17 items from 2017
This week Charlize Theron heads up Atomic Blonde. Set in 1980’s Berlin, the film tells the story of Lorraine Broughton, an MI6 agent tasked with tracking down a highly sought after list of double agents. It’s a neon-soaked, action-noir thriller directed by David Leitch, one half of the John Wick directing dream team. Lorraine is a lady who knows how to handle herself. With Charlize channelling her inner Keanu, the old co-stars actually trained together; she demonstrates that she can most definitely hold her own. She’s not the first kick-ass blonde to grace our screens though, and it got us thinking about our other favourite atomic blondes…
Potentially the first atomic blond, Dolph Lundgren burst onto the scene in the 1980’s with back-to-back roles in A View to a Kill and Rocky IV. However, in these films he’s a supporting player. In order for him to »
- Kat Hughes
Milo Gibson is returning to World War II, starring as Lt. Johnny Kent in the British feature film “Hurricane,” Variety has learned.
Gibson made his feature debut as Lucky Ford in last year’s World War II actioner “Hacksaw Ridge,” directed by his father Mel Gibson. His character in “Hurricane” is based on Kent, a Canadian flight lieutenant who led the newly formed Royal Air Force 303 squadron of Hawker Hurricane fighter planes flown by Polish pilots at the height of the Battle of Britain. The Polish pilots had fled Poland after it fell to the Nazi invasion in 1939. »
- Dave McNary
Sleepers is a 1996 film that is based off the true-life story of four boys who were brutalized by the juvenile justice system in New York. This film was considered one of the best in 1996. It featured a powerful cast that includes Brad Pitt, Dustin Hoffman, Jason Patric, Robert De Niro, Minnie Driver, Billy Crudup, and plenty of others. Sleepers was directed and produced by Barry Levinson. Critics gave the film overall favorable reviews and it was well received by audiences. The box office revenue for Sleepers was $165 million and the budget for the film was $44 million.
Sleepers: Revisiting an Incredible Movie and Book »
- Steve Miller
The Lost Boys Facts – 30 things you never new about the movie
The Lost Boys Facts – Kat Hughes takes a look back at the classic movie, which is just celebrating its 30th birthday.
The Lost Boys Facts
The Lost Boys, directed by Joel Schumacher, is one of the best films to come out of the 1980’s. A true product of its time, the film is aimed perfectly at the MTV generation and made vampires both cool and sexy. Up until then we had a lot of Dracula types, all old and stuffy. Schumacher brought them up to date, dressed them in leathers, and gave them motorcycles. If you’ve seen the film, I dare you to not say that you’d have joined David and his gang in their endless partying.
It seems odd to say, but a film so centred on teenage years, and the transition from boy to man, »
- Kat Hughes
13 June 2017 12:34 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Jason Patric is ready to go after Al Capone.
The actor has joined the cast of In the Absence of Good Men, Heat Vision has learned exclusively. The film is set during the gangland wars of Prohibition-era Chicago. Patric will play tough and conflicted detective Reed, a man who must clean up the city and take down the infamous mobster.
The film also stars Milo Gibson as Capone, as well as Sean Faris, Jamie Lynn Sigler and Peter Facinelli. It follows the violent war between the Italian and Irish mobs that culminated in the famous St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, which saw seven men killed in »
- Aaron Couch
The first time I ever met Paul Davis was at a HorrorHound convention back in 2007. He was there presenting some footage from his amazing documentary, Beware The Moon, a celebration of all things An American Werewolf in London. His passion and enthusiasm for John Landis’ film, as well as for the horror genre as a whole, immediately struck me, and I’ve been following his career in the realms of filmmaking and writing ever since.
His latest literary endeavor, Lost in the Shadows: The Story of The Lost Boys, is currently available for pre-order Here, and arrives just in time for the 30th anniversary of Joel Schumacher’s landmark horror comedy. Daily Dead recently caught up with Davis to hear more about how Lost in the Shadows came together, his progression from werewolves to vampires, his experiences catching up with the cast and crew of The Lost Boys, and more. »
- Heather Wixson
Although it may be hard to believe, it's been nearly thirty years since Grandpa warned Michael and Sam not to touch the second shelf of the fridge, and Paul Davis celebrates the legacy of The Lost Boys in his new book, Lost in the Shadows: The Story of The Lost Boys, featuring over 400 behind-the-scenes photos from the making of the beloved film.
Lost in the Shadows: The Story of The Lost Boys will ship in August and is now available to pre-order from Cult Screenings Ltd. and Dead Mouse Productions. We have official details and cover art below, and you can also learn more by visiting Cult Screenings Ltd. online.
Press Release: From writer and director, Paul Davis, Cult Screenings Ltd. and Dead Mouse Productions, comes the anticipated follow up to Beware The Moon – The Story Of An American Werewolf In London. This time around the author trades werewolves for vampires, »
- Derek Anderson
5 May 2017 3:06 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The veteran actor (Sleepers, The Lost Boys) most recently appeared as a legal officer for the U.S. Army opposite Alden Ehrenreich, Tye Sheridan, Jennifer Aniston and Toni Collette in Alexandre Moors’ Iraq War drama The Yellow Birds, which premiered at Sundance in January. He also starred last summer in season two of Fox’s supernatural drama Wayward Pines, making his series-regular debut.
He continues »
- Rebecca Sun
Actor Jason Patric is legally the parent of his son, for whom he donated sperm to ex-girlfriend Danielle Schreiber in 2009 — but he may not be entitled to custody.
California's 2nd District was asked to consider — again — what legal rights Patric has as the biological parent of a child born through in vitro fertilization, and the decision brings mixed news for the Sleepers star.
Patric's case first appeared before this court in 2014, after a family law court ruled that relevant code prevented him from establishing parentage. The appeals court reversed the ruling, finding that »
- Ashley Cullins
[Hello, readers! With Valentine's Day just around the corner, we here at Daily Dead thought it would be fun to do things a little different this year. We're putting the spotlight on our favorite horror-loving characters from genre cinema, people who have represented our own fandom on screen and, in many cases, helped bring our passion for horror into the mainstream. Be sure to check back here on Daily Dead every day through Valentine's Day for our tributes to some of the greatest horror fans to ever grace the big screen.]
“Kill your brother. You’ll feel better.” Such is the self-assured advice of Mr. Alan Frog (Jamison Newlander), one-half of the Frog Brothers, the Santa Carla vampire-killing duo from Joel Schumacher’s 1987 glampire flick, The Lost Boys. He is addressing Sam (Corey Haim), the new kid in town who has noticed his brother Michael (Jason Patric) suffering some very strange symptoms, including staying up late at night, showing a translucent reflection, and having the ability to uncontrollably float past Sam’s room.
Equipped with little more than two fingers slapped together in a makeshift crucifix, Sam is clearly in over his head. Thankfully, the Frog Brothers are more than happy to impart on Sam their collective wisdom on vampires, which you might also know as night crawlers, bloodsuckers, or even el vampiro. Their overzealous need to share this knowledge would be right at home in a horror convention, because at their core, »
- Bryan Christopher
The Yellow Birds Review The Yellow Birds (2017), Film Review from the 33rd Annual Sundance Film Festival, a movie directed by Alexandre Moors, starring Tye Sheridan, Jack Huston, Alden Ehrenreich, Jason Patric, Toni Collette, and Jennifer Aniston. The Yellow Birds, director Alexandre Moors‘ sophomore feature, aims to present another (fictional) side to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars of the early 2000’s. With only a few […] »
- Drew Stelter
The 2017 Sundance Film Festival is coming to a close with tonight’s awards ceremony. While we’ll have our personal favorites coming early this week, the jury and audience have responded with theirs, topped by Macon Blair‘s I don’t feel at home in this world anymore., which will arrive on Netflix in late February, and the documentary Dina. Check out the full list of winners below see our complete coverage here.
The U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary was presented by Larry Wilmore to:
The U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic was presented by Peter Dinklage to:
I don’t feel at home in this world anymore. / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Macon Blair) — When a depressed woman is burglarized, she »
- Jordan Raup
War, of course, is hell. We know this, but it stands that we should be reminded now and again. With The Yellow Birds, filmmaker Alexandre Moors tries to find beauty in the brutality. From a screenplay by David Lowery and R.F.I. Porto and based on the novel by Kevin Powers, the film centers on two young soldiers, Brandon Bartle (Alden Ehrenreich) and Daniel Murphy (Tye Sheridan), in the thick of the Iraq War.
Taking orders from the intense and unstable Sergeant Sterling (Jack Huston, doing a lot here, for better and worse), Bartle and Murphy become fast friends. At a family event, Murphy’s mother Maureen (Jennifer Aniston, also on as executive producer) meets Bartle and asks that he look after her son. This interaction underlines the conflict to come.
The narrative is structured around a mystery: what happened to Murphy? It’s a disjointed framework, in which we slowly »
- Dan Mecca
The long-awaited sequel to John Wick is about to hit theatres, and we couldn't be more excited! John Wick: Chapter 2 picks up the story of our favorite vengeful assassin right where the first movie left off, as Keanu Reeves in the title role continues to seek out those who have wronged him. In anticipation of this movie, we've taken a look back at Reeves' long career and discovered some facts about him you may not know!
1. His background is global, but he’s still Canadian at heart.
Keanu was born in Beirut, Lebanon, to a British mother and Chinese-Hawaiian father (his name means “cool breeze over the mountains” in Hawaiian), but grew up mostly in Toronto. His first acting parts were »
- Jenny Bullough
It’s unusual, at the Sundance Film Festival, to see a drama about a subject like the Iraq War. The economics of scale required to stage an authentic combat scene don’t tend to mesh with indie-film budgets — and besides, there are enough towering war films in our time that the bar for them has been set extraordinarily high. So say this much for “The Yellow Birds”: When it plunks the audience down into a crumbling urban war zone, where every dirt road and alleyway could be a path to oblivion, the movie, if nothing else, creates a physically convincing atmosphere of instability and fearful tension. The movie opens with U.S. soldiers walking across a dark field, past palm trees (one of which is on fire), in a grimly patterned death march that evokes — ironically — the final moments of “Full Metal Jacket.” And, indeed, Stanley Kubrick’s great »
- Owen Gleiberman
Although the 2016 season in film isn't quite over until the Oscars take place, 2017's newest and most anticipated films are about to usher their way onto the (screen) scene. The Sundance Film Festival has arrived! This year's festival consists of 113 full-length films coming from as many as 31 countries and debuting 36 first-time filmmakers. Those included in the lineup come from a whopping 13,782 submissions, 95 of which will be world premieres. And to save you some trouble (read: countless hours scrolling Rotten Tomatoes), we've rounded up the most eagerly awaited movies you're most likely to hear about postpremiere. How about that for upping your indie culture game? 1. Before I Fall Director: Ry Russo-Young Cast: Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Diego Boneta This is a book-to-film adaptation based on the 2010 novel of same name by Lauren Oliver. High schooler Samantha Kingston (Deutch) thinks she has it all, living life amongst her Mean Girls-esque clique, »
- McCall Minnor
Comprising a considerable amount of our top 50 films of last year, Sundance Film Festival has proven to yield the first genuine look at what the year in cinema will bring. Now in its 39th iteration, we’ll be heading back to Park City this week, but before we do, it’s time to highlight the films we’re most looking forward to, including documentaries and narrative features from all around the world.
While much of the joy found in the festival comes from surprises throughout the event, below one will find our 20 most-anticipated titles. Check out everything below and for updates straight from the festival, make sure to follow us on Twitter (@TheFilmStage, @jpraup, @djmecca and @FinkJohnJ), and stay tuned to all of our coverage here.
- Jordan Raup
17 items from 2017
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