VOTD: 9 Kisses, Video Series That Encompass Acting in 2014

9 Kisses

As the end of the year approaches, critics and awards voters everywhere are scrambling to put together their lists of 2014′s best performances. But the New York Times has outdone them all by actually getting the brightest talents of the year in a room together — and then asking them lock lips with one another.

The 9 Kisses video series pairs off 18 of the year’s best actors, ranging from established A-listers (Reese Witherspoon) to recent breakthroughs (Jenny Slate). Each couple plays out an intimate moment in a public setting at night, though the details within those parameters vary wildly. Some of the kisses are passionate and warm, others are awkward or funny. Watch the 9 Kisses videos after the jump.  Read More »

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Mr. Turner trailer

This year’s Cannes Film Festival is just getting started, but it already seems to have one notable success story Mr. Turner. The Mike Leigh-directed biopic, which stars Timothy Spall as British painter J.M.W. Turner, has been attracting smashing reviews and even some early awards buzz following its world premiere this morning.

When the film will get a general U.S. release remains to be seen — crowded in with the other prestige dramas this fall, perhaps? — but for now you can feast your eyes on the first Mr. Turner trailer after the jump.

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The Love Punch trailer

Pierce Brosnan hasn’t played James Bond in years, but his days of daring aren’t totally behind him. In the new The Love Punch trailer, he plans to steal a $10 million diamond after a shady French financier makes off with his pension fund.

The difference is that this Pierce Brosnan is not a badass spy, but an ordinary businessman with three equally ill-equipped co-conspirators: his snarky ex-wife Kate (Emma Thompson) and two bumbling neighbors (Timothy Spall and Celia Imrie). Naturally, sparks fly and hilarity ensues. Watch the Love Punch trailer after the jump.

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Not all child actors transition easily into more grown-up roles, but Elle Fanning looks like an exception to the rule. The younger Fanning sister has been acting since her toddler years, and in recent years has been a standout presence in films like Somewhere, Super 8, and We Bought a Zoo.

She tackles slightly more mature material in Sally Potter‘s coming-of-age tale Ginger & Rosa, playing a 17-year-old teen in ’60s London. Sincere and serious, Ginger throws herself into the fight for nuclear disarmament. Meanwhile, she’s growing apart from her lifelong best friend Rosa (newcomer Alice Englert) and struggling with the breakdown of her own family. Watch the new trailer after the jump.

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It always happens at this time every year: producers go to the Cannes marketplace with armfuls of potential projects, and we get a flood of casting reports as actors are attached left and right. Some of these will get made, some won’t, and some will get made with an entirely different cast.

One of the big ones today is a boxing drama called The Bleeder, which has Naomi Watts, Liev Schreiber and Christina Hendricks set to appear. Before The Fighter I’d have guessed this might be one that we’d hear about during Cannes and never again, but in the wake of that success it might happen. The Bleeder has Jeff Feuerzeig (The Devil and Daniel Johnston) directing from a script he wrote with Jerry Stahl, based on ” the true story of former New Jersey heavyweight boxer and womanizer Chuck Wepner who boxed 15 rounds with Muhammad Ali and inspired Sylvester Stallone to pen Rocky.” That connection to Rocky might be all this needs to put it over the top. [Variety]

After the break, Dexter‘s next season gets Def, and info on a romantic heist movie.  Read More »

The Making of ‘The King’s Speech’

The Weinstein Company have released a 23 minute behind the scenes making od documentary for The King’s Speech. Acclaimed as one of the best films of the year, Tom Hooper’s film is the story of “King George VI of Britain, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it.” Find out how the story was brought to the screen in the video embedded after the jump.

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Tom Hooper‘s film The King’s Speech won the People’s Choice Award (aka top prize) at the Toronto Film Festival, and wowed audiences just a week prior at Telluride. Now there’s a trailer for the picture, which suggests that the film is every bit the crowd-pleaser it is said to be. Read More »

Movie Trailer: Jackboots on Whitehall

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What if Team America: World Police were British, took place during World War II, and was totally serious? Well…more serious. OK, fine, what if Team America was British and set in WWII? You might have something like Jackboots on Whitehall, which tells the story of an alternate WWII in which Goering, Goebbels and Himmler plan to tunnel under the English Channel and into the heart of London in order to capture Britain while the country’s army is elsewhere. A small group of villagers represent the last line of defense against the Nazis.

Who says Inglorious Basterds has a lock on revisionist war history? Read More »

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