New Trailer for Aussie Drama ‘Felony’ Starring Joel Edgerton and Tom Wilkinson

felony-4Actor Joel Edgerton stars and penned the script for Felony, an Australian thriller directed by Matthew Saville, about a detective (Edgerton) involved in a tragic accident. Enter two detectives, Tom Wilkinson and Jai Courtney, with conflicting motives and you’ve got yourself a tense little drama.

Melissa George co-stars in the film that had its worldwide premiere at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival and will open in Australia on August 28th.

Unfortunately, we do not have a release date for the US as of this moment, but I feel and hope this will change.

Check out the new trailer:

Warner Bros. To Release Deluxe Uber-Editions of Library Titles

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For those completist folks out there, Warner Bros. announced they will be repackaging some not-so-old classics as Diamond Luxe Editions.  These Blu-ray editions boast swanky new slim-case packaging, new bonus features and a list price of $24.98.  Some of the films slated for the packaging makeover are The Green Mile, Ben-Hur, Natural Born Killers, Forrest Gump and Gremlins.

The titles will begin hitting stores on September 30th.  Here’s a breakdown of the bonus features:

The Green Mile: 15th Anniversary Edition

  • Walking the Mile (New Extended Version): High-def documentary feature with Tom Hanks, Frank Darabont, Stephen King, and Mr. Jingles, the mouse
  • Audio Commentary by Frank Darabont
  • The Teaser Trailer: A Case Study
  • Walking the Mile: The Making of The Green Mile
  • Miracles and Mystery – Creating the Green Mile:
    • Stephen King: Storyteller
    • The Art of Adaptation
    • Acting on the Mile
    • Designing the Mile
    • The Magic of the Mile
    • The Tail of Mr. Jingles
  • Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Frank Darabont
  • Michael Clarke Duncan’s Screen Test
  • Tom Hank’s Makeup Test
  • Teaser
  • Trailer

Natural Born Killers: 20th Anniversary Edition

  • Natural Born Killers: Method In The Madness (New)
  • Audio Commentaries by Oliver Stone (Theatrical version and Director’s Cut)
  • Introduction by Oliver Stone (2009)
  • Natural Born Killers Evolution: How Would It All Go Down Now?
  • Chaos Rising: The Storm Around Natural Born Killers
  • “The Charlie Rose Show”
  • Alternate Ending With Optional Commentary by Oliver Stone
  • Alternate Ending
  • Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Oliver Stone
  • Trailer

Forrest Gump: 20th Anniversary Edition

  • Greenbow Diary
  • The Art of Screenplay Adaptation
  • Little Forrest
  • An Evening with Forrest Gump
  • Easter Egg: Groom on Gump
  • The Make-up of Forrest Gump
  • Through the Ears of Forrest Gump – Sound Design
  • Building The World of Forrest Gump
  • Seeing is Believing – The Visual Effects of Forrest Gump
  • Screen Tests
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Remember Trailer

Gremlins: 30th Anniversary Edition

  • From Gizmo to Gremlins: Creating the Creatures (New) – Special effects wizard Chris Walas plus the filmmakers and cast guide us through the art of creating Gremlins, Gizmo and Stripe, how the puppets worked (or didn’t!) and how their voices came to be.
  • Cute. Clever. Mischievous. Intelligent. Dangerous: Making Gremlins (New) – Steven Spielberg tells how he found the screenplay for Gremlins and why it was perfect for his then-new company Amblin Entertainment. Dante, Marshall and Finnell also participate.
  • Motion Comic of the 1984 Book “Gremlins: The Gift of the Mogwai” (New)
  • Motion Comic of the 1984 Book “The Last Gremlin” (New)
  • Hangin’ With Hoyt on the Set of Gremlins (New)

Ben Hur: 55th Anniversary Edition

  • Commentary by film historian T. Gene Hatcher and Charlton Heston
  • Feature Length Documentary: Charlton Heston & Ben-Hur: A Personal Journey – Retrospective on the Ben-Hur star, written and directed by his son Fraser C. Heston, featuring never-before-available images and footage from the Heston family archives
  • The 1925 Silent Version: Thames Television
  • Restoration with Stereophonic Orchestral Score by Carl Davis
  • The Epic That Changed Cinema
  • The Making of an Epic
  • A Journey Through Pictures: Audiovisual recreation via stills, storyboards, sketches, music and dialogue
  • Screen Tests
  • Highlights from the 1960 Academy Awards® Telecast
  • Newsreels

Harlan Ellison Scripted Episode of ‘The Outer Limits’ to get Feature Release

oltitleAccording to The Hollywood Reporter, Scott Derrickson (Sinister/Marvel’s Doctor Strange) and C. Robert Cargill have signed up to pen the script for a feature film based on a single episode of “The Outer Limits” television series that ran in the 1960’s.

“Demon With a Glass Hand”, written by science-fiction scribe and legend Harlan Ellison, received two awards back in the day: the 1965 Writers Guild of America Award for Outstanding Script for a Television Anthology and the 1972 Georges Melies Fantasy Film Award for Outstanding Cinematic Achievement in Science Fiction Television.

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The episode focuses on a man with no memory of his life before the past ten days and whose hand has been removed and replaced by an advanced hand-shaped computer. The machine demands that three of the fingers (now missing) be reattached before the man will be told what has happened to him and why he is being hunted by a group of humanoid aliens, the Kyben.

New Trailer for Simon Pegg’s ‘Hector and the Search for Happiness’

hector-and-the-search-for-happiness-simon-pegg-stellan-skarsgardLooks like this fine day has graced us with a new trailer for Simon Pegg’s new film, Hector and the Search for Happiness, slated for release in the US on September 19th.

Christopher Plummer, Rosamund Pike, Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgård, and Jean Reno join Mr. Pegg in what appears an inspirational tale of a psychiatrist struck with a bad case of the blues and sets off to explore the world with hopes of finding true happiness (I bet you he finds it, but it’s not where he think it is).

Because Simon Pegg appears to be a truly good guy in a sea of clueless nutters, any film he is in is worth mentioning in my book. So, here we are.

Enjoy.

Film Preservation and Silents are Showcased with Flicker Alley’s Blu-Ray Release ‘We’re In The Movies’

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Flicker Alley has impressed me yet again with the announcement of their Blu-Ray/DVD combo entitled We’re In The Movies: Palace of Silents and Itinerant Filmmaking.  The two-fer release includes the 2010 documentary Palace of Silents: The Silent Movie Theater in Los Angeles and the 1983 documentary When You Wore a Tulip and I Wore a Big Red Rose.  Slated for release on July 22nd, the combo also includes 5 bonus movies from itinerant and local filmmakers.

From Flicker Alley:

“Palace of Silents: The Silent Movie Theatre in Los Angeles (2010)

On Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles there is a 150-seat movie theater that for over sixty-eight years has doggedly dedicated itself to the exhibition of silent films. Built in 1942 by maverick film preservationist and collector John Hampton, the theater championed silent film at the very moment when the Hollywood studios across town were busily destroying their nitrate inventories. With hard chairs, phonograph-record accompaniments, and mostly original vintage prints, the dingy mom-and-pop operation was nonetheless a palace to the fanatical few who became its loyal audience. Through the theater’s tumultuous years of operation, its owners and employees have struggled to keep a cherished art form alive, often paying a heavy price in the personal tragedies that have stemmed from this struggle: obscurity, financial ruin, and even murder.

Through interviews, archival footage and detailed research, Palace of Silents reveals the touching, twisted, and bloody history of one independent theater’s successful attempt to stubbornly buck every cinematic trend in the hometown of American cinema.

When You Wore a Tulip and I Wore a Big Red Rose (1983)

In the early 1980s, documentary filmmaker Stephen Schaller was instrumental in the rediscovery and restoration of The Lumberjack (1914), the oldest surviving film made in Wisconsin, and produced by a group of itinerant filmmakers who traveled from town to town making “local talent” pictures. Schaller’s lovely and sometimes deeply emotional, 63-minute journal/essay film offers a look at the making of the Wausau, Wisconsin classic, including interviews with the one surviving cast member and the relatives of others who appeared in the movie. His investigation includes moving remembrances of the people and town of Wausau as it was, and even reveals the on-set accidental death of one of The Lumberjack‘s top cameramen. More than just a piece of local history, When You Wore a Tulip is also of interest to anyone who cares about film history and preservation. Discovering Schaller’s gentle, artful movie is just as exciting as finding a lost family album.”

Be sure to pre-order your copy through the Flicker Alley website, here.  Also check out the trailer for the release below.

 

Criterion Announces David Lynch’s ‘Eraserhead’ as September 2014 Release

eraserhead3Good news abounds for Lynchians! The Criterion Collection has just released information concerning their September 16th release of David Lynch’s “Eraserhead” on Blu-ray and DVD.

Criterion writes: “David Lynch’s 1977 debut feature, Eraserhead, is both a lasting cult sensation and a work of extraordinary craft and beauty. With its mesmerizing black-and-white photography by Frederick Elmes, evocative sound design, and unforgettably enigmatic performance by Jack Nance, this visionary nocturnal odyssey remains one of American cinema’s darkest dreams.”

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Film Info:
United States
1977
85 minutes
Black and White
1.85:1
English

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Disc Features:
DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray
“Eraserhead” Stories, a 2001 documentary by David Lynch on the making of the film
New high-definition restorations of six short films by Lynch: Six Figures Getting Sick (1966), The Alphabet (1968), The Grandmother (1970), The Amputee, Part 1 and Part 2 (1974), and Premonitions Following an Evil Deed (1996), all with video introductions by Lynch
New and archival interviews with cast and crew
Trailer

New cover by Sam Weber

For more information about the release and to pre-order, visit The Criterion Collection.

Hitchhiking Through New York City With John Waters: (Mark Yarm) Vulture

a_560x375 In the wake of his June 3rd release of Carsick, a book chronicling his May 2002 cross-country hitchhiking trip from Baltimore to San Francisco, John Waters, the irrepressible and gloriously gaudy god of filth joins with Mark Yarm for a jaunt around New York City.

Yarm writes: ““CAN YOU HITCHHIKE IN NYC?” It’s morning rush hour in Manhattan in early May, and John Waters is showing off one of three cardboard signs he’s prepared for an attempt at doing just that. “But I’m going to start with the snobby one” — one side simply reads “FRICK COLLECTION” — “because we’re in tony, historic Greenwich Village,” he says…

“I gotta be back here at noon, so we might just stand there the whole time,” Waters says. “In the book, I stood waiting ten hours one day.”

The infamously pencil-mustached Waters is referring to his latest project, Carsick, which FSG published on June 3…“I wanted an adventure,” the 68-year-old director explains. “Because my life is so controlled and planned.” Over the course of Carsick’s nine-day journey, Waters thumbs rides with everyone from a minister’s wife to a coal miner to a young Republican councilman (twice) to Brooklyn indie-rockers Here We Go Magic, whose social-media report of the experience went viral.

The only place in the country Waters has never yet succeeded hitching is Manhattan, which is why he’s intent on trying again today. “I used to stand in front of the Holland Tunnel tollbooth in the ’60s, and no one would ever pick me up,” he says…“It’s very different hitchhiking when you’re 16 and when you’re 66,” says Waters. “I didn’t have any rabid gerontophiliacs pick me up.” He imagines what could go most wrong on our trip uptown. “The worst case scenario would be someone that didn’t speak the language, so we couldn’t really tell what they were doing,” Waters says. “But immediately the locks go down. And it smells. We ride one block, and they turn around and blow both our heads off.”

Read more of Yarm and Waters here.