Me and Earl and the Dying Girl review

On paper, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl doesn’t seem particularly exciting. An adaptation of a book by Jesse Andrews, it’s the story of a high school senior who is forced to become friends with a school acquaintance who is diagnosed with leukemia.

Interesting, yes but not that exciting. Thankfully, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl isn’t merely on paper. It’s a film — in fact, a film that loves film, celebrates film, and is very much about the medium – with beautiful shot composition, tense long takes and elaborate tracking shots. It tells a touching and incredibly funny story with very realistic, honest characters and enough self-awareness to make it all feel modern. Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and adapted by Andrews, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl had its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival this weekend. Read our Me and Earl and the Dying Girl review here. Read More »

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Just hours after Tom Hardy dropped out of Suicide Squad, word spread that Jake Gyllenhaal could replace him. But then just days after that, we heard Gyllenhaal had opted to pass, which leaves David Ayer‘s comic book movie with a gap to be filled.

Naturally, the rumor mill is only too happy to help fill it. The latest word is that Joel Edgerton and Jon Bernthal are both in the running to play Suicide Squad‘s Rick Flagg. Meanwhile, reports are also circulating that Gary Sinise and Joe Manganiello are in contention for other roles. Get all the latest Suicide Squad casting rumors after the jump.  Read More »

Escape From New York Wishlist

I think I’ve been guardedly positive about the Escape From New York remake in the past, but today I’m not feeling so charitable. This shouldn’t be a thing. But it might still be a thing, and a new report lists three names that top the Escape From New York wishlist for stars. Sitting right at the top is Charlie Hunnam, of Sons of Anarchy and Pacific Rim. Read More »

Fury footage

As generous as David Ayer has been about sharing behind-the-scenes photos from his World War II tank drama Fury, we’ve been dying to see some actual footage from the film. Now, thanks to E3, we have.

A new featurette offers our first peek at some Fury footage, along with some brief comments by Ayer, stars Jon Bernthal, Michael Peña, Logan Lerman, Shia LaBeouf, and more. Brad Pitt leads the cast as the team’s tough-as-nails leader, Wardaddy. Watch the video after the jump.

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Brad Pitt in Fury

If you liked Brad Pitt as Lt. Aldo Raine in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, then David Ayer‘s new film may be right up your alley. We’ve seen many glimpses of the WWII tank squad movie already, as Ayer was generous with Instagram posts as he shot the film. But here’s the official first look at Brad Pitt in Fury, playing a guy with the intimidating nickname “Wardaddy.” Read More »

Brad Pitt in Inglourious Basterds

Four years after Inglourious Basterds (pictured above), Brad Pitt is heading back to World War II to take another crack at destroying the Nazis. But this time around, he’ll take a very different approach.

Pitt leads the cast of David Ayer‘s Fury, which follows a heroic attempt by a Sherman tank crew to fight the bad guys from behind enemy lines. Also along for the ride are Shia LaBeouf, Michael Peña, Logan Lerman, and Jon Bernthal. The first photo from the film has just dropped, and you can check it out after the jump.

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Mob City

After his unceremonious exit from The Walking Dead, Frank Darabont returns to television this year with a whole new project that has nothing to do with the undead — but plenty, still, to do with monsters.

The six-episode TNT series Mob City (formerly titled L.A. Noir and then Lost Angels) chronicles the war between gangsters and cops in ’40s Los Angeles, which gets kicked up to a whole new level once the LAPD forms a specialized mob squad.

Walking Dead alums Jon Bernthal and Jeffrey DeMunn join Darabont on the new project, along with Ed Burns, Neal McDonough, Jeremy Luke, and many more. Watch the first trailer and get more details after the jump.

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The story of Jackie Robinson is one of the most important stories in sports history, but it is also one of the most important social stories of the 20th century. As the first black ballplayer in Major League Baseball, Robinson became one of the focal points at an early stage in the ever-evolving shift in American race relations. Which is to say that he was subjected to the same scorn, intimidation, and attacks as many other black men and women, but on a much larger scale.

The first full trailer for 42 is a dramatic, energetic thing, but it is also infuriating. It recreates some of our worst behavior in broad strokes, and even if the actions seen here are dramatically enhanced, the core attitudes and behavior have an inarguable basis in history. And while 42 sports Harrison Ford grumping and growling his way through some pretty impressive makeup, there’s enough of a sense of reality in this footage to make the intimidation of Robinson (played by Chadwick Boseman) have serious impact. Presumably, that will also make his eventual victory and acceptance pay off with the power of a grand slam. Read More »

Thanks to Independence Day, it’s been a fairly slow week for film news — but it looks like the TV folks have been keeping themselves plenty busy over the past few days. After the jump:

  • Danny McBride talks the surprise fourth season of Eastbound & Down
  • Fraggle Rock spin-off, The Doozers, will shoot in Canada this month
  • Watch a teaser for Jerry Seinfeld‘s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
  • Frank Darabont‘s L.A. Noir pics show Jon Bernthal and Simon Pegg

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