At the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, I was blown away by a film called (500) Days of Summer. When I interviewed director Marc Webb in Park City that year, he exclusively revealed that he was working with the 500 Days writing team of Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber on a adaptation of Tim Tharp‘s The Spectacular Now. Then, hot off the success of Summer, Webb got pulled away to do some little superhero movie reboot.
Cut to the 2010 Sundance Film Festival: Smashed became one of the top buzz films of the festival with a critically acclaimed tour de force performance from Mary Elizabeth Winstead and an incredibly raw filmmaking style that put director James Ponsoldt on our must-watch list. So when it was announced that Ponsoldt would be taking over as director on The Spectacular Now, we were excited. And the movie does not disappoint.
The Spectacular Now is everything I hope a Sundance movie to be. It has heart, many laughs, story twists that will jolt you from your seat, and most importantly, the film speaks to a deep truth. It is an honest coming of age film about growing up and facing the great unknown that comes after high school, something we can all remember and relate to. But it tells that story without the forced nostalgia of other Hollywood films.
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Posted on Thursday, December 6th, 2012 by Angie Han
By now, it’s become a familiar pattern: A brilliant series gets cancelled, movie sequel rumors begin to circulate, and for the next several years the actors, filmmakers, writers, and producers involved with the show drop encouraging but vague soundbites about the project. Eventually, public interest usually just peters out. In rare cases, something actually gets made.
Friday Night Lights is currently in the “vague soundbites” phase, and for the past year and a half we’ve been hearing from show creator Peter Berg and others that the movie was in the works. But star Kyle Chandler, apparently has no interest in teasing a potential return. In fact, he doesn’t think the movie is even such a hot idea. Read his comments after the jump.
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The ad campaign for Kathryn Bigelow‘s Zero Dark Thirty, which chronicles the mission that led to the killing of Osama Bin Laden by a Navy SEAL team, has been pretty low-key so far. But then, the studio hasn’t had to do much, as there has been a fair amount of publicity for the movie thanks to accusations that the original October release date was meant to remind audiences of President Obama’s role in the mission, just before the Presidential election takes place. There have been far more serious (but unproven) allegations that the film is based on access to classified data that was given illegally to the production.
Now it’s time to move beyond those talking points to look at the actual film. Derspite featuring Joel Edgerton, Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt, Kyle Chandler, Mark Strong, and Jason Clarke, the teaser trailer showed few faces, and relied upon audio montage to set up the story of the hunt for Bin Laden. A few images later gave us a bit more. Now you can see a lot more of Bigelow’s follow-up to The Hurt Locker, in the full trailer below. Read More »
The lone secret premiere of the 2011 Telluride Film Festival ended up being Ben Affleck‘s dramatic thriller Argo.
I’ve never understood the negativity regularly thrown at Ben Affleck. When given the right material, he’s delivered some great performances as an actor (Good Will Hunting, Shakespeare in Love, Boiler Room, Hollywoodland…etc). And in recent years he’s made the transition and proven himself to be a great director (Gone Baby Gone, The Town). Argo is his third feature film and it’s his smartest yet.
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Posted on Monday, August 6th, 2012 by Angie Han
A day after Aaron Sorkin presented his take on the death of Osama bin Laden in HBO’s time-delayed drama The Newsroom, The Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow is getting ready to present hers. Which, as you might expect, looks a bit more action-oriented than his did.
Starring Joel Edgerton, Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt, Kyle Chandler, Mark Strong, Jason Clarke, and many more exciting names, Zero Dark Thirty follows the Navy SEAL Team 6 in their ultimately successful hunt for the al Qaeda leader. The very first teaser for the controversial drama has just dropped, and you can watch it after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, June 14th, 2012 by Angie Han
Hugo director Martin Scorsese and The Artist star Jean Dujardin were probably rooting against each other at this year’s Oscars, when both of their films were up for Best Picture. But they could find themselves on the same side for the 2014 ceremonies.
The French actor has just entered talks for The Wolf of Wall Street, Scorsese’s adaptation of Jordan Belfort‘s memoir about living it up as a hard-partying broker in the ’80s. Dujardin joins Leonardo DiCaprio, who’s set for the lead, along with Jonah Hill and Kyle Chandler. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, May 10th, 2012 by Angie Han
Over the five seasons that he played Coach Taylor on Friday Night Lights, Kyle Chandler perfected the art of the stern talking-to. In fact, a lot of the time, he didn’t even have to open his mouth — just a disapproving scowl was enough to get even the most unruly teen football players in line. Now Chandler will try to work a similar magic on Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill in Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street, an adaptation of Jordan Belfort‘s ’80s Wall Street memoir of the same title. More details after the jump.
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“This is the best bad idea we have, sir, by far.”
Here’s the trailer for Argo, Ben Affleck‘s third film as director. The film follows the efforts of an operation to rescue six diplomats hiding in Tehran during the Iranian revolution in 1979. The trailer begins in serious political thriller mode before the real plan is revealed and it moves into an Oceans Eleven tone for a moment. But it swings back as the real importance of the mission becomes clear.
This trailer demonstrates that the material could really put Affleck to the test as he has to balance a tricky combination of tones and situations. But his cast is excellent: Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Zeljko Ivanek, Richard Kind, Scoot McNairy, Chris Messina, Michael Parks, Kerry Bishe, Kyle Chandler, Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall, Victor Garber, and Taylor Schilling. The footage looks great, and keeps this locked as one of our most anticipated movies of the year. Check out the trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, February 23rd, 2012 by Angie Han
Perhaps the reason Kathryn Bigelow has yet to decide on a title for her upcoming Osama bin Laden thriller is that she’s simply been too busy assembling a large, impressive cast. Jason Clarke (The Wettest County in the World) was the first to board back in November, and since then, Joel Edgerton, Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt, Mark Strong, Edgar Ramirez, and
Coach Taylor Kyle Chandler have all signed on for the picture as well. Now the latest additions are Jennifer Ehle, Harold Perrineau, and Nash Edgerton (yep, Joel’s brother). More after the jump.
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