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Jason Reitman’s next directorial effort has been announced and it’s going to be a DreamWorks Animation adaptation of the book The Adventures Of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend. This is the first project developed since DreamWorks Animations’ restructuring and looks to be Reitman’s feature followup to 2014’s Men, Women & Children.
The Adventures Of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend was written and illustrated by The New York Times bestselling author Dan Santat, and subsequently named 2015’s “most distinguished American picture book for children,” thus being awarded the Caldecott Medal. According to Deadline, the newly announced adaptation will be written and directed by Reitman and overseen by Dwa development exec Damon Ross and Head of Development Gregg Taylor.
The story follows an imaginary friend, born far away on an unknown island. He waits patiently for a real child to choose him but is continually overlooked and eventually decides to take control of his own fate. »
- William Fanelli
Over the last decade, Quebec filmmaker Denis Villeneuve has made a mix of hard-hitting and compelling films, from his sombre take on a Montreal school shooting in Polytechnique to his Oscar nominated 2010 drama Incendies. Denis released two films in 2013 that both starred Jake Gyllenhaal: the experimental and brash Enemy, which provided a surreal and haunting look at a spousal relationship; and Prisoners, a kidnapping drama with Hugh Jackman, Viola Davis, and Melissa Leo joining the fray.
Villeneuve’s latest film may well be his best yet (he certainly thinks it is). Sicario is a richly drawn story about the moral ambivalence at the heart of the war on drugs. Emily Blunt plays Kate Macer, a seasoned FBI agent, who takes on the cartels directly with the assistance of a team led by Matt (Josh Brolin). Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro), a mercurial figure with a sordid past, also joins Kate »
- Jason Gorber
With Harrison Ford back as Rick Deckard, Denis Villeneuve in the director's chair, and Ryan Gosling eyeing a key role, the Blade Runner sequel was already in good hands, but now fans have another big reason to get excited, as it was recently announced that cinematographer Roger Deakins joined the film's crew:
Press Release (via The Playlist) -- "Los Angeles, CA, May, 20, 2015 – Twelve-time Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins will join director Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Incendies) on Alcon Entertainment’s sequel to Blade Runner, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-ceo’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.
Deakins, who will be presented with the Pierre Angénieux Excellens in Cinematography Award at the Cannes Film Festival on May 22 reteams with Villeneuve on what will be their third feature collaboration, havingpreviously worked together on Alcon’s Prisoners, starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal as well as Villeneuve’s upcoming film Sicario, a drug-trafficking drama starring Emily Blunt, »
- Derek Anderson
After taking a break for the Memorial Day weekend, Marvel's Captain America: Civil War will pick up principal photography today somewhere in or around Atlanta, Georgia. And while filming on the African Market set had wrapped last week, some overlooked photos have surfaced from the shoot that reveal the return of another actor previously established in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Damion Poitier is the original actor behind the short cinematic debut of Thanos in The Avengers. And while Josh Brolin has since been cast as the mad titan, it appears that Marvel Studios has given Poitier another role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; one where he may actually be recognizable. Thanks to a heads up via Cbm users Theace69 and TheAmbassador, the following photos from the Captain America: Civil War set feature Damion Poitier while he's getting a close-up during the sequence in which Cap and his new Avengers battle Crossbones and his goons. »
It's fitting that Clint Eastwood and John Wayne both have the same birthday week. (Wayne, who died in 1979, was born May 26, 1907, while Eastwood turns 85 on May 31). After all, these two all-American actors' careers span the history of that most American of movie genres, the western.
Both iconic actors were top box office draws for decades, both seldom stretched from their familiar personas, and both played macho, conservative cowboy heroes who let their firearms do most of the talking. Each represented one of two very different strains of western, the traditional and the revisionist.
As a birthday present to Hollywood's biggest heroes of the Wild West, here are the top 57 westerns you need to see.
57. 'Meek's Cutoff' (2010)
Indie filmmaker Kelly Reichardt and her frequent leading lady, Michelle Williams, are the talents behind this sparse, docudrama about an 1845 wagon train whose Oregon Trail journey goes horribly awry. It's an intense »
- Gary Susman
Variety critics Scott Foundas, Justin Chang, Peter Debruge, Guy Lodge, Jay Weissberg and Maggie Lee weighed in with their choices for the 21 best films at this year’s Cannes Film Festival (listed in alphabetical order):
1. “Amy.” British director Asif Kapadia followed up his 2010 “Senna” with this even more daring and revealing portrait of the brilliant but tragic jazz diva Amy Winehouse. Drawing on a wealth of professional and user-generated video, Kapadia again eschews the usual talking-heads interview format to keep WInehouse front and center for two harrowing hours, during which we come to understand how thoroughly the troubled singer lived her life under the camera’s relentless and unforgiving gaze. The result is an unforgettable portrait of the cult of celebrity in the iPhone era. (Scott Foundas)
- Variety Staff
We’ll soon be seeing a lot more of Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe when the Mad Titan takes centre stage for Avengers: Infinity War, but in the meantime we’ve had to make do with his post-credits scenes in The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron, as well as a brief appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy.
While we await his next appearance (Thor: Ragnarok?), the folks at Luma Pictures have posted a featurette which delves into the VFX work that went into bringing Thanos to life for Guardians of the Galaxy, and you can check it out here (via ComicBook)…
“Loic Zimmermann our concept designer took the most prevalent features of Josh Brolin that we thought would stand out the most and put them into who the character is underneath,” Luma Pictures VFX supervisor Vincent Cirelli tells FX Guide. “He began blending those elements. We’ve taken Josh’s eyes, »
- Gary Collinson
Yesterday we brought you a look at Hot Toys’ Iron Legion, and now we’ve got promotional images for another of the company’s Avengers: Age of Ultron collectible figurine line in the 1/6th scale Iron Man in his Mark Xlv armor…
Avengers: Age of Ultron is out now and sees Joss Whedon directing a cast that includes Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Mark Ruffalo (The Incredible Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Don Cheadle (War Machine), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Paul Bettany (Jarvis / The Vision), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter), Idris Elba (Heimdall), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), James Spader (Ultron), Stellen Skarsgard (Erik Selvig), Thomas Kretschmann (Baron Strucker), Josh Brolin (Thanos), Claudia Kim (Dr. Cho), Andy Serkis (Uylsses Klaw), Henry Goodman (Dr. List), Julie Delpy (Madame B) and Linda Cardellini »
- Gary Collinson
I've done my best to avoid reactions to most everything playing at the Cannes Film Festival if only to keep my own expectations in check and one of the movies I'm doing my very best to avoid hearing any advanced buzz is Denis Villeneuve's thriller Sicario starring Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro among others. For an added bit of context before you check out the following first clip from the film (via Slashfilm), know the film centers on Kate (Blunt), a young female FBI agent who joins a secret CIA operation to take down a Mexican cartel boss, a job that ends up pushing her ethical and moral values to the limit. The following clip features what must be Kate's first meeting with del Toro's character followed by a bit of tough love from Brolin. Give it a watch below. The film is set for a Sept. »
- Brad Brevet
The first clip for Denis Villeneuve's drug war thriller Sicario has arrived. The film stars Emily Blunt as an idealistic FBI agent enlisted by members of a government task force (Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro) to take out a Mexican cartel boss. Sicario reunites Villeneuve, one of the most promising young directors, with his Prisoners cinematographer, Roger Deakins, one of the greatest living directors of photography, making it one of my most anticipated films of the year. And having seen this clip, I'm even more thrilled by the idea of Villeneuve and Deakins teaming up for Blade Runner 2. As always, Deakins knows exactly what to bring to the table to fulfill the unique needs of each film. Sicario looks austere; a palette of taupe and desert sand with highlights of blue, and a huge contrast to the grey, green frostiness of Prisoners. I truly can't wait to see »
- Haleigh Foutch
Hot Toys has officially introduced its latest Avengers: Age of Ultron 1/6th scale collectible figurine for Tony Stark’s armored Iron Legion drone, which comes with a finely detailed armored body, metallic red, white, and blue colored on armor with weathered effects and Avengers decals, interchangeable armor parts, and a specially designed figure stand. Check it out…
Avengers: Age of Ultron is out now and sees Joss Whedon directing a cast that includes Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Mark Ruffalo (The Incredible Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Don Cheadle (War Machine), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Paul Bettany (Jarvis / The Vision), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter), Idris Elba (Heimdall), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), James Spader (Ultron), Stellen Skarsgard (Erik Selvig), Thomas Kretschmann (Baron Strucker), Josh Brolin (Thanos), Claudia Kim (Dr. Cho »
- Gary Collinson
We’re seeing more of Sicario, the new film from Denis Villeneuve, very slowly. There were a few images, then a poster. And if you want to know more about the film, there are quite a few reviews floating around from the film’s Cannes premiere. Now there’s also a Sicario clip, and while we wait for […]
- Russ Fischer
Following Cosbaby Series 1 and Series 1.5, Hot Toys has now unveiled its latest addition to its line up of collectibes for Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron with Cosbaby Series 2, which Tony Stark’s new suit from the movie Iron Man Mark Xlv, Ultron Prime, Ultron Mark I, War Machine Mark II, Black Widow and Vision! Take a look…
Avengers: Age of Ultron is out now and sees Joss Whedon directing a cast that includes Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Mark Ruffalo (The Incredible Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Don Cheadle (War Machine), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Paul Bettany (Jarvis / The Vision), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter), Idris Elba (Heimdall), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), James Spader (Ultron), Stellen Skarsgard (Erik Selvig), Thomas Kretschmann (Baron Strucker), Josh Brolin (Thanos), Claudia Kim (Dr. »
- Gary Collinson
Sicario: Bring Out the Popcorn
Directed by Denis Villeneuve
Written by Taylor Sheridan
Denis Villeneuve’s narco-thriller Sicario is likely the most broadly accessible film in this year’s competition, a very watchable, schematically Hollywoodian production more at home at the Oscars than at Cannes. It stars, tragically, Emily Blunt as FBI agent Kate Macer and, unsurprisingly, Benicio Del Toro as special drugs advisor Alejandro. Kate is recruited from her hostage crisis unit to a secretive anti-drugs mission at the margins of legality following a gruesome, finely crafted opening sequence in which she leads the bust of a safe house full of rows of executed hostages concealed into the walls. Gradually she clues in as to the nature of the mission – her role is merely procedural, as the presence of an FBI agent is apparently obligatory as a front for Alejandro and rogue operation head Matt (Josh Brolin »
While we know next to nothing about the plot for the upcoming Blade Runner sequel, we do know that at the very least, it's going to look gorgeous, as renowned cinematographer Roger Deakins has joined the team. Come inside to learn more.
Blade Runner 2 is moving full steam ahead. Just a couple months ago it was announced Denis Villenueve had been hired on to direct the sequel, with Harrison Ford set to return, and it looks like they're starting to build up the rest of the necessary behind the scenes crew to get production moving. Announced at Cannes, Roger Deakins, the cinematographer behind Prisoners, Skyfall, Fargo, and Many others has been hired on as the Dop for the new movie. Deakins has worked with Villenueve on his last two movies, so it shouldn't come as much of a surprise.
The original Blade Runner is still a visually striking movie, and »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Deakins will be presented with the Pierre Angénieux Excellens in Cinematography Award at the Cannes Film Festival on May 22. Deakins teamed with Villeneuve on Alcon’s “Prisoners” and “Sicario,” starring Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro, which is in competition at Cannes.
Deakins received his latest Academy Award nomination this year for his work on Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken.” He was previously nominated for “The Man Who Wasn’t There,” “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” “No Country for Old Men,” “True Grit,” “The Shawshank Redemption,” “Kundun,” “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,” “The Reader,” “Prisoners” and “Skyfall.”
- Dave McNary
Sicario’s Emily Blunt [Kate Macer], Benicio del Toro [Alejandro], Josh Brolin [Matt Graver], and Director Denis Villeneuve, walked the Palais des Festivals Red Carpet tonight before the In Competition Screening of Sicario at the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France. In Mexico, Sicario means hitman. In the lawless border area stretching between the U.S. and Mexico, an idealistic FBI agent [Emily Blunt] is enlisted by an elite government task force official [Josh Brolin] to aid in the escalating war against drugs. Led by an enigmatic consultant with a questionable past [Benicio Del Toro], the team sets out on a clandestine journey forcing Kate to question everything that she believes in order to survive. A Lionsgate presentation, a Black Label Media presentation, a Thunder Road production, a Denis Villeneuve film. Sicario opens in the Us in limited release on September 18, 2015, and opens wide on September 25, 2015. Photo courtesy Lionsgate, by Paul Le »
The Company of Wolves: Villeneuve’s Superb Packaging Enhances Customary Cartel Themes
There’s much to be excited about with Sicario, the latest film from Quebecois director Denis Villeneuve, a dark, brooding thriller at times drenched and dripping with intense dread. Applying a similar enhanced style to the pulpy origins of the child kidnapping film Prisoners in 2013, Villeneuve is extremely adept at morphing familiar tropes into fresh presentation. However, those hungering for more than a nicely dressed endeavor may be disappointed to find Taylor Sheridan’s screenplay to be lacking in certain regards, sacrificing character development at the cost of providing audiences with realizations on corruption they already know.
We’re informed up front Sicario is a word hailing from ancient Jerusalem, applied to those that hunted Romans, but today the word means hitman in Mexico. Enter FBI agent Kate Macy (Emily Blunt), head of a unit specializing in kidnapping, »
- Nicholas Bell
After the Oscar-nominated Incendies and his habitual auteur films (Enemy, Prisoners), Denis Villeneuve forays into more mainstream cinema with the Michael Mann-esque Sicario, a thriller exploring the escalating war on drugs whose battleground is often the Tex-Mex border. Villeneuve seems relieved that the notorious Cannes critics liked the movie. “Cannes has the reputation of being difficult. We heard 15 minutes after the screening ended that the reactions were very positive.” Benicio Del Toro, winner of the best actor Palme in 2008 for Che, garnered the most applause as his name flashed in the closing credits. It is indeed he and Josh Brolin who carry the film. (One journalist at the press conference following the screening even mistook him for Brolin’s co-star in No Country For Old Men. “I wasn’t in that movie, but thank you, that’s a compliment,” was Del Toro’s response.) Sicario appears to be new territory for Villeneuve. »
- Talia Soghomonian
During his recent GQ cover story, Chris Pratt spilled the beans on a whole lot, from talk of him becoming the new Indiana Jones to Ghostbusters rumors. Less specifically but also excitingly, though, the Guardians of the Galaxy star discussed his future with Marvel, teasing that he’s signed on for not only Guardians of the Galaxy 2 but a threequel and other Marvel films.
The quote came when Pratt was musing about his packed schedule. Describing his Marvel commitments, the actor said that, “I’m tied to doing three more, or five more, Guardians of the Galaxy or whatever it is, you know, two more Guardians plus another couple…”
The interviewer took that to mean that Pratt is contracted to appear in second and third Guardians installments as well as other Marvel movies in which Star-Lord could brush up against other Avengers, and I’m inclined to agree. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is sprawling, »
- Isaac Feldberg
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