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Watch: First Official 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' Trailer

17 April 2015 4:30 PM, PDT

Not blurry and not pirated, those were the sentiments of director Zack Snyder when he premiered the first Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer on Twitter this afternoon following the leaked, bootleg version that arrived online late last night. The plan was to release the trailer following an IMAX event this coming Monday, April 20, and those plans are still on and fans in attendance will now not only get the trailer in IMAX, but additional bonus footage. So all is not last folks. https://twitter.com/ZackSnyder/status/589198612074078208 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is the highly anticipated action adventure from director Zack Snyder, starring Henry Cavill in the role of Clark Kent/Superman, and Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman. The film also stars Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, with Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane returning from Man of Steel, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, »

- Brad Brevet

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Details on Lars von Trier's Serial Killer TV Series, 'The House That Jack Built'

17 April 2015 2:30 PM, PDT

Last year, writer/director Lars von Trier was set to follow-up his Nymphomaniac films with the TV series "The House That Jack Built", but last fall, in his first interview in three years, he seemed to suggest he was done with filmmaking. He felt, in light of his recovery from an alcohol addiction, he couldn't capture the same hyper-energy he once did. Well, it looks like some things have changed, for Cineuropa reports "The House That Jack Built" is apparently back on, as the filmmaker still is hard at work writing the eight-part, English-language series, though, to be fair, perhaps he doesn't consider this "film"-making as it will be release on television. And with this news comes more details on the project. "The House That Jack Built" will apparently focus on a serial killer and will be seen from the murder's point-of-view. These reports come from the University of Copenhagen where he studied, »

- Will Ashton

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Josh Hartnett Regrets Not Playing the Dark Knight in Nolan's 'Batman' Films

17 April 2015 1:39 PM, PDT

For a time during the early 2000s, Josh Hartnett was one of Hollywood's It Boys, starring in Pearl Harbor, Black Hawk Down, and 40 Days and 40 Nights. However, his acting output has been noticeably slim over the last decade, a fact Hartnett attributes in a new interview with Playboy (via Variety) to turning down the role of Batman in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy. Yeah, that'll do the trick. In lieu of his decision, Hartnett made some smaller movies, and then he stopped working for a while because, as he tells Playboy, "I was tired and wanted to spend more time with my friends and family." Looking back, however, Hartnett wishes he'd have reconsidered his decision to turn down the cape and cowl. "I've definitely said no to some of the wrong people." He further elaborates: "I learned my lesson when Christopher Nolan and I talked about Batman. I decided it wasn't for me. »

- Jordan Benesh

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Michelle McLaren Wanted 'Wonder Woman' to Be Like 'Braveheart'

17 April 2015 12:31 PM, PDT

Earlier this week we learned Michelle MacLaren decided to walk away from Warner Bros.' Wonder Woman, with the studio citing "creative differences", and now that Patty Jenkins has been hired as MacLaren's replacement any discussion about her vision for the film can really only dabble in what could have been. So... what could it have beenc According to Variety, MacLaren hoped to make Wonder Woman in the vein of Braveheart, an epic origin tale with a large-scale, action-packed production. Warners, on the other hand, apparently wanted a more character-driven piece, which I only assume is for the sake of "world building", something that is all the rage with the studios these days. Per Variety, "After screenwriter Jason Fuchs delivered his script, the studio put as many as five other writers on the project to work up various scripts while executives simultaneously tested story concepts." Five writers feels like a lot to me, »

- Jordan Benesh

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Watch: New Trailer for Hit Sundance Comedy 'Dope'

17 April 2015 11:04 AM, PDT

I generally try not to watch trailers and clips for fear of spoiling a film, but I'm also a big fan of Kendrick Lamar, so when the rapper's Grammy-winning single "i" kicked on 17 seconds into the latest trailer for Rick Famuyiwa's breakout coming-of-age comedy Dope, I couldn't help but keep watching. I don't want to sound too on the nose, but after checking out the trailer in full, Dope looks pretty dope. The film centers on Malcolm (Shameik Moore), a high school kid from a tough Los Angeles neighborhood juggling college applications, academic interviews, and the Sat. A chance invitation to an underground party leads him into an adventure that could allow him to go from being a geek, to being dope, to ultimately being himself. Tony Revolori, Blake Anderson, Keith Stanfield, Zoe Kravitz, Kiersey Clemons, and rapper A$AP Rocky round out the impressive cast of young actors. »

- Jordan Benesh

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Matthew McConaughey Moved to Tears Watching New 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Trailer

17 April 2015 10:19 AM, PDT

This is way funnier than I expected it to be as a YouTuber has taken to cutting a clip from Christopher Nolan's Interstellar and made it appear as if Matthew McConaughey is watching the latest trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens. In the film McConaughey's character is listening to a message from home, but here he's getting all teary-eyed watching the Star Wars trailer and, as far as I'm concerned, the wave is what seals this deal. The question now is just how many more times we'll see this done, after all, people still make those Hitler parodies. yt id="PYHdQUyOunA" width="515" readmore postid="174117" »

- Brad Brevet

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New 'Jurassic World' Poster Puts Bryce Dallas Howard Face-to-Face with a Monster

17 April 2015 10:06 AM, PDT

Bryce Dallas Howard plays Claire Dearing in Jurassic World (6/20) and for anyone that's been paying attention, you already know she's the operations manager at the new Jurassic Park where they've created a new species of dinosaur, the Indominus Rex. In this newest poster a thin piece of plexi-glass separates her from said creation and by the looks of it there most likely won't be any issues with such a situation. Along with the trailer we receive news a new trailer for the movie will be premiering on Monday, April 20. Excitedc readmore postid="173430" Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. Directed by Colin Trevorrow Starring: Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Chris Pratt, Vincent D'Onofrio, Irrfan Khan, Omar Sy and Judy Greer In theaters: June 12, 2015 »

- Brad Brevet

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Podcast: Reviewing 'Unfriended' and 'Ex Machina', Plus Examining New 'Star Wars' Trailer

17 April 2015 9:35 AM, PDT

Today is a stacked episode with reviews of Unfriended and Ex Machina before we dive into the new Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens trailer, listening to the fake Dennis Quaid rant, listening to your voice mail, playing some games and bouncing through a few news stories. We hope you enjoy. 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, you can leave us a voicemail directly from your computer. »

- Brad Brevet

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Watch: Salma Hayek is Hungry for Heart in Nsfw Trailer for Cannes Selection 'Tale of Tales'

17 April 2015 8:04 AM, PDT

With yesterday's announcement of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival selection it was inevitable we would start getting preview trailers for many of them and here we are, a brand new one for Matteo Garrone's The Tale of Tales and it's not safe for work. Filled with fantastical elements and an image of Salma Hayek appearing to chow down on the raw heart of some fantasy beast, the film is based on the fairy tale collection "The Tale of Tales" by 17th century Italian author Giambattista Basile. This serves as Garrone's ambitious English-language debut, interweaving three separate story strands bookended by brief bits in which Italians Alba Rohrwacher and Massimo Ceccherini play a street circus family. In one tale Hayek plays a jealous queen who forfeits her husband's life and in another, Vincent Cassel plays a king whose passion is stoked by two mysterious sisters. Check out the trailer below. via »

- Brad Brevet

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Steve Carell Joins Robert Zemeckis' 'Marwencol' Narrative Re-Imagining

17 April 2015 7:26 AM, PDT

Steve Carell dipped his feet deep in dramatic waters last year with Foxcatcher, and it looks like the Oscar nominee's not ready to get out of the pool just yet. He signed on to star in Robert Zemeckis' next project, a narrative remake of Jeff Malmberg's 2010 assault documentary Marwencol. Under a screenplay by Caroline Thompson (Edward Scissorhands), Carell will play Mark Hogancamp, a man whose memory is wiped clean after vicious attacks. Hogancamp seeks recovery in "Marwencol", a 1/6th scale World War II-era town he creates in his backyard. The upcoming film is under Zemeckis' ImageMovers banner, housed by Universal, and Malmberg is attached to the project as an executive producer. This appears to be Zemeckis' next directorial effort, once he finishes up on another documentary remake The Walk, based on the Oscar-winning Man on Wire and scheduled to be released on Oct. 2. This will not be Carell's follow-up to Foxcatcher, »

- Will Ashton

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Would Ryan Gosling's 'Lost River' be Praised had It been Made By a Different Filmmakerc

16 April 2015 2:46 PM, PDT

I have yet to see Ryan Gosling's directorial debut Lost River, but word-of-mouth for the film, including here on the site, has been less-than-favorable. Unabashedly weird and yet very respectful to its peers, based on what I've seen and read, it's not your average actor-turned-director vehicle. It's with that in mind that a select group, including fellow filmmakers, suggest Gosling's film would got more love had critics separated the art from the artist. The filmmaker in question for these acquisitions of late is Terence Nance (An Oversimplification of Her Beauty), who wrote an odd little email-themed piece for The Talkhouse about Gosling's film. Written as if he were to give the fellow filmmaker criticism of his work before it made its premiere last year at Cannes, Nance is critical of Lost River but he makes an interesting point. He notes how if the film, as the "current cut," were made by an unknown filmmaker, »

- Will Ashton

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'Unfriended' (2015) Movie Review

16 April 2015 1:28 PM, PDT

After relentless online bullying, Laura Barns killed herself. She went out to the school yard, took a handgun, turned it on herself and that was it. Footage of the suicide remains on YouTube a year later as does the original video that started the whole thing, video of an inebriated Laura, passed out in the dirt with menstrual blood staining her shorts and legs. Tonight, a group of friends that knew Laura have gathered on Skype for a nightly chat. Unfriended is shot entirely from this perspective, capturing the desktop of one of Laura's friends, Blaire (Shelley Hennig), as she chats it up with her boyfriend (Moses Jacob Storm) and a growing group of friends and one unknown visitor. Seen only as an anonymous icon in their Skype chat, it soon becomes evident someone or -- dun, dun, dun -- something has hacked their chat and their malevolent motivations soon become clear. »

- Brad Brevet

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Watch: New Clip for 'Inside Out' on Heels of Cannes Announcement

16 April 2015 12:26 PM, PDT

In the wee hours of the morning it was announced Disney-Pixar's upcoming animated adventure Inside Out would screen out of competition at this year's Cannes Film Festival, and now the studio has debuted a new clip for the film to celebrate the news. The clip below highlights the emotions of a girl on her first day of school, a fitting snippet to hit the web given the screening at Cannes will serve as the film's official worldwide premiere. Where Pixar's previous films have taken us all across the globe and even into space, Inside Out will take us to a place everyone knows, but no one has ever seen: the world inside the human mind. From the synopsis: Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, »

- Jordan Benesh

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Ryan Gosling in Negotiations to Star in 'Blade Runner' Sequel

16 April 2015 12:13 PM, PDT

Denis Villeneuve, whose new film Sicario was added to the 2015 Cannes Film Festival lineup this morning, is set to direct the as-yet Untitled Blade Runner Project, a sequel to Ridley Scott's Blade Runner (1982) with Harrison Ford already set to return as Rick Deckard. Now a press release has arrived from Alcon Entertainment reporting Ryan Gosling is in negotiations to co-star in the feature. As of now plot details are under wraps so there's nothing to go as to which character Gosling will be playing. All we know is the film is set several decades after the '82 version with Michael Green and Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the 1982 adaptation) writing the screenplay based on an idea by Fancher and Scott. Principal photography is set to start in summer of 2016. Gosling will be seen next in Shane Black's The Nice Guys opposite Russell Crowe, and in Terrence Malick's Weightless. »

- Brad Brevet

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New 'Star Wars: Force Awakens' Trailer, Pictures & Story Details Explode Online

16 April 2015 11:04 AM, PDT

A new Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens trailer christens the fans online and at the kick-off of today's Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim and you can watch it directly below. Fans attending the Celebration get a few additional nuggets of information, but the new trailer has got to be the highlight and what most people will be talking about throughout the weekend and rewatching on their phones, iPads, computers and any ol' thing they can connect to the Internet. What we learned from the Force Awakens panel is it seems the three lead characters meet on the desert planet of Jaku (not Tatooine as was assumed when set pictures leaked online). Those three characters are Finn played by John Boyega who confirmed he is a stormtrooper, though whether he's good or bad is not revealed; another is Rey (Daisy Ridley) a scavenger and the third is Poe »

- Brad Brevet

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First Teaser Trailer for Quentin Tarantino's 'The Hateful Eight' is Officially Online

16 April 2015 10:26 AM, PDT

The first trailer for Quentin Tarantino's latest movie, The Hateful Eight has now officially arrived online after a bootlegged version hit the web after it premiered only in theaters in front of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For last year. Of course, that bootleg version didn't stick around online for too long, but now it has finally arrived in something of an official capacity. It's an entirely text-based trailer with a bit of graphic design behind it, but if you're excited about the new film this should add to that excitement. The film doesn't hit theaters until Christmas Day, so it may be a while before we get an actual trailer with footage, but you can give this little tease a watch below. yt id="_FECQsdLEWA" width="515" In The Hateful Eight, set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. »

- Brad Brevet

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Box Office Predictions: 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2' Looks to Take Out 'Furious 7'

16 April 2015 9:46 AM, PDT

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 will be in contention for the crown all weekend long. It's rated PG, and the first one opened at $31.9 million in 2009. It was a simpler time. Adjusted for inflation, this result would actually be less than the first, so I'm factoring in zero sequel bump. I'd say the main factor there is the kids who grew up with Paul Blart, the character, are now too old to care about Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, the movie. Thus, they'll need to get a whole new crop of families this time around, which means a very similar result. I give them one thing though, they are advertising the hell out of it. $32.4 million is my prediction. Unfriended is a low-fi horror film that should follow the trend of "just big enough to keep making them". There's not a huge amount of precedent for an April horror, films »

- Laremy Legel

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'True Story' (2015) Movie Review

16 April 2015 8:52 AM, PDT

If the quality of a film was determined solely by the strength of its premise, True Story would stand tall among its peers. In fact, on paper, Rupert Goold's feature directorial debut has all the makings of a genre standout: an amateur detective yarn, adapted from a true crime memoir, starring a trio of young Oscar nominees. And as a longtime theatre director, Goold would seem a perfect fit to direct a movie constructed primarily from scenes that unfold in close quarters. But alas, the true test of any movie is in the viewing, not in what you can read on IMDb, and it's in the viewing that this yarn eventually comes unspooled. True Story centers on Mike Finkel (Jonah Hill), a "New York Times" reporter primed for a Pulitzer, until he fabricates portions of a high-profile expose about child slavery. Fired and fallen from his perch, he returns »

- Jordan Benesh

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'Star Wars: Force Awakens' Art Highlights Villain Kylo Ren

16 April 2015 8:29 AM, PDT

As the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim is about to get underway and we await the possibility of a brand new trailer, some Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens goodies have found their way online in the form of some artwork highlighting the film's villain, Kylo Ren. Of course, it should also be noted that since these don't appear to have been officially released there is a possibility they are fan art or possible fan art composites with some assets originating elsewhere online as at least some of this does appear to be official movie art, or at least concepts for the purpose of marketing the film. readmore postid="174117" Give the art a look below and if you haven't watched it yet, the new trailer is right here. Images via Making Star Wars and Imgr »

- Brad Brevet

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Watch the Trailer for Out of Nowhere Horror 'The Gallows' from Blumhouse

16 April 2015 7:55 AM, PDT

New Line has snatched up one of the newest Blumhouse horror productions, this one titled The Gallows from writer/director duo Chris Lofing and Travis Cluff starring Cassidy Gifford, Ryan Shoos, Reese Mishler and Pfeifer Brown, all going by their actual first names in a little backstage horror. Here's the plot: Twenty years after an accident caused the death of the lead actor during a high school play, students at the same small town school resurrect the failed stage production in a misguided attempt to honor the anniversary of the tragedy - but ultimately find out that some things are better left alone. Jumping on the radar out of nowhere, it seems studios have no choice but to pick up films from Jason Blum's production house as they can either turn into Paranormal Activity or even Whiplash. As for The Gallows, the film hits theaters on July 10, watch the trailer below. »

- Brad Brevet

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