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One of the many interesting films just announced as part of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival line-up is one called Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter, starring Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi (Babel, The Brothers Bloom, Pacific Rim, 47 Ronin) and pretty much her alone (the cast lists no one else). The film, directed by actor-writer-filmmaker David Zellner, is about a Japanese girl who becomes "convinced that a satchel of money buried in a fictional film is, in fact, real." That film is actually Fargo, as you might have guessed, and it's actually based on a real story from back in 2001 (read more on the girl here & here). We have some first look photos from Sundance to go along with the announcement (congrats!), so check them out below.
Every new year brings us another Sundance Film Festival and with 43 days left until Sundance 2014 kicks off on January 16th, Sundance has officially announced the first half of this year's complete line-up. Featured in five different competition categories are 67 individual films that will be showing at world's greatest, snowiest film festival in January. The remaining half of the line-up, which includes big premieres and midnight films, will be announced over the next few weeks. The 2014 line-up looks unique yet exciting as always. There's a few interesting picks, like Kumiko the Treasure Hunter, and more for 2014. List below.
Hooray! The National Board of Review, one of the many organizations voting on awards for movies, has announced their 2013 awards today. The top film - Spike Jonze's Her, which won Best Film of 2013 and Best Director for Jonze, though it didn't win anything else along the way. Instead, a few other acting wins went to Nebraska, Fruitvale Station and Saving Mr. Banks, with Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street and the Coen's Inside Llewyn Davis sneaking in via the screenplay categories. I'm mostly happy that Her is starting to win awards like Best Film, hopefully this is just the start of what's to come. View the full NBR list below.
"And I shall call you Sting!" We're less than two weeks from the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which means Tolkien mania is kicking back in. While you can purchase prop replicas of the various weapons from shops like United Cutlery and Weta, swordsmith Tony Swatton of the YouTube series "Men At Arms" tackles making a full replica of Bilbo's sword Sting from scratch. While this isn't exactly showing us what it was like when the elves forged the dagger, it is a badass video showing us what it's like to make one of these for real nowadays. Yea, I'd like my own real-life Sting to fend off (Mirkwood) Spiders, too.
"I triple dog dare you...!" Ohhh it's on now. This is hilarious, and I can't help but post it. One of my (and everyone's) all-time favorite holiday classics is A Christmas Story, and one of the best scenes in the film is the one where a kid gets his tongue stuck to the flagpole and the fire department has to come. We've been following Improv Everywhere's fun new video series "Movies in Real Life" taking scenes and moments and repeating them in the real world, and this scene is the latest to be translated. And boy do they do this one right - with prosthetic thumbs, hidden cameras and kids in character. It's awesome. One of the best yet!
"I want to fall asleep in your arms..." Roadside has debuted the first official trailer for In Secret, an indie romantic thriller starring Elizabeth Olsen at the center of a sultry Parisian love triangle. The two lovers are Oscar Isaac, who is getting plenty of attention starring in Inside Llewyn Davis, and Tom Felton, last seen in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. While this starts out slow, it picks up by the end with intriguing plot twists (they do reveal quite a bit) and gorgeous cinematography in the second half. Despite the big twist being revealed (warning!) in this trailer, I'm still interested in checking it out. Something about that Olsen.
"Bikini's and big booties - that's what it's all about." It's December which means we're already getting to that time of year when Top 10 lists arrive, and one of the first up is John Waters, the eccentric filmmaker (of Pink Flamingos, Polyester, Hairspray) who always has unique choices on his year end list, and this year is no exception. The list comes from ArtForum (via MCN) and includes a number of documentaries along with a number of odd picks for his favorite films. And yes, #1 is Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers, which he describes as "the best sexploitation film of the year." This is definitely going to rile up some folks. Read on!
"Some kids, they wanna grow up and be president. Some kids wanna be a doctor... I just wanted to be bad." Hah, yes - more Alien please! A24 is continuing their push for James Franco for Best Supporting Actor in Spring Breakers, and they've released a quick video on YouTube highlighting his performance and many of the quotes praising it. Back in October we ran a post with the headline: A24 Really IS Pushing James Franco for a Spring Breakers Oscar featuring some print ads, and I've been reminding people they really are serious about this. Will all of this honest, serious campaigning make a difference? Will he actually get a nomination? I'm not entirely sure, but I don't mind supporting their push to get one! Good luck, A24.
"I'm so alone." "We all are." Transmission Films has debuted the first full trailer for John Curran's Tracks, an Australian indie film telling the real life story of 27-year-old naturalist and adventurer Robyn Davidson, played by Mia Wasikowska. In 1977, Davidson hiked alone (along with four camels and her dog) across almost 1700 miles of desert through the Australian Outback. The film premiered at the Telluride, Toronto and Venice Film Festivals and earned quite a bit of healthy praise. I saw it in Toronto and fell in love with, not only the score but the incredible performance from Wasikowska (read my review). Adam Driver shows up in this too, and they use M83's "Outro" in the trailer. This film comes highly recommended. Take a look!
This is one of the coolest awards season promos I've seen! To highlight this year's best actors and writers, NY Times Magazine produced a series called "Making a Scene" with 11 one-minute short films directed by Janusz Kaminski, the Oscar-winning cinematographer (who doesn't have a film this year but last worked on Spielberg's Lincoln). Each short features a line or scene written by great writers, like Sarah Polley, J.C. Chandor, Jeff Nichols, Greta Gerwig & Spike Jonze. They each get to work with (most of) this year's best actor crop, including Adèle from Blue is the Warmest Color, Robert Redford, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Oscar Isaac & Cate Blanchett. These are fun to watch and it only takes 10 minutes to view all 11 of them.
He's here! Smaug the Dragon will be landing at LAX. Air New Zealand is hosting a press event at LAX on Monday where their brand new plane, called "Smaug" after the dragon from The Hobbit, will be shown off. This is all part a big promotion for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second movie in the trilogy hitting theaters in two weeks. The movie was filmed and made in New Zealand and the country usually goes nuts with promotion during the premiere. This is actually our first real, good look at Smaug in full, as he has yet to be revealed in footage/trailers. Yes, I would really like to fly on this airplane, besides I want to visit New Zealand anyway. Check out photos of the Hobbit-themed Boeing 777-300 below.
It is with a great sadness that we must report the tragic death of actor Paul Walker. Reps have confirmed that Walker died in a car crash in California on Saturday, November 30th, 2013, at age 40. Star of the Fast & Furious franchise, reports are saying that Walker was taking his friends out for rides in Santa Clarita in a new 2005 Porsche GT when the driver he was with lost control and hit a tree. The car then burst into flames and both occupants were killed. While many at first thought this was just another internet hoax, various PR friends have confirmed with Walker's rep directly that his death is not a hoax. It is very real, unfortunately.
"I'm not alone." Paramount has unveiled yet another brand new international trailer for Darren Aronofsky's Biblical epic Noah to compliment the international trailer that came with the debut of the first theatrical trailer. Russell Crowe stars as Noah in the classic story of Noah's Ark, also featuring Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson and Logan Lerman in the cast. There's a few bits of new footage in this, but most more of the same gritty action and dialogue from the first two trailers. Nonetheless, as a huge Aronofsky fan I am very excited to see this. I'm hoping it lives up to high expectations. We'll find out soon.
Can Spider-Man come out and play? As usual, in-theater marketing beats online marketing to the street and thus we have to start with these low quality images. The first official trailer for Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 sequel arrives on December 5th next week, and it's likely Sony is waiting until that lands to debut this online. In the meantime, a fan has taken a few photos of a brand new promo banner on display at a movie theater ("in Red Rock casino in Vegas") showing Spidey (Andrew Garfield) and what looks like three villains: Electro, Green Goblin (aka Harry Osborn) and Rhino in some kind of mech suit. Take a look!