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The Top 10 Directorial Debuts of 2011

29 December 2011 11:30 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

There are few things more exciting in cinema than witnessing the birth of a new talent. We’ve covered the breakthrough performances of the year and now it is time to get behind the camera. Every one of our favorite directorial debuts bowed at film festivals, and while some sadly don’t even have distribution or release plans yet, these are 10 talents to keep a keen eye on in the coming years. Check out our countdown below and let us know your favorites.

10. Magic Valley (Jaffe Zinn)

What a shame that this never found distribution. Jaffe Zinn’s first outing as a director is a delicate, moody anti-mystery that takes conventions of the “murdered teen” story and spins them on their head. Thanks to quiet language and contemplative direction, this ranks as one of the best independent films I saw in 2011. – Nick Newman

9. Beyond the Black Rainbow (Panos Cosmatos)

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower Photos with Emma Watson and Logan Lerman

13 October 2011 3:21 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Summit Entertainment has released the first two photos from The Perks of Being a Wallflower, which is currently eyeing a 2012 release. Click on the photos below, which feature Emma Watson and Logan Lerman, to access our growing gallery.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower comes to theaters in 2012 and stars Emma Watson, Paul Rudd, Nina Dobrev, Logan Lerman, Mae Whitman, Johnny Simmons, Kate Walsh, Reece Thompson. The film is directed by Stephen Chbosky. »

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What to Buy this Week: DVD and Blu-ray releases for August 1st

1 August 2011 4:00 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

It’s another jam-packed week of DVD and Blu-ray releases, here’s the rundown of what’s available to buy from today, August 1st 2011.

Pick(S) Of The Week

Faster (DVD/Blu-ray)

After 10 years in prison, Driver (Dwayne Johnson) has focused on one thing – hunting down the people responsible for brutally murdering his brother. Now a free man with a terrifying purpose, he sets out to find and kill all those on his list. But on his heals are two men who will do anything to stop him – a veteran cop (Billy Bob Thornton) and a hitman (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) who finds his match in this worthy opponent. Now, the hunter is also the hunted. Review.

Hobo With a Shotgun (DVD/Blu-ray)

In a journey to earn his way out of poverty, a homeless man pulls into a city of urban chaos, where crime prevails and the city’s crime boss »

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Blu-Ray Review: Overlooked ‘Ceremony’ Deserves to Be Celebrated

30 June 2011 7:31 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – How can the directorial debut of the Fonz’s son slip by unnoticed during its initial theatrical run? Max Winkler was only 25 when he shot “Ceremony,” a film dismissed by many critics as a mere imitation of Wes Anderson’s “Rushmore.” To be fair, Winkler looks remarkably like the iconic filmmaker, and his premise does bear certain similarities to Anderson’s widely celebrated 1998 comedy.

Yet the people Winkler has created within the pages of his richly textured script feel more tangibly human than Anderson’s colorfully heightened characters ever have. Instead of glorying in the manufactured personas of its insecure protagonists, the film probes under the surface of their self-deception, exposing the vulnerability beneath the façade. Stylistically, it’s entirely different from Anderson’s work, and Winkler has mentioned in interviews that he’s still developing his voice. But “Ceremony” is anything but a scrappy work in progress.

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Exclusive: Bloodworth Six-Minute Preview

28 June 2011 12:11 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

We have an exclusive six-minute preview clip from the upcoming home video release Bloodworth, which will be released on DVD June 28. Click on the video player below for an extended glimpse at this drama starring Kris Kristofferson, Val Kilmer, and Hilary Duff.

Click to watch Bloodworth: Exclusive: 6 Minute Preview!

It's been 40 years since E.F. Bloodworth (Kris Kristofferson) left behind his loving family for a life on the road. Now at the end of the line, Bloodworth reappears at the doorstep of his former home, forced to reckon with the aftermath of his departure. Featuring music produced by Academy Award winner T-Bone Burnett (Best Original Song, Crazy Heart, 2009).

Special Features:

Director and Writer Commentary

Alternative Opening and Ending

Deleted Scenes

From Page to Screen: The Making of Bloodworth

Anatomy of a Song: "You Don't Tell Me What To Do"

Raven's Song

Bloodworth was released May 20th, 2011 and stars Val Kilmer, »

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New this Week: ‘Bad Teacher,’ ‘Cars 2′ and ‘The Island (Bd)’

22 June 2011 12:27 PM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Hitting movie theaters this weekend:

Bad TeacherCameron DiazJason SegelJustin Timberlake

A Better LifeDemián BichirJosé Julián, Eddie ‘Piolin’ Sotelo

Cars 2Owen WilsonLarry the Cable GuyMichael Caine

Movie of the Week

Bad Teacher

The Stars: Cameron DiazJason SegelJustin Timberlake

The Plot: A comedy centered around a foul-mouthed, junior high teacher (Diaz) who, after being dumped by her sugar daddy, begins to woo a colleague — a move that pits her against a well-loved teacher.

The Buzz: Nope, no buzz. No competition here. Bad Teacher could (or should) be Diaz’ swan song as a sex symbol, she’s just not looking the part these days. Director Jake Kasdan does have some reputable directorial chops, most notably five episodes of Freaks and Geeks, but this looks to be just another lukewarm comedy. A weak cast and a weak premise will probably doom this film at the box office. »

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Daydream Nation

9 June 2011 | | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Ever since Juno, filmmakers here and there have been trying to recreate stories that feature sarcastic tomboys that become romantically involved with awkward introverts. Daydream Nation continues this popular trend and the results are actually pretty decent. The cute and saucy Kat Dennings (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) stars in this hip indie dramedy which is now out on DVD.

Caroline Wexler (Dennings) is a cool chick from the big city who now resides in a small town with her father. She attends high school like all the other teenagers in town, most of whom seem to be high all the time. Caroline meets and has flirtatious moments with a fellow student, Thurston (Reece Thompson) and the two hit it off. However Caroline also has a crush on her teacher, Mr. Anderson (Josh Lucas). Things get progressively crazy as Caroline juggles feelings for both men.


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The Perks of Being a Wallflower Set Photos Featuring Emma Watson

8 June 2011 4:56 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Production is currently under way on The Perks of Being a Wallflower, which Stephen Chbosky is adapting from his own novel. Actor Logan Lerman recently posted a slew of set photos from his Twitter account, which feature stars Emma Watson, Nina Dobrev, Mae Whitman, Johnny Simmons, Sarah Ramos, Ezra Miller, Erin Wilhelmi, and Landon Pigg. Click on these photos below to access our growing gallery.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower comes to theaters in 2012 and stars Emma Watson, Paul Rudd, Nina Dobrev, Logan Lerman, Mae Whitman, Johnny Simmons, Kate Walsh, Reece Thompson. The film is directed by Stephen Chbosky. »

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Daydream Nation and Enjoying the Moment: A Movie Review

27 May 2011 4:00 AM, PDT | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

Director/writer: Michael Goldbach.

Daydream Nation is a Canadian shot romantic drama, which was produced by Michael Goldbach over a six year period. Getting his first film just right, there are themes here of perfection, while a serial killer looms just out of camera range. Anchor Bay Entertainment recently released this title on to DVD and Blu-Ray, May 17th, and Daydream Nation is a coming-of-age film, with Kat Dennings playing a cunning woman, outfoxing the desirous men in her life. Dramatic and interesting, this film uses a great deal of character interplay to keep the attention, while the film offers some deeper, yet almost unreachable themes of temporality.

Caroline (Dennings) is the new girl at a local high school. Her mother recently passed away and her father struggles to fill dual roles. The film centrally focuses on Caroline, while a sidebar distracts from the main story. A serial killer is »

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W. Earl Brown Interview Bloodworth

21 May 2011 10:00 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

In the independent drama Bloodworth, E.F. Bloodworth (Kris Kristofferson) returns home to Tennessee to find the wife he walked out on (Frances Conroy) withered and faded, and his three sons – Warren (Val Kilmer), Boyd (Dwight Yoakam) and Brady (W. Earl Brown) – grown and soured by years of anger. Only Fleming (Reece Thompson), the old man’s grandson, treats him with the respect his age commands, and sees past all the hatred to realize the way it can poison a man’s soul. At the film’s press day, actor/screenwriter/producer W. Earl Brown talked about the roller coaster of getting financing for the film, having Kris Kristofferson sign on for the lead role, getting to meet one of his heroes and having it live up to the expectation, and how cathartic it can be to play a character that was so angry. He also talked about what he »

- Christina Radish

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Hilary Duff Goes Indie: A Conversation About Her New Film, Bloodworth

20 May 2011 12:30 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

(Hilary Duff, in her role as Raven in Bloodworth, above.)

by Terry Keefe

As she says later in our interview, Hilary Duff likes a good challenge. The number of former child and teen stars who manage to sustain their success into their twenties, as Duff undeniably has, are few enough already, but even rarer are those who then develop into serious adult actors. Slowly, though, and almost under the radar, Hilary Duff has been turning in noteworthy, character-rich performances in a variety of lower-budgeted independent films, including According to Greta andStay Cool, both released in 2009. And, in this writer's opinion, Duff's strongest onscreen work to date is hitting theaters this week, with her nuanced turn as a good-hearted, but troubled, teen in the Southern gothic family drama Bloodworth.

Based on the novel Provinces of Night by William Gay, Bloodworth centers around a seriously dysfunctional, eponymous Tennessee brood, which reaches its »

- The Hollywood

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Bloodworth Movie Review

19 May 2011 8:38 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: Bloodworth Director: Shane Dax Taylor Starring: Val Kilmer, Reece Thompson, Hilary Duff, Kris Kristofferson, Dwight Yoakam, W. Earl Brown, Frances Conroy, Hilarie Burton With its just-so production design, characterized chiefly by rust, and a gallery of weathered and otherwise stunted characters fumbling toward some vaguely defined senses of purpose or peace, “Bloodworth”, based on William Gay’s novel “Provinces of Night”, slots comfortably in the cinematic canon of Southern Gothic, wherein everything and everyone is dadgum country-fied, and, well, ain’t that interesting and grand? This isn’t to say that the film, a drama about the long shadows of alcoholism, familial neglect and demons unaddressed, is a terrible or hokey thing, »

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Hilary Duff Interview Bloodworth

19 May 2011 1:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

In the independent drama Bloodworth, former Disney star Hilary Duff proves she has the acting chops, taking on the role of Raven, a young woman from another town that gives Fleming Bloodworth (Reece Thompson) the courage to reject his family curse and see past all the hatred and anger that has destroyed his family. Herself the daughter of an alcoholic prostitute (Sheila Kelley), Raven yearns for another way of life, much like aspiring writer Fleming, and the two see a way to find that in each other. At the film’s press day, actress Hilary Duff talked about the appeal of a role like this, the challenge of identifying with a character like Raven, how awkward it was to play a pregnant girl, and how she hopes that this film will show people that, against all odds, you can change your life path for the better. She also talked about »

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DVD Review: Kat Dennings Shines in Flawed ‘Daydream Nation’

19 May 2011 10:15 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – Michael Goldbach’s little-seen quirk-fest is a feature filmmaking debut like many others. It feels less like a final draft than an overcrowded sketchpad. There seems to be no end to the amount of intriguing ideas that Goldbach wishes to tackle, but he has little idea of how to string them together. His various stylistic conceits distract from the narrative rather than enhance it, resulting in an ungainly picture.

Luckily, “Daydream Nation” is blessed with two young leads so appealing and authentic that they make viewers forget the film’s sizable flaws for long passages of its running time. Kat Dennings has spent the last few years being tossed from one so-so vehicle to another, but she always emerges unscathed, thanks to her self-deprecating charm and unshakable charisma. She deserves to be a star in the same league as Emma Stone, as does her co-star Reece Thompson, still best »

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Bloodworth | Review

19 May 2011 4:51 AM, PDT | SmellsLikeScreenSpirit | See recent SmellsLikeScreenSpirit news »

Director: Shane Dax Taylor Writers: W. Earl Brown (screenplay), William Gay (novel) Starring: Val Kilmer, Kris Kristofferson, Hilary Duff, Reece Thompson, Dwight Yoakam, Frances Conroy, W. Earl Brown, Hilarie Burton, Sheila Kelley, Barry Corbin Ever stumble across a recipe that looks amazing on paper, has all the right ingredients to whet your appetite, but after you spend a couple of hours in the kitchen you wind up with a disappointing dish? That's Bloodworth in a nutshell for me. When I heard about this film my mouth watered just a little bit. A southern gothic family drama featuring Kris Kristofferson as a washed up country singer with Dwight Yoakam and Val Kilmer as his violent depressive alcoholic and hedonistic redneck sons? Throw in an appearance by Barry Corbin and a tiny cameo by Hank Williams' (that's Sr., mind you) grandson, Hank III for good measure. And T-Bone Burnett as Executive Music Producer? »

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Exclusive: W. Earl Brown Talks Bloodworth

18 May 2011 5:13 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Shane Dax Taylor directs the drama Bloodworth from a script by W. Earl Brown, based on the William Gay novel 'Provinces of Night'. W. Earl Brown also stars as one of three sons forced to reconcile with their long-estranged father (Kris Kristofferson) who reemerges days before his death to reckon with the aftermath his disappearance has caused the family.

We recently caught up with W. Earl Brown, who is nearly unrecognizable in the role of Brady Bloodworth, to chat about the movie, which opens this Friday, May 20th. We kicked things off by discussing his role on the hit FX series Justified, where his stated love for whiskey and Prince's Hot Chicken has bolstered attendance inside this Nashville hole in the wall.

Here is our conversation:

When you said the words 'Prince's Hot Chicken' on Justified, did you know that you were adding at least a 30 to 40 minute »

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2011 Summer Movie Guide: May and June

18 May 2011 3:14 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

A banished Norse god! Apocalyptic vampires! A vigilant yeg! A cute scene-stealing Capuchin monkey! Mutant teenagers! A bunch of drunk and horny bridesmaids! Big Foot! A Green Ring! Pirates, Zombies, and Mermaids! Karate kicking zoo animals! A couple of forest dwelling trolls! And one smokin' hot teacher! That's what awaits us at the Cineplex over the course of May and June, and it promises to be a scorcher!

It doesn't really matter how fast and furious things get on the big screen, the summer movie season doesn't officially kick off until May 6th. And this year Thor opens things with a lighting bolt blast of Marvel excitement. It doesn't come to an end until August 31st, when Sam Worthington sends us all back to school with The Debt. Between then and now, we will see some of the biggest movies of the year hit hard. Some will win, some will lose, »

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New this Week: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,’ and ‘Vanishing on 7th Street (DVD)’

18 May 2011 6:00 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Hitting movie theaters this weekend:

Pirates of the Caribbean: on Stranger TidesJohnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Ian McShane

Movie of the Week

Pirates of the Caribbean: on Stranger Tides

The Stars: Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Ian McShane

The Plot: Jack Sparrow and Barbossa embark on a quest to find the elusive fountain of youth, only to discover that Blackbeard and his daughter are after it too.

The Buzz: Who dares to release a film on the same day as the next Pirates film? No one dares. Well, slight correction — Woody Allen dares, but Midnight in Paris is a limited release. Really looking forward to that one too…but back on task…

I will admit my bias, as I absolutely adored the first three Pirates films, but that aside, this film’s first trailer knocked my socks off. Though it be a mere trailer, it had it all: Jack Sparrow (the »

- Aaron Ruffcorn

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Proof that quirk isn't necessarily a bad thing. Review of Daydream Nation

16 May 2011 4:08 PM, PDT | | See recent QuietEarth news »

Year: 2010

Director: Michael Goldbach

Writer: Michael Goldbach

IMDb: link

Trailer: link

Review by: Marina Antunes

Rating: 7 out of 10

Small town living isn't for everyone. It certainly isn't for Caroline, the sassy teen at the centre of Michael Goldbach's directorial debut Daydream Nation.

With only her father left, Caroline moves around quite a bit and for her last year of high school, dad ends up in small town Canada, a little place where the boys are generally bored and the girls spend "half of their lives planning for a wedding and the other half regretting it." Though it's not a new thought, it's definitely a good line and one that does a fairly good job of encapsulating teen life in this small corner of the world.

So we have Caroline, the mature teen girl who seems lost among the other girls and the group of stoners she immediately falls in line with. »

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DVD Playhouse--May 2011

9 May 2011 12:13 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

DVD Playhouse: May 2011


Allen Gardner

Blow Out (Criterion) Brian De Palma’s greatest Hitchcock homage, with a dash of Antonioni thrown in for good measure. John Travolta gives one of his best turns as a sound-effects engineer who unwittingly records a political assassination, then finds himself hunted by a ruthless hitman (John Lithgow, a memorably creepy psycho) after saving the life of the kindly, albeit dim-witted call girl (Nancy Allen, excellent) who was with the deceased. Terrific blend of suspense and very black humor, perhaps De Palma’s finest hour as an auteur. Beautifully shot by Vilmos Zsigmond. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Interviews with De Palma, Allen, cameraman Garrett Brown; Photo gallery; De Palma’s 1967 feature Murder a la Mod; Trailer. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS-hd 2.0 surround.

Kes (Criterion) Ken Loach’s landmark 1970 film is both a heart-rending portrait of adolescence, and a pointed socio-political commentary on life in the North of England. »

- The Hollywood

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