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Following yesterday's tease for the X-Men: Days of Future Past trailer coming next Tuesday, we now have some official photos from the Bryan Singer directed sequel that will merge the casts of the original X-Men franchise and the prequel X-Men: First Class. This promises to be an epic comic book flick that just might be able to shake a stick at The Avengers. Some of the photos are behind the scenes featuring Jennifer Lawrence looking quite sexy in 70s clothes, but we also get a shot of her as Mystique, and a couple photos with James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Hugh Jackman and Ellen Page. Look!
Never give up. At the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year I caught two different screenings of a film that amazed me and left me floored both times I saw it - All is Lost, the second feature from writer & director J.C. Chandor. I first met J.C. at Sundance in early 2012 at the party for his first film, Margin Call, which premiered at the festival and went on to earn an Oscar nomination. He's back again this year with All is Lost, a film which stars Robert Redford and only Robert Redford, with only a handful of lines of dialogue, taking place entirely on a sailboat lost at sea. It's a beautiful film and I had plenty to ask J.C. Chandor about.
Following false rumors that Arnold Schwarzenegger would reunite with director James Cameron for a villain role in the first of three Avatar sequels, which start to hit theaters in December of 2016, it sounds like the villain will in fact be a familiar face on Pandora. Deadline has word from Cameron himself that Stephen Lang, who played the intense Colonel Miles Quaritch in the first film, is coming back for the sequels. And yes, that's plural because he will be back for all three new films in the series. Cameron says, "Steven was so memorable in the first film, we’re privileged to have him back." But how will he come back?
Following the first teaser poster featuring the stripped shield of Marvel's patriotic superhero, a new poster for Captain America: The Winter Soldier has arrived. This time we get a new glimpse of Chris Evans as Steve Rogers as he looks ready for a quick jump out of the back of a S.H.I.E.L.D. jet with the helicarrier looming in the background over Washington D.C. There's definitely some hints at where the action is taking place and also maybe some metaphor for how the agency is becoming this entity that might be wielding some shady sense of authority over our country. The first trailer for Cap's new adventure is coming on Thursday, and you'll likely see it play before Thor: The Dark World in a couple weeks too. Poster below!
Besides being an action star, Arnold Schwarzenegger is just an incredibly cool and charismatic guy. This writer is proud to say he had the good fortune of meeting the international superstar on the set of The Last Stand a couple years ago, and he couldn't have been more nice. Now Schwarzenegger did something really for for his fans in the form of another AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit. However, since he's already done a regular AMA and even one specifically on fitness, this time he decided to do something different. As a cool way to promote his movie Escape Plan (in theaters now) he had fans post their favorite quotes from his movies, and he reenacted them and posted the video to YouTube for everyone to enjoy. It's just awesome!
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.
For those who don't know, it's Superman's 75th anniversary, and to commemorate The Big Blue Boy Scout, Warner Bros. Animation teamed up with Man of Steel director Zack Snyder for a cool little animated short that quickly and cleverly covers the expansive pop culture history of Superman. With help from "Superman: The Animated Series" creator Bruce Timm, this short starts with the hero's debut in Action Comics #1 and moves through things like "Super Friends," the big screen adventure in Richard Donner's 1978 film Superman, the popular series "Smallville" and, of course, this year's Man of Steel.
We've been waiting for them to start selling this! For those that loved Neill Blomkamp's second feature, Elysium, the design house Weta has started selling swag from the movie on their website. Weta did some design work on the various vehicles, weapons and droids seen in the sci-fi movie and has the rights to sell some replica products. For District 9, they sold full-size replicas of the weapons, and it looks like they're doing the same with Elysium. A full-size Chemrail replica has been listed for pre-order on the Weta Shop website, along with the Art Of book and shirt printed to look like Max's exoskeleton suit. More details below.
The release of Marvel's Thor: The Dark World is just around the corner with an October 30th launch on IMAX screens looming, but the comic book studio is getting the pieces of their Phase Three title Ant-Man together. Director Edgar Wright teased that he was getting to work on the film with a behind the scenes picture from shooting the sample reel that played at Comic-Con a couple years ago, and now we have two frontrunners listed to play the lesser known superhero. Variety has word that Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Paul Rudd are currently the top contenders, but another actor emerging isn't entirely out of the question.
"Dedicated to gathering the greatest films from around the world and publishing them in editions of the highest technical quality." For cinephiles, it's amusing to watch two very talented filmmakers geeking out while raiding the DVD/BR closets of the Criterion Collection. Inbetween the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals, directors Alfonso Cuarón (of Gravity) & Pawel Pawlikowski (of Ida) stopped by the Criterion offices in New York City and
stole made off with a bunch of DVDs from their archives. A short video has hit the web showing the two discussing classics and picking out favorites, and now we can watch them geek out.
This weekend marks an annual tradition on TV with "The Simpsons" Halloween special dubbed "Treehouse of Horror," and this time a horror master from the film world got involved in the ghoulishly good time. Guillermo del Toro helped put together an epic opening sequence for the special episode which is full of homages to horror classics from the likes of Alfred Hitchcock and Universal's classic movie monsters to del Toro's own horror creations in films like Pan's Labyrinth and even some Pacific Rim kaiju fighting Jaegers if you look close. And they're all mixed with the characters from "The Simpsons."
"Pure cinema is its own language." It's time to experience Gravity. After years of waiting, years of anticipation, it's finally arriving in theaters. The man behind this exhilarating experience is none other than Alfonso Cuarón, the talented Mexican filmmaker behind A Little Princess, Y Tu Mamá También, Prisoner of Azkaban and Children of Men. I have been a big fan of Cuarón for many years and have been waiting to meet him and interview him and I finally got the opportunity of a lifetime. Not only is he an incredibly nice, very humble filmmaker, but he spoke openly about many different topics, from sci-fi to cinema to spectacle.
My first year living in New York City, and now my first year at the New York Film Festival. Starting today, the 51st New York Film Festival (or just NYFF as it's better known) kicks off, continuing the fall festival season following Telluride, Toronto and Fantastic Fest. Luckily, living in New York, I don't have to travel far to attend this festival. Over the last year I've been hearing nothing but great things about this fest from many of my New York friends/colleagues. Being my first year attending, I have no idea what to expect. What I do know is that the Film Society of Lincoln Center is one of the greatest places for cinema in this country.
"I don't want to survive... I want to live." Portraying the true story of Solomon Northup in Steve McQueen's newest film 12 Years a Slave, actor Chiwetel Ejiofor delivers an extraordinarily powerful, nuanced, emotional, and brutal yet heartfelt performance, one of the finest seen on screen this year. Chiwetel is yet another British actor with a unique name that many cinephiles have come to love, thanks to a diverse career with highlights including Dirty Pretty Things, Serenity, Kinky Boots, Children of Men, American Gangster, Redbelt and 2012 recently. I first met Chiwetel back in 2008 for an interview about Redbelt, and was lucky to catch up with him again in 2013 for a chat about playing Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave. Read on.