14 items from 2015
Sometimes it's no fun being Ryan Gosling. No, not the actor who's the beloved star of The Notebook and Blue Valentine, but the filmmaker who saw his deeply-personal directorial debut Lost River savaged by critics at Cannes last year. Debuting three years after Drive blew the roof off the festival's Palais, Lost River received the kind of drubbing that'd have you believe it was a crime against cinema.
Fast forward to now and it's arriving to the masses with around 15 minutes shorn from the Cannes cut - diminished expectations end up doing it lot of favours. Gosling shoots for the stars with Lost River and doesn't quite make it, but why vilify him for showing ambition? Had this been made by a first-timer who wasn't an A-list actor, »
Fashion & Style received the De Laurentiis Company's April newsletter and in it the news Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth), Guillermo Navarro and Michael Rymer would be directing the final three episodes of the upcoming third season of NBC's "Hannibal", all three shot back-to-back. Navarro and Rymer are veteran "Hannibal" helmers while del Toro has only previously helmed a television show when it comes to his FX series "The Strain" as well as something called "Hora Marcada" back in the '80s. The newsletter teased an upcoming "binge event" leading to the "Hannibal" season three premiere on June 4 as well as added, "It may be hard to top last season's finale, but we can promise you a conclusion you won't soon forget!" »
- Brad Brevet
Jones' appearance will come in the current third season's nineteenth episode and will be entitled "Broken Arrow". In the show, the character will "be a metahuman with the ability to harness and weaponize plasma energy."
Meanwhile a new clip from tonight's episode has gone online and showcases the return of last year's key villain Deathstroke (Manu Bennett).
- Garth Franklin
Though Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) has appeared on Arrow, the titular Emerald Archer has yet to face off against an actual SUPERvillain over the course of the show's run. Well, that will change in the upcoming nineteenth episode (titled "Broken Arrow") when he takes on Deathbolt. This character -- real name is Jake Simmons -- was first introduced in All-Star Squadron #21 back in 1983, and had the power to manipulate electricity. According to IGN, in Arrow Simmons will "be a metahuman with the ability to harness and weaponize plasma energy." Deathbolt will be played by Doug Jones, who should be well known around these parts as a frequent collaborator of Guillermo del Toro's, on projects such as Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth and The Strain. He also starred in Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer as the cosmic Marvel hero of the title. »
Following the photos that debuted last month, Universal Pictures has finally released the first trailer for the highly-anticipated supernatural thriller Crimson Peak, arriving in theaters October 16. Directed by the master of dark fairy tales, Guillermo del Toro, Crimson Peak is a haunting gothic horror story starring Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston and Charlie Hunnam.
Legendary Pictures' Crimson Peak, a co-production with Universal Pictures, is a haunting gothic horror story directed by Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy series, Pacific Rim, written by Guillermo del Toro and Matthew Robbins. In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds...and remembers.
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- Brad Brevet
It's almost that time for Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim, Pan's Labyrinth) to open up his mind and let the audience walk around in it for a couple of hours, as his latest film, Crimson Peak, now has a trailer! The story takes place in the aftermath of a family tragedy, as an aspiring author is torn between the love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds, and »
- Sean Wist
Legendary Pictures’ Crimson Peak, a co-production with Universal Pictures, is a haunting gothic horror story directed by the master of dark fairy tales, Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy). In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds…and remembers. »
- Pietro Filipponi
It's tough to stand out among the other Super Bowl commercials, but the 30-second trailer for Disney's Tomorrowland turned a few heads - and probably brought back memories of Space Mountain. Yes, it's a movie inspired by Disneyland's futuristic-themed sector, and it's not the first time Disney transformed a ride into a feature film. Considering that some of the theme park's attractions have been beloved to Disney fans for years, it's surprising it took 60 years for Tomorrowland to spawn a movie. (California's Disneyland turns 60 this year, with plenty of celebrations foot.) To mark the World of Tomorrow's transition to the screen, »
- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie
And the Oscar nominees are ... the whitest since 1998.
That's the truth as far as the acting categories are concerned. For the first time in 17 years, not a single person of colour stands to win an acting Oscar. [The Atlantic says the last entirely white Oscar nomination list was in 1995. We'll let them duke out which year it is.]
We here at Moviefone Canada looked at Oscar winners and nominees from the past decade to see how they stack up against the upcoming 2015 ceremony. We restricted ourselves to the acting, directing and screenwriting categories.
The definition of "people of colour," of course, varies widely. But when it comes to Oscar nominations, we largely considered people who don't come from an all-white heritage within the last couple of generations.
We plugged the numbers ... and 47 out of 350 nominees in the past 10 years went to people of colour.
That's 13 per cent ... and it's not enough. Especially when U.S. government statistics show that white people (excluding Hispanics or Latinos) make up only 62.6 per cent of the country's population. »
- Jesse Ferreras
Ansel Elgort ("The Fault in Our Stars") will star with Chloe Grace Moretz in Sacha Gervasi's teen thriller "November Criminals" at Lotus Entertainment. Steven Knight ("Locke," "Eastern Promises") adapted the script from Sam Munson’s 2011 novel.
The story follows two teenagers who venture into the seedy underbelly of Washington D.C. to investigate a friend’s murder while falling in love for the first time. Catherine Keener also stars. [Source: Deadline]
Free State of Jones
Gugu Mbatha-Raw ("Belle," "Beyond the Lights") will star opposite Matthew McConaughey in Gary Ross' $65 million Civil War movie "Free State of Jones" for Stx Entertainment. Scott Stuber and Jon Kilik are producing.
Based on a true story, McConaughey plays Newton Knight and Mbatha-Raw is Rachel, a slave whose relationship with Knight played a central part in his life and in his armed rebellion against the Confederacy during the Civil War. [Source: The Wrap]
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- Garth Franklin
The Wrap report that MTV's Shannara TV series has rounded out its cast with Ivana Baquero (Pan's Labyrinth, Gelo, My Other Me), who will play a human character named Eretria. The site describe her as coming "from the wrong side of the tracks, Eretria has been forced to use her beauty and wits to survive." She was raised by thieves known as the Rovers, but then joins Wil Ohmsford (Austin Butler) and Amberle’s (Poppy Drayton) quest to save the Four Lands. Manu Bennett will also star as Allanon. Jon Favreau and Smallville duo Al Gough and Miles Millar will produce the show, which is based on the 20-strong series of novels (there has been one graphic novel also - The Dark Wraith Of Shannara - published back in 2008) in Terry Brooks' Shannara saga. The story is set after the destruction of our civilization in the "great wars", with »
In July, MTV greenlit new series Shannara, based on the popular book series by Terry Brooks. With 10 episodes ordered, Shannara is set thousands of years after the destruction of civilization and follows the Shannara family, who just so happen to have a little ancient magic on their side. In other words, what they do next will change the world. And now, MTV has announced that Pan's Labyrinth's Ivana Baquero will join the series in the role of Eretria. In a press release, Eretria is described as coming from the "wrong side of the tracks" and being "forced to use »
- Samantha Highfill
En route to Palm Springs yesterday afternoon, I saw the news that the National Society of Film Critics had gone against the flow, where most would have expected a "Boyhood" win, and named Jean-Luc Godard's "Goodbye to Language" the year's best film. What I wasn't fully aware of until this morning was the wave of displeasure it apparently spurred. First, some thoughts on the organization's history. They often settle on something perfectly reasonable if not inspired, and sometimes that falls outside the sphere of major Best Picture contenders. "Inside Llewyn Davis," "Amour," "Melancholia," "Waltz with Bashir," "Pan's Labyrinth," "American Splendor," "Mulholland Drive," "Yi Yi: A One and a Two" — that's just a brief, selective history. And I'm forever in love with their "Out of Sight" choice in 1998. Only five films have won all three major critics group awards (Nsfc, Lafca and Nyfcc): "The Social Network," "The Hurt Locker, »
- Kristopher Tapley
14 items from 2015
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