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It’s a common image in cinema: a beautiful, but vulnerable woman entering a cold and unforgiving world, where good bone-structure and talent become dangerously interchangeable. While navigating the leering male gaze and sometimes heartless competition of female peers, she also must do battle with her own insecurities and self-doubts, all of which can be seemingly cured with the miraculous kiss of success. But for some, that success can lead directly to their downfall. Sometimes, the consequences can even be lethal, the adversary too ruthless to be conquered, and the beauty is left to rust in tragic defeat. And sometimes, it’s more painfully simple. They merely want to cut the poor girl’s throat.
The Neon Demon, the spellbinding new film from director Nicolas Winding Refn, is now playing in theaters nationwide. The plot follows Jesse (Elle Fanning) a 16-year-old girl who arrives in Hollywood with dreams of becoming a successful model. »
- Tony Hinds
The Terrence Malick-produced documentary “The Seventh Fire” offers a rare window into Native American gang and drug subculture. It follows gang leader Rob Brown who has been sentenced to prison for the fifth time and must confront his role in bringing a culture of violence and drugs into his northern Minnesota Indian community. As Rob reckons with mistakes and regrets, his 17-year-old protégé Kevin dreams of one day becoming the most powerful and feared gangster on the reservation. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below featuring Rob discuss the origin of his daughter’s name.
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The film is the directorial debut of Jack Pettibone Riccobono. It’s produced by acclaimed director Terrence Malick, who has previously directed such films like “Badlands,” “Days of Heaven,” “The Thin Red Line,” “The New World,” and “The Tree of Life. »
- Vikram Murthi
Another day, another “Ghostbusters” female-reboot controversy story, though this one humorously puts into perspective just how sad and ridiculous the entire backlash over the film has been. The team over at HitFix has discovered that none other than Mindy Kaling predicted the controversy that would erupt over a female-fronted reboot nearly five years ago when she included the idea in her 2011 memoir “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns).”
In a chapter entitled “Franchises I Would Like To Reboot,” Kaling makes the pitch:
“I always wanted the reboot of ‘Ghostbusters’ to be four girl-ghostbusters. Like, four normal, plucky women living in New York City searching for Mr. Right and trying to find jobs — but who also bust ghosts. I’m not an idiot, though. I know the demographic for Ghostbusters is teenage boys, and I »
- Zack Sharf
Her public profile in recent months has been far from flattering – the younger woman who got tens of millions of dollars during the years she lived with Sumner Redstone, only to be tossed out of his Beverly Park mansion for allegedly having an affair with another man.
But now comes news that Sydney Holland – sometime operator of a high-end dating service and one-time maker of “eco-conscious” yoga clothes — did not just use her riches on an endless shopping spree. She is getting credit as an executive producer of an obscure documentary, but one that puts her in some A-list company.
Holland and her Rich Hippie Productions, a film financing and production company, are credited as part of the team that helped finance a documentary about life on a northern Minnesota Indian reservation. She funded post production on “The Seventh Fire,” according to first-time feature director Jack Pettibone Riccobono, who called »
- James Rainey
The female cast-led Ghostbusters reboot has been making headlines and stirring debate since August 2014. But well before then, when Bill Murray was still expected to star in a Ghostbusters 3, Mindy Kaling fantasy-cast an estrogen-powered Ghostbusters. Icymi: The Office actress wrote a paragraph about a reimagined squad of the paranormal experts in her first book, 2011 memoir Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) in a chapter titled “Franchises I Would Like to Reboot.” Now, Mindy Kaling being rom-com-loving Mindy Kaling, she pitched this reboot as a tale of four otherwise-normal ladies in New York struggling to balance their ghostbusting duties with the pursuit of true love. She also readily acknowledged that everyone might not be on board with this idea: “I’m not an idiot,” she wrote. “I know the demographic for Ghostbusters is teenage boys, and I know they would kill themselves if two ghostbusters had a makeover at Sephora. »
- Emily Rome
While there has been some controversy and calls of 'whitewashing' over the casting of Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One in Marvel Studios' "Doctor Strange" film, there's been little discussion about one of the key supporting roles in the film with an actual Asian actor in the role - the character of Wong which is played by Benedict Wong.
In the comics, Wong is both Strange's valet and a master martial artist. Speaking to Den of Geek this week, the actor talked about how the big-screen version of the character is quite different from the comic version:
"I'm certainly not going to be the tea-making manservant. We're heading in a different direction. He's more of a drill sergeant. There isn't any martial arts for Wong in Doctor Strange actually, he's more of a drill sergeant to Kamar-Taj. He's one of the masters of sorcery."
In the comics, »
- Garth Franklin
Terrence Malick’s latest film “Knight of Cups,” an experimental drama about a Hollywood screenwriter’s (Christian Bale) existential crisis through a world of delirious excess, had its theatrical release this past March. The film continues Malick’s recent creative resurgence; his last two features, “The Tree of Life” and “To The Wonder,” were released this decade after a pattern of long periods of silence between films. Now, his next film will hit theaters this fall, only it will be released in IMAX instead.
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“Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience” tells the grand history of the cosmos, taking the audience on a personal journey through the universe itself, from the Big Bang to the Mesozoic Era to our present and beyond. Nearly four decades in the making, “Voyage of Time” will feature a panorama of powerful »
- Vikram Murthi
Earlier this month, Marvel confirmed that Thor: Ragnarok will start production on July 4, with the studio already setting a November 3, 2017 release date. Over the past few weeks, new cast members and plot details have surfaced, but today, we have our first look at one of the sets being built for this Phase 3 sequel. While we don't know exactly what this building is, it certainly appears to be one of the Asgardian dwellings.
Gold Coast Bulletin reveals that several outdoor sets are being built at Village Roadshow Studios in Oxenford, Australia. While none of the cast members are present, since filming hasn't begun yet, that will surely change in the weeks ahead. Hopefully we'll also get the first official story details when shooting starts, to combat the numerous rumors that have sprung up as of late.
One of the most prevalent rumors is that the new villain Hela will team up »
Say what you will about “armchair activism,” but the squeaky wheel gets the oil. At least when it comes to progressing media beyond its comfort zone of straight white male narratives. After a bumpy start, Marvel has righted the ship with their cinematic universe, adding in more Poc (People of Color) and women both behind and in front of the camera. One of the worst offenders as far as diversity went in the McU was the Thor franchise. Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), one of the world’s top astrophysicists, was regulated to a distressed damsel. Heimdall (Idris Elba) was a glorified elevator attendant. Frigga (Rene Russo) fridged, Hogun (Asano Tadanobu) vanished. Sit (Jamie Alexander) fared better, but not by much. Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi is looking to break that terrible track record. Speaking to The Daily Beast about his upcoming film Hunt of the Wilderpeople, the questions inevitably turned to Marvel. »
- Donna Dickens
New Roy Andersson feature About Endlessness also gets backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.
Terrence Malick is lining up WWII drama Radegund (aka Jägerstätter), about the life of Franz Jägerstätter, an Austrian conscientious objector during World War II who was executed by the Nazis in 1943 aged 36.
In 2007, Pope Benedict XVI declared Jägerstätter a martyr and he was beatified by the Catholic Church.
The project was announced by the German funding body the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, which is backing it with €400,000.
The title Radegund refers to the Thuringian princess and Frankish queen from the 6th century who found protection under the Church after fleeing her marriage when her husband had her »
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Terrence Malick hasn’t made a wartime drama since 1998’s enormous “The Thin Red Line,” but that’s soon about to change thanks to an intriguing new project. According to The Film Stage and several German news sources, the director will head to World War II for his next movie in order to tell the true story of Franz Jägerstätter, an Austrian solider who became a conscientious objector during World War II and was sentenced to death at age 36 for his actions. “Inglourious Basterds” star August Diehl is set to play Jägerstätter.
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The film is currently titled “Radegund” and is set to begin shooting at Studio Babelsberg in Potsdam, Germany this summer. Could that mean Malick is actually finished with his gestating projects “Voyage Of Time” and “Weightless”? Possibly, but it’s notoriously hard to tell with the reclusive filmmaker. »
- Zack Sharf
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods The Brothers Grimsby (comedy; Sacha Baron Cohen, Mark Strong; includes hilarious outtakes; rated R) My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (romantic comedy sequel; Nia Vardalos, John Corbet; rated PG-13) Knight of Cups (drama; Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman; rated R) Midnight Special (sci-fi/thriller; Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, Michael Shannon; rated PG-13) The Duel (action-Western; Woody Harrelson, Liam Hemsworth...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Terrence Malick’s “Knight of Cups” follows a Hollywood screenwriter Rick (Christian Bale) in the midst of an existential crisis as he tries to find solace in garish industry excess and frequent dalliances with women. Divided into eight chapters named after Tarot cards following Rick’s relationship with another person in his life, Malick abstracts internal pain and confusion into a momentous visual experience that’s both intimate and alienating.
Terrence Malick is one of the most acclaimed American directors working today. He made his directorial debut with “Badlands,” starring Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek as young fugitives from the law. After that, he released the film “Days of Heaven,” starring Richard Gere »
- Vikram Murthi
Actor Orlando Bloom is partnering with China’s Bliss Media to form a joint production company, BlissBloom Productions, and will star in the venture’s first production S.M.A.R.T. Chase: Fire & Earth.
Bliss Media will finance, produce and oversee Chinese distribution for the project, which is written by Kevin Bernhardt (The Immortals) and co-produced with Jerome Salle (The Tourist). CAA packaged the film and reps Us rights.
The story follows a private security agent who is ambushed while escorting a valuable Chinese antique out of Shanghai.
Bliss, which launched the $150m Bliss-codi Film & TV Investment Fund at Cannes last month »
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Earlier this week, it was confirmed that Marvel's highly-anticipated sequel Thor: Ragnarok will start production on the 4th of July in Australia. While very little has been confirmed about the story, the cast is starting to come together, with Cate Blanchett (Hela), Jeff Goldblum (The Grandmaster), Karl Urban (Skurge) and Tessa Thompson (Valkyrie) coming aboard to star. Mark Ruffalo is also coming aboard to star as Hulk, and while promoting his new movie Now You See Me 2, the actor dropped some new details about how Hulk fits into this sequel.
We last saw Mark Ruffalo's Hulk in Avengers: Age of Ultron, where he commandeered a S.H.I.E.L.D. Quinjet and took off for parts unknown. Both Thor and Hulk were the only two Avengers who didn't show up in last month's Captain America: Civil War, but we'll get to see them on the big screen next year. During a new interview with Collider, Mark Ruffalo teased that Bruce Banner will have to confront his relationship with his giant green alter-ego, the Hulk.
"I think the arc that he is ultimately making in his relationship with The Hulk and how that's gonna resolve itself, that's really where ... nobody has gone to that place. He's always been running from him or trying to deny it but they are coming for a collision course with each other and I think that could be pretty exciting if we can figure out a way, how to do it - multi-dimensionally. Hulk vs. Banner! The only person Hulk's scared of is Banner."
Thor and Thor: The Dark World stars Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Anthony Hopkins (Odin) and Idris Elba (Heimdall) have been confirmed to reprise their roles, and it has also been confirmed that Natalie Portman will not be back as Jane Foster. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has teased that Thor: Ragnarok will largely be set in the cosmos, with very little time spent on Earth. While no official story details have been released yet, there have been plenty of rumors.
One of the most prevalent rumors is that the new villain Hela will team up with Loki and banish Thor from Asgard, destroying his mighty hammer Mjolnir in the process. Thor then goes on a journey that leads him to a plant full of gladiators, where he is forced to go up against the current champion, Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). This eventually leads to a "cosmic road trip" between Hulk and Thor, but none of those details have been confirmed. We'll be sure to keep you posted as we get closer to Thor: Ragnarok starting production on the 4th of July. »
Natalie Portman turns 35 on Thursday! The Oscar winner and Harvard grad has grown up in front of the camera; after getting her start at age 13 in The Professional, Natalie starred in films like Garden State, V For Vendetta, and the Star Wars saga. In 2011, she took home an Academy Award for her role in Black Swan, shortly before giving birth to her son, Aleph. A year later, she married French choreographer Benjamin Millepied, and the family of three now lives in Paris. In addition to her illustrious film career, Ivy League education, and glamorous style, Natalie is also a great role model, speaking out on important issues like depression, racism, and religion. In honor of Natalie's big day, we've rounded up her most memorable photos over the years. Look through to see Natalie evolve from smiley rising star to gorgeous wife and mother. »
- Brittney Stephens
Way back in October, it was confirmed that production would begin on Marvel's highly-anticipated Phase 3 sequel Thor: Ragnarok sometime this summer, although we haven't gotten a confirmed production start date since then. The cast is starting to come together, with new additions such as Cate Blanchett as Hela, Jeff Goldblum as The Grandmaster, Karl Urban as Skurge and Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, but now we know exactly when shooting will begin. Marvel confirmed today that principal photography will in fact get under way on July 4.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Marvel Studios executive David Maisel made the announcement in a video for the Australian publication The Advertiser. David Maisel also revealed that "hundreds of local folks" will have the opportunity to be involved in the production. Here's what David Maisel had to say below.
"We opened the offices in Gold Coast about three months ago and we start principal photography »
Remember that awesome fight scene between Hulk and Loki in the first Avengers movie? Sounds like we're finally getting a rematch! With production set to begin on Thor: Ragnarok this summer, Marvel has already started beefing up the cast. Last month, it was announced that Jeff Goldblum has come aboard to play The Grandmaster with Karl Urban portraying Skurge. And Tessa Thompson has been confirmed as Valkyrie. There have been plenty of rumors swirling around about the plot, although nothing has been confirmed by Marvel quite yet. During a convention appearance this weekend, star Chris Hemsworth explained more about the story, with Tom Hiddleston teasing what could be a show stopping scene that brings down the house.
Thor and Thor: The Dark World co-star Tom Hiddleston appeared at the Wizard World Philadelphia convention, where part of their panel was posted on YouTube. The panel's moderator asked Tom Hiddleston what fans can expect from Thor: Ragnarok, »
The Conjuring 2, 2016.
Directed by James Wan.
Lorraine and Ed Warren travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits.
Prior to the screening of The Conjuring 2, director James Wan declared his love of the great Hammer Horrors of the 40s/50s. If only he had the know-all to transfer this adoration to the creepy, if wholly unremarkable and quite extraordinarily unoriginal horror sequel. It’s predecessor, 2013s The Conjuring – although in and among the landfill horror churned out with factory made precision had the façade of remarkability-borrowed freely from everything from The Amityville Horror, to set pieces seemingly taken without care from The Exorcist. It’s sequel, if slightly superior, »
- Amie Cranswick
For all their strengths, the Marvel Cinematic Universe have not been ideal as far as their female characters. Sure, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow steals the show when the movies let her, but otherwise, from Pepper Potts to Scarlet Witch, from Natalie Portman to whatever her name that kissed Captain America in “Civil War,” the studio’s […]
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- Oliver Lyttelton
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