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Tom Cruise and writer/director Christopher McQuarrie not only up the "M:i" franchise with smarter espionage and more thrilling action, but also break down the entire spy game as a cat and mouse between two rogue warriors: Cruise's Ethan Hunt and Sean Harris' Solomon Lane. That's what happens when you pair the daredevil superstar with the master of the doppelganger shell game, which made it a lot more creative for the indie-spirited cinematographer Robert Elswit, who last worked on "Nightcrawler" and "Inherent Vice." "Tom's a force of nature -- there's nobody like him -- and he pulled it off with McQuarrie," said the Oscar-winning Elswit ("There Will Be Blood"). "They wrestled this into shape and made it into something kind of fun." Actually, it's the only time the cinematographer has said "yes" to a movie without reading a script. He had that much faith in McQuarrie after getting to know him as the ghost. »
- Bill Desowitz
Kurt Russell, Matthew Fox, and more star in the horror Western Bone Tomahawk, the closing film of Fantastic Fest 2015. Karyn Kusama's The Invitation is also included in the first wave of programming for the Austin-based festival that kicks off September 24th.
Press Release: "Austin, TX - Thursday, July 30, 2015 - Fantastic Fest announces the first wave programming lineup for its 11th annual celebration of exciting genre-bending films, including the World Premiere of Bone Tomahawk with Kurt Russell and Matthew Fox in attendance, a retrospective of Turkish Genre Cinema, and a special Mondo Gallery event and programming series curated by filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn to celebrate the release of his new book Nicolas Winding Refn: The Act of Seeing, which profiles Refn's collection of vintage exploitation-era American movie posters. "We're very excited about this year's mix of premieres, unique events and a retrospective theme unlike any other featuring audacious and »
- Derek Anderson
The performance of an actor playing a villainous role can sometimes be the most interesting part of the film. This is an in-depth look at some of those performances which were awarded with an Oscar.
To get a good character in film, you have to develop that character. The audience needs to see the world through their eyes in order to understand their perspective and motivations. This is especially true with villains, which are arguably more difficult to develop than a traditional protagonist. Often times villains are given the short end of the characterization stick in any given film, which makes sense. It’s not easy making an action that could hurt or harm other people seem logical, so many films don’t put much effort into it. The audience recognizes a villain when they see one, and they know he is bad because of his actions, no matter how questionable they may be. »
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
The first trailer for The Revenant arrived last week and managed to impress most that saw it as Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's follow-up to last year's Best Picture-winner Birdman has been hotly anticipated from the moment it was announced. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, the story centers on explorer Hugh Glass (DiCaprio) as he's brutally attacked by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. In a quest to survive, Glass endures unimaginable grief as well as the betrayal of his confidant John Fitzgerald (Hardy), turning the film not only into a tale of survival, but also revenge and redemption. Tom Hardy in The RevenantPhoto: 20th Century Fox The film, which began shooting in October 2014 in Calgary, overshot its production schedule, which is why Hardy had to drop out of Suicide Squad. Then sudden heat melted the snow in Alberta and the production was put »
- Brad Brevet
It’s been a banner year for the repertory cinema racket.
Be it the various arthouses that are continuing to grow their catalogue of classic films that they screen any given week (a local museum near your’s truly will be screening Hausu with a live score, even), or the top museums around this country expanding their film screenings to full on festivals, fans of classic and rarely seen cinema are finding it easier and easier to enjoy these legendary films with a live audience. However, it’s still rare to find that one film that is not only a bonafide classic film, but also one that has been nearly impossible to see here stateside. We’ve already seen Les Blank’s long awaited Leon Russell documentary A Poem Is A Naked Person hit theaters for the first time, so the film world couldn’t already be seeing a second »
- Joshua Brunsting
Love & Mercy, 2015.
Directed by Bill Pohlad.
In the 1960s, Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson struggles with emerging psychosis as he attempts to craft his avant-garde pop masterpiece. In the 1980s, he is a broken, confused man under the 24-hour watch of shady therapist Dr. Eugene Landy.
For fans of the iconic 60s pop group The Beach Boys, this is a must-watch. Love & Mercy is a poignant and considered attempt to chronicle the tumultuous life of the band’s lead musician, Brian Wilson.
The film is a biopic covering two periods of Wilson’s life. Paul Dano (There Will be Blood, Ruby Sparks) plays Wilson during the mid 60s when seminal album Pet Sounds was recorded, but also the period when Wilson began to develop mental health issues and abused drugs and alcohol.
Intercut with this narrative is John Cusack »
- Luke Graham
American actor Paul Dano has a laid-back, occasionally laconic manner that makes his sentences have the cycle of a wave; they develop with intent, rise up to a peak, and then crash into themselves. He gives tidbits of information rather than great oratory. A trait he uses to great effect with the characters he's played in films as far ranging as Little Miss Sunshine and There Will Be Blood. This reluctance to string full sentences together is combined with his believing, "It's so hard to talk about yourself. It can be tough." »
In case you missed the big announcement...you might want to watch this. On this episode of Collider Movie Talk, John Campea, Jon Schnepp and Mark Ellis discuss the following: Batman V Superman Entertainment Weekly cover with comments from Affleck about the new Batman! Jurassic World continues its domination at the box office coming in at #1 for the 4th week in a row Selma director Ava DuVernay declines opportunity to direct Marvel's Black Panther There Will Be Blood director Paul Thomas Anderson will write and likely direct upcoming Pinocchio movie with Robert Downy Jr. Comic-Con re-ups with the city of San Diego to stay in town until at least 2018 With the new merger at Collider, will the weekend show Mail Bag return? How much will the popularity of the game World Of Warcraft effect the success of the upcoming Warcraft movie? What does a comedy have to do in order »
- Collider Video
Disney may be the king of the jungle when it comes to turning classic animated movies into live-action box office titans, but they're about to get some very stiff competition from Warner Bros.. The Hollywood Reporter is sharing news that Robert Downey Jr.'s previously-announced Pinocchio movie has just attracted some serious A-list talent in the form of writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson. Yes, the guy who made Boogie Nights and There Will Be Blood is working on a live-action Pinocchio movie. This is a real thing. According to THR, Anderson is only writing the project for now and then will decide later if he also wants to direct. Downey Jr. would star as the toy maker Geppetto who creates the titular wooden boy. Apparently the two have been friends for some time...
- Peter Hall
Well, here’s some surprising news…
Warner Bros. and Robert Downey Jr. have enlisted a new screenwriter for their planned live-action Pinocchio movie, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood, Inherent Vice) has signed on to pen the script with a view to directing.
The project – which will see Downey taking on the role of Pinocchio’s creator Geppetto, as well as producing – has been in development for a number of years now, with previous drafts from Bryan Fuller (Hannibal), Jane Goldman (Kingsman: The Secret Service) and Michael Mitnick (The Giver).
- Gary Collinson
In a surprising match between filmmaker and material, Paul Thomas Anderson will rewrite Robert Downey Jr.‘s live-action “Pinocchio” movie with an eye toward directing the project for Warner Bros., TheWrap has learned. Anderson is the six-time Oscar-nominated auteur behind “Boogie Nights,” “Magnolia” and “There Will Be Blood.” He most recently worked with Warner Bros. on “Inherent Vice,” which was initially slated to star Downey. The two have long wanted to work together and “Pinocchio” will mark their first collaboration. However, “Pinocchio” appears to be uncharted territory for Anderson, who doesn’t tackle a lot of open writing assignments. He’s a brilliant writer. »
- Jeff Sneider
In an intriguing match-up, "There Will Be Blood" and "Inherent Vice" helmer Paul Thomas Anderson has come onboard to pen a script draft and potentially direct a new adaptation of "Pinocchio" at Warner Bros. Pictures and Team Downey.
"The Giver" writer Michael Mitnick penned the latest draft of the script which Robert Downey Jr. has been quietly tweaking for the past six months. Downey is slated to star as Geppetto in the film and has been developing the project for years.
The film will re-tell the classic story about a wooden puppet who wants to become a human boy, and has taken on new urgency at Warners in the wake of success stories like "Maleficent" and "Cinderella" over at Disney.
The teaming of Anderson and Downey isn't unusual. »
- Garth Franklin
There.s something genuinely uplifting about learning that two established, young actors with bounds of potential still yet to flourish are going to work on a project together. Especially when that project is itself teeming with possibilities too. So the revelation that Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe are making a comedy about a man who becomes BFFs with a dead body should fill you with great joy. Variety has reported that Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe have signed on the dotted line to star in Swiss Army Man. The impressive cast has also been rounded off with the addition of Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Thanks to his turns in There Will Be Blood, Love & Mercy, and 12 Years A Slave, Paul Dano has turned into one of the most intense and compelling young actors in American cinema. Meanwhile, after his turns in the Harry Potter franchise, Daniel Radcliffe has done an exemplary »
The entwined subjects of time passing and landscapes changing have always been synonymous with the work of Chinese director Jia Zhang-ke; his latest feature, Mountains May Depart, expands these ideas to a point that exists beyond any previously established horizon. The film may well be Jia’s most ambitious to date, in this respect: it spans three decades in all, touching down in 1999, 2014 and 2025, so essentially covering our past, present and future. As with all of Jia’s work, location here plays an integral role – like Platform and Pick Pocket, the narrative revolves around the director’s hometown of Fenyang – with scenes unfolding among local festivities on packed streets, or upon the scorched earth of a local coal mine that recalls similar shots in Barbara Loden’s Wanda. And just as we witnessed the gradual construction of the Yangtze River’s Three Gorges Dam (and inevitable destruction of the »
- Nicholas Page
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Supercut of the Day: Fandor pays tribute to film fathers, including characters from The Incredibles, The Sound of Music, There Will Be Blood, The Tree of Life and of course Star Wars, in this lengthy video: Trailer Mix of the Day: Jurassic World would have been a lot better with more cartoon babies. Here's the Jurassic Park sequel mashed with Rugrats in Paris (via The Trailer Mash): Movie Parody of the Day: Technically this video doesn't seem to have any tie to Jurassic World, but a sequel where dinosaurs are pets has been proposed so here's what that might look like (via World Wide Interweb): Vintage Image of the Day: Gena Rowlands turns...
- Christopher Campbell
Now before you go off and think that this just might be the greatest product placement film of all time, The Founder is being described as "being akin to The Social Network and There Will Be Blood." The story will follow that of how Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed... Read More »
- Sean Wist
If you see a movie for the first time and swear you've heard the score before, it may not be your imagination...
Last month, the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (Afm) sued six major studios for reusing film soundtracks in other films without paying the appropriate compensation. It's the kind of news that will make people roll their eyes. Ah yes, they'll say after seeing the headlines. Typical Hollywood. Not even the music's original any more.
But go beyond the headlines about reusing the same music too much and delve into the lawsuit and it reveals an interesting insight into the kind of situations where music does get repeated.
The lawsuit, it soon becomes evident, isn't about the use of music in itself (a quick browse through the soundtracks for the titles in question, such as This Means War or Argo, reveals that they have »
Picking the best movies that come out in any given year is no easy feat. With over 800 movies released theatrically, there’s plenty to digest. As we reach the halfway point of the year, we decided to publish a list of our favourite movies thus far, in hopes that our readers can catch up on some of the films they might have missed out on. Below, you shall find the list of the top 30 films of 2015 to date, a list that ranges from independent horror films to documentary to foreign films and so much more. Here is part three of our three part list.
The meditative Clouds of Sils Maria weighs the passing of time and the cumulative effect of art in the life of an aging actress. Internationally renowned starlet Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) goes into an introspective tailspin following the sudden death of the »
After his breakout performance opposite Daniel Day Lewis in There Will Be Blood, Paul Dano could have drunk the Hollywood Kool-Aid (or the milk shake for that matter) and suited up for the next studio tentpole. Instead, he largely opted for little-seen indies like Being Flynn and The Good Heart, with some sinister supporting roles in 12 Years a Slave and Prisoners mixed in. But with his latest film, Bill Pohlad’s Beach Boys biopic Love & Mercy, Dano finally picked a starring role that all of young Hollywood was chasing: that of tortured music icon Brian Wilson. The 30-
- Tatiana Siegel
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.
Shootouts, unlike any other type of action scenes, put death in the forefront of the audience’s mind. Whereas a car chase draws the attention onto the race, or a fight scene onto the pursuit of victory, shootouts test the mortality of our protagonists and anti-heroes. It’s more than just a hail of bullets that matters on screen, it’s who those bullets are clipping down or propping up. Legends can be made in a flurry of lead. The last man standing after the fray isn’t always the best or »
- Shane Ramirez
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