First Look Michael Fassbender Macbeth

That shot above shows off Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender as they appear in the new version of Macbeth. The film is directed by Justin Kurzel, the Australian filmmaker behind Snowtown, and stars Michael Fassbender in the title role of the William Shakespeare adaptation. Another, more striking shot is below.  Read More »

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Watch a Video Rundown of 12 Impressive Long Takes

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The long take is a certain mark of cinematic achievement, particularly when the shot in question really works in a film. Anyone can show off — well, not anyone, but a good crew can put together an impressive long take. But to have it make sense for the story, and not draw attention to itself purely for the sake of doing so, is an achievement. So here’s a good video rundown of twelve particularly impressive long takes.

You might think you could name all the likely entries for this list off the top of your head, but chances are that’s not the case. Sure, there are the expected entries and usual suspects such as Touch of Evil and Children of Men, especially as we hit the top half of the list. But there are some surprises, such as a Tony Jaa movie, Tarkovsky’s The Mirror, and Godard’s traffic jam from Weekend. See the full video below. Read More »

Let It Go(T)

What do you get when you combine a hit song from the highest grossing animated film of all time with one of the most insanely popular TV shows of all time? A “Let It Go” mashup for the ages, of course.

My Cast of Kings co-host Joanna Robinson approached me to put together a music video of “Let It Go”, but using some fun Game of Thrones inspired lyrics performed by her talented friend Gail. Check out the results after the jump, and subscribe to A Cast of Kings to get your regular Game of Thrones podcast fix.
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sinister 2 director

Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill wrote Sinister, which starred Ethan Hawke as a writer who taps into an unusual cycle of violence, and Derrickson directed. We’ve known that a sequel is in the works, with the two again handling script duties. Now a director has been named: Ciaran Foy, who made his feature debut with the film Citadel, will be the Sinister 2 director. Read More »

Steven Spielberg directing War Horse

Steven Spielberg‘s last collaboration with screenwriter Tony Kushner was so successful, the pair are teaming up again. Spielberg plans to direct The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara based on a screenplay by Kushner. Mortara was an Italian Jew who made international headlines when he was removed from his home and raised as a Catholic in 1858.

The film will not be Spielberg’s next film, however. He’s still deciding between going back to Robopocalypse or Montezuma. The former much further along having just completed a total rewrite. Read More »

Jersey Boys trailer

Though Clint Eastwood is one of our finest and most prolific directors, his decision to adapt a Tony award-winning, worldwide smash hit musical always felt odd. A macho, old-school actor/filmmaker making an upbeat rags-to-riches movie filled with popular songs? Not the obvious move. Well, the first Jersey Boys trailer is finally out and things now seem much clearer.

In this short look at the film, which opens June 20, we finally get an idea of Eastwood’s version of the musical version of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, the group that went from the street corners of New Jersey to one of the biggest musical acts in history. Check out the Jersey Boys trailer below. Read More »

MALEFICENT featurette

From some angles, the fact that Maleficent retraces a familiar path is the whole point. The Sleeping Beauty villainness has remained popular over the decades, and Disney’s counting on that to turn her movie into a hit. At the same time, though, the studio would like to stress that Maleficent isn’t just more of the same-old same-old.

A new Maleficent featurette plays up what’s fresh about this take on the tale. It’s not a retelling but a “reinvention” of the story, according to screenwriter Linda Woolverton — but one that “respect[s] the classic,” star Angelina Jolie reassures us. Basically, as star Elle Fanning puts it, it’s “the classic story of Sleeping Beauty plus so much more. Watch the video and check out some new photos after the jump.

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

In this edition of Sequel Bits, comments from Jerry Bruckheimer address the stalled Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and the possibly less-stalled Beverly Hills Cop 4. In addition, we’ve got the following after the break:

  • Mara Wilson talks about Mrs. Doubtfire 2,
  • Sin City: A Dame to Kill For seems to be using Frank Miller’s comics as storyboards,
  • There’s a poster for Leprechaun: Origins,
  • And a trailer for Dolphin Tale 2.

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