LA, 1949, and ruthless crime boss Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) is feeding business rivals to the coyotes on the Hollywood hills. With all kinds of corrupt officials in his pockets, the City of Angels has become his private fiefdom. However, Chief Parker (Nick Nolte) has other ideas, and he tasks Sergeant O'Mara (Josh Brolin) with forming an off-the-books outfit to wreck Cohen's empire.
"Yours in great depression" was F. Scott Fitzgerald's solemn and devastated response to news that his third novel had under-performed both critically and commercially on its release in 1925. It wasn't until after Fitzgerald's death in 1940 that the novel captured the zeitgeist and forged a positive consensus amongst critics. Baz Luhrmann's Gatsby is the fifth adaptation of the great novel, and bizarely, is the fifth adaptation to receive widespread condemnation.
There was a lot of talk about Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac following Shia LaBeouf's revelation that the film would show actors engaging in hardcore sex. Full penetration, on-camera. One film the cast wouldn't invite their dear grandmamas to see. However, it seems The Beef spoke out of turn as it's not quite how it seems.
Zach Braff pantomime villain update.
The new promo image for Lars von Trier's completely uninhibited movie Nymphomaniac is perfectly done. It introduces the cast in extremely compromising positions without being full on, or at least as full on as the film is expected to be with the promise of unsimulated sex.
Matthew McConaughey has been working hard recently to distance himself from the endless stream of listless romantic comedies that have defined his career over the past decade. Throughout his self reinvention he has not only proven his capabilities by playing wildly diverse roles - from the cool and collected hitman in Killer Joe to the colourful and alluring male stripper in Magic Mike – but has also had a clear penchant for interesting, enigmatic and intense characters. With his latest on-screen appearance, McConaughey continues to surprise and impress as the titular Mud in Jeff Nichols’s third feature.
Like Just Jaeckin, Tinto Brass is synonymous with that '70s phenomenon, the art sex film (this was back in an era when titles like Behind the Green Door played in major cinema chains). But unlike Jaeckin, whose career quickly petered out and whose movies now feel at best pleasantly pointless, Brass continued to pursue an eccentric career in softcore, bucking wider trends in the adult entertainment industry. Considering the way erotica has crept into the mainstream in the last year or so, now would seem an ideal time for rediscovering his work, but does it have anything to say to a modern audience?
The first trailer for John Well's adaptation of August: Osage County has been released, showcasing the film's impressive cast.
If you haven't seen director Jeff Nichols' Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter and Mud (out now), then for the love of Zod, get to it. Not only are they the most startling and accomplished trio of debut films in recent memory, they also feature this summers Man of Steel baddie, Michael Shannon.
It looks like Ewan McGregor is finally willing to forgive and forget! In March we heard that Danny Boyle was planning on making a long-awaited sequel to Trainspotting in 2015. However, McGregor's involvement has always been doubted. He had always said how he would rather be known for a critically acclaimed original than for its inferior sequel. It's also well known that McGregor hasn't spoken to Boyle since a feud they had over Boyle's decision to cast Leonardo DiCaprio in The Beach rather than McGregor (it was really a studio call).
However now McGregor has come out and said to Time Out website that he is ready to leave the old grudge behind and move on.