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Mere days after Alexander Wang showed his final collection with Balenciaga at Paris Fashion Week, the luxe design house has recruited its new leader. Stepping up to fill Wang's post is Demna Gvasalia, founder and chief designer of the up-and-coming French label, Vêtements. The 34-year-old designer has already attracted major star power with his unorthodox sartorial view point, and boasts celeb fans including the likes of Kanye West and Jared Leto. And while the fashion crowd may already be acquainted with Gvasalia, his name is still unfamiliar in the mainstream. Here's what you need to know about the new Balenciaga mastermind: 1. Trained at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts at Antwerp, the »
Umm…what? British actor Brian Blessed, who has had roles in hit films like Star Wars: Episode I, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, and Alexander, told an interesting (and slightly unsettling) tale during a recent BBC Radio 4 interview. Apparently back in 1963, the now-thickly bearded actor helped deliver a baby girl in a park in London. “Years ago, I was running all over Richmond Park and a woman was having a baby under a tree,” he told the incredulous radio hosts. “There was no one around. I had [...] »
Pledge Allegiance: Kleiman’s Intriguing Debut a Fascist Allegory
Sure to draw superficial comparisons to other famed pre-teen assassin films like The Professional (1994) or Hanna (2011), Australian helmer Ariel Kleiman’s directorial debut Partisan instead feels like what you’d imagine Yorgos Lanthimos’ version of The Village (2004) would feel like. Headlined by none other than Vincent Cassel and a cast of Euro accents speaking English, Kleiman and screenwriter Sarah Cyngler concoct a film that’s oddly obscure and perfectly menacing, with an unwillingness to explain itself, recalling titles by Lucile Hadzihalilovic, wherein groups of children are possibly being utilized for insidious means by the adult community. An allegory concerning the oppressiveness of Fascism, Kleiman’s film is also a coming-of-age-tale, spiked heavily with cold-blooded murder.
- Nicholas Bell
There’s no pinning Colin Farrell down. The Irish actor has turned in memorable performances in every genre of film since bursting onto the scene with his breakout role in 2000’s war film Tigerland. Sure, there’s been a few missteps along the way…we’re sure we’re not the only ones who regret his bald-headed, leather-clad turn in Daredevil or the seemingly never-ending 214 minute cut of Alexander. But for every role we’d like to forget, Farrell wins us back with movies like Seven Psychopaths, The New World, and yes, even Miami Vice.
Farrell is heading back to the big screen with The Lobster, a film that mixes dark humour with a sci-fi and a side of romance. Making its North American premeire at Tiff, The Lobster focuses on a strange hotel and its residents (Farrell, John C. Reilly, and Ben Whishaw) who have 45 days to find a »
- Rachel West
A whole bunch of TV castings for some major genre shows has taken place in the past day or so. Amongst the new additions:
Not only has the first picture of Jenna Dewan-Tatum as Lucy Lane in CBS' "Supergirl" series appeared, but beloved "24" actor Glenn Morshower has been cast in the role of her father General Sam Lane. Additionally, actor Iddo Goldberg has been cast as the advanced android villain Red Tornado who has an affiliation with Sam Lane.
Game of Thrones
Danish actor Pilou Asbaek, best known for his role on the acclaimed political series "Borgen" and as Orsini on Showtime's "The Borgias," has scored the role of Euron Greyjoy in the currently filming sixth season of HBO's fantasy series "Game of Thrones". Asbaek was spotted filming portions of a major scene in Ballintoy, Northern Ireland. In the books Euron is Theon's older brother.
Marvel's Luke Cage
- Garth Franklin
The 59Th BFI London Film Festival Announces Full 2015 Programme
You can peruse the programme at your leisure here.
The programme for the 59th BFI London Film Festival in partnership launched today, with Festival Director Clare Stewart presenting this year’s rich and diverse selection of films and events. BFI London Film Festival is Britain’s leading film event and one of the world’s oldest film festivals. It introduces the finest new British and international films to an expanding London and UK-wide audience. The Festival provides an essential platform for films seeking global success; and promotes the careers of British and international filmmakers through its industry and awards programmes. With this year’s industry programme stronger than ever, offering international filmmakers and leaders a programme of insightful events covering every area of the film industry Lff positions London as the world’s leading creative city.
The Festival will screen a »
The BFI has announced the full line-up for the 59th London Film Festival, which runs from October 7th until October 18th in Central London.
The festival will show a total of 238 films, including 16 world premieres, 40 European premiere and 8 international premieres, as well as 11 archival films that will be screened that include five world premieres of restored features. There will also be 182 short films including live-action and animation.
Previously, the festival announced it’s opening and closing galas in the form of Suffragette starring Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep, and Steve Jobs starring Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet, retrospectively, both of which receiving their European premieres.
Brooklyn – directed by John Crowley, »
- Scott J. Davis
BFI London Film Festival 2015 full programme
The BFI London Film Festival is always a highlight on our film calendar, and the full programme for this year’s even, which takes place in the capital from 7th-18th October, has just been unveiled at an announcement presentation at the Odeon Leicester Square.
We’ve just stepped away from the famous cinema and have taken with us some thoughts on what this year’s festival has in store. As well as the previously announced opening film, Suffragette and the closing gala, Steve Jobs, a whole host of other films have caught our eye. This year’s programme is actually quite exciting.
BFI London Film Festival 2015 full programme – Steve Jobs will close this year’s festival
- Paul Heath
The full line-up for the 59th BFI London Film Festival (Oct 7-18) has been unveiled this morning, including the titles set to compete in its four competitions.
The festival will screen a total of 238 fiction and documentary features, including 16 world premieres, eight international premieres, 40 European premieres and 11 archive films including five restoration world premieres. The line-up also includes 182 live action and animated shorts.
As previously announced, the festival will open with Sarah Gavron’s period drama Suffragette, starring Carey Mulligan, and will close with Danny Boyle’s biopic Steve Jobs, starring Michael Fassbender as the home computer pioneer and Apple co-founder. Both are European premieres.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
As we’ve detailed in the past, Colin Farrell never really went away. Sure, he hid the skids in his personal life after “Miami Vice” and “The New World,” having to sober up and all that, but Farrell’s problem was probably chasing fame when in fact he’s a terrific character actor who doesn’t need to lead every super hero film or A-list role. Read More: The Essentials: The 5 Best Colin Farrell Performances Farrell talked about his initial experiences with fame in the late ‘90s and early aughts to Esquire late last month. “It all happened really, really fast. 'Alexander' and then 'Miami Vice,' which were films that were very big and that didn't work so much critically and didn't work so much financially and I was made to feel aware of the fact that all of a sudden, things that I was in weren't working, »
- Edward Davis
Well, it's finally August, and while the summer movie season isn't completely over it might as well be. This article was a difficult one to put together, because there just isn't much to recommend this month. But you know what, that's okay, I think I managed to pull together five solid titles for the "must-see" section, and lucky for us the fall festival season is just around the corner, which means things are about to heat up exponentially on the prestige movie front just in time to compensate for things cooling down outside as the seasons change. (I should note here, it is currently 106 degrees fahrenheit here in the desert, and the thought of things cooling down is marvelous, but also very premature.) We are coming off what turned out to be a pretty solid month last month, in my opinion, as I settled back into my routine after a »
- Jordan Benesh
Rome — The Venice Film Festival has unveiled a potentially strong lineup with enough studio/specialty titles toplining A-list stars — including Jake Gyllenhaal (“Everest”), Johnny Depp (“Black Mass”) and Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Danish Girl”) — to boost its role as a classy awards-season platform, plus new works by Charlie Kaufman, Alexander Sokurov, Amos Gitai, Marco Bellocchio and many other high-caliber international auteurs.
As previously announced, Baltasar Kormakur’s mountain-climbing thriller “Everest” from Universal, starring Gyllenhaal, will open Venice out of competition on Sept. 2 — a nice coup for artistic director Alberto Barbera, segueing from “Birdman” as opener last year, and sci-fi thriller “Gravity” in 2013.
With Toronto less aggressive in its push to secure more world preems, Venice is bowing several hot titles — including Cary Fukunaga’s child-soldier drama “Beasts of No Nation,” Atom Egoyan’s “Remember” and Tom McCarthy’s “Spotlight,” featuring Michael Keaton’s first post-“Birdman” screen appearance — that are subsequently Toronto-bound. »
- Nick Vivarelli
Colin Farrell has his ego in check. The actor is earning raves for his performance in HBO's True Detective, and on Monday, Farrell, 39, spoke candidly with PBS' Tavis Smiley about his career and why he no longer believes his own hype. Recalling two of his high profile roles in 2004 and 2006, Farrell said, "It all happened really, really fast. Alexander and then Miami Vice were films that were very big and that didn't work so much critically and didn't work so much financially. I was made to feel aware of the fact that all of a sudden, things that I was in weren't working. It just made me go, 'Wow, Ok.' So I can't believe in the lie that's being presented to me anymore that »
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the events of one movie can be keenly felt in another, from Tony Stark’s Avengers-induced Ptsd in Iron Man 3 to the dissolution of S.H.I.E.L.D. (seen in Captain America: The Winter Soldier) in Avengers: Age of Ultron. And so, perhaps it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to hear from Jaimie Alexander, who plays Sif in the Thor movies, that Captain America: Civil War will start to lay the groundwork for Thor: Ragnarok.
Though Chris Hemsworth’s God of Thunder is not scheduled to make an appearance in Civil War, given that he was last seen returning to Asgard in order to make sense of visions shown to him by psychic Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) during Age of Ultron, the super-sized Marvel outing won’t completely pass over Thor and his own personal quest within the McU. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Think back to the science fiction cinema of the 1990s, and some of the decade's biggest box-office hits will immediately spring to mind: The Phantom Menace, Jurassic Park, Independence Day, Men In Black, Armageddon and Terminator 2 were all in the top 20 most lucrative films of the era.
But what about the sci-fi films of the 1990s that failed to make even close to the same cultural and financial impact of those big hitters? These are the films this list is devoted to - the flops, the straight-to-video releases, the low-budget and critically-derided. We've picked 50 live-action films that fit these criteria, and dug them up to see whether they're still worth watching in the 21st century.
So here's a mix of everything from hidden classics to forgettable dreck, »
An all-star roster of actors has joined new action adventure Suicide Squad, bringing DC Comics’ super villain team to the big screen under the direction of David Ayer (Fury). The film stars two-time Oscar nominee Will Smith (The Pursuit of Happyness, Ali, Focus) as Deadshot; Joel Kinnaman (Run All Night, Robocop) as Rick Flagg; Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street, Focus) as Harley Quinn; Oscar winner Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club, Alexander) as the Joker; Jai Courtney (Divergent, The Water Diviner) as Boomerang; and Cara Delevingne (Anna Karenina, Pan) as Enchantress.
Besides helming the film, Ayer is also writing the script for Suicide Squad, which is being produced by Charles Roven (The Dark Knight trilogy) and Richard Suckle (American Hustle). Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Colin Wilson and Geoff Johns are serving as executive producers. Suicide Squad opens in cinemas in August 2016.
- Phil Wheat
Jerry Weintraub, the colorful and controversial producer whose films included “Nashville,” “Diner,” “The Karate Kid” and the trio of “Ocean’s Eleven” films, died Monday of cardiac arrest in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was 77. He had been in poor health recently.
When he received Variety‘s Creative Leadership Award in 2013, Weintraub told Variety that he had a yacht and a Rolls-Royce, but was “not a big Hollywood guy.” Some would disagree. He was actually an old-school Hollywood showman, who understood the relationship between production and marketing. He was also a snappy dresser — his shoes were colorful and fun — who knew how to work the room and how to work the press: He was always available to the media and when he had a film in release, he knew how to maximize public awareness.
But the showiness was backed by hard work. His savvy came after decades of performing in many different jobs in the industry. »
- Carmel Dagan
I have a terrible feeling of deja vu. I have a terrible feeling of deja vu. I have a terrible feeling of deja vu. I have a terrible feeling of deja vu. I’m “biast” (pro): love the early films in the franchise…
I’m “biast” (con): …but it should have been left alone
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I have this terrible feeling of deja vu.
I have this terrible feeling of deja vu.
The Summer of Franchise Movies That Just Makes Me Want to Go Back and Watch the Original Film continues. (See also Jurassic World, Minions, Poltergeist and so on.) The Terminator universe picks up the death knell of 2009’s Salvation with Genisys, in which the time-travel jiggery-pokery that has been futzing with its own mythology in ways that do it no favors now jumps back into the events of the »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The title may be “The Legend of Barney Thomson,” but it’s the protagonist’s near-namesake, Emma Thompson, who earns all the glory in Scottish star Robert Carlyle’s amiably uneven directorial debut. Drawn from the off-kilter comic novels of Douglas Lindsay, this grisly farce finds the helmer giving himself a generous showcase as the eponymous chump, a socially inept barber who quite accidentally becomes a modern-day Sweeney Todd. Still, it’s Thompson’s frayed, frightening turn as his unexpectedly devious mother that gives a salty kick to an otherwise minor diversion, in which simple twists of fate are as thickly matted as the characters’ Glaswegian brogues. A crowd-pleasing curtain-raiser for this year’s Edinburgh fest, “Barney Thomson” is unlikely to secure legendary status beyond Caledonia, but ancillary prospects are solid enough.
“This is the story of what happens when you move chairs,” Carlyle says, in cheerily cryptic fashion, in »
- Guy Lodge
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