Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner is back with The Romanoffs, an ambitious, star-studded anthology series coming to Amazon. The show focuses on eight separate stories about people who think they’re descended from the Russian royal family. That sounds both weird and interesting, and the cast assembled here is out of this world. Watch The Romanoffs trailer below.
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We’ve seen Charlize Theron play everything from a rough-looking serial killer to the commander of a tribe of post-apocalyptic warriors to a badass secret agent. Now we’re going to see her absolutely exhausted as a mother of three children just doing her best to get by.
Tully follows Charlize Theron as Marlo, a mother who barely makes it through each day, taking care of a newborn, doing laundry, cooking dinner, breast-pumping and more. Theron looks pretty worse for wear, but some help comes knocking on her door in the form of Mackenzie Davis. Read More »
The small, friendly town of Shimmer Lake isn’t as innocent as it looks. Neither are some of the characters in writer-director Oren Uziel‘s crafty crime thriller, which shows a crime gone wrong in reverse time. The robbery involves a moralistic Sherrif (Benjamin Walker), a desperate lawyer on the run (Rainn Wilson), two D-list FBI agents (Ron Livingston and Rob Corddry), and more.
It’s an 83-minute ensemble crime story with a surprising amount of intimacy. Few of Uziel’s characters are what their jobs, past, or archetypes imply. He reveals them all to be more than what they seem with his directorial debut, which marks his first time ever behind the camera. Uziel, who co-wrote 22 Jump Street and the next addition to the Cloverfield universe, God Particle, told us about writing and directing his debut film, which is streaming on Netflix right now.
Below, read our Oren Uziel interview [Spoilers ahead].
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Posted on Tuesday, September 15th, 2015 by Angie Han
If aliens were going to invade Earth, you could do worse than pin your hopes on Chloë Grace Moretz. The former Hit-Girl leads The 5th Wave as Cassie, a teen girl trying to survive in a world that’s been torn apart by alien attacks — four waves of them, in fact, with a fifth one on the way. When her brother is taken (Zackary Arthur) is taken away, she sets out to save him.
The 5th Wave is, like all studio movies starring actors in their late teens to early 20s seem to be these days, adapted from a bestselling YA trilogy, this time by Rick Yancey. Nick Robinson stars as Cassie’s classmate Ben, and Alex Roe is a handsome stranger named Evan. Watch The 5th Wave trailer after the jump. Read More »
Here’s the first trailer for James White, which marks the feature directorial debut of Josh Mond, who produced Martha Marcy May Marlene and Simon Killer. The film was a source of constant conversation at Sundance this year, where we all sadly missed every screening.
Much of the talk about the film centered on the lead performance from Christopher Abbott (Girls), and the first image we see of him in this trailer is of a guy who has been beaten up, but is still kicking. There’s more than a minor suggestion here that James White gets at least some of his problems under control, but not before we get to see Abbott display an impressive range of energy in the movie. Read More »
Posted on Monday, August 31st, 2015 by Angie Han
There comes a time in every young actor’s life when he or she must attempt to lead their own dystopian YA franchise, and for Chloë Grace Moretz that time is now. She stars as Cassie The 5th Wave, based on Rick Yancey‘s hit teen novel about a world torn apart by invading alien forces. Naturally, the book is the first in a trilogy.
Ron Livingston and Maggie Siff play Cassie’s parents, Alex Roe and Nick Robinson are her handsome love interests, and Liev Schreiber, Maika Monroe, and Maria Bello also star. Watch The 5th Wave trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 by Angie Han
Much as we love Jason Segel, he seemed like an, um, unexpected choice when he was cast as late author David Foster Wallace in James Ponsoldt‘s The End of the Tour. But now that shooting is underway, we have a much better idea of what Segel will look like in character… and the jury’s still out, I’d say.
The film stars Jesse Eisenberg as a Rolling Stone writer who goes on a road trip with Wallace. Ron Livingston has also just boarded the cast, in a supporting role. See Segel as Wallace and learn more about Livingston’s part after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, January 16th, 2014 by Angie Han
At first, Jenée LaMarque‘s The Pretty One appears to be built around a Parent Trap-esque gimmick. Zoe Kazan plays identical twins Laurel and Audrey. Audrey is “the pretty one” — a chic, outgoing go-getter — while Laurel is the mousy wallflower.
But then a horrible accident leaves one of them dead, and it’s here that the story really kicks in. Everyone assumes it’s Laurel who perished, but only Laurel knows the truth. Rather than correct them, though, she gives in to the temptation to live it up as Audrey.
Jake Johnson stars as Laurel’s love interest and Ron Livingston co-stars as an ex of Audrey’s, which makes this the second time he and Johnson have had eyes for the same woman (well, sorta) in an indie dramedy. One more, and we could call it a trend. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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There’s a great bit of stage banter from Tom Waits where he jokes about someone leaning over during a movie to insist “you know, this is based on a true story.” The question from Waits is: does that really make the film any better?
I’ve seen James Wan‘s new film, The Conjuring, and despite the fact that the film begins with a card that says it is based on a true story, I assumed it was one of those Texas Chainsaw Massacre things — a gentle little lie to give the story a bit of weight. Then I remembered that, in fact, this is based on something from reality. The Conjuring brings to the screen a story from the archives of the same husband and wife team that later investigated a famous house in Amityville, New York.
There’s a healthy collection of really well-done haunting scenes in the film, and while it’s probably better to just watch it as a movie, this new trailer gives the real-life family a chance to speak for the first time. If you’ll find a horror film more frightening knowing that it is based in reality, then this is definitely the trailer for you. Read More »
Joe Swanberg‘s new film Drinking Buddies is his most traditionally polished effort, but it still has the raw emotional intensity of his best ultra low budget work. The film features a great quartet: Anna Kendrick, Jake Johnson, Ron Livingston, and Olivia Wilde. The four actors play two committed couples, but lines between them are starting to blur as dissatisfaction with each is complicated by the friendship between Wilde and Johnson’s characters.
This first trailer seems like it gives away a lot, but this is really just a quick sketch of the plot. It hints at some of the most awkward moments between characters without getting into precisely what complications await as everyone tries to figure out what they really want. This is a movie that is frank about the difficulties of maintaining a relationship after the first blush of attraction fades, and while it isn’t always easy, there’s great stuff within, and Wilde’s performance should be appreciated as one of the best she’s given. Read More »