1-20 of 1128 items from 2014 « Prev | Next »
During a chat with Vulture, James Gunn has been speaking about the challenges of bringing Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy to the screen, and in particular the scene he found most difficult to write – the one featuring the Mad Titan Thanos…
“There’s pressure with Thanos because you’re setting up this gigantic character that, in one way, isn’t really a part of your movie,” states Gunn. “His presence doesn’t really serve being in Guardians, and having Thanos be in that scene was more helpful to the Marvel Universe than it was to Guardians of the Galaxy. I always wanted to have Thanos in there, but from a structural standpoint, you don’t need him. So that’s part of it, and then part of it is the fact that you’re setting up this incredibly powerful character, but you don’t want to belittle the actual antagonist of the film, »
- Gary Collinson
Inherent Vice opens with an eyesore. Off in the distance we see the lazy rolling waves of Gordita Beach. Going through the postcard-worthy motions of a quiet California night, the water is framed for us between complimenting rental homes. It’s a straight shot to the surf, if you can ignore the six-inch thick fence dividing the neighbors as it stretches from sidewalk to sand. Like many of the classic L.A.-based noirs that it’s ostensibly following the footsteps of, Inherent Vice’s plot is all about real estate and property. But as a crime story, the messy and marvelous new feature from Paul Thomas Anderson is less concerned with folks being rubbed out than it is with the ones getting squeezed out.
Inherent Vice is a great L.A. film that nonetheless resists making the city, or its warped version of it, the star. The claustrophobia instilled »
- Sam Woolf
If Joaquin Phoenix's character Doc Sportello bears witness to the end of the 60's in Paul Thomas Anderson's new film Inherent Vice, then Katherine Waterston's Shasta Fay Hepworth is what he bears witness to. Aside from being the engine that sets the story in motion, she utterly embodies the change that occurred in the culture as free love gave way to greed and paranoia (Shasta herself being a victim of these things, not an avatar for them). Along with a handful of other journalists, I recently had a chance to sit down with Waterston to discuss her role, and what it's like working with such a singular director. Hit the jump for our interview with Katherine Waterston. Inherent Vice is now playing in limited release before going wide on January 9th. It also stars Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Eric Roberts, Martin Short, »
- Evan Dickson
There is good news for "Boyhood" even though it lags far behind Oscars rival "Birdman" for the SAG Ensemble award. Only nine of the 19 films that have taken this top prize have gone on to win Best Picture at the Oscars. -Break- That success rate of just 47% stands in stark contrast to just how well the guild has done at forecasting the eventual Oscar champs for acting. In its first two decades, the SAG Awards bestowed 80 trophies to individual performers (it didn't give out an Ensemble prize in its first year). Those choices have previewed the Academy Awards winners 55 times -- 57 if you count Benicio del Toro, who won in lead at SAG in 2000 for "Traffic" and supporting at the Oscars and Kate Winslet who did the reverse, winning supporting at SAG in 2008 for "The Reader" and lead at the Oscars. Updated: Experts' Oscars predictions in 22 categories Why the disconnect »
“What are we talking about? I’m lost,” says Paul Thomas Anderson midway through a lunch interview, as he runs a hand quizzically through his unkempt brown hair. It’s a reminder that a conversation with Anderson can be akin to one of his own movies: a jam-packed jostle of characters, ideas, exuberant digressions and narrative curlicues that somehow align to form an inimitable whole. Still picking through his appetizer course, Anderson has already held forth on his love for Lena Dunham, “The Hunger Games,” his inability to read books that friends give him as gifts, and his habit of walking on the outer edges of his feet. But mostly, we are talking about “Inherent Vice,” Anderson’s seventh feature film — the first-ever authorized screen adaptation of a novel by National Book Award-winning author Thomas Pynchon.
The movie, bowing Dec. 12 in limited release, and opening wide Jan. 9, returns Anderson to »
- Scott Foundas
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (action sequel; Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell; rated PG-13) Magic in the Moonlight (comedy; Colin Firth, Emma Stone; rated PG-13) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (action reboot; Megan Fox, Will Arnett; also available in 3D; rated PG-13) This Is Where I Leave You (comedy; Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda; rated R) Escobar: Paradise Lost (action; Benicio Del Toro, Josh Hutcherson...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
From death by shark to fatal ingestion of air pellet, here's a run-down of the James Bond movies' grisliest deaths...
The James Bond franchise has entertained (most of) the whole family for generations, with one-liners like “shocking” and “I think he got the point” delivered while some poor soul is electrocuted or shot with a harpoon gun. But they were bad guys, so it was all okay.
However, regardless of how downplayed they might have been, we were shown some pretty disturbing ways to dispense with an evil henchman, the kind of thing that gave us nightmares when we were kids.
With work now underway on the latest latest Bond movie, Spectre, here's our look at the top 10 macabre ways 007 has dispatched evildoers in masterful fashion.
This feature contains spoilers for lots of James Bond films.
Scene: having defeated Goldfinger’s dastardly plan, Bond »
On Demand DVD New Releases Dec. 15-21 Dawn of Planet of the Apes The virus that destroyed much of civilization has left evolved apes and a small group of human survivors at the edge of a tenuous peace. But when the apes begin to fracture that peace, the new civilization is threatened. Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman (PG-13, 2:10) 12/16 Escobar: Paradise Lost For Pablo Escobar, family is everything. When young surfer Nick falls for Escobar’s niece, he finds his life on the line. Benicio Del Toro, Josh Hutcherson (R, 2:00) 12/16 Pre-theatrical release Goodbye to All That In this smart, sexy … Continue reading →
The post On Demand DVD New Releases Dec. 15-21 appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Meredith Ennis
Josh Brolin plays Detective "Bigfoot" Bjornsen in Paul Thomas Anderson's newest film, Inherent Vice. More than just an odd couple pairing for Joaquin Phoenix's Doc Sportello, Bigfoot is a wonderfully rich character that represents just about everyone from the 1950's that resisted the social changes of the 1960's. I recently sat down with Brolin, along with a few other journalists, to talk about the role. We also discussed what it was like for him to work with Anderson and touched briefly on the plans for Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War. Inherent Vice is now playing in limited release before going wide on January 9th. It also stars Katherine Waterston, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Eric Roberts, Martin Short, Sasha Pieterse, Joanna Newsom, and more. I heartily (and respectfully) disagree with Matt's review and urge you to see it Asap. Hit the jump for the interview. A few mild spoilers await. »
- Evan Dickson
Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice debuted amid much anticipation and easily grossed the weekend’s highest per-theater averages among all limited-release titles. But that didn’t mean it could match the stratospheric numbers of The Imitation Game, Birdman or The Grand Budapest Hotel, which had the year’s biggest opening weekends.
In fact, Vice didn’t even match the PTAs of P.T.A.’s previous three films, though word of mouth may give it a great high before its theatrical run is done. Among returning films, Wild covered a lot more ground in a sizable expansion that paid off with solid box office results, as did The Imitation Game, which continues to expand and thrive. And Birdman has soared past $20M in its 9th weekend, goosed by strong showings in several year-end critics polls.
Warner Bros. opened Vice in five New York and Los Angeles theaters Friday, grossing $330K. »
- Brian Brooks
Just days after the release of the final trailer [which you can watch here], a new poster has arrived online for Inherent Vice, director Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel of the same name…
When private eye Doc Sportello’s ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a looney bin…well, easy for her to say. It’s the tail end of the psychedelic `60s and paranoia is running the day and Doc knows that “love” is another of those words going around at the moment, like “trip” or “groovy,” that’s being way too overused – except this one usually leads to trouble. With a cast of characters that includes surfers, hustlers, dopers and rockers, »
- Gary Collinson
Take another look @ "Inherent Vice" written/directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, based on the novel by author Thomas Pynchon, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio del Toro, Jena Malone and Maya Rudolph, opening in North America December 12, 2014:
"...private investigator 'Larry Doc Sportello'...
"...investigates the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend's boyfriend..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Inherent Vice"...
- Michael Stevens
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "But if you're Doc, it may all start to get a little peculiar after that..." Now in theaters is the latest from acclaimed filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson, an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel Inherent Vice, starring Joaquin Phoenix as Pi "Doc" Sportello. This stoner comedy/drama/mystery begins when Doc looks into the disappearance of an ex-girlfriend named Shasta, played by the effervescent Katherine Waterston. PTA's cast includes a bunch of other goofy characters: Josh Brolin as Bigfoot, Joanna Newsom as Sortilège, Benicio Del Toro as Smilax, even Owen Wilson, Jena Malone and Martin Short.. So how is it? One of PTA's best or did PTA get too high on his own supply? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on PTA's Inherent Vice. Inherent Vice is currently playing in select theaters (starting NY & La) now. We'll repost when it goes wide. »
- Alex Billington
Guardians of the Galaxy Blu-Ray Review
Guardians of the Galaxy hit theaters with surprising force, based on the fact that it is a comic-book film based on characters virtually no one knows, and the Blu-Ray is here to repeat the frenzy. Part space opera, part comic adventure, the film is an unusual hybrid of elements, made all the more interesting by way of characters who aren’t going to be explained, and are themselves rather fantastic.
Catch our podcast review of Guardians of the Galaxy here.
The film introduces us, in rather spectacular fashion, to Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), who fancies himself Star Lord, galactic superthief, or something. Having been abducted from Earth as a child, though again, this is a film with little interest in backstory, Peter was raised by the criminals who captured him, and he now finds himself outfitted with some really snazzy tech.
This time, rummaging through a forgotten world, »
- Marc Eastman
Save for Boogie Nights, filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson eschews doing audio commentary tracks, which is a shame because he’s an extremely intelligent and talented guy whose insights would be very much welcome. Luckily, the next best thing to an Inherent Vice commentary track has arrived by way of a short clip from Anderson’s new film in which the writer/director discusses what’s happening on screen. The film seems to be a bit divise among folks, but I count myself firmly in the “love it” camp. It’s a movie that washes over you, and Anderson does an incredible job of lulling the audience into an almost hypnotic state as we follow the hilarious adventures of Joaquin Phoenix’s pothead detective Doc Sportello. Go in with an open mind and I think you’ll have fun with it. Anyway, check out the short Inherent Vice commentary track after the jump. »
- Adam Chitwood
Paul Thomas Anderson’s legion of fans will get their chance to see the filmmaker’s latest Inherent Vice – at least those in New York and L.A. after a long build-up of anticipation. Studio Warner Bros. is handling the director’s latest, set in a drug-laced L.A. in the 1970s. Barring some unforeseen cataclysm, the feature is easily going to be this week’s b.o. superstar and likely one of the year’s biggest per screen debuts. How it will fare against other fall b.o. knock-outs like Searchlight’s Birdman or TWC’s The Imitation Game remains to be seen. A slew of Specialty openers will coincide with the Inherent Vice juggernaut. A24 will open Oscar-nominated filmmaker Atom Egoyan’s The Captive day and date after an early fall bow in the director’s native Canada. Sundance Selects will expose Free The Nipple in New York »
- Brian Brooks
The Tcl Chinese Theatre rolled out a black carpet for Paul Thomas Anderson‘s “Inherent Vice” Wednesday night. Joaquin Phoenix and Benicio Del Toro exchanged a brotherly hug on the carpet, Joanna Newsom and Jena Malone talked arm in arm, and everyone spoke warmly of each other’s involvement in the film. The cast and crew unanimously sang the praises of Anderson’s directing.
Maya Rudolph, who is married to Anderson, makes a brief but memorable appearance in her first role in one of her husband’s films. “It was so exciting,” Rudolph said of working with Anderson. “Paul’s an incredible director, probably my favorite. I love watching him work. It’s so exciting to see someone who’s so clearly their own and has so much confidence about their own vision. It’s beautiful to watch. I recommend him as a director. I hope they’ll hire me back, »
- Marianne Zumberge
Reese Witherspoon joined her Inherent Vice costars on the red carpet at the film's La premiere on Wednesday night. She posed in a pink dress alongside Maya Rudolph, Benicio Del Toro, and Joaquin Phoenix. Reese and Joaquin share the big screen once again in Paul Thomas Anderson's latest film, which comes out on Friday, after they starred together in 2005's Walk the Line. That project helped Reese pick up multiple awards including the Golden Globe for best actress, and she might take home the honor once again since it was just announced that she's nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in Wild. Joaquin is also up for best actor for Inherent Vice - check out all the Golden Globe nominations here! Joaquin is also making headlines for more confusing antics; this time he revealed that he was engaged during a Monday interview with David Letterman but shared »
I don't know if I don't care because I didn't get it, or if I didn't get it because I didn't care, but this is where I'm at with Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice, a meandering non-starter with plenty of funny scenes that play more as episodes within the larger, uninteresting tale of dope-smoking private investigator Larry "Doc" Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix). The '70s-set story begins as Sportello is approached by his ex-girlfriend (Katherine Waterston), whom he still carries a flame for, with a story of her kidnapped billionaire boyfriend and his scheming wife. During his investigation, Doc becomes privy to a variety of reveals including, but not limited to, Nazis, free love bars, real estate tycoons and tax-evading dentists to the point this is a movie that's far weirder on paper than it is on film. Anderson approaches it with such a straight face that only a few »
- Brad Brevet
Today we have a new trailer for the upcoming "Inherent Vice" film, which is directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia, There Will Be Blood, Boogie Nights) and stars Joaquin Phoenix and Josh Brolin. Check out the trailer below. Plot: In Los Angeles in 1970, drug-fueled detective Larry "Doc" Sportello (Phoenix) investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend. The new movie co-stars Benicio Del Toro, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Eric Roberts, Jena Malone, Martin Short and Maya Rudolph. It's set to hit select theaters on December 13th and will then expand on January 9th, 2015. Trailer: »
1-20 of 1128 items from 2014 « Prev | Next »
IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.See our NewsDesk partners