10 Cloverfield Lane

Last month, Bad Robot cracked open a mystery box we didn’t even know existed. The first teaser trailer for 10 Cloverfield Lane would’ve looked promising under any circumstance, what with its vaguely creepy premise and stellar cast (John GoodmanMary Elizabeth Winstead, and John Gallagher Jr.). But the title added an extra layer of intrigue. Was this the Cloverfield sequel fans had been waiting for? If not, what connection, if any, could the new film have to Cloverfield?

We’ll have our answers sooner rather than later, as 10 Cloverfield Lane is scheduled to hit theaters in a little over a month. But in the meantime, Paramount devoted some (very expensive) time during the Super Bowl to give curious audiences some more material to mull over. Watch the new 10 Cloverfield Lane Super Bowl spot after the jump.  Read More »

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10 cloverfield lane story

We were as surprised as the rest of you when that 10 Cloverfield Lane trailer arrived out of nowhere a few weeks ago. In an age where studios have their schedules laid out a decade in advance and start pushing trailers and posters 18 months before a movie is set to open, the sudden and dramatic reveal of very interesting genre film with some very interesting talent attached felt like a breath of fresh air. It’s not something everyone can pull off, but it’s a case of producer J.J. Abrams‘ patented “Mystery Box” philosophy actually doing what it is supposed to do.

And yet we still know very little about director Dan Trachtenberg‘s spiritual successor to Cloverfield, other than the fact that it’s set in an underground bunker where things seemingly go from bad to worse. Now, thanks to star Mary Elizabeth Winstead, we know a little bit more about the film’s plot and how it was made. But just a little bit more. After all, Abrams is known to implant small explosives in actors’ necks that go off when they say too much.
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The Hollars review

Angie Han’s review of Other People began by pointing out that the film “sounds like the most stereotypical of Sundance movies” but “in practice, every element is so well executed that the film itself feels like something special.” The same could be said of John Krasinski‘s The Hollars, which shares many of the same Sundance cliches. But The Hollars has an incredible ensemble cast that pushes this film from just another screening on the Sundance schedule to a funny and charming movie that will probably play at a theater near you.

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Swiss Army Man

About five minutes into Swiss Army Man, you’re faced with a choice. By this point in the film, you’ll have seen Hank (Paul Dano), a man stranded alone on a desert island, try to hang himself. His suicide attempt is interrupted by the arrival of a corpse (Daniel Radcliffe) that proves to be a prolific farter. Hank opts not to kill himself, and instead rides “Manny” like a flatulence-powered jet ski in the direction of civilization.

The scene is weird, and absurd, and crude, and dark, but kind of beautiful, too, and it’s at this point you have to make a decision: Either you’re willing to go with a movie that delights in all of those unsavory qualities, or you’re not. If you decide you’re not, know that Swiss Army Man will only get stranger and ruder, and you’re probably better off putting it back on the shelf until you’re in the mood for it. If you decide you are, however, you’ll discover a unique, oddly gorgeous adventure anchored by a superb performance from Radcliffe as a dead body (no, really).  Read More »

10 Cloverfield Lane

Paramount surprised audiences by releasing a new trailer attached to Michael Bay‘s 13 Hours:  The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. The trailer is for a movie that had yet to be officially titled, a new thriller from JJ Abrams‘ production company Bad Robot. The trailer is for a film titled 10 Cloverfield Lane. Did JJ Abrams and Bad Robot somehow secretly produce a sequel to Matt Reeves’ found footage sci-fi film Cloverfield?

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sundance 2016 line-up

Yes, its that time of year again. The Sundance Institute has revealed the 65 feature films which will make up the U.S. & World Cinema Competition as well as the out-of-competition NEXT slate of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Hit the jump to see the Sundance 2016 line-up and get excited about next year’s independent films today!

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Mary Elizabeth Winstead joining BrainDead

This fall, CBS will venture into genre television with a Supergirl series premiering in November, and it sounds like this is just the beginning of the network’s new direction into previously uncharted territory.

CBS is working on a new comedic thriller series called BrainDead, which sees Congress and plenty of other Washington DC staffers having their brains eaten by invading aliens, causing the government to stop working. Here’s where your uncle says, “Kind of like the government today, am I right?”

And now news has surfaced of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Death Proof and Smashed star Mary Elizabeth Winstead joining BrainDead in a lead role. Get more details on the show below! Read More »

Swiss Army Man movie

The headlining trio of Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe and Mary Elizabeth Winstead is all the sales pitch I really need to be interested in a new film, but the plot of their new project Swiss Army Man sounds particularly odd.

The three actors have all signed on for the film which will be directed by the team of Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert — if you don’t know those two names, you may know the name Daniels, under which they’ve directed many music videos and short films. If you don’t know the name Daniels, you probably know at least one example of their work, since they did the video for ‘Turn Down for What.’

And this film, which will be their first feature, is about a guy who befriends a dead body. I guarantee you want to know more about this one, because it sounds nuts. Read More »

Alex of Venice trailer

A family quietly disintegrates when a stay at home dad (Chris Messina, who also directs) decides to take a break, leaving his workaholic wife (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) to keep her son’s development on track, and deal with her father (Don Johnson) as she tries to move forward with her own personal life. Winstead and Johnson won raves for their work when the film premiered at Tribeca last year, and Alex of Venice does look like it has something all its own, based on this footage. Derek Luke, Katie Nehra, and Skylar Gaertner co-star in the film; watch the Alex of Venice trailer here.

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