9 items from 2015
It's not exactly easy to become an infamously "bad" director. Most of the time, to be known as a maker of convoluted catastrophes or droning bores, you have to be noticeably talented in some way and -- for lack of a better word -- misuse that unique ability to make compromised products. For all his one-dimensional, hugely false depictions of war and the military, Michael Bay possesses tremendous skill to orchestrate product-placement free-for-alls masquerading as explosive, action-driven bonanzas like the Transformers films. He may have less than zero scruples when it comes to the material but the filmmaker has an eye for building and, to an extent, cutting towering set-pieces that would be wrong to dismiss as simple or easy. [caption id="attachment_326603" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via Sony[/caption] M. Night Shyamalan is a different breed from Bay altogether, but he suffers from the same stigma. In 1999, Shyamalan directed The Sixth Sense, a whip-smart, stylish »
- Chris Cabin
While the DC Comics and Marvel camps were celebrating the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice trailers, audiences were treated to a coming attraction of another kind this weekend.
Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions quietly released the first trailer and poster of M. Night Shyamalan’s upcoming horror movie The Visit into theaters on Thursday attached to the prints of Unfriended.
Shyamalan returns to his roots with the terrifying story of a brother and sister (Ed Oxenbould and Olivia De Jonge) who are sent to their grandparents’ remote and pastoral Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip by Mom, Kathryn Hahn.
In the chilling trailer, things appear normal until the children discover that Nana and Papa (Peter »
- Michelle McCue
You might recognize the tall, thin, strong-jawed actor/clown/comedian Bill Irwin as Ham Gravy in Popeye, as Mr. Leeds in Lady in the Water, as Anne Hathaway's dad in Rachel Getting Married, or even as Mr. Noodle on Sesame Street. However, there's one role where you simply will not recognize him: as Tars the robot in Christopher Nolan's Interstellar. Many may think that Tars was just a CGI creation that Irwin voiced, but the reality is that the robot was actually a practical effect puppeteered by Irwin on set. We recently caught up with the actor ahead of this week's Blu-ray, DVD and DigitalHD release of Interstellar to talk about how he got the odd job, what it's like working with Nolan and whether or not the director's movies are really as secretive...
- Peter Hall
M. Night Shyamalan has had something like a 12 year rough patch. Ever since Signs in 2002 it's been pretty much downhill in the eyes of most people. Personally I enjoy Lady in the Water as well as Devil, which he produced, but I also won't argue with anyone that has disliked his work. However, maybe 2015 will turn things around. On September 11 he has the low budget thriller The Visit coming to theaters, but before that he has his new television series, "Wayward Pines", starring Matt Dillon and a host of others coming to Fox. amz asin="1477808701" size="small"The show is based on Blake Crouch's novel and follows Secret Service agent Ethan Burke (Dillon) who, while investigating the disappearance of two fellow agents, finds himself trapped in the titular town, a Stepford village of the damned in which no one is allowed to leave. The citizens live in abject terror »
- Brad Brevet
Coming later this year is The Visit, formerly Sundowning. It will be the first M. Night Shyamalan film since After Earth, and his first “smaller” picture since The Lady In The Water, or arguably The Village. We don’t know much about it, but it has Kathryn Hahn in it so that’s good enough for me.
And after this, it seems, Shyamalan is going to make another movie in the same vein. Or at least that’s what he’s working on right now, tweeting that he’s deep into the script:
“So odd writing a film before the previous one hasn’t come out. #TheVisit comes out in Sept, and I’m 75pgs into a new small scary thriller.”
So odd writing a film before the previous one hasn't come out. #TheVisit comes out in Sept, and I'm 75pgs into a new small scary thriller. »
- Brendon Connelly
Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this weekly column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business.
Fleming: I just can’t get past that a superb Super Bowl shaping up as one for the ages fell off the cliff so abruptly. Seahawks down by four, little over a minute left, both teams with timeouts. A miracle catch by Seattle by Jermaine Kearse who’d fallen on the ground. Seattle hands to the best goal line back in football, and Marshawn Lynch gets to the half yard line. I’m already thinking he scores on the next run, Seattle kicks off and Tom Brady, now down by three, has to race the Patriots up 40 yard for the game tying kick and overtime. No! Instead Seahawks coach Pete Carroll okays Russell Wilson to pass into the teeth of the Patriot defense. »
- Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr
Yesterday we reported that Christopher Nolan’s Oscar-nominated sci-fi epic Interstellar was available to pre-order at online vendor Amazon, but today Paramount Home Entertainment has officially announced the release of the film on March 31st on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand, with a digital release on March 17th.
The Blu-ray release for Interstellar is set to include a cell from an original 70Mm IMAX print of the film in addition to three hours of bonus content, details of which you can view below, as well as a look at the artwork for the release.
–The Science of Interstellar — Extended cut of the broadcast special.
–Plotting an Interstellar Journey — Discusses the film’s origins, influences and narrative designs.
–Life on Cooper’s Farm—Bringing Americana and the grounded nature of a farm to a sci-fi space movie.
The Dust—Learn how cast and crew avoided sand blindness, and see how to create, »
- Scott J. Davis
Arts critics tend to get a rough time of it in the movies. Even looking at this year's awards season hopefuls, Birdman casts a wonderfully scabrous Lindsay Duncan as a theatre critic who is determined to kill the hero's play, and Mr. Turner presents John Ruskin as a lisping, pretentious fop, a representation that has led some to take mild umbrage.
To look even further back, at Ratatouille's sneering Anton Ego, or Lady In The Water's film-savvy 'straw critic', or Theatre Of Blood's gleefully murderous tract, there's not a whole lot of love for critics in film. Any of this might give way to the preconception that critics, especially film critics, don't actually like films and that they're out of touch with both the filmmakers whose works they »
During a recent Detroit auto show, Mercedes-Benz showcased some new footage from Jurassic World which showcases their vehicles that were used in the film. We previously saw stills showing off their new SUV, the Gle 63 Amg Coupe, which featured Bryce Dallas Howard ("The Lady In The Water") and Chris Pratt ("Guardians of the Galaxy"). Mercedes and Universal previously partnered-up for The Lost World: Jurassic Park. Check out the video below. Don't blink! Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World. Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure from a screenplay he wrote with Derek Connolly. Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley join the team as producers. Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, Bd Wong, Judy Greer Directed By: Colin Trevorrow »
9 items from 2015
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