Posted on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 by Jacob Hall
The first trailer for The Discovery, which arrived shortly before the film’s world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival last month, was all about unnerving imagery and unsettling questions without answers. The new trailer slows down just enough to explain what the movie is actually about…which only means more unnerving imagery and even more unsettling questions. The film has a great hook: what if scientists discovered that the afterlife is real, leading millions of people to commit suicide to get there faster? What would the world look like? This new preview offers a few hints.
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We could have an argument all day about whether it’s more difficult to create a multi-million dollar, visual effects spectacular blockbuster or an independent film with a budget that is spread too thin. But there’s something extremely impressive about a high-concept sci-fi drama doing something so grand and ambitious with so few resources. Such is the case with the new film from The One I Love director Charlie McDowell.
The Discovery takes place in a world where Dr. Thomas Harber (Robert Redford) has proved that an afterlife exists. This revelation has prompted a huge increase in suicide in the two years since his historic finding, over four million and counting, with more being added everyday as people “celebrate” the anniversary of the discovery. The premise itself is intriguing enough, but this is just the beginning of the remarkable, fascinating, thought-provoking indie sci-fi film.
Read the rest of our The Discovery review after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
How about this for a high concept: scientists have proven that the afterlife exists, leading to millions of people all over the world killing themselves so they can get there faster. Against this bizarre backdrop, characters played by Jason Segel and Rooney Mara fall in love. That’s the premise of The Discovery, a new film set to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival that has already been acquired by Netflix.
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Charlie McDowell recently shot his second feature film, The Discovery. The sci-fi film is his follow-up to the high-concept drama The One I Love, a promising, small-scale directorial debut. While his new feature doesn’t sound much bigger in scope, its cast is certainly larger than the two-person show McDowell previously directed. The Discovery stars Rooney Mara , Robert Redford, Jason Segel, Jesse Plemmons, and Riley Keough. Netflix has acquired the global rights to McDowell’s next feature, which we’ll see in 2017.
Below, learn more about The Discovery.
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Posted on Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 by Angie Han
Are there too many sequels? Brad Bird kinda thinks so, and he’s the one working on The Incredibles 2. Also after the jump:
- Vin Diesel has quietly revealed the title of xXx 3
- Will Smith says Bad Boys 3 is coming in the next 12-16 years
- Simon Pegg never plans to direct a Star Trek movie
- Jason Segel is writing, not directing, the Lego Movie spinoff
- Christoph Waltz has had it with those Blofeld rumors
- Katniss joins her “star squad” in a new Mockingjay Part 2 clip
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This fall we’ll see Hugh Jackman and Rooney Mara on screen together in Pan (watch the latest trailer right here), and the two stars were meant to reunite on Collateral Beauty, the next film from Me and Earl and the Dying Girl director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. But Jackman ended up falling away from the project, and a replacement has been sought over the past month or so.
Recently Johnny Depp was tipped as a potential replacement, but instead another international superstar has stepped up to the plate with Will Smith taking the lead role in the drama that still has Rooney Mara attached as the female lead. Find out more about Will Smith in Collateral Beauty after the jump! Read More »
You’re going to hear a lot about Me and Earl and the Dying Girl as the film hits theaters this summer. The indie was a Sundance darling (I haven’t seen it, but Peter and Germain loved it) and its director, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, quickly lined up a second film. That movie, Collateral Beauty, features Hugh Jackman and Rooney Mara in the lead roles.
Now Jason Segel — whose own Sundance movie, The End of The Tour, features a career-best performance — has also signed on. We’ve got a bit more of the Jason Segel Collateral Beauty casting news below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 by Angie Han
It’s been seven years since David Foster Wallace died, but his influence still lingers, and will for years to come. In The End of the Tour, Jesse Eisenberg plays a Rolling Stone journalist who reflects on the time he spent with the author (played by Jason Segel), shortly after Infinite Jest made him a literary rock star.
James Ponsoldt directed the film, and his knack for genuine, heartfelt drama shines through in the first The End of the Tour trailer. Check it out after the jump. Read More »
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Warner Bros. is Lego crazy. The studio did so well with The Lego Movie that a sequel has been set, and that film’s version of Batman is being spun off into his own movie. Plus there’s the Lego Ninjago movie already set for release in 2016. Now Warners is developing yet another Lego spin-off movie, called Billion Brick Race.
We don’t know the plot of the film, but it sounds like a Lego version of The Cannonball Run, or of The Amazing Race. But we do know that Jason Segel and Drew Pearce will write and co-direct it. Read More »
Briefly: One of the best films of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, James Ponsoldt‘s The End of the Tour, just got a release date. It’ll begin a limited release July 31 from A24, with an eye on an eventual Oscar run.
The film tells the true story of a days-long interview between literary sensation David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel, who has rarely been better) and Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg). We loved it at Sundance and you can read our review here. Thompson on Hollywood has a write up on how the summer release date won’t hurt its Oscar chances. Thoughts on The End of the Tour release date?