10 items from 2016
The Nsa whistleblower admitted to a small group at a Q&A on Thursday night that he did not expect to get out of Hong Kong after he transferred top secret information to reporters in 2013.
“I didn’t have a plan beyond getting the story out there,” Snowden told an invite-only audience via Google Hangouts from Moscow following the first screening of Snowden.
“I planned to ask the world for justice and see what happened. It’s surprising how that worked out. I was en route to Latin America when the Us cancelled my passport. I still cannot travel.”
A moment later Snowden added that given his track record as a staffer at the CIA and a contractor at the CIA and the Nsa who had taught counter-intelligence classes, he was somewhat qualified to get away.
“I was about as well-placed as anybody could be to do that effectively.”
He expressed discomfort over watching his own brief »
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Can studios really expect theater audiences to keep coming back to old franchises decades after their original release? Looking at data over the last couple decades, the answer has become a resounding yes. This is an in-depth look at why that is.
We all know that sequels are rarely better than the original film. And sequels of sequels tend to be even worse. Audiences are aware of this fact, which is why traditionally sequels usually gross less in theaters than the original film. If audiences don’t respond to the sequel as well as the original film, they are less inclined to see it more than once, or tell their friends to go see it.
It becomes a matter of diminishing returns; studios try to eke out as much business from one franchise before it no longer makes financial sense to release another sequel. And with each sequel making less money, »
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I still haven’t seen Independence Day: Resurgence, and there’s a good chance I won’t. When 20th Century Fox made the decision not to screen the film for Us press in advance of the film’s opening, they sent a very clear message to anyone paying attention, and it’s a message that I believe more and more studios would love to send to critics, especially on their giant event films: not only do we not need you, but we don’t want you. At all. And it’s true. Studios don’t really need to screen movies for critics. It’s a professional agreement that we all participate in, but more and more often, studios screen later and almost begrudgingly. I am amazed how many times this year alone I’ve had to basically beg to even find out when or if a screening is happening. The »
- Drew McWeeny
While a lot of us can't help but remember Shia Labeouf as a goofy teenager on Disney's Even Stevens, it's worth noting that he also had one hell of a heyday as an adult actor (please see: Transformers and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps). Sure, his career may have taken a few weird turns over the past couple of years but there's no denying that Shia is still one very attractive dude, and he made his way back to superstardom in the WWII drama Fury with Brad Pitt in 2014 and recently premiered his latest project, American Honey, in Cannes. We're looking back on Shia's hottest moments - before the plagiarism scandals, paper bag mask, performance art, and Cabaret arrest - in celebration of his 30th birthday on Saturday. Keep reading to see them all now, and don't hesitate to let yourself swoon. »
- Brittney Stephens
There are films you highly anticipate at the Cannes Film Festival, and then somewhat unexpected films that organizers on the Croisette seem to love. Not that we have anything against Jodie Foster’s “Money Monster,” starring George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Jack O’Connell, but it sort of smacks of a preaching-to-the-choir self-righteousness that needs to be handled with utter finesse to work. But international festival organizers seem to relish when American filmmakers make scathing indictments of America (see Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11” winning the Palme d’Or) and sometimes have funny ideas of what a good American film is (see Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”). Read More: 20 Films We Hope To See At The 2016 Cannes Film Festival And so while not officially confirmed by Cannes or Sony, THR reveals that Foster’s “Money Monster” — about a loudmouth financial TV show host taken hostage by a man »
- Edward Davis
Principal photography has begun on New Line Cinema's and Village Roadshow Pictures' thought-provoking drama Collateral Beauty, being helmed by Oscar-winning director David Frankel (Dear Diary, The Devil Wears Prada). The film has been slated for release on December 16, 2016. The drama will be going up against Disney and LucasFilm's highly-anticipated Rogue One: A Star Wars Story this December.
Collateral Beauty features an all-star cast, including Will Smith (upcoming Suicide Squad, Concussion), Edward Norton (Birdman), Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game), Michael Peña (The Martian), Naomie Harris (Spectre), and Jacob Latimore (The Maze Runner), with Oscar winners Kate Winslet (The Reader, Steve Jobs) and Helen Mirren (The Queen, Trumbo).
When a successful New York advertising executive (Will Smith) experiences a deep personal tragedy and retreats from life entirely, his colleagues devise a drastic plan to force him to confront his grief in a surprising and profoundly human way. David Frankel »
Principal photography has begun on New Line Cinema’s and Village Roadshow Pictures’ thought-provoking drama Collateral Beauty, being helmed by Oscar-winning director David Frankel (“Dear Diary,” “The Devil Wears Prada”). The film has been slated for release on December 16, 2016.
Collateral Beauty features an all-star cast, including Will Smith (upcoming “Suicide Squad,” “Concussion”), Edward Norton (“Birdman or [The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance]”), Keira Knightley (“The Imitation Game”), Michael Peña (“The Martian”), Naomie Harris (“Spectre”), and Jacob Latimore (“The Maze Runner”), with Oscar winners Kate Winslet (“The Reader,” “Steve Jobs”) and Helen Mirren (“The Queen,” “Trumbo”).
When a successful New York advertising executive (Smith) experiences a deep personal tragedy and retreats from life entirely, his colleagues devise a drastic plan to force him to confront his grief in a surprising and profoundly human way.
- Kellvin Chavez
It's funny to remember that at one time, "Collateral Beauty" was in dire straights. Originally, it was set to star Hugh Jackman and Rooney Mara, with "Me And Earl And The Dying Girl" director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon behind the camera. But first Jackman left, only to be replaced by Will Smith. Then Mara and Gomez-Rejon both exited, and the project seemed to be in peril. But man, has it ever bounced back. Read More: Watch 15-Minute Talk With Will Smith And 'Concussion' Filmmakers Kate Winslet has joined the ensemble which now includes Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren, Edward Norton, Michael Peña and Naomie Harris. Dang. It's certainly the biggest roster of stars that David Frankel ("The Devil Wears Prada," "Marley & Me"), now tasked with directing, has ever worked with. And it perhaps indicates that Allan Loeb's ("Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," "Just Go With »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Here’s a good sign of momentum: weeks after a documentary premiered at Sundance and received its first wave of fine reviews, the figure known as Jt Leroy is having their life story turned into a feature film. THR tell us Kristen Stewart, James Franco, Helena Bonham Carter, and writer-director Justin Kelly (the Franco-led I Am Michael) will team for Jt Leroy, which examines the eponymous figure — itself the outlet for a writer and actor who fooled the world with “a man who identifies as transgender, tricking the rich and famous in Hollywood, the fashion world and elite literary circles.”
If contracts are arranged, Carter and Stewart will respectively star as Laura Albert and Savannah Knoop, Leroy’s writing and public personas. There are many directions in which this narrative can reach, evidenced by the fact that writer-director-actress Asia Argento, who adapted Leroy’s The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, »
- Nick Newman
Josh Brolin, like his "Hail, Caesar!" co-star George Clooney, came into his own as a movie star after years of trudging through less than fab B fare. Brolin credits his mid-career turnaround to Robert Rodriguez on "Grindhouse" which led to the Coen brothers and Oscar-winner "No Country for Old Men" and "True Grit." Brolin has been on a roll (with the occasional "Jonah Hex") ever since, shooting Gus Van Sant's "Milk" (landing a supporting actor nom), Oliver Stone's "W" and "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," and Woody Allen's "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger." Brolin is a chiseled American actor who boasts that rare combination: dangerous masculinity and sexy vulnerability. He plays both villains and lovers—see Jason Reitman's sexy "Labor Day." He played a cop with a flat top in Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice," and 2015 brought strong turns »
- Anne Thompson
10 items from 2016
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