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Sony Lawyer Says Studio Plans to Release ‘The Interview,’ Is Still Weighing Options

December 21, 2014 - 6:43pm

When Sony pulled the planned December 25 release of The Interview last week, there was no certain plan about whether or not the film would ever see the light of day. A follow-up message from the hacker group that has plagued Sony for weeks warned the studio against releasing the film in any form, including “DVD or piracy.” Today one of the company’s primary attorneys said there is definitely a plan to release the film.

When and where will the film show up? There are conflicting reports. One anonymously-sourced report says Sony will drop The Interview on Crackle, for free. But official studio sources say that report is incorrect, backing up Boies’ comments, noting that a decision is still being made.

Sony attorney David Boies spoke up this morning on Meet the Press, with transcribed comments coming via THR.

Sony only delayed this. Sony has been fighting to get this picture distributed. It will be distributed. How it’s going to be distributed, I don’t think anybody knows quite yet. But it’s going to be distributed.

That echoes comments from Sony CEO Michael Lynton, who told CNN last week,

We have always had every desire to have the American public see this movie. There has not been one major VOD — video on demand distributor — one major e-commerce site that has stepped forward and said they are willing to distribute this movie for us. Again, we don’t have that direct interface with the American public so we need to go through an intermediary to do that.

Boies also called the hack “a state sponsored criminal attack on an American corporation and its employees” and that “this is not a Sony security problem. This is a national security problem. And the government has got to lead.”

The New York Post claims that Sony will distribute The Interview for free on Crackle, the ad-supported portal similar to Hulu which is owned by the studio. But that report comes with no direct sourcing, and stands in contradiction to Boies’ comments. He could be purposely vague on the idea of how Sony will distribute the movie, of course, and that is even to be expected given the circumstances here.

re/code, meanwhile, passes word from Sony spokeswoman Lauren Condoluci of Rubenstein Communications, who said the Post is not correct, adding that “Sony is still exploring options for distribution.”

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This Week In Trailers: Deli Man, R100, The Taking of Tiger Mountain, Stand, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

December 20, 2014 - 11:00am

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we get hooked up for an annual plan of domination, grab some corned beef, wonder at a tiger taking down a horse, watch who we kiss in Russia, and see if we can get an early check out at the Marigold Hotel.

R100 Trailer

I don’t know what crazy ass hole this has come out of but I’m all in.

Director Hitoshi Matsumoto who last blew our collective third eyes with Big Man Japan is back with something that seems to embrace a similar gonzo ethos in giving us a story and blowing out any notion of restraint. What I appreciate here about the trailer is that we need no real backstory about our protagonist in order to establish what world we’ve now entered or that as a leg is brought up to kick him in the side of the head it all makes perfect sense with a few seconds worth of explanation. After that, it’s a glorious ride though sights and sounds that you can’t really put into normal classifications. This movie is creating its own language and reality. Through the trailer, though, it is made deceptively simple to understand what brought us here and why we are delighting in this man’s misery. Count this one as a journey I am excited to get started.

Deli Man Trailer

I make no apologies: I love these kinds of documentaries.

There are times when I like my in-depth examinations and ruminations into why the economy collapsed but there are times when I need to know why piling corned beef a half a foot high is a “thing.” In steps director Erik Anjou, to put onto film what people have been responding to for generations: a good deli plate. What’s more, is that this trailer is damn efficient. It cuts to the quick about the role and history of the delicatessen in our culture while also turning to make this a movie about small business owners and their calling in life. I don’t think the subject matter is going to create ripples within anyone’s Best Of list but when a trailer that’s as good as this comes along you have to recognize it’s flavor and give it some attention.

The Taking of Tiger Mountain Trailer

My introduction to director Tsui Hark was 2000′s Time and Tide.

After getting a taste for the man’s aesthetic, and delving into his back catalog, I all but lost touch with his goings on until Detective Dee surfaced four years ago. Fortunately, this now works as his most recent work as it looks like a pastiche of wild action and an unreality that somehow works completely well. There’s a passion for the zaniness of a movie that wants to play in a world where logic, reality, and physics, take on a more elastic meaning. While this may be an adaptation of an adventure novel, and it has all the gravitas of an Indiana Jones movie, I feel like we haven’t had many movies that have pulpy appeal like this does. No, nothing really makes any sense whatsover and, yes, it does feel like all the clips that were available for this trailer were chosen by bingo balls in determining which order they appear but the fact is that I’m entranced by its silliness and welcome its tiger-taking-down-a-horse visions of grandeur with open arms.

Stand Trailer

It’s tough to be in Russia right now.

Whether you’re a journalist who finds themselves on a short list of potential targets, a regular citizen who has seen the value of the ruble drop like a lead BB plunked into a pond, caught in the turmoil of their beef with Ukrane, or a gay citizen who finds themselves a scofflaw based on its laws, it’s not an ideal situation. What I like and find frightening about director Jonathan Taieb’s vision of a Russia where homosexuality is viewed through the lens as something to be hidden knowing full well we’re about to welcome in 2015 is how absolutely claustrophobic it feels. The trailer wonderfully paces itself by meting out information in a way that puts everything into perfect context. We know what we’re dealing with, we understand who is in peril, and the moments we’re given are visceral. I’m anxious for him. We feel like we, ourselves, are in danger. There isn’t much distance at all, literally, put between us and our protagonist which works in this trailer’s favor; without it, you see, it becomes something we can distance ourselves from instead of having to assess, like he does, every moment and whether it’s a threat. Powerful.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Trailer

I didn’t see the first one and I don’t plan on seeing the second.

When I see a director like John Madden, the man who gave us Shakespeare in Love (yet another one of his movies I’ve consciously skipped for better or worse), toiling in work like this I am comforted knowing that there is a segment of the population who responds favorably to it. The favorable reviews the first one received are proof enough that there’s an audience that desires stories like this but I’m not sold on the idea that there’s anything particularly novel or interesting about anything this trailer wants to try and pitch. Again, I realize I’m not the target demo but, it’s just as well, the use of The Spencer Davis Group’s “Gimme Some Lovin’” is intonation enough that this is a Boomer’s world and I’m just living in it, watching their trailers.

Nota bene: If you have any suggestions of trailers to possibly be included in this column, even have a trailer of your own to pitch, please let me know by sending me a note at Christopher_Stipp@yahoo.com or look me up via Twitter at @Stipp

In case you missed them, here are the other trailers we covered at /Film this week:

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Watch: ‘The Babadook’ Offers a Great Holiday Greeting Video

December 19, 2014 - 7:00pm

We’ve praised The Babadook since Sundance. It landed on Angie’s “Best Performances of 2014” list and our “50 Great Movies From 2014” list, and (spoiler) it’ll be on my ranked top ten of 2014, too. In short: see it! (Even Stephen King and The Exorcist director William Friedkin would tell you that.)

The film is on VOD now and in some theaters, too, so you can see it for yourself. If you haven’t seen it yet and are still on the fence, however, maybe a little friendly greeting will get you to give it a shot. This is just like the Charlie Brown Christmas special, only a lot darker. (OK, maybe not quite like that, but it’s still fun.) 

Video via IFC MidnightThe Babadook is on VOD and in some theaters now.

Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her ‘out of control’ 6 year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a monster he believes is coming to kill them both. When a disturbing storybook called ‘The Babadook’ turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the Babadook is the creature he’s been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control, he becomes more unpredictable and violent. Amelia, genuinely frightened by her son’s behaviour, is forced to medicate him. But when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real.

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Kate Winslet Could Join Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs Biopic

December 19, 2014 - 6:30pm

And now, an update on the Aaron Sorkin/Danny Boyle Steve Jobs film that doesn’t come from a leaked e-mail. After Jessica Chastain and Natalie Portman passed on a role, it seems Oscar winner Kate Winslet is the latest actress up for the female lead in the film. She’d star opposite Michael Fassbender as Jobs, Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak and Jeff Daniels as John Sculley. Read more about the Steve Jobs movie cast below.

Variety broke the news of the potential addition to the Steve Jobs movie cast. Winslet is currently in negotiations to join the film. And while they don’t mention which role she’s up for, it’s likely Joanna Hoffman, part of the original Apple Macintosh dev team, who was also the only person who did marketing for the original Macintosh.

The film is currently set up at Universal and is inching closer to production.

If Winslet’s negotiation works out, you have to imagine Danny Boyle is over the moon. Chastain and Portman are two of the best young actresses out there today, but Winslet is probably the best. She’s only won one Oscar so far but that’s likely because she’s slowed down her work pace over the past few years. She’s currently co-starring in the Divergent series and has a few movies in post production. She’ll also soon be seen in A Little Chaos.

Not to bring everything back to the Sony hack but you have to wonder if Seth Rogen is still going to make this movie. Even if it doesn’t come out for a year or so, it’ll likely go into production soon. If you’d gone through what he’s gone through over the past few days, it would make sense if you wanted to take some time off. Maybe the addition of an actress the caliber of Kate Winslet makes things a little easier.

What do you think of Winslet joining the Steve Jobs film?

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Superhero Bits: Daredevil, Agents of SHIELD, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Wonder Woman, Groot

December 19, 2014 - 5:30pm

Will the red suit appear in Netflix’s Daredevil? Could Hawkeye be showing up in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D? How does he, along with Captain America, Hulk and Black Widow, look different in Avengers: Age of Ultron? Will Peter Jackson ever direct a comic book movie? How did Amy Adams feel after seeing the Wonder Woman costume from Batman v Superman? What would Batman look like in various time periods from history? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits.

Clark Gregg posted this image with no comment on his Facebook. Could Hawkeye be coming to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D?

Hot Toys revealed the new outfits of Captain America, Hulk, Hawkeye and Black Widow in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Peggy reunites with Cap! pic.twitter.com/TJQtXf6aA4

— Hayley Atwell (@HayleyAtwell) December 19, 2014

Awesome tweet from Agent Carter herself.

Manu Bennett, the actor who plays Deathstroke on Arrow, teased a comeback.

Entertainment Weekly uploaded larger images from Daredevil and confirmed the red suit will, eventually, appear.

Talking to MoviefonePeter Jackson won’t do a comic book movie soon because he’s never read a comic book in his life.

The comic book version of Joss Whedon‘s Avengers movie, Avengers #1, is coming soon and Comic Book Movie has some page images.

Want a superhero toy, but not sure what superhero you want? How about a blank one?

Continue Reading Superhero Bits >>

Due to the amount of graphics and images included in Superhero Bits, we have to split this post over THREE pages. Click the link above to continue to the second page of Superhero Bits.

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First Look: Mark Wahlberg Gets Wet in ‘Ted 2′; Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Hang Out in ‘Sisters’

December 19, 2014 - 5:00pm

Ted 2 may not have the name-brand recognition of an Avengers or the budget of a Star Wars, but it is the only sequel of 2015 that has a foul-mouthed teddy bear as one of its leads. The first image from the new comedy shows said teddy bear (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) with his best friend John (Mark Wahlberg), preparing to for a swim.

The relationship at the heart of Sisters is less unusual, but no less intriguing. Real-life BFFs / perennial Golden Globes co-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler star as grown-up siblings plotting one last epic house party. Hit the jump for the first looks at Ted 2 and Sisters

EW debuted the new images from Ted 2 and Sisters.

Wahlberg has said Ted 2 will see John and Ted acting “crazier than ever.” The plot is being kept under wraps for now, but writer/director/star MacFarlane has confirmed one thing that won’t happen: Ted isn’t making any plush friends. “He’s the only one of his kind who can talk,” he said.

Morgan Freeman steps in as a famous civil rights lawyer who helps Ted take care of some legal issues. Amanda Seyfried replaces Mila Kunis as Wahlberg’s love interest. MacFarlane also has a crazy supporting cast lined up including Dennis Haysbert, Liam Neeson, and John Slattery. Ted 2 will land in theaters June 26, 2015.

As for Sisters (formerly titled The Nest), Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect) directs the comedy about two estranged siblings who decide to host one last party before their parents sell off their childhood home. “People our age need a hardcore house party more than a 17-year-old,” said Fey. “What are they cutting loose from?”

Sisters is so far the only release brave enough to go against Star Wars: The Force Awakens on December 18, 2015. However, Poehler relishes the challenge. “We said we’d only do the movie if it opened against Star Wars,” she said. “We’re not scared. It’s what gets us up in the morning: We are going to f—ing crush Star Wars.”

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New Images: ‘Jurassic World’, ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’, ‘Furious 7′, ‘Inside Out’, ‘Chappie’, ‘Insurgent’, ‘The Walk’

December 19, 2014 - 4:30pm

So what if January 1 is still a couple of weeks away? Get an early start on celebrating the New Year with this big batch of new photos from some of 2015′s most highly anticipated releases, including Jurassic World, Mad Max: Fury Road, Furious 7, Insurgent, Inside Out, The Walk, and Chappie.

Hit the jump to see all the fresh images.

EW unveiled the new photos.

In order, we have:

  • Chappie (March 6), Neill Blomkamp‘s original sci-fi about a police robot (Sharlto Copley via the magic of mo-cap) who gains sentience and, apparently, some very questionable taste in accessories. Dev Patel plays the scientist who rebooted him.
  • Insurgent (March 20), the sequel to Divergent, one of this year’s several dystopian YA hits. Shailene Woodley once again stars as Tris, a teen hero who’s a special snowflake because she has more than one personality trait.
  • Furious 7 (April 3), the next installment of the inconsistently titled Fast and the Furious franchise. Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson return, and it’s the last outing with the gang for the late Paul Walker. James Wan directs.
  • Inside Out (June 19), an animated adventure by Pixar set inside the mind of a young girl. Amy Poehler voices Joy (pictured), one of several emotions working together in the girl’s emotional HQ. Pete Docter directs.
  • The Walk (October 2), Robert Zemeckis‘ live-action portrayal of the famous Twin Towers high-wire walk performed by Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) in 1975. Ben Kingsley and Charlotte Le Bon also star.
  • Jurassic World (June 12), the Colin Trevorrow-directed sequel to the iconic sci-fi franchise. The characters in this one apparently didn’t learn from the first Jurassic Park, because they decide to open a dino-themed park. Starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard.
  • Mad Max: Fury Road (May 15), the long-awaited sequel by George Miller. Tom Hardy plays the title character, who meets Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) in an apocalyptic future. That might be Furiosa’s acolyte Nux (Nicholas Hoult) slung over his shoulder.

There’s tons more where that came from at EW, so click over there to check out the full gallery.

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Robert Rodriguez Will Make His First Fantasy Epic ‘Fire and Ice’ With Sony

December 19, 2014 - 4:00pm

Ralph Bakshi, the animator who did films like Wizards and the first adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, used an early rotoscope animation technique to create the fantasy story Fire and Ice, which adopted character designs by artist Frank Frazetta. Now Robert Rodriguez is going to make his first foray into full-on fantasy epics with a live-action Fire and Ice remake, in an attempt to launch a new fantasy franchise.

This isn’t a new project; Rodriguez optioned Fire and Ice back in 2010, then saying he was working with Bakshi to develop the new version of the story. And in 2012, Rodriguez said he would make Fire and Ice after his Machete and Sin City sequels. Now here we are, after the release of both Machete Kills and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and Rodriguez is making good on his word.

Deadline reports that while Bold films (which backed Whiplash and Nightcrawler) has financed development so far, the filmmaker has set the live action Fire and Ice remake up at Sony and that the idea is to use the film to launch a new fantasy franchise featuring “multiple installments set in a brutal and primitive world.”

Fire and Ice follows the story of an Ice Lord who slowly steamrolls over his enemies and conquests with a glacial fortress. He kidnaps Teegra, daughter of the lord of Fire Keep, spurring a villager named Larn in an attempt to rescue Teegra and destroy the Ice Lord.

The attraction of Fire and Ice wasn’t the story, but the look. For the rotoscoped animation Bakshi and his crew shot live-action plates, then animated Frazetta-style figures over them. Granted, with performance-capture techniques the same thing can essentially be done digitally now, and while this is being called a live-action film, expect a lot of digital work to bring Frazetta’s art style to the screen. 

Rodriguez told Deadline,

I’m a lifelong Frazetta fan who was inspired by his work, like so many people. It was my dream to work with him, and the first thing I did when I got to Hollywood was call him. I got him to do a From Dusk Till Dawn poster for me, and I got to work with him and know him over the years. When I’d visit him at his museum and see his artwork, I tried to figure what would the ultimate Frazetta movie be. I remembered the movie he did, Fire And Ice, back when I was a kid. I thought, ‘I wish they could have made it look more like the paintings, but I guess they’d have had to paint each frame.’ Now, you could do that. You could make it look like you were in his imagination.

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President Obama Says Sony Made a Mistake Pulling ‘The Interview;’ Sony Responds, Still Plans Release

December 19, 2014 - 3:45pm

The irony of social and political tension is that it can be created not just by large and important actions, but by anything at all. And so, today, we heard President Barack Obama deadpanning “I think it says something about North Korea” that the country would “mount an all-out attack over a satirical film… starring Seth Rogen.”

This is the world we’re in now, where entertainment news and geopolitics are the same thing, where the leader of the United States devotes time in a press conference to a comedy movie.

In the wake of Sony scrapping the release of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s film The Interview, arguments have erupted over the wisdom behind the move. The Sony hackers — now identified by the FBI as elements of the North Korean government — responded with a new message saying that retaliation would follow if Sony released The Interview in any form, ever. Responding to a question about the hack and the decision to pull the film, Obama says Sony made a mistake pulling the movie, and that retaliation will follow.

UPDATE: Sony responded to the President’s claims later in the afternoon. In the statement, they say “It is still our hope that anyone who wants to see this movie will get the opportunity to do so.” Unfortunately, every VOD outlet has turned them down. Read the full statement below.

The latest message from Sony’s North Korean hackers reads:

Now we want you never let the movie released, distributed or leaked in any form of, for instance, DVD or piracy. we still have your private and sensitive data” and claims that they will “ensure the security of your data unless you make additional trouble. And we want everything related to the movie, including its trailers, as well as its full version down from any website hosting them immediately.

That’s a bully that sees it has power, and isn’t ready to give it up. Presumably this means that they want us to pull all The Interview images like the one above.

Today, Obama said “Sony’s a corporation, it suffered significant damage. There were threats against its employees. I am sympathetic to the concerns that they face. That being said, yes, I think they made a mistake.”

He went on to say “I wish they had spoken to me first… Don’t get into a pattern where you’re intimidated by these kinds of attacks.”

And Obama spoke to the concerns that many have aired in the wake of Sony pulling the film:

We cannot have a society where some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States. Because if somebody’s going to intimidate [Sony] for releasing a satirical movie, imagine what’s going to happen when there’s a documentary they don’t like. Even worse, if producers and distributors start engaging in self-censorship because they don’t want to offend the sensibilities of somebody who frankly probably needs their sensibilities offended. That’s not who we are. That’s not who Americans are.

He followed with comments about taking further action.

They caused a lot of damage. We will respond. We will respond proportionally and we will respond in a place and a time and a manner that we choose. We are working up a range of options and they will be presented to me. 

UPDATE: Here’s the full response from Sony to the President’s statement, as of Friday December 19:

Sony Pictures Entertainment is and always has been strongly committed to the First Amendment. For more than three weeks, despite brutal intrusions into our company and our employees’ personal lives, we maintained our focus on one goal: getting the film The Interview released. Free expression should never be suppressed by threats and extortion.

The decision not to move forward with the December 25 theatrical release of The Interview was made as a result of the majority of the nation’s theater owners choosing not to screen the film. This was their decision.

Let us be clear – the only decision that we have made with respect to release of the film was not to release it on Christmas Day in theaters, after the theater owners declined to show it. Without theaters, we could not release it in the theaters on Christmas Day. We had no choice.

After that decision, we immediately began actively surveying alternatives to enable us to release the movie on a different platform. It is still our hope that anyone who wants to see this movie will get the opportunity to do so.

That’s a great sentiment but, speaking to CNN (via The Wrap), Sony’s CEO Michael Lynton said the following:

There has not been one major VOD or one major ecommerce site that has says they are willing to step forward and distribute this movie….There are a number of options open to us and we have considered those and are considering them….Again, we don’t have that direct interface with the American public so we need to go through an intermediary to do that.

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Rare Footage Offers Intimate Behind the Scenes Look at 1977 ‘Star Wars’

December 19, 2014 - 3:30pm

Star Wars is one of those franchises where almost nothing you discover about it is new. Whether it be a cool inside fact, image, or whatever, odds are it’s been out there years, possibly decades. Maybe it’s new to you but the franchise has been so closely followed for so many years, it would be very rare to find something genuinely new in relation to the original or prequel trilogies.

That’s a preamble to say the following video is not necessarily a new discovery. It was recently uploaded, and I’ve never seen it before. But Star Wars fans are so crazy, maybe some of you have. The video is about six minutes of B-roll footage from the set of the original 1977 Star Wars. That means the footage is almost 40 years old. And it’s incredible. It’s George Lucas, Mark Hamill and Garrick Hagon (who played Luke’s best friend Biggs) shooting a scene that’s not in the movie. It’s just raw footage of people walking around the set. Check out the Star Wars behind the scenes footage below.

Thanks to Eyes On Cinema (via Post Movie) for the video. Also – don’t adjust your volume. The footage does not have sound.

Star Wars Behind the Scenes footage

I also found this YouTube video of a clip of scene seen above.

Pretty interesting stuff.

Remember when I surmised the footage wasn’t new? Well the original source posted this video on YouTube in 2011 teasing the above footage:

As an unabashed fan of Biggs, this stuff is fascinating to me. I always loved that Luke had a friend who was kind of an older-brother type who he looked up to. The relationship seems so important and gets paid off both on Yavin 4 and the attack on the Death Star. Granted, Han ends up taking that role in the film, so the fact Biggs go cut in the final cut makes sense. But I do love seeing this kind of stuff.

What do you think of this Star Wars Behind the Scenes footage?

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‘Kill Me Three Times’ Trailer: Simon Pegg Is an Assassin With a Major Problem

December 19, 2014 - 3:00pm

Kill Me Three Times stars Simon Pegg as an assassin. Already, you’re probably interested. But Kill Me Three Times apparently has much, much more to offer than just that. Directed by Kriv Stenders, the film stars Pegg as an assassin hired by a husband (Callan Mulvey) to kill his wife (Alice Braga). The problem is, Pegg isn’t the only assassin on the lady’s tail. An assassin team, Sullivan Stapleton and Teresa Palmer, are also trying to kill her and that seems like the first of a multitude of escalating issues for everyone involved.

The film hits iTunes and on demand March 26 before going to theaters April 10. Now, the first Kill Me Three Times trailer has been released. Check out the hilarious, NSFW trailer below.

Thanks to Magnet for the trailer. Beware, there is language and brief nudity so it might be NSFW.

Kill Me Three Times trailer

I’ll tell you what. Simon Pegg as an assassin got me interested, but this trailer got me fired up. That’s a great trailer. Awesome energy, a fun tone, I’m genuinely interested in seeing what the rest of the movie holds. The cast is a great mix of up and coming stars (you probably know Stapelton from 300: Rise of an Empire, Mulvey from Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Braga from Elysium) as well as established character actors (Where has Bryan Brown been? Great to see him). The action and plot seem pretty fun, I’m excited. What about you?

Here’s the official plot description of Kill me Three Times, which stars Sullivan Stapleton, Alice Braga, Teresa Palmer, Callan Mulvey, Luke Hemsworth, Bryan Brown and Simon Pegg. It was written by James McFarland.

A mercurial assassin (Simon Pegg) discovers he isn’t the only person trying to kill the siren (Alice Braga) of a sun-drenched surfing town. In this darkly comedic thriller, the hitman finds himself unravelling three tales of mayhem, murder, blackmail and revenge.

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Page 2: Star Wars, The Interview, Hunger Games, He-Man, Colbert, Frozen, Ian McKellen, Transformers, Godzilla, Jurassic Park

December 19, 2014 - 2:00pm

Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 36 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness.

Header Photo: This Time, Ackbar’s Traps Are The Real Deal

On Choosing Patricia Arquette As Best Actress For BOYHOOD

Where Demolition Man‘s 3 Seashells Came From

‘Ivor Fett’, A ‘Star Wars’-Themed Hyundai Veloster Covered in a Custom Boba Fett-Style Vehicle Wrap

4 ways the Internet of Things brings us closer to ‘The Jetsons

The Ten Best Scenes of 2014

Cancelled Interview t-shirt

11 Times North Korea Was the Bad Guy in Movies and TV Shows

How Hollywood’s toxic (and worsening) addiction to franchises changed movies forever in 2014

R2-D2 is on the Cover of the Latest Issue of Total Film Magazine.

In an All-Digital Future, It’s the New Movies That Will Be in Trouble

Hear the Dance Remix of Jennifer Lawrence‘s ‘Hunger Games‘ Song ‘The Hanging Tree’

And Now, The Worst Movies Of 2014

Skateletor or Die t-shirt

How Five World Leaders Reacted to Hollywood’s Unflattering Depictions

Syfy Australia #FanCam360

10 Original Reviews for STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE

Continue Reading Page 2 >>

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‘Get Hard’ Trailer: Kevin Hart Preps Will Ferrell for Prison

December 19, 2014 - 1:00pm

In Get Hard, Will Ferrell plays a rich hedge fund manager/douchebag who is convicted of fraud and embezzlement, and sentenced to ten years in a maximum security prison. (Which marks the movie as an outlandish comedy — in real list that guy almost never has to go to prison.) Scared of the big house, Ferrell tries to prep for his ordeal by turning to the only black guy he has any passing contact with, just assuming that he’s been to prison. But not only is Kevin Hart‘s character not an ex-con; he’s a squeaky-clean guy who is probably the furthest thing from a criminal. See how they work together in the Get Hard trailer below.

There are a lot of familiar concepts in this trailer: the dumb rich guy, the fast-talking patter from Hart, and all of the casually racist ideas from Ferrell’s character that set up his character and push the plot into motion. Where does it go from there? Hopefully there’s more than a simple storyline in which both guys learn a lot about one another and are forced to confront their own assumptions.

Get Hard opens on March 27, 2015. Trailer via Yahoo. The film also stars Tip “T.I.” Harris, Alison Brie, and Craig T. Nelson. Etan Cohen (Tropic Thunder writer) directs as his feature directorial debut. The screenplay is by Jay Martel & Ian Roberts and Etan Cohen, from a story by Adam McKay and Jay Martel & Ian Roberts.

When millionaire hedge fund manager James (Will Ferrell) is nailed for fraud and bound for a stretch in San Quentin, the judge gives him 30 days to get his affairs in order. Desperate, he turns to Darnell (Kevin Hart) to prep him for a life behind bars. But despite James’ one-percenter assumptions, Darnell is a hard-working small business owner who has never received a parking ticket, let alone been to prison. Together, the two men do whatever it takes for James to “get hard” and, in the process, discover how wrong they were about a lot of things – including each other.

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‘A Little Chaos’ Trailer: Alan Rickman Directs Kate Winslet

December 19, 2014 - 12:30pm

When Alan Rickman isn’t busy threatening John McClane or glowering at Harry Potter, he finds time to direct a film now and again. His first directorial effort, The Winter Guest, was released in 1997. Now, 17 years later, he’s come out with the trailer for his second, the 17th century romance A Little Chaos.

Rickman’s Sense and Sensibility co-star Kate Winslet plays Sabine, a landscape designer recruited to build one of the gardens at Versailles. Matthias Schoenarts plays the landscape artist with whom she forges a close connection. Rickman himself appears as King Louis XIV. Watch the A Little Chaos trailer after the jump.

The A Little Chaos trailer premiered on Apple.

Winslet can do period romance in her sleep at this point, but A Little Chaos doesn’t look like one of her best. The trailer comes across as simplistic and heavy-handed, down to the triply underlined flower metaphors. It does have its charms, though. Rickman’s distinctive voice is as enjoyable as ever, and Stanley Tucci looks like he’s having a lot of fun as Louis XIV’s brother.

A Little Chaos debuted at Toronto this fall to mixed reviews. Critics liked the  film’s performances and pretty costumes, but not its “predictable, pat modern sensibility” or its scattered tone. Worse, “there are no sparks between them no matter how hard the actors try,” wrote HitFix. That’s a pretty damning complaint when a movie has a romance at its center.

A Little Chaos opens March 27th, 2015.

A romantic drama following Sabine (Academy Award winner Kate Winslet), a strong-willed and talented landscape designer who is chosen to build one of the main gardens at King Louis XIV’s new palace at Versailles. In her new position of power, she challenges gender and class barriers while also becoming professionally and romantically entangled with the court’s renowned landscape artist André Le Notre (Matthias Schoenaerts).

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Best Foreign Film Oscar Shortlist Highlights ‘Ida,’ ‘Force Majeure,’ Snubs ‘Mommy’ and ‘Winter Sleep’

December 19, 2014 - 12:10pm

The shortlist for potential Best Foreign Film Oscar nominees is out. As usual, the list is going to generate as much talk about what didn’t make the cut as it does about what ended up on the list. Many of the year’s most significant films were left off: Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep, which was this year’s Palme d’Or winner at Cannes, didn’t make the cut. Nor did Mommy by Xavier Dolan, also a Cannes prize winner, taking the Jury Prize; or Kornel Mundruczo’s White God; or the Dardenne brothers’ Two Days One Night.

But the Best Foreign Film shortlist for 2015 does feature some great films, including Ida, from Pawel Pawlikowski and Force Majeure (above), from director Ruben Östlund. The full list is below.

Here’s the shortlist, via Deadline, for the Best Foreign Film Oscar nominations.

Argentina, Wild Tales, dir: Damián Szifrón
Estonia, Tangerines, dir: Zaza Urushadze
Georgia, Corn Island, dir: George Ovashvili
Mauritania, Timbuktu, dir: Abderrahmane Sissako
Netherlands, Accused, dir: Paula van der Oest
Poland, Ida Pawel Pawlikowski
Russia, Leviathan, dir: Andrey Zvyagintsev
Sweden, Force Majeure, dir: Ruben Östlund
Venezuela, The Liberator, dir: Alberto Arvelo

That list probably gives a lot of people in the US a few new films to track down, as movies like Corn Island haven’t received much press in the States so far.

The Oscar nominations will be announced on January 15, 2015, with the awards taking place on February 22.

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‘’71′ Trailer Starring ‘Unbroken’s Jack O’Connell as a British Soldier in Belfast

December 19, 2014 - 12:00pm

Next week’s Unbroken is Jack O’Connell‘s highest-profile gig yet, but he was doing fine work long before Angelina Jolie came along. Starred Up and ’71 are two of the roles that marked him as the Next Big Thing. The former opened a while ago, but the latter isn’t coming out for another few months.

Directed by Yann Demange’71 stars O’Connell as Hook, a young British soldier patrolling Belfast at the height of the Troubles. When a riot breaks out, he’s accidentally abandoned by his unit. He struggles to make his way home through unfriendly streets, as various friends and foes try to track him down. Watch the ’71 trailer after the jump.

The latest ’71 trailer premiered on YouTube.

’71 is the Demange’s feature debut, and based on reviews from the Berlin Film Festival it seems he’s off to a great start. The film is currently sitting at a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes, with just one “Rotten” review out of 35. So what makes it so special?

Well, there’s the story, which favors the personal over the political. Though the historical context is real and specific the tale of a young soldier trying to get home is universal. There’s the intriguing mix of realist and genre elements — it’s a gritty drama, but also a tense, effective thriller. And of course there’s O’Connell, who’s given few words but makes the most of them. ’71 might be described as a star-making turn for him if Unbroken didn’t already have that base covered.

’71 opens February 27, 2015.

’71 takes place over a single night in the life of a young British soldier (Jack O’Connell) accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971. Unable to tell friend from foe, and increasingly wary of his own comrades, he must survive the night alone and find his way to safety through a disorientating, alien and deadly landscape.

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The Best Performances of 2014

December 19, 2014 - 11:00am

The right director and the right script don’t mean anything without the right actor. Performers are the ones who bridge the gap between the minds behind the camera and the ones in front of the screen. It is their personalities that draw us in, their expressions that tell the story, and their faces that we remember.

There were no shortage of great performances this year, across all genres and all budgets. Inevitably, a few stood out above the rest. See our list of the best performances of 2014 after the jump.

The Best Overlooked Performances

Let’s start with some hidden gems, listed in no particular order. These are the performances that didn’t make our top 10 (and wouldn’t necessarily have made our top 15) but seemed worthy of a shoutout. Some were exceptional performances hampered by unexceptional writing, others were the best parts of truly terrible films, and one is a potential breakthrough you may never get to see.

Tessa Thompson in Dear White People

For all its audacity and wit, Dear White People was a bit of a scattered mess. Still, it was crystal clear on a few points and one of those was that Tessa Thompson should be a big, big star. She positively crackles as Sam, a film student and the host of the college radio show “Dear White People.” She can do cool, poised elegance and she can do righteous fury. Either way, she’s impossible to ignore.

Zoey Deutch in Vampire Academy

To the extent that Vampire Academy works at all, it’s thanks to Zoey Deutch. The relative newcomer shines bright and clear even when the film around her devolves into convoluted mythology and sub-Mean Girls high school drama. And should any superhero films be looking to cast a fresh young lead, she looks equally comfortable delivering punches and snappy one-liners.

Eva Green in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

It’s not clear that even Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller knew what they were going for with the muddled Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, but Eva Green definitely did. She played Ava Lord, the dame of the title, like the world’s femme fatale-iest femme fatale. Ava never walked when she could slink, never talked when she could purr. Those choices made her one of the film’s only highlights.

Martin Freeman in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is a dud of a movie: bloated but paper-thin, crammed with action yet devoid of life. The only time it snaps into focus is whenever Martin Freeman wanders onto the screen. Freeman’s easy warmth grounds the film, reminding us why The Hobbit was beloved enough to adapt in the first place.

Randall Park in The Interview

The Interview should have been Randall Park‘s breakout performance. He’s a hoot as North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, a pitiful man-child with crippling daddy issues and a secret margarita addiction. It’s just that when this brat throws tantrums, the entire world is in danger. Park finds the fine line between softening a bad person and making them likable, and then gleefully shimmies down that line to the tune of a Katy Perry soundtrack.

On the next page, we get to our top 10.

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The Force Was With Jason Reitman’s ‘Empire Strikes Back’ Live Read; Full Recap and Photos

December 19, 2014 - 10:48am

The things fans love about The Empire Strikes Back are not things present in a live read: John Williams unbelievable score, the breathtaking action set pieces, and locations like Hoth, Dagobah and Cloud City. At a live read, it’s just the actors, the script, a few images and the audience. As a massive Star Wars fan that was my big concern going into the latest Jason Reitman Live Read, presented by Film Independent. Would The Empire Strikes Back hold up without so much of what makes it great?

The answer, as you’d expect, isn’t that straightforward.

Below, read all about The Empire Strikes Back Live Read which not only featured Ellen Page as Han Solo and Aaron Paul as Luke Skywalker, but also Mark Hamill in a special appearance reading the Emperor, Boba Fett and Obi-wan Kenobi roles.

All images by Araya Diaz, courtesy of Wireimage and Film Independent.

Preshow

Before the movie began, Reitman explained how this script was a hybrid of the original script infused some well-known additions made into the final film. So there were a few deleted scenes, added dialogue and more. He also revealed, for the first time ever at a live read, he’d be doing a role: R2-D2.

The cast, most of which had already been announced, was introduced:

  • Aaron Paul as Luke Skywalker
  • Ellen Page as Han Solo
  • Jessica Alba as Princess Leia
  • J.K. Simmons as Darth Vader
  • Stephen Merchant as C3P0
  • Dennis Haysbert as Lando Calrissian
  • Kevin Pollack as Yoda

Simmons was introduced last, and escorted through the crowd, surrounded by Stormtroopers with the Imperial March playing. Very cool.

But Reitman said he felt the cast wasn’t complete. He was missing someone. So a chair was brought out and Rainn Wilson was revealed to be playing Chewbacca. And only Chewbacca.

But there was still a few major roles missing. The final addition to the cast was — cue dramatic pause – Mark Hamill as the Emperor and Obi-Wan Kenobi. The crowd predictably leapt out of their seats in crazy applause as the original Luke entered, hugged Aaron Paul and shook everyone else’s hand. It was time to read The Empire Strikes Back.

Hoth

As you know, the film begins on Hoth with Luke Skywalker riding his Tauntaun. The script describes the animal as a “nervous lizard,” which made the crowd laugh hard. At the start, you could tell each actor was kind of flirting with what to do with their role. As Luke, Paul’s delivery was direct. Confident. Page as Solo was similar. Not cocky and comfortable, just simple and straightforward. When Han tells Leia he’s going to leave in the Rebel Base, the script has a bunch of other lines about Bounty Hunters before Han calls Leia “as cold as this planet.” Ouch.

While those actors got comfortable in their roles, Stephen Merchant jumped right in. From the first line, it was like he was born to play C-3P0. His accented, high-pitched fast delivery was very similar to Anthony Daniels’ performance, but with a little more pizzaz. Through the very end of the read, Merchant got big laughs with every line, aided by the fact that 3P0 has more comic moments in the script than the final film.

JK Simmons was just as effective. Once Darth Vader is introduced on his Star Destroyer, Simmons almost willed his deep, staccato voice into the microphone, creating the menacing presence that is Darth Vader.

One big change in this version of the screenplay was that, when Luke is captured by the Wampa, Obi-Wan’s voice suggests he “think the saber into your hand.” Luke keeps saying, “Relax” to himself as he gets ready to use the Force. Once he escapes the cave and Han finds him, there’s also bit more interaction before Han cuts open the Tauntaun. Han slaps Luke and tells him it’s not his time to die, it’s an interesting change to the scene.

Eventually, the Hoth battle begins and, as would happen a lot over the course of the evening, it became the Jason Reitman show. The director reads all stage directions in these readings and there are many in The Empire Strikes Back. Especially in the action scenes, which are pretty meticulously written. Occasionally, there’s a line thrown in from Luke or one of the gunners (of which Kevin Pollack voiced most as giddy school boys.) but for the most part it was rapid fire reading about the Imperial Walkers, tow cables and more. Another cool note, the falling walker is described as a “locomotive on stilts.”

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Is the ’24′ Movie Dead? Kiefer Sutherland Doesn’t Think He’ll Play Jack Bauer Again

December 19, 2014 - 9:00am

Over 8 seasons and a miniseries, we’ve seen Jack Bauer survive some pretty nasty stuff. But even he may not be able to win the fight against his deadliest foe ever: Kiefer Sutherland‘s apparent disinterest in revisiting the franchise. In an interview, the 24 star stated that he didn’t expect to play Jack Bauer ever again, despite recent(ish) talk of a possible 24 movie. Read the 24 movie Kiefer Sutherland comments after the jump. 

Speaking with The Telegraph (via TV Line), Sutherland suggested he was done with the character. “Me, I don’t see going back to it,” he told the publication. “We had set out to do 12 episodes [of Live Another Day] to end the show and deal with some of the past history of the show. It was also an irresistible opportunity to go shoot in England. So for all of those reasons it made sense to do that last season.”

Of course, Sutherland’s thought he was done with Jack before, only to be pulled back in. The actor willingly admitted as much. “I think I said the same thing at the end of Season 8,” he said. “So I would hate to be held to that.”

24 ended for the first time in 2010. A movie sequel was in the works for years, but never got off the ground. Eventually, 24′s return took the form of 24: Live Another Day. The limited series aired for 12 episodes this year, ending in July. Not long after, executive producer Jon Cassar told press they were “still talking about the movie.” Last we heard in September, discussions were “gathering steam” but as of now nothing’s been officially confirmed. 

Sutherland himself has changed his tune a couple of times. While promoting 24: Live Another Day, he called the potential 24 movie “an ongoing situation.” “There’s always an opportunity to do that,” he said at the time. And at Comic-Con this year he admitted it was “hard” to say goodbye to Jack Bauer. But perhaps now that he has, he’s not eager to go crawling back again.

There are lots of reasons a 24 return — whether in the form of a movie, or another season — makes sense on paper. The 24: Live Another Day finale left things open-ended for Jack, so it wouldn’t be too difficult to pick up his storyline where it left off. The miniseries also received mostly positive reviews throughout, and drew strong ratings.

On the other hand, the story has to end sometime. It’d be understandable if Sutherland wanted to go out on a high note and move on with his life, instead of returning to 24 again and again until Fox has driven it into the ground again.

Would you be up for a 24 movie?

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