Netflix Lands Cary Fukunaga's 'Beasts of No Nation' for Distribution

Beasts of No Nation

It looks like Netflix isn't showing any signs of backing down from releasing original films on their streaming service to shake up the film distribution game. In addition to landing rights to numerous documentaries, Netflix also has a deal with IMAX to exclusively release the sequel to Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon this year, a four film deal with the Duplass brothers, a film deal with Adam Sandler beginning with The Ridiculous Six and they're starting production Judd Apatow's gestating Pee-Wee Herman movie next month. Now Deadline reports the streaming service has just picked up the worldwide rights to Cary Fukunaga's lateast film Beasts of No Nation starring Idris Elba (Pacific Rim, "Luther").

 Posted 2 mins ago in Movie News | Comments

See Tim Buel's Kickstarter-Funded Film 'In Residence' Online for Free

In Residence

They'll never leave… Our good friend and producer/co-host of The Golden Briefcase podcast Tim Buel has completed his first feature film, titled In Residence, and it's now available to watch online for free. Early last year we supporter his Kickstarter for the project, which billed the film as a "shoestring horror flick" that they would shoot on their own for $5000. They got all the funding, and now little more than a year later, they've completed work. And to show it off they've released the entire horror film online for free for your viewing pleasure. Just don't forget to support the guys who made this - Tim and Cody Rhyse, since they put everything into this. And it's truly an independent, shoe-string budget film made by passionate filmmakers.

 Posted 6 mins ago in Feat, Horror, To Watch | Comments

New 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Trailer Arrives on Thursday, March 5th

The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Following a tease last week from Robert Downey Jr. about a big announcement coming eight days from last Wednesday, it sounds like we finally know what Marvel Studios has in store. A tease on television has revealed that a new trailer for The Avengers: Age of Ultron will arrive on Thursday, March 5th during the series premiere of ABC's new drama series "American Crime." Since ABC is owned by Disney, it's not surprising to see synergy at work here to get as many eyes as possible on one of their promising new midseason series. The question is just what kind of new footage we'll see in this new trailer. Maybe Vision?

 Posted 28 mins ago in Hype, Marvel | Comments

First Look: Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Oliver Stone's 'Snowden' Drama

Snowden

Production on Oliver Stone's drama about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is already in production with Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the lead role. The film is simply called Snowden and is already set for release on Christmas Day, so Open Road Films decided to tease the film early on with our first look at Gordon-Levitt as Snowden during his time in the U.S. Army in 2004, an element of his life that many people might not know about. With Stone behind the camera, we're not sure what to expect from this real-life since he's delivered presidential films like Nixon and W. on different ends of the spectrum, so stay tuned. Look!

 Posted 45 mins ago in First Look, Photos | Comments

Watch This: Comparing the Similarities of 'Birdman' & 'Black Swan'

Birdman & Black Swan

Ever since Iñárritu's Birdman won Best Picture (and a bunch of other Oscars) a week ago, the film has received plenty of criticism and negativity. I, however, will defend the film as I think it's an exciting and original look at the struggles of artistry, told through the opening of a stage performance. One of my other favorite films in recent year was another Oscar winner, Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, and it is very similar to Birdman in many ways. Thanks to a tip from Film School Rejects, an editor named Miguel Branco has cut together a video showing side-by-side visual comparisons between Birdman and Black Swan. It's rather mesmerizing to watch set to Alexandre Desplat's lovely "Wong Chia Chi's Theme" from Lust, Caution.

 Posted 1 hour ago in Discuss, Indies, To Watch | Comments

Director Joe Kosinski May Be Steering Sony's 'Gran Turismo' Movie

Joe Kosinski / Gran Turismo

Now this could end being up awesome. Hear me out. Not all car movies are going to turn out the same, but if they have Joe Kosinski at the helm that's pretty much guaranteed. THR's Heat Vision is reporting that Joe Kosinski, director of Tron Legacy and Oblivion, is now in talks for the Gran Turismo movie developing at Sony based on the racing video game. We've reported on it before, a few years ago when it was first picked up and when writer Alex Tse of Watchmen was attached. It has the right team to turn out kind of amazing for a video game movie, here's to hoping they pull it off. Kosinski is also attached to a few other projects.

 Posted 15 hours ago in Development, Movie News | Comments

'Newly Restored' Print of 'The Breakfast Club' Will Premiere at SXSW

The Breakfast Club

A brain, a beauty, a jock, a rebel and a recluse. Even though it's about to be available on Blu-ray next week, a newly remastered version of The Breakfast Club is set to screen as a world premiere at 2015 SXSW Film Festival later this month. The film is celebrating it's 30th anniversary, which is also why the Blu-ray is getting re-released for the 30th, and the festival premiere will be part of that promo. Cast members Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy will also be in attendance for a special Q&A. If you're a big fan of this film and live in Austin (or are attending SXSW) this is the ideal event for you. Art in the teaser by Michele Rosenthal.

 Posted 16 hours ago in Events, Movie News | Comments

Warner Bros Gets 'It's What I Do' with Spielberg & Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence / It's What I Do

This could be a great film if actually comes together as planned. Only time will tell. Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros has closed a deal on an adaptation of the memoir It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life Of Love And War, which was a popular project as many different studios/actors were interested. The package that Warner Bros has closed on apparently has Steven Spielberg attached to direct and Jennifer Lawrence attached to star. That's quite a line-up. Andrew Lazar (Jonah Hex, American Sniper, Mortdecai) will be producing. Of course, we know that both Spielberg and Lawrence are attached to a bunch of other projects as well, ranging from the sci-fi Passengers (for Lawrence) to another Indiana Jones (for Spielberg).

 Posted 16 hours ago in Development, Movie News | Comments

TGB Episode 2.03: The Oscars, Neill Blomkamp and The Three S's

TGB Episode 2.03

On this new episode of The Golden Briefcase 2.0, Tim and Jeremy touch on this past week's Academy Awards (winners list here), share some Picks of the Week and then touch on a variety of topics including Lucio Fulci films (hence the image), Neill Blomkamp's Alien remake, Fantastic Fest horror film Spring (read Jeremy's review / watch the trailer) and so much more. They also touch on the notion of awards shows during their Oscar talk and discuss views on them in general and their place in today's world. Send us topic suggestions, arguments, links, or whatever you want, and we will do our best to talk it through on the show.

 Posted 18 hours ago in Golden Briefcase, Podcasts | Comments

Reports Claim Drew Goddard Will Write & Direct New 'Spider-Man'

Drew Goddard / Spider-Man

This is moving fast. Our friends at Latino Review are reporting a big scoop that apparently Disney/Marvel are keen on hiring Drew Goddard for the new set of Spider-Man movies. If you recall, a few weeks ago it was confirmed officially by Marvel that Sony & Disney have partnered up and agreed to share rights to the Spider-Man character. This means that Spidey can appear in the current Marvel Cinematic Universe (and rumors are he'll appear in Captain America 3: Civil War, if not sooner) and that Spidey will also get a new series of movies (throwing out everything established by Marc Webb with Andrew Garfield) following his re-introduction. They don't have a scoop on any casting just yet, but it sounds like Goddard will be taking over the new Spider-Man movie since the Sinister Six project (that he was also attached to) has fallen apart.

 Posted 19 hours ago in Development, Marvel, Movie News | Comments

One More Ridiculous Red Band Trailer for 'Get Hard' with Will Ferrell

Get Hard Red Band Trailer

You better check yo-self before you wreck yo-self! Warner Bros has unleashed a red band version of a trailer through Kevin Hart's Facebook for the upcoming comedy Get Hard, co-starring Kevin Hart & Will Ferrell. We've seen a number of trailers for this wacky comedy already (watch the latest), which borders on being a bit too racist for my own tastes, even though I get that it's all about the trashy humor. The concept is supposed to be about preparing Will Ferrell for prison, but seems to go overboard with sketches and wacky setups involving Kevin Hart. At least he gets his ass whooped, too. This is red band mostly for the language.

 Posted 20 hours ago in To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Ethan Hawke is Joining Antoine Fuqua's 'Magnificent Seven' Remake

Ethan Hawke

Another interesting casting development with regards to the completely unnecessary Magnificent Seven remake in the works. Variety is reporting that Ethan Hawke is one of the latest actors to join the ensemble cast lining up for this western. MGM, who released John Sturges' original Magnificent Seven in 1960, is developing this remake and currently has Antoine Fuqua set to direct. Fuqua previously directed Hawke and Denzel Washington in Training Day in 2001, and the two actors will be re-uniting with Fuqua for yet another project now over 10 years later. While this remake is pointless, at least the cast doesn't seem so bad.

 Posted 20 hours ago in Casting, Movie News | Comments

Check Out Laurent Durieux's New 'The Godfather: Part II' Art Print

The Godfather Part 2

"When he grows, he will grow strong." Better than Part 1? It's an endless debate… Which is better - The Godfather: Part 1 or Part 2? Well, if you're partial to Part 2, you might want to take a look at this. French artist Laurent Durieux has created a new screen print for Francis Ford Coppola's iconic 1974 sequel The Godfather: Part II. Odd City Entertainment will be releasing the print in limited quantities starting this week, including a special edition printed on wood (!) with 12 colors that will go for $300. Again, might be worth it if you're partial to Part 2. This is one gorgeous poster and the quote at the bottom really tops it off.

 Posted 21 hours ago in Artwork, Posters | Comments

First Trailer for Gren Wells' 'The Road Within' Starring Robert Sheehan

The Road Within Trailer

"What if we die?" "Well what if we live?!" There's only one way to find out! What a charmer. WellGo USA has released a trailer for Gren Wells' indie comedy The Road Within, about three friends who escape from a psych center and go on a three-day journey out into the wilderness. Robert Sheehan stars as Vincent, who has Tourette's, and he is joined by Zoë Kravitz and Dev Patel in the cast. The adults are played by Kyra Sedgwick and Robert Patrick, an odd duo that will probably end up together by the end. I haven't heard much about this, but it looks better than expected and I wouldn't mind checking it out. Give it a look.

 Posted 21 hours ago in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

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