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Looking back on this still-young century makes clear that 2007 was a major time for cinematic happenings — and, on the basis of this retrospective, one we’re not quite through with ten years on. One’s mind might quickly flash to a few big titles that will be represented, but it is the plurality of both festival and theatrical premieres that truly surprises: late works from old masters, debuts from filmmakers who’ve since become some of our most-respected artists, and mid-career turning points that didn’t necessarily announce themselves as such at the time. Join us as an assembled team, many of whom were coming of age that year, takes on their favorites.
Has there ever been a more perfect pairing of medium and story than Julian Schnabel‘s The Diving Bell and the Butterfly? Cinema, an optical art form whose audience views scenes that they are powerless to change, »
- The Film Stage
Katherine Waterston is sprawled on the floor of her dressing room. "I hurt my back a few days ago," she explains, slightly embarrassed. "It's not as bad as it looks, trust me." Waterston is backstage at the Good Morning America studios in Manhattan, having just appeared with a handful of her Alien: Covenant costars to stump for the movie on the morning-show circuit; right now, however, she's half-prone, half-sitting on the ground, and well aware that she resembles a vulnerable tangle of limbs stuck in the middle of an advanced yoga position. »
Sci-fi isn’t easily defined, but in determining the top 25 sci-fi movies of the last 17 years, we’ve done our best. No fantasy-super hero movies here; for an action, horror, or animated movie to be on this list, it needed to firmly rooted in sci-fi origins. And let’s get this out of the way: While we adore these films and consider them among the very best of the century, we decided they didn’t qualify or were better suited for a different list: “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Gravity,” “Pan’s Labyrinth,” “Holy Motors,” and “Battle Royale.”
Drum roll, please…
25. “Coherence” (2013)
With one room and $50,000, director James Ward Byrkit showed there are no limits to what’s possible in the sci-fi genre. A filmmaking lesson in activating offscreen space and building mystery into the unseen, the story centers around eight friends gathered for a dinner party when a comet swooshes overhead, »
- Chris O'Falt, Graham Winfrey, Kate Erbland and Zack Sharf
David Crow May 18, 2017
Nathan Fillion and James Gunn have had a long history. Fillion was the star in the first film Gunn ever directed, the deliciously grotesque Slither. He also has appeared in every film since then, including as the voice of a digital prison punk in 2014’s Guardians Of The Galaxy. Yet he is nowhere to be seen in Guardians Of The Galaxy 2, the box office-crushing Marvel Studios extravaganza.
Now James Gunn has taken to Facebook to come clean on why Fillion, a space opera icon in his own right after Firefly, was not boarded in the final version of Guardians Of The Galaxy 2. Once again, Gunn confirms that Fillion actually was going to play a relatively important bush league superhero from the Marvel comics universe, »
James Franco directed the film from a screenplay by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, an adaption of the book by George Sestero and Tom Bissell. Franco stars as Tommy Wiseau, the infamous man behind The Room, and also features Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Allison Brie, and Zack Efron. If this sounds like simply a silly comedy, you may be wrong, as the film received rave reviews and a standing ovation from its showing at SXSW this past spring.
In light of the film's critical success, ComingSoon.net reports that New Line Cinema and A24 are partnering to release The Disaster Artist domestically on December 8, 2017, in the heart of Oscar season. There are also special early screenings planned for December 1st. »
- Nick Doll
Fox Searchlight Pictures has released the first trailer, poster and photos for Battle of the Sexes, starring Steve Carell and Emma Stone. This biopic reunites both actors after having previously shared the big screen in 2010's Crazy Stupid Love. This time around, there is no love lost between their characters, two tennis rivals who decide to settle their differences on the court, in a nationally televised match that would change the sport forever.
What fans don't see in this trailer from Fox Searchlight is that Steve Carell's Bobby Riggs had already won the first Battle of the Sexes on Mother's Day 1973, although it isn't clear if that will be shown in this new biopic. After Billie Jean King turned down his first challenge, Margaret Court, who at the time was the top-ranked female player in the world, stepped in to face the 55-year-old tennis veteran, but he easily beat her in straight sets. »
The electrifying 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as The Battle Of The Sexes and became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time. The match caught the zeitgeist and sparked a global conversation on gender equality, spurring on the feminist movement.
Trapped in the media glare, King and Riggs were on opposite sides of a binary argument, but off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. With a supportive husband urging her to fight the Establishment for equal pay, the fiercely private King was also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, »
- Melissa Thompson
Directed by “Little Miss Sunshine” helmers Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, the film follow the competition between tennis pros Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, which captured the zeitgeist back in 1973 when, at 29, the No. 2 ranked King beat the 55-year-old retired former Wimbledon champion.
The trailer highlights include how Riggs treated the promotion leading up to the match as joke, the infamous press conference and King’s love affair with hair stylist Marilyn Barnett.
The footage also shows Riggs disparaging many women, including King. “I’m not saying women don’t belong on the court — who would pick up the balls otherwise?” Carell’s Riggs says.
Later in the press conference, Stone’s King chides, “Keep talking Bobby. The more nonsense you spout, the worse it’s going to be when you lose. »
- Justin Kroll
Danny Boyle’s FX series “Trust” is rounding out its cast, casting newcomer Harris Dickinson to play J. Paul Getty III. The first installment of “Trust” tells the story of John Paul Getty III, heir to the Getty oil fortune. It is set in 1973, when the young Getty is kidnapped in Rome and his mafia captors are banking on a multi-million dollar ransom. After all, what rich family wouldn’t pay for the return of a loved one? Trust charts the young man’s nightmare ordeal at the hands of kidnappers who cannot understand why nobody seems to want their captive back. »
- Linda Ge
Harris Dickerson is set to play the young Getty family heir at the center of the 10-part drama.
In the series, set in 1973, a young Getty is kidnapped in Rome and his mafia captors are banking on a multimillion-dollar ransom. Trust looks at his ordeal at the hands of kidnappers who don't understand why nobody seems to want their captive back. The Italian police think it's a prank and decline to investigate. Paul's father is lost in a heroin daze in London and refuses to answer the phone. Paul's »
- Kate Stanhope
The elements are so familiar they’re almost comforting. A cabin in the middle of the woods. A group of nerve-rattled folks who’ve barricaded themselves inside. The dread of invaders who carry a plague that spreads on contact. Look closely — has the person next to you become one of the infected and the doomed? It’s the stuff of a thousand zombie movies (or foaming-virus movies), and “It Comes at Night” succeeds in conjuring a tense survivalist atmosphere redolent of the walking dead and the desperate living. The film uses the pitch black of night, lit by flashlights (no cheating!), and does so with a nightmare finesse that’s reminiscent, at times, of “The Blair Witch Project.”
For all that, where’s the novelty, the thing that makes this movie different? It is this: “It Comes at Night” feels as though it could be a supernatural horror film, but it isn’t. »
- Owen Gleiberman
Michael Fassbender has garnered praise for his portrayal of the android Walter in Ridley Scott’s latest “Alien” film, “Alien: Covenant.” Now, after playing “the world’s most advanced synthetic companion,” the actor said he’s ready for more playful roles in an interview with The Irish Sun.
“I try and sort of bring [my playful side] in wherever I can,” the actor told the publication. “Like [Walter] as well, there are some fun moments there. It’s something that I have to do more of.”
The actor revealed that he has even spoken to Seth Rogen about the possibility of making a comedy together. “I spoke to Seth Rogen about it. We’d met before, I was a fan of his work,” Fassbender said about his co-star in Danny Boyle’s 2015 biopic “Steve Jobs. »
- Yoselin Acevedo
“What They Had” centers on a family in crisis. Swank’s character returns home to Chicago at the urging of her brother (Shannon) to deal with her mother’s Alzheimer’s and her father’s reluctance to let go of their life together. Danner and Forster portray the parents.
Production recently wrapped in Chicago and Los Angeles. The film will be released in 2018.
“I was incredibly moved by Elizabeth’s story of a family working through their collective issues and the heartache of dealing with a loved one affected by Alzheimer’s,” said Andrew Karpen, CEO of Bleecker Street. “We know audiences will relate to the characters’ love, »
- Dave McNary
Chris here, showering love an underpraised actress. It's Rosario Dawson's birthday! Dawson is always everywhere and usually when you least expect her - this year alone she's popped up on your TV screens (various Netflix Marvel shows), in animation (The Lego Batman Movie), and some good old schlock (Unforgettable). Those may be more populist fare, but she's always been something of an indie darling ever since her debut in the controversial Kids (1995), effortlessly charming no matter the genre or budget. By now after working with majors like Tarantino and Danny Boyle, you would think she would have some awards love somewhere to go with a tireless career. Nope, not even a Globe nomination for being the best part of Rent. I'd imagine once she lands in a major awards contender, that will quickly change.
Perhaps that omission is due to what a natural, unshowy presence Dawson is onscreen regardless »
- Chris Feil
With Alien: Covenant set to open in UK cinemas this coming Friday [read our review here], director Ridley Scott is gearing up to go into production on his next project, the Getty kidnapping drama All the Money in the World, and Variety is reporting that up and coming actor Charlie Plummer (King Jack) has secured the role of J. Paul Getty III.
The film sees Kevin Spacey as oil tycoon John Paul Getty, who refused to pay up a ransom when his grandson was kidnapped, despite his position as one of the richest men in the world. Michelle Williams is also on board to play Paul’s mother Gail Harris, while Mark Wahlberg will portray one of the oil baron’s confidants.
- Gary Collinson
Two projects about the 1973 kidnapping of heir J. Paul Getty III are casting right now: FX’s Danny Boyle limited series Trust, and Ridley Scott’s film All The Money In The World. Now, Scott has apparently picked the victim in his telling of the true crime tale. Charlie Plummer has landed the role, according to Variety. Plummer previously appeared in Boardwalk Empire, and will soon be seen in Lean On Pete, the new movie from Weekend and 45 Years director Andrew Haigh. Variety also reports that Plummer almost landed the part of Peter Parker, but got beat out for the Marvel part by Tom Holland.
Getty’s grandfather, J. Paul Getty, at first didn’t want to pay the large ransom the kidnappers demanded, leading to the young man’s ear bring cut off and sent to a newspaper. In Scott’s movie, Kevin Spacey is reportedly going ...
- Esther Zuckerman
FX has announced that Oscar-winner Hilary Swank has signed on to portray Gail Getty in Trust, the new anthology series from director Danny Boyle and writer Simon Beaufoy. The first season revolves around the real life kidnapping of Gail’s son John Paul Getty III, grandson of oil baron J. Paul Getty (played by Donald Sutherland).
Here’s the official synopsis:
The first installment takes place in 1973, when the young Getty is kidnapped in Rome and his mafia captors are banking on a multi-million dollar ransom. After all, what rich family wouldn’t pay for the return of a loved one? ‘Trust’ charts the young man’s nightmare ordeal at the hands of kidnappers who cannot understand why nobody seems to want their captive back. The Italian police think it’s a prank and decline to investigate. Paul’s father is lost in a heroin daze in London and refuses to answer the phone. »
- Gary Collinson
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The upcoming FX drama Trust is beginning to come together into one of the must-watch shows of the year. If it wasn’t enough simply that Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy, and Christian Colson are involved in a limited series about the Getty family, the show recently announced Donald Sutherland is on board, and now we learn that Hilary Swank will play Gail Getty, mother of J. Paul Getty III.
The series begins production in June and will premiere on FX in early 2018. Sutherland will play J. Paul Getty, founder of the oil dynasty. The first installment of the series revolves largely around the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III in Rome. While the story, of the kidnapping and the family, may seem like something rather removed from the cultural awareness at this point, it’s a story that should be able to capture a variety of demographics. »
- Marc Eastman
Author: Zehra Phelan
The world and his wife seem to be teaming up with Disney in one form or another, and hot on the heels of the live-action Beauty and the Beast, which saw Ewan McGregor play the suave French candelabra Lumière, it has surfaced that McGregor is in talks to take the lead in their upcoming take on an adult Christopher Robin.
Christopher Robin was the child in the A.A. Milne Winnie the Pooh stories, however, Disney’s new venture will focus on Robin as an adult, a businessman focused on his work and success and who has lost his childlike sense of imagination. The young Robin was in fact inspired and named after Milne’s own son in the Winnie the Pooh books and poems which Disney also adapted on numerous occasions for the animation market.
Already on board Disney »
- Zehra Phelan
Paul McGann (Withnail & I), Tom Bateman (Jekyll & Hyde) and Sean Teale (Reign) star in the story of a gay couple who return to bait the owner of a remote B&B one year after they successfully sued him for not allowing them to share a bed.
However, events take a deadly turn when a guest with even more sinister intentions arrives.
The film premiered at the London Independent Film Festival in April, where it won best Lgbt film. It has also played at the Ecu Independent Film Festival in Paris.
Jayne Chard produced for her banner Hummingbird Films. The project had backing from Creative England, Ffilm Cymru Wales and Pont Neuf Productions. Jon Finn, Ricky Margolis and Simon Graham-Clare were executive producers, Isabelle Georgeaux was a co-producer »
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