Posted on Monday, March 3rd, 2014 by Angie Han
For the last few years, one of the highlights of the Academy Awards night has been what comes after the Academy Awards. Namely, Jimmy Kimmel‘s post-Oscar spoof of Hollywood filmmaking at its grandest. This year was no exception.
After knocking it out of the park two years in a row with Movie: The Movie and its inevitable sequel, he switched gears this year to bring us highfalutin Oscar bait trailers starring the likes of Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Ben Kingsley… based on the likes of YouTube classics “David After Dentist,” “Keyboard Cat,” and “Charlie Bit My Finger.” Check ’em all out after the jump.
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Zach Braff‘s Wish I Was Here is now infamous because of the controversy surrounding Braff’s Kickstarter campaign. But let’s not allow that to cloud the real picture –Braff’s fans coughed up $3.1 million for his second feature film because they loved his first movie. Garden State connected with teens and college-aged twenty somethings in a manner that rarely happens, almost in the way that a song or a poem connects, rather than a movie. Fans have been waiting over a decade for Braff to go back behind the camera for a follow-up. This year at Sundance they got it.
Wish I Was Here is a real crowd pleaser, earning a standing ovation at the Premiere screening at Park City’s The Marc theatre. The film is very funny; when the lights came up I was hurting from laughter and sniffling a bit. (Must have been the cold temperature of Utah, right? Yeah that has to be the reason…) It is my favorite movie of Sundance this year (thus far).
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Zach Braff has released the poster for his second directorial effort Wish I Was Here, which like Garden State is premiering at the Sundance Film Festival. Braff stars in the film alongside Josh Gad, Mandy Patinkin, Ashley Greene, Donald Faison, Jim Parsons and others. The movie is set to premiere this weekend. The LA /Film crew arrived in Park City last night and will be covering this and many other films over the next week. Hit the jump to see the full poster.
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Briefly: Joseph Gordon-Levitt is having a big news day. He’s attached to adapt Neil Gaiman’s Sandman and he’s now officially been revealed as the lead voice in Disney’s English-language release of Hayao Miyazaki‘s final film, The Wind Rises.
Gordon-Levitt will voice Jiro Horikoshi, a talented engineer who spends his life building planes, only to realize he can’t fix everything. The actor will be joined by an impressive list of names including his Looper co-star Emily Blunt, her husband John Krasinski, as well as Martin Short, Stanley Tucci, Mandy Patinkin, William H. Macy, Werner Herzog (!), Mae Whitman, Jennifer Grey, Darren Criss, Elijah Wood and Ronan Farrow.
The English dubbed version will be released February 21. [USA Today]
Posted on Friday, August 23rd, 2013 by Angie Han
Loyalty has always been a major theme on Homeland. The entire premise of Season 1 was Carrie (Claire Danes) and Saul (Mandy Patinkin) trying to suss out just whom Brody (Damian Lewis) was working for. Things got more complicated still for Brody in Season 2, what with all the double- and triple-crossing. Now, in Season 3, it may be Carrie’s turn to pick a side once and for all.
Showtime has revealed another teaser and a new set of posters from the next season of Homeland. The new tagline, “Pledge Allegiance,” suggests that our main characters will have to take a stand — and, judging by the somber expressions on their faces, that it won’t be easy for any of them. Hit the jump to check them out. (Spoilers for Season 2 ahead.)
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Posted on Friday, August 9th, 2013 by Angie Han
The very first teaser for Homeland‘s third season hinted at a gritty thriller, as cryptic radio signals offered clues to Nicholas Brody’s current situation. The first full-length trailer for the show, however, gets far more emotional. And yes, there’s actual footage this time around, if still not a whole lot of dialogue. Check it out after the jump. (Obviously, there are major spoilers for Season 2 up ahead.)
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Hating on Zach Braff has become the cool thing to do. The reason being the actor/director took to Kickstarter in April to fund his next movie, Wish I Was Here. It was a polarizing move because many people felt Braff had enough clout to get traditional funding. He agreed, but decided he’d rather make the movie outside the system. Support and money poured in, as did criticism of the plan. Braff has remained steadfast in his decision, and is lining up a fantastic cast for the film. So far he’s got Anna Kendrick, Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Jim Parsons and Josh Gad.
Braff stopped by Sirius XM earlier this week and not only did a little defending, he revealed he off-handedly explained the entire crowd funding avenue to Woody Allen. Allen, whose last few films have all been set in Europe because it’s easier for him to get funding there, was apparently quite taken by the idea. Braff also revealed that Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell approached him to write a song for the film. Read more, and listen, to the segments below. Read More »
This morning Megan Fox, Ed Helms, and Jessica Alba announced the nominations for the 2013 Golden Globes. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization behind the event, is famous for nominating films and performances simply based on their star factor — if there’s an actor that members of the HFPA want to hang out with, they’re sure to get a nomination.
But the HFPA is great at putting on a show, and so the Golden Globes generate a lot of attention every year. And, as the NY Times points out, with the Globes nominations coming just days before Oscar nomination voting starts, there’s a possibility that nominations here could affect Oscar voting. The Best Picture nomination set includes what is already becoming a standard set of awards favorites, such as Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, and Zero Dark Thirty, but there are also nominations for Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, and Django Unchained. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen picked up a few nominations, actually, which was one of the big surprises.
The Golden Globes will air on January 13, 2013, hosted by Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. The full nomination list is below. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, September 19th, 2011 by Angie Han
A few months ago we showed you a clip from Showtime’s buzzy new series Homeland, a CIA thriller by 24 executive producers Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon. Based on the Israeli series Prisoner of War by Gideon Raff (who’s also an exec producer here), the story centers around agent Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes), who comes to suspect that recently returned POW Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) isn’t everything he seems. Though Brody is being hailed as a hero, Mathison alone believes that he’s secretly turned his allegiances to al Qaeda. Mandy Patinkin and Morena Baccarin also star, as Mathison’s boss/mentor and Brody’s wife, respectively.
Since the last time we wrote about the show, it’s screened for a few critics and has quickly become one of the most highly praised pilots of the fall TV season. Though the series won’t actually debut on Showtime for two more weeks, you can watch the first episode online right now. More after the jump.
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Showtime has released a trailer for their new fall series Homeland, a psychological thriller starring Claire Danes, Damian Lewis and Mandy Patinkin. Here is the official plot synopsis:
A taut psychological thriller about a volatile CIA officer (Emmy® winner Claire Danes) who becomes convinced that a recently rescued American POW may be connected to an al Qaeda plot to be carried out on U.S. soil.
Seems like an action-less politics-heavy thriller version of 24 from the executive producer of 24. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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