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Warning: Slight Spoilers For Ant-man There's still plenty of mystery behind the sudden departure of director Edgar Wright from the production of Ant-Man. Over the years, Wright has earned incredible amounts of geek credibility with films like Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Scott Pilgrim. So it was a shock when it was announced Wright departed the production after being attached for over 8 years due to "creative differences." Fans freaked out, lashed out against Marvel, and doomed the film before it was even produced. Now, here we are, less than two weeks from the film's release and, despite all the doom and gloom, early word on the film is director Peyton Reed may have actually turned in something pretty good. So, how much of the upcoming film's success can be traced back to Edgar Wright and those early scriptsc Well... Reed spoke with Uproxx and discussed that very question at length. »
- Charles Dean
Marvel has more-or-less conquered the cinematic world with its comic book adaptations, summer action blockbusters that trump the competition at their own game. And who can blame audiences for opting for action spectacles like a man in a robot suit causing mayhem, Cap’s martial arts mastery, or the city-levelling destruction of Avengers?
What really sets the Marvel Cinematic Universe apart from any of its big budget fore-bearers, though? The films are charming as all get-out. The unique thing the likes of Thor, Iron Man and Guardians Of The Galaxy bring to the table are heart, characters you really care about – and a lot of high-quality wise-cracks.
As buddy cop movies of the eighties knew well (and as Hot Fuzz managed to replicate even as it parodied the genre), putting guys who made you laugh in peril makes you far more concerned about their fates. With known quip-maker »
- Tom Baker
Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »
- Anna Robinson
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.
“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”
“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy »
- Michelle McCue
Broadchurch was a smash hit when it debuted on ITV in 2013. Created and written by Chris Chibnall (Torchwood) and starring David Tennant (Doctor Who) and the ever-underrated Olivia Colman (Peep Show, Hot Fuzz), the debut season chronicled the devastating effect that a murder investigation had on a small fictional town on England’s Jurassic Coast, all towering cliffs and crashing waves--gorgeous, but undeniably dangerous. Tennant’s Di Alec Hardy, an outsider sent to Broadchurch to start anew after a high-profile investigation went awry, and Colman’s DS Ellie Miller, an ambitious local cop resentful of Hardy for swooping in and stealing the promotion she wanted, had some of the best crime-solving chemistry since Special Agent Dale Cooper met Sheriff Harry S. Truman on Twin Peaks. The eventual reveal of who murdered local boy Danny Latimer was a real doozy, with a twist that could have came off as cheap in »
- Lee Jutton
Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning. For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing. Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women. And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 322 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2015. “It’s gratifying to acknowledge the extraordinary range of talent in our industry,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “This year, our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization.” The 2015 invitees are: Actors Elizabeth Banks – “Love & Mercy,” “The Hunger Games” Choi Min-sik– “Lucy,” “Oldboy” Benedict Cumberbatch – “The Imitation Game,” “Star Trek Into Darkness” Martin Freeman – “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” “Hot Fuzz” Heather Graham – “The Hangover,” “Boogie Nights” Tom Hardy – “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Inception” Kevin Hart – “The Wedding Ringer,” “Ride Along »
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.
Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.
Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically »
- Tim Gray
With Ant-man coming out a few weeks' time, Marvel uber-producer Kevin Feige opened up about the differences between DC and Marvel, why Ant-man is so important to the Marvel universe and how things are going to change in Phase 3. As most of us know, Hot Fuzz writer/director Edgar Wright was originally lined up to direct Ant-man, but then walked away from the project. Some pointed the finger at Marvel, and... Read More »
- Sean Wist
“We are delighted to have acquired such a strong group of films from this year’s Cannes Market,” said CEO Al Munteanu. “A comedy, a thriller, a sci-fi and a dance movie — our selection could not be more diverse.”
“50 Shades of Black,” which is a spoof of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” was acquired from Im Global. The film, which is in pre-production, stars Wayans (“The Heat”), and is directed by Michael Tiddes (“A Haunted House”). Producers are Stuart Ford, Wayans and Rick Alvarez. It was penned by Alvarez and Wayans.
- Leo Barraclough
Harry Callahan’s next adventure originated with John Milius, Hollywood’s favorite gun fanatic, surfer and “Zen anarchist.” Milius wrote B Movies for American International Pictures before breaking through with two Westerns, The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean and Jeremiah Johnson. His knack for macho action and pulpy, colorful dialogue fit Dirty Harry perfectly; Milius wrote his draft in 21 days, receiving a Purdey shotgun as payment.
Though uncredited, Milius claims credit for Harry‘s dialogue, especially the “Do I feel lucky?” monologue. Others, including Richard Schickel, credit Harry Julian Fink with that speech. Clint Eastwood marginalizes Milius’s contributions to the film, admitting “we might have taken a few good items John had in there.” Milius resented this: “Look at the movie and you tell me who wrote that,” he challenged an interviewer.
Milius soon moved past any hurt feelings. After reading several articles on Brazil’s “death »
- Christopher Saunders
Joe Carnahan In Talks To Rewrite Script For And Direct Bad Boys 3. The director of films as as incredible as Narc (2002) and The Grey (2011) and films as mediocre and forgettable as Smokin’ Aces (2006) and The A-Team (2010) is in early talks to rewrite David Guggenheim‘s script for Bad Boys III and possibly direct.
Bad Boys (1995) was one of my favourite action films of the 1990s. All of Michael Bay‘s kineticism was on display, but restrained and measured. This was before he got all that ‘Fuck You Money’ and retreated to chugging out plastic rollercoaster rides in the form of Transformers movies. The attitude of that movie was fun and in your face, it was a rated R buddy-cop film that was filled with incredible action scenes.
The pinnacle of this great aforementioned combination of creative output is strangely found in Bad Boys 2, for most. I was always »
- Marco Margaritoff
Wellington Wells is about to play host to a very unique dystopia, as Contrast dev Compulsion Games has unveiled its latest project and Kickstarter hopeful, We Happy Few. Set within the isolated English abode, the game takes place in a dark rendition of the 1960s, where the crazed bigwigs have invented a hallucinogenic drug, Joy, that ensures the Wellies are happy at all times. Complain about a comedown or show any sign of revolt, however, and it isn’t long before they corrupt police force beats you into submission.
Imagine Hot Fuzz – only much, much worse. With a goal of £201,353 set on the crowd-funding website, Compulsion Games outlined some of the gameplay elements that budding backers can expect in the final product. Per Kickstarter:
We Happy Few is the tale of a plucky bunch of slightly terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful delusion. Set in a drug-fueled, »
- Michael Briers
Lost in the shuffle of all the Marvel, Star Wars, and DC-related franchises, people tend to forget about Star Trek. Justin Lin (Fast Five, Fast and Furious 6) has signed on to direct the third film in the franchise, Star Trek 3 (which may or may not be titled Star Trek Beyond), and recently spoke with Deadline, giving some insight into why he chose this project and what he expects to bring to the franchise. Fresh off of directing two episodes of season 2 of "True Detective", Lin was called by the director behind the first two Star Trek films, Jj Abrams. Lin said, "He asked me, do you like Star Trekc If you do, you should take this, be bold, and just go for it.'" Intrigued by the prospect of taking over the franchise, Lin recalls how much Star Trek was a part of his youth, "My dad worked 364 days a year, »
- Charles Dean
Before he heads off to make the next Star Trek film, Simon Pegg is back in UK cinemas this weekend for the really rather good romantic comedy, Man Up. He co-stars with Lake Bell in the movie, and ahead of its release, he spared us some time to chat about the film, and what he's up to next...
Another South Bank movie!
Absolutely, yeah. You make a very good point. »
It looks like Simon Pegg won’t be starring in a comic book movie any time soon.
The actor told the Radio Times that sci-fi, genre, comic book and superhero films are “dumbing down” the industry.
Pegg, best known for his roles in “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz” and currently co-writing “Star Trek 2,” said audiences are becoming “infantilised” by “consuming very childish things – comic books, superheroes” instead of the gritty art movies.
“It is a kind of dumbing down in a way because it’s taking our focus away from real-world issues,” he said. “Films used to be about challenging, emotional journeys or moral questions that might make you walk away and re-evaluate how you felt about … whatever. Now we’re walking out of the cinema really not thinking about anything, other than the fact that the Hulk just had a fight with a robot.”
Although he’ll »
- Reece Ristau
In indie filmmaker Bradley King’s Santa Monica, Calif. office, Legos cover the desks, and multi-colored index cards line the walls. They’re both tools for King and his writing partner, Bp Cooper, to map out their screenplays. The indie filmmaking duo has a new sci-fi movie in theaters this Friday called “Time Lapse.” The index cards – complete with yarn connecting each plot point – is a familiar writing tool, and King and Cooper are using it now for two in-the-works scripts. One wall of their office is also devoted to breaking down the plot of Alfred Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest” for inspiration. The Legos – and their boxes with labels like “minifigs,” “lights” and “vehicles” – are less commonly seen in writers’ offices, so let King explain: “When you’re playing with toys or dolls you don’t have to be like, ‘What’s this character’s motivation?’ You just immediately are like, »
- Emily Rome
For film enthusiasts, there are few people working in the medium today more interesting than either Edgar Wright or Alex Garland. So when the auteur of the Cornetto Trilogy told us he wanted a place to interview his friend, the director of the just-released "Ex Machina", we were thrilled to give him a home. You can hear the pair's conversation in the video above. It's a fascinating, free-flowing discussion of filmmaking, the craft of the screenplay, technology, the themes in Garland's film as well as the surprising pick of the writer/director who has had an outsized influence on them both. A stunning amount of the great film work of the past decade has emerged from the minds of the two participants in this conversation – "Shaun of the Dead," "Hot Fuzz," "The World's End" and "Scott Pilgrim vs the World" are among Wright's credits. In his writer's garb, prior to »
- Richard Rushfield
Written and Directed by Simon Blake
The subject of adolescent criminality is a hot button issue in Britain, playing on the fears generated by rampant urbanization and the generation gap. Cinema has addressed these fears in different ways; Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg riffed on the idea with Hot Fuzz and their friend Joe Cornish cast them as unlikely heroes in Attack the Block while Michael Caine‘s avenging war vet in Harry Brown takes it into the territory of elderly wish fulfilment. Writer/director Simon Blake uses the idea as the narrative and thematic force behind Still; a grim, well-acted yet slightly messy contemporary crime drama.
Set in and around North London, Still introduces Carver (Aidan Gillen) and his ex-wife Rachel (Amanda Mealing) putting flowers on the grave of their deceased teenaged son on the anniversary of his death. Carver has deeply rooted feelings of guilt about »
- Liam Dunn
Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.
Part 1 of 10: There’s nothing like the thrill of a chase. A bank robber pulls off an elaborate heist only to be pursued by a dogged detective on foot. A soldier escapes from enemy territory but must outrun the angry combatants on his tail. A man wrongly accused of murder has just his wits and his two legs to flee the authorities. It’s the immediacy that appeals: characters relying on their stamina, agility, and wit to stay alive, without the aid that a car, boat, or plane gives them. For filmmakers, »
- Shane Ramirez
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