14 items from 2015
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
"Clouds of Sils Maria," now in theaters, melds shades of Bergman's "Persona" and Cassavetes' "Opening Night" in depicting the psychological entanglements of three women: Juliette Binoche as a seasoned actress starring in a revival of the play that launched her career, Kristen Stewart as her spiky personal assistant and Chloë Grace Moretz as the much younger protégé costarring in this play. Stewart won a Cesar for this role. The lines between actor and role begin to blur as desire rears its head. We're never quite sure what's a rehearsal, and what's actual dialogue happening between the characters. All three actresses, Binoche and Stewart especially, deliver sensational performances that feel lived-in and even improvisational. Read More: Kristen Stewart Explains How She Held Her Own with Juliette Binoche in "Sils Maria"--and Won a Cesar The Guardian chats with Binoche in the delightful video interview below, in »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The picture is the bigscreen adaptation of the novel of the same title by celebrated Australian novelist Tim Winton. The story follows two thrill-seeking teenage boys who form an unlikely bond with a reclusive older surfer – Baker – and his mysterious wife. The script is penned by “Top of the Lake” screenwriter Gerard Lee.
“When I first read ‘Breath,’ I knew I had to somehow make the film,” said Baker. “The gathering storm of the story, detailed and intimate against the power and scope of the rugged setting, struck me as incredibly cinematic. I’m beyond excited to be back in Australia realizing this dream.”
Baker made his first steps into directing through episodes of “The Mentalist, »
- Patrick Frater
The Cannes Film Festival begins in just two days and as a result more and more pictures, posters, trailers and clips from the films showing in the festival will be arriving and now we have some pictures and the first poster for one of the more anticipated films, Sicario, from Denis Villeneuve (Enemy, Prisoners) with a screenplay from first timer Taylor Sheridan. The story centers on a young female FBI agent (Emily Blunt) joins a secret CIA operation to take down a Mexican cartel boss, a job that ends up pushing her ethical and moral values to the limit. Jon Bernthal, Josh Brolin, Benicio del Toro, Jeffrey Donovan and Daniel Kaluuya round out the cast. Along with a batch of pictures, all of which have been scattered around the Internet for the last week or so, today we get our first look at the film's poster, which definitely offers up »
- Brad Brevet
According to TrekMovie, the studio recently registered the title with the Motion Picture Association of America, making it all but an imminent press release away from being officially announced.
As has been rumoured for months, the third Star Trek film is expected to see the Enterprise crew on an exploration into deep space, living up to the show’s original mantra of adventures “Where no man has gone before”.
“Where no man has gone before – where no one has gone before, sensibly corrected for a slighter more enlightened generation. But yeah, that’s the mood at the moment.”
As was reported earlier in the year, Idris Elba will play the key villain in the movie. We »
- Matt Holmes
Chris Hardwick is going for the hat trick — of talk shows, that is.
The @midnight and Talking Dead host is teaming with Syfy to create a weekly Nerdist News series, per The Hollywood Reporter.
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The project — which would focus on the latest trends in technology, science and more — is currently a YouTube series hosted by Jessica Chobot, though a host for the Syfy installment has not yet been chosen. »
The tale as old as time (starring Lily James in the title role and our own Cate Blanchett as her wicked stepmother) scooped $4,321,814 over 271 screens in its opening weekend, which, including previews, takes its Australian box office to $4,757,185 thus far.
Unsurprisingly distributed by Disney, Branagh.s take on the magical fare has avoided the darkness of the Grimm version to deliver what The Guardian has described as .straight-faced sentimentality. with an .unfashionable absence of post-Enchanted irony.. Not that that.s a bad thing . The Daily Mail hails the production as .witty, charming and a delight for little girls everywhere..
Dystopian teen drama Insurgent fell by an average of 51 per cent in its second week of release, taking $2,073,925 over 269 screens. Distributed by eOne, the action-packed sequel to Divergent has amassed an Aus box office taking of $7,108.432.
- Emily Blatchford
Showtime has announced a summer premiere date for the third seasons of "Ray Donovan" and "Masters of Sex." Both dramas will return on Sunday, July 12, with "Ray" back at 9 p.m. and "Masters" at 10, just like last summer. "Ray Donovan" continues to attract notable guest stars, this season bringing in both Ian McShane and Katie Holmes. David Hollander (creator of CBS' "The Guardian") has replaced "Ray" creator Ann Biderman as showrunner. ("Masters of Sex" timeline spoilers coming in 3... 2... 1...) "Masters," meanwhile, will jump the narrative ahead all the way to 1966 (last year ended circa the JFK inauguration), as the new season "finds the famed duo of Masters (Michael Sheen) and Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) dealing with the glare of the national spotlight as their sex study is finally unveiled." (At the end of season 2, I spoke with creator Michelle Ashford about why big time jumps would become more and more necessary for the series as it continued. »
- Alan Sepinwall
Terminator Genisys is shaping up to be one of this summer's biggest blockbusters, with Arnold Schwarzenegger returning to the Terminator franchise as his iconic T-800 cyborg, although much has changed in this version. Much like the original Terminator, military leader John Connor (Jason Clarke) sends Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to the year 1984 to protect his mother Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke), although nothing is quite what he expects. Sarah has actually been raised by an "aging" T-800 cyborg known as The Guardian for several years, as Kyle finds himself with a new mission, to reset the future. Jai Courtney has recently been doing press for The Divergent Series: Insurgent, in theaters tomorrow, and during an interview with Hero Complex, the actor revealed he didn't pay any attention to Michael Biehn's original portrayal of Kyle Reese in The Terminator, because this character has changed quite a bit.
"To be honest ... I don't pay any attention, »
M. Night Shyamalan, “True Detective’s” Cary Fukunaga and screenwriter-producer Barry Schkolnick and most relevant figures in Brazil’s TV industry will attend this week’s 5th Rio Content Market, Latin America’s biggest international TV event.
A mix of keynote speeches, pitching sessions, screenings, exhibition halls and one-to-one biz meetings, Rcm runs Feb. 25-27 with a “warm-up” today Feb. 24.
Constituting a mass training push to get the Brazilian industry up-to-speed in order to meet the huge demand for Brazilian content created by a local 2011 quota, the Rcm offers the Brazilian industry export openings for select programs and foreign companies contact with one of Latin America’s fastest-growing TV industries: Since the introduction of local content quotas in 2011, independent Brazilian TV companies have produced or co-produced over 250 series.
- John Hopewell
The first trailer for the highly-anticipated Terminator Genisys that debuted last month showcased Arnold Schwarzenegger's T-800 battling himself, with the aging Terminator trying to stop his younger counterpart who is sent back in time to 1984. The Terminator Fans have uncovered new details about this fight sequence, which is currently being reworked since Skydance Productions is reportedly unhappy with some of the shots in the scene. Instead of bringing Arnold Schwarzenegger back for reshoots, they "will create a CGI digital older version of Schwarzenegger for the fight." Here's what the site's source had to say about the fight sequence.
"The battle will be better then the T-800 and T-1000 from Terminator 2. The ground will break on the wrestling fight."
The fight has been described as, "an unstoppable force meeting an immovable object" and the site reveals that the Terminator from 1984 won't even have time to find clothes before dealing with the aging Terminator, »
Arts critics tend to get a rough time of it in the movies. Even looking at this year's awards season hopefuls, Birdman casts a wonderfully scabrous Lindsay Duncan as a theatre critic who is determined to kill the hero's play, and Mr. Turner presents John Ruskin as a lisping, pretentious fop, a representation that has led some to take mild umbrage.
To look even further back, at Ratatouille's sneering Anton Ego, or Lady In The Water's film-savvy 'straw critic', or Theatre Of Blood's gleefully murderous tract, there's not a whole lot of love for critics in film. Any of this might give way to the preconception that critics, especially film critics, don't actually like films and that they're out of touch with both the filmmakers whose works they »
UK cinema in 2015 has plenty to recommend it. Here are 36 UK films of all genres to look forward to this year…
Dig past the litterfall of Kray Brothers biopics and tales of nubile teens on camping trips gone wrong, and you’ll unearth plenty for the UK film industry to boast about in 2015. From sci-fi romps and thrillers like Robot Overlords and Ex Machina to dramas like High-Rise, comedies like War On Everyone, spy flicks like Spectre and kids’ films like Bill, there’s no shortage of inventive, highly promising cinema coming from these isles.
We’ve included a few choice co-productions in 2015’s pick of the year’s most interesting-looking pictures, which bolsters our list in both size and breadth (and mostly means we Brits can claim partial credit for ace-sounding dystopian flick The Lobster).
In alphabetical order then, here are the 36 UK (or UK-ish) movies we’re excited about seeing this year… »
Emily Blunt believes that children are "coddled" with modern-day stories.
She said: "Chris Pine was telling me that most schools in America only do the first act of [Into the Woods], where everything is happy ever after.
"And it's just sad that we're choosing to coddle our children that way, because no one's more perceptive than a child."
Blunt added that classic Disney tales used to contain darkness. She said: "Bambi loses his mother, Dumbo is wrenched away from his mother, who is chained up and tormented and bullied. It used to be darker and more challenging.
"Nobody goes through life unscathed. If you want to fairytale the s**t out of everything, you're doing everyone a disservice."
Blunt recently denied that she was offered the part of Captain Marvel, »
14 items from 2015
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