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FX has given a 10-episode order to the drama created by the “Sons of Anarchy” creator about a Late Middle Ages warrior knight who gets pulled back into fighting just when he thought he was out. Lee Jones plays titular executioner Wilkin Brattle, a warrior knight in King Edward I’s charge.
There will be blood. #Tbx
— kurt sutter (@sutterink) May 22, 2015
Sutter wrote the pilot. He is exec producing along with Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo and Paris Barclay. Barclay directed the pilot. Sutter also appears in the series, along with his wife, Katey Sagal, Stephen Moyer, Flora Spencer-Longhurst and Sam Spruell. The cast also includes Darren Evans, Danny Sapani, Timothy V. Murphy, Sarah White, Sarah Sweeney, Elen Rhys, Ethan Griffiths and Matthew Rhys.
“I love history. I love theology. I love blood. It’s been very satisfying weaving »
- Whitney Friedlander
If you’re having a bad day or your week has been feeling longer than usual, this video of Paul Dano getting repeatedly beaten up in a good number of his films might make you forget about your troubles.
This video is brought to you by YouTuber Michael Brawley who was compelled to inform the world that Paul Dano has a very punchable face. While he suffers other injuries to parts of his body in this video, many of the various characters in Paul Dano’s films really like hitting him in the face, especially Daniel Day Lewis’s memorable and horrifying Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood.
While being constantly beaten up in movies might not be the most fun thing to be known for, it’s still a testament to Paul Dano’s acting chops. Not everyone can react that well to getting hit, punched, and kicked over and over again, »
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the release of "Crash" (on May 6, 2005), an all-star movie whose controversy came not from its provocative treatment of racial issues but from its Best Picture Oscar victory a few months later, against what many critics felt was a much more deserving movie, "Brokeback Mountain."
The "Crash" vs. "Brokeback" battle is one of those lingering disputes that makes the Academy Awards so fascinating, year after year. Moviegoers and critics who revisit older movies are constantly judging the Academy's judgment. Even decades of hindsight may not always be enough to tell whether the Oscar voters of a particular year got it right or wrong. Whether it's "Birdman" vs. "Boyhood," "The King's Speech" vs. "The Social Network," "Saving Private Ryan" vs. "Shakespeare in Love" or even "An American in Paris" vs. "A Streetcar Named Desire," we're still confirming the Academy's taste or dismissing it as hopelessly off-base years later. »
- Gary Susman
HitFix's recent spate of "Best Year in Film History" pieces inevitably spurred some furious debate among our readers, with some making compelling arguments for years not included in our pieces (2007 and 1968 were particularly popular choices) and others openly expressing their bewilderment at the inclusion of others (let's just say 2012 took a beating). In the interest of giving voice to your comments, below we've rounded up a few of the most thoughtful, passionate, surprising and occasionally incendiary responses to our pieces, including my own (I advocated for The Year of Our Lynch 2001, which is obviously the best). Here we go... Superstar commenter "A History of Matt," making an argument for 1968: The Graduate. Bullit. The Odd Couple. The Lion in Winter. Planet of the Apes. The Thomas Crown Affair. Funny Girl. Rosemary's Baby. And of course, 2001, A Space Odyssey. And that's only a taste of the greatness of that year. "Lothar the Flatulant, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice came and went theatrically. Much like Spike Jonze’s Her, it seems an expensive arthouse film that didn’t connect with the public, though both were nominated for Screenplay Oscars. Vice made $8 million, while Anderson’s last film The Master only made twice as much. The filmmaker hasn’t ever scored a big hit (his biggest success was There Will Be Blood, which made $40 Million), and that’s a little sad because he’s one of the greatest filmmakers working today. This noted, Vice is destined to live on as a cult favorite. It’s too drugged out not to eventually find an audience, though its resemblances to films like The Big Lebowski and The Long Goodbye are mostly superficial. Joaquin Phoenix stars as Larry ‘Doc’ Sportello, who works as a sort of private investigator, and the »
- Andre Dellamorte
Ahead of its premiere at Cannes next month, a poster has arrived online for Youth, the latest film from Oscar winning director Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty, Il Divo), which stars Michael Caine (Interstellar), Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener), Harvey Keitel (The Congress), Jane Fonda (The Newsroom) and Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood). Check it out…
See Also: Watch the trailer for Youth here
Sensing their time could be quickly running out, they decide to face the future together, regard with curiosity and tenderness their children’s confused lives, the enthusiasm of Mick’s young writers and the other guests at their hotel. Mick is scrambling to finish what he imagines will be his last important film. Fred gave up his music career a long time ago. But there is someone who wants at all costs to hear his compositions and to see him conduct again.
Youth will premiere at Cannes next month, »
- Gary Collinson
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others? History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies? So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »
- Richard Rushfield
The gang is back in the "Entourage" movie, which picks up about seven months after the series finale and finds everyone living a whole lot larger with Ari (Jeremy Piven) running a studio and Vince (Adrian Grenier) directing his first movie. That's Hollywood.
Last year, we were invited to "Turtle's Malibu beach house" set, where we chatted with stars Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara, and director Doug Ellin. Here's the vital info we learned about the big-screen baller reunion, which hits theaters June 3rd.
1. Vince is now a director.
The movie is called "Hyde," a modern-day version of "Jekyll and Hyde," where Dr. Hyde is a Tony Stark-style genius chemist "with a dark side," according to production designer Chase Harlan. E is producing, Vince is directing, and Drama's got a small role. "The guys have a lot riding on this new movie, and because it's Ari's first movie at the studio, »
- Sharon Knolle
Las Vegas - Paramount Pictures presentation at the 5th Annual CinemaCon convention featured a former California governor and a hilarious bit from an infamous male model, but it was Tom Cruise appearing on behalf of "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" that really got the world's theater owners jazzed. "This is very exciting," Cruise says. "'Mission' was the first movie I ever produced. The dream was to be able to allow us to make more. Here we are at number five almost 20 years later." Cruise was on hand along with co-stars Simon Pegg and Rebecca Ferguson to introduce two extended clips for the fifth "Mission: Impossible" flick. After a quick set up where Cruise noted everything director Christopher McQuarrie (stuck in the editing room) wanted the audience to know the screening began. The first scene is close to the beginning of the picture and finds an unconscious and shirtless Ethan Hunt »
- Gregory Ellwood
Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood) and John Cusack (High Fidelity) both star as Wilson, playing him as a young and old man respectively. The film follows Wilson from the group’s rise in sunny SoCal through the darkness of his burgeoning mental illness. As their popularity soared — making magic in the studio, conquering charts and minds, battling the Beatles (and sometimes winning) — Wilson’s inner demons festered.
The film focuses mainly on Wilson in the 1980’s, when he suffered midlife crisis that could have killed him, to the midlife romance that pretty much saved him. Paul Giamatti (Sideways) co-stars as Eugene Landy, the dodgy shrink who went from helping Wilson to over-medicating him, alongside Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games) as Melinda Ledbetter, »
- Scott J. Davis
The first trailer has arrived online for Youth, the latest film from Oscar winning director Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty, Il Divo), and you can view it below…
Starring Michael Caine (Interstellar), Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener), Harvey Keitel (The Congress), Jane Fonda (The Newsroom) and Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood), the film see Caine as a retired orchestra conductor vacationing in an Alpine resort who receives an invitation to perform for Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.
In addition to the trailer, rumours are that the film could debut at this years Cannes Film Festival, for which the official line-up is announced on Thursday, April 16th.
- Scott J. Davis
We're all over the board today beginning with a new celebrity drop, I work commentary on Ex Machina and World of Tomorrow into our conversation without technically reviewing them, we discuss eliminating cable a little more, tons of news stories, rube stories from the listeners, games and more. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. An alternative to that option, you can leave us a voicemail directly from your computer. Just click here and »
- Brad Brevet
Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, Deadpool tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson. In this faux Extra set report for April Fool's Day, Mario Lopez and Ryan Reynolds chat about the rating for Deadpool, leading to an unexpected (but very welcome) conclusion. Via Twitter Reynolds confirmed the film will be rated R, as fans have been hoping for: "February 12th. There will be blood. Guns. F-bombs. And graphic, expertly lit French Unicorn sex." A solo film centering on Deadpool -- a disfigured and mentally unstable mercenary infamous for his talkative nature and tendency to break the fourth wall -- has been in development for years, but thanks to the positive reception of leaked proof of concept footage (watch below) »
- Pietro Filipponi
Ever since Deadpool was officially announced last year, fans have been wondering whether or not this highly-anticipated comic book adaptation will be rated R, staying true to the original foul-mouthed nature of the Merc With the Mouth. Earlier today, JoBlo reported that the movie will actually be PG-13, although many wondered if it was merely an April Fool's Day story. As it turns out, Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds was even in on the fun, sending out a series of tweets this morning, telling fans there is "zero reason to panic" about a PG-13 rated Deadpool, but, like that original report, it was all a ruse.
JoBlo has posted a new video, which is made to look like an Extra TV report, with host Mario López interviewing Ryan Reynolds live from the Deadpool set. While it initially looks like your standard TV interview, things take a hilarious turn, as you will see below. »
So, has the rating controversy over Deadpool finally been solved? A couple of days ago, Ryan Reynolds took to Twitter in the midst of production on the Marvel Comics adaptation to address the film’s rating. He reiterated that he’s always wanted Deadpool—a story that focuses on a violent antihero who uses profanity—to be rated-r and was currently “fighting” with the studio, since it would be a significant leap of faith for 20th Century Fox to release an R-rated Deadpool, alienating a large portion of the moviegoing audience that usually turns up for superhero movies. Today, an “exclusive” video interview between Extra’s Mario Lopez and Reynolds on the Deadpool set surfaced over at JoBlo, during which the rating issue was solved once and for all: Of course today’s “holiday” initially made this all a tiny bit unclear, and Reynolds preceded the video with some tweets hinting towards a PG-13 Deadpool. »
- Adam Chitwood
I'm not gonna lie; this video had me fooled! Something seems a little off about it from the start, but it definitely appears to be a pretty standard video interview. That is until Deadpool himself shows up (following talk of the movie being "family friendly"), attacks the interviewer, and confirms that the report and Tweets from earlier today were all just a joke. Deadpool is officially Rated-r. February 12th. There will be blood. Guns. F-bombs. And graphic, expertly lit French Unicorn sex. #deadpoolRatedR @deadpoolmovie #Aprilpools— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) April 1, 2015 »
The news was released in the best possible way. In recent weeks we've been hearing that there was fighting behind the scenes of the production with 20th Century Fox wanting to make the movie a PG-13 whereas the cast and crew wanted to do an R-rated film which was more suitable to the material.
JoBlo posted up an April Fools article this morning suggesting that the film had secured a PG-13 rating. Reynolds followed that up with some tweets.
#deadpool - So we make the blood green. (Views expressed here are mine - not necessarily those of adorable, taint-punchers releasing films)
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) April 1, 2015
A PG-13 #deadpool will still have 4th wall breaking, a shit-ton of action and at least 3 chimichangas. Zero need to panic. I promise.
— Ryan Reynolds »
- Garth Franklin
Update: It turns out that Ryan Reynolds has played an April Fools joke on us, and contrary to our earlier report, it's now been confirmed that Deadpool will in fact be an R-rated movie. You can watch the very special announcement video - courtesy of JoBlo - below: Reynolds also Tweeted out a pretty funny message to fans, writing: February 12th. There will be blood. Guns. F-bombs. And graphic, expertly lit French Unicorn sex. #deadpoolRatedR @deadpoolmovie #Aprilpools. Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) April 1, 2015 The original story in its entirety is below. Since late last year when the Deadpool movie was officially announced, we've been hearing about a constant behind-the-scenes debate regarding the film's target rating. The filmmakers and Ryan Reynolds have publicly declared their desire to make an R-rated feature, though this opinion has evidently been met with a bit of push-back from the folks at 20th Century Fox. There has been »
After our news this morning, it looks like Ryan Reynolds has something to say about that pesky PG-13 rating...Enjoy the Chimichangas below! Yes, that's right. No April Fools. No Bullshit. Deadpool is rated R. Now, let's get a taco.February 12th. There will be blood. Guns. F-bombs. And graphic, expertly lit French Unicorn sex. #deadpoolRatedR @deadpoolmovie #Aprilpools— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) April 1, 2015 Original "story" »
- Paul Shirey
Update: Ryan Reynolds had the web well and truly April Fooled.
After kicking off the day with the news that his hard-edged comic book movie would be pushed down from an R-rating to PG-13, the actor pulled the rug with a last-second reveal saying this wasn't the case.
And he had a little help from Saved by the Bell star-turned-tv host Mario Lopez. Watch the video below, then scroll down to see the original story...
February 12th. There will be blood. Guns. F-bombs. And graphic, expertly lit French Unicorn sex. #deadpoolRatedR @deadpoolmovie #Aprilpools
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) April 1, 2015
The actor had been fighting for the upcoming Marvel Comics adaptation to receive the higher certificate, which would have restricted people under the age of 17 from seeing the film »
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