Trip to Italy Teaser

Michael Winterbottom‘s film The Trip was a feature paired down from three hours of BBC television in which Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon played versions of themselves eating and drinking their way through English restaurants. It was great stuff, very funny and consistently entertaining, whichever version you saw. The TV series sequel is about to hit UK televisions, so here’s the first The Trip to Italy teaser.

The edited-down film version of The Trip to Italy premiered at Sundance to good notes, but you probably don’t need to read reviews to know that Coogan and Brydon are going to deliver once more. You might recall that the first film was sold in part on the appeal of Brydon and Coogan dueling with Michael Caine impersonations; here you’ll see a glimpse of this sequel’s approach to Robert De Niro. (There are a good many other comic impressions in this film overall.) Check out the trailer below. Read More »

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The Face of an Angel

After starring in the WikiLeaks drama The Fifth Estate last year, Daniel Brühl is taking on another controversial recent event in The Face of an Angel. Well — kind of. Though the Michael Winterbottom-directed drama is inspired by the notorious Amanda Knox case, it presents a fictionalized version of the tale with renamed characters.

The picture, which is currently in post-production, is hitting the European Film Market later this month, and the first bit of footage has now emerged in the form of a show reel. Check it out after the jump.

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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we get a double dose of Steve Coogan, hang some brain as we talk with some porn stars, get serious as we consider recidivism, cheer on some bloody kids trying to stash a dead body, watch as Japan’s detritus from a tsunami washes ashore in the US, and watch a wee man completely become Steve Perry.

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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we hate on the Nazi party, get weird with Stephen Chow’s latest, think globally but act locally buying organic, get confused with my inability to decipher what Tim Roth is saying, pick up a sixer of talent, and get all emotional with a movie that took five years to make. 

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A few days after the kickoff the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, deal-making is in full swing. The well-reviewed drama The Spectacular Now, by Smashed director James Ponsoldt, is headed to newish distributor A24, while the crowdpleasing comedy Austenland, from Napoleon Dynamite writer Jerusha Hess, is nearing a deal with FilmDistrict. Michael Winterbottom and Steve Coogan‘s The Look of Love had a mixed reception, but that’s not stopping IFC Films from closing in on a deal; the distributor also released the pair’s last comedy together, The Trip. Meanwhile, Anchor Bay has picked up two narrative features so far, the Dermot Mulroney-starring The Rambler and Leland Orser‘s Morning. (The latter is not playing at Sundance.)

Over in the world of documentaries, music-centric films seem to be doing quite well. Showtime has acquired the broadcast rights to the two-part documentary History of the Eagles, which will air on the channel February 15 & 16. Also headed to television is Pussy Riot — A Punk Prayer, which has been snapped up by HBO Documentary Films. Finally, Twenty Feet From Stardom, which follows some of popular music’s greatest backup singers, will get a theatrical release by RADiUS-TWC. And in non-music news, AMC’s Sundance Selects has grabbed Dirty Wars, about America’s covert wars, and The Summit, about climbers scaling the most dangerous peak in the world.

Hit the jump to read descriptions of the films mentioned above.

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Michael Winterbottom has to be one of the most versatile filmmakers working today. Seemingly every single film he releases is completely different whether its a thriller, comedy, period piece, documentary or some kind of hybrid. That’s what his latest film, Everyday, is. A blend of fiction and documentary, the film tells the story of how the imprisonment of a father changes the life of his wife and four children. To accurately portray the passage of time, Winterbottom has been shooting the film in bits and pieces over the course of five years. Now the film will finally premiere next month at the Toronto Film Festival.

After the jump, check out a short teaser trailer for this surely powerful film. Read More »

Michael Winterbottom loves to flip between genres. In the past couple years he has adapted the Jim Thompson novel The Killer Inside Me, made the road trip comedy series The Trip, which was edited into feature version, and completed an adaptation of Thomas Hardy‘s novel Tess of the d’Urbervilles, with Frieda Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) starring as a working class girl who falls for the son of a land developer.

We’ve seen some footage from Trisha in the past as it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year. But a domestic release is approaching, and so we’ve got a new trailer which you can see below. Read More »

You’ve got to hand it to Michael Winterbottom: he’s a prolific director who isn’t afraid to experiment. The results of his experiments are pretty hit and miss, but he’s got as many hits as misses, and that’s a better track record than many can boast.

His latest is Trishna, which is also his third Thomas Hardy adaptation. In this case the source material is Tess of the d’Urbervilles, with the story set in modern India rather than late 1800s England. The story follows the relationship between Jay (Riz Ahmed), the wealthy son of a hotelier , and working class girl Trishna (Freida Pinto). Their affair may be doomed, but the trailer for Trishna is quite pretty, and should be enough to make this romance look quite appealing. Read More »

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