13 items from 2016
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 the interwebs. 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 Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
Amy is genuinely moving because it asks what you would do if you were a loved one witnessing Amy Winehouse’s demise. It’s a question many of us would like to pose an answer to, but the reality is that you were dealing with a woman who was fully independent and had more money at her fingers than many could imagine. This »
- TFS Staff
With production still under way on Showtime's Twin Peaks revival, even more casting news is starting to surface. Deadline is reporting that Naomi Watts and Tom Sizemore have recently joined the cast, but no details were given about the characters they are playing. We reported back in late October that series creator David Lynch was eyeing Naomi Watts for a role, but now she has reportedly signed on.
The site also reports that David Lynch himself will reprise his on-camera role from the original Twin Peaks series as FBI Regional Bureau Chief Gordon Cole. It isn't known how significant of a role he will have in this Twin Peaks revival, but the filmmaker starred as Cole in six episodes of the original series. We have already seen a brief trailer for the show, but it didn't reveal any actual footage, although it did tease that the population in this sleepy little town has remained unchanged, »
Described as a reimagining that begins 15 years after the film left off, the pilot centers around an idealistic young African-American police officer who is appointed to an elite squad of the Lapd, where he is partnered with a seasoned, morally ambiguous Caucasian detective.
Fuqua — who helmed the Warner Bros./Village Roadshow movie, which earned Denzel Washington an Academy Award for lead actor and Ethan Hawke a nomination for supporting actor — will direct the pilot and executive produce. The script was penned by “Gangster Squad” writer Will Beall, who will also executive produce alongside Jerry Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman. KristieAnne Reed will serve as co-exec producer. The project hails from Warner Bros. Television, Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Fuqua Films.
Other drama pilots in contention at CBS for the 2016-17 season include “Drew, »
- Laura Prudom
Most indie auteurs comfortably orbit the red hot sun that is big budget, tent pole-driven Hollywood, more than happy to exchange their artistic vision and the eternal quest for financing for a shot at a superhero franchise or monster movie with a built-in global audience and fat payday, should the chance ever come their way.
Kelly Reichardt, who will receive Variety’s 2016 Indie Impact Award at Sundance, is not that kind of filmmaker. Since making her acclaimed 1994 debut “River of Grass,” she’s followed her own singular orbit as a true outlier of indie cinema, and over the course of nearly quarter of a century and nine films has amassed a small but potent body of work – including “Old Joy,” “Wendy and Lucy,” “Meek’s Cutoff” and “Night Moves” – that has cemented her reputation as one of the most distinctive voices in movies today, thanks to her hands-on approach (she »
- Iain Blair
Back in November, CBS president Leslie Moonves offered an update on Showtime's highly-anticipated revival of Twin Peaks, revealing during a conference call that the show won't debut until sometime in 2017. While an exact release date wasn't given, this was a disappointing blow to many fans, who had hoped the show would air in 2016. In the series finale that aired back in 1991, Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) told Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan), "I'll see you again in 25 years," but now it seems this reunion will happen a bit later. Showtime president David Nevins confirmed Leslie Moonves' earlier statement, revealing at the TCA winter tour, courtesy of TV Line, that Twin Peaks is now set for an early 2017 debut. Here's what the network president had to say, offering an update on director David Lynch's progress.
"I'm excited to share that [Twin Peaks creator] David Lynch is more than halfway through shooting schedule, »
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Unfortunately, the poster on this one was misleading -- they never actually let us bring Matt Damon home after seeing the movie. (His wife would probably disapprove.) You can, however, take home Ridley Scott's acclaimed Mars mission movie "The Martian" on DVD and Blu-ray starting January 12. The Blu-ray editions include more than 90 minutes of special features, including five "in-world" pieces, and featurettes from the cast, director, and producers. There's also a gag reel, which should be fun.
Drac's Pack is back in the sequel to "Hotel Transylvania," as they put the son of Mavis and Johnny through a "monster-in-training" boot camp to bring out his vampire side. The DVD, out January 12, includes feature commentary with the director and vocal cast, »
- Gina Carbone
When Showtime first announced their Twin Peaks revival, the only cast member confirmed was original series star Kyle MacLachlan, who is returning as Special Agent Dale Cooper. In the months that followed, several other Twin Peaks stars were rumored to be returning, but none of them have been confirmed by Showtime. Today, Deadline reports that original series star Sherilyn Fenn is coming back to play Audrey Horne.
The site says that her character will have a "major presence" in the new series, although no plot details have been uncovered at this time. In the original series, Audrey is the daughter of Benjamin Horne (Richard Beymer), who was discovered to be the secret lover of Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) before her death. Audrey was infatuated with Dale Cooper throughout the series, as she tried to help him in his investigation of Laura Palmer's death.
We reported in November that Miguel Ferrer »
Sound the Horne — Audrey Horne, that is.
The actress, who will soon recur on Season 6 of the network’s dramedy Shameless — playing Queen, “an earthy and sensual grandmother many times over who loves to be naked” — will “have a major presence” when the Twin Peaks continuation debuts in 2017.
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Kyle McLachlan was confirmed a year ago to reprise his role as Special Agent Dale Cooper. Since then, »
Look, we know the year is still young — infantile even — but if any movie-related video in the next eleven months is even half as joyful and smile-inducing as this one then 2016 is going to be an amazing year. W Magazine has celebrated cinema the past few years with a series of short interview snippets featuring actors answering a simple question. Previous incarnations have inquired about screen crushes, inspirations, and films that made them cry, but this year Lynn Hirschberg spiced things up a bit by asking about their favorite sex/love scene. Saoirse Ronan’s response is all kinds of lovely thanks not only to her film choice but also her accent, her vocabulary, her accent, her energy, and her accent. The others aren’t quite as memorable, but a few of the highlights include answers from Greta Gerwig, Charlize Theron, Bradley Cooper, and Peter Sarsgaard. Keep this one bookmarked for when you’re feeling down on »
- Rob Hunter
Award season has begun, and on Tuesday evening, a collection of stars gathered at Cipriani 42nd Street for the National Board of Review Gala in NYC. Kristen Stewart looked effortlessly cool in all white, while Jessica Chastain glowed in a gorgeous green gown. In addition to a rare appearance by Maggie Gyllenhaal and her husband, Peter Sarsgaard, Samuel L. Jackson posed for a series of fun photos with his costar, Jennifer Jason Leigh, who won best supporting actress for her role in The Hateful Eight. Among the other winners of the night were Matt Damon for his performance in The Martian, Brie Larson for her work in Room, as well as Creed actor Sylvester Stallone and 8-year-old breakthrough actor Jacob Tremblay. Keep reading to see more highlights from the star-studded evening. »
- Monica Sisavat
Film critics, we’re often told, don’t vote for the Oscars — but if they did, here’s what at least three of their nomination ballots might look like. We listed our top five choices for best director, actor/actress, supporting actor/actress, original/adapted screenplay and cinematography. For best picture, we allowed ourselves 10 choices, based on the unlikely but theoretically possible outcome of 10 nominees in that category.
Because we chose from the full spectrum of studio, independent and foreign-language films released in the U.S. in 2015, it’s exceedingly unlikely that our selections will match or even resemble whatever the Academy comes up with on Jan. 15. And a good thing, too. Quality doesn’t limit itself to those movies with the marketing dollars to support a full-fledged Oscar campaign, and there are any number of worthy films and performances that Academy members — who are in the business of making movies, »
- Variety Staff
Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.
A young woman (Meiko Kaji), trained from childhood as an assassin and hell-bent on revenge for the murders of her father and brother and the rape of her mother, hacks and slashes her way to gory satisfaction in turn-of-the-twentieth-century Japan. Rampant with inventive violence and spectacularly choreographed swordplay, Toshiya Fujita’s pair of influential cult classics Lady Snowblood and Lady Snowblood: Love Song of Vengeance are bloody, beautiful extravaganzas composed of »
- TFS Staff
How would you program this year's newest, most interesting films into double features with movies of the past you saw in 2015?Looking back over the year at what films moved and impressed us, it is clear that watching old films is a crucial part of making new films meaningful. Thus, the annual tradition of our end of year poll, which calls upon our writers to pick both a new and an old film: they were challenged to choose a new film they saw in 2015—in theatres or at a festival—and creatively pair it with an old film they also saw in 2015 to create a unique double feature.All the contributors were given the option to write some text explaining their 2015 fantasy double feature. What's more, each writer was given the option to list more pairings, with or without explanation, as further imaginative film programming we'd be lucky to catch »
13 items from 2016
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