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Chicago – Kevin Costner has come to represent a particular brand of Americana, for his roles in films like “Field of Dreams,” “Dances with Wolves” “JFK” and recently as Pa Kent in “Man of Steel.” His latest film is “Black or White.”
“Black or White” is written and directed by Mike Binder, who Costner has previously collaborated with in “The Upside of Anger.” It focuses on Eliot Anderson (Costner), who loses his wife in a car accident as the film begins. He is left to raise their granddaughter Eloise (Jillian Estell), after he and his wife had adopted her when their daughter died in childbirth. Eliot’s daughter had hid the pregnancy, and the father was an African American man. The other side of Eloise’s family, led by matriarch Rowena (Octavia Spencer), challenges Eliot for custody of Eloise, and retains Rowena’s high powered lawyer brother Jeremiah (Anthony Mackie) to process the trial. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Whiplash may not have been on the masses' radar before, but thanks to a Best Picture nod and a nomination for J.K. Simmons in the Best Supporting Actor category, more and more people are seeking it out. Good! People have been enjoying the work of Simmons for years now, whether it be his take in the gritty HBO series Oz or his pitch-perfect portrayal of J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man flicks. The man's got acting charisma and then some! That's »
- Sean Wist
It's a good few months since we heard anything about The Last Of Us, the adaptation of the much-lauded videogame which Sam Raimi is producing for Screen Gems. Buried in a story about the development process of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, however, GameInformer have ascertained that the film is at least still moving forward."It's coming along really well," says screenwriter/producer Neil Druckmann (a Naughty Dog veteran who also wrote The Last Of Us in game form and co-wrote all four Uncharteds). "I just finished the second draft and we did a table read with a bunch of actors. It's pretty faithful to the game. There are some big changes, but the tone and what the story's trying to say is pretty faithful."A brief update then, but an intriguing one. Many of the most strident online voices have already declaimed that The Last Of Us barely needs »
Back in October, we reported that the video game adaptation The Last of Us is eyeing Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams as Ellie, with the actress revealing in December that she will likely star in the highly-anticipated project. We haven't heard anything about the project since then, but today we have an update from the video game's director Neil Druckmann, who is also writing the movie's screenplay adaptation. During an interview with Game Informer, the writer revealed that he just finished a second draft of the screenplay, hinting that there will be some big changes between the movie and the video game.
"(It's going) really well. Just finished a second draft, and we did a table read with a bunch of actors, and that's where we're at. It's pretty faithful to the game. There are some big changes, but the tone and what the story is trying to say, »
Neil Druckmann, the director of the highly acclaimed video game "The Last of Us," is also the man in charge of penning the screenplay for the movie adaptation of the property.
In a recent interview with Game Informer, Druckmann has revealed that he just finished a second draft of the screenplay and suggests some big changes are in store for the film version of the game.
"(It's going) really well. Just finished a second draft, and we did a table read with a bunch of actors, and that's where we're at. It's pretty faithful to the game. There are some big changes, but the tone and what the story is trying to say, is pretty faithful to the game."
- Garth Franklin
The Last of Us movie will be "pretty faithful to the game", according to writer Neil Druckmann.
Druckmann told Game Informer that while there are changes, the tone will be similar.
The Last of Us movie: Who should play Joel and Ellie? - open thread
"There are some big changes," he said. "But the tone and what the story's trying to say is pretty faithful to the game."
Druckmann previously suggested that the film would be "quite different", admitting that it's difficult to tell the same story in just two hours.
The Last of Us made its PS3 debut in June 2013. Naughty Dog has since released The Last of Us: Remastered on PS4.
Our The Last of Us Remastered review: Naughty Dog's remasterpiece
Watch a trailer for The Last »
The Great Digital Film Festival kicks off this week, bringing you some fan favourites and cult classics in the fantasy and sci-fi genres.
We welcome in February with seven days of programing including a Guillermo del Toro double bill, the X-Menfranchise, and we end things off with some sci-fi action in Blade Runner. Before Rick Deckard deals with those pesky replicants in Ridley’s Scott’s classic vision of the future, we’re getting a blast from the past with not one, but two films that are each celebrating 25 years since they first hit the big screen.
It was 25 years ago when an up-and-coming Irish actor named Liam Neeson set out of a quest for vengeance as a scientist left for dead in Sam Raimi’s Darkman. Months before Darkman waged a war of revenge while longing for Frances McDormand, another kind of hero blasted his way onto the box office charts. »
- Rachel West
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
David Ayer's WWII action/drama boasts an all-star cast that includes Brad Pitt, Shia Labeouf, and Logan Lerman as members of a tank crew headed right into Nazi territory. Definitely for fans of gruesome war movies, so if that doesn't whet your whistle, keep on rolling.
Guillermo del Toro produced this animated family film inspired by Mexican folkore. Although it got mixed reviews from critics, the animation alone makes it worth a look. And, hey, don't you need a break from "Frozen"?
"Downton Abbey: Season 5"
If you haven't caught up to all the "Upstairs Downstairs"-style drama in this PBS series, well, now's your chance. If you're just a diehard collector, the three-disc Blu-ray comes with 40 minutes of supplemental material. »
- Jenni Miller
No latex, no drooling, no preaching – has Marvel's Agent Carter mastered the comic book heroine?
Warning: contains mild spoilers for Agent Carter.
The perfect standalone female comic book hero has been a somewhat unobtainable dream for both Hollywood moviemakers and small screen show-runners ever since Blade, X-Men and Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man launched us into the modern age of superhero multimedia dominance.
Of course, there have been attempts – Catwoman and Elektra were released in 2004 and 2005 respectively, both hoping that the proven bankability of their heroine’s male counterparts (as in, Batman and Daredevil) and a few skimpy outfits would be enough to help launch massive new female-fronted franchises.
Sadly, both productions essentially missed the point. While exploitative images of nearly-nude lady vigilantes might be enough to make a few shillings from the comic-buying masses, making a mint from a comic book movie takes strong performances, solid action, likeable characters and – above all – good stories. »
“If it’s the right role, I guess,” said Franco during an interview at the Sundance Film Festival. “There’s a lot of graphic novels that I like that aren’t superheroes.”
In particular, Franco said he was drawn to a graphic novel by Derf Backderf entitled “My Friend Dahmer” that sounds pretty far removed from the webspinner films. Backderf went to high school with Dahmer, the infamous serial killer, and paints a portrait of the murderer as a disturbed young man.
“He was a bit crazy in high school,” said Franco. “Ten years after that, when Dahmer was caught, somebody called up the writer and they were like, ‘Dude, somebody from our high »
- Brent Lang
A densely-packed dive into the world of teen movies from '90s to present, documentary Beyond Clueless will hit all the right notes for those with an affinity for Cher Horowitz, Cady Heron and their spiritual brothers and sisters.
The Kickstarter-backed project, directed by Ultra Culture founder Charlie Lyne, ditches the conventional talking heads approach to get under the skin of the genre and examine how they relate to the adolescent audiences who hoover them up.
Narrating it all is Fairuza Balk, star of '90s favourite The Craft, lending her husky tones to guide us through a maze of high school, raging hormones and rites of passage tales. Footage from north of 200 films are included, with Lyne spreading into subgenres like horror (Idle Hands, »
One of the more surprising revelations from the recent Sony email hack is quite how desperate the studio is to make their megabucks Spider-Man franchise even more…popular? Money-spinning? As critically acclaimed as the Marvel Cinematic Universe? The series has always done well at the box office, but less well when it comes to the critical reception.
According to leaked internal emails they’ve considered everything from an animated Spider-Man film from Lego Movie director Phil Lord and Chris Miller to attempting some sort of agreement with Marvel that would let the character appear in the next Avengers film. Perhaps the most surprising plan, though, involves Sam Raimi.
Which is surprising, because Raimi leaving the series after his disastrous third Spider-Man is what kick-started the “Amazing” reboot. Then again, Spider-Man 2 remains the most prosperous in terms of returns and reviews. Would a fourth Raimi film have worked, »
- Tom Baker
The Autumnlands: Tooth & Claw #3
Written by Kurt Busiek
Art by Benjamin Dewey
Colors by Jordie Bellaire
Published by Image Comics
Kurt Busiek’s Autumnlands series continues to be one of the most bizarre and fascinating reads currently hitting the shelves. Set in a world inhabited by anthropomorphic animals of all shapes and sizes, Tooth & Claw strikes a chord right in the same tune as Ralph Bakshi’s Wizards. It’s a land before Tolkien’s Middle Earth inadvertently generalized mainstream epic fantasy and retains the wilder and more out-there ideas of forgotten old pulp paperbacks. The wondrous pencils and inks of Benjamin Dewey and colors from Jordie Bellaire paint a surreal and fantastic realm both similar and alien to our own.
The story so far has followed the inhabitants of Apalis, a shining city which hovers above the territory of a tribe of bison-men. When a council of wizards attempt »
- Grant Raycroft
In the golden age of cinema, a movie could stand on its own. Old Hollywood was all about the films and nothing else. Stars were the commodities and movies were the products – the industry began and ended with what was put on the silver screen.
However, the blockbuster culture of the 1980s repositioned films as the centre point of a large orbit of merchandise. Soon, a film was not a success unless it became a franchise. It was no longer just about the box office returns but how many tie-in lunch boxes or coffee mugs were sold.
Movie merchandise is still expanding to this day and every new product, medium or technology is accompanied by a wave of tie-in material. These days it is tie-in video games which have perhaps become the most lucrative.
These extensions of movie franchises are becoming so self-sufficient that they are now produced independently of their film equivalent. »
- Kyle Reese
It has become painfully obvious that Sony has absolutely no idea what to do with the Spider-Man franchise, regarded as their commercial crown jewel. Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man and its sequel had their moments, but greatly suffered under pressure from heavy-handed studio interference. Since then, Sony has announced spinoffs for The Sinister Six, Venom and an unnamed female character, with The Amazing Spider-Man 3 not due until 2018, if it even happens at all.
One of the major revelations that came from the Sony hack was that the studio had been in discussions with Marvel about having the character appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, beginning with Captain America: Civil War, or alternatively having Marvel produce a new Spider-Man movie with Sony retaining creative control. Of course, the franchise is such a mess that another reboot was also discussed, with the studio wanting Sam Raimi involved in some capacity. »
- Scott Campbell
Let’s be honest, the past three to four months have not been a particularly easy time to be a Spider-Man fan. Whether you were a fan of Marc Webb’s (or should I say Sony’s) franchise, Sam Raimi’s franchise, or the character in general. With so many rumours and very little to no answers, it is very tough to predict where the web-head will end up next. Since, the now infamous “Sony Hack,” It appears that fans everywhere have rejoiced for one reason, and one reason only: Spider-Man could be coming “home.” While on the surface, this sounds fantastic. Imagine a film where Spider-Man meets Tony Stark, or his childhood hero, Captain America, it could truly be amazing. And we almost got that, in fact, earlier this week it was reported that Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios had come to an agreement, and would share the rights to the character, »
Everyone likes to cut corners, especially when it’s a job you’ve done a zillion times before. (I’ve tried re-submitting the same lists from a few months ago a bunch of times, but the editors keep noticing.) The same apparently applies to the music part of the movie-making business. It makes sense when you really think about it. 99% of viewers probably never even notice the music anyway. The whole point of movie music is to exist in the background, silently lurking, waiting for its chance to… wait, I’m confusing movie music with Jason Vorhees again. That’s been happening a lot lately. I probably need to see a doctor. 5. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets The second Harry Potter film tried to be more or less a direct continuation of the first. Same director (Chris Columbus), same cast, same Dumbledore… but John Williams, he of Star Wars and Indiana Jones fame, couldn »
- Ashe Cantrell
I’m a huge fan of the original Poltergeist movie. It's one of my favorite horror movies of all time, and a reboot/sequel is coming from producer Sam Raimi and director Gil Kenan (Monster House). I'm a fan of both of these talents as well as the cast of the film, which is led by the amazing Sam Rockwell. In a recent interview with Collider, the actor offered up some new details on the film, and one of the more interesting things he said is that it will be more of an adventure film. When asked if he has seen any footage from the film he said,
“I’ve seen a little in looping. I hope it’s good. I really don’t know. I really wish I could tell you. I’m praying that it’s – I mean, it’s gonna be hard to live up to the first one. »
- Joey Paur
Tobe Hooper’s 1982 spook chiller, Poltergeist, was destined to get remade. Possessing all of the necessary traits to warrant a modern-day reinvention, the finished product will soon be upon us. Directed by Gil Keenan and produced by Sam Raimi, the film is being touted as a reboot-sequel which, as confusing as that seem, worked for Raimi’s Evil Dead II.
This time around, Poltergeist will follow Jared Harris’ leading character, Carrigan. Foregoing a life of scholarship to instead become the host of his own TV show, ‘Haunted House Cleaners’, he crosses paths with a young couple (played by Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie Dewitt) and their family. Their haunted abode becomes the focus of his work, and now, thanks to an interview with Collider, Rockwell has let slip a few more details on the concept.
But first, here’s his initial thoughts on the project overall:
“I’ve seen a little in looping. »
- Gem Seddon
We got the groovy news last year that we would be seeing more adventures featuring Bruce Campbell’s Ash from The Evil Dead franchise in a new TV show Ash Vs. Evil Dead, which will air on Starz. We’ve heard a few bits of pieces here and there, and now we have some new details about the show, including its runtime and air date.
“The half hour idea was their idea,” Starz head Chris Albrecht told IGN. “And I can tell you it’s a chock-full half hour.”
So, when can we expect to see the show?
“I think most likely it will be fourth quarter [of 2015]. End of third quarter, fourth quarter, something like that. We’ve got a lot of shows this year. We’re very, very excited.”
See Also – Bruce Campbell talks Ash vs. Evil Dead TV series
- Luke Owen
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