Although the film has already hit the internet, being a victim of November’s Sony Hacks, Sony Pictures has just released the official trailer for their drama starring Kat Dennings (Thor), To Write Love on Her Arms. The film tells the true story of Renee Yohe, as her battle with drugs and depression leads to the founding of the titular charity and a worldwide phenomenon. Directed by Nathan Frankowski, with a screenplay by Kate King Lynch, the film also stars Chad Michael Murray (Fruitvale Station), Rupert Friend (Pride & Prejudice), and Corbin Bleu (High School Musical). For Dennings, who currently stars in the CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls, this will be her first dramatic role since 2010′s Daydream Nation. Dennings will have the responsibility of giving Yohe’s character her due, and finding the same connection with the audience that the story achieved in real life.
Christmas, Christmas time is here, time for…okay, so we’re a little too late on this one. But, do you know what’s never too late? Yes, that’s right, a building getting cut in half with a laser beam. Which is exactly what you’ll see in the new Phantasm: Ravager trailer. Think of it as a late Christmas present from us, and a just on time (the video was posted on the movie’s Facebook page December 22nd) present from producer Don Coscarelli and director David Hartman – who give the trailer its proper introduction. The latest entry in the Phantasm franchise will be in theaters sometime next year.
Wyrmwood brought the armor-clad zombie-Apocalypse to Fantastic Fest in September. Now the carnage and chaos is coming to the rest of the U.S. February 13, 2015. The hit indie horror film is still being distributed by IFC Midnight, now under the title, Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead. You’ve probably surmised – as have we – the new subtitle is meant to evoke both the Mad Max series (i.e. The Road Warrior and Fury Road) and the multitude of zombie films with of the Dead in their names (i.e. Night and Dawn). According to Fangoria, the film will hit theaters and video on demand the same day.
In chemistry, a catalyst is something that makes a chemical reaction happen more quickly.
In narrative theory, a catalyst is a character or event that spurs the plot forward, usually by inducing the main character to commit an action that gets everything else rolling.
In The Gambler, Mark Wahlberg plays a man who’s life is a gigantic chemical equation, and he’s scrambling to keep the whole thing in balance so it doesn’t blow up in his face.
Enter the catalyst. Read more…
Just before everyone heads out to the theaters this weekend, Disney has released another snippet for Into the Woods. Here, we get a look at Lilla Crawford as Red Riding Hood as she interacts with James Corden and Emily Blunt’s characters, the bakers. Viewers get another sampling of the notable music-comedy combination that seems to be the hallmark for this film. Into the Woods was released Christmas Day of this year, and readers can check out mxdwn’s review of the movie here.
Inherent Vice star Katherine Waterston has been tapped to play Chrisann Brennan, the first wife of Steve Jobs in the Untitled biopic to be directed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire), reports Deadline. She will star opposite Michael Fassbender (Shame), who recently signed on as the eponymous tech giant, as well as Seth Rogen (Neighbors) in the role of partner Steve Wozniak, and Kate Winslet in an undisclosed part. Written by Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) from the Walter Isaacson biography, the film will focus on just a few key meetings in Jobs’ career, relying heavily on both dialogue and character– characteristic of Sorkin’s writing. Waterston is coming away from a successful career-building year in film: from starring in Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest Inherent Vice to appearing in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them. She will next star alongside Elizabeth Moss (TV’s Mad Men) in Queen of Earth.
Louis Zamperini’s story is unequivocally one of the more remarkable out there. 2nd generation Italian-American, Olympic athlete, survivor of a wreck at sea, survivor of a Japanese prison camp during WWII, and later a post-war peacemaker. Pretty incredible.
And so is director Angelina Jolie’s movie, at least insofar as it is chronicling that life. Regardless of the medium, Zamperini’s story is inspirational for its celebration of human endurance, both physically and spiritually. The appropriately-titled Unbroken is also well-photographed, features a cast of rising stars, and adds some meaningful commentary about the degradation war forces on those who fight it. Mostly, though, Jolie keeps Unbroken focused on Zamperini the man without casting any wider, which cuts both ways as it makes for a good story but fails to find the sort of deep-seated significance that might elevate Unbroken to something greater. Read more…
Ridley Scott’s been through a bit of a rough patch lately. There the critical and commercial flop of The Counselor last year despite one of the best casts you could hope for and a screenplay by celebrated American novelist Cormac McCarthy (then again, maybe we can ask F. Scott Fitzgerald how that can work out). Alien prequel/reboot Prometheus did well enough at the box office, but was received middling reviews. And the Russell Crowe-led Gladiator-esque Robin Hood didn’t ever justify its colossal budget.
But what about this latest epic, the Biblically-proportioned Exodus: Gods and Kings. Erik Pascall and I gave our two cents.
Tim: Well, we’ve now seen the second of two major studio, big-budget Biblical epics this year. Did you have a favorite?
Erik: Between the two, I highly preferred The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Read more…
Britt Robertson (The First Time) and Scott Eastwood (Fury) star in the latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Longest Ride. The film is billed as a love story about “the lives of a young couple [that] intertwine with a much older man (Alan Alda) as he reflects back on a lost love while he’s trapped in an automobile crash.” Based on the first trailer, however, it is clearly much more.
Laika and Focus Features’ fourth collaboration, called Kubo and the Two Strings, is set in ancient, mythical Japan and will follow a young boy from a peaceful seaside town as he faces down gods and monsters from the past. The voice cast features Hollywood stars from Matthew McConaughey to Ralph Fiennes, and visually the film will implement a fusion of the stop motion animation Laika is known for with CGI techniques. This is something Laika has done before, but according to Laika president and CEO Kubo and the Two Strings will push beyond anything Laika has done before. “It’s kind of like it’s as if Stand By Me was set in a Temple Of Doom through the prism of Kurosawa on a bender of bath salts.” Color us intrigued. Read more…