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Cannes has officially announced another film in this year's line-up ahead of the full selection unveiling next week. We already know that Olivier Dahan's Grace of Monaco, starring Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly, will be the opening competition film of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Following that we can now include Party Girl, a film written and directed by Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis, which has been chosen to open the Official Selection of the Un Certain Regard category. It follows Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring which was presented in 2013. So far, so good, with the complete list of 2014 films next week.
"It's the same case, do the same thing!" If you still need convincing that 22 Jump Street is worth seeing, Sony/Columbia has released a fourth trailer - another red band trailer that is a 2-and-1/2-minute push for this insane summer action comedy sequel, starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum (also in Jupiter Ascending). While we've seen plenty in the first three trailers already, the footage in this one includes lots of the story as well, hinting at their comeback, the plot involving college and spring breaker. So, it's a Spring Breakers riff, plus 21 Jump Street comedy all in one? I hope it's as funny as these trailers promise. Enjoy.
Anytime we get to feature a segment from The Daily Show on the site, I'm always very happy to stop and write about it. On the April 8th episode of the show, Stewart did a segment responding to recent Fox News coverage on how "awful" Darren Aronofsky's Noah movie is because it's unfaithful. Now, everyone has their own opinion (Sound Off), however Fox News has no idea what they are talking about, clearly being caught without having even seen the film. Jon Stewart responds ever-so-brilliantly and tears them down in return in the segment. Our friend/colleague Kevin McCarthy also appears briefly, out of context, like all the clips.
"I can't believe we let them get away with that!" Radius-TWC has debuted the first trailer for Stephanie Soechtig's documentary Fed Up, produced by and featuring Katie Couric, who takes an eye-opening look at modern society's abundant use of sugar in connection with obesity. I hate to use a headline that so blatantly compares this to another food doc that had an impact, Morgan Spurlock's Super Size Me which premiered at Sundance 2004. But if that will get people to see this doc and actually start eating better, then screw it. I saw the premiere of this at Sundance 2014 and I think it's a very important doc for our country to get caught up in, even if it is a bit "we already know that", it can still make a big difference. Take a look at the doc below.
This should be a must watch, but I'm a bit afraid Borgman might just scare away a few people. But I love, love, love this film. So wacky, subversive, incendiary, so much fun. Drafthouse Films debuted a new official U.S. trailer for Alex van Warmerdam's Borgman, starring Dutch actor Jan Bijvoet (seen in The Broken Circle Breakdown and mostly Belgian TV shows) as Camiel Borgman. This first premiered at Cannes and will be released after Cannes this year. The footage in this starts exactly as it does in the film, and goes on to show more of what happens, so if you don't want to be spoiled watch out. It's a bit like Funny Games in the Netherlands. This is a great film that I hope finds a solid audience here, because it's such dark, devious fun.
"They never told you?" Today's must-see indie trailer is for a riveting B&W drama from Poland titled Ida, which was Poland's 2013 entry into the Best Foreign Language Oscar pool, but it didn't make the final cut. Pawel Pawlikowski's Ida first premiered at the Gdynia Polish Film Festival and London Film Festivals last year, and also played in Telluride, Toronto & Sundance before getting a limited US release. It has earned rave reviews from critics the world over, and this trailer gives us a glimpse at the powerful story of a young nun in 1960s Poland who moves in with her aunt. The score in this is just tremendous, I'm curious to see it.
"It is going to send us back to the stone age!" He's coming. WB/Legendary has debuted a 3-min extended trailer for Gareth Edwards' Godzilla. This is basically the exact same footage they showed at CinemaCon (and likely the shame they'll show at WonderCon) which features an extended look at Bryan Cranston's character's storyline, as well as some extra shots of massive destruction. What I love about this trailer is that it takes almost 2 minutes until you realize all this death and destruction you're watching is coming from Godzilla - the giant King of Monsters finally traveling from Japan to America. Something woke him up and he doesn't care about anything in his way. They're selling this movie perfectly and I am so excited to see it.
All he said is, "I want to change the world." One of the year's must-see documentaries is Jodorowsky's Dune, profiling the Chilean filmmaker and his ambitious attempt to adapt Frank Herbert's Dune in the 70s. Jodorowsky amassed one of the most insane casts ever: Salvador Dalí, Orson Welles, Gloria Swanson, David Carradine and Mick Jagger of all people. This outstanding documentary, directed by Frank Pavich of the music doc N.Y.H.C. previously, debuted at last year's Cannes Film Festival where I first caught it and fell in love with it. I finally spoke with Pavich over the phone in March for a fun discussion on this excellent doc.
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? In heroes we trust. Now playing everywhere is Marvel Studio's latest, Captain America: The Winter Soldier a sequel to Captain America but also a follow-up to The Avengers and even Iron Man 3 in a way. The focus is on Cap, played again by Chris Evans, as well as Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow working for SHIELD plus Samuel Jackson as Nick Fury. There's also Anthony Mackie as Falcon getting in the mix. So how is this sequel? Any better? An action classic or comic book mess? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Marvel's Captain America 2.
"No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die!" Oooh now this sounds nearly perfect. A number of Hollywood trades, including Variety/The Wrap, are reporting that MGM/Sony is looking at Oscar nominated actor Chiwetel Ejiofor for a villain role in the next James Bond movie. Casting and pre-production is underway on Bond 24, as it's currently known since they haven't revealed a title, but we do know Sam Mendes and of course Daniel Craig are back as director and 007, respectively. Their "sources" say that Ejiofor "is the top choice to play the villain" but no offer has been made and scheduling would need to work out before it's confirmed.
Now here's a project to keep an eye on. We've been watching closely and waiting for commercials director Dan Trachtenberg to make his feature debut ever since breaking out with that Portal: No Escape short. This might finally be the one. The Wrap is reporting that Bad Robot is producing a project for Paramount's low-budget label Insurge Pictures, a film titled Valencia, or at least called that (which might refer to the area this takes place in, among other things). Valencia has been greenlit for production and Trachtenberg will direct a script by Dan Casey, who rewrote an earlier draft by Josh Campbell & Matt Stuecken. Read on.
"Remember Noah, he choose you for a reason." Now playing in theaters everywhere is Darren Aronofsky's Noah, his epic new take on the biblical story of Noah's Ark, starring Russell Crowe. The movie has been discussed and argued endlessly by critics and moviegoers the world over, as is evident by some of the heated discussions in our Sound Off. One of the best parts is the new score by Clint Mansell, which has a feeling similar to The Fountain, but with its own distinct sound for this movie. In honor of the release of the movie and Mansell's score, Paramount has provided us with an exclusive featurette showing more footage mixed with Mansell's wonderful music. It's another great reminder to buy the score and catch this in theaters now.
Briefly: Well it sounds like it's official. Variety is now reporting that 20th Century Fox and director Josh Trank have chosen Toby Kebbell to star as Dr. Doom, the arch-nemesis villain in the upcoming Fantastic Four movie. Kebbell, a well-known henchman/character actor from England, was already mentioned in the shortlist of names in the running for the role a few weeks ago. The other contenders included Domhnall Gleeson (About Time), Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables) and Sam Riley (On the Road), but Variety claims Fox has ended up picking Kebbell (who will also be seen in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) to star as Doom.
Now in theaters is the incredibly brutal, extremely awesome Indonesian martial arts sequel The Raid 2, which picks up immediately where The Raid left off, with Rama (played by Iko Uwais) returning to take on more corrupt businessmen and mobsters. The man behind this successful genre series is Gareth Evans, a Welsh filmmaker who has found his home in Indonesia making martial arts movies (yes, we even talk about this). I've been looking forward to chatting with Evans ever since The Raid 1, but was lucky enough to catch up with him for a full-on 20 minute video interview about action movies and The Raid 2 a few weeks ago.