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There.s been a lot of talk recently about female led action movies. Just last month Emily Blunt insisted that only three or four actresses in the world are ever linked to these roles because Hollywood doesn.t create enough of them. But in the case of Pan, Rooney Mara proves that she could easily become a bona-fide action star herself. But does she actually want to become one? During the recent promotional tour for Pan, I had the chance to sit down with Rooney Mara and talk about her antics working on the Joe Wright fantasy adventure, which is a brand new origin story for the iconic Jm Barrie character. I decided to ask her if, after starring in Pan, we would now see her vying for further action roles, like Captain Marvel. And sorry to disappoint, but while Rooney Mara wouldn.t completely rule out ever starring in »
“Sicario” was released in theaters nationwide over the weekend, and the reception so far has been very positive. The movie features excellent performances from Emily Blunt and Josh Brolin, but it’s the outstanding acting work from Benicio del Toro that has really gotten people talking in particular. Del Toro stopped by The Landmark Theater in Los Angeles after a screening last Saturday evening for a fascinating Q&A session. Read More: Cannes Review: Denis Villeneuve's 'Sicario' Starring Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin & Benicio del Toro For twenty minutes, del Toro gave the audience some insight into his working relationship with director Denis Villeneuve, the chemistry he developed with co-stars Blunt and Brolin, and how he prepared himself before playing such a violent, complex character in Alejandro Gillick. **There are quite a few spoilers and major plot points discussed below** in the Q&A so, if you haven’t seen the movie yet, »
- Ken Guidry
The “War on Drugs” has never felt more like an actual war in this brutal, scathing condemnation of the lawlessness of the battle… on the “good guys” side. I’m “biast” (pro): love Emily Blunt
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
The “War on Drugs” may be a bullshit term invented by our overlords to justify overly aggressive policing on local and national levels, and indiscriminate and excessive imprisonment for minor infractions. It may be a self-perpetuating excuse for a never-ending rain of cash for institutions such as for-profit prisons and federal agencies and individuals like cops on the beat and on the take. But the “War on Drugs” has never felt more like an actual war than in Sicario. Yet this is no bit of propaganda designed to sell us that war; it is a scathing condemnation of the »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Emily Blunt apologises on NBC’s Today programme after receiving widespread criticism for an ‘off-hand’ joke she made about becoming an American citizen. Blunt made the controversial comments following a recent Republican presidential candidate debate, saying: ‘This was a terrible mistake. What have I done?’ Blunt drew strong criticism from many commentators, most notably from Fox News presenter Anna Kooiman
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- Guardian Staff
It’s officially the fall film season. With various festivals already in the books and this year’s New York Film Festival still very much in full swing, fall is here in full force, and with it comes a cavalcade of intriguing art pictures, lauded foreign features and films from some of today’s most interesting auteurs.
And then there’s director Denis Villeneuve.
Best known for the award winning Incendies and the pair of startling 2013 pictures Prisoners and Enemy, the Canadian filmmaker has become one of cinema’s most beloved directors, at least critically. Culturally, he’s been lauded as a craftsman of the highest order, a director who has a distinctive voice and one that may rely on relatively hamfisted screenplays, but dig deeply into the heart of humanity.
- Joshua Brunsting
Sicario actor says naturalisation ceremony felt ‘odd’ even though she was not giving up UK nationality
Emily Blunt has suggested that her decision to apply for Us citizenship was for tax reasons.
In an interview with the Sunday Times Style magazine to promote her new film Sicario, Blunt said that her decision to try for dual Us/UK status was “mainly for tax reasons” but that she “didn’t want to renounce my Queen”.
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- Andrew Pulver
Into the country — and away from the taxes! Emily Blunt revealed in a new interview why exactly she got her U.S. citizenship this past summer — and the reason is surprising. "It's mainly for tax reasons," Blunt, 32, told the Sunday Times' Style magazine on Oct. 4. "I didn't want to renounce my Queen." The Sicario actress, who married American actor John Krasinski in 2010, detailed the process of naturalization. "You have to learn all about the Constitution," she shared. "You can't be a habitual drunk, you [...] »
Every age has its heart of darkness. One place, in the grip of an insane mindset, where the unthinkable is not only thought but acted upon, and where the existing degrees of violence seem already so high as to be unraisable, until they are raised, over and over again, into realms of savagery that are, here we go again… unthinkable, until they are not. Isis, Auschwitz, My Lai, King Leopold’s Congo…
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- John Patterson
Going into the weekend, many box office prognosticators were wondering if director Ridley Scott's The Martian could break the October opening weekend record set two years ago by Gravity, which earned $55.7 million in its first weekend in theaters. As it turns out, The Martian gave a valiant effort, but came up just short, taking in an estimated $55 million, according to Box Office Mojo. Of course, the film is still in great shape, earning back nearly half of its $108 million budget after just three days in theaters.
The Martian was widely beloved by critics, earning a 94% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, opening in 3,831 theaters for an impressive $14,357 per-screen average. If these estimates hold true when the actual numbers roll in tomorrow, The Martian will have fell just $700,000 short of Gravity's October box office record, but it is still an impressive showing nonetheless. The Martian was the only new movie opening wide this weekend, »
The 20th Century Fox release, starring Matt Damon as an astronaut left for dead on Mars, proved moviegoers remain drawn by the gravitational pull of space adventures. The estimated North American opening of "The Martian" surpassed that of Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" and virtually equaled the debut of Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity."
Last week's box-office champ, "Hotel Transylvania 2," slid to second with an estimated $33 million.
- The Associated Press
Ridley Scott’s latest sci-fi endeavor “The Martian” lifted off with $18 million in Friday receipts, suggesting it will finish its opening weekend with a total of over $50 million, according to studio estimates.
The 20th Century Fox release, which stars Matt Damon as a stranded astronaut attempting to survive alone on Mars, bowed in 2,800 locations Thursday night to $2.5 million. The pic, which was made on a budget of $109 million, expanded to 3,826 locations on Friday. Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Jeff Daniels also star in “The Martian,” which is drawing praise for its optimism, something of a novelty in the space-exploration genre.
Based on Andy Weir’s novel, “The Martian” is on track to join the ranks of high-grossing October releases. Current top-dog “Gravity,” which launched on the same weekend in 2013, is the one to beat with its $55.8 million haul, followed by 2011’s “Paranormal Activity 3” with $52.6 million, 2010’s “Jackass 3D” with »
- Marianne Zumberge
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The Assassin leads the Golden Horse Awards with 11 nominations, Variety reports.
Steven Soderbergh tells THR why he has no interest in directing another theatrical film:
Just from my very personal, subjective point of view, I don’t have an interest in making another theatrical film unless my attitude changes or the business changes. There are a series of things that have contributed to it — I think the audiences have a played a role, the studios have a role in it — but film is increasingly fear based in its decision-making, and that’s not a good base to be creative.
Green Room, The Club, and more are among this year’s Fantastic Fest winners. »
- TFS Staff
Emily Blunt is such an independent minded actress that even her breasts think and speak for themselves. Emily was on Howard Stern's Sirius Xm radio show, and it's pretty much the law that if you go on Howard Stern you have to talk about nudity, sex, boobs, etc. Emily covered her bases when discussing a nude scene that did not make the cut of her badass new war-on-drugs movie "Sicario." It was a scene between Benicio Del Toro and herself, and she apparently rejected it. Or "they" rejected it.
As Emily put it (via People), "[A nude scene] was in there originally but it came out because we didn't agree with it." Who is this "we"? Emily replied, "My tits. [They said] 'we're not doing it.' "
Well, the tits have spoken -- and who's going to dare argue with them? Emily added that "Benicio backed me up," so he was Team Tits, or Team No Tits, »
- Gina Carbone
By Cate Marquis
“Sicario” means “hitman” in Mexico, as the audience learns at the start of the film of the same name. Although there is indeed a hitman in Mexico, little is straightforward in this mysterious thriller from Denis Villeneuve, the director of “Prisoners” and “Incendies.”
Those films are filled with shades of gray and uncertainties, and pivot on unexpected twists. Those who saw his previous films will know what to expect in pacing and tone, and that this Canadian director has a taste for murky, unsettling almost-horror film-like suspense. However, people who have seen the movie trailers for Sicario and are expecting a straightforward action film with Emily Blunt kicking butt likely will be surprised. Blunt does play the central character, and she is indeed tough stuff, but the film she is in may not be the one you expect.
Blunt plays Kate, a fast-rising young Arizona policewoman who »
- Movie Geeks
The girls didn't agree! Emily Blunt explained in a new interview this week exactly why she vetoed her nude scene in her movie Sicario. "That was in there originally," Blunt, 32, revealed on Howard Stern's SiriusXM radio show. "But it came out because we didn't agree with it." An incredulous Stern replied, "Who's we?!" "My tits," Blunt replied. "[They said], 'We're not doing it.'" She then explained that her costar Benicio del Toro backed her up. "It was a scene between he and I," she noted. "He's like my [...] »
We’re almost a week into the Fall, a time for serious stuff at the cinema, not saucers and BEMs (bug-eyed monsters). Well, hold on to your ray-guns, this isn’t a Summertime sci-fi staple with a much delayed release date. You see, the title character is actually an Earthman, but he’s also an alien since he’s not on his home planet. Huh? And this isn’t a tale set hundreds of years in the future, or is it set “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away” (gotta’ wait another ten weeks or so for that). No, this is set in the very near future (unlike that other star franchise), plus it’s rooted pretty much in the realities of space travel. No warp drives or matter transporters here, so star hopping takes a long, l-o-n-g time. Oh, and this flick’s main setting has »
- Jim Batts
While promoting the Blu-ray and DVD release of Avengers: Age of Ultron earlier this week, Kevin Feige held a Q&A session, where he spoke about a number of Marvel projects. After the Q&A, the producer and Marvel Studios President spoke with IGN, where he was asked about the news that Ufc women's champion Ronda Rousey is interested in playing Captain Marvel. When asked what he thinks about her love for the character, Kevin Feige had this to say.
"I love it. That happens occasionally, and I think that's a testament more to the strength of the characters. Going back to my early days at Marvel, there were always various people campaigning to be Wolverine. I guess that was pre-Twitter and pre-Internet days, but still for some reason would pop up in Wizard Magazine. Wizard Magazine would always have 'this person wants to play this role!' It's a »
Emily Blunt stopped by The Howard Stern Show in NYC on Wednesday, where she briefly addressed her tumultuous split from crooner Michael Bublé. The two dated for three years, from 2005-2008. In this week's interview, Howard brings Michael up, talking about what a great guy he is and how into each other the two seemed to be. As Emily agrees with him, Howard continues, "But that was heartbreaking. Because he was not faithful." You can hear Emily sigh on the audio before she says, "Well . . . I don't know if it was . . . I don't know, it's complicated. Now I'm going red!" Michael actually addressed the relationship himself during an interview back in March, when he said, "I was a jerk and I was careless and reckless with the hearts of women I was with." In Emily's case, though, this is the first time she's really commented on what happened. Listen to the full clip below. »
- Ryan Roschke
When FBI agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) stumbles into the middle of Mexican drug cartel skirmish, she ends up joining a special task force to help find the men at the top of this underworld food chain. Things quickly go from bad to worse to war. As part of the press tour, Emily Blunt stopped by the Howard Stern show where Stern lamented the lack of nudity in the film because he’s Howard Stern. However, Blunt had a pretty spectacular story and retort at the ready. Emily Blunt: [A topless scene] was in there originally. It came out because we didn’t agree with it. Howard Stern: Who’s ‘we’? Blunt: My tits. She’s on a roll! Blunt’s candid soundbites while promoting “Sicario” just keep rolling in. First her astute observation about Captain Marvel and now this. If Emily Blunt’s girls don’t want to take a »
- Donna Dickens
The conversation on female roles in Hollywood has been heightened recently as many actresses are speaking out on the state of the industry. Whether it be the lack of roles for older female actors, or the reduced pay in comparison to their male counterparts, women in Hollywood are taking issue with the current trends, and are calling out for change. A few weeks back, Emily Blunt discussed the lack of female action stars, and now, Jessica Chastain is speaking out on a similar notion. Specifically, Chastain is finding big problems with female superheroes these days, problems she thinks need to change. Jessica Chastain has been very vocal about her issues with the way women are treated in Hollywood in the past, particularly the limited types of roles available to them. In an interview with RadioTimes, The Martian star expanded on her issues with female action heroes and how they have »
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