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Samuel L. Jackson Back with Tarantino for 'Hateful Eight' Live-Read

Samuel L. Jackson and Quentin Tarantino

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.

 Posted April 18 in Events, Hype | Comments

Quentin Tarantino to Direct Live Read of His Postponed 'Hateful Eight'

Quentin Tarantino

If you were bummed when writer/director Quentin Tarantino decided to delay his developing western The Hateful Eight after his script leaked, we have some good news (at least if you live in the Los Angeles area or have the means to get over there). Film Independent has announced that Tarantino will cast and direct a live reading of his original screenplay for one night only at LACMA on April 24th. With that comes some info saying script follows the steadily ratcheting tension that develops after a blizzard diverts a stagecoach from its route, and traps a pitiless and mistrustful group in a saloon in the middle of nowhere.

 Posted April 3 in Events, Movie News | Comments

AMC Theatres Plans 'Captain America' Double Feature + SXSW Posters

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

The release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier is just under a month away, so the hype machine is in full swing. And for those looking to refresh their memory about the patriotic Marvel superhero, but want the big screen experience all around, AMC Theatres has announced a special double feature that begins with Captain America: The First Avenger at 5:30pm on April 3rd, leading right into the early 8pm screening of the sequel shortly thereafter. You can buy tickets for the event at participating theaters right here. In the meantime, check out some cool posters plastered around the SXSW festival in Austin, TX.

 Posted March 10 in Events, Hype, Marvel | Comments

NYC's Museum of the Moving Image Hosting a 'Hotels on Film' Series

Hotels on Film

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.

 Posted March 5 in Cool Stuff, Discuss, Events, Feat | Comments

Alternate R-Rated Cut of 'Anchorman 2' Hits Theaters February 28th

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Last fall, before Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues even hit theaters, director Adam McKay talked about the hopeful prospect of releasing an alternate cut of the comedy sequel with all-new jokes. McKay said, "We did so much improv on this one that we can literally replace every single joke in the movie and put in alt scenes and alt improv runs. I think the editor’s working on it right now, with 250 new jokes. I think it would be really funny to put it in theatres for midnight showings." Well, last night Will Ferrell appeared on "The Tonight Show" and told Jimmy Fallon that an R-rated alternate cut hits theaters February 28th.

 Posted February 20 in Events, Movie News, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

'Need for Speed' Screening Free & Early Across the US on February 19th

Need for Speed

Briefly: Though the DreamWorks adaptation of Need for Speed doesn't hit theaters until March 14th, some lucky fans will be able to see the film tomorrow, February 19th. The studio just announced 100 free, advanced screenings of the film starring "Breaking Bad" Emmy winner Aaron Paul. The screenings will happen all across the US, and if you want to find the closest theater to you, check out this link here to RSVP. Tickets will go fast, so act quickly. Aaron Paul and Scott Mescudi and director Scott Waugh will personally introduce their film via satellite in all theaters, and partake in a live Twitter chat afterwards too.

 Posted February 18 in Events, Movie News | Comments

Academy Plots Oscar Concert Featuring Nominated Scores & Songs

The Oscars

The 86th Academy Awards are coming on March 2nd (check out all the nominees right here), and we'll soon see Hollywood's finest gathering to honor each other for their achievements in film from 2013. Before then, some of the Oscar nominees will have their own celebration of sorts. For the first time ever, part of the Oscar Week events leading up to the awards themselves will include as Oscar Concert, featuring suites from each of the scores nominated for Best Original Score. In addition, each film will have their respective suites conducted by the composers nominated for creating them. That's going to be a great show.

 Posted February 13 in Awards, Events | Comments

Mondo to Open Disney Classics Art Gallery in Austin During SXSW

Oh My Disney Mondo

Big news for Disney fans attending SXSW in Austin this March. Mondo has announced they're opening an exhibition at their gallery in Austin during SXSW from March 7th to 11th. The gallery is titled "Nothing's Impossible" and they've partnered with Oh My Disney to feature limited edition artwork from Disney classics and current characters. To celebrate the news, they've debuted a print by Ken Taylor for Disney's Alice in Wonderland (1951), seen in full below. "Disney has a special way of bringing out the magic in all of us and we're very excited to bring that feeling to Austin at this year's gallery event," stated Justin Ishmael.

 Posted January 31 in Artwork, Cool Stuff, Events | Comments

Alamo Drafthouse Unveils Their List of the 100 Best Films of All-Time

Alamo 100 List

For a movie lover to list their 100 favorite films is a daunting task. Choosing 100 films to live with for the rest of your life and no others? Most couldn't even be certain of their favorite film. But that very task was set on the programmers at Austin's Alamo Drafthouse, the theater chain notorious for its collective passion of cinema. Those programmers, as well as Drafthouse CEO and founder Tim League, put their individual lists of 100 films together, and from that list, the "Alamo 100" was born. That's 100 films, listed in no particular order, that League and his crew of programmers feel are essentials, the best in motion pictures.

 Posted December 13 in Events, Lists, Movie News | Comments

Peter Jackson Hosting Worldwide 'The Hobbit' Fan Event in November

The Hobbit Fan Event

To kick off the final countdown, Peter Jackson has announced a worldwide fan event for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, taking place on Monday, November 4th. The event will involve a "special live presentation" at theaters in 13 different locations around the world, including four cities in the US/Canada. Jackson explained the plans on his Facebook page: "I would like to invite you to join me and many members of the cast... we'll be appearing before live audiences in cities around the world." The Hobbit cast will be at different locations and they'll participate in a simultaneous Q&A and also "present a few special surprises."

 Posted October 25 in Events, Hobbit, Hype, Movie News | Comments

AMC Hosting 'Thor' + 'Avengers' + 'The Dark World' Marathon Event

Thor

"I thought humans were more evolved than this." Ready for the next Marvel movie? AMC is hosting their usual marathon screenings for Thor: The Dark World, this time focusing on the God of Thunder and his big screen story. At first I was going to question their use of the term "marathon" for just two movies, but AMC is sneakily tossing Joss Whedon's The Avengers into the mix, for a grand total of three movies showing back-to-back on "THORsday", November 7th, leading up to the midnight release of Thor: The Dark World. As usual, tickets are $25 and come with a movie poster and lanyard in addition to entry to all three movies.

 Posted October 22 in Events, Hype, Movie News | Comments

Catch the 'Assassination of Jesse James' Revival in NYC in December

The Assassination of Jesse James Revival

No eulogies. Whether or not you've seen this film before, this is a must-attend event if you're in New York. We're helping promote an event at the Museum of the Moving Image, a revival screening of the western The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, featuring an appearance and Q&A with director Andrew Dominik (of Chopper & Killing Them Softly, too). The event is taking place on Saturday, December 7th at 6PM, a one-time showing of the little-seen, beautifully-shot (by Roger Deakins!) story of Jesse James & Robert Ford. It's an exquisite film, one of my favorites of 2007, we're happy to support this.

 Posted October 18 in Events, Feat, Movie News | Comments

Sneak Peeks of 'Captain Phillips' Screen Across the Nation October 5th

Captain Phillips

Briefly: After wowing audiences at the New York Film Festival, with a performance by Tom Hanks that will likely land him a Best Actor nomination, Sony Pictures is bringing Captain Phillips to theaters a little early for one night only. This coming weekend, the drama from director Paul Greengrass will have sneak preview screenings on Saturday night, on 800 screens across the nation. Check your local theaters to see if the sneak preview will make it near you. For everyone else, the film about the Somali pirate hijacking of the cargo ship Maersk Alabama will arrive in theaters everywhere in just over a week on Friday, October 11th.

 Posted October 3 in Events, Movie News | Comments

'Anchorman' Live Reading Planned with Will Ferrell and News Team

Anchorman - Live!

While Jason Reitman is always having live readings of various films with tons of stars in roles they've never played before, Judd Apatow and Adam McKay are rounding up the real cast of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy for a live reading of the script as a benefit for 826LA's free programs for children. Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner and Jack Black will all be on hand for the live reading which will be hosted by Conan O'Brien. In addition, there will be "Big Deal Musical Guests" on hand. VIP tickets are on sale, but they're pretty damn pricey. Read on!

 Posted September 5 in Cool Stuff, Events | Comments

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