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 The Grand Budapest Hotel (latest Wes Anderson-directed comedy; Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, F. Murray Abraham, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton; rated R) Behaving Badly (comedy; Selena Gomez, Nat Wolff; pretheatrical release; rated R) Half of a Yellow Sun (drama; Chiwetel Ejiofor, John Boyega; rated R) The Lunchbox (drama; Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur; rated PG) Life Itself (documentary...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
It’s a question we’ve been asking for several years. “How is Marvel going to use the Hulk outside of The Avengers?’ The studio made a solo film starring Edward Norton some years back, itself a reboot of a less successful solo film by Ang Lee. But most felt the character wasn’t right until Joss Whedon’s […]
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- Germain Lussier
China Film Group Corp. has been so closely involved with the development of the Chinese film industry throughout the past 15 years that it is difficult to separate the company from the actions of the government.
The distinction may become a degree or two clearer when the company, which is a wholly state-owned enterprise, finally floats its shares on the stock market. It will then become a private company, albeit one that is likely to still count the government as its majority owner.
The date for the planned Ipo still remains uncertain but last week Cfg filed a prospectus saying it is seeking to raise $740 million. The Ipo will symbolically mark the end of a period when the state not only set the policy framework for the Chinese film industry, but also felt it necessary to lead it by example.
Cfg had a predecessor, China Film Corp., that was established in »
- Patrick Frater
Storyboard artist David Duncan (Iron Man, Rise of the Planet of the Apes) recently upload a video showing storyboards from "The Incredible Hulk," giving us a look at a scene that never made it into the movie. The scene, called "Airliner Fantasy," was the idea of director Louis Leterrier and involves Betty (Liv Tyler) having a scary daydream in which she and Bruce (Edward Norton) are on an airplane. After a bit of turbulence, Bruce loses his cool and becomes the Hulk. It's not clear why the scene was scrapped, but you can check out the storyboards below. Video: »
Production illustrator and storyboard artist, David E. Duncan, worked as an animatic artist on the 2008 Marvel film, The Incredible Hulk. He's recently uploaded an animatic titled, "Airliner Fantasy." It's of a non-scripted scene for The Incredible Hulk that director Louis Leterrier dreamt up. The scene involves Betty, played by Liv Tyler ("The Lord of the Rings"), having a scary daydream in which she envisions her and Bruce (Ed Norton) on an airplane. During the flight things get a little bumpy due to turbulence and Bruce looses his cool and the Hulk is unleashed. You can watch the video by clicking on the Vimeo player below (no embed). You can also view the storyboards that I screengrabbed. "The Incredible Hulk": Unproduced "nightmare" scene from David E. Duncan on Vimeo. "The Incredible Hulk": Unproduced "nightmare" scene, created by director Louis Leterrier, not scripted. Academy Award® nominee Edward Norton stars as scientist Bruce Banner, »
With his 2002 film 25th Hour, Spike Lee proved, as he did in Summer Of Sam three years earlier, that he wasn’t limited to making films about the black experience. Lee could do provocative very well and he could do “issues” very well, but with 25th Hour, he had a hard time making a film that sustained its 2 hours and 10 minutes. That was a real shame since I started out liking this film when I saw it when it was new, but it ran out of steam about the halfway point. I have a lot of respect for Edward Norton who played Monty Brogan, a convicted New York drug dealer who spends the film reevaluating his life in the before facing a seven-year jail term on drug charges, but felt the actor was miscast. Norton comes off too bookish and safe to play a convincing dealer. I thought the “F— You” monologue, »
- Tom Stockman
Earlier today, a report surfaced that Matt Damon, who played Jason Bourne in Universal Pictures' action trilogy The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, will reprise his popular role in the studio's sequel to The Bourne Legacy. Producer Frank Marshall has now debunked that report, stating that the decision to move the sequel from August 2015 to July 2016 was not because Matt Damon is coming back, but because the script is still not ready yet. Here's what the producer had to say in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, confirming that the story centers on Aaron Cross, played by Jeremy Renner in 2012's The Bourne Legacy.
"It's simply not true. [Director] Justin Lin is working with Andrew Baldwin on an Aaron Cross script/story that they pitched us a few months ago. I talk to Justin all the time and the script is not ready. It's a summer movie, »
Earlier this week, Universal Pictures announced that its sequel to 2012's action-thriller The Bourne Legacy has been shifted from a August 14, 2015 release to July 15, 2016, reportedly to make room for the studio's biopic Straight Outta Compton which took the August 14, 2015 slot. An unconfirmed report from Latino-Review claims the real reason for the delay is that Matt Damon has finally agreed to reprise his role as Jason Bourne.
It isn't clear how director Justin Lin managed to convince Matt Damon to come back, especially since the actor has repeatedly stated in the past that he will only return to the franchise if The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass is back at the helm. The actor did reveal last month that he is open to returning, if he and Paul Greengrass can find a story they like, even suggesting that fans submit their own stories to Universal Pictures.
We have good reason to be excited for this fall’s Birdman. The dark dramatic comedy was directed by Biutiful helmer Alejandro González Iñárritu, who worked with Gravity cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki to design the film’s more visually intimidating aspects (hinted at in the awesome teaser trailer we got two weeks back). It also stars Michael Keaton, in what looks like a career-restarting role, as a veteran actor who attempts to mount a comeback with a Broadway adaptation of the titular superhero movie for which he’s best known. Now, a set of new images has popped up on the web, reminding us of the fact that many accomplished actors are involved with Birdman besides its lead.
- Isaac Feldberg
When the trailer dropped for Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman, many of us were excited to see the starring return of the great Michael Keaton alongside a phenomenal cast that includes Emma Stone, Edward Norton, and Naomi Watts. Iñárritu himself is a phenomenal director from the same circle of friends that includes Alfonso Cuaron and Guillermo Del Toro. As each of the filmmakers release new projects, they almost seem to one up each other in terms of technical achievements. With Cuaron »
- Alex Maidy
In the closing scenes of Wes Anderson’s latest and greatest adventure, The Grand Budapest Hotel, aged hotel owner Zero Moustafa (F. Murray Abraham) reflects on the larger-than-life presence of his long-time friend and mentor, hotel concierge M. Gustave (Ralph Fiennes). “His world had vanished long before he entered it,” notes Zero. “But I must say he certainly sustained the illusion with a marvelous grace.” It seems clear that in that line, Anderson is speaking not only of Gustavem but also of himself.
Out of all the filmmakers working today, Anderson is definitely one of the most wackily distinctive. His films are like elaborate train sets wound up to power themselves, or intricately designed dollhouses possessing a symmetry that doesn’t limit the life inside but enhance it. Characterized by madcap characters and cheerfully intelligent stories, Anderson’s movies are always a joy to watch, both visually and in terms of narrative. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Fox Searchlight has released five new Birdman images. Michael Keaton plays Riggin Thomson an actor, who once played an iconic superhero, and now faces troubles with his ego and family as he prepares to mount a Broadway production of Raymond Carver’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Love in a bid to reclaim past glory. Edward Norton co-stars as an actor in the play and Emma Stone plays Thomson's daughter. Birdman is already one of my most-anticipated films for the remainder of 2014, and these images (the one with Keaton and Norton preparing to fight, in particular) make me want to see the movie even more. Hit the jump to check out the Birdman images, and in case you haven't seen the great teaser trailer, click here. The film also stars Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis, Andrea Riseborough, and Amy Ryan. Birdman opens October 17th. Via EW. [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="339954,339953,339956,339952,339951"] Here’s »
- Matt Goldberg
Five new pictures from Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's new movie Birdman, which has already captured people's attention and imagination with its first trailer, which left everything to the imagination and these new pictures are no different. The pics feature the likes of Keaton as the lead character, an actor famous for portraying an iconic superhero, as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. Along with him we see Edward Norton in his underwear, Emma Stone, Amy Ryan, Naomi Watts and Zach Galifianakis, which leaves only Andrea Riseborough as one of the main principles not featured. As for why Keaton's character is about to fight Edward Norton in his underwear, Keaton tells EW, "We don't want to give away too much, this thing will keep unveiling itself." A novel idea, waiting to find out until we watch the movie. Sounds like a new concept. Birdman hits theaters on October 17. »
- Brad Brevet
Earlier this month, the first trailer for Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman" dropped and it was kind of bonkers awesome. But what on Earth is it about? “It’s less about a guy who played a superhero in big hit movies than it is about exploring the human soul and psyche, and also where we are as a society today and how much importance we place on those kinds of things,” the film's star Michael Keaton told EW. So certainly, not your average comedy or drama by stretch, but the firepower behind the movie is undeniable. Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Ryan, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough and Naomi Watts are among the ensemble for this already pretty wild looking tale, but could there be one more trick up the sleeve of Iñárritu we haven't heard of just yet? Bear with us a moment. Last fall, "Gravity" director and Iñárritu pal Alfonso Cuarón told Capture Mag, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
After releasing a rather fantastic first trailer last week [which you can watch here], Fox Searchlight and New Regency Pictures have now debuted a selection of stills from director Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu’s (21 Grams, Biutiful), which you can watch below courtesy of Entertainment Weekly…
“Birdman is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) – famous for portraying an iconic superhero – as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.”
Birdman is set for release in the States on October 17th and on January 2nd 2015 here in the UK, with Michael Keaton joined in the cast by Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Edward Norton (The Incredible Hulk), Andrea Riseborough (Oblivion), Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover Part III), Naomi Watts (21 Grams) and Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone)
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- Gary Collinson
I was glad to see most of you really liked the teaser trailer for Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman. I've been dying to check out a trailer for the upcoming film ever since I first heard about the project, and now I can't wait to see Iñárritu's new film. EW has a few new stills from Birdman, including an image from the trailer featuring Edward Norton on the verge of throwing down with Michael Keaton. »
- Jesse Giroux
Hello again, dear readers. I hope you’re enjoying the summer movie season. This week takes a break from the big blockbusters, with the two major releases being Clint Eastwood’s musical Jersey Boys and the completely unnecessary comedy sequel Think Like a Man Too. And in the spirit of offbeat releases, this week’s slightly-delayed installment of Trailer Trashin’ features the upcoming comedy-drama Birdman.
Premise: Washed-up actor Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) – famous for playing the iconic superhero Birdman – struggles to mount a Broadway play, an adaptation of Raymond Carver’s 1981 short story collection What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.
My take: For people my age and younger, it’s getting hard to remember a time when superheroes haven’t been a huge part of movies. »
- Timothy Monforton
Marvel Studios is about to pull the trigger on what, on the surface at least, is its boldest move since it bid farewell to Edward Norton and recast Hulk. Guardians Of The Galaxy, however, looks like giving cinemagoers both glorious barrels. From its studious marketing, of which these new stills are the latest component, to the eyeball-frying visuals of its trailers, this band of outland outlaws could well ooga-chaka their way to glory.Time will tell – there’s still another pesky month before release – but this posse of space bandits look more formidable with every passing day. These new pics feature Peter “Star-Lord” Quill (Chris Pratt) and everyone’s favourite deranged procyonid, Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper), as well as one of the film’s big bads, Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser. Head over to Hitflix for the full gallery. Guardians centres initially on Quill as the unofficial leader »
Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) -- famous for portraying an iconic superhero – struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself. Also starring Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, and Naomi Watts, the film hits October 17, 2014. »
Indiewire will provide updates of our predictions for the 87th Academy Award nominations through January 2015, when the nominations are announced.Here's our very (and we mean very) early predictions for the best supporting actor race, which has a strong contender already in J.K. Simmons, who won raves for his performance in Sundance standout "Whiplash." But there's a lot still to come, from Albert Brooks ("A Most Violent Year") to Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro ("Inherent Vice") to Mark Ruffalo (getting rave reviews for "Foxcatcher" out of Cannes). Check out predictions in other categories here. Best Bets From What We've Seen (There's Actually Quite a Few): Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher J.K. Simmons, Whiplash Ethan Hawke, Boyhood Phillip Seymour Hoffman, A Most Wanted Man Strong Contenders (At Least On Paper): Josh Brolin, Inherent Vice Albert Brooks, A Most Violent Year Johnny Depp, Into The Woods Benicio Del Toro, Inherent Vice Robert Duvall, »
- Peter Knegt
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