Director Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men, Harry Potter) has taken on one of his most ambitious projects to date in October’s sci-fi thriller Gravity, with screenplay co-written between his son and himself. Teaming up with Warner Bros. Studios and leading actors George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, the plot leaves one to wonder many questions. Two astronauts are doing a routine space shuttle walk and their craft is destroyed, leaving the two tethered together and suspended into space. What happens after this is a mystery and will surely live up to its sci-fi tag. The arrival of the first trailer – with musical accompaniment by the illustrious Arvo Pärt – has hit the public this month and it looks to be a blockbuster hit. Gravity opens in theaters October 4th. View the trailer from IMBD or stream it directly below.
Astronauts attempt to return to earth after debris crashes into their space shuttle, leaving them drifting alone in space.
From Warner Bros. Studios
Academy Award® winners Sandra Bullock (“The Blind Side,” “The Proposal”) and George Clooney (“Up in the Air,” “Syriana”) star in “Gravity,” a heart-pounding thriller that pulls you into the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space. The film was directed by Oscar® nominee Alfonso Cuarón (“Children of Men”).
Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone—tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness.
The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left.
But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.
“Gravity” was written by Alfonso Cuarón & Jonás Cuarón. Alfonso Cuarón and David Heyman (the “Harry Potter” films) are the film’s producers. Stephen Jones (“Knowing”) served as executive producer with Nikki Penny (“Clash of the Titans”) co-producing.
The behind-the-scenes team includes multiple Oscar®-nominated cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki (“Children of Men,” “The New World”), production designer Andy Nicholson (supervising art director “Alice in Wonderland”), editor Mark Sanger (VFX editor “Alice in Wonderland”), and costume designer Jany Temime (the “Harry Potter” films). The effects were handled by Oscar®-nominated visual effects supervisor Timothy Webber (“The Dark Knight”) and Oscar®-winning special effects supervisor Neil Corbould (“Gladiator”).
“Gravity” was filmed entirely at Shepperton Studios in London, England.
A Warner Bros. Pictures production, “Gravity” will be released in 3D and 2D and distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.
Universal Studios Home Entertainment is expanding on their 15 disc Alfred Hitchcock Masterpiece Collection launched in November of last year with the release of a 5 Blu-ray disc Alfred Hitchcock: The Essentials Collection, scheduled to release this June 4th. Containing 5 films from the recognized master of suspense with Rear Window (1954), Vertigo (1958), North by Northwest (1959), Psycho (1960) and The Birds (1963), The Essentials Collections offers newcomers to the world of Hitchcock and those who couldn’t afford the price tag on the comprehensive set a means to own these ground breaking pieces of cinema in the highest quality possible. Digitally restored from the highest resolution film elements remaining, every source is an upgrade to any version you may have seen prior to the Masterpiece Collection. Pre-order a copy of Alfred Hitchcock: The Essentials Collection by Clicking Here
The legendary Alfred Hitchcock is recognized for directing some of the most unforgettable and groundbreaking films of all time. Now, for the first time ever, five of the most iconic films from The Master of Suspense are available together in Alfred Hitchcock: The Essentials Collection including Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Psycho and The Birds. Starring Hollywood favorites James Stewart, Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Tippi Hedren, Eva Marie Saint, Kim Novak and Rod Taylor, this essential collection captures the most memorable moments in the career of a true cinematic master.
Special Features for all of the selected titles in the collection
Rear Window, DTS-HD Master Audio Mono 2.0, Special Features:
- Rear Window Ethics: An Original Documentary
- A Conversation with Screenwriter John Michael Hayes
- Pure Cinema: Through the Eyes of the Master
- Breaking Barriers: The Sound of Hitchcock
- Hitchcock / Truffaut Interview Excerpts
- Masters of Cinema
- Feature Commentary with Author John Fawell
- Re-Release Trailer Narrated by James Stewart
Vertigo, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Special Features:
- Obsessed with Vertigo: New Life for Hitchcock’s Masterpiece
- Partners in Crime: Hitchcock’s Collaborators
- Hitchcock / Truffaut
- Foreign Censorship Ending
- The Vertigo Archives
- Feature Commentary with Film Director William Friedkin
- Restoration Theatrical Trailer
- 100 Years of Universal: The Lew Wasserman Era
North by Northwest, Dolby TrueHD 5.1, Special Features:
- Destination Hitchcock: The Making of North by Northwest
- North by Northwest: One for the Ages
- The Master’s Touch: Hitchcock’s Signature Style
- Cary Grant: A Class Apart
- Feature Commentary by Screenwriter Ernest Lehman
- Stills Gallery
- Trailer Gallery
Psycho, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Special Features:
- The Making of Psycho
- Feature Commentary with Stephen Rebello
- Psycho Sound
- In The Master’s Shadow: Hitchcock’s Legacy
- Hitchcock / Truffaut Interview Excerpts
- Newsreel Footage: The Release of Psycho
- The Shower Scene: With and Without Music
- The Shower Scene: Storyboards by Saul Bass
- The Psycho Archives
- Lobby Cards
- Behind-the-Scenes Photographs
- Production Photographs
- Re-release Trailers
The Birds, DTS-HD Master Audio Mono 2.0, Special Features:
- Deleted Scene
- The Original Ending
- The Birds: Hitchcock’s Monster Movie
- All About The Birds
- Storyboard Sequence
- Tippi Hendren’s Screen Test
- Hitchcock / Truffaut Interview Excerpts
- The Birds Is Coming (Universal International Newsreel)
- National Press Club Hears Hitchcock (International Newsreel)
- Production Photographs
- 100 Years of Universal: Restoring the Classics
- 100 Years of Universal: The Lot
Raro Video U.S. has inked a multi-year distribution deal with Kino Lorber and has already begun the promotion phase of their first projects together. Releasing in two weeks is the Di Leo’s film Il poliziotto è marcio a.k.a Shoot First, Die Later, a thrilling crime/police based piece of cinema that was originally screened in 1974 to public theaters. Based around a cop played by Luc Merenda, known for his roles in who is pressured into being paid off, he gets revenge in one of the most clever and twisted ways. The reissue has been remastered from the original 35mm print negatives and is included with a plethora of special features that is scheduled for a May 28th release. Pre-Order a copy of the Blu-ray or DVD deluxe reissues by Clicking Here. Full details from Raro and Kino Lorber below.
Desperately sought after, the tough, exciting, dramatically potent, action packed film Shoot First, Die Later is known as one of the most impressive Italian crime/police movies ever made. Luc Merenda gives the performance of his career as a highly regarded police detective who is taking syndicate money in exchange for departmental favors. His father, a simple man, also works for the department but on a lower rung; he isn’t jealous of his son, but rather proud of him, little knowing that he’s a crooked cop. A series of events leads the young detective to ask his father for a favor (he wants a certain police report that is desired by the syndicate) and it doesn’t take long for the detective’s father to realize his son is on the take…which leads to numerous complications.
- New HD Transfer from original 35 mm negative print
- Digital restored
- New and improved English subtitle translation
- Fully illustrated booklet
- Documentary Master of the Game (Il Padrone del Gioco)
- Documentary The Second Round of the Game (La Seconda Mano del Gioco)
- Original Italian and English trailer
On May 3rd, the highly anticipated Ariel Vromen film The Icemen released through Millennium Entertainment and has garnished a lot of attention from the plot-line’s roots in actual events, acting roles from highly respected individuals Michael Shannon, Chris Evans, James Franco, Winona Ryder, Ray Liotta, David Schwimmer and Stephen Dorff and the sheer depth of darkness the film dives into. Check out the trailer and decide if this is a film for you.
Official Press Statement
Inspired by actual events, The Iceman follows notorious contract killer Richard Kuklinski (Academy Award® nominee Michael Shannon) from his early days in the mob until his arrest for the murder of more than 100 men. Appearing to be living the American dream as a devoted husband and father; in reality Kuklinski was a ruthless killer-for-hire. When finally arrested in 1986, neither his wife nor daughters have any clue about his real profession. Co-starring Academy Award® nominee Winona Ryder (Black Swan) and Chris Evans (Avengers, Captain America), The Iceman is directed by Ariel Vromen (Danika) from a script he wrote with Morgan Land (Rx). Ray Liotta (Goodfellas), David Schwimmer (“Friends”), Robert Davi (“Profiler”) and Danny Abeckaser (Alpha Dog) round out the cast. The film features cameo appearances by Stephen Dorff (Public Enemies) and James Franco (127 Hours).
Death Grips release statement about recording new album and soundtrack work on Zach Hill’s film | Music News
Death Grips have been touring Europe recently without the inclusion of group member Zach Hill who is sitting out for other creative projects along with recordings on a new Death Grips record. The group has releases some very exciting news in that they will create an original soundtrack score to a film feature Zach Hill is currently working on. The band released the following statement to silence speculation on Zach Hill leaving Death Grips along with the information about new recordings for the soundtrack and new album.
Zach is currently writing, directing and soundtracking an original feature film. The movie is of his own creation, fictionally based and not related to the group. The film will be soundtracked with all new Death Grips music. He is also working on and recording the new Death Grips album at the moment. Death Grips is Stefan. Zach. Andy. Zach is very much still in Death Grips. -Death Grips
Check out the full Death Grips set in HD from the Ray-Ban x Boiler Room’s SXSW Warehouse set captured March 16, 2013.
Frances (Greta Gerwig) lives in New York, but she doesn’t really have an apartment. Frances is an apprentice for a dance company, but she’s not really a dancer. Frances throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possible reality dwindles. Frances wants so much more than she has but lives her life with unaccountable joy and lightness. Frances Ha is a modern fable in which Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale, Greenberg) explores New York, friendship, class, ambition, failure, and redemption.
During this years CinemaCon event at the Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, the recent partnership between Disney and Lucasfilm has offered news on the upcoming Star Wars titles that have been in the works for awhile now. Starting in the summer of 2013, the two parties will release a new Star Wars movie every summer, starting with Star Wars: Episode VII. With an entirely new story line set in for Star Wars: Episode VII then anything created in the Star Wars galaxy in literature or cinema form and special films being created around singular characters, we have promising hopes that these films will carry on the legacy of the original six releases. IGN News presented the following video news release on the 17th of April which we are syndicating here at SCV today.
For an extensive background on all of the most relevant info released for the new Star Wars films, click here.
David Cronenberg’s Naked Lunch releases on Blu-ray and DVD courtesy of Criterion Collection | Film News
Toronto’s David Cronenberg has changed the face of intellectual horror films, becoming internationally known for his works that date back to the independently produced and directed Stereo. The 80′s would bring Cronenberg to critical acclaim with films such as Scanners (1981), The Dead Zone (1983), The Fly (1986) and his most famous piece of work of the decade Dead Ringers (1988). The 90′s was just as active and prolific of a period for Cronenberg as it was for him in the 80′s, leading to the creation of the adaptation project of the hallucinatory William S. Burroughs’s novel Naked Lunch. The film is a very surreal look into the written work Burrough penned with the novel, which many at the time said was unable to have life through cinema due to its complex plot and odd character designs. Naked Lunch was released in 1991 and has become a cult classic in the genre of horror, drama and fantasy since its release. The Criterion Collection has taken on this special landmark project of Cronenberg for a restoration and deluxe style directors approved reissue in both Blu-ray and DVD. The extra material for the Criterion release comes with a high-definition digital transfer, Naked Making Lunch (a 1992 documentary by Chris Rodley about the making of the film), an audio recording of William S. Burroughs reading from his novel Naked Lunch and so much more. This new version is a welcomed treat for those who love what this film is about and will surely serve as a perfect introduction to anyone who has yet to see it.
Lunch with David Cronenberg from The Criterion Collection
No other director has a body of work quite like that of David Cronenberg, whom we’re celebrating today on his sixty-ninth birthday. But then, no other work seems so focused on the body—what can happen to it, what can come out of it, what can go into it. That Cronenberg is such a cerebral filmmaker makes his corporeal focus all the more compelling. That combo made William S. Burroughs’s heady and squishy Naked Lunch a perfect project for him. To realize a cinematic version of Burroughs’s nonlinear, seemingly untranslatable novel about drug addiction, Cronenberg created physical manifestations of some of the writer’s abstract ideas.
Naked Lunch was the culmination of Cronenberg’s lifelong fascination with William S. Burroughs. That is just one of the many topics he touches on in the following conversation about his career with Museum of the Moving Image chief curator David Schwartz from 1992, not long after the release of Naked Lunch.
Twelve Reasons to Die tells the story of a 1960’s superhero played dirty. It is the story of vengeance, love, power and metaphysical mysticism. The story is placed inside of a noir horror Italian film with Ennio Morricone doing a B-side black exploitation soundtrack…oh, and all of it somehow remains raw hip hop.
The plot and vision are a lot to take, and respectfully, a lot is given. It is clear from its cinematic beginning that Adrian Younge plays the role of the heavily knowledgeable director while Ghostface is the definitive All Star actor who makes Younge’s vision congruently possible. Younge is no newcomer to soundtracks. He did the incredibly soulful Black Dynamite Soundtrack in 2009. If you haven’t heard it, I highly recommend “Jimmy’s Dead”. Younge is known for his Curtis Mayfield psychedelia and strategic compositions. Ghostface hardly needs an introduction as he is one of Wu-Tang Clan’s most prolific and emotive MC’s. The chemistry is nothing short of progressive brilliance and the result is a masterpiece that will most likely not be credited as such for years to come.
Pretty Toney’s emotional poetry is fueled by his signature spice and rawness. But this time, his lyrics are clearer. They are direct and informative rather than metaphorical. He walks us through the rise and fall of the Ghostface Killah. The love of his life betrays him to the kingpin of the mafia he used to work for. See, Ghostface was growing too fast, his vines spreading too far on their own, so the mafia family decided to cut them off before he’d become larger than the mafia that birthed him. Ghostface is murdered and then plastered onto twelve different records that are given to the twelve different members of the family. Unknown to these soon to be doomed souls, when the records are played, Ghostface rises from the death and claims his revenge, clutching his broken heart while wielding a dirty butcher knife spilling foul blood all over an Italian cobblestone street. On Twelve Reasons, the story comes first.
You can separate the pieces that make Twelve Reasons a success fairly easily. For starters, you have RZA, the producer. He brings his classic kick upon the audio film, dosing it with Shaolin. You have Tony as the lead role. You have supporting actors Mastah Killa, U-God, Cappadonna, William Hart, Killa Son and Inspectah Deck. You have the director, Adrian Younge who orchestrates sounds from his immense library around these colorful characters. Together, you have an amazingly original movie.
While Adrian Younge is more concerned with the composition, Ghostface is submerged within the story, making its tongue-in-cheek plot emotional and heart felt. Thirst and love for music hold the album together. More importantly than the theory, the feeling and history of music hold up the staggeringly well made treasure. It is rich in artifacts that have otherwise been lost and underrated. As J Dilla has stated, there are so many unknown, great artists that just never had the chance to explode. Adrian Younge is no different. He references occult and obscure movie soundtracks to create, or rather, compose a heavily dynamic album that allows the influences to seep through but not dominate the unique mash up of hip hop and vinyl rarity.
Ghostface has been and will most likely remain my favorite rapper of all time for a number of reasons. Primarily, it is his flow and continual reproduction of incredible, solid albums. The thing with Tony is that he isn’t in it for the hits; he is in it for the entire album. He makes legitimately solid songs that form a beautiful piece of work, a compelling and flow-ridden story. And he does it time and time again. He is consistent, almost impeccable. “It’s the first time in my life I tried something like this,” says Ghostface on NPR about the album. It seems like everything Ghostface does is a first. He is not scared to venture and discover outlandish possibilities within the structure of what makes him so good to begin with.
He doesn’t mind bending around the corners, releasing an album with an ongoing comic book saga, an incredible video referencing occult, satanic witch rituals or a poetic R&B album. Tony Starks is a super hero in a real life setting, venturing into experimental realms of hip hop without flitching. He always comes out shining, his armor red and yellow, a swarm of bees buzzing around him. Together, Ghostface and Younge have generated one of the years best releases, one that will most likely become a hip hop relic. An odyssey in experimentation and class.
In short, “Twelve Reasons to Die” is nothing to fuck with.
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Directed by Adrian Younge
Sun Don’t Shine is a subtly cryptic story driven by the powerful performances of its lead actors and its eerily poetic setting. The film follows Crystal (Kate Lyn Sheil) and her boyfriend Leo (Kentucker Audley) on a tense and mysterious road trip through the desolate yet hauntingly beautiful landscape of central Florida. As the couple travels up the Gulf Coast the disturbing details of their excursion gradually begin to emerge, revealing Crystal’s sinister past and the couple’s troubling future
Indian producer and director Mira Nair is back with another film this year in the politically slanted feature The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Adding to her growing collection of ground breaking films since the 80′s, this new project of hers touches on the complex dynamic that formed in the fabric of America’s consciousness post 9/11. Written by William Wheeler and produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher, the trailer details a large sense of the plot, character types and filming style but still leaves much more detail to be desired. A perfect balance considering the weight of the topic that rests at the heart of the plot and all the variety and scope of scenes that are shown in the trailer alone.
Turning down work on Harry Potter due to her desire for emotional based work and non computer generated film, Mira Nair remains an uncompromising force in modern cinema and stands as a true visionary to the fundamental principles of film making. The importance of The Reluctant Fundamentalist is very real considering the cycle of hate that stems from media influence and fear. Check out the press statement and official trailer below in our latest Hot Trailers feature.
We begin in 2011 in Lahore. At an outdoor café a Pakistani man named Changez (Riz Ahmed) tells Bobby (Liev Schreiber), an American journalist, about his experiences in the United States. Roll back ten years, and we find a younger Changez fresh from Princeton, seeking fortune and glory on Wall Street. The American Dream seems well within his grasp, complete with a smart and gorgeous artist girlfriend, Erica (Kate Hudson). But when the Twin Towers are attacked, a cultural divide slowly begins to crack open between Changez and Erica. Changez’s dream soon begins to slip into nightmare: profiled, wrongfully arrested, strip-searched and interrogated, he is transformed from a well-educated, upwardly mobile businessman to a scapegoat and perceived enemy. With time, he begins to hear the call of his own homeland. Taking us through the culturally rich and beguiling worlds of New York, Lahore and Istanbul, The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a story about conflicting ideologies where perception and suspicion have the power to determine life or death. – IFC Films