Sundance 2015: First Images from SLOW WEST, STRANGERLAND, GLASSLAND, and UMRIKA

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The lineups for the competition categories at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival were recently unveiled, and along with them some debut images were released.  Today we’ve got first look images at a few of the films that will screen in the World Competition category:

  • Slow West – Directed by John Maclean; Starring Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Rory McCann, Ben Mendelsohn, Brooke Williams, and Caren Pistorius.
  • Strangerland – Directed by Kim Farrant; Starring Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes, Hugo Weaving, Lisa Flanagan, Meyne Wyatt, and Maddison Brown.
  • Glassland – Written and directed by Gerard Barrett; Starring Jack Reynor, Toni Collette, Will Poulter, and Michael Smiley.
  • Umrika – Written and directed by Prashant Nair; Starring Suraj Sharma, Tony Revolori, Smita Tambe, Adil Hussain, Rajesh Tailang, and Prateik Babbar.

Check out the images and synopses after the jump.  The 2015 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 22nd to February 1st.

First HOMELAND Season 4 Trailer: Carrie Shifts Her Focus to Pakistan

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Showtime has released the first Homeland season 4 trailer, offering a glimpse at how the drama series plans to continue after the events of the season 3 finale.  Homeland has always been a quick-to-evolve show, running through about three seasons worth of material in its first 12 episodes.  Though the quality of the subsequent episodes failed to match that blissful first run, showrunners Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa have never been afraid to swing for the fences.  This debut trailer actually offers up a hefty amount of footage from season 4, promising that we’ll get to see Claire Danes’ Carrie Mathison working extensively in Pakistan this time around.  The addition of Corey Stoll and Life of Pi star Suraj Sharma to the cast is encouraging too, so hopefully the significant story shift makes for some interesting new character dynamics.

Hit the jump to watch the Homeland season 4 trailer.  The series also stars Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend, and Nazanin BoniadiHomeland season 4 premieres on Showtime Sunday, October 5th.

Suraj Sharma and Madhur Mittal Talk MILLION DOLLAR ARM, Landing the Roles, Their Instant Chemistry, and More

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Based on an incredibly inspiring true story, Million Dollar Arm is so much more than just a sports film.  It tells the story of sports agent JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm), who comes up with a scheme to save his career by finding the next Major League Baseball star among the totally raw and untapped talent in India.  Once there, he finds two 18-year-old boys, Rinku (Suraj Sharma) and Dinesh (Madhur Mittal), whose knack for throwing a fastball could quite possibly lead them straight to a major league contract.

At the film’s press day, co-stars Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi) and Madhur Mittal (Slumdog Millionaire) spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how they each got involved with the film, their instant chemistry, why this was so much more than just a role, whether they would have had the nerve to go to a pitching try-out, what it was like to meet the real Rinku and Dinesh, and where they’d like to go next, in their acting careers.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.


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Million Dollar Arm might be the most repulsive “Uplifting Sports Drama” ever made.  The movie pretends to show America as a land of opportunity, and athletics as a level playing field where hard work and determination are all that’s needed to succeed.  But at its ugly heart, it’s about a cold, callow bastard who discovers that you can outsource your personal growth.  Even though it pretends to carry the lesson about treating people as more than products, in practice, Million Dollar Arm shares the worst values of its despicable protagonist.

First Trailer and Poster for MILLION DOLLAR ARM Starring Jon Hamm, Lake Bell, Aasif Mandvi, and Alan Arkin

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Disney has released the first trailer and poster for Craig Gillespie‘s drama Million Dollar Arm.  Based on a true story, Jon Hamm plays a washed-up sports agent who travels to India and sets up a televised, national game show “Million Dollar Arm” to see if any cricket players might cut it in the major leagues.  The trailer screams “Uplifting sports film” and there’s nothing wrong with that, especially when the script is from The Station Agent and Win Win writer Tom McCarthy.  Underdog sports stories can make for nice movies, and Million Dollar Arm also has a strong cast that also includes Lake Bell, Bill Paxton, Aasif Mandvi, and Alan Arkin.  I’m especially heartened to see Bell as the female lead.  She’s incredibly talented, and I hope her character is more dimensional than “love interest”.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster.  The film also stars Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi) and Madhurt Mittal (Slumdog Millionaire).  Million Dollar Arm opens May 16, 2014.

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Disney Sets May 16, 2014 Release Date for MILLION DOLLAR ARM Starring Jon Hamm, Suraj Sharma, and Bill Paxton

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Walt Disney Pictures has chosen a prime release date for director Craig Gillespie’s (Fright Night, Lars and the Real Girl) upcoming baseball film Million Dollar Arm.  Based on a true story, Jon Hamm plays a washed-up sports agent who travels to India and sets up a televised, national game show “Million Dollar Arm” to see if any cricket players might cut it in the major leagues.  The film will kick off the summer movie season as a bit of counter-programming on May 16, 2014, where it will open opposite Warner Bros.’ Godzilla and one week before X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Million Dollar Arm boasts a screenplay by The Station Agent and The Visitor scribe Tom McCarthy and also stars Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi), Madhurt Mittal (Slumdog Millionaire), Bill Paxton, Lake Bell, Aasif Mandvi, Pitobash, and Alan Arkin.

THE AVENGERS and BREAKING BAD Lead 39th Annual Saturn Awards

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For those who are upset that genre films are never recognized at the Oscars beyond sound and VFX categories, the Saturn Awards are for you.  The Saturns recognize accomplishment in sci-fi, fantasy, action, and horror for movies and TV shows that rarely receive any consideration from the Oscars and Emmys, although there is some crossover.  For example, among the TV nominees, Breaking Bad led with “Best Presentation on Television”, Best Actor for Bryan Cranston (tying with Kevin Bacon for The Following), and Best Supporting Actor for Jonathan Banks.  Over on the movie side, The Avengers netted four wins including Best Science Fiction Film, Best Director (Joss Whedon), Best Supporting Actor (Clark Gregg), and Best Visual Effects.  Among the other genre categories, Life of Pi won Best Fantasy Film, The Cabin in the Woods took home Best Horror/Thriller, and Skyfall earned Best Action/Adventure film.  Like any awards presentation, there’s bound to be debate about the winners, but it’s great that at least one long-running awards ceremony recognized Jonathan Banks and Clark Gregg.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of winners.  In the days ahead, we’ll have plenty of interviews with actors and filmmakers who attended the event.

Production Begins on MILLION DOLLAR ARM Starring Jon Hamm, Suraj Sharma, and Madhur Mittal

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Production has begun on Craig Gillespie‘s Million Dollar Arm.  Based on a true story, Jon Hamm plays a washed-up sports agent who travels to India, and sets up a televised, national game show “Million Dollar Arm” to see if any cricket players might cut it in the major leagues.  The press release provides the full synopsis, and while it sounds a little corny at points, such as “Ultimately, what began as a purely commercial venture becomes something more and leads JB to find the one thing he was never looking for at all—a family,” I have full faith in screenwriter Tom McCarthy.  He’s 3-for-3 with The Station Agent, The Visitor, and Win Win (although he also directed those movies).  Also, Hamm is long overdue for the lead role in a feature film.  Finally, the flick boasts a terrific supporting cast that includes Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi), Madhurt Mittal (Slumdog Millionaire), Bill Paxton, Lake Bell, Aasif Mandvi, Pitobash, and Alan Arkin.

Hit the jump for the press release and synopsis.  Filming is set for India, Georgia, and Los Angeles.  Million Dollar Arm will be released in 2014.

John Cusack in Talks for Brian Wilson Biopic LOVE & MERCY, Clifton Collins Jr. Joins TRANSCENDENCE and Suraj Sharma Has a MILLION DOLLAR ARM

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Check out the latest casting news below:

Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.


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Director Ang Lee’s Life of Pi presents a tough sell for mainstream audiences: the main character is oddly named, the cast is not comprised of instantly-recognizable faces and the bulk of the story strands the viewers in a small boat with a boy and a tiger in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. But if people take a chance and put their faith in the Oscar-winning director, they’ll experience a beautifully told story about survival, self-discovery, the triumph of the human spirit and the quest for meaning in life, all wrapped up in a well-paced film in which the gorgeous special effects and responsible use of 3D are actually quite complementary.

Based on the novel by Yann Martel, Life of Pi stars Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain, Tabu, Rafe Spall and Gerard Depardieu and is in theaters now. Hit the jump for my review.

New Clip from LIFE OF PI

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A new clip from Ang Lee‘s Life of Pi has gone online.  The story centers on Pi Patel (Suraj Sharma), a zookeeper’s son who survives a shipwreck only to find himself stuck on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger.  In this clip, Pi desperately uses the old “Message in a Bottle” play, although he’s perhaps a bit too honest in conveying his predicament.  If you got a message in a bottle saying a guy was stuck in a lifeboat, your first question would be “Where?”  If the message continued that there was also a tiger in the boat, your following question would be, “Did I just discover the world’s most bizarre prank?”

Hit the jump to check out the clip.  The film also stars Rafe Spall, Gerard Depardieu, Irrfan Khan, and Adil HussainLife of Pi opens in 3D on November 21st.


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Check out the offerings from our latest poster round-up:

  • The U.K. poster for Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, starring Suraj SharmaRafe Spall, Gerard Depardieu, Irrfan Khan and Adil Hussain. Life of Pi opens in 3D November 21st.
  • A huge banner poster for Cloud Atlas, from directors Lana and Andy Wachowski and Tom Tyker.  Starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, Hugh Grant, Jim Broadbent and more, Cloud Atlas opens October 26th.
  • A teaser posters for Warm Bodies, a zombie romance (zomance? zom-rom?) starring Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer, which opens February 1st, 2013.

Hit the jump for the posters and synopses. 

First Clip from LIFE OF PI with an Introduction by Director Ang Lee

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The first clip from visionary director Ang Lee’s Life of Pi is now available.  The scene in question is an extension of the stunning trailer for the film, which was adapted from Yann Martel’s novel by David MageeLife of Pi follows an Indian boy named Pi (Suraj Sharma), a zookeeper’s son who finds himself in the company of a hyena, zebra, orangutan, and a Bengal tiger after a shipwreck sets them adrift in the Pacific Ocean.  Viewed in 2D, the clip can be a bit distracting as there are obvious places where the 3D will be played up; it entertains just the same.

Also starring Rafe Spall, Gerard Depardieu, Irrfan Khan and Adil HussainLife of Pi opens in 3D November 21st.  Hit the jump to see the clip.

First Reactions from the Premiere of Ang Lee’s LIFE OF PI

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Director Ang Lee’s adaptation of the Yann Martel novel Life of Pi was flying pretty much under the radar until footage was unveiled earlier this year at CinemaCon.  Those in attendance were wowed by the visuals of Lee’s 3D pic, and the general public got their first peek at the film shortly thereafter by way of a stunning trailer.  For those unfamiliar with the source material, the story centers on a young man (Suraj Sharma) who is stranded at sea with a Bengal tiger following a shipwreck.

The film is having its world premiere today at the New York Film Festival, and the first reactions from those in attendance have landed online.  They’re largely positive, with everyone buzzing about some truly wonderful visuals from Lee and a masterful use of the 3D.  And yes, Oscar talk looks to have already begun.  Hit the jump to check out some of the first reactions.

New International Trailer for Ang Lee’s LIFE OF PI

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A new international trailer for director Ang Lee’s ambitious adaptation of Life of Pi has landed online.  The story centers on a young man (Suraj Sharma) who is stranded at sea with a Bengal tiger following a shipwreck.  The clip gets things started right with the lovely stylings of Sigur Ros, and we get to see quite a bit of new footage on land.  The trailer opens as a frame story as we see the journalist character that was previously played by Tobey MaguireLee decided to recast the role after he saw that Maguire’s starpower made the scene feel off, so now we see Rafe Spall in the part.  Every piece of footage we’ve seen thus far has been gorgeous, and I can’t wait to see Lee’s Life of Pi on a giant screen when it hits theaters.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain, and Gerard DepardieuLife of Pi opens in 3D on November 21st.

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