13 items from 2015
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.
Having continually proven that they can repackage the same general structure and archetypes into their cinematic universe for increasing box-office returns, Marvel’s impetus to think completely outside the box is not strong. With varying creative results, Guardians of the Galaxy proved that the right ingredients in the formula can result in an entertaining ride, while the over-stuffed Age of Ultron did little more then exhaust. »
- TFS Staff
Less than a week away from the beginning of another month - a time when Netflix reveals its usual monthly streaming library edits; so if any of the below listed movies and/or TV series coming to, or leaving the streaming platform, are of interest to you, add them to your watch-lists! First, the complete list of titles that will be added, starting November 1. Of note, Idris Elba's personal documentary "Mandela, My Dad and Me," as well as "Blue Caprice," the chilling Isaiah Washington drama from director Alexandre Moors (his debut feature), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013 and received much critical »
- Tambay A. Obenson
John Pollono has adapted the script for the film which follows bombing survivor Jeff Bauman, an aimless deli counter worker who lost both legs in the 2013 attack. Bauman was at the finishing line cheering for his girlfriend (Maslany) when it happened and found new ambition and a sense of love in the wake of what happened. [Source: Variety]
Untitled Police Shooting Series
Sanaa Lathan ("The Perfect Guy," "Alien vs. Predator") will star in "Love and Basketball writer/director Gina Prince-Bythewood's new and currently untitled event TV series for Fox. Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo will executive produce.
The story examines the dangerous aftermath of a police shooting when an African-American cop kills a white teenager in Tennessee. Lathan plays an expert investigator who digs »
- Garth Franklin
The film, based on Kevin Powers’ novel, was originally slated as a project for Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), however it now seems that Huston is stepping into that particular role. Tye Sheridan (X-Men: Apocalypse) and Alden Ehrenreich (Blue Jasmine) are also aboard the film, which is being directed by Alexandre Moors (Blue Caprice).
The story follows “two young soldiers who become friends in boot camp and the elder (the 21-year-old Ehrenreich) promises to take care of his buddy (Sheridan), but it becomes increasingly difficult in wartime.” Huston plays Staff Sgt. Sterling while Aniston will play the younger boy’s mother.
Huston joins the film after his involvement in the remake of The Crow fell through due to co-producers Relativity Media going bankrupt earlier in the summer. »
- Scott J. Davis
His cold, steely biopic Blue Caprice might have not received the same fanfare as Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, but both were nonetheless stellar offerings at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival (here was my recap). A project that we could perhaps lump into the same category as Oren Moverman’s The Messenger was originally mounted at Cannes has changed its components of its line-up, Variety reports that The Yellow Birds now sees Alexandre Moors replace David Lowery in the director’s chair, while Jack Huston replaces Benedict Cumberbatch in the role of Sergeant Sterling in an Iraq war drama that includes Jennifer Aniston, Tye Sheridan and Alden Ehrenreich. Story Mining and Supply Co. CEO-president Jeffrey Sharp and Evan Hayes (The Circle) are producing along with Cinelou Films’ Courtney Solomon and Mark Canton (Cake). Jim Kohlberg (The Music Never Stopped) will executive produce.
- Eric Lavallee
Movie News - Jennifer Aniston has landed the female lead in the upcoming film 'The Yellow Birds'. The 46-year-old actress is set to take on the leading role alongside Jack Huston, 32 in the developing new Iraq War drama film after Benedict Cumberbatch was forced to drop out due to conflicting schedules, according to Empire.com. The gripping movie is based on the novel of the same name by war veteran Kevin Powers as it focuses on two young soldiers, who meet at boot camp on the evening of their deployment and go through the horror of war together. Aniston will play the mother of Private Murphy - who is portrayed by Tye Sheridan - while Huston will take on the role of Staff Sergeant Sterling. Alden Ehrenreich has been signed up to play the other soldier, Private Bartle. The film will be adapted by David Lowery, while Alexandre Moors »
According to a new report, Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire) and Jennifer Aniston (Friends) have joined the cast of upcoming Iraq war drama, The Yellow Birds. Huston’s role was originally set to be taken by Benedict Cumberbatch, but the actor departed not too long ago, likely because his schedule is becoming increasingly busy and Doctor Strange is now on the horizon.
David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints) was originally supposed to be directing this one from his own script, which revolves around two young soldiers – Tye Sheridan and Alden Ehrenreich – who are taken under the wing of an older sergeant, played by Huston, as they’re deployed to Iraq. Aniston is portraying the mother of Ehrenreich’s character. Now, however, Alexandre Moors (Blue Caprice) will take the helm.
Of course, the question here is do we really need another Iraq war drama? It seems like we’ve been flooded »
- Josh Wilding
The Yellow Birds focuses on two young soldiers who meet in a boot camp on the eve of their deployment and face the atrocities of war together.
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Jennifer Aniston is joining the cast of “The Yellow Birds,” while Jack Huston is stepping into the role that Benedict Cumberbatch was previously set to play. Tye Sheridan and Alden Ehrenreich are also starring in the film, which will be directed by Alexandre Moors. The film is based on the novel by Iraq War veteran Kevin Powers, which follows two young soldiers who become friends in boot camp promising to take care of each other, which gets more difficult as the war goes on. Huston will play Sgt. Sterling, while Aniston will play the mother of Ehrenreich’s character. Also Read: Jack Huston Exits. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
The project was first unveiled in May at the Cannes Film Festival. At that point, Cumberbatch, Tye Sheridan and Will Poulter were starring with David Lowery (“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”) directing from his own script.
The pic revolves around two young soldiers — portrayed by Sheridan and Alden Ehrenreich — who are taken under the wing of an older sergeant, played by Huston, as they are deployed to Iraq. Aniston, who will portray the mother of Ehrenreich’s character, starred in Cinelou’s debut project “Cake.”
Story Mining’s CEO-president Jeffrey Sharp (“Boys Don’t »
- Dave McNary
Jack Huston is stepping into the role previously eyed by Benedict Cumberbatch in war drama The Yellow Birds with Tye Sheridan, and Alden Ehrenreich. Jennifer Aniston is also joining the film directed by the project’s new director Alexandre Moors. The project is based on the novel by Kevin Powers who is an Iraqi War vet. The project is the second to go before the cameras for Mark Canton and Courtney Solomon’s Cinelou Films. It was first announced for sale at Cannes with… »
We all would like to believe that we have that someone special to look up to for guidance and direction. From time to time we practice the art of worship for the mentor that appears larger than life to us. Whether our designated mentors that we choose to follow are inspirational or insidious it does not matter because that yearning to follow in their footsteps are so great that we blindly give anything to replicate that original blueprint.
Maybe if one dreams of being a famous astronaut you designate Neii Armstrong or John Glenn as your mentoring heroes? Perhaps your foray into film criticism was ignited by Judith Crist, Vincent Canby or Siskel & Ebert? How about emulating your favorite actor or singer and following their paths to success?
In Follow My Lead: Top Ten Mentors in the Movies we will look at some movie characters that served as mentors to »
- Frank Ochieng
Cinema deviants can come in all forms or variety. It is just a matter of taking your pick as to what kind of deviant you consider. Perhaps your preference of deviant is of the sexual or molesting persuasion? Or maybe in the arena of hustlers or swindlers or cheaters? Will notorious gangsters and corrupt officials fit the bill for your definition of legitimate deviant sources?
The one type of deviant prototype that no one can question or disregard in terms of an impacting impression is the serial killer…or any killer where the impulse to slaughter is mindless fun or in some cases a perverse release to punish society for their own inner psychological demons and despair.
In “Killer Instinct”: Top Ten Disturbed Deviants in the Movies we will look at the selections of twisted individuals whose overwhelming passion for the pleasure of pain and punishment against their fellow »
- Frank Ochieng
13 items from 2015
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