straight outta compton trailer

This first Straight Outta Compton trailer, which dramatizes the rise of the rap group N.W.A, comes complete with a long intro featuring founding members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre.

In the film, Cube’s son O’Shea Jackson Jr. plays his father, while Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell are Dr. Dre, and Eazy-E respectively. The film follows the late-’80s rise of the group, set against the conservative climate that was freaked out by the vivid portrayal of urban life, and goes at least up to the 1992 riots that were sparked by the beating of Rodney King. This Straight Outta Compton trailer is a full-on red-band edit, with some nudity and the hint of violence, but all the language necessary to represent N.W.A in their prime. It’s a great trailer, watch below.  Read More »

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Knight of Cups reviews

Terrence Malick‘s new film Knight of Cups, starring Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, and Antonio Banderas, premiered last night in Berlin, and as you might expect from a new Malick movie, reactions are fairly divided.

That didn’t stop distributors from showing interest, however, and Broad Green Pictures — the relatively new outfit backed by hedge fund manager Gabriel Hammond and his younger brother Daniel Hammond — picked up US rights to both Knight of Cups and the currently untitled Austin-set film which will be Malick’s next release. Along with that news comes a lovely new international poster for Knight of Cups and a bevy of reviews covering the spectrum of opinion on the movie. Check it all out after the break. Read More »

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Bleed for This” seems like it could’ve been the alternate title for Miles Teller‘s Whiplash, but it’s actually the name of Teller’s next movie. Once again, Teller plays a talented young man who pushes himself to extreme lengths for his passion. Only this time, he’s focused on boxing instead of drumming.

The first image from Bleed for This shows Teller as real-life boxing champion Vinny Pazienza, looking battered and bruised in the ring. Bleed for This is directed by Ben Younger (Boiler Room) and executive produced by Martin Scorsese. Get your Bleed for This first look after the jump.  Read More »

Birdman alternate ending

Birdman, directed byAlejandro González Iñárritu from a script by Alexander Dinelaris, is pretty cynical about Hollywood product. But if things had gone the way the film was originally scripted, it would have ended with an even more pointed jab at the studio franchise machine.

In the film, Michael Keaton plays an actor whose most popular role, Birdman, haunts him as he attempts to mount a stage play. The parallels between Birdman and Batman are impossible to miss. But the original script ended with a scene that took the film’s structure forward to another actor/character pair: Johnny Depp and his Pirates of the Caribbean alter-ego Jack Sparrow.  Read More »

Robert Zemeckis Brad Pitt

Robert Zemeckis has just lined up his next project and he’s bringing along one of the biggest movie stars in the world. Brad Pitt will co-star in a currently-untitled “sweeping romantic thriller” directed by Zemeckis and written by Steve Knight. Early reports are that the film is set during World War II. Read a few more details about the Robert Zemeckis Brad Pitt film below. Read More »

Baz Luhrmann TV Show

The latest big name director to make the move to TV is Baz Luhrmann, and he’s following David Fincher to Netflix. The streaming service has just signed on to make 13 one-hour episodes of Luhrmann’s The Get Down, a music-driven show set in 1970s New York City. Luhrmann will serve as executive producer, and direct the first two episodes of the show as well as the season finale. It’ll hit Netflix worldwide in 2016. Read the full press release about the Baz Luhrmann TV show below.

UPDATE: A short trailer has been released. Watch it below. Read More »

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Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes

There have been more screen incarnations of Sherlock Holmes than we can easily count, with two active on television right now. And still the idea of Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes is something we’re still eager to see. Now we can — and as one might expect, Sir Ian’s Holmes is somewhat unique.

Based upon the novel A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullin, the film Mr. Holmes catches up with Sherlock very late in life, when he has retired to a country home. Holmes is beumsed, and to some extent irritated by the inflated tales of his exploits. The story finds him returning — mentally, at least — to old stories and memories. Bill Condon directs the film which “reflects upon the interplay between truth and legend, age and memory, unresolved guilt and the chance to finally make peace with oneself.” There’s no trailer for the film just yet, but you can see McKellan’s Sherlock now in a Mr. Holmes clip. Read More »

Wild Tales

If the 2015 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar contenders look kind of, well, foreign, that’s probably because only three have opened in the U.S. so far. But they are coming, slowly but surely, and the next to land on our shores is Argentina’s Wild Tales.

Produced by Pedro Almodóvar and directed by Damián Szifrón, Wild Tales unveils six separate tales of revenge. It’s dark, but not necessarily in the way you’d expect — it’s a sharp-edged satire centered around people who’ve simply had it up to here with this messed-up world. Check out the Wild Tales trailer after the jump. Read More »

Desert Dancer

Unless you’re a character in Footloose, it’s easy to take dancing for granted in the U.S. But the characters of Desert Dancer don’t have that luxury. Set in modern-day Iran, the fact-based drama follows Afshin Ghaffarian, a young man (played by Reece Ritchie) whose gift for dance is stifled by an oppressive government.

Instead of tamping down his creative passion, however, the dancer uses his talent to make a statement. He starts a secret group with a few other creatives, culminating in a one-of-a-kind performance in a remote desert location. Richard Raymond directed and Freida PintoTom CullenMakram J. Khoury, and Nazanin Boniadi also star. Watch the Desert Dancer trailer after the jump.

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