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Where is the line between justice and revenge? That’s the central question at the heart of Hand of God, a psychological drama starring Golden Globe-winner Ron Perlman as a corrupt judge who suffers a breakdown after his son attempts suicide. It was a role that “completely intimidated” Perlman, who is best known for playing the ruthless patriarch of a motorcycle gang in Sons of Anarchy.
A pilot that can intimidate Ron Perlman? If that doesn’t make you curious to see what it’s about, Hand of God co-stars Dana Delany (Desperate Housewives) as Perlman’s steely wife and Garrett Dillahunt (No Country for Old Men) as a born-again sociopath. The pilot is also directed by renowned filmmaker Marc Forster (Monster’s Ball, World War Z), who joins creator Ben Watkins (Burn Notice), the producers and stars in this behind-the-scenes look.
Now that you’re fully intrigued, you have »
We were a little disappointed when we found out that Javier Bardem dropped out of J. C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year—set during the winter of 1981, one of the most violent years on record in New York City. Bardem knows a thing or two about that kind of brutality (hello, No Country for Old Men). But after seeing the recently released trailer for the Margin Call director’s film, we’re feeling hopeful again. Inside Llewyn Davis' Oscar Isaac has since replaced Bardem, starring opposite Jessica Chastain in what looks to be a moody, caustic picture. According to IMDb, the film is “centered on a the lives of an immigrant and his family trying to expand their business and capitalize on opportunities as the rampant violence, decay and...
- Alison Nastasi
This is the Entertainment Geekly Mailbag, where I respond to comments, questions, and angry clarifications. (You can email me at email@example.com.) This week: Everyone takes issue with my brutally accurate assertion that Kirby is one of the worst players in Super Smash Brothers.
You sir are right on all accounts except one: Kirby. Is. Awesome. And is my go-to character in Smash Bros. If you’d like me to demonstrate why he should be ranked higher on your character list, Ill happily play a round with you ;)
I would never dream of insulting anyone’s choice of Go-To Character, »
- Darren Franich
The Noc List - Mission: Impossible
Artist and illustrator Truck Torrence, who goes by the moniker 100% Soft, has a show on at Bottleneck Gallery, and it is cute and fun. The show is called Lil' MacGuffins and focuses on movie MacGuffins — you know, those objects that everyone in the movie is trying to get their hands on, which drives the plot. Alfred Hitchcock is credited with coining the term, although it may have actually come from screenwriter Angus MacPhail. Whoever did the naming, Torrence has chosen ten of his favorites and illustrated them in his own, inimitable style, which is cartoony and adorable. I love that he did the black and white movies in greyscale.
You can head over to Bottleneck Gallery’s website to buy prints of any of these. Unfortunately, if you buy a print of The Noc List, it won’t be animated. You can’t print gifs. »
- Mily Dunbar
The recent "Guardians of the Galaxy" marked the debut of Josh Brolin as the Marvel Cinematic Universe super villain Thanos. It was our first look at the Mad Titan who will become a central antagonist in future films.
Speaking with The Guardian this week, Brolin discussed his joining of Marvel's Cinematic Universe and says the project appeared at just the right time:
"Right after No Country for Old Men, I got offered a big, big, big movie. It just didn't feel right to me. Then something like Marvel comes along. We did "Guardians of the Galaxy" and it felt perfect. I still feel great about that project... I like what it represents."
"The (career) trajectory. It's very difficult for me not »
- Garth Franklin
We recently opened our predictions for the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar, and the early favorite is "Unbroken," Angelina Jolie's upcoming drama about Olympian-turned-World War II-hero Louis Zamperini. Our experts, editors, and users all favor it to win, giving it 9/4 odds overall. -Break- Oscars Best Picture race led by 'Boyhood,' 'Unbroken,' 'Birdman,' 'Foxcatcher' (Photo Gallery) It's no wonder "Unbroken" is out front for the screenplay award; it has one of the strongest writing pedigrees of any film this season. Adapted from the nonfiction book by Laura Hillenbrand, who also wrote the source material for Oscar-nominated "Seabiscuit," it's credited to four writers, all of whom are familiar to academy voters. Joel Coen and Ethan Coen are already four-time Oscar champs, including a pair of writing wins for "Fargo" (1996) and "No Country for Old Men" ...' »
First of all, something of an apology. I have been writing this column thinking that every single title due for release the following Monday would of course be released via some kind of pay to stream service. Of course it would, we are living in the future, and this is how things are done isn’t it?
Apparently not, last week I included Jeremy Saulnier’s much loved Blue Ruin in the pay to stream section and then it didn’t come out the way I thought it might. Turns out that some companies still have a fairly limited release pattern so Blue Ruin was released by channel 4’s DVD label and appeared on DVD and Blu but didn’t show up to stream on any of the major providers, not even Sky Store or Playstation Network.
So turns out that being a channel 4 release, you can of course rent »
- Chris Holt
Who will win the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay? You can now make your predictions in our prediction center. -Break- Oscar mystery: Could Clint Eastwood's 'American Sniper' be this year's 'Million Dollar Baby'? Films adapted from books tend to have the advantage in the Adapted Screenplay category. Five of the last 10 winners have come from novels: "The Descendants," "No Country for Old Men," "Precious," "Sideways," and "Slumdog Millionaire." Another three were adapted from nonfiction books: "The Social Network," "12 Years a Slave," and "Argo," which was based partly on the memoir by CIA agent Tony Mendez. Movies based on novels in this year's race include "Gone Girl," adapted by Gillian Flynn from her own best-selling mystery; "Inherent Vice," Paul Thomas Anderson's take on Thomas Pynchon's book; and &qu...' »
Having received a warm reception at Cannes 2014 in May, The Homesman will be hitting theaters stateside in a prime awards season spot - November 14th.
In his Variety’s review, critic Peter Debruge wrote, the film is a “sturdy cross-country Western.”
The Homesman stars Academy Award-winners Tommy Lee Jones and Hilary Swank, with a supporting cast featuring Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, Sonja Richter, Tim Blake Nelson, Academy Award-nominees John Lithgow and Hailee Steinfeld, James Spader and Academy Award-winner Meryl Streep.
When three women living on the edge of the American frontier are driven mad by harsh pioneer life, the task of saving them falls to the pious, independent-minded Mary Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank). Transporting the women by covered wagon to Iowa, she soon realizes just how daunting the journey will be, and employs a low-life drifter, George Briggs (Tommy Lee Jones), to join her.
The unlikely pair and the three women (Grace Gummer, »
- Michelle McCue
Known for roles in a variety of features such as Coal Miner’s Daughter, Natural Born Killers, and No Country For Old Men, actor Tommy Lee Jones stepped behind the camera for the big screen for the first time in 2005 with The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada. For his next feature, Jones will be pulling triple duty, as he not only directed the feature, he also stars in it and has written the screenplay. Titled The Homesman, the movie revolves around two people in the Old West who work together to transport three insane women across dangerous terrain. Joining Jones onscreen is Hilary Swank, Meryl Streep, and John Lithgow, and the movie is set to open in limited release in American theatres on November 14, and screen at the Toronto International Film Festival. A new trailer for the movie has now been released, focusing on the relationship between the leads and »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Michael Fassbender leads a class-a cast in Ridley Scott's grimly stylish crime thriller as the titular lawyer whose decision to enter the drug trade proves horribly unwise. With sex, death and greed high on the agenda, the first original screenplay from Pulitzer Prize winner Cormac McCarthy (The Road, No Country for Old Men) provides plenty of philosophical meat for everyone to chew on, including the Counsellor's shadiest client Javier Bardem, cartel middleman Brad Pitt and Cameron Diaz as the femme fatale who pulls everybody’s strings. The extended cut includes extra material. »
When it comes to Sylvester Stallone, never count a franchise as dead. Despite the success of his latest film series, the Expendables (although the returns are diminishing), he is bringing back his two most iconic characters: Rocky and Rambo.
Stallone told ComingSoon that John Rambo will fight again in Rambo: Last Blood. Despite wrapping up the character in Rambo (2008) and the fact that the character, like the actor, is advancing in age, the Vietnam veteran will be back in action one more time. Stallone is giving away no plot details, but he hints that this will be the No Country for Old Men of Rambo films. Another question is how this affects the proposed Rambo TV series. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
That’s right, John Rambo has not called it a day. He isn’t too old for this shit. Rambo 5 is alive and kicking. The next entry – and I say next because despite the title, it very well might not be the last – could already have a name. According to a hot tip delivered by Coming Soon reader ‘nopr100′ – the moniker will apparently be Rambo: Last Blood.
The story of the in-development movie is lengthy enough to warrant a short pamphlet or novella. In an effort to keep up-to-date on the most recent gossip, let’s do a run-down. After the 2008 reboot of the series, simply titled Rambo, brought in $113 million at the box office, talk of another bloody romp began. At the time it was rumoured that Stallone was to adapt the novel Hunter by James Byron Huggins, but nothing materialized.
This was followed up by Stallone »
- Gem Seddon
2008's Rambo was a pretty definite send-off to one man war machine John Rambo, so a fifth installment in the franchise seems a bit redundant. But Rambo 5 does seem to on its way, with Splendid Films sending out a press release in June, stating "With Rambo V, Sylvester Stallone returns in his iconic role. This time he goes up against a Mexican cartel. Stallone describes the new Rambo as his No Country for Old Men", as well as dropping that he would be writing and directing as well. Rumours abound that production will be kicking off next month, and Coming Soon are reporting that they have what the title of the latest installment with Rambo: Last Blood (also the name of an online flash game). Bit too on the nose, isn't it? Do we really need a fifth Rambo movie? Okay, I asked myself a very similar question when Rambo was released, »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
The idea of sampling new films at Toronto is sort of like going to the Cheesecake Factory for a little nibble. It seems like a good idea, but then you realize: There is no such thing as a small portion.
The 11-day fest, which passed the halfway mark on Tuesday, offers 300 films. This means that on Saturday, Sept. 6, press and industry members had a choice of 140 screenings. (Things slow down a bit after the first four-day frenzy. On Thursday Sept. 11, for example, there are a mere 120.)
Similarly, awards possibilities are too plentiful, yet one feels hungry for more. Of the new films hoping to enter the Oscar race, speculation so far centers on acting: “The Theory of Everything” (Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones), “St. Vincent” (Bill Murray), “Nightcrawler” (Jake Gyllenhaal), and “The Judge” (Robert Duvall).
There are other newbies with strong performances, but it’s not clear if they will »
- Tim Gray
Back in June, Sylvester Stallone confirmed that he’s set to follow up his latest outing in The Expendables 3 by returning to the role of John J. Rambo for the fifth instalment of the classic action franchise, and now the star has given a brief update on his preparations for Rambo 5:
“I’m following a strict routine to get in shape for Rambo’s character. He has aged and with age comes experience. Hence, he will be vicious and intellectual at the same time. He is a killer with a conscience, smart but stupid. We will try to cover every aspect in the fifth installment.”
- Gary Collinson
Throughout the summer, an admin on the r/movies subreddit has been leading Reddit users in a poll of the best movies from every year for the last 100 years called 100 Years of Yearly Cinema. The poll concluded three days ago, and the list of every movie from 1914 to 2013 has been published today.
Users were asked to nominate films from a given year and up-vote their favorite nominees. The full list includes the outright winner along with the first two runners-up from each year. The list is mostly a predictable assortment of IMDb favorites and certified classics, but a few surprise gems have also risen to the top of the crust, including the early experimental documentary Man With a Movie Camera in 1929, Abel Gance’s J’Accuse! in 1919, the Fred Astaire film Top Hat over Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps in 1935, and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing over John Ford’s »
- Brian Welk
The Telluride International Film Festival is done for another year (read all our coverage here), and though the Venice Film Festival has some big movies still yet to unspool, it too is starting to wind down (catch up with our ongoing coverage here). Which can only mean one thing: it's time to head north for the Toronto International Film Festival. Cannes, Berlin and Venice might have the cinephile prestige, but Tiff is rapidly making an argument for being the biggest film festival in the world, with huge movies being unveiled and more to watch than you could ever hope to see. As we're sure you're aware by now, it's also become an increasingly crucial Oscar launching pad: every Best Picture winner since "No Country For Old Men" has been featured at the festival. We're just 24 hours away from the festival kicking off, and the Playlist team are heading to Toronto as we speak. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Anthony Hodgson on his three greatest book to movie adaptations…
Author, Bret Easton Ellis.
Upon its original publication in 1991, American Psycho was marred by controversy, and it’s no surprise considering one of the chapters is called ‘Killing Child at Zoo’, which was sensibly not included in the film. The satire focuses on Patrick Bateman, a cold blooded narcissistic ‘yuppie’ who spends his days listening to Phil Collins in his plush Wall Street office, but spends his nights brutally murdering prostitutes and homeless people. Harron & Turner were set with the tough task of portraying the comedic elements of the book whilst keeping it’s gruesome themes.
And they nailed it. From the opening credits of blood-like condiments dripping across the screen, to the famously ambiguous ending, it is easy to tell that they truly understood what Ellis was trying to say. And through »
- Gary Collinson
The only way is ethics for Man Bites Dog, a pseudo-documentary, which focuses its lens on the media’s obsession with on-screen violence and so-called “Reality TV” and our obsession with watching it. It is probably the most controversial film in Belgian history, and it continues to repel and intrigue audiences in equal measure.
Written, directed and produced by Remy Belvaux, Andre Bonzel and Benoit Poelvoorde (all of whom play starring roles), Man Bites Dog is a cross between mock-cinema verité, à la Spinal Tap but with the violence turned up to eleven, and the ultimate reality TV show. The film shows an amateur film crew who are following a loquacious and charismatic serial killer named Ben. Ben kills to make a living. Strangely he is not seeking revenge or attempting to surmount a past trauma, in fact an interview with his mother reveals that as a child he was »
- Will Roberts
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