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The 2017 Rome Film Festival (Oct 26-Nov 5) will honour David Lynch with a lifetime achievement award.
The director of Mulholland Drive, Twin Peaks and The Elephant Man will also discuss his career onstage, as well as the three Italian directors that had the greatest influence on his career, including Federico Fellini.
The festival’s artistic director Antonio Monda said: “Mr. Lynch has prepared a great analysis of 8½”.
There will also be onstage masterclasses with Lord Of The Rings star Ian McKellen, who will discuss Jacques Tati; Cannes favourite Xavier Dolan (Mommy); Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk, who will talk horror films, and actress Vanessa Redgrave.
Monda, in his third year as festival director, said of the line-up: “The formula will be the same… but as these five names demonstrate I would like to slide towards the more popular side of the festival audience”.
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Rome — David Lynch will be feted with a lifetime achievement award by the Rome Film Festival where the U.S. director of “Blue Velvet” and “Twin Peaks” will also hold an onstage conversation with artistic director Antonio Monda.
Monda at a Rome press luncheon on Tuesday, called Lynch “simply the coolest director alive.” He also announced that British actor Ian McKellen; French Canadian wunderkind director/actor Xavier Dolan; Oscar-winning British actress Vanessa Redgrave and U.S. author Chuck Palahniuk (“Fight Club”) will be participating in other public conversations within the fest’s dedicated Close Encounters section.
As for movies, Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming “Logan Lucky” will have its European preem in Rome. The heist comedy with an all star cast that includes Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Hilary Swank, Katie Holmes and a platinum-coiffed Daniel Craig, hits U.S. theatres on August 18.
The twelfth edition of the Rome fest will run October 26-November 5, separately from Rome’s Mia »
- Nick Vivarelli
Author: Zehra Phelan
Written and directed by We Own the Night and The Lost City of Z’s James Gray, information surrounding the plotline is being kept top secret, however, it has been reported that Pitt would play the slightly autistic space engineer Roy McBride. Twenty years after his father left on a one-way mission to Neptune in order to find signs of extra-terrestrial intelligence, McBride travels through the solar system to find him and understand why his mission failed.
- Zehra Phelan
After J.A. Bayona walked away from the World War Z-equel, rumors began flying around that Brad Pitt had asked his old Fight Club buddy David Fincher to take over. As the potential franchise’s star and producer, Pitt’s been very hands-on, butting heads with previous helmers over adapting the Max Brooks novel just so for the second outing. Despite reviews, the first movie managed to make a killing at the box office, so Paramount is moving forward with the sequel, which it’s just confirmed will be directed by Fincher.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount boss (and former Fox chairman) Jim Gianopulos talked about various projects and challenges at his new studio home, including the fitful production of World War Z 2, or whatever it’s actually being called. Gianopulos said the sequel is in “advanced development,” with Fincher “and Brad Pitt” at the »
- Danette Chavez
Simon Brew Jun 23, 2017
Ever since it became clear that director Marc Foster and star/producer Brad Ptt didn’t get on when making the first World War Z movie, it was certain that any sequel would need a change of helmer. That’s not been the easiest of processes, though, as an assortment of faces have been linked with the film – with J A Bayona even signing on to make it at one point – before ultimately moving on.
A few months ago came the first hint though that David Fincher might be interested. Fincher, who’s worked with Pitt on Seven, Fight Club and The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, hasn’t made a film since Gone Girl, although he’s had a fair amount of small screen work that he's been focusing on.
However, Paramount Pictures boss Jim Gianopulos has now confirmed that David Fincher is indeed working on the new World War Z movie. Chatting to The Hollywood Reporter, he said that the film was “in advanced development”, and that David Fincher was directing, with Brad Pitt returning to star.
The current release date for World War Z 2 is unknown, but it’s likely to arrive in cinemas in 2019. Production is expected to begin early next year.
Paramount Pictures is doing everything in its power to get back to its glory days. Part of that restoration project was to bring in former 20th Century Fox Chairman Jim Gianopulos (fellow Greek) to be the CEO of the struggling studio. During a new expose by THR, Gianopulos confirmed that one of the better directors in recent memory would be taking that reigns of the World War Z sequel, David Fincher.
What's the status of the World War Z sequel?
We're in advanced development.
With David Fincher directing?
Yes. And Brad Pitt.
With this news, Fincher will reunite with Brad Pitt after working on several successful films together like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Se7en, and Fight Club. Paramount hopes that the experience they have with each other and Fincher's recent success at adapting book to movie (Gone Girl) will be enough magic to jumpstart the World War Z franchise, after receiving less-than-kind reviews with the first film.
Are you intrigued by this pairing? Sound off @Cinelinx!
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Malliaros)
Paramount Pictures chairman Jim Gianopulos has officially confirmed that David Fincher will be directing World War Z 2. Earlier this year rumours spread that Se7en and Fight Club‘s David Fincher was in talks to direct the sequel to Brad Pitt’s World War Z from 2013. Most people, including us, dismissed the possibility of that ever […]
- Edward Nigma
New Paramount Pictures chairman Jim Gianopulos confirmed in an interview that David Fincher has in fact signed on to direct World War Z 2. We reported in April that the filmmaker had entered talks to direct, following months of rumors about the director's involvement in this long-gestating sequel. Brad Pitt will reprise his role as Gerry Lane from 2013's World War Z, although no other cast members have been confirmed at this time.
During a wide-ranging interview with The Hollywood Reporter, his first since taking over as the head of Paramount Pictures, Jim Gianopulos revealed that, "We're in advanced development," although no further details were given. With David Fincher now confirmed, this marks his first film since 2014's Gone Girl, and also his fourth film with Brad Pitt, following Se7en (1995), Fight Club (1999) and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008). The studio hasn't announced a production schedule or release date, but this project has certainly turned itself around in just a few months.
Back in February, Paramount delayed World War Z 2 indefinitely, yanking the movie from its June 9, 2017 release date and not issuing a new date at this time. We reported in August 2016 that Brad Pitt, who also serves as a producer on the sequel, had been meeting with several directors, but he was "zeroing in" on David Fincher. While the director was reportedly hesitant about taking on the project, he entered talks to direct, and we reported in April that both the studio and director were close to finalizing their deal, which has now been closed. Director J.A. Bayona was at one point attached to direct, but he went on to make A Monster Calls, before eventually dropping the project.
World War Z 2 writer Steven Knight, who came aboard to write the script in 2014, revealed in early 2015 that this sequel "is not quite like the other," while teasing that this follow-up, "starts with a clean slate." The writer would not clarify those comments, and since no story details have been given yet, it remains to be seen how this sequel will wipe the slate clean from the original. The first movie centered around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself. The original movie featured a supporting cast that also included Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale, Matthew Fox, David Morse, Elyes Gable and Peter Capaldi.
With the project still in "advanced development," it remains unclear if the studio is still working from Steven Knight's script for the World War Z sequel, or if other writers have been brought in for the project. Before taking on this movie, David Fincher had been keeping busy on the small screen, developing Mindhunter for Netflix, where he also directed the first two episodes, along with the season finale. He is also slated to executive produce Sony's The Girl In the Spider's Web, which reboots the Lizbeth Salander story. Hopefully we'll find out more about World War Z 2 soon. »
From music videos to film, David Fincher’s work has a cinematic quality that is instantly recognizable. His collaborations with Brad Pitt have given us two of the most iconic movies of the 1990s, namely “Se7en” and “Fight Club”, while “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” offered jaw-dropping visual effects that garnered several well-deserved Academy Award wins, as well as a Best Director nomination for Fincher himself.
Read More: David Fincher: Discover The Hidden Visual Effects in His Greatest Films — Watch
Considering his storied film career, it’s perhaps no surprise that some incredible films have had a great influence on Fincher’s career over the years and have been imprinted in many of his films. Traces of “All the President’s Men” can be found in the obsessive journey undertaken in “Zodiac,” another real-life quest to uncover the truth at any cost. Travis Bickle’s lonely and unhinged »
- Jamie Righetti
Dean gets behind the wheel of his beloved Chevy Impala in a new Supernatural San Diego Comic-Con exclusive from Funko, and in today's Horror Highlights, we also have details on Chuck Palahniuk’s Legacy: An Off-Color Novella for You to Color, and, for those who missed it, the previously released trailer for She Rises.
How do you raise a babyshifter? Dean is figuring that out! Dean & Baby are now a Sdcc exclusive Pop! Ride!"
Chuck Palahniuk’s New Novella: Press Release: "(June 19, 2017) This fall Dark Horse Books is publishing bestselling author Chuck Palahniuk’s novella, Legacy: An Off-Color Novella for You to Color, which features colorable illustrations by Steve Morris and Mike Norton. The novella is a dark but colorful fable with aspiring immortals, an amoral banker and his despicable family, a stalker and »
- Derek Anderson
Principal photography has begun in Lima, Ohio, with Nick Kellis directing from his own script. Lance Paul is producing and April Kennedy is executive producing. Production companies are Paul’s Ginger Knight Entertainment and Kellis’ new Flyover State Productions.
Smith portrays a Los Angeles exec who must return to Ohio after his mother dies and face the daunting task of signing away his family’s factory to Baldwin’s character. He must confront a labor-strike led by his high school wrestling buddies and a legal battle over the impending sale of the factory, brought on by his high school sweetheart, played by Bratcher. Forced to search his soul and embrace his broken past, »
- Dave McNary
I’m half the man I used to be.
Ok, more like 2/3rds, but that’s being picky, no? Let me be blunt: as much as I shamelessly self-promote Unshaven Comics, The Samurnauts, and any wares for which I am able to shill, patting myself on the back honestly is uncomfortable territory. This week, I’m letting my guard down in a way that frankly I’m afraid to. There’s no use in hemming and hawing over it here in the preamble though. And spoiler alert. I get a little long in the tooth this week, but I’m hopeful you’ll find it… inspiring? Avante!
My name is Marc Alan Fishman, and I am a fat, fat man. Or perhaps it’s better to definitively declare it: I am, after a year’s work… a less fat man. If you particularly care about numbers, I’m fairly certain, »
- Marc Alan Fishman
Ferris Bueller's Day Off celebrated its 30th birthday last year, but the John Hughes' teen-comedy classic is forever a fan favorite. Enough so that Stranger Things star Joe Keery re-enacted iconic scenes from the film for a recent Domino's Pizza ad campaign.
To capitalize even more on that eternally cool teen mojo, the pizza chain has teamed up with Epix, the premium cable network owned by MGM, to offer up a free live stream of Ferris, Cameron and Sloane having the best day ever playing hooky from school and avoiding the bumbling Edward R. »
Kirsten Howard Jun 6, 2017
Channing Tatum's Gambit movie has been drifting along at sea for quite some time now. It's already lost two directors over the last few years in the form of Rupert Wyatt (Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes) and Doug Liman (Edge Of Tomorrow), but producers Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner have often confirmed that they still want to press ahead with it.
In amongst the usual rumours of 'creative differences' and the like, Kinberg himself has mused that with a project like Gambit, there's no point doing half a job. The team seemingly want to do it right, or not at all. »
Ryan Lambie Jun 7, 2017
In a dark and grim cinematic universe, Wonder Woman offers a potentially franchise-changing glimpse of warmth and sincerity, Ryan writes...
There's a moment in Wonder Woman where, for this writer, what began as a good superhero movie became a great one.
Diana (Gal Gadot) is standing in a trench during the final throes of the Great War, surrounded by exhausted soldiers, mud and the muffled sound of gunfire. Moved by the pleas of a mother and her daughter, left stranded following the capture of their village, Diana resolves to wade into battle.
Her sidekick, Steve (Chris Pine) tells her this is impossible: the entire army's »
What with so many films and tv shows being based on popular works of film and television these days, and many more of those films being based on remakes of themselves, it seems no better a time to review some of the most defining literary adaptations in all of film.
6. Dr. No (1962)
Ok, so while it may not be the most high-minded of adaptations, the first Bond film ever to be made deserves inclusion on the list if only for asserting a legacy that has endured for over half a century. As all good literary film adaptations must do, Dr. No captures the essence of its source material, distilling it into accessible visuals and dialogue and set pieces, thereby assuming ownership of Bond’s tropes by canonising them in the minds of generations of viewers. All the first and most classic Bond moments are here and, in some cases, they’re never better. »
Louisa Mellor Jun 6, 2017
This review contains spoilers.
In this week’s episode of Jimmy McGovern’s Broken, Father Michael urges a suicidal woman to turn her tale of woe into something productive. Don’t just give up, he tells her, use your story to make things better. If you’re terrified of being found out for stealing from your employer to feed a gambling addiction, own up and atone. Use your experience to campaign against the real villain, he says - the gambling outfits deliberately targeting the poor to suck them dry.
Unsurprisingly, McGovern and Father Michael share the same idea. »
Swing a cat and hit a villain, such is the influx of threat currently flooding Gotham in the penultimate episode before its two hour finale next week. With bomb threats, viral injections and Pennyworth Gcpd team ups happening left right and centre, we find everything coming together. Between the near rabid Thompkins, brainwashed Bruce Wayne and conspiring den of villainy ‘Pretty Hate Machine’ throws in elements of Fight Club amongst the escalating mayhem.
What we get more of is Pennyworth in vigilante mode being given free rein to extract information any way he sees fit. Pertwee who felt criminally underused brings the cockney bad boy persona to the fore lacing it with an element of decorum. Bullock and Alfred make a solid pairing hunting down ‘Court’ meeting points and chasing around Gotham in search of an increasing multitude of threats. While »
- Amie Cranswick
Clay McLeod Chapman doesn't just write horror, he performs it in The Pumpkin Pie Show, an immersive storytelling experience that recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. If you haven't had the pleasure of seeing Chapman perform (which our own Daily Dead Editor-in-Chief Jonathan James experienced at The Overlook Film Festival), you can certainly read his work anytime in a number of books, including his new short story collection, Nothing Untoward: Stories from The Pumpkin Pie Show. To celebrate the release of his new collection, we caught up with Chapman for our latest Q&A feature to discuss his literary influences, twenty years of The Pumpkin Pie Show, writing The Tribe trilogy for Disney press, and his upcoming Marvel project that he describes as "a love story between Deadpool and Venom."
What authors and storytellers were you drawn to in your formative years that influenced your own writing and performing?
Clay McLeod Chapman: First off… »
- Derek Anderson
"Why is a general talking to Rolling Stone in the first place?" That the question asked near the end of War Machine, a film loosely based on "The Runaway General," a National Magazine Award finalist for excellence in reporting by Michael Hastings. (The same article, it should be mentioned, that helped lose Gen. Stanley McChrystal his job as commander of all U.S. and Nato forces in Afghanistan.)
Hastings, who died in a car crash four years ago at 33, expanded his 2010 profile of McChrystal into a 2012 book-length expose called The Operators. »
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