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Comedy Team "Key and Peele" Ready to Take on the Movies with 'Keanu'

6 hours ago

I don't get a chance to watch a ton of TV, but thanks to YouTube I've become pretty familiar with Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, two very funny dudes who together comprise the sketch comedy team "Key and Peele". Though the name isn't terribly original, their work is, and from the sounds of it the duo are tackling a project at New Line that will serve as their first joint feature film. Titled Keanu, the film tells the story of friends who pose as drug dealers in order to infiltrate a criminal network and retrieve a stolen feline. It was written by Peele and Alex Rubens ("Community"), and as of now it sounds like Peter Atencio will direct. Atencio has directed most every episode of "Key and Peele" for Comedy Central, so if Peele and Rubens can take their idea and make it work over the course of a feature film, »

- Jordan Benesh

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A Whale of a Poster for 'In the Heart of the Sea'

7 hours ago

People seemed to go pretty ga-ga for the In the Heart of the Sea trailer that premiered last week. The new film from Ron Howard stars Chris Hemsworth and tells the story of a whaling ship and the real-life maritime disaster that would inspire Herman Melville's "Moby Dick" and after just one trailer it would seem a lot of you are already in the bag, well, how does this new poster satisfy youc In the Heart of the Sea co-stars Benjamin Walker (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), Cillian Murphy (The Dark Knight Rises) and Ben Whishaw (Skyfall) and is set to hit theaters on March 15, 2015. I've included both the trailer and poster below. sb id="1058859" height="360" width="640" In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The »

- Brad Brevet

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Stephen Frears' 'Florence' Enlists Streep and Grant

7 hours ago

I was not a massive fan of Stephen Frears' last movie Philomena nor am I particularly excited for his upcoming Untitled Lance Armstrong Biopic, but when a guy has Dangerous Liaisons and High Fidelity in his filmography, I'm usually going to give him the benefit of the doubt when his next movie is announced. That said, Frears' next is going to be yet another "based on a true story" biopic, and it has tapped Meryl Streep for its lead. So, you can definitely expect to see this film at the Academy Awards in a couple of years. The film is entitled Florence. Streep will portray the titular Florence Foster Jenkins, an heiress who dreamed of being an opera singer. Unfortunately for her, she had a dreadful voice. That did not stop her from trying to make a career out of it. Hugh Grant has also joined the project as St. Clair Bayfield, »

- Mike Shutt

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'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Honest Trailer Reveals How it Spoils 'X-Men: Apocalypse'

8 hours ago

So which mutants will surely survive X-Men: Apocalypsec Well, look no further than the last few minutes of X-Men: Days of Future Past because if they're alive in that scene they lived beyond the events of Apocalypse. But then again, none of us are showing up to watch and X-Men movie concerned with who lives or dies or even timeline cohesion. We're there for effects and hopefully a compelling enough story to divert our attention and Days of Future Past did that, though not without a few plot holes along the way as revealed in this latest honest trailer. yt id="y2mi74MLHg4" width="500" »

- Brad Brevet

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'Stonehearst Asylum' (2014) Movie Review

8 hours ago

I think I may be saying something very controversial here, but Edgar Allen Poe was a really great writer. Not a lot of people want to admit it, but it is true. He has the ability to make a story bone-chillingly creepy as well as quite funny. His stories have been the basis for countless films, usually starring Vincent Price, though lately the number is decreasing steadily. Some filmmakers out there are still struck by his work and are compelled to give their interpretation, which brings me to Stonehearst Asylum. The film is very loosely based on the short story "The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether" and has very good intentions of being a classically told Poe thriller, sporting a great cast and the look is very appropriate, but the script fails this film greatly, stretching its material very thin and always opting for the conventional route. Jim Sturgess plays Edward Newgate, »

- Mike Shutt

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'Stretch' (2014) Movie Review

10 hours ago

Joe Carnahan's Stretch reminds me a lot of Michael Mann's Collateral. The operating word there being "reminds" as in this is the B-movie, bat-sh*t crazy, balls-to-the-wall red-headed step child of Collateral. And I mean that in the nicest way possible. For anyone the least bit familiar with Carnahan's work, Stretch will come as no surprise. Carnahan could easily be described as a director interested in masculinity. He's a "tough guy" cinema director, making the movie equivalent to beef jerky. I like beef jerky and I like Carnahan's films. I like the outlandish nature of his movies, the "anything can happen" narratives, and he consistently brings actors along for the ride that are just as willing and excited about starring in something crazy. While his films such as Narc and The Grey show he can also delve competently into serious cinema, his movies such as Smokin' Aces and »

- Brad Brevet

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Podcast: Ebola, George Lucas, Netflix, DVDs & Blu-rays and Much More

11 hours ago

Tuesday episodes seem to have generated something of a theme, which is to say random is the order of the day as Laremy and I steamroll through about 10 minutes of nonsense before getting started and then it's a couple minutes of college football talk before we get into George Lucas saying Hollywood studios lack imagination and we ponder comparisons between the recent news surrounding Ebola with Steven Soderbergh's Contagion. We talk Jason Reitman, Netflix streaming, R vs. PG-13. new DVDs and Blu-rays and plenty 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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Watch Benedict Cumberbatch Pretend to be a Dragon

11 hours ago

amz asin="B00MG4RIXU" size="small"Warner Home Video is releasing several behind the scenes clips from the forthcoming extended edition of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and today comes a look at the performance capture work Benedict Cumberbatch put in not only voicing the dragon Smaug, but his performance was used as well. Unfortunately this behind the scenes peek doesn't also include a look at the finished product, but Cumberbatch is definitely giving it his all. You can predorder the Blu-ray here as it hits shelves on November 4, check out a couple of additional clips below starting with the Cumberbatch bit. yt id="I63cgCkRyR8" width="500" yt id="0dSpstPjONI" width="500" yt id="vLGpso_1Vi0" width="500" yt id="FENriTpKIPI" width="500" yt id="n6aJfeyHz_A" width="500" yt id="-40V7yY6tPo" width="500" »

- Brad Brevet

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Watch: Gorgeous, New '2001' Re-Release Trailer, It Will Give You Chills

12 hours ago

"This is the first film I have made where the actual experience of the film is paramount to the audience," director Christopher Nolan recently told Entertainment Weekly when discussing his new film Interstellar. "You would think that's the case with Batman movies, but it's not. They're more dependent on the reaction of characters on screen. Interstellar is different. It harkens back to the direct experience films of 2001, where you're not just experiencing it through the characters, you are lost in it." Well, Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey is preparing to return to U.K. theaters on November 28, two weeks after Interstellar hits theaters giving audiences time to get acquainted and prepared for a film Nolan is quoted as calling "pure cinema" in this new re-release trailer. Watch below. yt id="lfF0vxKZRhc" width="640" Headline via First Showing and The Playlist »

- Brad Brevet

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New 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay' Trailer and Soundtrack Info

12 hours ago

Last night I listened to one of the new tracks curated for the The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I soundtrack by Lorde called "This Is Not a Game" by The Chemical Brothers featuring Miguel and Lorde and it is a nightmare (listen below). In addition to this, the full soundtrack listing has been posted and goes as follows: Meltdown - Stromae ft. Lorde, Pusha T, Q-Tip & Haim Dead Air - Chvrches Scream My Name - Tove Lo Kingdom - Charli Xcx ft. Simon Le Bon To Be Announced Lost Souls - Raury Yellow Flicker Beat - Lorde The Leap - Tinashe Plan The Escape (Son Lux Cover) - Bat For Lashes Original Beast - Grace Jones Flicker (Kanye West Rework) - Lorde Animal - Xov This Is Not A Game - The Chemical Brothers ft. Miguel Ladder Song - Lorde "It was really important to me with the »

- Brad Brevet

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'Snowpiercer', 'Sex Tape' & 'La Dolce Vita' on Criterion This Week on DVD & Blu-ray

12 hours ago

La dolce vita (Criterion Collection) Blu-ray I've already posted my review of Criterion's new Blu-ray release of Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita, which was the first entry in my Best Movies series earlier this year. In short, it's a wonderful release, but if you prefer specific details click here.

Snowpiercer Snowpiercer is something of a cult online hit, but as I said in my review, "It's a fun film with some interesting ideas and given the scope I'm happy to have seen it on the big screen, but in the grand scheme of things it's a relatively minor work." I'm still happy I saw it in theaters, but when the Blu-ray arrived here at Ros-hq I can't say I had the slightest interest in revisiting it.

Sex Tape Sex Tape wasn't a good movie, but it was better than I expected it to be, which is to say seeing »

- Brad Brevet

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James Cameron Lent Advice for 'Terminator: Genisys', Calls Hollywood Unoriginal

20 October 2014 4:50 PM, PDT

James Cameron doesn't do what James Cameron does for James Cameron. No, James Cameron does what James Cameron does because James Cameron is James Cameron, and although the Avatar director finds himself prepping for simultaneous production on three sequels to his Pandora-set box office juggernaut, he took a quick second to step away from that world to celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Terminator, which turned into a critical and box office success, launching his career and allowing him to continually raise the bar the way we know him to do. As with pretty much all popular franchises, save for Back to the Future, The Terminator is being rebooted, and with that comes speculation as to how franchise star Arnold Schwarzenegger will fit into the new movie given he's not exactly a spring chicken anymore. Although Cameron isn't actively involved in the production of Terminator: Genisys, he explained to Deadline »

- Jordan Benesh

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Tim League Responds to Theater Owners About Early 'Interstellar' Film Screenings

20 October 2014 4:31 PM, PDT

Tim League is pretty awesome. Yes, he makes awkward video introductions to trailers, such as the one currently running before trailers for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), but what he has done with the Alamo Drafthouse is something every theater should aspire to and why I am there at least once a week. There is a strict no talking, texting, or arriving late policy. Yes, I have kicked people out of the theater when seeing movies there. They have terrific food and drink service. They also have preserved film projectors in their theaters while this huge digital transition has been going on. This is the subject of Tim League's open letter to theater owners about the early 35mm and 70mm screenings for Christopher Nolan's Interstellar. You see, theater owners who have made the complete transition over to digital are not too pleased that Interstellar will be »

- Mike Shutt

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Watch: 'The Simpons' Do Kubrick

20 October 2014 3:13 PM, PDT

During last night's "Treehouse of Horror" episode of "The Simpsons" the long-running animated show yet again paid tribute to Stanley Kubrick, though this time they went all out. While I didn't seem to notice any references to Lolita, Fear and Desire or The Killing it's easy to spot references to Eyes Wide Shut and A Clockwork Orange as the main inspiration along with asides to Full Metal Jacket, Barry Lyndon and a great use of an iPhone standing in as the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey as Homer goes ape. Give it a watch below. »

- Brad Brevet

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Box Office Actuals: 'Fury' On Top, 'Birdman' Opens Huge and 'Best of Me' is Worst of the Sparks

20 October 2014 2:33 PM, PDT

Fury dropped only a fraction once actuals came in, topping the weekend box office with $23.7 million. With an "A-" CinemaScore it could push to up around $75 million or so domestically, but I'm not sure I'd hold my breath. It will also be interesting to see how it plays internationally. Having Brad Pitt in the cast certainly helps, but is the international audience all that interested in following an American tank crew through the final days of World War IIc Gone Girl only dropped 33.7% for a strong third weekend result of $17.5 million, just barely topping the animated The Book of Life, which stuck to its $17 million estimate once actuals came in. Then down in fifth is The Best of Me, the worst opening for a Nicholas Sparks adaptation in nine tries, but don't expect that to stop them from making more as both "The Choice" and "The Longest Ride" are already in production, »

- Brad Brevet

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2015 Oscars: An Updated Best Actor Prediction Snap Shot

20 October 2014 12:47 PM, PDT

Three spots in the 2015 Oscars Best Actor race are pretty much locked up. Those would be Michael Keaton (Birdman), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) and Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything). In my opinion, that's also the order of their likelihood of winning... right now. The two other slots aren't so easy to figure with so much left to be seen. Steve Carell (Foxcatcher) seems a strong contender though I'm not as sure about his chances as much as some others are, largely because of the competition he faces. His chances remain high, though, which is why he occupies my #4 slot for now. In fifth I had Jack O'Connell (Unbroken), but there's a little movie on the rise right now you may have heard of and hopefully seen (or intend to see) called Whiplash and not only is the film securing itself a spot in the Best Picture ranks, but »

- Brad Brevet

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Ayer Talks 'Suicide Squad', McKay on 'Ant-Man' Rewrites, and 'Cap 3' is Gonna Be Huge

20 October 2014 11:30 AM, PDT

Last week, when Warner Bros. announced its entire DC Comics slate through 2020, perhaps the biggest point of intrigue for me was the announcement of Suicide Squad, about a team of incarcerated supervillains taking on high-risk black ops missions for the U.S. government in exchange for reduced prison sentences. In addition to announcing the movie, Warners also mentioned David Ayer would helm the A-Team-esque actioner. Suicide Squad is a property I know nothing about, save for the quick premise above, but it certainly sounds promising and it seems to fit well within its director's wheelhouse. Ultimately I think it could turn out pretty well, especially if Ayer is able to make good on what he recently told Empire regarding what audiences can expect for the film: "I can say that it's a Dirty Dozen with super-villains. Then I can ask the question, 'Does a movie really need good guysc'" Further, »

- Jordan Benesh

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'Birdman' (2014) Movie Review

20 October 2014 10:37 AM, PDT

Once Birdman starts it doesn't stop until the film runs out and even then its energy seems to bleed into your veins as you exit the theater. It's a story of actors and the stage, artists and their critics. It's about the desire to be somebody as much as it's the fear of being a nobody. It tells of a world where artists are no longer recognized for their talent, but instead for the larger-than-life characters (literal and figurative) they play. Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) is one such artist. Years ago, Riggan played Birdman in a trilogy of big budget, billion dollar blockbusters. The franchise was a massive hit and he turned down a lot of money for Birdman 4. Now he finds himself at his wits end, quite literally haunted by the character that made him famous while at the same time attempting to become the actor he's always dreamed of being. »

- Brad Brevet

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George Lucas Blames Studios for Lack of Imagination

20 October 2014 9:50 AM, PDT

Rarely do I read a news story and audibly laugh at the ridiculous nature of it. George Lucas, the man who has exploited his Star Wars franchise (which I am not a fan of... even the first three) for decades, believes it is the studios and the corporations who are the root of the creative problems in Hollywood. In a recent interview with Charlie Rose, Lucas expressed his distaste with the corporate structure: The studios change everything all the time. And, unfortunately, they don't have any imagination and they don't have any talent. The reason I find this funny is it is coming from a man who willingly went back to change his films (in order to sell extra editions of them). Take into account the amount of licensed property from the series and, of course, the unnecessary, creature-filled prequels, and hearing that studios are to blame from this man is rather humorous. »

- Mike Shutt

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Top 10 Musicals That Should Be Made Into Movies

20 October 2014 9:30 AM, PDT

There are two upcoming movie musicals that, for a long time, I've wanted to make into motion pictures, should someone with money be willing to give me the funds to make them -- Into The Woods and The Last 5 Years. I'm both nervous and excited to see how directors Rob Marshall and Richard Lagravenese, respectfully, have interpreted the material I hold so close to my heart. I am especially nervous for Into The Woods, given Marshall's less than impressive track record. If someone is going to screw up something I cherish, it should be me. Of course, there are far more than two musicals I have a deep connection to. Some have already been made into films, like Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Les Miserables, but there is a vast collection of musicals I have thought could make fantastic films, but have never been made. »

- Mike Shutt

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