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New 'Godzilla' TV Spot with New Look at Monster

6 hours ago

The following trailer for the upcoming Godzilla (WB; 5/16) remake features the above new look at the roaring monster as it would appear Warner Bros. believes this film has more to offer than just special effects. Good. The whole idea of hiding a CGI monster in your film's marketing implies you really don't have much of a movie outside the effects. Speaking of which, would you consider Godzilla a monster or how exactly would you classify the radioactive creaturec Just that... a creaturec A "threat to humanity"c A beastc The mutated komodo dragon it isc Whatc sb id="916697" height="281" width="500" »

- Brad Brevet

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Tarantino Still Rewriting 'The Hateful Eight'

8 hours ago

While Quentin Tarantino is suing Gawker Media over their decision to link to the leaked script for what would have been his new movie, The Hateful Eight, the writer/director held a live-reading of the first draft last night at the Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles with a star-studded cast. If you've managed to get your hands on the script, perhaps some of these character names will be familiar to you, but the actors most certainly will be as Samuel L. Jackson read the part of Major Marquis Warren, James Parks as the driver O.B., Kurt Russell as bounty hunter John Ruth, aka 'The Hangman', Amber Tamblyn as his prisoner Daisy Domergue, Walton Goggins as Chris Mannix, Denis Menochet as the Frenchman Bob, Tim Roth as the Englishman Oswaldo Mobray, Michael Madsen as John Gage, Bruce Dern as Confederate General Smithers, Dana Gourrier as Minnie, Zoe Bell as »

- Brad Brevet

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Weekend Box Office: 'Transcendence' Absolutely Tanks, 'Heaven is for Real' Soars

8 hours ago

There is absolutely no sugar coating it, with an $11.2 million opening, a 'C+" CinemaScore, 19% at RottenTomatoes and a $100 million budget, audiences and the majority of critics have roundly dismissed Transcendence. While I personally don't agree with the negative verdict, there is no escaping the fact this three-day opening is more than $15 million less than the $25.6 million tracking. I have no idea when the last time a film,'s tracking was that far off the end result. What disappoints me most about this is director Wally Pfister will be judged harshly after such an ambitious film and due to critics regularly comparing him to Christopher Nolan, whom he served under as cinematographer for so long. Transcendence is far more interesting than it has been given credit, but it appears no one is paying attention. In first place, for the third weekend in a row, is Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier with $26.6 million. »

- Brad Brevet

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What I Watched, What You Watched #241

9 hours ago

This week involved a lot of movies at home, including the new Blu-ray for Double Indemnity, the new Blu-ray for William Friedkin's Sorcerer (read my review here) and, last night, I watched Werner Herzog's Aguirre, the Wrath of God on Fandor.com as I'll be reviewing 16 of Herzog's upcoming movies leading up to Shout Factory's release of Herzog: The Collection Limited Edition on July 29. The set includes Even Dwarfs Started Small, Nosferatu The Vampyre, Land Of Silence And Darkness, Fitzcarraldo, Fata Morgana, Ballad Of Little Soldier, Aguirre, The Wrath Of God, Where The Green Ants Dream, The Enigma Of Kaspar Hauser, Cobra Verde, Heart Of Glass, Lessons Of Darkness, Stroszek, Little Dieter Needs To Fly, Woyzeck and My Best Fiend and Fandor will be releasing one new title each week leading up to the release, each in HD. Of that lot, I've only seen Aguirre and Fitzcarraldo before, »

- Brad Brevet

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First Pictures from Ryan Gosling's Directorial Debut 'Lost River'

18 April 2014 10:05 PM, PDT

Originally titled How to Catch a Monster, Ryan Gosling's directorial debut was just accepted into the Un Certain Regard selection at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival (see the lineup here) under the title Lost River and now we have our first look at two pictures from the upcoming fantasy, which Warner Bros. will release later this year. On top of directing, Gosling also wrote the screenplay, as for the actors, he's cast his Drive co-star Christina Hendricks in the lead role alongside his The Place Beyond the Pines co-stars Ben Mendelsohn and Eva Mendes and Saoirse Ronan, whom he would have starred with if he'd remained in Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones. Described as a fantasy/thriller, the film centers on a single mother (Hendricks) who's swept into a dark underworld, while her teenage son discovers a road that leads him to a secret underwater town. These images alone »

- Brad Brevet

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Highest Grossing Animated Movie of 2014c

18 April 2014 3:24 PM, PDT

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

18 April 2014 3:07 PM, PDT

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

18 April 2014 1:06 PM, PDT

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

18 April 2014 11:07 AM, PDT

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

18 April 2014 9:30 AM, PDT

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' (2014) Movie Review

18 April 2014 8:00 AM, PDT

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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'Fading Gigolo' (2013) Movie Review

18 April 2014 8:00 AM, PDT

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'

18 April 2014 7:30 AM, PDT

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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