Lake Bell Emperors Children

Lake Bell‘s debut directorial effort In a World… was a little indie gem, but it looks like she’s got her sights on something a bit higher profile for her follow up. She’s set to helm The Emperor’s Children, based on the 2006 novel by Claire Messud.

Noah Baumbach wrote the script, and Brian Grazer is producing. The plot follows three college friends in New York City around 9/11. Hit the jump for more details.

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The Affair Teaser Trailer
Showtime has released a teaser trailer for their new series The Affair which stars Dominic West (300, The Wire) and Ruth Wilson (Saving Mr. Banks, The Prisoner) in a story about an extramarital affair in the Hamptons but shown from both the male and female perspectives, “using the distinct memory biases of both to tell the story.” Sounds like a cool way to tell such a story. Joshua Jackson (Fringe, Dawson’s Creek) and Maura Tierney (ER, News Radio) co-star as the wronged spouses. Hit the jump now to watch The Affair teaser trailer.

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Keith Stanfield Straight Outta Compton

Casting for any sort of musical movie can be tricky, since great actors don’t necessarily make for great musicians and vice versa. But the filmmakers behind the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton seem to have lucked out with Keith Stanfield.

The 23-year-old actor and rapper, who broke our hearts with his big musical moment in Short Term 12, is set to play a young Snoop Dogg in the upcoming film. Hit the jump for all the latest updates on Straight Outta Compton.

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Steve Martin magic Disneyland

Steve Martin is in final negotiations to star in Disney’s feature film Magic Camp. Martin, whose first job was working at the Main Street Magic Shop at Disneyland, co-wrote the most recent draft of the script with A.C.O.D. writer/director Stu Zicherman, based on a first draft by Diary of a Wimpy Kid scribes Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah. After the jump learn more about Magic Camp, the documentary of the same name, get a story of the history of Steve Martin Disneyland magic, and see a photo of a young Martin working in the Main Street Magic Shop.

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far from men trailer

Viggo Mortensen has had a busy couple years, though he hasn’t been doing Hollywood films. The Two Faces of January (trailer) and Jauja (trailer) have premiered recently in Berlin and Cannes, respectively. Now he’s got a third film hitting a major fest this year. In Far From Men, French writer-director David Oelhoffen started with the Albert Camus short story The Guest to create what is, in many respects, a western — just one set in Algeria during the revolution of the mid/late 1950s. Check out the Far From Men trailer below. Read More »

martin-luther-king

The summer movie season is just about wrapped up now, which means it’s time to look ahead to the prestige dramas of fall and winter. One of the most intriguing titles coming our way in the next few months is Selma, about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.‘s fight to pass the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

David Oyelowo plays the civil rights icon, with a huge supporting cast that includes Carmen Ejogo (as Coretta Scott King), Tom Wilkinson (as President Lyndon B. Johnson), Tim Roth, Giovanni Ribisi, Cuba Gooding Jr., Common, Wendell Pierce, Lorraine Toussaint, and many more. Hit the jump to see the first Selma movie images.

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White Bird in a Blizzard trailerGet it? Its a metaphor!

Magnolia Pictures has released a new trailer for Gregg Araki‘s White Bird in a Blizzard, which premiered this year at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.  Shailene Woodley stars in the adaptation of a 1999 novel of the same title by Laura Kasischke. The drama follows as a teenager whose life is thrown into chaos by the mysterious disappearance of her mother (played by Eva Green). A trailer for White Bird in a Blizzard was released days before its Sundance premiere; now a more official trailer is online to promote the September 25th VOD release. (The film will also be available in some theaters on October 24th.) Watch the White Bird in a Blizzard trailer embedded after the jump.

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Fisher King commentary

Tragic as the reason was, there’s been a muted pleasure in seeing people go back to The Fisher King in the wake of Robin Williams‘ death. The 1991 movie is among the least flashy of Terry Gilliam‘s films, and one that in the past decade or so seems to have taken a back seat to consideration of higher-profile films like Brazil and Twelve Monkeys.

The Fisher King is a great movie, and a strange one. But it grounds Gilliam’s quirky and excessive tendencies in a handful of really wonderful characters who are brought to life by great performances. Robin Williams, in particular, is at the top of his game as a man whose life has turned completely upside-down in the wake of his wife’s death. The film can be relentlessly brutal, but it is also beautifully funny, and full of life. At it’s heart, this is a musical, and it’s a pleasure to see Gilliam and the cast play.

There are a lot of treasures hidden on now out of print Criterion laserdiscs, and here’s one of them. This feature commentary from Terry Gilliam isn’t in print any longer, as it only appeared on the laserdisc release of the movie. But you can listen to the Fisher King commentary below. Read More »

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