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Today’s film is the 2012 short Departure Date. Shot on a plane flying at 35,000 feet, the film is written and directed by Kat Coiro, and stars Philip Baker Hall, Luis Guzmán, Janeane Garofalo, and Ben Feldman. Feldman has appeared in a number of series, including Living with Fran, Drop Dead Diva, and Mad Men, as well as movies such as The Perfect Man, Cloverfield, and the 2009 version of Friday the 13th. His newest feature, titled As Above, So Below, opens in wide release in American theatres this weekend.
- Deepayan Sengupta
Catching up on news & noteworthy we didn't cover the past couple of days...
Vanity Fair the details of the Brangelina marriage that we know. I'm really so happy for them as a longtime fan but...
Time knocks them for not keeping their promise to the gays. I knew this backlash would happen. But they did hold out a long time and they've done so much good for the world including for marriage equality that I think we should let it slide
Gawker asks the intriguing question: "Why is Angelina Jolia a movie star?"
Some of her movies have been well-received acting vehicles. Some of her movies have been gargantuan commercial products. There is no place where those circles overlap on the Venn diagram.
It's worth pondering her atypical celebrity.
Absolute Must Read!
/bent has a fascinating long essay about HBO, Game of Thrones, and the distinct feeling that TV »
- NATHANIEL R
Our weekly round-up of all the latest superhero news and talking points, including Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America 3, Doctor Strange, Black Widow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, The Defenders, Big Hero 6, Ultimate Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Gotham, Arrow, The Flash, Doom Patrol, Plastic Man, Tales of Metropolis, Kick-Ass 3, The Tick, The Greatest American Hero and more…
…We’ll kick things off this week with Marvel Studios’ most recent release Guardians of the Galaxy, which climbed back to the top of the U.S. box office chart last weekend on its way to becoming the biggest domestic release of year (overtaking Captain America: The Winter Soldier to do so) and passing the $500 million mark at the box office, making it the seventh film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to do so. Guardians is sitting on »
- Gary Collinson
Theatrical horror is notoriously disappointing, so the expectations I had for As Above, So Below were almost nonexistent. The lure of cave exploration (a la The Descent) is 100% the only reason I went to see the film, and I’m glad to say that I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed myself. I caught the film during a matinee and I was the only person in the theatre. Despite sitting alone amongst 149 empty seats, I was filled with an overwhelming amount of claustrophobia and admit to jumping in my seat on more than one occasion. Is the film groundbreaking or particularly original? No. However, As Above, So Below is one of the more enjoyable “found footage” films I’ve seen in a long time.
- BJ Colangelo
• Jag star David James Elliott has been cast opposite Martin Freeman and Brian Cox in the indie thriller American Hangman. Elliot will play Detective James Steptoe in the kidnapping film from writer/director Wilson Coneybeare, who worked with Elliot on the movie A Ted Named Gooby. [THR]
• Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men), Timothée Chalamet (Homeland), Grant Bowler (Defiance), and Elizabeth Reaser (Twilight) will star as a family with dark secrets in One & Two. Director Andrew Droz Palermo is directing the film about the family of four living in peaceful isolation in a mysterious farmhouse. Palermo, who made his feature debut co-directing the »
- Jake Perlman
The found-footage horror genre has thankfully lost most of its steam following the late aughts boom that saw films like Paranormal Activity and Cloverfield scare up mountains of cash at the box office, while other films like [Rec] became fan favorites long after their initial releases. These movies tried to be on the cutting edge of a then-newly-embraced genre, and while some used its tropes to effectively creep out audiences most of them cheaply diminished the genre, which lead the fad to all but die out. It comes as a bit of a surprise then that one of the filmmakers behind the remake of [Rec] (2008’s Quarantine) has revisited the genre once again with As Above, So Below to try to recapture some of the found footage mojo that audiences craved on Friday nights seven years ago.
The premise of the movie itself is fairly cheesy, but kind of promising—a young »
- Sean Hutchinson
There is a story about the Paris catacombs that I love dearly. In August of 2004, several police officers were exploring a section of the infamous maze of tunnels near the Eiffel Tower when they came across a particular doorway covered in plastic with a sign that said, "No entry." Inside, the police were momentarily terrified by the sound of attacking guard dogs, but they realized it was a recording. Pushing further into the tunnel, they found a full working cinema, complete with lights, a projector, a bar, a dining area, and seats carved directly into the rocks. When they went topside to report their find to their superior officers, they were pleased with what they'd found. By the time they got back, though, everything was gone, and all that was left was a note that said, "Do not look for us. Signed, The Society Of The Perforated Mexicans." Since then, »
- Drew McWeeny
"I knew Jb well before I was involved in the film," he explained. "I ran into him in 2007 at a function, asked him what he was doing. »
If ever there was an argument against nominative determinism, it’s the acting career of Jon Hamm. As philandering ad executive Don Draper on Mad Men he’s brought one of the most intense and believable performances in the current TV renaissance of “mysterious, angry white dudes), a quality he’s since brought to other film and television roles. We assume he was similarly impressive when he played Winnie The Pooh in the first grade – possibly using some clever ad-speak to convince Rabbit to give him some Honey – and Judas in Godspell at age 16. Surprisingly, for the guy who’s the current toast of Hollywood, he didn’t take acting at all seriously at first. In fact, save for those two juvenile attempts at it, he’d basically abandoned acting as a viable career.
Luckily for all of us, he reconsidered after moving home to complete his college degree, »
- Tom Baker
Feast: The first official images from Disney's upcoming short film Feast have been released, focusing squarely on a man's best friend, a dog named Winston. The short will track the development of the human's love life through the meal times he and Winston share; it will play in front of Big Hero 6, in theaters on November 7. [Collider] February: Emma Roberts (We're the Millers) and Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men) will star in the horror-thriller February. Osgood Perkins, son of Anthony Perkins (Psycho), wrote the script and will direct. The story is set at a prep school for girls, where two students are mysteriously stranded during winter break. [Variety] Seventh Son Trailer: Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes and Julianne Moore star in Seventh Son, the...
- Peter Martin
What makes a good series finale? Three events this week bring this question into focus: Sunday's "True Blood" series ender, Monday's celebration of the departed "Breaking Bad" at the Emmys, and Wednesday's Vox interview with David Chase, where the "Sopranos" creator finally offered an answer to the question of whether Tony died at the end of the notorious blackout finale of the 1999-2007 series.
All three of these finales, plus others of shows that went off the air this year ("Dexter," "How I Met Your Mother") drew both kudos and complaints. Some fans found these finales satisfying and others found them cheap copouts. It almost makes you sorry for the writers, who seem bound to disappoint some faction of fans, no matter how they choose to wrap things up.
Take "True Blood," for instance. (Warning: Spoilers follow.) Fans who'd been watching since the beginning of the HBO series seven years »
- Gary Susman
Based on a true story, Million Dollar Arm focuses on J.B. Bernstein (Jon Hamm), a floundering sports agent who is in desperate need of a big signing. Late night channel-flipping between a cricket match and Susan Boyle’s ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ brings inspiration (as it so often does) and soon Bernstein is journeying to India to host a talent competition that will determine which would-be cricketers have the best chance at being groomed into baseball players. Returning to America with the contest winners Rinku Singh (Life of Pi’s Suraj Sharma) and Dinesh Patel (Madhur Mittal) in tow, the two prospects soon begin training under unorthodox coach Tom House (Bill Paxton), but have »
- Amon Warmann
Professional handsome person Jon Hamm is the latest celebrity to offer up a Sky Movies Playlist for your movie recommendations. Star of Sky Atlantic's Mad Men, as well as Disney's new sports movie Million Dollar Arm, Hamm's choices are diverse, opting for a Coen brothers classic (Barton Fink) and a Pixar favourite (Wall-e) as well as some more outlandish choices (er, Dirty Dancing 2: Havana Nights). Watch his introductiory video below - and then see his full list of choices here. »
Director: Craig Gillespie.
Running Time: 124 minutes.
Synopsis: A twenty-something comedienne’s unplanned pregnancy forces her to confront the realities of independent womanhood for the first time.
Jon Hamm continues an incredibly lingering transition to the big screen with Disney’s American hit Million Dollar Arm, part sports drama, part romance, part fish-out-of-water comedy which combines to make up what is essentially a biographical rags-to-riches tale.
Tracking the story of sports agent Jb Bernstein (Hamm) and an innovative idea which takes him to India (via a path of self-enlightenment and Britain’s Got Talent), we are introduced to his tough-to-like cynic who, whilst residing in a pristine apartment decorated with a flash car on the drive, spends his days dating models, soullessly shunning hellos from Lake Bell’s kooky tenant, Brenda.
With this being Disney, »
- Jacob Stolworthy
Feast: Disney's short film Feast will play in front of Big Hero 6 when it opens in theaters on November 7. The first official images have now been released, focusing squarely on a man's best friend, a dog named Winston. The short will track the development of the human's love life through the mealtimes that he shares with Winston. [Collider] February: Emma Roberts (We're the Millers) and Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men) will star in the horror-thriller February. Osgood Perkins, son of Anthony Perkins (Psycho), wrote the script and will direct. The story is set at a prep school for girls, where two students are mysteriously stranded during winter break. [Variety] Seventh Son Trailer: Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes and Julianne Moore...
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It was announced today that Content Film, the worldwide sales arm of Content Media Corporation Ltd., has acquired international sales rights to the high concept sci-fi thriller 400 Days, starring Caity Lotz (The Machine, The Pact, Arrow), Brandon Routh (Superman Returns, Arrow), Dane Cook (Good Luck Chuck, Dan in Real Life) and Ben Feldman (Cloverfield, Friday the 13th, Mad Men).
Buyers will get their first glimpse of 400 Days in Toronto where exclusive, first time footage will be shown.
It was revealed earlier this week that the film will be distributed in North America and co-produced by XLrator Media. The film is currently in post-production.
Content Film President Jamie Carmichael had this to say in a statement.
"Matt, Gabriel and John have done an outstanding job on »
The lackluster 2014 summer season comes to an end this Labor Day weekend with the release of the spy thriller November Man and the found-footage horror pic As Above/So Below. This holiday is always a slow one at theaters, and in all likelihood, Guardians of the Galaxy will once again claim the top spot to bid farewell to a season that is looking like it will net out at an eight-year low.
Here’s how things might play out.
1. Guardians of the Galaxy — $19 million
The highest earner of the season will likely come out on top over the four-day weekend, »
- Lindsey Bahr
If you think being alone on Valentine’s Day is scary, the second month of the year just got a lot worse for you.
Emma Roberts and Mad Men’s Kiernan Shipka are set to star together in the horror/thriller film February. Osgood Perkins, the son of Psycho actor Anthony Perkins who himself appeared in Legally Blonde and Star Trek, will write and direct. The story centers on Rose and Kat, two girls mysteriously left alone by their parents at their all-girls prep school during winter break when one becomes possessed by an unseen evil force.
Roberts is no »
- Jake Perlman
"American Horror Story: Coven's" Emma Roberts is getting set to tackle a coming of age horror thriller called February. Read on for the skinny pertaining to when we can watch her come. Man, that sounded dirty.
From the Press Release:
Highland Film Group announced today that Emma Roberts (We're the Millers, "American Horror Story") and Kiernan Shipka ("Mad Men," Carriers) will star in the horror/thriller film February. The script is written and directed by Osgood Perkins, the son of legendary Psycho actor Anthony Perkins.
February is produced by Unbroken Pictures’ Adrienne Biddle and Bryan Bertino (The Strangers) and Rob Paris’ Paris Film, Inc. (Everly). Highland Film Group will be handling international sales and will introduce the film to buyers at the Toronto International Film Festival next month.
In February beautiful and haunted Joan makes a bloody and determined pilgrimage across a frozen landscape toward a prestigious all girls »
- Steve Barton
With summer slouching towards its sweltering end, Hollywood is throwing everything and the kitchen sink into theaters, hoping something will magically turn into blockbuster gold. Unfortunately for them, Peter Travers is back with his trusty Scum Bucket — and he's itching to fight these films back and vanquish the 10 worst movies of August.
First up is The November Man, in which Pierce Brosnan plays a spy nowhere near as cool as James Bond and who's stuck doing the same old boring action movie stuff (like screaming, "Run!"). Next is the latest in the Step Up series, »
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