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The first red band trailer has arrived online for Bad Moms, the new comedy from directors Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (21 & Over), which stars Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Annie Mumolo, Jada Pinkett Smith and Christina Applegate. Check it out below…
Amy Mitchell (Mila Kunis, Black Swan) puts her family first, second, and third. But her man-child husband, high-maintenance kids and idiot boss are taking a toll. She gives and gives, and gives and gives, and then gives a little more, but it’s never enough. When the alpha moms (Christina Applegate, Anchorman; Annie Mumolo, Bridesmaids and Jada Pinkett Smith, Magic Mike Xxl) at her kids’ school push her too far, Amy finally snaps. Good Amy becomes Bad Amy really fast — and she doesn’t go alone. Teaming up with two other misfit moms (Kathryn Hahn, Transparent; Kristen Bell, Forgetting Sarah Marshall), Amy gets a jolt of freedom that »
- Amie Cranswick
Need to catch up on last week’s episode? Read our recap here.
If you soaked an arrowroot cookie in skim milk and then dusted it with chalk, you’d get close to how bland I’d assumed Quantico‘s Drew was, through and through. So color me surprised by this week’s revelation — that the former NFL star is the terrorist who’s been playing Alex and her friends this whole time.
Color me a little disappointed, too — I’d hoped that the person behind The Voice would be someone from Alex’s original group of NATs and not »
In his 1992 soccer-fan memoir “Fever Pitch,” Nick Hornby recalled his first exposure to one of the great Pelé-led Brazilian World Cup teams, writing: “Brazil ruined it for all of us. They had revealed a kind of Platonic ideal that nobody, not even the Brazilians, would ever be able to find again.” Jeff Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist’s English-language “Pelé: Birth of a Legend,” which dramatizes the star player’s first World Cup triumph, tries its best to visually convey just how revolutionary Pele’s arrival on the scene must have felt, but it’s continually hamstrung by an uninspiring, ultra-traditionalist narrative.
Shot in vivid color by “Black Swan” d.p. Matthew Libatique, with skillful editing and a rousingly rhythmic score from A.R. Rahman, the film nonetheless tackles the soccer legend’s early life with all the stolidness of an old-school bootstrap melodrama, yet its younger target audience should be able to appreciate the flash, »
- Andrew Barker
Like the first words out of a baby’s mouth, the first lines uttered in a film are important. These are our picks for the 10 best opening lines in film.
Spring is upon us, and what better way to celebrate the beginning of brighter days than to celebrate the best film beginnings of all time! Check back all month long as we look at the films with the best beginnings.
Check out the previous entries into this series here:
Top 10 Opening Credits Sequences in Film
Top 10 Opening Shots in Film
Top 10 Opening Scenes in Film
It can be argued that a character’s lines can move a film forward and have more of an impact on the audience than any amount of action or breathtaking filmmaking. Lines, including narrations provide a source of information often more direct than an image. It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
Madrid – Brazilian Selton Mello’s “A Movie Life,” starring Vincent Cassel (“Black Swan”), “Attitude Test,” from Chilean producer-turned director Augusto Matte, and Colombian Juan Zapata’s English-language globetrotting love story “Butterflies” all feature at the 2016 Guadalajara Goes to Cannes, a Cannes Film Market pix-in-post showcase ranging across Latin America.
Featuring five titles in all, the May 17 work-in-progress sneak peek underscores not only the stylistic breadth of Latin American filmmaking as film-makers attempt to reach broader and new audiences.
Also playing Guadalajara Goes To Cannes is one title which went to Guadalajara’s own work-in-progress competition last month, Tomas de Leone’s “El Aprendiz,” winning $10,000 worth of counseling on securing a sales agent and festival strategy from Tom Davila’s consultancy Cinemaven Media.
- John Hopewell
“Reset” is so gorgeously shot that it almost distracts attention away from the sheer inertia of its material. In detailing Benjamin Millepied’s 2015 efforts to stage his first show, “Clear, Loud, Bright, Forward,” as the Paris Opera Ballet’s new dance director — a post which he recently relinquished, to much speculation — directors Thierry Demaizière and Alban Teurlai don’t lack for access, as their documentary takes up intimate residence alongside its subject as he choreographs, plans and oversees rehearsals for his maiden production. Alas, despite Millepied’s paradigm-shifting intentions, there’s no drama to this story, only a wealth of visual splendor.
On the strength of his tenure as a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet (as well as his contributions to Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan,” whose star, Natalie Portman, he married in 2012), Millepied was hired to take over the reigns of the Paris Opera Ballet. It’s an illustrious, »
- Nick Schager
Exclusive: The French sales company has closed key territories on its Tribeca Film Festival documentary selection.
Upside has licensed Reset rights to Kmbo in collaboration with MK2 for France, Transformer in Japan, Edko in Hong Kong, Sky Digi Entertainment in Taiwan, and Jinjin in South Korea.
As previously announced, Studiocanal will distribute in the UK and Germany, while FilmRise plans an autumn theatrical launch in the Us.
He sent shock waves through the ballet world at the start of the year when he resigned his post as Paris Opera Ballet director after barely one year in the job.
Read Reset review here.
Read directors interview here. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Exclusive: Reset, the ballet documentary featuring dancer-choreographer Benjamin Millepied that just had its North American premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, is hitting big screens in the fall. FilmRise has just landed U.S. distribution rights to the pic, which follows the man behind the ballet of Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan as he mounts his first production as director of the famed Paris Opera Ballet. (Check out the trailer below.) Millepied, who is married to Blac… »
Jason Bourne is back, and he remembers everything. The thrilling trailer for Jason Bourne, out this July, sees star Matt Damon returning to the series after last appearing in The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007 and being absent from 2012's The Bourne Legacy, which starred Jeremy Renner as a new character.
For the fifth installment of the Bourne series, the CIA assassin picks up several years after Ultimatum and must pick up the pieces of his life. Upon returning, there is a looming threat of a hacker "worse than Snowden" while the CIA director, »
As a filmmaker, Academy Award nominee Darren Aronofsky occupies a curious space in the cultural landscape. Highly respected in his artistry, he has earned himself a dedicated fandom, which anticipates each new project – although, in box office terms, his films are never guaranteed success. They always attract high levels of talent, though, and his next, as yet untitled movie is no exception – with Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem and Ed Harris reportedly already on board, and Michelle Pfeiffer and Domhnall Gleeson now in talks to join them.
As with the early word on every Aronofsky project – from Pi to Black Swan, and even Noah – details are vague, to say the least. What little plot information there is suggests that this film may be something of a return to the intimate nature of his earliest work, with the story focusing on “a couple whose relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, »
- Sarah Myles
It's all modelling, murkiness and possibly murder in the new film from Nicolas Winding Refn. Elle Fanning stars as a young woman swept into a hallucinatory hinterland of glamour, nightclubs and intense competition. There's a hint of Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan to The Neon Demon's first trailer, though that may just be our interpretation of what is sure to be a far more bizarre and unpredictable film than even this promo suggests.
As such films as Valhalla Rising and Only God Forgives proved, Refn's films aree sumptuous-looking but also wayward and highly unpredictable. The Neon Demon will screen at Cannes in May, so we should hear more about a UK release over the next few weeks or so.
More as we get it.
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Las Vegas — A day after 20th Century Fox announced it would be releasing Warren Beatty’s as-yet-untitled Howard Hughes film in partnership with New Regency later this year, the studio took over the Colosseum at Caesars Palace to show off its upcoming slate. But amid the blockbuster noise of hotly anticipated titles like “X-Men: Apocalypse” and “Independence Day: Resurgence,” it was a prestige drama from subsidiary Fox Searchlight that truly stood out from the fray.
Searchlight acquired Nate Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation” out of Sundance for a hefty price tag of $18 million in January, so the specialty division needs it to be a hit. Part of that deal stipulated that an educational roadshow component be provided, whereby Parker will travel with the film and speak to its story and themes. All the more reason, then, for this to be Searchlight’s first year presenting at CinemaCon, to get exhibitors on board. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Last year, I spent an afternoon at a beautiful sprawling house in Los Angeles where Nicholas Winding Refn was shooting his new film, The Neon Demon, and I spoke to both Refn and his young lead, Elle Fanning, about what Refn was unabashedly calling a horror film. Knowing Refn’s work, though, I wouldn’t expect him to make something that would easily fit into a narrow definition of a genre, and today’s release of the first trailer for The Neon Demon seems to confirm that whatever it is he’s up to, it’s not going to be simple and straightforward. Gorgeous and surreal, this looks like Black Swan set in the world of modeling. Fanning has grown into one of the most interesting young actors working, and sitting and talking with her during the dinner break on the set that day, I was struck by that strange »
- Drew McWeeny
Nicolas Winding Refn’s next feature sparked our curiosity right from its first announcement. Can you blame us? Described by the helmer as “a horror movie about vicious beauty”, there was no way The Neon Demon wasn’t going to remain on our radar. Over the years we’ve learned bits and pieces about Refn’s plans, right up until the recent news that Amazon had snatched up the rights for a theatrical and streaming release after its Cannes debut. And what better way to really make an announcement than by – finally – giving us a trailer!
In the movie, Elle Fanning stars as a young woman named Jane, who dreams of stardom as a professional model so relocates to Hollywood to kickstart her career. It’s only when she arrives in the City of Angels that the demons come out, as she’s immediately targeted by a group of savage »
- Gem Seddon
Drive and Only God Forgives director Nicolas Winding Refn is back with The Neon Demon this year. Starring Elle Fanning, Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks, Jena Malone, Abbey Lee, and Bela Heathcoate, the horror-thriller 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.
Recently announced to be part of the Cannes Film Festival competition line-up, Amazon Studios have dropped the first trailer ahead of a June release. Steeped in evocative, gorgeous imagery, we get the sense this is Winding Refn’s Suspiria-meets-Black Swan-esque take on the world of modeling, with some of the darker, flat-out bloody elements popping up towards the end of the preview.
- Jordan Raup
Amy Mitchell (Mila Kunis, Black Swan) puts her family first, second, and third. But her man-child husband, high-maintenance kids and idiot boss are taking a toll. She gives and gives, and gives and gives, and then gives a little more, but it’s never enough. When the alpha moms (Christina Applegate, Anchorman; Annie Mumolo, Bridesmaids and Jada Pinkett Smith, Magic Mike Xxl) at her kids’ school push her too far, Amy finally snaps. Good Amy becomes Bad Amy really fast — and she doesn’t go alone. Teaming up with two other misfit moms (Kathryn Hahn, Transparent; Kristen Bell, Forgetting Sarah Marshall), Amy gets a jolt of freedom that shakes up her life and might even make her a better mom. »
- Amie Cranswick
Showtime is developing “The Armageddon Letters,” a four-hour limited series centered around the buildup to the Cuban Missile Crisis, Variety has learned.
The limited series, which will be written and directed by Phil Alden Robinson (“Field of Dreams,” “The Sum of All Fears”) is based on the book of the same name, “The Armageddon Letters,” by James Blight and Janet M. Lang. The tome contains forty-three documents, released under the Freedom of Information Act, chronicling the buildup to the Cuban Missile Crisis, when the world teetered on the edge of total nuclear destruction — including letters from President Kennedy, Nikita Kruschev and Fidel Castro, who built a war machine they almost couldn’t turn off.
The project will be executive produced by Albert S. Ruddy (“The Godfather,” “Million Dollar Baby”), Mike Medavoy (“Black Swan,” “Shutter Island”), Benjamin Anderson, and Todd Martens, alongside Alexandra Ruddy for Ruddy Productions.
- Laura Prudom
American Dad's showrunner and the voice behind Klaus the goldfish reflect on the show's recent 200th episode...
Laura joined a roundtable at the recent Wondercon in Los Angeles with American Dad co-creator Matt Weitzman and voice artist Dee Bradley Baker to talk about the show’s 200th episode, which aired on the 28th of March in the Us. They chatted about what it takes to keep a show funny and grounded over twelve seasons and two networks...
Can you introduce yourselves just to get us started?
Weitzman: Your voice is so resonant.
Baker: Thank you. Ein bischen.
Weitzman: You actually speak German, don't you?
Baker: Yeah, I do. (Baker spouts a few words of German gibberish)
Weitzman: That's great. »
A new Australian Writers' Guild report has revealed a decline in the use of Australian plays and plays by women compared with 2015.
The National Voice 2016 survey analysed the 95 main-stage shows in the 2016 seasons of Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, Queensland Theatre Company, State Theatre Company of South Australia, and Black Swan. Also included are Belvoir, Malthouse, The Ensemble, Griffin and La Boite.
Half are by an Australian writer, with an additional six works co-devised original works where no writer is specifically credited, bringing the number of new works by Australian writers or devisors to 56 per cent. Of these 53 works, 34 are original works and 19 are adaptations.
The Awg says these figures demonstrate a sharp decline in the programming of work by Australian writers in 2016, compared to 2015 when 63 per cent of shows were by Australian writers.
On the issue of gender parity: 2016 reveals an increase in the disparity between the programming of male-authored and female-authored work. »
- Staff Writer
Every once in a while, a role comes around that demands just a little bit more from you. Of course you need to learn your lines, get to know your character fully, and get to the emotional truth in each scene, but sometimes you’re ask to perform a skill you just don’t possess. But as a true artist, you have the ability to fully become your character—even if that character is fantastic at double back handsprings and cartwheels. Here are eight famous actors who trained hard and took up new skills to embody their characters. Natalie Portman learned ballet for “Black Swan.”For her role as ballet dancer Nina Sayers in the 2010 dramatic thriller “Black Swan,” Portman trained for at least five hours a day while she continued on with her career and filmed other projects. Though she had a stunt double and had some previous dance training, »
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