20 items from 2015
As part of a new series in which we offer careers advice to people in the movie business, here’s a forensic rundown of where the charming star fouled up and how she can stop making plane comedies
Remember the 90s? You didn’t just want to be our glamorous best friend (who can burp!). You were keen to show your worth in other, less well-paid ways. Your scene-stealing turn – and dress – in The Mask was followed by low-budget indies such as The Last Supper and She’s the One and even when you edged close to the A-List, you picked wisely. Your comic finesse was showcased in impressively diverse ways in My Best Friend’s Wedding (uptight, giggly), Being John Malkovich (big hair, pet-obsessed) and There’s Something About Mary (lovable, puts sperm in hair) and your spurned lover was the only good thing about Cameron Crowe’s otherwise shallow Vanilla Sky. »
- Benjamin Lee
On the heels of numerous teases, Ubisoft has formally confirmed that Far Cry Primal, the “next exciting chapter” in the publisher’s open-world juggernaut, will launch across PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on February 23, 2016. A PC release has been slated for March.
Rather than a Blood Dragon-styled spinoff, the French company has noted that Primal is very much a “full-fledged” single-player experience, designed to take the Far Cry template back to the Stone Age. Acting as a collaborative effort, it’s understood that much of the team that worked on the Himalayan-set Far Cry 4 are on board for Primal, with development duties being leveraged across Ubisoft Montréal, Ubisoft Toronto, Ubisoft Shanghai Studio and Ubisoft Kiev Studio.
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In tandem with today’s announcement, Ubisoft posted the following message, claiming that the Stone Age fits the series formula – and the unbridled exploration it entails – like a glove.
- Michael Briers
Davros, Missy, Daleks and sewers: here's our spoiler-packed look at The Witch's Familiar, the second episode of Doctor Who series 9.
This review contains spoilers. Our spoiler-free review is here.
9.2 The Witch's Familiar
"I'm dying, Doctor" "You keep saying that, and you keep not dying"
When it comes to the Doctor's key foes that aren't a) people in silver suits or b) killers with egg whisks attached, the best scenes have generally boiled down to two characters having a chat. The genial sequences between Jon Pertwee and Roger Delgado in the old days, for instance. Or the prolonged chinwag between Davros and The Doctor we get in The Witch's Familiar. Heck, it's why I've got a soft spot for 2005's Boom Town. That the episode is willing to put the brakes on for a good conversation. I daresay a few biscuits were in the original draft.
Straight away justifying splitting series 9's opener across two episodes, »
San Sebastian – Berlin-based M-Appeal, whose Israeli pick-up “Barash,” helmed by Michal Vinik, world preems Sunday in San Sebastian’s New Directors’ competition, has struck sales on two emblematic Latin American titles: “Holiday” (“Feriado”) from Ecuador’s Diego Araujo; and “How To Win Enemies,” directed by Argentine Gabriel Lichtmann.
Described by Variety’s Jay Weissberg as “a gentle coming-out story of modest ambitions and zero pretension,” Playing 40-plus festivals to date, “Holiday” has closed the U.K. with Tla Ent. Turning on a 16-year-old from a well-off family who falls for an indigenous boy as his family and country implodes, “Holiday” has also sold to France’s Optimale. Araujo’s debut was first seen at last year’s Berlin Generation 14plus.
Because of its Lgbt subject, movie was initially slapped with an 18 certificate by Ecuadorian film classification board, a decision reflecting “the homophobic society we live in”, per Araujo. Decision was »
- John Hopewell
Thirty years ago, Marty McFly was riding high with the smash hit Back To The Future, while Sylvester Stallone enjoyed his most successful year yet with the one-two punch of Rambo: First Blood Part II and Rocky IV. It was an era of family sci-fi and teen comedies and bullet-spraying action, where The Breakfast Club and Teen Wolf rubbed shoulders with Death Wish 3 and Commando. Then there were low-key dramas like Out Of Africa and The Color Purple, which were both awards magnets at the Oscars.
Away from all those big hits, 1985 saw the release of a wealth of less successful movies, some of which found a second life on the then-huge home video circuit. Here's our pick of 20 underappreciated films from the year of Rambo, »
The Strain, Season 2, Episode 6, “Identity”
Written by Justin Britt-Gibson
Directed by Howard Deutsch
Airs Sundays at 10pm Et on FX
There is a frustrating trend in the treatment of a recently introduced character in The Strain, and “Identity” warrants a more detailed analysis of her. She is the daughter of the Tandoori restaurant owners and a key character in the intersection of Gus and Angel’s character arcs: Aanya. The relationship of Gus and Angel is still rocky, between Angel’s distrust of a young man who grew up in Harlem and Gus’s insistence on getting Angel to admit to a past that he wants to deny. The series has established the pasts of both of these characters, and although Aanya is a participant in the story, she has not received equal treatment; she is less a character and more a device. It is only through Gus’s questions »
- Kat Smith
Annecy – Annecy’s 2015 guest country, Spain arrives at 2015 Annecy Fest with the biggest animation spread in its history, the largest delegation – 264 registrations by last Thursday, 80% up vs. 2014 – from any country in Europe outside France, and at last some financing and market tailwinds after being hit hard by recession.
It’s too early to talk of a Spanish animation boom. But there is a larger sense of optimism in the sector, of some sort of recovery. “We are at a key point in animation history in Spain. There’s an incredibly active panorama which we haven’t seen for years,” said Ignacio Perez Dolset, president at Ilion Animation Studios.
The question now is whether Spain’s industry can really turn that corner.
From 2015, Spain’s tax authorities offer 15% tax credits to international productions that use Spanish animation houses or vfx. Spain’s animation sector needs as a matter of urgency such structural aid. »
- John Hopewell
In the beginning, things went a bit differently than the Good Book would have us believe — or at least, that’s the playful conceit behind Jaco Van Dormael’s “The Brand New Testament,” an irreverent (but otherwise harmless) ontological satire that puts a cartoonish spin on the Christian origin story. Incidentally, Van Dormael has volunteered an alternate creation myth of some kind in all four of his features (which also include “Toto the Hero,” “The Eighth Day” and “Mr. Nobody”), only this time, the Belgian idea-meister goes as far as to target God directly, “outing” Him as kind of a jerk who lives in Brussels and sits at His personal computer, conjuring natural disasters as a way of staving off boredom. When his daughter rebels and decides to simultaneously enlighten everyone on earth, all hell breaks loose, and the narrative starts to lose its thread, unspooling zany consequences that ought to convert skeptical distributors worldwide. »
- Peter Debruge
As it closes in on its second consecutive season-long victory in the key adult 18-49 demographic, NBC unveils a new 2015-16 primetime schedule that combines popular returning series, edge-of-your-seat new dramas, inventive new comedies and season nine of the Emmy Award-winning musical competition series The Voice. NBC is on track to win the traditional September-to-May primetime season in adults 18-49 for the second year in a row after having gone the prior 10 years without an 18-49 win. Through 32 completed weeks of the season, NBC also ranks #1 or tied for #1 among the Big 4 networks in adults and men 18-34 and men and women 18-49.
In total viewers, NBC is running #2 for the season and within 7% of its year-ago Olympics-boosted average (8.8 million vs. 9.5 million), making this season and last NBC's two top-scoring seasons in total viewers since 2006-07. NBC has won the last three November sweeps in adults 18-49, as well as »
In "Path to Paradise" The Messengers picks right back up from where we left off, with the gang all together at The Last Supper Bar & Grill, (the religious symbolism on the show is just a tad heavy handed), talking about their mission as messengers of God and having to stop the Horseman of War. It isn't long before a couple members of the group decid that their priorities lie elsewhere and leave the group to attend to their private matters. »
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3.8 The Pit
Sometimes I wonder if Bates Motel cheats when it references Psycho. On the one hand it is a quasi-prequel and it’s certainly allowed to hint at things to come, but I feel like I love the show more when it’s in direct conversation with its source material, and that is something of a problem. Obviously the relationship to the original informs the tragedy of the show, as it tells us what this is all building toward, but I look at how successfully Hannibal has differentiated itself from more famous predecessors and I can’t help but wonder if Bates Motel should be doing the same. Granted they’re different shows, but it’s a little bit troubling that moments like Norma saying ‘we all go a little »
This review contains spoilers.
3.7 The Last Supper
A title like The Last Supper is pretty damn ominous. Knowing it going in to the episode creates certain expectations, and in the build-up to the final dinner scene the tension just kept mounting. But as the makeshift family at the heart of the show sit and eat together it became clear that the title was a promise; but not for this episode. Because even without any explicit set-up for the chaos to come, the feeling that this may be the last moment of peace for these characters weighed heavily over the final minutes. And as Norman enters his mother’s room and caressed her as she slept, I started to think that maybe this was a chance for us to breathe before whatever comes next.
All that »
The Collider Weekly TV Guide is a rundown of notable episodes, premieres, returns, finales, and opportunities to catch up on great shows (or cast an eye to the occasional TV train wreck). Here are the picks for the week beginning Monday, April 20th: Monday 4/20 StarTalk (NatGeo, 11 p.m.) -- The premiere of Neil deGrasse Tyson's new series, based on his podcast of the same name. StarTalk will tie together science and pop culture, and features George Takai, Charles Liu, Leighann Lord, and Bill Nye as its first guests. Bates Motel, "The Last Supper" (A&E, 9 p.m.) -- Norma learns of Norman's impersonation while she was away, and encourages him to get help. Also, last week's "Dylemma" tease will get an even bigger moment in this episode, when Dylan learns some shocking news about Emma's health. [caption id="attachment_391687" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via A&E.[/caption] The Returned, "Rowan" (A&E, 10 p.m.) -- A »
- Allison Keene
A batch of new stills from and a preview of next week’s “Bates Motel” Episode 3.07, “The Last Supper,” have arrived; and if you’re as curious about what’s ahead as we are, you’ll definitely want to check them all out.… Continue Reading →
- Debi Moore
Previously, on “Bates Motel”: Dylan’s stoner buddy Gunner unlocked the secrets of the MacGuffiny thumb drive, revealing it to be full of incriminating evidence against many of White Pine Bay’s most important members; Norma drafted Sheriff Romero to accompany her… Continue Reading →
Recently, A&E released the new, official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Bates Motel" episode 7 of season 3. The episode is entitled, "The Last Supper," and it turns out that we're going to see some pretty interesting and dramatic stuff go down as Norma gets stuck with a huge mess. Dylan gets some shocking news about Emma's health, and more! In the new, 7th episode press release: "Norma will have one big mess to take care of upon her arrival home. Norman is going to agree to get help; and Dylan will receive shocking news about Emma's health." Episode 7 is set to air on Monday night, April 20th at 9pm on A&E. »
The real story was one that gripped Hong Kong and China for 21 hours in real time. The movie realization is understood to bring to light new details of the police investigation, the cruelty of the kidnappers and the bravery of the kidnapped star.
Other cast includes Wang Qianyuan, Wu Ruofu and Lam Suet.
- Patrick Frater
Editor's Note: RogerEbert.com is proud to reprint Roger Ebert's 1978 entry from the Encyclopedia Britannica publication "The Great Ideas Today," part of "The Great Books of the Western World." Reprinted with permission from The Great Ideas Today ©1978 Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.
It's a measure of how completely the Internet has transformed communication that I need to explain, for the benefit of some younger readers, what encyclopedias were: bound editions summing up all available knowledge, delivered to one's home in handsome bound editions. The "Great Books" series zeroed in on books about history, poetry, natural science, math and other fields of study; the "Great Ideas" series was meant to tie all the ideas together, and that was the mission given to Roger when he undertook this piece about film.
Given the venue he was writing for, it's probably wisest to look at Roger's long, wide-ranging piece as a snapshot of the »
- Roger Ebert
By Adrian Smith
75 Years of Marvel Comics. From the Golden Age to the Silver Screen
Roy Thomas, Josh Baker
Hardcover with fold-out, ribbon bookmark, and four-foot accordion-fold timeline
11.4 x 15.6 in.
75 Years of DC Comics. The Art of Modern Mythmaking
Hardcover with fold-out, ribbon bookmark
11.4 x 15.6 in.
If you take a look at the top 100 all-time highest worldwide grossing movies, fifteen of them are either Marvel or DC comic adaptations. According to Box Office Mojo the third highest grossing film of all time is The Avengers (2012) at over a billion and a half dollars. Comics, it would seem, are major players in the world of entertainment.
Seventy-five years ago it was all very different. Comics were for children and were disregarded as both an entertainment medium and as an art form. Comics were disposable. Because of their ephemeral nature surviving early copies now trade hands for vast sums. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Guardians of the Galaxy was a success thanks to the inventive vision of director James Gunn, as well as the vocal performance of Vin Diesel, who managed to bring his character of Groot to life despite having only one line to repeat. With the film now out on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD, both Gunn and Diesel participated in a Q&A to discuss the movie.
Q: How was it working with a script where your only line is “I am Groot”?
Diesel: I was lucky that I had a director [James Gunn] who was willing to indulge me. I told him: ‘We know that Groot is really saying any number of things when he says that line and most people are oblivious to the nuances of his speech because of his »
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20 items from 2015
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