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Hailee Steinfeld took Hollywood by storm when she came out of nowhere to land the lead in the Coens’ 2010 Western remake “True Grit” and ended up being nominated for an Oscar for her very first role at age 14. She’s laid low since, but in 2013 she’s back with a vengeance and this Friday she’ll be seen opposite Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford in “Ender’s Game,” the long-gestating adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s sci-fi classic. The film turned out fantastic, avoiding all the pitfalls it had laid before itRead More
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“Ender’s Game” has been a long time coming. The Orson Scott Card book, first published in 1985, is a sci-fi classic and the author has been trying to get it made into a movie since pretty much its publication. While one incarnation after another fell apart, in 2011 it all seemed to fall into place. Summit Entertainment, the studio behind the “Twilight” franchise, picked it up, attached director Gavin Hood (who adapted the screenplay himself despite Card having given it a go himself over the years) and cast rising youngRead More
Tomorrow, one of the best films of the year so far opens in limited release. Destin Cretton’s incredibly intimate, complex “Short Term 12″ features a breakout turn from Brie Larson as a dedicated foster care supervisor whose own life begins to unravel even as she tries to hold her charges together, and is a powerful, thought-provoking drama that’s the perfect counterbalance to a summer full of explosions and muscly guys in leotards (not that we don’t love those too). Before the general moviegoing public finally gets the chance to seeRead More
This Friday one of the best films of the year so far opens, and it’s perhaps not a surprise that the intimate, complex story told in “Short Term 12″ was greatly influenced by director Destin Cretton’s own personal experiences. Brie Larson is revelatory in her role as a dedicated foster care facility caretaker who’s fighting her own demons in addition to those of her charges, and the film has been winning over audiences at every film festival it plays, from SXSW (Grand Jury Prize) to the LA Film Festival (AudienceRead 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
We’ve seen the first pictures and poster of Benjamin Walker as the titular revisionist US President “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”, but today we get our first footage from the set of the film. Walker looks totally transformed and eerily like the Lincoln from history while standing in front of Congress. No vampire shenanigans happening in this first video from the movie, just some green screens and a lot of guys in suits, including Anthony Mackie, who plays William, Ab’s best friend. Timur Bekmambetov directed the film on location in NewRead More
Rising British actor Simon Phillips has a background in Shakespeare and a film career that started in crime and is moving into comedy – with favourable comparisons to that other great British comedian Simon Pegg. On a promotional tour for new film “How to Stop Being a Loser”, out this Friday, I caught up with the actor who was happy to discuss drama school, acting and producing vs. writing and directing, and why he won’t be moving to Hollywood any time soon.Read More
One name that’s still flying somewhat under the radar but that everyone should be keeping an eye on is Alexandra Roach. The 24 year old Welsh actress graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts only last year, but has already been cast in five feature films, some of which involve extremely high profile and well respected talent both in front of and behind the camera. The Guardian reports Roach has joined the cast and is currently shooting Joe Wright’s new adaptation of “Anna Karenina”, starring Keira Knightley and AaronRead More