11 items from 2016
M. Night Shyamalan’s name doesn’t hold the cultural cachet it once did, and indeed his last two movies (“After Earth” and “The Visit”) were barely advertised as such. That isn’t the case for “Split,” a thriller arriving early next year starring James McAvoy as a man with 23 discrete personalities — and three teenage girls held captive in his basement. Watch the film’s first trailer below.
Anya Taylor-Joy of “The Witch” is the trio’s de facto leader, but “Split” looks to primarily be a showcase for McAvoy as he plays several different roles in one: some young, some female, all unstable. (The part was originally intended for Joaquin Phoenix, who starred in Shyamalan’s “Signs” and “The Village.”) Betty Buckley, Jessica Sula, Haley Lu Richardson and Sterling K. Brown co-star.
- Michael Nordine
Sometimes, survival in Hollywood means leaning how to adapt, and credit to M. Night Shyamalan as he’s done just that. While kicking of his career with movies like “The Sixth Sense,” “Unbreakable,” and “Signs,” the director hit some serious bumps in the road, that would’ve stopped many filmmakers in their tracks (seriously, “The Last Airbender” would’ve […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
Ryan Lambie Jul 26, 2016
They cost millions and they’re very, very odd. We take a look at 12 expensive and eccentric Hollywood films from the past 40 years...
The risk-averse nature of filmmaking means that the world’s more maverick and outrageous writers and directors have to make do with relatively low budgets. Nicolas Winding Refn drenched the screen in all kinds of sordid, violent and startling imagery in such films as Only God Forgives and this year’s The Neon Demon, but the combined budget of those probably didn’t even match the catering budget for something like Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.
Every so often, though, a truly bonkers film slips through the Hollywood studio system - often by accident. From horror sequels to original sci-fi adventures, here are 12 incredibly expensive and gloriously eccentric Hollywood movies from the past 40 years.
The Exorcist II (1977)
Budget: $14 million
Like most films made for purely financial reasons, »
Another weekend in release and another weekend on top of the box office for Pixar's Finding Dory. However, while the forgetful little fish enjoys its third weekend in the number one spot, it had stiffer competition than expected from one of the weekend's newcomers. Finishing strong in second position was WB's The Legend of Tarzan while Universal's The Purge: Election Year also over-performed, tripling its budget in its first three days of release. Meanwhile, Disney's The Bfg couldn't find much of an audience as it finished in fourth position. Nevertheless, the top twelve films for this 27th weekend of the year saw a 41% uptick compared to last year as films are taking advantage of the Fourth of July, holiday weekend. Finding Dory brought in an estimated $41.9 million for the three-day weekend and is tracking toward a four day around $51 million. As of now the film's domestic cume stands at just »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
There are a few problems following success. First thing is how to repeat that without copying beat for beat whatever came before. Your options are limited and involve calculated risk, plain risk or reinvention. From a network perspective the latter is a non-starter as it would mean capturing that lightening one more time, which unless you’re Chuck Lorre or Vince Gilligan is impossible. Option two is mix it up, as in back or forward in time and go prequel on its arse. This is your calculated risk which brings back familiar elements but introduces them differently. Think Back to the Future even though, if we’re honest, part three was always the weakest instalment.
Then we come to the option which showrunners have chosen with Wayward Pines for season two. That beat for beat, rehash, rejig, ridiculously lame reintroduction of the same old story. »
- Amie Cranswick
Shock’s Amy Seidman sits down with Bates Motel actor Damon Gupton. Damon Gupton (Before The Devil Knows You’Re Dead, The Last Airbender, Empire), a Julliard graduate in drama also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Michigan. He combined both performance skills with his role as Mr. Kramer in Whiplash, the…
- Chris Alexander
Some brilliant scores accompany movies that don't always deserve them. Here are 25 examples...
Can a film soundtrack rescue a movie that is otherwise a lost cause? One thing’s for sure: throughout the history of cinema, music has often been the redeeming feature of many an underwhelming movie. Here are 25 amazing film scores composed for films that, frankly, didn’t deserve them.
This somnambulistic three hour romantic drama should really feature an extra screen credit for star Brad Pitt’s fetishised blonde locks. Rising way above the torpid melodrama of the plot is one of Thomas Newman’s most hauntingly melodic and attractive scores, one that leaves his characteristic quirkiness at the door to paint a portrait of death that is both melancholy and hopeful. The spectacular 10-minute finale That Next Place remains one of Newman’s towering musical achievements.
Initially intriguing detective tale of ancient Rome hops genres into fantasy, with a strange manic-preacher-dream-boy seduction of its pragmatic protagonist. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): not a fan of “faith-based” movies
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Here’s something we don’t see often on the big screen: a detective story set in the ancient world. There are lots of novels, but I can’t think of a single other movie in the mold of Risen, an initially intriguing mystery tale in which a politically ambitious Roman soldier, Clavius (Joseph Fiennes [Hercules, Running with Scissors], who is terrific here), is set to a policing task by Pilate (Peter Firth: Spooks: The Greater Good, Pearl Harbor), the Roman governor of the province of Judea in the Middle East. It seems that the followers of a local rabble-rousing preacher who was just executed believe that »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Plot details are being kept under wraps, but sources say the robot-focused project will be live action — not animated. Matt Ember and Tom Astle, whose recent work consists of animated films “Home” and “Epic,” penned the script.
The adaptation was at one point set up at Paramount, but MGM picked up the film rights last year.
Rugan cut his teeth on the commercial scene for years, shooting for such companies as Visa, IFC, HBO and Kodak.
He was also behind popular video “Wiley vs Rhodes,” a live-action spoof of a Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner cartoon. Sources say the video played into Rugan landing the gig based on the quality of live-action material based on something that was animated.
- Justin Kroll
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment is getting the new year started in the right way for horror fans, with The Visit and The Green Inferno arriving on Blu-ray and DVD this week, and Sinister 2 arriving on January 12. To celebrate these new releases, we have a giveaway where you can win all three of these beloved thrillers on Blu-ray in a new horror prize pack. You don't want to miss your chance to take home the latest horror hits from three talented filmmakers, M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense), Eli Roth (Cabin Fever) and Ciaran Foy (Citadel).
After making big-budget movies like The Last Airbender and After Earth over the past few years, director M. Night Shyamalan returned to his thriller roots last year with The Visit. The story centers on a family visit that takes a terrifying turn when two siblings learn who Grandma and Grandpa really are. Faced with »
After making big-budget movies like The Last Airbender and After Earth over the past few years, director M. Night Shyamalan returned to his thriller roots last year with The Visit. The filmmaker teamed up with producer Jason Blum for this low-budget story that features largely unknown actors. With The Visit arriving on Blu-ray and DVD today from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, we have an exclusive preview where the filmmaker discusses his casting approach.
The director addresses the notion that 80% of a director's job is casting, revealing that his first decision was to only cast actors who weren't "super-famous." He talked about his approach to casting The Visit, stating that he wouldn't let anyone be around him while he was making his decisions, and that he thinks the result is "a perfect constellation of actors." The filmmaker adds that stars such as Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Kathryn Hahn, Deanna Dunagan and »
11 items from 2016
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