Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk Trailer - Joe Alwyn

With just a few weeks until Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk starts hitting theaters, one final trailer has arrived, and it’s full of quotes from critics who are primarily talking about the high frame rate that director Ang Lee used to shoot the war drama. Based on the book of the same name by Ben Fountain, the story follows a soldier who comes home from the war in Iraq on a temporary victory tour. Through flashbacks, we learn about what he’s endured on the battlefield as he and the rest of his squad are honored over the Thanksgiving break on the holiday’s big football game.

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Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk Reviews

Last night brought the world premiere of Ang Lee’s latest film, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. Yesterday we happened to run a featurette exploring director Ang Lee‘s use of new technology that allowed the film to be shot at 120 frames per second (FPS). That’s a significantly higher frame rate than Peter Jackson’s experimental use of 48 FPS for The Hobbit trilogy, and it sounds like the reaction to this format from the first reviews of the movie is even more resistant than to that previous effort.

Most of the criticism from the first Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk reviews are with regards to the distracting presentation (which will end up not matter for general audiences, as we’ll explain at the end). But beyond that, it sounds like the film doesn’t bring anything else potentially groundbreaking to the table, offering another metaphor for our society to deal with in relation to war with some decent performances and occasionally beautiful visuals scattered throughout.

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Steve Martin performs magic

Mean Girls director Mark Waters has signed on to direct a Disney live-action family comedy called Magic Camp with comedian Steve Martin in talks to star in the film.

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Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk teaser trailer

Sony Pictures has unveiled the first teaser trailer for Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime WalkAng Lee‘s drama about a squad of soldiers who are brought home from Iraq for a victory tour around the U.S. Much has been made about Lee’s groundbreaking use of 120 fps to heighten the realism of the war flashbacks, but the present day unfolds at a Thanksgiving Day football game, where the soldiers are to be honored in a glitzy halftime show.

“It is sort of weird being honored for the worst day of your life,” observes Billy (played by newcomer Joe Alwyn), and that’s this movie in a nutshell — it exists in the dizzying space between our sentimental celebration of the troops, and the harsh realities they face every day. Watch the Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk trailer after the jump.  Read More »

Back to the Future: The Ultimate Visual History

The holy grail for most movie geeks is J. W. Rinzler’s The Making of Star Wars and Indiana Jones books, which offer in-depth looks at the making of some of the greatest films of all time. But it’s rare for films to get this kind of treatment, which is why it’s so great to see that Michael Klastorin‘s Back to the Future: The Ultimate Visual History does just that.

If you are a Back to the Future fan, this book will blow you away. I’m a hardcore obsessive who thought I knew and saw everything having to do with the film, but almost every other page of this book had a quote or an image that I had never seen before. To help promote the book’s release this week, I thought I’d take a look at the 11 coolest things I found in this book. Hit the jump to go 88mph and see some never-before-seen photos from behind the scenes of Back to the Future. And by the way, you can order the book now on Amazon.
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Steve Martin in It's Complicated

Steve Martin will follow up his extraterrestrial landing in Home with a very different movie about a very different journey. He’s just signed on for Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Ang Lee‘s upcoming Iraq War drama.

Also set to star are Garrett Hedlund, and newcomer Joe Alwyn as the titular Billy Lynn. More on the Steve Martin Billy Lynn casting after the jump. Read More »

Steve Martin magic Disneyland

Steve Martin is in final negotiations to star in Disney’s feature film Magic Camp. Martin, whose first job was working at the Main Street Magic Shop at Disneyland, co-wrote the most recent draft of the script with A.C.O.D. writer/director Stu Zicherman, based on a first draft by Diary of a Wimpy Kid scribes Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah. After the jump learn more about Magic Camp, the documentary of the same name, get a story of the history of Steve Martin Disneyland magic, and see a photo of a young Martin working in the Main Street Magic Shop.

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Father of the Bride 3

[UPDATE: Steve Martin has taken to Twitter to shoot down Father of the Bride 3 reports.

Original post follows.]

Father of the Bride began as a novel in 1949, and was turned into a movie in 1950. That film got a sequel in 1951, and was then remade (along with the sequel) in the ’90s. Now the property is coming back yet again, this time with a very timely twist.

Steve Martin is set to return for Father of the Bride 3, which sees George Banks once again doing what he does best — freaking out as his family hits a major milestone. This time, the relative getting him worked up is his son Matty, who’s preparing to marry the son of a U.S. Navy SEAL. Yup, it’s the gay marriage edition of Father of the Bride. Hit the jump for all the details.

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home short film

Steve Martin voices the main character in Home, a DreamWorks Animation film opening this Thanksgiving. He’s Captain Smek, the leader of a race of aliens called the Boov who are searching for a new planet to call… you know. With a film like this, the studio surely hopes they’re sitting on a new animated franchise. But since Home isn’t based on a well-known property, how does one build buzz? How about releasing a Home short film that serves as a prequel to the movie?

Below, check out exactly that. A four minute short film called Almost Home which tells the amusing backstory to the Boov’s perilous journey. Read More »

Cool Posts From Around the Web:

Amy Adams will make her first foray into producing with An Object of Beauty, Maven Pictures’ adaptation of the novel by Steve Martin. (Yes, that Steve Martin.) Adams will star as Lacey Yeager, an ambitious young woman climbing up the ranks of the art world. Over the course of fifteen years, she travels the world, acquires her own gallery, and beds a series of men, one of whom becomes a famous artist.

The three-time Oscar nominee has become known for playing sweet, innocent types in films like Junebug, Enchanted, Doubt, and The Muppets, but The Fighter showed that she could play the tough girl as well. I haven’t read An Object of Beauty, but based on the description it sounds like another opportunity for Adams to show off her harder-edged side.

Adams is now gearing up to start shooting Robert Lorenz’ Trouble With the Curve, with Clint Eastwood and Justin Timberlake. She also has Man of Steel, The Master, and On the Road due out this year. [The Hollywood Reporter]

After the jump, Philip Seymour Hoffman lands Anton Corbijn’s John le Carré spy thriller.

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