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Essentially reimagining “Starman” as a tepid Ya weepie, “The Space Between Us” adds the one thing that’s been missing from melodramatic teen dramas like “The Fault in Our Stars” and “If I Stay”: Mars. Of course! The Red Planet. What took them so long? It’s such a perfectly natural setting for a genre that has wasted millions upon millions of dollars searching for signs of life. Alas, there are none to be found in this otherwise guileless and good-natured sci-fi love story.
Inexplicably not based on a book — but rather on an original idea by “Collateral Beauty” screenwriter Allan Loeb — “The Space Between Us” begins in the near future, as visionary scientist Nathaniel Shepherd (Gary Oldman, so characteristically hard to recognize that he’s easy to recognize) bids farewell to the first colonists of Mars, a team of astronauts who will establish and live in a dusty little outpost called “East Texas. »
- David Ehrlich
Taking John Gray’s 1992 title “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus” a little too literally, “The Space Between Us” concocts an elaborate science-fiction scenario on which to hang an otherwise clichéd tale of impossible teen romance. Here, the tiny detail that prevents 16-year-old Gardner Elliot (“Hugo” star Asa Butterfield) from dating high-school student Tulsa (Britt Robertson, of “Tomorrowland”) is the fact that Gardner has spent his entire life on the Red Planet — and if he travels to Earth, he may die.
To some, that may sound like a compelling premise for a weepy romance — call it “The Fault in Our Planets,” if you like. In truth, it’s a ridiculously expensive spin on “The Boy in the Plastic Bubble,” where the mostly Mars-set first act adds millions of dollars to the budget but virtually no value to the story itself, a by-the numbers meller in which a freakishly »
- Peter Debruge
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, in conjunction with Variety, announced on Thursday the recipients of the third annual Variety Artisans Awards.
The honorees, all nominated for 2017 Oscars, were selected for innovating their respective fields. They will be honored on Feb. 6 at the Lobero Theatre. A panel with the artisans will be moderated by Tim Gray, Variety’s senior vice president and awards editor.
The 2017 Variety Artisans Award honorees are listed below:
Alessandro Bertolazzi for Makeup and Hair for the Warner Brothers film “Suicide Squad,” directed by David Ayer. This marks Bertolazzi’s first Academy Award nomination. His previous credits include “Skyfall,” “Biutiful,” and “Babel.”
Jess Gonchor, for Production Design in the Universal Pictures film “Hail, Caesar!” directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Gonchor was previously nominated for an Academy Award for his work on “True Grit” which was nominated for a total of 10 Academy Awards. Gonchor has worked with »
- Variety Staff
Science fiction meets young adult romance in the mostly forgettable The Space Between Us. The film has an interesting premise, but suffers from poor direction and a meandering script. Its one saving grace is the aw shucks sweetness of the lead actors. Asa Butterfield and Britt Robertson capture the wistfulness of teenage love. I'm no starry-eyed kid, but even my jaded heart found it a tad syrupy sweet. One thing is for sure, from Hugo to Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, to this film, Butterfield has the awkward kid down pat.
The Space Between Us begins with a corporation setting up the first human colony on Mars. Project leader Nathaniel Shepard (Gary Oldman) launches his astronauts into space with much fanfare. The voyage to the red planet has a whopping surprise when the mission leader (Janet Montgomery) discovers she is pregnant. Born on Mars, Gardner Elliot's existence (Asa Butterfield) is kept a secret. »
2 February 2017 9:12 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Going through adolescence is hard enough without having to do it on Mars. That’s the main takeaway of Peter Chelsom’s sci-fi romance aimed at teens who might prove more indulgent of its sentimental clichés than adults who have made such films as Gravity and The Martian runaway hits. Having had its release date pushed back to not directly compete with the recent Passengers, The Space Between Us is unlikely to capitalize from the distance.
- Frank Scheck
When you’ve worked with Martin Scorsese at the age of 13, there might not be very far you can go as an actor, but Asa Butterfield--who turns 20 in a couple months—has continued to have a thriving career since Hugo. (Maybe that’s because, like Daniel Radcliffe, he was discovered by Harry Potter producer David Heyman for a film called The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.)
Butterfield went on to star in the movie based on Orson Scott Card’ novel Ender’s Game and in Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children last year, and he’s back in the sci-fi realm for The Space Between Us.
In the movie, Butterfield plays Gardner Elliot, the first human born on Mars, who comes to earth to meet up with his online pen-pal “Tulsa” (Britt Robertson) and try to find out who his real father is. It’s »
- Edward Douglas
We don’t have to cry anymore, Dreadfuls. We can dry our eyes now that Penny Dreadful #1 from Titan Comics is coming, and we have a look at the interior artwork for Daily Dead readers to enjoy.
Expanding on the storyline from the Penny Dreadful TV series from John Logan (Gladiator, Skyfall), we see Ethan Chandler struggling to move on after the very tragic loss of a loved one at the end of the series. Part 1 of 4 will go on sale beginning April 5th!
“Written by Penny Dreadful TV series Co-Executive Producer Chris King, with interior art from Jesús Hervás (Sons of Anarchy), this new comic sees Ethan Chandler unable to move on. As he searches desperately for meaning in a world without Vanessa, ancient words echo across the centuries, and he is called on once again to take up arms against the creatures crawling out of the night!
- Tamika Jones
Many pet owners don’t quite understand the consequences of what they feed their dogs and how the commercial pet food industry is pumping their products full of unhealthy chemicals. The new documentary “Pet Fooled” investigates the inner-workings of the pet food industry and their multi-conglomerate owners. With the help of high profile veterinarians Dr. Barbara Royal and Dr. Karen Becker, the film explores all facets of an industry that has largely gone unchallenged. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below which explores how dog food went from being packed in metal cans to paper bags because of WWII and the modern processing of kibble.
The film is directed by Kohl Harrington. He previously directed the documentary “A Broken System,” about capital punishment in America and the various actors behind the scenes of the death penalty system. He »
- Vikram Murthi
By: Carson Blackwelder
Martin Scorsese has been a force at the Oscars for decades now with nine films earning some sort of recognition by the Academy but his latest showing, Silence, is looking to be completely glanced over. There much evidence pointing to this happening — lack of precursor nominations, opening weekend box office numbers, domestic box office performance thus far, and critical evaluations. Let’s take a deep dive into these aspects and see if there’s any saving grace for Silence this awards season.
At this point, with the Academy currently voting for the Oscar nominations, signs are pointing to Silence getting completely get shut out. The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg list the film as a frontrunner in any category — including the categories Scorsese’s films have been nominated in before. Those are best picture, »
- Carson Blackwelder
This April, Titan Comics will take fans back to the Gothic world of the Showtime series Penny Dreadful with a new comic book series set six months after the end of season 3, and we have a look at the six versions of cover art for the first issue.
"Titan Comics are excited to share with you the covers from Penny Dreadful #1 - a brand-new ongoing series, entitled "The Awaking", set six months after the shocking events of Season Three from Showtime original series Penny Dreadful!
Written by Penny Dreadful TV series Co-Executive Producer Chris King, with interior art from Jesús Hervás (Sons of Anarchy), this new comic sees Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) unable to move on. As he searches desperately for meaning in a world without Vanessa, ancient words echo across the centuries, and he is called on once again to take up arms against the creatures crawling out of the night! »
- Derek Anderson
Over the past decade, Martin Scorsese has given us “The Departed,” “Shutter Island,” “Hugo,” and “The Wolf Of Wall Street,” but this weekend comes something very different from the filmmaker. “Silence” is the director’s decades-long-in-the-making passion project that tackles head-on the struggle of the devout to maintain their faith during life’s most trying times.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Read our Live By Night review below.
Live By Night is Ben Affleck‘s fourth film as director after cutting his teeth with his debut feature, the impressive Gone Baby Gone, followed by the slightly superior The Town ,and then the Oscar-winning Argo. One might say that he’s on a cinematic roll, at least behind the camera, so it’s no surprise that he has aimed high for his latest, the period gangster epic Live By Night.
The film opens in 1920s Boston where Affleck’s character, local hoodlum Joe Coughlin is introduced as the son of the local chief of police (and Wwi veteran) Thomas Coughlin, played by Brendan Gleeson. Joe is carrying out petty crimes to finance his lifestyle, gradually moving up the crime food chain. »
- Paul Heath
Back in October it was announced that Titan is set to publish an official comic book sequel series to the Showtime hit Penny Dreadful, and now we have a look at the cover artwork for the first issue of Penny Dreadful: The Awakening; check them out here…
Written by Penny Dreadful TV series Co-Executive Producer Chris King, with interior art from Jesús Hervás (Sons of Anarchy), this new comic sees Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) unable to move on. As he searches desperately for meaning in a world without Vanessa, ancient words echo across the centuries, and he is called on once again to take up arms against the creatures crawling out of the night!
The BAFTA Award-winning Penny Dreadful TV show — created, written and executive produced by three-time Oscar® nominee John Logan (Hugo, Gladiator, Skyfall, Spectre) — features classic characters from Victorian gothic literature and a host of brand-new characters including: Vanessa Ives, »
- Gary Collinson
Do portrayals of celebrity culture and fan worship get more lacerating and acute than 1983’s masterpiece The King of Comedy? Martin Scorsese’s follow-up to Raging Bull is quite brilliantly perceptive, taking the hatchet to narcissistic wannabes in the form of Robert De Niro’s seminal Rupert Pupkin whilst also taking us behind the curtain and depicting the loneliness that comes with those who’ve made a success of themselves. The latter is personified by Jerry Lewis’ alienated comic star Jerry Langford, one who can barely leave his New York apartment without vitriolic ‘fans’ wishing he gets cancer. In Scorsese’s utterly damning depiction of fame, there are no winners: neither aspiring stars nor established A-listers come out of this one clean.
On the »
- Sean Wilson
MaryAnn’s quick take… This overlong, underpowered tale of Christian martyrdom, in which iconography and allusion stand in for character, is a challenge to even the Scorsese faithful. I’m “biast” (pro): big Scorsese fan
I’m “biast” (con): big atheist
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
For the most part, when people stubbornly cling to a belief despite all evidence to the contrary — such as, say, that the CIA is controlling their minds by remote beams, or that the Earth is flat — we ridicule them or pity them or ignore them. Unless those beliefs involve the existence of deity, in which case we call it “faith” and generally consider its adherents to be brave and noble and devout. Often the veneration of their dedication is, ironically, increased when they overtly consider the absence of actual support for the belief, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Way back in 2009, Martin Scorsese came aboard to direct a biopic based on the life of iconic crooner Frank Sinatra. Over the years, there have been a few updates on this project, with writers and cast members coming and going, but production never fully got under way. While promoting his new film Silence, which is currently in theaters, Martin Scorsese confirmed that this project is dead, due to complications with the singer/actor's family.
This Frank Sinatra biopic once had stars like Al Pacino eyeing the project, with the director teasing several years ago that he also wanted Robert De Niro to play Frank Sinatra's fellow Rat Pack member Dean Martin. Still, neither of those actors signed on, and there hasn't been any word on the project in quite some time. The Toronto Sun caught up with Martin Scorsese, who revealed that the remaining members of the crooner's family »
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 platforms. 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, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
Boogie Nights (Paul Thomas Anderson)
As we await Paul Thomas Anderson‘s next film later this year, one now has the chance to see his sprawling second feature about the world of pornography in a 70s and 80s Los Angeles on Netflix. Boogie Nights, which features much of the ensemble — including Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, Burt Reynolds, Don Cheadle, John C. Reilly, William H. Macy, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Heather Graham — at their best, »
- The Film Stage
Rob Legato clearly loves a challenge. His two Academy Awards are for supervising the visual effects of both “Titanic” and “Hugo,” two films that featured complex and realistic computer graphics. Both films might pale, however, to the work his team pursued for director Jon Favreau’s “The Jungle Book.” And now, the critically acclaimed spring blockbuster is on the shortlist for this year’s Best Visual Effects Oscar.
Continue reading Revisiting The Visual Effects Of ‘The Jungle Book’ Where ‘Everything Was Hard’ at The Playlist. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Silence Opens In St. Louis On January 13.
Silence tells the story of two Christian missionaries (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor (Liam Neeson) – at a time when Christianity was outlawed and their presence forbidden. The celebrated director’s 28-year journey to bring Shusaku Endo’s 1966 acclaimed novel to life will be in theaters this Christmas.
Wamg invites you to enter for the chance to win Two (2) seats to the advance screening of Silence on Tuesday, January 10 at 7Pm in the St. Louis area.
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- Movie Geeks
It’s easy to bemoan the majority of trailers for giving away too much or, upon seeing the film, ending up with something far different than what was marketed. However, a few times a year, a trailer works on its own terms; as an impressive piece of editing in its own right and/or as the ideal tease for an highly-anticipated film. We’ve selected our 20 favorites from the last year, ranging from some of 2017’s biggest films to the best in arthouse and foreign films to a handful of surprises.
Check them out below and let us know which trailers you were most impressed with in 2016.
A late contender to the list, this brief preview for The Lost of City of Z was perfect tease for James Gray‘s period epic. Giving us our first glimpse at Darius Khondji‘s stunning, shot-on-35mm visuals, »
- The Film Stage
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