First Clip from OUT OF THE FURNACE Featuring Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson and Willem Dafoe

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The first clip from writer-director Scott Cooper’s Out of the Furnace is now available.  The movie centers on Russell Baze (Christian Bale) who goes in search of his missing brother when the police fail to follow through.  This first clip shows Russell butting heads with Curtis DeGroat (Woody Harrelson) in a foreboding scene, which also gives a brief look at Willem Dafoe’s John Petty.

Out of the Furnace also stars Casey Affleck, Forest Whitaker, Zoe Saldana, and Sam Shepard.  If you haven’t watched the trailer yet, check it out here.  Hit the jump to watch the first clip from Out of the Furnace, due out in theaters December 6th.

Woody Harrelson and Owen Wilson Talk FREE BIRDS, How They Got Involved, What Surprised Them About the Recording Process, and More

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Opening this weekend is writer-director Jimmy Hayward’s animated family movie, Free Birds.  The film centers on two turkeys who travel back in time in order to try to undo the tradition of eating turkey on Thanksgiving.  The voice cast is led by Woody Harrelson and Owen Wilson, with Amy Poehler, Dan Fogler, Lesley Nicol, George Takei, Colm Meaney, and Keith David filling out the ensemble.  For more on the film, watch the trailer, or click here for all our previous coverage.

At the recent L.A. press day, I landed a video interview with Harrelson and Wilson.  They talked about making Free Birds, the recording process, how they were approached to be in the film, the concept of time traveling turkeys, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

God’s Gonna Cut You Down in New Trailer for HBO’s TRUE DETECTIVE Starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson; Plus New Poster and Images

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HBO has released a new trailer, clips, and poster for their upcoming “elevate serial narrative”, True DetectiveWoody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey star as two detectives whose lives collide and entwine during a seventeen-year hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana. The investigation of a bizarre murder in 1995 is framed and interlaced with testimony from the detectives in 2012, when the case has been reopened.  Judging by this trailer, the show is going to be ridiculously dark with not only the criminal’s deeds, but the deeply messed up detectives trying to solve the case.  HBO is known for their edgy programming, but this looks unlike anything they’ve done before.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer, clips, and poster.  True Detective premieres Sunday, January 12th at 9/8c.

Final Trailer for THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE

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Lionsgate has released the final trailer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.  I’m sure the TV spots will probably have a little new footage, but this trailer gives us good pieces of the new arena, but also doesn’t forget to sell the major conflict, which is between Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and President Snow (Donald Sutherland).  It’s almost entirely summed up in the shot where points an arrow at the sky and lets it fly.  Ultimately, this does what every good trailer should do: shows off some good stuff, but doesn’t give away anything major.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Josh Hutcherson, Liam HemsworthSam ClaflinJena MaloneElizabeth BanksWoody Harrelson, Philip Seymour HoffmanStanley TucciJeffrey Wright, and Amanda PlummerThe Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens November 22nd.

HBO Sets January Premiere Dates for TRUE DETECTIVE, GIRLS, and New Gay Dramedy Series LOOKING; New Images Released

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HBO has announced premiere dates for three anticipated series this coming January.

  • True Detective – The limited series True Detective will debut on Sunday, January 12th at 9/8c.  The eight-episode show stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as a pair of detectives whose lives collide and entwine during a seventeen-year hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana.  Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre), directed all eight episodes.  Watch the excellent trailer here.
  • Girls – Season three of Girls will premiere on Sunday, January 12th with two back-to-back episodes starting at 10/9c.  The show stars Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet, Adam Driver, and Alex Karpovsky.
  • Looking – The new half-hour gay dramedy series Looking will debut on Sunday, January 19th.  From Weekend director Andrew Haigh, the show stars Jonathan Groff and revolves around three friends in San Francisco who explore the fun and sometimes overwhelming options available to a new generation of gay men.

Hit the jump to check out first-look images and synopses for all three series.

5 Unnerving Teasers for HBO’s TRUE DETECTIVE Starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson

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HBO’s True Detective is one my most-anticipated TV shows.  Per our previous description of the unique series, “Directed by Cary Fukunaga (Jane Eyre), the series is described as an “elevated serial narrative” that uses multiple perspectives and time frames.  Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey star as two detectives whose lives collide and entwine during a seventeen-year hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana. The investigation of a bizarre murder in 1995 is framed and interlaced with testimony from the detectives in 2012, when the case has been reopened.  The show is envisioned as an anthology, and these first eight episodes will tell a complete story involving McConaughey and Harrelson’s characters.”  What I like about these teasers is that they’re not really selling the marquee stars.  They’re selling the tone, and it’s a tone that looks excitingly off-kilter.

Hit the jump to check out the teasers.  True Detective premieres in January 2014.

New Trailer and Poster for OUT OF THE FURNACE Starring Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, and Casey Affleck

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Relativity Media has released a new trailer for director Scott Cooper’s (Crazy Heart) upcoming drama Out of the Furnace, and the film looks fantastic.  The pic stars Christian Bale as an ex-con steel worker who seeks vengeance when his brother (Casey Affleck) disappears after getting involved with a local crime ring.  This new trailer has a stronger focus on Woody Harrelson’s character, who promises to be a rather menacing force in the film.  The performances look great all around, and like the first trailer, this new look teases a character-focused story with a strong thematic undercurrent of redemption and family told through the lens of America’s working class.  No wonder the pic landed on our Most Anticipated list of fall films.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  The film also stars Zoe Saldana, Willem Dafoe, Sam Shepard, and Forest WhitakerOut of the Furnace opens in theaters December 6th.

OUT OF THE FURNACE to Premiere at AFI Fest; New Images Released

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AFI Fest was put in bit of a bind last week when the disappointing news broke that Sony Pictures Classic was opting to push director Bennett Miller’s excellent-looking drama Foxcatcher to 2014.  The film had been poised to be AFI Fest’s centerpiece premiere film, and so the festival organizers were no doubt left scrambling to find a replacement.  In Foxcatcher’s stead, AFI Fest announced today that director Scott Cooper’s (Crazy Heart) new film Out of the Furnace will now make its world premiere at the festival.  The promising pic stars Christian Bale as an ex-con steel worker who seeks vengeance when his brother (Casey Affleck) disappears after getting involved with a local crime ring.  Additionally, Nebraska and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty have been added to the AFI Fest slate.

Hit the jump to check out some new images from Out of the Furnace.  The film also stars Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, Willem Dafoe, Forest Whitaker, and Sam Shepard and opens in theaters on December 6th.

New Images from THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE Showcase the Entire Cast

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A batch of new images from director Francis Lawrence’s sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has landed online, giving us a closer look at the film’s large ensemble cast.  The story finds President Snow (Donald Sutherland) trying to crush a budding rebellion that was ignited by Katniss’ (Jennifer Lawrence) actions in the previous film, as the 75th Hunger Games (aka Quarter Quell) finds past victors competing against each other.  I’m eager to see what Lawrence brings to the table as the new overseer of the franchise (he’s also directing Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2), and the previous trailers have been promising.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Josh Hutcherson, Liam HemsworthSam ClaflinJena MaloneElizabeth BanksWoody Harrelson Philip Seymour HoffmanStanley TucciJeffrey Wright, and Amanda Plummer.  The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens November 22nd.

First Trailer for HBO Limited Series TRUE DETECTIVE Starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson

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The first full-length trailer for the upcoming HBO limited series True Detective aired earlier tonight on the pay cable network, and it is now available online for all to see.  Directed by Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre), the series is described as an “elevated serial narrative” that uses multiple perspectives and time frames.  Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey star as two detectives whose lives collide and entwine during a seventeen-year hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana. The investigation of a bizarre murder in 1995 is framed and interlaced with testimony from the detectives in 2012, when the case has been reopened.  The show is envisioned as an anthology, and these first eight episodes will tell a complete story involving McConaughey and Harrelson’s characters.

This first trailer is excellent, teasing a strong character focus and an excellent visual style from Fukunaga.  Really looking forward to this one.  Hit the jump to take a look for yourself.  True Detective will premiere on HBO in January.

NOW YOU SEE ME Sequel in the Works; Filming Planned for 2014

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One of the biggest box office surprises of 2013 thus far has been director Louis Leterrier’s magician heist pic Now You See Me.  The $75 million film went on to gross $115.6 million domestically, and it’s international total now stands at $119.3.  When you consider that some major studio tentpoles (ahem The Lone Ranger) have failed to cross the $100 million mark stateside, that is an incredibly impressive performance; obviously this means it’s time to make a sequel.  THR reports that Lionsgate and Summit are moving forward with a follow-up film, with production currently “penciled in” for 2014.  Should that plan stick, we could expect to possibly see Now You See Me 2 hit theaters in 2015.  Hit the jump for more.

New Trailer for THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE Starring Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson

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Lionsgate premiered a new trailer for at the Comic-Con panel for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and just posted it online.  The sequel finds Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) dealing with the after-effects of the first film as a nationwide uprising begins to swell.  The trailer does a good job of showing such an abstract idea as “stirring rebellion” with a variety of impressive crowd shots, and I like the tease of the new battlefield at the very end.  The books do a good job of upping the stakes with each new book, and I have every reason to believe so far that director Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) captures that in the adaptation.

Liam HemsworthSam ClaflinElizabeth BanksWoody HarrelsonDonald Sutherland, Philip Seymour HoffmanJena MaloneJeffrey Wright, and Amanda Plummer also star.  The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens on November 22.  Click here for our recap of the Comic-Con panel, and watch the trailer after the break.

First Trailer and New High-Resolution Images for OUT OF THE FURNACE Starring Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, and Casey Affleck

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Relativity Media has released the first trailer for director Scott Cooper‘s (Crazy Heart) drama Out of the Furnace.  The promising pic stars Christian Bale as an ex-con steel worker who seeks vengeance when his brother (Casey Affleck) disappears after getting involved with a local crime ring.  Backed by Pearl Jam‘s “Release,” this trailer is heavy on mood and atmosphere, promising some intense performances from the entire cast, including a sinister turn from Woody Harrelson.  As a huge fan of Crazy Heart I was already looking forward to this one quite a bit, but this trailer is stellar.  In addition to what looks to be a pretty involving thriller, Cooper looks to be tackling issues of the working class alongside themes of redemption and family, solidifying this as one of my most anticipated films of 2013.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to check out some high-resolution images.  The film stars Sam Shepard, Zoe Saldana, and Forest Whitaker.  Out of the Furnace opens in limited release on November 27th and expands wide on December 6th.

First Images from Scott Cooper’s OUT OF THE FURNACE Starring Christian Bale and Woody Harrelson; Eddie Vedder Collaborated on Soundtrack

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It feels like Out of the Furnace has been waiting for just the right time to show itself, and the only real time it could be in the fall.  It’s a gritty crime drama with awards potential.  The first images have been released, and director Scott Cooper tells USA today that while the film is a crime drama, it’s also about the plight of the working class. “This is the story of this man who works in a blast furnace,” says Cooper, “but with themes of justice, retribution and courage.”  Cooper also says that the Pearl Jam song “Release” was an inspiration when working on the script, and so he showed the film to Eddie Vedder, who decided to collaborate on the soundtrack.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Sam Shepard, Zoe Saldana, Willem Dafoe, and Forest WhitakerOut of the Furnace opens in limited release on November 27th.

First Trailer for FREE BIRDS Featuring the Voices of Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, and Amy Poehler

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Relativity Media has released the first trailer for director Jimmy Hayward’s (Horton Hears a Who!) upcoming animated film Free Birds.  The film centers on two turkeys who travel back in time in order to try to undo the tradition of eating turkey on Thanksgiving.  Hayward’s Horton Hears a Who! was actually pretty funny, and there are a couple of solid jokes to be found in this debut trailer for Free Birds.  The film looks to be very heavily themed towards the holiday of Thanksgiving, and the time travel aspect allows the story to play around in both the present day and 17th century setting.  Whether kids take to the turkey-fronted story is uncertain, but I could see the film causing quite few outbursts from children around the Thanksgiving table as they realize that the lovable characters and the delicious gravy-covered treat are one and the same.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film features the voices of Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Amy Poehler, Dan Fogler, Lesley Nicol, George Takei, Colm Meaney, Keith David, Eddie Sotelo, Josh Lawson, and Danny CareyFree Birds opens in 3D on November 1st.

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