Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?
This week, we get through grief by getting dominated, get our shizz together, enter into an inappropriate relationship, try to decipher James Franco’s latest, and are amused by artificial intelligence. Read More »
If you follow the world of movies, you might have once heard about Zeroville, James Franco‘s screen adaptation of Steve Erickson’s novel. Franco’s film has been in the can since 2015, but legal issues kept it from seeing the light of day. Now, myCinema digital content distribution system has rescued the film, and will release in September of this year. Will it have been worth the wait?
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It can be tough to take the Coen Brothers at their word – after all, the duo claims (seemingly in jest) that they never read Homer’s The Odyssey despite basing O Brother, Where Art Thou? on it. But if they were forthright about the origins of their latest work, the anthology film The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, then it serves as a kind of career compendium. They wrote the film’s first segment, a comedic musical western, decades ago when their work had a more overtly comical bent. They wrote the final segment, on the other hand, just before starting production on the film in order to put an adequate bow on the project.
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs functions like a greatest hits album for the Coens, though somehow with songs we’ve never heard before. It spans and encompasses the many styles of filmmaking they mastered over decades behind the camera. Their expert wielding of tone and mood has rarely been so evident as it is within each yarn they tell, all from a book of stories complete with color plates. Read More »
Fresh off debuting at the Venice Film Festival, where it won Best Screenplay, Netflix has released the first trailer for Joel & Ethan Coen‘s Western anthology film The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. What started out as a Netflix series became an anthology film starring the likes of James Franco, Tim Blake Nelson, Brendan Gleeson, Zoe Kazan, Tom Waits, Stephen Root and many more. Get a taste of each of the stories in The Ballad of Buster Scruggs trailer below. Read More »
It’s 1977 and the porn industry is thriving in the HBO series created by George Pelecanos and David Simon. A five-year jump finds the characters of The Deuce onto bigger and bolder things, while now facing resistance from the New York police and the oncoming threat of changing laws. But we’re also about to enter the era of Studio 54, when disco and the tightening grip of organized crime ruled the city. Catch up with what has happened in the last five years with the official The Deuce season 2 trailer. Read More »
It’s the height of the ’70s, and business is a-booming for the characters of The Deuce. The HBO drama series jumps ahead five years for its second season, following Maggie Gyllenhaal‘s Eileen “Candy” Merrell, James Franco‘s Vincent Martino and Frankie Martino, Gbenga Akinnagbe‘s Larry Brown, and more as they navigate the seedy New York underworld and the burgeoning pornography industry.
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Posted on Wednesday, July 25th, 2018 by Fred Topel
The Summer 2018 Television Critics Association press tour began with HBO presenting sessions on their upcoming fall shows. President of HBO Programming Casey Bloys answered questions, supplying details on the Deadwood movie and Game of Thrones prequels.
Earlier this month, HBO greenlit Joss Whedon’s new series The Nevers. When it was announced, anticipation for the show was tempered by Whedon’s ex-wife Kai Cole, who penned an essay for The Wrap last year detailing emotional abuse and accusing Whedon of using his power as a producer to sleep with his actresses. Whedon replied that her article contained “inaccuracies and misrepresentations.”
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Netflix and streaming platforms have been rolling out so much vaguely cyberpunk-inspired science-fiction lately that it’s easy to be overwhelmed. But Lionsgate is bringing a new sci-fi film to theaters, and it’s one that boasts an impressive cast.
Kin stars Dennis Quaid, Zoe Kravitz, Jack Reynor, Carrie Coon, and newcomer Myles Truitt in a promising sci-fi film about a boy who stumbles upon a strange weapon, and the chaos that ensues after he does.
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Welcome to Future World, which looks to be a low-grade knock-off of Mad Max: Fury Road featuring James Franco and Snoop Dogg. I encourage you to watch the Future World trailer below, and attempt to make sense of it all.
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Yesterday Tommy Wiseau scared the hell out of us with a video of him auditioning as The Joker for no good reason at all. Now today he’s providing some insight into the accuracy of The Disaster Artist when it comes to depicting the making of his infamous independent film turned cult classic, The Room.
For Vanity Fair’s “Notes on a Scene” video series, Tommy Wiseau breaks down the rooftop scene featuring James Franco (as the eccentric Wiseau) struggling to correctly remember his lines, resulting in an embarrassing amount of takes. Wiseau’s insight on the original scene is interesting, but you also have to wonder if what he says is true. Read More »