15 items from 2015
He’s given us the slasher film All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, the coming-of-age drama The Wackness, the comedy-drama 50/50 and the paranormal romantic zombie comedy Warm Bodies. Now, writer/director Jonathan Levine brings us his latest effort, The Night Before, which just might become a new Christmas classic.
The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anthony Mackie as a trio of friends who have spent the past fourteen years searching for a great time in New York City on Christmas Eve. But now that tradition is coming to an end as adulthood proves to be inescapable for two of them, and this Christmas Eve looks to be their last one together. Still, nothing’s going to stop them from attending the craziest and most exclusive Christmas party that New York City has to offer.
At the recent press day for The Night Before, we had the chance to »
- Ben Kenber
A bawdy and big-hearted stocking-stuffer for the adults used to enduring all manner of kid-friendly rubbish around the holidays, The Night Before is also much, much better than the movie it’s being sold as. Yes, this is an R-rated, drug-filled, profanity-laden comedy about three friends (Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie) who set out to end their annual tradition of Christmas Eve debauchery on a (very) high note. And yes, it totally follows through on that premise, taking said friends on an insane adventure through the snow-dusted streets of New York City as they struggle to make their way to that most hallowed of holiday bashes: the Nutcracka Ball.
But The Night Before is also the work of writer-director Jonathan Levine (All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, The Wackness, 50/50, Warm Bodies), who has over the years proven himself remarkably proficient at taking just about any genre and cutting through all its B. »
- Isaac Feldberg
It was back in 2009 that Australian writer-director Sean Byrne burst on to the scene with his debut feature film, The Loved Ones, igniting a firestorm of positive praise that seemed poised to light the world on fire for this brash and seemingly fully formed talent. But, praise or not, 2009 was a difficult time for the independent film industry with business models and release platforms seemingly changing by the day and, much like fellow festival darling All The Boys Love Mandy Lane, The Loved Ones became a victim of the changing landscape, languishing on the shelf for a frustrating length of time while the industry-at-large tried to get their shit together and ultimately squandered all that love and leaving Byrne spinning his wheels for...
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Trainwreck opened last weekend in the UK, where it managed a middling 5th place at the box-office. That’s not indicative of the movie’s global performance though, which has surged to $111 million in receipts.
That success is largely on the back of leading lady Amy Schumer’s sudden ascendancy. Earlier this summer she announced the next step in her meteoric rise as a mother/daughter caper flick, with Jonathan Levine now set to call the shots on that venture.
Levine’s a competent pair of hands (50/50 is great and his 2006 slasher All The Boys Love Mandy Lane is criminally under-seen), although he won’t be able to offer quite the same level of expertise as Schumer’s Trainwreck helmer Judd Apatow. Apatow courted Schumer for that gig, and forced her to make Trainwreck’s narrative semi-biographic, building the outrageous comedy on a bed of dramatic authenticity.
- Daniel Kelly
By Terry Keefe
With the growth of technology over the past decade, it’s become possible for literally anybody to record a song, write a book or make a movie. With the inundation of content into the marketplace, it’s become more difficult than ever before for real filmmakers to get their work made, seen and, perhaps most significantly, monetized. Hollywood wants $300 million-budgeted tentpole comic book movies that will play as well in Beijing and New Delhi as they do in Muncie and Canoga Park. The indie film movement, once occupied by names like Quentin Tarantino, P.T. Anderson and Steven Soderbergh during its 1990s heyday, is basically non-existent now, those filmmakers having moved on to big-budget (or at least bigger than their salad days), more epic filmmaking. Many aspiring directors and producers find this landscape to be a bleak one, akin »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
There are a lot of great movies arriving on VOD for the month of August, which should undoubtedly please all you genre fans who love to catch on some of the best indie horror and sci-fi titles from the comfort of your own homes. We kick things off with The Last Survivors from Dark Sky Films and the very same day, Uncork’d Entertainment is unleashing their werewolf flick Dark Moon Rising which stars Eric Roberts.
On August 7th, A24 is planning on taking viewers to some Dark Places, and we’ve got a handful of movies arriving in mid-month including the thriller Cop Car starring Kevin Bacon and the stylized revenge tale Final Girl featuring the always great Abigail Breslin. A few days later, SpectreVision’s The Boy arrives on VOD and one of my personal favorite films of 2015, the spunky post-apocalyptic action adventure tale Turbo Kid, will be released on August 28th. »
- Heather Wixson
When it comes to the Christmas comedy, there are two basic kinds. The warm, fuzzy version that's fit for grandparents and grandkids alike. Then there's the vulgar, raunchy adult comedy that would probably have too much eggnog and puke all over the warm and fuzzy version. Can you guess which side of the fence The Night Before starring Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Anthony Mackie is on? Directed by Jonathan Levine (50/50, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane), The Night Before features that trio of R-rated regulars playing friends who have long held an annual tradition of having a wild time in New York City on Christmas Eve. But since one of them is becoming famous (Mackie) and one is becoming a dad (Rogen), the tradition is going to come to an end. Instead of moaning...
- Peter Hall
R.L. Stine's Goosebumps novels have been terrifying children since 1992, and inspired Cavity Colors to create apparel based on the 11th book in the series, The Haunted Mask. Also: Ejecta Blu-ray details, The Last Survivors trailer, and Clowntown photos.
The Killer Mask collection of apparel was designed by artists Coki Greenway and Aaron Crawford. With a retail price of $24.00 apiece, The Killer Mask T-Shirt and Tank Top are black in color and 100% Cotton. The limited edition print is priced at $40.00, and the stickers / buttons are priced at $10.00 for a pack of two.
For more information on this apparel, visit the Cavity Colors online shop.
- Tamika Jones
Shout! Factory TV is spreading fear all summer long with a plethora of classic films including John Carpenter and Tobe Hooper's Body Bags. Also: a Cthulhu Vinyl Bank from Diamond Select Toys and Blu-ray and DVD release details for The Last Survivors.
Shout! Factory TV's Summer of Fear: Press Release: "This July, summer hats up with a plethora of new programming on Shout! Factory TV that is sure to beat those binge cravings. Shout! Factory TV is unveiling Summer of Fear, a fright fest sure to please! A collection of classic horror films debut this month, featuring Body Bags, Day of the Dead, Night of the Demons, Q: The Winged Serpent, The Final Terror and many more.
Shout! Factory TV grants an insider’s insight into these films with the premiere of audio commentaries on the streaming service. This month, directors John Carpenter, George A. Romero, Kevin Tenney, »
- Tamika Jones
I first became aware of cinematographer Darren Genet when I encountered his work on All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, a surprisingly lyrical and beautiful horror film that had more in common with the work of Terrence Malick and ’70s-era Peter Bogdanovich than with other teen slasher films. Awestruck by Genet’s visual originality and technical precision, I continued to follow his work as he ventured into television (CSI: Miami) and continued to evolve as a feature cinematographer on films like Jada Pinkett Smith’s criminally underrated directorial debut, The Human Contract. That film exhibits all of Genet’s strengths: a bold and […] »
- Jim Hemphill
A year ago the trailers and stills were creeping online in the usual way in preparation for a September 5 release date. But then suddenly The Green Inferno, Eli Roth's first film as director since 2007's Hostel II was pulled from the schedules over internal problems at financiers Worldview Entertainment. It's been in limbo ever since, but is now finally set to emerge thanks to a new deal with Jason Blum's distribution label Bh-Tilt.A bit of notoriety never hurt any horror film in the long run, but sadly The Green Inferno's woes were nothing to do with its grisly content. The prosaic reasons were apparently due to Worldview's new CEO Molly Conners baulking at the publicity-spend commitments made by her outgoing predecessor Christopher Woodrow. The situation left Us horror fans crossing their fingers that Green Inferno wouldn't turn into another distribution farrago like All The Boys Love Mandy Lane, »
Before we even go any further, it's worth pointing out that the short lists for directors on big projects isn't always that accurate. For example, James Wan wasn't on a rumored list for Furious 7, nor was Scott Derrickson on the reported list for Doctor Strange, and both directors landed those projects. But it can be fun to speculate on a movie's future based on the names getting tossed around, and in the case of the new Spider-Man reboot, the list and its accompanying rumor is pretty telling. According to Deadline, Marvel and Sony have narrowed the competition down to six names, two of whom would be directing together. They are: Jonathan Levine (All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, Warm Bodies) Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) Ted Melfi (St. Vincent) Jason Moore...
- Peter Hall
We're less than two weeks away from the start of the Stanley Film Festival and it's been officially announced that Tom Quinn will be the recipient of their Visionary Award. We also have details on the festival's panels and jurors:
April 20, 2014 (Denver, Co) - The Stanley Film Festival (Sff) produced by the Denver Film Society (Dfs) and presented by Chiller, announced today it will honor Tom Quinn, co-president of RADiUS-twc as its 2015 Visionary Award Winner. Quinn is behind this year’s breakout horror title It Follows as well as other genre heavy hitters such as Snowpiercer, Blue Ruin and Only God Forgives. The Visionary award is given to a figure in contemporary horror who is making forward-thinking contributions that elevate the genre and provides a platform for new, innovative artists to create work. Previous recipients include Daniel Noah, Josh C. Waller and Elijah Wood, co-founders of SpectreVision (2014) and Eli Roth (2013). Quinn, »
- Jonathan James
New Line Cinema has picked up the upcoming memoir Home Is Burning from Dan Marshall in a competitive bidding situation, with Miles Teller set to star and Jonathan Levine attached to direct. Both the actor and filmmaker will also produce the adaptation for New Line. The book, which is Dan Marshall's first, will be published in October through Flatiron Books.
The plot follows the author as he has to move back home into his parents' basement, after finding out that his mother's cancer has relapsed and his father is diagnosed with Als. At the time, Marshall was a recent college graduate living in Los Angeles, when he returned to his family home and reunited with his four siblings, who The Hollywood Reporter describe as all "colorful characters with life challenges of their own." Together they formed "Team Terminal" to help their parents fight off the terminal afflictions.
The book »
A couple years ago, there was an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal about the distribution trials behind Jonathan Levine’s first film, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, which changed hands four times before finally seeing a release seven years following its Tiff premiere. About Elly, Asghar Farhadi’s Silver Bear-winning precursor to A Separation, experienced a similar quagmire when its original distributor, Here Films, went out of business. Thankfully, some six years later, Cinema Guild has untangled the rights issues and is now distributing the film on its original 35mm print. Check out the trailer above. »
- Sarah Salovaara
15 items from 2015
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