Josh Gad as Roger Ebert

Josh Gad is best known for playing roles in Frozen and The Book of Mormon, but he has dabbled with portraying real figures, too. He played Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak in Jobs, and now he’s in line to play the late film critic Roger Ebert in Russ & Roger Go Beyond. The film already has Will Ferrell lined up to play filmmaker Russ Meyer, who with Ebert created the film Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. This film plans to explore their friendship and working relationship, and the origin of that film. And if we see Josh Gad as Roger Ebert opposite Ferrell as Meyer, we have to assume it is meant to be quite the comedy as well. Read More »

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We’ve already heard from Kevin Smith about his impressive list of upcoming projects. He’s also told us about what making Tusk meant to him. Now, in part two of our long interview with the filmmaker, we dig a little deeper. Smith goes into great detail about some of the more talked-about decisions he made in Tusk, which is now on Blu-ray.

First Smith talks about the decision to reveal the walrus suit so early in the film. That leads into a discussion of effects in general, his preferred tone, other problems people have with the film and then his biggest regret in the marketing of the film. (A mistake he says he’ll never make again). He then talks about the inventive, aggressive schedule on Yoga Hosers, which is almost done filming. Read the rest of our Kevin Smith Tusk interview below. Read More »

kill me three times trailer

Kill Me Three Times stars Simon Pegg as an assassin. Already, you’re probably interested. But Kill Me Three Times apparently has much, much more to offer than just that. Directed by Kriv Stenders, the film stars Pegg as an assassin hired by a husband (Callan Mulvey) to kill his wife (Alice Braga). The problem is, Pegg isn’t the only assassin on the lady’s tail. An assassin team, Sullivan Stapleton and Teresa Palmer, are also trying to kill her and that seems like the first of a multitude of escalating issues for everyone involved.

The film hits iTunes and on demand March 26 before going to theaters April 10. Now, the first Kill Me Three Times trailer has been released. Check out the hilarious, NSFW trailer below. Read More »

Duke of Burgundy trailer

As I’ve worked on a “Top Ten Films of 2014″ list I’ve gone back and forth on whether or not to include movies I saw at festivals, but which aren’t yet in general release. If I decide to go the festival route, The Duke of Burgundy will be in my top three for this year. If not, it is likely to be in the top few spots of next year’s list. This ravishing movie is a gorgeous visual experience, as the trailer below will indicate. But the film is also a wonderfully nuanced portrait of a relationship — one which is made seemingly more exotic by its daily particulars, but which, in the end, fraught with the same issues everyone faces. Check out The Duke of Burgundy trailer below.

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Kumiko the Treasure Hunter trailer

Snopes killed the urban legend, but strange and unprovable stories can still live on in film. And there’s often a grain of truth at the bottom of the most unbelievable story. For Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter, the truth is this. In 2001 a Japanese woman, Takako Konishi, was found dead in the snow in North Dakota. Misinterpretations led to the idea that Takako failed to realize that the film Fargo was a piece of fiction, and that she was searching for the money buried in the snow by Steve Buscemi’s character. That story went around for a while, until it was disproved in 2003. But David and Nathan Zellner have turned the strange tale into an elegant film about loneliness and the willpower and specific insanity required to chase wild dreams. Have a look at the Kumiko the Treasure Hunter trailer below.

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Knight of Cups trailer

If you’ve thought over the past couple years that Terrence Malick has been too tied to a specifically contemplative tone and aesthetic, then Knight of Cups could be a partial antidote to feelings taken out of To the Wonder and The Tree of Life. When this film was announced earlier today as one of the Berlin Film Festival selections set to premiere in February, we couldn’t tell you much more than the title and the fact that the film stars Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett and Christian Bale. Now we’ve got the Knight of Cups trailer, and while this is recognizable as a Malick film, it is also noticeably different than his recent work.

Sure, there’s some of the now-signature Malick aesthetic here, and that reflective voiceover. But as we see Christian Bale playing (apparently) a guy who has lost himself in easy pleasures, there’s also more overt energy here than we’ve seen in Malick’s work over the past couple decades. There’s also that glossy modern LA setting, which isn’t something we’re used to seeing from the director. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

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Ladies and gentleman, may we present to you the first confirmed photo of Jesus. He’s played by Ewan McGregor and you can see him in Park City, Utah next month.

One of the standout films on the recent list of narrative Premieres at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival was Last Days in the Desert, Rodrigo Garcia‘s film that dramatizes Jesus’s 40 days spent fasting in the desert. McGregor stars not only as Jesus, but as the devil as well, who confronts and tempts the son of God during his epic struggle.

Now, the first image from the film has been revealed. That’s not it above. The image isn’t in any way offensive but it definitely puts a bigger spotlight on this sure to be controversial film. Check out the Ewan McGregor Jesus image below. Read More »

boyhood making-of

2014 has been the year of Boyhood, Richard Linklater‘s 12-years in the making chronicle of a Texas family. The film debuted to great praise at Sundance back in January, and twelve months later it is causing a stir as critics groups in Boston and Los Angeles hand it several awards. (Including a well-deserved Best Actress win for Patricia Arquette from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.) The film hits digital HD today, and will be on DVD and Blu in January. To help promote that digital release, IFC has offered up a great ten-minute video that looks at the twelve-year process of creating the movie. Read More »

Julianne Moore in Still Alice

With just three weeks to go until the end of the year, we’ve still got several noteworthy pictures to look forward to. Among them is Still Alice, an indie drama that emerged as one of the brightest gems from this year’s TIFF crop.

Julianne Moore leads as Alice Howland, a professor and married mother of three who is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s Disease. Alec Baldwin plays her husband, and Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, and Hunter Parrish play her children. Hit the jump to watch the new Still Alice trailer. Read More »