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2014 has been a landmark year for comic book movies. Not only did we get two of Marvel's best-ever films (Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America: The Winter Soldier), but the major studios announced enough future superhero adaptations to take us all the way up to 2019.
It's been a pretty landmark year for comic books too. It feels as though more genuinely exciting new titles launched in 2014 than in the past ten years combined, with DC, Marvel and especially Image taking big risks and creating some seriously compelling comics in the process.
We've picked out our 14 favourite comics from this year in terms of big-screen potential:
The Comic: On paper, Spread doesn't sound like the most original book on the market. Like The Walking Dead, it's set in a post-apocalyptic world where survivors fight off gruesome monsters and each other. As with The Thing, those monsters are giant shape-shifting »
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will bring you to the edge of your seat when Gone Girl hits Blu-ray and DVD January 13. Based on Gillian Flynn's New York Times Best Seller, Gone Girl delivers critically-acclaimed performances from Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike and the entire all-star ensemble. The supporting cast is rounded out by Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Carrie Coon, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit and Missi Pyle.
Gone Girl - directed by David Fincher and based upon the global best seller by Gillian Flynn - unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same »
The competition movie line-up has been revealed for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, which runs from January 22nd to February 1st 2015. Below the announcement video you'll find the U.S. and World Competition categories, as well as the Next section.
Out of the 12,166 submissions that the festival received this year only 185 were selected. It looks like there are going to be a lot of great films this year. I always enjoy going to Sundance because you never know what film gems are just waiting to be seen.
U.S. Dramatic Competition
Presenting the world premieres of 16 narrative feature films, the Dramatic Competition offers Festivalgoers a first look at groundbreaking new voices in American independent film.
Advantageous / U.S.A. (Director: Jennifer Phang, Screenwriters: Jacqueline Kim, Jennifer Phang) — In a near-future city where soaring opulence overshadows economic hardship, Gwen and her daughter, Jules, do all they can to hold on to their joy, »
- Joey Paur
Today the first wave of titles playing at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival were announced and while the majority of the titles are new to me the names in front of the camera most certainly are not as you'll see the likes of Michael Fassbender, Nicole Kidman, Saoirse Ronan, Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Margot Robbie, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Jack Black, James Marsden, Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Jemaine Clement, Sarah Silverman, Toni Collette, Vincent Cassell and many, many more among the titles featured. I have collected several photos from many of the films playing the festival, which will take place from January 22 - February 1 in Utah next year. Today's selection includes the U.S. Dramatic Competition, U.S. Documentary Competition, World Cinema Dramatic Competition, World Cinema Documentary Competition and Next program. I'll be adding a few more pictures soon enough, but for now, have a look and see what stands out. »
- Brad Brevet
America’s hottest and most eagerly anticipated film festival is nearly upon us! Running January 22 to February 1, 2015 in Park City, Utah, the annual Sundance Film Festival has launched its initial lineup of in-competition films in the Dramatic, World Cinema, Documentary and Next slates. In all, 66 films were announced in this initial lineup, with the Premieres and Documentary Premieres arriving December 8 and the Short Film slate arriving December 9.
Among the lineup, as always, are some intriguing prospects. The Us Dramatic Competition features films starring stars such as Chiwetel Ejiofor, Margot Robbie, Chris Pine (Z for Zachariah), Jack Black, James Marsden, Kathryn Hahn, Jeffrey Tambor (The D Train), Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgård, Christopher Meloni, Kristen Wiig (The Diary of a Teenage Girl), Adam Scott, Taylor Schilling, Jason Schwartzman (The Overnight), and Sarah Silverman (I Smile Back), among many others, and new films from recently hot directors including Alfonso-Gomez Rejon, Andrew Bujalski, and Craig Zobel. »
- Brian Welk
Last year’s Next section introduced us to new breed of filmmakers in Desiree Akhavan, Sydney Freeland, Madeleine Olnek, Ana Lily Amirpour, Malik Vitthal and Gillian Robespierre while re-introducing us to the likes of Alex Ross Perry, Tim Sutton, Michael Tully, Mark Jackson, Martha Stephens & Aaron Katz. With the likes of Josh Mond (see James White pic above), Rick Alverson, Sean Baker and Matt Sobel, the section comprised of ten films (with two non-world premieres in the Locarno preemed Christmas, Again and Venice Film Festival shown H.) distinctly feels avantgarde. Here are the batch of ten films.
Bob and the Trees / U.S.A., France (Director: Diego Ongaro, Screenwriters: Diego Ongaro, Courtney Maum, Sasha Statman-Weil) — Bob, a 50-year-old logger in rural Massachusetts with a soft spot for golf and gangsta rap, is struggling to make ends meet in a changed economy. When his beloved cow is wounded and a job goes awry, »
- Eric Lavallee
A funny thing happened on the way to Park City: The general upsurge of comedians in the independent film world wound up playing a major role in shaping the 2015 Sundance Film Festival program, per fest director John Cooper and director of programming Trevor Groth.
The effect can be felt across all aspects of the feature lineup, which boasts a total of 118 films (103 of them world premieres), but especially among the 16 titles set to screen in the always buzzy U.S. dramatic competition. That’s one of the four juried slates (including U.S. documentary, World Cinema dramatic and World Cinema documentary) unveiled today along with the festival’s noncompetitive Next section.
“There are probably more comedies in the dramatic competition than ever before,” Groth said, citing such titles as “Results,” a romantic laffer from mumblecore auteur Andrew Bujalski, with Guy Pearce and Cobie Smulders as a pair of personal trainers; Patrick Brice’s “The Overnight, »
- Justin Chang
Sundance Film Festival director John Cooper and head of programming Trevor Groth have unleashed their first volley of films in what will be a 118-strong line-up overall culled from 12,166 submissions. Of these, 103 features are world premieres. The festival will run January 22 to February 1.
Us Dramatic Competition includes Craig Zobel’s post-apocalytpic tale Z For Zachariah starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chris Pine; Jack Black in comedy The D Train; and Kristen Wiig in the 1970s San Francisco-set coming-of-age story The Diary Of A Teenage Girl.
Other likely highlights are Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s The Stanford Prison Experiment starring Billy Crudup and Ezra Miller; and Saoirse Ronan in Stockholm, Pennsylvania, about a young woman who returns to live with her parents after she is freed from her abductor of 17 years »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
How important is the Sundance Film Festival's Next program? The yearly slate of edgier fare has led to critically acclaimed art house hits such as "Obvious Child," "Listen Up Phillip" and "Sound of My Voice." It also has inspired the Los Angeles-based Sundance Next Festival, which just wrapped up its second edition this past August. So while it may not have the prestige of the U.S. dramatic competition, Next films are something any movie lover should pay attention to. Along with the top competition categories, the Sundance Institute announced the Next slate for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and it features some indie star power. Kristen Wiig stars in Sundance alum Sebastian Silva's "Nasty Baby" (which makes it back-to-back festivals for the "Skeleton Twins" star), John C. Reilly and Michael Cera appear in the comedy "Entertainment" and former "Girls" star Chris Abbott and Cynthia Nixon star in Josh Mond's "James White. »
- Gregory Ellwood
David Fincher’s Gone Girl has pushed its worldwide box office haul to $334.2 million this past weekend, overtaking Se7en ($327.3 million) and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button ($333.9 million) to become the highest-grossing movie of his filmography.
Adapted from Gillian Flynn’s novel, Gone Girl stars Ben Affleck (Argo), Rosamund Pike (Wrath of the Titans), Emily Ratajkowski (iCarly), Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), Tyler Perry (Madea Gets A Job), Missi Pyle (The Artist), Patrick Fugit (We Bought a Zoo) and Scoot McNairy (12 Years a Slave).
Read our review of Gone Girl here, and listen to the Flickering Myth Podcast review in the player below…
- Gary Collinson
At the beginning of (and throughout) every month, Netflix Streaming adds new movies and TV shows to its library. Here is a quick list of several that you might be interested in. Some of these were added halfway through or near the end of November, but we're going to include them in this roundup anyway, since you may have missed them. Some of these may also have previously been on Netflix, only to have been removed and then added back. Feel free to note anything we've left out in the comments below.Almost Famous (2000)Cameron Crowe's semiautobiographical music drama is comfort food that has been on basic-cable rotation for so long that it's hard to imagine watching it from start to finish. But now you can! Ride along with William Miller (Patrick Fugit) as he lands his first writing gig, falls for Penny Lane, and sings “Tiny Dancer” with »
- Matt Patches
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Dame Helen Mirren plays a snobby French restaurateur/chef who's none too pleased when her new neighbors, the Kadam family, open up their own restaurant next door to hers. Manish Dayal co-stars Hassan, the young chef at the Maison Mumbai whose talent wins over grumbly Madame Mallory, as well as her cute sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon). Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg produced this feel-good foodie film from Swedish director Lasse Hallström. Here's an exclusive clip from the DVD/Blu-ray, just for you.
- Jenni Miller
A version of this story first appeared in the Dec. 5 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. 1. Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead In its fifth season, AMC's zombie hit, based on Kirkman's long-running series, ranks No. 1 among the key adults 18-to-49 demographic. The 35-year-old's other projects: a Dead companion series, likely a prequel, which is casting for 2015; a Cinemax adaptation of his exorcism title Outcast, with Patrick Fugit starring; adaptations of Thief of Thieves at AMC and Clone at Syfy; and Air, a sci-fi feature with Dead's Norman Reedus, at Sony
- Graeme McMillan, Lesley Goldberg
- "West Wing" alum, Ron Canada, has been cast in the recurring role of the crisis-bungling NYC mayor for season 2 of FX's drama, "The Strain." - Merrin Dungey ("Alias") has booked a role as one of Disney's most well-known villains - "The Little Mermaid's" Ursula the Sea Witch, in the ABC series "Once Upon a Time." - Reg E. Cathey has joined the cast of "The Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman's Cinemax drama pilot "Outcast," which is based on his new comic book of the same name, which centers on Kyle Barnes (Patrick Fugit), who has been plagued by possession since he was a »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Cinemax’s horror comic adaptation, Outcast, is rounding out its cast (ahem), as THR reports five new names have joined Robert Kirkman’s exorcism tale.
Based on the comic published earlier this year, Kirkman will executive produce and pen the pilot, which revolves around Patrick Fugit’s leading man, Kyle Barnes. A troubled youngster who’s been plagued by possession since he was a small boy, when he goes in search of answers to his life’s woes he uncovers a secret that could end all life as we know it. The previously-announced Philip Glenister and Gabriel Bateman will accompany Fugit as a drunk preacher and possessed boy, respectively.
Joining that initial trio are five new names destined to battle the forces of darkness for this supernatural series. Reg E. Cathy (House Of Cards), Julia Crockett (Law And Order: Criminal Intent), Allison Barnes (Let It Shine), Wrenn Schmidt (Boardwalk Empire »
- Gem Seddon
On AMC, he ushered us into a world of the living dead and now he’s bringing us face-to-face with demons. Earlier this month we reported that the lead role had been cast in Robert Kirkman’s Outcast TV series, and that The Guest director Adam Wingard is set to helm the pilot. We now have additional casting news for the exorcism drama that will air on Cinemax, as four actors have now been added to the cast.
Deadline reports that Reg E. Cathey (American Psycho, Se7en), Julia Crockett (The Absence), Wrenn Schmidt (The Americans, Our Idiot Brother), and Kip Pardue (Hostel: Part III) have joined the ranks of Outcast.
The exorcism drama follows Kyle Barnes (Patrick Fugit), “a young man who’s been plagued by possession since he was a child. He sets out to seek answers, only to uncover something that could end all life on Earth as we know it. »
- Derek Anderson
The latest series to be culled from a Robert Kirkman comic book - Outcast - is casting up big time. With Adam Winged at the helm of the first episode, the show will star Patrick Fugit and Philip Glenister. Deadline reports they'll be joined by Reg E. Cathey, Julia Crockett, Wrenn Schmidt and Kip Pardue.
Fugit will star as Kyle Barnes, a young man plagued by demonic possession since he was a child.
The post ‘Outcast’ Exorcism Series Attracts More Cast Members appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
Robert Kirkman's Cinemax drama pilot Outcast is rounding out its core cast. Based on The Walking Dead creator's new comic, Outcast centers on Kyle Barnes (Patrick Fugit), who has been plagued by possession since he was a child. Now an adult, he embarks on a spiritual journey to find answers, but what he uncovers could mean the end of life on Earth as we know it. Read more TV's New "It" Monster: Demons Philip Glenister co-stars as Reverend Anderson, a West Virginia preacher who believes he is a soldier in God’s holy war against the forces of evil on Earth.
- Lesley Goldberg
Despite the lottery-esque sounding odds, the U.S Dramatic Competition section which produces the finest American indie specimens such as Frozen River, Winter’s Bone, Blue Valentine, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station and Whiplash is fairly consistent in terms of quality. Last year’s crop of sixteen have almost all had their theatrical releases with Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter being the last one out of the gates (pegged with an early 2015 release). Last week we individually looked at our top 80 Sundance Film Fest Predictions (you’ll find 30 other titles worth considering in our intro) and below, we’ve split the list into narrative and non-fiction film items and have both identified and color-coded our picks in an AtoZ cheat sheet. You’ll find 2015′s answer to Whiplash located somewhere in the stack below. Click on the individual titles below, for the film’s profile. »
- Eric Lavallee
“I’ve been in tighter spots than this and I’m still here,” declares Lucas Hood in the just-released trailer for Banshee‘s upcoming third season (Friday, Jan. 9 10/9c on Cinemax).
We’re going to venture out on a limb and assume Antony Starr’s interloper uttered those words very early in the season, because by the looks of the 90-second preview, Hood will be facing an unprecedented assault (Hello, Proctor! Howdy, Chayton!) over the course of these next 10 episodes.
Buckle your seat belts and then press Play above.
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