20 items from 2016
It takes a village to make a movie. A director needs a producer or two with good heads on their shoulders. The cinematographer needs a team of dedicated electricians. Grips and script supervisors and production assistants and caterers and countless other professionals all contribute to the finished product. A film crew is an army and in some cases, […]
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- Jacob Hall
We’re excited enough for Paul Verhoeven‘s Elle to name it one of our most-anticipated films of 2016, so consider us pleasantly surprised that another, new-ish work will be arriving even sooner. The project is Tricked, a (shocker!) darkly comic thriller with sexual undertones that premiered as part of a crowdsourced project that left much of the creative control to regular folks, with a 30-minute documentary supplement giving background. When it played at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2013, Verhoeven was asked if any of the results were particularly strong. His response: “No. But there were enough elements that were Ok and interesting and a lot of things that I wouldn’t have really not invented, you know, because I don’t think that way.”
- Nick Newman
While Paul Verhoeven's next proper feature length film will be the upcoming "Elle" starring Isabelle Huppert, a few years ago he tried out a little experiment called "Tricked." How it worked was the first five pages of the script were written by Kim van Kooten, after which the public were asked to submit their ideas for where the story would go next. So Verhoeven and his cast shot the roughly one-hour project in installments, but without knowing what the next narrative development would be. The result of Verheoven's work is what Jessica Kiang called "entertaining as anything in his back catalogue," and now you'll be able to see it yourself. Read More: Watch: The First International Trailer For Paul Verhoeven's 'Elle' Kino Lorber is bringing "Tricked" stateside, padded with enough material to make a theatrical visit worthwhile. It will be presented in two parts, with the »
- Kevin Jagernauth
This summer, Captain America: Civil War kicks off Marvel Phase Three, which culminates with the epic two-part adventure Avengers: Infinity War Part I and Avengers: Infinity War - Part II, arriving in 2018 and 2019, respectively. One of the biggest pieces of the Marvel Phase Three puzzle is Thanos (Josh Brolin), although we don't know when we will actually get to see him next. While doing press for his new movie Hail, Caesar!, Josh Brolin teased that he's about to meet with Marvel's Kevin Feige, Louis D'Esposito and Avengers: Infinity War directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, where they will hash out Thanos' future in the McU.
"So Kevin [Feige], Louis D'Esposito - who I've known for a long time, since he was a First Ad that I worked with on Hollow Man with Paul Verhoeven - and then the brothers... the Russo brothers. I get together with them next week, maybe the week after, »
We recently saw the release of the trailer for 10 Cloverfield Lane, which started life as an independent film unrelated to Cloverfield but was rewritten as a sequel (of sorts). This got us thinking about other films that were conceived as original projects but were altered by studios to become sequels to existing franchises.
When 10 Cloverfield Lane started out, it was an independent film called The Cellar, about a young woman (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) who wakes up injured and locked in the bunker-like cellar of a man (John Goodman) she’s never met before. The strange man tells her that he found after an accident and brought her there to minister to her wounds but then a cataclysmic disaster ravaged the surface world and she has to stay there. She doesn’t believe him and spends the rest of the film trying to escape, while her memories of the night of her accident slowly return. »
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Confirming its status as a driving force on France’s animation scene, Mikros Image Group, the Paris and Montreal-based animation/VFX house, is working on a new “Asterix” animated feature project that follows up its 2014 hit “Asterix: The Mansion of the Gods.” Details are being kept under wraps but the movie is once again expected to be directed by Louis Clichy – who worked as an animator on Pixar’s “Wall-e” and “Up” – and Alexandre Astier, “Mansions’” screenwriter.
Produced by M6 Studios and distributed in France, and sold abroad by Snd, “Mansions” sold 3 million tickets – about $24 million in gross box office – in France from a Nov. 2014 bow.
The group’s Montreal operation – that delivered “Mune” and “The Little Prince” in 2015 – is also working on two further animation movies: a yet undisclosed toon feature and “Sahara,” directed by Pierre Coré and produced by La Station Animation.
Produced by On Ent., “The Little Prince, »
- Martin Dale
The future of law enforcement. We are happy to premiere this new screen print being sold by Grey Matter Art. Gma is working with MGM to distribute this officially-licensed print for Paul Verhoeven's classic uber-violent 1987 sci-fi RoboCop, with artwork designed by Kilian Eng. This fantastic 24" x 36" print will be available in limited quantities starting Wednesday (January 27th), and also has a variant version (both seen below). Eng is a fan-favorite artist in the poster community, and has created a few great designs over the years (like this vinyl art for Oblivion). Big fans of the original RoboCop should be very interested in this. Here's the art by Kilian Eng (@dwdsgn) for RoboCop. Hand-numbered screen prints printed by VGKids. From Grey Matter Art: "Kilian's style perfectly portrays the violence and grittiness of the film." There will be 220 copies of the regular edition, selling for $45 each. And there will be 110 copies of the variant edition, »
- Alex Billington
It was inevitable that Hollywood would remake Jacques Audiard’s stylish gangster classic A Prophet, but at least there’s considerable talent gathering behind the scenes. It’s been reported that famed crime novelist and The Drop scribe Dennis Lehane will pen the script, while Sam Raimi has eyed the director’s chair. Raimi’s late filmography has been spotty, but his last foray into crime, A Simple Plan, fit like a glove. Audiard’s original film follows a man in prison who’s taken under the tutelage of a crime boss. [Deadline]
After co-writing credits on Noah Baumbach efforts Frances Ha and Mistress America, Greta Gerwig is finally stepping behind the camera herself. Gerwig will direct fellow “it girl” and Best Actress nominee Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird. The film will follow a high school senior spending her last year at home in Sacramento. [Deadline]
Darius Marder isn’t a well-known name, »
- Michael Snydel
Did you know Paul Verhoeven's got a new psycho-sexual thriller starring Isabelle Huppert coming in 2016? The cat-and-mouse style revenger with a great cast looks to be a promising return for the Dutch director.
For some reason Verhoeven fell off my radar after his World War II thriller Black Book. I don't even remember hearing about his 2012 film Tricked, but I'm glad this one caught my eye.
Michèle seems indestructible. Head of a successful video game company, she brings the same ruthless attitude to her love life as to business. Being attacked in her home by an unknown assailant changes Mich&egra [Continued ...] »
Film directors and their crew discuss the techniques and approaches to capturing fruitiness on the big (and small) screen...
John Badham has written a couple of excellent books where he passed on advice about directing movies, and the lessons he's learned across his own career. In the latest, John Badham On Directing, he raises the spectre of filming sex scenes, and the problems that ensue.
Actors get really spooked when it comes to intimacy in a scene, even kissing", he wrote. "This is where the director has to be extremely patient with the actors and know that the emotional or intimate part of scenes don’t always shoot as easily as the production department thinks they should. The actors are not robots on a Toyota assembly line".
But just how do different filmmakers approach putting intimacy on film? In lots of different ways, is the answer...
From starring roles in films such as The Man Who Fell to Earth and Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence to smaller parts in the likes of The Last Temptation of Christ and Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, David Bowie made as much a mark on the world of film as it did on music and fashion. But it wasn’t just his acting that left an impression on movie-going audiences; numerous films have made use of his music to powerful effect. In honor of his recent passing, here are a few of our favorite appearances of David Bowie songs in the movies. We’ll miss you, starman.
I’m not much of a fan of Quentin Tarantino or his movies, but I still love this scene from 2009’s World War II fantasy Inglourious Basterds. Not only does “Cat People,” which Bowie originally penned »
- Nathan Smith
Critically acclaimed director Paul Verhoeven (Robocop, Total Recall) is returning to the director’s chair for the French-speaking thriller Elle. A new poster and international trailer have both recently been released and can be viewed below…
Michèle seems indestructible. Head of a successful video game company, she brings the same ruthless attitude to her love life as to business. Being attacked in her home by an unknown assailant changes Michèle’s life forever. When she resolutely tracks the man down, they are both drawn into a curious and thrilling game-a game that may, at any moment, spiral out of control.
Elle will be released in France on September 21st, meanwhile there is no word on a Us or UK release date yet.
- Robert Kojder
Paul Verhoeven's films can usually be divided into one of two camps: heavy-masculine sci-fi action (Total Recall, Starship Troopers), or heavy-feminine psychosexual thriller (Basic Instinct, Showgirls). He has returned after nearly a decade's absence, and his new film, Elle (based on the novel by Philippe Djian, who also wrote Betty Blue), clearly seems to fit into the latter category. In a bit of a departure, the film is in french, and stars Isabelle Huppert, one of the great ladies of french cinema. The first trailer (in french without subtitles) has landed.Huppert plays Michele, the wealthy owner of a video game company, who is brutally raped in her home by a stranger. After the event, she first becomes paranoid, then starts to seek out her rapist...
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In the late 1980s/early ‘90s, Dutch filmmaker Paul Verhoeven was everything. "RoboCop," "Total Recall," and "Basic Instinct” is about as perfect a run as you can get, and these films made a huge pop cultural mark that will likely never be erased. But like Joe Eszterhas, the hot screenwriter paid exorbitant sums of money for his scripts, Verhoeven tumbled rather hard with the Eszerhas-penned “Showgirls.” His next film, “Starship Troopers,” was a bit of a critical reclamation, but it didn’t quite light up the box office. From there it was diminishing returns until the filmmaker took a long break from Hollywood. Read More: Interview: Paul Verhoeven On 'Tricked' & What's Next Including 'Rogue,' 'Hidden Force' & 'Jesus Of Nazareth’ Verhoeven roared back with the excellent and critically acclaimed “Black Book” in 2006, but his 2012 follow-up, the experimental “Tricked,” which used mobile apps and tied into a user-generated TV show, »
- Edward Davis
Returning to his more genre-based roots for the first time in nearly two decades, Paul Verhoeven is finally back this year. Teaming with one of the finest actresses in cinema, Isabelle Huppert, Elle follows a successful businesswoman who is attacked and then enacts revenge in a cat-and-mouse game. While it won’t get a release in France until September, and currently has no U.S. distribution, today brings the first trailer.
“I had a strong feeling with this one that I was doing something that I’d never done before, which applied when I made RoboCop,” the director said last year. He added that it’s “a mystery story. Part of the film consists in Isabelle Huppert’s character finding out if the rapist is somebody she knows. But there are other elements in the story, about her mother and father, her son, her lover, her best friend.”
- Jordan Raup
Paul Verhoeven hasn't made a feature film since 2006's "Black Book." In 2012, he released "Tricked" (read our review), but that was a 50-minute effort that was part of a larger piece that involve mobile apps, an online element, and a TV series in his native Netherlands. But now he's finally coming back with this next movie, "Elle," and the first images and poster have arrived. Read More: Paul Verhoeven And More Directors Line Up New Projects Isabelle Huppert takes the lead role in thriller, based on the novel "Oh..." by Philllippe Dijan, which details the psychological game of cat-and-mouse between a businesswoman and the stalker who raped her. So, yes, it's Verhoeven returning to button pushing genre territory with a great actress in the lead, and we'll be excited to see what he does with the material. No word yet on any release dates, but "Basic Instinct" did screen at Cannes, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
David Bordwell considers the narrative strategies of David O. Russell’s Joy, Todd Haynes's Carol, Tom McCarthy's Spotlight, Adam McKay's The Big Short and other recent releases. Also in today's roundup: Wim Wenders on Dennis Hopper, Jonathan Rosenbaum on Nicolas Roeg, interviews with Philippe Garrel, Werner Herzog, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Mike Leigh, Corneliu Porumboiu and Paul Verhoeven, the Hollywood Reporter's actress roundtable: Cate Blanchett, Jane Fonda, Brie Larson, Jennifer Lawrence, Helen Mirren, Carey Mulligan, Charlotte Rampling and Kate Winslet—and more. » - David Hudson »
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Words cannot describe how excited we are to see the pairing of Paul Verhoeven and Isabelle Huppert in an adaptation of a thriller by Philippe Dijan (Betty Blue). The film is the first French language production for Verhoeven, and his first feature since 2006’s Black Book (yes, he had a medium length film, Tricked, in 2012). Verhoeven took the time to learn French before going into production, and we initially thought he might be ready to unveil by the end of 2015 since the shoot was half completed last February. Huppert stars as Michelle, the CEO of a gambling software company who is violently assaulted in her home one night by an assailant. Refusing to let the experience alter her disposition, she begins to stalk the perpetrator herself when he again makes his presence known.
- Nicholas Bell
Director: Takashi Miike
Writer: Kazuki Nakashima
Given his mindboggling output, it would be strange not to have a most anticipated list not featuring Japanese auteur Takashi Miike, who usually has several projects premiering during any given year. As far as we can tell, he only has one title scheduled for release in 2016, the intriguing Terra Formers, a live action manga adaptation which sounds an awful lot like Paul Verhoeven’s Starship Troopers (1997). Humans deposit some moss and cockroaches on Mars in hopes of fostering an inhabitale environment for later use on the Red Planet. In the year 2599, they return to find a species of dangerous humanoid cockroaches. The production is the first Japanese film to shoot in Iceland. A cast headlined by Rinko Kikuchi (Babel; Pacific Rim) has us even more excited for what sounds like one of Miike’s most extravagantly gonzo creations yet.
Cast: Rinko Kikuchi, »
- Nicholas Bell
In 2016, we can look forward to new films from Martin Scorsese, Kenneth Lonergan, Richard Linklater, James Gray, Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne, Kelly Reichardt, Bruno Dumont, Andrea Arnold, Werner Herzog, Ana Lily Amirpour, João Pedro Rodrigues, Terence Davies, Olivier Assayas, Terrence Malick, Whit Stillman, Kleber Mendonça Filho, Maren Ade, Todd Solondz, James Schamus, Ang Lee, François Ozon, Paul Verhoeven, Michael Almereyda, So Yong Kim, Tim Sutton, Chad Hartigan, Antonio Campos, Matt Johnson, Robert Greene, Lav Diaz, Albert Serra, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, Rebecca Zlotowski, Ry Russo-Young, John Cameron Mitchell, Ben Wheatley, Damien Chazelle, Oliver Stone, Dustin Guy Defa, Mike Mills, Denis Villeneuve, Jodie Foster, Woody Allen, of course, and maybe Jim Jarmusch, too. » - David Hudson »
20 items from 2016
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