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In 1992 a relatively unknown Wes Anderson shot the 13-minute short film, “Bottle Rocket.” Co-written by Anderson and Owen Wilson, the quirky black and white film, set to a snazzy Jazz score, showed brothers Owen and Luke Wilson as thieves in training.
The short was shown at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival and received critical praise. Two years later, Anderson took this piece and created a full feature of the same name, again starring the Wilson brothers.
The film followed Anthony (Luke), recently released from a mental hospital after having a nervous breakdown, who joins his friend Dignan (Owen), as they hatch a scheme for a yet-unspecified crime spree that involves one of their former boss’.
The 1996 film generated great buzz and launched the careers of Anderson and the Wilsons.
From there, the »
- Liz Calvario
Annapurna Pictures is financing what will be Bigelow’s tenth film as director and principal photography is scheduled for this summer. Annapurna International handles sales outside the Us.
Details remain scarce, although representatives for Untitled Detroit Project said it will take place against the backdrop of Detroit’s five-day riots in the summer of 1967.
No Us distributor is attached although Annapurna has targetted a summer 2017 release to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the disturbances.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Steven S. DeKnight will direct the second instalment and the studios have earmarked a fourth quarter production start.
Boyega will play the son of Idris Elba’s character from the original film, which opened in July 2013 and went on to gross a modest $411m worldwide. Universal handles worldwide distribution on the sequel excluding China.
Guillermo del Toro and Travis Beacham conceived of the property. Legendary founder Thomas Tull will produce with recently hired vice-chairman of worldwide production Mary Parent, former president and COO Jon Jashni, and del Toro, as well as Boyega and Femi Oguns through their Upper Room Productions. Cale Boyter will serve as executive producer.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Just last night director Guillermo del Toro teased "Movement in the breach- stay tuned..." and we all knew big Pacific Rim 2 news was on the way. But we had no idea it would be this big. Star Wars: The Force Awakens star John Boyega is trading in his blaster for a Jaeger. Movement in the breach- stay tuned... — Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) June 6, 2016 We already knew Daredevil's Steven S. DeKnight was set to direct (with some enthusiastic words of support from del Toro) with Derek Connolly (Jurassic World, Star Wars: Episode IX) penning the script for Pacific Rim: Maelstrom. Deadline reports: Legendary Pictures has set Star Wars: The Force Awakens star John Boyega for the lead role for the second installment of its Pacific Rim franchise. Steven S. DeKnight is directing the film, which will begin production in the fourth quarter of this year, based on the world created »
- Jill Pantozzi
Thomas Tull, Mary Parent, Jon Jashni and del Toro will produce the action adventure along with Boyega and Femi Oguns under their Upper Room Productions shingle. Cale Boyter will serve as the film’s executive producer.
“I am very proud and happy to welcome John into a fantastic sandbox. The ‘Pacific Rim’ universe will be reinforced with him as a leading man as it continues to be a multicultural, multi-layered world,” del Toro said. “‘The World saving the world’ was our goal and I couldn’t think of a better man for the job.”
The first “Pacific Rim, »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Today brings about some surprising news on Pacific Rim 2, specifically in that the lead for the upcoming sequel has been formally cast, and they're bringing in Star Wars actor, John Boyega. Come inside to learn more!
Last we heard about Pacific Rim 2, it'd been presumably saved from it's "indefinite hold" by bringing on a new director to take over the project. Now, they don't seem to be wasting any time in getting the project back on its feet by casting John Boyega in the lead. He'll be playing the son of Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba's character in the original) to defend the world against Kaiju once again. Here's the announcement:
Legendary Pictures has tapped John Boyega, one of today’s most talented rising stars, the lead role for the second installment of its Pacific Rim franchise. The film, which is targeting a 4th Quarter start date is rapidly taking »
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Save for maybe a first-class ticket to Kashyyyk, this is as good as it gets for Chewbacca Mom.
Candace Payne, who went viral after live-streaming her reaction to trying on a Chewbecca mask and thinking it was the funniest thing she had ever seen, was invited to carpool with James Corden and Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams. While the Late Late Show host stressed about getting to work on time, Abrams was more concerned about giving Payne a few tips for perfecting her Wookiee impression. »
Since joining Twitter, Vincenzo Natali has been releasing a ton of art, script pages and information about both his made and unmade films. Last time he blew our minds was when he released a ton of concept art for his unmade and now defunt Neuromancer project (Rip). Yesterday, Natali dropped something of a bomb when he released concept art and stills from an animation test for his unmade adaptation of Richard Adams' classic Rabbit novel, "Watership Down".
Nb: The following contains spoilers for Batman V Superman, Captain America: Civil War, The Dark Knight Rises, Spectre, Iron Man 3, Zootropolis, Frozen and Watership Down. We may have made the last one up.
"I am the author of all your pain," Christoph Waltz's incarnation of Ernst Stavro Blofeld told Bond in last year's Spectre. It was a moment designed to bring all of Daniel Craig's previous Bond missions into one conspiracy: Casino Royale's Le Chiffre, Quantum Of Solace's Dominic Greene and Skyfall's Raoul Silva were all secret agents for Blofeld's global organisation.
The revelation placed Blofeld back at the top of the tree as the franchise's uber-villain and Bond's arch-nemesis. If the twist felt like a curious retro-fit at the time, »
Admit it -- somewhere along the way, a kids' movie gave you a grown-up fright, whether from the wolfish Gmork in "The Neverending Story" or a glammed-out David Bowie and his band of baby-stealing Muppets in "Labyrinth." That's because underneath a fuzzy layer of singalongs and talking animals, there's usually a layer of harsh reality. It's a sweet way for kids to learn not-so-sweet lessons, kind of like giving them bubble gum-flavored cough syrup.
But the rabbit hole goes deeper. Some of our biggest and brightest children's stories -- movies, that is -- actually tell tales that started out in the adult realm. And if you've ever had a job with a manager, had to learn what a tax write-off is, or one day found yourself reading the Nutrition Facts on your food , you know the adult realm is a very, very scary place. Here are the movies that go there, »
- Dan Ketchum
That’s right. Hulu.
I’m here to tell you that there’s a cinematic streaming goldmine available on Hulu that includes recent hits, older classics, domestic releases, and foreign imports. It’s even home to hundreds of Criterion titles. Sure there’s plenty of filler and seemingly thousands of titles that can’t possibly be real, but I’m here to recommend some good movies to watch this month on Hulu.
Pick of the Month — Hwayi: A Monster Boy (2013)
South Korean cinema features no shortage of brilliant and brutal action thrillers, but while everyone knows about the likes of I Saw the Devil and Memories of Murder there are more than a few gems that have slipped through the cracks. Jang Joon-hwan’s long overdue follow-up to Save the Green Planet is a fast-moving, creatively violent mix of dark deeds and beautifully choreographed fights and stunts. There’s a wicked sense of humor running through it »
- Rob Hunter
Another movie-to-tv adaptation is in the works — but this time, it’s coming from the indie world.
Netflix announced Thursday that it’s ordered 10 episodes of Dear White People, a half-hour comedy series based on writer/director/producer Justin Simien’s Sundance award-winning satire. (The full trailer for the movie is embedded below.)
The logline for the series — which Simien will write (and also serve as director on the pilot episode) — is as follows: “Set among a diverse group of students of color as they navigate a predominantly »
Someone alert Babette and Miss Patty: Stars Hollow is about to be upended by Scandal.
RelatedGilmore Girls Revival Ends on a Cliffhanger?! Plus: Lorelai and Luke Are Definitely Not [Spoiler]
Bucatinsky shared two Instagram photos from the Gilmore set, both of which indicate he’ll be sharing scenes primarily with Alexis Bledel’s Rory:
Warner Bros. declined to confirm Bucatinsky’s participation in the revival.
As previously reported, series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and exec »
Fans of The Ranch, here’s an excellent way to start your weekend: The rookie Netflix comedy has wrangled a second season.
In addition to the batch of 10 episodes that will drop this fall (as part of Season 1B), Season 2 will consist of 20 more installments and debut in 2017.
RelatedCable/Streaming Renewal Scorecard 2016: What’s Coming Back? What’s Cancelled? What’s On the Bubble?
It’s official: Season 2 of @TheRanchNetflix, coming 2017!
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The beautiful and frightening 1978 adaptation of Watership Down holds up remarkably well, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for another interpretation of Richard Adams‘ novel. This won’t be the first time Adams’ story has been retold for television, but it’s just been announced BBC and Netflix are teaming up to make a Watership Down animated miniseries. […]
- Jack Giroux
Some strange confluence brings news of three projects featuring former Us presidents. Martin Scorsese is reportedly circling a new biopic of George Washington, Will Ferrell is set to play Ronald Reagan and John Slattery will play Dwight D. Eisenhower opposite Brian Cox's Winston Churchill. Also in the works: László Nemes's followup to Son of Saul, a prequel to Richard Donner's The Omen directed by Antonio Campos, Francis Ford Coppola's director's cut of The Cotton Club, Armando Ianucci’s The Death of Stalin, and a new adaptation of Watership Down featuring the voices of James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Ben Kingsley and John Boyega. » - David Hudson »
Jon Bernthal is set to reprise his role as The Punisher in Netflix’s latest Marvel offshoot.
In January, TVLine was first to report that Netflix was mulling a Punisher spinoff.
Netflix released a teaser for the new series on Friday morning. »
The original was traumatic, but recycled, sanitised remakes of screen classics smack of too much fear
The new Watership Down adaptation, a four-part version of the classic animation about a warren of anthropomorphised rabbits, won’t be as harrowingly violent as the original. So says the executive producer of the collaboration between the BBC and Netflix which stars Olivia Colman and James McAvoy.
Related: The rabbit language of Watership Down made me feel I could conquer English | Philip Oltermann
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- Julia Raeside
Pitched as a four-part miniseries, both Netflix and the BBC have already enlisted a star-studded ensemble to voice many of the lead characters of Adams’ beloved tale, including Star Wars: The Force Awakens breakout John Boyega (Bigwig), James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Ben Kingsley and Gemma Arterton.
Selling north of 50 million copies since it was first published, there’s no doubting the legacy of Watership Down, and that’s something the BBC is aiming to preserve with this all-new interpretation. In light of today’s announcement, Matthew Read – Commissioning Editor at the British broadcaster – released the following statement:
- Michael Briers
Beloved novel "Watership Down" will continue its adventure as BBC One and Netflix announce the classic tale will be reinterpreted into a four-part animated mini-series set to air in 2017. The series will premiere on BBC One in the UK; and worldwide, outside of the UK, on Netflix. Set in the idyllic rural landscape of southern England, the tale of adventure, courage and survival follows a band of rabbits on their flight from the intrusion of man and the certain destruction of their home. Led by a stouthearted pair of brothers, they journey forth from their native Sandleford Warren through the harrowing trials posed by predators and adversaries, towards a promised land and a »
- Tambay A. Obenson
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