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Briefly: This month we learned that Quentin Tarantino would give a small audience the chance to see his delayed western The Hateful Eight come to life in the form of a live-reading of the script at at LACMA on April 24th. Tarantino was also said to be directing and picking the cast for this special event that will not be recorded or broadcast to the public, and Deadline has confirmed (complete with a tweet from Film Independent) that Samuel L. Jackson will yet again collaborate with his Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained director for some sort of role in the reading. We're not sure who else might pop up, but stay tuned for more. Reporting on this event is about as close as we'll get to being in attendance, so stay tuned.
"This seems to only be happening to gay men." Coming next month is one of those films that HBO makes that seems to belong on the big screen, but is hitting cable instead. The Normal Heart is directed by "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy and follows Mark Ruffalo as Ned Weeks, a man who witnesses first-hand the mysterious disease that became known as AIDS as it claims the lives of many in his gay community. Weeks is looking for answers with the help of Dr. Emma Brookner (Julia Roberts), a paraplegic physician who treats several of the earliest victims. Now a full trailer has arrived, and this looks fantastic. Watch now!
In case you didn't know, The Wolf of Wall Street is now available on Blu-Ray and DVD, so if three hours in a movie theater was just too much to enjoy this Martin Scorsese directed masterpiece (my favorite film of 2013), now you can enjoy in the comfort of your home. Previously, we highlighted a great trailer mash-up that turned It's a Wonderful Life into The Wolf of Bedford Falls. Now another fantastic business-based drama gets the same treatment with footage of David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross being edited together in the same style as the initial teaser trailer for The Wolf of Wall Street. It's awesome. Watch now!
Following an international trailer and domestic poster for Paul Haggis' latest drama Third Person, the first trailer for the film's undated release in the United States has arrived. Unfortunately, all it does is showcase more of the melodrama while building up the mystery of what will tie all these characters together. However, if we were to take a guess based on this trailer, it clearly has something to do with the story that Liam Neeson is working on. We get a bit more of Mila Kunis, Kim Basinger and Maria Bello in this trailer as well. We're still not sold on this film, but maybe the performances are good. Watch?
In a couple short weeks, we'll see how Columbia Pictures new plans for an expanded cinematic universe for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 kick off when the blockbuster sequel hits theaters. Of course, the film is already hitting all sorts of international markets, so be careful with spoilers online. In the meantime, check out a cool 10-minute interview special with Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx and director Marc Webb as they discuss the making of the film and their characters. It's strangely serious, almost like a documentary short film. Plus, there's a cool featurette on the sequel's score from composer Hans Zimmer.
While Natalie Portman was once slated to star alongside Michael Fassbender in the latest big screen adaptation of the classic William Shakespeare play Macbeth (or "that Scottish play" for all you theater folk), it's Marion Cotillard who ended up in the lead role as the lady of a Scottish lord who aspires to be king. Australian filmmaker Justin Kurzel, who directed a segment in the Aussie omnibus The Turning, is at the helm of this feature adaptation, and we have two first look photos that look gorgeous. One features Fassbender embracing Cotillard, while the other has General Macbeth clearly ready for battle. Look below!
When a sequel to the horror film Sinister was announced over a year ago, director Scott Derrickson and writer C. Robert Cargill were said to be reteaming for the film. And while Derrickson is still attached as a producer and writer, the filmmaker just revealed on Twitter that Ciaran Foy, the director of Citadel (which won the Midnighter Audience Award at SXSW in 2012), will be at the helm of the horror sequel this time. If you haven't seen that spectacular psychological horror thriller, you can watch the trailer right here, and then seek out the film right away. It shows that Foy is perfect to direct Sinister 2 in place of Mr. Derrickson.
For the most part, over the past few years, Chris Pine has taken on big blockbusters like Star Trek, last year's sequel and this year's disappointing Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. Now he's sticking with studio films, but looking to get a little more serious with his acting chops. THR has word that Pine is in talks to lead The Finest Hours, a coast guard drama set back in 1952 and based on the non-fiction book of the same name about how two oil tankers were caught in the middle of a nor'easter, a macro-scale storm along the upper East Coast of the US and Atlantic Canada. What happened is unbelievable, and worthy of the big screen.
It's been well over a year since Lincoln hit theaters, and director Steven Spielberg still hasn't figured out his next project. However, at least one more possibility has surfaced as Variety reports the filmmaker is considering reteaming with writer Tony Kushner, the man behind the Best Picture nominated presidential biopic's screenplay and also Spielberg's powerful Munich for another religious drama called The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara. As of now Spielberg at least plans to produce the co-production between DreamWorks and The Weinstein Company, and he's considering the project as a directing gig too.
It's been awhile since we had a big screen musical that didn't come with a big name cast, and perhaps that's what makes Clint Eastwood's adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys so damn interesting. John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Vincent Piazza, Michael Lomenda take the lead with Christopher Walken in a supporting role, and as you can see in the first trailer (and the first poster), we're going to get several points-of-view on the story of how Frank Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi became Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, the 60s music sensation. This looks fantastic! Watch!
We have less than a month before Gareth Edwards' new monstrous version of Godzilla begins stomping around the world again, and just from the most recent trailer alone, it's clear that this isn't your father's Godzilla. Of course, while the classic monster movie is considered a B-movie, a new featurette has the director talking about how the film was meant to be taken seriously, and certainly in the time it was produced, he's right. And its that inspiration that drew Edwards to remaking Godzilla and not making it campy. He takes sci-fi seriously and wanted this new take on the King of Monsters to have weight. Watch!
Following the spectacular original horror flick Oculus last weekend, there's another promising supernatural thriller on the horizon later this month. The Quiet Ones goes back to the past for a tale inspired by true events, following a university student (Sam Claflin) and some classmates, who are recruited to carry out a private experiment to create a poltergeist. This new trailer uses a creepy little rhyme, read perfectly by a little girl to make it all the more ominous. Jared Harris ("Mad Men") also stars in the film from Hammer, the company behind The Woman in Black. Could this start another horror franchise? We'll see. Read on!
There's just over two weeks left until The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits theaters, officially kicking off the blockbuster summer season. One of the films arriving in the same month doesn't take a cue from a comic book, but from classic animation. Maleficent tells the story of Sleeping Beauty from the point-of-view of the titular sorceress (Angelina Jolie) who places the infamous curse on the young princess (Elle Fanning), and a new featurette talks more about the revision of the well-known fairytale. Jolie offers some insight into the character, as well as Fanning's memory from her childhood spent absorbing the film. Watch!
With the 2014 Cannes Film Festival coming up, it's been nearly a year since The Immigrant debuted at last year's French film festival, and now the film is poised for release in limited theaters next month. The film follows two sisters (Marion Cotillard and Angela Sarafyan) in 1921 who head to America in search of a new life, but their immigration turns into a nightmare when one is quarantined for a lung disease, and the other is forced into prostitution in order to try and get her out, all while dealing with a dastardly man named Bruno (Joaquin Phoenix) who may have ruined her chance at a happy ending with his cousin Emil (Jeremy Renner). The movie hasn't garnered much buzz, but it looks like it could be worth checking out.