If you happened to miss out on the spring release Oculus, it's a brilliant original horror flick that you'll want to seek out as soon as it hits Blu-Ray and DVD. Now the film's director, Mike Flanagan, has landed another interesting psychological thriller. Deadline reports Flanagan is attached to direct an adaptation of Gerald's Game, the 1992 novel of the same name from master of suspense Stephen King. The project is taking precedence over Diver, a film that was originally meant to start production this summer. But with King's approval for Flanagan to direct this adaptation, the pieces are moving fast to get it off the ground. ›››
Continue reading 'Oculus' Director Ready to Play with Stephen King's 'Gerald's Game'
After getting our first look at the adaptation of Dave Eggers' novel A Hologram for the King starring Tom Hanks, another film based on the author's work is on the way. A press release from International Film Trust has announced from Cannes that Harry Potter franchise star Daniel Radcliffe is continuing his interesting career following the international blockbuster sensation with an adaptation of Eggers' first novel You Shall Know Our Velocity from 2002. And directing is Peter Sollett, who previously brought book Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist to the big screen and found indie success with Raising Victor Vargas. ›››
It's a breath of fresh air in the cinema when a film premieres that is very hard to compare to any other films. It represents something entirely unique, in the story, the characters, the subtle decisions made throughout, and while it may be categorized as a sports drama, it is so much more. Foxcatcher is the third feature film from Bennett Miller, and it is his best work yet, showing that he continues to improve as he continues to make more films. Following his last two Best Picture-nominated films, Capote and Moneyball, Miller tells another based-on-real-life story that resonates as poignantly today as it did when the events first occurred. ›››
Continue reading Cannes 2014: Tatum & Carell Are Outstanding in Miller's 'Foxcatcher'
If seeing Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer and Matthew McConaughey taking off their clothes in Magic Mike piqued your interest in male stripping in the area of sheer curiosity, then one of the film's stars has a documentary just for you. "True Blood" star Joe Manganiello was also sharing the stage with those actors with his shirt and pants off, and his experience on the film got him interested in directing a documentary on the profession of male exotic dancers. And so here we are with a red band trailer for the Slamdance selected film La Bare, focusing on the history, lives and culture of the most popular male strip club in the world. ›››
Continue reading Watch: Joe Manganiello's Male Stripper Doc 'La Bare' NSFW Trailer
Briefly: After directing controversial and sexually charged films like Antichrist and the two-part Nymphomaniac, auteur filmmaker Lars von Trier is looking to get some action of a different kind. Speaking with ScreenDaily, producer Peter Aalbaek Jensen has revealed that von Trier is working on his own version of an action movie. However, the prospect of an action movie in the hands of von Trier is all we have to get excited about right now because there are no more details. There have also been rumblings that von Trier is working on a horror script, tentatively called Detroit, and that could be truly terrifying. ›››
Continue reading 'Nymphomaniac' Director Lars von Trier Plans to Direct Action Movie
Whether or not you enjoyed the villain-crammed comic book action that unfolded in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 when it hit theaters a couple weeks ago, it's hard to deny that there are some pretty damn impressive visual effects in the film. Now a new featurette from ImageWorks breaks down how some of those effects were put together. This particualr featurette puts an emphasis on the movement of Spidey, as he swings through the city or fights one of the three villains in the film. It looks at the software that takes real physics into account and also tiny details like muscle flexing in the computer generated characters. ›››
Continue reading Watch: A Breakdown of the Visual Effects in 'Amazing Spider-Man 2'
After popping up on last weekend's season finale of "Saturday Night Live" with host Andy Samberg, late night sketch series veteran Kristen Wiig (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues) has landed a new project. THR reports the comedienne will co-star with Zach Galifianakis and Owen Wilson in the heist comedy formerly known as Loomis Fargo set up at Relativity Media. The film follows the true story of four dim-witted Southerners who pulled off one of the biggest heists in American history, robbing $17 million from an armored truck, but there's plenty double-crossing to follow afterwards. ›››
Continue reading Kristen Wiig Joins Zach Galifianakis & Owen Wilson for Heist Comedy
"After all we have done, humans are hunting us." After seeing the new threat against the Autobots and humanity in the latest theatrical trailer for Transformers: Age of Extinction, a new international trailer show off even more of the battle. This time there's a bit more human action in the mix, including a new comedic beat from Mark Wahlberg before tons of robot action continues to dominate the hype machine for the sequel. This looks like pure mindless summer fun for everyone who has enjoyed all of Michael Bay's big action set pieces and giant robots before, but not necessarily with fresh territory. Watch below! ›››
Following an awesome new poster last week, the new trailer for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy has arrived, and this looks like one hell of a way to end the summer in August. Many were skeptical that a film in space with a talking raccoon and a giant tree as heroes would work, even with Marvel behind the project, but this looks fantastic. We finally get to hear Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, Chris Pratt looks like a certified badass, Zoe Saldana looks sexy even in green, Dave Bautista is ripped and Groot is just Groot. We're sold, but will general audiences be on board by the time the film arrives this summer? Watch below! ›››
Continue reading Must Watch: Second Action-Packed 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Trailer
Later this summer we'll see what is being called one last ride for the geriatric action heroes of The Expendables 3. And with a whole slew of new faces like Mel Gibson, Wesley Snipes and Harrison Ford joining Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and the whole gang this time, it seems to end with a bang. However, there might be one drawback. Stallone told Deadline that Lionsgate is releasing the sequel with a PG-13 rating, "We want to reach as many people as possible. It's very close to an R, believe me, it's right there. But I think we owe it to the next generation. We thought we'd join that club for a while." ›››
Continue reading Stallone Says 'Expendables 3' is PG-13 But Should We Believe Him?
Just last week we learned that Warner Bros. Pictures would release the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them next fall on November 18th, 2016. Now some even bigger news has surfaced as Nikki Finke (no longer at Deadline) has learned that the studio is in "deep talks" with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban director Alfonso Cuarón to helm the spin-off, planned to be the first in a new trilogy that takes place in the Harry Potter wizarding world, 70 years before the events of the multi-billion film franchise. We really couldn't ask for a better man to get behind the camera for the film. ›››
"I am a patriot. I want to see this country soar again." With a premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, we'll have a review of Bennett Miller's drama Foxcatcher from our own Alex Billington very soon. But in the meantime, watch the first teaser trailer showing off some truly impressive dramatic work from Steve Carell and Channing Tatum. This could very well be a big Oscar contender when the film arrives in theaters this fall, and it could mark a turning point in the dramatic acting career of Tatum, who has shown much more strength in comedy, and also show just how dark Carell can get. It looks spectacular. Watch! ›››
Continue reading Steve Carell Coaches Channing Tatum in 'Foxcatcher' Teaser Trailer
While you're familiar with Francis Ford Coppola, Woody Allen and Alan J. Pakula's work as directors on The Godfather, Manhattan and All the President's Men, respectively, you may not know about the man who made those films look so damn incredible as the director of photography. Gordon Willis is the cinematographer who lensed all of those films, but sadly, Variety reports that he has passed away at the age of 82. Perhaps what is most impressive about Willis is that his career spans only 32 films, but his work within them is some of the most influential, impressive and generation-defining work behind the camera. ›››
Continue reading 'Godfather' & 'Manhattan' Cinematographer Gordon Willis Dies at 82
"You can pick any one you want, just as long as it's unique and amazing like you." Following the first trailer boosted by The Shins, not unlike one of the trailers for Garden State, a second trailer for Zach Braff's Kickstarted, sophomore directing effort Wish I Was Here has arrived. Even though I was disappointed after my viewing at Sundance, this new trailer definitely makes me want to revisit the film to see if maybe I'll warm up to it. But at the same time, seeing clips in the context of the trailer, and knowing how they fit into the story, I'm skeptical that the film can win me over with a second viewing. Watch below! ›››
Continue reading Zach Braff's Second 'Wish I Was Here' Trailer Strives for Greatness
With an estimated worldwide haul of $193 at the box office in its first weekend, there's no doubt that Godzilla is the King of Monsters. The remake from director Gareth Edwards has clearly landed a big audience, and now Deadline reports it's enough for Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. to start developing a sequel. However, it hasn't been confirmed whether or not Edwards will return to direct the sequel. The move isn't surprising since nowadays sequels go into development before the predecessor even hits theaters, but it seems a little risky since it's not clear how big of drop the box office receipts will be next weekend. ›››
Continue reading 'Godzilla' Sequel in Development, But Where Does the Story Go Now?
I never would've thought I might encounter a ski movie comedy at Cannes, and that it would be something I could call brilliant, yet every year I'm surprised by discoveries and this is another that will go down as one of my favorites of this festival. From Sweden comes a film titled Force Majeure, or also known as Turist (in French) at the festival, a dark comedy set in the French Alps following a family on a ski vacation. Directed by Ruben Östlund, who made two Free Radicals ski movies back in the 90s, the film plays with human dynamics and our responses to situations, but is enlivened by hilarious dark comedy. I really loved this one. ›››
Continue reading Cannes 2014: Östlund's Brilliant Ski Vacation Comedy 'Force Majeure'
On this week's episode of The Golden Briefcase, Tim and Jeremy are joined by guest Evan Saathoff aka "Sam Strange" of Badass Digest to go through their picks of the week, the newest DVD & Blu-ray releases and much more. For the main topic of the night the guys spend some time discussing the film legacy of Godzilla, the King of Monsters, in honor of Gareth Edwards' interpretation hitting theaters this Friday! The guys talk over some of the best and worst examples of Godzilla films, the phenomenon of the character and more. They also share thoughts on the new rendition of the monster and where they want to see him go. ›››
Continue reading TGB Episode 195: The King of Monsters! (Guest: Evan Saathoff)
"Une Invitation, S'il vous plaît!" Those who frequent the Palais day in, and day out, at the Cannes Film Festival are unquestionably aware of the ticket seekers found outside of the entrance. They're there every day, from morning to midnight, requesting "one ticket, please (and thank you)". "Une" just means "one", and an invitation is the name for the ticket at the festival. S'il vous plaît, often abbreviated "S.V.P." on the signs, means "please" in French. After years of encountering, interacting with, and admiring these dedicate moviegoers, and their increasingly impressive signage, once again inspired by Ebert I've decided to write a tribute to them. If you've ever wondered how to get a ticket in to a Cannes screening this is the trick to learn. ›››
The power of silence. At Sundance in 2010 I fell hard for a gritty, unforgiving Australian crime drama called Animal Kingdom, directed by David Michôd. His next film, titled The Rover, just premiered at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and Michôd has once again created an unrelenting, brutal and carefully calculated subversive post-apocalyptic thriller with hints of Mad Max. But a much better comparison, even though I hate to make another comparison, is Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive, the Cannes 2011 breakout. The power of The Rover is in its silence, and bleak imagery. Michod's choices and shots speak loudly without being loud. ›››
Continue reading Cannes 2014: Michôd's 'The Rover' - A Quiet Film That Speaks Loudly
Just recently we caught the trailer for a new Nicolas Cage thriller called Rage that seems bound for the bargain bin. Now news from Cannes has Cage pegged to start in two very different films. First up, THR has word that the National Treasure star will venture into political drama with The Runner, which will mark the directing and writing debut of Austin Stark, a producer of Sundance indie films like Infinitely Polar Bear and Happythankyoumoreplease. The film is set in the aftermath of the 2010 BP oil sill and follows Cage as an idealistic but flawed New Orleans congressman who is forced to confront his dysfunctional life after his career is destroyed in a sex scandal. Sounds like new territory for Cage, which could be refreshing. ›››
Continue reading Nicolas Cage Next Set to 'Pay the Ghost' and Become 'The Runner'