I was watching Gone Girl for the fourth time and admiring how David Fincher (and his cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth) majestically shot Ben Affleck‘s character Nick Dunne’s cat and I began to wonder about the cat’s true role in the story. The cat is featured too prominently to be just a background prop. What did the cat mean?
As I thought about this I began to realize that there had been a lot of big screen kitties this year. The New York Times notes in their review that “cats are the new dogs,” and judging from the list of animals in this article, they might be right. But as I started to think about it more, it wasn’t just cats but dogs and some actually amazing performances by other animals in this past year of film. So the list of best animal performances of 2014 grew and grew. After the jump you will find my examination of why 2014 was the year of animal movie performances and what it all means. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 by Angie Han
Today’s Sequel Bits involves a bit of casting, a bit of un-casting, lots of movie star quotes and, best of all, Jeff Goldblum. After the jump:
- Bill & Ted 3 is “closer, but no closer,” says Keanu Reeves
- Jason Schwartzman offers a Bored to Death update
- Super Troopers 2 will definitely involve mustaches
- Jeremy Renner continues to talk about Bourne
- Karl Urban claims Star Trek 3 is “phenomenal”
- There’s a place for Jeff Goldblum in Independence Day 2
- Chinese actress Zhang Jingchu boards Mission: Impossible 5
- Ted 2 fires 7th Heaven actor Stephen Collins amid scandal
- Ed Helms‘ Vacation sequel gets a fall 2015 release date
- Bond 24 adds Rome to its list of awesome locations
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Posted on Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 by Angie Han
To put it mildly, Johnny Depp is not exactly at a high point in his career. He hasn’t had a solid hit since the last Pirates of the Caribbean movie, and his last three starring roles were outright flops. But on the bright side, he’ll have plenty of opportunities to redeem himself in the near future.
One of those chances arrives next February in the form of a goofy comedy. Depp plays the title character in Mortdecai, a roguish art dealer racing to recover a stolen painting that could lead to Nazi gold. The first Mortdecai trailer has just been released, and you can watch it after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 by Angie Han
The Grand Budapest Hotel has already opened in theaters and even set a box office record. But it’s set to expand into even more markets over the next few weeks, so Fox Searchlight is giving the picture a marketing boost with a new red band trailer.
Now, this is still Wes Anderson we’re talking about, so as red-band trailers go it’s not so scandalous. There’s some cursing, a bit of nudity, and a brief glimpse of fellatio, and that’s about it in terms of objectionable material. Still, if you haven’t seen this movie yet, the promo will offer some new footage. Watch it after the jump.
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The good, the bad and the ugly, it’s all in this edition of Sequel Bits. Below, read about the following.
- Jeff Goldblum was not asked to return for Jurassic World.
- Cabin Fever: Patient Zero will be out this summer.
- See some new character posters from How to Train Your Dragon 2.
- Will Packer and Tim Story offer up some hints on Ride Along 2.
- Listen to Optimus Prime himself, Peter Cullen, voicing new Transformers toys.
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Posted on Friday, February 28th, 2014 by Angie Han
Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel is so meticulously art-directed that at times, it looks more like a painstakingly handcrafted animation than an actual live-action film. And as it turns out, there was an animated version once upon a time, before production officially began.
Star Jeff Goldblum revealed that, as part of his creative process, Anderson had created a sort of early draft of The Grand Budapest Hotel using animatics and voicing all the characters himself. “You could see the whole movie,” Goldblum recalled. More details, including when and where you might see it, after the jump.
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We just saw a new poster for The Grand Budapest Hotel, from Wes Anderson, and that image featured portraits of the individuals in the huge ensemble cast. Now there’s a new trailer, and it is all about introducing the characters played by the whole bunch.
Along the way, we get a better outline of how the film fits together, starting from the point where F. Murray Abraham, seemingly as an older version of the young Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori), narrates his story to the young writer played by Jude Law. There’s so much here: Harvey Keitel’s prison tattoos, Jeff Goldblum channeling J.K. Simmons’ character from Burn After Reading, and Tilda Swinton swaddled in old-age makeup, for starters.
It looks like a screwy comedy, with everyone having a hell of a time, but there are shadows of more serious events here, too. And, for everything that’s in this trailer, it doesn’t seem to give too much away. Read More »
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Any “most anticipated of 2014″ lists we run here will likely feature Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel, which opens in March of next year. Anticipation comes not just based on the fact of a new Anderson movie, but the ensemble cast that always comes with such an endeavor.
This time, it’s Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, and Saoirse Ronan, for starters, who will wear the meticulously designed, Anderson-approved costumes. You can see them all in a new poster below, in advance of a new trailer tomorrow (Thursday, Dec 19). Read More »