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For the halftime mark, we decided to widen the berth to include festival titles opening later in the year. There were just too many great titles kicking around in our heads since Sundance, Berlin, SXSW and Cannes to leave off. Look forward to these in the Fall and Winter as awards season beckons. Across the board, most of us love "Mad Max: Fury Road," "Love and Mercy," "Clouds of Sils Maria" and "Inside Out," which will all be in the conversation and on other critics' lists at year's end. Below, read top tens from Anne Thompson, Ryan Lattanzio, Matt Brennan, Demetrios Matheou and Susan Wloszczyna. Anne Thompson: 1. "Mad Max: Fury Road" (dir. George Miller, Warner Bros.) This one-of-a-kind cinematic spectacular takes your breath away, setting the action bar at a new level. In the fourth of a series, Mac (Tom Hardy) more than meets his match in magnificent woman warrior (Charlize Theron). See. »
Nobody famous eats at The Ivy anymore. The Polo Lounge isn’t the celebrity magnet it used to be, either. No, if you want to spy stars and other industry hotshots in public these days, you have to take a hike to Runyon Canyon, arguably the best spot in town for encountering the rich and renowned (and stepping in their dogs’ poop). “For a while, you would see Charlize Theron and her son here a lot, entering from Mulholland Drive,” says one Runyon regular. Another frequent visitor recently spotted CAA partner Bryan Lourd at the park, “looking pensive.” Natalie
- Sharon Swart
With the year half over, our three critics have each selected their five favorite U.S. releases of 2015 so far.
Novelist and screenwriter Alex Garland’s brainy, precisely calibrated chamber drama was that rare piece of contemporary sci-fi filmmaking worthy of mention in the same breath as “Blade Runner” and “The Terminator.” Whatever this modestly scaled film lacked in budgetary heft, it more than made up for in sleekly expressive production design, provocative ideas about the fine line between man and machine, and knockout performances from Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson and Alicia Vikander (as the Pinocchio-like android yearning to be a real, live girl).
“Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter”
A young Japanese woman obsessed with the Coen brothers’ “Fargo” travels to the wilds of Minnesota in search of buried treasure in this comic gem from another sibling director team, David and Nathan Zellner. With deadpan elan, the »
- Variety Staff
If the sequel was a late 20th century phenomenon, ushered into being thanks to the likes of James Bond, The Godfather and Planet Of The Apes, then the soft reboot is a peculiar product of the 21st.
Unlike a conventional remake or reboot, which often abandon characters, plots and settings in favour of an entirely new approach, the soft reboot is less drastic. Jj Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek movie is a prime example; it casts new actors in the roles of the Original Series’ famous roster of characters - Chris Pine replacing William Shatner as Kirk, Zachary Quinto replacing Leonard Nimoy as Spock, and so on - and sends them »
Both Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy were both quite stressed out during the production of George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road, with the environment and isolation both taking its toll on the two actors. As bad as it was, however, they actually left the set on good terms - partially in thanks to a self-portrait that Hardy painted and gave to his co-star as a wrap gift. This odd little bit of trivia comes from the extensive interview that Charlize Theron did with Esquire earlier this year, where she goes into detail about the rocky relationships forged during the Mad Max: Fury Road shoot. After both expressing how difficult the whole production was, and how she actually found an appreciation for Tom Hardy's blunt honesty at times, she then showed the interviewer the aforementioned present - which has a red hand print on the back and an inscription that reads, »
Director George Miller takes his adrenalized action epic "The Road Warrior" and injects it with an unholy supercharged mix of psychotropics and nitroglycerin. The result is "Mad Max: Fury Road"; no less combustible than "Road Warrior" but filmed with a hallucinatory fever dream zeal. In contrast to the near non-stop action sequences are sensitive, muted performances from Charlize Theron as the one-armed warrior Imperator Furiosa, broken in body but not in spirit, and Nicholas Hoult as Nux, an enslaved soldier who turns insurgent. Tom Hardy takes over from Mel Gibson as Max. »
- Trailers From Hell
Movin' on. Less than two weeks after Us Weekly exclusively broke the news of Sean Penn and Charlize Theron's split, the Gangster Squad actor, 54, has found another potential leading lady: Minka Kelly. A source confirms to Us that Penn treated Kelly and a couple of friends to a "very pricey meal" at Thomas Keller's elite eatery The French Laundry in Napa, Calif., for the Almost Human actress' 35th birthday. (TMZ was first to report the outing, with photos of the pair at the restaurant.) The insider says [...] »
Sean Penn and Charlize Theron called it quits just 2 weeks ago, and he's already doing his laundry with another hot chick. These pics were taken last Tuesday at French Laundry, the uber-fancy/delicious/exclusive restaurant in the Napa Valley. Sean was celebrating Minka Kelly's 35th birthday, along with 3 other people. They were by no means hush hush ... people at other tables heard Sean tell the other 3 he and Minka met at a Haiti charity event. »
- TMZ Staff
After starring opposite Charlize Theron in Gillian Flynn adaptation Dark Places, which opens August 7, Chloë Grace Moretz is reteaming with the Oscar winner for indie memoir adaptation Brain on Fire, replacing Dakota Fanning in the lead role.
Thomas Mann, who’s breaking big this summer in Me & Earl & the Dying Girl, and We’re the Millers star Will Poulter are attached to the lead male roles, but both will play second fiddle to Moretz, for whom the pic is already drawing awards chatter. IMDb also reports that Jenny Slate (Obvious Child) is on board to play a supporting part.
Fanning was forced to drop out over scheduling conflicts. Though the War of the Worlds actress hasn’t toplined »
- Isaac Feldberg
There’s another round of changes for indie dramas happening at the moment. We reported on Wednesday that Dakota Fanning was replacing Mia Wasikowska in Brimstone. Which means that director Gerard Barrett needed someone new to star in Brain On Fire. Step forward Chloë Moretz. No, despite the title, it’s not a Scanners-style sci-fi thriller. Brain On Fire has been adapted from Susannah Cahalan’s memoir, which was subtitled My Month Of Madness. The book chronicles Cahalan’s real-life experiences being diagnosed with a mystery illness that left her labelled psychotic, violent, and a dangerous flight risk. She woke up alone in a hospital room confined to the bed, unable to speak or move and with no memory of what happened. In the maelstrom, she’d lost everything: a promising newspaper career and her first serious relationship, and it took a lot of strength and the support of her family to get through it. »
Breaking an industry record, Warner Bros. Pictures announced on Friday that it expected to exceed $1 billion at the domestic box office, becoming the only studio ever to reach that benchmark 15 years in a row. It is also the fastest the Studio has ever climbed to the billion dollar sum. The announcement was made by Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.
The Studio surpasses the billion dollar mark on the strength of a range of films, beginning with the carryover of two blockbuster 2014 releases: Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper (with Village Roadshow Pictures) and Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies (with New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures). Warner Bros. has more recently scored major hits with Brad Peyton’s San Andreas (with New Line Cinema), starring Dwayne Johnson and Carla Gugino; George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road (with Village Roadshow Pictures), starring »
- Michelle McCue
Fanning was due to star in the film which is an adaption of Susannah Cahalan's memoir, but scheduling conflicts meant she could no longer commit.
Her replacement Moretz will now play the lead role in the film which Charlize Theron is producing, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
A synopsis for the book reads: "One day, I woke up in a strange hospital room, strapped to my bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. My medical records. from a month-long hospital stay of which I have no memory., showed psychosis, violence, and dangerous instability. Yet, only weeks earlier I had been a healthy twenty-four year old, six months into my first serious relationship and beginning a career as a »
Charlize Theron is looking for a killer who has plagued her for most of her life in the newly released trailer and poster for her mystery thriller, ‘Dark Places,’ which debuted on Yahoo! The film’s drama’s distributor, A24, unveiled the assets for the film. The story is based on ‘Gone Girl‘ author Gillian Flynn’s worldwide best-selling novel, which has been on the NY Times best-seller list for over two years. ‘Dark Places’ will be exclusively available on DirecTV until July 17, until it’s released in theaters and On Demand on August 7. The thriller was written and directed by ‘Sarah’s Key’ scribe and helmer, Gilles Paquet-Brenner. Besides Theron, the drama [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
Having already excelled in the likes of Kick Ass, Let Me In, Hugo, and Carrie, the world is waiting to see where Chloe Grace Moretz’s career veers over the next few years. From the sound of things, the 18-year-old actress is looking to tackle weightier and more complex roles, which is why she has signed up to star in Brain On Fire. The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Chloe Grace Moretz will star in the film, an adaptation of Susannah Cahalan’s memoir from 2012. Charlize Theron is producing Brain On Fire, while Gerard Barrett has been hired to direct. Moretz landed the role after Dakota Fanning dropped out of the production due to a scheduling conflict, while Me & Earl & The Dying Girl’s lead Thomas Mann has already signed on for the feature too. Clearly Charlize Theron must have been impressed with Chloe »
The Supreme Court of the United States ruled on Friday that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right for every American, regardless of what state they live in. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard and other straight Hollywood couples have long voiced their support of gay marriage, going as far as saying they themselves wouldn’t wed until everyone could. “I don’t want to get married because right now the institution of marriage feels very one-sided, and I want to live in a country where we all have equal rights,” said Charlize Theron in 2009. Also Read: Gay Hollywood: 26 Out. »
- Linda Ge
Earlier this week, Dakota Fanning replaced Mia Wasikowska in the currently shooting western "Brimstone," and it looks like that switcheroo has resulted in another project getting a casting shift. Due to scheduling conflicts, Chloe Moretz will now stand in for Dakota Fanning in the Charlize Theron-produced "Brain On Fire." Based on the memoir by Susannah Cahalan, the movie tells the true story of a young woman who unravels into madness. Here's the book synopsis: Read More: Kiera Knightley Climbs 'Everest,' Dakota Fanning Has A 'Brain On Fire,' And More Casting When twenty-four-year-old Susannah Cahalan woke up alone in a hospital room, strapped to her bed and unable to move or speak, she had no memory of how she’d gotten there. Days earlier, she had been on the threshold of a new, adult life: at the beginning of her first serious relationship and a promising »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The story chronicles a young woman’s sudden descent into insanity following a mystery illness. Thomas Mann also stars.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
Chloe Moretz is set to replace Dakota Fanning as the star of the indie movie “Brain on Fire,” which is being produced by Charlize Theron, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Thomas Mann (“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”) and Will Poulter (“We’re the Millers”) are attached to play the male leads. Fanning was forced to exit the project due to scheduling issues, according to an insider. Gerard Barrett is set to direct the adaptation of Susannah Cahalan’s bestselling memoir, which chronicles a young woman’s sudden descent into madness following a mystery illness. »
- Jeff Sneider
Mad Max: Fury Road might be one of the most critically-beloved films of the year, but the same can't be said for its comic book off-shoot.
The Vertigo Comics prequel series, penned by Fury Road's George Miller and Nico Lathouris, and Mark Sexton, is coming under fire for its depiction of rape and sexual abuse against Immortan Joe's wives.
Where Fury Road chose to avoid showing any of this violence, the comic makes it explicit and even gives Charlize Theron's character Furiosa a rape backstory. Co-writer Sexton has taken to Twitter to defend the plot, saying that his focus was on creating "dramatic tension".
@KameronJdevine Best answer is that the use of institutionalised rape by Immortan Joe is not only central to the story -
— Mark Sexton (@Mark_H_Sexton) June 17, 2015
@KameronJdevine - but without it, the story could be viewed merely as a bunch of young spoilt girls »
"Ted 2" is bigger than "Ted" in almost every conceivable way: Its slapstick scenes are wilder, the list of guest-stars is more staggering, and the runtime ticks closer to two hours. But the critical elements -- the wisecreacking CGI teddy bear voiced by Seth MacFarlane, his "thunder buddy" camaraderie with John (Mark Wahlberg), and a dastardly performance by Giovanni Ribisi -- remain intact. We caught up with Wahlberg, who phoned us from a UK press tour to talk about why he likes "Ted 2" better than the original. Here are seven things he taught us about the filming experience, the difference between Mila Kunis and Amanda Seyfried, and the most intimidating actors he's ever worked with. 1. "Transformers" made the act of talking to an invisible teddy bear a lot easier. On filming with a CGI costar: "We definitely had on-the-job training with the first 'Ted.' Doing 'Transformers" made that a lot less nerve-wracking. »
- Louis Virtel
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