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With nary a still frame released to the public less than four months away from its November 25 premiere, it's not particularly shocking to hear Warner Bros. announce they're pushing Jeff Nichols' original sci-fi studio project Midnight Special, but it's nevertheless still at least a little disappointing. March 18, 2016 is now when you can expect to see the latest from the Mud/Take Shelter director. This pulls it from competing in the Thanksgiving slot beside Creed, Pixar's The Good Dinosaur, the Christmas-themed reunion of 50/50 stars Seth Rogen/Joseph Gordon-Levitt in The Night Before and the Daniel Radcliffe-starring Victor Frankenstein and lands it the week before another one of the studio's big tentpole release Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. A curious decision, made even more puzzling when it's revealed to also be combating Alligent - Part 1, Paramount's Monster Trucks and something from Tri-Star called Miracles From Heaven. Hopefully this isn't a sign of lost faith. »
- Will Ashton
“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” star Michael Shannon is joining the cast of the upcoming “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” on Broadway. Jessica Lange, John Gallagher Jr. and Gabriel Byrne have already been cast in the new revival of Eugene O’Neill’s domestic drama, which will be directed by Jonathan Kent. It is produced by the Roundabout Theater Company in association with Ryan Murphy. Shannon, an Oscar nominee for “Revolutionary Road” who previously appeared on Broadway in the 2012 dramedy “Grace” opposite Paul Rudd, will play the womanizing, alcoholic oldest son of the Tyrone family of actors. Also read: 'The King of. »
- Reid Nakamura
Ethan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Isaac (Seth Rogen) and Chris (Anthony Mackie) have been friends since childhood, and for a decade, their yearly Christmas Eve reunion has been an annual night of debauchery and hilarity.
Now that they’re entering adulthood, the tradition is coming to an end, and to make it as memorable as possible, they set out to find the Nutcracka Ball – the Holy Grail of Christmas parties.
The two funniest moments from the trailer without a doubt: re-enacting the scene from Big and the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo from Miley Cyrus singing “Wrecking Ball.” Hilarious stuff!
- Michelle McCue
Christmas 2015 is already looking holly and jolly—courtesy of Seth Rogen! The first trailer for the 33-year-old funnyman's upcoming comedy The Night Before debuted today, and the clip, which also features castmembers Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anthony Mackie, Lizzy Caplan, Jillian Bell, Michael Shannon and Mindy Kaling does not disappoint (video contains language that may be offensive to some). The film centers on three bros, Rogen, Gordon-Levitt and Mackie, who have been friends since childhood and have spent the past 10 years enjoying a night of debauchery during their annual Christmas Eve reunion. But now that the longtime friends are entering adulthood (Rogen's wife is »
A first poster and red band trailer have debuted for director Jonathan Levine’s (Warm Bodies) festive comedy The Night Before starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anthony Mackie. You can check them out below…
Ethan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Isaac (Seth Rogen) and Chris (Anthony Mackie) have been friends since childhood, and for a decade, their yearly Christmas Eve reunion has been an annual night of debauchery and hilarity. Now that they’re entering adulthood, the tradition is coming to an end, and to make it as memorable as possible, they set out to find the Nutcracka Ball – the Holy Grail of Christmas parties.
- Gary Collinson
Around the holiday season last year, Seth Rogen was fighting off controversy on a few fronts thanks to "The Interview," but he's back with a project this year which shouldn't raise anyone's ire. Along with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, he's reteamed with "50/50" director Jonathan Levine for "The Night Before," has pulled in Anthony Mackie for good measure, and the first trailer is here. Read More: Tiff '11 Review: Admirable, Low-Key '50/50' Splits The Difference Between Genuinely Funny And Sad Also featuring Jillian Bell, Lizzy Caplan, Michael Shannon and Mindy Kaling, the story follows three childhood friends who have celebrated the holidays together for years. However, their lives have all become busier, so they're going to go out in style with one last celebration. Here's the official synopsis: From Jonathan Levine, the acclaimed director of 50/50, comes the new comedy The Night Before. Ethan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Isaac »
- Kevin Jagernauth
“Midnight Special,” which reteams Shannon with “Mud” director Jeff Nichols, also stars Adam Driver, Kirsten Dunst, Sam Shepard and Joel Edgerton. The film marks the first studio project for Nichols, who directed from his own script.
Shannon portrays a father protecting his uniquely gifted 8-year-old son, played by newcomer Jaeden Lieberher, while being hunted by a religious sect and a government task force.
“Midnight Special” will open against Lionsgate’s “The Divergent Series: Allegiant — Part 1,” TriStar’s “Miracles From Heaven” and Paramount’s “Monster Trucks.”
- Dave McNary
Just a few hours ago, the title for Jonathan Levine’s Christmas comedy reteam with his 50/50 stars Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt was revealed as The Night Before, and now the red band trailer for the film has made its way online.
The film centers on three childhood friends, Ethan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Isaac (Seth Rogen), and Chris (Anthony Mackie) who aim to cap off a long-running tradition of making Christmas Eve a night of sheer debauchery before accepting their new responsibilities as adults. In an effort to create a night to remember, they set out to find the notorious Nutcracka Ball.
The first trailer for the pic is an absolute riot, as we knew it would be, complete with a shockingly good rendition of Kanye West’s “Runaway,” manchildren running wild and lots of drug-fueld shenanigans. This is certainly more of a raunchy comedy than 50/50, which surprised as a bittersweet »
- Isaac Feldberg
We expected this was coming, we were just waiting for the announcement. Our friends at ERCBoxoffice have confirmed that Warner Bros is delaying Jeff Nichols' big studio sci-fi movie Midnight Special until March of 2016. It was originally scheduled for release on Thanksgiving, November 25th, later this fall. The film is finished and has been test screening all year along, with reports that it needs some additional work surfacing across the internet. Jeff Nichols' (pictured above) Midnight Special, featuring Kirsten Dunst, Joel Edgerton, Adam Driver, Michael Shannon, Sam Shepard, will now open on March 18th, 2016 next year. Jeff Nichols' (Mud) Midnight Special is taking the slow train--pushed back 4 months to Mar. 18, 2016.— Exhibitor Relations (@ERCboxoffice) July 28, 2015 Jeff Nichols' Midnight Special was being billed as more of a family film, and it certainly has that sounds to it. In an interview Nichols explained the origin of the idea behind »
- Alex Billington
The 40th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival now has something of a slate. Festival toppers Cameron Bailey and Piers Handling presided over a press conference Tuesday morning where more than 34 films were announced including the world premieres of "The Martian," "The Family Fang" and "Demolition." It's an intriguing initial lineup for the venerable Canadian institution and something of a steadying the ship after losing some major debuts to Venice, Telluride and the New York Film Festival over the past few years. Well, maybe. The most impressive world premieres include the aforementioned "Demolition" with Jake Gyllenhaal (officially the best opening night film in recent memory), "The Family Fang" with Nicole Kidman, "Legend" with Tom Hardy, "Trumbo" with Bryan Cranston, "The Martian" with Matt Damon and Lance Armstrong doc "The Program" with Ben Foster and Michael Moore's latest documentary, "Where to Invade Next." Notable films that will have premiered »
- Gregory Ellwood
The initial lineup for the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, taking place from September 10 to 20 this fall, has been revealed, with Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallee’s dramatic romance Demolition, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts, having been selected to open the prestigious fest.
The first selections lineup reads like a who’s who list of Oscar contenders. Ridley Scott’s The Martian, Roland Emmerich’s Stonewall and Stephen Frears’ Lance Armstrong biopic The Program all have world premieres, and other huge titles screening include Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl, Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts of Nation, Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight, Scott Cooper’s Black Mass, Peter Sollett’s Freeheld, Brian Helgeland’s Legend and Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth.
Check out the full lineup below, and let us know what you’re most excited for in the comments section.
Opening Night Film.
In Demolition, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Issue driven films with a ton of heart usually find their way into the awards season one way or another. Hopefully, it’s because they’re good movies and legitimately important, either for the culture or the world in general. Sometimes though, it’s just due to how shamelessly manipulative they can be on an emotional level. Hopefully, one new entry into the former category will be Freeheld, which is hitting the awards season at a very timely moment in history. A Trailer hit last week (which you can see below) and it appears to be hitting all of the right notes in order to appeal to Oscar in a potentially significant way come its October theatrical release. The film is about same sex marriage and centers on two women fighting for the benefits that straight couples take for granted. Laurel Hester (Julianne Moore) is a Lieutenant in the New »
- Joey Magidson
Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s anticipated reteam with 50/50 director Jonathan Levine has been alternately referred to as “Untitled Xmas Comedy,” “Xmas” and “Untitled Christmas Comedy” over the past year, but the project’s actual title has finally been revealed: The Night Before.
Rogen and Gordon-Levitt, who played a goofball and his cancer-stricken best friend for Levine in what was one of the finest dramatic comedies in many years, are toplining the Christmas season comedy alongside Captain America: The Winter Soldier‘s Anthony Mackie. All three play childhood best friends who reunite for one last night of debauchery on Christmas Eve before they admit they’ve aged out of their wild-partying habits. Aiming to make this the most memorable evening of their lives, the trio scour the city for the Nutcracka Ball – that most notorious of Christmas ragers.
All things considered, this is a far more mainstream venture than the »
- Isaac Feldberg
2015’s Toronto International Film Festival, now in its 40th year, will kick off the fall festival season with their opening night film, Demolition, starring Jake Gyllenhaal in Canadian filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée’s follow-up to Dallas Buyers Club. Over 350 films are among this year’s festival.
Tiff 15’s list of Special Presentation is an incredible list of new films from Michael Moore (Where to Invade Next), Charlie Kaufmann (Anomalisa), Scott Cooper (Black Mass), Denis Villeneuve (Sicario), Tom Hooper (The Danish Girl), Cary Fukunaga (Netflix’s Beasts of No Nation), and Jacques Audiard (Dheepan). Several of the titles were among this year’s Cannes lineup, including The Lobster, Youth, and Louder than Bombs.
Deepa Meetha’s Beeba Boys, Stephen Frears’s Lance Armstrong movie The Program, Freeheld, starring last year’s Oscar winner Julianne Moore alongside Ellen Page, Steve Carell, and Michael Shannon, Atom Egoyan’s Remember, and Brian Helgeland’s Tom Hardy »
- Brian Welk
The Batman v Superman panel at San Diego Comic-Con, as well as the subsequent trailers, cleared up a lot of the mystery surrounding DC's big-screen hero clash. But one of the few remaining questions that has plagued fans surrounds the identity of Lex Luthor's spectacled associate. We all had our guesses, but Warner Bros. and DC have officially acknowledged the character, and she's someone fans of the canon will recognize. We see her walking the halls of Lexcorp, we see her leading the cold corpse of General Zod (Michael Shannon), and now we have a name: Mercy Graves. The latest installment of DC All Access was a trailer breakdown of the Batman v Superman Comic-Con trailer. Setting aside for a moment the fact that DC is now following in the footsteps of the movie blogosphere, the video included around the 2:20 mark the identity of actress Tao Okamoto. »
Warner Bros had dated Jeff Nichols’ Midnight Special for November 25 but has now pushed the pic to March 18, 2016. The pic stars Joel Edgerton, Michael Shannon, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, Jaeden Lieberher and Sam Shepard and centers on a father and his 8-year old who go on the run when dad realizes the boy has some kind of special powers. This is indie stalwart Nichols’ first studio pic after the Indie Spirit-winning Mud, the Cannes-winning Take Shelter and Shotgun Storie… »
It’s a good time for the movie industry as it continues to expand beyond the usual and true-life inspired stories are definitely in favour. Up next in that genre is Freeheld, the story of Laurel Hester (Julianne Moore) and Stacie Andree (Ellen Page) and their fight for justice.
The film is based on the Oscar-winning short documentary and has been adapted for the big screen by Ron Nyswaner, writer of Philadelphia (1993). It follows Laurel, who is diagnosed with cancer and wants to leave her pension to her domestic partner, Stacie. However county officials, or Freeholders, continue to prevent them from doing so.
Check out the great trailer and some character posters below:
- Dan Bullock
Following up her Oscar-winning turn in Still Alice, Julianne Moore is doing it tough again in Freeheld. This time it's cancer rather than early-onset Alzheimer’s that her character, a New Jersey police ’tec, is confronted with, but the consequences are no less severe. Take a look at the film’s new trailer to see what’s at stake.Moore’s isn’t the only Oscar pedigree at work on this drama. Freeheld is based on Cynthia Wade’s 2007 Oscar-winning short documentary of the same name. Both films tell the true-life story of police officer Laurel Hester (Moore), whose world was shattered when she became terminally ill. Prevented from leaving her pension to her partner, mechanic Stacie Andree (Ellen Page), she enlists the support and help of equality activist Steven Goldstein (Steve Carell, a late stand-in for Zach Galifianakis) and an initially disapproving friend at the department, Dane Wells (Michael Shannon »
A trailer for the new drama Freeheld tells the love story of one couple who helped guarantee that #LoveWins.
Director Peter Sollett's movie is based on a 2007 documentary of the same name, which won a Special Jury Prize at Sundance.
Freeheld bows on October 2 in the Us in limited release. »
Based on the Oscar-winning short documentary by Cynthia Wade (80th Academy Awards), and adapted by the writer of Philadelphia (Ron Nyswaner), Freeheld is the true love story of Laurel Hester (Moore) and Stacie Andree (Page) and their fight for justice.
A decorated New Jersey police detective, Laurel is diagnosed with cancer and wants to leave her hard earned pension to her domestic partner, Stacie. However the county officials, Freeholders, conspire to prevent Laurel from doing this.
Hard-nosed detective Dane Wells (Michael Shannon), and activist Steven Goldstein (Steve Carell), unite in Laurel and Stacie’s defense, rallying police officers and ordinary citizens to support their struggle for equality.
Ellen Page is one of the producers on the film.
Opening on October 2nd (limited) & October 16th (wide), this emotional and compelling film »
- Michelle McCue
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