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Tribeca Review: 'The Adderall Diaries' Starring James Franco, Ed Harris, Amber Heard & More

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Before there was James Frey, there was Stephen Elliott. Two years before Frey’s bestselling, Oprah-approved “A Million Little Pieces” hit shelves in 2003 (only to be notoriously debunked three years later), Elliott’s “A Life Without Consequences” arrived. A mish-mash of memoir and autobiography and fiction and imagination, Elliott’s book detailed his (or was it his? the details are muddy and they stay muddy) childhood experiences of abuse, deprivation, homelessness, and drug addiction. That not all of it was exactly true wasn’t the points— and, Elliott, who continues to write fiction and non-fiction, both on the printed page and on the web, doesn’t argue that — but it is the crux of Pamela Romanowsky’s “The Adderall Diaries,” the filmmaker’s feature film version of Elliott’s 2010 “memoir” of the same name. Read More: Amber Heard Joins James Franco's 'The Adderall Diaries' In “The Adderall Diaries, »

- Kate Erbland

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Watch: First Trailer For 'Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice' Brings Two Comic Book Legends Together

17 April 2015 6:56 PM, PDT

With a roadmap all the way to 2020, and grand plans that include a two-part "Justice League" movie and more, Warner Bros. is throwing down hard with their DC Comics slate. But it all starts with "Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice." With filming wrapped, the long post-production process and marketing campaign begins on the Zack Snyder-directed film, and the first taste has arrived. What we know so far: Henry Cavill again suits up as Superman, Amy Adams is back as Lois Lane, Ben Affleck puts on the cowl as Batman, Jesse Eisenberg shows up as Lex Luthor, Gal Gadot is Wonder Woman, and Jeremy Irons takes over the part of Alfred. But what of the plot? Not many hard details have surfaced, just rumors and chatter, while speculation swirls about which "Suicide Squad" members (if any) may pop up with that movie, which opens just a few months later. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Review: Sour, Tedious & Derivative 'Monsters: Dark Continent'

17 April 2015 3:02 PM, PDT

This is a reprint of our review from the 2014 BFI London Film Festival. Four years ago, Gareth Edwards' "Monsters" sent a rocket into the indie sci-fi scene. Made on a tiny budget, with a tiny crew, and with visual effects completed personally by the filmmaker, it was a strange and ingenious picture, a sort of "Before Sunrise" at the end of the world, that proved that in this day and age, your imagination was pretty much the limit in terms of what you could achieve with a low-budget film. It launched the careers of both star Scoot McNairy and Edwards, who graduated from a tiny-budgeted film to the blockbuster "Godzilla" this summer, and is heading to the first "Star Wars" spin-off film. "Monsters" wasn't a giant hit, but it made enough money that British backers Vertigo Films were keen to press ahead with a sequel, and they've finally got »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Tribeca Review: Documentary ‘Drunk, Stoned, Brilliant, Dead: The Story Of The National Lampoon’

17 April 2015 2:02 PM, PDT

While it’s likely known now to younger generations as a brand that launched some classic ‘80s movies, once upon a time the savagely pointed satirical magazine National Lampoon was the voice of comedy in the United States. Founded by Harvard humorists Douglas Kenney and Henry Beard, the naughty and provocative creators of National Lampoon slid their sneaky fingers under the bra strap of culture gatekeepers, and after some heavy petting, rested it right on the pulse of the zeitgeist. Founded in the 1970s, as the flower power ideals curdled into the cynical and angry era of Watergate and Vietnam, National Lampoon’s establishment-challenging irreverence and taboo-breaking gallows humor mainlined right into the darker countercultural current. A product of their less-idealistic generation, these outsiders’ incisive wit, ballsy hilarity, and transgressive political, social, and sexual views arrived just when the nation was at its most desperate need for a laugh. Eventually veering. »

- Rodrigo Perez

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'12 Years A Slave' Writer John Ridley Penning Mystery Marvel TV Series For Currently Existing Superhero

17 April 2015 1:50 PM, PDT

Time to put on the speculation hats. Marvel is continuing to expand their comic book universe on the small screen, but here's the twist — it's not going to be for a new character. EW reports that John Ridley ("12 Years A Slave," "All Is By My Side," "American Crime") has been tapped by the studio to develop a new series for ABC that involves "reinventing" a current Marvel character/property. Hmm....any thoughts? It's an intriguing notion and makes you wonder who Marvel wants to do-over or continue in a different way on the small screen. And it's a top shelf talent being enlisted here, which also raises eyebrows. Read More: Review: '12 Years A Slave' Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender & More Meanwhile, that's not all the comic book company has cooking. They're also working on an equally mysterious "Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D." spinoff. Again, no details on which characters will carry »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Trailer For Crooked Cop Documentary 'The Seven Five'

17 April 2015 1:26 PM, PDT

“The Seven Five” originally made its premiere at Doc NYC last November, where it gained enough buzz for Sundance Selects to buy the distribution rights a few months later. Now, a new trailer has been released for a film that should intrigue anyone interested in true stories about police corruption, particularly in the NYPD. If the trailer does indeed perk your interest, you can find the film in theaters and on VOD on May 7th and 8th, respectively. So what exactly is “The Seven Five” about? The documentary tells the story of disgraced former police officer Michael Dowd, who, along with his partner, led a crew of corrupt cops that stole money from drug dealers and eventually became a part of a criminal ring, which eventually lead to his arrest in 1992. What’s striking about the trailer is that much of the testimony comes from Dowd himself, who bluntly admits »

- Ken Guidry

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Michelle MacLaren Wanted To Make 'Braveheart'-Esque 'Wonder Woman'

17 April 2015 12:37 PM, PDT

Warner Bros. is probably glad this week is coming to an end. Their "Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice" tease and setup for Monday's IMAX event was ruined by the leak of the entire trailer. Then there's "Wonder Woman," which lost director Michelle MacLaren, and while she was quickly replaced by "Monster" helmer Patty Jenkins, everyone is wondering what happened. It was suggested that MacLaren's idea to give Wonder Woman a talking tiger sidekick might've been part of the "creative differences" that split the studio and filmmaker, but Variety has a bit more intel. According to their sources, MacLaren wanted to make a "Braveheart"-esque action picture, while the studio wanted something more character-driven. Perhaps more crucially, the studio was concerned about MacLaren's experience handling a big action movie, even though she has fare like "Game Of  Thrones" and "The Walking Dead" on her resume. Read »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Tribeca Review: ‘Bleeding Heart’ Starring Jessica Biel & Zosia Mamet

17 April 2015 12:16 PM, PDT

The frivolity of touchy-feely new age platitudes and a hooker with a heart of gold familiarities meet unevenly in “Bleeding Heart,” a feminist fantasy revenge picture in the style of “Thema & Louise” that cannot transcend its contrived plot conceits and dubious motivations. The sophomore directorial effort of Diane Bell (2010 Sundance entry “Obselidia”), “Bleeding Heart” centers on May (Jessica Biel), a 30-something yoga instructor with a burning little discovery she cannot wait to act on— a private investigator has found her long-lost younger biological sister, Shiva (Zosia Mamet from “Girls”), who we soon find out is a prostitute (“sex worker” being her choice descriptor) who the protective sibling will feel the need to rescue from her circumstances. May lives with her boyfriend (Edi Gathegi), another yoga instructor, and everyone’s chakras are outwardly balanced and in order. But upon meeting Shiva, May’s not-so-perfect world is suddenly turned inside out. As the title. »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Mike Leigh's Next Film To Focus On The Peterloo Massacre

17 April 2015 11:48 AM, PDT

"There has never been a feature film about the Peterloo Massacre," Mike Leigh said in a press release. "Apart from the universal political significance of this historic event, the story has a particular personal resonance for me, as a native of Manchester and Salford." Well, now he's going to make it happen. The director announced that the Peterloo Massacre will be the subject of his next film. It will tell the story of the infamous 1819 massacre by government forces at a peaceful pro-democracy rally at St. Peter's Field in Manchester, where 700 working people were injured, and 18 killed. The filmmaker will reunite with his longtime collaborator, cinematographer Dick Pope, to shoot the project, but here's the thing — it won't lens until 2017. Why the delay? Read More: Watch Mike Leigh's Series Of 5-Minute Short Films Well, Leigh is currently gearing up "The Pirates Of Penzance" for the English National Opera, and »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Cannes Clip: John Turturro Dances In Nanni Moretti's 'Mia Madre'

17 April 2015 11:25 AM, PDT

Is 2015 the year of unlikely and awesome dance scenes? There's a great dance-off in Noah Baumbach's "While We're Young," Oscar Isaac unexpectedly cuts a rug in "Ex Machina," and now John Turturro gets down in "Mia Madre," which heads to the Cannes Film Festival next month. And you can check it out in the first clip below. Read More: First Trailer For Nanni Moretti's 'Mia Madre' Starring Margherita Buy & John Turturro The latest from Nanni Moretti follows a movie director in crisis trying to keep it together in the middle of a shoot with a famous American actor. And somewhere along the way, a birthday party gets going with Turturro shaking things up for everyone to enjoy. No word yet on when "Mia Madre" will land stateside, but watch the scene below. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Martin Scorsese's List Of 85 Must-See Films

17 April 2015 10:58 AM, PDT

There are few directors who know every nook and cranny of film history with the degree of depth and excitement as Martin Scorsese. And if you're trying to condense over one hundred years of cinema history, and stack up the movies you need to see to earn you cinephile stripes, the director has you covered.  A few years back, the filmmaker sat down with FastCoCreate for a lengthy four-hour chat during which Scorsese dropped the names of no less than eighty-five movies. The site compiled them at the time (with complete notes and quotes from the filmmaker — so head over there for more context) and Open Culture has put them back on the radar today. And of course, it cuts a big swath through cinema, from stone cold classics to foreign film essentials, film noir treasures and much, much more. Check out all 85 below — how many have you seen? And in case you missed it, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: 10-Minute Video Essay Breaks Down The Gory Chest Defibrillator Scene From 'The Thing'

17 April 2015 10:12 AM, PDT

At Star Wars Celebration yesterday, much was made over the fact that the new BB8 droid is, in fact, a practical effect and not a product of CGI. This was proven to be true when the droid actually made its way on stage, to the delight of “Star Wars” fans all over. Now, obviously, CGI is never going away, but yesterday’s revelation proves that practical, handmade visual effects will always hold a special place in our hearts. That’s why we still love "E.T." and will never stop freaking out over the chestburster scene in “Alien.” Earlier this week, CineFix gave us yet another reason to love and appreciate practical effects. They posted a ten minute video that examined, in great detail, the defibrillator chest-chomping scene in John Carpenter’s “The Thing.” With the help of a top-notch special effect team, lead by Rob Bottin (“RoboCop,” “Total Recall »

- Ken Guidry

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Watch: Geeks Rule In New Trailer For Sundance Winner 'Dope'

17 April 2015 9:51 AM, PDT

Though it premiered during the dead of winter at the Sundance Film Festival, "Dope" was made for summer. And Open Road know it, taking the Sundance winner for Best Editing and lining it up to land just when schools let out and the temperature starts to rise. So sit back and kick it with this new trailer for the Park City sensation. Starring Shameik Moore, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" star Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, Blake Anderson, Zoë Kravitz and rapper A$AP Rocky, the crime-comedy follows a trio of geeky teens in Inglewood, California, who get in over their heads and mixed up with drug dealers and have to set things right to stay out of serious trouble. And buzzing with a "supercool vitality," this is one to put on your must-watch list. And Hollywood has also been paying close attention. Director Rick Famuyiwa ("The Wood," "Brown Sugar," "Our Family Wedding") was just. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Captain America Talks Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver In 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' Clip Plus New Featurettes

17 April 2015 9:34 AM, PDT

We’re thirteen days out from the opening of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” – it begins screening early on April 30th, a day ahead of its official release date – which means we’re in the midst of being crushed by the marketing forces of Marvel and Disney. Today brings one new clip, cast and crew interviews from the press rounds, and a couple new featurettes on the film. First up, ComicBookMovie brings us a short new clip with Captain America and Maria Hill – Chris Evans and Cobie Smulders, respectively – laying the expositional groundwork for the sibling villains Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver – Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. It’s quick and quippy with that trademark Joss Whedon banter. For the less devout fans among us, you’re not imagining things, there has been another Quicksilver in a comic book movie before. Evan Peters played Quicksilver for Bryan Singer’s “X-Men: Days Of Future Past” but fear. »

- Cain Rodriguez

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Tribeca Exclusive: Chilling Clip From Documentary 'Among The Believers'

17 April 2015 9:05 AM, PDT

As political rhetoric piles up about the fight against terror, discussion about the root causes of extremism, and how ideas take hold on impressionable minds, is often forgotten. Indeed, fundamentalism is a complex notion, but the upcoming documentary "Among The Believers" aims to unpack the questions around what drives this very specific strand of Islam. Directed by Hemal Trivedi and Mohammed Ali Naqvi, the film centers on the Red Mosque, an organization in Pakistan that runs madrassas across the country and trains legions of children to devote their lives to jihad, or holy war. The film provides a firsthand look at how the radical side is building up its army as thousands of children pledge their allegiance to Isis. And in this chilling clip, a young child already declares his desire to be a mujahid, and launches into a carefully rehearsed sermon. "Among The Believers" screens tonight at Tribeca. Check out the clip below. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Complete 'Star Wars' Deleted Scenes From 'A New Hope' Through 'Revenge Of The Sith'

17 April 2015 8:25 AM, PDT

The clock’s ticking. We’re at just about T-minus eight months until the December 18th release of “Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens.” Anticipation is already brimming for the seventh live-action installment of George Lucas’ epic (and epically lucrative) inter-galactic franchise. 'The Force Awakens' of course marks the first time “Star Wars” has hit the big screen (barring re-releases and the 2008 animated “The Clone Wars”) since 2005’s 'Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.' More so, it offers a reunion of the original “Star Wars” trio — Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher — 32 years in the making. In short, expectations are high. The film is in the trusted hands of contemporary sci-fi king J.J. Abrams, and fanboys and girls across the world wait with bated breath to see what he does with the material. As we wait, it remains fun — imperative, even? — to revisit the six previous episodes in all their glory, »

- Zach Hollwedel

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The 10 Best & 5 Worst Cannes Film Festival Openers Ever

17 April 2015 8:02 AM, PDT

The Big Show that is the 2015 Cannes Film Festival is now officially bearing down on us, like the unstoppable juggernaut of quality international filmmaking, hype, backlash, Nespresso and overpriced sandwiches that it is. As ever, Cannes is bigger than any one film or any one slot. That said, the Opening Film sets the tone for the event  —it's announced earlier than the rest of the program and always comes under possibly unenviable scrutiny from the world's press, who for this one screening if no other, go in with eyes unbloodshot, minds sharp and pens primed. This year, the selection of Emmanuelle Bercot's "Standing Tall" as the opener (announced earlier in the week) already raised some eyebrows, as it seems a pointed departure from the recent operating procedure of securing a glitzy Hollywood project to kick off the festival in a flurry of glamorous red carpet photos. With that strategy »

- The Playlist Staff

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Watch: First Two 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Trailers Back-To-Back Plus Lego Version Of The New Trailer

17 April 2015 7:42 AM, PDT

For all the fanfare that has already been built up for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" —from the endless stories about the expanding movie universe to the keynote event at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim on Thursday that launched the new trailer— it's a bit sobering to be reminded that only two minutes and thirty seconds of actual real marketing has been officially released thus far. That's it. And while you've undoubtedly watched the new trailer at least once and maybe even a few times, we've got a few new spins for you. In seemingly no time at all, Vimeo User Kyle Bailey cut together the first two 'Force Awakens' trailers, and the Lego version of the new trailer has also surfaced. Lastly, Matthew McConaughey has shared his reaction to the trailer as well. Check them out below, and lest you forget, 'The Force Awakens' arrives on December 18th. [Refocused Media/Flickering Myth] »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Nsfw New Trailer For Matteo Garrone’s Cannes Bound 'The Tale Of Tales' With John C. Reilly & Salma Hayek

17 April 2015 7:27 AM, PDT

There are certainly many film heavyweights you might expect to see on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet, but John C. Reilly isn't one of them. Yet this is set to change this year. With roles in both Yorgos Lanthimos' "The Lobster" and Matteo Garrone's "The Tale Of Tales," the actor's presence will be felt, and a new trailer for the latter has arrived. The picture, which also features Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones, Stacy Martin, Alba Rohrwacher and Massimo Ceccherini, is a loose screen adaptation of fairy tales by Italian poet Giambattista Basile. And this new, mostly dialogue free look promises a visual feast if nothing else, and we're very excited to hear Alexandre Desplat's complete score. The film opens in Italy on May 15th. There's no U.S. distributor yet, but once reaction from Cannes rolls in, that's likely to change. Watch below, and »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Thierry Fremaux Says Cannes Could Add Up To 8 More Films, WB Didn't Want 'Mad Max: Fury Road' To Open Fest

17 April 2015 7:05 AM, PDT

Yesterday's big news days kicked off with the initial slate for the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. It's a helluva lineup with big name directors, highly anticipated titles and lots of below-the-radar discoveries to be made. But cinephiles should note that there could be a lot more announcements coming. Festival head Thierry Fremaux told Screen Daily that there are even more films to be added to the festival. "There are three or four films to put into competition, and three or four films to put into Un Certain Regard," he said. "We’ve got 20 films, not to watch from scratch but to re-watch, to work out how we could show them. We’re waiting for one last film to arrive."  "They’re still working on the Ben Wheatley film ['High-Rise'] and we might still be able to see it in time," Fremaux added. "The Stephen Frears film [the Lance Armstrong movie 'Icon'] isn’t ready. He has to do some re-takes. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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