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Check Out the Red Band Trailer for ‘The Interview’

September 22nd, 2014 By

Sony may be taking heat for its new movie The Interview, but that didn’t stop it from releasing this gleefully profane new red band trailer. The movie is of course about two TV journalists who are tasked with assassinating Kim Jong-un after they score an exclusive interview with the North Korean dictator. James Franco plays the sleazy on-air reporter, while Seth Rogen plays his more ambitious producer. Lizzy Caplan (Hot Tub Time Machine) plays the CIA agent who recruits them. It was directed by Rogen and partner Evan Goldberg, who previously collaborated behind the camera on last year’s This is the End, which also starred Franco. The trio also worked together on Pineapple Express (2008). Sony will release The Interview on Christmas Day.

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Oliver Stone Eyeing Joseph Gordon-Levitt for Upcoming Edward Snowden Film

September 22nd, 2014 By
Joseph Gordon-Levitt may play Snowden for Oliver Stone

Joseph Gordon-Levitt may play Snowden for Oliver Stone

Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For) may soon play whistleblower Edward Snowden in an upcoming Oliver Stone film. According to Deadline, Gordon-Levitt is the director’s primary choice for the role, with Stone planning to start filming in December in Germany.

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Weekly Trailer Roundup – 9/15/14 thru 9/21/14

September 22nd, 2014 By

Welcome to the Weekly Trailer Roundup, where we count down the top five trailers released in the past week, “top” being defined any way we want to at the moment…exciting, ridiculous, best, worst…

These are the trailers that, for one reason or another, you should be paying attention to.

Movies can transport us to faraway lands, they can expand our minds, make us question our beliefs, teach us about life and love, challenge our perception of reality, and help us understand of our world and the other human beings who inhabit it. And if you care about any of that, you’d best just scroll down to the trailers for films that might actually matter. We’re not talking about those films and their trailers today. We’re talking about the trailers that make you pump your fist in the air and go “WOO!” The trailers that make you want to climb the outside of a skyscraper and eat a grizzly bear. Check them out and try not to hit anyone afterward.

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Warning: Mxdwn will not be held responsible for any head explosions that may occur after viewing the proceeding trailers. Read more…

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First Trailer for Terrence Malick-Produced ‘The Better Angels’

September 22nd, 2014 By

He may have only been involved as a producer and not a director, but judging by the first official trailer for The Better Angels, the movie has Terrence Malick’s fingerprints all over it. A look at the childhood of Abraham Lincoln growing up in the woods of Indiana, the film looks to have the same poetic, ethereal feel as Malick’s own movies. Not surprisingly, it was directed by A.J. Edwards, an apprentice to Malick on films like The New World, Tree of Life, and To the Wonder. The movie stars Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) and Diane Kruger (Troy) as the future 16th President’s parents, with Wes Bentley (American Beauty) and Brit Marling (Another Earth) also appearing. The young Lincoln is played by newcomer Braydon Denney. As reported here earlier, upstart Amplify acquired the movie for distribution after its premiere at Sundance and will be releasing it into theaters this November, with the exact date yet to be announced.

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Movie Review – ‘The Scribbler’

September 22nd, 2014 By

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The Scribbler revolves around Suki (Katie Cassidy, Nightmare on Elm Street), a young woman with Dissociative Identity Disorder.  While in the hospital, her doctor subjects to an experimental treatment called “The Siamese Burn,” which is designed to eliminate her excess personalities.  After several successful rounds, Suki is allowed to finish her treatment in a halfway house for the mentally ill, lovingly dubbed the Suicide Suites, where the patients are dying at an alarming rate.  As her personalities are eliminated, the body count rises, leaving Suki to wonder whether the deaths are the doing of her most powerful alternate personality: the Scribbler. Read more…

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‘Mommy’ and ‘Two Days, One Night’ Vie For Foreign-Language Oscar

September 20th, 2014 By
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While it’s only the middle of September, the 2014 awards race is already starting to take shape.  One part of the process includes vying for the Best Foreign-Language Oscar.  Each country is allowed one film to compete, and two major players of the 2014 festival circuit have just been added to the 2014 official roster– Xavier Dolan’s Mommy will be Canada’s official submission and the Dardenne Brothers’ Two Days, One Night will represent Belgium.  Both films had their world premieres at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and have earned widespread acclaim, marking themselves as legitimate hopefuls to be shortlisted. Read more…

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TIFF: Magnolia Acquires ‘Kill Me Three Times’

September 20th, 2014 By

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Kill Me Three Times, the Australian black comedy noir film featuring Simon Pegg, has been bought by North American distributor, Magnolia Pictures, after it premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. An exclusive from Deadline reports Magnolia plans to give the film a theatrical release, though no particular date has been set. Kill Me Three Times features an ensemble cast of characters with Pegg playing a contract killer who links them together.

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Roberto Orci Drops Out of ‘Power Rangers’ Movie

September 20th, 2014 By

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While the two of the screenwriters behind X-Men: First Class and Thor (Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz) are still involved with the film version of the long-running children’s action series, Power Rangers, Roberto Orci is not. According to an exclusive from Deadline, Orci had to drop out of his producer role on the film, as the schedule involved interfered with his work directing the third entry in the rebooted Star Trek series. Even with Orci out of the picture, the Power Rangers movie is still a-go for a July 22, 2016 release.

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Test Animation for Genndy Tartakovsky’s ‘Popeye’ Movie Released

September 19th, 2014 By

When animation buffs hear the name of animator Genndy Tartakovsky and the classic cartoon character, Popeye the Sailor Man in the same sentence, they know to pay attention. Tartakovsky has been in the animation industry for over twenty years, and is responsible for creating Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Star Wars: Clone Wars, and directing Hotel Transylvania. In this clip – as the animator himself explains, not a clip from the actual film – Tartakovsky demonstrates how he brings his sense of physical comedy to an upcoming 3D animated Popeye movie.

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First Trailer for Tim Burton’s ‘Big Eyes’

September 19th, 2014 By

Big Eyes, the story of how artist Margaret Keane took credit for her paintings of big-eyed subjects after letting her husband take all the glory for years, has its first trailer. Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz star as Margaret and Walter, Tim Burton directs the script from Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. Big Eyes will reach theaters on December 25.

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