Here in the dog days of summer, one needs no reminder of film's unique ability to provide captivating escapism. What is less evident during these months of spectacle, however, is the potential of movies to viscerally depict abhorrent real-world issues with an urgency and emotional whallop not always possible in other media. During an exclusive edit bay visit, IAR was shown Street, an independently-financed film which depicts the all-too-common plight of teenage homelessness and drug addiction in America. Writer-director York Shackleton's ambition to realistically depict the abhorrent circumstances endured by one teenage runaway is likely to elicit both admiration and controversy.
Pixar is not merely an animation studio; the Pixar name on a poster is as powerful as just about any movie star's, and while their feature films are justifiably beloved, their signature short films are also incredible, compact little works of art. Today, Disney and Pixar revealed the logo and a new image from La Luna, the directorial debut of Enrico Casarosa, who worked as a story artist on Cars, Ratatouille, and Up. Check out the gorgeous image, the logo, and a previously-released image from La Luna right here.
Director Larry Charles and co-writer/star Sacha Baron Cohen have a good thing going. Their last two feature collaborations, Borat and Bruno, brought two of Baron Cohen's incendiary undercover characters to American audiences, and right now, they're filming The Dictator. In the film – which is loosely based the novel Zabibah and The King, written by none other than Saddam Hussein – Baron Cohen plays both a humble goat herder and the tyrannical dictator of a fictitious country. The first image of the actor in costume has appeared online, and he's sporting a star-spangled tracksuit with a fanny pack.
Summer movie season tends to be populated by fare that skews more towards male sensibilities. Not that we're complaining, but the biggest movies tend to be those with huge action sequences, swinging superheroes, and extraterrestrials in disguise as automobiles. The Help, then, is an anomaly for summer: an uplifting story about three woman in 1960's Mississippi who undertake a project that challenges long-held racial prejudices and entrenched social conventions. The women are played by Emma Stone, Viola Davis, and Octavia Spencer, all three of whom appear in a new behind-the-scenes video for the film, which is based on the bestselling novel by Kathryn Stockett.
Netflix's streaming Watch Instantly service is fast becoming America's favorite way to watch movies. The library of available titles is so vast and mutable that you, the avid instant watcher, could no doubt use a guide as you navigate the streaming frontier.
Luckily for you, we'll be here every Tuesday to update you on the latest titles available for instant-watching, as well as bringing attention some gems and even some enjoyable calamities out there in the instantly watchable wilds.
Yesterday saw the debut of a new spacefaring clip from Green Lantern, with Ryan Reynolds being patiently schooled in the intergalactic way of the Corps by Tomar Re (the voice of Geoffrey Rush and the body of an alien bird-man). That was yesterday, and it certainly seemed no meager offering then, but today, Warner Bros dropped seven additional clips from the film. Those wary of even the slightest spoilers should take heed that the footage includes some crucial early moments, but those eager for some action will find no shortage here, including out best look yet at Hal Jordan's will in action against Parallax.
It's a testament to the secrecy around the next adventure of James Bond that will know only the barest information about the film, currently referred to simply as Bond 23. Daniel Craig will once again portray 007 and Judi Dench will reprise the role of M, which she has played since 1995's GoldenEye. Both Ralph Fiennes and Javier Bardem were both reportedly courted by director Sam Mendes for roles months ago, but there's been no official word on either actor. Now, it seems that British actress Naomie Harris has met with producers about stepping into the stilettos of a Bond Girl.
The Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas has a global reputation as one of the best, most movie-and-geek-friendly theaters on this island Earth. Tim League, the Alamo's founder, CEO, and resident badass, has had a strict policy against talking and texting during any film since 1997. This, it should be noted, is a beautiful thing, as moviegoing is a fundamentally communal experience. When an inconsiderate audience member was kicked out for texting, she left a very angry voicemail decrying the Drafthouse. League and Co. subsequently turned it into a PSA, which will be playing before R rated films this weekend.
Last summer's action film Salt was initially written as a Bourne Identity-style vehicle for International Movie Star® Tom Cruise. When he eventually bailed on the project, Edwin A. Salt became Evelyn A. Salt and fellow International Movie Star® Angelina Jolie got a summer action movie all to herself. Under the direction of Phillip Noyce, Jolie engaged in all manner of espionage, beating people up by the dozens, extracting spider-venom, and kidnapping the Vice President. Now, Sony is developing a sequel, and Jolie is reportedly looking to once again play a Russian spy.
If that new clip from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 failed to effectively make you ponder the decade that we've spent with the cinematic incarnations of JK Rowling's beloved characters, then a fresh behind-the-scenes featurette will definitely make you feel the years. The video opens with the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone screen test of Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint, then moves through all seven films so far. After that, it even shows off some new footage from the Battle of Hogwarts. Watch, but be prepared to suddenly feel rather old.