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First Trailer for Richard Linklater's 'Boyhood'

6 hours ago

Richard Linklater's Boyhood is my most anticipated film of 2014 and to think we're just over a couple months away from its July 11 release makes the anticipation all that more difficult to bear. Today the first trailer for the film arrived as we take a first look at the movie that was twelve years in the making. Filmed over short periods from 2002 to 2013, Boyhood is a groundbreaking cinematic experience covering 12 years in the life of a family. At the center is Mason (Ellar Coltrane), who with his sister Samantha (Lorelei Linklater), are taken on an emotional and transcendent journey through the years, from childhood to adulthood. Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette star as Mason and Samantha's parents. Check out the trailer below. I can't wait to see what the director of Before Sunset and Before Midnight has to offer us now. »

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Sony Classics Sets Release Dates for Leigh's 'Mr. Turner' and Sundance Pic 'Whiplash'

7 hours ago

Sony Pictures Classics is going to have a big showing at Cannes this year with five films playing the festilval beginning with Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher already set for a November 14 release and starring Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum. Yesterday it was announced the studio would release the Russian hockey documentary Red Army, of which I featured the trailer yesterday afternoon (watch it here) and they're already lined up to release Zhang Yimou's new film Coming Home (watch the trailer here) starring Gong Li. The studio picked up Damien Chazelle's Whiplash starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons out of Sundance, are taking it to Cannes and have now announced an October 10 release date. Finally, Mike Leigh's latest film, Mr. Turner will see the director return to the Croisette after bringing his wonderful Another Year to the feat back in 2010. Sony Classics has set a December 19 release »

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Johnny Depp's 'Mortdecai' Set for Early 2015 Release

8 hours ago

In the wake of the poor critical reception and box office performance for Transcendence you better believe all eyes will be on Johnny Depp's next vehicle Mortdecai, which again features Depp in a role unlike those that have made him so popular in the mainstream, though the fact this is a comedy may work in his favor. amz asin="0141003774" size="small"David Koepp, who previously directed Depp in 2004's Secret Window, directs and co-wrote the screenplay (based on Kyril Bonfiglioli's three-novel anthology) with Eric Aronson and Peter Baynham (Bruno, Arthur) and Depp is surrounded with an impressive cast including Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Paul Bettany, Olivia Munn, Oliver Platt, Aubrey Plaza and Jeff Goldblum. As for the story... here's the official word: Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai (Johnny Depp »

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Meet Burt of Burt's Bees in Trailer for New Documentary, 'Burt's Buzz'

8 hours ago

Hitting theaters on June 6 and On Demand a day earlier is the new documentary Burt's Buzz centered on Burt Shavitz, the face and co-founder of Burt's Bees. You know, the lip balm, lotion and whatever else all of us have used at some point in our lives. Produced and Directed by Jody Shapiro, the doc is said to explore Burt's life and just watching the trailer I feel something of a kinship with the man and his final statement: "A good day is when no one shows up and you don't have to go anywhere." Of course, hard work breeds interest and Burt is a celebrity, a moisturizing celebrity at that... a not-too-common category of stardom. The film looks like a rather simple story of a reclusive man that found fame in a weird roundabout way and is dealing with it however he knows best. I don't expect there to »

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Timur Bekmambetov Directing a 'Ben-Hur' Remakec Sounds about Right

10 hours ago

When William Wyler directed Ben-Hur in the late 1950s, and before it went on to win 11 Oscars, including Best Picture, I wonder what the target audience wasc Now, 55 years later, Paramount and MGM are readying a remake with a screenplay written by John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) and Keith Clarke (The Way Back) for Timur Bekmambetov (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) set to direct. Who is the target audience this time and is it the same as it was back in 1959c amz asin="B004RJ43ZI" size="small"Based on the 1880 novel "Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ" written by Lew Wallace, the story follows a falsely accused nobleman who survives years of slavery to take vengeance on his best friend who betrayed him. Charlton Heston led the original film and won the Best Actor Oscar for it. Now when it comes to the question of the target audience, I »

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New 'Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For' Trailer

11 hours ago

Dimension has released a brand new trailer from Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For featuring Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Bruce Willis, Powers Boothe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eva Green and a plenty of others in this latest take on Miller's "Sin City" graphic novels. Weaving together two of Miller's classic stories with new tales, the town's most hard boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more reviled inhabitants. Sin City 2 is the follow up to Rodriguez and Miller's 2005 original. Check out the new trailer below, the film hits theaters on August 22. sb id="918557" height="281" width="500" It's one of those hot nights, dry and windless. The kind that makes people do sweaty, secret things. Dwight's (Josh Brolin) thinking of all the ways he's screwed up and what he'd give for one clear chance to wipe the slate clean, to dig his way out of the numb gray hell that is his life. »

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First Pictures from 'Jurassic World' and News of Animatronic Dinosaurs

12 hours ago

The first pictures from the set of Jurassic World have arrived offering looks at Bryce Dallas Howard in an unspecified lead role and a couple shots from the set. Production of the film is underway in Hawaii and director Colin Trevorrow talks of the shoot with Entertainment Weekly saying, "Yesterday I was under a construction crane with Chris Pratt, covered with dirt, eyeballing the exact height of the dinosaur trying to kill him... We both cracked up laughing. Sometimes you just have to stop and let the joy take over." Trevorrow also spoke with Empire regarding the upcoming film and confirmed there will be animatronic dinosaurs used for the film and also spoke of the overall theme saying, "It's about alpha dominance and the fact that humans have been the alpha species for a very long time, and so now we've brought back another that happened to be the alpha species during its time, »

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Can You Name All These Best Picture Losersc

14 hours ago

Final Image Films created this supercut of Best Picture losers using only the final images from each film. Working backwards from last year's loser, The Wolf of Wall Street, to 1929 loser Seventh Heaven. You can see the full list of films here, but give it a watch first and see how many you recognize and how far back you can go before you really can't name any of them. Here's the same concept only with the winners instead. »

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Fugazi, Fugazi... Just the F-Words from 'The Wolf of Wall Street'

14 hours ago

Someone apparently counted every single use of the word "f**k" in The Wolf of Wall Street and the tally was 544. Now I didn't count each instance in the following edit of Martin Scorsese's film, but Screen Junkies went ahead and made this "Just the F Words" supercut and while you might think you know what you're in for... you're not. yt id="mn49DiI9Gag" width="500" Now, probably more to your expectations, here's Screen Junkies' "Honest Trailer" for the film where they get into the more explicit details. yt id="BzpIB5TJ7LI" width="500" »

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Exclusive Clip from New Thriller 'Last Passenger'

14 hours ago

This Friday, April 25, Cohen Media Group will release Last Passenger into theaters in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Houston, Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, DC and Orlando and today they've sent over an exclusive clip for me to share with you. Directed and co-written by first time feature director Omid Nooshin, the film stars Dougray Scott (Mission: Impossible II) in a story set on a speeding London commuter trailer where a small group of passengers find themselves up against a driver whose intentions aren't entirely pure. I just received a screener of the film, but I haven't yet had a chance to watch it. Below I've featured the exclusive clip (the first video) along with the film's trailer, give 'em a watch and let me know what you think in the comments. Should I give this one a shotc sb id="918427" height="360" width="640" sb id="918429" height="360" width="640" »

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'The Other Woman' (2014) Movie Review

15 hours ago

The Other Woman is a movie of montages, music and quite a few well-placed punchlines as it's not exactly a home run comedy, but it's a solid double. Directed by Nick Cassavetes with a screenplay by relative newcomer, Melissa Stack, the film makes good use of its female leads and situations to find comedy in the emotional hurt caused by a cheating husband (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) as his wife (Leslie Mann) ends up teaming with two of his mistresses (Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton) for revenge. If The Other Woman lacks anything it's an editor with any kind of confidence, believing what they have here is actually funny. Not only does the film open with a montage, but it's overloaded with them and when it's not a montage, it's one song after another, several of which having nothing to do with what's going on. In fact, the music is a curious »

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Fox Eyes 'Flash Gordon' Remake, Marshmallow 'Peeps' To Get Feature Film

16 hours ago

I know Mike Hodges' 1980 film Flash Gordon is considered to be a cult classic, but I am not a part of that cult. Telling the story of a polo player (the film changed him to a football player) who finds himself traveling to the planet Mongo to battle Ming the Merciless, Flash Gordon was created in 1934 by artist Alex Raymond and that first film adaptation was beyond campy to the point I found it hardly watchable. Now Fox is setting out to do what producer Neal Moritz couldn't about six years ago at Sony, which is take another stab at a feature film adaptation. THR reports Fox has secured the rights for a feature adaptation and has set Star Trek 3 scribes, J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, to write the screenplay based on a treatment written by George Nolfi (The Bourne Ultimatum). I have little expectation this will actually »

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'Chef', 'Search Party' and 'Whiplash' in Today's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

22 April 2014 4:58 PM, PDT

I just walked in the door after seeing Jon Favreau's Chef (which I really enjoyed), so I'm not at all to see the R rating for this little family, road trip comedy as the F-bombs fly quite freely throughout. And I have to tell you, after Iron Man 2 and Cowboys & Aliens, I have to assume there is a lot of negative energy Favreau is working out in this film and the end result is a lot of fun to watch. Also in today's ratings bulletin is Damien Chazelle's Whiplash, which was just announced this morning as part of the Director's Fortnight selection at the Cannes Film Festival (full lineup here) following its breakout Sundance premiere. And I hadn't heard of this one until just now, but Universal will release Search Party this September, which is directed and co-written by Old School screenwriter Scot Armstrong and stars the likes of Alison Brie, »

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Jessica Chastain Cast as Marilyn Monroe in Andrew Dominik's 'Blonde'

22 April 2014 4:37 PM, PDT

I guess I wasn't paying close enough attention to realize Naomi Watts was no longer attached to star as Marilyn Monroe in Andrew Dominik's adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates' imaginary Marilyn Monroe memoir Blonde, but that's the case and today a replacement has been found in Jessica Chastain. The Wrap reports the news and while the script, written by Dominik, is said to be good to go, the film is still without a start date. It would however, seem a safe bet that filming would begin this year as I would also expect additional casting will be announced shortly. With the Cannes Film Festival coming up it wouldn't surprise me in the least to see the film shopped around the Marche du Film, looking to lock up international distribution as Brad Pitt's Plan B is set to produce. As for the story, Oates is said to have. »

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'Star Wars: Episode VII' Casting Near Complete, Budgeted at $175-200 Million

22 April 2014 1:07 PM, PDT

Pretty much all Star Was: Episode VII news as of late has come via Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn as of late and the same continues today as he discusses the anticipated sequel with Bloomberg. First off, some paparazzi shots from Abu Dhabi showed some second unit photography on the film had already begun, which Horn confirmed saying, "We did some second unit work in Abu Dhabi and other places, because we have all these locations we have to film and we have to give it that Star-Warsian look." Principal photography, however, has yet to commence. As for the casting, Horn says, "It's almost complete. We're not prepared to announce it yet, but we will be very shortly," which continues to lead me to believe we'll have an announcement on May 4th... You know, "Star Wars Day". When it comes to the budget number in the headline, that's straight »

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Trailer for Russian Hockey Documentary 'Red Army'

22 April 2014 12:00 PM, PDT

Red Army (directed by Gabe Polsky) will play the 2014 Cannes Film Festival (full lineup here) and the first trailer is online and it looks excellent. The footage of Don Cherry and Ronald Reagan alone make me want to see it. Here's the official synopsis: Following the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War, Red Army tells the story of the nation's famed Red Army hockey team through the eyes of its captain Slava Fetisov. Whether he was pitted against enemies in the political arena or on the ice, Fetisov's story provides a rare glimpse behind the Iron Curtain of the 1970s and '80s by mirroring the social and political forces at work in the world around him. While helping pave the way for his nation to cross over into the next century, this one man demonstrated how sports could not only be an avenue for creative expression »

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'Foxcatcher' Lands November Release Date

22 April 2014 11:59 AM, PDT

I think the newly announced November 14 release date for Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher suggests we can probably expect it to play either Toronto, Telluride, Venice or all three before it makes what can only be expected to be a strong run at Oscar. The official unveiling will come in May as it plays in competition at the Cannes Film Festival where critics will get the first look at the film starring Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo as Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark and Dave Schultz whose relationship with the eccentric John du Pont (Steve Carell), heir to the du Pont Chemical fortune, leads to murder. In other release date news, the Tina Fey and Amy Poehler comedy, The Nest, at Universal has been slated for a December 18, 2015 release. Now here's the trailer for Foxcatcher, which I've already placed highly on my early Best Picture predictions chart. sb id="858301" height="281" width »

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Podcast: 'Transcendence' Flops and We Argue About It and Answer Some Voice Mails

22 April 2014 11:35 AM, PDT

Transcendence flopped over the weekend and so we must discuss as we bring on Vince from FilmDrunk.com and Kevin from The Playlist to see if we can figure out why it failed as well as get into spoiler territory when it comes to the film's overall critical reception. On top of that we answer your questions and voice mail, play some games and discuss whatever else comes to mind. 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. »

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Watch: Explore the Bloody Effects of Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Only God Forgives'

22 April 2014 11:05 AM, PDT

This visual effects breakdown reel showing how they made Nicolas Winding Refn's eternally bloody Only God Forgives even bloodier is a wonderful look at some visual effects wizardry, supervised by Martin Madsen. Included is a look at how you chop off an arm, slice a neck, chop a man's torso in half, digitally remove dolly tracks, add some bullet holes and gunfre and stab a man in the eye. Oh, yeah, it's pretty gory and probably not safe for work, but when you get a chance give it a watch. »

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First Five Minutes from 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' Plus New Pictures

22 April 2014 8:30 AM, PDT

Dreamworks has released the first five minutes from their upcoming, sure-fire animated hit How to Train Your Dragon 2, which is set to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival before hitting theaters on June 13. The sequel brings back all the familiar voices beginning with Jay Baruchel as Hiccup who reintroduces us to Berk in the first five minutes from the film, featured at the bottom of this post. Back for more with Baruchel are the voices of Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, T.J. Miller, Kristen Wiig and Christopher Mintz-Plasse along with newcomers Cate Blanchett, Kit Harington and Djimon Hounsou whom I'm sure are more than happy to get in on this gravy train. Check out the first five minutes from the film directly below, followed by several new pictures and I've added a bunch of character posters on page two. sb id="917461" height="360" width="640" Check out a »

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