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Disney Cancels ‘Tron 3’ Following The Disappointment Of ‘Tomorrowland’

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While Disney’s acquisitions have them rolling in money, or soon-to-be money—Marvel movies, LucasFilm movies, etc.— when the studio itself tries to mount an original or semi-original blockbusters, they haven’t had a lot of luck these last few years (aside from live-action fairy tale adaptations like “Maleficent”). There’s been a string of big expensive flops: “John Carter” cost at least $250 million and couldn’t even crack the $75 million mark domestically, “The Lone Ranger” cost around the same and failed to surpass $90 million at home and just recently, Brad Bird’s “Tomorrowland” (reportedly costing $190 million minus the $60 million or so to market it), pretty much stalled out at the Memorial Day box-office weekend. Being that “Tomorrowland” wasn’t based on an existing property or known brand, the Disney film might eventually be even in worse dire straits than the aforementioned properties if it doesn’t take off over seas. »

- Rodrigo Perez

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James Ponsoldt To Direct F. Scott Fitzgerald Drama 'West Of Sunset'

21 hours ago

James Ponsoldt is leaving much space for breathing room. His latest film "The End Of The Tour" is fresh off a Sundance premiere and is hitting theaters next month (check out the trailer). And next in line is perhaps his starriest effort yet with the Tom Hanks starring adaptation of Dave Eggers' "The Circle." And now the director has another hot project on his plate.  Deadline report the filmmaker will write and direct the F. Scott Fitzgerald tale "West Of Sunset." Just to be clear this is about Fitzgerald, not based on his writing. Instead, the movie is based on the novel by Stuart O'Nan who chronicles the final, tragic years of the writer before he died in 1940. Here's the book synopsis:  In 1937, F. Scott Fitzgerald was a troubled, uncertain man whose literary success was long over. In poor health, with his wife consigned to a mental asylum and his finances in ruins, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Review: 'I Believe In Unicorns' Is A Fresh, Creative, And Entirely Original Story Of Young Love

21 hours ago

A much discussed topic in the film world recently has been the dearth of women directors in mainstream filmmaking and the impact that this has on the representation of girls and women, and their experiences on screen. Thankfully, the independent film world has a much better track record with female filmmakers, and writer/director’s Leah Meyerhoff’s “I Believe in Unicorns” is a fine example of just why a female point of view can be so important, so necessary in capturing female stories. An all-too-familiar and complicated story of young love is the premise of ‘Unicorns,’ but Meyerhoff brings a fresh, creative, and entirely original take to the tale, weaving together a work that is at once fantastical, evocative and starkly realistic. Natalia Dyer stars as Davina, a luminous young teen—a dreamer and an artist who longs for more outside of her small and bleak life caring for her disabled single mother. »

- Katie Walsh

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Watch: Red Band Trailer For Award Winning Feminist Psychological Thriller 'Felt'

21 hours ago

Amy Everson and Jason Banker deliver what’s sure to be an intense and gut-twisting experience in their new docu-narrative, “Felt.” Inspired by Everson’s own life—though to what degree is unclear—“Felt” takes direct aim at modern rape culture. Co-written by the duo and directed by Banker, the film follows Amy, a woman struggling with the lasting pain of past sexual trauma, which is compounded by the male-dominated world in which she lives. As a coping method, she fabricates male-inspired alter egos, made complete by morbid costumes that endow her with a sense of power she has lost since her assault. However, the personas she invents become increasingly unpredictable and violent. A new red band trailer for the film recently went online—you can check it out below. Everson is a relatively unknown talent. With only one other credit—voice work on Hernando Bansuelo’s “A Reunion”—audiences »

- Zach Hollwedel

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Hou Hsiao-hsien, Catherine Hardwicke, And Will Gluck Prepping New Films

22 hours ago

It took eight long years between Hou Hsiao-hsien's "Flight Of The Red Ballon" and his latest, Cannes Best Director prize winning "The Assassin." And the good news for fans of the filmmaker is that he's already brewing his next picture and hopefully it won't take so long to get it made. His next project is about "a waterway enthusiast who encounters a river goddess while studying the city’s waterway system," and it will be set in the modern era. Shu Qi will return to star, with Chu Tien-wen ("The Assassin," "Millennium Mambo") penning the script. No word yet on when production starts. [Taipei Times] Read More: Cannes Review: Hou Hsiao-hsien's 'The Assassin' Is An Epic Visual Poem Catherine Hardwicke will tackle another tale about young people, signing up to helm "Love Letters To The Dead." An adaptation of the book by Ava Dellaira (who will also write the script »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Simon Pegg Says 'Star Trek 3' Starts Shooting In 4 Weeks & The First Draft Of The Script Has Only Just Been Finished

23 hours ago

Paramount may want to kindly advise Simon Pegg to stop talking so much about "Star Trek 3" already. The actor and screenwriter for the next installment of the sci-fi franchise recently revealed that before he came on, the studio had rejected a draft of the screenplay of the movie for being too "Star Trek"-y, and that they were aiming for something with more four-quadrant appeal (think "The Avengers"). Now Pegg reveals that, mere weeks from shooting, the script he's co-writing with Doug Jung is only now crossing the desk of executives. “We started again six months before we were due to start shooting, which is insane! In fact...we start shooting in Vancouver in four weeks – and we’re only handing in our first draft today,” Pegg told Radio Times. They don't say when the interview took place, but it was presumably around the same time he made his »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Vintage 24-Minute Talk With Orson Welles About Television, 'War Of The Worlds,' 'Citizen Kane,' & More

23 hours ago

This is a fun way for any filmmaker or fan to end the week. Eyes on Cinema recently uploaded a full 24-minute interview with Orson Welles, originally broadcast in 1955. The discussion aired as part of “Press Conference – A series in which personalities who make the news answer impromptu questions from men who write the news.” Then 39-years-old, Welles had yet to make any notable television appearance, a fact which moderator William Hardcastle readily points out. Right out of the gate, he asks the master thespian and filmmaker why has he avoided television when he has seized every other medium? Hardcastle narrows his question down further, and this is where it really gets interesting (especially in hindsight). Hardcastle asks, “What do you think of television as an art form? Can it ever be as good like cinema?” Read More: Retrospective: The Directorial Films Of Orson Welles Given that we’re living »

- Zach Hollwedel

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Watch: 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Gets Gnarly '80s Trailer Treatment

29 May 2015 11:36 AM, PDT

More than any other movie this year, "Mad Max: Fury Road" has fans going to see it more than once, with some even seeing it on the big screen more than twice. It's an action lover's feast that even snooty cinephiles can love, and a movie that brings old school thrills in very modern trappings, which is why this latest recut works so well. Read More: George Miller's 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Starring Charlize Theron And Tom Hardy The Playback Collective has put together an '80s style trailer for the movie and it's pretty fun stuff. While 'Mad Max' never is or was related to schlockmeister studio Cannon Films, their logo at the beginning makes total sense in this context. Powered by Power Glove's "Vengeance" (which frankly wouldn't sound entirely out of place in a Nicolas Winding Refn movie), this is a nice treat for those »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Daniel Brühl, Cara Delevingne & Kate Beckinsale Mix The Media & Murder In New Trailer For 'The Face Of An Angel'

29 May 2015 11:06 AM, PDT

These days, the notion of blind justice is an aspirational ideal rather than an actual reality. The minute a sizzling story hits the headlines, the truth depends on which light you choose to shine on the facts. The more high profile the case, the more distorted and blurred the lines become, and that's what Michael Winterbottom investigates in "The Face Of An Angel." Starring Daniel Brühl, Cara Delevingne, and Kate Beckinsale, the film is inspired by the Amanda Knox story, and follows a movie director who travels to Italy to investigate the case of a young student accused of murder for an upcoming movie. But he sees a whole other side of things after befriending an international journalist and falling into a relationship with a young bartender, and as it goes on, Winterbottom's film is less interested in the murder that kicks off the chain of the events than in »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Jason Statham Says 'Layer Cake' Sequel 'Viva La Madness' Will Shoot In 2016

29 May 2015 10:39 AM, PDT

You may have forgotten, as I totally did, that a couple of years back it was announced that Jason Statham will star in "Viva La Madness," the sequel to Matthew Vaughn's breakout film, "Layer Cake," which made a star out of Daniel Craig. Not much has been heard about the project since, but according to Statham, it's all systems go. "J.J. Connelly's written a great book called 'Viva La Madness,' and we're taking that book and doing something great with it," the actor told Digital Spy about about the sequel novel, penned by the original author. "He's such a talented writer. The book was incredible. I loved 'Layer Cake' and this is, if anything, better. The chance to work with someone of that caliber, to do something back home, it's the most exciting thing on my plate. We're doing it next year, and it's full steam ahead. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Interview: Josh & Benny Safdie Talk ‘Heaven Knows What,’ The Drug Of Drama And More

29 May 2015 10:13 AM, PDT

Editor's Note: This interview originally ran November 2014 during the Tokyo Film Festival. When we met Josh and Benny Safdie in a plush bar in Tokyo’s Roppongi Hills (it’s a dirty job but someone’s gotta do it) they were fresh off the stage having just picked up not only the Grand Prix of the Tokyo International Film Festival 2014 for “Heaven Knows What,” (review here) but also the Best Director gong too. (This meant that, happily, as we discuss below, in addition to other prizes, they got two fancy watches from sponsor Seiko and didn’t have to work out how to divvy up just the one). The two have worked together on and off, but mostly on, for nearly a decade. Their first co-directed feature was 2009's “Daddy Longlegs,” and since then they’ve become well-known on the festival arthouse circuit, mostly with a series of short films. »

- Jessica Kiang

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Get Baked With New Photos & Green Band Trailer For ‘American Ultra’ Starring Jesse Eisenberg & Kristen Stewart

29 May 2015 9:38 AM, PDT

Sometimes movies just pop up on the schedule out of nowhere. Sure, we all knew that “American Ultra” starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart was coming, but Lionsgate whipped out its August release date suddenly only a few weeks ago. No matter, the stoner-action comedy is on its way and it looks like a blast of fun energy. Here’s the official synopsis: American Ultra is a fast-paced action comedy about Mike (Eisenberg), a seemingly hapless and unmotivated stoner whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend, Phoebe (Stewart), is suddenly turned upside down. Unbeknownst to him, Mike is actually a highly trained, lethal sleeper agent. In the blink of an eye, as his secret past comes back to haunt him, Mike is thrust into the middle of a deadly government operation and is forced to summon his inner action-hero in order to survive. Read More: Jesse Eisenberg And Kristen Stewart »


- Edward Davis

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Watch: Adam Driver Has A Bathroom Emergency In 'Hungry Hearts' Plus New Posters And Photos

29 May 2015 9:22 AM, PDT

Having a bathroom emergency can be distressing, embarrassing, and seemingly never-ending. Having a bathroom emergency with someone trapped inside with you is next level humiliating, and it's something Adam Driver and Alba Rohrwacher endure in this light-hearted clip from the psychological horror "Hungry Hearts."  Directed by Saverio Constanzo, the story follows a seemingly perfect couple—who survive the bathroom mishap—who start to unravel with the arrival of their first child. When the mother is driven to obsession to keep to her child pure from the world's contaminants, her husband has to step up to save not only his child, but his wife and their relationship. And maybe this early encounter with her eventual husband played a part? Read More: Tiff Review: 'Hungry Hearts' Starring Venice Best Actor Winner Adam Driver "Hungry Hearts" opens on June 5th in New York and Los Angeles, and hits VOD. Watch below »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Exclusive: Trailer For Andrew Bujalski Approved Indie Dramedy 'Diamond Tongues'

29 May 2015 8:22 AM, PDT

While critical praise is always appreciated, and something that the forthcoming "Diamond Tongues" has no shortage of, sometimes the sweetest words of appreciation comes from fellow filmmakers. And co-directors Pavan Moondi and Brian Robertson caught the attention of "Results" and "Computer Chess" filmmaker Andrew Bujalski with their film. "A riveting, screen-commanding performance from a fresh face is a rare and magical thing--rarer still is that it lands in the lap of filmmakers who know what to do with it. 'Diamond Tongues' had me start to finish," he said. And today we have the exclusive trailer for the movie so you can get a sense of what Bujalski is raving about. Read More: Watch: Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders, And Kevin Corrigan Get Fit In The Trailer For 'Results' Led by Leah Goldstein, the movie follows a young woman and aspiring actress who struggles to deal with the success achieved by her. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Review: Stéphane Lafleur's Charming, Unique, And Brilliant Comedy 'Tu Dors Nicole'

29 May 2015 8:05 AM, PDT

This is a reprint of our review from the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Even more so than the hotly-tipped, much anticipated big-ticket movies, one of the true delights of a film festival is rolling the dice and seeing something you know nothing about. Going to see a picture that's under the radar, that doesn't yet have buzz, and you don't even know the logline for, and could really be anything. Sure, sometimes you'll end up with a borderline unwatchable, relentlessly grim disaster. But sometimes you'll stumble across something wonderful. And so it was a couple of nights ago with "Tu Dors, Nicole" (or "You're Sleeping, Nicole"), the new film from Québécois helmer Stéphane Lafleur, who's directed two previous, relatively little-seen features, but is probably best known as the editor behind 2011's Oscar-nominated "Monsieur Lazhar." We went in totally blind, barely even remembering the title, and mainly because it happened to be on. »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Bumblebee Might Get His Own 'Transformers' Movie

29 May 2015 7:43 AM, PDT

Toy movies, board game movies and now expansive cinematic universes. Hollywood studios will chase anything they think will make them the most money quickest and easiest, only this latest trend seems to be sticking. Case in point, the Michael Bay-directed “Transformers” franchise, which has become a nearly $4 billion dollar monster across four movies. And now, because money doesn’t grow on trees, Paramount is hell bent on expanding the franchise, hiring a brain trust of writers for sequels and spinoffs, including a potential movie for everyone’s favorite character from the Bay films. Thats right, Bumblebee will be getting his own spin-off. Well, he may get his own spin-off. Well, the executives want him to have one, specifically the Hasbro CEO. Coming Soon reports CEO Brian Goldner appeared at the Global Consumer Conference and said “Many of you know Bumblebee; the yellow Camaro… formally known as a yellow Vw Bug. »

- Cain Rodriguez

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Exclusive: Clip From Aussie Thriller 'The Suicide Theory,' Picked Up By Freestyle Releasing For Summer Release

29 May 2015 7:25 AM, PDT

Taking the Audience Award at the Austin Film Festival, and the Grand Jury Prize at the Dances With Films Festival, "The Suicide Theory" is a success that has caught the eye of Freestyle Releasing. The independent distributor behind the smash hit "God's Not Dead" has acquired the Australian thriller for a summer release and today we have an exclusive clip from the film. Read More: 5 Australian Directors Of Australian New Cinema Directed by Dru Brown, and starring Steve Mouzakis and Leon Cain, the genre pic brings with it a twisty premise: A despondent man hires a demented killer to assist him in suicide, but for some reason, miraculously survives each attempt on his life. And as you'll see in the scene below it's an eerie situation.  “The Suicide Theory is one of those special films that comes along,” said Mark Borde, President of Freestyle. “With outstanding performances and an incredible script, »

- Edward Davis

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Interview: Writer Tess Morris Talks 'Man Up' Starring Simon Pegg & Lake Bell And Her Favorite Rom-Coms

29 May 2015 7:04 AM, PDT

Recently, the so-called demise of the romantic comedy has been well-documented. Aside from a few outliers and indie gems, it’s been a long time since there was a big romantic comedy hit of the kind that were commonplace in the 1990s and early 00s, and even longer since there was one that could sit with “When Harry Met Sally,” “Four Weddings And A Funeral” and the other films at the top of the genre.  Thank god then for “Man Up." The film, directed by “The Inbetweeners Movie” helmer Ben Palmer, stars Lake Bell as Nancy, thirtysomething and single, who is mistaken for the blind date of fortysomething divorcé Jack (Simon Pegg), and decides to roll with it, leading to an evening of drunkenness, dancing and possibly more. As our review from Tribeca revealed, it’s one of the best films of its kind in years, funny, sweet and refreshing, »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Watch: Trailer For Amateur Porn Documentary 'Hot Girls Wanted' Produced By Rashida Jones

29 May 2015 6:45 AM, PDT

"Parks & Recreation" star Rashida Jones has been critical about what she sees as an increasingly sexualized culture, and it's a position that has seen her take a fair share of heat. And that likely won't stop with her upcoming documentary "Hot Girls Wanted," produced by Jones, and directed by Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus.  Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in January, and acquired by Netflix, the film takes a look at the amateur porn industry, and how it trades on the aspirations of teenagers and young women, and exploits them in an industry that is only getting bigger and more mainstream each year. "...very often the women in this type of porn are just starting out, so they can't negotiate the conditions of their employment. They show up thinking they'll be in control and are often asked to do a particularly brutal scene—and the only way to get paid is to do it. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: 2 Clips And TV Spot From 'Jurassic World' Deal With A Deadly Dinosaur

29 May 2015 6:25 AM, PDT

Whether Colin Trevorrow’s “Jurassic World” lives up to the legacy of Steven Spielberg’s much loved "Jurassic Park" or not, the reboot will still be earning quite a bit of cash from mainstream audiences eager to once again believe that dinosaurs can be brought back to extinction and promptly turn on their resurrectors. Plus, a little Chris Pratt never hurt anybody. However, even with a logline that sells itself–dinosaurs go on rampage in a fancy theme park due to hubris of owners and management–the studio still has to make room for some marketing and so here we are with a pair of clips from the film and yet another TV spot. First up, from JoBlo, is a clip just over 30 seconds long that introduces the big bad of the new film in classic Spielbergian fashion: showing very little. So yes, this is technically the introduction of the infamous Indominus Rex, »

- Cain Rodriguez

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