Weekend Movie Preview: February 27, 2015

The last weekend movie preview for the month of February finds Will Smith returning to his glory with Focus, Olivia Wilde getting wildly horrific in The Lazarus Effect and director David Cronenberg turning his fiery lens on Hollywood in Maps to the Stars

Let’s break it down…

Focus: Smith is one of the best con men in the biz, but he gets his feathers ruffled a bit when he meets Margot Robbie and takes her under his wing. The con is on and this slick thrill ride has one of the most explosive scenes you will see this year. We’ll just say three words: Super Bowl con!


JoAnna Garcia Swisher nabs female lead in CBS pilot

Friends (TV)
Girls (TV)
Hawthorn Football Club
Chicken Lasagna
Smelly Cat by Phoebe Buffay And The Hairballs
The Hunger Games series
Traveling
Alex Goot
Kurt Schneider
Against the Current
Movies
People who emphasize the BE in a statement
People keeping their bare feet to themselves.


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Listen: 70-Minute David Cronenberg Talk About ‘History Of Violence,’ His Unmade Formula One Racing Movie & More

The Playlist Fri Feb 27 16:48:41 EST 2015

David Cronenberg

There’s a fascinating, if kind of depressing, look at bygone film economics in this recently reposted 2005 conversation with David Cronenberg by the Film Society Of Lincoln Center talking about “A History Of Violence.” The filmmaker, whose latest film, “Maps To The Stars,” hits theaters and VOD this weekend, says that earlier film, distributed by Focus Features, cost $ 32 million to make and another $ 30 million to market. Remember those days of prestige-y mid-sized studio movies? That era has mostly vanished, and pictures like “A History Of Violence” would likely have to settle for “Nightcrawler” money these days (it was made for $ 7 million).

It’s an interesting hour-and-ten-minute conversation that touches upon myriad Cronenberg cinematic touchstones, like the critical backlash to “Crash” (the critic who was the most venomous to it is now dead), the way “Spider” seemed to die on the vine immediately (Martin Scorsese sent him a note a year after it was released congratulating him on it, clearly not having seen it during its small theatrical run), “Naked Lunch” (Cronenberg received William S. Burroughs‘ blessing to weave the author’s biography into the quasi-adaptation), and much more.

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Leonardo DiCaprio’s ‘The Crowded Room’ Is Finally Happening

After years of stalling, The Crowded Room is finally moving forward. Leonardo DiCaprio will star in and produce the film about the first man to successfully use multiple personality disorder as a defense during a trial. Although it was recently rumored that DiCaprio was planning on taking a break from acting, the actor has had his eye on this project for almost 20 years—making it too good of a prospect to pass up.

THR reports that DiCaprio’s company Appian Way will produce The Crowded Room, based on the true story of Billy Milligan, whom DiCaprio will portray in the film. Lucky Number Slevin writer Jason Smilovic has been brought on to pen the adapted screenplay, based on the non-fiction book by Daniel Keyes. Smilovic also wrote Todd Phillips’ upcoming film Arms and the Dudes.

Keyes’ book was originally published in 1981 and tells the story of Milligan, who boasted 24 different personalities. Milligan was tried in Ohio in the late ‘70s for robbery and the rape of three women on the Ohio State University campus, but he successfully argued that his crimes were through no fault of his own; instead, Milligan blamed two of his 24 personalities for committing the crimes. Milligan was officially diagnosed with multiple personality disorder, a controversial psychiatric disorder which was renamed dissociative identity disorder, or DID, in 1994. His many personalities included “Adalana, a lesbian taking responsibility for the rapes; Ragen, a Yugoslavian communist who admitted to the robbery; and Arthur, an uptight Englishman.”

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13 Actresses Who Could Be Lara Croft: Who Should Star in Tomb Raider Reboot?

When the first Lara Croft: Tomb Raider movie debuted in 2001, Angelina Jolie was twenty-six. We think she was born to be the video game heroine come to life on the silver screen.

If producers are looking to cast the recently announced Tomb Raider reboot around the same age, we have a number of choices to be considered.

Then again, we stretch it a little bit with a few of our choices because we think they have the talent to embody the role and take it to the next level — some older than Jolie was when she debuted as Croft and some younger.

We present many choices for the casting director depending on what direction they want to go in. Is this an experienced Tomb Raider or a Lara Croft who is just starting her adventures? 

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SXSW: Amateur Sleuths Solve A Mystery In Hipster Brooklyn In ‘Wild Canaries’

Photo of Katie Walsh Fri Feb 27 19:09:20 EST 2015

Wild Canaries

Sundance Selects “Wild Canaries”

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Adventure Time coming to the big screen

Friends (TV)
Girls (TV)
Hawthorn Football Club
Chicken Lasagna
Smelly Cat by Phoebe Buffay And The Hairballs
The Hunger Games series
Traveling
Alex Goot
Kurt Schneider
Against the Current
Movies
People who emphasize the BE in a statement
People keeping their bare feet to themselves.


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