15 items from 2016
The 2016 Emmy nominations were, as per usual, both thrilling and maddening. For every inspired nod (The Americans! Finally!) there was a snub that had me scratching the skin off my scalp (no Eva Green again?!). So without further adieu, I give you the good, the bad and the downright ugly from this year’s list.
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Fox Searchlight have announced the street date for Marc Webb‘s Gifted, the (500) Days Of Summer and The Amazing Spider-Man director’s drama which is led by Chris Evans. The film will reach U.S. soil on April 12, 2017, just a couple of days ahead of the next film in the Fast and Furious series, Fast 8.
Here’s the plot.
Frank Adler (Chris Evans) is a single man raising a child prodigy – his spirited young niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) – in a coastal town in Florida. Frank’s plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old’s mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank’s formidable mother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan) whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary. Octavia Spencer plays Roberta, Frank and Mary’s landlady and best friend. Jenny Slate is Mary’s teacher, Bonnie, a young woman whose concern »
- Paul Heath
Plus: Sing Street re-released in Us; Interview with God wraps; and more…
The Us Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced more key dates in the run-up to the 2016 Academy Awards, and some tweaks to Oscar rules.
The Academy’s Governors Awards will take place on 12 November, 2016. Voting on Oscar nominations will start on 5 January, 2017 and end on 13 January. The Oscar nominations announcement will be made on 24 January and the Scientific and Technical Awards announcement on 11 February.
Final Oscar voting begins on 13 February and ends on 21 February.
Among the rule changes is one stipulating that for feature-length films getting their qualifying seven-day Los Angeles runs screenings must occur at least three times daily, with at least one screening beginning between 6pm and 10pm each day.
• The Weinstein Company (TWC) is re-releasing writer-director John Carney’s Irish musical dramedy Sing Street (pictured) in Us cinemas this Friday (July 1). The film’s initial Us release through TWC on »
Evans plays a single man raising his niece — a child prodigy portrayed by newcomer Mckenna Grace — in a coastal town in Florida. His plans for a normal school life for her are foiled when the seven-year-old’s mathematical abilities come to the attention of his formidable mother (Lindsay Duncan).
Evans reunites with “Snowpiercer” costar Octavia Spencer, who plays his character’s landlady and best friend. Jenny Slate portrays the girl’s teacher, whose concern for her student develops into a connection with the child’s uncle.
Fox Searchlight is opening “Gifted »
- Dave McNary
Legendary and Universal Pictures has put the "Pacific Rim" sequel back on the release calendar, setting a February 23rd 2018 release. Steven S. DeKnight takes the helm of the film which stars John Boyega as the son of the character played by Idris Elba in the first. Guillermo del Toro is set to produce.
Fox Searchlight Pictures has announced an April 12th 2017 release date for the Marc Webb-directed drama "Gifted". Chris Evans stars as a single man raising a child prodigy (Mckenna Grace) in Florida. Lindsay Duncan, Jenny Slate and Octavia Spencer co-star in the feature.
Finally, Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American rights to the documentary "Contemporary Color" with a 2017 release planned. »
- Garth Franklin
The HBO drama “The Leftovers” is currently filming its final season, and has announced actress Lindsay Duncan is joining the ensemble cast. THR reports that the details of Duncan’s role are being kept under wraps, including the number of episodes in which she’ll appear. A veteran British actress of stage and screen, Duncan got a […]
The post The Final Season Of ‘The Leftovers’ Won’t Air Til 2017, ‘Birdman’ Star Lindsay Duncan Joins The Cast appeared first on The Playlist. »
- Charles Dean
If you think the scariest thing about “Brexit” is the term itself, clearly you haven’t kept current with Last Week Tonight With John Oliver.
On this past Sunday’s installment of HBO’s TCA-nominated late-night program, Oliver offered an in-depth, uniquely qualified look at the then-debate over whether Britain should leave the European Union, and the effects it would have on the world’s economy. The vote, which took place on Thursday, decided that Britain would indeed exit the EU. Since then, prime minister David Cameron has announced that »
Already having shot the first two episodes of The Leftovers’ third and final season, co-creator Damon Lindelof can see the finish line getting closer. But what’s there? How will the HBO drama end? Will the last scene shock or comfort viewers? “Definitely not shock,” he promises our sister site Deadline. “As for comfort — well, that’s all relative.”
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According to the Lost vet, when breaking down Season 3, the creative team “started with the very end [and] eventually said, ‘What do we want the »
RelatedThe Leftovers‘ Final Season Cast Revealed: Who’s In? Who’s Out?
As yet, no details about her role — neither who she’s playing nor the number of episodes in which she’ll appear — have been released. But, of course, what’s one more Leftovers mystery?
Our bet: The veteran actress will be involved in one way or another with Scott Glenn. »
Goodbye #SadAffleck, hello #RagingAffleck!
Ben Affleck on Wednesday upped his angst to an 11 during an interview on Bill Simmons‘ new HBO venture Any Given Wednesday. The bizarre tirade found the Boston-bred actor-director unleashing an expletive-heavy answer when prompted to discuss the highly publicized Deflategate scandal of 2015 (or as it seems, a million years ago) that resulted in the four-game, ultimately overturned suspension of New England Patriots Qb Tom Brady.
“Deflategate is the ultimate bull—t f—ing outrage of sports,” Affleck roared. “They haven’t done anything to address this crisis »
Is Game of Thrones‘ Cersei getting ready to “Burn them all!”?
That depends on who you ask, how much time you spend on fan sites and how much you like to second-guess the HBO fantasy series.
RelatedUnpopular Game of Thrones Opinion: [Spoiler] Should’ve Lived
We’ve resisted jumping into the “Ooh, this maybe-sorta-could-possibly happen!” pool all season, but as the finale draws near (and we continue to try to catch our breath after the Battle of the Bastards), we figured it was time to check in on some of the more popular ideas circulating in the Thronesverse — and to judge »
Directed by James Bobin.
Starring Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall, Rhys Ifans, Matt Lucas, Richard Armitage, Andrew Scott, Lindsay Duncan, and Sacha Baron Cohen.
Alice returns to the whimsical world of Wonderland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter.
In an age where Hollywood cannot go more than two years tops without cashing in on a sequel to a smashing box office success, it is absolutely flabbergasting from a business perspective that Alice Through the Looking Glass is just now being released a little over six years after Tim Burton rebooted the iconic characters and story with Alice in Wonderland. That movie made over $1 billion too, begging the question, why was there no immediate follow-up?
Well, after having watched Alice Through the Looking Glass, it seems safe to assume »
- Robert Kojder
Disney certainly knows how to craft financially successful films. Especially when they take their animated classics and adapt them into live action features, the Mouse basically has a formula all but down pat. Opening this week, Alice Through the Looking Glass is the latest in that endeavor, one which was executed to tremendous effect recently with The Jungle Book. This one doesn’t appear to be nearly as strong a work, which makes sense considering the last installment in this now franchise was Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, which I didn’t care for one bit. Still, it was a hit, and I highly suspect that this one will be a hit as well. The movie is, once again, a sequel to Alice in Wonderland, obviously. Taking place years after the first film, Alice Kingsleigh (Mia Wasikowska) is drawn back into Wonderland by her oppressed life in the real »
- Joey Magidson
Six years ago, Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland caught the early wave of the modern 3D era and became a big financial success, fairly demanding that a sequel would be forthcoming. Now the generally darker sequel has arrived, based on the generally darker book by Lewis Carroll, and once again scripted by the generally reliable Linda Woolverton. Yet beyond the financial imperative, it's difficult to discern a creative motivation for telling the new story. Since the events in the first film, Alice (Mia Wasikowska) has become a ship's captain. Upon her return home to England, she learns that her mother (Lindsay Duncan) is facing a financial crisis and that her former fiancee Hamish (Leo Bill) holds the key, so to speak. Led by the butterfly...
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Believes six impossible things — like implausible character motivations, or big emotions — because they’re in the script, without bothering to earn them. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): hated the first film
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Alice Through the Looking Glass may bear even less resemblance to anything Lewis Carroll wrote than its predecessor, Tim Burton’s 2010 flick Alice in Wonderland, so perhaps it’s not surprising that it follows up on the adventure that Burton’s adaptation hinted was in store for Alice, something that Carroll would never have imagined for her. Glass opens with adult Alice Kingsleigh (Mia Wasikowska: Crimson Peak, Madame Bovary), now captain of an English merchant ship in 1847, executing a daring escape from pirates on the high seas. It’s a thrilling sequence, not least because Alice’s all-male crew appears to have no »
- MaryAnn Johanson
15 items from 2016
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