- Kevin Polowy at Yahoo Movies1 hr ago
It's commonplace for a film's cast to cycle through different incarnations in what can be a painfully long pre-production process. Tom Selleck was once set to play Indiana Jones. Will Smith almost played Neo in "The Matrix." And as Tom Hanks will tell you, there were 10 other actors the studio wanted before him to fall head-over-fin for a mermaid in "Splash."
The breakout indie hit "Four Weddings and a Funeral," which celebrates 20 years since opening in the U.S. (and going on to become the highest-grossing British film ever in America at the time) on Sunday, had its own variations on fated couple Charles and Carrie.
Ultimately, of course, it would be Hugh Grant (laying the foundation to become Mr. Rom-Com) and Andie MacDowell (who, a year after "Groundhog Day," was having herself a nice run in love fests) who would don all that formalwear.
- Bryan Enk at Yahoo Movies2 hrs ago
After thoroughly poking, prodding and deconstructing the nature of adultery in his last three features, director John Curran is going on walkabout and getting in touch with Mother Nature in his new adventure drama, "Tracks."
"Tracks" features hot-and-getting-hotter Mia Wasikowska (best known for tumbling down the rabbit hole in "Alice in Wonderland") as Robyn Davidson, a young woman who's apparently living a life she can just toss aside for a while to embark on a 2,000-mile trek across the West Australia desert ("from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean") with her four camels and faithful dog — simply because, in her own words, "Why not?"
What transpires is a grueling journey of self-discovery. Robyn gets pushed to her mental, emotional and physical limits — but still has time to indulge in a little kissy-face, with young Rick Smolan, played by the man who might very well be our new "Star Wars" villain, Adam Driver.
- Amanda Bell at Yahoo Movies2 hrs ago
As though the world needed any more reason to adore Robert Downey Jr., it looks like the big-screen superhero has been holding out on us all with a pretty useful talent hidden up his sleeve — a knack for graphic design.
Yup, it turns out RDJ is something of an artist, and a solid one at that. He decided to put his skills to good use making posters to help promote his latest film project — Jon Favreau's "C," which opens the SXSW Film Festival on Friday in Austin, Texas.
- Yahoo Movies2 hrs ago
"The Grand Budapest Hotel," the latest film from quirkmeister Wes Anderson, is a colorful caper centered around charismatic concierge Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes) in a majestic Eastern European hotel in the 1930s.
The star-studded cast — featuring many Anderson regulars, including Edward Norton, Willem Dafoe, Bill Murray and, yes, Owen Wilson — experienced a small taste of that hotel life after they wrapped each day. The director took over an entire hotel in Görlitz, Germany, for the actors to live in together while filming, making for an intimate experience and a lot of togetherness.
- Yahoo Movies3 hrs ago
All week long, the stars of "Divergent" have been jetting around the country, and they brought @YahooMovies Instagram followers along for the ride. Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller, and the film's other stars, plus author Veronica Roth, took us behind the scenes of the "Divergent" press tour.
Whether they were posing with fans or showing off secret skills (Theo on the mic!), these talented ladies and gents kept it real and unfiltered (in terms of their silly faces, not the photos themselves #filtereverything). "Divergent" may be a dystopian action flick, but even humanity's bravest have serious #selfie game.
"And that's it for the @Divergent cast takeover! Wanted to end it on an epic note - Miles Teller & Jai Courtney"
- Adam Pockross at Yahoo Movies3 hrs ago
See Jason Bateman tell us why SXSW is the perfect place to premiere "Bad Words":
Jason Bateman has made a career out of playing prickly-yet-strangely-loveable characters. Now, he's trying to make a go at directing one too.
In "Bad Words," Bateman makes his feature film directorial debut while also playing Guy Trilby, a jerk of an adult trying to capitalize on a loophole in the rules and beat out a bunch of over-achieving kids in the Golden Quill National Spelling Bee. Trilby could very accurately be described with the first word you think of when you look at the first of our three exclusive South-by-Southwest posters below.
To commemorate the film's premiere this evening at SXSW, a limited number of these posters are being distributed around the annual all-things-cool festival in Austin, Texas.
- Bryan Enk at Yahoo Movies4 hrs ago
Jim Jarmusch fans rejoice, as the hipster indie filmmaker is back after a five-year hiatus from the big screen with "Only Lovers Left Alive," a vampire movie starring Loki, Alice in Wonderland and what might very well be Tilda Swinton playing herself.
This exclusive new trailer introduces us to Adam ("Thor" star and internet sensation Tom Hiddleston), a reclusive musician living in a run-down house in Detroit. Like Loki, Adam is pale with long black hair and an even longer lifespan. But the vampire has grown bored with his eternal life and pessimistic about the future.
Adam's life (undeath?) takes a sudden turn when he's reunited with his longtime off-and-on lover, Eve (Swinton), and her wild card sister, Ava (Mia Wasikowska), paying a visit. They implement various schemes necessary for survival in a world in which humans have managed to taint their own blood, a sad state of affairs that requires working with a shady doctor (Jeffrey Wright) to get the supply they need to hang out for another millennium or two.
- Thelma Adams at Yahoo Movies4 hrs ago
This year, Bill Murray is a happy man. Last year: not so much.
The 63-year-old comedy icon is a supporting-but-memorable character in Wes Anderson's wickedly delicious movie about a randy, refined concierge named Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes) at a grand European hotel.
As M. Ivan in "The Grand Budapest Hotel," Murray plays concierge colleague to Feinnes's Gustave — who becomes the center of intrigue following the suspicious death of one of his ancient, wealthy mistresses (Tilda Swinton) in a way that would have tickled Agatha Christie. At one point, Gustave calls on M. Ivan for support in his flight from villains zealously played by Willem Dafoe and Adrien Brody.
Watch Bill Murray in 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Clip:
- Kevin Polowy at Yahoo Movies5 hrs ago
"Madison's not a name."
So explains Allen Bauer (Tom Hanks) to his unlikely object of affection, a landlocked mermaid played by Daryl Hannah, as they stroll down a Manhattan sidewalk in a seminal scene from Ron Howard's beloved rom-com "Splash." Released exactly 30 years ago this Sunday, the film had an outsized cultural impact, both as a breakthrough comedy hit and the kickoff for a host of big-screen careers.
But its great legacy may be a certain name that it entered forever in our lexicon.
Jennifer, Joanie, Hilary, Linda, Kim, Elizabeth, Samantha. Those were names, according to Allen.
Madison may have not been "a name" you call yourself in 1984, especially for women — it of course was in fact the last name of a U.S. president, the name of a city in Wisconsin, and most relevantly, the name of one very famous avenue in New York City.
- Yahoo Movies6 hrs ago
In Hollywood they say never work with kids and animals... even when the animal in question is a supergenius dog who invented a time machine.
"Mr. Peabody & Sherman," the big-screen adaptation of the '60s cartoon, hits theaters this weekend, but apparently the brilliant, bespectacled title canine had trouble getting through some scenes. This exclusive blooper reel shows Mr. Peabody (voiced by "Modern Family" star Ty Burrell) succumbing to his animal instincts when confronted with peanut butter, a red rubber ball, or some well-placed belly scratches.