The Libertine

Unless you’re one of those hardcore Johnny Depp fans, there’s a good chance that you’ve forgotten, or possibly never knew, that the Pirates of the Caribbean starred in a movie called The Libertine. The period drama about 17th century poet John Wilmot (aka the Earl of Rochester) was given a limited release in November of 2005 and a wide release in the spring of 2006. Despite having Depp in the lead role, it barely did any business at the box office, making just under $11 million worldwide. However, Depp is looking to star in another movie with the same title that should outshine the period drama easily.

The Libertine will have Johnny Depp teaming up director Brett Ratner for a film that is unlike anything the Hercules and Rush Hour director has tackled before. Find out more about The Libertine after the jump. Read More »

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Colin Farrell is at his best when he’s not trying to do the movie star thing. For every Total Recall, there’s a Seven Psychopaths. For every Dead Man Down, there’s an In Bruges. His career becomes even brighter when you start to appreciate how he refuses to phone in performances in movies where it would have been easy to sleepwalk, like Fright Night and Winter’s Tale, which is the kind of legendarily bad movie that every actor deserves to have on their resume just so they can say they were there.

One of Farrell’s more adventurous performances in recent years is in The Lobster, director Yorgos Lanthimos‘ English-language debut set in a world where single people are transformed into animals if they don’t find a partner. It turns out that Farrell is a perfect vessel for Lanthimos’ pitch black and surreal sense of humor, so it’s only a good thing that the two of them are teaming up for another movie.

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Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow‘s next movie may not have a title, but it certainly has my attention. I’m already fully prepared to watch anything directed by the woman behind The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty, Near Dark, and yes, Point Break, but when she partners up with Annapurna Pictures, screenwriter Mark Boal, and subject matter that will surely rile up a fair number of people, you know that she’s working on something special. That’s a group of people who don’t phone it in.

Now, another new names has joined this promising collective. Game of Thrones star Hannah Murray has entered talks to play a “key role” in the film, but like the title, the details are currently unknown.

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Queen of Katwe

It’s not that Lupita Nyong’o hasn’t kept herself busy since her Oscar win for 12 Years a Slave. But we’ve barely seen her, because her two biggest recent roles, in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Jungle Book, have kept her wonderfully expressive face offscreen. Fortunately, that changes this fall with Queen of Katwe.

Directed by Mira Nair, the based-on-a-true-story drama stars Nyong’o as a poor single mother raising a 10-year-old daughter, Phiona (played by newcomer Madina Nalwanga) in rural Uganda. Phiona’s life takes an unexpected turn when she meets a missionary (David Oyelowo) teaching local children how to play chess, and discovers she has a natural talent for the game. Watch the Queen of Katwe trailer after the jump.  Read More »

Swiss Army Man red-band trailer

Last month brought us the first trailer for Swiss Army ManDaniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert‘s (in)famous Sundance dramedy about a desperate man stranded all alone on a desert island (Paul Dano), until he stumbles across a flatulent corpse (Daniel Radcliffe). With a description like that, Swiss Army Man‘s marketing was never going to be appropriate for polite company — but if you walked away thinking that first green-band trailer was still a bit too tasteful, today we’ve got the Swiss Army Man red-band trailer to share with you.

This cut of the Swiss Army Man trailer actually does a better job of capturing the utter rudeness and surprising poignancy of Swiss Army Man, though it arguably also gives away too much. Manny (as Radcliffe’s dead body is called) first proves useful when his farts help propel Hank (Dano) across the surf, but it turns out this “multi-purpose tool guy,” as Hank calls him, has a lot of other tricks up his sleeve as well. Watch the Swiss Army Man red-band trailer below. Read More »

Richard Pryor Biopic

A biopic about legendary comedian Richard Pryor has been developing long enough that Eddie Murphy was once considered for the lead role, but has since been hired to play the father of the iconic comic, who will instead be played by Mike Epps. The project finally seemed like it was on track to make it in front of cameras with Lee Daniels at the helm, but the filmmaker behind The Butler and Precious has now fallen away from the project, leaving it without a director.

Find out more about Lee Daniels leaving the Richard Pryor biopic below. Read More »

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Cameron Crowe‘s track record has been hit or miss as of late. Elizabethtown drew limp reviews and even limper box office totals; We Bought a Zoo fared a bit better but quickly faded from memory; and Aloha was famous mostly for its bizarre casting of Emma Stone as a part-Asian character. But we’re in his corner here at /Film (it’s practically a running joke how many of us consider Almost Famous among our favorite films of all time), so we’ve got high hopes for his foray into television with Roadies.

As the title suggests, the new Showtime drama centers on a group of backstage workers following a hit arena band on a 60-show, 43-city tour. The premise seems just about perfect for Crowe, whose passion for music is outweighed only by his identification with “the uncool” — the earnest and vulnerable and romantic outsiders surrounding the cool guys on stage. Luke WilsonCarla GuginoImogen PootsRafe Spall, and Keisha Castle-Hughes are among the main cast. Watch the latest Roadies teaser trailer after the jump. Read More »

Michael Shannon in Midnight Special

It’s not remotely surprising when Guillermo del Toro manages to attract top-level talent for his movies, but it’s welcome news all the same. Michael Shannon is the latest actor to sign on for del Toro’s next movie, an otherwordly Cold War romance that also stars Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, and Michael Stuhlbarg. More details on the Guillermo del Toro Michael Shannon casting below.  Read More »

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Game of Thrones‘ sixth season has been moving forward with the force and speed of a runaway freight train. HBO’s flagship series, traditionally a lumbering and patient affair, has been burning story like gasoline and it has been all the better for it. “Oathbreaker,” the third episode of the season, kept the fire bright. The show is officially barreling toward something, maybe a a final seventh season, and it’s as good as it has ever been.

Now, let’s run down the most important stuff that happened last night, shall we?

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