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"You just love people 'cause you love 'em." Roadside has debuted a trailer for Andrew Fleming's Barefoot, a very quirky romantic comedy starring Evan Rachel Wood and Scott Speedman. As is pretty much the usual, it's about two people at odds who eventually fall in love after being brought together. This time the guy is Speedman, a "black sheep" son of a wealthy family, and the girl is not what I expected - Evan Rachel Wood playing a bit young, a bit kooky, but still quirky, fun and likeable. The cast includes J.K. Simmons, Treat Williams and Kate Burton. This doesn't look that bad, but doesn't look that good either. Have fun.
An interesting addition to the cast of Stephen Frears' currently untitled Lance Armstrong biopic, starring Ben Foster as the cyclist. The production has announced that Oscar-winning actor Dustin Hoffman, last seen in Little Fockers and Barney's Version, will appear in the film. "Hoffman will join when the production moves to the US for the final stages of the shoot." No word on exactly what role he's playing in the story, which has many players. In addition to Ben Foster, the cast includes Chris O’Dowd, Guillaume Canet and Jesse Plemons. They also announced that Lee Pace (of The Fall, A Single Man, The Hobbit) is in the cast, but don't specifiy his role yet. I like this cast and the first look photo caught my attention, we'll be following.
Ein film von Jim Jarmusch. Jarmusch fans are going to flip over these. Two new character posters for Jim Jarmusch's vampire romantic drama Only Lovers Left Alive have been posted online via IMPAwards, one featuring Tim Hiddleston the other his lover Tilda Swinton. The font is perfectly Gothic and fits this quirky indie better than anyone even knows, unless they've already seen this (then they know why they're so perfect!). They're also hilariously emo, with Hilddleston holding a gun to his chest (don't try this at home, please!) and Swinton lying around hopelessly surrounded by books. The ad agency nailed it with these two.
Don't mess with this guy. We're due for a trailer sometime by the end of the year, until then this will have to hold us over. Columbia Pictures has debuted the first look at Denzel Washington in Antoine Fuqua's The Equalizer, adapted from the 80's CBS show. The project has been in development for years and was finally filmed in and around Boston, MA earlier this year. Two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington plays Robert McCall, a veteran covert operative who, seeking redemption, quits the his agency and puts a classified ad in the newspaper that reads simply: "Got a problem? Odds against you? Call the Equalizer." Nice gun, McCall.
Disney has snapped up rights to another beloved franchise. Variety/Deadline are reporting The Walt Disney Studios and Paramount Pictures have finalized an agreement over rights to the Indiana Jones franchise. Paramount has held onto the rights to Indiana Jones ever since they financed Raiders of the Lost Ark with Steven Spielberg in 1981, securing a five-picture deal in the process. Recently, Disney has been working hard to acquire all our favorite childhood franchises. In this deal they got the "distribution and marketing rights to future films, in addition to retaining its current ownership rights" when they acquired Lucasfilm.
"I hate space!" We're in the thick of the awards season and in the middle of December, meaning Best of and Top 10 lists are hitting left and right. One of the latest to arrive is TIME Magazine's Top 10 Best Movies of 2013, curated by their critic Richard Corliss. The big news is that Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity tops it all, landing the coveted #1 spot as their Best Movie of the Year. Damn. That's going to piss off the critics who have started to come down hard on the film. Other notable picks include Spike Jonze's Her, which we loved too, David O. Russell's American Hustle, Disney's Frozen and the doc The Act of Killing. View his list below.
"Can one man make a difference?" No, no, not that Ben Affleck. Well yea, that Affleck, but—the filmmaker. Mondo revealed a new series they've commissioned to highlight the movies of Ben Affleck - the Director. In 2007, Affleck made his feature directing debut with Gone Baby Gone, a riveting kidnapping thriller that is still my personal favorite Affleck-directed movie. He followed that up with the Boston crime thriller The Town in 2010, then won Best Picture with the based-on-a-true-story 70s thriller Argo in 2012. Mondo made print for each one and they're stunning, honestly, The Town especially, the glow of the lights - perfect.
Yesterday was a big day for comic book movies. Not only did the villain-packed trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 debut, but director Bryan Singer and 20th Century Fox announced an immediate sequel to X-Men: Days of Future Past with the title X-Men: Apocalypse. The film has a release date of May 27th, 2016, and considering the title, we know that the film will finally introduce the iconic comic book villain Apocalypse, believed to be the original mutant born thousands of years ago, who would become one of the most diabolical villains to ever challenge the X-Men. Now everyone is wondering just what happens in X-Men: Days of Future Past that will lead to this sequel, and we have the answer. SPOILER WARNING!
Following yesterday's news that Jerry Bruckheimer was in talks to return to Paramount Pictures after his longtime first-look deal, it's official. The studio and Bruckheimer made the announcement today with their deal beginning in April of 2014. In addition, the deal also includes details on a new Beverly Hills Cop and also Top Gun 2. Both films will bring back their respective stars Eddie Murphy and Tom Cruise with Bruckheimer producing the two new films which were produced during his early success at Paramount. In addition, Bruckheimer also took one of his Disney projects to his new studio home. Read on!
Of the many balls that Harvey Weinstein is juggling for Oscar attention this year, none seem to be forgotten about quite as much as Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. While it opened this past weekend in limited release, it just hasn't gotten nearly as much attention as any of his other major contenders like August: Osage County, Fruitvale Station, Lee Daniels' The Butler, and Philomena. In some respects, it's a puzzling decision. After all, it's a biopic of the recently passed away Nelson Mandela (based on his autobiography), starring an exciting actor in Idris Elba, written by a well respected scribe in William Nicholson, and it's coming out in a year that's shaping up to be as diverse as any for the Oscars.
We kicked off our look back at the year in film with The 2013 Movie Trailer Mash-Up earlier this week, and now we have a second retrospective video paying tribute to the big screen releases this year. This one seems to have a lot more movies included, but that might just be hasty speculation. Cinefile 2013 from Miguel Branco isn't quite as grandiose as our first retrospective, but it's still a great, comprehensive look back at film. We wish the sound editing was a little more finely tuned and dialogue interconnected, but films like Dallas Buyers Club, Prince Avalanche, Pacific Rim and more still get their due diligence. Watch!
As the title suggests, Out of the Furnace isn't exactly full of happiness and rainbows. Scott Cooper injects his film with all the grit and dirt the writer/director can muster, a general sweep of grey cast over the proceedings of his story. That story is long-winded yet short on substance, but the filmmaker follows his debut, Crazy Heat, with similar atmosphere and some outright commanding performances that could easily slide in next to the best of the year. Led by The Dark Knight Trilogy star Christian Bale, the cast works its magic under Cooper's direction, and though Out of the Furnace itself becomes something of a bleak but beautiful slog to get through, it is the sum total of those performances that makes it worthwhile. Read on!
Back in 2011, we reported that Emma Stone was in talks to lead He's F**king Perfect at Fox, a promising romantic comedy from Funny or Die sketch director Jake Szymanski. However, it's been two years since we heard anything about the project, so we were wondering where it went. Well, now we have an update from THR reporting Amanda Seyfried is stepping up to take the lead role in the film now set up at Universal and produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay through their Gary Sanchez Productions banner, with a script that hails from Lauryn Kahn, the former assistant to the director of Anchorman and Step Brothers.
Despite the release date placement of this new thriller Reasonable Doubt, the presence of Dominic Cooper and Samuel L. Jackson actually have me giving it a second glance. The first trailer for the film makes it feel like a thriller that wouldn't be out of place in the 90s, as a District Attorney who thinks he's responsible for killing a man in a hit and run accident, inadvertently sets free the accused killer, thinking he's innocent. The only downside here is that the trailer seems to give away the whole movie, unless there's a twist that will save it. Still, this one looks better than most of the films coming to theaters early next year.