NOT FADE AWAY Blu-ray Review

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David Chase, the creator of The Sopranos, may be respected for giving the world one of the greatest television shows of all time, but when he jumped into feature films with Not Fade Away, he seems to have been allowed to do whatever he wanted, but the finished product was abandoned by its studio (Paramount), who must not have thought it was Oscar material.  That’s too bad as Not Fade Away is a film that feels alive with the possibilities of cinema, but also is aware of the past.  The story of a band that never made it, Chase’s semi-autobiographical tale paints a great portrait of teenagers going through the 1960’s and are swept up in the cultural changes reflected in the music of the era.  My review of the Blu-ray of Not Fade Away follows after the jump. 

New Trailer for VIOLET & DAISY Starring Saiorse Ronan and Alexis Bledel

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A new trailer for Academy Award-winning writer Geoffrey Fletcher’s (Precious) first directing venture Violet & Daisy has been released.  The film centers on two young female assassins, played by Saiorse Ronan (Atonement) and Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls), who set out for what they think will be a quick and easy hit, but turns into something much more complicated when their target throws a wrench in the works.  The marketing and posters for the film thus far have seemed to be going for that pulpy and modern pop take on young women in today’s society, like Spring Breakers, but the trailer gives off a tone that seems a bit muddled.  It has elements of quirky comedy and a more serious and dire consequences drama, but not a clear vision that can be derived just from the trailer.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and click here to read Matt’s review from TIFF 2011.  The film also stars James Gandolfini, Danny Trejo, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, and Cody HornViolet & Daisy will be released on June 7th.

Steve Carell and James Gandolfini to Play Feuding Paleontologists in HBO’s BONE WARS

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Steve Carell and James Gandolfini have just been cast to star in the HBO movie, Bone Wars, where they will be portraying two paleontologists who were once engaged in a heated competition to discover dinosaur fossils.  Known also as The Great Dinosaur Rush, the feud not only led to one of the greatest discoveries of new dinosaur species but also left the two men ruined after they spent their own fortune to fund the search.  Hit the jump for more.

James Gandolfini Joins ANIMAL RESCUE, Adam Driver Added to THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU, S. Epatha Merkerson in Talks for SEXUAL HEALING

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We’ve got a couple of casting stories to share this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • James Gandolfini is in talks to join Tom Hardy in the crime drama Animal Rescue.
  • Girls standout Adam Driver is in negotiations to join Tina Fey and Jason Bateman in the comedy/drama This Is Where I Leave You.
  • Law & Order star S. Epatha Merkerson is looking to play Marvin Gaye’s mother in the biopic Sexual Healing.

Hit the jump for more details.

38 Images from THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE Starring Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, and Jim Carrey

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Warner Bros. has released 38 images from The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.  The film stars Steve Carell as a Vegas magician whose relationship with his partner (Steve Buscemi) becomes strained as the two start getting upstaged by a hipper illusionist (Jim Carrey).  The comedy is set to open SXSW 2013, and that’s a huge vote of confidence for the film’s quality.

Hit the jump to check out the images, and if you missed any of Steve’s set visit coverage be sure to check out his interviews with Steve Carell, Olivia Wilde, Steve Buscemi, director Don Scardino, and producer Chris BenderThe Incredible Burt Wonderstone opens on March 15th.

New Posters and International Trailer for THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE Starring Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi

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A couple of character posters and an international trailer have been released for the comedy The Incredible Burt WonderstoneSteve Carell stars as a Vegas magician whose relationship with his partner (Steve Buscemi) becomes strained as the two start getting upstaged by a hipper illusionist (Jim Carrey).  The international trailer has a couple new jokes, and I’m jazzed for the film not only because of the cast, which also includes Olivia Wilde, James Gandolfini, and Alan Arkin, but because it was written by Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley (Horrible Bosses).

Hit the jump to check out the posters and new trailer.  The Incredible Burt Wonderstone will open the 2013 SXSW Film Festival, and opens on March 15th.

NOT FADE AWAY Review

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We experience our lives as constant stream.  We remember our lives as turning points.  These turning points weren’t necessarily the most dramatic moments, but they were emblematic.  More than other moments, this one was special.  David Chase, a storyteller who has consistently eschewed traditional narrative structure, looks into the past to see snapshots of lives in his debut feature film, Not Fade Away.  These snapshots aren’t merely of good times and bad times, but acts of creation and destruction set against a backdrop of a world on the brink of survival.  Anchored by strong performances, Not Fade Away manages to break past the clichés of its settings to find compelling characters.  However, Chase’s desire to escape a traditional narrative structure keeps us at an emotional distance.

First Trailer for THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE Starring Steve Carell and Jim Carrey

by     Posted 1 year, 124 days ago

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Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for the upcoming comedy The Incredible Burt WonderstoneSteve Carell stars as a Vegas magician whose relationship with his partner (Steve Buscemi) becomes strained as the two start getting upstaged by a hipper illusionist (Jim Carrey).  I can’t even imagine a universe where Carell and Buscemi are anything less than great as a comedy team, well-suited to play corny, old-school magicians.  Likewise, Carrey is good get to play the intense adversary, and writers Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley have some funny stunts lined up for his Criss Angel doppleganger: “For twelve days he’s held. His. Urine.”  Yet judging by the trailer-closing joke, Alan Arkin may just steal the show as the elder magician who inspired Burt.

Olivia Wilde, James Gandolfini, and Jay Mohr also star.  Directed by Don Scardino, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone opens March 15, 2013.  Watch the trailer after the jump.

Final Trailer for ZERO DARK THIRTY Highlights Performance by Jessica Chastain

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Director Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty has stirred up quite a lot of awards buzz lately, thanks in part to Jessica Chastain’s performance. Chastain is front and center in this final trailer for the picture. There’s plenty of new footage to go around in addition to the reveal of more side-plots, since we already know how the operation to kill Osama bin Laden worked out. The added musical accompaniment of a children’s choir singing Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters” puts this thing over the top; I wish it was in theaters right now.

Written by Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty also stars Kyle Chandler, Chris Pratt, Mark Strong, Scott Adkins, Joel Edgerton and James Gandolfini.  The film opens in limited release on December 19th, then expands nationwide on January 11th. Hit the jump to watch the powerful final trailer. 

20 New Images from NOT FADE AWAY by Writer/Director David Chase

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We have 20 new images to share with you today from writer/director David Chase’s Not Fade Away. The movie centers on a group of friends in New Jersey during the 1960s who want to form a rock band. Since Not Fade Away comes from the creator of The Sopranos, you can expect the film to be anything but a traditional arc from obscurity to stardom.

Starring John Magaro, Jack Huston, Will Brill, Bella Heathcote and James GandolfiniNot Fade Away opens in limited release starting December 21st. Hit the jump to see the new images.

New Clips from THIS IS 40 and KILLING THEM SOFTLY

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A new clip and featurette have debuted for writer/director Judd Apatow’s This Is 40. Starring Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann in a spin-off film for their characters in Knocked Up, This Is 40 centers on the real-life problems of a mid-life marriage. The clip highlights some funny pillow talk between Rudd and Mann, while the featurette reveals Jason Segel’s role in the picture. Also starring Albert BrooksJohn Lithgow and Megan FoxThis Is 40 opens on December 21st.

We also have a new clip from writer/director Andrew Dominik’s Killing Them Softly. Centering on Brad Pitt as a mob enforcer, this clip reveals a conversation between Pitt and James Gandolfini’s character, New York Mickey, aka Mickey Fix-It. Also starring Richard Jenkins, Ray Liotta, Scoot McNairy and Ben Mendelsohn, Killing Them Softly opens November 30th. Hit the jump to check out the clips.

New Trailer for KILLING THEM SOFTLY Starring Brad Pitt, Richard Jenkins, and James Gandolfini

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A new trailer for director Andrew Dominik’s crime drama Killing Them Soflty has been released.  The film stars Brad Pitt as a mob enforcer called in to investigate the robbery of a high-stakes card game.  The film’s first trailer was pretty great, but this clip ups my anticipation level even more.  We see a bit more of the plot and character interactions, and there’s a scene set in the rain that shows off some fantastic visuals.  Dominik displayed tremendous talent with The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford, and I’m highly encouraged by what we’ve seen of his second go-around with Pitt thus far.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  The film also stars Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, Scoot McNairy, and Ben Mendelsohn.  Killing Them Softly opens November 30th.

New Trailer for ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH

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A new trailer has landed for director Cal Brunker’s animated space adventure, Escape from Planet Earth.  If you enjoyed Hoodwinked and its sequel, then Escape from Planet Earth is right up your alley as it’s from the same creative team.  The story centers on alien beings who get captured during a mission to Earth and are tossed into the secure holding site of Area 51.  But they quickly find that they are not alone.

Escape from Planet Earth, featuring the voices of Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Alba, Brendan Fraser, James Gandolfini, Craig Robinson and Rob Corddry opens February 14th, 2013.  Hit the jump to check out the new trailer.

International Trailer for KILLING THEM SOFTLY Starring Brad Pitt

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A new international trailer for Killing Them Softly has been released.  The film stars Brad Pitt as a mob enforcer called in to investigate the robbery of a high-stakes card game.  The domestic trailer showed us some of the other characters and plot points, but this international trailer is short, to the point, and it works.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, Scoot McNairy, and Ben MendelsohnKilling Them Softly opens November 30th.

New Trailer for Kathryn Bigelow’s ZERO DARK THIRTY

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A new trailer for director Kathryn Bigelow’s (The Hurt Locker) thriller Zero Dark Thirty has been released.  The film documents the decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden, culminating in the now-famous SEAL Team Six operation.  The new cut is heads above the first trailer, in which a war room speech presided over the trailer with scenes of covert operations taking place.  This time around, we actually see the words being spoken in the war room as well as the soldiers in the thick of it, with their boots on the ground.  And the sense of tension here is much more palpable, as it should be.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film stars Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt, Mark Strong, Scott Adkins, Joel Edgerton, James Gandolfini, and Kyle ChandlerZero Dark Thirty opens on December 19th.

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