17 items from 2014
Back in December 2002 a million voices cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced by the Fox network. It probably sounded a bit like the noise you made when you read the title of this feature.
Defending the decision to cancel Joss Whedon's beloved sci-fi show after just 14 episodes might seem like geek treason, but whilst Fox's intentions were borderline criminal, the results were nothing short of revolutionary.
First things first: Firefly is one of the greatest sci-fi shows of all time. The closest thing to Star Wars since 1983, and arguably the best thing Joss Whedon has ever made, it's the holy grail of space-western comedy-dramas. In the 12 years since it was canned, the short-lived series has become a cult phenomenon for good reason. In 2007, the box set was even rocketed up to the International Space Station's intergalactic DVD library (which, to be fair, also includes 50 First Dates »
Leading Moroccan film producer Khadija Alami, one of the main line producers for foreign TV shoots, has purchased a plot of land near the Cla Atlas Film Studios in Ouarzazate and plans to build a mini “Skywalker Ranch,” a downsized version of George Lucas’ state-of-the-art facility near San Francisco, which will include studio and post-production facilities and production offices, specifically targeted at foreign productions.
In 2014, Alami line-produced three major TV shoots – “The Ark”, “King Tut” and “A.D. After Death” — and also Susanna White’s spy thriller “Our Kind of Traitor,” based on the John le Carré novel and starring Ewan McGregor and Stellan Skarsgard.
She is confident that the surge in Moroccan foreign shoots in 2014 will continue its upward trend in 2015 and that there will be increasing demand for studio space in Ouarzazate.
Ouarzazate, the “door to the desert,” is the preferred location for foreign shoots, given its proximity to the Sahara desert, »
- Martin Dale
Rumer Willis is following in the footsteps of her younger sister! The actress showed off her new shaved side 'do at the premiere of "Uzumasa Limelight" in Los Angeles on Monday. The blonde beauty posed for pics on the red carpet before the screening, which also highlighted her trimmed tresses. The 26-year-old is not the only family member to rock the edgy look, though. Last week, Rumer's little sister Tallulah Willis took the trendy cut one step further by pulling a "G.I. Jane" and buzzing her entire head. The 20-year-old shared a ton of snaps via Instagram of her new 'do, even posing with Rumer in one of the shots. "luv u proud of u cant wait to hear you sing my precious songbird @ruelarue," she captioned the cute family photo. These ladies just love to change up their looks -- whose style do you like better, Rumer or Tallulah's? »
- tooFab Staff
The ideal place to meet Ridley Scott would be on a raging battlefield, in the furthest reaches of outer space, or in the midst of any of the other vast canvases on which he creates his movies.
Instead, we’re sitting in a basement salon at London’s trendy Ham Yard Hotel, where the 76-year-old director has parked himself, however briefly, to discuss his new biblical epic “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” and to ruminate on his long career.
“You’re probably going to be sitting down, so you’re not going to get a proper sense of him,” actor Christian Bale, who stars in Scott’s new film as Moses, warned this reporter a few days earlier. “You’ve got to see Rid on the move to understand him. He’s totally kinetic. I’m absolutely sure he springs out of bed at 10 times the speed I do.”
Australian actor Joel Edgerton, »
- Scott Foundas
Let's face it: If you spend your days voluntarily staring at a variety of glowing rectangles, chances are you're probably not much of a daredevil. That said, the things you're seeing and hearing via those rectangles might inspire you to wish you could change your ways—if only for a few minutes after the movie/show/song is over. So in honor of Mockingjay — Part 1's rebelliously action-packed release this weekend, we've posed the following question to our staff this week: What's the movie/TV show/song/book that makes you embrace your inner badass? Ashley Fetters, EW.com news »
- EW staff
November 18th. remember it. A photo posted by tallulah (@buuski) on Nov 11, 2014 at 3:38pm Pst Just call her G.I. Tallulah Belle! Tallulah Willis paid homage to one of mom Demi Moore's most iconic roles, G.I. Jane, with her shocking new haircut: a completely shaved head. Willis, 20, debuted her bold 'do via her Instagram page on Tuesday, Nov. 18. "November 18th. remember it," Moore's youngest daughter (with ex Bruce Willis) captioned a shot in which she modeled her bare head. Just in case there was any doubt as to [...] »
Like mother, like daughter!
Bruce Willis and Demi Moore's 20-year-old daughter Tallulah Willis shaved her head, revealing just how much she looks like her famous mother. Instagramming her new look on Tuesday, she wrote: "November 18th. remember it."
— buuski willis (@buuuski) November 18, 2014
Photos: Two Looks, One Star
November 18th. remember it.
A photo posted by tallulah (@buuski) on Nov 11, 2014 at 3:38pm Pst
Tallulah then posted a pic of her Moore in 1997 when she shaved her head for the military drama G.I. Jane. She captioned the photo: "mawms is bae. #thankgodgoodheadshapesruninthefamily."
mawms is bae. #thankgodgoodheadshapesruninthefamily
Фото опубликовано tallulah (@buuski) ноя 11, 2014 at 9:56 Pst
The Hollywood heir then took her new hairless head to L.A.'s Sayer's Club to support her 26-year-old sister Rumer Willis' music. She wrote: "Luv u proud of u can't wait to hear you sing my precious songbird @ruelarue."
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Tallulah Willis really went for it. Channeling her mother Demi Moore's famous G.I. Jane cut, the 20-year-old decided to buzz off all of her tresses and rock a completely shaven head! "I rule," Tallulah captioned her Instagram video showing the big moment when she put the clippers to her head. Sister Scout recorded the clip on her cellphone as Rumer watched in awe. Yep, it was a family affair! Tallulah followed with a couple of snapshots to show off her new 'do, which really does look great. "November 18th. remember it," she captioned one photo. The celebuspawn recently celebrated a big milestone in her recovery and shared the special moment on Instagram for her »
Exclusive: Morris Chestnut, who made his film debut in John Singleton’s seminal 1991 drama Boyz N The Hood, has signed a three-picture deal with Sony’s Screen Gems as an actor and producer. The first of the pics is upcoming thriller The Perfect Guy, which stars Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, and Chestnut. The next film to follow will be When The Bough Breaks, a psychological thriller that will star Chestnut and Regina Hall.
Bough, directed by Jon Cassar, tracks a professional couple who hire a blue-collar surrogate who develops a violent obsession with the husband. The pic is being produced by New Line founders and Lord of the Rings EPs Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne, and Chestnut will exec produce.
Chestnut’s third Screen Gems project will be The Syndicate, from writer Cliff Dorfman (Entourage, Warrior). Chestnut is producing that project, which is exec produced by Jeff Waters and James Farrell. »
- Jen Yamato
A simple, honest, deeply satisfying tale of the complex mixed emotions and desires that make up a woman’s life and often exist in secret. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
This is why we need more women making movies. This is the sort of movie we simply don’t get when it’s always men telling their stories. Kelly & Cal, the feature debut of both director Jen McGowan and screenwriter Amy Lowe Starbin, is a simple, honest, deeply satisfying, no-bullshit tale of 30something Kelly, who just can’t seem to be happy with her life — the disquieting sense that something is wrong, something is missing from suburban housewifery and motherhood is still a thing that haunts many a woman half a century after The Feminine Mystique identified the problem. And Kelly is hardly a »
- MaryAnn Johanson
David Twohy's career first took off thanks to his writing, with his name on the screenplay credits for the likes of The Fugitive, Waterworld, Critters 2, Warlock and, er, G.I. Jane. His directorial breakthrough, however, came at his third attempt, Having steered films such as Disaster In Time and The Arrival (which itself isn't too bad), it was Pitch Black where everything clicked. It remains the best film he's directed to date (although we have a soft spot for A Perfect Getaway, which we talked about when chatting about whether star names ruin modern thrillers, here).
Four reviews for you today including Birdman, John Wick, Citizenfour and Force Majeure while we also dig into that $745 million reported budget for The Hobbit trilogy and discuss the budgets for filmed trilogies over time. We've got a few questions to get to, random asides, a large batch of games and we hope you enjoy! If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. An alternative to that option is a new way of leaving us »
- Brad Brevet
Summer movie season is a magic time of year when Hollywood traditionally rolls out its most appealing merchandise. It’s true that some summer movie seasons are better than others. This is our ranking of all the summer movie seasons since 1980 from worst to best.
On January 20th, 1975, Steven Spielberg and Universal Studios released Jaws. The movie landscape would be forever changed from that date. Jaws is widely credited as being the first blockbuster film because it was the first movie to make over $100 million (non-adjusted). The fact that the film had a meager $8 million budget meant that it was a huge cash cow for the studio and rocketed Spielberg to the the forefront of a new generation of filmmakers for a new era of movie mass-consumption. George Lucas and Spielberg followed up in 1977 with Star Wars, which became a sensational and very profitable hit. It helped to convince production »
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The calls have been heard loud and clear, both on stage and off at the Oscars or in the annals of the web and at the box office: the world demands more movies with women, about women, by women and for women.
Every week a movie seems to be failing the Bechdel test, and every week a separate movie ends up walking away with the lion’s share at the box office. From hits like Maleficent, The Fault in Our Stars and Lucy to monster franchises like The Hunger Games, the old notion that teenage boys are the ones driving the demand at the movies is rapidly eroding. The Hollywood Reporter pointed out that Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy opened to a 44 percent female audience on the film’s opening weekend, the highest share for any Marvel movie to date.
And although they’ve taken their sweet time, Hollywood »
- Brian Welk
Moore is joining a star-studded cast in Wild Oats, which includes Jessica Lange, Shirley MacLaine, Judd Hirsch and Alan Arkin, reported Variety. Andy Tennant (Hitch, Sweet Home Alabama) will direct the film from a script by Gary Kanew and Claudia Myers.
Wild Oats follows protagonist Eva Miller (MacLaine), who receives a social security check worth 1,000 times more than what she was expecting – nearly $1 million. In order to hold on to the cash, she recruits her best friend and granddaughter to join her as she embarks on an adventure while trying to stay one step ahead of the authorities.
The 16th annual Boston Underground Film Festival will once again terrorize all of New England with a wide selection of international atrocities that span the globe from Japan to Belgium to the fest’s own backyard. The fest will run March 26-30 at the Brattle Theater.
The fest will open with the supernatural teen comedy All Cheerleaders Die by the dynamic directing team of Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson, which will then be followed by the cult 1974 Japanese nunsploitation flick School of the Holy Beast by Norifumi Suzuki.
Other feature films screening at the fest include: The American warrior documentary My Name Is Jonah by Phil Healy and Jb Sapienza; the pre-apocolyptic party of Doomsdays by Eddie Mullins; The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears by Belgian extreme filmmakers Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani; the collegiate conspiracy of Jerzy Rose’s Crimes Against Humanity; Jeremy Saulnier’s twist on the revenge thriller, »
- Mike Everleth
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s massive feature includes a review for Nobody Can Cool, first details on The Night Crew, Heir, and a Doctor Who documentary called Who’s Changing: An Adventure In Time With Fans, a new clip from Muck, trailers for Blood Shed, NightBeasts, and Virginia Obscura, and much more:
[Editor's Note: We want to give a big thanks to our Indie Spotlight manager, Tamika Jones, for her constant work on this weekly feature and putting together our largest Indie Spotlight to date this weekend!]
Indie Spotlight Review: Nobody Can Cool
Nobody Can Cool is the rather impressive directorial debut from up-and-coming filmmaking duo Dpyx, Marcy Boyle and Rachel Holzman, who crafted a blisteringly taut and thoughtful indie crime thriller with a palpable sense of tension from start to finish. A gritty and engaging tale of deceit, violence and desperation, Nobody Can Cool is anchored by a breakout performance by Nick Principe (best known from his work in the Laid to Rest series, Madison County and »
- Tamika Jones
17 items from 2014
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