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Barry Jenkins to Write and Direct Underground Railroad Drama for Amazon Studios

After his directorial break-through Moonlight picked up three Oscars, including Best Picture, and became the highest-grossing film in A24’s library so far, Barry Jenkins is now looking for his next project — and it won’t be on the big screen. It’s been known since last fall that Jenkins would be involved with an adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s best-selling book, […]

Trailer for ‘The Beach Boys: Making Pet Sounds’ Explores the Creation of a Landmark Album

After getting an impressive biopic with Love & Mercy a few years ago, Brian Wilson is back in a new documentary on the formation of The Beach Boys‘ classic album “Pet Sounds.” Aptly named The Beach Boys: Making Pet Sounds, the film goes behind-the-scenes with interviews from the album’s creators, Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine and Bruce Johnston, as […]

The Film Stage Show Ep. 233 – Song to Song

Welcome, one and all, to the newest episode of The Film Stage Show! This week, I am joined by Michael Snydel and Nick Newman to discuss Terrence Malick‘s Austin-set, music-centered drama Song to Song, starring Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender, and Natalie Portman. Subscribe on iTunes or see below to stream download (right-click and save as…). M4A: The […]

Trailer for Hou Hsiao-hsien’s Restored 1987 Drama ‘Daughter of the Nile’

He’s one of the most praised directors of international cinema, but Hou Hsiao-hsien‘s films haven’t always received a substantial (or even negligible) release here in the United States. With his last film, the quiet epic The Assassin — which he picked up Best Director at Cannes for — getting a proper roll-out here, we hope it provokes […]

Passion Ensues in Trailer for Romantic Drama ‘Below Her Mouth’

A steamy trailer has arrived for Below Her Mouth, the latest drama from actor-turned-director April Mullen. Penned by Stephanie Fabrizi, the film follows Jasmine (Natalie Krill), a successful fashion editor who has a stable relationship until she meets Dallas (Erika Linder) at a club. Though she rejects Dallas’ dogged confidence, she cannot seem to shake the surprise she has been […]

Wyatt Russell and Alex Karpovsky Go on Tour in Trailer for ‘Folk Hero & Funny Guy’

After impressing in 22 Jump Street and Everybody Wants Some!!, Wyatt Russell has teamed with Girls star Alex Karpovsky for a new indie comedy. Folk Hero & Funny Guy, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival last fall, follows the two characters as they head out on a a comedy/music tour. Ahead of a release this […]

Brie Larson Will Portray Victoria Woodhull, Nicole Kidman and Steve Carell Join ‘She Came To Me’ & More

Following her big-budget debut in Kong: Skull Island, Brie Larson will have some more genre fun in Free Fire later this spring, but she’ll soon return to more independent dramatic fare. Deadline reports that Larson is prepping Victoria Woodhull, which has been picked up by Amazon Studios. Following the first female candidate for presidency of the United States, Larson is […]

Jake Gyllenhaal to Lead ‘The Anarchists vs ISIS,’ ‘Swiss Army Man’ Directors Find Next Film & More

With their pulpy, entertaining sci-fi film Life now in theaters, star Jake Gyllenhaal and director Daniel Espinosa are already set to re-team for another cinematic outing. According to The Tracking Board, the pair are set to adapt an article by Rolling Stone about a group of Americans who fight alongside the YPG against ISIS. Titled The Anarchists vs ISIS, Gyllenhaal will lead the project, along as joining […]

Review: ‘CHiPs’ is a Frantic, Lowbrow Action-Comedy

Theatrical ReviewWarner Brothers; 100 minutes Director: Dax Shepard Written by John Fink on March 24, 2017  Borrowing character names and a few elements from the Larry Wilcox- and Erik Estrada-led television drama CHiPs, Dax Shepard’s remake feels more like a big-budget reboot of his delightful shit-kicking action comedy Hit and Run. His sophomore feature as a director delivers, […]

‘Prevenge’ Director Alice Lowe on Injustice, Releasing Her Fears, and Recreating Hell

Alice Lowe has long been known to fans of offbeat British comedy for some time, having starred in Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, Sightseers (which she also co-wrote), and more. Now her directorial debut, Prevenge, is hitting U.S. theaters. Featuring Lowe as a pregnant woman (with no need of a prosthetic belly, since she was actually pregnant […]