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Get an overview of the upcoming comedy, ‘A Birder’s Guide to Everything,’ with two newly released clips from the movie. Screen Media Films and Focus World have released the videos, including ‘You Know My Mother?’ and ‘I Don’t Really Have A Boyfriend,’ in anticipation of the comedy’s release. ‘A Birder’s Guide to Everything’ is set to be released on VOD on March 11, and will be followed by a theatrical release on March 21, by the two distribution companies. The comedy marks the feature directorial debut of Rob Meyer, who also wrote the script with Academy Award-winner Luke Matheny. The film stars Kodi Smit-McPhee, James Le Gros, Alex Wolff, Katie [ Read More ]
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- Karen Benardello
While Hollywood likes to show teenagers in movies getting up to no good, co-writer/director Rob Meyer has a different story to tell with the coming-of-age comedy "A Birder's Guide To Everything," where the only thing these kids wield is a pair of binoculars. Co-written by Oscar winner Luke Matheny (for his Live Action Short "God Of Love"), and starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, James Le Gros, Alex Wolff, Katie Chang, and Ben Kingsley, the story follows David, a 15-year-old birding fanatic, who has snapped a photo of a supposedly extinct duck that hasn't been seen in North America since 1878. The problem is, the picture is too blurry to be properly identified, so on the advice of Dr. Konrad, a legendary ornithologist, he assembles a ragtag team to try and get a better photo, in a tale that's more than just about birds. And in this exclusive clip, we see the first meeting between David and Dr. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 20 Feb 2014 - 05:40
The unloved films of 2009 provide the focus in our final list of the 2000s' overlooked greats...
The year 2009 will partly be remembered as the year Avatar dominating the box office, with audiences flocking to see James Cameron's leafy pulp epic in shimmering 3D. Making almost $2.8bn worldwide, Avatar was a true behemoth, besting Cameron's own Titanic as the highest-grossing film of all time (not adjusted for inflation) and hastening a rush of 3D films in the years that followed.
Films such as 2012, Sherlock Holmes and boozy comedy The Hangover were also among the top 10, but as always, some of the most memorable and individual films of the year were far from the most financially successful. So to round off our series of underrated flicks of the 2000s, here's our selection of 2009's overlooked films...
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Dubai-based distributor Front Row Filmed Entertainment did brisk business at the European Film Market (Efm) in Berlin last week, locking in deals on a number of buzzed-about market titles.
Among the company’s near-20 film acquisition haul for Middle East, North Africa and Iran were Bankside’s Backtrack, starring Adrien Brody and Sam Neil; Automatic Entertainment’s Jean Claude Van Damme action film Pound of Flesh; Cmg duo Where the Devil Rides, starring Jennifer Carpenter and Rufus Sewell; and animation comedy Sly Cooper 3D, from Tmnt director Kevin Munroe.
Front Row nabbed comedy A Birder’s Guide to Everything, starring Ben Kingsley and Kodi Smit-McPhee, from Screen Media Venture; Catherine Keener drama War Story from Visit Films; UK comedy Bill from Independent; and documentary Cocaine Cowboys: Reloaded from Magnolia Pictures.
Per Front Row and Gulf Film’s output »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Toy Fair 2014 is hitting New York City this Sunday through Wednesday, and it's a hotbed for summer movie releases. So far, we've seen new toys from Transformers: Age of Extinction (clickHere) and Guardians of the Galaxy (clickHere and clickHere). Now comes two action figures from Neca's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes toy line, with our first look at apes Koba and Maurice.
"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - 7" Scale Action Figures -- Series 1
These detailed action figures come straight from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the highly anticipated sequel to 2011′s Rise of the Planet of the Apes! A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier.
They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war »
A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is being directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In), from a screenplay written by Mark Bomback, Scott Z. Burns, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. The cast includes: Andy Serkis (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty, Public Enemies, The Great Gatsby), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises, The Harry Potter film series), Keri Russell (The Americans, Mission Impossible III), Toby Kebbell (The Prince of Persia, Wrath of the Titans, Rock N Rolla), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In, ParaNorman), Enrique Murciano (Traffic, Black Hawk Down »
I was very impressed by Rupert Wyatt’s 2011 reboot Rise of the Planet of the Apes. For a remake, it was much more creative and well-acted than it needed to be, and Andy Serkis’s motion-capture performance as intelligent ape Caesar was far and away one of the strongest performances from that year. So, I’m very excited to see what Let Me In helmer Matt Reeves brings to the series in this summer’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which rejoins Caesar a decade after the events of Rise, during which a deadly simian virus began to spread through the world.
Gary Oldman stars in the sequel as a human leader struggling to survive in a dilapidated San Francisco after the fall of human civilization precipitated by the virus, and he recently revealed some significant details about how Dawn unfolds during an interview promoting another excellent reboot, »
- Isaac Feldberg
20th Century Fox's highly-anticipated sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is set 15 years after the events of 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes, where the apes have now taken over the San Francisco area and humans are struggling to survive. While doing press for his upcoming reboot RoboCop, Gary Oldman offered new details on his character Dreyfus, while revealing that director Matt Reeves wanted to tell a more human-centric story, as opposed to Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
When asked specifically about his character Dreyfus, the actor revealed he's the leader of a survivor community, who discovers a new colony of apes that were once thought to be destroyed.
"He's sort of the designated leader of this community, who were sort of lucky enough to survive the simian flu, that disease, and the ensuing social uprising from it. So they're sort of survivors of a community, »
We've got a charming, fun trailer for a coming-of-age birdwatching comedy called A Birder's Guide to Everything. The movie features Ben Kingsley with Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In) starring as a 15-year-old birding fanatic named David Portnoy, who "thinks that he's made the discovery of a lifetime. So, on the eve of his father's remarriage, he escapes on an epic road trip with his best friends to solidify their place in birding history." The movie is set to be released on VOD March 11th and in limited theaters March 21st. It looks like it might be worth watching.
- Joey Paur
Later this year, we'll see a much more grown up Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In, ParaNorman) trying to survive in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, but before then, audiences can see the teenage actor in some lighter fare. After premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival last year, the coming-of-age story A Birder's Guide to Everything is coming to theaters this spring, and the first trailer is here. The story follows a teen boy (Smit-McPhee) who goes on a secret bird watching road trip, believing a historical birdwatching discovery is in his midst. While on the road, he ends up getting some help from Ben Kingsley. Watch now! Here's the first trailer for Rob Meyer's A Birder's Guide to Everything, originally from Apple: A Birder's Guide to Everything is directed by Rob Meyer (a wildlife filmmaker from Nova and National Geographic), who co-wrote the script with Luke Matheny »
- Ethan Anderton
After crafting a pair of animal-related shorts, Rob Meyer, who has worked as a wildlife filmmaker for PBS’s Nova and National Geographic, premiered his feature-length debut at Tribeca Film Festival this year. Tracking David Portnoy (Kodi Smit-McPhee) and his bird-watching roadtrip, assisted by Ben Kingsley‘s character, we now have the first trailer for A Birder’s Guide to [...] »
- Jordan Raup
At only 17, Kodi Smit-McPhee is probably best known for starring in somewhat macabre projects — from Let Me In to The Road, his precocious darkness and intense gaze seem to always be on display. Even ParaNorman’s Norman Babcock was a bit of an outcast. Even though A Birder’s Guide to Everything isn’t exactly devoid of difficult emotional truths (and Ok, Ok, a gawky high school kid obsessed with birding might still fit into “charmingly misunderstood outcast” territory), Smit-McPhee was thrilled to finally get to work with actors his own age.
“I was into the nostalgia of having a »
- Lindsey Bahr
We all know Legos are awesome, right? Show of hands.
But a fan-made Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Lego Trailer… Simian Epic-ness!
Here’s a look at the official trailer that debuted in December.
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is the follow-up to Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, which opened theatrically during the summer of 2011 and grossed nearly half a billion dollars worldwide. A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar (Andy Serkis) is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier.
They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.
- Michelle McCue
There has been some pretty good news for Lego fans today, with the news that Warner Bros. is already developing a sequel to The Lego Movie. The Phil Lord and Chris Miller film, which opens this weekend, is set to bring an even bigger spotlight to the colorful building blocks. Some fans recently took Legos into their own hands to make their own cut of the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailer, matching it frame for frame. Even if some of the original trailer's menace is lost in translation, the new version is certainly a fun watch. Hit the jump to watch the Lego-style trailer. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Keri Russell, Gary Oldman, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Kirk Acevedo, Toby Kebbell, Enrique Murciano, and Judy Greer, and opens in 3D on July 18, 2014. Check out both the Lego version and the original cut »
- Dave Trumbore
It appears that a lot of work and thought went into the production design of Young Ones. It’s a shame none went into the screenplay. Writer/director Jake Paltrow conceived a desolate future in which water is a rare commodity, but he has nothing of interest to say about it. Stars Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, Elle Fanning and Kodi Smit-McPhee do their best to carry the soapy drama, but the plot is so dependent on their characters’ idiocy that there’s no saving it. It makes you wonder if anyone involved in Young One’s production actually stopped to think about what »
Sundance just ended, and we are already preparing for the next big film festival, South By Southwest. Not too long ago, the festival announced a few of the films premiering this year, but now they’ve announced the main slate. The midnight selections and some inevitable late-breaking additions are still to be announced, but this should be more than enough to get you excited. Along with many World Premieres, and Sundance favorites like Richard Linklater’s Boyhood and Gareth Evans’ The Raid 2, the line up also includes an anniversary screening of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and an extended Q&A screening of The Grand Budapest Hotel with Wes Anderson. SXSW 2014 runs March 7 through 15 in Austin, Texas. Check out the line up after the jump.
Narrative Feature Competition
Eight world premieres, eight unique ways to celebrate the art of storytelling. Selected from 1,324 films submitted to SXSW 2014. Films screening in Narrative »
Today the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival announced a diverse features lineup for this year’s Festival, the 21st edition and running March 7 – 15, 2014 in Austin, Texas. The 2014 program expands on SXSW tradition of embracing a range of genres and span of budgets, featuring a wealth of vision from experienced and developing filmmakers alike.
For more information visit http://sxsw.com/film.
Listed in the announcement are 115 of the features that will screen over the course of nine days at SXSW 2014. The lineup below includes 68 films from first-time filmmakers, and consists of 76 World Premieres, 10 North American Premieres and 7 U.S. Premieres. These films were selected from a record 2,215 feature-length film submissions composed of 1,540 U.S. and 675 international feature-length films. With a record number of 6,482 submissions total, the overall increase was 14% over 2013. The Midnighters feature section and the Short Film program will be announced on February 5, with the complete »
- Movie Geeks
After announcing earlier this month that Jon Favreau’s Chef and the Veronica Mars movie will be making their world debuts at SXSW this year, the festival has revealed its full line-up, including further very promising world premieres, alongside appearances from some of the year’s most high-profile films.
The Midnight programme will be announced early next month, along with the Shorts line-up, and the complete Conference slate a little later as well.
Led by Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, Nicholas Stoller’s anticipated R-rated comedy, Neighbors, will be making its world debut at the festival, notably marked out as a ‘work-in-progress’ ahead of its theatrical release in May.
David Gordon Green’s acclaimed Joe will make its Us premiere, having bowed at Venice and then Toronto last year. Early reviews have Nicolas Cage giving one of the finest performances of his career, with Tye Sheridan (Mud) excellent alongside him. »
- Kenji Lloyd
Not sure if there is a Short Term 12 equivalent in this year’s Narrative Feature Comp, but on paper SXSW programmers are serving up a mean (and the usual lean group of 8 out of a whopping 1,324 film entries) for the upcoming competitiuon of eight which includes notable entries (that we’ve been tracking for a good time now) such as Zachary Wigon’s The Heart Machine, John Magary’s The Mend, Leah Meyerhoff’s I Believe in Unicorns and Lawrence Michael Levine’s Wild Canaries. Undoubtedly one of the most anticipated docs of the year, on the non-fiction side we find Margaret Brown’s The Great Invisible. Below you’ll find a breakdown of the other sections (notable world preems in We’ll Never Have Paris and Faults (see Mary Elizabeth Winstead above), some Sundance items with Texan connections and other nuggets.
Narrative Feature Competition
Eight world premieres, eight »
- Eric Lavallee
A film as lost as it’s characters, Young Ones is what happens when big ideas meet terrible execution and a lackluster script, combining for a film that’s a chore to watch.
Young Ones is an epic film, a neowestern sci-fi film, spilt into chapters to show what happens when scarce resources force people to the breaking point. Ernest Holm (Michael Shannon) lives and works on the harsh frontier, delivering supplies to the workers on the water line with his son Jerome (Kodi Smit McPhee). Meanwhile at home his daughter Mary (Elle Fanning) is tired of the struggles and wants a better life, something presented to her in the form of Flem Lever (Nicholas Hoult). Unbeknownst to the clan, Lever has bigger designs than just Mary and longs to have Ernrest’s land for himself and to return it to it’s former glory. »
- Terence Johnson
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