Frame of Mind: Kathryn Schroeder
Italian Director/Screenwriter Lorenzo Sportiello has a very unique vision of the future, as seen in his debut feature film Index Zero. It is the year 2035, and gone are the European Countries we know so well; in their place is the United States of Europe. How this came to be we shall never know. It is accepted, as is the fact that the powers that be are not open and inviting to others. Nor is freedom an option any longer, or the ability to live your life as you wish. The new world order is bleak.
If you have ever wanted to see Richard Gere (Pretty Woman, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) at his eccentric best, watch Franny. Gere stars as the title character Franny, a wealthy philanthropist who has always been a tad outlandish. His behavior becomes altogether erratic after he loses his best friends in a car crash and he is left ultimately alone. Five years later and a call from their daughter Olivia (Dakota Fanning from The Runaways), who Franny always referred to as Poodles, and he is suddenly drawn out of his reclusive state and hell-bent on helping her and her new husband build a life. The catch is of course that Franny has deep psychological wounds following the accident that claimed Olivia’s parents life but spared his and he does not exactly know how to acclimate himself into the young couple’s life.
Simplicity. There a few films made today that act upon the word. They instead feel the need to fill space with the unnecessary, oftentimes to mask the problems that lie within the story being told. Mexican Director Gabriel Ripstein’s 600 Millas (600 Miles) takes the simplistic route to produce a film worthy of the art form. 600 Miles makes simplicity look like the best choice for a filmmaker, and viewers are sure to agree.
Barney Thomson is an unassuming Glasgow, Scotland, barber. That is, until a pair of scissors finds its way into the chest of his employer, and Barney is mildly to blame. So begets the story of how Barney Thomson became a legend in his small corner of a big city. As a barber who was on his way to being fired, he now finds himself tasked with covering up a murder, maybe two. In The Legend of Barney Thomson the happenstance of murder is carefully crafted in a dark comedic style, with the guidance of actor-turned-director Robert Carlyle (28 Weeks Later, Trainspotting) who also plays the starring role of Barney.
The classic novel “Madame Bovary” by Gustave Flaubert has been adapted for the stage and screen on numerous occasions, the latest for the screen being director Sophie Barthes’ with screenwriter Felipe Marino. Madame Bovary is the story of a young woman who marries a country doctor only to discover the life she has been given is far from what she desires. The simpleness of country life does not suit Madame Bovary, and in order to gain fulfillment she looks elsewhere—in the beds of multiple men and in the all too inviting local merchant who tempts her with the splendors of the wealthy, regardless of cost and future detriment.
Movies that take place in the Marvel universe are hit-or-miss for the majority of filmgoers--uber fans of the characters/mythology tend to have a blind eye to a respective films misgivings. Every so often a Marvel movie gets its right, as with Iron Man and Thor. The Avengers was not so lucky, if luck really has anything to do with it in Hollywood. The pairing of a great many of the favorite Marvel universe characters has been redeemed in the follow-up sequel: Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Las Vegas. The mere mention of its name provokes Hollywood movie memories from all genres. It is an eternal movie city that can feature any sort of hijinks, madness, mayhem, murder, sin, romance, and anything else a Hollywood screenwriter can dream up to place on the page. The time has come for Las Vegas to meet Jason Statham in Simon West's Wild Card. The meeting of the pair, a city and an actor who both play the same character whenever they appear on screen, is an exciting idea that has come at a price. That price being a loss of wonder for both as Wild Card is without a doubt a disordered attempt at merging two of the movie world's best "characters" on screen.
Meet Wetlands' Helen (Carla Juri). She is in her post-teen years, still lives at home, is quite pretty with her tomboy haircut that is juxtaposed with her liking for very short shirts. She is a tiny bit insecure, and extremely precocious; exhibiting a child-like sense in her very much young adult body. Helen is also extremely vulgar in everything that she does. Obsessed with sex, sexuality, and pushing the boundaries of appropriateness there is no end to what Helen will do. Or what those around her will be compelled to do by her influence. Helen is, in a word, amazing. Solely for the fact that she exhibits everything that is wrong for a girl of her age, and you instantly fall in love with her because of this fact.
The sound of bones crunching against a tree, as a man's body tumbles down an unforgiving hill; not once, but twice. This is the sound that haunts you after watching Lone Survivor, superseding the gunfire, explosions, helicopter propellers, and painful screams of four men being ambushed in Afghanistan by Taliban forces. It could easily go unnoticed, this sound, if it were not blatantly on display, or if the scene was anything less than horrific. The success of displaying the carnage, the way in which each man's body was pummeled, bruised, battered, and riddled with gunfire, is to show the perseverance they displayed, the outward courage of these Navy SEALs, that takes on an entirely new level of empathy from the viewer.
A Visit To Bran Castle, Transylvania: Francis Ford Coppola's 'Dracula,' Vampires, And Horror On Display
A trip to Romania is not complete without a visit to the famed Bran Castle, located on the border of Transylvania and Wallachia. A magical place, full of tourists and iconography dealing with vampires, it came as no surprise that Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula was one of many films deserving of a mention during the castle tour. It was a great surprise, though, to find a couple props used in the film on display, complete with letters of authenticity.
Reconstructing the last day in a man's life was the difficult task put to director Ryan Coogler with Fruitvale Station. The events leading up to Oscar Grant's untimely death on New Year's Day 2009 is the basis for the story, the sensationalized media frenzy that came afterwards is left out of Fruitvale Station, giving the viewer an opportunity to know Oscar as the man he once was, and was trying to be for his family. His death caused a media uproar, shook the San Francisco Bay Area, and continues to influence the politics of how police officers act, and react, in situations. Oscar was unjustly killed by a Bart Officer coming home on New Year's Eve; a death that could have been avoided, as was seen by millions thanks to cell phone videos taken at the scene.
LAFF Film Review: 'Europa Report' Will Make Science Fiction Fans Euphoric (Dir. Sebastián Cordero 2013 USA)
Found footage has a secure home in horror movies, and with Europa Report the science fiction genre gets its best found footage film to date. From director Sebastián Cordero, his first English-language film Europa Report tells the story of a privately funded space mission to one of Jupiter's Moons. The hope of the crew, and the company behind them, is to find signs of life--albeit at the molecular level in the ice or water; or nothing at all. Europa Report takes place far in the future, where technology makes it possible to send astronauts into space for years at a time without the use of the sleeping pods the genre is so fond of, a la Alien.
There are scary movies, and then there are SCARY movies. The Conjuring fits into the latter category as it will undoubtedly frighten you to the point of laughter, make you squirm in your seat, cover your eyes, and wish you had left the lights on in the house because you will be afraid of the dark when you get home. The Conjuring is the horror movie we dream of, because its a hark back to an older style of horror filmmaking, before torture, excessive blood and guts, and the like took over cinema screens, and found-footage too.
The unhappy, bored housewife dilemma is no longer confined to narrative storytelling about heterosexual couples thanks to Concussion, a movie that gets a great deal of things right with representation, but falters when it comes to the scandalous underbelly of its story.
The blessed event of pregnancy, made unforgettably horrifying in Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby, has found yet another outlet to promote birth control with first-time Director Brian Netto's Delivery. Written by Netto and Adam Schindler, Delivery uses the found-footage motif to tell the story of Kyle and Rachel Massy's road to parenthood, as the stars of a new reality show, "Delivery."
Assault On Wall Street is one of the most confounding movies you could ever watch; although I am not necessarily suggesting you watch it. Set amidst the most recent financial crisis in the United States, it tells the story of a man who has every possible negative outcome occur in his life stemming from the crisis. He loses his life savings due to a shady investment in commercial real estate, has a lien placed upon him because of the investment, loses his job, his home, and to make matters even worse his health insurance cap is reached, amongst other things. The loss of health insurance is an important part of the story as his wife needs post brain tumor therapy and without the insurance coverage they must resort to using their credit cards. The credit card debt soon piles up, the interest rates rise, and suddenly yet another problem is added to the list for the couple. The onslaught of negativity Assault On Wall Street delivers is far too much for a casual viewer, made worse by what the film does as the solution to Jim's (Dominic Purcell) problems--he becomes a domestic terrorist.
Film Rave: Favoring Style Over Substance, Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby' Is A Frenetically Paced Extravagant Affair
Oh, the green light. If you have read the novel "The Great Gatsby," by F. Scott Fitzgerald, you are well aware of the green light, and everything it stood for in the story. It exists in the most recent film adaptation by director Baz Lurhmann, The Great Gatsby, coupled with an exaggerated quality of decadence and style like only Lurhmann can create on screen.
Rushlights is a twisted tale of lies and deceit, with a host of characters that get more shady by the minute. This is, of course, the extreme fun in watching Rushlights' story play out on screen. The twists keep coming, the momentum never slows down, and the near-pulpiness of the movie only helps matters.
Director William Savage creates a touching story of love, loss, and mourning with his first feature-length film In Lieu Of Flowers. Premiering at the 2013 Newport Beach Film Festival, audiences are sure to applaud the heartfelt sentiment found in the film. As well as the never faltering feeling of hope for life after heartbreak that permeates the narrative.
Film Rave: Eron Sheean's Fascinating And Horrifying Genetic Mutation Tale 'Errors Of The Human Body'
The subject of genetic mutations is enough to evoke fear in anyone. The lack of control humans have over their genetic material, and what horrors may exist in its intricately woven thread, is a subject science fiction and horror cinema happily investigates. In his feature-length film debut, director/co-writer Eron Sheean ventures into the territory of genetic research, that of bio-engineering, to deliver a fascinating and horrifying tale in Errors Of The Human Body.
There is a great deal that can be inferred by writer-director Juan Solaris' Upside Down, depending on the context in which you view the film. At the simplest level it is a love story about two people from different stations in life who desperately want to be together even though it is forbidden--a tale as old as time. Another possibility is to see Upside Down as commentary on social politics, the have's and the have-nots constantly at odds with one another and the sole individual willing to risk it all to bring about equality. There is one more route you can take, that of a historical recalling and a fantastical glimpse into post-war worlds--as the two worlds created in the movie resemble greatly historical photos of post-WWII Germany or Poland versus the untarnished industrialized and thriving West. With so many possibilities Upside Down can easily please a variety of viewers, what it cannot do is uplift the viewer as it fails to delve deeply enough into any one theme, one idea, or one clear vision to warrant greatness, just mild amusement and a deep want for greater meaning that never comes.
When the second World War is discussed the conversation usually turns to Germany and Adolf Hitler. The same can be said for movies about WWII; more often than not, and particularly in recent film history, it is the story of the Nazi's rise to power and the holocaust that feeds screenwriter's imaginations and research. But what of Japan? For Americans the impact Japan had on WWII is a constant reminder of how our country is not impenetrable to war on our own soil in the modern age; made even more evident on September 11, 2001. Director Peter Webber's Emperor is a rarity among WWII-themed pictures, as it tells the story of the aftermath of the war.
In a perfect world, where politics and a heavy amount of bullshit do not decide who wins the Academy Award each year in the biggest categories, like Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Director, and so on, the following films, actors, and moviemaking professionals would be the Academy Award Winners, 2013. This is of course my personal opinion, but I am right.
Another year has gone by at FilmFracture and it has been full of great movies, mediocre trips to the cinema, and some downright awful wastes of time. With that said, here are the best and worst movies of 2012, based solely on their Production ratings (how they faired in other categories may have been better, or the same, click out on the titles to see for yourself). I must warn you, our choices for the best movies may come as quite a shock--who would have thought a Troma picture would make a best of list?
On December 19, 2012 Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand are heading out on the open road in the comedy The Guilt Trip. I had the pleasure to attend the press conference for The Guilt Trip with Barbra and Seth in attendance, as well as director Anne Fletcher and screenwriter Dan Fogelman. The questions posed to all four made for a stimulating and often times hilarious afternoon. Even if everyone wanted a piece of Barbra--but you can't blame them, it is a rare occasion to have the opportunity to ask Barbra Streisand a question. Here are some of my favorite moments...with commentary thrown in for good measure here and there.
Now Playing On Demand: Magnolia Pictures' Deadfall, starring Eric Bana, Charlie Hunnam, and Olivia Wilde
Eric Bana once played the Hulk, in the forgettable 2003 film Hulk, directed by Life Of Pi's Ang Lee. Charlie Hunnam currently stars as Jax Teller on the hugely popular television show "Sons of Anarchy," and Olivia Wilde is on her way to becoming box office poison with the lack of success her last starring role films have had, namely Tron: Legacy, The Words, and The Change-Up. Kate Mara (10 Years), well, she is someone you always wished had a better agent, but she never seems to get one. Throw in Sissy Spacek, Treat Williams, and Kris Kristofferson for good measure, or because you can given their schedules are quite free these days, and you have the surprisingly talented cast of Deadfall.
Happy Holidays, everyone. This year the FilmFracture team brings you the most anticipated, and must see movies, of the 2012 Holiday Movie Season. Some may be obvious--The Hobbit--others not so much--Silent Night--but they are coming to theatres to make your holiday a little more bright, while being spent in the dark.
Dreamworks Animation has given moviegoers some of the most treasured animated franchises; from the Shrek and Madagascar series of films to Kung Fu Panda's, as well as How To Train Your Dragon and the highly anticipated upcoming sequel coming 2014. Their newest film, Rise of the Guardians is based on a series of books by William Joyce called "The Guardians of Childhood" that brings to life a world where Santa Klaus (voice of Alex Baldwin), the Easter Bunny (voice of Hugh Jackman), Sandman, and the Tooth Fairy (voice of Isla Fisher) exist to keep the world safe; they are The Guardians and it is with the belief of children around the world as to their existence that their powers remain in tact. There is one other fabled character who has never been given much attention in the modern age, or any age for that matter, Jack Frost (voice of Chris Pine). Rise of the Guardians is Jack Frost's story as to how he becomes one of the Guardians, while assisting the others in saving the world from the evil Boogeyman (voice of Jude Law).
Natural disasters are easy prey for filmmakers wherein the melodrama is grown organically out of the true story the film portrays. This is usually their downfall, as the events and performances are so over-the-top and seeping with mushiness that they get thrown onto a Cable Network and forgotten--all for the best. Then there is one that goes against the odds stacked up against it, a melodrama based on true events that takes place during a harrowing experience that is the entire film-worthy package, meant to be seen on a big screen. The Impossible, directed by Juan Antonio Bayona of The Orphanage (2007), is that movie.
Director Tobias Lindholm's first feature film R was a gritty prison drama that upheaved the generic genre conventions that came before. His second feature takes a drastic look at a very topical subject, and one very much ignored in detail in the media--except for the sensationalizing of pirates sailing the open sea. A Highjacking is the story of a group of crew members aboard a Danish ship headed to Mumbai, sailing in waters that are not common territory for water-bound highjacking. Never say never is the shocking truth that A Highjacking brings to life, with as much intensity and claustrophobia possible.
AFI FEST 2012 'Breakthrough' Must See Selection: Nairobi Half Life (Dir. Tosh Gitonga 2012 Germany Kenya)
If you go to the AFI FEST website, and select Film Guide from the navigation menu, you will find all of the festival's sections laid out before you, with an image from one film highlighting each. It should come as no surprise that Nairobi Half Life has been selected to represent the 'Breakthrough' section of the guide. Not to discount the greatness of the other five films in the section but after viewing Nairobi Half Life it is hard to imagine any other film being as remarkable--although I am sure they all have their respective merits, and I will discover those when the festival runs November 1-8, much to my excitement. For now I will share with you the fascinating and brilliant accomplishment in filmmaking that is Nairobi Half Life.
AFI FEST 2012 'Young Americans' Must See Movies: The International Sign For Choking, Somebody Up There Likes Me, and Starlet
The 'Young Americans' section of the AFI FEST program is a place where emerging U.S. filmmakers showcase their recent works to the festival audience in the hopes that they will win the coveted audience award prize. There are eleven films in the section for the 2012 festival, three of which have made an incredible impression on me during my pre-festival coverage--I have not seen all of the eleven, and I look forward to watching the rest during AFI FEST 2012 (November 1-8). But for now, a preview of three sure contenders for the audience award, and they are undoubtedly going to please every festival goer who takes the time to see them--and I highly recommend you add them to your schedule--The International Sign For Choking, Somebody Up There Likes Me, and Starlet.
Spending time with Charlie Hunnam and Lizzy Caplan together in an interview setting was anything but structured, cohesive, or lacking in humor. Promoting their new film 3,2,1...Frankie Go Boom, it was a refreshing interview as the two actors had a great rapport with one another; they were constantly laughing, telling jokes, sparring with sarcasm, and for the most part making it extremely difficult to get a straight answer about anything. It was one of the best times at an interview I have ever experienced, because it was unpredictable. Here is a highlight reel of their best commentary. Warning, it does not make much sense as a whole, and that is kind of the point, but please be aware that everything was said in jest, and should not be construed in any other way when/if possible.
When Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master premiered at the 2012 Venice Film Festival the immediate reaction from critics in attendance was that of high praise. The festival jury agreed, bestowing best actor awards to Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix and best director to Paul Thomas Anderson; and, as is expected at the Venice Film Festival, a scandal erupted over whether the best picture Golden Lion went to The Master or Kim Ki-duk's Pieta [NY Times Artsbeat]. The admiration for filming on 65mm (to be seen on 70mm in theatres) also gave The Master an immediate boost is likability because in a dying world of film usage in lieu of the cheaper digital format a movie made on 65mm is rare beyond measure. The usage pays off as The Master is breathtakingly beautiful with its expansive extreme wide shots and uncomfortable close-ups that last far too long and cause one to stir in his seat from the intrusive nature of the shot. The trance inducing score with its methodical rhythm only further creates an almost ominous feeling surrounding the entire film, creating a place in time that is haunted by the ghosts of the characters. The technical aspects of The Master are not what will have people talking after seeing it, and the scandal in Venice has since been forgotten, as the praise for The Master continues--but the worthiness of such praise is complicated, as The Master's success or failure resides in a viewer's own perception of the material, and the material presented is difficult to process.
Ridley Scott's newest film Prometheus (2012) has raised a great many questions, and provided few direct answers for moviegoers. This piece seeks to uncover some of the mystery surrounded the unanswered questions in Prometheus while analyzing the information provided in the film. It contains spoilers, and ideas that are solely those of the author and is not intended to be considered factual in its basis. Unless you completely agree that is, and then of course, it holds truth; more truth than you could ever imagine. Now, let's have some fun figuring out Prometheus.
A writer's words can project their soul onto the page, for the world to embrace, admonish, or when such words reveal a love story beyond measure to provoke a wealth of emotion. Passing off another's work as your own is the cruelest act a writer can commit; in The Words, Bradley Cooper's character Rory Jansen does just that. But the truth behind the motivation of Rory to use another man's story in order to become a published writer is not simple. The complexity of Rory's tale tests morality, as it also reveals the truths behind the fact that having told a story may be more important than who actually wrote the story. The Words is a complicated dialogue on morals, on truth, and most of all a love story that makes the aforementioned inconsequential.
Politically charged documentaries are a dime a dozen. Documentaries of a satirical nature, that also say a great deal about world politics in an informative, engaging, and humorous way are less common. Danish Director Mads Brugger ventures into the territory of political documentary satire, or a political farce, with The Ambassador. Mads opens The Ambassador by stating, "Here ends my life as a Danish journalist." His new life venture is to become an African Diplomat, for bags of diamonds he claims he can smuggle out of his new found country as a Diplomat. His country of choice, thanks to the ease of achieving Diplomat status with the right amount of money, is Liberia. His target is the Central African Republic (CAR), a little known country to the rest of the world but a place full of what Mads wants most: blood diamonds. Mads Brugger uses his style of documentary storytelling that he calls "performative journalism" to share his experience. In performative journalism he creates an "absurd caricature of a corrupt diplomat, with hidden cameras, black-market credentials, and razor-sharp wit." The experiment is a success, to say the least.
The country of Colombia has always been a place of violence, political unrest, and consistently under scrutiny. Famously known for its Drug Cartel, and former cartel leader Pablo Escobar, Colombia continues to supply 90% of the cocaine to US drug traffickers. A rarely told viewpoint is that of the women in Colombia, from the rural villages that are caught in the crossfire between the government and guerillas. Director Nicole Karsin ventures into this unchartered feminist viewpoint with the documentary We Women Warriors. Told from the perspective of three native women, Doris an Awa from Southern Colombia, Ludis a Kankuamo of Northern Colombia, and Flor Ilva, a Nasa woman in Southern Colombia, Karsin weaves an intricate story about perseverance in a place where violence has overrun the desire for peace, but three women seek to make change with non-violent actions.
Greed, blackmail, sex, and...butter. These are the four components that make-up Director Jim Field Smith's quirky movie aptly titled Butter. Set in the oh-so-americana State of Iowa, where State Fairs do indeed still exist, there is the royal family of butter carvers, the Picklers. Bob Pickler (Ty Burrell) has been the Iowa State champion of butter carvers for the past fifteen years, his crowning achievement's include 'The Last Supper' and 'T-Rex Eating Girl', plus the impressive 'Shindler's List'. It is his wife Laura Pickler (Jennifer Garner) who has been by his side the entire time, making sure Bob achieves greatness, and doing her part to maintain the utmost of poise as the First Lady of butter carvers.
Robert Pattinson smells like sex...that is what director David Cronenberg makes clear in Cosmopolis, his new film starring Robert Pattinson as the paranoid corporate tycoon Eric Packer who is destined to fall prey to his own created schizoid demise. Adapted from the highly acclaimed novel "Cosmopolis" by Paulo Branco, Cronenberg's screen adaptation pits Pattinson against his own known screen persona, the vampire, baiting him to come forth and prove he is more than a cool and distant undead male desperately seeking affection and empathy for his cruel deeds. But Pattinson's Eric is exactly the same typographical character in Cosmopolis; the only difference being his thirst is not for blood but for money, security, and power.
British filmmaker Bart Layton came across a story that appeared more fiction than truth. A 23-year-old French-Algerian man had stolen the identity of a missing Texan boy, some three-and-a-half years after his disappearance. A master con-man, Frédéric Bourdin was in need of a new identity, being wanted by Interpol for his crimes and finding himself without any options left in Linares, Spain. A master manipulator, he posed as a missing teenager and was taken in by the Linares police after tourists phoned in their finding a scared and troubled boy. The events that occurred afterwards are outwardly shocking, and the story Bart Layton creates on screen of this real-life happening is absolutely intoxicating to watch.
Models. The word alone can send women into a panic of self-doubt and conjure body image issues galore. What is it about models that makes women intensely insecure? It is not the models, the women to be exact, that perpetuate this reaction in women but the manner in which cultures substantiate that a model is the ideal, the embodiment of perfection. To be beautiful one must look like a model. This is of course an impossible feat for a woman as we cannot all look the same way, nor should we want to--and we do not all have access to make-up artists, personal trainers, nutritionists, and all of the other necessities that go along with a life in front of the camera. The societal pressures to be perfect, to be model-like, is a constant sociological problem that has been addressed in numerous documentaries. Have you ever wondered what the aging model thinks about the entire situation? How they handle growing older in a profession that glorifies youthfulness and admonishes aging? Director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders has assembled some of the biggest fashion models from the past 60-years to discuss these questions, and more, about their life as part of the modeling world in About Face.
At every film festival there always seems to be one movie that strikes you as a viewer more so than any other. For the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival the honor goes to Director Mads Matthiesen's Teddy Bear. The promotional image for Teddy Bear displays a hulking figure of a man, bodybuilder Dennis (real-life super-heavyweight bodybuilder Kim Kold), curling his biceps in front of a mirror with a barbell weighted far more than most people could carry with both hands. Dennis is covered in tattoos, rippling with muscles, and looks nothing like the gentile man you come to know in Teddy Bear--a juxtaposition of a title if there ever was one to the striking figure of the man it refers. But Dennis is all heart, a sweet-natured man who yearns for love but is painfully shy.
Presented by the Director himself, William Friedkin, Killer Joe played to a full house on the second night of the Los Angeles Film Festival 2012 and the entire room was laughing out loud, enjoying every minute of this dark and twisted tale. As Friedkin puts it, "It's a comedy by the way, you must not freak out."
The advent of cinema created a world where artists could create moving portraits, an artistic medium not bound my any form of limitations. Rarely a film is created that holds a transgressive quality, the ability to move you completely out of your comfort zone and violate the standard laws of filmmaking. Beasts of the Southern Wild, directed by Benh Zeitlin, who co-wrote the screenplay with Lucy Alibar, has done just that, and more. Beasts of the Southern Wild may be classified as a magical realist film, wherein the real and the fantastic exist in the same place, simultaneously, and without pure distinction.
It has taken over two years for Charlotte Brandstrom's Wallander: The Revenge to gain theatrical distribution in the U.S., and it has been worth the wait. The film is a continuation of the highly successful novels written by Henning Mankell that feature the main character Kurt Wallander, a Swedish police detective. Instead of merely adapting one of the published novels, a fete that has been done to nearly all of them, Mankell created thirteen new stories featuring Wallander, starting with The Revenge being released theatrically and the following twelve episodes will be released on VOD and DVD, all with a running time of 90 minutes.
Tanya Wexler's Hysteria makes its point as a lighthearted comedy about the invention of the vibrator once a woman breaks out into an aria from “La Traviata" after receiving hands-on stimulation from her doctor. Hysteria is not the average romantic comedy, nor is it a biographical account of how the vibrator was invented in London, circa 1880. The Victorian prudeness is front and center in Hysteria; you will never hear the word orgasm spoken by any character, especially the prim and proper Dr. Robert Dalrymple (Jonathan Pryce), who believes his method of curing hysteria in women is to "relieve tensions in the womb" by manual stimulation of the clitoris, another word unspoken of in the film. It would be inappropriate to consider that women suffering from hysteria, a condition affecting the majority of women during the era that has them depressed, suffering nymphomania, anxious, or generally feeling malaise, is to in fact pleasure them sexually. Their husbands would be mortified to think they were not pleasing their wives, or that they should.
A hand-held camcorder accepts the task of portraying the first-person account of an event. It records the action, and by doing so records to memory what happened on a specific day, at a specific time. Lovely Molly's director Eduardo Sanchez pioneered the use of the first-person camera, commonly called found-footage, in his debut film alongside Daniel Myrick, The Blair Witch Project. The found-footage technique is grossly overused in cinema today, and nearly every horror movie employs it now--the low-budget aesthetic is just that, made on the cheap and eaten up by audiences. Sanchez uses his pioneering technique in Lovely Molly, taking the audience on a journey through Molly's lens over the course of a year. The opening scene of the film starts at the beginning with newcomer Gretchen Lodge as Molly, distressed and shaken speaking into the camera on 10.16.11 stating "it wasn't me" and that she is "not in control anymore." The initial performance by Lodge in this brief scene relates the fact that she is going to be the defining core of Lovely Molly, and you are immediately hooked.
The rock music festival, a staple event in every culture, country, and a right of passage for many a youth yearning for days on end of unadulterated partying, live-music, and the possibility to connect with like-minded attendees. There are a few such festivals that take place every year, made iconic over time for the spectacle they create. One of the largest resides in Scotland, "T in The Park", over the course of 3-days during the Summer. It was there, in the Summer of 2010, that Director David Mackenzie shot the film Tonight You're Mine; completely on location and with the full cooperation of festival director Geoff Ellis.
Fox Searchlight Pictures is releasing Sound Of My Voice in select cities beginning April 27, 2012. Co-writers, plus star and director, respectively, Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij sat down to answer questions about the film in a roundtable interview setting. For a film such as Sound Of My Voice it was a welcome opportunity as the perplexing nature of the story breeds analysis from the viewer, and for a science fiction fan (like me!) all sorts of questions dying to be answered.
TCM Classic Film Festival: The Legendary Costume Design of Travis Banton, with Mae West in I'm No Angel
Mae West...the feisty screen siren who defied the dictated societal norms placed upon women and was brash, to-the-point, and oh-so sexualized in every movie she made. Teaming up with Cary Grant for the second time, Mae wrote the screenplay for I'm No Angel, a movie about a woman working in the circus who has a non-stop parade of boyfriends who keep her in nice things that are far above her social status. With one-liners to die for rolling off Mae's lips and a story that is sweet if not audacious in its execution of sexual innuendos, I'm No Angel is a romantic comedy featuring the undeniably sexy West and enough men to keep her occupied. The movie is hilarious, sweet natured, and evokes many a temptation in the viewer. To call I'm No Angel sinful is the greatest of compliments.
The collected works of Ernest Hemingway are popular for cinematic adaptation. One of the lesser known, and only adapted once for the screen, is Hemingway's novel "The Short Happy Life Of Francis Macomber". In 1947, Director Zoltan Korda, of the famous Korda family, brought The Macomber Affair to the big screen with the legendary Gregory Peck, Joan Bennett, and the soon-to-be star of Broadway Robert Preston. The story revolves around the Macomber's (Bennett and Preston) vacationing in Africa where they hire a hunting guide (Peck) to take them on a hunting exhibition. Things go terribly awry and Mr. Macomber ends us being shot in the back while on the hunt. The event is considered an accident but the truth over what really happened is shrouded in secrets until the pieces are slowly revealed in flashback.
On April 8th millions of people worldwide will be celebrating one thing, and it is not the soon-to-be-released films Lockout and The Cabin In The Woods (yes, we are excited for them both). Nope, April 8th is none other than the Easter Holiday for Catholics, Christians, and any other religion who follows the New Testament. It is also, and maybe for some more importantly, the day the Easter Bunny visits, bringing chocolates and goodies for children everywhere--and maybe even a fun-filled Easter egg hunt too. Just because it is a family-oriented holiday does not mean there will not be movie-watching going on; and for those who do not celebrate Easter you need to find something to do with yourself because Costco is closed on Easter Sunday. Thus I bring you the Easter Movie Survival Guide, a list of films that will appeal to the family, the religious, the heathens, and more importantly, the person who wants to watch movies all day on Easter Sunday because they can, and will.
Everyone has survived the holidays, and the time has now come for the movie industry to slow down a bit. Take a deep breath and sigh as the winter movie season has officially begin. Say hello to horror movies, romances, and the odd-ball comedy or dramatic piece that did not seem to be award worthy. This is also the time where the limited release award films expand--so all is not lost on what we call "the season where movies go to die." I am only (partly) kidding of course, there are always great movies to be found regardless of the season and everyone at FilmFracture is excited to see what the New Year brings.
The time has come for The Academy Awards 2012! Who will win, who will lose, and what extra long speeches will we have to endure. We are live from Colton, CA watching The Academy Awards. Please excuse the blunt and possibly offensive commentary. The Oscars are all about having fun, and good fun, we mean no offense--we're just sarcastic.
The most stressful time of the year is said to be that of the holidays, beginning around Thanksgiving in the States and leading up to New Year's Eve. In January everyone takes a breath, heads to the gym to work off the holiday weight and eases into the cold winter months. Then February hits and the stress of the holidays seems like a welcome vacation over the dreaded day of love--Valentine's Day. Men go into panic mode trying to decide what they should buy for their sweetheart; they then panic even more when they realize how much it is going to cost them to buy a dozen roses, or take their girl out to dinner with the deluge of pre-planned Valentine's Day menus (restaurants take full advantage on this day). For the single people of the world Valentine's Day feels like a slap in the face; a cruel joke being played out for weeks ahead of time as every store is laden with themed decorations and all of the commercials on television advertise all the things you should buy for the one you love. Being alone on New Year's Eve is a cakewalk compared to surviving a day at the office on February 14th; where the smell of roses and the sounds of giggling girls in their cubicles in nauseating.
The nominations are in for the 2012 Academy Awards. Here are all of the nominees for awards that will be telecast at the ceremony. For a complete list, including the technical categories, go to www.oscars.org. The asterisk next to a film/person(s) is the best guess at who will take Oscar home--but more on that later because it does not mean we agree.
Steven Soderbergh has made a variety of films, in all of the different genres. He is even credited with propelling the independent film movement of the 1990s with his Sundance Film Festival hit, Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989). He has also said he was retiring from moviemaking more than once, only to announce later that he was misquoted or "[insert other excuse here]." Soderbergh marks his long-career with his 25th film, Haywire, being released on January 20, 2012--starring real-life MMA fighter Gina Carano as, you guessed it, a special ops agent who does what she does best, fight.
A film that has been somewhat under the radar over the past few months is Red Tails. Only lately have materials been released for it, and only in the past two weeks has anyone been talking about it--mostly because of Executive Producer George Lucas. The time has come to see what Red Tails is all about when it releases on Friday, January 20th. Sure, the hopes for the film are not all that high because:
1. It has been hidden from audiences, and not much marketing put into it by 20th Century Fox.
There are a huge amount of must-see movies in 2012. The Dark Knight Rises, The Hobbit, and The Avengers top most must-see lists, and to no surprise. There is also The Expendables 2, a film that will bring together all of the favorite action heroes from time past once again, and a few more recent faces looking to become epitomized in movie history for having rock hard abs and one-liners people will be quoting for years to come.
One of the action hero relics everyone knows is Sylvester Stallone, the man who will head up The Expendables 2. In case you were unaware he has another action film releasing this year with Warner Bros. Pictures. The first official image has been released from the film and Stallone is looking like his old self, kind of (we all know his marbled chest and tightened skin can be credited to someone other than Stallone himself). Regardless, everyone loves a good action trip with Sylvester Stallone, and Bullet To The Head looks to be something out of 80s action movie heaven.
**Winners being updated, as the show airs, LIVE now!**
The Award Season has officially begun with The Golden Globes airing on Sunday, January 15, 2012. The list of nominees is included below and come Sunday all of the winners updated as they are announced.
The Golden Globes began awarding their Best Animated Feature category in 2007, and have continued each year to nominate three to five films (not the standard five as in other categories). Every year, beginning in 2007 (for the year 2006), a Pixar (or Disney-Pixar) film has been nominated; and every year wins the award. It began with Cars in 2007 (up against Monster House and Happy Feet), then Ratatouille in 2008 (up against The Simpsons Movie and Bee Movie); in 2009 WALL-E took home the prize and not Bolt or Kung Fu Panda. The year 2009 marked the first time five films were nominated, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, Coraline, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Princess and the Frog, and Up. Even with two more films competing against them, Pixar was victorious with Up. Now, 2010 was a tough year for Pixar at The Golden Globes competition wise and the winner was not clear going into the award show. Dreamworks Animation had finally produced an equally good product as Pixar with How To Train Your Dragon and it was anyone's guess whether Toy Story 3 would reign victorious (the other films nominated were Tangled, The Illusionist, and Despicable Me although none had a chance). Dreamworks may have been hopeful but Pixar reigned King once again as Toy Story 3 won--I myself think it had to do with the instantaneous weeping the film caused a viewer, beginning with the incinerator scene.
Relativity Media continues to promote the film Haywire, directed by Steven Sodebergh and releasing in theatres January 20, 2012, by providing viewers the opprtunity to watch the first five minutes from the film. I have seen Haywire and these first five minutes feature one hell of a fight scene between MMA superstar Gina Carano and Channing Tatum. Tatum has seen better days, and Gina proves she is one tough woman.
On January 6, 2012, a live Q&A will stream following a screening at the Wadsworth Theatre of The Artist featuring director Michel Hazanavicius, stars Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, James Cromwell, Missi Pyle and producer Thomas Langmann.
December 2011 brought a great deal of new trailers for films releasing as soon as January 2012 all the way into Summer 2012. Welcome back Kate Beckinsale and your spandex/pleather wearing self in Underworld: Awakening! Three of the most anticipated films trailers finally arrived, The Dark Knight Rises, Prometheus, and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, causing a flurry of excitement for moviegoers everywhere. Then there were some less than exciting additions to the trailer universe, including Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted and The Three Stooges (what looks to be the first train wreck of the new year). [Continued]
The holiday season is upon moviegoers once again, and that means a new season of movie-watching has begun. This season is always filled with Award contenders, big name Directors making big serious pictures, and the opportunity for actors and actresses to show their best skills on screen--all in the hopes that they will take home one of the many possible awards available to them for the year's best work. There is also always the underdog independent film that will take everyone by surprise. Lest us not forget the plethora of family movies that will keep everyone occupied during those big family gatherings at the holiday's. After a lackluster (and that is putting it mildly) year of movies, this holiday season holds high hopes for moviegoers, and moviemakers alike.
Earlier this year I received an email from an independent filmmaker, Joe McClean, asking if I would take a look at his short film How To Make A David Lynch Film before it premiered at the Dances With Films film festival in June 2011. I do not usually watch short films, or review them for that matter. I do always try and make time to watch as many non-distributed, festival bound (hopefully), independent feature length films I am asked to when approached by the filmmakers. The title of Joe McClean's short intrigued me--how could I resist watching something called How To Make A David Lynch Film? I watched Joe's short, and ended up writing a review of it because I absolutely loved it. How To Make A David Lynch received an honorable mention award at the festival and to my happy surprise the success, and positive reviews, have led to Joe McClean's production company, Red & Tan Productions, to secure the financing for a feature-length film.
Shakespearian plays have been adapted for the screen time and time again. "Othello", "Hamlet", "Romeo and Juliet", "The Tempest", the list goes on an on and the familiarity for a viewer with these stories is established before they ever enter the theatre. "Coriolanus" is a lesser know, and lesser adapted, play Shakespeare wrote. Well-known actor Ralph Fiennes (Voldemort in Harry Potter) in his first directorial effort has adapted "Coriolanus", with a screenplay by John Logan into a modern-day political film, while maintaining the original shakespearian dialogue.
Laure's family has recently moved to a new suburb in France. With her short blonde hair and ambiguous features it is unclear on first meeting Laure on screen if she is indeed a boy or a girl. This of course begs the question, "what makes a person look like a boy or a girl?" Laure prefers the walls of her bedroom to be blue, and her parent't happily oblige. She wears long shorts and t-shirts, never a dress. Her short cropped hair is typical for a boy of her age, as is her lack of girly attributes like barrettes. When she speaks her voice does not carry high or low, with no indicative speech markers of either gender. But Laure is a girl by birth, she just happens to not outwardly portray feminine characteristics and in turn her first meeting with a local girl, Lisa, results in the misunderstanding that Laure is indeed a boy; and she does nothing to correct the situation.
The 2012 Spirit Award Nominations are in, celebrating the best in Independent Film for the year 2011. We have seen most of the films and could not agree more with the selections; some we must disagree with but that is the nature of the beast. Here are all of the nominees; we can't wait to see who wins in February at the Awards Show.
Every year at AFI FEST there are films placed in the Special Screenings section of the program. They are films with distribution in place, and will become available for the general public to see in the coming weeks or months. Jeff, Who Lives At Home was a part of this special screening section and will be opening in theatres in March of 2012 thanks to Paramount Vantage. The newest film from The Duplass Brothers, who have been festival darlings in the past with The Puffy Chair, Baghead, and last year's Cyrus, is in the style of The Duplass Brothers who like to make movies about people and relationships, with an offbeat sly humor. Jeff, Who Lives At Home keeps with their traditional themes, and continues to provide the more subtle, and not so subtle, humor we come to expect from them.
Making himself known as a man who enjoys making movies about damaged souls in uniform, Director Oren Moverman departs from the military of his 2009 film The Messenger to focus on a cop in the Los Angeles Police force in Rampart. Taking place during the Rampart scandals of 1999, scandals that forever changed the Los Angeles Police Department, when police officers were implicated in acts of misconduct, including planting evidence, unprovoked beatings and shootings, perjury, and covering up evidence. These were dark days in the city of Angels, and amidst all of the greater scandal Rampart takes a look at one officer's own personal struggles, on the force and at home.
AFI FEST 2011 Film Review: Carré Blanc (Dir. Jean-Baptiste Léonetti 2011 France, Luxembourg, Russia, Belgium, Switzerland)
As a feature film directing debut, Jean-Baptiste Léonetti's Carré Blanc is sure to make a strong impression on the filmmaking community, and the impressionable audience member who wanders into this dystopian view of the world's future. Shown as part of the World Cinema section at the 2011 AFI FEST, Carré Blanc is a relatively short film by festival standards, at only 80 minutes, but the impact of the film, both stylistically and theoretically, will have you thinking about it for much longer.
AFI FEST 2011 Film Review: With Every Heartbeat (Kyss mig) (Dir. Alexandra-Therese Keining Sweden 2011)
Writer/director Alexandra-Therese Keining's With Every Heartbeat was presented at AFI FEST 2011 as part of the Breakthrough section. Keeping in line with the excellence of Swedish films of the past, and present, Keining presents an intimate portrayal of love being found in the unlikeliest of places and at a time neither person expects--the two people in question just happen to be women, one openly gay and the other engaged to a man. A true triumph for the LGBT cause, the film portrays love as love is in it's natural form, disregarding much of what could have been a proclamation for equal rights on gender issues that only makes its a stronger piece of filmmaking in the process.
In 2006, Director Chris Paine debuted a documentary, Who Killed The Electric Car?, with much acclaim. The documentary focused on the destruction of electric cars, like the EV-1, by the major automobile companies. Questioning the motivations behind the sudden extinction of electric vehicles, and the move back towards gas run automobiles and the dependence on foreign oil it was a harsh look into the reality of big business. Now five years later the topic is examined once again, from a drastically different viewpoint. In only five years the automobile industry has made electric vehicles a priority, and four are on the road today. Chris Paine's Revenge of the Electric Car traces the steps three major car companies, GM, Nissan, and Tesla, as well as an underground environmentalist who is converting gasoline vehicles into electric ones.
Film Rave: Martha Marcy May Marlene (Dir. Sean Durkin 2011) as presented by the LACMA/Film Independent Screening Series
Presented as part of the new film series between Film Independent and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Martha Marcy May Marlene marks the second event in the series. The moderator for the evening was Elvis Mitchell, esteemed film critic and curator at Film Independent; and to the audiences delight quite friendly, engaging and funny with his opening address. After giving a brief synopsis of the film, and throwing in a well-received joke about star Elizabeth Olsen's famous sisters, matters turned to watching the film in LACMA's spacious Bing theatre.
Relativity Media Teams Up with eBay to Auction off Movie Memorabilia from Machine Gun Preacher for Charity
Relativity Media is proud to announce it is working with eBay to auction off premiere tickets, an autographed movie poster, and a custom-built motorcycle from its upcoming release of Machine Gun Preacher. 100% Proceeds to benefit Angels of East of Africa Rescue Organization.
Earlier this year Film Independent announced a new screening series partnership with The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). For members of Film Independent, as well as frequent visitors to the LACMA year-round film program this new partnership was intriguing, and wanting to know more details on the partnership much desired. With today came the first announcement of what the Film Independent at LACMA Film series first slate of events would contain.
The year is 1982 in Peru. Cayetana (Fatima Buntinx) lives in a spacious home outside the city with caretakers. Her mother, and stepfather, are returning home after a long while away and Cayetana is not interested in seeing either of them. Buntinx makes the most disinterested, annoyed, and ultimately bothered facial expressions--this is an actress who does not need dialogue to convey emotion, it is written all over her face. Now Cayetana is a bit of an odd-ball; some may call her sinister. In reality, she is a child going through a great deal of emotional turmoil and unfortunately the good intentions she should have veer towards the bad.
Bucky Larson: Born to be A Star is releasing this Friday, September 9th, 2011 in theatres across the country. In an attempt to see what "buzz" surrounded the film I turned to Twitter. Here are some of my favorite's tweets, and possibly the source of the best laughs of the year:
Semper Fi: Always Faithful is a documentary chronicling the struggle to make the public aware, and the Marine Corps/Government admit to their gross negligence in dealing with contaminated water at a variety of Marine Corps, and other, military bases across the United States of America.
The 1960s, a time of free love and drugs aplenty. The "hippie subculture" of this era took root around 1965, spawning a worldwide counter culture movement that still has remnants in today's society. How this new subculture was established, and spread so quickly around the globe, can be attributed to a variety of factors. Ask those close to the movement and they may have one clear answer to give you, "it all started on the bus."
The Superhero, a modern-day myth of a man, or woman, who protects the innocent. Or more humorously, according to the Urban Dictionary's number one definition: a person who is looked up to, fights crime and looks good in tights (the latter is not a must). The image of a person in tights, or some sort of costume that masks their face from public view so they may lead a normal existence outside of the crime fighting world is a common visual for the superhero. It is also common, and deemed sane, to understand and reason that superhero's do not exist in reality. There are no superpowers, fancy gadgets, cars that can turn into boats at the flip of a switch or palms that shoot spiderwebs so one can swing from building to building. The man of steel is fictitious. Even Batman, who has no actual "superpower" cannot be real. But what if there were superheroes?
From Korea comes Director Kim Min-suk's Haunters. A film centered around two men specifically who both harbor exceptional abilities. Kyu-nam (Koo So) believes himself to be ordinary. Having just lost his job at a junk yard he is seeking employment. He finds work at a pawn shop, and believes this is the moment his life will take off and become great. When an unknown man (Gang Dong-Won) walks into the shop one day and freezes everyone present, being Kyu-nam's two friends, and the owner, things begin to get weird. Weird in that the only person who does not freeze is Kyu-nam. He is not ordinary after all, but is the only person this unknown man has ever come into contact with who is not susceptible to his powers. This of course causes great panic in our unknown antagonist, who has lived his entire life with the ability to freeze people, as well as control their actions with his eyes.
The dry humor that surrounds Familiar Ground (En Terrains Connus) is just that, dry--a lifeless, suburban enclave of Quebec where the most interesting amusement comes in the form of a giant blue inflatable something or other in front of a car dealership. This is not to say the film isn't good, far from that actually. It is very much internalized, leaving the characters to meander through their humdrum lives interacting with one another on such superficial and unemotional levels that the pure existence of the lifelessness becomes somewhat fascinating.
Director Asif Kapadia takes Senna's story from his humble beginnings in Brazil to his star turn on the track in the documentary Senna with great success. Structuring the documentary like a narrative feature, as written by Manish Pandey, it maintains a successful story structure that becomes full of more energy, drama, and feeling than many fictional story's put to film. Told with a linear structure through archival footage (from F1, Senna's family, as well as news coverage), actual voice-over of Senna himself explaining parts of his career and life, as well as still photographs and other voiceover narrative Senna's fascinating story comes to life, without the feel of a stiff documentary.
Sgt. Gerry Boyle is an Irish Guard, aka policeman, in a small town in the West of Ireland. As the man in charge he takes little, if anything, seriously. When his newest recruit and he discover a dead body of a man they do not recognize it is with dark humor, and a general sense of not giving a --ck that Boyle cheekily investigates the crime. This death is not so easily forgotten as the United States sends their own investigator, FBI Agent Wendell Everett (Don Cheadle) to team up with Boyle on the case. For this is a case that is much bigger than Boyle thought, it involves drug trafficking, murder, and cover-ups. For a lawman of a small town in Ireland this could be the case of a lifetime, for Gerry Boyle it is more of an inconvenience.
The stuffy, bourgeois lifestyle in England was quite the opposite life Christopher Isherwood desired to have as a young man. In Berlin things would be different for the published author, who was a homosexual during a time where such a lifestyle choice had to be hidden at all costs. Christopher and His Kind tells the story of Christopher's time in Berlin. A time of great freedom and passion with the rent boys, of fanciful and daring conservations with the sensational and heartbreaking Sally Bowles; and the first glimpse of real love in a time of great fear and anxiety as the Nazi command begins.
Project Nim is not a film about a happy chimpanzee who came to live with humans. It is more a commentary on the flaws of behavioral science, the flaws of mankind, and above all the realization that it is possible for a primate species to evolve in unimaginable ways--if only humans were a strong enough species to allow the flourishing to occur without dire consequence.
While watching Another Earth is a completely enjoyable experience, thanks in part to the performances by the very talented William Mapother (John) and Brit Marling (Rhoda) it is a very routine and predictable film. Rhoda is awash with grief and must reconcile with herself and the man she hurt; as she goes about doing this it is obvious where the film is going to take you. The side-story of there being another Earth out there, and the upcoming launch of a group of civilians going to visit it, is important but obvious in the direction of the story. The ending, completely expected and a tad redundant.
"Print Media is Dead!" Well, not exactly dead but it is slowly dying. Numerous newspapers across the country have gone out of business since the Internet grew exponentially, providing immediate content distribution via a free source model. Some of the largest newspapers, including The Los Angeles Times (and its sister publications) have been forced into bankruptcy to protect themselves, resulting in a much smaller version of the paper with less than stellar content. Andrew Rossi's documentary, Page One: Inside the New York Times goes inside the largest newspaper in the United States, The New York Times, to document the effects the Internet, and changing media platforms, have had on the paper, as well as seeking answers to the question that has been circulating for years amidst the changing tides of media distribution, "When will the New York Times cease to exist?"
Frivolous lawsuits, tort reform, caps on damages, just a few legal terms that if you asked the average person on the street the likelihood they would know what these things are is questionable--or at least that is the belief Director Susan Saladoff wants you to have given her on-the-street interviews in the documentary Hot Coffee. The film centers around four specific cases, each relating to one of the above terms, and how they have impacted the legal system today. It is an incredibly dense documentary that provides little entertainment value to the material being presented. Consisting of interviews with the parties involved in each case as well as others, and additionally legal jargon or definitions titled throughout Hot Coffee feels like an educational video. In its defense, it provides great detail on the matters addressed, yet it is plagued with poor production values and a clear social message at the end that is off-putting to a viewer who is not easily influenced.
The iconic image of Henry Spencer from Eraserhead floats across the screen as the short film How To Make A David Lynch Film begins. For all the ways this man looks just like Henry, a true Lynchian fan knows it is not; this man is an impostor, and something is awry. This trickery is of course done on purpose by Director Joe McClean for this is a film about how to make a film like David Lynch makes a film, and what better way to begin such a fete than with Lynch's illustrious main character from his first feature film.
Bernard Herrmann made beautiful music; whether it was romantic, chilling, laced with suspense, or of the fantastic realm. For those who study film it only takes a small sampling of a score before you know it was composed by Bernard Herrmann, his style is quickly recognizable, as is his musical genius. I may have seen The Ghost and Mrs. Muir a dozen times before but never had I solely watched in order to let the music overtake me, and even closed my eyes at times to feel the emotions the score evoked without a single moving image to assist. It was remarkable, and the score should be noted as one of Herrmann's best, and appreciated more than it has been in film history.
As one of Marlene Dietrich's most unpopular films, The Devil Is A Woman made the perfect choice by The Turner Classic Movie Festival as part of the Discoveries section as many people have never seen the movie. A newly restored 35mm print was loaned to the festival by the Museum of Modern Art. Katie Trainor of MoMa introduced the film and gave a brief history of the restoration. The only reason the film is available is because of Marlene Dietrich herself. Having always loved the movie, and saying it was the most favorite part she ever played, Dietrich had a print of the film in her personal vault. Paramount Pictures had destroyed the master shortly after release when Spain threatened to ban all Paramount movies because of the (so they felt) negative depiction of the Spanish Police Guard. Mildly put, this movie was scandalous...
As hard as it may be to believe Pixar Animation turns 25 this year. The brilliant minds, who have made animated films accessible to both adults and children, show no sign of slowing their total domination of the animated film market, much to the joy of many filmgoers. It may not seem like a big deal to celebrate the 25th anniversary of a company, but Pixar is special in a very distinct way; they have consistently produced product that is intelligent, entertaining, and flawless in design. They have also singlehandedly (in lieu of recent achievements by Dreamworks Animation) changed the face of animation forever.
Conception is a deeply intimate film. It borders on the voyeuristic in many ways as you are privy to the inner workings, the feelings, the heartfelt sentiment, and often hilarious banter of couple's private matters. The film holds nothing back as it develops, and the writing is exceptionally genuine joined with great talent by Director Josh Stolberg. These are conversations people do have, circumstances many people face, and uncertain futures one can relate with completely.
I realize it may be difficult to see Pablo Escobar as a positive influence on Colombia. This is the great paradox of the film. It defies the historiographies and provides a new outlook. We may go as far as to say Andrés is similar to Pablo in that he is fully what Pablo was partly. The good soul who wanted no more than to give pride to his country. Only to have that stripped away from him by his own people when murdered. As the filmmakers Jeff Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist state about making the film, "it became clear that this was far from a classic "deal-with-the-devil" narrative". That statement only becomes more and more clear as every piece of history is revealed. Call Pablo a devil if you like but be prepared to see a side of him that has not been seen before while being introduced to a man full of love for his country who could only have existed with the devil by his side, Andrés Escobar.
It is impossible to know the events of that day or what happened between Director and Subject leading up to filming. By the way the scene plays out it is hard for me to see anything other than a form of reality television occurring. As we all know, reality television is nothing close to reality, it is scripted. I can hope this is not the case and I do not mean to take away from the amount of work involved with this documentary as the production value is good. I simply cannot reconcile that what I have seen is in fact natural. All I could think at the end, when trying to decide where this film falls in the documentary genre, is that it belongs with Nanook of the North (Robert J. Flaherty 1922).
When The Tillman Story draws to a close and the lights go on you will feel a rush of emotion. I noticed a definite quieting of people as they left the theater as if deep in thought and in need of processing what they had just watched and in turn learned from. This is a film everyone should see because it unmasks so much in terms of our government and military. To say you will enjoy the film is impossible. I did not enjoy watching this movie but I did appreciate it and gain respect for all involved. For to tell this story could not have been easy and took much bravery to put it out there for the world to see regardless of the repercussions. No matter what reaction the film evokes in you remember it is not just the story of Pat Tillman. It represents all military personnel and the truth that what happened to Pat can and will happen again.
The opening credits are accompanied by still photographs of a bank robbery. The music melancholy and foreboding. The final title frame is a portrait of the animal kingdom. The lion standing tall amongst the other animals. The films title hovers for a moment over the portrait and we immediately realize this is a film about power and dominance. What we do not yet know is how the film will depict the destructive nature of such power and it's fleeting existence.
[Excerpt] You want desperately for more light, more noise, anything to clue you in to what is going to happen. All of your senses awaken in an attempt to find answers. To solve the puzzle before the characters do so you can sit in peace for the rest of the film. This peaceful existence never happens because there are no answers it seems.
"If you like your history bloody, this is the film", Director Neil Marshall introducing Centurion to the audience at The Los Angeles Film Festival Ford Theatre screening. Those are strong words to live up to and it was with great pleasure that the film delivered just what he promised. Centurion is an epic of small proportions.
As a spotlight film of the 2010 Feel Good Film Festival it definitely was well suited for this particular festival as you walk away from the film with a positive feeling, regardless of the somewhat uncertain and bleak ending for the two documented filmmakers. The film took home Best Director for Brent Florence at the festival. More information on the film directly can be found at its website here.
The infamous French Gangster Jacques Mesrine's life is chronicled in a two-part film that attempts to show the man behind the media sensation that he became as French Public Enemy No. 1. Part One, aptly titled Killer Instinct, begins with Mesrine's return from Algeria in 1959 to France. It chronicles his rise to a life of crime that included bank robbing, murderer for the mob, kidnapper, and a most entertaining master jail break artist. Over a span of 20 years he would become both the most wanted criminal in France and a celebrity, as shown in part two Public Enemy #1. Leading to a fitting end in a hail of gunfire at the public Place de Clichy in 1979.
Even with its tendency towards the melodramatic, Bedrooms does portray important human struggles that are relatable. The disillusionment of life, the secrets people keep, and the possibilities of reconciliation with truth, are wonderfully presented. Bedrooms is a raw portrait of human relationships in its writing and presentation; but looking past the rough edges you can see the impressive depth of each story.
Adalberto faces an incredibly difficult decision on whether to stand true to his beliefs that not everything has a price or to give in to the tempting prospect of selling the magazine for the spoils the money may bring.
[Excerpt] Taking a good look at Joaquin Phoenix at this point, and to be completely blunt, you can only think he has suffered some sort of mental break and emotional breakdown. His appearance alone is upsetting as he has gained a considerable amount of weight, has a beard that is overgrown and mangy, his hair is a knotted mess that may or may not have been washed in the past month, and even his clothing are in tatters. He smokes far too many cigarettes, partakes in various recreational drugs, drinks large amounts of alcohol, enjoys the occasional hooker or groupie and looks like he has not had a decent nights rest in years. His attitude is sometimes positive and carefree but in a moment may turn to angry, paranoid, or loopy. Phoenix is a mess, and taking him serious when he is in this condition is a difficult task. Then again, we do not know the real Joaquin Phoenix, as he made quite clear in the beginning.
Set in Hamburg, Germany, Soul Kitchen is a comedy of errors centered around Zinos, a small-time restaurant owner who has seen better days. His girlfriend is moving to Shanghai, his restaurant performing below expectations, and his parolee brother causes him the occasional amount of grief. To make matters worse, he injures his back causing a herniated disc, making it impossible for him to cook. Adding to the already full plate he has is a childhood friend who is set on purchasing the land the restaurant sits upon and he will stop at nothing to make it his own. Poor Zinos, he just cannot seem to catch a break. Thankfully this adds up to a great amount of comedy for the viewer as we watch him stumble through the multiple trials put in front of him.
As part of the Special Screenings section of the 2010 AFI FEST, Made In Dagenham held the promise of a rousing tribute to the women of Dagenham, England, who in 1968 went on strike against Ford Motor Company to demand equal pay to the men employed at the factory. This Norma Rae type film ended up being a practically disgraceful representation of this proud moment in women's history.
The Weather Station (Pryachsya) is structured with two alternating storylines, one in the present and the other in the past. When a distress call is made from the station a team of investigators is sent to help. Upon arrival they find the station deserted and any signs of how or why everyone is missing are not present. As the two agents uncover evidence or conjecture hypothesis' about what occurred the film expertly shifts into flashbacks using fantastic cross cutting editing techniques, as well as match-on-action, to reveal the answers. But only partial answers are ever given as just as quickly as the film moves from present to past it moves back again to the present from the past. This deliberate withholding of all the facts keeps the mystery going and maintains the viewer's interest as twists in the story appear to occur constantly.
Shown during the midnight movie portion of AFI FEST, 2010, Cargo is the first ever science fiction film from Switzerland. Made over a period of eight years it has the much needed visual style to compete with the more mainstream science fiction films and enough mystery and suspense to appease the casual viewer.
California, a place known for its idealistic landscapes and plethora of tourist destinations. Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego lay in wait every year, welcoming people from all over the world who embark on seeing how the people of these romanticized places live. There are other parts of California as well. Places locals may refer to as pit stops along the way to better destinations. Areas where you may stop to re-fuel or grab a snack. These are the towns that go unnoticed in guide books, and barely make it onto maps. This is small town America, nestled among the bright lights of big cities; places they are so close to but feel alienated from. The film Littlerock explores one such town, through the eyes of two travelers who inadvertently find themselves stuck there, fittingly named Littlerock, California.
Adapted from the stage play of the same name, the film Rabbit Hole examines the ways in which a married couple cope with the loss of their 4-year old son. Moving away from the initial aftermath of such an emotional and life-changing loss the story takes place eight months after his death. It focuses on what happens as days go by, and how we as people move forward when unexpected and unforseen actions rip apart our simple existence.
The pattern and main theme surrounding the film Rubber is an homage to the no reason. As the introduction states, "Life itself is filled with no reason". There is no reasoning behind why a rubber tire would suddenly gain consciousness; nor does there have to be. Such is the draw to the film Rubber: to try and make sense of it only plays into the idea of life being full of things beyond reasoning. Sometimes you just have to commit to the fact that there is no explanation. There is no actual reason for an event or an action. It just happens. Just as a group of people watching a rubber tire go on a desert killing spree just happens.
As the camera swoops along with Aron climbing up and over mountains, in small gorges and caverns, it is a fluid molding of man and lens. The camera's eye is one with his movements, it sees what he sees, and gives the viewer a clear view of what he is encountering or about to. The pivotal scene, when everything changes for Aron and his life-changing journey begins, is caught from below. His legs are rooted in a small crevice between two mountains, he is preparing to climb down into the crevice, mere feet away from the side of the mountain he wishes to propel down. His entire trip has been leading up to this climactic moment and his anticipation and excitement is at the highest peek. Then, in a haunting twist of fate, a loose boulder changes everything, and his body is sent sliding down into the cavern. His arm is wedged between the boulder and the mountain side and he cannot free himself. The camera zooms out from Aron's dark claustrophobic cavern to the wide, lonely, and uninhabited expanse of desert/mountains. Aron is completely alone. The clock now begins to tick.
Movie News | Trailers | Events | Goodies: Kathryn Schroeder
With an opening line to the trailer that screams drama—”Our bodies will be literally dying”—Everest is painting a very vivid picture of what is in store for the characters, and us as viewers, during the film. To watch the trailer is to marvel at the environment that is Mount Everest, to establish the connections between characters and their lives, but most of all it is to witness how control is something one loses when you decide to go where your own body has no right being, naturally.
You knew it was bound to happen, and it has officially. The character posters for the Rebel Warriors of The Hunger Games; Mockingjay Part 1 have been released. You've got Gale, Pollux, Messalla, Cressida, Boggs, and Castor all looking very serious, and very ready to battle.
Are you ready for your daily dose of adorableness? Disney's "Feast" is here to help you on your way with brand-new images from the upcoming short film. Who knew an animated puppy could bring so much joy, and such a big smile to one's face.
"Feast" will release in theatres November 7, 2014, playing with Big Hero 6. Until then, go ahead and fall in love with the adorable puppy, Winston.
I will admit, the trailer for Annabelle may not be terrifying to you. For me, it is, thanks to a debilitating fear of creepy dolls. Annabelle is one of the scariest dolls I have ever seen on film--I have The Conjuring to thank--and I have seen an incredible amount of movies. Regardless, the trailer for Annabelle will get your senses going, and your anticipation peaked for this sort-of prequel to The Conjuring.
Everyone who enjoys viewing the 'Sad Keanu' picture that is plastered all over the internet--you know the one, don't deny it--well, it is time to play homage to a new Keanu Reeves photo...that of him looking bad ass in the upcoming John Wick.
Reeves plays ex-hitman John Wick who must come out of retirement in order to battle gangsters. Yes, you read that correctly...gangsters vs. Keanu Reeves. Amazing.
It is a special treat when a movie like Chef is created. A film full of heart that brings out your emotions organically, without the need for gimmicks or special circumstance. Jon Favreau's Chef deserves the accolades it has received thus far since release in May and those that are sure to follow come awards season (fingers crossed). Chef is being re-released in theatres for a special engagement begininning August 29, 2014. If you did not have a chance to catch this gem of a film before in theatres now is your chance--and do not pass it up.
It has taken years for a movie version of Marvel's Ant-Man character to the screen. Some may say it is unnecessary; others are full of joy and anticipation. Either way, the Ant-Man movie has started production in San Francisco, CA and a first-look photo of Paul Rudd as Ant-Man has been released.
Here he is, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man.
Jason Reitman had a rough time of it last year when Labor Day did not sit well with audiences or critics. A far cry from his previous works that received rave reviews and awards aplenty, such as Up In The Air. It is a new year and with that comes a new movie for Reitman to deliver to the masses--and hope that this time goes better than the last. Reitman's latest is Men, Women & Children, yet another dramedy set around familial life, this time with the internet age taking center stage.
She may not exactly be a punk rocker any longer, but being a mother post-punk is tough for Juliette Lewis' Kelly in the trailer debut for Kelly & Cal from IFC Films. Cal, 17, is having a tough time at life as well. Enter the unlikely friendship of these two different people and the way they will each make everything just a little easier to manage for one another.
For those who have seen Guardians of the Galaxy you know the enjoyment there was to be had with Groot dancing. If you have not seen the film, then you're in luck as a clip of Groot dancing has been released. If the clip does not convince you to go see the movie read the review here and get yourself to the movies.
Disney is taking multiple stories from The Brothers Grimm fairytales and mashing them up into one intertwined story with Into The Woods. This is of course nothing new for Disney, as they have been reimagining The Brothers Grimm stories for eons. But it is a new twist on old stories, and with a cast that includes Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski and Johnny Depp, to name a few, it is sure to be a star-studded musical outing.
Have you been forced to watched "SpongeBob Squarepants" with your niece, nephew, friend's child, or more than likely your own child over and over again? Have you ever been able to figure out the plot or theme of an episode? Me neither. There is hope that the movie SpongeBob SquarePants: Sponge Out of Water will make more sense. Or are we asking far too much? The time will come to decide in 2015 when the movie is released. Until then, I dare you to watch the trailer...
Have you ever wondered what Vin Diesel would sound like speaking Russian, Mandarin Chinese, or just plain old common Spanish? Well, you are in luck as videos have been released where you can hear Diesel dubbing his lines for Guardians of the Galaxy in those three languages, and two more.
It just so happens that two evenings ago I was in the company of children and they chose to watch Night At The Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. Imagine my surprise when the first teaser trailer for Night At The Museum: Secret of the Tomb popped up in my inbox this morning--and I must admit I had no idea they were making a third film in the franchise. There is more fun to be had this time around with all of the characters we remember from the other two films, and some new ones too.
In case you have not had enough of a fix over the past 20 years of Forrest Gump playing on television you are in luck. Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment are re-releasing the film in IMAX theatres to celebrate its 20th anniversary. You will only have one-week to catch Forrest Gump on IMAX screens, starting September 5, 2014. Make sure to bring a box of chocolates, and kleenex (Forrest Gump made me cry like a baby).
To put a little spring in your step, and get your funny bone working, here is the brand-new red band trailer for Hot Tub Time Machine 2. You remember the hilarious original, right? It featured a hot tub, that was a time machine, and a band of misfit comedic actors who got taken back in time to the 80s. Yes, it was epic in all its ridiculousness, and now there is a new chapter of time travelin' hot tubbin' to be done. Oh, the anticipation!
The summer still has plenty of big-budget blockbusters to let loose on the moviegoing masses. But with each new item released in prepartion for Guardians of the Galaxy it is hard to focus on any other film that may come before it. Except for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, but that is more because there will be apes on horses and that is just plain awesome. Then again, Guardians of the Galaxy has Rocket, and Groot. Oh, the challenges of summer movie watching; it is a good thing we don't have to pick just one movie to see.
Check out the new character posters from Guardians of the Galaxy and mark your calendar for August 1, 2014 when it hits theatres.
With the release of The November Man's first trailer one thing is certain: one must choose between love or bullets. Pierce Brosnan returns to action-movie form in The November Man, based on the best-selling novel by Bill Granger, “There are No Spies," with Brosnan playing the titular character Peter Devereaux.
A brand-new poster is here for Walt Disney Animation Studios Big Hero 6. May your eyes enjoy the grand roboticness!
In one month, on July 11, 2014, moviegoers around the world will eagerly flock to the cinema to witness one of the greatest achievements in filmmaking to-date: apes riding horses. Okay, it has been done before in the original Planet of the Apes but this time it is Caesar and his band of world-domination set apes and it's not just men in ape suits but full of amazing special effects and real actors lending their expressions. There is really nothing more to say except there will be apes riding horses in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes!!!
Weekend Box Office: The Future Is Bright For 'X-Men', 'Godzilla' In Trouble, Adam Sandler Should Retire
It may be Memorial Day Weekend, meaning there is one more day for people to flock to the cinemas before returning to work, but the weekend box office officially comes to a close today. As expected, X-Men: Days of Future Past has won the top box office spot, pulling in an estimated $90.7 million over three days. Deadline reports it had a significant drop of 18% since Friday--never a good thing. X-Men: Days of Future Past did not do as well as last week's BIG opener Godzilla, with a total of $93.1 million. There is still time for the final amounts to be adjusted, so anything can happen.
Lois Lowry created a modern classic with the novel "The Giver." Fans of the book will be treated to a film-adaptation this summer when The Giver hits theatres August 15th. With a cast that includes Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep the call for excellence has definitely been made. Eight brand-new character posters have been released for The Giver, featuring the characters played by Brenton Thwaites, Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, Alexander Skarsgard, Taylor Swift, Cameron Monaghan, and Odeya Rush. Take a gander, and while you're waiting for the movie to come out August 15th why not read the book?
Disney Animation Studios has debuted the teaser trailer for Big Hero 6, inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name. Who doesn't want an animated feature with a robotics genius, colorful friends, adventure, comedy, and robots, of course. Big Hero 6 arrives in theatres November 7, 2014.
Possibly the greatest part of Rise of the Planet of the Apes was watching the amazing special effects in the movie. The movie would have been nothing without Caesar's hauntingly human characteristics, as created by Andy Serkis. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has more than just one ape to delight audiences and a new video has been released showcasing the human-to-ape effects that will bring the ape characters of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes alive. Enjoy, and prepare for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in theatres July 11, 2014.
Director Lasse Hallström has been busy the past few years churning out YA adaptations that stir the tears and douse the fire in melodrama with Dear John and Safe Haven. The result was anything but positive. He fared better by directing the adaptation of Salmon Fishing In The Yemen, with little fanfare or popularity. Teaming up with Helen Mirren, and tackling the world of culinary arts and restaurant rivalry, Lasse Hallström's newest film from Dreamworks is The Hundred-Foot Journey. The mere fact that Helen Mirren (State of Play, The Queen) is the lead gives high hopes to the movie, and perhaps Hallström will bring back some of his old charm we have missed seeing from his films. We could all use another Chocolat in our movie-going lives.
For $10 you may land yourself a part in Star Wars: Episode VII. Director J.J. Abrams announced from the set of Star Wars: Episode VII today the creation of "Star Wars: Force For Change," an initiative that will be "dedicated to finding creative solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems. The first "Star Wars: Force for Change" campaign will raise funds and awareness for the United Nations Children’s Fund’s (UNICEF) Innovation Labs and its innovative programs that are benefitting the world’s most vulnerable children"
Move over James Bond, there is a new spy who wants to take over movie screens in Kingsman: The Secret Service. Based on the popular omic-book series from Dave Gibbons and Mark Miller and directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick Ass, X-Men: First Class), Kingsman: The Secret Service features Colin Firth (A Single Man) in his first action role--playing, of course, a British spy. He is teamed up with a new recruit in the agency, played by newcomer Taron Egerton, to hunt down a villain played by none-other than Samuel L. Jackson. The cast also features Michael Caine, logically.
Remember all of the fuss that was made when Zach Braff ("Scrubs," Garden State) used Kickstarter to fund a movie project? I'll bet you do. Many people cried out that is was unfair for a "celebrity" with access to money in the "Industry" to use a medium such as Kickstarter, notorious for being the method those without "access" use to get projects funded. It even caused other Kickstarters to mention him when beginning their campaigns; for example, Crafty Shoddmanship Productions titled their campaign for June, Adrift as "June, Adrift: A Real Indie Feature (No Offense, Zach Braff)." Funny, in its own way, yes?
'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Ushers In A New Trailer Just As The Summer Movie Season Begins With A Roar
The summer movie season has officially begun, and with a gigantic roar as Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures Godzilla brought in more than $1 million domestically this past weekend--the largest opening of 2014, so far. There are plenty of big blockbusters headed to cinemas this summer season; X-men: Days of Future Past, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, are just a few of the highly anticipated films. Just as summer begins to wind down a comedy-science fiction-fantasy blockbuster is headed our way from Marvel Studios, Guardians of the Galaxy. A new trailer and poster have been released for the film and with every new piece of footage seen, Guardians of the Galaxy looks to be a movie to begin a countdown clock for. Is it August 1st yet?
In 1950, audiences became enthralled with Walt Disney's animated feature Cinderella. A classic in its own right, and still one of the best animated films ever made, Cinderella's story needs no formal introduction. The time has come, though, for a new version to take its hold on the masses, with the live-action Cinderella that will be coming to theatres in 2015. Starring Cate Blanchett, Lily James as Cinderella, Richard Madden, Stellan Skarsgård, Holliday Grainger, Sophie McShera, Derek Jacobi and Helena Bonham-Carter; and directed by Kenneth Branagh (Thor, Hamlet), the live-action version promises to dazzle audiences.
Any self-respecting movie geek in love with action, science fiction, and all things that go "Roar!!!!!" only has one thing on their mind this week: going to see Gareth Edwards' Godzilla (and you should because it is awesome). For those who are shunning the movie, or have the ability to focus on more than one summer blockbuster offering at a time, Michael Bay has been so kind as to release a new trailer for Transformers: Age of Extinction with the tagline attached, "We need a new army."
They had The Wedding Singer, and Fifty First Dates. Now Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore are all grown-up, managing life as single parents in Blended. The newest comedy to star the pair focuses on the blending of two families together, with hijinks galore of course before happily ever after finds it way to each of them. A trip to South Africa should do the trick, right? The second trailer for Blended is here, and this comedy duo is ready for their next big screen outing together.
It has been a long time since a tornado took over the BIG screen; Sharknado does not count. This summer, things are going to get turbulent when Into The Storm rattles movie theatre seats and sets our hearts a pumping with sound effects that judging from the trailer will deafen us all. The first trailer for Into The Storm is here, enjoy the tease, and hold on to your hat it is going to be windy.
Many of us grew up with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. We know the story, we owned the movies on VHS, watched the television show, and read the comic books. They are a sacred part of pop culture, and Michael Bay has taken control of them. This can mean one of two things: the movie is going to royally suck, or it is going to be an awesome action-filled adventure. The one thing we have going for the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie is that Michael Bay did not direct the film; he is merely a producer. There is hope for our childhoods, after all. I now present the first teaser trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
I never thought the day would come where I would behold 'The Rock,' aka Dwayne Johnson, with long flowing locks. I was wrong, very wrong. In the debut trailer for Paramount Pictures' Hercules he does, and it is a marvel. The rest of the details in the trailer look awesome too.
Angelina Jolie has fantastic cheekbones, naturally. But when Maleficent's make-up artist got a hold of them she turned them into some of the scariest cheekbones you will ever come across. It is all part of the transformation in making Jolie Maleficent, and with each new poster, each new image from the film, or the like, it becomes more and clear: Angelina Jolie as Maleficent will scare young children.
Leave it to Hammer Films, renowned for their contributions to the horror genre, to bring forth some undeniably creepy motion posters for the upcoming The Quiet Ones. There are three motion posters, each featuring one of the main characters in the film; have a look, if you dare.
Darren Aronofsky still has time before he has to start promoting Noah around the world (opening in the U.S. March 28, 2014). That does not mean he is not focusing on Noah, as a character and story, in other artistic mediums. The "Fountains of the Deep: Visions of Noah and the Flood" art exhibit has officially opened in New York City at 462 West Broadway.
Think Like A Man was never reviewed on FilmFracture, and I whole heartedly regret overlooking the movie in 2012. The movie was funny, good natured, sentimental at times, featured a great cast full of chemistry, and most importantly, it was entertaining from start-to-finish. The sequel, Think Like A Man Too will release in theatres June 20, 2014. This time around, it will not go unnoticed. For now, enjoy the trailer for Think Like A Man Too, because the gang is headed to Vegas; and we all know what happens in Vegas.
What would you do if your double appeared in front of you, on the TV screen? For Enemy's Adam (Prisoners' Jake Gyllenhaal), you track him down, no matter the consequences. Go behind the scenes with Jake Gyllenhaal, Sarah Gadon (A Dangerous Method), and director Denis Villeneuve (director of Prisoners) to uncover "the web of his mind" in a brand-new featurette.
Call it a remake, a reboot, or whatever else you can come up with. Any way you put it, there is a new Annie movie, and the first trailer and poster have been released. Annie is part of a political game...she does not have red hair...and where is the dog? No matter how many changes have been made, or liberties, the sun will still come out tomorrow.
Just how did Darren Aronofsky build Noah's ark? Well, the brand-new featurette for Noah just may hold the answer you seek. Watch it now and discover Noah's ark.
Have a hankering for some Captain America: The Winter Soldier goodies? You are in luck, as a new TV spot has been released called "Defend." Here it is for your viewing pleasure.
"We don't need another Transformers movie," said everyone when the fourth installment of the franchise was announced. Did we need a third Jurassic Park? Or a fourth Indiana Jones? (Okay, we needed a fourth Indiana Jones, just not that one). A franchise can only survive for so long before it becomes tired, pushed to its story limits, and just plain loses interest from viewers. Michael Bay does not care that this is the case with the Transformers franchise. Instead, a mere few years since the shameful Transformers: Dark of the Moon, he is "rebooting" the franchise and starting anew. The one thing Transformers: Age of Extinction has going for it is Mark Wahlberg is now the lead character--and thank the heavens for that. No one wants to sit through another 2 1/2 hour movie starring the whining Shia LaBeouf. Without further commentary, here is the new poster for Transformers: Age of Extinction, featuring Mark Wahlberg.
Fans of 300 are in for a treat on March 7, 2014 when 300: Rise of an Empire releases in theaters. Based on Frank Miller’s latest graphic novel "Xerxes", 300: Rise of an Empire features the same cinematic style of 300, but features a new story taking place on the see where Greek general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) battles the Persian army led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), and Artemisia (the always stunning Eva Green), vengeful commander of the Persian navy. It is always fun to root for the good guy, but the villains can be much more entertaining. A look at the villains of 300: Rise of an Empire is here for your enjoyment.
The teaser trailer was not enough. The roar soundbite only a tease. Now, without any further impatient waiting the first full length trailer has arrived for 2014's Godzilla. Long live the lizard!
Today just got better for fans of Disney, Pixar, and Marvel movies. The Walt Disney Studios has launched the 'Disney Movies Anywhere' digital movie service and app. Debuting with iTunes as its exclusive launch provider, the digital movie service and app, is a way to keep your entire digital collection of Disney, Pixar, and Marvel movies in one place via your iPhone, iPad, iPad touch and on the web.
The Marvel universe is expanding past The Avengers by bringing audiences into the world of the Guardians Of The Galaxy. The first trailer has arrived for all to enjoy. Guardians Of The Galaxy will be released in theatres August 1, 2014.
Melissa McCarthy is quickly becoming the comedy "IT" girl to partner with in movies. Her next victim, so to speak, is the great Susan Sarandon in Tammy. Keeping with the not-so-lucky persona McCarthy does so well, in Tammy she plays a woman who has just lost her burger joint job, had her car clunk out on her, and found her husband sleeping around with the neighbor. Oh, the hits just keep on coming. A road trip with her grandmother, played by Sarandon, is just what she needs--or is it?
It did not take long for The Expendables 3 to go into production after the huge success of The Expendables 2. Audiences love the band of aging action heroes the movie's present to us on a shiny, silver platter of pastiche and brilliant comedic timing mixed with action galore. Watch the first trailer for The Expendable 3 now; laugh about the music they chose to use, and delight in seeing the entire cast of favorite's line-up at your attention.
Charlton Heston famously proclaimed, "Take Your Stinkin' Paws Off Me You Damn Dirty Ape," in Planet Of The Apes (1968). He probably would have thought twice about it had he encountered king-ape Caesar in Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, the much anticpated sequel to Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes. A new trailer has been released and all there is to say is...wow, humans have quite a battle ahead of them (and I think the apes are going to win).
"We dont' need another Godzilla movie," said many when plans to reboot the Godzilla themed-franchise was made public. Well, after watching the teaser trailer for 2014's Godzilla, the truth is that yes, we do need another movie featuring Godzilla because it looks amazing in the first trailer.
Science Fiction narratives are popular once again, thanks to the slew of great films that have come out over the past couple of years, includeing Gravity, Prometheus, Ender's Game, and Europa Report. The summer of 2014 promises to usher in another fantastic science fiction narrative, from the creative minds of Lana and Andy Wachowski--you know, the team who brought The Matrix into your world. Jupiter Ascending looks to be full of action, romance, danger, and a mysterious power held by a woman. Oh my, how the mind races with excitement over seeing the movie in its entirety. Watch the first trailer for Jupiter Ascending, starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, now...
The hilarious minions, that audiences around the world have grown to love for their hijinks in the Despicable Me movies took over Manhattan on November 25, 2013. Take a look at the images from their fun-filled day, and watch the sizzle reel to join in on the madness.
Aaron Paul may no longer be cooking up meth on "Breaking Bad" but that does not mean his career of getting high off dangerous doings is over. Paul can be seen in Need For Speed, from Dreamworks Pictures, arriving in theatres March of 2014. Watch the first trailer from the film, and prepare for speed, lots of speed.
The new poster for How To Train Your Dragon 2 has been released, and the excitement has only built up for one super fan of the first film. Yes, that super fan is yours truly, and I am not ashamed to admit the fact. I may be an adult, I may not have children, and I am surely not the target demographic for the movie but none of the aforementioned changes the fact that How To Train Your Dragon 2 is my most anticipated film for 2014. I fell in love with the first one, and not just because it featured dragons (a mythical creature I cannot resist, even in a movie like Reign of Fire). I even felt it should have won the Academy Award for best animated feature over Toy Story 3--shocking, yes, but completely warranted. Come June of 2014 I will finally get to see How To Train Your Dragon 2 and the anticipation has now only built up to an extreme level. Until then, the poster will have to suffice, until the first trailer is released.
The day just got a whole lot better because Darren Arnonofsky's Noah has its first trailer. Everyone knows the story, obviously, but in Aronofsky's hands this is not going to be the old testament's Noah, oh no. Watch the trailer now, and prepare for the flood March 28, 2014.
Sleeping Beauty has an entirely new problem, Maleficent is no longer animated, and she's downright scary. Take a look at the new poster for Disney's live-action Maleficent, to see Angelina Jolie at her witchy nastiest.
There cannot be a respectful Frankenstein themed movie without gargoyles flying about in the dark. Well, there can, but it's so much better with them. The new poster from I, Frankenstein has gargoyles, and Frankenstein on full display. Feast your eyes and enjoy the view.
With the recent onslaught of release date changes there is one movie that is firmly staying in place for the winter movie season, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. A brand-new poster has been released for the movie and, well, it definitely paints a glorious picture of the gang being larger than life in the big city. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues opens in theatres December 20, 2013, just in time to enjoy during the Christmas holiday break...what a nice gift.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier has its very first trailer, and you can enjoy the spoils of watching it right now. Enjoy!
The Paranormal Activity movies have all been the same: suburban home, connected family ties, people sleeping peacefully in their beds until "something" happens. Well, the new trailer for Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones has arrived and all I can say is, "What the hell is going on?" Watch and see if you agree with my sentiment.
You have been patient, and now the wait is over. Watch the brand-new trailer for Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel now. Enjoy!
Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger teased audiences with their buddy-esque chemistry in The Expendables 2, and now they are together as an unlikely pair of convicts who must work together in order to escape an unescapable prison in Escape Plan, in theatres October 18, 2013. They both sat down for an interview to discuss Escape Plan; the story, the work environment, why it took so long for them to star in a movie together, and how their characters in Escape Plan combine their separate genius to make the impossible, possible.
Who's ready for a new Frankenstein? I know I am. On January 24, 2014 audiences will welcome a new Frankenstein story to the long-standing myth of the man created from death, by his trusty scientist father. Watch the new trailer for I, Frankenstein now and mark your calendars, its going to be a monsterific start to the new year.
They Are Time Traveling Turkeys, Of Course! 'Free Birds' Character Posters And A New Clip Have Arrived
Thanksgiving without turkey? Sacrilege. Well, if the turkey's in Free Birds manage to go back in time and change history, by removing turkey from the Thanksgiving menu, you just may be eating Tofurkey...and not know an alternative exists. Free Birds is a new animated-adventure comedy, releasing in theatres November 1, 2013. Take a look at the character posters below and watch a new :60 second clip from the film.
You couldn't say anything nice about Loki, until now. Because now he is channelling the late, great Jim Morrison with his newfound style while being imprisoned by Thor. It's fantastic! But wait, Thor is giving Loki a chance to redeam himself? Oh, this has trouble written all over it. Watch the new clip from Thor: The Dark World and see it all play out.
Disney has released the first poster for the upcoming animated adventure Frozen and it makes freezing look like a great deal of fun. Take a look...
One of the best reviewed films of the year is The Spectacular Now, and indie darling from director James Ponsoldt, with a script by (500) Days Of Summer's hugely-talented Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber. The Spectacular Now is expanding into more theatres/markets on August 16, 2013 and San Diego, California is very lucky to have one of the stars of the film, Miles Teller (Footloose (2011)) hosting Q&A's at the opening day shows.
Disneynature's upcoming release Bears has its first trailer and the editors behind-it knew exactly what to include in order to get you excited to see Bears--adorable baby bear cubs. Seriously, your heart will melt at the cuteness, and oh those little paws, its too much! Watch the trailer now and prepare to see Bears in theatres on April 18, 2014 (that's so far away!).
An Explosion Of Action Is On The Horizon In 'Getaway', As Seen In The New Featurette 'Metal And Asphalt'
Selena Gomez seems determined to leave her Disney roots behind her, as seen in Spring Breakers earlier this year. Well, the year is not over and she has a new action-thriller releasing in theatres, Getaway, also starring Ethan Hawke. 'Getaway' promises to be action-packed and thrilling, and by the looks of what goes on in the new featurette "Metal and Asphalt" that may be a promise director Courtney Solomon can keep. Watch the featurette now, and prepare to see Getaway on August 30, 2013.
The day has arrived Thor fans, a brand-new trailer for Thor: The Dark World is here. Enjoy!
Michelle Pfeiffer Is A Bad Mommy And Robert De Niro A Killer Dad In New Character Posters For 'The Family'
Robert De Niro knows all about playing a mobster, a hard-ass, a tough guy. Well, he's now a snitch in the new film The Family, co-starring Michelle Pfeiffer as his wife. As Mafia Boss Fred Blake, De Niro has snitched on the Mob and by doing so joined the Witness Protection Agency, moving his family to France. You can't run from your enemies, as Fred is about to learn when they come looking to settle the score. The Family will be released in theatres September 13th; for now, check out the new character posters from the film. Any chance to look at Michelle Pfeiffer is one worth taking.
You can't stop the crazy Muppets from invading movie screens. And they will do just that on March 21, 2014 with Muppets Most Wanted, starring the usual suspects: Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, The Great Gonzo, Animal; plus some human counterparts of the funny kind with Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and Tina Fey. Watch the first trailer for the film now and get ready to countdown until Muppet mania invades next year.
David O. Russell's American Hustle reunites actors from his previous films, including Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, and Jennifer Lawrence to give audiences a taste of 1970s life, from the eyes of con-man Irving Rosenfeld (Bale) and his partner Sydney Prosser (Adams). The first teaser trailer is out, and while the movie looks to be an exciting ride full of mayhem and mischief, plus spankings, its the hair styles that will have you talking. The curls on Cooper's head, the comb over sported by Bale, or the high-in-the-sky coif Jennifer Lawrence is proudly wearing...American Hustle is a work of art already, hair art that is. Watch the trailer and prepare to get hustled on December 13, 2013.
It has been a long time coming for Billy Bob Thornton's Jayne Mansfield's Car to secure a theatrical release. Anchor Bay Films will release the movie on VOD August 20th and in theatres September 13th, 2013. A trailer for the film has been released, along with a new poster showing the wholesome Americana that is the backdrop of the movie, and that which will become unhinged with a death in the family.
Thor: The Dark World has its very first poster, featuring the characters from the film and a look at the new bad guy that will undoubtedly make life for Thor very difficult.
Indie darling Short Term 12, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, has debuted four alternative posters, created by artist and illustrator Caitlin Craggs.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ has always presented classic movies on the big screen and hosted the cast and crew. They are going one step further with a new screening series that will feature live commentary. The first film to get the live commentary treatment, a la Mystery Science Theatre 3000, is the romantic comedy classic The Princess Bride, hosted by Jason Reitman. Joining Reitman will be director Rob Reiner and actor Cary Elwes.
Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman and Edgar Wright from The World's End sit down to discuss the glory days, fight training, a "pink hulk" and more in the new featurette "Not What It Used To Be." The World's End is the latest movie from Director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), that tells the story of an epic pub crawl, 20-years after an initial attempt. Things get a tad bit complicated, as the guys realize their goal in reachig the famed "The World's End" pub isn't just for themselves, but for the fate of the world. The World's End will be released in theatres August 23, 2013.
The time to let loose and have fun, in the golden years, has arrived for Billy, Paddy, Archie and Sam when they head to Las Vegas to celebrate the bachelor party of one of their own (and he's marrying a woman half his age). Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline star in Last Vegas, a comedy for the old, the young, and those who wish to have a laugh--hangovers never get better with age. Watch the trailer for Last Vegas and prepare to join the boys on one final racous adventure in sin city.
Catch a first-look at Jude Law in the upcoming Dom Hemingway from Fox Searchlight Pictures with the release of images from the film. Dom's a larger-than-life safecracker, who's just been released from prison. He has an estranged daughter, and a score to settle with his previous boss--meaning, somebody owes him money. More to come on Dom Hemingway as the release date approaches, April 4, 2014 (that's so far away!).
Open Road Films took an alternative and new approach for promtoting the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, JOBS, starring Ashton Kutcher. They went to Instagram and have been promoting content through the popular user-generation media site. There is an Instagram trailer, and now clips from the film are being featured as well. Take a look at all of the Instagram JOBS videos here, right now.
You can never have enough adaptations of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers play "Romeo and Juliet." Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth tackle the roles of Juliet and Romeo in the latest Romeo & Juliet film adaptation from Relativity Media, written for the screen by Julian Fellowes, the man behind cult-sensation "Downton Abbey." The first trailer has been released for Romeo & Juliet and its full of the lavish scenery one would expect as well as the Shakespearian prose that has brought many a lover to their knees. Watch the trailer now, and prepare yourself for the tragic love story to make its way into theatres October 11, 2013.
If you have not seen The Conjuring yet you don't understand what you're missing. Its one of the scariest movies made in a very long time, and it also happens to be incredibly well done. FilmFracture loved it so much we reviewed it twice. A new video has been released called "Possession" to scare you into the theatre, for the first time, or maybe even the second. The Conjuring was the number one movie at the box office last weekend and its sure to remain at the top because people love to be scared straght out of their skin--and this movie does just that, more than once.
Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy took time out of their busy shooting schedule for their new movie Muppets Most Wanted to wish Kate Middleton and Prince William the very best on the birth of their first child.
First Official Trailer For 'Out Of The Furnace' Starring Christian Bale And Directed By Scott Cooper
The first official trailer for Relativity Media's Out Of The Furnace has been released. Directed by Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart) and starring Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe, Zoë Saldana and Sam Shepard, its a gritty drama, and one that may put Relativity Media in line for awards--finally.
Lindsay Lohan made a movie, before her current stint in rehab, that was rejected by the Sundance Film Festival and SXSW. Never a good sign. The first trailer has been released for said movie, The Canyons, directed by Paul Schrader and written by Bret Easton Ellis.
Relativity Media has released the first preview images from their upcoming release Out Of The Furnace, featuring Christian Bale and Woody Harrelson. Take a look at Bale smoldering, long locks and all.
Do some good on Thursday, July 11, 2013 and participate in a beach clean-up at Mission Beach in San Diego, on behalf of the new movie Pacific Rim.
7 Hours (!) Of Friday The 13th Nostalgia With 'Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History Of Friday The 13th' Documentary Release
How much of a die-hard fan do you have to be to watch 420 minutes, that's 7 hours, of a documentary about the Friday the 13th movie franchise? Well, writer/director Daniel Farrands is betting on their being plenty of takers with the relase of his documentary, Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th on August 27, 2013.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier has its first teaser poster, and while it does not give much detail it does tease that there will be blood. Will there be on April 4, 2014?
On July 4th, Dreamworks' Turbo Taco Truck will be making a special appearance at the San Diego County Fair offering free tacos and family-friendly activities. Plus, the chance to win Turbo-themed toys and free movie passes.
Beware The Clap! Watch The All New Trailer For 'The Conjuring' Featuring The Family That Lived Through The Horror
I have seen The Conjuring, and it is a frighteningly great movie that will scare you straight out of your seat. An all-new trailer has been released featuring interviews with the family the true-story the film is based upon, the Perron's. Watch it now. [Read the review of The Conjuring]
Watch the first trailer for the Steve Jobs biopic, JOBS, starring Ashton Kutcher. In theatres August 16, 2013.
A new poster arrived this morning, and now a brand-new trailer for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is here as well. Watch and enjoy!
Its all about Ron Burgundy's mustache in the new poster for Anchorman 2. You have until December 2013 to perfect growing your own.
The second trailer for Ron Howard's Rush, starring Chris Hemsworth as Formula One racer James Hunt. Focusing on the rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda, Rush will be released in theatres September 20, 2013. Watch the new trailer now...
Paramount Pictures announced today that Muse will perform live following the premiere of World War Z in London. Watch the announcement video below.
Its a dream come true for many Jennifer Aniston fans, to see her as a stripper and showcasing her moves in the new trailer for We're The Millers. Once you get past the initial excitement, the movie also stars Jason Sudeikis, Emma Roberts, Nick Offerman, Kathryn Hahn, Will Poulter, and Ed Helms in a comedy where a bunch of less-than-moral individuals form a fake famiy to smuggle marijuana across the Mexican border.
The new trailer for The Wolverine hints at the possibility of Logan becoming human, again. Is mortality in his future? Watch the new trailer now and find out when The Wolverine is released in theatres July 26, 2013.
Focusing on the action-adventure side of the narrative, and some fancy effects work involving a derailed train, The Lone Ranger's new trailer is aimed at getting you excited for the film's release July 3, 2013.
Charlie Hunnam lends his voice as narrator for the official main trailer of Pacific Rim. That alone should be reason enough to watch it, as well as the glimpses of the monsters from the deep.
On August 9, 2013 Disney's all-new animated adventure Planes arrives in theatres. A new video for 'Planes'has been released featuring scenes from the film combined with the accomplished music of composer Mark Mancina. Enjoy!
A first-look motion-poster has been released, straight from the Cannes Film Festival, for I, Frankenstein, the dystopian thriller that pits gargoyles against demons in an epic battle. I, Frankenstein stars Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Miranda Otto, Jai Courtney, and Yvonne Strahovski and will be released in theatres January 14, 2014.
The first poster for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has debuted.
A brand-new poster for Despicable Me 2 has debuted.
The first trailer for Thor: The Dark World has been released. Watch it now.
The first poster has been released for Thor: The Dark World. Wield that hammer Chris Hemsworth!
Glimpse Inside The Final Chapter Of An Epic Romance With New Images From Richard Linklater's 'Before Midnight'
The romance genre was forever changed in 1995 when a small independent movie released in theatres, Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise, starring Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke. Hearts swooned at the fated romance between Celine and Jesse; two strangers who meet on a train and spend one night together in Vienna. Their story did not end there, as fate again would bring them together in 2004's Before Sunset. Ending on a cliffhanger, and featuring one of the best final lines in movie history with "Baby, you’re going to miss that plane," fans of Celine and Jesse have waitied patiently for the final act of their three-part romance put to film. The time has come with Before Midnight, arriving in theatres May 24, 2013. New images have been released for the film and it is no secret that Celine and Jesse have in fact ended up together, but will their love last?
The Trailer Is Finally Here For Jeff Bridges And Ryan Reynolds 3D Supernatural Action-Adventure 'R.I.P.D.'
Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges, together, in a supernatural action-adventure movie in 3D?! Sign me up. The first trailer has been released for the aforementioned dream movie, R.I.P.D....watch it now.
New Images Released For 'The Wolverine' Featuring Logan (Hugh Jackman), Viper (Svetlana Khodchenkova), And Yukio (Rila Fukushima)
The Wolverine will be in theatres July 26, 2013. To tide you over until opening day take a look at all of the new images that have been released for the film.
Baseball And God Meet In 'Home Run'; Watch Four New Clips From The Inspiring Story Coming Soon To Theatres
Four new clips have been released for the inspiring new movie Home Run, based on thousands of true stories and centered around a Baseball players second chance in life for redemption and transformation. Watch them now, including the trailer.
'The Lone Ranger' Gets A New Trailer, Plus A Livestream Q&A With Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, Gore Verbinski, And Jerry Bruckheimer
Hot off the debut at CinemaCon is the third Man Of Steel trailer. Watch it now...
Head West With The New Character Posters For 'The Lone Ranger' Featuring Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, William Fichtner, And More
The Lone Ranger rides into theatres July 3, 2013 with a cast that includes Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, Ruth Wilson and Helena Bonham Carter. Character posters have been released and well, I'm ready to head West--are you?
A brand-new Spock poster has been released for Star Trek Into Darkness. What on earth, or beyond, is happenig to him?
Ron Howard explores the rivalry between Formula 1 racers James Hunt and Niki Lauda in his new film Rush. The first trailer has been released, for your viewing pleasure.
The least likely person to be featured in a Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 featurette is Terry Crews. Then again, he is the voice of the character Earl--it all makes sense now. A brand-new featurette featuring Crews and showing gorgeous images and scenes from Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 has been released. Watch it now...
Melissa McCarthy And Sandra Bullock Get Into All Sorts Of Hilarious Trouble In New Images From 'The Heat'
Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock are teaming up in The Heat this Summer to usher in some much needed comedy to cure the 2013 movie blues. New images have been released for The Heat and they show the ladies in all sorts of troublesome, and hilarious, situations. Here they are; and get ready for The Heat, in theatres June 28, 2013.
Motion Picture Academy Unveils New Drawings And Planned Visitor Experience Information For Film Museum
One of the most suprirsing little known things about Los Angeles is that there is not a museum dedicated to the art of motion pictures. That is about to change, and it is very exciting. The Academy of Motion Pictures is currently in the prcess of rasiing the necessary funds to build 'The Academy Museum.' Today they have unveiled new drawings that showcase how the museum will look once construction is completed. I must say, it puts all other museums in the city to shame.
Watch The New Trailer For 'Elysium,' Starring Matt Damon And Jodie Foster From The Director Of 'District 9,' Neill Blomkamp
From the director of District 9, the movie that re-envisioned science fiction filmmaking for a new generation, comes his newest voyage into the science fiction genre, Elysium. Your only mission while watching this trailer is to try and decipher what exactly is happening in Elysium, besides Matt Damon becoming a cyborg.
The Wolfpack will have their final stand on May 24, 2013 in The Hangover Part III. To prepare for this special occasion a brand-new trailer has been released. Here is our chance to take a peak at how the epic story shall end.
Join The Celebration With A Featurette From Lionsgate's 'The Big Wedding' And A Free Movie Ticket Offer
Who doesn't love a wedding? Let me rephrase that. Who doesn't love the idea of a wedding featuring the comedic talents of Robert DeNiro, Katherine Heigl, Diane Keaton, Amanda Seyfried, Topher Grace, Susan Sarandon and Robin Williams? You are in luck, as The Big Wedding is coming to theatres April 26, 2013 with all of the aforementioned stars and you have the opportunity to join in on the fun--and you can even bring a guest for free when you purchase your ticket directly at https://www.thebigweddingmovie.com/. Watch the new featurette from The Big Wedding to prepare for the celebration...
'AFI Night At The Movies' Returns To Arclight Cinemas Hollywood April 24, 2013; Full Line-Up Of Films And Talent Announced
The American Film Institute began the 'AFI Night At The Movies' program in 2007; it returns this year with sponsors Target and MAGNUM Ice Cream Bar to showcase classic films at the Arclight Cinemas Hollywood for one-night only April 24, 2013. What sets 'AFI Night At The Movies' apart from other classic film nights is the inclusion of top stars and filmmakers in attendance to introduce and discuss the films being shown.
'The Great Gatsby' Trailer With New Music By Beyoncé x André 3000, Lana Del Rey, And Florence + The Machine
The new trailer for The Great Gatsby is not only visually stunning but it features all new music by Beyoncé x André 3000, Lana Del Rey, and Florence + The Machine. Is it May 10, 2013 yet?
The teaser trailer was scary enough, and now The Conjuring has a full-length trailer to get you spooked all over again. Be afaid, be very afraid.
Watch an all-new sneak peek of Disney's animated adventure Planes.
Roland Emmerich is one of the best action directors, ever. This statement is of course up for debate, but its not worth the trouble. For his newest film he returns to a familiar place, The White House, with White House Down. This time Channing Tatum is going to save America, and it all looks very exciting in the first trailer released for the movie. Watch the White House Down trailer now.
Coming in today at 12:01am PST is the new trailer for Brad Pitt starrer World War Z, as well as a zombirific new poster--and I say this because it is in fact covered in zombies, and that's terrific. Watch the trailer now...
'Scary Movie 5' Featuring Mike Tyson, Lindsay Lohan, Charlie Sheen, Snoop Dogg, And More Launches Official Website On Tumblr
Four wasn't enough, so a fifth Scary Movie has been made, and will be released in theatres on April 12, 2013 featuring Ashley Tisdale, Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan, Snoop Dogg, Katt Williams, Molly Shannon, Terry Crews, Simon Rex, Jerry O'Connell, Sarah Hyland, Katrina Bowden, Tyler Posey, Shad Moss aka Bow Wow, Kate Walsh, Heather Locklear, Mac Miller and Mike Tyson. Scary Movie 5 has released its official website, via Tumblr today. Check it out for your daily dose of comedy at http://scary-movie-5.tumblr.com/.
In the all-new TV Spot for Iron Man 3 Tony Stark is learning a lesson, a very hard lesson, by the oh so bad villain Mandarin. Watch the TV Spot now...
"Did you remember to lock your door?"--the perfect catchphrase for a horror film in order to bring chills down your spine. Hot off the hype from SXSW, You're Next is heading to theatres. Promising to bring a new twist on the home-invasion, You're Next will definitely peak your interest with the three new posters that have been released of men wearing animal masks, a tiger, sheep, and fox. I'm intrigued, are you?
Trailer Released For Dreamworks Animation's 'Turbo' Featuring Ryan Reynolds, Maya Rudolph, and Samuel L. Jackson
The second trailer has been released for Dreamworks Animation's Turbo featuring Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Ken Jeong, Maya Rudolph, Ben Schwartz, Snoop Dogg, and Samuel L. Jackson.
A brand-new international trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness has been released. Commence countdown to May 15th (IMAX) and/or May 17th (everywhere!).
Brand-New Clips From 'G.I. Joe Retaliation' Featuring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson with Jay-Z, Bruce Willis, And Battles!
In a mere couple of weeks G.I. Joe Retaliation will hit movie theatres with a bang, in 3D no less. Four new clips have been released to prepare you for what is in store.
Terrence Malick's new movie To The Wonder will be released April 12, 2013 by Magnolia Pictures. Watch the trailer now and decide for yourself what you think of his newest endeavor.
The boys are back, and this time Vegas is going to burn in the new teaser trailer for The Hangover Part III.
To celebrate the release of Park Chan-Wook's amazing new film Stoker, Reading Cinemas in San Diego -- home to two of the FilmFracture writing team, James Jay Edwards and Anthony Taormina -- and KPBS film critic Beth Accomando are hosting a Chan-Wook retrospective. The retrospective will include the movies Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance (2002), Oldboy (2004), and Lady Vengeance (2005), and feature opening remarks by Accomando.
The Iron Man 3 trailer does not need a formal introduction, so here it is for your viewing pleasure...
"Based On A True Story"--horror movies are a great deal more fun, and frightening, when this phrase it tacked on to the beginning of the credits. The newest taken from the pages of real-life horror history is The Conjuring, from the director of Saw and Insidious James Wan. The first teaser trailer has been released and I am already afraid of the armoire that sits in my bedroom, and that is only the beginning.
Taking a cue from the current state of civilization, that being one who is connected at all times to their smart phone, computer, tablet, and so on, the new film from director Henry Alex Rubin (Murderball) is the thriller Disconnect.
Pedro Almodóvar's I'm So Excited has finally received its first full-length trailer, and its a great deal of fun to watch. The director who is known for his love of color and wicked sense of humor reunites with Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas in I'm So Excited; but more importantly there is singing, on an airplane, and a psychic, and oh so much more.
The Indian Film Festival Of Los Angeles (IFFLA) has announced the opening and closing night gala films. Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs Of Wasseypur will open the festival and the closing night film will be Deepa Mehta's Midnight's Children.
In its 11th year, IFFLA will run April 9th to the 14th at Arclight Hollywood Cinemas.
On August 9, 2013 Disney's Planes arrives in theatres. The teaser trailer for the film has been released, as has news that Dane Cook will voice the lead character Dusty, "a plane with high hopes." Considering how popular the Pixar Cars franchise has been, Planes is guaranteed to bring in the crowds--and from the trailer it looks to be yet another great achievment in animation for Disney.
Ashley Bell, the star of The Last Exorcism Part II, and producer Eli Roth discuss what has happened in between the first film, The Last Exorcism, and the sequel releasing March 1st in theatres in a new featurette, "Nell's Story."
The folks at Movieclips are always busy creating mashups, posting the latest trailers, and making sure every movie's video-related content is out there for all to see on their Youtube channel. With the release of The Last Exorcism Part II on February 28th they have put together 'The Ultimate Devil Mashup,' celebrating the best in demonic horror throughout film history. Enjoy!
The full list of nominees and winners of the 2013 Academy Awards. Or as we like to call it here at FilmFracture...the Super Bowl of Movies.
Heartthrob Joseph Morgan Of "The Vampire Diaries" Stars In Psychological Supernatural Thriller Warhouse
A brand-new motion poster has been released for Star Trek Into Darkness, as well as a first-look featurette.
The chance to own a piece of movie history is within everyone's grasp on March 2-3, 2013 thanks to Premiere Props' "The Hollywood Extravaganza IX" auction. Over 1,000 costumes and props will be auctioned off, including items from Academy Award nominated films Silver Linings Playbook, Django Unchained, The Godfather, Inglourious Basterds, Mary Poppins, True Grit, and Cast Away. Some of the items up for auction are:
Super Bowl 2013 Movie Commercial TV Spots: World War Z, The Lone Ranger, Oz The Great and Powerful, Iron Man 3, and Fast and Furious 6
Hollywood has been snatching up ad time during the February 3rd Super Bowl game as if they were giving it out for free this year--they are not, with the estimated cost of a :30 commercial spot being $4 million dollars (a new record).
The Studios know that the Super Bowl is a great marketing platform, and they are bringing their biggest Summer Blockbusters to the small screen for trailers, quick teases, and even interactive experiences that will go on long after their 30-seconds are up. Here is a list of the movies that will be featured in Super Bowl commercials in 2013, and the teaser videos that go along with them (if available).
Venture Behind The Writing With Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola, And The Cast Of Moonrise Kingdom In A New Featurette
The gang's all here...that is, the gang from Academy Award Nominated Best Original Screenplay Moonrise Kingdom. Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola, Jared Gilman, Jason Schwartzman, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Bob Balaban, Bruce Willis and Tilda Swinton are all featured in a new featurette for the film focusing on the creation of the screenplay.
New images have been released for JOBS, the biopic about Apple founder Steve Jobs that stars Ashton Kutcher in the leading role.
With Valentine's Day sneaking up fast it is only necessary for the romantic movies to start hitting theatres. Warner Bros. is gearing up to win the Valentine's Day weekend at the box office with the screen adaptation of the best selling YA novel, Beautiful Creatures The second trailer for this supernatural love story has arrived, and it looks to be full of bait for those who like witches, romance, and a hint of danger.
Interactive Script Released For Wes Anderson And Roman Coppola's Best Original Screenplay Academy Award Nominee Moonrise Kingdom
The winners and nominees from the 2013 Golden Globes Awards, held on January 13, 2013.
Turning 21 is a a crazy adventure in the new trailer for 21 AND OVER.
Three new first look images have been released for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
Watch the risqué new trailer for A Glimpse Inside The Mind Of Charles Swan III.
Brand new images have been released for Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, giving a further in-depth look at the action-adventure witch hunting movie, opening in theatres January 25, 2013.
Pixar has a brand-new short film debuting with Monster's University in 2013, "The Blue Umbrella". It is a love story about two umbrellas, one blue, one not, who meet one evening in the city. A clip has been released for the short to get you excited about what more is to come on June 21, 2013 when it arrives in theatres with Monster's University.
Summit Entertainment has released the first 4-minutes of their zombie love story Warm Bodies for everyone to see. Watch, enjoy, and get ready for zombie consciousness on February 1, 2013.
In 2010, moviegoers were introduced to Nell Sweetzer, a backwoods young girl who may or may not be possessed by an evil spirit, or the devil himself in The Last Exorcism. Nell's story continues with The Last Exorcism Part II, releasing March 13, 2013. The first poster for the film has been released and it is terrifying, in all of its twisted glory.
A group of new images has been released for Star Trek Into Darkness. Enjoy!
From Sony Pictures, Carrie wishes you a merry christmas--or a bloody one, whichever you prefer.
A brand-new motion poster for Dreamworks Animation The Croods is bordering on the fantastical.
Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, and Mary-Louise Parker start a fire in new image for Red 2, in theatres August 2, 2013.
The mucles are bulging in the new trailer for Pain & Gain, from director Michael Bay.
Last week we were teased with an announcement video for the teaser trailer of Star Trek Into Darkness. To be honest, it looked a lot like an official teaser trailer. Alas, it was not the official teaser trailer, that has been released today. Watch, enjoy, and prepare youself for what is coming in 2013 with Star Trek Into Darkness.
A brand-new poster has been released for Oz The Great and Powerful and it is positively wicked; wicked witch wicked of course.
A brand-new featurette has been released for Gus Van Sant's Promised Land, going behind the scenes of the controversial movie written by Matt Damon and John Krasinski about fracking, among other things. Watch the featurette and go see the movie in limted theatres on December 28, 2012 and releasing wide January 4, 2013.
The first-look at Disney's 2013 animated comedy-adventure Frozen, starring Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, has arrived with a concept art image. Things are definitely looking cold and icy in Frozen, which arrives in theatres November 27, 2013.
G.I. Joe The Rise of Cobra didn't do very well with critics--I was an exception, of course. The sequel is bigger, and badder, and has Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson so its already a step ahead of its predecessor. Watch the new trailer for G.I. Joe Retaliation and get ready, this looks like fun!
The Golden Globes 2013 Nominations Are Full Of Surprises, Snubs, and "What Were They Thinking?" Nominees
The Golden Globes have announced their nominees for the 2013 awards. Steven Spielberg's Lincoln garnered the most with 7 nominations; Argo and Django Unchained get five each. A few surprises occurred, namely with Salmon Fishing In The Yemen's nominations and Richard Gere for Arbitrage, considering it only had a limited theatrical release and was primarily a VOD title (the world is changing, no doubt). There is also the obvious shocker, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey did not receive any nominations--not even best score. Ouch! Then there's the "What were they thinking" nomination, namely for Les Miserables as best picture. Credit should be given to the fact that they did not nominate Tom Hooper for direction. Agree, or disagree, with the nominations but they are here to stay.
The day has arrived, where big robots fight big aliens in an all out battle to save planet earth--and they do it in the water! The Pacific Rim trailer, from director Guillermo del Toro, has arrived. It's pretty amazing, as you will see.
Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer take to the west in the brand-new trailer for The Lone Ranger.
Gus Van Sant's Promised Land marks the return of Matt Damon to screenwriting, after his Oscar winning screenplay for Good Will Hunting (1997) (shared with Ben Affleck, and directed by Van Sant) and the less-favorable Gerry (2002) (also directed and written by Van Sant), by pairing up with John Krasinski to tell the tale of big business meeting small-town strength. New images from the film have been released to introduce the characters from Promised Land. With an incredibly talented cast that includes Matt Damon, John Krasinski, Frances McDormand, Rosemarie DeWitt, Scoot McNairy, Titus Welliver, and Hal Holbrook the character's the actors create on screen will play an enormous part in the success of the film as a whole.
Enjoy meeting the characters from Promised Land.
Tyler Perry is known for comedy thanks to his character Madea, and the handful of films devoted to the character. After a less than memorable turn as an action-star in this year's Alex Cross, Perry returns to the directing chair for next year's Temptation: Confessions Of A Marriage Counselor, and is quoted as calling the film "provocative...sexually and otherwise"--I hope it doesn't include Madea in such a situation, that would be unsightly. Jesting aside, Temptation... stars Jurnee Smollett-Bell ("Friday Night Lights"), Lance Gross, Kim Kardashian (yes, that Kardashian), Vanessa Williams, Robbie Jones, and Brandy Norwood. The new poster for the film has arrived and its red, or red hot as Perry would lead us to believe.
Everyone loves a good tease, and J.J. Abrams and the folks over at Paramount are providing one courtesy of Star Trek Into Darkness. The teaser trailer arrives on December 17th, and tonight they are teasing fans with an "announcement" video. It goes live at 12:01am PT, and you can watch it below. The anticipation is suffocating!
Watch Tom Cruise, as Jack Reacher, take on 5 guys at once in the new clip for Jack Reacher, in theatres December 21, 2012.
Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters (and formerly Nirvana) has released the official trailer for his Sundance Film Festival selected documentary Sound City. The documentary marks Grohl's directorial debut and is centered around the history of the Van Nuys based "Sound City Studios" where music legends such as Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Cheap Trick, Guns and Roses, Fear, Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine, Slipknot, Nine Inch Nails, and Metallica have recorded over the past 40 years. The idea for the film began when Grohl purchased the [legendary] custom-built Neve 8028 recording console from the Studio in 2011; the board was built in 1972 and is considered to be "the crown jewel of analog recording equipment." It also happens to be the same board used to record Nirvana's breakthrough album "Nevermind;" an album that remarkably changed Dave Grohl's life forever as the drummer of Nirvana.
A new poster was released today for Man Of Steel on the Dark Knight Rises Facebook Page. Its a tad blurry, on purpose, and it shows Superman under arrest. Why, how, for what, and all those questions it raises will have to wait to be revealed--maybe in the new trailer that is coming in a couple weeks?
Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez are teaming up to pull off a heist in FilmDistrict's release Parker, set for theatres January 25, 2013. In new images for the film Statham dons a variety of costumes, playing up the disguise angle of his character's thief persona, while Jennifer Lopez is sitting pretty, literally. Parker is based on the bestselling books by Donald E. Westlake.
On December 21, 2012 the hugely popular "Jack Reacher" series will have its first screen adaptation released, adequately titled Jack Reacher. Tom Cruise plays the title role of Jack Reacher, and the buzz is swirling over this holiday action picture. A new featurette has been released featuring the author of the "Jack Reacher" series, Lee Child, discussing the film, the character, and of course Tom Cruise.
Designed by street artist Shepard Fairey, the same artist who designed the Barack Obama "Hope" Poster during the 2008 Presidential election, the official poster for the documentary Ley Fury Have The Hour has debuted. The documentary, which features Fairey, is centered around counter-culture and asking the question, "What kind of world do you want to live in?"
Horror-Comedy Spoof 30 Nights of Paranormal Activity with the Devil Inside the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Trailer Released
The longest movie title award in film history goes to 30 Nights of Paranormal Activity with the Devil Inside the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Yes, you read the title correctly, and it is amazing. Drawing from Hollywood's recent horror movies, and a few other popular films for good measure, 30 Nights Of Paranormal Activity With The Devil Inside The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is being released directly on Media (DVD/Blu-ray/Digital Download) on January 15, 2013. Prepare yourself for laughter, because this film looks like it will put all of the Scary Movie movies to shame. Enjoy the trailer!
Are you the utimate Evil Dead fan? Prove it, with IGN's ultimate Evil Dead fan contest, happening on their Facebook page. All you have to do to enter is explain why you are the ultimate fan. Prizes include: a Sony TV and Blu-Ray DVD player, a poster, and a chance to have an exclusive premiere viewing of the new red band trailer WITH BRUCE CAMPBELL!! -- Not too shabby.
To enter go to IGN.com Evil Dead Contest.
Good luck Evil Dead fans!
Sneak Peek Video and Images from Oprah Winfrey's Interview with Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, and Steven Spielberg on Lincoln
It was only a matter of time before Oprah Winfrey wrangled an interview with three of the most likely Academy Award nominees for 2013: Daniel Day Lewis (Best Actor), Sally Field (Best Actress), and Steven Spielberg (Best Director, all for Lincoln. In a special 90-minute episode of "Oprah's Next Chapter" on the OWN Network, Oprah sits down with the three immensely talented actors and director to discuss their collaboration on Lincoln. This special is sure to be an entertaining and insightful look into ceating the epic story of Lincoln. A sneak peek video has been released, as well as images from the interview. More details on airdates of the special are below.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will be in theatres November 22, 2012 but the fun of promoting the film has already begun. A new motion poster was released today on the film's Facebook page and while the image is fun to look at, it is the sound the motion poster makes that is memorable: it sounds just like crackling fire. And if the poster's image looks familiar its because it is very much like the teaser trailer (if you can call it that) which showed before The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part Two. Enjoy the motion poster!
I know everyone is super excited to see Hitchcock, as was I. It opens on November 23, 2012 in limited theatres, will a rollout to additional ones in the coming weeks. To assist you in locating a theatre here is the list of where you can see Hitchcock starting November 23rd. While you're at it, read the review: Hitchcock Movie Review...just as Mother would want.
This Thanksgiving don't just send a regular old card, or e-card, to your friends and family; send them one from Alfred Hitchcock, care of Fox Searchlight's Hitchcock, in theatres November 23, 2012. Read the review of Hitchcock and see it in theatres over Thanksgiving weekend: Hitchcock Movie Review.
Happy Thanksgiving, to you and Mother.
President Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of The United States of America, proclaimed on October 3, 1863 that the last Thursday of November going forward would be a National Holiday. What would be known as Thanksgiving was meant to be a day of "Thanksgiving and Praise." This Thanksgiving the filmmakers behind Lincoln wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. Lincoln is now playing in theatres across the country; read the review: Lincoln Movie Review.
Rise of the Guardians is a great film for the holidays, and any time really for a family--or an adult who enjoys sweet, sentimental, and funny animated movies. New clips, images, and a featurette have been released for Rise of the Guardians. The movie hits theatres November 21, 2012. Read the review of the film: Rise of the Guardians Movie Review.
Justin Long in a Teeny Weeny Red Speedo and More Hilarity with New Images from The Farrelly Brothers Movie 43
The Farrelly Brothers are back to their old tricks--at least we hope they are--in Movie 43, starring Elizabeth Banks, Kristen Bell, Halle Berry, Leslie Bibb, Kate Bosworth, Gerard Butler, Bobby Cannavale, Kieran Culkin, Josh Duhamel, Anna Faris, Richard Gere, John Hodgman, Terrence Howard, Hugh Jackman, Johnny Knoxville, Justin Long, Stephen Merchant, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloë Grace Moretz, Chris Pratt, Liev Schreiber, Seann William Scott, Emma Stone, Jason Sudeikis, Uma Thurman, Naomi Watts, and Kate Winslet. Yes, you read that right, all of these stars have come out to be in Movie 43, so it must be good, right? New images from the film have been released, my favorite of course being Justin Long dressed as a superhero wearing a teeny weeny red speedo. Enjoy!
Gerard Butler has just gotten out of the shower, and all he's wearing is a towel, in a new shirtless image from Playing For Keeps. You're welcome.
For decades the first surviving feature film to feature Alfred Hitchcock in the credits, The White Shadow, was lost. In 2011, the opening three reels of the six-reel feature were uncovered thanks to research done at the New Zealand Film Archive. Starting November 15, 2012 the National Film Preservation Foundation's website will screen The White Shadow for a two-month run free thanks to Fandor.com and the 2012 “For the Love of Film” Blogathon.
Arnold Schwarzenegger returns to the big-screen in his first headlining role in, well, a very long time. Johnny Knoxville is by his side in The Last Stand and the final poster for the film has been released. In pure overblown masculinity it features a HUGE gun. I'm not sure gun even describes it well enough. But here it is, the final poster for The Last Stand...
Once upon a time there was a movie named World War Z, scheduled to be released in the Fall of 2012, starring Brad Pitt. That didn't happen. In June of 2012 the release of World War Z was pushed by Paramount Studios to June of 2013, and six weeks of re-shoots were scheduled; plus a script re-write by Damon Lindelof, that was eventually finished by Drew Goddard of the third act. With all of the problems World War Z has encountered the anticipation to see footage from the film has left all of us wondering exactly how good, or how bad, it will look. The time has come to take a first look at Brad Pitt's neverending production nightmare of World War Z with the release of the first trailer.
The world premiere of Hitchcock took place at AFI FEST 2012 as the opening night film. A highlight reel of the red carpet arrivals is available for your enjoyment. So, enjoy!
The online universe has become one of the best places to promote, distribute, and gather attention for independent films. The Beneath the Earth Film Festival takes advantage of the online experience each year by hosting an entirely online film festival. A grand jury comprised of film reviewers will decide on the best film, screenplay, soundtrack, cinematography, and editing categories but the audience award is open for voting to everyone--this means you, the internet perusing movie watcher.
A brand-new, yet quite similar to the first, poster for "Oz The Great and Powerful" has been released. It features the Wicked Witch, and she does make quite the impression against the idyllic landscape. This is the first of three panels of posters, the other two are coming soon.
On November 7th The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences will celebrate the life and career of acclaimed filmmaker, auteur director, Stanley Kubrick with "An Academy Salute to Stanley Kubrick." The event will be hosted by Malcolm McDowell, star of one of Kubrick's greatest and most controversial films A Clockwork Orange, and will include feature film clips and personal remembrances by Kubrick's friends and collaborators, including Ryan O'Neill, Matthew Modine, and Paul Mazursky.
AFI FEST 2012 is nearly upon the filmmaking community and eager moviegoing audiences while the slate of films to be shown at the festival are slowly being announced. It may be the anticipation over this year's, and every year's, AFI FEST that makes it seem like it takes so long to know what is playing, or maybe its just myself and Tom von Logue Newth whom are impatient to cover the festival this year. Either way, AFI FEST is always a great festival to attend, with films from around the world and premieres of some of the biggest films of the Fall/Winter Season--with more than one Oscar contender thrown in for good measure.
Amazing things do happen, and The Iran Job's path to success is independent filmmaking proof.
In January of 2012 The Iran Job husband-wife directing team of Sara Nodjoumi and Till Schauder (Partner Pictures), raised an incredible crowd-funding goal of $100,000 on Kickstarter towards completion funds of their documentary. As of today, their second campaign raised $66,000 for distribution costs to coincide with the film's Academy qualifying U.S. release. The Iran Job has been playing in limited release across the country since September 28, 2012 and has recently secured a distribution deal in Germany, and requests from the U.K., Japan and Israel.
The Man With The Iron Fists arrives in theates on November 2, 2012, from Eric Calderon and RZA, the creators of the smash hit "Afro Samurai." A prelude to The Man With The Iron Fists has been released, to show the journey of the Blacksmith (RZA) on his way to China via a Dutch trading vessel where he and his crew have an unfortunate encounter.
Watch the video now.
Victoria Justice and Thomas Mann, stars of Fun Size, with Carly Rae Jepsen Celebrate at the Mall of America
On October 20, 2012, Fun Size stars Victoria Justice and Thomas Mann, along with special guest Carly Rae Jepsen, made a surprise appearance at Nickelodeon Universe at the Mall of America to celebrate the upcoming release of Fun Size on Friday, October 26, 2012.
The event brought out thousands of fans, and the stars signed autographs, greeted everyone, and also debuted Carly Rae Jepsen's new video "This Kiss." The video will also be seen this weekend ahead of all Fun Size screenings.
Watch a Newswrap Video from the event and also check out pictures documenting all of the fun!
The Iron Man 3 trailer has been released. The easiest way to describe it is that everything seems to have gone to hell, thanks to a "terrorist," played by Ben Kingsley. Seeing the Iron Man suits get blown up is one thing, watching Pepper and Tony get blown-back after his cliffside house gets demolished is thrilling. Iron Man 3, we eagerly await your arrival on May 3, 2013.
The long-awaited third installment of the Iron Man franchise--okay, it has not been that long since Iron Man 2, especially with Thor, Captain America, and The Avengers to keep moviegoers company. But, I digress. The new teaser trailer for Iron Man 3's trailer is here, after being unlocked by fans on the films Facebook page. It is nice to welcome back Tony Stark and Pepper Potts, and who could the new baddie be? Watch the teaser for the trailer and see.
Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel Get Cozy and Cuddly in First Preview Images From Nicholas Sparks' Safe Haven
The next Nicholas Sparks adaptation to hit movie theaters is Safe Haven, starring Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel as, you guessed it, lovers. The first preview images from the film have been released courtesy of Relativity Media and they show Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel doing what is expected in a Nicholas Sparks film, getting cozy and cuddly in a variety of situations, frolicking in the ocean included. One thing is for sure, skin is in in Safe Haven, as seen by Julianne's bathing suit attire and Duhamel's ab showcasing. Safe Haven will be released by Relativity Media on February 8, 2013--just in time for Valentine's Day.
Anyone who has ever studied Alfred Hitchcock, or read enough about him, knows that he had a wicked sense of humor. He may be known professionally for being the master of suspense but it was his humor that those close to him speak of often. Fox Searhclight, the studio that is releasing Hitchcock in November, has put together a fun PSA video starring Alfred Hitchcock (as played by Anthony Hopkins) to urge moviegoers to not use their cell phones while watching a movie. The video is great fun, and the final shot with Hopkins performing his best Alfred Hitchcock only makes the anticipation for Hitchcock even greater.
The first offcial trailer for Hitchcock has been released. Take a look as Anthony Hopkins does his best to portray the master of suspense.
Brand new images and a teaser poster have been released for The Lone Ranger (2013), the newest big screen adaptation of the long running franchise. The Lone Ranger stars Johnny Depp as the sidekick Tonto and Armie Hammer as John Reid, the lawman turned legend. The Lone Ranger is directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer; it will be released in theatres July 3, 2013.
When Frankenweenie is released in theatres on October 5, 2012 audiences will have the chance to get to know all of the creative and entertaining characters that reside in the film. Humans aside, Frankenweenie also features monsters. Well, to be completely accurate, they are animals that have been brought back from the dead in monstrous proportions or attitude. In keeping with Tim Burton's homage theme to the great monster movies of film history a set of monster posters have been released showcasing the Frankenweenie monsters. Constructed just like a B-Movie Monster movie the art direction on the posters is fantastic. See for yourself...
Brand new images from Disney's upcoming Wreck-It Ralph have been released showing the game characters that will be featured in the film.
A brand new trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has been released.
Update, August 31, 2012: New featurettes and images.
Update, June 1, 2012: Official Trailer released.
Update: The official one-sheet has been released for the film. Take a look!
Jennifer Lawrence may be the star of the third largest opening-weekend film of all time, The Hunger Games, but she is not stopping there for her slate of 2012 films to be released. After her roles in Winter's Bone, X-Men: First Class, Like Crazy and The Hunger Games it only seems likely for her to tackle the horror genre, and she does just that in House At The End Of The Street, releasing in theatres September 21, 2012. The film also stars Elizabeth Shue (Leaving Las Vegas, Adventures in Babysitting), Max Thieriot (My Soul To Take), and Gil Bellows ("Ally McBeal").
Watch the new trailer and see images from the film!
Tim Burton returns to stop-motion animation with Frankenweenie, releasing October 5, 2012. Clearly inspired from the Frankenstein story, Frankenweenie focuses on a boy and his dog, and the bond that is unbreakable--leading to a resurrection of Sparky, the boy's dog. The creative mind of Tim Burton is sure to wow audiences with his newest animated feature, shot entirely in black-and-white and in 3D no less.
One of the most anticipated films of 2012 is Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, starring the incredibly talented Daniel Day Lewis in the title role of Abraham Lincoln. There is not a great deal known about the film, even the synopsis is vague and only one photo has been released to date--showing Daniel Day Lewis as Abraham Lincoln, and what a striking resemblance he has to the late President. Award buzz is already happening and the film has not even been seen yet, nor has the full-length trailer. That is about to change.
A new trailer for Wreck-it Ralph has arrived, and new images from the film too.
Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are in the process of making a documentary about the "Made In America Music Festival", headlined and curated by Jay Z. A new behind-the-scenes video has been released featuring Howard and Grazer discussing the new project.
When a trailer is sent for an independent film I for one cannot resist posting it for our readers. When the trailer is as crazy fun as Dust Up I get all sorts of excited. Here it is, for your viewing pleasure, the trailer for Ward Roberts Dust Up.
Looper is a time-travel action thriller from Director Rian Johnson (Brick, The Brothers Bloom) that will be released in theatres on September 28, 2012. One of the most important components of a film is the use of the Score to provide cues to the audience, heighten the action on screen, or set the overall tone of the picture. Many scores go unoticed while watching a movie, while others are unforgettable. An inside look featurette with Composer Nathan Johnson shows how Looper's score is a key element to the film as a whole.
The first official full-length trailer for Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters has been released.
On September 28, 2012 ShortsHD™ brings to theatres Stars In Shorts, an opportunity to see some of the biggest stars in a variety of short films they have starred in on the big screen as part of a combined theatrical release. Some of the actors in the short films being presented are Colin Firth, Judi Dench, Kenneth Branagh, Keira Knightley, Julia Stiles, Wes Bentley, Jason Alexander, Lily Tomlin, Tom Hiddleston, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Following the theatrical release Stars In Shorts will be available October 9, 2012 On Demand at iTunes and Cable & Satellite Pay Per View, wherein each film will be available in 54 countries across the globe on mobile devices, DirecTV, and AT&T U-verse.
Frankenweenie Science Fair, "Sparking an Interest in Science," presented by Discovery Science Center and El Capitan Theatre
The Discovery Science Center (DSC) and El Capitan Theatre are partnering to host a Frankenweenie Science Fair, "Sparking an Interest in Science," concluding October 5, 2012 in conjunction with the film's release. Structured as a competition, the participating students will conduct and submit their own inventive science experiment to compete for three grand prizes.
Christopher Coppola may not be as well known as his uncle Francis Ford Coppola but his venture into supporting budding filmmakers, from all walks of life, with "Project Accessible Hollywood (PAH)" is worthy of great praise. Taking place in Los Angeles at Los Angeles City College October 20-28, 2012, the sixth annual PAH-FEST:Hollywood will teach hands-on filmmaking over the course of 8 days. The festival is held in conjunction with Los Angeles City College, Sony, Intel, Dell, and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.
A film's synopsis can peak interest or destroy it altogether. Director Sam Kadi's The Citizen does the former. The story of an Arab immigrant named Ibrahim (Egyptian actor Khlaed Nabawy from Fair Game) who wins the American green card lottery only to arrive in New York City on September 10, 2001 definitely intrigues a cinephile. The Citizen looks to delve into the American dream, as it is tarnished with the harsh reality of violence against everything it stands for in the form of terrorism, fear, and cultural misunderstanding. The Citizen has me intrigued, as it will many others.
The horror movie season that runs from August until October, roughly, is almost upon moviegoers and one of the anticipated frightening (we hope) films is The Possession, produced by Sam Raimi and directed by Ole Bornedal (Watchmen). Based on a true story, The Possession revolves around a family, Clyde (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Stephanie Brenek (Kyra Sedgwick) and their daughters. Em, the youngest daughter, becomes fascinated with an antique wooden box she purchased at a yard sale and soon her behavior becomes cause for alarm. The reason, the box was built to contain a dibbuk, a dislocated spirit that takes control of and devours its human host. If this does not sound frightening enough the posters help the situation.
New York City has had the pleasure of hosting the Korean American Film Festival and now it is Los Angeles' turn. The inaugural Korean American Film Festival Los Angeles (KAFFLA) kicks off on August 9th, 2012 and runs until the 11th at the Korean Cultural Center Los Angeles (5505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036). The festival will feature 4 feature-length narrative and documentary films and 13 short films in non-competitive programs.
The first trailer for Paranormal Activity 4 has been released. Who says 3's a charm, when you can have 4 Paranormal Activity movies?
Watch it now...
The National College Finance Center Website Launches and the "Don't Major In Debt" PSA Campaign with Jane Lynch
Actress Jane Lynch (Role Models, "Glee") announced today at a press conference in New York the launch of The National College Finance Center Website (source: Shoot Online). The brand-new resource is "a free, first-stop, unbiased resource to help educate students, prospective students and families all across the country on how to evaluate their options for financing a college education." The project for Lynch has personal ties, as those close to her are dealing with the stress that comes with student loan debt, the collection calls, and not reading the fine print resulting in trouble after college. She aims to help others avoid this happening to them, and the website is part of the grassroots "Don't Major In Debt" campaign--one that sends a very clear message.
Dark Knight trilogy, that began with Batman Begins, and continued with The Dark Knight, will finally find its closure in The Dark Knight Rises. The story has been shrouded in mystery, aside from a few key plot points and of course the revealing of the story's villains, Bane (Tom Hardy) and, possibly, Catwoman, aka Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway). Christian Blake returns as Batman, aka Bruce Wayne, as do Michael Cane as Alfred, Gary Oldman's Commissioner Gordon, and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox. Newcomers to the cast include Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake and Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate.
Watch all of the clips, trailers, featurettes, and see images from the film...
FilmFracture may not be in attendance at Comic-Con 2012 but that does not mean we can't share with you video highlights from the events, and some news as well.
Gore Verbinski has teamed up with Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer for a new adventure, The Lone Ranger.
Sam Raimi's Oz The Great and Powerful is one of the most anticipated films of 2013. The first trailer and poster from the film has been released, and it looks to be a magical escape into the land of Oz will soon be upon moviegoers, once again.
Walt Disney Studios will release The Odd Life of Timothy Green on August 15, 2012. They have partnered with Hanes, who is collaborating with the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM), on The Odd Life of Timothy Green Sock Drive. The Sock Drive launched on July 9, 2012 and its goal is to provide new socks for families in need across the United States.
On November 2, 2012 Walt Disney Animation Studio’s Wreck It Ralph will arrive in theatres; preceding the feature film will be the black-and-white short Paperman. But Paperman is not simply another short film being played before a feature. For the first time in an animated film, Paperman uses a combination of computer-generated and hand-drawn animation techniques to bring the story to life with first-time director John Kahrs at the helm of this bold endeavor. Disney has released first look images for Paperman and they look beautiful, in all of their black-and-white nostalgic gloriousness mingled with modern and classic technologies.
Tom Cruise has had a rough week, with his marriage breaking-up and his Scientology beliefs being attacked, for the umpteenth time (yawn). One good thing to come out of the week, and on his 50th birthday no less, is the release of the teaser trailer for his newest film, Jack Reacher.
For the Summer 2012 season Disney/Pixar are releasing their newest Pixar animated feature, Brave. The story of a Scottish Princess, Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald), who is determined to carve out her own path in life by casting out old traditions and thus she sets off on a journey that will require all of skills and bravery to defy an evil curse. The voice cast of the film includes Billy Connolly as King Fergus, Emma Thompson as Queen Elinor, Robbie Coltrane as Lord Dingwall, Craig Ferguson as Lord Macintosh, and Julie Walters as the eccentric Witch.
A recent trend in journalism is to write about the death of film. Not film as a medium but as the method in which movies are created and screened for viewers. Digital is taking over, and 16mm, 35mm, 70mm, and the like are becoming distant memories of what was once standard practice at a movie theatre. Film is not dead, though, and The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is holding a rare 70mm film festival to celebrate some of the best, and in their own right epic, films that were made on the long forgotten 70mm format. There will even be rare showings of short films shot in 70mm as well. Running through the Summer the festival will feature six-films from the golden age of 70mm print filmmaking to be screened at the Academy's The Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California.
Perhaps you have heard of Magic Mike. Not because it is a movie that is destined to be a classic, oh no, far from that actually. You may have heard of Magic Mike because it is the movie of the year for eye candy. The film that will have you salivating, ogling the bodies of men as they dance and strip for your viewing pleasure, and maybe, just maybe, you may end up enjoying the story as well. I'm betting the bare chests and jutting hips are what get women, and homosexual men, into the audience on opening , June 29, and not the fact that it is directed by none other than the acclaimed Steven Soderbergh (Haywire, Ocean's Eleven).
The character of James Bond has become a worldwide icon, and an influential figure in pop culture. The year 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the Bond franchise, and two events are happening in Los Angeles to celebrate the man, the character, the movies, of James Bond.
Move over Matt Damon, Jeremy Renner is stepping in to fill the shoes once worn by Jason Bourne in The Bourne Legacy. The first full-length trailer for the film has been released. Take a look...
Our very own James Jay Edwards, the aficionado of horror movies as seen with his weekly "Cinema Fearite" column, discovered an App for his iPhone recently that must be shared with fellow Horror movies lovers, and movie lovers in general. From Sprite Labs comes "Pocket Cinema," an App that allows you to watch thousands of movies for free; and includes many of James' "Cinema Fearite" featured films like The Monster Maker, The Brain That Wouldn't Die, and Bloody Pit of Horror, to name a few.
Oren Peli is the man to thank, or blame, depending on your preferences, for the found-footage phenomena's that are the Paranormal Activity movies. He directed and wrote the first of the franchise, and has stayed on as writer for all three of the sequels (Paranormal Activity 4 is due in theatres Fall 2012). He also created a found-footage television show, as head writer, with The River. Oren Peli loves found-footage, and he continues this trend that he helped become the go-to style of horror filmmaking with his newest film, Chernobyl Diaries.
Update: May 24, 2012
A new restricted clip for the film has been released. Watch it now!!!
Update: May 15, 2012
A new extended scene has been released for The Dictator. Not that you need any more reason to go and see it--because it is hilarious. Read the review as well, here.
Update: May 8, 2012
Admiral General Aladeen appeared with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show. See for yourself what happened:
Update: May 7, 2012
The moment we have all ben waiting for has arrived, The Dictator restricted trailer has been released.
Update: April 26, 2012
Watch the first scene from The Dictator now.
Update: February 24, 2012
Admiral General Aladeen appeared this morning on NBC's The Today Show to appeal to The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences about his attendance at The Academy Awards.
Update: February 23, 2012
The Dicatator requested entrance into The Academy Awards on Sunday, February 26th and was swiftly told by The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences that his presence was not welcome (whether his counterpart Sacha Baron Cohen) could attend is unknown. In an official statement received by ADMIRAL GENERAL ALADEEN today he plans to make a formal statement to The Academy tomorrow morning. Stay tuned...
Update May 24, 2012: A new red band trailer has been released!
Update May 3, 2012: A brand-new featurette for Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter has been released, 'Origins Of A Superhero'. Have a look...
It has been quite a week for those eager souls awaiting a trailer for Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter. Not only was the trailer released yesterday, February 13th, but a new featurette has also arrived for the film today. The featurette is titled 'Secret Life', and features Tim Burton (producer) and Timur Bekmambetov (director) discussing the film. Enjoy!
Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom is one of the most eagerly awaited films of 2012, for those of us who need more in our popcorn bucket than superheros and Prometheus (shocking, but true). The Director and Screenwriter behind such iconic films as The Royal Tenenbaums, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Rushmore is reuniting with many of his go-to actors for Moonrise Kingdom, while introducing his style to some newbies as well...hello, Bruce Willis. By taking a look at the trailer, the clips, and images from the film it is clear this is a Wes Anderson film, and hopefully, just as good as all of the other movies he has made during his career. We will all find out on May 25, 2012.
May 15, 2012 Update: A new clip from the film has been released. Watch it now.
May 3, 2012 Update: The official trailer has been released, watch it...
Update: New tease clip has been released, watch it now.
The Loved Ones will be screening tonight at the South By Southwest Film Festival (SXSW). The film has been called "Sixteen Candles meets The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" by Flicksided.com. That statement alone perks one's interest; there have been other quotes but none as brazen, waiting to be debunked when more and more critics and horror genre fans see the film for themselves.
Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones return this Summer in Men In Black 3, with a little help from Josh Brolin as well, playing a young Jones' character, Agent K. The need for younger counterparts to varying characters is simple, this time around Agent J (Smith) is going back in time. I wonder what aliens look like in the past? We will all find out on May 25, 2012.
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The New York Times best-selling book, "What to Expect When You're Expecting" by Heidi Murkoff, has been read by millions of soon-to-be mothers and fathers since its publication. Screenwriters Shauna Cross (Whip It) and Heather Hach (Freaky Friday) draw their inspiration for the film of the same name with What To Expect When You're Expecting, in theatres May 18, 2012. The film is directed by Kirk Jones (Everybody's Fine, Nanny McPhee) and stars Cameron Diaz, Elizabeth Banks, Brooklyn Decker, Anna Kendrick, Jennifer Lopez, and Genesis Rodriguez all going through the same thing, pending motherhood. Their respective partners are comprised of actors Dennis Quaid, Chace Crawford, Chris Rock, Matthew Morrison, and Joe Manganiello, Rodrigo Santoro, and Ben Falcone.
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Johnny Depp and Director Tim Burton have become over the past 20+ years partners in crime when it comes to moviemaking. Their partnership began in 1990 with Edward Scissorhands, continued in 1994 with Ed Wood, and has continued steadily with Sleepy Hollow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and Sweeney Todd (2010). They have teamed up for this year's Dark Shadows, along with Michelle Pfeiffer (Burton's Batman Returns Catwoman), Chloe Grace Moretz (Let Me In, Hugo), Helena Bonham Carter (Fight Club, The King's Speech), Eva Green (Womb), and Jonny Lee Miller (The Escapist, Trainspotting).
Walt Disney Pictures showcased a very large slate of movies coming to theatres in the next year, give or take, from Disney/Marvel/Pixar/DreamWorks. They also brought out the stars of the films to Cinemacon to join in the festivities. Johnny Depp was there for The Lone Ranger, John C. Reilly for Wreck It Ralph, Jennifer Garner showed up for The Odd Life of Timothy Green, James Franco for Oz the Great and Powerful, and Director Tim Burton for his animated film Frankenweenie. Each person took a moment to give a soundbite about their respective film, and the footage is right here for you to watch. It is going to be an eventful year for Disney/Marvel/Pixar/DreamWorks movie releases, and audiences can't wait--even though we have too.
Update, April 12, 2012: The first official poster for The Host has been released. See it now...
Stephenie Meyer nearly took over the world with her best-selling The Twilight Saga novels, and the movie adaptations have been beyond measure with their success. Another novel by Meyer's, "The Host", has been given its own adaptation that is coming to theatres March 29, 2013. A teaser trailer for the film was released today on Yahoo Movies that features fans of the book selected from a contest (details here). Watch the teaser trailer below for the The Host...
One of the most anticipated films of 2012 is The Avengers. Combining characters Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), The Hulk (Mark Ruffallo), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), it is sure to be an epic super hero extravaganza. From the looks of the trailers/promos/photos and the like that have been released, fans around the world sure seem like they will be pleased when the film hits theatres May 4th. Check out all the latest trailers, clips, and behind-the-scenes footage from The Avengers.
Update, April 3, 2012: New clip is out via Maxim Lockout. Watch it now!
On April 20, 2012, "TAKE NO PRISONERS." Or so says the new poster for Lockout, a film presented by Luc Besson who has brought the movie going world such classics as Leon: The Professional, Taken, and The Fifth Element. Besson knows one thing well when it comes to the movies he writes, directs, or stars in...action, and lots of it. Lockout looks to have enough action to keep everyone more than pleased, and to give their heart a good pumping.
TCM Classic Film Festival Silent Auction, featuring Vertigo and 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea Memorabilia
The TCM Classic Film Festival returns to Hollywood April 12th to the 15th, 2012. In conjunction with the amazing line-up of films that will be showing over the course of four days there will also be a silent auction featuring two original posters from two of the films being screened, Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece Vertigo and the unforgettable 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, as directed by Richard Fleischer. In attendance for the screening of Vertigo is the enigma creating lead-actress herself, Kim Novak; and for 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, Kirk Douglas will take part in a discussion after the screening.
There have been adaptations of "Tess of the d'Urbervilles" on stage, film, television, and even an opera arranged. The first film adaptation took place in 1913, directed by Adolph Zukor and starring Minnie Maddern Fiske; all copies of the silent picture have been lost. In 2007 a musical version of the novel premiered in New York, "Tess: The New Musical", featuring a rock opera of lyrics, music, and Annie Pasqua. Even acclaimed Director Roman Polanski took a turn at adapting "Tess of the d'Urbervilles" with his 1979 film Tess, starring Nastassja Kinski, Leigh Lawson, and Peter Firth. The time has come again for a new film adaptation of Hardy's phenomenal novel to grace the screen; this time set in 21st Century India. Trishna is directed by Michael Winterbottom (Welcome to Sarajevo, Wonderland, 24 Hour Party People) and stars Freida Pinto (Immortals, Slumdog Millionaire) and Riz Ahmed (Four Lions, Centurion). Trishna is a new take on the modern classic, but maintains the tensions between "ancient privilege and modern equality." It is wonderful to see a modern Director taking on a beloved classic, and when Trishna is released in theatres on July 13, 2012 everyone will get to experience the adaptation for themselves.
The first trailer has arrived for Woody Allen's To Rome With Love. Take a Look!
The Coachella Music Festival is know for many things, including: 1. A great line-up of musical talents 2. Being a weekend long party 3. Causing insane amounts of traffic across the desert, and 4. Attempting to re-vive the spirit of Woodstock, each and every year since its inception. One thing Coachella has never been known for is movies--until now. The night before the music-inspired partying begins Roadside Attractions and Filter Magazine will have the West Coast Premiere of Director David Mackenzie's film Tonight You're Mine, starring Adam Treadway (Attack the Block, Clash of the Titans) and Natalia Tena ("Game of Thrones", Harry Potter, co-founder of Molotov Jukebox). The film will play twice on Thursday, April 12th at the Cinema Palm D'Or; the screenings are at 7pm and 9pm.
The Farrelly Brothers, the directing team behind such movies as Dumb and Dumber, There's Something About Mary, and Shallow Hal return this Spring with a new take on The Three Stooges, starring Sean Hayes as Larry, Will Sasso as Curly, and Chris Diamantopoulos as Moe. Taking on the iconic characters 'The Three Stooges' is a huge undertaking, as they are beloved by fans worldwide thanks to the original comedians who created 'The Three Stooges', Moe Howard, Curly Howard (later replaced by brother Shemp Howard), and Larry Fine. The film also stars Jane Lynch ("Glee"), Sofia Vergara ("Modern Family"), Jennifer Hudson ("American Idol"), and Larry David ("Curb Your Enthusiasm").
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When you consider all of the movies being released in 2012 there are a handful everyone is most excited about seeing. The Avengers, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, The Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spiderman, The Great Gatsby (in 3D!), and Brave all make the list. Here at FilmFracture there is one that is at the top of the list, and is the number one on my own personal list, Prometheus. Directed by Ridley Scott, the man behind two of the greatest and most influential science fiction films ever made, Alien and Bladerunner, Prometheus marks his return to a science fiction world--and as rumor has it a return to the world of Alien prior to Ripley's time battling space-age monsters who use humans as their incubators.
Director Mary Harron, the female director I love to mention when discussions over whether a woman can direct dark, edgy, and violent pictures--she directed Christian Bale in American Psycho, so yes, women can direct the aforementioned type film and do it well. Harron has a new film releasing in theatres on April 20th, The Moth Diaries, starring Sarah Bolger ("The Tudors"), Sarah Gadon (A Dangerous Method, Dream House), Lily Cole (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus), and Scott Speedman (Underworld). The Moth Diaries is adapted from the acclaimed novel by Rachel Klein, and is a tale of jealousy, infatuation, murder, and suspicion.
Walt Disney's classic tale Snow White, and also the very first feature-length animated film they made, is getting re-vamped this year by two different studios, Relativity Media is presenting Mirror, Mirror and Universal has Snow White and the Huntsman. Neither of these films are remaking the epic tale of a black haired beauty with red rose lips who awaits her prince charming while being hunted by an evil queen. The new Snow White's are going to be much different, and Relativity Media's Mirror, Mirror looks to be playing the eccentricity card with Evil Queen Julia Roberts at the helm and quite a bite to the humor.
In 2010 a retelling of the famous (and cult classic) Clash of the Titans hit theatres, starring Sam Worthington, Gemma Arterton, Ralph Fiennes, and Liam Neeson. To put it mildly, the film was a bust of epic proportions--even if it made money it pissed off a great deal of fans, critics, and the like. I recall stating in my review of the film that your money would be better spent on lottery tickets. A sequel is being released on March 30, 2012, Wrath Of The Titans and by the looks of the trailers it seems to be a great improvement.
Remember in 1999 when a little comedy came out called American Pie? A film that made the previously simple act of eating pie into a sinfully hilarious masturbation option. The same movie introduced the world to the "MILF", or "Mom I'd Like to F*ck," thanks to the semi-iconic character of Stifler (Seann William Scott). Well, the boys, and the girls, of the original American Pie have returned in this year's American Reunion, out April 6th in theatres. Reuniting the entire cast from the original film, and the sequels, it is definitely going to be quite the reunion, and one that inevitably will involve pie.
Daniel Radcliffe's, aka "the boy who lived," first project to be released since the epic conclusion of the Harry Potter franchise is The Woman In Black. As far away from the security of Hogwart's, Radcliffe's character Arthur Kipps finds himself in a supernatural thriller with the ghost of a woman who is hell-bent on finding what she lost.
When the first trailer for The Hunger Games was released everyone was verly excited, and then the watched it. Fans of the series had mixed emotions, but they remained optimistic that the film would be a successful adaptation of the novel. The second trailer for the film has arrived and it is a definite improvement, showing more of the action in store for viewers come March.
The Hunger Games will not be released in theatres until March 23, 2012 but that does not mean there is any stopping the abundance of websites/blogs/social networks, and the like, from capitalizing on all things Hunger. The newest edition is completely devoted to the fashion of The Hunger Games, coming directly after additional photos surfaced of the costumes in the film on EW.com. Finding a home on Tumblr, "Capitol Couture" will appease Hunger Games fans with all things fashion-related.
That time of year has returned, where classic cinephiles from around the country pay homage to great classic cinema at the TCM Classic Film Festival. In only its third year the festival has established itself as a must for cinema fanatics, and an event not to be missed. This year's slate of programming is outstanding, and features an array of films for every taste. More films may still be announced, and more special guests are sure to be attending. For now, here is the program for the TCM Classic Film Festival 2012:
The Hunger Games opens in two weeks and the premiere is tonight, March 12th in Los Angeles. Fans have a chance to take part in the fun that is The Hunger Games premiere, from all over the country. maybe even the world. There are even going to be prizes to win and all sorts of other goodies.
Beginning on Friday, March 9th the sensational Swedish film Sound of Noise will have a one-week theatrical run at the Cinefamily movie theatre in Los Angeles, California. The festivities will kick-off with a special opening night part that will feature a Q&A with the filmmakers and, much to a viewer's delight, a drum battle featuring the Melvin Drummers. After watching the film beforehand you will be more than ready, and thoroughly excited, for the drum battle to begin.
In 1987, a Television show premiered starring a relatively unknown Johnny Depp, aside from fans of A Nightmare On Elm Street, called "21 Jump Street". It's focus was on an undercover police unit that specialized in youth crimes, and as such the officers were undercover as such youth. The show has since become iconic, for more reasons than worth noting, but not for being a comedy. Well, that is about to change with the release of 21 Jump Street, the movie, starring Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, and none other than Ice Cube--plus a bunch of young, relatively unknown actors and a special cameo by none other than Johnny Depp himself. Just try and guess whom Johnny is playing because I can guarantee you never will as I have seen the film and it is a splendidly brilliant cameo, nose and all.
Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation Inc., and Aardman Animations Limited present The Pirates! Band of Misfits on April 27, 2012, an animated claymation feature film starring, what else but, Pirates! Arrgghhh...
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Look who's back! Our favorite prehistoric dwellers, Manny (Ray Romano), Diego (Denis Leary), Sid (John Leguizamo), and even that acorn chasing Scrat (Chris Wedge); watch what new adventure the gang will have in Ice Age: Continental Drift's first full-length official trailer.
In preparation for the release of John Carter on March 9th, Disney has released a ten-minute clip from the film. Watch it below:
The Hunger Games excitement continues for fans with the launch of a national mall tour, featuring the tributes. Cast members participating include Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss), Liam Hemsworth (Gale), and Josh Hutcherson (Peeta). The eight-city tour kicks off in Los Angeles on March 3rd and will include Q&A's as well as the chance to win Hunger Games gear.
Director Gareth Huw Evans reteams with Iko Uwais, the star and fight choreographer of the cult sensation Merantu with The Raid: Redemption. Featuring the Indonesian martial art of Pencak Silat, The Raid: Redeption played to great applause at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival and will now be released in theatres on March 23, 2012 with a score by alternative rocker/composers Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park and Joseph Trapanese, collaborator with Daft Punk and M83.
Stephenie Meyer's days of having big screen adaptations are numbered, with the final installment of the Twilight franchise being released this year, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part Two. Or are they? It so happens Meyer has written other books, and the film adaptation of The Host is making its way into theatres March 29, 2013.
On April 4, 2012 Titanic is making its way back into theatres in what promises to be a spectacular re-release of one of the most successful film's in history. Why? Because James Cameron has added his special magic to the film and it is now in 3D (and will play on IMAX screens as well). Imagining the ship breaking apart and sinking into the ocean in 3D is both horrifying and exhilarating, and makes seeing Titanic in 3D a must for fans, and movie lovers everywhere.
ILM (Industrial Light & Magic) has released a thoroughly enjoyable sizzle reel for Paramount Pictures' Rango showcasing the progression of Rango as an animated feature. The sizzle reel is a great example of how animated features come to life and helps everyone to remember how much fun Rango is/was as a film--that might be why it is nominated for best animated feature at The Academy Awards.
Fox Searchlight Pictures invites viewers to watch the first 12 minutes of their upcoming release, Sound of My Voice, starring Brit Marling (Another Earth), Christopher Denham, and Nicole Vicius. The footage also includes special "hotspots" of interactive activity that hint at what will happen next in the story--as the first 12 minutes are considered "Chapter One."
Freestyle Digital Releasing has presented the latest trailer for their upcoming theatrical release Tomorrow When The War Began. An adaptation of the John Marsden novel, the film is from Australia, and features an all Aussie cast for the high school friends that must wage war in their hometown, and country, when unknown forces invade and take over. Judging from the trailer the movie looks to be a war-action film that will have young people showing off their combat skills--sounds like fun.
For fans of Tyler Perry, the Director/Writer/Producer, et al, behind the hugely successful Madea film franchise and the star and aforementioned titles of the upcoming Good Deeds, an opportunity to ask him questions via a live fan chat is happening.
Coming Soon: Man On A Ledge, starring Sam Worthington, Jamie Bell, and Elizabeth Banks (plus an exclusive 4-minute preview of the film)
Man On A Ledge is about as relevant a title you can choose to describe the movie Man On A Ledge, starring Sam Worthington, Jamie Bell, and Elizabeth Banks. By reading the synopsis below you can see why, as Summit Entertainment breaks it down quite nicely--although they fail to mention the heist portion of the film with Jamie Bell that is in fact the most entertaining part. In the cold month of January, both literally and figuratively with movie releases, Man On A Ledge is a fun time at the movies, and everyone can always use that.
Everyone wants a piece of the Super Bowl, the commercials that is, and The Dictator has jumped on board. Here is the big game spot for The Dictator; that Sacha Baron Cohen, after Borat and Bruno, one can only imagine how he is going to top himself in this film.
The Secret World of Arrietty is the newest film from Studio Ghibli, the animation studio behind such films as Ponyo, Howl's Moving Castle, and Spirited Away. Directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi with a script written by Hayao Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa, The Secret World of Arrietty is an adaptation of the novel "The Borrowers" by Mary Norton. The English-language version of the film will be released by Disney on February 17, 2012 with a voice cast that includes Bridgit Mendler, Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Will Arnett, David Henrie, and Moises Arias.
Yesterday we got a Super Bowl promo for John Carter, and today it's The Avengers. For a fifteen-ish second spot, called "Become," it looks pretty amazing; and finally a full-on glimpse of The Hulk, as well as Captain America, Black Widow, Thor, and Iron Man (Tony Stark). Did I mention the explosion? Yep, one of those too. The Avengers hits theatres this Summer, the Super Bowl is this weekend--one can only imagine what The Avengers have planned for the big game.
The Super Bowl always brings with it epic commercials. Disney has jumped on the band wagon for making the most of the Super Bowl extravaganza by releasing a (very) short promotional TV spot that will air before game day--and you can see it right now, of course. The difference between this just being a trailer/commercial/teaser for the film is that it boasts a sweepstakes at the end of the spot instructing viewers to tune in for the John Carter game commercial for a chance to win tickets to next year's Super Bowl.
There are The Golden Globes, The Academy Awards, The Directors Guild Awards, and a whole bunch of other award ceremony's for achievements in film each and every year. The most widely known, and often times thought of as the most prestigious is The Academy Awards, the "Oscars." There is one award ceremony that is all about the performers, and the awards are given to them by their peers--making it a little more special, and a lot more intimate.
Act of Valor is one-part documentary and three-parts narrative feature. It "stars" active duty Navy Seals, the elite of the elite, in an inspired by true events script that promises "stunning combat sequences, up-to-the minute battlefield technology and heart-pumping emotion for the ultimate action adventure." A strong promise indeed, but by the looks of the trailer it just may prove correct.
The Albert Nobbs Sweepstakes
FilmDistrict is proud to present Angelina Jolie in a Live online Q&A on Thursday Jan 12th at 8pm EST / 5pm PST to discuss her writing & directorial debut, In The Land of Blood and Honey. This exciting and interactive event gives fans the chance to ask Ms. Jolie questions about the film LIVE!
A new short film competition was announced today, "Show Us The Way," created by the Levi’s® brand in alliance with AFI Fest and AFI Conservatory. To enter the contest filmmakers will submit a story treatment for the chance to produce a five-minute short film about a better tomorrow. This new contest was announced at the AFI Alumni Reception during the Sundance Film Festival.
Liam Neeson has become quite a conundrum in the past five years or so. An actor who could be found playing the less-than stunt-prone character finds himself in his golden years a bona-fide action hero, all beginning with Taken in 2008. Out of nowhere Neeson was suddenly shooting up bad guys, performing death defying stunts and making history with lines such as "I will find you, and I will kill you." Moviegoers do not seem to be complaining over Neeson's change in career tempo. He has always been a great actor, as can be seen in Kinsey (2004) and Gangs of New York, or the lesser known Schindler's List (1993)--I kid of course. When you look back at Liam Neeson's resume there are quite a few action-type roles he has played--and he was of course in The Phantom Menace as well as Batman Begins but as a much more gentler, philosophical fighter--it was not until Taken that anyone actually noticed this gentlemen Bond could carry an action-movie all on his own.
In 2003 Director Len Wiseman brought the world Underworld. A post-apocalyptic style Vampire story revolving around the blood feud between Vampires and Lycans (werewolves). The film was heavily stylized, a feast for the eyes with all of the special effects and moderate amounts of gore, and most importantly it introduced the character of Selene, played by Kate Beckinsale. Selene, a vampire death dealer who clads herself in a leather/pleather/plastic ensemble with boots that seem to be the boots Nancy Sinatra was referring to when she sang "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" instantly became the definition of a gorgeous ass-kicking siren on screen.
The Hollywood Reporter announced today information on the planned Psycho prequel series "Bates Motel" over at A&E TV. The show is currently in early development, working alongside Universal Television, and would be a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. As The Hollywood Reporter puts it, "the series would offer an understanding into how Norman Bates psyche developed and would tell the back story of the famed films killer, learning of how his mother, Norma, and her lover damaged him, transforming him into serial killing motel owner."