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Last year, RADiUS scored at the box office and in Awards Season with its documentary 20 Feet From Stardom (nearly $4.95 million and Best Documentary Feature Oscar win). This year, it may have another non-fiction awards behemoth, hitting theaters this weekend.
Citizenfour, directed by journalist and filmmaker Laura Poitras, tells the story of Nsa leaker Edward Snowden as he disclosed massive domestic U.S. government spying. The film unfolds in real time as Poitras and Guardian colleague Glenn Greenwald, working on a long-term project about government surveillance, were contacted online by a mysterious source calling himself “Citizenfour.” The film, completed in secret while Poitras was in self-imposed virtual exile, alleges even more Nsa overreaching at home and abroad than just what came out of the massive pile of U.S. documents Snowden leaked.
Another potential awards contender also arrives in U.S. theaters this weekend: Sweden’s entry for Foreign Language Oscar, »
- Brian Brooks
Who doesn't love to laugh? Whether your taste runs to R-rated raunch, classic yuks or witty British humor, you'll find something hilarious to stream on Netflix.
Right now, there are movies starring Robin Williams, Walter Matthau, Jack Black, Goldie Hawn and a nice selection of films showcasing the comedy chops of Joan Cusack. (Availability subject to change, so get streaming now!)
1. "The Addams Family" (1991) PG-13
Everyone's favorite macabre family is wonderfully portrayed by Anjelica Huston as Morticia, Raul Julia as Gomez, Christopher Lloyd as Uncle Fester and Christina Ricci as Wednesday. Spooky fun, just in time for Halloween.
2. "The Bad News Bears" (1976) PG
3. "Bernie" (2011) PG-13
Jack Black stars in the real-life story of a mortician who ends »
- Sharon Knolle
After a pair of characteristically way-out works (Smiley Face, Kaboom), New Queer Cinema provocateur Gregg Araki returns to the somber tenor of Mysterious Skin with White Bird in a Blizzard. Like Skin, which starred Joseph Gordon-Levitt, White Bird finds Araki adapting a novel with the help of a talented young performer. Set in a California suburb as the 1980s became the '90s, White Bird follows 17-year-old Kat Connor (Shailene Woodley, in Depeche Mode T-shirts and Converse kicks) as she deals with the sudden disappearance of her belligerent mother (Eva Green). Recruiting the vamp-like Green to play Woodley's long-depressed mom (the actresses are only 12 years apart in age) isn't Araki's only idiosyncratic casting: Gabourey Sidi »
Finally, news that potentially involves the words “expanded universe” that doesn’t cause involuntary pulling out of one’s hair. Because when DC Comics and Warner Bros issued that great decree of Justice League-centric films last week (also, Suicide Squad), there was one extremely noticeable omission: David S. Goyer and Joseph Gordon-Levitt‘s Sandman. Sandman‘s a film based on a DC Comic, and as the point of last week’s announcement was “Behold! Our supply of DC movies has no end!,” you’d think WB would want to pad the list with as many as possible. Heck, they included Lego Batman on the list, and no one’s expecting Batfleck to split Justice League Bat-duties with a tiny gravel-voiced Lego piece. Yet, no Sandman. But now we have a handy explanation for why Dream of the Endless and his trippy, otherworldly exploits were left unmentioned when Green Lantern, Wonder »
- Adam Bellotto
When Warner Bros. announced their DC superhero line-up, some fans, including myself, wondered why there were a couple titles missing. Those titles included Neil Gaiman and Joseph Gordon Levitt's Sandman project, and Guillermo del Toro's Justice League Dark. We know both of these properties have been in development, so why were they absent from the announcement? Gaiman was asked on Tumblr what the deal was in regards to Sandman, and this is the answer he gave:
"It’s not a DC Comics film. It’s a Vertigo film. That’s a different slate of films, and a different announcement."
Vertigo Comics is a branch-off of DC, and it features comic series that are specifically creator-oriented, and are mature in theme and content. They also deal more with supernatural type stories. What Gaiman's statement tells me is that Sandman is going to be a standalone film that will not »
- Joey Paur
When Warner Bros. announced a ten-film slate of DC Comics films last week, taking the studio all the way to 2020, you might have noticed one big omission. There was no Sandman, which we know Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been developing over much of 2014. But worry not (or continue to worry, if you’re afraid of […]
The post Neil Gaiman Explains ‘Sandman’ Absence From DC Movie Slate appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
"One day I'm going to sing with those guys," an 8-year-old Seth Rogen whispered to himself 24 years ago in his quiet suburban Canadian house after seeing the video for Bell Biv DeVoe's "Poison" on Much Music. This weekend, that dream came to fruition at the third annual Hilarity for Charity event he hosted with his wife, Lauren Miller Rogen. After performances from the likes of Sarah Silverman, Weird Al, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (covering No Doubt’s "I’m Just a Girl"), Bell Biv DeVoe came onstage to do what they do. They event raised over $900,000 for Alzheimer's research. Great! As Bbd sings in the song's first verse, "Let's cure it 'cause we're running out of time." »
- Jesse David Fox
Neil Gaiman has seemingly hinted that a "slate" of Vertigo comic book films are in the works.
The writer assured a fan on Tumblr that the adaptation of his classic series The Sandman is still in the works.
The movie was not listed as part of Warner Bros' recently unveiled DC Comics film schedule.
"It's not a DC Comics film," said Gaiman. "It's a Vertigo film.
"That's a different slate of films, and a different announcement."
A television series based on Sandman spinoff Lucifer is in the works.
Plot: In 1988, a rebellious teenage girl.s mother leaves her home, and seemingly disappears. With an all too comforting father and a frustrated boyfriend, she begins to dig herself deeper into a dark and complicated world surrounding the disappearance. Review: Gregg Araki has always been a unique filmmaker and one that has never strayed from his indie roots. Even with what is arguably his best film Mysterious Skin featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, it was a strange and cautionary tale about »
Here's a glimpse behind the curtain for you. We were just extricating food from the oven when news landed last Wednesday regarding Warner Bros' upcoming slate of movies. More to the point, its announcement to investors regarding the identity of 10 upcoming DC comics movies, as well as updates on its Harry Potter spin-off productions, and its planned Lego films. Our culinary treat was nearly ruined by the timing of Warner Bros' announcement. Not that we bear a grudge.
Anyway, amidst the many names on the list of DC films, there was one that was notable by its absence. Where was Sandman?
Of all the DC Comics movies announced last week, one in-development project was noticeably absent: the adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s seminal and beloved comic Sandman. The last we heard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt was working on the film with Man of Steel scribe David S. Goyer and Gaiman himself, with Skins and This is England scribe Jack Thorne on scripting duties.
Sandman‘s omission from the DC announcement raised some eyebrows, and left fans worried that the project had (once again) fallen off the rails. Luckily, that doesn’t appear to be the case. According to Gaiman himself, Sandman wasn’t included in the DC announcement because it’s not technically a DC property…
“It’s not a DC Comics film. It’s a Vertigo film. That’s a different slate of films, and a different announcement.”
So, fret not, Sandman fans! The film is still very much in the works, »
- James Garcia
Earlier in the week, Warner Bros. broke the Internet when it announced it's ten film lineup for all DC Comics movies. Plus, they teased a solo Batman and Superman film are being released before 2020. That makes 12 films in all. Suspiciously left off the list was Sandman. Creator Neil Gaiman jumped on his Tumblr to explain why.
Apparently, Sandman is not a DC Movie. A fan asked Neil Gaiman about this shortly after the initial announcement was made:
"Despite talk last month about the script being worked on, Sandman wasn't mentioned by name in today's WB news release of scheduled DC Comics films. There are previously mentioned release dates without film titles attached, so it's not clear if the status of the project has been altered or if the team at WB decided to focus their news on the easier to group together capes & tights titles due out. Has their been »
Last week, Warner Brothers announced their plans for a massive 10-film slate of DC Comics movies, and their plans to squeeze new Superman and Batman solo films in before 2020. While that new slate includes films like The Flash, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, two Justice League movies, Cyborg, and even a Green Lantern reboot, one upcoming DC property was noticeably absent was the live-action adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman.
Produced by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David S. Goyer, and Gaiman himself, Sandman was put into production last November and is being penned by BAFTA-winning screenwriter and playwright Jack Thorne (Skins, This is England). We heard back in August that the film was still in active development, so why isn’t it on the newly-announced schedule?
Well, according to Gaiman himself, Sandman wasn’t grouped in with the rest of the DC properties because it’s not a DC property. While the seminal comic falls under DC’s roof, »
- James Garcia
“Don't be the loser who misses out on prom,” the invites taunted. Even those who came but left the third annual “Hilarity for Charity” at the Hollywood Palladium before 11:00 p.m. on Friday night ended up the losers. Hosts Seth Rogen and wife Lauren Miller Rogen joined Bell Biv Devoe on stage for an “if you can dance like it's 1990, you can come on stage” finale to a night that raised over $900,000 for Alzheimer's research in a 1980's themed variety show prom. Also read: Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anthony Mackie Christmas Eve Comedy Gets Release Date “I once smoked a joint. »
- Mikey Glazer
The Wind Rises (Japan: Kaze tachinu), 2013.
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki.
A profile of Jiro Horikoshi (Anno/Gordon-Levitt), a Japanese engineer who designed fighter planes during World War II.
The swan song of Hayao Miyazaki…say it ain’t so!! Still, Clint Eastwood made a similar remark about retiring after Gran Torino (2008) and has still carried on. So maybe we haven’t seen the last of Miyazaki; it wouldn’t certainly be a huge loss to cinema and animation if it happens to be true. If Miyazaki has finally taken leave on his Ghibli efforts, what a way to go out. The Wind Rises is not the best the studio has produced – just because the man is leaving the business there is no need to get hyperbolic – though it is a spectacular film, »
- Gary Collinson
(Tread carefully; there are Major Spoilers ahead!) This morning, a news report from Channel 10 Wilx in East Lansing, Michigan, confirmed that a female Robin will be appearing in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The news came from an extra who wished to remain anonymous. This matched up with earlier reports that actress Jena Malone had dyed her hair red to play Carrie Kelley, the Robin in Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns. Now The Hollywood Reporter is confirming that Jena Malone has indeed been cast in director Zack Snyder's Man of Steel follow-up. But is she playing Robin?
There is no confirmation from Warner Bros. or DC about this late addition to the cast, or which character she is actually playing. According to the Channel 10 news report, the character was added to the script late in the game during some last minute rewrites. Multiple sources confirm that Jena Malone »
Last year, we tracked the budding relationships of several celebrities that were coupling up and showing Pda around the world. Many of the flings fizzled, but other pairs - like Amanda Seyfried and Justin Long, Amy Poehler and Nick Kroll, and Jake Gyllenhaal and Alyssa Miller - are still going strong. Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy's Summer love resulted in a wedding, and Zoe Saldana is expecting twins with her Spring fling (and now-husband), Marco Perego! Cut to 2014, and there were plenty more new couples going public with their love. Khloé Kardashian found - then lost - a new boyfriend in rapper French Montana while Joseph Gordon-Levitt is currently getting cozy with Tasha McCauley, the cofounder and CEO of a robotics company based in Silicon Valley. There's also Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara, who have been spotted all over each other from coast to coast, and Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Martin, »
The Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice crew is not having the best of times keeping things locked down in Michigan. First they reportedly had a Batmobile stolen, and now a local working as an extra has stolen some key scene information, providing a couple of big spoilers and one massive reveal to a local TV station in East Lansing. You should stop reading now, as Major Spoilers lie ahead...
Speaking with News 10 Wilx, an unidentified source working on director Zack Snyder's impending superhero adventure confirms that a female Robin does appear in Dawn of Justice. This matches up with what we've heard recently regarding Jena Malone possibly joining the film, after she was spotted on set and then later revealed her new red hair on Instargram, which matches Robin's look in the Frank Miller graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns. It seems we'll definitely be seeing Carrie Kelley in the movie. »
Everyone knew that Warner Bros. was planning to release a fleet of superhero movies based on the DC Universe. And now studio head Kevin Tsujihara has revealed the titles of those superhero movies, announcing an ambitious slate of 10 films spread throughout interlocking franchises that will star beloved characters like Superman and Batman, plus lesser-known characters like Shazam and Cyborg. They're also making a new Green Lantern movie, but not until 2020, by which time Ryan Reynolds' child will be five years old and his parents will never talk about how they met, not ever. Here are the 10 announced films. (Click »
- Darren Franich
We don't yet know who will be cast as Marvel's Doctor Strange, but it seems like every known actor has been rumored for the role. We look back at all eighteen actors who have reportedly been in the running over that last four years and give you a bit of info on the casting woes.
From our understanding, the two actors who came the closest have been Joaquin Phoenix and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The first concept that almost went into production was to have a 30 something actor as Strange, who could be the new center of the Marvel cineverse in the way Iron Man is currently. The thinking was that by casting younger they could get more movies out of the chosen actor. When a deal with Gordon-Levitt couldn't be made, the script was changed to have an older Doctor Strange. During that rewrite period we went six months without any casting rumors. »
- Free Reyes
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