You’re on the internet, so you’ve probably seen the fake celebrity porn GIF. That’s where some enterprising kid (or whomever) uses a photo editor to graft a famous face onto porn action. You won’t see a Jennifer Aniston sex tape, for example, but you can probably find hundreds of fake images, GIFs and videos that approximate the effect. All it takes is a little suspension of disbelief, and isn’t that what movies are all about? (OK, it also takes a willingness to ignore the gross part of the whole enterprise.)
We’ve known that Lars von Trier is making two versions of his two-part film Nymphomaniac, which chronicles the sexual life of a woman played by Charlotte Gainsbourg. There’ll be the “hardcore” version featuring explicit sex for some territories, and then the “softcore” version for the prudes. Now one of the film’s producers has described the technique used to create the hardcore version, and it sounds… weird, and basically like making a very intricate fake porn GIF. Read More »
Another big Cannes premiere this year was the crime drama Blood Ties, co-written by Two Lovers director James Gray, and the first English-language film directed by Guillaume Canet (Tell No One). The film has quite a cast, and a period ’70s setting in Brooklyn, as it remakes the 2008 French thriller Les liens du sang by Jacques Maillot.
The cast includes Matthias Schoenaerts and Marion Cotillard reuniting from Rust & Bone, but the prime cast members are Clive Owen andBilly Crudup, with Zoe Saldana, Mila Kunis, and James Caan. The plot relies on an old conceit: two brothers on opposite sides of the law. But there’s some changing of sides, and the ensemble cast expands the scope of the production by involving far more people than the two brothers.
Keep in mind, the trailer is not safe for work thanks to language. Read More »
The work of Joel and Ethan Coen owes much to many who went before them, but they have few equals. There is no body of work quite like theirs in the post-1980 film landscape. Even in the decades prior, only a handful of directors — Billy Wilder and Preston Sturges prominent among them — can rival the wellspring combination of humor, humanism, and pure verve that the Coens seem able to tap into almost at will. When all is said and done, the Coens will likely stand as two of the very best filmmakers, period. And we get to be around as they release new films every couple years. What a joy that is.
The Coens’ new film, Inside Llewyn Davis, premiered at Cannes this past weekend. Immediately it became the toast of the festival (so far), with effusive reviews praising its tone, humor, and performances. We’ve rounded up a few below, just to give you a hint of what’s being said, some of which helps put footage from the trailer into more context. Read More »
Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 46 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness.
Like a bird slingshotting into a pig-inhabited pile of bricks, Rovio Entertainment’s Angry Birds movie is picking up speed. Just a few days after Sony Pictures stepped up to distribute the film, Emmy-winning writer/producer Jon Vitti has been hired to script it. In addition, Catherine Winder has just stepped up to produce. Hit the jump to get all the details.
Hunter Killer has bounced between a couple of different directors over the past couple of years, and now it’s landed in the lap of yet another. McG is in talks to helm the military actioner, based on the novel Firing Point by Don Keith and George Wallace. The project puts him back in business with Relativity, which was also behind his upcoming Secret Service thriller Three Days to Kill. Get the details after the jump.
Seth MacFarlane‘s performance as Oscar host drew polarized reactions, but it was a proven success in at least one respect. The Family Guy funnyman managed to boost the ratings among audiences in general and younger viewers in particular, just as the Academy had hoped.
The organization was so happy with how things turned out, in fact, that they got producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meronback on board for next year’s festivities. Naturally, talk that MacFarlane could also return sprung up shortly afterward. However, MacFarlane has now spoken up (again) to say he will not host again — though he has one idea about who should replace him. Hit the jump to read his comments.
We’ll say this much for Dan Aykroyd: The guy does not give up easily. Despite years and years and years of setbacks on Ghostbusters 3, the former Dr. Stantz is still as determined as ever.
Indeed, he’s currently hopeful that production on the film could get under way by next year — and he’s more than happy to share the details on what we’ll see if and when it ever gets made. Apparently, the new plot involves particle physics and four new Ghostbusters. Hit the jump to get the dirt.