Back in Time trailer

Robert Zemeckis has never talked much about recasting Eric Stoltz in Back to the Future. The actor was completely wrong for the movie, and after a few weeks of shooting, Zemeckis decided to recast the role. To see the director of this weekend’s The Walk discuss the casting change, check out the video after the jump.

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The Walk

As what IMAX calls “An IMAX 3D Experience,” Robert ZemeckisThe Walk is excellent. From the moment Joseph Gordon-Levitt touches his toe on that tightrope, The Wire becomes the kind of intensely visceral experience you can only truly experience in a movie theater*, preferably one equipped with an extra-jumbo screen and 3D projection.

As a narrative feature, however, The Walk is somewhat less accomplished. Gordon-Levitt is as watchable as always, but the film never truly reveals Philippe Petit. In trying to make Petit feel universal, Zemeckis erases what makes him special.

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The Walk Early Buzz

The New York Film Festival is in full swing, and this past weekend brought the premiere of Robert Zemeckis‘ drama The Walk, a narrative chronicle of the real life stunt featured in the documentary Man on Wire, where French high wire artist Philippe Petit walked across a high wire placed between the Twin Towers in 1974.

Now that the film starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been seen, some of The Walk early buzz has hit the web, and at the very least, it sounds like there’s plenty of suspense and thrills to be found, even if the move as a whole seems to stumble a bit here and there. Read More »

The Walk IMAX trailer

Robert Zemeckis‘ The Walk is the kind of movie that demands to be seen in IMAX 3D, or at least the kind of movie Sony would like you to think demands to be seen in IMAX 3D. So the studio has just issued a nearly five-minute IMAX trailer to convince you that those pesky surcharges will be totally worth it.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Philippe Petit, a French high-wire artist who in 1974 attempted to walk between New York’s Twin Towers on a tightrope strung between the two buildings. Needless to say, it looks like an intense experience. Watch The Walk IMAX trailer after the jump.

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Fall 2015 Movie Preview

We’re well past the midpoint of the year, and we’ve already delivered our list of the Top 10 Films of 2015 So Far. And as we reach the end of the summer, the movie business starts slowing down, giving a little calm before the storm that is awards season. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t still tons of movies to look forward to before the end of the year.

That’s why we’ve collected a list of 30 Movies to Be Excited for Before the End of 2015. And since there are so many great movies coming up before the end of the year, this is the Blockbuster and Studio Edition of the list, and next week we’ll deliver a completely different list for independent movies. But until then, here’s a list of movies we think you won’t want to miss over the next four months. Read More »

The Walk IMAX release date

Sony is releasing Robert ZemeckisThe Walk early on September 20th 2015 in select IMAX theaters, a couple weeks before the film’s scheduled October 9th 2015 release date. I’ve seen the trailer for this film in IMAX 3D and this definitely seems like one of those rare films that has been envisioned for not only 3D but also IMAX. So releasing the film in IMAX a couple weeks early makes sense.

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Best Stories of the Wek

We’ve reached the end of a very busy week. There were tons of trailers and some pretty big news stories, so this is a pretty beefy edition of the Best Stories of the Week.

Recapping the news from the past seven days, you’ll find updates on the future of Marvel Studios‘ television side and Samuel L. Jackson in the cinematic universe, some rumors about the future of Star Wars and details on the past of a certain iconic character from the saga, a first look at The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, new writers for the Transformers franchise and future universe and more.

Plus, there’s trailers for Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Steven Spielberg’s Bride of Spies, Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur, and a double dose of Jake Gyllenhaal in Southpaw and Everest, and that’s not even half of the (mostly) great, new trailers we saw this week. Catch up on the Best Stories of the Week after the jump! Read More »

The Walk trailer

Robert Zemeckis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are telling their own version of the event that made front-page news in the 1970s, when Philippe Petit and a team of conspirators strung a wire between the World Trade Center towers in New York City so that Petit could perform a high-wire walk hundreds of feet above ground. The story has all the tension and planning of a heist, and the daredevil spectacle of the most insane physical feats, but the real idea underlying Petit’s act was artistic.

Sure, there’s a documentary about the event — Man on Wire, which is a great film, as a matter of fact — but The Walk aims to use effects wizardry and IMAX scale to put audiences right up on the wire with Petit. The first full trailer is now available; check out this new The Walk trailer below. Read More »

Sony CinemaCon 2015 Video Blog Reaction

Sony CinemaCon

I’m in Las Vegas for the CinemaCon convention (formerly ShoWest), which is the largest gathering of movie theatre exhibitors each year. The convention is packed with talks about subjects such as how to maximize profits, and features a show floor filled with the newest and best concessions equipment. More notably, most of the major movie studios hold presentations of upcoming film line-ups for the next year and beyond. Companies even show some of their films early to get some excitement from those booking the screens.

Wednesday afternoon we saw a presentation from Sony Pictures showcasing some of their big upcoming films including Perfect Guy, Concussion, 5th Wave, X-Mas, Spectre, Goosebumps, Pixels, Aloha, Ricky and The Flash, The Walk and Money Monster and more. After the presentation I recorded a spoiler free Sony CinemaCon reaction video reaction with Steve from Collider, which you can watch that now embedded after the jump.

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