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Documentary and video game fans alike were already on the edge of their seat watching King of Kong, a chronicle of the competition between gamers Steve Wiebe and Billy Mitchell to achieve the world record high score on the original Donkey Kong arcade game. That battle still continues to this day, but Wiebe took some time away from Donkey Kong to do battle with a soon-to-be-famous video game. The gamer went to Gameworks in Seattle during the Penny Arcade Expo (orPAX) to play Fix-It Felix Jr., the video game (which you can play right now) from Disney’s November animated release Wreck-It Ralph. Watch below!
The first trailer and poster for Anna Karenina, along with a second more theatrical poster, have given a Baz Luhrmann sort of vibe to Joe Wright's new period romance featuring his Pride & Prejudice star Keira Knightley. The film promises "a bold new version of the epic story of love," and I don't remember posters for romances like this being so striking. Even these three new character posters for Anna Karenina are simple, but promise something fantastical and theatrical (in the sense of a stage play) style to the story. Aaron Johnson and Jude Law get their own posters with Knightley, each with desire, passion and honor.
As filming on the sequel to Kick-Ass begins this week (we're not sure if it's called Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall or not), it sounds like we have some confirmation of an exciting cast addition. Just a couple a weeks ago we heard that Jim Carrey was being offered the role of The Colonel in the sequel directed by Cry_Wolf helmer Jeff Wadlow. Now it looks like an update on Twitter (via ScreenRant) from the filmmaker himself seems to confirm Carrey's involvement as the new character who joins Justice Forever, the team of new heroes, including Kick-Ass (Aaron Johnson), who unite to take down Red Mist and his team of villains.
When our own Alex Billington hit the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, he discovered the Rust & Bone from Un Prophete director Jacques Audiard, starring Marion Cotillard (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises) and Matthias Schoenaerts (most recently seen in the Oscar nominated film Bullhead). Now we get a taste of the "raw, emotional" film he was talking about as the first lovely UK trailer for the film has arrived. Complete with phenomenal use of M83's track My Tears Are Becoming a Sea, there's some beautiful imagery for a film that looks like a promising French drama and I can't wait to see it. Don't miss!
We've known that Spike Jonze was making a new film with Joaquin Phoenix since last fall when Carey Mulligan joined the project. However, since then Rooney Mara has stepped up to take Mulligan's role, and Samantha Morton, Olivia Wilde and Amy Adams have joined the cast. We had heard the film followed a man who falls in love with the voice of a computer, not unlike iPhone's Siri. However, now we have some new plot details in the form of an official plot synopsis found by Annapurna (via The Playlist), and The Film Stage has also learned the film will be called Her, which won't make it hard to Google at all. More below!
Ever since movie fans, myself included, were awe-struck and amazed by The Matrix in 1999, they've been trying to learn more about the two individuals behind the technically groundbreaking film, Lana (formerly Larry) and Andy Wachowski. But they have been notoriously shy. They added a no-press clause to their contract for Matrix, and have never done press since. But 13 years have passed, and all of that now changes. Not only with their appearance in the Cloud Atlas trailer intro, but they're now doing press. And the New Yorker has published a phenomenal 8-page, start-to-finish profile on the filmmakers, their life, and their career, leading directly into the making of, and delivery of, their most ambitious movie yet - Cloud Atlas.
Even though the the gestating action thriller Motor City just gained a new villain after Adrien Brody replaced Gary Oldman, the film from Albert Hughes has had a lot of trouble casting the film. Names like Jake Gyllenhaal, Jeremy Renner and Dominic Cooper were linked to the lead role, but they all fell away from the project. Gerard Butler stuck with the project as it worked towards their production start date on September 17th, but now it appears the film is completely dead before the cameras started rolling. Deadline reports the film was still in pre-production, but the crew has been told to go home. So what is going on?
Though James Cameron delivered the bad news that we wouldn't get an Avatar sequel until at least 2015 (which could be a big year since that's when The Avengers sequel will arrive too), we've still been waiting for clarification on whether or not we'll be getting two or three sequels. In an interview earlier this year, Cameron said, "I'm making 'Avatar 2,' 'Avatar 3,' maybe 'Avatar 4.'" The concept of a fourth film seemed solidified when Sigourney Weaver said that they were shooting all three of the sequels back-to-back. Thankfully, producer Jon Landau has now clarified these comments and sets the record straight. Read on!
In late 2010, after the film earned rave reviews, I finally caught The King's Speech at its very last screening in Toronto (my review). I was instantly amazed by it, and as we all know it went on to win Best Picture, for good reason. Director Roger Michell's Hyde Park on Hudson, a story about Franklin D. Roosevelt's meeting with the King and Queen of England in 1939, is sort of a sequel to The King's Speech - although I'm sure everyone involved in the production doesn't like that comparison. But it fits, and fits for good measure, because it's just as charming, wonderful, and entertaining as The King's Speech, but in all of its own ways.
"Expand, or die." Before seeing this film, I had thought that a story about independent American farmers living and working in today's aggressively corporate environment would not be something I could possibly fall in love with. But I did. At Any Price is an incredible film. And it's thanks to Ramin Bahrani, one my favorite indie filmmakers on-the-rise (his past films include Man Push Cart, Chop Shop and Goodbye Solo, all worth seeing). He takes the subject of farming in Iowa and tells a very real, very human, very emotionally affecting but enchanting story of family, work, and the lengths we go to live the ideal life we all want.
There's no denying the grand scope of the Indiana Jones films, three classic adventures that will continue on in history as some of the greatest of their kind ever put to film. Yes, THREE classic adventures. We'll just stick to that assessment from here on. Steven Spielberg and crew came out swinging with these films, only three and five years separating them, but they've since been lumped together, an amazing trilogy that some say rivals Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and The Godfather. But this is all information you're already privy to. What might not be so apparent is how grand, how epic even something we've seen dozens of times like Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, the last of the three and arguably the most fun.
Based on a declassified true story. Although it wasn't initially listed in the 2012 Telluride Film Festival official line-up, one of this year's surprise "sneak previews" is Ben Affleck's Argo, which he directed and stars in. We didn't expect to see it until later in the fest, but they opened with a screening of the film, and so this year kicked off with an outstanding, edge-of-your-seat thriller based on a true international story from the 1980s. Many people may already be very familiar with the CIA (and Canada's) clandestine plan to get American embassy hostages safely out of Iran, but if you're not, or just want a good inside look, it's worth it.