New to Blu-ray: MAN OF STEEL, FRANCES HA Criterion, DEXTER: THE COMPLETE SERIES, and More

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New to Blu-ray this week, Superman flies to home video, Noah Baumbach’s latest film gets the Criterion treatment, and a controversial Oliver Stone classic (which one?) receives a collector’s edition upgrade.

NOT FADE AWAY Blu-ray Review

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David Chase, the creator of The Sopranos, may be respected for giving the world one of the greatest television shows of all time, but when he jumped into feature films with Not Fade Away, he seems to have been allowed to do whatever he wanted, but the finished product was abandoned by its studio (Paramount), who must not have thought it was Oscar material.  That’s too bad as Not Fade Away is a film that feels alive with the possibilities of cinema, but also is aware of the past.  The story of a band that never made it, Chase’s semi-autobiographical tale paints a great portrait of teenagers going through the 1960’s and are swept up in the cultural changes reflected in the music of the era.  My review of the Blu-ray of Not Fade Away follows after the jump. 

New to Blu-ray: SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, BROKEN CITY, STRICTLY BALLROOM and More

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Here’s a brief look at this week’s new Blu-ray releases:

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Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote & John Magaro Talk NOT FADE AWAY

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The famed creator and director of The Sopranos, David Chase, has made his debut as a feature film director (and writer) with the ode to rock ‘n’ roll, Not Fade Away.  Douglas (John Magaro) catches a lucky break when Gene Gaunt (Jack Huston) invites him to join their cover band in 1960’s New Jersey. Though his father (James Gandolfini) doesn’t understand his son’s devotion to music, Douglas immerses himself in the band and in high school dream-girl turned muse Grace Deitz (Bella Heathcote). The film is an homage to rock’n’roll, to music, and to the universal experience of realizing you may not be the next Rolling Stones after all.  For more on the film, here’s 20 images, the trailer and Matt’s review.

At the NYC press day for Not Fade Away, I was able to speak to the three young stars – Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote and John Magaro – about their preparation for these music-intensive roles, their favorite scenes to shoot, some deleted scenes and what’s coming up next.  Hit the jump to watch.

NOT FADE AWAY Review

by     Posted 1 year, 123 days ago

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We experience our lives as constant stream.  We remember our lives as turning points.  These turning points weren’t necessarily the most dramatic moments, but they were emblematic.  More than other moments, this one was special.  David Chase, a storyteller who has consistently eschewed traditional narrative structure, looks into the past to see snapshots of lives in his debut feature film, Not Fade Away.  These snapshots aren’t merely of good times and bad times, but acts of creation and destruction set against a backdrop of a world on the brink of survival.  Anchored by strong performances, Not Fade Away manages to break past the clichés of its settings to find compelling characters.  However, Chase’s desire to escape a traditional narrative structure keeps us at an emotional distance.

David Chase and Steven Van Zandt Talk NOT FADE AWAY, Deleted Scenes, Musical Inspirations and Future Projects

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The famed creator and director of The Sopranos, David Chase, has made his debut as a feature film director (and writer) with the ode to rock ‘n’ roll, Not Fade Away.  Douglas (John Magaro) catches a lucky break when Gene Gaunt (Jack Huston) invites him to join their cover band in 1960’s New Jersey. Though his father (James Gandolfini) doesn’t understand his son’s devotion to music, Douglas immerses himself in the band and in high school dream-girl turned muse Grace Deitz (Bella Heathcote). The film is an homage to rock’n’roll, to music, and to the universal experience of realizing you may not be the next Rolling Stones after all.  For more on the film, here’s 20 images and the trailer.

At the NYC press day for Not Fade Away, I spoke to Chase and Executive Producer Steve Van Zandt (an original member of Springsteen’s E-Street Band) about how this story came to be, their musical inspirations, deleted scenes and upcoming projects, including Chase’s in-progress work for HBO.  Hit the jump to watch.  Not Fade Away opens in limited release this weekend.

20 New Images from NOT FADE AWAY by Writer/Director David Chase

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We have 20 new images to share with you today from writer/director David Chase’s Not Fade Away. The movie centers on a group of friends in New Jersey during the 1960s who want to form a rock band. Since Not Fade Away comes from the creator of The Sopranos, you can expect the film to be anything but a traditional arc from obscurity to stardom.

Starring John Magaro, Jack Huston, Will Brill, Bella Heathcote and James GandolfiniNot Fade Away opens in limited release starting December 21st. Hit the jump to see the new images.

First Trailer for David Chase’s NOT FADE AWAY

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The first trailer for Not Fade Away has been released.  The film is the feature directorial debut of The Sopranos creator David Chase and tells the story of three best friends growing up in the New Jersey suburbs who decide to start a rock band.  The wonderful tone that Chase hit so well with The Sopranos (dramatic with an air of dark comedy) looks to be on full display here, and the director’s passion for music comes through in spades.  It’ll be interesting to see how he translates his novelized approach to storytelling to a feature film, but this trailer hints at a strong, character-focused first effort with a promising yet familiar turn from James Gandolfini as a patriarch of a different sort.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars John Maragro, Jack Huston, Will Brill, Bella Heathcote, Brad Garrett and Christopher McDonaldNot Fade Away opens on December 21st. 

New Posters for FLIGHT, BROKEN CITY, and NOT FADE AWAY

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We’ve got a few poster debuts to share this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • Flight – Two new posters have been released for director Robert Zemeckis’ excellent-looking character drama.  Denzel Washington stars as a commercial airline pilot who is heralded as a hero after safely landing a disabled jet, but then comes under fire for possibly operating the plane while intoxicated.  The film opens on November 2nd.
  • Broken City – The first poster for director Allen Hughes’ political crime drama puts stars Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe front and center.  Wahlberg plays a private detective hired to identify the lover of a powerful politician’s wife who soon uncovers more than he expected to find.  The film opens on January 18th, 2013.
  • Not Fade Away – The first poster for Sopranos creator David Chase’s feature directorial debut.  The pic tells the story of three best friends growing up in the New Jersey suburbs who decide to start a rock band.  The film opens on December 21st.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.

New Images from RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4, LES MIS, LOOPER, RED DAWN, FLIGHT and Many More!

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We’ve got a lot of images from the upcoming slate of late-2012 films:

  • Paranormal Activity 4, directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, opens October 19th.
  • The Impossiblestarring Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts, opens October 11th.
  • Flightstarring Denzel Washington and John Goodman, opens November 2nd.
  • Not Fade Awayfrom writer/director David Chase, stars John Magaro, Will Brill and Jack Huston and opens December 21st.
  • Les Miserables, starring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried, opens December 14th.
  • Anna Kareninastarring Keira Knightley, Jude Law and Aaron Johnson, opens September 7th.
  • Resident Evil: Retributionstarring Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez and Sienna Guillory, opens September 14th.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses, including a full second page featuring featuring Looper, This Must Be the Place, The Man with the Iron FistsWreck-It Ralph, Frankenweenie, Red Dawn, and Chasing Mavericks.

2012 New York Film Festival Line-Up Announced; Includes AMOUR, LIFE OF PI, and FLIGHT

by     Posted 1 year, 250 days ago

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The full line-up for the 2012 New York Film Festival has been announced.  I’ve been impressed with the line-ups for the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival, but they both have a surprising omission: Michael Haneke‘s Amour, which one the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.  However, it won’t be bypassing the fall festival circuit entirely, and it will make its North American debut at NYFF.  The festival will also open with Ang Lee‘s Life of Pi and Robert ZemeckisFlight.  In between, you have other exciting films like David Chase‘s Not Fade Away, Noah Baumbach‘s Frances Ha, Roger Michell‘s Hyde Park on Hudson, Brian de Palma‘s Passion, and more.

Hit the jump for the full line-up.  Tickets for the 2012 New York Film Festival go on sale September 9th.  The festival runs from September 28 – October 14th.

David Chase’s Directorial Debut NOT FADE AWAY Will Make Its World Premiere as the Centerpiece Gala Selection of the 50th New York Film Festival

by     Posted 1 year, 251 days ago

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Director David Chase will see his film Not Fade Away make its world premiere as the Centerpiece Gala selection of the 50th New York Film Festival; not bad for a debut director!  The Sopranos creator/writer brings this coming-of-age tale, set in 1964 where a group of friends decide to form a rock band, led by new-to-the-scene, John Magaro. With a soundtrack produced by Steven Van ZandtNot Fade Away also stars Jack Huston, Will Brill, Bella Heathcote, James Gandolfini, Brad Garrett and Christopher McDonald. Look for the film to see limited release starting December 21st.  Hit the jump for the full press release and some new images from the film.

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