Full U.K. Trailer for Richard Ayoade’s THE DOUBLE Starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska

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After releasing a couple of teaser trailers, StudioCanal has released the full U.K. trailer for Richard Ayoade‘s brilliant comedy-thriller The Double.  The film centers on meek office-drone Simon James (Jesse Eisenberg) who is overlooked by everyone he knows including his crush, Hannah (Mia Wasikowska).  Simon’s meager life is then upended when he meets James Simon (Jesse Eisenberg), a man who’s identical in appearance and the complete opposite in personality.  This trailer explains the plot, and perfectly nails the movie’s unique blend of humor and thrills without giving too much away.  I loved the film when I saw it at TIFF last year, I can’t wait to see it again, and hopefully this trailer will make you want to see it too.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Wallace Shawn, Yasmin Paige, Noah Taylor, James Fox, Cathy Moriarty, Chris O’Dowd, Sally Hawkins, Craig Roberts, and Paddy ConsidineThe Double opens in the U.K. on April 4th and in the U.S. on May 9th.

Great New Trailer for Richard Ayoade’s THE DOUBLE Starring Jesse Eisenberg and Jesse Eisenberg

by     Posted 73 days ago

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One of my favorite films from TIFF 2013 was Richard Ayoade‘s The Double, and I’m going to keep raving about it until you go see it.  The film centers on meek office-drone Simon James (Jesse Eisenberg) who is overlooked by everyone he knows including his crush, Hannah (Mia Wasikowska).  Simon’s meager little life is then upended when he meets James Simon (Jesse Eisenberg), a man who’s identical in appearance and the complete opposite in personality.  The film is a bit of comic thriller, but this new trailer goes more for the creepy side of the story, which is fine.  It also highlights Erik Wilson‘s stark, haunting cinematography.  I cannot wait to see this movie again.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Wallace Shawn, Yasmin Paige, Noah Taylor, James Fox, Cathy Moriarty, Chris O’Dowd, Sally Hawkins, Craig Roberts, and Paddy ConsidineThe Double opens in the U.K. on April 4th and in the U.S. on May 9th.

Teaser Trailer for Richard Ayoade’s THE DOUBLE Starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska

by     Posted 128 days ago

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A teaser trailer for Richard Ayoade‘s dark comedy The Double has gone online.  Jesse Eisenberg stars as a beleaguered office drone whose life is made even worse when he meets a man who shares his appearance but has the exact opposite personality.  I saw the movie at the Toronto International Film Festival and adored it.  If The Double had been released theatrically this year, it would be on my Top 10.  This teaser trailer doesn’t really show off much of the film’s stronger qualities, and it doesn’t even demonstrate the central conceit of Eisenberg’s character having a “double”.  But it does display the excellent cinematography, lets people know about the strong cast, and hints at the absurdity Eisenberg’s character has to face.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn, Yasmin Paige, Noah Taylor, James Fox, Cathy Moriarty, Chris O’Dowd, Sally Hawkins, Craig Roberts, and Paddy ConsidineThe Double opens in the U.K. on April 4, 2014.  Magnolia Pictures will distribute the movie in the U.S., but it currently doesn’t have a release date.

TOY STORY OF TERROR! Review

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The Toy Story shorts have been a nice way of continuing the franchise without the burden of heavy expectations that would come with a new feature film.  Thus far, they’ve been fun little episodes that are nice ways to warm up a crowd of kids for a Disney feature.  But with Toy Story of Terror!, Pixar has made their most ambitious Toy Story short film to date.  In addition to being the longest short film, it’s also the first one to push beyond being cute and provide some drama and tension.  Once the film gets past a rough start, it ends up being as funny and as emotionally moving as any of the three features.

First Trailer for Richard Ayoade’s THE DOUBLE Starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska

by     Posted 230 days ago

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The first trailer for writer/director Richard Ayoade’s new film The Double has been released online.  Based on the novella by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, the film stars Jesse Eisenberg as a government clerk whose life is destroyed after what he believes to be an exact copy of himself begins working in his office and attempts to ruin his life.  The pic looks to be significantly different from Ayoade’s last feature, Submarine, and this trailer would not be out of place in a 1970s cinema.  It’s a stylish and odd first look at the film, but it’s incredibly effective.  The film is slated to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this weekend, so look for first impressions to hit soon.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn, Rade Serbedzija, James Fox, and Yasmin Paige.

Over 25 New High-Resolution Images from ADMISSION Starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd

by     Posted 1 year, 75 days ago

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Focus Features has released a large batch of new high-resolution images from the upcoming comedy-drama Admission.  Directed by Paul Weitz (About a Boy), the film stars Tina Fey as an admissions officer at Princeton University whose life is thrown for a curve when she runs into an old friend (Paul Rudd) while visiting an experimental New Hampshire high school.  The simple idea of Fey and Rudd together sounds like a pitch-perfect comedic pairing, and the trailers hint at some strong dramatic material as well.  Hopefully the full film delivers on both fronts.

Hit the jump to check out the new images.  The film also stars Lily Tomlin, Michael Sheen, Wallace Shawn, Nat Wolff, and Gloria ReubenAdmission opens on March 8th.

First Trailer for ADMISSION Starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd

by     Posted 1 year, 159 days ago

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The first trailer for the comedy-drama Admission has been released.  Directed by Paul Weitz (About a Boy), the film stars Tina Fey as an admissions officer at Princeton University whose life is thrown for a curve when she runs into an old friend (Paul Rudd) while visiting an experimental New Hampshire high school.  Based on the casting of the two leads one might assume that this is a straight comedy, but the trailer refreshingly shows a much more nuanced and dramatic side of Fey that we’ve yet to see played to its full potential.  Weitz struck a wonderful chord with About a Boy, and I’m hoping a similar tone runs throughout Admission.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Lily Tomlin, Gloria Reuben, Wallace Shawn, and Michael SheenAdmission opens on March 8, 2013.

Watch Pixar’s New TOY STORY Short PARTYSAURUS REX

by     Posted 1 year, 195 days ago

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Disney-Pixar premiered the new Toy Story short, Partysaurus Rex, when they released Finding Nemo 3D last month.  The short features Rex (Wallace Shawn) getting a chance to cut loose and be a party hero to bath toys.  A couple nights ago, the short debuted on the Disney Channel, and now it has gone online.  I didn’t get a chance to see the short in theaters, but after watching it online, I wish I had.  It’s bright, loud, and colorful.  It’s also pretty funny.

Hit the jump to check out Partysaurus Rex.

First Trailer for Amy Heckerling’s VAMPS Starring Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter

by     Posted 1 year, 211 days ago

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The first trailer for Clueless director Amy Heckerling’s vampire comedy Vamps has landed online.  The film stars Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter as two eternally young vampires navigating the dating world.  Though the premise doesn’t exactly have the most appealing logline, the trailer looks like the movie could be kind of fun.  Heckerling’s Clueless-style goofiness is put to good use with the vampire stuff and Silverstone and Ritter have some great chemistry.  Moreover, the supporting turns by Justin Kirk, Wallace Shawn, and Richard Lewis look pretty promising.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Sigourney Weaver, Dan Stevens, Marilu Renner and Kristen JohnstonVamps will open in select theaters on November 2nd and hits Blu-ray and DVD on November 13th.

First Clip from Upcoming TOY STORY Short Film, PARTYSAURUS REX

by     Posted 1 year, 250 days ago

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A clip has gone online for the upcoming Toy Story short film, Partysaurus Rex.  In the short, Rex (Wallace Shawn) gets to shed his nerdy persona as he becomes a party star after saving bath time for some tub toys.  Like the other Toy Story shorts, this one looks cute, and it’s nice seeing the beloved characters get to interact with toys you wouldn’t think of, like in the previous short film where Buzz was in a support group with discarded Happy Meal toys.  Steve caught Partysaurus Rex said it was fun, and has a few Easter eggs in it.

Hit the jump to check out the clip.  Partysaurus Rex will be attached to Finding Nemo 3D, which opens September 14th.

First Look at the New TOY STORY Short Film, PARTYSAURUS REX

by     Posted 1 year, 257 days ago

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Pixar has released the first images from their upcoming Toy Story short film, Partysaurus Rex.  The third “Toy Story Toons” sees Rex (voiced by Wallace Shawn) pulled into Bonnie’s bath time, which allows the neurotic dinosaur to finally cut loose.  “If you’re a bath toy you get really intense playtime. It’s like a party,” director Mark Walsh, an animator on Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and Ratatouille, tells Entertainment Weekly.  “What I was going for was, you move to a new town and make new friends, and suddenly you think you have this chance where you can reinvent yourself,” says Walsh. “I love that Rex, in his sweetness, thinks he can reinvent who he is in the image of a party animal.”  His reinvention gets some help when he manages to save the other bath toys from being stuck at the bottom of the tub since he’s the only one with arms (short as they may be) and can turn the water back on to get the party going again (with dance music by Grammy-nominated electronica musician BT).

Hit the jump to check out images from Partysaurus Rex.  The short will play in front of Finding Nemo 3D, which opens September 14th.

Production Begins on ADMISSION Starring Paul Rudd and Tina Fey; Lily Tomlin Joins Cast

by     Posted 1 year, 344 days ago

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Production commences this week on About a Boy director Paul Weitz’s dramedy AdmissionTina Fey stars as an admissions officer at Princeton University whose life is thrown for a curve when she runs into an old friend (Paul Rudd) while visiting an experimental New Hampshire high school.  The full synopsis, included in the press release, elaborates a bit more on the plot of the dramedy and I can assure you that it’s much more than a one-note romantic comedy.  Additionally, the announcement notes that Lily Tomlin has joined the cast that also includes Gloria Reueben, Wallace Shawn, and Michael Sheen.

I’m a big fan of About a Boy, and I’m eager to see the chemistry between Fey and Rudd.  Both are undeniable comedic talents, but Rudd has more experience on the drama side of things so it’ll be interesting to see Fey get a bit more serious.  Hit the jump to read the press release, which includes the synopsis.

Jonathan Demme to Direct MY DINNER WITH ANDRE Reunion WALLY AND ANDRE SHOOT IBSEN

by     Posted 2 years, 55 days ago

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Director Jonathan Demme has had a fascinating career thus far, crossing genres and subjects as varied as Philadephia, The Silence of the Lambs, and Rachel Getting Married. For his next project, Demme will be helming a reunion of sorts from the team behind 1981’s My Dinner with André. The New York Times reports (via The Playlist) that Demme will helm Wally And André Shoot Ibsen . The film will be adapted from Henrik Ibsen’s play The Master Builder and will star Wallace Shawn (The Princess Bride) and André Gregory. The film will be shot on a single location on a budget less than $1 million, and Demme describes the film thusly:”It’s like a Hitchcock movie with a vein of humor running through it.”

If you’re a fan of Community and My Dinner with André sounds familiar, that’s because the TV series paid homage to the intimate drama with the season two episode “Critical Film Studies” in which Jeff and Abed shared a dinner together while the gang planned a Pulp Fiction surprise party for Abed. Filming on Ibsen is set to get underway in a few weeks, so hopefully we’ll get to see the film soon. Demme is also working on an adaptation of Stephen King’s time travel thriller 11/22/63. Hit the jump to watch the trailer for My Dinner with André.

25 Years Later the THE PRINCESS BRIDE Cast Reunites

by     Posted 2 years, 199 days ago

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When it first arrived in theaters 24 years ago, The Princess Bride was well short of a box office smash. According to Prince Humperdinck, played by Chris Sarandon:

“They couldn’t quite figure out how to market it. They didn’t really know what they had.”

What they had was the definition of a cult classic, an inconceivably-well-put-together movie that would stand the test of time. There was a giant name Andre, a six-fingered man, princes and princesses, pirates and R.O.U.S.’s, miracle workers and albinos. What’s not to like? After more than two decades of having fans force them to repeat their famous lines, the cast of The Princess Bride reunited recently to reminisce. Hit the jump to check out what they had to say. Or don’t. As you wish.

Wallace Shawn, Justin Kirk, and Dan Stevens, and Todd Barry Join Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter in Amy Heckerling’s VAMPS

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Four delightful actors have joined the cast of Amy Heckerling’s vampire-romantic-comedy Vamps.  The film stars Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter (She’s Out of My League) as a pair of vampires enjoying the New York nightlife until “love enters the picture and each has to make a choice that will jeopardize their immortality.”  Sigourney Weaver also stars as the vampire queen Cisserus.

The gents joining the movie are Wallace Shawn as Dr. Van Helsing, a well-known vampire expert and hunter; Justin Kirk (Weeds) as Vadim, a Russian vampire always on the prowl for a good time; Dan Stevens (The Turn of the Screw) as Joey Van Helsing, a college student smitten with Stacy (Ritter) and; and Barry (The Wrestler) will portray Ivan, loyal assistant of blood-thirsty vampire Cisserus’ (Weaver).  I repeat: Wallace Shawn is Van Helsing.  I must see this movie now.  Hit the jump for the full press release.

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