"This ain't PlayStation. We are killing people." After a couple trailers for the international release of Andrew Niccol's timely drone thriller Good Kill surfaced a couple months ago, the film has finally locked down a summer release date in May. And with that comes the first US trailer for the film, showing a little more of the struggle Ethan Hawke has as a fighter pilot forced to adapt to technology and become a drone pilot. But being detached from the war physically doesn't mean there's no psychological torture for the killing these pilots do from a control room. This looks like a timely but straightforward drama. Watch it! ›››
Continue reading Ethan Hawke Questions Drone Missions US Trailer for 'Good Kill'
Last year brought a surprising entry in the career of Chris Rock as a leading man, writer and director. Top Five marked the comedian's best film to date, and it proved that he has some Woody Allen chops on the page and behind the camera. And now he's working to get a follow-up to that film (not a sequel) together as quickly as possible. Speaking to Complex UK (via The Guardian), Rock revealed that producer Scott Rudin is really pushing Rock to get this next film out quickly, and wants him to work at a much faster pace. Rock isn't opposed to the fast pace saying, "That is my plan. We meet every week now going over this next movie." ›››
Continue reading Chris Rock Writing New Movie with Most of 'Top Five' Cast Returning
"As soon as the tangerines are sold, I will leave." No, not Georgia the state. This film is from the country Georgia, next to Turkey and Armenia. Samuel Goldwyn has debuted their own trailer for a Georgian film called Tangerines, which was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Oscar this year (though it lost to Ida, of course). Starring Lembit Ulfsak as Ivo, the film takes place in 1992 during the conflict between Georgia and Abkhazian separatists. Ivo has stayed behind to harvest his crops of tangerines, but encounters two injured soldiers of opposite sides who he takes in. It also stars Elmo Nüganen, Giorgi Nakashidze and Misha Meskhi. This looks solid and got great buzz (a few reviews), so it might be worth checking out. ›››
Continue reading Watch: US Trailer for Oscar-Nominated 'Tangerines' from Georgia
Even though Simon Pegg will return to the final frontier for Star Trek 3 next year, for which he's also co-writing the script, this year he's heading back to romantic comedy territory. Man Up is a new romantic comedy slated to hit the United Kingdom this summer which sees Pegg starring opposite Lake Bell (In a World) in the story of two people who mistakenly come together on a blind date that never should have been. It looks like standard romantic comedy fare, but the presence of Bell and Pegg certainly elevates it a bit, and it might be a good one to see. At the very least, it's fun to see Pegg outside of sci-fi and fantasy fare. ›››
Continue reading Lake Bell Needs to 'Man Up' for Simon Pegg in Comedy's UK Trailer
Later this year we'll get another sci-fi flick from director Ridley Scott, and we're hoping it's better than Prometheus. This time there's not the pressure of fitting into the Alien universe and living up to the hype as The Martian is based on the book of the same name by Andy Weir. Shooting is underway with the film slated for release this fall, and Weir himself seems to be involved on the set, or at least visiting the production as he's just posted a playful photo with Matt Damon. And if you look in the background, you can see a practical Mars rover on the set as well. It's hardly an official look at the film, but it's cool to see. ›››
Continue reading First Look at Matt Damon on Mars in Ridley Scott's 'The Martian'
After this year's Kingsman: The Secret Service brought another comic book from Mark Millar to life, Universal Pictures is taking another crack at his source material with a new big screen endeavor. Deadline reports the studio has optioned the rights to Chrononauts, a time travel adventure comic book series that Millar created with Sean Gordon Murphy. And the project already has Fast & Furious franchise writer Chris Morgan on board to produce through his own production banner with the comic creators executive producing, of course. If you haven't heard of this comic, that's because Image Comics released it this week. ›››
Continue reading Mark Millar's 'Chrononauts' Comic is Grabbed for Film at Universal
Following last week's proclamation that the long-awaited Marvel Comics adaptation Deadpool would please even the most critical fans of the Merc with a Mouth, this week Ryan Reynolds is back to let everyone know that production on the film at 20th Century Fox has officially begun. The actor posted a photo from the set, and co-star Morena Baccarin also followed suit, both confirming that the film is underway. In addition, just yesterday comedian T.J. Miller confirmed he's playing Weasel, the longtime friend, sidekick and arms dealer of the anti-hero. He becomes a villain later, but we'll see if that happens. ›››
Continue reading Ryan Reynolds Signals the Official Start of Production on 'Deadpool'
Even though A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night has been mostly under the radar as an independent release, there's been plenty of buzz about the film as well as the future of director Ana Lily Amirpour as a great new filmmaker. Now the winner of Breakthrough Director at the Gotham Awards has just lined up a pretty interesting cast for her next film, The Bad Batch. A press release has ust announced that Jim Carrey, Keanu Reeves, Diego Luna (The Terminal), Jason Momoa ("Game of Thrones") and rising star Suki Waterhouse (Insurgent) have all joined the film that Amirpour is directing from a script she wrote herself. ›››
Continue reading Jim Carrey, Keanu Reeves & More Join Amirpour's 'The Bad Batch'
Filmmakers are very crafty storytellers. The best ones know how to use the visual medium known as cinema to not only tell a story, but make us feel emotions of all kinds, and empathize with characters and people we have never met before. Filmmakers are also adept enough to link themes and patterns in the story through visual cues. In this video essay from Jacob T. Swinney titled First and Final Frames, he shows us how important the opening and closing shots are in every movie. At first you may think they have no connection, but it'll really hit you when you see the Gone Girl moment and it builds from there. This montage of over 50 films, showing the opening/closing shots side-by-side, also features the music "Any Other Name" by Thomas Newman from the American Beauty soundtrack. It's much more mesmerizing than I was expecting. ›››
Continue reading Watch: The First & Final Frames Side-by-Side - What Can We Learn?
Let's discover something new. Kicking off this week in New York City is one of my favorite under-the-radar film festivals, called New Directors/New Films. Co-presented by both the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art (two of the best places for movies in the city anyway!), the fest highlights first-time filmmakers and their incredible feature debuts. This is my second year attending, and it's really all about the films, and the spirit of discovery, and first time introductions to filmmakers we'll be hearing about for many years to come. If you want to feel like you're ahead of the class, or you want an early start learning about which filmmakers are on the rise, take a closer look at this festival and its selection. They found them. ›››
Continue reading Discovering Indie Gems at NYC's New Directors/New Films Festival
Experience a life lived without limits. I LOVE this documentary. No seriously, I really love, love, love it with all my heart (read my perfect review at NYFF last year). Sunshine Superman is a must-see thrillseekers documentary about Carl Boenish, the father of the BASE-jumping movement, the man who started the sport of jumping off of buildings. It's an incredible, heart-wrenching, remarkable story of a man who dared to dream as big as possible, who never let anything scare him, and who truly lived. It's so inspiring because Carl, a goofy lovable character, has such a big heart and really doesn't let anyone get him down, even when they start to claim "this is a crime!" He still has that smile on his face, and he still keeps jumping. Rock on. ›››
Continue reading Watch: 'Sunshine Superman' Trailer - One of the Most Inspiring Docs
Briefly: Warner Bros. Pictures is making some changes to their release schedule for next summer. Shane Black's next film, The Nice Guys, starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe has just been bumped up a month to a release on May 20th, 2016. And that's because the studio is giving a prime June 17th, 2016 release to their forthcoming buddy comedy Central Intelligence starring box office draws Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart. It sounds like Warner Bros. has a lot of confidence in both films to release them in the blockbuster summer season, but each could be some nice counter-programming to the big tentpoles. ›››
Continue reading Warner Bros. Dates 'Central Intelligence,' Bumps Up 'The Nice Guys'
Before becoming the big star that he is today, Joseph Gordon-Levitt was a child actor, and he had roles in films geared towards younger audiences, such as Beethoven (a bit part), Angels in the Outfield, and 10 Things I Hate About You. And now he's heading back to more family friendly fare as Variety reports Gordon-Levitt will produce and star in the new film adaptation of Jim Henson's classic puppet series Fraggle Rock set up at New Regency. This is a project that has been stuck in development hell for nearly 10 years, but with someone like Gordon-Levitt attached, this could finally come together and get made. ›››
Continue reading 'Fraggle Rock' Back to Life, Now with Joseph Gordon-Levitt Starring
Without a doubt, one of the most popular characters from the big screen in 2014 was Rocket Raccoon, the feisty, anthropomorphic creature with big guns and even bigger attitude in Guardians of the Galaxy. Bradley Cooper gave the character his signature voice, but a whole crew of people helped bring the little guy to life, and now a short little featurette from the visual effects company Framestore shows how they made it happen. From shooting on set with a stuffed raccoon or a guy in a blue unitard with Rocket's face on it, to pre-visualization and other visual effects, it's a quick progression of how we got the final product. Watch! ›››
Continue reading Watch: How Rocket Raccoon Came to Life in 'Guardians of the Galaxy'
While we're still waiting to see John Woo's epic The Crossing here in the United States, the filmmaker is getting ready to plan his next project. ScreenDaily reports the director of Face/Off, Red Cliff and Hard Target has set his sights on Manhunt, a new adaptation of the Japanese novel Kimi Yo Funnu No Kawa O Watare by Juko Nishimura. The book was first adapted back in 1976 and just so happens to be the first foreign film released in China after the Cultural Revolution. But it sounds like the film might be a more prominent release overseas with Media Asia Films, based out of Hong Kong, behind the project. Read on! ›››
Continue reading John Woo Planning Remake of Japanese Action Thriller 'Manhunt'
"The Avengers. How could you possibly stop me?" The whole team assembles in a new one-minute TV spot for The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Each character gets a nice little one-liner in this new look that is pretty much all new footage, including some awesome action beats with Thor (Chris Hemsworth) turning Captain America's (Chris Evans) shield into an even stronger projectile by hitting it into some of Ultron's robots with Mjolnir. We also get a glimpse at the scene when Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) decides to fight for the good guys, and also Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) shows off a Russian accent. Watch! ›››
Continue reading Tons More Footage in New 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron' TV Spot
"People will always need guys like me, right?" Jason Statham is no longer The Transporter, and instead the franchise is going in a new direction with Ed Skrein as Frank Martin, the most skilled man in his dangerous profession, in The Transporter Refueled. Known to his employers only as "The Transporter," he will transport anything, no questions asked, always on time. Skrein is doing his best gruff, intimidating voice, but it comes off as a weak impersonation of Statham, and it just makes me miss him. All the ridiculous action is here, but without Statham, this just feels like a terrible straight-to-DVD sequel. Watch? ›››
There are undoubtedly some places from motion pictures that we wish really existed. Whether it's The Grid from TRON or Hill Valley in the year 2015 from Back to the Future Part II or Walley World from National Lampoon's Vacation. Unfortunately, it's just not possible unless you happen to have been able to be on the set of those films. But even then, it's not real. However, a new art show from Gallery 1988 pretends that these locations are real in Postcard Correspondence, which features postcards from various fictional places (some real) from film and television. I would love to get these in the mail. Look! ›››
Continue reading Check Out Gallery 1988's Wonderful Pop Culture Postcards Artwork
"The word 'impossible', Mr. Booth, is only found in the dictionary of fools." A few weeks back my friend Jay West, a fellow movie geek and a contributor to this site (and many others), suddenly passed away. I miss him already… He was the first person I wanted to speak to the moment the news broke that Tron 3 might be shooting this year. Jay was one of the biggest fans of the Alien universe, with life-size sculptures in his home and collectibles of all kinds, but two of his other favorite movies were Tron (the original!) and The Black Hole, Disney's fantastic 1979 space thriller. So, in honor of Jay, the world famous Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles is hosting a special screening of both Tron and The Black Hole back-to-back with special guests. I couldn't imagine a better way to honor a movie lover like Jay than with this kind of event. ›››
"She was inarguably the most gorgeous creature that God had ever created." After getting a first look at the film yesterday, the trailer for the adaptation of John Green's Paper Towns has arrived. This looks like a nice change of pace from the usual teenage romances, and a nice spin of the coming-of-age, self-discovery kind of stories that dominate the independent film world. Nat Wolff has his life changed when his dream girl (Cara Delvingne) who has lived across the street for years finally enters his life, but disappears from it just as quickly. The question is what happens if he finally finds the girl he's waited for his whole life. Watch! ›››