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When you think of Brad Pitt, you probably think giant movie star, global activist, Mr. Angelina Jolie, or something along those lines. One thing that probably doesn't spring to mind is science fiction. Sure, he shows up in the likes of 12 Monkeys and World War Z on occasion, but that sort of genre fare is not his usual wheelhouse. But he's working on a sci-fi film, and not only does it sound totally nuts, it also sounds damn awesome. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Pitt and his Plan B Entertainment production company have teamed up with Warner Bros. to produce an adaptation of Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff's young adult sci-fi novel Illuminae. Before you start to imagine yet another Hunger Games knock off full of angst-ridden teens, love triangles, and some sort of oppressive governmental regime, this is something very, very different in most ways. The »
Over the past half-century, Terry Gilliam has lived several lifetimes — first as the mastermind behind the surrealistically satirical animations on Monty Python's Flying Circus and then as a filmmaker with an unparalleled, singular imagination. His oeuvre contains everything from literary flights of fancy (Jabberwocky) and kid-friendly fantasies (Time Bandits) to dystopian epics (Brazil and Twelve Monkeys), kaleidoscopic romps (The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) and the occasional slightly warped drama (The Fisher King, Tideland).
Now 74, Gilliam looks back on his life achievements, as well as »
The SAG Awards are one of the great indicators of who may be looking at walking the stage at the Oscars to receive a statuette. In particular, SAG’s ensemble award has often been presented to casts that have later gone on to receive nominations, and wins, from the Academy.
This year there are a number of films with star-studded casts who look to make the SAG voters task difficult. Possible best picture contenders Spotlight, The Big Short, Joy, and The Martian all boast stellar casts featuring Oscar winners.
Spotlight, which many theorists have as their best picture frontrunner at the moment, was just awarded the best ensemble prize at the Gotham Awards. The film features Oscar nominees Mark Ruffalo, Stanley Tucci, and last year’s best actor nominee Michael Keaton. Keaton’s close loss to Eddie Redmayne last year may prompt the Academy to »
- Patrick Shanley
The end of days is nigh in the new trailer for Fire City: End of Days, directed by Tom Woodruff Jr. Also: new programming announcements from the 2015 Mile High Horror Film Festival, release details for Aquarius Season 1 and zombie web comic When It's Over.
Fire City: End of Days: Press Release: "Burbank, CA - Academy Award Winning Creature and Character Effects Designer Tom Woodruff Jr. makes his highly-anticipated directorial debut with Fire City: End of Days, hitting DVD and Digital October 6 from Uncork’d Entertainment.
Set in a world where demons live among us, this exhilarating vitrine of effects and action sees a hard-boiled demon named Vine confronted with the ultimate choice between the salvation of his own kind and the life of an innocent human girl. Tobias Jelinek (Hocus Pocus), Danielle Chuchran (Saga: Curse of the Shadow), Glee’s Harry Shum Jr, and Kristin Minter (TVs E.R) star. »
- Tamika Jones
Timbuktu A nominee for Best Foreign Language Oscar last year, Timbuktu is something of an overlooked gem. I'm struggling as to whether I call it a 2014 or 2015 release, but no matter what year you consider it, it's fantastic. Here's the opening paragraph from my review: With Timbuktu, director and co-writer Abderrahmane Sissako has created a film to test our understanding of what words such as "terrorist", "jihadist" and "Islamic extremists" mean as much as what they don't mean, offering a glimpse into a world I could never say I understand or even comprehend. Sissako's level of empathy for his characters is what gives the film its weight, opening your eyes as you just might find your morals tested in ways you couldn't have expected.
- Brad Brevet
All week our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. When I picked this year, it was under the mistaken assumption that we were writing on the best film of a year, and not the best film year in general. But having realized the mistake, I stand by my choice. 1995 is still the best! Straight up: 1995 wins, because Todd Haynes’s “[Safe]" is still my favorite film to have come out since, Idk, I’ve been alive. It’s deeply self-conscious about genre, while still managing to not really resemble anything I’ve ever seen. It’s the perfect film about L.A.; about how space is mobilized in cinema; about the environment; about Gothic horror; about white femininity; about film bodies; about falling in love in the movies. It’s Todd Motherf*#@$^ Haynes’s best film. »
- Jane Hu
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others? History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies? So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »
- Richard Rushfield
Over the course of film history, we've seen plenty of long-time actors step behind the camera to take up their directorial ambitions. Clint Eastwood did it. Mel Gibson did it. George Clooney did it. What do these three have in commonc Well, for starters, they are all men, so there's that. Further, they are all white, but more on that later. More to the point of the article, these men all eased into their directorial careers by starring in their respective debuts, using their presence on screen to help market their talents off it. And with his feature directorial effort The Water Diviner, which hits limited theaters this week, Russell Crowe is just the most recent addition to a growing list of actors who have decided to try their hand behind the camera. Like Eastwood, Gibson, and Clooney before him, the Best Actor winner stars in his first feature as director, »
- Jordan Benesh
It's a new Earth Day tradition: every year, Disneynature celebrates our little blue marble by introducing us to some of its most fascinating creatures. After spending some time with African big cats, chimps and bears, this year we meet the macaques of Monkey Kingdom.
Narrated by Tina Fey, the documentary follows monkey mom Maya and her newborn son Kip, living the wild life with their extended family in the ancient ruins hidden deep in the Sri Lankan jungle. As we travel with the troupe and get to know their simian society, we are reminded of all our fave primates on the big screen : Ed, Mvp, Dunston, Mighty Joe Young, Amy the talking gorilla in Congo...
Here is our personal army of 12 movie monkeys!
After the ape-ocalypse, our last chance for peace might be to go back to the dawn of Man. With so many sequels, »
- Martin Gignac
Following a ruling last month that the Television Academy would only consider half hour shows eligible for the comedy category at the Emmys, a panel of nine analysts have now begun handing down the rulings for exemptions in the selection process. The panel, which was set up to determine the category assignment of hour-long shows that appealed their placement in drama, has now ruled, as per Variety, that the Fox show Glee, the Showtime series Shameless, and the CW series Jane The Virgin can compete as comedies at the upcoming primetime Emmys. The decision will apply to all categories, from Acting to Directing, and so on.
One show that notably wasn’t granted a waiver, however, is the Netflix serial Orange Is The New Black. The series, which revolves around the inhabitants of a women’s prison, was categorised as a comedy at last year’s Primetime Emmys, where it picked up three wins. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
We continue March Madness with a look into the asylum of Twelve Monkeys.
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- Brian Salisbury
The 1975 political thriller Three Days of the Condor is in the midst of getting a small screen remake.
As per The Hollywood Reporter, Skydance Productions, which is owned by David Ellison, is currently shopping around a TV series remake of the Sydney Pollack classic, written by Jason Smilovic and Todd Katzberg. Smilovic is no stranger to television thrillers, having been the creator of two short-lived series in the genre, Kidnapped and My Own Worst Enemy. This show will mark Katzberg’s first foray into writing.
Ellison is no stranger to remakes either. The brother of Annapurna Pictures’ Megan Ellison, David’s Skydance Productions has been involved in numerous big budget remakes over the years, from Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol and Star Trek Into Darkness, to the forthcoming Terminator: Genisys. Last summer also saw the production company dip its toes into television with the Wgn nuclear bomb-building period piece Manhattan, with »
- Deepayan Sengupta
It’s not all grumble and moan round here when TV networks decline to pick up pilots. Sometimes, we’re even grateful.
Hindsight teaches that every so often, passing on a particular show is the best thing a channel could have done. Not ordering one pilot to series spurs its creators on to start another, and frees up its cast to join new projects.
Had the failures below all thrived, there’s a chance we could now be living in a world with no Breaking Bad, Hannibal, or even South Park. Had these pilots gone on to enjoy healthy, lengthy lives, then Jack Bauer, Oberyn Martell, Chandler Bing and more might all be unrecognisable today.
Here then, are the TV pilots we’re grateful weren’t taken to series because their »
Not only that, but the lucky winners will also receive a goody bag each, containing a Sherman Tank manual, an official Fury T-shirt and a hip flask!
David Ayer (End Of Watch) directs an all-star ensemble cast led by two-time Academy Award® nominee Brad Pitt (Best Supporting Actor, Twelve Monkeys, 1995; Best Actor, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, 2008) in the gritty war story Fury.
Set in the closing days of WWII, Pitt leads the battle-hardened crew of a U.S. Sherman tank on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Fury also stars Shia Labeouf (Transformers), Logan Lerman (3:10 to Yuma), Michael Peña (End of Watch) and Jon Bernthal (The Wolf of Wall Street).
For your chance to win a Fury goody bag, »
- Sam Driver
Directors: The Spierig Brothers
Running Time: 95 minutes.
Synopsis: The life of a time-travelling Temporal Agent (Hawke). On his final assignment, he must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time.
For every good time travel film Primer. Looper, The Terminator, there is an equally bad one A Sound Of Thunder, Timecop, Black Knight. The latest addition for the science fiction sub-genre is Predestination, a film which on paper sounds a lot like Timecop, but in reality is a little more Twelve Monkeys. This film is a rather different kettle of fish to anything that has gone before; this isn’t your average time-travel movie.
Predestination is rather a quirky science fiction film that is selling itself as an action driven time-travel outing. Unfortunately for those intrigued by this promise, there are only a precious few minor action scenes. Viewers expecting »
- Kat Smith
A little over 19 years ago, Terry Gilliam’s mind-bending sci-fi film, 12 Monkeys, hit theaters with a unique time-traveling premise and a standout performance by Brad Pitt. Those who enjoyed spending time in that post apocalyptic world can now return to it in Syfy’s 12 Monkeys TV series. Based on the iconic movie of the same name, 12 Monkeys further explores the ideas and scenarios of its source material, and for our latest Q&A, we caught up with the series’ showrunner, Terry Matalas, to talk about time travel on the small screen.
Were you initially worried about adapting such a beloved sci-fi movie? What convinced you to take this project on?
Terry Matalas: We initially said “no, let’s not do it. The movie is perfect.” But after going away for a moment and talking about what a multiple season “12 Monkeys” might be like — opening up the world, changing the tone, »
- Christopher Sloma
20. Dead Man Walking
Directed by: Tim Robbins
Susan Sarandon earned herself an Oscar for her work in “Dead Man Walking,” a film directed by her then husband, Tim Robbins. She plays Sister Prejean, a nun who befriends a death row inmate named Matthew (Oscar nominated Sean Penn) as they confide in one another and build a convincing relationship as the days and hours tick down until his execution. Robbins intercuts the scenes with Sarandon and Penn with moments of the actual crime taking place, creating a storytelling rift that both supports and contradicts moments within the film, creating two very carefully drawn and developed characters. In addition to visiting him regularly, Prejean begins the crusade to find him a lawyer to make an appeal, doing all she can to delay his sentence being carried out. But, as she meets the families of the victims, she finds herself torn between right »
- Joshua Gaul
Remember when Bruce Willis used to make interesting, original movies, like Pulp Fiction, Twelve Monkeys and The Fifth Element? An air of excitement would surround each announcement detailing which project the actor would get involved with next. It’s been some time since that excitement has been felt, however, because Willis has essentially been making the same movie, repeatedly, for years. The next product from that assembly line will be Extraction, directed by Steven C. Miller (Silent Night).
The plot focuses on a father and son duo of – wait for it – CIA agents, with Willis as the seasoned elder operative who is traumatized by the – you guessed it – murder of his wife. His less-experienced CIA operative son is working with him on the manufacture of a super-weapon known as the Condor, but is thrust into the driving seat when his father, Willis, is kidnapped by terrorists. As he realizes that »
- Sarah Myles
SyFy's efforts to get back into narrative programming just got a big boost from, 12 Monkeys, the episodic adaptation of a French short film and an American cult feature film. Like it's predecessors 12 Monkeys is about a time traveler from the future who is sent back to stop a deadly plague from bringing Humankind to the verge of extinction. What the show is able to do is expand this 12 Monkeys universe even more. Just as Gilliam expanded Chris Marker's short film La Jetée into his feature length film, Twelve Monkeys, the show, now has 12 episodes to expand as much as they want to. This time travel story has gone from 30 minutes, to 129 and on to a whopping 529 in just this first...
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A new year of films may beckon, but there are lots of movies from 2014 you may have missed. Here's a list of 2014's most underappreciated...
There was no shortage of magnificent films in 2014 of every kind, from the expensive and explosive to the low-key and experimental. But it's a sad fact of life that not all movies do as well as they should, either because of poor distribution or simply because they'd been released at the same time as something much bigger and more star-laden.
While the list below is by no means an exhaustive one - there are plenty of great films from 2014 that we're still getting around to seeing - it's our attempt to highlight a few fine pieces of work that didn't get quite as much love as they deserved.
So without further ado - and in no particular order - we'll start with a stunning »
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