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Upon Inherent Vice's release to theaters in December, most filmgoers were left perplexed by Paul Thomas Anderson's latest. It seemed to require multiple viewings to fully understand. I saw it three times myself, a concrete meaning eluded me. There's something inherent -- pun intended -- about Anderson's direction that leads you in infinite interpretations. He gives just enough for the audience to grasp, then points you in a new direction with film's equivalent of sleight of hand. Based on the novel of the same name by Thomas Pynchon, boiling the plot down to a mere paragraph would be an injustice. Many thought his book to be unfilmable, but Anderson delicately put his pen to film and made it work. How he made it work is a mystery and part of what makes it click. From afar, it's a simple affair: after ex-girlfriend Shasta Fay Hepworth (Katherine Waterston) comes »
- Sean Cordy
Age Of Ultron is about evil AI, and Ex Machina’s about a sentient robot. Ryan explores the link between these and other modern Sf films.
It’s an idea as old as literature itself: a lifeform is created, only for it to behave in a way its maker hadn’t anticipated - and sometimes with fatal consequences.
Writer-director Joss Whedon has drawn attention to the parallels between Mary Shelley’s classic novel Frankenstein and Avengers: Age Of Ultron, the latest opus in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In Whedon’s reading of Marvel comics lore, Bruce Banner and Tony Stark create Ultron - an artificial intelligence intended as a global defence program, but instead turns against the Avengers and humanity in general.
Brought to life by a peformance-captured James Spader, Ultron’s a charismatic example of a recent wave of AI characters in the movies. We’ve seen sentient, mutant »
Brace yourselves for Justin Bieber's new look. Florido Basallo, a stylist at Nine Zero One Salon—a celebrity mecca of transformative hair happenings, owned by E! Style Collective members Riawna Capri and Nikki Lee—has given the singer with achingly beautiful locks an entirely new cut. And judging from this Instagram teaser that the salon dropped this afternoon—which shows a major amount of locks on the cutting room floor—the change is expected to be big. Did Basallo (who also counts Liv Tyler and Joaquin Phoenix as clients) style the Biebs with a summer-friendly undercut or a slick, Mad Men-like style? You can bet Belieber eyes are firmly fixated on the »
Featuring an unprecedented cast of 100 celebrity narrators, the timely documentary Unity will be distributed by SpectiCast in select theatres worldwide beginning August 12.
Written and directed by Shaun Monson (Earthlings), produced by Melissa Danis and Monson, the film explores the interconnectivity of all life on Earth and our responsibility to do better. A production of Monson’s Nation Earth, Unity will is expected to premiere on 1000-1200+ screens across the globe. SpectiCast has partnered with Fathom Events for the domestic release on select U.S. screens. Tickets and more information including participating theatre locations and global distribution partners coming soon.
Seven years in the making, Unity explores humanity’s impact on the world and our opportunity for transformation. Presented in chapters, Unity takes an in-depth look at what it means to be human, exploring themes of love, tragedy and, ultimately, hope. Coupled with stunning cinematography, Unity is a singular and unforgettable cinematic experience. »
- Melissa Thompson
The film comes a decade after Monson’s documentary “Earthlings,” which explored humanity’s relationships with other animals. Produced by Melissa Danis and Monson through Nation Earth, “Unity” explores the interconnectivity of all life on Earth and what it means to be human, exploring themes of love, tragedy and hope.
SpectiCast has partnered with Fathom Events for the domestic release on select U.S. screens. The deal was announced Wednesday at CinemaCon.
Celebrities lending their voices to this powerful film include Aaron Paul, Adam Levine, Adrian Grenier, Alison Eastwood, Amanda Seyfried, Amy Smart, Anjelica Huston, Anton Yelchin, Arian Foster, Arlene Martel, Balthazar Getty, Ben Kingsley, Ben Whishaw, Beth Hart, Brandon Boyd, Caroline Goodall, Carrie-Anne Moss, Casey Affleck, Catherine Tate, Claire Forlani, Cloris Leachman, Common, Damien Mander, David Copperfield, »
- Dave McNary
Paul Thomas Anderson assembled quite the cast for this seventh feature film, Inherent Vice. The groovy and some might say bizarre film starring Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Martin Short, Jena Malone and musician Joanna Newsom will make its Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD debut on an April 28, 2015 release date.
We have teamed up with Warner Home Video to offer three lucky readers a copy of the Inherent Vice Blu-ray, DVD and Digital combo pack in this giveaway. Please fill out and submit the short entry form below for a chance to win one. The odds of winning can be increased each and every day you come back to enter again for as many days as the contest is open.
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Earlier this week, the 14th annual Tribeca Film Festival welcomed none other than noted performance artist and rattail enthusiast Shia Labeouf, executive producer for Alma Har'el's new documentary Love True. Labeouf previously worked with Ha'rel on Sigur Rós's video for the song "Fjögur pianó," for which he was completely nude. More recently, he appeared as a mostly-naked, cage-fighting character in Sia's video for "Elastic Heart" — a performance that garnered a hefty amount of controversy. At a Q&A for Love True, Labeouf talked about the differences between his work with Sia and Ha'rel:i think the Sia one is more about aesthetics. It's performance gymnastics, the big crying scene, dance moves. It's cool but it's like Scarface, Al Pacino acting. Nothing against him, but there's a big difference between something that's presentational and representational. I think even Pacino would agree that his work is representational, whereas somebody like Joaquin Phoenix »
- Brooke Marine
Once again, the world is coming to Cannes and with it some of the more anticipated films of the year. Festival du Cannes President Pierre Lescure and General Delgate (aka Festival Director) Thierry Fremaux revealed this year's main competition and Un Certain Regard slates during a long and rambling press conference early this morning and a number of American auteurs are once again in the mix. Todd Haynes' "Carol" with Cate Blancehtt, Gus Van Sant's "Sea of Trees" with Matthew McConaughey, Woody Allen's "Irrational Man" with Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone, Pixar's "Inside Out," Denis Villeneuve's "Sicario" with Emily Blunt and Josh Brolin, Justin Kurzel's "Macbeth" with Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman's "A Tale of Love and Darkness" are some of the initial highlights from today's announcement that will perk the ears of American audiences. The festival previously announced that George Miller »
- Gregory Ellwood
Star-studded English-language dramas from Todd Haynes, Gus Van Sant, Denis Villeneuve, Justin Kurzel, Paolo Sorrentino and Matteo Garrone will vie for the Palme d’Or alongside new films by Valerie Donzelli, Jacques Audiard, Hou Hsiao-hsien and Jia Zhangke at the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival, which unveiled its official selection lineup on Thursday.
While there are only two U.S. directors in competition — Haynes with “Carol,” a 1950s lesbian love story starring Cate Blanchett, and Van Sant with his suicide drama “The Sea of Trees,” pairing Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe — this year’s Palme race looks to feature more high-profile Hollywood talent than any in recent memory. Canada’s Villeneuve (“Prisoners,” “Enemy”) will bring his Mexican drug-cartel drama “Sicario,” with Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin, while Australia’s Kurzel (“The Snowtown Murders”) secured a Palme berth for “Macbeth,” his Shakespeare adaptation toplining Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. »
- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy
The middle of Spring actually means a new selection of summer blockbusters to look forward to, and with a ton of big-budget films slated to come out within the next few months and beyond, the summer of 2015 looks like one to remember.
From the new Mad Max (which is already on our end-of -year top ten list event though we haven’t yet seen it) to Avengers, Poltergeists, male strippers, talking teddy bears, and a reboot of the Jurassic Park franchise, this summer’s trips to the theaters will be jam-packed with sequels and new tales. From May 1st right through to the end of August, some of the movies on our list could wind up on year-end “best of” lists or even receive some Oscar talk by December.
Grab your calendar, because Wamg has a rundown of this summer’s films we’re most excited about, so check them out below! »
- Movie Geeks
Sony Pictures Classics have released the first picture from the new Woody Allen film Irrational Man, and apart from the fact that it confirms that Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone are indeed the stars of the film, it seems that Allen isn’t giving much away. (Unless you count the highly visible Lacoste logo on Phoenix’s polo shirt, which may point to top-dollar product placement fees. Or not.)
So what do we know about Irrational Man? We know the principal cast, which includes indie-scene veteran Parker Posey and young Brit actor Jamie Blackley. Less dramatically, we also know that Allen’s sister Letty Aronson is one of the producers; she’s been part of his operation since 1994’s Bullets Over Broadway. »
- Andrew Pulver
With only a few days to go before the official launch of this year’s Cannes Film Festival selection for both the Competition and Un Certain Regard on Thursday (16 April) the rumour mill has been rife with potential titles to figure in artistic director Thierry Fremaux’s closely guarded secrets.
Educated guesses suggest that there are better than average chance of Woody Allen’s 45th film, Irrational Man, will be there. He has form – both Midnight In Paris and Match Point were included out of Competition. Apparently Allen turns darker in this one, which stars Emma Stone and Joaquin Phoenix.
Cannes regulars Terence Davies (Peter Mullan stars in his literary adaptation of Sunset Song) and French auteur Jacques Audiard who made A Prophet and Rust And Bone, and has been rushing to finish an emigré drama, Erran, both look likely.
- Richard Mowe
The movie, which Sony Classics picked up earlier this year from Gravier Productions, stars Emma Stone and Joaquin Phoenix. Stone plays a student who falls in love with her philosophy professor, portrayed by Phoenix.
This is the “Birdman” star’s second film with Allen, after last summer’s “Magic in the Moonlight,” and marks the eighth collaboration between Allen and Sony Classics.
- Maane Khatchatourian
It’s a new year of summer fun, and in amongst all the smash-bang-wallops of Avengers, Furious’, Ant-Men, dinosaurs and Tom Cruise, there is as always a new Woody Allen film to look forward to. This time the veteran director brings us Irrational Man, for which the first official look has been provided by USA Today in their summer movie preview….
Not much is known about the project, as is the norm for many Allen films, but we do know that Emma Stone (reuniting with Allen after last year’s Magic in the Moonlight) and Joaquin Phoenix (Inherent Vice) are the stars this time, alongside Parker Posey (Best in Show) and Jamie Blackley (If I Stay), and the story is rumoured to focus on the relationship between a university professor and his student.
Irrational Man opens on July 24th in the Us, with a UK release still to be confirmed. »
- Scott J. Davis
Will the reaction to Woody Allen's Irrational Man be more about the movie or the man that wrote and directed it. While there are no official plot details, word is it centers on a college professor (Joaquin Phoenix) and one of his students (Emma Stone). Of course, given Allen's history, alleged and otherwise, with young women, and recent comments from Manhattan co-star Muriel Hemingway, this will likely result in plenty of "separating the art from the artist" think pieces, though that typically seems to get louder depending on how the movie is received. With Sony Classics slating a July 17 release date it seems we may have an early reaction to this one soon with Cannes around the corner and Allen's films being frequent inclusions in the line-up. Along with Phoenix and Stone, the film co-stars Parker Posey, Jamie Blackley and Ben Rosenfield. Image courtesy of USA Today »
- Brad Brevet
Joaquin Phoenix is a philosophy professor and Emma Stone is the student who loves him in Woody Allen's existential comedy "Irrational Man," out July 17th from Sony Pictures Classics. Stone reunites with the 79-year-old director after last Summer's "Magic in the Moonlight" Woody Allen's 51st feature film Parker Posey, Ben Rosenfield, Ethan Phillip and Jamie Blackley. He likes to debut his films, when it works out, at Cannes, where we may see "Irrational Man" this year. Read More: Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg and Bruce Willis Join Woody Allen's Next Film »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The annual Woody Allen playbook is familiar by now. Line up a star-studded cast, knock out a movie, keep all the details under wraps for a long as possible and then release it. That's how things have been going so far with "Irrational Man," his upcoming summer movie. Today we have another tease with the first official image. Jamie Blackley, Joaquin Phoenix, Parker Posey and Emma Stone star in the movie that's reportedly about the relationship between a university professor and his student (again plot details have been kept under wraps). All we know is that we'll be showing up to see Stone and Phoenix playing off each other. "Irrational Man" opens on July 17th via Sony Pictures Classics. Maybe it'll stop by Cannes first? [USA Today] »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Director James Gray is something of a cinematic chameleon. While his films to date could be broadly categorized as crime dramas ("Little Odessa," "The Yards," "We Own The Night") or romances ("Two Lovers"), those descriptors are often merely the cloak that hides deeply layered and complex character studies between fathers and sons, men and women, those chasing ambition, or trying to outrun fate. And while the beautifully produced "The Immigrant," on Blu-ray this week, is on its face a period drama, it's also so much more. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Marion Cotillard and Jeremy Renner, the film tells the story of Ewa, a Polish immigrant who crosses over to America in the early 1900s, only to discover her path to the American Dream thwarted by a charming, but deceptive, young man who forces her into prostitution. But hope lingers for Ewa, thanks to the attention of a magician who is eager to whisk her away. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
By this point, you fall into one of two camps: those who have seen James Gray's "The Immigrant" and adore the low-key drama, or those who have yet to experience his turn-of-the-century period piece. Today we have a handful of Blu-ray copies of the movie to give away to some lucky readers from both parties. Read More: Director James Gray Talks 'The Immigrant' Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Marion Cotillard, and Jeremy Renner, and gorgeously lensed by Darius Khondji, the story follows Polish immigrant Ewa, who falls into the obsessive clutches of Bruno, who forces her into prostitution. But Bruno's cousin Orlando may be her ticket toward a brighter future. To win "The Immigrant" on Blu-ray, here's what to do: Follow us on Facebook and Twitter, tweet: "I want to win The Immigrant from @ThePlaylist. #WinThePlaylistContest," and include this link. Your final step: just email us your tweet, with your full name and address. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
The DVD and Blu-ray package for this Oscar Isaac/Jessica Chastain crime drama includes some cool features, including commentary from writer/director J.C. Chandor; a featurette going "Behind the Violence"; "A Conversation with Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac"; "The Contagious Nature of Violence: The Origins of A Most Violent Year"; and the intriguingly titled, "We Can Cure Violence Public Service Announcement."
You can get the first two seasons -- 20 episodes -- of Amy Schumer's Comedy Central show on April 7, which gives you just enough time to prepare for the April 21 premiere of Season 3. The Seasons 1 and 2 package includes outtakes and deleted scenes, commentary on select episodes and a photo gallery.
- Gina Carbone
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