The adaptation of fairy tale musical Into the Woods is ramping up towards it’s fall production with a ton of casting announcements coming our way. Earlier this week it was announced that Chris Pine, reaching the ubiquitous phase of his career, was in talks to join the film as one of the Princes, along with Jake Gyllenhaal. Emily Blunt and Christine Baranski have also joined the previously announced cast of Meryl Streep as the Witch and Johnny Depp as the Wolf. Read more on Pine, Gyllenhaal, Blunt and Baranski heading ‘Into the Woods’…
After delighting audiences and critics with his Oscar-winning drama A Separation (2011), Asghar Farhadi’s follow-up film The Past with Tahar Rahim and Berenice Bejo were on the top of many anticipated lists for the year. As the film just played at the Cannes Film Festival, reactions started pouring in with very positive notices.
Judging by the initial reactions, Farhadi might find himself in Screenplay contention once more with possibilities for Picture, Director, and even Actress for Berenice Bejo, the Oscar-nominated actress from Michel Hazanavicius’ The Artist (2011). The 41-year-old director (can you believe he’s only 41?) was nominated for Original Screenplay and won Foreign Language Film despite a poorly placed US release that many found problems with. Many believe, a Best Picture contender, the film could have been.
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Only days after the official trailer premiered, Lee Daniels’ upcoming film The Butler with Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey has shifted its release date according to Deadline.
The film was originally scheduled to drop October 18 and has now been moved to August 16. Does this mean the Weinstein Company has lost faith in their potential Oscar vehicle or was it a strategic move to get their film noticed sooner? Who knows? There was a mixed reaction to the trailer from critics and viewers so perhaps it was damage control on their part. Read more on The Weinstein Company Moves ‘The Butler’ to August 16!…
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August: Osage County is one of the most anticipated films of the Oscar season given it’s ensemble cast led by Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts and award winning pedigree (it won the Tony and the Pulitzer Prize). Today on GMA, the Weinstein Company debuted the trailer giving everyone the first look at the material since the test screening held in March. The trailer, while establishing all of the main players, is a more subtle affair, choosing to not play up the acidic wit of Lett’s writing or the really big confrontations, although you do get a glimpse of the dinner scene. Check it out after the jump!
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After taking Sundance by storm and getting a name change, Fruitvale Station is all set to head to the Croisette as an official selection of the Cannes Film Festival. Today, the Weinstein Company debuted a beautiful new poster that highlights the movie’s unique location and one of the central relationships. While I liked the movie coming out of Sundance, it’ll be interesting to see how it plays with the Cannes crowd. At any rate, check out the wonderful poster after the jump! Read more on Sundance hit and Cannes Official Selection ‘Fruitvale Station’ gets a new poster…
This morning the American Theater Wing announced their nominees for the 2013 Tony Awards and per usual the musicals lead the way with the nomination tally. Kinky Boots, the adaptation of the 2005 film with its all star team (Jerry Mitchell, Harvey Feirstein and Cyndi Lauper), sashayed its way to 13 nominations including two Lead Actor noms for Stark Sands and Billy Porter and Best Musical. Matilda the musical followed close behind with 12 and the smash hit revival of Pippin managed 10. On the play side, the revival of boxing drama Golden Boy won 8 nominations and Tom Hanks found himself with a Tony nom for Lead Actor in a Play as Lucky Guy gatherd 6 nominations including Best Play. Check out the rest after the jump! Read more on 2013 Tony Nominations announced, ‘Kinky Boots’ leads the pack with 13…
As the Tribeca Film Festival gets ready to close its doors this weekend, at least until next year, the juries for various categories have selected their winners for the films that were in contention.
The full list and press release is listed below after the jump but some notable films that were noticed were The Rocket and The Broken Circle Breakdown, both of which I see tomorrow afternoon. I’ll be able to weigh in on those later this weekend. The Rocket, directed by Kim Mordaunt, won awards for Best Narrative Feature and Best Actor for Sitthiphon Disamoe. The Broken Circle Breakdown won Best Actress for Veerle Baetens and Best Screenplay. One film I’m very excited for is Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais’ Whitewash with Thomas Haden Church, a film and performance that is in desperate need of attention if it gets a wide release later in the year. The film won for Best New Narrative Director.
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If luck is a lady, we might be seeing two of the rising stars of the silver screen in a movie musical. Earlier today, reports came out that Fox was planning to remake Guys and Dolls. Not surprising given the rampant remake culture in Hollywood and the enduring popularity of the musical, but was surprising was the rumors that Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon Levitt are being courted to star in the picture, playing the roles Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando played in the 1955 film. Producers no doubt are trying to capture some of the charisma both men showed in their brief moments during the past Academy Award ceremony.
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We’re really start to get into the swing of things with the Broadway awards season as the Drama League Award Nominations were announced. The awards, honoring both the best in Broadway and Off-Broadway, highlight some of the major contenders for the Tonys like Pippin, Kinky Boots, and stars such as Tom Hanks, Cicely Tyson and Scarlett Johansson. The award show will be held on May 17th at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. Check out the nominations after the jump!
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Other than history books, Hollywood is primarily responsible for keeping stories about World War II in the public consciousness and war films are often proving grounds for young male actors. Shia LaBeouf is hoping to join in that long history by boarding Fury, the World War II film written and to be directed David Ayer. The film, which also stars Brad Pitt, will follow the commander of a Sherman tank and its five-man crew on a mission behind enemy lines. Story is set in April 1945 as Nazi Germany collapses.
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After the massive success of The Avengers, Marvel is kicking off Phase 2 in earnest as they look towards summer 2015′ sequel to that massive film. But first we’ll be treated to some stand alone sequels, one of which is Thor: The Dark World, which just dropped an intriguing teaser trailer. This film sees Thor fighting to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all. Check it out after the jump! Read more on ‘Thor: The Dark World’ Teaser Trailer Drops, highlights fun reuinions, dark elves…
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Broadway’s awards season is starting to get rolling, kicking off today with the announcement of the Outer Critics Circle which saw the revival of Pippin leading the nominations with 11 nominations. The musical, incredibly popular in regional theatres and high schools, is a transfer of the A.R.T. run, directed by Tony winner Dianne Paulus, and features Tony Award nominee Patina Miller as Leading Player. On the new musical side Kinky Boots, the musical adaptation of the Joel Edgerton/Chiwetel Ejiofor movie of the same name, was 2nd in the nomination tally with 9 noms including Best Musical. Kinky Booots, with its cast, book by Harvey Feirstein and score by Cyndi Lauper, is one of the front runners for leading the Tony Award nominations, which will be announced next week. Other shows nominated included the musical adaptation of Matilda, revivals of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and The Trip to Bountiful. Check out the full list of nominees after the jump! Read more on Revival of ‘Pippin’ leads Outer Critics Circle with 11 nominations, ‘Kinky Boots’ get 9…
Young Adult novels have been all the rage these past few years from Twilight to Hunger Games to the upcoming Divergent series. When you have a glut of movies of “similar” subject matter, the only way to differentiate yourself is through the casting. The producers of The Maze Runner have tapped Teen Wolf star and internet favorite Dylan O’Brien to play the lead character in the adaptation of the dystopian trilogy. The film centers around a group of teens who wake up in a maze with no memory of how they got there and their struggles to search for a way out. Read more on Dylan O’Brien of MTV’s “Teen Wolf” lands Maze Runner Lead…
While Oscar always has their eyes on anything produced by the Weinstein Company, other studios are showing up with an impressive slate of films for the 2013 awards season. Relativity Media, who haven’t had their fair share of award-worthy projects has announced their upcoming films for the rest of the year.
Last year, the company managed an Oscar nomination in Costume Design for the posthumous work of Eiko Ishioka for Mirror Mirror (2012). They also had the indie hit Haywire (2012) with Gina Carano which many, including our own Joseph Braverman, really loved. But for every good film, there’s a bad one in their midst. So far in 2013, the company handled the abysmal Movie 43, Lasse Hallstrom’s Safe Haven, and the comedy 21 & Over. The rest of the year looks rather promising for the studio. Not looking so much like an awards player, in August they’ll release the thriller Paranoia with Liam Hemsowrth and Oscar-nominee Gary Oldman. Read more on Relativity Media Announces 2013 Releases!…
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The upcoming hopeful from Ryan Coogler and The Weinstein Company, which received high praise from the Sundance Film Festival, has officially changed its title. The film, originally called “Fruitvale,” will now be called Fruitvale Station.
The film that tells the story of the true story of Oscar, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008. The film stars Michael B. Jordan as Oscar and and also co-stars Academy Award Winner Octavia Spencer.
The film is still set to open on July 26, 2013. Read more on Weinstein Company Changes ‘Fruitvale’ Title…
If nothing else, Baz Luhrman’s The Great Gatsby is going for opulence in extremes and if the movie fails it won’t be because of his lack in trying to entertain and wow the audience. As evidence in the final trailer for the film released today via NewNowNext, it looks like Gatsby will either be a blinding hot mess or a sumptuous thrill. A soundtrack sampler also arrived online today featuring artists like Jay-Z, Fergie (whose song is attached to the new trailer), Florence + The Machine, Gotye, Lana Del Rey and Jack White among others. Check out the extravagance after the jump! Read more on Final Trailer for ‘Great Gatsby’ and Sample Soundtrack…
Jaime Foxx has been having sort of a career renaissance lately, so why is he looking so blue? Well apparently it’s for his new role as Electro the villain in the sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man. The film is being shot in New York and like most things celebrity, photos were taken of the actor in full makeup walking around Times Square. Peep the large photo and Jaime’s comments on the costume after the jump!
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Oscar winning composer Michael Giacchino and J.J. Abrams have worked together on all of his films and the collaboration has produced some great movie music and moments. They are working together again for Star Trek Into Darkness and this morning, the theme for that highly anticipated film has been revealed. The 21st Century Orchestra held a concert and premiered the theme during a concert of Giacchino’s music, which was captured on video by Youtube user schulerst. Check out the tune after the jump! Read more on Listen to Michael Giacchino’s theme for ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’…
It’s safe to say that after the first Hunger Games film racked up a near $700 million box office haul, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire would be one of the most anticipated films of the year. During the MTV Movie Awards Lionsgate debuted the trailer for the film which is set to arrive in theaters in November 22. Catching Fire continues the story of Katniss Everdeen and the post-apocalyptic nation of Panem. As Katniss and Peeta embark on their Victors Tour they begin to sense that a rebellion is coming, but the Capitolis still in control and preparing the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever. Check it out after the jump!
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After being announced recently that Matthew McConaughey will be starring in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, Deadline is reporting that recent Academy Award Winner Anne Hathaway is close to signing on for a role.
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After his last film A Separation won the Best Foreign Language Oscar, movie fans have eagerly awaited Ashgar Farhadi’s next film. Now we get our first look at his follow up to that wonderful film. The Past sees him teaming up with Oscar nominated actress Bérénice Bejo (The Artist) and Tahar Rahim (A Prophet) to tell a story centered on an Iranian man (Ali Mosaffa) having long-term domestic problems with his French wife (Bejo) whom he deserts along with their two children to go back to his homeland. In the mean time, his wife is seeing a French man (Rahim) and therefore writes to him and asks for a divorce which compels the man to come back to France, only to see his wife’s new partner in his home beside his children. Check out the trailer after the jump! Read more on Trailer for Ashgar Farhadi’s ‘The Past’ arrives online!…
This has to be the best score of the year so far. That might seem rather hyperbolic but the score for Oblivion is just that good. Joseph Trapanese seems to really flourish in his collaborations with electronic bands and he teamed up with M83 to craft a wonderful score for the new Tom Cruise film about a veteran assigned to extract Earth’s remaining resources begins to question what he knows about his mission and himself. It’s got a Tron Legacy-type feel to it and a really great sense of forward momentum. Check it out after the jump! Read more on Beautiful score for ‘Oblivion’ arrives online…
You remember way back when in 2002 when Femme Fatale filmmaker Brian De Palma cut a trailer with the entire film in it? But it was so stylish and super fast that everyone loved it? Well if you did something similar, the results were less stylistic and just all around underwhelming you’d have the trailer for the Kimberly Peirce directed Carrie remake. Starring Julianne Moore and Chloe Grace Moretz, Carrie centers around a sheltered high school girl (Moretz) who unleashes her newly developed telekinetic powers after she is pushed too far by her peers. Check out the trailer after the jump!
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“So on this day of reflection I say again, thank you for going on this journey with me. I’ll see you at the movies.” – Roger Ebert, 4/2/13
A film critic for 46 at the Chicago Sun Times, Roger Ebert has passed away today just two days after announcing he was taking a break from reviewing films full time. For many of us, Roger Ebert is what defined films and film criticism. Whether it was his TV show with good friend Gene Siskel or his list of 100 great films, Ebert was a titan in the industry and his impact will not be forgotten. The Chicago Sun Times ran a beautiful piece on this great man who will most definitely be missed.
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