May 20, 2013
Right now the plot details for Brad Bird's original Disney project Tomorrowland, which has George Clooney and Hugh Laurie attached to star, are still under right wraps. There have been theories about UFOs and other guesses resulting from digging in the "mystery box" that Bird revealed earlier this year. Thankfully, in an interview with Grantland (via SlashFilm), writer Damon Lindelof talked a bit about the new project, and while he didn't reveal any big secrets, he did talk about the inception of the story, how Bird ended up getting involved, and how this ties in to the Disney theme park area of the same name. Read on!
May 20, 2013
Would you wait in line for over an hour in the pouring Mediterranean rain, drenched and dripping by the time the doors open up, just to see the new Coen Brothers film? If you love cinema, the answer to that is an undeniable yes. And yes, me and about two thousand other members of the press huddled underneath umbrellas of all shapes and sizes to wait in a torrential downpour just to catch the very first screening ever of Inside Llweyn Davis. That's Cannes for you. Cinema fiends and movie lovers ignoring the bad weather just to be there for more cinema. Rain or shine, we're all here to see films, all day, every day until the end.
May 20, 2013
The first trailer for Jordan Vogt-Roberts' hit indie comedy Kings of Summer brought some laughs, but we pointed out that it wasn't necessarily indicative of the film as a whole. This film has edge, heart, and a unique take on the familiar coming-of-age story and that's why it took Sundance by storm earlier this year. Now a new red band trailer is available online (with a quote from our very own Alex Billington featured prominently), and this one was cut by the director himself, so the film is portrayed exactly as he wants it to be. Led by Nick Robinson, Gabriel Russo and Moises Arias, with great supporting turns by Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally, this is one indie you will not want to miss this summer. Watch below!
May 19, 2013
"We are fighting to maintain our identity!" While the Cannes Film Festival rages on, today's trailer is for an indie rock doc called A Band Called Death, which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival this year and was picked up by Drafthouse Films in February. This trailer has been out for a bit, but we haven't featured it yet and I thought it a worthy film to highlight today. Similar to the Oscar winning doc Searching for Sugar Man, this tells the story of a three-member African-American punk rock band called Death from Detroit that never hit it big until 30 years later when tapes were found in an attic. This looks badass. The Ultimate Trip.
May 19, 2013
In mid-February of last year I went, by myself, to a screening of Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi's A Separation and fell for it completely, a masterpiece. A month later the film went on to win the Oscar, and Farhadi started working on his next feature, which I knew I had to see. Premiering at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival is Asghar Farhadi's The Past, a French film dealing with a series of complex relationships between two families in Paris. It's further proof that Farhadi is an absolute master of human dynamics, relationships and performances that expertly captures the complex, deep layers that exist between all of us in this world.
May 17, 2013
Thanks to a mesmerizing first trailer, Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity is one of our most anticipated movies coming later this year. It was filmed in early 2011, and has been in post-production ever since, with a release delay pushing it from November 2012 to October 2013. I heard from a friend a few weeks ago that Cauron said he "could work on the visual effects [in Gravity] forever", alluding to how it looks better the more time they spend on it. But obviously they have to finish it and get it released once and for all, and Framestore, the UK-based VFX company working on the sci-fi movie, had to upgrade their hardware to make it happen.
May 16, 2013
In one week, The Wolf Pack returns to theaters for their final adventure, and now one final red band trailer for The Hangover Part III goes back to the beginning to remind everyone of the chaos that led them to this. Ed Helms, Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis are more desperate than ever as they find themselves forced to track down Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong) for a ruthless criminal mastermind (John Goodman). The cool thing is there are some familiar faces from the first film thrown in to make this conclusion a nice bookend to this surprise comedy franchise. Will The Wolf Pack survive? Watch below!
May 15, 2013
"Did you hear that?" Holy sh*t get ready to scream! Magnet Releasing has debuted an crazy intense and insanely terrifying full red band trailer for V/H/S 2, the sequel to the found footage indie horror anthology hit V/H/S from just last year. We saw this at the Sundance Film Festival midnight premiere in January and went totally nuts for it, since it's leaner but much scarier and bloodier than the first one in every way. This trailer definitely uses that red band tag the fullest and does show a few of the bigger reveals (that I think are based saved for the in-movie experience). But it is a hell of trailer for one of my favorite new horror series.
May 15, 2013
Just last month, Garden State director and "Scrubs" star Zach Braff turned to Kickstarter in order to help get his new directing effort, Wish I Was Here, off the ground as an independent production. Well, the film raised more than $2.6 million from more than 38,000 people, exceeding the $2 million goal, in about a week. Nice job, Kickstarter! Well, maybe not. THR has news that the Kickstarter response to Braff's film has actually inspired Worldview Entertainment to fully fund the project, and it seems like the campaign was just a pawn in getting a real company to back the project as opposed to just going the indie route. More below!
May 15, 2013
If you didn't catch the horror anthology The ABC's of Death, don't feel bad. The film didn't have a very big or successful theater run, but the VOD response has been pretty impressive, and the film hits Blu-Ray and DVD next Tuesday. In fact, the film found a big enough audience to warrant a sequel, and the names turning out to direct segments this time are pretty damn impressive. For those who aren't aware of the original film, it features different segments for each letter of the alphabet, depicting a gruesome way of dying that begins with any of the 26 letters of the alphabet. The sequel is doing the same thing over again.
May 15, 2013
Malick is back! Early last year we covered news that filmmaker Terrence Malick was in Austin filming not one, but two new movies at the Austin City Limits music festival. One of the actors he cast and was filming was Christian Bale. It was later confirmed that he was working on two separate projects, one known as Lawless (which had that title dropped), the other called Knight of Cups. While Malick is not at Cannes this year, FilmNation is showing footage from one of his films to sell and to build buzz THR has revealed the first photo. It's from Knight of Cups, which could be out this year. Of course, it's a typical Malick beautiful shot, with Bale and Natalie Portman running on the beach. But that's it so far. And we barely know the plot.
May 14, 2013
We just got our first official look from the set of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to the 2011 hit Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The first photo from the prequel sequel feature Andy Serkis in his motion capture gear atop a horse, confronting Jason Clarke in the woods. It wasn't much to get excited about, but the sequel is still one of our most anticipated films of 2014, and now it's gotten even better. The Incredibles, Star Trek and Super 8 composer Michael Giacchino will be providing the score for Matt Reeves' film, after previously working with the director on his vampire drama Let Me In. That's some great damn news.
May 13, 2013
Towards the beginning of the year, we learned that specialty film distributor Picturehouse was making a comeback with Metallica Through the Never, a new feature film getting an IMAX release. Now we have a first look at the hybrid concert film and narrative which features Chronicle star Dane DeHaan (who will also be seen in The Amazing Spider-Man 2), and it looks interesting to say the lest. The film is said to follow DeHaan as one of Metallica's crew members sent out on sort of mission during one of Metallica's sold out shows. And the story is supposed to take off from there and get crazy as only Metallica fans would expect.
May 10, 2013
On paper, Baz Luhrmann seems the perfect fit for bringing F. Scott Fitzgerald's 'The Great Gatsby' to modern life. The man who put Romeo + Juliet in a gritty LA and burned Paris bright with neon in Moulin Rouge would have an edge up on the gaudy, glitzy gatherings of Mr. Jay Gatsby. To an extent, what's on paper works. Luhrmann's version of The Great Gatsby is often too literal for its own good, choosing narration and Fitzgerald's text as exposition over something subtler. Luhrmann isn't a subtle man, and where his film suffers in adapting the story, it tries desperately to make up for in glamorous execution.