7 items from 2015
Most A-list movie stars employ a driver, but Matthew McConaughey prefers to be in the front seat. “I love to drive myself,” he says. McConaughey is on his way to work on a freeway in Louisiana, where he’s shooting the Civil War film “The Free State of Jones” and chatting with a reporter on his cell phone. (“I’m breaking the law,” he jokes, before adding, “I have a hands-free headset.”) Production wraps in three weeks, but McConaughey is taking the weekend off to jet to the Cannes Film Festival for the Saturday premiere of “Sea of Trees.”
The drama, directed by Gus Van Sant, teams McConaughey with Ken Watanabe and Naomi Watts. The screenplay focuses on a man (McConaughey) who journeys into Japan’s Suicide Forest to end his life, only to encounter surprises along the way. “Sea of Trees” was shot in Massachusetts and Japan on a $25 million budget, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
One long week separates the world from the cataclysmic glory of “Mad Max: Fury Road.” In light of the film coming thirty years after “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome” —not to mention an entire generation of filmgoers born in between— Warner Bros. is wheeling out George Miller like he's going out of style. Though it’s nearly become a cliché to note that the same man responsible for Lord Humungus and Master Blaster is also behind four movies concerned with talking animals, a new interview with Collider has reminded that the Australian director’s filmography could have been even more eclectic. Since before the novel was published in 1985, Carl Sagan’s “Contact” was destined to end up on the big screen when one of his closest friends, producer Lynda Obst, became a studio exec and pitched the movie to the production company she worked for, Peter Guber’s Casablanca FilmWorks. It »
- Cain Rodriguez
The sci-fi genre is an opportunity. When making a “sci-fi” movie, filmmakers have the tools at their disposal to essentially tackle any subject they want. It provides an excellent foundation for anything from a father-daughter story (Interstellar) to an epic rumination on existentialism, human evolution, and artificial intelligence (2001: A Space Odyssey). In the case of the 1997 film Contact, the sci-fi genre is used as a tool to consider one of the greatest conflicts in human history: reconciling faith and science. Director Robert Zemeckis’ movie is a solid chronicle of this push and pull between faith and science, with Matthew McConaughey standing in for the former, and Jodie Foster siding with the latter. But before Zemeckis came onboard, there was another filmmaker that was developing the adaptation of the Carl Sagan novel: George Miller. Indeed, the Mad Max filmmaker worked on the screenplay for a year with Sagan and Sagan »
- Adam Chitwood
On Thursday, Universal Pictures announced the sequel release dates to Fifty Shades Of Grey. Fifty Shades Darker will be released on February 10, 2017 and Fifty Shades Freed will bow on February 9, 2018.
To celebrate the official announcement, Wamg is giving away copies of the film.
Fifty Shades Of Grey, the global phenomenon that grossed more than $500 million globally, comes to Digital HD Friday, May 1, 2015 and Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand Friday, May 8, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
Based on E. L. James’ best-selling novel, the Blu-ray and Digital HD include an exclusive unrated version that features a never-before-seen alternate ending along with almost two hours of all-new bonus features that go behind the scenes of this year’s hottest romance.
Shy and unassuming literature student Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) finds her life forever altered when she interviews the enigmatic Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and is dazzled by the charismatic entrepreneur and his high-flying lifestyle. »
- Movie Geeks
It’s been a while since we last heard about this sci-fi film from Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve but we finally have some new news to share. THR has just announced that Jeremy Renner will be joining Amy Adams in Story Of Your Life. The film, which is being written by Eric Heisserer, is based on a short story by Hugo and Nebula award winning author Ted Chiang. The synopsis is intriguing and reminds me a bit of Jodie Foster's Contact for whatever reason. The story »
- Kevin Fraser
Broadening, deepening and further illuminating the inquiries of his acclaimed "Nostalgia For The Light," Chilean director Patricio Guzmán's "The Pearl Button" pulled off an unusual, if not unprecedented feat when, as a documentary, it took home the Berlinale Best Screenplay award. But it's very well-deserved, because while unscripted interviews do form a large part of this questing, curious, expansive film, what unites and elevates it is the flow of its ideas and Guzman's scintillating narration. To essay a slightly daft comparison, in Robert Zemeckis' "Contact," upon first glimpsing the cosmos, Jodie Foster's scientist character gasps, "They should have sent a poet." If they had, it should have been Guzmán, and something like "The Pearl Button" might have been the result. Guzmán's poetry is not that of flowery prose or linguistic tricks, though. In fact, his clear, low voice delivers dizzying »
- Jessica Kiang
The great Scorpion King and a disloyal rival race against time to find a treasure that possesses the power to rule the world in The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power, debuting on DVD and Blu-ray™ Combo Pack including Blu-ray™, DVD, and Digital HD with Ultraviolet™ on January 13, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
The epic next chapter in the billion-dollar The Mummy franchise, The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power propels the enormously successful series to new heights with a cast of renowned veterans and icons from the mixed martial arts and professional wrestling worlds as well as the intrigue and pulse-pounding action than fans have come to embrace.
Victor Webster (The Scorpion King: The Battle for Redemption) stars as the heroic warrior Mathayus and is joined by Lou Ferrigno (“The Incredible Hulk”), Ellen Holman (“Spartacus”), Barry Bostwick (“Cougar Town”), Michael Biehn (The Terminator) and Rutger Hauer (“True Blood,” Blade Runner »
- Movie Geeks
7 items from 2015
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