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The Sea of Trees | 2015 Cannes Film Festival Review

18 May 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The Forest for the Trees: Van Sant’s Melodramatic Misfire

Gus Van Sant’s name seems to conjure wildly different reactions depending on how accustomed one is to his varying filmography. Whether you’re a fan or detractor of his period of ‘slow’ films, including 2003’s Palme d’Or winning Elephant, or his mainstream appeal with beloved dramas like 1997’s Good Will Hunting, one can’t argue with a certain amount of dexterity on his part as a filmmaker. But those hoping for a sensational return to any tone in particular are in for a pointedly disappointing time with his latest, The Sea of Trees. Hopelessly melodramatic and embarrassingly affected, it’s a film so emotionally tone deaf it makes Finding Forrester (2000) seem miraculous by comparison. Headlined by a high pedigree cast, awkwardly shuffled about in a revolving charade, the title is a major disappointment from the beloved filmmaker.

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Matthew McConaughey's Response to Being Booed at Cannes Is Just So Matthew McConaughey

16 May 2015 4:01 PM, PDT | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Matthew McConaughey and Naomi Watts's new film, Sea of Trees, earned a rare distinction at Cannes Film Festival yesterday: it was one of the few movies in the film festival's recent history to earn a rousing round of boos at its premiere. Today, at a press conference for the project, reporters unsurprisingly asked about the chilly reception. "I real simply will say that people have as much right to boo as they do to ovate," McConaughey said diplomatically, seeming relaxed despite the negative reactions. "I'm happy to be invited to be here, that the film got in, and it was a great experience making the film," the ever-positive McConaughey added. "I'm working presently in the United States, but I wanted to make the time to come over. This is fun. I look at this as kind of dessert." McConaughey and Watts's new film was directed by Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, »

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Cannes Review: Gus Van Sant's 'The Sea Of Trees' Starring Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe & Naomi Watts

15 May 2015 3:00 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

There appear to be two Gus Van Sants. There's the groundbreaking indie/arthouse guy, who kicked off his career with "Drugstore Cowboy" and "My Own Private Idaho," directed the enormously entertaining "To Die For," and won the Palme D'Or at Cannes for "Elephant," one of a quartet of fascinating experimental pictures. This guy even got a major studio to finance a shot-for-shot remake of "Psycho" that was basically an art project. Then there's the other one. The mainstream Gus Van Sant, who got started with the Oscar-winning "Good Will Hunting," and has since made, to increasingly diminishing returns, films like "Finding Forrester," "Milk," "Restless," and "Promised Land," movies that could have come from just about anyone — more Ron Howard than Gregg Araki. Read More: First Look At Matthew McConaughey And Ken Watanabe In Gus Van Sant's 'Sea Of Trees' His latest, "The »

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Cannes Review: 'The Sea of Trees' is Gus Van Sant's Worst Movie

15 May 2015 1:08 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: The 2015 Indiewire Cannes Bible Gus Van Sant is the rare formalist who has been known to depart into more conventional, at times mawkish work with varied outcomes, from the now-classic "Good Will Hunting" and equally compelling "Milk" to the middling "Restless." None of these forays, however, lead to such painfully misguided results as "The Sea of Trees," a hackneyed story of one man's journey toward spiritual uplift following the abrupt death of his wife (Naomi Watts). Not even Matthew McConaughey can sustain the mushy, amateurish story, which digs itself a deeper hole as it moves along. The established talents of both director and star only serve to magnify the many wrong moves that this stunning misfire takes. Fortunately, "Sea of Trees" at least maintains the appearance of a better movie, with polished visuals that seem fitting for the largely outdoors setting. Cinematographer Kasper Tuxen does a fine job complimenting. »

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Lionsgate/Roadside pick up Gus Van Sant's 'Sea of Trees' with Matthew McConaughey

13 May 2015 9:58 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Gus Van Sant's "The Sea of Trees," starring Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe, has found a home. Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions has acquired Us rights to the film at the Cannes Film Festival, where it is playing in competition. When I wrote up this year's awards prospects vis a vis Cannes, I noted that "The Sea of Trees" might, however, prove too esoteric if it's in the vein of films like "Gerry" and "Last Days," towering achievements that just couldn't penetrate on the broad level of Academy recognition. From what I've been told by someone who has seen "Sea," that's indeed the case, but the performances, I'm told, are exceptional. So maybe McConaughey or Watanabe can keep their races interesting. We'll know more Saturday after the film screens for international press. Of course, Van Sant never really aims for the Academy's sweet spot. When things work out, it's generally on his terms. »

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Watch: Matthew McConaughey Journeys Through Gus Van Sant's 'Sea of Trees' in First Clip

13 May 2015 7:52 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Gus Van Sant's 'The Sea of Trees' Goes to Roadside/Lionsgate Before Cannes Debut The first official clip from Gust Van Sant's "The Sea of Trees" has landed just days before the soul-searching drama makes its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. The "Good Will Hunting" director has assembled a prestigious cast for his latest project, including Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe and Naomi Watts, and the film will compete for the Palme d'Or on the Croisette this year.  McConaughey stars as Arthur Brennan, a man who treks to Japan's famous Aokigahara forest in order to commit suicide. As the clip above teases, Arthur runs into a distressed Japanese man (Watanabe) who has also lost his way both in life and the woods, and the film follows their journey of self-reflection and survival. "The Sea of Trees" debuts at Cannes this Saturday. The drama has been picked up for U. »

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Film Review: 'Heaven Adores You'

12 May 2015 1:54 PM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★☆☆☆ How ethical is it to pry into the personal life of an artist who actively shunned fame? That's the questioned posited by Nikolas Dylan Rossi's Heaven Adores You (2014), about the life and music of singer-songwriter Elliott Smith. In a candid radio interview at the beginning of the film, Smith proclaims that he was the wrong type of person to be "really big or really famous" yet something in his whispery-thin vocal style and textured harmonies made for a soothing antidote to the abrasive angst of the nineties grunge scene. It was the use of his song Miss Misery in Gus Van Sant's Good Will Hunting (1997) that thrust Smith into the spotlight, yet Rossi's film is far more concerned about the process behind his songwriting.


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The 15 Best College Comedies Ever

12 May 2015 2:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

College in the movies is all about toga parties, keggers, epic pranks, and going streaking... who has time to actually get an education? Serious learning is for dramas (hello, "Good Will Hunting") but a few life lessons usually get passed along with the laughs.

For example, in "Pitch Perfect," Beca (Anna Kendrick) learned the importance of teamwork and the power of Simple Minds, while we learned about crushing it.

While you wait for May 15th when "Pitch Perfect 2" opens, please review this list of the best college comedies of all time. Yes, there will be a quiz.

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- Sharon Knolle

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Contest: Win a From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series Prize Pack, Including the Season 1 Soundtrack, Poster & Signed DVD

5 May 2015 10:13 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Cinco de Mayo has arrived and El Rey Network is celebrating the holiday in grand, fitting fashion with their From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series Season 1 marathon that starts at dusk tonight and runs till dawn tomorrow, ramping up anticipation for the season two world premiere at the Atx Television Festival this June. The folks at El Rey Network are also adding even more festive culebra frights to the occasion, as they've provided us with five From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series Season 1 prize packs to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.

Prize Details: (5) Winners will receive (1) From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series prize pack, including the following:

(1) Season 1 Soundtrack (1) Season 1 Poster (1) Signed Season 1 DVD

How to Enter: For a chance to win, email with the subject “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series Contest.” Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

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The top 25 underappreciated films of 1989

28 April 2015 11:45 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From a crazy early Nic Cage role to a lesser-known film starring Robert De Niro, here's our pick of 25 underappreciated films from 1989...

Ah, 1989. The year the Berlin Wall came down and Yugoslavia won the Eurovision Song Contest. It was also a big year for film, with Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade topping the box office and Batman dominating the summer with its inescapable marketing blitz.

Outside the top 10 highest-grossing list, which included Back To The Future II, Dead Poets Society and Honey I Shrunk The Kids, 1989 also included a plethora of less commonly-appreciated films. Some were big in their native countries but only received a limited release in the Us and UK. Others were poorly received but have since been reassessed as cult items.

From comedies to thrillers, here's our pick of 25 underappreciated films from the end of the 80s...

25. An Innocent Man

Disney, through its Touchstone banner, had high hopes for this thriller, »

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Discover the science of zombies in Shaun of the Dead with new sci-fi series

27 April 2015 7:16 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Ever wanted to learn more about the science behind Shaun of the Dead's zombies, or the technological possibilities of Terminator 2?

Well, at the latest Pop Up Screens event, Science Flicktion, scientists and comedians will be on hand to explain the mysteries that arise with popular sci-fi films.

Alien, Apollo 13, Terminator 2, Shaun of the Dead and Good Will Hunting will all be shown at the Chelsea Old Town Hall in May, and will each be accompanied by a short scientific introduction.

The scientist will then provide a commentary throughout the film, pausing the movie at certain points to explain what is happening on screen.

Scientists including Adam Rutherford, Dallas Campbell and John Chase will appear, while Richard Sandling, Helen Keen and Dan Schreiber make up some of the comedic talent.

Science Flicktion will run on May 15, 16, 17 at the Chelsea Old Town Hall, with tickets costing £18 or £12 for students and under 10s. »

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From Actor to "Action!", Exploring the Debuts of 19 Actors-Turned-Directors

21 April 2015 10:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Over the course of film history, we've seen plenty of long-time actors step behind the camera to take up their directorial ambitions. Clint Eastwood did it. Mel Gibson did it. George Clooney did it. What do these three have in commonc Well, for starters, they are all men, so there's that. Further, they are all white, but more on that later. More to the point of the article, these men all eased into their directorial careers by starring in their respective debuts, using their presence on screen to help market their talents off it. And with his feature directorial effort The Water Diviner, which hits limited theaters this week, Russell Crowe is just the most recent addition to a growing list of actors who have decided to try their hand behind the camera. Like Eastwood, Gibson, and Clooney before him, the Best Actor winner stars in his first feature as director, »

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Good Will Hunting.s Original Script Contained A Pretty Aggressive Gay Sex Scene

20 April 2015 1:39 PM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

It.s no secret that some of our favorite movie classics looked drastically different in the early stages, but would anyone have guessed that a pretty intense gay sex scene figured into the original draft of Good Will Hunting? Harvey Weinstein hit up the Tribeca Film Festival this past weekend for a panel and revealed a ton of his Hollywood experiences, one of which was this hard-to-believe tidbit.  As reported by Uproxx, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck approached Weinstein with this particular draft of Good Will Hunting. It was on page 60 that he realized there was as standout scene where two professors, who were presumed to be straight, began performing oral sex on each other. In doing so Weinstein passed the test he didn.t know he was taking. He recalled:  I thought they were both heterosexual in the way they talked before. He lost his wife, and he talks »

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Supernatural season 10 episode 17 review: Inside Man

17 April 2015 5:40 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Supernatural welcomes a fan-favourite character back into the fold this week, as Sam and Cas get desperate for a lead...

This review contains spoilers.

10.17 Inside Man

Dean's condition is worsening as his dreams torture him with Cain's revelation that Dean's story will end with killing Sam. Growing increasingly desperate for any kind of lead, Sam and Cas reach out to heaven for help, hoping to access Metatron and his knowledge about the Mark. When that proves to be a bust, they call on an old friend for help to break him out. One seance later and Sam is back in touch with Bobby, wiling away his hours in his own personal heaven, but now employed in busting out Metatron. Meanwhile, Rowena starts to move in on Dean when he takes himself off to a bar, determined to wipe him out to prevent Crowley from going soft.

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Avengers: Age Of Ultron Soundtrack Digital Album Set For Release April 28 Physical CD Available May 19

16 April 2015 1:58 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Marvel Music and Hollywood Records will release the original motion picture digital soundtrack for Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron on April 28, 2015.

The physical CD will be available on May 19, 2015. The score features music by Brian Tyler (Marvel’s “Iron Man 3,” “Furious 7″) and Danny Elfman.

The Avengers return in Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron in theaters on May 1, 2015.

April 13: “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” cast and producers pose onstage during the world premiere of Marvel’s “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” at the Dolby Theatre on April 13, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

April 13: “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” cast and producers pose onstage during the world premiere of Marvel’s “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” at the Dolby Theatre on April 13, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Brian Tyler has scored over 70 films and recently won Film Composer »

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Amazing Robin Williams impressionist becomes viral hit

16 April 2015 7:13 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A life-long fan of Robin Williams has scored a viral hit with his impersonations of the late actor.

Jamie Costa - a young actor with a resemblance to Williams - has passed 2 million hits in just four days on YouTube.

In the video, he channels Williams's performances in films like Flubber, Mrs Doubtfire and Good Morning, Vietnam.

Costa wrote underneath the video: "My tribute to the man whose spark ignited my passion. Rip Robin Williams."

He also performs a scene from Good Will Hunting, the film which earned Williams an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

Costa isn't just a Williams impressionist, and has posted videos of himself impersonating Indiana Jones, Owen Wilson and Matthew McConaughey.

It recently emerged that Williams made plans to restrict the use of his image after his death. »

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Live Performances Heat Up Tribeca Film Festival Screenings

15 April 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Generally, a film festival is a place to watch, well, films. But some of the hottest tickets at the 2015 Tribeca Fest are likely to be for events that feature a live performance as well as a screening.

“We’re New York,” says Tribeca Film Festival programming director Genna Terranova. “We have theater, we have comedy, we have music, we have everything. The idea of combining all these wonderful arts that New York celebrates throughout the year into events with cinema only felt natural.”

See More: Tribeca Film Festival Mirrors Changing Faces of New York, Movie Business

An April 22 screening will remind viewers that in the silent film era, live music was a big part of the attraction for audiences. Harold Lloyd’s 1928 silent comedy “Speedy,” about a dedicated Yankees fan, will get a new score by DJ Z-Trip, who will perform it live.

“I’m super excited about it on many levels, »

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Tribeca 2015: 9 Must-See Films

15 April 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival begins Wednesday with the premiere of the Saturday Night Live documentary, Live From New York!, followed by an opening night performance by Ludacris. It's a night that kicks off twelve straight days of panels with Brad Bird, George Lucas, Cary Fukanaga and Ava DuVernay; music from Mary J. Blige and Tony Bennett; reunion screenings with the casts of Goodfellas, Good Will Hunting and Monty Python and the Holy Grail; and world premieres from narratives starring Adrien Brody, Patricia Arquette, Michael Fassbender and Oscar Isaac, and docs spotlighting Kurt Cobain, Misty Copeland and Roseanne Barr. Additionally, the

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Starz Sets Premiere Date for Limited Dance Drama ‘Flesh and Bone’

9 April 2015 4:01 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Starz has set a Nov. 8 premiere date for its limited series “Flesh and Bone,” hailing from “Breaking Bad” writer and producer Moira Walley-Beckett.

The dark drama follows a young dancer with a troubled past, Claire (played by Sarah Hay, “Black Swan”), who joins a prestigious New York ballet company. The series explores NYC through the ballerina’s eyes, as she navigates the dysfunctional yet glamorous world of ballet. Claire’s self-destructive and ambitious nature drive her in unforeseeable ways, especially when she is confronted by the company’s artistic director (played by Ben Daniels, “House of Cards”) and an unwelcome visitor from her past.

Alongside Hay, the cast is made up of 22 ballet dancers, including former American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Irina Dvorovenko, former American Ballet Theatre soloist Sascha Radetsky, Ballet Arizona company dancer Raychel Diane Weiner and Emily Tyra (“Boardwalk Empire”). Other cast members include Josh Helman (“X-Men: Days of Future Past »

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Starz Series Flesh And Bone Gets November 8th Premiere And Poster

9 April 2015 2:06 PM, PDT | | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Starz is adding to their slate of originals with a limited run series, Flesh and Bone, and it could end up being one of the biggest shows around when it finally hits on November 8th.

It has a lot going for it in terms of getting people interested and talking – Breaking Bad connection, dancer with a troubled past and lots of problems – and with the track record of focusing on quality shows, this one should really be amazing.

Take a look below, and mark your calendars.


Starz Limited Series “Flesh And Bone” To Premiere November 8, 2015 From Emmy® Award-Winning “Breaking Bad” Writer and Executive Producer Moira Walley-Beckett

Starz today announced that “Flesh and Bone,” the eight-hour limited series created by Emmy® award-winning “Breaking Bad” Writer and Executive Producer Moira Walley-Beckett, will premiere on Sunday November 8, 2015.

Starz also released the key art for the limited series shot by photographer James Minchin.

Flesh and Bone »

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