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Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the off-beat, nerdy news for you in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this wonderful Wednesday? Find out what the Harry Potter franchise would look like with an R rating,Magic Mike gets an Honest Trailer, and check out Nicolas Cage as every Game of Thrones character. So, sit back, relax, and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Harry Potter gets R Rated
Ever wonder what the Harry Potter franchise would look like with an R rating? Fine Brothers Entertainment has put together a side-splitting five-minute animated video that takes memorable scenes from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and gives this classic, family-friendly story an R-rated twist. In this video, Potter's aunt and uncle are far more physically abusive, the Sorting Hat is a racist prick and Quidditch gets deadly. »
Ryan Gosling’s Driver and Jake Gylenhaal’s Lou Bloom. Both loners. Outsiders. Men who abide by a very strict and unwavering code. One a stoic, the other a chatty, ambitious lunatic. And, as this new supercut, titled “Driving at Night,” points out, both are men who navigate the neon-ensconced nighttime streets of Los Angeles for their own strange, and often violent, purposes. That’s right folks: “Drive” and “Nightcrawler” are the new breed of L.A. neo-noirs, suffused with a lingering sense of dread and mordant comedy, and punctuated by isolated moments that are as electric as they are sickening. Read More: Watch: 10-Minute Mashup Of Nicolas Winding Refn & Ryan Gosling's 'Drive' & 'Only God Forgives' “Nightcrawler" is a much-lauded career high for leading man Jake Gyllenhaal and also a savagely entertaining black comedy about a young social climber without a conscience who stakes a grim fortune in a business. »
- Nicholas Laskin
Since she's a new mom and no one was hurt, we're going to let this one slide. Apparently, Eva Mendes was a bit distracted while cruising around Beverly Hills today, as the 41-year-old actress turned the wrong way down a one way street, nearly causing a collision while other drivers angrily honked their horns. Ryan Gosling's partner, who looked to be driving the car solo, turned the wrong direction on North Bedford Drive, a one-way street near Rodeo after having seemingly failed to see the two large "Do Not Enter" signs posted at each end of the road. Thankfully, upon recognizing her error, the brunette beauty quickly turned into a parking garage and successfully avoided »
Cinelinx recently had the opportunity to talk with Gregory Tripi about his career composing music for film, television, commercials, and video games. His latest project is the score for the new mystery thriller, Dark Places, based on the Giillian Flynn novel by the same name.
Gregory Tripi has made a name for himself composing and contributing music for a variety of different high-profile entertainment and advertising projects. His credits include the films Drag Me To Hell, Contagion, Drive, Priest, and Spring Breakers, among many others. Gregory's compositions have been featured in national advertisements by Adidas, Lincoln Motor, Miramax Films, Ghost House Pictures, The Coca-Cola Company, and many more. He has been recognized with many awards including the Georges Delerue Film Scoring Award and the Thomas Dolby Production Award, and is the owner of eSonic Productions. Gregory is a frequent collaborator with composer Cliff Martinez.
Gregory created the score for the upcoming film Dark Places. »
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
If you're only now getting acquainted with Tom Hardy after Mad Max: Fury Road that's a shame, though I do welcome you to the adoring fold. And if you're only familiarity with Nicolas Winding Refn is Drive, then you're missing out. In fact, Drive isn't even my favorite Refn film, and Fury Road, well, it may be my favorite Hardy film, but it's definitely a close call along with Refn's wonderful 2009 release, Bronson, of which some intriguing back-story has come to light as of late concerning casting the lead and the film's script. To begin, during a Q&A at The Cinefamily in Los Angeles promoting the release of the Bronson soundtrack on vinyl (via The Playlist), Refn revealed Hardy wasn't his first choice. In fact, Jason Statham was his initial target, but the script caused The Stath to balk. "I'm a big fan of Jason, and have seen a lot of his movies, »
- Brad Brevet
Music publishing rights specialist Cutting Edge Group and its investment arm Conduct have come on board six upcoming movies — “Everest,” “Message From the King,” “Dirty Grandpa,” “November Criminals,” “Unlocked” and “Army of One.”
“It was a very productive Cannes for us this year and we’re excited about the quality and talent associated with these films,” Conduct managing director James Gibb said. “We’re also not done with at least another six deals in the works and more beyond that.”
- Dave McNary
We look at the films that slipped through Hollywood's net, from biblical epics to a time travelling Gladiator sequel...
This article contains a spoiler for Gladiator.
If you're one of those frustrated over the quality of many of the blockbusters that make it to the inside of a multiplex, then ponder the following. For each of these were supposed to be major projects, that for one reason or another, stalled on their way to the big screen. Some still may make it. But for many others, the journey is over. Here are the big blockbusters that never were...
The late Michael Crichton scored another residential on the bestseller list with his impressive thriller, Airframe. It was published in 1996, just after films of Crichton works such as Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure and the immortal Congo had proven to be hits of various sizes.
So: a hit book, another techno thriller, »
Last week at The CineFamily in Los Angeles, Milan Records held an album release party for Nicolas Winding Refn’s Bronson soundtrack. While the CD was available when the film was first released, this is the first time you can own a vinyl edition of the soundtrack that features everything from Glass Candy to Pet Shop Boys, to Giuseppe Verdi to Anton Brucker. The double LP is now available and has new artwork by All Media. In addition to releasing his own soundtracks on vinyl, Refn has partnered up with Milan Records for a series that’s called “Nicolas Winding Refn Presents” and the line will release limited edition soundtracks on vinyl with new artwork. They just started taking orders on Robocop by Basil Poledouris. The remastered vinyl was done from the original tapes, and will be a double LP on 180gm silver vinyl in a double tip-on jacket with new artwork by Jay Shaw. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Ryan Gosling hasn't always been considered a heartthrob! The "Drive" star recently chatted with The Daily Telegraph while promoting his directorial debut, "The Lost River," where he opened up about his days before hitting it big. Ryan appeared on "The Mickey Mouse" club in the '90s when he was just a kid, alongside fellow soon-to-be stars like Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Keri Russell. A video from Gosling's "Mickey Mouse" days recently hit the web, which showed off the Canadian native's hilarious dance moves. "If you watch those videos, you see how you might want to take the confidence out of that kid a little bit," Gosling joked. "I’ve always been a little more confident than my talent warranted: ‘fake it ’til you make it’ philosophy." The 34-year-old's passion for dance didn't do him any favors in high school, though -- the girls he went to school with »
- tooFab Staff
Before writer/director Nicolas Winding Refn made a name for himself in Hollywood with films like Drive and Only God Forgives, not to mention Bronson before that, Refn came out the woodwork with the Pusher trilogy, a series of film which focused intermediately on three completely different personalities intertwined in one druggie-centric universe. And as the Danish filmmaker works through post-production on his latest project, the female-centric horror film The Neon Demon, it looks as though another semi-sequel could be in the works. Talking with Collider, Refn got to talking about his upcoming slate, which will apparently include a Tokyo-centered spy film called The Avenging Silence, which the filmmaker is currently writing in the midst of editing his latest film for next year. This is apparently a project Refn's been cooking inside his mind for sometime, and it will follow a spiritual character his fans will almost certainly be familiar with. »
- Will Ashton
Cliff Martinez is hard at work on the score for "The Knick" season 2 for Steven Soderbergh, is mulling music for Nicolas Winding-Refn's "The Neon Demon" and has at least seen the script for Harmony Korine's next "The Trap," which is perhaps his next firm gig. Those names have been, erm, instrumental to Martinez' rise as an in-demand composer (though for some reason he just can't seem to hold down those outside, one-off commercial projects, dang it). Weaving organic, odd instruments in with electronic sources, the musician/writer has found natural creative companions in equally odd, forward-thinking and intuitive directors. Martinez has been in these pages before, after massaging a cold, macabre and grand score out of bloodlusty "Only God Forgives." His electronic soundtrack for Cinemax period drama "The Knick" is so gorgeous, the tracks stand boldly on their own. Below is an abridged version of my interview with Martinez, »
- Katie Hasty
At this point, Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn is as well-known for his musical curation as he is for embracing the sheer brutality of violence: To wit, the glistening synth-pop that soundtracked his 2011 commercial breakthrough Drive was as instantly iconic as the scorpion jacket Ryan Gosling wore in the film. So it makes sense that Refn's taken his curation skills to the next level with Milan Records' Nicolas Winding Refn Presents series, which collects some of his favorite film soundtracks on vinyl with stylish packaging. The series has already included the soundtracks to Park Chan-wook's 2003 revenge opus Oldboy and this year's surprise horror buzzmaker It Follows, with a reissue of Basil Poledouris's score for the classic dystopian sci-fi actioner Robocop set for release on July 14 — before that, though, comes the soundtrack for Refn's giddy, murderously operatic 2008 biopic Bronson, which paired Tom Hardy's violent rampages as »
- Larry Fitzmaurice
Drive and Only God Forgives director Nicolas Winding Refn has just shot his next film, The Neon Demon, in Los Angeles. That one will be going into post-production, with a bunch of VFX to complete along with all the other aspects of post-production. While Refn is still in La, he dedicated an evening to the LP release […]
The post Nicolas Winding Refn Dishes Hints About Possible Film ‘The Avenging Silence’ appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
For the past few years, one of the projects Nicolas Winding Refn has been talking about is "The Avenging Silence." He's never delivered much in the way of concrete details, likely because he's still probably sorting it out, but the only thing he had previously been specific about is that the movie would be set in Tokyo. Well, he's recently revealed a bit more about his approach and a possible genre the movie could fall into. "It’s basically a character that appears in my other movies that will now appear again. Having done 'The Neon Demon,' which was predominantly women protagonists, the character that Mads [Mikkelsen] plays in 'Valhalla Rising,' Ryan [Gosling] plays him in 'Drive' or Vithaya [Pansringarm] in 'Only God Forgives,' I want to make a new movie with that character," he explained to Collider. Currently writing the script for the film, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
He’s currently busy editing his latest, La-set horror thriller The Neon Demon, but as usual Nicolas Winding Refn has a variety of projects in development that could become his next filmmaking gig. Talking to Collider, he revealed that one of the prime contenders is a movie called The Avenging Silence. According to Refn, the film, which he has occasionally mentioned in the last couple of years, is roughly in the spy genre and about the future, but would also dig into his own past, focusing on a character – or at least an archetype – from other films he’s made. “It’s basically a character that appears in my other movies that will now appear again. Having done The Neon Demon, which was predominantly women protagonists, but the character that Mads Mikkelsen plays in Valhalla Rising, Ryan Gosling plays him in Drive or Vithaya Pansringarm in Only God Forgives, I »
Cinephiles the world over are still waiting with bated breath for Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon, the Drive auteur’s eerie look at a sinister group of supermodels in the L.A. underworld, but now that the helmer has finished shooting the Elle Fanning starrer, he’s already looking to the future with regard to which project he wants to take on next.
The film, which Refn has been planning to do for a while, will be set in Tokyo and put a distinctive spin on the spy genre. The director wasn’t forthcoming with details about the plot, but The Avenging Silence will again find Refn focusing on a male protagonist similar to the ones »
- Isaac Feldberg
Earlier this year, Nicolas Winding Refn finished work on his new film, The Neon Demon, and he has some more films cooking for his follow-up. Steve recently spoke with the writer-director and asked about future projects. Here’s the full video: [complextv contentid="hqNGxodTqQtgHX-RDjKhAmhFPqPVjsO9" sitename="collider" playerid="26aa5f02d93f4c05a4546f6d5ecb59b7" adsetid="67a3ff9d3a842ae818bb9de1badc5b0" width="600" height="360" keywords=""] [caption id="attachment_263702" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via IFC Films[/caption] Back in 2013, Refn said he was working on Valhalla Rising sequel set in Tokyo. For those who haven’t seen the bizarre 2009 picture, Mads Mikkelsen stars as a mute warrior who is captured by Vikings, and eventually the story delves into the surreal. When talking about the Tokyo project, Refn said, “I had this idea of Mads Mikklesen to go back to the origins of this character. But make the movie in Tokyo.” As for why he chose Tokyo, he said the city was “a world onto itself” and only elaborated that the movie was “about the future.” Speaking to Steve, Refn revealed »
- Matt Goldberg
"Drive" and "Only God Forgives" director Nicolas Winding Refn is still working on his L.A. supermodel-themed "The Neon Demon" film which recently finished shooting. As post-production is underway, Refn is already looking ahead to his next project which is looking likely to be called "The Avenging Silence".
Talking with Collider, Refn says the film will be a spin on the spy genre with Tokyo serving as the primary setting and a mostly non-speaking, reluctant but violent male protagonist being at the center:
"Yeah, it's basically a character that appears in my other movies that will now appear again. Having done The Neon Demon, which was predominantly women protagonists, but the character that Mads [Mikkelsen] plays in Valhalla Rising, Ryan [Gosling] plays him in Drive or Vithaya [Pansringarm] in Only God Forgives, I want to make a new movie with that character."
"The Neon Demon" is currently targeting an early 2016 release. »
- Garth Franklin
Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes are in a ''tug-of-war'' over their pre-nuptial agreement. The 'Drive' star and the '2 Fast 2 Furious' actress - who have eight-month-old daughter Esmeralda together - are reportedly embroiled in a battle over how to split their fortunes if they ever called it quits on their relationship. A source told Us' Ok! magazine: ''It's just business, but it's a real tug-of-war - she has more money than he does. ''Ryan just wants 50/50 all the way, end of story, but it's not as simple as that.'' Friends of the pair - who have been dating since 2011 - believe Ryan is using the prenup as a delaying tactic to avoid tying the knot with the 41-year-old beauty. Meanwhile, an insider previously claimed that the pair have never felt marriage is a ''huge priority'' for them. They said: ''Neither felt the need to get married, it's »
The Price of Salt is at a market high according to our critics. While Le Film Francais have Mia Madre in the pole position and Screen Daily have a pair in a tie among their voting clan, our sixteen strong have place Todd Haynes’ Carol firmly at the top of the leader board with average 3.8 grade. In a year where French cinema was a little off-balance, where Italy cinema didn’t disappoint, where Asian films were especially strong and where a first time work from Hungary stole the show, it is one portrait and one love story in 1950’s America that is tops.
In our inaugural year, our Cannes Critics’ Panel favored Pedro Almodóvar’s The Skin I Live In by one point over the Dardenne’s The Kid With a Bike, von Trier’s Melancholia, Nicolas Refn’s Drive and Malick’s Palme d’Or winning The Tree of Life. »
- Eric Lavallee
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