Kumiko score

Kumiko the Treasure Hunter is an excellent, slightly strange film about a young Japanese woman who comes to the United States in search of treasure. Part of the film’s success can be attributed to the score, created by The Octopus Project out of Austin, TX. This is the band’s second collaboration with filmmakers Nathan and David Zellner, and the music is an essential part of creating the film’s mood. (The jury at Sundance agreed, awarding it the Special Jury Award for Musical Score at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.)

The film opens in March, and Robot High School will release the score as a digital album on March 10, 2015, with a limited-edition vinyl release set for later this year. Below, you can hear two tracks from the Kumiko score. Read More »

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Independent Spirit Awards 2015

The Independent Spirit Awards were handed out in Santa Monica this afternoon, and the crop of winners includes two accolades for Nightcrawler, two for Boyhood, and three for Birdman, including Best Feature. Whiplash also did well, and in general the Indie Spirit awards this year lined up very strongly with the Oscar predictions we and many other people have made. Check out all the winners for the Independent Spirit Awards 2015 below. Read More »

Oscar 2015 predictions

The year in movies for 2014 comes to (more or less) and official close this Sunday, when the 87th annual Academy Awards are given out in Hollywood. We’ve seen films rise and fall in the assumed lists of winners, with Birdman and Boyhood seeming to vie most heatedly in speculation for the top trophy. In truth, decisions about the best films from 2014 will be made as years go by and films rise and fall to find their true audience and place in culture. But for now we can only wait to see what the Academy’s voting block has chosen. Our Oscar 2015 predictions are below, with each category capped by the film we assume will win, and the pick we hope will take the prize. Read More »

Indiana Jones reboot

We’ve heard that Chris Pratt is the frontrunner to play a new version of Indiana Jones. Now, despite the fact that Pratt is not actually signed for the film, there’s word that Steven Spielberg wants to direct him in the Indiana Jones reboot, so long as the script turns out well. Read More »

Fight Club Board Game

A Fight Club board game sounds pretty awesome, and while there isn’t a real one (yet?) we’ve got a board designed to promote Fight Club 2, the comic book sequel written by original creator Chuck Palahniuk and illustrated by Cameron Stewart.

That sequel is coming in May, and you can also preview the first issue right now. The first six pages of the debut installment are online, and they introduce a version of the familiar narrator, now almost a decade older and going by the name Sebastian and “enjoying” married life with an increasingly uneasy Marla Singer, with whom he has a son who is starting to demonstrate some uncomfortably familiar tendencies.

Below, along with the opening of the sequel series, we’ve got the Fight Club board game design, and an introduction to the sequel story laid out in the form of an in-flight guide to emergency landing prep. Read More »

Welcome to Me trailer

Here’s the first Welcome to Me trailer, featuring Kristen Wiig as a woman suffering from Borderline Personalilty Syndrome who wins millions in the lottery. But those lottery winnings don’t make her life any easier, as she ditches her treatment and moves in to a casino. Oh, and she buys her own talk show, which she appears to host with unusually transparent personal candor. Reviews from the film’s TIFF debut last year were filled with praise for Wiig’s work, and watching this trailer it isn’t difficult to understand why.

Update: The original trailer we ran with this piece was removed at request of the distributor; now we have the official version.

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Mission Impossible 5 ending

We’re getting mixed messages from Mission: Impossible 5. On one hand, Paramount moved the Tom Cruise film up from a Christmas 2016 release to a July 31 date. (No doubt partially inspired by fear of Star Wars.) But that doesn’t mean that everything is going perfectly well with the film, and reports now say the Mission Impossible 5 ending needs some work, and so the movie has taken a break from production in order to rework the ending, which “was deemed unsatisfactory.”

Update: Director Christopher McQuarrie has responded, briefly, to the report.

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Fifty Shades of Grey sequel

Fifty Shades of Grey is exactly the box-office powerhouse Universal and Focus hoped it might be, with a $300m global take so far, and few signs of slowing down as the film goes into its second weekend. (That’s despite a low CinemaScore of C+, which would generally suggest a huge drop-off is on the way.)

That isn’t making a green light for the proposed Fifty Shades of Grey sequel, Fifty Shades Darker, come any faster. We’ve heard suggestions that Sam Taylor-Johnson, who directed the first film, won’t be back for the second. And now, as original author E.L. James jockeys for more control over the film version of her creation, screenwriter Kelly Marcel may be out as well, with James taking over screenwriting duties.  Read More »

Ash vs Evil Dead co-star

Bruce Campbell plays the title character in Ash vs Evil Dead, the Starz-based TV series that Sam Raimi and his crew are concocting as the follow up to Raimi’s three Evil Dead films. But Campbell won’t be the only one bashing deadites in the ten-part series. We know he’s got a couple of supporting characters backing him up. Now, he’ll also be flanked by Jill Marie Jones (Girlfriends and Sleepy Hollow), who will be Campbell’s Ash vs Evil Dead co-star.

She’ll appear as a former cop who is initially tracking Ash as the major suspect in a crime, before realizing they all have bigger problems to deal with. Read More »

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