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Bad news, Wachowski fans. Their upcoming summer blockbuster, Jupiter Ascending, is no longer that. The film has been moved from its initial July 18 release to February 6, 2015. No specific reason has yet been given for the Jupiter Ascending delay but we have some guesses below. Read More »

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SIFF 2014: Making a Movie for $6,000

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This weekend, I saw a movie at the Seattle International Film Festival that had a budget of $6,000. Joshua Caldwell’s Layover, which had its world premiere here, was shot in 11 days in Los Angeles and takes place during the course of a single evening, as a itinerant frenchwoman Simone (played by Nathalie Fay) re-connects with a friend from her past. Layover is a film in the tradition of Linklater’s Before series, and I found that it perfectly captured the paradox encountered by many a millenial: feeling trapped, while also realizing that the possibilities for your life are still endless. It’s a beautiful, moving, and wistful film.

But what goes into making a film with a budget that’s slightly more than the cost of the camera you’d need to shoot it on? I spoke with Caldwell about how he shot the film and why he went the low-budget route. Find our conversation after the jump, watch the film’s trailer, and be sure to check out the Indiegogo campaign for Caldwell’s next two films.
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What If trailer

We’ve seen Daniel Radcliffe as a hero, we’ve seen him in period pieces, some have even seen him naked on stage. But now the Harry Potter star takes on his most “normal” role to date, as a simple guy trying to win the affections of a girl.

Radcliffe is the star of What If, a romantic comedy directed by Michael Dowse. He plays Wallace, a medical school drop-out who meets a cool girl named Chantry (Zoe Kazan). She lives with her boyfriend (Rafe Spall), which becomes a bit of an issue for Wallace when he realizes he’s in love with her.

What If has a pretty typical set-up to be sure but the cast (which also includes Adam Driver) definitely piques my interest. The film hits U.S. theaters August 1 and you can check out the trailer below. Read More »

The Book of Life images

Crimson Peak isn’t out until next fall, but we are getting another Guillermo del Toro treat in time for this Halloween. Fox Animation’s Book of Life, produced by del Toro and directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez, is just getting started on its marketing campaign, and today we have our first look at images from the movie.

Diego Luna leads the voice cast as Manolo, a young romantic who wants to pursue his passion for music, much to his family’s dismay. Channing Tatum and Zoe Saldana also star, as Manolo’s childhood friends. Check out the new Book of Life images after the jump.

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Mood Indigo trailer

While we’ve seen footage from Michel Gondry‘s new film Mood Indigo over the past year, here’s a proper US trailer. This hits now because the film finally lands in US theaters this summer from Drafthouse Films. The movie adapts the novel by Boris Vian, with Audrey Tatou and Romain Duris starring in a love story that appears to have all the visual and emotional hallmarks of Gondry’s storytelling. Most of this trailer skips right over a big explanation of the plot, favoring instead a long montage of Gondry’s imagery.  And we wouldn’t have it any other way, frankly. Check out the new Mood Indigo trailer below. Read More »

Sam Rockwell Anna Kendrick Mr. Right

Briefly: Two of our favorite actors are teaming up for a new movie. They would be Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick, who’ll play a couple in the upcoming Max Landis-scripted Mr. Right. Directed by Paco Cabezas (Tokarev), the film is about a girl with a terrible dating history who thinks she has found “the one.” Unfortunately, he’s a reformed hitman. The film is being produced independently and production beings in the Fall. [Deadline]

Outlander trailer

Battlestar Galactica revamp mastermind Ron Moore has one show, Helix, on the air now, and another premiering later this year. The upcoming one is Outlander, which adapts Diana Gabaldon‘s series of novels about World War II nurse Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) who finds herself bounced back in time to 18th century Scotland. It’s a bit like Brigadoon, but with a more modern air of romance and violence. A new Outlander trailer has hit, and you can get a taste of the Starz show below. Read More »

They Came Together trailer

This year’s most star-studded, cliche-filled romcom isn’t based on a self-help book, built around a holiday, or directed by Garry Marshall. It’s They Came Together by David Wain, director of Wet Hot American Summer. Which, of course, means those cliches aren’t exactly being played straight.

Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler play two New Yorkers who meet cute, You’ve Got Mail-style. She’s the owner of a small candy store; he’s the corporate exec of a big chain that wants to buy her out. Despite their differences, they fall in love.

Among the people who help and hinder the couple along the way are Christopher Meloni, Ken Marino, Bill Hader, Ellie Kemper, Ed Helms, Kenan Thompson, Michael Ian Black, Melanie Lynskey, Jason Mantzoukas, Jack McBrayer, Cobie Smulders, Max Greenfield… and those are just the ones who make appearances in the trailer. Watch the They Came Together trailer after the jump. Read More »

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