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Watch: Eva Green Goes Missing In First Trailer For 'White Bird In A Blizzard' With Shailene Woodley

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 13, 2013 9:24 AM
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Who is left to guide you if your parents disappear? That seems to be the central question of the latest from Gregg Araki, "White Bird In A Blizzard," with the first teaser trailer arriving and promising a slightly more surreal take on the traditional coming-of-age story.

First Images Of Shailene Woodley, Eva Green & Gabourey Sidibe In Gregg Araki's 'White Bird In A Blizzard'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 18, 2013 6:09 PM
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It's almost hard to believe but in less than two months all eyes will be on the Sundance Film Festival where an entire year's worth of new indies will be unveiled for everyone to get excited for in 2014. While the lineup has yet to be revealed it's probably a safe bet that Gregg Araki's next effort, "White Bird In A Blizzard" will be there. Once again he brings together a fascinating cast for an unlikely tale.

Watch: Full Length Trailer For 'Divergent' Arrives, Will It Be The Next YA Sensation?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 13, 2013 11:42 AM
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Divergent
With superlatives like "the 'Empire Strikes Back' of young adult adaptations" being thrown around for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," do any other YA adaptations stand a chance? Certainly, there have been comers like "Beautiful Creatures" and "The Host," which both flopped, while "The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones" seems to be getting a sequel mostly because the property rights are there to be exploited. But next year's "Divergent" is certainly aiming high with a campaign worthy of Panem. But as always, it's the fanbase they need to support the movie, but will the welcome the tweaks being made to Veronica Roth's source material?

'12 Years A Slave' Leads Gotham Award Nominees; 'Inside Llewyn Davis, 'Upstream Color' & More Earn Nods

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 24, 2013 10:44 AM
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12 Years A Slave
... and here we go. Even though we're not even in November, and with two more months of movies and awards season contenders to come, the Gotham Independent Film Awards have announced their nominees for 2013. While this may be "the first major awards ceremony of the film season," the real accomplishment here is shining a light on the kind of well-made, acclaimed movies that will unfortunately be forgotten as the heavier hitters with more money behind them elbow their way to the Dolby Theater in February.

Tommy Lee Jones To Remake 'The Cowboys,' Tom Hanks' 'Hologram' Gets Ready To Shoot & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 6, 2013 4:30 PM
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With the Toronto International Film Festival in full swing, all sorts of deals are being made and mended, and the news is coming fast and furiously, straight from the great white north. Predictably, we're doing all we can to keep up with the news, with a rundown that includes the start date for Tom Hanks' next feature, a big time cast member joining David Gordon Green's "Manglehorn," information on Tommy Lee Jones' next directorial project, a legendary name lending a hand to Elijah Wood's new horror movie and word that a creepy old dude will be joining a young adult novel adaptation.

Ryan Gosling, Garrett Hedlund & Shailene Woodley Among The Actors Who Passed On 'Fifty Shades'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 5, 2013 10:25 AM
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To an actor, a franchise is an attractive thing: it could mean years (maybe even decades) of solid, dependable work, with each subsequent installment usually incentivized to some degree and with the sense of community and family growing with each outing (many of the "Harry Potter" actors, both young and old, equated the experience to going back to school). In the mad scramble for big studio parts, a franchise is a sturdily proven gig. Which makes actors who pass on potential franchises somewhat baffling (remember when Josh Hartnett was repeatedly courted for Superman?)... Yet pass they do. While Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson ended up scoring the pivotal leads in "Fifty Shades of Grey," a number of Hollywood's elite passed on the project. Franchise schmanchise.

Watch: First Teaser Trailer For 'Divergent' Leaps Online, Is It The Next 'Twilight' Or 'Hunger Games'?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 25, 2013 8:44 PM
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With "Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" joining "The Host" and "Beautiful Creatures" on the YA franchise woodpile, Summit Entertainment are hoping they've figured out the secret recipe for franchise success with "Divergent." Have they got it? Well, they're trying damn hard to get right to the core audience.

Watch: Super Brief Teaser For 'Divergent' Starring Shailene Woodley

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 22, 2013 3:50 PM
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Shailene Woodley, Divergent
With Vine and Instagram clips suddenly becoming a new thing, it seems everyone loves super brief videos. Especially marketing teams. Why bother fussing over cuts of a proper trailer when you can just smash together a few seconds of footage and put it online? And so, here we are...

Watch: 2 New Clips & Photos Of 'The Spectacular Now'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 5, 2013 6:32 PM
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The Spectacular Now
Given their volume, scope and scale, studio blockbusters naturally consume the moviegoing conversation every summer, and a good chunk of the audiences' money. But given the iffy quality of this season's tentpoles ("The Lone Ranger," "The Hangover Part III," "After Earth," "The Wolverine" et al), 2013 is likely going to go down as the summer when the indie alternatives made for much richer options. Just look at August, it's overflowing with good indie choices, and one of them likely to long outlive the lifespan of fare like, "Red 2," "R.I.P.D." and "White House Down" is James Ponsoldt's "The Spectacular Now." A smart, well-observed and sensitive coming-of-age film, the movie also boasts two terrific performances by up and comers Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley (and note it has a fairly rare 90% Rotten Tomatoes score; check out our Sundance review here).

Review: James Ponsoldt's 'The Spectacular Now' Starring Shailene Woodley & Miles Teller

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • August 1, 2013 7:05 PM
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The Spectacular Now
Sutter Keely (Miles Teller) is the charming, good time guy who lives in the moment. Self-assured, he’s the life of the party, popular, and he and his girlfriend Cassidy (Brie Larson) breeze through their high school experience. Sutter and Cassidy are like a teenage power couple that rule parties thanks to their appeal and all the social lubricants at hand. But, writing an admission letter to the Dean of a university, Sutter reveals his life is at a crossroads. Thinking she's caught him with another girl, Cassidy has dumped him, when the truth is that Sutter was using his good-time skills to help get his timid friend Ricky (Masam Holden) laid. But Cassidy isn’t having it and Sutter can’t see why this is the straw that broke the camel’s back with her.

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