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"Mankind's next step will be our greatest." Well, this is interesting. We haven't heard or seen any official announcements yet, however theaters in Los Angeles are selling tickets for 8PM shows of Christopher Nolan's Interstellar starting on Tuesday night, November 4th. Up until today, Interstellar has been officially scheduled to open everywhere on November 7th, and we expected them to run late night/midnight shows the evening before. However, these listings are a full three days early, occurring Tuesday night (for midnight) with the full opening likely on November 5th. So far these listings are only for IMAX theaters, which means this could be an IMAX event to fuel (a few days early) the launch of this cinematic experience.
"There are no two words in the English language more harmful than good job." It's very refreshing, and admittedly exciting, to watch a young filmmaker's career take off over the course of a year. At the Sundance Film Festival in January 2014, the very first film I screened was Whiplash from writer/director Damien Chazelle. It blew me away. Now, almost 10 months later, the film is still playing strong at the New York Film Festival where I caught it for a second time. Over the last year it has also played at Cannes, Toronto, Deauville, Helsinki, Busan, and plenty of other films festivals/events/premieres all over the world earning rave reviews wherever it shows up. It deserves that praise because it truly is an outstanding, inspiring film.
"You were a movie star, remember?" Are you ready for the return of the Birdman? Not much longer now. Fox Searchlight has debuted the first full TV spot (via ComingSoon) for Alejandro G. Iñárritu's Birdman, starring Michael Keaton as actor Riggan Thomson, who once played Birdman the comic book superhero in a series of movies. To put it simply – this is the movie of the fall season, the one everyone will be talking about, the one everyone will be seeing, it's one of the best of the year hands down. Even Edgar Wright raved about it: "A dazzling tightrope walk of cinema". There is one great joke ruined in this TV spot already, but the screech and the rest of it is awesome. Can't wait to go back for another round of Birdman. Take a look!
Tomorrow, the charming and delicious indie comedy Chef arrives on Blu-Ray and DVD, and as one of my favorite films of the year at the midpoint of 2014, I wholeheartedly recommend you check it out (but not on an empty stomach). And for those of you who already saw the film and know about the tasty dishes made in the film, especially the Cuban sandwiches that Jon Favreau's character takes on the road with his son and John Leguizamo, there's hope that you might be able to literally get a taste of what they serve in the film. If Favreau has his way, he would love to open a Chef-themed restaurant over in Los Angeles. More below!
This past weekend, The Skeleton Twins hit limited theaters, the indie comedy sensation starring "Saturday Night Live" veterans Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig. The film is a big specialty box office hit, and this was one of my favorite films from the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. If this movie is playing anywhere near you, go see it immediately. In the meantime, check out what happened with a local new reporter mistook The Skeleton Twins for a different movie that Wiig starred in. Thankfully, Hader and Wiig were good sports about the mistake (as was the reporter) and the rest of us win due to laughter. Watch!
If you saw the end credits that followed 22 Jump Street this past summer, then you were treated to a slew of hilarious artwork for more sequels in the buddy cop comedy series starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. We'll get to see if any of those ideas become reality now that 23 Jump Street is in the works with writer Rodney Rothman returning to write the third film in the franchise. We hope it's the last one, otherwise the meta humor may run its course, but just in case this series goes forever, it's good to know that Phil Lord & Chris Miller have ideas about all the crazy places this franchise can go in the future. Look now!
The last word we got about the long-developing sequel to follow Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey had Galaxy Quest director Dean Parisot attached to direct, but beyond some hints from Keanu Reeves about the plot of the film, we haven't heard anything new about the sequel. But Reeves' co-star and Wyld Stallyns bandmate Alex Winter recently caught up with Yahoo and he says it's still in the works, but it's just taking awhile to get the script in perfect shape. But the good news is that producers and financiers are already on board, but the script is still getting in shape to go into production.
One of the best big screens in the entire world is the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX located in Hollywood, California. Formerly known as the world famous Chinese Theatre, this iconic movie palace was renovated and upgraded last year after the Chinese company TCL bought the cinema. It sounds like this is pretty much the perfect place to see Christopher Nolan's Interstellar on IMAX in November, and good news - they're going all out. Our friends at SlashFilm report that the IMAX screen will be outfitted with a 15-perf 70mm film projection system just so that Nolan's sci-fi masterpiece can be experienced the right way. Oh yes.
We've previously pointed out the overwhelming trend of movie posters almost always looking the same nowadays, with little to no artistic effort put into promoting the film on a poster. One such trend that we've seen recently on posters for Thor and The Social Network is the use of overlaying text on top of the image of one of the stars of the film (you can see even more of them here too). And now it's Benedict Cumberbatch and his awards season hopeful performance in The Imitation Game that gets the familiar poster treatment. It's not the best effort, but we just want you to see this film that our own Alex Billington saw at Tellurdie and called an "exceptionally compelling film led by remarkable performances." Look now!
After wowing audiences at Sundance, the indie sensation Whiplash is hitting theaters October 10th, and the film couldn't have come at a better time for Miles Teller. The actor has been on the rise with performances in films like The Spectacular Now, 21 & Over and That Awkward Moment, and while he can also be seen in Divergent, apparently that film, in which he has a small part, just wasn't doing the trick for him, and Whiplash really picked him back up. As Teller revealed to THR, "I didn’t have an interesting part [in Divergent], and I’d taken the film for business reasons: It was the first movie I’d done that was going to have an international audience. I called my agent and said, 'This sucks.' He told me about Whiplash."
For years, Keanu Reeves has been asked about the possibility of returning to the Speed franchise. The actor only starred in the original film alongside Sandra Bullock as they both tried to keep control of bus that must maintain its speed of 50 miles an hour or it will explode. Speed 2: Cruise Control happened with only Bullock returning, and Reeves being replaced by the presence of Jason Patric (the movie was not good). But while at Fantastic Fest promoting John Wick (which was loved by both our own Alex Billington and Jeremy Kirk), Reeves was asked whether or not he was ready for Speed 3, and his answer was a little surprising.
Following the death of Sir Richard Attenborough late last month, director Colin Trevorrow posted a picture of their tribute to him as John Hammond that will be seen in the forthcoming Jurassic World. Now another look behind the scenes shows off a familiar location to fans of Jurassic Park. In the original film, you might remember that Dennis Nedry (Wayne Knight) tried to smuggle dinosaur DNA out of the park in order to sell it on the black market But he got lost in a rainstorm and didn't know where to go. Well, since Jurassic World goes back to Isla Nublar, it looks like we're going to return to that area at some point.
The teaser trailer for this winter's sequel Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb arrived this past summer, and now 20th Century Fox has unveiled a new poster for the film starring Ben Stiller. It's certainly one of the better posters we've seen for the franchise as it takes the ensemble cast that includes Ricky Gervais, Rebel Wilson, Rami Malek and more, and puts them into an M.C. Escher style image with staircases that don't seem to end. Yes, Robin Williams is in the poster too (this is one of his final performances) and you can even spot a tiny Steve Coogan and Owen Wilson if you scan carefully. Look!
We've seen not one, not two, but three official new posters for Christopher Nolan's fall release Interstellar, and it's starting to be a little too much. In fact, despite the fact that the first poster that debuted this week showed Matthew McConaughey on another world (which we've seen glimpsed in the most recent trailer), we think this last poster might just be overkill. We already know the space crew goes to another world, but this one shows them on a planet full of water. Or maybe it shows them on Earth after they've returned and the world is flooded. It won't ruin the movie, but does it give a little too much mystery away? Here's hoping this IMAX poster is the last one before the film gets released later this fall. Look now!