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Godzilla fans scanning the screening schedule at this year.s South By Southwest Film Festival had to realize that Tuesday had potential to deliver a double-feature of Kaiju goodies. The fest programmed a vintage screening of the 1954 Gojira -- the movie that started it all . for Tuesday. And reboot director Gareth Edwards was always scheduled to conduct a Q-and-a following the screening. How much would he reveal about this summer.s Godzilla film? And would he arrive in Austin with new footage tucked under his arm? Can you guess what happened? As we reported, Mondo created a special poster for Edwards. SXSW presentation, which turned out to include a complete scene from his Godzilla reboot, with proper score accompaniment from composer Alexandre Desplat. Sadly, we left Austin before we could attend the SXSW Q-and-a, but reactions to the new Godzilla scene have been flooding the Web this morning. Drew McWeeny »
If you're going to be in Austin this coming weekend, what do you have planned for Saturday night? Keep in mind that the city is going to positively brimming over with options, since it'll be smack dab in the middle of the opening weekend mayhem for SXSW, and as always, it's also spring break for Ut and it's a party city to begin with. I'd like to invite you to take a chance and try to win VIP passes to a party that HitFix is happy to be co-presenting this year. We're taking over Red 7 in downtown and transforming it into the Titty Twister to help celebrate the launch of both the El Rey Network and their first original series, "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series." Ten lucky winners, plus one guest for each of them, will be able to join us at the VIP portion of the evening. To enter, »
- Drew McWeeny
Some directors have incredibly distinct styles – you can tell when a movie is by them almost immediately. One director for whom this is unquestionably true is Wes Anderson. His latest film, “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” opens in limited release this Friday and true to form for Anderson, the cast is incredibly large and full of very familiar faces. I recently had the opportunity to sit down and talk with some of them including the film’s lead, Ralph Fiennes. Despite Anderson’s movies having a unique sensibility, Fiennes told me that as an actor, his preparation for an Anderson film is “Not anything different from normal, initially.” He then added that “On the set, that’s probably where one would be closer to the thing that makes a Wes Anderson movie a Wes Anderson movie.” As you can watch in the interview, it deals with camera placement, framing, and directing »
- Josh Lasser
Prepare to be infected by "Afflicted." The found footage festival favorite is heading to theaters soon, and a new trailer promises some clever, low-budget thrills and chills that seems to combine the superhero hijinks of Josh Trank's "Chronicle" with the gross-out disease horror found in David Cronenberg's body of work. Two pals (Derek Lee and Cliff Prowse -- who also co-wrote and co-directed) embark on a fun-filled Euro trip, only for one of them to be mysteriously infected with some sort of fatal superhuman powers after encountering a beautiful woman in Paris (Baya Rehaz). Watch the trailer here: Read Drew McWeeny's review of the film here. "Afflicted" opens April 4. »
- Dave Lewis
Anghus Houvouras on how spoilers are ruining film sites....
I've been pretty ambivalent about the spoiler outrage that has gripped the online communities since their existence. Even when they were microscopic. No doubt at some point in 1992 there were four film fans on a Bbs Bulletin Board and one of them ruined The Crying Game for the other three. Probably with a Ascii picture of a penis. The fundamental truth here is that spoilers exist. And in the internet age of always-on 24 hour streaming information, they are getting harder and harder to miss. They make the rounds on every film site. They hit the front page of Reddit. They pop up in your social media feeds. Spoilers are everywhere. They are inevitable. To be online is to expose yourself to potential spoilage. No doubt at some point in 1992 there were four film fans on a Bbs Bulletin Board and one »
- Gary Collinson
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is my most anticipated movie this year, and sometimes I really wish I didn’t have to read or report some of the things we come across. A major spoiler has been revealed for the film through the tracklisting of the movie's soundtrack. This kind of leak has happened on large movies before and Drew McWeeny (via Screen Crave) brought up a good one:
So the title of the track that just gives it all away is…
Spoiler“Alexander Pierce is the Red Skull”
We knew Pierce, played by Robert Redford, would be more than what we saw on the surface, and that he might have ties to Hydra. This spoiler seems obvious »
- Free Reyes
Jodorowsky’s Dune Trailer. Frank Pavich‘s Jodorowsky’s Dune (2013) movie trailer stars Alejandro Jodorowsky, Devin Faraci, Drew McWeeny, Nicolas Winding Refn, and Dan O’Bannon. Jodorowsky’s Dune‘s plot synopsis: “The story of cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel.” More on Jodorowsky’s Dune: In [...]
Continue reading: Jodorowsky’S Dune (2013) Movie Trailer: A Doomed Dune Film Documentary »
- Rollo Tomasi
If you were hoping to take your date to the movies this Valentine's Day weekend, there are many options, but not many good options. There's Endless Love (or "purgatory," says David Edelstein), About Last Night (which "won’t help you understand men or women any better," says Bilge Ebiri), and Winter's Tale. In his review, HitFix's Drew McWeeny writes: "I am astonished by this film. I don't know if I want to give it an 'A' or an 'F.'" He's not wrong. It's a confounding movie: Colin Farrell rides a flying horse through the modern-day streets of NYC, Russell Crowe is a gangster-slash-demon who collects magical stones, and Will Smith pops up as Lucifer. There are so many things that happen! Here are the most ridiculous ones.1. Colin Farrell lives inside the Grand Central Terminal ceiling mural. In the beginning of this 129-minute-long fairy tale, Peter Lake’s (Colin Farrell »
- Lindsey Weber
10 years before director David Lynch adapted Frank Herbert's sci-fi masterpiece Dune, filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky tried, in 1974, to mount an adaptation of this seminal sci-fi novel, although it never panned out. This utterly ambitious project is detailed in director Frank Pavich's documentary Jodorowsky's Dune, as you can see in the first trailer. Alejandro Jodorowsky himself outlines his plans for this massive undertaking, which had David Carradine, Mick Jagger, Salvador Dalí and Orson Welles attached to star. H.R. Giger was set to work on the designs of the film years before he became famous for Ridley Scott's Alien. Take a look at the first footage, along with the poster from this upcoming documentary, arriving in theaters March 21.
Shot in France, England, Switzerland and the United States, this documentary covers director Alejandro Jodorowsky (El topo, The Holy Mountain, Santa sangre) and his 1974 Quixotic attempt to adapt the seminal sci-fi novel Dune into a feature film. »
As production on Avengers: Age of Ultron began covertly yesterday in Johannesburg, South Africa, it was declared by the Gauteng Film Commission not only that the location would appear in the first 10 minutes of the sequel, but also that it would be portrayed as itself, as opposed to some other costly or nonexistent location. This seemed to have dismissed the notion that Marvel Comics' technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda, and its esteemed Black Panther, would finally be embraced in the shared cinematic universe. That dismissal may have come too soon though. Drew McWeeny of HitFix has taken to Twitter to possibly confirm that Wakanda will in fact be one of many settings in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. More specifically, in response to a tweet which had acknowledged Cbm's coverage of filming kicking off in South Africa, but not for Wakanda, the journalist simply tweeted, "that is not correct. »
Schedule for Jj Abrams's reboot is leaked, amid reports that casting of lead roles is complete
• Star Wars Episode VII to centre on Luke, Leia and Han
• Find more news on the Star Wars saga here
Respected columnist Drew McWeeny quoted multiple sources confirming the shooting schedule. Episode VII is expected to film mainly at London's Pinewood studios, with some work (mostly post-production) also taking place at Abrams's Californian facility.
The film-maker had previously mentioned a May start date, but the new report marks the first time a full shooting schedule has been published. If correct, it would leave Abrams – who directed Super 8, both recent Star Trek films, and produced the TV fantasy adventure series Lost – around 15 months for post-production work before Episode VII hits cinemas in »
- Ben Child
Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, and Cinedigm, in partnership with leading Movies on Demand distributor iN Demand, announced today the acclaimed comic thriller Cheap Thrills will be available exclusively on the Movies On Demand platform of Time Warner Cable, Comcast, Cox Communications and Bright House Networks cable systems beginning February 21st, prior to its March 21st theatrical & digital VOD release. Cheap Thrills joins a select few titles to receive pre-theatrical debuts exclusively on cable. To celebrate this VOD release, the studio has released six new posters, one of which is a comic-inspired one-sheet designed by Johnny Ryan, and 10 images from this dark comedy, which you can check out below.
Cheap Thrills was acquired by Drafthouse Films, in partnership with Snoot Entertainment, following its world premiere at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival where it won the "Midnighters Audience Award." Cinedigm holds rights to the home entertainment distribution rights, »
Get out your bandages, fiends, because someone needs to help Pat Healy stop bleeding! On tap right now are two new one-sheets for Cheap Thrills. Check them out, and look for the film via Drafthouse Films via a rather unique release schedule...
From the Press Release
Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, and Cinedigm, in partnership with leading Movies on Demand distributor iN Demand, announced today the acclaimed comic thriller Cheap Thrills will be available exclusively on the Movies On Demand platform of Time Warner Cable, Comcast, Cox Communications, and Bright House Networks cable systems beginning February 21st, prior to its March 21st theatrical & digital VOD release. Cheap Thrills joins a select few titles to receive pre-theatrical debuts exclusively on cable.
- Uncle Creepy
I think I can speak for everyone when I say, let's get the show on the road. Originally, the first day of principal photography was expected to start last month, but development on Star Wars VII has been rocky. The release date got pushed back from the summer to winter. Then screenwriter Michael Arndt was relieved of his duties, and replaced by J.J. and Lawrence Kasdan. Now it looks like things are finally moving in the right direction as Drew McWeeny has a scoop on shooting dates, Multiple sources now have confirmed for us that "Star Wars Episode VII" is set to start shooting mid-May and will run through September of this year, and most principal casting on the film is complete, with many announcements still to come. While Abrams had mentioned May during the TCA press tour and there had been speculation about the summer date, the full »
When George Clooney's "The Monuments Men" was pushed back from its scheduled 2013 release date, the message was clearly sent that it wasn't seen as awards material -- but that didn't have to be a bad thing. Perhaps it was simply a fun commercial caper to brighten up the drab February release slate, an "Ocean's 11" in period dress. Then the reviews came out, suggesting there truly was cause for concern: Kris is among the few with at least a kind word for it, but others (including HitFix's Drew McWeeny) have piled on it for being dull, pompous and featherweight all »
- Guy Lodge
• More on Man of Steel 2
If there's one conclusion to be drawn from recent events surrounding the forthcoming "Batman vs Superman" movie, it's that Zack Snyder and David S Goyer don't give a monkeys whether fans agree with their casting decisions. First there was Ben Affleck as Batman, a choice that proved about as popular as New Coke when it was announced in September. Next there was little-known Israeli actor Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, a svelte, gazelle-like actor for a role traditionally handed to someone with the vital statistics of a Barbie doll. And now we have Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, a character the world at large had imagined being played by someone who looked rather more like … well, Bryan Cranston.
Since that announcement last week, it has »
- Ben Child
After having enough time to digest Warner Bros. shocking casting announcement, people began to wonder how Lex Luthor will be portrayed by Jesse Eisenberg ("The Social Network") in Zack Snyder's untitled Batman/Superman film. We've seen some logical speculation from Drew McWeeney of HitFix and yesterday The Hollywood Reporter chimed in with some of their own details, however, El Mayimbe has potentially trumped them all. Below, you will find a character description for the new Lex Luthor, as well as a scene description involving him and Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck). This information is said to be from an early draft of the script and not the final one which is still being worked on by Argo screenwriter, Chris Terrio. Lex Luthor is Bald. His head is shaven to be exact. But that is not all. He has another physical trait. You see, Lex Luthor is also into body art »
Last week Warners shocked the world when they announced that Queens native Jesse Eisenberg bagged the role of Lex Luthor in the upcoming Batman Vs Superman.
I’m not gonna lie, at first I was on the side of fandom that was against Eisenberg and bitched like everyone else. But guess what?
I was wrong. Big time.
On one hand, like many of you, I had preconceived notions of what the character Should Be that was pretty much based on conditioning of watching DC animated cartoons for too many years.
On the other hand, what Lex Luthor is Going To Be in Batman Vs Superman is pretty damn cool. More of that in a bit.
There have been some theories of what Lex is going to represent in the upcoming film. My wonderful colleague Drew McWeeney wrote a good piece over at HitFix that you guys should check out as »
- El Mayimbe
I know that the Sundance Film Festival ended over a week ago, but in the six days I was at Sundance (and on screeners in the days before), I saw 25 movies. I wrote full reviews for 13 of them. My Full Sundance reviews: 'The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz' "The Overnighters" "Rudderless" "Fed Up" "Marmato" "Love Child" "Land Ho!" "The Voices" "Happy Valley" "My Prairie Home" "Life Itself" "Mitt" "Web Junkie" But that left 12 movies that I just didn't have the time to write my usual 1000-to-1750 words on. Since getting back from Park City, I've been slowly working my way through capsule reviews for those 12 movies. These are roughly the length of my Take Me To The Pilots entries, which means that in this format, people are going to complain about all of the text and the lack of paragraphs. Sorry. Because I'm just one part of HitFix's awesome Sundance team, »
- Daniel Fienberg
Why Philip Seymour Hoffman Was Perfect to Play Critic on Film.
Justin Chang Remembers Philip Seymour Hoffman: A Master of His Screen Craft.
6 Unforgettable Philip Seymour Hoffman Performances from Cinema Blend
The post Recommended Reading: All About Philip Seymour Hoffman appeared first on Sound On Sight. »
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