17 items from 2013
Since Universal is sending the high speed action bonanza Fast & Furious 6 into theaters this weekend, it's the perfect time to tout their racing drama Rush from director Ron Howard and starring Chris Hemsworth. Set in the world of Formula 1 racing, the period drama follows two rival F1 drivers and the crash that nearly took the life of driver Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) in his rivalry with driver James Hunt (Hemsworth). It looks like a pretty stylish drama, and something a little different for Howard as a director. The trailer might sell the sizzle a bit more just for the Fast & Furious franchise audience, but it looks good. Here's the new trailer for Ron Howard's Rush, originally from Apple: Director Ron Howard's (Frost/Nixon, Cinderella Man, A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, Willow) Rush, from a screenplay written by Peter Morgan (The Last King of Scotland, The Queen, Frost/Nixon, »
- Ethan Anderton
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 25, 2013
Price: DVD $22.97, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $24.97
Studio: Warner Home Video
Carell and Buscemi play superstar magicians Burt Wonderstone and Anton Marvelton, respectively. After a street magician’s (Jim Carrey, Mr. Popper’s Penguins) stunts make their show look stale, they decide for ramp things up by staging their own daring stunt, in an effort to salvage their act and their friendship.
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone was directed by Don Scardino, who’s known for helmer TV shows including 30 Rock, and written by Jonathan M. Goldstein (Horrible Bosses) and John Francis Daley, best known as Dr. Lance Sweets on TV’s Bones, »
Sharks invade an Aussie supermarket in this gleeful comedy horror
Along with absurdity and poor taste, however, there's a certain brutal B-movie brilliance in Bait. An average cross-section of Australian society finds itself in a beachfront supermarket on one terrible day: troubled dad and daughter, tense couples, two guys with guns about to rob the tills, and so on. Then a freak tsunami hits, and waves come crashing in, a visual sequence incidentally conceived on broadly similar lines to Clint Eastwood's Hereafter and Juan Antonio Bayona's The Impossible, two rather more high-minded films about the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. So everyone's trapped in the flooded store, perched on top of the freezer cabinets – and a 12-foot shark is roaming the flooded aisles! The darn thing is getting hungrier. One young woman has an annoying yapping little dog with her. Yikes. Eventually the group decide they need to distract the »
- Peter Bradshaw
The Tribeca Film Festival have announced the juries for each category of competition. A host of actors, directors and journalists have been selected that include Evan Rachel Wood, Paul Haggis, Josh Radnor, Eva Longoria and Bryce Dallas Howard.
The members selected will be judging the films that fall within their respective categories, and you can check out the list below. Make sure to check back with us for all the latest from Tribeca including reviews, interviews and more! The festival runs from April 17th – April 28th in New York City.
World Competition Categories
The jurors for the 2013 World Narrative Competition are:
Kenny Lonergan: Academy Award®-nominated playwright, filmmaker and screenwriter. Credits include You Can Count On Me,Gangs of New York, and Margaret. His stage credits include Lobby Hero, The Waverly Gallery and This is Our Youth. He is a member of the Naked Angels Theater Company in New York. »
- Damen Norton
"Their courage was inspiring." Following the international trailer debut last week, Universal has premiered the first full Us trailer for Rush, the Formula 1 racing movie directed by Ron Howard. Starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl, the film is about two rival F1 drivers and the crash that nearly took the life of driver Niki Lauda. I've been anxiously waiting for this since we covered filming last year, and while that first trailer was damn good, this one is even better. Something about the rivalry and their passions and hearing the story of what drives them makes me incredibly excited to see this as soon as I can. Take a look! Here's the first official Us trailer for Ron Howard's Rush, debuted on Yahoo: Director Ron Howard's (Frost/Nixon, Cinderella Man, A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, Willow) Rush, from a screenplay written by Peter Morgan (The Last King of Scotland, »
- Alex Billington
The Tribeca Film Festival announced today that it has selected 42 jurors for this year’s festival. The jurors include members of the filmmaking community — including Bryce Dallas Howard, Whoopi Goldberg, Paul Haggis, Taraji P. Henson, Kenneth Lonergan, Eva Longoria, Josh Radnor, and Evan Rachel Wood — as well as policy makers and entertainment business leaders.
According to a press release, the seven juries will award $180,000 in cash and prizes during the Festival (April 17-28). Tribeca All Access (Taa) Creative Promise Awards will award an additional $20,000 — $10,000 for narrative and $10,000 for documentary. All winners will also receive a work of original art by »
- Lanford Beard
"The closer you are to death, the more alive you feel." StudioCanal has unveiled the very first full trailer for Ron Howard's Rush, the Formula One racing film about two real-life rival drivers, one played by Daniel Brühl (Niki Lauda) the other played by Chris Hemsworth (James Hunt). We've been following this film since early behind-the-scenes footage and photos showed up last year, but now we get to watch some actual finished footage and it looks outstanding. Not only an intense story about F1 racing, but a complex story about these drivers and what drives them. Most of the dialogue in this gave me chills. Looks so damn good! Here's the very first full trailer for Ron Howard's Rush, found on YouTube: Director Ron Howard's (Frost/Nixon, Cinderella Man, A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, Willow) Rush, from a screenplay written by Peter Morgan (The Last King of Scotland, »
- Alex Billington
While there are certain aspects of film-making they can’t always control, ultimately it is the skill of the director that determines whether a movie is good or bad. To make this list of the greatest modern directors, a director must still be actively making movies and only movies from the last 15 years are considered in the ranking of the directors.
The factors in the rankings obviously include the general quality of the directors films but also takes into account the number of films made in the given time period as well, the impact of the director on the filmmaking scene as a whole, and the potential they have for making more great movies in the future. The sheer number of quality directors ensures that a good number were excluded from the list as many excellent filmmakers such as Ang Lee, Kathryn Bigelow, Edgar Wright, Danny Boyle, Nicolas Winding Refn, »
- Paul Sorrells
Tribeca’s 12th annual festival, running from April 17-28, recently announced its feature film selections in the Spotlight and Midnight sections. According to Tribeca’s website, “The Spotlight section features 33 films — 21 narratives and 12 documentaries — that blur the lines of independent and mainstream filmmaking. Twenty-three films in the selection will have their world premieres at the Festival, a record number for the section.” See below for the official press release of this year’s lineup in all four categories.
2013 Tribeca Film Festival Announces Selections
For Spotlight, Midnight And New Storyscapes Sections, And Special Screenings
First-ever Storyscapes Section Showcases Innovative New Media Projects with Cross-platform Approaches to Storytelling
The Tribeca Film Festival (Tff) announced its feature film selections in the Spotlight and Midnight sections, projects in the new Storyscapes section and Special Screenings. The 12th edition of the Festival will take place from April 17 to April 28 in New York City.
The Spotlight »
- Christopher Clemente
The Tribeca Film Festival announced the second half of its movie slate today with a lineup that includes Emma Roberts in Adult World, Zac Efron in racing-cum-farming drama At Any Price, and Richard Linklater’s Before Midnight. The releases are in the following categories, which make up the second half of the festival’s feature list: Spotlight, Midnight, Special Screenings, and Storyscapes, a new category this year to recognize work in transmedia — films the incorporate web-based and cross-platform elements.
- Adam Carlson
Warner Brothers has just dropped word on a two new collections dedicated to the work of American film icon Clint Eastwood. The two collections (one on DVD, the other on Blu-ray) will feature a new documentary by Eastwood biographer Richard Schickel, along with a copy of the new non-directed Eastwood film Trouble with the Curve.
A portion of the news release is below:
Burbank, Calif., February 11, 2013 – Clint Eastwood’s illustrious motion picture career has spanned more than half a century and touched generations of filmgoers. The filmmaker/actor has received five Academy Awards®and his films have grossed more than $2 billion at the domestic box office. This year marks the 38th anniversary of the relationship between Warner Bros., Clint Eastwood and Malpaso Productions, which has culminated in more than 40 films made for the studio. Now, in honor of Warner’s year-long 90th anniversary celebration, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release two new Eastwood Collections, »
- Nick Allen
By Joey Magidson
I’ve always had a soft spot for films that are directed by actors. In one of my recent pieces, I spoke about how the Academy looks at actors who direct. Now, I’ll be continuing my interest by focusing in on which of these multi-hyphenates are the best at what they do.
By and large, the films that actors make when they choose directorial projects have some sort of significance for them or at least play to their strengths, so disasters are few and far between. This makes it a lot of fun to celebrate the best of the bunch, since I’m able to draw from a larger pool than you normally can when looking at one particular type of filmmaker.
I take some comfort in knowing that most films directed by actors tend to be at least decent, if not better. I »
- Joey Magidson
The Visual Effects Oscar is typically awarded to CGI-driven films, but the Visual Effects Society also recognizes productions where effects are less central to the storytelling. -Insertgroups:12- In this year's race for Best Supporting Visual Effects, "The Impossible," which dramatizes the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia, gets field-leading 3/2 odds from our predictors. It would be the second film in three years to win this award for recreating the 2004 tsunami: Clint Eastwood's supernatural drama "Hereafter" won in 2010. In second place is "Flight," which opens with an extended plane-crash sequence. Two of our editors and more than two dozen users favor it to win, giving it 12/5 odds overall. The rest of the field is far behind. In third place, with 5/1 odds, is "Zero Dark Thirty," which follows the decade-long hunt for Osama Bin Laden. -Addprediction:94:573:Click to predict Supporting FX:addpred »
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 12, 2013
Price: DVD $29.99, Blu-ray $39.99
In the movie, 12-year-old Cyril (Thomas Doret), all coiled anger and furious motion, is living in a group home but refuses to believe he has been rejected by his single father (Jérémie Renier, Summer Hours). He spends his days frantically trying to reach the man, over the phone or on his beloved bicycle. It is only the patience and compassion of Samantha (Cécile de France, Hereafter), the stranger who agrees to care for him, that offers the boy the chance to move on.
Well-received by the critics, who noted that it was spare and unsentimental but genuinely tender, the PG-13-rated The Kid With a Bike enjoyed film »
The release of the original Airport in 1970 began a new type of cinema genre: the “disaster” movie. For the next ten years or so the big studios (and some small) hit upon the formula of throwing a whole bunch of stars together (often providing work for many former screen gods and goddesses) and have them try to survive a catastrophe. One producer, Irwin Allen, became known as the disaster movie king with The Posiedon Adventure and The Towering Inferno. These films were thought of as grand escapist entertainments, popcorn flicks. But what about a disaster that really happened? True life disasters have been the backdrop for many Hollywood epics such as San Francisco and In Old Chicago. Those films had fictional characters in stories set in those calamities. The Impossible is the story of how a real family dealt with a real event that we all saw news reports of several years ago. »
- Jim Batts
The Impossible Directed by: Juan Antonio Bayona Written by: Sergio G. Sánchez (screenplay) and María Belón (story) Starring: Ewan McGregor, Naomi Watts and Tom Holland I've seen a lot of movies during my life, but The Impossible was a first. It was the first critic screening that I almost walked out of. It’s not because it is a bad film, but ten minutes into the screening I wrestled with the notion that I might not be able to sit through the entire movie. As a mom and a human being, The Impossible is one of the most harrowing experiences I have ever sat through in the theaters. It's extremely well done, but it's misery porn from start to finish. Watch at your own risk. The Impossible is the fictionalized account of a family who survived the devastating tsunami that descended on Indonesian shores in 2004. The family that the story is based on is Spanish, »
Spoiler alert: some plot details are revealed below
The Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 killed at least 227,898 people. Around a third of these were children. The economy of coastal south-east Asia was devastated, with the loss in some places of two thirds of the boats on which fisherfolk depended. The environment was irreversibly defiled. Since many of the bodies were never found, psychological trauma was compounded by the tradition in many of the areas affected that the dead must always be buried by a family member.
Scope here for drama you might have thought. Yet The Impossible, like Clint Eastwood's Hereafter before it, concentrates not on the plight of the indigenous victims but on the less harrowing experiences of privileged white visitors. »
- David Cox
17 items from 2013
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