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- Sasha Stone
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles will salute Meryl Streep, Sam Mendes and James Corden with Britannia Awards at its Oct. 30 ceremony at the Beverly Hilton. Additional honorees will be announced soon.
Streep is the recipient of this year’s Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film, which the org said “is presented to a unique individual, upon whose work is stamped the indelible mark of authorship and commitment, and who has lifted the craft to new heights.” Prior recipients include Robert Downey Jr., George Clooney, Warren Beatty, Jeff Bridges, Tom Cruise, Daniel Day Lewis, Robert De Niro, Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, George Lucas, Sean Penn, Steven Spielberg and Denzel Washington.
Mendes will receive the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing presented by The Great Britain Campaign. The award is named for the great British director. Mendes had a notable theatre career before »
- Tim Gray
Ahead of its UK release next month, a new trailer has arrived online for director Matthew Heineman’s documentary Cartel Land, whcih explores two vigilante groups’ war against the Mexican drug cartels. Check it out below…
See Also: Read our ★ ★ ★ ★ review of Cartel Land here
With unprecedented access, Cartel Land is a riveting, on-the-ground look at the journeys of two modern-day vigilante groups and their shared enemy – the murderous Mexican drug cartels.
In the Mexican state of Michoacán, Dr. Jose Mireles, a small-town physician known as “El Doctor,” leads the Autodefensas, a citizen uprising against the violent Knights Templar drug cartel that has wreaked havoc on the region for years. Meanwhile, in Arizona’s Altar Valley – a narrow, 52-mile-long desert corridor known as Cocaine Alley – Tim “Nailer” Foley, an American veteran, heads a small paramilitary group called Arizona Border Recon, whose goal is to stop Mexico’s drug wars from seeping across our border. »
- Gary Collinson
Chicago in the early 1890s was the backdrop for both the World's Fair and a skilled serial killer. Erik Larson's book The Devil in the White City explored the prolifically murderous H.H. Holmes, whose true story is once again on track for the big screen in an upcoming film adaptation directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Devil in the White City film is back in development at Paramount after being previously let go by the studio. It looks like Devil in the White City will be Scorsese's next movie, once again teaming him up with DiCaprio, who will play Holmes, a man who posed as a doctor and killed a staggering number of people during the chaos of the "White City" being erected in Chicago by architect Daniel H. Burnham. DiCaprio is a big fan of the true story and »
- Derek Anderson
I saw the news surface that Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio would be reteaming on an adaptation of Erik Larson's "The Devil in the White City" and I initially thought it was old news. I mean, DiCaprio has been attached to this project since 2010, but this is the first time Scorsese's name has been attached. In fact, the likes of David Fincher and Kathryn Bigelow were unable to get this one off the ground and even as recently as last December, Oscar-winning screenwriter Graham Moore (The Imitation Game) mentioned his draft in an interview with me. Yet, that's another difference between this announcement and previous ones. amz asin="B000FC0ZIA" size="small"Scorsese and DiCaprio won't be working from Moore's draft as they've brought Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) in to write the screenplay, which tells the story of H.H. Holmes, a serial killer in Chicago, set against »
- Brad Brevet
A book that Hollywood has long tried to wrangle is once again being given a fresh jolt of life, with a killer creative team. Erik Larson's terrific book "The Devil In The White City: Murder, Magic And Madness At The Fair That Changed America" has been kicking around for years, but has failed to get made despite high profile folks like David Fincher and Kathryn Bigelow taking a look at various points. But this combo is one that's hard to beat. Deadline reports that Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio will continue their bromance with the project, with Billy Ray ("Shattered Glass," "Captain Phillips") tasked with writing the script. The true story is a fascinating one, with the book recounting the depraved acts of a deadly serial killer as it plays out against the backdrop of the 1893 Chicago's World Fair, and how the event quickly transformed the mid-sized city into a bustling, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
It turns out Tatum is still on board, but the incident got us thinking of some other superhero castings that nearly were but never will be:
(Nb Please take it as read that Jude Law was considered for all of these roles.)
Hugh Jackman has become so synonymous with the iconic X-Man that it's strange to think of anyone else taking on the role (even if they inevitably will). But before he had been cast, Russell Crowe was considered to play the angry Canadian mutant, and is credited with directing Bryan Singer's attention towards his fellow Aussie.
Mad Sin Cinema and LostWitch Releasing are now accepting submissions for Snuff: The Anthology. From Shane Ryan, creator of the Amateur Porn Star Killer Trilogy, Snuff will bring to you the finest faux rape and murder scenes from around the globe. "The best part for the filmmakers," says Ryan, "is that we've worked out a deal so that even films not accepted into the anthology will get released on VHS and/or DVD through LostWitch Releasing (in talks with more VHS/DVD companies as well). It's win-win for everybody."
I sat down and asked Shane Ryan a few brief questions about the project.
Jw: Hey Shane, I thought up a few questions that I would want answered if I were submitting to Snuff: The Anthology. Are you ready?
Jw: To be honest, I'm a little confused by what you are looking for. What »
Cate Blanchett to be honoured at the Museum of Modern Art's Film Benefit on November 17 in New York. The star appeared at the Cannes Film Festival with Rooney Mara for the world premiere of Todd Haynes' Carol, screenplay by Phyllis Nagy, based on Patricia Highsmith's novel The Price Of Salt. Cinematography is by Edward Lachman and music by Carter Burwell.
The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film Rajendra Roy said "Cate Blanchett has the kind of talent that inspires others to deliver their best work, challenges the field to be more fully engaged with women artists and audiences, and propels cinema forward with intelligence and grace. »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
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 Video on Demand, Rental Streaming, and Digital Only
The final chapter of Bilbo Baggins' "Hobbit" adventure is airing August 8 on HBO as part of its Saturday Night Movies. It'll be on HBO Now, the network's standalone streaming service, on the same day. So if you don't already have HBO as part of your cable package but want to watch the TV shows ("Game of Thrones," "True Detective," etc.) and movies, you can just order HBO Now to stream the content.
Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner star in this new Hulu Original series, which premieres August 5. Julie and Billy play more annoying and less successful versions of themselves -- aspiring comics living, working and struggling in NYC »
- Gina Carbone
Scream Factory brings late 80’s horror thriller I, Madman to Blu-ray, one of two notable cult classics from Hungarian/Canadian director Tibor Tabaks. Beginning in Canadian television, Tabaks reached notoriety with his 1987 sophomore feature, The Gate, a bizarre creature feature which terrorized children with its forced perspective monsters and introduced the world to child actor Stephen Dorff. He’d follow that up with this pulpy adaptation of a screenplay by David Chaskin (A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge). A gothic murder mystery plays out in the eternally uneasy streets of a hazy, 1989 Hollywood in this simple yet strange forgotten oddity.
Bookworm Virginia (Jenny Wright) works in a used bookstore, often finding herself attracted to lurid, violent fiction. After an influx of random materials coming in from an estate sale, she finds a 1950s set thriller, Much of Madness, More of Sin, a visceral novel about a mad »
- Nicholas Bell
Think back to the science fiction cinema of the 1990s, and some of the decade's biggest box-office hits will immediately spring to mind: The Phantom Menace, Jurassic Park, Independence Day, Men In Black, Armageddon and Terminator 2 were all in the top 20 most lucrative films of the era.
But what about the sci-fi films of the 1990s that failed to make even close to the same cultural and financial impact of those big hitters? These are the films this list is devoted to - the flops, the straight-to-video releases, the low-budget and critically-derided. We've picked 50 live-action films that fit these criteria, and dug them up to see whether they're still worth watching in the 21st century.
So here's a mix of everything from hidden classics to forgettable dreck, »
A movie that has been long in the works and at one time was going to star Jennifer Aniston and Rachel Weisz, "Miss You Already" eventually rolled with Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette in the lead roles, with Catherine Hardwicke behind the camera. So the film is the can, and the first trailer has landed. Read More: Rumor: Kathryn Bigelow, Catherine Hardwicke & More On Shortlist To Direct 'Wonder Woman' Featuring a decent supporting cast including Dominic Cooper, Jacqueline Bisset and Paddy Considine, the story follows two lifelong friends who find their relationship tested by Barrymore's character's struggle to get pregnant and the onset of Collette's character's cancer. Here's the official synopsis: Milly (Collette) and Jess (Barrymore) have been best friends forever. They’ve shared everything since they were kids – secrets, clothes, laughs, substances, boyfriends - but now, they are trying to be grown-ups. Milly has a high-flying job and »
- Kevin Jagernauth
One of the best films I saw at the Sundance Film Festival this past January was director Matthew Heineman’s chilling documentary Cartel Land. Executive produced by Kathryn Bigelow, the film chronicles the battle against Mexican drug cartels by two vigilante groups on opposite sides of the border: the Arizona Border Recon in the U.S., and a rebel uprising group in the Mexican state of Michoacán. What begins as a seemingly simple story of two groups ultimately fighting for the same thing slowly turns into a deeply unsettling look at the corruption that permeates throughout Mexico, and how the process of rebellion breeds its own kind of corruption and power struggles. Cartel Land is important because it not only illuminates a devastatingly serious issue, but it also touches on larger truths about the human race, the process of change, and the influence that power can have on individuals. It »
- Adam Chitwood
The upcoming true-life thriller Triple Frontier has been in the works for a long while now, first starting up in 2009 with Kathryn Bigelow attached to direct and Mark Boal penning the screenplay, but after years of being stuck in development hell, it now seems as though the movie might actually make it to the big screen after all. This is because the project has possibly found a new director in J.C. Chandor, still working from Boal's screenplay, and the fact that Will Smith and Tom Hanks are both circling big roles. Deadline has the news about this latest change for Triple Frontier, noting that Smith and Hanks have been mentioned in connection with the project for a while, but are still interested in taking it on. The film has been in stasis for about a year now, as that was when Katheryn Bigelow and Mark Boal stepped away from »
Once in the hands of Kathryn Bigelow, who with screenwriting partner Mark Boal has moved onto other projects, Paramount's "Triple Frontier" may finally see the light under director J.C. Chandor. According to Deadline, Chandor is in early talks to helm this thriller set at the titular organized crime crossroads of Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil. Rumors, however, have been flying since the project surfaced at Paramount in 2010, when Bigelow and Boal were fielding actors including Tom Hanks and Will Smith to fill the film's five leading roles. But Bigelow and Boal first pushed "Triple Frontier" aside for "Zero Dark Thirty" and now their upcoming drama about controversial rescued Pow Bowe Bergdahl; Hanks and Smith, however, may be staying on. Boal, who wrote the script, and Bigelow remain executive producers on "Triple Frontier," with Charles Roven and Alex Gartner producing for Atlas Media. Variety notes that, while the deal remains open, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Back in 2011 I wrote about a film called Triple Frontier as a possible Oscar contender that year. It was from the writer/director duo Mark Boal and Kathryn Bigelow and it was to star Tom Hanks. Since then, the project hasn't gone away despite some trepidation from Paramount Pictures at one point involving a possible $80 million budget. However, while the film hasn't died, Bigelow and Boal have moved on to the Bowe Bergdahl story leaving a director's chair open, a chair that looks like it may have just been filled. Deadline reports J.C. Chandor (Margin Call) is in talks to direct the picture with Hanks still in the conversation as well as Will Smith. The film is set in the notorious border zone between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil where the Igazu and Parana rivers converge -- making "la triple frontera" difficult to monitor and a haven for organized crime. Specific story details, »
- Brad Brevet
After years of development limbo, Paramount’s action thriller “Triple Frontier” may have found new life.
The film is set in the notorious border zone between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil where the Iguazu and Parana rivers converge — making “la triple frontera” difficult to monitor and a haven for organized crime.
The deal is not yet closed but if Chandor boards the project, the aim is for production to commence in January. A star has yet to be set for the film, but insiders say Will Smith has been eyeing the project for some time.
Though sources close to the studio and Smith say the actor is not attached, »
- Justin Kroll
This spring it was announced that "The Hurt Locker" and "Zero Dark Thirty" team, Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal, were moving ahead with their film about Pow Bowe Bergdahl, with Megan Ellison backing the project. That meant their long developing "Triple Frontier" was put on the backburner, but it looks like it's moving again. This time, however, with another director attached. J.C. Chandor saw his slate open up after exiting Mark Wahlberg starrer "Deepwater Horizon," but he's landing on his feet in a big way by eyeing taking over "Triple Frontier," which is still running with Boal's script. Once knocking around town under the title "Sleeping Dogs," the story that takes place in the notorious, titular border zone between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil called 'la triple frontera,' where the Igazu and Parana rivers converge, making it a haven for crime that's difficult to »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Since stepping off of Deepwater Horizon before it began filming, All Is Lost/ A Most Violent Year writer/director J.C. Chandor has been in search of other projects. While many of them are ideas he options or creates himself, Deadline reports that he’s also interested in one that was started by someone else, with Chandor in early talks to take over Triple Frontier. Originally developed by Zero Dark Thirty duo Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal, Frontier is an ensemble piece set in the violent border zone situated between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil (hence “triple frontier”), a hot spot for organised crime and notoriously tough to police. Bigelow and Boal, who also worked on The Hurt Locker, had been letting this one build quietly but have decided instead to focus on a film about Pow Bowe Bergdahl.So now Chandor is talking to Paramount about possibly taking on Triple Frontier, »
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