12 items from 2017
Shyamalan returns to the captivating grip of The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs with Split, an original thriller that delves into the mysterious recesses of one man’s fractured, gifted mind. Following 2015’s breakout hit The Visit, Shyamalan reunites with producer Jason Blum (The Purge and Insidious series, The Gift) for the film.
While the mental divisions of those with dissociative identity disorder have long fascinated and eluded science, it is believed that some can also manifest unique physical attributes for each personality, a cognitive and physiological prism within a single being.
Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. »
- Michelle McCue
Marc Weinstock, who recently joined the company as president, will oversee the new division alongside marketing chief David Kaminow and Erik Lomis, the distribution president. Annapurna, which was founded by Megan Ellison in 2010, has specialized in adult dramas such as Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Joy,” “20th Century Women,” “Foxcatcher,” “American Hustle” and “Her.”
“Kathryn’s untitled Detroit project is exemplary of the type of films we will be distributing,” Weinstock said. “I couldn’t be more confident in the team we are establishing to distribute and market the film in a way that is as creative and masterful as her film is.”
- Dave McNary
Lion review: The Weinstein Company-backed true story finally makes it into UK cinemas, but is it worth the journey?
Read our Lion review below.
There is a plethora of films now playing, or about to play at movie theaters which will remain as some of the best we will have seen all year – trust me. This fraternity of greats of 2017 include A Monster Calls, La La Land, Manchester By The Sea, and next month’s Moonlight, all emotional journeys that tug at the heart-strings all in very different ways, from the opening frames until the end credits. Joining them is Lion, commercials and TV director Garth Davis‘ debut feature.
Based on a true story, brought to the screen by Luke Davis (Life), the story follows Saroo (Sunny Pawar), a five-year-old Indian boy, who, after loosing sight of his older brother, gets lost on the busy streets of Calcutta thousands of miles from home. »
- Paul Heath
She's back! From New Line Cinema comes Annabelle 2, with David F. Sandberg (Lights Out) helming the follow up to 2014's hugely successful Annabelle, which scared up nearly $257 million at the worldwide box office during its run in theaters. The new film is once again being produced by Peter Safran and James Wan, who also partnered so effectively on The Conjuring movies.
Today, we have a new look at dear little Annabelle in a just released photo. She is seen sitting on a bed with Talitha Bateman, who stars as Janice. Janice is obviously concerned that her new playmate is sitting straight up on the bed, looking as mischievous as ever. What did Annabelle do that has poor Ms. Bateman all riled up? We'll have to wait until this summer to find out!
In Annabelle 2, several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his »
Annabelle 2 is set to come out later this year, and the good folks over at New Line Cinema are hoping to build on the following created by the first film, which was a spinoff from James Wan's very successful horror film The Conjuring. The Annabelle doll was introduced in that film, and she sparked enough interest to get her own flick. The first Annabelle made $257 million when it came out in 2014, on a budget of only $6.5 million.
Annabelle 2 is being directed by David F. Sandberg, who directed last summer's very well-received scary movie Lights Out. The film is set to star Stephanie Sigman (“Spectre”), Talitha Bateman (“The 5th Wave”), Lulu Wilson (upcoming “Ouija 2,” “Deliver Us from Evil”), Philippa Coulthard (“After the Dark”), Grace Fulton (“Badland”), Lou Lou Safran (“The Choice”), Samara Lee (“Foxcatcher,” “The Last Witch Hunter”), Tayler Buck in her feature film debut, with Anthony Lapaglia »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
After instilling a new fear of the shadows in horror fans this past summer with his film Lights Out, director David F. Sandberg breathes new life into the evil doll known as Annabelle that would go on to be investigated by Ed and Lorraine Warren.
This time the terror takes place at an orphanage where Annabelle makes her new home of horror, and viewers can witness the next chapter in this demonic doll’s journey when Warner Bros. releases Annabelle 2 in theaters on August 11th.
- Derek Anderson
Founder and CEO Megan Ellison announced on Thursday that she has promoted Barnard to president of film.
Barnard (pictured at left with Ellison) will oversee all feature development and production and continues in her role as chief creative officer.
Ellison praised Barnard’s “aptitude for leadership and finding deeply interesting material”, adding: “Chelsea’s specific eye for content that supports »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
12 January 2017 12:31 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
In her new role, Barnard will oversee all film development and production for the Oscar-winning company, while retaining her current title as Cco.
She has been with the production company since its inception six years ago, beginning her tenure overseeing the production of Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master. Most recently, Barnard served as an executive producer on Mike Mills' 20th Century Women.
Barnard will remain the lead exec on Anderson's upcoming untitled »
- Mia Galuppo
Ben Affleck and Sienna Miller hit the red carpet together for the London premiere of their new film, Live by Night, on Wednesday. The duo, who play love interests in the '20s-era crime drama, were all smiles while posing for photos, and Ben even gave Sienna a sweet kiss on the head for the cameras. There have been no shortage of romance rumors between the stars since they began filming on the project back in 2015. While they are super cute together and clearly have chemistry (admit it), Sienna is currently dating her Foxcatcher director, Bennett Miller - which is really nice, because if they decide to tie the knot, she won't have to change her last name. Ben is still single after his split from Jennifer Garner in 2015. Before Ben flew across the pond to promote Live by Night, he talked up the movie during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! »
- Brittney Stephens
MaryAnn’s quick take… Commits the cardinal sin of cinema: it’s boring. Feels like two hours of highlights from a 20-episode miniseries that only hint at a rich story tapestry. I’m “biast” (pro): have enjoyed Ben Affleck’s previous directorial efforts
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
With his fourth film as director, Ben Affleck has finally produced a stinker. Live by Night fails because it commits the cardinal sin of cinema: it’s boring. Which isn’t a thing that should ever be true about a movie with speakeasies and flappers and tommy guns and gangsters in panama hats.
They live by night? Everything happens here in broad daylight.
Joe Coughlin (Affleck [The Accountant, Suicide Squad], also starring) is making a pretty good living in 1920s Boston as a bank robber, with no desire »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Most days, producer Anthony Bregman makes the long trek down Manhattan’s flank, winding his way from his home on the Upper West Side to his office in Soho. He’ll make calls to filmmakers or business associates as he navigates the city’s thoroughfares, keeping track of the various film and television projects that he’s juggling at any one time.
It’s that kind of commitment that’s made Bregman and his company Likely Story a favored home for filmmakers such as Nicole Holofcener, Charlie Kaufman, and John Carney, all of whom have several films and shows in various states of development with the company. It’s also the kind of daily calisthenics that give Bregman the liberty to enjoy an afternoon cookie as he settles down in a midtown coffee shop to talk about Likely Story’s tenth anniversary. Over its decade in the business, Likely Story »
- Brent Lang
At some point Channing Tatum went from man-candy (what? It's been said) to movie star. His star rose when Step Up stole the hearts of romantic comedy lovers that had waited too long for a new dance film. Seemed like Save The Last Dance had been decades before, despite the fact it actually released only five years prior. But, let's take a look back at Channing's filmography and see exactly where Tatum became something more.
CSI: Miami - Bob Davenport (2004) Never saw it, lets assume he was "okay."Coach Carter - Jason Lyle (2005) Same as CSI: Miami, watching Samuel L. Jackson as a coach just seemed too easy. Yell. Throw Notebook. Win baby, win.War of the Worlds - Boy in Church (uncredited, 2005) Wuh? Did they know he was just in Coach Carter?Havoc - Nick (2005) Is this the Havoc with Anne Hatheway's nude scene? Must go back and pay »
- Tyler Richardson
12 items from 2017
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