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Refreshingly, the lead actress Oscar race feels more competitive than ever this year. Step back and observe the landscape, and you quickly see why that is: The season has filled out with a number of female-driven narratives at a time when a lack of representation of women, both in front of and behind the camera, is consistently called into question.
At the very top, there is “Suffragette,” which puts women’s concerns front and center with a story of the fight for voting equality at the turn of the 20th century. Actress Carey Mulligan is featured both there and in early-year entry “Far From the Madding Crowd,” where she plays Bathsheba Everdene, the forthright heroine of Thomas Hardy’s 1874 novel.
Speaking of early players, “Mad Max: Fury Road” was such a thunderbolt over the summer for feminine strength that men’s rights activists called for a boycott on the grounds that it was feminist propaganda. »
- Kristopher Tapley
It’s good business to cast strong women in lead movie roles. Last summer’s opening weekend was a master class on femi-nomics when “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Pitch Perfect 2” faced off on May 15 — and both films came out ahead.
“Mad Max: Fury Road,” directed by George Miller, starred Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa, a rebel opposite Tom Hardy’s Max. No distressed damsel, the character with her own story arc was so tough the choice ignited a backlash that the franchise had gone fanatically feminist. As for “Pitch Perfect 2,” the sequel directed by co-star Elizabeth Banks featured Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Hailee Steinfeld in a femme-friendly musical comedy.
By the numbers, “Mad Max” cost an estimated $150 million to make. Opening weekend reaped $44 million, with worldwide grosses at $375 million and $153 domestically. Meanwhile, “Pitch Perfect 2” cost an estimated $29 million to make, opened to a $70 million weekend, »
- Thelma Adams
In an outspoken interview, Erik Engelen, former director of acquisitions at Benelux distribution outfit A-Film (and still a consultant there), has given his views on what has brought one of the region’s most respected independent companies to its knees.
“The essence of the failure of A-Film lies in its past,” Engelen said. “I don’t want to make it into a mudfight between us (the current management) and the previous management but what people sometimes forget is that when the current shareholders took over the company eight or nine years ago, there was already at that point a serious deficit.”
One point that Engelen made forcefully is that A-Film did not benefit nearly as much from its release of the Lord Of The Rings trilogy as had commonly been presumed.
Commenting on how the deal for the Peter Jackson trilogy was structured, Engelen said: “Lord Of The Rings was an amazing success all over the world »
- email@example.com (Geoffrey Macnab)
One of the biggest surprises of last year was the thriller John Wick, which came out of nowhere to become an instant action classic. The film, starring Keanu Reeves, only earned $78.7 million worldwide, but it only cost $20 million to make, leading Lionsgate to move forward with a sequel, John Wick 2. While discussing his new thriller Knock, Knock, in theaters this weekend, Keanu Reeves shed some light on the story of John Wick 2, hinting that the title character's past will be coming back to haunt, and help, him.
"I think we have a really good premise, and it's an organic premise. It's basically - to me there's John Wick and then there's John. You know, John is the married guy whose wife just died, and that five years of his life. Then there's John Wick, who's the mythical assassin. In this, John Wick's past comes and infiltrates John's life and John Wick, »
Charlize Theron says an unexpected floral delivery turned into a nightmare when a guy refused to leave until he saw her face-to-face ... so she called the cops. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ a man showed up at Theron's home in the Hollywood Hills on Sunday afternoon with a bouquet of flowers. We're told he rang the buzzer at the front gate and Charlize instructed him to "just leave them," but she claims he refused to take off. »
- TMZ Staff
Filming has begun locally on The Book Of Henry, director Colin Trevorrow’s (Safety Not Guaranteed) first feature as director since this year’s blockbuster Jurassic World (which has grossed nearly $1.7 billion worldwide). Focus Features is overseeing the production and holds worldwide rights, including for domestic release.
Two-time Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts stars in the film alongside young actors Jacob Tremblay (of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival hit Room) and Jaden Lieberher (of St. Vincent and the upcoming Midnight Special).
The supporting cast includes Dean Norris (Breaking Bad), Lee Pace (The Hobbit trilogy, Guardians of the Galaxy), Emmy Award winner Sarah Silverman, Maddie Ziegler (of Sia’s music videos “Chandelier” and “Elastic Heart”), and Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live).
The Book of Henry is the story of »
- Michelle McCue
When Mad Max: Fury Road was first announced, the plan was for George Miller to direct two back-to-back sequels. But a lot of things changed throughout the prolonged production, which took a grueling 8 months. And the whole process left the filmmaker feeling exhausted. While some suspected the delays on Mad Max: Fury Road meant it was going to be a bomb, it actually turned out to be the critical darling of this past summer. And it was a hit with fans. Ever since its release, there has been talk of a sequel. George Miller has now confirmed with Top Gear that not one, but two more movies will move forward at some point. But it won't be soon. He wants to make another movie first.
Despite a refreshingly unconventional approach to the summer blockbuster archetype and a flame-spouting guitarist in the form of the Doof Warrior, Mad Max: Fury Road failed to reach the dizzying heights of other tentpole films released during the summer months – namely Age of Ultron, Pixar’s Inside Out and Jurassic World. Even still, this hasn’t dampened our interest to return to the Wasteland, nor has it stopped director George Miller from pushing on with plans for sequels.
Indeed, thanks to an appearance on BBC’s Top Gear series, Miller has confirmed that two more scripts are already complete.
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But before you start scouring the Internet for any semblance of plot, it’s worth remembering the long and winding road that Mad Max: Fury Road walked in its journey to a theaterical release, and even though Fury Road is unquestionably the highest-rated blockbuster of 2015 thus far, »
- Michael Briers
Last month, a report surfaced claiming John Wick co-director David Leitch had backed out of co-directing the sequel John Wick 2, with Chad Stahelski going solo. The Wrap reports that David Leitch has come aboard to direct The Coldest City starring Charlize Theron. We first reported on The Coldest City back in May, when both David Leitch and Chad Stahelski were set to direct, but now David Leitch will take the helm by himself.
The project is based on Anthony Johnston's Oni Press graphic novel of the same name, which follows a highly-trained spy (Charlize Theron) who investigates the murder of an MI6 agent, who is killed just before the collapse of the Berlin Wall. She is trying to find the list he was attempting to smuggle into the West, to protect herself and the rest of the intelligence community, which turns into a deadly game between numerous double-crossing agents. »
Mad Max: Fury Road, 2015.
Directed by George Miller.
Starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Nathan Jones, Megan Gale, Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough, Josh Helman, Jennifer Hagan, Abbey Lee Kershaw and Courtney Easton.
In a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, two rebels just might be able to restore order: Max, a man of action and of few words, and Furiosa, a woman of action who is looking to make it back to her childhood homeland.
George Miller has changed the rules on sequels. Prior to Mad Max: Fury Road’s theatrical release in May, our highest expectations of a sequel was an engaging plot via returning characters and thematic nods, that simultaneously reinvent and call back to the previous films. For all its faults, Jurassic World managed to balance this expertly. Proudly, George Miller doesn’t have a Mel Gibson cameo. There’s »
- Simon Columb
As in a great Halloween costume, makeup is an important aspect of film. Join us as we examine 10 films where makeup effects played a very large role.
Using Makeup to Create A Style
Example: Edward Scissorhands (1990)
While Edward Scissorhands may be one of Burton’s most beloved characters because of Johnny Depp’s performance, the character is also memorable for his looks. For starters, there is his birds-nest hair. The wispy cob-webb look not only reassured audiences of Edward’s sad, lonely and parentless existence, but it also became an easy identifier for Burton’s gothic style. Indeed, Edward’s wild, untamed yet solid hairstyle was similar to that of Beetlejuice, whose film came out two years prior, and would be similar to many other characters we would see in later Burton films.
Edward’s pasty white make-up helped audiences to understand that he was not just a normal man. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
It's only October, but there's definitely something already refreshing about this race versus its lead male counterpart: So far, there's considerably more contenders. Saorise Ronan, Lily Tomlin and Blythe Danner came out of Sundance with rave reviews for "Brooklyn," "Grandma" and "I'll See You In My Dreams," respectively. A month later, Charlotte Rampling did the same for "45 Years" in Berlin. Then came Cannes, where previous winners here Cate Blanchett ("Carol") and Charlize Theron ("Mad Max: Fury Road") have us extraordinarily powerful performances. And now the trifecta of Toronto, Telluride and Venice has offered up Brie Larson, Carey Mulligan and Cate Blanchett (again) for "Room," "Suffragette" and "Truth," respectively That's already nine very worthy performances vying for one of 5 slots. And we still haven't seen what Jennifer Lawrence has to offer in David O. Russell's "Joy." »
- Peter Knegt
The recent wave of autumn film festivals has ushered in numerous tasteful prestige dramas angling for Oscar glory, but there’s a snag: ask most critics if any of these noble hopefuls is better than Mad Max: Fury Road (Warner, 15) and you’ll see an awful lot of head-shaking. For George Miller’s thrillingly deranged resuscitation of a 30-years-dormant action franchise has a breadth of vision and depth of conviction unmatched by any mainstream film so far this year. It’s a brazenly oversize spectacle, but rooted in surging, primal feeling.
I was nervous that revisiting the film on DVD might dim its effect, but no: if the image is less overwhelming on a smaller scale, the pure, purposeful drive of its storytelling only comes further to the fore. »
- Guy Lodge
In demand since they broke into directing full time with John Wick, stunt co-ordinators-turned-shot-calling pair David Leitch and Chad Stahelski have decided that the best way to make the most of their career bump is to divide and conquer. So Stahelski is staying aboard John Wick 2 to make that alone, while Leitch is moving to make Charlize Theron spy thriller The Coldest City, to which they became attached back in May.Dead Space/Wasteland writer Antony Johnston is behind the graphic novel source material for the film, which Kurt Johnstad is adapting. Theron will be a skilled intelligence operative that is called into action when an undercover MI6 spy is killed just before the fall of the Berlin Wall. She’ll have to track down a list he was smuggling to the West in order to prevent her and her colleagues becoming endangered by the release of crucial information. »
Director: George Miller
Special Features: Maximum Fury: Filming Fury Road / Mad Max: Fury on Four Wheels / The Road Warriors: Max & Furiosa / The Tools of the Wasteland / The Five Wives: So Shiny, So Chrome / Fury Road: Crash & Smash / Deleted Scenes
‘My world is fire, and blood’ we hear a battle-hardened Tom Hardy croak, as the post-apocalyptic wasteland of Mad Max: Fury Road unfolds on the screen before us. And he’s not wrong – what follows is 120 minutes of gut-wrenching, face-to-the-floor action that drags the viewer along for the ride on what will surely be the most astonishing, relentless, and downright insane film you will see this year.
- Nick Martin
London — Mexican writer, producer and screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga brings the Raindance Film Festival to a close this weekend with a masterclass on scriptwriting. Now 57, Arriaga came to international attention in Cannes with the 2000 Critics’ Week hit “Amores Perros.” The first in a trilogy made in collaboration with fellow Mexican Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, the film was followed by Venice and Cannes hits “21 Grams” and “Babel” in 2004 and 2006 respectively, and established Arriaga’s trademark non-linear, multiple-character writing style. After working with Tommy Lee Jones on the U.S. neo-western “The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada” in 2005, Arriaga made his directing debut in 2008 with “The Burning Plain,” an English-language domestic drama that starred Charlize Theron and gave an early platform to Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence.
Is it true that you don’t like the word “screenwriter”?
No, I have a problem with the word in Spanish. “Screenwriter” is the correct word in English because »
- Damon Wise
After the success of John Wick, David Leitch and Chad Stahelski were set to reunite on the John Wick sequel as well as The Coldest City, a spy thriller which will star Charlize Theron. However, as we found out last month, Chad Stahelski will be directing the John Wick sequel solo due to David Leitch's commitments on a different project. That different project turned out to be The Coldest... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
Charlize Theron joined Glamour’s “The Power Of An Educated Girl” panel in a sophisticated number at New York City’s The Apollo Theater earlier this week. Charlize Theron’s Latest Look Theron, a U.N. Messenger of Peace and founder of the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project, wore a fitted Erdem Resort 2016 dress to the event. Theron […]
The post Charlize Theron Wows At Glamour’s ‘The Power Of An Educated Girl’ Panel appeared first on uInterview. »
- Chelsea Regan
It was recently revealed that John Wick directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch would no longer be helming the sequel together, with the former set to tackle the movie by himself. Well, we now know what Leitch will be doing next, as it has been revealed today that he’s going to direct upcoming spy thriller The Coldest City, a movie which Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road) is attached to star in.
Just as they were originally set to co-direct John Wick 2, Stahelski and Leitch were also going to work on The Coldest City together. Now, they’re obviously splitting up and tackling these projects separately, but why?
Well, it doesn’t sound like we need to worry about them not working together again in future, as The Wrap reveals that Theron could only shoot The Coldest City this fall, which would clash with John Wick 2, hence »
- Josh Wilding
After leaving “John Wick 2” to focus on another project, sources have confirmed that director David Leitch has picked the Focus spy thriller “The Coldest City,” starring Charlize Theron, as his next film.
Leitch was co-directing “John Wick 2” with Chad Stahelski, but after production was set for a November shoot in Budapest and Berlin, Leitch decided it best to let Stahelski direct “John Wick 2” on his own so that he could focus on “The Coldest City.”
Kurt Johnstad penned the pic about a spy in the late 1980s dealing with the aftermath of the murder of an underground MI6 officer.
Universal Pictures International has bought Australia/New Zealand, Benelux, China, France, Germany, Italy, Latin America, Switzerland and the U.K. DeaPlaneta acquired Spain, and Freeman Distribution/Monlith/Blitz bought Eastern Europe.
The pic will be produced by Denver and Delilah Productions, Oni Press and Sierra Pictures.
Focus acquired »
- Justin Kroll
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