Movie News: First Look at Peter Sarsgaard in 'The Experimenter'; Watch Will Smith in Sizzling 'Focus' TV Spot

Movie News: First Look at Peter Sarsgaard in 'The Experimenter'; Watch Will Smith in Sizzling 'Focus' TV Spot

Jan 21, 2015

The Experimenter

The Experimenter: Peter Sarsgaard stars in The Experimenter as real-life social psychologist Stanley Milgram, who devised a study in 1961 to test a theory about blind obedience to orders. Winona Ryder costars as his wife; John Leguizamo, Anton Yelchin and Anthony Edwards are among the subjects of his experiments. The movie will debut at the Sundance Film Festival this weekend. []



Amazon: Online retailer, which has enjoyed success producing original small-screen shows such as the Golden Globe-winning Transparent (above), says it will begin producing and acquiring original movies for theatrical distribution in 2015. The projects will be lower budgeted productions, in the neighborhood of $5 million to $25 million per title, and will be available on Amazon's streaming service four to eight weeks after debuting in theaters. [Variety]



Detour: Tye Sheridan, who gave an impressive turn in 2012's Mud (opposite Matthew McConaughey, above), is proving to be a young actor in demand. Sheridan, who turned 18 last November, appears in three films that will debut at this month's Sundance Film Festival, and will next star in psychological thriller Detour, to be directed by Christopher Smith (Black Death). He'll play a young man who, "while grieving for his dying mother, struggles to decide whether he should kill his unfaithful step-father [sic]." [The Hollywood Reporter]



Focus TV Spot: A new TV spot for Focus encapsulates the movie's premise in just 30 seconds. Con man Will Smith sees Margot Robbie in a red dress, they become partners, money flows in, risks are taken, and then both their lives are in danger. The movie sizzles into theaters on February 27. [Warner Bros.]




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