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Contender Countdown: Should the Best Picture frontrunners fear 'American Sniper?'

8 October 2014 4:24 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

If it's mid October that means a number of expected Best Picture contenders are increasingly becoming questionable players. Guess things are getting serious, huh? "Inherent Vice" received strong reviews, but mixed reaction from those on the ground at the New York Film Festival over the weekend. Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel won't open in theaters until December and Warner Bros. will slowly screen it over the next few months in Los Angeles as they hope it gets a better audience reception on the West Coast. Still, like "The Master," the shine is somewhat off "Vice" as a potential nominee (although never say never). David Fincher's "Gone Girl" is huge hit with significant critical support, but based on one Academy screening you'd think it has absolutely no shot at a nod. That's silly. 20th Century Fox has months to push the thematic elements of the »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Clint Eastwood's 'American Sniper' trailer is two minutes of heart-pounding terror

2 October 2014 4:57 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Everyone wants to love Clint Eastwood's movies. But after winning Best Director and Best Picture for 2004's "Million Dollar Baby," the actor-turned-director's self-seriousness has left his recent output feeling a little… dry. Sounding great on paper, "Flags of Our Fathers" "Invictus," "J. Edgar" didn't have the cinematic brawn to muscle Eastwood into the award season (though, it should be noted, that his riveting, un-Hollywood war movie "Letters from Iwo Jima" nabbed a Best Picture nomination). Will "American Sniper" be the one voters and critical voices finally get behind? Star Bradley Cooper hopes so. A passion project for the actor, Cooper dedicated himself to obtaining and developing the life story of Navy Seal Chris Kyle's story, one of the deadliest snipers in modern history. Originally set up as directing vehicle for Steven Spielberg, Eastwood boarded the project in Aug. 2013. Now we have the first look at the film and »

- Matt Patches

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Off the Carpet: Christopher Nolan, Brad Pitt and AFI Fest on deck

29 September 2014 10:38 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The New York Film Festival has added David Fincher's "Gone Girl" to the equation and will do the same for Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice" in due time, but let me skip ahead a bit. The "Interstellar" onslaught, you see, has begun. New posters, interviews, a new trailer, TV spots during Sunday Night Football, more imagery, a reported (massive) running time, etc. Nolan's film is finished and has been shown here and there over the last week or so and, well, on a movie like this, it's hard to contain the trickle of buzz (even if everyone is probably signing NDAs). And the buzz is mostly great. However, when I hear certain things about the film — like how it finds a sweet spot between the emotion of Steven Spielberg and the intellect of Stanley Kubrick — I have to wonder if Nolan actually has the former in him. He »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Tiff Sex Comedy 'The Little Death' Lands at Magnolia (Trailer)

23 September 2014 12:57 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

This comic exploration of "the extraordinary sex lives of ordinary people," per the press release, stars breakout talent including Damon Herriman ("J. Edgar"), Bojana Novakovic ("Burning Man"), Kate Mulvany ("The Great Gatsby") and Lawson himself ("House of Lies"). Aussie director Lawson's debut plumbs the sexual kinks of five suburban couples, from the mundane to the hilarious and fetishistic. Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles promises "shockingly funny sex humor" and "a warmly affectionate look at adult relationships." The company is eyeing a 2015 release. The film was produced by Jamie Hilton, Michael Petroni and Matt Reeder for See Pictures, and executive produced by Phil Hunt, Compton Ross, Josh Pomeranz, Viv Scanu and Stephen Boyle. Australian trailer below. »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Josh Lawson's Sex Comedy ‘The Little Death’ Acquired by Magnolia Pictures

23 September 2014 12:07 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to writer-director Josh Lawson's Australian sex comedy “The Little Death,” which made its world premiere earlier this month at the Toronto International Film Festival, the company announced Tuesday. Magnolia is planning a 2015 release. Exploring the extraordinary sex lives of ordinary people, Lawson's directorial debut stars Damon Herriman (“J. Edgar”), Bojana Novakovic (“Devil”), Kate Mulvany (“The Great Gatsby”) as well as Lawson himself, who stars on Showtime's “House of Lies.” Also read: Seth Rogen Teams With Adam McKay, Ben Schwartz For Untitled Comedy Both an edgy sex comedy and a warm-hearted depiction of the secret lives of. »

- Jeff Sneider

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Tiff 14: Noah Baumbach’s ‘While We’re Young’ and Saverio Costanzo’s ‘Hungry Hearts’

10 September 2014 4:34 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

While We’re Young

Written and directed by Noah Baumback

USA

Hungry Hearts

Written and directed by Saverio Costanzo

Italy

Since 2009, Adam Driver has infiltrated indie cinema and Hollywood alike. Starting off with small, independent shorts and bit parts on Television, he parlayed himself into bit parts in major Hollywood pictures like J. Edgar, and Lincoln. He then broke into mainstream cred as Adam Sackler on Lena Dunham’s Girls. Oh, he’s also going to be in the new Star Wars installment.

He’s no stranger to the festival circuit, either, least of all Tiff. In 2012 he co-starred alongside Greta Gerwig in Noah Baumbach’s magnificent Frances Ha at Toronto’s festival. The following year, he starred in Australian drama Tracks alongside Mia Wasikowska, and appeared in the Zoe Kazan, Daniel Radcliffe starrer What If (known at Tiff ’13 as The F Word.) This year, he’s front and center »

- Ariel Fisher

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Little Death coming across Europe

9 September 2014 9:56 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

LevelK sells Australian sex comedy to raft of territories.

Josh Lawson’s sex-fetish comedy The Little Death has been snapped up by buyers following its international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

LevelK has sold the film to the UK (Kaleidoscope), France and Spain (Wild Bunch), Germany, Switzerland and Austria (WeltKino), Greece (Seven Films) and Taiwan (Joint Entertainment).

Negotiations are currently ongoing in Toronto for multiple territories, according to LevelK.

Lawson’s directorial debut explores the secret lives of five suburban couples living in Sydney and stars Damon Herriman (The Water Diviner, J. Edgar), Bojana Novakovic (Burning Man), Kate Mulvany (The Great Gatsby) and Josh Lawson (House of Lies, Anchorman 2).

Producers are Jamie Hilton, Michael Petroni and Matt Reeder for See Pictures; and executive producers are Phil Hunt, Compton Ross, Josh Pomeranz, Viv Scanu and Stephen Boyle.

Financing by Ticket to Ride in association with Head Gear Film, Screen Australia »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Little Death heads across Europe

9 September 2014 9:56 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

LevelK sells Australian sex comedy to raft of territories.

Josh Lawson’s sex-fetish comedy The Little Death has been snapped up by buyers following its international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

LevelK has sold the film to the UK (Kaleidoscope), France and Spain (Wild Bunch), Germany, Switzerland and Austria (WeltKino), Greece (Seven Films) and Taiwan (Joint Entertainment).

Negotiations are currently ongoing in Toronto for multiple territories, according to LevelK.

Lawson’s directorial debut explores the secret lives of five suburban couples living in Sydney and stars Damon Herriman (The Water Diviner, J. Edgar), Bojana Novakovic (Burning Man), Kate Mulvany (The Great Gatsby) and Josh Lawson (House of Lies, Anchorman 2).

Producers are Jamie Hilton, Michael Petroni and Matt Reeder for See Pictures; and executive producers are Phil Hunt, Compton Ross, Josh Pomeranz, Viv Scanu and Stephen Boyle.

Financing by Ticket to Ride in association with Head Gear Film, Night Kitchen Productions, Red Apple »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Release: Jersey Boys

4 September 2014 9:42 AM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Release Date: Nov. 11, 2014

Price: DVD $28.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $35.99

Studio: Warner

The Four Seasons come to life in Jersey Boys.

Based on the Tony Award-winning musical, Jersey Boys is a music-filled drama featuring The Four Seasons’ songs that influenced a generation, is directed by the seemingly immortal Clint Eastwood (J. Edgar, Million Dollar Baby).

Jersey Boys stars tells the story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons. The story of their trials and triumphs are accompanied by the songs that influenced a generation, including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Dawn,” “Rag Doll,” “Bye Bye Baby,” “Who Loves You,” and many more.

John Lloyd Young reprises his Tony Award-winning portrayal of the legendary lead singer of The Four Seasons, Frankie Valli. Erich Bergen stars as Bob Gaudio, »

- Laurence

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Final Scores: The Top 20 Summer Movies

1 September 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

In many ways this was always going to be a ‘Marking Time’ summer. The hoopla of debuting blockbusters was constantly being eclipsed by breaking news about the big summer movies of 2015/16. With photos and plot details being drip-fed all summer from the sets of Star Wars: Episode VII, Avengers: Age of Ulton and Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, it took a bit of effort to get genuinely excited about the upcoming fourth Transformers movie.

There was an orderly, uncontroversial tone to the summer line-up this year; everybody behaved as predicted. There were no Lone Rangers or John Carters; no Battleship-level disasters. The biggest disappointments of the season were probably Seth MacFarlane’s Ted follow-up, A Million Ways to Die in The West and the entirely unwanted Expendables 3 (which scraped back $27m; barely enough to cover the cod liver oil and Sanatogen allowance for the cast).

Instead, the malaise was »

- Cai Ross

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Off the Carpet: Eastwood crashes the season as Telluride gears up for another edition

18 August 2014 2:58 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It's been an interesting run of films for director Clint Eastwood in the 10 years since his "Million Dollar Baby" crashed the 2004 Oscar party and ran away with the gold. I say "interesting" because, at least in awards season terms, it's been a run particularly notable for lots of revving but nothing that ever materialized as a significant player. Right after "Baby" it was the one-two punch of "Flags of Our Fathers" and "Letters from Iwo Jima" in 2006, a bold play for the then-75-year-old filmmaker. While developing an adaptation of John Bradley's book for the former, Eastwood felt a perspective from the Japanese side of the WWII equation was warranted, so he quickly developed the latter. And it was "Letters" that felt like it had more on its mind, yielding surprise (for some) nominations for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay, as well an Oscar for Best Sound Editing. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Poster And Trailer For 'Revenge Of The Green Dragons'

14 August 2014 2:31 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

The first poster and trailer for Andrew Lau's Revenge of the Green Dragons have arrived online. The film will have its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.

Revenge of the Green Dragons is based on  Frederick Dannen's New Yorker article that told the story of the underworld of Asian-American gang life in 80's and 90's New York City.

The film stars Justin Chon (Twilight: Breaking Dawn), Kevin Wu, Harry Shum, Jr. (Glee), Shuya Chang, with Geoff Pierson (J. Edgar), Billy Magnussen and Ray Liotta.

Martin Scorsese is backing the film as Executive Producer. Scorsese is a fan of Lau. His film, The Departed, is a remake of Lau's Internal Affairs.

Here's the film's official synopsis:

In the vein of crime classics like Mean Streets and Infernal Affairs, Revenge Of The Green Dragons follows two immigrant brothers Sonny (Justin Chon) and Steven (Kevin Wu) who survive the impoverished despair »

- Laura Frances

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'Revenge of the Green Dragons' Trailer from Producer Martin Scorsese

13 August 2014 2:15 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

A24 Films and DirecTV have released the first trailer and poster for Revenge of the Green Dragons, which will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next month. DirecTV subscribers will get to see the action-thriller first, with an exclusive 30-day window starting September 11, with a theatrical release in October to follow from A24 Films. Check out the first footage and one-sheet, then read on for more details about this true-story adaptation starring Justin Chon, Kevin Wu, Harry Shum Jr. and Ray Liotta, which was executive produced by Martin Scorsese.

A24 and DirecTV have teamed up on Revenge of the Green Dragons, directed by Andrew Lau & Andrew Loo, and executive produced by Martin Scorsese.

Revenge of the Green Dragons will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. DirecTV will immediately follow with an exclusive 30-day window beginning September 11, followed by an A24 theatrical release in October. »

- MovieWeb

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Check Out Poster & Trailer For Revenge Of The Green Dragons

13 August 2014 2:07 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

A24 and DirecTV have teamed up on Revenge Of The Green Dragons, directed by Andrew Lau & Andrew Loo, and executive produced by Martin Scorsese.

Here’s a first look at the brand new poster and trailer for the film.

In the vein of crime classics like Mean Streets and Infernal Affairs, Revenge Of The Green Dragons follows two immigrant brothers Sonny (Justin Chon) and Steven (Kevin Wu) who survive the impoverished despair of New York in the 1980s by joining Chinatown gang “The Green Dragons”. The brothers quickly rise up the ranks, drawing the unwanted attention of hard-boiled city cops.

After an ill- fated love affair pits Sonny against his own brother, he sets out for revenge on the very gang who made him who he is. From acclaimed Director Andrew Lau and Andrew Loo, and legendary Executive Producer Martin Scorsese comes a brilliant mix between a Hong Kong action »

- Michelle McCue

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Emily Hampshire Takes on Brad Pitt's Role in Syfy's 12 Monkeys

29 July 2014 1:21 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Well this is interesting.  Syfy has said repeatedly that they didn't want a simple re-tread of the classic Terry Gilliam film in their 12 Monkeys TV series, and even though their first trailer looks exactly like it, they're at least changing up our perceptions of the characters.  It's been announced that Emily Hampshire (a female if that was unclear) has snagged the role originally played by Brad Pitt (not a female).  

I'm never opposed to seeing some creative casting choices for roles, even for well known properties.  I've always been a big proponent of giving the best actor for the job the role (regardless of appearances).  So hopefully, that's what Syfy is doing here by casting Emily Hampshire in the role Brad Pitt occupied in the film, and not some PR stunt to gather attention:

Emily Hampshire (Cosmpolis, All The Wrong Reasons) has been cast in a major role in the Syfy series 12 Monkeys. »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Jordan Maison)

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'Demolition' May Get Naomi Watts Alongside Jake Gyllenhaal

22 July 2014 2:08 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Naomi Watts is in negotiations to join Jake Gyllenhaal in Jean-Marc Vall&#233e's upcoming dramatic comedy Demolition.

The project is based on the 2007 Black List script by Bryan Sipe and follows a young investment banker (Jake Gyllenhaal) struggling to cope after the tragic death of his wife. During his attempt to put his life back together, he becomes obsessed with destruction and develops a unusual relationship with a pot smoking single mother (Naomi Watts).

Lianne Halfon, John Malkovich and Russell Smith are producing with Black Label Media's Molly Smith, Thad Luckinbill and Trent Luckinbill. Jason Reitman and Helen Estabrook are executive producing.

Naomi Watts previously starred in J. Edgar and will next be seen alongside Shailene Woodley in The Divergent Series: Insurgent. No production schedule has been released.

Demolition comes to theaters in 2015 and stars Jake Gyllenhaal. The film is directed by Jean-Marc Vallée. »

- MovieWeb

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Dustin Lance Black and Leonardo DiCaprio Are Bringing a Charles Lindbergh Biopic to TV

17 July 2014 12:28 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Going down the biopic route once more, scribe Dustin Lance Black ("J. Edgar," "Milk") has signed a deal to pen a limited series following the life of intrepid aviator and explorer Charles Lindbergh. Based on A. Scott Berg’s Pulitzer-awarded biography "Lindbergh," the series will, in the words of executive producers Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Killoran, “explore Lindbergh's true past.” (This is a way of saying that, surprise, the endeavor will put equal light on his public heroism as well as his anti-Semitism.) Berg and Kevin McCormick will co-produce.  According to Black, Lindbergh is “far from perfect,” yet nevertheless strived to “rectify the unseen ramifications of what the world still considers his greatest successes.” It's early days on this one, as word on casting, directorial involvement, network, start dates, and so on is forthcoming. Black will pen the series, originally a Paramount film project, for Paramount TV »

- Nick Newman

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'Milk' Writer Dustin Lance Black Explains How to Write a Screenplay

15 July 2014 9:36 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

We've featured some cool shorts from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that have gone behind the scenes of the special effects behind Jurassic Park and also showed comedian Patton Oswalt unleashed on their film archives so he could choose a movie to watch at the New Beverly in Los Angeles. The latest Academy Original is a little more informative though, and it's a must-see for anyone who is aspiring to write motion pictures, or anyone who has a great interest in filmmaking in general. Milk and J. Edgar screenwriter Dustin Lance Black explains his process of writing a screenplay, and it's fascinating. Watch! Here's the Creative Spark featuring Dustin Lance Black from Academy Originals: Black definitely knows what he's doing, especially since he won as Oscar for writing Milk. And if you're not already aware, the screenplay is the most important part of the filmmaking process. You »

- Ethan Anderton

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June Box Office Down 16 Percent From Last Year's Record

1 July 2014 4:30 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

The domestic box office totaled $1.04 billion in June, which is a pretty standard result for the second month of Summer. Unfortunately, it was off a massive 16 percent from last year's $1.25 billion record, which puts the yearly box office in a precarious position heading in to the third quarter.Last June's lineup was unusually strong: Man of Steel, Monsters University and World War Z earned a combined $543 million during the month. In comparison, the Top Three titles in June 2014 earned a more modest $420 million.Maleficent led the way with $153.4 million. This is the first time a May release topped the June box office since Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End in 2007. The Angelina Jolie fantasy opened to a strong $69.4 million at the end of May, and has held incredibly well since then. It's on track for around $230 million total, which is nearly on par with last year's Oz The Great and Powerful »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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The Academy Invites 271 New Members for 2014

26 June 2014 12:44 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »

- Brad Brevet

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