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“Elvis & Nixon” captures the unlikely meeting two of the biggest cultural figures of their time — a rock ‘n’ roll legend and the President of the United States. On a December morning in 1970, Elvis Presley (Michael Shannon), the King himself, showed up at the front gate of The White House to request a meeting with President Richard Nixon (Kevin Spacey) to make him an undercover agent in the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. What follows is a delightful, revealing meeting between two powerful figures, forever immortalized in the single most requested photograph in the National Archives. Watch an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip below featuring Michael Shannon, Kevin Spacey, Johnny Knoxville, and more talk about bringing the story to life.
- Vikram Murthi
My guest for this month is Herb van der Poll, and he’s joined me to discuss the film he chose for me, the 1992 American-British satirical mockumentary film Bob Roberts. You can follow the show on Twitter @cinemagadfly.
The cast is seriously insane, with Tim Robbins, Giancarlo Esposito, Ray Wise, Gore Vidal, John Cusack, Peter Gallagher, Alan Rickman, and Susan Sarandon Oh and also James Spader, Helen Hunt, Jack Black, Jeremy Piven and his sister Shira, and Bob Balaban Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you already know we have an election happening The film shows some strong parallels to the presidency of George W. Bush Ray Wise, of course, was famously Laura Palmer’s dad on one of my all time favorite shows, Twin Peaks In this film, he and Alan Rickman play Dick Cheney and Karl Rove type figures Folk music is often in the service of liberal causes, »
- Arik Devens
“If this lot were seals or whales, you'd all be up in bloody arms. But they're not, are they? No, no they're not. They're just ordinary common-or-garden honest, decent human beings. And not one of them with an ounce of bloody hope left”. – Danny, Brassed Off
One of the things that I love about a certain subset of contemporary British comedies is their core of steel. That, hiding underneath some often very hefty belly laughs, there’s a political story, a foundation of social outrage, and a desire to address through cinema issues that often get swept under the carpet. It’s what keeps such films in my mind, long after the latest R-rated comedy screen filler has »
Directors’ trademarks is a series of articles that examines the “signatures” that filmmakers leave behind in their work. This month, we’re examining the trademark style and calling signs of Bryan Singer as director.
Bryan Singer studied film at the New York School of Visual Arts and USC School of Cinematic Arts. After graduating, one of his short films caught the eye of a production company who funded low budget films. He then wrote Public Access with childhood friend Christopher McQuarrie, which he then directed as his first feature film in 1993. Two years later, he had his breakthrough with The Usual Suspects, which caught the eyes of critics at the Cannes Film Festival before ultimately becoming profitable in theaters. Next, Singer adapted a Stephen King novel for the screen, directing Apt Pupil (1998). That film received mixed reviews and was not a financial success. Singer was then hired to direct X-Men »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
Cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel has been with Bryan Singer nearly since the beginning, going all the way back to the director’s break-out Oscar-winning hit “The Usual Suspects” in 1995. Their shared filmography boasts four “X-Men” films, including the upcoming “X-Men: Apocalypse,” which may well be Singer’s last foray helming the story of Marvel’s mutant superheroes. An aesthetic has developed throughout the franchise while maintaining a notable consistency, but for all involved, “Apocalypse” might have been the biggest bite taken out of what has become its own self-sustained cinematic universe. Sigel recently talked to Variety about that evolution and translating the world of the comic book to the screen in a pragmatic way.
You’ve worked with Bryan Singer on each of the four “X-Men” films he’s directed. What do you recall of the early days?
The first thing to remember is that there was not a lot of precedent or comparative stuff. »
- Kristopher Tapley
The merger sees Tea Shop’s Lane and Harris appointed as directors alongside Fyzz’s Wayne Marc Godfrey and Robert Jones. The two companies have collaborated on three pics in the last 18 months, including upcoming shark thriller “47 Meters Down,” which will be released by the Weinstein Company in North America and eOne in Blighty.
Under the new banner, the team will focus on developing existing and new IP and strive to produce three to five feature films and television productions a year with the support of “substantial financial backing.”
Since Godfrey (“The Usual Suspects”) launched The Fyzz Facility in 2010, the outfit has brought more than $85 million of investment into more than 100 feature pics including Jennifer Aniston starrer “Cake,” Martin Scorsese’s “Silence, »
- Diana Lodderhose
Exclusive: 47 Meters Down collaborators are merging to launch London-based The Fyzz Facility Pictures.
The two companies have worked together on three films in the last 18 months including upcoming thriller 47 Meters Down, which is due for release later this year through TWC in North America and eOne in the UK.
The new outfit will focus on developing existing and new IP and has a plan to produce three to five features and TV productions each year.
The Usual Suspects producer Jones launched The Fyzz Facility with producer Godfrey five years ago since when the outfit has helped finance a host of large-scale titles including [link=nm »
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With editors and cinematographers chiming in on the best examples of their craft in cinema history, it’s now time for directors to have a say. To celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Directors Guild of America, they’ve conducted a poll for their members when it comes to the 80 greatest directorial achievements in feature films since the organization’s founding in 1936. With 2,189 members participating, the top pick went to Francis Ford Coppola for The Godfather, one of three films from the director making the top 10.
Even with films from nonmembers being eligible, the male-dominated, America-centric choices are a bit shameful (Kathryn Bigelow is the only female director on the list, and the first foreign film doesn’t show up until number 26), but not necessarily surprising when one looks at the make-up of its membership. As with any list, there’s bound to be disagreements (Birdman besting The Bicycle Thief, »
- Jordan Raup
Sundance Institute and Picturehouse have announced the programme for the Sundance Film Festival: London 2016, which includes eleven UK feature film premieres direct from this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, along with a programme of 15 shorts, including a strand dedicated to UK shorts. Check out the full details below…
Feature Film Programme
Author: The Jt LeRoy Story (Director / screenwriter: Jeff Feuerzeig) .The definitive look inside the mysterious case of 16-year-old literary sensation Jt LeRoy . a creature so perfect for his time that if he didn.t exist, someone would have had to invent him. Perhaps someone did? The strangest story about story ever told.
The Greasy Strangler (Director: Jim Hosking) – When Big Ronnie and his son Brayden meet lone female tourist Janet on Big Ronnie.s Disco Walking Tour.the best and only disco walking tour in the city.a fight for Janet.s heart erupts between father and son, »
- Gary Collinson
He’s walked Washington D.C.’s corridors of power, pushed Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman to their wits’ end in Seven, and convinced the entire world he didn’t exist in The Usual Suspects. But for his latest role, Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey is stepping into the shoes (paws?) of a character like nothing he’s ever done before – the wonderfully grumpy Mr. Fuzzypants.
For in Nine Lives, Barry Sonnenfeld’s (Men in Black) heartfelt feline comedy, Spacey will be playing well-to-do businessman Tom Brand, whose success is matched only by his insatiable desire to climb the ladder even further. Career-driven down to his very core, Brand finds himself caught between work and family life, though one chance meeting with a mystical pet store and its eccentric owner, Felix Perkins (Christopher Walken) changes all that.
Upon waking up from a terrible accident, Spacey inexplicably finds himself trapped in the body of a cat. »
- Michael Briers
With a little over two weeks to go before it premieres on Netflix, a new trailer has arrived online for the upcoming comedy Special Correspondents. Based on the 2009 French film of the same name, it is written and directed by Ricky Gervais who also stars alongside Eric Bana; take a look below…
Special Correspondents, a new Netflix original feature film was written and directed by Ricky Gervais and stars Eric Bana (Deliver Us From Evil, Lone Survivor) and Gervais (Muppets Most Wanted, Derek). The film is about a struggling New York based radio journalist whose arrogance and decadent lifestyle has hindered his career. With his job on the line, he fakes front line war reports from the comfort of his hideout above a Spanish restaurant in Queens.
- Amie Cranswick
The first official trailer for Special Correspondents, an upcoming Netflix original comedy written and directed by Ricky Gervais, has been released. Gervais also stars in the film as a struggling radio journalist, who fakes “frontline war reports from a NYC hideout” alongside Eric Bana’s hapless technician. Watch the hilarious trailer below…
While Gervais is a well-known and highly respected comedian/comedic actor, Bana, too, is no stranger to making people laugh, despite landing dramatic work more often. At the start of his career, the actor appeared on an Australian sketch comedy show entitled Full Frontal, which essentially launched his career; additionally, he had a small role in 2009’s Funny People and stole nearly every scene he was in.
Later this year, Gervais’s The Office spinoff film, David Brent: Life on the Road, will be released as well. Check out new posters from the film here.
- Justin Cook
Well, this looks like fun! Netflix are certainly starting to fire on all cylinders when it comes to their movies these days, and their latest offering Special Correspondents is certainly one to keep an eye out for. Gervais and Bana seem like a decent match here with good chemistry to boot. Check out the first trailer below. Released: April 29th Synopsis: Special Correspondents, a new Netflix original feature film was written and directed by Ricky Gervais and stars Eric Bana (Deliver Us From Evil, Lone Survivor) and Gervais (Muppets Most Wanted, Derek). The film is about a struggling New York based radio journalist whose arrogance and decadent lifestyle has hindered his career. With his job on the line, he fakes front line war reports from the comfort of his hideout above a Spanish restaurant in Queens. The film also stars Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel, Up in the Air), Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
Catalina Aguilar Mastretta, whose Fipresci-winning feature debut “Las Horas Contigo” had its world premiere in Guadalajara two years ago, is poised to start shooting her sophomore pic, “Everybody Loves Somebody,” starting March 14. Francisco Gonzalez Compean of Draco Films, Jose Nacif and Ramiro Ruiz co-produce the romantic comedy. Karla Souza (“Nosotros los Nobles,” “How to Get Away With Murder”) and José María Yazpik (“I’m So Excited”) lead the cast.
“This is a larger, more commercial film compared to her first film, although the budget isn’t too big, $2.5 million,” said Compean. Shooting will take place for some seven weeks in Baja California and Mexico City.
The bilingual rom-com revolves around a Mexican-American gynecologist residing in L.A. whose ex-boyfriend re-enters her life. A visit to her nosy but charming family in Baja California forces her to rethink her life and open up to new romantic possibilities.
Meanwhile, Draco Films’ upcoming »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
Gary McCurry on the Sundance movies that have enjoyed success at the Oscars…
Since 1984, the Sundance Film Festival as we know it today has been shining a light on independent movies. Held annually in Park City, Utah, Sundance has become the largest independent film festival in the United States. Many notable directors have came through the ranks, including Quentin Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs), Paul Thomas Anderson (Cigarettes & Coffee/Hard Eight), Kevin Smith (Clerks) and Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild).
With that history lesson over, I’m looking to recap upon the movies that have gone through Sundance on the road to the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
Some housekeeping before we begin. This isn’t a complete list of every movie to have won the sword wielding knight, more a few notes on the film festivals success throughout the years. Talking of years, you’ll find them in order »
- Gary McCurry
Plenty of people accuse the Oscars of rewarding "bait-y," melodramatic schlock too often. Maybe you consider Forrest Gump slightly manipulative or Driving Miss Daisy a tad too quaint. Well, in these ten instances, Oscars went to some of the scariest performances on the silver screen and we'll never forget them no matter how hard we try. Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight Apparently the scariest thing a guy can do is make a pencil disappear. Faye Dunaway, Network Here's Faye Dunaway predicting how TV will go for the next 50 years. Be thankful for Diana Christensen's ratings-driven fury, Glenn Beck. Javier Bardem, No Country for Old Men Anton Chigurh might be the coldest killer ever to grace the silver screen. Luckily Javier Bardem played him with enough dead-eyed grit to make him one of the most unsettling sights in 21st century cinema. Louise Fletcher, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Nurse Ratched »
- Louis Virtel
Cherry Falls, starring the late Brittany Murphy, is getting the Blu-ray treatment courtesy of Scream Factory on March 29th! Also: a trailer for Darling, The Eyes of My Mother acquisition news, Nitehawk Cinema's programming schedule for March, Baskin release details, and Everlasting at the Nevermore Film Festival.
Cherry Falls: Press Release: "Lose your innocence…or lose your life. On March 29th, 2016, Scream Factory presents teen thriller Cherry Falls in its Blu-ray debut packed with new extras including audio commentary with Geoffrey Wright and interviews with writer/co-executive producer Ken Selden and producer Marshall Persinger.
A serial killer is stalking the peaceful town of Cherry Falls. At first, it seems that he is just targeting teenagers, but after the third killing, it becomes clear that all the victims have been virgins. When the town's students hear about this, they realize that there is only one way to protect themselves and »
- Tamika Jones
Superhero movies are all the rage these days, with endless sequels, spinoffs and team-ups hitting the screen seemingly every month. An argument can be made that the comic-book movie craze can be traced back to 2000 when director Bryan Singer’s X-Men became a box-office smash, raking in just under $300 million worldwide.
There were huge, blockbuster comic book movies before that, but it became apparent with the success of X-Men that superheroes could be profitable for studios. Since then, there have been six more entries in the X-Men universe, all being met with varying box office and critical reception.
With Deadpool now in theaters, we thought it would be the perfect time to look back at the X-Men universe. Here are all seven films based on Marvel’s mutants ranked:
7. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
Some might (luckily) forget, but this is actually the first time the movie going audience was introduced to the character of Deadpool. »
- Scott Davis
Fresh from his role as the villainous Kilgrave in Marvel’s Jessica Jones, David Tennant is now in production on Mad to Be Normal, a biopic of world-renowned Scottish psychiatrist R. D. Laing, which sees him starring alongside Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), Michael Gambon (Gosford Park) and Gabriel Byrne (The Usual Suspects).
“I have long been fascinated by the life and work of R. D. Laing,” Tennant tells Screen International. “This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and discover this important man and I am honoured and thrilled to be involved in telling this story. Robert Mullan’s passion for the subject is inspiring and the presence of the brilliant Elisabeth Moss makes this something I cannot wait to start work on.”
- Gary Collinson
Highland Film Group is launching international sales for the thriller “Final Score,” with filming set for West Ham United’s iconic Upton Park Stadium in London.
“Final Score,” written by the Lynch Brothers, takes place at a major sporting event, during which the stadium is seized by a group of heavily armed criminals demanding ransom. An ex-soldier must use his military skills to save the capacity crowd of 35,000 — including the daughter of his fallen comrade.
“Imagine ‘Die Hard’ in a soccer stadium,” said producer Marc Goldberg of Signature.
Goldberg will produce with the Fyzz Facility’s Wayne Marc Godfrey (“The Foreigner”) and Robert Jones (“The Usual Suspects”). Scott Mann, whose credits include “Heist” and “Bone Tomahawk,” will direct.
Casting is currently underway for a summer/fall start date. »
- Dave McNary
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