AFI Fest 2009: Launch!

Wes Anderson, Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray on the red carpet outside of Grauman’s Chinese Theater for the North American premiere of Fantastic Mr. Fox at 2009 AFI Fest. (REUTERS/Fred Prouser) Before introducing filmmaker Wes Anderson last night to kick off the 23rd Annual AFI Fest, AFI President and CEO Bob Gazzale evoked the intertwined (read…)

Happy Halloween: Beyond the Door (1974)

The commercial for this Italian Exorcist knockoff scared me so bad when I was a little kid, watching it today dredges up the feeling and still kind of freaks me out a little bit. Juliet Mills plays a woman who gets pregnant while cheating on her husband. Naturally, the other man is a satanist and (read…)

BS Update: Wright not directing ‘My Fair Lady’ remake

The report a few days ago attaching Joe Wright to MY FAIR LADY turns out to be a fabrication.

Ewoks Amok

Everyone knows you’re not supposed to feed a Gremlin after midnight, but it turns out you should also avoid giving Ewoks martinis before noon. Today Show space filler Al Roker learned this the hard way as one of the horny little bastards humped his leg on this morning’s Halloween episode after breaking into mom and (read…)

Trailer #2: The Road

Does this new trailer for THE ROAD starring Viggo Mortensen oversell the uplift? Will Weinstein mount an Oscar campaign for the film?

Dennis Hopper diagnosed with prostate cancer

Sad new to pass along this evening as THR reports that Dennis Hopper has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and is canceling all travel plans to begin treatment. There’s no word on the prognosis or if this has anything to do with his hospitalization earlier this month. Best wishes to Goon, Dave Hastings, Billy, Moon, (read…)

Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron hit the ‘Road’

Just a quick follow up to the Mad Max sequel news I’ve been following for the last week: THR reports that Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron are officially attached to Fury Road which George Miller plans to begin filming next year. Tom Hardy most recently made a strong impression in Bronson and Charlize Theron…well hell. (read…)

Michael Jackson to enter the Oscar race

Sony is actually threatening to submit THIS IS IT for Best Picture Oscar consideration.

Reconstructed ‘Metropolis’ to bow at Berlinale

A fully reconstructed version of Fritz Lang’s masterpiece METROPOLIS will play the 60th Annual Berlin International Film Festival in February

Commence ‘Avatar’ media bombardment

20th Century Fox is hoping to get the word about about AVATAR in a big way during Fox NFL Sunday this weekend.

Slumdogs determined not to have film’s happy ending

Young stars of Slumdog Millionaire in danger of losing their trust fund.

Trailer #2: Avatar

Will AVATAR’s mix of action-spectacle/love story recapture the magic of TITANIC or will it crash and burn like PEARL HARBOR?

Alien: Ridley says nothing, internet still wants to spoon him

Asked about his planned Alien prequel, Ridley Scott says nothing interesting and it is widely reported.

International Trailer – Amazing Tales: Three Guns

Twitch has the first trailer I’ve seen of Amazing Tales: Three Guns, Zhang Yimou’s adaptation of Joel and Ethan Coen’s Blood Simple. The dialogue isn’t subtitled (some of the credits are given an English voice over), but you can get a pretty good idea of the style and tone of the film. Think blackly comic (read…)

Weekend Forecast

Just in case you weren’t paying attention, the Weekend Forecast went up a little early this week because of the Tuesday release of Michael Jackson’s This Is It, the only new wide release.

London crowns ‘A Prophet’

Jacques Audiard’s Palme d’Or runner-up A Prophet took the inaugural Star of London award at the just concluded BFI London Film Festival. John Hillcoat’s The Road received a special mention. France’s official selection for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, A Prophet is set for a US release on February 26, 2010. Audiard’s fifth feature (read…)

Have we been spared another attempt at ‘Dune’?

Rumor has it, Peter Berg is off the Dune project.

UK Trailer: Nowhere Boy

I’m changing the name of this blog to Living in Trailers. Recently nominated for 6 BIFA Awards, Sam Taylor-Wood’s John Lennon biography Nowhere Boy now has a trailer in the UK and you can stream it after the jump. Aaron Johnson plays Lennon and Kristin Scott Thomas plays his Aunt Mimi. As much as I (read…)

UK Trailer: Green Zone

Collider was tipped to this UK trailer for Green Zone. I’m curious to hear from people who’ve read the book if they like it better, the same or less than the US trailer that went up yesterday. Stream it after the jump from MSN UK.

For Your Consideration: Sam Rockwell – Moon

The campaign to get an Oscar nomination for Sam Rockwell’s performance in MOON appears to be gaining some traction…maybe.

Wanna see the original Paranormal Activity ending?

Cinematical put it up this morning. Check it out if it’s not down already. Update: Here’s another copy of it that will also probably get taken down.

Not a new Trailer: Alice in Wonderland

An extended trailer for Tim Burton’s ALICE IN WONDERLAND starring Mia Wasikowka, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway.

Trailer 3: Shutter Island

Want to see another Shutter Island trailer? I haven’t watched the other ones and I’m not watching this one, but don’t let that stop you. I’m told  the second trailer was the same as the first. Had I watched either one, I might’ve known this. Based on the novel by Dennis Lehane, Martin Scorsese’s Shutter (read…)

Trailer: Invictus

Apple has the first official trailer for Clint Eastwood’s Invictus, the rugby/Apartheid drama starring Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela and Matt Damon as the captain of South Africa’s national rugby team. I’m still not buying it. It looks earnest, socially conscious and borderline unbearable right down to the Ladysmith Black Mambazo music. Ok, I’m being (read…)

Trailer: Collapse

Forget about the antics of Michael Moore, Chris Smith’s COLLAPSE looks like the capitalism documentary to see.

Trailer: Green Zone

Yahoo finally has the trailer for Paul Greengrass’ Green Zone starring Matt Damon and you can stream it after the jump. Originally scheduled for 2009, the Iraq thriller was pushed back to March 12, 2010.

Russell Crowe on ‘Robin Hood’

Except in jest, I haven’t mentioned Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood since February when Cate Blanchett was lined up for the Maid Marian role (remember the semi-regular Production Notes column? Anyone miss it? No?). Anyway, star Russell Crowe recently spoke to some douchey Australian morning news/chat tool and for some reason the interview struck me as (read…)

UK Poster: Cracks

Cracks popped onto LiC radar when it premiered to decent reviews at Toronto in September and now Empire has the lovely UK quad featuring the beautiful Ms. Eva Green. In the film directed by Jordan Scott (Ridley’s Daughter), Green plays a teacher at a posh British boarding school in the 1930s. Cracks will be looking (read…)

BIFA Nominations: Fish Tank 8, Moon 7

Double BIFA nominee Katie Jarvis in Andrea Arnold’s Fish Tank This is the part where we start pausing and mentioning just about every awards and festival recognition that comes across the transom. Here are the British Independent Film Awards. Andrea Arnold’s Fish Tank, which I finally saw last night and will be writing about soon, (read…)

Early Weekend Forecast: Is this it?

There’s only one new wide release this weekend and it’s opening today for some reason so I’m rolling out the Weekend Forecast a bit early. Don’t panic. It’s not Thursday. It’s still Tuesday. Opening wide: This Is It (Tue 10/27). Sony snapped up the rights to footage of Michael Jackson’s final rehearsals so fast I (read…)

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