Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, Will Forte, and Director Daniel Schechter Talk LIFE OF CRIME, Their Chemistry Onscreen, Forte’s Giant Beard, and More

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Life of Crime is a wonderfully wicked tale filled with outrageously eccentric characters, sly comedy and surprising twists based on Elmore Leonard’s darkly funny novel, The Switch.  When a couple of low-level criminals kidnap the wife of a corrupt real estate developer, they get both more and less than they bargained for in this cool crime caper adapted for the screen and directed by Daniel Schechter.  The film stars Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, Yasiin Bey, Mark Boone Junior, Isla Fisher, Will Forte and Tim Robbins and will be released in theaters and VOD on August 29th.

At the film’s recent press day, Schechter, Aniston, Hawkes, and Forte talked about making a film set in the 70s, what appealed to Schechter about Leonard’s The Switch and made it perfect for adapting to the screen, the brilliance of Leonard’s dialogue, Aniston’s duo role as actor and executive producer and her future plans to direct, how Hawkes found the right balance playing a lovable criminal, the chemistry between the actors, their preparation for the physical scenes, what they learned from each other, and Forte’s upcoming role in his new Fox TV series Last Man on Earth directed by Phil Lord and  Christopher Miller.  Check out the interview after the jump.

Watch 4 New Gap Commercials Directed by David Fincher

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Though 2011 isn’t too terribly long ago, the wait for a new David Fincher film has been tough.  He finally has a new feature on the horizon with October’s Gone Girl, but in the midst of finalizing the Ben Affleck-fronted drama, it appears that Fincher found time to helm a new campaign of Gap commercials.  Fincher got his start in short-form filmmaking with music videos and commercials, and while he recently helmed the Justin Timberlake music video for “Suit & Tie”, he’s now taken his talents to the world of advertising with a series of pretty swell Gap ads.  Fincher’s signature aesthetic is present with a striking black-and-white atmosphere, but the overall tone of the campaign is fun and spunky, which is somewhat refreshing given the bleakness of Fincher’s last film.  They’re definitely worth your time and will likely be in heavy rotation as the fall fashion season begins.

Hit the jump to watch the new David Fincher Gap commercials. 

HARMONTOWN Trailer: Go on the Road With the Genius Behind COMMUNITY and RICK AND MORTY

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I have a love/hate relationship with Community.  At its best, the show transcends merely being funny and offers truly unique insight into the types characters that other programs either reduce into caricature or marginalize completely.  At its worst (not counting the apparently abysmal Season 4), it’s self-indulgent and overly reliant on meta in-jokes concerning its own universe.  Thankfully, it’s usually great.  And if you’ve seen Rick and Morty you know that that show in particular can be astoundingly good.  They both come from the mind of Dan Harmon, which isn’t always a pleasant place to be as evidenced by this trailer to Harmontown.

The film focusses on Harmon’s podcast/comedy tour last year and features interviews with the likes of Sarah Silverman, Jack Black, Ben Stiller, the cast of Community and more.  It was written and directed by Neil Berkeley the Orchard will be releasing it in theaters and VOD on October 3rd.  Hit the jump for the Harmontown trailer.

Luke Bracey Talks THE NOVEMBER MAN, Working With Pierce Brosnan and Roger Donaldson, the POINT BREAK Remake, and More

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Now playing in theaters is director Roger Donaldson’s (The Bank Job, No Way Out) action thriller The November Man.  Based on Bill Granger’s novel There are No Spies from the bestselling November Man book series, the film stars Pierce Brosnan as an ex-CIA operative who is lured out of retirement on a personal mission.  While on the assignment, he finds himself trying to protect a valuable witness (Olga Kurylenko) while his former pupil (Luke Bracey) is trying to hunt him down.  The film also stars Eliza TaylorCaterina ScorsoneBill Smitrovich and Will Patton.  For more on The November Man, watch the trailer or check out all our previous coverage. 

A few days ago I landed an exclusive phone interview with Luke Bracey.  He talked about what the last year has been like, working with Roger Donaldson, getting to work with Pierce Brosnan  and the advice he gave him, Janusz Kaminski’s American Dream, the Point Break remake, playing Cobra Commander in G.I.  Joe: Retaliation, what he’s going to do after he wraps Point Break, and more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Watch: Jimmy Kimmel Stages FRIENDS Reunion with Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, and Lisa Kudrow

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Along with Seinfeld, NBC’s Friends is another 90s sitcom that’s destined to go down in history as one of the classics.  The show raked in a now-unthinkable 52 million viewers for its 2004 series finale, and since that time fans have been clamoring for some kind of reunion—most notably in the form of a Friends movie.  I’m a massive fan of Friends, but I think a Friends movie is a horrible idea.  Which is why I was delighted to see that on a recent episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, host Jimmy Kimmel staged a mini Friends reunion of his own with the female half of the cast: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, and Lisa Kudrow.  The video is a fun watch, especially since Kimmel recreated Monica and Chandler’s kitchen to a T, and fans of the series will certainly be happy to see the aforementioned actresses reprising their roles—albeit with a Kimmel-esque twist.

Hit the jump to watch the Friends reunion video from Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Rumor: Marvel Rethinking How to Introduce Ms. Marvel?

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Many have been vocal about the need for more female superheroes, perhaps more so than ever, and Kevin Feige has admitted that the team at Marvel is paying attention.  There’s been talk about Ms. Marvel making a big screen appearance for quite some time now.  Remember that rumor from two years ago claiming that Emily Blunt and Ruth Wilson were top choices for the character?

In the comics, the members of the Avengers are always changing, so it’ll always be tough to pinpoint who’s in, who’s out, who will join an ensemble film and who will get their own, however, there have been reports floating around claiming that Ms. Marvel could make her way into a close-approaching Marvel film and pave the way to Phase Three in the process.  But now Marvel’s plans for introducing Ms. Marvel into the MCU may be changing.  Hit the jump for more.  Warning: There are potential Avengers: Age of Ultron spoilers in this article!

Star on the Rise: Why Michael B. Jordan Should Be on Your Radar

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There are a number of promising young actors raising their profiles at the moment, but one of the most exciting of the bunch is Michael B. Jordan.  You may remember him breaking your heart during Season One of The Wire or making you swoon with his recurring appearance on NBC’s Parenthood, but he broke out in a big way with last year’s gut-wrenching drama Fruitvale Station, garnering him dramatic clout and even awards consideration.  His most high-profile role is yet to come, as he plays the Human Torch in Fox’s 2015 superhero reboot The Fantastic Four, but the actor has given us plenty of reasons to take notice of his talent.  Head over to Pepsi Pulse to find out why.

LAVA Clip: Pixar’s Latest Grabs the Ukulele and Sings

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There’s not a whole lot to say about a 38-second clip for a 10-minute short, but Pixar’s Lava certainly looks charming enough.  The studio doesn’t have a feature film slated for release this year, at least not since they pushed The Good Dinosaur to 2015, so this clip could be all we get from them for a while.  The short is a “musical love story” that revolves around two anthropomorphic volcanoes, and now you can hear one of those volcanoes (named Uku) sing.

Directed by James Ford Murphy, the short will play in front of Inside Out in theaters starting June 19, 2015.  So, yeah, almost a year away.  Hit the jump to check out the Lava clip!

GONE GIRL Images Offer a Behind-the-Scenes Look at David Fincher’s New Film; Ben Affleck Says It’s the “Perfect Date Movie”

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David Fincher is one of my favorite filmmakers working today, and so it’s with great joy that I greet a new batch of behind-the-scenes Gone Girl images that have landed online.  Fincher’s new film is an adaptation of the page-turner novel of the same name by author Gillian Flynn, and revolves around a man (Ben Affleck) who becomes the lead suspect when his wife (Rosamund Pike) disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary.  Fincher has always been leading the charge when it comes to innovative filmmaking techniques, and one of these new Gone Girl images shows the unique way in which he photographed an underwater scene involving Pike.  Moreover, accompanying the images are some comments from Fincher, Pike, and Affleck about the film, with the latter explaining why he thinks it’s the perfect date movie.

Hit the jump to take a look at the new Gone Girl images and comments.  The film also stars Tyler Perry, Carrie Coon, Kim DickensPatrick FugitScoot McNairyMissi PyleCasey WilsonEmily Ratajkowski, and Neil Patrick Harris.  Gone Girl will premiere at this year’s New York Film Festival, and will open nationwide on October 3rd.

Exclusive: Joaquin Phoenix in Final Talks to Lead DOCTOR STRANGE

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Given the cloud of secrecy that surrounds each and every Marvel Studios property while in development, there are bound to be unconfirmed rumors about almost every major aspect of their upcoming films—particularly in the casting department.  The studio is currently filling out its Phase Three slate, and while Ant-Man is the first film out of the gate in July 2015 followed by Captain America 3 in May 2016, we then have the Doctor Strange movie on July 8, 2016.  Marvel recently signed Scott Derrickson to direct the mystical comics adaptation, and in keeping with the rumor tradition, speculation has run rampant as to who will fill the title role.

After rounds of shortlists and cryptic comments with regards to who will inhabit the character, the trades reported in mid-July that Joaquin Phoenix was finally in negotiations to star in the film.  It’s been over a month since that time and there still hasn’t been confirmation from Marvel’s end, so the speculation machine kicked up again recently with word going around that Jack Huston is now “under consideration” for the part.  However, we’re hearing there’s absolutely no truth to that rumor, as Phoenix’s deal is currently being finalized.  More after the jump.

THE REWRITE Trailer: Hugh Grant Back in Boorish, Romantic Form

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Some Hugh Grant romantic comedies are objectively good (a few of them are even great), others aren’t.  But, for some reason, I tend to like them all.  Good and bad.  Which means I’ll be seeing The Rewrite even though it was directed by Marc Lawrence (Two Weeks Notice), who does not tend to make my favorite Grant movies.  The addition of the always-welcome Marisa Tomei evens that out.

Going off the trailer, I’m pretty sure I know every single beat of the movie already.  It doesn’t appear to be in the league of Notting Hill or About a Boy anything like that, but it also doesn’t look as bad as Nine Months.  The film also stars Allison Janney, J.K. Simmons and Chris Elliott.  There’s no domestic release date yet but Lionsgate is releasing the pic in the UK on October 8th.  Hit the jump for The Rewrite trailer.

Dakota Fanning Talks THE LAST OF ROBIN HOOD, Working with Kevin Kline, Her ‘Database’ of On Set Experiences, BRAIN ON FIRE and More

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Dakota Fanning’s been busy.  She’s been working steadily all her life, but in the past three years alone, she’s delivered Now Is Good, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, The Motel Life, Very Good Girls, Night Moves and now she’s got The Last of Robin Hood on the way, too.  She stars in that one as Beverly Aadland, the young actress who winds up catching the eye of superstar Errol Flynn (Kevin Kline).  Ultimately, she falls for him too and the two indulge in a passionate affair while Beverly’s mother, Florence (Susan Sarandon), tags along to supervise.

With The Last of Robin Hood making its way into select theaters on August 29th, we got the chance to sit down with Fanning and discuss how she’s been choosing her roles lately and what it was like jumping into this true story.  Hit the jump to catch what she said about working with Kline and Sarandon, honoring the truth to the situation while making the character her own, how having worked as a child actor helps her today, the book-to-film adaptation of Brain on Fire and more.

New FOXCATCHER Teaser Trailer Turns Steve Carell into the Stuff of Nightmares

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With a new poster hitting yesterday and today’s announcement that the film will be playing the Telluride Film Festival, Sony Pictures Classics continues their Foxcatcher role with this nightmarish new teaser.  It really looks like director Bennett Miller (Moneyball, Capote) has fashioned something intense with this new drama.

The film tells the true story of Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo), and their troubled relationship with eccentric millionaire John du Pont (Steve Carell). The film also stars Sienna MillerVanessa Redgrave, and Anthony Michael Hall and opens in theaters on November 14th.  Hit the jump for the new Foxcatcher teaser.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW Poster Reveals the Main Characters

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We’ve got a pretty good sense of who’s coming back for the fourth season of American Horror Story and how they’ll fit into the narrative, but thanks to a brand new piece of cast art, we’ve got even more details to share.

It’s an image that shows Sarah Paulson, Denis O’Hare, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, Michael Chiklis, Jessica Lange and Evan Peters in all their freak show glory.  Hit the jump to check out the brand new American Horror Story: Freak Show poster and get a preview of their looks.  Patti LaBelle, John Carroll Lynch, Finn Wittrock and Emma Roberts are all MIA in this one, but hopefully we’ll get some promo art of their characters as well as we approach the show’s October 8th debut.

SEVENTH SON Rises with New Trailer, Posters, and Images Starring Jeff Bridges and Ben Barnes

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Universal and Legendary Pictures have released a new Seventh Son trailer and poster along with some new images.  The plot follows mystical knight Father Gregory (Jeff Bridges) and his apprentice Tom Ward (Ben Barnes) and their fight to defeat the evil witch, Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore) and her followers.  If you feel like you’ve been vaguely hearing about this movie off and on the past several years, it’s because you have.  Seventh Son was originally scheduled to open on February 15th…2013.  After being pushed back three times, the movie is now (probably) going to finally come out.  That’s a big build up for a movie where the Dude and Prince Caspian fight monsters, but we’ll see if it was worth the wait.

Hit the jump to check out the Seventh Son trailer, poster, and images.  The film also stars Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Olivia Williams, Antje Traue, and Djimon HounsouSeventh Son opens February 6, 2015.

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