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Martin Scorsese Talks 'Psycho' in Clip from 'Hitchcock/Truffaut' Documentary

13 hours ago

Kent Jones' new documentary Hitchcock/Truffaut premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and sounds like it's a film for the ages, serving more-or-less as a movie for those of us (yes, I shamefully include myself in this) that haven't yet read "Hitchcock", the book that transcribes the famous 1962 sit down interview between Alfred Hitchcock and Francois Truffaut. In fact, if you don't want to read it you can even listen to the entire interview session in its entirety right here or you can sit and wait until the Cohen Media Group releases the new documentary in theaters later this year. amz asin="0671604295" size="small"Featuring interviews with the likes of Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Arnaud Desplechin (who just won during the Cannes Directors' Fortnight), Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Wes Anderson, James Gray, Olivier Assayas, Richard Linklater, Peter Bogdanovich and Paul Schrader, this film sets out to take us into the world of the creator of Psycho, »

- Brad Brevet

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Blunt, Brolin and Del Toro Shine in 'Sicario' Clip

15 hours ago

I've done my best to avoid reactions to most everything playing at the Cannes Film Festival if only to keep my own expectations in check and one of the movies I'm doing my very best to avoid hearing any advanced buzz is Denis Villeneuve's thriller Sicario starring Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro among others. For an added bit of context before you check out the following first clip from the film (via Slashfilm), know the film centers on Kate (Blunt), a young female FBI agent who joins a secret CIA operation to take down a Mexican cartel boss, a job that ends up pushing her ethical and moral values to the limit. The following clip features what must be Kate's first meeting with del Toro's character followed by a bit of tough love from Brolin. Give it a watch below. The film is set for a Sept. »

- Brad Brevet

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Amid Censorship Issues and a Growing Market, China Seeks a Film Ratings System

16 hours ago

A recent report from NPR details both the effects and the concerns of a growing movie marketplace in China, where government censors aim to bring positive portrayals of the country and its citizens to audiences watching movies within its borders. NPR's Frank Langfitt describes a scene from Mission: Impossible III, which shows Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) walking past the bright lights of Shanghai's cityscape and then past underwear hanging from a clothesline. The scene serves to establish the setting, but you won't find it in the Chinese cut of the film. "The censors felt that it did not portray Shanghai in a positive light," says T.J. Green, CEO of Apex Entertainment, which owns and builds theaters in China. "So that scene was removed from the movie." The erasure of this scene is just one example of many over the course of the last decade or so. If you'll recall, »

- Jordan Benesh

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"Hail Macbeth!" Watch Two Clips from 'Macbeth' Starring Michael Fassbender & Marion Cotillard

19 hours ago

Justin Kurzel's adaptation of William Shakespeare's Macbeth will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival tomorrow and in advance of its Croisette debut, Studio Canal has released two official clips from the film that finds Michael Fassbender in the title role alongside Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth. Along with Fassbender and Cotillard the film co-stars Paddy Considine, David Thewlis, Sean Harris, Jack Reynor and Elizabeth Debicki and will be released stateside by the Weinstein Co. later this year, and its premiere at Cannes will suggest what kind of release it gets as that late festival screening is a little worrisome, though the talent in front of and behind the camera is very promising. Neither of the clips give us much information in way of story, but they definitely suggest the style Kurzel and cinematographer Adam Arkapaw are going for. Arakapaw served as Dp on Kurzel's The Snowtown Murders previously as »

- Brad Brevet

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Hey Chef! The First Poster for 'Adam Jones' Starring Bradley Cooper Needs More Salt

19 hours ago

The Weinstein Co. has revealed the first poster for Adam Jones (originally titled Chef), starring Bradley Cooper in the title role as a Parisian chef who loses his job and relocates to London, where he starts building a team to create the greatest restaurant of all time. If we're being honest, the poster does very little, merely featuring its title star in nothing more than a publicity shot. Directed by John Wells (August: Osage County) and written by Steven Knight the film features a stacked cast that reunites Cooper with his American Sniper co-star Sienna Miller along with the likes of Omar Sy, Daniel Bruhl, Emma Thompson, Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina), Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey), Lily James (Cinderella), Uma Thurman and Matthew Rhys. readmore postid="170181" Here's the official synopsis followed by the poster. The film is slated for an Oct. 2 release and will likely enjoy a Toronto Film Festival premiere. »

- Brad Brevet

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'Slow West' (2015) Movie Review

20 hours ago

A 16-year-old boy and a world-weary man make their way through a dense forest on horseback. "That's just a shame," the boy says to his older counterpart as the two discover a felled tree, a man crushed beneath it, the hand of his rotted corpse still clenching the axe he used to chop it down. "Is itc" the man asks, chortling. The boy responds with a smirk, "No, no it isn't." His once-naive mind, now all but tainted by his companion's cynicism. The scene described above is one you might find in a Coen brothers film, or perhaps a Quentin Tarantino joint -- though devoid of the popular music Tarantino would use to contrast the 1870s American frontier backdrop. Yet here it is smack dab in the middle of Slow West, the feature directorial debut of John Maclean, and while the film is clearly inspired by Maclean's predecessors both classic and contemporary, »

- Jordan Benesh

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'Poltergeist' (2015) Movie Review

20 hours ago

What made Tobe Hooper's -- or Steven Spielberg's, depending on whom you ask -- Poltergeist so iconic was how it blended a mix of humor, heart and character with the same atmosphere and tension. It became the rare mainstream Hollywood thriller with just the right technical and creative talent to shine. In turn, Gil Kenan's 2015 remake is disappointing in how it's basically the opposite: cold, generic and entirely ho-hum. It's by no means the worst horror remake of late, but that it has the skills behind-and-in-front of the camera to exceed and only settles on mediocrity makes this re-imagining almost as degrading. Kenan's take follows the Bowen family, which includes the recently unemployed Eric (Sam Rockwell), his wife Amy (Rosemarie DeWitt) and their three children -- older daughter Kendra (Saxon Sharbino), son Griffin (Kyle Catlett) and youngest daughter Madison (Kennedi Clements) -- as they've just moved into a new suburban home. »

- Will Ashton

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Bill Murray Channels Bill Murray in the Teaser for Netflix's "A Very Murray Christmas"

21 hours ago

Like stores playing Christmas music in October and people forming lines outside Best Buy the Monday before Black Friday, it's apparently never too early to start preparing for the holiday season. Well, Netflix has officially upped the ante this morning, debuting the first teaser for its upcoming holiday special "A Very Murray Christmas" starring, who else, Bill Murray. If you're like me you love Lost in Translation, and if that's the case you'll be delighted to know Netflix's upcoming special is written and directed by Sofia Coppola. The teaser features Murray wistfully staring out the window of a high-rise, wearing thick black suspenders and a pair of reindeer antlers. All that's missing is the Suntory whisky. The video is just a small taste of something bigger, as "A Very Murray Christmas" is described as an homage to the classic variety show, with Murray playing himself, worried no one will show »

- Jordan Benesh

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"Orphan Black" Season Three: The Story So Far

22 hours ago

If you haven't taken my advice from yesterday and started watching "Orphan Black" (it's been a full 24 hours, what are you waiting for...c) but plan to, avoid this post. I'll try to be as opaque as possible but there will inevitably be some spoilers discussed and this is the type of twisty show where a lot of enjoyment can be found in being surprised. If you are still on the fence and want to just dive in without going back to the beginning, feel free to proceed, maybe the storylines going on this season will pique your interest and the series really can still be enjoyed even knowing what to expect. **Spoilers From Here On Out** Season three begins right where season two ended - Helena (one of many roles played masterfully by Tatiana Maslany) is captured by a military group. We don't know who they are at first but everyone knows, »

- Michael Hindle

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Podcast: Reviewing 'Tomorrowland' with Vince from FilmDrunk

22 hours ago

It's Friday and we've got our first Friday in some time I believe topping two hours long as we invite Vince Mancini from FilmDrunk.com on to discuss Tomorrowland, the "Game of Thrones" controversy pops up throughout the episode, we have a pair of trailers we listen to in the first trailer for Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and Pixar's Pixels and beyond that, how we managed to cross two hours is beyond me as time flew right by. We hope you enjoy. For those that may be wondering, we didn't intend to skip games today, it just happened that way as we started running out of time, but we'll be getting to them all on Friday so get your submissions in! If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you »

- Brad Brevet

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'World War Z' Sequel Set for 2017 Release Opposite 'Fantastic Four 2'

22 hours ago

The likelihood of Fantastic Four 2 of keeping its release date seems slim at this point. Then again, the likelihood of World War Z 2 (or whatever Paramount ends up calling it) sticking with its newly found release date seems also slim. The Fantastic Four sequel has already moved all around the calendar, dodging Star Wars: Episode VIII from July 14, 2017 to June 2, to June 9, 2017, where it now resides and has just gained company in the World War Z sequel, which will again star Brad Pitt and be directed by Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible) with a screenplay by Steven Knight (Locke). Of course, the first World War Z also had release date issues, moving all over the board, though that largely stemmed from production issues. Considering we're talking about a release date over two years away I guess it hardly matters one way or another. However, in other release date news, »

- Brad Brevet

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Watch the Best Oscar Animated Short Film from Last Year, 'A Single Life'

21 May 2015 1:10 PM, PDT

Last year Disney's Feast took home the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film even though it wasn't the best animated short film (trust me, I know). The best animated short film last year was A Single Life from the Dutch design studio Job, Joris & Marieke -- Job Roggeveen, Joris Oprins, and Marieke Blaauw -- and now you can watch it in its entirety courtesy of The New Yorker who also has an accompanying profile the filmmaking trio. Here's the plot: In "A Single Life," Pia plays a mysterious vinyl record that suddenly gives her the ability to travel through her own life. The film was nominated for Best Animated Short at the Academy Awards in 2014 and was acquired by Cn? at last year's Toronto International Film Festival. The short clocks in at only 2:15 minutes and was created using Cinema 4D and After Effects and you can get even more »

- Brad Brevet

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New 'Hannibal' Season 3 Sneak Peek Trailer & Pictures Promise a Whole New 'Hannibal'

21 May 2015 11:08 AM, PDT

I have already watched the season three premiere of NBC's "Hannibal" and I don't want to say too much now as I will be recapping and reviewing each episode of this third season as they air, though I will say the fans and critics that have kept this series alive won't be disappointed. In fact, how this show has managed to survive is a mystery to me as it is the most un-major network television show I've ever seen. It's dark, twisted, violent, artistic and simply toys with its audience, wrapping us in the wicked little web it weaves. Sometimes it gets a little weird, and the first season had a little too much of the windshield wiper effect for my tastes, but boy am I glad I stuck with it. Today I have for you a few pictures from the upcoming third season along with a new sneak peek trailer. »

- Brad Brevet

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Watch: Official Trailer for 'The Gallows' has a Hilarious "Critic" Quote

21 May 2015 10:16 AM, PDT

"Scared the living hell outta me... So scary it's hard to watch... Perfect horror." These are the quotes used in the new trailer for the found footage horror The Gallows. Which film critic said themc Well, it wasn't a critic exactly. In fact, the credit goes to "Audience Screening" and the moment the attribution shows up it's the briefest of the three quotes to stay on screen. Does that mean The Gallows is a bad moviec No, but there are signals in film marketing you begin to key on that throw up red flags and, for me, quoting an audience screening is definitely one of them. As for the trailer itself, well, if there is any genre that has proven sound is a major aspect of cinema it's the found footage horror film as they wouldn't be anything without loud bangs, creeks and groans to accompany their whip pan reveals and sudden supernatural goings on. »

- Brad Brevet

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Watch: Theme Song for "The Unbreakable Furiosa"

21 May 2015 9:59 AM, PDT

"Females are strong as hell." There's a sentence I don't think any of us going into Mad Max: Fury Road thought we'd be coming out thinking. Led by Charlize Theron's Imperator Furiosa, the film is a showcase for powerful women taking control of their own destinies from an oppressive patriarchy, and Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy) just so happens to be tagging along for the ride. I could just use this as a venue to talk about how great Mad Max: Fury Road is, but I have other things for you. That quote at the beginning of this article comes from the theme song to the delightful television program "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt". In my review of season one, I never got around to talking about the theme song for the show. Parodying the number of auto-tuned and remixed songs taken from news reports, the song is catchy and joyous, fitting »

- Mike Shutt

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'Batkid Begins' Trailer, Why isn't the World Like This All the Timec

21 May 2015 9:54 AM, PDT

I'm of two minds when I see this trailer for the upcoming Batkid Begins documentary, exploring the story from back in late 2013 when the wish of 5-year-old Miles Scott, recovering from Leukemia, to be Batman for a day was fulfilled in the streets of San Francisco. First, it's impossible not to be moved by the generosity and outpour of caring on display. Second, why aren't people like this all the timec Why isn't there a movement to help people all the timec I know it says a lot about me and my view of the world and humanity when I see something so touching and yet find a way to look at it with cynicism, but I can't help it. The documentary, directed by Dana Nachman, seeks to answer at least one "why", that being "Why did this happenc" The synopsis says the film "reveals surprising truths about what happens »

- Brad Brevet

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Tobey Maguire's Head is Exploding in 'Pawn Sacrifice' Poster

21 May 2015 8:41 AM, PDT

I caught Pawn Sacrifice at last year's Toronto Film Festival and in my review I called it "a good movie, though nothing altogether ground-breaking or entirely revealing." Suffice to say, it's a'ight, which is why it wasn't snatched up by any of the major studios and will be hitting select theaters come Sept. 18 courtesy of Bleeker Street, who've just released the film's first poster. Set during the height of the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) finds himself caught between two superpowers when he challenges the Soviet Empire and it plays out pretty much like your standard sports story with a focus on the tortured soul at its core. Liev Schreiber, Sophie Nelisse, Peter Sarsgaard, Lily Rabe, Robin Weigert, Michael Stuhlbarg and Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick all co-star. Check out the poster below and you can read my full review right here. I expect we'll have a trailer later today or tomorrow. »

- Brad Brevet

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Should You Be Watching "Orphan Black"c Yes!

21 May 2015 8:26 AM, PDT

I would wager that if you visit sites like this one regularly, you've at least heard of the BBC America original series "Orphan Black". I'd also wager, based on the ratings the show gets on a weekly basis, not many of you watch it live. My hope is the encouraging number of people that watch the show time shifted (according to Zap2It, the ratings for the second episode of this season increased by 300% when the L+7 results were added) keep it alive beyond the just announced fourth season. It certainly deserves your attention. On its most basic level, "Orphan Black" is the story of a street tough girl who is pulled into a conspiracy after witnessing the death of a girl who looks exactly like her. The very first trailer for the show spoiled the big twist at the end of the second episode, this street tough girl, Sarah »

- Michael Hindle

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Box Office Predictions: 'Pitch Perfect 2' Targets Second Week at #1 Over 'Tomorrowland' and 'Poltergeist'

21 May 2015 7:45 AM, PDT

Pitch Perfect 2 is a mystery in that the frontload is difficult to project. Remember that the first one was a slow burn at the box office - and although this one had much more pent-up fervor, it still should be way less frontloaded than a superhero film (based on the demographic alone). Brad has set the budget here at an absurdly low $29 million which means this is a massive hit already. I'm putting it at $36 million, so it's anyone's ballgame because ... Tomorrowland is the second mystery! Hmmm, I suppose they are all mysteries, ehc However, the trailers look average and the reviews are middling, only 53 percent. $35 million is where I'm at right now, within fingernail distance of first place. The main issue here is that word of mouth may sink it by Sunday. Poltergeist is the other new wide release of the weekend. Horrors have a definite but also capped audiences. »

- Laremy Legel

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Antoine Fuqua's 'Magnificent Seven': Peter Sarsgaard In, Jason Momoa Out

21 May 2015 7:14 AM, PDT

Antoine Fuqua has already lined up an impressive cast for his remake of the remake of Seven Samurai, meaning The Magnificent Seven. He has brought on Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Haley Bennett, Byung-Hun Lee and Matt Bomer. And now we can add another person to that cast list: Peter Sarsgaard. He will be taking on the villain role of the piece, playing robber baron Bartholomew Bogue. Sarsgaard has played villains in the past, and it can go either way with him. Let's just hope it isn't this again. Photo: Warner Bros. Sarsgaard is to play Bartholomew Bogue, a robber baron whose hired thugs kill the husband of a woman who hires a group of mercenaries (the titular seven) to take back the small town that has become Bogue's stomping grounds. The script was most recently reworked by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) following up on »

- Mike Shutt

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