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"The New Beverly crowds are genuine, they're there just to love cinema." How do we save 35mm film? By cherishing it, archiving it, and reminding the world of its existence with screenings and events that herald the soon-to-be-long-lost-format. One of the latest documentaries about this technological evolution is titled Out of Print, a film two years in the making from New Beverly's Julia Marchese. The doc focuses on the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles and the many people who make it their home. She has interviews with people like Edgar Wright, Patton Oswalt, Rian Johnson, Joe Carnahan, Kevin Smith, Joe Dante and so many others. The first trailer is out and it's all about a love for cinema, its many joys, and repertory theaters. Here's the first trailer for Julia Marchese's documentary Out of Print, from YouTube (via SlashFilm): A documentary exploring the importance of revival cinema »
- Alex Billington
We're already deep enough into 2014 that we're getting MPAA ratings for movies that don't come out until next year and in today's batch that means ratings for Glenn Ficarra and John Requa's Focus starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2. Otherwise we have an R rating for Kevin Smith's new horror film Tusk, which I expect to be announced for Tiff's Midnight Madness and Phillip Noyce's The Giver and its expected PG-13 rating. The complete bulletin in listed below. 10,000 Km Rated R For some strong sexual content including dialogue, language and brief graphic nudity. A Belle For Christmas Rated PG For mild thematic material and rude humor. Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead Rated R For strong bloody horror violence and gore throughout, and language including some sexual references. Focus Rated R For language, some sexual content and brief violence. Release Date: »
- Brad Brevet
We aren't forgetting DVDs and Blu-rays this Tuesday, not sure if that's a good thing or not, but beyond that Laremy and I chat about our similar taste in movies, the future plans for Marvels Cinematic Universe, and the escapism found in blockbusters or the lack thereof. On top of that we have your questions, which includes a voice mail from Mike, games and more. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. An alternative »
- Brad Brevet
Tomorrow morning, July 22, at approximately 7 Am Pst the first wave of 2014 Toronto Film Festival titles will be announced and I'm having a hard time trying to figure out just what exactly to expect. First of all, we already know David Fincher's Gone Girl is premiering at the New York Film Festival as is Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice. So scratch those two off the board. Then there's Birdman, which will open the Venice Film Festival and close New York and expectation is it will also show up in Telluride, which takes place just before Toronto... will Fox Searchlight go for all threec Or better yet, will they go for the new rules laid down by Toronto Film Festival artistic director Cameron Baileyc In recent years the Toronto Film Festival has seen films such as Best Picture winners Slumdog Millionaire, Argo and 12 Years a Slave getting "sneak" previews at »
- Brad Brevet
Time to meet the new X-Wing! After the rumored plot leak yesterday, along with Kevin Smith's discussion of how real his set visit was, it's time to drop an actual reveal for Star Wars: Episode VII, being directed by J.J. Abrams as we speak. This time they've revealed the X-Wing from the new movies, along with a pilot in his typical orange regalia, in the background of another charity video with J.J. Abrams for Unicef. This is kind of awesome, because it's one of those moments where everything is starting to feel like it' s coming into place. The ship looks great (old but not too old), plus it's real and actually exists and isn't just a CGI creation; I'm actually getting more and more excited the more we see. See the new video and X-Wing below. Here's the next update with J.J. Abrams for "Star Wars: Force »
- Alex Billington
Take a deep breath, nerds: J.J. Abrams has offered a first glimpse at the X-Wing starfighter set to appear in Star Wars: Episode VII. The teaser comes courtesy of a new promo video for the "Force for Change" charity campaign hosted by Omaze, which will benefit Unicef and its array of "innovative programs" aiding children in need across the globe.
Star Wars Spinoffs We Want to See
As Variety notes, the clip – shot on the project's "currently sunny" London set – gives fans an up-close view of the redesigned Rebel Alliance spacecraft, »
Let me begin this review by stating this is most-definitely not your typical horror fare; something audiences will realise a mere five minutes into this raucous, sure-to-be-cult-hit, movie. Written and directed by J.T. Petty, who also penned the graphic novel on which this is based, Hellbenders is a genre-bending horror comedy that is most akin to Don Coscarelli’s recent movie John Dies at the End. If I had to narrow the analogy down I’d say Hellbenders is best described as The Exorcist meets Ghostbusters by way of Don Coscarelli and [early] Kevin Smith…
Sound interesting? Then go out and buy it. Trust me. The rest of you? Let me try and convince you why you should spend your hard-earned cash on this little indie horror that could. »
- Phil Wheat
Kevin Smith fans are looking forward to Tusk no doubt about it. Smith proved very capable of approaching the genre in 2011 when he helmed the extremely dark fundamentalist terror piece Red State. To anticipate another strong horror film from the veteran filmmaker doesnt seem like a stretch especially when theres a cool concept at work and a solid cast to bring the story to life. »
Kevin Smith invited a TMZ photog to ask him questions while he recorded a podcast in front of a live audience ... and the result was absolutely hysterical.Smith was heading into a recording sesh for his smodcast when our photog attempted to ask a question ... but Kevin refused -- and said if he wanted answers, he'd have to ask on stage.Eventually he talked our camera guy into it ... and even though our photog was clearly nervous, »
- TMZ Staff
July 23rd is Batman Day, and I can think of no better way to celebrate 75 years of Batman stories than by looking at Justice League Unlimited’s second season finale “Epilogue”—a Batman-centric episode that honors the character’s legacy, and one that I’m still not over.
Cartoon Network had yet to renew Justice League Unlimited for a third season when “Epilogue” was written, suggesting it was intended to bring the entire DC Animated Universe—which began in 1992 with the premiere of Batman: The Animated Series—to a close. The writers decided to end the Dcau where it all started. »
- Chancellor Agard
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Avengers: Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Daredevil, Big Hero 6, The Fantastic Four, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Amazing Spider-Man, Venom, The Sinister Six, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Gotham, The Flash, Arrow, Constantine, Batman: Assault on Arkham, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, Powers, Heroes Reborn, SuperTed and more….
Wow, there’s been so much superhero news this week, you’d think it was Comic-Con already! We will of course start things off with Marvel Studios’ hotly-anticipated sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron, with Entertainment Weekly giving us our first look at the film thanks to a cover image featuring Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans) and the new bad guy Ultron (James Spader), which was followed up by a batch of »
- Gary Collinson
Back in the day the aisles of Comic-Con’s many Halls used to only be packed to the brim with the perfectly minted copies of rare issues and collector’s edition one-offs that drive comic fans from around the world to arrive in their thousands – but no more.
For better or worse, these days ‘Commycon’ (as Kevin Smith likes to say) is just as much a showcase for comics and a celebration of overall geekdom as it is for movies and games – which let’s be honest have their own fair share of over-obsessed hordes, shouting from the rooftops everything from who’d win between Darth’s Vader and Maul to why Zelda’s Ocarina of Time is better than everything (yes, even that).
Although it’s up for debate whether or not this cross-pollination of mediums is a good or bad thing for what the Con used to stand for, »
- Scott Tailford
Longtime film aficionado (and sometimes filmmaker) Kevin Smith revealed on Twitter Thursday that A24 will release his horror thriller Tusk on Sept. 19, 2014. He also announced on the social media site that the trailer for his latest will premiere at his Comic-Con panel on July 25, one endearingly titled “The Musk of Tusk: An Evening with Kevin Smith.” Two of the film’s stars, Genesis Rodriguez and Haley Joel Osment, will be present in Hall H next Friday, as well.
The thriller originated from an idea on the writer/director’s SModcast podcasts. Smith and producing pal Scott Mosier talked about a situation where a homeowner could live in a place free of charge if he or she agreed to dress as a walrus. Smith asked his Twitter followers to tweet “#WalrusYes” if this had potential to become a feature film. Alas, based on the movie’s title and teaser poster »
- Jordan Adler
That epic Comcast cancellation customer-service call that went viral this week resonates far beyond one customer's frustration with his cable service provider. For one thing, there's the fact that Comcast is trying to have its proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable approved by the government as a merger that's in the public interest, while this call seems to confirm what opponents of the merger argue, that the company is already such a monopoly that the purchase will only make it less responsive to consumers, not more. For another thing, it's a reminder that millions of people are only too happy to "cut the cord," to drop their cable TV service in favor of the increasingly large number of Web-based streaming TV services available.
And those streaming services, in the short term at least, seem to be competing with each other to provide the highest quality content to subscribers. Just this week, »
- Gary Susman
Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have always been neck-and-neck in the battle for Comedy Central late-night supremacy, but they now have another, more personal, score to settle: Who's the biggest Star Wars fan? The two hosts joined Forces for a spectacularly silly promotional clip for Disney and LucasFilm's ongoing Unicef campaign on Omaze, which will send one lucky Star Wars fan and a guest to the film's London set, where they'll appear in a scene, get behind-the-scenes access to a closed shoot and meet a variety of cast members.
Good news for Kevin Smith fans – of whom I consider myself. A24 has announced the release date for ‘Tusk’ and it’s Sept. 19th. ‘Tusk’ will be getting the Sdcc treatment when Kevin takes to Hall H for “The Musk of Tusk: An Evening With Kevin Smith.” Everyone is assuming a trailer will be making its debut and if it does – you know you’ll be able to find it here.
- Dave Dreher
Chong is a veteran of British TV, having starred in the likes of "Monroe," "Line of Duty," "Whitechapel" and "Doctor Who". She most recently appeared in "24: Live Another Day." [Source: Latino Review]
Alex Kurtzman has pretty much confirmed his old partner's comments from earlier this week that Sony remains undecided about the future of the Spider-Man franchise, namely its spin-offs, at the moment with everything still uncertain:
"Everybody is still figuring it out. It’s all up for grabs, right now. We’re just trying to figure it out. Everything is still on the table, right now. Because it’s a universe outside of the Spider-Man universe, even though it’s connected to it, those movies have to stand on their own. »
- Garth Franklin
Briefly: There's been some recent buzz about Kevin Smith's odd horror movie Tusk since the first trailer will be unveiled at the filmmaker's annual panel at Comic-Con next week with stars Genesis Rodriguez and Haley Joel Osment in attendance. So far we've only seen some pictures from the set and the teaser poster, and now we know when A24 will unleash the walrus. The distribution company has revealed that Tusk will arrive in theaters beginning on September 19th this fall. We'll be sure to post the trailer as soon as it's available online following a debut in front of the Hall H audience on Friday, July 25th. #WalrusYes »
- Ethan Anderton
To further get you cats pumped for Kevin's Smith's Tusk, which will be having its trailer premiere at next week's San Diego Comic-Con, A24 Films has released the first still from the flick, which features your first look at stars Justin Long and Michael Parks.
Tusk will take to Hall H on Friday, July 25th, from 6:35-8:05 pm, and the presentation will feature Smith along with stars Genesis Rodriguez and Haley Joel Osment. The event even has a name - “The Musk of Tusk: An Evening With Kevin Smith."
Look for the flick in theatres on September 19, 2014.
Tusk, written and directed by Smith and born out of one of his immensely popular SModcasts, stars Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, and Michael Parks. In the horror film Long plays a journalist who finds the story of a lifetime in Mr. Howe (Parks), a worldwide adventurer with »
- Steve Barton
Joss Whedon spoke about Avengers: Age of Ultron, which is still filming in London, firstly discussing Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson's characters Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, saying: "They're on Team Ultron, which makes things really hard for the Avengers because all of sudden they're dealing with powers that they're not used to... With the first Avengers, everybody pretty much had the power of being able to punch somebody, and now we have a woman who can get inside your head and move objects, and a boy that can move faster than anything, and a robot Ultron who can self-replicate and is out of his mind. So all of sudden, it's a darker, weirder, tougher world that they're living in." Taylor-Johnson chimed in adding, "There's a lot of clashing. He's quick tempered. He gets agitated. He's impatient. But he's super protective... They're very yin-and-yang in that twin sense. In his power, »
- Brad Brevet
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