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Hunt For The Wilderpeople review

6 September 2016 8:17 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Published Date  Friday, September 16, 2016 - 06:35

Other directors might have tried to make a grittier adaptation of the novel Wild Pork And Watercress, written by the best-selling New Zealand author, Barry Crump. But rather than try to emulate Crump’s spare, masculine storytelling, writer-director Taika Waititi gently bends the story's tone to his own quirky sensibility.

The result is another film about misunderstood outsiders from the filmmaker behind such brilliantly offbeat comedies as Eagle Vs Shark and What We Do In The Shadows; in Waititi’s hands, Hunt For The Wilderpeople becomes an eccentric outdoors adventure with welcome splashes of laugh-out-loud comedy. It’s like a blend of Waititi’s 2010 hit Boy and 1982 Stallone joint, First Blood - with maybe a bit of Harold And Maude and Thelma And Louise thrown in for good measure.

Julian Dennison plays Ricky Baker, a disadvantaged, overweight city kid who’s sent »

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Guillermo del Toro’s Cold War Love Story ‘Shape of Water’ Casts Nick Searcy

26 August 2016 9:49 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Justified” star Nick Searcy has joined the cast of Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming fantasy film “The Shape of Water” for Fox Searchlight, Variety has learned exclusively.

Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Octavia Spencer have already been announced as cast members.

The film is being produced by del Toro and J. Miles Dale (“The Vow”). Details of the plot are being kept under wraps other than being described as “a mysterious and magical journey” and “an other-worldly story set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963.”

Del Toro has revealed that the plot focuses on a mysterious creature, played by Jones.

Searcy was most recently seen on Hulu’s J.J. Abrams series “11/22/63.” His film credits include “The Fugitive,” “Runaway Jury,” and “The Ugly Truth.”

Searcy is represented by Apa, Haven Entertainment, and Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Entertainment Law Firm.

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- Dave McNary

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Fast 5: The Rock's role was originally written for Tommy Lee Jones

23 August 2016 11:08 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Aug 24, 2016

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's beefy role in Fast Five? That was originally written for Tommy Lee Jones, Vin Diesel reveals...

Released in 2011, Fast Five marked a major turning point in the Fast & Furious franchise. Street racing and tinkering with modified cars took a back seat to rippling muscles and high-octane action - and audiences loved it. The Fast series has been on an upward trajectory ever since in financial terms, with each sequel out-performing the last at the box office.

That change in fortunes is thanks in no small part to Dwayne Johnson, who made his debut as the towering lawman Luke Hobbs in Fast Five. But according to Vin Diesel, the part of Hobbs wasn't written for Johnson at all, but veteran actor Tommy Lee Jones. During a video posted on Facebook, Diesel explained that Johnson's casting in Fast Five came as a result of feedback from fans. »

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‘The Rising’ Charts the Health and Environmental Dangers of the Bp Oil Spill

9 August 2016 7:20 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Here’s your daily dose of an indie film, web series, TV pilot, what-have-you in progress — at the end of the week, you’ll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a project you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

The Rising

Logline: Hundreds of thousands of people were exposed to the risk of chemical illness when the U.S. government and Bp sprayed millions of gallons of toxic dispersants in the Bp Horizon Disaster ‘clean-up’ operations.

Elevator Pitch:

An acclaimed filmmaker turns his lens to the frontlines of the Bp Horizon disaster and the large scale cover-up of the tragic health effects following the infamous spill in 2010, in an upcoming documentary called “The Rising.” The film exposes the true health effects for tens of thousands of people and the ramifications of unregulated corporate power and government collusion to our nation. »

- Steve Greene

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Win special ‘Criminal’ Blu-ray movie bundles

1 August 2016 7:18 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Lionsgate is pleased to announce that action-fuelled espionage thriller Criminal will be available on Digital Download from 8th August 2016 and on Blu-ray, DVD and Ultra HD Blu-ray from 15th August 2016.  To celebrate its release, we have an action packed Blu-ray movie bundle to give away, featuring Criminal, Survivor, Sicario, Wild Card and London Has Fallen. The runner-up will receive a Blu-ray copy of Criminal.

Criminal follows an unpredictable and dangerous death-row inmate, Jericho (Oscar® winner Kevin Costner; 3 Days to Kill), who has the skills and memories of a CIA operative (Ryan Reynolds; Deadpool) implantead into his mind, in a last-ditch effort to stop an international terrorist plot.

Set in London and from the director of The Iceman – Ariel Vroman – Criminal is a must-own action film this summer! With an incredible cast including upcoming Wonder Woman Gal Gadot (Fast and Furious 6), BAFTA-winner Gary Oldman (Child 44, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes »

- The Hollywood News

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Kevin Costner in Criminal Arrives On Blu-ray, DVD, & 4K Ultra-hd July 26

9 July 2016 2:37 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Proving there is a fine line between good and evil, Academy Award® winner Kevin Costner (Best Director, Dances with Wolves¸ 1990) stars in Criminal, arriving on Digital HD on July 12 and on 4K Ultra-hd Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital), and On Demand on July 26from Summit Entertainment, a Lionsgate Company. The all-star cast of this “seriously engaging action flick” (reelfilm.com) also includes Academy Award® nominee Gary Oldman (Best Actor,Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, 2011) alongside Academy Award® winner Tommy Lee Jones (Best Supporting Actor, The Fugitive, 1993) and rising stars Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness) and Gal Gadot (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice). The pulse-pounding thriller will be available on Digital HD on July 12.

Kevin Costner stars in this story of the right man in the wrong body. In a last-ditch effort to stop a diabolical plot, »

- Tom Stockman

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If you only watch one comedy this weekend, let it be...

7 July 2016 4:08 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Director Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows) is busy in production on Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok. If you're not already familiar with his brand of comedy you can get a taste of what to expect from Thor 3 with Hunt for the Wilderpeople, which is in theaters now and expanding. The hilarious adventure follows a boy (breakout star Julian Dennison) and his foster uncle (Sam Neill) who become the subject of a manhunt after they get stranded in the New Zealand wilderness. This is one of, if not the, funniest films of the year to date and will probably land on many a top ten list when things shake out in December. Thor: Ragnarok Directer Determined To Make Thunder God More Than Just Abs One part buddy comedy, one part coming-of-age, and all around balls-to-the-wall adventure, "The whole style is lifted from the '70s and '80s," Waititi »

- Roth Cornet

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Raging Bull's Michael Chapman to receive Camerimage honour

6 July 2016 2:57 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

DoP behind Taxi Driver, The Lost Boys and Michael Jackson’s Bad to receive lifetime award.

Cinematographer Michael Chapman, two-time Oscar nominated for Raging Bull (1980) and The Fugative (1993), is to receive a lifetime achievement award at Camerimage.

The 24th International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography will be held in Bydgoszcz, Poland from Nov 12-19.

When he retired from filmmaking in 2006, Chapman’s left a legacy of more than four decades of film images places him among the elite of Us cinematographers.

Born near Boston in 1935, Chapman’s most important partnerships was with Us director Martin Scorsese, his collaborator on several film projects.

A few years before Raging Bull, they had made Taxi Driver. During the second half of the 1970s, Chapman also worked on Scorsese documentaries The Last Waltz and American Boy: A Profile of Steven Prince.

After making his directorial debut in 1983 with All the Right Moves - starring a then unknown [link=nm »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Giuseppe Tornatore, David Twohy line up China projects

17 April 2016 9:14 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Italian filmmaker Giuseppe Tornatore and Us writer-director David Twohy are developing projects with China, which were both announced on the first full day of the Beijing International Film Festival (April 16-23).

Tornatore has agreed to make a film for Alibaba Pictures, the filmmaking arm of ecommerce giant Alibaba, which he signed with Alibaba Pictures’ CEO Zhang Qiang at the end of the Bjiff’s Co-production Forum on Sunday.

However, the specific project has not yet been identified and it’s unclear whether it will be made as a co-production under the China-Italy treaty.

Separately, producers Steve Chicorel and Sriram Das announced Us-China co-production Ice Moon Rising – a sci-fi project to be directed by David Twohy who wrote The Fugitive and directed The Chronicles of Riddick and its sequel. Chicorel and Das are in the process of locking down a Chinese co-producer and international sales agent for the film.

The producing partners are also working with director [link=nm »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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David Twohy to Direct ‘Ice Moon Rising’ as U.S.-China Co-Production

17 April 2016 5:19 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

David Twohy, who directed “Riddick” and scripted “The Fugitive,” is to write and direct “Ice Moon Rising,” a major sci-fi movie that is set to be a U.S.-China co-production.

The film which could have a budget in the region of $50 million is being produced by Das FilmsSriram Das and by experienced Greater China producer Steve Chicorel.

The pair are also in advanced preparations for another China-u.S. venture “Money Plane,” with David Hackl (“Saw V,” “Life on the Line”) to direct.

Ice Moon Rising” is set in space when a Chinese and American task force venture to Jupiter’s moon Europa to awaken an astronaut from a cryogenic stasis, some 24 years after he was attacked by alien creatures in Europa’s sub-glacial seas. Awake, he then has to be reunited with his wife and a daughter he has never met.

Das, who recently produced “November Man,” and India-set “Heartbeats, »

- Patrick Frater

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Composer James Newton Howard to Be Honored for Career Achievement by Bmi

12 April 2016 3:47 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Performing rights organization Broadcast Music Inc. is presenting its career achievement laurel, the Bmi Icon Award, to composer James Newton Howard at its 2016 Film & Television Awards, to be held May 11 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.

The remarkably prolific film and TV maestro, with almost 150 scoring credits to his name dating back to 1985, has been nominated for a total of eight Oscars in the original song and music categories, which include his work for “The Prince of Tides,” “My Best Friend’s Wedding” and “The Fugitive.”

His latest score is for “The Hunstman: Winter’s War,” which opens April 22, following his work on the blockbuster that spawned it, “Snow White and the Huntsman” (2012). He’s also scored the entire “The Hunger Games” franchise, and last year’s “Concussion.”

“He is truly one of the most revered film composers in the world because of his masterful chameleon-like skills,” said Doreen Ringer-Ross, »

- Steve Chagollan

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Composer James Newton Howard to Be Honored for Career Achievement by Bmi

12 April 2016 3:47 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Performing rights organization Broadcast Music Inc. is presenting its career achievement laurel, the Bmi Icon Award, to composer James Newton Howard at its 2016 Film & Television Awards, to be held May 11 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.

The remarkably prolific film and TV maestro, with almost 150 scoring credits to his name dating back to 1985, has been nominated for a total of eight Oscars in the original song and music categories, which include his work for “The Prince of Tides,” “My Best Friend’s Wedding” and “The Fugitive.”

His latest score is for “The Hunstman: Winter’s War,” which opens April 22, following his work on the blockbuster that spawned it, “Snow White and the Huntsman” (2012). He’s also scored the entire “The Hunger Games” franchise, and last year’s “Concussion.”

“He is truly one of the most revered film composers in the world because of his masterful chameleon-like skills,” said Doreen Ringer-Ross, »

- Steve Chagollan

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Blockbuster movies and the continued trouble with stakes

29 March 2016 12:42 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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When was the last time you went into the final act of a big blockbuster and didn't have any idea how things would turn out?

This article contains spoilers for:

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (major)

Super 8 (middling)

Back To The Future (mild)

Next week’s National Lottery numbers * (mild)

Toy Story 3 (mild)

Skyfall (mildish)

The Fugitive (middling)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (middling)

* Just seeing if anyone reads this bit

It’s an oft-quoted example, granted, but in the midst of Back To The Future’s time travel, and the rush to get the DeLorean up to 88mph and to put the world right, the motivation of the lead character was a simple one: to make sure his parents stayed together.

No matter what Doc Brown said, it wasn’t about the end of the world or a paradox bringing everything crashing down. »

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Oscar Flashback: Leonardo DiCaprio Started His Long Academy Awards Career in 1994

26 February 2016 5:30 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Leonardo DiCaprio is a favorite to win the Oscar for Best Actor at Sunday night's award ceremony for his turn in The Revenant, and while many people are referring to it at "Leo's year," it's hardly the first time he's been up for the highly coveted award. In fact, this marks DiCaprio's fifth nomination. So where did it all start? DiCaprio, 41, first burst into the awards-circuit scene in 1994 when he was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his portrayal as Arnie Grape in What's Eating Gilbert Grape. At just the age of 19, DiCaprio was the second youngest nominee of the year, »

- Jodi Guglielmi, @JodiGug3

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Oscars 2016: Who will win/should win according to Screen...

25 February 2016 5:09 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Will The Revenant sweep the boards? Screen’s staff run down their predictions for the 2016 Oscars…Best Picture

Finn Halligan, reviews editor and chief film critic

Will win: The Revenant.

Should win: The Revenant, probably, though The Big Short would also be a good winner. It felt somehow more fresh and relevant and sharp than Alejandro G. Inarritu’s man-vs-nature epic struggle. But The Revenant has a critical and business force behind it – domestic box office at $165m as opposed to The Big Short’s $67m, and the business does tend to vote for the business.

Jeremy Kay, Us editor

Will win: Spotlight. The race is too tight for The Revenant to scoop up everything, so this could be the upset. Spotlight has sputtered towards the finish line, but it has the right combination of smarts and righteousness so beloved by the Academy.

Should win: Spotlight.

Matt Mueller, editor

Will win: Post-BAFTAs, The Revenant has the »

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Top 10 Actors You Didn't Know Were in Big Movies

24 February 2016 7:40 PM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Not every big-name star kicked off their career with a splash and into instant fame. Just about everyone started somewhere and that's always an interesting place to find them. Here, we count down 10 notable big-name actors/actresses who starred in big-name films, but Before they were big-names themselves. You get all that? From Joe Manganiello in Spider-man to Julianne Moore in The Fugitive to... Read More »

- Paul Shirey

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Will His Fifth Nomination Be the Charm? A Brief History of Leonardo DiCaprio and the Oscars

14 January 2016 6:05 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Break out your lucky charms, find a shooting star to wish on and light the candles in front of your Titanic shrine - Leonardo DiCaprio has earned his fifth Academy Award nomination, for playing fur trapper Hugh Glass in The Revenant. DiCaprio will face off against Bryan Cranston, Matt Damon, Michael Fassbender and Eddie Redmayne for the Best Actor trophy, which would mark his very first Academy Award win. And after years of fans hoping, wishing, praying (and making jokes) - not to mention some pretty insane role preparation - it seems like 2016 may finally, finally be the year that DiCaprio takes home the trophy. »

- Julia Emmanuele, @julesemm

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Wes Craven’s The Serpent And The Rainbow Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Bonus Features Revealed

6 January 2016 9:57 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

For quite some time now, the folks at Scream Factory have been hard at work on a Collector's Edition Blu-ray of the late, great Wes Craven's The Serpent and the Rainbow. Today, they have rewarded fans' patience by revealing the release's official list of special features, and they are well worth the wait.

In addition to a fresh HD transfer taken from The Serpent and the Rainbow's original inter-positive, this Collector's Edition Blu-ray also includes a new commentary with lead actor Bill Pullman and a "making of" featurette with an impressive number of interviews. Scream Factory will release this special Blu-ray on February 23rd:

Press Release: Loyal fans of legendary director Wes Craven (Scream, The People Under the Stairs, A Nightmare on Elm Street) know well the terrifying story of one man's nightmarish journey into the eerie and deadly world of voodoo from the 1988 horror cult classic The Serpent And The Rainbow, »

- Derek Anderson

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Jason Wingreen, Original Voice of Boba Fett in ‘Star Wars,’ Dies at 95

5 January 2016 12:28 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jason Wingreen, who first provided the voice of “Star Wars” bounty hunter Boba Fett, in 1980’s “The Empire Strikes Back,” died on Dec. 25. He was 95.

Wingreen appeared in films including 1980’s “Airplane!” and was a busy character actor on TV, guesting on series such as “Twilight Zone” (three episodes, including 1960’s “A Stop at Willoughby,” in which he played the train conductor); “The Untouchables” (a Chicago police captain); multiple episodes of “The Fugitive,” “The FBI” and “Ironside”; “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”; the original “Star Trek” (Dr. Linke on the episode “The Empath”); “Seinfeld”; and “Matlock” (a judge). He played Harry the Bartender on “All in the Family” and “Archie Bunker’s Place” for a total of 117 episodes.

In “The Empire Strikes Back,” Boba Fett captured Harrison Ford’s Han Solo after Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams) betrays Solo. Wingreen had first auditioned for the part of Yoda, but ended up »

- Carmel Dagan

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6 Reasons Harrison Ford Should Get An Oscar Nod For Star Wars: The Force Awakens

4 January 2016 10:08 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Harrison Ford – actor, pilot, notorious grumpus – has never won an Oscar. Allow that to sink in for a moment, as you think back to the many less deserving peope that have taken a prize before he’s even come close (Cuba Gooding Jr, anyone?). Ford has been nominated before – once, for Best Actor for Witness – but has won absolute bupkis from the Academy Awards in all his years as a movie star.

There were no nominations for Indiana Jones or The Fugitive, nor for his less blockbustery, more dramatic turns, in The Mosquito Coast or Presumed Innocent. And not ever for playing Han Solo. Well, now is the Academy’s chance: Star Wars: The Force Awakens is out and has just made it in for Oscar eligibility, right at the tail-end of the year, while Ford is happily drawing praise for his fourth run at the bat as Solo.

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- Brogan Morris

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