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James Wallace

by: James Wallace
August 15th, 2010

This contest is now over!  Please check your email to see if you’ve won!

We are giving you the chance to win passes (good for you +1 guest) to our advance screening of Warner Bros.’ new comedy LOTTERY TICKET, starring Ice Cube, Bow Wow, and Mike Epps.

The screening will take place on Monday, August 17 at 7:30 PM in Dallas, TX. All you must do for your chance to win is fill out the form after the break!

PLEASE ONLY ENTER IF YOU CAN SURELY ATTEND THE SCREENING. ONE ENTRY PER HOUSEHOLD. MUST BE AT LEAST 17 YEARS OF AGE TO ENTER. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. (more…)

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
August 15th, 2010

This contest is now over! Please check your email to see if you’ve won!

We are giving you the chance to win passes (good for you +1 guest) to our advance screening of Warner Bros.’ new romantic comedy, GOING THE DISTANCE, starring Justin Long and Drew Barrymore.

The screening will take place on Monday, August 23 at 7:30 PM in Dallas, TX. All you must do for your chance to win is fill out the form after the break! Winners will be selected no later than Friday, August 20.

PLEASE ONLY ENTER IF YOU CAN SURELY ATTEND THE SCREENING. ONE ENTRY PER HOUSEHOLD. MUST BE AT LEAST 17 YEARS OF AGE TO ENTER. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. (more…)

Drew Tinnin

by: Drew Tinnin
August 15th, 2010

The prequel trilogy and Special Editions of STAR WARS are truly some of the most frustrating films for movie geeks everywhere: never have their been so many brilliant sequences coupled with some of the most baffling, cringe-inducing moments that seem to be straight from the mind of a special needs child. Prepare for all those moments to clash together in crystal clear resolution when the entire saga hits Blu-ray next year! Yay.

The new packaging will include the Special Editions (bet you a thousand Republic credits) and the prequels, plus never-before-seen deleted scenes. George Lucas also said they are looking at doing an entirely new digital transfer of the theatrical releases of the first three films (ya know, the ones where Han shoots first), so plan on a re-release of the OT’s (that’s what the suckers…uhh…hardcore STAR WARS fans call them) in the coming decade.

Check out one of the deleted scenes from RETURN OF THE JEDI after the force-jump! (more…)

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
August 14th, 2010

After critical failures THE BLACK DAHLIA and REDACTED, it looks like things may finally be heating up in the Brian De Palma camp.

According to Vulture, the legendary filmmaker is set to head back to the well, and pick up the pieces of a six year old film, TOYER. Based on a Gardner McKay novel and play, the film follows a “serial lunatic, who doesn’t rape or murder his beautiful female victims, he toys with them, torturing them psychologically, then putting them into a medically induced coma.” (more…)

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
August 14th, 2010

Damn you Entertainment Weekly, always getting the interesting first looks.

Thanks to the outlet (via The Playlist), we have our first, albeit tiny, glimpse at the hotly anticipated film, BRIDESMAIDS.  Featuring an all-star cast including Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Dianne Wiest, Matthew Lucas, and Chris O’Dowd just to name a few, the film is being produced by Judd Apatow and helmed by Paul Feig. (more…)

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
August 13th, 2010

You can at least rest easy knowing it’s not another McG film.

Dark Horizons is reporting that Hannover House and Red Bear Entertainment have gotten the film rights to the franchise from Pacificor (a hedge fund company who picked up the rights early this year), and  have announced plans for TERMINATOR 3000. (more…)

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
August 13th, 2010

Whether you really did ask or not, you got one. Thank the 8-bit gods of animation above! And know that when I say “the world” I’m referring to Adult Swim. But hey, I’m not far off. Those guys come from the world of funny and awesome, two things Scott Pilgrim most definitely is.

The 3:49 animated short is entitled SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE ANIMATION and serves as a bit of a prequel for the film, showing a day in the life of a young Pilgrim (Cera lends his vocal talents here for the cartoon version of his character) enrolled at the St. Joel’s Secondary School where he meets for the first time future Sex Bomb-omb drummer and future ex-girlfriend Kim Pine (voiced by Alison Pill, who also plays Pine in the film). But when the males of St. Joel’s are beat up and Kim is kim-napped by the Benvie boys of Benvie Tech High School, Scott has to come to her rescue and defeat their leader Simon Lee (a villain who’s voice strangely resembles another SCOTT PILGRIM actor/evil ring leader. Yeah, it’s Jason Schwartzman). Mae Whitman, who plays ex-ex Roxy Richter in the film, also provides her pipes for Lisa Miller (a high school friend of Scott’s from the graphic novel) in the cartoon.

Check out the very stylistically faithful short after the break, which was sanctioned by director Edgar Wright and Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O’Malley! (more…)

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
August 13th, 2010

For their next project, the Brothers Coen- who seem to just pump one out after another – are adapting the novel by Charles Portis, which you may have already known. You may have also known that an adaptation from 1969 starring John Wayne, Robert Duvall, and Dennis Hopper already exists. This one however is said to be truer to the source material and, in true Coen form, grittier.

The Playlist has an image of Bridges and actress Hailee Steinfeld from Entertainment Weekly‘s Fall preview issue (even though the film comes out on Christmas’ Day), set to hit stands this week. In the film, Bridges plays Rooster J. Cogburn, a U.S. Marshal hired by Steinfeld’s character to track down her father’s killer (Josh Brolin) and the gang he rides with (which includes the likes of Barry Pepper). Matt Damon co-stars as a young Texas Ranger enlisted to help Cogburn and the girl. Did I mention that Bridges wears a sweet eye patch in the film? Because he does.

Check out the still after the break, along with a few words from Matt Damon on the Coens’ adaptation. (more…)

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
August 13th, 2010

With David Fincher’s dramatic vision of the rocky rise of Facebook on its way from the computer screen to the silver screen, could a film about Twitter be far behind? The guys over at Indy Mogul have already got a head start on the film, with this faithful and hilarious retweet of THE SOCIAL NETWORK, exploring the beginnings of everyone’s favorite 140-character musing-filled social network site. Would it be too much to ask for a movie about Xanga?

For your viewing pleasure, I present to you your Found Film Friday for August 13, 2010 – THE TWIT NETWORK (more…)

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
August 13th, 2010

I am the last person in the world to discount the pull and attraction of romantic comedies – but I refuse to see a “rom-com” just because it looks like a “fun chick flick.” Fine casting pedigrees, flimsy plots, and my genetic status as a lady do not mean that I will succumb to just anything. Case in point – films like THE UGLY TRUTH and VALENTINE’S DAY, both prime examples of films seemingly engineered for women. Both films made me feel alternately dirty and angry and sad and nauseous. I will not love your film because I have breasts and have grown up on too many fairy tales! All of that does not explain why I instantly said “oooooh!’ when I saw that trailer for HOW DO YOU KNOW had been released. Reese Witherspoon! Paul Rudd! Owen Wilson! Jack Nicholson! Rom-com! Girls’ night! Cosmos! Screw dudes tonight!

Forgive me. How to regain my critical eye? Well, an Audio-Free Trailer treatment, of course! Come along with me as we explore, via only pretty moving pictures, just what director James L. Brooks has in store for us with HOW DO YOU KNOW. How do you know anything without sound? Let’s find out! (more…)

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
August 13th, 2010

This thing will not die.

After losing its director 24 hours after it was announced, Paramount has found a director for its upcoming 3D Justin Bieber biopic, and it’s a name Bieber fans may be used to seeing.

Deadline is reporting that Jon Chu, director of the last two STEP UP films, has joined the project, with production on the film already getting underway. Cameras will be following Beiber’s current tour for behind-the-scenes footage, with the release date currently set for February 11, 2011. (more…)

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
August 13th, 2010

Sometimes, the title of a film is just too awesome to not talk about it.

According to Deadline, Fox Searchlight has acquired the rights to a pitch, entitled MOTHERF***ER, from writer/director Daryl Wein. It follows a “guy who falls in love with a girl. When she brings him home to meet her parents, he falls for his girlfriend’s mom.”

The film will be penned by Wein and writing partner Zoe Lister-Jones, with Wein directing the film, much like he did for the pair’s other film, BREAKING UPWARDS. (more…)

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
August 13th, 2010

Maybe those talks for the now-dead take on THE PROMISED LAND, once to be helmed by John Hillcoat with Shia LaBeouf and Ryan Gosling starring, haven’t gone to waste.

According to The Wrap, both Hillcoat and LaBeouf are currently looking to hop aboard a project called TRIPLE NINE, a film penned by Matt Cooke. It follows “a group of crooked cops planning a major heist who realize they must shoot one of their own in order to get away with it. The lead character is an upstanding young officer who they choose as their victim. 999 is the police code indicating that an officer needs immediate assistance.” (more…)

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
August 13th, 2010

We recently got the chance to sit down with Ramona Flowers and ex-bleach blonde ex-beau Todd Ingram, bassist for the indie band The Clash At Demonhead, for a little couple’s counseling…well, in reality it was Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Brandon Routh to talk SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD – a film that, as you will see in the following interview, is quite hard to encapsulate with mere words.

Check it out to find out what evil ex the two actors would throw down with given the chance, their first memories of reading Scott Pilgrim, their experiences in becoming immersed into the unique universe of Scott Pilgrim via Edgar Wright’s hyper-stylized adaptation, and what it was like for Routh approaching three very different comic book worlds.

And for all you prophets of Pilgrim, you’ll be interested to hear Winstead and Routh reveal details about the lists that Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O’Malley gave them before filming, which described qualities and past experiences of their characters that they were not allowed to share with the other actors in the film.

Or if you just want to hear what Winstead’s favorite Flowers’ hair color was, you should just check out the interview. It’s all there and more after the break! (more…)

Chase Whale

by: Chase Whale
August 13th, 2010

Ben Mendelsohn

Don’t look into his eyes because he’s just looking where he’s going to fucking bite you.
-Ben Mendelsohn (on his character “Pope” in ANIMAL KINGDOM)

The first words spoken to Ben prior to our interview was, “It’s very surreal sitting in front of you. Two days ago I watched you spike heroine into a girl’s arm and suffocate her and now I’m five feet in front of you having a conversation.” He laughed, as any man with a pinch of humor would, and then said “that’s fucking great.” Ben plays the villain “Pope” in David Michôd’s ANIMAL KINGDOM.  He’s not just your average bad guy you’ll see in a DIE HARD flick, he’s the guy that’ll scare the piss out of you just by looking at you (I was five feet in front of that above stare). At the end of the film, you will hate this man. With that, you can imagine the level of difficulty it was holding composure while speaking to him.

That uneasy composure vanished within a few seconds after he started speaking. Like David, he’s just happy to be here. In our interview we spoke about how he got into the intensity of his character. I don’t want to write anything about that conversation here because I want you to just watch and listen. And here me roar, this man will get a heavy number of nominations for his performance, of that I have zero doubt in my mind.

Video interview after the break. (more…)

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