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Harry Styles has been keeping a low profile while working on his first feature film, Christopher Nolan’s upcoming Second World War epic “Dunkirk”, but now that he’s about to launch a career as a solo artist he’s re-emerging on the cover of a magazine sporting a whole new look. Actually, that’s three new looks in […] »
- Brent Furdyk
If you're a wealthy comic book fan who loved Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy, a spare million could've landed you Christian Bale's Batsuit, his Batpod and a few more items from The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. Located in the UK, The Prop Store sold some 500 memorabilia items from the Nolan films (and a few other fan favorite genre films) bringing in ~$1.947 million for the auction house this past Tuesday. Stephen Lane, chief executive officer of The Prop Store told Bloomberg, "We managed to get some world-record prices there, which is very exciting for us. The activity across the board was pretty unprecedented." Widely regarded as the greatest comic book movie of all-time, a bidding war for props from The Dark Knight was anticipated by The Prop Store but even they didn't expect such hefty selling prices. Lane added that many of the items purchased »
It’s been about a year now that One Direction announced that they’d be taking a well-deserved hiatus. After becoming one of the biggest boy bands to ever grace the planet, the break is allowing the guys to become their own entity for once, and no longer be tied to their former fame. Of course, it’s easier said than done, because no matter what they do, they’ll always be hammered with questions about a potential reunion. Case in point: Harry Styles addressed whether One Direction will be back someday in an interview in Another Man magazine.
Speaking with Chelsea Handler, Styles says that, while it’s good for the band to be exploring different things, he wants a reunion to happen naturally with all members on board. You can view the full quote here.
There’d be nothing worse than a half-hearted reunion where the band gets »
- Joe DeAndrea
From “Spy Kids” to “Sin City,” filmmaker Robert Rodriguez is known for his all-encompassing production method and aesthetically flamboyant style, traits that only the most seasoned of directors hope to gain after decades of work. But Robert Rodriguez’ 1991 short film “Bedhead” proves he’s had the same flair since day one.
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Starring Rodriguez’ younger siblings, “Bedhead” follows a young girl named Rebecca and her ongoing squabbles with her rowdy older brother, David, and his unruly bedhead. After receiving telekinetic powers following a slight head injury, Rebecca vows to end David’s bedhead once and for all. Another bump to the head makes her a “straight-thinking kid again,” and she promises to never abuse use her newfound powers again (but the dazed and wary David remains unconvinced.)
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- Mark Burger
With “Game of Thrones,” HBO wove dragons, swordfights, and blood magic into a demographic-crossing television hit. Now it hopes to do the same with robot cowboys and mad scientists.
Based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 film about a theme park filled with thinking, human-like machines gone haywire, “Westworld” premieres Oct. 2 on the premium cabler. Humongous in scope, the show is an ambitious gambit at a critical time for HBO, which could use a big drama to carry its flag past the looming end of “Game of Thrones.” To give “Westworld” a chance at becoming that show, HBO’s marketing team is using technology that mirrors the world of the series to rally hardcore fans.
“We knew that there would be two distinct strategies,” says Sabrina Caluori, senior vice president of digital media and marketing for HBO. The first of those is the theatrical-style campaign of on-air, online, and outdoor advertising that is a must for a big-series launch »
- Daniel Holloway
If nothing else, Doctor Strange is shaping up to be a sumptuous visual treat. Ever since Marvel pulled back the velvet curtain on that first teaser, the sheer spectacle on display has wowed ardent comic book fans and general moviegoers alike, drawing comparisons to the city-folding sequence found in Christopher Nolan’s Inception.
And though we’re inclined to believe that Scott Derrickson’s origin story is much, much more than just a pretty face (have you seen the casting docket?), the film’s first IMAX TV spot has landed online today and unsurprisingly focuses on those reality-defying shots. Littered throughout the minute-long sting are some new sequences of Strange in action, as Benedict Cumberbatch’s lead begins his painstaking journey to become Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme – cape and all.
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- Michael Briers
Although they’re the lesser-known talent behind the onscreen stars, agents and casting directors are the oil that keeps a film, television series, or theater production running. Thankfully, they are given their due each year at the Heller Awards. The 14th annual Heller Awards are right around the corner, hitting the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Thursday, Nov. 10. Presented by the Talent Managers Association (Tma), the awards honor the best agents and casting directors working today. Past honorees include Jeff Witjas, longtime agent of Betty White, Mary Tyler Moore, and others; John Papsidera, whose casting director credits include Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy; Larry Thompson, who represents William Shatner and was agent to the late, great Joan Rivers; Sarah Finn, who cast “The Avengers” and “Guardians of the Galaxy”; and the list goes on. Time and again, Tma has recognized the best of the best, and this year is no exception. »
The movie awards season battle is heating up, and Marvel Studios has officially decided to throw their hat into the ring. Given the tremendous success of Captain America: Civil War the studio clearly thinks they have a shot at some awards recognition as they have submitted the blockbuster for awards contention. The movie already dominated the box office, so why not the Oscars as well?
According to ComicBook.com Marvel officially held a "for your consideration" screening of Captain America: Civil War on September 23. These are essentially screenings that are meant to catch the eye of Academy Awards voters and other awards organizations such as the Golden Globes. The idea is to convince those in charge of nominating movies for awards that the movie is deserving of recognition, but that may be a tough thing for Marvel to be able to do.
For one, Marvel Studios has never won an Oscar. »
Talulah Riley, best know to many for her smaller, supporting role in Christopher Nolan’s Inception (or from St. Trinian’s 2), dives behind both the laptop and the camera here as she makes her debut as writer/director with Scottish Mussel, as well as playing one of the film’s leads. The film, which was an idea she […]
The post Scottish Mussel Review appeared first on HeyUGuys. »
- Scott Davis
Nolan’s Second World War epic is one of a number of large-scale productions to utilise the territory; TV could be next.
After a quiet start, the 30% Dutch “cash rebate” scheme launched in the summer of 2014 is beginning to take off and the Dutch are ramping up their co-production activities.
One very significant coup was attracting Christopher Nolan’s Second World War IMAX epic Dunkirk, which stars Tom Hardy and Harry Styles, to the Netherlands. Nolan’s film shot for more than four weeks in the Netherlands over the summer and received $1.2m (€1m) through the new incentive scheme.
The Warner Bros. production was based at the harbour of Urk, a small fishing village, and made extensive use of huge freshwater lake (the largest in Western Europe), The Ĳsselmeer. It is understood that Dunkirk’s Dutch cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema was a major advocate of shooting in the Netherlands. Local company Kaap Holland Film came aboard the project »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Geoffrey Macnab)
Duncan Jones is ready to get back into the director’s chair. Returning to his sci-fi roots, the “Warcraft” helmer confirmed via Twitter that he will start shooting his upcoming film “Mute” next week and that it would be related to his previous film “Moon.”
“‘Mute’ starts shooting in…one week from today,” he shared on social media.
.@Mute_Film starts shooting in…. one week from today! :0 pic.twitter.com/hbgQVkPyMR
— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) September 21, 2016
— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) September 21, 2016
- Liz Calvario
Pushed to accommodate Taron Egerton’s involvement in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, it would appear that Otto Bathurst’s shelved Robin Hood: Origins is once again back on track over at Lionsgate, after The Hollywood Reporter revealed today that Fifty Shades stalwart Jamie Dornan is on the verge of landing a key role.
In line to join the likes of Egerton, Jamie Foxx and Eve Hewson for Lionsgate’s trip to the famous Sherwood Forest, THR cautions that negotiations between Dornan and the studio are ongoing, but at least at the time of writing, things are looking positive.
If both parties were to settle on the fine print, the Irishman would become one of Bathurst’s men in tights – specifically Will Scarlett, a member of the Merry Men crew described as the “hot-headed wearer of fine clothes and best swordsman of the bunch.” This is a slightly reworked version of the legendary archer, »
- Michael Briers
After releasing a divisive apocalyptic romp with High-Rise and the upcoming rip-roaring Free Fire, writer-director Ben Wheatley is also trying on a different hat. He’s executive produced Gareth Tunley‘s directorial debut The Ghoul, which has now received a first trailer.
Also penned by Tunley — who has directed a few short films as well as being in front of the camera for a number of Wheatley’s own projects — the thriller looks to be a mind-bending, twisting journey through the psychological underbelly of the U.K.
As noted below in an extended synopsis, Tunley looks to be paying homage to British genre-blenders that have blazed a cinematic trail before him such as Wheatley himself — largely with Kill List and Sightseers — as well as Nicolas Roeg.
See the trailer below.
Low budget Brit thriller, The Ghoul is an atmospheric slow-burn crime film more interested in psychology and the occult than in solving crimes. »
- Mike Mazzanti
It’s “Justice League” Black & Chrome” edition! Okay, not quite, but in showing off the first look at J.K. Simmons in his upcoming film, Zack Snyder has gone monochrome, and a little bit noir, indicating that maybe his next movie should be about a gumshoe instead of superheroes.
At any rate, Simmons plays Commissioner Gordon in the flick, and while Gary Oldman did terrific in the part in Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight trilogy, the “Whiplash” actor is a pretty great choice for the role here.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Out promoting his upcoming drama, Mr. Church, longtime Hollywood heavyweight Eddie Murphy spoke to Mashable about the chances of him ever starring in a comic book movie. Said Murphy, "I’m kind of long in the tooth to fly in in a cape now, so I’d have to be like the voice of reason or somebody. “Don’t do that, super-fellow! Or we need such-and-such.” I would do a superhero movie if it was funny and we were making fun of superhero movies and I figured out how to do something funny." It sounds like Murphy wants to be the Lucius Fox to someone's Batman. Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy suddenly becomes very different with Murphy in the role instaed of Morgan Freeman. While he did flirt with superhero movies during his earlier years( he was nearly Robin in his younger days and was more recently rumored »
Director Zack Snyder has revealed a first look at J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon in “Justice League.” In the photo, Simmons stands next to the bat-signal, while he glares at the sky. The director also shared a color image of himself beside the well-known image. In March, it was announced that Simmons was cast in “Justice League,” having taken over the role from Gary Oldman, who played the police commissioner in Christopher Nolan‘s “Dark Knight” trilogy. The character also currently appears on the small screen, with Ben McKenzie as Commissioner Gordon on Fox’s “Gotham.” Also Read: Jk Simmons »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Before Tim Burton signed on to bring The Dark Knight to the big screen with 1989’s Batman, Warner Bros. spent several years trying to get the project off the ground, with numerous directors in contention for the coveted gig. One of those was Joe Dante (Gremlins), who has now been speaking to Psychotronic Blog about being approached to direct the Batman movie, and how he would have handled the material – including casting John Lithgow as the Clown Prince of Crime.
“Well, the Batman that I was going to do would have been completely different from what they ended up making,” said Dante. “This was right after Gremlins, and Tom Mankiewicz, who had written a lot of James Bond movies, had done this take on Batman which was certainly not Chris Nolan-dark, was certainly darker than the TV version. It started with his parents being killed, and it was a revenge story. »
- Gary Collinson
As the Toronto International Film Festival comes to a close, our critics choose the 10 best movies (out of a whopping 296 features) unspooled this year. From Damien Chazelle’s magical musical “La La Land” to Barry Jenkins’ intense coming-of-age drama “Moonlight,” these are the films (in alphabetical order) that left an impact.
There were many fine documentaries at Toronto, but this one carries the force of revelation. It’s about the notorious case of the 20-year-old Seattle student who, in 2007, was tried and convicted of murdering one of her roommates in a hillside village in Italy. From minute one, she was so demonized that the name “Amanda Knox” came to symbolize a twisted mythology of guilt. Yet, as co-directors Rod Blackhurst and Brian McGinn demonstrate definitively, most of what we think we know about Amanda Knox emerged from the overheated imagination of Fleet Street tabloid newspapers (she was a sex fiend! »
- Owen Gleiberman and Peter Debruge
Oh, what a week! What a lovely week!
Just days after a supercut of insane set footage went viral on the internet, “Mad Max: Fury Road” continues to bring the goods for fans this week. Warner Brothers Home Entertainment has officially announced the “Mad Max” High Octane Collection, which will feature all four films in the George Miller franchise and the long-rumored black-and-white edition of “Fury Road.” The collection will hit stores on Blu-ray ($79.99) and DVD ($54.97) on December 6, which means it’s the only Christmas gift a cinephile will need.
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Fortunately, the black-and-white edition will also be hitting Blu-ray alongside the theatrical release of “Fury Road” ($29.98) in a special two-pack. The version has been floating around ever since George Miller spoke about making an early black-and-white cut of the film so that he could show composer Junkie Xl. »
- Zack Sharf
There are many stories in Hollywood of potentially great superhero movies that never got made, and now we have yet another one to add to that list. Gremlins director Joe Dante, as it turns out, had been approached prior to Tim Burton to direct a Batman movie for Warner Bros. Not only that, but he revealed that he had plans to make John Lithgow The Joker in what would have been his version.
Joe Dante recently talked a bit about the project in an interview with Psychotronic Cinema. The screenplay for this Batman movie that never was would have been based on a screenplay written by Tom Mankiewicz, who wrote the Roger Moore Bond movie Live and Let Die. In terms of tone, the movie would have been darker than the 1960s Batman TV series, but not as gritty as the Christopher Nolan movies. Here is what the director had to say about it. »
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