10 items from 2016
As we’ve seen in Pirates of the Caribbean, Alice in Wonderland, Dark Shadows, Tusk, Black Mass, and really too many other movies to count, Johnny Depp loves nothing more than to bury himself in makeup, wigs, and prosthetics and emerge as a total weirdo. But his latest role may be his most monstrous transformation yet. No, we’re not talking about […]
- Angie Han
Heathcote will play Leila, a woman who had been in a relationship with Jamie Dornan's emotionally and psychically scarred Christian Grey.
This casting follows the recent announcement that Kim Basinger will play Grey's first lover. James Foley is set to direct the next two installments of the E.L. James adaptation which premiere Valentine's Day weekend in 2017 and 2018 respectively.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
Bella Heathcote is the latest lady to join the cast of Fifty Shades Darker as one of Christian Grey's former flames. The Dark Shadows actress will play Leila, a woman who had been in a relationship with Jamie Dornan's Christian, who is scarred both emotionally and psychically. This casting follows the announcement that Kim Basinger will play Grey's Mrs. Robinson-esque first lover. James Foley is set to direct the next two installments of the E.L. James adaptation Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed from screenplays by Niall Leonard. The first film in the franchise, Fifty Shades of
- Mia Galuppo
Exclusive: Bella Heathcote has been set to join the cast of Fifty Shades Darker, the second installment of the trilogy based on E L James' worldwide bestselling Fifty Shades Of Grey book series. Heathcote, who starred in Dark Shadows, opens today in Pride And Prejudice And Zombies. James Foley is directing both Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed with Niall Leonard adapting the screenplay for the next two films. Heathcote joins Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, who… »
The film Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is the rare case of a movie that’s better than the book — at least I’m guessing it is, since I only lasted 15 pages into the novel before tossing it into the can with the rest of the trash. Seth Grahame-Smith (who went on to pen the terrible screenplays forAbe Lincoln, Vampire Hunter and the Tim Burton–helmed Dark Shadows) had a notion that might have inspired a good sketch on the old Sctv series, which made high comic art out of violently yoking together mismatched elements. To Jane Austen’s shapely prose, he appended lines in which the Bennett sisters or Mr. Darcy pause to hack or blow off the heads of marauding flesh-eaters before resuming their uneasy English mating rituals. The best thing about the movie is that you don’t have to invest a lot of time into seeing Austen’s prose manhandled. »
- David Edelstein
Here's where angels sit down to weep next to devils -- the often-brilliant Guillermo del Toro's big Gothic romance / gory ghost epic looks mighty fancy but is a mess in too many ways to count. Say it Ain't So, Guillermo! Crimson Peak Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Universal / Legendary 2015 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 119 min. / Street Date February 9, 2016 / 34.98 Starring Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam, Jim Beaver. Cinematography Dan Laustsen Film Editor Bernat Vilaplana Original Music Fernando Velásquez Written by Guillermo del Toro, Matthew Robbins Produced by Guillermo del Toro, Callum Greene, Jon Jashni, Thomas Tull Directed by Guillermo del Toro
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Quite the wonder child of fantasy and horror, Guillermo del Toro has made near masterpieces in the Spanish language but not fared as well breaking through the Hollywood blockbuster barrier. His top-grossing American film might be Blade II. His equally talented compatriot Alfonso Cuarón has »
- Glenn Erickson
Deadline is reporting that Nicolas Winding Refn is to team up with Skyfall and Spectre screenwriters Neil Purvis and Robert Wade for a new film which “will have an Asian setting with both thriller and action elements.” Plot details are being kept under wraps, but Refn will direct the project, as well as producing through his Space Rocket Nation company.
Refn’s latest film The Neon Demon is set for release later this year and stars Elle Fanning as an “aspiring model who moves to Los Angeles, where her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.” Also featuring in the cast are Christina Hendricks (Drive), Jena Malone (Inherent Vice), Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows), Desmond Harrington (Wrong Turn), Alessandro Nivola (Selma), Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road) and Keanu Reeves (John Wick). »
- Gary Collinson
Go ghoul with this Pride And Prejudice And Zombies digital feature. We’re digging the trailer for Pride And Prejudice And Zombies. The movie looks like it plays it straight, letting the humor bleed out naturally from the central gimmick (a revisionist perversion of Jane Austen’s novel Pride And Prejudice penned by Dark Shadows’ Seth Grahame-Smith)…
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- Chris Alexander
As he keeps hope alive for "Pacific Rim 2," Guillermo del Toro has nonetheless recognized that the monsters vs. machines movie is not in his immediate future. He recently signed up to direct a remake of "Fantastic Voyage" to be produced by James Cameron, and now he's got another project in the works. Read More: Review: Guillermo de Toro's 'Crimson Peak' Starring Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston And Jessica Chastain The Wrap reports the del Toro will produce and potentially direct "Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark." The project is based on Alvin Schwartz’s best-selling short story collections, and John August ("Big Fish," "Dark Shadows," "Corpse Bride") is penning the script, but there are no details yet on what the story might be. If you never got the book through your Scholastic catalog, here's the synopsis for the first collection: This spooky addition to Alvin Schwartz's popular books on American folklore. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The honor has been given in recognition of his humanitarian efforts, civic service and his role in fostering a community of writers. August will be honored at the Writers Guild Awards West Coast ceremony on Feb. 13 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.
“John is the writer we’d all want to be: wildly intelligent, deeply practical, effortlessly inventive, and generous to a fault,” said WGA West President Howard A. Rodman.
“Whether he’s creating apps, campaigning for marriage equality, mentoring younger writers, podcasting with Craig Mazin, sitting on our Negotiating Committee, or constructing a school in Malawi, John has made service to the larger community a part of his second nature. Protip: when you find yourself in difficult straits, ask yourself ‘What would John August do? »
- Dave McNary
10 items from 2016
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