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Experience action-packed terror as two men race against the clock to stop a horde of rabid killers as their city descends into apocalyptic madness in the pulse-pounding thriller, Cell, arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital), and Digital HD on September 27 from Lionsgate. The film is currently available On Demand.
Based on Stephen King’s chilling book, the film stars John Cusack (Love & Mercy) alongside Oscar® nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Best Supporting Actor, Pulp Fiction, 1994) and Stacy Keach (The Bourne Legacy). Cell was directed by Tod Williams from a screenplay by Stephen King and Adam Alleca. The home entertainment release of Cell contains audio commentary with the director and a look behind the scenes of the film in the “To Cell and Back” featurette. The Cell Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.
Stephen King’s best-selling novel is brought to »
- Movie Geeks
The Importance Of Doubting Tom screens Sunday July 17th at 6:30pm at Landmark’s The Tivoli Theater as part of the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase. Ticket information can be found Here
Local actress and filmmaker Vanessa Roman presents her years-in-the-making feature debut The Importance Of Doubting Tom, a romantic screwball comedy set against the backdrop of a dart league. It tells the story of Gwen, who is shaken and confused by a recent breakup from the guy she thought was the one, but something doesn’t seem right. In searching for the truth, mixed identities, comic hijinks, and lover’s games ensue in this. Roman based her original script both on the classic Oscar Wilde play, The Importance of Being Earnest and on her experience playing darts at St. Louis’ own Blueberry Hill, which is where she met her husband John.
Roman has assembled a first-rate cast and crew »
- Tom Stockman
“I feel like I fucking blew it.”
Charlie Kaufman was talking about his career. More specifically, he was addressing his supposed failure to capitalize on the momentum generated by his scripts for “Being John Malkovich,” “Adaptation” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.” Once upon a time, Kaufman’s name was spoken at Hollywood lunches with the same breathless excitement and opportunistic fervor that studio executives tend to reserve for young starlets — back then, he commanded more attention (if not more money) than any other screenwriter since “Lethal Weapon” scribe Shane Black. His potential in the industry seemed positively zoo-sized.
These days, so far as Kaufman is concerned, that’s no longer the case.
“I don’t feel like I’ve got that cachet that I had at a certain point,” he said, looking hard at the table between us. “I see people seizing the moment when they have the »
- David Ehrlich
Charlie Kaufman, the prestigious writer-director behind such atypical greats as Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, has admitted that he’s open to the possibility of one day penning the script for a superhero movie.
Word comes by way of The Wrap, who quizzed the scribe soon after Anomalisa marched into theaters to stellar reviews and, sadly, lowly box office returns.
That places Kaufman on something of a creative crossroads, and it’s no secret that the award-winning screenwriter has struggled to secure financing for his latest script, Frank or Francis. When asked if he would helm a superhero tentpole movie to ensure Frank or Francis would see the light of day, Kaufman entertained the notion of creating something “a little more mainstream.”
So if Disney comes calling and says, “We’ll make ‘Frank or Francis,’ but we want you to do three drafts of ‘Avengers 8,’” could you make that trade? »
- Michael Briers
Charlie Kaufman went from TV scribe to red-hot screenwriter in 1999 with “Being John Malkovich,” and his timing couldn’t have been better: That’s a year the industry looks back upon as being a flashpoint of American indie cinema, with rule-breaking, ambitious films like “Pi,” “Boys Don’t Cry,” “The Blair Witch Project,” “Three Kings” and “Fight Club” in multiplexes. That was also a time when major studios still ran “classics” divisions for smaller, arthouse (and arthouse-adjacent) fare, and from the vantage point of 2016, it feels like a million years ago. Charlie Kaufman would be the first person to point that. »
- Alonso Duralde
Comic-Con. WonderCon. BlizzCon. Supercon? Variety brings word that John Malkovich has closed a deal to headline a new comedy rooted in the crowded, sweaty and blistering world of comic book conventions.
Filming is already underway on the New Orelans set of Supercon, and comes packing a cracking premise. Malkovich, along with a host of comic book artists and TV stars past their prime, will anchor the feature as a band of down-on-their-luck industry people that make a living from attending comic book conventions.
Ticked off by their downward spiral, Malkovich and Co. set about hatching a plan to rob Supercon and “bring justice to a crooked promoter and an overbearing former TV icon.” Zak Knutson will orchestrate the shenanigans from behind the lens, working from a script he penned alongside Andrew Sipes. Joey Tufaro and Todd Trosclair produce alongside Momentum Productions’ Susan Gorrell and Maria J. McDonald.
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- Michael Briers
The President’s Award
Actress Jirina Bohdalová will receive the President’s Award at the upcoming 51st Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival. A force in Czech entertainment for nearly 80 years and one of its most beloved figures, the still-active Bohdalová’s career spans stage, film, and television performances. Cementing her reputation as a national treasure, she also hosted (with Vladimír Dvorák) the massively successful, long-running, live TV sketch show “Televarieté,” dubbed foreign films and provided expressive voice work on numerous Czech animated TV series, particularly the fairy tales created for “Evening Story.” [“Vecernícek”]. Writer-director Slávek Horák [“Home Care”] recalls, “Whole generations [including mine] grew up listening to her every evening at 7, universally accepted by kids and parents as the bedtime call.”
So ubiquitous a figure is “Bohdalka” [as her fans affectionately refer to her] that it is nearly impossible to conceive of Czech popular culture without her.
Born in 1931 to a working-class family in Prague, Bohdalová was a precocious extrovert from a young age. »
- Alissa Simon
Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.
Anomalisa (Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson)
Charlie Kaufman, the writer behind Being John Malkovich and Adaptation, teams up with animator Duke Johnson to create a complex emotional drama starring lifelike puppets. The premise is riddled with existential dread of modern-day life, presented uniquely through Kaufman’s idiosyncratic point-of-view. For protagonist and self-help author Michael Stone (voiced soulfully by David Thewlis), everyone around him has the same voice (thanks to Tom Noonan) and nothing feels right. It isn’t »
- The Film Stage
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's new on Netflix and TV, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Those sloths at the Dmv could learn from Disney's super-fast home release of "Zootopia." The instant classic blockbuster came out in theaters in early March, and it's already arriving on Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD, and On-Demand on June 7. The Blu-ray and Digital releases come with a magical amount of bonus features, including "Zoology: The Roundtables," with Ginnifer Goodwin (who voices rabbit officer Judy Hopps) leading an in-depth look at the movie's characters, animation, environments, and more. Other extras include "The Origin of an Animal Tale," "Research: A True-Life Adventure," "Z.P.D. Forensic Files," "Scoretopia," a look at deleted characters, a bunch of deleted and alternate scenes (including an alternate opening), and Shakira's "Try Everything" music video. »
- Gina Carbone
You won’t always find yourself on a set that encourages improvisation and off-script riffs, but there’ve been plenty of unforgettable quips in Hollywood history that were completely off-the-cuff and now in the books for good. We round up 18 of film’s finest below. “Annie Hall”Woody Allen didn’t tell the other three actors he was planning on sneezing into the cocaine, but without such a gaffe, we’d never have one of the worst (or greatest?) party fouls caught on tape. “Being John Malkovich”Sure, this extra probably wasn’t “right” in going off script while hurling a can at John Malkovich in this modern classic, but the risk was funny enough to keep in the film. It paid off two-fold when the actor got his SAG-aftra card for the stunt and got a bump in pay to boot! “The Breakfast Club”Director John Hughes reportedly shot »
On June 7th, Charlie Kaufman's Anomalisa will make its home video debut on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD. The film was created using stop-motion animation and puppets fresh off a 3D-printer. Though Anomalisa is an animated film it's strictly for adults with an R-rating.
We have teamed up with Paramount Home Video to offer three readers each a copy of Anomalisa on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD combo in this giveaway. In addition, each winner will also score a copy of Scenes of Anomalisa, the hardcover official companion book to the film.
For a chance to win the Anomalisa film and book, simply fill out and submit the short entry form below. The odds of winning can be increased each and every day you stop back to enter again for as many days as the contest is open.
You must be a resident of the U.S. or Canada to enter. »
Many movie fans know who Spike Jonze is, but he’s still hardly a household name. Jonze is a more than capable film director – see Being John Malkovich, for example – and like other talented film directors, he’s directed his fair share of music videos. Jonze has a style that defies classification and just about all of his music videos are “fun” to watch. I thoroughly enjoyed Where the Wild Things Are, but for a glimpse of Jonze’s talent, all you need to do is check out some of his music videos. Enjoy 10 awesome music videos directed by the
10 Awesome Music Videos Directed by the Incomparable Spike Jonze »
If you ever thought about wanting to switch lives with your cat, maybe think again.
Nine Lives stars Kevin Spacey as a wealthy businessman, but a bad father. After missing his daughter's birthday (again), he attempts to make it up to her by getting her a cat. What he actually gets is much more than he bargained for.
Reminiscent of other comedies like Liar, Liar, and Jingle All the Way, Nine Lives takes this concept of the absentee father to a new level, and this film also features Christopher Walken playing with the life of a negligent parents, just as he did for Adam Sandler in Click. Now Spacey must try to indicate to his family that he is inside of their new pet. We're getting flashbacks of Being John Malkovich.
- Adriana Floridia
Saban Films has acquired the Us distribution rights to sci-fi horror film Cell starring Golden Globe nominee John Cusack (Love & Mercy, Being John Malkovich, 2012), Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Django Unchained, Pulp Fiction) and Isabelle Fuhrman (Orphan, The Hunger Games).
Directed by Tod Williams (Paranormal Activity 2, The Door in the Floor), Cell is based on the apocalyptic novel of the same name by Stephen King, who adapted the screenplay along with Adam Alleca (The Last House on the Left).
When a mysterious cell phone signal is broadcast across the network and turns the population into mindless animals, struggling graphic artist Clay Riddell (Cusack) bands together with a small group of fellow survivors to trek across a decimated New England to seek answers and reunite with his son.
- Michelle McCue
Saban Films to distribute Stephen King’s Cell, starring John Cusack Saban Films has acquired the Us distribution rights to sci-fi horror film Cell, starring Golden Globe nominee John Cusack (Love & Mercy, Being John Malkovich, 2012), Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Django Unchained, Pulp Fiction) and Isabelle Fuhrman (Orphan, The…
- Max Evry
Writer/director Platon Theodoris’s low-budget curio of a mild-mannered man who never leaves his tiny apartment is weird, warped and not easily forgotten
Australian cinemagoers tend to be wary of locally made films billed as “quirky”. There’s a general feeling we’ve had too many of them for too long, the best associated with a stretch in the 1990s when several doozies fell off the assembly line including The Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, Muriel’s Wedding and Welcome to Woop Woop.
Writer/director Platon Theodoris’s low-budget curio, Alvin’s Harmonious World of Opposites, is certainly quirky, but not the kind Australian cinema is accustomed to. It’s more like something in the realm of Being John Malkovich, the crazy mental wilderness of Charlie Kaufman swapped out for a slighter and more sedate kind of fantasy.
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- Luke Buckmaster
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
88:88 (Isiah Medina)
What has set cinema back — both from the perspective of those who make, and those who write about it — are the binaries chosen to be created and propagated, be it taste, modes of production, or genre, essentially what forms “correct” cinema, in terms either classical or experimental. So there’s more and more hope that a film can come along that hopefully defies the tradition of quality, »
- TFS Staff
Charlie Kaufman’s ingeniously animated tale of a man in midlife crisis doesn’t quite hold together
When it comes to navel-gazing, writer and sometime director Charlie Kaufman is in a world of his own. Like Michel Gondry, with whom he collaborated on 2004’s brilliant Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Kaufman’s work is best when mediated by the input of others; from director Spike Jonze, with whom he worked on Being John Malkovich (1999) and Adaptation (2002), to George Clooney, who directed 2002’s underrated Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. In 2008, Kaufman went it alone with Synecdoche, New York, serving as both writer and director on a project so personal it became utterly impenetrable.
There’s an uncomfortable intimacy to the drama, an element that makes Michael’s predatory nature all the more unsettling
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- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
“I don’t know what else there is to write about other than being human, or more specifically, being this human.” Charlie Kaufman is a filmmaker who likes to ask the big questions. His scripts, as well as the features he directs, almost always grapple with some degree of profound moral inquiry. Sometimes it’s escapism, as in “Being John Malkovich,” where a puppeteer leading a drab life yearns to escape into the mind of the tiular actor. Other times, it’s creative stagnancy, as in “Adaptation,” or lost love and tarnished memories, as in “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.” Last year, Kaufman, and co-director Duke Johnson, graced holiday audiences with “Anomalisa,” a beguiling stop-motion oddity about an unhappy man who gives speeches on the benefits customer service, and the woman who helps to lift him out of his depressive funk. A movie rendered in miniature is easy to call minor, »
- Nicholas Laskin
Charlie Kaufman's incredible looking stop-motion animated hit, Anomalisa is coming to blu-ray in May with special features on how they brought the world of the movie to life, and a super early chance to watch it on digital. Come inside to check it all out!
As is more and more common these days, the digital version of Anomalisa is going to be hitting before the blu-ray does on May 3, 2016. It's not normally common for it to be This much earlier. If you simply can't wait to get your hands on this movie, you'll be able to own the digital copy of the flick next week. Yeah...that's pretty early. For me, though, I'd much rather have the blu-ray with all the special features intact:
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
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