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Every summer tells the same story: superheroes reign supreme at the global box office, with studios churning out sequel after reboot after prequel to capitalize on pop culture’s hottest trend. This year’s undisputed champion is Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which has raked in over $300 million domestically to date.
But while Marvel continues to dominate the big screen, rival publisher DC Comics is poised for a small screen coup. This fall, DC and Warner Bros. Television have three hotly anticipated comicbook properties slated to hit the air: the CW’s “Arrow” spinoff “The Flash”; NBC’s darker “Constantine” and Fox’s Batman prequel series “Gotham,” with CW procedural “iZombie” on deck for midseason. Looking ahead to next season, TNT is also nearing a pilot production order for “Titans,” a one-hour drama that will focus on DC’s younger heroes, while Fox just gave a put pilot production »
- Laura Prudom and Whitney Friedlander
The 10th annual Film Independent Forum will take place in Los Angeles over October 24-26.
For the first time Film Independent and CreatorUp will co-produce a hackathon for filmmakers and developers to make a technology prototype for filmmakers to connect with fans for film projects that create social impact.
Eight filmmakers will be selected and paired with developers and all projects will be presented on October 26.
At the Alfred P Sloan Foundation Reception during the Forum, the Sloan Producers Grant, which provides a $30,000 production grant and acceptance into Film Independent’s Producing Lab, will be awarded to a Film Independent Fellow »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Title: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season One Cast: Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Bill Paxton, Patton Oswalt, Samuel L. Jackson Running time: 946 minutes (22 episodes, 5 discs), Rated Tvpg Special Features: 3 episode commentaries with cast and writers; Marvel Studios: Assembling the Universe [43 min]; Journey into Sdcc [13 min]; Field Reports (behind the scenes shorts); 2 VFX Progressions; Bloopers of S.H.I.E.L.D. (7 min); 8 Deleted Scenes; Trailers for Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America: Winter Soldier Available on DVD & Blu-ray 08.09.14 After the “Battle of New York” from The Avengers, Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) is brought back from the dead [ Read More ]
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Most of Kevin Costner's most famous films wouldn't seem to be easy sells. How would it today sound to pitch a studio on a Civil War soldier befriending Sioux Indians on the South Dakota plains? Or on an Iowa farmer who hears voices?
But while Costner's industry clout was once impervious, he's had to fight harder for his latest, the drama Black and White, which premiered over the weekend at the Toronto International Film Festival. In the film, written and directed by Mike Binder, Costner plays a Los Angeles attorney devastated by the deaths of his daughter and wife. A custody battle over his granddaughter ensues between Costner's character and the child's African-American grandmother (Octavia Spencer).
"I was pretty convinced someone would want to make it, but that just wasn't the case," Costner said in a recent interview. "I didn't fight, I just kind of surrendered. So I used »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
While the City Sleeps: Gyllenhaal Gets His Money Shot in Gilroy’s Debut
You’ll be hard pressed to find a more enjoyably witty criticism of modern exploitative media tactics taken to a new extreme than Dan Gilroy’s viciously adept directorial debut, Nightcrawler. Humanity’s morbid curiosity with the grisly, disturbing, and depraved happenings in the world around us has long tainted the art of journalism and mass media, and has thus been depicted for ages already in the cinema. Gilroy’s film owes as much to Billy Wilder’s Ace in the Hole (1951) as it does Sidney Lumet’s Network (1976), upping the action ante with the growing Gilroy stamp (his brother directed Michael Clayton and the last Bourne film). And yet, it’s an excitingly well written dark hearted treatise with a vitriolic little statement all its own, a glorious new love letter to the seedy underside of Los Angeles, »
- Nicholas Bell
Movie music maestro Hans Zimmer is to take part in the Zff Masters series at the 10th Zurich Film Festival (Sept 25 – Oct 5).
The composer of scores for films including Rain Man, The Lion King, Gladiator and Inception will offer insight into his creative process in the chaired discussion that will include a public Q&A at the Filmpodium.
Others signed up for the Zff Masters include documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman and Danish screenwriter and director Susanne Bier, who won the Oscar for Best Foreign-Language Film in 2010 with In A Better World and is currently touring festivals with A Second Chance and Serena.
Zurich audiences will also be invited to attend masterclasses with veteran cinematographer Michael Ballhaus (The Departed, Goodfellas) and Ulrich Seidl, the Austrian filmmaker behind the recent Paradise trilogy and documentary »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Local TV news is sociopathic. If I came up to you and began our conversation talking about the horrible deaths of total strangers that had no larger implication than seizing on your deep-seated fears about city living, you would think I’m not only insane, but predatory. And you would be right. Dan Gilroy’s chilling, pulse-pounding Nightcrawler manifests the essence of local news and puts it inside a protagonist where a soul should be. Anchored by Jake Gyllenhaal giving the best performance of the year thus far, Gilroy’s film is a scathing and decadently amoral portrait of ice-cold calculation and ruthless ambition speeding through the dark streets of Los Angeles. Lou Bloom (Gyllenhaal) is a thief who believes he has the work ethic to achieve far more than petty crimes. One night while driving past a car crash, he observes a “nightcrawler”, a cameraman (Bill Paxton) capturing footage »
- Matt Goldberg
I came away from Dan Gilroy's "Nightcrawler" with a new level of respect for Jake Gyllenhaal. He's been taking a lot of interesting chances lately, having already decorated his career with a string of notable filmmaker collaborations, but now he seems to really be pushing himself by exploring unique characters that might scare off most stars. The physical specificity of his "End of Watch" cop, the obsession of his "Prisoners" detective, and now, the blind ambition of his "Nightcrawler" psycho. But he doesn't play this guy as "psychotic." A driven creep looking for work and unsettlingly quick to learn and absorb, Lou Bloom finds his way into the world of freelance journalism on the night streets of Los Angeles in the film. He's never really given a big, broad outburst moment, but the drawn coil of the narrative leaves you expecting it, and that plays to the film's advantage. »
- Kristopher Tapley
As a gonzo freelance news cameraman prowling for the goriest, grizzliest scoops he can find, Jake Gyllenhaal gives such a buggy, twitchy performance that — with his sunken cheeks, bulging eyes and greasy hair — he resembles some Cronenbergian mutant in an intermediate stage of transformation. He’s the main attraction in “Nightcrawler,” , but doesn’t have much to say beyond the familiar, shopworn hand-wringing about shutterbugs willing to do anything to get the shot and the desensitized voyeur audience — us — that laps it all up. A flashy but hollow first directing gig for veteran screenwriter Dan Gilroy (“The Bourne Legacy”), this Oct. 31 Open Road release is a star vehicle that will test audience enthusiasm for Gyllenhaal’s big, mannered star turn — a feast of capital-a acting that’s sometimes amusing to watch but not believable for so much as a second.
Very much a screenwriter’s movie in its habit of »
- Scott Foundas
Dan Gilroy's been at this for a while now. His first produced screenplay was the largely-forgotten "Freejack," a science-fiction action movie starring Emilio Estevez, Mick Jagger, and a fresh-off-his-Oscar-win Anthony Hopkins in 1992. The other main co-star in the film was Rene Russo, who ended up married to Gilroy after that film, and now, a full 22 years later, she's co-starring in "Nightcrawler," which is Gilroy's move from being a writer to being a writer-director. If this is any indication of what he can do when he's in full control, then let the era of Dan Gilroy commence. Disturbing and dark, "Nightcrawler" is many things. It is a remarkable La movie, something I would not say lightly. I have a lot of problems watching movies that are "about" La, just like I have a lot of problems watching movies about making movies. I have trouble separating what I know from what I'm watching. »
- Drew McWeeny
Everything’s up for negotiation in Nightcrawler, and there’s no one better at it than Louis Bloom. Gangly, shallow-eyed, and sporting hair two inches too long to warrant slicking back, Lou has the look of an It worker, but the aspirations of a Fortune 500 CEO. He’s an ambitious detritivore that scurries through the cracks of L.A., collecting anything of value that’s not nailed down. Whether it’s chain-link fences, bikes, or a manhole cover, he’ll broker a sale with larger creatures of the night like he’s trading stocks instead of scrap metal. Lou’s the roach that always gets away before you’ve got a shoe in hand – he’s creepy, but you’ve got to admire the work ethic.
- Sam Woolf
Directed by Dan Gilroy.
A young man stumbles upon the underground world of L.A. freelance crime journalism.
A security guard discovers a chain fence being cut by a mysterious individual who assaults him for his watch. The thief in question is Lou Bloom who sells his stolen goods but seems to be travelling around the world without a sense of purpose; however, the epiphany arrives when he witnesses freelance cameramen filming a traffic accident.
What unfolds next is the amateur photographer immersing himself in the whole news credo “If it bleeds it leads” to the point that his entrepreneurial spirit is able to flourish. Lou Bloom is also a sociopath who is prepared to do anything to get what he wants, whether it be making sexual favours part of business agreements, »
- Trevor Hogg
Danny Glover is the La cop following the trail of destruction when the ugliest alien mutha in the universe switches hunting grounds from the Amazon rainforest to the urban jungle. But no matter what side of the law you're on, if you're armed you're fair game as the carnage never lets up after the Predator's ferocious first showdown with Arnie Schwarzenegger. Bill Paxton, Gary Busey and Maria Conchita Alonso wonder what's hit them. »
By Anjelica Oswald
The Toronto International Film Festival is known for showing some of the best films each year. Some of my personal favorite films have come out of Tiff, including Dallas Buyers Club (2013), Silver Linings Playbook (2012) and The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012).
Trying to narrow down a list of films I am most excited to see from this year’s Tiff is a difficult process. After all, there are 393 films being shown. Based on plot summaries, entertaining trailers and actors I admire, I’ve managed to pick 10 films I am hoping to catch once they are publicly released.
The Judge // Tiff Premiere: Sept. 4
Dir. David Dobkin
The film follows Hank (Downey), a Chicago lawyer, who returns to his small, Indiana town in the wake of his mother’s death to find his estranged father (Duvall) accused of murder. »
- Anjelica Oswald
The story centers on a Washington D.C. politician who becomes ensnared in a controversial scandal involving prostitutes. He is forced to go on the run with his "underachieving accomplice" to elude the F.B.I., U.S. Marshals and a group of vicious drug dealers.
Along with Vince Vaughn's attachment, Michael Dowse (What If, Goon) has signed on to direct, working from a script by Matthew Bass and Theodore Bressman. The script landed on the 2013 Black List, and was picked up by Columbia Pictures in a bidding war late last year.
Seth Rogen is producing alongside Evan Goldberg, James Weaver and Mark Gordon. Drew Simon and Michele Wolkoff are overseeing for the Mark Gordon Company, while Hannah Minghella and Andrea Giannetti are looking over the project for Sony. »
The line-up at this year's Toronto Film Festival has a much different feel than year's past and coming up with a list of most anticipated films isn't nearly as easy as previous years. Not because there's any lack of possible greatness, but in fact perhaps because the possibility is even greater, though in corners we may not expect. This year's fest is without what I would call a "big" film. David Dobkin's The Judge is opening the festival but at 141 minutes and with a trailer that does very little to convince me of its quality I have a hard time expecting much from it. Reese Witherspoon's Wild from director Jean-Marc Vallee is certainly one I will be seeing, but the anticipation level isn't entirely there and the somewhat muted Telluride response of respect with caveats has lessened my anticipation ever so slightly, the same could be said for Jon Stewart's Rosewater, »
- Brad Brevet
As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
- Movie Geeks
Three-day weekends are an excuse to be lazy, kick back with a glass of wine (or five), and meander around the home in a constant state of bliss. Then again, that’s the life of a Real Housewife everyday of the week.
For the plebes of the world with a few days off from toil, this Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to catch up on the marathon of shows playing on television, that range from gross (Botched) to fecund (19 Kids and Counting) to a marathon that’s finally coming to an end (The Simpsons). EW has compiled a »
- Teresa Jue
Based on a true story, Million Dollar Arm focuses on J.B. Bernstein (Jon Hamm), a floundering sports agent who is in desperate need of a big signing. Late night channel-flipping between a cricket match and Susan Boyle’s ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ brings inspiration (as it so often does) and soon Bernstein is journeying to India to host a talent competition that will determine which would-be cricketers have the best chance at being groomed into baseball players. Returning to America with the contest winners Rinku Singh (Life of Pi’s Suraj Sharma) and Dinesh Patel (Madhur Mittal) in tow, the two prospects soon begin training under unorthodox coach Tom House (Bill Paxton), but have »
- Amon Warmann
Director: Craig Gillespie.
Running Time: 124 minutes.
Synopsis: A twenty-something comedienne’s unplanned pregnancy forces her to confront the realities of independent womanhood for the first time.
Jon Hamm continues an incredibly lingering transition to the big screen with Disney’s American hit Million Dollar Arm, part sports drama, part romance, part fish-out-of-water comedy which combines to make up what is essentially a biographical rags-to-riches tale.
Tracking the story of sports agent Jb Bernstein (Hamm) and an innovative idea which takes him to India (via a path of self-enlightenment and Britain’s Got Talent), we are introduced to his tough-to-like cynic who, whilst residing in a pristine apartment decorated with a flash car on the drive, spends his days dating models, soullessly shunning hellos from Lake Bell’s kooky tenant, Brenda.
With this being Disney, »
- Jacob Stolworthy
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