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With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
It might be hard to conceive of how a tragic story like Madame Bovary could be turned into a farcical and winning comedy, and yet here we stand. With remarkable tonal control from director Anne Fontaine and a winning pair of performances from Gemma Arterton and Fabrice Luchini, Gemma Bovery somehow manages to be an affecting and hilarious treat. Set in modern day Normandy, »
- TFS Staff
Over the course of a career that began as a Mouseketeer, Ryan Gosling has been to a great many places on screen, but for a new film, he.s getting ready to head somewhere he.s never been, where most people have never been, the Moon. Yes, that the Moon. He is orbiting the role of Neil Armstrong, the first human to ever walk on the lunar surface (or not, if you.re a conspiracy minded sort), in a project called First Man. Universal is developing the Neil Armstrong biopic with director Damien Chazelle, who burst onto the scene last year with the scorching indie drama Whiplash, and Deadline reports that they want the Drive and The Notebook star for the lead. If this happens, it will mark two projects back to back, or at least very close together, for the duo. Chazelle and Gosling are currently working on La »
British director Ben Wheatley, whose next feature High Rise will debut in 2016, will take to remaking the classic 1953 movie The Wages Of Fear. Deadline report the news of Wheatley’s intentions to co-write and direct the film, which has alredy had two remakes since its original release including William Friedkin’s Sorcerer, which is widely considered to be a masterpiece.
Here’s the brief plot of the original 1953 movie:
In the South American jungle, supplies of nitroglycerine are needed at a remote oil field. The oil company pays four men to deliver the supplies in two trucks. A tense rivalry develops between the two sets of drivers on the rough remote roads where the slightest jolt can result in death. »
- Paul Heath
Creed is an interesting reboot of the Rocky legacy in that it is not bringing in a new actor to continue playing the Italian Stallion immortalized by Sylvester Stallone. Instead, it is introducing the son of Apollo Creed in setting up it's own mythology with Michael B. Jordan stepping in to take over the franchise, while allowing Rocky Balboa to still exist in this universe. That might not be possible with Rambo, who was first introduced in 1982. Especially if Sylvester Stallone kills off the character. There are plenty of missions we didn't get to see John Rambo go on throughout the years, so a complete reboot isn't out of the question. But who would take on such an iconic role?
British director Ben Wheatley ("Kill List," "A Field in England") is in talks to write and direct the latest remake of Henri-Georges Clouzot's stone cold 1953 action thriller classic "The Wages Of Fear" at Rumble Films and TF1.
The original film, an adaptation of George Arnaud's novel, kicks off when an Mexican oil well owned by an American company catches fire. The company hires four European men, down on their luck and desperate, to drive two trucks 300 miles cross country over treacherous dirt roads - trucks loaded with volatile nitroglycerine which is needed to extinguish the flames.
Filmmaker William Friedkin and actor Roy Scheider, hot off their successes with "The Exorcist" and "Jaws" respectively, teamed for a remake of the film entitled "Sorcerer" which shifted the action to the jungles of Amazon. Though a commercial disappointment, the film's reputation has grown over the years.
Wheatley's wife and frequent collaborator Amy Jump will co-write the project. »
- Garth Franklin
Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.
The Apu Trilogy (Satyajit Ray)
Although it premiered 60 years ago this week at the Museum of Modern Art, Satyajit Ray‘s Pather Panchali remains among both the most accomplished of debuts and cinema’s most universally relatable experiences. Accentuating the basics of human emotions to result in the most complex of reactions, Ray’s subsequent trilogy of films follows the hardships of a Bengali boy as he passes into adulthood, a delicately powerful tale of transition that’s now been gloriously restored. »
- TFS Staff
24 years ago today, Uncle Jesse took a new step as a dad when his and Becky’s twins were born in a season 5 episode of “Full House.” With two back-to-back episodes penned by series creator Jeff Franklin, the November 12, 1991 hour of “Full House” started with Michelle’s fifth birthday party, featuring a series of flashbacks about the character played by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. Michelle, afraid of losing her status as the baby of the family since Becky’s pregnant, declares she’s going to stay four years old. But another series of flashbacks changes her mind. When Becky’s babies come earlier than expected, Michelle ends up sharing her birthday with the twins, and she wonders whether that will be a good thing. When Jesse — who has spent the episode dealing with sympathy pains — tells Michelle that this will mean three birthday cakes, she says, “That’s a very good thing. »
- Emily Rome
Additionally, veteran producer and executive Nicky Weinstock has joined Red Hour, which will be relocating its offices to Bold Films’ spaces in Los Angeles and New York. Bold Films will provide the overhead, as well as development and production financing on independent projects.
Red Hour, which has completed its longstanding first-look deal at Fox, has produced mostly comedies, including “Zoolander” and its upcoming sequel; “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story”; “Blades of Glory”; “Tropic Thunder”; and “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.” Bold Films, founded a decade ago by Michael Litvack and headed by Gary Michael Walters, produced “Whiplash,” “Nightcrawler” and “Drive.”
In an announcement Monday, Stiller said the agreement enables Red Hour to be fully independent.
“I am excited to begin this new chapter for Red Hour, »
- Dave McNary
Beauty, obsession, and the sinister side of Los Angeles look to inhabit Nicolas Winding Refn's latest film, The Neon Demon, which has been picked up by Amazon Studios, is set for a theatrical release in the summer of 2016, and is teased in a new photo.
“The Neon Demon” is being jointly handled by Gaumont and Wild Bunch, who previously joined forces on Refn’s last film “Only God Forgives,” which competed at Cannes Film Festival in 2013. Gaumont and Wild Bunch co-financed and will co-distribute “The Neon Demon.”
“The Neon Demon” centers on an aspiring model who moves to Los Angeles where her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will go to any lengths to get what she has. »
- Derek Anderson
Amazon Studios has acquired Nicolas Winding Refn's anticipated The Neon Demon and will release it theatrically Stateside next summer. The studio has also released the first photo from this thriller, featuring star Elle Fanning. The Neon Demon started production back in late March in Los Angeles, and this will be the director's first film with Amazon Studios.
The Neon Demon is being jointly handled by Gaumont and Wild Bunch, who previously joined forces on Nicolas Winding Refn's last film Only God Forgives, which competed at Cannes Film Festival in 2013. Gaumont and Wild Bunch co-financed and will co-distribute The Neon Demon. The Neon Demon centers on an aspiring model who moves to Los Angeles where her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will go to any lengths to get what she has.
Amazon Studios has picked up its most significant title since it acquired Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq earlier this year. The Neon Demon, which Amazon bought at the American Film Institute festival in Los Angeles, is the new film from director Nicolas Winding Refn. It is a starry horror about an aspiring model who moves to La and becomes the envy of a group of beauty-obsessed women.
“One morning I woke and realised I was both surrounded and dominated by women,” Refn said. “Strangely, a sudden urge was planted in me to make a horror film about vicious beauty.”
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- Catherine Shoard
Nicolas Winding Refn is a director whose work film fans love to watch. His frames are rich and compelling, his characters are fascinating, and his ability to orchestrate every element, aspect and detail of a production to create his unique vision is formidable, to say the least. For these reasons, his next film has been the focus of much anticipation – which will only increase now that distribution has finally been secured. Audiences will now get to see The Neon Demon in 2016, courtesy of Amazon Studios.
This development places The Neon Demon among a number of titles – including Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend, and Chi-Raq – at the forefront of the ongoing tussle between the ‘traditional’ theatrical release model, and the evolving modernised release model that is emerging through the growth of streaming platforms, such as Netflix and Amazon. While The Neon Demon is apparently scheduled for an initial release in cinemas, »
- Sarah Myles
Variety is reporting that Amazon Studios has acquired the distribution rights to Nicolas Winding Refn’s upcoming horror film The Neon Demon, and will release the film theatrically in the States in the summer of 2016.
See Also: First images from The Neon Demon
The Neon Demon sees Elle Fanning (Maleficent) playing an “aspiring model who moves to Los Angeles, where her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.”
Fanning is joined in the cast of the film by Jena Malone (Inherent Vice), Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows), Desmond Harrington (Wrong Turn), Alessandro Nivola (Selma), Christina Hendricks (Drive), Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road) and Keanu Reeves (John Wick).
- Gary Collinson
Amazon Studios has picked up "Drive" director Nicolas Winding Refn's "The Neon Demon," the anticipated American-Danish horror film starring Elle Fanning, Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks and Jena Malone.
The story focuses on an aspiring young model who moves to L.A., only to find herself immersed in a group of beauty-obsessed women who will go to any lengths to have what she has.
Amazon will give the film a U.S. theatrical release next summer. Gaumont and Wild Bunch co-financed the project.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
It's no surprise that Amazon Studios has acquired Nicolas Winding Refn’s “The Neon Demon,” which stars Elle Fanning, Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks and Jena Malone. First of all, Amazon Studios distribution chief Bob Berney released Refn's "Drive" when he was at FilmDistrict; the Ryan Gosling actioner was also funded by Wild Bunch, and won a directing prize at Cannes. "The Neon Demon" is a co-production of Wild Bunch and Gaumont, who also partnered on Refn’s subsequent Cannes entry, "Only God Forgives." Elle Fanning stars as a young Los Angeles model in "The Neon Demon." Refn produced with his Space Rocket partner, Lene Borglum (“Valhalla Rising,” “Only God Forgives”). Refn's go-to editor Matthew Newman and composer Cliff Martinez join the key crew team, along with French cinematographer Philippe Le Sourd (“The Grandmaster"). Amazon Studios’s slate will launch stateside with Spike Lee’s “Chi-Raq" »
- Anne Thompson
Amazon Studios has swooped into Santa Monica and the Afm to pick up The Neon Demon, the hotly anticipated American-Danish horror film from Drive-director Nicolas Winding Refn, starring Elle Fanning, Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks and Jena Malone. The title — which Amazon will give a U.S. theatrical release next summer — is a project from Gaumont and Wild Bunch, who have both co-financed and are co-selling internationally. The Jokers will distribute in France, in association with Wild Bunch and Gaumont. Produced under Refn's Danish outfit Space Rocket Nation (Only God Forgives), the film focuses on
- Alex Ritman
As Amazon Studios gets ready for the December release of their first original feature, Spike Lee‘s promising Chi-Raq, they’re also prepping films with Jim Jarmusch and Terry Gilliam, and now the talented Ted Hope and Scott Foundas have added another to their slate. Courtesy of a press release, the company announced they’ve picked up the latest film from Drive and Only God Forgives director Nicolas Winding Refn, The Neon Demon.
Set for a theatrical release next summer, the film follows “an aspiring model who moves to Los Angeles where her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will go to any lengths to get what she has.” Co-written by Mary Laws and Refn, the cast stars Elle Fanning (pictured in a new still above), Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks, Jena Malone, Abbey Lee, and Bela Heathcoat.
“One morning I woke and realized I »
- Jordan Raup
In one of the most significant deals scored at the American Film Market, Amazon Studios has acquired Nicolas Winding Refn’s anticipated “The Neon Demon” and will release it theatrically Stateside next summer.
“The Neon Demon” stars Elle Fanning, Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks and Jena Malone. The edgy pic is being jointly handled by Gaumont and Wild Bunch, who previously teamed on Refn’s last film “Only God Forgives,” which competed at Cannes Film Festival in 2013. Gaumont and Wild Bunch co-financed and are co-handling international sales on “The Neon Demon.” Manuel Chiche’s The Jokers will distribute the film in France association with Wild Bunch and Gaumont.
“The Neon Demon” centers on an aspiring model who moves to Los Angeles where her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will go to any lengths to get what she has.
“One morning I woke and realized »
- Elsa Keslassy
As part of a new series in which we offer careers advice to people in the movie business, here’s a two-or-three step plan for the Gozzle to regain his professional schizzle
Hey, guy, you’ve come a long way. You were cute as a Disney-branded button next to Justin Timberlake on the Mickey Mouse Club, before your first feature role (as a neo-Nazi teen in The Believer) won you near-universal acclaim. You turned fans’ pages in Nicholas Sparks weepie The Notebook, then hauled yourself out of dumb hunk purgatory by taking a couple of indie roles – a sex-doll seducing sweetie in Lars and the Real Girl and a lovelorn schlub in Derek Cianfrance’s Blue Valentine – that were as weird as they were satisfying. Then up popped Nicolas Winding Refn, jingling the keys to a part that would rev your stock to the stars. The nastier Drive got (your »
- Henry Barnes
Previous | Image 1 of 18 | NextSarah Silverman represented her new film, ‘I Smile Back.’
Chicago – The Red Carpet was well trod during the 51st Chicago International Film Festival. with film stars, directors and other personalities taking their walks in representing their films during the two weeks of the event. Photographer Joe Arce took the Exclusive Portraits, and Patrick McDonald got the soundbites.
Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman
Charlie Kaufman is the Oscar-nominated screenwriter known for his offbeat view of the world through films like “Being John Malkovich,” “Adaptation,” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.” He presented his latest film at the Festival, “Anomalisa.”
HollywoodChicago.com: How would you describe yourself if someone asks you why you write the type of stories that you write?
Charlie Kaufman: I just try to be honest, because I think that’s my job description as a writer. I try to present something that is true, so »
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