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Agnes B. and Garcia Bernal will receive their awards at the opening ceremony. Tanovic will receive his award in the National Theater on the last night of the festival.
Agnes B. will present her feature “Je m’appelle hmmm…” on the second day of the festival, which runs Aug. 15-23.
Three films will be screened on the opening night. In the festival’s largest venue, Ht Eronet Open Air Cinema, there’ll be a screening of “Amores Perros,” the debut feature of Mexican director Alejandro Inarritu.
Inarritu’s film plays as part of a tribute to Mexican cinema, and has been selected for two reasons. First, it heralded the emergence of the Mexican new wave cinema, and second, it introduced Garcia Bernal, who was only 20 at the time. »
- Leo Barraclough
After just an "Avengers: Age of Ultron" footage reveal and an "Ant-Man" panel that was caught under the specter of the project recently losing its director (no new movie announcements beyond a "Guardians of the Galaxy" sequel, no exciting casting revelations), it really did seem from afar like the Marvel Comic-Con presentation was a bit of a whiff this year. I'm sure all in attendance enjoyed the early look, but it felt like it may have been pretty weak sauce, particularly if you were trying to decide between that and a unique Chuck Palahniuk/David Fincher/"Fight Club" panel and opted for the superheroes instead. Fincher's 1999 masterwork is celebrating its 15th anniversary this October and this panel was a "from page to screen and beyond" look at the novel's journey from Palahniuk's brain to pop culture phenomenon. A little over a year ago, the author announced plans to write »
- Kristopher Tapley
San Diego — After many rumors and wild media speculation, "Interstellar" director Christopher Nolan and star Matthew McConaughey surprised Comic-Con's Hall H crowd by making their first appearances at the pop culture festival. And once they hit the stage, it seemed somewhat likely that a new trailer would be screened for the audience. More intriguingly, the duo provided more details on how the movie came to be and what to expect this November. McConaughey, who had shockingly never made it to Comic-Con before, came out first to a wild standing ovation. He revealed he first met for Nolan for three hours without the movie ever being brought up or discussed. "I remember leaving thinking, what was that about," McConaughey recalled. "He liked meeting me and a week later I got the script. I liked it quite a lot and I was in." His character, Cooper, a pilot, engineer and widowed father of two children. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Anne Marie here, writing from the Big Daddy of all conventions, San Diego Comic Con! For the next four days, over 100,000 geeks and geekettes of all ages will take over downtown San Diego. Haters state that Sdcc "sold out" and stopped being about comics long ago; I say that's a good thing. Studios, TV networks, video game companies, and publishers all vie for a place here. Think of Sdcc like an all-inclusionary media festival, if most of the media was made up of trailers, demos, behind-the-scenes panels, and free tchotchkes in the shape of Simpsons characters.
Sdcc has been playing an increasingly large role in the pop culture landscape. As many as half of 2014's Top 10 Blockbusters had a presence at Comic Con last year. But it's not just about the lowbrow. The Academy Award-winning Gravity premiered its trailer at a panel last year where director Alfonso Cuaron discussed its now-famous technological challenges. »
- Anne Marie
Lifetime Channel’s “The Lottery” plays on the similar concept of the near future—women stopped having children and the human race is on a path of extinction. However, the television series will begin with a small group of scientists managing to create 100 embryos to be successfully fertilized. And a national lottery is created to decide on which women could play the surrogate mothers.
Lifetime Channel was able to let Latino-Review preview its pilot episode before its premiere date on Sunday, July 20.
Without giving major spoilers, the story mainly follows Dr. Alison Lennon (played by Marley Shelton) and her team manage fertilize eggs with sperms and Kyle (played by Michael Graziadei), a father to the last and youngest children on the planet.
Despite the successful fertilization, a government military agency is trying to shut down the program headed by Darius Hayes (played »
- Gig Patta
Oscar-winner Alfonso Cuarón was recently rumored to be Warner Bros.’ top choice to direct the studio’s developing movie prequel to The Shining, Overlook Hotel; as exciting as those claims were, however, it was Cuarón himself who put a damper on that idea, when he revealed his plans to take a break – after the exhausting, but rewarding, process of making Gravity. On the plus side, though, we now have news of WB being in proper talks with another intriguing candidate to direct Overlook Hotel.
Variety is reporting that filmmaker Mark Romanek has entered negotiations to reach a deal for him to call the shots on Overlook Hotel, drawing from the most recent script draft penned by ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
No stranger to leaving big studio projects in his rear-view, director Mark Romanek is in talks to take on what is definitely the biggest movie of his career: Warner Bros.. Overlook Hotel, the prequel to Stanley Kubrick.s classic The Shining. It.s an interesting fit, but I won.t be holding my breath at my typewriter waiting on him to actually make the movie. "But wait," you might be saying if you.ve paid attention to Overlook Hotel.s brief history, "I thought Gravity.s Alfonso Cuarón was supposed to direct it." Well, the Academy Award-winning director passed on it, which is bad for this movie, but probably good for Cuarón.s career in general. Plus, it could give Romanek, who is currently at the "in talks" phase of signing on, a chance to become a household name rather than a filmmaker that people have to look »
After getting involved and falling away from various studio projects like Disney's new Cinderella, Universal's The Wolfman, and an adaptation of Dan Brown's The Last Symbol, director Mark Romanek is going to try his hand at another big studio film. Variety reports the Never Let Me Go and One Hour Photo director is in talks to be at the helm of The Overlook Hotel, the prequel to The Shining being set up at Warner Bros. With a script from "The Walking Dead" showrunner Glen Mazzara, and a classic predecessor from Stanley Kubrick, this is a hot commodity, but there's no telling whether Romanek will stick with it. Alfonso Cuaron was supposedly up for the gig, but he passed. However, with this new report comes plot details. For those who don't know there was a prologue to Stephen King's original novel that was cut from the book before it »
- Ethan Anderton
The movie will be based on King's original prologue to The Shining, which was cut from the book prior to its publication in 1977.
THR says that it will "tell the origin story of the haunted hotel through the eyes of its first owner, Bob T. Watson, a robber baron at the turn of the 20th century."
It looked like Alfonso Cuarón was going to direct it at one point, but I guess things didn't pan out. Romanek is a talented director though, and I think this could be a great project for him. I'm such a huge fan of The Shining, so I'm incredibly stoked for this to happen!
After a little digging I found the prologue online at With Nail Rules. I included the first scene below, »
- Joey Paur
Back in April we got the first word on a new series heading to Syfy, a "space opera" entitled "The Expanse." Now we know who the lead actor is going to be, and it's someone most genre fans know and love.
From the Press Release:
Syfy and Alcon TV are pleased to announce that three-time Golden Globe nominee Thomas Jane ("Hung," The Punisher, The Mist) will star as the world-weary Detective Miller, a native of “the Asteroid Belt” between Mars and Jupiter, in "The Expanse."
The new 10-episode space opera based on James S. A. Corey's international best-selling book series will premiere on Syfy in 2015.
Jane's Miller is a detective for a corporate security force operating as the law in The Belt. Ragged, in search of something even he can’t identify, Miller remains a dedicated cop with great instincts who discovers a newfound sense of purpose when he’s »
- Debi Moore
Director: Lloyd Kaufman
Running Time: 82 minutes
At school I watched a fair number of inappropriate movies, from Day Of The Dead to something called Loose Ends 3. I have distinct memories of seeing the original Class Of Nuke ‘Em High and feeling both frightened and horny. Now it’s time to find out what the thirtysomething me makes of a Troma Entertainment production as director Lloyd Kaufman resurrects his back catalogue with Return To Nuke ‘Em High: Vol.1. Let me begin by saying there is no point in me criticizing this film whatsoever. I could talk about the satire so heavy-handed you could use it to bitch slap a rhinoceros. I could point out that swathes of the plot don’t make any sense, but why bother? Troma haven’t built their reputation on Oscars. They go all out to »
- Steve Palace
Lol! Joe Manganiello was caught by photographers checking out now girlfriend Sofia Vergara's butt at the White House Correspondents Dinner on May 3. In the flashback pic, the Modern Family star is talking to her costar Jesse Tyler Ferguson, his husband Justin Mikita, Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron and his girlfriend Sheherazade Goldsmith. Lingering in the background is the True Blood hunk, who (without shame) is taking in Vergara's famed assets. Us Weekly exclusively broke the news on July 7 the pair are now officially an item and, indeed, [...] »
Warner Bros. has boosted Niki Sherrod to Svp,Music as the film music exec goes into her eighth year with the studio. Sherrod had most recently served as VP Music after joining the company in 2006 following stints at Atlantic Records’ soundtrack division and Warner Music Group, where she served as creative director for film and TV. At WB she has overseen music including the Billboard-charting soundtrack for teen party pic Project X featuring the likes of Kid Cudi, Pusha T, and Tyler the Creator – and, on the other side of the spectrum, the Oscar-winning original score for Alfonso Cuaron’s […] »
Birdman, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, will open this year’s Venice Film Festival. The movie stars Michael Keaton as a washed-up actor famous for having played an iconic superhero as he tries a Broadway play and restore his reputation. The movie also stars Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Andrea Riseborough, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis, and Amy Ryan.
Birdman’s Venice premiere dovetails nicely with last year’s opening movie, Gravity—which Alfonso Cuaron, a good friend of Iñárritu’s, directed. And both Gravity and Birdman were shot by Emmanuel Lubezki. However, while Gravity did not compete in the festival’s competition, »
- Jacob Shamsian
The black comedy, about a washed-up actor (Keaton) who once played an iconic superhero and must overcome his ego and family trouble as he struggles to mount a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past glory, will world preem in competition at the fest on August 27.
“Birdman” is a Fox Searchlight Pictures/New Regency presentation of a New Regency/M Productions/Le Grisbi production. The U.S. release date is October 17, while it will be going out internationally in early 2015. The producers are Inarritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan, and James W. Skotchdopole.
“Birdman” is the first foray into »
- Nick Vivarelli
Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s Birdman, or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance, has been selected for opening honors at the Venice Film Festival. When Fox Searchlight set an October 17 North American release, and when Birdman didn’t appear in Cannes, we expected it would get a berth at one of the fall festivals. I felt particularly strongly about Venice, especially as it makes a nice dovetail to last year when Iñárritu’s pal Alfonso Cuaron did opening night honors with Gravity. That film went on to a huge awards season run, but it was not in competition in Venice, and that was lamented […] »
There must be something in the water down in Mexico, something that breeds incredible cinematic visionaries quite unmatched by their professional peers. Alongside filmmakers like Alfonso Cuarón and Alejandro González Iñárritu, Guillermo del Toro is one such talent – and it appears he has a lot on his plate.
Following the recent announcement that a sequel to Pacific Rim was hoped to be released in 2017, del Toro has also let slip that he intends to shoot a very small black and white picture before he sinks his teeth into another helping of kaiju/robot mayhem.
Considering his notoriety for being a director involved in certain projects that fail to get off the ground or result in his departure for varying reasons, it’d seem unsurprising that del Toro would remain relatively tight-lipped regarding his career choices – but with this double whammy of film news, I for one couldn’t be happier. »
- Dale Barham
While computer generated imagery is an ever-growing arena as far as film is concerned, we find that practical effects are falling by the wayside. CGI, when done right, can yield some amazing results. Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity immersed people in the cold blackness of space, so much so that you didn't even question where you were. Even characters are becoming central figures in films, such as Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, where CG can translate an actor's performance to another creature »
- Sean Wist
Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them, the Harry Potter spinoff trilogy that Warner Bros is preparing to bring to the screen, is now set to film at their Levesden Studios in the UK. What's cool about that? Well, it also happens to be the studio used for all of the other Harry Potter films. So fan worried that there wouldn't be enough of a Potter feel to the films- which take place a whole 70 years before the exploits we saw in the original films- need not worry.
Also notable for the productions is that they will mark Potter author J.K. Rowling's first work as a screenwriter. The studio is entrusting her with adapting the story of Newt Scamander's adventures for the big screen. "Set in the wizarding world, the story will feature magical creatures and characters, some of which will be familiar to devoted Harry Potter fans," Warner CEO Kevin Tsujihara has said. »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
While Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity wasn't the most expensive movie that was made and released last year, it did still cost a pretty penny. According to Warner Bros., the sci-fi spectacle cost $100 million to make -a great deal of which likely went towards doing all of the visual effects and paying the contracts held by Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Creating a realistic big screen version of space is expensive - so expensive, in fact, that the movie actually cost more to make than the last space mission launched by India. According to Variety, the newly elected Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the claim while speaking at a satellite launch earlier this afternoon at Sriharikota, a spaceport in southern India. Said the politician, "I have heard about the film Gravity. I am told the cost of sending an Indian rocket to space is less than the money invested in »
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