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In the lead up to it’s UK bow in cinemas and at this week’s London Film Festival, a new clip has arrived online for The Program.
Check out the clip below (via The Guardian):
See Also: New poster for The Program
From Academy Award® nominated director Stephen Frears (The Queen, Philomena) and producers Working Title (The Theory Of Everything, Everest, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), comes the true story of the meteoric rise and fall of one of the most celebrated and controversial men in recent history, Lance Armstrong.
- Scott J. Davis
Meet some of the best directors working today, who haven't gone down the blockbuster movie route...
Ever find it a bit lame when the same big name directors get kicked around for every high profile project? Christopher Nolan, Jj Abrams, maybe the Russo Brothers? With so much focus on blockbuster films these days, getting a major franchise job seems like the main acknowledgement of success for a filmmaker. And yes, both the financial and creative rewards can be great. But there are plenty of other directors out there, doing their own thing, from art house auteurs to Dtv action specialists.
Here are 25 examples.
Even if you don’t know his name, you’ve probably seen Lee Hardcastle’s ultraviolent claymations shared on social media. He first started getting noticed for his two-minute remake of The Thing, starring the famous stop motion penguin Pingu. Far from just a cheap one-joke mash-up, »
It’s been a quarter of a century since a film was made about the Kray twins, and now two have come along at once! The main event of course is Legend, showcasing Tom Hardy in a dual role that has earned rave reviews from critics. The gangster pair were admired and abhorred in equal measure. They represented a strand of culture that mixed community values with intimidation and violence.
Some are looking forward to further exposure for Ronnie and Reggie. Others object to the perceived glamourizing of men who were hunted by the police and responsible for bloody carnage across London. Whatever your view, you have to agree they had a permanent effect on the fabric of Britain and this has been reflected onscreen in some surprising ways.
Don your best suit, pack your shooter and prepare for a rain-soaked car journey into the neon heart of the capital »
- Steve Palace
During Arrow's Comic-Con panel back in July, the show teased concept art that gave fans their first look at the new costume worn by David Ramsey's Diggle in Season 4. Just days after the first official photo of Diggle's costume debuted, DC Comics has revealed new photos that show the entire costume. These images feature David Ramsey with and without his new mask. Fans will get to see this costumed Diggle in action when Season 4 debuts next month.
It isn't known if Diggle will also have a crime-fighting alter-ego, like Oliver Queen's Arrow, but we know that Willa Holland's Thea Queen has assumed the superhero identity of Speedy. There has been speculation that Diggle may actually become a DC hero known as The Guardian, a former police officer who became a costumed vigilante. In the comics, The Guardian had connections to Arsenal, Atom and Wildcat, who are all established in the series, »
During Arrow's Hall H panel at Comic-Con this past summer, Stephen Amell showed off Oliver Queen's new costume to the crowd, while fans were also shown early concept art of the costume worn by Diggle (David Ramsey) in Season 4. As fans impatiently await the season premiere, "Green Arrow", debuting Wednesday, October 8 at 8 Pm Et on The CW, Entertainment Weekly has our first look at David Ramsey's full costume, which, to a certain extent, resembles the Marvel character Magneto's costume. However, executive producer Marc Guggenheim reveals that Diggle himself doesn't view this outfit as a "costume."
"We try to be very consistent with our characterization. I don't think Diggle looks at it as a costume per se. Oliver, in the last season, gave him advice in terms of concealing his identity, and so Diggle approaches it from a very practical standpoint. He followed Oliver's advice and he's got a means of concealing his identity, »
Believe it or not, Margot Robbie says she wasn't always the hot property she is now.
The actress, who stars in thriller Z for Zachariah alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chris Pine, told The Guardian that she had to fight for her role - because she "didn't have enough international value".
"I was actually trying to get the role of Ann in Z for Zachariah before I had done Wolf (of Wall Street)", she said. "But because I hadn't done a large film, I didn't have enough international value to my name to get the film funded.
"So another actress was attached who had been in more bigger budget, commercial films. Ironically, you have to do the bigger films in order to make a small film."
Robbie, who has just wrapped filming on Suicide Squad, said that she considers all actors to have a "price tag".
"Someone put it to me »
If you've been itching for an update on Scream Factory's upcoming releases (especially after their ten title announcement at Comic-Con), then you're in for a treat. In addition to announcing a Blu-ray / DVD release of 1987's White of the Eye, Scream Factory's revealed Blu-ray release dates for Troll / Troll 2, Ghost Story, and Blood and Lace, as well as offered updates on the respective Collector's Editions of Army of Darkness and The Serpent and the Rainbow, and much more.
On Facebook today, Scream Factory revealed the following release dates for forthcoming titles:
The company also offered estimated Blu-ray release times on a number of new titles:
White of the Eye (Blu-ray / DVD) – November, 2015 The Car – December, 2015 Women's Prison Massacre – December, 2015 Garbage Pail Kids: The Movie (Collector's Edition) – December, 2015 Nightmares – December, 2015 Jack's Back – January, »
- Derek Anderson
Uggie: 'The Artist' dog star. Uggie, 'The Artist' scene-stealing dog star, has died The biggest non-human movie star of the 21st century, Uggie, whose scene-stealing cuteness helped to earn Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist the 2011 Best Picture Academy Award, has died. According to his official Facebook page, Uggie had been suffering from prostate cancer; he was euthanized last Friday, Aug. 7, '15. Born in 2002, Uggie was 13 years old. An announcement posted on Tuesday night, Aug. 11, on the Fb page Consider Uggie read: We regret to inform to all our friends, family and Uggie's fans that our beloved boy has passed away. We were not planning on posting anything until we healed a little more but unfortunately somebody leaked it to TMZ and they will be announcing it. In short, Uggie had a cancerous tumor in the prostate and is now in a better place not feeling pain. »
- Andre Soares
If the Minecraft movie is even half as popular as the video game, then Mojang will have a true, ahem, blockbuster on its hands. As anticipation builds for Minecraft's silver screen debut, we've decided to dig around for some more information.
From potential release dates and budgets, to storylines, directors and producers, here's everything we know about the Minecraft movie so far.
What's the Minecraft movie all about?
Plot details are thin on the ground, but Mojang COO Vu Bui told The Guardian that it will tell one of the countless possible stories from Minecraft's build-it-yourself game world. "When coming up with a story, we want to make sure it is just a story within Minecraft, as opposed to the story within Minecraft," he said.
Elaborating on his comments, Bui said that the company doesn't want to discourage players by coming up with an official story of the Minecraft universe. »
The CW brought its hit show Arrow to Comic-Con this year as a part of the Hall H panel DC Superhero Saturday Night, which also featured The Flash, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Fox's Gotham and CBS' Supergirl. Since production hasn't started yet on Season 4 of Arrow, no new footage was revealed, but fans did get plenty of insight into the new season during this three-hour event. The Arrow segment kicked off with Stephen Amell hitting the stage in his brand new costume, confirming that he will now be known as Green Arrow on the show. But that was just the start of an insightful panel.
Executive producer Geoff Johns confirmed a report from earlier this week that Neal McDonough will portray the villainous Damien Dahrk. Then executive producer Marc Guggenheim confirmed two more nefarious character that will make their debut in Arrow Season 4, Mr. Terrific and Anarky. Here's what the »
It’s been a surprisingly interesting month of moving and shaking in terms of doc development. Just a month after making his first public funding pitch at Toronto’s Hot Docs Forum, legendary doc filmmaker Frederick Wiseman took to Kickstarter to help cover the remaining expenses for his 40th feature film In Jackson Heights (see the film’s first trailer below). Unrelentingly rigorous in his determination to capture the American institutional landscape on film, his latest continues down this thematic rabbit hole, taking on the immensely diverse New York City neighborhood of Jackson Heights as his latest subject. According to the Kickstarter page, Wiseman is currently editing the 120 hours of rushes he shot with hopes of having the film ready for a fall festival premiere (my guess would be Tiff, where both National Gallery and At Berkeley made their North American debut), though he’s currently quite a ways away from his $75,000 goal. »
- Jordan M. Smith
Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »
- Anna Robinson
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.
“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”
“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy »
- Michelle McCue
Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning. For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing. Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women. And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.
Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.
Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically »
- Tim Gray
Paramount Pictures and Fandango have debuted a new clip from Terminator Genisys, which revisits an iconic scene from 1984's The Terminator, while giving it a brand new twist. The scene is set at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, where a naked T-800 Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) approaches a group of thugs, demanding their clothes. What he doesn't realize is The Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger) has already been waiting for him, and an intense fight begins.
When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future...
J.K. Simmons, »
Earlier this month, Paramount debuted a new Terminator Genisys preview where original Terminator director James Cameron praised the new film. Today, the studio has released two new TV spots, one of which features a new quote from the director where he states that the franchise has been "reinvigorated," the twist is "more than you expected" and that "you're going to love this movie." We also get new footage of Arnold Schwarzenegger's The Guardian fighting another version of himself and more of John Connor's (Jason Clarke) new powers as a cyborg.
When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including »
Ron Moody as Fagin in 'Oliver!' based on Charles Dickens' 'Oliver Twist.' Ron Moody as Fagin in Dickens musical 'Oliver!': Box office and critical hit (See previous post: "Ron Moody: 'Oliver!' Actor, Academy Award Nominee Dead at 91.") Although British made, Oliver! turned out to be an elephantine release along the lines of – exclamation point or no – Gypsy, Star!, Hello Dolly!, and other Hollywood mega-musicals from the mid'-50s to the early '70s. But however bloated and conventional the final result, and a cast whose best-known name was that of director Carol Reed's nephew, Oliver Reed, Oliver! found countless fans. The mostly British production became a huge financial and critical success in the U.S. at a time when star-studded mega-musicals had become perilous – at times downright disastrous – ventures. Upon the American release of Oliver! in Dec. 1968, frequently acerbic The »
- Andre Soares
Sir Christopher Lee, the legendary British actor best known for his villainous roles, died on Sunday. He was 93. Christopher Lee Dies Lee died at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital after being treated for respiratory and heart problems, Lee’s wife Birgit Lee told The Guardian. Birgit, who had been married to the actor for more than 50 years, had waited […]
- Chelsea Regan
Good things come to those who wait. After two seasons of stealing every scene in which she’s been present, Aj Michalka has been promoted to a series regular on The Goldbergs ahead of the show’s third season. Michalka, who plays Erica’s best friend and Barry’s girlfriend, Lainey Lewis, has been recurring on the show since Season 1, and her promotion comes after a largely increased focus on the supporting cast in the semi-autobiographical show from the real Adam Goldberg. The Hollywood Reporter was the first to report the casting news. The third season of The Goldbergs will feature Aj Michalka’s first time as a regular on television. Also a singer-songwriter and member of music duo 78violet with her sister Aly, Aj has been featured in multiple episodes of The Guardian, Hellcats, and Oliver Beene, and she has also appeared on the big-screen in Super 8 and Grace Unplugged. »
- Jasef Wisener
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