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Often the most exciting films at festivals are the complete unknowns, the wildcards that immediately grab the viewer by surprise and don't let go. Such is the case with Kantemir Balagov’s Closeness, playing in the festival's Un Certain Regard section. It’s the best kind of debut feature—raw and undisciplined, but vibrating with life, the kind of bolt from the blue that turns an unknown into a director to watch. Turning his lens to his hometown of Nalchik, a small town in the North Caucasus, an area not usually put to screen, Balagov draws from the history of the region ca. 1998, specifically the kidnappings fairly common at the time. Here, a young Jewish couple, David (Veniamin Kac) and Lea, are taken the night of their engagement and held for ransom. Going to the police is not an option, so the families look to their “tribe” for help. There's enough money to rescue Lea, »
The actress, who starred in the 2009 blockbuster that inspired the new expansion at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando, says her first visit to the alien world was overwhelming.
“I’m trying to find the words that best describe my feelings, because I was here yesterday for the first time and I brought my family,” Saldana told People at the grand opening on Wednesday. “And it’s only through my family’s and my friends’ eyes that I’m able to give myself a moment »
- Michelle Tauber
Androids and facehuggers and aliens, oh my! Alien: Covenant continues the tradition of unsuspecting crews feeling safe on unfamiliar planets until… well, you know the rest. Or so you think!
Alien: Covenant bridges the gap between Prometheus and the rest of the Alien franchise while throwing in a few scares and twists on the way. In case you haven’t seen this sci fi thriller just yet, here’s our 5 reasons you need to see Alien: Covenant! (With as few spoilers as possible…)
5. The Special Effects
As we’ve grown accustomed to with Ridley Scott’s Alien franchise the special effects are usually breath-taking, and Alien: Covenant is no different. Whether the scenes are in outer space or on an alien world, we believe what we see. Not to mention when the aliens come »
- Zachary Dent
When Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist finally unite on Netflix for The Defenders, it can only be in response to a very significant threat. Individually, they’ve each faced down a variety of foe – from Wilson Fisk, to Kilgrave, to Mariah Dillard – so it’s with great anticipation that fans await the unveiling of the villainous character played by the legendary Sigourney Weaver, “Alexandra.”
Nerdist recently asked Weaver about her The Defenders character, as she attended the opening of Pandora: The World Of Avatar at Animal Kingdom – and the actress managed to give a detailed answer, while revealing very little of any great consequence.
“I know I play sometimes, like the warden in Holes is a villain, but I don’t do it very often and I never really think of them like that. To them, it always comes out of something. They can’t see things »
- Sarah Myles
“I spent a lot of time reviewing the silent films for crowd scenes –the way extras move, evolve, how the space is staged and how the cameras capture it, the views used,” Nolan said earlier this year when it came to the creation of his WWII epic Dunkirk, referencing films such as Intolerance, Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, and Greed, as well as the films of Robert Bresson.
Throughout the entire month of July, if you’re in the U.K., you are lucky enough to witness a selection of these influences in a program at BFI Southbank. Featuring all screenings in 35mm or 70mm — including a preview of Dunkirk over a week before it hits theaters — there’s classics such as Greed, Sunrise, and The Wages of Fear, as well as Alien, Speed, and even Tony Scott’s final film.
Check out Nolan’s introduction below, followed by »
- Jordan Raup
While we have seen an official trailer for Netflix’s upcoming The Defenders series, we still don’t know that much about Alexandra, the mysterious villain being portrayed by Sigourney Weaver. Just who is she?
Recently, the actress sat down for an interview with Nerdist, where she discussed what pulls her to certain villainous characters, and what specifically makes Alexandra tick:
When asked about the psychology of the villains she chooses to play, Weaver states: “To them, it always comes out of something. They can’t see things the way the normal person sees them, they’re still trying to complete something for themselves.”
The outlet then asked her how a woman like Alexandra sees the world, to which the actress replied: “I do think: she’s a renaissance woman. I think yes, she has to do these things but she really… she loves life, she loves culture. It’s »
- Jordan Jones
“This is literally a dream has come true,” explained Cameron, who first conceived the world of Pandora in his sleep as a 19-year-old.
The park — the largest expansion in the history of Disney’s Animal Kingdom — was inspired by that dream and the 2009 blockbuster “Avatar.” It officially opens on May 27, but VIP guests were treated to a special dedication ceremony.
“At Disney we have a ‘how did they do that’ standard,” Iger boasted while standing in front of Pandora’s infamous floating mountains. “I can’t think of a better example of that than what we’re standing in front of right now.”
Iger thanked the imagineers who conceived and executive the project, as well as the man who created the world of “Avatar” — Cameron himself. »
- Lawrence Yee
Running from 1-31 July, BFI Southbank are delighted to present a season of films which have inspired director Christopher Nolan’s new feature Dunkirk (2017), released in cinemas across the UK on Friday 21 July.
Christopher Nolan Presents has been personally curated by the award-winning director and will offer audiences unique insight into the films which influenced his hotly anticipated take on one of the key moments of WWII.
The season will include a special preview screening of Dunkirk on Thursday 13 July, which will be presented in 70mm and include an introduction from the director himself.
Christopher Nolan is a passionate advocate for the importance of seeing films projected on film, and as one of the few cinemas in the UK that still shows a vast amount of celluloid film, BFI Southbank will screen all the films in the season on 35mm or 70mm.
In 2015 Nolan appeared on stage alongside visual artist »
- Michelle Hannett
It took some convincing for Sigourney Weaver to tackle the role that would change her career.
Looking back on her audition for the role of fierce Et-battling Ripley in 1979’s Alien, Weaver says she wasn’t exactly gunning for the job.
“I remember that Ridley built an entire set for me just for the audition,” she told People on Wednesday at the grand opening of Pandora – The World of Avatar at Walt Disney World, which is based on the 2009 blockbuster Avatar film. “I was from the theater. I wasn’t even sure I wanted to be in a movie! I »
- Michelle Tauber
Back to Pandora!
On Wednesday, much of the cast of 2009’s record-shattering Avatar — the highest-grossing film in the world — reunited at Walt Disney World in Orlando for the grand opening of Pandora – The World of Avatar.
“This place is the next stage in the greater story of Avatar,” Cameron told People. “They brought to life what you saw in the movie and beyond. It’s now a physical, tactile, olfactory, full-sensory experience. »
- Michelle Tauber
What is Neill Blomkamp up to now? Ever since the sad news broke that his Alien reboot with Sigourney Weaver was being canned thanks to Ridley Scott taking over the franchise again, we've been curious about where Blomkamp would head next. Is he working on any movies? What is he developing next? We don't have any definitive answers yet, but we do have some exciting teases for potential science fiction projects in the works. Blomkamp has been tweeting since April about a partnership he has with Steam (the video game platform/distribution service). Apparently he has launched a new development studio called Oats Studio, where they're creating all kinds of crazy cool sci-fi projects. And what they want to do is release teases for them as short films on Steam in order to test and see which ones might become feature-length films. I'm in. We really don't know much about any of these projects yet. »
- Alex Billington
Alien: Covenant opened in theaters this past weekend and brought in an estimated $36 million at the box office.
Fox’s film enjoyed a solid global debut performance as the Ridley Scott directed film that is the second of the prequel series and the sixth Alien feature film in the franchise earned $66.3 million globally.
In space, no one can hear you scream. After nearly four decades, those words remain synonymous with the sheer, relentless intensity of Ridley Scott’s masterpiece of futuristic horror, Alien. Now, the father of the iconic franchise returns once more to the world he created to explore its darkest corners with Alien: Covenant, a pulse-pounding new adventure that pushes the boundaries of R-rated terror.
The films timeline line up as such:
Engineers create humanity. Archaeologists Elizabeth Shaw and Charles Holloway discover humanity’s origins »
- Michelle Hannett
Last week, the visual effects company Amalgamated Dynamics Incorporated (Adi) dug into their VHS archives and dusted off a rare Alien 3 behind-the-scenes video, which featured David Fincher, who made his feature directorial debut with the movie, offering direction to the Adi team during rehearsals for a scene involving an animatronic head of Bishop (Lance Henriksen). With yesterday marking the 25th Anniversary of the movie's theatrical release, Adi has put together a comprehensive eight-minute video where the effects team revisits this movie. Here's what the Adi team had to say in the video's description.
"As the 25th Anniversary of Alien 3 approaches, we could not ignore our contribution to the film's title character: the Alien itself. Through the miracle of VHS and exclusive photographs, Adi takes you back to that year of hard work at Pinewood Studios. Enjoy the retrospective!"
This eight-minute video surfaced on studio Adi YouTube, which shows »
Alien: ConvenantThe eight films that encompass the Alien series—including its succession of sequels, prequels, and spin-offs—make up a widely varying compendium of consistencies and contrasts. The latest entry, Alien: Covenant (2017), is no exception. As the critical reviews of this new installment are now sufficiently mingled with the predictably deviating audience reactions, one thing about the popular franchise remains clear: each title will forever be burdened and bolstered by the films that came before it. Of course, this isn’t all that surprising; sequels are usually judged by their precursors. But with the Alien anthology, it’s not just about the quality of one film as opposed to another, it’s about a deference to the fictional narrative construct (few movie cycles are as preoccupied with a generally coherent narrative thread) and the anticipation derived from an incorporation of familiar themes and visual motifs (there have likewise been »
The Assignment, the jaw-dropping audacious revenge thriller from legendary director Walter Hill (The Warriors, 48 Hrs.), starring Michelle Rodriguez and Golden Globe winner Sigourney Weaver (Best Actress, Motion Picture – Drama, Gorillas in the Mist: The Adventure of Dian Fossey; 1989; Best Supporting Actress, Motion Picture, Working Girl, 1989,) heads home to Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD and Digital HD on June 6 from Lionsgate. The film is available On Demand now. Rodriguez stars as a lowlife killer put through a full male-to-female gender reassignment surgery by a score-settling surgeon played by Weaver. Also starring Emmy® and Golden Globe® winners Tony Shalhoub (Golden Globe®: Best Actor, Television Series – Comedy, “Monk”, 2003) and Anthony Lapaglia (Golden Globe®: Best Actor, Television Series – Drama, “Without a Trace,” 2004), The Assignment Blu-ray Combo Pack and »
- Tom Stockman
We are closer than ever to seeing the Marvel/Netflix Universe unite in the form of The Defenders. Aside from Daredevil, every other team member has only had one season so far, and so there’s still a lot for the individual heroes to learn as they continue their crimefighting careers. How will The Defenders change its key players, for better, or worse? Well, according to Finn Jones, his character Danny Rand, at least, will learn quite a bit.
Speaking to CinemaBlend, the Iron Fist actor describes how being exposed to other superheroes will influence his character:
“The thing [with] Danny is that we’re taking an ordinary kid with a lot of issues and we’re trying to iron those out first before getting to Danny as Iron Fist. And what we’ll [see] in Defenders is Danny coming to terms with being a superhero. In the Defenders when he first starts, »
- Jordan Jones
“With great power comes great comes great responsibility.” It’s a line that’s so ingrained in the Marvelverse that many fans could rhyme it off without so much as a second thought, and there is perhaps no other superhero that needs to take heed of Uncle Ben’s famous words more than Danny Rand.
The kid with the Iron Fist is one of four reluctant heroes poised to join forces in time for The Defenders – the others being Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage – but if Danny Rand’s standalone series introduced Netflix subscribers to a slightly more immature version of the iconic martial arts expert, Finn Jones is confident that his superpowered Defender will spend much of Marvel’s imminent team-up series grappling with his newfound abilities and subsequent responsibilities.
While appearing on the It’s All Connected podcast for McU Exchange (via Screen Rant), the former Game of Thrones »
- Michael Briers
In January, we learned that director James Cameron was crafting a new “Terminator” film and was in talks with “Deadpool” helmer Tim Miller to direct the project. Now, Arnold Schwarzenegger has confirmed that he is on board to star in the film. The actor spoke to /Film at the Cannes Film Festival, where he is presenting Jean-Michel Cousteau’s documentary “Wonders of the Sea 3D,” which he narrates.
Read More: he 2017 IndieWire Cannes Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During the Festival
“It is back. It is moving forward,” Schwarzenegger told the site, adding that Cameron, who would produce the film, “has some good ideas of how to continue with the franchise. I will be in the movie.” This will mark Cameron’s return to the franchise he created back in 1984. The filmmaker also penned and directed the 1991 sequel “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.” It is still unknown whether »
- Yoselin Acevedo
God bless the Criterion Collection for their forthcoming Blu-ray of a nifty 2K restoration of The Breaking Point (1950), the second swipe at Ernest Hemingway’s novel To Have and Have Not, which is on the company’s release schedule for August 2017. You may have heard of the first version… Bogie, Bacall, Hawks, “You know how to whistle, don’t ya?” Remember that one? Well, this one, the story of a down-on-his-luck charter boat captain Harry Morgan (John Garfield) who gets manipulated into a deadly smuggling run to help make ends meet, is directed by Michael Curtiz, and it trades Hawks’ larky, Casablanca-derived vibe for something decidedly darker, a daylight-splashed noir that somehow ferrets out all the chiaroscuro shadows in Hemingway’s material nonetheless. Throughout The Breaking Point, but especially in the movie’s riveting second half when Morgan allows himself to get roped into a second, even more dangerous scheme, »
- Dennis Cozzalio
A noticeable improvement over Adam Sandler’s previous three Netflix originals — in much the same way that a glass of Manischewitz is a noticeable improvement over drinking one of those ominous puddles that forms in the groove of a New York City subway seat — “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)” isn’t the wittiest or most exciting movie that Noah Baumbach has ever made, but it might just be the most humane.
Too familiar to stand out from Baumbach’s career, but too funny and textured and true to not be one of its highlights, “The Meyerowitz Stories” harkens back to the more savage and sprawling comedies that Baumbach made before he teamed up with Greta Gerwig (whose ebullient influence is noticeably absent from this material, if not always missing from it). Still, this even-handed, mutually destructively, and inextricably Jewish-American family saga marks a major departure for Baumbach in one »
- David Ehrlich
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