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Psycholinguists call the opening gag of It’s Such a Beautiful Day (2012), Don Hertzfeldt’s delightful hour-long feature, a blend. Bill, a black-on-white stick figure whose only distinctive feature is his top hat, is on his way to the bus stop when he sees someone he recognizes but whose name he doesn’t remember. »
- The Film Stage
After portraying the iconic superhero Spider-Man in 2012's The Amazing Spider-Man and the 2014 sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Andrew Garfield will play a real life hero later this year in Hacksaw Ridge. Today we have the first trailer from this true story adaptation, which marks the directorial return of Mel Gibson, in his first movie behind the camera since 2006's Apocalypto. While Mel Gibson doesn't star in this movie, there is still a star-studded cast in place.
Hacksaw Ridge is the extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon, as he believed that while the war was justified, killing was nevertheless wrong. As an army medic, he single-handedly evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved »
It's been 10 years since controversy lightning-rod Mel Gibson got behind the camera, creating the blood-soaked Mesoamerican adventure Apocalypto in 2006. And the newly released first trailer for the religious war drama Hacksaw Ridge. suggests he still has a taste for religious, violent and epic filmmaking.
The film chronicles the life and times of Desmond T. Doss (Andrew Garfield), a practicing Seventh-Day Adventist who served during World War II. His faith forbade him from fighting in combat, so the conscientious objector volunteered his services as a medic; he'd save the lives of »
It’s been ten years since Mel Gibson directed his last feature, the epic film “Apocalypto,” but now Gibson returns behind the camera with a WWII drama about the first conscientious objector to ever win the Medal of Honor. The film follows Desmond Doss (played by Andrew Garfield), a Seventh Day Adventist whose religious beliefs prevented him from picking up a weapon. He goes through training, taking the brunt of abuse from his fellow soldiers who believes he’s a coward, but eventually lands on the front lines without a weapon in hand. Doss ended up saving 75 of his comrades during the Battle of Okinawa and was eventually awarded the Medal of Honor by President Truman for his bravery. The film also stars Vince Vaughn (“Swingers”), Sam Worthington (“Avatar”), Luke Bracey (“G.I. Joe: Retaliation”), Hugo Weaving (“The Lord of the Rings”), Ryan Corr (“Where The Wild Things Ar”), and more. »
- Vikram Murthi
The first trailer for Mel Gibson‘s “Hacksaw Ridge” showcases the power of faith amidst the hell of war. The film is Gibson’s first directorial effort in 10 years, since the release of the Mayan-language drama “Apocalypto” back in 2006. He previously won two Oscars for directing and producing “Braveheart,” in which he also starred. His follow-up film, “The Passion of The Christ,” earned three Academy Award nominations. “Hacksaw Ridge” tells the true story of conscientious objector Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing a gun. Believing that the war was just. »
- Joe Otterson
While Mel Gibson slowly tries to rebuild his acting career, he is also stepping behind the camera again to continue his directorial efforts before he takes on the sequel to The Passion of the Christ. The first trailer has been released for his World War II biographical drama, Hacksaw Ridge, which will premiere at Venice and centers around the real life army medic Desmond T. Doss (Andrew Garfield) who became the first Conscientious Objector to win a Medal of Honor after he refused to kill enemy troops during the Battle of Okinawa.
Garfield looks rough and war-worn, yet with a ray of hope glinting in his eyes as he traverses the battlefield and goes behind enemy lines to save fellow soldiers. Say what you will about Gibson, but he’s proven he can stage a hard-hitting battle sequence while retaining an emotional connection amongst the bloodshed with efforts like Apocalytpo and Braveheart, »
- Mike Mazzanti
On paper, the film, a $140 million adaptation of a beloved children’s book with a script by “ET” writer Melissa Mathison, had all the makings of a hit. Instead, the movie collapsed at the multiplexes, eking out less than $20 million in its opening weekend.
It’s a stunning fall for one of cinema’s highest-flying talents — a director whose finger was affixed to the pulse of mainstream tastes for decades. Yet “The Bfg” is only the latest high-profile casualty in a summer that’s seen a slew of big-budget domestic bombs. Indeed, red ink has spilled out from such misses as “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” “Warcraft,” “The Legend of Tarzan,” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, »
- Brent Lang and James Rainey
“Blood Father” follows John Link (Mel Gibson), an ex-convict and recovering alcoholic who runs a tattoo parlor out of his dusty trailer on the outskirts of Los Angeles. When his estranged daughter (Erin Moriarty) shows up out of the blue on the lam after a drug deal gone bad, Link is forced to protect her when a roving drug cartel comes after her with everything they’ve got. The film also features William H. Macy (“Fargo”), Elisabeth Röhm (“Angel”), Diego Luna (“Y tu mamá también”), Thomas Mann (“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”), Dale Dickey (“Winter;s Bone”), and more. Watch the new trailer for the film below and check out a new poster as well.
- Vikram Murthi
Mel Gibson hasn’t directed a feature film since 2006’s Apocalypto. The somewhat dated digital photography aside, that thrilling and brutal chase movie is arguably his best picture as a director (the film’s biggest fan, Robert Duval, likely agrees), but it’s far from his most successful, once you compare it to Braveheart and The Passion of the Christ‘s box-office numbers. Gibson […]
The post See A Poster for Mel Gibson’s First Directorial Effort in Almost a Decade appeared first on /Film. »
- Jack Giroux
Get ready for Jesus Christ right in your face.
Autumn Productions ("Elvis and Nixon") and virtual-reality production firm Vrwerx have teamed up for "Jesus Vr – The Story of Christ," a 90-minute feature set for release this Christmas and will be available on all major mobile and premium Vr platforms including Google Cardboard, Samsung Gear, Oculus Rift, PlayStation Vr and the Htc Vive.
Shot last October in 360-degree 4K video on location in the ancient village of Matera in Italy, the film will cover the entirety of Jesus's life and death, from his baptism to the Sermon on the Mount, and from the Last Supper to his crucifixion. The cast includes Tim Fellingham as Jesus, Mish Boyko as Peter, Christian Serritiello as Andrew, Rhys Howells as Judas and Matteo Carlomagno as John.
- Garth Franklin
Jesus Christ is coming to Vr screens: Autumn Productions and virtual-reality production firm Vrwerx have slated the release of “Jesus Vr – The Story of Christ” for Christmas 2016.
The 90-minute film will be available on all major mobile and premium Vr platforms including Google Cardboard, Samsung Gear, Oculus Rift, PlayStation Vr and the Htc Vive, according to the companies. Pricing has not yet been set.
“Jesus Vr – The Story of Christ” is executive produced by Enzo Sisti, a film vet whose credits include “The English Patient” and Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ.” The film’s religious adviser is Father William Fulco, who also consulting on “The Passion of the Christ.”
The film was shot in October 2015 entirely in 360-degree 4K video on location in Matera, Italy, the ancient village that was also the setting for “Passion of the Christ.” Producers promise a you-are-there Vr experience for the entirety »
- Todd Spangler
Walt Disney has taken distribution rights in Germany for “Work Without Author,” the next film from director-screenwriter Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, who won an Oscar for “The Lives of Others.” Beta Cinema is handling world sales.
The movie is a psychological thriller about three periods of German history. Young artist Kurt Barnert has fled from East to West Germany, but “continues to be tormented by the experiences he had in his childhood and youth in the Nazi years and under the [Communist] regime,” Beta said in a statement. “When he meets the student Ellie, he is convinced that he has met the love of his life, and begins to create paintings that mirror not only his own fate, but also the traumas of an entire generation.”
Henckel von Donnersmarck said in a statement: “I hope that we succeed in making a film that shows that art can discern things that are »
- Leo Barraclough
While there have been whispers circulating about a rumored sequel to Mel Gibson’s massively controversial biblical drama “The Passion of the Christ” recently, the controversial leading man/filmmaker will returning to direct a feature long before that. “Hacksaw Ridge,” Gibson’s first effort behind the camera since 2006’s “Apocalypto,” is slated for a very awards-friendly theatrical release […]
- Nicholas Laskin
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- WGTC Staff
In an age of corporate marketing, movie audiences, more than ever, are divided into tidy demographic slivers, even if some of the slivers are pretty big (e.g., teenage fanboys). One demo that has received increasing attention from the industry over the last decade is the faith-based audience: evangelicals and other Christians. Hollywood first saw the light of their box-office clout in 2004, when Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” became the “Star Wars” of faith-based cinema. Ever since then, though, evangelicals have been targeted almost exclusively with painstakingly wholesome message movies — dramas of feel-good middle-class holiness like “Heaven Is for Real,” “God’s Not Dead,” “War Room,” and the recent sick-child-healed-by-God drama “Miracles From Heaven,” starring Jennifer Garner, which had a total domestic gross of $91 million. At their best, these movies exert a disarmingly virtuous and chaste appeal; at their worst, they edge into the pious and the treacly. Good or bad, they’re a genre unto themselves, and they have fed a perception of the faith-based audience as G-rated pursuers of storybook uplift.
We do not, however, think of evangelical moviegoers as seekers out of grisly, flesh-ripping horror and ghostly figures rising from the dead (well, okay, except for “The Passion of the Christ”). We don’t think of them as fans of over-the-top fright films. But maybe we should, given that the most popular faith-based drama of the summer season so far is “The Conjuring 2.”
It’s a movie about screams and omens, a spectre who looks like Marilyn Manson in a nun’s habit, and a girl who speaks in a deep dark voice from beyond the grave. Mostly, though, it’s a movie about how God can rescue us from all these things. Especially if His spirit is conjured by two nice married Christian channelers of the paranormal who dress in cozy televangelist sweaters. Were faith-based moviegoers a key element of the ticket-buying horde that, this weekend, made “The Conjuring 2” into a $40 million-grossing hit sequel? There’s one intriguing indicator: Back in 2005 (the year after “The Passion of the Christ”), a little movie called “The Exorcism of Emily Rose” snuck into theaters on the second weekend of September — usually the deadest weekend of the year — and shocked everyone by making $30 million in three days. The picture was heavily marketed to evangelicals, who turned up in droves. In the war between God and Satan, fought on the battleground of an innocent girl’s body, they had come to see God triumph — or, perhaps, just to see God, period. He is, after all, kind of a character in these movies.
He has been going all the way back to “The Exorcist,” which opened at the end of 1973 — yes, it was a Christmas movie! — and launched a new age of religious horror. At the time, the film seemed a complete aberration, an apocalyptic Biblical domestic gross-out creepshow, with a wizened Catholic priest as hero, launched right into the sleazy wilderness of the godless ’70s. In essence, “The Exorcist” was the super-explicit sequel to “Rosemary’s Baby,” a movie that had featured the infamous 1966 Time magazine cover asking “Is God Dead?” “The Exorcist” answered that by saying, “Yes, the devil has now arrived — and no, he’s not a baby anymore.” (By the time of “The Omen,” two years later, he would grow up into a schoolboy who squints at you. You could put all three movies together into a box set called “Raising Satan.”)
At the time, no one was talking about faith-based moviegoers. In fact, no one was talking very much at all about the rise of a new evangelical movement in America. Yet we were just two years away from electing our first born-again president, Jimmy Carter, and it was during his term that Jerry Falwell began to mobilize the forces of what would become known as the religious right. Did “The Exorcist” exert an early influence on that rise? It’s regarded by many, quite simply, as the scariest horror movie ever made, but perhaps another way to think of it might be as the world’s most graphically intense and disturbing evangelical recruitment film. The power of Christ compels you to see this movie! And, more than that, to believe in it as a parable of what’s happening in the world.
Tales of demonic possession are now a full-scale horror-chiller category, and “The Conjuring 2,” like most entries in the genre, does variations on the sounds and images that “The Exorcist” made into a kind of ritual: the writhing and the levitating, the liturgical devil voice, the whole freakish midnight theatrics of demonic takeover. That “The Conjuring 2” begins as a haunted-house film and turns into an exorcist movie doesn’t seem to matter all that much. Ever since the ’70s, the two forms have been fused. If you’re someone who — God forbid — doesn’t actually believe in all this stuff, you might even be tempted to think that there’s an obvious cinematic (rather than otherworldly) explanation for the two “documented” cases from the ’70s that carried the mystique of the haunted house into the modern media age. The Lutz family moved into the soon-to-be-famous eye-windowed house in Amityville, Long Island, in December, 1975, and moved out 28 days later. The much-buzzed-about haunting in a council house in North London that “The Conjuring 2” is based on began in 1977. If you ask what was going in the hearts and minds of the people occupying those two houses, it’s tempting to think of both cases as the families’ suggestive psychological replaying of “The Exorcist.”
Taken together, the two cases add up to the Roswell of paranormal activity: a tantalizing myth of inhuman sightings that has become, in the culture, a kind of catechism — a testament to the existence of the uncanny. But also, in the very absence of definitive documentation (sorry, but that photograph of a girl in England who looks like she’s jumping off a bed doesn’t cut it), a test of faith. Ed and Lorraine Warren, the ghost hunters in “The Conjuring 2,” want to send the demons back to where they came from, and as the film presents it, the only real tool they have is the power of their Christian love. A movie like this one teases out the secret underpinning of the haunted-house genre — that whether we happen to be evangelicals or just good old moviegoers out for a scare, we all, in our childish hearts, want to believe. In the things that go bump in the night, and in the transcendent force that makes them go away.
- Owen Gleiberman
On this day in history as it relates to the movies...
1916 Disaster epic super producer Irwin Allen is born. (More on him this afternoon)
1919 Stage legend Uta Hagen is born. Though she only ever makes three movies, she originates Tony winning roles on stage that later win Oscars for movie stars (The Country Girl and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?). Also the co-author of "Respect for Acting" and a reknowned acting teacher with 70s legends Pacino & De Niro as students
1942 Anne Frank receives a diary for her 13th birthday. She does not live much longer during the horrific events of The Holocaust but The Diary of Anne Frank becomes a key text of the 20th century. The George Stevens film adaptation (of the Pulitzer winning play of the same name by the screenwriters) released in 1959 receives 8 nominations including Best Picture and takes home three Oscars
1946 Oscar-nominated costume designer Maurizio Millenotti is born in Italy. Credits include: Otello, Hamlet (1990 version), Malèna, The Passion of the Christ and Federico Fellini's And the Ship Sails On.
← 1967 The Supreme Court strikes down anti-miscenegation laws banning interracial marriage in the Loving v Virginia case. This year's Oscar hopeful Loving (2016), starring Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton tells the Loving story. There's also a movement to make June 12th, "Loving Day," an official Us holiday for celebrating multiracial families. Sadly the movie isn't opening today for this anniversary so we'll have to wait months to see it. Perhaps the 50th anniversary next year, after the story is more widely known with the movie, will help add momentum.
1985 Dave Franco is born
2010 Slow burning hit "Bulletproof" peaks on the Us charts nearly a year after its release. Two years later Beca deploys it to fuck up Aubrey's stale act in Pitch Perfect (2012)
- NATHANIEL R
Mel Gibson has reunited with Braveheart writer Randall Wallace to work on a sequel to the 2004 film The Passion of the Christ, according to reports on Thursday. Mel Gibson Plans A ‘Passion of the Christ’ Sequel The sequel will detail the story of Jesus’ resurrection following the crucifixion highlighted in Passion of the Christ. […]
The post Mel Gibson Has Plans For A ‘Passion of the Christ’ Sequel appeared first on uInterview. »
- Shantel Whitaker
In 2002, Mel Gibson was riding high as one of the biggest box office stars in the world. His most recent films at the time, Signs and We Were Soldiers, showed his versatility with different types of material, yet he suggested he wanted to focus more on directing and producing. He'd already won an Academy Award for directing and producing Braveheart, so what might be next for him? That turned out to be The Passion of the Christ, an intense, R-rated drama that primarily covered the final 12 hours of the life of Jesus Christ (Jim Caviezel). Gibson cowrote, coproduced and directed the movie, which was quite controversial, due in part to its depiction of graphic violence and due in part to its version of events. The film was fully financed by Gibson and his company, Icon...
- Peter Martin
In 2004, Mel Gibson‘s The Passion of the Christ defied all odds and became the third highest grossing film of its year, edged out only by the likes of Shrek and Spider-Man. An independently produced, ultra-violent, R-rated depiction of the crucifixion of Jesus filmed using dead languages and subtitles had managed to tap into an evangelical audience […]
The post Mel Gibson Is Making a ‘Passion of the Christ’ Sequel, So Insert Your Own Blasphemous Joke Here appeared first on /Film. »
- Jacob Hall
In 2002, Mel Gibson was riding high as one of the biggest box office stars in the world. His most recent films at the time, Signs and We Were Soldiers, showed his versatility with different types of material, yet he suggested he wanted to focus more on directing and producing. He'd already won an Academy Award for directing and producing Braveheart, so what might be next for him? That turned out to be The Passion of the Christ, an intense, R-rated drama that primarily covered the final...
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