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Jason Bourne review

25 July 2016 7:48 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Published Date  Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 08:00

I think the new Jason Bourne movie had me when, early in the film, Julia Stiles’ returning Nicky unpacks what looks like a Russian Zx Spectrum 48k and starts using it to hack an otherwise impenetrable computer network. I’d like to think she has a quick go on Manic Miner on it when the cameras were off.

Still, by then we’d already had a ‘previously on Jason Bourne recap’, giving a brief overview of the first three films in the series. And we’d had further evidence that director Paul Greengrass – returning with Matt Damon, after the pair (wisely) skipped The Bourne Legacy – has an unmatched ability to make gazing at computer screens the most thrilling and tense thing in the world. For the umpteenth time in Greengrass-directed movies, I nearly yanked the armrests off my seat, as little graphics blipped across a monitor. »

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Review: ‘Lights Out’ Is Too Dim To Make Its Ambitious Premise Really Shine

21 July 2016 6:57 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Within the first five minutes of David F. Sandberg’s feature film debut, “Lights Out,” an understandably addled character has managed to figure out the primary rule of engaging with the freaky spectre haunting him: She disappears when illuminated. Even while being chased around an appropriately creepy textile factory (is it really necessary to have that many slump-shouldered mannequins just hanging out?) by a stringy-haired and sharp-clawed monster, Paul (Billy Burke) can still figure out what it is that keeps the baddie at bay, a realization that Sandberg telegraphs to both his character and his audience with the minimum of time.

Too bad then that Sandberg can’t keep such a simple and clever premise going during the relatively slim 80 minute runtime of his film, a horror offering that suffers immensely from wicked rule-bending and a disregard for the snappy chills that initially recommend it.

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- Kate Erbland

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Scott Cooper Western Hostiles Adds Interstellar Star Timothee Chalamet

21 July 2016 12:52 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Hostiles, the Western drama that’s coming by way of Black Mass director Scott Cooper, has recruited Timothee Chalamet of Interstellar fame.

The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop, confirming that Chalamet now joins a cast that boasts Christian Bale – reuniting with Cooper after Out of the Furnance – Rosamund PikeJesse Plemons and Adam Beach, who will soon be rubbing shoulders with the remainder of Task Force X in next month’s Suicide Squad.

Chalamet, meanwhile, will assume the role of Private Philippe DeJardin, a member of the military stationed at an outpost in New Mexico. From what we understand, Scott Cooper’s period Western chronicles the story of an Army captain (Christian Bale) who escorts a Cheyenne chief through war-torn territory, utterly ignoring common sense and the very near and present danger.

Penned by Cooper himself along with the late, great Donald Stewart, Hostiles is a story of a decorated »

- Michael Briers

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The Broad Green Layoffs: Why Good Movies Aren’t Enough to Avoid The Startup Curse

20 July 2016 11:11 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

When Wall Street billionaires Gabriel Hammond, 37, and his brother, Daniel, 33, launched independent producer-distributor Broad Green Pictures two summers ago, Hollywood was skeptical about its prospects. In a time when even the Weinsteins are struggling to survive, it was a strange time to reinvent a dying economic model.

Now Broad Green is laying off around 6 percent of its staff, all of whom work in the publicity department, the company confirmed to IndieWire. Broad Green’s publicity head Adam Keen, a former Warner Bros. publicity exec, has resigned. Marketing and communications personnel are traditionally the first casualties of cutbacks in Hollywood.

The layoffs were unsurprising. Ken Kwapis’s Sundance comedy “A Walk in the Woods” starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte managed $30 million, but that couldn’t counterbalance films like Ramin Bahrani’s well-reviewed real estate thriller “99 Homes” ($1.7 million domestic) and Sarah Silverman’s depressive drama “I Smile Back” ($58K). Now, the »

- Graham Winfrey and Anne Thompson

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The Broad Green Layoffs: Why Good Movies Aren’t Enough to Avoid The Startup Curse

20 July 2016 11:11 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

When Wall Street billionaires Gabriel Hammond, 37, and his brother, Daniel, 33, launched independent producer-distributor Broad Green Pictures two summers ago, Hollywood was skeptical about its prospects. In a time when even the Weinsteins are struggling to survive, it was a strange time to reinvent a dying economic model.

Now Broad Green is laying off around 6 percent of its staff, all of whom work in the publicity department, the company confirmed to IndieWire. Broad Green’s publicity head Adam Keen, a former Warner Bros. publicity exec, has resigned. Marketing and communications personnel are traditionally the first casualties of cutbacks in Hollywood.

The layoffs were unsurprising. Ken Kwapis’s Sundance comedy “A Walk in the Woods” starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte managed $30 million, but that couldn’t counterbalance films like Ramin Bahrani’s well-reviewed real estate thriller “99 Homes” ($1.7 million domestic) and Sarah Silverman’s depressive drama “I Smile Back” ($58K). Now, the »

- Graham Winfrey and Anne Thompson

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Horror Highlights: Terminator T-800 Maquette, Plutona, Cryptocracy #2

18 July 2016 7:44 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Based on the cyborg created to do Skynet’s bidding from the Terminator series, this T-800 endoskeleton maquette from Sideshow Collectibles is made up of 100+ pieces of polystone and Abs plastic elements. Also: details on the Plutona comic book movie rights being acquired by Waypoint Entertainment and a look at the Cryptocracy #2 cover plus release details.

Terminator T-800 Maquette Photos Revealed Plus Release Details: From Sideshow: “Is it a good idea to keep on building Terminators while living this close to Los Angeles? What could go wrong?

Sideshow’s Terminator Endoskeleton Maquette is a painstakingly detailed recreation of the iconic T-800, the Terminator that first struck fear into would be freedom fighters everywhere. Our version features Polystone and premium grade Abs plastic elements in order to maintain the crisp details that one would expect to find in a machine crafted by machines. The piece is also made up of over 100 pieces. »

- Tamika Jones

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The Secret Agent review – worryingly one-dimensional

17 July 2016 11:02 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

So much is lost from Conrad’s strange, complex and deeply ironic novel. This adaptation reduces it to a psychological thriller – and proves the curse of TV

It is a brave screenwriter who takes on Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent (BBC1, Sunday), which film critic Roger Ebert called “perhaps the least filmable novel he ever wrote”. Ebert made that remark in a review – a fairly devastating one accompanied by the dreaded one star – of the 1996 film version, directed by Christopher Hampton and with an all-star cast including Bob Hoskins as the eponymous agent Verloc, Patricia Arquette as his comely wife Winnie, and Christian Bale as her half-witted brother Stevie.

Ebert’s grouse was that the novel (written in 1907) is a “character study”, but “the movie deals more with externals and, since there are few of any interest, it drags and finally sighs and expires”. The solution, if that’s the word, »

- Stephen Moss

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‘Plutona’ Comic-Book Series in the Works as Movie

14 July 2016 7:08 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Waypoint Entertainment has acquired movie rights to the coming-of-age comic series “Plutona,” written by Jeff Lemire and illustrated by Emi Lenox.

“Plutona” centers on a group of kids who find the body of a famous dead superhero in the woods. Waypoint Entertainment’s Ken Kao (“The Nice Guys”) will produce with partner Dan Kao and Addictive PicturesRussell Ackerman and John Schoenfelder under their first-look deal.

Image Comics released “Plutona,” a five-issue limited series, in September.

Lemire is the author of the Essex County Trilogy, “Sweet Tooth,” “The Nobody” and a run of “Animal Man.” Lenox is known for her diary comic “Emitown.”

Waypoint Entertainment acquired the rights in April to two Mark Millar properties, “American Jesus” and “Supercrooks,” which Ken Kao and Dan Kao will produce with Addictive Pictures. It is also in pre-production on the sci-fi thriller “Tau,” directed by Federico D’ Alessandro and starring Maika Monroe and Ed Skrein. »

- Dave McNary

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Ben Affleck Is The Most Deadly Batman

4 July 2016 12:04 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Batman doesn't kill. That has been a mantra for the comic character for many years, but the various screen incarnations have often either ignored that rule (1989's "Batman") or found loopholes (2005's "Batman Begins," the "Batman: Arkham Knight" game) to get around that rule.

Not so the version of Batman that Ben Affleck played in Zack Snyder's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice". A new video is out from Mr. Sunday Movies which clocks up a kill count from the film's 'Ultimate Edition' disc release and it seems this Caped Crusader loves just killing the s--t out of bad guys.

In fact, Affleck's Batman directly racks up a bodycount of 21 people throughout the film, not including whomever was left in those hastily evacuated buildings that got torn to shreds in the final act. Is that a lot? Across all seven previous live-action movies and the 1966 TV show, Batman killed 45 people. »

- Garth Franklin

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10 Best Movies and TV Shows to Stream in July

1 July 2016 6:53 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

July: a time for backyard cookouts, fireworks displays, and tipsy, tearful declarations of how you — sniff — just love America so much. And streaming addicts will have plenty to salute in the month to come, whether that's Netflix trotting out a new Goonies-style mystery series and reviving a certified cult animation sensation, or tempting new film options from the folks at Amazon Prime and Hulu. No better way to beat the heat than a retreat into the safety of an air-conditioned living room, and no better way to turn that space »

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John Williams’ 12 Most Underappreciated Musical Cues

30 June 2016 9:47 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Close your eyes and you can hear the music of John Williams without trying too hard. You know the greatest hits and can probably hum through most of them from start to finish, even if the extent of your musical career is plunking out “Heart and Soul” on your grandparent’s piano.

The legacy of Williams’ music extends beyond the cinema. The “NBC Nightly News” theme? That was him. That fanfare you’ll be hearing once the Olympics arrive? Him, too. A fan of that “Sunday Night Football” march that leads up to kickoff? Guess who.

And even though the world now recognizes Williams for his trademark triumphant horns and sweeping orchestral strings, this was a composer who, a year before “Jaws,” was penning acoustic love themes so ’70s they would make Burt Bacharach blush. So as much as we remember the soundtracks to dizzying flights across space and wide shots of dinosaurs in paradise, »

- Steve Greene and Zack Sharf

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9 Actors You Probably Didn’t Know Almost Played Batman

29 June 2016 6:25 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

We might have seen a few different versions of the likes of Spider-Man and Superman on the big screen, but Batman still holds the record for being the most portrayed superhero in cinema. From when Lewis Wilson donned a high-waisted pair of underpants in 1943’s Batman serial to Ben Affleck wearing a high-tech metal suit in this year’s Batman V Superman, ten different actors have played the Dark Knight on the silver screen to date.

But things could have been very different at each of these junctures if another actor took on the role. For instance, The Joker himself, Heath Ledger, originally auditioned for Batman in Batman Begins (he was also offered Spider-Man). Imagine if he got the part – would Christian Bale have then played the Clown Prince of Crime in The Dark Knight?

Ledger is far from the only one who missed out on donning the Caped Crusader’s tights, »

- Christian Bone

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Alberto Rodriguez’s ‘Marshland’ Wins Spain’s Best Film Export Award

29 June 2016 11:55 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Madrid — An example of a new strain of powerful crossover Spanish-language movies, Alberto Rodriguez’s “Marshland” (“La Isla Minima”), distributed in Spain by Warner Bros., won the Fapae-ComScore Prize at the 10th Spanish Screenings-Madrid de Cine, Spain’s annual national cinema export market.

The kudo, like 2015’ plaudit for “Wild Tales,” serves as further recognition for a building phenomenon in Spain and Latin America: Powerful art films with more mainstream tropes and wide audience ambitions. Often, as with “Marshland,” they boast muscular broadcaster backing, multi-partner co-production structures, big fest play, vfx or action scenes, and sometimes use of genre not only to drive narrative but make larger social or political points.

A noirish serial killer procedural set in 1980 Spain, “Marshland” was produced by Atresmedia Cine, the film production arm of TV network group Atresmedia, as well as two of Spain’s most resilient indie production houses, Madrid’s Atipica and Seville’s Sacromonte Films. »

- John Hopewell

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‘Don’t Worry Baby’ Exclusive Trailer: Father & Son Discover One Of Them Has Fathered The Child of a One Night Stand

29 June 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“Don’t Worry Baby” follows struggling photographer Robert (John Magaro) and his philandering father Harry (Christopher McDonald) as they learn they both had a one-night stand with the same woman, Sarah-Beth (Dreama Walker). Years later, they realize that one of them is the father of Sarah-Beth’s four-year-old daughter.

While they wait for a paternity test, they both decide to assume fatherly duties and soon learn to connect and mend their rocky relationship. The film also stars Tom Lipinski (“Suits”) as Robert’s friend Lenny and Talia Balsam (“Mad Men”) as Robert’s mother and Harry’s ex-wife. Watch the exclusive trailer for the film below.

Read More: Here’s How This First-Time Director Shot A Feature Film in New York City

The film is the feature-length directorial debut of Julian Branciforte, who previously acted in Antonio Campos’ “Afterschool” and directed the shorts “The Necessary Defilement »

- Vikram Murthi

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IMAX Poster For Terrence Malick’s Voyage Of Time Teases Celestial Beauty

27 June 2016 12:32 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

After guiding Christian Bale’s Hollywood drifter through an existential crisis, prestigious filmmaker Terrence Malick is prepping to chronicle the Voyage of Time for his latest creative venture, a long-in-development documentary that is set to do exactly what it says on the tin and chart the creation of the universe and life therein.

Now on course for theatrical release in October, it’s understood Malick’s feature will release across two separate versions; the first of which is a 40-minute cut known as The IMAX Experience (see below) and will be narrated by Brad Pitt.

On the other hand, Voyage of Time will also release in the form of a 90-minute “companion feature.” No word yet on when Malick plans to roll that particular version out into theaters, though we do understand it’ll feature Cate Blanchett narrating the birth of the cosmos.

Here’s an overview of what to expect from the former, »

- Michael Briers

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‘Voyage of Time’ Exclusive Poster: Terrence Malick’s Journey Through The Cosmos Hits IMAX This Fall

27 June 2016 7:04 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

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.

Read More: Will Terrence Malick’s ‘Voyage of Time’ Really Come Out This Fall?

“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

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: Midnight Special, The Brothers Grimsby, Knight of Cups

24 June 2016 12:09 PM, PDT | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

It’s mostly smaller films hitting DVD and Blu-ray this week, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t some great stuff worth checking out. Jeff Nichols’ sci-fi film Midnight Special is hitting stores along with Terence Malick’s Knight of Cups starring Christian Bale, Norwegian disaster drama The Wave and Colombian epic Embrace Of The Serpent. We’ve also […] »

- Sean

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Freida Pinto to make her first appearance at Iifa

23 June 2016 11:00 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Global star Freida Pinto is all set to have everyone’s tongues wagging this year and believed to be making her first ever appearance at an Indian awards show this year with Iifa in Madrid, Spain. Not only can we expect her to rule the red carpet but we are also told by insider sources that she will be presented with the award for “International Icon” as a celebration of how she’s shaped her career in the international arena.

Says an industry source, “Slumdog Millionaire was that massive breakthrough point for India in the international film market. While we did see Indian actors be a part of Hollywood films, Slumdog ensured that Indian talent was looked at far more seriously. Freida’s fame and her journey post Slumdog has been incredible – working with some of the most coveted names in the business like Christian Bale, Woody Allen, Tarsem Singh, »

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Freida Pinto to make her first appearance at Iifa

23 June 2016 11:00 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Global star Freida Pinto is all set to have everyone’s tongues wagging this year and believed to be making her first ever appearance at an Indian awards show this year with Iifa in Madrid, Spain. Not only can we expect her to rule the red carpet but we are also told by insider sources that she will be presented with the award for “International Icon” as a celebration of how she’s shaped her career in the international arena.

Says an industry source, “Slumdog Millionaire was that massive breakthrough point for India in the international film market. While we did see Indian actors be a part of Hollywood films, Slumdog ensured that Indian talent was looked at far more seriously. Freida’s fame and her journey post Slumdog has been incredible – working with some of the most coveted names in the business like Christian Bale, Woody Allen, Tarsem Singh, »

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Terrence Malick lines up WWII feature 'Radegund'

22 June 2016 9:10 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

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.

Set to play Jägerstätter is August Diehl (Inglourious Basterds, The Counterfeiters), while Valerie Pachner (Jack) is also due to join.

The project was announced by the German funding body the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, which is backing it with €400,000.

The drama is reportedly set to shoot at Studio Babelsberg in Potsdam, Germany, this summer and marks Malick’s return to the WWII era following acclaimed 1998 title The Thin Red Line.

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 »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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