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Trailer for Zhang Yimou's Cannes Bound 'Coming Home'

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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

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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

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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

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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 »

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First Trailer for Egoyan's Cannes Bound 'Captives' Starring Ryan Reynolds

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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

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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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Bryan Singer Accused of Sexually Abusing 17 Year-Old Boy

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Now this is the last thing I expected to write about tonight, but Variety is reporting a lawsuit was filed Wednesday in a Hawaii federal court alleging X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer "forcibly sodomized" the plaintiff, Michael Egan, at the age of 17. Egan's name was published in a press release issued by his lawyer, alleging "Singer provided him with drugs and alcohol and flew him to Hawaii on more than one occasion in 1999." Age of consent in Hawaii is 16, but this isn't exactly a case of underage abuse. Variety reports his attorney confirmed Egan is seeking an unspecified amount in damages in the civil suit. The site also says registered sex offender, and former chairman of Digital Entertainment Network, Marc Collins-Rector, is also named in the lawsuit, accused of initiating the sexual abuse of Egan and arranging for Singer to assault Egan at a house in Encino, »

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A 'Mrs. Doubtfire' Sequelc Reallyc

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I guess there's a large contingency that's been begging to see Robin Williams in a dress and old-age makeup once again. At least this time they won't need the makeup as THR reports Williams has signed on to star in Mrs. Doubtfire 2 with director Chris Columbus attached to return to direct and David Berenbaum (Elf) writing the script. Columbus directed the original back in 1993, which ended up grossing over $441 million worldwide, but that was 21 years ago and since then we've already had Martin Lawrence dressing up in three Big Momma's House movies, do we really need to see Williams do it all againc THR reminds us Bonnie Hunt was attached to write a script for the sequel back in 2001 and obviously that didn't come together so that could very well end up being the situation once again, but the attachment of Williams to the project would seem to suggest movement »

- Brad Brevet

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First Poster for Denzel Washington's 'The Equalizer'

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So far the only look we've had at Antoine Fuqua's (Olympus Has Fallen), in The Equalizer starring Denzel Washington, was the above picture. Tonight, however, Columbia Pictures has released the first poster for the film that reunites Washington with his Training Day director and rumor has it a sequel is already in the works. Loosely based on the late-'80s TV series centered on a private detective available for hire if you have a problem that you don't know how to solve, the film will be adjusted with Washington playing a character named McCall, a former black ops commando who has faked his death to live a quiet life in Boston. When he comes out of his self-imposed retirement to rescue a young girl, Teri (Chloe Grace Moretz), he finds himself face to face with ultra-violent Russian gangsters. As he serves vengeance against those who brutalize the helpless, McCall's desire for justice is reawakened. »

- Brad Brevet

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'X-Men' After 'Spider-Man' and Behind the Scenes of 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

16 April 2014 1:24 PM, PDT

So apparently it's a big deal that Fox will preview a clip from X-Men: Days of Future Past midway through the credits of Sony's The Amazing Spider-Man 2. It's nothing more than a clip from the film, which, according to Empire, features "Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique, Lucas Till's Havok and Evan Jonigkeit's Toad taking on William Stryker (Josh Helman) and his military men." The clip doesn't imply a crossover, but what it does imply is Sony and Fox are utilizing the reason trailers are called trailers (because they used to come after the movie) and trying to help each other out in battling the Marvel Studios machine with two of the most lucrative Marvel properties whose rights exist outside of Marvel's grasp. In other Marvel news, the following behind the scenes featurette for Guardians of the Galaxy played during last night's episode of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." on ABC. »

- Brad Brevet

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First Trailer for Eli Roth's 'Green Inferno'

16 April 2014 1:00 PM, PDT

It's the season for horror movies that premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. We've had Afflicted and Oculus and now comes the first trailer for Eli Roth's latest movie, The Green Inferno. The film follows a group of student activists, travelling to the Amazon to protect a dying tribe. On the way they crash in the jungle and are taken hostage by the very natives they're attempting to save. Irony, it's a cruel mistress. Open Road will release the film on September 5. You showing upc sb id="915173" height="360" width="640" »

- Brad Brevet

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First Trailer and Poster for 'Third Person'

16 April 2014 11:47 AM, PDT

I missed Paul Haggis' Third Person at the Toronto Film Festival last year, but those I spoke to didn't exactly speak highly of the film. Starring Liam Neeson, James Franco, Adrien Brody, Mila Kunis, Olivia Wilde, Moran Atias and Kim Basinger the film centers on three couples whose love stories intertwine in three cities across the globe -- Rome, Paris, and New York -- and if you click here to read the whole plot it all sounds rather ridiculous. Sony Classics eventually picked it up, but has yet to set an official release date. The trailer below promotes the upcoming June release in Japan and the film will play the Tribeca Film Festival on April 24, which is where I assume Sony Classics will decide whether they dump this thing in a couple theaters and call it a day or try and make some actual money off it. sb id »

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'Transcendence' (2014) Movie Review

16 April 2014 10:58 AM, PDT

The idea behind Transcendence is big, ambitious and nearly impossible to pull off in a two hour feature film. For a logic-based narrative such as this one it becomes troubling when it ends up with logic flaws of its own, largely as a result of the film's running time as it would take nearly four hours or one thousand pages to properly set this story up so critical audiences wouldn't ask questions such as, "Why hasn't the government noticed this yetc" However, it's the underlying fabric of this story, the questions it poses about our future, that I found compelling, even if the characters and scenarios involved are a little hokey and ridiculous. Transcendence takes a look at "what's next" for humanity, with the increasing influence of technology in our lives, and how it will be used in the future, driving the narrative. Looking into the idea of what's next »

- Brad Brevet

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Criterion Announces July Titles Including Cronenberg's 'Scanners', 'Insomnia' and 'Big Chill'

16 April 2014 8:26 AM, PDT

Criterion has announced their July 2014 titles and among them is one fans have been waiting a long time to see introduced, David Cronenberg's head-exploding sci-fi Scanners, set for a July 15 release. The set will include a newly restored 2K digital film transfer, supervised by Cronenberg, "The Scanners Way" visual effects documentary, a new interview with Michael Ironside, a 2012 interview with actor and artist Stephen Lack, an excerpt from a 1981 interview with Cronenberg on the CBC's "The Bob McLean Show" and Cronenberg's first feature film, Stereo (1969). Also on July 15 comes Robert Bresson's 1959 classic Pickpocket, telling the story of Michel (Martin Lasalle), a young pickpocket who spends his days working the streets, subway cars, and train stations of Paris. Features include: New, 2K digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray Audio commentary by film scholar James Quandt Introduction by writer-director Paul Schrader The Models of "Pickpocket," a »

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Chloe Moretz Gets into a Car Crash in 'If I Stay' Trailer

16 April 2014 8:00 AM, PDT

I don't have high expectations for If I Stay from director R.J. Cutler (The September Issue) and writer Shauna Cross (Whip It, What to Expect When You're Expecting). amz asin="B0020BUWX2" size="small"Last night the trailer was sent over with a note to be sure and credit Warner Bros. Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and New Line Cinema when mentioning the film, which centers around a car accident that leaves 17-year-old Mia (Chloe Moretz) in a coma and kills the rest of her family. Along with Moretz, the film co-stars Mireille Enos, Liana Liberato, Jamie Blackley, Lauren Lee Smith, Joshua Leonard and Aisha Hinds. Cross adapted the film from Gayle Forman's novel of the same name and it just looks to me like a bit of a sappy groaner, not exactly bad, but a story that would be far more emotional on the page. WB has set an August 22 release for the film, »

- Brad Brevet

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Final 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Trailer Assembles Sentinel Army

16 April 2014 7:45 AM, PDT

Fox has released the third and final X-Men: Days of Future Past trailer, including a lot of unseen footage from the upcoming May 23 release in which X-Men cast members, past and present, must come together. War for the survival of the mutant species breaks out across two time periods. Members of the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from X-Men: First Class, in a battle that must change the past - to save our future. Directed by Bryan Singer, the film stars Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Peter Dinklage and Halle Berry among many others. Check out the trailer below along with a 20 minute interview with Jackman, McAvoy and Fassbender. sb id="914987" height="360" width="640" »

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MPAA Ratings for 'Jersey Boys', 'BoxTrolls', 'Million Ways to Die in the West' and More

15 April 2014 4:15 PM, PDT

One film in today's bulletin was able to appeal itself out of an R-rating and into a PG-13, another is Laika's latest stop-motion animated effort and it received a PG-rating and three others land an R. First up is Laika's The BoxTrolls, receiving a none-too-surprising PG rating for the quirky little animated studio and the film that now has a PG-13 on appeal is the Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann comedy The Other Woman. First up for those receiving an R is Clint Eastwood's Jersey Boys, which I must admit, while I've never seen the play I'm surprised it's an R-rated movie, I would have put money on it being a family-friendly PG-13, but what do I knowc Next is Luke Greenfield's buddy cop movie, Let's Be Cops, earning an R rating for pretty much everything it can and, to no surprise, Seth MacFarlane's A Million Ways to Die in the West »

- Brad Brevet

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Paul Walker's Brothers Helping Finish 'Fast & Furious 7'

15 April 2014 12:58 PM, PDT

Back in March a rumor circulated that the production of Fast & Furious 7 would use body doubles and facial replacement to fill in gaps in the action due to the unfortunate death of star Paul Walker. This wasn't really all that newsworthy given facial replacement is used a lot in Hollywood, but today Universal has officially confirmed the news while adding information that it's Walker's brothers, Caleb and Cody Walker, that have joined the production to help out. Here's the official statement from the studio's Facebook page: The Fast & Furious saga is about family. The characters are connected by the bond of family, and it is how all of us who have worked together for more than thirteen years feel about each other. It certainly defines how we feel about our fans. Our family experienced an unthinkable shock in November. We had to take time to grieve Paul, the brother we love and lost, »

- Brad Brevet

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DiCaprio and Inarritu's Revenge Thriller 'The Revenant' Ready to Roll

15 April 2014 12:13 PM, PDT

Back in late 2012 Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Babel) put his wilderness thriller The Revenant, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, on hold and began work on Birdman, which will be hitting theaters later this year. Now, Revenant is back on with DiCaprio still topping the picture, which will head into production this fall for a late 2015 release through New Regency's distribution deal with 20th Century Fox. amz asin="0786710276" size="small"The film, which is based on Michael Punke's novel, "The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge" with a screenplay by Inarritu and Mark L. Smith (Vacancy), finds DiCaprio playing Hugh Glass, a 19th century fur trapper who is mauled by a grizzly bear, left for dead and then robbed. When he survives against all odds, he sets out on a treacherous journey to exact revenge on his betrayers. At one point Sean Penn was being courted to play one of the robbers. No word »

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'Magic Mike 2' Set for July 2015, Tatum Has Taken a Meeting to Play X-Men's Gambit

15 April 2014 11:53 AM, PDT

Warner Bros. has set a July 3, 2015 release date for Magic Mike Xxl (aka Magic Mike 2) of which star and co-writer Channing Tatum recently discussed with MTV saying, "I think everyone's gonna be back, I think. Obviously no one's deals are done which is always kind of scary." As for the plot, it's just as before, the film is expected to be a road trip movie, but Tatum elaborated with MTV saying: This one will be a road trip movie. Without giving a lot away, we don't wanna make it a really serious, slice-of-life movie. We want to have reality in it, but we don't want to make it some dark drama. There was some darkness in the last one that I think surprised people and shocked people. This one, we want there to be a lot of conflict and a lot of struggle, but we also want there to be a sh*t-ton of fun. »

- Brad Brevet

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