We've all been there - waiting impatiently at the ticket office queue, glancing up anxiously at the clock and hoping that the trailers are playing for even longer than usual, because otherwise you've got no chance of making it for the start of the film.
In most cases you can piece together what you missed in the first few minutes; but sometimes it's essential to catch the film from the very start, whether for crucial plot details, later call-backs, or simply because it's the best part.
Here's our pick of 11 films you can't afford to miss the start of.
It takes a hardened soul not to well up watching Carl Fredricksen lose his beloved wife Ellie to a sudden illness in the opening montage of Up.
Not only is it probably the best sequence in the film, but it makes the crotchety Carl immediately sympathetic by showing his softer »
My first trip to Pixar’s Emeryville campus was 13 years ago. That alone was enough to give me pause when I was invited to the “Inside Out” press day. I’ve done it. I’ve taken the tour. I’ve seen the campus. I’ve met the artists and I’ve seen their amazing work spaces and I’ve had a chance to walk through pretty much every department. I remember standing outside the server room my first time up, looking in at the brain of this remarkable company, amazed at how those racks of black technology represented this collision of all this amazing human artistry. My other hesitation, honestly, was because we were told that we’d be seeing “part” of the movie. I’ve grown wary over the years of seeing movies in chunks because you can’t really react in any meaningful way since you’re not seeing something that’s complete. »
- Drew McWeeny
From "Pulp Fiction" to "Django Unchained", is there anything Quentin Tarantino can't do? The writer-director has been putting his unique stamp on filmmaking for over 20 years, effortlessly moving between genres to deliver such fan-favorites as the "Kill Bill" films and "Reservoir Dogs". In honor of one of Hollywood's most unique and popular talents, here are all 8 of his films -- ranked from worst to best. »
- Phil Pirrello
Craig Drake‘s work can stop you in your tracks. Drake uses what feels like a bare minimum of elements to perfectly represent his subject in a striking and distinctive way. You might call it “minimalist,” but that would be a discredit to the energy contained in each piece. In 2014, Drake had a very-well received solo show at the Hero […]
- Germain Lussier
[Editor's Note: Indiewire has partnered with the El Rey Network in support of the iTunes release of their original show Director’s Chair. Top directors tackle insightful questions only other directors would think to ask. Find out more here.] Read More: The 5 Best Films of Guillermo del Toro The uncontestedly audacious Quentin Tarantino is riding as high as ever after his most recent film, "Django Unchained," opened big with audiences and critics alike and eventually earned him his second Academy Award (for Best Original Screenplay). Growing up an obsessive film fan, the acclaimed director has channeled his passion into his art, creating a voice, a style and a personality that's second-to-none among contemporary moviemakers. His operatic, chaotic playfulness with neo-noir and spaghetti western classics suggests a new kind of discipline, one that has wowed the film community since his early days. His structural marvel "Pulp Fiction" won the Palme »
- David Canfield
Willis plays a Venice Beach private investigator who goes up against gang leaders, Samoan brothers and a loan shark after his dog is stolen.
Voltage, CAA and Wme represent Us rights to the film.
“Once I sat in a room with Mark and Robb and heard their vision, I was convinced they would deliver a killer fun fast-paced, cool, action comedy,” said Chartier. “This is the perfect film for Bruce, going back to his great roles in The Whole 9 Yards and Pulp Fiction.”
Chartier brokered the deal on behalf of Voltage with CAA and Julian Zajfren of Ziffren Law on behalf of Willis and Mark Ankner of Wme »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The Angelus Student Film Festival, an annual affair that took place at the Directors Guild in West Hollywood, has assumed a new identity as the Windrider International Student Film Festival. The live-action and documentary short showcase awards three prizes worth $10,000 each for works that are 45 minutes or less.
Under its new moniker, named after primary sponsor The Windrider Institute, Wisff will debut at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, where Windrider has held film forums since 2005.
Windrider might be considered a film-driven think tank “designed to facilitate thoughtful conversation, awaken compassion, and inspire change” that has been associated with Angelus for several years.
“They would sponsor our trips to Sundance,” says Monika Moreno-Lapp, director of Wiff, about a curriculum that would grant students credit for using Sundance as a laboratory. “They would bring film students over there and call it a conversation crossroads between film and faith. (The students) would study the films, »
- Steve Chagollan
Read More: Image Entertainment Acquires Indie Horror 'Some Kind of Hate' Image Entertainment has acquired the North American distribution rights to Jackie Early Haley's new film "Criminal Activities." The deal was announced by parent company Rlj's CEO of Image Brands, Mark Ward, who called the film, "A smart, witty extremely commercial thriller with elements of 'Boiler Room' and 'Reservoir Dogs' and an ending you don't see coming." From the official synopsis: "'Criminal Activities' tells the story of four young men who, while acting on an inside tip, invest in a 'sure thing' only to discover the deal going south which putting them in trouble with the mob." Oscar nominee Jackie Earle Haley ("Little Children," "Watchmen") directs and stars in the film, which was written by Robert Lowell. John Travolta ("Pulp Fiction"), Dan Stevens ("Downton Abbey"), Michael Pitt ("Boardwalk Empire"), Christopher »
- Becca Nadler
Oscar nominee Uma Thurman (Nymphomaniac: Vol. I, Kill Bill: Vol 1-2, Pulp Fiction) and Emmy and Tony Award winning actress Kristin Chenoweth (ABC’s “Pushing Daisies,” Fox’s “Glee”) are set to star in the comedy The Brits Are Coming, it was announced today by producers Cassian Elwes (Dallas Buyers Club, Lee Daniels’ The Butler), Jc Chandor (A Most Violent Year, All Is Lost), Robert Ogden Barnum (Margin Call, Lawless), and Will Clevinger (upcoming Life At These Speeds, Maternal Bonds).
In this broad comedy, an eccentric British con-artist couple, Harriet (Thurman) and Peter Fox, flee to Los Angeles to get away from paying a large debt to a notorious gangster after a failed poker game. With the gangster hot on their trail, the pair scheme to win back the money by executing a jewel theft operation involving Peter’s ex-wife and her new husband, Gabriel. Chenoweth will play Gabriel’s pill-popping assistant, »
- Michelle McCue
It's now six years since Quentin Tarantino had a film in competition at Cannes — "Inglourious Basterds" was here back in 2009, and it marked the filmmaker's first time with a movie at the festival since "Pulp Fiction" back in 1994. But he's often had some kind of presence at the festival: only last year he was around for an anniversary screening of "Pulp Fiction," three years ago, Harvey Weinstein debuted the first footage from "Django Unchained," and before that the filmmaker was in Competition with "Death Proof." Tarantino has wrapped on his latest, "The Hateful Eight," but the Western's likely Oscar-season release date means that Cannes was never likely to be where it bowed. But unsurprisingly, Harvey Weinstein used his annual presentation event on the Croisette to debut the first footage of one of the more anticipated movies of 2015. Read More: Watch: Quentin Tarantino & Robert Rodriguez Watch 'Clerks 2' & Give. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
When she’s not providing inspiration to aging boy bands everywhere, Uma Thurman is actually still making movies in Hollywood, and today brings word that the Pulp Fiction actress has signed on to topline a very promising comedy project called The Brits Are Coming.
James Oakley (The Devil You Know) will direct from a script he co-wrote with Alex Michaelides. Intriguingly, the lineup of producers includes Cassian Elwes, A Most Violent Year helmer J.C. Chandor (a mentor to Oakley), Robert Ogden Barnum and Will Clevinger, giving The Brits Are Coming a distinct air of importance behind the scenes. Adding to anticipation for the pic is news that Kristen Chenoweth, currently appearing in a Tony-nominated role on Broadway in On the Twentieth Century, has joined the supporting cast.
The story centers on a pair of nutty Brits, Harriet Fox (Thurman) and her husband Peter, who travel to L.A. in order »
- Isaac Feldberg
Samuel L. Jackson, the towering screen presence in Pulp Fiction, and most recently an utterly insane villain in Kingsman, will star in Simon West’s upcoming remake of The Blob. Screen Daily reports Jackson will ‘play a biochemistry professor attempting to thwart the other-worldly predator discovered deep within the earth.’ The film of course follows an alien lifeform terrorizing…
The post Samuel L. Jackon to Star in The Blob Redo appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
Exclusive: Pulp Fiction star boards in-demand thriller remake.
The sci-fi thriller follows the mayhem caused by an alien life form that threatens a small town.
Jackson will play a biochemistry professor attempting to thwart the other-worldly predator discovered deep within the earth.
Goldcrest, which is shopping the film in Cannes, has reportedly seen strong demand for the film in key territories.
Director West said: “I have been waiting to work with Samuel L. Jackson my whole career. He is »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
The actor and drum’n’bass pioneer joined us to answer your questions in a live webchat – and covered everything from the need for parkour lessons to being the ‘Dorian Gray of breakbeat’
Thanks for all your questions and to Goldie for his time and answers. Until the next one!
Really appreciate the fact we're here after all this time. Yes, people get too deep with questions - I'm just a kid from the Midlands having a fucking laugh. I'm just blessed guys. I'll try very much not to give Derrick May the finger again.
I have a postcode on my window, it states: I have learned so much from my mistakes in life, I'd like to make a few more.
There are some differing and often strong opinions on the emergence of ‘dubstep’, ‘dark step’ and everything in between - through the drum »
- Guardian Staff
With advances in digital technology, the buying, selling, financing and marketing of Cannes films has never been faster or easier — but also, in many ways, never more complicated. And this year’s attendees seem most excited about new digital access to information, analytics, dealmaking tools and online screening technology.
In the Cannes Market’s just-relaunched Cinando app, buyers have info on more than 30,000 films and 40,000 execs on their iPhones and Androids, even offline. “Lists of people you want to meet, films you want to see, companies you’re meeting with and notes on them synchronize with your account when you connect to wi-fi,” says Cinando and Market exec director Jerome Paillard.
Improvements in secure screening links are also changing the way attendees do business.
“If you’re screening a movie in competition, trying to sell France and the buyer needs his CEO in Paris to see it, but you also »
- Gregg Goldstein
May releases from Diamond Select Toys include Ghostbusters, Predator, and a zombified Jay and Silent Bob. Also in our latest round-up: 20 Seconds to Live, a Captain America vs. Iron Man infographic, and new Dark Star: H.R. Giger's World stills.
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- Derek Anderson
Tom Hardy has dropped some hints with the guys over at Collider that he has a secret DC project under development with Warner Bros. From the scale he's talking about it sounds like a big-budget marquee project, but apart from that we know little else. "I actually got something cooking with Warner Bros which is also a comic book it's a DC thing which is kind of...it's really good actually, it contains elements of all kinds of stuff. From Ocean's Eleven to Batman, you can get all the wrappers out and it would be a big, really cool, technicolor, Pulp Fiction...it's a psychological fuckfest, it's absolutely awesome." Hardy went on to say that it has a Transmetropolitan vibe but is more grounded in reality, and compared it to Michael Mann's Heat. Hardy then went on to discuss the potential for layering the story across multiple platforms, saying »
- email@example.com (Dave Higgins)
Having braved a fearsome post-apocalyptic landscape for Mad Max: Fury Road, you couldn’t blame Tom Hardy for wanting to lighten the mood. He’s been in mischievous mode for a recent interview, revealing his involvement in a certain something from the world of Detective Comics.
If you’re looking for more detail, well you’re not going to get it. However Hardy has done a great job of ramping up expectation as you’ll see from the quote below:
(It) contains elements of all kinds of stuff. From Ocean’s Eleven, to Batman, you can get all the wrappers out and it would be a big, really cool, Technicolor, Pulp Fiction… It’s a psychological f—fest… as if you would take Transmetropolitan (the cyberpunk range by Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson) and make it happen, but it’s not that out there it’s something which is much more real world. »
- Steve Palace
Tom Hardy has a slightly mixed history with DC Comics-based movies already. He took on the role of Bane in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises of course, but then, earlier this year, a scheduling conflict led to him dropping out of David Ayer's Suicide Squad film.
Suicide Squad is due for release in August 2016, with Joel Kinnaman taking on the role that Hardy was earmarked for. Yet it seems that there's another DC property that the actor is working on, for DC and Warner Bros.
In his words, "I actually got something cooking with Warner Bros, which is also a comic book, it's a DC thing".
Details? Not too many, but Hardy - who was chatting to Collider - did drop a few hints.
"It’s really good actually, »
Tom Hardy has hinted that he could team up with Warner Bros and DC again for another film.
The actor - who played Bane in The Dark Knight Rises - teased a mystery project with a string of comparisons that we can't even begin to get our heads around.
"It's really good actually, it contains elements of all kinds of stuff," he told Collider.
"It's as if you would take Transmetropolitan and make it happen, but it's not that out there - it's something which is much more 'real world'. It could be like Heat, it could be f**king awesome. Let me tell you what it is, try and guess."
Any idea? Us neither.
Hardy recently said that »
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