Along comes a documentary that may change your life by showing humanity in its most honest form. That documentary is called Citizenfour, with that title coming from the username Edward Snowden used to initially contact reporter/filmmaker Laura Poitras, who put this together over the last year. The footage she shows, the story she tells, it's as if they have captured lightning in a bottle. Citizenfour is like watching history unfold in front of your eyes, showing Snowden before and after he was revealed to the public as the whistleblower behind the NSA's mass surveillance conspiracy. Except it's not a conspiracy. It's out there, it exists, it's real. This documentary captures what happens when one person tries to tell the world the truth. ›››
"Everybody tries to create their idealized image of how they want to be seen and who they want to be..." Today's trailer is for a riveting documentary about humanity called Point and Shoot, the latest work from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Marshall Curry (of Street Fight), telling the fascinating story of a young American who ends up fighting in the Libyan revolution while on a motorcycle adventure through Northern Africa and the Middle East. Described as a "wild and dangerous coming-of-age tale", this doc looks like it's so much more than just a story about one lone fighter, and I'm intrigued to delve into this and learn more about his story. This is a beautiful trailer that should make you interested in catching this doc soon. ›››
Continue reading Indie Trailer Sunday: Marshall Curry's Documentary 'Point and Shoot'
While attending a film festival it's always exciting to hear buzz about films that may not have been on our radar before. One film in particular at Sundance 2014 that I kept hearing my colleagues raving about was actually a documentary, one called The Overnighters. It took a little while but I finally caught up with the film after the fest and was so taken aback, so impressed and surprised and genuinely moved by what I saw, I couldn't help but write about it. Overnighters is a refreshingly modern documentary, an utterly compelling, nuanced film that precariously balances the big questions of one of the great dilemmas of this day and age. ›››
Continue reading Sundance 2014: Compelling Modern Storytelling in 'The Overnighters'
While it sounds like The Trials of White Boy Rick could easily be an alternate title for the sequel to Joe Dirt that's inexplicably happening with David Spade, it's just a true crime adaptation being set up at Universal Pictures. THR reports the studio has optioned the article of the same name by Evan Hughes which focuses on Rick Wershe, a teenager who lived in Detroit in the 1980s and ended up becoming a notorious drug kingpin on the East Side of the city, as well as a cocaine trafficker with the nickname of, you guessed it, White Boy Rick. But the twist is that Wershe was actually an undercover informant for the FBI and DEA. ›››
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Defend your Honor. Now playing in theaters nationwide is David Dobkin's (Shanghai Knights, Wedding Crashers, The Change-Up, Fred Claus) dramatic turn The Judge, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall. RDJ plays a city lawyer named Hank Palmer who returns to his small hometown where his father is suspected of murder. He then gets involved in the case and sets out to discover the truth. The ensemble cast includes Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax Shepard and Leighton Meester. So how is the film? Smart change of pace for Dobkin or not? If you've seen it, leave a comment with your own thoughts on The Judge. ›››
Continue reading Sound Off: RDJ in David Dobkin's 'The Judge' - What Did You Think?
"I ask only that you ensure this information makes it home to the American public." HBO, Radius-TWC & Participant Media have premiered a trailer for Laura Poitras & journalist Glenn Greenwald's documentary Citizenfour. Described as an "utterly riveting first-person look" at how they "first met with whistleblower Edward Snowden in Hong Kong", the doc is a highly anticipated expose on Snowden's decisions and implications, captured as an "unprecedented fly-on-the-wall account of one of the most groundbreaking moments in recent history." The trailer is more of a tease with a grating slow-read voiceover to start, and right when it gets to the interesting part with Snowden it cuts to the title. I'm definitely seeing this doc, but I wish they gave us a bit more to view here. That said, this may still capture your attention. Take a look below. ›››
Continue reading Watch: Teaser Trailer for Edward Snowden Doc 'Citizenfour' Debuts
If you're not already aware of Star Wars Uncut, allow us to educate you. Star Wars Uncut is a fanmade mash-up remake of the original Star Wars trilogy, beginning with A New Hope. Casey Pugh, a developer dedicated to creating interactive experiences on the web, came up with the idea of crowdsourcing fans to shoot small 15-second clips that would be used to recreate the entirety of the Star Wars films. The first feature-length mash-up was created in 2009 and won an Emmy in 2010 for Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media - Fiction. Now it's time for The Empire Strikes Back Uncut. Watch! ›››
Continue reading 'Empire Strikes Back Uncut' Gives the Classic Film Charming New Life
You may remember this past spring that David Spade revealed in a Reddit AMA that he was developing a wholly unnecessary sequel to the 2001 comedy Joe Dirt. But rather than hitting theaters, the film was going to be the first to be distributed by Sony Pictures' streaming video service Crackle, which is where Jerry Seinfeld's popular web series "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" can be found. Now Crackle has officially announced that Joe Dirt 2 will begin shooting next month with Spade also executive producing and co-writing the film again with Fred Wolf, the original film's co-writer, who will be directing the film too. ›››
Continue reading Sony's Crackle Officially Bringing Back David Spade for 'Joe Dirt 2'
There's already a sequel to The LEGO Movie arriving in 2017, and the LEGO-inspired movie Ninjago coming in 2016, but Warner Bros. is going to milk the success of that first building block adventure comedy for all they can. One of the most popular characters from the film was LEGO Batman, voiced perfectly by Will Arnett, and now THR reports the Dark Knight mini-figure will now be getting his own big screen spin-off, and they're working quickly to fasttrack the film. Little details are known about the film, but Arnett will reprise his role as Batman and Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Roy Lee will all return to produce too. ›››
Continue reading Warner Bros. Gives Batman from 'The LEGO Movie' His Own Spin-Off
Though he's one of the most iconic comedy stars of all-time, Billy Crystal has laid pretty low key over the past decade. With the exception of voice work in Monsters University, the actor has only starred in a handful of films. We would say that he's picky, but those films have been the terrible comedies Parental Guidance and Small Apartments. But we're rather interested in a new project Crystal has lined up as Variety reports the When Harry Met Sally and City Slickers star will write, produce and star in Which Witch, a new animated film at The Jim Henson Company with Brian Henson in the director's chair. More below! ›››
Continue reading Billy Crystal to Lead & Co-Write Jim Henson Company's 'Which Witch'
It's been a big week for news regarding the future of the Ghostbusters franchise. It's been officially confirmed that the percolating project at Sony Pictures from Bridesmaids director Paul Feig and The Heat writer Katie Dippold will be a hard reboot featuring an all-female team of paranormal investigators (teaser image from Mashable). That means there won't be any ties to the first two Ghostbusters films. In addition, Feig also said yesterday this wouldn't be a remake of the original Ghostbusters, and would have a completely new approach to the concept that wouldn't duplicate the original characters and simply adapt them for female actresses. That means anything is possible. So who do you want to star in the film? Discuss! ›››
Continue reading Discuss: Who Do You Want in Paul Feig's Reboot of 'Ghostbusters'?
In the endless barrage of television shows heading to the big screen (there are just as many movies turning into TV shows too), here's another one to throw on the pile. THR has word that breakout Martha Marcy May Marlene director Sean Durkin is heading to Sony Pictures to direct an adaptation of the classic, wholesome, family drama series Little House on the Prairie. Easily one of the most iconic TV shows from the 1970s and 1980s, the series followed the lives of the pioneer Ingalls family in American Midwest during the 1880s. It's definitely different material than Durkin's aforementioned acclaimed indie effort. ›››
Nearly two years ago, we heard about a project developing at Warner Bros. Pictures called The Ridiculous Six, a western comedy that Adam Sandler was going to co-write and produce with longtime collaborator Tim Herlihy (Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, The Waterboy). However, due to the underperforming of Blended at the box office, and the flop of A Million Ways to Die in the West, the studio has decided to pull the plug on the project. THR also says that a budget hadn't been agreed upon between Happy Madison Productions and the studio, so that was another hurdle holding the project back. But is the project dead? ›››
Continue reading Adam Sandler's Western Comedy 'Ridiculous Six' is Pushing Daisies
Well, this is a bummer. After comedian Robin Williams passed away in August, we reported on the few roles that he had been working on before his untimely death. One of them was the holiday comedy Merry Friggin Christmas, which sees him playing Dad to Joel McHale during a very dysfunctional holiday reunion. Now the first trailer has arrived, and we're disappointed to see this looks like it will join the pile of terrible holiday comedies that arrive every year. It just looks silly and unfunny, and not even Williams has any good moments in the trailer. With a cast this good, it's s shame that this one missed the mark. Watch? ›››
Continue reading Robin Williams & Joel McHale in 'Merry Friggin' Christmas' Trailer
It looks there will be some casting changes after all between the script reading of Quentin Tarantino's latest western The Hateful Eight and the actual film production. When the script was read live at an event at LACMA back in April, it was Amber Tamblyn who read the part of Daisy Domergue, the lead female role, a woman wanted for murder and due to hang for her crimes. She's the prisoner being handled by two bounty hunters and a local sheriff in Wyoming after the civil war. But the group finds themselves stuck in town with four other men as a storm passes outside. But The Wrap reports Jennifer Jason Leigh now has the part. ›››
Briefly: After being rumored back in August, it appears Blue is the Warmest Color star Lea Seydoux will be taking a role in the still untitled James Bond 24. Baz Bamigboye, who has a sterling record when it comes to James Bond movie news, reports Seydoux is now signed to take a "femme fatale" role in the next 007 adventure sated for release on November 6th, 2015. Production is supposed to begin before the end of the year with Daniel Craig back as Bond, Ralph Fienes back as the new M, Ben Whishaw as Q and Naomie Harris as Ms. Moneypenny. Still no word on story, but Skyfall director Sam Mendes is back at the helm, so that's great. Since a script read-through will happening next month, stay tuned for more casting news. ›››
Continue reading Lea Seydoux Confirmed for Femme Fatale Role in James Bond 24
"I can convince anyone of anything." Following the first look photos this morning, the first trailer for Will Smith's latest film Focus has arrived. The film is directed by Crazy Stupid Love filmmaking duo John Requa & Glenn Ficarra, and they seem to be injecting the romance from that film into the world of deception. Smith plays a con man who takes a beautiful woman (Margot Robbie) under his wing, but while he's turning her into a great con artist, he's also falling for her. That complicates things when she has to use her sexuality to help pull off a big job. It doesn't look bad, but also doesn't seem remarkable. Watch? ›››
Over the past few months, we've featured some cool shorts and features from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, some of them fun with Patton Oswalt, others fascinating and informative with screenwriters like Dustin Lance Black. Well, the Screen Actors Guild also has a great collection of videos on the web too, many of them hours long, featuring engaging conversations that the SAG Foundation hosted with some of Hollywood's biggest and most talented stars. From Leonardo DiCaprio to Matt Damon and even a long talk with the late Robin Williams. There's a whole series of chats dating back a few years. ›››
Continue reading Watch: Tons of Extended SAG Chats with Leonardo DiCaprio & More
After making his directorial debut by adapting his own book The Perks of Being a Wallflower, the multi-talented Stephen Chbosky is heading into different territory with the inspiring tale Santa is Real. The film is based on a forthcoming book by Charles E. Hall & Bret Witter called Santa Claus Is for Real: A True Christmas Fable About the Magic of Believing, the true story of Hall, an actor who plays Santa Claus in Radio City's world-famous Christmas Spectacular. What makes the story so incredible is that hall was a struggling actor just trying to save his career, but more importantly, landing the role actually saved his life. ›››
Towards the end of August, we heard that Tom Hanks and Ron Howard were teaming up again very soon to bring Dan Brown's symbologist and accidental adventurer Robert Langdon back to the big screen in Inferno. This time the character from Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code suddenly wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, forcing him to team up with Dr. Sienna Brooks to help recover his memories in order to prevent some psychopath from unleashing a global plague that is somehow tied to the classic Dante's Inferno. The film was previously set for a late 2015 release, but now it's been delayed almost a year. ›››
Continue reading Tom Hanks & Ron Howard's 'Inferno' Moving Away from 'Star Wars'