14 items from 2015
Spike Lee, probably the most famous black filmmaker in the history of American cinema and long an outspoken critic of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will be presented with an honorary Oscar at the Academy's seventh Governors Awards on Nov. 14, the organization announced Thursday. At 58, Lee is the youngest male tapped for an honorary Oscar — which historically has been something of a lifetime achievement award — since one went to 46-year-old Planet of the Apes makeup artist John Chambers in 1969. Now the question is: what will he say when accepting the
- Scott Feinberg
Grossing an estimated $60 million this weekend, the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton has already been established as one of summer's most unlikely non-franchise blockbusters and bona fide box-office smashes, dwarfing the openings of higher-profile offerings such as Fantastic Four and Terminator Genisys. (And, if that number holds, it will have had a better first weekend than even Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, the crowned king of this season's name-brand entries which debuted with a domestic haul of $55.5 million according to Box Office Mojo.) But in hindsight, Compton's sleeper-success story isn't that surprising at all. »
'The Beginning or the End' 1947 with Robert Walker and Tom Drake. Hiroshima bombing 70th anniversary: Six movies dealing with the A-bomb terror Seventy years ago, on Aug. 6, 1945, the U.S. dropped the first atomic bomb over the city of Hiroshima. Ultimately, anywhere between 70,000 and 140,000 people died – in addition to dogs, cats, horses, chickens, and most other living beings in that part of the world. Three days later, America dropped a second atomic bomb, this time over Nagasaki. Human deaths in this other city totaled anywhere between 40,000-80,000. For obvious reasons, the evisceration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki has been a quasi-taboo in American films. After all, in the last 75 years Hollywood's World War II movies, from John Farrow's Wake Island (1942) and Mervyn LeRoy's Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944) to Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan (1998) and Michael Bay's Pearl Harbor (2001), almost invariably have presented a clear-cut vision »
- Andre Soares
Schlubby working class hero, Crime And Punishment’s Porfiry Petrovich for primetime, fatherly fighter of crime... I was introduced to the rumple-coated and rumple-faced one back in 1987, following an off-hand attempt from my mother to get five-year-old me to sit down and shut up for a few minutes. Desperately looking for something to grab my attention, and zeroing in on what ITV happened to be repeating that Sunday, her “Oh, look! Columbo! You like him, don’t you?” – “Huh?” – “He’s the one with the cigar and coat, you know him!” got me to sit down, be quiet, and puzzle over whether or not I did like him. She turned out to be right – I liked him a lot.
By then in the late 80s, Lieutenant Columbo had been »
In the land of X-Men right now, Deadpool is in post-production, whilst X-Men: Apocalypse is shooting in Canada, under the watchful eye of Bryan Singer. Both films are due next year, and then there's the small matter of a third X-Men related film due towards the end of 2016, the Gambit spin-off.
This is the one that'll see Channing Tatum take on the role of Remy LeBeau/Gambit, and Fox has the movie earmarked for release on October 7th 2016. And by the looks of things, now it has a director for the film as well.
Rupert Wyatt, who brought the Planet Of The Apes franchise back to life with the rightly acclaimed hit Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, is said to be in talks to direct Gambit. He most recently directed the remake of The Gambler, »
As we await the announcement of the inevitable Jurassic Park 5, Universal Pictures has firmed up plans to a sequel to another one of its crazy-performing follow-ups of 2015. We learned last week that Pitch Perfect 3 was in development with screenwriter Kay Cannon coming back for a third time to pen the script, and today Universal has slated the film for release on July 21, 2017. The puts the movie smack dab in the heat of the summer movie season, where it will open one week after the new Planet of the Apes movie and one week before Sony and Marvel’s new standalone Spider-Man film. While there was some question over whether Pitch Perfect stars Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson would be returning for a third movie given that their contracts are up for renegotiation, Universal’s release date announcement also carries the news that Kendrick and Wilson are indeed coming back »
- Adam Chitwood
Although the X-Men spinoff Gambit is set to be released in late 2016, it.s had a tough time securing a director. Talent like Bennett Miller and Darren Aronofsky have turned down the opportunity to tackle the solo adventure of Remy LeBeau, a.k.a. one of the most popular X-Men among fans. Well, after months of pursuit, the search is finally over, as 20th Century Fox has selected Rupert Wyatt will direct the feature. EW reports that the Rise of the Planet of the Apes director has been tapped to helm the Ragin. Cajun.s solo film. Magic Mike star Channing Tatum will play the card-throwing mutant, succeeding Taylor Kitsch, who played the character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Gambit is the third X-Men film hitting theaters next year following February.s Deadpool and May.s X-Men: Apocalypse. In addition to directing the first installment of the Planet of the Apes »
I gotta admit, I have pretty much zero interest in a solo Gambit movie, and there are plenty of X-Men characters I'd rather see get their own films first. But 20th Century Fox has now stoked my curiosity with a pretty great choice to get behind the camera. EW reveals that Rupert Wyatt will direct the Channing Tatum starring "Gambit." The filmmaker has a knack for subverting expectations, turning out the excellent "Planet Of The Apes," and quickly quieting any doubters who didn't think that property had a chance of being exciting or interesting. And while there are some of my colleagues at The Playlist who might prefer Wyatt do something in a non-blockbuster mode, the middling reception to the (underrated) "The Gambler" has probably made it a bit more difficult to try and mount something without explosions. Read More: Interview: Rupert Wyatt Talks Remaking Of 'The Gambler' Film, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Since Star Trek: The Motion Picture in 1979, the Star Trek cinematic outings have proved to be a smorgasbord of references and famous actors (or those who would go on to be), and often had complex behind the scenes events that stopped some rather, ahem, fascinating moments making it to the final version. We found lots of nerdy spots in the first six films here.
This time out we look at the films featuring the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation and choose 47 factoids. Granted, there's a lot more than that of interest, but we've tried for ones that you might not be aware of.
Oh, and there are some major spoilers...
Star Trek: Generations (1994)
1. The first of the Next Generation films was something of a rush job as principal photography »
Following the time-traveling historic epic of Excellent Adventure and the turbulent life and death of Bogus Journey, Bill and Ted must now fulfill their destiny as the inspiration for galactic harmony! How can someone hate the Wyld Stallyns as much as the evil Chuck De Nomolos? With the power of time travel, Bill and Ted set their sights on turning a young 27th-century Nomolos’ non-non-heinous attitude into something most outstanding and metal!
Greetings, my most excellent readers! This most-bodacious comic book based around the totally-excellent duo of Bill & Ted is a must-read for fans of their most-non-heinous work. It totally captures the spirit of the excellent Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and its not-overly-bogus sequel Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, though it’s not a total home run, dude. Written by word-dude Brian Lynch and art-dude Jerry Gaylord with inks and »
- Luke Owen
An uneasy alliance has been forged between Captain Kirk and Colonel Taylor! But will it be enough to prevent Commander Kor and his Klingons from toppling the regime of Doctor Zaius?
- Gary Collinson
And the awards season is officially over! Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman" was the big winner at the 87th Academy Awards taking home the Best Picture, Director, Cinematography and Original Screenplay trophies. Its closest competition, "Boyhood," only managed one trophy for Best Supporting Actress for Patricia Arquette. Honestly? I still believe that "Boyhood" is a better picture but the Academy loves movies about themselves, hence "Birdman" took the top prize!
Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" won Best Original Score, Costume Design, and Production Design while "Whiplash" received the Best Supporting Actor trophy for J.K. Simmons, Film Editing, and Sound Mixing.
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The question on everybody.s mind is will it be .Boyhood. or .Birdman?. The Oscars this Sunday will be one of the most nail-biting Academy Awards in recent history. In the beginning of the awards season, Richard Linklater.s .Boyhood. was winning the best picture category in many of the award-giving bodies.
And then, the Producers Guild and Directors Guild Awards happened where Alejandro González Iñárritu.s .Birdman. took the top prizes.
So this Sunday, it.s all up in the air. But this is my Super Bowl and so I analyzed all the statistics which led me to my predictions below. Beware! I am not a fortune teller, only a movie buff. »
The Interview and the geopolitical crisis it caused is arguably the most important movie-related story of recent weeks.
The story device featured in The Interview, the idea of a film featuring the assassination of the current ruling leader, is nothing new, and in fact is seen through much of film’s history. In 1941 a German-in-exile Fritz Lang shown an unsuccessful attack on Adolf Hitler in Man Hunt (this story was also told in BBC’s Rogue Male from 1976 starring Peter O’Toole). The Shaw Brothers used the actual newsreel footage of Queen Elisabeth visiting Hong-Kong (then a British colony) in their 1976 martial arts flick A Queen’s Ransom (a.k.a. The International Assassin) starring post-James Bond George Lazenby as an Ira assassin and Angela Mao as a heroine trying to stop him. In fact, the Queen of England might be the most popular assassination target among actual world leaders »
- Jakub Mejer
14 items from 2015
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