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Most people associate surfers with wet suits, but on June 5, Bill Pohlad’s Love & Mercy biopic about The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson reveals an unlikely fixture in California surf culture: plaid. "The Beach Boys wore shirts by Pendleton," explains Los Angeles-based costume designer Danny Glicker (Milk, Up in the Air), who outfitted the actors in checkered blue button-ups to re-create the cover of the band’s 1962 album, Surfin’ Safari. "At the time, the shirts created a distinct visual that came to embody the fantasy of Southern California." Proof of the brand’s comeback? New fans
- Grace Lee
Reporting from the Cannes Film Festival. The Sea of Trees is the latest from Gus Van Sant, a filmmaker with a very eclectic track record that proves he's not afraid to put himself out there and experiment. His movies may not always hit their mark but the passion and unique creative voice is always there. Despite early negative buzz at the festival, The Sea of Trees is far from the disaster Cannes audiences have made it out to be. The film is a bit long and flawed in some areas but extremely watchable. Cannes always needs a high-profile whipping boy and with its lush pedigree, this year Van Sant's The Sea of Trees fits the bill but in reality the opposite is true. This film is Gus Van Sant's best since Milk. Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey is front-and-center in The Sea of Trees as Arthur Brennan, a washed-up science »
- Marco Cerritos
Already watched everything worth watching on Netflix but are still craving that movie fix? The Academy has officially created an online oasis for movie geeks with ifyoulovemovies.watch. The online streaming site showcases videos in the Academy archives, all day every day. From an Oscar acceptance speech from the late Eli Wallach, to Academy Conversations with “Captain Phillips” director Paul Greengrass about casting Somali actor Barkhad Abdi, and the nitty-gritty creative process of Oscar-winning “Milk” screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, it’s a non-stop, one-stop shop for some of film’s greatest accomplishments examined from all different angles. The production value is stellar and so is the insight. Get on now and see how long before you’re able to pull yourself away. Inspired by this post? Check out our film audition listings! »
Matthew McConaughey and Naomi Watts's new film, Sea of Trees, earned a rare distinction at Cannes Film Festival yesterday: it was one of the few movies in the film festival's recent history to earn a rousing round of boos at its premiere. Today, at a press conference for the project, reporters unsurprisingly asked about the chilly reception. "I real simply will say that people have as much right to boo as they do to ovate," McConaughey said diplomatically, seeming relaxed despite the negative reactions. "I'm happy to be invited to be here, that the film got in, and it was a great experience making the film," the ever-positive McConaughey added. "I'm working presently in the United States, but I wanted to make the time to come over. This is fun. I look at this as kind of dessert." McConaughey and Watts's new film was directed by Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, »
A film that explores the suicide theme might have become the first Croisette casualty, hara-kiri style. He has had a lengthy, healthy career moving between micro indie and studio projects, Sea of Trees follows in the footsteps of Milk, Restless (Un Certain Regard selection) and Promised Land. Palme d’Or winner back in 2003 for Elephant, Gus Van Sant‘s fourth film to appear in the Main Competition got an early screening the day before, and the response is reminiscent of how Even Cowgirls Get the Blues was critically received. Starring Matthew McConaughey who plays an American who travels to Japan’s “suicide forest” after the death of his wife (Naomi Watts) this also features Ken Watanabe.
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- Eric Lavallee
Cannes — In the 25 years since his breakthrough film “Drugstore Cowboy” was released, Gus Van Sant has spent his time bouncing back and forth between the independent film world and more distinctly commercial endeavors. The style and tone of each work has clearly been dictated on the audience it's intended for and you can argue he’s only attempted to meet in the middle a few times, with the Oscar-nominated "Milk" or "Good Will Hunting." Van Sant’s latest work, "The Sea of Trees," sadly proves what a dicey proposition that can be. The film begins with a sullen Arthur Brennan (Matthew McConaughey) arriving at an airport. He leaves his keys in his car. He has no bags. There is no return ticket for his flight. Arthur is going to Japan and he has no plans on coming back. What he intends to do becomes more clear when he arrives at the Aokigahara forest in Japan. »
- Gregory Ellwood
There appear to be two Gus Van Sants. There's the groundbreaking indie/arthouse guy, who kicked off his career with "Drugstore Cowboy" and "My Own Private Idaho," directed the enormously entertaining "To Die For," and won the Palme D'Or at Cannes for "Elephant," one of a quartet of fascinating experimental pictures. This guy even got a major studio to finance a shot-for-shot remake of "Psycho" that was basically an art project. Then there's the other one. The mainstream Gus Van Sant, who got started with the Oscar-winning "Good Will Hunting," and has since made, to increasingly diminishing returns, films like "Finding Forrester," "Milk," "Restless," and "Promised Land," movies that could have come from just about anyone — more Ron Howard than Gregg Araki. Read More: First Look At Matthew McConaughey And Ken Watanabe In Gus Van Sant's 'Sea Of Trees' His latest, "The »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Read More: The 2015 Indiewire Cannes Bible Gus Van Sant is the rare formalist who has been known to depart into more conventional, at times mawkish work with varied outcomes, from the now-classic "Good Will Hunting" and equally compelling "Milk" to the middling "Restless." None of these forays, however, lead to such painfully misguided results as "The Sea of Trees," a hackneyed story of one man's journey toward spiritual uplift following the abrupt death of his wife (Naomi Watts). Not even Matthew McConaughey can sustain the mushy, amateurish story, which digs itself a deeper hole as it moves along. The established talents of both director and star only serve to magnify the many wrong moves that this stunning misfire takes. Fortunately, "Sea of Trees" at least maintains the appearance of a better movie, with polished visuals that seem fitting for the largely outdoors setting. Cinematographer Kasper Tuxen does a fine job complimenting. »
- Eric Kohn
Since breaking out in the TV likes of Misfits and Red Road, Robert Sheehan has been enjoying a solid film career. He’s adding another job to the list, signing up to co-star with Hailee Steinfeld in The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight.Milk writer Dustin Lance Black is directing this one, having adapted the script from Jennifer E. Smith’s novel. The story finds a young woman named Hadley (Steinfeld) waiting miserably at JFK airport for a flight to London so she can begrudgingly attend her father’s second wedding. But things brighten up when she meets a charming British guy (Sheehan), and they end up seated next to each other on the plane. Sparks start to fly and the resulting 24 hours becomes more interesting... Black is gearing up to shoot later this year. Sheehan, meanwhile, has worked on Moonwalkers, Jet Trash and The Messenger, and will »
Robert Sheehan (Geostorm, Mortal Instruments) has been cast as the male lead in Dustin Lance Black's The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight alongside Hailee Steinfeld. Sales company The Exchange will be bringing the feature to Cannes and offer it to international buyers. The Exchange's CEO Brian O'Shea announced the casting on Thursday. CAA holds domestic sales rights. The film is written, directed and executive produced by Black (Milk, J. Edgar) and produced by Bruna Papandrea (Gone Girl), Caroline Kaplan (Boyhood) and Steve Hutensky (The Human Stain). Production is set to begin later this year. Read More Cannes:
- Georg Szalai
More casting news for the upcoming Star Wars Anthology spin-off titled Rogue One, being directed by Gareth Edwards. With shooting starting up soon, they're finalizing casting and so far we've seen them making some excellent choices: Felicity Jones and Riz Ahmed are confirmed. And now Variety can confirm a few others: Diego Luna and Ben Mendelsohn. The plot, revealed at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim a few months ago, follows a band of resistance fighters on a daring mission to steal the Death Star (plans). Luna will play a lead role alongside Jones and Ahmed, however Mendelsohn is apparently playing the lead antagonist (or "primary villain" as he's being called). Now this new movie is really starting to come together. Mexican actor Diego Luna has appeared in a number of roles in various movies, taking on more lead roles recently. He's been in: Y Tu Mamá También, Frida, The Terminal, »
- Alex Billington
With Gareth Edwards' Star Wars Anthology movie inching closer to production, his cast is starting to take shape. Today word has come in that Diego Luna has joined the cast in a lead-role oppostie Felicity Jones. Come inside to learn more!
We're only a month or two away from Rogue One rolling cameras (at least from what we've heard), and that means it's time for more cast members to join up. While we've heard some rumbling here and there on various people, the only confirmed actor so far is Felicity Jones. Today, Variety reports that Diego Luna (Milk, Elysium) has joined the cast in a lead role:
So a couple pieces of information here. One is that Diego Lunas is »
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Ben Mendelsohn is expected to play the main villain in the first of several planned Anthology movies, »
The spinoff, which already stars Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler) and Ben Mendelsohn (Bloodline), will be an ensemble piece about the heist of Death Star blueprints by a group of rebel fighters. It’s set between Episode III and Episode IV, but closer to A New Hope. Jones and Ahmed are set as members of the rebel squad deployed to retrieve the plans, while Mendelsohn will be the villain of the piece. Luna is reportedly also playing a rebel.
Luna is a prolific actor best known for Elysium, The Terminal and Y Tu Mama Tambien. He most recently shot Blood Father, starring alongside Mel Gibson, and is preparing to play a key role in Jason Momoa starrer The Bad Batch. The »
- Isaac Feldberg
Gus Van Sant's "The Sea of Trees," starring Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe, has found a home. Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions has acquired Us rights to the film at the Cannes Film Festival, where it is playing in competition. When I wrote up this year's awards prospects vis a vis Cannes, I noted that "The Sea of Trees" might, however, prove too esoteric if it's in the vein of films like "Gerry" and "Last Days," towering achievements that just couldn't penetrate on the broad level of Academy recognition. From what I've been told by someone who has seen "Sea," that's indeed the case, but the performances, I'm told, are exceptional. So maybe McConaughey or Watanabe can keep their races interesting. We'll know more Saturday after the film screens for international press. Of course, Van Sant never really aims for the Academy's sweet spot. When things work out, it's generally on his terms. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Earlier this month, we showed you the first photos from the upcoming film Sicario.
Today you get a first look at the poster for director Denis Villeneuve’s searing emotional-thriller that descends into the intrigue, corruption and moral mayhem of the borderland drug wars.
Lionsgate’s drama will screen this month In Competition at the Cannes Film Festival 2015.
When Arizona FBI agent and kidnap-response-team leader Kate Macer (Golden Globe winner Emily Blunt) uncovers a Mexican cartel’s house of death, her shocking find leads to profound consequences on both a personal and global level. Kate is recruited to join a covert black-ops mission headed by a mysterious Colombian operative known only as Alejandro (Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro, Best Supporting Actor, Traffic, 2000) along with special agent Matt Graver (Academy Award nominee Josh Brolin, Best Supporting Actor, Milk, 2008).
Even as Kate tries to convince herself she’s on a hunt for justice, »
- Michelle McCue
Director Gus Van Sant’s has had great experiences at the at the Cannes Film Festival, winning the Palme d'Or in 2003 for his drama “Elephant," and not so great experiences — 2011’s “Restless” was not so warmly received. He’s been on the Croisette several times, and he’ll be In Competition once again for his upcoming film, “Sea Of Trees.” But which Van Sant will show up? The filmmaker obviously vacillates from the commercial (“Milk”) to the more esoteric and introspective (his entire “Gerry” through "Paranoid Park" run, which went from 2002 to 2007 and includes four films, so it'll be interesting to see what flavor we get here). Well, despite the starry cast of Mathew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe (“Inception”), and Naomi Watts, it sounds like the artier Van Sant will appear at Cannes. “Sea Of Trees” sounds like more of an existentialist, minimalist effort, and it follows two strangers who meet »
- Edward Davis
'127 Hours' movie with James Franco '127 Hours' Review: James Franco stars in harrowing real life-based story 127 Hours. When I initially heard that Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy, the Oscar-winning team behind Slumdog Millionaire, were adapting the real life story of Aron Ralston for the big screen, I got excited. A movie seemed an inevitability when the story broke in the news – and Ralston wrote a book about it – but I couldn't have imagined such a great filmmaking team actually working on it. When James Franco was cast as Ralston, my hopes hit a high. Franco is an underrated and remarkably talented actor unfortunately snubbed by most for his wonderful work in 2008's Milk and Pineapple Express. Danny Boyle also happens to be a very skilled director, one whose style tends to be hyperkinetic. Though it worked beautifully in Slumdog Millionaire and Trainspotting, Boyle's touch actually hinders, rather than enhances, »
- Nathan Donarum
I would say that you’ve got time to get reading, but if you’re going to be interested in the fact that Syfy has picked up The Magicians, you’ve probably already done the reading.
On the other hand, if the series is handled well it could easily take off like a rocket when released, so maybe this is a good time to tell you to make sure you know what everyone will be talking about.
Following Quentin Coldwater, the story will unfortunately be compared to the Harry Potter series by anyone who only gets the most cursory summary of what happens. It’s an edgier, darker spin on the general idea of going to school and learning magic really does exist, and the series of books tackle themes that are not only more relevant to adults, but in ways that create a far richer world.
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- Marc Eastman
“Astronaut Wives Club” is finally ready to blast off at ABC, with the network announcing on Monday a summer premiere date for the new drama.
Originally scheduled to bow last summer and then pushed to spring for retooling and some cast changes, “Astronaut Wives Club” will air Thursdays at 8 p.m. starting June 18. That launch date will allow the network to promote the series during coverage of the NBA Finals, which will occupy Thursdays earlier in the month.
ABC had announced its summer schedule earlier this month, but there was no mention of “Astronaut Wives Club” at that time.
Based on the book by Lily Koppel, “Astronaut Wives Club” focuses on seven women who were key players behind some of the biggest events in American history. As America’s astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, the lives of their young wives were transformed, seemingly overnight, from military spouses to American royalty. »
- Rick Kissell
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