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Writer-producer Simon Kinberg is currently in post-production on the 20th Century Fox superhero adventure The Fantastic Four, and everything we've heard about the reboot thus far makes it clear that this is vastly different than any other incarnation of these superheroes that have come before it. With the release less than a year away, many fans have been wondering when the first footage will debut. When asked that very question in a recent interview, Simon Kinberg reveals that he doesn't known when the first trailer will arrive. But he has a good reason why we haven't seen anything yet.
"We're putting it together now, and one of the important things, because this Fantastic Four is a reboot, and is such a »
At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, studios strutted their upcoming projects across the stage of Hall H, and began building marketing momentum. It’s a key date in the movie calendar that the entire year hinges upon, prompting fans to ponder many film-related questions. Will we see footage from a new Marvel flick? Are we likely to hear some insane casting news? Or failing that, will be granted a look at a murky, pixellated behind-the-scenes photo? So, bearing in mind the importance of the event, there was one noticeable absence from this year’s proceedings – Fox’s The Fantastic Four reboot.
There’s been a number of speculative reasons put forth for the movie’s absence, but none have stuck. The lack of anything promo-related is rather baffling, especially when you look at the pile of promotional teases other studios have stacked in their favour. Marvel will usually drop »
- Gem Seddon
As we laid out recently, there are a lot of superhero movies coming up; the year 2016 will bring us seven such films alone. One of the biggest question marks in the near future, however, is The Fantastic Four reboot. It’s not so much that there’s doubt about director Josh Trank (Chronicle) rebooting the material, or that fans are unsure about the casting—Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, and Tobey Kebbell is a really solid lineup. It’s that we haven’t seen a single thing from this movie yet. Granted, it isn’t set to hit theaters until next August, but by this point we’ve usually seen something from a property of this scale. Marvel released the first Ant-Man image and poster the week that filming began. Warner Bros. has been rolling out a number of promo images for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, »
- Adam Chitwood
Three spots in the 2015 Oscars Best Actor race are pretty much locked up. Those would be Michael Keaton (Birdman), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) and Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything). In my opinion, that's also the order of their likelihood of winning... right now. The two other slots aren't so easy to figure with so much left to be seen. Steve Carell (Foxcatcher) seems a strong contender though I'm not as sure about his chances as much as some others are, largely because of the competition he faces. His chances remain high, though, which is why he occupies my #4 slot for now. In fifth I had Jack O'Connell (Unbroken), but there's a little movie on the rise right now you may have heard of and hopefully seen (or intend to see) called Whiplash and not only is the film securing itself a spot in the Best Picture ranks, but »
- Brad Brevet
Let's start with a broad assessment that may or may not be true, but can be taken as close enough for the purposes of this column: there are four Best Actor slots spoken for. What are they? Steve Carell in "Foxcatcher," Benedict Cumberbatch in "The Imitation Game," Michael Keaton in "Birdman" and Eddie Redmayne in "The Theory of Everything." Only one of those films, mind you, has opened and screened for the Academy ("Birdman"). But if I were a betting man, I'd say that quartet is secure. So who slides in besides? First and foremost, we've been in this place at least since the Toronto Film Festival, when Cumberbatch further solidified himself after "The Imitation Game" debuted at Telluride and Redmayne jumped onto the scene as part of a new wave of contenders that included "Nightcrawler's" Jake Gyllenhaal and "St. Vincent's" Bill Murray. But as one of the »
- Kristopher Tapley
Directed by Damien Chazelle.
A promising young drummer enrolls at a cutthroat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student’s potential.
“There are no two words in the English language more harmful than good job. ”
The above isn’t just a powerfully resonating line of motivation that hard-ass band teacher Fletcher (J.K. Simmons) tells his most promising drummer Andrew (Milee Teller) to justify the extremities of his tutoring process, it’s a piece of dialogue that will hit home hard to anyone that has wanted not just to be competent at what they do, but to be one of the absolute best. That’s what Whiplash does. You don’t need to be involved in the jazz scene or have »
- Robert Kojder
When I tell "Whiplash" star J.K. Simmons that 14 of Gold Derby's 20 Experts predict he'll win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, he roars humorously, "Only 14? What's wrong with you guys?!" But then the longtime character actor admits he's truly surprised to be discussed, finally, in Oscar terms: "Given the nature of my career, it's not something I'm accustomed to." -Break- Simmons has overwhelming odds (17/10) among our Experts to win for many reasons. He gives one of the giant, sledgehammer performances of 2014 as a monstrous music teacher hellbent on driving his student (Miles Teller) to be the best drummer on the planet. It's really such a huge role emotionally and in terms of screen time that it dwarfs most rivals in the supporting race. And it helps that Simmons portrays a monster. Years ago Oscar voters used to spurn evil roles, but nowadays they embrace villains if they...' »
Director: Damien Chazelle.
Running Time: 106 Minutes
Synopsis: A gifted young drummer finds himself challenged by a brilliant mentor intent on pushing his student to greatness.
Stories of mentors and protégés are nothing new; from Drunken Master to Disney’s Hercules, The Colour Of Money to The Karate Kid, they have all presented that age old tale of the older man passing his wisdom, skills and indeed, his own form of masculinity onto their student. The problem is that never before has this little sub-genre seen such an obnoxious display of dick swinging. It’s surprising that at no point does anyone drop-trou and start comparing the length of their mansticks to drumsticks.
- John Sharp
Chicago – When is the last time you had a bit of sweat after coming out of a movie? “Whiplash” will do that, and it contains not one action sequence or superhero, unless you consider J.K. Simmons as a sociopathic music guru a hero (he is in a way), and drumming as action (it is).
“Whiplash” is wham-bam-thank-you-Sam, a spectacular melding of passionate musicians and the mentors that get them there – think “Paper Chase” meets The Julliard School. The face off between a once-in-a-lifetime jazz drumming prodigy and the teacher who is hoping to mold his excellence succeeds not because of what is expected out of such a story, but what happens psychologically around it. It is a test of wills, and a testament to the ability of a human being to recognize their special talent and take it all the way to the top. Who gets him there and »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Whiplash is the story of ambition, as told through the trials of a jazz drummer. Andrew (Miles Teller) is a conservatory student who wants to be the best, while he is merciless conductor Fletcher (J.K. Simmons) continues to push him to the limit, inflicting an intensity that boils down to a battle of succeeding or failing.
Chazelle has previously directed one film, Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench. Whiplash is based on a short that he made in 2013; the feature-length version premiered at the Sundance Film Festival the following year. Whiplash is produced by director Jason Reitman.
In an exclusive interview, I discussed with Chazelle the different musical experience Whiplash presents, its visual style, the idea of showing the difficulty of fun music, and more.
Whiplash opens in Chicago today.
Read Nick’s “9/10″ review of Whiplash
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- Nick Allen
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Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now, Fantastic Four) and J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man, Terminator: Geneysis) are the leads in the film, which tells the story of a young jazz drummer (Teller) who aspires to be the best, but finds himself pushed to the limit, both mentally and physically by his new teacher, played by Simmons.
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- Luke Owen
Directed by: Damien Chazelle
Running Time: 1 hr 40 mins
Release Date: October 17, 2014 (Chicago)
Plot: A jazz drummer (Teller) encounters an abusive conductor (Simmons) on his path to becoming the best.
Who’S It For? Movie fans who like exhilarating films.
The enemy of our potential is the fear of failure. It lingers on the blank papers or canvases that stare back at us, and restrains us to the what ifs of our goals. In Damien Chazelle’s jazz drumming thriller Whiplash, this horror is personified in the fortissimo presence of conductor Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), who invests his entire being into mercilessly challenging the ambition of his students. Chazelle’s previous work as screenwriter, Grand Piano, featured John Cusack as a sniper who threatened to kill a pianist if he played one false »
- Nick Allen
Think back to your schooldays. Can you remember any bastard teachers ruffling your fledging feathers by demanding you try harder and do your homework? Quite probably. With the benefit of hindsight, you can understand their main motivation was presumably to drive you to achieve something and save you from a life of flipping burgers or cold calling. But how far should teachers push their students to give them a shot of true greatness? The magnificent Whiplash confronts this conundrum in some style.
This compelling tale revolves around the aspirations and perspirations of lonely young drummer Andrew (Miles Teller) at a cutthroat music school, where he's selected by acclaimed jazz teacher Terence Fletcher (Jk Simmons) to play for the band he tutors. While their music is smooth, the guidance from Fletcher is frenzied. »
Who would have thought the most brutal film of the year would be about jazz? Andrew (Miles Teller), the protagonist of Whiplash, is a first-year jazz drumming prodigy who possesses the talent to be one of the greats but not the work ethic. When he finally meets someone who can train him to be the best, it is both a blessing and a curse. He makes it into the elite “studio” band led by Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), a legendary teacher and conductor, and Andrew’s confidence at having made the group is immediately and brutally ripped apart. Fletcher abuses him in every way imaginable: he slaps him repeatedly, screams ethnic slurs, and even throws a cymbal at his head. Why are such stringent teaching methods necessary? It’s all part of Fletcher’s teaching philosophy: “The two most destructive words in the English language,” he tells Andrew late in the film, “are »
- Noah Gittell
/Off the back of tremendous success at the Sundance Film Festival, Damien Chazelle’s drumming drama Whiplash has steamed into Britain with its UK premiere at the London Film Festival.The film follows talented young drummer Andrew (Miles Teller), who attracts the attention of intimidating instructor Fletcher (Jk Simmons) and becomes part of his gruelling band rehearsals. As the group gets closer and closer to competition, Fletcher pushes and pushes Andrew until he reaches the limits of his potential.Teller and Simmons have both been highly praised for their performances, with breakout star Teller set to catapult to the A-list when he appears in Josh Trank’s reboot of the Fantastic Four franchise next year. Spider-Man star Simmons, on the other hand, was seen as a seasoned veteran on the set.“It was intimidating,” said director Damien Chazelle. “You definitely get scared at first, but he’s such a warm »
Miles Teller is currently onscreen in Whiplash, and if the actor borrowed the title to describe his physical state following a hectic few weeks, well, nobody would blame him. "The past month since I finished Insurgent has been crazy. I've been to Vegas, Mexico, Toronto, Paris, Deauville, L.A., Hawaii, Boston, New York and back to L.A. in one month," he says with a sigh. See more Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films But it's a fortunate problem to have if you're an actor, and he knows that. The 27-year-old is also well aware that his real life
- Chris Gardner
After a stellar reception at the 2014 London Film Festival a brand new UK trailer has been released for Whiplash.
Andrew Neyman (Miles Teller) is an ambitious young jazz drummer, single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite east coast music conservatory. Plagued by the failed writing career of his father, Andrew hungers day and night to become one of the greats. Terence Fletcher (J. K. Simmons), an instructor equally known for his teaching talents as for his terrifying methods, leads the top jazz ensemble in the school. Fletcher discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into his band, forever changing the young man’s life. Andrew’s passion to achieve perfection quickly spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher continues to push him to the brink of both his ability – and his sanity.
With the press conference taking place earlier today and the premiere tonight, social »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Rachel, Ross, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe and Joey will now be there for you whenever you want thanks to a new streaming deal. Every episode of “Friends” will be available on Netflix for viewers in the U.S. and Canada as of Jan. 1, 2015, it was announced on Wednesday. See photos: Inside ‘Friends’ Central Perk Opening Party, Miles Teller's One Night Fling (Photos) The deal includes all 10 seasons, totaling 236 episodes and 83 hours of comedy, from the NBC series that launched the careers of Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer in 1994. Also read: ‘Friends’ Scores 20-Episode Marathon. »
- Debbie Emery
Jk Simmons also stars in the drama, which has been heavily tipped for Oscar success in 2015.
Written and directed by Damien Chazelle, the film follows a young jazz drummer (Teller) fighting to succeed in an exclusive conservatory, while his bandleader (Simmons) uses a ruthless approach to improve his players.
The film won the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize for the Us dramatic category at Sundance.
Whiplash will be released on January 16 in the UK. »
Chicago – Simply one of the best movies of 2014, “Whiplash” has a tone, energy and sensibility all its own. Damien Chazelle wrote and directed the story of a jazz drummer prodigy at a prestigious New York City music college, tortured by his tyrannical instructor. The drama is scintillating, in rhythm with the natural story flow.
Photo credit: Sony Pictures Classics
Damien Chazelle’s script for “Whiplash” was on the so-called “black list” in Hollywood, the catalog of the best yet-to-be-produced screenplays in show business. He took a portion of the script and created a short, featuring J.K. Simmons as the profane and exacting jazz “professor.” This got him the green light for the feature film, so he took Simmons along for the ride, and gave Miles Teller the part as the drummer prodigy.
Chazelle sat down for an interview with HollywoodChicago. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
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