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"The stress of everything is catching up to me..." Ohhh boy this looks really, really eerie. A teaser trailer has debuted online for Midnight SXSW film Honeymoon, from first-time filmmaker Leigh Janiak. The film stars Harry Treadaway and Rose Leslie as newlyweds Paul and Bea, who travel to a remote lake country for their honeymoon. It doesn't take long for the whole atmosphere to get a bit creepy, almost as if Lars von Trier suddenly took over. Janiak was impressed by Treadaway's performances in Fish Tank and Control, she tells Hitfix. The film will play at SXSW 2014 and Tribeca and likely other genre fests. Be prepared for chills.
Briefly: We're happy to report some acquisition news for a unique film out of Sundance that needed a good distributor. The Wrap is reporting that Lionsgate has acquired US release rights to the film The Voices, directed by Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis, Chicken with Plums) from a screenplay by Michael R. Perry. The film stars Ryan Reynolds as a cheerful factory worker who is actually a serial killer that talks to his pets, a dog and a cat. The film received quite a few positive reviews, I wasn't sure what to make of it, but The Film Stage's Jordan Raup called it "one of the most unbridled, troubling, and hilarious films of recent years". No actual release date it set yet, however we expect Lionsgate to put it out in theaters sometime later this year.
Briefly: We're still waiting for the exact release date to be confirmed, however the good news is that Amplify and Well Go USA Entertainment have partnered to distribute the new Terry Gilliam sci-fi film, The Zero Theorem, starring Christoph Waltz. Deadline is reporting that they'll be releasing Zero Theorem later this summer, likely July/August, as the two distributors are aiming for "theatrical distribution late summer." The film already premiered at the 2013 Venice Film Festival and will open in the UK this March, but hasn't had any US release set yet despite making a Comic-Con appearance in Hall H last year. The first full trailer + TV spot for this latest Gilliam sci-fi mind-bender debuted a few months ago. Stay tuned for an exact date.
When was the last time you touched someone? Very probing question to ask someone blatantly online, but that's what this page asks as part of a viral for Under the Skin. Described as "entrancing" and "terrifying", the Jonathan Glazer sci-fi film stars Scarlett Johansson as some kind of alien on Earth, and it does indeed bring up themes of sensuality and touch, feeling and sensation. Once answering the question asked, the site fills up with a list of all the entries so far, from the mundane to the extravagant. If you click the little face at the bottom, it goes to the other Under the Skin viral site with an ant: 1 of Many. That's about it. Interesting.
Briefly: If you somehow missed the big news, Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave just won Best Picture at the 86th Academy Awards this past weekend. As expected, Fox Searchlight is banking on all the awards buzz (since it also won at the BAFTAs, the Indie Spirits, and Golden Globes) and re-releasing the film in theaters this weekend. EW.com (via The Film Stage) reports that 12 Years a Slave will be re-released in over 1,000 theaters this weekend, likely being pushed as the Best Picture winner. The film has already made $50 million at the box office and is out on DVD/Blu-ray, but it still worth seeing in theaters. In addition to Best Picture, actress Lupita Nyong'o won Best Supporting Actress, and I was rooting for Chiwetel Ejiofor, too.
They come in all shapes and sizes, all over the world, hidden in cities and on mountains, next to rivers and airports. Hotels have been in movies forever, not only as a place to stay when needed, but occasionally as a character itself that influences and alters the story. In honor of the upcoming release of Grand Budapest Hotel, the latest film from Wes Anderson, the Museum of the Moving Image (aka MoMI) in Queens, New York is hosting a "Hotels on Film" screening series this weekend. My first thought when I heard about this series - I have to find out what they're showing! Which films? And have I seen all of them already? Read on.
Yes - Transformers are indeed dangerous. Didn't we learn that in the first movie? There's something hidden in the new trailer for Michael Bay's latest Transformers sequel, Transformers: Age of Extinction, starring Mark Wahlberg. During the shooting of the film, various die-hard fans noticed some propaganda billboards around the set (see a photo here). Another one showed up early on in the first full teaser trailer for Age of Extinction (at 0:13 in) that says "Remember Chicago" and features a phone number. If you call, it plays a message about reporting alien activity and eventually points to the new site, where a poster spouting the Transformers Are Dangerous note can be seen. More to come in an upcoming TF viral? Very likely.
"There has been an accident..." Magnet has debuted the first official red band trailer for the feature debut of Canadian filmmaker Jerome Sable, best known for his short The Legend of Beaver Dam, as well as a number of others. In the film, titled Stage Fright, Meat Loaf and Minnie Driver star in a wacky horror musical comedy set at a musical theater camp. I have a feeling this might end up being cult horror classic kind of material and I'm looking forward to seeing it, especially after this trailer. The kabuki seems a bit odd, but this still looks ridiculously campy and musically absurd, exactly what Sable promised to deliver.
"The age of the Transformers is over..." Paramount has unleashed the first full trailer for Michael Bay's fourth movie in the action-packed Transformers series this one titled Transformers: Age of Extinction, starring Mark Wahlberg (seen in Bay's Pain & Gain) instead of Shia LaBeouf. Bay gave us our first tease during the Super Bowl with a 30-second TV spot that showed the Dinobots making an appearance. Now we finally get to learn a bit more about the story and characters in this sequel, but mostly see more explosions and awesome robot action. The cast includes Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, T.J. Miller, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer and Peter Cullen back voicing Optimus. Fire up the first TF4 trailer below and enjoy.
This might not be entirely fit for print, but we'll definitely post it here. Even though I'm not the biggest fan of this series, somehow it continues on, and yes, somehow it has a (cult) following. The disgusting Human Centipede series of films continues with The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence), as it is officially called, and EW (of all places) has a first look photo to debut from this sequel, and hopefully final film in the series. Despite the headline and hype, it's not actually much - just a shot of returning cast Laurence R. Harvey and Dieter Laser as the two villains from the first two films walking down a hallway. It's what's next to them that makes this interesting. Great shot to use to start promoting this film. Take a look below.
"Punk's dead. Didn't you know that?" "It's not dead." No it's not! Memfis Film has debuted an official UK trailer for the Swedish drama We Are the Best!, or Vi är bäst!, about three 13-year-old girls who form a punk band in Stockholm, 1982. Those three kick ass girls are played by Mira Barkhammar, Mira Grosin and Liv LeMoyne, as Bobo, Klara and Hedvig. At first this just seems like a badass lil punk rock Swedish flick, but there's a moment where this trailer suddenly turns rather beautiful, you'll know when it hits. From there on out I was completely sold, it looks like an exceptional film, and now I kind of have to see it sooner than later. This looks really, really good, I say gave it a shot. A film for everyone who used to be 13 years old.
"That's what's so special about stories - they're not predictable." During the Oscars show on ABC, Google aired a commercial they call "We're All Storytellers", a wonderful 60-second spot build mainly around a part of the speech Pixar filmmaker Andrew Stanton (who won Oscars for Wall-E and Finding Nemo) gave in a TED Talk in 2012. I will fully admit that the TV spot made me tear up, just because it's so beautifully put together, and I don't care that it's a bit cheesy or a bit prophetic, I love it, and I admire what it's saying. Google knows how to make stellar ads built around stories, and here they show they know the dynamics of great storytelling. A perfect ad for the Oscars, and worth a highlight of its own. See the full Google ad below.
The 86th Academy Awards are upon us and it's time to watch the show and announce the winners of the most prestigious award in Hollywood. The Oscar ceremony is being broadcast live from the Dolby Theatre with another returning, exuberant host - Ellen DeGeneres. Last year featured a vivid and memorable set of movies, from Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity to Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave to Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street to Spike Jonze's Her to David O. Russell's American Hustle to Paul Greengrass' Captain Phillips as the key contenders, among many others. Who will win? Time to finally find out at the 2014 Oscars. The full list below will be updated with winners marked as they're announced live tonight - refresh for updates.
Read on for the complete list of 2014 Oscar nominees & winners. Let us know what you think of the results!
This will be updated throughout the night to reflect the winners as revealed. Additionally, I might be adding a small bit of editorial commentary beneath each category. Winners are highlighted in BOLD below.