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With the strongest one-two punch of first produced scripts in Hollywood the past few years, Taylor Sheridan has emerged as a distinctive voice in revitalizing tired (or all but dormant) genres. After scripting Sicario and Hell or High Water, he’s now gone fully behind the camera for his directorial debut Wind River, which blends both crime and western elements with disappointing results. Let down by muddy characterization and a choppy directorial style, the drama finally coheres in its final act to deliver the uncompromising thrills that have been Sheridan’s trademark.
After capturing the violence at the Mexican border and west Texas, this final entry into his self-proclaimed American frontier trilogy finds Sheridan in the chilly, snow-covered mountains of Wyoming. When a dead body is discovered at the vast Wind River Indian Reservation by a local U.S. Fish & Wildlife agent Cory Lambert (Jeremy Renner), the FBI sends in perhaps their least-experienced agent, »
- Jordan Raup
The snowstorm that blanketed Park City for most of Saturday combined with the women’s march to make it one of the toughest days ever to navigate the festival. But it also set the tone nicely for “Wind River,” the directorial debut of “Hell or High Water” screenwriter Taylor Sheridan and a topnotch drama that he might as well have titled “Hell or High Snow.” Set on a Native American reservation in Wyoming, “Wind River” takes place almost entirely in frigid snowscapes, as FBI agent Jane Banner (Elizabeth Olsen) enlists the help of local game tracker Cory Lambert (Jeremy Renner) to. »
- Steve Pond
Author: Zehra Phelan
The streets of London and its surrounding areas are currently playing host to the filming of the Thomas Edison drama, The Current War, which details the race between Edison and George Westinghouse to deliver the first marketable and sustainable electricity system.
In the electric chair as Thomas Edison is Doctor Strange (and Sherlock) actor, Benedict Cumberbatch, the subject of the very first look image to emerge from the studio behind the film, The Weinstein Company. Cumberbatch and his very stiff upper lip, seems to embody the very image of what we expect from a gentleman in the late 1800’s, in his dapper clothing to his trademark solemn look.
Benedict Cumberbatch isn’t the only impressive name on the cast list, he is also joined by Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals) as George Westinghouse. Katherine Waterston (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), Tom Holland (Captain America: Civil War, »
- Zehra Phelan
Though we've already been introduced to the ultra-powerful Thanos in Guardians of The Galaxy and then again very briefly in a post-credits scene, fans have been waiting anxiously to see the Mad Titan in action, and that's going to happen in next year's Avengers: Infinity War. We've had a few cool little production teases for the movie previously, but now actor Josh Brolin has shared a new look at Thanos' face (well, half of it) alongside his own in a side-by-side image. The caption reads only one word: "Next." Next A photo posted by Josh Brolin (@joshbrolin) on Jan 18, 2017 at 9:33pm Pst How do you think the combined might of Earth's Mightiest will do against Thanos? Will there be a casualty or two, perhaps? Filming is scheduled to commence on the movie this month, with Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage recently named as the latest cast addition. He'll »
Although the 2016 season in film isn't quite over until the Oscars take place, 2017's newest and most anticipated films are about to usher their way onto the (screen) scene. The Sundance Film Festival has arrived! This year's festival consists of 113 full-length films coming from as many as 31 countries and debuting 36 first-time filmmakers. Those included in the lineup come from a whopping 13,782 submissions, 95 of which will be world premieres. And to save you some trouble (read: countless hours scrolling Rotten Tomatoes), we've rounded up the most eagerly awaited movies you're most likely to hear about postpremiere. How about that for upping your indie culture game? 1. Before I Fall Director: Ry Russo-Young Cast: Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Diego Boneta This is a book-to-film adaptation based on the 2010 novel of same name by Lauren Oliver. High schooler Samantha Kingston (Deutch) thinks she has it all, living life amongst her Mean Girls-esque clique, »
- McCall Minnor
The Sundance Film Festival has been the launching pad for some of the greatest indie films ever made. The likes of “Reservoir Dogs,” “Little Miss Sunshine,” and last year’s “Manchester by the Sea” all got their starts at the mountainside festival. That track record of finding new talent and fresh stories is what keeps studio executives and fan lovers flocking to Park City. So as Sundance gets ready to kick off on Thursday, hope springs anew.
There are a number of films that are already generating massive buzz, sight unseen. They range from Oscar contenders to crowd pleasing comedies to ripped-from-the-headlines documentaries. If they live up to the hype, all of them should score big paydays. Here’s a look at the films that are most likely to spark all-night bidding frenzies.
Director: Dee Rees
Sales agent: Wme »
- Brent Lang
Bidding wars have already begun for the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Buyers snapped up six titles in the days leading up to the fest, including one that A24 purchased sight unseen: David Lowery’s “A Ghost Story,” starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara. Other movies acquired in the past two weeks are “Berlin Syndrome” (Netflix), “Call Me By Your Name” (Sony Pictures Classics), “Casting JonBenet” (Netflix), “Cries From Syria” (HBO for television rights) and “Long Strange Trip” (Amazon).
Read More: Sundance 2017: Netflix, Vertical Acquire ‘Berlin Syndrome’
With 120 features playing at Sundance, there are plenty of hot titles remaining for acquisition executive, though it will be tough for any film to exceed last year’s $17.5 million purchase of “The Birth of a Nation” by Fox Searchlight, the biggest deal in the festival’s history.
Which movies are likely to have buyers lining up in the cold this year? Here are 14 hot »
- Graham Winfrey
Later this week, Lrm will be attending this year’s Sundance Film Festival. While the festival tends to be a mixed bag of indie films, some will be picked up for distribution by studios and turned into mainstream hits, others will flounder and be lucky to get a VOD release. Even so, there’s no denying that Sundance is the real beginning of the year for most movie lovers as we’ll be talking about the movies below for the next 12 months.
Last year alone, Sundance held the premieres for The Birth of a Nation, Manchester by the Sea, Captain Fantastic, Love and Friendship, The Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Sing Street and many more films, some that appeared on The Weekend Warrior’s year-end Top 25. One or two of those might even receive Oscar nominations when they’re announced next week on January 24.
Most of the films I’ve selected »
- Edward Douglas
This week, Neil Calloway looks at the inequality in what men and women get paid for movies…
There has been much made recently of the disparity in pay between men and women across all industries, and a story this week brought the issue in Hollywood into sharp relief when Natalie Portman revealed that she was paid only a third of the salary her co-star, Ashton Kutcher received for the 2011 romantic comedy No Strings Attached.
Portman isn’t the first big name female star to make her feelings known about the imbalance in Hollywood pay; with the 2014 Sony hack exposing the pay gap between Jennifer Lawrence and her male co-stars in American Hustle. I don’t know about you, but for me paying Jeremy Renner more for that film than Lawrence is nothing short of bizarre; the memorable moments of that movie all belong to her.
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- Neil Calloway
If Avengers: Infinity War ends up feeling slightly disjointed, we'll know why. It's being reported this morning that star Benedict Cumberbatch, who will be reprising his role as Doctor Strange, is getting a stand-in for the early part of the shoot. We're not sure if this is the only actor getting such treatment. But it all makes perfect sense.
Avengers: Infinity War is the most mammoth undertaking Marvel has ever set out to accomplish. And the production will span nearly the entire year of 2017, as the Russo Bros. shoot it with Avengers 4 back-to-back. There are a reported 67 main characters. Doing the math, that's a lot of schedules to juggle. And some of the actors aren't going to be ready when production starts in just a few weeks.
Celebrated this season for his role as theoretical physicist Ian Donnelly in Denis Villeneuve’s brainy sci-fi film Arrival, alongside friend and frequent collaborator Amy Adams, two-time Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner this year hopes to bring attention to another, lesser-known role, as a producer on John Lee Hancock’s Ray Kroc biopic The Founder. In the case of Arrival, Renner saw a terrific leading role for Adams, and hoped only to offer support; with The Weinstein… »
Just when you thought the cast of Avengers: Infinity War couldn’t get any better, a new report from Variety states that Game of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage is being eyed for a role in the film. If the actor does come on board the project, he’ll most likely be returning for the as-yet-untitled Avengers 4, which is due out a year after Infinity War.
Signing on would make Dinklage a newcomer to the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe, although he’s no stranger to comic book movies. In 2014, the actor played Dr. Bolivar Trask, the creator of the Sentinels and target of an assassination attempt, in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. While Dinklage did fine work in the movie, he was severely underused and didn’t exactly make a strong impression, so if he’s trading Fox’s X-Men universe for Disney’s McU, there’s not a lot of damage done. »
- Justin Cook
If you missed seeing Denis Villeneuve's Arrival (which landed on some of Daily Dead's favorites of 2016 lists) in theaters, you won't have to wait long to watch it from the comfort of your couch, as Paramount Home Media Distribution will release the sci-fi film on Digital HD beginning January 31st, followed by a 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD release on February 14th:
Press Release: Hollywood, Calif.-- Hailed by critics as “mesmerizing” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone), “amazing” (Brian Truitt, USA Today) and “the best film of the year” (Christopher Orr, The Atlantic), director Denis Villeneuve’s (Sicario) phenomenal tour de force Arrival makes its home entertainment debut on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand February 14, 2017 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. The film arrives two weeks early on Digital HD January 31.
Five-time Academy Award® nominee* Amy Adams “delivers one of her best performances” (Brian Truitt, »
- Derek Anderson
The critically-acclaimed smart sci-fi drama Arrival starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker is cleared for a January 31st home video debut on Digital HD. Arrival 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD editions will land two weeks later on February 14th.
Arrival has been a steady hit for Paramount with a steady stream of glowing reactions to the film and Amy Adams' performance. To date it has earned over $157 million at the worldwide box office and is still pulling in business, especially with Awards season in full swing.
Pre-order Arrival on the format of your choice for a discounted price at Amazon.
The Arrival 4K Blu-ray and Blu-ray editions feature 7.1 DTS-hd Master Audio. Bonus features on all high definition versions include:
Xenolinguistics: Understanding Arrival
Acoustic Signatures: The Sound Design
Eternal Recurrence: The Score
Nonlinear Thinking: The Editorial Process
Principles of Time, Memory & Language
The Arrival Blu-ray and »
I’ve been seeing this ad all over London. For the life of me, I could not figure out why Jeremy Renner is in it, or what it’s supposed to mean. I wondered, Is he meant to be the Dad in some sort of wacky Incredibles-style family who all rely on this Sim for their superhero-family communications?
Then, from commenter Alison at Facebook, I learned that it makes more sense if you seen the TV ad from the same campaign:
(More about the ad from BT.)
I wasn’t far wrong! There is a reason why the ad looks like a poster for a cheesy 80s family action comedy. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Last night, Nicole Kidman was up for a Golden Globe for her performance as Sue Brierley in Garth Davis’ “Lion,” the story of an adopted Indian who searches for his lost family as an adult. She’s set to appear in Sofia Coppola’s new film “The Beguiled,” as well as Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” and John Cameron Mitchell’s “How to Talk to Girls at Parties,” but she’s already in talks to appear in yet another film: an English-language remake of the 2011 French film “The Intouchables.”
Deadline reports that The Weinstein Company is in early talks to secure Kidman and actress Amara Karan (“The Night Of”) to join Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”) and Kevin Hart (“Central Intelligence”) in the remake. The original film was directed by Olivier Nakache »
- Vikram Murthi
The Weinstein Company is no longer distributing “Wind River,” the Jeremy Renner-starring thriller set to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival later this month, THR reports. TWC had reportedly paid somewhere in the mid-seven figures for the film at last year’s Cannes Film Festival.
The movie was directed by “Hell or High Water” writer Taylor Sheridan and also stars Elizabeth Olsen and Jon Bernthal. The story revolves around a Fish and Game Department employee (Renner) who finds a dead teenage girl in the woods and works with an FBI agent (Olsen) to find those responsible for her death.
With TWC letting go of the movie, buyers at Sundance will have another title to compete for, if the film doesn’t get snapped up prior to the festival. The move comes »
- Graham Winfrey
9 January 2017 8:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The move comes ahead of the Taylor Sheridan-helmed drama's world premiere this month at the Sundance Film Festival. TWC had plunked down mid-seven figures for the film in May at the Cannes Film Festival as a prebuy. The fact that TWC bowed out has raised eyebrows given that Sheridan's 2016 film Hell or High Water has been both a critical and commercial success and is currently in the mix for a best picture Oscar nomination. Wind River is said to be a »
- Tatiana Siegel
Leonardo DiCaprio made it to the event after red carpet arrivals, and bid on several items, including Julia Roberts and Danny Moder’s personal 1967 white Land Cruiser. Though he was outbid (it sold for $100,000 to businessman Vivi Nevo), the 42-year-old actor took home a commission from artist Ed Ruscha for a cool $125,000. DiCaprio also donated a piece by Harmony Korine from his personal art collection for the charity auction.
Other celebrity »
- Blake Bakkila
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Spider-Man: Homecoming, The Amazing Spider-Man 3, Thor: Ragnarok, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Moon Knight, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Hawkeye, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Punisher, Captain America: Civil War, Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister 6, Spider-Man, Big Hero 6: The Series, Logan, Deadpool/Wolverine, X-Men: The New Mutants, Legion, Wonder Woman, Justice League, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, The Batman, Superman, The Flash, Shazam, Gotham, Supergirl, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Powerless, The Lego Batman Movie, Batman Forever, Extreme Universe and more…
Hello and welcome to the first Week in Spandex of 2017! This year is shaping up to be another huge year for superhero movies, and we’ll kick things off this week with the Marvel Cinematic Universe and its upcoming solo reboot for the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, with Marvel releasing a brief promo video for Spider-Man: Homecoming, »
- Gary Collinson
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