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‘Sausage Party’: Seth Rogen’s ‘R-Rated Pixar Movie’ Devours Comic-Con

22 July 2016 11:03 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

San Diego — “I think the MPAA didn’t know how to handle food,” Seth Rogen said of his raunchy animated comedy “Sausage Party,” releasing Aug. 12, at a post-sausage Q&A session Thursday night. “They crossed into this unprecedented area of, ‘Is [the sausage] a d—? If it’s a pita bread’s ball sack, is it a ball sack?'”

That conundrum for the industry’s trade association is as good a way as any into discussing the film, which dabbles in religious and socio-political overtones while also featuring an actual douche bag sexually assault a juice box. There is nothing like “Sausage Party,” which first screened as a work in progress at the South by Southwest film festival in March. It is 100 percent its own thing.

The film, co-written by Evan Goldberg and Jonah Hill and directed by Greg Tiernan (“Thomas and Friends”) and Conrad Vernon (“Shrek 2”), was born out »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Is Warren Beatty’s Alden Ehrenreich-Starrer ‘Rules Don’t Apply’ Too Funny for Oscar?

20 July 2016 6:11 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Warren Beatty is a known entity in Hollywood. He’s a brilliant and controlling writer-director-producer-star who will talk anyone’s ear off. He’s indecisive. He will take as much time as he can get to burnish a movie to glossy perfection. And he’s hell-bent on success. That’s why he’s Warren Beatty.

But he’s less well known to the general moviegoing public.

While he’s consistently brilliant, from “Heaven Can Wait” and “Bonnie and Clyde” to “Dick Tracy,” he’s also known for dramatic box office highs and lows. He’s had amazing successes, such as 1982 classic period romance “Reds,” which won three Oscars (including Beatty’s only win, as Best Director). Over the decades Beatty has been nominated for 14 Oscars, and received the Thalberg Award. But he also starred in such over-budget flops as $90-million “Town and Country” (2001, $6 .7 million domestic), which was “directed by Peter Chelsolm, »

- Anne Thompson

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Is Warren Beatty’s Alden Ehrenreich-Starrer ‘Rules Don’t Apply’ Too Funny for Oscar?

20 July 2016 6:11 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Warren Beatty is a known entity in Hollywood. He’s a brilliant and controlling writer-director-producer-star who will talk anyone’s ear off. He’s indecisive. He will take as much time as he can get to burnish a movie to glossy perfection. And he’s hell-bent on success. That’s why he’s Warren Beatty.

But he’s less well known to the general moviegoing public.

While he’s consistently brilliant, from “Heaven Can Wait” and “Bonnie and Clyde” to “Dick Tracy,” he’s also known for dramatic box office highs and lows. He’s had amazing successes, such as 1982 classic period romance “Reds,” which won three Oscars (including Beatty’s only win, as Best Director). Over the decades Beatty has been nominated for 14 Oscars, and received the Thalberg Award. But he’s also responsible for such over-budget flops as $90-million “Town and Country” (2001, $6 .7 million domestic) which he produced and »

- Anne Thompson

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Director Hector Babenco Will Be Best Remembered For Just Two Movies, But He Was a Poet of the Downtrodden

18 July 2016 7:33 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The late Roger Ebert called the cinema “a machine that generates empathy,” and that’s as good a definition of the power of movies as you’re likely to hear. The director Hector Babenco, who died last week at 70, made a dozen films in his lifetime, and it’s fair to say that he’ll be best remembered for just two of them: “Pixote” (1981), his ripped-from-the-gutter drama of Brazilian street kids stealing and whoring and murdering to survive, and “Kiss of the Spider Woman” (1985), a tale of two accused criminals — one a macho political prisoner, the other a drag queen who doesn’t think about politics but, in a different way, is even more of a political prisoner — who fight and talk and bond after being thrown together into the same jail cell. The first film was a scalding cry of agony and ecstasy from what used to be called »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Paramount Snaps Up Rights For Battlefield TV Series

11 July 2016 11:59 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

EA and Dice’s brutal Wwi shooter Battlefield 1 may be high on everyone’s radar for now, but it’s been revealed today that Paramount Television has snapped up the rights for a live-action TV series based on the Battlefield franchise.

Joining forces with Anonymous Content – production house behind True Detective, Mr. Robot and Alejandro González Iñárritu’s epic thriller, The Revenant – details of the adaptation remain few and far between. No network is currently attached, for instance, but we do understand that Paramount’s deal spans spans broadcast, cable, premium cable, and streaming services, presenting a wide variety of options for the talent involved.

Fresh off producing Oscar favorite SpotlightMichael Sugar is attached to executive produce the Battlefield TV series, and he offered up an official statement today in light of Paramount’s acquisition.

“Battlefield has a tremendous built-in, engaged fan base, making it a highly coveted piece »

- Michael Briers

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FrightFest 2016 Lineup Includes 31, The Devil’S Candy, Abattoir, Beyond The Gates, The Woods

1 July 2016 9:08 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Late this summer, West London's Horror Channel FrightFest 2016 will host an eclectic collection of horror films, including Rob Zombie's 31, Sean Byrne's The Devil's Candy, Darren Lynn Bousman's Abattoir, Jackson Stewart's Beyond the Gates, and Adam Wingard's The Woods:

Press Release: From grindhouse to art-house, feel-good to squeal-good, blockbuster to ghostbuster FrightFest returns in all its gory glory, now housed at the 12-screen Vue Cinema at Shepherd’s Bush, West London, from Aug 25 - Aug 29.

In its 17th year, the world renowned genre film festival will present 62 new feature films, embracing sixteen countries and bringing together established filmmakers, British first-timers and emerging international visionaries from six continents.

The opening night attraction is the European Premiere of My Father Die, Sean Brosnan’s brutal and beautiful feature debut – an ultra-stylish, uber violent revenge thriller that’s a calling card for Brosnan’s brilliant talents. And our »

- Derek Anderson

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Full line-up for Horror Channel FrightFest 2016 announced

1 July 2016 6:53 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Horror Channel FrightFest has announced the full line-up of films for 2016, which features a total of 62 new feature films including 19 world premieres and 35 UK and European premieres.

“For seventeen years now FrightFest has led the way through landmark changes in the genre, altered perceptions of fandom and embraced the revolutions in platforms and distribution models,” states Alan Jones, co-director of the festival. “It continues to do so this year with a breathtaking selection of genre attractions with the widest appeal and breadth of focus. We stand out because we stand for something special – a one-stop roadmap through everything you need to see to be totally up to speed with what the next year in horror fantasy will be all about”.

Check out the full line-up from the official press release here…

The opening night attraction is the European Premiere of My Father Die, Sean Brosnan’s brutal and beautiful feature debut – an ultra-stylish, »

- Gary Collinson

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Mel Gibson on the dog days of his early 50's and watching Mad Max: Fury Road

23 June 2016 7:15 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Mel Gibson in Blood Father.

Mel Gibson was in characteristically frank form during a wide-ranging chat at the Sydney Film Festival last week.

During a one-hour conversation with the Oscar winner, the Herald's Garry Maddox noted that Alcoholics Anonymous meetings bookend the actor's new film, the action-thriller Blood Father.

"Did you have to do some research into that world?", asked Maddox, with more than a little cheek.

"12-step programs? I've researched that anyways," said Gibson. "I had to do that stuff, otherwise you don't survive." 

"They call it the spiritual path of a psychopath. There's only three options: you go insane, you die, or you quit. That's the harsh reality of that stuff. So yeah, I'm an old hand at that." 

Blood Father, written by The Town's Peter Craig and Straight Outta Compton's Andrea Berloff, is threaded with black humour, a perfect fit for Gibson's sardonic streak.

"As actors, »

- Harry Windsor

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"There are some graves I will piss on": Mel Gibson in frank form at Sff

23 June 2016 6:20 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Mel Gibson in Blood Father.

Mel Gibson was in characteristically frank form during a wide-ranging chat at the Sydney Film Festival last week.

During a one-hour conversation with the Oscar winner, the Herald's Garry Maddox noted that Alcoholics Anonymous meetings bookend the actor's new film, the action-thriller Blood Father.

"Did you have to do some research into that world?", asked Maddox, with more than a little cheek.

"12-step programs? I've researched that anyways," said Gibson. "I had to do that stuff, otherwise you don't survive.".

"They call it the spiritual path of a psychopath. There's only three options: you go insane, you die, or you quit. That's the harsh reality of that stuff. So yeah, I'm an old hand at that.".

Blood Father, written by The Town's Peter Craig and Straight Outta Compton's Andrea Berloff, is threaded with black humour, a perfect fit for Gibson's sardonic streak.

"As actors, »

- Harry Windsor

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Qualcomm Gets Into Movie Business with Lifeline [Full Short]

23 June 2016 3:56 PM, PDT | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

In a odd twist of events almost as strange as that Casper van Dien starring sex toy produced post apocalyptic movie, Qualcomm, the world's leading maker of cell phone processors, is getting into the movie business as well and they're not holding back.

Starring Olivia Munn and Leehom Wang, Lifeline is directed and co-written by Armando Bo who is best known for his work with Alejandro G. Iñárritu including sharing a co-writing Oscar with the director for his work on Birdman. The short stars Wang as a man who wakes up on his boat one morning to discover his girlfriend, played by Munn, is gone. With the use of her phone – the only visu [Continued ...] »

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Tom Hardy To Star As War Photojournalist Don McCullin In New Drama

22 June 2016 1:48 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Tom Hardy will channel his inner artist in his upcoming project. According to Deadline, The “Mad Max: Fury Road” actor will portray legendary British war photographer Don McCullin in a new project produced by Working Title partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner.

The yet untitled film is being adapted by Gregory Burke from McCullin’s autobiography “Unreasonable Behaviour,” which chronicles the photographer’s journey from a poverty-stricken childhood in wartime London to finding success as one of the most sought after war photojournalists.

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Hardy and Dean Baker of Hardy, Son & Baker will also serve as producers with McCullin and Mark George as executive producers.

McCullin’s work is monumental. He worked as an overseas correspondence for the Sunday Times Magazine and traveled to Biafra in 1968, photographed the victims of the African AIDS epidemic and risked his life covering the wars in Vietnam, »

- Liz Calvario

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New to Streaming: ‘Knight of Cups,’ ‘Mountains May Depart,’ ’45 Years,’ ‘Eye in the Sky,’ and More

17 June 2016 8:48 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

45 Years (Andrew Haigh)

Andrew Haigh’s third feature as a director, 45 Years, is an excellent companion piece to its 2011 predecessor, Weekend. The latter examined the inception of a potential relationship between two men over the course of a weekend, whereas its successor considers the opposite extreme. Again sticking to a tight timeframe, the film chronicles the six days leading up to a couple’s 45th wedding anniversary. »

- The Film Stage

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‘Now You See Me 2’ Actress Sanaa Lathan on Diversity, Social Media and Why She Loves Acting

16 June 2016 9:45 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sanaa Lathan portrays an FBI agent in the heist thriller “Now You See Me 2,” an astronaut in the sci-fi drama “Approaching the Unknown,” and a crack investigator in Fox’s upcoming “Shots Fired” — an event series about the aftermath of a racially charged police shooting in the South. The wide-ranging star says what she enjoys most about acting is the constant change, and the rare opportunity to see various points of view.

What’s the biggest change needed in the entertainment industry?

I’m really happy that this conversation has been going on as of late, but we need more diversity in every way, and more diversity behind the scenes: people writing stories, people greenlighting stories, people acting in stories. What I would love for the entertainment industry to do is reflect the beautiful melting pot of the world we live in.

Do you think this diversity is reflected on social media?

There’s something happening in the last couple years with certain social-media stars: They’re all starting to look the same. There’s a new aesthetic, and I feel like it’s going away from natural beauty. I’m all for celebrating the differences in who we are. I’m really into the beauty of women of all shapes, sizes, colors, features, and hair textures. But there’s something going on — a certain look that’s very plastic, with the injections, the fillers, the nips and tucks.

How have you adapted to new technology?

I have officially made the move to reading everything on my tablet,or even my phone. I love the fact that it’s actually creating a cleaner world in terms of being green. I do everything from reading to watching movies to having video chats — FaceTiming, meetings, catching up with friends. We really are so attached — it’s like another limb.

What’s the biggest life change you’ve endured?

A couple years back I lost a close friend who suddenly passed away. It happened to be a very stressful year emotionally for me, so that was kind of a defining moment. A dear friend turned me on to Transcendental Meditation, and I started meditating on a daily basis. I feel like it saved my life.

What do you love most about acting?

As an actor, I welcome change. Part of the fun of playing different characters is being able to see the world through a different perspective. You’re always going from group to group, in terms of cast and locations. It’s great. The gypsy nature of being an actor makes me very comfortable.

What you didn’t know about Lathan:

Age: 44

Raised In: New York and Los Angeles

Guilty Pleasure: Reality TV shows

Favorite Book: Anything by James Baldwin

Industry Icon: Alejandro G. Iñárritu

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- Alyssa Sage

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‘The Neon Demon’ Star Elle Fanning Was Driven To Push Her Dark Character Beyond the Script

16 June 2016 7:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Last Tuesday night was the premiere of Nicolas Winding Refn’s latest film “The Neon Demon,” about a young, aspiring model (Elle Fanning) who breaks into the L.A. modeling world only to find a cabal of beauty-obsessed women who want to tear her down limb from limb and take what she has. The film had it world premiere at Cannes and received a decidedly mixed reception, but now the film will enter theaters next week and the public will come to their own conclusion about Refn’s horror film about beauty.

Read More: Cannes Review: ‘The Neon Demon’ is a Twisted Ride of Sex, Blood, and Necrophilia

At the premiere, star Elle Fanning told Variety that she was drawn to the film because of its horror features, and especially the chance to delve deep into a role not usually assigned to her. In fact, she took her character to an even darker place than initially envisioned. “I think everyone has a side to them that is a little darker,” she says. “Going to that place was actually very, very fun and we made her a little bit darker than the script was initially.”

Elle Fanning has been acting since she was three years old, making star turns in films like Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “Babel” and Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere” at a young age. She played the main love interest in J.J. Abrams’ “Super 8,” and Sleeping Beauty in “Maleficent.” She’s also set to appear in Mike Mills’ latest film “20th Century Women.”

The Neon Demon” will open in theaters on June 24th.

Read More: ‘The Neon Demon’: Nicolas Winding Refn Reveals Why His Vampire Model Movie Is Autobiographical

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- Vikram Murthi

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The Visual Poetry In The Films Of Alejandro González Iñárritu Is Beautiful & Brutal [Video Essay]

11 June 2016 12:40 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Alejandro González Iñárritu has been putting forth his vision onscreen now for almost two decades. In the last two years, he’s directed two movies (“Birdman” and “The Revenant“) that have pushed the boundaries of the medium and won him consecutive Directing Oscars, a feat only done twice before in Oscar history. Now there’s a video […]

The post The Visual Poetry In The Films Of Alejandro González Iñárritu Is Beautiful & Brutal [Video Essay] appeared first on The Playlist. »

- Jordan Ruimy

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DVD Review: The Revenant

7 June 2016 12:35 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆ Based on the novel by Michael Punke which is itself based on true events, Alejandro G. Iñárritu's Oscar-winning The Revenant - out now on DVD and Blu-ray - is the tale of a frontiersman named Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his relentless quest for vengeance after his comrades left him for dead in the wilderness of the Louisiana Purchase following his brutal mauling by a bear. As flawed as the source novel, though in different ways, this is a piece of visual and aural ingenuity that impresses more than it moves, feeling as icy and empty as the snow-laden landscape.

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- CineVue UK

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Fantasia International Film Festival Celebrates Epic 20th Anniversary with First Wave Film/Guest Announcements

5 June 2016 4:23 PM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Year after year, Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival (running July 14th–August 2nd) is our favorite event of the year. Always showcasing amazing films and their respective filmmakers, films like At The Devil’S Door (I dare you to ask me how much I love that film) and The Demolisher were brought to our attention thanks to the fest and this year, celebrating its 20th Anniversary, Fantasia has announce its first wave of films and some exciting and impressive guests.  Also unveiled, is the 20th anniversary poster art, courtesy of award-winning Quebec visual artist Donald Caron, showcasing iconic themes from previous years. Read on and be on the lookout for info on F.I.F.F’s Frontiéres international co-production market and Industry Rendez-Vous weekend being held July 21–24. The full lineup of over 130 feature films will be announced July 5th but until then, here is enough info the make you fright fanatics go nuts. »

- Jerry Smith

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The Revenant; Concussion; The 33; Go With Me; Scott of the Antarctic; Shane; The Lady Gambles; No Man of Her Own – review

4 June 2016 11:59 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Leonardo DiCaprio grunts and winces his way through icy landscapes, while Will Smith strains just as hard in an earnest but worthy performance

In 2001, I saw Alejandro González Iñárritu’s fevered, splintered debut Amores Perros and thought he could become the most exciting film-maker in the world. Fifteen years on, the industry seems to support that view; his films, however, have grown steadily less rewarding. The Revenant (Fox, 15) is a panting, lavishly muscled frontiersman spectacle that recently won him a second consecutive best director Oscar and it’s easy to see why: the expense, expertise and technical athleticism of its construction are showcased in its every head-turning sequence shot, its every Malick-aping tableau of sunlit natural ecstasy. Likewise, it’s not hard to understand how Leonardo DiCaprio won his long-deferred Oscar for playing Hugh Glass, a noble, 19th-century fur-trapper bloodily scorned. Every grunt, wince and defiant, hobbled lurch of his »

- Guy Lodge

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Who could direct the next James Bond film?

1 June 2016 6:52 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Over the last week or so, word spread throughout the industry that Sam Mendes would not be returning to the James Bond franchise for a third go around as director. I can’t say that this is in any way a surprise, considering he only came back for Spectre after Skyfall because star Daniel Craig twisted his arm, but still…we’re hitting a new era for Bond. Especially if Craig hangs up the PP7 and a new 007 is needed, someone else will be putting their stamp on the spy franchise. In that regard, I wanted to put forward a list of potential candidates to direct the next outing, regardless of who winds up starring. I’ll do a separate piece in a week or two on potential actors to take over the Bond mantle, but today is just about possible options for the director’s chair, so keep that in mind. »

- Joey Magidson

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Fantasia 2016 to Honor Guillermo del Toro, First Wave of Films Include Lights Out and Under The Shadow

26 May 2016 8:55 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The first programming has been revealed for the 20th annual Fantasia International Film Festival. Taking place from July 14th–August 2nd in Montreal, this year’s Fantasia will honor Guillermo del Toro with the Cheval Noir Award, and the newly revealed first wave of programming includes screenings of Lights Out, Abattoir, In a Valley of Violence, Under the Shadow, Trash Fire, Teenage Cocktail, and more:

Press Release: Montreal, May 26, 2016 – The Fantasia International Film Festival will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary in Montreal this summer, taking place from July 14-August 2, with its Frontiéres international co-production market and Industry Rendez-Vous weekend being held July 21-24. The full lineup of over 130 feature films will be announced July 5th. In the meantime, the festival is excited to announce a selected first wave of titles, along with several special happenings.

For Fantasia’s 2016 poster, the festival has once again turned to award-winning Quebec visual artist Donald Caron. »

- Derek Anderson

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