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British director Ken Loach, writer Paul Laverty and U.S. composer James Newton Howard will be honored at the 52nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, organizers said Tuesday. Howard (pictured) will also take part in a concert to launch the festival, conducting the Czech National Symphony Orchestra in a world premiere of selected music from his score for the 2018 sequel to “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”
Veteran British director Loach and his regular writing collaborator Laverty will receive the festival’s Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema. The festival called Loach and Laverty “two individuals who together have influenced the history of British cinema, becoming pioneers of British social-realist film with a humanitarian message.” The pair has worked together on 12 features, including 2016 Cannes Palme d’Or winner “I, Daniel Blake.” They first collaborated on Loach’s 1996 film “Carla’s Song” and also teamed for the »
- Robert Mitchell
Earlier this year, Kong: Skull Island hit theaters, and while it didn’t exactly set the box office on fire, it did well enough to at least outperform Peter Jackson’s 2005 outing, in addition to continuing the mythology of the MonsterVerse that began with Godzilla back in 2014.
With this in mind, can we expect Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts to return back to the director’s chair for another outing with the oversized ape? Not likely. Speaking with Screen Junkies, the director stated:
“I think I'm done with giant monsters for a little bit...I'm really proud of how weird this movie is and I'm really proud of how much people embraced that stuff and actually called out like how strange the movie is. And I wanted it to have a voice and I'm so proud of what we did and how I think it is, like, a nontraditional »
- Joseph Medina
He’s done very fine work before and after his time in the cowl, but it’s likely that Christian Bale will always be first and foremost remembered as the star of Christopher Nolan’s “Batman” movies. The Oscar-winning actor had some high-profile leading roles before 2005 — “Empire Of The Sun,” “Reign Of Fire,” “Newsies” — but it was “Batman Begins” that vaulted him onto the A-list, and though he’s worked with A-list directors ever since, it’s probably what gets him recognized on the street most often now.
Continue reading Christian Bale Says He Doesn’t Watch Superhero Films, Or Ever Want To Do Another One at The Playlist. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
For many, Christian Bale defined Batman for a generation, playing the iconic character in three films directed by Christopher Nolan culminating with The Dark Knight Rises. In the time since, the Caped Crusader has been recast, but the impression left by Bale is undeniable. As such, countless fans have kept their fingers crossed in hope that he’ll one day return to the superhero genre.
Knowing this, Collider recently put forth the question as to whether the highly sought after actor would ever be interested in playing another character in a superhero film, more specifically for Marvel. Here’s what he had to say while doing his press rounds for The Promise:
“No, I’m not interested in doing that. I’ve never seen — I’m trying to think if that’s correct, I think I’m actually correct, I can’t remember a single superhero film that I’ve ever watched. »
- Eric Joseph
One of the more anticipated movies of this summer, Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk“, is only a few months away and slowly we are learning more and more about Nolan’s new film, including how the film was photographed and it’s newcomer star Fionn Whitehead.
Nolan has previously discussed both the triptych structure and PG-13 rating for the film. Now, for Entertainment Weekly’s Summer Preview, he explains how the film will use Nolan’s favorite film format: IMAX.
- Christian Gallichio
Are we in the midst of a filmmaking revolt against the overuse of computer generated effects? This latest development in the journey of The Predator to the big screen might suggest as much, as director and co-writer of the film, Shane Black, has taken to Twitter to confirm that he will indeed be delivering a real, tangible Predator, when the blockbuster is released in the summer of 2018.
I am standing on set next to a 7-foot tall gentleman in a Predator suit — so no, it is not all CGI.
— Shane Black (@BonafideBlack) April 23, 2017
While it may seem like a mere snippet of information, lending a tantalizing glimpse of the production process for this highly anticipated sequel, this actually speaks volumes about the growing, and welcome trend in mainstream studio movies to return to the days of practical effects, over and above the use of CGI.
The choice Shane Black is »
- Sarah Myles
Though I’m personally more fond of the Batman theme that was composed by Danny Elfman for Tim Burton’s adaptation of DC Comics’ Caped Crusader, there’s no denying Hans Zimmer wrote some incredible music for The Dark Knight trilogy. In fact, the music that Hans Zimmer has composed for all of his collaborations with Christopher Nolan […]
- Ethan Anderton
On The Graham Norton Show, Styles played along with the host’s “Warren Beatty Deadpan Challenge,” in which he would try to verify wacky headlines about the hunky singer, including having a “sexual relationship” with Barack Obama, by judging his reaction.
Dressed in red and black trousers, Styles pursed his lips about the potential audition, not conclusively confirming or denying the rumor. Immediately, Norton exclaimed, “That might be a yes!” to which Styles smiled and swatted away.
It would not be his first acting foray. »
- Katherine Richter
It made sense for “Interstellar,” but how will Christopher Nolan’s World War II drama, “Dunkirk,” handle war footage in IMAX? As always, the “Dark Knight” auteur pushed himself by filming much of his latest in a handheld fashion — with a 54-pound camera. But the real burden landed on his longtime cinematographer, Hoyte Van Hoytema (“Interstellar,” “Let the Right One In”).
“Hoyte hand-held the [IMAX] camera for a few sections of ‘Interstellar’ very effectively, and then on this I had to break the news to him that he was going to be doing it for a massive amount of the film,” Nolan told Entertainment Weekly. “We definitely bought him a lot of massages along the way.” The unorthodox style afforded Nolan much more freedom with the normally unwieldy equipment. “We could get on a small »
- Jude Dry
Christopher Nolan may be one of the most exciting directors working today, but based on reports from the set of Dunkirk, I don’t envy his cameraman one bit. With the film making extensive use of the IMAX format, Nolan explained (in an interview with EW) that he decided to treat the gigantic machine as if it were a small handheld device in order to give the audience a true taste of the disorientation felt by soldiers present on the beach.
He first pioneered this approach in small segments of Interstellar, with Director of Photography Hoyte Van Hoytema taking on the not inconsiderable burden of carrying the enormous camera. Impressed by what this achieved, Nolan decided to go further with Dunkirk.
“Hoyte hand-held the [IMAX] camera for a few sections of Interstellar very effectively, and then on this I had to break the news to him that he was going to »
- David James
While 2015 may have brought about a tepid return for James Bond to the big screen, it did have the potential to mean something more to the franchise. With the release of Spectre, it saw the conclusion of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s distribution contract with MGM and Eon Productions, both of whom control the destiny of the MI6 agent, James Bond.
Back in 2006, when Casino Royale hit theaters, the spy was under the distribution care and expertise of Sony, and with that contract officially ended, Bond is now a free agent. While on Sony’s watch, Bond has done pretty well for himself, taking in over $3.1 billion over the past four films (Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, and Spectre). This makes James Bond quite the hot commodity for MGM and Eon, and they are taking advantage.
According to TheWrap, there are five studios currently locked in an intense bidding war »
- Joseph Medina
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 platforms. 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, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
Like the majority of Lars von Trier films, from the first moments of Antichrist, one will be able to discern if it’s an experience they want to proceed with. For those will to endure its specific unpleasantness, there’s a poetic, affecting exploration of despair at its center. Chaos reigns, indeed. – Jordan R.
Where to Stream: FilmStruck
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- The Film Stage
A Hollywood bidding war began this week for distribution rights to “Bond 25,” led by Sony — which co-financed and released worldwide the last four Daniel Craig movies, grossing a franchise record close to $3.5 billion — and rival studios Warner Bros., Fox, Universal, and prestige indie Annapurna.
While that means Daniel Craig is closer to signing on for his fifth and final Bond appearance, one insider said the distribution decision will take months; that means we might have to wait until 2019 for “Bond 25.” And there’s still an A-list director to be signed, with the departure of Sam Mendes; contenders could include Kathryn Bigelow, Danny Boyle, Christopher Nolan, David Fincher, Denis Villeneuve, and Susanne Bier.
In terms of Bond bragging rights, distribution is more about prestige than profit, since the franchise is co-owned by MGM and Eon Productions (run by half-sibling producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli), which control 75% of the profits. »
- Bill Desowitz
Simon Brew Apr 20, 2017
What tend to be the highest rated movies, where the criteria is said films have been watched at least five times?
One aside in a recent piece I penned at this site questioned whether films such as The Shawshank Redemption – for some time ranked as the best film of all time by popular vote at the IMDb – were favoured amongst those who’d seen it more than one time. I was questioning whether the films we tend to salute as the greatest – rather than our favourites – are the ones we tend to watch time and time again.
In the same article, for instance, I highlighted Schindler’s List, an excellent film, but not one I see too many people watching on six monthly rotation. That doesn’t make it a lesser film, rather, it’s the kind of movie that I’d imagine most have seen once or twice at best, »
Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.
Will This April Dump Weekend See Any New Movie Open Over $10 Million?
After the decent opening of last week’s The Fate of the Furious--though not quite as much as I predicted--it’s going to be hard for any new movie to make a mark against its second weekend even if it drops 55% or more this weekend, which is very likely.
Probably the best bet to make money this weekend is the thriller Unforgettable (Warner Bros.), which pits Kathryn Heigl against Rosario Dawson and is the directorial debut by producer Denise Di Novi (Crazy, Stupid, Love). It also stars Geoff Stults as the ex-husband of Heigl’s character Tessa, who becomes engaged to Dawson’s Julia, making her the stepmom to the former’s daughter, »
- Edward Douglas
Putting the entire future of superhero movies on the shoulders of one character is asking a lot, but if anyone is up to the task, it's Wonder Woman. The current journey of the superhero genre, and more specifically the DC Comics universe (that would be Batman, Superman and their friends) is a storied and complicated one. It's nearly impossible to follow up Christopher Nolan and The Dark Knight—after a superhero achieves the near impossible of winning an Oscar, there isn't much room to go up. But the comic book show must go on and DC gave it a go to...let's just say...varying levels of success. First, there was Man of Steel, starring the unarguably hunky »
Comicbook.com is reporting that they were invited to a select tour of their productions on the Disney lot in Burbank, California. Among the items they were able to see were concept drawings from Marvel's upcoming slate of films. The most intriguing item they saw were the first pictures of Brie Larson dressed up as Captain Marvel. While those pictures have not been released to the public yet, they were able to confirm that Marvel Studios has stuck quite close to the iconic costume you see in the amazing Kelly Sue DeConnick's run on Captain Marvel.
While I would love to see her in full costume, this is a great consolation to hold me over. I feel it's great that Marvel is keeping with tradition. From Iron Man on, Marvel Studios has done an amazing job with staying as close as possible to the costumes for their characters that we see in the comics. »
- Tim Jousma
Even before the second instalment of the franchise is out, director James Gunn is facing up to difficulties of a third outing for Marvel’s oddball superheroes
James Gunn is hooked on a feeling. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 hasn’t even been released yet and the writer/director has made a declaration of threequel rights. In a Facebook post, Gunn has confirmed he has signed up for a third movie featuring Marvel’s oddball band of sci-fi heroes. “There is a history in Hollywood of haphazard endings to trilogies,” he declared, “and I didn’t want to become a part of that dishonourable tradition of pretending the third one doesn’t exist.”
He’s clearly throwing shade at bellyflops such as Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Batman Forever, where received wisdom tells us acclaimed directors oversaw the first two instalments only to see the third messed up by lesser talents. »
- Graeme Virtue
With over 30 years of film compositions under his belt — from his 1984 debut with “Success Is the Best Revenge” to the soundtrack for Christopher Nolan‘s upcoming “Dunkirk” — Hans Zimmer is the rare household name in the world of film composers. His career is as impressive for its depth as its volume; Zimmer is as prone to pop up on the soundtrack for a Terrence Malick film as he is a Michael Bay film and has worked with regular acclaim in live-action, animation, and documentary to boot.
- Matthew Monagle
Legendary film composer Hans Zimmer took the stage at Coachella for the first time ever on Sunday, joining a live orchestra to perform music from the scores of movies including “Inception,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “The Dark Knight.” Though Coachella is not known for festival goers rocking out to movie scores, the performance was very well attended, even if nobody really knew how to dance to the slow, ominous sound of drums and horns.
Zimmer donned a guitar and had no problem rocking out to his cinematic compositions. The German-born composer has written scores for more than 150 films, most recently re-teaming with “Inception” director Christopher Nolan on “Dunkirk,” which follows the Allied soldiers in World War II who were trapped on France’s Dunkirk beach in 1940 facing almost certain death, being surrounded by the German Army. »
- Graham Winfrey
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