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Highest Grossing Animated Movie of 2014c

4 hours ago

How to Train Your Dragon 2 is set to make its premiere in the south of France at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival where I suspect it will begin its path to becoming the highest grossing animated movie of the year. yt id="Trn5FQowIaE" width="500" The thrilling second chapter of the epic How to Train Your Dragon trilogy returns to the fantastical world of the heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon Toothless. The inseparable duo must protect the peace - and save the future of men and dragons from the power-hungry Drago. »

- Brad Brevet

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Trailer, Picture and Poster for the Dardennes' 'Two Days, One Night' Starring Marion Cotillard

4 hours ago

Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne will be returning to Cannes this year with Two Days, One Night, their latest drama starring Marion Cotillard as a young woman assisted by her husband, who has only one weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their bonuses so that she can keep her job. Fabrizio Rongione and Olivier Gourmet co-star. Today, thanks to Thompson on Hollywood and The Playlist we have a batch of several pictures from the film along with a poster and the first trailer. The film is playing In Competition at Cannes and if you haven't looked over the list just yet you can find it right here. Check out the trailer, poster and more pictures below. »

- Brad Brevet

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I Can't Get Excited for This Just Yet

6 hours ago

I honestly think Akira Kurosawa's Throne of Blood is the only film adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Macbeth" that I've seen. I haven't seen Orson Welles' version, nor Roman Polanski's, but I'll surely check out Justin Kurzel's new adaptation once it arrives, and I have to suspect it will have its first official peek out in September in either Toronto or Venice. Today a couple of first look pictures from the film, featuring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard as Macbeth and "Lady M" have arrived courtesy of The Daily Mail's set visit report. My only concern is the language. Shakespeare's verse remains in the film, though it has apparently been "edited" according to The Daily Mail's Baz Bamigboye, quoting Fassbender who says, "There's a vibrancy and intelligence to the script." It's always tough to get the tone of a film right when it comes to Shakespeare's »

- Brad Brevet

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'Sorcerer' Blu-ray Review

8 hours ago

I interviewed William Friedkin back in 2012 (read part one here and part two here) and asked about the status of Sorcerer back then, knowing of the legal issues it was facing as Paramount and Universal couldn't seem to decide who owned the rights to the film. Friedkin was suing both studios in order to figure that out and hopefully get a remastered version of, what I believe is best called a "cult classic" at this point, the film released. Two years later, it finally arrives courtesy of Warner Home Video in all its tension laden madness. While Friedkin doesn't like the term, Sorcerer is a remake of French director Henri-Georges Clouzot's Wages of Fear (which itself was based on Georges Arnaud's novel), an amazing movie and one I've written about before, including my 2009 review of the Criterion Blu-ray. I can understand Friedkin's aversion to the word "remake" as »

- Brad Brevet

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Podcast: Reviewing 'Transcendence', Talking Cannes, Playing Games and Your Questions

10 hours ago

It's a standard Friday episode of the RopeofSilicon podcast with this week's review being Transcendence while we also discuss the situation with Bryan Singer, answer some of your questions, play some games and we have a brand new intro and outro, the outro being Clint Mansell's "In the Wall Side 2" courtesy of Death Waltz Recording Company. 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 can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. An alternative to that option is a new way of »

- Brad Brevet

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'Fading Gigolo' (2013) Movie Review

11 hours ago

I didn't expect much from Fading Gigolo, but I expected to enjoy it. I expected a light, breezy film with a few laughs, a little drama and an overall happy ending and that's exactly what I got. Writer, director and star, John Turturro smartly casts Woody Allen in this New York-set slice of life that remains largely innocent in the face of telling the story of an aging bookseller-turned-pimp and a fifty-something junior florist that accepts the job as his gigolo. "Only rare people buy rare books anymore," says Allen as Murray, but as they two will soon learn, people will still pay for sex, and the oldest profession is alive and well. Struggling to keep his privately owned book store open, a light bulb goes off in Murray's head after his dermatologist (Sharon Stone) randomly mentions she and her friend (Sofia Vergara) have been considering a menage a trois. »

- Brad Brevet

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Your Box Office Predictions for 'Transcendence', 'Heaven is for Real', 'Haunted House 2' and 'Bears'

12 hours ago

The number of people participating in the Box Office Challenge continues to decline. You do realize you have over eight more months to crack the top ten rightc You also realize you're playing for a $50 Amazon gift card no matter where you live in the world... rightc Oh well, at least a few people are joining in the fun. As for this week, there's a radical difference in the predictions as Laremy has gone much higher than the readers on Transcendence, $5 million higher in fact as he sees it trending toward a $30.6 million finish while the reader average is just below tracking at $25.6 million. Seems tracking numbers are a little more influential than Laremy's gut instinct. Perhaps that and the ridiculous 19% RottenTomatoes rating, but we'll get into that on today's podcast. With Heaven is for Real, the readers went $300,000 higher than Laremy with a $17.3 million prediction as religious based films continue to prove successful, »

- Brad Brevet

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First Trailer and Poster for Clint Eastwood's 'Jersey Boys'

17 April 2014 5:09 PM, PDT

Warner Bros. has chosen the end of the day to premiere the first trailer and poster for Clint Eastwood's new movie, Jersey Boys based on the hit Broadway musical. Starring Christopher Walken, Jeremy Luke, Joey Russo, Vincent Piazza and Erica Piccininni, Jersey Boys is the legendary story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi and tells the meteoric tale of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide - all before they were thirty. The film is set for a June 20 release, check out the trailer and poster below. sb id="915739" height="360" width="640" »

- Brad Brevet

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Trailer for Zhang Yimou's Cannes Bound 'Coming Home'

17 April 2014 3:22 PM, PDT

You can't really tell much from this first trailer for Zhang Yimou's Coming Home, which was announced as one of the out of competition titles at this year's Cannes Film Festival (see the lineup here), but combined with the following description for Yahn Geling's novel, "The Criminal Lu Yanshi ", from which the film is based you may be able to put things together: Chinese-American writer Yan Geling published her new book, entitled "Inmate Lu Yanshi", in which she explores the spiritual world and life experiences of intellectuals from the past. Born in Shanghai with a silver spoon in his mouth, Lu Yanshi is disappointed with his arranged marriage. He goes to the United States to study and returns to teach at universities. During the political campaigns of the early 1950s, he is condemned as an anti-revolutionary and sentenced to life imprisonment in the country's northwestern wilderness. Lu gradually realizes how »

- Brad Brevet

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'Breaking the Waves' (Criterion Collection) Blu-ray Review

17 April 2014 11:29 AM, PDT

Recently Lars von Trier has made headlines for his inappropriate comments and the sexual and violent nature of such films as Antichrist and now Nymphomaniac, but what isn't mentioned as often is some of his earlier work, films such as Europa, Dancer in the Dark and, of course, Breaking the Waves, which has come to Criterion Blu-ray in an impressive package, though there are some notes to be made. To begin, if you haven't seen Breaking the Waves you're in for a fascinating feature that can be interpreted a myriad of ways and argued for days without resolution. I've seen people refer to it as the ultimate religious film as it looks at a conflict of beliefs, one preaching the fear of God and the other dedicated to the love of God. At the center of this is Bess (Emily Watson) a devote believer in God and a character that »

- Brad Brevet

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Box Office Predictions: 'Transcendence' Fights Off 'Haunted', 'Heaven', and 'Bears' for Weekend Title

17 April 2014 9:00 AM, PDT

Transcendence should be the winner this weekend, even though it looks to be the most mysterious title on the board (generally a deal-breaker with general audiences). Here's the crazy part - right now it sits at 17 percent on RottenTomatoes! That's really shocking. I would have given it around a B- (just as Brad did), right on the border, but I can't believe it's treading in the teens while Divergent and Draft Day are 20 and 30 points higher. Still, the tracking for Transcendence is solid, Johnny Depp still draws a crowd (though more internationally) and I think the trailers have been halfway decent. At this point last year another non-sequel sci-fi with a big-name actor took the crown. Want a moment to guessc Time's up, the movie was Oblivion with $37.1 million. If you like that number, then my $30.6 million call is low, but if you're a stickler for tracking, you'll see me as high. »

- Laremy Legel

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New Trailer and Posters for 'The Rover' Starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson

17 April 2014 8:30 AM, PDT

As expected David Michod's The Rover will be playing the 2014 Cannes Film Festival (see the full lineup here) and A24 isn't letting the moment go unnoticed as they've released a new trailer and a pair of character posters featuring stars Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce. Set in a world ten years following the collapse of society, rule of the law has disintegrated and life is cheap. The Rover follows hardened loner Eric (Pearce) as he travels the desolate towns and roads of the outback. When a gang of thieves steals his car they leave behind a wounded Rey (Pattinson) in their wake. Forcing Rey to help track the gang, Eric will go to any lengths to take back the one thing that still matters to him. Michod also wrote the film based on a story he conceived with Joel Edgerton. A24 will release the film stateside in New York and »

- Brad Brevet

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First Trailer for Egoyan's Cannes Bound 'Captives' Starring Ryan Reynolds

17 April 2014 8:07 AM, PDT

I can't say Atom Egoyan's name necessarily gets my blood pumping, but his new film Captives, which was just announced as a competition title at this year's Cannes Film Festival, sounds very intriguing. The thriller will almost certainly be compared to Denis Villeneuve's Prisoners as it centers on a father's (Ryan Reynolds) search for his kidnapped daughter in the Toronto snow, but there is definitely far more to it than just that as this first look trailer emphasizes. Along with Reynolds the film co-stars Mireille Enos, Rosario Dawson, Scott Speedman, Kevin Durand, Alexia Fast and Bruce Greenwood. Check out the trailer below. sb id="915529" height="360" width="640" »

- Brad Brevet

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Complete 2014 Cannes Film Festival Lineup

17 April 2014 7:50 AM, PDT

This morning the 2014 Cannes Film Festival lineup was announced and while at least one Out of Competition title is still to be announced, along with the Critics' Week and Directors' Fortnight lineups, we have a look at what films make up the competition and it's largely a lot of the titles that were rumored heading into today's announcement. Among the competition titles you have Atom Egoyan's Captives, which we'll have to hope is better than Devil's Knot, Bennett Miller's highly anticipated Foxcatcher, Jean-Luc Godard's 3D feature Goodbye To Language, The Homesman from Tommy Lee Jones, Ken Loach's Jimmy's Hall and David Cronengberg's Maps to the Stars. I'm jealous I won't be there to see Xavier Dolan's first time in competition with Mommy, Mike Leigh is again at Cannes with Mr. Turner and Michel Hazanavicius returns to Cannes after The Artist took the fest by storm with The Search. »

- Brad Brevet

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Bryan Singer Accused of Sexually Abusing 17 Year-Old Boy

16 April 2014 9:04 PM, PDT

Now this is the last thing I expected to write about tonight, but Variety is reporting a lawsuit was filed Wednesday in a Hawaii federal court alleging X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer "forcibly sodomized" the plaintiff, Michael Egan, at the age of 17. Egan's name was published in a press release issued by his lawyer, alleging "Singer provided him with drugs and alcohol and flew him to Hawaii on more than one occasion in 1999." Age of consent in Hawaii is 16, but this isn't exactly a case of underage abuse. Variety reports his attorney confirmed Egan is seeking an unspecified amount in damages in the civil suit. The site also says registered sex offender, and former chairman of Digital Entertainment Network, Marc Collins-Rector, is also named in the lawsuit, accused of initiating the sexual abuse of Egan and arranging for Singer to assault Egan at a house in Encino, »

- Brad Brevet

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A 'Mrs. Doubtfire' Sequelc Reallyc

16 April 2014 6:26 PM, PDT

I guess there's a large contingency that's been begging to see Robin Williams in a dress and old-age makeup once again. At least this time they won't need the makeup as THR reports Williams has signed on to star in Mrs. Doubtfire 2 with director Chris Columbus attached to return to direct and David Berenbaum (Elf) writing the script. Columbus directed the original back in 1993, which ended up grossing over $441 million worldwide, but that was 21 years ago and since then we've already had Martin Lawrence dressing up in three Big Momma's House movies, do we really need to see Williams do it all againc THR reminds us Bonnie Hunt was attached to write a script for the sequel back in 2001 and obviously that didn't come together so that could very well end up being the situation once again, but the attachment of Williams to the project would seem to suggest movement »

- Brad Brevet

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First Poster for Denzel Washington's 'The Equalizer'

16 April 2014 6:18 PM, PDT

So far the only look we've had at Antoine Fuqua's (Olympus Has Fallen), in The Equalizer starring Denzel Washington, was the above picture. Tonight, however, Columbia Pictures has released the first poster for the film that reunites Washington with his Training Day director and rumor has it a sequel is already in the works. Loosely based on the late-'80s TV series centered on a private detective available for hire if you have a problem that you don't know how to solve, the film will be adjusted with Washington playing a character named McCall, a former black ops commando who has faked his death to live a quiet life in Boston. When he comes out of his self-imposed retirement to rescue a young girl, Teri (Chloe Grace Moretz), he finds himself face to face with ultra-violent Russian gangsters. As he serves vengeance against those who brutalize the helpless, McCall's desire for justice is reawakened. »

- Brad Brevet

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'X-Men' After 'Spider-Man' and Behind the Scenes of 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

16 April 2014 1:24 PM, PDT

So apparently it's a big deal that Fox will preview a clip from X-Men: Days of Future Past midway through the credits of Sony's The Amazing Spider-Man 2. It's nothing more than a clip from the film, which, according to Empire, features "Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique, Lucas Till's Havok and Evan Jonigkeit's Toad taking on William Stryker (Josh Helman) and his military men." The clip doesn't imply a crossover, but what it does imply is Sony and Fox are utilizing the reason trailers are called trailers (because they used to come after the movie) and trying to help each other out in battling the Marvel Studios machine with two of the most lucrative Marvel properties whose rights exist outside of Marvel's grasp. In other Marvel news, the following behind the scenes featurette for Guardians of the Galaxy played during last night's episode of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." on ABC. »

- Brad Brevet

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First Trailer for Eli Roth's 'Green Inferno'

16 April 2014 1:00 PM, PDT

It's the season for horror movies that premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. We've had Afflicted and Oculus and now comes the first trailer for Eli Roth's latest movie, The Green Inferno. The film follows a group of student activists, travelling to the Amazon to protect a dying tribe. On the way they crash in the jungle and are taken hostage by the very natives they're attempting to save. Irony, it's a cruel mistress. Open Road will release the film on September 5. You showing upc sb id="915173" height="360" width="640" »

- Brad Brevet

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First Trailer and Poster for 'Third Person'

16 April 2014 11:47 AM, PDT

I missed Paul Haggis' Third Person at the Toronto Film Festival last year, but those I spoke to didn't exactly speak highly of the film. Starring Liam Neeson, James Franco, Adrien Brody, Mila Kunis, Olivia Wilde, Moran Atias and Kim Basinger the film centers on three couples whose love stories intertwine in three cities across the globe -- Rome, Paris, and New York -- and if you click here to read the whole plot it all sounds rather ridiculous. Sony Classics eventually picked it up, but has yet to set an official release date. The trailer below promotes the upcoming June release in Japan and the film will play the Tribeca Film Festival on April 24, which is where I assume Sony Classics will decide whether they dump this thing in a couple theaters and call it a day or try and make some actual money off it. sb id »

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