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Here’s a new long trailer for Inside Llewyn Davis, the new film from Joel and Ethan Coen. Oscar Isaac stars as the title character, who is making his way through a music career in ’60s New York as he also navigates a few tricky personal and business relationships with the likes of Carey MulliganJustin Timberlake, and John Goodman.

Everything we’ve seen of the film has been aces so far, and reactions out of festivals have been enthusiastic and full of praise. You’ll get a taste of that praise in the trailer thanks to a slew of pullquotes, but you’ll also get the feeling that the praise might just be justified, thanks to the exquisite tone of the performances, the comedy, and the film’s imagery. Read More »

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Carnahan The Grey

Joe Carnahan is straight killing it right now. He’s completed filming on his latest movie, Stretch, turned in a screenplay he co-wrote for Mark Millar’s Nemesis, and directed not one, but two recent TV pilots including NBC’s The Blacklist, one of the season’s biggest early hits. If that’s not enough, he’s now attached to direct the first episode of a potential CBS drama called Angel Times based on a series of novels by popular author Anne Rice. The show will follow a cold-blooded assassin in modern-day New Orleans who attempts to find redemption for his evil life by traveling back in time. Read More »

Aaron Paul / Vince Gilligan / Bryan Cranston

Vince Gilligan just won the Best Drama Series Emmy for Breaking Bad and the show is finishing up with higher ratings than ever before. Where do you go when you’re at the top of the world? Apparently, CBS is one option.

The network has just picked up a “series production order” for a show Gilligan created called Battle Creek. House creator David Shore would run the show with Gilligan executive producing along side Breaking Bad’s Mark Johnson. He hasn’t ruled out playing a bigger, more day to day role either. The network is eyeing the 2014-2015 season for a possible premiere. Read More »

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This weekend has an incredible collection of indie movies opening for your enjoyment; it has been called the best moviegoing weekend of 2013, and for good reason.

But there’s still a lot to look forward to in the colder days of the year. Chief among the much-anticipated films coming this fall is Inside Llewyn Davis, the latest effort from Joel and Ethan Coen. The film features Oscar Isaac as a folk singer in ’60s New York, and he’s not having the easiest time. The guy’s former singing partner committed suicide, he’s on the outs with his former lover and his family, and even his career might be stalling.

For all that might sound dour, this is a Coen Brothers movie, and “dour” is their playground. We’ve seen a couple trailers for this film that play up the character moments and the setting, but this one is poignantly, dryly funny. Hilarious, even, if John Goodman critiquing one person’s method of suicide is your idea of a good comedy bit. (It’s evidently mine, because I laughed a lot.)

Check out the trailer below. Read More »

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When I sat down with The Kings of Summer director Jordan Vogt-Roberts to discuss his movie I expected to have the typical fifteen to twenty-minute block of time. We ended up talking for far longer than that. As a result, our Q&A turned into more of a talk than an interview.

I’m not going to present the whole thing, but what follows is a lightly edited transcript of the bulk of our conversation. The director goes into great detail about his ambitions for the film, which follows three high school kids as they run away from home and spend a summer building their own home in the woods.

We talked about his view of where the film industry stands now, and quite a lot about the use of music in the movie, and why the soundtrack ranges from classic rock to modern hip-hop to the influence of 8-bit video game sounds. And Vogt-Roberts explained just how he designed the house these kids build as something people could conceivably construct in real life.

Vogt-Roberts also detailed some of the happy accidents that ended up being defining moments for the film. The great “playing on the pipe” sequence released as the teaser trailer, for example, was something they just fell into shooting on a day off. As a filmmaker, Jordan appears to be organized and able to plan, but also able to seize a moment and properly work it into the film. Sounds easy, but it’s something that people don’t always do well. Our talk about some of those instances gives a good insight into the birth of this film.

The Kings of Summer is in theaters now, and it’s a great feature debut. Check out the long-read interview below.

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Toy's House

Briefly: Hey, LA, if you haven’t seen the very entertaining film The Kings of Summer, from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, tonight might be the best night to catch it. At 7:40 this evening, at the Landmark Los Angeles at 10850 West Pico Blvd, Doug Benson will be hosting a special edition of the ‘Doug Loves Movies’ podcast, with the director and cast in attendance.

The Kings of Summer features Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, and Moises Arias as three kids who take off into the woods to build their own house over the course of a summer. Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, and Alison Brie play family members, and along with comedians such as Kumail NanjianiMary Lynn Rajskub, and Hannibal Buress provide some of the film’s comedic highlights.

Jordan Vogt-Roberts will be at the show tonight, as will Robinson, Basso, and Arias. Other attendees are being set up as well, and some of that comedic supporting cast can be expected to show up. Get tickets here.

Stephen King Under the Dome

June 24th is right around the corner. That’s the night CBS finally starts its major summer event, Under the Dome. Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, the show is about a small New England town mysteriously surrounded by an impenetrable dome. Cut off from the world, the people begin to completely change their way of life. Mike Vogel, Rachelle Lefevre, Dean Norris, Natalie Martinez and Nicholas Strong are among the show’s stars.

With the premiere quickly approaching, some new videos about the show have come online. First up is a 2 minute, 30 second clip of the show and second is an interview with King where he talks about the adaptation. All told, there’s about 3 minutes of new footage. Great stuff to get you excited for what’s likely to be network TV’s most talked about show. Read More »

‘The To-Do List’ Red-Band Trailer

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In The To Do List, Aubrey Plaza plays a high school graduate who decides she needs to make some serious headway (er) into sexual experience before going off to college. Think of a film like Superbad oriented around a female character, and you might have the right frame of mind.

We saw a red-band teaser not long ago, but that seems to have been pulled. Here’s the official red-band look at the film, complete with all the sexually explicit talk you might expect, along with a showing from some of the supporting cast. (Which includes Andy Samberg, Donald Glover, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Connie Britton, Alia Shawkat, Johnny Simmons, Mae Whitman and Clark Gregg.) The winner in this trailer is definitely Bill Hader, who gets to close out the end of this edit with a particularly awkward scene, handled in a way that would likely never happen in real life — which is why it is funny as hell on film. Read More »

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