Posted on Thursday, May 5th, 2016 by Angie Han
There probably isn’t a person alive who has not been shaped, in some way, by some lingering childhood trauma or another. In Gabriele Muccino‘s Fathers and Daughters, those scars take center stage. Russell Crowe plays a writer and the doting father of an adorable daughter named Katie. But a painful incident tears the family apart, leaving little Katie to be raised by her aunt (played by Diane Kruger). Decades later, she’s grown into a young woman played by Amanda Seyfried, a social worker who deals with orphaned children while struggling with her own daddy issues.
Aaron Paul plays a nice young man who woos the grown-up Katie, and Quvenzhané Walls appears as particularly troubled charge of Katie’s. Octavia Spencer and Jane Fonda are also among the supporting cast. Watch the Fathers and Daughters trailer after the jump. Read More »
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Seth MacFarlane has made quite a name for himself by being the go-to creator of new animated series on the FOX network. He started off with Family Guy, a show that was canceled and then revived along with MacFarlane’s career. Since then he’s created American Dad, The Cleveland Show and Bordertown. Now he’s heading into live-action television territory at his comfy network home with a new hour-long comedic drama series that will be set 300 years in the future.
Find out more details on the Seth MacFarlane live-action show after the jump. Read More »
Earlier this week we covered some of the biggest major releases coming out this summer. But maybe you’re like me — with a few exceptions (The Nice Guys, The BFG, and Jason Bourne), few popcorn movies coming up have me thinking, “I gotta see that.” There are plenty of releases to look forward to, of course, it’s just that very few major titles truly pop when I look over what’s opening in theaters soon.
If you wish there were more options this summer, then luckily for you there are plenty of limited releases to seek out. If you frequent the site, then you’ve probably already read about a few of these upcoming films. But just don’t forget actually to see them when they hit theaters. If you need a breather from all of the hero’s journeys, explosions, and talking CG animals, then the arthouse cinemas have got you covered.
Below, check out our summer movie preview for some independent films you shouldn’t miss.
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Almost two years ago, Universal renewed the rights for Anne Rice‘s 13-part Vampire Chronicles books. News broke that Brian Grazer would produce The Vampire Lestat for Imagine Entertainment with Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Bobby Cohen. A week or so later after the announcement, The Fault In Our Stars director Josh Boone entered early talks to write and direct the film. We haven’t heard much about the adaptation since, but Boone just provided an update on the project’s status, which is currently titled Interview with the Vampire.
Learn more about the Interview with the Vampire reboot below.
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Filmmaker Jim Jarmusch has two films premiering at the Cannes Film Festival. Jarmusch’s documentary on The Stooges, Gimme Danger, and his Adam Driver-led film, Paterson, will both make their debuts later this month. The latter project (which was co-financed by Amazon) was shooting a little under-the-radar later last year. Driver stars in the “wry comedy,” and you can now see some footage from the film.
Watch the first Paterson clips below.
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The key to navigating Hollywood these days is attach yourself to a superhero movie franchise of some kind to guarantee a hit movie every few years so you can run off and join darker, weirder, more eclectic projects without a care in the world. It also means everyone lining up to interview you about your scrappy little drama because they’re also hoping to squeeze you for details about the next superhero gig. It’s an imperfect system, but plenty of talented people are making it sing.
Take Michael Fassbender and Anthony Mackie, two actors who have seen their star power rise in the superhero movie bubble who have been using their off-time to take risks and join interesting projects. Today, we got this casting twofer: Fassbender is looking to star in an adaptation of the true crime novel Entering Hades and Mackie will play infamous lawyer Johnnie Cochran in an untitled new movie.
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Tom Hanks stars in a movie currently in theaters, but you might not be able to tell judging by the absence of advertising, much less critical buzz, for A Hologram for the King. Tom Tykwer‘s gentle (and often lovely) adaptation of Dave Egger‘s novel of the same name was recently released into a few hundred theaters, and it was met with somewhat mixed reviews and an underwhelming opening weekend at the box office, even by its own modest standards.
How exactly does a movie that stars Tom Hanks manage to fly so far under the radar for the general public? Is the film simply not commercial enough? Maybe, but whatever the case, it’s still a little disheartening to see a fine drama with a name like Hanks attached to it fail to reach a wide audience.
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After last week’s patient season premiere, Game of Thrones launched itself into action with “Home,” a truly tremendous hour of television that reacted to last week’s careful table-setting by overturning the table entirely. Major characters died. Power structures were radically changed. And Jon Snow…well, that would be a spoiler. Let’s run down the most important stuff that happened, shall we?
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Last year, director 20th Century Fox and Ridley Scott found plenty of success and critical acclaim with their sci-fi survival drama The Martian. The film ended up landing a Best Picture nomination as well as a Best Actor nod for Matt Damon. Now a little more drama is coming to the red planet with Approaching the Unknown, a new sci-fi thriller that sends Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes, Kick-Ass) on a one-man, one-way mission to Mars. In the trailer, he says he’s going to Mars to live, but he might also be going there to chill until the bad taste from The Brothers Grimsby has washed away.
Watch the Approaching the Unknown trailer after the jump. Read More »