Alamo Drafthouse

We’ve seen a lot of concept art for locations in film, but we don’t highlight too many concepts of real-world spaces. But the planned Los Angeles expansion of the Alamo Drafthouse theater chain is reason to deviate from our typical pattern. We know the theater is planned to feature 9 screens that can house about 800 people in the downtown location off Flower St. Now these concept renderings show us an exterior view of the planned space. Read More »

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Robert Redford in Talks for ‘Pete’s Dragon’

Robert Redford Petes Dragon

The Pete’s Dragon in the works over at Disney has found a high-profile co-star to spin some tales about dragons. David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints) is co-writing and directing the new take on the old story, and Robert Redford is now in talks to play one of the film’s important characters. Along with that news comes a few details on the new setting of the story. Read More »

New ‘Poltergeist’ Is Rated PG-13

Poltergeist Rated PG-13

The original Poltergeist was at the beginning of a ratings controversy that ended up creating the PG-13 rating, as the intense film went out as a PG movie. Now the remake, which is set for release next summer, is evidently way too hardcore for a PG. The 2015 Poltergeist is rated PG-13. Read More »

Top Five trailer

Chris Rock writes, directs and stars in Top Five, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival this past September. There it scored both critical raves and a massive distribution deal, with Paramount buying the film for $12.5m. Now Paramount has dropped the first Top Five trailer, in which we meet Rock’s character, a nearly washed-up comedian and movie star who is trying to figure out the next act of his life. Along the way he spends time with a New York Times reporter (Rosario Dawson) assigned to write a story about him, and things get complicated. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

Dying of the Light protest

Yesterday we saw the trailer for Dying of the Light, the new film directed by Paul Schrader from his own script, with Nicolas Cage and Anton Yelchin starring as intelligence agents. But there’s some troubled backstory to the movie, and it isn’t really Schrader’s film now. He was locked out of the edit as the producers took over final cut and added their own score. Nicolas Winding Refn, who is on the film as exec producer, called the process “artistic disrespect.” Now the creators have lodged a creative Dying of the Light protest.

Schrader can’t talk about it because of the non-disparagement clause in his contract. So he, Refn, and his stars have posed wearing shirts bearing the text of that contract. Those images accompany a statement from the director, released today.  Read More »

CBS Starts Its Own Streaming Service

CBS All Access

Just in time to really get cord-cutters excited after this week’s news of HBO’s plan to offer internet-only subscriptions, CBS is launching its own all-access digital service. In fact, the project is called CBS All Access, and it launches today at CBS.com and via iOS and Android apps. Pricing info and more details are below.

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thats-what-im-talking-about-logo

The art above is the production logo for That’s What I’m Talking About, the new film from Richard Linklater. We’re stretching the definition of “sequel bits” just a little here, but the movie has been called a “spiritual sequel” to Dazed and Confused. Linklater started production on the movie this week, and that image is in celebration of the ongoing production.

  • The Woman in Black – Angel of Death gets a new US release date,
  • James Wan talks about Fast & Furious 7,
  • Producers suggest there’s a plan for a new Saw film in 2016,
  • A new Horrible Bosses 2 poster goes online,
  • As does a Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb poster,
  • And James Cameron talks Terminator.

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Watch Out of Print

Julia Marchese has worked at the New Beverly theater in Los Angeles since 2006. That employment came to an end this week, but along with the end of her tenure at the theater comes an unexpected gift for audiences.

Marchese has spent the past couple years producing and directing Out of Print, a documentary on the allure of 35mm film projection, with the New Beverly at the center of the doc. Financed in part via Kickstarter, the film features interviews with Patton Oswalt, Edgar Wright, Rian Johnson, Joe Carnahan, Kevin Smith, Seth Green, Joe Dante, Mark Romanek, John Landis, Lloyd Kaufman, Fred Dekker, and Richard Kelly.

Now, she has released the film online for free. The title Out of Print has proven to be unfortunately prophetic, for reasons Marchese explains in her online release, but you can enjoy the feature in full right now.

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