February 7, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
The responsibility of starring in the first biopic of the year featuring an iconic historical figure goes to newcomer Chadwick Boseman, who will be seen as Jackie Robinson, the first African American player in Major League baseball, when the Brian Helgeland-directed “42″ hits theaters on April 12th.
The first poster for the film – which also stars Nicole Beharie as the eventual Mrs. Robinson, Rachel Isum and Harrison Ford as Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey – has been released and it’s a visually striking homage to Robinson’s legacy. Boseman beat out a plethora of fellow relative unknown actors to land the role of a lifetime, including recent Sundance breakout and “Fruitvale” star Michael B. Jordan and “Stomp the Yard”‘s Columbus Short, so let’s hope audiences haven’t been soured on baseball movies by that Clint Eastwood-Amy Adams dud “Trouble with the Curve.” This one looks much better.
The first poster for “42″ can be viewed below.
February 4, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
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Jennifer Lawrence is not very good at taking compliments, which must have made Saturday night rather torturous for the newly minted two-time Oscar nominee. The compliments kept piling on at Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Outstanding Performer of the Year Award Tribute dedicated to her incredible 2012 run, and after more than an hour of enduring words of praise from moderator Roger Durling, Lawrence joked, “I’m not going to say thank you anymore, I’m just going to say shut up.”
Lawrence joined festival director Durling onstage as they painstakingly went through her still short but already impressive acting resume, from her feature film debut in Lori Petty’s “The Poker House” to her newest, David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook”, in which she plays the vibrant, explosive and complex Tiffany and for which she just received her second Best Actress Oscar nomination, making her the youngest two-time nominee ever in the category. Lawrence charmed the audience and made them laugh out loud, perhaps none louder than Russell, who would later present Lawrence her trophy and who would call her talent “kissed by angels.”
February 1, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
This one has been on our radar since forever, and we are finally just about two months away from the release of Derek Cianfrance’s “Blue Valentine” follow-up, multi-generational family/crime drama “The Place Beyond the Pines.” We’ve seen the first teaser trailer but today new stills have been released which give us our first look at young actors Dane DeHaan and Emory Cohen, who play the sons of feuding rivals Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper, respectively.
His second collaboration with Cianfrance sees Gosling as a reluctant bank robber and Cooper as the police officer hot on his trail. They’re both new dads and their altercation has lasting effects, ultimately bleeding down to their sons. The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival to rave reviews, including for Cohen, who’s the least known amongst his co-stars and who has a somewhat shaky reputation from playing Debra Messing’s insufferable teenage son on NBC series “Smash.” On the bright side, someone like Shailene Woodley was able to shake off a horrible years-long TV reputation to become one of the most successful young rising stars of the moment, so Cohen will probably be just fine.
“The Place Beyond the Pines” will be released on March 29th, and the new images can be viewed below, thanks to Thompson on Hollywood.
January 30, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton don’t look like any vampires we’ve ever seen before in the first image from Jim Jarmusch’s undead love story “Only Lovers Left Alive.” The Playlist unveiled the first picture from the film which also stars Mia Wasikowska and Anton Yelchin.
Looking more like futuristic underground rock stars than the cloaked, formal vampires we are used to getting from popular culture, Hiddleston, as vampire Adam, is seen embracing his centuries-long lover Eve, played by Swinton. Their relationship is tested with the arrival of her wild younger sister Ava, played by Wasikowska. No pictures of her just yet, but it sounds like a different sort of role for the normally stoic and reserved actress.
The Playlist speculates the film will make its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in just a few short months, which sounds about right, and distribution and release dates should soon follow. For now you can see the full image of Hiddleston and Swinton below.
January 22, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
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UPDATED: The first official image from the film has been added.
Well this movie just keeps getting better and better. In a press release today announcing the start of principal photography on “The Fifth Estate”, the previously untitled Wikileaks movie directed by Bill Condon, it’s revealed that Anthony Mackie has joined the cast that already boasts Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Bruhl and Alicia Vikander.
Cumberbatch will play Julian Assange and Bruhl his one-time right hand man, Daniel Domscheit-Berg. The Dreamworks film is taking its source material from Domscheit-Berg’s “Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website” and “WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy” by David Leigh and Luke Harding, British journalists who worked at The Guardian and helped Assanage publish his first findings. Vikander will play a co-worker and eventual love interest to Bruhl’s charcter, while “Downton Abbey” star Dan Stevens will play a hacker friend of Domscheit-Berg’s who eventually comes to work with the Wikileaks team. There’s no word on who other cast members including Mackie, Laura Linney, David Thewlis, Peter Capaldi, and Carice van Houten will play. “The Fifth Estate” has also just been set for a November 15, 2013 release.
Mackie will film this first before heading to Cleveland in April to play the Falcon opposite Chris Evans, who reprises his role as Steve Rogers in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” The two also recently wrapped up filming on “A Many Splintered Thing” together. Mackie is currently on screen in “Gangster Squad” opposite Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone and will next be seen opposite Mark Wahlberg in Michael Bay’s “Pain & Gain.”
Meanwhile, the first official image featuring Cumberbatch and Bruhl has been released and can be viewed below.
January 16, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
We are one day away from opening night of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and today we have new images from one of our most anticipated films premiering at the festival, James Ponsoldt’s adaptation of Tim Tharp novel “The Spectacular Now.”
The Playlist unveiled the new images featuring the movie’s young leads Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley all dressed up and getting close at prom. As fans of the book know, prom is not just a romantic night out for Teller’s Sutter and Woodley’s Aimee, but turns out to be a pivotal moment in their relationship. The film also stars Brie Larson, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kyle Chandler and “The Hunger Games” star Dayo Okeniyi, and will make its world premiere in Park City on Friday night.
We can’t wait for this one and hope it lives up to the book and its impressive cast and crew. The new images of Teller and Woodley can be viewed below.
January 15, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
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Film Festival season of 2013 is officially underway. Sundance is just around the corner, and now increasingly popular Austin fest SXSW has announced its first batch of films. Magician buddy comedy “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone”, starring Steve Carell, Jim Carrey and Olivia Wilde, will open the festival with its world premiere. Meanwhile, Wilde will be double-dipping at the fest, as she also stars in Joe Swanberg’s rom com “Drinking Buddies”, which co-stars Anna Kendrick, Jake Johnson and Ron Livingston and which will also have its world premiere at the festival.
Harmony Korine’s much talked-about “Spring Breakers”, which stars James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez and Ashley Benson and which premiered at Cannes last year, was also announced today as part of the initial lineup of SXSW. Another buzzy title making its world premiere is the remake of “Evil Dead”, which features the quintet of Jane Levy, Jessica Lucas, Shiloh Fernandez, Elizabeth Blackmore and Lou Taylor Pucci being tortured and slaughtered quite graphically.
The list of the first batch of films can be viewed below, along with the first image of Wilde and Johnson in “Drinking Buddies.”
January 10, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Starring Michael Fassbender, Scoot McNairy and Maggie Gyllenhaal, – and based on a book by one of our favourite authors, Jon Ronson – Film4 have today released the first image of rock’n'roll comedy “Frank“.
Based on Ronson’s memoir, “Frank” stars Domhnall Gleeson as Jon, a wannabe musican who joins an eccentric group of musicians led by Fassbender’s mysterious Frank and his terrifying sidekick Clara, played by Gyllenhaal.
A fictional story loosely inspired by Frank Sidebottom, the persona of cult musician and comedy legend Chris Sievey, the trademark giant plastic head has made Sidebottom a cult character.
Ronson has scripted the film along with Peter Straughan – who adapted another of Ronson’s book, “The Men Who Stare At Goats” – and Lenny Abrahamson will direct. Filming started this past week in New Mexico, USA.
January 10, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Filming on ensemble romantic comedy “Are We Officially Dating?” began a few weeks back and recent set photos (via LaineyGossip) show co-stars Zac Efron and Imogen Poots on location in New York City.
Efron stars alongside Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller as three best friends who make a pact to stay single and relationship-free. As always happens though, once they’ve decided on this, they each begin to fall in love. Also starring Mackenzie Davis, “Are We Officially Dating?” was scripted and directed by Tom Gormican, his first feature film.
No word yet on a release date but check out the gallery below where you can see Efron and Poots hugging, joking and kissing around the streets of NYC.
January 9, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Featuring tween stars on a crime spree, James Franco rapping and, following reviews what appears to be a day-glo explosion of hedonism, violence and a twisted American Dream, Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers” is set for a Spring Break release on March 22nd and has two new posters to begin promotion.
Rated R, the film stars Ashley Benson, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and Korine’s wife Rachel Korine as bored college students whose spring break vacation goes wrong after they’re caught robbing a restaurant to fund their plans. James Franco’s K-Fed inspired drug dealer bails them out, but naturally wants them to do him a favor in return.
Premiering at last year’s Venice Film Festival, we’ve already seen a first clip from the film which we suggested povoked “that feeling of angsty ennui that everything is always the same, in the way that only teenagers can understand” but today’s new posters seem focused very much on what happens when this group of teenagers decide to do something about that ennui – with a focus on guns, bikinis, masks and the beach.
We can’t wait to make our own minds up about “Spring Breakers” when it’s released. For now, check out the posters below.