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Jonás Cuarón, son of Alfonso, directs this fast-paced action-thriller that stars Gael García Bernal and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Desierto arrives at the BFI London Film Festival following a world debut at last month’s Toronto Film Festival.
The film, Jonás Cuarón’s second feature following the 2007 indie Year Of The Nail (Año uña), revolves around a group of Mexican immigrants who have just illegally crossed the Mexico/ United States border. As they step onto Us soil, they stumble into the path of Sam (Jeffrey Dead Morgan), a loner who is taking it upon himself to patrol the area and enforce his own version of border control. Picking off eight members of the travelling Mexican pack with his high-powered rifle in a matter of minutes, killing them instantly, Sam and his blood-thirsty dog Tracker then go after the remainder of the group, »
- Paul Heath
Former Universal Pictures Chairman David Linde has been chosen by billionaire Jeff Skoll as the new CEO of Participant Media, the multi-faceted entertainment company that is reorganizing and seeking new film and television partners as it moves to reinvigorate its brand, the company announced just after noon.
In Linde, Skoll has picked a seasoned studio chief with deep roots in the independent film business and in the international entertainment community, particularly in India and China, where he has established business and artistic ties.
Linde has been a film financier and producer for the last four years as the principal and founder of Lava Bear Films, which has financial backing from India’s Reliance Entertainment and has worked with directors like Alejandro Inarritu and China’s Zhang Yimou. Skoll, founding president of eBay, believes that his new chief executive’s broad and cosmopolitan profile is perfectly tailored to Participant’s mission »
- James Rainey
While (some) filmmakers will certainly open up to journalists, there’s the sense that they are more willing to greater discuss their process with a fellow colleague in the field. The smart folks over at Empire went all-out with this idea and recruited Spectre director Sam Mendes to reach out to a wide array of friends to get their tidbits when it comes to their specific filmmaking process.
Including Steven Spielberg, David Fincher, Christopher Nolan, Ang Lee, Edgar Wright, Alfonso Cuarón, Joe Wright, Paul Greengrass, Joss Whedon, Steven Soderbergh, Susanne Bier, Alexander Payne, George Clooney, and more, the full Q&A’s are in Empire’s latest issue, but we’ve selected some of the best responses below for your viewing pleasure. Let us know your favorites answers in the comments and pick up the full issue here.
Have You Ever Walked Off A Set In A Temper?
Ang Lee: I only Hulked out once. »
- Leonard Pearce
Having caught sci-fi fans’ attention with his role as Mickey in BBC’s now massive show Doctor Who, actor Noel Clarke has went from acting, to acting, writing and directing his own films, in every kind of genre from dramas, horror (Storage 24) and now Sci-Fi with his new film, The Anomaly (Now available on DVD/Bluray via Anchor Bay). With one hell of an interesting premise involving a man waking up suddenly and having only 9 minutes at a time to try to solve what he’s doing there, the film is a fun ride, with plenty of choreographed fighting greatness, a style that rivals Hollywood’s huge films, and a really engaging story-line.
We thought it would nice to have a small chat with Noel, regarding The Anomaly, as well and the transition from actor to director. Read on!
You’re obviously know for your role in Doctor Who, »
- Jerry Smith
On October 12, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (Wbhe) releases a new special edition of Gravity, the sci-fi blockbuster that was Oscar® nominated for Best Picture and captured seven Academy Awards®. To celebrate, we have a copy to giveaway!
Gravity: Two-Disc Special Edition Blu-ray™ will contain the film on Blu-ray as well as three new bonus features along with three hours of previously released bonus features.
The three new bonus features include Gravity: Silent Space, a surprising cinematic experience with an introduction by Oscar®-winning director Alfonso Cuaron; documentary Looking to the Stars: The Evolution of Space; and Sandra’s Birthday Wish, Bullock’s on-set birthday wishes to Cuaron.
You can order Gravity Two-Disc Special Edition via Amazon here.
The competition closes at midnight on Sunday, October 25th. UK readers only please. To enter, use one of the following methods…
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- Gary Collinson
An astronaut is stranded in space. Time is running out. Resources are scarce. When things do look like they're about to get better, they find a way to get worse. In an environment where life cannot exist, our astronaut must rely on wits, intelligence, science, and maybe even a little faith to survive. This is the plot of Ridley Scott's The Martian, which is currently in theaters. It is also the plot of Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, which came out last year. It is also the plot of Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity, which arrived the year before that. Entirely by accident, a trilogy of movies ("The Totally F--ked Astronaut" trilogy) has formed before our very eyes in the past three years. Each movie is directed by a filmmaker renowned for their technical...
- Jacob S. Hall
Last weekend The Martian opened in the number one spot at the box office with a $55 million debut, falling just short of director Ridley Scott‘s highest-grossing opening for 2001’s Hannibal, which grossed $58 million. Likewise, star Matt Damon also scored his second biggest premiere, just behind 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum, which had a $69.3 million bow.
The film is not only a commercial success, however, as it has been earning high praise from critics as well. Early Oscar buzz is already surrounding the sci-fi flick, adapted from author Andy Weir‘s novel, and it is projected to maintain its position at number one this weekend against newcomers The Walk and Pan.
Big box office numbers are not necessary for Oscar success, as history has shown, but several of those films in the running for best picture nominations this year have been major hits with audiences.
- Patrick Shanley
The immigration thriller was directed by “Gravity” screenwriter Jonás Cuarón and stars Gael García Bernal (“Y Tu Mama Tambien”) and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (“Watchmen”). It debuted this month at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it received strong reviews for its performances and direction, and won the Special Presentation Prize from the International Federation of Film Critics.
“‘Desierto’ operates on a level that is swift, primal and unrelenting,” wrote Variety critic Justin Chang in a favorable notice.
The film centers on a group of Mexicans whose attempts to cross the border into the United States are complicated by a shotgun-wielding vigilante. Given the headlines Donald Trump has generated by attacking immigration policy during the recent presidential race, the subject matter is certainly topical.
Stx Entertainment made a splash two weeks ago when it acquired another Toronto Film Festival release, »
- Brent Lang
Has the curse of Mars movies been broken? It sure looks that way, box office wise, thanks to the terrific opening of Ridley Scott’s optimistic, crowd-pleasing “The Martian” starring Matt Damon which brought in a terrific $54.3 million this weekend. And October seems to be a great launching pad for action dramas set in outer space. “The Martian” fell just shy of the $55.7 million opening Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity,” the current highest-grossing October film record holder, but between the success of these two films and Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” it feels like space exploration is hitting its stride on the big screen of late with audiences. An A- Cineimscore likely means “The Martian” will keep packing them in for weeks to come. Globally, the film had a $100 million-plus weekend and it still has big markets like China, Japan and Russia to open in. After a few stumbles, Matt Damon has »
- Rodrigo Perez
The impressive figures could yet see the critically acclaimed film overtake October record-holder Gravity when final figures are in: on estimates based on its Friday showing, Scott’s movie is just $700,000 short of the $55.7m record posted by Alfonso Cuarón’s Oscar-winning sci-fi thriller in 2013.
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- Ben Child
Matt Damon may have earned the ire of the internet when he again put his very famous foot in his very famous mouth this week, but all those angry headlines didn't deter moviegoers from going to see The Martian, which landed the second-best October opening ever with $55 million, about $700,000 behind Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity. Ridley Scott's space epic has been well-received, the Oscar buzz has already started, and it also opened with $45.2 million internationally. The weekend's other major movie from a major-movie director, Robert Zemeckis's The Walk, didn't do nearly as well, roping in a paltry $240,379 on Wednesday, and making $1.9 million its entire five-day opening. The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Philippe Petit, the daring Frenchman who strung a metal cable between the Twin Towers in 1974 and walked on the wire, some 110 stories in the sky.The other big news of the weekend was about Adam Sandler's »
- Greg Cwik
Ridley Scott, Matt Damon and “The Martian” brought home $55 million at the box office this weekend, as the saga of an astronaut stranded on the Red Planet soared within range of the best October movie opening ever. That was more than enough to dethrone “Hotel Transylvania 2” to become the No.1 movie in North America. Director Scott and star Damon were the main reasons fans turned out in force for the well-reviewed “The Martian,” which is roughly even with the $55.8 million debut of Alfonso Cuarón’s space epic “Gravity” on this weekend two years ago. But one thing “The Martian” had in its favor. »
- Todd Cunningham
Ridley Scott's 3D space epic The Martian rocketed to a $55 million opening in North America, coming in ahead of expectations and almost beating Gravity to nab the top October opening of all time, according to Sunday estimates. The Martian, from 20th Century Fox, continues Hollywood's love affair with space, and comes exactly two years after Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity opened to a record $55.8 million. Last November, Christopher Nolan's Interstellar debuted just north of $47 million. If The Martian does better than expected Sunday, it could beat Gravity and become the new October record-holder. Overseas, The Martian also
- Pamela McClintock
The 20th Century Fox release, starring Matt Damon as an astronaut left for dead on Mars, proved moviegoers remain drawn by the gravitational pull of space adventures. The estimated North American opening of "The Martian" surpassed that of Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" and virtually equaled the debut of Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity."
Last week's box-office champ, "Hotel Transylvania 2," slid to second with an estimated $33 million.
- The Associated Press
The talk of The Martian breaking Gravity's October, opening weekend record began early and really spiked after the Ridley Scott film posted a better opening day than the 2013 Alfonso Cuaron sci-fi flick. However, estimates show The Martian coming up a shade shy of the $55.7 million October record. Provisioned with an "A" CinemaScore, though, this one should survive well week-to-week. 20th Century Fox is reporting an estimated $55 million weekend for The Martian, which puts it $785,112 short of the October opening record, but enough for second place on the chart. By comparison, Gravity scored an "A-" CinemaScore back in 2013 as it went on to enjoy weekends with drops no larger than 36.3% over its first seven weekends. In fact, over the course of its entire 31 week run, Gravity only dropped more than 50% three times. Being a major Oscar contender and 3D event film will do that. I expect big things in The Martian's future, »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
'The Martian' with Matt Damon: Box office record? 'The Martian' fights 'Gravity' for October box office record; actual winner, however, is an Earthbound comedy Released by 20th Century Fox, Ridley Scott's extremely well-received The Martian, starring Matt Damon in the title role as a U.S. astronaut fighting for his life after being left behind all alone on Mars, opened with an estimated $18 million on Friday, Sept. 30, '15, at 3,831 North American theaters, about two thirds of which in 3D. Bear in mind that the Friday estimate includes $2.5 million from Thursday evening and midnight screenings. Directed by eventual Academy Award winner Alfonso Cuarón, Warner Bros.' Gravity, another extremely well-received space movie about a pioneering American fearlessly kicking death's ass while stranded in a – literally – alien realm, collected $17.48 million over the same weekend back in 2013. Sandra Bullock starred as the lost-in-space astronaut and middle-American Mom struggling to »
- Zac Gille
Welcome to the 41st season of Saturday Night Live! I’m your host (of these recaps), Emilie Sowers. I’m very excited to cover this upcoming season, which has the potential to be both a more stable year after the various cast shake ups of the past couple seasons, and a particularly exciting year as it will take place during an already bonkers election season, the sort of time during which, historically, SNL has really shone. Our inaugural season 41 episode will be hosted by and will feature the musical stylings of Miley Cyrus, a person who is universally beloved, not at all divisive, and who definitely won’t cause any Internet commenters to declare the decline of SNL/modern society/the entire world. Let’s dig in! Cold Open: A message for America from presidential candidate Donald Trump and his wife Melania. It felt like this was more important as »
- Emilie Sowers
Matt Damon and “The Martian” launched with an impressive $18 million at the box office Friday, and the Ridley Scott-directed space saga’s orbit will take it north of $50 million in its first weekend for Twentieth Century Fox. The PG-13-rated “The Martian” will take the No. 1 position away from Sony’s animated “Hotel Transylvania 2,” and has a shot at overtaking the $55.8 million debut of “Gravity” on this weekend two years ago as the biggest ever in October. That Alfonso Cuaron-directed space epic took in $17.4 million on its first Friday for Warner Bros. The starpower of the lead actor and. »
- Todd Cunningham
While more and more blockbusters are being released in 3D, the medium has not necessarily translated into Oscar night success stories. While the glasses may sometimes be uncomfortable for theater-goers, the immersive quality that 3D provides makes it a big money maker for CGI-heavy films and big summer releases.
Oscar, on the other hand, has historically preferred more traditional visuals, i.e. the 2D variety. Only six films that have received wide releases in 3D have been nominated for best picture in Academy history, and none have won. Director Robert Zemeckis is hoping that his latest film, The Walk, which was released this Wednesday, will become the seventh 3D film to earn a nomination and finally take home the big prize.
Here’s a look at the last six films widely released in 3D that were nominated for best picture at the Academy Awards:
- Patrick Shanley
London – Welcome to Mexico’s crossover industry. The 23rd Raindance Festival’s pioneering Focus on Mexico Co-Production Forum gave a London producer audience the chance to discover the energy and ambitions of one of, challenges aside, the world’s flourishing national industries.
Many of those ambitions, if the eight projects presented by Mexican directors and producers, are anything to go on, now run through the U.S.
Five titles are in some way Mexican-u.S. crossovers. Though all made by Mexican filmmakers, two are set totally in the U.S, one off its shore, another couple straddle Los Angeles and Latin America. Two Raindance project directors – Grau and Ezban – have been signed up by Paradigm Talent Agency.
The question at the Focus on Mexico was to what the burgeoning Mexico-u.S. film axis could interest potential U.K. co-producers.
Montserrat Larque’s “Over There,” a cutting-edge emigration comedy, is set »
- John Hopewell
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