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The upcoming movie Bright initially slipped past my nerd radar, I knew it was a Netflix film, but I didn’t know much more than that. I must say I am now quite excited for this film. To me, the film gives off an essence of the classic cop movie, Colors, starring Robert Duvall and Sean Penn, only in a much different setting. How race, bigotry and the supernatural world of orcs, fairies and elves meld together with us humans is something I am very interested in seeing.
Joel Edgerton plays Nick Jakoby, a cop, who is also an orc. Will Smith’s Daryl Ward is another officer that is forced to team up with Edgerton’s Jakoby on the hunt for a powerful weapon. The thing is Will Smith’s character doesn’t take too kindly to orcs, and certainly doesn’t want one for a partner. Both Smith »
- Seth McDonald
Author: Zehra Phelan
Based on John Steinbeck’s acclaimed novel this adaptation is directed, produced by and stars James Franco and also features a star-studded cast including Robert Duvall (The Godfather), Selena Gomez (Bad Neighbors 2), The Hunger Games’ Josh Hutcherson, Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars), Ed Harris (Gravity) and Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Vincent D’Onofrio, Zach Braff and the late, great Sam Shepherd in one of his last outings on film.
Set in the 1930’s the trailer is full of passion as Franco leads a group of workers who just want people to know “their lives matter” as their wages are cut and he rallies the men to strike against these cuts. As both sides stand strong, »
- Zehra Phelan
'Under the Volcano' screening: John Huston's 'quality' comeback featuring daring Albert Finney tour de force As part of its John Huston film series, the UCLA Film & Television Archive will be presenting the 1984 drama Under the Volcano, starring Albert Finney, Jacqueline Bisset, and Anthony Andrews, on July 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Billy Wilder Theater in the Los Angeles suburb of Westwood. Jacqueline Bisset is expected to be in attendance. Huston was 77, and suffering from emphysema for several years, when he returned to Mexico – the setting of both The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and The Night of the Iguana – to direct 28-year-old newcomer Guy Gallo's adaptation of English poet and novelist Malcolm Lowry's 1947 semi-autobiographical novel Under the Volcano, which until then had reportedly defied the screenwriting abilities of numerous professionals. Appropriately set on the Day of the Dead – 1938 – in the fictitious Mexican town of Quauhnahuac (the fact that it sounds like Cuernavaca »
- Andre Soares
In February 2005, I was hired to launch the original scripted department at AMC. Up to that point, the channel had only aired old films and had made a few attempts at unscripted programming.
Rob Sorcher, who ran AMC at the time, had tasked me with finding and making the channel’s first scripted series. In the spring of 2005, while we were in pre-production on “Broken Trail,” a limited series starting Robert Duvall, I traveled to Los Angeles to find our first scripted series. In a meeting with Industry Entertainment, manager Ira Liss handed me a pilot script. He told me he thought I would like it, although the script had been around for eight years and had been passed on by every buyer. It was Matthew Weiner’s pilot script for “Mad Men.” I read it on the flight back to New York and immediately fell in love with it.
- Christina Wayne
Stan Lee cemented his legacy alongside the likes of Humphrey Bogart, John Wayne, Robert Duval, Sandra Bullock and Marilyn Monroe in a hand and foot print ceremony at Hollywood’s Chinese Theater. Fan-owned media company Legion M organized the ceremony. Geek royalty including director and comic fan Kevin Smith, and Marvel Studios icons including studio president Kevin Feige, Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman, Shield Agent Clark Gregg, and Guardians of the Galaxy Director James Gunn paid tribute to Lee. Stan Lee co-created numerous Marvel characters and teams including (Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men and the Avengers) along with
Stan Lee honored in Hand and Foot Print ceremony at Hollywood’s Chinese Theater »
- Chris St Martin
If the words “Untitled Barry Levinson Project” don’t get you excited, then perhaps this first-look photo of Al Pacino as Joe Paterno in the upcoming HBO movie will. Pacino is playing the disgraced coach who was best-known as the winningest coach in college-football history before becoming part of the Jerry Sandusky scandal in late 2011.
JoePa, as he was sometimes known, served as head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions from 1966 to 2011 and racked up 409 wins during his decades-long tenure. Sandusky, the team’s defensive coordinator, was convicted of 45 counts of sexual abuse of young boys in June of 2012 — five months after Paterno’s death from lung cancer at 85. For his alleged role in helping cover up the years-long scandal, Paterno had 111 of his victories vacated by the Ncaa. »
- Michael Nordine
The Leftovers and Fargo star Carrie Coon has become the latest addition to the cast of Widows, the next film from acclaimed director Steve McQueen (Shame, 12 Years a Slave). Coon will start work on the film once she completes production on The Papers for director Steven Spielberg.
Widows is based upon the 1983 Lynda La Plante crime series has been scripted by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn. It follows a group of women who team up to complete a heist when their husbands are killed on the job. Coon will play one of the widows who declines to join the heist.
Production on Widows is set to get underway this summer, with a cast that includes Viola Davis, Cynthia Erivo, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Carrie Coon, Daniel Kaluuya, Andre Holland, Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall and Garret Dillahunt. »
- Gary Collinson
After 17 years, Terry Gilliam’s “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” has finally turned the corner from cursed film project to completed movie, a historic and improbable milestone that has many people asking, “Is it really true?” One of the most troubled productions in the history of cinema, the project has been tormenting Gilliam for more than 25 years, since he first started tinkering with a screenplay adaptation in 1991.
Despite several false starts over the years, Gilliam never bought into the idea that the project was doomed. “The curse is bullshit,” he said during an interview with IndieWire at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016, a year that also marked the 400th anniversary of the death of “Don Quixote” writer Miguel de Cervantes.
- Graham Winfrey
It took nearly two decades, 17 years to be exact, but filmmaker Terry Gilliam has finally wrapped production on his passion project, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. The filmmaker took to social media to announce that filming is finished, while posting one final photo from the set before returning home. Here's what the filmmaker had to say on his Facebook page about the production wrap.
"Sorry for the long silence. I've been busy packing the truck and am now heading home. After 17 years, we have completed the shoot of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. Muchas gracias to all the team and believers. Quixote Vive!"
Terry Gilliam made this statement on Facebook, while posting a photo of a truck on the set, and another of a "Happy Ending Rainbow over Los Suenos, Don Quixote's village of dreams." The director first started working on the film in 1989, and had originally »
Terry Gilliam finally knocked down the windmill. After nearly two decades of work, several failed attempts and any number of different actors attached to the project, “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” has finally wrapped production. Gilliam — whose efforts to loosely adapt Miguel de Cervantes’ timeless novel inspired the documentary “Lost in La Mancha” — marked the occasion with a celebratory Facebook post.
“Sorry for the long silence. I’ve been busy packing the truck and am now heading home,” he wrote. “After 17 years, we have completed the shoot of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. Muchas gracias to all the team and believers. Quixote Vive!” »
- Michael Nordine
Coming off a busy Cannes where they premiered How To Talk To Girls At Parties and Top Of The Lake: China Girl, See-Saw Films joint MD’s Iain Canning and Emile Sherman have opened a Los Angeles office, effective immediately.
Negin Salmasi will head the Us hub and has joined the company in the newly created role of vice-president of creative affairs for the film and television divisions.
“We are thrilled to have Negin join the See-Saw family,” Canning and Sherman said. “It’s clear that Negin is an extremely talented creative executive with wonderful talent relationships and a deep understanding of quality material. Negin is the perfect person to spearhead our Us presence as part »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
To read The National Review’s “Politically Incorrect Guide Memorial Day Movies” is one of those moments where you seriously wonder if conservatism in the Trump Era isn’t just one big episode of “Punk’d.” Written by Arthur Herman, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, the list was an attempt to highlight war movies for conservatives to watch on Memorial Day – many of which are fantastic – but are bizarrely packaged and advertised as movies that will piss off liberals.
“These movies portray serving one’s country in uniform as something to be revered and respected, not dismissed,” boasts the Twitter promo for the piece. Its marketing is a straw-man argument, so it’s first important to establish a few matters of fact.
During the Vietnam War, there was liberal »
- Chris O'Falt
Image Source: Everett Collection Evan Peters is well-known for his alluringly creepy characters on American Horror Story, but he recently took on a different genre entirely with his film Dabka. The biographical drama, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival, tells the true story of Canadian journalist Jay Bahadur, who gained mass attention for his detailed account of piracy in Somalia. Not only does the film paint the Somali pirates and its people in a new light, but it also inspires its audiences to take a leap of faith and go after their dreams. We had a chance to sit down with Peters and his character's real-life counterpart, and they discussed what it was like working with Al Pacino (who plays Jay's mentor), Bahadur's small cameo, and the biggest turning point in each of their careers. RelatedThe True Stories Behind 21 American Horror Story Characters Popsugar: Jay, what was your first reaction »
- Kelsie Gibson
Exclusive: Lukas Haas has signed on for Steve McQueen’s forthcoming bank heist thriller Widows from New Regency and 20th Century Fox. He joins the admirable roster of actors that includes Viola Davis, Robert Duvall, Liam Neeson and Colin Farrell. The film, written by McQueen and Gillian Flynn, will hit theaters November 16, 2018. Based on the British miniseries, Widows begins when four armed robbers are killed during a robbery and their surviving widows come together to… »
“The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” has had so much trouble getting made that it would almost be a letdown if the long-gestating project ever sees the light of day. Terry Gilliam has been tilting at windmills for nearly 20 years at this point, and now the film has hit a new snag: Alfama Films released a statement on Friday deeming it “patently illegal.”
Alfama’s Paulo Branco spoke to the Hollywood Reporter at Cannes, accusing Gilliam of “clandestinely” working on the film behind his back and even “pursuing the production with other partners.” Whether true or not, such a strange state of affairs is certainly apropos of the Cervantes’ charmingly (and tragically) out-of-his-depth knight errant.
“The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” first entered pre-production in 1998 and, at one point or another, everyone from »
- Michael Nordine
This year marks the 45th anniversary of “The Godfather” opening in cinemas, and four-plus decades on, Francis Ford Coppola‘s gangster masterpiece, and its followup, “The Godfather: Part II,” haven’t lost any of its power. And today we have some copies of the 45th anniversary Blu-rays of those films for some very lucky readers.
If somehow you’ve gone along this far without knowing anything about these films, they star Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, James Caan, and Robert Duvall, and follow the aging head of a famous crime family who decides to transfer his position to one of his subalterns, resulting in a series of unfortunate events, and a war begins between all the well-known families leading to insolence, deportation, murder and revenge.
- Kevin Jagernauth
The director, best known for his acclaimed work across 12 Years a Slave, Hunger, and Shame, is set to work closely with the late rapper’s family in order to craft an authentic portrait of Shakur’s life and legacy. Though it’s yet to nail down an official title, McQueen’s Tupac Shakur biopic will foster a collaboration between Amaru Entertainment, a banner created by his mother Afeni Shakur, and White Horse Pictures. Jayson Jackson (What Happened, Miss Simone?) is on board to produce, while Gloria Cox, Shakur’s aunt, will executive produce.
- Michael Briers
Newly released in May are the original Godfather films in standalone Blu-ray configurations at exceptionally affordable prices.
We have teamed up with Paramount Home Entertainment to offer three lucky readers each a copy of The Godfather and The Godfather Part II in this contest with commentary by Francis Ford Coppola (recorded in 2001).
For a chance to win the pair of Godfather films please fill out and submit the short entry form below. The odds of winning can be increased each and every day you stop back to enter again for as many days as the contest is open.
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Francis Ford Coppola's epic masterpiece features Marlon Brando in his Oscar-winning role as the patriarch of the Corleone family. Director Coppola paints a chilling portrait of the Sicilian clan's rise and near fall from power in America, masterfully »
Robert De Niro took dead aim at President Donald Trump during an acceptance speech for the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Chaplin Award in New York on Monday. After several of De Niro’s closest friends and colleagues honored him at the 44th annual Chaplin Award Gala, the iconic actor and filmmaker delivered a heartfelt speech that both paid tribute to the award’s namesake, Charlie Chaplin, while also criticizing the Trump administration for its position on issues ranging from healthcare to education to the environment.
“Everyone knows Chaplin was a great artist, but he made his movies to entertain. It was only later that they became art,” De Niro said in his speech. “I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately because of our government’s hostility towards art. »
- Graham Winfrey
The Magnificent Seven actor Manuel Garcia-Rulfo has been added to the cast of New Regency’s Widows, the Steve McQueen-directed the heist thriller that features a strong cast including Viola Davis, Robert Duvall, Colin Farrell, Liam Neeson, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Michelle Rodriguez and Daniel Kaluuya. It’s based on the British miniseries and follows four widows who, after their spouses are killed during a robbery, band together to finish the job. McQueen and… »
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