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On this day in history as it relates to the movies...
1819 The bicycle is patented by W.K. Clarkson, Jr. which could be why June has lots of bicycle holidays like "bike to work week" and such. There's even a Bicycle Film Festival happening in NYC this very weekend.
1904 Peter Lorre is born
1922 Underappeciated film star Eleanor Parker is born. Her two best known classics are Caged (1950, her first nomination in one of the all time best Best Actress years) and The Sound of Music (1965, snubbed in supporting actress). Also born on this day is two-time Oscar recipient Dick Smith, an indisputable giant in movie makeup. Among his classics: The Godfather, The Exorcist, Amadeus, and Taxi Driver
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Power Rangers: Bryan Cranston says he is "excited" to play Zordon in Power Rangers. The character serves as mentor to the young group members. Elizabeth Banks is already set to play the villainous witch Rita Repulsa. Dean Israelite will direct; the movie is scheduled for theatrical release on March 24, 2017. [Variety/Twitter] Detroit Project: John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) will appear in a currently untitled movie about systemic racism in Detroit. It's set during riots that broke out in the city over five days in the summer of 1967. The movie will start production this summer and is aiming for release in 2017. Kathryn Bigelow will direct, based on a screenplay by Mark Boal; the filmmakers previously collaborated on The Hurt Locker and Zero...
- Peter Martin
Annapurna Pictures is financing what will be Bigelow’s tenth film as director and principal photography is scheduled for this summer. Annapurna International handles sales outside the Us.
Details remain scarce, although representatives for Untitled Detroit Project said it will take place against the backdrop of Detroit’s five-day riots in the summer of 1967.
No Us distributor is attached although Annapurna has targetted a summer 2017 release to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the disturbances.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
After signing up for Pacific Rim 2, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Attack the Block star John Boyega has found his next role. He revealed on Twitter (seen below) that he’ll take part in Kathryn Bigelow‘s follow-up to her Oscar-winning Zero Dark Thirty. Penned by Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thirty, The Hurt Locker), the currently untitled film will be set in Detroit during the 5-day riots that took place there in 1967, and will explore the systemic racism of the city. With plans to shoot this summer in Boston and Detroit, the film is slated as an ensemble piece with Hannah Murray (God Help the Girl, Game of Thrones) also on board.
I've teamed up with Kathryn Bigalow for a movie based on the Detroit riots in 1967. #12thstreet
— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) June 21, 2016
- Mike Mazzanti
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” star John Boyega has been cast in Kathryn Bigelow‘s upcoming film about the 1967 Detroit riots. Oscar winner Bigelow will once again work with her producing partner and screenwriter Mark Boal on the project, which marks the pair’s highly anticipated followup to their acclaimed 2012 drama “Zero Dark Thirty.” They also worked together on 2009’s Best Picture winner, “The Hurt Locker.” As of now, no studio is attached to distribute the film, which is currently dubbed “Untitled Detroit Project,” but producers are aiming for a 2017 release date. Also Read: 'Star Wars' Star John Boyega »
- Meriah Doty
With just two feature length films to his name – The Guard and Calvary – John Michael McDonagh has established himself as a writer-director to be reckoned with. So much so, that his third movie has taken him across the pond from Ireland, to New Mexico, to wage War On Everyone with Michael Pena and Alexander Skarsgard. What’s more, we now have a trailer to preview the finished product.
War On Everyone has been moving through the festival circuit for some months, and was characterised by our own Matt Donato, at this year’s SXSW, as “a pitch-black, nihilistic riot.” Such praise indicates that this movie promises the full John Michael McDonagh experience – despite the relocated setting, and the absence of stalwart collaborator, Brendan Gleeson.
“Award-winning writer-director of The Guard & Calvary, John Michael McDonagh crosses the globe for his much-anticipated third film, a jet-black action comedy starring Alexander Skarsgård, Michael Peña and Theo James. »
- Sarah Myles
After melding action with comedy with his debut The Guard, writer-director John Michael McDonagh swayed more toward the dramatic side with his last film Calvary, but now he looks to be returning to the other direction with his third feature, War on Everyone. Starring Michael Peña and Alexander Skarsgård as two corrupt cops, it looks like a darkly hilarious comedy, thanks to the first U.K. trailer, which has now arrived this morning.
We said in our review, “Steering into the frame to the sound of ’70s rock music while giving chase in their muscle car to a fully-costumed, on-foot mime, the impeccably dressed, utterly corrupt police duo of Bob Bolaño (Michael Peña) and Terry Monroe (Alexander Skarsgård) initially appear to be running full-speed towards an even wackier version of the Starsky & Hutch movie we got in 2004. Audiences familiar with the work of director John Michael McDonagh (The Guard, Calvary), however, »
- Jordan Raup
HBO has ordered the Mogadishu, Minnesota TV series pilot. The drama comes from The Hurt Locker's Kathryn Bigelow. Mogadishu, Minnesota is described by Variety as, "a family drama that grapples with what it means to be American, among the Somalis of Minneapolis." Reportedly, when Mogadishu, Minnesota was in development, it was said to give a "glimpse into the world of Jihadi recruitment."
K’naan Warsame, (Keinan Abdi Warsame) a Somali-Canadian singer, song-writer, poet, and musician, is writing and directing. He will executive produce Mogadishu, Minnesota with Bigelow and Carolyn Strauss. Strauss has executive produced Game of Thrones and Treme, as well as Luck, starring Dustin Hoffman, which was renewed for a second season on HBO. Luck was cancelled while season two was in production, due to animal welfare concerns, after three horses died.
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"We have no control of time. Except, of course, you're a filmmaker." There's an excellent new video essay made by Julian Palmer to check out, this one all about the use of slow motion. The video examines the slow motion work in films ranging from Ingmar Bergman's Wild Strawberries (1957) to many of Scorsese's films including Mean Streets (1973) and Taxi Driver (1976) to recent films like Zack Snyder's Watchmen (2009), Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker (2008), Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive (2011) and Pete Travis' Dredd (2012), which had a crazy cool slo-mo storyline. Of course there's the scene in The Matrix, because it's so iconic. There's plenty to admire and plenty to learn in this video essay on slow motion, so check it out. Here's the video essay from Julian Palmer titled "The Art of Slow Motion" (thanks to Tfs for the tip): In addition, check out this older video »
- Alex Billington
HBO has ordered two new family drama pilots from Oscar-winning filmmakers, TheWrap has learned. The network announced Monday that it has picked up the pilots “Succession,” from Adam McKay (“The Big Short”), and “Mogadishu, Minnesota,” from Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker”). “Succession,” written by “Veep” alum Jesse Armstrong and directed by McKay, follows the saga of a fictional American global-media family that is not only rich and powerful but also powerfully dysfunctional. The drama will explore family loyalty, international business and the perils of power in the 21st Century. Also Read: HBO Picks Up Bill Hader Comedy 'Barry' to Series Armstrong and McKay. »
- Reid Nakamura
HBO is turning to two Oscar winners for the network’s next round of drama pilots.
From McKay comes “Succession,” a family drama that follows the saga of a fictional, American global-media family that is not only rich and powerful, but also powerfully dysfunctional. The project will explore family loyalty, international business and the perils of power in the 21st century.
Will Ferrell is attached to “Succession” as an exec producer, reuniting with McKay who directed Ferrell’s “Anchorman” movies and “Step Brothers.” McKay will direct the pilot, which will be penned by Jesse Armstrong. Both will exec produce with Ferrell, Kevin Messick and Frank Rich, a creative consultant to HBO and exec producer on “Veep.”
From Bigelow comes “Mogadishu, Minnesota,” a family drama that grapples »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
HBO has given pilot orders to two provocative dramas with Oscar-winning auspices: Succession, directed and executive produced by The Big Short‘s Adam McKay; and Mogadishu, Minnesota (formerly know as The Recruiters), executive produced by Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker‘s Kathryn Bigelow. Succession is written/executive produced by Peep Show co-creator Jesse Armstrong and exec produced by Will Ferrell, Frank Rich and Kevin Messick, while Mogadishu, Minnesota is… »
After hitting theaters in late February, the action-packed Triple 9 debuts today on Blu-ray and DVD from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. If you haven't seen this thriller yet, we have an exclusive preview for you to check out, before picking up the movie on Blu-ray, DVD or Digital HD this week. Our exclusive scene features Chiwetel Ejiofor's Michael, explaining to Marcus (Anthony Mackie) and Franco (Clifton Collins Jr.) the details surrounding his first ever kill.
When a veteran cop and his rookie nephew discover a shocking conspiracy that leads dangerously close to home, they'll stop at nothing to get to the truth in Triple 9, an action-packed tale of corruption and betrayal currently available on Digital HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Propelled by John Hillcoat's (The Road, The Proposition) ferocious directorial style and a top-notch cast, Triple 9 races through a world »
For Anthony Mackie, shuttling between worlds has been an everyday thing, not as a superhero but as a working actor. Six years ago, he opened in a new Broadway play; days later he was in Hollywood at the Academy Awards, on stage celebrating as one of the actors who powered “The Hurt Locker” to a Best Picture Oscar. Call it an actor’s versatility: the ability to hold multiple roles in the mind and heart at (or about) the same time and still be able to function. As one of Hollywood’s busiest performers, the 37-year-old New Orleans native does it more than most, »
- Michael E. Ross
The Cannes Film Festival isn’t just the most glamorous venue on the planet to debut a movie, with its sea of tuxedos and ballgowns on the red carpet. It also has a recent history of being an excellent platform for launching Academy Award contenders. “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Carol,” “Inside Out” and “Son of Saul” all premiered at last year’s Cannes and went to score a boatload of Oscar nominations.
But the competition at this year’s festival has been at its weakest in years — especially after such a dud as Sean Penn’s “The Last Face.” Critics were also disappointed by Nicolas Refn’s “The Neon Demon” and Xavier Dolan’s “It’s Only the End of the World” and underwhelmed by out-of-competition titles like Woody Allen’s “Café Society” and Steven Spielberg’s “The Bfg.”
Now that the dust is settling on Cannes 2016, it’s very »
- Ramin Setoodeh
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NBC has ordered Eric Kripke's (Supernatural) and Shawn Ryan’s (The Shield) new time-travel series Timeless to series for the upcoming 2016-2017 season. The show concerns a race against time to us time to stop (??) the Hindenburg disaster of 1937.
Timeless stars Abigail Spencer (Oz the Great and Powerful), Matt Frewer (Orphan Black), Goran Visnjic (Extant), Matt Lanter (Ultimate Spider-Man), Paterson Joseph (Jekyll) and Malcolm Barrett (The Hurt Locker).
Adapted from a factual book by the war correspondent Kim Barker, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is not the first film to deal with the addictive qualities of combat. The Hurt Locker cast a cool eye over the adrenaline hit that hooks bomb-disposal experts; more recently the documentaries Which Way Is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington and Only the Dead explored the thrill that sends reporters after stories that could claim their lives. But this is one of the first to look at the lure of the frontline from a female perspective.
Tina Fey is well cast as Barker, an inexperienced reporter who finds herself flung into the “Kabubble”: the hard-living, hothouse community of war correspondents stationed in Afghanistan during the ongoing war. Spiked with gallows humour, »
- Wendy Ide
Italy’s Taormina Film Festival has recruited Cannes artistic director Thierry Fremaux and Jeremy Renner to hold master classes during the upcoming 62nd edition of the Sicilian shindig, which has also brought Richard Gere on board as is honorary president this year.
Besides being Cannes topper, Fremaux also heads the Lumiere Institute in Lyon. He will be holding a class about the Lumiere Brothers, cinema’s most illustrious pioneers. Renner will hold an onstage conversation about his acting career, which includes Oscar nominations for “The Hurt Locker” and “The Town.”
Taormina will open June 11 with a special event screening of Disney/Pixar’s “Finding Dory,” ahead of its June 17 U.S. release, in the seaside town’s open-air ancient Greek theater. Warner Bros’ “Angry Birds” will be launching in Italy from the same unique venue, which is under Mount Etna.
The expanding Sicilian event, which is one of Italy’s oldest shindigs, »
- Nick Vivarelli
Ang Lee reached the top of the mountain again in 2012 when his last film, Life Of Pi, was a critical smash that sparked the imaginations of fans and fellow filmmakers alike. Jon Favreau credited the film with inspiring him to make the current global hit The Jungle Book. Lee, who has a resumé that also includes beloved films like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Brokeback Mountain, looks to be at it again with Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk.
The film seemingly takes place entirely in the mind of its titular character, as he walks across the field during a halftime celebration at a football game. In the trailer below, you'll see how we start in the present and then, as he takes his first steps, we go into a series of flashbacks that explain how he got here, and why this walk is so monumental.
Here's the official teaser trailer »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow‘s next movie may not have a title, but it certainly has my attention. I’m already fully prepared to watch anything directed by the woman behind The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty, Near Dark, and yes, Point Break, but when she partners up with Annapurna Pictures, screenwriter Mark Boal, and subject matter that will surely […]
- Jacob Hall
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