Kim Basinger Joins Shane Black’s NICE GUYS; Patrick Stewart to Play White Supremacist Leader in GREEN ROOM

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An L.A. Confidential reunion of sorts is in the works.  THR reports that Kim Basinger is set to join the cast of director Shane Black’s 1970s noir film The Nice Guys, reuniting her with her L.A. Confidential co-star Russell Crowe, who plays a hired leg breaker that teams up with a private eye (Ryan Gosling) in order to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star.  Basinger will play the chief justice in the film, a character who is in bed with criminals.  The film returns Black to noir territory after co-writing and directing one of the best Marvel films yet, Iron Man 3.  The cast is filling out quite nicely, with Matt Bomer, Cara Delevingne, Keith David, and Beau Knapp all onboard.  The film is slated for release on June 17, 2016.

Hit the jump for casting news concerning Patrick Stewart playing a white supremacist leader.

NEED FOR SPEED Blu-ray Review

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There’s something thrilling about watching practical stunts in the digital era, which may be why Scott Waugh’s Need for Speed — despite numerous flaws — is just good enough to recommend.  Aaron Paul stars alongside Imogen Poots in this tale of a cross country journey in which Paul’s character wants revenge against the man (Dominic Cooper) who framed him for an involuntary manslaughter.  My Need for Speed Blu-ray review follows after the jump.

New Images from Peter Bogdanovich’s SHE’S FUNNY THAT WAY, THE HUMBLING Starring Al Pacino, and HBO’s OLIVE KITTERIDGE

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With the fall film festival circuit imminent, the 2014 Venice Film Festival has start to unveil images from some of the films that will screen in Italy later this month. We previously shared new images from Good Kill, Your Right Mind, and Hungry Hearts, as well as James Franco’s The Sound and the Fury, and now we have new images from another trio of films slated to screen in Venice.  Briefly:

  • She’s Funny That Way – Previously titled Squirrels to the Nuts, director Peter Bogdanovich’s (Paper Moon) ensemble comedy stars Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson, and Imogen Poots.
  • The Humbling – Star Al Pacino reunites with director Barry Levinson (You Don’t Know Jack) for the story of a famous retired stage actor in decline who becomes reinvigorated by moving in with a much younger woman.
  • Olive Kitteridge – Director Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right) helms the HBO miniseries adaptation of Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Price-winning novel, starring Frances McDormand and Richard Jenkins.

Hit the jump for new images from the aforementioned films.  The 2014 Venice Film Festival runs from August 27 – September 6th.

FILTH Review

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Addiction can be used as a way to mask a deeper pain.  The addict can disappear into a drug-induced haze, and find a brief reprieve before real life comes crashing back in, and there’s a need for a bigger fix.  Filth follows suit, but instead of using drugs to mask pain, it uses drugs to mask a shallow story and weak jokes.  Writer-director Jon S. Baird has plenty of tricks: breaking the fourth wall, throwing up graphics, frenetic cinematography, etc.  He also has a great cast willing to give it their all, but nothing can compensate for a tedious picture that thinks it’s more aggressive and exciting than it actually is.  Only near the very end does its constant posturing prove to have a semblance of a point.

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.

Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned films.

New Trailer for A LONG WAY DOWN Starring Aaron Paul, Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, and Imogen Poots

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Magnolia Pictures has released a new A Long Way Down trailer for director Pascal Chaumeil’s adaptation of the Nick Hornby novel of the same name.  The story revolves around a group of strangers who coincidentally meet on the top of a London skyscraper on New Year’s Eve where they individually had gone to commit suicide.  The four strangers make a pact to stay alive until Valentine’s Day, and the film follows this group of unlikely friends “as they try to pull back from the brink.”  While Hornby’s a great writer and the ensemble cast of Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collete, Aaron Paul, and Imogen Poots is promising, the film received pretty poor reviews upon its UK release.  This trailer is actually pretty charming, so maybe the film will turn out to be pleasantly surprising.

Hit the jump to watch the A Long Way Down trailer.  The film also stars Rosamund Pike and Sam NeilA Long Way Down will be available VOD on June 5th and opens in US theaters on July 11th.

Exclusive Clip from FILTH Starring James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, Eddie Marsan, Imogen Poots, and Jim Broadbent

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With director Jon S. Baird’ adaptation of the Irvine Welsh crime novel Filth now on VOD today and in theaters May 30th, we’ve happy to premiere an exclusive clip from the film.  If you’re not familiar with the story, James McAvoy stars as Bruce Robertson, a corrupt, drug-addicted detective who attempts to connive his way to a promotion in the hopes that it will repair his broken family.  The film also stars Jamie Bell, Imogen Poots, Eddie Marsan, and Jim Broadbent.  Hit the jump to watch the clip and here’s a crazy red band trailer if you missed it.

TOP 5: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, VERONICA MARS, SXSW 2014 Coverage, NEED FOR SPEED, President Obama Visits BETWEEN TWO FERNS

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Last night I managed to pull myself away from Titanfall long enough to check out Veronica Mars which, surprisingly enough, is playing in a theater within an hour of me. As a fan of the series, the movie hit every note I could have asked for but also confirmed my suspicion that Mars is best suited for the type of long-form storytelling that television permits. Creator/director Rob Thomas does an admirable job of bringing us up to speed on the lives of our favorite Neptune characters against the backdrop of a ten year high school reunion. That said, 107 minutes doesn’t leave much time for breathing in between the introduction, mystery set-up, and resolution. I often felt rushed through the process, longing for 20-22 episodes for Veronica to crack the case as opposed to 75 minutes or so. This small gripe aside, Veronica Mars is a movie made for the fans (and, in no small financial part, by the fans) and I can’t imagine anyone who loved the series walking away from it disappointed by anything other than the fact that it had to end too soon.

We’ll talk a little more about VM in this week’s Top 5 which also includes a considerable amount of Captain America: The Winter Soldier content, our SXSW 2014 coverage, interviews for and Matt’s review of Need for Speed, and President Barack Obama‘s hilarious appearance on Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis. Keep doing what you’re doing for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

NEED FOR SPEED Review

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Need for Speed helped me understand why I like the later Fast and Furious movies and not the first few.  While I don’t necessarily have anything against car chases in movies, their purpose matters.  If it’s a cop chasing a criminal, then reckless driving is in service of a greater good.  If it’s a good guy trying to get away from bad guys, we’ll understand not obeying the speed limit and traffic signals.  But street racing is selfish, and its callous nature of putting innocent people at risk for the gleeful joy of fame and glory is somewhat despicable depending on the tone.  If your characters are going to be oblivious and self-indulgent, then the movie should follow suit.  Unfortunately, Scott Waugh takes his material far too seriously, and even though lead actors Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots give the film some life without winking at the camera, Need for Speed is too blind to check the periphery and too slow to have a good time.

Imogen Poots Talks NEED FOR SPEED, an Abundance of Car Porn in the Film, Practical Stunts, Peter Bogdanovich’s SQUIRREL TO THE NUTS, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Scott Waugh’s Need for Speed.  For those unfamiliar with the film, it chronicles a cross-country race against time as a blue-collar mechanic (Aaron Paul) who was framed for manslaughter by a wealthy, arrogant ex-NASCAR driver (Dominic Cooper) sets out for revenge in a high-stakes underground racing tournament.  Need for Speed also stars Imogen PootsMichael KeatonDakota Johnson and Kid Cudi.  For more on the film, here’s all our previous coverage.

At the Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Imogen Poots.  She talked about the abundance of car porn in the film, filming the practical stunts, what city she’d love to go back to (they filmed around the United States), Peter Bogdanovich’s Squirrel to the Nuts, what it was like working for Terrence Malick, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Watch Andre Benjamin Star as Jimi Hendrix in the First Clip from ALL IS BY MY SIDE

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Word on the Jimi Hendrix biopic All Is by My Side has been relatively quiet lately, but after John Ridley won an Oscar for his 12 Years a Slave screenplay, it’s no wonder that Ridley’s new project is getting a push.  The biopic, written and directed by Ridley, stars Andre Benjamin/Andre 3000 in the role of the legendary rocker.  The film’s first clip is now available, and it features Benjamin alongside co-star Imogen Poots, who plays groupie Linda Keith.

Also starring Hayley Atwell, Ashley Charles, and Ruth Negga, All Is by My Side opens August 8th in the U.K.; the film does not yet have a U.S. release date.  Hit the jump to watch the clip.

Imogen Poots Talks Filming on Location, the Stunts, Driving Preparation, and More on the Set of NEED FOR SPEED

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Last year, when director Scott Waugh’s Need for Speed was filming in Detroit, I got to visit the set along with a few other reporters.  While I was excited for the film based solely on the cast (Aaron PaulDominic CooperImogen PootsMichael KeatonDakota Johnson and Kid Cudi), I walked away excited for something else: the practical effects.  While on set, I watched as real cars raced around the city and they were definitely breaking every speed limit.  From what I was told from the cast and crew, this is how the whole movie was made; using real cars racing at high speeds with cameras recoding every move.  It should be a hell of a ride when the film opens March 14th.

During a break in filming, I was able to participate in a group interview with Imogen Poots.  She talked about getting ready for the driving, her character, the stunts, filming on location, why she wanted to wear a headband in the film, if anything surprised her on set, which car she’d like to take home, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what she had to say.

Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, Imogen Poots and Tom Gormican Talk THAT AKWARD MOMENT, Planking, The So, Relationship Deal Breakers, and More

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It isn’t enough to just make a movie that dissects romance from the guy’s perspective. When you make a relationship movie, moviegoers are going to want your real life advice, too.  Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller star in That Awkward Moment as Jason, Mikey and Daniel. When Mikey gets hit with a divorce, Jason and Daniel decide to lift his spirits by professing their dedication to the single life. They make a pact to stay unattached and head out ready to indulge in quick flings together. However, that turns out to be easier said than done because Mikey’s still hung up on his ex, Daniel starts to fall for his wing woman, Chelsea (Mackenzie Davis), and Jason meets Ellie (Imogen Poots), someone who actually makes him want more out of relationship for the first time in his life. Hit the jump for more.

With That Awkward Moment nearing its January 31st wide release, Efron, Jordan, Teller, Poots and writer-director Tom Gormican sat down for a press conference in New York City where there were questions about inspiration, casting and filming techniques, but loads more digging for information about what the group values in their real life relationships.

Imogen Poots Talks THAT AWKWARD MOMENT, Her “3-Way Bulk of Man,” Josh Boone’s PRETENDERS, Worm Man and More

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So … according to the movie That Awkward Moment, there’s this point in a relationship called “The So” during which someone turns to you and says, “So …” and follows it up by asking a relationship defining question like, “Where is this going” or “What are we doing?” That absolutely can be an uncomfortable scenario, but for ladies who really know how to pick them, like Imogen Poot’s Ellie, the awkwardness doesn’t stop there.  In That Awkward Moment, Zac Efron, Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan play a trio of friends who make a pact to indulge in the single life together to help take Mikey’s mind off his divorce. However, shortly after making that pact, Jason spots Ellie. He may initially peg her as yet another brief fling, but soon realizes he can’t tear himself away. No one has ever had this effect on him and he’s determined to learn more – even if it means making quite a few awkward mistakes in the process.

In honor of That Awkward Moment’s January 31st release, Poots hit the New York City press circuit and sat down with Collider to reveal which of her co-stars held doors for her, the one who’s most like his character and who can turn on the charm via improvisation. Read about all of that as well as Poots’ least favorite pickup line, the key to Gramercy Park, her excitement to work with Josh Boone on his upcoming feature, Pretenders, and loads more in the interview below.

First Trailer for A LONG WAY DOWN Starring Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul, and Imogen Poots

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The first trailer for director Pascal Chaumeil’s (Heartbreaker) adaptation of the Nick Hornby novel A Long Way Down has landed online.  The story revolves around a group of strangers who coincidentally meet on the top of a London skyscraper on New Year’s Eve where they individually had gone to commit suicide.  The four strangers make a pact to stay alive until Valentine’s Day, and the film follows this group of unlikely friends “as they try to pull back from the brink.”  The pic looks to be a solid comedic drama ensemble piece with impressive turns from Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul, and Imogen Poots as the four strangers.  Hornby’s novels have previously made for the swell adaptations High Fidelity and About a Boy, so hopefully A Long Way Down can follow in their footsteps.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to check out the first poster.  The film also stars Rosamund Pike, Sam Neill, and Tuppence MiddletonA Long Way Down opens in the U.K. on March 21st and is currently awaiting a U.S. release date.

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