11 items from 2017
The Red Turtle, 2016.
Directed by Michael Dudok de Wit.
A man is washed up on a desert island. It looks like paradise, but he needs to escape. He builds a raft and starts to sail away when something unseen destroys the craft and he has to swim back to land. Several more attempts end in exactly the same way until he discovers his adversary. A giant red turtle. And when the animal ventures onto the island, the man decides to take his revenge.
Michael Dudok de Wit’s latest animation, and his first full length feature, is a co-production with the legendary Studio Ghibli. That, by itself, raises expectations long before the lights dim and as soon as they do, we’re engulfed in a vicious storm at sea. Towering, never-ending waves roar in our ears and, »
- Freda Cooper
Samuel Brace on the five highest-grossing movie stars not in a Star Wars or superhero movie…
Film’s landscape has changed dramatically over the years – as is to be expected. Gone is the age of the traditional American movie, the sweeping drama, the movie star led original tale that could drive audiences to cinemas just to get a glimpse of their face. We have since transitioned into the age of tent-poles; the franchise movie is now the dominant force at the box office, and leading the march are sub genres like the superhero movie, along with mega franchises like Star Wars. And all this got me thinking, just where are all the movie stars? Do they exist anymore? A train of thought that led to a little investigating into just who are the highest grossing movie stars in Us domestic history that haven’t appeared in a superhero or Star Wars movie. »
- Samuel Brace
Veteran film composer Alan Silvestri received the Icon Award before a cheering crowd of composers and songwriters at the annual Film, TV and Visual-Media Awards of Broadcast Music Inc. (Bmi) Wednesday night at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
Silvestri, the Oscar-nominated composer of “Forrest Gump,” Grammy winner for “Cast Away” and an Emmy winner for “Cosmos,” ascended the stage to the strains of “Back to the Future,” his most famous movie theme. His nearly 100 other films include “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” “Night at the Museum,” “The Croods” ” and “Marvel’s The Avengers.”
“I did my first film in 1972, so it’s been 45 years,” Silvestri told Variety prior to the awards ceremony. “I never thought I would do this,” he said, referring to a career scoring movies. “I’m really looking at tonight as a chance to publicly thank a small group of people who have been so instrumental in my being here. »
- Jon Burlingame
Tony Sokol May 2, 2017
Robert Zemeckis will not be directing The Flash for Warner Brothers as his next film. The director of Back to the Future and Forrest Gump will team with former The Office manager and The Daily Show correspondent Steve Carell for a feature adaptation of Jeff Malmberg‘s 2010 documentary, Marwencol. Universal and DreamWorks Pictures announced that the film, which is being produced under the running title Marwencol, is scheduled to hit cinemas on November 21st 2018.
Zemeckis co-wrote the screenplay with Caroline Thompson (Edward Scissorhands, The Addams Family, The Nightmare Before Christmas). Zemeckis and Universal have been working on the project since 2013, when it was being described as a blend of reality and fantasy.
Author: Scott Davis
Are you telling me that the director of Back to the Future could be about to helm the next big Dceu film, The Flash? If new rumours are to be believed the legendary filmmaker is in talks with Warner Bros about taking over the long-gestating project, according to Screen Junkies.
Zemeckis would certainly be something a coup for the studios having had plenty of trouble trying to get this film of the ground. But with his directorial style and his recent embracing of 3D, it could be a match made in heaven. Most recently, he made Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard-starrer Allied, and has made such films as Cast Away, The Walk, Romancing the Stone and What Lies Beneath.
- Scott Davis
The DC Extended Universe has had an interesting last 12 months or so. In that span, we’ve seen sequels and spinoffs announced left and right, we’ve seen directors come and go from The Batman, and of course, we’ve also seen Rick Famuyiwa depart from his directing duties for The Flash. This was especially disheartening, since Famuyiwa had really shown his storytelling chops in Dope, and audiences were really looking forward to seeing how it would transfer over to the likes of The Flash.
However, when one door closes, another opens. Just like Ben Affleck leaving The Batman paved the way for Matt Reeves to take the helm, Famuyiwa’s departure has left the seat open for another real talent to board the project. The man on deck to take said helm is none other than Robert Zemeckis. If you somehow do not recognize Zemeckis’ name, he’s the »
- Joseph Medina
Blockbusters keep getting spoiled before anyone has a chance to watch them thanks to plot-filled trailers and loose-lipped directors
Hollywood’s habit of spoiling movies by giving away essential plot points ahead of release is nothing new. A classic example is the trailer for Robert Zemeckis’s Cast Away, which reveals that Tom Hanks’ shipwrecked FedEx exec eventually escapes from the island. The Terminator franchise has been one of the worst offenders here: newer fans will recall the farrago over the producers’ decision to give away Terminator: Genisys’ big twist, that Jason Clarke’s resistance hero John Connor has been compromised by the machines. But the sci-fi saga has been at it for decades: one trailer for Terminator Salvation revealed virtually the entire story arc of Sam Worthington’s Marcus Wright, while James Cameron »
- Ben Child
This weekend sees the wide release of one of the films nominated for the Best Animated Feature Academy Award, one quite different from the others in that category. It’s not a candy-colored CGI fantasy like Disney’s Zootopia or Moana (certainly devoid of musical numbers). And it doesn’t utilize the technique of stop-motion animation (often using tiny figurines or puppets) like Kubo And The Two Strings or My Life As A Zucchini (from France). This work harkens back to the “golden age” of animation in that it is mostly hand-drawn “cel” animation (though computers aid in certain effects and in coloring). Fitting since it is co-produced by the renown Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli, the “house” that Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away), among other talented artists, built. What makes this film even more unique is that it is Ghibli’s first feature not made in Japan. The director and »
- Jim Batts
With Aquaman gearing up to go into production in Australia, director James Wan has revealed that he will be reuniting with The Conjuring 2 cinematographer Don Burgess on the 2018 DC solo movie, with Wan posting the following to Twitter:
Don Burgess. Some upcoming kid I gave a break to on Conjuring 2. https://t.co/BMzyqzrSE3
— James Wan (@creepypuppet) February 20, 2017
Burgess is an Academy Award-nominated cinematographer, whose extensive C.V. includes Forrest Gump, Contact, Cast Away, Spider-Man, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, The Polar Express, The Book of Eli, The Muppets, Flight, Allied and Monster Trucks.
Aquaman is set for release on October 5th, 2018 and stars Jason Momoa as the titular hero, along with Amber Heard as Mera, Patrick Wilson as Ocean Master, Willem Dafoe as Dr. Vulko, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, »
- Gary Collinson
The biggest curveball from Tuesday morning’s Oscars announcement arguably wasn’t the nominees — it was how the Academy decided to unveil them. Rather than a live press conference at the crack of dawn in Los Angeles, ABC aired a protracted infomercial, starring second-tier Oscar winners like Marcia Gay Harden and Dustin Lance Black.
“La La Land” beat out all other films, with a record-tying 14 nominations (on par with “Titanic” and “All About Eve”). “Arrival” and “Moonlight” followed up with eight each. And in other good news: After two years of #OscarsSoWhite, 35 percent of this year’s acting nominees are people of color, including previous winners Denzel Washington (“Fences”) and Octavia Spencer (“Hidden Figures”).
Here are the 12 most glaring snubs and surprises.
- Ramin Setoodeh
In the clip from tonight’s premiere, which you can watch above, troop commander Rip (Goggins) and the other SEALs in his unit attempt to figure out how to treat an injured woman who could also be a suicide bomber. Rip and his troops — Bear (Barry Sloane), Caulder (Kyle Schmid), Buddha (Juan-Pablo Raba), Chase (Edwin Hodge), Buck (Donny Boaz), and Fishbait (Jaylen Moore) — are tasked with some of the most dangerous missions in the military.
The “Muttaqi” that Rip refers to in the clip is the Osama bin Laden-esque mastermind whose actions have so unnerved Rip that he commits an act even his own men think is over the line, setting off a chain of events that will eventually lead to Rip’s kidnapping by Boko Haram. It »
- Oriana Schwindt
11 items from 2017
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