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First Look: Sony Classics Dates 'Truth' in Oscary October Slot

1 August 2015 10:33 AM, PDT

Just the other day a reader alerted me to a report at BoxOffice.com that Sony Classics had dated James Vanderbilt's Truth for an Oct. 16 release. It seemed odd in that a) the film hadn't been announced for either Venice or Toronto; b) we hadn't seen a trailer or promotional still; c) Sony Classics didn't have the film even listed on their press site; and d) one would expect all these things given the awards buzz surrounding star Cate Blanchett in the role of Mary Mapes. As it turns out, the report was accurate, the film will arrive in October and we also have the first look at Blanchett and Robert Redford in the upcoming film. Of course, there's a bit of decision-making to be had when it comes to Blanchett as she is also looked at as a top contender for Best Actress for her role in Carol. »

- Brad Brevet

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Five "Must-See" Movies for August 2015

31 July 2015 8:30 AM, PDT

Well, it's finally August, and while the summer movie season isn't completely over it might as well be. This article was a difficult one to put together, because there just isn't much to recommend this month. But you know what, that's okay, I think I managed to pull together five solid titles for the "must-see" section, and lucky for us the fall festival season is just around the corner, which means things are about to heat up exponentially on the prestige movie front just in time to compensate for things cooling down outside as the seasons change. (I should note here, it is currently 106 degrees fahrenheit here in the desert, and the thought of things cooling down is marvelous, but also very premature.) We are coming off what turned out to be a pretty solid month last month, in my opinion, as I settled back into my routine after a »

- Jordan Benesh

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HBO Hopes for Third Round of "True Detective"

31 July 2015 7:27 AM, PDT

Season one of "True Detective" surprised everyone. It was really unlike anything we had seen before and was anchored by standout performances from Woody Harrelson and Emmy winner Matthew McConaughey as well as a compelling central mystery. Season two hasn't exactly met the astronomical expectations of critics or viewers but isn't without it's strengths. The discourse around the show may be mostly negative but that doesn't seem to be slowing it down. HBO programming president, Michael Lombardo is happy with the series and with showrunner Nic Pizzolatto. Covering the summer Television Critics Association press tour, The Hollywood Reporter notes that this season outpaces the viewership of the first by garnering an average of 12 million viewers, roughly a million more than last year. Lombardo hopes viewership stays strong through the final two episodes of the season after having viewed the finale: "Nic Pizzolatto is one of the best writers working in television and motion pictures today. »

- Michael Hindle

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How Many More Seasons of "Game of Thrones" Should We Expectc

31 July 2015 7:19 AM, PDT

"Game of Thrones" is rolling. After a successful, though controversial, fifth season, the series garnered the most Emmy nominations of any show this year - a massive 24. At this point, even the smallest rumor of a filming location is big news. With prestige and popularity that keeps climbing it may seem strange to be talking about the end. But the end is coming whether we or HBO's head of programming, Michael Lombardo, want it to or not. Speaking at the Television Critics Association's annual summer press tour, Lombardo weighed in about the future of the network's flagship series. In the current TV landscape where the showrunners can be as famous as their series, it is no wonder David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will have to be comfortable with any plan that is set in place. The Wrap pulled a few choice quotes from the TCA event but one stands »

- Michael Hindle

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What Exactly is Happening with the Future of 'Ghostbusters'c

30 July 2015 3:10 PM, PDT

If you're getting confused about what's going on with the future of the Ghostbusters franchise, you're not in the minority. Apparently even the people behind the scenes aren't necessarily certain about what's happening with their property, as writer Drew Pearce says one thing, producer Ivan Reitman says another and then Dan Aykroyd continues his babble over at the far right corner. For some background, for years -- decades even -- Akyroyd's tried getting Ghostbusters 3 off to the races. There were a number of complications, but essentially it came down to Bill Murray not playing ball. Despite multiple rewrites and reformatting from Akyroyd and others, it never quite came together. Akyroyd even tried to make the movie around Murray's disapproval, having him either cameo briefly as a ghost or simply not show up at all. Those settlements didn't change anything either, and when Harold Ramis passed away last year, Akyroyd's »

- Will Ashton

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Simon Pegg Has Beef with Rebecca Ferguson's 'Mission: Impossible' Poster

30 July 2015 1:41 PM, PDT

Last month Paramount released several character posters for Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation in preparation for the film's nationwide release tomorrow, and it seems one of the film's stars has a bit of a bone to pick with how the studio's marketing department chose to portray the film's female lead in her poster. "When the posters came out, it was me in a jacket, Tom Cruise in a jacket, Jeremy Renner in a jacket, Ving Rhames in a jacket and Rebecca Ferguson in leather with her butt sticking out." That's Simon Pegg talking to USA Today about Rogue Nation's poster campaign, and he seems pretty disappointed by it as he went on to add, "It was like, 'No, don't do that.' We're doing something good here. Trying to, at least." readmore postid="184118" Pegg certainly has a point. For reference, here are the six character posters Paramount released for the film's male stars. »

- Jordan Benesh

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'The End of the Tour' (2015) Movie Review

30 July 2015 1:14 PM, PDT

I was not a David Foster Wallace disciple before walking into James Ponsoldt's The End of the Tour. In fact, I hadn't read a word he'd written and was only aware of his status as an acclaimed writer and his tragic suicide in 2008. Perhaps this is the best way to approach this film, without any measure of preconception or idea as to the icon at its core, or questioning whether Jason Segel is worthy of portraying him, considering he's largely known for his comically goofy roles in the likes of Forgetting Sarah Marshall and The Muppets. Even further, I didn't know until after seeing the film that Foster Wallace's estate, family and publisher all disavowed the film sight unseen. While I can't speak to the veracity of the story being told (though it's only obvious liberties were taken, this is a movie after all), or whether it's an accurate portrayal of Dfw, »

- Brad Brevet

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Christopher Plummer is Out for Revenge in Trailer for Atom Egoyan's 'Remember'

30 July 2015 10:56 AM, PDT

I have not seen much of director Atom Egoyan's work, this includes his Oscar-nominated feature The Sweet Hereafter, so I can't speak to the director he was. I can, however, speak to what I've seen as of late, that being Chloe and Devil's Knot, and I can't say I'm necessarily impressed or all that inclined to stand in line for whatever he has coming out next. Then again, when what's coming next stars Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau I have to admit my ears perk up a little bit as seeing these two chew scenery alongside one another does sound intriguing. The film I'm speaking of is Remember and it's set to premiere at Venice followed by a North American premiere in Toronto and today, on top of some first look pictures, I have the first trailer for the movie. First, here's the plot: Remember is the contemporary story »

- Brad Brevet

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Something, Something, 'Black Mass' Trailer, Something

30 July 2015 10:07 AM, PDT

The word "new" has a whole new meaning in the age of the Internet. This morning Warner Bros. released what they are calling the "Official Main Trailer" for Black Mass, the story of Whitey Bulger starring Johnny Depp and directed by Scott Cooper. The film will have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, followed by an appearance in Toronto just ahead of its Sept. 18 release. Now, I'm not aware of the contents of this new, official main trailer, but if that first trailer didn't do it for you (and let's be honest, that first trailer should have been enough) and neither did the second, I'm not sure what this one will do, but have at it. I mean, the studio says it's new so there must be something new in there. sb id="1547957" height="360" width="640" »

- Brad Brevet

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Box Office Predictions: 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' Will Win Weekend With Ease

30 July 2015 9:15 AM, PDT

It should come as no surprise that Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation is my predicted winner this weekend - the last one was in 2011 and this is the summer's grand action finale. The problem with looking at the previous version is it had a soft opening during the Christmas season, putting up weekends of 12/29/29/19 - meaning its results bore no real resemblance to how a summer film operates. I'm reluctant to just pile that $89 million four-weekend total into a big ball, because there were clearly still early adopters and stragglers over the course of a month. As such, my prediction of $51 million sort of middles the whole enterprise, condensing four Christmas weekends down into two summer ones. Vacation is the other new release, but there's not much precedent to go on, even with it being a sort of sequel. The closest comparison is really just "comedy" here, so I've decided »

- Laremy Legel

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New 'Batman v Superman' Pictures, and Why 'Dawn of Justice' is the Full Title

30 July 2015 9:04 AM, PDT

It's not a Man of Steel sequel (supposedly), so it's not Man of Steel 2. It's also got Batman in it, has reportedly drawn some inspiration from Frank Miller's "The Dark Knight Returns" and will feature the two title superheroes squaring off. Thus it would be assumed the title would be Batman vs. Superman, but no, not "vs." and not "versus", the latter of which would only add another "s" where it already had one too many, and what's with the periodc But hold off, it's not even going to be Batman v Superman, because that would imply this was a single film, and not part of a cinematic multiverse. No, it's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and director Zack Snyder tells "Empire" magazine why the need for the subtitle in a new cover story that also delivers a batch of new pictures. Before I get too far ahead of myself, »

- Brad Brevet

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Watch: 'Beasts of No Nation' Trailer from the Director of 'True Detective'

30 July 2015 7:30 AM, PDT

As Netflix continues its bid to dip its toes into all film and television waters, one of their upcoming projects is Beasts of No Nation, the latest film from Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre, "True Detective") with Idris Elba in the lead role alongside newcomer Abraham Attah as Agu, a child soldier fighting in the civil war of an unnamed African country. Beasts of No Nation will have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, will then likely play Telluride and will finish up the circuit in Toronto after that, all before releasing in limited theaters and streaming on Netflix on Oct. 16. It's new territory for not only prestige cinema, but cinema altogether as television and the movies are coming together in ways previously thought unfathomable. Certainly some films will still stand to make the most money with major theatrical releases and it will be interesting to see »

- Brad Brevet

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Watch: Trailer for 'Room' Starring Brie Larson from the Director of 'Frank'

30 July 2015 6:42 AM, PDT

I know there were a lot of people out there that liked Frank. Personally, I just don't get where that like comes from, but I've come to terms with it. Next up for director Lenny Abrahamson is an adaptation of Emma Donoghue's novel, Room, with Brie Larson (Short Term 12, Trainwreck) in the lead role alongside Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen and William H. Macy. Donoghue also penned the screenplay which tells the story of story of Jack (Tremblay), a 5 year-old who is looked after by his loving and devoted mother (Larson) in a bit of a situation that's far from typical. The two are trapped, confined to a windowless, 10-by-10-foot space, which Jack's mother refers to as "Room." She's created a whole universe for Jack within Room, but as Jack's curiosity about their situation grows, they enact a risky plan to escape. That's the story in a nutshell »

- Brad Brevet

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Relativity Tries Selling 'Jane Got a Gun' and More During Bankruptcy Scare

29 July 2015 3:57 PM, PDT

Jane Got a Gun hasn't had the best of luck. The Western had its director not show up on the first day of the shoot, actors drop out and multiple different release dates, and it looks as though the troubles facing the Natalie Portman-led and produced feature aren't over yet. Relativity Media, a company without a full-out hit since 2011, is on the edge of bankruptcy, and a little over a month before the movie's September 4 release date, the company is contacting potential buyers regarding not only Jane Got a Gun, but two other high-profile features as well -- the Sundance comedy The Bronze and the Nicholas Hoult/Felicity Jones-starring action-thriller Collide. Screenings for all three films are being held at the moment for potential buyers, but they have bigger sights in mind for Jane in particular. At the moment, lawyer David Boies is trying to court Harvey Weinstein »

- Will Ashton

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'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' (2015) Movie Review

29 July 2015 2:38 PM, PDT

My initial response to 2011's Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol was to marvel at the stunt work and spectacle, but I felt a bit letdown by the villain and what seemed like a script overly reliant on silliness. Since then, however, I've come to enjoy Ghost Protocol more and more, but as an unabashed fan of not only the Mission franchise (yes, including Mission: Impossible II), but its star, Tom Cruise, perhaps that clouds my vision. I don't know. Either way, I have no such initial qualms when it comes to the franchise's fifth installment, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. Kicking off with one of three massive stunt pieces, Rogue Nation includes a villain with shades of Bond's Blofeld (though consider that only a mild comparison, not an outright apples-to-apples), just the right touch of comedy and the impressively awesome addition of Rebecca Ferguson. In fact, I wouldn't mind seeing »

- Brad Brevet

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Tom Cruise Loves the 'Mission: Impossible' Series, Sixth Entry Looking to Film Next Summer

29 July 2015 1:36 PM, PDT

I won't be seeing Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation until Thursday night at the absolute earliest, but that won't stop Tom Cruise from discussing the possibility of a sixth installment in the long-running action franchise. "I love making these movies. Mission Impossible is the first film I ever produced," Cruise told Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show" last night. "Now this is the fifth one. This is the fifth one. It's pretty amazing because ... I thought if I could keep making these kinds of movies," Cruise continues, at which point Stewart cuts him off and points out: "I think you -- I mean if I may, and I don't mean to be presumptuous -- I think you can. I'm pretty sure it's not like Death to Smoochy where they're like, 'One and done!' You can get in there and knock around a few more." Below-the-belt shots at Death to Smoochy aside, »

- Jordan Benesh

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Tom Cruise Has an Idea for an 'Edge of Tomorrow' Sequel... 'Edge of 2morrow... Again'c

29 July 2015 12:46 PM, PDT

Tom Cruise can do no wrong, in my opinion. I was listening to a Grantland podcast episode recorded as part of the site's Tom Cruise Week coverage, and the Grantland team was talking about Cruise as Hollywood's "most effortful" action star. Now that I know effortful is an actual word in the English language, I think it perfectly captures what I like about Cruise. He tries. He tries hard. If a Cruise movie is going to fail -- and these days, if they don't carry the Mission: Impossible brand name, they often do -- it won't be for the star's lack of trying. For instance, I didn't care for Oblivion, but I liked what Cruise was going for and I liked that he was pushing to make something interesting. Cruise is well-known for his impressive stunt work, sitting atop and dangling from the world's tallest building in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, »

- Jordan Benesh

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Jeff Nichols' 'Midnight Special' Pushed Back to March 2016

29 July 2015 11:31 AM, PDT

With nary a still frame released to the public less than four months away from its November 25 premiere, it's not particularly shocking to hear Warner Bros. announce they're pushing Jeff Nichols' original sci-fi studio project Midnight Special, but it's nevertheless still at least a little disappointing. March 18, 2016 is now when you can expect to see the latest from the Mud/Take Shelter director. This pulls it from competing in the Thanksgiving slot beside Creed, Pixar's The Good Dinosaur, the Christmas-themed reunion of 50/50 stars Seth Rogen/Joseph Gordon-Levitt in The Night Before and the Daniel Radcliffe-starring Victor Frankenstein and lands it the week before another one of the studio's big tentpole release Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. A curious decision, made even more puzzling when it's revealed to also be combating Alligent - Part 1, Paramount's Monster Trucks and something from Tri-Star called Miracles From Heaven. Hopefully this isn't a sign of lost faith. »

- Will Ashton

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Bret McKenzie, Michael Chabon Join Disney's 'Bob: The Musical', Starring Tom Cruise

29 July 2015 11:21 AM, PDT

A couple years ago, my friend and I came up with the germ of an idea for a movie plot, centered on a man who -- after a near-fatal accident -- began to see life as one big giant musical and corresponded to this discovery accordingly, even when his perplexed local citizens couldn't understand his actions or point-of-view. Little did we know, though, a similar-minded movie was already in the works at Disney called Bob: The Musical. The in-the-works production focuses on an everyman who -- upon getting a nasty blow to the noggin -- starts to instantly hear the songs inside everyone's hearts as his life is turned into a musical. Mild jealously aside, I'm very curious to see what is cooked up here if it actually comes into fruition, which is looking more-and-more likely. Earlier this year, Tom Cruise joined the film to play the titular character, with »

- Will Ashton

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Watch: First 'Spotlight' Trailer Shines Light on Catholic Church Abuse

29 July 2015 10:32 AM, PDT

Yesterday it was announced Spotlight would play the Toronto Film Festival and this morning it was confirmed it would have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival. The movie,, from writer/director Thomas McCarthy. It's a movie that's quickly become one of the most anticipated films over the final months of this year, and for good reason. Stories focused on journalists often make for excellent cinema and you combine that with a story focused on the Boston Globe investigation into the Boston Archdiocese's cover up of sexual abuse within the Catholic church, and this cast and you have a whopper of a film on your hands. As for that cast, it includes Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Stanley Tucci, Liev Schreiber, Billy Crudup and John Slattery in a story of the Boston Globe's Spotlight investigation team who uncovered the scandal and fought to expose the truth. Following its »

- Brad Brevet

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