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Watch: Most Of The Gang Is Back In First Red-Band Trailer For ‘Hot Tub Time Machine 2’

24 July 2014 4:35 PM, PDT

It turns out, John Cusack can turn down movies. More on that in a second. Starring the rag tag, utterly motley crew cast of Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson and Clark Duke, no one in a million years dreamed that 2010's "Hot Tub Time Machine" was going to be a hit (ok, sort of hit), let alone a fairly funny and a pretty good comedy. It beat the odds, and as directed by Steve Pink (co-writer of “Grosse Pointe Blank” and “High Fidelity”) it delivered ridiculous, vulgar and absurd laughs. As silly as the premise was, hell, it worked. And of course it spawned a sequel. Of course we had no clue it would be at Comic-Con, because the buzz has been elsewhere, but a new debut red-band trailer has been released. This time the gang of friends (minus John Cusack who apparently had better things to do) use the »

- Edward Davis

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Dwayne Johnson Terrible At Secrets: All But Reveals Captain Marvel Role

24 July 2014 4:14 PM, PDT

Dwayne Johnson doesn’t really know how to play the super hero tease game. Or at least, he’s not very good at it and if this were a Christopher Nolan project, the filmmaker would be having a heart attack by now. So the “Hercules” star already basically let it out of the bag that he’ll be playing Captain Marvel or will have a role in that D.C./Warner Bros. film. And now, unless he’s really screwing with us, he’s tweeted some not so subtle photos. “Someone’s gonna get it” he writes and posts a photo of Captain Marvel, Superman and Marvel’s chief rival Black Adam. Someone's gonna get it.. pic.twitter.com/eH7GzWxx0u — Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) July 24, 2014 Now, some are speculating that Johnson could play Black Adam and not the hero and the former wrestler turned star certainly looks more like the villain, »

- Edward Davis

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Review: Award Winning Documentary 'The Kill Team'

24 July 2014 4:01 PM, PDT

There's a stomach-turning sadness at the heart of "The Kill Team," Dan Krauss' austere documentary about a soldier trapped in the cycle of violence perpetrated by a group of soldiers indicted on charges against innocents in 2010. While the media was more than ready to discuss a culture of violence, utilizing "Kill Team" as a fashionable headline-filler, Krauss' film places the spotlight on Pvt. Adam Winfield. Like the upcoming "We Steal Secrets: The Story Of WikiLeaks," which places a strong focus on walking security breach Bradley Manning as a square peg, "The Kill Team" paints a portrait of Winfield as an overly earnest young fellow far out of his league when paired with soldiers that, when armed, simply became Boys With Guns. "The Kill Team" doesn't saint Winfield at all, instead, smartly casting responsible, impartial questions as to what his options could have been. Winfield was assigned to the Middle East with a number of. »

- Gabe Toro

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'Iron Man 3' Writer Drew Pearce, 'Somersault' Helmer Cate Shortland & More Line Up New Directing Gigs

24 July 2014 3:23 PM, PDT

Making the leap from writing movies to directing them is a big step, but with scripts for "Iron Man 3" and "Mission: Impossible 5" under his belt, Drew Pearce is now ready to call the shots on set. Chernin Entertainment and Fox have snagged "The Long Run," a spec script by Pearce, which he is lined up direct as well. There are no plot details available just yet, but it will be an action comedy, which sounds about right. And in case you forgot, Pearce has already dipped his toes into directing with the Marvel short "All Hail The King." [Deadline] The gifted Australian filmmaker Cate Shortland ("Somersault," "Lore") is getting a new movie together. She's going behind camera for "Berlin Syndrome." Penned by Shaun Grant, the story will follow "a photojournalist trapped in an apartment after a holiday romance." [The Sydney Morning Herald/The Australian] If going from writing to directing is hard, then »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Benedict Cumberbatch Says Dr. Strange Didn’t Pan Out, James Gunn Talks Potential ‘Avengers’/Guardians’ Crossover

24 July 2014 3:08 PM, PDT

It’s Marvel’s world and the rest of us are just living in it— at least when it comes to Comic-Con. The superhero studio juggernaut hasn't even presented anything yet (not til Saturday), but they’ve dominated the buzz and conversation down at the marketing tradeshow that is San-Diego Comic-Con. Firstly, they announced a sixth release date last night now that “Amazing Spider-Man 4” is no longer slotted for May 2018 (Marvel scooped up the empty date immediately). Then they’re garnering rave reviews for “Guardians of The Galaxy,” and they’re stealing a lot of thunder with just teaser posters for “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” and “Ant-Man.” Suffice it to say if anyone wants to unseat Marvel as the kings of Comic-Con this year, they’re going to have to start working harder. So let’s look closer at all things Marvel for a sec, staring with the rumor that »

- Edward Davis

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New Official Image Of Ben Affleck In 'Batman v. Superman' Plus Henry Cavill's Superman Wielding A Lightsaber

24 July 2014 2:00 PM, PDT

Comic-Con launches today, which means lots and lots teases, and while it remains to be seen what Warner Bros. might unveil from "Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice," a couple of pics circulating online are certainly getting fans talking. This afternoon, another look at Ben Affleck as Batman in the super sequel floated around, with photographer Clay Enos confirming via Twitter it was his pic. Why should we believe him? Well, according to his bio, he's worked with Zack Snyder on "Watchmen" and "Sucker Punch," taking character portraits and more, and it seems he's doing the same here. But leave it Snyder to take it to the next level. Last night, the director tweeted an image of Henry Cavill as Superman wielding a lightsaber (talk about knowing how to get fanboys wet). Was it just a goofy image from the director, or is he somehow suggest that he's now involved in the "Star Wars" franchise? »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Casting: Maude Apatow Joins 'Girls,' Uma Thurman Cooks Up 'Adam Jones' With Bradley Cooper & More

24 July 2014 1:42 PM, PDT

Let's take a break from festivals and comic book news for a (brief) moment and pivot toward some casting that's going on. Uma Thurman is the latest to join the massive ensemble—Bradley CooperSienna MillerEmma ThompsonDaniel BrühlRiccardo ScamarcioLily JamesJamie Dornan and Alicia Vikander—in the John Wells directed "Adam Jones." The cooking world movie started production today, and tells the story of the title chef who had it all—and lost it. A two-star Michelin rockstar with the bad habits to match, the former enfant terrible of the Paris restaurant scene did everything different every time out, and only ever cared about the thrill of creating explosions of taste. To land his own kitchen and that third elusive Michelin star though, he’ll need the best of the best on his side, including the beautiful Helene.  Former "Downton Abbey" dude Dan Stevens continues to put the period drama behind. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Review: Marvel's 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper & Vin Diesel

24 July 2014 1:00 PM, PDT

Now, they’re all over t-shirts and lunchboxes, but back in 2008 when Marvel Studios were kicking off as their own self-producing entity, their characters weren’t all that well known. Captain America was probably the most familiar (along with the Hulk), but Iron Man and Thor and Nick Fury and co. were, while obviously known and loved by comic fans, pretty unrecognizable to general audiences, who knew more immediately iconic characters like Batman, Superman and Spider-Man, far better. Now, the roster of The Avengers are all household names, but with Spidey, X-Men and the Fantastic Four still under the clutches of other studios, and contracts on the original actors running out, Marvel are being forced to turn to some of their more obscure properties. But few expected them to go as obscure as “Guardians Of The Galaxy,” a relatively little known space-comic, set millions of miles away from the Marvel characters already established, »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Philip Seymour Hoffman's 12 Best Performances

24 July 2014 12:05 PM, PDT

This Friday should have been a cause for celebration: the release of "A Most Wanted Man," an adaptation of John Le Carre's novel by one of our favorite working filmmakers, Anton Corbijn ("Control," "The American"), and starring one of our finest working actors, Philip Seymour Hoffman. Instead, it's a bittersweet occasion: as we all know, Hoffman heartbreakingly passed away in February, only a few weeks after the film premiered at Sundance (as well as "God's Pocket," which was released a few months back). It was the last film that Hoffman saw to completion: he was in production on what will turn out to be his very final pictures, the two-part finale to "The Hunger Games" series, when he passed. It's all too easy to get choked about one of our final opportunities to see Hoffman do what he did best—Lord knows, every time we've caught a trailer or similar, »

- The Playlist Staff

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Watch: Exclusive Clip From ‘Alive Inside’ & Its Landmark Theater iPod Initiative

24 July 2014 11:44 AM, PDT

Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett’s “Alive Inside” is a documentary won the Sundance Audience Award for Best Documentary earlier this year. While largely focusing on individuals with Alzheimer's and dementia, the doc also touches upon the universal healing power of music while examining the state of healthcare in America. The documentary “contains a tiny revolution within its message, and will likely end up being one of the most important documentaries of the year,” Playlist contributor Nikola Grozdanovic wrote earlier this week and that’s some damn fine praise. Landmark Theaters is supporting the doc’s initiative to increase iPod donations and awareness for Music & Memory, a program designed by Dan Cohen (featured in the film), to enhance quality of life for those suffering with Alzheimer’s, by providing long-term care residents with personal music designed to soothe agitation, uplift spirits and even eliminate the need for some medications. We’ve got an exclusive. »

- The Playlist

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‘A Most Wanted Man’: Anton Corbijn On Philip Seymour Hoffman, ‘Life,’ Robert Pattinson & More

24 July 2014 11:10 AM, PDT

On its own, Anton Corbijn’s “A Most Wanted Man,” based on the 2008 novel by John le Carré, is a taut, post-9/11 spy thriller about a government’s attempt to avert future terror attacks. But consider the events that transpired outside the film, and it morphs into a more substantial, sad, and definitive piece of work. This past February, the movie’s lead, Philip Seymour Hoffman, died of a drug overdose. In the film, one of Hoffman’s last, he portrays German spy chief Günther Bachman with the same passion and aplomb he’s shown throughout his career. That the slowly unraveling Bachman is rarely seen on screen without a lit cigarette dangling from his mouth or a shot of whiskey splashed in his coffee mug makes the performance that much more fraught with emotion. On-screen substance abuse is always difficult to watch, but even more so when it originates »

- Alex Suskind

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Watch: Trailer For Sundance, Cannes And Future Tiff Sensation 'Whiplash' Starring Miles Teller

24 July 2014 10:42 AM, PDT

A movie about jazz drumming doesn't immediately sell itself as the most dazzlingly engaging prospect. However, writer/director Damien Chazelle has put together something truly exciting with "Whiplash," which created a buzz at Sundance, continued the noise at Cannes Directors' Fortnight, and is now heading to the Toronto International Film Festival where it will likely continue the beat of strong praise from critics. Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons are the one-two punch leads of this drama, about an ambitious young jazz drummer who aspires to be the best, but finds himself tested emotionally and physically by his teacher and mentor. It looks like powerful stuff, with our critic in Park City noting that the filmmaking and performances are "full of bravado and swagger," which is certainly in evidence here. (And in case you're wondering, yes, Teller really does play the drums.) "Whiplash" opens on October 10th. Watch below. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Dan Aykroyd Now Says 'Ghostbusters 3’ Will Shoot Next Spring

24 July 2014 10:08 AM, PDT

Here's he goes again. When Dan Aykroyd showed up on “The Today Show” this week to discuss his new film “Get On Up,” talk of course eventually turned to the "Ghostbusters" series, and in particular "Ghostbusters 3." Never one to miss a moment to ensure everyone that the movie is happening (remember when he predicted two more movies?) or talk about plot details, he now says the paranormal franchise sequel would shoot next year. "It looks like we'll be in pre-production in the spring now, from what I'm hearing," he told Carson Daly. "It should be good." But there is still not much known about who will be involved. Earlier this year, Ivan Reitman confirmed that he would not direct ‘Gbiii,’ and a few young directors have circled the project since. Phil Lord and Chris Miller decided not to tackle the franchise two weeks after we reported they were in the running for the relaunch job. »

- Joshua Encinias

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Review: Joe Swanberg's Engaging, Truthful 'Happy Christmas' With Melanie Lynskey, Anna Kendrick & Mark Webber

24 July 2014 9:05 AM, PDT

This is a reprint of our review from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. As perhaps the poster boy for independent cinema in the last seven to eight years, it’s crazy to realize that lo-fi filmmaker Joe Swanberg has never been in competition at the Sundance Film Festival before. While two of his films have played in Park City previously (though one was a short segment in “V/H/S”), Swanberg and his zeitgeist-defining mumblecore movement (read: indie filmmaking with a cute name and perhaps even lower budgets than audiences were used to at the time), were actually embraced by the SXSW Film Festival and not the indie-defining organizers in Utah. Uber-prolific (with over a dozen films in seven years—some of them very rough around edges, which could lead some to opine he's too prolific), things really transformed for Swanberg last year with the release of his breakthrough indie comedy “Drinking Buddies. »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Watch: New Ads Directed By David Lynch, Michel Gondry And Noam Murro

24 July 2014 8:42 AM, PDT

Advertising! While 90% they are nothing more than dudes in various elaborately named firms trying to sell you bigger Big Mac or Chevy truck with more pulling power, 10% they actually get creative and try something a little different. Or at least hire someone interesting to do their bidding. And so we've rounded up a few recent campaigns with some big names behind them. Christian Louboutin has dropped the "experimental film" directed by David Lynch for their Rouge Louboutin nail varnish. And it looks like a CGI laced acid dream that takes you to a future world where nail polish bottles are kind of like space ships or something. Actually, it's a computer generated city the designer has dubbed “Loubiville.” The surreal promo is below and fyi, Lynch has launched a line of women's sportswear because, obviously. Michel Gondry has helmed a spot for Guerlain for their L'Homme Idéal perfurme. It's beautiful »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Contest: Win 'Mood Indigo' Poster Signed By Michel Gondry And Audrey Tautou

24 July 2014 8:05 AM, PDT

In a season where studios are spendings hundreds of millions of dollars on special effects to help tell fantastical stories, once again Michel Gondry is showing Hollywood how it's done. On a much smaller scale, and with far less cash, "Mood Indigo" presents no less an imaginative story, full with no shortage of Gondry-esque touches. And today we have some special items for Gondry fans. Starring Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, Gad Elmaleh, Omar Sy, Aïssa Maïga and Charlotte Le Bon, "Mood Indigo" is based on the cult novel by Boris Vian and follows the the wealthy bachelor Colin, who falls headlong into a dizzy romance with Chloé. But when she succumbs to an unusual illness, one that causes a flower begins to grow in her lungs, Colin discovers the only cure is to surround her with a never-ending supply of fresh flowers. It's the perfect kind of story for Gondry to tackle, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Woody Allen Wants To Work With Kevin Spacey, Says Jack Nicholson Almost Starred In 'Hannah & Her Sisters'

24 July 2014 7:21 AM, PDT

Earlier this week, we ran down The 10 Best Male Characters In Woody Allen's Films, and one of them was Michael Caine's terrific turn in one of the director's best films, "Hannah And Her Sisters." But as always, history could've played out differently as Allen revealed on a recent podcast with Sad Happy Confused, in a discussion about the great actors he's never had a chance to work with. "I have called [Robert] De Niro, I've spoken on the phone to Dustin Hoffman and Jack Nicholson. Nicholson was going to do 'Hannah and Her Sisters' — I wasn't thinking of Michael Caine at the time as I wasn't thinking of an English guy. It would never have occurred to me," he said. ""Now I am working with Joaquin Phoenix, who is a great actor, and Sean Penn [but] I just haven't had the opportunity to work with some of our greatest — Pacino, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Fantasia Review: John McNaughton's 'The Harvest' Starring Michael Shannon & Samantha Morton

24 July 2014 7:01 AM, PDT

Discounting some scattered television work, director John McNaughton has been off the grid for 13 years as far as features go. Even then, you’d have to go back all the way to 1998 and “Wild Things” to find the last movie he’s made with any kind of traction, with a certain swimming pool scene featuring Denise Richards and Neve Campbell doing the rounds on an assortment of seedy list articles. And you’d have to rewind the tape even further to 1986’s “Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer,” to find the McNaughton film most likely to remain the ace in the cult director’s deck so far. In “The Harvest” McNaughton returns to add to the rich cinematic tradition depicting depraved parenting, and gets the best possible welcome back party at Montreal’s genre film festival Fantasia. The film kicks things off in clever and symbolic style. A junior baseball game is in progress, »

- Nikola Grozdanovic

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Iron Man & Scarlet Witch Get Into Battle In 4 Comic-Con Posters For 'The Avengers: Age Of Ultron'

24 July 2014 6:21 AM, PDT

With "Guardians Of The Galaxy" set to open next week (here's our review, it's good!), Marvel's promo machine is going to start pivoting to their 2015 offerings, "Ant-Man" and "The Avengers: Age Of UItron." And given the expansive cast of the latter, it's no surprise that they've chose to drop two four Comic-Con posters, highlight both the heroes and the villains of the tentpole sequel. And more are sure to come (check out the Hulk arm peeking out of the Black Widow poster). And so, some posters illustrated by Ryan Meinerding show Iron Man doing his best to fight off Ultron's army of robot baddies, while Scarlet Witch wields her power on the side of the bad guys. Who will win? Well folks, there can't be an "Avengers 3" if the good guys don't eventually save the day. But it looks like they'll have to put up a helluva fight. More will »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Comic-Con Poster For Marvel's 'Ant-Man' Unveiled, Kevin Feige Says Some Of Edgar Wright's Visuals Will Still Be Used

24 July 2014 6:00 AM, PDT

As fanboys, comic book lovers and more descend upon San Diego for the start of Comic-Con today, it means a crushing rollout of teases, glimpses and hints of upcoming projects big and small. And certainly one of the most buzzed is Marvel's "Ant-Man" which finds the studio in a rare position of being on the back foot after the sudden departure of Edgar Wright. But fans shouldn't worry too much as apparently some of the visual sequences he dreamed up may be seen in new director Peyton Reed's movie. Chatting with Slashfilm, Kevin Feige was asked if Wright had storyboarded his version of the movie and if some of those elements might be retained. "Yeah. It wasn’t the whole movie and there are new elements in the movie obviously, now, that [Wright] was not involved in," he explained. "But there are some segments that are awesome and will be »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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