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Read More: Watch: How Does Nicolas Winding Refn's Colorblindness Shape His Films? Say what you will about the films of Nicolas Winding Refn, but it's impossible to deny their fervent visual bravado. The Danish writer-director has emerged as one of cinema's boldest visual storytellers since breaking onto the scene with "Pusher" (1996) and becoming a household name for American cinephiles with "Bronson" (2008) and "Drive" (2011). Even more divisive efforts like "Only God Forgives" (2013) have showcased his zealous eye for aesthetics, cementing Refn as a prominent visual auteur. While the director continues to put the finishing touches on his latest project, "The Neon Demon," he's taking a minor break from moviemaking to embark on an international book tour for his new collection of never-before-seen movie posters, entitled "Nicolas Winding Refn: The Act of Seeing." Featuring vintage poster art from more than 300 »
- Zack Sharf
Fox’s revival of one of its biggest hits, The X-Files, has been one of the biggest stories in television this year. Premiering after the network’s broadcast of the NFL’s Nfc Championship game, millions of eyeballs will be glued to their TV sets, waiting to see if production company 1013 and stars Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny can recapture the magic (and chemistry) they had so many years ago.
2008’s I Want To Believe, the second feature film in the franchise, seems to have been forgotten. That’s probably not a bad thing – while not outright horrible (nothing with Billy Connolly ever is), it is more more or less an elongated X-Files episode to begin with. Somewhat underrated, but far from criminally so.
However, with the new season on its way – a revival, not a reboot or remake, just six new episodes – now is a great time to »
- Jay Anderson
I'm almost done gawking at the fact that Cate Blanchett will star in a Lucille Ball biopic written by Aaron Sorkin. It's shocking. It's more like a Mad Lib to me than a news story, still. The Sorkin element is actually the most surprising part. I guess he has some mansplainin' to do. While we think about whether Blanchett has the comic chops to play Lucy Ricardo (since she certainly has the glamor factor necessary for the real Lucille Ball), let's offer up suggestions to play her castmates Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, and William Frawley. Oscar Isaac as Desi Arnaz Arnaz, who was almost six years younger than Ball, began "I Love Lucy" in his mid thirties. That's a perfect fit for Isaac, who's 36. Considering Isaac's, um, sharp tone in "Drive" and believable musicianship in "Inside Llewyn Davis," I'd say he's the obvious frontrunner here. Margo Martindale as Vivian Vance Sure, »
- Louis Virtel
When we asked our staff to vote on the best comic book movie adaptations, we were afraid the results would consist only of superhero films. While there are many superhero movies listed below, it is great to see a bulk of non-Hollywood films appearing on the list as well. We set out to compile a list of 50 movies but as it were, we ended up with 5 ties, and so the list consists 55 films instead. Let us know if you think we missed something. Enjoy!
Spielberg’s first venture into animation is one of his best. Taking notes from the classic Raiders of the Lost Ark playbook, Spielberg crafted another spirited, thrilling, and always entertaining adventure. The Adventures of Tintin is one of the most pleasurable, family-friendly experiences, that boils down to one grand treasure hunt. There’s much to admire on-screen, but it is the spectacular »
I love it when a movie subverts your expectations…
Following the traditional slasher movie framework, Night Fare sees two best friends, Luc and Chris, reunited after a year. A year they’ve spent apart for some (mysterious, to be revealed later) reason. With their relationship on a rocky ground, the pair are further strained by their love for the same woman, Ludivine. However those issues are the least of their worries after – whilst on their way to a party – they skip out of a Parisian taxi without paying the fare. Big mistake. This taxi driver doesn’t take to fare dodgers lightly and the mystery motorist hunts the duo down all night long killing everyone that gets in his way.
- Phil Wheat
Of the many storylines that begin during awards season, few are usually as compelling as the ones centered around who’s most due for an Academy Award. I think that it’s usually pretty satisfying to see a former bridesmaid finally become a bride, as it were. As such, below I’ve made up a list of ten actors or actresses who’ve previously been nominated for Oscars but have yet to win one who are in contention this year. I’ve more or less ranked them by how due they are, and just to be fair, I’ve excluded anyone who has already won a prize elsewhere (sorry Matt Damon, for example), or any of the myriad contenders who are seeking their first ever nomination by the Academy. Take a look below and I hope you enjoy! Here now are the ten actors and actresses most due for their »
- Joey Magidson
In L.A., there’s one man you want behind the wheel. Just tell him where and when. He doesn’t take part, doesn’t know anyone, doesn’t carry a weapon. He drives, and he’s the best.
Ride along as James Sallis’ lean nü-noir masterpiece unfolds onto the sun-bleached streets of Los Angeles in this exciting 4-part comic book adaptation.
Drive #1 is out on August 26th, priced $3.99.
- Gary Collinson
Though true-crime character study “Jack” has the nerve to call notorious Austrian killer-turned-literary-sensation Jack Unterweger by his first name, writer-director Elisabeth Scharang never lets audiences get close enough to feel such familiarly. Unterweger was and remains an enigma, elevated to celebrity status and acclaimed for his underworld-plunging poetry and fiction before being charged with the murders of 11 prostitutes in Austria and abroad. Did he commit the crimes, or was the reformed criminal unfairly typecast for earlier transgressions? No one could reasonably answer such questions of the basis of Scharang’s impressionistic portrait, a poisonous psycho-thriller guilty of distorting the facts for artistic effect without creating any semblance of a relatable human being in the process.
Surely, it would help to be Austrian — or at least relatively well versed in Unterweger’s case — in order to appreciate what Scharang is trying to do, and though festival bookings at Locarno and beyond »
- Peter Debruge
Marvel and Sony made headlines recently when they tapped little-known helmer Jon Watts to direct the next Spider-Man movie, so it’s unfortunately inevitable that the bulk of attention afforded to Watts’ sophomore feature, indie thriller Cop Car (his first was under-the-radar horror Clown), will take the form of one simple question: what did the studios see in the director that they didn’t in more accomplished contenders like Warm Bodies‘ Jonathan Levine?
We may never know for certain what specifically landed Watts the gig, but Cop Car‘s killer opening scene is a pretty strong bet. Marvel and Sony have stated their intentions to skew young with this wall-crawler, imparting the incredible emotional stakes of teen life without turning the pic into a world-in-peril superhero movie. And in a single scene in Cop Car, Watt astutely captures that heady feeling of youth we can all remember: of being young, »
- Isaac Feldberg
For the first time, Nicolas Winding Refn, writer, producer and director of the Pusher trilogy, Bronson, Valhalla Rising, Drive, Only God Forgives and the upcoming Neon Demon, shares his unique collection of rare American movie posters in the lush new hardcover book Nicolas Winding Refn: The Act of Seeing, available from the debuting Nwr imprint of Fab Press.
Available from book stores, online and at venues during Refn's upcoming international and U.S. book tour, "Nicolas Winding Refn: The Act of Seeing" features vintage poster art from more than 300 classic exploitation-era titles such as Spiked Heels And B [Continued ...] »
Time to drive. If you need an afternoon wake-up, or need some inspiration on how to shoot car scenes, or just want to take a "Nightcall" break, then fire this up. Thanks to a tip from One Perfect Shot, there's a video called "Driving at Night" to watch that features footage from Nicolas Winding Refn's 2011 film Drive and Dan Gilroy's 2014 film Nightcrawler. The video is just a basic side-by-side profile of the car sequences in both films, but since these two films have such great car scenes, it's very mesmerizing to watch. Especially set to the music they use from Drive. I also really love the car (chase) cinematography in Denis Villeneuve's Prisoners, which also comes to mind with Jake Gyllenhaal driving. Anyway, watch below and enjoy the ride. Direct from Vimeo, this was made by Jack Mugglestone. "A side by side comparison of the night time »
- Alex Billington
Acclaimed Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson, Drive) has announced the release of his debut book The Act of Seeing. Coauthored by FrighFest curator and renowned horror expert Alan Jones and trawls through Refn’s unique collection of rare American film posters as it explores his which shows us Refn’s earliest visual connection with movies, stemming from a childhood spent wondering the streets of Manhattan, obsessing over art house posters that decorated the outside walls of the elusive movie theatres he was too young to go in to.
From the vintage visuals of ‘Spiked Heels And Black Nylons’, ‘Obscene House’ and ‘Alice In Acidland’ to ‘The Twisted Sex’, ‘Torture Me Kiss Me’ and ‘Zero In And Scream’ – to name just a few of the tantalizing film titles showcased – the controversial Danish icon constructs a whole new way of looking at the key artwork and shameless hyperbole thought up in »
- Gary Collinson
Fantastic Fest is touted as the largest genre film fest, from experience, I can tell you the Austin week-long event still feels like an intimate gathering, for fans who love of horror, sci-fi, experimental, foreign, action, animated and just straight-up gnarly film. The curtain has rolled back on this year's first wave of programming at the Alamo Drafthouse fest, held Sept. 24 through Oct. 1 at the South Lamar location. Highlights include the world premiere of Kurt Russell-starrer "Bone Tomahawk"; a retrospective of Turkish genre cinema; and a programming series from "Drive" and "Only God Forgives" director Nicolas Winding Refn, who will be supporting his new book "Nicolas Winding Refn: The Act of Seeing." There are a few films that are crossing over with other major film fest lineups, like one-take flick "Victoria" which took home awards from Berlinale International. The initial film lineup for Fantastic Fest 2015 is below it's new poster, »
- Katie Hasty
"The enjoyment of a work of art, the acceptance of an irresistible illusion, constituting, to my sense, our highest experience of "luxury," the luxury is not greatest, by my consequent measure, when the work asks for as little attention as possible. It is greatest, it is delightfully, divinely great, when we feel the surface, like the thick ice of the skater's pond, bear without cracking the strongest pressure we throw on it. The sound of the crack one may recognise, but never surely to call it a luxury." —Henry James, from The Preface to The Wings of the Dove (1909) "[The critic’s] choice of best salami is a picture backed by studio build-up, agreement amongst his colleagues, a layout in Life mag (which makes it officially reasonable for an American award), and a list of ingredients that anyone’s unsophisticated aunt in Oakland can spot as comprising a distinguished film. This prize picture, »
- Greg Gerke
It looks like Warner Bros. is taking another stab at its long-planned Logan’s Run remake, with the studio enlisting writer-producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Star Wars Rebels) to write a story and treatment, according to THR.
The remake of the classic 1976 sci-fi movie has passed through the hands of a number of filmmakers, with writers Alex Garland (Ex Machina), Will Beall (Gangster Squad) and Christopher McQuarrie (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation) all taking a crack at the script and Bryan Singer (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive) both attached to direct at various points.
Based on William F. Nolan’s 1967 novel, Logan’s Run “is set in a future society where people are executed upon reaching a certain age and those that seek to avoid their fate are deemed ‘Runners.’ The protagonist, Logan, is one of those executioners, known as the Sandmen, who »
- Gary Collinson
The planned remake of Logan's Run has been chuntered about now for over five years. At one stage, back in 2010, director Carl Rinsch was attached to the movie (he eventually made 47 Ronin instead), with producer Joel Silver wanting to make the film in 3D. Then, Drive helmer Nicolas Winding Refn was attached at one stage, with the idea being that Ryan Gosling would star. Previously, Bryan Singer and James McTeigue have been linked with the film too.
And yet the Logan's Run remake never got going. At least until now.
The project has come back to life, with the news that X-Men: Apocalypse, Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One and Fantastic Four writer Simon Kinberg has been hired to write and produce the new Logan's Run. Joel Silver remains attached to the project too. »
For the longest time, it looked like Warner Bros.’ long-gestating reboot of cult ’70s sci-fi Logan’s Run would fade into obscurity. After losing the likes of Ryan Gosling in the leading role, Bryan Singer and Drive helmer Nicolas Winding Refn also passed up the chance to direct. All may not be lost just yet, though, after The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Simon Kinberg has been recruited to steer the dormant project in the right direction.
According to the report, the Fantastic Four and Deadpool scribe will be joined by producer Joel Silver, as the studio looks to whip the nascent reboot into shape. With Kinberg on board to pen the story, it’s understood that Warner is still searching far and wide for a screenwriter, with rumors suggesting that an announcement for the role is imminent. Should this prove to be true, it indicates that WB is finally »
- Michael Briers
Orange Is the New Black star Uzo Aduba and So You Think You Can Dance host Cat Deeley announced the 2015 Emmy nominations this morning. Spoiler alert: they were both nominated, along with Jon Hamm for Mad Men, Taraji P. Henson for Empire, Amy Schumer for Inside Amy Schumer, and Anthony Anderson for Black-ish. There are a few double nominees and a ton of first-timers, making this year's race already one of the most exciting in a while - not to mention the fact that Game of Thrones has a whopping 24 nominations. Take a look at the full list below! Outstanding Drama Series Better Call Saul Downton Abbey Game of Thrones Homeland House of Cards Mad Men Orange Is the New Black Outstanding Comedy Series Louie Modern Family Parks and Recreation Silicon Valley Transparent Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Veep Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series Kyle Chandler, Bloodline Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom Jon Hamm, »
The 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards were announced on July 16 and HBO’s “Game of Thrones” received the most nominations.
Andy Samberg will host the 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards on September 20. Fox will broadcast them live from the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles.
The nominees are below:
Outstanding Drama Series
“Better Call Saul”
Outstanding Comedy Series
Lead Actor, Drama
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”
Lead Actress, Drama
Taraji P. Henson, “Empire”
Lead Actor, Limited Series Or Movie
- Variety Staff
In 2002, Hossein Amini penned the Heath Ledger epic remake The Four Feathers, then passed nine years before reappearing on the scene with screenwriting turns on Drive, Snow White and the Huntsman, and 47 Ronin in rapid succession. Riding the wave of success, he switched gears and made his feature directorial debut with The Two Faces of January, starring the powerhouse trio of Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, and rising star Oscar Isaac. Borrowing heavily from classic Hitchcockian tropes, the slow-burning thriller endeavors to be a location period film of love, intrigue, and danger in the great tradition of To Catch A Thief.
- Kyle North
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