Of all the films that got incredible buzz out of last week’s Telluride Film Festival (12 Years A Slave, Labor Day, Gravity, etc.) one stood out just because it sounded so very different. That film was Tim’s Vermeer, a documentary by noted magicians Penn and Teller. Penn produced and Teller directed the film, which follows inventor Tim Jenison on his attempt to duplicate the famous painting The Music Lesson by Johannes Vermeer. Jenison surmises that Vermeer may not have painted all his famous works by hand, instead using technology to aide in the creation. By attempting this, Jenison (as well as Penn and Teller) question the very nature of art itself.
Below, we’ve got a clip from the film that makes that above paragraph a bit more clear, as well as some early buzz from noted film critics. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 by Angie Han
After Tom Hanks, Steve Carell may just have the nicest of nice-guy images in Hollywood. True, Michael Scott could be a jerk, but deep down he was a big ol’ softie who just wanted to be loved. In the movies, Carell’s tended to play sweethearts in warm comedies like Crazy, Stupid, Love. and The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Even when he voices an out-and-out villain like Despicable Me‘s Gru, he turns out to have a cuddly side.
Which may be why he had to go undergo a dramatic physical transformation, including a whole new nose, to bring out his dark side in Bennett Miller‘s Foxcatcher. The fact-based drama stars Carell as John DuPont, a mentally unstable chemical heir who befriended two Olympic wrestler brothers (Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum) and ultimately killed one of them. Hit the jump to see the first official image.
[Updated with higher-res image via The Film Stage.]
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Briefly: One of the year’s most highly anticipated films that had been still waiting for a release date has just officially entered the awards race. It’s Foxcatcher, the true story of an Olympic wrestler whose brother was murdered by a mentally unstable millionaire. Bennett Miller, whose films Capote and Moneyball were both nominated for Best Picture Oscars, is at the helm.
This time, his cast includes Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo and Steve Carell. Sony Pictures Classics will handle distribution instead of Columbia Pictures and release the movie on December 20. [THR]
There’s a 30-second clip going around today that is being billed as the teaser trailer for Kill Your Darlings, in which Daniel Radcliffe adopts an American accent to play beat poet Allen Ginsberg. In truth, this seems to be a truncated upload of the full trailer; the end of this clip is clearly not meant to be the real end of the trailer.
Still, this is a film that many of you have been curious about for some time, and so it’s worth a look at the footage. We see Radcliffe as a young Ginsberg. He arrives at school and quickly falls into the orbit of the seductive, charismatic Lucien Carr, played by rising star Dane DeHaan. There’s a shadow of a threat from Carr’s older friend David, played by Michael C. Hall (Dexter) but you don’t get to see much of that here. You also don’t get to see even a hint of the film’s most scandalous moments, which include a sex scene featuring Radcliffe that will make some audiences see the actor in a very different light.
In general, this story doesn’t end well at all — “kill” in the title is quite literal — but this is a nice little tease for those who want to see what Radcliffe has done after the end of Harry Potter and the success of The Woman in Black. Check out the footage below; we’ll update with the full trailer when it becomes available. Read More »
Posted on Friday, June 7th, 2013 by Angie Han
We’re smack in the middle of summer blockbuster season right now, but once the weather cools there’ll be some interesting indies making their way into theaters. Sony Classics has just penciled in the Beat drama Kill Your Darlings for a fall bow, while the Matthew McConaughey-starring Dallas Buyers Club is jumping right into the prestige-pic fray with a December debut. Hit the jump for more details.
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How many career resurgences has Woody Allen had at this point? I’ve lost track, but we’re square in the middle of one now, kicked off with the career-topping success of his 2011 release Midnight in Paris. His new film, Blue Jasmine, stars Cate Blanchett as “a New York housewife struggling through a life crisis.” That sounds middling to dire until you see what Blanchett is doing with it — she’s entitled and insufferable, but ragged and clearly, if comically, worn down to a nub.
This trailer introduces her character, and the sister (Sally Hawkins) who takes her into her San Francisco home when Jasmine’s husband (Alec Baldwin) turns out to be less than an upstanding dude. Bobby Cannavale, Louis C.K., Andrew Dice Clay, Peter Sarsgaard, and Michael Stuhlbarg also star; you’ll only get a glimpse of Louis C.K. here, but he seems to be playing a suitor for Hawkins.
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Nothing made me happier today than to hear enthusiastic responses to Jim Jarmusch‘s rock and roll vampire film, Only Lovers Left Alive. The film stars Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton as vampires who have spent centuries together. We’ve got some clips, images and more info here, but frankly I want to know as little about further details as possible, at least until there’s a chance to see the film in the US.
That chance might not be far off, as the reception at Cannes was capped off by Sony Pictures Classics’ purchase of the US distribution rights. The company didn’t offer precise release info, but knowing it has a home is a good start. After the break, you can check out the SPC press release, and some reviewer reactions to the movie. Read More »
Before Midnight is perhaps the most unlikely sequel you’ll see this year, and it is very much a film you should see. Director Richard Linklater reunited with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy to revisit the characters they created in Before Sunrise (1995) and to whom they first returned in Before Sunset (2004). The result is among the best films released in 2013 so far. For this third film, the trio ended up in Greece, where they crafted a story about the stage of a romantic relationship that has moved far past the first blooms of love.
If you don’t want to know anything about how Hawke and Delpy’s characters are seen together once more, don’t even watch this trailer. Not that it gives away too much, but there are some basic story points it can’t help but reveal. So if you’d like to go in truly cold, just wait for the May release date. For those open to knowing a bit about where Celine and Jesse are today, check out the footage below. Read More »
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