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LeBron James' movie career is officially underway ... with the NBA star roaming the NYC set of the new Judd Apatow flick he's filming with Amy Schumer ... and TMZ Sports has the footage. Back in May, Bron secured a cameo in the movie "Trainwreck" -- a movie that's been getting a lot of buzz ... in part due to the fact producers are desperately trying to keep the plot under wraps. Unclear what LeBron's role »
- TMZ Staff
It's one-on-one podcast time this week. Nathaniel and Nick discuss two movies they're sympatico on (Begin Again and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) and one which halfway divides them (Snowpiercer).
You can listen at the bottom of the post or download the conversation on iTunes. Continue the conversation in the comments.
00:01 Intro & Scene Stealing
14:00 Why we're not talking Boyhood. Plus the difficulty of grading ambitious movies.
45:00 "Lost Stars"
What is this picture doing here? You'll have to listen to find out.
- NATHANIEL R
Several new posters have been released recently and I'll begin with the above banner for David Ayer's Fury (click for full size), which clearly has the makings of three separate posters so I separated them and offer larger looks directly below. Featured front and center is obviously Brad Pitt as Wardaddy, leader of the World War II tank crew and he's joined here by Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, Josh Bernthal and Shia Labeouf. Fury is set at the very end of World War II, in April 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theater, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany. The film hits theaters on November 14, check out the individual posters below. »
- Brad Brevet
Comic-Con 2014 is about to commence, and before we don our provocative Jubilee cosplay, we're previewing the whole San Diego nerdfest in The Snap. What do we want out of "Avengers: Age of Ultron," "Mad Max: Fury Road," and "Batman Vs. Superman"? Check out our analysis to find out. And hey, check out all of The Snap's episodes: Ep. #18: We Review Every Celebrity Sex Tape Ep. #17: The Biggest Movie Bombs of 2014 Ep. #16: 25 Reasons to Worship Tilda Swinton Ep. #15: The Secrets of 'Transformers' Ep. #14: What to Know About the 2014 World Cup Ep. #13: The 10 Worst Types of Facebook Status Ep. #12: Why Meryl Streep Needs to Join 'Star Wars' Ep. #11: Everything You Don't Know About 'Maleficent' Ep. #10: Good God, Memorial Day Movies are Terrible Ep. #9: Why Reality TV Still Matters Ep. #8: Let's Find George Clooney Some New Wives Ep. #7: Where »
- Louis Virtel
#10. The Grand Budapest Hotel
Without a doubt, Anderson’s darkest film to date, this also has to be the richest and most complex of his films. A starry supporting cast whirls around the delectable Ralph Fiennes, treading throughout the director’s glorious off beat style. By now, many perhaps take Anderson’s visual mastery for granted, or even dismiss him, yet his work has only become more thrillingly accomplished.
A film completely set in a moving car with only the visage of Tom Hardy to interact with disembodied voices (one of which is Olivia Colman)? Abandon all fear of tediousness as you experience one of the most inventive and engaging experiments you’ll see this year. Hardy, if you’ve seen Bronson, obviously has no hard time sharing the screen with himself, and while it’s a more subdued performance here, this one’s not to miss.
#8. Burning Bush »
- Nicholas Bell
The low key release of Snowpiercer is finding a pretty decent size audience after getting a release in limited theaters two weeks later, followed by a wide release and availability on nearly all VOD platforms last weekend. It's turned out to be a pretty big hit with Thompson on Hollywood learning from Harvey Weinstein, who battled with Bong Joon-ho over the final cut, that the film has pulled in $2 million in just one week from VOD releases. That's the kind of stuff that keeps changing the face of distribution. Now to explore the film and see what everyone is talking about, here's a video essay analyzing the film very well. Here's the 10-minute video essay on Snowpiercer from Press Play (via The Film Stage): The cast for Joon-ho Bong's Snowpiercer includes Chris Evans with Ed Harris, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, John Hurt, Oscar winners Tilda Swinton & Octavia Spencer, »
- Ethan Anderton
"...an eccentric and reclusive computer genius plagued with existential angst works on a mysterious project aimed at discovering the purpose of existence...
"...– or the lack thereof -once and for all.
"However, it is only once he experiences the power of love and desire that he is able to understand his very reason for being..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Zero Theorem"...
- Michael Stevens
Speaking in June at Collectormania, here you can catch a Paul McGann interview with the Flicks and the City, which he discusses his return in The Night of the Doctor and a new Five(ish) Doctors Reboot. The Eighth Doctor actor also shares his thoughts on Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor and why Tilda Swinton would have
- Christian Cawley
#10. The Grand Budapest Hotel
Had I not revisited this upon its blu-ray release earlier this summer, it’d have been at #5 on this list. This is in large part due to the fact that Anderson’s sense of humor only really works for me when I’m watching his films in a theatre, surrounded by people who get off on it; their laughter is contagious enough that I’m able to stop wincing at its awkwardness and join in. Viewed in solitude, it’s just the same old strained, self-conscious dead pan that sign posts its cuteness to the point that I’m more an observer than a participant to the jokes. The Royal Tenenbaums never had this problem, because it’s more than just a (very impressively produced) set of winks and gags. Still, it’s undeniably entertaining and immaculately constructed as a throwback caper, and Tilda Swinton’s »
- Blake Williams
At this point, we should all be expecting nothing but insanity from zany director Terry Gilliam. The out-there filmmaker is the brains behind the drug-filled lunacy of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," and most recently he presented the fairy-tale-like "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus."
A computer hacker (Waltz) whose goal is to discover the reason for human existence continually finds his work interrupted thanks to the Management (Damon); their strategy is to send a teenager and lusty love interest (Thierry) to distract him.
"The Zero Theorem" is set to hit theatres in two Canadian cities for "By Popular Demand" openings:
August 1, 2014: Toronto, The Royal
August 8, 2014: Calgary, Globe Twin
Check out the poster, below. Click for full size.
- Chris Jancelewicz
The Zero Theorem, 2013.
Directed by Terry Gilliam.
A computer hacker whose goal is to discover the reason for human existence continually finds his work interrupted thanks to the Management; namely, they send a teenager and lusty love interest to distract him.
Terry Gilliam’s career as director has produced a filmography of varied result, from the highs of a modern classic like Brazil to total misfires in the shape of The Brothers Grimm and Tideland, but one thing has always been guaranteed; he has a unique sense for storytelling and an eye for visuals unlike anyone else. As such, The Zero Theorem is everything we could want from a Terry Gilliam film and much more; it’s one the year’s best films.
The story is a familiar one but has that likable Gilliam lead (think Jonathan Pryce, »
- Gary Collinson
One of the most side-splitting comedians on the scene today, Amy Schumer has been dominating the small screen since last April thanks to her hilarious Comedy Central sketch series Inside Amy Schumer, and now it may be time for her to make the leap from TV talent to Hollywood star. Schumer previously had a supporting role in the little-seen Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, but Judd Apatow is working with her at the moment on Trainwreck, a comedy conceived as a starring vehicle for Schumer, who also wrote the script.
We don’t know that much about Trainwreck yet (that behind-the-scenes image above is our first look at the film), but it’s set to focus on “a commitment-averse woman trying to get past her self-sabotaging ways.” Schumer reportedly drew from her real-life experiences for the movie, and it covers a lot of the same socially relevant, »
- Isaac Feldberg
This is Apatow’s first movie for three years and I’m looking forward to seeing the final film. Among the huge cast, the leads take the shape of Amy Schumer and Bill Hader. Schumer wrote the script for this one and she’s claimed that it’s based on her own life experiences. She then took it to Apatow, who helped with the screenplay and reportedly he really pushed her to get deep down and personal. I’m also quite enjoying that not many plot details have been released, with the only knowledge being that Schumer in the lead is trying to rebuild her life with her boyfriend, best friend and parents. And that’s it!
- Dan Bullock
Thirty years in, Harvey Weinstein knows the distribution business. While he's a wily theatrical animal who knows when to spend big on a wide release and when to dump a movie, he took a radical route with Bong Joon-ho's action adventure "Snowpiercer," starring Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton, seizing the chance to try something new. Weinstein's decision to open an action picture with major movie stars via autonomous subsidiary RADiUS with a video-on-demand release two weeks after its theatrical opening is rippling through the film community. As the Hollywood studios struggle with a depressed summer box office, losing the fickle young male demo and locked into a standoff with theater chains on release windows, they're watching the independents experiment with video-on-demand release models. "Snowpiercer" marks a tipping point in the movie industry's shift from analog to digital. Why? It marks the most commercial movie to ever open in theaters and quickly go to. »
- Anne Thompson and Tom Brueggemann
Thanks to NY Times, we now have the first photo from the set of the upcoming "Trainwreck" comedy, which is directed by Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40 Year Old Virgin). Check it out below. While Apatow usually writes his own scripts, this time, the script is provided by Amy Schumer, who has gained popularity thanks to her Comedy Central show "Inside Amy Schumer." She not only wrote the script, but is starring in the film alongside Bill Hader, Daniel Radcliffe, Tilda Swinton, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn, Ezra Miller, LeBron James, and Method Man. We don't know too much about the plot, but it's been said that Schumer plays "a basket case who tries to rebuild her life." The new movie is set to hit theaters on July 24th, 2015. Photo: (click to enlarge) »
This photo has to be staged, right? Spotted on the set of Trainwreck, director Judd Apatow breaks into a hearty laugh with his leading lady Amy Schumer and her on-screen boy toy Bill Hader. This will be the first movie Judd Apatow has directed that he has not written himself. The story comes from stand-up comedian Schumer, who bases it on her own real life. It should slide in nicely next to Funny People, which found Apatow using comedians as a backdrop to tell a much darker story.
Trainwreck, based on the personal life of Amy Schumer, follows a commitment-averse woman trying to get past her self-sabotaging ways. Director Judd Apatow claims he had the comedian come at the material as though she were engaged in a therapy session, helping her to dig deep into her own vulnerabilities as a woman.
About working with Amy Schumer, the director stated,
I first caught Amy Schumer's stand-up just scrolling through Spotify and in small doses she's pretty damned funny. I haven't yet seen her show on Comedy Central, but I've been meaning to give it a look and now she's moving on up to the big time, starring in Judd Apatow's latest movie Trainwreck alongside Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Tilda Swinton and a load of cameo appearances of varying size including Daniel Radcliffe, Colin Quinn, Barkhad Abdi, Mike Birbiglia, Vanessa Bayer, Method Man, LeBron James, John Cena and Ezra Miller. Today we get the first look behind the scenes via the above picture from the New York Times. The "Times" piece reveals Schumer penned the original script, but she and Apatow teamed after hearing her on the "Howard Stern Show" and got in touch with her to bounce some ideas off one another: They abandoned her original idea -- »
- Brad Brevet
The prospect of Amy Schumer writing and starring in a feature film is awesome. Her script Trainwreck is being directed now by Judd Apatow, with a set of co-stars that includes Bill Hader, Brie Larson, and Tilda Swinton. I’ve got no doubt that she’ll carry the role like a champ – her brutally funny show Inside […]
- Russ Fischer
The first Trainwreck image from director Judd Apatow’s next feature has arrived. Unlike his previous directorial efforts, Apatow didn’t write the script for Trainwreck—the film’s star, Amy Schumer did. Schumer has gained notoriety for her hilarious and socially conscious sense of humor on her Comedy Central series Inside Amy Schumer, but Trainwreck puts her front and center as the star of a major studio film. The story, which draws heavily from Schumer’s real-life experiences, revolves around “a commitment-averse woman trying to get past her self-sabotaging ways.” Apatow tells the New York Times that when working on the screenplay, he pushed the comic to dig into her own vulnerabilities, “almost like a therapist thing.” As if the promise of a Schumer-fronted comedy wasn’t enough, the versatile Bill Hader plays her character’s potential love interest in the film. Very promising stuff. Hit the jump to »
- Adam Chitwood
Directed by Joon-ho Bong
Set in a future where a failed climate-change experiment kills all life on the planet except for a lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, where a class system emerges.
Critics spend a lot of time dissecting what is going right (or more likely) wrong with a particular genre. As if there is some magic formula to filmmaking that anyone could adhere to and create something magical. Movies can’t be constructed like an erector set or drafted from a blueprint and built. Movies work or don’t work because of a number of factors and in this day and age where computers can generate fantastic worlds and impossible images it’s very rarely technical reasons that a summer action film does or doesn’t work. »
- Anghus Houvouras
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