12 items from 2015
The Hollywood archives are packed with movies that, for myriad reasons, have somehow slipped between the cracks, never to be heard from again.
No film sums up that unfortunate group more than 1994's The Fantastic Four, a property now getting rebooted for a second time with a lavish budget and inescapable marketing campaign. We look back at seven movies the industry (and the filmmakers behind them) wants to sweep under the carpet.
Bernd Eichinger snapped up the film rights to Marvel's first family in the '80s for a pittance, and with the clock ticking down on his ownership he teamed up with B-movie specialist Roger Corman to produce a $1 million picture in less than a month. With a cast of unknowns and music video director Oley Sassone at the helm, The Fantastic Four ended up getting buried by Marvel in a bid for brand protection.
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We get excited for Tiff every year, but this year is looking like it should be better than ever. The Canadian features were just announced, and they’ve got us even more amped up for this year’s fest.
Two films that we’re particularly excited about are Robert Budreau’s Born to be Blue and Patricia Rozema’s Into the Forest. Starring Ethan Hawke and Carmen Ejogo, Born to be Blue follows jazz trumpeter Chet Baker as he is cast in a film about himself in the 1960s. Into the Forest stars Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood as two sisters living in a futuristic forest setting. When they venture outside the comfort of home, they find the forest isn’t all that it seems. Max Minghella also stars.
There are a number of noteworthy films brought to us by home-grown talent in the regular programming, as well. Denis Villeneuve »
- Amanda Wood
Mr. Holmes himself, Ian McKellen, Star Trek star George Takei and, in the rear, John Buffalo Mailer Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze Miramax and Roadside Attractions celebrated Bill Condon's Mr. Holmes with a premiere screening at the Museum of Modern Art, hosted by Ian McKellen and Laura Linney with Hiroyuki Sanada, executives Howard Cohn, Zanne Devine, Steve Schoch, Eric D'Arbloff and producer Anne Carey.
Laura Linney channeling Gene Tierney in Otto Preminger's Laura with Ian McKellen Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze The last time I spoke to Ian McKellen was at David Hockney's symposium on Vermeer's use of Optics when he was starring on Broadway with Helen Mirren and David Strathairn in August Strindberg's Dance of Death. Condon directed McKellen's Oscar-nominated performance in Gods and Monsters as Frankenstein director, James Whale.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Justin Timberlake on the Oscars' Red Carpet Justin Timberlake at the Academy Awards The Social Network actor Justin Timberlake arrives at the 83rd Academy Awards, which took place on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. At the ceremony, Timberlake and Black Swan actress Mila Kunis introduced the nominees – and eventual winners – in the animation categories. Throughout the proceedings, he pretended to be the elusive Banksy, whose Exit Through the Gift Shop was a Best Documentary Feature contender. The joke fell mostly flat, but Timberlake actually elicited some laughs when he imitated three-time Oscar-nominated veteran Kirk Douglas*, who mercilessly stretched the Best Supporting Actress announcement into what seemed like hours. Admittedly, Douglas was funny. (The winner in that particular category turned out to be Melissa Leo for David O. Russell's The Fighter.) As announced by the Justin Timberlake-Mila Kunis duo, the Best Animated Short Film was Shaun Tan »
- D. Zhea
Trent Reznor and wife Mariqueen Maandig Trent Reznor and wife Mariqueen Maandig at the Oscars Sporting an ultra-cool look, Trent Reznor and wife Mariqueen Maandig, both members of the hip, experimental band How to Destroy Angels, arrive at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Trent Reznor, formerly the frontman of the alternative rock group Nine Inch Nails, and fellow How to Destroy Angels band member Atticus Ross went on to share the Best Original Score Oscar for their work on David Fincher's Facebook movie The Social Network. After Reznor's Oscar win, "I want to thank you like an animal" became a Twitter hit – in reference to a similar-sounding line found in the Nine Inch Nails' 1994 song "Closer." Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross' Oscar 2011 competitors were: Hans Zimmer, at one point the favorite for the Best Original Score Academy Award, for »
- D. Zhea
Director: Alexandre Aja
Running Time: 120 minutes
Horns is an interestingly bonkers adaptation of Joe Hill’s novel of the same name and director Alexandre Aja has created something refreshing original that may not blow the bridges in terms of narrative, it certainly plays with many genres and becomes a ‘tragic comedy horror’ which has a very quirky, entertaining edge alongside a deep truth of love and commitment underneath.
When Iggy (Daniel Radcliffe) is accused of killing his one true love Merrin (Juno Temple), he heads out on a drinking spree as he’s realized no one believes him when he says he’s innocent. Basically, even his families aren’t very convincing in helping him on his quest to clear his name. »
- Dan Bullock
Based on the bestselling novel by Joe Hill (that’s horror maestro Stephen King’s son), Horns is a spellbinding gothic fairy tale that tackles lost love and the pits of human nature to deliver one of the most enjoyable horror flicks in some time.
Ig Perrish (Daniel Radcliffe) wakes up one day to find he has grown a set of horns that grant him strange abilities. Haunted by the brutal murder of his girlfriend (Juno Temple) and hounded by the people of his town who blame him, he decides to use those abilities to help exact his brtal revenge on the true killer. As Ig quickly unravels the conspiracy, people can’t help confiding in him- and more often than not acting out- their most primal desires. »
- Phil Wheat
Oh yes, Mindy Project fans, it’s on.
Following the bombshell that ended last week’s episode — Mindy is pregnant! — our histrionic heroine spends this week’s installment trying to tell Danny he’s her baby daddy.
But when Dr. Castellano finally finds out, the news comes from an unexpected source. Grab some ice cream and pickles, and read on for how it all shakes out.
Related Mindy Project Post Mortem: Star Mindy Kaling Reveals How That Big Twist Came About, What’s Next for Drs. L & C
Guess Who’S Coming To Manhattan? | When 30 (!) pregnancy tests turn out positive, »
Lionsgate has announced this week details of the DVD and Blu-ray release of Horns, which has been set for release on March 16th, and you can pre-order over at Amazon here. While no technical specificiations, including special features, have been released, Lionsgate has revealed artwork for both releases, which we have for you here…
Directed by Alexandre Aja (Piranha 3D), Horns stars Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Juno Temple (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), Max Minghella (The Social Network), Heather Graham (Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me) and David Morse (The Rock).
See Also: Read our review of Horns here
- Scott J. Davis
Fifty Shades of Grey is sure to bring star Jamie Dornan a throng of fans he can't even image. Lucky for him, he already has his follow-up in the bag with the supernatural thriller The 9th Life of Louis Drax. We have a first look at the drama, which shows the actor in a quite compromising position...But not one quite like anything you'll find in Fifty Shades of Grey.
The 9th Life of Louis Drax begins on Louis Drax's (Aiden Longworth) 9th birthday, when he miraculously survives a near fatal fall. His doctor Allan Pascal (Jamie Dornan) finds himself tangled between his professional responsibility and his growing affections for the boy's mother (Sarah Gadon), a fragile young beauty. When Louis' father (Paul) comes under suspicion, Pascal realizes other mysterious forces may be at work.
Jamie Dornan is about to steam up cinema screens in next month’s Fifty Shades of Grey, but before he gets busy with Dakota Johnson, we’ve got an exclusive premiere of the first image of the actor in his upcoming thriller, The 9th Life of Louis Drax!
Coming to us from cult horror director Alexandre Aja (Horns, High Tension), The 9th Life of Louis Drax revolves around the young Louis who miraculously survives a near-fatal fall on his 9th birthday. Desperate to uncover the strange details surrounding the boy’s accident, Dr. Allan Pascal (Dornan) is drawn into a thrilling mystery that borders on fantasy and the supernatural, all while testing his personal and professional boundaries.
Dornan finds himself amidst a solid company of actors that includes David Croenberg’s muse Sarah Gadon andAaron Paul as Louis’ parents Natalie and Peter. Oliver Platt, Barbara Hershey, and Molly Parker round »
- Rachel West
Based on the novel by Jean Hegland, Into the Forest takes place in the not-too-distant-future where two young women who live in a remote ancient forest discover the world around them is on the brink of an apocalypse. Informed only by rumor, they must fight intruders, disease, loneliness & starvation.
The film which is in post-production, is directed by Patricia Rozema, who's most notable film is 1999's Mansfield Park. The film stars Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood along with Max Minghella (Horns) and Quiet Earth favourite Callum Keith Rennie.
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12 items from 2015
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