16 items from 2017
Wes Anderson has scored a major win for the cause of film preservation, raising more than a quarter of a million dollars for Martin Scorsese’s The Film Foundation. In December, Anderson released a video that announced his latest project, the stop-motion animation film “Isle of Dogs,” and also invited people to donate money to a campaign hosted by Crowdrise, the crowdfunding company co-founded by Anderson’s friend and frequent collaborator, Edward Norton. The campaign ended last week.
Among the prizes offered to donors were a trip for two to London for two nights to meet the director, get a tour of the “Isle of Dogs” sets and production and even record the voice of a dog in the film. “Barking, howling and whimpering may be required,” the campaign specified. Other prizes included signed Criterion Collection DVDs »
- Graham Winfrey
Rob Leane Feb 10, 2017
More often than you might think, scenes that appear in movie trailer don’t turn up in the finished film. This can leave trailer-loving audience members confused as the credits roll, wondering if they dropped off and missed something important.
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A couple of massive movies have done this recently, and the internet has been quick to fill in the blanks with speculation. Fingers have been pointed at tinkering studio bigwigs and extensive reshoots, when the reality is often a little less dramatic: filmmakers always chop some footage in the edit, and they rarely have much involvement in the trailers. »
While the debate rages on about whether it’s okay to punch Nazis in the face out in the real world, it turns out we really like watching them get punched in the face in our fiction—so much so, in fact, that a new Tumblr page is documenting all those Nazi beat-downs in one place. The Tumblr is called Nazis Gettin’ Punched and its simple description reads, “A satisfying repository of images, still or in-motion, actual or fictional, featuring those who espouse Nazi ideology being struck by mighty but non-lethal blows.”
Image: Captain America #1
The site only launched a few days ago, but it’s already full of Nazi punchin’ imagery. Some of these altercations take place during the 1940s, like Indiana Jones punching Nazi soldiers or Captain America punching Hitler himself. Others offer a more contemporary flare, like Edward Norton confronting his former neo-Nazi colleagues in American ...
- Caroline Siede
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Zoolander 2 lead the nominees for the 37th annual Golden Raspberry Awards ("The Razzies"), which highlights the "worst achievements in film." Batman v Superman, described as a "Wtf comic book battle-royale" and the "15-years-too-late" Zoolander sequel are both up for Worst Picture, among numerous other undesired awards.
Zoolander 2, Ben Stiller's follow-up to the 2001 cult-classic comedy, tops the pack with nine nominations. Trailing behind is Batman v Superman (eight), Dirty Grandpa (six), Gods of Egypt (five), Hillary's America: The Secret History of »
The Weinstein Company has announced that Edward Norton, Bella Thorne, Jim Gaffigan, Mike Birbiglia and Randall Park have joined the English-language voice cast of the animated film The Guardian Brothers, which was released in China last year under the title The Little Door Gods. The new additions join the previously announced Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Mel Brooks and Zendaya.
Directed by Gary Wang, The Guardian Brothers “follows a Chinese family in danger of losing its family owned business – a wonton soup shop that’s been passed down generation after generation for hundreds of years. When the family’s grandmother passes away, the restaurant is left in the hands of a little girl named Raindrop (Zendaya) and her mother (Kidman). Millions of miles away in the Spirit World, we meet The Guardians – who have watched over and protected the humans on Earth for centuries. Times are tough up in the Spirit »
- Gary Collinson
The Weinstein Company’s animated redo of The Guardian Brothers has filled out its voice cast with Bella Thorne, Edward Norton, Jim Gaffigan, Mike Birbiglia and Randall Park. That talented quintet now joins the previously announced Meryl Streep, Mel Brooks and Nicole Kidman in the voice booth, according to Deadline.
Initially hatched as a Chinese animation titled The Little Door Gods, TWC landed international rights to the original movie in May of last year – barring China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau – and now plans to re-release the picture replete with English voice acting. Gary Wang is the writer-director behind the original release, who welcomed today’s casting announcement as so: “It’s thrilling and surreal to see the characters come alive again, changed and yet the same. We hope the audience around the world would enjoy the movie.”
Steeped in rich fantasy, The Little Door Gods follows a “Chinese family »
- Michael Briers
In May last year, The Weinstein Co acquired most worldwide rights to The Guardian Brothers, the Chinese animated film it is re-voicing in English. Now joining the previously set cast of Meryl Streep, Mel Brroks and Nicole Kidman are Edward Norton, Jim Gaffigan, Bella Thorne, Mike Birbiglia and Randall Park. The film was released in China by Alibaba Pictures in January of 2016 under the original title, Little Door Gods, landing in the Top 10 of the international chart that… »
Edward Norton, Bella Thorne and Jim Gaffigan have joined Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman in the animated feature, “The Guardian Brothers,” The Weinstein Company announced Tuesday. The movie also stars Mel Brooks, Mike Birbiglia and Randall Park. Zendaya was previously attached to the project. “The Guardian Brothers” is about a Chinese family on the verge of losing their family business, a wonton soup shop. When the family’s grandmother passes away, the restaurant is left in the hands of Raindrop (Thorne) and her mother (Kidman.) But millions of miles away, The Guardians have been looking over humans for centuries. Also Read: Meryl Streep, »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
17 January 2017 9:15 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The actors join the previously announced voice cast of Meryl Streep, Mel Brooks and Nicole Kidman in the U.S. version of the animated movie. Initially distributed in China by Alibaba Pictures in early 2016 (under the original title The Little Door Gods), the film is being re-voiced in English by TWC.
Michael Lappin is the executive in charge of production at The Weinstein Company. TWC acquired worldwide rights, with the exception of China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau, for the film.
The original movie follows the comedic adventures of »
- Ashley Lee
Toshiaki Toyoda hardly needs an introduction to fans of Japanese cinema. Since his debut in 1999, with “Pornostar”, he has been acknowledged as one of the most original filmmakers in the country. With films like “Blue Spring”, “Hanging Garden” and “9 Souls” he became internationally known, as his films continue to screen in festivals all over the world.
On the occasion of the release of Toshiaki Toyoda: The Early Years by Third Window, we speak with him about his films, his career, the Japanese movie industry, the fate of the characters in “Unchain”, and many more subjects.
In “Unchain” you focus on a character that could be easily characterized as a “loser”. What was the appeal to focus on Kaji? Did he acknowledge his failures?
“Unchain my heart”, are the words that Kaji lived by. Kaji is an artist that lived by those words. The appeal was that I also wish to live that way, »
- Panos Kotzathanasis
Anghus Houvouras with four director’s cuts he’d like to see…
The idea of a Director’s Cut or ‘Extended Cut’ isn’t necessarily new. There was a time when letting the director back into the editing booth to take another shot at shaping their vision was unheard of. Kubrick would sometimes re-edit movies after they were already in theaters either because he was a staunch perfectionist or he accidentally switched the medication to control his obsessive compulsive disorder with tic-tacs.
A Director’s Cut was usually a chance to get a cleaner version of the film due to interference from studios, producers, or test screening audiences. There are Director’s Cuts which provide a lot of additional insight into their movies. Normally that insight being ‘Man, this was better before they went back in and made everything too damn long’. I certainly felt that working my way through »
- Anghus Houvouras
The groceries at Shopwell’s live their lives by a code that helps them stay peaceful and happy until it’s time for them to leave the comfort of the supermarket and head for “the great beyond”. However, after a botched trip to the great beyond leaves one sausage named Frank and his companion Bun stranded, their lives become a quest to discover the truth about their existence and what really happens when they become chosen to leave the grocery store…
I was really, really, looking forward to Sausage Party, I truly was. I enjoy a good gross out comedy as much as the next person – maybe more so, given how many I’ve seen – but Rogen’s latest, »
- Phil Wheat
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is moving through Phase 3 at a brisk pace so far, and most would probably say the results have been pretty great. Still, even though there are a ton of movies to look forward to before Phase 3 comes to a close, anticipation for Avengers: Infinity War is already building in a big way. The movie is scheduled to start filming soon and it looks like we may be seeing some unexpected faces returning to the McU. Namely, Liv Tyler as Betty Ross.
A recent report from The Daily Record claims that Avengers: Infinity War will be shooting next month in the Scottish cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh. The site noted that there will be "big screen superstars" on hand for the shoot, which includes the usual suspects such as Robert Downey Jr. and Samuel L. Jackson. But the report did have an interesting bit in that Liv Tyler, »
Chatting to MTV News, the Guardians star admitted that it’s still fairly early on in development – Infinity War has been in active production for around two months now – and she’s yet to lay eyes on the actual screenplay. What’s more, Saldana doesn’t specify the extent of Gamora’s involvement, but it’s safe to assume her inclusion means that Joe and Anthony Russo’s event movie will indeed make room for Star-Lord, Drax, Groot and Rocket as expected.
Stay tuned for more on that front, but for now, here’s the actress touching base on Gamora’s future and the long hours in the make-up chair that await.
“I don’t know when they’re gonna let me read it. I mean, »
- Michael Briers
We're back this week with another Reader Submission. As he eluded to in last week's column, UnBoxing Jon had more to say about Robert Downey Jr. and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So here it is!
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Is Robert Downey Jr. The Villain Of The McU?
by UnBoxing Jon
By this time next year, the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be almost a decade old. That will mean 17 films, nine TV/Netflix series, and one bizarrely arranged »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Leonardo DiCaprio is spending big for a good cause.
The Before the Flood star bid $125,000 on custom artwork by Ed Ruscha at a the Haiti Rising gala charity auction for Sean Penn's J/P Hro Haitian Relief Organization in Beverly Hills, California, on Saturday night.
The event, which was also attended by stars such as Lily Collins, Pamela Anderson, Jason Segel, Connie Britton, Diane Kruger, Jeffrey Tambor, Emile Hirsch, Edward Norton and Nick Jonas, raised a record $37 million – including contributions from the Government of France, The Parker Foundation and World Bank, in addition to proceeds from the live auction – for J/P Hro's efforts in Haiti.
To learn more about the organization, and how you can help, visit jphro.org
16 items from 2017
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