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Warner Bros. has unveiled the very first The Man from U.N.C.L.E. movie image from director Guy Ritchie’s adaptation of the popular 1960s TV series. Steven Soderbergh was initially attached to helm the film for WB before Ritchie came on, after which Tom Cruise came onboard to star alongside Armie Hammer (The Social Network) before leaving to focus on Mission: Impossible 5, with the Man of Steel himself Henry Cavill subsequently filling the vacant role. This finished iteration of the film takes place in the early 60s at the height of the Cold War, as Cavill’s CIA agent Napoleon Solo is forced to team up with Hammer’s Kgb agent Illya Kuryakin to stop a mysterious criminal organization. The 1960s aesthetic is on full display in this debut image, and I’m curious to see how Ritchie handles this inherently fun spy set-up. I imagine a debut trailer isn’t far off. »
- Adam Chitwood
Of course, we're all already wondering what Ava DuVernay will do next, after "Selma;" and the answer seems to be something made for television. The fact that cable television is becoming the venue for more creative, adventurous and risk-risking projects for high profile A-List directors, such as David Fincher, Steve McQueen and Steven Soderbergh, who all have projects currently on that format, or in development, it is certainly becoming a medium that increasingly more filmmakers are turning to for projects that they know the studios won't have any interest in. In a recent interview with the London Guardian (Here), Ms. DuVernay revealed that her next project will most »
Ava DuVernay isn't afraid of a challenge. She made the leap from mini-budgeted indies ("I Will Follow," "Middle Of Nowhere") to directing the $20 million "Selma," a film about the most important Civil Rights leader of our time, Martin Luther King Jr. And for her next gig, the scope of her storytelling will be even grander. In an interview with The Guardian, the filmmaker stated that she will be tackling an "eight to 10 episode cable TV series" that she will direct herself. There's no title, network, or plot details specified, but the show will follow the thematic thread in much of her work and explore "the black experience in America." And that sounds great. With the new golden age of television in full swing, DuVernay will be joining folks like Cary Fukunaga ("True Detective") and Steven Soderbergh ("The Knick"), who are not only using the format of television to tell bigger stories, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
2014's fall TV line-up delivered some seriously stunning performances, not to mention a few truly incredible new shows -- but the only problem? There was such an abundance of critically acclaimed television that our DVRs could barely keep up. If you missed out on more quality viewing than is healthy, don't sweat it. Moviefone's rounded up a list of hits that you may have missed in 2014 (too busy binging "Gilmore Girls" on Netflix, probably), which means you officially have a plan for winter break!
If the multiple Golden Globe nominations aren't enough to inspire you to watch "The Affair," you might be interested to know that it stars none other than Joshua Jackson, aka Pacey from "Dawson's Creek." "The Affair" -- which follows the romantic dalliances of a married man and woman in Montauk -- is one part mysterious and one million parts evocative, but the show is »
- Mehera Bonner
From the apparent death of the romantic sitcom to the resurgence of superhero shows, there have been a lot of developments in television over the year. But if there is one trend that has defined 2014 in television, it has been the migration of directors to the small screen for season-long projects. While not an idea that’s unique to the year, as the Jane Campion-helmed first season of Top of the Lake signalled the trend in 2013, this year’s television firmly established the migration as something more than a novelty.
Of course, big name directors hopping in for an episode or two of shows they are executive producers on is nothing new. Martin Scorsese’s direction in the pilot no doubt convinced some people to give Boardwalk Empire a chance, as did Neil Marshall’s work on the pilot of Constantine »
- Deepayan Sengupta
The third season of HBO’s Girls is very much one of renewal and reinvention. Characters who find themselves at highs or in happy situations at the end of the previous season are quickly brought low, while others are finally free to soar as the season goes on. Coming off of the high of season two’s over-the-top (but nonetheless touching) finale, season three has the thankless job of bringing everyone back to reality. Charlie and Marnie are broken up, Ray and Shoshanna are broken up, and Hannah and Adam are seeing that their reconcilliation may be more short-lived than they imagined. Meanwhile, Jessa has finally reached the bottom of the barrel and is no longer free to live her indulgent and presumptuous lifestyle.
Life has a way of complicating things and so do the people in our lives, and further still, so do we, ourselves. What has always »
“Twilight” star Robert Pattinson has totally reinvented his career by working with auteurs, and Kristen Stewart is on her way by following a similar path, but what about Taylor Lautner? Maybe “Tracers” is his shot? He previously tried to go the action leading-man route with "Abduction," and the results were fairly dismal. Regardless, this pulse-pounding thriller is about a New York City bike messenger (Lautner) who is seduced by the world of parkour, and this first trailer kinda makes it look like a cross between “Premium Rush” and “Brick Mansions." Perhaps what the film has going for it is that it’s backed by Film Nation, the production company that has worked with Steven Soderbergh, Terrence Malick (his two upcoming pictures), Pedro Almodóvar, Jeff Nichols, Sofia Coppola, J.C. Chandor and Anton Corbijn to name a few. So, they generally latch on to projects with some substance, though this logline is »
- Edward Davis
George Clooney did plenty of work in the world of television before breaking out in a big way with NBC’s ER in the mid 1990s, and now it appears that he’s keen on spearheading a TV series of his own. Vulture reports that Clooney has teamed up with Foxcatcher director Bennett Miller and Rescue Me creator Peter Tolan to develop a one-hour comedic drama series that will “explore the movie business of the early 1990s.” That is one hell of a creative trio behind-the-scenes, and the early 1990s is a fruitful period to explore. It marked a turning point for the film business, as the studio-driven commercial projects of the late 1980s were threatened by the booming independent film movement with folks like Quentin Tarantino and Steven Soderbergh leading the charge. More after the jump. Per Vulture, the currently untitled TV project is described as a dark comedy »
- Adam Chitwood
The former mixed martial artist is set to join the likes of Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Dave Bautista and Jean-Claude Van Damme, who will be returning to a franchise that he helped create in a mentor role. Directed by John Stockwell, the revamped version will once again follow Kurt Sloan (played here by Alain Moussi in lieu of Van Damme), who is described as “a talented martial artist who travels to Thailand where he must learn the secrets of the kickboxer to avenge his brother’s death at the hands of Tong Po.”
As you’ve probably already guessed, Bautista will play the role of the adversary in this new take, which will no doubt lead to a muscle-straining showdown between him and Moussi’s protagonist. As for Carano, »
- Michael Briers
The Mma star is going to play a fight promoter in the new film, building on her previous movie credits that include Fast & Furious 6 and Steven Soderbergh's Haywire. We can't see her sitting behind a desk for much of the film though, and Ted Field of Radar Films has certainly suggested that won't be the case. "It will be fun to watch Gina as the sneaky and dangerous temptress, a boa constrictor of this fighting jungle", he said. "Watch out kickboxers!"
The new film is being directed by John Stockwell, and it was confirmed last week »
Written by Steven Soderbergh’s frequent collaborator Scott Z. Burns and directed by Kathryn Bigelow, Last Days is a grimly succinct argument against buying materials made out of ivory and other products from endangered species. Trafficking in endangered species is the fourth largest illegal business in the world, behind drugs, weapons and human trafficking, and the short links their sale directly to last year’s Al Shabaab attack on Nairobi’s Westgate Mall. There’s disturbing footage of the mass shooting included and bloody animation of elephant slaughter as well, so brace yourself. The short film’s official site is here. »
- Vadim Rizov
The ceremony was followed by a gala dinner, with Irons seated next to his Royal Highness Prince Moulay Rachid, the president of the Marrakech film festival foundation.
“Dear Jeremy Irons,” Casta began during the tribute: “You follow in the great tradition of British acting, of talent without frontiers. They say that the British are the best actors in the world, and you follow in the footsteps of great British actors such as Richard Burton, Anthony Hopkins and Cary Grant, who conquered Hollywood.”
Casta emphasized the fact that Irons has brought his talent to auteur films and blockbusters, and has also brought stage plays by the Royal Shakespeare Company to Broadway.
She then named some of the many great directors with whom he has worked including Barbet Schroeder, »
- Martin Dale
My apologies to Boston, Los Angeles and the online contingency of New York City for their shared billing but what can you do? When they all announce on the same weekend they share column space. The DC Film Critics also announced nominations today but in the interest of sanity, Tfe only covers actual awards from critics groups, not their nomination rounds (which give performers and films no real juice publicity wise anyway); we have 30+ critics organizations in the Us alone so any requested coverage other than wins for the non-institutions feels ego-driven.
It was another good day for Birdman and Boyhood or "Boyman" as Sasha likes to call it. Particularly Boyhood which no films seem to be able to squirm around for top billing. Grand Budapest Hotel probably came close in L.A., Birdman looked like a distant second in Boston, but Nyfco seemed very committed. Is it now the Oscar frontrunner for Best Picture? »
- NATHANIEL R
Talk about a calm before the storm. This is one of those rare weekends where there are no new wide releases hitting multiplexes, but that means there are a lot of specialty films taking advantage of that fact and sneaking into area theaters. You can see all of this week's new releases below, but first we'll take a look at some of the unique repertory screenings booked around town over the next week.
The Austin Film Society is starting a three-week series turning the spotlight on comedian Jerry Lewis. It begins tonight at the Marchesa with one of his biggest hits, 1963's The Nutty Professor. Screening from a Dcp (digital print), it also plays again on Sunday evening. On Wednesday, they'll feature Rodrigo Reyes' Purgatorio for Doc Nights. The Afs website describes it as a "lyrical meditation on the border between the Us and Mexico." Thursday night brings another »
- Matt Shiverdecker
To say the third time’s the charm is perhaps being too optimistic. Relativity’s “Jane’s Got A Gun” has been a remarkably troubled production from the get-go. It’s gone through two directors (finally settling on Gavin O’Connor), three villains (Bradley Cooper, Jude Law, and finally Ewan McGregor), and one ugly lawsuit (a civil action was filed against original director Lynne Ramsay after she abruptly quit the film before production, but it was settled out of court earlier this year). Now it’s shifting release dates once more. Originally due this summer in August, the Western was pushed to February 2015. Now it’s being delayed again, this time for eight months, and it won’t land in theaters until September 4th. That’s the week after the Labor Day weekend, which is not quite a dumping ground, but isn’t exactly the best time to release a »
- Edward Davis
Writer-director-producer-actor Mark Duplass has an unusual career plan, to say the least. As far as he's concerned, he gets more pleasure and satisfaction out of collaborating as a writer-producer-actor on various micro-budget projects than he does getting funding from the studios for bigger-budgeted projects. With time, he has become more militant about this. Duplass can afford to be, thanks to his hit TV series "The League." A workaholic to rival Steven Soderbergh, Duplass writes and directs movies with his brother Jay ("The Puffy Chair," "Baghead," "Cyrus"), writes and acts with director Lynn Shelton ("Humpday" and "Your Sister's Sister") and Colin Trevorrow ("Safety Not Guaranteed"), produces with his wife, actress Katie Aselton, and other up-and-coming directors ("Black Rock," "Creep") and sometimes functions as an actor-for-hire on such films as "Zero Dark Thirty," »
- Anne Thompson
It was to be expected that a "vampire" movie from Spike Lee would not look or feel like your average vampire movie offering and low and behold, the first trailer for Da Sweet Blood of Jesus suggests just as much.
I'm not really sure what's going on with the music here which seems completely off kilter with the rest of the trailer but Lee's new movie, which was financed in part through Kickstarter and with some cash from Steven Soderbergh, stars Stephen Tyrone Williams as Dr. Hess Green, a man who becomes cursed by an African artefact and finds himself with a new found thirst for blood. Along with Williams, the movie also stars Zaraah Abrahams and Rami Malek.
Lee hasn't exactly been burning up the screens over the last few years and he's certainly in need of a hit but I'm not s [Continued ...] »
Over the past three decades, the Sundance Film Festival has transcended its humble origins as founder Robert Redford’s field of art house movie dreams to become North America’s vanguard showcase for independent cinema. Just ask Owen Wilson or Steven Soderbergh, Amy Adams or Quentin Tarantino, all of whom got their starts at the fest: it’s the place where seriousness of intent and raw talent combust under the blinding world spotlight to create new stars. But a funny thing happened on the way to the fest’s 2015 installment, which kicks off in Park City on Jan. 22. An influx »
- Chris Lee
Over the years, the popularity of the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter has grown, leading to well-known artists such as Zach Braff and well-known projects such as a film continuation of Veronica Mars, finding their way on to the site in search of public backing. One such artist was acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee, who decided to put his next project up for public funding as well. Aided by a $10,000 contribution from fellow filmmaker Steven Soderbergh, the movie surpassed its $1.25 million target, finishing with a total of nearly $1.5 million.
Titled Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, the film is a remake of the 1973 feature Ganja and Hess, the movie focuses on people who are addicted to blood, and stars Stephen Tyrone Williams and Zaraah Abrahams in the main roles, with a supporting cast that includes Rami Malek and Felicia ‘Snoop’ Pearson. Ahead of the film’s Us theatrical and VOD release on February 13, the »
- Deepayan Sengupta
While not exactly the Spike Lee vampire flick we were looking for, this hyper-indie 'joint' looks to bust the relatively cool streak the director has been on from the 2008 big budget (Disney!) war and religion tale The Miracle at St. Anna to the recent Oldboy remake.Da Sweet Blood of Jesus looks to shake things up in a big way, being told on just the kind of small-but-still-big canvas that the director excels at, and in an indie mode (Kickstarter + $10K from Steven Soderbergh got this made in 16 days) such that he can get away with just about anything. Could this be his Chungking Express? Maybe.The trailer has a lot of stuff going on at once: addiction, class, race, sex, murder, but all of...
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