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13 items from 2017


Kevin Spacey and Kafka with cats: a closer look at Nine Lives

10 April 2017 12:07 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Apr 12, 2017

Kevin Spacey turns into a cat. Christopher Walken. We take a closer look at the Kafka-esque comedy, Nine Lives..

“When Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from troubled dreams, he found himself changed into a monstrous cockroach in his bed.”

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So goes the first line in Franz Kafka’s classic short story, Metamorphosis - a tiny, existential drama subject to all kinds of interpretations since its publication in 1915. Even that famous opening line is open to interpretation, as this Guardian piece points out: did Kafka really mean that poor, unfortunate Gregor woke up as a cockroach, another kind of insect, or something else entirely? The German phrase he uses, “Ungeheuren Ungeziefer” loosely translates to “enormous vermin.” 

Whatever Gregor becomes, it’s something pitiful and helpless; he can no longer work, and gradually, he’s shunned by his own family. »

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First Look: Dan Stevens As Charles Dickens In ‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’

27 March 2017 2:07 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Dan Stevens broke out in old timey fare, playing Matthew Crawley on “Downton Abbey.” Ever since he left the hit show, he’s tried a variety of genres, finding considerable success, but now he’s back Merry Olde England, but now playing famous author Charles Dickens.

The Man Who Invented Christmas” will detail how the author wrote the classic “A Christmas Carol,” and Stevens was charmed by the material.

Continue reading First Look: Dan Stevens As Charles Dickens In ‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’ at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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First image of Dan Stevens as Charles Dickens in The Man Who Invented Christmas

27 March 2017 4:25 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Fresh from the box office success of his latest film Beauty and the Beast, Entertainment Weekly has unveiled the first official image of Dan Stevens as author Charles Dickens in the upcoming holiday release The Man Who Invented Christmas.

“It was a really spooky, intriguing, funny piece,” said Stevens with regards to Susan Coyne’s (Mozart in the Jungle) script. “I just thought it was a really fresh take on that whole world. Particularly in England, Dickens is placed on a pedestal. But the guy was, at turns, quite playful and childish, and, at turns, quite dark and not a very pleasant man.”

The Man Who Invented Christmas is directed by Bharat Nalluri (Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day) and takes place in 1843, exploring how Dickens penned his literary classic A Christmas Carol. Also featuring in the cast are Jonathan Pryce as Dickens’ father, and Christopher Plummer as Ebenezer Scrooge. »

- Gary Collinson

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Tribeca 2017: New Online Works Showcase Will Premiere Fresh Efforts from Shailene Woodley, Eli Roth and More

24 March 2017 9:16 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Tribeca Film Festival announced programming today for its N.O.W. (New Online Works) section, an inspired array of established and emerging creators who are pushing the boundaries of online storytelling.

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Top-lining the section is the premiere of “Awake, A Dream from Standing Rock,” a documentary from the Oscar-nominated team of Josh Fox and James Spione and Executive Producer Shailene Woodley. The project is a collaboration with indigenous filmmaker Myron Dewey about the Native-led resistance against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Eli Roth’s Crypt TV will premiere “Monster Madness,” a series of several character shorts; and Op-Docs, The New York Times’ award-winning forum for short, opinionated documentaries, will screen three films at the Festival.

Read More: Tribeca 2017 Lineup: New Films From Alex Gibney, Azazel Jacobs and Laurie Simmons »

- Jude Dry

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Is It Time to Revive the Animated Live-Action Movie?

17 March 2017 6:52 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

As the major studios tinker with photorealistic character designs, can Hollywood find the future of animation in its past?

This weekend, families with hit their local multiplex to relive the wonder of Beauty and the Beast in its new live-action format. And whether the film is a runaway hit or only a modest success, Disney shows no signs of plugging its pipeline of live-action remakes. According to this 2016 Time piece, Disney is currently working on no fewer than twelve (that’s one-two) remakes of their popular animated films, meaning twelve more movies featuring up-and-coming actresses, revamped musical numbers, and CGI creatures that take a deep, deep dive into the uncanny valley.

While this brand new surge of Disney movies are likely to each be a technical wonder, for my money, there’s something oddly pedestrian about converting the beautiful Disney animated character designs into a series of photorealistic CGI models. While »

- Matthew Monagle

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Exclusive Interview: Sam Worthington Talks The Shack, Avatar 2 And Hacksaw Ridge

1 March 2017 7:31 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Since Wrath of the Titans in 2012, Sam Worthington has successfully made the transition from leading man in studio blockbusters to dependable supporting actor in independent films. Following his last appearance as Perseus, the actor has peppered his resume with excellent turns in efforts like The Keeping Room, Everest and Hacksaw Ridge. Now, he’s back in theaters to play lead Mack Phillips in the upcoming film adaptation of the bestselling novel, The Shack.

Mack’s life is destroyed when his youngest daughter is abducted during a camping trip, with nothing but her clothes recovered from a secluded shack. After receiving an invitation possibly from God, he returns to the shack where he embarks on the spiritual journey of a lifetime.

A few weeks back in New York City, we had the chance to sit down with Worthington for an exclusive interview. The actor dished on his new film, how he selects his roles, »

- Joseph Hernandez

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Grimm season 6 episode 6 review: Breakfast In Bed

14 February 2017 3:45 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Christine Horton Feb 14, 2017

Grimm seems to be in no hurry to wrap up its many loose narrative threads in time for the fast-approaching series finale...

This review contains spoilers.

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6.6 Breakfast In Bed

We’re almost halfway through the final season and many fans might be starting to feel a little perplexed. Despite having only seven episodes left in which to wrap up the entire series – and deliver a finale that is worthy of its own mythological status – right now Grimm is still seemingly content to amble along at a leisurely pace, designating all the interesting plot points to the background while it focuses yet again on a standard Wesen-of-the-week storyline.

In this case, the action centres on a rundown hotel where guests are plagued by a night terror known as an Alpe, which »

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Andrew Karpen’s Bleecker Street Scores With Small, Adult-Focused Films

9 February 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Andrew Karpen has a word for the kinds of films he wants to see and likes to release through Bleecker Street, the indie distribution company he founded in August 2014. He calls them “smart-house.”

He believes it’s possible to combine the escapism of studio tentpoles with the artistic rigor of indie fare, a strategy that was once commonplace but hasn’t been in vogue since the 1990s. He did just that with one of the biggest art-house releases of 2016, “Eye in the Sky,” a drone-strike thriller that made $18.7 million. Karpen told the film’s director, Gavin Hood, that he was sick of people drawing a line between blockbusters and art films.

“They’re films that ask you to think but also entertain you,” says Hood. “There should be a place for them.”

There’s evidence that Karpen’s bet is paying off. Bleecker Street just landed its second consecutive best actor Oscar nomination, »

- Brent Lang

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Films that led to other films being cancelled

9 February 2017 2:40 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Feb 15, 2017

Had Tomorrowland been a hit, we might have had a Tron sequel. We look at movies whose fate had a knock-on effect on other films...

You've probably heard of chaos theory and a thing called the butterfly effect - a concept where the flapping of an insect's wings in a London borough causes a shed to collapse somewhere in the Australian outback.  In other words, seemingly incidental events can have a knock-on effect on everything else - like that old board game, Mousetrap, where a ball falling into a bath caused a boot to kick a bucket, which eventually led to the cruel detainment of several rodents.

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The concept applies even in the high-stakes, high-energy world of filmmaking, where the success of one type of movie can prompt rival studios to greenlight their own, »

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Super Bowl Commercials 2017: Reviews and Grades For The Best and Worst

4 February 2017 10:11 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The Super Bowl is a collective television event like no other. Not only do the night’s ratings inevitably top the year, but everyone is actually gathering together at the same time to watch live. With so many eyeballs glued to a TV screen in real time, it’s no wonder the marketing gurus bring out their best stuff for Super Bowl Sunday — or at least they try.

Below is a running list — updated throughout the big game — of the best and worst Super Bowl spots we’ve seen, with a brief review and grade for each. Let us know what you think in the comments, and vote in the poll for the best and worst ads when the game ends.

Audi – #DriveProgress

Hell yes, Audi! In a surprisingly issue-focused ad for a luxury car company, Audi put an innocent face to an age-old American problem: pay equality. How could »

- Ben Travers, Hanh Nguyen, Liz Shannon Miller and Michael Schneider

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Super Bowl Commercials 2017: Reviews and Grades For The Best and Worst

4 February 2017 10:11 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Super Bowl is a collective television event like no other. Not only do the night’s ratings inevitably top the year, but everyone is actually gathering together at the same time to watch live. With so many eyeballs glued to a TV screen in real time, it’s no wonder the marketing gurus bring out their best stuff for Super Bowl Sunday — or at least they try.

Below is a running list — updated throughout the big game — of the best and worst Super Bowl spots we’ve seen, with a brief review and grade for each. Let us know what you think in the comments, and vote in the poll for the best and worst ads when the game ends.

Audi – #DriveProgress

Hell yes, Audi! In a surprisingly issue-focused ad for a luxury car company, Audi put an innocent face to an age-old American problem: pay equality. How could »

- Ben Travers, Hanh Nguyen, Liz Shannon Miller and Michael Schneider

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Morfydd Clark joins Dan Stevens in 'The Man Who Invented Christmas'

1 February 2017 12:28 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Screen International Star Of Tomorrow Morfydd Clark has joined The Man Who Invented Christmas.

The project, based on Les Standiford’s book, imagines how Charles Dickens created his iconic story A Christmas Carol and stars Dan Stevens as the author.

Clark will play his wife and joins Christopher Plummer (as Scrooge) and Jonathan Pryce (as Dickens’ father) in the cast.

Bharat Nalluri (Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day) directs from a script by Susan Coyne (Mozart In The Jungle).

The story begins in October 1843 when Charles Dickens was broke. Despite early success, his last three books had failed. Rejected by his publishers, he sets out to write and self-publish a book which he hopes will keep his family afloat. After six fever-pitched weeks, he created A Christmas Carol.

Clark recently appeared in Love And Friendship and Pride And Prejudice And Zombies. She also played Cordelia opposite Glenda Jackson in the »

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Jim Carrey: a salute to his darker roles

9 January 2017 12:40 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Robin Bell Jan 13, 2017

Jim Carrey proved his acting range in the late 90s and 2000s. We salute the likes of The Truman Show, The Cable Guy and Man On The Moon.

You know you're a fan of something when that fandom is put to the test. Did you stick with Community when Dan Harmon wasn't writing it? During the barren 90s did you cling onto the hope that Doctor Who would return and be fantastic? Those moments when your patience and perseverance are tested are what make the privilege of being a fan important.

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Though I have to admit, in recent years, admitting to being a Jim Carrey fan has been more difficult than it used to be. Long gone are the youthful days when hits such as Ace Ventura, »

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