20 items from 2015
Daniel Bruhl is an actor with over 20 years of experience under his belt. In addition to maintaining a highly successful career in European film, Bruhl has collaborated on such Hollywood fare as The Bourne Ultimatum, Inglorious Basterds, The Fifth Estate and Rush – making him a highly sought after name. Little of that has prepared him for joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, however, which will happen with 2016’s Captain America: Civil War.
The character Bruhl will be playing has yet to be officially confirmed, but many fans have drawn the conclusion that he will be the embodiment of the nefarious Baron Zemo (as reflected by the movie’s IMDb page, incidentally). It has since been announced that Bruhl’s character will also be the main antagonist for the planned Doctor Strange film, however, which threw those fans somewhat off the scent. As reluctant to ‘wait and see’ as they are, fans »
- Sarah Myles
HBO Films is developing a movie adaptation of the Vanity Fair article, Rorschach And Awe, written by Katherine Eban. While this source material certainly provides a snappy title for the project, the subject matter is deeply troubling – examining, as it does, the role of two professional psychologists in the development of torture techniques for the Central Intelligence Agency.
Published in July 2007, the article begins with a clear description of how al-Qaeda lieutenant Abu Zubaydah was captured in April 2002, and disclosed to the FBI the identity of the person behind the terrorist attacks of September 2001 – including detail of exactly how the plot was devised and executed. The important point here is that the information was obtained through “rapport-building techniques” – also known as human kindness and empathy. The arrival of an interrogation team from the CIA heralded the employment of a different tactic, however, as they began to conduct a “psychic demolition” of the detainee. »
- Sarah Myles
The December release of the U.S. Senate Select Intelligence Committee's so-called "torture report" shocked the nation with the gruesome accounts of extreme interrogation tactics employed by the CIA in the war on terror. HBO Films is examining the origins of the brutal tactics with Rorschach And Awe, a movie in development, which will be written and directed by Scott Z. Burns (Contagion, The Bourne Ultimatum). Based on the 2007 Vanity Fair article of the same name by… »
A year ago came word that 20th Century Fox had picked up the screen rights to pulp comic-strip "Flash Gordon" and was developing a cinematic reboot of the property with former "Star Trek 3" scribes J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay attached as writers from a story treatment by George Nolfi ("The Bourne Ultimatum").
"Flash Gordon" dates back to 1934, when it was created by famed comic strip artist Alex Raymond, and for decades after the character appeared in movie serials, animated fare, TV shows and a 1980 feature helmed by Mike Hodges.
In a new interview with the actor who played the character in said 1980 feature, Sam J. Jones, Den of Geek scored a surprising reveal. Turns out this may not be a reboot so much as a sequel to that ultra camp classic.
Asked if there were originally plans for a sequel to the 1980 film back when it was made, »
- Garth Franklin
Julia Stiles has said that she is hopeful of returning for the next Bourne movie.
Stiles famously played Treadstone operative Nicky Parsons in 2002's The Bourne Identity, and later appeared in sequels.
The actress recently told reporters that she "would love" to reprise her role as Parsons in the next Bourne movie.
"Yeah, they're writing it now so I'm hoping that my character fits into the storyline somehow," she said.
"But Matt and Paul have so much integrity that they waited a long time before making another one, for many reasons, but largely because they wanted a good story there.
"And they're so much fun to shoot, I would love to be a part of it."
Stiles stopped »
With the Oscars just around the corner, it’s time to lay down my predictions for all 24 categories. While, as usual, most categories seem like a pretty solid lock, there’s always the possibility of a surprise or two, so let’s get right to it.
Best Animated Short Film
Best Live Action Short Film
Best Documentary Short Subject
“Our Curse” Tomasz Sliwinski »
- Jeff Beck
While 18 of our Oscar Experts predict that "American Sniper," which took top honors with the Motion Picture Sound Editors, will win Best Sound Editing, six expect "Interstellar" to prevail. And two of our Oscarologists are predicting that the Mpse winner for music, "Birdman," will pull off an upset. -Break- War-themed films have done well in this category recently, with "U-571" (2000), "Letters from Iwo Jima" (2006), "The Hurt Locker" (2009), and "Zero Dark Thirty" (2012) all prevailing this century. And "American Sniper" is just behind "Whiplash" for Best Sound Mixing. If it does claim both categories, it will be the sixth such double champ in eight years, following "The Bourne Ultimatum" (2007), "The Hurt Locker" (2009), "Inception" (2010), "Hugo" (2011), and "Gravity" (2013). Updat »
After securing deals for release in Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe, "Close Range" has been picked up for U.S. distribution by XLrator Media ("Jimi: All Is By My Side"). "Close Range" stars Scott Adkins ("The Bourne Ultimatum") as a rogue soldier turned outlaw who is thrust into a relentless fight with a corrupt sheriff, his obedient deputies and a dangerous drug cartel in order to protect his sister and her young daughter. The thriller is directed by Isaac Florentine, best known for directing the second and third installments of the "Undisputed" theatrical series. "Scott Adkins and Isaac Florentine have together made some of the best action movies in recent memory, including the famed Undisputed series which many consider among the best martial-arts action films of all time. They are an awesome actor-director tag-team. Action fans around the world are looking forward to 'Close Range' and another dose of epic, »
- David Canfield
By Anjelica Oswald
Damian Chazelle’s Whiplash won three BAFTA Awards at last night’s ceremony: best editing, best supporting actor and best sound. The film, which also received BAFTA nominations for best director and best original screenplay, is nominated for five Oscars. The three BAFTA wins coincide with similar Oscar categories, including best sound mixing. (Rather than have one Oscar category for sound, the Oscars are split into sound mixing and sound editing, and Whiplash is nominated for sound mixing.) Do these BAFTA wins bode well for the film at the Oscars?
BAFTA, or the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, used to hold the awards ceremony after the Academy Awards had already occurred, but since 2001, the BAFTAs have preceded the Oscars.
In the 14 years since the BAFTAs have taken place before the Oscars, only four of the 14 best sound BAFTA winners didn’t win an Oscar for their sound, »
- Anjelica Oswald
Now this is a list that could result in a lot of fascinating dissection and thanks to HitFix it comes to our attention almost three years after it was originally released back in 2012, celebrating the Motion Picture Editors Guild's 75th anniversary. Over at HitFix, Kris Tapley asks, "Is this news to anyone elsec" Um, yes, I find it immensely interesting and a perfect starting point for anyone looking to further explore the art of film editing. In an accompanying article we get the particulars concerning what films were eligible and how films were to be considered: In our Jan-feb 12 issue, we asked Guild members to vote on what they consider to be the Best Edited Films of all time. Any feature-length film from any country in the world was eligible. And by "Best Edited," we explained, we didn't just mean picture; sound, music and mixing were to be considered as well. »
- Brad Brevet
A random bit of researching on a Tuesday night led me to something I didn't know existed: The Motion Picture Editors Guild's list of the 75 best-edited films of all time. It was a feature in part celebrating the Guild's 75th anniversary in 2012. Is this news to anyone else? I confess to having missed it entirely. Naturally, I had to dig in. What was immediately striking to me about the list — which was decided upon by the Guild membership and, per instruction, was considered in terms of picture and sound editorial as opposed to just the former — was the most popular decade ranking. Naturally, the 1970s led with 17 mentions, but right on its heels was the 1990s. I wouldn't have expected that but I happen to agree with the assessment. Thelma Schoonmaker's work on "Raging Bull" came out on top, an objectively difficult choice to dispute, really. It was so transformative, »
- Kristopher Tapley
By Anjelica Oswald
Screenwriter Dan Gilroy made his directorial this year with Nightcrawler, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a corrupt freelance crime reporter who will do anything to get a story. Since the film’s premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, it’s garnered Oscar buzz and has been compared to best picture winner Crash (2004). It holds a 95 percent positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes, was named one of AFI’s top 10 films of the year and received four BAFTA nominations, as well as three Critics’ Choice Awards. Gyllenhaal has earned Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Critics’ Choice acting nominations. If Gilroy were to earn a nomination for best director, like Crash did, he would become the sixth director in the 21st century to achieve that accolade.
- Anjelica Oswald
Earlier this week, Universal Pictures shifted the Untitled Matt Damon Bourne Sequel from July 15, 2016 to July 29, 2016, which brings Matt Damon back as Jason Bourne for the first time since 2007's The Bourne Ultimatum. The actor had stated for years that he will not revisit the role unless Paul Greengrass comes back to direct, but back in September, Universal announced that this long-awaited sequel is finally happening. Ever since then, fans have been wondering if the studio plans on showcasing both Matt Damon's Jason Bourne and Jeremy Renner's Aaron Cross from 2012's The Bourne Legacy in the same movie, since it isn't clear what is happening with the Untitled Jeremy Renner Bourne Sequel. During a new interview with Collider, producer Frank Marshall set the record straight, revealing that they have no plans to bring Jason Bourne and Aaron Cross together.
"We don't have plans for that. You never know. »
The summer 2016 release merry-go-round continues. Yesterday, 20th Century Fox moved its follow-up to Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes from July 29th 2016 to a summer 2017 release slot. And Universal has decided to capitalise on that, by shifting the new Jason Bourne movie in its place.
Bourne 5, which will see Matt Damon reprise the role of Jason Bourne with Paul Greengrass back to direct (the pair having previously left the series after The Bourne Ultimatum), will now open in the Us on July 29th. It had originally been set for July 15th 2016, but by shifting the film back two weeks, Universal gives its blockbuster a bit of breathing room.
Under the original plan, Bourne 5 would have opened the week after Paramount's next Star Trek adventure, which is set for July 8th. »
Last September, fans rejoiced when it was announced that star Matt Damon (Good Will Hunting) & director Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy; The Bourne Ultimatum) would both be returning to the Bourne franchise for Damon's fourth adventure as the amnesiac ex-cia assassin Jason Bourne. Their untitled Bourne return film, tentatively titled Bourne 5, was given the July 16, 2016 release date and effectively pushed The Bourne Legacy sequel, starring Jeremy Renner (The Avengers), back to an yet-to-be announced future date. Now, Variety is reporting that we may have to wait just a little bit longer to see Matt Damon don the black jacket once again. Facing stiff competition from Fox's Ice Age 5 & Paramount's Star Trek 3, Universal has decided to push Damon's Bourne 5 back two weeks to July 29, 2016. This is not an uncommon release date for a Bourne film as the previous three films in the franchise have seen »
We say moved but in truth it’s still in the early stages so it makes a lot of sense, but Universal have stuck their communal neck out to give us a July 29th, 2016 release date for Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon’s highly anticipated return.
We’re not sure yet what this does to Aaron Cross and that Renner chap (as he rumoured there might be a team-up of some kind) but the return of both parties feels like a positive move, even if we’re not sure where it’ll go next. The script comes from Christopher Rouse, who has worked with Greengrass on the editorial side since The Bourne Ultimatum but his first official foray into the other side of proceedings.
Universal have given it the catchy title of Untitled Next Bourne Chapter at the moment and supposedly all three had the idea of where they’d »
- Dan Bullock
As a result of 20th Century Fox re-arranging its release slate for the next couple of years, the untitled Bourne sequel set up at Universal is making a move. The fifth chapter in the Bourne series will now be delayed by a further two weeks, shifting its initial release from July 15th to July 29th, 2016. Filling a prime slot vacated by Matt Reeves’ next Planet Of The Apes sequel – which will now open in July 2017 – the next entry in the amnesiac spy saga is destined to reunite franchise alums Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon.
After years of the duo refusing to consider another sequel, they eventually reached a decision to resurrect Jason Bourne and Damon himself broadcast the news on his Project Greenlight show. Director Greengrass and leading man Damon originally exited the series following the third instalment, The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007. Despite Universal’s enthusiasm to continue forward with further sequels, »
- Gem Seddon
Universal Pictures has pushed its Untitled Matt Damon Bourne Sequel back two weeks from July 15, 2016 to July 29, 2016. The release shift comes in response to 20th Century Fox moving Planet of the Apes 3 out of the July 29, 2016 date and into the summer of 2017. As of now, the Untitled Matt Damon Bourne Sequel is only going up against the 20th Century Fox comedy Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.
We reported back in September that Matt Damon is reuniting with The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass for a new Jason Bourne sequel. Nothing is known about the story at this point, and it isn't clear if there is even a screenwriter attached, but Matt Damon confirmed in November that the project will be released in 2016. The sequel must be moving along smoothly, though, for Universal to only push the sequel back two weeks.
Jason Bourne fans will have to wait two weeks longer to see Matt Damon back to his ass-kicking ways as the amnesiac superspy.
Universal Pictures is shifting the debut of the still-untitled sequel from July 15 to July 29. The action-thriller will face off against the comedy, “Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates” and will get a week-long head start on the DC Comics adaptation “Suicide Squad” that is set to star Will Smith and Jared Leto.
In its former perch, the Bourne picture would have faced competition from “Ice Age 5,” although the pictures do appeal to different demographics. It would also have contended with the second weekend of the third “Star Trek” film.
Not only is Damon returning to the franchise, but Universal has also lured back “Bourne Legacy” and “Bourne Ultimatum” director Paul Greengrass to the fold. Their return to the Bourne pictures ended up taking up the release slot that »
- Brent Lang
No offense to Aaron Cross and his chems, but if we have to have another Bourne movie, I'm glad it's with Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass. After years of Damon refusing to do a sequel without Greengrass to the point where Universal threw up their hands and decided to reboot the franchise, the duo is returning. Furthermore, they're going to be writing the script along with Christopher Rouse, who doesn't have a writing credit but has edited all of Greengrass' movies since The Bourne Ultimatum, which is perfect since Greengrass is known for finding the movie in the editing room anyway. Universal has also announced that the "Untitled Next Bourne Chapter" (kind of a mouthful there, Universal) will be released on July 29, 2016. Hit the jump for more. It's worth noting that this will be the first Bourne movie without the involvement of Tony Gilroy, who is credited with the »
- Matt Goldberg
20 items from 2015
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