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S. Craig Zahler interview: Brawl In Cell Block 99, Bone Tomahawk

19 October 2017 6:52 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Oct 20, 2017

Writer/director S. Craig Zahler talks to us about his films, his approach, and Ridley Scott adapting his work…

I loved Brawl In Cell Block 99, the second feature film from novelist and filmmaker S. Craig Zahler. His first? Bone Tomahawk. I love that too, for the record. Zahler already feels like a very different voice in American film, a man content for his budgets to be low and control over his material to be high.

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He spared me some time for a chat to talk about the film, his approach, and what he feels about Drew Goddard and Ridley Scott adapting one of his books.

I came out of the movie being glad that »

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Nicolas Winding Refn Is Launching A Free Streaming Service Online

19 October 2017 2:56 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Drive and The Neon Demon director Nicolas Winding Refn has revealed that he is setting up his own online streaming service, which will be 100% Free. will launch in February and is currently allowing users to subscribe early.

The service is a quarterly curated digital platform dedicated to restored movies and other cultural content with a fully restored feature-length film streaming online each month, as well as essays, music, video, and photography.

The first volume will apparently focus on the exploitation works from the American South and will include a restored version of the rate 1965 cult film The Nest of the Cuckoo Birds, and will be guest edited by Russ Meyer biographer and journalist Jimmy McDonough.

The second segment will be edited by Britain’s own Little White Lies and will feature forgotten works of American independent cinema, including a newly 4K restored version of Curtis Harrington’s 1963 Night Tide, »

- Paul Heath

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Nicolas Winding Refn is launching his own streaming service

16 October 2017 4:31 PM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

Based on his movies, Nicolas Winding Refn seems like a man with very particular tastes. Drive, for instance, seems like a straightforward car chase movie about a quiet guy in a cool jacket, but it’s more of an homage to retro European action flicks than it is an artsy take on The Fast And The Furious. For people…

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- Sam Barsanti

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Nicolas Winding Refn to Launch 'byNWR' Content Platform

16 October 2017 9:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Danish auteur Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, The Neon Demon) was on hand at the ninth annual Lumiere Film Festival in Lyon, France, to launch his brand-new content platform

The director's new venture is a quarterly curated website which will officially launch online in February. The diverse range of content will include a fully restored feature-length film streaming online each month, as well as essays, music, video, photography and other “cultural ephemera.” Access to the platform will be completely free.

Refn unveiled the platform during a press conference Monday at the Institut Lumiere, which is headed up by Cannes topper Thierry »

- Jordan Mintzer

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Film Review: ‘The Snowman’

11 October 2017 4:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but there’s no fire — delightful or otherwise — inside “The Snowman,” a suitably frosty but flaccid first attempt at Hollywoodizing the oeuvre of popular Norwegian noir merchant Jo Nesbø. On paper, this twisty, grisly serial-killer chiller seemed an optimum match of talent to material, with Swedish genre stylist Tomas Alfredson returning to his Scandi roots after a super-smart English-lingo debut in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” — taking the reins from Martin Scorsese, no less, who still offers his classy imprimatur as an executive producer.

You’d be hard pressed to trace either man’s touch, however, in this choppy, blizzard-brained adaptation of Nesbø’s 2007 bestseller, for which the best that can be said is that it reworks the text just enough to keep the author’s die-hard fans on their frost-bitten toes. Anyone else, however, is likely to be bewildered by a haphazard structure, a surfeit of dill-pickled red herrings and the »

- Guy Lodge

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The Snowman review

11 October 2017 7:20 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Michael Fassbender stars in the adaptation of Jo Nesbo's best-selling thriller, The Snowman. A satisfying mystery for the autumn? Well...

“I apologise for Oslo’s low murder rate,” says a police chief when boozy detective Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender) complains about a lack of satisfying mysteries to solven one bitter winter morning. Fortunately for Hole, the renewed activity of an elusive serial killer soon gives him a case to wrap his big brain around. Unfortunately, the killer also has a macabre interest in Hole’s personal life.

Seemingly triggered by snowfall, a serial killer is kidnapping women across Norway’s cities, leaving their dismembered bodies to be found lying face down in a drift several days later. The killer’s calling card: a snowman in the victim’s front garden, usually oriented to face the house. To crack the case, Hole joins forces with new recruit Katrine Bratt (Rebecca Ferguson »

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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of The Snowman In St. Louis

10 October 2017 4:46 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Michael Fassbender (X-Men series) leads an all-star cast that includes Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation), Charlotte Gainsbourg (Independence Day: Resurgence), CHLOË Sevigny (American Horror Story), Val Kilmer (Heat) and Academy Award® winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) star in The Snowman, a terrifying thriller from director Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), based on Jo NESBØ’s global bestseller.

For Detective Harry Hole (Fassbender), the murder of a young woman on the first snow of the winter feels like anything but a routine homicide case in his district. From the start of the investigation, The Snowman has personally targeted him with taunts—ones that continue to accompany each new vicious murder.

Fearing an elusive serial killer long-thought dead may be active again, the detective enlists brilliant recruit Katrine Bratt (Ferguson), to help him connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new ones. Succeed, and they will »

- Movie Geeks

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‘Blade Runner 2049’ Box Office Carnage: Sony and Ryan Gosling Stand to Lose, but Roger Deakins Still Stands to Win

10 October 2017 4:23 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It could have been worse: The final domestic weekend totals for “Blade Runner 2049” came to $32.7 million, about $1.25 million better than initial pre-Sunday estimates. That could mean all is not lost for Warner Bros. — but with production, marketing, and distribution around $300 million, it’s still a dreadful result. Who stands to suffer the most? Here are some losers — and, some possible winners.

Alcon Entertainment and Sony

Alcon, the 20 year-old production company founded by FedEx’s Fred Smith, has produced 31 films, with one big moneymaker (“The Blind Side”), some smaller successes (“Dude, Where’s My Car?,” “P.S. I Love You,” “Insomnia”) and several higher-budget flops (“Transcendence,” “Point Break”).

Its total investment in “Blade Runner 2049” isn’t totally clear. Sony is reported to have contributed $90 million for international rights, with its share of marketing expenses uncertain. So Alcon will neither bear the entire expense nor keep all the revenues, but it »

- Tom Brueggemann

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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Sets Amazon Premiere Date — Watch Trailer

10 October 2017 5:45 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Amy Sherman-Palladino and late November — it’s becoming a thing.

The Gilmore Girls creator’s new dramedy, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, will make its official Amazon debut on Wednesday, November 29. Experiencing deja vu? That’s probably because Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life bowed during the dame timeframe (Nov. 25, to be precise) one year ago.

RelatedA Second Gilmore Girls Revival at Netflix? Team Palladino’s New Amazon Deal Contains a Big Clue

All eight episodes of Mrs. Maisel‘s first season, which was written and directed by Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino, will be available to Amazon Prime customers on that date. »

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Ryan Gosling's Love Letters to Los Angeles

6 October 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Ryan Gosling's most frequent co-star isn't Emma Stone. It's Los Angeles.

Over the past 10 years, Gosling has starred in seven movies where Los Angeles not only serves as the setting, but as a character. And he's the first to admit that the sunny, messy, dynamic sprawl is one of the keys to his storytelling.

"'L.A. worships everything and values nothing.' That was something my lady said to me one day, and I thought it was so funny I asked her if I could put it in the movie," Gosling told Et's Denny Directo during the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, where he was promoting 2016's La La Land. (The lady in question, of course, is Gosling's longtime partner Eva Mendes, although this being L.A., we do love the noirish connotations of him not identifying her by name.) "She was kidding, but it's a funny thing to say... I loved when »

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Blade Runner 2049 Review: A Dark Odyssey Flirts with Greatness

5 October 2017 3:07 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049 is a towering sequel to the science fiction classic. It is visually spellbinding, a dark odyssey that flirts with greatness; but doesn't quite reach the lofty peak of sci-fi masterpiece status. Some parts are beyond exceptional. The exploration of artificial intelligence, what it means to love, and be loved, is handled superbly. It is a thoughtful treatise on the most basic tenets of humanity. The film's weakness, surprisingly, is the mystery at the core of the story. The reveal is severely drawn out. The characters motivations are clear, but the journey to understanding is overblown. At two hours and forty-three minutes, Blade Runner 2049's pacing is somewhat uneven. The third act needed to be as good as the build up to it.

The story picks up thirty years later in Los Angeles. Lapd Officer K (Ryan Gosling) is a Blade Runner, a replicant »

- MovieWeb

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"Barbarella" Live-Action TV Series

2 October 2017 6:30 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Dynamite Entertainment's "Barbarella" #1 in support of the upcoming Amazon-produced, live-action "Barbarella" TV series pilot, is written by Mike Carey and illustrated by Kenan Yarar, with covers by Kenneth Rocafort, Joe Jusko, Josephn Michael Linsner, Robert Hack, Annie Wu, Kenan Yarar, Valentine DeLandro, Veronica Fish and Roberto Castro, available December 8, 2017:

"...Earth's star-crossed daughter is back! 

"When 'Barbarella' wanders into a war zone, the theocratic rulers of 'Parosia' arrest and imprison her. 

"A prison break is brewing, but now that she knows what the Parosians do to their own citizens...

"...Barbarella decides to make this fight her own..."

The "Barbarella" TV series pilot that landed at Amazon Studios, is written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade of "Skyfall" fame.

"Drive" director Nicolas Winding Refn will direct the pilot adapting creator Jean-Claude Forest's erotic sci-fi comic strip.

"I kind of went back to the original comic," said Refn "and »

- Michael Stevens

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The Essential Ryan Gosling Films

1 October 2017 3:36 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Continuing in the build up to Blade Runner 2049 [read our review here], Tom Jolliffe takes a look at the essential Ryan Gosling

In the past decade, Ryan Gosling has seen something of a transformation. He’s developed into an actor who can be relied upon to deliver a note worthy performance. He’s gone from being a romantic leading man to someone of diverse and dramatic range. An actor able to do quiet intensity as well as something more theatrical.

Blade Runner 2049 will see Gosling take a step into not only blockbuster territory but an iconic film world with a 35 year legacy. He’s never been one to do something lightly, and the step into the mega budget film arena was only ever going to be carefully chosen. It goes without saying though, that the combination of a returning Ford, Denis Villeneuve and Roger Deakins probably made this one a no brainer, »

- Tom Jolliffe

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Film Review: ‘Blade Runner 2049’

29 September 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The world as we know it has nearly caught up to the one Ridley Scott imagined when he directed the 2019-set “Blade Runner,” and yet, for all the influence the dystopian cult favorite has had on other sci-fi movies, Scott’s vision of Los Angeles still looks as mind-blowingly futuristic now as it did in 1982. That may well explain why its sequel, the Denis Villeneuve-directed “Blade Runner 2049,” doesn’t feel the need to reinvent the world in which it takes place, but instead is free to delve deep into the existential concerns suggested by the earlier film, as screenwriters Hampton Fancher (who also co-wrote the original) and Michael Green raise evocative questions about human-android relations and the nuances that will one day be used to tell them apart.

Sure as it is to delight “Blade Runner” fans, this stunningly elegant follow-up doesn’t depend on having seen the original — and like 2010’s “Tron: Legacy,” may »

- Peter Debruge

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‘Blade Runner 2049’ Review: Denis Villeneuve’s Neo-Noir Sequel Is Mind-Blowing Sci-Fi Storytelling

29 September 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Outside “Star Wars,” no sci-fi universe has been etched into cinematic consciousness more thoroughly than “Blade Runner.” Ridley Scott’s definitive 1982 neo-noir offered an immersive dystopia of rain-soaked windows and shadowy buildings adorned with animated neon billboards, where flying cars hum through the endless night. That cyberpunk vision remains just as alluring 35 years later, and “Blade Runner 2049” could have merely roamed those streets with the same chiaroscuro imagery and delivered a satisfying taste of the same familiar drug. Instead, director Denis Villeneuve goes beyond the call of duty, with a lush, often mind-blowing refurbishing of the original sci-fi aesthetic that delves into its complex epistemological themes just as much as it resurrects an enduring spectacle.

As the title explains, 30 years have passed since the previous installment, and a murky world of corporate overlords and stone-faced assassins has only grown murkier. “Blade Runner” found manufactured human workers known as replicants »

- Eric Kohn

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Film Review: ‘Wheelman’

29 September 2017 2:16 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It’s difficult to avoid catchphrases like “stripped for speed” and “pedal to the metal” while appraising “Wheelman,” writer-director Jeremy Rush’s cunningly conceived and skillfully executed thriller about a getaway driver who is driven to extremes when someone carjacks the heist for which he’s been hired. It’s a grade-a B-movie that gets maximum mileage from a carefully calibrated mix of hardboiled neo-noir melodrama and high-velocity minimalism. Just as important, Rush’s more-than-promising debut feature — which clocks in at just 82 minutes, with nary a wasted second — is a perfect-fit star vehicle for Frank Grillo, the sinewy tough customer whose previous credits include TV’s “Kingdom,” the Chinese-produced smash hit “Wolf Warrior II” and appearances in the “Captain America” and “Purge” franchises.

The set-up may sound like something on the order of Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Drive” (or Walter Hill’s “The Driver”), but “Wheelman” actually has a bit more in common with “Locke,” Steven Knight »

- Joe Leydon

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Amazon Snaps Up BBC, AMC Crime Drama ‘McMafia’

28 September 2017 1:34 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Amazon has taken upcoming BBC crime drama “McMafia” and will launch the series on its Prime Video streaming service in 200 territories.

The deal, with series distributor BBC Worldwide, excludes the U.K., where the show will air on BBC One, and the U.S. and Canada, where it will be on AMC. The global agreement also cuts out China, where Amazon does not have a streaming service and where separate discussions are underway.

McMafia” is about organized crime in modern-day Europe, and is based upon the bestselling nonfiction book by Misha Glenny. The TV drama was created created by Hossein Amini (“Drive”) and James Watkins, who directed all eight installments.

James Norton (“War and Peace”) stars as Alex Goodman, an English-raised son of Russian exiles with a mafia history. He has spent his life trying to escape the shadow of that criminal past, which comes back to haunt him and his girlfriend, Rebecca »

- Stewart Clarke

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Ryan Gosling Can’t Get Past 30 Rock Security In ‘Saturday Night Live’ Season Premiere Promo

27 September 2017 3:51 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

In a new promo for the season premiere of Saturday Night Live, host Ryan Gosling gives a dramatic, noir-ish voiceover reminiscent of Drive as we see the iconic cityscape of New York. Marking his second time hosting the show, he remembers how it was a thrill and a rush the first time around — but he insists that he only gave a small part of himself. “This time, I’m going got give the world my soul” he says. “Something they will never…ever forget.” Afterwards, it… »

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Everything We Know About Khloé Kardashian's Romance with Tristan Thompson (So Far)

26 September 2017 3:45 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

After a few love false starts, Khloé Kardashian finally has her Prince Charming – NBA player Tristan Thompson.

With the announcement on Tuesday that the couple are going to be parents, it’s time to take a look back to where it all began.

He’S Very Much Her Type

From day one it was clear that the twenty-six-year-old Thompson had the sporting skills that in the past turned the reality’s star head. Thompson already has an impressive NBA career under his belt. Originally from Canada, he was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2011, and helped the team win its first NBA Championship in June. »

- Julia Emmanuele

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Maniac Cop remake appears to have died a death

25 September 2017 9:51 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Sep 26, 2017

The creator of Maniac Cop, Larry Cohen, on why the new remake is now very unlikely to happen...

For many years, there’s been talk – and attempts – to bring a remake of Maniac Cop to the big screen. Nicolas Winding Refn, best known for Drive, has been working on the film, and back in March, it looked like the project was pressing ahead. With a script in place by Ed Brubaker, the movie got given the green light.

But it looks like it’s back to square one.

Larry Cohen, the man behind the original Maniac Cop, has given an update to Bmd, and it’s not a positive one.

“As far as I know, that’s not happening anymore, and if it is, they might be trying to keep it a secret, as they’d owe me $250,000”, he said. “Ed Brubaker wrote the script, and I’ve read the script, »

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