16 items from 2015
The fifth film in Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean" series has begun filming. Here's the press release the company issued today to celebrate the news which also includes a detailed new synopsis. Here's the press release in full:
Queens Land, Australia (February 18, 2015) – Production has commenced on location in Australia on Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films' epic comedy adventure "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales," directed by Espen Sandberg & Joachim Rønning ("Kon-Tiki"), the fifth entry in the blockbuster franchise inspired by the classic Disney Theme Parks attraction, which has reaped $3.7 billion in worldwide box office.
"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" will film entirely at Village Roadshow Studios and on locations within Queensland, Australia.
Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying »
- Garth Franklin
Production has commenced on location in Australia on Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ epic comedy adventure Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, directed by Espen Sandberg & Joachim Rønning (“Kon-Tiki”), the fifth entry in the blockbuster franchise inspired by the classic Disney Theme Parks attraction, which has reaped $3.7 billion in worldwide box office.
Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will film entirely at Village Roadshow Studios and on locations within Queensland, Australia.
Johnny Depp returns to his iconic, Academy Award-nominated role of Captain Jack Sparrow, one of the most beloved characters in motion picture history, newly joined by Oscar winner Javier Bardem (“No Country for Old Men,” “Skyfall”), rising young stars Kaya Scodelario (“The Maze Runner,” British television’s “Skins”) and Brenton Thwaites (“Maleficent,” “The Giver”) and Golshifteh Farahani (“The Patience Stone,” “Exodus: Gods and Kings”).
Rejoining the action are Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush as Barbossa, »
- Michelle McCue
Production has commenced on location in Australia on Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films' epic comedy adventure Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, directed by Espen Sandberg & Joachim Rønning (Kon-Tiki), the fifth entry in the blockbuster franchise inspired by the classic Disney Theme Parks attraction, which has reaped $3.7 billion in worldwide box office. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will film entirely at Village Roadshow Studios and on locations within Queensland, Australia.
Johnny Depp returns to his iconic, Academy Award-nominated role of Captain Jack Sparrow, one of the most beloved characters in motion picture history, newly joined by Oscar winner Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men, Skyfall), rising young stars Kaya Scodelario (The Maze Runner, British television's Skins) and Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent, The Giver) and Golshifteh Farahani (The Patience Stone, Exodus: Gods and Kings). Rejoining the action are Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush as Barbossa, »
Among our most anticipated foreign films (#27) for 2015, along with Pablo Larraín’s The Club, Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years has turned out to be among the most buzzed items at this year’s Berlin Film Festival. With trophyware not yet handed out, Variety reports that IFC’s Arianna Bocco has snagged the North American distrib rights for the Sundance Selects label.
Gist: Based on the short story by David Constantine and adapted by Haigh, Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay portray a couple in the middle of preparations for her 45th wedding anniversary when he receives news that the body of his old girlfriend, who died years earlier in a fatal accident in the Swiss Alps, has finally been found.
Do We Care?: We’ve been keeping close »
- Eric Lavallee
To celebrate the release of ‘Collection’, we’re giving 5 lucky WhatCulture.com readers the chance to win a copy of the high octane, exciting thriller on DVD.
Collection (released as ‘Reach Me’ in the Us) follows the story of a diverse group of people, all making big changes on the advice of a reclusive and mysterious writer, Teddy Rayman (Tom Berenger – Inception, Training Day). The dark and enigmatic Teddy reaches out to various people and saves them from their often violent and troubled lives in this fast paced thriller.
Hollywood action film legends Stallone and Berenger are joined in this Kickstarter-funded project by Kevin Connolly (Entourage, John Q), Kelsey Grammer (Transformers: Age Of Extinction, X-Men: The Last Stand), Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down), Terry Crews (The Expendables 2, Bridesmaids), Danny Trejo (Machete, From Dusk Till Dawn) and many more.
For your chance to win ‘Collection on DVD, »
- Sam Driver
By Anjelica Oswald
Damian Chazelle’s Whiplash won three BAFTA Awards at last night’s ceremony: best editing, best supporting actor and best sound. The film, which also received BAFTA nominations for best director and best original screenplay, is nominated for five Oscars. The three BAFTA wins coincide with similar Oscar categories, including best sound mixing. (Rather than have one Oscar category for sound, the Oscars are split into sound mixing and sound editing, and Whiplash is nominated for sound mixing.) Do these BAFTA wins bode well for the film at the Oscars?
BAFTA, or the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, used to hold the awards ceremony after the Academy Awards had already occurred, but since 2001, the BAFTAs have preceded the Oscars.
In the 14 years since the BAFTAs have taken place before the Oscars, only four of the 14 best sound BAFTA winners didn’t win an Oscar for their sound, »
- Anjelica Oswald
Stumbling across that list of best-edited films yesterday had me assuming that there might be other nuggets like that out there, and sure enough, there is American Cinematographer's poll of the American Society of Cinematographers membership for the best-shot films ever, which I do recall hearing about at the time. But they did things a little differently. Basically, in 1998, cinematographers were asked for their top picks in two eras: films from 1894-1949 (or the dawn of cinema through the classic era), and then 1950-1997, for a top 50 in each case. Then they followed up 10 years later with another poll focused on the films between 1998 and 2008. Unlike the editors' list, though, ties run absolutely rampant here and allow for way more than 50 films in each era to be cited. I'd love to see what these lists would look like combined, however. I imagine "Citizen Kane," which was on top of the 1894-1949 list, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Now this is a list that could result in a lot of fascinating dissection and thanks to HitFix it comes to our attention almost three years after it was originally released back in 2012, celebrating the Motion Picture Editors Guild's 75th anniversary. Over at HitFix, Kris Tapley asks, "Is this news to anyone elsec" Um, yes, I find it immensely interesting and a perfect starting point for anyone looking to further explore the art of film editing. In an accompanying article we get the particulars concerning what films were eligible and how films were to be considered: In our Jan-feb 12 issue, we asked Guild members to vote on what they consider to be the Best Edited Films of all time. Any feature-length film from any country in the world was eligible. And by "Best Edited," we explained, we didn't just mean picture; sound, music and mixing were to be considered as well. »
- Brad Brevet
A random bit of researching on a Tuesday night led me to something I didn't know existed: The Motion Picture Editors Guild's list of the 75 best-edited films of all time. It was a feature in part celebrating the Guild's 75th anniversary in 2012. Is this news to anyone else? I confess to having missed it entirely. Naturally, I had to dig in. What was immediately striking to me about the list — which was decided upon by the Guild membership and, per instruction, was considered in terms of picture and sound editorial as opposed to just the former — was the most popular decade ranking. Naturally, the 1970s led with 17 mentions, but right on its heels was the 1990s. I wouldn't have expected that but I happen to agree with the assessment. Thelma Schoonmaker's work on "Raging Bull" came out on top, an objectively difficult choice to dispute, really. It was so transformative, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Switzer Entertainment Group started filming the action movie, ‘Blue Line‘ this past Sunday, January 25th in Connecticut! ‘Blue Line’ is about a master thief pulling off the heist of a lifetime with a jaded police detective hot on her trail. The movie stars Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down, Heat) Jordan … Continue reading →
- Mike Joy
Grimm channels The Expendables in this week's entertaining rescue mission adventure, feat. a new and improved Juliette...
This review contains spoilers.
Okay, that might be taking it a bit far, but this week’s episode of Grimm was a lot of fun to watch, as the gang pooled their efforts to rescue Monroe from the clutches of a psychopathic cult.
Firstly, letting Wu into the secret is without doubt a crowd-pleaser. Nick and Hank attempt to ease him into the world of Grimm without freaking him out too much, bringing in the least terrifying of Wesen – Bud – to demonstrate woging. This just takes Wu’s already permanently shocked expression to new levels of disbelief.
They called it prepping »
Once you’re absorbed by its terror, you can’t even scream. The slimy mass that is the Blob first thrilled audiences when it took on Steve McQueen on the big screen in 1958. It next oozed into cinemas via the 1972 sequel, Beware! The Blob, before being reborn in a 1988 remake directed by Chuck Russell and co-written by Frank Darabont. Proving that it’s still a relentless alien amoeba, 1958’s The Blob is being remade once again.
Goldcrest Films is moving forward with a remake of The Blob, with Simon West (The Expendables 2, Con Air) lined up for the director’s chair and shooting slated to begin this summer. Modern-day special effects capabilities are expected to bring the Blob to life like never before, and Chris Haney (Avatar, Avengers Assemble) will oversee the VFX in post-production.
- Derek Anderson
After three weeks of a record-setting limited release, Warner’s Best Picture nominee American Sniper went wide at the North American box office this weekend where it earned an incredible $90.2 million. The acclaimed Clint Eastwood-directed drama wasn’t the only big hit at the multiplex over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. Sony’s Kevin Hart comedy The Wedding Ringer and The Weinstein Company’s Paddington also posted solid numbers. Universal’s Blackhat, on the other hand, did not. Thanks to the massive opening for American Sniper, the top ten surged not only 72% from last weekend but also 22% from a year ago.
January has become a prime month for studios to release military-themed dramas that strike a cord with the American movie going public. Black Hawk Down, Zero Dark Thirty and Lone Survivor were all big hits that went into wide release in mid-January after a successful limited run the month before. »
“Do you believe the past can return?” “More than that, it never leaves us.” 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, and you can now mark your calendars for the return of the scary series, as an official Season 2 premiere date has been revealed along with a new trailer.
The second season of Showtime’s Penny Dreadful will premiere on Sunday, April 26th at 10pm Est.
“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 will »
- Derek Anderson
Donning the cape and tights to play a big screen superhero was often seen as career suicide for actors. This idea is mined to brilliant effect in Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman, with a former comic book star looking to relaunch his career with an ambitious Broadway play.
Adding extra spice to Birdman is the casting of Michael Keaton, himself a former Batman whose post-tights career has been somewhat hit and miss. This film, however, is a stunning reminder of just how good an actor Keaton is and proof that careers don't end when on-screen superpowers fade away.
Digital Spy takes a look at 20 ex-superhero stars to see how they fared after leaving an iconic comic book role behind.
20. Billy Zane
Egypt thinks so, claiming it presents a Zionist view of events. But is it more guilty of being pompous and badly scripted?
Exodus: Gods and Kings review – holy Moses, wholly acceptable for the devoutEgypt bans ‘Zionist’ film
This week, big-budget Hollywood epic Exodus: Gods and Kings was banned in Egypt. “It gives a Zionist view of history and contains historical inaccuracies and that’s why we have decided to ban it,” explained culture minister Gaber Asfour. Reportedly, cinemas in Morocco have also been forbidden to show the film. This comes after one of the most extraordinary cinematic controversies of recent years: the spat over Kim Jong-Un assassination movie The Interview, which allegedly provoked the Sony Pictures hacking scandal and has drawn the governments of the United States and North Korea into a diplomatic contretemps.
The Interview is fantasy rather than history, but it does feature as a major character someone who is real, »
- Alex von Tunzelmann
16 items from 2015
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