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Watch: Martin Starr Takes the Lead in Trailer for 'Amira and Sam'

Sat, 31 Jan 2015 22:42:58 +0000

Though you may not know him by name, Martin Starr has been around for a little while. The young actor has been around for awhile, making his breakthrough in "Freaks and Geeks" and landing pivotal supporting roles in Knocked Up, Superbad, Adventureland and more recent TV shows like "Party Down" and "Silicon Valley." But now Starr is ready to take the lead role in Amira & Sam, in which he plays an Army veteran trying to get used to civilian life in New York City. But it's not just another PTSD drama as he strikes up a friendship with a soldier friend's niece (Dina Shihabi) and tries to keep her safe from immigration trouble. Here's the first trailer for Sean Mullin's Amira & Sam from Drafthouse Films: Amira & Sam is written and directed by Sean Mullin, making his feature debut. Sam (Martin Starr), an army veteran adapting back to civilian life after a lengthy tour overseas. Upon reuniting with his ...

Rose Byrne is Back as Moira MacTaggert for 'X-Men: Apocalypse'

Sat, 31 Jan 2015 22:05:15 +0000

The cast of X-Men: Apocalypse just expanded the cast to include Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, Tye Sheridan as Cyclops and Alexandra Shipp as Storm. But it sounds like there will be an X-Men: First Class cast member that we missed in X-Men: Days of Future Past who will be coming back for the next chapter in the X-Men franchise. Entertainment Weekly recently sat down with writer and producer Simon Kinberg and he revealed that Rose Byrne will be back as Moira MacTaggert, a woman from the government who worked with Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender) in First Class. Kingberg says that MacTaggert will be "a significant character in the movie. We ended First Class with Charles having wiped portions of her memory of her experience with the X-Men. They are, essentially, strangers to her when she meets them.” There was already some nice development that was happening between MacTaggert and Xavier in First Class (something inspired ...

Watch: 'Fantastic Four' Teaser Trailer Mashed Up with 'Interstellar'

Sat, 31 Jan 2015 19:14:50 +0000

Last week, we were surprised by the arrival of the teaser trailer for Fantastic Four, the comic book franchise reboot from Chronicle director Josh Trank. Many people pointed out the similarities in the style and tone of the teaser trailer with that of Christopher Nolan's Interstellar. And since this is the internet, someone decided to take some of the voiceover from Matthew McConaughey from the trailers for Interstellar, and use them over footage from Fantastic Four. It's actually a pretty damn great edit that works better than the real teaser trailer for the comic book movie and makes it feel much more powerful. Watch! Here's the Fantastic Four trailer mashed up with Interstellar from GunsAndJR (via Live for Films): You can still watch the real teaser trailer for Fantastic Four right here. Fantastic Four is directed by Josh Trank (Chronicle) and written by Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past). The contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team centers on four ...

Sundance 2015: Goofy Religious Antics in Jared Hess' 'Don Verdean'

Sat, 31 Jan 2015 02:50:49 +0000

There are a growing number of recent films that have tried to make a fun joke out of religion, which can sometimes be a sensitive subject (at least in this country). Not many of them are that good, as sometimes they get too dumb with the humor (e.g. Year One), but sometimes they strike the right chord, touching upon both the importance of and hilarity of modern religion. Don Verdean is the latest film from Jared Hess & Jerusha Hess, the husband/wife filmmaker team that brought us Napoleon Dynamite and Gentlemen Broncos previously. Don Verdean is the name of religious artifacts collector who gets into some deep shit. In Don Verdean, Sam Rockwell dons a beard and plays Don, a religious collector who made a name for himself years ago but is well past his prime now. Working with his assistant Carol, played by Amy Ryan, he decides to work with a new church that plans to fully fund him and ...

Peter Berg Replacing J.C. Chandor as 'Deepwater Horizon' Director

Sat, 31 Jan 2015 00:20:21 +0000

After directing Robert Redford in All is Lost, filmmaker J.C. Chandor was slated to return to sea with Deepwater Horizon, a film about the oil rig of the same name and the tragedy that followed after it exploded and unleashed massive amounts of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, making it the second largest environmental disaster in the United States. However, The Wrap reports that Chandor has now been replaced by Peter Berg on the film that will star Mark Wahlberg, who last worked with the director on his military drama Lone Survivor. Reportedly, Chandor left the Lionsgate project due to creative differences. In addition, the trade reports Berg's Battleship star Liam Neeson and Michael Keaton are also being sought for roles in the film, but their specific characters have been revealed. Based on a New York Times article titled "Deepwater Horizon's Final Hour" by David Barstow, David Rohde, and Stephanie Saul, the story has been adapted by Matthew Sand (writer ...

Sundance 2015: Festival Fatigue Hits Hard, But We're Still Screening

Fri, 30 Jan 2015 22:28:40 +0000

We've been here for 9 days so far, camped out in a lovely ski condo, watching films every day. And we're exhausted. Ethan and I have been working every day seeing films at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, writing about them when we can, and trying to keep the site up-to-date with news as well. It's not easy, I will admit. We typically see 3 or 4 or sometimes 5 films each day, and have to spend time getting to each theater/venue, lining up, getting seats, and oh yea, eating food and sleeping (on occasion). Not to mention meeting up and chatting with friends/filmmakers and other cinephiles. But there's nowhere we'd rather be. We're doing our best to keep up with the news, but as an independent site run primarily by two people, it's a bit challenging. Plus, it's just a quiet time of the year, since everyone is focused on Sundance, then the Super Bowl (we'll be home by Sunday), ...

Watch This: Short Doc on NYC in 1981 Promoting 'A Most Violent Year'

Fri, 30 Jan 2015 21:27:13 +0000

"Do you call the police, or do you mind your business?" One of the most subversive films of 2014 is A Most Violent Year, written & directed by J.C. Chandor and starring Oscar Isaac as a humble businessman trying to keep his company clean in the tough times of 1981. The title of the film refers to "one of the most dangerous years on record for New York City", and to help provide some background on that time, A24 has created a must-see short doc. Featuring Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa, performance artist Penny Arcade, and Harlem street-style legend Dapper Dan, this short doc dives into New York City in 1981 and how tough it was to work and live then. It's a fascinating promo for a great film that I recommending seeing. Here's another viral video going around showing actor Oscar Isaac running with the crew during filming: See the two official trailers for A Most Violent Year, and stay tuned ...

Check Out This '50 Years of James Bond' Black Tie Suits Inforgraphic

Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:45:56 +0000

"28 dinner jackets in 23 films." James Bond is known for many things, dressing in suave suits being one of them. Many have tried for years to profile his jackets, or feature them as marketing for expensive fashion designers. A die-hard Bond fan has created a website dedicated to Bond's fashion and recently debuted and infographic that "breaks down James Bond’s 28 black tie outfits by every part of the outfit. All illustrations are based on examples from the James Bond films." It's titled "The Suits of James Bond" and highlights everything from the style to the color to the tie itself. As a big Bond fan myself, I can't help sharing this here. Here's a look at the James Bond infographic directly from thesuitsofjamesbond.com - click for more details. The actual website, all about The Suits of James Bond, is being run by Matt Spaiser and the entire thing is dedicated to Bond's style. It includes breakdowns by each film and ...

Sundance 2015: Continuously Updated List of Movies Sold at Festival

Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:45:18 +0000

The Sundance Film Festival is host to the world premiere of dozens of independent films, most of them looking to get distribution so they can make it to the big screen (or at least VOD). And since there are so many sales that happen at the festival, we wanted to keep you updated with a complete and comprehensive list of all the films getting picked up here at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. As of the writing of this initial post, five films have already been sold, and the festival has barely started. You'll find the festival films sales listed below as well as other info on each movie, starting with the most recent acquisition. Read on! Below is a list of the latest distribution news straight from Sundance 2015 - refresh for updates. Sundance Selects discovers City of Gold Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Jonathan Gold casts his light upon a vibrant and growing cultural movement in which he plays the dual roles of ...

Jay Roach Attached to Direct Action Comedy Adaptation 'Mad Dogs'

Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:26:56 +0000

After messing with politics both dramatically and comedically with Game Change and The Campaign respectively, director Jay Roach is looking to switch things up by venturing into action comedy. THR has word that the director of the Austin Powers trilogy is attached to direct Mad Dogs, an adaptation of the book of the same name by James Grady. The book, which is being used as a jumping off point for the big screen story described as The Hangover meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Wes Jones, who wrote the 2010 Black Listed script College Republicans, will write the script, and this one sounds like a lot of fun. The story will follow three dysfunctional guys working low-level jobs in U.S. Intelligence who have been deemed crazy and sent to a government mental hospital for spies. Convinced someone wants them dead, they hatch an escape plan. It’s obvious they know too much but their only hope to survive is to ...

Watch: 'Kingsman: The Secret Service' Debuts Early Super Bowl Spot

Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:06:25 +0000

Just recently we highlighted an awesome theatrical experience that put some viewers heading to an early screening of Kingsman: The Secret Service in the United Kingdom right in the middle of the action with a cool little viral stunt. Now the film's release in the United States is nearly upon us, and 20th Century Fox is betting big on pulling in sports fans with a Super Bowl spot. This one puts forth some of the higher praise for the fun-looking flick while showing off more of the big action with Colin Firth and newcomer Taron Egerton. The early buzz on this one pegs it as a fun action comedy romp, but we'll see. Watch it! Here's the Super Bowl spot for Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Secret Service from Yahoo: You can watch the latest red band trailer for Kingsman: The Secret Service right here. Kingsman: The Secret Service is directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class), who also co-wrote the script with ...

Mia Wasikowska Doesn't Like Marriage in 'Madame Bovary' Trailer

Fri, 30 Jan 2015 19:38:37 +0000

After taking part in period dramas such as Albert Nobbs and Jane Eyre, young actress Mia Wasikowska is at it again with Madame Bovary, an adaptation of the classic novel of the same name. The film has played at Telluride, Toronto and London film festivals, and now it's hitting theaters sometime this year. The first trailer has just arrived following Emma Bovary, who is ready to get married to a nice doctor, but finds that life as a wife doesn't really agree her desires. Bored and lonely due to her lackluster marriage, she begins to challenge her role in society and also finds romance with another young man. Watch the trailer below! Here's the first trailer for Sophie Barthes Madame Bovary from Film Divider: Madame Bovary is directed by Sophie Barthes (Cold Souls) and written by Felipe Marino, adapting the classic book of the same name. Marriage is at first a dream for young Emma Bovary, keen to embrace this new stage ...

Kristen Wiig Hits Jackpot in TIFF Selected 'Welcome to Me' Trailer

Fri, 30 Jan 2015 19:10:29 +0000

This week we learned that Kristen Wiig was going to be one of the new Ghostbusters along with Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. But before she heads into blockbuster reboot territory, you'll get a chance to see her in indie mode with Welcome to Me. The film sees her as a woman with Borderline Personality Disorder who suddenly becomes an overnight sensation as she wins the lottery, quits taking her medication and launches her own wacky talk show. The premise is wild, and the comedy seems to be a little dark, but it looks like a tour de force from Wiig in the lead role that makes it worth seeing. Give it a look. Here's the first trailer for Shira Piven's Welcome to Me from Vimeo (via Film Divider): The trailer has been removed at the demands of Cargo Entertainment. Sorry for the inconvenience. Alice Klieg (Kristen Wiig) suffers from borderline personality disorder, and though she manages it fairly well, past ...

Disney CEO Confirms 'Star Wars' Episodes VIII & IX in 2017 and 2019

Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:44:26 +0000

Almost a couple years ago, back in the spring of 2013, before Star Wars: The Force Awakens even had a title and the film was still slated rumored for a summer release in 2015, Disney revealed at CinemaCon that they were planning on releasing a new Star Wars film each year, alternating between episodes in the new trilogy and standalone films in between them. Now here we are in 2015, and Star Wars: Episode VII isn't arriving until December 18th this year, followed next year by the first standalone film (which is starting to find a cast already) from director Gareth Edwards. Now we have further confirmation for future plans. Disney CEO Bob Iger just addressed shareholders recently and talked about the progress of Star Wars and their plans for the future. Get Your Geek On (via SlashFilm) has the quote from Iger: "As one of the few people allowed to visit the set during filming….and one of the fewer who’s seen ...

'Jurassic World' Website Teases Genetic Hybrid Dino Indominus Rex

Fri, 30 Jan 2015 07:04:07 +0000

Last fall, the first official viral site for Jurassic World launched, right along with the website for the film and the park itself. If you haven't checked out the Jurassic World website, you should go click around and explore. And that's because you might find something cool like the genetically modified hybrid dinosaur hinted at but barely seen in the first trailer for the film. Thanks to the website we now know that the new dinosaur is called Indominus Rex. We don't yet get to see the whole dino, as they're likely saving that for the movie, but we do get to see his teeth bared, and also where he's being kept in the park. Look below! Here's the sneak peak at the Indominus Rex from Jurassic World (via ScreenCrush): The site has this to say about the dinosaur cooked up in a lab: We set out to make Indominus the most fearsome dinosaur ever to be displayed at Jurassic World. The genetic ...

Sundance 2015: The Intense & Riveting 'Stanford Prison Experiment'

Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:33:42 +0000

Would you be a better guard or a better prisoner? How would you act? Most of us are inherently familiar with the "Stanford Prison Experiment", the infamously legendary psychology experiment conducted in the 1970s involving a mock prison testing the limits of prisoners against the guards. Many have been trying to adapt this for years, and we finally have a take on it - literally called The Stanford Prison Experiment. Director Kyle Patrick Alvarez (of C.O.G. from Sundance 2013) along with screenwriter Tim Talbott bring to life the intense, brutal mock prison setup in the basement of a Stanford building. It's riveting to watch, and will be divisive just based on how crazy it gets. But we all knew it would go this far, right? Right? The setup for the Stanford Prison Experiment is fairly basic - they recruit 18 different students for a study, each to be paid $15 per day for two weeks. Using a coin flip, the experimenters ...

Watch: First TV Spot Smashes in for 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron'

Thu, 29 Jan 2015 23:54:53 +0000

"Trouble always comes around." The Avengers: Age of Ultron is only three months away, and considering the fact that the Super Bowl is right around the corner, we might get a glimpse of some new footage during the big game. But in the meantime, the Marvel Studios production has released the first TV spot for the comic book sequel, but this isn't meant to play during the Super Bowl. It's mostly footage we've already seen from the teaser trailer and the more recent second trailer, but there are some snippets of new action footage in there. It's certainly going to be brutal to see Bruce Banner and Tony Stark forced to fight. Here's the first TV spot for Joss Whedon's The Avengers: Age of Ultron from Marvel: 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 ...

'John Wick' Directors in Talks for Chris Pratt's 'Cowboy Ninja Viking'

Thu, 29 Jan 2015 23:48:45 +0000

After directing last year's acclaimed action thriller John Wick starring Keanu Reeves, directing duo David Leitch and Chad Stahelski are lining up their next project, and it should be a big one. Variety reports the directing team is in early talks with Universal Pictures to be at the helm of Cowboy Ninja Viking, the adaptation of the graphic novel by writer A.J. Lieberman and artist Riley Rossmo. Last fall, Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt was reported to be attached to the project, which already made the wild sounding film appealing, but the addition of Leitch and Stahelski as directors makes this highly anticipated. For those unaware, the film follows an assassin with Multiple Personality Disorder who possess the skills of a cowboy, a ninja and a Viking. He works for a secret government program made up of other similarly skilled agents known as triplets, all with different personalities combined to make them deadly and somewhat crazy. However, our ...

See the Massive 'Avengers' Helicarrier LEGO Set Coming in March

Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:12:19 +0000

Ever since The LEGO Movie hit theaters last year, the building block toy has become even more popular than before. And with big blockbusters like Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Avengers: Age of Ultron on the way, you can expect to see some cool new sets for those movies hitting shelves this year. Normally we don't highlight all of that kind of merchandising stuff, but LEGO has just revealed an incredible new set from the Marvel superhero sequel. Coming in March is the LEGO version of the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier, and it comes with five new minifigures and tiny microfigures to fit in it. Look! Here's some photos of the LEGO S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier from The Brick Fan (via SlashFilm): The LEGO helicarrier measures over 11 inces high, 31 inches long and 17 inches wide, so this is a huge LEGO set. As you can see in the image, it comes with three microscale Quinjets, three fighter jets, a gasoline truck, two ...

Watch: Everything Falls Apart in the Super Bowl Spot for 'Insurgent'

Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:27:24 +0000

The Super Bowl is going to be chock full of new ads as usual, but not all movies can afford some time during the big game. In the case of The Divergent Series: Insurgent, it looks like Summit Entertainment wants eyes on the young adult sci-fi sequel, but they couldn't afford to get the ad during gametime. Instead, this is a Super Bowl pregame spot for the film starring Shailene Woodley. While the teaser trailer looked more impressive than the first film, it's starting to seem like it might be too much, especially when it comes to the simulations. This time we see tons of buildings and stuff breaking apart and exploding as Tris falls. Watch! Here's the Super Bowl pregame spot for The Divergent Series: Insurgent from MTV: You can still watch the full theatrical trailer for The Divergent Series: Insurgent right here. The Divergent Series: Insurgent is directed by Robert Schwentke (RED) and written by Brian Duffield (Jane Got a Gun) ...