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Outcast Trailer: Nicolas Cage and Hayden Christensen Go Medieval

Here's the trailer for Outcast, a period pic set in China starring Nicolas Cage and Hayden Christensen as ex-Crusades warriors who join forces to save the children of a deposed Chinese emperor from their evil uncle. Convoluted plot? Check. Nicolas Cage with a strange hairdo and an incomprehensible accent yelling things like "I am the White Ghost?" Check. Yep, this is definitely a Nic Cage movie.

Very Famous People to Lend Their Voices to New Jungle Book Movie

Yesterday, the news came out that Benedict Cumberbatch will be providing the voice of Shere Khan in the Andy Serkis–directed adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. Today, the rest of the cast was announced and, boy, are two of these people famous. The Hollywood Reporter reports Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett will provide the voice of animals. No, Bale is not going to voice a bat, sillies. He’ll be Bagheera, a panther and the human protagonist Mowgli’s guide through all the jungle bookery. Cate Blanchett will voice Kaa, the python who in the Disney cartoon constantly tries and fails to eat Mowgli. Rohan Chand, who co-starred in Jason Bateman’s Bad Words, will voice Mowgli. Serkis will play Baloo. The cast will also include Naomie Harris, Tom Hollander, Eddie Marsan, and Peter Mullan. It doesn’t look like anyone will play orangutan Louie, which is a shame because “I Want to Be Like You” is everything.

The One I Love Is a Fairly Conventional Dark Comedy in the Guise of Mind-Bending Sci-Fi

Note: The first paragraph of this review discusses a twist revealed early on in the movie.

In the funny-strange sci-fi psychodrama The One I Love, Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss play a foundering couple, Ethan and Sophie, whose attempt to recover the happiness in their marriage takes them—on the advice of a therapist played by Ted Danson—to an isolated country estate where they meet … themselves. Or, rather, each of them meets someone who looks exactly like the other but is warmer and more attentive. Is it a dream? A shared psychosis? A portal to another dimension? (The couple ruminate on all these possibilities themselves.) The more urgent question is: What do you do when your mate is clearly falling for the person you were rather than the person you are?

Moss takes the film to a higher, scarier level. »

Here Is Everything We Know About The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron

Following this month's Guardians of the Galaxy, there will be no more Marvel movies released until next May's Avengers: Age of Ultron. There is already a ton of info out there about what's in store for Marvel's dysfunctional superhero crew. Here's everything that's confirmed or all-but-confirmed.

When he signed on for Age of Ultron, Downey also signed on for Avengers 3. »

First Look at Paul Rudd in Ant-Man

Production started yesterday for the now Peyton Reed–directed Ant-Man, and already we have our first look at star Paul Rudd in character (courtesy of USA Today). He isn't dressed as Mr. Man, but Scott Lang, the hoodie-wearing hoodlum who eventually becomes the hero. Generally, he looks pretty tough, so good work, cameras and lighting. There are also like billions of ants in the photo, but you can't see them because they are ants and ants are small.

Benedict Cumberbatch to Voice Shere Khan in New Jungle Book

The Hollywood Reporter reports Benedict Cumberbatch has been cast to voice Shere Khan in the Warner Bros.' Andy Serkis–directed adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. This is not to be confused with Disney's Jon Favreau–directed TJB, in which Idris Elba will voice the tiger. With his experience as Smaug in The Hobbit movies, Cumberbatch has a head start in voicing a villain. Though just having a British accent is a head start.

Men, Women & Children Teaser: Adam Sandler Is Sad Because Technology

Have you ever thought, OMG, my inbox is literally going to kill me [scream-face emoticon]? Directed by Jason Reitman and starring Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, Emma Thompson, Judy Greer, Dean Norris, and Ansel Elgort, Men, Women & Children is about the means by which we communicate nowadays and what sort of shady stuff we use those means for. The film opens in limited release on October 3 and expands on October 17. Below is just the teaser, so we won't know everyone's deal until the official trailer comes, but it's safe to assume that at no point does a CGI deer piss all over Sandler and his family.

Ira Sachs’s Love Is Strange Attains a Strange State of Grace

Ira Sachs’s bittersweet winter-of-life romantic drama, Love Is Strange, is strangely titled. In the movie, it’s not love but New York real estate that’s strange—the result of an economy in which so many people are so few paychecks away from homelessness. Love is cozy, comfortable, normal. In the first scene, a gay couple, Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina), tie the knot after 39 years while their friends and relatives cheer, everyone giddy that the couple finally has the legal right to wed. The problem is that legal does not mean church-sanctioned—and George directs a Catholic-school choir. After he’s cast out of the job he loves, he and Ben (71, a retired painter) must sell their apartment (a 25 percent co-op “flip tax” kills them) and move in with whoever has the room to put them up. Now the affection of those wedding toasters will be tested. George settles in on the sofa of a pair of young gay cops, and Ben winds up in the bottom bunk in his sullen teenage nephew’s bedroom. As a consequence of marriage, they can no longer sleep side by side.

This is not an easy film to watch, given the general awkwardness. »

See a Supercut of Every Tarantino Movie Death

The trailer for Quentin Tarantino's new ensemble Western Hateful Eight is set to premiere during Sin City screenings this weekend, and knowing Tarantino, we've probably got a whole bunch of grisly and inventive new death scenes coming our way. In anticipation of the forthcoming bloodbath, Vimeo user Jaume R. Lloret took it upon himself to comb through all of Tarantino's past movies and compile every single death — every shooting, stabbing, ax to the forehead, hammer to the face, head slammed in a door, explosion, car crash, and five-point-palm exploding-heart technique — into this epic four-minute supercut. We hope you like gratuitous blood splatter!

What We Now Know About Star Wars: Episode VII (and What We Still Don’t)

Few directors place as high a premium on secret-keeping as J.J. Abrams, but the tight ship Abrams has so far captained on Star Wars: Episode VII sprung quite a few leaks late last week, when a flood of revealing plot details and leaked concept art hit the web. Abrams can't be happy about how much got out, but for Star Wars fans willing to wade into spoiler territory, this heady rush of new information should be just the thing to keep appetites whet until the film's December 2015 release date. What have we been able to piece together with some certainty about Episode VII, and what questions still remain unanswered? Let's dive deep into what we've learned since the movie started shooting, but be warned: Here come some big-ass spoilers.

All the leaks, rumors, and reports. »

Keanu Reeves Becomes Latest Movie Star to Get a Television Show

Deadline is reporting that Keanu Reeves will be executive producing and starring in a TV adaptation of author Barry Eisler's best-selling "Rain" series, which centers around John Rain, a hit man whose specialty is making his victims look like they died of natural causes. Reeves will be working with fellow executive producers and stuntmen turned directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, who recently directed him in the upcoming John Wick, which is a movie also about a hit man. I guess everyone's properly prepped!

Will Smith Does the ‘Jump on It’ Dance, Enjoys ‘Thong Song,’ Has the Time of His Life in Vegas

Will Smith's son Trey (or DJ Ace) let his dad hang out with him while he worked a Vegas pool party on Friday. But being the Cool Dad that he is, Papa Smith had to go and show off, performing "Summertime" and doing the "Jump on It" dance — which might just take you back a bit.

  • Posted 8/18/14 at 1:10 AM
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Dumb and Dumber To Posters Spoof Lucy

The posters for Luc Besson's Lucy asked what Scar-Jo could do if she used 100 percent of her brain capacity (answer: She could do a lot!) Meanwhile, the spoofy new Dumb and Dumber To posters — which Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey tweeted out earlier this week — ask what Harry and Lloyd could do with just 1 percent of their brains. Because they're dumb, get it?

Chris Pratt Tries to Avoid Ice-Bucket Challenge, Fails

It was only a matter of time, really: The internet's two new favorite things, the ALS ice-bucket challenge and Chris Pratt, have joined forces. While Pratt originally tried to forgo the bucket in place of an Ice Vodka/Smirnoff Ice chug (so retro!), his wife, Anna Faris, wasn't going to let him get off that easily. Watch and try to resist his charms.

Alexander Skarsgård on The Giver, True Blood, and the Sack of Destiny

As the oldest of eight siblings, Alexander Skarsgård has always had a way with kids, which may have helped him on the set of The Giveran adaptation of Lois Lowry’s dystopian novel that arrived in theaters this weekend. Playing a character known as Father, he’s responsible for taking care of genetically engineered babies before they are placed into their assigned family units. Of course, if any of these infants fail to thrive right away, Father gives them “release” — something Eric Northman, the vampire Skarsgård has portrayed on True Blood for seven seasons (and who refers to children as “teacup humans”), would call the True Death. While Father doesn’t recognize the concept of death, Eric has confronted it many times over — but it’s not the prospect of his own death that troubles him anymore, now that he has been cured of Hep-V. With Bill (Stephen Moyer) refusing to take the cure himself, effectively deciding to commit suicide, Sookie has grown increasingly distraught, and Eric does not like his love interest to be distraught. Skarsgård, who has spent the last two months shooting Tarzan, called Vulture up from London to chat about dispensing death, his racy scenes on True Blood, and what he’s going to do next.

Sack of destiny! »

  • Posted 8/15/14 at 4:45 PM
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The Cove Producer Fisher Stevens on His New Netflix Documentary, Mission Blue

When filmmaker-actor Fisher Stevens met Sylvia Earle for the first time, he couldn't comprehend the idea that she wasn't already on his radar. Stevens was a producer behind the exposé The Cove, about dolphin hunting in Japan, and yet was only just learning of Earle's incredible story. At 78 years old, she is one of the world's top marine biologists, explorers, and environmental advocates — a job she began in the 1950s. One glimpse of Earle in action and Fisher knew he couldn't leave her side. So he didn't.

Fisher's latest directorial effort, Mission Blue (which premieres exclusive today on Netflix), is part character study, part nature film, and part activist call-to-arms, hoping to “ignite public support for a global network of marine-protected areas.” From Los Angeles, where fellow environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio was set to present a screening of Mission Blue, Fisher told Vulture about assembling Earle's life story into a gripping, inspirational tale, how Florence + the Machine became the marine biologist's musical proxy, and how filmmaking has affected his acting career.

"Leonardo DiCaprio wrote her a letter, and she gave us the song." »

Sylvester Stallone Is Already Training for Rambo V

For years, Sylvester Stallone has been talking up another Rambo sequel — a melancholy end to the franchise that he's likened to No Country for Old Men in tone — and at last night's Dujour's Cover-Star Sly party at Provocateur, Stallone told Vulture that Rambo V should be the next film on his docket. "I’m getting ready for that," he said. "I’m starting to work out. I’m going to be appropriately vicious and all that stuff, but intellectual. A killer with a heart." Stallone began riffing on more potential Rambo dichotomies: "Smart, yet stupid. Tall, yet short. Broad, but thin. You know what I mean. We’re going to try to cover all the boundaries."

"I like playing with Pomeranians." »

  • Posted 8/15/14 at 4:00 PM
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Here’s What Happens in the Other Three Giver Books

So you were in fourth or fifth grade when you had to read The Giver — that book with a gnarly, bearded old guy and a bright-gold medal slapped on the cover. It looked important. The story was about a boy named Jonas living in what seemed like the perfect world where there was no hunger, war, or poverty, who then slowly realizes that it’s one deprived of choice, spontaneity, and most memorably, color. This was a book that made you think about bigger ideas like “society” and “free will” and “totalitarianism.” Okay, maybe not “totalitarianism” per se, but it certainly impressed ideas about what suppressing individualism does. For a kid, it was deep.

But what happens at the end of the book? »

The Fascinating Dinosaur 13 Is Probably the Only Movie About Paleontology That Will Get Your Blood Boiling

Dinosaur 13 will infuriate you, which is saying a lot for a movie about paleontology and the finer points of U.S. property law. It starts off in August 1990, near Faith, South Dakota, when a group of scrappy, veteran fossil hunters from the Black Hills Institute discover some articulated vertebrae in a rock face, revealing what appears to be an intact Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton. Patiently, but anxiously, they dig down into the cliff with picks and shovels, in 115-degree temperatures, over days and days, slowly excavating the teeth, the skull, the tail. Sure enough, it turns out they’ve found the full skeleton of a T. rex, perhaps the most impressive paleontological find of our time. They pay the landowner $5,000 for the rights to the find — the most ever paid up until that time. Then they load up the skeleton — again, taking great care, learned from years of expertise, despite the fact that they don’t hold Ph.D.s or have fancy degrees — and take it home to Hill City, South Dakota, where they hope to display it in a big, brand-new museum, putting this small, unknown town on the map.

And then, an army of FBI agents shows up. »

25 Hugely Popular Soundtracks That Somehow Never Hit No. 1

Last week, I put some miles on my DeLorean GIF, traveling through the last 30 years checking out the soundtracks to hit No. 1 since the reign of Purple Rain. It got you guys talking! It got me Spotifying! So, for this week’s installment of Somewhere in Time, I’m following it up with a look at 25 other significant, hit-spawning soundtracks from the past 30 years that, for one reason or another, failed to make it to the top of the charts, even though it seemed like you and everyone you know listened to them all the time. (I’m also including, way at the end, two soundtracks that did hit number one but that I failed to include last time because I’m only human, guys.) We begin on a chilly Chicagoland Saturday morning in 1985 …

Don’t you forget about ... this soundtrack. »