Following the tragic death of Robin Williams last week, we reported on four more films that would have performances from the late actor. However, it appears that one of those roles may not be completed as initially thought. The Telegraph has learned Williams' voice role in Absolutely Anything, the film that stars Simon Pegg as a teacher who experiences a series of mishaps after discovering he has magical powers given to him by a group of aliens, voiced by Monty Python veterans John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Eric Idle & Michael Palin. Williams was voicing a talking pet named Dennis the Dog. Read on! ›››
Continue reading Robin Williams' 'Absolutely Anything' Voice Role Maybe Not Finished
"It's the essence of flirting." So how do you refresh and revitalize the romantic comedy genre? That's what I was hoping to find out from Canadian director Michael Dowse, the man behind the excellent film What If. I first saw this film at last year's TIFF 2013, and loved it, ranking it as one of my 5 favorite films of that festival. It was known as The F Word back then (and still is in Canada) but was retitled to What If for its US release, which is something I had to ask him about. What If stars Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan as a young couple perfect for each other–their chemistry was a topic, too. View the full video interview below. ›››
Continue reading Video Interview: Director Michael Dowse Discusses 'What If' & 'Goon'
Have you seen Snowpiercer yet? If not, it's now available on VOD now - check it out sometime soon. If you have, then great! For those who (like me) are big fans of Korean director Bong Joon-ho, we have another project you might want to take a look at. It's called Haemoo, or Sea Fog, and is a Korean thriller about a fishing boat that is smuggling illegal immigrants. The cast includes Kim Yun-seok and Park Yu-Chun, and the film was already released in Korea this month. The full trailer has been floating around and I was inspired by our friends to feature it today, especially with its North American festival debut coming up soon. No subtitles yet, unfortunately, but this does look like an intense, dark, modern thriller. Take a look below! ›››
Continue reading Indie Trailer Sunday: Trailer for 'Haemoo' Produced by Bong Joon-ho
Finally! Meet Doc Sportello - Joaquin Phoenix in Paul Thomas Anderson's new film Inherent Vice. Set in the 1970s, Doc is a marijuana-loving private eye and investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend in this "Cheech and Chong"-esque film from PTA - in theaters this winter. While we've featured one set photo previously, we've also been waiting patiently for an actual first look that isn't a set photo, and we finally have this: a shot from Entertainment Weekly, but it's something, as we get to see that impressive hairdo on Joaquin. I'm anxiously awaiting this mostly because it's PTA but it also sounds like so much fun. ›››
Continue reading First Look: Joaquin Phoenix & Josh Brolin from PTA's 'Inherent Vice'
The Expendables 3 is so adorable you'd want to pinch its little cheeks if the average age of the crew weren't higher than 50. Once again lead by Sylvester Stallone's Barney Ross it's a new mission, a new team, and a new attitude, or so the tagline for this latest film implies. That new attitude must have something to do with entertainment, since The Expendables 3, for its been-there-done-that narrative and paint-by-numbers action set-pieces, ends up as the most enjoyable. It's lighter than the previous two, and though the self-indulgence among the cast is at an all-time high, the genuine fun being had bleeds through. ›››
Continue reading Review: 'The Expendables 3' is the Most Brainless Fun of the Series
On this special edition of The Golden Briefcase, Tim and Jeremy are joined by guest James Wallace of the Alamo Drafthouse Dallas to spend some time reflecting on the passing of beloved actor/comic Robin Williams this past week. The guys delve into some of the truly special roles Williams inhabited and share memories laced with nostalgia for the man who loved to entertain. Last week TGB hit Episode #199, and this is just a special episode and tribute to Williams. The show will resume with the next #200 episode soon, don't miss out on that one. Listen in to this special episode of The Golden Briefcase on Robin Williams here. ›››
Continue reading Golden Briefcase Remembers Robin Williams (Guest: James Wallace)
Last year we got a tease of the unique web-based indie thriller Open Windows from Timecrimes director Nacho Vigolando. In the film, Elijah Wood finds himself in a game of cat and mouse as a computer nerd who is a big fan of a young actress (Sasha Grey), but sadly had a contest dinner with his celebrity crush canceled. Suddenly the young man gets hacked by a dude with a weird agenda, claiming he's helping him get what he wants, and soon he's getting much closer access to the actress than he ever thought possible. But things start taking an even creepier edge, as you can see in the quick newly debuted trailer. Watch below! ›››
Continue reading Elijah Wood Panics in Fast-Paced 'Open Windows' Web Thriller Trailer
Hot on the heels of the action thriller Lucy, the marketing folks at Universal have decided to use the poster campaign from the Luc Besson film starring Scarlett Johansson to create a couple of parody character posters for Dumb & Dumber To. Both Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels revealed their own posters on Twitter with the amusing tagline, "The average person uses 10% of their brain capacity. Imagine what he could do with 1%." These are reminiscent of the clever posters and trailers that Disney rounded up for both The Muppets and Muppets Most Wanted. Hopefully that cleverness continues leading up to the release. ›››
Continue reading 'Dumb & Dumber To' Posters Give Harry & Lloyd the 'Lucy' Treatment
There is a film festival, nestled in the mountains of Switzerland on the corner of Lake Maggiore near the Italian border, that boasts one of the best venues to watch films in the entire world. It's called the Locarno Film Festival, or Festival del film Locarno, now in its 67th year (only Venice, Cannes, Moscow have been around longer). The Piazza Grande is its famous venue, a plaza in the middle of town that is converted into a 8,000 seat open-air cinema every night, showing old and new films every evening during the week and a half the festival takes place in August. Having attended festivals like Cannes, Telluride and Sundance for years, I decided to make my first trip to Locarno this year, and it's truly as unforgettable as described. ›››
Continue reading Cinema in Switzerland - My Brief Visit to the Locarno Film Festival
"There comes a point where you have to help people who can't help themselves." Denzel Washington is back protecting the good people again as The Equalizer, but it doesn't seem to be something he's excited about in this extended TV spot for the action thriller from director Antoine Fuqua. It looks like we're going to get a good threatening monologue from Washington at some point, and that's always great. Plus, if you look carefully, I'm pretty sure Washington smashes a shot glass into someone's eye socket in this TV spot. We also get our first glimpse at Bill Pullman in the movie, and I completely forgot he even had a role. ›››
While there isn't any straight-up nudity or profanity, we're going to call this trailer NSFW just based on content alone. The German indie Wetlands has already played at Sundance and SXSW, and it's definitely a shocking, gross out comedy, but not in the way that Jackass or American Pie have hit audiences. This one is much more gross, weird and dare we say sexy? The story follows a teenage girl, who doesn't believe in hygiene and masturbates with weird things, forced to spend some time in a hospital after her haphazard shaving techniques result in an anal lesion. This looks peculiar and funny, but in such a wrong way. Watch? ›››
Continue reading Get Weird & Grossed Out with First Trailer for German 'Wetlands'
Not too long ago, some rumors regarding the basic plot of Star Wars: Episode VII were revealed, but as always, Lucasfilm, Disney and J.J. Abrams are playing coy when it comes to revealing or confirming anything about the sequel. There might have been some teasing with a robotic hand that may or may not belong to Luke Skywalker, but that's still up for debate. However, a new rumor has surfaced regarding the villains of the film, though it's not the first time rumors of the bad guys have surfaced. This time though, the information is more specific about ties to canon in the Star Wars universe, and it's kind of a game changer. ›››
Continue reading Rumor: 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Villains Revealed But Not Explained
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Do the Right Thing, which seems pretty appropriate considering all the craziness that's happening down in Ferguson, Missouri right now. Well, director Spike Lee decided to team up with Beats Music (the headphones company) for a 22-minute documentary short looking back at the influential, racially charged film from 1989. It's both sad and amazing that Lee's film still holds cultural relevance in 2014, but rather than getting too serious, the documentary tours the locations with Lee himself, joined by Danny Aiello, the man who played Sal, who's pizzeria is now gone in real-life too. Watch below! ›››
You might remember back in 2012 that Sylvester Stallone confirmed that international action superstar Jackie Chan would have a role in The Expendables 3. However, when you look at the crowded poster and trailers, you'll notice that Chan didn't end up in the film, and there's no surprise cameo either. So what happened? Well, Stallone recently explained at a press conference the scheduling didn't work out. Stallone explained, "He's so loved in China, there's so much demand, that he literally couldn't cut those 3 days loose. We'll get him next time though, he's a good friend." And that means The Expendables 4 is in the works. ›››
Continue reading Jackie Chan Already Approached for 'Expendables 4' & 'Rush Hour 4'
Nearly two years ago, we heard about Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Tom Hardy teaming up to produce an animal trafficking drama, in the same vein as Steven Soderbergh's Traffic, that takes a dramatic from look at everything from the ground war on poachers in the African savanna to how animal material ends up in the fancy fashion houses of Paris. There's been no news since then, but now Deadline reports Mission: Impossible 5 writer Will Staples will script another untitled film set up at Warner Bros. about the same topic with Hardy, DiCaprio and Maguire still possibly taking roles in an ensemble cast. ›››
Continue reading Hardy, DiCaprio & Maguire Circle Another Animal Poaching Drama
Following a potential tease of Luke Skywalker's robotic hand in Star Wars: Episode VII and a look at Mark Hamill on the studio lot of the set of the film, we might have another look at something new from the sci-fi sequel. There's been rumors about the story circulating online, with a plot point that includes the iconic Imperial forces known as Stormtroopers, and now we may have an idea of how the army of the Empire has changed slightly over the 30 years since Return of the Jedi as an untested source has apparently gotten ahold of a couple images showcasing two of the new Stormtrooper designs from Episode VII. Look! ›››
Continue reading Are These the New Stormtrooper Designs in 'Star Wars: Episode VII'?
If you love movie theaters as much as we do, you're going to love this place even more than before. Tim League's Alamo Drafthouse cinemas is re-opening a flagship location in Austin, Texas, and after a year of renovation, the theater is ready to be shown off. The Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar (Google Maps) is re-opening to the public on Saturday, August 16th this weekend, and a batch of photos of the location has been revealed. Featuring three brand new, additional auditoriums for a total of nine screens, as well as the infamous Highball bar and karaoke lounge, this place is a movie lover's mecca and it looks brand new again. ›››
Continue reading Take a Look at Alamo Drafthouse's Newly Renovated Austin Theater
Over two years ago, just after Journey 2: The Mysterious Island hit theaters, Dwayne Johnson and Josh Hutcherson were set to return in a third film, with director Brad Peyton and writers Mark and Brian Gunn all back in the same capacity as well. However, it sounds like the direction of the franchise has changed a bit as New Line has just hired Chad & Cary Hayes, the writers behind The Conjuring, to script not just Journey 3, but also Journey 4, both of which Johnson is already attached to lead. As for Hutcherson, THR says the actor isn't attached yet, but as the only star of both the previous films, he's expected to return. ›››
Continue reading Dwayne Johnson Still Attached to Make Two More 'Journey' Sequels
Normally news about a trailer debuting in theaters isn't something necessary to report on. But when that film is a Quentin Tarantino production that hasn't even begun shooting and almost didn't go in front of cameras because of a script leak and began the road to revival with a live-reading of the script, then that's worth reporting on. SlashFilm has noticed two intriguing bits of information that indicate the first teaser trailer for The Hateful Eight, the eight film from the director of Pulp Fiction and Inglourious Basterds, will be attached to Sin City: A Dame to Kill For when the film hits theaters on August 22nd next week. ›››
Now this is something very unique. Some may remember an indie sci-fi film from a few years back titled Ink, about a mysterious creature that steals children's souls featuring mesmerizing visuals. Well, the filmmaking team behind Ink, husband and wife Jamin Winans and Kiowa Winans, have returned with a new project called The Frame where they've "dug even deeper" this time. They've been quietly working on this for the last three years, and now the first trailer has debuted. It's very nicely edited, a bit trippy, captivating and still mysterious. No plot details are available yet, but you might want to give this trailer a look anyway. ›››
Continue reading Watch: First Trailer for 'The Frame' From Writer & Director of 'Ink'