Happy Christmas trailer

Holidays can be a trying time even for the happiest, most well-adjusted of families. When one of the family members is kind of a screw-up, they can be even tougher. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still find some joy in being together.

In the new Happy Christmas trailer, Anna Kendrick plays an irresponsible 20something named Jenny who moves in with her film director brother (Joe Swanberg, who also directed this film), his novelist wife (Melanie Lynskey), and their two-year-old son. Mark Webber stars as the couple’s babysitter/pot dealer, and Lena Dunham as Kendrick’s friend. Hit the jump to watch the first Happy Christmas trailer.

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‘Hellion’ Trailer: Aaron Paul Is a Bad Dad

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During his time on Breaking Bad, Aaron Paul seems to have mastered the art of playing sympathetic screw-ups. He plays yet another one in the upcoming Hellion, which debuted at Sundance earlier this year.

Written and directed by Kat Candler, the bleak drama centers around single dad Hollis (Paul) and the two sons he’s barely raising — teenage Jacob (Josh Wiggins) and the younger Wes (Deke Garner). When Wes gets taken away by Child Protective Services, Hollis and Jacob must take responsibility to bring him back. Watch the Hellion trailer after the jump.

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Wish I Was Here trailer

Here’s the new trailer for Zach Braff‘s Wish I Was Here, which has gone from being the subject of headlines about Kickstarter success and backlash to a full-fledged summer movie release. Focus Features will release the film in July, and this long Wish I Was Here trailer shows off a lot of the same footage seen in the teaser trailer. This time, however, it is accompanied by dialogue rather than music, and so you’ll know a lot more about the characters and story after checking out this  Read More »

chef movie clip

Jon Favreau‘s small, personal film Chef opens in New York and Los Angeles this weekend. It’s really good but not for the reasons you’d think. Yes, there is a lot of cooking and delicious-looking food, which is always fun to watch. However, what makes Favreau’s film really tasty is that it’s more about a father’s relationship with his son, the way social media has changed our lives and the complicated relationship between critics and their subjects.

It also happens to co-star Robert Downey, Jr., Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt and Scarlett Johansson. Which is never bad.

A clip from the film has now come online and, in 90 seconds, perfectly encompasses everything that makes the film so good. Watch the new Chef movie clip below. Read More »

James Franco Tommy Wiseau

A couple months ago James Franco optioned rights to Greg Sestero‘s book The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside the Room, about the making of Tommy Wiseau‘s masterpiece of bad cinema, The Room. At that point Franco was set as producer and director, and roped in Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to produce alongside him. But it always seemed like Franco had to end up playing Wiseau, too. Now Seth Rogen says that is indeed the plan.  Read More »

new Andrea Arnold film 2014

Andrea Arnold‘s films Red Road and i are must-sees, and her 2011 adaptation of Wuthering Heights is strong work, too. Those three films all have one thing in common, besides Arnold: they were all shot in the UK. Now Andrea Arnold is coming to America to shoot a film, and the result, American Honey, sounds like a road movie that could be a great framework in which a young new actress could take command of the screen. Read More »

Carnahan The Grey 2

Last week, I had an epic conversation with Joe Carnahan. Which is pretty much how all conversations go when you’re talking to Joe Carnahan. The director of The Grey, Smokin’ Aces and The A-Team is one of the most honest and outspoken directors in Hollywood, never shy about telling people what’s what. That’s why he sometimes burns bridges, leaves projects he’s not passionate about, and signs up for films that may never get made. He knows what he likes, and thinks he knows what the audience likes, and won’t compromise on either point.

My interview with Carnahan was so big, in fact, we have to break it into three parts. Each part will work on its own, but also have references back to the others. In this, part one of three, most of the conversation centered on what happened, and is happening, with his latest film Stretch. Carnahan talks about what’s needed to finish the film, how made some uncommercial choices with it and more. He also exclusively admits he’s close to begging to go back to do Death Wish, and talks about his respect for Marvel Studios, working in television, and general disappointment with the Hollywood machine. Read More »

‘Spring Breakers’ Sequel In The Works

spring breakers sequel

They said Spring Break was forever and maybe they were right. A sequel to Harmony Korine’s controversial film Spring Breakers, called Spring Breakers: The Second Coming, will be up for sale at Cannes. The package doesn’t come with Korine or any of the original film’s stars, but it does come with a script by Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting, Filth) and Jonas Åkerlund (Spun, Small Apartments) as the director. Read the log line and more for the Spring Breakers sequel below. Read More »

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