Heroes Day meeting

Years have passed since Lost ended, and Damon Lindelof finally has a new TV show. That show is called The Leftovers, based on the book by series co-producer Tom Perrotta, and it premiered on HBO Sunday night.

In an instant, two percent of the world’s populate goes missing. The people who vanish have nothing in common. There’s no rhyme or reason, they’re just gone. Three years later, in a small New York town, we meet several characters still dealing with the emotional, spiritual and logistic effects of this unfathomable the event. And in classic Lindelof fashion, the first episode is scene after scene of intriguing mystery. Dozens of questions are posed, starting intriguing scenarios, introducing characters, and more. It was a polarizing, but in my mind fantastic start to what’s sure to be an interesting show.

Don’t have HBO? You can now watch the The Leftovers pilot for free online. Check it out below. Read More »

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Michael Fassbender in X-Men First Class

Is the idea of Michael Fassbender in a giant fake head not quite what you’re looking for from the actor? Sure, everyone wants to see his face, but see Frank anyway. Regardless, here’s a shot from another upcoming film featuring the actor. In Slow West, Fassbender plays Silas Selleck, and Kodi Smit-McPhee is a kid named Jay Cavendish. Slow West is directed by John Maclean, who has previously directed Fassbender in a couple short films. (Most recently, Pitch Black Heist.) 

In the film, Selleck is something of a caretaker/protector to Cavendish as the two navigate the western American frontier. The first shot is below, showing the two in a pose that could go from helpful to threatening really quickly. Read More »

Skeleton Twins

One of the most exciting and uplifting films of the Sundance Film Festival just got its first trailer. It’s called The Skeleton Twins and stars Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig as estranged siblings, reunited after a tragedy, who must begin to work through their old issues. Craig Johnson directed the film, which is decidedly more dramatic than you’re used to seeing Wiig and Hader, but they rise to the occasion. Each creates a full, interesting, flawed character with plenty of humor just under the surface.

The Skeleton Twins opens September 19 and now you can watch the first trailer. Check it out below. Read More »

Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby trailer

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby may look like a pretty standard romantic drama, but it has an unusual origin. The film, which is the debut of writer/director Ned Benson, originally played the Toronto Film Festival in very different form. There, it was two films, “Him” and “Her,” which together told the story of the difficult relationship between Conor (James McAvoy) and Eleanor (Jessica Chastain), and the aftermath of a particularly difficult time in their lives.

At Cannes, the project showed up as one film, sub-titled “Them”, which picks and chooses footage from both of the original halves to merge the distinct viewpoints of the original films to create a single film that is a bit more mainstream. This first Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby trailer gives a glimmer of Chastain’s performance, which won acclaim at the festivals, but hides the core trauma that threatens to destroy the relationship between the two characters. Read More »

Idris Elba Beasts of No Nation

That shot above pictures Idris Elba in Luther, but below we have the first image of the actor in Beasts of No Nation, the new film from Cary Fukunaga. The director has a couple of features under his belt, the great Sin Nombre and a worth-watching adaptation of Jane Eyre. But it was HBO’s True Detective that made a lot more people aware of Fukunaga. Regardless, we’re excited to see his next effort, and this first shot only enhances our anticipation.  Read More »

Dracula Untold poster header

Thought we were finally past the vampire trend? Dracula Untold tries to prove there’s life in it still. As the title suggests, this isn’t just the story of a vampire but of the most iconic vampire who ever existed. And like most vampires, it turns out, he was a human once.

Specifically, he was a prince named Vlad Tepes (Luke Evans) who just wanted to protect his family and his people from invading Turkish hordes. In desperation, he turns to dark forces and then becomes one himself. Hit the jump to watch the first Dracula Untold trailer.

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James Franco Child of God

James Franco pays the bills (and has a great time) in big movies, and in friend projects such as This Is the End and The Interview. On the side, he has become a prolific art house director. His latest directorial effort to hit theaters is a really something to behold. Based on the Cormac McCarthy novel Child of God, this latest film from Franco is a tightly-crafted and very effective story of a wildly unstable man.

Child of God is pure, undiluted McCarthy. Anyone who has hoped to see the core of a novel like Blood Meridian translated to the screen should see this one. If nothing else, it makes clear why putting hardcore McCarthy concepts into a mainstream movie is particularly difficult. Child of God is grimy, ugly, and odd. The lead, Scott Haze (above), gives one of the most raw, rub-till-it-bleeds performances I’ve seen in a long time. His work is chilling. (Tim Blake Nelson and Jim Parrack also co-star, and Franco appears in a brief role.) Check out the latest trailer below. Read More »

boyhood budget

One of my favorite movie of the year is Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood, which tells the story of a young boy’s childhood from age 5 to age 18. You’ve probably also heard that the movie was  filmed over the course of 12 years using the same actors. Its not a gimmick, but a remarkable cinematic achievement. But one wonders, how was such a film produced and how much did it cost? Learn the Boyhood budget after the jump.

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