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The very moment David Ayer unveiled Jared Leto’s garish new look for Suicide Squad, the Internet was sent into a collective tail-spin. From the lime-green hairstyle to those glinting false teeth, it didn’t take much for naysayers to pigeon hole the early teaser. No matter, because one thing that’s since become immediately apparent about Leto’s turn as the Clown Prince of Crime is just how committed he is to the role, and the Oscar-winner even sought advice from revered comic book writer Grant Morrison about the high-profile gig.
Portraying a character such as the Joker obviously comes with a particular set of expectations, and the fact that Leto went to Morrison for some tips underlines just how instrumental his role is in Suicide Squad. For Leto, that will involve serving up a different take on the famed supervillain – one that distinguishes itself from turns by Jack Nicholson »
- Michael Briers
The following contains spoilers from this week’s episode of Fox’s Gotham.
RelatedGotham Episode 3 Recap: The Joke Is On You
In this Monday’s episode, Theo Galavan, Jerome and Barbara put on quite a show for the town, with the latter pair lording over a mayhem-filled magic show at a charity gala. Ultimately, Theo would play the role of “hero” in front of the city’s elite, in part by going off script and plunging a knife into Jerome’s neck. »
Imagine Beverly Hills has been carpet-bombed. The mansions are gone. Where could Hollywood’s uber-celebrities move to? In 1997, the answer was Stella Street in London: a quiet corner of the city that offered sanctuary to the likes of Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson and other stars from Britain, the Us and beyond. In a single leafy street (actually Hartswood Road in W12, still a place of pilgrimage for fans of the show) they could have peace, and nip out to do their shopping paparazzi-free at the local newsagent, which was run by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.
This was the absurd scenario dreamed up by Comic Strip director Peter Richardson, and acted out with documentary seriousness by just two actors. It was YouTube before YouTube, »
- George Bass
“You know, this used to be a helluva good country. I can’t understand what’s gone wrong with it.”
Easy Rider screens in 16mm at 7:30pm Monday October 5th at Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood
The perfect film to watch in old-school 16mm!
Easy Rider (1969) is much more than a 60s relic – it’s still a great movie even today. I find it fascinating that Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda took Roger Corman material and gave it an European- influenced arthouse approach. Combined with breathtaking visuals, a well-chosen rock soundtrack and some classic, stoned, improvised dialogue Easy Rider is still an impressive movie all these years later. Fonda had recently made The Wild Angels, Hopper the less remembered The Glory Stompers, and Jack Nicholson Hells Angels On Wheels, but Easy Rider reinvented the biker movie (or technically created a new subgenre: the “hippy” Biker Film), and things were never »
- Tom Stockman
Both as warm and as no-holds-barred blunt as its subject, “Everything Is Copy” proves a stirring portrait of Nora Ephron by her son, writer-director Jacob Bernstein. Ephron passed away in 2012 at the age of 71 from leukemia, a fatal disease whose manifestation she kept secret from all but her closest confidants. That deliberate silence struck many, upon her death, as not only shocking, but something of a betrayal, given that Ephron had previously operated by her own mother’s motto that everything in life was fair-game fodder for her work. Whether Ephron truly believed that creed is the investigative through-line of Bernstein’s doc (which, following its New York Film Festival premiere, is slated for HBO in March 2016), and helps turn it not only a loving biography of a titanic talent, but a look at the way in which artists strike a balance between the personal and the private.
Like his mother a journalist by trade, »
- Nick Schager
This review contains spoilers.
2.2 Knock, Knock
Holy school bus petrol bomb, Batman! This week’s Gotham is one of the show’s best episodes yet. We’ve been encouraged to think of these opening three episodes of season two as a trilogy, and with that in mind Knock, Knock makes for a stellar second act.
Once again stealing the show is Cameron Monaghan’s proto-Joker, Jerome. He’s now incredibly comfortable in the role and continues to impress with every return that he makes. Although the rest of the Maniax – save for Barbara – are irritatingly underdeveloped, Monaghan has stepped into the unhinged ringleader role with some real gusto.
His performance this week – particularly that piece to camera at the end – really was Joker-worthy. He echoed Mark Hamill’s vocal dexterity throughout, and his ‘you »
Leto said, when asked about the film: “I can’t wait for you to see this – they’re going to lock me away in a box after this movie comes out.”
The star’s words will continue to spark speculation about what role Joker will play in Suicide Squad and how Leto will approach the role made iconic on the big screen by names as big as Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger.
See Also: Suicide Squad Trailer Breakdown
- Tom Beasley
'Hotel Transylvania 2.' 'Hotel Transylvania 2' far surpasses expectations at domestic box office: Adam Sandler a hit when heard but not seen Adam Sandler has been having his share of domestic box office flops lately. Chris Columbus' Pixels, which opened in late July to scathing reviews and indifferent audiences, was the latest one: a reported $88 million production (plus marketing and distribution expenses) that earned $76.67 million in the U.S. and Canada (plus an estimated $145.1 million elsewhere). But now comes the Sony Pictures release Hotel Transylvania 2, the concisely titled sequel to the late Sept. 2012 hit Hotel Transylvania. Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, the $80-85 million-budgeted animated feature should open around $48 million from 3,754 theaters according to early weekend box office estimates found at Deadline.com. The report adds that some “rival studio box office analysts” believe Hotel Transylvania 2 may actually pass the $50 million mark. On Friday, Sept. 25, '15, it collected a better than expected (estimated) $13.5 million. »
- Zac Gille
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
Adam Devine‘s first job involved selling steaks over the phone. Although the stint only lasted two weeks, it inspired the setting for his successful Comedy Central show “Workaholics.” And Devine has come a long way since his days hawking meat, as he is about to star in “The Intern” alongside Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway, which opens Friday. But his acting career truly began when he was stacking yogurt in the background of Jack Nicholson‘s movie “About Schmidt” when he was a kid. Yes, the comedian who has his own stand-up comedy show on Comedy Central, used to work in a. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Behind at least one successful woman stands an older, wiser man. That, at least, is the chief takeaway from “The Intern,” a perky generation-gap fable that sneaks some surprisingly conservative gender politics into its stainless new world of online startups and amply product-placed Macbooks. Starring Robert De Niro as the tirelessly benevolent retiree who becomes fashion entrepreneur Anne Hathaway’s unlikely guide to work-life equilibrium, this is smooth white-linen entertainment, unmistakably of a piece with the plush oeuvre of writer-director Nancy Meyers. Yet it takes all the leads’ considerable combined charm to forestall the aftertaste of the pic’s smug life lessons and near-comically blinkered worldview. Supplanting the romantic fizz of “It’s Complicated” and “Something’s Gotta Give” with scarf-deep social engagement may cost Meyers’ latest a little at the box office, but this “Intern” will still be reasonably well-paid by an under-served date-night crowd.
“Love and work, work and love, »
- Guy Lodge
Do you enjoy special-effects laden blockbusters? How about gritty crime dramas? Or biting comedies? The New Hollywood movement helped to make all of these possible in mainstream cinema.
New Hollywood is less a trend about the kinds of films that were produced and more about the people making them. The New Hollywood movement was about a new generation of filmmakers who came of age in the 60’s and went on to define filmmaking in the 70’s. These are filmmakers who went against tradition to push film to new heights and explore new genres and ideas. New Hollywood is the passing of the torch from the classic era of filmmaking to the modern era. It showed us both how great intimate character-focused dramas could be, but it also expanded the possibilities of what film could be, giving birth to the blockbuster. The New Hollywood movement is the foundation upon which current cinema is based. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
A group of kids trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic wasteland squared off against a legendary gangster at the box office this weekend. According to the estimates from Box Office Mojo, the kids prevailed, with 20th Century Fox's The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials taking the top spot this weekend with $30.3 million, while Warner Bros.' crime drama Black Mass took second place with $23.3 million. Black Mass received a much better reception from the nation's critics, scoring a solid 76% "Fresh" rating from Rotten Tomatoes, while The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials posted a 49% "Rotten" rating from the site. Both of those ratings are down from earlier this week, though, when Black Mass had an 87% rating and The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials had a 62% rating.
The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials opened in 3,791 theaters this weekend, posting a solid $7,993 per-screen average in its opening weekend. While it did take the top spot, »
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By Hank Reineke
The ninth annual Drive-in Super Monster Rama was staged – as is traditional - on the weekend following Labor Day at the Riverside Drive-in, Vandergrift, Pennsylvania. Inaugurated in 2007, this fiendish gathering of monster-movie insomniacs is tailored to those who cherish the classic horror films of the 1960s and 1970s. It’s a thoughtfully programmed and purposely retro affair; fans get to experience (or re-experience) their favorites as they might have when the movies were new – in the witching hour setting of an authentic neighborhood drive-in theater.
With each passing year the Monster Rama grows steadily in attendance and flourishes in reputation. In 2013 the annual gathering spawned a mid-spring sister event, the April Ghoul’s Drive-in Monster Rama. Co-sponsored from inception by George Reis (of the preeminent cult »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Hit the deck! Rat-a-tat-tat!! These are the sounds of a cinema staple, the gangster genre. From the early silent days, “thugs with dirty mugs” were the source of many a “hit” at the box office, of course. Soon after the Brothers Warner began their studio, they quickly became the premiere producers of these “blood and thunder” morality plays, featuring a “murderers’ row” of movie icons headed by James Cagney, Edward G Robertson, and Humphrey Bogart. In the waning years of Hollywood’s Golden Age, these thrillers often merged with the biography genre with the stories of real-life 20’s and 30’s criminals like John Dillinger, Bonnie Parker, and Clyde Barrow, and, the big man himself, “Scarface” Al Capone. With the phenomenal success of The Godfather, these “public enemies” were back in vogue, continuing even to this day. Now the Warners are back in the true tale gangster biz, but they’re »
- Jim Batts
Black Mass marks a villainous return to form for Johnny Depp. Adapted from the book by Boston Globe journalists Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill, Black Mass is the incredible true story of gangster James 'Whitey' Bulger. Bulger went from being a relatively small time neighborhood criminal in South Boston (Southie), to the feared kingpin of the Boston underworld in the late seventies and eighties. His rise to power was abetted by FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton). The pair grew up together in the tight-knit Irish community. Then engaged in a criminal alliance to wipe out Bulger's competition, while giving the FBI publicity wins for taking down the Italian Mafia.
Black Mass opens with Kevin Weeks (Jesse Plemons), under arrest, giving sworn testimony to the government. He recounts his initiation into Bulger's (Depp) gang in 1973. This format of Bulger's incarcerated cronies spilling the beans for immunity or reduced sentences is how the story unfolds. »
Telluride Review: Johnny Depp is Trying Something Very Different in 'Black Mass' "The Departed" (Martin Scorsese, 2006) After filming the mean streets of New York City for over three decades, Martin Scorsese shipped his patented gritty gangster flick 230 miles north to Boston for "The Departed." The film — which earned Marty his long-deserved Best Director Oscar and his sole Best Picture win — is a remake of the 2002 Hong Kong crime thriller "Internal Affairs," but "The Departed" is nothing without its Beantown flavor. Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon each play rats. DiCaprio is an undercover cop trying to win the sympathies of Jack Nicholson's Frank Costello, an Irish mafia ganglord loosely based on Whitey Bulger, while Damon is Costello's mole inside the Massachusetts State Police’s Special Investigations Unit. Over the course of the film, games of cat and mouse ensue with engrossing intensity. In this tale of morality and identity, »
At one point, it seemed rather inevitable that Johnny Depp would one day win an Academy Award. He was a golden boy of sorts, but then Depp fell off the wagon a bit. The allure of playing Captain Jack Sparrow repeatedly and fooling around with Tim Burton in his various flights of fancy more or less, with the exception of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, removed him from the Oscar map. It’s been that way for a while now, but this week, Depp is back in a big way with Black Mass, his first legitimate awards vehicle in years. With that, he’s once again a contender in the Best Actor field. The film is a look at notorious Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger and the alliance he had with the FBI, specifically with John Connolly. Depp plays Bulger and Joel Edgerton plays Connolly and we »
- Joey Magidson
'Maze Runner 2: The Scorch Trials' with Dylan O'Brien. 'Maze Runner 2' to beat Johnny Depp 'Black Mass' The 20th Century Fox release Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, the sequel to the 2014 hit The Maze Runner, and Warner Bros.' Johnny Depp star vehicle Black Mass will be battling it out at the North American box office this coming weekend, Sept. 18-20, the last (astronomical) summer weekend of 2015. According to Variety, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials will “likely” end up at the top of the U.S. and Canada box office chart. In fact, more than just “likely,” in case tracking is on target. Including Thursday evening shows, Maze Runner 2 is expected to collect somewhere around $35 million from 3,790 sites, while Black Mass should take in $22 million or so from 3,188 theaters. 'Maze Runner 2' vs. 'The Maze Runner' Maze Runner 2 will then open only about 10 percent ahead of the original, »
- Zac Gille
September is typically a slow month in theaters, but thanks to an emerging young adult franchise and a highly-anticipated biopic, there could be some fireworks at the box office reminiscent of summer totals. This weekend, fans will return to author James Dashner's dystopian world with The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, while mobster James 'Whitey' Bulger's story is told on the big screen in Black Mass, starring Johnny Depp. If the projections at Pro.BoxOffice.com are accurate, then The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials should have no trouble at all securing the top spot at the box office this weekend.
The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials is projected to take in an estimated $48 million this weekend, which would far surpass its predecessor, The Maze Runner, which took the top spot at the box office almost exactly one year ago, with $34 million. The Maze Runner would go on to »
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