12 items from 2015
We had some small news about The Joker’s role in Suicide Squad previously due to some early script leaks (he will take a Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs type role), and now we have some new details.
According to the good folk over at JoBlo, the idea of The Joker in the Suicide Squad is to tease previous battles with Batman before the two theoretically collide in a Batman solo movie which is said to take on the Joker section of Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. The website claims that “The Joker is scarred all over his body because of his battles with Batman, he plays mind games with people and twists [their] minds, [and] everyone is afraid of him.”
- Luke Owen
The New Yorker Presents, Season 1, Episode 1: “Pilot”
Directed by Jonathan Demme
Released January 15, 2015 by Amazon
Of all the recent pilots released by Amazon, The New Yorker Presents is easily the most interesting. A half hour smorgasbord of content, this first episode is completely fascinating in terms of its form and what that could mean for both Amazon’s original series and television in general going forward.
The conceit of The New Yorker Presents is simple: a little bit of this, a little bit of that. This first episode contains a short film, a conversation/interview with an artist, a short documentary and a recorded performance of a poem. The ultimate success of a series like this is similar to that of a sketch comedy in that episodes and individual segments will be hit or miss week-to-week. Obviously, the goal becomes bringing together a collection of talent that is of »
- Sean Colletti
Much like the culinary prowess of its compelling villain, the build-up to Hannibal season 3 has required a delicate balance of ingredients. The threat of the show’s cancellation loomed over fans until NBC optioned the gritty thriller for a third season, and tidbits surrounding the latest additions to its cast dripped through slowly until EW finally debuted the upcoming season’s first teaser trailer earlier today. All in all, our appetites have been whetted. Now we’re ready to eat.
The third year of NBC’s dark, brooding show finds troubled FBI profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) in hot pursuit of the charismatic Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen). The dark, shadowy teaser only hints at the extent of Will’s determination in tracking down the cannibalistic serial killer. Remaining loyal to the tone of the show, the teaser avoids flashy extravagance, opting instead to burn out slow with scattered shots of »
- Gem Seddon
Did you know that Meryl Streep landed her record 19th Academy Award nomination for Into the Woods when the contenders were announced? That’s just one of the many facts and pieces of trivia you need to know about this year’s pool of nominees vying for Oscar gold.
Oscars: The Complete List of 2015 Nominees
Let's break it all down:
2. Bradley Cooper earned his third consecutive nomination for American Sniper. He was previously nominated for Best Supporting Actor for American Hustle (2014) and Best Actor for Silver Linings Playbook (2013). He’s now one nomination away from tying Marlon Brando for the most consecutive acting noms.
3. Speaking of Cooper, he’s actually nominated twice. He’s one of the producers of American Sniper, which was nominated »
One of the most famous killers in the books, next to 'The Silence of the Lambs' 'Buffalo 'it-rubs-the-lotion-on-it's-skin' Bill,' Dolarhyde has been portrayed twice before on the big-screen by actors Tom Noonan (Michael Mann's 'Manhunter'), and Ralph Fiennes (Brett Ratner's 'Red Dragon'). And now British actor Richard Armitage will be next in line to portray the iconic role in NBC's hit series 'Hannibal'. The news was confirmed via a tweet by the network NBC: 'Francis Dolarhyde is going to be a real Thorin Hannibal's side. Ok...we'll stop.' The joke obviously referring to the actors previous role as Thorin in Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit' trilogy. Armitage also recently starred in disaster thriller 'Into the Storm'. »
With just a few months before Marvel’s first Netflix show Daredevil is ready to stream it’s no surprise that promotion for the show has begun. We got a poster last week [see here], and now the official Daredevil Twitter page has now unveiled an image teasing Nelson and Murdock’s law firm.
No word yet on when we will see a trailer for the show but going by other Netflix shows we will likely get one around a month before the release.
Daredevil sees Charlie Cox (Stardust) leading the cast as Matt Murdoch/Daredevil alongside Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood) as Karen Page, Elden Henson (The Butterfly Effect) as Foggy Nelson, Vincent D’Onofrio (Law & Order: Criminal Intent) as the Kingpin, Scott Glenn (The Silence of the Lambs) as Stick, Peter Shinkoda (Falling Skies) as Hachiro, Rosario Dawson (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For »
- Thomas Roach
Not content with dropping the first trailer for Ant-Man [watch it here], Marvel has now announced that its upcoming Netflix series Daredevil is set to land on Netflix on April 10th – and accompanying the news is a brand new poster, motion poster and image for the 13-part series!
Marvel’s Daredevil is a live action series that follows the journey of attorney Matt Murdock, who in a tragic accident was blinded as a boy but imbued with extraordinary senses. Murdock sets up practice in his old neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen, New York where he now fights against injustice as a respected lawyer by day and masked vigilante at night.
Daredevil sees Charlie Cox (Stardust) leading the cast as Matt Murdoch/Daredevil alongside Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood) as Karen Page, Elden Henson (The Butterfly Effect) as Foggy Nelson, Vincent D’Onofrio (Law & Order: Criminal Intent) as the Kingpin, Scott Glenn (The Silence of the Lambs) as Stick, »
- Gary Collinson
Jodie Foster, who has been acting since the age of three, will be honored with the Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award during next month's Athena Film Festival, which was founded back in 2010 by the Barnard College Athena Center for Leadership Studies and Indiewire's sister blog "Women and Hollywood." Over the course of her career, Foster has appeared in over 40 films; most notably, "Taxi Driver," "The Silence of the Lambs" and "The Accused," having won the Best Actress Academy Award twice for the latter two. She has also taken to working behind the camera as well, directing three features and multiple episodes of the cable dramas "House of Cards" and "Orange is the New Black." Foster is about to enter into production on her fourth feature film as a director, "Money Monster," which stars George Clooney, Julia Roberts and "Unbroken" breakout Jack O'Connell. "Jodie Foster is a trailblazer in »
- Shipra Gupta
The festival, in association with Barnard College’s Athena Center for Leadership Studies along with Women and Hollywood, celebrates Foster for a nearly 50-year career as an actress and filmmaker, including memorable roles in “Taxi Driver” and “The Silence of the Lambs.” Her directing work spans both film and television, as she recently helmed episodes of “Orange Is the New Black” and “House of Cards.”
The Athena Film Festival, a celebration of women and leadership in film, will be held Feb. 5-8 at Barnard College in New York. Foster’s next directorial effort, “Money Monster,” starring George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Jack O’Connell, »
- Kevin Noonan
Amazon Studios’ first pilot season of 2015 will debut Thursday, Jan. 15, unveiling seven drama and comedy projects as well as a half-dozen kid-centric pilots.
Already due to debut via Amazon Studios this year are the first full seasons of Bosch, Hand of God and Red Oaks, plus Season 2 of Transparent. (Chris Carter’s The After meanwhile just had its series order scrapped.)
The dramas and comedies are as follows (click photos to zoom):
You've probably seen all the '90s movies, like "Pulp Fiction," "Clueless" and "Wayne's World" that Netflix has to offer, but there are also plenty of lesser-known gems available to stream. Sit down and enjoy these indies, first films by famous directors and some other great '90s movies you might have missed.
1. "Big Night" (1996) R
A great movie (co-directed by stars Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott) about two Italian brothers in 1950s running an unsuccessful restaurant who go all out when a celebrity's visit promises to save their business.
2. "Boys Don't Cry" (1999) R
Hilary Swank won her first Best Actress Oscar for her searing portrayal of a woman who lives life as a man, until her secret is found out by her redneck friends.
3. "Clueless" (1995) PG-13
How many times have you seen Alicia Silverstone make over her friends and try to play matchmaker? Not enough!
4. "Croupier" (1998) Nr
The movie »
- Sharon Knolle
With fact-based contenders like Selma, The Imitation Game, American Sniper, Unbroken, Big Eyes and Foxcatcher all under varying degrees of controversy over their credibility, and with no one movie standing out from the field and currently running away with it all, could this be the year Academy voters dig deep in their memories all the way back to, uh, say, March to come up with a movie they can all agree on? In the modern era of Oscar campaigning pulling a contender from that early in the year is an increasingly rare occurrence but it is one I think all signs are pointing to happening with Wes Anderson’s lilting and masterful The Grand Budapest Hotel.
The facts speak for themselves: no film released before May has even been nominated, much less won Best Picture since the turn of this century. The last film released as early as March (or »
- Pete Hammond
12 items from 2015
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