Martin Scorsese and Benicio Del Toro Developing CORTES Drama Series at HBO

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Martin Scorsese made his first foray into television with HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, helming the pilot and acting as an executive producer on the series.  He recently delved into his second HBO project, an untitled 70s Rock ‘N Roll drama series from Scorsese, Mick Jagger, and Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter, and now he’s lining up a third potential series at the network: a drama revolving around the life of Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés.  And who’s interest in playing the infamous explorer?  That would be Benicio Del Toro.  More after the jump.

Benicio Del Toro and Josh Hutcherson Find Entire Movie in ESCOBAR: PARADISE LOST Trailer

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Radius-TWC has released the Escobar: Paradise Lost trailer online.  The film follows a young Canadian (Josh Hutcherson) who goes to Columbia and falls in love with a local girl (Claudia Traisac), but gets caught up in the criminal empire of her uncle, drug kingpin Pablo Escobar (Benicio Del Toro).  Paradise Lost carried a lot of potential, especially with Del Toro playing Escobar, but I found the film to be a massive disappointment when I saw it at TIFF.  This trailer saves people the trouble of seeing the movie by basically showing the entire plot minus some shots that are misleading since they’re taken out of context.

Hit the jump to check out the Escobar: Paradise Lost trailer.  The film opens January 16th.

Jamie Foxx and Benicio Del Toro to Star in Harmony Korine’s THE TRAP; Chadwick Boseman Set for KING; Whitford and Jones Join I SAW THE LIGHT

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

  • Jamie Foxx and Benicio Del Toro will star in Spring Breakers director Harmony Korine’s next film The Trap.
  • Before leading Marvel’s Black Panther, actor Chadwick Boseman will first star in the thriller Message from the King.
  • Bradley Whitford (The West Wing) and Cherry Jones (24) have joined the Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light, starring Tom Hiddleston.

More on the aforementioned casting after the jump.

INHERENT VICE Review | NYFF 2014

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After the New York Film Festival screening of Inherent Vice, writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson and a good deal of his cast took the stage for a brief Q&A.  At one point, Anderson discussed Howard HawksThe Big Sleep and noted, “I saw The Big Sleep and it made me realize, I could not follow any of it and it didn’t matter because I just wanted to see what was gonna happen next.”  Anderson does manage to achieve that to a degree in Inherent Vice, but it winds up making the film even more of a disappointment because what happens next is rarely satisfying.

INHERENT VICE Trailer: Joaquin Phoenix Leads Paul Thomas Anderson’s Psychedelic Detective Romp

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Warner Bros. has released the highly anticipated first Inherent Vice trailer for filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel, and it is glorious.  The film stars Joaquin Phoenix as private detective Larry “Doc Sportello” who is enlisted to help a former lover thwart a potential kidnapping involving her current billionaire boyfriend.  While PTA has trended a bit darker with his past few films, Inherent Vice looks to be a delightfully goofy romp that’s closer in tone to Boogie Nights than There Will Be Blood.  I found myself laughing multiple times during this trailer, and Joaquin Phoenix looks to be absolutely perfect casting as the pothead protagonist.  Moreover, the supporting cast appears to be phenomenal as well, with Josh Brolin getting a particularly hilarious standout moment here.  Anderson cuts his own trailers so this is likely a very accurate snapshot of the film’s vibe as a whole, and all I can say is it’s made the wait for the film’s release feel so, so, so much farther away.

Hit the jump to watch the Inherent Vice trailer.  The film also stars Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Martin Short, Jena Malone, and Joanna NewsomInherent Vice opens in limited release on December 12th.

New INHERENT VICE Images Goes Online; Paul Thomas Anderson Talks about the Film and Reveals the Ending Differs from the Book

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Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Inherent Vice will soon be making its world premiere at the New York Film Festival, and while we wait for the buzz to surface (or die, depending on the reaction), a new image has been released online.  Based on the book by Thomas Pynchon, the story takes place in 1969 Los Angeles, and centers on a pothead/private detective Larry “Doc” Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix), who is helping a former lover with an intriguing case that involves infidelity, mental institutions, and policemen called “Bigfoot.”  However, don’t go in expecting a direct adaptation of Pynchon’s novel.  According to the New York Times, Anderson wrote an “outrageous new ending for the film that deviates significantly from the novel,” although Phoenix notes that Pynchon was an active participant in the process (the reclusive author may even have a cameo).

Hit the jump to check out the new Inherent Vice image and to learn more about the film.  Inherent Vice opens December 12th, and also stars Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Owen Wilson, Martin Short, Jena Malone, Katherine Waterson, and Joanna Newsom.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Collector Concept Art Shows the Evolution of Benicio Del Toro’s Most Prized Possessions

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One of the more densely layered visual sequences in Guardians of the Galaxy comes when Star Lord, Groot, Drax, Gamora and Rocket visit Benicio Del Toro‘s character The Collector during their sojourn to Knowhere. His collection is filled to the brim with so many easter eggs and callbacks to the Marvel universe (not to mention one of director James Gunn‘s prior films, Slither) you need several viewings to process all of it.  If you’ve seen the end credits tag you’ll know that The Collector even has a prized (if marginalized) Marvel character in his possession.

But of course the aesthetic choices you see in the film didn’t just arrive in their current form.  A considerable amount of work was done testing different concepts and looks – some of them departing radically from the finished design – before the creative team settled on the environment you see onscreen in the film.  Hit the jump for the Guardians of the Galaxy Collector concept art.  The film is still in theaters.  See it again.

ESCOBAR: PARADISE LOST Review | TIFF 2014

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Did you know Pablo Escobar was a bad guy?  It’s true!  He was a powerful, charismatic drug lord who won the love of the people with charitable acts, but he was also a ruthless murderer because that comes with the job description.  Andrea Di Stefano’s Escobar: Paradise Lost is painfully predictable as it latches onto Escobar’s reputation to tell a bland, generic thriller that wastes the talent of its lead actors.  Di Stefano does flirt with the notion of turning a blind eye to evil, but it’s buried in unbearable melodrama and pretentious religious imagery coupled with a slightly racist undertone of how a first-world guy could get caught up in third-world problems.  As for Escobar, we learn he had an odd sense of fashion.

ESCOBAR: PARADISE LOST International Trailer with Benicio del Toro and Josh Hutcherson

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Imagine finding the girl of your dreams and then finding out that she’s actually the world’s most notorious Colombian drug lord’s niece.  That’s exactly what happens to Josh Hutcherson’s character in Andrea Di Stefano’s feature directorial debut, Escobar: Paradise Lost.  Hutcherson leads as Nick, a guy who travels to Columbia with his brother (Brady Corbet) and winds up falling for a girl named Maria (Claudia Traisac).  All is well until Maria reveals who her uncle is – Pablo Escobar (Benicio del Toro).

The film isn’t due to follow up its Telluride Film Festival screening at TIFF until Thursday, September 11th, but we do have a brand new Escobar: Paradise Lost international trailer to share.  Hit the jump to check it out.

New Images from BOYCHOIR, THE CONNECTION, ESCOBAR: PARADISE LOST, and THE FORGER

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Earlier today, the Toronto International Film Festival announced new additions to their Galas and Special Presentations programs. Among the films with new images and synopses are:

  • Boychoir (Directed by François Girard) starring Dustin Hoffman, Kathy Bates, Josh Lucas, Kevin McHale, Eddie Izzard, Debra Winger, and Garrett Wareing
  • The Connection (Directed by Cédric Jimenez) starring Jean Dujardin, Gilles Lellouche, Céline Sallette, and Benoît Magimel.
  • Escobar: Paradise Lost (Directed by Andrea Di Stefano) starring Benicio del Toro, Josh Hutcherson, and Claudia Traisac.
  • The Forger (Directed by Philip Martin) starring John Travolta, Christopher Plummer, Tye Sheridan, Jennifer Ehle, Marcus Thomas, Anson Mount, Abigail Spencer, and Travis Wade.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4 – 14th.

Benicio del Toro Talks GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, Playing the Collector, His Marvel Contract, INHERENT VICE, PARADISE LOST, and More

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Opening this weekend is director James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy.  As most of you know, the story follows five intergalactic misfits—Peter Quill aka Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), and Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper)—as they set out to protect a powerful and mysterious orb from the villainous Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace).  Loaded with great performances, an extremely funny script, and some fantastic action sequences, Guardians of the Galaxy should be a big hit with moviegoers and it helps to explain why Marvel was so quick to announce that a sequel is coming July 28, 2017.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Benicio del Toro, who plays The Collector.   He talked about how he got involved in the Marvel universe, his contract with the studio, how the look of the Collector came together, upcoming films Inherent Vice and Paradise Lost, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Michael Rooker, Benicio Del Toro, Vin Diesel and James Gunn Talk GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

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Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is such a fun ride, with great action, plenty of laughs, a ton of heart and perfect choices in music.  It will have you singing along, and cheering for the snarky Rocket Raccoon and a talking tree named Groot.

During a conference at the film’s press day actors Chris Pratt (“Peter Quill”/”Star-Lord”), Zoe Saldana (“Gamora”), Dave Bautista (“Dax the Destroyer”), Michael Rooker (“Yondu”), Benicio Del Toro (“The Collector”) and Vin Diesel (“Groot”) were joined by director James Gunn to talk about what attracted them to this project, how liberating it is to not have to fit into the regular Marvel scheme of things, why Yondu is such a bad-ass, fighting the right attitude for Peter Quill/Star-Lord, the emotional journey of the story, the process for having the music organically come from and compliment the story, the physicality of these roles, why the movie references Kevin Bacon, and everyone’s favorite song on the soundtrack.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Character Posters Give Yondu, Nova Prime and Corpsman Dey Their Chance to Shine

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It’s only two weeks or so until director James Gunn’s Marvel tentpole Guardians of the Galaxy hits US screens (it opens internationally a few days prior).  As you can tell by my reaction to the footage that was screened from the film last week, I’m quite excited for this picture (you should also check out the new TV spots that hit yesterday if you missed them).  Today sees the release of three character posters.  John C. Reilly’s Corpsman Dey, Glenn Close’s Nova Prime and Michael Rooker‘s Yondu.

Guardians of the Galaxy also stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee PaceKaren GillanBenicio Del ToroDjimon HounsouPeter Serafinowicz, and the voices of Bradley CooperVin Diesel, and Josh Brolin.  It opens in 2D and 3D on August 1st.  Hit the jump for the new Guardians of the Galaxy character posters!

New PARADISE LOST Teaser Trailer Featuring Benicio Del Toro as Pablo Escobar

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We posted that very first look at Benicio Del Toro as the notorious drug lord, Pablo Escobar, in Andrea di Stefano’s feature directorial debut, well over a year ago, but the Paradise Lost teaser trailer is finally here.  The film stars Josh Hutcherson as Nick, who, while on a trip to Colombia to visit his brother, meets and falls for a beautiful local named Maria (Claudia Traisac). The thing is, Maria is actually Pablo Escobar’s niece.

For a mere 30-second teaser, this thing is pretty powerful.  It puts the focus on establishing Escobar and offering a sense of what he’s capable of, but Hutcherson’s character still serves as a strong anchor who helps you tap into the intensity of the piece.  When del Toro warns, “No one escapes Pablo Escobar,” you believe him and, therefore, feel for poor Nick as well.  Hit the jump to check out the teaser for yourself.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Footage Review: Evan’s Reaction to Marvel Screening 17 Minutes of Footage

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I’ve been more excited about Guardians of the Galaxy than I have most other Marvel films for some time now.  I’m a huge fan of director James Gunn (Slither, Super) and the potential for strong authorial voices gets me more excited for tentpoles (see also Shane Black’s Iron Man 3 and Edgar Wright’s unfortunately cancelled take on Ant-Man).  While I generally like Marvel movies, there’s something about the humor in all of the Guardians of the Galaxy promos that I’ve seen that has colluded with my fandom of Gunn to raise my expectations for this film.  So when an invitation came my way to preview 17 minutes of the film in 3D IMAX this evening at the TLC Chinese Theater, I leapt at it despite the fact that I would essentially just be watching 17 minutes of footage I’d be seeing in a more complete context within a matter of weeks.

Guardians of the Galaxy stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee PaceKaren GillanGlenn CloseBenicio Del ToroDjimon HounsouJohn C. ReillyMichael RookerPeter Serafinowicz, and the voices of Bradley CooperVin Diesel, and Josh Brolin.  It opens in 2D and 3D on August 1st.  Hit the jump to read my Guardians of the Galaxy footage reaction!

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