Demolition trailer

I was a big fan of Jean-Marc Vallée‘s last film Wild, which featured Reese Witherspoon playing the real-life author Cheryl Strayed and taking on a physically impossible task as a means of working out issues in her personal life. When I heard Vallée would be directing a similar film with Jake Gyllenhaal, I was excited at what new aspects of the human spirit the movie might illuminate.

Demolition (out today in theaters) has many of the same virtues of Wild, only with a male protagonist. Both films are shot beautifully and have some of the best editing I’ve seen, using cuts in footage not just to convey the passage of time, but also to establish mood, and to explain a character’s mindset. On a technical, they are exceptionally executed.

Unfortunately, I found Demolition ultimately amounted to less than the sum of its parts. Hit the jump for my brief video review.

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A ‘Southpaw’ Re-Release is Coming

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Southpaw was a mild success. The Antoine Fuqua-directed boxing pic was forecast as an Awards contender, with plenty of buzz going around for Jake Gyllenhaal‘s performance. While the film might not go that distance, a Southpaw re-release is happening. So if you missed out on the pretty decent and pretty on-the-nose drama, it’s returning to theaters this Friday. Learn why after the jump.

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In early November, Summit Entertainment invited us to the editing room of Source Code, the second feature from Moon director Duncan Jones. During the visit, Duncan showed us the first 7 minutes of the film, and answered a bunch of questions from myself, Collider and FirstShowing. After the jump you can read the entire interview, and watch a very short video blog I recorded with Frosty from Collider.

Keep in mind, a lot has happened since this visit. It’s a whole new year for one, a trailer was released which shows a lot of plot elements Jones would only hint at during our interview (and much of which we had not seen at the time), and composer Clint Mansell is no longer scoring the project (you will notice a couple questions and answers about Clint’s score in the interview).
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Source Code UK Trailer

Summit Entertainment has released a UK movie trailer for Source Code, the sophomore feature from Moon director Duncan Jones on Heyuguys. The trailer begins much like the previously released domestic release, but varies a bit along the way and features a bunch of different footage along the way.

The script had high praise in industry circles and has a clever premise, basically a mystery thriller set in a ten minute span of time Groundhog Day-style. Jake Gyllenhall plays a soldier who is part of an experimental program to ferret out the origin of a terrorist attack on a train. His psyche is projected into the body of a passenger on the train, and he relives the attack multiple times as he tries to trace it back to the point of origin. Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga and Jeffrey Wright are in the cast as well. The Source Code script has had some revisions done by Billy Ray but was originally written by Ben Ripley.

Watch the trailer embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival has announced the opening night film for the 2011 festival. Source Code, the second film from Moon director Duncan Jones, will have its world premiere on March 11, 2011, the opening night of the fest. Read More »


Planetadisney has a new international poster for  Walt Disney Pictures big screen adaptation of the popular video game Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. I really don’t like this poster at all, and especially the obnoxiously loud tagline “COURAGE”.

Meanwhile, videogamemaker Ubisoft is reporting a $109 million loss on $232 million in sales during the first half of its fiscal year due to a lack of major titles, according to Variety. But the company is betting on the new Disney movie and a newly announced tie-in video game sequel, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, which will be timed with the Memorial Day release of the film, to turn things around.

If you haven’t seen the previously released trailers, you should check them out: Domestic Trailer 1 and International Trailer 1. Check out the full poster after the jump.

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It has been over a year since I boarded a plane to London to visit the Pinewood Studios set of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Disney’s big screen adaptation of the popular video game. It’s a one hour ride from our hotel near downtown London to Pinewood Studios. Prince of Persia has taken over the UK-based production studios, currently occupying eight out of ten of the sound-stages on the lot. Our shuttle driver drops us off on Goldfinger Ave, and we enter a building numbered Building Seven. Posters line the walls of every building in Pinewood, showing some of the many movies that have been filmed at the studio. In the lobby of Theater Seven, the posters include Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Hellboy 2, The Mutant Chronicles and Quantum of Solace. It is in this lobby that we meet with Michael Singer, the unit publicist for the production, who has been working for Jerry Bruckheimer for years.

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Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time

The latest issue of Empire Magazine features new photos from Disney’s big screen adaptation Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.

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Prince of Persia Movie Posters


Empire has the exclusive debut of two new UK posters for the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced adaptation of the Prince of Persia videogame series. And, oooh, they’re arty! At first glance, I thought Gemma Arterton‘s was a magazine cover, and Jake Gyllenhaal‘s image looks a bit like a prototype Criterion Collection cover from a couple years back. Don’t get me wrong; I like these images and am interested to see that Disney is promoting the film by taking a less obvious angle than “hey, big action movie!” Does the ad campaign mean that we’re actually in for something a little less standard than a version of Pirates of the Caribbean starring a muscly Jake? I hope so!

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