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Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.
Part 1 of 10: There’s nothing like the thrill of a chase. A bank robber pulls off an elaborate heist only to be pursued by a dogged detective on foot. A soldier escapes from enemy territory but must outrun the angry combatants on his tail. A man wrongly accused of murder has just his wits and his two legs to flee the authorities. It’s the immediacy that appeals: characters relying on their stamina, agility, and wit to stay alive, without the aid that a car, boat, or plane gives them. For filmmakers, »
- Shane Ramirez
The boys from the Dwarf are posse-ing again. Three years on from Red Dwarf X, Lister, Rimmer, Kryten and the Cat will return to UK freeview channel Dave for series XI and Xii, to be broadcast over the next two years. The news was announced accompanied with a familiar theme in the video below over the weekend.The sci-fi sit-com's original run was on the BBC for eight series between 1988 and 1999. It was then picked up by Dave in 2009 for an odd three-episode mash-up taking in Coronation Street and Blade Runner, before its full six-episode run three years ago (check out Empire's special podcast here).Despite the long hiatus, its new episodes were still able to pull in audiences close to (and occasionally over) two million. Since it first aired on the BBC it's been shown in 25 territories worldwide."[We were] originally asked for more shows back in 2012," says Red Dwarf's co-creator Doug Naylor, »
Shout! Factory has acquired the giallo thriller, The Editor, for U.S. distribution, the El Rey Network is hosting a RoboCop marathon this weekend, and submissions are now open for The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival.
The Editor: Press Release -- "Los Angeles, Calif. (May 1, 2015) – Shout! Factory, a leading multi-platform entertainment company, and Kennedy/Brooks, Inc. have entered a picture deal to distribute The Editor in the U.S. Directed and produced by Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy, this stylish, giallo-inspired horror comedy premiered with critical praise at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and is scheduled to play at the San Francisco International Film Festival on May 1. The announcement was made today by Shout! Factory’s founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos, and filmmakers Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy.
In this picture deal, Shout! Factory secured exclusive U.S. distribution rights to The Editor, including broadcast, »
- Derek Anderson
This week saw a number of sad losses in the entertainment industry. The singers of both “Louie Louie” and “Stand by Me” passed away this week, as well as Oscar-nominated screenwriter Don Mankiewicz, who was nominated for I Want to Live! Mankiewicz was the son of Herman J. Mankiewicz (Citizen Kane) and the nephew of Joseph L. Mankiewicz (All About Eve), and the father of John Mankiewicz (House of Cards). He was 93.
But perhaps most shocking was the loss of cinematographer Andrew Lesnie, who died suddenly this week at just 59 years old. Lesnie won an Oscar for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, and he subsequently filmed all five of the remaining Lotr films and Peter Jackson’s King Kong and The Lovely Bones. Some of his more interesting credits are his work on Babe and Babe: Pig in the City. Lesnie’s last film however »
- Brian Welk
Taking genre setups and elements and injected his own brand of sci-fi into them is what director Dan Bush is best at. Always giving fans very character-based stories, filled with humanity and smart characters in films like The Signal, Dan has a knack for allowing us as viewers into the head-space of his characters, making them feel like people we’ve known before and adding a level of authenticity to each project of his. Bush’s latest film, the sci-fi cloning mystery The Reconstruction Of William Zero, is a film that asks its viewers if they would choose to escape their lives and start over, if a tragic accident happened, the film is a home run for the director and one of the most original and heartfelt sci-fi films in quite some time, and features standout performances by Conal Byrne and Amy Siemetz as a husband and wife split up by the unthinkable. »
- Jerry Smith
Here's a nifty way to get audiences back in movie theaters that actually works: build one underground. The Underground Film Club will host a series of screenings at Charing Cross, the abandoned tube station where big action set pieces for Bond films including "Skyfall" and "Die Another Day" unfolded. Moviegoing Londoners will be treated to subterranean viewings of "Blade Runner," "Some Like It Hot," "Strangers on a Train," "Breakfast at Tiffany's," "Casablanca," "Cinema Paradiso" and "Paddington," which also shot in the station, closed since 1999. Supported by the British Film Institute and organized by Rooftop Film Club, the pop-up cinema heralds London's upcoming all-night tube service expected to begin on September 12. Other events include behind-the-scenes tours and a photography exhibit at Westminster station. Check out a gallery of photos inside the theater here, and more from Mashable »
- Ryan Lattanzio
By this stage, reboots of age-old classics or sequels to films that nobody necessarily asked for have become synonymous with skepticism – and no wonder. Over the years, fans nurture a connection with their favorite features, and though it may err towards pessimism, it’s rare for a follow-up to arrive so long after its original and offer something of value.
One director that will look to buck that trend, however, is Denis Villeneuve, who will take the reins from Ridley Scott for the upcoming Blade Runner 2. With Harrison Ford set to reprise his defining role as Deckard and Ryan Gosling teetering on the edge of signing on, the long-gestating sequel certainly gives reason to be hopeful on paper. And in an interview with The National Post, Villeneuve recounted his burning desire to tackle a sci-fi film, and how he holds up Scott’s 1982 original like “a religion.”
“People were asking me, »
- Michael Briers
From NYC to New South Wales, these stellar schools earn accolades for their showbiz programs.
U.S. Showbiz Programs
American Film Institute
AFI’s Conservatory is training 260 Fellows that are all, per the school, “worthy to watch.” The school’s participants create between four and 10 movies during the two-year program, and 37 alumni have received Oscar nominations in the past decade alone. An additional 118 have participated in award-winning projects ranging from “Boyhood” to “Mad Men.”
Art Center College of Design
The venerable private college’s film and graduate broadcast program continues to establish itself as an influential entity through its immersive curriculum and close working relationships between students and faculty. Its list of celebrated alumni includes director Zack Snyder and conceptual designers Ralph McQuarrie (“Star Wars”) and Syd Mead (“Blade Runner”).
Boston U. Department Film & Television, College of Communication
2015 saw the establishment of a one-year Mfa program, »
- Variety Staff
With a sequel coming to the untouchable sci-fi classic "Blade Runner," fans have every reason to be worried and skeptical about what a followup might involve. But a lot of those fears, if not completely eliminated, were at least allayed when it was announced that Denis Villeneuve will helm the followup starring Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling. And certainly, the director's passion for the project, even a full year before it will lens, is evident. And he notes, it's a genre he's been eager to tackle. “People were asking me, what do you want to do?" he told The National Post. "I said science fiction, always science fiction. I’m dreaming to do science fiction since a very long time. So now that the door is open, I’m just jumping into it. My soul will be filled if I do that.” And the filmmaker is certainly embracing the opportunities in front of him. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. 1982 is the Best Movie Year Ever. How do I know this? Well, it's not just that it contains an absolutely perfect comedy with the name "My Favorite Year." It's that it contains so many different movies that you could consider the best ever of their particular type. In "E.T.," it has the best kids movie ever (and perhaps Steven Spielberg's best movie ever, depending on your preferred flavor of Spielberg). In "Tootsie," it has perhaps the best movie comedy ever (the AFI ranked "Some Like It Hot" one spot higher in its top 100 comedies list, but since this year also has "Victor/Victoria," I say you combine the two gender-benders to outmuscle Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis). In "Diner," it has the »
- Alan Sepinwall
Despite being an acclaimed filmmaker thanks to the likes of "Incendies" and "Prisoners," it's still must be a tough gig for Denis Villeneuve to take the helm of a sequel to one of the most famous sci-fi films ever made - Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner".
Scott is only producing the follow-up, allowing Villeneuve to direct the movie which will star Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling. A full year out from production getting underway, the director has spoken with The National Post about the gig and says he's been keen to tackle the sci-fi genre for a long time:
"People were asking me, what do you want to do? I said science fiction, always science fiction. I'm dreaming to do science fiction since a very long time. So now that the door is open, I'm just jumping into it. My soul will be filled if I do that... I'm ready »
- Garth Franklin
Speaking in an interview with John Hazelton in Screen and Telefilm Canada’s Cannes Special supplement due out in May, Villeneuve admits the prospect of tackling a Blade Runner sequel was intimidating.
“Let’s say it wasn’t an easy decision to make,” he said, “because I’m a massive Blade Runner fan, it’s one of my favourite movies.”
The director of Prisoners and Enemy added: “I was massively influenced, like a lot of people, by this movie. And Ridley Scott is a master.
“So I’m going there with a great amount of humility and a great amount of deep joy. And I know I can do it.”
Anyone who has seen Mission: Impossible 4 – Ghost Protocol has a pretty good idea of at least one of the aspects of living in Dubai which is very appealing. Tom Cruise’s vertiginous stuntwork on the exterior of the Burj Khalifa really showed off the city’s incredible architecture to full effect – even if it did make audiences dizzy at the same time.
The impressive skyscraper cityscape is certainly one of Dubai’s major selling points – arrive at night and the drive through the city’s towering, neon-drenched architecture resembles something out of Blade Runner, albeit one which – thankfully – lacks the dystopian undercurrents of Ridley Scott’s science fiction masterpiece. Add to that the logistical marvels undertaken to build such a city on an otherwise uninhabitable desert and it’s enough to take your breath away.
Still, despite the tax breaks, swathes of fancy restaurants and more bars than »
- Andrew Dilks
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others? History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies? So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »
- Richard Rushfield
Hugh Jackman is set to don the adamantium claws one last time for 20th Century Fox’s upcoming third Wolverine movie, with James Mangold in the director’s chair, and now TheWrap has revealed who’ll be penning the beloved mutant’s final ride: Blade Runner 2 scribe Michael Green.
Mangold will work with Green to ensure that his new take adheres closely to the director’s own vision for the action-packed pic. The scribe has written for Smallville, Heroes, Kings and The River over on the television side of things, but he’s perhaps best known for writing the (rather terrible) Green Lantern. Still, Green has lined up some pretty stellar gigs since then, including a re-write on Ridley Scott’s Prometheus 2 and a script for Denis Villeneuve’s hotly anticipated Blade Runner 2 (co-written with Hampton Fancher), which may star Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling. He’s also attached »
- Isaac Feldberg
With Hugh Jackman hinting earlier this year that 2017's The Wolverine 3 may be his last film as the character, it looks like it might just be a pivotal film in the land of the X-Men. Jackman is definitely back to headline the movie of course, and it's rumoured that Patrick Stewart will have a significant role in this one as well. If said rumour is to be believed, the movie will be a team up between Logan and Professor Xavier.
One man who does know whether that's true is Michael Green. Green, whose screenwriting credits include Green Lantern and the upcoming Blade Runner 2, has been hired to take a shot at The Wolverine 3's screenplay. He will pick up the previous draft of the script, that was written by David James Kelly.
Amid the bang boom of Furious 7 dominating the box office again in its fourth frame with a $320.5M domestic gross, a cult film was percolating on the charts: A24’s sci-fi drama Ex Machina. The film posted the distrib’s best weekend ever with $5.44M at 1,255 playdates, beating the wide weekend expansion of its 2013 release Spring Breakers ($4.9M). Fans around the web are already heralding the movie as Blade Runner meets Social Network. Ex Machina follows programmer Caleb… »
The Wrap has learned that Michael Green, the writer behind "Green Lantern," "Heroes" and the upcoming "Blade Runner" sequel, is set to write the script for the third "Wolverine" movie. Plot details have yet to be revealed, but the new film will partner Wolverine with Professor X (Patrick Stewart). And since "Wolverine 3" is expected to be Hugh Jackman's last time as the superhero, it's possible that the storyline will somehow address that. "Wolverine 3" will once again be directed by James Mangold and is set to hit theaters on March 3rd, 2017. »
Wolverine 3 production is moving along as 20th Century Fox revealed the movie's writer.
He is also the writer for the sequel to Blade Runner.
Last month, Jackman suggested on Instagram he'll be playing his famous character "one last time," posting an image of his Wolverine claws. Wolverine director James Mangold also confirmed the news on Twitter.
Jackman has played Wolverine multiple times both in stand-alone versions and in the X-Men franchise.
Jackman will also appear in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, which is slated to come out in 2016. »
20th Century Fox has found a screenwriter for Wolverine’s third solo outing, with The Wrap reporting that Michael Green has signed on to pen the script for the as-yet-untitled follow up to The Wolverine, which is expected to be Jackman’s last outing as the adamantium clawed mutant.
Green has previous experience in the superhero genre, having written Warner Bros.’ 2011 DC offering Green Lantern. His recent work includes the script for Blade Runner 2, as well as revisions on another Ridley Scott-related sequel, Prometheus 2.
- Gary Collinson
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