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Interview: Michael Winterbottom Talks Reteaming With Steve Coogan & Rob Brydon For 'The Trip To Italy'

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Michael Winterbottom has had one of the most diverse and unpredictable careers of any director working: across 22 films in 20 years, he’s tackled virtually every genre, with films set all over the world, working with everyone from A-list stars like Angelina Jolie, to non-professional actors. And this year, unexpectedly, he’s made his first sequel. “The Trip To Italy” is a follow-up to 2011’s “The Trip,” and like the first film, sees Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon playing version of themselves, traveling around, bickering, trading impressions and eating amazing food. As the title might suggest, the location’s changed, but the film’s just as enjoyable, and curiously moving, as its predecessor. With “The Trip To Italy” now in theaters, and his next film, the Amanda Knox-inspired “The Face Of An Angel,” starring Daniel Bruhl and Kate Beckinsale screening at Tiff in a couple of weeks, we sat down with »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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David Yates Returns To The World Of Harry Potter To Direct 'Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them'

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Never say never. After four films in the world of "Harry Potter," David Yates seemed to have moved on. He's now directing "Tarzan," and he was involved in the early stages of the FX series "Tyrant." But it would appear J.K. Rowling has worked her magic on him once again, as Yates is going back to the world of wizards. THR reports that Yates will direct Potter-world film "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them." The new trilogy spawning series will focus on Newt Scamander, with the story taking place seventy years before Harry even comes into the picture. It will follow his adventures once he tasked with writing the titular book about 'Fantastic Beasts.' So sorry, no Daniel Radcliffe or Emma Watson cameos, though these days, with ever expanding movie universes, we wouldn't be shocked if they find a way to cram them in there anyway (and Yates »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Full 1985 Movie 'Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins' Now Being Given A Franchise Reboot By Shane Black

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Remo who? You might be too young to remember, but in 1985 a lot effort was put into launching "Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins" starring Fred Ward (and how come that guy isn't in more movies?). Anyway, as you might have surmised from the title, it was viewed as a franchise vehicle, but the movie wasn't very good, flopped, and everyone promptly forgot who Remo Williams was (though the movie did earn a Golden Globe nomination for co-star Joel Grey, and a Best Makeup Oscar nod as well). Well, three decades have past, and now it's time to try to make this action hero viable on the big screen. And that job will fall to Shane Black ("Lethal Weapon," "Iron Man 3") who has been tasked with directing "The Destroyer." The name comes from the original series of books that spawned Remo Williams, a Newark cop who is framed, sentenced to death, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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What About That Criterion Release? Paramount Snaps Up Home Video Rights To Richard Linklater's 'Boyhood'

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Given The Criterion Collection's longstanding relationship with both IFC Films and director Richard Linklater (they've issued "Slacker" and "Dazed & Confused"), it seemed like a no-brainer that the filmmaker's widely praised "Boyhood" would get the custom treatment. But alas, it's not be (sorry DVD and Blu-ray fetishists who require a wacky C logo on their boxes). Variety reports that Paramount has landed the U.S. home video and Internet/digital home entertainment rights to the movie, with IFC handling VOD. The news is a bit surprising given that earlier this summer, Linklater himself confirmed "Boyhood" would be on the boutique label. “Yeah, we’ve got a ton of behind the scenes stuff. We made this in the era where everyone has a digital camera so we unearthed an interview from year one with Ellar, Lorelei, Patricia and myself; Patricia interviewed me in 2002. I hadn’t seen this since we shot it, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Review: 'If I Stay' Starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Jamie Blackley, Mireille Enos and Stacy Keach

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Based on Gayle Forman’s bestselling teen novel, “If I Stay” should certainly appeal to its target demo. It alternately seems engineered for tears, giggles and swoons, and it shouldn’t have an issue with making adolescent girls, go through all of those in turn. Chloë Grace Moretz’s Mia Hall is an identifiable, admirable heroine, who isn’t quite the outsider she was in “Carrie,” but she still carries that teenage worry of being set apart from her peers. Meanwhile, her love interest Adam (Jamie Blackley, “Snow White and the Huntsmen”) is the perfect amount of sweet and smoldering for the audience. If Bop magazine were still around, Blackley would be its cover boy, adorning the lockers of high schoolers everywhere. In contrast to this year’s “The Fault in Our Stars,” “If I Stay” takes a less grounded approach to the idea of dying. For Mia, the prospect of death arrives quickly, »

- Kimber Myers

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Watch: Michael Shannon, Elle Fanning And More Battle For Water In New Trailer For 'Young Ones'

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A film that had our own Rodrigo Perez, "thinking about, chewing on and lingering [on]" after seeing it at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, "Young Ones" seems like the kind of smart, original movie that genre fans should flip for. And a new trailer is here to take you into the dusty, treacherous world conjured by director Jake Paltrow. Featuring a pretty great cast including Michael Shannon, Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult and Kodi Smit-McPhee, the story is centered around the battle for water, made more complicated by family dynamics and relationships also coming into play. Here's the official synopsis:  Young Ones is set in a near future when water has become the most precious and dwindling resource on the planet, one that dictates everything from the macro of political policy to the detailed micro of interpersonal family and romantic relationships.  The land has withered into something wretched. The dust has settled on a lonely, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: See What Happened Before 'The Conjuring' In New Trailer For Spinoff 'Annabelle'

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So, while Luc Besson can't wrack his brain to find one good idea for a "Lucy" sequel, the folks behind "The Conjuring" have their franchise gears firmly moving forward. A sequel is coming next year, but a prequel will drop first, providing you with the crucial backstory you will need for all the jump scares. Starring Annabelle Wallis, Alfre Woodard and some other people, the movie tracks the spooky origins of that creepy doll from "The Conjuring," and the plot synopsis is pretty ridiculous, but just read it for yourself: John Form has found the perfect gift for his expectant wife, Mia—a beautiful, rare vintage doll in a pure white wedding dress. But Mia’s delight with Annabelle doesn’t last long. On one horrific night, their home is invaded by members of a satanic cult, who violently attack the couple. Spilled blood and terror are not all they leave behind. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Jake Gyllenhaal Gets Desperate & Obsessive In The New Full Trailer For ‘Nightcrawler’

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2010’s “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” was maybe the best thing that ever happened to actor Jake Gyllenhaal. Like other handsome leading men actors, pressured to try out and audition for all the money tentpole roles, Gyllenhaal, who went through that whole rigmarole when he was younger finally took a part in a big would-be four quadrant blockbuster. It flopped miserably. And the experience seemed cement things for the actor—who had already been building a credible CV with filmmakers like Ang Lee, Sam Mendes, David Fincher and Jim Sheridan—and make him realize that the art of genuine acting, no matter the size of the picture, would make him happiest (theater experiences helped too). Since then he’s flourished. The actor shined brightly in pictures like "End of Watch," "Prisoners" and "Enemy" and it appeared as if he was undergoing an acting rebirth. That revitalization appears to »

- Edward Davis

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David Gordon Green To Direct Sandra Bullock In George Clooney-Produced 'Our Brand Is Crisis'

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While the appearance on the surface might be that Hollywood hasn't been paying attention to David Gordon Green, he's quietly been putting himself back on the right radar screens by knuckling down with a string of indie flicks. The out of nowhere "Prince Avalanche" was a pleasant surprise, "Joe" earned terrific reviews and notices for Nicolas Cage's performance even if audiences didn't care, and we can only imagine his forthcoming "Manglehorn" with Al Pacino is earning the right buzz, in the right places. And by that we mean, Green and George Clooney now roll hard together. Green has been tapped to direct Sandra Bullock in "Our Brand Is Crisis," a long brewing project over at Clooney and Grant Heslov's Smokehouse Pictures shingle. And it's easy to see why the pair have stuck with this movie for so long. The dark comedy is based on some great material, Rachel Boynton »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: New Trailer For Gregg Araki's 'White Bird In A Blizzard' Starring Shailene Woodley, Eva Green And More

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"People are either fans or not. And I think that there is something so special about him listening to his own voice and not the voices around him. God, I'm his biggest fan, and I wanted to do a movie with him since I saw 'Mysterious Skin,' which I thought was so beautiful and eerie and creepy," Shailene Woodley told Huffington Post earlier this year about taking on Gregg Araki's "White Bird In A Blizzard." And after a buzzy Sundance Film Festival premiere in January, the movie is now headed to theatres and a new international trailer has arrived. Co-starring Eva Green, Christopher Meloni, Gabourey Sidibe and Shiloh Fernandez, and based on the book by Laura Kasischke, the movie follows a seventeen year-old girl who along with her family goes into a downward spiral of sex and other unseemly activities when her mother suddenly disappears without a trace. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: First Trailer For Horror Sequel' Woman In Black: Angel Of Death'

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The newly revitalized Hammer Films have had some big successes ("Let Me In," "The Woman In Black"), less well received productions ("The Resident," "The Quiet Ones") and for their next trick, the studio is hoping a sequel can put another movie into the win column. The Daniel Radcliffe-starring "The Woman In Black" was a surprise critical and audience hit when it was released a couple of years ago, and while Radcliffe hasn't returned for the followup, "The Woman In Black: Angel Of Death" is aiming to carry on the spooky flame. Jeremy Irvine and Phoebe Fox take the lead roles this time around, with Tom Harper ("The Scouting Book For Boys") behind the camera. And the story kicks off forty years after the events of the first "The Woman In Black" with WWII looming, and the spirit of Eel Marsh House looming once again. The setting offers some interesting ideas, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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2014 Emmy Predictions: Who Will Win

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Like it or not, Oscar season kicks off next week, with the premiere of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Birdman” at the Venice Film Festival. But we must first close off another awards season, and this coming Monday sees the curtains close on the 2013/2014 TV season, with statues handed out at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards. Old favorites like “Breaking Bad,” “Modern Family,” “American Horror Story” and “Game Of Thrones” are girding their loins in anticipation of respective challenges from a host of upstarts like “True Detective,” “Fargo” and “Orange Is The New Black.”  To help you get a handle on who’s likely to be heading up to the podium, we’ve made our predictions for the major categories (excluding reality and variety series, which aren’t really our area) below. Weigh in with your own guesses in the comments, and check back on Monday night to find out who takes the prizes. »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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You Can Now Download Orson Welles’ Long-Lost First Film 'Too Much Johnson' For Free

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Okay, so it might not be "The Other Side Of The Wind" —Orson Welles' unfinished movie that has been in various states of restoration for years— but "Too Much Johnson" is still a project from the famed filmmaker that's been in the shadows for a long, long, long time. But now you can download it right to your desktop. Legally! But first, some backstory... Last summer, Welles' first feature film "Too Much Johnson" (his first short was 1934's "The Hearts of Age," made while still in high school and co-directed by William Vance) was discovered in a shipping warehouse in Pordenone, Italy. It was dusted off rather quickly, and last fall was unspooled at the 32nd Pordenone Silent Film Festival in Italy, before making its way stateside for a screening at the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY. And thanks to the efforts of the National Film Preservation Foundation »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Supercut Of The Music Scenes In Quentin Tarantino's Films

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He hasn’t even shot a foot of film on “The Hateful Eight” and we still can’t stop talking about Quentin Tarantino. Earlier this week, we showed you a supercut of every death and kill in Tarantino’s filmography, and yesterday brought a look at the teaser for the director’s latest. Today we traverse into the past again, but this time with a less violent result. Yesterday, editor Javier Virto posted a short supercut on Vimeo that shines a spotlight on some of the iconic sequences in Tarantino’s films which memorably used music. All the heavy hitter are accounted for: the Jack Rabbit Slims dance, the Mr. Blonde and cop interrogation, the lapdance scene in the extended cut of “Death Proof” and many others. While you’ll have to play the songs originally used in the scenes in your head —the video cuts all the scenes into »

- Cain Rodriguez

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"I Don't See How We Can Do One": Luc Besson Rules Out 'Lucy' Sequel (For Now)

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In the course of his career, Luc Besson has produced the following: two "Taken" films (with a third on the way); three "Transporter" movies, along with a TV show based on the movie, plus a feature length reboot "The Transporter Legacy" coming next year; "Nikita"; the Hollywood remake "Point Of No Return" in addition to a TV series; four "Taxi" movies; three "Arthur" movies....you see where we're going. So when he says that there's no possibility of a followup to this summer's surprise hit "Lucy," you can see why we're taking his claim with a grain of salt. The writer/director/producer says that the Scarlett Johansson-starring "Lucy" saga begins and ends with the movie that dropped this summer. ”I don't see how we can do [a sequel]. It's not made for that,” Besson told the Taiwanese press. “If I find something good enough, maybe I will, but for now »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Exclusive: Trailer For Polygamy And Women's Rights Documentary 'Bitter Honey'

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Polygamy and women's rights might not seem like the most obviously parallel themes, but for director Robert Lemelson, they can't be separated, via his upcoming documentary "Bitter Honey." And today we have the exclusive trailer for the movie, which shines a light into an obscure corner of the world. The film follows three polygamous families in Bali, Indonesia, over a period of seven years, where psychological manipulation, infidelity, domestic violence, and economic hardship all play major roles. "I overcame some initial hesitance to start a project about polygamy because, trained as an anthropologist, I was reluctant to portray a kind of marriage that certain audiences might judge negatively," Lemelson said in his director's statement. "But I soon realized that the emotional stories these wives have to tell held a powerful message about the relationships between men and women and the ways social rules and structures can put women at a. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: The Clock Is Ticking In Trailer For Thriller 'The Factory' Starring John Cusack

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Trying to outdo Nicolas Cage in the number of mediocre movies he can appear in, John Cusack is in yet another movie we didn't know existed (or possibly forgot about). It's called "The Factory," and apparently it's been on DVD since February. Huh. In any case, the U.K. trailer is here, and the folks who cut it really want to make sure a voiceover holds your hand,  explaining everything every step of the way. Co-starring Jennifer Carpenter ("Dexter"), Mae Whitman ("Arrested Development") and Katherine Waterston (one of our 2014 Actresses On The Rise), the generic story follows a cop hunting a serial killer who gets more than he bargained for when his own daughter goes missing. Morgan O'Neill (Sam Worthington surf movie "Drift") co-wrote and directed this wintery procedural, which doesn't seem to shake up the genre too much. But hey, if this kind of mediocrity helps Cusack keep his lights on, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Katie Holmes Has The Killer Instinct In Trailer For 'Miss Meadows'

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The long-gestating adaptation of “The Giver” may not have set the box office ablaze —a 5th place finish with $12.1 million— or won over critics, but that isn’t stopping Katie Holmes from aiming at the cheap seats again with “Miss Meadows.” The thriller’s first trailer has arrived online to entice anyone who's ever wanted to see the ex-Mrs. Cruise wield firearms. Running a little over a minute and a half, the trailer sells the Holmes-starring film as “Death Wish” with a sweet elementary school teacher as its lead. If you’ve ever wanted to see the “Dawson’s Creek” star twirl in a pink floral dress and gun down bad dudes, this seems to be the movie for you (read our review from Tribeca here). What exactly has set off Miss Meadows’ vigilante streak? Well, she says it’s all for the sake of the kids but maybe —as »

- Cain Rodriguez

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Watch: Nicolas Cage & Hayden Christensen Go To Ancient China In Trailer For 'Outcast'

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It's hard to keep up with the random projects Nicolas Cage takes on, so we completely forgot about "Outcast," which was first announced two years ago. And so it seems the film has made, as a trailer has arrived. And as you might guess, it's very Nic Cage. Co-starring Hayden Christensen (who wears the hippest haircut the 12th century has ever seen), the story follows a couple of battle of warriors from the Crusades who get mixed up in a plot that's too confusing to summarize here, so instead, read the official synopsis: Ancient China - Princess Lian and her younger brother, Zhao, flee for their lives when their father, the Emperor, is murdered by his ambitious eldest son Shing. Pursued by Shing's black guards, the royal runaways find protection in the form of Arken, a hardened knight seeking redemption from the traumatic nightmares of the Crusades as he searches »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Review: 'Sin City: A Dame To Kill For' Starring Jessica Alba, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Josh Brolin, Eva Green And More

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When Robert Rodriguez’s original "Sin City" was released in 2005, the VFX-heavy neo-noir felt genuinely groundbreaking —a comic book adaptation so faithful to the source material and its striking visuals that the comic's creator Frank Miller received a co-directing credit. Rodriguez and Miller didn't so much translate sequences as much as they cut and pasted arresting tableaus straight from the graphic novel. The dialogue encompassed the same hard-boiled monologues and staccato delivery; only word bubbles were missing. But as stringently loyal as it was (much of that dialogue being clunky), the film was outstanding visually, like nothing seen before on screen. Nearly ten years later, Rodriguez and Miller revisit the rain-slicked, blood-soaked streets of Basin City. But instead of taking another bold leap forward, "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" pretty much maintains the status quo (with one notable exception). Stylistically and tonally,  the "Sin »

- Drew Taylor

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