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That you Chris Hemsworth?! Matt Damon is sporting a ponytail like the Thor actor and we’re not complaining. The Oscar winner, 44, debuted his new look at a press conference for his upcoming flick The Great Wall on Thursday, July 2, in China and looked hotter than ever. Clad in blue jeans and a plaid button-down, the Good Will Hunting star grinned from ear to ear, confidently rocking his new long locks which he kept secured with a hair elastic like a true man. The Great Wall, a mystery [...] »
As I reflected upon the importance of the Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival on the occasion of its 50th edition, which opens with Oren Moverman’s “Time Out of Mind,” starring Richard Gere, I toyed with the idea of detailing what I’ve learned about film festivals, their audiences, filmmakers, the international film business and more in my years attending the festival. Since that would fill a book, I’ve carved that down to five eye-opening moments.
I first attended Karlovy Vary in 1994, shortly after it became a private business enterprise led by the great Czech actor Jiri Bartoska; the current fest team, including artistic consultant Eva Zaoralova, artistic director Karel Och and executive director Krystof Mucha, has consistently been aces at programming and organization.
I’ve had the pleasure of attending what one travel book deemed “the party of the year in the Czech Republic” a dozen times since »
- Steven Gaydos
Boulevard Trailer. Dito Montiel‘s Boulevard (2014) movie trailer stars Robin Williams, Bob Odenkirk, Kathy Baker, and Giles Matthey. Boulevard‘s plot synopsis: “A devoted husband in a marriage of convenience is forced to confront his secret life.”
Boy, oh boy. It’s hard to make a trailer for this film without it feeling off. Robin Williams hanged himself and slit his wrists. That’s dark. There’s nothing inspiring or positive or hopeful about any of that. We’re told to celebrate his life, and we sure do. We love his films, and we miss his personality.
Robin Williams has always been his best in dramatic performances. I truly believe that. I know he’s a funny-man, a comedian to most, and probably best known as Ms. Doubtfire. But even in that movie, you can see the emotional intellect behind his face. He was a highly intelligent man, and impossible talented. »
- Marco Margaritoff
The movie follows a 60-year-old married man (Williams) who’s stuck in a dead-end job as a bank manager. The character is in denial about his sexuality until he befriends a young gay street hustler (Roberto Aguire).
“Boulevard” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and hits theaters on July 10.
- Maane Khatchatourian
I think it's a cool idea.
Chris Moore, the producer of Good Will Hunting (1997) and many other major films, had an idea to make a television show following two directors who create a film from the same original script. In a world of many disgusting "reality" premises, this one promises to be genuinely interesting and informative of the creative process. And so, for the most part, The Chair (2014) delivers on that promise. They choose Shane Dawson, a YouTube grinder who makes daily, whacky videos for his 10 million subscribers, and Anna Martemucci, a screenwriter with whom the show's producers have made films in the past. So, the show brings a level of meta-realism in the two paths to the director's chair: popular band-wagoning and semi-justified favoritism. Incidentally, at the end of the series they "America" vote for their favorite and the winner gets $250,000.
- Jason Ratigan
Even with as much planning as the Marvel Cinematic Universe, some scenes end up on the editing room floor…
This film has spoilers for every film in the Marvel cinematic universe.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe… if you’ve just clicked into this article, it’s likely that you need little reminding of how much it changed the landscape of Hollywood. But that won’t stop us recapping for continuity’s sake. Heck, it’s what Kevin Feige would want.
It began in 2008, then, with the landmark casting of Robert Downey Jnr as Tony Stark. It’s sometimes hard to remember how much a risk that was at the time, but heck did it pay off. The movie, directed by Jon Favreau, was strong, and a huge hit. And the notion of a post-credits sting was introduced. And it was a big one, too – Samuel L Jackson namedropping the Avengers Initiative. »
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.
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, »
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 »
- Oliver Lyttelton
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. »
- Eric Kohn
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. »
- Kristopher Tapley
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. »
- Zack Sharf
★★☆☆☆ 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.
- CineVue UK
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.
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
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 email@example.com with the subject “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series Contest.” Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
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- Derek Anderson
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, »
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.
The scientist will then provide a commentary throughout the film, pausing the movie at certain points to explain what is happening on screen.
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. »
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, »
- Jordan Benesh
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 »
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.
The return of a »
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