Welcome to Indie Revolver

We’ve gotten a lot of traffic over the last couple days and, understandably, a lot of messages from other fans and entertainment sites. With that in mind,  I thought it might be a good idea to reintroduce ourselves to the newcomers and answer some of your more frequent questions!

I’m a fan of film and art and I gravitate towards most of the same pop culture touchstones that mean so much to most of our generation. I started this site to open up the conversation; to expand and add to the discussion of these stories and artists which mean so much to all of us.

We’re allowed to attend some events and concerts, permitted interviews, and sometimes even manage to break a good story because we work at it pretty hard, making phone calls and sending emails and visiting friends and contacts who we’ve met. That’s been my main hobby since I was a kid, and I’ve always devoured every scrap of news I could find on sites like Ain’t it Cool and Variety. One thing that has changed since I was younger is that I don’t see a group of friends every day to quote our favorite dialogue and trade rumors and debate the finer points of our beloved films. I thought that this blog might be a way to bring some of that dynamic back to my life, and since I started it a few months ago it has actually brought some new friends into the fold to help build it. This is the most fun I’ve had with my hobby in many years, and I’m very thankful to everyone who’s jumped in to enjoy it with me.

While it’s my nature to mine for every nugget I can unearth, I always want to be careful about ruining things for anyone else. We include spoiler warnings when that stuff comes up, of course – but it goes further than that. We posted our images of the new troopers only once they’d been described in detail by other sites and sketched (pretty well from memory, apparently from one grainy black and white photograph!) by Tom Hodges. We unveiled the illustration of the Inquisitor only after his appearance and motivations were impressively mapped out by Latino Review and Badass Digest. Fleshing out the conversation, adding to it – talking about what’s already out there in as much depth as we can. That’s our sweet spot, what we really enjoy. Some of you have sent us some truly fascinating information and insights. When you see those pop up on another outlet first after weeks or months of waiting, this is why. Similarly, we will not post anything we’ve been asked not to post nor will we keep up anything we’ve been asked to take down.

We will not buy your photographs. We can’t afford to, and frankly we’re not interested in that approach to obtaining stories. You also may not buy or license our photographs from us. You’re welcome to use them, free of charge. A link back to help build our own community would be appreciated, if you do.

When we watermark an image, it’s because it was given to us for use on our site. We will not watermark any images which we re-post from other sites, and we will not watermark exclusive images for which a watermark is not requested. Sorry to say, we cannot supply you with non-watermarked or higher resolution versions of the ones that are. For some of our sources, it matters that it lives in a context that’s really about the love of the story. If you take a look around, you’ll notice there are no ads. It cost me $12 dollars to buy the domain name and another $13 to redirect to the WordPress page. The site is hosted for free on WordPress’ free servers, and laid out using one of their inexpensive templates at a cost of $30. Since then, I’ve spent another $30 to remove WordPress’ occasional ads to keep things cleaner and give our community a more enjoyable experience. Those are our ledgers – I’m out about $85 dollars and we don’t earn a penny here. I shudder to think what kind of expenses would go along with this week’s traffic if I had to support that on my own site/server, so I understand why most sites need to display ads (if you like what a site is doing, clicking on their banners is a great way to support them!). I’m aiming for something simpler here. On that note. this seems like a good time to thank our team – all of our contributors write/edit/research for free, in their spare time (and perhaps some hours that they should be working at their day jobs).

We do not represent a controlled leak from JJ Abrams. Man, if only…

We do not post anything that we don’t think is reliable. We verify everything we can within reason. It’s okay if you don’t always agree that the more sensitive kinds of stories are accurate! We have faith in them. If we ever doubt them, we’ll issue a retraction. We will not connect you with our sources nor identify them. In some instances, we don’t actually know who they are ourselves. Regarding Star Wars, we’re pretty sure what we write will hold up and everything we see come out elsewhere seems to support everything we’ve seen so far. We don’t know most of it, and we’re just as excited as you are to see how it all comes together next Christmas.

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Welcome to Indie Revolver – please feel free to hang around and talk about movies and poster art and vinyl and what you’re reading in our reply section beneath each story and on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Jay Carlson
Editor-in-Chief, Indie Revolver

Trailer: Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac in ‘A Most Violent Year’

“Isaac is Abel Morales, an immigrant who is trying to grow his heating oil business. But the crime-ridden streets of the big city cause more and more problems, and Morales finds that his ethics are malleable as he fights to keep his company going with the aid of his equally tough wife, Anna (Jessica Chastain). As the year progresses, their tactics become less scrupulous and the authorities start to take an interest…”

The film also stars Albert Brooks, Alessandro Nivola, David Oyelowo and Catalina Sandino Moreno.

A Most Violent Year opens on December 31st.

 

Source: Empire

Adam McKay and Seth Rogan to Team up with Jean Ralphio

Ben Schwartz (Jean Ralphio from Parks and Recreation) has sold an untitled comedy pitch to Gary Sanchez Productions, Point Grey Pictures, and Good Universe that will see Adam McKay direct Schwartz and Seth Rogen.

Schwartz’s star has been rising with memorable turns in Showtime’s House of Lies and his recurring role on NBC’s Parks and Recreation. He will next be seen in The Interview with Seth Rogen and James Franco followed by Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt in 2015.

‘Deadpool’ has a Release Date!

We knew it was only a matter of time before Fox announced a Deadpool film based off of the fan reaction of the “leaked” test footage from July.

Reynolds told the Niagara Falls Review:

The movie has been in a state of limbo for a while. There was such an overpowering reaction to the footage, you sort of feel like, ‘Oh, so we weren’t crazy for our reasons for loving this character, for loving this role.’ It’s interesting to see the power of the Internet. It’s awe-inspiring, actually.

Reynolds appeared as Deadpool in one of the worst character adaptations of all time in X-Men Origins: Wolverine in 2009. Reynolds was great casting, but the production and script mishandled the character completely. It’s good that we’re all going to get an opportunity to see Reynolds get it right. Tim Miller (upcoming adaptation of The Goon) is set to direct.

Today Fox announced that Deadpool starring Ryan Reynolds will hit theaters on February 12th 2016, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Think of it as a present for all you geeks who find yourself dateless on Valentines Day.

Fox also took the opportunity to tweak their release schedule a bit moving video game adaptation Assassin’s Creed, Starring Michael Fassbender, from August 7th 2015 to sometime in 2016 due to the film falling behind. Instead, Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four will take August 7th, moving from its original date of June 19th. The John Green adaptation, Paper Towns, will move from July 31st to the now vacated Fantastic Four date on June 19th.

 

The First Footage From Star Wars: Episode VII! Bad Robot Throws the Challange Back to Batman!

In the continuing tongue-in-cheek war between the productions of Batman V Superman and Star Wars: Episode VII JJ Abrams has release the video above which is also the first official video released from Episode VII.

This is in response to the image Zack Snyder released over the weekend of a stormtrooper being arrested by the Gotham City Police Department for stealing the Batmobile.

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Obviously, this war is going to end with pistols at dawn at some point in the future.

Darrell Hammond to Fill Don Pardo’s Very Large Shoes on SNL

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I don’t think I can properly express how thrilled I am about this piece of news: Darrell Hammond will be taking over announcing duties on Saturday Night Live, for Don Pardo who passed away last month. Saturday Night Live, going into its 40th season without Pardo was a really sad prospect, but the news that Hammond, who had previously filled in for Pardo while he was ill, softens the blow.

Hammond, who has the distinction of being the longest tenured cast member, from 1994-2009 (and the oldest cast member as well, when he left), is known for his multitude of impressions & was a huge part of my childhood. I grew up on SNL and Hammond was there through some of my favorite time periods in the show’s history.

While no one can replace Don Pardo and the thrill I’m sure every cast member got from hearing him say their names –  Darrell Hammond is an excellent choice to fill the Don Pardo shaped whole at Studio 8H.

Al Pacino and Brian De Palma’s ‘Happy Valley’ Casts its Jerry Sandusky

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It looks like John Carroll Lynch will be playing one of the biggest monsters in recent years for Brian De Palma in ‘Happy Valley’, the story about the Penn State sex abuse scandal of Jerry Sandusky.

Lynch is a veteran character actor whose name may not be familiar but his face surely is, having appeared in Fincher’s Zodiac, Fargo, Shutter Island and a long run as Drew Carey’s cross-dressing brother on the Drew Carey Show.

Al Pacino has been cast as legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, who was fired after an investigation revealed that he knew of Jerry Sandusky was molesting children and did little to stop it in order to protect his football program.

Sandusky was subsequently convicted on 45 counts of sexual abuse against a minor and Joe Paterno died of cancer shortly after his fall from grace.

De Palma’s film will be based on the book Paterno written by Joe Posnanski. The script was written by American History X scribe, Dave McKenna.

This is the third time Pacino and De Palma have teamed up. Their previous collaborations resulted in Scarface and Carlito’s Way.

 

Supernerd Reviews Tom Hardy and James Gandolfini in ‘The Drop’

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

If I’ve learned anything from crime movies, it’s that any seedy, locally owned bar is probably involved in some form of illegal activity. The Drop does nothing to dissuade this stereotype, but it does deliver a top notch movie experience. In this new crime thriller we follow Bob Saginowski, played by Tom Hardy, as he goes about his daily life tending bar at his cousin’s bar (which happens to be a bar where the Chechen mob’s illegal money gets dropped off for pick-up at a later time) and what happens in the aftermath of a robbery.

The story focuses mainly on Bob and the kind heart that he has. Bob is a nice guy, but as the movie goes on you feel that he may be a little too nice. Like maybe he’s overcompensating for something. That maybe below his surface he’s got a darkness waiting to be unleashed. But for the time being he’s content with saving a dog that he finds in a trashcan and making friends with a local woman who helps him take care of said dog. Tom Hardy once again delivers an amazing performance. From the Brooklyn accent to the shuffling “Aw, Shucks” demeanor he manages to pull off, Hardy turns in a role that impresses me as much as he did in Warrior.

The other half of our story revolves around Bob’s cousin and boss, Marv, the owner of Cousin Marv’s Bar, played by James Gandolfini. Cousin Marv is still nursing an almost decade old grudge from being ousted from his place of power in the neighborhood hierarchy by the Chechens and being reduced to just a neighborhood Drop Bar. Watching this was bittersweet knowing it will be the last time we see Gandolfini on film. But he is awesome as he channels his inner Tony Soprano and shows us what might have been had our favorite mob boss not had the balls to do what needed to be done and just laid down and let someone else take what was his.

The robbery of the bar brings up questions from both sides of the law. The Chechens want to know who stole their money and what Marv is doing to get it back. The police want to know if there is any illegal activity going on at the bar to make it a possible target. And somehow Bob gets entangled with a neighborhood sociopath who gets a little too close for comfort. And with that brings questions of a murder from ten years ago that may still have implications today.

The Drop, adapted by Dennis Lehane from his 2009 short story Animal Rescue, crackles with amazing dialogue and spot on characterization. Hardy, Gandolfini, and Noomi Rapace gelled rather nicely. Every interaction flowed nicely and nothing later in the movie felt as though it went against traits already established just for the purpose of a surprise twist. When watching this I was reminded of another Lehane novel-turned-movie, Gone Baby Gone. That too was a movie that excelled because of a superb cast that had spot on delivery and great emotion on screen.

It’s hard to do something that hasn’t already been done in the crime thriller genre. The Drop isn’t reinventing the wheel. But it is definitely rolling in its own path.

Tom Hiddleston to Venture to King Kong’s ‘Skull Island’

 

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Tom Hiddleston is moving on from battling Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in The Avengers to King Kong in the upcoming Skull Island. 

Skull Island was announced back in July at SDCC. At that point they didn’t have a star, director, or even a script. The had a release date of November 4th 2016. Since then they’ve hired director, Joran Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) and writer Max Borenstein (Godzilla) to flesh out the King Kong prequel.

What do you think of Hiddleston? How do you feel about a King Kong prequel?

Trailer: Adam Sandler, Ansel Elgort, and Jennifer Garner in Jason Reitman’s ‘Men Women & Children’

I loved the first teaser trailer for Jason Reitman’s Men Women & Children. It nailed the tone of Chad Kultgen’s book that shed a light on the way the internet has changed the relationships, communication, self image, and love lives of children and adults in this day and age.

“The film attempts to stare down social issues such as video game culture, anorexia, infidelity, fame hunting, and the proliferation of illicit material on the internet. As each character and each relationship is tested, we are shown the variety of roads people choose – some tragic, some hopeful – as it becomes clear that no one is immune to this enormous social change that has come through our phones, our tablets, and our computers.”

This is one of my most anticipated films coming out before the end of the year. What do you think of the trailer?

A Doctor Who Joins the Cast of ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’

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Matt Smith, aka the eleventh doctor, has joined the cast of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. 

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is based on a mashup book by Seth Grahame-Smith combining Jane Austen’s classic 1813 novel Pride and Prejudice with elements of modern zombie fiction, crediting Austen as co-author.

The film also stars, Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston,Bella Heathcote and Douglas Booth. It begins shooting September 24th and will be directed by Burr Steers.

We’ve had the book here for a while but I have yet to crack it open. If you’ve read it let us know what you thought in the comments.

Some New Looks at the Batman V Superman Batmobile

More shots of just about every angle of the Batmobile from Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman have appeared online thanks to Autoblog.

We finally get a look of the back of the car and it looks like trunk space might be lacking. My bicycle certainly won’t fit back there.

What do you think of Snyder’s Batmobile? Thanks to my childhood, they all come in second to Tim Burton’s Batmobile.

 

What Happened With Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper’s ‘Serena’ and the Trailer

The Hollywood Reporter posted an interesting piece on Serena, the film Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper made prior to Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle. It seemed that the film has been collecting dust on a shelf somewhere but it seems the film had been shopped around and no studios wanted to touch it for the price that the production company, 2929 Productions, was looking for. One top buyer desribed the film said “The film was so edited, it made no sense.” Another described it as “uneven, particularly Lawrence’s [descent into madness]” as the childless wife of a timber baron.” 2929’s sister company, Magnolia, became the default distributor at this point.

Considering this, it’s not at all surprising that the film will not receive an Oscar push this year. Instead, it will get a VOD release on February 26th with a small theatrical push on March 27th.     

Take a look at the trailer? Do you think it’s going to be as bad as it’s been described?

The Newest Trailer for ‘The Judge’ is the Best One Yet

I have to confess. the first couple previews for The Judge didn’t do anything for me. It seemed like the film was looking to pack an emotional punch that was falling flat. But this trailer really pulls at my heart strings in a great way.

What do you think? Excited to see Downey Jr. play someone other than Iron Man?

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From Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures comes “The Judge,” which pairs two-time Oscar nominee Robert Downey Jr. (“Chaplin,” “Tropic Thunder”) and Oscar winner Robert Duvall (“Tender Mercies,” “Crazy Heart”), starring together for the first time on the big screen. The film also stars Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga (“Up in the Air,” “The Conjuring”) and Oscar winner Billy Bob Thornton (“Sling Blade,” “Friday Night Lights”), and is directed by David Dobkin (“Wedding Crashers”).

In “The Judge,” Downey stars as big city lawyer Hank Palmer, who returns to his childhood home where his estranged father, the town’s judge (Duvall), is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the truth and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before.

The film also features a stellar supporting cast, including Vincent D’Onofrio (TV’s “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”), Jeremy Strong (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “Lincoln”), Dax Shepard (TV’s “Parenthood”), Leighton Meester (TV’s “Gossip Girl”), Ken Howard (“J. Edgar,” “Michael Clayton”), Emma Tremblay (“Elysium”), Balthazar Getty (TV’s “Brothers & Sisters”), David Krumholtz (“This Is the End”), Sarah Lancaster (TV’s “Chuck”), Grace Zabriskie (TV’s “Big Love”) and Denis O’Hare (TV’s “True Blood”).

“The Judge” is being produced by Susan Downey (the “Sherlock Holmes” films), David Dobkin, and David Gambino (“The Brave One”), with Herbert W. Gains, Robert Downey Jr., Jeff Kleeman and Bruce Berman serving as executive producers. The screenplay is by Nick Schenk (“Gran Torino”) and Bill Dubuque, story by Dobkin & Schenk.

Dobkin’s behind the scenes creative team includes Oscar-winning director of photography Janusz Kaminski (“Saving Private Ryan,” “Lincoln”), production designer Mark Ricker (“The Way Way Back,” “The Help”), editor Mark Livolsi (“The Blind Side”) and costume designer Marlene Stewart (“Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters,” “Tropic Thunder”). The music is by 12-time Oscar nominee Thomas Newman (“Saving Mr. Banks”).

A Warner Bros. Pictures presentation, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, a Big Kid Pictures/Team Downey production, a film by David Dobkin, “The Judge” is scheduled for release on October 10, 2014, and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.

Like Free Stuff? Check Out Nakatomi’s New Firefly/Serenity Free Prints

 

We here at Indie Revolver are fans of Tim Doyle. His Unreal Estate prints adorn a whole wall in our screening area. We are proud owners of all of his first free print series based on the characters from Blade Runner and have a large chunk of his second Dr. Who series.

In staying with the sci-fi theme of his free print series, Doyle has selected Firefly/Serenity. We couldn’t be happier. Best of all is that they’re FREE. How do you collect your free print? Just pbuy a print- ANY PRINT from Nakatomi and you will get one of the two prints, while supplies last. 

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Regular Editions

The first two hand pulled silkscreened posters measure 12×18, feature 3 colors and are limited to 100.

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Variant Edition

There is also a Variant Edition of 25, 10 of which will go to ten customers that purchase a full set of his newest Shiny Objects prints that also drop today. The remaining 15 of each will be randomly inserted in the other orders.

Take a look in the Nakatomi Store HERE and buy a print so you can get one of the free prints!

As a bonus, take a look at the next two releases, courtesy of his Flickr where you can also take a look at the first two series, as well.

 

 

 

Ghostbusters: Dan Aykroyd may be Getting High on his own Supply…

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Dan Aykroyd may be getting high on his supply when it comes to his most recent comments regarding the Ghostbusters franchise.

At an appearance in London, where he is promoting his Crystal Head Vodka, Dan Aykroyd spoke some more on the future of Ghostbusters and it sounds like, like most franchises, he’s thinking BIG.

“It’s beyond just another sequel, a prequel, another TV show. I’m thinking what does the whole brand mean to Sony? What does Pixar and Star Wars mean to Disney? What does Marvel mean to Fox?”

It seems as though Ghostbusters is the latest franchise to catch a case of the “Marvels.” Instead of looking at the next film, they are looking ahead to the next ten years of the franchise.

Is it me or does talk like this sound ridiculous when, in 25 years and counting they have been unable to get a new film off the ground? You have to crawl before you can run.

The time to establish this would have been during the second film. Murray sets it up in the first film when Ray is lamenting mortgaging the house that was once his grandmother’s, by saying “The franchise rights alone will make us rich.” They could have used subsequent films to establish new stories with new franchises across the world, weaving the original members in and out.

He goes on to say that the focus must “not just another movie or another TV show, but what’s the totality of it? The whole mythology from the beginning of their lives, the end of their lives. Ghostbusters at nine years old, Ghostbusters in high school.”

Ghostbusters at nine?! Ghostbusters in High School?!

I think he may have cracked into a crystal head prior to this appearance.

Is This Adam Driver on the set of Episode VII? If so, What Does it Mean?

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That certainly looks like Adam Driver is rocking a rebel flight suit in the picture below. The picture is blurry but certainly looks like it could be Driver. This is confusing because it’s been accepted fact that Driver is playing a villain in Episode VII. So what does this picture mean?

He’s reportedly been shooting Episode VII and Girls at the same time, bouncing back and forth from NY to London. So this certainly could be Driver.

I, personally, have no knowledge of who Driver is playing in Episode VII. My sources have been especially quiet and have given no clues as to who he might be playing or what that characters arc is. Badass Digest has thrown out pretty much every theory, a couple of which crossed our minds, as well.

Considering how filmed this location has been, it’s very possible that that is Driver and Abrams is simply screwing with the Star Wars paparazzi hanging out in trees and floating drone over his shoot. This would be an easy thing to do in order to throw people off the scent. This one honestly seems fairly likely.

OR, perhaps all of the rumors about Driver being a villain have been wrong from the beginning. Is he one of the featured Rebels in the film?

What do you think about this image? Is that actually Driver? If so, what do you think it means?

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Source: Rick Lawrence

Cara Delevingne Cast in Next John Green Adaptation

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Cara Delevingne is in talks to join the next film based on a John Green book, Paper Towns. 

The book focuses “on young neighbors, Quentin and Margo, united by the experience of finding the body of a man who committed suicide. Though they grow apart as they age, they’re suddenly thrown back together when Margo shows up one night at Quentin’s window dressed as a ninja. Despite launching a campaign to wreak revenge on the people who have hurt her in her life, she vanishes and our hero must set out to follow clues and discover what happened.”

Sounds a little different than the previous John Green adaptation, The Fault in our Stars. Paper Towns is once again being adapted by Fault writers, Michael H. Weber and Scott Neustadter and will be directed by Robot and Frank director Jake Schreier.

I honestly thought Delevingne was only a model who occasionally made out with Michelle Rodriguez in public. A quick look at her IMDB shows that she’s been in Anna Karenina and is set to appear in the Peter Pan origin film Pan.

I had zero interest in The Fault in our Stars but it seemed like a lot of other people did. Is John Green enough to put your ass in a seat?

Source: Empire

Game of Thrones Actor to Join Miles Teller in ‘Bleed for This’

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Ciaran Hinds of Game of Thrones has been cast in Bleed for This, the Ben Younger film based on the life of boxer Vinny Pazienza.

Miles Teller (Fantastic Four, The Spectacular Now, Whiplash) will star as “five-time world champion boxer “Vinny Paz,” who was injured in a near-fatal car crash at the peak of his career that left him with a broken neck. Not knowing if he’d ever walk again, he made an incredible comeback, and after months of recovery and against doctors’ orders, Paz went back to the gym under the guidance of infamous trainer Kevin Rooney(Aaron Eckhart) and made a triumphant return to the ring just over a year later.” Hinds will play Teller’s father, Angelo Pazienza.

With each film appearance, Miles Teller wins me over more and more. I went from not caring for him to eagerly anticipating each new film. Up next there is Whiplash which looks like it has the makings of a dark horse this awards season and then Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four. I don’t think we’ve seen Teller’s ceiling yet.

Does Bleed for This sound like something you’d be interested in checking out? It certainly has the makings of a great feel-good story.