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Faults Review

8 March 2015 11:05 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Control, and lack thereof, is at the black heart of Faults, the twisted and terrific directorial debut of Riley Stearns (some may recognize him for short film The Cub). Who claims to have control, who says they want it and who actually wields it are distinct questions the film raises and, over the course of a taut 89 minutes, suggests answers to that are both appalling and somewhat amusing.

Arriving at the heels of some other great cult films – including Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master and Sean Durkin’s Martha Marcy May Marlene, which featured a stunning debut performance by Elizabeth Olsen – Faults sets itself apart by crafting two arrestingly good leads.

In one corner, there’s Ansel Roth (Leland Orser), a once-acclaimed expert on cults and mind control who is a step away from living out of his car, having lost his TV show, marriage and financial security in quick succession. »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Our Favourite Fictional Bands: Sex Bob-omb from ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

6 March 2015 3:52 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Sex Bob-omb is the ultimate indie rock band, the struggling team of musicians trying to gain success in spite of their bassist, whose life continues thwarting their rise. There’s lead singer, guitarist and long suffering manager Stephen Stills, drummer and ex girlfriend of Scott Pilgrim Kim Pines, and of course, bassist Scott Pilgrim. Who can forget young Neil? Though Sex Bob-omb seem like the underdog, their ability to rock hard as a combine unit allows them to defeat the great music champions in their country including the Katayanagi twins and their double dragon. Sex Bob-omb is a force to be reckoned with with Scott, and it’s an even bigger force without Scott.

Colin Biggs

The post Our Favourite Fictional Bands: Sex Bob-omb from ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. The World appeared first on Sound On Sight.


- Colin Biggs

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See How the Short Film 'Whiplash' Compares to the Oscar-winning Feature Version

5 March 2015 3:30 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Before Whiplash cleaned house at last year's Sundance Film Festival, bringing home both the Grand Jury and Audience awards while on its way to several more award nominations, including Best Picture at the Academy Awards (eventually winning three Oscars), it was a short film that director Damien Chazelle created in the hopes of obtaining additional funds to make said feature.  That short film also screened at Sundance and it also starred Oscar-winner J.K. Simmons as a ruthless music instructor who utilizes some unconventional teaching methods in order to extract the greatness out of his students. While the scenes in the short are almost identical to the ones in the feature, there are some small changes. For example, that's Johnny Simmons (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World...

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- Erik Davis

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Netflix Nabs Global Streaming Rights For Supernatural Series ‘The Returned’

5 March 2015 10:08 AM, PST | | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Netflix has been working tirelessly over the last year to expand its content offerings to attract international subscribers. To spur on those efforts, the streaming video company just closed a deal with FremantleMedia International which will bring A&E’s upcoming supernatural thriller The Returned to Netflix’s global territories.

Based on the International Emmy-winning French TV series Les Revenants, The Returned follows the story of a small mountain town dealing with the return of several local residents who were presumed dead. The 10-episode series will debut on A&E on March 9, 2015 in the United States, and then on Netflix on March 10 for all territories outside the U.S. and Canada. Netflix will bring The Returned to its streaming platform for Stateside and Canadian subscribers sometime in 2016.

The Returned stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Mark Pellegrino (Lost), Jeremy Sisto (Six Feet Under), India Ennenga (Treme), and »

- Bree Brouwer

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Watch: Edgar Wright Stops By Criterion Collection to Pick Favorites

5 March 2015 7:12 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Ah yes, it's time to delve into the cinephile mind of Edgar Wright. What films have influenced him as a filmmaker, which are his favorites? Edgar (follow him on twitter @edgarwright) recently stopped by the Criterion Collection offices in New York and raided their DVD closet, as all respectable filmmakers must do. In the video they released, he talks about 3 specific films that he pulls from the shelf. However, Criterion has also published his list of Top 10 films to compliment the DVD/Blu-ray selections. Do you think you know his favorites already? Find out and discover more films from Edgar's Criterion raid. Order your Criterion here. Here's the Edgar Wright video of his visit to the DVD library, direct from Criterion Collection's YouTube: From Criterion: Acclaimed English filmmaker Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz, The World's End, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Shaun of the Dead) stopped by the Criterion Collection office »

- Alex Billington

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‘Playing It Cool’ Review

3 March 2015 2:27 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Chris Evans, Michelle Monaghan, Iaon Gruffudd, Anthony Mackie, Topher Grace, Aubrey Plaza, Patrick Warburton, Martin Starr, Luke Wilson, Matthew Morrison, Ashley Tisdale, Philip Baker Hall | Written by Chris Shafer, Paul Vicknair | Directed by Justin Reardon

Imagine if love was easy, we’d have less rom-coms for a start. These comedies that look at the complications of love tend to make themselves out to be the only movie that does the re-tread tale in this certain way, the truth being most follow a similar structure (because it works). The success of the film relies on making the audience care for the characters and charming the hopeless romantic in them into submission. The question is can Chris “Captain America” Evans charm you by Playing it Cool? The answer is probably yes.

Chris Evans plays a screenwriter given the task of writing a script for a rom-com. Being the jaded type he »

- Paul Metcalf

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12 Movies You Didn’t Realise Were Just Ripping Off Video Games

2 March 2015 5:25 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Marvel Studios & Konami

The video game medium is frequently said to owe a lot to cinema, given how so many games attempt to evoke the style of a classic Hollywood movie: after all, is Uncharted really anything more than a modern Indiana Jones? However, as gaming has become a more socially acceptable and respected endeavour over the last decade, filmmakers have started taking it more seriously too, and as a result, some of Hollywood’s biggest movies appear to have drawn inspiration from classic games.

Once upon a time, the term “video game-esque” was used to refer to movies in only a strictly negative sense, but that simply isn’t true anymore. These 12 movies are either stylistically or thematically indebted to a famous video game, whether the creators themselves care to admit it or not. And no, the likes of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and Act Of Valor won’t be appearing here, »

- Jack Pooley

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Watch the original Whiplash short starring J.K. Simmons

1 March 2015 12:08 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash was one of the most acclaimed films of last year, winning three Oscars (Best Supporting Actor, Best Film Editing and Best Sound Mixing), as well as further nominations for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.

As it happens, its inclusion in the Adapted Screenplay category at the Oscars was due to Chazelle producing a portion of his original screenplay into a short film in order to drum up interest and investment for the full feature. The subsequent 18-minute short premiered at Sundance in 2013, with J.K. Simmons in the role of the teacher, and Johnny Simmons (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) as the drummer. It’s popped up on YouTube over the past few days, and you can check it out here…

You can read our reviews of the feature-length Whiplash here and here, and listen to the Flickering Myth Podcast review below…


- Gary Collinson

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Brandon Routh, Zhang Yuqi star in Arclight’s Lost

26 February 2015 4:32 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Vincent Zhou’s 3D sci-fi adventure to shoot this spring at Pinewood Malaysia.

Us actor Brandon Routh and Chinese actress Zhang Yuqi have been cast in Vincent Zhou’s 3D sci-fi adventure, Lost In The Pacific, which is scheduled to start shooting this spring at Pinewood Malaysia studios.

Arclight Films has rights outside China to the film, described as a futuristic “Titanic-in-the-sky” story about a group of elite passengers on board a luxury, transoceanic flight.

Arclight’s Ying Ye is executive producer on the film.  

Routh starred in Superman Returns and Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, while Zhang’s credits include White Deer Plain and Stephen Chow’s CJ7.

The film’s crew includes visual effects supervisor Bruce Jones (The Italian Job), art director Ian Bailie (Atonement) and DoP Scott Winig.

The VFX work will take place at Stareast Digital Lab with Us VFX production house Venture 3D, which was involved in the 3D version of Titanic »

- (Liz Shackleton)

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Second trailer for The Returned

12 February 2015 1:55 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its premiere next month, a second trailer has been released for The Returned, the upcoming remake of the French supernatural drama Les Revenants; check it out below…

The Returned focuses on a small town that is turned upside down when several local people, who have been long presumed dead suddenly reappear, bringing with them both positive and detrimental consequences. As families are reunited, the lives of those who were left behind are challenged on a physical and emotional level. Interpersonal relationships are examined with intrigue and depth as strange phenomena begin to occur.

The Returned premieres on March 9th and stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Mark Pellegrino (Lost), Jeremy Sisto (Six Feet Under), India Ennenga (Treme), Sandrine Holt (House of Cards), Agnes Bruckner (24), Sophie Lowe (Once Upon a Time in Wonderland), Tandi Wright (Nothing Trivial), Mat Vairo (Revolution), Kevin Alejandro (True Blood), Dylan Kingwell »

- Gary Collinson

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‘Jessabelle’ Review

10 February 2015 11:14 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Sarah Snook, Mark Webber, Joelle Carter, David Andrews, Ana de la Reguera, Amber Stevens, Chris Ellis, Brian Hallisay, Vaughn Wilson, Larisa Oleynik, Fran Bennett, Lucius Baston | Written by Robert Ben Garant | Directed by Kevin Greutert

Jessabelle is yet another in the long line of Blumhouse-inspired supernatural thrillers that have flooded the market since the success of the like of Insidious, The Conjuring et al. This time round we follow a young woman, the titular Jessabelle, returning to her childhood home in Louisiana in order to recuperate from a horrific car accident which killed her boyfriend – on the very day they were set to move in together (oh the irony). Once settled in, she comes face to face with a long-tormented spirit that has been seeking her return; and – in a complete twist – has no intention of letting her leave. Dun dun dun!!!

Ok, so maybe I’m being a little harsh on Jessabelle, »

- Phil Wheat

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Mary Elizabeth Winstead in the Trailer for Riley Stearns' 'Faults' Thriller

5 February 2015 10:23 AM, PST | | See recent news »

If you've seen Scott Pilgrim vs. the World or Death Proof, then you're likely familiar with the wonderful Mary Elizabeth Winstead. But now she's going to help you get acquainted with her filmmaker husband Riley Stearns as the first trailer for his SXSW selected thriller Faults has just arrived. In the film, Winstead plays a woman under the grip of a mysterious cult called Faults. But her parents hire a man named Ansel Roth (Leland Orser) with a specialty in deprogramming cult members to kidnap and save their daughter from losing her mind. But it won't be easy. This looks original, quirky and intense. Watch! Here's the first trailer for Riley Stearns' Faults, originally from Apple: Claire (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is under the grip of a mysterious cult. Desperate to be reunited with their daughter, Claire’s parents set out to recruit Ansel Roth (Leland Orser), one of the »

- Ethan Anderton

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Ryan Reynolds talks Deadpool director Tim Miller, budget & rating

3 February 2015 1:29 AM, PST | | See recent JoBlo news »

Fox's Deadpool will start filming next month with visual effects artist Tim Miller (Scott Pilgrim  Vs. The World) behind the camera, and star Ryan Reynolds shared a few thoughts on the project in a recent interview with Collider. Tim Miller is making his feature-length directorial debut with Deadpool, and Reynolds says he's very pleased Miller will be helming the comic book movie. [He’s] always been the right guy. He’s always, you know, shown »

- Jesse Giroux

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Watch This Funny Trailer For Harry Potter, If Directed By Edgar Wright

29 January 2015 6:59 AM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Have you ever thought what it would be like if Harry Potter was recut in the style of Edgar Wright.s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World? The story about the "Boy Who Lived" does sort of have similar story elements to make this possible. There.s a love element, there are seven things that need to be squashed and there.s plenty of comic book-style action worthy of some graphic onomatopoeia. Well, some creative YouTube-r mashed both films together in one crazy cool video. Edgar Wright is a master of his craft, and replicating his style is no easy task. However, YouTube user The Unusual Suspect, the same guy who created that awesome Avengers-Watchmen mash-up, did a pretty stellar job. Much like how Scott Pilgrim was created, he blocked off some of the shots into comic book-style frames and used music, various camera angles and fast editing to bring life »

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2015 Sundance Trading Card Series: #18. Chris Bergoch (Tangerine)

25 January 2015 5:00 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Eric Lavallee: Name me three of your favorite “2014 discoveries”…

Chris Bergoch: I really enjoyed the pre-Broadway run of The Hunchback of Notre Dame at the La Jolla Playhouse. I try to keep up with all of Walt Disney Theatrical’s stage adaptations and I think this is their best yet. The show is dark, more in line with Victor Hugo’s novel, the new songs from Alan Menken fit seamlessly into his brooding 1996 soundtrack and the cast is brilliant — hope they make it to The Great White Way. Speaking of, I loved Idina Menzel in If/Then — she’s exhilarating to watch live. I thought Universal raised the bar for theme parks with the debut of Diagon Alley in Orlando last summer. It’s the single most immersive themed environment I’ve ever had the pleasure of being whisked away to and it’s also quite a stimulating place to sit down and write. »

- Eric Lavallee

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Edgar Wright’s ‘Baby Driver’ gains synopsis, teases soundtrack

17 January 2015 8:47 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

It seems like everything is moving along swiftly for Edgar Wright after his abrupt departure from Marvel’s Ant-Man as now the British director has released the first synopsis for his next film, which includes the possible leading man.

Variety reported the first synopsis for Wright’s Baby Driver on Friday, which is a project that the director has been working on for a long time. According to the site, the film “follows a talented, young getaway driver who relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss, he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.”

The site adds that this “young getaway driver” could be Fault in Our Stars and Men, Women, and Children star Ansel Elgort, who is said to be in early talks for the role. »

- Zach Dennis

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First teaser and images for The Returned starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead

17 January 2015 12:57 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its premiere in March, A&E has released the first trailer for The Returned, a remake of the French TV series Les Revenants, which we have for you below along with a batch of promotional images from the show…


The Returned focuses on a small town that is turned upside down when several local people, who have been long presumed dead suddenly reappear, bringing with them both positive and detrimental consequences. As families are reunited, the lives of those who were left behind are challenged on a physical and emotional level. Interpersonal relationships are examined with intrigue and depth as strange phenomena begin to occur.

The Returned premieres on March 9th and stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Mark Pellegrino (Lost) , Jeremy Sisto (Six Feet Under), India Ennenga (Treme), Sandrine Holt (House of Cards), Agnes Bruckner (24), Sophie Lowe (Once Upon a Time in Wonderland), Tandi Wright »

- Gary Collinson

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Trailer Trashin’: Meet the Size-Changing Avenger in Ant-Man

14 January 2015 1:57 PM, PST | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

It’s not even halfway through January, dear readers, and we’ve already seen trailers for many of the year’s big movies. Such is the case with this week’s Trailer Trashin’ column, which examines our first look at Marvel’s upcoming July release Ant-Man.

Premise: Petty thief Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must aid his mentor Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) in safeguarding the mystery of the Ant-Man technology – which allows its user to decrease in size but increase in strength – from various new threats, and plot a heist that will save the world.

My take: It’s been a long, strange journey to the silver screen for Marvel’s size-changing hero Ant-Man. Marvel Studios began developing the project way back in 2006, when they hired English filmmaker Edgar Wright – the man who brought us Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), and The World’s »

- Timothy Monforton

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Ansel Elgort Will Be Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver

14 January 2015 8:07 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

When Edgar Wright and Marvel parted ways in a very public split related to script changes for Ant-Man, the beloved British helmer soon announced that he’d be taking on a much smaller-scale project for his next gig: crime-thriller Baby Driver, which Wright wrote for Working Title Films. Now, that film has taken a major leap forward with word that The Fault in Our Stars lead Ansel Elgort is in discussions to star.

Elgort, who came out of absolutely nowhere to co-star in the Carrie remake then quickly snag major roles in the Divergent franchise, teen sensation The Fault in Our Stars and Jason Reitman’s (meritless) Men, Women & Children, will play a getaway driver who relies on his own soundtrack to make him the best driver in the game. When he ends up in over his head working for a crime boss, he finds that the doomed heist he »

- Isaac Feldberg

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‘Parks and Recreation’ Final Season: Small Town, Big Futures For Stars

13 January 2015 9:17 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

When “Parks and Recreation” signs off on NBC at the end of next month, fans will say goodbye to the colorful residents of Pawnee. But there won’t be a need to bid farewell to the actors who played the characters they grew to love.

Even though “Parks” never emerged from Nielsen’s ratings cellar or garnered the industry awards it richly deserved, its exceptional ensemble has nonetheless made a huge mark in Hollywood. What launched as a star vehicle for Emmy-nominated “Saturday Night Live” veteran Amy Poehler quickly became a showcase for breakout talent Chris Pratt, Aubrey Plaza, Adam Scott, Nick Offerman, Aziz Ansari and Rashida Jones.

“We collected a group of people at a really important time,” Poehler says. “I am the least surprised at how fancy and famous everyone is and has become. I felt that way about them and their talent since day one.”

From movies to standup to publishing, »

- Geoff Berkshire

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