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Stephen Daldry’s 'Trash' With Rooney Mara Is Hitting The Fall Film Festival Circuit, Just Not One You’ll Probably See

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So the trailer for Stephen Daldry’s “Trash” is out there. Set in Brazil, it chronicles impoverished street kids who find themselves involved in a political scandal when they make a discovery in a garbage dump. Soon the trio are running from the cops and trying to right a terrible wrong. It stars Rooney Mara and Martin Sheen as an Ngo worker and priest, respectively, and highlights a triad of young Brazilian boys played by Rickson Teves, Eduardo Luis and Gabriel Weinstein. And yes, these non-actor discoveries are actually the leads with the Americans providing the support (Brazilians Wagner Moura and Selton Mello also co-star). “The three lead actors in the film have never acted in a film before, they’ve never been to a cinema before,” Daldry said in a recent interview with Screen Daily. "The reason I made this film is because it’s about the underbelly, the difficult side of Rio, »

- Edward Davis

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Watch: First Trailer For 'Stonehearst Asylum' Starring Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess, Michael Caine & Ben Kingsley

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When you pair up Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley—reunited over two decades on from "Without A Clue"—you can bet we'll watch. But we certainly have to give pause when the project in question, "Stonehearst Asylum" (formerly known as "Eliza Graves"), is hitting VOD the same day as theatrical. Granted, the stigma with VOD isn't the same as it once was, but that said, the strategy still does make you consider the quality of some projects. Anyway, you can judge for yourself as the first trailer for the movie has landed. Kate Beckinsale and Jim Sturgess co-star in this one, directed by Brad Anderson ("The Machinist," "Session 9"), and based on a short story by Edgar Allan Poe, that follows a med school grad who takes a position at an asylum where things aren't what they seem. It would appear that the inmates and the doctors running are equally crazy, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Interview: Werner Herzog On 'Herzog: The Collection'

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The new box set “Herzog: the Collection,” released by Shout Factory, collects 16 of Herzog's films, presented on Blu-ray for the first time, from his 1970 debut "Even Dwarves Started Small" to 1999's “My Best Fiend." Herzog has 57 films to his name, of course—and counting—but these early works pulse with energy and strangeness, charm and power, gigantic ideals somehow being borne out of small budgets and limited resources by seemingly limitless passion and sheer force of will. Meeting Herzog to talk about the collection, the 71-year old director is in a back room at Shout Factory, in a less-than-starry part of Los Angeles, where industrial parks contain secret creations and creators; with his reading glasses at hand, Herzog is passing the time between interviews autographing a number of the box sets or special orders. Talking with Herzog about his early work can't help connect to his later work, his current »

- James Rocchi

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Watch: Lego Trailer For 'Guardians Of The Galaxy,' Marvel's Latest May Break August Opening Records

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Whatever Marvel is paying their marketing department, they probably deserve a raise. They've managed to take "Guardians Of The Galaxy" — initially perceived as a Wtf risk — and turned it into a movie that, Variety reports, is already Fandango's biggest pre-seller in history. In fact, predictions are already coming in that this weekend, 'Guardians' might break the August box office opening record currently held by "The Bourne Ultimatum," which banked $69 million when it debuted. 'Guardians' is expected to take in more than $65 million at the very least, and in a crucial statistic that shows just how far the Marvel brand has gone: 58% of those buying tickets have no previous knowledge of the 'Guardians' comics. All this to say that the promotion machine is not only well oiled, but honed to perfection. And part of that includes a new spin on an old promo — a Lego version of the "Guardians Of The Galaxy »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: First Teaser Trailer For ‘Into The Woods’ Starring Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp & More

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It’s got a huge cast: Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski and Johnny Depp. It’s a musical based on a Stephen Sondheim play and it’s a modern twist on several of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales. Yep, the first teaser trailer for Rob Marshall’s “Into The Woods” is here. Yesterday, new photos from the film surfaced, but today we get a larger taste of this dark fairy tale that intertwines the plots of a few classic fables exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy)—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a »

- The Playlist

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'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Director James Gunn Discusses Working With Joss Whedon, Sequels, Marvel "Risks" & More

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This week's "Guardians of the Galaxy" pushes the Marvel Cinematic Universe into strange and surprising places. And the person piloting that particular spaceship is co-writer/director James Gunn, who took a relatively obscure property about a group of intergalactic outlaws and turned it into one of the summer's more outrageously entertaining confections. It's both a break from your standard superhero fare and keeps totally within the pre-existing mythological framework—and it should both expand the brand and reinforce its power in the cinematic landscape. We talked to Gunn about how he snagged A-list stars, what the movie's chief influences were, the situation with "Ant-Man," and where Gunn (and the 'Guardians') fit into the larger cinematic puzzle. "Guardians of the Galaxy" takes place in the far off cosmos and follows a group of outlaws—goofy thief Star Lord (Chris Pratt), the lethal Gamora (Zoe Saldana), hulking brute (Dave Bautista) and two. »

- Drew Taylor

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Lorde To Curate & Lend Song To 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1' Soundtrack

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Who cares if none of the music is actually in the movie? It makes for good press, right? These days if there's a millennial Ya-aimed movie in the works, a hip soundtrack usually isn't far behind. Usually it's some studio making a deal with some record label – often an umbrella conglomerate company – and off you go credibility win-win for the movie and more sales for the album. "The Hunger Games: Carching Fire" had a “cool" soundtrack but other than the credits, you didn't hear nary a note of it in the movie. This isn’t really being cynical, by the way, it just seems to be the order of the day and we suppose it does raise awareness for some bands. But let’s not kid ourselves in pretending it’s anything more than a marketing sales tie-in (“Divergent” was much the same too). Anyhow, the latest in the series »

- Edward Davis

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Watch: 3-Minute Supercut Retrospective Commemorating Best Picture Oscar Winners Of 1990s

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With the awards season on the horizon, now is as good a time as any to look back on the movies that won favor with the Academy. Earlier this year, a supercut emerged highlighting the Best Picture Oscar winners of the 2000s, and now video editor Miguel Branco has turned his eye to the 1990s, with a fresh video celebrating the movies that defined a decade. And indeed, the 1990s seemed to mostly be defined by the epic drama, with "Dances With Wolves," "Braveheart, "Schindler's List" and "The English Patient" taking home Oscar gold. But the Academy took chances too, honoring Jonathan Demme's horror "Silence Of The Lambs," Clint Eastwood's western "Unforgiven" and Sam Mendes' "American Beauty" as well. Take a look a the full video below, and let us know if these winners still stand the test of time, or if you would have chosen differently. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: 1984 Restoration Of Fritz Lang's 'Metropolis' With Soundtrack Featuring Freddie Mercury, Adam Ant & Pat Benatar

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In an era where special effects are common place, it’s startling to go back and see how filmmakers from a different era built fantastical worlds without so much as a pixel. One of the most staggering examples of using practical effects to bring a new and strange world to life remains Fritz Lang’s landmark and iconic “Metropolis.” In 1984, the synth pioneer Giorgio Moroder used his cultural cachet to produce a controversial new version of Lang’s film. Thanks to the powers of the internet and Open Culture, you can now see this cultural oddity for yourself. Because the original intended frame rate for Lang’s film was unknown, one of the most controversial aspects of the Moroder version of “Metropolis” is that its 24 frames-per-second, and that’s even before you factor in the splashes of color replacing the original black-and-white photography, sound effects and many cut scenes. Cinephiles »

- Cain Rodriguez

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Watch: New International Trailer For Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's 'Birdman' Starring Michael Keaton & Emma Stone

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Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu's "Birdman," has quickly skyrocketed to the top of the year's most anticipated films along with "Inherent Vice," and "Gone Girl" (a trifecta that will hopefully make this year's New York Film Festival one of its best years ever). Why? Well, outside a stellar cast (which we'll get to), it's a pitch black comedy about a washed up actor famous for a superhero role who tries to mount a comeback on Broadway. Trailers so far suggest a delusional dark psychology that the hero has to battle and possibly even a sly meta commentary in the nature of super hero hegemony on screen. The film's shot by academy award winning Dp Emmanuel Lubezki ("Gravity," "The Tree of Life"), the movie is said to feature massive long takes meant to look like its one long shot, a la Alfred Hitchcock's "Rope." That alone should be enough to get any »

- Edward Davis

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Watch: 8-Minute Vintage 'Aliens' Featurette Goes Behind-The-Scenes With Sigourney Weaver And James Cameron

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While there are many who will argue that Ridley Scott's "Alien" is still the pinnacle of the franchise, there is an equal number who argue passionately for James Cameron's "Aliens" as the high point in the series. But no matter which side of the fence you're on, it can't be denied that the director took the monumental task of making the followup, and delivered in a big way.  So let's travel back to nearly three decades ago (damn, we're old) with this vintage press kit featurette for the film. Running eight minutes long, it goes behind-the-scenes of the making of the movie, laying out the story, with insights from Sigourney Weaver, James Cameron and producer Gale Anne Hurd. The director describes his movie as a "dark action piece, with a very warm human center," adding that it's his goal to connect with the characters. Meanwhile, Hurd contends that »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Tiff Trailer: Sion Sono's Wild, Hip Hop Driven 'Tokyo Tribe'

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After delivering gonzo efforts like "Why Don't You Play In Hell?," "Love Exposure" and "Cold Fish," Sion Sono is coming to the Toronto International Film Festival Midnight Madness lineup with his latest "Tokyo Tribe." And the filmmaker is once again ready to drop a whole lotta crazy. Blending hip hop, the yakuza and the director's trademark visuals, we'll leave it to the synopsis to try and explain what the heck is going on in the trailer for this musical thing: Set in an alternate Tokyo of the near future, director Sion Sono continues his run of sensational films with the explosive street gang tale Tokyo Tribe. Tokyo Tribe is the first live-action adaptation of the best-selling manga series Tokyo Tribe 2, by Santa Inoue, which has sold two million copies and has been published in Asia and the west to great popularity. Okay, that didn't help much, but this is one you gotta see to believe. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Sex & Nachos Come Together In New Clips, Featurette And Pics For 'What If' With Daniel Radcliffe

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Let's say you meet someone at party, and you really hit it off. You spend the night talking together, you walk her home and you even exchange numbers... only to find out this perfect person you've already started falling for has a boyfriend. This is the predicament facing Daniel Radcliffe's Wallace in "What If." The rom-com follows Wallace as he develops a friendship with Chantry (Zoe Kazan), all while harboring a secret crush on her. Should he tell her how he feels? Or is he being foolish and risking ruining what is already a solid relationship the pair have? And what right does he have to nudge his way into Chantry's long term union with Ben (Rafe Spall), an accomplished copyright lawyer? It's all tricky territory to navigate, and as you'll see in these clips and behind-the-scenes featurette, each decision has its own set of consequences. "What If" opens »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Simon West Lines Up New Project With The Who, Says He Would Make 'Con Air 2' If It Took Place "In Space"

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When your directorial debut is “Con Air,” that one-time TNT staple with Nicolas Cage sporting a sweet mullet, you’re pretty much guaranteed to continue working in that lower-tier Jerry Bruckheimer mold. Director Simon West, however, seems intent on bucking that trend with a very curious project. ScreenDaily is reporting that the “Stolen” director is currently developing “a TV series about London’s music scene in the 1960s” and he’s somehow roped The Who into helping him do it. The show – tentatively called “Mods and Rockers” – will take some inspiration from the English band’s sixth studio album, the rock opera-cum-double-album, Quadrophenia, which is set in 1965 London and Brighton, and founding members Roger Daltry and Pete Townsend are eyeing to co-produce the show as well as handle the music duties. As West describes it, the show “will also cover the rockers’ side of the story and spills out into the wider. »

- Cain Rodriguez

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Tom Hardy Looks Fierce And In The Mood For Revenge In New Photos For 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

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After what feels like a zillion years in pre-production (somewhere around 2009 or 2011, depending on how you look at it), “Mad Max: Fury Road” is beginning to take shape. The redo/reboot/reimagining by director George Miller took over 120 days to shoot spread over two years. Not due til spring 2015, it’s post-production will have been almost two years as well. It’s made Warner Bros. a little nervous, but the recently released Comic-Con trailer—intense, savagely visceral and explosive— suggests it’ll be worth the wait. The movie is starting to coalesce too. Miller has already said it’s closer to “Mad Max: The Road Warrior” in tone then any other film and he’s not kidding. In fact, based on what the director said at Comic-Con and what we’ve seen, ‘Fury Road’ appears to be part of the ‘Road Warrior’ continuity— to an extent. It appears as »

- Edward Davis

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Alex Kurtzman Will Direct Universal’s Reboot Of ‘The Mummy’

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It’s only been a few short months since writing dream team Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci ("Star Trek," “Transformers 2,” “The Amazing Spider-Man”) announced the dissolution of their creative writing partnership, but the two have been busy ever since. Orci’s essentially going to take over the “Star Trek” series and direct “Star Trek 3” and Kurtzman is more involved in the “Spider-Man” series and will helm the villain “Venom” adaptation. And given Kurtzman and Orci were already developing “The Mummy” reboot together for Universal, it’s probably no surprise that Kurtzman has stepped up to take the directing job–"Mama" director Andrés Muschietti was tasked for the job last fall, but bailed over reported "creative differences” earlier this year. And it sounds like “Fast and Furious” scribe Chris Morgan is Kurtzman’s new bff partner. Variety makes no mention of Orci in their report, so perhaps these guys have »

- Edward Davis

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Review: John Michael McDonagh's Inventive, Masterful Black Comedy 'Calvary'

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Something black and acidic runs through the veins of those McDonagh brothers; there’s just something not quite right with these lads...and thank goodness for that. Playwright and younger sibling Martin McDonagh made a splash in Ireland’s theater scene with his hilarious, tart, pitch-black plays and then impressed film audiences with two wicked black comedies (“In Bruges” and “Seven Psychopaths”). Older bro John Michael McDonagh possesses a similar talent, and an ear for devilish dialogue, and having penned “Ned Kelly,” he made his feature-length debut with the cheeky, underrated black comedy “The Guard” (underrated internationally, that is; the film is the most successful Irish film of all time in Ireland). If you don’t know these guys, you need to remedy that immediately. For McDonagh’s similarly irreverent, but darker sophomore effort, “Calvary,” the filmmaker reteams with his ‘Guard’ star Brendan Gleeson for an inspired story about a benevolent Irish priest tormented. »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Dakota Johnson Joins Luca Guadagnino’s ‘Le Piscine’ Remake; Domhnall Gleeson Joins Leonardo DiCaprio’s ‘Revenant’

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Fifty Shades of Grey” star Dakota Johnson has joined the cast of “I Am Love” helmer Luca Guadagnino’s next picture titled “A Bigger Splash.” This was the film reported as the untitled “sexy thriller” that would star Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Margot Robbie and Matthias Schoenaerts in May. Variety reveals it’s actually a long-gestating adaptation of 1969 French crime drama “La Piscine,” directed by Jacques Deray starring Alain Delon, Romy Schneider (quietly excellent if you haven’t seen it). This is something Guadagino’s been working on development in semi-secret for some time now. The trade mentions Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes, so it’s possible the other two aforementioned stars fell out (or Dakota replaced Robbie). We’ll find out soon enough. [Variety] Domhnall Gleeson is joining Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy and Will Poulter in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's "The Revenant." The story will follow "an 1820s frontiersman on a path of vengeance against those. »

- Edward Davis

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Jamie Foxx Will Play Mike Tyson In Biopic From 'The Wolf Of Wall Street' Writer Terence Winter

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For those with a good memory, Jamie Foxx playing Mike Tyson is way old news. "I've reached out to Mike, and I've been open about it," Foxx told MTV back in 2009. "I think that, of all the biopics that are out there, he has the most interesting story that no one has ever heard." The idea back then was that Taylor Hackford, who directed Foxx to his first Oscar win in 2005 for "Ray," would also helm the project. And as Hollywood is wont to do, there hasn’t really been much a peep since. That’s changing, as “The Wolf of Wall Street” screenwriter/”Boardwalk Empire” showrunner and lead writer Terence Winter has been hired on to pen the script and the project looks like it has a new lease on life. No studio or director is attached as of now, but that could change fast. Variety, who breaks the news, »

- Edward Davis

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'Listen Up Philip' Team Alex Ross Perry & Elisabeth Moss Returning With Psychological Thriller 'Queen Of Earth'

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One of the The Best Films Of 2014 So Far and one of The Best Films Of The 2014 Sundance Film Festival, there's really not enough good things we can say about Alex Ross Perry's "Listen Up Philip." The indie director hit Park City to premiere his latest and starriest movie yet, and the end result was a picture hailed for its "terrific, attention-getting performances," noting that "it is a remarkable piece of work from this distinctive writer/director." And good news for everybody is that Perry and his 'Philip' star Moss are working together again. THR reports that the duo will reteam on "Queen On Earth," which will see them moving genres from comedy into psychological thriller. Described as being in the vein of "Rosemary's Baby" and "Repulsion," the movie will follow two women who retreat to a beach house, only for their suspicions and paranoia to overcome the disconnected pair. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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