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20 items from 2016


Godzilla 2 Loses Director Gareth Edwards

13 May 2016 12:26 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Just a few days ago, Warner Bros. and Legendary made some changes to its release schedule, pushing Godzilla 2 back nine months from June 8, 2018 to March 22, 2019, while issuing a May 29, 2020 release date for Godzilla Vs Kong, which ties into next year's Kong: Skull Island. Now that that Godzilla 2 has a new release date, the project has suffered a setback, with director Gareth Edwards parting ways with the project. It isn't clear yet if Warner Bros. and Legendary have any candidates in mind to replace the filmmaker, but with nearly three years to go until this hits theaters, there is still plenty of time to find a directorial replacement.

Deadline reports that the split between Gareth Edwards and Warner Bros. was amicable, and that both parties agreed on the filmmaker parting ways before the new release date was announced. This report reveals that the filmmaker had several projects he wanted »

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Waypoint Developing Two Movies From ‘Captain America: Civil War’ Author

26 April 2016 12:29 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Waypoint Entertainment has acquired movie rights to “American Jesus” and “Supercrooks” — both written by Mark Millar, who authored the “Captain America: Civil War” series.

Waypoint Entertainment’s Ken Kao (“The Nice Guys”) will produce with partner Dan Kao and Addictive PicturesRussell Ackerman and John Schoenfelder under their first-look deal.

American Jesus,” drawn by artist Peter Gross, follows a modern 12-year-old boy who realizes he is the second coming of Jesus Christ who has returned to Earth in the present day in a final effort to save mankind.

Supercrooks,” with illustrations by Leinil Francis Yu, is a comical heist story about eight super-villains forced out of retirement in an attempt to rob the world’s most notorious crime boss.

Several of Millar’s original works — “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” “Wanted” and “Kick-Ass” — have been adapted into feature films. He has other comic series such as “Superior,” “Chrononauts,” “Empress,” “Huck,” “Mph »

- Dave McNary

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The Sea of Trees Movie Review

20 April 2016 12:52 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: The Sea of Trees Director: Gus Van Sant Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Naomi Watts, Ken Watanabe. If you google “the perfect place to die” your result will be the Aokigahara Forest, The Suicide Woods of Mount Fuji. This phrase, which is the title of Wataru Tsurumui’s bestselling book, has inspired director Gus Van Sant for a new film that explores a man’s introspection on the way he has lead his life as a husband. An American scientist, Arthur Brennan (Matthew McConaughey), travels to the “Suicide Forest” in Japan, the site of numerous suicides, to end his life. There he encounters a Japanese man, Takumi Nakamura (Ken Watanabe), who wants to  [ Read More ]

The post The Sea of Trees Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »

- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi

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Jared Leto Will Star in WWII Yakuza Thriller 'The Outsider'

5 April 2016 1:25 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Waypoint Entertainment and Linson Entertainment announced today that Academy Award Winner Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) will star in Martin Zandvliet's (Land of Mine) action thriller The Outsider. Waypoint Entertainment will finance with Ken Kao (The Nice Guys, Knight of Cups) producing alongside John Linson (Sons of Anarchy) and Art Linson (Heat, Fight Club) under their Linson Entertainment banner. Bloom will handle international sales.

With a screenplay penned by Andrew Baldwin (Bastille Day), principal photography is currently set to begin this fall. Set in post-wwii Japan, The Outsider tells the story of an imprisoned American soldier (Leto) who is released with the help of his Yakuza cellmate. Now free, he sets out to earn their respect and repay his debt while navigating the dangerous criminal underworld.

The Outsider will mark Zandvliet's English-language debut following the success of Land of Mine, which was lauded at last year's Toronto International Film »

- MovieWeb

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International Trailer For The Sea Of Trees Has Matthew McConaughey Face An Existential Crisis

29 March 2016 1:34 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

If the debut trailer for Gus Van Sant’s philosophical drama The Sea of Trees focused more on the eerie setting of Aokigahara forest – the Japanese forest that, incidentally, also featured in Natalie Dormer-fronted thriller The Forest – then today’s international snippet for Van Sant’s spiritual pic places a laser focus on the leading stars.

Bearing the brunt of an existential crisis, it is Matthew McConaughey that is seen trudging through Japan’s infamous suicide forest, searching for some semblance of salvation and meaning amid a literal sea of tress. Ken Watanabe and Naomi Watts also feature, with the latter playing McConaughey’s troubled wife, Joan Brennan.

Left battling a seemingly inoperable brain tumor, what little connection Joan and Arthur (McConaughey) had quickly dissolves, leading our troubled lead to venture into the titular woods where he encounters a deeply spiritual man played by Ken Watanabe.

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- Michael Briers

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Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe Search ‘The Sea of Trees’ In New Trailer for Gus Van Sant Drama

29 March 2016 11:52 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Every couple of weeks, I’ll wonder what happened to Gus Van Sant, that thought process always along the lines of, “So there was Restless in 2010, Promised Land in 2012, and nothing since then? What could he be doing?” And then I remember The Sea of Trees, the cause celebre (read: laughingstock) of last year’s Cannes Film Festival, and suddenly grow a bit sadder.

We already got a glimpse of the film ahead of its Japanese release; now the French opening has offered another preview. (Roadside Attractions will bring it to the U.S., but no word yet on when that might be.) While I’m willing to believe the reaction was overcooked and liked what’s shown herein — Matthew McConaughey! Naomi Watts! Ken Watanabe! beautiful locations! — that reaction also connects to our review in a rather uncomfortable way. As we said, “The genuinely captivating ambiguity of these early moments »

- Nick Newman

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Watch: Matthew McConaughey Wrestles With God And Science In New Trailer For 'The Sea Of Trees'

29 March 2016 11:33 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Roundly derided at its Cannes Film Festival premiere last spring, Gus Van Sant's "The Sea Of Trees" will get another shot with critics this year. Will the ponderous drama fare better this time around, or will Matthew McConaughey's philosophical battle for his own life also be met with more shrugs? Read More: Cannes Review: Gus Van Sant's 'Sea Of Trees' Starring Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe & Naomi Watts Co-starring Ken Watanabe and Naomi Watts, the movie follows a suicidal American man who heads to the Aokigahara Forest near Mt. Fuji in order to end his life, only to run into a Japanese businessman along the way. Here's the synopsis from Cannes:  Arthur Brennan (McConaughey) treks into Aokigahara, known as the Sea of Trees, a mysterious dense forest at the base of Japan’s Mount Fuji where people go to contemplate life and death. Having found the perfect place to die, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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International Trailer: "Sea of Trees"

29 March 2016 10:01 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Though slammed at the Cannes Film Festival last spring, Gus Van Sant's "The Sea Of Trees" will be put in front of more regular critics and audiences later this year. Roadside Attractions, who picked up the film, haven't set a U.S. release date yet.

Matthew McConaughey plays a suicidal American man who heads to the Aokigahara Forest near Mt. Fuji in order to end his life, only to run into a Japanese businessman along the way. Ken Watanabe and Naomi Watts co-star in the film which scored a new international trailer which you can see below:

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- Garth Franklin

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First international trailer for Gus Van Sant’s The Sea of Trees starring Matthew McConaughey

20 February 2016 6:30 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The first international trailer has arrived online for Gus Van Sant’s upcoming mystery drama The Sea of Trees which stars Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe and Naomi Watts; take a look below or watch it over on our YouTube channel…

Arthur Brennan (McConaughey) treks into Aokigahara, known as the The Sea of Trees, a mysterious dense forest at the base of Japan’s Mount Fuji where people go to contemplate life and death. Having found the perfect place to die, Arthur encounters Takumi Nakamura (Watanabe), a Japanese man who has also lost his way. The two men begin a journey of reflection and survival, which affirms Arthur’s will to live and reconnects him to his love with his wife (Watts).

The Sea of Trees features a cast that also includes Katie Aselton, James Sait and Jordan Gavaris.

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- Amie Cranswick

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‘Sea of Trees’ Japanese Trailer: Matthew McConaughey Finds Himself in Purgatory

19 February 2016 2:32 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Gus Van Sant‘s Sea of Trees premiered almost a year ago at the Cannes Film Festival. The drama, which stars Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe, wasn’t particularly well received. Booing from critics was reported, but you can’t really take booing, especially at the Cannes Film Festival, seriously. Plus, what kind of an adult really feels the need to boo after […]

The post ‘Sea of Trees’ Japanese Trailer: Matthew McConaughey Finds Himself in Purgatory appeared first on /Film. »

- Jack Giroux

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Matthew McConaughey Is Lost Amid The Sea Of Trees In First Trailer

19 February 2016 8:21 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Japan’s infamous Aokigahara played host to Natalie Dormer and Co. for underwhelming thriller The Forest late last year. In swapping psychological thrills and spills for profound drama, director Gus Van Sant (Paranoid Park) has teamed with Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe for The Sea of Trees.

Due to enter the competition at Cannes come May, today brings forth the first English-language trailer for Van Sant’s latest (prefaced by a Japanese message from Watanabe), placing McConaughey and Watanabe in the shoes of Arthur Brennan and Takumi Nakamura, respectively.

In Japanese culture, Aokigahara is considered a powerful open-air haven of spiritual energy. Situated at the base of Mt. Fiji, The Sea of Trees, as it is known locally, is also the place where people go to commit suicide, and that’s exactly what McConaughey’s despairing Brennan plans to do.

Struggling to come to terms with his wife’s ailing »

- Michael Briers

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First Trailer: McConaughey In "Sea of Trees"

19 February 2016 8:19 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Premiering at the Cannes Film Festival to utterly scathing reviews, Gus Van Sant's suicide drama "The Sea of Trees" is finally getting a theatrical release almost a year later overseas on April 29th. Roadside Attractions has the U.S. rights but hasn't set a date yet.

Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe, and Naomi Watts star in the film which follows a suicidal American on his way to die in the the dense Aokigahara forest near Mt. Fuji who befriends a Japanese man lost in the woods. The two ultimately search for a way out.

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- Garth Franklin

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Watch: Matthew McConaughey Wants To Die In First International Trailer For Gus Van Sant's ‘The Sea Of Trees’

19 February 2016 6:39 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The Cannes Film Festival is known for being the home for some spectacular flops over the years, and last spring, that honor went to Gus Van Sant's "The Sea Trees." Oliver Lyttelton said it “mixes the thrills of ‘Gerry’ with the subtlety of ‘Finding Forrester’ and the originality of the ‘Psycho’ redo,” which is to say, it's not very good, and it's not a big surprise the movie was kept off the festival circuit after that. Read More: New Photos Of Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe, And Naomi Watts In Gus Van Sant's 'Sea Of Trees' Starring Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe, and Naomi Watts, the movie follows a suicidal American on his way to die in the the dense Aokigahara forest near Mt. Fuji, who befriends a Japanese man lost in the woods, and the two search for a way out. Here's the synopsis from Cannes:  Arthur Brennan (McConaughey) treks into Aokigahara, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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First Trailer For Gus Van Sant’s ‘The Sea of Trees’ Starring Matthew McConaughey

19 February 2016 5:11 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Marking Gus Van Sant‘s first film in competition at Cannes since his Paranoid Park, The Sea of Trees unfortunately didn’t go over very well last May. Starring Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe as Arthur Brennan and Takumi Nakamura, respectively, it follows the two individuals who happen upon each other in the forests of Mount Fuji in Japan known as the sea of trees. Brennan plans on committing suicide in the forest whereas Nakamura is geographically lost and unable to find his way out.

We said in our review, “The genuinely captivating ambiguity of these early moments fools you into thinking The Sea of Trees could be a return to form for Van Sant, a tantalizing throwback to the days when a new release by the director was greeted with deserved anticipation. The rest of the film obliterates this promise and punishes you for being so gullible.” While Roadside Attractions »

- Jordan Raup

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Toho launches sales on 'Rage' at Efm

10 February 2016 9:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Japanese suspense drama stars Ken Watanabe.

Japanese studio Toho is launching sales on Lee Sang-il’s [pictured] suspense drama Rage, which features a stellar cast including Ken Watanabe, at the Efm.

Based on a novel by Shuichi Yoshida, the film revolves around three couples who become suspicious of people they have recently befriended, following a brutal double murder in a Tokyo satellite city.

In addition to Watanabe (The Last Samurai), the strong ensemble cast also includes Kenichi Matsuyama (Norwegian Wood), Satoshi Tsumabuki (The Assassin), Mirai Moriyama (Love Strikes), Go Ayano (The Light Shines Only There), Suzu Hirose (Our Little Sister) and Aoi Miyazaki (Eureka). 

Currently in post-production, the film is being lined up for a summer 2016 release in Japan. Lee Sang-il previously worked with Watanabe on the Japanese version of Unforgiven and his credits also include Hula Girls (2006) and Villain (2010).

Toho’s slate also includes its new reboot of the iconic Godzilla franchise, Shin [link=tt »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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‘Inception’ Star Ken Watanabe Undergoes Cancer Surgery

10 February 2016 6:56 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Ken Watanabe has undergone surgery after being diagnosed with stomach cancer. According to a post on the Japanese actor’s official Facebook page, “Ken has undergone laparoscopic surgery after having been diagnosed with stomach cancer in January. His surgery was successful but his return to Broadway will be postponed.” Watanabe was set to return to Broadway on March 1 to reprise his starring role in “The King & I,” which earned him a Tony Award nomination in 2015. Also Read: 'The King and I' Theater Review: Ken Watanabe and Kelli O'Hara Make a Royal Pairing Watanabe is one of few Japanese actors to find. »

- Joe Otterson

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Ken Watanabe Diagnosed with Stomach Cancer Ahead of Broadway Return

9 February 2016 12:15 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Ken Watanabe has been diagnosed with early-stage stomach cancer, his rep confirms to People. The Tony-winning actor has been forced to delay his return to Broadway's The King and I while he focuses on his health, as first reported by Kyodo News Service. The cancer was detected during a routine checkup and the actor has already undergone an endoscopic surgery and is recovering in a hospital located in Japan. "I would like to ask for your understanding that the start of my performance in New York will be a little delayed," said Watanabe in a statement on Tuesday. The Japanese actor, »

- Jodi Guglielmi, @JodiGug3

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‘Lost’ Star Daniel Dae Kim to Make Broadway Debut

20 January 2016 11:55 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Daniel Dae Kim will make his Broadway debut in the Lincoln Center Theater revival of “The King and I” this May. The “Lost” and “Hawaii Five-0” star will take on the role of The King in the 1951 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical for an eight-week run beginning May 3. Ken Watanabe, who originally played the role in the revival and received a Tony nomination for it, will also reprise his role for a seven-week run beginning March 1. Jose Llana will fill the role from April 19 through May 1. Also read: 'Noises Off' Broadway Review: Does Andrea Martin Lead a Laugh »

- Reid Nakamura

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New The Forest Movie Received Mostly Bad Reviews From Major Critics

8 January 2016 12:20 PM, PST | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

Focus Features dropped their new horror/thriller movie, "The Forest," into theaters today, January 8th, 2016, and all the major, top movie critics have revealed their opinions, and unfortunately for the movie, they weren't all too pleased, giving it an over 35 score out of a possible 100 across 12 reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The film features : Eoin Macken, Natalie Dormer, Osamu Tanpopo and Stephanie Vogt. We've added comments from a few of the critics,below. Bill Zwecker from the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it an an average 75 score, stating: "With a nice, unexpected twist at the end, The Forest delivers as a healthy dose of psychological cinematic terror and an impressive first feature directing effort." Justin Chang over at Variety, gave it a 50 grade. He stated: "First-time director Jason Zada does generate an intermittently spooky sense of mystery that not even the muddled scripting can fully demolish." Neil Genzlinger from The New York Times, »

- Megan

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The 100 Best Films of the 21st Century (So Far) - Part 1: #100-76

5 January 2016 4:34 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

A new year means an opportunity to reflect on the past. This is our list of the 100 best films of the last 15 years, Part 1 #100 through 76.

The first decade and a half of the 21st century has brought a lot of changes to the landscape of film. The advancement and sophistication of computers has made realistic computer generated effects a mainstay in both big-budget and small-budget films. The internet and streaming technologies have given big Hollywood new competition in films produced independently and by non-traditional means. We went from purchasing films on yards of tape to plastic disks, and now we can simply upload them to the cloud. Advertisements for films have reached a higher, more ruthless level where generating hype through trailers and teasers is crucial for a film’s commercial success. Movie attendance has fluctuated along with the economy, but that hasn’t stopped films from breaking box office records, »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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