It’s been ten long years since Zach Braff directed a feature film. Those that fell hard for Garden State—myself included—looked forward to seeing another directorial effort from Braff, and now the time has finally come with Wish I Was Here. Written by Braff and his brother Adam Braff, the story explores late-blooming maturity through the eyes of a struggling actor living in L.A. with his wife and two children. Braff weaves in plenty of themes about loss, marriage, and parenthood throughout the film, but he throws so much into the pot that not all of it sticks. The result is a disappointing mixed bag as some of the film hits just the right note while the rest of it falls completely flat. Read my full review after the jump.
Walt Disney Studios will be distributing director Hayao Miyazaki’s final film The Wind Rises to domestic audiences early next year, and today the studio has unveiled the voice talent that will be dubbing the English-language version of the Studio Ghibli film. Joseph Gordon-Levitt will lend his voice to the lead role of Jiro Horikoshi, while the rest of the cast will be filled out by John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Martin Short, Stanley Tucci, Mandy Patinkin, Werner Herzog, William H. Macy, Mae Whitman, Jennifer Grey, Darren Criss, Ronan Farrow, and Elijah Wood. The film tells the story of the man who designed the Zero Fighter used by Japanese pilots in World War II, and examines the Japan’s turbulent first half of the 20th century as the country struggled through an earthquake and economic fallout.
Hit the jump to read the full cast list, which denotes the characters that the actors will be voicing. Click here to read Matt’s review of the film. The Wind Rises will open in select North American theaters on February 21, 2014 before expanding wide on February 28, 2014.
Showtime has released four new posters for the upcoming third season of Homeland, and I cannot wait to catch up with Carrie, Brody, and Saul next month. Sure season two had its ups and downs, but what I love about Homeland is that the show just goes for it; stories that you would expect to play out over the course of an entire season climax after just a few episodes, and stellar performances by Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Mandy Patinkin, and even Morgan Saylor sell the nuttiness that ensues.
Hit the jump to check out four new posters for the season, and if you missed it click here to watch the excellent debut trailer. Season three of Homeland premieres on Showtime Sunday, September 29th.
Following the previous incredibly brief teaser, Showtime has released a fantastic full-length three-minute trailer for the upcoming third season of Homeland. Thankfully the trailer is nearly dialogue-free, as we simply get a look at how the events of last year’s finale impact all of our characters set against a song by The Cinematic Orchestra; no spoilers here. Brody (Damian Lewis) sports a rather different look this season, and Claire Danes’ Carrie is as unstable as ever. If you weren’t already counting down the days until the season three premiere, this new trailer should make the wait that much more unbearable.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Homeland season three premieres on Showtime Sunday, September 29th.
A few casting stories to share this afternoon. Briefly:
- Chris Pine will be reuniting with his Smokin Aces director Joe Carnahan on the low-budget comedic thriller Stretch opposite Patrick Wilson.
- Homeland star and Broadway veteran Mandy Patinkin has been set in the role of Zach Braff’s father in Braff’s partially Kickstarter-funded directorial effort Wish I Was Here.
- Lust, Caution stars Wei Tang and Leehom Wang have boarded Michael Mann’s untitled cyber thriller starring Chris Hemsworth.
Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned projects.
One of the best shows on television returns later this month with the second season premiere of Showtime’s Homeland, and the cable channel has now made available the first 20 minutes from the episode to entice fans even further. We last left Claire Danes’ CIA operations officer in a rather shocking position, and this sneak peek opens with a rather lengthy recap of the events from season one. If you haven’t seen the first season, I highly suggest you do so. And if you have, then hit the jump to check out the rather curious first 20 minutes from the season two premiere.
Season two of Homeland premieres on September 30th.
A new trailer for the upcoming second season of Showtime’s Homeland has landed online, and it’s the best one yet by far. Set against a rather haunting cover of The Police’s “Every Breath You Take”, the trailer shows ridiculously tantalizing clips of what Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, and Damien Lewis’ characters will be up to following the cliffhanger events of last season’s finale, and it closes out with one hell of a scene. Though I think the first season was far and away one of the best things on television last year, I’ve been skeptical of how the series can continue its streak throughout another season. This trailer offers a great deal of promising evidence that showrunners Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa have indeed pulled it off.
Hit the jump to watch the new trailer. Homeland season 2 begins on September 30th on Showtime.
Last night The Borgias finished off their first season (and just got picked up for a second season as well), and viewers who tuned in also got a sneak peek at Showtime’s new thriller Homeland. Starring Clarie Danes, Damian Lewis and Mandy Patinkin, the series follows a taut psychological thriller about a volatile CIA officer (Danes) who becomes convinced that a recently rescued American POW (Lewis) may be connected to an al Qaeda plot to be carried out on U.S. soil. I’m not convinced it looks quite as thrilling as a series like 24, but it looks like it has potential even without Kiefer Sutherland ripping throats. See for yourself by checking out the trailer after the jump.