Watercooler photo of the week: Magnolia (click to enlarge) It occurred to me as I was putting together last Friday’s Weekend Forecast that I’d already seen the 4 most promising new releases in LA and that pretty much put the kibosh on my movie going plans. I was leaning toward Cowboys & Aliens because I (read…)

Weekend News du Jour: 7/30 – 7/31

US Trailer: Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life News, nuggets and notables updated throughout the weekend if needed: (above) US Trailer for Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life I love the man’s music and I’m amused by his legend, but I’ve had my fill of music biographies. Having said that, this one promises to be something a little bit (read…)

News du Jour: 7/29/11

Trailer: Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding Jr. in Red Tails News, nuggets and notables updated throughout the day as needed. [Udpate: 3:25 pm PT] Trailer: Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding Jr. in Red Tails From producer George Lucas comes this story of the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African American fighter pilots who fought a (read…)

Weekend Forecast: Cowboys, Aliens, Smurfs, Cops, Robbers, Drug Dealers and More Aliens

This week’s new movies feature a pile of limited release you’ll want to keep an eye out for.  The rest as always is a mixed bag: The Guard (****). The Guard is a funny, dark, Irish twist on the cop-buddy movie. Brendan Gleeson supplies the Irish piss and vinegar as a slightly cracked small-town cop (read…)

News du Jour: Beware The Ides of March

Trailer: Ryan Gosling and George Clooney in The Ides of March News, nuggets and notables updated throughout the day. [Update: 8:30 pm PT] Kevin Bacon joins R.I.P.D. This is the one with Jeff Bridges and the undead cops. (Variety) Anotoine Fuqua to adapt Storming Las Vegas The true story of former Cuban commando and his (read…)

News du Jour: 7/27/11

Trailer: Ludivine Sagnier and Kristin Scott Thomas in Love Crime News, nuggets and notables updated throughout the day [Update: 4:00 pm PT] Rosario Dawson and Vincent Cassel join James McAvoy in Danny Boyle’s Trance I was just talking this morning with someone about how I can’t recall Cassel ever being less than great in anything. (Deadline) (read…)

News du Jour: Toronto lineup unfolds

Trailer: Kevin Spacey in Margin Call   News, nuggets and notables updated throughout the day. [Update: 11:25 am PT] Toronto Film Festival announces lineup, lots of new pics It’s a jam-packed lineup of goodness. Click movie title links for photos where available: Brad Pitt’s Moneyball; George Clooney’s The Ides of March with Clooney himself and (read…)

News du Jour: The full catastrophe

“Am I not a man? And is a man not stupid? I’m a man, so I married. Wife, children, house, everything. The full catastrophe.” – Zorba the Greek Michael Cacoyannis, Director: 1921 – 2011 News, nuggets and notables updated throughout the day. [Update: 4:20 pm PT] G.D. Spradlin, character actor: 1920 – 2011 Oklahoma-born Gervais (read…)


There isn’t a lot to crow about on the movie scene this weekend. The last week my news feed has been dominated by Comic Con coverage which is always a lot of sizzle but very little steak when it comes to movies. Somewhere along the line Hollywood figured out they could use it as a (read…)

News du Jour Weekend: 7/23 – 7/24

Trailer: Knights of Badassdom News, nuggets and notables updated throughout the weekend: Nevermind previous report that Rhys Ifans would be in Bond 23 (MTV) (above) Trailer: Knights of Badassdom Peter Dinklage, Ryan Kwanten, Summer Glau and Danny Pudi as a bunch of D&D nerds who conjur up an actual succubus. I hate when that happens. (read…)

News du Jour: Soderbergh goes Haywire

Trailer: Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire News, nuggets and notables updated throughout the day: [Update: 2:45 pm PT] (above) Trailer: Steven Soderbergh’s Hayire, plus rumors of retirement exaggerated Apple’s got the trailer, and the blurb: “This dynamic action-thriller directed by Oscar(R) winner Steven Soderbergh boasts a talented cast that includes Channing Tatum , Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, (read…)

Weekend Forecast: Captain America saves summer

Captain America: The First Avenger – surprisingly your LiC pick of the week Here’s what new in theaters this weekend. If none of the below melt your butter, be sure to check out the Now Playing page with a full survey of the current cinema with synopses plus trailer, showtime and review links. Captain America: (read…)

News du Jour: 7/21/11

Trailer: Paranormal Activity 3 News, nuggets and notables updated throughout the day. [Update: 8:30 pm PT] Posters-a-go-go Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire, Comic Yawn tease The Amazing Spider-Man, John Cusack’s Poe flick The Raven, and Brad Pitt in Moneyball. Red Band Trailer: Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan in Drive For me this was one of the great (read…)

News du Jour: 7/20/11

Teaser: The Amazing Spider-Man News, nuggets and notables updated throughout the day. [Updated: 11:00 am PT] (above) Teaser: The Amazing Spider-Man Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield look good, but the Spidey-POV cam looks badly done and like on-the-cheap 3D pandering. Also, do we really need to take another crack at this origin story? (Sony) Katzenberg (read…)

News du Jour: 7/19/11

Trailer: French thriller Point Blank News, nuggets and notables, updated throughout the day: [Update: 3:35 pm PT] Prepare yourself for a more historic Spartacus Or don’t. It’s happening either way. (Variety) Redford and LaBeouf sign up for Lem Dobbs’ political action thriller The Company You Keep Dobbs most notably wrote Steven Soderbergh’s The Limey. I’m (read…)

News du Jour: 7/18/11

Trailer: The Dark Knight Rises News, nuggets and notables, updated throughout the day: [Update: 7:45 pm PT] Apparently you can expect Dennis Quaid When You’re Expecting (Wrap) Universal pulls plug on Ron Howard’s ambitious adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower (Deadline) Poster: Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain in Take Shelter (Movieline) First Look: Elle (read…)

Theater of Pain

“If I could just reach my wand, I’d Avada Kedrava half the assholes in this audience” First of all, congrats to Woody Allen whose Midnight in Paris finally became his all time highest grossing film over the weekend. It’s still outclassed worldwide by Vicky Cristina Barcelona, but it has yet to open in some major (read…)

Tabloid (2011)

Joyce McKinney, a former Miss Wyoming World, was arrested in England in the mid-1970s for the kidnap, confinement and rape of a Mormon missionary named Kirk Anderson. Ravenous British tabloids seized upon the mix of religion, true crime and kinky sex and spun it into months of breathless coverage that came to be known as (read…)

Weekend News du Jour: 7/16-7/17

Trailer: Aardman’s The Pirates! Band of Misfits Your weekend collection of news, nuggets and notables. Factually, most of these were collected Friday, but as you can see there wasn’t much to get excited about. [Update: Sunday, 8:10 pm PT] Rhys Ifans joins Bond 23 No word on who he’s playing (Playlist via Telegraph) [Update: Saturday, (read…)

Weekend Forecast: Tabloid fever

Errol Morris’ Tabloid, your LiC Pick of the Week Here’s what’s new in theaters this weekend. Also note that James Marsh’s well-reviewed Project Nim opens in LA this weekend after last week’s NY debut. Tabloid. Documentarian Errol Morris (The Thin Blue Line, The Fog of War) returns with a look at one-time Miss Wyoming Joyce (read…)

DVD Pipeline: Catherine Deneuve in ‘Potiche’

Here are the notable new releases coming Tuesday, July 19. Be sure to check out the LiC DVD Shelf for a growing list of my favorite films from 2009 to the present. Potiche (**** 1/2). Catherine Deneuve sparkles in this light comedy based on the original 1970s hit play. She plays a potiche, a trophy (read…)

News du Jour: 7/14/11

Trailer: Martin Scorsese’s Hugo News, nuggets and notables. Updated throughout the day. [Update: 7:45 pm PT] (above) Trailer: Martin Scorsese’s Hugo “Hugo tells the story of an orphan boy living a secret life in the walls of a Paris train station. With the help of an eccentric girl, he searches for the answer to a (read…)

News du Jour: 7/13/11

Trailer: Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion (Possibly kind of spoilery) News, nuggets and notables updated throughout the day. [Update: 5:20 pm PT] (above) Trailer: Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion This kind of crap freaks me out. I can’t wait. Here’s the blurbage: “Contagion follows the rapid progress of a lethal airborne virus that kills within days. As the fast-moving (read…)

News du Jour: 7/12/11

Trailer: Vera Farmiga’s Higher Ground News, nuggets and notables, updated throughout the day. [Update: 3:55 pm PT] BBC regular Ruth Wilson snags undescribed female lead in The Lone Ranger She joins Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer (Deadline) Freaky Deaky trades down for less inspiring cast Matt Dillon, Brendan Fraser, William H. Macy and Craig Robinson (read…)

News du Jour: Thank heaven for 7/11

Trailer: The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn Today is the birthday proper and I’ll be off on various and sundry birthday adventures so news posting will be a bit more sporadic than usual for a weekday, but I’m figuring the laws of gravity aren’t going to change and the world will still (read…)

A quick one while he’s away

It’s going to be an abbreviated Watercooler from my end this week. It’s my birthday weekend and I’m smack dab in the middle of festivities that have included no movie-going whatsoever. Looking over the news, it doesn’t look like I’ve missed much and there was little to shout about among the new releases except for (read…)

News du Jour: Now with 100% more weekend

Trailer: Cuban horror comedy Juan of the Dead News, nuggets and notables updated throughout the weekend. [Sat 9:15 am PT] Trailer: Juan of the Dead Just when I think the zombie genre has completely run aground, someone threatens to breathe a little life into it. Here’s a trailer for a zomcom billed as the first (read…)

Weekend Forecast: Step one in the coming ape takeover

Trailer: James Marsh’s Project Nim Most of the interesting openings this week are on the limited release front. Beyond that, you’re on your own. Project Nim. Man on Wire director James Marsh tackles the subject of Nim, a chimpanzee raised as a human child in the hope he could be be taught to communicate with (read…)

News du Jour: 7/8/11

Trailer: Chris Cooper in John Sayles’ Amigo News, nuggets and notables updated throughout the day. [Updated: 8:00 pm PT] Trailer: Adam Sandler and Adam Sandler in Jack and Jill I can’t even bring myself to watch it. (Yahoo) Ray Stevenson joins G.I. Joe 2 (THR) Rounders screenwriters adapting a different kind of Game Brian Koppelman (read…)

News du Jour: 7/7/11

International Teaser: Meryl Streep is The Iron Lady News, nuggets and notables, updated throughout the day. [Last Update: 8:25 pm PT] Poster/Trailer: Mia Wasikowska in Gus Van Sant’s Restless IMP Awards has the poster. Yahoo has the trailer. Mark Wahlberg and Jonah Hill to fill buddy/mercenary comedy gap in Good Time Gang (LA Times) Here (read…)

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