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August 26th, 2010

Musketeers

A few months ago, news started to trickle out regarding Paul W.S. Anderson's THREE MUSKETEERS film. Anderson has previously mentioned that his version of the Musketeers will have a "modern edge." Now, thanks to Coming Soon, we get our first look at what exactly that means.

Essentially, Musketeers with a modern edge are like old Musketeers but with eye patches. And really, what other reason do you need to check out these set pictures? Let the "musketeering" COMMENCE! (more...)

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August 26th, 2010

Rating: 3.5/5

Writers: Huck Botko & Andrew Gurland
Director: Daniel Stamm
Cast: Patrick Fabrian, Ashley Bell, Louis Herthum, Caleb Landry Jones
Studio: Lionsgate

“Are you a faithless preacher or a mean, motherfucking servant of God?”
-Seth Gecko

The above remark belongs to FROM DUSK TILL DAWN, but it fittingly describes the character at the center of THE LAST EXORCISM, Rev. Cotton Marcus (Patrick Fabian). The believable and relatable enigma of Rev. Marcus anchors THE LAST EXORCISM; he's a complex figure that might be a flawed (but good) soul, or maybe just a man of bullshit that lies to himself as well as others. You’re not quite sure to how to feel towards Marcus, but it is interesting to try and figure out the real reverend as he encounters what could be a demon.

The construction of Marcus and his journey makes THE LAST EXORCISM a thoughtful and emotionally involving film about a lost man hopefully finding his way. The film is also highly creepy and knows how and when to shock the audience. (more...)

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August 26th, 2010

Pitt Stain

Well shucks, partnah'! It would appear we've got ourselves another video game adaptation on our hands. This time, Red Dead Redemption takes hold of the reins and charges forward to the big screen. Red Dead follows the story of a cowboy, John Marston, who must track down his former associates and assassinate them in order to free his family from their government imprisonment. The game has achieved loads of praise and is considered to be one of the best games of 2010.

So who could possible handle the film adaptation of this golden game? Brad Pitt, that's who. At least, we think so? (more...)

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August 26th, 2010

Joss Whedon sure does enjoy being an open book about his upcoming Marvel endeavors, which is greatly appreciated by all of us fans. Just the other day, he gave us a little insight as to what we might expect from THE AVENGERS.

Now, he's letting us in on just what his contributions to CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER were. Check out the jump to see what he had to say! (more...)

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August 26th, 2010

Editor's Note: This review was originally published on March 23rd, 2010.

Rating: 4/5

Director: Neil Marshall
Writer: Neil Marshall
Cast:
Michael Fassbender, Dominic West, Olga Kurylenko

It's not as though contemporary cinema is completely devoid of Roman period films. After all, it was only about ten years ago that GLADIATOR walked away with Best Picture at the Oscars. 300 could be described as similar in the eyes of studios, but Rome is incredibly unique when compared with Ancient Greece. So why do I feel as though we rarely get any good Roman soldier movies?

Neil Marshall, the genre genius behind THE DESCENT and DOG SOLDIERS, has returned to the screen to satiate my thirst with CENTURION. Not only did he satisfy my wanton desire for legionaries slaughtering pagan natives, he impaled my desires with a spear and a battle cry. In fact, I dug this movie a hell of a lot more than Ridley Scott's Academy Award winning film. Check out my full review, after the jump. (more...)

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August 26th, 2010

Is there anyone with a more schizophrenic taste in projects than Chris Rock?

Along with writing the upcoming remake of the brilliant Akira Kurosawa film, HIGH & LOW, Rock has been at the core of remakes of films like DEATH AT A FUNERAL and Eric Rohmer’s film, LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON, which he later turned into I THINK I LOVE MY WIFE. Toss in roles in films like GROWN UPS, and you have a collection of films that span the spectrum of interesting, to completely turgid and unfunny.

Well, according to Production Weekly, he has joined the cast of the upcoming film, 2 DAYS IN NEW YORK, for actor/director Julie Delpy. Wait, what? That’s right, the actor will be joining the sequel to the hilarious romantic dramedy, 2 DAYS IN PARIS, that starred Delpy and Goldberg. The sequel will see Delpy’s character returning, but with a new lover and a kid, so could Rock be filling the Goldberg slot? Talk about an interesting casting choice. (more...)

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August 26th, 2010

It looks like I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS may have finally found a home.

According Deadline, the massively troubled film, I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS, which has seen more release date changes than any film in recent memory, has finally found a distributor and a release date. The outlet is reporting that Roadside Attractions, who recently nabbed up the rights to Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s BIUTIFUL, will release the picture, on December 3. (more...)

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August 26th, 2010

There are few films I am anticipating in the coming months more than Sofia Coppola's SOMEWHERE. To ramp up my anticipation still more, today I've got soundtrack information from the film to share with all you other Coppola-ites. The soundtrack features the previously-announced inclusion of some Phoenix songs – wholly unsurprising, given that Phoenix frontman Thomas Mars is the father of Coppola’s two children. Air, which frequently appears on Coppola soundtracks, is absent from this round, with room given to such mixed artists as The Police, Gwen Stefani, and T. Rex.

Music has played a huge part in all of Coppola’s films, so the announcement of a soundtrack listing for SOMEWHERE isn’t just some bit of marketing – it should give fans of the filmmaker a real sense of the direction and general feeling we will encounter in the film, starring Stephen Dorff as a washed-up Hollywood actor biding his time in LA’s own Chateau Marmont hotel, until the appearance of his young daughter (Elle Fanning) turns his entire life upside down.

Coppola’s MARIE ANTOINETTE was wildly influenced by her use of modern music within it – it drove both the action and the emotion of the film. That soundtrack, an epic two-disc set, featured the likes of Aphex Twin, Air, Bow Wow Wow, and The Cure. My favorite of Coppola’s works, LOST IN TRANSLATION, benefited from an extremely strong soundtrack – I still cannot hear “Just Like Honey” by the Jesus and Mary Chain without feeling as if I’m back in the theater, savoring the film. Even her adaptation of THE VIRGIN SUICIDES featured songs specifically named in Jeffrey Eugenides’ novel, while mixing in modern works by such outstanding bands as Canada’s own Sloan.

Check out the full track listing after the break! (more...)

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August 26th, 2010

Well, if this wasn't a bit of surprising news to perk up the day! In a story that hasn't even had a rumor attached to it before now, Paramount has cast Jeremy Renner to star as partner to Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt in the next installment of MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE. Jeremy Renner...so hot right now.

The Oscar-nominated HURT LOCKER star is thought to be a potential successor to the franchise should Cruise not return after a fifth film. Deadline is reporting that Paramount was originally looking towards younger actors - with the likes of Tom Hardy, Chris Pine, Kevin Zegers, Christopher Egan, and Anthony Mackie in the mix - but ended up choosing Renner (whose just 7 years shy of Cruise, who's 48) for the "Daniel Craig quality" he could bring to the spy thriller series. If we're comparing 007 to IMF, the Renner/Cruise dynamic could present an interesting tension a la Bronson/Bean in GOLDENEYE, though Renner is intended to be a good guy. Should, however, present a cool dynamic between the two strong actors. I for one am glad to see that Renner accepted the mission! (more...)

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August 26th, 2010

Sports films. Eh. Wait. Sports films, starring Sam Rockwell. Yeeeah! As I've long told anyone who will even remotely listen, I'd watch Sam Rockwell shill peanut butter, and would still find whatever performance he turned in to be both hilarious and heartfelt. I am a fan, in short. A BIG FAN!! Sorry. I will return to my carefully guarded critical ground. YEAH, ROCKWELL! ROCK! WELL! Again - apologies.

Today brings us the trailer for the next notch in the belt of Rockwellian cinema - THE WINNING SEASON. All I know about the film is that it stars Rockwell as an unlikely and resistant coach for a girls' high school basketball team. It also stars our new GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, Rooney Mara, as one of his players. Hilarious and heartfelt? I feel it coming, yes, I do. I feel it, how about you? After the break, I've embedded a version of the trailer for our play-along-at-home fun, but be sure to head over to Apple to see it in its full glory. Let's see what else we can deduce from the trailer, sound-free! (more...)

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