After working on both the Oscar-nominated Deliver Us From Evil and Adrian Grenier‘s Teenage Paparazzo, Matthew Cooke is set to premiere his directorial documentary debut, How to Make Money Selling Drugs this fall. At first glance, it seems like another take on topics Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner explored in their excellent book Freakonimics. But this one has an added dose of celebrity.
Rappers Eminem, 50 Cent and Rick Ross discuss their upbringing that dealt with the drug trade, while The Wire creator David Simon talks about the economics of the industry. There’s also DEA agents talking about the other side of the dangerous business. And for some reason Woody Harrelson and Susan Sarandon also show up in the feature. Cut together like an informercial regarding the title, we’ve got the promising first trailer, which gives us an inside look at this $400 billion industry. Check it out below, along with some photos, for the film premiering at TIFF.
TIFF kicks off on September 6th.
One of the most highly anticipated films of the Cannes Film Festivals was unveiled this morning to a divisive response, Nicolas Winding Refn‘s Only God Forgives. As we said in our review, “set amidst an underground Muay Thai boxing club and glowing with hellish red lights from countless brothels, the mood and style is more [...]
With this year’s Cannes Film Festival halfway done, one of the clear highlights is Coens‘ 1960′s-set folk music tale Inside Llewyn Davis. Profiling a down on his luck musician (Oscar Isaac), whose natural talent indicates he is destined for success, the film is a vivid portrait of what it means to be a starving artist. In [...]
Welcome to the latest episode of our official podcast, The Film Stage Show. This week, staff writer Danny King, associate editor Nick Newman and I review J.J. Abram‘s new entry in his flagship franchise, Star Trek Into Darkness. Before that, though, we run down our top 3 most-anticipated films of the Cannes Film Festival. Finally, we take a look at the [...]
There is truly something magical when you combine the French Riviera, the global film market and thousands of hungry filmgoers and critics. The end result is what has come to be known as the most prestigious film festival in the world, the Cannes Film Festival, currently in its 66th iteration. This is my third year [...]
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