The heart of Whiplash is a duel between Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons, and the weapon of choice isn’t a gun or a knife, but a drum kit. The players’ duel is a concept that cuts across musical genres. It can blaze bright in jazz, when players both complement and one-up one another in an effort to push a performance to its limits. The tendency leads to performances like the “drum battles” between Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa.
Andrew, played by Teller, has definitely heard those battles; he idolizes Buddy Rich and wants to be the next great jazz drummer. In his first year at an elite music academy he finds the ne-plus-ultra of instructors: Fletcher (Simmons), a jazz pianist and draconian band conductor. What begins as a simple teacher/student scenario escalates into a full-on battle of wills as Fletcher deploys manipulative tricks to beat Teller into shape as a machine able to perform on cue. The teacher will hurl a chair as quickly as an insult; is he wildly unstable, or a genius?
Whiplash is structured like a jazz tune, with the duel as the central melody out from which spring scenes that attempt to flesh out both characters and inform their tactics. When that melody rises above everything else, the film is unique and viciously energetic; the side notes, however, are wan, and the whole is messy and less driven than either lead character. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013 by Angie Han
The red-band trailer for That Awkward Moment really lived up to the film’s title, delivering several incredibly awkward moments. But not all of them were SFW, so the new green-band trailer offers a few different, slightly less awkward moments in their place.
Fortunately, this looks like the kind of movie that has more than mere shock value going for it. Rising stars Miles Teller, Zac Efron, and Michael B. Jordan star as three best friends navigating the dating scene together in this Tom Gormican-directed comedy, and seem to have a grand old time of it. Watch the newest promo after the jump.
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If you were to cast a dream team of up and coming twenty-something male actors, that list would include the stars of That Awkward Moment. The film, written and directed by Tom Gormican, stars Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller as three young men trying to figure out that “awkward” moment in a relationship where it goes from casual to serious. Imogen Poots and Jessica Lucas are along for the R-rated ride.
It doesn’t hit theaters until January 31, 2014 but a red band trailer has just been released. Check it out below, along with a link to see the rumored Star Wars and Fantastic Four stars do a live Q&A Tuesday evening. Read More »
What’s the story with Fox’s new Fantastic Four, to be directed by Josh Trank of Chronicle? Jeremy Slater scripted, and while there have been some small polishes done on that draft here and there, recently we heard that Simon Kinberg (Fox’s current go-to guy with respect to comic book adaptations) was hired to do work on the script.
We don’t know what that rewrite is going to achieve, and until it is done we’re not likely to hear about any real casting decisions. But in the meantime Fox and the film’s producers are still working on lists of choices for the main roles in the movie, and several names have been leaked to the public. Read More »
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Let’s just get this out there: in describing the film Whiplash, which has set Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now) to star, Deadline calls the approach “Full Metal Jacket at Juilliard.” If that doesn’t make you wonder what the film is all about, nothing will. The film is an expansion of a short from Sundance, with Damien Chazelle, who wrote the short, directing the feature.
Teller will play a student drummer under the rule of “a brutal jazz orchestra teacher” played by J.K. Simmons. While dealing with his teacher’s methods, Teller’s character “begins to lose his humanity in his quest to become the core skins pounder of the top jazz orchestra in the country.” Again: Full Metal Jacket at Julliard. Consider me intrigued, especially with Simmons as the domineering teacher.
If you’re still not too familiar with Teller, check out a couple clips from his current film The Spectacular Now below. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, August 2nd, 2013 by Angie Han
[UPDATE: Director Josh Trank has addressed the rumors on Twitter. Original story follows.]
The Sundance Film Festival is always good for a couple of breakout stars, and this year one who caught a lot of positive buzz was Miles Teller. Though the 26-year-old actor got his first big break in 2010 with Rabbit Hole, it was his mesmerizing performance in The Spectacular Now that cemented his status as the Next Big Thing.
Which means, naturally, that it’s about time for him to land a major tentpole franchise of his own. Teller is reportedly one of the names in contention for Fantastic Four, Josh Trank‘s reboot of the original Marvel superhero family. Michael B. Jordan and Allison Williams were previously rumored for other parts. Hit the jump to find out whom Teller might be playing.
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