WATCH: Bradley Cooper Trimmed Down With a Buzz Cut in New Trailer for Aloha

The trailer for Bradley Cooper’s next film—Cameron Crowe’s Aloha—was released this morning. It find the American Sniper star trimmed down with a buzz cut and stepping into his comedy shoes as a renowned military contractor who returns to his former base. There he reconnects with an old flame (Rachel McAdams) but winds up getting swept off his feet by a feisty Air Force watchdog played by Emma Stone.

The film is set to be released on May 29th, and will surely earn a ton of extra hype if Cooper snags that Best Actor trophy next week. Check out the trailer above.

Secret Cinema Returning Following Founder’s Bike Accident

Secret Cinema, Philly’s gem of an underground screening series dedicated to showing rare and classic films in 16mm on a giant screen—has been on hiatus since last fall. Founder Jay Schwartz was forced to take a break following a bike accident in early-September. “I was riding my bicycle home, when I was hit by a truck, resulting in a badly broken leg and some other broken bones. I was in the hospital for a week, then in a rehabilitation hospital for another two weeks, and could not put any weight on my leg for over two months,” he explained in a lengthy email sent out this morning.

Understandably he’s been off the radar since then, but he’s gearing up to bring back the festival starting this month. More from his email:

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Is the Roxy Philly’s Best-Kept Movie Secret?

pfs theater at the roxy philadelphia

You may not have noticed, but the Roxy has become a pretty cool place to do movies in Center City.

Really. After years as a rundown also-ran in the city’s cinema ecosystem, the Philadelphia Film Society has turned the movie theater into one of the best places in town to have a fun, eclectic movie experience. You might not always know that from the first-run movies the Roxy carries — right now the choices are Mortdecai and Black or White, ugh — but there’s so much more going on.

Consider this: Last Sunday, while everybody was getting ready for the Super Bowl, the Roxy counterprogrammed with a showing of Little Giants, the Pee Wee football classic. Friday and Saturday, there were midnight showings of The Thing, John Carpenter’s terrifying monster movie.

And take December: The Roxy ran a “12 Days of Christmas” marathon featuring classic holiday movies. (I went and saw Die Hard on the big screen for the first time. Fantastic.) Before that, there was a weeklong festival showing each of the original-cast Star Trek films on their original 35-mm prints. (My son saw Wrath of Khan for the first time — again, a wonderful experience.)

Those are just the special events. “We do a bunch of different educational and community programs,” Liz Schiller, a marketing consultant for the theater, told me.

Other regular events:

• Weekend morning movies for kids. These feature some classic and some new, quirky choices — the next one is a Japanese retelling of The Little Mermaid — and there are two screenings offered: One in a traditional setting, the other a “sensory friendly” showing in which the house lights are turned up and the movie sound volume lowered, designed for children with sensitivities bothered by traditional movie showings.

• The monthly “Filmadelphia “ series that showcases the work of Philadelphia filmmakers of a range of ages and backgrounds. (Amateurs are welcome to submit works.)

• Wednesday night BYO movies, where moviegoers can bring their own wine bottles — the theater offers glasses and charges a corking fee. “That is sort of a relaxed atmosphere,” Schiller said. “It’’s one of the more fun things we do that we get lots of calls about.”

Coming soon: A monthly “Passport to World Cinema” series that was formerly hosted at the University for the Arts.

The theater is still trying to find its way under the stewardship of the Philadelphia Film Society — that organization recently sent a survey to members asking what programming is favored and which isn’t.

But more than a year after the PFS purchased the Roxy and struggled to remodel and reopen it, the facility has become a delightful place to have a varied moviegoing experience and the only place to catch a big (well, ok, medium) screen flick in Center City. It’s worth checking out.

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5 Best New Movies on Netflix Instant: Gems From Shailene Woodley, Kirsten Dunst and—Believe It or Not—Nicolas Cage

The Brothers Bloom (2008)
Between making the shatteringly brilliant high-school noir Brick (2005), and the perplexingly dense Looper (2012), writer/director Rian Johnson made this twisty big-con caper flick, starring Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo. The pair star as brothers involved in a giant, multi-leveled gambit—yes, the last one of their careers—trying to scam a beautiful heiress (played by Rachel Weisz) out of a fortune.

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WATCH: Warner Bros. Releases Magic Mike XXL Teaser Trailer

Warner Bros. Pictures has released the teaser trailer for the followup to its ridiculously successful Magic Mike, provocatively named Magic Mike XXL.

It begins with a ripped-up Channing Tatum in a dark garage using power tools before moving into a montage of sexy clips from the film.

The film hits theaters nationwide on July 1, 2015. It stars Channing Tatum, Matt Boner Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez and Gabriel Iglesias.

Enjoy, ladies and gays!

Bradley Cooper Talks American Sniper Controversy With Terry Gross On Fresh Air

american sniper bradley cooper

This week on Fresh Air, Terry Gross interviewed fellow Philadelphian Bradley Cooper about American Sniper and his work in The Elephant Man, which is playing now on Broadway in New York.

The first part of the nearly hourlong chat delves into the much-reported controversy surrounding Sniper, in which Cooper plays a sharp-shooting Navy SEAL sniper during the war in Iraq. Liberals say the film doesn’t do enough to emphasize that that troops should never have been in Iraq in the first place, and that it glorifies a mission gone wrong. Conservatives—like Sarah Palin—say hogwash.

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Lena Dunham Pans Woody Allen and Other Things Overheard at Sundance 2015


“All Woody Allen was doing was making out with 17 year olds for years and we didn’t say anything about it.”|

We’re coming to the end of the line for the 2015 edition of Sundance, with most press leaving either today or tomorrow—and most of the stars and talent having long since departed—which leaves a bit of that feeling when the lights are suddenly turned back on at the end of the party, leaving everyone still there looking around like they just woke up from a long, twisted dream. In keeping with the metaphor, let’s pull out the broom and start sweeping up the debris with a sampling of quotes—and tweets—that help to encapsulate the 2015 Sundance experience.

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Phillly LGBT Film Festival qFLIX Announces 2015 Dates

From Such Good People, the film that kicked of qFLIX last year.

From Such Good People, the film that kicked of qFLIX last year.

Philly’s brand new—and only—LGBT film festival, qFLIX, has announced the dates for its second season.

They’re kicking things off a little earlier this year, on July 7th, with an apt “Summer in the City” theme. Sticking to tradition, organizers Thom Cardwell and James Duggan say the itinerary of screenings will be complemented by panel discussions, after-screening Q&As, meet-and-greets with cast members, and some special parties and receptions. All films will be screened in Center City, but there’s still no word on what those films will be.

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Will Smith’s Concussion Gets Christmas 2015 Release Date

Today, Sony Pictures announced the release date for Will Smith’s Concussion: December 25, 2015. Deadline sums up the film:

Concussion follows Dr. Bennet Omalu (Smith), the forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of football-related brain trauma in a pro player and fought to bring awareness to the public. In his search for the truth, Omalu, a total outsider to pro football, takes on the sports industry’s status quo. His studies on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), prompted the NFL to take brain-related injuries seriously. CTE was cited in the suicides of former NFL stars Junior Seau and Dave Duerson.

Concussion will go up against a handful of other films set for a Christmas Day release, which, according to Movie Insider are Dirty Grandpa (starring Zac Efron, Robert De Niro and Wilmington’s Aubrey Plaza), Monster Trucks (Rob Lowe), The Revenant (Tom Hardy, Leonardo DiCaprio) and David O. Russell’s Joy (Jennifer Lawrence and maybe even Smith’s fellow Philadelphian Bradley Cooper).

WATCH: Downingtown’s Miles Teller in New Fantastic Four Trailer

Downingtown's Miles Teller in the first trailer for Fantastic Four.

Downingtown’s Miles Teller in the first trailer for Fantastic Four.

The Internet lost its mind today when 20th Century Fox released the first trailer for Fantastic Four. The film is described as “a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team. It centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.”

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