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Families, Lovers & Friends Are Joined Together & Pulled Apart In New Photos For Jason Reitman’s ‘Men, Women & Children’

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“It's a horror film," Adam Sandler joked out of Toronto about Jason Reitman’s latest film. “There was danger while we were growing up, also. I can't believe some of the psychotic stuff that went on without the Internet. The kids I grew up with man, the stuff we'd get into. A lot of us should be dead." After almost universal praise and four Oscar nominations in two years (including two for Best Director and two for Best Picture), critically respected helmer Jason Reitman tasted backlash with “Labor Day,” a soapy melodrama starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin. Undeterred as critics readily dismissed “Labor Day” out of Telluride, Reitman shrugged and made another film almost immediately after (though he did call his first whiff a “misguided effort”). That film? A ensemble drama called “Men, Women And Children,” about family and the distancing dangers of the Internet and social media. How »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Fantastic Fest Review: Salma Hayek Does Her Best John McClane In Actioner 'Everly'

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In the quarter century since "Die Hard" was first unleashed on moviegoers worldwide, there have been countless iterations of the same formula, to the point that, for a while at least, it became a whole action movie subgenre. Projects would be pitched (and subsequently produced) with sentences describing the movie as "Die Hard" on a… There's been "Die Hard" on a plane ("Executive Decision," "Passenger 57"), "Die Hard" in a tunnel ("Daylight") "Die Hard" on a bus ("Speed") and "Die Hard" in the White House ("White House Down"). The fact that no one's attempted a "Die Hard" with a female heroine seems like some kind of cosmic impossibility, but it's never happened. Until now. With "Everly," the basic "Die Hard" formula is rehashed with a female lead in mind, and the results are surprisingly spectacular. The shtick still works 26 years later. When »

- Drew Taylor

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Watch: New U.S. Trailer for Mathieu Amalric’s Sexy Cannes Drama ‘The Blue Room’

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With recent turns in films like “Venus in Fur” and “Quantum of Solace,” among many others, Mathieu Amalric has shown that he’s just as comfortable in front of the camera as he is behind it. In fact, in his latest film, “The Blue Room,” he does double duty, both starring in and directing the sexually charged crime thriller. He actually adapted the script from Georges Simenon’s novel too, showing he is indeed a man with many talents. We’ve seen a couple of Nsfw international trailers, but with a domestic release on the horizon, we now have a toned down version for American audiences. The film screened earlier this year at Cannes (read our review here, which calls it “a compelling argument about the dangers of lovers’ chit-chat in a state of post-coital distraction,” and how many movies can you say that about?) in the Un Certain Regard section. »

- Brent McKnight

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Watch: New Hilarious Red-Band Trailer For 'The Interview' Starring Seth Rogen As James Franco

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"It's our attempt to make our version of a big political spy thriller," Seth Rogen told us in the spring about his latest comedy “The Interview.” "But starring me and James Franco. It's kind of the formula we always do which is we take a genre we like and add idiots to it. It's like 'This is the End' is a horror movie with idiots in it and 'Pineapple Express' is an eighties action movie with idiots in it. So this is our '3 Days of the Condor' with idiots in it. And Kim Jong-un is one of the main characters in the movie, which is something that I'm curious about how people will react to." That kinda says it all, no? “The Interview,” starring Rogen and Franco, is a spy thriller with idiots. Directed by Rogan and Evan Goldberg, their second directorial effort after “The Is The End, »

- Edward Davis

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Fantastic Fest Review: Hitman Thriller 'John Wick' Starring Keanu Reeves, Willem Dafoe & Adrianne Palicki

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After starring in "The Matrix" (and its two mixed-bag sequels), Keanu Reeves could have done just about anything—including becoming Hollywood's next great action star. Instead, he demurred, taking oddball roles in smaller movies, tinkering away on an ultimately illuminating documentary about the sea change happening in film ("Side by Side") and directing his own martial arts extravaganza (last year's unfairly overlooked "Man of Tai Chi"). Even an earnest attempt at mainstream studio fare, like "47 Ronin," ends up being far stranger than it has any right to be. The mold was there, he just refused to fit into it. All of this greatly informs the actor’s decision to star in "John Wick." Ostensibly it's a B-grade action movie about a hitman's quest for (bloody) revenge, but in Reeves' nimble hands, it becomes a much more joyous experience. It's a comic book fantasy of how the criminal underworld works, anchored mostly by Reeves' raw. »

- Drew Taylor

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Book Review: 'Showrunners: The Art Of Running Of A TV Show' Takes A Look At A Misunderstood Job

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In Tara Bennett's book "Showrunners: The Art Of Running A TV Show," the job is variously described as being a dictator, a CEO or leading an army. And while we're now in the era of celebrity showrunners—Damon Lindelof ("Lost," "The Leftovers"), Matthew Weiner ("Mad Men"), Vince Gilligan ("Breaking Bad")—it's often forgotten how expansive the responsibilities that come with that position truly are. If you've ever wondered exactly how complicated the machinery is that drives your favorite show, or what the gig actually entails, Bennett's book—a companion piece to the forthcoming documentary directed by Des Doyle—is a slightly jumbled, but still interesting peek behind the curtain. With names like Joss Whedon, Jonathan Nolan, Terrence Winter, Damon Lindelof and more taking part, 'Showrunners' brings a broad spectrum of talent from shows both popular and niche, both successful and failed, to help define what that eleven letter word means. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Get Ordered Around In First Clip From Peter Strickland's 'The Duke Of Burgundy'

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Peter Strickland has been making movies for a while now, but it was 2012's "Berberian Sound System" that fully put him on the map. It was a unique, distinct thriller, with a style all its own, and for his followup, "The Duke Of Burgundy," he doesn't shy away from following his storytelling muse down the weirdo rabbit hole. Starring Sidse Babett Knudsen (of "Borgen" fame) and Chiara D'Anna, the unique movie tells the story of the lesbian, sadomasochistic relationship between a lepidopterist and her domestic servant/slave. Yeah, you're not gonna hear that logline for at least the rest of this year, or next. But the movie is a knockout, with our review out of Tiff calling it "a work of immense and intense emotional vigor, sprinkled with fun-loving traits and intellectually stimulating prowess." Now you can get a taste of all of that with this lengthy first clip below. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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HBO Halts Brian De Palma & Al Pacino's Joe Paterno Film 'Happy Valley'

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You put Brian de Palma and Al Pacino together, we'll be there. The duo have already collaborated on "Scarface" and the underrated "Carlito's Way," so the news of them reuniting again more than two decades after the latter film was a big treat. Particularly since they were shifting gears, moving out of the realm of pulp gangster flicks into a true life drama. But HBO has temporarily halted those plans. The cable network put a hold on "Happy Valley," which dramatizes the story of legendary football coach Joe Paterno, who saw his career and legacy left in shambles when it emerged that his defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky had been sexually abusing young boys for years. Even worse, Paterno had these assaults brought to his attention, didn't bring authorities into the picture to investigate, and was accused of essentially covering up the crimes. It's a provocative story and things seemed to »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Roman Polanksi Directed Short Film 'A Therapy' Starring Helena Bonham Carter & Ben Kingsley

19 September 2014 1:25 PM, PDT

You don’t generally expect actors with profiles like Ben Kingsley and Helena Bonham Carter to show up in a three-and-a-half minute short. They have the kind of clout and respect that they can whatever the hell they want. Hbc is married to Tim Burton, and Kingsley is both a knight and the villain in a Marvel movie, for crying out loud. Then again, when the short in question, "A Therapy," is directed by Roman Polanski, not to mention bankrolled by Prada, such a cast starts to make a bit more sense. As you probably imagined, fashion is at the forefront of this 2012 short, from the sharp suit of Kinglsey’s nonverbal therapist to Bonham Carter’s vivid purple and red ensemble. And oddly enough, there are a number of Prada labels prominently featured here. More than your average short film, this a commercial, but Prada’s not your run of the mill clothing manufacturer, »

- Brent McKnight

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Watch: First Trailer For Period Drama 'Casanova Variations' Starring John Malkovich And Fanny Ardant

19 September 2014 1:05 PM, PDT

John Malkovich won acclaim in 1988 for wearing a wig in Stephen Frears’ “Dangerous Liaisons,” and he’s going that route again in “Casanova Variations.” In case you were wondering what that looks like in this day and age, there’s now a new trailer for this film about the greatest seduction artist of all time. Directed by Michael Sturminger, who adapted his own stage play (“The Giacomo Variations”), the film tells a pair of stories about Giacomo Casanova, the Italian writer and adventurer who was so famous for his affairs that his name became synonymous with smooth-talking lotharios and womanizers the world over. He was linked to, among others, Marie Antoinette and Catherine the Great. The guy got around. The live version has been described as “a chamber opera play,” featuring the music of Casanova’s contemporaries like Mozart and Lorenzo Da Ponte, and that aspect certainly comes through in this trailer. »

- Brent McKnight

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Watch: Ben Affleck Is In A Nightmare In New TV Spot For 'Gone Girl' Plus Fresh Pics And Posters

19 September 2014 12:53 PM, PDT

"Gone Girl" is coming, and it's gearing up to be one of the fall's big conversation pieces. Not because of the awards prospects it may or may not have, but because David Fincher and co. are examining relationships in a manner that could have you arguing with your significant other when the credits roll. And today comes yet another tantalizing tease for the movie. A new TV spot has dropped, peering inside the puzzle box mystery based on the book by Gillian Flynn, about a man accused of being involved in the disappearance of his wife. But can we pause here to talk about the supporting cast? Fincher clearly knows what the he's doing, because all the choices — Patrick Fugit, Carrie Coon (who killed it on "The Leftovers," please come back for season two), Neil Patrick Harris, and even Tyler Perry — seem spot on and smart. And all serve to make murkier the mystery, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Michael Keaton Doesn't Exist In First Clip From 'Birdman' With Emma Stone

19 September 2014 12:31 PM, PDT

Let it be know that it's not just mega-studios who are guilty of tossing out microteasers for their films. With Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman (Or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" coming up, Fox Searchlight is providing the first clip. Just don't blink, you might miss it. Running a scant fifteen seconds, it's still a pretty entertaining tease, with Michael Keaton and Emma Stone — playing father and daughter — in the midst of an argument about social media. It's fun stuff, from a film that never stops moving. A picture we raved about in our review as, "an endlessly surprising, inventive movie," it looks like Iñárritu has taken the story of an actor on the comeback trail, to try and reinvent cinema itself. Needless to say, this is probably one of the most ambitious movies of the fall. "Birdman" opens on October 17th. And be sure to check out our exclusive listen of the soundtrack. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Exclusive: Trailer for Brooklyn Art Scene Satire 'Hellaware'

19 September 2014 12:02 PM, PDT

The world of pretentious NYC scenester artists is always ripe for a send up, and the new indie "Hellaware," from Michael M. Bilandic, mashes up that universe with a dose of reality from a band of rural Delaware rap rockers. Today we've got the exclusive trailer for the film, which stars Keith Poulson as struggling artist Nate, who seeks inspiration outside of the city when he discovers Icp-esque rap rockers (rock rappers?) Young Torture Killaz on YouTube, and sets off to find and photograph them. It's a bitterly funny and cynical take on the nature of commercial art, and Poulson is magnetic in his downward spiral. "Hellaware" also co-stars Brooklyn indie darlings Sophia Takal and Kate Lyn Sheil.  Check out the trailer below. "Hellaware" opens in theaters and on VOD on September 26th. »

- Katie Walsh

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Watch: 15-Minute Talk with Richard Leakey, Angelina Jolie To Direct Biopic 'Africa' About Conservationist's Life

19 September 2014 11:37 AM, PDT

She tackled the Bosnian war in her feature debut, "In The Land Of Blood And Honey," this holiday season she tells the WWII survival story "Unbroken," and now Angelina Jolie has lined up yet another directorial project, based on another true-life topic. With a script by Eric Roth ("Ali," "Munich," "The Good Shepherd"), Jolie is set to helm the biopic "Africa" based on the life of Kenyan Richard Leakey. Coming from a line of archaeologists, Leakey turned his attentions to paleontology and most famously to conversation efforts. He became the crucial face of the anti-poaching movement, working to save endangered African wildlife, but it also found him making enemies with those either within the illegal trade, or who couldn't handle his brusque manner. A fascinating subject to be sure, but this one is likely a bit of a way off. Jolie is currently helming "By The Sea" co-starring her husband Brad Pitt (first look. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Xavier Dolan's 'Mommy' Selected As Canada's Official Oscar Entry

19 September 2014 11:18 AM, PDT

As if things couldn't be going any better for Xavier Dolan. The future is so bright for this kid that he's gotta wear shades. Hot out of Cannes with the Jury Prize for his sensational "Mommy," the wunderkind now has Oscar glory in his sights. Canada has selected "Mommy" to be their official Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film. Of course, it's a long road from submission to nomination, but right now Dolan is very, very hot. He's already lining up his his English language debut, "The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan," with Jessica Chastain to star. And while there is considerable buzz, of all the branches, the Foreign Language branch can be pretty unpredictable at times, so it'll be interesting to see if Dolan's cachet carries weight with that crowd. "Mommy" opens today in Quebec. If you live in Montreal, you can see the film avec sous-titres en anglais. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Fury’ Director David Ayer Eying Warner Bros/DC Comics Film ‘Suicide Squad’

19 September 2014 10:57 AM, PDT

So after a few years of lagging behind, Warner Bros. is getting very aggressive about getting their DC Comics universe up and running. We know a “Justice League” movie is coming on top of a “Superman V. Batman: Dawn of Justice,” and there’s a “Shazam!”/“Captain Marvel” movie in the works too. And that’s not all. Less than 24 hours after Fox announced their darkhorse hero comic “Deadpool” for 2016, Warner Bros. is getting its mooted darkhorse team together, “The Suicide Squad.” There’s been rumors of a new “Suicide Squad” film percolating for a few months now (though evidently it's been in development for several years now), but it appears that it’s really happening. Evidently, David Ayer, who already released “Sabotage” earlier this year and has the Brad Pitt WWII movie “Fury” coming out next month, is the top choice to direct the film. And "Suicide Squad" points »

- Edward Davis

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Director Falls From 'Olympus Has Fallen' Sequel 6 Weeks Before Filming Starts, 'Let's Be Cops' Helmer Gets New Gig

19 September 2014 10:36 AM, PDT

We don't want to create a panic or anything, don't freak out, but...the "Olympus Has Fallen" sequel "London Has Fallen" has lost its director. Even worse? The movie is supposed to start shooting in six weeks. Oh no! What will Millennium do!? Fredrik Bond ("Charlie Countryman") was originally slated to helm the movie, but ye olde "creative differences" have forced him out. (Guys, this isn't an arthouse film. It's Gerard Butler yelling and shooting for two hours, this time in the U.K.) Anyway, Millenium is working fast to get a new director in place by the time Monday rolls around, and it shouldn't be too hard. A robot could direct this thing, and even with a time crunch to start lensing, we're pretty sure whoever comes aboard can get into the flow of things pretty quickly. "London Has Fallen" will open on October 2, 2015. Meanwhile, "The Girl Next Door »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Matthew McConaughey Explores A Watery World In New Poster For Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar'

19 September 2014 10:25 AM, PDT

So...how about a new trailer, Warner Bros.? All week, the studio has been dropping new posters for Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar," a movie we believe could factor into the Oscar race if it turns out to be as good as we think it might. Anyway, until we actually see the thing, this poster will have to suffice. And...spoilers? Probably not, but it looks like Matthew McConaughey and his astronaut crew leave Earth and land on a very watery new world, one that they hope will be humanity's salvation. That's right, because back home, the soil has been ravaged, food is scarce and things are looking grim, so it's up to a canny band of explorers to set things right.  Co-starring Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, Wes Bentley, Bill Irwin, Mackenzie Foy, and David Gyasi, "Interstellar" arrives on November 7th. And there »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Director Greg Jacobs Talks His Amazon Show ‘Red Oaks,’ The Sequel To ‘Magic Mike,’ ‘The Knick’ & More

19 September 2014 10:01 AM, PDT

While he’s spent more than a decade both producing and working as First Assistant director on the films of Steven Soderbergh, filmmaker Greg Jacobs is much more than just second fiddle. A utility player who wears several hats in the creative process, Jacobs has produced over two dozen films, acted as a second-unit director or assistant director on two dozen more, directed two feature-length films (2004’s “Criminal” and 2007’s “Windchill”), and has one more in the works. It’s a little film called “Magic Mike Xxl” which you may have heard of. But Jacobs is more than a jack-of-all-trades shortstop. He’s a creator, and his latest endeavor is “Red Oaks," a TV series he conceived and co-wrote for Amazon. A coming-of-age comedy set in the "go-go" '80s, “Red Oaks” centers on a college student trying to enjoy a last hurrah before summer comes to an end and his uncertain future begins. »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Amber Heard Joins 'Magic Mike Xxl' & Liam Neeson Hangs For Joss Whedon-Penned 'Suspension'

19 September 2014 9:33 AM, PDT

If you've perused our feature, The Lost, Forgotten & Undersung Projects Of Joss Whedon, you might recall "Suspension." It was a script the Marvel guru wrote on spec and sold way, way back in 1993 for $1 million, and as such it feels like a relic of the time. It's basically "Die Hard" on a bridge, with the story following Harry Monk, who is on his way back from spending 15 years in a New Jersey prison for shooting a cop, when he has to stop terrorists who have seized control of New York’s George Washington Bridge during a hellish traffic jam. And now it seems the movie has a star, someone who is no stranger to kicking the asses of bad dudes. “I’ve just signed up to do a film called 'Suspension,' hanging from a bridge in New York – the George Washington Bridge,” Neeson told Empire. And that's about all there is right now. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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