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Megan Ellison May Need to Save Inarritu's 'Revenant' Starring DiCaprio & Hardy

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Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Birdman) is making a thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardyc Where do I sign up to be one of the first to see itc Waitc Whatc Worldview Entertainment is backing out of financing the movie and 20th Century Fox isn't interested in paying themselves due to DiCaprio and Hardy's pay-or-play dealsc Um... now whatc Never fear, it looks like Megan Ellison and her production house, Annapurna Pictures, may be coming in to rescue the picture which Inarritu wants to shoot in sequence (adding $7 million to the production budget). Ellison and Annapurna are, of course, responsible for recent films such as Her, The Master, American Hustle and Killing Them Softly making her a bonafide indie film fan favorite and saving this pic could raise her up another notch. amz asin="0786710276" size="small"The film is called The Revenant and DiCaprio would star as Hugh Glass, a 19th »

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First Look at Pixar's 'Lava', New Short Film Coming in 2015

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Pixar is taking the year off, but next year they'll return with Inside Out, the new film from Pete Docter (Up), and with it comes a new Pixar, animated short film titled Lava with a lead character named Uku and yeah, that lead character is a volcano. Just above is the first look at Uku (via Los Angeles Times) and it sounds like it isn't straying too far from a common Pixar theme, which is the love story between two rather unique characters, whether it be umbrellas or robots, this time its Uku and fellow volcano, Lele. Directed by James Ford Murphy, the seven-minute short is set to premiere Monday at the Hiroshima International Animation Festival in Japan. The musical love story features a song titled "Lava", which Murphy wrote after learning to play the ukele in order to pitch the project. The song in the film will be performed »

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Excellent Featurette Exporing the Restoration of 'The Godfather' Trilogy

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On the fourth disc of Paramount's 2008 Blu-ray release of The Godfather trilogy, dubbed the "Coppola Restoration", is an excellent, 19-minute featurette called "Emulsional Rescue" and today the entire feature has been found online (via The Playlist). amz asin="B000NTPDSW" size="small"I mentioned the feature in my review writing, "For you tech junkies 'Emulsional Rescue' will be a lot of fun as it takes a look at how they went about restoring the film including the color correction and removal of scratches and dust." That essentially breaks it down rather simply in what was a 1,000+ word review because it goes much deeper than that, but now you can give it a look for yourself, though if you're any fan of the trilogy you ought to just click here and buy it for yourself considering it's only $27.26 at Amazon right now. The feature includes interviews with director of photography Gordon Willis, »

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Watch: 'Hector and the Search for Happiness' Trailer Starring Simon Pegg

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Entertainment One has premiered the first trailer for Simon Pegg's new movie Hector and the Search for Happiness from Serendipity helmer Peter Chisholm and co-starring Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), Stellan Skarsgard, Jean Reno, Toni Collette and Christopher Plummer. The story centers on Hector (Pegg), a psychiatrist searching the globe to find the secret of happiness after he realizes he can't help his patients find happiness if he himself can't. So, he travels to China, Africa and Los Angeles and meets a host of characters and after a series of adventures and coming close to losing his life, he realizes that he does not wish to die before he has really lived. The film is expected to hit theaters this fall and you can check out the trailer and first poster (via Moviefone) directly below. sb id="to " height="360" width="640" »

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'Land of Silence and Darkness' (1971) Movie Review

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In his first ever feature documentary, Werner Herzog has created something of a "60 Minutes" piece without the narration and asides. We've come to experience Herzog's documentaries with his interjections and narration guiding us down narrative paths we otherwise might not have considered, but here he leaves everything up to the observer as he documents a brief moment in the life of a handful of people afflicted with deafblindness, largely from the perspective of 56-year-old Fini Straubinger. The documentary begins with Straubinger and several others she's in consistent communication. She has maintained a certain level of speech having gone deaf and blind as a teenager, but many of the people around her communicate largely through the use of what is referred to as the Lorm alphabet, in which a variety of strokes on someone's hand eventually spells out words so as to essentially "talk" to one another. It's clear what they are doing, »

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Ros Journal (7/11/14): LeBron to Clevelandc

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Best part about the Daily Journal is I don't always have to write about movies because today I want to say something about LeBron James' decision to take his talents back to Cleveland, a decision I 100% do not understand. Let me first say I fully respected his decision to go to Miami and actually wish more professional basketball players would make the decision based on wanting to win and play with friends over money. He was made the villain largely due to television ratings, he had to sit back as his former owner roasted him publicly and the people of Cleveland treated him no better. Now... he decides to go backc I understand... restrict paid="true" ...some people are saying this is him being the bigger person, going back to family, etc. but I'm sorry, if a city and, most importantly, an owner treats me like that I am »

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Colin Farrell In Talks to Star in HBO's 'True Detective' Season Two

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Well finally, finally there is some news regarding the second season of HBO's "True Detective" worth reporting as The Wrap says Colin Farrell is in talks for one of the lead roles with Taylor Kitsch (John Carter, Lone Survivor) in contention to play one of the season's other characters and Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy) also rumored to be circling a role. Series writer/creator Nic Pizzolatto was recently quoted by The Daily Beast discussing the second season and said he's expanded on the characters he originally started with when he began writing saying, "They've deepened and become richer... I would say there are four central roles." If we're to gain anything from this casting story from The Wrap, three of those roles belong to males while there was hope the second season would be driven by at least one female character if not more. Perhaps it stands to assume the »

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Podcast: Reviewing 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' and are the Emmys Important at Allc

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Today we bring Kevin Jagernauth in to help us review Dawn of the Planet of the Apes to bring some balance to the conversation and we talk television as Laremy watched "The Leftovers" as well as the Emmy Awards, wondering if they are even remotely important at all. In addition to this we talk about the Internet spoiling TV and movies, does Andy Serkis deserve an Oscar and we also call a listener and that listener actually answers this time, plus a whole lot more. 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. »

- Brad Brevet

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Your Box Office Predictions as 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' Takes $4.1M on Thursday Night

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On Thursday night, Fox's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opened to the tune of a rather impressive $4.1 million, impressive due to the fact it's not getting an IMAX release and screenings didn't begin until 10Pm rather than 8Pm or even earlier for several other new summer releases. This is also a large increase compared to 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which opened to $1.3 million on its first Thursday night before going on to a $54 million opening weekend. It's still hard to determine just where exactly the film will land in terms of the three-day, but Laremy's $69 million prediction seems low as does the readers' $72.1 million aggregate. I think we might be looking at a $75+ million opening here, which is good news for Fox as it turns out the budget on this one is $170 million, $77 million more than the studio paid to make Rise. Thousands of »

- Brad Brevet

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'Ghostbusters' 30th Anniversary Trailer, Back in Theaters in August

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As a child I loved Ghostbusters. I was seven-years-old when it was released in theaters in 1984, but I can't tell you the last time I watched it, but watching this 30th anniversary trailer got me excited to do just that and it's heading back into theaters on August 29, followed by a new 4K digitally restored Blu-ray release of Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II on September 16. amz asin="B00KUS5YGC" size="small"It's interesting to see just how much different the comedic sensibilities were in the '80s whereas now something's not deemed funny unless you're a) self-aware to the point of annoyance or b) saying the word "f**k" every ten seconds. Don't get me wrong, there's a time and a place for both those things, but in moderation, something so many of today's comedies can't seem to figure out. I'm sure Sony is also using the time to test »

- Brad Brevet

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Watch Nsfw Trailer for Abel Ferrara's 'Welcome to New York' & New Pictures

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Altitude Film Distribution have revealed the not safe for work, UK trailer for Abel Ferrara's latest film (Welcome to New York) starring Gerard Depardiue and Jacqueline Bisset as it gets set to hit UK and Irish theaters on August 8. IFC has domestic rights, but has yet to announce a 2014 release date. The story centers on Mr Devereaux (Depardieu); a powerful man who controls billions of dollars every day. A man who controls the economic fate of nations. A man who dreams of saving the world and who cannot save himself. A terrified man. A lost man. This is the story of his fall. Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant, King of New York) directed and co-wrote the film which premiered out of competition during this year's Cannes Film Festival. Check out the trailer below as well as several images from the movie. sb id="958887" height="360" width="640" »

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Crowe & Gosling for Black's 'Nice Guys', 'Fast & Furious 7' Complete, Del Toro Goes Small and More

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Warner Bros. will distribute The Nice Guys to be directed by Shane Black (Iron Man 3) starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe. The period noir centers on a private detective and a beefcake who search for a missing porn star and uncover an underground ring of corruption. Black is expected to film Nice Guys before beginning work on the Predator sequel at Fox. THR Gary Oldman is set to star in Criminal for director Ariel Vroman (The Iceman) alongside Kevin Costner. The thriller centers on a dead CIA operative's memories, secrets and skills that are implanted into a dangerous prison inmate in hopes that he will stop a diabolical plot. Oldman would play a CIA chief. THR Photo: Universal Pictures Fast & Furious 7 has completed production and a note was posted on the film's Facebook page to announce the occasion. The film hits theaters on April 3, 2015. Facebook Guillermo del Toro says he'll shoot a small, »

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Andre Benjamin is Jimi Hendrix in 'Jimi: All Is By My Side' Poster & Trailer

10 July 2014 3:10 PM, PDT

Jimi: All Is By My Side, a Jimi Hendrix biopic written and directed by 12 Years a Slave screenwriter John Ridley has made the film festival rounds and I haven't yet seen an overwhelming amount of love for the pic and those I've talked to that have seen it have basically given me a shrug of the shoulders and an "eh". Open Road has set a September 26 release date for the pic which takes a look at the early years of Jimi Hendrix's life featuring Andre Benjamin in the title role, covering a year in Hendrix's life from 1966-67 as an unknown backup guitarist playing New York's Cheetah Club to making his mark in London's music scene up until his Monterey Pop triumph. Along with Benjamin the film co-stars Hayley Atwell, Imogen Poots, Andrew Buckley and Ruth Negga and today I have for you the first domestic trailer along with »

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Ros Journal (7/10/14): Lurching About

10 July 2014 1:00 PM, PDT

In March a friend of mine got married in Puerto Rico, I had been working out regularly leading up to the trip, but after I got home I haven't been to the gym anywhere near as regularly. In fact, over the last three months I haven't exercised much outside of walking the dog. This leads to this past Sunday, knowing I needed to get back into the gym I was on the search for a new workout. All my life I have worked out and lifted weights for bulk rather than... restrict paid="true" ...lean muscle, which makes it hard to get back into lifting, especially when years of basketball have essentially destroyed my ankles and weakened my knees. So, I found a workout worth trying, it targeted everything I was looking to focus on and wouldn't put an extreme amount of stress on my knees and what exercises do put stress on my knees, »

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Could 'It Happened One Night' be Coming to Criterionc

10 July 2014 12:30 PM, PDT

The clue to the right was included in Criterion's most recent newsletter, hinting at an upcoming title they will be releasing. I am terrible at these things and can never get them right, but I took it to Twitter and guesses began flooding in including Paul Robeson's Jericho (1937) and Robert Bresson's Lancelot of the Lake (1974), but it seems the folks over at Criterion Forum may have been onto something guessing Frank Capra's It Happened One Night (1934) starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert with the image referring to Gable's character's reference to the "Walls of Jericho" as he walks in to see Ellie (Colbert) has erected a sheet between their two beds: Oh thisc Well, I like privacy when I retire. Yes, I'm very delicate in that respect. Prying eyes annoy me. Behold the walls of Jericho! Uh, maybe not as thick as the ones that Joshua blew down with his trumpet, »

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Box Office Predictions: 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' Will Rise Early to Grab Dollars

10 July 2014 10:59 AM, PDT

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is another clear winner this weekend, facing zero new release competition and a weakened overall summer slate. There's no tracking just yet, odd, but I put it at a flat $69 million based on only the sequel bump. It has a sparkly 94 percent Rt score, though summer movies are generally immune both ways from criticism. Next up, let's talk about the debacle that is Tammy. The film earned a C- Cinemascore! Do you have any idea how hard you have to work to get a C- from general audiences who are there to see your film on opening weekendc Amazing. Which means it's going to face a serious drop, over 60 percent, all the way down to $8.5 million. Say it ain't so, Melissa McCarthy. At least the budget was a smallish $20 million, meaning they'll likely make a few bucks off this ill-conceived mess. Horror always »

- Laremy Legel

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Watch: First Trailer for 'Wild' Starring Reese Witherspoon

10 July 2014 10:55 AM, PDT

Fox Searchlight has released the first trailer for Wild, the new film starring Reese Witherspoon and directed by Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas Buyers Club) based on Cheryl Strayed's memoir of the same name. Witherspoon plays Strayed whose just experienced the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her mother, and after years of reckless, destructive behavior, she makes a rash decision. With absolutely no experience, driven only by sheer determination, Cheryl hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, alone. Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddens, strengthens, and ultimately heals her. Searchlight will open the film on December 5 and it's an easy candidate for one if not several of the upcoming fall film festivals. This is a film that seems much better suited to Witherspoon's talents than a film such as »

- Brad Brevet

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'Dazed and Confused' (1993) - Best Movies #4

10 July 2014 10:47 AM, PDT

I can't remember if I saw Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused when Universal unceremoniously dumped it into only 183 theaters on September 24, 1993, but seeing how it topped out at 191 theaters I have to assume I was among the masses that caught it on video shortly thereafter. No matter when I first saw it, I do remember when I fell in love with it. It was 1995, my freshman year in college and while I wasn't a teen of the '70s, it didn't take much to find a connection. My college roommate and I would damn near have this film playing on a loop, and while I can't speak for him, for me it hit home because while the film is centering on a junior high student's initiation into high school, I had a similar experience transitioning from high school to college. While many aspects of Dazed and Confused are teenage dreamworld scenarios, »

- Brad Brevet

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Four 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Motion Posters

10 July 2014 9:31 AM, PDT

On Tuesday's podcast we got to considering the box office prospects of the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie and took a quick look back at just how awful the 2007 Tmnt movie turned out. It was alarming to look back at the pictures and realize how I remembered virtually nothing about that movie and yet it was a movie I covered rather extensively leading up to its release including extended coverage from the 2006 Comic Con. The 2007 Turtles movie brought in $95.6 million worldwide and while it didn't have the budget this newest installment clearly has I can't really tell if this new adaptation of the "Turtles" story is really going to attract that many more eyeballs. After all, the concept is still the same and it's not as if they've changed the target demographic and while the Nickelodeon show does appear to be popular, are the Turtles really all that much »

- Brad Brevet

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Are You Kidding Me!c

10 July 2014 8:30 AM, PDT

Screen Junkies has put together a supercut of moments in film where the oft used phrase "Are you kidding mec" has been uttered and the insert from The Lego Movie as well as the several instances Adam Sandler alone has used the phrase (seemingly closely followed by Leonardo DiCaprio) is pretty great. Do know, however, the last third is not safe for work as it goes from "Are you kidding mec" to "Are you f**king kidding mec" So, headphones on... yt id="tHtDpDuaiv4" width="500" »

- Brad Brevet

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