Cameron Crowe‘s track record has been hit or miss as of late. Elizabethtown drew limp reviews and even limper box office totals; We Bought a Zoo fared a bit better but quickly faded from memory; and Aloha was famous mostly for its bizarre casting of Emma Stone as a part-Asian character. But we’re in his corner here at /Film (it’s practically a running joke how many of us consider Almost Famous among our favorite films of all time), so we’ve got high hopes for his foray into television with Roadies.
As the title suggests, the new Showtime drama centers on a group of backstage workers following a hit arena band on a 60-show, 43-city tour. The premise seems just about perfect for Crowe, whose passion for music is outweighed only by his identification with “the uncool” — the earnest and vulnerable and romantic outsiders surrounding the cool guys on stage. Luke Wilson, Carla Gugino, Imogen Poots, Rafe Spall, and Keisha Castle-Hughes are among the main cast. Watch the latest Roadies teaser trailer after the jump. Read More »
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Last year, director 20th Century Fox and Ridley Scott found plenty of success and critical acclaim with their sci-fi survival drama The Martian. The film ended up landing a Best Picture nomination as well as a Best Actor nod for Matt Damon. Now a little more drama is coming to the red planet with Approaching the Unknown, a new sci-fi thriller that sends Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes, Kick-Ass) on a one-man, one-way mission to Mars. In the trailer, he says he’s going to Mars to live, but he might also be going there to chill until the bad taste from The Brothers Grimsby has washed away.
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In 2006, Fox dumped Mike Judge‘s Idiocracy into theaters. The film sat on the shelf for over a year, dealt with poor test screening scores, and, worst of all, with little promotion, it barely got a theatrical release. Over the years, though, Idiocracy has gained a passionate cult following.
With the comedy’s 10th anniversary coming up, actress Maya Rudolph says Mike Judge is considering going on tour for the film, conducting screenings and Q&As. Learn more about the potential event below.
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It’s no secret that pretty much the entire /Film crew has undying love for Almost Famous. Maybe it’s because of the similarities between covering the world of music and covering the world of film and television, or maybe it’s just because it’s a damn good coming-of-age tale. No matter what the reason, I love it. Therefore, I’m happy to see director Cameron Crowe‘s first television endeavor taking him back behind the scenes of rock and roll with a new Showtime series called Roadies.
Not unlike Almost Famous, the show follows around a fictional band, but it’s the crew who gets the concerts ready that takes the spotlight. They tour around the United States, creating an unconventional family-like bond with all the good and bad that comes with living each other on the road for months at a time. Get a taste of what you can expect with the first Roadies trailer below. Read More »
The last film we saw with director Peter Landesman‘s name on it was Kill the Messenger, which he scripted. That drama shares a lot in common with Landesman’s sophomore directorial effort, Concussion. Both follow real-life who heroes are simply trying to speak the truth, and yet are treated as villains. Kill the Messenger is the more successful of the two stories, though. Although Concussion is a well-meaning and an undeniably important film, it’s also a by-the-numbers, dramatically frustrating underdog story.
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Will Smith hasn’t been an Oscar contender for a few years now. The actor almost exclusively appears in big-budget movies these days, but every now and then, he’ll star in a drama. Like his upcoming picture Concussion, which premieres in the next few days at the American Film Institute. Before Peter Landesman‘s film makes its debut, a new trailer for the drama has been released.
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Posted on Tuesday, October 27th, 2015 by Angie Han
Netflix is following up the apparent success of its first-ever prestige picture, Cary Fukunaga’s harrowing wartime drama Beasts of No Nation, with something completely different. And we mean completely. The company has just dropped the first trailer for The Ridiculous 6, a Western comedy starring Adam Sandler. Watch the Ridiculous 6 trailer after the jump. Read More »
Somber tone. Shots of characters walking aimlessly. Brief glimpses of a gloomy night sky. A tone of despair. Yep, this Meadowland trailer sure does scream “indie.” Cinematographer Reed Morano‘s directorial debut is promising, though, thanks to the director’s past work and an excellent cast. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, August 31st, 2015 by Angie Han
Even if you’re not particularly a sports fan, you’ve likely heard about the ongoing controversy over head injuries in the NFL. This winter, a new movie dramatizes that fight. Will Smith plays Dr. Bennet Omalu, a forensic neuropathologist who discovers the first case of CTE in a pro football player. He tries to alert the public to his findings, but the NFL denies his conclusions and stymies his efforts at every turn. Watch the Concussion trailer after the jump.
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