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Easily the most important aspect of pre-release movie marketing is releasing a trailer to sell the movie to audiences: it needs to let potential customers know who’s starring in it, what the story is, and crucially, convey the tone of the piece. However, sometimes studios know that they’re working with something a little more challenging (or terrible) to sell to a mainstream audience, and so will flat-out lie in the trailer to give audiences a different impression about what the movie is.
Everyone’s gone to see a movie only to leave two hours later bemused that it was nothing like the trailer, and though it can sometimes be pleasantly surprising, it’s often irritating because it reeks of false advertising, that studios have lied in order to sell more tickets. There’s certainly a question to be asked about the legality of such practices (and numerous »
- Jack Pooley
There's more to life than Fantastic Fest -- here's a roundup of the latest local film news:
Austin Film Festival has announced its full lineup and the schedule is now live. Check back with us in the coming days for a closer look at the Texas films being featured and general highlights. The fest will run Oct. 23-30.Vimeo and FilmBuff have picked up Wedlock, a 10-episode web series created by Mark Duplass, who co-stars in the show with Rob Corddry and Jennifer Lafleur. Wedlock premiered at SXSW and will debut on Vimeo on Demand on Sept. 29.Thank You a Lot, a film by local director Matt Muir, will screen at the Village Alamo Drafthouse Monday night and tickets are currently still available. Set in the Austin music scene, the film screened at SXSW earlier this year and Don called it "poignant and perceptive" in his review. Indiewire takes a »
- Caitlin Moore
There are cavernous ideas resting under the surface of writer-director David Michôd's "The Rover." What would happen if there was an actual global fallout? Michôd allows theories on economic implosion, geographic relocation, a societal reversion to linger in the background, his setup, "10 Years After the Collapse," merely a cloudy backdrop for a revenge thriller. Actor Guy Pearce took a unique approach to embodying Michôd's Australian dystopia. He ignored it. As a man hunting down three car thieves, Pearce's "Eric" is driven by ambiguous determination. He's compassionate and murderous, meticulous and frenzied. He's too humane to leave behind Reynolds (Robert Pattinson), one of the thieves' brothers he discovers bleeding out on the side of the road, but if the simple man crosses him, Eric's finger is on a pistol trigger. In the above exclusive clip from the upcoming "Rover" Blu-ray, Pearce speaks frankly on his method to capturing such an impassioned dystopian figure. »
- Matt Patches
I’ve been lamenting the death of the romantic comedy for some time now. Whatever your thoughts on the genre as a whole, there’s something to be said for having that kind of variety in the moviegoing marketplace. Aside from bright spots like the criminally underseen What If, Ruby Sparks, and I Give It a Year, genuinely good romantic comedies are few and far between. Which is why I’m cautiously optimistic about the “unconventional romantic comedy” Results, starring Guy Pearce and Cobie Smulders. The first image from the film was released today, and it reveals Pearce and Smulders as two mismatched personal trainers who begin to fall for each other thanks to the actions of a newly wealthy client (Kevin Corrigan). I like Pearce and Smulders a lot, so here’s hoping their comedic chemistry is on point when the film hits theaters next year. Take a look »
- Adam Chitwood
Burn Later Productions has released the first photo from their upcoming film, Results.
Written and directed by Andrew Bujalski (Computer Chess), Results stars Guy Pearce (Iron Man 3, Memento) Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother, Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Kevin Corrigan (Pineapple Express, Big Fan), Giovanni Ribisi (Ted), Anthony Michael Hall (Foxcatcher), Brooklyn Decker (Friends With Better Lives) and Constance Zimmer (House Of Cards).
Set in the fitness industry, the film follows two mismatched personal trainers, Trevor (Pearce) and Kat (Smulders), who surrender to love propelled by the actions of a newly wealthy client, Danny (Corrigan). The film recently completed production in Austin and Marfa, Texas and New York City.
The film will be in theaters sometime in 2015.
- Melissa Thompson
It’s always exciting when an indie director steps up, gets out of their mumbly ghetto and starts to really take off with actors that aren’t just their friends. From the world of mumblecore, Drake Doremus had terrific results with Guy Pearce, Felicity Jones, Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Ryan in “Breathe In” and “Like Crazy,” and Joe Swanberg’s “Drinking Buddies” really cooked beyond what he’d made before thanks to the awesome chemistry of Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson and Anna Kendrick. Next up in the field is director Andrew Bujalski, known for lo-fi indies such as “Mutual Appreciation” and “Computer Chess.” His latest is a big change for the filmmaker, an “unconventional” romantic comedy with a star-filled cast. Called “Results,” the movie stars Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders (“How I Met Your Mother,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”), Kevin Corrigan, Giovanni Ribisi, Anthony Michael Hall, Brooklyn Decker and “House Of Cards” star Constance Zimmer. »
- Edward Davis
September tends to be a relative dead spot at the theaters. Multiplexes are still housing the last vestiges of the onslaught of the summer and quietly preparing for the slow march of prestige pictures that come with the fall and winter months. So instead of spending the time and effort to make your way out to your local theater to catch a screening of Dolphin Tale 2, why not stay in and watch one of these stellar movies from earlier this year on demand?
Director Pawel Pawlikowski made not only the most somber road movie of the year, but shot it in gorgeous black and white. The film follows its titular character (Agata Trezbuchowska), an orphaned nun, who must travel to visit her only living relative before she is allowed to take her vows. Pawlikowski uses this fish out of water tale to explore the complexity and sinful nature »
- Jj Perkins
In news that must surprise fans of either actor, two-time Academy Award winner Robert De Niro is hitting the road with “High School Musical” heartthrob Zac Efron in “Driving Dick Kelly.” Formerly “Dirty Grandpa,” “Driving Dick Kelly” is a buddy movie depicting a prurient senior citizen and his grandson, who he dupes into taking him to Florida for Spring Break. Jeff Bridges and Michael Douglas had both earlier been rumored to be circling the lusty grandfather role. De Niro, whose “Last Vegas” opened last year, also flexed his comedy muscles in the “Fockers” series, among others, while Efron just successfully reinvented himself in the comedy world with "Neighbors." Dan Mazer ("I Give It A Year") is slated to direct; John Phillips wrote the screenplay. [The Wrap] Guy Pearce has been incredibly busy of late, and he’s not showing any signs of slowing down. The actor has just been cast along with Anthony Lapaglia and Kerry Fox, »
- Zach Hollwedel
Australian character actor Joel Edgerton has made a real name for himself in the States over these past few years, starting with his performance in the Australian crime drama/thriller Animal Kingdom. Edgerton recently wrote the story for The Rover – Guy Pearce’s post-apocalyptic crime/drama that released in theaters earlier this year – and he penned the script for another Australian film project: Felony, the upcoming cops/crime morality tale, which also features Edgerton as the headliner.
Felony, as the above trailer illustrates, revolves around Malcolm Toohey (Edgerton), a detective who’d recently been celebrated for his heroism, when he accidentally hits an under-age bicyclist with his car – leaving its young rider in a coma – and does not confess to the act.
Malcolm thereafter finds himself being investigated by one detective, even as another one does his best to make sure the evidence ...
- Sandy Schaefer
Director: David Michôd. Writers: Joel Edgerton and David Michôd. Cast: Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson and Scoot McNairy. The Rover is the second feature from director David Michôd. This film also debuted at the Cannes Film Festival, in 2014 and Michôd's latest is set in a chaotic environment. Ten years after the global apocalypse, characters have devolved in the Australian outback. An unsettling soundtrack hopes to create even more chaos as a strange duo looks for a group of car thieves. This duo does not speed through the story, with the pacing requiring a bit of patience. Still, the characters Eric (Guy Pearce) and Rey (Robert Pattinson) keep the film enthralling. The Rover is one post-apocalyptic thriller that offers tension through its mininamlist approach to storytelling. The film begins with one man in a rundown tavern. A car crash takes place outside and several men steal a nearby vehicle. This vehicle belongs »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
The film, directed by Neil Armfield, is based on Timothy Conigrave's memoir, which was adapted for a stage play in 2006.
The story focuses on two young men who fall in love and embark on a 15-year romance.
Producer Kylie Dufresne said: "The success of Tim Conigrave's book and Tommy Murphy's stage play proves that this is a love story that speaks across generations, sexualities and cultures."
Production for Holding the Man begins in Melbourne next week, reports ScreenDaily.
Pearce was recently reported to be in talks to play the villain in thriller War on Everyone.
Earlier this year, he explained that he almost turned down his role in Iron Man 3. »
The story covers a fifteen year love affair between two men in late 1970s/1980s Melbourne. The couple deal with disapproval, separation and, ultimately death.
Corr and Stott play the two leads, with the other three and Camilla Ah Kin playing their parents. The lead roles are tricky because the actors have to run the gamut from playing 16-year-old students to men in their thirties.
There also had to be chemistry, and Stott has to lose a lot of weight to portray his later scenes where he's dying. The production will take a seven week break in order for Stott to drop the weight.
Shooting begins in Melbourne next week. The film production follows several successful stagings »
- Garth Franklin
The story, of two young men who fell in love as teenagers and romanced each other for over 15 years, was also recently adapted as a stage play.
Production begins next week in Melbourne with Goalpost Pictures’ Kylie Dufresne as producer.
The screenplay for the film is adapted from Timothy Conigrave’s memoir by Tommy Murphy who previously wrote and directed the play.
Finance comes from Screen Australia, Screen Victoria, Screen Nsw and private investor Cameron Huang. Local Australian distribution will be through Transmission Films, while London-based Goalpost Film will handle international sales.
“The success of Tim Conigrave’s book and »
- Patrick Frater
Anthony Lapaglia, Guy Pearce and Kerry Fox are to star alongside upcoming Australian pair Ryan Corr and Craig Stott when Candy director Neil Armfield begins filming Holding The Man in Melbourne next week.
Corr and Stott play Timothy Conigrave and John Caleo in this adaptation of a real-life boy-boy love story, while the other three – and also Camilla Ah Kin – play their parents.
“We would have done 400 auditions in six months for those two roles,” producer Kylie du Fresne told ScreenDaily.
It was a challenge in part because the actors are aged 16 and at school at the beginning of the film and in their 30s with a lot of life experience by the end. Sparks also had to fly between them. The creative team were open to casting four people but it was not their ideal.
Corr had to be released from the cast of Cyrano de Bergerac by the Sydney Theatre Company in order to accept »
- Sandy.George@me.com (Sandy George)
“Before I Go To Sleep” is a risky title for a genre exercise intended to keep viewers bolt upright in their seats, handing mirthful critics a ready-made punchline at the first sign of lethargy. The good news is that Rowan Joffe’s adaptation of S.J. Watson’s 2011 publishing phenom is far from a snooze; the bad news is that it’s the film’s escalating, po-faced ludicrousness that holds our attention. Starring a typically hard-working Nicole Kidman as a short-term amnesiac unsure whether she’s being played by her husband, her shrink or both, With David Fincher’s similarly targeted “Gone Girl” already siphoning its buzz, this dopey diversion will need the novel’s fans to turn out en masse to avoid being forgotten by morning.
A planned Halloween release Stateside — weeks after the film’s Sept. 5 release in Blighty and elsewhere — might lead auds to expect an out-and-out frightfest, »
- Guy Lodge
Last year U.S. television network Fox produced and then quickly cancelled "Rake," a toothless and weakly received version of the well-regarded and darkly humoured Australian legal comedy of the same name from local broadcaster ABC TV.
That isn't stopping Fox from trying again with another show from the same Australian broadcaster, this time they're planning a crime drama series based on the telemovie series "Jack Irish" which starred Guy Pearce.
Based on the detective novels by Peter Temple, two TV movies were produced in 2012 and one in 2014 that starred Pearce as a former criminal lawyer turned private investigator and debt collector.
Getting his life back together after the murder of his wife, he usually finds himself landing cases by being in the wrong place at the wrong time - cases involving high-level corruption, dark sexual secrets, and murder.
- Garth Franklin
The series follows the title character, a part-time lawyer, debt collector and apprentice cabinet maker who is attempting to get his life back on track after his wife’s murder. He also has the unfortunate-for-him gift of finding himself in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The one-hour drama is produced by Chernin Entertainment in association with Twentieth Century Fox Television with Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope executive producing for their shingle. Exec producers also include writer Seamus Kevin Fahey (“Spartacus”) and showrunner Anna Fricke (“Being Human,” “Everwood”).
- Whitney Friedlander
"Iron Man 3" Spoilers Ahead
So just who is The Mandarin?
As we saw in "Iron Man 3," Ben Kingsley played Trevor Slattery, a failed British actor who was pretending to be The Mandarin - the most dangerous terrorist in the world and the leader of the mysterious Ten Rings organisation.
While Slattery's take on the Mandarin was an apparent smoke screen thought up by Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce), the Ten Rings is a real group in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In the subsequent short film "Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King," we see an incarcerated Trevor Slattery broken out of jail by a minion of the 'real' The Mandarin.
"Has the Mandarin invented Trevor, or has Trevor invented the Mandarin? »
- Garth Franklin
We know some of your are waiting for Netflix, so if you still haven't seen Iron Man 3 yet, you may want to stop reading, because this story contains Major Spoilers.
One of the lingering mysteries left by Iron Man 3 is the true identity of the evil Mandarin. In the film, Ben Kingsley plays Trevor Slattery, an actor pretending to be the most dangerous terrorist in the entire world. He is soon discovered to be working as a media smokescreen for Aldrich Killian. The character went onto appear in Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King, where he is incarcerated with a group of true sycophants. He is eventually blasted out of jail by a minion of the 'real' Mandarin. But who is the 'real' Mandarin?
In fact, he »
We are past the one year mark since the release of Iron Man 3 so I will dispense with the spoiler warnings on this article. We are going to discuss The Mandarin. Yes, I mean the version played by Ben Kingsley and not the fire-breathing villain Guy Pearce played who called himself The Mandarin at the end of the film. We all went into Iron Man 3 expecting Kingsley to bring the comic character to life only to have the rug pulled out from under us when he revealed himself as failed actor »
- Alex Maidy
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