SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS Blu-ray Review

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Writer/director Martin McDonagh first came to the attention of American audiences with his 2005 short film Six Shooter.  Fresh off the short’s success, he wrote and directed his first feature film shortly thereafter, turning 2008’s fantastic drama In Bruges.  The film was a critical hit, and it showcased McDonagh’s knack for original storytelling that blended humor and incredibly dark situations in a way that few had done before.  The filmmaker’s long-awaited follow-up film finally made its way to screens last year with the sufficiently nutty and wildly self-referential comedy Seven Psychopaths.  Though the pic never ceases to be entertaining, it has a hard time coalescing as a singular story, instead veering off into wild tangents and meta subplots.  Hit the jump for our review of Seven Psychopaths on Blu-ray.

MOONRISE KINGDOM and SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK Lead 2013 Independent Spirit Award Nominations; Matthew McConaughey Lands Double Nods

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The nominations for the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards have been announced, and Oscar hopefuls Silver Linings Playbook and Moonrise Kingdom lead the pack.  Both films picked up nominations for Best Feature, Director, and Screenplay with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper landing acting noms for SLP and Bruce Willis garnering a swell Best Supporting Actor nomination for his work in Moonrise KingdomBeasts of the Southern Wild, Bernie, and Keep the Lights On round out the Best Feature nominees, while The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Safety Not Guaranteed were singled out for the Best First Feature award.  Also, Matthew McConaughey pulled double nominations for his stellar work in this year’s Magic Mike and Killer Joe, landing a Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor nod, respectively.  Notably shut out of the race entirely was Leos Carax‘s critically-lauded Holy Motors.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of nominations.  The winners of the 2013 Spirit Awards will be announced on Saturday, February 23, 2013.

Weekend Box Office: TAKEN 2 Repeats in First; ARGO Claims Second with $20.1 Million; HERE COMES THE BOOM Goes Bust

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Even with five new movies competing at this weekend’s box office, Taken 2 had no trouble holding on to first place for a second week in a row. The action movie edged out Ben Affleck’s Argo and Friday’s first-place horror feature Sinister, though each put up strong debut numbers. The picture was not as rosy for the remaining three new releases, including Sony’s comedy Here Comes the Boom with Kevin James.

 Title Weekend Total
1. Taken 2 $22,500,000 $86.7
2. Argo $20,120,000 $20.1
3. Sinister $18,250,000 $18.2
4. Hotel Transylvania $17,300,000 $102.1
5. Here Comes the Boom $12,000,000 $12
6 Pitch Perfect $9,336,000 $36
7. Frankenweenie $7,014,000 $22
8 Looper $6,300,000 $51.4
9. Seven Psychopaths $4,275,000 $4.2
10. Perks of Being a Wallflower
$2,166,000 $6.1

TOP 5: New York Comic-Con 2012, First Trailer for HITCHCOCK, SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS Interviews, DJANGO UNCHAINED, ARROW Interviews

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As a preamble to this week’s Top 5, I’d like to take a few lines to recognize my own personal “Top 2″ from the past 7 days: the St. Louis Cardinals and Warner Premiere’s animated adaptation of Frank Miller‘s classic tale The Dark Knight Returns, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1. Beginning with the former, my beloved Cardinals completed yet another historic comeback last night against the Washington Nationals. Win or lose, I think it’s necessary to get in writing here that I won’t have a single negative thing to say about this team the rest of the way. As for the latter, I had a chance to sit down with director Jay Oliva‘s animated adaptation the other day and I found it to be a worthy retelling of Miller’s classic Bat-story. If you have any interest in animated comic adaptations and have yet to check it out, I recommend doing so.

But enough of my own personal favorites, included in this week’s trip around the bases (yep, that’s another baseball reference) is our coverage of New York Comic-Con 2012, the first trailer for director Sacha Gervasi‘s Hitchcock, Seven Psychopaths interviews with Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken and more, a new trailer for Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained, and a slew of interviews for The CW’s new superhero series, Arrow. A brief recap and link to each awaits.

SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the Toronto International Film Festival.  Seven Psychopaths opens today.]

A way to work through writer’s block is to write about the writer’s block. At least you’re writing, and you may get something more creative than if you had carefully mapped out your path. I’m not sure if writer-director Martin McDonagh suffered a case of writer’s block on his way to creating Seven Psychopaths, but the end result is brash, brilliant, wickedly fun, and the best film about screenwriting since Adaptation. Psychopaths is viciously funny, delightfully clever, and meta without being cloyingly self-conscious. McDonagh’s machine-gun script races with energy fueled by wild performances from stars Sam Rockwell, Colin Farrell, and Christopher Walken. The movie doesn’t simply break through writer’s block; Seven Psychopaths gleefully blows the block to hell.

Writer/Director Martin McDonagh Talks SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS, Film vs. Digital, and Injecting Humor into the Story

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The crime comedy Seven Psychopaths, from writer/director Martin McDonagh (In Bruges), is equal parts gore and humor, with an absolutely adorable Shih Tzu thrown in, for good measure. Struggling screenwriter Marty Faranan (Colin Farrell) is past deadline and out of ideas, until he gets inspiration from his best friend Billy (Sam Rockwell) and the eccentric Hans (Christopher Walken), whose dog-napping business results in gangster Charlie Costello (Woody Harrelson) desperate to get his prized pooch back.

At the film’s press day, Martin McDonagh talked about the meta aspects of the film, the importance of injecting the humor into this story, how lovely Bonny the Shih Tzu was to work with, why he chose to shoot on film versus digital, what the actors brought to their unusual roles, and the fact that he could never see himself directing someone else’s work. Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Colin Farrell and Writer-Director Martin McDonagh Talk SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS, Deleted Scenes, TIFF, and More

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One of the best films I saw at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was writer-director Martin McDonagh‘s (In Bruges) dark comedy Seven PsychopathsThe film centers on a screenwriter (Colin Farrell) suffering writer’s block, who then gets drawn into the mischief of his two dog-napping friends (Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken) after they kidnap a pooch belonging to a psychotic gangster (Woody Harrelson).  For more on the film that also stars Tom Waits, Zeljko Ivanek, Abbie Cornish, and Olga Kurylenko, here’s Matt’s review, seven clips, and all our previous coverage.

The day after the world premiere I sat down with McDonagh and Farrell for an exclusive interview.  We talked about what it was like to premiere in Toronto, how controlling is McDonagh with the dialogue and did anything change on set, deleted scenes, and what will it take for McDonagh to make a movie every year.  Hit the jump to watch.

New TV Spots for SKYFALL, THIS IS 40, and SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS

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Last night’s broadcast of the 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards played host to a few new TV spots for some highly anticipated upcoming films, and now the new looks at Skyfall, This Is 40, and Seven Psychopaths have landed online.  Briefly:

  • Skyfall – Director Sam Mendes (American Beauty) takes the reins in this latest entry in the James Bond franchise.  The TV spot features a nice back-and-forth between Ralph Fiennes and Judi Dench followed by quick flashes of exciting new footage.  November 9th can’t get here fast enough.
  • This Is 40 – The sort-of sequel to Knocked Up marks prolific producer Judd Apatow’s fourth directorial effort, and this new spot plays up the film’s connection to the Seth Rogen-fronted comedy.  The pic opens on December 21st.
  • Seven Psychopaths – Director Martin McDonagh (In Bruges) has assembled an insanely talented cast for this dark crime comedy, and the madness is on full display in these three new TV spots.  The film opens on October 12th.

Hit the jump to watch the TV spots.

2012 Toronto International Film Festival Awards Announced; SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK and SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS Among Winners

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The winners of the 37th Toronto International Film Festival were announced earlier today with David O. Russell‘s Silver Linings Playbook taking home the festival’s People’s Choice Award and Martin McDonagh‘s Seven Psychopaths being recognized with the Midnight Madness Award. For the sake of context, it’s worth noting that the 34 previous Peoples Choice winners have gone on to garner 10 Best Picture nods at the Academy Awards (with Chariots of Fire, American Beauty, Slumdog Millionaire, and The King’s Speech bringing home the Oscar).

For a complete list of the festival’s winners, including director Bartholomew Cubbins‘ Best Documentary win for Artifact, hit the jump to check out the press release. After perusing that, be sure to stay up to date on all of our ongoing TIFF 2012 coverage.

TIFF 2012: SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS Review

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A way to work through writer’s block is to write about the writer’s block.  At least you’re writing, and you may get something more creative than if you had carefully mapped out your path.  I’m not sure if writer-director Martin McDonagh suffered a case of writer’s block on his way to creating Seven Psychopaths, but the end result is brash, brilliant, wickedly fun, and the best film about screenwriting since Adaptation.  Psychopaths is viciously funny, delightfully clever, and meta without being cloyingly self-conscious.  McDonagh’s machine-gun script races with energy fueled by wild performances from stars Sam Rockwell, Colin Farrell, and Christopher Walken.  The movie doesn’t simply break through writer’s block; Seven Psychopaths gleefully blows the block to hell.

Release Date Shuffle: SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS Moves Up to October 12, ANNA KARENINA Shifted to November 16, and GAMBIT Pushed to Winter 2013

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A few release dates have been shifted for some promising upcoming pics.  Briefly:

  • Director Martin McDonagh’s (In Bruges) dark comedy Seven Psychopaths, starring Colin Farrell, has been moved up a month to October 12th.
  • Joe Wright’s (Hanna) adaptation of the classic tome Anna Karenina, starring Keira Knightley, has been pushed back slightly to November 16th.
  • The remake of Gambit, starring Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz, has been pushed to an unspecified date in Winter 2013.

Hit the jump for more details.

Woody Harrelson Talks RAMPART, SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS, HUNGER GAMES, and Whether or Not He Can Still Dunk a Basketball

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Opening tomorrow, in limited release, is director Oren Moverman‘s (The Messenger) fantastic new movie, Rampart.  Led by a brillaint Woody Harrelson, Rampart is about a corrupt cop whose past is finally catching up with him in the wake of a department-wide corruption scandal.  The film also stars Sigourney Weaver, Robin Wright, Steve Buscemi, Cynthia Nixon, Ben Foster, Anne Heche, Ice Cube, and Ned Beatty.

Recently, I got to speak with Harrelson. We talked about how he got involved in the project, what is was like to try and stick to the script while also finding the truth in the moment, what did he think of the film when he first saw it, filming on location in Los Angeles during the day, karaoke (he sings some Queen), and whether or not he can still dunk a basketball.  In addition, Harrelson talked about The Hunger Games and Martin McDonagh‘s Seven Psychopaths.  Hit the jump to watch.

First Images from Martin McDonagh’s SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS Starring Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, and Woody Harrelson

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The first images from Seven Psychopaths, Martin McDonagh‘s highly-anticipated follow up to In Bruges, have gone online. The film stars Woody Harrelson as a gangster who goes on a rampage after his beloved shih tzu is kidnapped by an unemployed actor (Sam Rockwell) whose only source of income is helping a professional dognapper (Christopher Walken) who steals dogs and returns them for the reward money (That’s right: McDonagh has basically borrowed the M.O. of Jon Lovitz character from City Slickers 2).  Colin Farrell co-stars as Martin, a struggling screenwriter who tries to help Rockwell’s character, but only gets caught up in the mess, although it gives him great material for his next script, which is called “Seven Psychopaths”.

Hit the jump to check out the images and more info on the flick, which also stars Tom Waits, Gabourey Sidibe, Abbie Cornish, and Olga KurylenkoSeven Psychopaths is due out in theaters this fall.

First Synopsis for Martin McDonagh’s SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS Starring Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, and Christopher Walken

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Steve just returned from AFM with a boatload of goodies to share with our readers, and among the finds is the first synopsis for In Bruges director Martin McDonagh’s action-comedy Seven Psychopaths. The film features a top-notch ensemble made up of Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken, and Mickey Rourke. 2008’s In Bruges was an ingenious and brutally funny black comedy, so I’m psyched (pun-intended) to see McDonagh assemble such a fantastic/volatile cast for his follow-up feature. The wacky premise of Seven Psychopaths involves a dog-napping gone wrong, and oh so much more. Hit the jump for the full synopsis.

CBS Films Looks to Co-Finance and Distribute SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS Starring Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, and Christopher Walken; First Synopsis Released

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The next feature from In Bruges writer/director Martin McDonagh looks like it may have found financing. CBS Films is in negotiations to co-finance and distribute the action comedy Seven Psychopaths, which will be the writer/director’s first feature since his 2008 debut. The film reunites McDonagh with In Bruges star Colin Farrell who is set to play a struggling screenwriter looking for inspiration. He gets roped into a dog kidnapping scheme by his friends, but the three get more than they bargained for when they kidnap a psychopathic gangster’s beloved Shih Tzu. Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken are signed on to star as Farrell’s oddball friends.

We previously reported that Mickey Rourke had joined the cast (presumably as the eccentric gangster), but the press release from CBS Films doesn’t mention the actor. In Bruges is a black comedy gem, so it’s fantastic news to hear that McDonagh’s follow-up (with a terrific cast in tow) is well on its way. Production on Seven Psychopaths is set to begin this fall in L.A. Hit the jump to read the full synopsis for the flick.

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