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Harmontown

Community creator Dan Harmon and his former star Chevy Chase don’t exactly have the most cordial phone relationship. Way back in April of 2012, Chase and Harmon tussled big time — and pretty publicly — after Chase left Harmon a voicemail that can only be deemed “scathing.” Fortunately, it looks like the duo have sort of, kind of, maybe reconciled. At the very least, Chase isn’t leaving Harmon voicemails anymore, he’s just sending him single word text messages. Harmon (and his podcast of the same name) is the subject of Neil Berkeley‘s recent documentary Harmontown, which features all sorts of insights into the prickly creator and his beloved shows, and is particularly searing and emotional because it picks up after Harmon was ousted from his own show in 2012.. Oh, and also some prank calls that target Chase. Also those. Take a look:

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Zero Theorem Poster

It’s virtually impossible to recognize Terry Gilliam’s Zero Theorem as anything but a spiritual sequel to Brazil. It’s a similar story of a corporate cog lamenting his status in an insane (and insanely large) world that makes him feel powerless, but it takes place in the universe next door where the Marx Brothers didn’t invent the bureaucracy. Christopher Waltz plays a man desperately waiting for a phone call that will explain his purpose. He kills his time by obsessively trying to slam math blocks into an impossible equation for a paycheck. It’s a somber absurdity, which is why this new poster represents the film beautifully. The stoicism, the closed eyes, the deconstruction. Not only is it striking, it looks like the back of his mind turns to stardust just off the edge of the page — a fitting representation of the movie’s larger-than-the-universe sentiment that plays out in a cramped church nave.

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Rhymes for Young Ghouls

It’s easy enough to pinpoint when Jennifer Lawrence broke out. Long before American Hustle or the X-Men films or even the Hunger Games series, there was Winter’s Bone. At some point in January of 2010, Lawrence became a bonafide star — or, at least, a star-in-the-making, one to watch — thanks to Debra Granik’s acute study of the kind of hard knock life that few people ever even have a basic awareness of. Lawrence was eventually nominated for an Oscar for her part in the film — her first — and the film picked up nods for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (the phenomenal John Hawkes). It was a small-scale indie juggernaut, and it made it clear that Lawrence was someone to watch. We suspect something similar is about to happen to Devery Jacobs after her turn in Jeff Barnaby‘s Rhymes for Young Ghouls. Did you miss the Lawrence bust-out? Don’t make that same mistake twice.

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Starred Up

It’s a point that we should make clear: prison is hard. Really, really hard. And dangerous and scary and terrible. Now let’s watch a film about it! British director David Mackenzie (Perfect Sense, Young Adam) is back at it with Starred Up, a prison drama packed to the rafters with talented dudes, including Jack O’Connell, Ben Mendelsohn, and Rupert Friend. The film puts a little twist on the old prison tale, as O’Connell stars as a teenage dirtbag sent to stay at the exact same facility his own criminal dad (Mendelsohn) lives at. (Insert joke about how you thought your family had issues, guffaw, move on.) The tension doesn’t just come from prison love — though, man, there’s plenty of tension to go around there — but when O’Connell’s Eric starts making some changes that will put him on the straight and narrows. Turns out, dear old dad just might not be taking too kindly to said changes. But before Eric mixes things up, yeah, he does some bad stuff. And now we have a clip of some of them! And, heads up, this lil guy is definitely red-band and very NSFW. There’s blood, okay? Still in? Hit the break.

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SLC Punk 2 Concert

There’s an open discussion about nostalgia happening now where participants either decry our reliance on it based on Buzzfeed Gif-sticles and co-opting major studios, or vaunt a highly personalized flavor of hazy memories by looking uncritically at the past. Then there’s Punk’s Dead: SLC Punk! 2, an attempt at opening the wounds of the 90s cult classic and rooting around inside. Like the mohawked engine that could, the production has taken a successful crowdfunding campaign (no doubt fueled in part by nostalgia) and converted money into moving images — some of which director James Merendino saw fit to share with us. The second coolest image is from the concert scene where now-older characters reconnect. Merendino used the IndieGoGo money to bring Screeching Weasel and anyone who donated at least $10 to the cause together for a show that scored over 1,200 participants. The coolest image, as you’ll see below, is the grave of a beloved friend.

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Cavemen

It seems as if Herschel Faber‘s Cavemen just might have all the ingredients for the kind of traditional romantic comedy that the box office has been missing for quite some time now – after all, there’s a playboy (Skylar Astin) with a plan to finally go after true love in sunny Los Angeles (his playground, apparently), a cute nephew to inspire him, a gorgeous best pal (Camilla Belle) to help him, and also Chad Michael Murray, just around for some reason that doesn’t appear to involve the kind of basketball-playing and general mooning he exceled at on television’s One Tree Hill. While we’re fairly certain we know where this is going – cough cough, gorgeous best friend, cough – we’re also not opposed to seeing the star of Pitch Perfect stumble his way into true love, especially if that means kicking his caveman habits. The trailer for Cavemen will pop up some time today in iTunes. Cavemen will be in theaters and on VOD on February 7th.

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Michael Bay and his Cameras

Michael Bay loves to shoot action like one would assume he does most things: hard and fast. It’s just part of the aura of Bayhem to do things not just over-the-top, but in a manner that exudes maximum bravado. It’s why it’s hard to not envy the guy’s commitment to his own style — he sure doesn’t make it easy on himself. And in this newly uncovered exclusive clip from the Special Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of Pain & Gain, which hits shelves this week, Bay shows how he made capturing muscly Mark Wahlberg hard on his camera crew and his editing team with an assortment of camera formats, styles, placements and techniques. It’s as beautiful as it is terrifying in an indulgent way. See for yourself just after the jump.

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Underdogs

There are a few different ways to approach the first trailer for Doug Dearth’s Underdogs – there are certainly the obvious Friday Night Lights comparisons (while the film is set in Ohio, there is little doubt the game is just as important there as it is in Texas), there’s the true-life element, there’s Joe Namath just standing around like he’s not Joe Namath, there are even plenty of Cutting Edge flashbacks to remind viewers why they love D.B. Sweeney (if you need help coming back from sports hell, he’s still your dude), but the most striking bit is a buried one. That’s Natalie Imbruglia shaking her hair and her hand in the stands (presumably at Sweeney) for just a second, smack in the middle of the trailer. Yes, Natalie Imbruglia, Aussie pop star and purveyor of nineties earworm “Torn.” If she’s making a move to be the Connie Britton to Sweeney’s Kyle Chandler in the new film, we’ll allow it. The film is billed as an “inspirational” tale about football and family and what happens when both of those things aren’t exactly up to snuff. Sweeney stars as a tough luck coach who takes on a losing team and applies some offbeat methods to picking players and training them (sure, sure, you’ve heard this one before – but have you heard it when it features criminals?). There’s all sorts of drama here, from a quarterback who doesn’t seem able to live up to his potential, a romantic entanglement with a rival […]

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The new film from Frederick Wiseman (Titicut Follies) arrived on the festival circuit this fall to, unsurprisingly, rave reviews. And you can see some of that praise on the official one sheet, which I’m happy to premiere above. I saw the film via the New York Film Festival and reviewed it with some positive words of my own, calling it “another exceptional documentary from Wiseman…one of his sharpest and most resonant thematic works.” At Berkeley is a film, well, at Berkeley, as in the University of California school (that’s its iconic Sather Gate in the one-sheet). It’s not necessarily about the institution so much as it is a documentary of it. At around four hours in length, Wiseman manages to fit a lot of the place and what goes on there, but it’s not a college tour. It’s a setting, through which we observe and consider current financial issues with higher education, particularly public universities, among some other less prominent things that caught the filmmaker’s attention. Like a play about Facebook. And biology students dissecting birds. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE AND SEE THE FULL ONE-SHEET AT NONFICS

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Hellbenders

“The Augustine Interfaith Order of Hellbound Saints, a team of blasphemous ministers who live in a constant state of debauchery, work to drag the worst of demons back to Hell.” Hellbenders, which stars the likes of Clifton Collins Jr., Clancy Brown and Bubbles from The Wire (Andre Royo), seems like the exact sort of just right release for the October VOD season. While attending the midnight selection at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival, our own Nathan Adams said that Hellbenders “ends the reign of generic exorcism movies by injecting some raunchy jokes and sickening gore into its proceedings. No movie with a sex rabbit could be bad, could it?” No, my dear Nathan, it couldn’t. So with Hellbenders set for a VOD release this weekend, we’ve arranged a little taste of the foul-mouthed priests hunting demons-palooza for you, our ever-discerning and passionate readers.

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Running Wild

Though we may be willing to accept that not all people are “animal people,” it should prove pretty hard for anyone who watches our exclusive clip from Suzanne Mitchell’s upcoming release Running Wild: The Life of Dayton O. Hyde to not walk away without getting just a little teary. After all, the clip doesn’t just feature rescued horses running free in a sanctuary, it also include a mess of humans speaking quite plainly about the healing powers of those horses – horses they’ve actually saved. There’s clearly a lot of dirt in the air, because I’ve got something in my eye right now.

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Jason Statham in Redemption

“It’s the story of a down-and-out, ex-special forces soldier…” Many a Jason Statham movie has laid claim to such a logline, yet we watch them all the same. No difference should exist with Redemption, from director Steven Knight. In this round, Statham plays a guy who has done terrible things, and now he must use his many murderous skills to do some good in search of… yes, you guessed it… redemption. Learn a little more about Statham’s next in this exclusive new behind the scenes featurette.

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Chayse Irving

Just as the way we consume movies has changed in recent years with the advances in smartphone and tablet technologies, the way filmmakers make films has changed as well. In this day and age, companies are developing software and hardware to make life on-set easier for those wielding cameras. With that in mind, the folks at Microsoft have produced an online documentary series about how filmmakers are utilizing their technology in creating art. We’re excited to partner with them to debut the first episode, which you can watch just after the jump. The first episode, which premieres today right here on Film School Rejects, profiles filmmaker Chayse Irvin. Chayse’s recent films include the documentary Spirit in the Stone and Blacktino, a feature film that premiered at SXSW. The episode follows Chayse to various spots in New York City, where he talks about the capabilities of his Surface Pro to capture content for both creative and commercial projects.

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Elysium Art 4

If destroying a corrupt system of impoverishment was as simple as having a weaponized skeleton grafted onto our bodies and infiltrating the most secure fortress in existence, we’d all do it. That’s a given. Fortunately we don’t have to because Matt Damon is willing to take on the challenge for us in Elysium. As Neill Blomkamp’s first project since District 9, anticipation is at insanely high levels (according to our applause-o-meter), and while the trailers have paraded a drool-worthy design, we can now exclusively share a few pictures from the forthcoming “Elysium: The Art of the Film” from Mark Salisbury (like a movie with pages!) that give us a glimpse of the future. But first, a brief excerpt from Blomkamps’ foreword:

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Smack in the middle of a fizzy-skewing resume that includes titles like L!fe Happens and A Case of You, writer and director Kat Coiro‘s And While We Were Here has long occupied a space of drama and romance that doesn’t seem to come with the kind of belly laughs the filmmaker’s other fare spawns. Based on a set of audio tapes that Coiro made in conversation with her own grandmother, the film follows American writer Jane (Kate Bosworth) as she embarks on what should be a dreamy trip to Italy with her husband (Iddo Goldberg), one that soon becomes mired in her own attempts to adapt tapes of her grandmother’s WWII-set life story for a memoir. Oh, and then there’s that affair with a younger man (Jamie Blackley). It sounds like one heck of a trip, and the film’s newest poster, exclusively debuting here, conveys the wistfulness and dreaminess of a journey worth taking. And While We Were Here will hit VOD on August 13th and theaters on September 13th.

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World War Z Concept Art

It was a piece of concept art that got me (and many more) excited about a “World War Z” movie in the first place. For everyone who’d read Max Brooks’ beautifully thorough oral history, it was a little hard to imagine it translating well to film, though. With a ton of different voices, an after-the-fact central focus and a labyrinthine structure, Brooks’ academic recounting of the times surrounding “The Great Panic” didn’t seem like a good fit for a movie (unless Ken Burns was going to direct). The Brad Pitt-starring film coming out this weekend seems to confirm that. Many, many elements from the book have been changed — including the elimination of the historical perspective in favor of placing us into the immediate danger — but even if it’s an In Name Only Adaptation, World War Z still looks impressive on a lot of levels. One of them is its visuals. To celebrate the film’s look, “World War Z: The Art of the Film” is out, and we have an exclusive look at 4 of the images tucked away in its binding. Enjoy, but remember to wipe the brain matter from your lips when you’re done.

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Chad Hartigan‘s Sundance entry, This Is Martin Bonner, quietly snuck up on audiences this past January, with the character-driven tale eventually picking up the Audience Award for the Best of NEXT section. Starring Paul Eenhoorn as the eponymous character, the film centers on Martin’s late-in-life transition from a full (but complicated) life on the East coast to a quiet and unassuming one in Reno. Bankrupt, Martin takes on his first job in two years – a volunteer gig that sees him helping newly released inmates transition back into normal life. In the course of his work, Martin makes an unexpected new friend in former prisoner Travis (Richmond Arquette), a relationship that is soon put to the test. Get to know Martin, Travis, and their unexpectedly stirring collision in our exclusive first trailer for This Is Martin Bonner, after the break.

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Kim Jee-woon is one of South Korea’s most exciting directors, but as is too often the case with foreign filmmakers his Hollywood debut was a bit of a let down critically and commercially. There were bigger things at stake with The Last Stand than just Kim’s American career though as it was also the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger to the big screen in a leading role. The film still has plenty of fun moments, and while many of them are in the action department it’s both interesting and entertaining to see Schwarzenegger playing a role that doesn’t try to hide his obvious age. Sheriff Ray Owens is undeniably old making him far more human than the characters he’s used to playing. Check out this brief featurette below with Kim and others talking about what drew them towards working with the last action hero himself, Mr. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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Is this new motion poster for Now You See Me an illusion, or is it magic? We can’t say for sure. Some sort of Photoshop wizardry is at play around Woody Harrelson’s character, so much so that I’ve already inadvertently typed “Woody Allen” three times while writing this article. Be it actual magic or just sleep deprivation, the fact remains: Now You See Me is coming soon and we’ve got a fancy poster exclusive to share with you.

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Tai Chi Hero Poster Debut

Last year, just before Fantastic Fest, we debuted a poster for the martial arts epic Tai Chi Zero. Sometime later, we reviewed the film at the Austin-based genre haven, only to find that it was fun, but also quite strange. Part of its oddity was the fact that its closing credits included a trailer for its already finished sequel, Tai Chi Hero. I remember personally thinking, “that’s the movie I want to see. The action-packed sequel.” A number of months later, that opportunity is upon us. And as Tai Chi Hero gears up for a theatrical release starting on April 26, we’ve come back with yet another exclusive poster debut. Well, a sort of debut. This poster, “Baby,” was released as part of the film’s Chinese release. This time though, it’s got English letters. So enjoy the debut of this brand new Tai Chi Hero poster’s English lettering.

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