He's a one-of-a-kind filmmaker and artist, known and beloved for his quirks and style, and a genuinely interesting person to talk with. In theaters this weekend is the eighth film from Wes Anderson, known for an impressive oeuvre of work so far, from Rushmore to The Royal Tenenbaums to The Life Aquatic to The Darjeeling Limited to Fantastic Mr. Fox to Moonrise Kingdom. His latest is The Grand Budapest Hotel, which I was lucky enough to catch at the Berlin Film Festival world premiere (my review) a few weeks ago. I met up with Wes in New York recently to chat about the film, his career, Hollywood, and a few other things. It was an odd interview, to say the least, not exactly how I expected it to go, but fascinating none-the-less.
Can Tom Hardy make driving in a car for an hour and a half compelling? If the quotes in this first domestic trailer for the real-time thriller Locke are to be believed, then then answer is affirmative. While the trailer does seem a bit silly since it uses quick cuts to Hardy driving a car from different angles and in various states of distress, it does sounds like his character is dealing with a lot of pressure from several different angles. Taking the isolated setting and single-character style of Buried and adding an actor like Hardy into the mix is what truly makes this seem like a promising film, but we'll find out this spring. Watch!
After playing at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, the indie rock comedy Frank is poised to hit theaters sometime this year after Magnolia Pictures picked up the film starring Michael Fassbender. Since the film is already slated for a release in the United Kingdom on May 9th, that's where the first trailer for the film comes from, and it perfectly showcases the quirky, hilarity that makes this such an endearing comedy. But if you're hoping to see Fassbender's handsome face alongside Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Scott McNairy, you're in for a surprise, because he's got quite a special accessory. Watch!
"The stress of everything is catching up to me..." Ohhh boy this looks really, really eerie. A teaser trailer has debuted online for Midnight SXSW film Honeymoon, from first-time filmmaker Leigh Janiak. The film stars Harry Treadaway and Rose Leslie as newlyweds Paul and Bea, who travel to a remote lake country for their honeymoon. It doesn't take long for the whole atmosphere to get a bit creepy, almost as if Lars von Trier suddenly took over. Janiak was impressed by Treadaway's performances in Fish Tank and Control, she tells Hitfix. The film will play at SXSW 2014 and Tribeca and likely other genre fests. Be prepared for chills.
Briefly: We're happy to report some acquisition news for a unique film out of Sundance that needed a good distributor. The Wrap is reporting that Lionsgate has acquired US release rights to the film The Voices, directed by Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis, Chicken with Plums) from a screenplay by Michael R. Perry. The film stars Ryan Reynolds as a cheerful factory worker who is actually a serial killer that talks to his pets, a dog and a cat. The film received quite a few positive reviews, I wasn't sure what to make of it, but The Film Stage's Jordan Raup called it "one of the most unbridled, troubling, and hilarious films of recent years". No actual release date it set yet, however we expect Lionsgate to put it out in theaters sometime later this year.
Briefly: We're still waiting for the exact release date to be confirmed, however the good news is that Amplify and Well Go USA Entertainment have partnered to distribute the new Terry Gilliam sci-fi film, The Zero Theorem, starring Christoph Waltz. Deadline is reporting that they'll be releasing Zero Theorem later this summer, likely July/August, as the two distributors are aiming for "theatrical distribution late summer." The film already premiered at the 2013 Venice Film Festival and will open in the UK this March, but hasn't had any US release set yet despite making a Comic-Con appearance in Hall H last year. The first full trailer + TV spot for this latest Gilliam sci-fi mind-bender debuted a few months ago. Stay tuned for an exact date.
When was the last time you touched someone? Very probing question to ask someone blatantly online, but that's what this page asks as part of a viral for Under the Skin. Described as "entrancing" and "terrifying", the Jonathan Glazer sci-fi film stars Scarlett Johansson as some kind of alien on Earth, and it does indeed bring up themes of sensuality and touch, feeling and sensation. Once answering the question asked, the site fills up with a list of all the entries so far, from the mundane to the extravagant. If you click the little face at the bottom, it goes to the other Under the Skin viral site with an ant: 1 of Many. That's about it. Interesting.
Briefly: If you somehow missed the big news, Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave just won Best Picture at the 86th Academy Awards this past weekend. As expected, Fox Searchlight is banking on all the awards buzz (since it also won at the BAFTAs, the Indie Spirits, and Golden Globes) and re-releasing the film in theaters this weekend. EW.com (via The Film Stage) reports that 12 Years a Slave will be re-released in over 1,000 theaters this weekend, likely being pushed as the Best Picture winner. The film has already made $50 million at the box office and is out on DVD/Blu-ray, but it still worth seeing in theaters. In addition to Best Picture, actress Lupita Nyong'o won Best Supporting Actress, and I was rooting for Chiwetel Ejiofor, too.
"There has been an accident..." Magnet has debuted the first official red band trailer for the feature debut of Canadian filmmaker Jerome Sable, best known for his short The Legend of Beaver Dam, as well as a number of others. In the film, titled Stage Fright, Meat Loaf and Minnie Driver star in a wacky horror musical comedy set at a musical theater camp. I have a feeling this might end up being cult horror classic kind of material and I'm looking forward to seeing it, especially after this trailer. The kabuki seems a bit odd, but this still looks ridiculously campy and musically absurd, exactly what Sable promised to deliver.
This might not be entirely fit for print, but we'll definitely post it here. Even though I'm not the biggest fan of this series, somehow it continues on, and yes, somehow it has a (cult) following. The disgusting Human Centipede series of films continues with The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence), as it is officially called, and EW (of all places) has a first look photo to debut from this sequel, and hopefully final film in the series. Despite the headline and hype, it's not actually much - just a shot of returning cast Laurence R. Harvey and Dieter Laser as the two villains from the first two films walking down a hallway. It's what's next to them that makes this interesting. Great shot to use to start promoting this film. Take a look below.
After making plenty of rounds on the film festival circuit, the revenge thriller Blue Ruin is finally coming to theaters and VOD this spring. Macon Blair stars in the film from cinematographer turned director Jeremy Saulnier (who also wrote the script). This quiet, grounded thriller follows a disheveled man, living out of his car on the beach, who finally gets the news he's been waiting for. The man responsible for killing his parents is out of prison, and he's going to deliver his own brand of justice. It's a basic, familiar story, but it unfolds magnificently and is brought to life perfectly by Macon Blair. Now we have a short new UK trailer for you to watch below. This is seriously one of the best thrillers I have ever seen, so seek it out.
"If you don't bring this man back, I'll find ya and put you in the ground." Today's indie trailer is for a Civil War dramatic thriller titled The Retrieval, which won a Breakthrough Performance Award at SXSW 2013. Ashton Sanders plays a boy assigned by a bounty hunter gang to retrieve a wanted freedman, played by Tishuan Scott, and bring him back to the South. The two begin to form a bond and things get complicated. The cast includes Keston John, Bill Oberst Jr and Christine Horn. I'm not sure how we just found this film now, but it looks fantastic - stunning cinematography, powerful story, heart-wrenching performances. Wow.
The Independent Spirit Awards are an annual award given in the name of independent film, featuring plenty of those little indies which deserve the honor and recognition that, this year, they might not receive at the Oscars. The 2014 winners were announced Saturday before the Oscars, via EW.com, at a ceremony in rainy Santa Monica. The big winner this year was Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave, which swept the ceremony and took home a total of five wins from Best Feature to Best Director to Best Cinematography. These all always my favorite awards because they always get them right, including even Blue is the Warmest Color for Best International and Jared Leto for Supporting. Read on for the full list of Indie Spirit winners.
Good news cinephiles - A24 has arranged release dates for two their upcoming summer/fall releases. The first is David Michod's The Rover, a gritty post-apocalyptic western starring Guy Pearce, which we teased a few weeks ago. The film now has an official release date of July 18, 2014 right smack in the middle of this summer, setting it up to play throughout August as it opens limited. The film will probably play in Cannes, or may just go straight to theaters if they're that confident in it. On the flip side, Lynn Shelton's smart new comedy Laggies with Keira Knightley, which premiered at Sundance, is set for a late September release.