20 items from 2016
Mark Harrison Oct 11, 2016
We salute the film work of one of Britain's very best, and most versatile, film actors: Mr Eddie Marsan...
Eddie Marsan isn't just one of the best British actors working today – he's also one of the busiest, appearing in all kinds of supporting roles in major movies, while also appearing on TV a lot, on both sides of the Atlantic. He was fantastic as the latter lead in BBC One's Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell last year and he's also a regular on Showtime's Ray Donovan as Ray's brother Terry, an ex-boxer suffering from Parkinson's disease.
On the big screen though, it's Marsan's versatility that really makes him so watchable. He's had attention grabbing turns in minor roles in blockbusters like Hancock, Mission: Impossible III and Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes films, but he's also at home amongst a big ensemble in more serious fare like Spielberg »
One of my favorite things to do every October is to binge-watch as many horror and sci-fi movies as possible (something I can guarantee I’m not alone in doing), and for those of you with Netflix, the streaming service can be an invaluable resource this time of year, although I do remember a time when there were a lot more options than we get these days.
That being said, I culled Netflix's entire library and put together 31 great movie choices that will undoubtedly get you into a macabre mood to celebrate Halloween this year. Take a look at our Netflix list below, featuring one film for each day of October, and get ready to enjoy an entire month’s worth of fright-filled fun, courtesy of Netflix’s streaming database.
- Heather Wixson
Mark Harrison Sep 13, 2016
Jj Abrams is one of the most powerful people in Hollywood right now. Over his career in the movies, he's written, directed, produced, acted and played a wicked keyboard solo on Cool Guys Don't Look At Explosions, and through his production company Bad Robot, his name is counted among the credits of massive franchises like Cloverfield, Mission: Impossible, Star Trek and of course Star Wars. He's more of a household name than most filmmakers of his generation and we sometimes wish we wanted anything as much as he wants that Steven Spielberg status.
You can't blame him when you hear about his first paid job in the film industry. Returning a bunch of Spielberg's personal super-8 home movies that he discovered after his »
Venice, Italy — U.S.-based Iranian auteur Amir Naderi — who on Monday received Venice’s Jaeger-Lecoultre Glory To The Filmmaker Award — says his new film “Monte,” shot in the Italian Alps, “is very much about pushing myself to the limit.”
And also about pushing his Italian crew.
“I told them in the beginning: ‘This will be like going to hell. But if you stick with me, I promise you, you will see heaven. And that heaven is cinema,’” he says.
Set in the year 1350 in a semi-abandoned village at the foothills of an Alpine peak, “Mountain” — which world-premiered at the fest out-of-competition Monday — is a drama about a man who attempts to bring sunlight to the village, where his family is barely able to survive because of the prevailing darkness.
- Nick Vivarelli
Somehow, Mission: Impossible is one of those few series that gets better with each new entry. After the utterly humorless Mission: Impossible III, the series took a more lighthearted turn with Brad Bird's live-action debut, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. That trend continued in last year's Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, which was directed by Jack Reacher director, Christopher McQuarrie.
Reception for Rogue Nation was universally praised by fans and critics alike, and Paramount Pictures seemed to take that as a hint that they should capitalize on its success by beginning production on the next film in the franchise as soon as humanly possible with the same director attached -- which is a series first. The film was set to begin production this fall, but now a report from Deadline seems to indicate that the next Mission: Impossible film may be facing its first obstacle.
According to the outlet, »
- Joseph Medina
I have interviewed Simon Pegg once before, nine years ago, and he told me the story about how he’d been asked if he was going to carry on making films in Britain: “And I said: ‘Well, I’m not about to go and star in Mission: Impossible III.’” At which point he was asked to star in Mission: Impossible III. “I pulled the film name off the top of my head. And six months later I was, like: ‘Hi Tom!’”
That was your first taste of Hollywood, I remind him. And now look at you… you’re not just in the belly of the beast, you are the beast.
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- Carole Cadwalladr
Aaron Paul and Tom Hiddleston had never met before our Variety “Actors on Actors” studio. But a bromance was born even before the taping began thanks to the dartboard in the green room [yes, they’re a tad competitive]. The mutual fans peppered each other with probing questions about their projects — Hiddleston stars in AMC’s “The Night Manager,” while Paul headlines Hulu’s “The Path” — but they also found time to swap stories about auditions gone awry.
Tom Hiddleston: How did this role [on “The Path”] come to you? Did it come to you as an idea? Did it come to you as a script? I imagine you must have had so many choices at that moment.
- Debra Birnbaum
Every actor who has ever lived has, undoubtedly, had a few bad auditions during the course of their careers. It’s unlikely, though, that many of those bombed auditions deal with magic tricks. Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul just revealed the story behind his worst audition, and it turns out that that failed attempt at landing a job came directly because of an earlier gig he got working for super producer/director J.J. Abrams. See, before Aaron Paul became Jesse Pinkman, he landed a small part in J.J. Abrams’ Mission: Impossible III in 2006. The actor had been told by a friend of his who worked with Abrams on Lost that the director loves magic tricks, and, since magic is also a favorite of Paul’s, suggested that he bring up the topic while on set to forge a bond between himself and Abrams. So, »
Pop Media has tapped veteran director Arthur Anderson to helm “Knockout Girls,” based on a Tokyopop concept written by screenwriter Olivia Briggs. Michael Doven of United Pictures Group is exec producing.
The story surrounds obsessed martial arts fighter who travels to America in search of a spot on the Global Fighting Championship team. Her only way in is to whip a rag-tag club of fighters at a college into shape, while learning the meaning of friendship from the club’s disgraced former leader.
The project is Levy’s second China-Hollywood movie co-production announced after “Juror 13, »
- Dave McNary
Before 1996, "Mission: Impossible" was a long-since-cancelled TV spy series, beloved by Boomers but forgotten by anyone younger. Today, of course, it's a popular Tom Cruise movie franchise, known for its twisty plotting and jaw-dropping stunt sequences, whose five installments to date have grossed $935 million in North America and $2.8 billion worldwide.
The change came, of course, with the release of Cruise's first "Mission: Impossible" 20 years ago, on May 22, 1996. Since then, Brian De Palma's clever, convoluted blockbuster has been watched and copied plenty. And while some of the spy franchise's secrets have become widely known, there are still some that have remained classified -- until now.
1. "Mission: Impossible" marked Cruise's debut as a producer. In a deal that would become his then-customary contract, he took no money up front but negotiated a lucrative percentage of the theatrical and video gross profits, reportedly as high as 22 percent. Cruise reportedly pocketed an estimated $70 million for the first "Mission. »
- Gary Susman
As Oscar-nominated coming-of-age drama Mustang hits cinemas, can you identify which car is from which movie?
You, Me and Dupree
Mr and Mrs Smith
Tango & Cash
Death Becomes Her
10 Things I Hate About You
Fast & Furious
Fast & Furious 5
Fast & Furious 6
Fast & Furious 7
0 and above.
You're out of gas
1 and above.
You're out of gas
2 and above.
You're out of gas
3 and above.
You're out of gas
4 and above.
5 and above.
6 and above.
7 and above.
8 and above. »
- Benjamin Lee
Michael Giacchino is getting a chance to work with Benedict Cumberbatch again. And no, its not a sequel to Star Trek: Into Darkness.Giacchino, the composer behind 2013s Into Darkness as well as 2009s Star Trek, is creating the score for Marvel's Doctor Strange, starring none other than Khan himself, Benedict Cumberbatch.A frequent collaborator with J.J. Abrams, Giacchino worked on Alias and Lost, as well as providing the score for Mission: Impossible III in 2006 and Super 8 in 2011.He has also composed the music for the upcoming Star Trek: Beyond, directed by Justin Lin. Beyond will premiere July 22.Read The Full Story on our sister site, 1701News. »
With just under six months until Marvel's second Phase 3 movie, Doctor Strange, hits theaters, the studio has brought in its composer, Oscar winner Michael Giacchino. The movie will mark his first foray into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but he is no stranger to superhero tales, having composed the scores for Pixar's The Incredibles and Disney's Sky High. While this is his first Marvel movie, the composer has a long history with Disney.
Michael Giacchino won his first Oscar for composing the original score for Disney Pixar's Up, and he was nominated two years earlier for his work on another Pixar classic, Ratatouille. He got his start composing music for video games, such as the game tie-in for The Lost World and another Jurassic Park game, Warpath. He eventually moved on to features with The Incredibles, Sky High, The Family Stone, Mission: Impossible III, Speed Racer, Star Trek, Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol, »
Antonio Banderas (Once Upon a Time in Mexico, The Expendables 3) and Golden Globe winner Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Mission: Impossible III, “The Tudors”) will star opposite one another in the psychological thriller Black Butterfly, directed by Brian Goodman (What Doesn’t Kill You). “In this taut psychological thriller, Paul (Banderas), a down on his luck screenwriter, picks up a drifter (Rhys Meyers) […] »
Actor Greg Grunberg and director J.J. Abrams go a long way back. Throughout their careers, the two childhood friends have consistently worked together. Grunberg had roles in Felicity, Alias, Mission: Impossible III, and most recently, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. With their next collaboration, Grunberg is no longer an actor-for-hire. J.J. Abrams is producing a film adaptation of the actor’s first graphic novel, […]
- Jack Giroux
Paramount has picked up the movie rights to Greg Grunberg’s two-part graphic novel “Dream Jumper.” Grunberg will team up with long-time buddy J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot banner to produce the adaptation.
The story follows a boy who discovers he can jump into other people’s dreams. But that power turns into a nightmare, literally, when his friends begin falling into an endless sleep, and an inhabitant of the dream world wants the boy’s abilities for itself.
Paramount had no comment.
Grunberg co-wrote the book with Lucas Turnbloom, who also illustrated. Scholastic is publishing the first book June 28, 2016.
Abrams and Grunberg’s ties go back to Abrams’ TV show “Felicity,” which Abrams created and Grunberg co-starred in. Since then, Grunberg has been a staple in Abrams’ projects; he co-starred in Abrams’ “Alias,” and made cameos in “Star Trek, »
- Justin Kroll
It's one of the oldest truisms in Hollywood. Pact with talent for an overhead deal and they'll make their cash cows somewhere else. Universal carries Ron Howard and Brian Grazer's deluxe Imagine deal for years through "The Missing," "Inside Deep Throat" and "Cinderella Man" and where do they make "The Da Vinci Code" and its sequels? Sony. (Since the recession, that deal has been reduced.) In 2006, Sumner Redstone got so mad at gross player Tom Cruise for making more money on "Mission: Impossible III" than Paramount that he kicked him off the lot. Soon after, MGM, in a desperate bid to look good in front of investors, handed Cruise and then producing partner Paula Wagner the keys to the United Artists kingdom. In two years they produced two Cruise vehicles: box-office disaster "Lions for Lambs" and widely panned "Valkyrie," which returned some profits overseas. In fact, the studios have been shedding. »
- Anne Thompson
Even before Star Wars: The Force Awakens was a global blockbuster, J.J. Abrams was one of the most beloved directors in the business. He made his directorial debut with 2006's Mission: Impossible III, which helped revive that franchise, before taking on the Star Trek reboot. As popular as his films are, there is still an aspect that has bothered a great deal of fans, his constant overuse of lens flares, which is most prevalent in 2009's Star Trek, 2011's Super 8 and 2013's Star Trek Into Darkness. But they were practically non-existent in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The director explained during a recent appearance on Late Show with Stephen Colbert that he stopped using lens flares because his wife told him to.
"Katie has told me to stop a lot of things... but with the lens flares, I was like, Ok. She was right. There was one scene in »
Reza Aslan is an accomplished religious scholar and author, who’s lent his professional insights as a producer to HBO’s “The Leftovers” as well as ABC’s upcoming biblical drama “Of Kings and Prophets.” Now he’s also taking a turn in front of the camera for a new talk show, “Rough Draft with Reza Aslan” for Ovation, interviewing famous writers about their work — along with a liberal dose of alcohol. The first episode features legendary producer Norman Lear — who was so at ease during the conversation, he even stopped to take a call from his daughter.
How did you come up with the idea for the talk show?
My producer, David Andreone, and I are fans of ‘Inside the Actors Studio,’ but we always thought, how cool would it be if you could do that show but with writers and in a nightclub with a live band and everybody was drunk? »
- Debra Birnbaum
© Paul Hackett/Reuters/Corbis
Jj Abrams – love him or hate him – is a reliable, talented director with a penchant for franchise films. He was the best choice for the re-entry into the Star Wars saga, having proved his worth with that other Star-related franchise. His ability to at least begin a franchise is well-noted, and he’s got a knack for set-up – not to mention a good handle on what makes iconic characters tick.
Concise plotting and a fast-moving pace help make his films accessible and have marked him as a natural when it comes to blockbuster filmmaking.
Since his feature film directorial debut with Mission: Impossible III back in 2006, the man has frustrated as many moviegoers as he has impressed – his propensity for lens flare is well-documented (and mocked, in some circles), but his innate ability to construct a fantastic action sequence tends to outweigh that quibble, as much »
- Dan Woburn
20 items from 2016
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