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On a day chock full of World Premieres here in Telluride, The Weinstein Company which has used this festival for North American launches of The King’s Speech and The Artist, and saw both go on to win Best Picture Oscars, just might be on to another major Best Picture contender after its first public screening of the Alan Turing biopic, The Imitation Game. Of course it is easy this time of year to go into just about every film that hits the Fall Festival circuit as a potential awards player after a large drought of Oscar- quality films for the first eight months of the year, but this one just has Academy Award nominations written all over it. Not just in the Best Picture race where a slot seems likely, but also directing for Norwegian helmer Morten Tyldum (Headhunters), debuting screenwriter Graham Moore, and certainly the stunning lead actor »
- Pete Hammond
As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
- Movie Geeks
Over a decade ago, Warner Bros. Pictures was developing a project dubbed "Superman: Flyby". Having abandoned Tim Burton's "Superman Lives" project in the late 1990s, the studio had moved onto this incarnation which boasted a script by J.J. Abrams and had Brett Ratner slated to direct.
Abrams’ screenplay drastically reinvented the mythology, and an infamous and highly negative online script review was one factor which eventually led to the film's abandonment. Now, Mr. Sunday Movies has produced a video giving us a complete history of the project:
- Garth Franklin
Plenty of people are familiar with the failed Superman Lives project that director Tim Burton tried to put together with a script from Kevin Smith and wacky actor Nicolas Cage in the lead role. We've featured a couple trailers for a Kickstarter documentary showcasing the making of the movie that never was, but there's another attempt to make a Superman movie that fewer people might know about. Before Bryan Singer would direct Superman Returns, Warner Bros. tried their hand at a film called Superman: Flyby, with a script from J.J. Abrams and questionable director Brett Ratner behind the camera. Watch now! Here's a brief history of Superman: Flyby in an excerpt of Mr. Sunday Movies (via io9): It's not hard to find the script online if you really want to read what could have been, but here's what Wikipedia has written on the project that fell apart in 2003: »
- Ethan Anderton
Chicago – The short film gets its due this upcoming weekend, as the 2014 “Shortcut 100 Film Festival,” produced by Nebula Creatives, unreels on August 31st at the Chicago Filmmakers Loft, on Clark Street in the Andersonville neighborhood. Rujanee Mahakanjana is one of the producers of the festival, and the founder of Nebula Creatives.
Rujanee Mahakanjana is originally from Bangkok, Thailand, and moved to the U.S. to study as a teenager. After receiving her Masters in Studio Art in 2005 from Northern Illinois University, she moved to Chicago to pursue a career in installation art and interior design. At the same time, she became interested in filmmaking as an expression, and after doing some short films she released her mock documentary feature, “Man and His Erections” in 2009. One year later, she premiered her narrative feature “Parallel Universe,’ and she spoke to HollywoodChicago.com about it in 2010.
The Syrian Documentary ‘Not Anymore’ is Part »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
In some cobwebbed region of my brain I have probably stored the information that J.J. Abrams once wrote a screenplay for a Superman movie for Warner Bros. titled Superman: Flyby of which McG (as well as Brett Ratner) was originally attached to direct, but I had completely forgotten it until this following audio essay by Mr. Sunday Movies popped up online (via Slashfilm). Now the essay goes into detail about the various stages of the screenplay (which is available right here) and how the story was meant to be played out, including Kryptonian kung fu, the death and resurrection of Superman and an idea where Lex Luthor is also Kryptonian. I don't know much about Superman lore and don't really care, but the plot of this thing sounds horrible. Apparently Josh Schwartz ("The O.C.") was commissioned at one point to rewrite Abrams' script and Robert Downey Jr. was considered as »
- Brad Brevet
A redesigned version of “Batman: The Ride” is planned for Six Flags Fiesta Texas, while “Justice League: Battle for Metropolis” will debut at Six Flags Over Texas and Six Flags St. Louis. The attractions are expected to be open by the peak summer theme park going season.
“Batman: The Ride” will provide riders with the feeling of weightlessness as they fly outside the confines of a traditional roller coaster track. The attraction is considered the first coaster that includes six head-over-heels flips. The coaster also features a 120-foot tall hill, two 90-degree drops and a Bruce Wayne-Batman-themed queue line »
- Marc Graser
Director: Robert Wiene.
Running Time: 77 minutes.
Synopsis: A man named Dr. Caligari (Krauss) shows up in town displaying his somnambulist (Veidt) who makes dark predictions. After murders begin to happen in town, suspicion falls on Caligari.
Usually labelled as the first true horror film, Das Cabinet Des Dr. Caligari deserves its title as well as standing up today. This latest reissue may be rated U, but don’t let that fall you in the slighest. Das Cabinet Des Dr. Caligari remains an artistic piece of true horror which, despite its age, still manages to create unsettling emotions as well as offering up plot twists before they were cool.
Sometimes it’s hard to judge a silent film, out of fear that too much relies on reviewing the film based on what it achieved and how it would have played »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Recently taking stock of his career, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu began to wonder if he might have gotten stuck in a creative rut of his own making.
“It was like I was on a ladder, and I was getting a little too comfortable,” says the 51-year-old filmmaker as he holds out two clenched fists, miming the grip on that ladder. “I was just doing my work. It was a habit. I was stuck, half out of fear and half out of safety. And I said to myself, ‘I’m going to let go of the ladder.’ ”
For Inarritu, letting go meant taking a stab at his first full-fledged comedy, albeit one with a strong undercurrent of existential despair. In the director’s self-reflexive “Birdman,” Michael Keaton stars as an actor once famous for playing a superhero, now trying to save his »
- Scott Foundas
Michael Keaton is back, in a big way.
With his new film “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” premiering to favorable early buzz at the Venice Film Festival and set to play Telluride this weekend, word is out on the 62-year-old actor’s kinetic, revelatory performance. Variety’s Peter Debruge called it the “comeback of the century” and other rave reviews have begun to trickle online. In a bit of meta casting, Keaton plays Riggan Thomson, an actor famous for once donning a superhero’s cape, now trying to revive his career on Broadway.
Filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is a true actor’s director; his last three films, “21 Grams,” “Babel” and “Biutiful,” all saw actors nominated for Oscars. And Keaton seems certain to continue that trend. Though many names have been in the mix, at this point the only performance that seems like a lock for a nom has been Steve Carell for “Foxcatcher, »
- Jenelle Riley
Michael Keaton’s character in raved-about Venice Film Festival opener and Competition entry Birdman and the actor himself share a common thread — they both gained enormous fame playing superheroes in the ’90s. In the film, Keaton’s Riggan Thompson is unable to escape his winged, spandex-clad alter ego who haunts, taunts and goads him incessantly. Keaton and director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu both feel everybody has their own sort of Birdman, but for Keaton it’s not the caped crusader he played in Tim Burton’s Batman movies. They had a “giant effect” on his career especially as his international profile skyrocketed, but the character isn’t a sort of negative presence. A first question about Batman came up early in a press conference for Birdman in Venice today and Keaton said, “I just came back from Africa and I fucking love elephants, so I’m Ok with the elephant in the room… »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Birdman played for the press today in Venice, with almost unanimous praise from international critics. The film marks an incredible kickoff to the festival, already spawning enough Oscar talk to rival last year’s Gravity opener. The film follows a retired action hero star, played by Michael Keaton, who's trying to make his comeback with a theater revival. Keaton is making somewhat of a comeback of his own with the role, a character he mirrors in real life after starring in Tim Burton’s 1989 film Batman. It was a necessity to the role, said director Alejandro G. Inarritu. "I thought that few
- Ariston Anderson
We may be in the golden age of superhero cinema, but here are some DC movies that never made it…
Naysayers would have you believe that Hollywood chucks bucket-loads of cash at any old comic book movie pitch that happens to float through their corner-office window, get stuck to their shoe or come to them miraculously as an on-the-toilet epiphany.
However, this is not the case, particularly with DC comics characters. While some films that do get made may seem like bog-fodder (oh hey, Green Lantern), there are plenty of comic adaptation pitches, in-development scripts and passion projects that have ended up not getting made for various reasons.
We had a rummage through the aeons of DC cinema history (also known as extensive Googling) and pulled together all the comic book movie projects we could find that ended up in the bin of crushed dreams for Batman, Superman and more. »
A quarter-century after “Batman” ushered in the era of Hollywood mega-tentpoles — hollow comicbook pictures manufactured to enthrall teens and hustle merch — a penitent Michael Keaton returns with the comeback of the century, “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance),” a blisteringly hot-blooded, defiantly anti-formulaic look at a has-been movie star’s attempts to resuscitate his career by mounting a vanity project on Broadway. , that will electrify the industry, captivate arthouse and megaplex crowds alike, send awards pundits into orbit and give fresh wings to Keaton’s career.
See Also: Michael Keaton Bursts Into Oscar Race
Keaton was a controversial choice to play the Caped Crusader back in 1989, though the role was the best and worst thing that could have happened to the “Mr. Mom” star, who became world-renowned but never found another role of that stature — and who didn’t get nearly the same boost from working with Tarantino (on »
- Peter Debruge
Kevin McCallister is all grown up now. Macaulay Culkin celebrates his 34th birthday today (August 26), so what better time to take a trip down memory lane to find out what happened to the cast of Culkin's greatest work: Home Alone.
Digital Spy goes 'then & now' with the cast of the comedy classic below...
The biggest child star of the '90s, Culkin spent almost a decade away from screen acting following 1994's Ri¢hie Ri¢h. After a stint on London's West End in Madame Melville, he returned to TV and film in 2003 with roles in Will & Grace and Party Monster. His acting parts since have been sparse - a 2010 Robot Chicken Christmas special is his last (voice only) credit - but Culkin seems to have found his calling as the frontman of a Velvet Underground pizza-themed cover band.
A 2013 YouTube video titled simply 'Macaulay Culkin Eating a »
Leading Benelux distributor Cineart has announced details of a change in its ownership structure and confirmed new acquisitions.
The company, founded by Eliane DuBois who died last summer, is now jointly controlled by Stephan De Potter in Belgium and Marc Smit in the Netherlands. The two have bought out the shares owned by DuBois’ son, Hichame Alaouie, who will remain as an ‘honorary participant’ on the Cineart board.
Next year marks the 40th anniversary of Cineart.
The company is continuing to ramp up its VOD activities. Through Twin Pics, its joint venture with music distributor Pias, Cineart is an iTunes aggregator.
Cineart will also handle the Dardenne brothers’ next project, which is at script stage.
The company is also releasing Benoit Jacquot’s latest feature »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Geoffrey Macnab)
Jon Schnepp released the first look of the full Trailer for his feature film documentary The Death Of “Superman Lives”; What Happened? at the San Diego Comic Con on July 24, 2014. This documentary is about delving into the creative process of the proposed 1998 “Superman Lives” feature film, which was to be directed by Tim Burton, written by Kevin Smith, and star Nicolas Cage as Superman. This never made film would have been the most original, strangest, and cosmic Superman ever made. Since the release of the documentary’s Trailer, approximately 1.4 million viewers have watched it on You Tube. Jon Schnepp’s crowdfunding campaign via www.supportsupermanlives.com has now raised 95% of the funds needed for the postproduction and finishing phase of the feature film documentary, with approximately fifteen days to go in the campaign.
Check Out The All New Trailer Here :
Newsweek recently featured the documentary in an article »
- Melissa Howland
Helena Bonham Carter is what we call an Hbic: Head Brit In Charge. The Oscar-nominated bad-ass took part in the Als Ice Bucket Challenge, which you might be sick of, except here's the thing: It's Helena Bonham Carter, Oscar-nominated bad-ass. So you love it. She also invited her pal Tim Burton to pour the water. It's a sight for the ages. In case you forgot, Hbc is nominated for an Emmy tonight in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a TV Movie or Miniseries category. This gives you yet another reason to root for her. (Confession: I'm afraid to kill spiders because they might be friends with Helena Bonham Carter.) »
- Louis Virtel
Glenn here to discuss a lil something from 1989, but first a divergence to the modern day.
Last night’s MTV Video Music Awards were like stepping into a pop culture gulag. It’s easy to get misty-eyed thinking about Vma ceremonies of years past, when the network actually showed music videos and the form felt truly like art. Despite being aware of last night’s winner, “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus the icky Terry Richardson, I don’t claim to have near enough knowledge of modern music videos to truly complain. It does seem harder to imagine Neil Young, Peter Gabriel, or Pearl Jam winning these days though, doesn’t it? Are there brilliant works that just aren’t being recognized?
It’s been some time since videos were genuine pop culture moments and the internet certainly doesn’t help. Beyoncé appears to be the only one who’s been »
- Glenn Dunks
Amazon Studios has announced it has ordered three animated and two live-action pilots of kids shows for the third installment of its kids pilot season, which will debut in early 2015 on Amazon Instant Video.
The shows will debut alongside a new version of the previously announced “Sara Solves It” pilot. Keeping with the Amazon business model, these first episodes go live for customers to watch and provide feedback to help execs decide which pilots become full series.
“We’re very excited to be working with such talented creative minds in kids entertainment to bring these five new pilots to life,” said Tara Sorensen, head of kids programming at Amazon Studios. “At Amazon, we’re focused on great characters and storytelling to create engaging programming for children. We’ve been overwhelmed with the positive reaction to our first three children’s series that debuted this summer — “Tumble Leaf,” “Creative Galaxy” and »
- Shelli Weinstein
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