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Taissa Farmiga joins The Conjuring spinoff The Nun
Ugh! There's something about undead religious figures that unnerves me right to my core. Be it a bloodstained clergymen, a pale faced, over-tired-looking nun, or a grouping of forlorn disciples from the pages of The Bible, I want nothing to do with it. That being said, New Line seems to take no issue with this manner of imagery seeing as they've announced that Taissa Farmiga will step... Read More »
- Steve Seigh
Rumor: ‘Mr. Robot’ Creator Sam Esmail Might Be Writing An Obi-Wan Kenobi ‘Star Wars’ Story
Only yesterday, it felt like there were “Star Wars” movies and spin-offs scheduled up the wazoo, but it’s not going to be long before we actually run out of them. If the current release plans hold, we’ll get three films in the mega-franchise in the next twenty-four months — with “The Last Jedi” hitting this Christmas, the Han Solo spin-off landing in May 2018, and Colin Trevorrow’s “Episode IX” following a year later — but there’s nothing solid that’s been publicly announced after that.
- Oliver Lyttelton
Michael Mann Returns To TV With Vietnam War Miniseries ‘Huê 1968’
Today, Michael Mann is predominately associated with the big screen — indeed, few filmmakers make movies quite as big and cinematic as things like “The Last Of The Mohicans,” “Heat,” “Public Enemies” and yes, our beloved “Blackhat” (you’ll learn to like it one day, fools). But the director made his name in TV, initially writing on “Starsky & Hutch” before creating the acclaimed “Police Story,” and helping to shepherd the iconic “Miami Vice” and the less well known, but highly influential “Crime Story.
Continue reading Michael Mann Returns To TV With Vietnam War Miniseries ‘Huê 1968’ at The Playlist. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2’ Review Roundup: Critics Agree It Doesn’t Outdo Original
The first reviews for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” are in and the consensus is mostly positive, although many critics deemed the outing a “sophomore slump.” While there’s a lot about “Vol. 2” that stands on its own merits, many noted that it still feels like a disappointment when comparing it to the first film released in 2014. Alonso Duralde said over on TheWrap that the film does a better job at answering questions posed from the first than presenting a unique narrative to separate it from the first. “‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2'” is more interested in filling. »
- Carli Velocci
How a 20-Year-Old Filmmaker Wrote, Directed and Starred In Her Feature Directorial Debut — Tribeca 2017
Filmmaker Quinn Shephard didn’t go to film school — instead, she made her own. The New Jersey native was just 15 when she came up with the idea for what would become her feature directorial debut “Blame,” a modern high school-set take on Arthur Miller’s classic play “The Crucible.” Seven years later, Shephard is at the Tribeca Film Festival with the film, one that she not only stars in, but also wrote, directed, edited and produced. At 21, she’s reached a benchmark that usually filmmakers a few more years of work.
The film follows Shephard as high school outcast Abigail Grey, who returns to high school after a mysterious incident the year before, only to form a taboo bond with her new drama teacher (Chris Messina). As their relationship blossoms in very unexpected ways, Abigail’s nemesis Melissa (Nadia Alexander) observes from afar, continually threatening to bust the entire situation wide open (a witch hunt? »
- Kate Erbland
Tribeca Film Review: ‘I Am Heath Ledger’
If there is any one image you take away from “I Am Heath Ledger,” it’s that of Ledger staring into the camera, spinning it around and around, creating his own sort of impromptu DV-selfie version of the swirling-camera POV dance duets in “Saturday Night Fever” and “Carrie.” The shots are emblematic for a couple of reasons. Ledger, as we learn, was always filming and photographing things, including himself and his friends; it was part of his compulsion to make art, to filter his experience through a vast array of lenses. The bounty of images he left behind is a testament to that creative hunger. Yet the fact that he got off on filming himself so much makes its own statement. “I Am Heath Ledger” is a portrait of the artist as an angelic young narcissist, a self-conjured celebrity image-maker. He was always pushing himself to the next level, which is why, »
- Owen Gleiberman
Film Review: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’
The word “Marvel,” as in comic books or movie studios, has become a foundational term of our culture. Yet you could sit through almost every one of today’s comic-book movies and not find a whole lot to marvel at. That’s where “Guardians of the Galaxy” came in. In an era of overstuffed, taped-together blockbusters, it was supremely funny, exciting, and well-made — a rock ‘n’ roll space opera, spectacular yet lithe, without a stray shot or sequence out of place, and with a wildly caustic yet devotional interplay among its motley crew of renegades that recalled the original 1977 “Star Wars” (obviously its chief influence). The film wielded the machinery of big-budget franchise filmmaking and trumped it at the same time. So the question of what “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” can do for an encore isn’t really, “Can it top the first film?” It’s more like, »
- Owen Gleiberman
Sundance London Announces Full Lineup, With a Surprise Film and New Audience Award
David Lowery’s “A Ghost Story” will close this year’s Sundance Film Festival: London, organizers said Tuesday, unveiling the festival’s full lineup. Lowery will also headline the events section of the program with an onstage interview.
This fest will present 14 features that saw their world premieres at parent festival Sundance in Park City, Utah, in January. The films were selected by the Sundance Institute programming team in conjunction with Picturehouse. Miguel Arteta’s “Beatriz at Dinner” was previously announced as the opening film for Sundance London, which takes place for a second year at Picturehouse Central in the British capital’s Soho district, from June 1-4.
“As we head into our fifth festival in London, we remain committed to introducing new American independent films to audiences around the world,” said Robert Redford, president and founder of Sundance Institute. “Our success in the U.K. is a reflection of »
- Robert Mitchell
Karlovy Vary Film Festival to Salute Mike Loach, James Newton Howard
Director Ken Loach, composer James Newton Howard, director Kenji Mizoguchi and cinematographer Jiří Brdečka will be the subject of tributes at the 52nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Kviff organizers announced on Tuesday. The annual festival, which takes place in the spa town outside of Prague in the Czech Republic, will also premiere a restored version of Ján Kadár and Elmar Klos’s 1966 film “The Shop on Main Street,” which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Those tributes are among the first batch of programs announced for the festival, which will run from June 30 through July 9. Also. »
- Steve Pond
Ken Loach and James Newton Howard to Be Honored at Karlovy Vary
British director Ken Loach, writer Paul Laverty and U.S. composer James Newton Howard will be honored at the 52nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, organizers said Tuesday. Howard (pictured) will also take part in a concert to launch the festival, conducting the Czech National Symphony Orchestra in a world premiere of selected music from his score for the 2018 sequel to “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”
Veteran British director Loach and his regular writing collaborator Laverty will receive the festival’s Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema. The festival called Loach and Laverty “two individuals who together have influenced the history of British cinema, becoming pioneers of British social-realist film with a humanitarian message.” The pair has worked together on 12 features, including 2016 Cannes Palme d’Or winner “I, Daniel Blake.” They first collaborated on Loach’s 1996 film “Carla’s Song” and also teamed for the »
- Robert Mitchell
'I, Daniel Blake' Team Ken Loach and Paul Laverty to be Honored at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
British director Ken Loach and his long-time screenwriting partner Paul Laverty are to be honored with Crystal Globes for Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema at the 52nd edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival this summer.
Loach and Laverty have a lifelong commitment to powerful polemical films with strong humanitarian messages, most recently seen in Cannes Palm d'Or and BAFTA award-winning I, Daniel Blake - a searing story set within Britain's de-humanizing and cruel system of state social welfare.
Loach has long had close ties with the festival, based in the Czech Republic's Bohemian spa town of Karlovy Vary. »
- Nick Holdsworth
China's Citic Guoan Partners With 'Transformers' Producer Tom DeSanto on $120M Co-Production
"We are joining hands with Hollywood legend Tom DeSanto to jointly create a series of movies incorporating Chinese culture for the global audience," Citic Guoan said in a statement issued at the conclusion of the Beijing International Film Festival. "We hope that Chinese movies can appear on the global film stage to let more movie-goers appreciate Chinese culture's long history and charm."
In 2015, Citic Guoan, a division of the state-owned Chinese conglomerate Citic »
- Patrick Brzeski
Cannes: Directors' Fortnight Boss Previews Lineup, Explains What Makes the Sidebar Special
In his sixth year at the helm of the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, former Liberation film critic Edouard Waintrop has seen his sidebar expand impressively on two fronts.
On one hand, the Quinzaine des Realisateurs (as it’s called in French) has grown under Waintrop's reign into a launching pad for emerging talents in the world of genre filmmaking, with directors like Jeremy Saulnier (Blue Ruin, Green Room), Jim Mickle (We Are What We Are, Cold In July) and Ben Wheatley (Sightseers) premiering some of their earliest work there before moving on to bigger projects.
On the other hand, the Fortnight has »
- Jordan Mintzer
Wikipedia Co-Founder Launches Publication to Fight Fake News
Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales has started a new online operation that will pair paid journalists with volunteers with an eye on beating back the tide of fake news. Wikitribune, launching April 25, will pay reporters through a crowdfunding campaign. People who contribute to the campaign will in turn be given some say on the topics and stories covered by Wikitribune, which Wales tells The Guardian will cover a range of issues from politics to science. Volunteer community contributors meanwhile will be able to fact-check and subedit articles, similar to the way Wikipedia is operated. Also Read: Prosecuting WikiLeaks Endangers All Reporters, »
- Ross A. Lincoln
Netflix Signs Licensing Deal With China's iQiyi
Blocked by regulators from setting up shop within China's massive entertainment market, Netflix has instead signed a licensing deal with one of its most powerful local counterparts in the country.
The global streaming giant said Tuesday that it has reached a content agreement with Beijing-based video service iQiyi. The deal was revealed Tuesday during the kickoff to Apos, an industry conference held annually in Bali, Indonesia.
"China is an important market for obvious reasons; it's also a challenging market for obvious reasons," said Robert Roy, Netflix's vice president of content acquisition. "Right now what we will do is look to »
- Patrick Brzeski
United Airlines Ad Pulled From Tribeca Film Festival
The fallout from United Airlines' forcible removal of passenger David Dao on April 9 has spread to the Tribeca Film Festival. A United Airlines 30-second spot — advertising its Polaris Business Class — had been running before film screenings (United serves as one of the fest's Signature Partners) but has since been pulled following a wave of comical reactions from audiences.
On opening night, April 19, prior to the world premiere unveiling of the Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives, the spot "touting United Airlines' pampering of passengers drew so much derisive laughter it drowned out the next ad »
- Chris Gardner
Apple Music Delays Launch of ‘Carpool Karaoke’ Series
Apple is pumping the brakes on its own original-series version of “Carpool Karaoke,” the viral recurring sketch that originated with “The Late Late Show with James Corden.”
Originally scheduled to launch on Apple Music in April, the tech giant told Reuters on Monday that the debut has been pushed back to a still-to-be-determined date “later this year,” according to a statement the company issued that didn’t explain why the postponement was made.
CBS Television Studios, which is producing the series, also issued a statement. “We’re excited about our ‘Carpool Karaoke’ for Apple Music, and look forward to everyone seeing it later this year.”
As recently as February, Apple content czar Eddy Cue had been promoting the upcoming launch, sharing a trailer at an industry conference. Unknown is the fate of another original series, “Planet of the Apps,” that Apple had designated for spring.
“Karaoke,” will feature a unique pairing of celebrities in each episode, such »
- Andrew Wallenstein
‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Trailer Debuts (Watch)
The trailer for “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” the sequel to “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” has debuted, with new cast members Channing Tatum, Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, and Elton John joining returning stars Taron Egerton and Colin Firth.
Matthew Vaughn the action-packed and humor-filled second installment of the story.
Firth, donning an eye-patch, once again plays Harry Hart — even though he died in the 2014 original.
Vaughn co-wrote the script with Jane Goldman. The original “Kingsman: The Secret Service” was based on the comic book “The Secret Service,” created by Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar. Vaughn also produced the original, which grossed a surprisingly healthy $415 million worldwide.
Fox is opening “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” for release on Sept. 22.
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- Pat Saperstein
Netflix to Debut in China Via Original Content Licensing Deal With iQIYI
Global streaming giant Netflix has struck its first licensing deal in China with one of the massive market’s leading streaming platforms, iQIYI.
To date, Netflix has been blocked by Middle Kingdom regulators from operating its own service in the world’s most populous nation.
The deal comes just over a year after Netflix took its service global with just a handful of territories — including China, Iran and North Korea — missing from its planet-wide strategy.
The announcement was made on the sidelines of the annual Apos conference in Indonesia, by the streaming service’s VP of content acquisition, Robert Roy. Netflix spokesmen told Variety that the deal was too new to provide many details, such as when the content will make its Chinese debut.
However, it is understood that Netflix Original content will be available on a day-and-date or near simultaneous basis, along with availability in other territories.
iQIYI claims »
- Patrick Frater
‘Kingsman: the Golden Circle’ Trailer: the Dude, Magic Mike and an Eyepatch
A week after star Taron Egerton teased it with a super-compressed 10-second blipvert, 20th Century Fox has dropped the official trailer for “Kingsman: The Golden Circle.” Set to Frank Sinatra’s “My Way,” the clip gives viewers their first look at the returning cast, along with franchise newcomers Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Sophie Cookson, Jeff Bridges, Channing Tatum, Pedro Pascal, Halle Berry, and most importantly, Colin Firth’s eyepatch. Watch it above, and be pleased they went with the Sinatra original instead of the over-played Sid Vicious cover. The sequel to the 2015 campy spy thriller sees newly-minted Kingsman Eggsy (Egerton) and Roxy. »
- Ross A. Lincoln
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