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So, going into the final stretch before the Oscars are announced, I have a question: if you like—no, love this year’s front-running La La Land, does that make you a bad person, or just deluded? Don’t laugh—there may be people at your own Oscar party who will have already come to their own conclusion on that conundrum. This year’s presumptive favorite is so presumptive that people are talking about the film as if it had already won and are projecting as to whether it’s an enduring classic or just another meh-fest to be thrown on the mediocrity pile along with Crash, Chicago, Argo, The Artist and about half of the rest of Oscar’s Best Picture winners since the Academy started handing out awards at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in 1929. It is hard to deny, no matter how much you like or dislike La La Land, »
- Dennis Cozzalio
"We have an asset out of containment. Put Acu on alert. This not a drill."
Day 1.#jurassicworld #jurassicworld2 #thisisnotadrill pic.twitter.com/Rend3l0PxZ
— Bryce Dallas Howard (@BryceDHoward) February 24, 2017
The Jurassic World sequel sees J.A. Bayona taking over directing duties from Colin Trevorrow, who has his hands full at the moment with development on Star Wars: Episode IX. Trevorrow remains attached as an executive producer alongside Steven Spielberg and has also penned the script with his regular collaborator Derek Connolly.
Although plot details are being kept under wraps, we do know that the film will see the return of Howard and her Jurassic World co-star Chris Pratt, while new additions to the cast include Toby Jones (Captain America: The First Avenger »
- Gary Collinson
By: Carson Blackwelder
The time has arrived: the 89th Academy Awards will occur tomorrow, February 26, and we’ll finally know which films and which stars will take home those coveted statues. This is one of the most talked-about events on TV each year but, while everyone is excited for the spectacle and excitement of it all, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t garner critics. Before you go complaining about the show, let’s educate you on some statistics.
With Jimmy Kimmel hosting the show on ABC — at 8 p.m. Et and 5 p.m. Pt, of course — we know we’re all in for quite the entertaining three-plus hours of glitz and glamour. It’s almost certain that La La Land will dominate the awards and it’s almost a given that a ton of people will utter Donald Trump’s name in some way. »
- Carson Blackwelder
Now that we’ve talked out “Black Mirror” Season 3 with our therapist, it’s time to think about Season 4 of Charlie Brooker’s masterful Netflix series. The show, which looks at how technology distorts our lives, will be back for more frequently horrifying looks at our world, and how it’s reflected on our screens. Here are five things we know so far about Black Mirror Season 4. Jodie Foster will direct an episode. The “Silence of the Lambs” star knows a little something about horror. And her work on “Contact,” another bit of sci-fi social criticism, will prepare her well to work on. »
- Tim Molloy
For the first time in more than 40 years, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” has a new trailer. BFI is re-releasing the multiple Oscar winner to mark the occasion of Jack Nicholson’s 80th birthday, which the actor will celebrate on April 14. Watch the new trailer below.
Read More: Watch: 13 Minutes of Deleted Scenes From ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’
Miloš Forman’s adaptation of the best-selling novel by Ken Kesey belongs to an exclusive club: “Cuckoo’s Nest” is just one of three films to win the Academy Awards for Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress and Screenplay, the other two being “It Happened One Night” and “The Silence of the Lambs.” Made for $3 million, it grossed more than $100 million.
Read More: Watch: Exploring the Set-Ups in ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’
- Michael Nordine
Were you thrilled or disappointed in the films this year? In an effort to sum up the themes of the last 12 months of cinema, we posed three questions to a panel of Variety critics and pundits.
1. How do you rate the 2016 slate against those of previous years?
2. What was the biggest scandal or most-talked-about issue of the year?
3. What aspect of film this year made you stand up and cheer?
Not surprising, there was wild variation among their answers. There were highs (“Moonlight”) and lows (the Nate Parker fiasco). Also not surprising: Politics were a big part of the conversation. Here’s how our panel weighed in.
Senior features writer
1. On the whole, 2016 had more than its share of disappointments: unusually soul-crushing sequels, middling attempted Oscar-bait, and some head-scratching misfires from typically reliable directors.
But any year in which moviegoers are treated to a genuine masterpiece from artists »
- Andrew Barker, Jenelle Riley, Geoff Berkshire, Peter Debruge, Owen Gleiberman and Tim Gray
One week a month, Watch This offers movie recommendations inspired by new releases or premieres. This week: With the Academy Awards a few days away, we look back at some of the unlikeliest Oscar nominees, picking a different major category every day.
Fatal Attraction (1987)
Silence Of The Lambs’ 1992 win for Best Picture (part of the last clean sweep of all five major categories by an Oscar winner) is often cited as the ultimate cinematic convergence of highbrow and lowbrow, a horror film about a sadistic serial killer who also possesses an upscale pedigree and is filmed with impeccable style. But trashy material dressed up in high-class studio filmmaking made it to the Best Picture table a few years prior, in a film that made arguably an even bigger cultural splash at the time, even if Lambs has emerged as the more enduring achievement in hindsight. Fatal Attraction took ...
- Alex McCown-Levy
Ellen Ripley in all her butt-kicking glory is kicking off today's Horror Highlights. Funko's Ellen Ripley Rock Candy collectible will hit stores soon! Also: details on Splathouse podcast's Hobgoblins (1988) discussion, Alamo Drafthouse and Kodak's first-ever Reel Film Day, and release details for Bigfoot the Movie.
Funko's Ellen Ripley Rock Candy Collectible: From Funko: "A Pop! and ReAction just aren't enough - Ellen Ripley will be joining the Rock Candy line soon!
Splathouse Podcast Presents a Hobgoblins Discussion: From Splathouse: "For your consideration: Our four panelists (Sarah, Mike, John, and Jim) are joined by a Twitter friend (@parkerandcooley), an Academy Award nominee (Christopher Walken), a quiet coyote, and Rick Sloane (writer/director of The Visitants and Vice Academy). Can the gang survive the chaos or will they be seduced by the evil, mind-altering Hobgoblins? Find out this week!
Plus! All the regular bullshit you love: What Do Ya Know? »
- Tamika Jones
Ahead of its release next month, a new trailer has arrived online for writer-director Hunter Adams’ upcoming suspense thriller Dig Two Graves which stars Ted Levine (The Silence of the Lambs) and Samantha Isler (Captain Fantastic). Check it out below…
Dig Two Graves tells the story of a young girl’s obsession with the death of her brother, taking her on a nightmarish journey where she must a face a deadly proposition to bring him back.
Dig Two Graves is set for release on March 24th. »
- Amie Cranswick
Funko has continued its stream of New York Toy Fair announcements by revealing that it will be heading to Westworld for a series of Pop! TV vinyl figures featuring characters from HBO’s acclaimed sci-fi drama, including Dr. Robert Ford, Dolores, The Man in Black, Bernard, Maeve, Young Ford, and Teddy; check them out here…
Westworld is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin, exploring a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged.
Westworld stars Anthony Hopkins (Academy Award® winner for “The Silence of the Lambs”; Academy Award® nominee for “Remains of the Day,” “Nixon,” “Amistad”), Ed Harris (Golden Globe winner and Emmy® nominee for HBO’s “Game Change”; Academy Award® nominee for “Pollock,” “Apollo 13”), Evan Rachel Wood (Golden Globe nominee for “Thirteen”; Emmy® and Golden Globe nominee for HBO’s “Mildred Pierce”), James Marsden »
- Amie Cranswick
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is looking to give fans of HBO's Westworld more insights into the series than ever before with their upcoming March 6th Digital HD/Sd release of the series' first season. Westworld Season 1 will also be released on Blu-ray and DVD before its second season premieres in late 2017 or early 2018, but in the meantime, fans can look forward to plenty of bonus features on the Digital HD release:
Press Release (via Rama's Screen): Burbank, CA (February 17, 2017) – What happens in a world free of consequences and morality? From creators Jonathan Nolan (Interstellar, The Dark Knight films) and Lisa Joy (Burn Notice, Pushing Daisies), and executive producer J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Trek), Warner Bros. Home Entertainment brings one of the most viewed HBO series ever to Digital HD for the first time: Westworld: The Complete First Season. In its critically acclaimed inaugural season, »
- Derek Anderson
Ryan Lambie Feb 20, 2017
Iraq War veteran Ben Marco wakes up on a train with a jolt. For a second, he sees an apparition from the past sitting directly opposite him. Marco blinks, and the figure vanishes.
Jonathan Demme’s remake of The Manchurian Candidate is full of small yet jarring sequences like this: moments which take place in a familiar setting, but with something strange or somehow out of place thrown in. Not long after Marco wakes up on the train, he strikes up a begrudging conversation with a young woman, Rose (Kimberly Elise), who says she's seen him around. Rose appears to have taken »
The Jurassic World sequel is being directed by J.A. Bayona (A Monster Calls), based on a script by Derek Connolly and Colin Trevorrow (Star Wars: Episode IX, Jurassic World). Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy, Passengers) and Bryce Dallas Howard (Spiderman 3, The Help) reprise their roles as Owen and Claire while new additions include Toby Jones (Captain America: The First Avenger), Rafe Spall (Black Mirror), Justice Smith (The Get Down), Ted Levine (Silence of the Lambs) and Daniella Pineda (The Detour).
The movie is expected to start filming this »
- Tai Freligh
We live in a pixelated world. Much of our day is spent staring at watches, laptops, desktops, iPods, and iPads that offer up digitized video, newsfeeds, and Facebook posts. These pixels are even dominating the biggest screens of all, as more and more movie theaters abandon film for the convenience and cost savings of digital projection. But there remain purists, for whom the flicker and luster of film remains a vital component of the movie-going experience. Quentin Tarantino, for instance, once blasted digital projection, dismissing it as “just television in cinema” and predicting it would lead to the death of movies.
Well the “Pulp Fiction” director and his partisans should mark their calendars. Alamo Drafthouse is partnering with Kodak on the first-ever “Reel Film Day,” a celebration of 35mm film. Both companies say they see the advantages of digitization, but they also want to celebrate the look, flavor, and art of celluloid. »
- Brent Lang
Jurassic World wound up really taking the world by surprise in 2015. People expected the movie to be big, but it was truly a monstrous smash hit and has really reinvigorated the Jurassic Park franchise. That said, it was a little hard for some to imagine where the story could go from there and even though Jurassic World 2 will start filming this month, plot details have been almost as non-existent as the prehistoric creatures at the center of the franchise. Now, thanks to a couple of newly purchased domain names, we have our first look at the potential plot for the upcoming Jurassic World sequel.
Recently, the folks over at the fan site Jurassic Outpost noticed that Universal purchased two new domain names that are very clearly related to Jurassic World 2; IslaNublarRescueMission.com and AllCreaturesHaveRights.com (as well as .org). While that may not seem like much, the domain names are pretty telling. »
He was devastated twice on The Bachelorette and had a summer fling on Bachelor in Paradise, and now Nick Viall is looking to find a love that lasts as The Bachelor‘s latest leading man. Read his exclusive blog for People every week and follow him at Twitter, @viallnicholas28!
Hi guys, I know we just came off a pretty emotional week, and I left things off on such a low point. Saying goodbye to Danielle L. really hit me hard. I think I explained it best when sitting down with Chris Harrison that I just started to distrust my own judgment. »
- Nick Viall
Daily Dead recently caught up with Dave Bautista at the Sundance Film Festival for the world premiere of his new film Bushwick, and it's been announced at the European Film Market in Berlin that the actor has now joined Jodie Foster in the thriller Hotel Artemis, which will take place in a hospital for criminals.
Press Release: Berlin – The Ink Factory, a multi-platform production company dedicated to high-end story telling through film, television and on digital, today announced that Dave Bautista (Spectre, Guardians of the Galaxy) will join Academy Award winner Jodie Foster (Silence of the Lambs, The Accused) in Drew Pearce’s (Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, Iron Man 3) much-anticipated directorial debut Hotel Artemis. Lionsgate launched international sales on the Ink Factory financed and produced action thriller at this week’s Berlin Efm (European Film Market), with Wme Global handling U.S. rights.
- Derek Anderson
With Guardians star Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard already locked in to return, Jurassic World 2 has spent the past few months amassing a stellar supporting cast as Universal prepares to fire up production on its 2018 sequel.
First up we had the two-fold casting coup of Rafe Spall (Prometheus) and Sherlock star Toby Jones, before the studio set sights on both Daniella Pineda and The Get Down breakout Justice Smith – DJ Dimitri Vegas is also said to be in the mix, though we’re still waiting for final confirmation on that one. And so, as the casting process begins to enter the homestretch, Variety brings word that Ted Levine has closed a deal to join Jurassic World 2 in a mystery role.
Best known for his chilling portrayal of Buffalo Bill in The Silence of the Lambs, Levine is an exciting addition to the sequel’s ensemble cast, and we’re »
- Michael Briers
Former WWE star Dave Baustisa has joined the cast of Hotel Artemis, the film which will be the directorial debut of Iron Man 3 writer Drew Pearce. The news of Bautista’s casting was announced at the Berlin Film Festival over the weekend.
Penned by Pearce and set in the near future, Hotel Artemis follows a nurse (Foster) who runs an underground hospital for Los Angeles’ most sinister criminals, and finds that one of her patients is actually there to assassinate another.
Director Pearce said: “Mr. Bautista is a force to be reckoned with — a powerful presence who’s equal parts strength and soulfulness. I’m a true fan, and it’s a privilege to have him in the world of Hotel Artemis.”
More news on the film as it comes our way. »
- Paul Heath
Variety is reporting that Tel Levine, best known for his role as Buffalo Bill in The Silence of the Lambs, has become the latest addition to the cast of Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s Jurassic World sequel.
The fifth instalment of the Jurassic Park franchise sees J.A. Bayona (A Monster Calls) taking over from Jurassic World helmer Colin Trevorrow, who has written the script with regular collaborator Derek Connolly. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard reprise their roles as Owen Grady and Claire Dearing, while other new additions Toby Jones (Captain America: The First Avenger), Rafe Spall (Black Mirror) and Justice Smith (The Get Down).
Jurassic World 2 is set to go into production this month ahead of a release on June 22nd 2018. »
- Gary Collinson
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