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Movie Review – Pete’s Dragon (2016)

27 July 2016 10:56 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Pete’s Dragon, 2016.

Directed by David Lowery.

Starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Oakes Fegley, Oona Laurence, Karl Urban, Wes Bentley and Robert Redford.


The adventures of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just so happens to be a dragon.

When the original Pete’s Dragon was released in 1977 it was one of two big-screen adventures that combined live-action characters with those of an animated persuasion to great effect even if box office numbers didn’t follow suit. Both that and the other, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, didn’t quite bring in the kind of financial success that the great studio had previously but both films have enjoyed huge leases of life across the years since its original release that have charmed and delighted audiences of all ages. Time for a remake, then.

The new version, as with many of the new Disney “universe”, is different in »

- Scott J. Davis

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Pete’s Dragon review: “Put simply, the best family movie of the summer”

27 July 2016 10:03 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Petes Dragon review: Disney brings a classic story to screen with a distinct indie vibe with this instant classic.

Petes Dragon review by Paul Heath, July 2016.

This year, and particularly this summer, has been awash with disappointment after disappointment. I suppose it all kicked off with Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice back in March, the first big blockbuster of the year which pretty much set the tone for what followed. Despite peaks (Captain America: Civil War) and deep, deep troughs (Warcraft), this season proceedings have been distinctly average. The same could be said for the family movies that have been presented to us this year. For every Zootropolis there’s been an Ice Age: Collision Course, and even Spielberg couldn’t capture audiences Stateside with his version of The Bfg (despite us loving it over in Cannes, and the UK cinema-going public embracing it).

Pete’s Dragon is the »

- Paul Heath

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Tiff 2016: Our top 10 most anticipated films from today's first announcement

26 July 2016 9:04 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Tiff 2016: Our top 10 most anticipated films from today's first announcementTIFF 2016: Our top 10 most anticipated films from today's first announcementAdriana Floridia7/26/2016 11:04:00 Am

It's our favourite time of year!

If you live in Toronto, you know that the Toronto International Film Festival makes for the most exciting time to be in the city. Celebrities wander the streets alongside us normal folk, red carpet premieres are happening everywhere, and some of the best new films see their first light of day to eager audiences who've waited for hours in line for a good seat. Yes, festival season is nearly upon us, and we could not be more excited.

This morning Cameron Bailey, the artistic director, and Piers Handling, the CEO, of Tiff, made the first announcement as to what films will be playing this year's edition of the festival, which we'll further refer to as #TIFF16. It was a giant announcement, »

- Adriana Floridia

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Hollywood Contenders: Looking at potential Best Actor contenders

13 July 2016 11:34 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Folks, as you all know so well from last year as well as my articles again so far this year, it’s one thing to read early Academy Award predictions at this point in the year in order to see what folks like myself think will happen six or so months from now, but it’s another thing entirely to actually know something about what will be in contention. To help out in that regard, I’m once again running down some of the major contenders in each Oscar category in order to prep you all for the season to come. Basically, the format will have me saying a few words about what/who I feel are the top tier contenders right now in said categories, along with a longer list afterwards of many of the other hopefuls that the Academy might take a shine to. Consider this a sort »

- Joey Magidson

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Michelle Williams In Line To Join The Greatest Showman With Hugh Jackman And Zac Efron

6 July 2016 2:56 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Deadline brings word that Michelle Williams, the decorated actress who shot to fame through roles in Shutter Island, Blue Valentine and My Week with Marilyn, has opened negotiations to join musical biopic The Greatest Showman.

Should a deal fall into place, Williams will join Neighbors 2 star Zac Efron and Hugh Jackman in the feature, and it’s understood the latter has been attached to the P.T Barnum biopic for years at this point.

Held up as the first totally original live-action musical in close to two decades, The Greatest Showman comes bearing a script from award-winning scribe Michael Arndt, working from drafts penned by Jenny Bicks, Bill Condon and Jonathan Tropper. Charting the three-ring act known as Barnum & Bailey Circus, Jackman and Co. will chronicle Barnum’s defining impact on show business in the 19th century. It’ll also welcome the X-Men stalwart back into the genre of musicals, »

- Michael Briers

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Patriots Day Poster Celebrates the Heroes of the Boston Marathon Bombing

6 July 2016 9:01 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Peter Berg,&#160Patriots' Day&#160is an account of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the everyday heroes who inspired the world in the extraordinary hours that followed. The harrowing real-life drama will open in New York, Los Angeles and Boston on December 21, 2016. The film will open nationwide on January 13, 2017. Today, we have the first poster which celebrates the heroes behind this awful day that will be long remembered.

In the aftermath of an unspeakable act of terror, Police Sergeant Tommy Saunders (Mark Wahlberg) joins courageous survivors, first responders and investigators in a race against the clock to hunt down the bombers before they strike again. Weaving together the stories of Special Agent Richard Deslauriers (Kevin Bacon), Police Commissioner Ed Davis (John Goodman), Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese (J.K. Simmons) and nurse Carol Saunders (Michelle Monaghan), this visceral and unflinching chronicle captures the suspense of the most sophisticated manhunt in »

- MovieWeb

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Keiynan Lonsdale on the Dance Academy movie and diversity in Aussie TV

3 July 2016 5:17 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Keiynan Lonsdale in WB's The Flash.

Young Australian actor Keiynan Lonsdale started dancing when he was four years old..

After an episode of All Saints as a teenager and a stint performing in Fame the musical after high school, he landed an audition for the gig that was to be his big break: the second season of the ABC's unlikely international hit, Dance Academy.

"It was a good transition for me to go from dancing to acting, because I knew from Fame that I didn't want to be a dancer anymore. I wanted to focus on acting and music.".

The series provided his first real screen role ("I'd had one-liners before, [and] I was an extra a lot") then wrapped up for good after three seasons when Lonsdale was just 20.

As is now the norm, many of the young cast hotfooted it straight to La.

"When we were finishing season three, »

- Harry Windsor

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‘Don’t Worry Baby’ Exclusive Trailer: Father & Son Discover One Of Them Has Fathered The Child of a One Night Stand

29 June 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“Don’t Worry Baby” follows struggling photographer Robert (John Magaro) and his philandering father Harry (Christopher McDonald) as they learn they both had a one-night stand with the same woman, Sarah-Beth (Dreama Walker). Years later, they realize that one of them is the father of Sarah-Beth’s four-year-old daughter.

While they wait for a paternity test, they both decide to assume fatherly duties and soon learn to connect and mend their rocky relationship. The film also stars Tom Lipinski (“Suits”) as Robert’s friend Lenny and Talia Balsam (“Mad Men”) as Robert’s mother and Harry’s ex-wife. Watch the exclusive trailer for the film below.

Read More: Here’s How This First-Time Director Shot A Feature Film in New York City

The film is the feature-length directorial debut of Julian Branciforte, who previously acted in Antonio Campos’ “Afterschool” and directed the shorts “The Necessary Defilement »

- Vikram Murthi

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Kyle Chandler Is the Supple Spine of ‘Bloodline’ (Emmy Video)

27 June 2016 12:21 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Bloodline” Season 2, now streaming on Netflix, is a must-see. And much of the credit goes to its star, Kyle Chandler.

From “Damages” creators Todd and Glenn Kessler and Daniel Zelman, the feverish Florida neo-noir is a dysfunctional family drama that reveals how and why three siblings would turn on their oldest brother (Ben Mendelsohn). The writers were fascinated by the roles taken on by each member of a family, from the black sheep to the fixer. When volatile wild card Danny Rayburn re-enters the scene, he disrupts the Rayburn family, led by its hotelier and matriarch (Sissy Spacek) and local detective John Rayburn (Chandler). (Mendelsohn and Chandler both scored acting Emmy nominations for Season 1.)

In Season 2, John and his two agitated siblings (Linda Cardellini and Norbert Leo Butz) must deal with the aftermath of Danny’s murder. Danny haunts them in more ways than one, not only messing with their heads, »

- Anne Thompson

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Kyle Chandler Is the Supple Spine of ‘Bloodline’ (Emmy Video)

27 June 2016 12:21 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Bloodline” Season 2, now streaming on Netflix, is a must-see. And much of the credit goes to its star, Kyle Chandler.


From “Damages” creators Todd and Glenn Kessler and Daniel Zelman, the feverish Florida neo-noir is a dysfunctional family drama that reveals how and why three siblings would turn on their oldest brother (Ben Mendelsohn). The writers were fascinated by the roles taken on by each member of a family, from the black sheep to the fixer. When volatile wild card Danny Rayburn re-enters the scene, he disrupts the Rayburn family, led by its hotelier and matriarch (Sissy Spacek) and local detective John Rayburn (Chandler). (Mendelsohn and Chandler both scored acting Emmy nominations for Season 1.)

In Season 2, John and his two agitated siblings (Linda Cardellini and Norbert Leo Butz) must deal with the aftermath of Danny’s murder. Danny haunts them in more ways than one, not only messing with their heads, »

- Anne Thompson

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Oscar Race at the 2016 Halfway Mark: Diversity and Confusion

24 June 2016 11:03 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

As 2016 hits the halfway point, the Oscar race is even fuzzier than usual. Two things are clear: The studios are back-loading their awards hopefuls yet again, with launches at fall festivals and/or the fourth quarter; and there are more diverse films in the mix, with at least 16 potential biggies from filmmakers who are women, Asians, Latino-Hispanics, black and seniors (i.e., over 65).

In the past few years, “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Boyhood” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” had been widely screened and started industry buzz by late June. This year, there is a lot of industry enthusiasm for a few January-to-June titles such as “Zootopia,” “The Jungle Book” and “The Witch.” But best-pic contenders? Not so sure.

The festivals so far have offered possibilities like “Manchester by the Sea” and “Loving.” And some pundits anointed “The Birth of a Nation” as the Oscar front-runner last January (a mixed blessing for Fox Searchlight, »

- Tim Gray

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13 great modern thriller directors

14 June 2016 9:59 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »




They’ve made some of the best thrillers of the past six years. We list some of the best modern thriller directors currently working...

Director Guillermo del Toro once described suspense as being about the withholding of information: either a character knows something the audience doesn’t know, or the audience knows something the character doesn’t. That’s a deliciously simple way of describing something that some filmmakers often find difficult to achieve: keeping viewers on the edges of their seats.

The best thrillers leave us scanning the screen with anticipation. They invite us to guess what happens next, but then delight in thwarting expectations. We can all name the great thriller filmmakers of the past - Alfred Hitchcock, Carol Reed, Brian De Palma - but what about the current crop of directors? Here’s our pick of the filmmakers who’ve made some great modern thrillers over the past six years - that is, between the year 2010 and the present.

Jeremy Saulnier - Blue Ruin, Green Room

To think there was once a time when Jeremy Saulnier was seriously quitting the film business.

“To be honest," Saulner told us back in 2014, “Macon and I had really given up on our quest to break into the industry and become legitimate filmmakers. So what we were trying to do with Blue Ruin was archive our 20 year arc and bring it to a close. Really just revisit our stomping grounds and use locations that were near and dear to us and build a narrative out of that.”

Maybe this personal touch explains at least partly why Blue Ruin wound up getting so much attention in Cannes in 2013, signalling not the end of Saulnier and his star Macon Blair’s career, but a brand new chapter. But then again, there’s more than just hand-crafted intimacy in Saulnier’s revenge tale; there’s also its lean, minimal storytelling and the brilliance of its characterisation. Blue Ruin is such an effective thriller because its protagonist is so atypical: sad-eyed, inexperienced with guns, somewhat soft around the edges, Macon Blair’s central character is far from your typical righteous avenger.

Green Room, which emerged in the UK this year, explores a similar clash between very ordinary people and extraordinary violence. A young punk band shout about anarchy and aggression on stage, but they quickly find themselves out of their depth when they’re cornered by a group of bloodthirsty neo-Nazis. In Saulnier’s films, grubby, unseemly locations are matched by often beautiful locked-off shots. Familiar thriller trappings are contrasted by twists of fortune that are often shocking.

Denis Villeneuve - Sicario, Prisoners

Here’s one of those directors who can pack an overwhelming sense of dread in a single image: in Sicario, his searing drug-war thriller from last year, it was the sight of tiny specks of dust falling in the light scything through a window. That single shot proved to be the calm before the storm, as Villeneuve unleashed a salvo of blood-curdling events: an attempted FBI raid on a building gone horribly awry. And this, I think, is the brilliance of Villeneuve’s direction, and why he’s so good at directing thrillers like Sicario or 2013’s superb Prisoners - he understands the rhythm of storytelling, and how scenes of quiet can generate almost unbearable tension.

Another case in point: the highway sequence in Sicario, where Emily Blunt’s FBI agent is stuck in a traffic jam outside one of the most violent cities in the world. Villeneueve makes us feel the stifling heat and the claustrophobia; something nasty’s going to happen, we know that - but it’s the sense of anticipation which makes for such an unforgettable scene.

Prisoners hews closely to the template of a modern mystery thriller, but it’s once again enriched by Villeneuve’s expert pacing and the performances he gets out of his actors. Hugh Jackman’s seldom been better as a father on the hunt for his missing child, while Jake Gyllenhaal mesmerises as a cop scarred by his own private traumas.

Lynne Ramsay - We Need To Talk About Kevin

Ramsay’s We Need To Talk About Kevin may be the most effective psychological thriller of recent years. About the difficult relationship between a mother (Tilda Swinton) and her distant, possibly sociopathic son (Ezra Miller), Ramsay’s film is masterfully told from beginning to end - which is impressive, given that the source novel by Lionel Shriver is told via a series of letters. Ramsay takes the raw material from the book and crafts something cinematic and highly disturbing: a study of guilt, sorrow and recrimination. Tension bubbles even in casual conversations around the dinner table. Miller is an eerie, cold-eyed blank. Swinton is peerless. One scene, in which Swinton’s mother comes home in the dead of night, is unforgettable. Here’s hoping Ramsay returns with another feature film very soon.

Morten Tyldum - Headhunters

All kinds of thrillers have emerged from Scandinavia over the past few years, whether on the large or small screen or in book form. Morten Tyldum’s Headhunters is among the very best of them. The fast-paced and deliriously funny story of an art thief who steals a painting from the wrong guy, Headhunters launched Tyldum on an international stage - Alan Turing drama The Imitation Game followed, and the Sony sci-fi film Passengers is up next. It isn’t hard to see why, either: Headhunters shows off Tyldum’s mastery of pace and tone, as his pulp tale hurtles from intense chase scenes to laugh-out-loud black comedy.

Joel Edgerton - The Gift

Granted, Joel Edgerton’s better known as an actor, having turned in some superb performances in the likes of Warrior, Zero Dark Thirty and Warror. But with a single film - The Gift, which he wrote, directed, produced and starred in - Edgerton established himself as a thriller filmmaker of real promise. About a successful, happily married couple whose lives are greatly affected by an old face from the husband’s past, The Gift is an engrossing, unsettling movie with superb performances from Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall as well as Edgerton.

A riff on the ‘killer in our midst’ thrillers of the 80s and 90s - The Stepfather, The Hand That Rocks The Cradle and so on - The Gift is all the more effective because of its restraint. We’re never quite sure who the villain of the piece is, at least at first - and Edgerton’s use of the camera leaves us wrong-footed at every turn. The world arguably needs more thrillers from Joel Edgerton.

If you haven’t seen The Gift yet, we’d urge you to track it down.

David Michod - Animal Kingdom

The criminals at play in this true-life crime thriller are all the more chilling because they’re so mundane - a bunch of low-level thieves, murderers and gangsters who prowl around the rougher parts of Melbourne, Australia. Writer-director David Michod spent years developing Animal Kingdom, and it was worth the effort: it’s an intense, engrossing film, for sure, but it’s also a believable glimpse of the worst of human nature. Ben Mendelsohn and Jacki Weaver play villains of different kinds; the latter a manipulative grandmother who looks over her brood of criminals, the former a spiteful thief. Crafting moments of incredible tension from simple exchanges, Michod launched himself as a formidable talent with this feature debut.

Ben Affleck - The Town, Argo

Affleck’s period drama-thriller Argo won all kinds of awards, but we’d argue his earlier thrillers were equally well made. Gone Baby Gone was a confident debut and an economical adaptation of Dennis LeHane’s novel. The Town, released in 2010, was a heist thriller that made the most of its Boston setting. One of its key scenes - a bank robbery in which the thieves wear a range of bizarre outfits, including a nun’s habit - is masterfully staged. With Affleck capable of teasing out great performances from his actors and staging effective set-pieces, it’s hardly surprising he’s so heavily involved in making at least one Batman movie for Warner - as well as playing the hero behind the mask.

Anton Corbijn - The American, A Most Wanted Man

The quiet, almost meditative tone of Anton Corbijn’s movies mean they aren’t necessarily to everyone’s taste, but they’re visually arresting and almost seductive in their rhythm and attention to detail. Already a celebrated photographer, Corbijn successfully crossed over into filmmaking with Control, an exquisitely-made drama about Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis. Corbijn took a markedly different direction with The American, a thriller about an ageing contract killer (George Clooney) who hides out in a small Italian town west of Rome. Inevitably, trouble eventually comes calling.

Corbijn’s direction remains gripping because he doesn’t give us huge action scenes to puncture the tension. We can sense the capacity for violence coiled up beneath the hitman’s calm exterior, and Corbijn makes sure we only see rare flashes of that toughness - right up until the superbly-staged climax.

A Most Wanted Man, based on the novel by John le Carre, is a similarly astute study of an isolated yet fascinating character - in this instance, the world-weary German intelligence agent Gunther Bachmann, brilliantly played by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Tragically, the film proved to be one of the last before Hoffman’s death in 2014.

Paul Greengrass - Green Zone, Captain Phillips

Mention Greengrass’ name, and the director’s frequent use of handheld cameras might immediately spring to mind. But time and again, Greengrass has proved a master of his own personal approach - you only have to look at the muddled, migraine-inducing films of his imitators to see how good a director Greengrass is. Part of the filmmakers’ visual language rather than a gimmick, Greengrass’ camera placement puts the viewer in the middle of the story, whether it’s an amnesiac agent on the run (his Bourne films) or on a hijacked aircraft (the harrowing United 93). While not a huge hit, Green Zone was an intense and intelligent thriller set in occupied Iraq. The acclaimed Captain Phillips, meanwhile, was a perfect showcase for Greengrass’ ability to fuse realism and suspense; the true story of a merchant vessel hijacked by Somali pirates, it is, to quote Greengrass himself, “a contemporary crime story.”

John Hillcoat - Lawless, Triple 9

We can’t help thinking that, with a better marketing push behind it, Triple 9 could have been a much bigger hit when it appeared in cinemas earlier this year. It has a great cast - Chiwetel Ejiofor, Norman Reedus, Anthony Mackie and Aaron Paul as a group of seasoned thieves, Kate Winslet cast against type as a gangland boss - and its heist plot rattles along like an express train.

Hillcoat seems to have the western genre pulsing through his veins, and he excels at creating worlds that are desolate and all-enveloping, whether his subjects are period pieces (The Proposition, Lawless) or post-apocalyptic dramas (The Road). Triple 9 sees Hillcoat make an urban western that is both classic noir and entirely contemporary; his use of real cops and residents around the film’s Atlanta location give his heightened story a grounding that is believable in the moment. Nowhere is this more in evidence than in the scene in which Casey Affleck’s cop breaches a building while hunkered down behind a bullet-proof shield. Hillcoat places us right there in the scene with Affleck and the cops sneaking into the building behind him; we sense the claustrophobia and vulnerability.

Hillcoat explained to us in February that this sequence wasn’t initially written this way in the original script; it changed when the director and his team discovered how real-world cops protect themselves in real-world situations. In Triple 9, research and great filmmaking combine to make an unforgettably intense thriller.

Jim Mickel - Cold In July

Seemingly inspired by such neo-Noir thrillers as Red Rock West and Blood Simple, 2014‘s Cold In July is a genre gem from director Jim Mickle (Stake Land, We Are What We Are). Michael C Hall plays an ordinary guy in 80s America who shoots an intruder who breaks into his home, and becomes drawn into a moody conspiracy that takes in crooked cops, porn and a private eye (who's also keen pig-rearer) played by Don Johnson. Constantly shifting between tones, Mickel’s thriller refuses to stick to genre expectations. In one scene, after Hall shoots the burglar dead, Mickel’s camera lingers over the protagonist as he cleans up the blood and glass. It’s touches like these that make Cold In July far more than a typical thriller.

Mickel’s teaming up with Sylvester Stallone next; we’re intrigued to see what that partnership produces.

Martin Scorsese - Shutter Island

As a filmmaker, Scorsese needs no introduction. As a director of thrillers, he’s in a class of his own: from Taxi Driver via the febrile remake of Cape Fear to the sorely underrated Bringing Out The Dead, his films are full of suspense and the threat of violence. Shutter Island, based on the Dennis LeHane novel of the same name, saw Scorsese plunge eagerly into neo-noir territory. A murder mystery set in a mental institution on the titular Shutter Island, its atmosphere is thick with menace. Like a combination of Robin Hardy's The Wicker Man and Adrian Lyne’s cult classic Jacob’s Ladder, Shutter Island’s one of those stories where we never know who we can trust - even the protagonist, played by Leonardo DiCaprio.

David Fincher - The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Gone Girl

After the trial by fire that was Alien 3, David Fincher found his footing in the 90s with such hits as Seven and The Game. In an era where thrillers were in much greater abundance, from the middling to the very good, Seven in particular stood out as a genre classic: smartly written, disturbing, repulsive and yet captivating to look at all at once. Fincher’s affinity for weaving atmospheric thrillers continued into the 2010s, first with The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, a superb retelling of Stieg Larsson’s book which didn’t quite find the appreciative audience deserved, and Gone Girl, an even better movie which - thankfully - became a hit.

Based on Gillian Flynn’s novel (and adapted by the author herself), Gone Girl is both a gripping thriller and a thoroughly twisted relationship drama. Fincher’s mastery of the genre is all here: his millimetre-perfect composition, seamless touches of CGI and subtle yet effective uses of colour and shadow. While not a straight-up masterpiece like the period thriller Zodiac, Gone Girl is still a glossy, smart and blackly funny yarn in the Hitchcock tradition. If there’s one master of the modern thriller currently working, it has to be Fincher.

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‘Pete’s Dragon’ Trailer: David Lowery’s Live-Action Reimagining of the Animated Classic Takes Flight

14 June 2016 9:46 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

With live-action versions of “Pete’s Dragon,” “Winnie the Pooh” and “Beauty and the Beast” all on the way, Disney is ramping up its live-action blitz. Co-writer/director David Lowery’s reimagining of the 1977 animated/live-action hybrid about a boy and his fire-breathing friend is first, which should come as welcome news to anyone who saw his 2013 Sundance hit “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.” The first full trailer is now available.

Read More: Indie Auteur David Lowery to Direct Live-Action ‘Peter Pan’ Adaptation for Disney

It begins with Bryce Dallas Howard and Wes Bentley’s characters discovering Pete himself, a little boy who’s been living alone in the forest for six years — well, alone except for his dragon Elliott, who can turn invisible at will and looks considerably more easygoing than Drogon. Robert Redford, Karl Urban and Oakes Fegley all co-star.

Read More:Watch: Indie Darling David Lowery Goes Full Disney in ‘Pete’s Dragon’ Teaser

In addition to “Saints,” which starred Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck, Lowery is also for editing Shane Carruth’s “Upstream Color” and Amy Seimetz’s “Sun Don’t Shine;” his next Disney collaboration will be a new “Peter Pan.” “Pete’s Dragon” hits theaters on August 12.

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- Michael Nordine

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‘Pete’s Dragon’ Preview: A Wink-Less Remake Starring a Big, Furry Dragon and Two Authentic Kids

14 June 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

“The weird thing, for me, is that the reason I felt this was the right movie to make was because the tone didn’t feel that different [compared to my past work]. Sometimes I would joke that we’re just remaking Ain’t Them Bodies Saints with a dragon instead of Casey Affleck,” director David Lowery says, comparing his upcoming fairy […]

The post ‘Pete’s Dragon’ Preview: A Wink-Less Remake Starring a Big, Furry Dragon and Two Authentic Kids appeared first on /Film. »

- Jack Giroux

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Film Review: Now You See Me 2

9 June 2016 10:11 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Synopsis: After fleeing from a stage show, the illusionists (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson) known as the Four Horsemen find themselves in more trouble in Macau, China. Devious tech wizard Walter Mabry (Daniel Radcliffe) forces the infamous magicians to steal a powerful chip that can control all of the world's computers. Meanwhile, vengeful FBI agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) hatches his own plot against Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman), the man he blames for the death of his father.

Remember when sequels were quaint? You probably can’t, and that’s okay. It was a long time ago when cable wasn’t digital and people dreamed about what the world-wide web might have to offer. For the purpose of this review, let’s say there are two kinds of sequels. There are those that aim to delve deeper into the characters audiences loved before. They raise the stakes because a new threat »

- Tyler Richardson

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‘Gods of Egypt’ Strikes Down ‘Deadpool’ Reign Atop Disc Sales Charts

8 June 2016 9:17 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Four new releases debuted among the top 10 sellers on the national home video sales charts the week ended June 5.

One of them, Lionsgate’s “Gods of Egypt,” bumped Twentieth Century Fox’s “Deadpool” out of the top spot on both Npd VideoScan’s combined Blu-ray Disc and DVD sales chart and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart. The superhero movie landed at No. 2 on both charts, after three weeks at No. 1.

Gods of Egypt,” an action movie about feuding Egyptian deities, grossed just $31.1 million in U.S. theaters, against a budget estimated at $140 million. The film was criticized for its white cast but it went on to gross more than $142 million worldwide.

The three other new releases that made it into the top 10 are Sony Pictures’ “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” which debuted at No. 3 on both sales charts; Universal Pictures’ “Triple 9,” which bowed at No. 6, also on both charts; and “Race, »

- Thomas K. Arnold

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‘Deadpool’ Marks Third Week Atop Home-Video Charts

1 June 2016 3:40 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Twentieth Century Fox’s “Deadpool” remained the top home video seller for the third consecutive week, despite four new theatrical films coming to Blu-ray Disc and DVD last week – all of which ended up in the top 10 on the national sales charts for the week ending May 29.

Sony Pictures’ “Risen,” the latest Biblical epic about the resurrection of Jesus Christ, debuted at No. 2 on both the Npd VideoScan overall disc sales chart and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

Risen” stars Joseph Fiennes as a Roman “Tribune” charged with tracking down rumors of a Nazarene who rose from the dead. The film, directed by Kevin Reynolds (“Fandango,” “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves”), earned $36.9 million in U.S. theaters.

Close behind, with a No. 3 debut on the overall disc chart (and a No. 7 bow on the Blu-ray Disc chart), was Warner’s “How to Be Single,” a romantic comedy with $46.8 million in domestic box office earnings. »

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'10 Cloverfield Lane,' 'London Has Fallen' and This Week's New Digital HD and VOD Releases

31 May 2016 4:30 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Triple 9 (action-thriller; Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Woody Allen, Anthony Mackie, Kate Winslet; rated R) Race (drama; Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis; rated PG-13) Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (horror-romance; Lily James, Sam Riley, Lena Headey; includes bonus featurette; rated PG-13) Urge (drama-thriller; Ashley Greene, Pierce Brosnan; premieres 6/3 on cable Mod and in theaters; rated R) Weepah Way for Now...

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Triple 9 Blu-ray Clip Gets Dirty with Chiwetel Ejiofor | Exclusive

31 May 2016 12:44 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After hitting theaters in late February, the action-packed Triple 9 debuts today on Blu-ray and DVD from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. If you haven't seen this thriller yet, we have an exclusive preview for you to check out, before picking up the movie on Blu-ray, DVD or Digital HD this week. Our exclusive scene features Chiwetel Ejiofor's Michael, explaining to Marcus (Anthony Mackie) and Franco (Clifton Collins Jr.) the details surrounding his first ever kill.

When a veteran cop and his rookie nephew discover a shocking conspiracy that leads dangerously close to home, they'll stop at nothing to get to the truth in Triple 9, an action-packed tale of corruption and betrayal currently available on Digital HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Propelled by John Hillcoat's (The Road, The Proposition) ferocious directorial style and a top-notch cast, Triple 9 races through a world »

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Win The Finest Hours Blu-ray Disc

31 May 2016 10:13 AM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

CinemaNerdz is proud to offer our readers a chance to win a copy of The Finest Hours Blu-ray/Digital HD disc, starring Chris Pine and Casey Affleck.

For your chance to win one of our discs, just look for the “Enter the Contest” box further down on this page. There you’ll be directed to a simple form to fill out. That’s it! That’s all you have to do to enter. No purchase is necessary. We’ll contact you to let you know if you’ve won. But hurry, because the contest ends at 12:00Am on Saturday, June 11th!

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The Finest Hours: Based on the extraordinary trust story of the greatest small-boat rescue in Coast Guard history, The Finest Hours is a tale of courage, loyalty and honor in the face of overwhelming odds. When a massive storm strikes off the coast of Cape Cod, »

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