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Can someone say Stockholm syndrome? Kate Winslet has a major case of it in her upcoming film Labor Day. To be fair, if Josh Brolin had me tied up, I don’t think I’d be complaining either ;)

Based on a novel by Joyce Maynard, the film chronicles the events of a long Labor Day weekend. Henry Wheeler (Gattlin Griffith) is a 13-year-old who takes care of his reclusive mother Adele (Kate Winslet). When the two encounter an escaped convict named Frank Chambers (Josh Brolin), he forces them to bring him into their home.

After they realize he means them no harm, they begin to let there guard down. Truth be told, I found myself rooting for Brolin and Winslet to hook up and that was only after a two minute trailer. I can’t even imagine how I’ll feel watching the entire thing. This looks pretty dang good and it’s not just because I’m obsessed with Winslet either.

Labor Day premiered at the Telluride Film Festival on August 29, 2013. It’ll have a limited release on December 25, and will open wide in January 2014. Tobey Maguire also stars in the film. He plays the grown up version of Henry Wheeler. Check out the trailer below.

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Movie Review: The Great Gatsby

In: Matt, Movies

The reviews are mixed on Baz Luhrmann’s take of The Great Gatsby, which opens in theaters today and kicks off the Cannes film festival next week. But while some critics have panned the film, I was LIVING for it the entire time.

In case you never read the book, the story is told by Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) who, while chasing success in the roaring 20s stock market boom, rents a modest cottage on long island only to find that he has moved next door to the home of Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), an extravagant mansion that hosts extremely lavish parties.

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Watch Five Minutes From The Great Gatsby

In: Donovan, Movies

The more footage I see from Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s classic novel, the more I’m itching to see it. I’m just crossing my fingers that I’m not extremely let down. Even if the story sucks, the visuals are certain to impress, especially in 3D. Luhrmann never disappoints in that department. Once again, he looks to have hit a home run capturing the glamorous roaring 20s.

Warner Bros. recently released seven clips, roughly about five minutes of footage, from the highly-anticipated film. The selection of clips give a good impression of the lavish visual style created by Baz. Most of the scenes feature several characters talking about Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), often in contradictory, elusive terms. Tobey Maguire’s Nick Carraway, the inquisitive narrator, is the one most prominently shown in the footage. Watch the video below.

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Great Gatsby Character Posters & New Trailer Released

In: Donovan, Movies

Once I saw Carey Mulligan dressed as Daisy Buchanan in her character poster, any trepidation I had of her taking on the iconic role quickly subsided. She is the very essence of Daisy. I’m so glad Scarlett Johansson bowed out of the running due to filming conflicts with We Bought A Zoo ;) Just in case you were curious, Mulligan also beat out a list of other actresses including Keira Knightley, Rebecca Hall, Amanda Seyfried, Blake Lively, Abbie Cornish and Michelle Williams for the coveted role.

The Great Gatsby was supposed to hit theaters this Christmas, but Warner Bros. bumped it to May 10, 2013 to avoid their own film The Hobbit. If Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation is half as good as it looks, it’s going to be a winner. Not surprisingly, it’s visually stunning. Instantly, I felt I was transported back to the roaring 20s to some glitzy jazzy affair. It felt like, fittingly enough a hybrid of Luhrmann’s two successful flicks- Romeo & Juliet and Moulin Rouge.

Watching the trailer definitely inspired me to hold my very own Gatsby party before the film opens. Check out the trailer below along with character posters of Isla Fisher, Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton, Elizabeth Debicki and Carey Mulligan. They’re fantastic.

check out more posters and the trailer after the jump

Another video campaign called Vote4Stuff enlists the help of some big name celebrities to encourage young people to vote. This is not to be confused with the Rock The Vote video campaign I posted about last week.
“This is one of the most important elections of our lifetime. We are using the power of social media throughout the Vote 4 Stuff campaign to incite bi-partisan conversation around real issues, encourage registration and voting in November,” said Leonardo DiCaprio in a statement.

There are so many good people in this video, and some funny ones too. Jonah Hill says, “You guys, ‘Rock The Vote’. This isn’t Rock The Vote?’ Where is Rihanna!“. Towards the end of the video, Hill then says to the camera, “And if you’re Rihanna, remember…you can get under my um-ber-ella.” LOL. I love him.

Celebrities in this video include: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Jonah Hill, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zac Efron, Benicio Del Toro, Edward Norton, Ellen Degeneres, Selena Gomez, Sarah Silverman, Amanda Seyfried and Appian Way. Enjoy the video below and be sure to vote.

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A new trailer starring Tobey Maguire and Elizabeth Banks for a film called The Details has just been released and we’ve got your first look at the comedy below.

Maguire and Banks play a struggling married couple who are struggling with issues like infidelity and whether or not they should stay married. Things reach a whole new level when some uninvited ravenous raccoons are burrowing under the sod in their back yard. The two have a disagreement over how to get rid of them, and this leads two a chain reaction of unfortunate situations. Seriously, it looks like one major disaster after another.

The film doesn’t have a release date yet, but when it comes out I’ll certainly check it out. It also stars Laura Linney, Dennis Haysbert, Ray Liotta, and Kerry Washington. Check out the trailer below.

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Back when I was in high school, I read a little book titled “Life of Pi.” At the time, the book didn’t really make sense to me. It was written in three parts and while it was fascinating, I didn’t really get it. A few years ago, I read the book again as an adult and my mind totally changed. Author Yann Martel really takes the reader on a religious allegorical journey that is both mesmerizing and self-reflecting.

Pi is the son of a zookeeper. His family decides to move to Canada after political problems in India begin to arise. Shortly after their boat leaves the Japanese harbor, it sinks. Pi is left onboard a life raft with a barrage of characters – animals actually. A hungry hyena, an injured zebra, an orangutan and a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. Let’s just say that Pi is left onboard with only the tiger after a few days. The story of Pi on this life raft becomes quite adventurous as the two try and survive for over 200 days on the ocean.

Playing the role of Pi is newcomer actor Suraj Sharma who prior to this role, has no acting experience whatsoever. It will be interesting to see what he brings to the table for the adaptation. Also in the film is Tobey Maguire who plays the role of Yann Martel, the author of the book. I’m not sure how he will be integrated into the story so we’ll have to wait and see. The film is set for release in theatres this November. Catch the action packed trailer below.

Check out the “Life of Pi” movie trailer after the jump.

The movie trailer for the upcoming film, ‘The Great Gatsby‘ has just debuted, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, and Toby McGuire. We’ve got your first look below!

Here’s the plot: The story follows would-be writer Nick Carraway (Tobey McGuire) as he leaves the Midwest and heads to NYC in the spring of 1922. This is a time of loosening morals, glittering jazz and bootleg kings. In pursuit of his own American Dream, he ends up next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire named Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy (Carey Mulligan), and her unfaithful husband, Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton). Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As he takes it all in, he is able to write a story about impossible love, incorruptible dreams and tragedy, holding a mirror to our own modern times and struggles.

The movie looks really intriguing and from what I’ve seen and the cast involved, I’m sure that you’ll see “Gatsby” in the Oscar nominations. The film hits theatres in December. Check out the trailer below.

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