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While the world awaits the release of Academy Award-winner Brian Helgeland’s gangster film (boasting not one, but Two Tom Hardys), now we can get a taste of what to expect in the background with the official soundtrack details. The album features a slew of essential ‘60s tracks from Booker T & The Mg’s, Herman’s Hermits, The Yardbirds, and Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, alongside some original compositions by the incomparable Carter Burwell ("Fargo," "Being John Malkovich," "Carol"). Read More: Tom Hardy Rules London Twice Over In New Trailer, Poster, & Images For Gangster Tale ‘Legend’ “Legend” opens in the UK on September 9th, then takes a turn at Tiff before it’s released by Universal in the U.S. on October 2nd. The soundtrack will be available sooner, starting on September 11th. Get your fix of these ‘60s tunes and imagine being immersed in the Kray brothers uprooted London while you’re at it. »
- Samantha Vacca
It’s always exciting when there’s a new feature film being shot in St. Louis! We Are Movie Geeks was recently on the set of The Importance Of Doubting Tom, a romantic comedy set in the world of dart throwing where the “competitions play out echoing and mirroring the games that lovers play”. It’s loosely based on the classic Oscar Wilde play, The Importance of Being Earnest.
The Importance Of Doubting Tom is written and directed by Vanessa Roman, who has been actively working in the local theater and film industry for 15 years. Her first film, Play Dead, won Best Horror Short and Best Juvenile Actress at The St. Louis Filmmaker’s Showcase and her second, The Inheritance won Best Experimental film at the Toronto Female Eye Film Festival.
Vanessa has assembled a first-rate cast and crew for The Importance Of Doubting Tom.
Director of Photography Chris Benson has shot many commercials, »
- Tom Stockman
Bruce Campbell is the greatest b-movie actor of all time.
Think about it: can you name another indie actor with a CV like his? He has been a regular in some of the lowest-rated television series of the past 20 years. He played “Soap Opera Actor On TV” in the Coen brothers’ Fargo. He stole the show as the voice of Captain Shuggazoom in Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! He starred in a series of Old Spice adverts in which he performed a spoken word version of Duran Duran’s Hungry Like The Wolf. He even appeared as the Surgeon General Of Beverley Hills in John Carpenter’s epic Escape From… Erm… L.A.
For some reason though, Bruce has never really caught the breaks that his acting ability, comic timing and giant chin should have generated. He remains relatively unknown beyond his solid cult audience, despite »
- Michael Waugh
From Being John Malkovich to Her: Between his first and his last movies, Spike Jonze has shown a radical evolution in his representation of robots: in fifteen years, he has travelled from the prehistory of the art of wooden puppets to the post-modernity of artificial intelligence. But even if they do look quite different, these machines have basically the same function: they overcome the inability of their creator to communicate. >> - Chloe »
In a recent interview, Dustin Hoffman said we are at an all-time cinematic low. Is he correct?
While Hollywood is enjoying a record-breaking summer at the box office, not everyone is having a great time at the cinema. In a new interview, Dustin Hoffman (Ishtar, Little Fockers, Mr Magorium’s Wonder Emporium) has lamented the state of cinema, calling it the worst it’s “ever been”.
But what do you think? We want to know about your best and worst years at the cinema. Did you have a memorable 1999 watching Fight Club, Magnolia, The Sixth Sense, All About My Mother and Being John Malkovich? Or was 2003 a disaster for you enduring Daredevil, Boat Trip, The Cat in the Hat, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle and Dumb and Dumberer?
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- Benjamin Lee
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the off-beat, nerdy news for you in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this top-notch Tuesday? The Terminator goes toe-to-toe with RoboCop in an epic rap battle, a Star Wars infographic charts the evolution of the Stormtrooper costume and a mechanically-inclined fan builds an "Interceptor" inspired by the Mad Max franchise. We also have a 5 minute video that uncovers secret Marvel Easter eggs! So, sit back, relax, and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Terminator vs. RoboCop Epic Rap Battle
Last month, we showed you the epic rap battle between famed explorers Lewis & Clark and fictional time-travelling explorers Bill & Ted. Today Erb has put two iconic cinematic cyborgs against each other, with Terminator battling RoboCop. The result is, as usual, hilarious, with numerous digs at each franchise that makes for an entertaining three-minute video. »
Continuing in the grand tradition of Pixar masterpieces, Inside Out is an ingenious animated romp about life, the universe, and everything. By transforming nebulous emotions into relatable characters, directors Pete Docter and Ronaldo Del Carmen have created nothing short of a roadmap into the pre-pubescent mind. It’s not always a happy place, which is entirely the point. Often surreal and always delightful, Inside Out is a rousing tribute to pure imagination.
For a child, life is pretty simple; maintain joy at all costs. Inside the mind of a young girl named Riley (Kaitlyn Dias), the competing emotions of Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (a brilliant Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), and Anger (Lewis Black) try to find the delicate balance needed to ensure psychological bliss. At first, it’s easy, »
- J.R. Kinnard
Chicago – John Cusack has never rested on his laurels, which are many in his film career, nor stood still as an artist or an actor. His latest film is the magnificent “Love & Mercy,” in which he portrays music legend Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys as a middle aged man, trying to break free of the circumstances in his life.
Written by Oren Moverman and Michael Alan Lerner, and directed by Bill Pohlad, “Love & Mercy” – derived from a Brian Wilson song title – is the story of two crucial phases in the songwriter’s life. The younger phase, portrayed by Paul Dano, checks in with Wilson as he puts together The Beach Boys’ album masterpiece, “Pet Sounds.” At this point, the dissolution of Brian Wilson as Rock Star is beginning, and as a result the older phase of his life comes into view.
And it is John Cusack who takes over »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Following up on yesterday’s article on Love & Mercy, which features one of the best John Cusack performances to date, I wanted to look at his whole career and list his all time best work. As such, a new top ten list is here for your reading pleasure. This one obviously looks at Cusack’s best so far, which sadly has yet to garner him an Academy Award nomination. Hopefully he’ll score with Oscar one day, but regardless, he remains an underrated actor in Hollywood. Take a look below, and be sure to check him out in Love & Mercy this weekend, which again is one of his top notch turns. Enjoy! Here now is a look at Cusack’s ten best performances so far: 10. The Raven – Not many people give Cusack credit for this one, but he does a much better job than you’d expect, considering the silly premise. »
- Joey Magidson
In the wake of the resurgence of indie genre films, Focus Features has announced that the company has revived the Gramercy Pictures label "as branding for boldly imagined action, horror, and sci-fi genre movies," according to their press release. Read More: Is "It Follows" Paving the Way to a New Era for Indie Genre Films? This is a seismic shift from Gramercy's original inception, which released critical and box office hits such as "Fargo," "Four Weddings and a Funeral," "The Big Lebowski," "Being John Malkovich" and "Dazed and Confused." The new Gramercy appears to target the same market that made "It Follows," "What We Do in the Shadows" and "Ex Machina" recent genre hits. "This renewed label reinforces Focus Features’ commitment to bringing a broad spectrum of entertainment to audiences that encompasses both commercial and specialty fare," the press release »
- Paula Bernstein
Voltage Pictures's Colossal, currently seeking buyers at Cannes, has become embroiled in a legal showdown with Godzilla, The Hollywood Reporter writes. Toho, the rights holders of the original monster franchise, is suing Voltage because it claims Colossal is so similar to Godzilla that this new movie's essentially an unauthorized rip-off that infringes on Godzilla's copyright, trademark, and content. Described as "Godzilla meets Being John Malkovich," the flick reportedly stars Anne Hathaway "as a woman who realizes her mind is strangely connected to a giant lizard destroying Tokyo." Toho, according to THR, wants to recoup unspecified damages, as well as for Voltage to put the kibosh on producing the project.The complaint was filed Tuesday in California federal court. "The Director's Notes also make clear that Defendants have not only taken the Godzilla Character as their own, but that they also intend to use the Godzilla Character in precisely the »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
If you can.t wait to see Anne Hathaway go up against a monster that closely resembles Godzilla in Colossal, then prepare yourself for some bad news, because the production company behind the real Godzilla has started a legal battle with the intriguing flick. Toho believes that the new project is too similar to their most famous monster, and their rivals don.t have the rights to capitalize on their character. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Toho, the Japanese company that owns the rights to Godzilla, has started a legal dispute with Voltage Pictures over Colossal, which has been described as Godzilla meets Being John Malkovich. Intrigued by that description? Of course you are. Anne Hathaway is due to star in the lead as a woman whose mind is connected to a giant lizard that.s destroying Tokyo. I'm sold. Unfortunately for Voltage Pictures and Hathaway, Toho is a »
Shared universes are big business right now, and here are seven franchises that could, and should be expanded...
It's likely that by the time you finish reading this sentence a new cinematic universe will have been born. In fact, it may be one of the cinematic universes I propose later in this article. If that's the case, I apologise for my obsolescence. Furthermore, if you're reading this in the future and any of my proposed cinematic universes have come to pass and turned out awful, I also apologise.
Just know that I'm sorry, and I've a feeling that many of us are going to be sorry and that the film industry could be in a sorry and confusing mess in five years time thanks to 'Cinematic Universe Fever' (a real affliction, and currently a very common complaint on the casebooks of doctors and private physicians in Hollywood). Right now, really »
This week’s biggest upcoming project was one so weird that we needed a few days to process it. It has been called Godzilla meets Being John Malkovich and Adaptation (possibly even Lost in Translation for good measure), and if it seems like those two titles don’t add up in anyway whatsoever, you’re not far off.
The movie is Colossal, and THR reports is set to star Anne Hathaway. Hathaway plays a woman returning to her hometown from New York after losing her job. Upon returning home, she discovers that a giant lizard is attacking Tokyo, and she feels strangely connected to the incident via her mind.
Colossal isn’t even some tongue-in-cheek Spike Jonze project but coming from Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes), and aiming to be sold at this year’s Cannes Film Festival market. “Colossal is my most ambitious script so far, and probably also the most personal one. »
- Brian Welk
The Warner Bros film centres on Jules (Hathaway), the founder of a growing fashion website, who takes on an ageing intern named Ben (De Niro).
As pressure at work grows, she finds herself relying on Ben more and more, both personally and professionally.
Meanwhile, it was recently reported that one of Hathaway's forthcoming projects, Colossal, is a cross between Godzilla and Being John Malkovich.
The Intern will be released in the Us on September 25 and in the UK on October 2. »
Colossal will follow a woman named Gloria (Hathaway), who comes to realise that her existence has a significant impact on the fate of the world.
Shortly after moving back to her hometown from New York, news breaks of a giant lizard destroying the city of Tokyo, with Gloria realising that she is strangely connected to events happening on the other side of the planet.
"Colossal is my most ambitious script so far, and probably also the most personal one. Having Anne and this terrific team around goes beyond my craziest expectations," Vigalondo said.
"He has written »
A monster movie that mixes Transformers, Being John Malkovich, Godzilla and Transformers? Meet Colossal...
Now this sounds interesting. Described as a film that mixes together elements of Transformers, Adaptation, Godzilla and Being John Malkovich, Colossal already appears far more than a standard monster movie.
That's perhaps unsurprising, given that it's being put together by writer/director Nacho Vigalondo, who was behind the excellent Timecrimes. This one centres on a woman who loses her job in New York, and thus decides to go back to her home town. When she learns that a giant lizard - stay with this - is destroying Tokyo, she believes that her mind has a connection to the events. And so she needs to work out why.
Admit it: this could be great.
The first piece of casting for Colossal is in place too, as The Hollywood Reporter says that Anne Hathaway has signed up to »
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the release of "Crash" (on May 6, 2005), an all-star movie whose controversy came not from its provocative treatment of racial issues but from its Best Picture Oscar victory a few months later, against what many critics felt was a much more deserving movie, "Brokeback Mountain."
The "Crash" vs. "Brokeback" battle is one of those lingering disputes that makes the Academy Awards so fascinating, year after year. Moviegoers and critics who revisit older movies are constantly judging the Academy's judgment. Even decades of hindsight may not always be enough to tell whether the Oscar voters of a particular year got it right or wrong. Whether it's "Birdman" vs. "Boyhood," "The King's Speech" vs. "The Social Network," "Saving Private Ryan" vs. "Shakespeare in Love" or even "An American in Paris" vs. "A Streetcar Named Desire," we're still confirming the Academy's taste or dismissing it as hopelessly off-base years later. »
- Gary Susman
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century? Check here for a complete list of our essays. The end of the 1990s was the end of an era on the big screen. The independent filmmaking movement that started the decade had taken full bloom and infiltrated the business. Major studios had begun to jump headlong into the "dependent" game, amping up prestige product and utilizing the awards season as a marketing tool. The blockbuster landscape at the summer multiplex had been interesting, full of original concepts (good and bad), but something else was on the way — a new overlord in the business of film, and one that would more or less make the age of the movie star (at least as we had come to know it) a thing of the past. For those reasons and a slew of others, »
- Kristopher Tapley
What would you do if life stood still? Now I’m not talking about the world continually frozen, like a projector stuck on one frame of film (maybe a better modern analogy would be a DVD unable to move past an image, perhaps with that annoying “buffer circle” spinning). I mean what if you, yourself, never changed and remained your current age forever. No wrinkles, no grey hairs, and no internal breakdowns (the plumbing works fine, muscles and joints in great shape). That’s been one of the major benefits of vampirism (like the eternal ten-year old Kirsten Dunst in Interview With The Vampire), a theme of fairy tales (Sleeping Beauty), and science fiction (The Man Who Cheated Death, the Cocoon flicks). Now comes a film that plays with that notion in a more modern, realistic fashion. Call it a modern romantic fable, or the ultimate May-December love story. Or »
- Jim Batts
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