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Mel Gibson is having a busy year in 2016, with his new action film “Blood Father” set for commercial release next month and his latest directorial effort “Hacksaw Ridge” to be in theaters by November. Now, The Hollywood Reporter announces that Gibson and actor Sean Penn will star in a new film entitled “Professor and the Madman.” Gibson acquired the film rights to Simon Winchester’s book of the same name back in 1998, and now it will soon see the light of day.
“Professor and the Madman” is a tale of two obsessive men trying to complete a project larger than both of them, infusing madness and genius together in the process. Gibson stars as Professor James Murray, a man who in 1857 set out to compile the Oxford English Dictionary, one of the most ambitious projects ever conceived at the time. »
- Vikram Murthi
Exclusive: Brian Helgeland, who was previously unrepresented by a talent agency, has just signed with CAA. The talented filmmaker won an Academy Award for his screenplay of L.A. Confidential and was also nominated for his screenwriting adaptation of Mystic River. He also wrote and directed Legend, 42, and Payback. In addition, he penned the rebooted The Taking of Pelham 123M and Man on Fire. He will continue to be repped by his attorney Alan Wertheimer of Jackoway… »
Go figure. I was recently wondering when we would start hearing about which big titles were playing in the main slots at the New York Film Festival. Then, yesterday morning we get word that the Opening Night spot at Nyff has been filled. That coveted position was announced to have been taken by Ava DuVernay and a surprise documentary of hers called The 13th. This will be the first documentary to play in this position, in the 54th incarnation of the fest. As the first Nyff opener to be a non fiction title, history has been made. Consider me very intrigued by this one. This has definitely shaken up how I expected Nyff to go, but that’s never a bad thing. DuVernay obviously broke through in a big way a few years back with Selma, and this seems like one that could only make her a higher profile and more diversely talented filmmaker. »
- Joey Magidson
The Film Society of Lincoln Center announces Ava DuVernay’s documentary The 13th as the Opening Night selection of the 54th New York Film Festival (September 30 – October 16), making its world premiere at Alice Tully Hall. The 13th is the first-ever nonfiction work to open the festival, and will debut on Netflix and open in a limited theatrical run on October 7.
Chronicling the history of racial inequality in the United States, The 13th examines how our country has produced the highest rate of incarceration in the world, with the majority of those imprisoned being African-American. The title of DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing film refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution—“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States . . . ” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass incarceration and »
- Kellvin Chavez
If the languid summer tentpole season has you down, fear not, as the promising fall slate is around the corner and today brings the first news of what we’ll see at the 2016 New York Film Festival. For the first time ever, a non-fiction film will open The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s festival: Ava DuVernay‘s The 13th. Her timely follow-up to Selma chronicles the history of racial inequality in the United States and will arrive on Netflix and in limited theaters shortly after its premiere at Nyff, on October 7.
“It is a true honor for me and my collaborators to premiere The 13th as the opening night selection of the New York Film Festival,” Ava DuVernay says. “This film was made as an answer to my own questions about how and why we have become the most incarcerated nation in the world, how and why we regard »
- Jordan Raup
Fans of the apocalyptic vampire film Stake Land have been looking forward to the continued adventures of Martin and Mister since the film was released in 2010, and while a Stake Land TV series was previously in development, Dark Sky Films, Glass Eye Pix, and Syfy have announced that filming has finished on a Stake Land sequel film called The Stakelander, with Connor Paolo and Nick Damici reprising their roles from the original movie.
Directed by Dan Berk and Robert Olsen (2015’s Body) from a screenplay by co-star Damici (who also co-wrote Stake Land), The Stakelander will be released on the Syfy Channel. An official premiere date has yet to be revealed, but we’ll be sure to keep Daily Dead readers updated on further announcements. For full details, including the sequel’s synopsis and additional cast members, check out the official press release:
- Derek Anderson
However, the film is the latest sequel to struggle to match the performance of its predecessor. The return of the pizza-munching, martial arts-wielding reptiles is on pace to open to just half of what 2014’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” made during its first weekend in theaters.
Hollywood is fond of the franchise business, believing that sequels are easier to market and carry less risk than original productions. But go back to the trough too many times, and a studio can risk audience fatigue. This summer has been particularly brutal for follow-ups. “Alice Through the Looking Glass” flopped, “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” stumbled, and even the latest “X-Men” fell about 30% short of “Days of Future Past’s” monster opening.
Some analysts think »
- Brent Lang
Though Sean Penn is best known for his storied acting career, garnering acclaim for performances in films like "Milk," "Mystic River," "Carlito's Way," "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," but he's also received acclaim for his directorial work dating back to his 1991 debut film "The Indian Runner." His 2007 film "Into The Wild," an adaptation of Jon Krakauer's book of the same name about Christopher McCandless's trek in the Alaskan wilderness, was nominated for a slew of awards and was a commercial success. But his latest film "The Last Face," about the head of an international aid organization (Charlize Theron) falling in love with a relief doctor (Javier Bardem) amidst war-torn Africa, just premiered at the Cannes Film Festival to some of the worst reviews of his career. Though Olivier Assayas' "Personal Shopper" received a few boos and Nicolas Winding Refn's "The Neon Demon" a highly polarized »
- Vikram Murthi
Updated: Sean Penn’s humanitarian romance “The Last Face” is being savaged on Twitter after premiering Friday at the Cannes Film Festival. Commenters on social media are describing the film, which stars Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem, as the worst of the fest. Others are also quipping that the picture is so awful that it destroyed Penn’s relationship with Theron. The duo broke up a year ago.
When critics weighed in, they largely echoed the flash reactions that bubbled up online.
Variety Chief Film Critic Owen Gleiberman faulted Penn for spending so much time on the love story between Theron and Bardem, writing, “no matter how ‘well-meaning’ a director may be, there’s something inherently eye-rolling about being asked to care about the tragedy of African children through the Pov of two lovelorn glamour pusses.”
IndieWire’s Eric Kohn branded it the worst film of Penn’s career, writing »
- Brent Lang
Our series on remakes continues with a movie which is ironic because it’s about a man who can’t be seen but in reality, it’s actually the movie which shouldn’t be seen. This week, Cinelinx looks at The Hollow Man (2000).
The Hollow Man is a modern reimaging of the oft-copied Invisible Man story, first brought to the screen by Universal Studios in 1933. The story is based on H. G. Wells' famous science fiction novel “The Invisible Man”, published in 1897, which told the tale of a scientist who develops an invisibility serum and uses himself as a test subject, becoming both invisible and dangerously insane.
The 1933 classic The Invisible Man, which was part of Universal Studios cluster of successful horror film franchises, was directed by James Whale, who also directed Frankenstein and the Bride of Frankenstein. The 1933 version has an impressive 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It was selected »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
In the 3D animated comedy, The Angry Birds Movie, we’ll finally find out why the birds are so angry.
The movie takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds – or almost entirely. In this paradise, Red (Jason Sudeikis, We’re the Millers, Horrible Bosses), a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck (Josh Gad in his first animated role since Frozen), and the volatile Bomb (Danny McBride, This is the End, Eastbound and Down) have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to.
Featuring a hilarious, all-star voice cast that includes Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids, Sisters), Bill Hader (Trainwreck, Inside Out), and Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”), as well as Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live,” Ghostbusters), Sean Penn (Milk, Mystic River), Tony Hale (Veep, Arrested Development »
- Movie Geeks
This week, CBS began the twice-weekly airing of the final 13 episodes of Person of Interest. The series is dark, compelling, and addresses many of the privacy and cyber-terrorism issues we’re wrestling with in our world. They just do it with an attractive cast and solve things every 60 minutes. Here’s the official word on the final season collection.
Burbank, CA (May 4, 2016) – Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (Wbhe) is set to release one of television’s most compelling, action-packed, crime dramas, Person of Interest: The Complete Fifth and Final Season on Blu-ray™ and DVD. Available July 19, 2016, the final season will include all 13 season five episodes plus the “Finale for the Fans” featurette, the show’s 2015 Comic-Con Panel and more bonus content. Season five finds the team of covert crime fighters faced with the potential demise of The Machine as its rival, Samaritan, begins to take control. The release will retail »
- ComicMix Staff
CBS Films and Lionsgate announced that Golden Globe-winner Kevin Bacon (Black Mass, Mystic River) has joined Academy Award-nominee Mark Wahlberg (The Departed, Lone Survivor), Golden Globe-winner John Goodman (10 Cloverfield Lane, Inside Llewyn Davis, Argo) and Academy Award-Winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash, Zootopia), Golden Globe-nominee Michelle Monaghan (True Detective, Gone Baby Gone), Jimmy O. Yang (Silicon Valley, Criminal Minds), Vincent Curatola (The Good Wife, The Sopranos) and James Colby(Limitless, Jessica Jones) in Patriots Day. The film will be directed by Peter Berg (Deepwater Horizon, Lone Survivor) and produced by Scott Stuber, Mark Wahlberg, Hutch Parker, Dylan Clark, Stephen Levinson, Dorothy Aufiero and Michael Radutzky.
Patriots Day chronicles the events surrounding the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing. Bacon will play Special Agent in Charge,Richard DesLauriers, of the FBI. “Richard DesLauriers worked tirelessly as one of the key figures in an impossibly sophisticated investigation and Kevin Bacon possesses the intelligence and empathy to portray him, »
- Michelle McCue
Here's what's new or newish for home viewing over the past two weeks for DVDs, BluRays, or Streaming. Now you can...
• see if the Pinkett-Smiths had any reason to be upset about the lack of Oscar interest in Concussion (hint: no)
• stab your eyes out while watching Daddy's Home
• find out if The Hateful Eight is Tarantino's worst (hint: yes)
• discover the stuff they left out of Pt 1 in order to make another billion with Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt 2
• endure yet another Paranormal Activity movie because they will never stop making those
• use Point Break (2015) discs for coasters because who needs a remake when Point Break (1991) is still such a knockout?!
Reader's Choice Streaming
We kicked off the biweekly reader's choice series with Gattaca (1997) and Cruel Intentions (1999). Time for another on Wednesday April 6th only I'm forcing a move away from »
- NATHANIEL R
In April, fire up Netflix and prepare to binge-watch hit movies like "The Princess Bride" and "The Shawshank Redemption" as they're added (finally!) to Netflix streaming. Also new to streaming: Stanley Kubrick classics "2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968) and "A Clockwork Orange" (1971).
Here's the complete list of what's new on Netflix in April 2016. Of course, titles and release dates are always subject to change.
Available April 1, 2016
"16 Blocks" (2006)
"2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968)
"A Clockwork Orange" (1971)
"Anthony Bourdain": Parts Unknown": Season 5
"The Ascent of Woman": A 10,000 Year Story
"Beat Bobby Flay": Season 1
"Best in Show" (2000)
"Bob's Burgers": Season 5
"Boogie Nights" (1997)
"Charlie and "The Chocolate Factory" (2005)
"Cutthroat Kitchen": Seasons 34
"Deep Impact" (1998)
- Sharon Knolle
On this week's Trailers from Hell, Boston novelist Dennis Lehane ("Gone Baby Gone," "Mystic River") narrates the trailer to William Friedkin's visceral New York actioner "The French Connection," which won five Oscars including Best Picture. Based on the exploits of NYPD detective Eddie Egan, who envisioned himself being played by Rod Taylor, the movie gave Gene Hackman his breakthrough role. The Department, annoyed by screenwriter Ernest Tidyman's portrayal of the force, canned Egan seven hours before he was to sign his retirement papers! Lehane sees Egan as driven by anger to bring down rich criminals living the high life. »
- Anne Thompson
Less of a teaser for his own film and more a nod to The Hateful Eight cinematographer Robert Richardson, who happens to be up for an Oscar for his work on Tarantino’s brutal Western, Affleck took to Twitter to post the still image of the pair taking a break during filming back in the fall. Since then, we’ve glimpsed additional set photos that place Affleck and co-star Zoe Saldana in the Roaring ’20s.
Based on Dennis Lehane’s (Shutter Island, Mystic River) Prohibition-era crime epic, Live By Night places Affleck’s in the shoes of Joe Coughlin, a Boston renegade who flies in the face of his proud family name by indulging in petty crime. »
- Michael Briers
Every year around Oscar time it seems like we always end up falling into the same debate: Who deserves to win best (Insert Category) here. There are many actors, directors, writers and others who have been nominated but have never taken home the gold statuette. Now, the reality is that films take a long time for directors to get made and writers take a long time to get a script right. But actors have a better set of odds, because they can make multiple films in any given year.
This isn't to say that acting is easier than any of the aforementioned jobs. It just means that, if the Academy likes an actor, and they make a lot of films, their chances to gain Oscar gold are that much better. A great case in point is how many times they has been nominated? 19. How many Oscars has she taken home? »
The best picture doesn’t always win Best Picture. Sometimes the best film of the year gets robbed. Cinelinx looks at the movies which should have won Best Picture but didn’t.
Whenever the Best Picture winner is announced at the Oscars, sometimes we say, “Yeah, that deserved to win,” but then again, sometimes we say, “Huh? Are they kidding me?!” There are a lot of backstage politics and extenuating factors in Hollywood that can determine which film wins the big trophy. The worthiest film doesn’t always take the statue home. Going back over the 88-year history of the Academy Awards, we look at which films didn’t really deserve to win and the ones which rightfully should have won.
The Best Pictures and the Better Pictures:
1927-8: The Winner-Wings
What should have won: Sunrise (Sunrise was given a special award for Artistic Quality of Production, but it »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
With the Oscars quickly approaching, here are some fun facts about the Academy Awards throughout the years.
Q) Which films have won the most academy awards?
A) It was a three-way draw between Ben Hur, Titanic and Lord of Rings: Return of the King at 11 each.
Q) Which films have the most Oscar nominations?
A) All About Eve and Titanic are tied for the most nominations, with 14 each.
Q) What was the longest film to ever win the Best Picture Oscar?
A) Gone With the Wind at 3 hours and 56 minutes.
Q) Which was the shortest Best Picture winner?
A) Marty at 90 minutes.
Q) Which sequels have won Best Picture?
A) The Godfather Part 2, and Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.
Q) Which movies won best picture but were not nominated for Best Director?
Q) What was the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
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