David M. Rosenthal’s A SINGLE SHOT, Starring Sam Rockwell, Jason Isaacs and William H. Macy, Will Premiere at Berlinale Festival

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Director David M. Rosenthal’s new crime thriller adaptation A Single Shot is set to premiere at the Berlinale Festival in Germany later this month.  The film, written by author Matthew Jones in an adaptation of his 2011 novel, stars Sam Rockwell (Moon) as a deer hunter whose one mistake spirals out of control and lands him in a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a pack of backwoods criminals.  Hit the jump to read the full synopsis.

Sundance 2013: THE WAY, WAY BACK Review

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In their directorial debut, The Way, Way Back, writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash show they’re incredibly adept at humor.  They know how to tell a good joke, push the envelope without being mean-spirited, and find the right actors to deliver the comedy.  Unfortunately, a film has to put story and characters before comedy, and the film fails where it matters most.  Faxon and Rash put a painfully bland character at the center of their movie, and then try to convince us that anyone would help the uninteresting protagonist.  Surrounded by one-dimensional characters and a predictable plot, The Way, Way Back can tell a joke, but has difficulty doing anything else.

MOONRISE KINGDOM and SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK Lead 2013 Independent Spirit Award Nominations; Matthew McConaughey Lands Double Nods

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The nominations for the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards have been announced, and Oscar hopefuls Silver Linings Playbook and Moonrise Kingdom lead the pack.  Both films picked up nominations for Best Feature, Director, and Screenplay with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper landing acting noms for SLP and Bruce Willis garnering a swell Best Supporting Actor nomination for his work in Moonrise KingdomBeasts of the Southern Wild, Bernie, and Keep the Lights On round out the Best Feature nominees, while The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Safety Not Guaranteed were singled out for the Best First Feature award.  Also, Matthew McConaughey pulled double nominations for his stellar work in this year’s Magic Mike and Killer Joe, landing a Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor nod, respectively.  Notably shut out of the race entirely was Leos Carax‘s critically-lauded Holy Motors.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of nominations.  The winners of the 2013 Spirit Awards will be announced on Saturday, February 23, 2013.

TOP 5: New York Comic-Con 2012, First Trailer for HITCHCOCK, SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS Interviews, DJANGO UNCHAINED, ARROW Interviews

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As a preamble to this week’s Top 5, I’d like to take a few lines to recognize my own personal “Top 2″ from the past 7 days: the St. Louis Cardinals and Warner Premiere’s animated adaptation of Frank Miller‘s classic tale The Dark Knight Returns, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1. Beginning with the former, my beloved Cardinals completed yet another historic comeback last night against the Washington Nationals. Win or lose, I think it’s necessary to get in writing here that I won’t have a single negative thing to say about this team the rest of the way. As for the latter, I had a chance to sit down with director Jay Oliva‘s animated adaptation the other day and I found it to be a worthy retelling of Miller’s classic Bat-story. If you have any interest in animated comic adaptations and have yet to check it out, I recommend doing so.

But enough of my own personal favorites, included in this week’s trip around the bases (yep, that’s another baseball reference) is our coverage of New York Comic-Con 2012, the first trailer for director Sacha Gervasi‘s Hitchcock, Seven Psychopaths interviews with Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken and more, a new trailer for Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained, and a slew of interviews for The CW’s new superhero series, Arrow. A brief recap and link to each awaits.

SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the Toronto International Film Festival.  Seven Psychopaths opens today.]

A way to work through writer’s block is to write about the writer’s block. At least you’re writing, and you may get something more creative than if you had carefully mapped out your path. I’m not sure if writer-director Martin McDonagh suffered a case of writer’s block on his way to creating Seven Psychopaths, but the end result is brash, brilliant, wickedly fun, and the best film about screenwriting since Adaptation. Psychopaths is viciously funny, delightfully clever, and meta without being cloyingly self-conscious. McDonagh’s machine-gun script races with energy fueled by wild performances from stars Sam Rockwell, Colin Farrell, and Christopher Walken. The movie doesn’t simply break through writer’s block; Seven Psychopaths gleefully blows the block to hell.

Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken Talk SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS, What Inspired Their Performances, Memorable Moments, and More

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The crime comedy Seven Psychopaths, from writer/director Martin McDonagh (In Bruges), is equal parts gore and humor, with an absolutely adorable Shih Tzu thrown in, for good measure.  Struggling screenwriter Marty Faranan (Colin Farrell) is past deadline and out of ideas, until he gets inspiration from his best friend Billy (Sam Rockwell) and the eccentric Hans (Christopher Walken), whose dog-napping business results in gangster Charlie Costello (Woody Harrelson) desperate to get his prized pooch back.

At the film’s press day, co-stars Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken talked about why they enjoy working with Martin McDonagh, the cemetery scene, what they found most memorable about working on the film, what inspired their performances, and delivering such great dialogue.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell Talk SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS, Script Changes on Set, How They Each Prepare for a Role, and More

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One of the best films I saw at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was writer-director Martin McDonagh‘s (In Bruges) dark comedy Seven PsychopathsThe film centers on a screenwriter (Colin Farrell) suffering writer’s block, who then gets drawn into the mischief of his two dog-napping friends (Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken) after they kidnap a pooch belonging to a psychotic gangster (Woody Harrelson).  For more on the film that also stars Tom Waits, Zeljko Ivanek, Abbie Cornish, and Olga Kurylenko, here’s Matt’s review, seven clips, and all our previous coverage.

The day after the world premiere, I sat down with Walken and Rockwell for an exclusive interview.  We talked about their initial reaction to reading the script, how precious McDonagh is with the dialogue, whether anything changed on set, how they each prepare for a role, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

New Posters for SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS by Artists Todd Slater, Phantom City Creative, and More

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Earlier today, we showed you our exclusive poster for Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths by Chris Thornley.  The film centers on a screenwriter (Colin Farrell) suffering writer’s block, who then gets drawn into the mayhem created by his two dog-napping friends (Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken) after they kidnap a shih tzu belonging to a psychotic gangster (Woody Harrelson).

Five other character posters have been posted on various websites, and you can check out those posters after the jump.  A seventh poster will be selected from artwork submitted to the movie’s official Facebook page.  The film also stars Olga Kurylenko, Abbie Cornish, and Tom Waits. Seven Psychopaths opens October 12th.  Click here to read my review.

Sam Rockwell, Allison Janney, William H. Macy, Amanda Peet and More Join Clark Gregg’s TRUST ME

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Though Clark Gregg is well-known for his work as the beloved Agent Coulson in the Marvel films, the affable actor is also a director.  He helmed the 2008 adaptation of the Chuck Palahniuk novel Choke, and now he’s gearing up for his second directorial feature Trust Me.  The dark comedy centers on “a loser agent for a young actor – and washed-up child star himself – who stumbles upon a brilliant 13-year-old prodigy (played by newcomer Saxon Sharbino) and then tries to close the mega-deal that will make her a star while managing her drunk volatile father.”

Now Deadline reports that Gregg—who also wrote Trust Me—has rustled up quite the cast for the film, as his Choke star Sam Rockwell and West Wing cohort Allison Janney have joined the ensemble cast that also includes William H. Macy, Amanda Peet, Felicity Huffman, Molly Shannon, Paul Sparks (Boardwalk Empire), and Niecy Nash (Reno 911).  Production is set to begin soon, and with Gregg onboard as the creative force driving this swell cast, Trust Me is definitely one to keep an eye on.

7 Clips from SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS Starring Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, and Christopher Walken

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CBS Films has released seven clips from Martin McDonagh‘s upcoming film Seven Psychopaths.  The film centers on a screenwriter (Colin Farrell) suffering writer’s block, who then gets drawn into the mischief of his two dog-napping friends (Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken) after they kidnap a pooch belonging to a psychotic gangster (Woody Harrelson).  I had an absolute blast with the flick when I saw it at TIFF, and found the movie to be painfully funny and incredibly clever.

Hit the jump to check out seven clips.  The film also stars Abbie Cornish, Olga Kurylenko, and Tom WaitsSeven Psychopaths opens October 12th.

TIFF 2012: SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS Review

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A way to work through writer’s block is to write about the writer’s block.  At least you’re writing, and you may get something more creative than if you had carefully mapped out your path.  I’m not sure if writer-director Martin McDonagh suffered a case of writer’s block on his way to creating Seven Psychopaths, but the end result is brash, brilliant, wickedly fun, and the best film about screenwriting since Adaptation.  Psychopaths is viciously funny, delightfully clever, and meta without being cloyingly self-conscious.  McDonagh’s machine-gun script races with energy fueled by wild performances from stars Sam Rockwell, Colin Farrell, and Christopher Walken.  The movie doesn’t simply break through writer’s block; Seven Psychopaths gleefully blows the block to hell.

Red Band Trailer for SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS Starring Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, and Sam Rockwell

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A red band trailer for director Martin McDonagh‘s (In Bruges) dark comedy Seven Psychopaths has been released.  The film follows a trio of dognappers (Colin FarrellSam Rockwell, and Christopher Walken) who steal the wrong shih tzu and end up running afoul of a psychotic gangster (Woody Harrelson).  I actually think I slightly prefer the green band trailer, but the cast is still aces in this clip.  Walken again steals the show with his genius looks/delivery, but there really doesn’t seem to be a weak link anywhere.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Tom Waits, Gabourey Sidibe, Abbie Cornish, and Olga Kurylenko.  Seven Psychopaths opens on October 12th.

7 Character Posters for SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS Starring Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, and Woody Harrelson

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Yesterday, we showed you the entertaining trailer for Martin McDonagh‘s Seven Psychopaths.  The movie follows a trio of dognappers (Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, and Christopher Walken) who steal the wrong shih tzu end up running afoul of a psychotic gangster (Woody Harrelson).  But the gangster is only 1/7th of the film’s group of psychopaths, and CBS films has released seven character posters highlighting the eponymous lunatics.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.  The film also stars Olga Kurylenko, Abbie Cornish, and Tom WaitsSeven Psychopaths will debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, and opens domestically October 12th.

First Trailer for SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS Starring Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, and Woody Harrelson

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The first trailer for Seven Psychopaths has been released, and it left a big smile on my face.  It looks like director Martin McDonagh has delivered the same darkly comic verve he brought to In Bruges, and the entire cast looks terrific.  I’m particularly impressed that the trailer quickly breaks down all the psychopaths and still squeezes in the brief synopsis: three hapless dog kidnappers steal a pup from a gangster.  When you pair a brilliant cast with McDonagh’s comic sensibilities, you probably have a great movie in store.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film stars Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken, Tom Waits, Gabourey Sidibe, Abbie Cornish, and Olga KurylenkoSeven Psychopaths opens on October 12th.

John Cusack Plays GRAND PIANO, Jude Law Stars in DOM HEMINGWAY and Liam James Added to THE WAY, WAY BACK

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A couple of heavy hitters in casting news today.  Here are the headlines at a glance:

Hit the jump for more on each project.

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