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In a canny move surprising few, Amazon have gone and echoed a pattern Netflix began around a year ago and nabbed a series from the Us where they will add an episode each week the day after its Us broadcast. This practice worked well with Breaking Bad and From Dusk Till Dawn in the past year and the publicity it got could well be the reason why you might encounter so many people who are only now making their way through five seasons of Breaking Bad via Netflix. So the show in question which be all exclusive up in here is the new Steven Spielberg/Halle Berry joint called Extant.
I knew nothing about this show going in and that is perhaps the best way to view it. I’m not going to claim this is the new Lost or whatever at this point but the first episode was ‘promising »
- Chris Holt
Sneak Peek an exclusive clip of footage, plus interviews supporting Season 5 of AMC's ultra-violent 'zombie' series, "The Walking Dead", courtesy TV host Chris Hardwick of the sit-down series "Talking Dead":
"...'The Walking Dead' is a post-apocalyptic horror drama television series originally developed by Frank Darabont ('The Green Mile'), based on the comic book series of the same name by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard.
"The series stars Andrew Lincoln as sheriff's deputy 'Rick Grimes' who awakens from a coma to find a post-apocalyptic world dominated by flesh-eating 'walkers'.He sets out to find his family, but struggles to survive encountering many other characters along the way..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Walking Dead" Season 5...
- Michael Stevens
Who of our modern filmmakers will justify lavish, career-spanning box sets in the next generation (presuming there is such a thing and we’re not 100% digital)? We’ve seen Oliver Stone, Martin Scorsese, and Alfred Hitchcock sets in recent years but who will get the same treatment in ten or twenty years?
One man who I’d love to see dissected from first film to last is the essential Spike Lee. He has had an undeniably spotty career with films both considered masterpieces and complete failures. But Spike is always working, always trying something new, always willing to challenge himself and the viewer. Did his “Oldboy” remake work? No. He picks himself up, dusts himself off, and gets back to it. Spike has been everywhere lately, promoting and discussing the 25th anniversary of his masterpiece, “Do the Right Thing,” and so someone figured it was a good time to release »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Sure, it would be easy to rattle off all sorts of movie titles that feature the name of colors. Go ahead and knock yourself out: The Pink Panther, Red Dawn, Yellow Submarine, Purple Rain, Blue Velvet, Goldfinger, etc. The listing seems rather endless. However, can one come up with color-contained movie titles that also carry some messaging of substance and contemplation? Maybe films such as Fried Green Tomatoes or Steel Magnolias are color-coated entries that carries some relevance in its messaging about feminine empowerment for instance. In Rainbow Coalition: Top 10 Movie Titles with Color and Substance let us look are the leading selections that have both color (in title) and substance (in thematic forethought) attached to its skin. Hey, maybe one can make a case for Pink Flamingos but The Blue Lagoon might be stretching things a bit…don’t you think? The Rainbow Coalition: Top 10 Movie Titles with Color »
- Frank Ochieng
Deadline reports Frank Darabont is in final talks to direct Snow White and the Huntsman 2.
The site notes, however, that Darabont has a version of the story that would focus exclusively on the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth), and it’s not even known if Snow White (Kristen Stewart) would return for the sequel of sorts. (Might it be called The Search for Snow?) Reps for Universal and Darabont didn’t immediately respond to a request for confirmation.
- Erin Strecker
I love the films of Frank Darabont. The guy knows how to tell an amazing story. I'm just not sure about this possible next project of his. THR is reporting the the director is currently in talks with Universal Pictures to direct a movie called The Huntsman, which is described as a spin-off movie of Snow White and The Huntsman. Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron are expected to reprise their roles in the film. Kristin Stewart however will not be coming back, and I can't see anyone complaining about that.
The only thing I liked about the first movie was Theron's performance. She was awesome, but the film itself as a whole was terribly disappointing. I was so unimpressed that I have no interest in seeing another film set in that world. Even with Darabont directing, the idea of it still doesn't do anything for me. It seems like one »
- Joey Paur
Frank Darabont may be heading to fantasy land for his next feature. The "Walking Dead" creator is in talks to direct "Snow White and the Huntsman 2," the followup to the 2012 action-fantasy flick that starred Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron, according to Deadline. The first film was directed by Rupert Sanders and grossed nearly $400 million worldwide (albeit on a steep $170 million budget) despite receiving only mixed reviews from critics. Interestingly, the film is being discussed as a spinoff as opposed to a direct sequel, with the plot centering on Hemsworth's Huntsman character. There's no word yet as to whether Stewart will reprise the title role, though she did seem excited about the possibility in an interview conducted a few months after the first film's release. Granted, that was more than 18 months ago, and the general thrust of the project appears to have changed considerably since then. Darabont, whose departure »
- Chris Eggertsen
Kristen Stewart has apparently been dropped from the Snow White movie series.
The actress was expected to be returning to the franchise for Snow White and the Huntsman 2, but the sequel will now be a spinoff - The Huntsman - with Frank Darabont in line to direct, The Hollywood Reporter says.
Following the release of the first film in 2012, Stewart was reported to have had an affair with director Rupert Sanders. Studio Universal denied that Stewart was exiting the franchise at the time.
The Walking Dead's former showrunner Darabont is taking over from Sanders, whose 2012 movie took $396.6 million worldwide.
It was reported earlier this month that Frank Darabont was on the shortlist of directors to take over Snow White and the Huntsman 2 for Universal Pictures, but Deadline has tonight revealed that the Shawshank Redemption helmer is now the frontrunner to continue the story from Rupert Sanders’ 2012 movie.
However, Variety has since confirmed that he is actually in talks to direct a spin-off which will focus on the Huntsman character played by Thor and Avengers Assemble star Chris Hemsworth in the original.
Talk of a spin-off started back around the time that Snow White and the Huntsman was released, but Hemsworth’s busy schedule has more than likely stopped it from moving ahead before now. It’s unclear what this means for an actual sequel, but Kristen Stewart is expected to make a brief cameo appearance.
Snow White and the Huntsman made nearly $400 million at the worldwide box office, and »
- Josh Wilding
Who is Universal Pictures talking to to direct Snow White and the Huntsman 2? None other than the director of big screen adaptations of The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile and show-runner of the first season of The Walking Dead. If the talks end with a contract signing, the Snow White and the Huntsman 2 director […]
- Peter Sciretta
The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »
- Brad Brevet
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.
Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.
“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”
The 2014 invitees are:
- Michelle McCue
Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Frank Darabont has directed some great movies including The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile. He more recently helped produce The Walking Dead until he was fired. He doesn't just say yes to anything obviously; so why he would want to lend his name to the sequel for Snow White And The Huntsman is beyond me. He beat out previous frontrunners Gavin O'Connor (Warrior) and Andy Muschietti (Mama) for the gig after the studio and producer Joe Roth were said to be happy with »
- Graham McMorrow
Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations. This year, 271 individuals have been asked to join AMPAS, meaning every one of them could contribute to next year's Academy Awards balloting -- and it's as diverse a list as they've ever assembled. Think the Academy consists entirely of fusty retired white dudes? Not if recent Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams takes them up on their offer. Think it's all just a Hollywood insiders' game? Not if French arthouse titans Chantal Akerman and Olivier Assayas join the party. It's a list that subverts expectation at every turn. »
- Guy Lodge
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited 271 individuals to become members, with the list reflecting the org’s determination to bring more diversity to its ranks.
Every year, the list of invitations includes several recent Oscar nominees. That’s true this year as well, with letters going out Wednesday to a cross-section of people including 2013 contenders Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Hayao Miyazaki, Pharrell Williams, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, plus such creatives as Megan Ellison, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Coogan, Jason Statham, William Chang Suk Ping, Joan Sobel, Tracey Seaward, Mads Mikkelsen and Chantal Akerman.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety Thursday, “This is a continuation of an initiative to bring in new voices. Filmmaking has gotten more diverse, and audiences have been responding. There are terrific filmmakers around the world at the top of their game and we want to recognize them and bring them into the Academy. »
- Tim Gray
What if you were guarding a prisoner on death row who was capable of performing miracles? This is the moral dilemma guard Paul Edgecomb faces in Frank Darabont’s The Green Mile, the 1999 film based on the Stephen King serial novel of the same name. At the brink of its 15th anniversary, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced a new Diamond Luxe Anniversary Edition of the film on Blu-ray.
One of five films getting the anniversary treatment from Warner Bros. (the other four are Natural Born Killers, Forrest Gump, Gremlins and Ben-Hur), The Green Mile will be re-released on Blu-ray on September 30th. It’s unknown at this time whether the new release will include a fresh transfer, but it will come with new special features, including a longer version of the behind-the-scenes documentary. The 15th anniversary release of The Green Mile features new eye-grabbing packaging that prominently places the movie’s characters. »
- Derek Anderson
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Diamond Luxe Editions of its films starting Sept. 30 as a way to repackage library titles.
The discs will feature newly designed collector-style packaging.
The first films — “The Green Mile,” “Gremlins,” “Natural Born Killers,” “Forrest Gump” and “Ben-Hur” will be released as anniversary editions, with “Ben-Hur” also offered as a new two-disc Blu-ray package.
All Diamond Luxe discs will include new or additional bonus features and are priced at $24.98.
Warner Bros. said the new line is meant to encourage collectability. It’s also clearly a way for the studio to mint more coin out of its library at a time when more consumers are building digital libraries for their mobile devices.
- Marc Graser
With a potential comeback on the cards for Jim Carrey, Rob looks through the hidden gems of his career.
Alrighty then. To get straight to the point – Jim Carrey’s career hasn’t been up to much lately has it? Certainly as leading man, at least. His last big-hitter was 2009’s A Christmas Carol, while his most recent leading role was 2011’s Mr Popper’s Penguins.
His latest performance outside of cameos was an interesting part in Kick Ass 2 though, a promising turn which left many audience-members wanting more from his character. With the trailer dropping recently for Dumb And Dumber To as well, the hints of a comeback for the iconic performer have continued to grow.
There’s been more positivity towards Dumb And Dumber To in comments than we might have expected (although this welcoming response was far from unanimous), which is undeniably a positive sign for the fledgling star. »
After "Snow White and the Huntsman" grossed around $400 million at the worldwide box office, Universal Pictures greenlit a sequel, but is not bringing back director Rupert Sanders. Deadline is now reporting that the studio is in talks with three helmers, including Frank Darabont (Shawshank Redemption), Gavin O'Connor (Warrior) and Andy Muschietti (Mama). The most surprising person on the list has to be Darabont, who not only directed "Shawshank Redemption" and "The Green Mile," but he also launched "The Walking Dead" TV series. His last film was "The Mist," back in 2007, and has since been planning lots of personal projects, none of which is a sequel to some studio film. "Snow White and the Huntsman 2" will bring back Chris Hemsworth and Kristen Stewart. It's tentatively set to hit theaters in 2016. »
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