The first trailer for director Lenny Abrahamson’s dark comedy Frank has been released online. The film stars Domhnall Gleeson as an aspiring musician who joins an eccentric band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank, played by Michael Fassbender. The story is loosely based on Frank Sidebottom, as Fassbender sports an odd, large mask for the entirety of the film. I caught the pic at Sundance and it’s incredibly weird, very funny, and oddly sweet. Fassbender is excellent as the titular Frank, and Gleeson shines once again as the straight man opposite a bounty of strange characters.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer and click here to read Matt’s full review. The film also stars Maggie Gyllenhaal and Scoot McNairy. Frank opens in the U.K. on May 9th and in the U.S. later this year.
Last year I got to visit the set of X-Men: Days of Future Past when the production was filming in Montreal. With the film getting released this May, FOX has lifted my embargo and I’ve just posted some great on-set interviews with Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, writer-producer Simon Kinberg, and director Bryan Singer. In addition, I created a list of 90 things to know about the film which you can read by clicking here. If you’ve been looking forward to Days of Future Past, get ready to learn a lot about the film.
To help promote the set visit, FOX has graciously provided us with 5 new images from the movie. The pics feature new looks at Jennifer Lawrence, Peter Dinklage, Michael Fassbender, Jackman, McAvoy and Singer. Hit the jump to check them out.
A few new images from director Bryan Singer’s upcoming “inbetweenquel” X-Men: Days of Future Past have landed online. The story finds Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) having his consciousness sent back to 1973 in order to help Professor X (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and the rest of the X-Men: First Class crew stop the rise of the Sentinels, giant robots programmed to exterminate mutants. A few of these new images are high-resolution versions of previously released images, while a couple others are promo photos of Fassbender and Ian McKellen as Magneto. All in all, this gives us a better look at the updated costumes that Singer has crafted, and the McAvoy/Stewart image is rather exciting. With the summer movie season only a few months away, I expect we’ll see a second trailer for the film sooner rather than later.
Hit the jump to check out the new images. The film also stars Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Peter Dinklage, Evan Peters, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Halle Berry, and Patrick Stewart. X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in 3D on May 23rd.
Empire Magazine has posted the next five covers their X-Men: Days of Future Past series. These covers feature Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Quicksilver (Evan Peters), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and Professor X (James McAvoy). Quicksilver is the newcomer among these five, and his costume is so, so very bad. I understand the goggles are because someone who runs really fast wouldn’t be able to see without them because of the wind resistance, but on the other hand, it’s a fictional character and you can do whatever you want. Also, if that’s how he dresses himself, his eyes are already shot.
Hit the jump to check out the covers, and click here for Part 1, here for Part 3, here for Part 4 and here for Part 5, along with all 25 covers in one image. The film also stars Hugh Jackman, Peter Dinklage, Patrick Stewart, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, and Halle Berry. X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in 3D on May 23rd.
“He’s the sanest person I’ve ever met,” band manager Don (Scott McNairy) tells keyboardist Jon (Domhnall Gleeson) about their lead singer and songwriter, Frank (Michael Fassbender). Frank wears a giant fake head that he never takes off. Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank is a funny, warm, thoughtful story about crafting an artistic identity, and needing to seize on to someone else’s expression when you don’t have one of your own. It also provides an insightful look at the fault in trying to forge an identity based on the acceptance of others instead of embracing one’s own oddities and shortcomings even if the world at large sees them as “insane”.
The nominations for the 86th Academy Awards have been announced. American Hustle and Gravity lead with 10 nominations each, while 12 Years a Slave isn’t too far behind with 9 nominations. Looking over my predictions, there weren’t actually too many surprises this morning–at least no genuine “snubs” on the scale of Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow last year. Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale made the Best Actor cut over Robert Redford and Tom Hanks, Her, Dallas Buyers Club, and Philomena all got Best Picture nominations over Saving Mr. Banks, and Sally Hawkins landed a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her work in Blue Jasmine, seemingly taking Oprah Winfrey‘s spot from Lee Daniels’ The Butler. Also, the Academy apparently did not take a liking to Saving Mr. Banks, as the film missed out on a Best Picture nomination and a Best Actress nomination for Emma Thompson.
Hit the jump to take a look at the full nominations list. The 86th Oscars will be broadcast March 2nd on ABC. [Update: I've added my commentary on some of the categories after the jump.]
Star Wars fans may want to sit down for this one. While J.J. Abrams has now been onboard to direct Star Wars: Episode VII for nearly a year, solid news with regards to the pic has been very, very hard to come by. As the film’s production start date looms closer, we all knew this was about to change, and last night we learned that Friday Night Lights actor Jesse Plemons is being eyed for a role in the pic. Now THR has dumped a huge quantity of info about the follow-up, including word that Michael Fassbender, Hugo Weaving, and Adam Driver are all being eyed for roles. More interestingly, though, the script for Episode VII has apparently changed significantly since screenwriter Michael Arndt was pushed off the project, and the lead characters for Episode VII may now be the original trilogy stars: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford.
Hit the jump for the Star Wars: Episode VII motherload.
20th Century Fox has released new behind-the-scenes images from their upcoming 2014 tentpoles Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and X-Men: Days of Future Past. The Apes image is just Andy Serkis (who plays Caesar) doing his motion-capture thing. The real magic will come with the side-by-side comparisons of how his performance aligns with the finished visual effects. It’s exciting to think that with the advancements in technology, this should look even better than Rise of the Planet of the Apes. As for X-Men, I no longer care about time-travel or sentinels after looking at this photo. I just want a Magneto/Wolverine 70s buddy-cop TV series.
Hit the jump to check out the images. X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in 3D on May 23rd and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opens in 3D on July 18th.
Over the past week, we’ve been looking back on 2013 and trying to whittle down what we thought were the “best” of the year. Obviously, this is all subjective. There is no mathematical formula at work. I feel I shouldn’t have to state this, but there are people in the comments section who feel that everything should be appraised “objectively”, which in this case would simply be “These are five actors who starred in movies” or “These are five people who directed movies”. The debate comes over who can be considered the best in their respective fields. Who gave a performance that we still can’t shake? Who put together a powerhouse of a picture? Who created the score we’re still humming? Who was the bane of our protagonists? Who’s on the cusp of the A-list? These are fun questions to ask, and hopefully they’ll stir up some fun (and respectful) debate.
Hit the jump for my miscellaneous “Best of 2013″ picks. Check back from December 28 – 30th for the Top 10 Films of 2013 lists from me, Adam, and Dave.
The Broadcast Film Critics Association has unveiled its list of nominees for the upcoming Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, and 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle lead the pack with 13 nominations each—though three of Hustle’s nominations come from “Comedy” categories. The BFCA added some genre categories last year for Action, Sci-Fi/Horror, and Comedy, so the list of nominations is a bit more diverse than those we’ve seen previously. That being said, Brie Larson made the overall Best Actress cut for her excellent turn in Short Term 12, and it’s nice to finally see The World’s End and star Simon Pegg getting some attention (nicer still that BFCA recognizes actual comedies in the Best Comedy category, unlike the Golden Globes). Other notable additions include Scarlett Johansson nabbing a Best Supporting Actress nod for her voice-only role in Her and Christian Bale landing a Best Actor nomination for the aforementioned American Hustle.
Hit the jump to check out the full list of nominations and to find out how closely the Critics’ Choice Awards correlate with Oscar. The 19th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards will be held on January 16, 2014.
As we continue our in-depth look at the coming awards season, it’s now time to delve in the Best Supporting Actor race. It’s a tough category this year, with a number of impressive turns from a variety of actors. The two big standouts emerged at the Toronto Film Festival this past September with Jared Leto earning extremely high praise for his turn as a transsexual opposite Mattthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club, and Michael Fassbender turning heads as a ruthless slave owner in the highly emotional 12 Years a Slave. But there are plenty of other contenders as well, with both Jonah Hill and James Franco firmly in the race for a pair of more comic performances.
Hit the jump to read the latest edition of Oscar Beat, in which we examine the Best Supporting Actor category.
The Premieres lineup for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival was just unveiled, and along with it a collection of first look images and synopses for said films are now online. Briefly:
- The Raid 2 – Directed by Gareth Evans; starring Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Arifin Putra, Oka Antara, Tio Pakusadewo, and Alex Abbad.
- They Came Together – Directed by David Wain; starring Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Ed Helms, Cobie Smulders, Max Greenfield, and Christopher Meloni.
- Frank – Directed by Lenny Abrahamson; starring Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Scoot McNairy.
- Laggies – Directed by Lynn Shelton; starring Keira Knightley, Sam Rockwell, Chloe Grace Moretz, Ellie Kemper, Jeff Garlin, and Mark Webber.
Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs January 16 – 26th.
The 2014 Independent Spirit Awards nominations have been announced, and director Steve McQueen’s excellent drama 12 Years a Slave tops the nominees with seven nods, including Best Feature, Best Director, and Best Actor. Nebraska is not far behind with six nominations, and the Robert Redford drama All Is Lost also did well with four nods. The much-beloved Short Term 12 failed to land a Best Feature nomination, but Primer director Shane Carruth’s twisty second feature Upstream Color landed nods for Best Director and Best Editing. The Best Actor category is a strong mirror of the very tight Oscar race in the same category, and the wonderful Shailene Woodley and Brie Larson nabbed Best Actress nominations for The Spectacular Now and Short Term 12, respectively.
Hit the jump for the full list of nominations and additional commentary. The Independent Spirit Awards will be hosted on March 1, 2014.
With Halloween 2013 now a few days behind us, I may be a little late to the punch on this recommendation. Still yet, every October I find myself liking 1995′s Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers more and more. Directed by Joe Chappelle (who would later go on to direct episodes of The Wire and Fringe among others) and written by Daniel Farrands (a long-time fan of the franchise who, at the time, had little produced work under his belt), the film is notorious for its troubled production and its “Producers Cut” which features nearly 45 minutes of alternate footage, including a different ending. Watching it as a kid I remember it being the Halloween film that made me fear Michael Myers. To date, I still feel like the pic features the killer at his most ruthless (just try looking at doing the laundry the same way after watching). Rewatching it as an adult, I admire Farrands’ script for exploring the forces at work behind Michael’s madness. Even with October 31st, 2014 a distant 363 days away, I encourage Halloween fans to watch or revisit The Curse of Michael Myers this next week and see how your feelings towards the film stack up against my own.
Mid-90′s horror recommendations aside, this week’s Top 5 includes Ender’s Game interviews with Asa Butterfield and more, the excellent first trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past, a slew of interviews for 12 Years a Slave, a new trailer for The Wolf of Wall Street, and a detailed history of the Ghostbusters movies, comics, cartoons, and merch. In what should come as no surprise, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.
Following the excellent trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past, two new images have been released for Bryan Singer’s upcoming sequel. he story finds Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) having his consciousness sent back to 1973 in order to help Professor X (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and the rest of the X-Men: First Class crew stop the rise of the Sentinels, giant robots programmed to exterminate mutants. One of the images shows us Beast (Nicholas Hoult) giving Magneto (Michael Fassbender) a good thrashing, but the other one looks like Magneto has boobs. Not the best angle.
Hit the jump to check out the images. The film also stars Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Peter Dinklage, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Omar Sy, and Halle Berry. X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in 3D May 23, 2014.