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The studios often save the dog days of August for their weakest performers and sure enough, this weekend proved the rule. (In the past, “The Butler” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Straight Outta Compton” did strong business in August.) Yes, “Suicide Squad” grossed over $20 million, as it became the first non-animated film to have a three-peat at number one since “Dead Pool.” But three weak new releases— “Ben-Hur” (Paramount), “War Dogs” (Warner Bros.) and “Kubo and the Two Strings” (Focus) —opened to less than $15-million.
Making it even more challenging for this trio of weak domestic performers to make their money back: None are scheduled to open in China, which is increasingly the second and sometimes biggest single territory for theatrical grosses. That’s a big deal in a studio world increasingly shifting its focus on a sure thing.
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- Tom Brueggemann
Preview of first feature-length Vr film to be made available to festivalgoers.
A 40-minute preview of Jesus Vr - The Story of Christ will be made available to festivalgoers from Sept 1-4.
Producers Autumn Vr and VRWerx (which previously made a Vr game based on the Paranormal Activity films) claim it is the first feature-length Vr film ever made.
The screening will be held in a new Vr Theatre at Venice’s Casinò, which will be equipped with 50 Vr headsets for individual viewing on seats that pivot 360°.
It will be available this Christmas on all major Vr platforms including Google Cardboard, Samsung Gear, Oculus Rift, PlayStation Vr and the Htc Vive.
The film follows the story of Christ from his birth to his resurrection, from his baptism »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
After all, 1959’s “Ben-Hur” was an Oscar-winning smash that remains beloved. Posters for the Charlton Heston epic proclaimed that the film offered “An entertainment experience of a lifetime,” and its chariot races are still considered to be a high-point in action choreography.
In contrast, the new “Ben-Hur” wasn’t even the “entertainment experience of the third weekend of August.” After debuting to a paltry $11.4 million, it is certain to go down as one of the summer’s biggest flops. “The Bfg” just breathed a huge sigh of relief.
It’s not for lack of trying. When it came to “Ben-Hur,” Paramount and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer didn’t stint on spectacle. The partners shelled out $100 million to recreate the arena and bring viewers back in time to »
- Brent Lang
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- Marah Eakin
In his long career as a composer, John Debney has written the scores for Hocus Pocus, Cutthroat Island, Liar Liar, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Elf, The Passion of the Christ, Sin City, Zathura and Iron Man 2. Most recently Debney has worked on The Jungle Book with Jon Favreau and Mel Gibson.s Hacksaw Ridge.
It certainly does. I think this was our fourth film together. It was wonderful but it was a challenge. All told it was two years of work, and at the very beginning it was green-screen and stick figures, as it were, »
- Harry Windsor
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
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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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