In the new teaser for Before I Go to Sleep, Nicole Kidman plays a traumatized woman who can’t remember the violent attack she suffered 10 years ago. Her husband (Colin Firth) and doctor (Mark Strong) say they only want to help her recover, but every morning, when she wakes up, her memory of everything is gone. So she starts to document her days, Memento style, so that each day slowly brings her closer to the truth. READ FULL STORY
“There are no two words in the English language more harmful than ‘Good job.’”
That’s the fault line on which writer/director Damien Chazelle has built Whiplash. His Sundance sensation stars Miles Teller as a jazz-drum prodigy who earns the attention of his prestigious school’s notorious music maestro (J.K. Simmons). Is genius simply born, or does it need to be forged? How far is a teacher supposed—or allowed—to go to bring out the best in a student, and what are the risks and consequences for such methods?
In the new trailer for the film, Teller’s Andrew Neyman endures physical and psychological punishment as he fumbles to find the right beat and the right answers. READ FULL STORY
Should you decide to walk the show floor of San Diego’s Comic-Con International, you might come across a bat-themed surprise: the actual cowl that will be worn by Ben Affleck in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, which is on display at the convention today.
It may seem like just a cape, but there’s much to be gleaned from its appearance. As DC co-publisher Jim Lee stated in an interview with USA Today, the cape has “a very low drag coefficient,” and suggests “a boxer’s physique.” (A refresher, in case you’re a little rusty on your rudimentary fluid dynamics: Wikipedia defines drag coefficient as “a dimensionless quantity that is used to quantify the drag or resistance of an object in a fluid environment, such as air or water.” It is very important when fighting crime.) READ FULL STORY
The 71st Venice Film Festival announced its lineup this morning, highlighted by films from American directors, including David Gordon Green, Barry Levinson, Peter Bogdanovich, Lisa Cholodenko, Andrew Niccol, and James Franco. As had been previously announced, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman, starring Michael Keaton and many others, will be the opening film when the festival begins on Aug. 27.
Click below for the entire list of 55 films playing in Venice. READ FULL STORY
Hercules might be a legendary warrior, but Lucy‘s brain capacity will likely prove too formidable a foe for the Greek demigod at the box office. The Scarlett Johansson-led action film looks poised to ravage Dwayne Johnson’s sword-and-sandals epic as both debut on 3,000+ screens this weekend.
Rob Reiner’s And So It Goes, starring Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas also opens in 1,800 theaters, which could possibly break the top five with $8 million, closing out a quiet and struggling July at the box office before Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy arrives next weekend.
Here’s how things might play out.
Fans who attended Preview Night at San Diego Comic-Con and stopped by Marvel’s booth last night got a first look at two new concept art posters for Avengers: Age of Ultron, which arrives in theaters on May 1, 2015.
The first poster, drawn by Ryan Meinerding, features Iron Man blasting away one of Ultron’s robots. Things don’t look too good for Ultron’s robots in the second poster, which shows Scarlet Witch—played by Marvel film franchise newcomer Elizabeth Olsen—using her powers to fend off her attackers.
See Andy Park’s Scarlet Witch poster below. READ FULL STORY
In the first trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey, Dakota Johnson is a mousy girl with a notepad who makes an impression on Jamie Dornan’s laser-gazed billionaire Christian Grey. If I recall correctly, his corporation puts her bookstore out of business and they become unlikely online pen-pals after meeting in a chat room. And then they have lots of sex. The end.
Enjoy. READ FULL STORY
Casting Net: Tommy Lee Jones joins 'Criminal,' Rooney Mara replaces Jessica Chastain in 'The Secret Scripture'
• Tommy Lee Jones is joining Kevin Costner and Gary Oldman in Criminal. Ariel Vromen is directing the thriller from Millenium Films, which tells the story of a prison inmate who is implanted with a dead CIA operative’s memories, secrets, and skills with the hope that he will stop a diabolical plot. Jones will play a neuroscientist who transplants said intelligence. Douglas Cook and David Weisberg wrote the script. Chris Bender, J.C. Spink, and Matt O’Toole will produce. [THR]
• Rooney Mara is heading to The Secret Scripture, which will be directed by Jim Sheridan. The drama follows a 100-year-old woman, Roseanne, who writes the story of her life in a secret memoir while spending time in mental institutions. Mara replaces Jessica Chastain as the younger Roseanne, who survives a brutal childhood, but later suffers at the hand of a vindictive Catholic priest. Vanessa Redgrave also stars. Johnny Ferguson is adapting Sebastian Barry’s 2008 novel of the same name. Noel Pearson is producing. [Deadline]
• Dan Stevens will star in the indie drama The Ticket. Oren Moverman is producing, with Lawrence Inglee joining him. Ido Fluk is writing and directing. The film tells the story of a blind man who is able to see again, but becomes entirely selfish, obsessed with the superficial. The film begins production in upstate New York in August. [Variety]
Feast your compound eyes on this: an exclusive look at an Ant-Man image that Marvel Studios will be sharing this weekend at Comic-Con.
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