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It was the pop culture sensation of the 1990s – and now it’s back to storm TV screens in the UK (well, Channel 5 anyway). The X-Files initially ran for 10 series’ (in addition to spawning two movies) and introduced us to two of television’s greatest heroes in the form of FBI agents Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson), both dedicated to exposing extraterrestrial and paranormal phenomena lurking amidst the fabric of everyday life.
However, the series wouldn’t have had half its impact without the input of composer Mark Snow, whose haunting music constantly had viewers anticipating what was around the next corner. Here are 19 memorable tracks exploring the rich yet underrated soundtrack history of this landmark show, ones confirming Snow as perhaps the unsung hero of The X-Files. »
- Sean Wilson
The project “centers on the aftermath of a victim of gang rape, left for dead in a park boathouse. The victim is a single mother in her 30s, and the attack is witnessed by her daughter. A policeman who is a Gulf War veteran becomes her unexpected champion.”
Vengeance: A Love Story is based upon Joyce Carol Oates’ 2003 novel Rape: A Love Story, and will see Harold Becker directing from a script by John Mankiewicz. Production is slated to get underway next month. Meanwhile, USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage will hit cinemas on May 30th.
- Amie Cranswick
The victim is a single mother in her 30s and the attack is witnessed by her daughter. A policeman who is a Gulf War veteran becomes her unexpected champion.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Not only did the Late Show rookie land the coveted post-game time slot on CBS — marking the first time a late-night program has aired after the NFL championship — but he was tasked with pulling off a live broadcast just moments after the Denver Broncos won the Lombardi Trophy.
VideosBeyoncé, Coldplay and Bruno Mars’ Super Bowl Halftime Show — Grade It
Like any real-time television event, Colbert’s post-Super Bowl outing suffered a few technical mishaps, particularly when the affable host kept asking his producers, »
Hannibal is starting international sales this week at the Berlin Film Festival.
executive producer is Patricia Eberle.
Oates’ novel centers on the aftermath of a victim of gang rape, left for dead in a park boathouse. The victim is a single mother in her 30s and the attack is witnessed by her daughter. A policeman who is a Gulf War veteran becomes her unexpected champion.
Hannibal and Cage teamed up a year ago on the »
- Dave McNary
The Batman v Superman hype train is rolling in faster than a speeding bullet as what is arguably the Last Son of Krypton’s most anticipated on-screen outing draws closer.
Us superhero fanatics are no strangers to hype, but there are times when it leads only to bitter disappointment, as the resulting film flops like Clark Kent under a heavy dose of Kryptonite or, in some cases, never makes it to cinemas at all.
Believe it or not, there are as many Superman movies lost in the depths of Development Hell are there are on Warner Bros’ historic release slate – and fans can only wonder what might have been if some of these rejected ideas had been given the chance to fly.
- Mark Langshaw
Joel and Ethan Coen’s new film, Hail, Caesar!, finally opened this week, propelled by many of the hallmarks of their filmography: Comically dim characters engaging in a variety of conspiracies and double-crosses against the background of a meticulously re-created and reimagined world (in this case, Hollywood in the 1950s). Funny thing about the Coens: They are two of the most original filmmakers American cinema has given us, and yet they consistently stress the same motifs and themes throughout their works. Every Coen Brothers movie is distinctive in its own right — you’d never mistake one for another — and yet they constantly traffic in the same story elements, characters, and situations. So much so that, way back in 2008, we actually published this handy chart/guide to creating your own Coen Brothers movie. In other words, there’s a through-line that connects Nicolas Cage’s ex-con in Raising Arizona and William H. Macy »
- Bilge Ebiri
As we began talking about editorial content we could publish to celebrate the release of Hail, Caesar!, the latest film from Joel and Ethan Coen, we realized that none of us had the same top five lists, and that it seems unusual for that to be the case. The Coens have had such a rich and varied career that it is impossible to pin them down to one style or one theme or one type of storytelling. Some people love their comedies. Some people love it when they get dark. Some people love the underdogs, the least-liked of their films. But what's clear is that every film they've made has its fans, and even their worst films are beloved by someone. There are few artists like the Coen Brothers, and we were delighted to get lists from each of our special guest contributors this time. The diversity of the replies »
- HitFix Staff
Paris — Paris int’l shoot levels ‘quickly returned to normal’ after November Terrorist attacks, says Paris Film Office head Michel Gomez, who also talked to Variety about recent and upcoming shoots, and new Paris Film Office initiatives
What were the main French and international shoots in Paris in 2015?
- Martin Dale
[In a Valley of Violence] There are a lot of big names coming to screens at the South by Southwest Film Festival this year. Nicolas Cage and Elijah Wood in a movie about corrupt Vegas cops. Ethan Hawke and John Travolta in a violent western. Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts in the latest from Jean-Marc Vallee. Keegan-Michael Key and Gillian Jacobs in a new comedy from Mike Birbiglia. Michael Shannon and Adam Driver in a sci-fi movie about a boy with special powers. As you can see below, that list goes on and on. But it's the names you don't recognize that are always most intriguing at a tastemaker festival like SXSW. Going over this year's lineup you can find relatively unknown movies with intriguing titles like I Am Not A Serial Killer, The Alchemist...
- Peter Hall
[In a Valley of Violence] There are a lot of big names coming to screens at the South by Southwest Film Festival (aka SXSW) this year: Nicolas Cage and Elijah Wood in a movie about corrupt Vegas cops. Ethan Hawke and John Travolta in a violent Western. Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts in the latest from Jean-Marc Vallee. Keegan-Michael Key and Gillian Jacobs in a new comedy from Mike Birbiglia. Michael Shannon and Adam Driver in a sci-fi movie about a boy with special powers. As you...
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A Chet Baker biopic starring Ethan Hawke, a Las Vegas drug thriller co-starring Nicolas Cage and Sky Ferreira and a Korean documentary about karaoke addiction are just three of the several dozen movies that SXSW added to their previously announced lineup Tuesday. Famous for premiering both huge blockbusters (Bridesmaids) and beloved indies (Short Term 12), the 2016 edition of Austin's premiere pop culture showcase highlights a wide variety of potential breakout hits.
The Narrative Feature Competition culls 10 world premieres from a list of 1,442 different movies. In Miss Stevens, the directorial debut »
The nine-day festival will screen 137 films, including 52 films from first-time filmmakers, 89 world premieres, 14 North American premieres and seven U.S. premieres. These films were selected from 2,455 feature-length film submissions composed of 1,467 U.S. and 990 international feature-length films from a total of 7,235 submissions.
Notable world premieres include Mike Birbiglia’s “Don’t Think Twice,” starring Keegan-Michael Key; Ti West’s “In a Valley of Violence,” starring Ethan Hawke and Taissa Farmiga; “The Master Cleanse,” starring Johnny Galecki and Anna Friel; Sophie Goodhart’s “My Blind Brother,” starring Adam Scott and Nick Kroll; “Shovel Buddies,” starring Bella Thorne; “The Trust,” starring Nicolas Cage and »
- Dave McNary
London — Clive Owen has boarded sci-fi thriller “Anon,” which is written and directed by Andrew Niccol, whose writing credits include Peter Weir’s “The Truman Show” and Steven Spielberg’s “The Terminal.”
Owen plays a detective in the psychological thriller set in a world with no privacy, ignorance and anonymity. It’s the end of crime. However, when Owen’s character stumbles on a young woman who doesn’t exist, he discovers it may not be the end of crime but the beginning.
The production is in the process of casting the anonymous young woman and is looking to announce within the coming weeks.
Owen is also starring in Luc Besson’s sci-fi fantasy film “Valerian,” which is shooting. »
- Leo Barraclough
Stars: Adrien Brody, Sam Neill, Robin McLeavy, Bruce Spence, Jenni Baird, Anna Lise Phillips, Chloe Bayliss, Olga Miller, Michael Whalley, Malcolm Kennard, Matthew Sunderland, Suzie Steen | Written and Directed by Michael Petroni
Don’t look now, but a man begins to experience strange visions following the death of his child. After realising that the majority of his patients are ghosts (like a reverse Sixth Sense) psychologist Peter Bower (Adrien Brody) heads to his spooky old hometown in the hope that he can uncover the mystery behind it all.
Moody, intense Brody is the main draw for this low-key supernatural thriller, its effective Gothic vibe making it stand out from the chaff like Nicolas Cage’s Pay the Ghost (I say that with love) or the litany of 101 Films releases just like it (said with less love, but there’s still some). The level of class extends to the presence of one Sam Neill, »
- Joel Harley
Confirming its status as a driving force on France’s animation scene, Mikros Image Group, the Paris and Montreal-based animation/VFX house, is working on a new “Asterix” animated feature project that follows up its 2014 hit “Asterix: The Mansion of the Gods.” Details are being kept under wraps but the movie is once again expected to be directed by Louis Clichy – who worked as an animator on Pixar’s “Wall-e” and “Up” – and Alexandre Astier, “Mansions’” screenwriter.
Produced by M6 Studios and distributed in France, and sold abroad by Snd, “Mansions” sold 3 million tickets – about $24 million in gross box office – in France from a Nov. 2014 bow.
The group’s Montreal operation – that delivered “Mune” and “The Little Prince” in 2015 – is also working on two further animation movies: a yet undisclosed toon feature and “Sahara,” directed by Pierre Coré and produced by La Station Animation.
Produced by On Ent., “The Little Prince, »
- Martin Dale
If you are anything like me you couldn’t wait to get behind the wheel of a car. I remember being lucky enough to get my first car before I was even old enough to learn to drive (thanks to my parents). Most of that excitement was based on growing up watching classic driving movies and wanting to experience the thrill of the open road.
Of course, the reality of driving is very different and staying safe and knowing the laws of the road were very important for mine and my friends’ enjoyment. This is the important groundwork needed to make the dream comes true.
If anything the dream of the driving movies spurs you on to do all that important work. So, where should you look for inspiration that will stick with you? Here are some of my greatest driving films of all time:
1) Fast and Furious – This hugely »
The unsung heroes of Last Week Tonight are found in the graphics department. The team cranks out hilarious images on each episode of the HBO news satire, but many amazing images wind up getting cut for space. As a testament to their abilities, host John Oliver rounded up some of the funniest and most bizarre unused graphics from Season Two.
The above web exclusive kicks off with an old classic: Paul Giamatti dressed as a mango, which appeared in the Season One graphics round-up. Other highlights include images of chickens »
Dirty Grandpa, 2016.
Directed by Dan Mazer.
Right before his wedding, an uptight guy is tricked into driving his grandfather, a perverted former Army general, to Florida for spring break.
Think of the worst moments you have experienced whilst watching the shiny, shimmering lights of cinema’s endless catalogue. Does it involve Showgirls? Nipples on a Bat-suit? Nicolas Cage and an army of bees? Got one? That moment, from whatever depths of film’s most sinful moments is about to be outdone by not one, not two but countless moments in Dirty Grandpa, one of the most embarrassing and shameful films to come out of Hollywood this decade. All while having Oscar winner Robert De Niro grits his teeth and gamefully plays along. Brace yourselves: this is the lowest of the low.
Almost immediately, »
- Scott J. Davis
Paramount Music will release the 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi – Music from the Motion Picture digitally on January 15, 2016. The album features the film’s original score by Lorne Balfe (Terminator Genisys, Penguins Of Madagascar).
“The film is really about the soldiers’ ordeal and how they coped with the situation at hand,” said Balfe. “Michael (Bay) does a great job keeping the film from becoming political. The film is really here to honor the soldiers and the men and women who ultimately had to step up and do everything they could to save as many people as possible.”
From director Michael Bay, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi is the gripping true story of six elite ex-military operators assigned to protect the CIA who fought back against overwhelming odds when terrorists attacked a U.S. diplomatic compound on September 11, 2012. When everything went wrong, six men had the courage to do what was right. »
- Michelle McCue
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