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Left Behind Reboot Is Like Nothing Nicolas Cage Has Ever Done Before

10:21 PM 4/7/2014 by Fred Topel
Left Behind
Nicolas Cage has done a lot of things in movies. He’s stolen the Declaration of Independence, kidnapped babies, switched faces, broken into Alcatraz, broken out of hell three times, drank himself to death and more. So what hasn’t Nicolas Cage done on film yet? The new reboot of the Christian themed Left Behind book answers that question.

How Nacho Vigalondo Made 'Open Windows' On A Single Computer Screen

10:22 PM 3/23/2014 by Fred Topel
Sasha Grey in Open Windows
The director of Timecrimes had a big idea for his next film. What if the entire movie unfolds on a single computer screen? Open Windows stars Sasha Grey and Elijah Wood as an actress and her fan respectively, who are held hostage online by a hacker. With video feeds on both their ends, the hacker manipulates them by forcing him to watch what’s happening to her, while webcam shows us both characters in their own windows.

'Godzilla' Is Not A Sequel But It Begins In 1954

9:51 PM 3/23/2014 by Fred Topel
Godzilla
Godzilla is back, just in time for the 60th anniversary of the original Japanese film Gojira. The 2014 Godzilla is being directed by one of the biggest Gojira fans, Gareth Edwards. He previewed a scene at South by Southwest that showed his Godzilla facing off against a new monster called MUTO.

Ethan Hawke Explains 'Predestination' Confusion

9:40 PM 3/23/2014 by Fred Topel
Ethan Hawke in Predestination
Predestination is a time travel movie based on Robert Heinlein’s short story “All You Zombies.” We won’t spoil the real mind bending twists, but just imagine how confusing it can get when Ethan Hawke plays a time cop traveling between eras within his own lifetime. The film premiered at South by Southwest where Hawke took the stage to express his confusion.

'Neighbors' Is Part Buster Keaton, Part Gaspar Noe

9:17 PM 3/23/2014 by Fred Topel
Neighbors
When the upcoming summer comedy Neighbors premiered at the South by Southwest film festival, the cast and filmmakers answered some questions from fans who had just seen the film. These are a few spoilers from the movie, in which a fraternity moves in next door to a pair of new parents.

Zach Braff Knows You're Skeptical About His Kickstarter

11:37 PM 2/21/2014 by Fred Topel
Zach Braff for Wish I Was Here
When Zach Braff started a Kickstarter to fund his movie Wish I Was Here, he raised well over the $2 million budget he was asking, as well as raising eyebrows over a well-connected actor/director crowd sourcing his movie. When he took the stage after a Sundance screening of the finished Wish I Was Here, Braff explained the whole Kickstarter process.

Aaron Paul Couldn't Keep Track of Exodus Crew

11:14 PM 2/21/2014 by Fred Topel
Aaron Paul
After the finale of Breaking Bad, the first time viewers will see Aaron Paul again is behind the wheel of the action film Need for Speed. After that, he costars in director Ridley Scott’s biblical epic Exodus, which was so big, Paul said he couldn't keep track of the entire crew.

Richard Linklater Talks 12 Year Shoot for "Boyhood"

11:35 PM 2/11/2014 by Fred Topel
Ellar Coltrane at age 6 in Boyhood
Richard Linklater has always made films about character relationships, and even chronicled one relationship at three different points in the Before trilogy. His upcoming film Boyhood portrays a family over 12 years, and he actually filmed it over the course of 12 years. At the film’s Sundance premiere, Linklater revealed how he pulled it off.

Sundance Hit I Origins Director Talks Four Hour Cut, Science Concepts

2:06 AM 1/24/2014 by Fred Topel
I Origins
Once again, a Mike Cahill/Brit Marling movie premiered at Sundance and Fox Searchlight bought it for distribution. I Origins is an original script from the Another Earth co-writer and director with Marling playing a supporting role. Michael Pitt plays a scientist researching eyes who discovers a possible answer to great mysteries of life itself.

Kristen Stewart Goes Marine in Sundance Hit Camp X-Ray

2:00 AM 1/24/2014 by Fred Topel
Camp X-Ray
One of the first big buzz movies at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival is Camp X-Ray. Kristen Stewart stars as a woman who signs up for the military and gets stationed as a guard at Guantanamo Bay. At the Q&A following the film’s premiere, Stewart told the audience she learned from a real Marine.
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