Joe Dante Talks BURYING THE EX, Gore, the MPAA, and the Freedom of a Smaller Budget

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As I mentioned yesterday when we debuted some images from his newest film Burying the Ex, I’m a huge fan of director Joe Dante.  His filmography is vast and contains some of my very favorite movies (Gremlins, The Howling, The ‘Burbs, Innerspace and Gremlins 2: The New Batch among them). Burying the Ex, which premieres today at the Venice Film Festival, seems very much like a Dante film but also feels like a bit of a departure for the genre vet.  I haven’t had a chance to see it yet but from what I gather it’s a somewhat contained look at relationships that really focusses in on four central characters.  One of whom just happens to be rapidly decaying in all sorts of gory ways.

I recently got a chance to speak with Dante about Burying the Ex.  We talked about the casting process, the gore, the limitations (and freedoms) of the film’s budget and his biggest trepidation about taking on the project.  The film stars Anton Yelchin, Ashley Greene, Alexandra Daddario and Oliver Cooper.  Hit the jump for my Joe Dante interview.

BURYING THE EX Images: Joe Dante’s Latest Revives a Zombified Ashley Greene in These Exclusive Pics

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I’m a huge fan of director Joe Dante.  How could you not be at least a little bit in love with a career that encapsulates films like Gremlins, The Howling and The ‘Burbs, not to mention one of the best sequels of all time, Gremlins 2: The New Batch? So I’m definitely looking forward to his new film Burying the Ex, which looks like it finds Dante back in the realm of horror comedy mayhem.  The film premieres tomorrow at the Venice Film Festival in Italy and we’re celebrating with some exclusive pics that depict Ashley Greene‘s character Evelyn in various states of zombie satiation.

Hit the jump for the Burying The Ex images.  The film also stars Anton Yelchin, Alexandra Daddario and Oliver Cooper.  I was on the set of the film last year and it will definitely appeal to horror fans and cinema buffs in general.  Check back tomorrow for an exclusive interview with Joe Dante.

New CYMBELINE Trailer and First Clip; Ethan Hawke-Led Shakespeare Adaptation Acquired for North American Release

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Ahead of the film’s Venice Film Festival debut, a new Cymbeline trailer has been unveiled along with the news that writer/director Michael Almereyda’s unique Shakespeare adaptation has been acquired for North American distribution by Lionsgate’s Grindstone Entertainment.  The film reinvents one of Shakespeare’s lesser works and revolves around an epic battle between dirty cops and a drug dealing biker gang, set in a corruption-riddled contemporary America.  As evidenced by this new trailer, It’s very much in the vein of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet, and it actually marks the second Shakespeare collaboration between Almereyda and star Ethan Hawke, as the two previously worked together on 2000’s Hamlet.  This adaptation of Cymbeline looks to be rather intense, with even a bit of a Sons of Anarchy vibe aside from the Shakespearean dialogue.

Watch the new Cymbeline trailer and first clip after the jump.  The film also stars Ed Harris, Milla Jovovich, John Leguizamo, Penn Badgley, Dakota Johnson, and Anton YelchinCymbeline will have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and will be released in spring 2015.

RUDDERLESS Trailer and Poster Find Billy Crudup Healing Through Music in William H. Macy’s Directorial Debut

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The Rudderless trailer is here and it looks like it’s heart is in all of the right places, but it doesn’t look like it’s for me.  Moves about music are so hard to get right and, beyond that, you have to sort of like the music the characters are throwing themselves into.  Aside from all of that, I’m sure a lot of people will dig the movie (if they can get past the school shooting stuff) since it seems solid, well acted and especially well directed by William H. Macy, who is making his debut behind the camera.  It also happens to have a fantastic cast that probably leapt at the chance to work with him in this capacity.

The film stars Billy Crudup, Anton Yelchin, Felicity Huffman, Jamie Chung, Selena Gomez and Laurence Fishburne.  Hit the jump for the Rudderless trailer and poster.  Samuel Goldwyn Films releases the film in Theaters and on VOD on October 17th, 2014.

First Look at Zooey Deschanel and Anton Yelchin in THE DRIFTLESS AREA; Aubrey Plaza Joins Cast

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The first The Driftless Area image from director Zachary Sluser‘s unconventional romance film has been released.  Based on the Tom Drury novel of the same name, the pic tells the story of the young love between a bartender (Anton Yelchin) and a mysterious woman (Zooey Deschanel) that becomes threatened when the bartender gets mixed up with a dangerous crook and a bag of stolen cash.  This first image gives us a look at the two leads looking intently into each other’s eyes, and THR adds that Parks and Recreation star Aubrey Plaza has also been added to the cast.  Production is currently underway in Vancouver.

Hit the jump to check out the first The Driftless Area image.  The film also stars John Hawkes, Frank Langella, Ciaran Hinds, and Alia Shawkat.

Catherine Keener Leads THE GREENS ARE GONE; Mary Steenburgen Joins A WALK IN THE WOODS; Katey Sagal Added to PITCH PERFECT 2

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A few casting notices to report:

  • Catherine Keener, Anton Yelchin, Kiernan Shipka, Riley Keough, Annie Starke, Cary Elwes, Lois Smith, and Ryan Eggold star in The Greens Are Gone, the feature directorial debut of Peer Pedersen.
  • Mary Steenburgen joins Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Nick Offerman, Kristen Schaal, and Emma Thompson in A Walk in the Woods, directed by Ken Kwapis (He’s Just Not That Into You).
  • Katey Sagal joins Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, and Hailee Steinfeld in Pitch Perfect 2, directed by Elizabeth Banks.

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Octavia Spencer Joins Leslie Mann in LAS MADRES; Patrick Wilson and Jessica Biel Lead Highsmith Adaptation; Frank Langella Joins DRIFTLESS AREA

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We’ve got a few pieces of casting to attend to this evening.  Briefly:

  • Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer will join Leslie Mann in the DreamWorks comedy Las Madres.
  • Patrick Wilson, Jessica Biel, Toby Jones (Captain America), and Imogen Poots (That Awkward Moment) have joined the cast of the untitled adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel The Blunderer.
  • Frank Langella will star opposite Anton Yelchin and Zooey Deschanel in the unconventional romance The Driftless Area.

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Christopher Plummer to Lead REMEMBER; Anna Kendrick, Orlando Bloom, More Join DIGGING FOR FIRE; Anton Yelchin Set for VINCENT & ROXXY

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With the Cannes Film Festival on the horizon, a number of casting announcements are being made.  Here’s the latest:

  • Christopher Plummer will lead director Atom Egoyan’s thriller Remember alongside Martin Landau.
  • Drinking Buddies director Joe Swanberg just wrapped his latest film, Digging for Fire, as Anna Kendrick, Orlando Bloom, Mike Birbiglia, and Jenny Slate have been revealed as additions to the cast.
  • Anton Yelchin will star in the indie Vincent & Roxxy alongside Megalyn Echikunwoke.

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New Trailer for Jim Jarmusch’s ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE Starring Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton

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A new U.S. trailer for director Jim Jarmusch’s love story Only Lovers Left Alive, aka “the Tom Hiddleston vampire movie”, has been released online.  Hiddleston stars alongside Tilda Swinton as two vampires who have been in love for centuries.  This trailer certainly showcases an offbeat tone, but the film actually looks to be quite romantic and, surprisingly, funny.  As individuals who have been alive for a very, very long time, the principal characters have a unique outlook on life and culture and they aren’t afraid to share it.  This also looks to be a wonderful performance showcase for Hiddleston and Swinton.

Hit the jump to watch the new domestic trailer.  The film also stars Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, Anton Yelchin, and Jeffrey WrightOnly Lovers Left Alive opens in theaters April 11th.

Exclusive Clip from Stephen Sommers’ ODD THOMAS Starring Anton Yelchin

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It’s our pleasure to bring you an exclusive look at writer-director Stephen Sommers’ Odd Thomas.  This clip features star Anton Yelchin as the title character, a short-order cook with clairvoyant abilities, who runs into quite the supernatural surprise by way of a faceless horde.  There are sure to be plenty more spooky moments in store for audiences who check out the rest of the feature adaptation of the Dean Koontz novel.

Also starring Addison Timlin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nico Tortorella, Patton Oswalt, and Willem Dafoe, Odd Thomas is now available on VOD and opens in theaters February 28th.  Hit the jump to watch our exclusive clip.

Indie Spotlight: Director Joe Dante’s Horror Comedy BURYING THE EX Starring Anton Yelchin, Alexandra Daddario, Ashley Green & Oliver Cooper

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One great thing about the state of crowd-funding today is that director’s like Joe Dante (Gremlins, The Howling, The ‘Burbs) can afford to bring their own creative vision to light without bowing to studio pressures.  The downside is that they’re dependent on fans to foot the bill.  In the case of Dante’s latest project, Burying the Ex, a big portion of the donations will go to applying CG effects to augment his practical work on set.  In addition to helping fund the film, donors can get a variety of rewards in return, from DVDs/Blu-rays, posters and t-shirts, to signed memorabilia, collectible props and VIP premiere passes.

Burying the Ex centers on Max (Anton Yelchin), a nice guy who begins to have second thoughts about continuing his relationship with his girlfriend, Evelyn (Ashley Greene) after they move in together.  Max is saved the trouble of breaking up with his overbearing partner when she dies suddenly in a freak accident.  Back on the single scene a few weeks later, Max meets up with Olivia (Alexandra Daddario), who might just be his soul mate.  Too bad Evelyn is back from the grave as an undead zombie who’s out to get him back, by any means necessary.  Hit the jump for more.

Anton Yelchin Talks BURYING THE EX, Working with Joe Dante, and the Tone of the Film; Plus His Thoughts on Getting a New Director for STAR TREK 3

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Earlier this week I had the opportunity to visit the set of Joe Dante‘s new film Burying the Ex, a horror comedy about Max (Anton Yelchin), a nice guy who moves in with his girlfriend Evelyn (Ashley Greene) only to find she’s a controlling nightmare.  He’s saved the burden of a nasty breakup when she dies in a freak accident, and soon after meets the girl of his dreams (Alexandra Daddario).  Everything seems hunkydory until Evelyn returns from the grave, crazy as ever and now with added undead super strength!  As a huge fan of Dante’s I was excited to get an early look at what the film has to offer and speak with some of the folks involved.  Though the film is already in production Dante and co have mounted a crowdfunding campaign through FundAnything to help with post-production and distribution.  There are some damn cool rewards on the table including exclusive footage, screening invites, and even lunch with Mr. Dante himself.  You can check out the official page here.

While on set I sat down for an interview with Yelchin.  He talked about what attracted him to the script, working with Joe Dante, learning about the horror genre, and what audiences can expect from Burying the Ex.  He also briefly touched on his feelings about getting a new director for Star Trek 3.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Sundance 2014: First Images from RUDDERLESS, THE TRIP TO ITALY, THE VOICES, WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD, and YOUNG ONES

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Our Sundance 2014 pre-coverage continues with some first look images and synopses from a collection of films that will have their world premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.  Briefly:

  • Rudderless – Directed by William H. Macy; starring Billy Crudup, Anton Yelchin, Felicity Huffman, Selena Gomez, Laurence Fishburne, and William H. Macy.
  • The Trip to Italy – Directed by Michael Winterbottom; starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon.
  • The Voices – Directed by Marjane Satrapi; starring Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick, and Jacki Weaver.
  • White Bird in a Blizzard – Written and directed by Gregg Araki; starring Shailene Woodley, Eva Green, Christopher Meloni, Shiloh Fernandez, Gabourey Sidibe, and Thomas Jane.
  • Young Ones – Written and directed by Jake Paltrow; starring Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, Elle Fanning, and Kodi Smit-McPhee.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.  The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs January 16 – 26th.

Trailer and Poster for Michael Almereyda’s Adaptation of William Shakespeare’s CYMBELINE Starring Ed Harris, Ethan Hawke, and Milla Jovovich

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Four months ago, we reported that Ethan Hawke would reunite for his Hamlet director Michael Almereyda for another modern spin on the Bard’s work.  This time, they’ve teamed up for one of Shakespeare’s lesser-known works, Cymbeline.  In the play, the story is about [per Yahoo! Movies] “the impossible love between Imogen (Dakota Johnson) and Posthumus (Penn Badgley), and on the conniving influence of the Queen (Milla Jovovich) on her husband, King Cymbeline (Ed Harris).”  The new adaptation was reportedly “in the vein of Sons of Anarchy and Baz Luhrmann‘s Romeo + Juliet, and is an epic battle between dirty cops and a drug-dealing biker gang set in a corrupt 21st century America.”  The trailer has now come online, and it looks like Amereyda has delivered on that promise in an effective and exciting manner.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Anton Yelchin, John Leguizamo, and Delroy LindoCymbeline currently has no U.S. release date.

Stephen Sommers’ ODD THOMAS Picked Up by Image Entertainment; Finally Set for Release in Early 2014

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Director Stephen Sommers’ (The Mummy) adaptation of the Dean Koontz novel Odd Thomas was filmed over two years ago, but the pic has been in limbo ever since.  A financial dispute arose between the film’s independent investors, and a few months ago we learned that the release had been delayed indefinitely.  Now Image Entertainment has stepped up and acquired the pic, which will finally be released in theaters in early 2014.  The film stars Anton Yelchin as a short-order cook who can communicate with the dead, and it marks decidedly smaller territory for Sommers after his big-budget efforts like G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.  Willem Dafoe and Addison Timlin also star.

Image Entertainment was behind the releases of Diablo Cody’s Paradise and The Colony so fans shouldn’t exactly expect a huge push in theaters, but at least this film will finally see the light of day.  Read the press release after the jump.

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