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Bryan Singer Teases Another ‘X-Men’, Produces Micro-Budget Thriller ‘The Taking’
Bryan Singer has shaken up the Twittersphere by announcing he’s planning to do another X-Men film, titled X-Men: Apocalypse, to be released 2016. #Xmen #Apocalypse 2016! — Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) December 5, 2013 At the same time, Singer has shepherded production of The Taking, a Adam Robitel-directed thriller shot quietly in North Carolina this week. The film, written by Robitel (The Bloody Benders) and Gavin Heffernan (The Steaks), centers on the supernatural happenings in a small Southern community. Further plot details are being kept under wraps. Singer kept The Taking quiet. It’s Robitel’s feature directing debut, a character-driven project that Singer produced through his Bad Hat Harry shingle. Jeff Rice is also a producer, and executive producers are Jason Taylor and Jonathan Stein, Lati Grobman and Christa Campbell, Rene Besson, Luke Daniels, Alex Cutler and Dana Guerin. Nu Image/Millennium Films is handling worldwide sales. Singer wrapped X-Men: Days Of Future Past, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
'Nymphomaniac' sets U.S. release dates
Lars von Trier’s pair of Nymphomaniac films will debut on-demand before opening in U.S. theaters in March and April. Magnolia Pictures announced today that Nymphomaniac: Part One, which tells the story of one woman’s sexual awakening and subsequent amorous adventures, will be available on-demand beginning March 6 and open in theaters on March 21. Part Two premieres on-demand on April 3 and in theaters April 18.
The movies star Stacy Martin and Charlotte Gainsbourg as young and adult versions of Joe, the wounded woman recounting her life’s sexual escapades. Shia Labeouf, Christian Slater, Uma Thurman, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Connie Nielsen, »
- Jeff Labrecque
The Coen Brothers Say They're Also Working On A "Musical Comedy"
With "Inside Llewyn Davis" opening tomorrow, it seems folks are already eager to find out what the Coen Brothers might do next. Thankfully, they generally don't take too long between pictures and usually have a few ideas on the boil. Earlier this week we learned they have some kind of "sandal movie" set in ancient Rome brewing (perhaps they've revisited their once mooted "Hail Caesar"—about a '20s theater group putting on a production of "Julius Casear"—that at one point had George Clooney linked to star?) and now they've teased something else they've got cooking. Chatting with Vulture, the sibling pair once again finished each other's sentences, all while hinting at yet another music based flick. "But one of the two things we're writing right now, it's not a musical per se …" Ethan said, with Joel adding, "… but it has what might be considered more traditional musical numbers. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Nelson Mandela death announced at Long Walk to Freedom film premiere
Idris Elba, who played former South African president, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended London screening
Zindzi Mandela took her seat alongside royalty, celebrities and fans of the former South African president to watch the film in Leicester Square. During the screening she was told her 95-year-old father had died peacefully at home.
Fellow audience members were not informed of the death until after the film.
Speaking before the screening, Ms Mandela said when asked about her father's health: "He's 95 years old and he is pretty frail. We are hoping to see more of him."
The star later released a »
Holiday Deals: Downton Abbey, 59% Off Box Sets, World War Z, Star Trek Into Darkness, 40% Off Video Games, and More
Amazon always has a crazy amount of deals during the holiday season and this year is no different. While I usually focus on DVDs and Blu-rays, since they also have some fantastic deals on video games and electronics, I’ve also linked those. Like all Amazon deals, prices constantly change, so don’t take too long to decide. Downton Abbey Seasons 1, 2 & 3 Deluxe Limited Edition (Amazon Exclusive Season 4 Bonus Features) [Blu-ray] - $39.99 (60% off) Downton Abbey Seasons 1, 2 & 3 Deluxe Limited Edition (Amazon Exclusive Season 4 Bonus Features) - $36.99 (59% off) Up to 59% Off Boxed Sets Like Back to the Future Trilogy, Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy, Friday Night Lights: The Complete Series, Alfred Hitchcock: The Essentials Collection, The Bourne Trilogy, and More Star Trek Into Darkness (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - $7.99 (80% off) World War Z (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) – $7.99 (80% off) G.I. Joe: Retaliation (Blu-ray / DVD / Digital Copy +UltraViolet) - $7.99 (80% off) Cloud Atlas (Blu-ray/DVD + UltraViolet Digital »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Simon Kinberg Creating A Shared Comic Book Movie Universe For Fox's Marvel Characters
With extensive work on Neil Blomkamp’s “Elysium” and also the upcoming “Star Wars” films as a writer, producer Simon Kinberg has locked in recently on the sci-fi/fantasy front, but those aren’t enough—comic book adaptations have found his focus as well. Next summer’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and the Josh Trank-directed “Fantastic Four” remake both bear his name as writer/producer, but in a new development over at 20th Century Fox, which owns both franchises, he stands to have even more of a corner on the market. THR reports Kinberg and his Genre Films banner have inked a new first look deal with Fox for the next three years, and the first order of business for him is to expand the “X-Men” and “Fantastic Four” universes. Yesterday “X-Men: Apocalypse” was announced for a 2016 release, after the franchise onslaught of 2015, but Kinberg is looking for »
- Charlie Schmidlin
Tolkien gesture – scientist maps climate of Lord of the Rings
Mount Doom is like La and the Shire like Lincolnshire, so says a climate model based on author's famously detailed maps
Climate sceptics regularly work themselves into a lather dismissing mainstream climate science as fantasy – but for once they have a point.
A researcher at Bristol University has trained his powerful supercomputer not at predicting the earth's future climate, but on the fictional world of Middle Earth – the backdrop for Jrr Tolkien's Lord of the Rings.
To reproduce Middle Earth's climate, Dr Dan Lunt, an expert on past climate change, traced one of Tolkein's famously detailed maps, and then effectively "scanned" that into the university's supercomputer. "For a model to work, all you need is a map of where continents are, and how high the mountains are," Lunt says. The machines at the Advanced Computing Research Centre then crunched the weather patterns of Rohan, Mirkwood, and the rest of Tolkien's world for about six days, »
- Adam Vaughan
Film director Zhang Yimou sued for breaking China's one-child policy
Two lawyers are suing the director in what they are calling a protest against rich people flouting the rules
The Chinese film director Zhang Yimou is being sued by two lawyers for breaking China's one-child policy, in what they are calling a protest against rich people flouting the rules.
Zhang, who directed House of Flying Daggers and Hero, admitted on Sunday to having had three children with his wife.
Jia Fangyi said on Friday that he and Guo Chengxi wanted Zhang to pay 1bn yuan (£100m) as a punishment and as compensation for the use of public services.
Although Zhang already faces a fine that could run into the millions of dollars, Jia said he and Guo did not feel that was enough to deter other wealthy people from defying the regulations.
People caught breaking China's family planning policy must pay a "social compensation fee" based on their annual income. »
The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Electro may not be the only baddy in town
The trailer of the web slinger's latest has teasing glimpses of an assortment of villains. Will all these rogues help the movie swing?
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Is Jamie Foxx's Electro really the main villain of The Amazing Spider-Man 2? While Foxx was front and centre in that leaked Comic Con trailer from July, there has been a sense ever since that the villain in the piece might really be Chris Cooper's Norman Osborn, the Green Goblin of the Marvel comics.
First there was that leaked poster, which appeared to show the impish, emerald-skinned bomb chucker flying through the skies of Manhattan on his trademark glider. Now comes the first full trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, in which Electro is almost an afterthought. The main focus is on Norman, who we get to see properly for the »
- Ben Child
Now American Psycho is a musical, are any films safe from the jazz hands?
We now know that theatreland can sustain a musical about a calculating yuppie serial killer. But dare you take this lot on, Mr Lloyd Webber?
In theatres, the call for hot water and towels means an emergency nasal steaming is about to go down. But it wasn't always this way. In 50s England there were things that could not be spoken about. Could they be sung about? "Bloomin' Nora, Mrs Drake/ The rozzers will giva ya more than a caution/ When they find out you've been carryin' on/ With illegal backstreet abortions!" No, I guess not.
A man wearing six duffle coats pushes a trolley around a silent, post-apocalyptic wasteland, wondering whether to shoot his own son. There are no tap steps, only a silent, protracted dance with death. On celluloid, even the intermittent Warren Ellis soundtrack felt like a crass intrusion. Could the stark, post-everything »
- Rhik Samadder
Tla Releasing Sees ‘Blue’ for key European territories (Exclusive)
Earlier this week, Canteen Outlaws, the new gay-focused label of Tla Entertainment Group and Artsploitation Films, inked pic’s U.S. and Canadian rights at Ventana Sur.
The new deal, finalized in Buenos Aires by Tla Releasing prexy Derek Curl and Germany’s sales outfit Media Luna New Films founder Ida Martins, sees a theatrical release by next summer, followed by a DVD/VOD launch in the negotiated territories.
Unspooled Tuesday at Ventana Sur after its August’s Montreal World Film Festival screening, “Blue” is a rights-of-passage movie turning on Diego, a young and successful fashion photographer whose shallow world is tuened upside down when his lover, pediatrician Fabrizio, is hospitalized in a coma and Diego’s estranged 15 year-old-son, who knows »
- John Hopewell
Smug shots and selfies: the rise of internet self-obsession
Bombarded with belfies? Up to here with status updates? 2013 is the year digital bragging took over the web. We expose the worst offenders
This is arguably the year in which internet self-obsession reached new heights. Not only did we see that digital chronicler of daily minutiae Instagram announce that it had surpassed 100m active users, but the Oxford English Dictionary people announced that "selfie" was to be the official word of the year. Little did they know that all the coolest, on-trend narcissists had already moved on to "yogis" (yoga + selfie) and "belfies" (bum + selfie), leading us to wonder exactly where self-absorption has to go from here. While we're contemplating that with horror, we thought we'd take a look at the smuggest four corners of the internet currently in existence.
Rich Kids Of Instagram
Launched in 2012, Rich Kids Of Instagram is a blog dedicated to the iPhone snapshots of teens »
- Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett, Holly Baxter
Barrionuevo, Germina Prep ‘La Van’ (Exclusive)
Buenos Aires – Marking a change of direction, and locale, Cordoba-based writer-scribe Ines Maria Barrionuevo will follow up her debut “Atlantida” with “La Van,” a frontier drama set on the tri-border along the junction between Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina.
“La Van” is set up at Cordoba’s Germina Films, headed by Paolo Suarez, Barrionuevo’s producer on “Atlantida,” one of the flagship new features from Cordoba.
The region of Argentina placed three movies at last month’s Mar del Plata Festival: Western “La Laguna,” from Gaston Bottarro and Luciano Jones, the Frederick Wiseman-ish “Escuela de sordos,” and women’s drama “El grillo,” from Matias Herrera Cordoba.
Associate-produced by Edgard Tenenbaum, producer of Walter Salles’ “The Motorcycle Diaries” and Pavel Giroud’s San Sebastian 2013 Co-Production Forum winner “The Companion,” “Atlantida,” which is set to premiere in 2014, focuses on two teen sisters who, over the course of one sultry heat-wave-struck day, discover and define their sensuality. »
- John Hopewell
Iran directors devise Edinburgh strand
Edinburgh, Fribourg to fete Iranian cinema.
The Edinburgh and Fribourg film festivals are to fete Iranian cinema with a retrospective called The History of Iranian Cinema by Its Creators.
A total of 14 Iranian directors have selected 27 films, from 1933 to 2006, as part of the strand which will launch at Fribourg next spring and continue at Edinburgh in June.
The directors are:
Mania AkbariKaveh BakhtiariBahram BeyzaieAsghar FarhadiSepideh FarsiMahmoud GhaffariBahman GhobadiMohsen MakhmalbafShahram MokriAmir NaderiJafar PanahiShirin NeshatRafi PittsMohammad Rasoulof.
Some of them will attend Fribourg to present their choices.
The list of titles has not yet been announced. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
X-Men supervillain Apocalypse to hit cinemas in 2016
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The next X-Men movie will bring the supervillain Apocalypse to cinemas in 2016.
Director Bryan Singer, who oversaw the first two films in the long-running superhero series and is the director of X-Men: Days of Future Past, out next May, tweeted the news yesterday, posting: "#Xmen #Apocalypse 2016!"
Apocalypse's comic-book back story should dovetail nicely with the time-travel themes currently being explored in the series. Posited as the first mutant human, born more than 5,000 years ago, his history is filled with alternative timelines that resurrected dead characters and transformed the X-Men universe. In the most famous instalment, 1995's Age of Apocalypse, the immortal villain emerges as the new ruler of an Earth where mutants have enslaved their human counterparts.
In the forthcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, »
- Ben Child
Haunting Sculptures Blend Together Humans and Nature
Us humans have a tendency to consider ourselves superior to all other living creatures, ruthlessly slaughtering animals and destroying the beauty in nature without ever really thinking about what we're doing, or the impact our carelessness is having on both us and our environment. The truth is that we're destroying ourselves and our environment more and more with each passing day, a frightening thought that most unfortunately choose to ignore. The meat tastes good, so who cares how the animal was treated? It's easier to throw out garbage than recycle it, so to hell with the environment!
Artist Kate MacDowell beautifully taps into these topical real world issues with her incredible porcelain sculptures, which oftentimes fuse together human anatomy and skeletal systems with other living creatures like trees and animals, reminding us that we're not all that different from the things we so often destroy. As Kate writes in the opening statement on her website, »
- John Squires
Dustin Hoffman Joins Stephen Frears’ Lance Armstrong Project
Hoffman will join when the production moves to the U.S. for the final stages of the shoot. The film is shooting on location in Europe.
Hoffman and Frears previously worked together on 1992’s “The Accidental Hero.”
Studiocanal is fully financing the pic, will distribute in its territories (France, U.K., Germany, Australia/New Zealand), and is handling international sales.
- Leo Barraclough
This Ain't California – review | Peter Bradshaw
A quasi-mockumentary about the fictional skateboarding scene in the old East Germany of the 1980s leads you up the garden path
Martin Persiel's This Ain't California is a weird quasi-mockumentary whose sneaky fictional inventions have been the subject of furious debate since the film played at last year's Berlin film festival. It is ostensibly about the skateboarding scene in the old East Germany of the 1980s, with fascinating ideas about how this scene stimulated individualist anti-communist thinking and how East Berlin's brutalist concrete architecture turned out to be great for skating. But the raw Super 8 footage has now been revealed as staged and the figures played by actors, and there is some doubt as to whether the legendary skating figure at the film's centre, Panik, is real, some kind of composite, or just out-and-out fantasy. Challenging the limits of factual cinema can be enlightening and reconstructions valid: they were used, »
- Peter Bradshaw
Rough Cut – review
We barely get to see the original Hiker Meat in this self-indulgent 'making of' documentary
In 2010, film artist Jamie Shovlin constructed a fake 1970s horror movie called Hiker Meat out of clips from old films. This documentary follows his attempts to recreate parts of that movie for real – which turns out to be far less interesting. One of the problems is that we barely get to see the original – were there rights issues? – so there's little idea of what they're trying to emulate. Peel back the thin layer of conceptualising, and it's a self-indulgent "making of" for a low-budget movie in the Lake District. Even more unfortunate is the fact that Peter Strickland already made a brilliant homage to 1970s horror film-making, also based around an imaginary horror move, in last year's Berberian Sound Studio. By comparison, this is … rough.
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- Steve Rose
Oldboy – review | Peter Bradshaw
Spike Lee's English-language remake of Park Chan-wook's revenge nightmare fails to grasp its black-comic bad taste
When Park Chan-wook released his 2003 Korean revenge nightmare Oldboy, the evil craziness that crackled out of the screen was unforgettable. This was the story of an obnoxious businessman, fleshily played by Choi Min-sik, abducted and imprisoned in a converted hotel room for 15 years without being told why and then released to seek answers and wreak vengeance – a mixture of Kafka's The Trial, Patrick McGoohan's The Prisoner and Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus. It became the incarnation of what was thought of as the new "Asian extreme" genre, along with Takashi Miike's macabre classic Audition. Now Oldboy has been subjected to a superfluous English-language remake by Spike Lee, which is stomach-turningly violent. But where Choi Min-sik was dishevelled and ragged, this film's lantern-jawed lead, Josh Brolin, looks very sleek, like the rumpled star of »
- Peter Bradshaw
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