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Watch: Chloë Moretz Decides On Life In New Trailer For 'If I Stay'

12 hours ago

When you're a teenager, everything feels like it's life or death, that each decision has an irrevocable ripple effect that will you experience forever. But in "If I Stay," the very decision to stay alive (or not) hangs in the balance, and it's a choice that Chloë Moretz will have to make. Based on the novel by Gayle Forman, with a screenplay by Shauna Cross and directed by R.J. Cutler ("The September Issue"), this one follows Mia, who winds up in a coma following a terrible car crash. Caught between life and death, we see the life she led and the people she touched before the accident, and she has to decide whether to keep living or not. But all we know is, if Stacy Keach is crying for us to fight, you damn well believe we'd make our way back to the land of the living. But overall, this »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Trailer For Sundance Satire 'Dear White People' Brings Black Back

17 hours ago

How do you make a comedy about contemporary race relations in America, without being reductive or offensive? Hell, don't ask us, but writer/director Justin Simien seems to have figured it out and then some. His "Dear White People" was a buzz title at this year's Sundance Film Festival, winning the Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent, and a new full-length trailer has arrived to present the sharp satire. The film takes viewers to the campus of Winchester University, where activist Samantha White is elected as head of a traditionally black residence hall. She uses her notoriety as host of the provocative and polarizing radio show “Dear White People” to try to prevent the college from diversifying Armstrong Parker House. Meanwhile, Afro-wearing geek Lionel Higgins is recruited by the otherwise all-white student newspaper to go undercover and write about black culture, and this and more hijinks converge during the ill-conceived “unleash your. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Spike Lee Powerfully Mixes Footage Of NYPD Chokehold Victim With 'Do the Right Thing' In Video Response

18 hours ago

One of the more heartbreaking and infuriating headlines of the past few days has come from New York City. Last Friday, five NYPD officers engaged with 43-year-old Eric Garner, who was stopped under suspicion of selling untaxed cigarettes. The situation escalated with the officers smothering and choking the 400 pound man, who is seen and heard on video caught by bystanders, stating clearly, "I can't breathe" nine times. Garner became unconscious at the scene, and shortly went into cardiac arrest and died at Richmond University Medical Center. The incident has outraged not just citizens of New York City, but has made headlines around the world. And for Spike Lee it has struck a clearly personal chord. The director has quietly dropped a video response on his YouTube, and it's powerful stuff. Lee mixes in footage of Radio Raheem's eeriely similar death from "Do The Right Thing" with the actual footage from the incident involving Garner. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Honest Trailer For 'Divergent' Which Is Basically 'The Hunger Games' Without The Games

19 hours ago

So, with "Divergent" now on its way to Ya franchise ubiquity, maybe it's time to acknowledge that like "The Hunger Games" and "Twilight" before it, the story is working from a very well established template. But don't take our word for it, as Screen Junkies is here with an Honest Trailer to highlight how this one is like the others. Calling the Shailene Woodley starrer "The Hunger Games" but without the games, the trailer amusingly dips into the overly complicated future world the movie takes place in. We're not sure why all these dystopian futures require a vast set of rules to keep their population under control (or what the point is), but it can get convoluted and silly. Anyway, there's star-crossed romance, a conspiracy, and all the usual markers of the genre in "Divergent" — which you've seen before in other Ya movies both successful and not (sorry "Beautiful Creatures »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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From 'La Femme Nikita' to 'Lucy': Director Luc Besson Talks The Strong Women In 6 Of His Key Films

19 hours ago

For a man who makes his living writing and producing muscular action movies like the "Taken" franchise, Luc Besson is a filmmaker who has continually shown an amazing sensitivity and fondness for strong female characters. These aren't buxom bimbos that wield Uzis and mutter one-liners; these are fully dimensional characters that Besson is seemingly fascinated by, since they turn up in everything from historical epics to tiny, Kapra-esque comedies. The newest Luc Besson heroine is the title character played by Scarlett Johansson in this week's "Lucy," about a young woman who, after accidentally ingesting an experimental drug, unlocks the potential of the human brain. It's crazy and kind of awesome, and the latest in a long line of Besson's strong female characters. "Lucy" is the second film in as many years for Besson, who had seemingly decided to devote more of his time to writing and producing European action movies than making films for himself. »

- Drew Taylor

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Hayley Atwell Returns For 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron,' Joss Whedon Says Heroes Face "Darker, Weirder, Tougher World"

20 hours ago

The curious thing about the Marvel-verse is that the more it expands, the more strings need to be tied together to keep it all connected. And one strand that Marvel is continually threading belongs to Hayley Atwell's Agent Carter. First featured in "Captain America: The First Avenger," she returned in old-age makeup for "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." And now the actress confirms she'll once again make a Marvel movie appearance, this time in "The Avengers: Age Of Ultron." And she can credit alcohol for helping make that happen. “We went out drinking one night and he was like, ‘You know, it would be great to write something for you. And I was like, ‘Yes, Joss, it would! It would be amazing!’” she told Entertainment Weekly (via ScreenRant). And we're sure this decision has nothing to do with the "Agent Carter" series that will start airing next year. Speaking of Marvel shows, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Edgar Wright Will Make Long-Gestating 'Baby Driver' Next

20 hours ago

May 2014 wasn’t a good month for filmmaker Edgar Wright. The director decided to painfully walk away from Marvel’s “Ant-Man” film, a project he had spearheaded to make with the then-fledgling company and spent eight years developing it. The move was heartache for the director, but as Marvel wanted something … potentially a lot more compromised, so Wright had to stick to his guns and bow out. While there were some—misplaced—talk that Wright would be tackling his adaptation of “The Night Stalker” with Johnny Depp next, that’s turned out not to be the case. Instead Wright is going back to the long-gestating “Baby Driver,” a project he’s been developing since circa 2008. And maybe it was “the musical” that Wright was hinting at for several years now. Deadline calls “Baby Driver” a “collision of crime, action, music and sound.” The movie is as far away as can »

- Edward Davis

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The 10 Best Male Characters In Woody Allen's Films

21 hours ago

Is it that time of year already? This week, 2014’s Woody Allen film opens. “Magic in the Moonlight” (review here) sees the director back on the frothy-fun-in-foreign-climes form that he’s made a stock in trade recently, after the deviation of last year’s “Blue Jasmine.” That film’s Oscar-winning central turn by Cate Blanchett led us to discuss some of Woody Allen’s best female characters, and if it’s unlikely that “Magic in the Moonlight” will prove the same awards-magnet for any of its cast, there’s certainly enough here to warrant another riffle through Allen’s back catalogue of performances. And with our reviewer calling attention to Colin Firth in particular, who, cast a little against type, “drives his incorrigibly cranky character right to the edge of unsympathetic” but pulls it back just in time to save his sarcastic and cynical illusionist from all-out detestability, perhaps it »

- The Playlist Staff

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Tiff Trailer: Colin Farrell Has Nasty Thoughts About Jessica Chastain In 'Miss Julie'

21 hours ago

One that we knew had to turn up somewhere on the festival circuit in 2014, Liv Ullman's "Miss Julie" will unfold in grand fashion as a World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. And get your excitement stoked a little bit further, the first trailer for the film has arrived. As you know, Colin Farrell, Jessica Chastain and Samantha Morton lead the drama, based on the acclaimed play about a torrid love affair that spans a forbidden class divide. Here's the official synopsis: A country estate in Ireland in the 1880s. Over the course of one midsummer night, Miss Julie explores the brutal, charged power struggle between a young aristocratic woman and her father's valet.  No distribution for this one yet, but we're sure that this will be a hot acquisition title. Watch below. [Vlicioius] »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Tiff First Look: Willem Dafoe Is 'Pasolini,' Brit Marling In 'The Keeping Room' & Ethan Hawke In 'The Good Kill'

22 hours ago

Willem Dafoe as Pier Paolo Pasolini? In a film directed by Abel Ferrara? Do we need to say more? Nope. Here's the synopsis for this one making its North American premiere in Toronto: Rome: on the night of November 2, 1975, the great Italian poet and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini is murdered. Pasolini is the symbol of an art that's fighting against the power. His writings are scandalous, and his films are persecuted by the censors; many people love him and many hate him. The day of his death, Pasolini spends his last hours with his beloved mother and later with his dearest friends, until he finally goes out into the night in his Alfa Romeo in search of adventure in the eternal city. At dawn Pasolini is found dead on a beach in Ostia on the outskirts of the city. In a film dreamlike and visionary, blending reality and imagination, it »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Tiff First Look: Kate Winslet In 'A Little Chaos,' Paul Dano As Brian Wilson In 'Love & Mercy' & Julianne Moore In 'Still Alice'

22 hours ago

Tiff will close out the 2014 festival with "A Little Chaos." The period film is led by Kate Winslet, with Stanley Tucci, Matthias Schoenaerts and Alan Rickman (who also directs) in support in this film that has a fairly unconventional plot. Here's the synopsis: A landscape gardener with a taste for the unconventional is invited to design one of the fountains at the Palace of Versailles. As she battles with the weather, the perilous rivalries at the court of Louis Xiv and her own private demons, she finds herself drawn closer to the formality and enigma of the architect who hired her.  Moving a completely different direction, Paul Dano is channeling Brian Wilson in Bill Pohlad's "Love & Mercy." Elizabeth Banks, John Cusack and Paul Giamatti make up the intriguing supporting cast. Here's the synopsis: Focusing on Brian Wilson, the mercurial singer, songwriter and leader of The Beach Boys, Love & Mercy paints an unconventional. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Tiff First Look: Tobey Maguire In 'Pawn Sacrifice' And Aubrey Plaza In Hal Hartley's 'Ned Rifle'

22 hours ago

Furrowed brows, bad suits, worse haircuts—it can only mean one thing: chess. And that game of mental strategy is at the center of "Pawn Sacrifice," which heads to Toronto to make its World Premiere. Ed Zwick directs Tobey Maguire, Peter Sarsgaard and Liev Schreiber in this true story star about a crucial chess game during a time of heightened tension. Here's the official synopsis: In this remarkable true story set in the height of the Cold War, chess legend Bobby Fischer is locked in a gripping championship clash with the Soviets as he struggles against his own psychological demons while the whole world anxiously awaits the outcome. Meanwhile, Hal Hartley completes the trilogy started with "Henry Fool" with "Ned Rifle." Martin Donovan, Aubrey Plaza, Parker Posey, Liam Aiken, Thomas Jay Ryan and James Urbaniak round out the ensemble. Here's the synopsis: Ned Rifle is the third and final chapter »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Tiff Trailer: Susanne Bier's 'A Second Chance' Starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

22 hours ago

A Susanne Bier movie is coming to Toronto, and sorry, Jennifer Lawrence fans, it's not "Serena." That Depression-era drama is still M.I.A., and Bier has since gone to make two more films, including this one, "A Second Chance." Led by "Game of Thrones" star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, with a script from Anders Thomas Jensen (previous Bier efforts "Open Hearts," "After The Wedding," "In A Better World," "Love Is All You Need"), this sounds like Bier returning to the well of her earlier dramas, and a distinct step away from her last effort, the sunny rom-com "Love Is All You Need." Here's the official synopsis:  Detectives and best friends Andreas and Simon lead vastly different lives; Andreas has settled down with his beautiful wife and son; while Simon, recently divorced, spends most of his waking hours getting drunk at the local strip club. But all that changes when the two of them. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Tiff First Look: Noah Bambach's 'While We're Young' Starring Ben Stiller And Naomi Watts

23 hours ago

Something to remember: Noah Baumbach actually has two movies in the can. An untitled project with "Frances Ha" collaborator Greta Gerwig (which we bet hits Telluride) and "While We're Young," which goes to Toronto to make its World Premiere. Starring Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Amanda Seyfried and Adam Driver, this one follows two sets of couples who find their lives intertwined. Here's the official synopsis: Noah Baumbach's exploration of aging, ambition and success, stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a middle-aged couple whose career and marriage are overturned when a disarming young couple enters their lives. Charles Grodin, Maria Dizzia and Adam Horovitz co-star and there's no U.S. distributor for this one yet. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Trailer For Sci-Fi Spoof 'Space Station 76' Starring Patrick Wilson, Liv Tyler And Matt Bomer

23 hours ago

The genre comedy/spoof is a tricky one to pull off. Hell, just ask Seth MacFarlane, who tried it with "A Million Ways To Die In The West." Needless to say, Jack Plotnick has his work cut out for him with "Space Station 76," but the first trailer reveals something whose ambitions are modest, while keeping a sharp eye on the jokes. Starring Patrick Wilson, Liv Tyler, Matt Bomer and Marisa Coughlan, the film is set in a '70s version of what the future would look like, and follows a group of humans and robots, living in a space station, who find things turned upside down the arrival of new Assistant Captain. This is more carefully crafted than you might expect, with some pretty great set and costume design to be found within. And it looks like it's actually funny as well, which is the top priority for a movie like this. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Tiff Trailer: Lone Scherfig's 'The Riot Club' With Natalie Dormer, Max Irons, Sam Clafin, Jessica Brown Findlay & More

22 July 2014 8:30 AM, PDT

Lone Scherfig came to international attention thanks to the success of "An Education," but her followup "One Day," didn't catch fire in the same way. Can "The Riot Club" find the director back in firmer footing? We'll soon find out. The film is set make its world premiere at Tiff, with a cast of up-and-comers including Natalie Dormer, Max Irons, Sam Clafin, Jessica Brown Findlay and Douglas Booth leading the way. The trailer was released a little while ago, but it missed our news beat, so here it is, along with the official synopsis:  A privileged young man is inducted into the exclusive, debaucherous company of Oxford's elite "Riot Club," in this scathing dissection of the British class system. No U.S. distribution yet, but it opens in the U.K. on September 19th. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Tiff First Look: Al Pacino And Greta Gerwig In Barry Levinson's 'The Humbling'

22 July 2014 8:02 AM, PDT

...and so begins the chaos of the fall festival season. With Tiff announcing their first wave of titles this morning, now all eyes are on the teases, pics and trailers that will be coming like slow wave over the coming weeks and months. And so here we go... Set to make its North American premiere at the fest is Barry Levinson's "The Humbling" starring Al Pacino, Greta Gerwig and Nina Arianda. A batch of new stills have arrived, and below is the official synopsis:  The Humbling tells the story of a legendary stage actor who has an affair with a lesbian woman half his age at a secluded country house in Connecticut. Based on Philip Roth's final novel, it is a tragic comedy about a man who has lived inside his own imagination for too long.  Mandy Patinkin and Dianne Weist co-star. Millenium Films has the worldwide rights. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Tiff 2014 Lineup Includes 'The Imitation Game,' 'While We're Young,' 'Nightcrawler,' 'Men, Women & Children' & More

22 July 2014 7:46 AM, PDT

So, the question was whether or not the Toronto International Film Festival's new rules about premieres—telling distributors that any movie playing the festival in the first four days couldn't screen anywhere else (sorry Telluride)—would hurt their ability to curate an attractive lineup. Well, put those fears aside as the fest has unveiled a pretty solid first wave of titles. So what's coming? Where do we start? Right at the top of the list of awards contender "The Imitation Game" starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Noah Baumbach's anticipated "While We're Young," "Nightcrawler" with Jake Gyllenhaal, Jason Reitman's "Men, Women & Children," the Tom Hardy starrer "The Drop," a Reese Witherspoon double bill with "Wild" and "The Good Lie," Susanne Bier's "A Second Chance" and many more. Anyway, check out the full list of titles below. Tiff runs from September 4th to 14th. Toronto — Piers Handling, CEO and »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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FX Passes On Charlie Kaufman's 'How & Why,' '70s Set Plot Details For 'Fargo' Season 2 Revealed

22 July 2014 7:00 AM, PDT

With the animated, Kickstarter funded animated effort "Anomalisa" presumably on the way, it's not like we have nothing to look forward to from Charlie Kaufman ("Synecdoche, New York," "Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind") but it has been frustrating watching his projects sputter in development (don't get us started on the meta-musical "Frank Or Francis"). Which is why this latest bit of news is a bummer... but has a silver lining. FX has passed on "How & Why," a comedy pilot they ordered from Kaufman. Led by Michael Cera and John Hawkes (killer), with supporting turns by Sally Hawkins and Catherine Keener (again, killer) this one follows a man clueless about life, yet who is smart enough to explain how and why a nuclear reactor works. Perfectly absurd, but it seems the price tag is a sticking point. According to THR, the project is being shopped around, but Netflix has already passed, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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'Akira' Lives With New Writer On Board Live Action Reboot

22 July 2014 6:39 AM, PDT

By the time the Tom Cruise-starring “Edge of Tomorrow” will likely clear the $100 million domestic box office threshold, it will have been in theaters for two months. Yet despite the underperformance stateside, the film is doing very well overseas with grosses adding up to $261 million. The international box office—which is responsible for nearly 3/4 of the film’s worldwide haul—may explain why Warner Bros. is looking at one of the writers of the Doug Liman-helmed film to take a crack at another beloved Japanese property. Deadline reports that Dante Harper has been tapped by the studio to write a new draft of the long-gestating remake of “Akira.” It’s interesting to note that Harper doesn’t have an official writer’s credit on “Edge of Tomorrow”—or any official writing credits—as a trio of other writers were awarded the credit instead. As for the movie, it's »

- Cain Rodriguez

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