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Willem Dafoe Becomes Cinema Icon in Abel Ferrara's 'Pasolini' Trailer

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 01:34:21 +0000

"Rome is finished, my friend." Pier Paolo Pasolini is one of the most iconic filmmakers Italy has ever produced, and he also had his hands in many other arenas as a poet, novelist, journalist, playwright, actor, painter, philosopher, and more. Now Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man, Out of the Furnace) will bring him to life in the aptly titled Pasolini, the latest film from Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant, Mulberry St.). The film chronicles the final days of Pasolini's life and the events surrounding his murder. Now the first trailer for the film has arrived (the film plays at TIFF), and this looks to be a promising turn from Dafoe. Watch! Here's the first trailer for ABel Ferrara's Pasolini from Cine Maldito (via The Playlist): Pasolini is directed by Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant, Mulberry St.) from a script he co-wrote with Maurizio Braucci and Nicola Tranquillino. The film is playing at TIFF this month and the program guide describes the film about Pier Paolo Pasolini ...

Watch: Boy Scouts Find Terror in TIFF Midnight Selection 'Cub' Trailer

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:36:45 +0000

The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival will see some big films debuting in Canada, but there's also plenty of lower key flicks that festival goers should take notice of. One such film seems to be Cub, part of the Midnight Madness section at the festival. The film follows a group of Cub Scouts who find themselves stalked by a psychopathic huntsman who has riddled the forest with ingenious and deadly traps. The film comes from Belgium, and unfortunately there's no subtitles for the ominous scout song being sung in the trailer, but once you see the trailer, you realize that it's not really necessary to get the right vibe. Watch! Here's the first trailer for Jonas Govaerts Cub, originally from The Playlist: Troubled 12-year-old Sam (Maurice Luijten) heads off on a summer camping trip with his Cub Scout troupe. When the highly imaginative boy claims to have seen a creature in the woods, his counselors assume that their campfire tales of a ...

Watch: Karen Gillan Shaves All Her Hair for 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:45:26 +0000

There has been so much buzz and success for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy since the film hit theaters last month. The sci-fi action flick just topped the box office again this past weekend, and is now the highest grossing film (domestically) of the year so far. Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr. recently praised the film saying that it might be Marvel's best one yet. And the demand for a cute dancing Groot toy has resulted in the real thing. Now we figured we show off some fun from before the film was made with Karen Gillan shaving her head to play the bald, cybernetically enhanced villain Nebula, daughter of Thanos. Cutting that long, gorgeous red hair clearly wasn't easy, and that's serious dedication on Gillan's part. Watch below! Here's Karen Gillan cutting her hair for Guardians of the Galaxy from YouTube (via Collider): Some might remember that Gillan surprised everyone by showing up to the Guardians of the Galaxy ...

Charlie Hunnam as Snake Plissken in 'Escape from New York' Remake?

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:18:26 +0000

A remake of John Carpenter's revered action thriller Escape from New York has been gestating for years, but no one seems to be able to get it off the ground. The most recent attempt in the works was reported about a year and a half ago with Studio Canal teaming with super producer Joel Silver (The Matrix, Lethal Weapon) and his Silver Pictures banner to start from scratch on the project. Now it sounds like they're making some progress as a rumor from Starlog (via Badass Digest) has surfaced saying that Pacific Rim and recently crowned King Arthur star Charlie Hunnam is the top contender to play Snake Plissken. Read on! However, he's not the only actor in the running as The Guest star Dan Stevens and former "The Walking Dead" cast member Jon Bernthal could also end up with an offer. Reportedly none of these three have read for the film, which seems a little odd, but Silver Pictures is ...

Telluride 2014: Iñárritu's 'Birdman' Glides to Cinematic Excellence

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 20:50:17 +0000

Does our ego control us, or do we control our ego? Where can it/where does it take us? Will we fly or will we fall? Alejandro González Iñárritu's latest film Birdman is easily lovable for many reasons - from its honest characters and original story to the technical prowess behind the lens and many layers of its style. It's also one of those films where there are so many moments, so many lines, so many scenes where as soon as I've watched them, I want to pause, rewind, and watch them again to delve deeper into the context. Birdman is a sensational, extraordinary creation of artistic elegance that examines the great struggle of growing older. Birdman might not be the film everyone is expecting to see, especially after the trailers and marketing so far. But the film itself is still miraculous, an exceptional cinematic work that transcends stage and screen. It speaks volumes about creative people, our ego and the voices ...

Indie Trailer Sunday: Brilliant Argentinian Anthology Film 'Wild Tales'

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 17:55:52 +0000

"Business or pleasure?" I just saw this film at the Telluride Film Festival and it was outstanding, worthy of being highlighted above and beyond the trailer, but I'll start with this since not that many people (outside of South America) have heard about the film yet. Wild Tales is a feature made up of six separate stories, an anthology film made by one director that focuses on the ridiculousness of modern society, and how it causes some people to snap. Each one is hilarious, each one is brilliantly conceived, each one has real characters and situations, and I loved every second of it. It's dark, violent, crude, but incredibly funny, extremely smart and reflective, and a worthwhile cinematic experience. Especially if you want to laugh your ass off. Enjoy! Watch the official trailer for Damián Szifrón's Wild Tales, with English subtitles, direct from Vimeo: "A story about love, deception, the return of the past, a tragedy, or even the violence contained in ...

Telluride 2014: Cumberbatch is Remarkable in 'The Imitation Game'

Sat, 30 Aug 2014 23:35:30 +0000

You never know who will change the world, it might be someone we can't imagine. There's nothing like that feeling of euphoria after sitting through an outstanding film, one that surpasses expectations and provides so much more on top of any/everything one could imagine. That's how I felt at the end of The Imitation Game, a film by Norwegian director Morten Tyldum (Headhunters) about British mathematician Alan Turing, who helped crack the uncrackable Engima code during World War II. The film tells his life story jumping between his youth, his work during WWII, and time after when he was prosecuted for "indecency" because he was "a homosexual". It's an exceptionally compelling film lead by remarkable performances. The title The Imitation Game refers to a paper that Turing wrote which, as far as I could tell, was a direct inspiration for the Voight-Kampff machine from Blade Runner (questions are asked to determine whether something is man or machine). Turing was a extraordinary ...

Telluride 2014: Jon Stewart's 'Rosewater' Inspires Activism with Humor

Sat, 30 Aug 2014 21:02:13 +0000

Premiering at the 2014 Telluride Film Festival is Jon Stewart's Rosewater, his directorial debut based on a true story he was involved in about Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari, played by Gael García Bernal. The film tells a rather straightforward version of the story, focusing on the weeks leading up to and surrounding Bahari's arrest, eventually leading to his time in prison. While the film has some impressive creative choices (including a hashtag moment and some other sleek visuals) it's obviously made by a first-time director, and lacks a bit of the nuances that more experienced directors include. That said, its heart is in the right place. Rosewater, titled because Bahari's "specialist" tormenter in prison smelled of rosewater, is about Bahari's experiences written as the book Then They Came for Me. After traveling to Iran in 2009 to cover the controversial and potentially rigged elections, Bahari filmed interviews on his own and was interviewed for a segment on Stewart's "The Daily Show". ...

'Maze Runner' Will Be First to Try Out Panoramic 'Escape' Screenings

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:17:46 +0000

We just got word that Wes Ball's adaptation of the young adult novel The Maze Runner will heading to IMAX theaters the same day it hits standard theaters on September 19th. But the film will also be the first to try out a new projection system that could make the big screen experience even more immersive. THR has word that digital cinema maker Barco and their new Escape projection configuration will debut to the public with a little help from The Maze Runner. The film will be the first feature that has been specifically modified to project extra elements on two other screens to the left and right of the center screen. Read on! However, the film won't be stretched into these side screens so that you have to look in three different directions to see all the action. Instead, this is just meant to make the world of the film that much more encapsulating by extending the scenery. For example, ...

Simon Pegg is Smokin' on Animated Poster for 'Kill Me Three Times'

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:50:36 +0000

We've already gotten one look at Simon Pegg as an assassin in the forthcoming comedic thriller Kill Me Three Times, and now the film is poised to premiere at TIFF 2014. And to hype up the unveiling of the film at the festival, a special animated poster has been released for the film that also stars Sullivan Stapleton, Alice Braga, Teresa Palmer, Bryan Brown, Callan Mulvey and Luke Hemsworth. This is one is just for TIFF because you'll notice that the smoking matchbook (the only animated part of the poster) says TIFF on it, which is actually pretty cool. Apparently the film is a "must-see" according to TIFF programmer Jane Schoettle. We'll see if that's true soon enough when we hit the Canadian festival. Look! Here's the animated poster for Kriv Stenders' Kill Me Three Times: Kill Me Three Times is directed by Kriv Stenders (Australia's hit Red Dog) and written by newcomer James McFarlan. The story follows Simon Pegg as a ...

Review: 'As Above, So Below' Refreshes Found Footage with Adventure

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:48:07 +0000

The use of found footage has become a bit of an eye-rolling endeavor in horror, almost nearly as much as the penchant that iconic horror slashers like Michael Myers and Jason Vorhees have for defying death. It has become hard for horror films to use the narrative style effectively without just being a gimmick, and the explanation for this approach is usually weak, with characters inexplicably never putting down a video camera in moments of terror or being shown in what couldn't possibly be "found" footage. But with As Above, So Below, an engrossing adventure plot mixed with familiar horror elements from Legendary Pictures, those problems are not only explained, but make for some real suspense and terror. More below! Directer John Erick Dowdle, co-writing with brother Drew Dowdle, reunite after previous horror endeavors Devil and Quarantine with what might be their best horror venture yet, but that doesn't mean it's perfect. As with all found footage horror films, we focus ...

Andrey Zvyagintsev's Cannes Selected 'Leviathan' Gets a US Trailer

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:57:00 +0000

Following yesterday's US trailer for the Cannes Palme d'Or prize-winning film Winter Sleep, we have another much buzzed about title from the French showcase of cinema debuting a trailer. This year, Russian filmmaker Andrey Zvyagintsev (The Return, Elena) returned to Cannes with his drama Leviathan, the story that is described as a gripping parable of class, faith and corruption, centering on a land dispute between a small-time mechanic and his local authorities that reaps unimaginable consequences. The film is actually inspired by the Biblical tale of Job, and looks like a provocative, masterfully shot piece of cinema. Here's the first trailer for Andrey Zvyagintsev's Leviathan from Palace Films: Kolia (Alexey Serebryakov) lives in a coastal village near the Barents Sea in Northern Russia, running an auto-repair shop, shared with young wife Lilya (Elena Lyadova) and his teenage son. Suddenly they find their lives and home threatened as Vadim Sergeyich (Roman Madyanov), the imperious town Mayor, has slapped a compulsory acquisition order on ...

Watch: A Brief History of J.J. Abrams' Abandoned 'Superman: Flyby'

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:17:04 +0000

Plenty of people are familiar with the failed Superman Lives project that director Tim Burton tried to put together with a script from Kevin Smith and wacky actor Nicolas Cage in the lead role. We've featured a couple trailers for a Kickstarter documentary showcasing the making of the movie that never was, but there's another attempt to make a Superman movie that fewer people might know about. Before Bryan Singer would direct Superman Returns, Warner Bros. tried their hand at a film called Superman: Flyby, with a script from J.J. Abrams and questionable director Brett Ratner behind the camera. Watch now! Here's a brief history of Superman: Flyby in an excerpt of Mr. Sunday Movies (via io9): It's not hard to find the script online if you really want to read what could have been, but here's what Wikipedia has written on the project that fell apart in 2003: Turning in his script in July 2002, J. J. Abrams’ 'Superman: Flyby' was an ...

HBO's 'Banksy Does New York' Doc About the Street Artist's NYC Show

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:12:25 +0000

"Becoming less an art show than a city-wide, full-contact game of hide-and-seek." We occasionally make exceptions to feature HBO movies and documentaries, and this is worth your attention. It's a documentary titled Banksy Does New York, inspired by Banksy's Better Out Than In (the real name of the show), profiling the controversial street artist's residency in New York City last October. Every day for the entire month, Banksy would reveal a new piece of art hidden around the city, and it caused a flurry of interest and activity. The doc, which will be airing on HBO, is made up of footage from the masses and it looks fantastic. I was involved in the Banksy mayhem myself, scouring the city and chasing the art, and it was so much fun. Editor's Note: The actual trailer for the HBO documentary has not debuted yet, however the trailer below is a Banksy recap of the event featuring footage of all his work in New ...

Infographic: Check Out the 33 Most Valuable Movie Props of All-Time

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:34:22 +0000

For any movie fan, getting ahold of any props or wardrobes from your favorite films is about as good as it gets as car as collectibles are concerned. But they're not easy to come by, and the more iconic the film, the more expensive any of them will be. Programs like "Hollywood Treasure" have chronicled the efforts of auction houses getting ahold of the most iconic props, and now a cool infographic runs through the 33 most valuable movie props, as based upon what people were willing to pay for them through various auctions and websites like eBay. They range from the DeLorean time machine from Back to the Future or Luke Skywalker's (father's) lightsaber from the original Star Wars. But what's the most expensive? Look! Here's the 33 Most Expensive Valuable Movie Props of All-Time (via Movies.com): Considering how iconic Marilyn Monroe still is, and how people immediately picture her in that white dress, it's no surprise that piece of clothing ...

Will Forte Provides Update on the Progress of Writing 'MacGruber 2'

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:48:06 +0000

Fans of the comedy MacGruber have been jerked around a bit when it comes to the potential of a sequel. Writer and director Jorma Taccone said that he was developing the script for MacGruber 2 with star Will Forte, but then the latter dashed those dreams and said that it was far from being a real project. However, sometime later, Forte changed his tune completely and said they would do whatever it takes to get it made. And since the "Saturday Night Live" veteran has been busy doing press for his turn in Life of Crime, that means it's time to get an update on the hero making life-saving devices out of household materials. Asked if inquiries about a MacGruber ever get tiring, Forte told Collider, "No, it is very exciting because it means that people liked the first MacGruber.  Unless they are saying, 'Are you serious about MacGruber?'" And then the comedy star offered a brief but hopeful update saying, ...

Review: Even With Standard Weapons 'The November Man' Still Excites

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:57:35 +0000

What's that? Pierce Brosnan needs a new action franchise now, 12 years after his James Bond stint ended? There's a series of novels ripe for the action genre taking that would suit him perfectly? Let's make that deal. But The November Man, from the novels by Bill Granger, ends up being more than a run-of-the-mill spy thriller. Aided by some superb action directing from Roger Donaldson and a nice turn from its charismatic lead, the film trumps most of the recently standard "old guy in an action flick" turns we've gotten. Brosnan joins the ranks of Liam Neeson and Kevin Costner, and the former 007 prevails. Brosnan plays Peter Devereaux, a former CIA operative who has left his days taking out the bad guys for the good guys long behind him. He's enjoying a peaceful life by a lake in Switzerland when he's called back into the field. What begins as a simple assignment protecting a Russian informant, who also happens to be a former ...

Aardman Animation's 'Shaun the Sheep' Gets a Second Teaser Trailer

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:44:51 +0000

If dry British humor and stop-motion animation make for a cup of tea that you enjoy, then you're probably excited about the forthcoming release of Shaun the Sheep, an adaptation of the popular TV series from across the pond. The first teaser for the film debuted this past spring, and now we get a better idea of the story as Shaun and a bunch of his sheep friends end up stuck in the big city, leaving them with no choice but to find their own way home. However, since this property is far more popular in the United Kingdom, don't expect a release in the United States too quickly, if it even makes it over here at all. Watch the trailer now! Here's the second teaser trailer for Aardman Animation's Shaun the Sheep from the film's YouTube page: Shaun the Sheep is written and directed by Mark Burton (writer of Madagascar, Gnomeo & Juliet) and Richard Starzack, both making their directorial debut. ...

Over the Mountains, and Into Telluride We Go - Let's See Some Films

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:05:27 +0000

Over the mountains, and into Telluride. Here we go again. I'm back in Colorado, where I grew up as a kid (I now live in New York City) for my seventh time back to the Telluride Film Festival. The line-up has been unveiled (view the selections in full here), and I can't wait to start watching films. I'm always intrigued by Telluride keeping the line-up a secret until the day before the fest and I was curious how things would shake up with TIFF and Venice complaining about world premieres this time. Why does there have to be so much fighting over what to call a premiere? I'm just here to see good films. Premiere or not, I want to be moved. The festival this year includes a hefty amount of Cannes holdovers, luckily the best of the bunch including Xavier Dolan's Mommy, Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher and the USSR hockey doc Red Army though not the Palme d'Or winner Winter Sleep, ...

Second 'Harmontown' Trailer: 'Community' Creator is in His Element

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:55:51 +0000

For several years now, the NBC comedy series "Community" has evaded cancellation like a ninja. It earned five seasons on the TV network after nearly getting canceled several times, and when they finally axed it before the sixth season, Yahoo Screen revived it at the last minute. And one of the reasons the show has gotten such a big cult following is because of series creator Dan Harmon. The writer and producer has become known for his cynicism and blunt attitude along with his hard work and clever writing. Now the documentary Harmontown has followed him on a podcast and live performance tour, complete with interviews with collaborators like Sarah Silverman, Jack Black, Joel McHale and many more. Watch! Here's the first trailer for Neil Berkeley's documetntary Harmontown, originally from Yahoo: A kindred spirit to nerds everywhere, writer-comedian Dan Harmon has achieved celebrity via the hit series “Community,” but cut his teeth writing for shows such as “The Sarah Silverman Program." After ...