It was no secret that David Lynch‘s new season of Twin Peaks (Twin P3aks is the name I’m trying to get off the ground) will be big — around 18 hours in length, if early reports are to be believed, perhaps split into two new seasons — and, this being a David Lynch production, contain a few off-kilter casting choices to fill out its many new roles. The names thrown around have been hugely promising, eyebrow-raising, or some combination: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Laura Dern, Naomi Watts, Jim Belushi, Robert Forster, Ashley Judd, Amanda Seyfried, Tom Sizemore — whether they’re previous collaborators or newcomers to the Lynch fold, all making more uncertain the matter of what, exactly, he and Mark Frost have planned.
Consider Showtime’s latest press release a total explosion of that. Pulling back a red curtain on what’s thus far been an intensely secretive project, the network has unveiled Twin Peaks‘ cast, »
- Nick Newman
The new "Twin Peaks" isn't slated to debut on Showtime until 2017, but a flurry of speculation about it happened last week with a tweet from Go For Locations indicating that filming had wrapped on the "first two seasons" of the series.
The episode count for the David Lynch-directed series was always in question, but that tweet suggested we'd be getting even more episodes than originally planned. Said tweet has since been deleted, so we'll have to wait to see how that pans out.
in the meantime in more official news, Showtime, Lynch and Mark Frost has released the official cast list for the new series with a whopping 217 names across the various episodes - a list that includes some real surprise big name inclusions such as Monica Bellucci, Michael Cera, Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Eddie Vedder, Ashley Judd, Ernie Hudson, Jim Belushi, Richard Chamberlain, Laura Dern, »
- Garth Franklin
Phedon papamichael might not have the name identification of such fellow directors of photography as Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki or Roger Deakins, but his status among his peers is no less elite. He has brought out the best in directors like Alexander Payne, James Mangold and Gore Verbinski. And he has demonstrated a mastery of several genres, from psychological thrillers to dramedies, from biopics to Westerns, from arthouse curios to mega-budget blockbusters.
If cinematographers like to think of themselves as chameleons, Papamichael prides himself on an oeuvre in which no two movies look alike.
“It’s not really applying a style, it’s really adjusting to the story,” says Variety’s latest Billion Dollar Cinematographer. “Not just that, it’s really saving all those decisions — (involving) the performances and locations and actors — until you have all the elements unfold in front of you the moment you’re about to do it. »
- Steve Chagollan
When a film shot in Buffalo, NY co-written and starring a native of the city comes across you’re desk you look upon it with a certain level of skepticism. I’ve lived here almost my entire life and I’m still guilty of seeing my hometown as a B-level sector in comparison to New York City or Hollywood. This year has changed that thought-process for locals and the industry with two effective genre works exiting the Queen City with aspirations for the big time. Against all odds I have to admit they both deserve every accolade bestowed upon them. Horror flick Emelie came out of the gate first with success and now The American Side hits theaters with a chance at earning more. This hard-boiled noir is the real deal.
- Jared Mobarak
A review of the Better Call Saul season finale coming up just as soon as I'm doing something un-hospital-y... "Well, you finally got me where you want me." -Chuck Over the course of its first two seasons, Better Call Saul has essentially been two shows squeezed into one. The stories of Jimmy and Mike are joined in their accounting of how each man is traveling down a slippery moral slope that will eventually put them in business with each other and Walter White, but they're often so separate in tone and supporting cast that it's a small miracle Gilligan and Gould are able to make it all feel coherent. Rarely, though, has the contrast between the show's two halves looked starker than it does throughout "Klick," where Mike is deep in Breaking Bad country — to the point where his story for the season doesn't have a proper payoff unless you »
- Alan Sepinwall
The first trailer has arrived online for the upcoming mystery thriller The American Side which stars Greg Stuhr, Alicja Bachleda, Robert Foster, Matthew Broderick, Camilla Belle, Janeane Garofalo and Robert Vaughn. Take a look below after the official synopsis…
When Charlie Paczynski’s raven-haired partner is caught in the crossfire of a blackmail scheme gone bad, he trails the prime suspect to the brink of Niagara, only to receive a cryptic warning: ‘what’s happening here you can’t begin to comprehend’… Thrust into a world populated by a whiskey-swilling raconteur (Robert Forster), strangely bonded siblings (Matthew Broderick and Camilla Belle), and a dubious government agent (Janeane Garofalo), Paczynski joins the quest for a long-lost design by enigmatic genius, Nikola Tesla. From the eccentric eavesdropper who gives him his first clue (yes! – that’s Robert Vaughn, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) every door Paczynski forces open raises the stakes. Reminiscent of »
- Amie Cranswick
“Too Late” is structured around a striking gimmick: Its Los Angeles-set neo-noir tale is told in five non-chronologically ordered segments, each consisting of one continuous shot running a single Techniscope-format 35mm reel (approximately 22 minutes) in length. The sense that one is watching an elaborate formal stunt is underlined by the studiedly flamboyant dialogue and artificial situations in writer-director Dennis Hauck’s first feature, a supremely self-conscious genre exercise in which character and emotional depth don’t seem to be on the very meta menu. Rolling out theatrically in 35mm-only exhibition (which expands after single-screen March 18 and April 1 openings in Los Angeles and New York, respectively) the pic will get variable critical support. Such stylistic bravado will surely accrue some cultish admiration there and in home-format release.
- Dennis Harvey
Mosley will produce through his company Bob Filmhouse together with Denise Grayson Productions.
Mosley’s novel, published in 2006, centers on nice guy Cordell Carmel, who’s shocked to discover his long-time girlfriend is secretly enjoying a darkly sexual double life with the handsome but menacing Johnny Fry. Cordell soon finds himself seduced into a twisted world of sex, drugs and murder.
“Having Paul Chart as a writer makes the translation of ideas into script easy, true to the purpose, and all kinds of fun,” Mosley said.
Chart is currently writing the sci-fi TV series “The Fourth Kingdom” for “Game of Thrones” executive producer Vince Gerardis. He recently founded independent production company Lionhart Films with partners Daniel Frey and Steve Valentine.
Mosley is »
- Dave McNary
Korean showman, Shim Hyung-rae announced that a sequel to his “D-War” monster-disaster movie will be made as a co-production with China.
Shim announced the new project at a press conference in Beijing on Saturday, according to Korean news agency Yonhap. Called “D-War II: Mysteries of the Dragon,” the film will begin production in June and be set for release in mid-2017.
Production involves China’s H&R Global Pictures, with finance from state-controlled Chinese Culture Group. Shim said that Chinese Culture is contributing a budget of $77 million (RMB500 million.)
His previous “D-War” (aka “Dragon Wars”) was also a mega-budget effects-driven fantasy that involved time travelling and a gigantic snake-like dragon that curled its way around Los Angeles landmarks causing mayhem. The cast was headed by Robert Forster and Elizabeth Pena. Despite a budget that nearly crippled its backers, the film ended up as a hit, selling 8.4 million ticket in Korea »
- Patrick Frater
The Confirmation opens with a child and his mother waiting outside a church. As the first lines of dialogue were spoken, I felt a sudden pang of shock, thinking I had unwittingly sat down for one of the numerous heavy-handed faith-based features crowding multiplexes. Thankfully, as it continued, the film revealed itself to instead be a rather smart comedy in which faith is a subject sometimes pondered by its characters. Seen through the eyes of its young protagonist, there is so much power in those big unanswerable questions of faith. The boy’s middle-class parents do not see eye-to-eye on the matter of religion, rarely agreeing on any subject since their divorce.
The first directorial effort from Bob Nelson, who also pens the screenplay, is another father-son tale following his Nebraska — this one a more slight, albeit heartfelt dramedy, set long after the parents’ break-up. It is not a film »
- Tony Hinds
London Has Fallen, 2016
Directed by Babak Najafi.
Starring Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Radha Mitchell, Patrick Kennedy, Robert Forster, Melissa Leo, Charlotte Riley, Shivani Ghai, Mehdi Dehbi, Waleed Zuaiter, Alon Aboutboul, Jackie Earle Haley, and Michael Wildman.
In London for the Prime Minister’s funeral, Mike Banning discovers a plot to assassinate all the attending world leaders.
It’s easy to see why London Has Fallen is quickly drawing passionate ire from many film critics and moviegoers around the world; it is unabashedly patriotic ‘America, fuck yeah’ propaganda, but to embrace the movie as a serious political statement is absurd. Is there really no room left for a dumb action movie anymore? Has political correctness really run that rampant, to the point where a movie depicting a Middle Eastern Isis reminiscent villain acting out as a terrorist is offensive? Even when that movie is really nothing »
- Robert Kojder
All right action fans, you won’t have to wait for Spring and Summer for a noisy, big body-count, big-screen bonanza. That’s because “Mr. Movie Mayhem” is back, yup Gerard Butler. Wait a minute, back? He was here just last week, starring in the CGI-heavy, fight-fest Gods Of Egypt! Well, in that one, he’s not truly the star, but a (gasp!) villain! His Set is almost an inverse of his big break-out role in 300 (ten years old now?) and Gods is a kind of a mash-up of the Spartan epic with the (unnecessary) remake of Clash Of The Titans. But it’s not really a sequel and it’s a near-bloodless PG-13. Not the case here. Just three years ago Butler scored again with the bloody and bombastic (almost a non-puppet companion to Team America: World Police) Olympus Has Fallen. This is not to be confused with that »
- Jim Batts
“At the end of the day, it’s a fictional movie. It’s entertainment,” Butler said at the Los Angeles premiere of the action-thriller, which is a sequel to 2013’s “Olympus Has Fallen.” “It’s about us winning. It’s about what happens when the shit hits the fan, and who stands up to face the challenge. It’s based on heroism and the good guys kicking –ss,” said the Scottish star, who reprises his role as U.S. Secret Service agent Mike Banning in the film.
“The movie certainly highlights our vulnerability all over the planet — I think we all feel that,” added Radha Mitchell, who returns as Leah Banning. “If anything, it draws attention to the »
- Alyssa Sage
The most notable thing I can remember about Olympus Has Fallen is how it establishes that the White House windows have been primed to explode if anyone tries to break through them, but then utterly neglects to toss any bad guys through any windows. This is a capital offense for any action movie. Astonishingly, the new sequel, London Has Fallen, tries even less, and on every conceivable level. Its running time is shorter. The special effects are worse than I thought modern studio filmmaking allowed for. Actors such as Robert Forster and Melissa Leo reprise their roles from the first film with maybe half-a-dozen lines apiece. Were it not for the presence of said actors, this could easily pass for a Dtv spin-off.
There are moments in which it appears fully possible that director Babak Najafi and the four credited screenwriters are in fact fucking with the audience. In establishing »
- Daniel Schindel
After an unconventional start into acting (he was fired as a lawyer in Edinburgh due to his partying antics and moved to London), Gerard Butler has appeared in rom-coms, animations and even musicals, but the Scottish actor has emerged as an unashamed Hollywood bad-ass in some of the most iconic action films of recent times.
From an early role starring alongside James Bond in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) to returning as one-man-army Mike Banning in London Has Fallen (in cinemas March 3), there is no end to the tough-guy roles that Butler can impress in.
The sequel to the worldwide smash hit Olympus Has Fallen sees Butler in his latest action-packed role, as the relentless bodyguard to the Us president, Mike Banning. Upon the discovery of a plot to assassinate the world leaders attending the Prime Minister’s funeral, he makes it his mission to stand firm against the relentless violence that awaits him. »
- Movie Geeks
“By seeing London, I have seen as much of life as the world can show,” said Samuel Johnson in 1773, as quoted by biographer James Boswell. By seeing “London Has Fallen,” on the other hand, Johnson may conversely have marveled at a veritable cornucopia of death — the grisly, indiscriminate slaying of world leaders and common men, the swift pulverization of city infrastructure, and the slower decimation of any unsuspecting viewer’s brain cells. Aiming low and still managing to limbo its way under that bar, Babak Najafi’s cement-headed sequel to 2013’s Potus-in-peril thriller “Olympus Has Fallen” shifts and expands the battleground from the White House to the Big Smoke, while maintaining a cozily American jingoism in its narrative scope and stakes. Cruddily crafted, grimacingly performed and effortlessly racist, this sloppy dish of Gruel Britannia may just go down well enough to green-light a continuing franchise of global destruction. World capitals quiver. »
- Guy Lodge
London Has Fallen review by Paul Heath, March, 2016. Gerard Butler returns for the sequel to his Die-Hard-in-the-White-House actioner Olympus Has Fallen. London Has Fallen relocates the carnage to the streets of London for 100 minutes of utter chaos, carnage and cheesy cliché.
In the lead up to the release of the big budget action sequel that is London Has Fallen, there have been arguments that its content has gone a step too far. The $100 million Hollywood dynamo features explosions on the capital’s river Thames, gunfights and car chases down the Victoria Embankment, a bomb going off and completely destroying Westminster Abbey, and a bloodbath of killings on the steps of St. Paul’s Cathedral – and that’s all in the first twenty minutes. »
- Paul Heath
Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 50 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the “Olympus Has Fallen” sequel “London Has Fallen” starring Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart!
“London Has Fallen,” which opens on March 4, 2016 and is rated “R,” also stars Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Jackie Earle Haley, Melissa Leo, Sean O’Bryan, Robert Forster, Charlotte Riley, Radha Mitchell, Alon Aboutboul, Waleed Zuaiter, Adel Bencherif, Mehdi Dehbi and Shivani Ghai from director Babak Najafi and writers Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt. Note: You must be 17+ to win and attend this “R”-rated screening.
To win your free passes to “London Has Fallen” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
London Has Fallen is hitting next weekend, and if you aren’t excited enough for the mayhem and wild action, the film has released some new clips.
Gerard Butler has to save the world from the loss of its leaders, among other things, and this one is packed with not only tons of action, but a wide variety of tension and pure crazy.
These clips let you in on the film’s variety, and give you a good glimpse at the villain as well.
Plus, if you thought the film was all bullets, explosions, and crashes, you’ve got to check out the Nesting clip.
London Has Fallen Clip – Drive
London Has Fallen Clip – Nesting
London Has Fallen Clip – Barkawi
The sequel to the worldwide smash hit “Olympus Has Fallen,” a non-stop, suspenseful action thriller that delivers high-octane excitement through a heightened sense of authenticity. The visceral intensity springs from »
- Marc Eastman
Part of the enduring appeal of 2013’s relatively low-budget, high-profit actioner Olympus Has Fallen was the film’s ability to not take itself so seriously. An old-school romp down to its very core, it allowed Gerard Butler to revel in the role of gruff one-man army Mike Banning, and that’s a hardboiled character that will soon be dispatched to the streets of the British capital for London Has Fallen.
Set for release in little over a week’s time, today brings forth the film’s first R-rated clip (via ScreenRant), and more than anything it reaffirms the sequel’s larger-than-life tone. Taking place shortly after the passing of the British Prime Minister, London Has Fallen brings together the world’s leading powers, only for the metropolis to become a hotbed of terrorist activity.
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