Burnt teaser

In Burnt, Bradley Cooper plays a chef who has had success and lost it, and is on the climb back up to the top. But he may have some big personal hurdles to face, potentially including drugs, and definitely including his own nature. Wait a second… heaven’t we seen this before? 2005, Fox, Kitchen Confidential, in which Cooper plays a chef, inspired by Anthony Bourdain, who nearly loses everything thanks to addiction, and then works his way back to the top.

What’s different here? Well, the supporting cast also features Sienna Miller, Omar Sy, Daniel Brühl, Matthew Rhys, Uma Thurman and Emma Thompson, working under the direction of John Wells (August: Osage County); the script is by Steven Knight (Locke, Peaky Blinders) and Michael Kalesniko (Iron Sky, Private Parts).

Check out the first Burnt teaser below. Read More »

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Louder Than Bombs teaser

Joachim Trier‘s follow-up to the terrific Oslo, August 31st is Louder Than Bombs, which premiered at Cannes and will be seen at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film, which sees Trier setting a story in the US rather than in Norway, features an impressive cast, including Jesse Eisenberg, Gabriel Byrne, Isabelle Huppert, Devin Druid, Rachel Brosnahan, David Strathairn, and Amy Ryan, and follows a family which is dealing with the sudden death of its matriarch.

This Louder Than Bombs teaser is quiet, evocative, and rather beautiful, and it ends with a frightening and powerful shot. Read More »

About Ray trailer

The Weinstein Company has released the first trailer for About Ray (formerly Three Generations). Elle Fanning stars as Ray, New York City teenager embarking on the process of transitioning from female to male.

Naomi Watts plays Ray’s mother Maggie, who accepts his decision but nevertheless worries about her child, and Susan Sarandon plays Ray’s grandmother Dolly, who just doesn’t seem to get it (“Why can’t she just be a lesbian?” she asks). Tate Donovan also stars as Ray’s absentee father, who’s reluctant to sign off on Ray’s medical forms. Watch the About Ray trailer after the jump. Read More »

Greta Gerwig directing

Greta Gerwig, who we just saw in the latest trailer for Mistress America, is prepping to tackle her first solo directorial gig. She previously co-directed Nights and Weekends (with Joe Swanberg, back in 2008) and has co-written films including the Swanberg-directed Hannah Takes the Stairs, Frances Ha, and the aforementioned Mistress America.

So we’re excited to see her take the directorial chair on Lady Bird, her own solo film. And with that primary duty hers, this will be a project for which Gerwig finds someone else to star. Read More »

Fathers and Daughters trailer

We’ve got two trailers that show off the film Fathers And Daughters from Seven Pounds and The Pursuit of Happiness director Gabriele Muccino: a quick trailer from Japan, and a much longer (but not necessarily better) international trailer with more footage. The family drama stars Russell Crowe as a widower father, and Amanda Seyfried as his daughter whose early years left her less than capable of forging healthy relationships.

The supporting cast here is notable, too, with Aaron Paul, Bruce Greenwood, Diane Kruger, Jane Fonda, Janet McTeer, Octavia Spencer, Quvenzhané Wallis, and Kylie Rogers on hand to help move things along — see some of them at work in the main Fathers and Daughters trailer below. Read More »

Winter of Frankie Machine

It’s a thrill to see William Friedkin developing new projects. He’s got his hands in a TV show based on his own film To Live and Die in L.A., and now he’s moving forward with a film based on Don Winslow‘s novel The Winter of Frankie Machine, about a retired mob killer with a new life as a low-key seaside entrepreneur who is drawn back into mob violence.

This one has been percolating for a few years, with a number of different directors attached. With new heat on Winslow thanks to his recent novel The Cartel, it’s no wonder this one is moving forward again.  Read More »

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Mistress America trailer

Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig seem to have a great working relationship, in addition to their off-screen partnership, and their latest film together, Mistress America, features Gerwig as an unlikely mentor to a hesitant college freshman (Lola Kirke) who is also about to be her stepsister.

“Unlikely,” because despite a seemingly boundless enthusiasm for just about everything, Gerwig’s character almost seems as if she can’t quite get her own life lined up, much less provide direction for anyone else. But there may be more going on with the character than a first impression suggests, in Baumbach’s snappy comedy.

The new Mistress America trailer lights up with Gerwig’s natural charm and Baumbach’s calm directorial hand; check it out below. Read More »

FX 2015 TV shows

The Television Critics Association panels have been going on for the past week or so, and we’ve had plenty of great updates from Fred Topel’s interviews and coverage that you can check out right here.

Today, straight from the TCA, comes some announcements from FX, which includes a renewal for a third season of The Strain, orders for two new comedy series featuring some familiar FX talent, a new home for Archer, and fall premiere dates for American Horror Story: Hotel, the second season of Fargo and more.

Get details on the new and returning FX 2015 TV shows after the jump! Read More »

Ben Affleck Films delayed

Warner Bros. has been in the Ben Affleck business for years, and that relationship only deepened after Affleck’s Argo won the Best Picture Oscar. But there’s a business that seemingly trumps the Ben Affleck biz, and that’s the superhero game. And so while WB has two Affleck films on the slate for the coming months — the already-shot The Accountant, and his next directorial effort Live By Night — the two films have been pushed back.

The supposition is that Warner Bros. is making room for more Batman, including the solo film to be co-written and directed by Affleck. Read More »