: Go into the 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' Trailer with Eyes Open
Thu, 06 Mar 2014 20:30:11 +0000
"That there is a dame to kill for." Some recent first look photos popped up showing off the return of Mickey Rourke and Jessica Alba in Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, not to mention a glimpse of Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Now we get to see more of them and a much better look into the sequel, including the first looks at Ray Liotta, Eva Green, Powers Boothe, and Dennis Haysbert stepping in for Michael Clarke Duncan. As expected, the visuals are gorgeous, and this looks like the Sin City sequel we've all been waiting for from Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller. It's short and sweet, but that's all we need now. Watch!
Here's the teaser trailer for Robert Rodriguez's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For from YouTube:
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is directed by Robert Rodriguez who co-wrote the script with William Monahan (The Departed) and Frank Miller, creator of the graphic novel series and co-director of ...
Johnny Depp is Still Loading on Pixelated New 'Transcendence' Poster
Thu, 06 Mar 2014 20:16:13 +0000
This spring, Johnny Depp will become one with a computer in Transcendence, and the second trailer for the directorial debut from cinematographer Wally Pfister certainly showed off the scale of this technological thriller. The film isn't too far away from hitting theaters, and now the hype machine is getting a little more generic and safe in trying to get audiences interested. A new poster has just arrived and it makes full use of Depp's handsome face, but almost as if the poster was accessed by dial-up, half of the image is pixelated. I still think this film feels like a 90s thriller with contemporary technology, but we'll see.
Here's the new poster for Wally Pfister's Transcendence from Yahoo:
Transcendence is directed by Wally Pfister (cinematographer on Inception and The Dark Knight trilogy) and written by Jack Paglen, with rewrites by Alex Paraskevas & Jordan Goldberg. Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to ...
Interview: Wes Anderson - 'Grand Budapest Hotel' Writer & Director
Thu, 06 Mar 2014 20:08:44 +0000
He's a one-of-a-kind filmmaker and artist, known and beloved for his quirks and style, and a genuinely interesting person to talk with. In theaters this weekend is the eighth film from Wes Anderson, known for an impressive oeuvre of work so far, from Rushmore to The Royal Tenenbaums to The Life Aquatic to The Darjeeling Limited to Fantastic Mr. Fox to Moonrise Kingdom. His latest is The Grand Budapest Hotel, which I was lucky enough to catch at the Berlin Film Festival world premiere (my review) a few weeks ago. I met up with Wes in New York recently to chat about the film, his career, Hollywood, and a few other things. It was an odd interview, to say the least, not exactly how I expected it to go, but fascinating none-the-less.
I've been looking forward to talking with Wes Anderson for quite a while, as I've been a fan since before this site existed. My favorites are Fantastic Mr. Fox, ...
Tom Hardy Gets a Lot of Phone Calls in the Full US Trailer for 'Locke'
Thu, 06 Mar 2014 19:59:59 +0000
Can Tom Hardy make driving in a car for an hour and a half compelling? If the quotes in this first domestic trailer for the real-time thriller Locke are to be believed, then then answer is affirmative. While the trailer does seem a bit silly since it uses quick cuts to Hardy driving a car from different angles and in various states of distress, it does sounds like his character is dealing with a lot of pressure from several different angles. Taking the isolated setting and single-character style of Buried and adding an actor like Hardy into the mix is what truly makes this seem like a promising film, but we'll find out this spring. Watch!
Here's the US trailer for Steven Knight's Locke, originally from Yahoo:
Locke is written and directed by Steven Knight (director of Hummingbird and writer of Eastern Promises). Ivan Locke (Tom Hardy) is an obsessive perfectionist, respected by his coworkers and loved by his bosses. He cherishes ...
Watch: Michael Fassbender Has a Giant Head in UK Trailer for 'Frank'
Thu, 06 Mar 2014 19:18:53 +0000
After playing at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, the indie rock comedy Frank is poised to hit theaters sometime this year after Magnolia Pictures picked up the film starring Michael Fassbender. Since the film is already slated for a release in the United Kingdom on May 9th, that's where the first trailer for the film comes from, and it perfectly showcases the quirky, hilarity that makes this such an endearing comedy. But if you're hoping to see Fassbender's handsome face alongside Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Scott McNairy, you're in for a surprise, because he's got quite a special accessory. Watch!
Here's the UK trailer for Lenny Abrahamson's Frank, originally from The Guardian:
Frank is directed by Lenny Abrahamason (Garage, Adam & Paul, What Richard Did) and written by Jon Ronson (author of The Men Who Stare at Goats) and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy). The film follows Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), who discovers he's bitten off more than he can chew when ...
First Look: DeHaan as James Dean & Pattinson as Dennis Stock in 'Life'
Thu, 06 Mar 2014 17:22:03 +0000
Later this year we'll see Anton Corbijn's recent adaptation of A Most Wanted Man, featuring one of the final performances from the late Philip Seymour Hoffman (read my review from Sundance here). But right now the director is working on a much different project, focusing on the real-life relationship of James Dean (Dane DeHaan) and photographer Dennis Stock (Robert Pattinson) in the film Life. Now we have a first look photo of the two young stars in the film that follows Stock as he meets Dean, shooting photos of him around the country, and slowly coming out of depression due to regret for being an estranged father.
Here's the first look at Anton Corbijn's Life from EW:
Life is directed by Anton Corbijn (The American, A Most Wanted Man) and written by Luke Davies. The film follows photographer Dennis Stock (Robert Pattinson), who feels guilty as an estranged parent to his son. But after meeting James Dean (Dane DeHaan) in 1955 ...