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Standing alone against the threat of North Korean cyber terrorism, it’s your weekly movie news show the Movie Newsgasm. In your face, Kim Jong-un.
We’re only kidding. Please don’t hurt us.It’s a super-packed show this week. Super-packed meaning: lots of superhero stuff. Ben Affleck’s Batman suit for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice has been revealed In Living Colour (although it’s still pretty black and white), plot details for that same movie – specifically how Superman’s Metropolis destruction binge affect the film’s events – have been reported, more bonkers plans for Spider-Man from the Sony email hacks and the directors for Marvel’s two part epic Avengers: Infinity War have been leaked. And it isn’t Joss Whedon *Gasp*!
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- Oli Davis
This article is presented in partnership with Cadillac. This summer, Cadillac and the Producers Guild of America launched Make Your Mark, a short film competition that challenged producers to create compelling content with limited resources. Contestants made a short film over a single weekend in late June, and you can watch the semi-finalists’ films at the Make Your Mark website. The 30-second Cadillac spot featuring the grand prize winner’s film will air during the 2015 Academy Awards. One of those filmmaking teams was lucky enough to receive mentorship from Bruce Cohen, the producer behind American Beauty, Big Fish, Milk, Silver Linings Playbook and more. He has more than three decades of experience, and for semi-finalists Tim Wen and Chidi Onyejuruwa, all of that was a phone call away. Cohen speaks with us about his approach to mentoring aspiring filmmakers and shares some advice about finding a balance between the height of your creative imagination and the practical »
- Scott Beggs
In case you weren't aware, director Jason Reitman (Juno, Young Adult, Up In The Air) stages monthly live performances of movie scripts at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He has previously put on readings of the likes of The Princess Bride, American Beauty, and The Apartment, but his latest is a bit of a departure: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Reitman has revealed several of his cast members to EW, and they include Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul as Luke Skywalker and the great J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man, Whiplash) as his dear old daddy, Darth Vader. There's also Stephen Merchant as C-3P0, Kevin Pollack as Yoda, and Dennis Haysbert as Lando Calrissian. Apparently we'll find out who'll play Princess Leia, Han Solo and the rest later today. You can hear from Reitman on why he chose that particular cast at the link below, and you can purchase »
Aaron Paul is taking on the role of Luke Skywalker in a one-night-only live-read of "The Empire Strikes Back." The three-time Emmy winner from "Breaking Bad" will perform the role for director Jason Reitman this Thursday at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. It is part of a very popular ongoing series of live shows produced by Reitman, including previous ones for "The Princess Bride," "Ghostbusters," "American Beauty," and "The Apartment." All casting decisions have not yet been unveiled, but here are the ones now known: Oscar contender J.K. Simmons (Darth Vader), Stephen Merchant (C-3Po), Dennis Haysbert (Lando Calrissian), and Kevin Pollak (Yoda). Entertainment Weekly -Break- The 2015 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will be Green Day, Ringo Starr, Lou Reed, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, "5" Royales, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, and Bill Withers. El »
Jason Reitman has been doing a series of live-reads at Lacma for the last few years; these one-time performances have included classic scripts like American Beauty and The Graduate. Something tells me however that his latest venture will bring his great series some serious attention as he’s headed to a whole other galaxy. Reitman has chosen The Empire Strikes Back and a few members of the principle cast have been announced! The cast so far includes: Aaron Paul as Luke Skywalker, »
- Graham McMorrow
Instead of “Yo, bitch …” now it’s “Yoda, bitch.” (Sorry, couldn't resist.) Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul will take on the role of Luke Skywalker in director Jason Reitman’s one-night-only live-read of The Empire Strikes Back this Thursday, while fearsome Whiplash star J.K. Simmons will let the hate flow through him as Darth Vader. It’s part of an ongoing series of live performances of movie scripts Reitman stages each month, bringing in new actors to create a kind of cover version of beloved films. He has previously staged live-reads of The Princess Bride, Ghostbusters, American Beauty, and The Apartment, »
- Anthony Breznican
The Online Film Critics Society has announced winners for the 18th annual Ofcs awards for excellence in film. The Ofcs represents over 275 members worldwide. "This year represented an opportunity to revisit our youth, look toward the future, and search deep inside our souls through the spectacular array of films shown on screen. We found courage, love and heartbreak in this year's films and we're proud to be able to honor them," says Ofcs Chair Cole Smithey. Past Ofcs Awards winners that went on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture include "12 Years a Slave," "Argo," "The Hurt Locker," "American Beauty," and "No Country for Old Men." Best Picture The Grand Budapest Hotel Best Animated Feature The Lego Movie Best Film Not in the English Language Two Days, One Night Best Documentary Life Itself Best Director Richard Linklater - Boyhood Best Actor Michael Keaton - Birdman »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Such a handsome Holmes…
“Say Hello To My Little Friend.” That’s a clue for who Marvel have contacted to add to their ever-expanding roster – find out who in this week’s Movie Newsgasm.
Speaking of Marvel (which we do a lot of at the moment), they’ve only gone and cast Benedict Cumberbatch (The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, The Imitation Game) as Doctor Strange. “Doctor Who?” you ask. That’s an entirely different show.
And finally, we’re chatting the movie version of Wikileaks – the hacking of Sony Pictures’ internal emails. Presumably by the Kingpin or some other mistreated fomer-Marvel property. Find out a few more of their bonkers ideas (Aunt May solo movie, anyone?) right here.
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- Oli Davis
One glance at the poster for After the Fall and you should expect a low-rent, straight-to-dvd revenge thriller starring Wes Bentley. The American Beauty actor stands menacingly in front of a giant backdrop of the American flag, a scar blistering from his left cheek. He is also wearing a suit and holding a gun. However, the debut film from Israeli writer/director Saar Klein is actually a low-key family drama about a father trying his best to hide his lies and life of petty crime from his wife and kids. The film deals with a protagonist as fraudulent as that one-sheet.
Bentley stars as Bill Scanlon, an insurance man who was recently fired from his job. Instead of telling his wife, Susan (Vinessa Shaw), he keeps up a charade, explaining he is up for a promotion. In one of the film’s early scenes, he tells his eldest son, Henry »
- Jordan Adler
During an interview with James Horner Film Music (via Cbr), composer James Horner has revealed why he opted against returning to score this year’s superhero sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2, stating that the movie “ended up being so terrible” that he simply didn’t want to do it.
“[Director Marc Webb] was very inexperienced and he and I had a very good relationship and the producers had their own opinion. And they didn’t want his input. And then Sony had their own, they just wanted action. To me, the whole thing about doing the first movie was I liked the director and there was a chance to write something for the two lead characters and then she dies in the next movie. But the next movie ended up being so terrible, I didn’t want to do it. It was just dreadful.”
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is out now on Blu-ray »
- Gary Collinson
There's not much going into wide release in theaters this weekend, so you might want to consider staying in and ordering up the Norwegian thriller "Pioneer." It has a score by French electronic duo Air, it comes from director Erik Skjoldbjærg who helmed the original "Insomnia" before Christopher Nolan remade it, and it stars Aksel Hennie ("Headhunters"), Stephen Lang (“Avatar”), Wes Bentley (“American Beauty,” "The Hunger Games") and Stephanie Sigman ("Miss Bala"). Not too bad right? Well, here's an exclusive clip. Inspired by a true story, the film is set in the midst of the Norwegian oil boom of the 1970s and centers on Petter, an expert diver and pipefitter who works in the furthest depths of the ocean. But when a tragic accident strikes, Petter decides to get to the truth beyond the official story, and doing so puts him in the path of some very powerful »
- Edward Davis
Here's the best of Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Crackle for the beginning of December. So cheer up, Charlie Brown! Netflix "Almost Famous" Fifteen years after Cameron Crowe's amazing film about his time as a young "Rolling Stone" intern made us fall in love with Kate Hudson, it remains a singular accomplishment. The immersive, heartfelt movie has an incredible soundtrack and great performances across the board. Never forget that Katy Perry had to change her name from Katy Hudson so as not to be confused with Goldie Hawn's Oscar-nominated daughter. "American Beauty" Kevin Spacey's existential crisis. Annette Bening's fury. Thora Birch's woefulness. Chris Cooper's scariness. These are the kinds of things that make a Best Picture. The dream sequences involving Mena Suvari certainly weren't a detriment. "Batman Forever" Jim Carrey's performance as the Riddler in this cartoonish romp might be the most »
- Louis Virtel
Hot on the heals of the New York Film Critics Circle’s announcement yesterday, the National Board of Review has named their picks for the best achievements in film for 2014, naming J.C. Chandor’s crime drama A Most Violent Year as the year’s best movie. The film also won for Best Actor (Oscar Isaac), tying with Michael Keaton for Birdman, and Best Supporting Actress (Jessica Chastain).
Taking a look at their list of winners, the group had some very interesting choices for several categories. Paul Thomas Anderson’s bizarre, drug-fueled odyssey Inherent Vice took Best Adapted Screenplay, while The Lego Movie beat multiple top contenders to receive Best Original Screenplay. Also unexpected was Clint Eastwood snagging Best Director for his biopic American Sniper, which has merely been receiving so-so reviews thus far.
On the other hand, there were several picks that were somewhat expected, including Julianne Moore’s win »
- Jeff Beck
Well, us, mainly. But before we end the live portion of this blog, here are some things you can do tonight. That’s if you don’t already have plans. Do most people have plans already? You should be a bit more spontaneous, like.
Want to feel old? This is what the plastic bag from American Beauty looks like today. pic.twitter.com/SasjsWtUyU
Good job everyone.
Now that the day’s slowing down, there’s time to admire Kanye West’s performance from the World AIDS Day performance for (Red) yesterday. Click the video and – don’t thank us, thank technology – we’ve fast-forwarded through the bits with Chris Martin and U2 already for you. »
- Kate Hutchinson
In a recent interview, Christopher Priest, the author of the book The Prestige that Nolan adapted into a film in 2006, had very harsh words for the director’s most popular franchise. While talking to the movie site Skript, Priest discussed his novel and Nolan’s adaptation came up. He said that at first, Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) was in talks to direct the film but Nolan persuaded otherwise. Read below for his comments on the bidding war for The Prestige.
"We got three offers. One was from Sam Mendes, who just made American Beauty; it was exactly at that point. On the day I heard from Mendes, he was up for seven Academy Awards for American Beauty, and in the end he won five, including Best Film. So that was a superb offer. It was going to be his next film after American Beauty, so I was keen on that. »
- Munir Abedrabbo
Ever wondered about the inner workings of a vampire’s mind? Do you spend your spare time thinking about how a group of flat-sharing vampires divide up the household chores, or how they decide what to wear for a night on the town? Yeah, so do we. All these musings and many more are answered in Jemaine Clement and Taika Waitit’s hilarious mockumentary, What We Do In the Shadows. To celebrate the release of the Flight of the Conchords writers’ latest project, we take a look at the other best mockumentaries to hit the silver screen.
This is Spinal Tap (1984)
What many consider the ultimate mockumentary, this cult classic has topped many lists since the 80’s. Most of the dialogue was ad-libbed and the actors were accredited as writers as well because of this. One of the best rock movie quotes, “turn it up to 11”, comes from this masterpiece. »
- Phil Wheat
It's an end to another month, and the beginning of another, as Netflix's usual purge of films from its streaming library happens. So if any of these movies is of interest to you, now is the time to watch them, because, after Sunday, November 30, they'll be gone from the service. But first, you'll find a list of the films that are coming to Netflix in the month of December - so, good news (new additions for next month) and bad news (films leaving this month). Coming to Netflix in December Available 12/1 A Knight's Tale (2001) Almost Famous (2000) American Beauty (1999) Bewitched (2005) Jewtopia (2012) Knights of Badassdom (2014) Madison (2005) Out of »
- Tambay A. Obenson
With Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" now in cinemas, it has prompted many to look back and assess (or re-assess) the director's body of work so far (check out our ranking of his films right here). And while critics and audiences have had their say, there hasn't been much word from others touched by Nolan's moviemaking, but in what is sure to spur talk all over again, "The Prestige" author Christopher Priest has candidly weighed in on Nolan's filmography in a recent chat with Skript. Priest discusses the genesis of Nolan's adaptation of his book, noting that Sam Mendes, coming off "American Beauty," had circled it first, but that the author believed instead in supporting rising talent. And his gamble paid off, with the author declaring "The Prestige," along with "Memento," as Nolan's finest films. But when it gets to the Batman movies, Priest doesn't hold back. "It's a wrong move »
- Kevin Jagernauth
"He's trying to be a modern Kubrick and I think he would be better off being a modern Hitchcock." - Christopher Priest During Utopiales, the annual international science fiction festival held in Nantes, France, the French entertainment website, Skript, chatted with the author of The Prestige, Christopher Priest. During the conversation, Priest explains how Nolan ended up as the director that would adapt his 1995 Victorian era novel about dueling magicians. In 2001, the film rights to The Prestige became available, and Priest's agent received three offers. One was from director Sam Mendes, who was garnering a lot of attention at that time for American Beauty, which would go on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture that year. Another offer was from Newmarket Films, a studio affiliated with Warner Bros.. They were trying to acquire the rights for Christopher Nolan, who had read the novel a year before. Priest was »
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