Quentin Tarantino’s WW2 opus Inglourious Basterds dropped at Cannes last night, and was met with mixed reviews. Lots of folks loved it, but we heard it through the grapevine (the grapevine being our friends at Pajiba), that some snooty type from The Guardian called it "Cannes' Turkey." And while they haven't commented yet, we're sure the Nazi Film Critics Society pooped all over it. They hate everything but Mel Gibson movies. Inglourious Basterds – Clip #1 – Watch Movie Trailers Check out this first clip with Lt. Aldo Rain (Brad Pitt) pumping Bridget von Hammersmarck (Diane Kruger) for info on Hitler's whereabouts. And then watch the other two after the jump.
SAM RAIMI knows horror. Sure, he’s spent the last decade filming a certain web-slinger swinging from skyscrapers, but he’s finally returned to the genre where he established his unique visual style. In Drag Me To Hell, Raimi dusts off his duffel bag of detached eyeballs, maggot puke, and thrashing demonic heads… And, well, it's been worth the wait, to say the least.
They’re not household names, but if there’s any justice in the world, they will be soon. These twelve talented actresses are some of Screenjunkies' picks to have a real future in this crazy, unforgiving business of show. It doesn't hurt their chances that they also happen to be easy on the eyes. Talent and beauty, folks! Step right up!
Director: Jon Turteltaub Cast: Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Monica Belluci Synopsis: A sorcerer leaves his shop in his apprentice's hands. The apprentice finds trouble when the broomstick he's given to clean with develops a mind of its own. Genre: Fantasy Release Date: July 16, 2010
Director: Kenneth Branagh Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Chris Hemsworth (Rumored) Synopsis: The story of ancient god Thor being thrown from Asgard to become mortal, and the fighting between the gods and epic forces Genre: Fantasy Release Date: May 20, 2011
Director: Edgar Wright Cast: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Chris Evans, Brandon Routh, Brie Larson, Synopsis: Scott Pilgrim has to defeat his new girlfriend's seven evil ex-boyfriends in battle. Based on the Bryan Lee O'Malley graphic novels. Genre: Action/Comedy Release Date: 2010
"They have returned… to finish… what they started." So read the title cards in the new clips from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Why does every dramatic title card sequence want to be read like it's coming from the mouth of Stevie, the asthmatic paraplegic kid from "Malcolm in the Middle?" Check out the other two clips after the jump, which includes a sequence of mega-badass villain The Fallen coming together, and one of the Autobots making a quip about it being "time for an upgrade." You can catch the Transformers working the hotel circuit in the Catskills this Fall. Try the veal.
Director: Ang Lee Cast: Demetri Martin, Kelli Garner, Emile Hirsch, Paul DanoSynopsis: A man working at his parents' motel in the Catskills inadvertently sets in motion the generation-defining concert in the summer of 1969. Genre: Comedy Release Date: August 14, 2009
Director: James Cameron Cast: Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez, Zoe Saldana, Giovanni Ribisi Synopsis: A group of humans are confronted by a distant planet's native population, forcing them into battle Genre: Action/Science Fiction Release Date: December 18, 2009
Director: Joe Carnahan Cast: Bradley Cooper (Rumored), Common (Rumored) Synopsis: Four disgraced war veterans escape from military prison, deciding to become a mercenary group that does good deeds. Based on the popular 80s television show. Genre: Action Release Date: 2010
SHerlock Holmes Trailer – Watch more Movie TrailersExtra! Extra! Getch yer new trailer for Guy Ritchie's hard-hitting, pipe-smoking, mutton chop-sporting adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic, starring Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong and a bunch of dodgy cockney spivs!
Director: Guy RitchieCast: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark StrongSynopsis: Detective Sherlock Holmes (Downey Jr.) and his stalwart partner Watson (Law) engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England
Pictured above: "McJugs" In an effort to earn a PG-13 rating and rake in larger box office returns, director McG rocked perverts the world over with the announcement that he had removed Moon Bloodgood’s topless scene from Terminator: Salvation. Once a very vocal supporter of the chesty inclusion, he backpedaled, citing that it felt “gratuitous” and he “didn’t want to convolute the story or the characters.” It was a normal day like any other when I heard the sad news. But once I caught wind I just sat down on the sidewalk and began to weep whilst a city full of heartless boob-haters rushed to and fro all around me. But it taught me to appreciate the great nudity that did survive the editing room. Below are ten topless scenes that have had a great impact on us all, as a people.
Magnet Releasing, the genre film-oriented division of Magnolia Pictures, has acquired the rights to release the Jet Li film Warlords. The historical action melodrama was a critical and commercial success in China, and also stars Andy Lau (the dude who played the dude Matt Damon’s character in The Departed was based off of from the original Infernal Affairs) and Takeshi Kaneshiro (for fans of the now-ancient Playstation 2, he was the guy they modeled the main character after in the feudal zombie action game Onimusha). Check out the trailer and and everything you ever wanted to know about Warlords after the jump. Or just post what we failed to mention in the comments section, smartass.
Director: Peter Ho-Sun Chan Cast: Jet Li, Andy Lau, Takeshi Kaneshiro Synopsis: A Chinese army general (Li) joins with two bandits (Lau, Kaneshiro) to defend a hapless village from the horrors of war. They become blood brothers, but their loyalty is tested when politics and a love triangle come into play. Genre: Historical Action Release Date: Summer 2009 (North America)
Sometimes seeing the wrong movie at too young an age can really stick with you. Say you saw Child's Play or Nightmare on Elm Street before age twelve. You might have had a hard time getting to sleep or looking at your stuffed animals in the same way after. But what about the movies you're supposed to see, the general interest flicks constantly rerunning on cable that Mom and Dad wouldn't bat at an eye at if they walked by and saw you watching? Often, it is only later that the truly disturbing stuff really shows its face. Sure, it's scary in Pee-Wee's Big Adventure when Large Marge's eyes jump out of their sockets, but what about the movies we saw as kids that are filled with the real? I’m talking about stuff like abortion, suicide, etc. – the kinds of things that can actually happen, things that are so serious they went over your head at the time. Or didn't. Screenjunkies presents… 7 Dark Moments in Popcorn Flicks…
I loved Rian Johnson's first film, Brick* – the neo-hard boiled detective story set amongst high school social circles. It was the one with a bespectacled Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the anachronistic dialogue and the fantastic score by Johnson's brother. I saw it three times in the theaters. Even bought it on DVD. But as I sat down for my screening of Rian Johnson's followup, The Brothers Bloom, a wave of doubt washed over me. No way he can do it again, I thought. Besides, the trailers made it seem like a hodgepodge of styles culled from Johnson's contemporaries. It was Hudson Hawk through the off-kilter lens of Wes Anderson. Not necessarily a bad thing (I'm one of the few with fond memories of Hawk), but it wasn't promising to be a revelation like Brick…
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The IESB has posted three behind-the-scenes clips from Disney-Pixar's Up. In total, it's 15 minutes of straight up, fly-on-the-wall making-of goodness, with none of the gloss one might expect from a Disney promo. Yeah that's right. It's 15-minutes of watching a dude sitting in front of a computer while it renders seven frames of the movie. There's also this part where Pete Docter orders a cheese sandwich from the cafeteria.I kid, I kid. It's pretty cool. Watch the other clips after the jump.
The Road Trailer – Watch more Movie Trailers Check out this trailer for Dimension's post-apocalyptic roadtrip comedy, The Road, starring Viggo Mortensen and Charlize Theron. It's all about Viggo trying to win back the girl he mistakenly dumped after junior prom, and… awww heck. I just can't lie like that. It's an adaptation of The Road by Cormac "No Country For Old Men" McCarthy, who isn't exactly known for laughs. Check it out, and then post your comments after the jump, where you'll also find a good spoof of Cormac McCarthy starring actor Luiggi DeBiasse, whose Anton Chigurrh is pretty amazing.
In 1984, Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird had a little idea for a comic book, pooled some money together to print a limited run, and inadvertently jump started a seismic shift in entertainment. I'm speaking, of course, about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, who are set to once more take pop culture by storm in this, their 25th Anniversary year. We've gotten the announcement that a new live-action feature is in the works for a 2011 release. And just this week, Lionsgate released a brand new four-DVD collector's set of the original TMNT animated series' Season 7. (Each box comes with a cool miniature reproduction of an original Turtle action figure, too.)
Sasha Grey is a renaissance woman. Not only does she pay the rent doing what most people do for fun (or babies), she also happens to be an intelligent and ambitious 21 year-old creative. And with her starring performance in Steven Soderbergh’s newest film, The Girlfriend Experience, she’s now officially under the mainstream microscope. Screen Junkies had the good fortune to be invited to the film’s press junket, where Grey discussed such subjects as juggling porn and indie film, the odds of starring alongside teenybopper celebs, and her soon-to-be produced adult script, The F&%k Junkie. If we ever start a porn column on this site, we now have a name.
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Hopefully the cover above has dissuaded you from thinking Universal was deigning to adapt the feel-good new age philosophy of the same name*. Nay, IESB.net reports that Universal Pictures has picked up the rights to Dark Horse Comics’ The Secret under the exclusive three-year partnership the two companies entered into in early 2008. (They also partnered on the Hellboy franchise and Timecop.) The four-issue miniseries from 2007 was written by Dark Horse's Mike Richardson, and visualized by Jason Shawn Alexander, an award-winning artist who's worked on Abe Sapien, Queen & Country, and The Escapists. (His official website is pretty badass, and you can check it out here.)The Secret is a coming-of-age tale that focuses on Tommy, a high schooler who attends an exclusive party with the cool kids in order to get closer to his dream girl. But then a prank call goes sour…
Punch-Out Rap – Watch Movie Trailers No, there's not a Punch-Out TV show or film adaptation coming out (though none of us would be surprised about the latter). No, this is the first installment in a series of old-school Nintendo-based music videos entitled "Gamerjamz." Turns out all of Little Mac's rivals are quite the cunning linguists. Not just Don Flamenco.
The '09 summer movies have already begun to arrive, but still to come are some of the biggest, baddest, FX-iest movies around. For robot fans, you can look no further than three of the biggest releases this summer: Terminator Salvation, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and (if it sticks to the cartoon’s use of robot drones to satisfy the ratings board) G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra. [No, colons are not movie code for “Robot Plot.”] Robots are on the A-List now, but they didn't always have it so good. Here are five cinematic robots that just didn’t work (as they were intended): T-800 from Terminator Program: Kill Sarah Connor, period.