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Hell yes, this looks awesome. Another peculiar film just announced at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival is a film called Whiplash. We have written about this once before, and it has nothing to do with the Iron Man villain. Whiplash stars Miles Teller (Footloose, Project X, The Spectacular Now) as a "talented young drummer", who, "under the direction of a ruthless instructor" being played by J.K. Simmons, "begins to pursue perfection at any cost, even his humanity." Damn. If that doesn't sound cool enough, these six first look photos should do it. This is selected as the opening night film of Sundance, which honestly is a bit of a concern, but I still have a good feeling this will be something quite unique if not very memorable. See below. Whiplash is both written and directed by American filmmaker Damien Chazelle, whose feature debut was Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench »
- Alex Billington
If you're a fan of director Craig Brewer (and you should be), then the first thing you need to do is go download a free copy of the dude's first feature film, The Poor & Hungry, which Brewer is self-distributing as we speak. Not only can you buy what Brewer feels is his best film to date on Blu-ray, DVD and via digital download, but he's also giving folks the chance to download it for free by tossing him your e-mail. It's a great little scratch-made debut feature that's got some dirt, some grit and a whole lotta Southern soul. If you're looking for something to watch, we whole-heartedly recommend the movie that paved the way for Hustle & Flow, Black Snake Moan and Footloose. Watch the trailer below, and find out more at the film's official...
- Erik Davis
Filmmaker Craig Brewer rose to prominence in 2005 with his feature film Hustle & Flow, going on work on critically acclaimed series such as The Shield and Terriers, as well as taking up duties behind the camera on Black Snake Moan and the 2011 version of Footloose. Despite the filmmaker’s success, however, one movie of his has yet to make it to the public; his debut feature The Poor and Hungry. Made five years before Brewer found success with the story of DJay, the film has not had a widespread release, despite the filmmaker’s publicly proclaimed fondness for it. Now, however, Brewer has taken matters into his own hands, and is offering the film for free to anyone who would like to see it. On the film’s site, Brewer has this to say.
This movie is special to me. It’s my baby, my favorite. It launched my career and »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Well Go USA has licensed all North American rights to “Cavemen,” a romantic comedy that marks the feature debut of writer-director Herschel Faber, the company announced Tuesday. “Pitch Perfect” stars Skylar Astin and Alexis Knapp lead the cast, which also includes Camilla Belle, Chad Michael Murray (“Fruitvale Station”), Kenny Wormald (“Footloose”) and Dayo Okeniyi (“The Hunger Games”). Also Read: Toronto: Cory Monteith Drama ‘McCanick’ Acquired by Well Go USA Astin stars as a Los Angeles playboy who is fed up with one-night-stands and empty relationships and realizes that he wants something more out of life than just a party. With a little. »
- Jeff Sneider
Miles Teller (Footloose) was rumored to be in talks to join the franchise reboot of “Fantastic Four” that will be helmed by “Chronicle” director Josh Trank. Fandango caught up with the rising star at the Savannah Film Festival, where he confirmed the rumors. When asked about “Ff,” the actor candidly said, “If that happens, if everything works out, then I will be pretty pumped. But then I’ll also be working for… it’s like seven months out of your year. Which is not a bad problem.”
Teller is on a shortlist of other young stars said to also include Kit Harrington (Game of Thrones), Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station), Saoirse Ronan (Hanna), Kate Mara (House of Cards), and Samira Wiley (Orange is The New Black)- who we spoke to about this possibility last week- that 20th Century Fox is looking to secure for the reboot. The role Teller »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Apparently there's a shocking image going around of critically acclaimed actress Julianne Hough, known for her stellar performance in the emotionally moving reboot of Footloose and the unforgettable Rock of Ages. Said photo appears to be her done up in blackface for a Halloween costume. Well folks, I think the press got this story all wrong. Just take a look at this letter and real image from her representation. Dear Press, Regarding the photo making the rounds this morning: it was doctored. Yes, Julianne Hough would never be so insensitive to don blackface. Here's the real photo: See? Julianne is clearly dressed as just a »
You can’t talk about Paradise without paying attention to its writer-director, the Oscar-winning Diablo Cody. With films like Juno, Young Adult and Jennifer’s Body, Cody has carved out a small but distinctive niche for herself over the past few years, turning out enjoyable dark comedies about strong female characters disillusioned by the world around them. One would expect that Paradise, Cody’s first film working behind the camera, would utilize a surplus of her trademark snark to explore a story with similar themes. Unfortunately, despite a stellar cast, Paradise‘s cloying script and agonizing lack of substance often make it feel more like purgatory.
The film starts on a promising note, as 21-year old Lamb Mannerhelm (Julianne Hough) publicly denounces God and her ultra-conservative upbringing after suffering horrific injuries in a plane crash. Determined to explore the earthly pleasures she has missed out on due to home-schooling and her commune’s devout nature, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Stark and gritty, this may be the most down-to-earth teen romance ever, filled with touches of unpredictable, inescapable reality. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): getting tired of all the teen-boy coming-of-age flicks
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
This is so not the teen-romance dramedy I thought it was going to be from its opening moments, when high-school senior and legend-in-his-own-mind Sutter (Miles Teller: Project X, Footloose) is trying to whip up an essay for his college application about a “challenge or hardship” he has faced… and he decides to write about how he is coping now that his perfect girlfriend, Cassidy (Brie Larson: 21 Jump Street, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), has dumped him, thereby ending their rule as the adolescent royalty of their school. Seriously? I thought, with an exasperated mental sigh. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
This marks a change for "Dancing with the Stars," which typically keeps its core judging panel of Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba throughout the season. Goodman, however, will be taking a short break from the show in order to judge the British version of the program, "Strictly Come Dancing."
Although she has mostly been off doing movies over the past few years, Hough first made a name for herself in seasons 4 through 8 of "Dancing with the Stars." She won two of her five seasons of the program, with Apolo Anton Ohno in Season 4 and Helio Castroneves in Season 5. Since then, the dancer-turned actress has appeared in "Save Haven," "Rock of Ages," "Footloose" and "Burlesque." Hough's »
So will she put her brother Derek through the ringer or what?
Hough left DWTS after season eight but has since returned two times to kick up her heels for special numbers promoting her films Footloose and Rock of Ages. She’s set to star opposite Russell Brand and Octavia Spencer in Diablo Cody’s upcoming Paradise.DWTS producers have promised that several guest »
- Lynette Rice
Julianne Hough, 25, will guest-judge at least one episode of Dancing With the Stars this season while head judge Len Goodman is away judging the British series Strictly Come Dancing, the former DWTS pro and Footloose actress confirmed during tonight’s ABC telecast.
After Week 2′s Latin Night, the season 17 cast spoke to EW about what to expect from Julianne. The bottom line? “She’s just as, if not more knowledgeable than what’s going on over there,” said Mark Ballas (Hough’s former world champion partner), gesturing over at the judges’ table. “She’ll be honest, whether you’re family, »
- Annie Barrett
Get used to seeing Miles Teller around, because he's not planning on going away anytime soon. After supporting roles in "21 and Over" and "Project X," as well as a critically acclaimed but underseen debut alongside Nicole Kidman in 2010's "Rabbit Hole," he steps out as a romantic lead in "The Spectacular Now," which expands its theatrical release this week.
Teller plays Sutter Keely, a charismatic but heavy drinking high school senior more concerned with "living in the now" than his future. Until, that is, he meets Aimee Finnicky (Shailene Woodley). Directed by James Ponsoldt, the film and the authentic performances delivered by Teller and Woodley (who will also appear together in the upcoming Ya adaptation "Divergent") have been lavished with praise.
NextMovie caught up with Teller in New York City the day after the MTV Video Music Awards, which Teller attended (along with some after-parties, he admitted) on Woodley's arm. »
- Kase Wickman
Well Summer’s almost over and the more serious film fare is starting to arrive at the cinemas. But it’s not quite time to give the theatres completely over to adult fare. As a matter of fact, adulthood is one of the subjects tackled in this new film. To be more specific, it concerns high school, or more specifically the end of high school, often referred to as “entering the real world”. One young man’s journey there is at the heart of this film, so I guess it could be part of the “coming of age” genre. We’re seen that with last year’s terrific The Perks Of Being A Wallflower and the very recent The Way Way Back. But at the start of those two films, the protagonists are shy, awkward, outcasts while the main focus of this new film is the opposite. In earlier years »
- Jim Batts
Hollywood, California, August 15, 2013 – - The Hollywood Film Festival (Hff) launches the Hollywood Network® program with a strong line-up of industry professionals, with representatives across all platforms participating, from the studio arena to the independents, from the agencies to digital media. The growing roster of participants includes execs from Roku, Paradigm, Showtime, Preferred Content and CAA. Executive Director Jon Fitzgerald will oversee the initiative. One of the core missions of Hff has always been to “bridge the gap” between Hollywood and the global creative community. The Festival will take this concept to the next level with the new Hollywood Network® program. With film presentations taking place in the heart of Hollywood, the Festival presents a valuable screening platform for independent filmmakers, while providing for access to the studios and industry at large. This program will initiate a series of meetings between independent filmmakers and Hollywood industry professionals. “The Festival team looks »
- Josh Abraham
The ‘Rock of Ages’ star looked sexy and confident Aug. 6 as she attended a movie premiere in a black-and-white look that was hard not to love! Do you agree?
Julianne Hough channeled her inner Meg Ryan (or is it just us?) when she turned heads at DirectTV’s Paradise premiere on Au. 6! The 25-year-old triple threat rocked her tasseled pixie in a neutral number at the Mann Chinese 6 in Los Angeles — and we can’t get enough!
Julianne Hough’s Outfit:
Seeing as Julianne is a professional dancer, we’ve seen her in some very busy outfits, sporting tons of bling and sparkle. However, this classic number shows the blonde bombshell in a more elegant light. We love the »
- HL Intern
Miles Teller has signed on for the full-length feature Whiplash which is based on the short film of the same name from Damien Chazelle. The short, which won the Short Film Jury Prize as this year’s Sundance Film Festival, sees J.K Simmons star as a jazz teacher trying to keep his temper in check around a drum student (Teller) as his lofty ambitions aren’t quite working out.
Teller broke out in Nicole Kidman drama Rabbit Hole when he played the teenager who she formed an odd friendship with after he drives the car that kills her son. Roles in the remake of Footloose and the party-gone-wrong crime comedy Project X followed. Teller is currently on the press circuit in America with co-star Shailene Woodley to promote James Ponsoldt’s coming-of-age drama The Spectacular Now which has been winning rave reviews since it premiered at Sundance in January »
- Victoria Bull
Paradise is the feature-length directorial debut from Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody, whose scripting career started off with a bang thanks to her script for the quirky indie teen pregnancy dramedy Juno. The story devised by Cody revolves around 21-year old Lamb Mannerheim: a conservative Christian woman – from a small town in Montana – who suffers a crisis of faith after she survives a horrifying accident. Armed with a hefty amount of insurance payout cash, Lamb heads to Las Vegas in the hope that she will finally get to experience a more fulfilling side of life (read: hedonistic living).
Julianne Hough (Footloose) is headlining the film as Lamb, while her Rock of Ages costar Russell Brand plays a Vegas bartender – and Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer (Snowpiercer) portrays a lounge singer – the latter pair of which come together and take ...
- Sandy Schaefer
Last week saw the arrival of the first set of stills and Us poster from Oscar-winner Diablo Cody’s directorial debut Paradise. The film stars Footloose and Rock Of Ages stunner Julianne Hough as a conservative Christian girl who loses her faith and decides to travel to Las Vegas to try and forget the horror of surviving a terrifying plane crash. Joining Hough are funnymen Russell Brand and Nick Offerman and Academy Award-winners Holly Hunter and Octavia Spencer.
After a nearly fatal accident, 21-year-old Lamb Mannerheim (Hough) is beginning to realise that the world is much bigger than her small, God-fearing Montana town. Armed with a big, fat insurance payout and a checklist of untried sins, there’s only one place for her first taste of temptation…Las Vegas! And, with the help of a few new friends (Brand and Spencer), Lamb embarks on an oddball odyssey of lost souls, »
- Craig Hunter
Diablo Cody's directorial debut is probably going to feel a lot like one of the movies Cody only wrote, with lines like "barbecued in jet fuel" and a church sign questioning the faithful, "Why Twitter with Satan when you can friend with God?" The plot follows Julianne Hough (Burlesque, Rock of Ages, the Footloose remake) heading to Las Vegas, getting bartended (and more?) by Russell Brand, and chumming it up with Octavia Spencer. And Nick Offerman is there, and Nick Offerman is bald. There will be a limited theatrical run in October, but DirecTV is debuting the movie Aug. 9. »
- Zach Dionne
This is another edition of Short Starts, where we present a weekly short film(s) from the start of a filmmaker or actor’s career. Ever since his breakthrough supporting role in 2010′s Rabbit Hole, Miles Teller has been on a sharp rise towards stardom. Major parts in the Footloose remake, Project X and this year’s 21 & Over could have been career choices of any young actor looking to quickly fill his Hollywood resume, but he’s been earning notice for his talents even when appearing in so-so movies. The skill has paid off the most so far with The Spectacular Now, an indie teen romance that debuted at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, where he and co-star Shailene Woodley collectively won the festival’s dramatic acting award. With the film now in theaters, audiences are getting to see why he deserved the honor and why we can expect great things from him in next year’s Divergent »
- Christopher Campbell
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