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Playing as part of The Toronto International Film Festival’s Midnight Madness programme is Ilya Naishuller’s Hardcore, the first ever Pov action film, and we have a pair of posters along with a trailer for you. Hardcore stars Sharlto Copley, Danila… Continue Reading →
- Steve Barton
Earlier this summer, we featured a very brief look at the visual effects that helped bring Neill Blomkamp‘s futuristic fairytale Chappie to life. A live performance on set was done with Sharlto Copley (District 9), and then the actor was replaced entirely with visual effects, and now we get to see just how perfectly the […]
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- Ethan Anderton
This is impressive. While Neill Blomkamp is off working on his version of an Alien movie, let's try not to forget that Chappie was released this year. Whether you liked the film or not, there's a lot that Blomkamp does as a sci-fi director that should be admired. Whether it's the way he seamlessly integrates sleek CGI into practical scenes, or tries to create entirely CG characters and make them feel completely real. That's a lot harder than it sounds, and thankfully there's a few VFX teams that help him pull this off. One of the VFX houses responsible for a large chunk of the main work on Chappie was Image Engine, a Vancouver based agency. This 4-minute reel shows how they went from blank plates or actual shots with Sharlto Copley in costume to the final footage with the robot. There's some impressive work on display in here, so take a look. »
- Alex Billington
'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' 2015: Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer. 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' movie is a domestic box office bomb: Will it be saved by international filmgoers? Directed by Sherlock Holmes' Guy Ritchie and toplining Man of Steel star Henry Cavill and The Lone Ranger costar Armie Hammer, the Warner Bros. release The Man from U.N.C.L.E. has been a domestic box office disaster, performing about 25 percent below – already quite modest – expectations. (See also: “'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' Movie: Bigger Box Office Flop Than Expected.”) This past weekend, the $80 million-budget The Man from U.N.C.L.E. collected a meager $13.42 million from 3,638 North American theaters, averaging $3,689 per site. After five days out, the big-screen reboot of the popular 1960s television series starring Robert Vaughn and David McCallum has taken in a mere $16.77 million. For comparison's sake: »
- Zac Gille
Hong Kong’s Soi Cheang, Japan’s Takashi Miike, Australia’s Sean Byrne and American filmmaker Jeremy Saulnier are among the returning names to populate Tiff’s Midnight Madness programme. In what is an American indie horror film dominated section featuring the likes of some of the V/H/S alumni (Roxanne Benjamin, David Bruckner, and Radio Silence quartet) presenting Southbound, Cold Comes the Night scribe Nick Simon presenting his sophomore film, The Girl in the Photographs and before being released theatrically in October via Stage 6 Films, Todd Strauss-Schulson‘s The Final Girls will receive its international premiere. Colin Geddes’ baby will be host to six world premieres with Saulnier’s Green Room making it much anticipated North American debut after replicating the big bang he made in Cannes with Blue Ruin. Here are the ten titles & fest synopses:
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- Eric Lavallee
Kicking off September 10th, Toronto International Film Festival and its Midnight Madness screenings are right around the corner. This year, Midnight Madness selections include The Final Girls, Green Room, and the world premiere of The Devil's Candy from The Loved Ones director Sean Byrne.
Press Release: "Toronto — Midnight Madness returns to the Toronto International Film Festival® to satiate late night audiences’ appetites for wild sensory stimulation. The programme will present the best in action, horror, shock and fantasy films from the rabble-rousers of cinema, opening with Jeremy Saulnier’s tense siege shocker Green Room.
“Midnight Madness winds up Festival audiences as the days are winding down and they are hungry for more,” says Colin Geddes, International Programmer for the Festival. “From adrenaline-filled action and untamed horror to twisted comedy and darkly blurred lines of reality, this year’s lineup welcomes back celebrated masters and fresh visionaries of renegade genre cinema. »
- Derek Anderson
While the Toronto International Film Festival has mostly garnered a reputation as a place to often get the first look at movies that go on to critical acclaim and Academy Awards, the festival’s Midnight Madness section, which is reserved for genre films, has built a following of its own as well, getting a more prominent showcase as the years have passed. This has, in turn, led to films such as Adam Wingard’s You’re Next and Gareth Evans’ The Raid to make their world premieres at the festival under this banner, making the lineup every year an announcement that genre fans anticipate. For the 2015 incarnation of the festival, Tiff has now announced their first wave of screenings.
The section will be opening with a screening of Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room, which will be making its North American premiere, and closing with a screening of Todd Strauss-Schulson’s The Final Girls, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Earlier this year, District 9 and Elysium director Neill Blomkamp brought us the critically panned science fiction film Chappie, which the guys over at CinemaSins decided to target for their latest video.
CinemaSins points out everything wrong with the film in less than 16 minutes, but per usual, the video contains massive spoilers. See it here…
At the box office, the film did manage to make more than double its $49 million budget, but still underperformed in North America and many other markets.
Chappie starred Sharlto Copley, who has been in each of Blomkamp’s films, Hugh Jackman (X-Men), Sigourney Weaver (Avatar), Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionare) and Jose Pablo Cantillo (The Walking Dead). From the band Die Antwoord, Ninja and Yolanda Visser also had major roles in the film.
- Justin Cook
Actress Brie Larson is in talks with Legendary Pictures to play the female lead in their highly-anticipated King Kong movie Kong: Skull Island. If her deal is finalized, she will join Tom Hiddleston, who has been attached to star since September. The news comes just weeks after the action-adventure movie lost two of its stars, Michael Keaton and J.K. Simmons, due to scheduling conflicts.
No details were given for Brie Larson's character at this time, or how she fits into the story. Deadline reports that Warner Bros. is also seeking replacements for J.K. Simmons and Michael Keaton, with the studio courting Russell Crowe for one of those roles. It won't be known if the actor will sign on, though, until the latest draft of the screenplay comes in. Legendary first announced the project at Comic-Con 2014 at the end of their Hall H panel.
We reported in January that Kong: Skull Island »
Even though this year’s sci-fi flick Chappie may not have been anywhere near as poignant or impressive as director Neill Blomkamp‘s previous effort District 9, you can’t deny that the film has some unbelievable special effects. Bringing the titular artificially intelligent robot to life is quite a feat, and it was done with a combination […]
- Ethan Anderton
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Chappie (action/sci-fi directed by Neill Blomkamp; Sharlto Copley, Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver; rated R) The Lazarus Effect (horror; Mark Duplass, Olivia Wilde; rated PG-13) Run All Night (action; Liam Neeson, Ed Harris, Joel Kinnaman; rated R) Wild Tales (comedy; Darío Grandinetti, María Marull; rated R) American Heist (action; Adrien Brody, Hayden Christensen; pretheatrical release premieres 6/19; rated R) Burying...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
In honor of today's Chappie DVD and Blu-ray release, we got the opportunity to share two exclusive clips from the special features menu. In case you need a refresher, Neill Blomkamp's third feature focuses on a police droid who becomes the first robot with the ability to think and feel. He's got a noble "maker" dedicated to raising him right, but when Chappie falls into the hands of a group of thugs, he picks up a few bad habits. Those thugs are played by the member of the South African rap group Die Antwoord, Ninja and Yolandi Visser. They've got a unique style to say the least and this first clip explores how Blomkamp incorporated that into the film. The second video centers on Chappie, and specifically the need to find the human, emotional moments that define him. You can check out both of our Chappie clips below, but »
- Perri Nemiroff
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
Dev Patel, Sigourney Weaver, Sharlto Copley (in motion capture as Chappie), and Hugh Jackman star in this thought-provoking sci-fi film from Neill Blomkamp, director of "District 9." The Blu-ray comes with a ton of features, including an alternate ending, extended scenes, and eight featurettes: "Chappie: The Streetwise Professor," "Arms Race: The Weapons and Robots," "Bringing Chappie to Life: The Visual Effects," "From Tetra Vaal to Chappie," "Keep It Gangster," "The Reality of Robotics," "Jozi: Real City and a Sci-Fi Setting," and "Rogue Robot: Deconstructing the Stunts & Special Effects."
Liam Neeson plays a mobster hit man caught between his crime family and his estranged son in this action thriller co-starring Joel Kinnaman, Ed Harris, and Vincent D'Onofrio. The Blu-ray features "Shoot All Night, »
- Gina Carbone
One of England’s most exciting filmmakers is tackling his biggest project yet in thriller Free Fire, and today brings word that he’s recruiting some red-hot talents to round out the pic’s cast.
Director Ben Wheatley (Sightseers, A Field in England) has tapped Jack Reynor (Transformers: Age of Extinction), Sam Riley (Maleficent) and Noah Taylor (Submarine) for supporting roles in the film. The trio join a stacked cast that already boasts Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Armie Hammer, Sharlto Copley and Michael Smiley. Enzo Cilenti and Babou Ceesay also have supporting roles in the pic.
Free Fire centers on a woman (Larson) who sets up an arms deal between two Irishmen (Murphy and Smiley) and members of a gang (including Hammer and Copley). Meeting inside a deserted warehouse, the group initiates the deal, only for a furious firefight to break out when shots go off mid-handoff.
Reynor had a »
- Isaac Feldberg
Sam Riley (On The Road), Noah Taylor (Predestination) and Jack Reynor (Transformers: Age of Extinction) are to join the cast, which already boasts an impressive line-up of talent including Brie Larson (Short Term 12), Cillian Murphy (Inception), Sharlto Copley (Chappie), Armie Hammer (The Man From U.N.C.L.E), Michael Smiley (The Lobster) and Enzo Cilenti (Guardians of the Galaxy).
Free Fire tells the story of a woman (Larson) who meets two Irishmen (Smiley and Murphy) at an abandoned warehouse who she has set up a meeting with, as well as a local gang who are selling them guns. But the deal goes south, and shots are soon fired leaving everyone struggling for their survival.
- Scott J. Davis
Free Fire, Akira, All I See Is You, and other films have made recent film casting, screenwriting, and director news. These films come from movie studios primarily based in the United States. The castings, screenwriters, and directors are subject to change.
Untitled WWII movie
Brad Pitt has been looking for a lover for his next WWII movie and he has finally found one in Oscar winner Marion Cotillard, who’s in negotiations to join him in the untitled period film that Robert Zemeckis is directing
Steven Knight wrote the script
Pitt and Cotillard will play assassins who fall in love during a mission to kill a German official. They soon marry, but their romance is cut short when Pitt is told that his wife is a double agent working for the German government and he must kill her.
- Rollo Tomasi
There’s a few familiar faces in his cast as well, I say a few, I mean the likes of Sharlto Copley, Brie Larson, Jack Reynor, Sam Riley, Noah Taylor, Enzo Cilenti, Babou Ceesay, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy and Michael Smiley are all signed up and ready to go as they started principal photography today. Film4 and the BFI back the film, Studiocanal have rights in the UK and this time, Andy Starke and Ben Wheatley’s Rook Films is producing the film set in Boston in the late seventies.
Larson plays a woman who has brokered a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen (Murphy and Smiley) and a gang (led by Hammer and Copley) who are selling them a stash of guns. »
- Dan Bullock
While we're yet to see his latest "High Rise," which is already in the can, Ben Wheatley isn't stopping for a moment, and filming has already started on his next project, the star-studded "Free Fire," a few more names are rounding out the extensive ensemble cast. Read More: First Look: Luke Evans In Ben Wheatley's 'High Rise' Jack Reynor, Sam Riley, Noah Taylor, Enzo Cilenti and Babou Ceesay join the previously announced Sharlto Copley, Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy and Michael Smiley in the movie that follows a woman who has brokered a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen (Murphy and Smiley) and a gang (led by Hammer and Copley) who are selling them a stash of guns. But when shots are fired in the handover, a heart-stopping game of survival ensues. Sounds awesome, right? Well, Martin Scorsese thinks so too, because he's executive producing the picture. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Filming began on Ben Wheatley's new film Free Fire yesterday and Deadline has an update on the cast. The film is already bolstered by a really good cast to start; Sharlto Copley, Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, Wheatley alumnus Michael Smiley, Enzo Cilenti (who was also just in Wheatley's High Rise) and Babou Ceesay ('71). Joining them will be young lads Jack Reynor and Sam Riley. TwitchFilm fave Noah Taylor (Edge of Tomorrow) rounds up the additions. Set in Boston in the late 1970's, [the film] follows a woman (Larson), who has brokered a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen (Murphy and Smiley) and a gang (led by Hammer and Copley) who are selling them a stash of guns. But when shots are fired in...
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Anything Ben Wheatley sets his mind to brings a high degree of anticipation in these parts. Throw Martin Scorsese into the mix and you’ve got the recipe for something truly compelling. So it is with Free Fire, the next cab in Wheatley’s rank after his upcoming High-Rise. It's just added Jack Reynor and Sam Riley its cast roster.Not a man to rest of his laurels - or rest very much at all - the writer/director has moved from post-production on High-Rise and started the cameras rolling on this action-thriller, which has Scorsese exec–producing. Free Fire is billed as a hard-boiled crime film set in violence-ridden 1978 Boston. A secluded meeting between two gangs in a deserted warehouse suddenly explodes into a shoot-out and a fight for survival.Wheatley already has Sharlto Copley, Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy and regular collaborator Michael Smiley aboard to star, »
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