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As part of celebrating 100 years of Japanese animation, French distributor Kaze released a special edition of Perfect Blue, Satoshi Kon's debut film as a director. This happens to be one of my favorite anime. Satoshi Kon basically used the tropes of Italy's psycho-sexual "gialli" thrillers to create a unique perspective on extreme stress, and while many people wondered why this film is animated instead of live-action, it allowed for some seamless tinkering with hallucinations and illusions. Released back in 1997, Perfect Blue has been a major influence for many directors, and is openly referenced (sometimes credited, even) in films like Black Swan and Requiem for a Dream. Seven years ago, Satoshi Kon was unexpectedly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and died a few months afterwards,...
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Deadline is reporting that Paramount Pictures has bought an untitled screenplay from Joe Epstein as a potential directing vehicle for Darren Aronofsky. Plot details are scarce, but it is said that it will revolve around an artificial intelligence court case.
Following the announcement, Aronofsky took to Twitter to reveal that he is yet to officially board the project:
just to clarify: i have not committed to anything as a next picture.
— darren aronofsky (@DarrenAronofsky) July 18, 2017
The Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan and The Wrestler helmer is heading into the horror/thriller territory for his next film mother!, which sees Jennifer Lawrence leading a cast that includes Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer, Domhnall Gleeson, Ed Harris, and Kristen Wiig. It is set for release on October 13th. »
- Gary Collinson
Update: Aronofsky clarified today that he hasn’t officially signed on to a new directorial project yet. Our original story follows. just to clarify: i have not committed to anything as a next picture. — darren aronofsky (@DarrenAronofsky) July 18, 2017 Three years will have elapsed between the release of Requiem for a Dream director Darren Aronofsky‘s […]
The post Darren Aronofsky’s Next Film Could Be a Courtroom Drama Involving Artificial Intelligence [Updated] appeared first on /Film. »
- Ben Pearson
It Comes at Night, 2017.
Directed by Trey Edward Shults.
Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, a man has established a tenuous domestic order with his wife and son, but this will soon be put to test when a desperate young family arrives seeking refuge.
There’s a specific type of terror that creates a yearning in the viewer for a hot shower or a corrosive bath following a watch. They’re the sort of films that inspire absolute fear born out of the horrors of humanity or hell as a place on Earth. Try giving The Road a re-watch, or Requiem for a Dream, it takes a very specific type of person (read as sadist). Naturally, these are few and far between within mainstream filmmaking; taking a backseat in place of machine-made, »
- Amie Cranswick
Tony Stark loves putting helpful AI in all his suits. It’s been a staple of his ever since Jarvis back in Iron Man. Of course, Jarvis has since been turned into the superhero Vision, and Stark’s own armor AI is now called Friday — a female voice played by actress Kerry Condon. But that isn’t the only AI in the McU these days.
This Friday in Spider-Man: Homecoming, audiences will be introduced yet another female AI voice. This voice belongs to Spider-Man’s new suit. If you’ll recall, prior to running in with Stark, Peter Parker ran around saving New York in some shoddy P.J.s, but with billions at his disposal, Stark gave Peter quite the upgrade. Included in that upgrade is another AI, who Spider-Man names Karen in the film.
We heard Karen’s voice a bit already »
- Joseph Medina
Ben C Lucas’s innovative rumination on the pitfalls of technology has Hollywood appeal and features a darkly charismatic performance from Jessica De Gouw
It is not uncommon for films about drug users to contain closeup shots of pupils dilating. This is hardly surprising given closeups of eyes have long been fashionable in cinema; the famous opening of Luis Buñuel’s 1929 classic Un Chien Andalou comes to mind. And after a hit of the good stuff, eyeballs look fabulous on screen, as films like Requiem for a Dream remind us.
Australian writer/director Ben C Lucas’s sophomore feature, OtherLife, joins the crazy-eyed canon in its opening moments, peppered with near full-screen vision of a narcotic-infused peeper.
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- Luke Buckmaster
The wheels keep a-turning on the casting train for TNT’s “Snowpiercer,” adapted from the critically acclaimed Bong Joon-ho (“Mother,” “Okja”) film of the same name. Oscar winner Jennifer Connelly (“Requiem for a Dream,” “Noah”) and Mickey Sumner join Daveed Diggs (“Hamilton,” “Black-Ish”) for the Scott Derrickson (“The Exorcism of Emily Rose,” “Doctor Strange”) -directed pilot.
- Elizabeth MacLeod
Jared Leto says he's got a lot more to do in his career before fatherhood could ever play a role.
The Blade Runner 2049 actor recently spoke with Es Magazine, where he opened up about why he has no plans to become a dad in the foreseeable future.
"I think it’s really important to be present if you have children," the 45-year-old Oscar winner explained. "I have a lot of things to take care of."
He also opened up in the interview about his infamous use of method acting when taking on demanding roles.
Most recently, the star made headlines for the way he prepared for the role of the iconic »
Not long ago, we got word that Doctor Strange helmer Scott Derrickson would direct the pilot for TNT's planned adaptation of Bong Joon-Ho's Snowpiercer. Today, we've learned that Labyrinth, Requiem For A Dream, and Hulk actress Jennifer Connelly has signed on to star opposite Daveed Diggs in the futuristic sci-fi thriller based on the "weird as shit"... Read More »
- Steve Seigh
Scott Derrickson (Doctor Strange, the upcoming Locke & Key pilot episode) and Daveed Diggs (Hamilton) now have some company aboard the arctic train in TNT's Snowpiercer. A few weeks after the director and actor, respectively, joined the pilot episode adaptation of Bong Joon Ho’s film of the same name, Jennifer Connelly has now joined the cast as Melanie Cavill, the "Voice of the Train."
Press Release (via The Futon Critic): Turner's TNT has cast Jennifer Connelly, who earned an Oscar(R) for her performance in A Beautiful Mind, to star in the network's drama pilot Snowpiercer. She joins Tony Award(R) winner Daveed Diggs (Hamilton, Black-ish) in the futuristic thriller, which will be directed by Scott Derrickson (Doctor Strange). Based on the acclaimed movie of the same name, Snowpiercer is a co-production of Tomorrow Studios and Turner's Studio T, along with Cj Entertainment. The project is being executive-produced by writer-showrunner Josh Friedman (Avatar 4, »
- Derek Anderson
Based on Bong Joon Ho’s 2013 film of the same name, the series is set seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland. The remnants of humanity now inhabit a gigantic, perpetually moving train that circles the globe. Connelly will play Melanie Cavill, a First Class passenger who works as the Voice of the Train, responsible for making the daily announcements over its Pa system. Though many in her VIP position are dismissive of the lower class passengers, Melanie is curiously fascinated by them.
She joins Tony Award-winner Daveed Diggs in the pilot, which will be directed by Scott Derrickson. “Snowpiercer” is a co-production of Tomorrow Studios and Turner’s Studio T, along with Cj Entertainment. The project is being executive-produced by writer-showrunner Josh Friedman, Derrickson, Tomorrow Studios’ Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements, Bong »
- Joe Otterson
The first one-sheet for Darren Aronofsky’s (Pi, Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan) new film mother! has arrived and it features a beautifully drawn poster of star Jennifer Lawrence at her most giving. Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer, Domhnall… Continue Reading →
The post mother! – Jennifer Lawrence Gives Us a Heart On for this Poster appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Steve Barton
Kirsten Howard May 15, 2017
Black Swan director Aronofsky decided to join in with the Mother's Day celebrations overseas by dropping a poster for his latest outing.
Darren Aronofsky has made some absolutely cracking films over the last two decades. Pi, Requiem For A Dream and Black Swan all saw the director wearing his influences on his sleeve - from Tetsuo: The Iron Man to Perfect Blue to Suspiria - while he still managed to create very individual pieces of work and become a celebrated director in his own right, even picking up an Oscar nomination back in 2011.
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Eat your heart out, Darren Aronofsky fans. Not one to let a holiday go by unremarked, the writer/director just released the poster for his upcoming “mother!,” which stars Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem. Avail yourself of the first-look image below.
The film is described as concerning “a couple whose relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.” Through the powers of deductive reasoning, one might reasonably conclude that Lawrence and Bardem play said couple, while the rest of the cast — Michelle Pfeiffer, Ed Harris and Domhnall Gleeson — as the interlopers.
Read More: Darren Aronofsky on His Private Writing Process, Fighting Financiers and His Mysterious New Film
James Jean designed the poster, and a look at his website reveals plenty of other striking work. Best known for “Requiem for a Dream, »
- Michael Nordine
Vincent Guastini best known for his make-up effects work in Requiem For A Dream, Dogma, Last Of Mohicans, Letters Of Iwo Jima, and Stephen King’s Thinner. Guastini has multiple projects that have been released in the month of April that… Continue Reading →
The post Exclusive Guest Blog: Vincent Guastini – V.G.P. Effects & Design Studio New Projects – Aftermath, Dimension 404, and Vincent’s Directing Debut of The Dark Tapes appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Steve Barton
Requiem for a Dream director Darren Aronofsky was prepping an Evel Knievel biopic as his directorial follow-up to 2014’s Noah, but he ultimately moved on from that project and instead got the ball rolling on Mother!, a mysterious film with Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem in the lead roles. We known the film follows “a couple whose relationship is tested […]
The post Darren Aronofsky’s New Film ‘Mother!’ is a Horror Thriller appeared first on /Film. »
- Ben Pearson
Darren Aronofsky has no trouble creating films that are deeply unsettling. Pi and Requiem for a Dream both have a specific air of dread about them. Then there is Black Swan, the beautiful, yet frightening film that stunned audiences and… Continue Reading →
The post Darren Aronofsky’s Newest Film mother! Is Supposedly a Horror/Thriller appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Jonathan Barkan
A midnight movie for those not old enough to stay up past midnight, Richard Kelly’s Donnie Darko was, for a great number of millennial teens and college students, the ultimate cult classic. Along with Larry Clark’s Kids and Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream, I remember Kelly’s film being shared on home video like the Holy Grail, a movie viewed over and over again in sheer shock, fascination, and debate. A director’s cut followed three years later and only further mystified the film’s elaborate puzzle; subsequent ephemera — an explanatory book and an unwarranted sequel — cashed in on the growing fanbase. In 1988, a troubled suburban teenager (played by then-newcomer Jake Gyllenhaal) […] »
- Erik Luers
A haunting, neon-soaked fever dream that tackles the dangers of viral media and loneliness, first-time director Robert Mockler’s drama, Like Me, was unlike anything else I saw during the 2017 SXSW Film Festival, and features brilliant performances from Addison Timlin as Kiya and indie filmmaking icon Larry Fessenden as a man she kidnaps on her crime-fueled journey.
While in Austin, Daily Dead spoke with Mockler about his approach to the story of Like Me, his experiences collaborating with Timlin, how Fessenden became a mentor to him throughout the process of making his debut feature, and more.
Really great job, Robert. I would love to hear about where the genesis of this idea for the film came from. Clearly, there are a lot of issues that you tackle in this that are very relevant to what's going on, especially with online culture these days. You took an unusual route here, and it's incredibly fascinating. »
- Heather Wixson
There may be no idea more contemporary than a demented character using the internet in the reckless pursuit of fame. Writer-director Rob Mockler’s debut, “Like Me,” distills that motif to a ferocious young woman so compelled to create online sensations that they drive her insane. It’s an obvious conceit and doesn’t offer new insights, but Mockler transforms the material into a solid thriller with an edgy vision of millennial lunacy, sketching out a psychopath unique to the viral video age.
That would be Kiya (Addison Timlin), a mysterious prankster first seen recording a convenience store clerk late at night as she puts a gun to his head and he begs for his life. The video instantly takes off, generating heated debates across the web and Mockler’s stylish montage captures the overlapping conversations with a knack for featuring the disorienting chaos of modern discourse.
Meanwhile, Kiya watches »
- Eric Kohn
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