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Bruno Barde, the man behind five festivals including the Deauville American Film Fest, sat down with Variety on the eve of the 41st edition, which opens today with an homage to Keanu Reeves and the French premiere of Baltasar Kormakur’s epic adventure drama “Everest.”
A former high-profile agent and the current boss of Paris-based Public System Cinema, Barde took over the artistic direction of Deauville 20 years ago and has strived to select movies and documentaries that reflect the breath and diversity of contemporary U.S. cinema, as well as its society.
This year, the main theme of the festival is heroism. “American cinema abounds with cult heroic figures; not only in studio movies with superheroes but also in independent films with real people who by virtue become heroes,” said Barde. Many actors who will be honored in Deauville have interpreted these heroes: Reeves with “Matrix” and “Speed,” Orlando Bloom »
- Elsa Keslassy
With summer nearly in the rear-view, Peter Travers has surveyed the five best and worst films of the season – from Oscar-worthy, post-apocalyptic action (Mad Max: Fury Road) to, well, Adam Sandler's reliably unwatchable attempts at "comedy" (Pixels).
Rolling Stone's critic wields the dreaded Scum Bucket to open the clip, tossing in the awkward, Owen Wilson–starring thriller No Escape. ("I haven't seen a mix of suspense and stereotypes this bad since Michael Bay was a pup," Travers cracks.) He follows with the "garbage" futuristic thriller Hitman: Agent 47 and the fumbling action-comedy American Ultra, »
Dickon - you just know that name is going to be well suited! According to EW, Freddie Stroma (best known for his role on Lifetime’s acclaimed dramedy UnREAL) will be playing Sam Tarly's little brother in season 6 of HBO's Game Of Thrones. All we know of this guy comes from what Sam tells Jon in George R.R. Martin's source novels: he's more physically capable, and was favored by their pretty awful sounding father Lord Randyll Tarly - who we will no doubt be meeting next year along with Dickon. Tarly Sr. went so far as to threaten Sam's life if he didn't join the Night's Watch and allow his younger brother to become the heir... so it's a safe bet there'll be a bit of tension when they all meet again. You can see Stroma next in Michael Bay's 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, and Game Of Thrones »
We already knew 'General Sam Lane' would be joining the likes of 'Red Tornado' and 'Livewire' on Supergirl at some point this season, but now we know who'll play him. According to IGN, Glenn Morshower is set to portray the father of Lois and Lucy Lane in a recurring role. His inclusion comes hot on the heels of Jenna Dewan-Tatum's casting as his younger daughter on the CBS show. Supergirl's General Lane is described as a powerful military lifer and and an overprotective father to both Lucy Lane and her sister, Lois. His arrival in National City stirs up trouble for Supergirl when he enlists her in a dangerous government initiative. Morshower seems to be the perennial military man, having played similar roles in X-Men: First Class, Agents Of Shield, The Men Who Stare At Goats and in Michael Bay's first three Transformers movies. What do you think of Morshower's casting? »
The status quo in Mad Max: Fury Road is bleak and nihilistic. The Citadel, the central community of importance to the film, is run by a decrepit leader called Immortan Joe who has a harem of women that he breeds with and another group of women that provide breast milk like factory cattle. The peasants beg for water, and when Immortan releases it to them they go rabid for it, causing harm to each other for a muddy drop. It’s not a good place to be a human and particularly not a good place if you’re a female. Imperator Furiosa’s existence in this society is a bit of an anomaly. Played by Charlize Theron, her status is above the regular foot soldier, leading them on expeditions to retrieve gas and other resources. However, life has little value in the world of Mad Max, so her higher ranking »
- Jae K. Renfrow
“War Room,” the low-budget movie about the power of prayer that broke out at the box office this weekend, is the latest example of audiences making a hit out of a film that the critics panned. It’s not unusual for critics and audiences to be divided, particularly in the summer, since superhero and action films aren’t necessarily intended to be high art, simply crowd-pleasers. Last year, Michael Bay‘s “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” Angelina Jolie‘s “Maleficent” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” all were beaten up by critics but went on to box-office success. But rarely is the divide between critics and the. »
- Todd Cunningham
This week, Neil Calloway argues that every film director should have to make an ultra low-budget film…
If you don’t know the story of El Mariachi‘s production, then you really should read Rodriguez’s book Rebel Without a Crew, his diary of the making of the film. To raise the money for the film he checked himself into a research hospital to participate in a study and write the script. There he met Peter Marquardt, who he would cast as the bad guy in the film and would later become a video game producer, before sadly dying last year. Rodriguez begged and borrowed favours and equipment to shoot the film (not having a dolly or track for his camera, he used a wheelchair from »
- Neil Calloway
Director: Howard J. Ford
Running Time: 93 mins
Synopsis: A single mother on vacation, takes the law into her own hands to take back her abducted child.
Ever since Liam Neeson first shook off the cobwebs and muscled his way in to a new on-screen action persona with 2008’s surprise smash hit Taken, movie theatres across the globe have suddenly been flooded with kidnap-thrillers attempting to replicate the shock success of the franchise. The latest of these, Howard J. Ford’s Never Let Go, does little to differentiate itself from the pack, and rather than shaking up the formula with new ideas, seems content to stick firmly to the Bryan Mills – mold. »
- Nick Martin
It’s time to put the Michael Bay Transformers movies behind us and move on – that’s what Platinum Games seems to be doing with Transformers Devastation. The PlayStation blog has just been updated, showing off a brand new trailer for the title that reveals gameplay for Grimlock, Wheeljack and Sideswipe.
According to the blog, Platinum Games have gone the extra mile with Devastation by attempting to infuse each character with an authentic-feeling personality for each Autobot. There’s even a detailed description of how each playable bot has their own unique move-set and play style:
Platinum Games, the developer behind Transformers: Devastation, spent a lot of time trying to match each character’s personality with a complementary fighting style. Bumblebee, for example, attacks faster than any other Autobot, but he sacrifices a fair amount of power. And Wheeljack’s mechanical ingenuity translates into an attack pattern that centers on ranged weapons. »
- Joe Pring
Ahead of American Ultra's arrival in UK cinemas, here's our pick of the 25 finest, sneakiest secret agents in film...
Operatives. Spies. Moles. Infiltrators. Secret agents go by many names. In fact, Britain's national security agency doesn't even call them agents - they're covert human intelligence sources, or simply “officers".
Whatever we choose to call them, secret agents lead necessarily furtive and obscure lives - so obscure that most of what we know about them is defined by what we've seen and read in books and movies.
During the Cold War, the image of the secret agent as a well-groomed sophisticate in a suit proliferated all over the world, and even in the high-tech landscape of the 21st century, that image still stands - just look at such movies as Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and, of course, the Bond franchise. But secret agents can come in many other guises, »
Creating the robotic birthday treat for his young son, YouTuber RussellMunro collaborated with his wife to build the jaw-dropping party piece.
Nonchalantly summing up his work, Munro said in the video's description: "My boy asked for a Transformers cake for his 6th birthday. I decided to up the ante, my wife did the actual cake."
It turns out that the secret to the showstopper was Styrofoam, as Munro explained in the comments:
"Yes they can and did eat it, the mud cake and icing," he said. "Some of the red cab was Styrofoam to lighten the load a bit as mud cake is real dense and heavy."
You can see how the cake works without the cake - so to speak - below:
Take note, Paul "bread lion" Jagger from The Great British Bake Off »
From action figures to trading cards to board games, some film favorites are rooted in the spirit of play. Much like the toys at the center of the upcoming “Max Steel,” about the team-up between teenager Max McGrath and his alien friend, Steel, these stories have come to the big screen in a big way. Starring Ben Winchell, Andy Garcia, Josh Brener, and Maria Bello, “Max Steel” is set to be released Aug. 28, just months before the anticipated production based on the TV show and Hasbro toys “Jem and the Holograms,” out October 2015. To celebrate, we’ve rounded up five films originally born from the imaginations of toy designers! “Transformers”The first of the live-action films based on the ’80s-era Hasbro robot toys debuted in 2007. It was the year that pushed Shia Labeouf out of the Mickey Mouse wheelhouse and into the series that would solidify Michael Bay’s status »
Michael Bay’s 451 Media Group is launching an interactive publishing division to offer content from printed graphic novels with digital video.
The graphic novels will debut at New York Comic-Con in early October, with 451 Media offering a sneak peak of the content on Machinima.
The creators for 451’s graphic novels include Scott Rosenberg (“Con Air”), Skip Woods (“Wolverine”), George Pelecanos (“The Wire”), Mark Mallouk (“Black Mass”), Clay McLeod Chapman (“The Avengers”) and Peter and Paul Williams (vfx for “Avatar,” “The Avengers”).
451 Media is touting Touchcode technology from T+ink to span print and digital worlds, in which ink used in the printing process of graphic novels published by 451 will unlock access to exclusive content on users’ touch-screen-enabled mobile and tablet devices.
“We discover great stories by way of our team of top-notch writers, screenwriters and authors and then work with our technology partners to turn those stories into truly immersive entertainment experiences, »
- Dave McNary
Robert Pattinson and Elizabeth Olson will be on hand at the 41st Normandie-set Deauville film festival to receive the Hollywood Rising Star Awards and present the French premiere of their respective movies, “Life” (pictured above) directed by Anton Corbin, and “The Green Inferno” helmed by Eli Roth.
Following the footsteps of Gail Ann Hurd, Paula Wagner and Brian Grazer, vet producer Lawrence Bender will receive Deauville’s career tribute and participate in a masterclass co-organized by the PGA and the French producers guild, Apc.
Deauville’s competition roaster brings together Sophie Barthes’ “Madame Bovary” with Mia Wasikowska, Ezra Miller and Paul Giamatti, Ramin Bahrani’s “99 Homes” with Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon and Laura Dern, Jon Watts’ “Cop Car,” Zoe Cassavetes’ “Day Out of Days,” Rick Famuyiwa’s “Dope,” Adam Salky’s “I Smile Back” with Sarah Silverman, »
- Elsa Keslassy
French beachfront festival unveils full line-up.Scroll down for full line-up
The 41st edition of the beachfront festival, taking place in the northern French resort of Deauville, announced the new prize at its line-up press conference on Monday (Aug 24).
Opening and closing films
Some films are bad. In fact some films are so bad, even the actors promoting them can't deny just how bad they are, as these cinematic turncoats prove...
1. George Clooney: "I think we might have killed the franchise."
Film: Batman & Robin (1997)
Box office: $238.2 million
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 11%
"My phone rang, and the head of Warner Bros said, 'Come into my office, you are going to play Batman in a Batman film' and I said, 'Yeah!' I called my friends and they screamed and I screamed and we couldn't believe it!
"I just thought the last one had been successful so I thought I was just going to be in a big successful franchise movie. I think we might have killed the franchise."
2. Arnold Schwarzenegger: "It's the worst film I have ever made."
Film: Red Sonja (1985)
Box office: $6.9 million
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 15%
"It's the worst film I have ever made. »
Over the years that Den Of Geek has been going, we've regularly been charting the assortment of reboots and remakes that are making their way through the Hollywood system. This, then, is the current state of play. We've removed a bunch of projects that seem utterly dead - the once mooted remakes of Videodrome and Timecrimes, for instance - but we'll keep this list up to date as and when we hear of more.
Without further ado, here's what's coming up...
One of Hollywood's most on and off projects, the current state of the live action Akira remake is that it's back in the works. Marco J Ramirez, the showrunner for season 2 of Netflix's Daredevil show, has been hired to pen a screenplay. Warner Bros is still backing the film, »
Warning – minor spoilers below…
We’ve seen some set photos of Gary Anthony Williams and WWE Superstar Sheamus as Bebop and Rocksteady pre-mutation, and it was always assumed they would end up as the rhino and warthog that we know an love from the cartoon.
Well, looks like that is the case.
Former WWE Superstar and current Ufc trainee was originally in line to play the role of Rocksteady, before the role went to his former colleague Sheamus. “I just assumed Sheamus is a bigger dude, so they gave it to the big guy,” Punk told the Chicago Tribune. “It makes sense. They were looking for two big, muscly bouncer types. Sheamus fits the role. I think they end up getting mutated half way through. You didn’t hear that from me, though.”
So, looks like we will be getting the classic looks for the characters, though this is hardly »
- Luke Owen
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this terrific Tuesday? Learn how to make your very own Diy pulse rifle from Alien, we have a breakdown of the 10 most important film movements, and nine Game of Thrones mysteries are broken down. But first, the iconic Straight Outta Compton music video gets recreated in Grand Theft Auto V. So, sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Straight Outta Compton Music Video In Grand Theft Auto V *Nsfw Language
With the success of Straight Outta Compton at the box office last weekend, Animal Robot has created the iconic rap group's music video for the hit song through the blockbuster video game Grand Theft Auto V. Be warned, if you're underage or at work, »
TNT has picked up a drama pilot from Jerry Bruckheimer, Variety has learned.
The thriller, titled “Home,” was previously set up at Fox with then-chairman Kevin Reilly, who picked up the project at the cabler where he is now prez.
“Home” delves into the secrets lingering behind the facade of a seemingly idyllic suburban family. The series revolves around Rose Altman, a newly pregnant woman who has a successful business as an accomplished designer and a wonderful home life with her husband Joe, a highly regarded prison psychologist, and his two sons, to whom she’s enjoying being their stepmother. But when she discovers long-buried secrets, Rose’s perfect family and life is shattered.
Aron Eli Coleite (pictured below) wrote the pilot. The writer-producer’s past credits include “Crossing Jordan,” “Hostages” and “Heroes,” on which he served as a writer and producer for the majority of its four-season run, eventually rising to co-exec producer. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
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