Love & Mercy

Brian Wilson wasn’t a conventional person, so why should he get a conventional biopic? Love & Mercy casts not one but two actors as the Beach Boys musician. Paul Dano plays him in the 1960s, when he was a young man on track for greatness; John Cusack plays him in the 1980s, as he’s struggling to get out from under an abusive relationship with his doctor Eugene Landy (Paul Giamatti).

Leaving aside the fact that Dano, Cusack, and Wilson don’t really look alike at all, Love & Mercy seems like an artful exploration of an American music icon. Elizabeth Banks also stars as Melinda Ledbetter, the woman who would become Wilson’s second wife. Watch the Love and Mercy trailer after the jump.

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Edward Snowden Movie

Snowden, the film Oliver Stone is making based on the story of whistleblower Edward Snowden, who released thousands of National Security Administration documents to the press, just recruited Nicolas Cage. The actor will play “a former U.S. Intelligence Official” in the Edward Snowden movie, which is shooting now in Munich. But which Nic Cage will we get for this project? Read More »

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Every year, the studios release approximately 8 million prestige dramas between November and December, and it looks like this year’s slate is already getting crowded. The latest to join the year-end fray is Oliver Stone‘s Snowden, a biopic of the NSA whistleblower.

In addition to Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who plays the title character, Snowden also features an admirable supporting cast that now includes Timothy Olyphant, Rhys Ifans, and Joely Richardson. More on the Snowden release date and casting updates after the jump.  Read More »

JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot Developing a Thomas Edison Movie

Thomas Edison movie

Thomas Edison, aka the Wizard of Menlo Park, was one of the most significant inventors in the US during the industrial age, and also a ruthless businessman. Soon he might also be the subject of a film from Paramount and JJ Abrams‘ company Bad Robot. Reports say the companies are developing an Edison film that will portray him as “a rugged eccentric genius.” Read More »

straight outta compton trailer

This first Straight Outta Compton trailer, which dramatizes the rise of the rap group N.W.A, comes complete with a long intro featuring founding members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre.

In the film, Cube’s son O’Shea Jackson Jr. plays his father, while Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell are Dr. Dre, and Eazy-E respectively. The film follows the late-’80s rise of the group, set against the conservative climate that was freaked out by the vivid portrayal of urban life, and goes at least up to the 1992 riots that were sparked by the beating of Rodney King. This Straight Outta Compton trailer is a full-on red-band edit, with some nudity and the hint of violence, but all the language necessary to represent N.W.A in their prime. It’s a great trailer, watch below.  Read More »

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Bleed for This” seems like it could’ve been the alternate title for Miles Teller‘s Whiplash, but it’s actually the name of Teller’s next movie. Once again, Teller plays a talented young man who pushes himself to extreme lengths for his passion. Only this time, he’s focused on boxing instead of drumming.

The first image from Bleed for This shows Teller as real-life boxing champion Vinny Pazienza, looking battered and bruised in the ring. Bleed for This is directed by Ben Younger (Boiler Room) and executive produced by Martin Scorsese. Get your Bleed for This first look after the jump.  Read More »

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Kumiko trailer

The line between fact and fiction is blurred in Kumiko the Treasure Hunter, which is based on the story of a young Japanese woman found dead in the US in 2001. Supposedly she had traveled to the States in search of treasure, using the film Fargo as a map. The film dives into the dreams of a character inspired by that story, following her surprising trip to the US. Guided by Fargo and a homemade map, Kumiko struggles to find the pot of gold at the end of her own personal rainbow. Her journey is coldly beautiful, comic, and surprising. See the new Kumiko trailer below. Read More »

Elvis and Nixon (historical)

What’s that saying about truth being stranger than fiction? Liza Johnson‘s new comedy Elvis & Nixon documents the real-life meeting between the two famous figures, played by Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey.

The event was even weirder than the image above makes it look — Elvis wanted Nixon to make him an undercover federal narcotics agent, and Nixon actually gave him a badge. Get your first look at Elvis & Nixon after the jump.  Read More »

oliver stone edward snowden movie casting

Oliver Stone is casting up his sure to be hot-topic Edward Snowden film. He’s already got Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the infamous whistleblower and Shailene Woodley as his girlfriend. Now, he’s added the three other major roles in the film.

Oscar-winner Melissa Leo will play Laura Poitras, the journalist/filmmaker who was part of Snowden’s revelations and directed the Best Documentary Oscar nominee, CitizenFour. Zachary Quinto will play Glenn Greenwald, the journalist Snowden chooses to help release the secrets and Oscar-nominee Tom Wilkinson will play Ewen MacAskill, a reporter at The Guardian who fact-checked and helped break these secrets. Read more about the Edward Snowden movie casting below. Read More »

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