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Runaway Features and Michael Copon Studios have unveilved the first sneak peak promo for season one of new TV show Dystopia, a sci fi thats sees time travellers from the future travelling back to the present to prevent the extinction of mankind.
It is the year 2037. Our world is dying, slowly, from a virus that has rendered mankind infertile. Not a single child has been born in 25 years. Governments are now powerless puppets for the biggest corporations and Biocorp, the world’s biggest, keeps promising a cure that never comes. A pair of scientists (Michael Copon and Simon Phillips) attempting to create the world first teleporter manage to create something even more powerful: time machines. They travel back to 2017 in order to change the events of their past and prevent the virus from ever taking hold. But their actions have unintended consequences, with the butterfly effect taking hold. As their »
- Gary Collinson
I interviewed actor Christian Slater in November, 2008 for Venice Magazine. Having long had a reputation as an "enfant terrible" in his youth, Slater surprised me somewhat with his calm, measured demeanor and thoughtful outlook. He was promoting his well-reviewed, but ultimately short-lived, TV series "My Own Worst Enemy," which we discussed a bit, but Slater was eager to reflect on his entire career and life, which he did with aplomb. My other memory of the chat is that during our dinner, the power went out in the restaurant or hotel where we met (the location of which has been lost to time) and the halogen streetlights outside casting our talk in a strange, other-worldly glow for a good 30 minutes. All these factors made our meeting a memorable one. Slater can currently be seen on the new USA Network series "Mr. Robot," which is also being lauded critically, and will hopefully »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
The Wolfpack, 2015.
Directed by Crystal Moselle.
Locked away from society in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Angulo brothers learn about the outside world through the films that they watch. Nicknamed, ‘The Wolfpack,’ the brothers spend their childhood reenacting their favorite films using elaborate homemade props and costumes. Their world is shaken up when one of the brothers escapes and everything changes.
It seems pretty safe to assume that both me the writer and you the reader enjoy movies. If not, I really don’t know why you are here but that’s not the point. Movies are escapism for us, offering up numerous styles and genres; there is an endless vortex of content for us to consume, whether it be for stimulation or entertainment.
But what if movies were all »
- Robert Kojder
Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic — Career tough guy character actor and indie producer Harvey Keitel had Czech audiences mesmerized at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival on Friday with no-nonsense tales of slapping around actors and coming up through the mean streets of Brooklyn during the ’70s.
Chatting with fans at the festival’s Vodafone talks series, the gravelly-throated thesp was surprisingly uninterested in discussing “Youth,” the Paolo Sorrentino-helmed comedy he brought to the west Bohemian spa-town festival. Instead, Keitel made clear he wanted to hear what European audiences were most interested in.
Famously intellectual, the festival attendees mostly obliged him with questions about his approach to the Stanislavski method, his working relationship with the director Theo Angelopoulos, and the crisis in creativity in Hollywood — with side forays into Keitel’s command of cursing in Hebrew.
“He was like Homer,” Keitel recalled of Angelopoulos, who was responsible for the actor’s second stint in Europe, »
- Will Tizard
By Alex Simon
Precious jewels have provided fodder for drama practically since drama was invented, with precious stones and trinkets used as plot devices in plays written as far back as 100 B.C. As man-made substitutes such as rhinestones, moissanite, and cubic zirconium started making the market for seemingly-precious stones more, well, precious, so did the real thing become more dramatic to seek out on film. Here are a few of the most sought after, revered and iconic pieces of jewelry dramatized for our viewing pleasure.
Heart of the Ocean—Titanic
James Cameron’s box office champ offered up one eye-popping set piece after the other, not the least of which was Kate Winslet’s greatest asset. Get your mind out of the gutter! We’re talking about the legendary Heart of the Ocean necklace worn by her character, Rose. Lore has it that the diamond was originally owned by »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Having started his career as both a music video director (his video for Atreyu’s “Ex’s and Oh’s” is a fave of mine) and a storyboard artist on films like Amazing Spiderman 2 and Constantine, Jay Martin’s directorial feature debut 7 Minutes is a heist gone wrong film full of tension and suspense. Dealing with jumping timelines, and a lot of energy, the Jason Ritter, Luke Mitchell and Zane Holtz-led crime thriller is now in theaters and is one wild ride.
Martin was nice enough to chat with Icons of Fright about his inspiration with the film, the transition of going from music videos to films and some awesome wardrobe choices for Zane Holtz’s character in the film. Read on!
I have always been interested in the heist gone wrong kinds of films, like Dog Day Afternoon. Those are my favorite movies, so your movie had me at the very beginning. »
- Jerry Smith
Directed by James Cameron
In 1984, James Cameron released his sci-fi thriller The Terminator: the story of a killer cyborg sent from the future, and programmed to kill the mother of a future rebel chief. Arnold Schwarzenegger is the automated hit man roaming around present-day Los Angeles to eliminate Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton). Her only hope is the guerrilla fighter Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn) who has followed the killer machine back through time in order to protect her. Terminator has long staked its claim as a classic for the ages (The Library of Congress even added it to its National Film Registry in 2008) and three decades later, Termiantor is still the best film James Cameron has directed, a resourceful low-budget thriller that recalls the canny exploitation work of George Miller and John Carpenter. While the film made a considerable profit for Orion Pictures, »
The Weinstein Company announced today that Academy Award winning writer/director Quentin Tarantino and the cast of his upcoming feature The Hateful Eight are set to make a huge splash at this year's San Diego Comic-Con. The beloved director and actors behind his hotly anticipated Christmas Day release will appear in a Hall H panel on Saturday, July 11th at 1:30pm. The presentation will include a discussion with Quentin Tarantino and the cast about the production, its upcoming roadshow release, the glorious 70mm format that it will be released in, and an exclusive premiere of footage from the film. The panel will be moderated by Chris Hardwick of Nerdist.
TWC will release The Hateful Eight in select theaters on December 25, 2015 with an exclusive two-week roadshow opening in 70mm. Following the two-week engagement, the film will open with a digital theatrical release nationwide on January 8, 2016, while continuing to be shown in 70mm as well. »
Now in its 14th year, the New York Asian Film Festival brings to viewers an eclectic selection of eastern films from various countries that New Yorkers may not otherwise have the chance to catch. The festival runs from June 26-July 11 and features 54 films. This year, Hong Kong filmmaker Ringo Lam is receiving a lifetime achievement award, and is best-known film, "City on Fire," which famously influenced Quentin Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs," will run during a special commemorative screening. While there are myriad good movies playing during the festival, we've picked five that are especially worth your time. For more information, go here. "My Love, Don't Cross That River" (South Korea) Directed by Jin Mo-young By turns joyous and devastating, life-affirming and heartrending, Jim Mo-young's immaculately shot and paced documentary chronicles the final 15 months of the marriage between an 89-year-old woman, Kang Kye-yeol, and a 98-year-old man, Jo »
- Greg Cwik
The criminal caper that goes wrong is always good for a suspenseful, absorbing thriller movie. Just from memory there is The Asphalt Jungle, The Killing, (almost any classic film noir dealing with a criminal undertaking, if it didn’t go wrong it wouldn’t be noir now would it?) Odds Against tomorrow, Reservoir Dogs, Bob Le Flambeur, Rififi, and Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead.
The list is just about endless, in fact, precious few movies about criminals show the heist going off without a hitch. Add to that list 7 Minutes, a tough, unblinking look at a caper done by amateurs so desperate they are willing to risk everything to try and pull it off.
- Sam Moffitt
Maybe it was because Salma Hayek made a compelling badass in Oliver Stone's Savages that she signed up for the bullet-riddled, entirely brain-free splatter-fest that is Everly. But she doesn't get to wear a suit here and strut with intent. Instead, director Joe Lynch strips her from scene one, makes her crawl on the floor, ties her up, cages her and generally makes her the subject of every sordid violent fantasy he can think of. And, for what? Even slobbering Salma fans might come away feeling frustrated at the lack of an x-rated payoff.
Quentin Tarantino is the obvious standard-bearer for Lynch, who has previously directed B-movie shorts and one feature dubiously titled Knights of Badassdom (straight-to-video), but whereas Qt lavishes as much attention on characterisation as bloodletting, Lynch doesn't see the need. »
Offbeat and beguiling Brit comedy Everyone’s Going To Die, the feature debut of directing collective Jones, is hard to describe and so probably needs to be watched. And, fortunately, we have a clip...It’s the story of Ray (Rob Knighton), who arrives in Folkestone to do a dubious job, dressed like a “fancy dress gangster” from Reservoir Dogs, and forms an unlikely – but convincing – connection with young German ex-pat Melanie (Nora Tschirner).“The film gets quite a lot of different descriptions from the different festivals it’s been in or every reviewer,” says Michael Woodward, one half of Jones. “We had ‘existentialist crime rom-com',” chips in Max Barron, the other part of the puzzle. “It’s about a guy and a girl both having a bit of a difficult time and they meet up and they’re able to help each other out. It’s kind of a platonic romance. »
Starring Forest Whitaker (Phone Booth, Taken 3) and Harvey Keitel (Reservoir Dogs, The Grand Budapest Hotel), this gritty, no-holds barred psychological thriller tells the story of troubled youth Will Garnett (Whitaker) who is finally being released after an 18-year long stretch in prison. With the help of an idealistic parole agent (Brenda Blethyn – Dead Man Running, Atonement) and his new-found Islamic faith, Garnett struggles to rebuild his life and overcome the violent impulses which torture and possess him.
However, Bill Agati (Keitel), the vengeful Sheriff of the small New Mexico border county where Garnett is released, has other ideas. Convinced that Garnett is irredeemable and major a threat to the security of his county, Agati launches a vicious, sustained »
- Gary Collinson
The Weinstein Company has slotted Quentin Tarantino’s latest genre-romp The Hateful Eight for a Christmas Day opening, exclusively in the high-resolution 70mm format, before opening the movie in more standard “digital” resolutions nationwide on January 8.
Tarantino shot The Hateful Eight on 65mm film with plans from the get-go to deliver the largest-scale 70mm projection release in decades. Though 70mm projectors are rare nowadays, seeing as theaters skew more digital, the director will be traveling to 50 theaters to personally retrofit them to correctly project the pic.
The Christmas Day opening is in line with his strategy of personally delivering the projectors so as to reward the theaters willing to take a stab at the high-resolution format.
Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demian Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Zoe Bell and Bruce Dern all star in The Hateful Eight, which kicks off as a motley crew »
- Isaac Feldberg
Yesterday, I wrote about my first year in Los Angeles, which was all just a matter of settling in. Remember, when I moved to La, I knew a grand total of zero people who lived or worked here. I was not laden with contacts and strolling into a situation where everything was guaranteed to work out. Scott Swan and I took a huge chance when we packed up and moved out, and I am so horrified by how little money we had saved that I'm almost embarrassed to say the number. I was insanely naive when I arrived in town. I am still haunted by a choice we made in those early days, when we answered an ad in one of the trades that was looking for writers willing to work on a "per sketch" basis. I forget how much the rate was… $100 or so, but definitely not more than that… »
- Drew McWeeny
Ben Wheatley, the British director behind "Kill List," "Sightseers," and "A Field in England," has begun filming on his first American-made project, "Free Fire," Deadline reports. The thriller, set in Boston in the 1970s and executive produced by Martin Scorsese, features an all-star cast with indie cred—including Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, and Wheatley regular Michael Smiley—which suggests that "Free Fire" could make a play for audiences beyond the art house without losing the critics who've supported Wheatley's ferocious, painstaking past work. In an interview with The Guardian last year, the director described "Free Fire" as an homage to "hard-boiled crime movies" from "The Big Sleep" and "The Asphalt Jungle" to "Reservoir Dogs" and "Casino"; the film stars Larson as a woman who brokers an arms deal between two Irishmen and a local gang, »
- Matt Brennan
When other filmmakers do it it's most often considered a fun homage, but when Quentin Tarantino does it seems to rile people up a bit more to the point they say he's stealing. Personally I found Tarantino's visual references in his films to be endlessly entertaining and eye-opening. I can't tell you how many films I've watched merely because Tarantino references them in his films or mentions them as inspirations for his movies and today we have a new video from Jacob T. Swinney, whose work I've featured several times before, offering a few side-by-side looks at Tarantino's work opposite the films that influenced it. All of Tarantino's films are included from Reservoir Dogs to Django Unchained with films that influenced several shots in each from City on Fire (which people contend Tarantino ripped off entirely for Reservoir Dogs), 8 1/2, Kiss Me Deadly, Lady Snowblood, The Great Silence, Miller's Crossing and many more. »
- Brad Brevet
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.
Shootouts, unlike any other type of action scenes, put death in the forefront of the audience’s mind. Whereas a car chase draws the attention onto the race, or a fight scene onto the pursuit of victory, shootouts test the mortality of our protagonists and anti-heroes. It’s more than just a hail of bullets that matters on screen, it’s who those bullets are clipping down or propping up. Legends can be made in a flurry of lead. The last man standing after the fray isn’t always the best or »
- Shane Ramirez
Of the hundreds of films screened at festivals across the nation only a handful will wind up at your local theaters, and that goes for those lucky enough to have been viewed at the growingly prestigious Tribeca Film Festival (Tff).
A month has passed, and the media has already unremembered the 14th edition of Tribeca, which had an overall attendance of 467,000 -- and now it's beginning to forget Cannes and its offerings, such as Todd Haynes' Carol, which already has a 2016 Oscar buzz surrounding it. And by tomorrow, anticipation will start growing for the Telluride, Toronto, and New York Film Festivals, and so forth. A sisyphean cycle if there ever was one. But thanks to some wise studios distributing several of Tribeca's offerings, this year's Fest's imprint might last a little longer.
There's the hauntingly exuberant documentary The Wolfpack (opening June 12th) that, pre-tff, started garnering plaudits at Sundance. »
- Brandon Judell
People have a pretty intimate relationship with music. The song that was playing when you had your first slow dance, broke up with that certain someone, or lost your virginity will rank higher for you than it will for some random listener. Even bad songs have a way of causing flashbacks, for better or worse. So when a movie ties a song to imagery we never imagined while making out in the back seat, it can shake up our reality a little. Say Anything permanently connected Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” with boom boxes and early-morning wake-ups, and who among us can hear Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl” without regretting that they spent good money to see Sleeping with the Enemy? Here are some other songs that celluloid changed forever.
“The Star-Spangled Banner,” Poltergeist (1982) – A whole generation hears this song with a sense of dread thanks to its »
- M. Robert Grunwald
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