11 items from 2015
FX has announced that the Season 2 premiere for "The Strain" will be almost exactly one year after the series premiere. Previously set for a nebulous "July" premiere date, the premiere for Season 2 of the FX vampire drama has been set for Sunday, July 12. "The Strain" launched its first season on July 13 last year. And "The Strain" will continue in its regular Sunday 10 p.m. slot. Vaunted as the most-watched new cable drama of 2014, "The Strain" continues to be based on the series of novels from Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, with Carlton Cuse as showrunner. With Live+7 data, the first season of "The Strain" averaged 6.28 million viewers, including 3.49 million viewers in the 18-49 demographic. I was on the Toronto set of "The Strain" last month and while Season 1 stuck fairly closely to del Toro and Hogan's first book, it seems that Season 2 will be branching out in potentially dramatic ways, »
- Daniel Fienberg
FX’s The Strain was one of the more enjoyable shows of last summer, a knowingly ridiculous but still deliciously creepy thriller about the spread of a vampire epidemic through modern New York City. After a crazy cliffhanger of a season finale in which the ancient Master escaped the clutches of vampire hunters including Abraham Setrakian (David Bradley) and Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), the series will finally be returning at some point this summer, and FX has allowed the first footage from season 2 to escape quarantine (via EW).
Though the first season mostly saw the vampire epidemic spread quietly underground, that’s definitely no longer the case. “We’re going to take back this island one block at a time,” a city councilwoman (fresh face Samantaha Mathis) declares to the human survivors. The Master and his army of strigoi aren’t going to make that easy, but at least she »
- Isaac Feldberg
From director Clint Eastwood comes American Sniper, arriving onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on May 19 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, A Mad Chance Production, A 22nd & Indiana Production. American Sniper stars Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, whose skills as a sniper made him a hero on the battlefield. But there was much more to him than his skill as a sharpshooter.
A two-time Oscar nominee for his work in Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, Cooper stars alongside Sienna Miller, Luke Grimes, Jake McDorman, Cory Hardrict, Kevin Lacz, Navid Negahban and Keir O'Donnell. Oscar-winning filmmaker Clint Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby, Unforgiven) directed American Sniper from a screenplay written by Jason Hall, based on the book by Chris Kyle, with Scott McEwen and James Defelice. The autobiography was a runaway bestseller, spending 18 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, 13 of those at number one. »
'The Lazarus Effect' box office: Olivia Wilde and Mark Duplass horror movie arrives comatose (photo: Olivia Wilde in 'The Lazarus Effect') (See previous post: "'Focus': Will Smith Has One of Worst Opening Weekends of His Career.") Despite recent news that human head transplants are a mere two years away, the Mark Duplass-Olivia Wilde horror movie The Lazarus Effect – about bringing the dead back to life (as if world overpopulation weren't already a problem) – grossed $10.6 million from 2,666 U.S. and Canada venues on opening weekend, Feb. 27-March 1, 2015, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. The Relativity Studios-distributed low-budget horror flick had earned an estimated $3.8 million on opening-day Friday, including $350,000 from Thursday night screenings. Last week, box-office prognosticators had been expecting an opening between $12-$14 million. That was adjusted downward to $10 million or whereabouts after the film's disappointing Friday debut. Some, in fact, »
- Zac Gille
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If you enjoyed this Michael Keaton meta fest, the fantastic work of cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki is worth the price of admission. Or, keep re-watching it until you have come to a final conclusion about the ending and What It All Means.
Tommy Lee Jones directed this grim Western about a headstrong pioneer woman (Hilary Swank) who volunteers to transport three women who have broken under the pressure of living on the wild frontier. On the way to Iowa, Mary Bee (Swank) picks up a drifter named George (Jones) to help keep things in order. Gruesome, disturbing, and great.
"The Tale of Princess Kaguya"
This gorgeous Studio Ghibli film is based on a folktale about a young girl found growing »
- Jenni Miller
FX’s The Strain was one of the summer’s guiltiest pleasures, an immeasurably silly but still compelling thriller about a group of Cdc scientists attempting to stem the flow of a centuries-old vampire epidemic purposely brought to New York by an ancient evil. And though we’ll have to wait until the summer to see where it goes in season 2, FX is ensuring that we keep The Strain in mind by unveiling a new teaser for the series.
It seems early for the network to be promoting The Strain again, but it did market the first season for many months before its summer premiere as well. There’s not much context to the teaser, though if the show can follow through on the promise of depicting a full-on, bloodsuckers-versus-humans battle in the streets of New York, that will already be a step up on season 1, which only mounted a few truly impressive action sequences. »
- Isaac Feldberg
American Sniper continues to break records following its historic first weekend in wide release at the box office, taking in over $105 million over the four-day Mlk holiday. The film has received a largely positive response, with a 73% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, although there are plenty of vocal detractors as well. Months before Clint Eastwood signed on to helm, Steven Spielberg was attached to direct, just three months after the film's subject Chris Kyle was murdered by a troubled veteran. Screenwriter Jason Hall, who first met Chris Kyle back in 2010, revealed new details about Steven Spielberg's take on the project to The Hollywood Reporter, which would have shifted the film's main focus drastically.
According to Jason Hall, who received an Oscar nomination last week for Best Adapted Screenplay, Steven Spielberg wanted to focus more on the "enemy sniper" Chris Kyle is trying to track down throughout the film, known »
Surpassing all targets, Warner Bros. Pictures' and Village Roadshow Pictures' multiple Oscar-nominated drama American Sniper smashed virtually every available record as it opened nationwide on the heels of its already record-breaking limited release. Easily topping the box office, the film took in an estimated $105.3 million for the four-day holiday weekend and has grossed $108.7 million to date and counting. The announcement was made today by Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, Sue Kroll, President of Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, and Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, Warner Bros. Pictures.
The film's spectacular opening marks an all-time high over the course of director Clint Eastwood's illustrious career. Among its many other milestones, American Sniper also broke records for a January weekend opening, including both three- and four-day weekends; the highest single day ever in January; the best four-day weekend for an R-rated film; and the biggest opening »
While some critics have been quite harsh on Clint Eastwood's latest endeavor American Sniper, a biopic that follows the rise of Navy Seal Chris Kyle, America's deadliest sharpshooter, audiences have a different opinion. The film has broken January's biggest box office opening record, pulling in an estimated $30.5 million on Friday, (a number that includes Thursday previews). This is also a new record for Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, and it could be the biggest January weekend opening of all time.
American Sniper debuted Christmas Day in just four theaters, taking in a very impressive $633,456. Yesterday, it expanded into 3,555 theaters, kicking off a great start to the New Year. With it's $30.1 million, it's not only the biggest January opening, beating Cloverfield's $17 million back in 2008, it is also the biggest single day in January, besting the record held by James Cameron's Avatar, which pulled in $25.8 million on January 2, 2010.
Those aren't »
American Sniper (2014) Film Review, a movie directed by Clint Eastwood, and starring Sam Jaeger, Brando Eaton, Keir O’Donnell, Brian Hallisay, Eric Close, Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Jake McDorman, Kyle Gallner, Luke Grimes, Owain Yeoman, Max Charles, Billy Miller, Eric Ladin, and Navid Negahban. There is an [...]
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- Tyler Morgan
There is much to admire about American Sniper, including a stalwart performance by Bradley Cooper and the measured, steady approach of Clint Eastwood behind the camera, but a question mark hangs over whether real-life Navy Seal Chris Kyle – on whose memoir the film is based – should be set so high on a pedestal.
Kyle is described as "America's deadliest sniper" and although the point is never clarified in the film, it is Kyle who made this proclamation of himself. That kind of brash gesture feels at odds with the humble family man Cooper portrays, but it's easy to see why his story appealed to Eastwood because, early on, Kyle fancies himself as a cowboy, working the Texas rodeo circuit, and he takes that straight-as-an-arrow 'man's gotta do' philosophy out onto the battlefield in Iraq, »
11 items from 2015
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