20 items from 2015
There aren’t many power couples in Hollywood anymore, but Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are certainly one of them. They haven’t worked on the same project together since Mr. and Mrs. Smith, but tomorrow they co-star in By the Sea, which Jolie also wrote and directed. I wrote briefly about this one last week, and honestly the film itself isn’t anything special, but it is an excuse to talk about some of their work, so in that regard, I’m glad it’s coming out. Both have Academy Awards to their credit and both are among the biggest A-listers we have, so there should be plenty to discuss… In case you’re not aware what By the Sea is, here’s a short refresher. The film is a 1970’s set look at a married couple unraveling/trying to save their union while vacationing in a small seaside town after an untold tragedy. »
- Joey Magidson
Retreating from wartime horrors (“Unbroken,” “In the Land of Blood and Honey”) to explore the less perilous minefield of a troubled marriage, Angelina Jolie Pitt pulls off a halfway compelling trick with “By the Sea,” an unabashed vanity project that struggles to turn its own beautiful inertia into a virtue. Drenched in so many photogenic shades of cream, tan and khaki that it might as well have been titled “Beige Valentine,” this glossy Euro-modernist-art-film throwback casts the writer-director and her husband, Brad Pitt, as a gorgeously unhappy 1970s American couple seeking to escape their demons during an extended stay on the Maltese coast. Meandering and overlong in ways that will test the patience of even die-hard Brangelina fans, the film ultimately feels too dramatically reductive and obvious to pull off its desired cocktail of Albee and Antonioni, limiting its appeal primarily to those viewers who can get drunk on visual pleasure alone. »
- Justin Chang
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.
Where a lot of recent Eastwood pictures (Changeling, Hereafter, even Jersey Boys) contain patches of awkwardness, American Sniper — particularly in its war sequences, which Joel Cox and Gary Roach edit with white-knuckle precision — exhibits a riveting level of control. This may just be the result of well-matched material (a character study about a born-and-bred cowboy nicknamed “the Legend” could hardly be more »
- TFS Staff
The cast includes Jennifer Jason Leigh as Lady Bird Johnson, Michael Stahl-David as Bobby Kennedy, Richard Jenkins as Richard Russell, Bill Pullman as Ralph Yarborough and Kim Allen as Jackie Kennedy.
Filming is slated to begin in late September in New Orleans, Dallas and Washington, D.C.
Donovan’s credits include “Burn Notice”, “Hitch”, “Changeling” and the upcoming “Sicario.” Johnson was John F. Kennedy’s running mate in the 1960 election and his 1963 assassination marked the beginning of a turbulent decade in American history.
- Dave McNary
The induction ceremonies will take place at the guild’.s 20th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 31.
“These women made great strides in their craft achieving prominence despite designing in a field dominated by men,” said the guild’s Council Chairwoman Marcia Hinds. “Acknowledgement of their efforts leads to a more balanced and open guild.”
The Hall of Fame honors are are only given posthumously. There are currently 44 members.
Dillon was the first female art director in the British film industry and became the first woman to win an Oscar for set decoration in 1949 for “Hamlet.” Her film credits include “Richard III,” “The Importance of Being Earnest,” “The Browning Version,” “The Prince and the Showgirl, »
- Dave McNary
Since their first appearance onscreen together in the 2005 Doug Liman action film Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Brad Pitt and Angeline Jolie have gone on to earn critical acclaim for a number of performances. Pitt’s filmography has since added Inglourious Basterds, The Assassination of Jesse James by the coward Robert Ford, The Tree of Life, and Burn After Reading, while Jolie has appeared in A Mighty Heart and Changeling while also stepping behind the camera for In The Land of Blood and Honey and Unbroken. The duo’s next project, however, is poised to see them reunite onscreen, this time in a dramatic turn. The film, titled By The Sea, has the following plot synopsis.
Set in France during the mid-1970s, Vanessa, a former dancer, and her husband Roland, an American writer, travel the country together. They seem to be growing apart, but when they linger in one quiet, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Fox's Poltergeist remake sought to bring everyone's fears back to life, and now they've revealed the blu-ray edition of the movie is coming out in September with a handful of special features and an all new Extended Cut. Come inside to learn more!
20th Century Fox is bringing their newly made version of The Poltergeist to blu-ray on September 29th, and have revealed all the goodies that will be coming on the disc, including an extended cut and alternate ending fans didn't get to see in theaters:
Fox 2000 Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures present Poltergeist, from legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi (“Spider-Man,” Evil Dead,” “The Grudge”) and director Gil Kenan (“Monster House”). It contemporizes the 1982 classic about a family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces. When terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and hold the youngest daughter captive, the family must come together to rescue her before she disappears forever. »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
The new version of Poltergeist will be heading to home video formats this September and it has been announced that the Blu-ray release will include an extended cut of the film:
"Fox 2000 Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures present Poltergeist, from legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi (“Spider-Man,” Evil Dead,” “The Grudge”) and director Gil Kenan (“Monster House”). It contemporizes the 1982 classic about a family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces. When terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and hold the youngest daughter captive, the family must come together to rescue her before she disappears forever.
Kenan directs from a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer David Lindsay-Abaire. The film is produced by Raimi and Rob Tapert, p.g.a. (“Evil Dead”) via Ghost House Pictures, along with Roy Lee, p.g.a. (“The Departed”). The film is executive produced by J.R. Young (“The Grudge 3”), Audrey Chon (“Changeling”), John Powers Middleton (“The »
- Jonathan James
At some point in 2011, the world agreed that Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper would be indestructible forces who bathed in Oscar nominations. Did you know if Cooper scores another Oscar nod in a leading category next year, he ties Marlon Brando's record for four consecutive Best Actor nominations in a row? Kind of cool and chilling, right? The important thing is you can now watch Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence fail us in the 2014 dud "Serena." It's on Netflix now. What was it about, you ask? Well, it concerned a timber merchant whose life spirals when he learns his wife, after her miscarriage, can't bear children. For Depression-era South Carolina, both stars look incredibly posh. Let's watch this mess together, shall we? Here are five other questions you can get answered via new streams on the web. Remember that time Angelina Jolie starred in a Clint Eastwood movie? "Changeling »
- Louis Virtel
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac and Alicia Vikander star in this inventive sci-fi thriller from Alex Garland, the genius writer of "28 Days Later." Critics and audiences both gave this one the thumbs-up with "Ex Machina" currently boasting a 91 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. DVD/Blu-ray extras include a "Through the Looking Glass: Creating Ex Machina" 5-part featurette, SXSW Q&A with cast and crew, and eight behind-the-scenes vignettes.
This sequel to the 2012 charmer "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" stars the always engaging Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, and Dev Patel with the welcome addition of Richard Gere. Blu-ray extras include featurettes on "Returning to the Marigold Hotel," "Blossoming Relationships," "The Marigold Wedding," and "Filming in India. »
- Gina Carbone
Coming to Netflix from tomorrow (Friday 5th June), pretty much everywhere we believe, is the new 12-episode season of the Wachowski‘s Sense8, which revolves around the lives of eight people from all over the planet.
We have a final minute-long arty trailer for the show, which you’ll be able to watch in our player below. First though, here’s the official blurb about the show.
From the unparalleled creative minds of The Wachowskis (“The Matrix” trilogy,?“Cloud Atlas”) and J. Michael Straczynski (Clint Eastwood’s “Changeling,” “World War Z”), as well as executive producer Grant Hill (“The Matrix” trilogy, “Cloud Atlas”), Sense8 is a gripping story of eight people from around the world whose lives are suddenly and inexplicably connected in a fight for their own survival. »
- Paul Heath
Angelina Jolie celebrates her 40th birthday today (June 4), and to mark the occasion here at Digital Spy we've rifled through our DVD collections to pick out our favourite Jolie films.
Remember her breakthrough with Hackers way back in the '90s? How about the ass-kicking turn in Tomb Raider or her soulful performance in A Mighty Heart? Read on to find out our Jolie favourites then have your say on her best big screen roles in the comments below...
With Hackers already spoken for, and Morgan Freeman's ridiculous 'loom of fate' ruining the otherwise rather decent Wanted, Jolie's turn as gaming icon Lara Croft looms largest over her career for me – largest in that it's still somehow seen as a rather huge mistake that she inexplicably recovered from. That reputation is one really worth reassessing, though. Sure, Jolie only narrowly missed out »
After American Sniper became a stunning box office success for Warner Bros. early this year, the studio has set its director Clint Eastwood for another biopic. The prolific filmmaker will helm an untitled film that tells the true story of Captain Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger, the American pilot who heroically landed a filled plane in the Hudson River after it malfunctioned mid-flight.
Sullenberger became a national hero back in 2009 when he pulled off a tricky emergency landing in the Hudson River off Manhattan when his aircraft, climbing out of Laguardia Airport, struck a flock of Canadian geese, disabling both engines. All passengers and crew members survived the landing.
No stars have come into focus yet, but with Eastwood sitting behind the camera, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Netflix has premiered the first three episodes of the Wachowskis (The Matrix trilogy, Cloud Atlas) and J. Michael Straczynski‘s (Changeling, World War Z) new Netflix series Sense8 to select press, and the first Sense 8 reviews have begun to come online. What is the early word? Is it a return to form for the Wachowskis? Is it […]
The post Early Buzz: Is The Wachowski’s Netflix Series ‘Sense8′ Worth Watching? appeared first on /Film. »
- Peter Sciretta
What would it be like to have 7 other selves? Get a taste of what it means to be ​a ​Sensate in the official trailer and first look images from the Netflix original series Sense8. ​All ​twelve episodes of the global dramatic thriller will launch ​Friday, June 5 ​only on Netflix​ ​in all Netflix territories around the world. The series will also be available in 4K.
From the unparalleled creative minds of The Wachowskis (The Matrix​ trilogy,​ Cloud Atlas)​ and J. Michael Straczynski (Clint Eastwood's Changeling, ​World War Z), as well as Grant Hill (The Matrix​ trilogy,​ Cloud Atlas), Sense8 is a gripping story of eight people from around the world whose lives are suddenly and inexplicably connected in a fight for their own survival.
The international cast includes: Brian J. Smith, Tuppence Middleton, Jamie Clayton, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Tina Desai, Doona Bae, Aml Ameen and Max Riemelt. The cast is rounded out by Daryl Hannah, »
It’s been three months since Jupiter Ascending tanked at the box office, but I’m still having a tough time shaking the riotous disaster, so the Sense8 marketing team is going to have a tough time getting me to check out all 12 episodes of the Wachowskis' show when they hit Netflix on June 5th. The series centers on eight characters who become linked together, both mentally and emotionally. Not only are they able to talk to each other when they’re not even in the same place, but they’ve also got access to each other’s deepest secrets as well. The Wachowskis definitely have an interesting premise here, but I don’t know if having Naveen Andrews spit out a ton of exposition is the best way to convey the details. I would have rather been introduced to the concept from the perspective of one of the unsuspecting »
- Perri Nemiroff
“Do you know what it means to be reborn – a Sensate?” And so begins the official trailer for Netflix original series Sense8. All 12 episodes of the dramatic thriller will launch Friday, June 5 in all Netflix territories worldwide. From The Wachowskis and Grant Hill (The Matrix trilogy, Cloud Atlas), and J. Michael Straczynski (Changeling, World War Z), Sense8 centers on eight people from around the world whose lives are suddenly and inexplicably connected in a fight… »
A Morgan figure from McFarlane Toys, the new trailer for JeruZalem, the Indiegogo campaign for Wild Boar, and a petition to help save the Monroeville Mall bridge from George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead are all featured in our latest round-up.
The Walking Dead's Morgan Box Set (slated for an October release): "Suffering from the loss of his son at the hands of his wife-turned-walker, Morgan Jones began to lose touch with his humanity. As seen in the Season 3 episode, ‘Clear,’ Morgan devises intricate and complicated traps to shield himself from both Walkers and Humans alike. Time and experience gives Morgan a new sense of clarity as he sets out to find Rick Grimes. This box set is priced at $32.99.
Deluxe Box Features:
• Features a blood-splattered 'Survivor Edition' verion of Morgan Jones
• Figure includes an Assault Rifle, Walking Stick, Backpack, and 22 Points of articulation
• Set includes bloodied »
- Derek Anderson
In the fall of 2003, James Cameron filmed the record-breaking “no limits” free dive of Pipin Ferreras, which was a special event commemorating the death of Ferreras’s wife, Audrey Mestre. A year earlier, she drowned attempting the same feat of reaching a depth of 170 meters (557.7 feet) while holding her breath. During the press conference for the 2003 dive, Cameron confirmed earlier reports from that summer that he would be making a movie about the couple, and it would wind up being based on Ferreras’s 2004 memoir, “The Dive: A Story of Love and Obsession.” More than a decade later, Cameron has been focusing his directorial interests on the Avatar movies, but he’s continued developing the project with other filmmakers coming on board to take the helm. Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) became attached back in 2012, and now Francis Lawrence is the latest substitution, according to The Wrap. He also has an actress joining him for the role »
- Christopher Campbell
Here's Angelina Jolie meeting Pope Francis. She screened "Unbroken" at the Vatican. Hooray for Angelina! But here's what we hope Pope Francis had to say in return. 1. "There's such a thing as being too charitable. Settle down, Ang." 2. "I respect that Shiloh wants to be called John, so I hope you can respect that I want to be called Big Pope Francey." 3. "So, is 'Unbroken' the 'War Horse' of 2015? Because I couldn't sit through that." 4. "'Changeling.' Good try." 5. "Please tell your father to stop calling me. I cannot help him." 6. "Your husband has an Oscar for producing. Kind of cheating, isn't it?" 7. "You gonna make that Carmen Sandiego movie or what?" 8. "The cardinals and I all agreed that 'Salt' is underrated and 'Beowulf' was kind of hot." 9. "I would honestly rather watch 'Elementary' than 'Fargo' if we're talking about the television ventures of your weird ex-husbands." 10. "What's it like to have real power? »
- Louis Virtel
20 items from 2015
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