Birth of a Nation

Of all the films that played at Sundance this year, perhaps none got more hype than Nate Parker‘s The Birth of a Nation. Not only did it get spectacular reviews, it scored the biggest Sundance deal ever, with Fox Searchlight forking over $17.5 million. The distributor promptly set Birth of a Nation for a fall release, right at the start of awards-movie season, and now it’s getting a head start on the marketing by dropping the very first promo.

Parker stars in his own directorial debut as Nat Turner, a devoutly religious slave who becomes a traveling preacher — and, eventually, the leader of the bloodiest slave rebellion in American history. Armie Hammer plays Nat’s owner, and Penelope Ann MillerJackie Earle Haley, and Aja Naomi King also star. Watch the Birth of a Nation trailer after the jump.  Read More »

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After starring together in Crazy, Stupid, Love., Emma Stone and Steve Carell are reuniting on the set of Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton‘s Battle of the Sexes. The pic centers on the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, which became a focal point for larger conversations about sexism, feminism, and gender equality — not to mention an instantly iconic event watched by tens of millions of people around the world.

Shooting on Battle of the Sexes has just begun, and to celebrate that fact, Fox Searchlight has unveiled the first photo of Stone and Carell in their very best ’70s garb as the athletic opponents. Get your Battle of the Sexes first look, along with some new casting details, below.

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Game of Thrones Season 5 - Tyrion

Martin McDonagh‘s In Bruges pulled out one of the best performances of Colin Farrell’s career, and surrounded him with memorable turns by Brendan Gleeson and Ralph Fiennes. His follow-up Seven Psychopaths brought another great turn out of Farrell and then unleashed the likes of Christopher Walken and Michael Stuhlbarg in a slew of colorful roles.

It’s no wonder, then, that top-notch stars seem to be lining up around the block to star in his next film, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. But that doesn’t mean it’s not impressive. Frances McDormand was locked in at the lead last fall, and since then Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Abbie Cornish, and Caleb Landry Jones have also signed on. Now you can add Peter Dinklage, John Hawkes, and Lucas Hedges to the growing list of top-notch talents.  Read More »

del toro michael stuhlbarg

If you backed me into a corner and demanded to know who I think is the finest actor alive today, I’d say Michael Stuhlbarg. Actually, you don’t even have to back me into a corner and you don’t have to make any demands. I’ll just say it: Michael Stuhlbarg is our finest working actor. He’s played gangsters and professors and aliens and tech geeks and film historians and old-timey congressmen and he’s vanished into each and every role. You will never catch him telling a lie on camera.

Every Michael Stuhlbarg role is a reason to cheer. But Michael Stuhlbarg signing up for the next film from Guillermo del Toro? That’s a reason to throw a party.

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Guillermo del Toro films ranked

Since Crimson Peak hit theaters, Guillermo del Toro‘s fans have wondered what project he might tackle next. And it feels like a new possibility presents itself each week, from a Fantastic Voyage remake for James Cameron to a Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark adaptation to a black-and-white luchador movie. But now it seems he’s finally made a decision on his next movie — and not only that, he’s already begun assembling a kick-ass cast.

Sally Hawkins has reportedly been set to star in del Toro’s untitled next film, which is set up at Fox Searchlight, while Octavia Spencer is currently in talks. The project is described as a Cold War drama, but in typical del Toro fashion it sounds like there’s a fantastical twist.  Read More »

Martin McDonagh's next film

Neither In Bruges or Seven Psychopaths feature any prominent female characters — a fact screenwriter, playwright, and director Martin McDonagh is well aware of. There’s a reason why in Seven Psychopaths Hans (Christopher Walken) tells Marty (Colin Farrell), a struggling screenwriter, the following: “Your women characters are awful. None of them have anything to say for themselves. And most of them get either shot or stabbed to death within five minutes. And the ones that don’t probably will later on.”

But while McDonagh’s female characters are far from “awful,” especially on the stage, it’s still interesting to hear he’s making his next feature about a woman. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri stars Frances McDormand, and Seven Psychopaths stars Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson have just been cast to star alongside her.

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Brooklyn Deleted Scenes

Even though Brooklyn was nominated for big categories like Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay at the 88th Academy Awards, the film ended up going home empty-handed. But that doesn’t mean it won’t be worth your time to catch it at home if you missed it in theaters. Brooklyn hits Blu-Ray and DVD on March 15th, and ahead of its arrival, a couple deleted scenes have arrived online for you to check out.

Watch the Brooklyn deleted scenes after the jump. Read More »

The Birth of a Nation

The $17.5 million that Fox Searchlight paid for The Birth of a Nation was the single biggest deal in Sundance history. So of course the distributor has huge plans for the movie — including, it appears, a bid for next year’s awards race. Fox Searchlight has just announced a fall 2016 release date for Nate Parker‘s slave drama, which lit up this year’s Sundance Film Festival.  Read More »

a bigger splash trailer

How did it take this long for Tilda Swinton to play a rock star? The seemingly ageless Academy Award winner has tackled many roles throughout her fascinating career, but A Bigger Splash seems to be the first film to recognize how great she can look in shiny face paint and glittery costumes. You look at Swinton and immediately believe that yes, she is a legendary singer because Swinton is everything.

The newest trailer for A Bigger Splash is enigmatic, seemingly skirting around what’s really going on in this movie’s core, but it’s easy to buy what it’s selling. How could you say no to a movie starring Swinton and Ralph Fiennes and the stars of Bullhead and Fifty Shades of Grey? That’s too strange of a line-up to ignore.

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Demolition trailer

How do you mourn the death of a spouse you never really loved, who represented a life that you never really wanted? If you’re like Davis, the character played by Jake Gyllenhaal in Jean-Marc Vallée‘s Demolition, you start by writing a series of long, rambly, bizarrely confessional letters to the company behind the vending machine that failed to spit out the peanut M&Ms you paid for.

And because Demolition is an indie dramedy, those letters eventually lead Davis to a sympathetic customer service rep, Karen (Naomi Watts), who, along with her rambunctious son Chris (Judah Lewis), may be just what Davis needs to destroy his life so he can rebuild it again. Demolition is making its way into theaters this spring after debuting at TIFF last year, and you can watch the new trailer after the jump.  Read More »