Movie Exclusive – First Official Poster Revealed for the “Veronica Mars” Film

Fans of the television show Veronica Mars played a huge role in supporting a movie based on the show. Last year, director Rob Thomas and star Kristen Bell launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to produce a film that would bring the beloved character to the silver screen.

This campaign proved to be wildly successful and they have been busy with various aspects of production on the film ever since. Everything has moved quite quickly as filming has wrapped, it was named the Breakthrough: Film at the 2014 CES convention, it has a premiere lined up at the SXSW Festival, and a trailer was recently released:

Yahoo! Movies also exclusively released a new poster for the film featuring Bell and her co-stars as their iconic characters from the show. Actors Chris Lowell, Jason Dohring, Ryan Hansen, Krysten Ritter, Percy Daggs III, Tina Majorino, Francis Capra, Ken Marino, and Enrico Colantoni are all returning to their original characters from the show. Actress Andrea Estella will be replacing Leighton Meester as Carrie Bishop. Plus, James Franco and Justin Long are rumored to have cameo appearances.

In the movie, Veronica is about to graduate from law school when she finds herself being called back into the world of private investigating. Her ex-boyfriend Logan (Dohring) is being accused of murder and she takes it upon herself to find out why. Veronica Mars is set to hit theaters on March 14, 2014.

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Source: Yahoo! Movies and YouTube

Film Festival Coverage – Official Schedule and Guest List Released for TIFF

One of the biggest film events of the year, and the biggest film event in Canada, is the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)! So far it looks like it is going to be an amazing festival and a recently announced lineup revealed there are some highly anticipated films set to premiere.

Today there were some exciting new announcements made regarding the official schedule and the stars that will be attending the festival. The Toronto International Film Festival website has the official schedule available for you to download and read through here. On the first day of the festival, films such as Blue is The Warmest Colour, The Big Chill, Unbeatable, The Fifth Estate are premiering.

Entertainment Tonight Canada shared the exclusive guest list and announced who would be attending the prestigious  festival.  As it is every year, the TIFF Red Carpet is going to be absolutely star-studded. The guest list includes, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jessica Chastain, Michael Fassbender, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, Glenn Close, Marion Cotillard, Alice Cooper, Liam Neeson, Jessica Lange, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zac Efron, Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, James Franco, Chris Hemsworth, Matthew McConaughey, Colin Firth, Jennifer Garner, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, Nicole Kidman, Keira Knightley, Mila Kunis, Jude Law, Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo, Susan Sarandon, Emma Thompson, Mia Wasikowska, Daniel Radcliffe, and Owen Wilson.

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There will also be many directors, producers, and other production team members present at the festival to support their work. Some of the directors that are on the guest list include Atom Egoyan who directed Devil’s Knot and Jason Reitman who directed Labor Day. Paul Haggis will be attending to premiere his film Third Person and Oscar-winning director Ron Howard will be there to premiere his documentary Made in America. In addition to these talented directors, Jason Bateman will be debuting Bad Words and Ralph Finnes will be unveiling The Invisible Woman. Denis Villeneuve will show his film Enemy, Steve McQueen has 12 Years A Slave already generating buzz, and Eli Roth will bring The Green Inferno. Finally, Bill Condon has claim to the opening spot of the festival for his highly awaited and controversial film, The Fifth Estate.

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Be sure to tune in for more exclusive coverage of TIFF! Are you looking forward to the festival? Are you surprised by this year’s guest list? Are you interested in seeing any of the films that will be premiering at the festival? 

Source: Entertainment Tonight Canada and TIFF.net

Cannes 2013 – Red Carpet Photos from “As I Lay Dying” Photocall and Premiere

Actor James Franco is always on the go and is seemingly always trying to accomplish the impossible. Franco’s most recent project is a film adaptation of William Faulkner’s novel, As I Lay Dying. 

Not only did Franco star in this film as one of the male lead characters, Darl Bundren, he directed it and wrote the screenplay. This adaptation also stars Beth Grant, Ahna O’Reilly, Tin Blake Nelson, Danny McBride, Logan Marshall-Green, Jim Parrack, and Jesse Heiman.

As I Lay Dying premiered yesterday at the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival and Franco, Grant, O’Reilly, and Nelson were present for a photocall and premiere event. If you have not seen the trailer for this movie yet, be sure to check it out here.

Have you been following all the events at this year’s Cannes Film Festival? What do you think of the fashion on the red carpet so far? Would you be interested in seeing As I Lay Dying?

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Tim Blake Nelson, Ahna O’Reilly, James Franco, and Beth Grant

Sourcea: IMDbPro and YouTube

Film Festival Coverage – 2013 Cannes Film Festival Lineup

Entertainment Tonight Canada recently shared a full list of the 66th annual Cannes Film Festival lineup. This year is a big year at the festival because some major stars are going to be showing up and some highly anticipated films are going to be premiering. For instance, The Great Gatsby will be opening the festival on May 15 and The Bling Ring will be opening the Un Certain Regard program of the festival.

In addition, Steven Soderbergh’s HBO miniseries, Behind The Candelabra will be premiering and competing at the festival along with several other films and shows.

Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives, featuring Ryan Gosling as a British gangster set in Bangkok’s criminal underworld, will be competing. Inside Llewyn Davis, starring Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake and directed by the Coen brothers, will also be competing.

Two other films competing include director Alexander Payne’s comedy, Nebraska, starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte and James Gray’s drama set in the 1920s, The Immigrant, starring Jeremy Renner, Joaquin Phoenix and Marion Cotillard.  The festival takes place in Cannes, France from May 15 to May 26. Take a look at the full lineup for the 2013 Cannes Film Festival below:

OPENER
The Great Gatsby (Baz Luhrmann)

COMPETITION
Behind the Candelabra (Steven Soderbergh)
Borgman (Alex van Warmerdam)
The Great Beauty (Paolo Sorrentino)
Grigris (Mahamet Saleh-Haroun)
Heli (Amat Escalante)
The Immigrant (James Gray)
Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel and Ethan Coen)
Jeune et jolie (Francois Ozon)
Jimmy P. (Arnaud Desplechin)
La Vie d’Adele (Abdellatif Kechiche)
Like Father, Like Son (Hirokazu Kore-eda)
Michael Kohlhaas (Arnaud des Pallieres)
Nebraska (Alexander Payne)
Only God Forgives (Nicolas Winding Refn)
The Past (Asghar Farhadi)
Straw Shield (Takashi Miike)
A Touch of Sin (Jia Zhangke)
Un chateau en Italie (Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi)
Venus in Fur (Roman Polanski)

OUT OF COMPETITION
All Is Lost (J.C. Chandor)
Blood Ties (Guillaume Canet)

UN CERTAIN REGARD
• OPENER: The Bling Ring (Sofia Coppola)
Anonymous (Mohammad Rasoulof)
As I Lay Dying (James Franco)
The Bastards (Claire Denis)
Bends (Flora Lau)
Death March (Adolfo Alix Jr.)
Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler)
Grand Central (Rebecca Zlotowski)
La Jaula de Oro (Diego Quemada-Diez)
L’image manquante (Rithy Panh)
L’inconnu du lac (Alain Guiraudie)
Miele (Valeria Golino)
Norte, hangganan ng kasaysayan (Lav Diaz)
Omar (Hany Abu-Assad)
Sarah prefere la course (Chloe Robichaud)

MIDNIGHT SCREENINGS
Blind Detective (Johnnie To)
Monsoon Shootout (Amit Kumar)

HOMAGE TO JERRY LEWIS
Max Rose (Daniel Noah)

SPECIAL SCREENINGS
Bite the Dust (Taisia Igumentseva)
Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight (Stephen Frears)
Seduced and Abandoned (James Toback)
Stop the Pounding Heart (Roberto Minervini)
Weekend of a Champion (Roman Polanski)

GALA SCREENING IN HONOR OF INDIA
Bombay Talkies (Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar, Karan Johar)

CLOSER
Zulu (Jerome Salle)

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Source: Entertainment Tonight Canada

Sundance 2013 – “Entertainment Weekly” Star Portraits – Day Two!

As the Sundance Film Festival underway, Entertainment Weekly has released portraits of the stars, directors, and producers that attended day two of the festival. Stars that attended include Jessica Biel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Franco, Matthew McConaughey, Elisabeth Moss, and Holly Hunter. Check out the portraits in the gallery below:

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Movie MegaPost – Sundance Film Festival 2013 – Films to Watch For

The 2013 Sundance Film Festival is in full swing and will be going on until January 27! Entertainment Weekly writer Anthony Breznican has shared a list of thirteen (13) films from the festival that he thinks we should keep an eye on during 2013. Here is the list of films with their official synopsis’ and cast list:

1. The Way, Way Back 

Director: Nat Faxon

Cast: Steve Carell, AnnaSophia Robb, Sam Rockwell, Toni Collette, Maya Rudolph, Rob Corddry, Amanda Peet, and Robert Capron.

Synopsis: “Over the course of his summer break, a teenager comes into his own thanks in part to the friendship he strikes up with one of the park’s managers.”

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2. Austenland

Director: Jerusha Hess

Cast: Kerri Russell, JJ Field, Jennifer Coolidge, Bret McKenzie, Jane Seymour, Georgia King, and James Callis.

Synopsis: “Austenland is a romantic comedy about 30-something, single Jane Hayes, a seemingly normal young woman with a secret: her obsession with Mr. Darcy-as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice-is ruining her love life; no real man can compare. But when she decides to spend her life savings on a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-crazed women, Jane’s fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become more real than she ever could have imagined.”

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3. Breathe In

Director: Drake Doremus

Cast: Guy Pearce, Felicity Jones, Kyle MacLachlan, Amy Ryan, Alexandra Wentworth, Lucy Davenport, and Hugo Becker.

Synopsis: “When a foreign exchange student arrives in a small upstate New York town, she challenges the dynamics of her host family’s relationships and alters their lives forever.”

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4. Blue Caprice

Director: Alexandre Moors

Cast: Isaiah Washington, Tim Blake Nelson, Joey Lauren Adams, Al Sapienza, Cassandra Freeman, and Leo Fitzpatrick.

Synopsis: “A narrative feature film inspired by the events known as the Beltway sniper attacks.”

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5. The Spectacular Now

Director: James Ponsoldt

Cast: Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kyle Chandler, Brie Larson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Dayo Okeniyi.

Synopsis: “Based off of the coming of age novel The Spectacular Now by Tim Sharp, this film follows Sutter (Teller) and Aimee (Woodley) on their journey of self-discovery and first love.”

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6. Upstream Color

Director: Shane Carruth

Cast: Shane Carruth, Andrew Sensenig, Brina Palencia, Amy Semietz, Trey Walpole, Juli Erickson, Lynn Backburn, Frank Mosley, and Ted Ferguson.

Synopsis: “A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives.”

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7. Before Midnight

Director: Richard Linklater

Cast: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick, Ariane Labed, and Athina Rachel Tsangari.

Synopsis: “We meet Jesse and Celine nine years on in Greece. Almost two decades have passed since their first meeting on that train bound for Vienna.”

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8. Lovelace

Director: Rob Epstein

Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Juno Temple, Sharon Stone, Robert Patrick, Chris North, Adam Brody, Hank Azaria, Wes Bentley, and James Franco.

Synopsis: “Story of Linda Lovelace, who is used and abused by the porn industry at the behest of her coercive husband, before taking control of her life.”

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9. Prince Avalanche 

Director: David Gordon Green

Cast: Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch, Lance LeGault, Joyce Payne, Gina Grande, and Lynn Shelton.

Synopsis: “Two highway road workers spend the summer of 1988 away from their city lives. The isolated landscape becomes a place of misadventure as the men find themselves at odds with each other and the women they left behind.”

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10. Don Jon’s Addiction 

Director: Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Brie Larson, Tony Danza, Rob Brown, Lindsey Broad, Italia Ricci, Antoinette Kalaj, and Amanda Perez.

Synopsis: “The journey of a contemporary, porn-addicted Don Juan-type as he attempts to become less selfish.”

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11. In a World… 

Director: Lake Bell

Cast: Lake Bell, Fred Melamed, Demetri Martin, Michaela Watkins, Ken Marino, Rob Corddry, Alexandra Holden, Geena Davis, Stephanie Allynne, and Jeff Garlin.

Synopsis: “An underachieving vocal coach is motivated by her father, the king of movie-trailer voice-overs, to pursue her aspirations of becoming a voiceover star. Amidst pride, sexism and family dysfunction, she sets out to change the voice of a generation.”

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12. Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes 

Director: Francesca Gregorini

Cast: Jessica Biel, Kaya Scodelario, Alfred Molina, Jimmi Simpson, Frances O’Connor, Sam Jaeger, Anne Ramsay, Aneurin Barnard, Spencer Garrett, and Kevin McCorkle.

Synopsis: “A troubled girl (Emanuel) becomes preoccupied with her mysterious new neighbor (Linda), who bears a striking resemblance to her dead mother. In offering to baby-sit Linda’s newborn, Emanuel unwittingly enters a fragile, fictional world, of which she becomes the gatekeeper.”

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13. Two Mothers

Director: Anne Fontaine

Cast: Naomi Watts, Robin Wright, Ben Mendelsohn, Xavier Samuel, James Frecheville, Sophie Lowe, and Gary Sweet.

Synopsis: “A pair of childhood friends and neighbors fall for each other’s sons.”

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Do you think you will be interested in any of these films? Do you think any of these films will be successful at the festival or in the theaters? Have you been following everything that is going on at Sundance 2013 so far? Take a look at what Entertainment Weekly writer Anthony Breznican had to say about all of these films here.

Sources: Entertainment Weekly and IMDbPro (for the film synopses)

Trailer and Photos – “Oz the Great and Powerful”

The first official trailer has been released for Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful. This reinterpretation is directed by Sam Raimi and includes a cast with actors such as James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, and Zach Braff.

Here is a link to the trailer: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/disney/ozthegreatandpowerful/

Entertainment Weekly has also gone through and “dissected” the trailer and released some photos: http://www.ew.com/ew/gallery/0,,20399642_20611436,00.html

When Oscar Diggs (Franco), a small-time circus magician is hurled away from Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s in the right place and he will be able to gain fame and fortune, that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Kunis), Evanora (Weisz) and Glinda (Williams). These three witches are not convinced he is the great wizard that everyone has been expecting. Oscar is reluctantly drawn into the problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants and he must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity–and even a bit of wizardry–Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well. Look for this film to hit theaters March 8, 2013.

What do you think of this trailer? What do you think of this unique take on the classic Wizard of Oz story?

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Sources: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/disney/ozthegreatandpowerful/ and http://www.ew.com/ew/gallery/0,,20399642_20611436,00.html