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"I think sometimes its good that you get your ass out of the house." Okay, so this place is amazing. If you love old VHS rental stores, you have to watch this. Media site Nowness (via Movies.com) has debuted an exclusive video featuring French filmmaker Michel Gondry giving a tour and talking about his favorite video rental store found in Paris, France - the Vidéo Club de La Butte (see on Google maps). He picks out and discusses different filmmakers like Wim Wenders, Jim Jarmusch, and Méliès while explaing how they inspired his work. Such a unique video rental store, I hope this place stays open forever. Check this out!
Just last week we learned that cinematographer Wally Pfister's sci-fi directorial debut Transcendence would be arriving in April of 2014, now we've learned that Christopher Nolan will follow-up later that year with his new sci-fi film Interstellar. Deadline released an official memo today confirming that Interstellar is a co-production between Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros, an unprecedented studio deal rare for these days. Included in that note is mention of a November 7th, 2014 release date for Interstellar, in both regular and IMAX theaters worldwide. A new Chris Nolan science fiction movie next year? Oh holy crap yes!
It's finally time. Our first listen to a song from M83's highly anticipated score for Joe Kosinski's Oblivion, the upcoming sci-fi movie starring Tom Cruise. This is one of those moments I've been waiting for ever since first reporting last June that French electronic band M83 would be scoring. We've been curious if the music used in the trailers was M83's work or not, but it doesn't sound like it. Especially after listening to "StarWaves", the track released today. I mean whoa, this is great, and it's not even 4 minutes of music. I can't wait to hear the rest! But, unfortunately, the full score will not be available to buy & stream until April.
This is why I love social media. One of the best examples of a great use of social media for hype, reference, story-building, and just general cinematic awesomeness. Thanks to a tip from our good friends at SlashFilm, we found out that over this past weekend, The Wolverine director James Mangold posted a series of 10 photos on his twitter feed to highlight, as he describes, "images from films that inspired / influenced The Wolverine." His photos are actually a fantastic set of 10 great films, and it's cool to see them listed together for a sense of the tone and style he's going for. As he states: "Name the movies. Even better, go see them."
He's directed numerous X-Men, Superman, Tom Cruise, Verbal Kint and Dr. House, but before getting back to the X-Men, he visited the land of giants. In theaters this weekend is Jack the Giant Slayer, directed by Bryan Singer (of Public Access, Usual Suspects, Apt Pupil, X-Men, X2, Superman Returns and Valkyrie), starring Nicholas Hoult as in an epic new take on the Jack and the Bean Stalk story. I interviewed Bryan when offered the opportunity recently, as a fan I couldn't say no even though we couldn't talk about X-Men. But we did talk about Jack before his return to Montreal for seven months of work on Days of Future Past.
We're excited to finally tell you the date to mark down in your calendars for one of our favorite films of the year so far. I'm talking about The Spectacular Now, directed by James Ponsoldt, starring Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley. It was praised as of the best films of Sundance 2013, and ended up high on both Ethan and my own Top 5 favorites of the fest. Brand new distributor A24 picked up the film and recently set a release date, scheduling it for release starting on August 2nd late this summer. Which might just be the perfect spot for it to break out from. A24 also set Sofia Coppola's new film The Bling Ring for June 14th.
Hot on the heels of character posters featuring Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley), Iron Patriot (Don Cheadle) and Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce), it's Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) who takes center stage in this new official poster for Iron Man 3. Looking like he's seen better days, a battle damaged Iron Man seems to be quite pissed off as his house explodes in the background. But the more important element is the Iron Legion in the background. That's a group of suits that are believed to be controlled by Stark through nanotechnology from the Extremis storyline that inspired the sequel. Look!
If you haven't been following director Marc Webb on Twitter, you're missing out on some fun teases for the 2014 comic book sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2. He's posted some pictures of FBI agents, Oscorp laboratories and most recently, teased a new suit that Andrew Garfield will don for the sequel. Now the first official image of that suit is here, and there's some considerable differences from the suit in the first film, the biggest change being in the eyes which are now white and much larger. Otherwise, the rest of the suit looks much more like the one that Tobey Maguire wore for Sam Raimi's film trilogy. See below!
The 85th 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 an odd host this year - Seth MacFarlane, nominated himself. Once again, we have nine Best Picture nominees from 2012, including Les Mis, Lincoln, Django, Beasts and of course, Ben Affleck's Argo, which has been building up tremendous awards momentum leading to this day. What will win this year? The full list below will be updated with winners marked as they're announced live tonight - refresh for any updates.
Read on for the complete list of nominees and winners. Be sure to 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.
"Ladies, children... sheep. Some people call me a terrorist, I consider myself a teacher." What. A. Badass. Marvel has unveiled the fourth character poster (via Facebook) for Iron Man 3, another one we have to feature. This time the "mysterious" Mandarin, played by Sir Ben Kingsley, gets his own poster, and his own chair, and some incense, and a really nifty jacket, and his own temple. Considering the last two were really bad character poses, this is a big step up, which makes complete sense considering it is The Mandarin and he is going to kick Iron Man's ass all over the place this summer. Going to be awesome! Check him out.
Meet the Salamander Army. Yes! We're finally getting some glimpses at the Ender's Game movie, written & directed by Gavin Hood, due out in theaters this November. Ender's Game fan site Ender News has just debuted a new photo today to tease their set visit from last year (we were there, too). We've already seen one look at Asa Butterfield as Ender Wiggin talking with Col. Graff, now we get to see Ender at Battle School talking with another friend of his, Petra, played by Hailee Steinfeld. The full shot gives us a wider look at the entire Mess Hall and scoreboard, where they're eating with the Salamander Army. Looks perfect!
"We go where instincts take us." Time for a look at the inner workings of Terrence Malick. Our friends at The Film Stage have somehow stumbled across a 3-part series of video featurettes called "The Making of To the Wonder". It's beautiful, behind-the-scenes featurettes about the making of the new Malick film out this spring, To the Wonder, starring Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel McAdams and Javier Bardem. The film is a sweeping Midwest love story, and this covers everything from casting to their lack of a script (yep!). It also features producers Sarah Green and Nicolas Gonda, all the actors, but not Terry, unfortunately. Still, this is a remarkably rare glimpse onto Malick's sets, and a fascinating must watch video.
Though this isn't entirely unexpected, if this rumor turns out to be true, it's just good news and helps make Star Wars: Episode VII even more of a reality. The trustworthy scoopers over at Latino Review have decided to jump from the comic book movie news game into the world of Star Wars, and they've learned that Harrison Ford is already signed for the first film in the new trilogy. Considering we heard that Ford, along with Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, were all open to reprising their original trilogy roles as of last November, this isn't groundbreaking, but it's just good to hear that Han Solo will be around. More below!
Is The Empire Strikes Back one of your favorite movies? Think it's a flawless sci-fi sequel? Think again. At least this may make you think twice about the military strategies and story choices at the beginning of the film. Wired magazine has posted a fun interactive story online called Inside the Battle of Hoth, written by Spencer Ackerman. It turns out to be a scathing breakdown of the entire opening Battle of Hoth, the ice planet, where the Empire sends a fleet of Star Destroyers and AT-AT walkers to try and destroy the Rebels hiding out there and capture Luke while they still can. But it's a massive failure, and Spencer explains why.