A Most Wanted Man trailer

One of the very last films Philip Seymour Hoffman completed before his passing this past February was A Most Wanted Man, Anton Corbijn‘s adaptation of John le Carré‘s novel. The film premiered at Sundance this year to mostly (if not wildly) positive reviews, and is now heading toward a theatrical release this summer.

Hoffman leads the contemporary thriller as Günther Bachmann, a German spy looking for a half-Chechen, half-Russian immigrant (Grigoriy Dobrygin) with possible terrorist ties. The film looks checking out for many reasons, not least of which is the chance to hear Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, and Willem Dafoe try out their best German accents. Watch the first A Most Wanted Man trailer after the jump.

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‘House of Cards’ Renewed for Third Season

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Briefly: The second season of House of Cards won’t hit Netflix for another ten days, but a third season is already a definite. The show has just been renewed by Netflix, so exec producers David Fincher and Beau Willimon have a mandate to go back to work. Not that this is a surprise, given that Netflix execs have pledged to continue the show. But it’s good to know that we’ll have thirteen more hours of Kevin Spacey as power-hungry politician Frank Underwood, and (even more so) Robin Wright as Underwood’s iron-willed wife. [LAT]

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Here’s the full trailer for the second season of House of Cards, and it is just full of drama, scheming, anger, and all the devious political maneuvering that made the first season so great. There are even more hints of murder here — is a new victim going to be ground up in one of Frank Underwood’s ruthless power ploys, and not just in a political sense?

Season two once again stars Kevin Spacey as Underwood, who begins the season by assuming the office of the Vice President of the United States, and the supporting cast includes a mix of returning players and new faces: Robin Wright, Kate Mara, Michael Gill, Gerald McRaney, Michael Kelly, Mahershala Ali, Sebastian Arcelus, Kristen Connolly, Sam Page and Molly Parker.

Check out the trailer below. Read More »

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After editing my talk with Jacob Gentry, which featured conversation about the virtues of Kate Mara, I’m ready for the second season of House of Cards right now. The show features Mara as a wily, ambitious journalist that gets too close to a power hungry Congessman (Kevin Spacey), and the first season, overseen by David Fincher for Netflix, was a powerhouse of performances and tight, intricate plotting.

The second season will debut next year, and now we’ve got a long trailer that re-introduces the characters, and throws out a few big themes, too. It’s going to get ugly, and I can’t wait. Read More »

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Though most of us haven’t had a chance to see the film yet, hopefully you remember Ari Folman‘s movie The Congress. After years of development, the movie premiered at Cannes back in May, and scored a US distribution deal from Drafthouse Films. The movie features Robin Wright as an actress who sells her likeness to a film studio, and Folman uses live-action scenes and some really wild animated sequences to explore her life. (Paul GiamattiJon HammKodi Smit-McPheeHarvey Keitel and Danny Huston also star.)

The first trailer for the film was pretty mind-blowing, and now we’ve got two featurettes that explore specific parts of the film in just a bit more depth. They’re both quite short, but one shows one of the film’s dystopic visions, and how that slipstreams from live-action into animation. The other shows the basic elements of constructing the set for Wright’s character’s house.

The dystopian glimpse is the one you’ll really want to check out, since it shows off some new animation. Check out both below. Read More »

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Anton Corbijn‘s third feature film, A Most Wanted Man, features Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright, and Willem Dafoe in a story adapted from a novel by John le Carre (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy). We’ve seen an early sales trailer for the film (which was sadly pulled) but until now the movie didn’t have any US distribution in place.

Now Lionsgate has stepped in to put the film in theaters. We don’t have a date for the studio’s plan at this point, but it’s good to know that there is a plan, or that there will shortly be one, at least. The film is about a Chechen-Russian immigrant, nearly penniless, who travels to Hamburg to claim an inheritance from his late father. But the source of his pop’s money is a little shady, and the US and German governments are watching. Hoffman plays a German security official who harbors serious suspicions about the situation.

We’ll post a new trailer as soon as one becomes available. With a studio on board, the next footage we see won’t be pulled from the internet. [Deadline]

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Drafthouse Films has been on a roll out of Cannes. The relatively new distributor bought both Nothing Bad Can Happen and the very weird, appealing Borgman (trailer here) at the festival.

Now Drafthouse has partnered with Films We Like to pick up North American distribution rights to Ari Folman‘s The Congress. The film stars Robin Wright as a version of herself; in the film she’s an actress who sells her digital likeness to a movie studio. The film opens with live-action scenes, but quickly goes into animated flights of wild imagination. Paul Giamatti, Jon Hamm, Kodi Smit-McPheeHarvey Keitel and Danny Huston also star.

Drafthouse will handle the film in the US and Films We Like will take care of Canadian distibution. Sadly we have to wait until 2014 for the theatrical and VOD release. Check out the trailer below.  Read More »

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We’ve been waiting for The Congress, the new film from Waltz With Bashir director Ari Folman, for what feels like a very long time. (In reality, only since 2009.) The film is loosely based upon a story by science fiction grandmaster Stanislaw Lem, but has been adapted to very specifically suit cinema.

The live-action/animated hybrid features Robin Wright as an actress — actually as Robin Wright — whose career is being pronounced dead. And so she sells her likeness to a firm that uses her as a sample source. Wright playing a version of herself is already fairly strange, but then there are the ways that filmmakers use her likeness, which are really out there.

We’ve seen glimpses of the film’s animation before, but what we see here is far beyond what we’ve had a look at in the past. The animation is beautiful, but it’s the combination of everything that makes this look like one of the most visually commanding movies of the year. Will the script be as compelling? Get a taste in the trailer below. Read More »

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