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Review: Quentin Tarantino’s ‘The Hateful Eight’ Roars To Life Onstage With Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Bruce Dern & Many More

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For those entering the sold out Live Read of Quentin Tarantino’s “Hateful Eight” last night expecting a funerary sendoff, they were instead met straight away with a correction: the event, held at Downtown L.A.’s stunningly renovated Ace Hotel, was simply a public work-in-progress. After a brief introduction from Lacma film curator Elvis Mitchell, where he described the original suggestion for the occasion happening three weeks prior over chili cheese fries, the man himself took the stage. Dressed in cowboy hat, ascot and black Western shirt with red lining, Tarantino declared he was on the second draft of the “Hateful Eight” script, previously shelved after being leaked in January, and a third was expected to follow. Where it headed from there—bookstore shelves or the big screen in CinemaScope 70mm—wasn’t revealed, but the “Django Unchained” director still seemed smitten with the story’s possibilities. “What makes this night unique, »

- Charlie Schmidlin

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Review: Picturesque, Patience Testing 'The Italian Key'

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There are moments, while watching a movie for the first time, when you feel like your attention span is being stretched. It's normal, it happens all the time, and in this day and age it's more rare if you're not thinking about five things at once than if you're just thinking about one or two. Roger Ebert once said that a sign of a truly great film is when it makes you completely forget about everything, and glues you to the screen from start to finish. It's great when you feel truly invested in the story, and there's nothing anyone can do to stop you from watching how it ends. On the other hand, some movies make you wish for just about any kind of disaster – electrical power failures, building fires, hurricanes – to stop you from getting to the end. Yes, some movies stretch the attention span as if it »

- Nikola Grozdanovic

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Tribeca Review: 'Life Partners' Starring Gillian Jacobs, Leighton Meester And Adam Brody

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There are two types of intolerable people, and they're both present in “Life Partners.” This comedy depicts a friendship between two grown women, both of whom find themselves shifting in different directions. Responsible Paige (Gillian Jacobs) has a regular 9-to-5 position at a law firm and social gadfly Sasha (Leighton Meester) toils away at a thankless receptionist job, and while neither of these jobs should define these characters, they inevitably do. This shorthand complicates a potentially fine source of drama, because Paige is straight and Sasha is gay. On the cusp of thirty, both girls find themselves settling into familiar routines, and it's here where those intolerable types manifest. The tomboyish Sasha spends days at a local lesbian bar with a Greek chorus of over-dramatic friends, prattling on about her daily annoyances and frequently refreshing her Facebook page, now permanently shrugging off her initial dreams of being a singer-songwriter. Paige herself doesn't seem to. »

- Gabe Toro

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'West of Memphis' Director Amy Berg Developing Hollywood Sex Abuse Doc Linked To Bryan Singer Allegations

18 April 2014 3:08 PM, PDT

Earlier this week, some bombshell allegations rocked Hollywood, when 31-year-old Michael Egan filed a federal lawsuit accusing "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him as a teenager on numerous occasions in 1999. Singer's lawyers swiftly denied the allegations, and have announced plans to countersue. But the story has now taken another turn, and one that goes beyond the court proceedings. The Daily Mail has revealed that "West of Memphis" director Amy Berg has been at work for the past two years on a documentary about sex abuse in Hollywood, and had reached out to Egan last week for his participation. "Just this week, I got a message from Disarming Films, a documentary film company working out of Los Angeles. They said they are making a documentary about a bunch of children molested by somebody in the film industry. I never contacted them back. They wanted videos »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Abel Ferrara's 'Welcome To New York' Going VOD Only In France, Could Be Late Addition To Cannes Lineup

18 April 2014 1:48 PM, PDT

Abel Ferrara and theatrical distribution mix like oil and water. His films always seem to be hard to find on the big screen, usually slotted with a smaller distributor who doesn't expand his films beyond the few screens they manage to snag in New York City and Los Angeles. And for his latest, "Welcome To New York," French producers The Wild Bunch are forgoing a theatrical release entirely. The company has decided that Ferrara's latest will be going straight to VOD in France, and the company views the exercise as an experiment they hope will pay off. “We’ve wanted to experiment with online distribution for some time and 'Welcome To New York' – which is one of the most anticipated films of the year in France – seemed a perfect opportunity,” Wild Bunch co-chief Vincent Maraval told Screen Daily. “Up until now, people have experimented with smaller films but »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Takashi Miike Already At Work On Next Film, 'Sinister 2' Gets A Director & Mary Harron Lines Up New Project

18 April 2014 1:19 PM, PDT

As fans of director Takashi Miike know, the dude is prolific. As soon as one project is done, he's one to the next, and with "Over Your Dead Body" in the can (but not playing Cannes like some had predicted), the director has already gotten started with his next movie. Miike is currently in production on the awesomely titled "Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War Of The Underworld." Hayato Ichihara leads the film playing "a feeble but loyal underling to legendary yakuza boss Kamiura, who turns out to be a vampire. When an assassin from an international syndicate arrives in Japan to deliver an ultimatum, Kamiura is killed. But, not before he manages to bite Kageyama, and the transformed underling sets out to get revenge against a formidable team of assassins." So, vampires and gangsters? Sounds like Miike. The film is slated to hit theatres next year. [ScreenDaily] Next up, "Citadel" director »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Samuel L. Jackson Reteams With Quentin Tarantino For 'The Hateful Eight' Live Read

18 April 2014 12:29 PM, PDT

Finding a role for him in five of his movies to date, the partnership between director Quentin Tarantino and Samuel L. Jackson has been steady over the years, with the actor taking roles both big and small. Whenever Qt has called, Jackson has pretty much been there. So who better for Tarantino to ring up than his old pal when it's time to do a live read of his leaked script, "The Hateful Eight"? Well, that's just what he's done, with Deadline reporting that Jackson will be on stage with a batch of still unannounced actors tomorrow night at Film Independent at Lacma (yes, the date was changed and moved up). No word yet on his role. The event is sold out, so you're shit out of luck if you've been sleeping on this. But to recap, the western which was going to be Tarantino's next film until the script was widely leaked, »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: 2 Clips, Featurette And New Pics From 'Neighbors' Starring Seth Rogen & Zac Efron

18 April 2014 12:07 PM, PDT

Yes, "Neighbors" is foremost a comedy about two man-children who face off against each other and get into man-children-esque hijinks. But there is a thematic kernel underneath it all too. We know, we don't want to take away from the red band zaniness of the movie either, but hear us out. In a new featurette for the upcoming film, Seth Rogen reveals the central couple in the movie, played by himself and Rose Byrne, are the first of their group of friends to grow up and start a family. As such, they are worried about hanging on to their cool, even when facing the responsibilities of adulthood. That gets put to the test when Zac Efron and his frat boy buddies move in next door, and don't take too kindly to being told not to party. The result? Well, you can see in the couple of clips below that things »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Nsfw Teaser Trailer For Mathieu Amalric's Cannes Contender 'La Chambre Bleue'

18 April 2014 11:36 AM, PDT

Is actor Mathieu Amalric becoming a Cannes staple as a director? He's making all the right movies -- in 2010 he made his first appearance on the Croisette as a director with "Tournée," winning Best Director and a Fipresci prize for his efforts. This year, he's returning with "La Chambre Bleue," this time shifted from Competition to Un Certain Regard, and it promises a fair bit of skin and sweat. Starring Amalric as well, alongside Léa Drucker, the film is based on the novel Georges Simenon, and it tracks the intermittent affair between two people that soon grows into something a bit more sinister. Here's the book synopsis from Amazon to give a bit more detail:  Vain, womanising Tony and passionate, manipulative Andree met eight times in eleven months in the blue room at the Hotel des Voyageurs for afternoons of abandoned love. For Tony the conversation that last time was just the casual, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Review: 'Small Time' Starring Christopher Meloni & Dean Norris Barely Gets The Engine Running

18 April 2014 11:11 AM, PDT

As a veteran writer on shows like "24," "Nikita," "The Commish" and "Miami Vice," director Joel Surnow surely knows how to create an hour of television that keeps moving. So it makes it all the more curious that his skills abandon him for his feature debut, "Small Time," which gathers up a couple of pretty good leads in Christopher Meloni and Dean Norris, but abandons them in a narrative that's starts off confused about the point-of-view from the first frame, and eventually spins its wheels for a low stakes drama where not much of consequence actually happens. So perhaps in that sense, "Small Time" lives up to its name. Apparently "inspired" by a true story (though there's not much evidence of inspiration here), the story follows a couple of successful, used car dealership owners, Al Klein (Meloni) and his best buddy Ash Martini (Norris), who seem to have it all figured out. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: New Trailer For HBO's 'The Normal Heart' With Mark Ruffalo & Julia Roberts Battles The Establishment

18 April 2014 10:16 AM, PDT

Okay, so "The Normal Heart" didn't make the Cannes Film Festival lineup like I figured it would, but that doesn't mean we're not putting this one on our watch list for next month. A new trailer is here to remind you why you might want to tune into HBO in May to watch something other than "Game Of Thrones."  Directed by Ryan Murphy, starring Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch and Jim Parsons, and based on the play by Larry Kramer, the film chronciles the onset of the HIV-aids crisis in New York City in the early 1980s, with doctors and activists trying to raise awareness about the disease, fighting against an indifferent medical community and politicians who won't come near the cause. Potent stuff, and it'll be a tricky balance to get across the drama without tipping too far into histrionics. But this is the kind of »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Exclusive: Clip From Breast Cancer Drama 'Decoding Annie Parker' Tries To Find A Cure

18 April 2014 10:02 AM, PDT

One in every nine women will be stricken with breast cancer in their life, or in other words, approximately two million women across the next twenty years. You would think that would be enough to make people sit up and take notice, but geneticist Mary-Claire King had to fight to get anyone to pay attention. The upcoming "Decoding Annie Parker" is based on the true story of King's work, and she follows Annie Parker, a woman with breast cancer who has seen both her mother and sister die from the disease. For King, Parker confirms what she's long suspected, that there's a genetic pattern to breast cancer. And in this exclusive clip we see King, played by Helen Hunt, try and convince someone of her seemingly wild idea, with lives on the line if she isn't able to see her theory through. Co-starring Samantha Morton, Aaron Paul, Alice Eve, Rashida Jones, »

- Edward Davis

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Producers Say ‘Spider-Man’ Crossovers With ‘X-Men’ & ‘Avengers’ Won't Happen Until "We’ve Run Out Of Ideas"

18 April 2014 9:46 AM, PDT

Omg, an “X-Men: Days Of Future Past” mid-credits sting in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” Crosssssooooverrrrrrrr! Nope, as you’ve probably read by now. The only reason that this unlikely event – a 20th Century Fox movie being promoted within a Sony/Columbia tentpole – happened was because it was essentially in director Marc Webber’s contact. The filmmaker owed another movie to Fox Searchlight (sibling company of parent Fox) after “(500) Days of Summer,” and so in order for him to make “The Amazing Spider-Man” and the sequel, Sony had to agree to promote one of Fox’s upcoming movies (they chose “X-Men Days of Future Past” in the aforementioned example). This didn’t stop tons of fans – who have already been wishing and praying for a ‘Spider-Man’/”Avengers” crossover ever since Marvel producers almost threw in a crossover easter egg tease – from screaming, “Omg, does this mean crossover?” The short answer is no. »

- Edward Davis

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Spend ‘Two Days, One Night' With Marion Cotillard In New Pics From Dardennes Cannes Entry

18 April 2014 9:22 AM, PDT

While we'll leave it to the experts to wager on what movie has the best shot at the Palme d'Or, you can't count out the Dardennes. They are two-time Palme winners, not to mention the numerous other awards they've picked up in the south of France, and their latest, "Two Days, One Night" looks like they'll have another shot. Here's the trailer in case you missed it, but if you're wanting more, a batch of new images has landed. Seemingly touching on some of the recent financial problems that have affected people at home and abroad, Marion CotillardFabrizio Rongione and Olivier Gourmet star in the film that follows a young woman who has only one weekend to convince her colleagues they must give up their bonuses in order for her to keep her job. As you'll see in the pics, there is no shortage of tears, hugs and tough »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Exclusive: Watch The Gripping Trailer For Thriller 'Whitewash' Starring Thomas Haden Church

18 April 2014 9:07 AM, PDT

Canadian writer/director Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais won the Best New Narrative Director prize at last year year's Tribeca Film Festival for the thriller "Whitewash," and he's excited to see how it's received when everyone has a chance to see it. "Now I just can't wait for Americans to discover Thomas Haden Church's performance," Hoss-Desmarais said when Oscilloscope Laboratories picked up the film last year. The release is impending and we've got an exclusive trailer for you to check out. Starring Thomas Haden Church, the film follows a snowplow operator who accidentally commits murder and must deal with the fallout. Cleverly set against the backdrop of rural Quebec, where the man likely already feels like an outsider, this one likes like a noir tinged thriller with a nice sense of mood and atmosphere. Here's the full synopsis: In the harsh, wintry woods of rural Quebec, Bruce (Academy Award®-nominee Thomas Haden Church), a down-on-his-luck snowplow operator, »

- Edward Davis

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Happy Anniversary 'Kill Bill Vol. 2'! Watch Vintage 45-Minute Talk With Quentin Tarantino & Charlie Rose Plus Read The Script

18 April 2014 8:35 AM, PDT

With the dire "Transcendence" opening today, and next week's big release coming in the shape of the Fox comedy "The Other Woman," you might think April isn't a great time to head to the multiplex. But ten years ago, Quentin Tarantino gave movie buffs a reason to flock to theatres in big numbers in the spring On April 16, 2004 — can you believe it's been ten years? — "Kill Bill Vol. 2" opened, capping off the writer/director's epic saga. The anniversary gives us an excuse to take a trip back in time, so here's a lengthy, 45-minute chat with Charlie Rose. It's pretty good stuff, with Tarantino revealing right from the start he'd been working on a World War II script (probably "Inglourious Basterds") first, but it was getting too long and unwieldy, so he switched over to start penning "Kill Bill" instead. Tarantino is a lively ranconteur, so be sure to check that out. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: BBC Arena’s 50 Minute Documentary On Andrei Tarkovsky

18 April 2014 8:20 AM, PDT

While the internet is no doubt useful to maintain our required daily cute animal fix, it’s also home to many recordings of older and foreign television programs that otherwise would never have seen the light of day. Case in point, the Criterion-approved Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky was profiled for an hour-long special on the iconic BBC series, Arena, a treat that would have never made it on the airwaves outside of Britain, then or now. Broadcast a few months after Tarkovsky’s death, the special spans the director’s entire career, from his Soviet Union beginnings, including the powerful “Ivan’s Childhood” and his landmark adaptation of “Solaris,” as well as his final two non-Russian films, the documentary “Voyage in Time” and “The Sacrifice.” It’s a great in-depth look at the director that Ingmar Bergman called “the greatest of them all.” Watch the special below via The Seventh Art. »

- Cain Rodriguez

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Exclusive: Learn The Business With Clip From 'Beneath The Harvest Sky' Starring Aiden Gillen

18 April 2014 8:00 AM, PDT

What would you do to get out of your small town and forge a new life? How desperate is that desire to flee, and how far would you go to make it happen? Those seem to be some of the core themes at play in the coming-of-age thriller "Beneath The Harvest Sky." Written and directed by Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly, the film stars Emory Cohen ("The Place Beyond The Pines"), Aidan Gillen ("The Wire," "Game Of Thrones") and Callan McAuliffe ("The Great Gatsby") and tells the story of friends Casper and Dominic who make a pact to pool their earnings on a car and hit the road, so they can ditch small town Maine. When Casper is drawn into drug smuggling by his outlaw father, his friendship with Dominic is tested, leading to some tough choices. In this exclusive clip, we see Caspar's smooth father as he operates and explains his business. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: 30-Minute Talk Between Jon Favreau & Martin Scorsese In 'Dinner For Five'

18 April 2014 7:44 AM, PDT

Before his reinvention as a blockbuster director, Jon Favreau hosted a half-hour show for IFC called “Dinner For Five” that found the multi-hyphenate engaged in conversation with four other guests from the film industry over dinner. Though borne of a simple premise, the show was often illuminating, funny and, most of all, humanizing, especially when larger stars or industry legends were involved. The sole digression from the title-and-premise was a one-on-one conversation with Favreau’s future “The Wolf Of Wall Street” director Martin Scorsese that’s been making the rounds online. Airing during the third season in 2004, the episode with Scorsese is, in terms of the actual staging of the director and host, more in-line with other television interviews but Favreau’s cool approach – and obvious admiration for Scorsese – meshes exceptionally well with the legendary director who, as always, is a game interview subject. One of the better exchanges in the episode concerns Scorsese’s. »

- Cain Rodriguez

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Review: Mindless And Harmless '13 Sins' Starring Mark Webber & Ron Perlman Fails To Thrill

18 April 2014 7:23 AM, PDT

Real human beings take a certain kind of sadistic pleasure in watching fictional human beings suffer. As long as it's from a safe distance, and it's not affecting you or yours on any level, watching man turn into beast right before your very eyes could feel almost empowering. Just think about the most popular video games for a second, if all the violent movies aren't convincing enough. This type of barbarity gets upped a notch when you throw in the theme of voyeurism; not only are we watching how low some people will go, but now we're watching them being watched, controlled, and manipulated into doing some really nasty stuff. We've seen it on taut psychological display in David Fincher's “The Game,” James Wan's “Saw” begat an entire franchise on it, and more recently E.L. Katz's “Cheap Thrills” had all sorts of delirious fun with it during the festival circuit. »

- Nikola Grozdanovic

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