Mary Elizabeth Winstead - Dan Trachtenberg's Bad Robot movie

Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Smashed, Scott Pilgrim) has signed on to star opposite John Goodman in Dan Trachtenberg‘s Valencia for JJ Abrams‘ Bad Robot and Paramount Pictures’ Insurge division. Of course with this being a JJ Abrams project, many of the details are being kept under wraps. Find out what we know about Dan Trachtenberg’s Bad Robot movie after the jump.

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Adam Scott, Richard Jenkins, Catherine O’Hara, Amy Poehler, Clark Duke, Jessica Alba, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jane Lynch. Not a bad cast, right? Now, what if I was to tell you they were all in one of the funniest and smartest films of the year?

That film is called A.C.O.D., an acronym standing for “adult children of divorce.” Co-written and directed by Stuart Zicherman, it’s scheduled for release in October 4. The first trailer has just come online so now you can finally get a glimpse of one of my favorite films of the year. Read More »

The Spectacular Now

In James Ponsoldt‘s last film, Smashed, binge-drinking helped tear two married people apart. In his new one, The Spectacular Now, it brings two very different teens together, albeit in an unexpected way.

Miles Teller stars as popular, hard-partying Sutter, who drinks himself to oblivion one night after getting dumped by his girlfriend. He wakes up on the lawn of a classmate, sweet sci-fi geek Aimee (Shailene Woodley). Despite their differences, the two find themselves inexorably drawn together.

That setup may not sound like much of anything special, but the rave reviews out of Sundance indicate that Ponsoldt makes the most of it. Check out the first trailer and poster after the jump.

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Who’s ready to think about next year’s Oscar race? Paramount has just announced a November 15 release for Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street, putting the crime drama right in the thick of prestige pic season. It already has some stiff competition lined up for that day, including Ridley Scott’s The Counselor, Bill Condon’s The Fifth Estate, Grudge Match, and The Best Man Holiday. Don’t be surprised to see that lineup shift again before we get there.

The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as real-life stockbroker Jordan Belfort, chronicling his dramatic rise and fall on Wall Street in the ’90s. Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler, and Jean Dujardin also star.

After the jump, find out release dates for The Bling Ring and The Spectacular Now.

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With three days remaining, A.C.O.D. is my favorite film of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Directed by first-timer Stuart Zicherman, it’s about “Adult Children of Divorce” and stars Adam Scott as Carter, a man whose parents (Richard Jenkins and Catherine O’Hara) had a brutal breakup on his 9th birthday. Decades later his brother (Clark Duke) decides to take the plunge into matrimony and it brings up some major issues caused by the traumatic breakup. Amy Poehler, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jessica Alba and Jane Lynch are also along for the ride.

Co-written by Zicherman and Ben Karlin, the script for A.C.O.D. is a Swiss watch. Everything is economical, hilarious, perfectly-paced and never in-your-face obvious. There are loads of big laughs wrapped around unexpected plot points, resonant emotion and great character development. The cast all bring such vigorous life to the film that it almost makes a sad and touchy subject, divorce, into something to be envious of.

A.C.O.D. is a special, miraculous film and the exact reason why you come to the Sundance Film Festival. It’ll leave you happy and high on the power of comedic cinema. Read more after the jump and watch a video blog. Read More »

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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The more we see from John Moore‘s A Good Day To Die Hard, the better it looks. We recently got a glimpse at the kinetic teaser trailer and now, in the second trailer, the story begins to slowly reveal itself with even more explosions, more gun fire and the first interactions between John McClane (Bruce Willis) and his son Jack, played by Jai Courtney. Plus: huge bonus points for the Mary Elizabeth Winstead cameo! Check it out below. Read More »

Eagle-eyed /Film readers likely noticed there were no Superhero Bits today. Blame a last minute, awesome interview oppurtunity. But we couldn’t leave for the weekend without some kind of superhero update and both Marvel Studios and Marvel’s enemy Latino Review were happy to oblige.

On the official side of things, Marvel and Disney released the first official plot synopsis for Thor: The Dark World, which focuses heavily on the Phase Two/post-Avengers nature of the story. On the rumored side of things, Latino Review reports that a few members of the Guardians of the Galaxy will be featured more than others and are having their backstories interweaved into the Marvel Cinematic Universe continuity.

Across the cosmos with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, rumors say Mary Elizabeth Winstead is now at the top of the list for a young female actress and that Game of ThronesNikolaj Coster Waldau, Lost‘s Josh Holloway and Kevin Durand are all up for additional roles. Read more about all of this after the jump. Read More »

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