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Free Fire review – warehouse shootout is bang on target | Peter Bradshaw's film of the week

1 hour ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Ben Wheatley’s thriller about a protracted gun battle, starring Brie Larson and Cillian Murphy, has no plot – but it’s smart, stylish and dazzlingly put together

The restlessly inventive director Ben Wheatley gives us the crime-thriller equivalent of a violently atonal jazz suite lasting an hour and a half, like a Sam Peckinpah movie storyboarded by Ornette Coleman and Sun Ra. Gunshots here are as frequent, numerous and noisy as an avant garde drumroll. The film turns out to be plotless, formless, shapeless, McGuffinless, directionless and ruthless, but it is dazzlingly well put together, with some lethal zingers amid the gunfire and a droll use of John Denver on the soundtrack – alluding subtextually, I suspect, to the urban myth about Denver’s war service in Vietnam.

It’s supremely stylish and smart, and the melee becomes so disorientating that you forget, almost, that the whole thing is taking place in just the one place. »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Ben Wheatley interview: Free Fire, Minecraft, Statham

20 hours ago | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Rob Leane Mar 30, 2017

Free Fire director Ben Wheatley chatted to us about the film, Martin Scorsese, Freakshift and his Jason Statham double-bill theory...

We have a lot of love for Ben Wheatley here at Geek Towers. His films, from Kill List to the star-studded ilk of High Rise, never fail to impress. And on TV, he directed the stellar opening episodes of Peter Capaldi’s stint on Doctor Who.

And now he’s brought us Free Fire, a thrilling close-confines shootout movie which plonks Brie Larson, Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, Sam Riley and more in a warehouse full of semi-automatic and lets chaos ensue.

Wheatley wrote the script for Free Fire with his wife and writing partner Amy Jump, having been inspired by an FBI incident report from the 1980s. The mighty Mr Martin Scorsese was involved in the movie as an executive producer.

The resultant film is »

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4 Celeb Stylists Spill What Everyone Should Be Wearing This Spring

29 March 2017 6:30 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Because who better to speak on celeb trends than the ones who dress them? Celebrity stylists are the true trendsetters. Whether they're pulling daytime looks together or creating (and sometimes designing) red carpet moments, they're the ones who determine what your favorite famous faces wear. So it's only natural we look to them for wardrobe advice. Enter the It items everyone should have in their closets this spring, courtesy of Brie Larson, Vanessa Hudgens, Kate Hudson and others' stylists! (You might want to write these down.) Natalie SaidiInstagram: @nataliesaidi Celeb Clients: Vanessa Hudgens & Ashlee Simpson Ross It Spring Item: Statement »

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Movie Review – Free Fire (2016)

29 March 2017 6:05 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Free Fire, 2016.

Directed by Ben Wheatley.

Starring Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, Sharlto Copley, Babou Ceesay, Enzo Cilenti, Jack Reynor, Sam Riley, Noah Taylor and Michael Smiley.

Synopsis:

Set in Boston in 1978, a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two gangs turns into a shootout and a game of survival.

Ben Wheatley deserves a rest. Since 2009, he’s directed six features, 14 episodes of a Johnny Vegas vehicle and two further episodes of Doctor Who. No genre can contain him, his previous, the hysterically overwrought High-Rise fell somewhere between the dystopian fantasy of A Clockwork Orange and a chic advert for a flat share. He’s dipped his toes into horror (the truly unsettling Kill List), the psychological (the psychedelic A Field in England) and social satire (Sightseers). Free Fire – a further divergent – is Wheatley’s bold, brash homage to the ashen, nihilistic gunfights of the 70s. Hair is bigger, »

- Amie Cranswick

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Rooney Mara Is Haunted by Casey Affleck in ‘A Ghost Story’ Trailer (Watch)

28 March 2017 10:07 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A24 has released a trailer for the sparse — and scare-free — Rooney Mara-Casey Affleck  supernatural drama “A Ghost Story,” four months before it opens on July 7.

The clip is a meditative exploration that shows a distraught Mara dealing with the tragedy of her deceased spouse, often manifested as a simple ghost in a bed sheet.

“When I was little we used to move all the time,” Mara says. “I would write these notes, and I would fold them really small and I would hide them.”

“What did they say?” Affleck asks.

“They were just things I wanted to remember so if I ever wanted to go back, there would be a piece of me waiting,” Mara responds.

The film, which premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival, takes place almost entirely in a single house in Texas with a ghost wearing the bed sheet after Affleck’s character dies in a car accident. »

- Dave McNary

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7 Filmmakers Turning Amazon Into An Art House Cinema Powerhouse

28 March 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Hot off the critical and awards season success of Kenneth Lonergan’s “Manchester by the Sea,” Amazon is continuing to ink major production deals with some of the art house world’s biggest stars, from newly-minted Oscar winner Barry Jenkins to the the delightfully original Leos Carax — and that’s just the start. Amazon’s relationship with creators also includes a number of television heavy-hitters, including Amy Sherman-Palladino and Matthew Weiner, but the keen eye they’ve turned on filmmakers is the one to watch.

Still, there is much work to be done. While Amazon has had major success working with filmmaker and showrunner Jill Soloway — and its latest batch of pilots includes a standout from “Gilmore Girls” alum Sherman-Palladino — the list of filmmakers who recently signed on to produce features with the studio is woefully lacking when it comes to female talents. If you can grab a Yorgos Lanthimos, »

- Kate Erbland

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7 Filmmakers Turning Amazon Into An Art House Cinema Powerhouse

28 March 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Hot off the critical and awards season success of Kenneth Lonergan’s “Manchester by the Sea,” Amazon is continuing to ink major production deals with some of the art house world’s biggest stars, from newly-minted Oscar winner Barry Jenkins to the the delightfully original Leos Carax — and that’s just the start. Amazon’s relationship with creators also includes a number of television heavy-hitters, including Amy Sherman-Palladino and Matthew Weiner, but the keen eye they’ve turned on filmmakers is the one to watch.

Still, there is much work to be done. While Amazon has had major success working with filmmaker and showrunner Jill Soloway — and its latest batch of pilots includes a standout from “Gilmore Girls” alum Sherman-Palladino — the list of filmmakers who recently signed on to produce features with the studio is woefully lacking when it comes to female talents. If you can grab a Yorgos Lanthimos, »

- Kate Erbland

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10 Best Movies to See in April: 'Furious 8,' Wtf Indies and a Great Rock Doc

28 March 2017 6:53 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Aside from the guaranteed global behemoth F8 of the Furious, a.k.a. Furious 8, a.k.a. All in the Fambly, this April is conspicuously blockbuster-lite. (Unless you count Smurfs: The Lost Village, and we do not.) No better time, then, to do a bit of exploring around the indie fringes. Offbeat genre pictures are abound this month, from a sleazy revenge picture to a slippery character study/kaiju movie combo to a virtuosic opera of gunfire. Elsewhere, Tom Hanks tackles a technothriller, Charlie Hunnam and Robert Pattinson venture into »

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Godzilla 2 Wants Straight Outta Compton Star O'Shea Jackson Jr.

27 March 2017 4:07 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The cast of Warner Bros. and Legendary's highly-anticipated Godzilla: King of Monsters is still coming together, with another actor lining up a key role in the sequel. Straight Outta Compton star O'Shea Jackson Jr., the son of rapper/actor Ice Cube, has entered negotiations to play an unspecified role in this big-budget action thriller, that serves as a follow-up to the 2014 blockbuster Godzilla. While it remains to be seen how many more new characters will come aboard, it is believed that only one actor from the 2014 Godzilla will return.

Variety broke the news of this casting, and while no details were given for his character, he is just the latest to come aboard recently. We reported in January that Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown is making her feature film debut with Godzilla: King of Monsters, with Kyle Chandler and Vera Farmiga coming aboard to portray her character's father and mother, »

- MovieWeb

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Great Job, Internet!: Here’s how they put 19 million individual hairs on King Kong in Skull Island

27 March 2017 10:57 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Kong: Skull Island was a visual marvel, its aesthetic magnificence helping to distract from its uneven tone, lack of clear protagonist, and complete trivialization of ostensible stars Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson. There might be no greater, more iconic shot this year than the first glimpses we get of King Kong cast in the glare of a hazy sun.

A new video from Wired works to provide some insight into the process behind the film’s visual effects, with host Mike Seymour pinpointing a few specific scenes that provided unique challenges.

What’s especially interesting is that the noted scenes, which include Kong’s consumption of a giant squid and the appearance of a massive, seaweed-soaked water buffalo, were essentially a means of world-building rather than any kind of centerpiece action sequence.

The squid scene, for example, encompassed everything from flesh and water sims to facial animation and “complex fur »

- Randall Colburn

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Avengers: Infinity War Shifts Production to New York This May

27 March 2017 10:33 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Filming has been under way on Avengers: Infinity War since January, with the latest set video and photos surfacing from Edinburgh, Scotland in the U.K., where we got our first look at Vision (Paul Bettany). With filming expected to run until sometime this fall, a shoot which includes both Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4, today we have word that filming will shift to the other side of the pond this May, with an upcoming shoot in New York City. The production is seeking extras for this shoot, with the casting call revealing that this superhero project is filming under the working title Mary Lou.

MovieCastingCall.org reports that Central Casting is accepting submissions for extras, who will all be hand-picked by directors Anthony and Joe Russo. For those who want to submit themselves for consideration, the casting call reveals that they should send their full name, location, phone number, »

- MovieWeb

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Five of the greatest one-location movies

27 March 2017 7:20 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Ben Wheatley’s new film Free Fire is a Boston set action-thriller starring Cillian Murphy, Brie Larson and many more, which sees a meeting between different gangs break out into a bloody shootout and an all out game of survival. It is also entirely set in a warehouse; a decision that Wheatley uses to create an incredibly effective film of utter carnage. To mark its release in cinemas this Friday, we have collected five other films either entirely or mostly set in one location.

Rear Window (1954)

Known as one of, if not the greatest thriller of all time, Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece is testament to the fact that the simplest premise can often be the most effective. It follows L.B. ‘Jeff’ Jefferies, a wheel-bound photographer who spies on his neighbours to pass the time and becomes convinced that one has murdered his wife. As well as offering a fascinating »

- The Hollywood News

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China Box Office: 'Kong: Skull Island' Opens to Muscular $72M

26 March 2017 11:18 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Kong: Skull Island roared into the Middle Kingdom over the weekend, earning a muscular $72 million, according to studio figures.

The big bow gives the Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment film claim to Hollywood's second-largest opening in China this year, behind only Resident Evil's surprising $94 million February debut.

Opening on 18,000 screens, Kong easily cast Disney's Beauty and the Beast aside. Batb added $12.4 million in its sophomore outing, bringing its two-frame total to $73.4 million, according to Beijing box-office tracker Ent Group.

Kong, directed by Jordan Vogt Roberts and starring Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson, also laid claim »

- Patrick Brzeski

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Captain Marvel Star Brie Larson Says She Feels “A Great Responsibility” To The Role

26 March 2017 5:11 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Though there have been female-led comic book movies in the past (Elektra, Catwoman….nothing particularly noteworthy), the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to feature a female lead hero will be Captain Marvel.

The space-faring adventurer will be played by Academy Award-winning actress Brie Larson (Room, Kong: Skull island), who has spoken in the past about being only too aware of the massive responsibly it is to bring Carol Danvers to the big screen in a way that does justice to the character, while also catering to a demographic that may not be too familiar with the somewhat obscure Marvel Comics incarnation of the hero.

Now, during a new interview with The Sunday Times, she reiterates that she’s doing anything but taking this role lightly, saying that she’s hoping to create a “symbol of strength.”

“I feel a great responsibility. I want to create this symbol of »

- Mark Cassidy

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Brie Larson Wishes Captain Marvel Movies Existed When She Was Growing Up

26 March 2017 2:12 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

At the end of Marvel's Comic-Con presentation last year, the studio finally made it official, revealing, after months of rumors, that Brie Larson will play Carol Danvers in the highly-anticipated Captain Marvel movie. It is believed that she will first make her debut in Avengers: Infinity War, which is currently filming right now, although it isn't known when filming will begin on the standalone Captain Marvel movie quite yet. While doing press for her new blockbuster Kong: Skull Island, the actress revealed that she wished she had a Captain Marvel movie when she was growing up. Here's what she had to say below.

"I want to create this symbol of strength and humour for women that I really wish I had had growing up. It feels so valuable. We need to break through that glass ceiling, women go to the theatre to see a movie with a male lead, and »

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Brie Larson Will Portray Victoria Woodhull, Nicole Kidman and Steve Carell Join ‘She Came To Me’ & More

26 March 2017 1:08 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Following her big-budget debut in Kong: Skull IslandBrie Larson will have some more genre fun in Free Fire later this spring, but she’ll soon return to more independent dramatic fare. Deadline reports that Larson is prepping Victoria Woodhull, which has been picked up by Amazon Studios. Following the first female candidate for presidency of the United States, Larson is set to produce and star in the biopic, which follows the titular suffragist who, in 1872, ran and was nominated for President — a whole 40 years before women had the right to vote. Brett Ratner is attached to direct, with a script penned by Ben Kopit.

In related news, Larson’s director on RoomLenny Abrahamson, is set to direct his next feature, according to Deadline. Titled Burning Rainbow Farm, it’s an adaptation of the book by the same name from Dean Kuipers. The book tells the true story of »

- Mike Mazzanti

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Brie Larson to play first female Presidential candidate in Victoria Woodhull

26 March 2017 2:50 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Oscar-winner Brie Larson (Room) has signed on to produce and star as the lead in Victoria Woodhull, which tells the story of the first female candidate for the President of the United States. The film is being written by Ben Kopit (Libertine) for Amazon Studios.

The logline from Deadline reads: “Woodhull was a suffragist who became the first woman to run and be nominated for President of the United States in 1872, more than 40 years before women had the right to vote. She was a women’s liberator, non-conformist, conniver, narcissist, politician, and rebel. Her con-artist father taught her and her sisters to channel spirits in front of crowds to bilk the superstitious. These skills formed the start for an ambitious climb that would bring Woodhull from rags to riches and back again.”

Larson can currently be seen in cinemas in Kong: Skull Island and also leads Ben Wheatley’s new film Free Fire, »

- Gary Collinson

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Chasing Kong

25 March 2017 6:03 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

"Is this the moving picture ship?"—Opening line of King Kong (1933)You can get close to madness trying to fit the entire cultural legacy of the original King Kong into a single box. Even setting aside the two Hollywood remakes, you're still left with hastily made or quickly buried sequels, follow-ups like Mighty Joe Young (1949), a Universal Studios ride, a direct-to-video cartoon, a children’s TV series, and a set of 1960s Japanese-American co-productions—Kingu Kongu!—which saw the big ape square off against Godzilla and "Mechani-Kong" in showdowns with worse special effects than the film that preceded them by thirty years. Apologies for anything I've left out, because by this point King Kong is a cottage industry unto itself, an old-fashioned self-perpetuating Hollywood myth that's morphed in meaning and presentation but never entirely gone away. The sight of King Kong atop the Empire State Building, with its a mixture »

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‘Kong: Skull Island’ Roars to Massive $22.5 Million Opening in China

24 March 2017 2:08 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Kong: Skull Island” roared to a $22.5 million opening day in China on Friday, including Thursday midnight screenings.

The first-day take represented nearly 76% of China’s total box office haul on Friday. That marks the second-largest English-language film launch of the year in the country, behind “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter,” and the fifth-biggest Friday debut ever for a U.S. title in the Middle Kingdom.

The international total outside of China has hit $167.3 million, led by the U.K. with $14.8 million, Mexico with $11.8 million, and South Korea with $11.6 million. The monster pic opens in Japan on March 25.

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Kong: Skull Island,’ ‘Logan’ and Why March Is Kicking Off Summer Blockbuster Season

Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, and Brie Larson star in “Kong: Skull Island,” a reboot of the King Kong franchise set on an uncharted island in the Pacific Ocean. The film, directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, carries a hefty $185 million price tag. »

- Dave McNary

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Vision Escapes a Beating in Latest Infinity War Set Video

24 March 2017 11:01 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Yesterday, a new photo surfaced from the Edinburgh, U.K. set of Avengers: Infinity War, which gave fans their first look at the returning Avenger Vision. While he was certainly expected to be back for this massive superhero ensemble, Marvel has yet to confirm any cast members at this time. Paul Bettany's iconic character is confirmed by these videos, though it isn't clear if that the actor himself is doing these stunts, or if it's his double. This latest video shows Vision in action, using his super powers to escape a fight.

The video surfaced last night from Twitter user "Mundo Vengador," who claims that this video shows, "Vision being kidnapped and fighting two aliens on the set of Avengers: Infinity War." Unfortunately, this Twitter user wouldn't elaborate further on this scene, or reveal who exactly these aliens are. It's possible that these aliens are working for Thanos (Josh Brolin »

- MovieWeb

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