Do the Right Thing 2

It’s been 26 years since Spike Lee‘s provocative Do the Right Thing debuted, and since Hollywood has been digging deep into the past for sequels, reboots and remakes, it only makes sense that they would revive the racially charged drama.

However, in case you haven’t noticed, Brooklyn has changed a lot since 1989. As Jimmy Kimmel noted during one of his episodes being taped in New York last week, “There used to be muggers right in this neighborhood stealing old ladies’ purses. Now those old lady purses are being worn ironically by hipsters in the area.” And that’s exactly what inspired the trailer for Do the Right Thing 2, starring Billy Crudup, Zooey Deschanel and more white people. Read More »


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Mr Robot Season 2

Mr. Robot was one of my favorite television shows of this year. From the series’ surprise twists and turns, to the interesting framing and composition, to the almost up-to-the-minute commentary on our modern world, to the refreshingly accurate look at computer systems and hacking. Sure it didn’t always hit a home run, and I think a lot of us saw that last twist coming a mile away, but it did so many things right. I’m excited to the see where the story goes in the second season, especially now that “the cat is out of the bag”.

Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail and some of the cast appeared at New York Comic Con over the weekend, and revealed some information on the second season. We also take a look at some of the previous quotes from Mr. Esmail and cast, as well as some rumors (including when we might expect to see the second season premiere). Hit the jump to find out what was revealed.

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Mr Robot on Amazon

The USA Network hasn’t exactly been the go-to destination for the best programming on television, but their shows seem to find a decent enough audience on cable to stay alive. However, one particular show this past summer became a surprise hit for USA, and it’ll be heading to Amazon next year.

Amazon has just struck an exclusive deal for the streaming rights to Mr. Robot, the hacker thriller starring Rami Malek (The Pacific) as a paranoid vigilante hacker named Elliot who is recruited by an underground hacker (Christian Slater) to take down the mega-conglomerate he is paid to protect at his day job as an info-security engineer. Read More »

Mr. Robot season finale

The Mr. Robot season one finale was supposed to air tonight, but USA Network has announced that they have decided to postpone the finale episode. The move was made due to the tragic shooting of two Virginia reporters during a live broadcast this morning — the episode apparently featured a very graphic on-camera shooting that might have been too similar to the this morning’s tragedy.

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Editor’s Note: Short Term 12 opened in New York and Los Angeles last weekend and expands this week. Below we’re republishing Germain’s review from South by Southwest 2013 and click here for an interview with the director.

Sometimes you watch a movie and, at the end, can’t think of anything in the film that could have been done better. The whole thing just feels perfect or magical, a shining example of what cinema is all about. Short Term 12 is one of those movies.

Written and directed by Destin Daniel Cretton based on his award-winning 2009 short film of the same name, Short Term 12 stars Brie Larson as Grace. She’s young woman who spends her days overseeing a huge group of foster kids in a group home, many of whom are mentally ill. They suffer from depression, have suicidal tendencies and OCDs. It is Grace’s job — and that of her boyfriend Mason (The Newsroom‘s John Gallagher Jr.) and a new guy (Rami Malek) — to try and keep the kids content while they go about their lives. This is easier said than done when Grace is probably more messed up than everyone else in the building.

Funny, moving, surprising and emotional, Short Term 12 is an awards contender from top to bottom. The performances are mindblowing, the writing sharp, and the direction beautiful. It’s a very special movie, and worthy winner of the 2013 South by Southwest Grand Jury and Audience Awards. Read More »

Michael Keaton Has a ‘Need for Speed’

As Dom Toretto and Brian O’Conner rev their engines for Universal’s Fast & Furious 6, DreamWorks is preparing a high-speed franchise of its own. Last spring, the studio nabbed the rights to the EA Sports racing video game Need for Speed and set Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) to direct. Casting got off to a strong start last fall as Aaron Paul and Dominic Cooper joined the cast, picking up Imogen Poots and Kid Cudi along the way. Now it’s bringing on some more grown-up talent, in the form of Michael Keaton. More details after the jump.

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At this point I’d be lying if I claimed I knew what to expect from the live-action version of Akira that Jaume Collet-Serra will direct early next year. The film is budgeted in the $90m range — not a lot to create a post-apocalypse future version of Manhattan in which motorcycle gangs do battle as a precursor to psychically-powered mayhem. We know that Garrett Hedlund is playing Kaneda, a biker gang leader whose brother, Tetsuo, is wounded and finds his own psychic power awakened, leading to madness.

We don’t know who will play Tetsuo, but a new list of actors testing for the role includes surprising names like Michael Pitt, Alden Ehrenreich and Paul Dano. Read More »

‘Larry Crowne’ Trailer #2

Larry Crowne, the second film in which Tom Hanks worked behind the camera as director, is one that I’ve mostly passed over in the last few months. It stars Hanks as a guy who loses his job and goes to community college as part of an attempt to rebuild his future. He makes new friends, joins a scooter gang, and falls for one of his teachers, played by Julia Roberts. (Yep, it’s a big-screen alternate version of Community.)

Tom Hanks tweeted out a link to the film’s second trailer, which provides the first look at George Takei‘s work in the film, among other things. Check it out below. Read More »

Briefly: Paul Thomas Anderson‘s new film, the currently untitled religious drama formerly called The Master, is really picking up steam. The Weinstein Company picked up distribution rights to the project that is being financed by Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures, and the casting process is in full swing.

The latest addition is Rami Malek (Breaking Dawn, The Pacific), who will play the son in law of Philip Seymour Hoffman‘s character. He joins a cast that includes Joaquin Phoenix as “an alcoholic drifter who becomes right-hand man and disciple” to Philip Seymour Hoffman. Amy Adams plays the wife of Hoffman’s character, and Laura Dern, Jesse Plemons and David Warshofsky are in the cast, too. The film will start to shoot later this month. [Variety]