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We’ve already seen a couple of images of Joaquin Phoenix (The Master) and Josh Brolin (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For) in Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film Inherent Vice [see here and here], and now we have our first look at Brolin’s Guardians of the Galaxy co-star Benicio Del Toro alongside the duo courtesy of the latest issue of Empire…
Inherent Vice is set to premiere at the New York Film Festival in October ahead of a U.S. release on January 9th 2015 and a UK release on January 30th 2015. Also featuring in the cast are Owen Wilson (The Internship), Katherine Waterston (The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby), Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line), Jena Malone (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight), Martin Short (Damages), Jeannie Berlin (The Heartbreak Kid), Maya Rudolph (Saturday Night Live) and Michael K. Williams (Boardwalk Empire).
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- Gary Collinson
Earlier in the week we got our first look at Joaquin Phoenix (The Master) and Josh Brolin (Oldboy) in Paul Thomas Anderon’s next film Inherent Vice, and now we have a new image of Phoenix as private investigator Larry “Doc” Sportello…
Based on Thomas Pynchon’s book, Inherent Vice sees Phoenix investigating the disappearance of an old flame’s boyfriend. Also featuring in the cast are Owen Wilson (The Internship), Katherine Waterston (The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby), Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line), Benicio Del Toro (Guardians of the Galaxy), Jena Malone (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight), Martin Short (Damages), Jeannie Berlin (The Heartbreak Kid), Maya Rudolph (Saturday Night Live) and Michael K. Williams (Boardwalk Empire).
Inherent Vice is set to premiere at the New York Film Festival in October ahead of a U.S. release on January 9th 2015 and a UK release on January »
- Gary Collinson
Healthy, even heated competition between film festivals is nothing new. Cannes was founded in the late ’30s as the French response to Venice. In recent years, Shanghai has felt the heat from the government-backed Beijing, while both SXSW and Tribeca have sought to position themselves as viable alternatives to Sundance.
Rarely, however, have such tensions spiked quite so visibly, or with such high stakes involved, as in the case of Telluride and Toronto.
Nestled deep in the Rocky Mountains, the 41-year-old Telluride Film Festival is an intimate four-day affair that screens a highly selective program for Hollywood elites and deep-pocketed movie buffs. The 39-year-old Toronto Film Festival is an 11-day press and industry behemoth, Byzantine in its complexity and Canadian in its efficiency, which unspools about 300 features and attracts journalists, publicists, filmmakers and dealmakers from all over the world. Two very different events, forced by the vagaries of art, commerce »
- Justin Chang
The Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) is coming up fast, but organizers are still putting final touches on the festival’s impressive lineup. Highlights of today’s newly announced titles include the world premiere of the anticipated Bill Murray starrer St. Vincent, for which the actor is tipped to garner awards buzz, and Palme D’Or winner Winter Sleep‘s North American debut.
Check out all the announcements below…
Denzel Washington is one of the film world’s most prominent leading men, known best for his galvanizing portrayals of both real-life figures (Malcolm X, The Hurricane, American Gangster) and fictional characters (Philadelphia, Devil in a Blue Dress, Flight). Washington returns to the Festival starring in The Equalizer, an intense thriller that reunites him with director Antoine Fuqua (Brooklyn’s Finest, Shooter, Olympus Has Fallen) for the first time since their Oscar-winning collaboration on Training Day. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we’ve got our first look at Josh Brolin (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Joaquin Phoenix (The Master) in Inherent Vice, the latest offering from acclaimed filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson. Take a look…
Inherent Vice is based upon the book of the same name by Thomas Pynchon and centres on P.I. Larry “Doc” Sportello (Phoenix) as he investigates the disappaearance of an ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend in 1970s Los Angeles. Brolin plays Lapd detective Christian “Bigfoot” Bjornson, while the cast also includes Owen Wilson (The Internship), Katherine Waterston (The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby), Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line), Benicio Del Toro (Guardians of the Galaxy), Jena Malone (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight), Martin Short (Damages), Jeannie Berlin (The Heartbreak Kid), Maya Rudolph (Saturday Night Live) and Michael K. Williams (Boardwalk Empire). The film is set to premiere at the New York Film »
- Gary Collinson
Let the vacation fun continue! As summer begins to wind down, Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon is enjoying every last minute of the warm weather while vacationing in beautiful Italy. The Walk the Line actress was spotted on a luxurious boat late last week where she soaked up some serious rays. Wearing a cleavage-baring one-piece swimsuit, the 38-year-old mother of three looked to be in fantastic shape as she snapped pictures of her friends in the water. Witherspoon has been capturing her memorable vacation moments on Instagram throughout the past week. Whether enjoying a ride across the ocean blue water or eating delicious fish and seafood, the actress' vacay looks nothing short of »
Reese Witherspoon is officially having more fun than you. The Oscar winner, 38, was caught on video whooping it up at a wedding at Taverna Anema e Core in Capri, Italy, on Wednesday, Aug. 13, and it's pretty much amazing. In the footage, which was obtained first by TMZ, the Walk the Line actress busts some serious moves while holding a glass of champagne and rocking out to "I Will Survive." Wearing an ombre purple and white dress, Witherspoon's moves consisted of throwing up an invisible lasso to [...] »
‘Camp X-Ray’ trailer 2014: Kristen Stewart and Payman Maadi in Guantanamo’s ‘war zone’ (photo: Kristen Stewart in ‘Camp X-Ray’) The official Camp X-Ray trailer is out. "Make no mistake about it. This is a war zone," a male voice tells the recruits (and us) at the start of the movie trailer, set in Guantanamo’s temporary detention center Camp X-Ray. A "war zone" in more ways than one; he’s referring not only to the physical danger faced by the U.S. military guards (and their Muslim prisoners — or rather, "detainees"), but also, and more ominously, to a war of minds and mindsets between the two groups, who may have more in common with each other than is apparent on the surface. Private Amy Cole aka Kristen Stewart is forewarned: "You can talk to ‘em, but do not let these guys learn anything about you. Do not let them get inside your head. »
- Andre Soares
Michael has joined Nathaniel on weekend review duties so you get two. Here he is on Get On Up...
The opening scenes of Get On Up are so loose and dynamic they give the viewer reason to hope that Tate Taylor’s take on James Brown’s life story sidestepped the pitfalls that trap so many musical biopics. The film shuffles back and forth through Brown’s life with such breathless energy it’s as if the screenplay itself is possessed by the spirit of Soul Brother No. 1. It’s exhilarating, but the thrill dissipates quickly when it becomes clear that underneath the exploded chronology and the surface razzmatazz, Taylor’s film is operating from the same old biopic playbook. It turns out Get On Up is as square as the squarest prestige Oscar grab, right down to the dumb trope of pinning all of the star’s self-destructive behavior to a childhood trauma. »
- Michael C.
Marvel’s got a new star (or five) in its roster: Guardians of the Galaxy launched to an estimated $94 million this weekend in 4,080 theaters, setting a new record for an August debut. (The previous winner was 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum, with $69.3 million.) That’s the third biggest opening of 2014 so far, behind Transformers: Age of Extinction ($100 million) and Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($95 million). It’s also the seventh best opening in history for a non-sequel (or sixth if you count Marvel’s The Avengers as a mega-sequel), outpacing other superhero series debuts such as 2011’s Thor ($65.7 million »
- Adam Markovitz
Family: You can't live with 'em, you can't live without 'em - so you might as well make a movie about them. That's exactly what Ron Howard did with Parenthood, which hit theaters on August 2, 1989. The story of four siblings working to raise their children right and keep their sanity at the same time, this movie was (and still is) relatable to moms and dads of all generations. Since its release, Parenthood has gone on to inspire two different TV shows, and it serves as an adorable archive of big stars in their early years. In fact, one of Bryce Dallas Howard »
- Kelli Bender
Friday Am Update: Could Guardians of the Galaxy open to $100 million this weekend? Based on late Thursday earnings, this is actually within the realm of possibilities.The 10th movie from Marvel Studios earned a stunning $11.2 million from Thursday night showings beginning at 7 p.m. That's the biggest Thursday night debut so far this year ahead of Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($10.2 million). It's also way ahead of June's Transformers: Age of Extinction ($8.75 million), which is the only movie to open over $100 million this year.If Guardians of the Galaxy follows the same pattern as either of those movies*or of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Godzilla and X-Men: Days of Future Past*it will score the biggest opening weekend of the year.Of course, there's a chance that it's more front-loaded than those movies. Shows began early (7 p.m.), and everyone is out of school (which wasn't the case with the April and May releases). Also, »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
Guardians of the Galaxy should take the weekend by a healthy $40 million or so, a route of galactic proportions. The bad news is there's not much in the way of precedent here, unless you want to count all of Marvel, but this sci-fi comedy actioner doesn't seem to be of this world (sorry, I'll stop). Is it similar to The Avengers, which is to say an ensemble feel goodc No, of course not, that's too huge a marketing budget and franchise. Well then, how about Serenity, a film it does actually closely resemblec Nope, that's no good either, awareness of Guardians of the Galaxy is through the roof by comparison. Now throw in the glowing reviews and this looks like a sneaky over-performer against tracking. Still, I'm wary. We've only seen eight movies all year open higher than my prediction, and there's no sequel bump in play (five were sequels »
- Laremy Legel
James Brown biopic "Get On Up" with recent Hitfix interviewee Chadwick Boseman heads to theaters Friday. Tom Hiddleston and Ansel Elgort will play Hank Williams and Van Cliburn, respectively, soon. The N.W.A. flick has its cast. Andre 3000 already stepped up as Jimi Hendrix in "All Is By My Side," out just recently. Biopics have been a draw for awards voters too, like for "Ray" and "Walk the Line," for their actors and the music. So why wait? Might as well start planning ahead while our favorite artists are with us. In the gallery below, I spitball some actors and the contemporary musicians they could play. Undoubtedly, Tilda Swinton could play quite a few, but which first? Who looks like Taylor Swift? Who could be a doppelganger for Alicia Keys or Drake? How does Miley Cyrus fit in? And why are Benedict Cumberbatch and Mark Ruffalo on this list? »
Chadwick Boseman does not look likes James Brown. He did not look like Jackie Robinson either before playing #42 in last year’s hit about the barrier-shattering athlete, but Boseman’s magnetism and charm made up for the actor’s leanness and lack of cosmetic similarity. Now, the young actor has mastered another legendary man of the 20th century, the groovy funkster whose howl on “I Got You (I Feel Good)” is still one of the most exhilarating moments in popular music.
As James Brown in Get On Up, Boseman wears a heavy jaw of make-up on his face, which could have been more distracting had the actor not nailed the slurred speech, the electric rasp, and the dazzling dancing feet of the pop music icon. It’s an performance that is as impressive as Jamie Foxx’s show-stopping turn as Ray Charles ten years ago. (Like Foxx, though, Boseman does »
- Jordan Adler
Doctor Strange, based on the popular Marvel Comics character, will be included in the Marvel Studios 'Phase Three' production slate along with Ant-man and the third Avengers installment. Recently, Scott Derrickson (Sinister, Deliver Us From Evil) signed on to direct the film and now news has emerged that Marvel may have found its lead. The Wrap reports that Joaquin Phoenix (Gladiator, Walk the Line, The Master) is in early negotiations to join the film:"While insiders caution there is no deal in place yet, multiple sources say Phoenix is in consideration and has had discussions about the movie." Phoenix can next be seen in Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice opening in theaters later this year. According to Marvel Comics mythology, former neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange is one of »
- Pietro Filipponi
Well, maybe Benedict Cumberbatch really is just in Comic-Con for "The Penguins of Madagascar" and "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies." Though the "Star Trek Into Darkness" star had been strongly rumored for the role of Doctor Strange in Marvel's upcoming film (which will be directed by Scott Derrickson), The Wrap is reporting that Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to take the part. If it pans out (and assuming it's not just smoke and mirrors, which it could be), this would be a real coup for Marvel. Phoenix has more cachet than just about every other actor tapped for major roles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far, save for maybe Robert Downey Jr. Naturally it's all speculation now, but where there's smoke, there's surely fire and this news coming on the eve of Marvel's big Hall H presentation at Comic-Con signals that the breaking news »
- Kristopher Tapley
Everyone is eagerly awaiting the Marvel panel this Saturday at Comic-Con, but it sounds like some news might be leaking a little early. The Wrap reports that Walk the Line and The Master star Joaquin Phoenix has been mentioned over and over again for the role and that the actor is currently in consideration and may already be in discussion for the film. He was once wanted for a role in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, specifically the role of Lex Luthor, so it seems like he's keen to take on a comic book role of some sort, and a character like Doctor Strange seems like a perfect fit for the gifted and sometimes odd actor. Lending some credence to this report is this tweet pointed out by The Wrap: One of the comic book stores in Ct had Joaquin Phoenix stop by. He was looking for Dr. Strange comics. »
- Ethan Anderton
Take this news with a massive grain of salt, but according to TheWrap, Marvel Studios is currently looking at three-time Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix (The Master, Walk the Line) for Doctor Strange.
There is supposedly no deal in place yet, but multiple sources say that Phoenix is in consideration for the role and has even had discussions with the studio. Jeff Sneider, who reported the story, has cautioned fans on Twitter that even he remained skeptical about the story, but that “all roads lead back to Joaquin.” He does say that he has “absolute certainty” that the role will not go to Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch, who have remained on the studio’s wishlist for over a month now.
We’ll likely hear an official announcement about the Doctor Strange casting soon, as well as word on its official release date (which we think is in 2016).
- James Garcia
Joaquin Phoenix is an accomplished actor, nominated three times for an Academy Award thanks to impeccable performances in Gladiator, Walk The Line and The Master. Last year, it was speculated he could be up for his fourth courtesy of his tender turn in Spike Jonze's Her. But instead of getting recognition for his Her role, he's getting recognition for his head troll. To understand what I'm talking about, you must watch the video above in full. Movies.com tipped us to this odd bit of internet gold that shows a moment from Her that is the film is quite sweet. But if you zero in on Joaquin Phoenix's forehead, you notice it is having a range of emotions all its own. And it sort of looks like a troll. Well, I'd argue a gnome, but semantics. In case you--like us--can't look away, let's take an extended look at »
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