Atlanta Readers: Win Passes to See THE QUIET ONES

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So a couple weeks ago, I wrote about how I was happy to give away passes to Oculus because it had been too long since we’d seen a horror film this year.  Thankfully, we’re not going to have another long wait since a new scary movie is right around the corner.  The Quiet Ones looks incredibly creepy plus it has a cool 1970s setting, which I thought was one of the stronger points of last year’s incredibly popular horror film, The ConjuringThe Quiet Ones went into production before The Conjuring was released, so you can’t accuse it of being a rip-off, and hopefully it will deliver the on the promising footage from the trailers.

I’m pleased to announce we’re giving away 20 pairs of passes to the Atlanta screening of Transcendence.  Hit the jump to find out how you can see the movie early and for free.  The film stars Jared HarrisSam ClaflinOlivia CookeErin Richards, and Rory Fleck-ByrneThe Quiet Ones opens April 25th.

TRANSCENDENCE Review

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Much like its digitized main character, Transcendence has a cold, distant personality that might understand how humans act but can’t comprehend how they feel.  It’s not too difficult to explore the dangers of a man being consumed by technology.  That story goes all the way back to the tale of Icarus.  It may feel relevant due to our investment in the Internet and the distance we create every day by putting our lives online rather than forging real personal connections, but Wally Pfister‘s directorial debut sticks to a path where other films have gone before.  The movie still asks worthwhile questions, but they’re never elevated beyond dorm-room level philosophy.  Additionally, these questions overshadow the characters, who are reduced to pieces of a conversation we’ve already had before.

New Trailer for THE IMMIGRANT Starring Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, and Jeremy Renner

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The Weinstein Company has released a new trailer for James Gray‘s period drama The Immigrant.  The story centers on a woman (Marion Cotillard) immigrating to New York City in the 1920s who, when her sister is rejected and sent back to Poland, finds herself lured into the world of prostitution in the hopes of eventually being reunited with her kin.  This trailer focuses on the striking cinematography and throws out several ecstatic blurbs from critics.  I wish I had seen the movie they saw.  When I caught the film at the New York Film Festival last year, I saw a misguided effort that took a softball approach to a harsh narrative.

Hit the jump to check out The Immigrant trailer.  The film also stars Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner.

First Featurette for Robert Stromberg’s MALEFICENT Starring Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning

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Disney has released the first Maleficent featurette.  The film tells the story of Sleeping Beauty from the perspective of the titular villain (Angelina Jolie), and how a betrayal sets off a drive for revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides.  This featurette features interviews with Jolie, Elle Fanning (who plays the Princess Aurora), screenwriter Linda Woolverton (The Lion King), and director Robert Stromberg (the two-time Oscar winning art director of Avatar and Alice in Wonderland).  Their interviews help provide a few more details about the story, and the featurette also has some bits of new footage.

Hit the jump to check out the featurette.  The film also stars Sharlto CopleySam RileyImelda StauntonJuno Temple, and Lesley Manville.  Maleficent opens in 2D and 3D on May 30th.

New Trailer for ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK: Season 2; Cast Tries to Sum up New Season in 3 Words

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Netflix has released a new Orange Is the New Black season 2 trailer.  For those unfamiliar with the terrific series, it takes place inside a women’s prison, and although the “main character” is a socialite incarcerated for an old crime, the supporting cast is just as interesting (and in some cases, more so).  If you’ve seen season one, this trailer will get you even more pumped for what’s coming up.  Set aside some binge-watching time.  Additionally, there’s also a brief featurette where the cast tries to sum up their thoughts on the new season in only three words.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer and featurette.  The show stars Taylor Schilling, Jason Biggs, Laura Prepon, Kate Mugrew, Danielle Brooks, Uzo Aduba, Natasha Lyonne, Taryn Manning, Laverne Cox, Michael Harney, Samira Wiley, Yael Stone, and Lorraine ToussaintOrange Is the New Black returns with all 13 episodes on June 6th.

Zack Snyder Talks BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN; Gives Thoughts on Seeing Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman Together for the First Time

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Even though Zack Snyder currently can’t really say anything incredibly substantial about Batman vs. Superman (unofficial title), he can talk around it, and that’s close enough for most fanboys.  In a recent interview with Forbes, Snyder gave his thoughts on both characters and seeing them together on screen.  Personally, the most disconcerting part of the interview is when the interviewer says, “Superman is kind of the ideal of what we’d like to be, and Batman is kind of rooted in what we are. He reflects what we are, so to speak,” and Snyder replies, “Oh, 100%. And I think that’s at the heart of that, you know.”  I could not disagree more with that response.  I think an “idealist versus pragmatist” approach is understandable, but please don’t lump me in with a billionaire who treats a crime-ridden city like a playground so he can constantly work though his childhood trauma.

Hit the jump for more of what Snyder had to say about the Batman vs. Superman costumes, seeing Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman together on screen for the first time, when we might start seeing official images, and more.  The film stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Jesse Eisenberg, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Jeremy Irons, and Laurence FishburneBatman vs. Superman opens May 6, 2016.

New Trailers and Posters for FOXCATCHER, THE ROVER, and THE CAPTIVE

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Earlier today, the lineup for the 2014 Cannes Film Festival was announced, which means that marketing materials are going online, or in the case of Bennett Miller‘s Foxcatcher, back online.  A teaser trailer was released last fall, but then Sony pulled it shortly before announcing that the film would be pushed back to 2014.  Now that the movie is playing in competition at Cannes, the Foxcatcher trailer is back online, and I highly recommend watching it if you haven’t already.  There are also new posters and trailers David Michôd’s upcoming thriller The Rover starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson, and for Atom Egoyan‘s The Captive starring Ryan Reynolds and Mireille Enos.  Both films look fascinating, and I’m eager to hear the reaction to all of these pictures after they play at Cannes.

Hit the jump to check out the trailers and posters.  The Rover opens in New York and L.A. on June 13th and goes nationwide on June 20th.  Domestic release dates have yet to be announced for Foxcatcher and The Captive.

Three New Featurettes plus an International Poster for X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

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20th Century Fox has released three new X-Men: Days of Future Past featurettes along with a new international poster.  The follow-up finds Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) having his consciousness sent back to 1973 in order to help Professor X (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and the rest of the X-Men: First Class crew stop Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage) and the rise of the Sentinels, giant robots programmed to exterminate mutants.  These featurettes contain new footage, and I continue to be excited for this movie (unlike some other folks, I’ve enjoyed all the trailers).

Hit the jump to check out the featurettes and the new poster.  The film also stars Jennifer LawrenceNicholas Hoult, Patrick StewartIan McKellenEvan PetersEllen PageShawn AshmoreHalle BerryLucas TillOmar SyAdan CantoDaniel Cudmore, and Bingbing Fan.  X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in 2D and 3D.

2014 Cannes Film Festival Lineup Announced; FOXCATCHER, MAPS TO THE STARS, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, and More to Premiere

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The 2014 Cannes Film Festival lineup has been announced, and it has some heavy hitters.  Technically, the biggest is How to Train Your Dragon 2, but Cannes has played host to DreamWorks Animation films in the past in an attempt to give the festival a wider appeal.  Plus, that movie is playing out of competition.  Among the indies, the one I’ll be keeping an eye on is Bennett Miller‘s Foxcatcher starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo.  Other notable contenders include David Cronenberg‘s Maps to the Stars, David Michôd’s The Rover, Mike Leigh‘s Mr. Turner, Tommy Lee JonesThe Homesman, Ryan Gosling‘s Lost River (formerly titled How to Catch a Monster), Zhang Yimou‘s Coming Home, and Atom Egoyan‘s The Captive.

Hit the jump to check out the full lineup.  The 2014 Cannes Film Festival runs from May 15 – 25th.

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer Talks PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 5 and BEVERLY HILLS COP 4; Hopes to Shoot Both This Year

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Blockbuster producer Jerry Bruckheimer always has marquee projects in the works.  One of his biggest, the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, was set to release its fifth entry—reportedly titled Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales—on July 10, 2015.  But the film was delayed so that directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg (Kon-Tiki) would have more time to work on the script with screenwriter Jeff Nathanson (Rush Hour 3).  In a recent interview, Bruckheimer provided an update on the film saying he ‘”hopes to ‘get that going” by this fall or end of the year’ if everything lines up properly.”  I can’t imagine Disney wanting to let the franchise rest for long, especially since its latest entry, On Stranger Tides, raked in over a billion dollars worldwide.  Bruckheimer also said Johnny Depp is expected to come back (I don’t see how you make these movies without him) and “they’d be happy to have Keith Richards return.”

Hit the jump for what Bruckheimer had to say about Beverly Hills Cop 4.

Check out Prints from Mike Mitchell’s Upcoming Marvel Show at Mondo

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Mondo has announced “Mike Mitchell x Marvel x Mondo”, which is a gallery of Marvel character portraits by artist Mike Mitchell.  “My love for Marvel Comics was an integral part of growing up. Not just the comics, but the action figures, video games and cartoons. My intention with this show was to take those characters out of their action-oriented world and give them a moment of silence to catch their breath,” said Mitchell in a press release.  “This has easily been the most ambitious project I’ve ever taken on, and it’s due in part to my love for their universe.”

Hit the jump to check out Mitchell’s Marvel prints for Spider-Man, Doctor Octopus, Black Cat, Bullseye, Luke Cage, and Mysterio.  The show will run from April 25th to May 17th.

Trailer and Poster for COLD IN JULY Starring Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard, and Don Johnson

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IFC Films has released the Cold in July trailer and poster.  The film stars Michael C. Hall as an mild-mannered family man who kills a home intruder, but events take a bizarre twist when the intruder’s father (Sam Shepard) begins stalking around, and an even larger conspiracy is around the corner.  I saw the film at Sundance, and even though the tone is erratic, it’s also electrifying.  This trailer provides a good sense of the movie without giving too much away, or at least not so much that you can piece together the entire story.  This is an indie flick you should definitely keep on your radar.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster.  The film also stars Don Johnson and Vinessa ShawCold in July opens May 23rd.

Watch 4 Clips, 6 Minutes of B-Roll, and a Behind-the-Scenes Look at Hans Zimmer Recording the Score for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2

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Sony Pictures has released new The Amazing Spider-Man 2 movie clips, six minutes of B-roll, and a behind-the-scenes look at the recording of the score.  The follow-up finds Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) surrounded by antagonistic forces as Electro (Jamie Foxx) emerges, Parker’s old friend Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) returns to New York City, and everyone seems to have a connection to the shady goings-on at Oscorp.  The music stuff is particularly cool because it shows composer Hans Zimmer recording with the band. And if you don’t blink, you might see director Marc Webb playing guitar towards the end of the video.

Hit the jump to check out the clips, B-roll footage, and behind-the-scenes video of the scoring process.  The film also stars Emma StonePaul GiamattiSally FieldChris Cooper, B.J. Novak, and Felicity Jones.  The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 2nd.

New Image and Plot Details for Woody Allen’s MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT Starring Emma Stone, Colin Firth, and Marcia Gay Harden

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A new image has gone online for Woody Allen‘s upcoming film Magic in the Moonlight.  We previously reported that the movie “is a romantic comedy about an Englishman (Colin Firth) brought in to help unmask a possible swindle.  Personal and professional complications ensue. The film is set in the south of France in the 1920s against a backdrop of wealthy mansions, the Côte d’Azur, jazz joints and fashionable spots for the wealthy of the Jazz Age.”  The latest issue of EW reports that the “possible swindle” involves the Englishman trying “to expose a phony mystic (Emma Stone), only to end up falling for her.”  Furthermore, Marcia Gay Harden will play “Stone’s mother and co-conspirator.”

Allen says he had the idea for “ages” but it only recently clicked when he decided to set it in the south of France in the 1920s rather than the present day.  Allen also said that the reason for him shooting so many of his recent films in Europe is “By sheer accident because I was getting European financing. I’ve wound up being a foreign filmmaker.”  Hit the jump to check out the image.  Magic in the Moonlight opens July 25th.

Two New Featurettes for X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Starring Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence

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Following yesterday’s final trailer, two new X-Men: Days of Future Past featurettes have been released.  These featurettes go into the making of two specific scenes.  One featurette focuses on a last-minute addition to the movie where director Bryan Singer felt there needed to be a scene where Magneto (Michael Fassbender) retrieves his helmet, and the other featurette looks at the task of outfitting extras with custom-made 1973 outfits.  They’re both interesting featurettes because they show aspects of filmmaking that some people might not think about.

Hit the jump to check out the featurettes.  The film also stars Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Peter Dinklage, Jennifer LawrenceNicholas Hoult, Patrick StewartIan McKellenEvan PetersEllen PageShawn AshmoreHalle BerryLucas TillOmar SyAdan CantoDaniel Cudmore, and Bingbing Fan.  X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in 2D and 3D.

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