Bong Joon-Ho’s latest film “Okja” follows Mija (Seohyun An), a young girl who risks everything to try to stop a powerful, multi-national company from kidnapping her best friend – a massive animal named Okja. The film also stars Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Giancarlo Esposito, Lily Collins, and more. Check out a first look at the image above featuring Swinton and Esposito on location in New York, courtesy of Netflix.
Bong’s previous films have been widely acclaimed by audiences and critics. His first film “Barking Dogs Never Bite” follows an out-of-work college professor who abuses and kidnaps the barking dogs in his apartment building because he’s irritated by the noise and the young woman who investigates their disappearance. His next film “Memories of Murder” is based on Korea’s first serial murder in »
- Vikram Murthi
Netflix have provided Lrm with a first look photo from director Bong Joon Ho's monster movie Okja. The photo (Click on it for a larger view) above features Tilda Swinton (Nancy Mirando) and Giancarlo Esposito (Frank Dawson) shooting Okj on location in New York City.
The film was written by Bong and Jon Ronson (Frank) and follows Mija, a young girl who must risk everything to prevent a powerful, multi-national company from kidnapping her best friend – a massive animal named 'Okja'. Mija will be played by Seohyun An.
Okja will premiere globally on Netflix in 2017 and will also have a limited day and date theatrical release in the Us. »
- Kellvin Chavez
Netflix shared the first image from its feature film Okja, which was filmed earlier this year in Seoul, South Korea. From director Bong Joon Ho (Snowpiercer, The Host, Mother), Okja is produced by Plan B, Lewis Pictures and Kate Street Picture Company, and stars Tilda Swinton ( Snowpiercer, Doctor Strange, Hail, Caesar!, Moonrise Kingdom), Jake Gyllenhaal (Donnie Darko, Nightcrawler, Everest) and Paul Dano (Love & Mercy, 12 Years a […] »
"Snowpiercer" and "The Host" helmer Bong Joon-Ho returns soon with "Okja," an original sci-fi drama feature for Netflix about a young girl who risks everything to prevent a multi-national from kidnapping her best friend who happens to be a massive animal.
The project is currently in the midst of production with photos from some location shooting this week going viral yesterday due to the unique costumes that two of the film's stars, Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal, were wearing on set as their characters.
In the wake of those photos going online, the streaming giant decided to release the first publicity still from the feature which is sadly a far less exciting shot of Swinton and Giancarlo Esposito in more demure outfits. Paul Dano, Lily Collins, Kelly Macdonald, and Steven Yeun also star in the film which will premiere next year.
- Garth Franklin
Cold Iron, headed by Miranda Bailey, has acquired the feature film rights to “The Assistants,” in which a 30-year-old assistant to a billionaire mogul finds that the glamour of working for a media company in New York has completely faded but her student loan debt has not. A technical error with her boss’ expense report presents her with the opportunity to pay off the entire balance of her loans, but she hesitates while other assistants approach her to assert that they want in.
Perri wrote the original draft of “The Assistants” while working as the assistant to the editor-in-chief of Esquire and will write the screenplay. Penguin Random House published “The Assistants” in May.
Cold Iron also produced Bel Powley’s “Diary of »
- Dave McNary
When Kumail Nanjiani‘s very first nude scene screened for the first time — in front of a crowd of studio executives and movie theater owners at CinemaCon in Las Vegas a few short months ago — his world changed right away. As he recalled to TheWrap during a recent interview, “That was the day my Twitter blew up.” If you’ve seen the memorable sequence in Fox’s comedy “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates,” in theaters now, you know why. Also Read: Paul Dano on Daniel Radcliffe's 'Swiss Army Man' Farts: 'It Was Glorious' The actor, best »
- Meriah Doty
Thanks to a well-reviewed movie star, Bleecker Street took “Captain Fantastic” to a now-rare, once-common $20,000-plus limited per theater opening. With all well-oiled cylinders at work, Bleecker filled the demand for older-audience films after two failed recent attempts by others at corralling the younger market (“Swiss Army Man” and “The Neon Demon”).
A wider Bollywood release, Salman Khan-starrer “Sultan” (Yash Raj), achieved something few specialized films have managed in recent months: a Top Ten placement despite playing at fewer than 300 theaters.
Meantime, The Orchard’s “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” expanded again to strong numbers close to last weekend’s. This word-of-mouth hit could play all summer and expand wider. There is still an audience out there: it’s just more selective.
“Captain Fantastic” (Bleecker Street) – Metacritic: 70; Festivals include: Sundance, »
- Tom Brueggemann
“Swiss Army Man” stars Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano are perfectly fine if people are initially drawn to the movie because of its boner compass. “There was something to me incredibly funny about the fact that it was operated by two gigantic levers,” Radcliffe told TheWrap’s Stuart Brazell. “It was like you would switch signals on a train track with them.” The movie follows a man named Hank (Dano) who is marooned on an island and thinking about suicide when he comes across a corpse (Radcliffe) that has washed up on the beach. Also Read: Paul Dano on Daniel Radcliffe's 'Swiss Army. »
- J. Clara Chan
Pixar-Disney’s sequel won the frame handily over three new releases, led by “The Legend of Tarzan” with $45.6 million and followed by Universal’s “The Purge: Election Year” with $34.8 million and Steven Spielberg’s “The BFG” with a disappointing $22.3 million for Disney.
“Finding Dory” has now taken in $380.5 million in its first 18 days — just $300,000 short of matching the entire run of its 2003 predecessor “Finding Nemo,” 25th highest on the list of all-time domestic grossers.
“Dory” is showing plenty of staying power, declining less than 42% in its third weekend. It will face serious competition from next weekend’s launch of Universal-Illumination’s “The Secret Life of Pets,” but it should be able to to hit three more box office milestones shortly: topping Disney/Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” as the top domestic »
- Dave McNary
The Pixar release swam to the top of the charts for the third consecutive weekend, picking up $41.9 million to bring its domestic total to $372.2 million. The follow-up to “Finding Nemo” should end the four-day holiday with another $50.5 million in receipts. It is on pace to surpass “Toy Story 3” and its $415 million haul as the highest grossing Pixar film in history on a domestic basis.
“It’s showing no signs of slowing down,” said Dave Hollis, distribution chief at Disney, Pixar’s parent company. “As people are weighing what to see, it stands out as the only option that’s going to entertain everyone.”
The July 4th weekend is traditionally one of the movie business’ biggest, but this national holiday suffered from a weak crop of new releases, as »
- Brent Lang
Chicago – It’s a simple concept. A man is stuck on an island, and has run out of hope. A dead corpse washes ashore and starts farting. The farts are so frequent that the man rides the corpse like a jet ski. The man is “saved”? Oh yes, and the corpse is portrayed by Daniel “Harry Potter” Radcliffe.
In one of the wildest and most original ideas to come along in film culture in a while, “Swiss Army Man” is a “one joke” concept that does a bit more than just expectorate gas. The journey that the man and his corpse go on becomes important enough to change a few lives, and no matter which astral plane the actions of the dead body are coming from, the way he is able to save a dying man becomes the most important point. This is a buddy comedy for the ages, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
You've probably heard of Swiss Army Man as the movie where Daniel Radcliffe plays a farting corpse. You've probably seen the whimsical trailer, which does not hide the fact that Daniel Radcliffe plays a farting corpse. Here's the rub, though: Swiss Army Man is soooooooo much more than just the movie where Daniel Radcliffe plays a farting corpse. Swiss Army Man is about Hank (Paul Dano), a man who finds himself stranded on a tiny island with no rescue in sight. Just as he's given up on life, he comes across another person (Daniel Radcliffe), only they happen to be dead. The dead aren't useless, though, and Dano proceeds to find not just ways of saving his life, but a reason to live, all thanks to the decaying yet increasingly animated corpse of a...
- Peter Hall
It would not be unfair to call Swiss Army Man “the movie about the farting corpse with the boner,” because that is the perfect description of Manny (Daniel Radcliffe), one of its two lead characters (the other is love-torn Hank played by Paul Dano). What would be unfair is to only call it that, because it’s actually one of the most unexpectedly sensitive films of 2016.
As directed by the Daniels (Kwan and Scheinert) the film combines the best of buddy films, mumblecore aesthetics and unexpected romance to become something that defies genre and what’s politically correct on film. Needless to say so, it’s a delightful surprise and perfect counter-programming for a season so marked by how alike everything looks. Whether you like the film or not, the true thing is that you won’t be able to get it out of your mind for quite some time. »
- Jose Solís
Swiss Army Man, 2016.
A hopeless man stranded in the wilderness befriends a dead body and together they go on a surreal journey to get home.
Not even five minutes into Swiss Army Man (the first feature film from Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, recognized collectively as Daniels and most known for making visually conceptual music videos), Hank (a stranded man on an island attempting suicide played by Paul Dano) finds a rotting washed up corpse near a beach (Daniel Radcliffe), and uses the body’s constant gassy flatulence as a special power to jet-ski from one section of the island to another, that hopefully will have signs of civilization. It’s the initial promise that the movie will be a quirky, bizarre, weird, fun, and unforgettable experience. Most importantly, Swiss Army Man »
- Robert Kojder
It’s not easy to get people to take your film seriously when it gains a reputation as the “farting corpse comedy,” but the team behind “Swiss Army Man” have done just that, and are now happily watching their movie’s lead actors make waves–literally and figuratively.
The feature film debut of music video directors Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan -— collectively known as “Daniels” —“Swiss Army Man” centers on Hank (Paul Dano), a man stranded on a deserted island who makes a friend when a corpse named Manny (Radcliffe) washes up on shore. In short order, the dead guy’s unseemly bodily functions figure heavily in the plot. As basically everyone knows by now, Hank uses Manny’s body as a survival tool in several different ways. Manny’s farts act as a propulsion system that allow Hank to ride his body like a jet ski, and his »
- Graham Winfrey
At 26, Daniel Radcliffe has fans to last him a lifetime, but now is the time to recognize him as one of the great actors working today. Chosen from droves of adorable English schoolchildren, Radcliffe was plucked from obscurity to play “The Boy Who Lives” in a fleet of “Harry Potter” blockbusters. Shouldering the weight of global fame and intense fandom, he made the treacherous crossing from child star to respected thespian by challenging himself with naked and vulnerable Broadway turn in “Equus,” a dark comedy TV series “The Young Doctor’s Notebook,” and the role of a young Allen Ginsburg in the biopic “Kill Your Darlings.” In comedies “Trainwreck” and “Victor Frankenstein” as well as the horrific “The Woman in Black” and “Horns,” we’ve witnessed Radcliffe’s emergence as a dynamic and daring young actor who is bankable if not a guaranteed marquee draw.
With his latest, “Swiss Army Man, »
- Kristy Puchko
For many, Summer is a time to “get away from it all”. That’s been a theme for lots of movie characters over the years. Robert Redford in All Is Lost and James Franco in 127 Hours escaped the rat race to explore the world solo, but both getaways lead to disaster (we just saw that last weekend with Blake Lively in The Shallows). Of course, solitude is often not a choice, but the result of fate. It perhaps started with Robinson Crusoe (made into several films), the idea of one or two people (or the seven TV folks on a “three-hour tour”) stranded on a desolate island. Swept Away was an Italian flick and an American remake, but the recent epic adventure that most movie fans would recall might be 2000’s Cast Away, This new film explores similar themes, but while Tom Hanks had a volleyball named Wilson as company, »
- Jim Batts
July 4 fell on a Saturday last year, resulting in an Independence Day weekend without an extended holiday. Thanks to 2016 being a Leap Year, July 4 moves to Monday and we're looking at a four-day holiday weekend that not only includes the third weekend for the high-powered performance of Disney and Pixar's Finding Dory, but three new wide releases. However, like last weekend, this week's freshman class will be jostling for runner up position as Dory is looking at a three-peat atop the weekend chart. Meanwhile WB's The Legend of Tarzan and Steven Spielberg's The Bfg*and their combined budgets totaling $320 million*may have a hard time taking down Universal's The Purge: Election Year, which was made for a mere $10 million. After crossing $300 million in just 12 days, Finding Dory enters its third weekend ready to rule once again. After a 46% drop in its second weekend (42% without including Thursday previews) a holiday »
- Brad Brevet
Every so often, a film is so innovative that it sends audiences running. Such was the case when “Swiss Army Man” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where the tale of a despondent island castaway (Paul Dano) and the talking, farting corpse he discovers and befriends (Daniel Radcliffe) inspired a seriously divisive responsive. No one is walking out now: “Swiss Army Man” led the specialty box office last weekend, (beating out the highly anticipated “Neon Demon”), and opens nationally July 1. It’s quickly becoming the breakout story of the summer. But while its directors are technically first-timers in the feature-length realm, they’re hardly newcomers.
The film’s success is largely due to its odd premise, dark humor, and — above all — a unique aesthetic that’s both tonally offbeat and profound. That aesthetic was honed by directors Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, who go simply by “Daniels,” during their rise »
- Jude Dry
When I was in 8th grade, I remember hearing about a book that was coming out called Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’S Stone, and like all good Christian schools do, the book was immediately banned. Being a young one who was always interested in the dark side of life, I knew I had to have this book. Now, this article isn’t about Harry Potter (Lord knows I could write a million articles on that) but the actor who would later become the iconic character: Daniel Radcliffe.
Having been a total Harry Potter nerd and reading each book as they came out (from 8th grade up until around the age of 22) and becoming obsessed with the films, I wondered what Radcliffe would do after the series was through. Would he always be known for Harry Potter or would he fade into obscurity? Luckily for me, and his millions of fans, »
- Shannon McGrew
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