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Interview: Director Matt Weinstein Presents ‘The Gun Equation’ at 2016 Blue Whiskey Indie Fest

29 July 2016 9:15 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The weekend of July 29th through the 31st is the final three days of the Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival in Mount Prospect, Il, and filmmakers from all over the indie sphere have made contributions, including director Matt Weinstein and his new short film project, “The Gun Equation.” For more information about the Blue Whiskey Festival, click here.

The Gun Equation” is scheduled for 7pm on Friday, July 29th, and is part of the “Official Selections” group of notable short films. This is director Matt Weinstein’s second directorial effort, his first narrative film, and it was shot on location in Chicago. The tense thriller has shades of Alfred Hitchcock and Christopher Nolan, and creates its energy through the precise filmmaking of Matt Weinstein, whose career includes cinematography, camera operator and editor. His skills within these dynamics are evident as he puts it all together as director of “The Gun Equation. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Michael Mann's "Miami Vice" 10 Years Later

28 July 2016 11:40 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Please welcome back new contributor Bill Curran for a 10th anniversary look at Miami Vice

The major studio head-scratcher of its year, the ultimate distillation of Michael Mann’s brand of clean sheen noir, and the most authentically auteurist film of the aughts, Miami Vice was the movie offspring of a successful and ever-parodied 80s TV series that was nothing like the original. Instead, Mann unleashed a brooding and voluptuously pixilated peacock of a crime thriller upon an unsuspecting public

If only every recent remake had as much reckless spirit as this one did when it opened nationally ten years ago today. Though the film received favorable notices from top print critics, including a rave from A.O. Scott, the majority of reviewers (and almost all audiences) were simply confused »

- Bill Curran

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Films of 1986; Aliens Hits The 30 Year Mark

27 July 2016 8:43 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“Game over, man, game over!” It’s rare for a sequel to live up to the original film, but James Cameron managed to fulfill expectations with Aliens (July 18, 1986). This summer marks the 30th Anniversary of the action-packed sci-fi classic, so “stop your grinnin’ and drop your linen.”

Tune-in Saturday, July 23, to an exclusive Aliens YouTube live stream Q&A with the filmmakers and cast from San Diego Comic-Con! Submit your questions in the comments below for a chance to get them answered. #Aliens30th

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Aliens (1986), San Diego Comic-Con will host an Aliens reunion on Saturday, July 23. Attendees include director James Cameron, producer Gale Anne Hurd, Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Paul Reiser, Michael Biehn, and Carrie Henn.

Subscribe to Fox Movies and follow on https://www.facebook.com/AlienAnthology so you don’t miss this exclusive live event.

The terror continues in James Cameron »

- Movie Geeks

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New Trailer For ‘The Lego Batman Movie’ Brings Together Heroes, Villains, And Bricks

23 July 2016 5:00 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

” ‘Lego Batman’ is ‘About A Boy‘ as directed by Michael Mann,” director Chris McKay told USA Today. “This is a single guy who suddenly has a kid literally drop into his world.” If that’s not the perfect sell for “The Lego Batman Movie,” I don’t know what is, but the more the filmmaker talks about […]

The post New Trailer For ‘The Lego Batman Movie’ Brings Together Heroes, Villains, And Bricks appeared first on The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Newswire: Lego Batman’s Comic-Con panel introduces Lego Robin and Lego Batgirl

23 July 2016 2:11 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

The new Justice League footage is a less serious than anything in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, but that’s not really saying much. If it’s still too serious for you, though, it sounds like The Lego Batman Movie will prove once again just how versatile the Dark Knight can really be. Lego Batman director Chris McKay underlined this point during Warner Bros.’ Comic-Con panel, explaining that he wants the movie to be “About A Boy as directed by Michael Mann.”

That’s an appropriate comparison, considering that the panel also showed off some new footage that featured the introduction of Michael Cera’s Lego Robin, who reportedly annoys Batman by repeatedly calling him “Dad.” The footage also featured a Lego Barbara Gordon, who Batman introduced as his “platonic bat-friend,” an especially weird line given that Killing Joke stuff. There was even a new trailer, which hasn’t »

- Sam Barsanti

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‘Suicide Squad’ Comic-Con Trailer: Here’s To Honor Among Thieves

23 July 2016 12:53 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

With Suicide Squad hitting theaters August 5, it isn’t remotely shocking that the film was front and center today during Warner Bros massive Hall H Comic-Con presentation. The packed audience got to see a new trailer for the supervillain pic, of which helmer David Ayer said, “It’s About A Boy as directed by Michael Mann.” Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie,Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Scott Eastwood, Cara… »

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Why Miami Vice Fans Should Be Racing to Watch Band of the Hand

22 July 2016 8:22 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Junkfood Cinema keeps it very manly this week.

Cursing one’s birth is a self-indulgent, melodramatic action usually reserved for ancient Greek theater. I however find myself regularly cursing the cruel circumstances that lead to my being born in 1984 and thus only getting an infantile gumming of this amazing era instead of ravenously feasting on its offerings as I do now retrospectively.

I truly believe that being only two years old when Miami Vice premiered on television is one of my greatest shortcomings as a human being. Fortunately, I was born to a father obsessed with the seminal prime time action crime series. His enthusiasm caused me to, as a teen, flash-consume reruns as if I was trying to snort them through my eyeballs. I began to lament not being old enough in 1986 to shove up my silk blazer sleeves and cruise around the neon oasis of Miami in a car I can, to »

- Brian Salisbury

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Joker, Harley Quinn and Robin Revealed in The Lego Batman Movie

20 July 2016 1:52 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Last week, just after the full Comic-Con schedule was announced, Warner Bros. confirmed which movies it will be presenting in its massive two-hour Hall H panel. The studio's superhero movies Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman are among the most anticipating previews of this panel, but the DC Comics universe will be represented in another way with The Lego Batman Movie, the first of several spinoffs of the 2014 blockbuster The Lego Movie. A new trailer for The Lego Batman Movie will be unveiled during this panel, but while we wait for this footage to arrive, 12 new photos have surfaced, giving us a new look at The Joker (Zach Galifianakis) and the Boy Wonder himself, Robin (Michael Cera).

USA Today debuted these first-look photos, while speaking with director Chris McKay, who shed some light on The Joker's rivalry with Batman. Will Arnett reprises his voice role as the Dark Knight from The Lego Movie, »

- MovieWeb

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The Joker and Robin featured in The Lego Batman Movie sneak peek images

20 July 2016 1:40 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of the Warner Bros. San Diego Comic-Con panel on Saturday, the studio has unveiled four never-before-seen images from The Lego Batman Movie, the upcoming animated spin-off to 2014’s The Lego Movie. Will Arnett’s titular superhero/Bruce Wayne was the main focus of the first two teasers and batch of images released for the film earlier this year, but these new pictures offer up a glimpse at two hugely important characters in Batman and DC Comics lore: Zach Galifianakis’ The Joker and Michael Cera’s Robin/Dick Grayson. Additionally, The Joker’s Suicide Squad co-star and iconic sidekick, Harley Quinn, is shown driving a flashy convertible in one of the stills. Check out the vibrant pictures, courtesy of USA Today, below…

See Also: The Lego Batman Movie promo sees the Caped Crusader announce his Comic-Con appearance

On Batman and The Joker’s relationship, director Chris McKay said, “The Joker »

- Justin Cook

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New 'Lego Batman Movie' Images and Details Reveal the Joker, Harley Quinn, and Robin!

20 July 2016 11:56 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Who'd've thought that a movie like The Lego Movie could turn out to be such a damn fine flick? In one fell swoop, directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller managed to shut up everyone who criticized Warner Bros. for producing what seemed like an obvious cash-grab movie. Rather than simply be a cheap commercial for the Lego building blocks, the Lego Movie managed to provide a fun little commentary on the joy that these building blocks can give to adults and children alike (and yes, it was still an incredibly successful commercial for Lego).

Now, with the impending release of The Lego Batman Movie, most seem to be excited by the tongue-in-cheek commentary the film will make about both Lego and the dozens of iterations of the Caped Crusader.

Set to join Will Arnett, who voices Batman/Bruce Wayne in the film, in the cast are Zach Galafianakis and Michael Cera, »

- Joseph Medina

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Water Rackets: “Erin Brockovich”

19 July 2016 7:05 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Steven Soderbergh's Erin Brokovich (2000) is playing July 17 - August 16, 2016 on Mubi in the United Kingdom. “Erin Brockovich is perhaps the most forceful articulation of Soderbergh’s proclivity toward emphasizing character over other filmic concerns. Without sacrificing their causal role within the narrative, who characters are is often of greater interest than what they do—indeed, what they will do and accomplish is often a foregone conclusion… while Erin Brockovich may, thematically, be a film about responsibility, formally, Erin Brockovich is a movie about Erin Brockovich—and decidedly so.”— Andrew Patrick Nelson, in The Philosophy of Steven Soderbergh“I’m smart, I’m hardworking and I’m not leaving here without a job.”— Erin, Erin BrockovichErin Brockovich must win people over. As a single mother of three who wears short skirts and low-cut tops, she’s at the more preyed-upon end of a predatory spectrum—one whose social logic is built on first impressions. »

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Steven Spielberg and Laura Dern Join Motion Picture Academy Board of Governors, Elected Under New Rules

18 July 2016 12:21 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Thanks to new rules, this year’s Academy Board of Governors race was more intense than usual. The Academy’s 17 branches each has three governors on the board; they can serve three consecutive three-year terms. One seat is up for reelection every year. The Board of Governors actually runs the show at the Academy, determining the strategy and mission, and keeping tabs on its financial health.

(The full list of Governors is here.)

This year, the race was opened up to allow any of the 6200-plus Academy members to run for the board. Before, the membership voted for 50% of a nominating committee that selected candidates to present to the Board. This yielded the same favorites over and over again.

Now, members of each branch can pick their own contenders. Academy CEO Dawn Hudson clearly sees the benefit of a more diverse board of Governors. In an email to members announcing »

- Anne Thompson

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Steven Spielberg and Laura Dern Join Motion Picture Academy Board of Governors, Elected Under New Rules

18 July 2016 12:21 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Thanks to new rules, this year’s Academy Board of Governors race was more intense than usual. The Academy’s 17 branches each has three governors on the board; they can serve three consecutive three-year terms. One seat is up for reelection every year. The Board of Governors actually runs the show at the Academy, determining the strategy and mission, and keeping tabs on its financial health.

(The full list of Governors is here.)

This year, the race was opened up to allow any of the 6200-plus Academy members to run for the board. Before, the membership voted for 50% of a nominating committee that selected candidates to present to the Board. This yielded the same favorites over and over again.

Now, members of each branch can pick their own contenders. Academy CEO Dawn Hudson clearly sees the benefit of a more diverse board of Governors. In an email to members announcing »

- Anne Thompson

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Keanu review

18 July 2016 9:43 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Mark Harrison Published Date  Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 05:39

The first movie from the team behind Comedy Central's Key & Peele sets itself apart from most action comedies in its prologue, in which an adorable grey kitten scampers through the slo-mo crossfire of a bloody warehouse massacre like he's the hero of a John Woo movie. Unlike so many genre parodies of its kind, Keanu actually captures the style of its subject. It only gets more impressive when it mixes in some authentic-looking Michael Mann too.

The cat then runs all the way to Rell (Jordan Peele), a heartbroken layabout who's recently been dumped by his girlfriend. Keanu the kitten brightens up Rell's life considerably, much to the relief of his strait-laced cousin Clarence (Keegan-Michael Key). Their happiness is short-lived when Rell's home is targeted by burglars looking for his drug-dealing neighbour (Will Forte) and they've catnapped the only one who was at home. »

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"Taken" Helmer Hits A "Big Stone Grid"

17 July 2016 5:02 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"Taken" director Pierre Morel has come on board to helm the hard-edged cop thriller "Big Stone Grid" with plans to shoot the project next year.

The story follows two decorated detectives who uncover a terrifying extortion ring of serial killers that operates within the secret underbelly of New York. Morel will direct from a script by "Bone Tomahawk" writer S. Craig Zahler.

The project was previously setup at Sony Pictures with Michael De Luca producing and, at one time, had Michael Mann in talks to direct and do a script polish. That didn't come together and now Lotus Entertainment has picked it up after the property went into turnaround.

Bill Johnson, Jim Seibel, Ara Keshishian, Adam Fields and Josh Bratman are producing.

Source: Variety »

- Garth Franklin

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Pierre Morel To Direct ‘Big Stone Grid’ As Thriller Recharges

15 July 2016 10:52 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Pierre Morel has signed a deal to direct Big Stone Grid, the high-concept suspense thriller that is penned by Bone Tomahawk‘s S. Craig Zahler. This is the project Michael Mann was talking about producing and directing back in 2012 when Sony had acquired Zahler’s spec. Lotus Entertainment’s Bill Johnson, Jim Seibel and Ara Keshishian are now producing alongside Adam Fields and Josh Bratman. Lotus (Z For Zacharia, Replicas) will finance and handle worldwide… »

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Wait... the Warren Beatty film about Howard Hughes is... a comedy?

14 July 2016 12:15 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Sure, it’s not Ghostbusters or Star Wars or a superhero, but the release of a new film directed by Warren Beatty seems like reason to celebrate. I’m fascinated by dream pictures, movies that directors try to get made for years or even decades, projects that they push slowly and surely up a hill like a cinematic Sisyphus. Sometimes they turn out beautifully, and sometimes they are overcooked train crashes. You can get Apocalypse Now or you can get Battlefield Earth. When Martin Scorsese made The Aviator, he pulled off something a number of other filmmakers had tried and failed. As white whales go, Howard Hughes seems to pose a particularly tempting challenge, and guys like Christopher Nolan and Michael Mann have walked away frustrated after trying to figure it out. Whatever I expected from this one, “screwball comedy” wasn’t on the list. That doesn’t mean it »

- Drew McWeeny

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The Infiltrator Goes Deep Undercover but Comes Up Short

13 July 2016 10:38 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Bryan Cranston’s swagger helps save this clunky gangster movie (sort of). More of him in everything, please.Broad Green Pictures

Life is just not the same without Bryan Cranston donning his infamous yellow hazmat suit as Walter White in Vince Gilligan’s acclaimed TV series Breaking Bad. But three years after the breakthrough show’s season finale, the Cran has kept busy turning it up in all kinds of juicy character roles. From studio flicks like Godzilla and Kung Fu Panda 3 to awards-y dramas like Trumbo and All the Way, he has come a long way since good old Mr. White. In The Infiltrator, Cranston assumes the role of Robert Mazur, a real life former undercover agent who infiltrated the drug trafficking network of Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar and the money laundering conspiracy of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (Bcci) in the mid 1980s. Though the film feels disjointed at times, you »

- Paola Mardo

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Bam: Az Films Boards 64A Films’ ‘The Elf’ (Exclusive)

12 July 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Linking two of Latin America’s high-profile producers, Argentina’s Az Films has boarded “El Duende” (The Elf), a horror parable lead-produced by Bogota and Cali-based 64A Films, the Colombian producer of Sundance entry “All Your Dead Ones,” TV smash hit “Pablo Escobar: The Drug Lord“ and now “Blanca,” one of Vivendi’s Studio Plus mobile-first premium web series.

64A Films co-founder Diego Ramirez has also announced some of the most ambitious TV plans of any independent movie production house in Latin America: Production of 10 one-hour TV series and 10 10-minute-per-episode series. Carlos Moreno’s one-hour “El Dorado,” the story of the Spanish Conquest, based on William Ospina’s “The Amazon Trilogy,” is now in advanced development.

“The Elf” will shoot in English, said Ramirez, whose producer credits also include Carlos Moreno’s “Dog Eat Dog.” It marks the second solo feature from Jorge Navas, who debuted with 2009 Venice Days player “Blood and Rain,” described »

- John Hopewell

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‘Lord Jones Is Dead’ Trailer: Two Rival Journalists & a Photographer Take a Story Into Their Own Hands

11 July 2016 4:23 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Lord Jones Is Dead” follows rival journalists Samuel (Chad Krowchuk) and Vincent (Daniel Janks), and photographer Clive (Jonathan Pienaar) as they stake out a dead-end assignment. Waiting outside of a suburban house for a woman who is alleged to have had an affair with a government minister, all three soon realize they don’t know if they’re in front of the right house or if they have even identified the right girl. Since Samuel is told by his editors not to leave without a story, and Vincent and Clive are told not to leave before Samuel does, the three settle in for a long waiting period until they decide to make the story up themselves. Watch the trailer for the film below.

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The film is directed by Austin Andrews and Andrew Holmes. Andrews has previously worked as an editor and »

- Vikram Murthi

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