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Yesterday, I was among the very first pundits to see Steven Spielberg’s new movie Bridge of Spies as it screened at the New York Film Festival. As I’ve mentioned recently, this film was one of the last of the unseen Academy Award hopefuls, so now the Oscar race has ever so slightly seen a clearing up of its possibilities, if you will. Whenever Spielberg gets together with Tom Hanks to make a flick, something interesting happens, and this is no exception. Is it an awards player though? Well, that might not be as much of a slam dunk as we all thought earlier this year… The film is a Cold War set drama with spy thriller elements to it. Hanks stars as attorney James Donovan, who was recruited by the government to give a defense to a captured soviet spy (played by Mark Rylance) and then asked by the C. »
- Joey Magidson
The Horror Network anthology, directed by some of the horror genre's newest talents, will arrive on DVD and VOD on October 27th. Also in this round-up: details on the Film4 FrightFest Halloween event and a clip from the zombie film 6:15.
The Horror Network: Press Release: "New York, NY - Wild Eye Releasing has set loose the latest entry in the horror anthology genre, The Horror Network. Created by Brian Dorton and Douglas Conner, this first volume of terror tales features segments directed by Dorton, Conner, Joseph Graham, Manuel Marín, Lee Matthews and Ignacio Martín Lerma, the series has been hailed as "a collection of nightmares that scream for all horror fans to see." The film will be available on DVD and VOD October 27th.
Serial killers, ghostly phone calls, inner demons, otherworld monsters and creepy stalkers collide in this frightening anthology. Six of horror's most promising new directing talents »
- Tamika Jones
Film4 FrightFest has announced the line-up for its Halloween Shockathon, which is set to take place at the Prince Charles Cinema on Saturday October 24th and features six brand new movies, including two world premiers, a European premiere and two UK premieres. Here’s the line-up…
11:00 Surprise Movie
12:55 The Vatican Tapes (UK Premiere)
A concerned priest, two Vatican exorcists and the distraught father of a young girl battle to save her soul after she expresses increasingly erratic and strange behaviour. It soon becomes clear that Angela has been taken over by an ancient satanic force and that she must be quickly purged of evil. But what nobody knows is that the spiritual crusade is not just for Angela – it’s for the entire world as humanity knows it.
15:00 The Unspoken »
- Gary Collinson
Commando, the iconic Arnie action movie with one of the biggest kill counts in the world, is 30 years old. That's right, it's been three decades since we met "Chenny!" and Bennett let off some steam.
To celebrate, here are the top five Hollywood actors in order of on-screen deaths delivered, starting with - you guessed it - one Mr Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Nb: All statistics come from the experts in this field, MovieBodyCounts.com, who spend more time watching stunt men pretend to die than you could possibly imagine.
1. Arnold Schwarzenegger - 312 career kills
5 most bloodthirsty films (by total kills)
1. Commando (1985): 81
2. Total Recall (1990): 44
3. True Lies (1994): 51
4. Predator (1987): 25
5. Eraser (1996): 29
Watch his most iconic kill (from Commando)
Matrix: "Remember, Sully, when I promised to kill you last?"
Sully: "That's right, Matrix! You did!"
Matrix: (Dropping Sully off a cliff): "I lied."
2. Dolph Lundgren - 239 career kills
5 most »
Tom Hanks has resurfaced as a new man! The actor gave fans the first look of his transformation as Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger earlier today when he was caught in wardrobe by paparazzi while on set for his upcoming film Sully based on the heroic pilot. Sporting a full head of white hair and salt and pepper mustache, the suited up Hanks was strutting a pretty good resemblance to Sullenberger! Clint Eastwood is directing the biopic, based on Sullenberger's autobiography Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters, and tells the story of the pilot who safely landed the Us Airways flight 1549 full of 155 passengers in the Hudson River after both engines were knocked out by a flock »
There are few film editors more iconic than Joel Cox. A 40 year veteran of the industry, he was there for the shift from the studio to auteur model and, more recently, the move from film to digital and through it all, he's continued to grow and move along with the ever changing industry.
Cox is in Vancouver this week at Viff Industry which runs September 29 to October 3, and will be presenting "The Cut Stops Here."
I had a chance to speak with Cox earlier this week and we covered his entire career, from his early days in the mailroom at Warner Brothers, his first editing job, the artistry of the work and his longtime working relationship with Clint Eastwood.
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Film4 FrightFest has announced their line-up for their big Halloween 2015 event with James Purefoy and Olga Kurylenko leading the guest line-up. The line-up includes a totally shocking threequel, a haunted house of horrors, demonic possession, claustrophobic tank terror, a head-spinning brutal thriller and a secret screening.
The Film4 FrightFest Halloween event is back at the Prince Charles Cinema on Saturday 24 Oct with six brand new movies, including two World premieres, a European and two UK premieres. This year’s Shockathon kicks off at 11am with the surprise movies which guarantees a sci-fi cocktail of weird creatures, crude humour and hilarious action. Here is the press release:
Next up is the UK Premiere of The Vatican Tapes, a dynamic, unusual and thrilling exorcism shocker by Crank director Mark Neveldine. This is followed by the World Premiere of The Unspoken, a chill-orientated sinister ghost story with an insidious sting in its tale. »
- Ricky Fernandes
The veteran singer may not have secured the rights to a section of the original musical about group member Tommy DeVito’s mafia links, according to ongoing legal wrangle
It may have been a smash-hit Broadway musical, and a toe-tapping musical biopic, but Jersey Boys may be headed for the courts over claims that its subjects, the Four Seasons, had failed to properly secure the rights to their own life story, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
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- Ben Child
"They all float down here". Cavity Colors' Pennywise sweater / shirt is available for pre-order now. Also in this round-up: details on the Telluride Horror Show, The Cutting Room, and new horror apparel from TeeFury.
Cavity Colors' Pennywise Shirt: "'World Eater' Crewneck Sweater ($37.00)
Limited Edition of only 100 (this item will never be reprinted) 80% cotton 20% polyester blend Fleece Split stitch double needle sewing on all seams Designed by Coki Greenway (art direction by Aaron Crawford) Pre-order - Ships in Mid-October
"World Eater" T-shirt / Girl T-shirt ($25.00)
Limited Edition of only 200 (this item will never be reprinted) Printed on our ultra soft Black 100% cotton T-shirts Designed by Coki Greenway (art direction by Aaron Crawford) Pre-order - Ships in Mid-October"
To learn more about the Pennywise collection, visit the Cavity Colors online shop.
Telluride Horror Show: Press Release: "Telluride, Co - The Telluride Horror Show has announced its second wave of films and a »
- Tamika Jones
"Glee" star Naya Rivera and husband Ryan Dorsey might be huge Clint Eastwood fans because their first baby has a definite tie to the ole gunslinger. Naya and the "Justified" star just had their first kid -- a boy born on September 17 -- and according to the birth certificate ... named him Josey. Josey Hollis Dorsey ... in full, came into the world at the ever popular celeb birth spot -- Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A. »
- TMZ Staff
Production is underway on Warner Bros. Pictures’ drama Sully starring Oscar winner Tom Hanks (upcoming “Bridge of Spies,” “Captain Phillips,” “Forrest Gump”) as Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, under the direction of Oscar winner Clint Eastwood (“American Sniper,” “Million Dollar Baby”).
On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Captain “Sully” Sullenberger (Hanks) glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career.
Sully also stars Aaron Eckhart (“Olympus Has Fallen,” “The Dark Knight”) as Sully’s co-pilot, Jeff Skiles, and Oscar nominee Laura Linney (“The Savages,” “Kinsey,” Showtime’s “The Big C”) as Sully’s wife, Lorraine Sullenberger.
Eastwood is directing the film from a screenplay by Todd Komarnicki, »
- Michelle McCue
Just hours after Us Weekly exclusively revealed that Naya Rivera and husband, Ryan Dorsey, had welcomed her first child in Los Angeles, we now know the baby boy’s name! According to documents furnished by TMZ, the Glee alum, 28, and the actor, 32, welcomed their son, Josey Hollis Dorsey, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A. on Sept. 17. Perhaps the actors are big fans of Clint Eastwood, as their baby shares the same name as the legendary actor’s character in the 1976 film The Outlaw Josey Wales. “They are so excited [...] »
Landing in theatres this Friday is Ridley Scott’s The Martian, a sci-fi survival epic that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month to rapturous applause and overwhelmingly positive reviews. Though mainly about Matt Damon’s Mark Watney, an astronaut scrambling to survive while stranded on the surface of Mars, no movie and no mission comes down to just one man.
As Nasa head Teddy Sanders, Emmy-winner Jeff Daniels has to call the shots from Earth while Mark plans a seemingly impossible return. We sat down with Damon’s co-star at Tiff to talk about finding a character, when you know you’re working with the smartest people in your industry, and leaving your movie in the audience’s hands.
Check out what he had to say below, and enjoy!
So how’s the reception been so far?
Jeff Daniels: You never know, but surprisingly wonderful so far. »
- Sam Woolf
Actress/director Sondra Locke dishes on her fascinating 1986 film Ratboy. As well as being an incredibly soulful and captivating acclaimed actress, Sondra Locke had the makings of becoming one of cinema’s most interesting film makers and auteurs. Her directorial effort Ratboy, an alluring oddity that drifts between urban freak show and allegorical adult fairy tale,…
- Chris Alexander
Chef Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) had it all – and lost it. A two-star Michelin rockstar with the bad habits to match, the former enfant terrible of the Paris restaurant scene did everything different every time out, and only ever cared about the thrill of creating explosions of taste.
To land his own kitchen and that third elusive Michelin star though, he’ll need the best of the best on his side, including the beautiful Helene (Sienna Miller). Burnt is a remarkably funny and emotional story about the love of food, the love between two people, and the power of second chances.
- Michelle McCue
The Walk, the true story adaption of high-wire artist Philippe Petit’s (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) 1974 walk across the World Trade Center from director Robert Zemeckis, premiered this Saturday at the 53rd New York Film Festival. The film has been receiving major Oscar buzz for Gordon-Levitt and Zemeckis, and hopes to garner a best picture nomination.
However, the film’s rating, PG, makes it a bit of a rarity in relation to recent Oscar success. Though it is not considered a children’s film by any means, with moments of extreme tension and drama, The Walk is nonetheless a family-friendly picture and its Npaa rating reflects that.
Since the turn of the new millennium, the majority of best pictures noms and winners have been rated PG-13 or R, a trend Zemeckis is hoping to buck this season.
Here’s a look back on recent films that were »
- Patrick Shanley
Filmmaker brothers Peter Winther and Lars Winther will produce the sci-fi thriller “Confluence,” the first film under their new production company Floodgate Entertainment, Variety has learned exclusively.
“Our aim with Floodgate is to provide a safe and creative home for filmmakers,” Lars Winther said. “We created Floodgate to produce high quality films for modest budgets with the top-notch talent we have worked with over the years, both in front of and behind the camera. We are a production company by filmmakers for filmmakers.”
“Confluence” takes place in a future where the line between human and machine is blurred »
- Dave McNary
While she was a sideline player in Quantum of Solace, Kurylenko is the one with a license to kill this time around.
The South African thriller centres on infiltration expert Alex (Kurylenko), who accidentally exposes her identity in the middle of a heist.
With a dangerous government operative (James Purefoy) on her trail, Alex has no choice but to strike back in order to stay alive.
A Us release date has been set for October 16, while Momentum releases in the UK on November 20. »
With “The Wave,” awesomely named Norwegian helmer Roar Uthaug has made an equally impressive tsunami-peril thriller — a thunderous rumble-rumble-hustle-hustle-glub-glub nerve-racker that hits all the same beats as its Hollywood equivalents, right down to the implausible group hug at the end. Not to be confused with last year’s deeply upsetting Scandi avalanche-aftermath drama, “Force Majeure,” which delved into the profound psychological damage these disasters can also wreak, “The Wave” sticks mostly to the big-studio formula (albeit on a much smaller budget), introducing a handful of bland soon-to-be-victims before bombarding them with spectacular digital effects. Having already made a big splash in Norway, the country’s foreign-language Oscar submission may be too popcorn-populist to get nominated, but should attract decent specialty business when Magnolia releases Stateside.
Whereas most nature’s-angry movies exploit relatively far-fetched fears (“Sharknado,” anyone?), “The Wave” anticipates a dauntingly plausible disaster scenario. According to Uthaug, with 300 unstable mountainsides in Norway, »
- Peter Debruge
The Joseph Gordon-Levitt-starring picture, in which he plays French high-wire artist Philippe Petit, is Zemeckis’ first film since 2012’s Flight which earned two Oscar nominations, but none for Zemeckis himself.
Premiering on opening night in New York has led to Oscar success for films in past years, and with a season that has so far not seen a frontrunner, The Walk is hoping to capitalize.
Here’s a look at films that have premiered on New York Film Festival’s opening night and gone on to receive recognition from the Academy:
Chariots of Fire (1981): The drama about two runners competing in the 1924 Olympic Games opened the 19th Nyff on its way to winning four Academy Awards, »
- Patrick Shanley
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