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First Promos for James Wan's 'Furious 7' Arrive in Advance of Trailer

Furious 7

Vengeance Hits Home. This first banner may be nothing but a Photoshop mash-up of the seven lead actors, but for fans of this series it's an exciting announcement reminding us that this seventh movie is still on the way. Despite the tragic death of actor Paul Walker last year, director James Wan and the rest of the cast worked together to finish this movie with the help of his family and friends. Universal has announced that the title of Fast & Furious 7 will be just Furious 7, and the first trailer is launching on Saturday, November 1st one week from now. Check out the first promo art and read more on the trailer event below.

 Posted October 26 in Hype, Posters | Comments

Sound Off: Keanu Reeves in 'John Wick' - So What Did You Think?

John Wick

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Don't Set Him Off! Now in theaters is one of the best action movie sleeper hits of the year, John Wick, starring Keanu Reeves as John Wick, directed by two stuntmen - David Leitch & Chad Stahelski. Reeves plays an ex-hitman who comes out of retirement to track down the Russian mobsters that took everything from him. Is it as awesome as everyone is saying? Is Keanu really back? How is the action vs the emotion? Is it better than other recent action movies? Favorite fights? Once you've seen it, post a comment with your own thoughts on David Leitch & Chad Stahelski's John Wick.

 Posted October 24 in Discuss, Sound Off | Comments

Watch: 'The Life & Death of Tommy Chaos & Stacey Danger' Short

The Life & Death of Tommy Chaos & Stacey Danger

"What I do know is that: I love more than a compass loves north." What in the funk is this? "Think Blue Valentine meets Jurassic Park." That's the opening pitch for this short film, but it's something else entirely unique and fun in its own way. The Life and Death of Tommy Chaos and Stacey Danger is a wacky, romantic adventure short from filmmaker Michael Lukk Litwak (@MLLitwak). It has a very hipster vibe to it, I must admit, but it's fun and the score is great (from the same guy who did the Beasts of the Southern Wild score). If you want to see a short film with dinosaurs, spaceships, romance and more, then fire this up.

 Posted October 24 in SciFi, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Interview: 'The Overnighters' Director Jesse Moss Talks Making Docs

Jesse Moss

One of my favorite documentaries, in fact one of the very best documentaries this year, is one called The Overnighters from director Jesse Moss. The film follows a wild, almost unbelievable story set in North Dakota about a local Pastor named Jay Reinke who risks everything to help his new neighbors. It won over crowds at the Sundance Film Festival this year, picked up a Special Jury Prize, before going on to play at the Tribeca, Sheffield, Montclair, Sydney and New Zealand Film Festivals, winning awards at Full Frame, Miami and San Francisco, too. Drafthouse Films bravely picked up the doc and it's now playing in select theaters. I was lucky enough to meet up with Jesse Moss for an interview in New York last week and it was wonderful.

 Posted October 22 in Feat, Interview | Comments

Watch: Frank Marshall's Chess Short Doc 'The Man vs. The Machine'

The Man vs. The Machine Short Doc

"We thought of it as: man the tool-maker vs man the artist." If you're looking for a short film that makes you think, don't miss this one. Nate Silver's blog FiveThirtyEight has premiered the full short film The Man vs. The Machine, directed by legendary producer & filmmaker Frank Marshall of Kennedy/Marshall, telling the story of chess champion Garry Kasparov battling IBM's computer Deep Blue. The short explores the setup behind why this challenge was presented to begin with and the implications of the outcome, which most thought might go the other direction. Knowing that machines are more powerful than humans, does it really make a difference? Maybe not. Find out more in the fascinating short doc The Man vs. The Machine.

 Posted October 22 in Docs, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: First 'Magician' Doc Trailer Focuses on Work of Orson Welles

Magician Doc Trailer

"I always liked Hollywood very much, it just wasn't reciprocated." Cohen Media has debuted the official trailer for a new documentary titled Magician about the one-and-only Orson Welles, the legendary filmmaker/actor/producer who left quite a legacy. While many of us are already very familiar with Orson, this doc spans his entire career looking at his tumultuous relationship with Hollywood and his impact on it featuring interviews with Richard Linklater, Peter Bogdanovich, Frank Marshall, Anthony Perkins, Martin Scorsese, Sydney Pollack, Steven Spielberg and many others. This also comes on the same day as Welles' F for Fake hits Blu-Ray and we near his 100th birthday. It looks like a fun and fascinating doc for all to enjoy.

 Posted October 22 in Docs, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Must Watch: Joshua Oppenheimer's Doc 'The Look of Silence' Trailer

The Look of Silence

If you're into documentaries, or even if you aren't, this is a must watch trailer for a must watch film. A few years ago, filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer unveiled his remarkable, shocking, profound documentary The Act of Killing, confronting the murderers behind the Indonesian killings of 1965-66. Oppenheimer is back with his follow-up documentary The Look of Silence, in which he returns to Indonesia and focuses on an optometrist who confronts the men that killed one of his brothers, addressing the same tough topic in a completely different light. It's another incredible documentary that we highly recommend taking a look at, it says so much through silence and emotions. It's a powerful film and this trailer provides a good hint at that.

 Posted October 21 in Docs, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Peter Sohn Draws a Dino in Fun Tease for Pixar's 'The Good Dinosaur'

Pixar's The Good Dinosaur

Well hello there little friend! Pixar has a new character to introduce us to today, and his name is Arlo. He's a dinosaur, and he's a cutie, of course. Disney-Pixar has posted a short new video to their Twitter account @DisneyPixar with a message introducing us to director Peter Sohn and his lead character Arlo from The Good Dinosaur. The film was originally supposed to be out this summer, but ended up pushed back to November 2015, late next year. Word is the movie has been "dismantled" & "completely reimagined", which means we're not sure what to expect or if any of the early details hold up, but here's the latest little official tease. One note - you can see the lead human character in a frame in the upper right at the end of the video.

 Posted October 20 in First Look, Hype, Pixar | Comments

Alamo Drafthouse's Tim League Defends Both Digital & 35mm Cinema

Alamo Drafthouse

We're only a few weeks away from the release of Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, which will be opening four days early in film only (35mm/70mm projection). The announcement caused quite a stir in the cinema community, as the response from some movie theater chains was not unexpected. Many of them got upset, many of them were pissed off that they weren't a part of this deal, the big reason being that they just gave up their 35mm projectors to transform to digital and now they're missing out on some of the best money of the year. So they blame the studios, and the filmmakers, but never themselves. In response to all of this, Alamo Drafthouse CEO Tim League (who owns a handful of theaters himself) wrote a passionate essay/response and published it on Deadline. It's brilliant, it gets everything right, and at the end of it all, it's inspiring too.

 Posted October 20 in Discuss, Feat, Movie News | Comments

First Look at Disney's New Animated Feature 'Moana' Embarking 2016

Disney's Moana

Meet Moana! Well, sort of, as she's off on another adventure and doesn't really have time to meet those of us landlocked in our homes and offices. Disney has debuted the first lovely eye-catching photo from their upcoming animated movie Moana, originally scheduled for 2018, now set for release in "late 2016" around the end of the year (this same time two years from now). The film is the latest from Ron Clements & John Musker, the two directors behind Disney classics like Aladdin, Little Mermaid and The Princess and The Frog. Likely inspired by Polynesian explorers, this film follows a "sea voyaging enthusiast" named Moana.

 Posted October 20 in Animation, First Look, Hype, Movie News | Comments

Video Interview: 'Birdman' Director Alejandro G. Iñárritu Discusses Life

Alejandro G. Iñárritu Interview

"A journey should always be mysterious..." One of the best films of 2014 is Birdman, the fifth feature from Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu, following up Biutiful four years ago. Birdman premiered at the Venice Film Festival and Telluride Film Festivals, and will also play at the New York Film Festival before landing in theaters this October. After catching the premiere up in the mountains in Telluride (my review), I met up with Iñárritu for a 15 minute chat about all things: from life to filmmaking to laughter to turning 50 and the lessons he has learned. It happens to be one of the best chats I've had with a filmmaker, and it's rejuvenating to listen to him talk. "If you don't do something that does not terrify you, why do it?"

 Posted October 17 in Feat, Indies, Interview, Telluride 2014 | Comments

Sound Off: David Ayer's WWII Tank Movie 'Fury' - Your Thoughts?

Fury Sound Off

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? War never ends quietly. Now playing in theaters is David Ayer's Fury, starring Brad Pitt as the commander of a tank during WWII. The tank crew is lead by Pitt with Shia LaBeouf as 'Bible', Logan Lerman, Michael Peña as 'Gordo', and Jon Bernthal as 'Coon-Ass' to round things out. The tank heads into Germany near the end of the war and takes heavy fire from a desperate Germany army. So how is it? Is Fury as kick ass as it looks? Does the action surpass the story? How is Shia LaBeouf compared to Brad Pitt or Logan Lerman? Is this one of the better WWII movies recently or a complete flop? Once you've seen it, post a comment with your thoughts on David Ayer's Fury.

 Posted October 17 in Discuss, Sound Off | Comments

Coolest Movie Swag Ever? Fox Searchlight's 'Birdman' Action Figure

Birdman Action Figure Swag

Birdman 4?! I honestly try not to use hyperbole in headlines (anymore), but this time I just couldn't help it. It's Birdman! And this little piece of movie swag is actually quite awesome. It's unquestionably one-of-a-kind and I'm so glad to see Fox Searchlight make something so special for the release of this film. I am one of the lucky few who has received an action figure maquette of Birdman, from the new film by Alejandro González Iñárritu titled Birdman, now playing in select theaters. Michael Keaton plays Birdman, and the film is about how his ego is manifested in the form of this superhero character who follows him around. I love the film and this swag is a great way to get press, and fans, more excited for its opening. Photos below.

 Posted October 17 in Cool Stuff, Feat, Hype, Photos | Comments

Watch: Weird, Cronenberg-Esque Horror Short 'Flesh Computer'

Flesh Computer Short

"I don't see why there shouldn't be this kind of brain computer interface that may well have the effect of extending ourselves." Ready for more wacky horror as we continue further into October? Today's short won Best Special Effects at the Indie Horror Festival and also played at Fantasia, Sci-Fi London, Dallas and the LA Shorts Fest before premiering online in full. It's called Flesh Computer, from writer/director Ethan Shaftel (@eshaftel), and follows a man with a "cybernetic pet" that causes some problems in the apartment building he lives in. Some of the FX aren't that great (mainly the fly), but other shots look better. While there is certainly a Cronenberg feeling, this short also mixes in sci-fi, tech, gore, social horror and lots more.

 Posted October 17 in Horror, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

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