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It’s true what they say – talent attracts talent. Further to the news that Kevin Costner is climbing aboard Ariel Vromen’s next directorial effort, Criminal, it now seems that powerhouse actor Gary Oldman is also looking to catch that ride.
The action-thriller, which sees the memories, knowledge and skills of a dead CIA operative transplanted into a prison inmate in an effort to complete a dangerous mission, comes from screenwriters Douglas Cook and David Weisberg – both of whom wrote Double Jeopardy. Ariel Vromen takes the helm for the first time since 2012’s The Iceman. Kevin Costner is said to be locked on to the role of the prison inmate, while Oldman would play a CIA chief.
If the film comes together successfully in this way, it becomes one of the more interesting projects to enter the pipeline. Firstly, the plot would suggest an interesting subversion of the usual good guy/bad guy roles. »
- Sarah Myles
Before creating Silicon Valley— the new HBO comedy that Thursday morning garnered five Emmy nominations—Mike Judge says he “hadn’t had a hit in awhile.” Specifically, he was referring to a pair of high-profile 2009 projects: the ABC animated series The Goode Family and the Jason Bateman-led feature film Extract, both of which were received unenthusiastically by audiences. Despite those hiccups, flops have been the exception rather than the rule for the creator of Beavis & Butthead, King of the Hill, Office Space, and Idiocracy. So when it was announced that Silicon Valley was up for Emmys in Best Comedy, »
- Neil Janowitz
With the fall premiere of Star Wars Rebels rapidly approaching, some fans are dying to get a glimpse of the characters that they'll soon be following into that galaxy far, far away. Today, we got ourselves a look at The Inquisitor's right-hand man, Agent Kallus.
You liking them mutton chops? The designs reveal that they wanted to capture the styles of the 1970s, which were so prevalent in Star Wars: A New Hope. "Art director Kilian Plunkett and I looked at a lot of reference to try and make that influence fit into ‘Rebels.’ At one point we had [Rebel pilot] Zeb in bell bottoms," says the show's executive producer Dave Filoni.
Voicing Kallus is hot up-and-comer David Oyelowo, who you'll soon see in Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, and who's just wrapped up an impressive run of films like Rise of The Planet of The Apes, Lincoln, and Lee Daniels' The Butler. »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Most of Lucasfilm's media outreach for Star Wars Rebels antagonists has been directed at The Inquisitor, a red lightsaber-yielding foe that the crew of the Ghost will soon learn is a worth adversary to their rebellious cause. Though The Inquisitor is the main Star Wars Rebels villain, he's definitely not the only.
Meet Star Wars Rebels Agent Kallus, a throwback to the 1970s-era designs that heavily influenced the attire in Star Wars: A New Hope. With mutton chops any razor would fear, Agent Kallus is all business as he seeks to uphold the Emperor's laws as a member of the Imperial Security Bureau (Isb).
Agent Kallus will be voiced by David Oyelowo, a highly sought after actor who has starred in Red Tails, The Butler, Lincoln, and will next be seen in Christopher Nolan's Interstellar. Oyelowo describes Kallus' job description is "to basically make sure everyone stays loyal. »
Marvel may have crafted their own wide-spanning cinematic universe, but DC and Warner Bros will strike back from 2016 with the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Zack Snyder's sequel to last summer's Man of Steel.
We may be just under two years away from release, but cameras are already rolling and fan anticipation is cranking up. Digital Spy rounds up everything you need to know on the superhero epic below...
DC Comics' iconic heroes will come to blows…
When Zack Snyder announced the crossover movie at Comic-Con last year he got his Man of Steel star Harry Lennix to read a line spoken from Batman to Superman in Frank Miller's landmark comic The Dark Knight Returns: "I want you to remember, Clark. In all the years to come. In all your most private moments. I want you to remember my hand at your throat. I »
We take a light-hearted look at a few of the more strange coincidences and quirks of fate in recent cinema history...
Stories are often built on coincidences and happenstance. Chance encounters at railway stations. Bruce Willis bumping into Ving Rhames while he's out and about in his Honda in Pulp Fiction. But what about those weird patterns we see in our everyday reality, or, more to the point, in cinema history?
When Batman Begins came out, it was widely noted that Christian Bale had already played an unfathomably rich man with a secret double life before, in Mary Harron's adaptation of American Psycho. Bale's character, Patrick Bateman, even has a surname that's basically Batman with an 'e' added to it.
Those are the kinds of strange quirks of fate we're looking at here. If you have any of your own, do share them in the comments section.
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Comic-Con International announced the Thursday schedule for 2014's San Diego Comic-Con and after a few years of slow movie days to kick off the event, this year looks much more intriguing. Thursday actually features a number of studios that haven't always been regulars at the annual pop culture event. The last time DreamWorks Animation came to Comic-Con was in 2010 when HitFix's own Drew McWeeny moderated a panel for "Megamind" with Will Ferrell, Jonah Hill and Tina Fey. This year they have a full hour in Hall H, but what they are promoting remains to be seen. The Weinstein Company made a rare appearance at the convention in 2012 for Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained." They return this year with a panel for their summer release "The Giver." Paramount Pictures used to be a mainstay at the convention, but took last year off. They return with a panel with scant details outside of a time and location. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Chances are, if you hear the name Michael Bay, you will probably think of a combination of words including 'crap', 'explosions', 'lame' or 'silly hair'.
The big budget filmmaker has risen in the ranks over the past couple of decades to become one of the highest grossing director of all time (sitting alongside Steven Spielberg, James Cameron and company). Clearly, his films are hugely popular. So why all the hate?
Despite the continued box office success, Bay's films are more often than not critically panned, and it's not often that you'll hear people owning up to be a fan, but are his films as bad as everyone makes out?
Several critics, including Film Comment editor Scott Foundas, have labelled Bay as an auteur of his chosen art form. When you watch a Bay movie, you know you're watching a Bay movie. He has his own clear visual style, and that's »
Jim Gordon meets Bruce Wayne for the first time in this new teaser for forthcoming Fox show, Gotham...
"However dark and scary the world might be right now, there will be light. There will be light"
That's what you think, Jim Gordon, we've seen Chris Nolan's trilogy.
Keeping the Gotham pot on the boil until its autumn premiere on Fox is this new 'hero'-themed teaser which shows fans the very first meeting between a certain Detective Gordon and a certain young Bruce Wayne. That's thirty seconds of iconic prequel between a superhero wrapped in a blanket and a moustache-less young idealist right there.
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The sixth issue of desistfilm, the bilingual journal from Peru, features a dossier on the diary film and articles on Hirokazu Kore-eda, Jean-Marie Straub, James Gray and more. Also in today's roundup of news and views, Jason Sperb explains why Disney should never re-release Song of the South, Christopher Nolan argues the case for watching movies in theaters and Steve Johnson explains why "There are two John Landises." » - David Hudson »
Boy Culture counts down 100 best Golden Girls guest spots - movie stars of yore!
New Yorker thorough piece on the arguments for and against VOD for indies and the question of "cultural endurance" (I'm against VOD in general but I recognize that's probably because I live in NYC where I can actually see the movies and I think moviegoing is so much more immersive than watching things at home)
Me Says considers Notes on a Scandal (2006) the Whatever Happened to Baby Jane of our time
Bad-Ass Digest on Exodus: Gods and Kings' 'white men with bronzer' cast. Will it finally crystallize the white-wash problem for people who still don't get it?
Nathaniel R and have you seen that tacky black&white-in-color poster?
EW Dick Jones the »
- NATHANIEL R
After elders Steven Spielberg and George Lucas issued a doom-filled prognostication of where their business was headed, Christopher Nolan is offering more optimism. But it's going to take a lot of work on both creative and business sides of the aisle, suggests Nolan, who's reportedly heading into Spielberg territory with this fall's "Interstellar." In his Wall Street Journal op-ed (subscription only, here's a takeoff) the writer-director offered a double-sided solution to what he considers the modern movie malaise: the first will require theater owners to make an audience member’s theatrical experience "a new distinction from home entertainment that will enthrall." While you could compare this to the impact Cinemascope and more-dynamic sound systems had in decades past, Nolan is hardly keen to find solutions via digital projection or the likes of 3D, which he calls a "gimmickry aimed at justifying variable ticket pricing." The »
- Nick Newman
When Christopher Nolan speaks, it makes sense that the film industry should listen. Long before reshaping Batman.s cinematic legacy, Christopher Nolan was pioneering somber storytelling methods with twisty narratives like Memento and moody police procedurals like Insomnia. In between Batman movies, Nolan pushes the technological envelope in vast epics like Inception. And he even explores the power and presentation of IMAX in his last two Batman films, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. Nolan is expected to be at the forefront of the theatrical-presentation conversation when his sci-fi drama Interstellar reaches multiplexes in November. Ahead of that curve, the filmmaker took to the Wall Street Journal for a fascinating, sobering conversation about the state of modern cinema and the direction of the major studios. There.s so much to chew on regarding what Christopher Nolan had to say about this industry, and this storytelling method, that we »
Christopher Nolan has said that cinema faces a "bleak future" as the film industry makes the transition from analogue to digital.
Writing for The Wall Street Journal, the Dark Knight and Inception director - a champion of celluloid in the film vs digital debate - claimed that cinema will have to find new ways to get people into theatres and eventually distinguish itself from competing entertainment platforms.
"As streams of data, movies would be thrown in with other endeavours under the reductive term 'content', jargon that pretends to elevate the creative, but actually trivialises differences of form that have been important to creators and audiences alike," Nolan wrote.
"'Content' can be ported across phones, watches, gas-station pumps or any other screen, and the idea would be that movie theatres should acknowledge their place as just another of these 'platforms,' albeit with bigger screens and cupholders."
He continued: "This bleak »
Interstellar director Christopher Nolan has long been a vocal champion of film over digital. This week, asked to play Nostradamus in a WSJ op-ed on the future of moviegoing, the filmmaker has made predictions for the “bleak” digital future months after appealing to theater owners at CinemaCon. Related: Hot Trailer: Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’ Studios have already largely phased out film prints in favor of digital files. Nolan writes that the digital future of exhibition risks reducing films to “content” that can be easily viewed on mobile devices and other alternative screens “and the idea would be that movie theaters should […] »
He forecasts major bumps along the way, but also plenty of opportunity for filmmakers because of the basic appeal of the medium in a column for the Wall Street Journal.
“We moan about intrusive moviegoers, but most of us feel a pang of disappointment when we find ourselves in an empty theater,” he notes.
The article’s titled “Christopher Nolan: Films of the Future Will Still Draw People to Theaters” with the subtitle “When Movies Can Look or Sound Like Anything, Says the ‘Dark Knight’ Director, Extraordinary Work Will Emerge.”
One of Nolan’s key points is that movies are heading for a future in which they become essentially channels on a dial — those with the biggest “ratings” will be given more screenings and »
- Dave McNary
The skeptics and cynics have it all wrong; the movie business will be just fine. Christopher Nolan, one of the most successful directors in modern moviedom, penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal about the future of movies in which he rejects widespread pessimism about the future of film. Movie studios, producers and theater owners will have to work for it, demonstrably improving the experience of going to a movie theater. Bigger theaters, expensive projection and new directors will usher in a new era of film. “The public. »
- Lucas Shaw
For what seems like months now, the roster of 2015 Oscar contenders has been set. We’ve got Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, Tim Burton’s Big Eyes, Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, David Fincher’s Gone Girl, David Ayer’s Fury and Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman all touching down in the last three months of the year, and any of them could be heavyweights on the awards circuit. But one high-profile blockbuster has been so surprisingly quiet in the past few months that we seem to have counted it out of the race altogether – I’m talking about Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings.
Tonight, we’ve been treated to the first trailer for the Biblical epic, which is sure to get people buzzing about whether it could stand a chance of racking up some nominations against the aforementioned line-up of seemingly strong fall hopefuls. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Christopher Nolan lives alongside the likes of James Cameron, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Quentin Tarantino in the rarefied stratosphere of filmmakers who can command the entire movie industry's attention every time they make a statement. And so if he's going to take the time to write an editorial in The Wall Street Journal, it's a good idea to hear him out. So what's Nolan up in arms about now? Well, unlike Spielberg, Lucas and Tarantino, he's not forecasting the death of the cinematic experience. In fact, he's doubling down on the notion that movie theaters will undoubtedly become even more important in the not-too-distant future. Here are the choice quotes: "Content" can be ported across phones, watches, gas-station pumps or any...
- Peter Hall
TVLine reports that the "American Beauty" and "Hunger Games" star will appear on the series's two-part Halloween episode, and play a character named Eddie, described as "a dark tormentor from Kathy Bates' [character's] past who is hell-bent on revenge."
Bentley is just the latest big name to flock to the FX horror anthology series, and joins stars Bates, Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, and Michael Chiklis in the latest chapter. "Freak Show" is set in 1952 at the last show of its kind in America, and will feature Paulson as conjoined twins and Chiklis as a strongman.
- Katie Roberts
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