THE HATEFUL EIGHT

The Weinstein Company is giving cinephiles a chance to start 2016 off right. The Hateful Eight is now set to roll into theaters January 1, a week earlier than its previously announced January 8 wide release date.

Of course, that still means much of the country has three weeks until they can see Quentin Tarantino‘s latest. So while we wait, here’s an interesting bit of trivia to consider: Did you know that The Hateful Eight originally started out as a Django Unchained sequel? Find out why Tarantino ultimately decided not to make it one after the jump.  Read More »

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jane got a gun trailer

Jane Got a Gun did not have the smoothest of productions, to say the least. When Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin) exited the film on the first day of principal photography, co-star Jude Law (Spy) left with her. A lawsuit followed Ramsay’s sudden departure, and there was a whole lot of “he said, she said” going on. Ultimately, director Gavin O’Connor stepped in and possibly saved the day, reuniting with a frequent collaborator, Noah Emmerich (The Americans), and Joel Edgerton (The Gift) — the star of his last film, Warrior.

After the jump, check out the latest Jane Got a Gun trailer:
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The Hateful Eight Clips

Even though plenty of people are anxious to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 12 days, let’s not forget that one week later we’ll get to see another of the highly anticipated films of 2015. Quentin Tarantino has his eighth film getting a unique release beginning on December 25th with The Hateful Eight getting a 70mm roadshow release (with specific location details yet to be officially revealed) that includes extra footage and an intermission.

But if you’re a little impatient, you can watch eight minutes of The Hateful Eight clips right now to hold you over until Chtistmas gets here. It certainly won’t look as good as it will on a 70mm projection, but it’s the best we can do. Read More »

2015 NYFCC awards

As we wade deeper and deeper into the 2015 awards season, one thing has become increasingly clear: there are almost no frontrunners in any category. A number of “sure thing” predictions from a few months ago, like Leonardo DiCaprio finally taking home an Oscar statuette for The Revenant, now feel a little more embattled. So far, the early awards from various groups of critics have reflected this. The only movie practically guaranteed to win an Academy Award early next year is Inside Out (and even Pixar has some serious competition).

In the meantime, all we can do is grab our popcorn and watch the accolades land where they land. In the case of the New York Film Critics Circle, most of those accolades have landed on Todd Haynes‘ rapturously reviewed drama, Carol. Hit the jump for the complete list of winners from the 2015 NYFCC awards.

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the hateful eight ultra panavision

There are only four weeks left in 2015, but those four weeks contain some of the most highly anticipated releases of the year. And no, we’re not just talking about Star WarsThe Hateful Eight is due out on December 25, and though they’re probably not technically supposed to be talking about it right now, critics have already started raving about Quentin Tarantino‘s latest. Get the Hateful Eight early buzz after the jump. Read More »

Jamie Foxx in Django Unchained

It’s been a while since we’ve seen Will Smith in a great movie. You could argue we’ve never seen the actor in a great movie, but he did have the opportunity to be a part of one a few years ago. Smith passed on starring in Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained. He missed out on a strong role, a role he didn’t feel was substantial enough. Smith, who’s on the Oscar hunt for Concussion, now claims he turned the part down for a different reason.

Learn why we didn’t see Will Smith in Django Unchained after the jump.

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the hateful eight ultra panavision

Much has been written about the the upcoming theatrical roll-out of The Hateful Eight. Before it opens in every multiplex in the world, Quentin Tarantino‘s western thriller will have a “roadshow” release, hitting select theaters around the country to screen in 70mm projection. This roadshow version, in addition to being Tarantino’s recommended way of seeing the film, will also have additional footage, including a musical overture and intermission.

In other words, it’s an old school way to screen a brand new movie.

Of course, some audiences may not be aware of what’s special about this kind of presentation, or why it’s such a big deal that The Hateful Eight was shot on 65mm film using Ultra Panavision lenses. That’s why this featurette exists. Even seasoned film buffs will get a kick out of watching Tarantino and his crew lose their minds over this glorious tech.

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Carol trailer

Todd Haynes‘ Carol is an excellent film. The more I think about it, the more I love it. It’s a quiet movie, one that speaks to you through performances and visuals, not always dialogue. It’s a rare movie, in that sense, and it’s one of the many reasons why you should all see it in a theater. The Weinstein Company has released another trailer for film, which you can watch after the jump.

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Tracy Morgan playing Redd Foxx

This past August, we learned that the long-gestating Richard Pryor biopic was finally moving forward, with Mike Epps leading the film to be directed by Lee Daniels from a script by Dreamgirls scribe Bill Condon and Fox’s Empire collaborator Danny Strong.

And now the production has just gained a new cast member to play another iconic comedian. We have word that Tracy Morgan will be playing Redd Foxx, the stand-up comedian and star of the hit classic comedy series Sanford and Son. Find out how Foxx fits into the Pryor biopic below. Read More »