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Scott McCall (as a human and as his wild werewolf self) and best bud Stiles have their very own Funko Pop! figures now. Collect whichever vinyl figure tickles your fancy this spring! Also in today's Highlights: Wesley Snipes reveals The Recall's release date at CinemaCon 2017, a look at the teaser trailer for Deep Shock, and the Tribeca Games Festival announcement.
Photos & Release Details for Funko's Teen Wolf Pop! Vinyls: From Funko: “Teen werewolf Scott McCall and his best friend Stiles are coming to Pop! vinyl!
Bitten the night before starting sophomore year of high school, Scott is now a True Alpha werewolf! Collect Scott in his human form, or as a werewolf!
Add them to your collection this spring!
Coming in May!”
- Tamika Jones
I’ve always felt that the movie Apocalypto was a masterpiece. When it comes to movies where the entire movie is essentially a chase scene I would have to put Apocalypto as one of the top movies on this list. I personally felt that it was one of Mel Gibson’s top three directed films. Braveheart would have to be number one and I’m a little iffy about what would go in the 2 and 3 spots but I’d put Apocalypto in one of them. Critics felt it was a little too violent and over the top. I happen to agree with
- Nat Berman
Rudy Youngblood -- best known for playing Jaguar Paw in "Apocalypto" -- was arrested for being drunk and obnoxious in a Miami casino. According to the police report ... the actor reeked of alcohol and was slurring when cops responded to a call from security at the poker room at Miccosukee Resort & Gaming. Youngblood was allegedly verbally abusive and threatening to other poker room patrons ... which means he probably spoke a lot more than Jaguar Paw ever did. »
- TMZ Staff
As the film-business-crowds move through meetings designed to meet all sorts of movie-related objectives in this vast mix of people, and the movie-going public lines up for films in the Competition, Out-of-Competition, Panorama, Forum and Retrospectives; and families attend the Generation series, some for kindergarteners and others for preteens and some for those 14 and up, and as the constant exchange of ideas continues, there is lots of buzz, mostly positive about the Hungarian Competition film “On Body and Soul”.“On Body and Soul” by Ildikó Enyedi
Buzz continues the next day both pro and con about Oren Moverman’s Competition film, “The Dinner” which is definitely a must-see for each to decide on one’s own response to it. As Scott Roxborough in The Hollywood Reporter says, it “looks like just the political dish the times demand.” Produced by Caldecot Chubb, the script was originally to be written by Moverman for Cate Blanchett to direct. »
- Sydney Levine
Henry Bevan on Hacksaw Ridge and our attitude towards violence…
A ultra-violent pacifist movie. That’s the oxymoron greeting you when you watch Hacksaw Ridge, Mel Gibson’s film about Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield), a conscientious objector involved in the Battle of Okinawa.
The film is open to multiple readings. Some are obvious, with Doss’s comparison with Jesus shown through Christ poses and self-sacrifice. You can’t accuse Gibson of subtlety. There are also some unnoticed readings, mainly how Gibson comments on how society has become desensitised to violence. This is why a film about a pacifist is full of blood and gore.
Normally this isn’t an issue. Hollywood’s output is often flippant towards violence. Some filmmakers have built careers off a casual gunshot. Superhero movies are filled with meaningless and rampant destruction. Gibson has called out the genre, and irony has reached new levels with the »
- Henry Bevan
It finally happened for Kevin O’Connell.
At Sunday night’s 89th annual Academy Awards, the veteran sound mixer won Best Sound Mixing for Hacksaw Ridge alongside Peter Grace, Robert Mackenzie and Andy Wright. The victory is O’Connell’s first after 21 total nominations; until Sunday, O’Connell was the most-nominated person in Oscars history without a victory.
O’Connell dedicated the big win to his mother, Skippy.
“A special thank you tonight to my mother, Skippy O’Connell, who 39 years ago got me a job in sound,” O’Connell said. “And when I asked her how I could thank her, »
- Christopher Rosen and Julie Mazziotta
Kevin O’Connell (Courtesy: Getty Images)
By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
“I’ve never been more appreciative, humbled and just overall excited about the fact that I’ve been nominated,” says Hacksaw Ridge sound mixer Kevin O’Connell of his 21st Oscar nomination — which he shares with Peter Grace, Robert Mackenzie and Andy Wright — as we sit down at The Hollywood Reporter to record an episode of THR‘s ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast. “I don’t want to say I took it for granted in the past, but I certainly don’t take it for granted anymore.”
O’Connell, 59, has worked in Hollywood for nearly 40 years, and is one of the most respected practitioners of his craft. But he is best known for a dubious distinction: in Oscar history, no person has accumulated more nominations without ever winning. His noms span 33 years, from 1983’s Terms of Endearment through Mel Gibson‘s 2016 war film, »
- Carson Blackwelder
Recently I wrote a column about the inherent struggles that come with separating the art from the artist. Most of the time this isn’t a problem as even the most educated film fans probably don’t know the intimate personal details of the writers, directors, and producers behind the movies they watch. There are, of course, situations with prominent filmmakers that manage to allow the skeletons to escape from the closet and stumble from the shadows into the tabloids all too eager to share their scandals.
Last year saw Nate Parker and his film Birth of a Nation go from critical darling to the highest priced acquisition ever at the Sundance Film Festival to a ‘mortal lock’ for a Best Picture Nomination and then rocketing into a downward spiral towards oblivion only rivaled by a heroin junkie »
- Anghus Houvouras
For more than a decade, sound mixers Kevin O’Connell and Greg P. Russell worked hand-in-hand on some of the industry’s biggest box office hits, movies like “The Rock,” “Armageddon,” “Spider-Man,” and “Transformers.” It was a relationship born out of an early coupling on Ridley Scott’s “Black Rain” that later took flight in the mid-1990s when the two set up shop together at the Cary Grant mixing stage on the Sony lot in Culver City. In their time together, they landed Academy recognition 12 times, quickly becoming the Susan Luccis of the Oscars — consistently nominated, but never awarded.
Ten years ago, after the first “Transformers” film, O’Connell and Russell went their separate ways. This year, they’re back at the big dance together, though for different projects: O’Connell picked up his 21st nomination to date for Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge,” while Russell is back in »
- Kristopher Tapley
With Hacksaw Ridge enjoying some major Oscar love, we all know Mel Gibson’s first directorial effort since Apocalypto will lead to more stints behind the camera, but I don’t think anyone saw this coming. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gibson is being sought by Warner Bros. to take the helm of Suicide Squad 2, taking DC Comic’s group of anti-heroes under his wing while original director David Ayer works on the Harley Quinn centric Gotham City Sirens. Given the critically mauled Suicide Squad's ‘problematic’ approach to women and minorities rubbed some audiences up the wrong way, a director’s whose own dealings with said groups are equally ‘problematic’ seems like a very odd, even disastrous, choice. But Gibson has enjoyed something of a career resurrection as of late, and his previous work has showcased a gritty, visceral aesthetic that would suit Suicide Squad down to the ground. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Update: Another trade has just picked up Deadline’s reporting that Mel Gibson is being courted by Warner Bros to direct the Suicide Squad sequel. If you’ve seen Gibson’s Apocalypto, it’s easy to see how he might add some inspiration to the DC collection of misfit superheroes. You can find the source of their information in the write-up below. It was written that way because it’s less than a sure thing. Exclusive: Deadline revealed last month that Mel Gibson and John Lithgo… »
This year’s Oscar nominees are reflective of worldwide talent, many of whom were born outside of America. So while diversity in gender and color in awards season is still playing catch-up, diversity in foreign actors, writers, producers, and other moviemaking essentials is here to stay.
Oscar nominee “Lion’s” international pedigree cannot be argued with, taking noms for best picture (Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Angie Fielder), supporting actor (Dev Patel), supporting actress (Nicole Kidman), adapted screenplay (Luke Davies), cinematography (Greig Fraser), and original score (Hauschka).
“As producers we’re deeply committed to telling diverse stories like ‘Lion’ because cinema should reflect the world we live in,” Canning says. “We put together an incredibly talented group of actors and crew who were all hugely passionate about bringing Saroo [Brierley]’s story to life in India and Tasmania.”
- Nick Clement
It’s a long-established maxim that fans of auto racing are (consciously or unconsciously) there to see what happens when things go bad. If high-speed racing didn’t involve the risk of crashes and rollovers, who knows what the attendance would look like. And like racing, awards season, especially when the rubber hits the Oscar road, has its own grisly thrills and chills.
And it’s not just accountants and bankers who find the sight of red ink flowing irresistible.
Today, the moment any awards or nominations are announced, the internet is buzzing with “snubs and surprises” stories. They’re the red meat of awards season, the kudos equivalent of the Formula One favorite hitting the wall, the Indy black sheep who comes from last place to take the Borg-Warner Trophy.
Oscar history is packed with “what just happened?” moments. Among the toppers:
Oscar night 1997, when Hollywood icon Lauren Bacall »
- Steven Gaydos
.I approached Mel in 2002, in 2010, and then again in 2014, which is the first time he said yes,. says Mechanic..
.He's the only one I approached twice. I guess in my mind he was always the perfect director for it. I just had to get it in his mind that he was the perfect director for it..
.Randall's changes were not earth shattering,. says Mechanic. .He won't be credited in the final screenplay. But I think it might have made it more appealing to Mel to read [that] Randy was working on it..
The WWII action drama is »
- Harry Windsor
Read our Hacksaw Ridge review below. The film opens across the UK on January 26th, 2017.
Mel Gibson hasn’t directed a film since 2006. That movie was the impressive Apocalypto, a film not in the English language that secured a tad over $120 million at the worldwide box-office, from a reported $40 million budget. The years that followed were not particularly kind to Gibson, both personally and, as as result, professionally. Now clear of his demons with Hollywood starting to welcome him in again – plus an acting career that is also looking on the up following last year’s impressive Blood Father, Gibson has delivered possibly his best directorial effort yet, the World War II drama Hacksaw Ridge.
‘Ridge’ revolves around the real-life character Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield), a young twenty-something intent on helping his country during WWII. »
- Paul Heath
For the first time in 20 years, Mel Gibson is back in the Oscar fold.
The controversial actor and director has been nominated for Best Director for his work on “Hacksaw Ridge”– his first since he took home a director Oscar for “Braveheart” in 1996. “Hacksaw Ridge,” which tells the story of conscientious objector Desmond Doss and how he saved 75 people during the Battle of Okinawa, racked up six total nominations — best picture, best director, best actor (Andrew Garfield), film editing, sound mixing, and sound editing. Of the best director nominees — which also includes Damien Chazelle, Kenneth Lonergan, Barry Jenkins, and Denis Villeneuve — Gibson is the only one who has been nominated previously.
After his nomination, and eventual win, for Best Director in “Braveheart,” Gibson became embroiled in several scandals, turning many in Hollywood against him. He was arrested in 2006 for a DUI, during which he unleashed a drunken tirade capped with »
- Will Thorne
The Oscars certainly knows how to keep us on our toes.
While movies like La La Land and Manchester by the Sea are up for awards in several categories, as expected, this year’s Academy Award nominations were full of many notable snubs and surprises. While actors Taraji P. Henson, Amy Adams and Hugh Grant were overlooked, Viggo Mortensen managed to snag a spot in the Best Actor category. And at yet another awards show, Finding Dory couldn’t make it despite its pledge to “just keep swimming.”
Keep reading for a breakdown of the biggest shocks from this morning »
- Stephanie Petit
If you missed Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ or Apocalypto, you may not be aware of the director’s near masochistic penchant for realistic violence. Be warned, Hacksaw Ridge is not for the faint of heart. Each act of bodily harm, whether the result of a gun shot or an everyday accident, is captured with Gibson’s unflinching lens. The camera never shies away from framing the grizzliest details of each and every wound – blood gushes, bones snap and bodies burn and Gibson makes sure we witness each traumatic moment. His target subject here is the horrific experience of war and the transformative power of religious conviction – most significantly, the 6th Commandment, “thou shalt not kill.” However, for a film that seeks to champion the power of god’s peace in the face of man’s violence, Hacksaw Ridge spends far too much time relishing in the horrors of the battlefield. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Martin Macnamara)
Gadon is also acting as an exec producer on the project. She portrays the daughter of her overbearing mother (Arquette) and enters the rich and strange world of her deceased father (played by Trujillo) — a man she never knew. Sexual identity, the occult, and the power of will versus imagination confront her on the journey. Dimitris Kitsos also stars as Octavio’s student Apostolis.
The film is produced with the participation of Telefilm Canada and the Ontario Media Development Corporation. It’s represented internationally by sales agent WTFilms.
Gadon will be seen in the title role »
- Dave McNary
By: Carson Blackwelder
Mel Gibson has a chance at being nominated in the best director category at the 2017 Oscars for Hacksaw Ridge — but there is definitely some competition. While the 61-year-old multihyphenate has already received nominations at the Critics’ Choice Awards and the Golden Globes, snagging one from the Academy is not certain. How often have directors been gotten those two precursor nominations only to fall short of the all-important Oscar nomination?
Over the course of his lengthy career, Gibson has primarily been an actor. That being said, the New York native has stepped behind the camera and directed five feature films to date: 1993’s The Man Without a Face, 1995’s Braveheart, 2004’s The Passion of the Christ, 2006’s Apocalypto, and 2016’s Hacksaw Ridge — with the announcement of another, Berserker, on the horizon. The most successful of the bunch, »
- Carson Blackwelder
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