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If you’re constantly getting abuse from your friends about your taste in films, Neil Calloway says help may be at hand from a recent study…
In what appears to be the cinematic equivalent of those studies that receive an inordinate amount of publicity when they trumpet the fact that gorging yourself on chocolate and red wine makes your healthier,“Enjoying trash films: Underlying features, viewing stances, and experiential response dimensions” from the Max Planck Society argues that more intelligent people enjoy bad films. Now you have an excuse for your collection of Uwe Boll and WWE movies; you watch them because you’re intelligent.
Of course, correlation does not mean causation (the more films Nicolas Cage appears in in a given year, the more people drown in swimming pools); watching Roger Corman and Troma Movies doesn’t make you smarter, it’s just more intelligent people are more like to enjoy trashier films. »
- Neil Calloway
When i first heard the news Jean Claude Van Damme would be starring in his own TV series, i was very excited. Here, Van Damme plays himself and to be honest he is very good at it, showcasing his acting ability flicking through dramatic to comedy with ease (Yes we get to see some of his trademark kicks).
Jean Clade Van Johnson opens with Jean Claude Van Damme staring at the camera, speaking about his old films such as Bloodsport and Timecop, ““My name is Jean-Claude Van Damme and I used to be super famous.Maybe you’ve seen Timecop, which is like Looper only a million times better” and how right he is.
He has it all, his own mansion, own car, own perfume and women on the side – but what he doesn’t have is the woman he loves and the big fame anymore.
After the opening sequence, »
The gloves are off in this new, extended clip for Snowden – and we’re not talking about the whistleblower’s crusade against the Nsa.
Instead, today’s all-new snippet shifts focus to the human element of Oliver Stone’s long-awaited drama, teeing up a political debate between Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley on the grounds of the capital. It’s a nice tease, and already we’re sensing a natural dynamic developing between the film’s two leading stars.
Together, they’ll anchor Stone’s political thriller as Snowden and his girlfriend Lindsay Mills, who becomes drawn into a web of data mining and government surveillance once Gordon-Levitt’s lead casts a blinding light on the Nsa’s malpractice – classified information that featured the likes of Prism and more.
- Michael Briers
Ahead of its Us release next month, the first clip has arrived online for director Oliver Stone’s upcoming biopic Snowden which sees Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and girlfriend Lindsay Mills (Shailene Woodley) discussing their fundamental differences when it comes to how the country is run; take a look below after the official synopsis…
Academy Award®-winning director Oliver Stone, who brought Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, Wall Street and JFK to the big screen, tackles the most important and fascinating true story of the 21st century. Snowden, the politically-charged, pulse-pounding thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley, reveals the incredible untold personal story of Edward Snowden, the polarizing figure who exposed shocking illegal surveillance activities by the Nsa and became one of the most wanted men in the world. He is considered a hero by some, and a traitor by others. No matter which you believe, the »
- Amie Cranswick
Casting is a hugely important part of the filmmaking process. Unfortunately, sometimes Hollywood gets it very wrong. When the wrong person gets the part, it can spoil the whole movie. Here are eight instances where bad casting damaged a big movie.
Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars prequel trilogy: This bit of bad casting not only ruined a film, it wrecked three films. While the Star Wars prequels had numerous problems, the worst was the portrayal of iconic villain Darth Vader—Aka Anakin Skywalker—as a sulky, petulant teenager. Christensen’s bland performance made the problem 10-times worse. How do you follow the voice of James Earl Jones with the whiny voice of Christensen? He also had no chemistry at all with his co-star and love-interest Natalie Portman, who played Queen Amidala.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
In the weeks leading up to Snake Eyes’ release in August of 1998, my dad and I had gone together to see Lethal Weapon 4, There’s Something About Mary and The Negotiator. Both action titles were forgettable fare, but were a big deal upon release. (Riggs and Murtaugh vs. Jet Li! Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey conversing via walkie-talkie!) Brian De Palma‘s Snake Eyes with dad was the next order of business. The theater was packed because adults frequented the multiplexes not so long ago. You’re all of 10 years old, Nicolas Cage’s recent output – The Rock, Con Air, and Face/Off — has been terrific, and something seemed off with this new one. You remember leaving the theater not disappointed, but with little to discuss with dad on the ride home. Dad passed away in 2013, long after the Gary Sinise villain era and a few years before »
- The Film Stage
It’s not uncommon for people to work in the “family business” but when the family business involves Hollywood, it’s an entirely different story.
Certain last names have earned such respect and reverence in the entertainment industry that being born into one of these families practically ensures success should they decide to pursue a career in entertainment. Some families, like the Coppolas, span generations and involve a complex web of well-connected cousins and siblings. Others, like the Smiths, represent the new Hollywood family, with their social-media famous kids appealing to the children of their parents’ fans.
- Amanda Wood
Midnight screenings of scary movies have become a staple at film festivals around the world, but the Toronto International Film Festival’s Midnight Madness series is the granddaddy of late night genre programs. Started in 1988, the 10-film series has become one of the most popular attractions at Tiff, frequently selling out its 1,200 seat theater.
Watch: Tiff Premiere ‘Green White Green’ Shows Off Wildness of Youth In Hilarious Insult Battle
Some of the high profile world premieres at this year’s fest include “Blair Witch,” the surprise sequel to 1999’s “The Blair Witch Project,” from director Adam Wingard (“The Guest”) and the opening night film “Free Fire,” a crime-drama starring Brie Larson and directed by Ben Wheatley (“Kill List”). Wingard and Wheatley are both Midnight Madness alumni, but this year’s Midnight slate also includes program newcomers like Greg McLean, whose action-horror film “The Belko Experiment” was written by “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn, »
- Graham Winfrey
A comedy only in the bleakest way, satire only in the sense that the whole world has become a parody of itself. Appalling and amusing in equal measure. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have read the source article (and I like it)
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
War Dogs was originally called Arms and the Dudes, which is a clever title, except it makes the movie sound like some sort of stoner comedy about bumbling weapons dealers from the guy who made the Hangover movies. And it’s not that at all. Oh, it is directed and cowritten by Todd Phillips, who wrote two and directed all three of the Hangover flicks, and it is about young arms dealers who frequently partake in illegal substances. But it’s not The Hangover with Guns. War Dogs is a comedy only in the darkest, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
What is Shelf Life? I recently moved into a new apartment, which means I had to box my entire movie collection. Now I’m trying to figure out how much of my physical media actually fits here. Each and every title is now up for grabs, new or old, and it’s time to decide what goes on the shelf and what just plain goes. Title: The Trust Year: 2016 Director: Alex Brewer and Benjamin Brewer Screenwriter: Adam Hirsch and Benjamin Brewer Format: Blu-ray/DVD/digital copy Purchased Or Sent: Sent What Is It? A young cop (Elijah Wood) is brought into a potentially deadly deal with an older cop (Nicolas Cage) who stumbles across a possible score while following leads on local drug traffic in Vegas. Random Thoughts: Direct-to-video (or close to it) Nicolas Cage movies are practically a sub-genre at this point. He's been working for the taxman long »
- Drew McWeeny
“Come with me and you’ll be in a world of Pure imagination. Take a look and you’ll see into your imagination. We’ll begin with a spin, traveling in the world of my creation.
“What we’ll see will defy explanation. If you want to view paradise simply look around and view it. Anything you want to, do it.
“Wanta change the world? There’s nothing to it. There is no life I know to compare with pure imagination.
“Living there, you’ll be free if you truly wish to be.”
But I ramble, to turn a phrase…
It’s a tough thing, dealing with depression. It’s a selfish disease, one whose main symptom is that it makes the whole world all about you.
Turn on the television, »
- Mindy Newell
One of the biggest surprises to come out of this year’s Comic-Con (despite it being rumoured for weeks beforehand) was the announcement that Ghost Rider is coming to the fourth season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. However, rather than the classic Johnny Blaze version – played by Nicolas Cage in two movies – it will be Robbie Reyes who races into battle.
The comic book version of the character is transformed into Ghost Rider after being gunned down and possessed by his haunted car. Mr. Hyde – played by Kyle MacLachlan in earlier seasons of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – was also tied into this story, but does that mean we’ll see him return in some form as well? It doesn’t sound likely (especially when you take into account what happened to him when he last appeared in the series), but Executive Producer Jed Whedon had this to say about the fiery hero »
- Josh Wilding
During the Television Critics Association press tour earlier this week, it was revealed that Kevin Smith will direct an episode of Supergirl when the show’s second season reaches The CW this Fall. Given his impressive work on The Flash a few months ago, that’s very exciting news, and the filmmaker has now revealed the title of the episode he’ll helm.
It doesn’t give away much in terms of story details, but fans of Smith’s career – and Superman in particular – should instantly recognize it.
- Josh Wilding
“How are you not a big damn star?” This was the question I most itching to ask German actress Diane Kruger when we sat down to discuss her curious career and her latest lauded film, Alice Winocour’s surreal thriller “Disorder.”
A striking beauty with regal cheekbones, the tri-lingual Kruger has been awing audiences for years, thanks to turns in French prestige pictures like Benoît Jacquot’s “Farewell, My Queen” and bold American movies like Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds.” Yet somehow, Kruger’s path has not led her to A-list status. Retracing her steps from ballerina to model to internationally acclaimed thespian, we explored the whys and why bother of it all.
Kruger’s earliest artistic ambition was ballet, which she studied at the Royal Academy in London. “I didn’t know it then,” she told IndieWire, »
- Kristy Puchko
Simon Brew Aug 11, 2016
DreamWorks Animation has been working on a sequel to its huge hit, The Croods, for some years now. The original came out in 2013, and has been one of the few standout commercial successes for the studio of the last few years. So much so that directors Chris Sanders and Kirk De Micco soon were set up and running on a sequel, that would bring back the voice cast, including Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds.
The Croods 2 had been earmarked for December 2017. However, a delay has hit the project, and it’s nothing to do with the film itself. Rather, it’s to do with the takeover of DreamWorks Animation by Universal.
As part and parcel of that, it’s expected that 20th Century Fox’s deal to distribute DreamWorks Animation »
The animated film had been set to hit theaters on Dec. 22, 2017, but Fox has moved its own “The Story of Ferdinand” into that slot. Based on the classic 1936 children’s book, “Ferdinand” was previously set to open July 21, 2017.
Fox has handled DreamWorks Animation’s release slate since 2013, starting with “The Croods,” but it’s uncertain how much longer it will do so following Comcast-owned NBCUniversal’s acquisition of DreamWorks Animation in April. The $3.8 billion deal is expected to close by the end of the year with Jeffrey Katzenberg stepping down as CEO to pursue new ventures.
Three other DreamWorks movies are set to be released through — “Trolls” on Nov. 4; “Boss Baby” on March 31, 2017; and “Captain Underpants” on June 2, 2017. Universal had no comment on “The Croods 2.”
“The Croods,” produced for $135 million, was a major success, »
- Dave McNary
One month out from festival season getting underway in North America, organizers of the Toronto International Film Festival have detailed the offerings to be featured in both the Midnight Madness and documentary programs.
Kicking things off on September 8 is Antoine Fuqua’s modern redo of The Magnificent Seven, flanked by such Oscar favorites as Nate Parker’s Sundance hit The Birth of a Nation and Manchester By the Sea.
From there, Deadline has confirmed that the Midnight Madness section will play host to Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire, welcoming the filmmaker back to Tiff following successful turns with High-Rise and A Field in England. There’s also room for Colm McCarthy’s apocalyptic drama The Girl With All The Gifts, Paul Schrader’s mob thriller Dog Eat Dog (see today’s all-new trailer), the stealth release of Adam Wingard’s Blair Witch sequel, along with the world premiere of André Øvredal »
- Michael Briers
Dog Eat Dog, the all-new collaboration between director Paul Schrader and Nicolas Cage, is yet to nail down a release date to call its own, but that hasn’t prevented Arclight Films from drumming up excitement.
Buoyed by the movie’s appearance at Cannes earlier in the year – where it divided critics right down the middle – today brings forth a new trailer for the mob thriller, introducing moviegoers to Cage and Willem Dafoe’s partners in crime.
Above all else, the one thing that has us most excited for Paul Schrader and Nicolas Cage’s latest is the fact that the former holds full creative control over Dog Eat Dog – news that ought to offset fears that Schrader and Cage are in for another disaster in the vein of The Cold Dying of the Light.
Released via Lionsgate two years ago, the feature was a textbook example of studio meddling gone awry, »
- Michael Briers
Blair Witch, The Bad Batch and more: Our top picks from today's #TIFF16 announcement Blair Witch, The Bad Batch and more: Our top picks from today's #TIFF16 announcement Adriana Floridia8/9/2016 11:55:00 Am
Horror fans were in for a treat this morning when the Toronto International Film Festival unveiled its Midnight Madness line-up, which is the best ticket to a horror film that you can get, well, pretty much anywhere.
Whether you're attending the festival or not, it's still exciting to see what new films will be gracing a theatre screen sometime in the near future, but if you are able to attend, seeing the world premiere of a new horror flick in a crowd of die-hard horror aficionados at midnight is truly an experience not to be missed.
Today Tiff announced their line-ups for Midnight Madness, Vanguard (which is kind of like Mm's younger sibling, still including bizarre, daring, »
- Adriana Floridia
Attendees of September’s Toronto International Film Festival can look forward to revisiting the Burkittsville woods, watching a showdown between the villains of the Ringu and Ju-On franchises, and much more in this year’s Midnight Madness lineup, which includes screenings of Adam Wingard’s new Blair Witch movie (ahead of its September 16th release), Sadako vs. Kayako, and Greg McLean’s The Belko Experiment (written by James Gunn), to name a few:
Press Release: Toronto — Run for cover and grab your loved ones, Midnight Madness just unleashed its terrorific lineup for the 41st Toronto International Film Festival®. From high-octane crime films, gruesome visceral horrors, to a creepy, hair-raising documentary, and nerve-wrenching thrillers, this year’s slate will whet all appetites and leave audiences shocked, thrilled and checking under their beds before turning out the lights. Midnight Madness is generously sponsored by Cineplex Entertainment.
This year’s Midnight Madness welcomes »
- Derek Anderson
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