Monthly Archives: March 2013

Evil Dead: The Walking Dead Trailer

Evil Dead lands in theaters April 5 and arrives from the original film’s producers and star, Bruce Campbell. In fact, Campbell appears with director Fede Alverez to introduce the film’s latest trailer. The spot is set to premiere during the season finale of AMC’s The Walking Dead on Sunday. Is it us, or is that a match made in zombie heaven?

Having seen the film, we can firmly state that fans of the original will be thrilled with what they see onscreen. That could probably have been discerned from the first Evil Dead trailer when it initially landed.

The newest vision in the film series stars Jane Levy (Suburgatory) as a college student who heads out to her family’s remote cabin in the woods with her brother (Shiloh Fernandez) and friends to deal with some important personal issues (you’ll get no spoilers here!). Soon after, they discover an ancient book and against some of the group’s wishes — someone opens it and unleashes hell.

The latest trailer for Evil Dead also is of special joy for Movie Fanatic to present to you. It features our quote… “The scariest movie you will see this year. Guaranteed.” Stay with Movie Fanatic as our full review arrives April 5.


The Place Beyond the Pines Review: Ryan Gosling & Bradley Cooper Clash

Derek Cianfrance is on quite a roll for a young filmmaker. His Blue Valentine was mesmerizing and his latest writing-directing effort, The Place Beyond the Pines, is even more astounding.

Ryan Gosling Eva Mendes Star in The Place Beyond the Pines

As shown in The Place Beyond the Pines trailer, the film stars Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes and Bradley Cooper. Their lives will explosively intertwine in ways that will result in hearts broken, lives altered forever and legacies left that not one soul in the audience could have seen coming.

Gosling is a motorcycle daredevil who works in a traveling circus. As the film commences, he’s in a town that we learn he knows well. After finishing his act one evening, he heads over to a former flame’s (Mendes) house. Soon after, he learns that a previous rendezvous with her resulted in a child. Immediately he quits the daredevil business and seeks to settle into this pine tree-laden upstate New York hamlet.

Not qualified for much, Gosling’s Luke feels he has no choice but to use his skills on a motorcycle to knock off local banks. Things seem to be going swimmingly until he encounters Cooper’s rookie cop. It is at that moment that Cianfrance takes what was Gosling’s film and immediately we are off on a Cooper-centric story.

As told to us in our Derek Cianfrance interview, he was inspired by Psycho and Alfred Hitchcock’s storytelling tool in that film where he took Janet Leigh’s movie and at a certain point, it was all Anthony Perkins.

For Cianfrance, the mode of telling his tale works in such unforeseen powerful ways. Where one could think it would feel disjointed, it is in fact seamlessly sensational. Each character’s worlds are more deeply examined by having the focus shift between the two stories.

And caught in the middle, almost serving as the connection that holds the two worlds together is Mendes. It is the performance of her career. She dazzles as a woman torn between what is right and what is wrong, and then what is best for her child.

The Place Beyond the Pines Bradley Cooper

Cooper and Gosling serve as the film’s brilliant bookends. Gosling goes deep as a man that audiences would not normally cheer for, yet in his hands and with his searing charisma, Luke is someone who we collectively want to succeed.

Meanwhile, Cooper’s Avery is not a one note character, thanks to Cianfrance’s script and Cooper’s performance. He is as conflicted as Luke in so many ways. There are familial, community and personal expectations and they do not all jive. Through Cooper, we see that this is a character that is uncomfortable with fate, yet still manages to wrap himself in it.

Our The Place Beyond the Pines review can easily call this film a must-see. It is almost unfortunate that it is being released in limited release March 29 before going nationwide April 12. This is a film that firmly belongs in the midst of the Oscar season later in the year. But then again, having something this good in the early months of the year is something for which to be grateful.

Anchorman The Legend Continues Set Photo: Ron Burgundy a Father?

We’ve got a new photo from the set of Anchorman: The Legend Continues and it leads us to believe that our man Ron Burgundy has a son. Can you imagine the hilarity that could ensue from that? Given the fact we know that Christina Applegate will return for Anchorman 2, and the little nugget of information director Adam McKay once said about a “custody battle,” we think the kid in the photo is perhaps Ron, Jr.!

Will Ferrell Anchorman The Legend Continues Set Photo

The cast for Anchorman 2 is getting quite crowded, what with Harrison Ford joining and James Marsden cast as a rival anchor. Early rumors have this next chapter in the Ron Burgundy saga following the challenges of the arrival of cable news and its effect on local news shows, such as the one Ron anchors.

Now, given that the “custody battle” quote is out there, we’re guessing he and Veronica Corningstone (Applegate) are no longer together… which is sad — or has the making of hilarity!

Planes Poster Debuts: Cars Spin-Off Seeks to Soar

Disney and Pixar have released the new one-sheet poster for their latest, Planes. The film is Pixar’s first spin-off in their history. Planes expands the world set in motion by the Cars movies.

Planes Movie Poster

As Disney says, the film is set “high above” the world of Cars and follows the adventures, or wanna-be adventures of Dusty (Dane Cook). He is a crop dusting plane who has big sky dreams of being an aerial racer. There are just two problems: Dusty is not built for racing and he’s just a little afraid of heights. Kind of a problem for a plane, no?

As teased in the Planes trailer, the voice cast is stellar and features Monty Python’s John Cleese, Teri Hatcher, Val Kilmer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Cedric the Entertainer.

Look for Planes to take flight August 9.

The Place Beyond the Pines Giveaway: Win Movie Gift Card & More!

The Place Beyond the Pines lands in limited theaters today before being released nationally April 12 and to celebrate Movie Fanatic is offering an exclusive giveaway. The film is the latest from writer-director Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) and stars Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes.

The Place Beyond the Pines One Sheet

In honor of the film’s release, one lucky winner will receive a $25 Visa gift card to use to witness the film in theaters, The Place Beyond the Pines T-shirt and the film’s soundtrack. That film score is something truly special as it is from Mike Patton, who is famously known for his years as lead singer of Faith No More. Its haunting melodies are an impeccable soundtrack to the drama seen onscreen.

The CD also features music from a slew of talented musicians, including Grammy winner Bon Iver.

As shown in The Place Beyond the Pines trailer, the film follows Gosling’s Luke, a motorcycle daredevil who decides to leave his traveling circus world behind and stay in the small upstate New York town where he learns he has a son with Eva Mendes — someone he met the last time he came through the town.

The Place Beyond the Pines Prize Pack

To support his new family, Luke takes to bank robbing, and it is through that that he encounters Cooper’s cop. The story works as a baton pass as the film that begins as Gosling’s becomes Cooper’s as the drama heats up until its boiling over conclusion.

Use the widget below to enter on Facebook or Twitter. There are three unique ways to enter, and by entering all three ways you can increase your chance of winning. A winner will be announced April 13. Good luck!

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