POTD: Vanity Fair’s 2014 Hollywood Issue Cover

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It may not be a tradition as entrenched as the Golden Globes drunkenness or office Oscar pools, but for the past twenty years the Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue has been a fun fixture of awards season. The magazine gathers up the brightest stars of the year, pretties them up and poses them just so, and snaps a photo that simultaneously celebrates the year that was and looks ahead at the years to come.

This year’s choices are a nice mix of established A-listers (George Clooney, Julia Roberts), rising veterans (Chiwetel Ejiofor, Idris Elba), and exciting fresh faces (Lupita Nyong’o, Margot Robbie). Hit the jump to see the full spread.

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Dallas Buyers Club

Matthew McConaughey had quite the year last year, but 2013 isn’t looking so bad, either. Following up another impressive turn in Jeff Nichols’ Mud, he’ll next be starring in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, and then  Dallas Buyers Club, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée.

At the center of the story is Ron Woodroof, a Texas man diagnosed with HIV in the early days of the disease. Desperate to live and running out of time, he starts looking into alternative treatments from other countries, and eventually smuggling them in to share with a “buyers club” of other HIV-positive people. The first trailer has just hit, and you can see it after the jump.

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Mr. Nobody Trailer

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The first trailer for Mr. Nobody is now online for the second time, courtesy of Quiet Earth. Earlier this week a version dubbed into French popped up in a few places, but despite being the latest from Belgian director Jaco van Dormael, Mr. Nobody is in fact an English language movie and this is our first chance to hear the on-screen performers deliver their dialogue. The full promo has been embedded below the break and I recommend it fully.

The film stars Jared Leto, Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger and Rhys Ifans and, judging by this trailer, Daniel Mays has a pretty tasty role too. I shared the following synopsis of the film when I posted some stills from the film a few months back:

Mr. Nemo Nobody is 35 years old and lives an ordinary life with his wife and three kids but, somehow, he one day wakes up in the swimming pool of an opulent mansion in the year 2092. Not only is he the oldest man in the entire world, at 120, he’s also the only mortal man – nobody else is ever going to die. He tries to work out what is real, and if his real life is the one he should have lived.

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Chapter 27 Movie Poster

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Besides those who imagine La Lohan giving a great performance as a groupie, there is not much general interest in Chapter 27, the indie film opening March 28th about John Lennon’s murderer, Mark David Chapman, starring an obese Jared Leto. Peter hated it (4/10), and the movie has a 5.7 rating on IMDB from its run on the festival circuit; but there remains a vocal minority of sane people online that really digs this film, and the performance from Leto (Fight Club, Requiem for a Dream) most of all.

MTV got dibbs on the one sheet and it’s actually quite effective I think, making Chapman feel elusive, unsettling and spooky. Oh, who I am kidding, it’s Jared Leto with a double chin wearing pedophile glasses. You know you wanna click. Full poster after the jump.

Discuss: Defenders? Please explain.

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Movie Review: Lonely Hearts

Lonely HeartsDirected by Todd Robinson, grandson of the main character of this true-story film, Lonely Hearts is an interesting story that explores the psychology of two lovers and notorious killers, and the detectives that seek to catch them.  Lonely Hearts takes place in the 1940s, where detective Elmer C. Robinson (John Travolta) is investigating a string of murders committed by lovers Martha Beck (Selma Hayek) and Raymond Fernandez (Jared Leto), known as the Lonely Hearts Killers.  Raymond crosses the country with Martha, who poses as his sister, luring lonely rich women into his arms.  The two then mercilessly kill the women and take their money.
This story has been made into film twice before.  What makes this incarnation unique is the fact that Robinson chooses to focus on his grandfather Elmer Robinson as the main character, rather than the killers themselves.  This allows for a deep and near-perfect psychological depiction of Detective Robinson, as he deals with not only his investigation of the cruel cold blooded murderers, but also his own family life, which is falling apart after the death of his wife. 

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Lonely Hearts PosterTodd Robinson’s Lonely Hearts premiered at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival to a good response, and hasn’t been heard from since. But now the movie will get a limited bow on April 13th 2007, and we have all the new marketing materials.

The film stars John Travolta, James Gandolfini, Jared Leto (before the weight gain), and Salma Hayek.

Here’s the official synopsis:

An absorbing true story about serial killers on the lam, LONELY HEARTS is based on the murder spree of Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez during the late 1940s and Detective Elmer C. Robinson’s participation in their capture, incarceration and subsequent executions.

The murders are bloody and demented as lovers Ray and Martha travel together, Ray seducing lonely, vulnerable women, milking them of their money, then killing them. All the while Martha falls deeper into obsession for Ray, convinced of their undying bond because he kills for her, and ultimately drawn to participate in the grotesque crimes. They’re a dangerous duo who leave a bloody trail behind.

In the late 1940s, Detective Elmer C. Robinson of the Nassau County Police Department, helped to capture and convict Lonely Hearts killers Raymond Fernandez and Martha Jule Beck. In 1951, he witnessed their executions at Sing Sing Prison and the experience changed his life.

He was my grandfather. This is his story.

Left click on the poster for a high resolution version. Below you can watch the trailer and check out the production stills.

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Sundance: Chapter 27 Movie Review

Chapter 27

“I believe in Holden Caulfield and what he was saying… What he was saying to a lost generation.”

Chapter 27 reenacts the final moments before Mark David Chapman murdered John Lennon. The title is a play on J.D. Salinger’s classic novel The Catcher in the Rye, which ends on chapter 26. Chapman related and modeled his life after the book’s main character Holden Caulfield.
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