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Following yesterday’s Cannes Critics Week line-up, today brings the slate for another sidebar at the festival, the Directors’ Fortnight. With Philippe Garrel‘s In the Shadow of Women set to open, Miguel Gomes‘ 6-hour, three part Arabian Nights will screen along with the next films from Mr. Nobody director Jaco Van Dormael, Blue Ruin‘s Jeremy Saulnier, Takashi Miike (trailer […] »
- Jordan Raup
New works by Jaco Van Dormael, Takashi Miike, Jeremy Saulnier and Sarunas Bartas, as well as recent Sundance entries “Dope” and “Songs My Brothers Taught Me,” are among the films set to screen in the 47th annual Directors’ Fortnight program at the Cannes Film Festival.
As announced by artistic director Edouard Waintrop at a press conference on Tuesday, the Fortnight will unspool 19 features this year — three of them directed by Portuguese helmer Miguel Gomes, whose six-hour-plus trilogy, “Arabian Nights,” was announced by the Fortnight last week, as was “My Golden Years,” the latest from French auteur Arnaud Desplechin. Both Gomes and Desplechin were turned down from the main competition and opted to take their films to the other side of the Croisette rather than accept slots in Un Certain Regard — a major coup for Waintrop that signals one of the most openly competitive years for the official selection and Directors’ Fortnight in recent memory. »
- Justin Chang
The Fast & Furious franchise has long since reached the point that it has become not only critic-proof, but analysis-proof. Those who like the films don’t need a reason anymore, they like them because they like them. The films can do anything now. They’re appeal is simply that they’re shiny.
Furious 7 is very aware of this, so when an idea for a stunt, or plot turn comes up, it just gets thrown in. No one worries about whether or not it makes sense to the story, is true to the characters, or is even remotely plausible.
The result is that when a drug lord flies a military helicopter through Los Angeles to chase our crew of heroes, launching missiles and blowing up buildings along the way, the audience isn’t supposed to think beyond the pretty explosions in order to wonder about things like how said helicopter »
- Marc Eastman
The coolest thing you’re going to find all year is hitting on September 15th, and it’s packed with goodies. It’s the 50th Anniversary of Lost in Space, and the complete series is going to be available on Blu-Ray, and the release gives you a lot for your money.
Not only does the release have over 7 hours of total bonus content, but it has brand new featurettes, new commentary tracks on episodes, and tons of archival footage.
This is an amazing package that is not only something for fans of the show, but is a great opportunity to expose the show to millions of new ones.
Much as the show has gone down in history as something of a goof, you might be surprised at how much future shows owe to this one, and not just by way of carving out a bit of cultural popularity for the sci-fi genre. »
- Marc Eastman
With all the attention on Star Trek‘s 50th anniversary in 2016, we overlooked its predecessor is hitting its Golden Anniversary this fall. 20th Century Home Entertainment reminded us today with the following exciting announcement.
Los Angeles, CA (April 7, 2015) – Danger, Will Robinson! Danger! Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment pays tribute to one of the most iconic television series of all-time as “Lost in Space” – The Complete Series arrives on Blu-ray for the first time ever on September 15. Running from 1965-1968, this collection allows fans to bring home Irwin Allen’s intergalactic family saga that earned an enormous following of devoted fans over the years. Set in the space age future of 1997, follow the heart-racing, cliff-hanging adventures of John Robinson™ and his family aboard the Jupiter 2™, along with Robot B-9™ and the delightfully devious Dr. Zachary Smith™.
Produced with Space Productions, Inc. and Synthesis Entertainment, this massive 18-disc set contains all 83 episodes remastered in high definition, »
- ComicMix Staff
Just in time for it's 50th Anniversary, the classic and much beloved science fiction series, Lost in Space, is making it's way to blu-ray completely remastered and bursting with new special features for fans to enjoy. Come inside to learn more!
Science fiction fans and collectors are sure to be drooling at the announcement of Lost In Space - The Complete Series on blu-ray, as it's brings together all the episode of the classic series (just in time for it's 50th Anniversary), with new features and other goodies. If you're interested in re-living this piece of sci-fi history, you'll get your chance on September 15, 2015.
Danger, Will Robinson! Danger! Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment pays tribute to one of the most iconic television series of all-time as “Lost in Space” – The Complete Series arrives on Blu-ray for the first time ever on September 15. Running from 1965-1968, this collection allows fans to »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
As expected, Furious 7 opened with a massive first weekend at the box office, taking in an enormous $143.6 million, the highest opening weekend in history for the month of April. The sequel was originally set to open last year, but was pushed to April 2015 after the tragic death of Fast & Furious franchise star Paul Walker. While doing press for Furious 7, director James Wan revealed that the original ending, which was scrapped after Paul Walker's death, would have helped set up Fast & Furious 8. Here's what the director had to say below.
"The original ending of Furious 7 was setting up, you know, the bigger world of where the Fast & Furious franchise could go into. And that's obviously very smart of them to think so. But when the tragedy happened, all of that became irrelevant. So it did not matter anymore, all of that stuff. And to the studio's credit, »
Even before Furious 7 broke an April box office record by taking in a whopping $143.6 million, Vin Diesel revealed that the action-thriller actually starts a new trilogy, with the not yet officially announced Fast & Furious 8 taking the action to New York City for the first time in franchise history. Today we have a new report from Latino-Review's El Mayimbe, who claims that the franchise is trying to bring back 2 Fast 2 Furious star Eva Mendes as U.S. Customs Agent Monica Fuentes. While the actress has yet to be confirmed to return, the story reportedly "depends" on her coming back. Although it isn't clear how this character fits into the story. Here's what he had to say below.
A movie like Furious 7 has a special sort of appeal. It is a formulaic thrill-ride plain and simple. Furious 7 is directed by James Wan who is far more famous for his horror films, Saw (2004), Insidious (2010), and The Conjuring (2013), than anything involving high-performance vehicles racing at insane speeds. Yet I can’t help but applaud a valuable franchise that decides to bring in new blood showing no fear of rocking the boat. Of course, we still get slow-motion acrobatic car shots doing hugely impossible things; so perhaps that is all that matters.
The film is written by Chris Morgan who penned the prior installment in the series, Furious 6 (2013), along with three other earlier entries. The characters are based on work from Gary Scott Thompson, who is the only original writer left from the start of the series. In this seventh iteration of the franchise, someone is hunting the »
- Steven Gahm
Universal Pictures released their new, hardcore action flick, "Fast And Furious 7" (Furious 7) into theaters this weekend. I just watched it, and thought it was extremely entertaining, serving up major action,stunts, suspense and even some great comical moments. It stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jason Statham, Tyrese Gibson, Tony Jaa, Kurt Russell, Nathalie Emmanuel, Djimon Hounsou, and Lucas Black. In the new flick, Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) who is the older brother of the 6th installment villain, Owen Shaw, decided to hunt down Dom (Vin Diesel) and his crew for totally messing up Owen, leaving him unconscious in a hospital bed. Deckard started by killing Han in Tokyo. From there, he got into a huge brawl with Hobbs that left Hobbs with broken bones after almost getting blown up by one of Deckard's bombs. Next, Deckard took his revenge to a whole other level by totally leveling Brian's »
- Andre Braddox
Recently, "Fast And Furious" main man, Vin Diesel, hit up the Jimmy Kimmel show in the video (below) to promote the 7th installment of the series, and during the interview, he did confirm that an 8th installment is indeed the works and that it will take place in New York! If that weren't enough, he also went on to confirm that the character of shadowy intelligence ,agent Mr. Nobody (portrayed in Furious 7 by Kurt Russell), will also be showing back up in the 8th flick. Check it out,below. We've also heard reports that the current "Fast And Furious 7" is the beginning of a three-part story that will take the characters in other locations they have not explored before. Currently, there's no set release date for the 8th sequel, but hopefully, they'll get one set soon. Stay tuned for more details on this developing subject. »
With WonderCon starting up today, Fox Home Entertainment has announced that Lost in Space: The Complete Series Collection will debut on Blu-ray September 15. While the list price is $199.99 Srp, fans can pre-order the Blu-ray set through FoxConnect.com for $99.99 Srp, but this special price will only be available through Sunday, April 5, when WonderCon comes to a close. The official Facebook page for the boxed set also reveals that six episodes from the set will feature the original commercials from the time the show aired.
"There will be 6 episodes duplicated and will include original commercials from the time they aired. They are: "The Reluctant Stowaway", "The Derelict", "The Magic Mirror", "Follow the Leader", "Blast off into Space" and "Target Earth". "Target Earth" will have the original half screen freeze frame intact as seen originally!!"
Now on Blu-ray for the first time in this Complete Series Collection, bring home the timeless »
Now more than ever before Dominic Toretto and his gang… sorry, family, since he reminds us of this many times… feel less like a ragtag group of hijackers and car thieves and more like a group of superheroes. After seven films of watching these guys narrowly escape death and drive cars under oil tankers and jump through buildings and take down a military jet and even a tank, it seems almost inevitable for the series to embrace the fact that this is a family of super-powered beings that got hit by a radioactive car. Of course, these characters have a lot of heart and are all given amiable character scenes and traits, but in Furious 7, now more than ever before, their logic and gravity-defying stunts reach new heights. Quite literally, as a matter of fact, since we see these cars get dropped from the sky and fly through not one but two buildings. »
- Michael Haffner
Written by Chris Morgan
Directed by James Wan
Japan | USA, 2015
Anything you could ask from a blockbuster action film, Furious 7 does it twice for good measure. Big action, gravity-defying car shenanigans, and unstoppable macho energy make for a ridiculously fun ride. Yes, some sloppy editing bogs down director James Wan’s more-is-more finale, but that’s only in comparison to the other set pieces, which are damn near flawless. Fans of the action genre will want to catch this one early and often.
The Fast and the Furious gang is back, and this time they’re being hunted by a renegade killing machine who eats badass for breakfast! Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) comes to America and quickly annihilates the house of team leader Dom (Vin Diesel), disrupts the domestic bliss of Brian (Paul Walker), and beats the ever-loving hell out of Agent Dobbs (Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson). The opening scene, »
- J.R. Kinnard
Kurt Russell debuted a new clip from “Furious 7” while appearing on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Tuesday night. Russell plays the mysterious Mr. Nobody, a shady government agent, in the latest installment in the megahit action franchise. In the clip, Nobody is trying to convince Dom (Vin Diesel) to help him steal a computer program called God’s Eye. Nobody assures Dom that if he gets the program for him, Dom will be able to use it to hunt and stop the evil Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham). See Photos: Evolution of ‘The Fast and the Furious’ Franchise Russell, who was sporting quite the. »
- Joe Otterson
Furious 7 doesn't hit theaters for another three days, but already star Vin Diesel has begun dishing details about its inevitable sequel. But don't worry, there aren't really any spoilers here for either Furious 7 or whatever The Fast and the Furious 8 ends up being called, just a baiting of the hook. The current movie is anchored around Diesel's character and the core team he's been punching physics in the face with for the last few movies, but it does introduce us to a few new faces. Djimon Hounsou, Ronda Rousey, and Nathalie Emmanuel all pop up in the movie and make big impressions, but the biggest new character we get to meet is... Mr. Nobody. Seriously, Mr. Nobody is the officially credited name of Kurt Russell's character. He's a shadowy...
- Peter Hall
Too long, too convoluted, too sentimental, and too ridiculous. Some will say those are its good points. Will they embrace the homoeroticism too? I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): mostly not a fan of the series
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
We are through the looking glass here, people. We have reached peak Hollywood. There is nothing negative anyone can say about Furious 7 (aka Fast & Furious 7) that cannot be taken as a positive. There is the “review-proof movie” that will gather a massive audience no matter what we egghead critics think of it, and then there’s the movie that is actually hardened against reviews like it’s coated in Teflon: scoffing just slides right off it.
I could say that this is the kind of movie in which, when someone says to a child who has just tossed a toy, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Summer doesn't officially begin until Sunday, June 21. But don't tell Hollywood that. Looking to get an earlier jump on things every year, it appears that the Hollywood Summer Season officially starts in April. And that's apparent in the fact that we're getting one very big blockbuster next week. To get you fully prepared for the month ahead, we've pulled together 7 other big movies coming your way that you don't want to miss! Things kick off with what will surely be one of the biggest movie of the year, followed by a slapstick comedy, a teen slasher flick, a romantic drama, a sci-fi thriller, a time travel adventure and a kung fu action masterpiece! You could say that April has a little bit of everything to offer. Take a look:
1Furious 7 - April 3
Dominic Torretto and his crew thought they left the criminal mercenary life behind. They defeated an international terrorist »
Pic is the English-language adaptation of Hans Fallada’s novel, based on the true story of a working-class couple who conducted a series of anonymous protests against the Nazi regime during World War II. The screenplay was written by Achim von Borries (“Good Bye Lenin!”) and Vincent Perez.
Joining the production team are cinematographer Christophe Beaucarne (“Irina Palm,” “Mr. Nobody”), production designer Jean-Vincent Puzos (“Amour,” “10,000 B.C.”) and editor Francois Gedigier (“On the Road,” “Yves Saint Laurent”).
X Filme’s Stefan Arndt and Uwe Schott (“Cloud Atlas,” “Amour”) and Master Movie’s Marco Pacchioni (“Bluesbreaker,” “Bye Bye Blondie”) are producing together with James Schamus (“Brokeback Mountain,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”) and FilmWave’s Christian Grass and Paul Trijbits (“Jane Eyre,” “Saving Mr. Banks »
- Leo Barraclough
There are still three weeks to go before the Cannes Film Festival unveils its official-selection lineup, but so far, the latest Pixar 3D animated extravaganza and new films from Woody Allen, Todd Haynes, Jeff Nichols, Denis Villeneuve and Arnaud Desplechin appear to be securing their positions in the event’s 68th annual edition (May 13-24).
In keeping with his longtime habit of avoiding festival accolades, Allen will likely receive an out-of-competition berth for his 45th feature, “Irrational Man,” starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone (who starred in the director’s “Magic in the Moonlight”). Among other U.S. fare, Cannes will get an early start on the summer blockbuster season with Disney/Pixar’s feature toon “Inside Out,” marking a second trip to the Croisette for director Pete Docter (who co-helmed with Ronaldo Del Carmen) after his “Up” opened the festival in 2009. As already announced, George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road, »
- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy
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