J.K. Simmons torments Miles Teller in Whiplash, pushing the kid beyond his breaking point in the name of excellence. Teller plays a young drummer who aspires to greatness; Simmons plays the elite music academy instructor whose teaching methods are anything but gentle. Miss a beat, and he’ll spin a cymbal at your head like Captain America throwing his shield. This great first Whiplash trailer starts to show audiences the situation Teller’s character gets into when he attempts to rise to a level of performance that will satisfy the teacher. Read More »
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Like most of America at the time, director Ron Howard was first exposed to The Beatles when he saw them on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. After seeing that appearance, he told his parents he wanted a Beatles wig. Fast-forward a few decades, and Howard is relaying that story to a producer on the set of Rush. Turns out the producer knew about a Beatles documentary in development and Howard immediately became interested in working on it. Now, Howard is set to direct an official documentary on the Beatles.
The film is being made with the full support and cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison. It will explore the Beatles’ rise to fame, and what that meant for the culture. The film will feature between 12 and 20 songs, live performance footage sent in from fans, original recordings and more. While still untitled, the hope is to have it completed and in theaters sometime in 2015. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 by Angie Han
Marc Webb made his name on the offbeat not-quite-romcom (500) Days of Summer, but since then he’s been tangled up in the Amazing Spider-Man franchise. He directed the first two films, is set to direct the third, and may or may not be involved in any installments beyond that.
Fortunately, though, that’s not all he’s doing. Webb looks to be returning to his non-superpowered roots with Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, a Showtime musical comedy pilot from Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada). More details after the jump.
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Frank is so great. I want to show it to everyone, but right now I’ll settle for sharing a new Frank trailer. The film is easily in my favorites of 2014 so far, and not because it has Michael Fassbender wearing a giant fake head, or because Maggie Gyllenhaal is a deliciously brittle musician, or because Domhnall Gleeson plays a picture-perfect vision of the wannabe artist.
The film is a fave because, as weird as the movie gets, Frank is totally honest, gleefully odd, and unusually perceptive about the process of making music and art. It feels totally right. And, ok, Fassbender’s performance as Frank is stellar, and the rest of the cast rises to his challenge. The Frank US trailer is out now, and you can see it below. Read More »
The casting choices for the three core characters in Universal’s N.W.A biopic, Straight Outta Compton, were just leaked over the past few days – or we thought they had been. Now, Universal has put out an official release for the film, and there’s a key difference. Yes, Ice Cube’s son O’Shea Jackson Jr. will play Cube, and Jason Mitchell will play Eazy-E. Contrary to previous reports, however, Corey Hawkins will be on screen as Dr. Dre. Now Universal has given the film a release date, and released the first Straight Outta Compton cast photo. See that pic below. Read More »
Tom Hiddleston wouldn’t have been the first person I thought of to play country musician Hank Williams. But now that a deal is in place for that exact thing to become a reality, it actually sounds pretty good. The versatile and charming actor will play Williams in I Saw the Light, a film that will chart the singer’s spectacular and damaging rise to fame at 25, and his untimely death at age 29. Read More »
Miles Teller and Emma Watson are in talks to co-star in a modern-day Los Angeles musical from the red-hot director of Whiplash. That’s a cool sentence. The film is called La La Land and Damien Chazelle will write and direct with Lionsgate attached to distribute. It’ll follow two artistic, romantic Los Angeles residents who fall in love but find the cutthroat nature of the city so brutal on their relationship, they’re pushed into song.
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Ron Howard looks to Jay-Z and other performers to find the power of music in Made in America. The documentary (no relation to the Ted Danson/Whoopi Goldberg movie of the same name) finds Howard looking at the creation and execution of Jay-Z’s Made in America festival, which took place last year in Philadelphia. Not only does Howard spend time pointing a camera at the people organizing the fest, he shoots most of the performers, which included Jay Z (of course), Miike Snow, Janelle Monáe, Pearl Jam, Run-D.M.C., Santigold, Skrillex, Kanye West, D’Angelo, Dirty Projectors, and The Hives.
And so we get moments such as the bit when the organizers talk about how Skrillex has to perform from inside his spaceship, and then we see Skrillex in his spaceship. That’s cinema, folks. The film premiered at TIFF last year and aired on Showtime not long afterwards, but has been picked up for theatrical distribution in the US this year. Watch the Made in America trailer below. Read More »
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