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Previously on "Introducing": Tatum, Sylvia & Madeline
It's just 3 days until the Supporting Actress Smackdown of 1973. Bless StinkyLulu for dreaming up this event years ago because it's still so fun. But first some unfinished introductions: how do Candy Clark and Linda Blair enter their movies. If you hadn't yet seen the movie would you be expecting an Oscar nomination from these first scenes? What do the scenes telegraph for first time viewing?
Sure do love you.
11½ minutes in. Meet "Regan" (Linda Blair in The Exorcist)
How fitting that she first appears in bed, since she'll spend the bulk of the movie in one albeit it under far more horrific circumstances than a good night's sleep. As the scene begins her mother Chris MacNeil (Ellen Burstyn) has heard noises in her Georgetown rental and checks on her daughter first. Sound asleep. But there's a telling pan left to the open window, »
- NATHANIEL R
Even admist the chaos of Comic-Con weekend, Fmtv has kept its head to bring you this week’s Movie Newsgasm!
In this week’s episode, Owen Rhys takes a look at the 11 movie release dates announced by Marvel, who Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson might be playing in DC’s next big film project, will Robert Downey Jr. be returning as Tony Stark in Iron Man 4 and is that our first glimpse at the new X-Wing starfighter from Star Wars: Episode VII behind J.J. Abrams in that video? It Sure Is!
For all that, complete with top-notch pop culture puns, check out the video here…
Fmtv will be back next week with another installment of Movie Myths and Movie Newsgasm. If you haven’t already, you can subscribe here. See below for more information on the films discussed…
Avengers: Age of Ultron is set for release in the UK on April »
- Oliver Davis
Mark Hamill is currently in the UK, reprising the role of Luke Skywalker for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII some 30 years after his last outing in Return of the Jedi. Last night, the actor stepped out for the UK premiere of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy [read our review here], sporting a full on Jedi Master beard, which gives us a good idea of how Luke will appear in Episode VII…
tar Wars: Episode VII is set for release on December 18th 2015, with returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) joined by Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Andy Serkis (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Domhnall Gleeson (Dredd), John Boyega (Attack the Block), Daisy Ridley (Silent Witness), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), Max von Sydow »
- Gary Collinson
J.J. Abrams is currently filming Star Wars: Episode VII in Abu Dhabi, but will soon be packing up his new X-Wing and taking the film to Ireland. According to the Office of Public Works, filming will commence off the coast of County Kerry. They’ll be filming around Skellig Michael, an island in the Atlantic Ocean 11.6 km west of County Kerry’s Iveragh Peninsula.
Apart from the typical beautiful scenery Ireland has to offer, Skellig Michael is unique because it’s home to some ancient Christian Monastic ruins, which could fit in well as some dwellings on some alien world in the film. This also marks another great example of how Abrams is going back to Star Wars‘ roots and shooting on location instead of in front of a green screen. We may not know anything about the film’s plot yet, but we do know that the backgrounds and »
- James Garcia
Now this is something to get really excited about Star Wars fans!
As part of the ‘Force for Change’ campaign old J.J. Abrams, director of Star Wars: Episode VII, has fronted a new video to announce what one lucky contributor could win. Now it is a wonderful prize (you’ll hear all about it in the video) but there as the video goes on you’ll notice something else that is also quite brilliant…
Watched it? Excited much?!?!
That right there is a new starfighter! But what is it exactly?
It looks a lot like an X-Wing, but also has many of the characteristics of the Z-95 Headhunter. If we look back to the original concept created by the legendary Ralph McQuarrie we see a fighter that also shares many similarities. Now the X-Wing went through many upgrades in the Expanded Universe of books, but with that no longer being in line with the films, »
- Chris Cooper
Let me begin this review by stating this is most-definitely not your typical horror fare; something audiences will realise a mere five minutes into this raucous, sure-to-be-cult-hit, movie. Written and directed by J.T. Petty, who also penned the graphic novel on which this is based, Hellbenders is a genre-bending horror comedy that is most akin to Don Coscarelli’s recent movie John Dies at the End. If I had to narrow the analogy down I’d say Hellbenders is best described as The Exorcist meets Ghostbusters by way of Don Coscarelli and [early] Kevin Smith…
Sound interesting? Then go out and buy it. Trust me. The rest of you? Let me try and convince you why you should spend your hard-earned cash on this little indie horror that could. »
- Phil Wheat
Devin Faraci over at Badassdigest is claiming that he has the ‘exclusive’ plot details to Star Wars: Episode VII. While I’m doubting their veracity, there is still an outside chance that some of this could potentially constitute spoilers (in a world where pigs fly). Faraci says…
“Imagine the standard Star Wars crawl, and when it ends the camera pans up to the stars. But instead of a spaceship zooming into frame we see… a hand! A severed hand, tumbling through space. A severed hand gripping a light saber.”
It’s so idiotic I’m almost inclined to believe it. I didn’t believe the Jar Jar rumors when I heard them either. My instincts tell me it sounds almost too ludicrous to be true. Apparently the severed hand travels through space before winding up on a familiar planet…
“That hand falls onto a desert planet, where it is discovered »
- Anghus Houvouras
Lucasfilm has further increased the female contingent in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII, with news breaking that up and coming British actress Christina Chong has signed on to the cast of the hotly-anticipated sequel. Chong’s previous credits include W.E. and 24: Live Another Day, and while no details of her Star Wars role has been revealed, it’s said to be a minor part.
Star Wars: Episode VII is set for release on December 18th 2015, with returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) joined by Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Andy Serkis (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Domhnall Gleeson (Dredd), John Boyega (Attack the Block), Daisy Ridley (Silent Witness), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), Max von Sydow (The Exorcist »
- Gary Collinson
Karlovy Vary — The release next month of a newly re-mastered DVD version of William Friedkin's Sorcerer, just a few months after the Blu-ray version was issued, is no accident. The director famous for helming The Exorcist and The French Connection has a reputation as a perfectionist. When the newly re-mastered Blu-ray of Sorcerer was released to accompany its new theatrical release in the U.S., a DVD with an old "pan and scan" version was also put out, the director said during a master class at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech
- Nick Holdsworth
The Supporting Actress Smackdown of '73 arrives on July 31st, just over two weeks from now. You need to get your votes in too if you want to participate (instructions at the bottom of this post). If you've wandered in from elsewhere and are like, "What's a Smackdown?," here's how it started.
The Smackdown Panel for July
Without further ado let's meet our panel who will be discussing popular classics Paper Moon, The Exorcist, and American Graffiti as well as the more obscure title Summer Wishes Winter Dreams. All of the Supporting Actress nominees this Oscar vintage were first timers and so are our Smackdown panelists.
Dana Delany is an actress working on stage, screen, television and now internet. She was last seen starring in "Body of Proof" on ABC. In August you can rate and review the pilot "Hand of God" in which she co-stars with Ron Perlman on Amazon. »
- NATHANIEL R
Yesterday, True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto revealed plenty of new information about Season 2, including the fact that it will feature 4 main leads. Today, it looks like one of those central characters will be portrayed by Colin Farrell.
Colin Farrell is currently in deep negotiations to portray one of the main characters, in a storyline that takes place in the lesser known areas of California. The story may also deal with the little known occult history of the U.S. transportation system, but Nic Pizzolatto doesn't want to confirm that just yet.
Colin Farrell will follow in the footsteps of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, who both earned Emmy nominations for their roles in True Detective Season 1. Colin Farrell will continue the HBO series' tradition of bringing in high caliber talent for just one 8 episode season. Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain were previously rumored to be up for roles in True Detective »
William Friedkin and his wife Sherry Lansing He’s a bit of a dinosaur but he knows his craft and remains passionate about movie-making. William Friedkin whose name is stamped all over The Exorcist and The French Connection clears the air around his personal space by blasting current Hollywood thinking. Yet he still gets to make films ... and attend festivals such as the 49th edition of Karlovy Vary.
In conversation, you just have to light the fuse and stand well back. The touchpaper for Friedkin is to venture on to the territory of contemporary Hollywood and its outpourings. It’s not long before he’s fanning the flames of his own discontent.
He finds it hard to think of a film that has given him much pleasure in the recent past. He finds current Hollywood philosophy at odds with his filmmaking desires. “Eighty per cent or more of the films »
- Richard Mowe
True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto has confirmed that he is halfway through writing True Detective's Season 2 episodes, and that this new storyline will center on 4 lead characters as they traverse the lesser-known parts of California. No one has been cast just yet, and the plot may not revolve around the secret occult history of the transportation system as previously rumored.
Now an Emmy nominee for his writing work on True Detective Season 1, Nic Pizzolatto also hints that there may be multiple directors in the upcoming season. Cary Fukunaga, also nominated for an Emmy this morning, directed all 8 episodes of the first season by himself. Speaking with The Daily Beast shortly after the Emmy announcements were made, Nic Pizzolatto talked about the future of his hit show, a favorite amongst critics and audiences alike.
About the scripts, he offers an update on where he has landed in terms of the overall story. »
As it does every year, HBO lead the Emmy nominations this morning with a whopping 99 nods and it has a very solid chance at winning in some of the major categories thanks to the phenomenal True Detective. Though the anthology series wrapped up its complete story at the end of the first season, many (myself included) have been incredibly curious to see what True Detective season 2 will bring. Creator/writer Nic Pizzolatto has previously teased that the next batch of episodes takes place in the “psychosphere ambiance” of California and deals with “the secret occult history of the United States transportation system.” Subsequently, speculation has run rampant with what little information we have, and casting rumors have been in abundance. During an interview earlier today regarding the first season’s nominations, Pizzolatto dropped a few more details about True Detective season 2, walking back the whole “occult history” angle and confirming »
- Adam Chitwood
When it was revealed that Cary Joji Fukunaga would more than likely return to direct only a couple of episodes of the next season of True Detective instead of each instalment as he did this year, fans of the critically acclaimed HBO series were left feeling very disappointed.
However, it’s clearly far too early to start worrying because it seems that writer and creator Nic Pizzolatto is still lining up some very impressive directorial talent for the mysterious second season.
The Playlist recently caught up with Killer Joe and The Exorcist director William Friedkin, and when talk turned to his thoughts on television and the fact that the site had named him as one of their favourite choices for season two of True Detective, his response came as a pretty huge surprise!
“I am considering it.” Friedkin revealed. “I like this writer [Nic Pizzolatto] very much. I’ve met him, and »
- Josh Wilding
A bit of Intriguing news regarding HBO’s True Detective coming out of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. During an interview with Legendary director William Friedkin (The Exorcist, French Connection) The Playlist asked him if he would consider directing any episodes of the upcoming season. Check out his response:
“I am considering it. I like this writer [Nic Pizzolatto] very much. I’ve met him, and he’s the real deal as far as I’m concerned. Now, all the new seasons are different so I’m not committed—this new season has nothing to do with the last one. Except for him and his sensibility, which I think is extraordinary.”
"I'm… I can't say much more at this time. But I'm a fan of his writing, even though this will not be a continuation of what was done before with McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. So what you can say is »
- Chris Connors
One of several ways that HBO's first season of its anthology series "True Detective" was unique was that all eight episodes were not only written by one man, Nic Pizzolatto, but also all directed by one - Cary Fukunaga.
While Pizzolatto is back behind the keyboard for the second season, Fukunaga is moving on and it is expected that multiple directors will be employed to helm episodes of the new season due to the tighter turnaround time. Various names have been suggested, but no-one has been confirmed as yet.
Appearing at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, "The Exorcist" and "The French Connection" director William Friedkin spoke with The Playlist about the filmmaker's admiration of long-form television and his future plans to get into the format with shows based on his films "To Live and Die in La" and "Killer Joe".
During the talk, they asked Friedkin about "True Detective »
- Garth Franklin
The BadRobot Twitter account has dropped a new official set photo from Star Wars: Episode VII, which confirms that IMAX cameras are being employed by director J.J. Abrams on the eagerly-anticipated first chapter of Disney’s Star Wars Sequel Trilogy….
Star Wars: Episode VII is set for release on December 18th 2015, with returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) joined by Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Andy Serkis (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Domhnall Gleeson (Dredd), John Boyega (Attack the Block), Daisy Ridley (Silent Witness), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), Max von Sydow (The Exorcist) and newcomers Crystal Clarke and Pip Andersen.
The post Star Wars: Episode VII set photo confirms use of IMAX cameras appeared first on Flickering Myth. »
- Gary Collinson
"In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes," it's claimed Andy Warhol once said. Some stars shine much brighter than others, though, and in the case of Hollywood we often see actors hit big early before disappearing without trace.
Brandon Routh, who delivered a sensitive and assured turn as the Man of Steel in 2006's Superman Returns, is one such example. Routh never quite got the breaks he deserved after landing that life-changing role, so it's nice to see him back in the superhero game with an upcoming role as Atom in Arrow.
Digital Spy takes a look back at a handful of stars who couldn't escape their one big role.
Plucked from relative obscurity to lead Bryan Singer's lavish Superman sequel, Routh impressively channelled Christopher Reeve on his big screen debut but found leading man roles difficult to come by in the aftermath.
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Last week we brought you the news of Kevin Smith talking about what he saw on the set of J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII. And while the Clerks director is sworn to the non-disclousure agreement, he took the time out to guest blog for The Hollywood Reporter with some other thoughts of what he saw…
“So we go to the set and they’re actually shooting, and they’re shooting – and I can’t tell you what they were shooting – but what I saw I absolutely loved,” Smith said. “It was tactile, it wasn’t a series of f***ing green and blue screens in which later on digital characters would be added. It was there it was happening.”
“I saw uniforms, I saw artillery that I haven’t seen since I was a kid. I saw them shooting an actual sequence in a set that is real. I walked across the set, »
- Luke Owen
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