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It was a year of many tortured geniuses onscreen — Alan Turing, Stephen Hawking, J.M.W. Turner, Brian Wilson — and behind the scenes, where directors like Bong Joon-ho, James Gray and Paul Schrader fought producers and distributors over final cut, and the right to see their films properly released. Of course, the very idea of distribution has become nearly as diffuse in the digital era as that of film itself, a material on which few movies are still made and even fewer shown — unless you happen to be Paul Thomas Anderson, Quentin Tarantino or Christopher Nolan, who earned the ire of some theater owners when he demanded they reinstall 35mm projectors if they wanted to screen his “Interstellar” two days early. In light of the film’s $600 million worldwide gross (and counting), one can only say: poor them.
Speaking of “Interstellar,” if there was one undeniable constant at the movies in 2014, it was time, »
- Scott Foundas
William Fichtner is the man. He's been in Heat, Armageddon, Contact, Go, The Perfect Storm, Black Hawk Down, Elysium, The Dark Knight and so, so much more. His latest role is in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (available now on Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD), where he plays Eric Sacks, a maniacal businessman who sets the stage for Shredder and his Foot clan to take over the turtles' home town of New York City. That may seem like an odd role for Fichtner, a great character actor who tends to pop up more in adult fare than he does movies for kids, but that's partially what attracted him to it. Plus, as you'll see in our below interview, it's really not that uncommon for him to receive a last minute call to join a movie (or TV...
- Peter Hall
The post-apocalyptic genre has been a staple in sci-fi for decades, and Josh Ridgway is contributing to the thought-provoking genre with his new film, “The Sector.” The film stars Richard Tyson (“Black Hawk Down”), Lance Henriksen (“Aliens,” “The Terminator”), John Wesley Shipp (1990-91 series “The Flash,” CW’s “The Flash” ), Vernon Wells (“Commando, “Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior”), Clarence Gilyard, Jr. (“Top Gun,” “Die Hard,” “Walker, Texas Ranger”) and Matthew Tompkins (“Machete,” “Longmire,” “Friday Night Lights”), and follows a bounty hunter living in a dystopian world who is simply trying to catch some outlaws. His mission reveals a conspiracy that reveals shocking truths about his own existence. Ridgway stated [ Read More ]
The post Exclusive: Stills From New Sci-Fi Project, The Sector, Reveal Dystopian World appeared first on Shockya.com. »
The thought of speaking, face-to-face, with either Christian Bale or director Ridley Scott is intimidating enough. Both of them are downright legendary. Scott for his unparalleled laundry list of genuinely classic movies (everything from "Alien" and "Blade Runner" to "Gladiator" and "Black Hawk Down") and Bale for a string of intense performances in everything from "American Psycho" to Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy (he seems to have a pretty intense off-screen presence too). But talking to both of them, together, well, it was enough to make me nearly atomize into a nearly-invisible mist.
Bale stars in Scott's new biblical epic "Exodus: Gods and Kings" as Moses, who leads the Jews out of Egypt and away from the evil pharaoh (played here by hunky Australian actor Joel Edgerton, in eye make-up and bronzer). It's yet another classic Bale performance: obsessive, exacting, and, of course, intense. And it's a performance brought »
- Drew Taylor
Exodus: Gods and Kings has everyone talking, and it isn’t even out yet (it hits theaters tomorrow). The reason? Because of its all-white top-billed cast, which director Ridley Scott is making no apologies for. On casting Christian Bale as Moses, Scott told Variety: “I can’t mount a film of this budget, where I have to rely on tax rebates in Spain, and say that my lead actor is Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such. I’m just not going to get it financed. So the question doesn’t even come up.” Real smooth of Scott to defend a racist movie with a racist answer. The cast is rounded out by Joel Edgerton as Ramses, Sigourney Weaver as Tuya, John Turturro as Seti, and Aaron Paul as Joshua. Exodus isn’t the first movie to use white actors as stand-ins for the rest of the human race, nor is »
Apes + Guns = Money
Rise of the Dawn of the Start of the Planet of the Apes: Origins, The Beginning, or just Dawn of the Planet of the Apes to its mates, has been given the ‘Honest Trailer’ treatment by the talented folks over at YouTubers Screen Junkies. You can watch their lampooning of Tim Burton’s remake, the movie’s sensitive mix of political manoevering and apes on horseback dual-wielding machine guns and Andy Serkis’ best ‘Christian Bale as Batman’ impression below…
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is directed by Matt Reeves (Let Me In) and sees Rise of the Planet of the Apes star Andy Serkis returning as Caesar alongside Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises), Keri Russell (Mission: Impossible III), Toby Kebbell (Wrath of the Titans), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In), Enrique Murciano (Black Hawk Down), Kirk Acevedo (The Thin Red Line »
- Oli Davis
Throughout the month of October, the folks at Scream Factory gave horror hounds plenty of treats with a slew of new Blu-ray title unveilings and now they are kicking off December with another gift for fans: two new title announcements and updated release dates for a bunch of Blu-rays, including the long-awaited Collector’s Edition of Dog Soldiers and the Blacula / Scream, Blacula, Scream double feature.
Scream Factory plans to release the delayed Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of Dog Soldiers on March 10th, while Blacula / Scream, Blacula, Scream is scheduled to come out on Blu-ray on March 3rd.
In addition to their Italian exploitation double feature of Exterminators of the Year 3000 and Cruel Jaws (slated for a March 3rd Blu-ray release), Scream Factory is bringing the Tom Sizemore-starring Dark Haul to Blu-ray on March 10th. We have Scream Factory’s official announcement with full details and a look »
- Derek Anderson
The Visual Effects Society announced Tuesday that director Ridley Scott will receive its Lifetime Achievement Award.
“Ridley Scott is a defining voice of the feature, broadcast and commercial forms,” said Jeffrey A. Okun, chair of the Ves board, in a press release. “His vision and contribution to the art is incomparable and his impact upon the visual effects and technical form is unparalleled.”
“The best filmmaking has always been the result of collaboration between artists, craftspeople and technicians, both in front and behind the camera,” Scott said. “Over the years I have been very fortunate to work on films that are visual at their core and thus I have »
- Marianne Zumberge
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
Classic horror literature characters, bloodsuckers, possession—season one of Showtime’s new series, Penny Dreadful, had a little bit of everything and turned out to be an unexpected treat for horror fans. Filming has been underway on the sophomore season and today Showtime revealed the first look at the next chapter in the horror series and teased what’s ahead for the eclectic cast of characters.
“This season, Vanessa and Ethan form a deeper bond as the group, including Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), and Sembene (Danny Sapani), unite to banish the evil forces that threaten to destroy them. Meanwhile, Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), the Creature (Rory Kinnear) and Brona (Billie Piper) are all waging battles of their own. Patti LuPone »
- Derek Anderson
Top brass at the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will host one-day event The Power Of Words: Book To Screen on January 8.
Barbara Keller and Susan Rosser curate the event, which will kick off with a morning keynote by Chaz Ebert and end with a conversation with Still Alice author Lisa Genova and producer Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns.
The day will comprise four sessions with expected participants such as Low Down author Amy Albany, Low Down and Brokeback Mountain producer Albert Berger, Black Hawk Down: A Story Of Modern War author Mark Bowden, Black Hawk Down screenwriter Ken Nolan and The Descendants (pictured) author Kaui Hart Hemmings.
Event sponsors include Spencer’s, Lulu California Bistro, Hilton Palm Springs and Barnes & Noble. For additional information click here.
The Psiff will take place from January 2-12. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Clint Eastwood is an enormously capable filmmaker who, like any filmmaker who works non-stop, is capable of turning out films that are polished and considered and carefully calibrated, and equally capable of turning out nearly inert movies that are forgettable and barely register. What I find most interesting about his career is the way it took him a while to win critics over to his side, but once he did, he's been almost untouchable ever since. Any other filmmaker coming off of "Jersey Boys" would have been greeted on their next film with open skepticism, but it's a real sign of just how esteemed Eastwood is that he could release that film to near-universal indifference at the start of the summer, and yet his next film can be greeted like an event that sends seismic waves through the already-crowded Oscar season. One of the things that I tend to avoid »
- Drew McWeeny
We’ve been sent over this cool infographic which gives you stats and facts for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which is released digitally today and is out on Blu-Ray and DVD on November 24th.
A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is directed by Matt Reeves (Let Me In) and sees Rise of the Planet of the Apes star Andy Serkis returning as Caesar alongside Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises), Keri Russell (Mission: Impossible III), Toby Kebbell (Wrath of the Titans), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In »
- Luke Owen
The original book, which was published in 1973, follows an American scientist who contacts the Kgb, claiming he wants to defect to Russia with U.S. military secrets. Ken Nolan changed the setting to modern-day, following an intelligence contractor who defects to North Korea, bringing a mysterious bag with him, in the immediate aftermath of the Edward Snowden case that made headlines around the world. The CIA brings in a washed-up officer who was trained during the Cold War and specializes in defections to help them with a case that becomes more complex than anyone can imagine.
Twentieth Century Fox has, according to Deadline, secured the big screen rights to Defection, an upcoming spy thriller by Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down), based on Robert Littell's debut novel "The Defection of A.J. LeWinter". Although the storyline in the screenplay has been updated to offer a contemporary setting, the original book, published in 1973, is officially described as follows: »
Ricky Gervais has set Eric Bana to help him bring that Golden Globes cynicism to a movie about journalism. They’ll star in Special Correspondents, a satirical comedy that Gervais wrote and will direct next spring. Bana will play a struggling New York based radio journalist whose arrogance and decadent lifestyle has hindered his career. With his job on the line he fakes front line war reports from the comfort of his hideout above a Spanish restaurant in the heart of Manhattan. Pic’s a co-production between Bron Studios and Unanimous Entertainment in association with Creative Wealth Media Finance and they’ll sell at Afm. Unanimous’ Chris Coen, Bron’s Aaron L. Gilbert, and Manuel Munz will produce. Creative Wealth’s Jason Cloth and Larry Sanisky are executive producers. Wme Global’s selling domestic; Protagonist is dealing international.
Bana will do it after wrapping The Finest Hours at Disney. While »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Sources tell Variety that Bay is in early talks to direct Paramount’s “13 Hours,” which is based on the true story recounting the attack on the U.S. Special Mission Compound and a nearby CIA Annex in Benghazi, Libya, on the 11th anniversary of Sept. 11.
Chuck Hogan penned the script based on Mitchell Zuckoff’s book “Thirteen Hours: A Firsthand Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi,” to which Paramount acquired rights in February before it was published. Erwin Stoff produces through 3 Arts Entertainment’s production shingle.
Bay said in August that while the next “Transformers” is already dated, he would not be returning to direct, and while this film will not feature the same elements, it still fits into his wheelhouse of action-heavy »
- Justin Kroll
Xbox is getting in on the original programming game with an upcoming live-action digital series titled Halo Nightfall, which will debut its first episode during the live-stream HaloFest event on November 10th. Xbox One owners who pick up Halo: The Master Chief Collection the next day will have access to the entire series.
Based on the wildly successful video game franchise, Nightfall boasts a pretty stellar pedigree – it was executive produced by Ridley Scott (Alien, Black Hawk Down), directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezza (Battlestar Galactica, Falling Skies), and scribed by Paul Scheuring, the creator of Prison Break. In particular, one can see Scott’s fingerprints all over Nightfall in the below trailer – it showcases the same sort of sci-fi gothic horror feel that the director established in Alien and Prometheus.
That the series looks so distinctly cinematic is a pleasant surprise and should help to make what appears to be »
- Isaac Feldberg
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
Revolution Studios has appointed Miramax to manage global television and digital distribution licensing for all its titles including the recently acquired Morgan Creek international film library.
The agreement expands the current one under which Miramax has represented Revolution in the Us since June 2012.
Miramax will begin representing Revolution’s titles internationally as rights begin to revert back to Revolution, while Morgan Creek titles are immediately available. Miramax executives will be in Mipcom to discuss the catalogue.
“We are excited to take this next step in our relationship with Miramax, which has proven to be a formula for success on the domestic front,” said Revolution CEO announced Vince Totino.
“Miramax is proud to expand its partnership with Revolution and we are excited to now represent the Revolution and Morgan Creek titles internationally,” said Miramax evp of worldwide TV sales Joe Patrick »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
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