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A trailer for Michael Fassbender's new movie Frank that premiered at Sundance has been released, and it looks quirky and funny and silly, and it comes from the folks behind The Men Who Stare at Goats and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. And look, Maggie Gyllenhaal is there, too! You want to know what's not there? Michael Fassbender's face. Yes, the entire premise of Frank revolves around Fassbender's character and how he's always wearing a giant paper-mâché head, and we assume that at some point in the movie we'll see Fassy's face. And we're not saying that he can only act when his face is shown on the screen. He's probably awesome in Frank, just like he's awesome in all his »
Disney’s Muppets Most Wanted is hitting theaters on March 21st, and the brains behind the upcoming sequel have taken it upon themselves to release a series of international promotional posters parodying classic spy films. Before you ask: yes, they are as awesome as you’d expect them to be. The Muppets have a long tradition of being sweetly and smartly satirical, and the spy spoof posters making their way around the web right now fit in perfectly with their legacy.
The posters, which you can see below, feature Kermit, Miss Piggy and the new Muppet nemesis, Constantine (a dead ringer for everybody’s favorite frog), in Muppet-ized versions of Skyfall, Face/Off, The World Is Not Enough and (brilliantly) Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. They all look fantastic and are another step in the right direction for the Muppets, as they continue to move forward in recreating their image for »
- Jimmy LeChase
Since he tore up the screen in Nicolas Winding Refn's bold biopic Bronson, English actor Tom Hardy has proved a riveting screen presence in films like Inception, Lawless, The Dark Knight Rises and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Such mesmerizing charisma is an absolute must for his latest lead in the challenging thriller Locke. As you might have guessed from the Yahoo trailer up top, the whole success of this film is dependent on Hardy's performance. While the cast boasts members like Olivia Colman (Tyrannosaur), Tom Holland (The Impossible), Ruth Wilson (Anna Karenina), and Andrew Scott (Sherlock's Moriarty), their roles come down to voice work. Locke only ever shows Hardy on screen. A man alone on his phone in a car shouldn't work as an engaging film, but look at the pull quotes in the trailer above, and it's pretty apparent this one does. Here's the film's official synopsis: »
Poster Simon Brew 7 Mar 2014 - 06:57
Frogfall? The Pig Is Not Enough? Just two of the new posters for the incoming Muppets Most Wanted...
Reviews of the brand new Muppets film, Muppets Most Wanted, are set to go live next week. Ahead of that though, a bunch of James Bond-inspired Muppets posters have come to light. You will not be surprised to hear that we rather like these. A lot.
007, then, is the obvious inspiration, although there's a Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy spoof in there too. And Face/Off.
Muppets Most Wanted arrives in cinemas on March 28th in the UK (and the week before in the Us). And without further ado, feast your eyes on this rather splendid collection of posters right here...
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As you would expect from the Muppets, the Muppets Most Wanted marketing campaign satirizes Hollywood's marketing cliches. A new set of international posters follows suit and parodies posters for Skyfall, The World Is Not Enough, Face/Off, and (surprisingly, wonderfully) Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. There are naturally some fun fake titles (Animal Piggy Frog Spy) and clever redesigns, but all I need is Kermit's finger guns. Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, and Tina Fey star alongside the Muppets in the sequel directed by James Bobin. Muppets Most Wanted opens March 21. Check out the posters after the break. Official synopsis: Disney's "Muppets Most Wanted" takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe's most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid, Dublin and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine—the World's »
- Brendan Bettinger
Michael Fassbender plays a musical genius who can’t seem to face life “face on” in the film Frank.
The offbeat comedy directed by Lenny Abrahamson premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and tells the story of the avant-garde pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Fassbender) as they travel to perform at the South by Southwest Festival in Texas. Domhnall Gleeson and Maggie Gyllenhaal star as Frank’s bandmates. The story, written by Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare At Goats) and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), is loosely inspired by Frank Sidebottom, the »
- Jake Perlman
Though the first batch of trailers and most recent "We're Doing a Sequel" musical number seem to promise a great sequel in Muppets Most Wanted, we wish there were some parody trailers in the same vein as the promotions for The Muppets. Those trailers took aim at Green Lantern, The Hunger Games and other popular films of the time with all the fun of The Muppets. Well, now we get a small taste of that parody style with some posters from across that pond that have blended Kermit the Frog with a couple James Bond posters and other action/spy thrillers. They're pretty awesome, and we wish there were more of them. Look! Here's the UK parody posters for Muppets Most Wanted, the first one targeting Face/Off: With another using the very British spy thriller Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: And then James Bond gets skewered with a The World is Not Enough »
- Ethan Anderton
After playing at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, the indie rock comedy Frank is poised to hit theaters sometime this year after Magnolia Pictures picked up the film starring Michael Fassbender. Since the film is already slated for a release in the United Kingdom on May 9th, that's where the first trailer for the film comes from, and it perfectly showcases the quirky, hilarity that makes this such an endearing comedy. But if you're hoping to see Fassbender's handsome face alongside Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Scott McNairy, you're in for a surprise, because he's got quite a special accessory. Watch! Here's the UK trailer for Lenny Abrahamson's Frank, originally from The Guardian: Frank is directed by Lenny Abrahamason (Garage, Adam & Paul, What Richard Did) and written by Jon Ronson (author of The Men Who Stare at Goats) and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy). The film follows Jon (Domhnall Gleeson »
- Ethan Anderton
Prior to the first Muppet movie, Disney released several parody trailers, none more memorable than the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo parody. Well, today begins a whole new round as Muppets Most Wanted is just around the corner and the parodies have begun. Below are parody posters featuring Muppet versions of posters for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The World is Not Enough, Skyfall and Face/Off building on the film's plot that finds a Kermit the Frog doppelganger making a bad name for the iconic frog, ultimately involving the entire Muppet gang in an international crime caper. The film hits theaters on March 21, check the posters out below. »
- Brad Brevet
FX’s Cold War spy drama “The Americans” often feels as slow as actual spy craft; I guess we always knew the espionage game is more “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” than “GoldenEye.” Not a lot of leaping of buildings, but plenty of meetings, analysis, and attempts to crack codes. To that list of tedious tasks “The Americans” can add laundry and getting the kids to school. The 1980s-set series, which begins its second season Wednesday night, focuses hard on the home lives of Philip and Elizabeth Jennings, Soviet spies posing as Washington, D.C. suburbanites. Also read: ‘The Americans’: 5 Things to Know About. »
- Tim Molloy
In the lead-up to the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, HitFix will be bringing you the lowdown on all 24 Oscar categories with multiple entries each day. Take a few notes and bone up on the competition as we give you the edge in your office Oscar pool! As in Best Costume Design -- the category with which its outcome so frequently goes hand-in-hand -- ornamental period pieces and extravagant fantasies tend to dominate the Best Production Design category. So it's nice that the Academy gave us a fairly varied field this year: period pieces may still make up the majority of the field, but one is of a recent vintage, while the others could hardly be more opposed in their approach to days of year. Meanwhile, neither the futuristic fantasy nor the hi-tech outer-space adventure are as excessively designed as you might expect from nominees in this race. Moreover, »
- Guy Lodge
While Tom Hardy was known to film fans for his turn in movies such as Layer Cake and RocknRolla, he came to the attention of a larger audience with his leading role in 2008′s Bronson. He soon followed that up with performances in films such as Inception, Lawless, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and Warrior, with his selection in a project raising its profile. His newest feature, titled Locke, is written by Eastern Promises screenwriter Steven Knight, who also takes on directing duties. Hardy will be joined onscreen by Ruth Wilson, Andrew Scott, and Olivia Colman, and the first trailer for the film has now been released. The trailer can be seen below.
- Deepayan Sengupta
Paris – Bucking Berlin’s market downturn, Euro film/TV group Studiocanal is closing a weighty deal on its market debut “Man Up” and has sold much of the world on its major auteur crossover offering at Berlin, “Untitled Stephen Frears Project.”
Starring Simon Pegg (“Star Trek Into Darkness”) and Lake Bell (“In a World”), and produced by the U.K.’s Big Talk, Ben Palmer’s “Man Up” is the subject of advanced negotiations for a multi-territory deal with a Hollywood studio taking in Latin America and a sizeable portion of Europe.
A romantic comedy in the vein of “When Harry Met Sally,” “The Proposal” and “The Five Year Engagement, »
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
‘RoboCop’ 2014 movie: Full-fledged flop at domestic box office (photo: Joel Kinnaman in ‘RoboCop’ 2014) Directed by José Padilha, and starring Joel Kinnaman and Abbie Cornish, Sony Pictures’ $100 million-budgeted RoboCop 2014 remake opened with disappointing numbers on Wednesday, February 12, 2014. Things improved a bit over the weekend, but there’s no denying that RoboCop 2014 will become a major domestic box office bomb. (See also: José Padilha hates ‘RoboCop’ 2014 filmmaking process.) According to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo, Padilha’s remake of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 "classic" (as mentioned elsewhere on this site, just about anything made before 2003 is considered a classic these days) landed in third place this extended Presidents Day Weekend, February 14-17, trailing both Warner Bros.’ overwhelmingly well-received The Lego Movie and Sony Pictures / ScreenGems’ low-budget romantic comedy About Last Night. Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street), and featuring the voices of Chris Pratt, »
- Zac Gille
Gandolfini, who has been posthumously nominated for awards at the SAGs and Independent Spirit Awards this year for Enough Said, was the most high-profile absentee.
Griffiths played Vernon Dursley in five Harry Potter instalments and also appeared in Withnail & I and The History Boys.
• Eva Longoria has signed on to star in the Blumhouse horror pic Visions, alongside Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers), Gillian Jacobs (Community), and Anson Mount (Hell on Wheels). Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) is also in talks to join the movie about a pregnant woman (Fisher) who’s haunted by visions of a “sinister hooded figure.” Kevin Greutert (Saw VI) is set to direct. Longoria, who plays Fisher’s character’s best friend in the film, recently wrapped the drama Frontera with Michael Pena and Ed Harris and is currently filming Demian Bichir’s Refugio. [Deadline]
- Lindsey Bahr
Drexl Spivey from True Romance. Sirius Black from Harry Potter. Stansfield from Leon. George Smiley from Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Over the course of his career, Gary Oldman has played characters all over the morality map, crafting memorable performances every time out. He.s switched between good guys and bad guys so much over the course of his career with uniform success that it.s hard not to wonder how virtue if a character affects the actor.s desire to play him. So it was with that exact question that I began my conversation with the star late last month while attending the press day for the new RoboCop. In the film, directed by Brazilian filmmaker José Padilha based on the action classic from 1987, Oldman plays an original character named Dr. Dennett Norton, a world-leading expert in the field of robotic prosthetics. He is called upon by the company OmniCorp »
“I saw the original film when I was nine years old and I was just amazed,” reflected Kinnaman, who’s the lead in the remake. “I’ve seen it 20 times since. So I know my Robocop.”
“I was born in 1981 and I went with my mom, who must have thought it would be a fun movie for kids about robots,” he recalled. “So it was pretty intense for someone as young as I was.”
Producer Eric Newman recalled that he had seen the original at the Regent Theater in Westwood. “Remakes are not easy, partly because people get very possessive about the original,” he added.
Gary Oldman remembered that »
- Dave McNary
Director: Anton Corbijn
Writer: Andrew Bovell
U.S. Distributor: Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions
Among Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last on-screen portrayals, word is that his perf is on par with much of the rest of his body of work and while this John le Carré doesn’t measure up to The Constant Gardener or Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy for thrill-seeking elements, it is nonetheless a satisfying adult divertissement in Anton Corbijn’s young filmography.
Gist: When a half-Chechen, half-Russian, brutally tortured immigrant turns up in Hamburg’s Islamic community, laying claim to his father’s ill gotten fortune, both German and Us security agencies take a close interest: as the clock ticks down and the stakes rise, the race is on to establish this most »
- Eric Lavallee
A glamorous American couple, the charismatic Chester MacFarland and his younger wife Colette, are in Athens during a European vacation.
1962. A glamorous American couple, the charismatic Chester MacFarland (Viggo Mortensen) and his younger wife Colette(Kirsten Dunst), are in Athens during a European vacation. While sightseeing at the Acropolis they encounter Rydal (Oscar Isaac), a young, Greek-speaking American who is working as a tour guide, scamming female tourists on the side. »
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