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Focus Features has released a new trailer for Maps to the Stars, David Cronenberg‘s new drama about a dysfunctional Hollywood family. Mia Wasikowska plays a mysterious woman who hails from a famous Hollywood family. She returns to town and secures a job as a personal assistant to aging actress Havana Segrand (Julianne Moore), but seems to have some ulterior motives.

Meanwhile, her relations (played by John Cusack, Olivia Williams, and Evan Bird) are dealing with troubles of their own. Rounding out the cast are Robert Pattinson as a limo driver, and Sarah Gadon as Havana’s late actress mother. Watch the Maps to the Stars trailer after the jump. Read More »

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Ana Lily Amirpour's next film

It took a year for the vampire western A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night to really build momentum after its Sundance debut last year, but the debut feature from writer/director Ana Lily Amirpour has really made an impression on people now. We’ve talked about her as a director we’re very excited to watch going forward, and now we know Ana Lily Amirpour’s next film. She wrote and will direct The Bad Batch, a “dystopian love story set in Texas.” Even better, she’ll be backed by Vice and Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures, the same team that was behind Spring Breakers. Read More »

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A decade after Lord of War and nearly two decades after Gattaca, Andrew Niccol and Ethan Hawke have joined forces again for Good Kill. Hawke leads the drama as a military pilot at war, but the twist is that he’s fighting this particular war from home — he’s a drone pilot stationed in Las Vegas while controlling machines halfway around the world.

In theory, it’s an ideal compromise that allows him to simultaneously serve his country and be there for his family. But as time goes on, he starts to question the mission and the tactics they’re using to achieve it. January Jones stars as his long-suffering wife, Zoe Kravitz is his co-pilot, and Bruce Greenwood is their commanding officer. Watch the Good Kill trailer after the jump.  Read More »

The Next Pedro Almodovar Film Is ‘Silencio’

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Pedro Almodovar has had a wild few years, dodging from the wild horror tale The Skin I Live In to the brightly colored comedy I’m So Excited!, which was also generally little-seen, at least in the US. Now he’s going to make a film called Silencio. Not to be confused with Martin Scorsese’s upcoming Silence, this Almodovar project is described by the director as “a return to the cinema of women” — that being a reference to his own body of work that is dominated by deeply-felt melodramas and comedies focused on the lives of women.

This new film will not be a comedy, but a serious drama — we’ve got what few details are currently public, after the break. Read More »

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You won’t see the next Ryan Gosling film in theaters. Lost River, the film Ryan Gosling directed, and which premiered at Cannes this year to puzzled, if not outright hostile reactions, will be released by Warner Bros. only on video.

The stigma associated with the phrase “direct to video” has slowly but steadily decreased, perhaps since Roger Ebert highlighted Red Rock West as a quality film that just happened to be dumped to HBO and video in ’93/’94. Now, the wealth of day and date VOD releases for indie films proves that there’s no shame in a film skipping theaters, and that doing so can even be a sound business plan. But when the film in question is the directorial debut from a star who has an established relationship with the studio in question, eyebrows raise. Read More »

To Write Love on Her Arms trailer

Kat Dennings takes a break from TV with the film To Write Love On Her Arms, which is inspired by the true story of a young woman who founded a charity group after her own battle with addiction and depression. Just as the actual charity, also called To Write Love on Her Arms, is based around outreach through non-traditional means such as music festivals and social networking, the film sees Dennings as a young woman who escapes some of her problems through music — though as the trailer indicates, that’s not necessarily a totally safe haven. The film looks like a blend of realism, fantasy, and light message delivery; watch the To Write Love on Her Arms trailer below.

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Katherine Waterston next movie

Everyone who walks out of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice is likely wondering why we haven’t seen more from Katherine Waterston until just now. That’s due in no small part to the fact that she doesn’t just help drive the Inherent Vice plot, but takes center stage for one of the film’s most arresting scenes, performing in an unbroken long and very vulnerable take. (In fact, Waterston has been working for quite a while, and Boardwalk Empire fans should recognize her immediately.) Now Waterston has been offered a role in the Steve Jobs film scripted by Aaron Sorkin and set to be directed by Danny Boyle. Read More »

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Say what you will about Kevin Smith‘s Tusk, but ultimately it was the spark that gave new life to the filmmaker. Just like he did in the ’90s, Smith made Tusk kind of on a whim. He and his producer Scott Mosier came up with the idea, Smith wrote it and a few months later it was being shot. Unlike his ’90s debut, Smith did have funding this time so it wasn’t as down and dirty as Clerks. But the independent spirit was there. And Kevin Smith is now overflowing with movie ideas.

He’s got a few more days to shoot on Yoga Hosers, a Tusk spinoff about two 15-year-old girls fighting monsters. After that, he’ll finally make the long awaited Clerks III. He’s also got preliminary funding to make Moose Jaws, a horror comedy that is basically Jaws with a moose. That’ll likely happen after Clerks III.

For Smith fans, though, there’s one glaring omission that list: Hit Somebody. Over the past few years, Smith’s hockey epic morphed from one film, to two films, to a miniseries and then into oblivion as he got busy with so many other things. But /Film recently talked to the director and he revealed that the producers of Tusk have given him money not only to make Yoga Hosers, Clerks III and Moose Jaws but Hit Somebody as well. And they’ll shoot it in Canada during the Fall of 2015.

Read the Kevin Smith Hit Somebody quotes below. Read More »

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