Penn and Teller‘s unique brand of magic feels like it’s been around forever. Over decades, it has permeated many levels of popular culture, through their successful Showtime show Bullshit, their long running Las Vegas stage act, appearances on The Celebrity Apprentice or cult movies from the Eighties. The duo hopes to continue that notoriety as they prepare another multimedia onslaught in the coming months.
New plans include a new TV show called Smoke and Mirrors and a movie focused on the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer. The former is currently in development while the latter is in post-production, with an eye on the coming festival season. Read More »
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What a beautiful thing, Upstream Color. Shane Carruth‘s second film is a melange of surprises and delights. For an audience familiar with Primer, Carruth’s time-layering ouroboros of a debut, one element may be more surprising than all others: simplicity. Though the telling of this new film is by no means conventional, the core is an elegant idea, yet one rich enough to foster myriad interpretations.
Crafted with an awe-inspiring confidence, Upstream Color establishes a strange and frightening sci-fi framework, then works within that frame to probe the nature of human relationships, and our proximity to and power over the forces that define us. The wild elements of the plot allow Carruth to examine love and destiny with unexpected sensitivity. Upstream Color belongs in the company of 2001 and Solaris; it stands with the very best that speculative fiction has to offer.
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Many of us spend an excessive time on the Internet and, in that time, we’re exposed to new things. One of those is the movement of men who call themselves “Bronies” — they’re adult male fans of the TV show My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. The show is primarily aimed at tween girls, but the Brony subculture is growing. Just how prevalent is this movement? It now has its own documentary.
After grossing over $300,000 on Kickstarter, Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony was directed by Laurent Malaquais. The film tells the story of this small, vocal niche of fandom through interviews, behind the scenes access at events, and plenty more.
Below you can read more about the film and see its trailer. Then, if you so desire, the completed film is available for purchase. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 by Angie Han
Pretty much everyone has had a moment when they felt an intense desire to run away from their own lives, an urge to leave everything and everyone behind completely and start fresh as an entirely different person. Only a precious few people actually attempt to do it.
In the first trailer for Arthur Newman, family man Wallace Avery (Colin Firth) joins those ranks by faking his own death and assuming the identity of Arthur Newman, golf pro. Along the way, he encounters a troubled woman (Emily Blunt) who’s running from some demons of her own. The comedy is the feature debut of commercial helmer Dante Ariola, whose work we’ve spotlighted here in the past. Hit the jump to keep reading.
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Posted on Friday, March 22nd, 2013 by Angie Han
It’s been a long, strange ride for Arrested Development fans. The show suffered from painfully low ratings the whole time it was actually airing on Fox, but since its cancellation in 2006 has become popular enough to inspire Netflix to bring the series back from the dead. Now we’re just a couple of months away from the fourth season, which is pretty crazy if you think about it.
Documenting that journey have been Neil Lieberman and Jeff Smith, two self-described superfans keen on raising “awareness of this brilliant, witty and original comedy that is like nothing else.” To that end, the pair spent five years criss-crossing the country to talk to the cast, crew, and fans of the series.
The film is now finished, but needs a bit more funding before it can get distribution. (So much for there always being money in the banana stand.) Hit the jump to hear Lieberman and Smith’s Kickstarter plea.
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Here’s a unique and bold take on the theatrical distribution model. Director Morgan White is offering up copies of his documentary The Rep to any theater willing to play it, free of charge. They keep 100% of the profits.
The film is about a fading niche of theaters that show only older, classic films. You can see a trailer here and read more here, as well as below. Read More »
The Jane Got a Gun story keeps getting more complicated.
The outline of the story, as we know it, is that the indie western produced by and starring Natalie Portman was set to begin shooting this past Monday, but that Ramsay didn’t turn up to direct on the day. Producer/financier Scott Steindorff spoke out via Deadline, saying he was “shocked” at the director’s behavior. He quickly hired Gavin O’Connor (of Warrior, which also starred Jane Got a Gun cast member Joel Edgerton) as a replacement director. Now Steindorff is looking for an actor to replace Jude Law, who had recently been hired for the film, but dropped out following Ramsay’s departure.
But the bigger story about the film is still in between the lines. Suggestions are emerging that Ramsay had actually quit the weekend prior to production start; if that is the case, then the big statements and assumptions made this week have to be re-evaluated. In the meantime, however, there is a new casting effort to report. Read More »
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One of the hottest films at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival was a little movie called Toy’s House, which got purchased by CBS Films. The distributor has retitled the film to the less confusing The Kings of Summer, and slotted it for release May 31. That’s coming up quick, so a teaser trailer is out now too.
The Kings of Summer, written by Chris Galletta and directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, is about three friends (Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Aries) who run away from home and build their own house in the woods. Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Alison Brie and Mary Lynn Rajskub co-star, none of whom show up in the tease you can see below. Read More »