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There’s a movie hitting theaters this fall that pushes the technical limits of the filmmaking process to new extremes. But the filmmaker isn’t using his tech in the service of an effects-laden blockbuster about aliens or superheroes or hobbits. He’s harnessing it for the intimate story of a young Iraq war vet and the memories that haunt him.
“Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” directed by Ang Lee and based on the 2012 novel by Ben Fountain, will premiere Oct. 14 at the New York Film Festival in its envelope-pushing native format, screening in 3D at 4K resolution and 120 frames per second for each eye. The Sony movie significantly raises the bar compared to the industry’s previous high-water mark — the 3D, 48 fps trilogy “The Hobbit”
— in a film intended for serious, adult theatergoers rather than popcorn-munching action-hounds.
“We are experimenting with a new visual language for emotional storytelling, »
- Gordon Cox
Last month, the final #FastFriday post from the Fast & Furious 8 set featured a cast photo, revealing that production had wrapped on this highly-anticipated sequel. And that the first trailer would arrive sometime in December. Earlier this week, Vin Diesel shared a new photo on Facebook, announcing that the first trailer will arrive on December 11. He also subtly addressed the rumors of increasing tensions between himself and his co-star, Dwayne Johnson.
Dwayne Johnson surprised fans last month with a Facebook post where he called out some of his male co-stars, calling them "candy asses." While he wouldn't specify what co-stars were the target of his rant, several rumors surfaced that claimed the actor was referring to Vin Diesel, who has a history of keeping the cast and crew waiting for hours before he's ready to shoot, which reportedly doesn't sit well with Dwayne Johnson. There have been rumors that this entire »
Back in August, production wrapped on Fast 8, the next sequel in the surprisingly long-running Fast & Furious franchise. The official page for the film series announced the end of production and teased the arrival of the first trailer in December. Now Vin Diesel has taken to his Facebook page with a more specific update […]
The post New ‘Fast 8’ Image Reveals When The First Trailer Will Arrive appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
While Venice, Cannes, Berlin, Sundance, and Toronto premiere some of the year’s best films, no annual cinematic event boasts finer curation than the New York Film Festival, which kicks off this weekend. Those attending will witness, over two weeks, some of the best features that this year — and next — have to offer.
When it comes to a preview of what to see, a simple copy-and-pasting of the line-up would suffice, but we’ve done our best to narrow it down to 25 selections that are the most worth your time. This doesn’t even include shorts from Bertrand Bonello, Jia Zhangke, and more, as well as comprehensive Retrospective and Revivals sections that include restored films from Robert Bresson, Jean-Pierre Melville, Edward Yang, Marlon Brando, and more — but it should serve as a basic primer for what to seek out.
Check out our favorites below, and look for our complete coverage over the next few weeks. »
- The Film Stage
Vin Diesel has already let it slip that the Guardians of the Galaxy will show up in Avengers: Infinity War, and with all of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and newcomers like Captain Marvel and Spider-Man also expected to appear, it’s pretty clear that the movie is going to be jam packed. However, thanks to Benedict Cumberbatch, […]
- Josh Wilding
After a set video last week that poked fun at Dwayne Johnson's "feud" with Vin Diesel on Fast & Furious 8, "The Rock" has brought his cast and crew together for another sneak peek. The actor released an Instagram preview where he's seen alongside Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Jack Black and several members of the crew while it's raining on the Hawaii set. Since they are filming in an actual jungle, the video features Kevin Hart and Jack Black doing their best Guns 'n Roses impression, singing parts of the song "Welcome to the Jungle."
This video also gives us another look at Karen Gillan's controversial Jumanji 2 costume, which was criticized after the first photo was released. As you can see, the actress' costume is quite skimpy, while her male counterparts are fully dressed. Both Dwayne Johnson and Karen Gillan have stressed that there is a perfectly good reason for her costume, »
Vin Diesel has taken to Instagram to share a new promotional image for the upcoming action threequel xXx: The Return of Xander Cage; check it out here…
See Also: Watch the trailer for xXx: The Return of Xander Cage
The third explosive chapter of the blockbuster franchise that redefined the spy thriller finds extreme athlete turned government operative Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) coming out of self-imposed exile and on a collision course with deadly alpha warrior Xiang and his team in a race to recover a sinister and seemingly unstoppable weapon known as Pandora’s Box. Recruiting an all-new group of thrill-seeking cohorts, Xander finds himself enmeshed in a deadly conspiracy that points to collusion at the highest levels of world governments. Packed with the series’ signature deadpan wit and bad-ass attitude, xXx: The Return of Xander Cage will raise the bar on extreme action with some of the most »
- Amie Cranswick
As expected, the Friday the 13th remake is getting a new release date. The movie hasn't started shooting yet, and there was no way it was going to be ready by this January. What is kind of surprising is that Paramount Pictures is also delaying its other big horror franchise release by quite a few months. While many were expecting to see the long-anticipated sequel Rings this October, fans will have to wait until next year.
The all-new Friday the 13th, which explores Jason Voorhees' family life by introducing his father for the first time on the big screen, has faced quite a few production delays over the past couple of years. But as Platinum Dunes continues to perfect the script, they have to keep aiming for the next Friday the 13th available on the release calendar. Originally scheduled to hit theaters on January 13, 2017, the movie will now be Paramount Pictures »
Kevin Hart took to Instagram last night to post a new set video from Jumanji 2 as production continues in Hawaii, which seems to poke fun at a "feud" from the movie Dwayne Johnson recently wrapped, Fast & Furious 8. Dwayne Johnson himself even seemed to address this "production shut down" on Twitter, teasing Kevin Hart's "diva behavior." It seems to be all in good fun, though, while two new cast members have also come aboard.
Kevin Hart posted the set video on Instagram last night, where he reveals that production has been shut down on the set, so Jack Black can finish his rice. We see Jack Black eating his rice, playing along with the gag, with Kevin Hart teasing that Jack Black said he "ain't shooting s--t" until he finishes his rice, but when Dwayne Johnson comes into frame, Kevin Hart changes his tune immediately. Last month, Dwayne Johnson made »
Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
They made First Blood into a cartoon. Literally. Sixty-five episodes of the kids’ animated series Rambo: The Force Of Freedom ran on American TV in 1986. On that show, John Rambo, the disturbed and traumatized Vietnam veteran of David Morrell’s 1972 novel and the great 1982 movie, became a simplistic G.I. Joe-esque super-soldier, taking on General Warhawk and the evil forces of S.A.V.A.G.E. That’s what things did in the ’80s: They became cartoons. (This wasn’t even the weirdest example of an ultraviolent R-rated movie becoming the source material for a cartoon. The same thing happened to RoboCop.)
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- Tom Breihan
Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and a member of the jury on Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance. He has been blogging about Survivor strategy for People since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach."You don't move forward with an alliance of numbers. You move forward with an alliance of comfort - who you're happy to be around." -Tony Vlachos, Survivor: Cagayan Survivor premiered last night with a battle of the generations and a massive new twist in the game: Apparently I've been cloned? An anxious writer who feels out of place on a tribe full of manly men? »
- Stephen Fishbach, @stephenfishbach
The untimely death of Paul Walker was a tragedy for his friends, family members and fans. For those who had been working with him on Furious 7, it also posed an additional challenge. How could they handle the loss of the young actor with dignity, while also showing respect to Brian O'Connor, the character he originated in the series? Everyone who saw Furious 7 would likely agree that the filmmakers came up with a slightly different take on things to allow Brian O'Connor to make a graceful exit, one that pleased fans while allowing them to shed a tear or two for Walker. Paul's brothers Cody and Caleb helped out, stepping in to help complete his scenes in the movie. Now Cody and Caleb Walker have talked with Vin Diesel about the possibility of Brian O'Connor...
- Peter Martin
When Paul Walker tragically passed away during the midst of filming on “Furious 7,” it was an emotional time. The loss of the actor hit the tight-knit cast and team behind “The Fast And The Furious” franchise very hard, but not only they did they manage to regroup and finish the film, they gave the actor what many considered an touching send off in the final moments of the movie (see below).
- Kevin Jagernauth
The untimely death of Paul Walker in 2013 cast a long shadow on the Fast And The Furious franchise. Production on Furious 7 even shut down completely for a time as the powers that be questioned how, or even if, they could proceed. Ultimately, though, the robust box office totals for the series helped determine that Furious 7 would provide Walker’s Brian O’Conner with a tasteful, $1.5 billion-grossing swan song.
But while Furious 7 provided touching closure for the Furious family, co-star Vin Diesel apparently feels there’s more of O’Conner’s story to tell. According to ScreenCrush, Diesel spoke at length to Caleb and Cody Walker about the possibility of returning their brother to the franchise in some form: “I had a phone call with Vin for about an hour and we really discussed this a while back. He wanted [our] blessing,” Caleb said, noting ...
- B.G. Henne
Brian O’Connor, the character presumed to be written out of the Fast & Furious movie franchise following the death of the actor who played him, may yet return for future films, Paul Walker’s brothers have revealed.
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Cody and Caleb Walker, who stood in for Paul in some scenes in Fast & Furious 7 following the actor’s death in a car accident in November 2013, said they had discussed the possibility with franchise creator and star Vin Diesel.
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- Catherine Shoard
Last Monday, Sept. 12, would have beenPaul Walker's 43rd birthday. And this year to honor the late actor his brother Cody, 28, along with family and friends, came together for the second annual Game4Paul fundraiser in Los Angeles at Attack studios on Saturday. "Paul was just the most real guy ever. The best big brother, the best son, and the best father. The best everything," Cody said through tears during the six-hour live-streamed event he hosted to raise funds for Reach Out WorldWide (Roww), the nonprofit disaster relief organization founded by Paul. "He was the heart and soul of Reach Out »
- Jennifer Heyde, @jenniferheyde
The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema, including Margot Robbie being announced for a Harley Quinn spin-off movie (which begs the question…where is Suicide Squad 2?), Rogue One: A Star Wars Story loses its composer and more…
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Green is the colour of money.
Suicide Squad passed $700 million worldwide this week. That’s a healthy performance, but still $50-100 million short of the film’s rumoured ‘break-even’ mark. Which might be why a straight-up sequel is still yet to be announced. It was reported back in March that Will Smith and David Ayer were scheduled to start production on Suicide Squad 2 next summer. Once upon a time, The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and Fantastic Four 2 were also green-lit projects.
One of cinema’s great unmade movies… »
- Oli Davis
Vin Diesel is doing his best to preserve Paul Walker's memory. While showing support for Paul's charity, Reach Out Worldwide, on Saturday, the Fast 8 star signed on to Facebook Live and revealed the late actor was the inspiration behind his decision to have children. "Paul was very instrumental in my segue into fatherhood. He was the one that told me to go to the hospital. He's the one that told me to cut the umbilical cord. He told me to cut the umbilical cord! [He was] the only person, in California, that knew I was about to have a child," he revealed. Vin, who is now a father to daughters Hania and Pauline and son Vincent, continued, "He must've been godsend because he put me on the right path . . . When we were in the cars in between takes, he would tell me, 'Hey, Vin, it's not a scary thing to »
- Monica Sisavat
We may be experiencing the Golden Age of the superhero movie, but there are a large number of fans who remain loyal to their respective brand, be it Marvel or DC, and are fiercely critical of anything put out by the “other side”. Occasionally, the fires of this “rivalry” are stoked by someone involved with either the Marvel Cinematic Universe or the DC Extended Universe – such as David Ayer’s comments at the Suicide Squad premiere – but one person who has little interest in the “Marvel vs. DC war” is Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn.
“I just don’t find any room in my headspace for thinking my movies are superior or inferior to someone else’s,” Gunn told Variety. “I really just think about how can I make, for instance right now, how can I make Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 the greatest spectacle film of all time? »
- Gary Collinson
Yesterday was Batman Day, an annual celebration of the Caped Crusader allowing the world to pay homage to the world’s most popular superhero. How did that happen? It seems like such a strange question to ask as we celebrate three-quarters of a century of the character who would come to define the medium of the comic book. A creation of Bob Kane and Bill Finger that elevated the idea of a pulp crimefighter obsessed with punishing criminals to epic new heights. The idea of Batman was nothing new. There had been shadowy crime fighters lurking in the darkness and heroes that adorned costumes to fight the evil scum that plague the good people of the world. But Batman was the perfection of those two elements: the character that took all the elements of the genre and gave it the perfect form.
Batman is »
- Anghus Houvouras
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