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‘Saw’ Will Get 10th Anniversary Re-Release This Halloween

August 27th, 2014 By

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It remains to be seen whether or not there will be any future additions to the popular Saw horror movie franchise, but that doesn’t mean you’ve seen the last of the villain Jigsaw. Today Lionsgate announced that they will be re-releasing the original Saw into theaters for one week starting – you guessed it – October 31st.  Read more…

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Star-Studded ‘Triple Nine’ Gets Release Date

August 27th, 2014 By

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One of the more anticipated movies of 2015 just got an exact release date. Distributor Open Road Films announced today that it will release director John Hillcoat’s (Lawless) thriller Triple Nine next September 11th, a date which the movie has all to itself for now. For those who have never worn a badge or aren’t intimately familiar with police procedure, the movie’s title refers to the police code – 999 – meaning an officer is down. The movie’s plot concerns a group of dirty cops who have to pull off an impossible heist for the Russian mob, and the only way they can do it is to manufacture a 999 by killing an inexperienced cop. However their plan falls apart when the cop foils the attack. As we’ve covered here before, the film is notable for the embarrassing riches of its cast, which reads like a who’s who of quality actors. The list includes . . . (deep breath):  Kate Winslet (Labor Day), Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), Casey Affleck (Out of the Furnace), Woody Harrelson (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay), Gal Gadot (the new Wonder Woman), Aaron Paul (Need for Speed), Norman Reedus (AMC’s Walking Dead), Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies), and Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker). (. . . exhale!).

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Director Kim “Rocco” Shields’s Award-Winning Short ‘Love is All You Need?’ Headed to Feature Adaptation

August 27th, 2014 By

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Film occupies a special place as an instrument of art for social change. Perhaps no other medium is as effective at demonstrating what it is like to embody another person’s life.

That is the animus that drives Kim “Rocco” Shields’s work. The director, whose short Love is All You Need? (see below) has collected more than 30 million views across various platforms, including use as a classroom tool in schools across the nation, is headed into production on a feature adaptation of Love is All You Need in October. Read more…

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‘Love is Strange’ and Apparently Not Safe for Children

August 26th, 2014 By

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A storm of controversy is brewing around the independent film Love is Strange, a small and delicate drama featuring John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as an aging New York couple, which opened in limited release (courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics) on August 22nd. The film, despite featuring no violence, sexuality, nudity, or drug content, was given a R-rating by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) because of a few throwaway curse words. It’s a measure that many critics are labeling as thinly-veiled homophobia. Read more…

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Jean Dujardin Stars in French Thriller ‘The Connection’

August 26th, 2014 By
Jean Dujardin tries to combat the heroin trade in France.

Jean Dujardin tries to combat the heroin trade in France.

A slick trailer for the new French film The Connection has premiered. In it, Jean Dujardin – familiar to American audiences from his 2011 Oscar-winning performance in The Artist - stars as Pierre Michel, a magistrate newly transferred to the city of Marseilles, with the lofty goal of bringing down a large international drug operation, known as the French Connection, that deals in the smuggling and dealing of all heroin within France.

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New ‘Gone Girl’ TV Spot

August 26th, 2014 By

Those viewers of last night’s Emmy Awards telecast who resisted the urge to skip through all the commercials were rewarded with a nice treat, as Fox used the opportunity to debut a new spot for David Fincher’s upcoming Gone Girl. Readers of the book know there is more than meets the eye, but for the uninitiated this new trailer presents the story of a husband (Ben Affleck) who is the prime suspect when his wife (Rosamund Pike) goes missing and is presumed dead. In a move that will surely generate a lot of discussion upon the movie’s release, even readers of the book will be in for a surprise, as Fincher has reportedly deviated from the novel’s ending. Fox will release the film on October 3rd. This is Fincher’s first feature film since 2011′s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.  Previous versions of the trailer were covered by mxdwn here and here.

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Honoring the Life and Work of Richard Attenborough

August 26th, 2014 By

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New and old faces enter and leave the film scene every day, but few leave a lasting impression. At the astonishing age of 90, Richard Attenborough has left behind lifelong contributions to the world of motion picture arts. Read more…

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The Men Who Would Film Don Quixote

August 26th, 2014 By

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Here we go again. It seems that Terry Gilliam, our friendly neighborhood maverick gonzo director, is going once more into the breach, dear friends. Now that he’s wrapped up work on the upcoming Zero Theorem, reports have began to surface that Gilliam is going to once more attempt to make The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. Press coverage from earlier this month has the director saying that principal photography will start immediately after Christmas of this year. While the exact details of the story and the involved parties remain incredibly sketchy beyond some general descriptions and glimpses at concept art, it looks like this is happening. Batten down the hatches, everyone, this is not a drill. Read more…

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What May Pop Up at the 2014 Telluride Film Festival?

August 25th, 2014 By
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With the summer movie season coming to an end, the attention in the industry now shifts focus to the start of the fall festival season.  The Venice, Toronto, and Telluride film festivals bring about an onslaught of world premieres and media attention to hundreds of movies, many of which are vying for potential awards consideration.  With that comes a complicated web of decisions on the part of festival programmers, distributors, and independently-financed features all hoping to generate much-needed buzz for the films themselves.  While the Toronto and Venice festivals have announced their official selections, one question looms as to what may be included in the 2014 Telluride Film Festival line-up.  The Colorado institution famously doesn’t unveil its line-up until the first day of the film festival (this Friday, for those wondering), but the writing may be on the wall for what we’ll find included. Read more…

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Mary Elizabeth Winstead Set to Star in Bad Robot’s ‘The Cellar’

August 25th, 2014 By
Mary Elizabeth Winstead has been cast in Bad Robot's 'The Cellar'.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead has been cast in Bad Robot’s ‘The Cellar’.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead (The Thing remake) has been cast to star opposite John Goodman (Inside Llewyn Davis) in The Cellar, a new movie being produced by J.J. Abrams’ production company, Bad Robot. The film will be directed by Dan Trachtenberg, known mainly for his shorts More Than You Can Chew and Portal: No Escape, both of which garnered a substantial amount of attention for the young filmmaker.

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