"War is now a first-person shooter." Following the first trailer for Andrew Niccol's timely and relevant drone pilot thriller Good Kill, a new trailer from the United Kingdom has surfaced showing off the more personal side of the film. Ethan Hawke plays a fighter-pilot turned drone pilot operating out of Las Vegas who begins to question his mission and his integrity as he fights a war from thousands of miles away. His family life, along with his wife (January Jones) begins to feel his pain, not understanding the stress. It looks a little heavy-handed and even obvious, but the subject matter is certainly worth exploring. Watch! ›››
Continue reading Watch: Gamers Are Recruited for War in UK Trailer for 'Good Kill'
Just a few days after director Frank Darabont left the Snow White and the Huntsman spin-off, which is simply called The Huntsman, Universal has quickly found a director, and it sounds like they didn't have to look too far. THR reports Cedric Nicolas-Troyan will be at the helm of the film. You may not know that name as a filmmaker, and that's because this will be his directorial debut. But he has experience with this particular property because he worked on the first film both as the second unit director and visual effects supervisor, the latter for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. So maybe it's in good hands. ›››
Continue reading VFX Supervisor Cedric Nicolas-Troyan Set to Direct 'The Huntsman'
We've still got 11 months until Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18th, but with the first Star Wars spin-off film slated to arrive one year after that, it's almost time for production to get into gear, and that means casting is getting underway as writer Gary Whitta departed the project after turning in a first draft. THR has word that Disney is in the process of testing females leads for the first standalone film set in the Star Wars universe that will be directed by Godzilla helmer Gareth Edwards. As of now, the names that have surfaced include Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star Rooney Mara, recent Oscar nominee Felicity Jones from The Theory of Everything and "Oprhan Black" star Tatiana Maslany. ›››
Continue reading Rooney Mara, Felicity Jones & More Testing for 'Star Wars' Spin-Off
The best of the best - that you didn't see last year. We have returned with another set of worth watching, underseen films from 2014. Back by popular demand is our eighth annual list of the 19 Best Movies That You Didn't See in 2014 (past lists: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007). Featured below is a hand-picked line-up of the best independent and/or mainstream films that were either quietly dumped, ignored by audiences, or just not marketed well enough. So to give them extra attention in the spotlight, and to support some of the finest filmmakers out there, here is our best of 2014 recap. Read on for the full list! ›››
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There's a chance you might remember a foreign film called The Heineken Kidnapping starring Rutger Hauer, about the abduction of Alfred Heineken, the heir to the beer empire of the same name. Well, there was another film about the same event, but Kidnapping Mr. Heineken puts more of a focus on the thriller nature of the story with Sam Worthington, Ryan Kwanten and Jim Sturgess attempting to pull of what would become one of the biggest crimes of the decade. But rather than the plan going wrong, the kidnapping of Mr. Heineken (Anthony Hopkins) actually works, but that's just the beginning. Watch! ›››
Continue reading Sam Worthington is 'Kidnapping Mr. Heineken' in Thriller Trailer
"How dare you squander your talent?" If Whiplash was a little too brutal for your tastes, but you still have an interest in a film set in the world of music, then it looks like the Toronto International Film Festival selection Boychoir may be for you. The film follows an adolescent boy (Garrett Wareing) fresh in a new boarding school who wastes his natural talent for singing when he could be a pivotal part of a world-class choir of boys. But luckily, Dustin Hoffman is there as his choir leader to help inspire him, even if it means getting a little tough and stern. Eddie Izzard and Kathy Bates come along for good measure too. Watch! ›››
Continue reading Dustin Hoffman Conducts a 'Boychoir' in the Trailer for TIFF Drama
Since Liam Neeson didn't really do much in the vein of quality ass-kicking earlier this month, maybe Salma Hayek has what it takes to step up to the plate with the action thriller Everly. In the film, Hayek plays a woman who faces down assassins sent by her ex, who also just happens to be a mob boss, while holed up in her apartment. In this first US trailer, it feels like The Raid meets Kill Bill, with plenty of action to go around. Frankly, I'm just excited to see an actress like Hayek in this role instead of a leading man. This could open up some new doors for the actress if it turns out to be a hit, which we hope it will be. Watch! ›››
Continue reading Watch: Salma Hayek is Pretty Good with Guns in US 'Everly' Trailer
There's no doubt American Sniper has been a hit with audiences, even as it faces some stirring criticism about its portrayal of the titular soldier Chris Kyle. But that's a different conversation entirely, and you can read more about that elsewhere. Instead, this is about a key difference that would have made the film much less two-dimensional and one-sided, adding more humanity to the real-life sniper with the highest confirmed kill count in United States military history. You may remember that Steven Spielberg nearly directed American Sniper, and now some details of how his vision may have been different have surfaced. ›››
Continue reading How Steven Spielberg's 'American Sniper' Would Have Been Different
With movie theater attendance falling last year so much that the box office hit the lowest number seen by the industry in 20 years, surely audiences need something to make their experience a little more memorable and worth the price of admission. Well, the United Kingdom theater chain Vue Cinemas decided to craft a little experience for unsuspecting moviegoers seeing Kingsman: The Secret Service by offering them a "free Kingsman upgrade." At first it seems like it's just an escort from the titular secret service organization accompanying them, but then things get intense when some armed bad guys try to get in the way. It's clearly meant to be a stunt gone viral, but it's at least a cool, original idea. to promote the film. Watch below now! ›››
Continue reading Watch: UK Theater Gives Audiences Unique 'Kingsman' Experience
Early last summer, we learned that Locke director and writer Steven Knight was hired to script a sequel to the intense zombie epidemic thriller World War Z. But since then, we haven't heard anything new on the project. But Thompson on Hollywood recently sat down with the writer, who's still at the treatment stage of writing, and the conversation turned to the progress on the gestating sequel which Brad Pitt will produce again through his Plan B production banner. However, as we've suspected, it doesn't sound like he'll be starring as Knight says, "It’s not quite like the other, we're starting with a clean slate." Read on! ›››
Continue reading Steven Knight Says 'World War Z' Sequel is Starting with Clean Slate
It seems like everyone has something to gripe about with this year's nominations for the 87th Academy Awards (except for maybe the nominees themselves), and we even looked at some of the most egregious snubs along with the pleasing surprises from this year's field of honorees. But rather than gripe about the nominations, The Shiznit (via The Playlist) took aim at most of the big players this awards season and gave them honest movie posters. American Sniper, Selma, The Theory of Everything, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Foxcatcher and more all get skewered. Love or hate the movies, these are clever. ›››
Continue reading Honest Movie Posters Skewer Some of the 2015 Oscar Nominees
"We thought we were helping. It didn't work out that way." As American Sniper sweeps up the January box office competition (or lack thereof), another gunman is poised to hit the big screen this March with Sean Penn in The Gunman. Director Pierre Morel (Taken) is at the helm of the new thriller, and an international trailer has just surfaced to show off some more of the story follow Martin Terrier (Penn), a former Special Forces soldier and military contractor who works peacefully for a non-government group in the Congo. But suddenly, he's being hunted down by his own people as his violent past catches up with him. ›››
Continue reading Watch: Sean Penn is Hunted in International 'The Gunman' Trailer
"It's not where you take things from—it's where you take them to." (-Jean-Luc Godard) There is a moment in Xavier Dolan's film Mommy, officially my #1 film of 2014, that took my breath away. It's the kind of moment all cinema enthusiasts live for, the kind of visceral surprise that leaves you in such awe that you end up holding your breath until that moment – the scene – ends. The more I think about it, the more it grows in my mind, and upon further reflection I believe it is one of the defining moments in cinema in 2014. That no one is talking about… yet. I can't get it out of my mind, and out of everything I saw in 2014, it's one of the most brilliant cinematic decisions any filmmaker made. Xavier Dolan showing the rest how it's done. ›››
Continue reading That Breathtaking Cinematic Moment in Xavier Dolan's 'Mommy'
After falling away from Sony Pictures and getting picked up quickly at Universal Pictures, Danny Boyle's biopic about Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is finally happening. And the good news is that it's not just in development anymore, it's actually in production, and it's been shooting at a familiar location for those familiar with the career of Steve Jobs. The film written by Aaron Sorkin has been shooting in California, specifically Los Altos in the heart of Silicon Valley, at the real garage where Jobs grew up. It's the same garage where he and Steve Wozniak founded Apple in 1976, and now it's been carefully recreated as a set. ›››
Continue reading Boyle's Steve Jobs Biopic is Shooting in Apple Creator's Real Garage
"May the hair on your toes never fall out." Hurry – before the angry legal goons in Hollywood put their foot down and stamp out this fire! In all truth and honesty, I fully expected this (someone would re-cut it into one movie) to happen sooner or later, and I'm glad it was sooner. A J.R.R. Tolkien super-fan who goes by "tolkieneditor" has published a 4-hour re-edit (or "fan cut") of The Hobbit trilogy, with the conclusion still playing in theaters now. His new version has condensed the excess footage from Jackson's trilogy into one extended 4-hour presentation. It's not exactly "one" movie, and I'm sure we'll see someone make that eventually, but it is the first attempt at redoing The Hobbit as a single story–the way it should've been done. ›››
Continue reading A Fan Has Created Their Own 4-Hour Re-Edit of 'The Hobbit' Trilogy
After his breakthrough role in Let Me In, young actor Kodi Smit-McPhee has grown up quite a bit, as evidence by his pivotal supporting role in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. And now he has the SXSW entry All the Wilderness allowing him to showcase his still impressive acting abilities with the coming-of-age drama about a teenage boy struggling through life after the death of his father. The first trailer for the film has arrived, and it looks beautiful. Reviews have also praised the film's soundtrack that features Sigur Ros and more. It's also nice to see Danny DeVito on the big screen again. It looks like one to seek out. Watch! ›››
Continue reading Kodi Smit-McPhee Has Teen Angst in 'All the Wilderness' Trailer
There's a lot of buzz surrounding director Richard Linklater right now, because of his stellar, ambitious indie project Boyhood. The film won the Golden Globe for Best Drama and it's nominated for Best Picture at the 87th Academy Awards with Linklater getting a Best Director nomination too. And if you want to know a little bit more about Linklater, you may want to check out a Angela Ismailo's feautre-length documentary called Great Directors, which features in-depth interviews with the Boyhood director as well as nine other respected auteurs such as David Lynch, Bernardo Bertolucci, Stephen Frears and others. ›››
Continue reading Watch: Richard Linklater & More in 90-Minute Doc 'Great Directors'
"Some days you wake up, and life just kicks you in the bollocks." Yep. It's Monday, no ones wants to be at work, it's cold out there, the office probably has pranks planned. It's not going to be a fun day. Or is it? The short film Bad Day at the Office from director Nick Scott tries to put a spin on the old fashioned idea of a "bad day at the office". I won't even make the obvious Office Space comparison, because this is much more like Wes Anderson meets Lars von Trier than anything from Mike Judge, but whatever it takes to convince you this is worth 10 mins of your time. There's a polished, professional feel to this and the FX (including all the make-up) look great. It's not the best film I've ever watched, but it's the perfect short to start the week. ›››
There's a lot of buzz surrounding Michael Keaton right now. The actor just won a Golden Globe for his performance in Birdman (he gave a great speech too), and he also just received an Oscar nomination for the film as well. Keaton has already lined up his next project in The Founder, the story of the man who turned McDonald's into a fast food empire, but it sounds like he may also reprise his role as Tim Burton's classic dead showman Beetlejuice before the year is out. Writer Seth Grahame-Smith just had an interview with EW about the various projects he has in the works, and he updated the status of Beetlejuice 2. Read on! ›››
Continue reading 'Beetlejuice 2' Could Finally Start Shooting Before the End of 2015
Last year X-Men: Days of Future Past brought together the casts of X-Men: First Class and the original X-Men trilogy with a time travel storyline that took place in the distant future and also the groovy 70s. With X-Men: Apocalypse, we already know the story takes place in the 80s, but that didn't mean time travel wouldn't come back into play. However, it doesn't look like there will be anything happening in the future timeline this time as Patrick Stewart (Professor X) sat down with an interview Larry King (via Yahoo Movies) and confirmed that neither he nor Ian McKellen (Magneto) will be appearing in the 2016 sequel. ›››
Continue reading Ian McKellen & Patrick Stewart Are Not Part of 'X-Men: Apocalypse'