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'Affliction' movie: Nick Nolte as the troubled police officer Wade Whitehouse. 'Affliction' movie: Great-looking psychological drama fails to coalesce Set in a snowy New Hampshire town, Affliction could have been an excellent depiction of a dysfunctional family's cycle of violence and how that is accentuated by rapid, destabilizing socioeconomic changes. Unfortunately, writer-director Paul Schrader's 1998 film doesn't quite reach such heights.* Based on a novel by Russell Banks (who also penned the equally snowy The Sweet Hereafter), Schrader's Affliction relies on a realistic wintry atmosphere (courtesy of cinematographer Paul Sarossy) to convey the deadness inside the story's protagonist, the middle-aged small-town sheriff Wade Whitehouse (Nick Nolte). The angst-ridden Wade is intent on not ending up like his abusive, alcoholic father, Glen (James Coburn), while inexorably sliding down that very path. Making matters more complicated, Wade must come to terms with the fact that his ex-wife, Lillian (Mary Beth Hurt), will never return to him, »
- Andre Soares
Filming has begun in Dublin on the fourth season of the Victorian era detective drama "Ripper Street" with several new faces joining the cast including David Threlfall as a series regular and wharfinger named Abel Croker.
Also joining him in guest starring roles will be the likes of David Warner, Killian Scott, former "Robin Hood" star Jonas Armstrong and "Harry Potter" regular Matthew Lewis. The new season is the first of two ordered by Amazon for its Prime Instant Video service.
Season 3 launched on Prime last November and attracted larger viewing audiences than some of the biggest U.S. series on the service to date, along with being the most-watched first show among new subscribers.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
In the decades since its premiere, The French Lieutenant’s Woman is now most commonly discussed for its placement in the extensive awards resume of its star Meryl Streep, since it was her follow-up to her Best Supporting Actress win for 1979’s Kramer vs. Kramer and would serve as netting her first nomination in a leading category (it’s also interesting to note Streep won the Golden Globe but ultimately, perhaps ironically, lost to Katharine Hepburn, the iconic performer who previously held the most nominations record). But at the time of its release, the final product was the result of a decade long ordeal, seeing many auteurs, actors, and screenwriters attempting to adapt the notoriously ‘unfilmable’ 1969 novel by John Fowles, an experiment in form termed “post-modern historical fiction.” Directed by Karel Reisz, the Czech-born British auteur a British New Wave progenitor of the realist strain of filmmaking, it remains one of his most prolific works. »
- Nicholas Bell
Ripper Street is swelling its ranks with the addition of some exciting new cast members.
David Threlfall is joining the period thriller for its fourth series as villain Abel Croker.
'Jurassic World' velociraptor kicks Iron Man ass at worldwide box office. 'Jurassic World' officially surpasses 'The Avengers' at worldwide box office Directed by Colin Trevorrow; starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Vincent D'Onofrio; and co-executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, Jurassic World has officially become the third biggest worldwide box office hit in history. The Jurassic Park sequel – or reboot, as it's basically the same story with a slightly different twist – has surpassed Marvel's Joss Whedon-directed all-star superhero flick The Avengers, which broke box office records back in 2012. Of course, "officially" just ain't what it used to be – like, in the days before The Fall. So you wisely ask, "But which movie has actually sold the most tickets?" After all, that's the true measure of a film's popularity. Well, that's a tough one to answer without the studios providing accurate, precise numbers. And that's not about to happen. It always »
- Zac Gille
Think back to the science fiction cinema of the 1990s, and some of the decade's biggest box-office hits will immediately spring to mind: The Phantom Menace, Jurassic Park, Independence Day, Men In Black, Armageddon and Terminator 2 were all in the top 20 most lucrative films of the era.
But what about the sci-fi films of the 1990s that failed to make even close to the same cultural and financial impact of those big hitters? These are the films this list is devoted to - the flops, the straight-to-video releases, the low-budget and critically-derided. We've picked 50 live-action films that fit these criteria, and dug them up to see whether they're still worth watching in the 21st century.
So here's a mix of everything from hidden classics to forgettable dreck, »
Dustin Hoffman defends his home against murderous thugs in strong, violent melodrama with appeal to both discriminating trades and the blood- and-guts fans. Rating: R.
Director Sam Peckinpah’s fascination with violence as man’s most basic instinct finds new and disturbing expression in Straw Dogs, a difficult, harrowing film which is in essence a long, slow-burning fuse leading to an explosion of bloodshed. On the whole, the ABC Pictures Corp. production possesses a nightmare intensity few horror films could match, and this should be a factor in drawing both serious filmgoers and the mayhem-minded masses. As an action entry, the Cinerama release has the requisite sex and brutality to pull them in, while Dustin Hoffman’s presence an »
- Joe Dante
Twin Peaks, Season 2, Episode 15, “Slaves And Masters”
Directed by Diane Keaton
Aired February 9, 1991 on ABC
“About the uniform, Coop. Replacing the quiet elegance of the dark suit and tie with the casual indifference of these muted earth tones is a form of fashion suicide, but, uh, call me crazy, on you it works.” — Albert Rosenfeld
“Slaves And Masters” is an episode of Twin Peaks that’s ripe with the feeling of change. The plots that the show spent too much time on over the last few episodes are finally drawing to a close, and the mysterious figures—Windom Earle, Thomas Eckhardt, Andrew Packard—are emerging from the shadows to take a more active role in taking what they feel they’re owed from the town. While not a good episode of Twin Peaks by any stretch of the imagination, still suffering from the same »
- Les Chappell
Movie and TV star David Warner – known to Doctor Who fans as Professor Grisenko in Cold War as well as the Doctor himself in Big Finish’s Doctor Who Unbound series – is among the interview subjects in Doctor Who Magazine 488… Also in this issue is Ingrid Oliver, who tells Dwm about her joy at Osgood’s...
- Christian Cawley
Anton Chekhov’s classic 1896 play The Seagull is getting ready to take flight once more, now that Saoirse Ronan and Annette Bening have signed on to lead theatre and film director Michael Mayer’s new take on the tale.
Ant-Man‘s Corey Stoll and newcomer Billy Howe are also in the cast for the adaptation, which boasts a script by Pulitzer Prize finalist Stephen Karam (play Sons of the Prophet). Mayer is a versatile helmer best known for directing Broadway productions Spring Awakening back in 2007 and Hedwig and the Angry Inch last year. He was Tony-nominated for both and won for the former. As a film and television director, he helmed the family pic Flicka back in 2006 and also worked on NBC’s short-lived musical drama Smash.
- Isaac Feldberg
'The Fixer' movie with Alan Bates, Dirk Bogarde and Ian Holm (background) 'The Fixer' movie review: 1968 anti-Semitism drama wrecked by cast, direction, and writing In 1969, director John Frankenheimer declared that he felt "better about The Fixer than anything I've ever done in my life." Considering Frankenheimer's previous output – Seven Days in May, the much admired The Manchurian Candidate – it is hard to believe that the director was being anything but a good P.R. man for his latest release. Adapted from Bernard Malamud's National Book Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning novel (itself based on the real story of Jewish brick-factory worker Menahem Mendel Beilis), The Fixer is an overlong, overblown, and overwrought contrivance that, albeit well meaning, carelessly misuses most of the talent involved while sadistically abusing the patience – and at times the intelligence – of its viewers. John Frankenheimer overindulges in 1960s kitsch John Frankenheimer »
- Andre Soares
Mark Wahlberg and wife Rhea Durham on the Oscars' Red Carpet Mark Wahlberg and wife Rhea Durham at the Academy Awards Mark Wahlberg and wife Rhea Durham in a red-and-golden outfit are pictured above on the 2011 Academy Awards' Red Carpet, just outside the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The Oscar ceremony was held on Sunday, Feb. 27. Wahlberg, decades ago known as underwear model Marky Mark, was an Oscar nominee as one of the producers of Best Picture contender The Fighter – which ultimately lost to odds-on favorite The King's Speech. Mark Wahlberg was the only major player in the David O. Russell-directed boxing drama who failed to be nominated for an Academy Award in the acting categories. Co-stars Amy Adams, Melissa Leo, and Christian Bale were all shortlisted; Leo and Bale ended up winning in their respective supporting categories. Wahlberg, however, was a Best Supporting Actor nominee four years ago: for »
- D. Zhea
You never quite know what you're going to get when you venture Inside No. 9.
From a witch trial in the 17th century to the very human tragedy of a birthday party gone awry, series two took in the heartbreaking '12 Days of Christine', the chilling 'Cold Comfort' and more.
Digital Spy spoke to series co-creator, writer, performer and first-time director Shearsmith about how series two was crafted - and whether a third might be in the works.
There's been a great response to this series of Inside No. 9 - do you follow the reaction as it goes out?
"Yeah I do, it's great to see the reaction - especially because there's so many surprises, which happily we've managed »
Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter at the Academy Awards Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter on the Oscars' Red Carpet Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter sported matching hairdos upon their arrival at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Tim Burton's global blockbuster Alice in Wonderland, in which Helena Bonham Carter is one of the featured players (as the Red Queen), won Oscars for Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction. Bonham Carter was a Best Supporting Actress nominee for Tom Hooper's The King's Speech (as another queen, Elizabeth). Helena Bonham Carter: Career boosted by Oscar nomination Helena Bonham Carter's film career began in earnest in James Ivory's 1986 Best Picture Oscar nominee A Room with a View, in which she romanced Julian Sands. She kept on working without creating too much of a stir – e.g., Lady Jane, »
- D. Zhea
Shearsmith and Pemberton transport us to the 17th century for a witch trial this week in an episode high on quotability and absurdity...
This review contains spoilers.
2.3 The Trial Of Elizabeth Gadge.
“Sit in a theatre to see/A play of hopes and fears/While the orchestra breathes fitfully/The music of the spheres” – Quote from Witchfinder General (1968)
“It’s like The Crucible, but with a few extra gags thrown in” – Steve Pemberton on this week’s episode
The third instalment of this series of Inside No. 9 took us back to a perilous, and ridiculous, time in British history – the witch trials of the 17th century. In the small town of Little Happens, witchfinders Mr Warren (Shearsmith) and Mr Clarke (Pemberton) arrive to trial local woman Elizabeth Gadge for the crime of witchcraft. Employed by Justice of the Peace Sir Andrew Pike to find her guilty (or innocent. But, »
It may or may not end up being named Ascension as a report at the end of last month mentioned, but we do now know a few more solid details about the follow up to Tron: Legacy. With Joseph Kosinski once again directing and Garrett Hedlund confirmed to play Sam Flynn, Olivia Wilde will be back as Quorra.[Spoiler klaxon] Those who saw Tron: Legacy (and there were enough of you that Disney has been trying to compile a sequel since it came out in 2010) will know that the film ends with Sam escaping the Grid and bringing Quorra with him to the real world. From what Kosinski has said since, the new movie will deal with that situation and follow some other plot strands introduced, including the fact that Cillian Murphy made an appearance near the start as Edward Dillinger, Aka the son of Ed Dillinger, David Warner’s villain from the 1982 original. »
News of Tron 3 has always been in the background of major film talks since the release of Tron: Legacy back in 2010. It may have taken Disney a fair number of years to make a sequel to the 1982 cult classic, but plans for a third movie seemed have always been on the cards. It was reported earlier this month that Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski would be returning to helm the movie, and now it looks like we have a title.
According to Production Weekly’s Twitter feed, Tron 3 will be titled Tron: Ascension, and will start production this October in Vancouver.
Check out the tweet below:
Joseph Kosinski’s Tron: Ascension is planning to film in Vancouver from Early-October 2015 thru February 2016. http://t.co/ihBaFAc3O5
— Production Weekly (@prodweek) March 30, 2015
Also returning to the Tron world for Tron: Ascension is Garrett Hedlund as Sam Flynn, the son of »
- Luke Owen
I was not a huge fan of Tron: Legacy, but one thing I will say for it is I really enjoyed where it ended. In fact, as much as I thought the film itself was a bit of a dud, had it continued on for another two hours I think they might have had one hell of a great four hour film on their hands. That said, have you heard the news Tron 3 is looking at beginning production in Vancouver this Fallc Word broke earlier this month that Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy, Oblivion) was returning to direct after news first surfaced in the VanCity Buzz and seemed to be later confirmed by the trades. I reached out to Disney and they gave me the "we have no idea" response so I didn't write much else about it. However, today Production Weekly sent out a tweet reporting once again that »
- Brad Brevet
Earlier this month, we reported that Disney was going forward on a third Tron movie and that filming might begin as soon as this fall in Vancouver. Now Production Weekly that Tron 3 will be titled Tron: Ascension, and start a five-month shoot beginning October: Joseph Kosinski’s Tron: Ascension is planning to film in Vancouver from Early-October 2015 thru February 2016. http://t.co/ihBaFAc3O5— Production Weekly (@prodweek) March 30, 2015 Tron is such a weird franchise to continue. Considering all the properties Disney has at its disposal, I’m not sure why they would return to one that received a resounding “meh” when Tron: Legacy was released back in 2010. Joseph Kosinski’s film was a perfect case of style-over-substance, and now he’s coming back for presumably more black-and-neon antics. Tron: Legacy did throw out a few breadcrumbs for continuing the story. Notably, “Rinzler” was actually Tron, and Cillian Murphy had »
- Matt Goldberg
After stalling for a few years, steam continues to pick up on the next film in Disney's "Tron" franchise with Production Weekly reporting today that the movie has a title - "Tron: Ascension".
Joseph Kosinksi is reportedly back to direct and Garrett Hedlund is the only returning cast member at this point for the film, whether Cillian Murphy will reprise his uncredited cameo from "Tron Legacy" we'll have to wait and see.
Murphy did the part so that he could play the main villain of the third film, and a character who was the son of the first "Tron" film's villain Ed Dillinger (David Warner).
The new "Tron" film will shoot in Vancouver starting in October and carry on through until February.
Source: Rope of Silicon »
- Garth Franklin
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