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Will Ferrell's "Casa De Mi Padre" has an official teaser and release date

16 December 2011 4:25 PM, PST

Back in April, we shared the first, vaguely bootleg-y trailer for "Casa De Mi Padre," the upcoming Will Ferrell project notable for the fact that the entire film was made in Spanish (yes, that includes Ferrell's parts too). And then, for months and months, nada. We didn't even have an official release date.

The film was finally acquired for American distribution last month by Pantelion Films, who've scheduled "Casa De Mi Padre" for a March 16, 2012 release. Now, we've also got an official teaser. As you'll see below, the film, directed by former "SNL" writer Matt Piedmont, is an homage to overheated Spanish language telenovelas. Take a look:

Here's the official synopsis from Apple Trailers:

"Armando Alvarez (Will Ferrell) has lived and worked on his father's ranch in Mexico his entire life. As the ranch faces financial strains, Armando's younger brother Raul (Diego Luna) shows up with his new fiancee, Sonia »


- Matt Singer

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Michel Gondry films two-minute "Taxi Driver" remake

16 December 2011 3:34 PM, PST

Michel Gondry is probably the only director who can make the word "cute" apply to Martin Scorsese's classic, "Taxi Driver." But really, that's the only word that comes to mind when watching his two-minute short film remake of the drama.

Maybe it's something about the French subtitles, or the fact that Gondry hired a couple of toddlers to play Jodie Foster's teenage role, or just that he plays Travis Bickle himself, but there's something unbelievably charming about the whole video. His low-budget solution to including blood in the film (he used paintballs instead) and hiring actors to play his cab passengers (they're just cardboard cutouts of heads) made us laugh out loud. And beyond that, the remake is actually pretty darn good.

So is this the "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" director's secret pitch to direct a feature-length remake of the film? Doubtful. The video is actually »


- Terri Schwartz

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Christian Bale attacked by Chinese police

16 December 2011 3:33 PM, PST

While in China promoting his upcoming film (and Chinese Oscar contender) "The Flowers of War," Christian Bale was punched at and prevented from visiting blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng. The actor traveled to conduct an informal meet and greet with Guangcheng and brought CNN along for the ride, but were stopped outside the man's village by guards preventing anyone from entering or exiting the area.

"Why can I not visit this free man?" Bale says repeatedly in the tape, but guards would not allow "The Dark Knight Rises" star through and even swung punches in an attempt to force him to drop his handheld camera. The CNN crew and Bale eventually managed to escape the guards, but a 40-minute vehicle pursuit then followed.

To some extent, Bale and CNN should have (and likely did) expect this type of behavior. Guangcheng rose to fame in the 1990s as a legal advocate »


- Terri Schwartz

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"The Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings" are getting Lego-fied

16 December 2011 12:16 PM, PST

Always wanted to live in Middle Earth? Well, at least now you can build it.

Lego has announced that they've teamed up with Warner Bros. and are going to launch a new "Lord of the Rings" toy line. The first part of the launch will begin in June and will feature set pieces from "The Fellowship of the Ring," "The Two Towers" and "Return of the King." Later in the year, the "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" line will be released as a tie-in to the December 14 release of the movie.

Needless to say, this is a pretty big project for Lego to take on. "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" are defined by their iconic locations, like the Shire, Mirkwood Forest, Gollum's cave and, of course, Mordor. Will we be able to recreate Shelob and Smaug? I certainly hope so. And it will of course be exciting »


- Terri Schwartz

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"Corman's World," reviewed

16 December 2011 11:40 AM, PST

Producer/director/schlockmeister Roger Corman famously made over a hundred movies in Hollywood and never lost a dime, in part because he never financed stuff like "Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel." That's not to say this documentary about the maverick drive-in movie maven's life is bad; on the contrary, it's a breezy, informative ninety minutes with great archival footage and superb new interviews with Corman, his collaborators, and protégés. But c'mon: 90 minutes of people talking about some old guy who made a bunch of movies? That's not the Corman way. Where's the sex? Where's the violence? Where're the crazy, LSD-dropping hippie biker gangs?

Actually, all that stuff's in there too, thanks to a heap of clips from Corman's lengthy career. In a sneakily savvy way, director Alex Stapleton has structured "Corman's World" to work like Corman movie: you come to satisfy your baser urges, and inadvertently learn a »


- Matt Singer

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Call-In Commentary: Watch the "Pariah" trailer with writer-director Dee Rees

16 December 2011 9:49 AM, PST

It's no surprise that young people have trouble finding themselves and subsequently fitting into larger society. It's a challenging path to self-discovery, and as the "It Gets Better" campaign has taught us, for gay youths that journey is often made exponentially more difficult. Such is the case with Alike (in a standout performance from actress Adepero Oduye), a lesbian teenager struggling to find herself amongst her African-American community.

"Pariah" follows the trials and tribulations of this young character as she embarks on a search of sexual expression and identity, and marks the feature film directorial debut of Dee Rees, the film's writer-director. To get a better sense of the movie, we asked Dees to participate in our "Call-In Commentary" series where filmmakers provide narration to their movie trailer. In the video below, hear firsthand about the state her main character lives in and the search she's boldly plunging into.

"Pariah »


- Brian Jacks

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"The Hunger Games" poster shows the world is watching

16 December 2011 9:16 AM, PST

The world will be watching, and so will we, when "The Hunger Games" begin on March 23. Yesterday marked the start of a viral event where 100 different websites (including IFC!!) received different pieces of a jigsaw puzzle that would come together to be the new poster for "The Hunger Games." Yes, that many websites are excited for this film.

Needless to say, it didn't take very long before Photoshop wiz enthusiastic fan John Howard completed the poster after all the puzzle pieces were revealed. Let's just say it's a marked step up from the first motion poster was released.

Fans have been complaining that the recent marketing for "The Hunger Games" has been too focused on leading lady Katniss's relationship with her longtime friend Gale (Liam Hemsworth) instead of with her fellow District 12 tribute Peeta. Well, no longer. This poster showcases both Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (John Hutcherson) as the »


- Terri Schwartz

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Famed '70/80s director Randal Kleiser on "Getting It Right" and giving up on big-budget Hollywood films

16 December 2011 7:45 AM, PST

With the possible exception of Steven Spielberg, no 1980s filmmaker was responsible for more watershed Generation X films than Randal Kleiser: starting with "Grease" in 1978, Kleiser created a seemingly neverending series of coming-of-age films, including "Summer Lovers," "The Blue Lagoon," "Flight of the Navigator" and "Big Top Pee Wee," that continue to entertain and resonate with audiences. Recently, MGM's DVD-on-demand service released "Getting It Right," another of the director's films from that era, and although it was set in London and featured decidedly more R-rated content than its predecessors, it too was another tale of a young person finding his footing in an adult world.

IFC caught with Kleiser to talk about the release of "Getting It Right"; additionally, the accomplished filmmaker offered some insights into how he managed to make so many terrific, iconic '80s films, and reflected on his history as one of Hollywood's great purveyors of films about growing up. »


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"The Avengers" assemble in newly released banners

15 December 2011 9:03 PM, PST

With the release of Joss Whedon's "The Avengers" just a little over four months away, you can expect the drumbeat of super hero fanaticism to grow as the film nears its premiere. And who are we to not jump on the bandwagon?

With that in mind, Marvel has released two new banners to promote their upcoming blockbuster featuring the first team-up of their non-mutant super-heroes. While some of the images used in the banner will look familiar from the previously released round of promotional images, these do feature new poses for Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man and Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow and none of the Avengers are obscured with the insignia as an overlay.

One interesting thing to note is the arrangement of the eight cast members between the two banners. Marvel has split Cap, Thor, Iron Man and Bruce Banner (seemingly transforming in to the Hulk) in to one group, »


- William Weinand

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"Carnage," reviewed

15 December 2011 8:18 PM, PST

A version of this review originally ran as part of our coverage of the 2011 New York Film Festival.

Nobody makes a trapped-in-a-house-slowly-going-insane movie quite like Roman Polanski. You've got "Repulsion," "Rosemary's Baby," "The Tenant," "The Ghost Writer," and now "Carnage," the first out-and-out comedy of the bunch. The film, based on the Tony Award-winning play by Yasmina Reza, is sort of Polanski's version of Buñuel's "The Exterminating Angel:" one Brooklyn couple comes to another Brooklyn couple's apartment to resolve a squabble between their two children. Though the matter is seemingly cleared up minutes into the film, the visiting couple can't quite leave; every time they make a move for the door some other petty disagreement, or offer of cobbler, or inability to schedule a return visit with kids in tow pulls them back in. They're trapped by good manners and bad conversation, and the camera and the audience is trapped right along with them. »


- Matt Singer

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Countdown to Top Ten 2K11: "Certified Copy"

15 December 2011 4:06 PM, PST

Countdown to Top Ten 2K11 is a column with one simple goal: to help you decide what films you need to see before making your end of the year top ten list. Each installment features my thoughts on a critically acclaimed 2011 movie, a sampling of other critics' reactions, the odds of the film making my own list, and the reasons why it might make yours.

This time we're covering "Certified Copy," the acclaimed new film from Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami. But is it a genuine work of art? Let's find out.

Movie: "Certified Copy"

Director: Abbas Kiarostami

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Plot Synopsis: The author of a new book about the meaning and importance of authenticity in art (William Shimell) joins a fan (Juliette Binoche) for a tour of the Italian countryside. But their relationship might not be as simple or as casual as it first appears.

What the Critics Said: "[Like] a middle-aged 'Before Sunrise, »


- Matt Singer

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"Warrior" DVD/Blu-ray exclusive: training the trainer

15 December 2011 2:24 PM, PST

One of the most impactful, exciting films of the year was undoubtedly "Warrior," director Gavin O'Connor's ode to the world of mixed martial-arts. Apart from being intensely emotional, the film was hailed by those in the fight industry as an incredibly realistic take on their bloody, gladiatorial sport. One of the prime reasons for that was a set of advisors that O'Connor assembled to help give his film credibility in the industry, and make the actors move and talk as realistically as possible.

In the bonus feature below, hear how real-life Mma trainer Greg Jackson helped mold actor Frank Grillo in his craft; Grillo plays the sage coach to Joel Edgerton's character. Check it out and then pick up the DVD or Blu-ray on December 20, the same date its available on Video on Demand and Digital Download.

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- Brian Jacks

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"Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" trailer offers more chaos, fire and chain-whipping action

15 December 2011 2:06 PM, PST

Keep your seatbelts fastened, true believers, because there's a new trailer for "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" -- and though it doesn't feature the skull-faced hero peeing fire, there's a lot of other craziness to behold.

The new trailer comes hot on the heels (pun totally intended) of an early screening during this year's Butt-Numb-a-Thon. And while our reporter in attendance at the film festival didn't have much praise for "Spirit of Vengeance" ("It makes the first 'Ghost Rider' look like 'Iron Man,'" he wrote), there's still plenty of time for you to make up your own mind about Nicolas Cage's return to the role of Johnny Blaze, the human host for Marvel's fiery spirit of vengeance.

In the film, Johnny Blaze is recruited by a secret sect of the church to save a young boy (played by Fergus Riordan) from the devil himself (Ciaran Hinds »


- Brian Jacks

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"Thor 2" star Natalie Portman reportedly upset Marvel ditched director Patty Jenkins

15 December 2011 12:37 PM, PST

Marvel might have wanted to consult with Natalie Portman before they fired director Patty Jenkins off "Thor 2," because the film's leading lady is not too happy about it. While the departure was originally spun to be over "creative differences," insiders say that there might have been more to it than that. Portman found out after the fact, and was a bit peeved about the whole situation.

The Hollywood Reporter has spoken to sources close to Marvel who say that Portman was unhappy because she was a major supporter of bringing Jenkins on to the project originally. Apparently she had been reconsidering whether she even wants to move forward with acting over the next few years because she wants to spend more time with her son Aleph, but finding out that Jenkins was up for director gave her a renewed vigor in the project. Though it's been downplayed since the announcement of her position, »


- Terri Schwartz

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Disney goes big with "John Carter" IMAX poster

15 December 2011 12:17 PM, PST

Everything looks bigger on an IMAX screen, and Disney is pairing the very big big-screen premiere of "John Carter" with an equally big poster.

The new image features "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" actor Taylor Kitsch as John Carter, battling two of the giant white apes that populate Mars (or "Barsoom," as it's known to its inhabitants). In Edgar Rice Burroughs' original series of Barsoom novels, the apes were a race of semi-intelligent, savage creatures that inhabited many of the less-populated areas of the planet and were a constant source of danger in the wild.

Disney's upcoming "John Carter" movie is adapted from Burroughs' series, and tells the story of a Civil War veteran who is transported to Mars and inherits great powers from the planet's atmosphere. He soons finds himself caught up in yet another war -- this time, between the planet's green- and red-skinned Martians.

"John Carter" stars Kitsch as the title character, »


- Rick Marshall

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"The Amazing Spider-Man" website debuts new images and character bios

15 December 2011 10:59 AM, PST

Sony has launched the new, official website for "The Amazing Spider-Man," its upcoming reboot of the wall-crawling character's movie franchise.

Along with a pretty spiffy look for the new site, the online home of the 2012 film also features a bunch of new images, character bios, and some interesting elements that eagle-eyed fans will certainly take note of. For example, here's the studio's synopsis of the film:

Like most teenagers his age, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. In his journey to put the pieces of his past together he uncovers a secret that his father held... a secret that will ultimately shape his destiny as Spider-Man. This is the first in a series of movies that tells a different side of the Peter Parker story. On July 3rd, 2012, the untold story begins.

Not only does the »


- Rick Marshall

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The 2012 Golden Globe nominees

15 December 2011 9:50 AM, PST

The Golden Globes are to the Academy Awards what Aaa baseball is to the major leagues, or what the Nationwide Series is to the Sprint Cup, or what the Golden Globes are to the Academy Awards: an important stepping stone on the way to the big time. They're also a good show for watching movie stars get drunk and act a little silly, and perhaps that's a big reason why the Globes so consistently nominate so many big name actors in lieu of smaller and oftentimes better films. Nominated stars mean attending stars mean drinking stars mean unintentional hilarity. Or maybe this year they were worried about attendance because the controversial Ricky Gervais is hosting the Globes for the third straight time.

Whatever the reason, the Globes nominees for 2011 are as star-studded as ever. George Clooney received three nominations all by himself -- Best Director and Best Screenplay, "The Ides of March" and Best Actor, »


- Matt Singer

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"Pineapple Express" sequel isn't on David Gordon Green's to-do list (yet)

15 December 2011 8:59 AM, PST

During our conversation with filmmaker David Gordon Green about his latest movie, "The Sitter," we discussed a lot of projects that have been on his plate for a while now, and one project that isn't in the works, but everyone still wants to know about: a sequel to "Pineapple Express."

As one might expect, Green said he gets asked about a potential follow-up to the 2008 film starring Seth Rogen, James Franco, and Danny McBride quite a bit, and his answer has changed from time to time. More often than not, his response is a direct result of conversations he's had with the "Express" cast and writers Rogen and Evan Goldberg.

"We always talk about it every time Franco and Seth and I get in a room," he laughed. "I would never say no, because I've said 'No' before and changed my mind."

"Those guys are such great collaborators and they »


- Rick Marshall

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Get your IFC.com piece for the #HungerGames100 Poster Puzzle Hunt

15 December 2011 7:30 AM, PST

To celebrate less than 100 days until the March 23, 2012 release of "The Hunger Games," Lionsgate has teamed with 100 websites to each offer one piece of a giant poster. After the first person solves the puzzle and posts, the studio will then reveal the full poster on Facebook.

IFC.com is proud to host piece #48/100. So here's what you do. Click here to download #48. Then print it and cut out the puzzle piece. Next you search Twitter for the hashtag #HungerGagmes100, find the other 99 pieces, and do the same with them. When you have the completed poster, post it to Facebook with the @tag The Hunger Games Official Movie Page. Easy peasy, right?

If you need additional instructions or have questions, check out the homepage for this massive hunt right here.

"The Hunger Games" follows Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), a resident of the dystopian nation of Panem located within the ruins of the former North America. »


- Brian Jacks

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"The Expendables 2" teaser is anything but disposable

14 December 2011 9:41 PM, PST

They're baaaaaaaaaack. Everyone's favorite gang of lovable hired killers, The Expendables, returns to theaters next summer in "The Expendables 2." Doesn't look like the movie has a subtitle; personally, I would have gone with "The Expendables 2: Expend Harder."

Maybe a sequel's no surprise with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the cast; that dude's always threatening to be back. Once again, he's good to his word. Returning with him are writer (but not director this time out) Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Terry Crews, Dolph Lundgren, and Randy Couture. Joining the cast are macho men Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme who, kind of hilariously, is credited in the trailer as "Also Van Damme." As in "With Willis. And Schwarzenegger. Also Van Damme." For a second I thought he might have changed his first name to Also. Apparently that is not the case.

It's a short 60 second teaser but it's »


- Matt Singer

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