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Venice Review: Drake Doremus' 'Equals' With Kristen Stewart, Nicholas Hoult, Guy Pearce & Jacki Weaver

6 hours ago

Finally, a cure for the incurable romantic. Drake Doremus' 'Equals,' starring Nicholas Hoult and Kristen Stewart and presumably sponsored by Tide White & Bright, is a film that might just make you hate love. Rather like being trapped on the set of "The Island" with a pair of obnoxiously lovesick naifs and only the "Equilibrium" script to distract you, its few saving graces from some decent shot-making, a rather great score and the loveliness of its lead actors' faces. But while Hoult and Stewart as the star cross'd Silas and Nia are both as committed as they've ever been, it feels like they committed to a much better film: Nathan Parker's script, as outlined by Doremus, gives them nothing to work with save for some tired "Romeo and Juliet" beats and recycled "emotionless dystopia" cliches. It's exactly as much fun as hanging out with a new couple »

- Jessica Kiang

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2 More Great Posters For 'Macbeth' Arrive

8 hours ago

While "Macbeth" remains bizarrely, curiously, and disappointingly absent from the fall festival calendar, and by extension, the awards season race, I still can't wait to see the movie, even if Harvey Weinstein has apparently already moved on. Justin Kurzel's expressive, grim take on the Shakespeare play earned solid notices at the Cannes Film Festival, and beyond that, put Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard in anything and I'll watch the heck out of it (even "Assassin's Creed," apparently). This is all just a long-winded way of saying there are some new posters. And they are very good. There's not much else to tell you except to look below. It's a pretty great treatment for the movie on this one sheet, with the Bard's already badass play looking more, well, badass. It's not easy to drum up excitement for a Shakespeare movie, all delivered in iambic pentameter no less, but certainly, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Scott Cooper Explains Why Sienna Miller Was Cut From 'Black Mass'

8 hours ago

Johnny DeppJoel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jesse Plemons, Kevin Bacon, David Harbour, Dakota Johnson, Julianne Nicholson, Adam Scott, Corey Stoll, Juno Temple — Scott Cooper's "Black Mass" is not wanting in characters or stars to play them, but a movie can only hold so much, and unfortunately one had to go: the underrated and very talented Sienna Miller. So, why was she left on the cutting room floor? “It came down to narrative choices,” the director told Boston Globe. Slated to play Bulger's latter day girlfriend Catherine Greig, who was on the run with the gangster for fifteen years after he left Boston, Cooper ultimately determined these events were not as compelling as his days knockin' skulls on the streets of Beantown. Greig helped Bulger stay underground for a long time, and while it sounds interesting to me, I'm not a moviemaker. Perhaps we'll see the sequences she shot as »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Kenneth Branagh To Direct Ya Adaptation 'Artemis Fowl'

9 hours ago

I guess it's time to stop being surprised that Kenneth Branagh has gone from Shakespeare to blockbusters. I'm sure one pays much better than the other. His last three films have seen him comfortably embrace large scale films, rolling with Marvel on "Thor," trying (and failing) to reboot the titular character in "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," and this spring he released "Cinderella." So what's next on his plate? A Ya adaptation, naturally. Variety reports that Branagh will helm "Artemis Fowl." Based on the series by Eoin Colfer (franchise!) the story follows the fantastical adventures of a twelve-year old criminal mastermind. Here's the synopsis of the first book to give you an idea of what it's all about:  Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is the most ingenious criminal mastermind in history. With two trusty sidekicks in tow, he hatches a cunning plot to divest the fairyfolk of their pot of gold. Of course, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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'Black Mass' Director Scott Cooper To Helm Endangered Species Drama 'American Wolf'

9 hours ago

One could argue that Whitey Bulger was an animal, a remorseless gangster who killed as easily as breathing. So one could say that "Black Mass" director Scott Cooper has the perfect training under his belt for the gig that has just landed on his desk. Read More: Venice Review: 'Black Mass' Starring Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, And More The Wrap reports that Cooper will helm the true story tale, "American Wolf." To keep the animal theme going, "The Wolf Of Wall Street" star and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio will produce the picture. Based source material by Texas Monthly senior editor Nate Blakeslee, the film follows the friendship that forms between a park ranger and a hunter after the latter accidentally kills a beloved endangered wolf in Yellowstone National Park. So, sort of a reverse "The Revenant" or something? It's an interesting tale, based on an event that »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Telluride & Tiff: Watch 3 Clips From Andrew Haigh's '45 Years' Plus Over 30 Minutes Of Interviews And More

10 hours ago

Going the long haul from January and February all the way through Oscar season is a tough feat. Fox Searchlight is giving it a whirl this year, however, with "Brooklyn," and we'll see what Sundance Selects does with "45 Years" in the months ahead. Andrew Haigh's film earned loads of praise when it debuted at the Berlin International Film Festival earlier this year, winning Silver Bear awards for its lead actors Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling. It has since hit numerous festivals around the world, opened in the U.K., and now a wealth of clips, interviews, and behind-the-scenes material has surfaced. Read More: Telluride 2015: 10 Must-See Films To Watch Out Of A Killer Lineup The drama tells the story of Kate and Geoff, an older married couple who find their carefree union suddenly shaken when the body of Geoff's former girlfriend, Katya, who died in a tragic accident, is discovered years after the fact. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Colorful Supercut Highlights The Use Of Red In The Films Of Martin Scorsese

10 hours ago

Any fan of Martin Scorsese knows of his encyclopedic film knowledge and adoration for the cinema of yesteryear, and he often tips his hat to those influences in his work. Film Scalpel, an emerging site for cinephiles and novices alike, has created this video documenting Marty’s devotion to tinting specific frames (a technique formerly used to spruce up a black and white shot), and in this video, we're all seeing red. Read More: The 20 Greatest Musical Moments In The Films Of Martin Scorsese The decided color evokes a spectrum of emotions — lust, greed, and revenge in “The Departed”; sheer terror in “Cape Fear,” though Jessica Lange applying lipstick in another scene is both sensual and curious; the blood-stained shots of Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, and Joe Pesci in “Goodfellas”; and, of course, the illuminated club in “New York, New York.” Travis Bickle amid the haunting, lingering red lights »

- Samantha Vacca

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Watch: Man Up With The New Trailer For Craig Roberts' Directorial Debut 'Just Jim' Starring Emile Hirsch

11 hours ago

Some actors wait for a long time to jump behind the camera, hoping to soak up all the knowledge they can before giving it a whirl in the director's seat, but not so for Craig Roberts. He's not even 25, and is only starting to amass a lengthy CV as an actor, but he's already knocked out his directorial debut, "Just Jim." And after premiering at SXSW this year, the film is gearing up to hit theaters this fall, and a new trailer has arrived. Read More: Exclusive Poster For 'Submarine' Star Craig Robert's Directorial Debut 'Just Jim' Roberts also takes a co-starring role in the movie alongside Emile Hirsch. The story follows an outcast teenager who can't even earn much attention from his parents, and who gets some life hack tips from his super cool, cigarette-smoking, neighbor Dean. But the friendship he thinks he's forged becomes something else. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Visit Hell's Club Where Characters From 'Casino,' 'Collateral,' 'Scarface,' 'American Hustle,' And More All Hang Out

11 hours ago

In our increasingly digital era, it now feels safe to say that mash-ups qualify, in their way, as authentic micro-narratives. Many of these videos simply pay tribute to the great work of past filmmakers and today’s most vaulted auteurs. They are undeniably pervasive in the culture — the compulsion to dissect and rearrange traditional cinematic storylines and play mix-and-match with your favorite films must be a hard one to resist. And then, every now and again, you see something like Antonio Maria Da Silva’s ludicrous, fast-paced “Hell’s Club.” It’s a mash-up of old and new movies that’s so seamlessly engineered that you forget that you’re essentially watching a sort of visual collage, a give-and-take tribute to other films. Which is to say that the mash-up itself has a strange, scattered little story all its own. Read More: Watch This Supercut That Highlights The Visual Symmetry »

- Nicholas Laskin

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Tiff Trailer: Academy Award Winner Maggie Smith Is 'The Lady In The Van'

12 hours ago

Listen, I'll be the first to admit, on paper, "Lady In The Van" is not my bag. It looks like the kind of movie I'd recommend to my Mom, which is fine, she'd probably enjoy it more than I would. That being said, it is playing the Toronto International Film Festival and does have some pedigree behind it, so maybe it'll be a little surprise. I'm willing to keep an open mind. Read More: Review: 'My Old Lady' Starring Kevin Kline And Maggie Smith Anyway, the film stars Maggie Smith in the unlikely true story that happened to writer Alan Bennett (who penned the screenplay based on his own memoir) about a woman who parked her camper van in his driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years. Here's the official synopsis:  Based on the true story of Miss Shepherd, a woman of uncertain origins who "temporarily" parked »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: 5-Minute Tribute To The Films Of The Great Hal Ashby

13 hours ago

While I’ve personally never been the biggest fan of director Hal Ashby – the renegade humanist whose birthday just passed – I’ll be the first to admit that his impact and relevance on cinema as a whole is undeniable. After all these years, Ashby remains one of the last true quintessential Hollywood outsiders: an icon of the counter-culture who, though he may never have achieved the near-universal recognition of New Hollywood peers like Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola, is nevertheless a symbol for a certain kind of idiosyncratic and deeply-personal filmmaking. His best pictures, such as the bristling, poetically profane “The Last Detail” or his great Warren Beatty movie “Shampoo” – in this writer’s opinion, the director’s most soulful and accessible film – radiate a sort of wounded compassion for their screwed-up characters. Ashby also had a great gallows sense of humor that he would deftly deploy to offset »

- Nicholas Laskin

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Watch: Featurette For Terrence Malick's 'Knight Of Cups' Reveals New Footage

13 hours ago

It seems Terrence Malick isn't going to drop two movies this year. The director unveiled his latest, "Knight Of Cups," in Berlin in February, but it looks like neither his follow-up "Weightless" or his documentary "Voyage Of Time" will surface before the year is out. "Knight Of Cups" won't open theatrically until next year, but this featurette should hold you over. Read More: New International Poster For Terrence Malick's 'Knight Of Cups' Running a few minutes long, it finds cast members Natalie Portman, Wes Bentley, Brian Dennehy, and Isabel Lucas sharing their experiences of shooting the movie, as lots of new, swooping footage from the film fills everything in. But what does it all add up to? According to our critic in Berlin, not a lot really, as she described it as "neither here nor there, neither great nor terrible, just an eternal dance of recollections in which nothing is answered, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Venice & Tiff: Watch 4 Clips From 'The Wait' Starring Juliette Binoche

13 hours ago

Like an arthouse James Franco, it seems every few months another movie comes along with Juliette Binoche. Earlier this year she was in Berlin with "Nobody Wants The Night" (our review), later this year she's in the ensemble disaster drama "The 33," and now she's doing the rounds at Venice and Tiff with "The Wait," and four clips offer a glimpse at her latest work. Directed by Piero Messina, and co-starring Lou De Laâge and Giorgio Colangeli, the Easter-set story follows Anna and Jeanne, who await the arrival of her and boyfriend respectively, in a Sicilian village. Here's the official synopsis:  Amidst the large rooms of an old villa marked by time, Anna, emerging from a sudden bereavement, spends her days in solitude. The rugged and beautiful Sicilian countryside surrounds the house and isolates her while the fog, which is slowly climbing the slopes of Mount Etna, prevents the eye seeing any distance. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: New Trailer For Cary Joji Fukunaga's 'Beasts Of No Nation' Brutally Seizes Victory

14 hours ago

As a recent Variety report notes, the shoot for "Beasts Of No Nation" was no picnic. Director Cary Joji Fukunaga contracted malaria, extras were tossed into jail, and even Idris Elba had a brush with injuries.  “Every day, it felt like we were on a sinking ship,” Fukunaga said. “I thought, this is going to be ‘Lost in La Mancha.’ We were shooting in rainy season. Sets were washing away.” But unlike Terry Gilliam's film which was never completed and is forever rumored to be started again, Fukunaga got his in the can and it was worth it. Following rave reviews out of Venice (read ours) a new trailer for the movie has landed. Read More: Tiff Programs 'Beasts Of No Nation,' 'The Danish Girl,' 'The Martian,' 'Demolition,' And More Based on the acclaimed novel by Nigerian author Uzodinma Iweala, the story follows »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Kevin Feige Considered Leaving Marvel Over Budget Battle For 'Captain America: Civil War'

14 hours ago

In the eyes of fans, rival Hollywood executives, and studios around town, Kevin Feige is the man to beat. He stands at the helm of a seemingly unstoppable Marvel empire, whose reach has spread successfully to movies, television, and streaming services. And for the most part, it seems the company can do no wrong, and thus, Feige is largely perceived to have earned a blank creative and financial slate to do with Marvel as he pleases. However, it would appear that when someone tried to check his great power with some responsibility, it led to a superhero-worthy battle behind closed doors. Read More: Kevin Feige Teases More Clues To 'Captain America: Civil War' in 'Ant-Man' Plus Peyton Reed on Wasp THR reports that when the budget on the forthcoming "Captain America: Civil War" — which features nearly every actor from "The Avengers" movies (except Mark Ruffalo/Hulk) plus new Spider-Man Tom Holland — "ballooned, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Venice: First 2 Clips From ‘Childhood Of A Leader’ Starring Bérénice Bejo, Stacy Martin, Robert Pattinson & More

15 hours ago

Actor/filmmaker Brady Corbet and Norwegian actor-turned-director Mona Fastvold have become quite the creative pair. They co-wrote the underrated Sundance indie “The Sleepwalker,” which Fastvold helmed, and now they’re switching chairs. For their next collaboration, “Childhood Of A Leader,” which they both co-wrote again, Corbet is directing this time and this marks his feature-length debut.  Read More: The 12 Most Anticipated Films Of The 2015 Venice Film Festival  A historical drama, “Childhood Of A Leader,” is loosely based on Jean-Paul Sartre's short story of the same name and is a parable on the birth of fascism. The movie stars Robert Pattinson, Liam Cunningham, Bérénice Bejo, and Stacy Martin, and it's about a an American boy living in France with his parents who witnesses something that transforms his ego. Here's the official synopsis: This chilling tale tells the story of an American boy living in France in 1918. His father works for. »

- Edward Davis

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Anthony Daniels Says His Eyes "Glazed Over" When He Heard 'Force Awakens' Story, Thinks Secrecy Is "Ludicrous"

16 hours ago

If you need a class in maintaining hype while balancing the need to keep the product under a veil of mystery, look no further than the machine that is powering "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." We're just coming off an 18-hour  toy unboxing event, in which devoted fans of the franchise were more than happy to be directly marketed to for a day and half, and it paid off. This morning, social media is already filled with pictures and tweets of people going to their latest chain store to buy the hot merchandise for a movie that's not out for four months. When it comes to finding out more about J.J. Abrams's movie, story details are still being closely guarded, but one cast member has had enough. Chatting with The Guardian, Anthony Daniels aka C-3Po is peeved that the powers that be are scrutinizing his communications with fans »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Venice Review: 'Black Mass' Starring Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, More

17 hours ago

A shifty-looking guy in '70s duds sits in a parked car, window open, reading a paper. A motorcyclist pulls up beside him and, before Shifty can even fully finish his inevitable "What the fuck..?" shoots him in the head. This is the scene from Scott Cooper's "Black Mass" where the immense familiarity of the entire endeavor may strike you, but not because we've all seen played out several times before — here you might notice what is missing, what is, for want of a better word, wrong. The generally strong score (by "Mad Max: Fury Road" composer Tom Holkenborg aka Junkie Xl) lies over the quick cutaway moment, heavy and foreboding and ominous. Somehow, it just feels like that should have been cut to, I don't know, the Rolling Stones or a swingy number by Dean Martin maybe? Cooper's take on the gangster picture is so deeply beholden to »

- Jessica Kiang

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Review: 'Creep' Is Like An Unholy Mix Of 'What About Bob?' And 'Fatal Attraction'

3 September 2015 3:26 PM, PDT

Producer Jason Blum has made a name for himself (and built a very successful company) from the success of the "Paranormal Activity" franchise, a series of films largely built around grainy home video footage of doors slowly opening and closing. A number of his films that followed "Paranormal Activity" adapted this formula, with varying degrees of success. The found footage genre has a ceiling, one that Blum and his confederates constantly bump up against. But with his newest found footage concoction "Creep," he seems to be going for something altogether different and far stranger — a funny/sad horror comedy that feels like the unholy union of "What About Bob" and "Fatal Attraction." Blum has broken through that ceiling and has found something very weird on the other side. Like most found footage horror movies, it starts out innocently enough: cheery but down-on-his-luck filmmaker Aaron (Patrick Brice, who also co-wrote »

- Drew Taylor

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Watch: Jack Black Gets Into Monstrous Trouble In New Trailer For 'Goosebumps'

3 September 2015 2:39 PM, PDT

A staple of so many childhoods, R.L. Stine's books have already been fodder for the small screen, but now they're headed to the multiplex with "Goosebumps," led by none other by Jack Black. Can it recapture the those creepy thrills readers got as kids, or will it just be another CGI monster movie? We'll let you decide with the new trailer below. Read More: Watch Jack Black Go Supernatural In First Trailer For 'Goosebumps' Joined by Jillian Bell, Amy Ryan, Ken Marino, and Kumail Nanjiani, the meta movie finds Black playing R.L. Stine himself. When he discovers his creatures on the page have become real life creations, he has try and stop them from wreaking havoc. Here's the official synopsis:  Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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