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vampire-academy
This past Februrary, a film called “Vampire Academy” hit theatres. Remember it? Don’t worry, you aren’t alone because most people probably don’t either. Despite the clever school-centered promos and the already established massive international fanbase, plus the fact that the team behind the film were the same guys who blessed us with “Mean Girls” and “Heathers,” “Vampire Academy” was sure to be a mega-hit with the audiences, both old and new. Except it wasn’t. Not exactly. Less than a week after its North American release, the film already seemed toRead More
Adapted from Tim Tharp’s novel and out in select theaters today, “The Spectacular Now” is continuing to garner glowing reviews for both director James Ponsoldt’s deft elevation of the standard coming-of-age film into one that is unapologetic in its honesty and beautifully sincere in its quest to eschew convention, as well as the standout performances by its stars, up and comers Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley. The film is one of our favorites of the year so far and the performances given by Teller and Woodley in particular leave noRead More
One of our favorite films of the year opens today in New York and Los Angeles and we’re celebrating by bringing you a series of interviews with the filmmakers and cast (and then probably going and watching it again). Adapted from Tim Tharp’s novel, “The Spectacular Now” has garnered exemplary reviews since its Sundance premiere, not only for its standout performances by up and comers Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley, but for director James Ponsoldt’s deft elevation of the standard coming-of-age film into one that is unapologetic in its honestyRead More
Following its warm reception at this year’s Sundance Film Festival – winning the Special Jury Award for Acting – “The Spectacular Now” has garnered exemplary reviews not only for its standout performances by up and comers Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley, but for director James Ponsoldt’s deft elevation of the standard coming-of-age film into one that is unapologetic in its honesty and beautifully sincere in its quest to eschew convention and embrace the spectacularly real. (We called it “even better, more natural and more heartbreaking” than Ponsoldt’s last feature, “Smashed.”)Read More
Comic-Con wouldn’t be Comic-Con without a major presentation from Marvel Studios, which has become the cornerstone of Hall H’s film lineup. Thousands of fans camped out overnight in front of the convention center for the last panel of the day on Saturday, July 20th, 2013, and were not disappointed. Tom Hiddleston kicked off the presentation in a big way by showing up in full blown Loki mode, encouraging the crowd to scream his name, then declaring: “It seems I have an army.”Read More
Screen International has unveiled their 2013 list of UK Stars of Tomorrow, on-the-verge actors and filmmakers who are destined for stardom. They’re pretty good at this, having featured the likes of James McAvoy, Andrew Garfield, Carey Mulligan and Aaron Johnson on this annual list before they became some of the most in demand actors around. This year, they’ve got seventeen relatively unknown names for us to keep an eye on in the future, and they include a “Game of Thrones” star, a child actress who has more Hollywood blockbuster creditsRead More
Amidst a funny and touching conversation with David O. Russell, Spike Jonze touched on everything from his ties to the skateboarding world (check out Fully Flared if you haven’t already), his relationships with both James Gandolfini (“he was an amazing man who just wanted to be true”, and who helped show everyone exactly what “Where the Wild Things Are” should be) and Maurice Sendak (they met when Jonze was commissioned to adapt “Harold and the Purple Crayon”, and remained close friends until the end). But the most newsworthy thing toRead More
Guillermo Del Toro‘s much anticipated “Pacific Rim” previewed a handful of edited scenes this past weekend, and we were there to sample what was on offer. There are no real spoilers contained here, as Del Toro was kind enough to edit these scenes so even us journalists attending weren’t hugely spoiled by his epic sci-fi film, but if you want to go into “Pacific Rim” without knowing details about specific scenes, stop reading now! In his intro, Del Toro described “Pacific Rim” as “gothic tech.” The footage shown was extremelyRead More
hilary
She’s one of the most iconic and polarizing politicians working today so it’s no surprise that a biopic of Hillary Clinton is on its way to the big screen. James Ponsoldt, critically acclaimed director of “Smashed” and “The Spectacular Now”, has been picked to direct Young Il Kim’s Black List script “Rodham,” focusing not on the powerful figure she is today, but the woman who would become her one day. Kim’s script follows Clinton’s early career in the 1970s when she was just Hillary Rodham, a recent Yale Law schoolRead More
guscasting
It’s the question on everyone’s minds now that we have our Hazel Grace in “The Descendants” star Shailene Woodley: Who will play her sparring partner, love interest and fellow cancer survivor Augustus Waters in “The Fault in Our Stars”? Josh Boone is directing the adaptation of the best-selling John Green YA novel, and the casting for Augustus will likely be even more scrutinized than Woodley as Hazel. Gus, described as long and lean with dark hair and blue eyes who’s witty and spouts off romantic soliloquies in his wooing ofRead More