We’ve got advance word today on two films. One, the prequel to The Thing, is an object of great curiosity to many fans of John Carpenter’s 1982 film, which stands as a benchmark for practical creature effects. The other, Joel Schumacher‘s home invasion movie Trespass, which stars Nicole Kidman and Nicolas Cage, just seems like an oddity at this point. Surprisingly, the word on both is relatively positive. Read More »

As the summer movie season rolls along and most of us anticipate films like Super 8, Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Cowboys and Aliens, Entertainment Weekly suggests the movie of the summer might be Crazy, Stupid, Love. Yes, the cheesy looking romantic comedy starring Steve Carell as a newly single man who splits with his wife (Julianne Moore) and attempts to reenter the dating scene with the help of womanizer Ryan Gosling, who himself falls for a girl played by Emma Stone. That movie. In the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, the film is widely praised with the headline “Best Romantic Comedy Ever Made (Recently)” and is favorably compared to Jerry Maguire and About a Boy. Read some of the quotes after the jump. Read More »

I was a huge fan/supporter of Jonathan Levine‘s 2008 film The Wackness, which premiered years ago at Sundance and got dumped at the box office by Sony Pictures Classics. Levine has had some tough luck in terms of distributors — his debut feature, the critically acclaimed horror film All The Boys Love Mandy Lane premiered at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival, yet has still never gotten a US release (both theatrically and even on dvd/blu-ray). But as they say, the third times the charm, right?

50/50 (originally titled I’m With Cancer) is an autobiographical story based on the experiences of Will Reiser, a producer on HBO’s Da Ali G Show and VH1’s Best Week Ever. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Adam, a 27-year-old who is diagnosed with cancer, and his sometimes funny “struggle to beat the disease.” The film, funded with Summit Entertainment’s giant pile of Twilight money, co-stars Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard and Anjelica Huston. 50/50 won’t hit theaters until September 30th 2011, probably after a film festival run. We should see a trailer next week.

I’ve heard some amazing buzz about the film, and now I have something in print. /Film Reader Ben has seen a completed cut of the film, and has filed a reader review (much in line with what I’ve heard). Read his thoughts after the jump.

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Early Buzz: The First Review of Transformers 3

Capone from Ain’t It Cool News has posted the first movie review of an unfinished 2D cut of Michael Bay‘s Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Capone says that the threequel is “easily” the “best entry in the Michael Bay-directed franchise.” Be warned, the review contains a lot of plot information and character spoilers. For those of you who want a taste without any details, I have gathered a few choice excerpts below:

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Though Judd Apatow has only directed three feature films (with a fourth on the way), he’s produced enough hits that his name has become synonymous with a specific type of comedy. If something is hard R-rated, kind of gross but has a heart of gold, it’ll more than likely draw comparisons to Apatow’s work. The latest film to use this formula is one that Apatow actually did produce, the May 13 release Bridesmaids. Directed by Paul Feig, the film stars Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live) as a jealous Maid Of Honor and though Peter gave it a glowing review, I think his review underplays just how hilarious Bridesmaids is. It’s fantastic. Possibly the funniest film Apatow has produced yet.

Comedy doesn’t just magically appear in the theater that funny though. It’s a painstaking, horribly unfunny process involving timing, editing, repetition and – in Apatow’s case – a lot of test screening. In an excellent, in-depth interview Feig did with The AV Club to promote Bridesmaids, he revealed some interesting details about Apatow’s test screening process. Not only does Apatow record audience laughter for later playback, he’ll sometimes recruit two audiences to simultaneously watch slightly different versions of the same movie in adjacent theaters. Read Feig’s description after the jump. Read More »

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David O. Russell fans the world over mourned last summer when he announced that he’d quit as writer/director of the political satire Nailed. After two years of production delays and shutdowns due to money troubles on the part of financial backer David Bergstein, Russell finally decided he’d had enough and backed out with just “one key scene” left to shoot. Although the film had a new owner by that point, Bergstein’s partner Ron Tutor, he and Russell were unable to reach an agreement. Tutor announced at the time that he still planned to complete the film with another director, and Russell gave a very polite statement wishing Tutor the best. And now it seems Tutor’s making good on his promise: last night, a select audience in Los Angeles was shown a rough cut of the movie. Read more after the jump.

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Early Buzz: A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas 3D

A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas 3D has begun to test screen in Los Angeles, and the first reactions have hit the web. Hit the jump to find out what moviegoers thought of an unfinished cut of the film.
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Early Buzz: ‘Scream 4’

Wes Craven‘s Scream 4 had an early test screening in Pittsburgh on January 6th 2011, and the first impressions have begun to appear online. Hit the jump to find out what people think. I’ve removed all possible spoilers, so feel free to check it out.

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A test screening for the new Judd Apatow-produced Paul Feig-directed comedy Bridesmaids took place tonight in southern California. The film is written by Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, and tells the story of two feuding bridesmaids played by Rose Byrne and Kristen Wiig. Also starring Maya Rudolph as the bride, and a supporting cast that consists of Jon Hamm, Matt Lucas, Ellie Kemper, Dianne Wiest and others.

And despite the Bridewars sounding logline, the reunion of Apatow and Feig (who worked together on the now cult classic television series Freaks and Geeks) and the hilarious female cast, has many excited. So what is the early word? Find out now after the jump!

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Early Buzz: Pixar’s Cars 2

You’ve probably noticed the influx of Pixar postings every-time the Emmeryville animation studio produces a new film — yup, I love Pixar. But the one film in the entire Pixar catalog that I don’t love (not to say that I don’t like it, it’s just a few steps below the rest) is Cars. To me, it almost feels like one of the movies Dreamworks Animation had produced at that point of time. And if it weren’t for the heart of the Route 66 storyline, I probably would’ve enjoyed it a lot less.

The film wasn’t considered a huge box office success, grossing $461,981,604 worldwide — less than Pixar films of previous years like Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc, The Incredibles, Finding Nemo (which in comparison made $867.8 million worldwide). But the merchandising for the film has brought in billions in sales, which is why Disney green lit a sequel and began construction on a huge CarsLand expansion of the Disney California Adventure theme park.

Last year we heard mumblings that Cars 2 was having massive story problems. John Lasseter, director of Toy Story 1 & 2, A Bug’s Life, Cars, and now the chief creative officer at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, had been brought back to Pixar to help fix the issues. The film’s release date had been pushed back a couple times and Disney has since confirmed that Lasseter will be the credited co-director of Cars 2. But don’t let that information scare you. Any employee of Pixar will be the first to tell you that every movie they’ve made has been a disaster at one point, that the key to their success is reworking and reworking a project until it becomes something great. In fact, this is what happened with Ratatouille and Toy Story 2, both of which are incredible films.

But now someone claims to have screened an early cut of the film, and has posted a review online. What did they think? Find out after the jump.

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