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In David Cronenberg’s world, sex hurts so good; it’s innately disgusting and primeval but at the same time beautiful and becoming. (Kind of like sex in the real world, when you think about it.) Bodies degenerate and mental states corrode under the influence of lust, and yet something new is engendered by the collision of bodies, bodily fluids, the ripping of flesh and the mangling of organs. Through the carrion of ugly comes the attractive flesh, the new flesh. Videodrome, as Jonathan Lethem once quipped, remains Cronenberg’s most penetrative film; he creates a world at once rooted in modernity circa 1983–a world afraid of the advent of television usurping our humanity, over-stimulated times ushering in the end times–and existing in a timeless, placeless vacuum. It’s vast and claustrophobic, prescient and paranoid, of the same lineage as early James Cameron »
- Greg Cwik
Thriller to be directed by Daniel Alfredson and is headed to the Afm.
Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment has injected some vitality into a torpid pre-afm stretch on the Us side, announcing it will co-finance and has taken all worldwide rights to Go With Me starring Anthony Hopkins.
International sales executive Nolan Pielak, who heads up Electric’s British Columbia offices, brought in the project.
Production is set »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The film, co-financed by Enderby Entertainment, is based on the book by Castle Freeman Jr. and will be directed by Daniel Alfredson (“The Girl Who Played with Fire”) from an adaptation by Joe Gangemi and Gregory Jacobs.
Electric will be selling international rights at the upcoming American Film Market. Shooting will begin in British Columbia in mid-November.
Story is set in a Pacific Northwest logging community and centers on a young woman newly returned to her hometown who becomes the subject of harassment by a crimelord who operates with impunity. She enlists the help of an ex-logger, played by Hopkins, and his laconic young sidekick.
Devlin produced “Independence Day” and helped »
- Dave McNary
Electric Entertainment will co-finance and has taken all worldwide rights to “Go With Me” starring Anthony Hopkins, the company announced Thursday. “Go With Me” tells the story of Lillian, a young woman newly returned to her hometown who becomes the subject of harassment by a man named Blackway, an ex-cop turned violent crimelord who operates with impunity in this small community on the edge of the wilderness. Forsaken by the local townspeople and advised by the sheriff to leave town, Lillian decides instead to take a stand against her sociopathic stalker, and enlists the help of an ex-logger Lester (Hopkins) and. »
- Linda Ge
A trend that’s taking over Hollywood as of late is the rise of the biblical epic. In the last year alone, we’ve seen Darren Aronofsky’s take on the infamous arc builder in Noah, and soon Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods And Kings will land in theatres. Now, Warner Bros. are keen to get in on the sandal action, as the studio is making headway on their property Methuselah.
Together with producer David Heyman, who brought us the first and last Harry Potter instalments and Gravity, their plan is to bring the Bible character to the big screen for his own pic. The story of Methuselah is one that’s tantamount to a superhero origin tale, as the story is set to follow “a man who ages slowly and has used his time to develop an incredible set of survival skills.”
If the name sounds familiar, that’s »
- Gem Seddon
CineFix has released a new episode of their 8-Bit Cinema web series, and this time they transform the 1991 Academy Award-winning classic The Silence of the Lambs. When I first saw this movie, I couldn't believe what I was watching. It was such a horrific movie, and it was done so well. That's still the best performance that Anthony Hopkins has ever given. Even in his 8-bit video game form, Hannibal Lecter is still insanely terrifying.
- Joey Paur
With this year’s lead actor race heating up to be one of the most crowded ever, it’s a little strange to look over candidates for supporting actor and see a lot of empty space.
Which is not to say there aren’t some amazing performances in the mix. J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash”), Mark Ruffalo (“Foxcatcher”) and Edward Norton (“Birdman”) are considered locks for a nod, and all are outstanding in wildly different and breathtaking performances.
Beyond that, there are a lot of great performances but few sure things. Ethan Hawke delivers beautifully subtle work in the beloved “Boyhood,” and seems a good bet to land his second acting nomination. Robert Duvall’s name has been bandied about for “The Judge,” but that has more to do with him being Robert Duvall than praise for the performance. The rest is attributed to movies that have yet to screen or truly build buzz. »
- Jenelle Riley
Michael Keaton is being honored at the coming Santa Barbara International Film Festival.Keaton joins past recipients including Ben Affleck, Christopher Nolan, Michael Douglas, Jodie Foster, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Diane Keaton, Sean Penn, Jeff Bridges, Bruce Dern, Peter Jackson, George Clooney, Will Smith, Cate Blanchett, Clint Eastwood, Christopher Plummer and James Cameron.Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor Michael Keaton with the Modern Master Award for the 30th anniversary edition of the Fest, which runs January 27 – February 7, 2015, it was announced today by Sbiff Executive Director Roger Durling. The Tribute will take place on Saturday, January 31, 2015 […] »
- April Neale
Birdman star to receive award at the festival in January.
The tribute will take place on Jan 31 and is the festival’s highest honour, recognising an “individual who has enriched our culture through his/her multi-faceted accomplishments in the motion picture industry”.
“His performance in Birdman is tremendous, showing the range of decade’s long experience.” »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The Modern Master Award, established in 1995, was created to pay tribute to an individual who has enriched our culture via the motion picture industry. Keaton joins past recipients Ben Affleck, Christopher Nolan, Michael Douglas, Jodie Foster, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Diane Keaton, Sean Penn, Jeff Bridges, Bruce Dern, Peter Jackson, George Clooney, Will Smith, Cate Blanchett, Clint Eastwood, Christopher Plummer and James Cameron. Keaton's career ranges far and wide, from Ron Howard's "Night Shift" and Tim Burton's "Beetlejuice" and "Batman" to his lauded performance in Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s dark show business satire "Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance." »
- Anne Thompson
Westworld, the movie set way in the future which we first heard rumblings for in 2013, has been given a full series order at Warner Bros. Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Miranda Otto and Jeffrey Wright are set to feature in the show, which is to be produced by J.J. Abrams and Jonah Nolan. The series will be based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 original set within a futuristic amusement park which sees it’s robots revolt.
CBS TV Studios and Yari Film Group are also looking to bring Neil Burger’s 2006 movie The Illusionist, which starred Edward Norton and Paul Giamatti, to the small screen. The period set show will see it’s original movie-set location moved from Vienna to New York, and will revolve around a renowned magician who returns home after a decade in prison to find his wife married to the crime boss who framed him. »
- Paul Heath
Today, Warner Bros. officially laid down the gauntlet to Marvel as they announced and named a whole bunch of movies which they’re intending to release all of the way up to 2020. The list of films obviously contain quite a few DC titles, and the big news to come out of the announcement, made by Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara at the Time Warner Investor Day, Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara, was that a movie based on The Flash is set for 2018, starring Ezra Miller (The Perks Of Being A Wallflower), and Jason Momoa will officially play Aquaman in a stand-alone film in the same year.
Before all of that though, the WB will release Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and David Ayer’s Suicide Squad in 2016, a solo Wonder Woman movie starring Gal Gadot in 2017 and Justice League: Part One in the same year, which will be directed by Zack Snyder. »
- Paul Heath
Today at a Time Warner investors meeting, Warner Bros.’ Chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara outlined an aggressive content strategy for the Studio aimed at increasing profits while “doubling down on outstanding content, working with the best talent and maintaining the culture that makes Warner Bros. so great.”
As part of his presentation, Tsujihara announced a bold expansion of the industry’s broadest theatrical slate, built around the largest, most important global franchises.
Warner Bros. Pictures will release three Lego-branded films over the next four years, building upon the enormous success of this year’s “The Lego Movie” ($468 million worldwide box office), starting with “Ninjago” in 2016, directed by Charlie Bean and produced by Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
The Studio will release three pictures, »
- Michelle McCue
You can blame the huge success of Fargo for this. Hollywood, even before that, had been moving more and more to exploiting movie properties on the small screen. But since Fargo married up critical acclaim to a good audience? All bets are off.
Here are 23 - count 'em! - currently in differing stages of production...
The film: Earning Tom Hanks his first Oscar nomination, the beloved 1988 comedy drama Big saw him as Josh Baskin who, courtesy of a Zoltar machine, turns into an adult. Romance, work, and playing on a big piano follow.
This summer, Warner Bros. set aside release dates for a batch of unknown DC films in an effort to create a shared cinematic universe for its superheroes, similar to Marvel and Disney’s comic book structure. Since that time, fans have wondered which superheroes will get their own films and in what order they will be released and now the wait is over, as Warner Bros. has confirmed the titles to fill those empty release dates.
Here’s the list of 10 confirmed DC films in the order that they will come out:
“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” directed by Zack Snyder (2016) “Suicide Squad,” directed by David Ayer (2016) “Wonder Woman,” starring Gal Gadot (2017) “Justice League Part One,” directed by Zack Snyder, with Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams reprising their roles (2017) “The Flash,” starring Ezra Miller (2018) “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa (2018) “Shazam” (2019) “Justice League Part Two,” directed by Zack Snyder (2019) “Cyborg, »
- Derek Anderson
I've become a pretty big fan of Tony Zhou's "Every Frame a Painting" video series on Vimeo and YouTube, and although I'm not as big a fan of The Silence of the Lambs as many are, I found his most recent installment on the film quite informative. Entitled "Who Wins the Scenec", the video examines the first meeting between Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) and Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) in Jonathan Demme's 1991 thriller, which won 5 Academy Awards including a trophy for both actors mentioned above. In the video, Zhou examines how camera angles, framing, and point-of-view lay out the scene to help the viewer determine who ultimately wins this first standoff between the young FBI cadet and the seasoned serial killer. Both enter the scene with a primary goal in mind, but only one can be the true winner in the end. After watching this video, my thoughts immediately went »
- Jordan Benesh
Based on the best-selling novel by author Nicholas Sparks, The Best of Me tells the story of two former high school sweethearts, Dawson (James Marsden) and Amanda (Michelle Monaghan), who find themselves reunited after 20 years apart. In their hometown for the funeral of their beloved friend, they are suddenly forced to face the love that they’ve never forgotten, as well as the life that got in their way. The film also stars Luke Bracey, Liana Liberato, Caroline Goodall, Sebastian Arcelus, Jon Tenney and Gerald McRaney. At the film’s press day, actor James Marsden spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about playing the romantic lead that the audience is rooting for (unlike in his last Nicholas Sparks film), sharing the role with Luke Bracey, getting the first kiss right, and how much he enjoyed working with Michelle Monaghan. He also talked about how he kept his appearance in »
- Christina Radish
Every week, Shelf Life sees Tom White select and talk about a movie that lives on his DVD shelf, one he thinks we should all see. Mention the name Hannibal Lecter, and everyone will immediately know you are talking about the psychiatrist turned cannibal that lives in Thomas Harris's novels. In 1991, he was brought to the big screen in Silence of the Lambs, with Anthony Hopkins making the character a cinematic icon, and his own, with a memorably chilling performance. The subsequent movies, Hannibal, Red Dragon, and Hannibal Rising, saw the law of diminishing Lecters, with each one going some way to lessen the characters impact. It wasn't until 2012, that t.v. series Hannibal injected new life into the character, and Harris' formula of psychological thriller mixed with a police procedural. But there is one Hannibal Lecter movie that everyone forgets about, one that did things a little differently »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Paragon Releasing has acquired all U.S. and Canadian rights to writer-director Tristan Patterson's heist film “Electric Slide” from Myriad Pictures, the companies announced Monday. Jim Sturgess, Isabel Lucas, Chloe Sevigny, Patricia Arquette, Christopher Lambert and Vinessa Shaw star in the film, which will be released theatrically in the U.S. in April 2015. Sturgess and Lucas play star-crossed lovers who pull a Bonnie and Clyde-style series of bank robberies in 1980's Los Angeles. Also read: Anthony Hopkins Plays Mind Games With His Captors in ‘Kidnapping Freddy Heineken’ Trailer (Video) “Electric Slide” made its world premiere earlier this year the Tribeca Film Festival. »
- Jeff Sneider
We watch movies to be entertained and shocked, to be excited and compelled by seeing something — or someone — we probably wouldn’t in the real world. There is surely no more entertaining character type throughout film history than that of the psychopath. Those lovable (but flawed) guys and girls who are hell bent on revenge, murder and general chaos can really make a good movie great. After all, it’s nice to see the good guys, comedians, cops and lovers, but that can all get a little bit… Vanilla.
It’s also important to acknowledge that psychopaths aren’t exclusive to the horror and thriller genres – not that we’re doubting you knowledgeable readers. Some of the zestiest dudes of all time have popped up in gangster movies, dramas and black comedy (Tyler Durden, anyone?), in addition to the vast number of oddballs residing in more obvious genres. If psychopaths »
- Ryan Hill
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