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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
Written and Directed by David Ayer.
April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Out-numbered, out-gunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.
War is hell. War is unforgiving. War is unrelenting. War for a soldier is dirty, grim, and each day could be your last. Movies have showed us this to various extents for decades now even if they barely even scratch the surface of what it might be like in reality and I thank God I’ll never have »
- Gary Collinson
A two-acre brush fire has been blazing in the Rustic Canyon area, CBS Los Angeles is reporting. Fire crews are at the scene tackling the blaze, which is located in an area popular with a number of Hollywood stars, such as Ben Affleck, Tom Hanks, Matt Damon and Steven Spielberg. The Los Angeles Fire Department has been tweeting updates on the situation, and said earlier the fire broke out shortly after 11.00 p.m. So far no evacuations have been reported in the impacted areas. See more Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films Fire crews are staging at
- THR Staff
Steven Spielberg is currently turning his hand to a pair of new movies. Firstly, there's the Cold War thriller that he's making with Tom Hanks, based on a screenplay by the Coen Brothers (we talked about that one, here). He's in the midst of putting that together right now. Then, he moves on to a family movie for the first time in what feels like an age, as he tackles Roald Dahl's The Bfg.
One film that, if all had gone to plan, he'd have released by now is an adaptation of Daniel H Wilson's Robopocalypse. The book is structurally not dissimilar to Max Brooks' World War Z, and Spielberg was progressing on the project, before it went into turnaround. The given reason was that it was going to be too expensive to make, »
Director Steven Spielberg struck ratings gold with his 1971 Movie of the Week, Duel, and the film is still regarded today as one of the best TV movies ever made. It certainly jump-started his career which until that point consisted of him being a journeyman director for TV shows like Columbo and Night Gallery. Most people would be forgiven for thinking he moved straight from Duel to Jaws while others know that his big screen debut, The Sugarland Express, predates the shark movie by a year. But relatively few seem to realize he made a second TV movie in the early ’70s — about an innocent family and a house with demonic intentions — because for some reason it’s never before been released on any home video format. Paul and Marjorie Worden (Darren McGavin and Sandy Dennis) move out of New York City with their two kids in tow and buy a home in the countryside. She »
- Rob Hunter
Eros International Plc (NYSE: Eros) (“Eros”), a leading global company in the Indian film entertainment industry, announced today that Mr. Kishore Lulla will be honored with the Global Citizenship Award by the American Jewish Committee (“Ajc”), the leading global Jewish advocacy organization.
“I am deeply honored to be receiving such a prestigious award from the American Jewish Committee,” said Kishore Lulla, Eros’ Executive Chairman. “As a leading global advocacy organization, Ajc strives to foster understanding and advance the rights and dignity for all and I am humbled to be recognized by such an outstanding organization and have the opportunity to further advance their efforts across the globe.”
The Global Citizenship Award recognizes corporate leaders who have excelled in their business endeavors and utilized their leadership to support the developing world. For more than a century, the American Jewish Committee has been working to enhance the well-being of Jewish people and »
- Press Releases
The pic is a U.S.-German co-production based on a script written by the Coen Brothers. The action centers on the first spy exchange between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. As well as Hanks, the cast includes Mark Rylance, Sebastian Koch and Amy Ryan. The film is set in New York and Berlin. The shoot in Wroclaw is supported by the Wroclaw Film Commission.
Rafal Bubnicki from the Wroclaw Film Commission told Film New Europe that the shoot in New York had wrapped and the crew was now shooting in Berlin and Potsdam, Germany. The Wroclaw shoot will take place in the second half of November, with the city representing Berlin at the end of 1950s and early 60s, »
- Leo Barraclough
Xbox has released the full trailer for its upcoming “Halo: Nightfall” film, executive produced by Ridley Scott through his company Scott Free Productions. The film introduces a new character to the popular video game franchise, Agent Jameson Locke played by Mike Colter (“Ringer,” “The Good Wife”). The film — which was developed as a five-part web series — is marketed as the next stage in the ongoing “Halo” saga, which includes a series of video games, anime short films and an upcoming Showtime television series by executive producer Steven Spielberg. See photos: ‘Agents of Shield’ First Look at Adrianne Palicki in Full. »
- Jason Hughes
1. Paths of Glory (1957)
Stanley Kubrick famously moved between directing in different genres, but war was something he returned to on multiple occasions. His 1957 offering heads to the trenches of Wwi as mutiny takes hold. The futility of war is clear for all to see here, and the film ends with a moving rendition of German folk song 'The Faithful Hussar' by Kubrick's future wife Christiane.
2. The Deer Hunter (1978)
Few movies get under the skin of men at war quite »
By Robert W. Welkos Hollywood’s pivot to Asia is hardly new but it seems nowadays that rarely a week goes by without some big multimillion-dollar deal being announced by U.S.-based entertainment companies with businesses based in the Far East. Universal Studios has announced plans to build a $3.3 billion theme park in Beijing with Hollywood director Steven Spielberg helping in the design efforts and the park, with Harry Potter and other attractions, opening possibly in 2019. Disney is already building a $4.4 billion theme park in China and DreamWorks has a $3.1 billion entertainment complex set to open in 2016 n Shanghai. At the same time, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Brett Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment and global advertising agency Wpp are joining up with Shanghai Media Group and Cmc Capital Partners in a deal that Variety reports involves “films and television properties as well as live stage and theatrical events, including musicals, that »
- Robert W. Welkos
Producer Lynda Obst, who developed the project for years at Paramount with Steven Spielberg and writer Jonathan Nolan (who showed the script to his brother Chris when Spielberg eventually stepped aside), was introduced to Thorne 30 years ago when Carl Sagan set them up on a blind date. Sagan eventually married her Cinematheque Ball seatmate Ann Druyan ("Cosmos") and Obst used Thorne as a consultant on "Contact." This time, Thorne became so involved with "Interstellar" that he became an executive producer. Thorne is also close friends with another famous genius astrophysicist, "Theory of Everything" subject Stephen Hawking (Enzio Cilenti plays him in the movie), and makes sure to hang with him for a few days at least once a year. When I asked Thorne if he's on Twitter, he laughed and said, "I spend my time solving equations." What he did for "Interstellar" is to use those equations to make the visual. »
- Anne Thompson
There were 17 outstanding candidates vying to be Alan Sugars business partner. But how did they cope with producing their own home fragrance? Julia Raeside watched through her fingers
Heavens to Betsy, its advert week next week! Are we there already? My cup runneth over. Im heading downstairs to the comments now but thanks for coming and Ill see you here next Wednesday just afore 9pm.
I think the editing was a bit crass this week because usually I cant guess. You heard me, editors. Wither subtlety, huh?
And no, Alan, calling Nurun a lovely lady doesnt make this any better. You can tell when hes all of a tizz about firing someone he thinks he oughtnt. But gone, she is. »
- Julia Raeside
The release of Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic Interstellar is finally within arm’s reach, and as the date looms closer we’re starting to hear much more from Nolan himself and his impressive cast about how the project came together, the experience of making it, and the extent to which Nolan grounded the space-centered film in reality. All of this and more is touched on during a lengthy roundtable interview with Nolan, Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, and Anne Hathaway in the latest issue of THR, and we’ve taken the liberty of gathering up some of the highlights from the fascinating and somewhat revealing conversation. Hit the jump to see what they had to say about Nolan’s long-standing fascination with sci-fi, his first meeting with McConaughey, tackling large-scale CG effects, and more. The film opens in 70mm IMAX and 35mm on November 5th and everywhere else on November 7th. »
- Adam Chitwood
I haven’t played a Halo game in a few years but I know the fan base is still very strong and a TV show or movie was inevitable. Well now we are getting two series based on the popular game franchise; Halo: Nightfall is being executive produced by Ridley Scott, and will serve as a lead-up to the Halo 5: Guardians game. Then there is the long awaited Steven Spielberg series that is still to come. The first trailer for Nightfall trailer is below for your viewing pleasure; did they »
- Graham McMorrow
Xbox Studios has released the official trailer for the Ridley Scott produced digital feature Halo: Nightfall, and it looks awesome! This is a breath-taking trailer with all kinds of really cool footage that I think fans of the Halo franchise are going love. There's a lot of talent that went into developing this thing, and you can definitely see Scott's hand in telling this story.
Mike Colter plays a character named Jameson Locke, who is "a surgically-enhanced super soldier who is a rising star in a futuristic Spartan army and troubled by the military industrial complex he inhabits." The story is set between the events that took place in Halo 4 and the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians.
Halo: Nightfall is a live action series providing insight into the origin and backstory of legendary manhunter Agent Locke (Mike Colter, “The Good Wife”), a pivotal new character in the Halo universe who will »
- Joey Paur
In the past two decades, Peter Jackson and his team have created five companies to service every aspect of filmmaking. These are among the most accomplished but misunderstood film companies in the world.
That’s because each was started without any hoopla. Ever since Jackson’s 1994 “Heavenly Creatures,” his films have gotten more ambitious, creatively and technically. So these companies were created to meet the needs of Jackson and the growing film industry in New Zealand. And after they were born, each started working immediately.
Aside from Weta Digital, now celebrating its 20th anniversary, there are four other companies: Weta Workshop, Park Road Post Production, Stone Street Studios and Portsmouth Road film-equipment company.
The various toppers, with typical Kiwi humor, sat down in Wellington »
- Tim Gray
Weta Digital is observing its 20th anniversary this year, but the celebration is low-key, because the team is too busy to rest on its laurels.
Top priorities include “The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies,” the culmination of 17 years and six films in the J.R.R. Tolkien canon; “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” slated to bow in 2016; and the upcoming “Avatar” films. Then on to other projects, both large and small.
Joe Letteri, the company’s director and senior visual effects supervisor, says, “If we can shoot it live-action, great. If not, we’ll do it digitally.” (Letteri is in the above photo, flanked by Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson.)
- Tim Gray
"I always liked Hollywood very much, it just wasn't reciprocated." Cohen Media has debuted the official trailer for a new documentary titled Magician about the one-and-only Orson Welles, the legendary filmmaker/actor/producer who left quite a legacy. While many of us are already very familiar with Orson, this doc spans his entire career looking at his tumultuous relationship with Hollywood and his impact on it featuring interviews with Richard Linklater, Peter Bogdanovich, Frank Marshall, Anthony Perkins, Martin Scorsese, Sydney Pollack, Steven Spielberg and many others. This also comes on the same day as Welles' F for Fake hits Blu-Ray and we near his 100th birthday. It looks like a fun and fascinating doc for all to enjoy. Here's the official trailer for Chuck Workman's documentary Magician, uploaded directly to YouTube: Chuck Workman's documentary Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles (the full title) looks at »
- Alex Billington
The Blair Witch Project celebrates its 15th anniversary in the UK today (October 22).
The Blair Witch Project 15 years on: The horror movie that changed everything
It became the first of its kind in Hollywood due to its commercial success and viral online campaign, which was created to make the production look like a real documentary. The Blair Witch website with details on the made-up mythology still exists.
And the clever campaign worked on some gullible and vulnerable viewers. We remember witnessing real tears of fear being shed by some audience members in the cinema (and definitely not ours...).
It purports to be a documentary shot by three inquisitive, daring, and at times daft students investigating the local Blair Witch legend in the Maryland forest. »
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- Peter Sciretta
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