James Franco has a well-established image at this point: the indulgent artist, who flies from one project to another seemingly based only on whim. Never mind that he can be a powerful actor, and that he is producing and finishing more work than almost anyone else out there. He’s just so… present. How dare you work too much, James Franco!?
Maladies, directed by the artist called Carter, seems to toy with that image by dropping it into the framework of a wacky romcom. Think Benny & Joon, but instead of Johnny Depp playing at being Chaplin, James Franco plays an actor names James who deals with some mental health issues as his career flounders. There’s a good supporting cast in place (induing Catherine Keener and David Strathairn) who you’ll see a good deal of in the trailer below. Read More »
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It’s flying a bit under the radar, but there’s a new Jackass movie coming out this weekend. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa comes from the same twisted minds who brought us the violent, hilarious TV show and three feature films. This time though, they’re coming at the idea from a different point of view. In Bad Grandpa, instead of building a film around stunts, director Jeff Tremaine and star Johnny Knoxville tell a narrative story featuring unassuming real people shot reality style, like Sacha Baron Cohen did in Borat and Bruno. That story follows Jackass character Irving Zisman (Knoxville) who travels across country with his 8-year-old grandson (Jackson Nicoll) in tow.
On the last few Jackass films so much footage hit the cutting room floor, they were able to release unofficial sequels (dubbed “.5″) on DVD. Knoxville confirmed the same will happen on Bad Grandpa. The difference this time is the new film will feature two Oscar-nominees cut out of the theatrical cut: Spike Jonze and Catherine Keener. Read More »
Posted on Monday, August 26th, 2013 by Angie Han
These days, the word “piracy” more readily brings to mind tech-savvy downloaders scouring Google than dangerous criminals sailing the high seas. But in 2009, the capture of the MV Maersk Alabama by Somali pirates served as an unhappy reminder that the latter kind haven’t entirely disappeared.
Paul Greengrass‘ Captain Phillips chronicles the dramatic hijacking and the events that followed, with Tom Hanks in the title role. The newest international trailer features just as much intense action as the earlier domestic ones have, but also offers some more insight into Phillips’ personal life. Check it out after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 by Angie Han
Enough Said features what sounds like a stock romcom premise: girl meets boy, girl befriends other girl, girl finds out that other girl and boy used to be married, and subsequently starts questioning the relationship. But with Nicole Holofcener in the director’s chair, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, and Catherine Keener in the leads, it’s probably safe to expect something unusually clever and witty to come out of the concept.
The first full-length trailer has hit the web in advance of the film’s upcoming premiere, and you can see it after the jump.
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Movie stars, directors, producers and writers get the credit, but without concept artists they’d be nowhere. That goes double for an animated feature like The Croods, which is about an isolated family discovering a world of wonder and beauty they never thought imaginable.
The film, featuring the voices of Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds Emma Stone, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke and Cloris Leachman, is out March 22 and it’ll be followed by The Art of the Croods, a hardcover book with over 400 pieces of concept art written by Noela Hueso.
/Film is proud to exclusively debut five piece of Croods concept art from the book, each showing a beautiful new facet of the DreamWorks film. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 by Angie Han
DreamWorks Animation doesn’t have quite the consistent track record that Pixar does, but when they get it right, they really get it right. Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon have been among the best non-Disney animated features in recent years, and Madagascar is the rare franchise that seems to be improving with each installment.
Their next project combines Dragon co-director Chris Sanders and Space Chimps writer-director Kirk De Micco with a star-studded cast (Emma Stone, Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, etc.) to tell the tale of a prehistoric family venturing out of their cave to explore the strange, colorful world outside. Check out a new sneak peek after the jump.
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DreamWorks just took a giant bath on Rise of the Guardians, but is soldiering on with the task of selling its upcoming slate. The next release from the company’s animation arm is The Croods, an Ice Age-style story about a prehistoric human family who daughter (voiced by Emma Stone) is desperate to explore the outside world. The Croods are forced out of their cave only to come face to face with a strapping young hero (voiced by Ryan Reynolds) willing to guide them away from the end of the world.
This new trailer isn’t as effective as the first teaser was, in part, I think, because it focuses on goofier lowbrow humor, rather than spectacle. But there’s an audience that will love this, I’m sure, so have a look below. Read More »
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Not to make things confusing, but there are two similarly titled films which feature sets of powerful actors in music-related stories. One is Quartet (the current title, at least), which happens to be Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut. And then there is A Late Quartet, which premieres tonight in Toronto, and is from director Yaron Zilberman with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Christopher Walken, and Imogen Poots starring.
Walken plays a musician diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, who structures a performance as his farewell bow. It’s lovely to see Walken turning in a moderated, even restrained performance, and in general the work of the actors looks like it should be enough to draw anyone in. Check out the trailer below. Read More »