What if the story behind the 1986 nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl in Ukraine was far more sinister than we ever thought? The documentary The Russian Woodpecker is named after the Duga, a gigantic radio-transmitter wall that produces a pecking sound, and that technology is just one of many objects of fascination for a Ukranian artist who is obsessed with the cause and effect of the Chernobyl disaster.
The film follows as he looks into the history of the site and its surroundings, and comes to some absolutely crazy conclusions. Everyone I talked to who saw this doc at Sundance loved it, and I deeply regret missing it. So would someone buy this movie already, so we can all see it? In the meantime, you can watch The Russian Woodpecker trailer below.
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I’d imagine you know everything you need to know about Furious 7 before hitting the theater in April. It’s the late Paul Walker’s last film, and it reunites much of the rest of the cast of the last few films and also brings in some new blood for a story about family (of course) and vengeance. Tonight a Furious 7 extended look went online, giving us a big excerpt of a scene that shows just how big and crazy this movie wants to go. Check it out below.
There’s also a new poster, and it’s a pretty great one-sheet — trouble is, we’ve only got a medium-sized version of it right now. Read More »
The Alchemist’s Letter is a new short film from animator Carlos Andre Stevens, based at Laika’s commercial subdivision, Laika/house. While Laika is known primarily as a stop-motion animation company, Laika/house did a variety of work, and this is a CG short (reportedly Laika/house’s last) featuring the voices of John Hurt and Eloise Webb. The Alchemist’s Letter trailer is really pretty, with just as many interesting sights as featured in many “big” films, and has us looking forward to the full short. Read More »
“Home Alone in a toy store” is how the Disney film Overnight at 42nd Street is described, and now the film has Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess set to helm. At one point the film was developed as a Will Ferrell film, but at this point there’s no lead actor attached. Read More »
Are we living in a Simpsons episode? The idea of Bruce Willis starring in a Broadway version of Misery — yeah, based on the 1987 Stephen King novel — seems like exactly the sort of marquee attraction that would lure in Homer Simpson during a “the Simpsons are going to Manhattan!” episode of the show. Will it lure in real paying customers? We’ve got more info on the Bruce Willis version of Misery after the break. And no, sadly, it won’t be a musical. Read More »
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With a US release now set, the When Marnie Was There English cast has been revealed. The latest film from Studio Ghibli was released in Japan last summer, and hits Blu-ray and DVD in Japan this month. The US release of the film, which will be presented by GKids, is now set for May, and the tale of a young woman who makes an unusual friend while staying at a seaside home will feature Hailee Steinfeld in the lead role. Read More »
When we saw the first poster for Dark Places, the adaptation of Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn‘s second novel, we wondered why a film that has been done for a while has remained so under the radar. It’s a Flynn adaptation for one, and stars Charlize Theron, with a cast that also features Nicholas Hoult, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christina Hendricks and Drea de Matteo. Now the first Dark Places trailer is out (thanks, France!), and we can see why this has been quiet: it looks like a far cry from Gone Girl. Read More »
The children’s book Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH has been adapted to film once before. When Don Bluth and his compatriots broke away from Disney to form their own animation studio in the late ’70s their first feature effort was The Secret of NIMH, which adapted the book. (And did so pretty liberally in some ways.) Now MGM has picked up rights to Robert C. O’Brien‘s book, and plans a new hybrid live-action/animated Rats of NIMH series. Read More »
The latest screen incarnation of Sherlock Holmes is a somewhat unusual one. In Mr. Holmes, Ian McKellen plays Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective very late in life, and finds him looking back at an unsolved case even as his own faculties begin to falter. Bill Condon directs, and when it premiered in Berlin earlier this year the reviews were very kind to the film. And let’s be honest — the idea of McKellen playing Holmes at any age is great, and something we’re eager to see. We’ve seen one clip from the movie, but now here’s the first Mr. Holmes trailer.
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