1-20 of 22 items from 2016 « Prev | Next »
The Berlin Film Festival’s competition, Forum, Panorama and Generation sections program a cornucopia of films from all over the world — so it was a tough task for Variety’s chief international critic Peter Debruge and critic Guy Lodge to narrow down their Berlinale wish lists to a handful of features.
In literature as in film, the editor is often the unsung hero, and few have had a greater impact on 20th century letters than Max Perkins (played by Colin Firth), who wrangled such literary lions as F. Scott Fitzgerald (Guy Pearce), Ernest Hemingway (Dominic West) and Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law). Incidentally, Michael Grandage’s directorial debut is edited by Oscar winner Chris Dickens. As Berlin-launched biopics go, here’s hoping it’s better than last year’s “Life.”
Out of Competition
More than two decades after “Once Were Warriors,” New Zealand’s own »
- Peter Debruge and Guy Lodge
Episodes: Ongoing (hour)
TV show dates: March 20, 2015 -- present
Series status: Has not been cancelled
TV show description:
This drama-thriller TV series is set in the Florida Keys and revolves around the Rayburn family..
Robert (Sam Shepard) and Sally (Sissy Spacek) own and run a beachside hotel, Rayburn House, in this beautiful location. Sally is delighted to see her eldest son, black sheep Danny (Ben Mendelsohn), when he returns home for a celebration to honor his parents.
Read More… »
You might've heard this story before, but if not, it's pretty nifty little tale to think about before you go see "Hail, Caesar!" this weekend. Before Josh Brolin became a frequent collaborator of Joel and Ethan Coen, he was just another actor trying to get a gig, but sometimes it helps to have some friends in your corner. In this case, it was two heavyweight directors who put the actor on tape, leading to a role that would change everything. "I was doing 'Grindhouse' with Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino and had been told by Sam Shepard that this great book had come out by Cormac McCarthy," Brolin told THR. "I was trying to get a job. It was like, 'Hey, can I [do an audition tape] for this?' [The Coens said,] 'Yes, you can.' Quentin said, 'I’ll direct it,' and Robert said, 'Let me shoot it.' So we did »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Arriving on the heels of an array of hypnotic images from earlier this week, the snippet sheds light on the ominous tone underpinning the director’s genre departure, and it’s one that largely emanates from Jaeden Lieberher’s peculiar young boy. Set against the inky blackness of a remote gas station, Lieberher’s estranged character wanders away from the protection of his father (Take Shelter star Michael Shannon), before a chance meeting with a random stranger appears to instigate a sudden meteor shower.
It’s a freak event that the child appears partially responsible for as well, apologizing to Shannon’s frightened patriarch before the camera pans up at the debris scorching through Earth’s atmosphere. But the question »
- Michael Briers
The first of two Jeff Nichols films arriving this year, Midnight Special finds him in sci-fi thriller mode. Inspired by Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T., and Starman, the film will finally premiere next week at the Berlin Film Festival, and ahead of our review, we have the first clip, a batch of new images, and an official synopsis from the festival.
Led by Michael Shannon, Kirsten Dunst, Joel Edgerton, Sam Shepard, Adam Driver, and newcomer Jaeden Lieberher, it follows a father who sets to protect his uniquely gifted son while being hunted by a pair of dangerous groups. Also set to screen at SXSW (where they just expanded their line-up), hopefully this is one of the highlights of the spring as Nichols expands his scope. Check out everything below.
Every mile that Roy and his eight-year-old son cover on their journey down highways and byways brings us closer to their incredible story. »
- Jordan Raup
Jeff Nichols has been on an unstoppable roll thanks to "Shotgun Stories," "Take Shelter" and "Mud," and now the writer-director is making a big return with the sci-fi drama "Midnight Special." Reuniting with his longtime collaborator Michael Shannon, Nichols seems to have imagined his most ambitious story yet, one that brings some menacing adult sensibitlies to what, on paper, sounds very much like a Spielberg-esque childhood saga. Read More: Watch: Michael Shannon Must Protect His Super-Powered Son in Menacing 'Midnight Special' Trailer Shannon plays the father of Jaeden Lieberher's Alton, an eight-year-old boy with special powers. As religious extremists, local law enforcement and the federal government all try and hunt down the boy, the father must embark on a dangerous quest to bring his son to safety. Kristen Dunst, Adam Driver, Joel Edgerton and Sam Shepard co-star. The mysterious debut clip below teases that the »
- Zack Sharf
Multiplexes worldwide have been crammed front to back for the last few years with superhero movies. But while Jeff Nichols' upcoming "Midnight Special" features a protagonist with paranormal abilities, everything else about the movie seems cut from a different cloth than the Marvel films. Read More: The 100 Most Anticipated Films Of 2016 Joel Edgerton, Adam Driver, Kirsten Dunst, Michael Shannon, Jaeden Lieberher and Sam Shepard star in the movie about a young boy whose special gifts make him seem like both savior and possible menace by the public and government. Here's the official synopsis: In the sci-fi thriller “Midnight Special,” writer/director Jeff Nichols proves again that he is one of the most compelling storytellers of our time, as a father (Michael Shannon) goes on the run to protect his young son, Alton (Jaeden Lieberher), and uncover the truth behind the boy’s special powers. What starts as a race from religious extremists and. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Sure, mainstream musical theater is alive and thriving, but with Jeff Daniels, Saoirse Ronan, and Jessica Lange taking the Broadway stage and world premieres from the likes of A. Rey Pamatmat dominating Off-Broadway, it’s a very good time to see plays in New York City. Check out the highlights below. “Thank God For Jokes” at the Lynn Redgrave Theater (Opens Feb. 11)Mike Birbiglia’s third acclaimed stage work arrives Off-Broadway soon, and comedy fans and solo artists alike are lining up to see it. The Seth Barrish–directed show dubs itself a journey “through the minefield that is joke-telling.” “Buried Child” at the New Group at the Signature Center (Opens Feb. 17)This revival of Sam Shepard’s harrowing family drama—perhaps America’s most harrowing family drama?—positively oozes talent, with Scott Elliott directing Taissa Farmiga, Ed Harris, Rich Sommer, and Nat Wolff. And it’s already been extended! »
See Full Gallery Here
Director Jeff Nichols arrested our attention with two gritty and realistic dramas in the form of Mud and Take Shelter in recent times, but for his latest creative venture, Midnight Special, the filmmaker is harkening back to a very particular brand of old-school science fiction.
A few months back, the movie’s maiden trailer evoked memories of Steven Spielberg’s seminal Close Encounters of the Third Kind, though Midnight Special and its familial dynamic is tailored more to the realm of the supernatural as opposed to extra-terrestrials – so far as we can tell, anyway. Reuniting with frequent collaborator Michael Shannon, the story centers on the relationship between Shannon’s father Roy and his young son (Jaeden Lieberher), who harbors a raw and inexplicable power.
- Michael Briers
Organizers for the South by Southwest film festival have officially rolled out the initial lineup for SXSW 2016, boasting 137 features and no less than 89 world premieres across 12 sections.
Those include the star-studded Headliners, Narrative Feature Competition, Documentary Feature Competition and Midnighters among many others, and today’s comprehensive breakdown gives budding attendees the opportunity to pinpoint exactly which films deserve a place on their radar.
Among those premieres include Jean-Marc Vallee’s domestic drama Demolition, while Jeff Nichols’ starry sci-fi Midnight Special continues to draw our attention – with a cast that includes Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver and Jaeden Lieberher, can you really blame us? Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some, meanwhile, opens the festival on March 11, where it will run through until March 19.
For the full comprehensive breakdown, check out the official site for SXSW 2016. For now, we’ve included the rundown for Narrative Feature Competition, Documentary Feature Competition and Headliners. »
- Michael Briers
While The Big Movie of March 2016 is surely "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice," Warner Bros. has another movie opening that I'm much more excited about —Jeff Nichols' long awaited "Midnight Special." Today, a few more images have dropped to tease the movie, but plot details are still thin on the ground. Read More: The 100 Most Anticipated Films Of 2016 Joel Edgerton, Adam Driver, Kirsten Dunst, Michael Shannon, Jaeden Lieberher and Sam Shepard star in a sci-fi thriller about a young boy with special powers who is wanted by government officials and religious extremists and who goes on the run with his father. It seems like the picture will be mixing different genres, and given that Nichols is behind the apocalyptic domestic drama "Take Shelter" and the almost fairy tale like "Mud," that sounds about right. "Midnight Special" opens on March 18th. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Director and writer Edward Parone, who was a mentor to many of the promising young playwrights in 1960s New York, including Edward Albee and LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka), died at his home in Nambe, New Mexico, on Sunday, January 24 after a short battle with cancer. He was 90.
In what was one of the most fertile periods in American theater, with the emergence of edgy, boundary-pushing playwrights, Parone was an artistic member of New York’s Albee-Barr-Wilder Playwrights Unit, a company devoted exclusively to the development and production of new American plays and an early pioneer of the type of new play development that has since been replicated by nonprofit theaters across the country. During this period, Parone directed the world premiere of LeRoi Jones’ signature play “The Dutchman,” and would go on to nurture playwrights such as Sam Shepard, Lanford Wilson and John Guare.
In 1967 Parone joined Gordon Davidson, artistic »
- Carmel Dagan
Ryan made her directorial debut with “Ithaca,” a coming-of-age saga about life on the home front during World War II. The drama, set in a small town in California’s San Joaquin Valley in 1942, follows a teenage boy who aspires to be the fastest bicycle messenger ever.
Ryan shot “Ithaca” in Viriginia in 2014 and starred as the boy’s widowed mother, along with Jack Quaid, Sam Shepard, Melanie Griffith, Hamish Linklater and Tom Hanks. The movie does not have domestic distribution yet.
Ryan and Delia Ephron collaborated on the 1998 romantic comedy “You’ve Got Mail,” which starred Hanks and Ryan. Ephron wrote the screenplay with her sister, the late Nora Ephron. Hanks and Ryan also starred together in “Sleepless in Seattle,” which Nora Ephron directed, and “Joe Versus the Volcano. »
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: Multi-hyphenate Meg Ryan has signed with Gersh for full representation. Ryan recently completed her feature film directorial effort, Ithaca, starring in the film with Sam Shepard, Alex Nuestaetder, Hamish Linklater, Jack Quaid and Tom Hanks. The film is currently in talks for a distribution deal that will put it in theaters later this year. Ryan has her directorial follow-up set: She’s collaborating with writer Delia Ephron from an original story titled The Book… »
Hollywood may be in the thick of what many refer to as its annual purple patch, with some of the year’s finest releases coming to the fore just in time for awards season, though we’ll soon be switching gears once again to focus on the film festivals and, by effect, highlighting the more low-key and experimental releases headed our way in 2016.
One of the more prominent dates on the calendar is occupied by South by Southwest, the film festival that takes place in Austin, Texas during mid-March. It’s primed to return this year, kicking off nine days of screenings on Friday, March 11 through March 16 with a string of intriguing releases. We’re a little less than a month out from SXSW 2016, and organizers have rolled out the initial lineup of films to be screened for critics, with Jeff Nichols’ Midnight Special, the comic book adaptation of Preacher »
- Michael Briers
Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 11-21) has added nine titles to its Competition line-up, bringing the current total to 14 (the full Competition programme will be announced soon, according to the fest).
The new additions include The Commune, marking the first time Danish director Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt, Far From The Madding Crowd) has been in Competition at Berlin since Submarino in 2010. The film centres on a Danish commune in the 1970s and will be released in Denmark this weekend (Jan 14).
French director Mia Hansen-Løve (Eden) has been selected with her drama Things to Come, starring Isabelle Huppert as a woman embarking on a new life after her husband leaves her for another woman. The film will world premiere at Berlin.
Another world premiere will be documentary Fire at Sea, capturing life on »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Warner Bros. Pictures has unveiled brand new photos from their upcoming lineup of films hitting cinemas in 2016.
Above is Tom Hanks with director/producer Clint Eastwood on the set of the upcoming film Sully. On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Captain “Sully” Sullenberger (Hanks) glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career.
Sully also stars Aaron Eckhart (“Olympus Has Fallen,” “The Dark Knight”) as Sully’s co-pilot, Jeff Skiles, and Oscar nominee Laura Linney (“The Savages,” “Kinsey,” Showtime’s “The Big C”) as Sully’s wife, Lorraine Sullenberger.
Eastwood is directing the film from a screenplay by Todd Komarnicki, based on the »
- Michelle McCue
Back in November, the SXSW Film Festival announced that Richard Linklater's Everybody Wants Some, the "spiritual sequel" to Dazed and Confused (1993), would open this year's edition (March 11 through 19). Today, SXSW adds a fresh round of six titles: Irene Taylor Brodsky's Beware the Slenderman, Athina Rachel Tsangari's Chevalier, Jeff Nichols's Midnight Special with Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, Jaeden Lieberher and Sam Shepard, John Lee's Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's Preacher with Dominic Cooper and Joe Berlinger's documentary, Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru. » - David Hudson »
SXSW also announced Thursday that it will hold the North American premiere of sci-fi drama “Midnight Special,” starring Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton and Kirsten Dunst. It will screen Athina Rachel Tsangari’s comedy “Chevalier,” which premiered at the Locarno Film Festival.
SXSW had already announced that the world premiere of Richard Linklater’s dramedy “Everybody Wants Some” would open the 23rd edition of the festival on March 11. The feature film lineup will be unveiled on Feb. 2 and the rest of the lineup will be announced on Feb. 9.
“Though we are still in the thick of programming, each year we release a handful of films to provide an early peek into the festival,” said Janet Pierson, head of SXSW Film. “These smart, stylish and »
- Dave McNary
Auteurs working within the confines of the studio system tend to disappoint, though we try to keep hope alive by anticipating the best for talented directors braving compromised visions. 2015 wasn’t without its fair share of standout studio fare, particularly with George Miller’s comeback for Mad Max: Fury Road, Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, Inarritu’s The Revenant, and J.J. Abram’s revitalization of Star Wars. Of course, there were just as many disappointments, including David Gordon Green’s Our Brand is Crisis and the Wachowski Siblings’ rather derivative Jupiter Ascending. While a couple items from our top 25 studio list last year were held over, we’ve noted a bright clutch of hopeful auteur items to look forward to in 2016. You’ll notice a common theme among our top items, including supernatural or extraterrestrial elements.
25. The Accountant – Gavin O’Connor
23. The Disaster Artist »
- Nicholas Bell
1-20 of 22 items from 2016 « Prev | Next »
IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.See our NewsDesk partners