Scott Cooper isn’t a director with mainstream interests. His first film, Crazy Heart, was about a grizzled old musician; it won an Oscar for Jeff Bridges. His second film, Out of the Furnace, tells a methodical story of crime and revenge set in and around a blue collar Pennsylvania town during 2008, just as the American economy began to crap the bed. Christian Bale stars at Russ, a man with plenty of hardship in his life, who is forced to deal with even more problems when his brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) disappears. Throughout, Cooper is interested in the setting and characters, and subtly suggesting information to an audience, instead of huge setpieces and obvious reveals.
We spoke to Cooper about the difficulties of bringing a smaller story like this to the big screen. We also talked about how he changed the original screenplay, the rising trend of rural noir, some of the film’s questionable decisions and ultimately why he decided not to make The Stand. Read the full interview below. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, November 14th, 2013 by Angie Han
Are “lost at sea” pics the trend of the moment? Ang Lee won an Oscar earlier this year for stranding Suraj Sharma in the middle of the Pacific, and J.C. Chandor and Robert Redford put out All Is Lost just last month. Plus, even as we speak, Angelina Jolie is shooting the World War II survival drama Unbroken and Ron Howard is plowing on with the Moby Dick-inspired In the Heart of the Sea.
Now Dwayne Johnson is the latest to jump on the aimlessly floating bandwagon. The G.I. Joe star has signed on to star in Relativity’s Not Without Hope, based on the real-life tale of four football players who get stuck at sea. Hit the jump for all the details.
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Posted on Monday, October 14th, 2013 by Angie Han
Peter called the developing Stretch Armstrong movie the “worst idea ever” when he reported on it in 2009, and now it seems Relativity’s come around to his point of view. The studio has just announced the cancellation of the long-gestating project, nearly two years after Relativity plucked it out of Universal Studios’ dustbin. More latest on the movie that never was after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, September 26th, 2013 by Angie Han
For humans, Thanksgiving is a joyous celebration of abundance and togetherness. For turkeys, though, it’s probably something more akin to the Purge. Around 45 million turkeys are eaten in the U.S. each year on the holiday, by some estimates, accounting for about a fifth of the country’s annual consumption.
No wonder, then, that the avian leads of Free Birds are so eager to change that. The animated adventure centers around two birds, voiced by Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson, who get the opportunity to travel back in time and change the course of American culinary history forever. Amy Poehler voices a wild turkey who crosses paths with the dynamic duo. Watch the latest trailer after the jump.
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Hey Austin, Texas and Los Angeles, California! We’ve got tickets for you to see one of the year’s smartest, funniest films for free next week.
That film is Don Jon, written, directed and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Co-starring Scarlett Johansson, Tony Danza, Julianne Moore and Brie Larson, Don Jon follows a young ladies man from Jersey (Gordon-Levitt) with one major problem in life: he’s totally addicted to Internet porn. The vice dominates all aspects of his life.
While that might sound like an unusual focus for a film, Gordon-Levitt handles the topic with grace and levity, turning the awkwardness into a commentary on media consumption in pop culture. As good as he is as an actor, Gordon-Levitt might even be a better writer and director.
We’re co-sponsoring free screenings in both Austin and LA on August 27 so, if you are interested, find all the information below. Read More »
You may not know it yet, but Don Jon is destined to be one of your favorite movies of the year. Joseph Gordon-Levitt‘s hilarious, smart and star-studded tale of a young man addicted to internet porn works on every level. The Dark Knight Rises actor wrote, stars in, and directed the film which also features Scarlett Johansson, Tony Danza, Julianne Moore and Brie Larson. It’s scheduled for release on September 27 and you can see the new poster below. Read More »
There will be a new version of Bloodsport, the ’80s martial arts thriller in which Jean-Claude Van Damme fought Bolo Yeung and his pecs. (Above, JCVD shows off the reaction most of us would have when faced with the magnificence of said pectorals.) We’ve known about the remake for a long time, but now the movie has a director. James McTeigue (V for Vendetta, Ninja Assassin, The Raven) will make the movie. Read More »
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Here’s the trailer for Out of the Furnace, the new film from Crazy Heart director Scott Cooper. The film features Christian Bale as a Pennsylvania steelworker whose brother (Casey Affleck) gets in trouble with a backwoods but powerful criminal (Woody Harrelson). The rest of the supporting cast is impressive, with Zoe Saldana, Willem Dafoe, Forest Whitaker, and Sam Shepard playing big roles, all of which are given a few moments here.
This trailer is solid. In fact, just so long as you’re willing to have Pearl Jam’s ‘Release‘ in your head for the rest of the day, I think it’s a pretty terrific trailer, and one that will set the movie up as a must-see for a lot of people who might not have known what to expect before now. Read More »