Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for director Spike Jonze’s upcoming romantic drama Her. The story revolves around a man (Joaquin Phoenix) who falls in love with his operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson). The film picked up considerable acclaim at its New York Film Festival Premiere, with Matt calling it a “tender, funny, and touching love story” in his review. This trailer (aided by the musical stylings of Arcade Fire’s “Supersymmetry”) continues to highlight the central romance while also revealing a refreshingly warm performance by Phoenix. Her really looks to be something quite special, and I can’t wait to check out the full film.
Hit the jump to watch the new trailer and to check out a large batch of high-resolution images. The film also stars Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, and Olivia Wilde. Her opens in limited release on December 18th and expands wide on January 10th.
Perhaps the combination of my new found love of fantasy football and my fondness of sports documentaries in general make me a less than unbiased voice, but I can’t recommend writer/director Rory Karpf‘s documentary The Book of Manning enough. The made for TV doc premiered on ESPN this past week and it blew me away from a perspective that had nothing to do with sports or athletic achievement and everything to do with its noteworthy focus on parenting, family, and legacy. This may not seem like a huge achievement on paper, but when your film’s protagonists are some of the most highly decorated football players in the history of the sport, it’s a testament to the patriarch, Archie Manning, that the biggest takeaway I have from The Book of Manning isn’t how many records he set at Ole Miss or how many of those records his son Eli broke decades later, it’s that our families and kids are the most important responsibilities we can have and the way that we treat both is ultimately what defines us as people.
Now that I’ve hit you over the head with an “After School Special” message right out of the gate, this week’s Top 5 features Rush interviews with Ron Howard, Chris Hemsworth and more, our resident scientist Dave Trumbore fact-checking the science behind Breaking Bad, Fox landing a new television series based on Batman’s Commissioner Gordon, Don Jon interviews with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and more, and a new Cinemath installment focusing on adjusting for box office inflation and the inherent dangers of comparing Gone with the Wind to The Avengers. As is often the case, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.
One of my favorite films at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was director Ron Howard’s Rush. Based on true events, the film takes place in the world of Formula One racing, and chronicles the 1970s rivalry between Austrian driver Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) and British driver James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) leading up to their intense competition in 1976. Rush also stars Olivia Wilde and Alexandra Maria Lara.
While at TIFF, I landed a video interview with Wilde. She talked about making Rush, how she got involved in the project, the incredible story it’s based on, the 70s clothing, and more. In addition, Wilde talked about what it was like making Her with director Spike Jonze. Hit the jump to watch.
For the past decade, I’ve approached Ron Howard‘s films with a mix of trepidation and outright dread. Apollo 13 is an amazing piece of filmmaking, but from there, he’s seemed content to play it safe to the point of inertia. A Beautiful Mind may be daring in its direction, but its story is worthy of a TV movie. Considering the horrors of the Robert Langdon movies, the unwatchable Oscar-bait Cinderella Man, and the low-ball The Dilemma, my skepticism towards his latest picture, Rush, was more than warranted. Thankfully, Howard seems to be alive again as he goes full throttle on taking the viewer inside the world of Formula 1 racing. More importantly, he has a worthwhile story at the center. While Howard still feels the need to spoon-feed the themes, the strong performances and intensity of the racing scenes make his latest picture a ride worth taking.
Universal Pictures has released a batch of high-resolution images from director Ron Howard’s new film Rush. The film takes place in the world of Formula One racing, and chronicles the 1970s rivalry between Austrian driver Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) and British driver James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth)—primarily during the 1976 season. The pic has earned strong marks during its premiere screenings at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, and I’m eager to see the film myself.
Hit the jump to take a look at the images. The film also stars Olivia Wilde and Alexandra Maria Lara. Rush opens in theaters on September 27th.
Universal Pictures has released a new featurette for director Ron Howard’s F1 racing drama Rush. The film takes place in the world of Formula One racing, and chronicles the 1970s rivalry between Austrian driver Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) and British driver James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth)—primarily during the 1976 season. In this new featurette, Howard talks about his enthusiasm for the project and we get to see some of the innovative camera rigs that cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle (Slumdog Millionaire) used to capture the racing sequences.
Hit the jump to watch the featurette. The film also stars Olivia Wilde. Rush will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in a couple of weeks and opens in theaters on September 20th.
Directed by Joe Swanberg, Drinking Buddies tells the story of Kate (Olivia Wilde) and Luke (Jake Johnson), who work together at a craft brewery. They have one of those friendships that feels like it could be something more, and that should make each of their significant others (played by Ron Livingston and Anna Kendrick) uncomfortable.
At the film’s press day, actress Olivia Wilde talked about how much beer they drank during shooting, the relationship between Luke and Kate, where she would draw the line with a platonic friend, working with co-star Jake Johnson, what friendship and love mean to her, her favorite scene in the film, shooting the big fight scene, how much snobbier she is about the kind of beer she’ll drink now, and what inspires her. Check out what she had to say after the jump.
This morning, the Toronto International Film Festival announced its terrific line-up for their Galas and Special Presentation programs. Among the films with new images and synopses are:
- Life of Crime (Directed by Daniel Schechter) Starring John Hawkes, Yasiin Bey (a.k.a Mos Def), Jennifer Aniston, Tim Robbins, Isla Fisher, Will Forte, and Mark Boone Jr.
- The Railway Man (Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky) Starring Colin Firth, Jeremy Irvine, and Nicole Kidman.
- Third Person (Directed by Paul Haggis) Starring Liam Neeson, Mila Kunis, Adrien Brody, James Franco, Olivia Wilde, Maria Bello, Kim Basinger, and Moran Atias.
- The Art of the Steal (Directed by Jonathan Sobol) Starring Jay Baruchel, Matt Dillon, Kurt Russell, Terence Stamp, Katheryn Winnick, Chris Diamantopoulos, Kenneth Welsh, and Jason Jones.
- Bad Words (Directed by Jason Bateman) Starring Jason Bateman, Allison Janney, Phillip Baker Hall, Kathryn Hahn, and Rohan Chand.
Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5 – 15th.
Universal has released yet another trailer for Ron Howard’s Rush. The film takes place in the world of Formula One racing, and chronicles the 1970s rivalry between Austrian driver Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) and British driver James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth). This latest trailer turns the focus primarily on Hunt and his trajectory from playboy race car driver to serious competitor, and it looks like a compelling arc since it’s created through his conflict with Lauda. It’s easy to suss out almost the entire story arc from what we’ve seen in all the trailers so far, but the flick could still be an exciting ride when it opens this fall thanks to the performances and the racing scenes.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars Olivia Wilde. Rush opens September 27th.
Man, what the hell happened with this movie? This one could’ve been a new comedy classic. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone has a cast of capable comedic actors playing new and old school Vegas magicians, which sounds like a perfect recipe for splitting the sides of audience members wide open. The over-the-top goofiness of stage conjurers and the laughable edginess of “street” magic are ripe for satire, but even so, Burt Wonderstone is an uneven comedy that see-saws between perfectly tolerable and hysterical. Will Warner Bros.’ Blu-ray release win over our home video hearts? Find out after the jump.
Magnolia has released the first trailer for director Joe Swanberg’s comedy Drinking Buddies. The film stars Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson (New Girl) as two friends working together at a craft brewery who, while navigating the ups and downs of their separate romantic relationships, find themselves drawn to each other. The pic looks like a damn good time, and the chemistry between Wilde and Johnson is great. Johnson has been doing fantastic stand-out work on the sitcom New Girl for the past two years, but I’m happy to see him get the chance to shine in a leading role like this. Throw the immensely talented Anna Kendrick and Ron Livingston into the mix as Johnson and Wilde’s significant others, and you’ve got yourself one hell of a promising beer dramedy.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Drinking Buddies will be available on iTunes on July 25th and opens in theaters on August 23rd.
A new featurette has been released for Ron Howard‘s racing drama, Rush. The film takes place in the world of Formula One racing, and chronicles the 1970s rivalry between Austrian driver Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) and British driver James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth). Like an earlier trailer, we’re treated to almost the entire arc of the plot, but we also get Hemsworth, Bruhl, and Howard breaking down what they found compelling about the story and the characters. I’m not sure what’s going to push this movie beyond a standard sports rivalry other than the life-or-death stakes, but I’m curious about the contrast between Hunt’s flamboyant personality and the serious Lauda.
Hit the jump to check out the featurette. The film also stars Olivia Wilde. Rush opens September 20th.
A new trailer has been released for Ron Howard’s racing drama, Rush. The film takes place in the world of Formula One racing, and chronicles the 1970s rivalry between Austrian driver Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) and British driver James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth). The previous trailer basically showed the entire movie, but thankfully this one focuses on the speed of F1 racing and aggressiveness of the drivers. Clearly, the movie won’t shy away from the personal drama of the lead characters, but I’m curious to see how Howard has handled the intensity of the racing scenes. Judging by this trailer, he’s done a bang-up job.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars Olivia Wilde. Rush opens September 20th.
Olivia Wilde and Mark Duplass are set to team up for a new thriller set within the world of medicine. Variety reports that Wilde and Duplass will lead Lionsgate’s Reawakening, which “follows a team of research students that discovers the secret to bringing subjects back from the dead—however, their actions result in a series of sinister consequences.” So it’s kind of like a horror film version of Flatliners with more dead people. Jiro Dreams of Sushi director David Gelb will be taking the helm, with Luke Dawson and Jeremy Slater handling scripting duties.
Horror guru Jason Blum—who is behind the Paranormal Activity series, Sinister, and a number of other spooktacular films from the past few years—will produce the pic through his Blumhouse banner. The incredibly busy Duplass recently committed to starring in an HBO comedy pilot that he and his brother Jay Duplass created, and Wilde will be seen later this year in Ron Howard’s F1 racing drama Rush.
Universal Pictures has released a new trailer for director Ron Howard’s racing drama Rush. The film takes place in the world of Formula 1 racing and chronicles the 1970s rivalry between Austrian driver Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) and British driver James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth). This trailer plays much better than the previous U.K. trailer, as we get a better sense of the individual character struggles in addition to Howard’s impressive visuals. The racing sequences certainly look to be intense, but the highlight of this trailer for me is hearing some of Hans Zimmer‘s fantastic-sounding score. As Matt noted previously, the key to the film’s success will be whether we care about the characters, so here’s hoping Rush is more Apollo 13 than The Da Vinci Code.
Hit the jump to watch the new trailer. The film also stars Olivia Wilde and opens on September 20th.