Christopher Walken pic

Barry Sonnenfeld has made some fine entertainment over the course of his career. In the 1990s, Sonnenfeld had a terrific run, directing Get ShortyMen in Black, and The Addams Family movies. Before turning towards directing, as a cinematographer, he shot Raising ArizonaMiller’s CrossingBigMisery, and Throw Momma from the Train. Since working on all of those memorable films, he’s directed some pictures–Wild Wild WestMen in Black II, and Big Trouble–that sorely missed the mark. Sonnenfeld’s next film, Nine Lives, about a man (Kevin Spacey) that gets turned into a cat, doesn’t look as appealing as his earlier efforts, but at the very least, it has Christopher Walken playing a cat whisper.

Below, watch a Nine Lives clip.

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The Family Fang trailer

Actor Jason Bateman made his feature directorial debut with the 2013 comedy, Bad Words. Bateman’s sophomore effort, The Family Fang, is a slightly less aggressive film. Bateman’s adaptation of Kevin Wilson‘s novel, written by David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole), simply called for a more reserved approach than his first film –although The Family Fang isn’t without its comedic moments, like when Bateman’s character gets beamed in the head by a potato gun.

The Family Fang stars Bateman, Nicole KidmanChristopher Walken, and Maryann Plunkett. Growing up, the Fang siblings were involved — or “used,” depending on how you look at it — in their parents’ performance art. When the famous performance artists go missing, the brother and sister (Bateman and Kidman) begin to dig deeper into the past, trying to understand the exact effect their parents had on them.

Read our Jason Bateman interview below.

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THE JUNGLE BOOK

Between Sean Parker’s Screening Room and AMC’s tentatively proposed (and quickly discarded) texting-allowed policy, we’ve seen a lot of debate in recent weeks about the sanctity (or lack thereof) of the theatrical experience. Cinephiles will swear up and down that a pristine movie theater is the only proper way to enjoy a movie — and I tend to agree — but the truth is that for a lot of moviegoers, the drawbacks outweigh the benefits. Why fork over $100 for tickets and popcorn and a babysitter, put up with screaming kids and sticky floors, when you can just rent something from the comfort of your own couch? So what if you’re missing out on 3D and giant screens and surround sound?

Jon Favreau‘s The Jungle Book is the answer to that “so what.” It’s a technical achievement on par with Avatar and Life of Pi, the kind of cutting-edge stunner that actually justifies all the extra premiums and hassles associated with 3D and the theater experience in general. If you’re planning to see this movie at all, see it in 3D while it’s still in theaters. The film’s heart and humor will still be intact when it reaches home video, and thank goodness for that, but the magic of its special effects is on another level altogether.  Read More »

?Jungle Book Questions

The Jungle Book is arguably director Jon Favreau‘s most ambitious film to date. The filmmaker behind Iron Man and Chef reimagines the 1967 Disney animated classic on a grand scale. 98% of The Jungle Book is CGI, and bringing those environments to life, over a two-year process, was quite an undertaking for Favreau and all involved.

With the film, which was actually influenced by the likes of Goodfellas and classic westerns, Favreau tells a surprisingly intimate comig-of-age tale on a massive canvas. To learn how the director and his team came together to retell author Rudyard Kipling‘s story, read our Jon Favreau interview below.

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The Family Fang trailer

Back in 2011, Nicole Kidman‘s Blossom Films and Olympus Films purchased the movie rights for Kevin Wilson‘s bestselling book, The Family Fang. Half a decade later, the adaptation is now reaching theaters. Directed by the film’s star, Jason Bateman, this marks the actor’s sophomore effort as a filmmaker.

Watch The Family Fang trailer below.

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THE JUNGLE BOOK Idris Elba / Shere Khan

Walt Disney Pictures has released a series of images featuring the cast of Jon Favreau‘s “live-action” adaptation of The Jungle Book posing next to their computer animated counterparts. Hit the jump to check out the photos, which I guess serve as a classier/better version of when companies like DreamWorks Animation would do a split screen showing an actor voicing his role during the trailer. Hit the jump to see the new Jungle Book photos.
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One More Time trailer

Despite his song-and-dance background, Christopher Walken didn’t fare too well as Captain Hook in NBC’s live staging of Peter Pan. But his turn as a Sinatra-esque crooner in One More Time already looks more convincing, at least based on the trailer.

Directed by Robert Edwards, the indie drama follows Walken’s aging musician character as he navigates a rocky relationship with his daughter Jude (Amber Heard), a gifted musician who can’t quite seem to get her life in gear. Kelli Garner stars as his other daughter, and Hamish LinklaterOliver Platt, and Ann Magnuson also star. Check out the One More Time trailer after the jump.  Read More »

The Jungle Book poster tryptic

Update From Editor Peter Sciretta: Disney has released the third and final piece of this triptych Jungle Book poster. The full triptych can be seen above, and see the final poster up close after the jump.

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THE JUNGLE BOOK

These live-action updates just keep coming. Disney has found massive success with reimagining their classic animated films, so obviously they’re going to keep going back to the well. The studio’s latest update is maybe their most ambitious remake to date. If the The Jungle Book Russian trailer is any indication, director Jon Favreau has some pretty high aspirations for the film.

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Quentin Tarantino's Original Pulp Fiction Cast Wish List

Quentin Tarantino has always been praised for his casting choices, and its obvious that the filmmaker puts a lot of thought into which actors might be good for which characters. The writer/director even seems to write certain roles for particular actors.  Now a copy of Quentin Tarantino’s cast wish-list for Pulp Fiction has made its way online, showing the filmmaker’s original choices for the film’s cast, from first choices to back-up/alternate choices.

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