Following a shaky premiere at TIFF this month, Thomas McCarthy's latest indie, The Cobbler starring Adam Sandler, has been picked up for distribution in the United States. THR reports Image Entertainment closed a deal yesterday to the US rights for the film which has been a special presentation at the Toronto film festival. The film features Sandler as a New York shoe repairman (Sandler) who discovers a magical heirloom that allows him to "walk in another man's shoes." However, The Playlist notes it "never generates the high-spirited inventiveness or energy to allow audiences to buy into the premise." ›››
Continue reading Image Entertainment Picks Up TIFF's 'The Cobbler' with Adam Sandler
It's a real testament to the impact that Robin Williams had on people's lives that one month after his sudden death, the comedian and actor is still being honored. The latest to pay proper tribute to Williams is the PBS documentary series "Pioneers of Television." Last night they debuted a one-hour special called Robin Williams Remembered, focuses solely on the career and influence of the Oscar-winning actor and infectious comedian. Beginning with his early years in theater and the revered school Julliard and moving through his rising fame as a comedian and into his eclectic acting career, it's a great tribute. Watch! ›››
Continue reading Watch: PBS' One-Hour 'Pioneers of Television' Robin Williams Tribute
The developing, currently untitled football concussion drama starring Will Smith and Alec Baldwin is slowly rounding up a cast as the film from producer Ridley Scott and Parkland director and writer Peter Landesman taking dual roles again. The film is based on the GQ article "Game Brain" from October of 2009, and will follow Dr. Bennet Omalu (Smith), the forensic neuropathologist who single-handedly made the first discovery of CTE (or chronic traumatic encephalopathy) in a professional football player and made the affliction known to the public. And now Deadline reports Albert Brooks has joined the cast. More below! ›››
Continue reading Albert Brooks Huddles Up for Will Smith's Football Concussion Drama
Netflix has certainly been making waves in original programming from series like "House of Cards" to new seasons of "Arrested Development," not to mention original stand-up specials and documentaries like The Battered Bastards of Baseball. Now they have another doc coming this fall, and it looks like a powerful one. Virunga will get a limited theatrical release to qualify for the Oscars at the same time it premieres on the streaming service and it takes a look at a conflict surrounding the African Congo, where the world’s last remaining mountain gorilla population lives in the forested depths of the Virunga National Park. Watch! ›››
Following news that Robert De Niro and Zac Efron would team on the comedy Dirty Grandpa, Lionsgate has just revealed that they'll release the comedy (which may end up being called Driving Dick Kelly) on December 25th, 2015 for some counter-programming alongside Mission: Impossible 5. The film directed by Dan Mazer (I Give It a Year) follows an uptight guy (Efron) who, right before his wedding, is tricked into driving his foul-mouthed grandfather (De Niro), a former Army general, to Florida for spring break. There's the potential for fun here, but De Niro's comedies are more miss than hit. And there's more! ›››
As a die-hard Studio Ghibli fanboy, I always feel like I'm way behind when I finally see the latest film they originally released a year ago in Japan. But I'm so glad I finally caught up with Isao Takahata's The Tale of Princess Kaguya, originally released in Japan in November of 2013, but just now making its way to North America thanks to the Toronto Film Festival. I'm even happier I saw the original version with Japanese dialogue and English subtitles, the way it was meant to be seen, rather than the dubbed version coming up for the US. It's a wonderful film, incredibly charming and so much fun to watch. Of course, the animation is remarkably beautiful, unlike anything I've seen before - hand-animated to look like old watercolor scrolls. ›››
Continue reading TIFF 2014: Charmed by Studio Ghibli's 'The Tale of Princess Kaguya'
This year there seems to be a number of outstanding films about the struggles of the most intelligent people in recent history. At the Telluride Film Festival, I was blown away by The Imitation Game (read my review), which told the story of English mathematician and code-breaker Alan Turing, who was medically castrated for homosexuality after helping crack the Nazi’s Enigma code during WWII. At the Toronto Film Festival, I was just as impressed with The Theory of Everything, which tells the story of English cosmologist Stephen Hawking, who lost control of the his muscles in his body due to motor neurone disease, yet still wowed the world with his mind. The Theory of Everything has some issues, but is still a very powerful film. ›››
Continue reading TIFF 2014: Redmayne Shines as Hawking in 'The Theory of Everything'
It's a rite of passage for any star of entertainment to get a spot on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The sidewalks of Tinseltown are covered with the stars, along with the imprints of their hands and feet. Just yesterday, American comedy icon Mel Brooks (writer and director of Spaceballs, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein and more) was given that very honor, and the master of laughter wasn't going to let this opportunity for what will be a more permanent joke just slip away. The comedy legend, who is actually fairly active on Twitter despite his oage, posted a picture of his imprint after he was done. Notice anything weird? ›››
Continue reading Look Closely: Mel Brooks' Unique Hollywood Walk of Fame Handprint
For those who stuck around for the credits of 22 Jump Street, you know that Phil Lord & Chris Miller ran the gamut of possible sequels that could follow the first buddy cop comedy sequel in the surprise hit franchise adaptation of the 80s TV series. And now we'll likely get to see at least one of them in action as Deadline reports Sony Pictures and Original film have hired Rodney Rothman, the scribe behind 22 Jump Street, to write 23 Jump Street. It's not clear if Lord & Miller will return behind the camera for this outing, but they'll at least be overseeing the script in addition to producing the sequel. We're just wondering if Tatum and Hill will go to medical school as in the tease from the last sequel's end credits. More below! ›››
Continue reading Sony Pictures Prep '23 Jump Street' for Channing Tatum & Jonah Hill
Plenty of films have enjoyed premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival this month, from Kevin Smith's messed up horror thriller Tusk to Jason Reitman's poignant Men, Women & Children. Some promising films like Noah Baumbach's While We're Young and Anna Kendrick's musical The Last 5 Years have already been picked up from the fest too. And now we have a bit of hype for another film that debuted at TIFF a few days ago, Andrew Niccol's timely drama Good Kill, which examines the current state of war through the eyes of a drone-pilot. That pilot also just happens to be played by Niccol's Gattaca star Ethan Hawke and we have a teaser poster straight from TIFF, though it doesn't feature the actor. Look! ›››
Continue reading Andrew Niccol's Drone Pilot Drama 'Good Kill' Gets a Bold Red Poster
For those who don't know, part of the long process to make an animated film at Pixar Animation involves the use of color scripts? What is a color script? Well, like a normal script uses text to explain what happens on-screen in a motion picture, the color script is a visual companion showing the color palette, keys and tones that will be in each scene. And that's done for the entire film. Now a Pixar fan and Vimeo user Rishi Kaneria has decided to showcase just how precise and wonderful the use of color can be in Pixar's movies, from Toy Story all the way through Monsters University. It's short, sweet, and gorgeous. ›››
Continue reading Pixar's Precise Color Palettes Shine in 'ROYGBIV: A Pixar Supercut'
It's been nearly four years since we've heard anything about Martin Scorsese's mobster drama The Irishman. In that time, the director has delivered Hugo, The Wolf of Wall Street and a forthcoming HBO documentary called The 50-Year Argument. Soon he'll be busy with his drama Silence starring Liam Neeson and Andrew Garfield, and some have wondered if Scorsese would ever get around to the film about Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran, a reputed criminal responsible for more than 25 mob murders and potentially being involved with the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Jimmy Hoffa. Thankfully, it's still coming. ›››
One of the most buzzed about film's of the year has been Richard Linklater's impressive achievement that is Boyhood. Funnily enough, there's also another festival favorite getting a lot of buzz, and it's called Girlhood. No, it's not Linklater's same 12-year formula following a girl instead of a boy, but rather the story of a young girl living in the suburbs of Paris and ends up getting involved with a tight-knit group of girlfriends whose peer-pressure ends up leading to her life of dangerous drug-dealing. The film played at Cannes and is screening at TIFF now, getting plenty of acclaim, especially for star Karidja Toure. Watch! ›››
Disney had already slated Chris Pine and Casey Affleck to star in their thrilling drama The Finest Hours, the story set back in 1952 and based on the non-fiction book of the same name about how two oil tankers were split in two, dumping all 84 of their crew members into the swirling sea, caught in the middle of a nor'easter, a macro-scale storm along the upper East Coast of the US and Atlantic Canada. On a small lifeboat faced with freezing cold and 70-foot high waves, four members of the Coast Guard set out to rescue the more than 30 stranded sailors trapped aboard the vessel. Now producion has begun in Quincy and Chatham, Massachusetts and two more cast members have been revealed as the cameras start rolling. ›››
Toke and Tusk! This might be one of the craziest, coolest, wildest movie promotions I've ever seen. Over the weekend, Kevin Smith's wacky new cult horror comedy Tusk premiered at the Toronto Film Festival (read my review) and is hitting theaters in just a few weeks. As explained by Kevin Smith: "This movie was born in a blaze, and will be released in a blaze," referring to the inception of the film during the recording of one of his SModcast episodes (during which he is usually stoned). A24 Films, releasing the film, has partnered with pot shop Buds & Roses to release two special strains of herb: Mr. Tusk and White Walrus. I can't believe this is an official promotion, but believe it or not, it totally is real and it's awesome. I love it. Can I get a sample? ›››
Continue reading Smoke the Walrus: A24 Announces 'Tusk' Marijuana Strain Promotion
With Warner Bros. staking out two dates every year through 2020 for films based on DC Comics' properties, you can be sure there's plenty of projects in development that we don't know about. While Justice League is expected to be one of the films following Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, along with rumors of standalone films for Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman and Jason Momoa's Aquaman, no one has been very sure just what else might fill the extensive superhero calendar. Now we have an idea of one of the titles coming as a rumor from Latino Review reports Legion of Super-Heroes is out to writers. Read on! ›››
Continue reading Rumor: Warner Bros. Now Developing DC's 'Legion of Super-Heroes'
We already know Johnny Depp is signed on to return as Captain Jack Sparrow for Disney's fifth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, which was previously revealed to be called Dead Men Tell No Tales, and Keith Richards will also return as his father Captain Teague. But it sounds like one more familiar face might be around, one that was missing from Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Yahoo UK recently spoke to Orlando Bloom about the possibility of returning as Will Turner in the high seas adventure series, and he said, "There have certainly been some discussions about it and I'm open to it." ›››
Continue reading Orlando Bloom May Head Back to Sea for 'Pirates of the Caribbean 5'
Ever since first seeing Searching for Bobby Fischer when I was a young kid, I've been intrigued by chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer and the very odd life he lived. While a few other films have been made about him, or the brilliant game(s) of chess he played, I haven't come across too much that has covered his life or dramatized it in a way that has provided this much depth. The latest film from Edward Zwick (of Legends of the Fall, The Last Samurai, Blood Diamond, Defiance), titled Pawn Sacrifice, was once in the works with David Fincher at the helm, and stars Tobey Maguire as Bobby Fischer telling his life story from young chess prodigy to grandmaster and world champion. It's a solid reexamination of an eccentric historic figure. ›››
Continue reading TIFF 2014: Edward Zwick's 'Pawn Sacrifice' Reexamines Bobby Fischer
When Jerry Bruckheimer moved his production company back to Paramount Pictures late last year, it was said that part of his deal included the long-developing sequels Beverly Hills Cop 4 and Top Gun 2. The former already has Eddie Murphy back in the lead role with Brett Ratner directing the film for release in 2016, and now the latter is finally making some progress as THR has learned the studio is hiring Justin Marks to do another rewrite of the script said to focus on modern day fighter pilots controlling remote combat drones in a new story that will "partially examine the end of the era of fighter pilots." More below! ›››
Continue reading 'Top Gun 2' Getting a Rewrite from Disney's New 'Jungle Book' Scribe
Since revitalizing and reshaping the career of Liam Neeson with Taken, director Pierre Morel hasn't really done much to write home about. There was From Paris with Love, which had its moments, but it was hardly a success. There's a chance he might deliver something cool with The Gunman, starring Sean Penn, which arrives in February of 2015, but we can't be sure since we've yet to see a trailer. But the film must have gone well since THR reports Morel is reteaming with its producers, Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman from The Picture Company, for an adaptation of Tom Wood's Victor the Assassin book series. More below! ›››