Jeremy Saulnier is putting together the follow-up to his excellent thriller Blue Ruin, and he’s got a cast that makes the film an instant lock to see. Anton Yelchin, Alia Shawkat and Imogen Poots all star in Green Room, which Saulnier wrote and will direct. But it’s the most recent addition that will probably get your attention. Patrick Stewart has joined the cast to play the leader of a bunch of “white power skinheads.” Read More »
Yesterday we saw the trailer for Dying of the Light, the new film directed by Paul Schrader from his own script, with Nicolas Cage and Anton Yelchin starring as intelligence agents. But there’s some troubled backstory to the movie, and it isn’t really Schrader’s film now. He was locked out of the edit as the producers took over final cut and added their own score. Nicolas Winding Refn, who is on the film as exec producer, called the process “artistic disrespect.” Now the creators have lodged a creative Dying of the Light protest.
Schrader can’t talk about it because of the non-disparagement clause in his contract. So he, Refn, and his stars have posed wearing shirts bearing the text of that contract. Those images accompany a statement from the director, released today. Read More »
In Dying of the Light Nicolas Cage plays an intelligence agent who wants to do something worth remembering. Based on the Dying of the Light trailer, Nic Cage may not achieve the same thing in this movie.
We’ve followed the film’s strange history for a while: scripted by Paul Schrader, Dying of the Light was originally going to be directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, with Harrison Ford in the lead. But Ford and Refn had creative differences and that version fell apart. Eventually Schrader directed the film with Cage starring and Refn acting as exec producer. But there has been conflict between Schrader and the film’s primary producers, resulting in a final edit that does not involve the director. Check out the trailer below to see a representation of what will hit theaters in December. Read More »
That shot above is the first look at Nicolas Cage, Anton Yelchin and Irène Jacob in the new Paul Schrader film, Dying of the Light. Cage plays a CIA agent whose vision is failing as he undertakes his final mission.
Schrader scripted the movie in 2010, and it was once set to be directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. After Refn’s plan to make the film with Harrison Ford failed due to creative differences between director and star, Refn stepped back to a producer role while Schrader took the director’s chair. Along with this image comes some controversy about the film’s cut, and the departure of Schrader, which you can read more about below. Read More »
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Paramount Home Video recently released Star Trek: The Compendium which collects JJ Abrams‘ Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, alongside a collection of new extra features. One of the extras is the Star Trek Into The Darkness blooper reel, which is now available to watch online. Watch the hilarious six-minute Star Trek Into The Darkness blooper reel now embedded after the jump.
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Michael Almereyda is the latest to tweak William Shakespeare’s work to suit his purposes. Almereyda’s Cymbeline sees him teaming one more with Ethan Hawke, who starred in the director’s Hamlet in 2000. Cymbeline envisions the original text as “an epic battle between dirty cops and a drug dealing biker gang set in a corruption-riddled America.” Ed Harris also stars, along with Milla Jovovich, John Leguizamo, Penn Badgley, Dakota Johnson and Anton Yelchin. Check out the new Cymbeline trailer below, along with a new clip. Read More »
The first Rudderless trailer and poster are here. Directed by William H. Macy, making his feature debut, the film stars Billy Crudup as Sam, a father who loses his son. Racked with depression, Sam eventually finds solace in his son’s original music. He performs the songs at an open mic, and eventually becomes popular because of the music. This creates quite the moral dilemma, as Sam is reaping the rewards of son’s genius without giving credit. From there, the film takes a dark twist that changes everything entirely.
Rudderless premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year and I wrote a review which you can read here. It’s an uneven, but very interesting film with great music and performances by Crudup and co-stars Anton Yelchin, Selena Gomez, Laurence Fishburne and Felicity Huffman. It’ll hit theaters and VOD on October 17 and now you can see it for yourself. The Rudderless trailer and poster are below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 by Angie Han
Way back in February 2011, we told you that Anton Yelchin had been cast as the title character in Stephen Sommers‘ Odd Thomas. Based on the novel by Dean Koontz, the supernatural thriller follows a fry cook who can communicate with the dead — and is also, therefore, the only person who can stop the evil forces threatening to take over his town.
Production began not long after that, but then Odd Thomas got caught up in a bunch of legal disputes, and it became unclear whether we’d ever see it at all. But lo and behold, the film is finally set for release next month, and we’ve got the first trailer to prove it. Watch it after the jump.
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Just when you thought you’d seen William H. Macy do everything, he steps behind the camera with his feature debut Rudderless. Macy co-wrote and directs a complex story of love, loss, friendship and music. Billy Crudup stars as Sam, the successful father of a boy who dies in a school shooting. After years of grief, Sam comes to realize his son was a very talented budding musician. With the help of another young musician named Quentin (Anton Yelchin), the two bring his music to the public.
Rudderless starts like an upbeat, uplifting film. It doesn’t finish there, however, instead delving into much darker issues along the way. These deeper themes definitely distinguish the film from the usual fare, but Macy’s direction in both parts doesn’t feel cohesive. The change is jarring and some of the goodwill the film has earned goes away at the shift. Still, it’s touching movie with a fantastic lead performance and even better music. Read More »
Jacob Gentry has been making movies for a long time; he made his first feature almost ten years ago, and hit the Sundance jackpot as one of the creators of The Signal in 2007. Earlier this fall we featured Gentry’s two-part short film / music video — both parts embedded below –for the forthcoming Broken Bells album ‘After the Disco.’ (The album arrives in early January.)
The short features Anton Yelchin and Kate Mara as a couple who find one another through a sort of science fiction dreamscape. Together with the performances, Gentry uses great visuals and Broken Bells’ cinema-ready music to create a vision where dreamers can get lost in their own desires.
I sat down with Gentry in LA not long ago to talk about the process of creating the video, and we ended up talking a lot about core concepts of directing. I always love hearing how a small project comes together to be more than the sum of its parts, but it was Gentry’s talk about the actual craft of directing that I think are really great for other young directors to read. Read More »