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First Poster for the Must See Doc 'Tim's Vermeer' Directed by Teller

5 December 2013 11:56 AM, PST

"Awe-inspiring!" Among the many fantastic documentaries of 2013, one we suggest seeking out at your earliest convenience is a fun, fascinating art doc called Tim's Vermeer. The doc is the directing debut of Teller, one half of Penn & Teller, both of whom produced this film about their friend Tim Jenison, who attempts (and pretty much does) debunk the myth of artist Johannes Vermeer and how he painted such detailed artwork. The film has been receiving rave reviews from festivals all over (I saw it in Telluride and enjoyed it quite a bit) and has made the cut for the Oscar's Best Documentary shortlist, meaning it has a chance for a nomination. I'm sure a trailer is next, but until then check out the new poster below via HitFix. In Tim's Vermeer we meet Tim Jenison, a Texas based inventor (LightWave) who attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all »

- Alex Billington

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Paz De La Huerta Gets Saucy & Deadly in First Trailer for 'Nurse 3D'

5 December 2013 11:06 AM, PST

Following the shiny, sexy and stylish teaser poster for the long delayed horror thriller Nurse 3D from Lionsgate, we finally have a teaser trailer for the film arriving next February. With a Single White Female vibe, this looks like a sultry but trashy movie that feels like a Skinemax movie that looks pretty. Paz De La Huerta leads the charge as a nurse who becomes obsessed with one of her co-workers (Katrina Bowden), but when she pulls away from her aggressive advances, that's when things get deadly. We suppose the rampant sex and nudity isn't a far cry from other horror movies, but it feels like 3D softcore porn. Watch? Here's the first trailer for Doug Aariniokoski's Nurse 3D, originally from Apple: Nurse 3D is directed by Doug Aariniokoski (The Day, Highlander: Endgame), who wrote the script with David Loughery (Obsessed, Lakeview Terrace). Abby Russell (Paz De La Huerta), by »

- Ethan Anderton

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Second Trailer for Satan's Found Footage Pregnancy in 'Devil's Due'

5 December 2013 10:37 AM, PST

We got a tease of January's new found footage horror attempt The Devil's Due just in time for Halloween in October, and now a second trailer gives us another look at the film chronicling the genesis of a devilish baby. Zach Gilford and Allison Miller star as a couple who find themselves with a surprise pregnancy that begins tearing their family apart. The trailer begins in the aftermath of something terrible with Gilford being questioned by the police, sitting with blood on his face and clothes. It's weird that the 20th Century Fox logo doesn't show up until halfway through the trailer, but whatever. This looks like it could be spooky. Here's the second trailer for Tyler Gillett & Matt Bettinelli-Olpin's The Devil's Due from Yahoo: After a mysterious, lost night on their honeymoon, a newlywed couple finds themselves dealing with an earlier-than-planned pregnancy. While recording everything for posterity, the »

- Ethan Anderton

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Jerry Bruckheimer Returns to Paramount Pictures for First Look Deal?

5 December 2013 10:14 AM, PST

Back in September, we learned that mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer and The Walt Disney Company were ending their longtime first-look deal, letting the current contract expire in 2014. This has left Bruckheimer and his production banner looking for a new home, and THR has word that he might end up going back to the source of his early success with Paramount Pictures. Back in the 80s, Bruckheimer found great success with hits like Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop (which spawned a franchise that might have a new sequel on the way) and Flashdance, and it would be nice if he returned to more adult, gritty fare there. Bruckheimer's departure from Disney came after the box office bomb that was The Lone Ranger, and the producer has been struggling lately to deliver hits for Disney. Despite the box office success of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, the series seems to have lost its life lately. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Tgb Episode 180: Traveling Through Life with the Coen Brothers

5 December 2013 9:57 AM, PST

On this week's episode of The Golden Briefcase, hosts Tim and Jeremy go through their latest picks of the week, the newest DVD & Blu-ray releases and much more. The main topic of the night was an in-depth discussion on the films of Joel & Ethan Coen, better known as the Coen Brothers, in honor of their latest film Inside Llewyn Davis in limited release this weekend. The guys talk over the Coens as a unit in regards to their storytelling, collaborations with cinematographers and overall legacy as American filmmakers. They also divulge their favorites of the Coen's filmography and where they'd like to see the duo work next. Enjoy! Download #180 or Listen Now: [audio href="http://traffic.libsyn.com/firstshowing/EP180.mp3" title="Traveling Through Life with the Coen Brothers"]The Golden Briefcase #180[/audio] Subscribe via: RSS or iTunes Previous Episode: Films of Fatherhood (Guest: Alan 'Nordling' Cerny) Picks of the Week: Jeremy: Before Midnight / Magnolia / The Prestige Tim: Europa Report / Event Horizon / Ken mode - "Entrench" DVD »

- Tim Buel

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Kevin Hart & LeBron James as Basketball Brothers in 'Ballers' Comedy

5 December 2013 9:48 AM, PST

Early next year, Kevin Hart will be teaming up with rapper turned actor Ice Cube for the buddy cop comedy Ride Along, and now Universal is teaming the comedian up with a familiar name from the sports world. Deadline has word that Hart will star in Ballers, a basketball comedy from Imagine Entertainment that will team him up with NBA championship winning superstar LeBron James from the Miami Heat. The story follows Hart as a man who lives in the shadow of his professional basketball star brother (James), but gets a chance to run the court when he and his friends hit a weekend fantasy basketball camp in Miami. More than likely, Hart and James will be at odds, but will probably end up playing ball together at some point. Of course, a match-up pitting them against each other as rivals seems like a lost cause since Hart isn't the »

- Ethan Anderton

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Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac' Set for March/April 2014 Us Release

5 December 2013 9:09 AM, PST

Briefly: Magnolia Pictures has confirmed official Us release dates and details for Lars von Trier's already-controversial Nymphomaniac, the sexual biopic starring Charlotte Gainsbourg. The film is first hitting theaters in Denmark at the end of this month, leading into 2014. Magnolia says Nymphomaniac: Part 1 will open in Us theaters on March 21st, 2014, hitting VOD earlier on March 6th. A month later, Part 2 will open in theaters on April 18th, 2014, also hitting VOD earlier on April 3rd. This should cause quite a stir. I expect the film community to be abuzz with Nymphomaniac chatter throughout March and April. Part 1 deals with her adolescence and young-adulthood; Part 2 tells the story of Joe's adulthood. First trailer here. »

- Alex Billington

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No Ron Burgundy on Espn But See Steve Carell's 'Anchorman' Audition

5 December 2013 8:56 AM, PST

"I'm in a glass case of emotion!" Bad news, sports fans. While Ron Burgundy was slated to join Espn's SportsCenter today as guest host (we teased his interview with Peyton Manning yesterday), the appearance featuring Will Ferrell along with David Koechner as Champ Kind (Whammy!) has been canceled. Espn announced the bad news (via THR) because of a news conference regarding sexual assault allegations against quarterback Jameis Winston set for today, and that will take prominence as real sports news. But to stop your tears, we have Steve Carell's incredible audition video as weatherman Brick Tamland when Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy was still just developing. Watch below! Steve Carell's Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy audition from Paramount (via Movies.com): Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is written and directed by Adam McKay, the man behind the original 2004 comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and comedies like Step Brothers. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Universal's Touching Video Tribute to 'Fast & Furious' Star Paul Walker

5 December 2013 7:58 AM, PST

Though a few days have passed since the untimely death of Fast & Furious star Paul Walker, there are still plenty of fans grieving along with the actor's close friends and family. Universal just officially announced production halt on Fast & Furious 7 following rumblings that the studio might start the sequel over from scratch, with several theories of how they would handle the leading actor's passing. But that's all business stuff. Now the studio wanted to pay tribute to their fallen franchise star with this touching video featuring clips of Walker from the entirety of the high speed action franchise. It's just a shame that he's really gone. Here's Universal's tribute to Paul Walker by way of the Fast & Furious franchise's YouTube channel: The studio also released this statement: "Paul Walker's family appreciates the outpouring of love and goodwill from his many fans and friends. They have asked, in lieu of flowers or other gifts, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Must Watch: Marc Webb's 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' Teaser Trailer

5 December 2013 7:17 AM, PST

"It's just a matter of time before I face those with more power than I can overcome." Well, it looks like The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is really going all out with this sequel. This teaser trailer is action-packed and completely different from what was shown at Comic-Con this past summer, and it shows hints of action with all three of the villains featured on the triptych poster (which you can review again below). We're not sure how director Marc Webb is going to pull all of this off in one movie, but since there have been talks of a lead-up to the Sinister Six, our favorite webslinger doesn't have to defeat all these villains yet. Watch below! Here's the first teaser trailer for Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man 2, direct from Sony's YouTube: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is directed by Marc Webb and written by Jeff Pinker, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. »

- Ethan Anderton

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First Look: Zombie Aubrey Plaza in Sundance Comedy 'Life After Beth'

5 December 2013 6:01 AM, PST

What other hidden gems can we discover early in the first Sundance 2014 announcement? How about a comedy where Aubrey Plaza (of Mystery Team, Funny People, Safety Not Guaranteed, "Parks & Rec") plays Dane DeHaan's girlfriend Beth, who he keeps as his girlfriend after she becomes a zombie. It's titled Life After Beth (nice) and does indeed star Plaza as a zombie. The ensemble cast includes more excellent names like John C. Reilly, Paul Reiser, Anna Kendrick, Alia Shawkat and Molly Shannon. Hopefully not too similar to Warm Bodies, this does sound interesting, we'll catch it at Sundance in January. First look below. Here's the first three photos from Jeff Baena's Life After Beth (click for HQ), arriving direct from Sundance: Here's the fun synopsis from Sundance: Zach is devastated by the unexpected death of his girlfriend, Beth. When she mysteriously returns, he gets a second chance at love. Soon »

- Alex Billington

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Watch: Production Blog #13 for 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug'

4 December 2013 11:09 PM, PST

"Anddd, roll!" He's back! With the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug just around the corner, Peter Jackson has debuted the latest production video blog, #13, for the cinematic trilogy. This follows the 12th video blog which arrived back in November, showing the process behind shooting pick-up scenes. This time around we find out why Peter says shooting parts of The Hobbit is "just like I used to do in the old days, at home, on Super 8 camera," and explore more of the cast and crew putting finishing touches on The Desolation of Smaug. We also meet Stephen Fry as the Master of Laketown, plus plenty of others. Here's Production Video #13 for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug from YouTube: In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit... J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, being directed by Peter Jackson as three separate movies, is »

- Alex Billington

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Ben Foster, Toby Kebbell & Dominic Cooper Cast in 'Warcraft' Movie

4 December 2013 4:44 PM, PST

Big casting announcement for the Warcraft movie tonight. Variety is reporting that four more names are set for Duncan Jones' Warcraft movie in the works at Legendary. The big four are: Ben Foster (of 3:10 to Yuma, Pandorum, Rampart, Ain't Them Bodies Saints, Lone Survivor), Toby Kebbell (of RocknRolla, Prince of Persia, Sorcerer's Apprentice, Wrath of the Titans, The East), Rob Kazinsky (of "True Blood", Red Tails + Chuck Hansen in Pacific Rim) in three lead roles, with Dominic Cooper (Mamma Mia, Devil's Double, Captain America, Need for Speed) in negotiations for a part as well. All four of these guys are very talented actors on the rise and should make for a gritty, badass cast of humans. So who will they be playing? No one knows! Plot details for this Warcraft movie are still being kept a big secret, and we don't have have any casting or character breakdowns to go along with them. »

- Alex Billington

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'Babel' Director Now Circling Competing 'Jungle Book' at Warner Bros.

4 December 2013 4:40 PM, PST

After just learning that Disney was sending their new live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book to theaters in 2015 with Iron Man and Elf helmer Jon Favreau directing, a competing adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's novel is making progress at Warner Bros. Deadline has word that the studio is in early talks with Babel, 21 Grams and Amores Perros director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu to be at the helm. This project first surfaced back in April of 2012 with a script from Harry Potter franchise writer Steve Kloves, and now it has legs again. If you're wondering how this is possible, Kipling's book is in public domain, which means the rights don't need to be purchased in order to adapt the story into a feature film or other medium. It's unclear which project will get off the ground first, but unlike other competing projects like next year's Hercules battle between directors Renny Harlin (The Legend of Hercules, »

- Ethan Anderton

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First Look: Philip Seymour Hoffman in John Slattery's 'God's Pocket'

4 December 2013 3:33 PM, PST

Meet Mickey - he's in trouble. Another good first look at another interesting film premiering at Sundance 2014. This one is the feature directing debut of "Mad Men's" Roger Sterling, actor John Slattery. The film is titled God's Pocket, based on the Peter Dexter novel, and stars Philip Seymour Hoffman as Mickey, a guy who gets in over his head when he tries to cover-up the accidental death of his stepson, Leon. The cast includes a couple of other fun actors, including: Richard Jenkins, Christina Hendricks (in lingerie of course), John Turturro, Caleb Landry Jones and Eddie Marsan. I'm intrigued, I'll see this at the fest. Here's the full set of six photos from Sundance for John Slattery's God's Pocket, premiering this January: Synopsis from Sundance: When Mickey's stepson Leon is killed in a construction "accident," Mickey tries to bury the bad news with the body. But when the boy's mother demands the truth, »

- Alex Billington

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First Look: Sundance Film 'Whiplash' with Miles Teller as a Drummer

4 December 2013 3:01 PM, PST

Hell yes, this looks awesome. Another peculiar film just announced at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival is a film called Whiplash. We have written about this once before, and it has nothing to do with the Iron Man villain. Whiplash stars Miles Teller (Footloose, Project X, The Spectacular Now) as a "talented young drummer", who, "under the direction of a ruthless instructor" being played by J.K. Simmons, "begins to pursue perfection at any cost, even his humanity." Damn. If that doesn't sound cool enough, these six first look photos should do it. This is selected as the opening night film of Sundance, which honestly is a bit of a concern, but I still have a good feeling this will be something quite unique if not very memorable. See below. Whiplash is both written and directed by American filmmaker Damien Chazelle, whose feature debut was Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench »

- Alex Billington

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First Look: Rinko Kikuchi in 'Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter' Indie Film

4 December 2013 2:17 PM, PST

One of the many interesting films just announced as part of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival line-up is one called Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter, starring Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi (Babel, The Brothers Bloom, Pacific Rim, 47 Ronin) and pretty much her alone (the cast lists no one else). The film, directed by actor-writer-filmmaker David Zellner, is about a Japanese girl who becomes "convinced that a satchel of money buried in a fictional film is, in fact, real." That film is actually Fargo, as you might have guessed, and it's actually based on a real story from back in 2001 (read more on the girl here & here). We have some first look photos from Sundance to go along with the announcement (congrats!), so check them out below. Here's the first photos for Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter, which kinda make this look like a Jarmusch film: A lonely Japanese woman (Rinko Kikuchi) becomes convinced that »

- Alex Billington

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Sundance Film Festival 2014 Announces Official In-Competition Films

4 December 2013 1:34 PM, PST

Every new year brings us another Sundance Film Festival and with 43 days left until Sundance 2014 kicks off on January 16th, Sundance has officially announced the first half of this year's complete line-up. Featured in five different competition categories are 67 individual films that will be showing at world's greatest, snowiest film festival in January. The remaining half of the line-up, which includes big premieres and midnight films, will be announced over the next few weeks. The 2014 line-up looks unique yet exciting as always. There's a few interesting picks, like Kumiko the Treasure Hunter, and more for 2014. List below. U.S. Dramatic Competition: The world premieres of 16 American narrative feature films. Camp X-Ray (Director & Screenwriter: Peter Sattler) — A young woman is stationed as a guard in Guantanamo Bay, where she forms an unlikely friendship with one of the detainees. Cast: Kristen Stewart, Payman Maadi, Lane Garrison, J.J. Soria, John Carroll Lynch. »

- Alex Billington

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Full Length Trailer for Paul W.S. Anderson's Disaster Epic 'Pompeii'

4 December 2013 12:45 PM, PST

It's Gladiator meets Dante's Peak in Pompeii, the newest film from Resident Evil franchise director Paul W.S. Anderson. With a story that follows slaves fighting in an arena, Kit Harrington finds himself in even more danger when Mount Vesuvius begins to erupt and destroy the city and all its inhabitants. However, he must also try to save the woman he loves (Emily Browning) in the midst of this volcanic disaster. The film comes to theaters in 3D next February, however, it looks far too dark and smoky to actually look good in the format. Even in 2D, it's difficult to see many of the actors in all the smoke and ash. Here's the new full trailer for Paul W. S. Anderson's Pompeii, originally from Yahoo: Set in the days leading up to the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, a slave on a ship heading for Naples works to get home to »

- Ethan Anderton

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Spike Jonze's 'Her' is National Board of Review's Best Film of 2013

4 December 2013 12:04 PM, PST

Hooray! The National Board of Review, one of the many organizations voting on awards for movies, has announced their 2013 awards today. The top film - Spike Jonze's Her, which won Best Film of 2013 and Best Director for Jonze, though it didn't win anything else along the way. Instead, a few other acting wins went to Nebraska, Fruitvale Station and Saving Mr. Banks, with Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street and the Coen's Inside Llewyn Davis sneaking in via the screenplay categories. I'm mostly happy that Her is starting to win awards like Best Film, hopefully this is just the start of what's to come. View the full Nbr list below. The National Board of Review’s awards will be handed out January 7th in New York City at a gala hosted by Lara Spencer. The Nbr Awards include a number of categories and follow-up lists of best films (including »

- Alex Billington

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