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Don’t think one of the scariest movies ever can get any scarier? You’re wrong.
Question: what’s scarier than riding your big wheel through an empty hotel, turning the corner, and finding yourself face to face with twin little girls dressed in matching baby-blue dresses, and oh yeah, they’re dead?
Answer: riding your big wheel through an empty hotel, turning the corner, and finding yourself face to face with a full-grown, malformed-cheeked woman who looks way to happy to see you and can’t stop singing, “In Heaven, everything is fine.”
This hypothetical scenario comes from Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, of course, and in the question portion, I’m sticking with the original, little Danny Torrance bumping into the Grady Twins. In the second, however, you might have picked up that the figure described is the infamous Lady in the Radiator from David Lynch’s Eraserhead. Now »
- H. Perry Horton
Simon Brew Mar 8, 2017
Director Denis Villeneuve went straight from making Sicario, moved onto Arrival, and then onto Blade Runner 2049, that itself arrives at the end of the year. He’s deep in post-production on the movie, and we already know what his next project is going to be.
He’s signed up for the new movie take on Dune, but also, he’s wary of rushing straight into it. In a new interview with Cinema Blend, he’s admitted that the rate of his output has taken its toll on him.
“I did Prisoners, and then after that, in the past six years I have done five movies - which is not a good idea! It’s too fast. And I learned a lot, I learned so much, for the »
James Cameron, Ridley Scott, Stanley Kubrick, Steven Spielberg, and Christopher Nolan are names that come to mind when you think of great Sci-fi film directors. Well after 2017, Denis Villeneuve could be joining that list. Known for his earlier work with Sicario, Prisoners, and Enemy, Villeneuve climbed up the ladder of great director with his massive hit last year Arrival. Up for multiple awards including 8 Oscar nominations including Best Director, Arrival was one of the most talked about movies in 2016. After having success with dramas like Sicario and Prisoners, it might be odd to see him jump into three straight Sci-fi films. The director enjoys Sci-fi though, he feels that he can tell stories that he couldn't do with dramas.
"Sci-fi has a way to approach very difficult or apprehensive or more obscure subjects in a very dynamic way. You can approach things with Sci-fi that in Drama would be unbearable. »
- Michael Connally
When we last saw Denis Villeneuve, with 2015's Sicario, Anthony Lane began his review for The New Yorker with a pair of blunt questions: "What does Denis Villeneuve do for fun? Does he know what fun is?" Lane's tone was more bemused than derisive, but he has a point: Villeneuve's cinematic world is grim, full of sickly color tints, sterile or impersonal settings, ominous silences broken by rattling gunfire, a pervasive atmosphere of doom, and protagonists who comport themselves like wide-eyed lambs on their way to the slaughter. After all, his are films where a lonely Emily Blunt can't meet a man at a bar and a bored Jake Gyllenhaal can't rent a movie without both turning into paranoid nightmares. "Sometimes it's best not to know," a weary witness tells the heroine of Villeneuve's Incendies (2010), a time-shifting French-Canadian mystery that picked up an Oscar nod for Best Foreign Film and »
Kevin O’Connell (Courtesy: Getty Images)
By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
“I’ve never been more appreciative, humbled and just overall excited about the fact that I’ve been nominated,” says Hacksaw Ridge sound mixer Kevin O’Connell of his 21st Oscar nomination — which he shares with Peter Grace, Robert Mackenzie and Andy Wright — as we sit down at The Hollywood Reporter to record an episode of THR‘s ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast. “I don’t want to say I took it for granted in the past, but I certainly don’t take it for granted anymore.”
O’Connell, 59, has worked in Hollywood for nearly 40 years, and is one of the most respected practitioners of his craft. But he is best known for a dubious distinction: in Oscar history, no person has accumulated more nominations without ever winning. His noms span 33 years, from 1983’s Terms of Endearment through Mel Gibson‘s 2016 war film, »
- Carson Blackwelder
Following last year’s acclaimed Arrival, director Denis Villeneuve is sticking with the sci-fi genre for his next offering, stepping into Ridley Scott’s shoes to helm the highly-anticipated sequel Blade Runner 2049. Villeneuve has been chatting to Variety about the film, and in particular, his emphasis on using practical effects over CGI.
“I’m very old school,” said Villeneuve. “I wish I had the chance to do my aliens as animatronics. That was my dream at the beginning [of Arrival]. We were dreaming to put them in a gigantic aquarium with gigantic beasts that would be moved by puppeteers. But sadly, it would have been too expensive. I hate green screens. It sucks out all my energy. I get depressed. I have an admiration for directors who can work with that on a daily basis. For Blade Runner, we tried our best to do as much as possible in-camera, building everything. »
- Gary Collinson
Denis Villeneuve has been slowly rising the ranks in Hollywood with acclaimed and profitable dramas like “Prisoners,” “Sicario” and this year’s eight-time Oscar nominee “Arrival,” for which he’s earned his first nomination for Best Director, but he’s about to become an even bigger household. On October 6, he’s bringing Ridley Scott’s iconic science-fiction drama “Blade Runner” back to the big screen for a sequel starring Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling, and he recently was confirmed to be taking the reigns on Legendary Pictures’ “Dune” reboot. If we had to name a master of science-fiction right now, it would definitely be Denis Villeneuve.
The director recently joined Variety’s Playback Podcast, hosted by Awards Editor Kristopher Tapley, to discuss the making of “Arrival,” but the duo couldn’t help but get into Villeneuve’s exciting cinematic future. »
- Zack Sharf
When fans of Ridley Scott’s seminal sci-fi classic found out that a sequel was in the works, they weren’t overly ecstatic at the prospect, but when it was announced that Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Arrival) was going to be behind the camera for Blade Runner 2049, stances were immediately softened. An atmospheric first teaser also went down pretty well, but even still, there’s a bit of apprehension at the thought of anyone following in Scott’s footsteps and building on the relatively self-contained plot of the original.
It should come as a relief, then, that Villeneuve is well aware of the responsibility that he’s undertaken, and is definitely feeling the pressure. During an interview with Variety, the director calls the Blade Runner sequel the “riskiest project” he’s ever been involved with, but seems to relish the challenge at the same time.
I feel [pressure] every day … At the same time, »
- Mark Cassidy
Director Denis Villeneuve says he’s been in two “parallel universes” the last several months, promoting his Oscar-nominated film “Arrival” and soaking up the awards season adulation, while also shooting and then editing his next project, the hugely ambitious “Blade Runner 2049.”
Speaking recently on Variety‘s “Playback” podcast, Villeneuve called the sequel to Ridley Scott’s revered 1982 original the riskiest project of his career.
“I feel [the pressure] every day,” Villeneuve says. “At the same time, I’ve never been that inspired and excited. I love risk. All of my projects have come with a certain amount of artistic risk, or sometimes a risk of how you portray reality. I did a movie once about a school massacre and I had a huge responsibility to the victims of those events. I did a movie about a conflict in Lebanon, so there again, you have a strong responsibility to reality. When I did ‘Sicario, »
- Kristopher Tapley
The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema, including the main villain in Wonder Woman potentially being leaked, Ben Affleck stepping down as The Batman’s director, an update on Jurassic World 2 and more…
The Week in Movies is an excerpt from the weekly Flickering Myth Super Newsletter. Subscribe here to get it delivered to your inbox every Sunday.
The Batman franchise is in need of rebuilding.
After week several weeks of negative DC Extended Universe stories – Justice League being “discombobulated”, Wonder Woman being “a mess” – last Sunday actually offered a rare piece of positivity. Someone had heard “good things” about those aforementioned tentpole releases.
*Sharp intake of breath*
DC finally had a break! Some momentum! This is the studio with the rights to the world’s most iconic superheroes – Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Cyborg (Ok, maybe not Cyborg) – how will Warner Bros. capitalise?
- Oli Davis
Denis Villeneuve, who directed 2016’s sci-fi hit Arrival and the upcoming Blade Runner 2049 sequel, is slated to direct a new adaptation of classic sci-fi novel Dune. Denis Villeneuve To Direct Dune Film Series Adaptation The news was confirmed on Twitter by Brian Herbert, son of Dune author Frank Herbert. Villeneuve was rumored to be working on the project last […]
- Hillary Luehring-Jones
/Film Barry Jenkins chooses movies from the Criterion Collection -wonderful. (And people forget how obsessed people were with La Haine when it came out)
Variety ABC picked up a pilot starring Toni Collette. Please let it be good. Miss her so much. Totally the best actress that directors aren't using which I will Never understand
Cinematic Corner Sati falls for The Handmaiden
Film School Rejects on Stranger Things SAG acceptance speech and season two
Village Voice Bilge Ebiri's 10 favorites from Sundance include Where is Kyra? and Mudbound
- NATHANIEL R
Author Brian Herbert, son of "Dune" author Frank Herbert and writer of "Dune" stories since the passing of his father, has confirmed that Denis Villeneuve ("Blade Runner 2049") will direct a new "Dune" big screen feature:
Published in 1965, Herbert's epic science fiction novel is set in the distant future amidst a feudal interstellar society in which noble houses, in control of individual planets, owe allegiance to the 'Padishah Emperor'.
"...in the far future, humanity has eschewed advanced computers in favor of adapting their minds to be capable of extremely complex tasks. Much of this is enabled by the 'spice melange', which is only found on the planet 'Arrakis', a desert planet with only giant sandworms as its native lifeform.
"Dune' follows 'Paul Atreides', whose noble family accepts the stewardship of the desert planet 'Arrakis', as he explores multi-layered interactions of politics religion, ecology, technology and human emotion, as the »
- Michael Stevens
A little over a month ago, Denis Villeneuve's name came up in regards to a Dune remake. The classic hero's tale, involving a desert planet and some giant worms, has had its fair share of attached directors over the years. If the following is to be believed, Legendary Pictures has finally found their man. Brian Herbert, author and son of Dune scribe Frank Herbert, Tweeted out the following in regards to... Read More »
- Sean Wist
Denis Villeneuve is the latest director to take on a big screen adaptation of the sci-fi epic “Dune”. Brian Herbert, the son of “Dune” author Frank Herbert confirmed the news on Twitter: In the past, Villeneuve has said tackling the notoriously difficult series would be a dream project. No word on which elements of the series […] »
- Rachel West
You might recall that late last year, Legendary Entertainment picked up the rights to "Dune" from the Herbert family. At the time, it wasn't clear whether Legendary would be looking to adapt the material as a movie or a television series though we speculated that Chinese investors would likely be looking to get their hands on some sort of big franchise and "Dune" seemed to be the perfect opportunity for that.
Denis Villeneuve has really hit the sci-fi genre recently with his highly-acclaimed film Arrival and the much anticipated Blade Runner 2049. Now, the director has officially signed on to bring the long discussed Dune reboot to life for Legendary Pictures.
The news came from Brian Hebert, son of series creator Frank Herbert, over Twitter. Brian has followed in his father’s footsteps and has written over a dozen Dune novels, prequels and sequels included.
— Brian Herbert (@DuneAuthor) February 1, 2017
Towards the end of 2016 it was rumoured that Villenueve was being courted to direct the film after he told Variety in September one of his dream jobs to direct would be a Dune remake or something set in the Dune universe: “A longstanding dream of mine is to adapt Dune, but it »
- Ricky Church
We reported it a little while ago, and now it has been confirmed officially – Sicario, Arrival and Blade Runner 2046 director Denis Villeneuve is set to helm the planned Dune remake over at Legendary.
The news was announced on Twitter by the eldest son of original author Frank Herbert, Brian Herbert, who himself has written over a dozen “Dune” sequel and prequel novels including “Hunters of Dune” (2006) and “Sandworms of Dune” (2007).
— Brian Herbert (@DuneAuthor) February 1, 2017
Set in the distant future amidst a feudal interstellar society in which noble houses, in control of individual planets, owe allegiance to the Padishah Emperor, Dune tells the story of young Paul Atreides, whose noble family accepts the stewardship of the desert planet Arrakis.
Villeneuve is still hard at work on his Blade Runner sequel, »
- Paul Heath
“Arrival” director Denis Villeneuve added another sci-fi movie project to his filmography by signing on to direct Legendary’s upcoming adaptation of the classic Frank Herbert novel “Dune.” The author’s son, Brian Herbert, is an executive producer on the film and confirmed the filmmaker’s involvement on Twitter Tuesday night. It’s official — Legendary Pictures has signed the very talented Denis Villeneuve to direct the exciting new Dune series film project. - Brian Herbert (@DuneAuthor) February 1, 2017 Brian is sharing Ep credit with his daughter, Kim, and Byron Merritt. Thomas Tull, Mary Parent, and Cale Boyter are also producing. Villeneuve »
- Jeremy Fuster
Last month, just before the holiday season, it was reported that director Denis Villeneuve, who is coming off the critically-acclaimed Arrival and is in post-production on Blade Runner 2049, is in talks to direct the Dune remake for Legendary Pictures. Today we have confirmation from Brian Herbert, author and the son of late Dune author Frank Herbert, that the filmmaker has officially signed on to direct this remake. Here's what Brian Herbert had to say on social media.
We reported in November that Legendary Pictures has picked up the film and TV rights for Dune, and with Brian Herbert describing this as the "Dune series film project", it seems that Denis Villeneuve is developing both the movie and TV series as well. Brian Herbert wouldn't elaborate further in his Twitter statement, »
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