AFI Fest 2008: Day 0

Amy Adams, Meryl Streep, and director John Patrick Shanley arrive at 2008 AFI Fest (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images North America) The 2008 AFI Fest kicked off officially last night in Hollywood with the world premiere of John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt starring Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams. Because of the last minute (read…)

Friday Filler: Happy Halloween

It seems quaint today, but this movie simply scared the bejeebers out of me when I was a lad. Happy Halloween!

Trailer: Slumdog Millionaire

Once again Jennybee is Jenny-on-the-spot with a trailer heads up. This time it’s for Danny Boyle’s much-buzzed Slumdog Millionaire over at Yahoo. After successful runs at Telluride and Toronto, the Oscar hype around Slumdog continues to grow. Click the image below to link to the trailer page. AFI Fest is having a tribute to Danny Boyle (read…)

‘The Earth Stood Still’ for 5 Minutes

Here’s a 5-minute peek at the upcoming sci-fi remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still with Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly. I’m not feeling it. How about you?

Weekend Forecast: 10/30/08

Elizabeth Banks and Seth Rogen in Zack and Miri Make a Porno Because it’s Halloween, the multiplex is crammed with a lot of low-grade horror crap this weekend. Consider Let the Right One In or Fear(s) of the Dark if they’re in your neighborhood instead: Zack and Miri Make a Porno. For every Kevin Smith (read…)

Trailer: The Class

Yahoo has the trailer for Laurent Cantet’s 2008 Palme d’Or winning film The Class.   Click to see trailer at Yahoo France’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar opens in New York and Los Angeles on December 25. It’s also playing at AFI Fest which officially begins Thursday. Thanks to Jennybee for the (read…)

Win a Ticket to See ‘Che’ at AFI Fest on 11/1

Benicio Del Toro in Che Hey there LA area LiC readers. How’d you like to see the sold out Gala presentation of Steven Soderbergh’s Che at the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood at 6pm on Saturday, November 1, 2008? I’ll make it easy on you. Send an email with “Che Ticket” in the subject line (read…)

More Loose Ends: 10/29/08

More Loose Ends: 10/29/08 We last heard from Vince Vaughn in connection to the upcoming Couples Retreat and now it appears he’s in line for Sunny and 68, a “drama with comic overtones” to be directed and co-written by Gavin O’Connor (Pride and Glory). Vaughn plays a poker pro who bottoms out and returns home (read…)

Release the Awards Hounds!

Awards season picked up a little steam today with a batch of nominations from the International Documentary Association and the British Independent Film Awards. The 2008 IDA Documentary Award nominees are: Kassim the Dream – the story of Ugandan child soldier turned World Champion boxer Kassim “The Dream” Ouima (Coming to AFI Fest). Man on (read…)

Loose Ends: 10/28/08

Turns out the movie business keeps rolling whether you’re paying attention to it or not. Here’s a handful of recent casting announcements featuring interesting actors in not-so-interesting projects. Amy Adams is set to star as NPR correspondent Jacki Lyden in a film based on Lyden’s memoir Daughter of the Queen of Sheba. A fixture at (read…)

DVD Review: Jake’s Closet (2008) ** 1/2

Anthony DeMarco in Jake’s Closet  Like the recent Swedish vampire film Let the Right One In, writer/director Shelli Ryan’s feature debut Jake’s Closet takes a segment of the horror genre, in this case zombies, and uses it to explore the traumas of childhood. While not as literary or effective as the terrific Tomas Alfredson film, (read…)

Fox Searchlight Drinks Van Sant’s ‘Kool-Aid’

Gus Van Sant and his Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black have been attached to an adaptation of Tom Wolfe’s The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test for a while now, but the film is now apparently one step closer to reality. Borys Kit reports in THR that Fox Searchlight has picked up the project which tells the (read…)

The Watercooler: 10/27/08

Hey everybody. It’s time for another Monday Watercooler where you get to talk about what movies you’ve managed to see lately or whatever else is on your mind moviewise. First up for me is Charlie Kaufman’s Synecdoche, New York. I don’t think you can really do justice to a movie like this after just one (read…)

Review: Synecdoche, New York (2008) **** 1/2

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Michelle Williams and Tom Noonan in Synecdoche, New York One of the great pleasures of going to the movies is watching an artist set caution aside to make something big and powerful and true. Whether or not they completely succeed is sometimes beside the point. In the case of Synecdoche, New York, (read…)

Trailer: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Here’s the international teaser trailer for the next Harry Potter movie. Though I’ve always been vaguely disappointed in them, I’ve still managed to read all the books and see all the movies. I can never remember which is which, but there has to be something to them right?

Movies You May Have Missed: 10/26/08

Brian Cox in Red With another DVD new release Tuesday around the corner, here’s a look at some of films you may have missed when they played in theaters. Red *** 1/2 This little low-budget number snuck in and out of theaters at the tail end of an exhausting summer season. It’s a simple, pulpy (read…)

Zack and Miri Make a P-O-R-N-O

Did someone turn the clock back to the 1950s when I wasn’t looking? I’m sure Kevin Smith and The Weinstein Co. were expecting a little controversy over Smith’s romantic comedy Zack and Miri Make a Porno — indeed they were probably hoping for it — but who’d have thought that TV stations and newspapers would (read…)

Trailer: A Christmas Tale

Ordinarily I run screaming from movies about Christmas, but this one is different. Arnaud Desplechin (Kings and Queen) brings us Catherine Deneuve, her daughter Chiara Mastroianni, Mathieu Amalric and Emmanuelle Devos in a French dysfunctional family Christmas. A Christmas Tale (Un Conte de Noël) premiered at this year’s Cannes to good reviews. It can next (read…)

Poster: Slumdog Millionaire

Variety’s Anne Thompson has the poster for Danny Boyle’s Oscar-buzzed Slumdog Millionaire. Click the image to see the whole thing. The true story of a poor street kid from Mumbai who wins top prize on a million dollar game show is set to play the upcoming AFI Fest and it will hit theaters on November 28.

The Weinstein Shuffle

In the wake of John Hillcoat’s The Road officially getting bumped to 2009, the LA Times’ Patrick Goldstein spoke with Harvey Weinstein about the juggling going on with a number of his other films. Speculation is that The Weinstein Co. is low on money, but Harvey has a rational answer for each move. Fanboys. The (read…)

Trailer: Gran Torino

Eagle-eyed and ever-vigilant Nick Plowman noticed that Apple has the new Gran Torino trailer that’s supposed to be playing this weekend in front of Changeling. 74 bonus points to Jennybee for anticipating the “Get off my lawn!” line in the poster thread. Click the image below for Apple’s Gran Torino trailer page. I like the (read…)

Review: Let the Right One In (2008) *** 1/2

Though one of its central characters turns out to be a vampire, Sweden’s Let the Right One In is not quite a horror film. Working from the best selling novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist, director Tomas Alfredson is more interested in the story’s central relationship between a troubled 12-year-old boy and the strange girl who (read…)

‘Doubt’ Eases Doubts Over AFI Opening

AFI announced this evening that John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt starring Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams will fill in for the The Soloist as the opening night film for AFI Fest on October 30. According to Miramax president Daniel Battsek: “The movie is still being finished, but we were so excited to show Doubt (read…)

Soderbergh Fits Cleopatra Musical Into Busy Schedule

Back in 2005 when Steven Soderbergh wrote the forward for a book about lo-fi band Guided by Voices, he asked author/band member James Greer to write a rock opera for him that he hoped would star Catherine Zeta-Jones as Cleopatra. It sounds like a joke, but apparently Soderbergh is ready to roll on the project (read…)

Weekend Forecast: 10/23/08

It’s all about the limited releases this week, but let’s get the wide releases out of the way first. High School Musical 3: Senior Year. Being a Disney film, I’m guessing no one ends up passed out in the back of a rented limo on prom night with her dress pulled up over her head (read…)

Poster: Gran Torino

McPaper has the first look at the poster for Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino. Click the image to see the whole thing largified. It reminds me of something from the ’70s…like Walking Tall. The film about a racist Korean War veteran living in Detroit is set to open December 17. The trailer is supposed to premiere (read…)

‘Soloist’ Pulled From AFI Opening Night

A press release went out this evening announcing that Paramount cancelled AFI Fest’s opening night world premiere of The Soloist due to the film’s release date change. A new film will be announced on Thursday. Will it be another Paramount film? Will it be Benjamin Button?

Watchmen: You know…not for kids

I was the last person to know Zack Snyder’s Watchmen adaptation was actually going to be R-rated, but now it’s official. The Hollywood Reporter published the latest batch of MPAA ratings today and Watchmen pulled an R for strong graphic violence, sexuality, nudity and language. If you read the comic, you likely agree this is (read…)

Gaiman and Avary Fall Out of Fincher’s ‘Black Hole’

Back in February, LiC passed along a Variety report that David Fincher had signed on to direct Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary’s adaptation of Charles Burns’ 12-issue comic Black Hole. As big fans of Mr. Fincher (Zodiac) and Mr. Gaiman (The Sandman comic) and with a growing appreciation for Mr. Burns (see Fear(s) of the Dark), (read…)

Review: Fear(s) of the Dark (2008) *** 1/2

Boo! From France, Fear(s) of the Dark is a nightmarishly entertaining collection of short films on a theme of fear animated in beautiful black and white by six renowned graphic artists including Blutch, Charles Burns, Pierre de Sciullo, Marie Caillou, Lorenzo Mattotti and Richard McGuire. Like many such omnibus efforts, some of the segments are better (read…)

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