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On paper, Christopher Nolan’s follow-up to Interstellar couldn’t be more different to the puzzle boxes which have defined his movies to date. Here’s a real historic event portrayed in well under two hours, with no room for sci-fi elements or high concept hooks. That it feels, in the end, very much like you’ve watched a Christopher Nolan film is surprising, for reasons both pleasing and not-so-pleasing.
We’re thrown into the nightmare of 1940, when more than 300,000 British Expeditionary Force troops were trapped on the titular beach, with the German hordes moving in. (In one of the film’s many authentic touches, we get to see the German propaganda leaflets promising the Allies’ imminent destruction.)
Three stories – and here’s where the narrative is Nolanised. »
- Rupert Harvey
Sony Pictures has released the trailer for “Only the Brave,” the biographical drama starring Miles Teller and Josh Brolin based on the true story about firefighters and the historic wildfire that struck Yarnell, Arizona in June of 2013. Formerly known as “Granite Mountain Hotshots,” the name of the elite firefighting group that battled the deadly blaze, the film only took on its new title this week. GQ, which posted the trailer on Wednesday, published a magazine feature about the story entitled “No Exit” in 2013.
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Directed by “Oblivion” and “Tron: Legacy” director Joseph Kosinski, “Only the Brave” tells the harrowing story of the tragic fire that claimed the lives of 19 members of the Hotshots. “Black Hawk Down” screenwriter Ken Nolan co-wrote the script with “American Hustle” co-writer Eric Warren Singer. The star-studded cast includes Jennifer Connelly, »
- Graham Winfrey
R. Ellis Frazier directed from Benjamin Budd’s script in which Sizemore portrays a two-bit hustler and the driver for a Baja drug cartel, finds himself relying on a skilled-but-reluctant bounty hunter, portrayed by Sidhu, to stay out of the grasps of a merciless assassin and vicious thugs led by a rival gang leader. The duo crosses paths with a sultry dancer — played by Ling, who has many secrets and a greater stake in all of this than they first realize.
- Dave McNary
In today’s roundup, ABC’s series “Once Upon A Time” has announced a number of new cast members for Season 7 and Showtime released a first look at the final season of “Episodes.”
ABC’s “Once Upon A Time” has announced a number of new cast members for Season 7. Daina Ramirez (“Devious Maids”) and Gabrielle Anwar (“Burn Notice”) will be joining the cast along with Mekia Cox (“Chicago Med”), Rose Reynolds (“Wasted”), and Adelaide Kane (“Reign”). The new additions come as a number of series regulars departed the series at the conclusion of Season 6, including series star Jennifer Morrison.
BBC and Masterpiece on PBS announced that Dame Angela Lansbury, Michael Gambon, and Emily Watson will star in the upcoming television adaptation of “Little Women.” Originally written by Louisa May Alcott, the series will be directed by Vanessa Caswill. Watson will star as Marmee while Lansbury will play the role of the wealthy relative, Aunt »
- Dixie Limbachia
Premium cable network to adapt Vietnam War book into limited series.
The Vietnam War adaption will focus on lives on all sides during pivotal the Tet Offensive by Vietnamese forces. Characters include a seemingly innocent Vietnamese schoolgirl turned hardened revolutionary; a Marine captain from Pennsylvania who becomes a war hero; a Hanoi teacher who fights as an infantryman for the North Vietnamese army; and Us president Lyndon B. Johnson.
The network is reportedly planning to begin filming on the series at the end of this year in Asia.
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You knew it was coming. It was just a matter of time. Periscope Entertainment announced today Charlie Hofheimer (24: Legacy, Black Hawk Down), Aleksa Palladino (Boardwalk Empire, Halt and Catch Fire), Robin Lord Taylor (Gotham, The Walking Dead), and Clarke Peters (The Wire, John Wick) have signed on to star in David Guy Levy's psychological sci-fi thriller The Mandela Effect, written by Steffen Schlachtenhaufen and Levy. The film marks their second creative collaboration following Would You Rather. Joshua Fruehling, Levy and Schlachtenhaufen are producing under the Periscope banner.
The Mandela Effect follows a man who becomes obsessed with facts and events that have been collectively misremembered by thousands of people. Believing the phenomena to be the symptom of something much larger, his obsession eventually leads him to question reality itself. Principal photography is currently underway in Los Angeles. Director and Periscope Entertainment's David Guy Levy said this.
Perhaps more so than any other category in Hollywood cinema, when it comes to casting, the superhero genre is filled with remarkable stories of near misses and almosts. Think of how close Tom Cruise came to landing the role of Iron Man, or Tom Hiddleston testing for Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, before ultimately landing the role of his scheming step-sibling, Loki.
When it comes to the Caped Crusader, one actor that came awfully close to donning the cape and cowl is Josh Hartnett. Back when Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy was still in its infancy, Hartnett was linked with the title role in Batman Begins, but as is often the case, was ultimately forced to pass up the opportunity due to issues with scheduling.
For Josh Hartnett, losing out on the chance to play Gotham’s Dark Knight wasn’t even the biggest disappointment; instead, the actor laments his decision to pass up the opportunity to collaborate with Christopher Nolan.
I would welcome the opportunity to be in a relationship with a great artist in our film culture, no matter where they’re making films. In that instance, I think my regret mostly was not forming the friendship or the creative partnership with that director, more than it was [not] doing Batman.
It’s a missed opportunity that Hartnett has spoken about in the past, and here, the Black Hawk Down actor goes on record to clarify previous comments.
It wasn’t about not doing studio films. At the time, what I was interested in was… the film that I did instead of that was a tiny film about a guy with Asperger’s Syndrome, falling in love with a woman with Asperger’s Syndrome. It was a true story, Mozart And The Whale. It was more a question of what I wanted to do as opposed to what I didn’t want to do, and I always try to look at things that way.
As for Warner Bros. and Ben Affleck’s muscly new incarnation of The Batman, he’ll help form the mighty Justice League when Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon’s long-anticipated ensemble movie swoops into theatres on November 17th. »
- Michael Briers
Coming to Digital Download from 24 July and DVD and Blu-ray from 7 August is The Ottoman Lieutenant, a new film featuring Ben Kingsley (Gandhi, Schindler’s List), Josh Hartnett (Black Hawk Down, Penny Dreadful), Michiel Huisman (Game of Thrones, The Age of Adaline) and Hera Hilmar (Anna Karenina, Davinci’s Demons).
The film tells the wartime story of a strong-willed woman Lillie (Hera Hilmar) who leaves the United States after meeting Jude (Josh Hartnett) an American doctor who runs a remote medical mission within the exotic Ottoman Empire. There, she finds her loyalty tested to both Jude and the mission’s sagacious founder (Ben Kingsley) when she falls in love with Ismail (Michiel Huisman), a Lieutenant in the Ottoman Imperial Army. Set among the backdrop of World War 1 and tied together with epic battles and mind-blowing fight sequences, Lillie must decide if she wants to be what other people want her to be, »
- Paul Heath
Ryan Lambie Jun 15, 2017
We’re used to seeing textured, gritty future worlds in the films of director Neill Blomkamp: his Oscar-nominated debut District 9, Elysium and Chappie. Rakka, meanwhile, is perhaps his darkest piece yet: a 20-minute tour of an Earth ravaged by aliens. Called the Klum, these lizard-like beings aren’t content with subjugating the human race; they’re actively committed to doing the most grotesque, twisted things imaginable to us.
See related Doctor Who series 10: The Eaters Of Light review
Rakka is the first short film from Oats Studios, part of an opening salvo of 20-minute shorts and brief, off-the-wall sketches that are all united by Blomkamp’s taste for the futuristic, rough-edged and bio-mechanical, and collectively titled Oats Volume One. »
Actor William Fichtner has had a long career in film that has seen him play a variety of supporting roles, from Heat to Armageddon to last year’s Independence Day: Resurgence. Now, according to Deadline, he will be making his directorial debut as he goes behind the camera for the drama Cold Brook.
“[Cold Brook is] the story of two ordinary guys in a small town who embark on an extraordinary adventure,” Fichtner said. “It’s a story about coming home; something everyone, everywhere has an innate desire to do.”
“When my writing partner Cain DeVore and I began to work on Cold Brook, and the story evolved over the years, the one thing that never changed was that we »
- Ricky Church
Exclusive: Long regarded as an actor’s actor with a trail of great performances in films from Heat to The Perfect Storm and Black Hawk Down, William Fichtner is stepping behind the camera to make his directorial debut. Roadrunner Inc., Anamorphic Media, Trilight Entertainment, and Primary Wave Entertainment are co-producing Cold Brook, a drama that will shoot this summer in Buffalo and Cortland County, New York. Fichtner will direct, and he will star with Sons of… »
Struggling to come to terms with the break-up of his marriage and his reintegration into civilian life, former Navy Seal John Beckett contemplates returning to what he knows best, war. When a close friend is brutally murdered in a racially motivated attack, Beckett calls upon his specialized military skills to find the perpetrators and bring them to justice. Has he found a new sense of purpose, or will this be his last mission?
The film sees Marsden directing from his own script, as well as starring alongside Christine Lakin (Family Guy, Valentine’s Day), Jeremy Ratchford (Cold Case, Leatherheads), Stelio Savante (Blood In The Water, The Making Of The Mob) and Josh Kelly (Unreal, One Life To Live). »
- Gary Collinson
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired the North American rights to “The Silent Man,” marking the occasion by releasing a first-look photo and teaser for the Watergate drama. The film is written and directed by Peter Landesman (“Concussion”) and stars Liam Neeson, Diane Lane and Kate Walsh.
“The Silent Man” tells the true story of special agent Mark Felt (played by Neeson), the notorious secret informant who, in 1974, helped journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the greatest political scandal in Us history. Felt was given the pseudonym of “Deep Throat” until he revealed himself as the famous tipster in 2005. The all-star cast also includes Marton Csokas (“The Equalizer”), Josh Lucas (“The Lincoln Lawyer”), Kate Walsh (“Private Practice”), Tony Goldwyn (“Scandal”), Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”), Tom Sizemore (“Black Hawk Down”), Wendi McLendon-Covey »
- Yoselin Acevedo
The film revovles around Mark Felt – aka Deep Throat, the pseudonym given to the notorious whistle blower for one of the greatest scandals of all time, Watergate. The true identity of the secret informant remained a mystery and source of much public curiosity and speculation for more than 30 years. That is until, in 2005, special agent Mark Felt shockingly revealed himself as the tipster. This unbelievable true story chronicles the personal and professional life of the brilliant and uncompromising Felt, who risked and ultimately sacrificed everything – his family, his career, his freedom – in the name of justice.
- Paul Heath
Upon first glance at the title it might seem like some "click-bait" article trying to get read. And perhaps, no matter what you read here, that is how you're going to see it. However, once you finish reading this opinion piece (and remember, this is simply my opinion), you may very well agree that Ridley Scott is no longer the man to handle the Alien franchise. Especially after watching this weekend's less than stellar Alien: Covenant.
When the first Alien movie landed in theaters in 1979, it was groundbreaking. It featured incredible special effects, a plausible look at the space program in the future, and a scene of such amazingly grotesque proportions (the alien exploding out of a crew mate's stomach), it still shocks people to this day. The film was smart, it featured a female kicking ass, and in many ways, the first Alien movie directed by Ridley Scott is still ahead of it's time. »
A new trademark application from Hasbro has revealed the first official logo for the upcoming Bumblebee spin-off, which will continue the Transformers franchise in theaters next summer. The logo application was approved this weekend, and this is most likely just an early version of this logo, since there is no color scheme quite yet. This logo was described on the application as a "stylized design of a bee," which will be used for "toy action figures, toy vehicles and toy robots convertible into other visual toy form".
Tfw 2005 unveiled the logo over the weekend, although it isn't ultimately clear when we may see this logo in its official form quite yet. While no cast members have been announced, Travis Knight, who made his directorial debut with Kubo and the Two Strings last year, has signed on to direct this Bumblebee adventure, from a script by Christina Hodson (Gotham City Sirens). Michael Bay, »
Simon Brew May 16, 2017
I can’t think of too many more recent well-deserved sci-fi blockbuster hits than The Martian. I really like the film a lot. Expertly directed by one of cinema’s best ever world builders, Ridley Scott, it of course told the story of a man stranded on the red planet, with the simple task of staying alive for, er, a long time before help could be found. Given that the Mars movies we got in the early 2000s were Mission To Mars and Red Planet, I’m happy to call The Martian a substantial upgrade.
I’d also suggest it brought the best out of Ridley Scott.
Scott came to The Martian relatively late in the day. »
Movies about modern military conflicts, whether action, drama, or comedy are tough nuts to crack. For every epic war film like Black Hawk Down, American Sniper, or Zero Dark Thirty there are clunkers like Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Jarhead, or The Delta Force. Part of the problem, speaking as an Army veteran, is that it's very hard to capture the nuances and idiosyncrasies of the military and how our troops interact on-duty/off-duty.
Each branch of the military is a culture unto itself, heavy with jargon, rivalries, and living conditions that are difficult to translate on-screen and generally opaque to the general public. Try explaining the mutual dislike between the Army and the Marines to someone who's never served, it's one of those "you'd have to be there" kind of things to explain.
Military comedies, are perhaps the most challenging sub-genre to get right. »
- David Kozlowski
Doug Liman’s The Wall faces the same problem as Netflix’s Sand Castle – is there anything left unsaid about an already mass-criticized Iraq invasion? We’ve heard it all. Government debriefings, conspiracy theories, oil-slick motivations. At this point – almost a decade after occupancy began to wind down – what more is there to exploit? Not much, which is why writer Dwain Worrell draws up this cat-and-mouse sniper battle like a modern-times Enemy At The Gates. One location, sun-soaked tension and a maniac shooter with his sights locked on American troopers. Imagine Jonás Cuarón’s Desierto, except instead of Jeffrey Dean Morgan hunting Mexican border crossers, a Middle Eastern man takes exception to the flag-waving “invaders” who just want to “help.”
Stop me if you’ve heard/seen/experienced these patriotic paradoxes before.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson stars as Sergeant Allen Isaac – “Eyes” for short – who’s 22 hours into a military stakeout with »
- Matt Donato
Ridley Scott Announces That Alien 5 Will Not Be Happening After All Academy Award-nominated Black Hawk Down director Ridley Scott closes the door on the possibility of there being an Alien 5. With the release of Alien: Covenant around the corner, many are already anticipating what Scott has in store for the classic science fiction [...]
- Reggie Peralta
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