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Review: 'The Newburgh Sting' Explores The Thin Line Between Entrapment And Fighting The War On Terror

7 hours ago

In an era of mass surveillance, and increasingly broad rules of engagement given to law enforcement, you would think that the FBI wouldn't need to carefully manufacture cases against ordinary citizens to show that they're winning the so-called "war on terror." But that would be forgetting that in addition to maintaing the security of the nation, FBI officials are also concerned with their public image (hello Twitter), as well as their presentation in the mainstream press. In a 24 hour news cycle, you are only as effective as your last headline, and the documentary "The Newburgh Sting" paints a troubling portrait of an agency more concerned with their perception than with justice, all as part of a mission that broadly targets a religious group, rather than individuals whose fanaticism finds them both as outsiders at their mosques and society in general. Directed by Kate Davis and David Heilbroner, the doc tells »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Rumor: Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood & James Marsden Eyeing J.J. Abrams & Jonah Nolan's 'Westworld' Series

8 hours ago

In the canon of remakes-that-are-taking-forever-to-get-made, "Westworld" would be up there. The project is slowly developing for years and never quite getting anywhere, but last year J.J. Abrams and Jonah Nolan signed up to produce the movie for HBO, with the latter writing the script and directing the pilot. Well, it seems it's a step closer to happening as offers are now out for actors to fill the roles of the futuristic flick about robots run amok. According to Film Divider, Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood and James Marsden have been offered roles in the potential series. The concept will be similar—set in a futuristic, Western-themed amusement park—but it will instead focus on the robots....who don't realize they are robots. But you still need humans, and Hopkins has apparently been offered the part of Westworld proprietor, Dr. Ford, who is described as a mix between "Dr. Moreau, part Blade Runner’s Dr. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Casting: Naomi Watts Ready For 'Demolition,' Idris Elba Eyes Guy Ritchie's 'Knights Of The Roundtable' And More

9 hours ago

An actor who is currently thrilling us with the choices he's making is Jake Gyllenhaal. Did you see that terrific teaser for "Nightcrawler" yet? Watch it here. Anyway, another promising project on his plate is “Dallas Buyers Club” director Jean-Marc Vallee's "Demolition," and he's being joined by Naomi Watts. Penned Bryan Sipe, the story "follows a young investment banker (Gyllenhaal) struggling to understand his emotional disconnect following the tragic death of his wife in an auto accident. As he tears apart his life in a distraught effort to see where he went wrong, he becomes obsessed with destruction and develops a unique relationship with a pot-smoking single mother (Watts) who rescues him." We're down, just tell us when to show up. [The Wrap] Now a fully fledged tentpole filmmaker, Guy Ritchie is pressing on with “Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur” and he's got Idris Elba circling the role of "Bedivere, Arthur's father's right-hand. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: First Trailer For Stephen Daldry's 'Trash' Starring Rooney Mara

9 hours ago

Here's the deal: if you see a trailer this week for a prestige, awards contender-seeming movie, the chances are you'll likely see it somewhere on the fall festival slate. And so, even though we weren't quite sure where Stephen Daldry's "Trash" would fit on the calendar, it's done, in the can, a trailer is here, and now you can see if the Oscar race is being shaken up. Based on the book by Andy Mulligan, with a script from Richard Curtis ("Love Actually," "About Time") and starring Rooney Mara, Martin Sheen and Wagner Moura along with newcomers Rickson Tevez, Eduardo Luis and Gabriel Weinstein, the story concerns three street kids who survive by picking through a mostly human waste-filled garbage dump on the outskirts of a large city. One day, one of them finds a small leather bag with a wallet with some money and an ID card, a folded-up map, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Untitled Cameron Crowe Movie Starring Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone & Bill Murray Pushed To 2015

9 hours ago

With release schedules in the fall generally packed with tentpoles trying to muscle their way between Oscar contenders, it can be tough to try and fit something in that's neither. And certainly, Cameron Crowe's upcoming untitled rom-com would've faced stiff competition. Originally set for a Christmas Day release, the movie has now been pushed to next spring, and it looks like a wise move. Sony has announced the release date change and it takes Crowe's movie out of the way of Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken," Disney's musical "Into The Woods," MGM's sequel "Hot Tub Time Machine 2," and the family movie "Paddington" all opening in wide release. And that's not to mention the Mlk pic "Selma" and Tim Burton's "Big Eyes" coming in limited release. Sometimes, you gotta know when to fold 'em. And to hear Sony tell it, Crowe's film probably wasn't going to be an awards season contender anyway. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Review: Elderhood Documentary 'Alive Inside' Is Vital & Important

10 hours ago

Elderhood. Is that even a thing? You grow from the innocence of childhood through the experiences of adulthood and then...you just get old. Nobody likes to talk about that. Kids dream about growing up so they can do all the adult things they see adults do, and adults wish they can turn back the clock and be kids again. Have you ever heard anyone say, “Man, I cannot wait to get old. I’m going to have the sweetest walker ever.” From Grandpa Simpson to reactions after an 82-year-old Clint Eastwood talked to an empty chair, American culture has always greeted old age as comic relief from a distance. But as one of the most insightful interviewees says in “Alive Inside,” “American Culture is wrong.” Director Michael Rossato-Bennett and the movie's main subject, Dan Cohen, have given a voice to millions of people, hidden and forgotten in those corners »

- Nikola Grozdanovic

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Kevin Feige Says Marvel May Now Release One Sequel And One New Franchise Each Year, Also Denies 'Planet Hulk'

10 hours ago

"Here we are now, 14 years since the first Marvel movie I worked on. At that point it had been eight years and for about those eight years people had been asking ‘How much longer gonna last?’ ‘When are people gonna get tired of these movies?' And my answer always was ‘People only get tired if a whole slew of terrible ones come out.’ And it was our job to make sure that doesn’t happen," Marvel honco Kevin Feige said last week. "If there are other people out there interested in that not happening as well, I’m all for it!" And while there have been patchy superhero movies (see Sony's "The Amazing Spider-Man" for example), for Marvel at least, they've kept the quality level mostly consistent, so why not continue? In fact, we've already heard they've got a roadmap of movies loosely planned to 2028, and last week the »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Discuss: Why One Size Does Not Fit All For Superhero Franchises & Where Sony Went Wrong With ‘Amazing Spider-Man’

11 hours ago

Though they've been made since the very beginning of the medium, studios are still learning how to craft sequels. Follow-ups used to be frowned upon, perceived as nakedly commercial tactics that frequently didn't involve the participants of the originals. Then they became elaborate, ongoing serialized stories, ones where filmmakers were permitted to present a full saga in chapters. And now, “franchises” have become something else, a lifeblood of Hollywood, one that has flummoxed Sony in regards to the “Spider-Man” movies. Sam Raimi's first three “Spider-Man” films featured one basic, somewhat malleable storyline: here was Peter Parker, the young crimefighter who battled baddies like Doctor Octopus, Sandman, and a really inattentive super in a crummy New York apartment. There was continuity, but was it really going anywhere? “Spider-Man 3” ended up grossing $890 million, a series best, but in America it was the weakest performer in the series. When Raimi pitched a. »

- Gabe Toro

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Robert Downey Jr. Is The Highest Paid Actor In Hollywood

11 hours ago

There are Hollywood actors who make a living, others who command a small fortune, and then there is Robert Downey Jr. With a revitalized career thanks to "Iron Man," the actor has not only quickly relaunched himself onto the A-list but he's become a pivotal cog in the Marvel machine. Frankly, it's hard to imagine the Marvel-verse without the success of the "Iron Man" movies, or Downey's presence in billion-dollar-earning "The Avengers" (or its upcoming sequel). But he's been handsomely paid for his efforts. Forbes has picked up the phone, talked to the right people and crunched the numbers, and estimate that in the past year (from June 2013-June 2014), Rdj took home $75 million dollars. And really, the actor can thank Marvel for that. The actor received $50 million dollars alone in backend profits from "The Avengers," and we reckon he's probably still collecting all kinds of coin from that film and the Marvel movies in general. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Listen: The Post-Beatles ‘Black Album’ From Richard Linklater's ‘Boyhood’

12 hours ago

If you’re at all a fan of the Beatles, or hell, even contemporary pop music, chances are you’ve made this mixtape-like album on your own at some point in your life. I know I have. The Beatles released arguably 12 classic, must-own albums: almost everything from A Hard Day's Night through Let It Be. And after their break-up in 1970, they also had a rich life of solo albums too (admittedly some were really patchy).  The greatest of them all (sorry John Lennon’s Imagine) is probably George Harrison’s amazing and undersung double album All Things Must Pass. Ringo Starr’s Ringo (which features some great co-writing from Lennon and Harrison) has some classic cuts on it too and Paul McCartney has McCartney, Ram and a few albums with Wings that are notable as well. One of the many great things about Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” is how it reflects many aspects of life, »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Watch: First Trailer For Time Travel Sci-Fi 'Predestination' Starring Ethan Hawke

13 hours ago

Five years ago, Ethan Hawke starred in the mostly pretty terrible "Daybreakers," written and directed by the Spierig brothers. He must've liked working with them because he's reteamed with the filmmakers for "Predestination," and after premiering at SXSW this spring, the film is headed to the Fantasia Film Festival, and a new trailer has arrived. And while this would be the part where I would attempt to summarize the plot, the loopy narrative is perhaps best left to the official synopsis:  In mid-’70s New York, a man in a fedora slips into an office building’s boiler room, carrying a mysterious briefcase. He uncovers a bomb, and is attacked while struggling to deactivate it. He succeeds — almost. Horribly disfigured, he’s transported to his agency’s headquarters where he receives a new face. He’s a temporal agent, traveling back and forth through time, altering history, and his assignment »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Interview: William Friedkin on ‘Sorcerer,’ The ‘Killer Joe’ TV Show And Life Beyond “Macho Bullsh*t Stories”

13 hours ago

At 78, William Friedkin is experiencing a new lease on life, career-wise. Most enticingly, when we spoke with the genial, anecdote-laden, Oscar-winning director at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, he let drop that he's in contention for what has to be one of the choicest TV gigs on offer: season 2 of “True Detective.”  But that possibility is just one of many that have opened up for him over the last couple of years, a factor, we’d suggest of two main elements. Firstly, Friedkin’s last two feature films “Bug” and “Killer Joe,” both based on source material from writer Tracy Letts, have seen the director pick up some of the best notices of his post-’Exorcist’ career (and nabbing a peri-McConnaissance McConaughy for the latter can't have hurt). And secondly, his years-long battle to see “Sorcerer” restored has culminated in a triumphal series of festival screenings and widespread critical reevaluation. »

- Jessica Kiang

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Alejandro G. Iñárritu's 'Birdman' To Close New York Film Festival, Plus Update On Tracking Shot Rumors

14 hours ago

Tomorrow, the Toronto International Film Festival unveils their first wave of titles, and many are already speculating what it will look like given their new rules. Basically, after being scooped on big titles by Telluride the past few years, Toronto has essentially told distributors that any movie that wants to play the crucial opening days of Tiff must be a true premiere. That means no sneaking it to Colorado a few days before. So this next announcement is an interesting one. The New York Film Festival has announced that Alejandro G. Iñárritu's "Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance," will be their Closing Night Gala selection. The caveat? If you look at the press release below, you'll notice a distinct absence of the word "premiere." Yes, "Birdman" will first be seen by the world at the Venice Film Festival, but if Nyff had the North American Premiere of the movie, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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'Fargo' Returning 'True Detective' Style In 2015 With New Characters, Actors & Storyline; 'Louie' Gets Short Season 5

14 hours ago

There were doubts and questions about whether or not "Fargo" could step out from the shadow of the Coen brothers (who are producers on the show) monumental film and stand on its own. But any fears were put to rest with a first season that earned critical acclaim, found an audience and wound up with a massive 18 Emmy nominations. Not too shabby, and FX is ready for more. The network announced today at the Television Critics Association that they're renewing "Fargo" for a second season, with a premiere date set for next fall. "The new chapter of the 'Fargo' story will feature an all-new cast of characters, a new time period and a new 'true crime' story that will unfold over the course of 10 episodes," FX said in a statement. And they aren't messing with the formula either, with Noah Hawley—who wrote the first season—back for »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Jesus Was Wrong In New Teaser Trailer For Final Season Of 'Boardwalk Empire'

14 hours ago

"Boardwalk Empire" will be taking its final journey along the coast of New Jersey this fall, and it's going to bring some big changes with it. The last season of the period drama will apparently jump the timeline forward to the early '30s, just as prohibition is about to end. They're also going to have a lot less time to wrap up their final season. Instead of the regular twelve episodes, HBO is only giving them a shortened eight ep season. But it looks as if it'll be an intense one. HBO has dropped a brand new teaser for the final season, and from Chalky White intoning that "Jesus was wrong" about forgiveness to the closing tagline announcing "No One Goes Quietly," big things are on horizon. The faces you'll want to see are here with Steve Buscemi, Michael K. Williams, Michael Shannon, Kelly Macdonald and more all glimpsed, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Review: The Shorter U.S. Theatrical Cut Of Michel Gondry's 'Mood Indigo'

15 hours ago

“Mood Indigo,” the latest from the Michel Gondry dream factory, is something of a cinephile's movie. The playful whimsy merchant might be closing a book or opening a new one, since the picture almost feels transitional. All the Gondry staples are there—the dreams that fold into reality, the un-acknowledged fantasy, the entirely-too-pleased-with-itself practical effects. But this feels different. Some will find this romantic fantasy the uber-Michel Gondry text, indulging in all his worst tendencies. But if anything, this is like the head-in-the-clouds fantasist finally closing his beloved sketchbook and facing the rest of the world. In the Gondry role of the enterprising, selfish, dapper young man is Romain Duris, the sharp-jawed charmer who has represented Gaellic shorthand for easygoing charisma and traffic-stopping handsomeness. As Colin, a layabout inventor with a wild mind, he concocts implausible and unnecessary devices like a rotating table that serves drinks, or a »

- Gabe Toro

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Watch: New Clips From 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Reveals 6 Minutes From The Film

15 hours ago

It's still about two weeks from Marvel's "Guardians Of The Galaxy" opening all over the planet, and the studio really, really wants this one to be a big success. They've already had a special, one night only IMAX preview earlier this month, unveiling seventeen minutes worth of footage. But if you couldn't make it or want to see more, six minutes from the movie are now online to show off James Gunn's irreverent outer space superhero flick. Indeed, 'Guardians' drops the more serious tone of other Marvel efforts for something a bit more self aware, and even parodying of the typical hero arc, with Chris Pratt's Peter Quill probably more deadly with a quip than with a weapon in his hand. And these two clips do a good job at really emphasizing the spirit of Gunn's 'Guardians,' which looks like it might go down as the funniest Marvel movie to date, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Exclusive: Dance Without Irony In Clip From Award Winning Dramedy 'The Almost Man'

16 hours ago

Growing up into your thirties is not only hard to do, it's not that fun either, especially when you still like to party like you did in your twenties. But life circumstances can sometimes force you down the path to adulthood, and Martin Lund's "The Almost Man" navigates that journey with both humor and drama. Led by Henrik Rafalesen, the story follows a 35-year-old man (also named Henrik), who is quickly forced to take on a real job and move into a duplex when he finds out his girlfriend Tone is pregnant. But as he feels the pressure to mature, he takes out his frustration in surprising and hilariously inappropriate ways. And in this exclusive clip, we see the sweeter side of Henrik, who dances with Tone, before getting the odd request to do it without irony.  Winner of the Crystal Globe and Best Actor awards at the Karlovy »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Dwayne Johnson Teases Playing Shazam, Plus New Clip From 'Hercules' (That Alan Moore Wants You To Boycott)

16 hours ago

This weekend, the 6' 5" charisma machine that is Dwayne Johnson will flex his way into multiplexes across the country in Brett Ratner's "Hercules." It's another showcase for the blockbuster actor, this time in a major leading role after taking supporting turns in both "Fast & Furious 6" and "G.I. Joe: Retaliation." And the folks at Warner Bros. will be looking at the results for that film very closely as they've been talking with the actor about taking on a still unspecified DC Comics character. Well, leave to The Rock to tease what he says is an impending announcement (maybe at Comic-Con?) about the project that will bear his name. Chatting with Total Film, when asked about a potential DC Comics role, Johnson danced around the character he'd be playing, before saying it will have "the power of Superman." So yeah, it seems like Shazam, who non-comic fans might want »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Benedict Cumberbatch Breaks The Code In First Trailer For 'The Imitation Game'

17 hours ago

We may be in the sticky heat of July, but eyes are already turned to the awards season. Tomorrow, the Toronto International Film Festival will be unveiling the first titles of their slate, and it will be an interesting window into what the studios will be trotting out as their contenders. And one that is still in play for Toronto (and its competitors) is The Weinstein Company's "The Imitation Game," and the first two trailers are here to show you why they paid $7 million for the rights earlier this year. Benedict Cumberbatch leads the film as Alan Turing in the true-story tale about the man credited with cracking the German Enigma code, and the race against time he and his team faced at Britain's top-secret code-breaking centre, Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II. Turing, whose contributions and genius significantly shortened the war, saving thousands of lives, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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