6 items from 2016
July: a time for backyard cookouts, fireworks displays, and tipsy, tearful declarations of how you — sniff — just love America so much. And streaming addicts will have plenty to salute in the month to come, whether that's Netflix trotting out a new Goonies-style mystery series and reviving a certified cult animation sensation, or tempting new film options from the folks at Amazon Prime and Hulu. No better way to beat the heat than a retreat into the safety of an air-conditioned living room, and no better way to turn that space »
Kim Nguyen’s Two Lovers and a Bear is a film that suffers from a bit of an identity crisis. Like an indie playlist stuck on constant shuffle, unapologetically reveling in a sort of manic unclassifiable genre. This isn’t always necessarily a bad thing, but, for some reason, Nguyen’s scattershot tonal shifts — which hop between a romance on the rocks; a self-serious study of grieving; and a surreal buddy comedy — can prove quite jarring. The film is, at its core, a look at how we choose to deal with grief and past trauma. Whether that happens to be with booze, destroying an arctic outpost, or even talking to a deadpan polar bear is another matter.
Lucy (Tatiana Maslany) and Roman (Dane DeHaan) are two lost souls who have chosen a life at the end of the world, as Herzog might call it. They both work infrastructural jobs of some description in a small, »
- Rory O'Connor
Director James Gray is set to head in the realm of sci-fi with his new film, with word that the acclaimed director is set to direct Ad Astra.
Billed as a “sci-fi epic”, Ad Astra is set up by MadRiver Pictures and a deal for the film is set to be completed at the Cannes. Casting is reportedly already underway with more news set to be announced soon ahead of a 2017 filming date.
Gray is the acclaimed filmmaker behind We Own The Night, Two Lovers and The Immigrant, the latter of which is still to receive a release in the UK despite being made in 2013. He is currently completing his latest film, Lost City of Z, which stars Charlie Hunnam, Tom Holland, Sienna Miller and Robert Pattinson.
- Scott J. Davis
Casting should be announced soon, and the production hopes to begin shooting in 2017.
MadRiver’s Kim Fox will handle international sales, while CAA, which represents Gray, packaged and arranged the financing for the film, and will represent its domestic rights.
The deal was announced out of Cannes, which is fitting, as the French have embraced previous Gray films such as “The Immigrants” and “Two Lovers.”
- Brent Lang
Director James Gray (“Two Lovers,” “The Immigrant”) had been trying to get “The Lost City Of Z” made for several years. And while his big star, Brad Pitt, dropped out a long time ago, his production company Plan B stayed on board through many of its ups and downs and finally shepherded the movie to the screen. There had been other iterations, with Benedict Cumberbatch once attached to star, too. Read More: James Gray May Direct Jeremy Renner's Steve McQueen Biopic; Calls 'Lost City Of Z' Epic & Hallucinogenic But the movie ultimately stars “Pacific Rim” and “Crimson Peak” lead Charlie Hunnam, plus a supporting cast that includes Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, and Tom Holland. And so when it rains, it pours. Yesterday, Holland (who is also the new “Spider-Man” in the Marvel films) posted a first look of the film on yesterday, and today, the first official trailer — a »
- Rodrigo Perez
Fill some of the Marvel Universe with your own splash of color. Marvel has announced three adult coloring books, including one for Doctor Strange. Also in this round-up: Party Night and Sunset on the River Styx first details as well as information on the Shivers Down Your Spine Blu-ray.
Color Your Own Doctor Strange: Press Release: “New York, NY—February 26th, 2016— You’ve read the comics. You’ve experienced these iconic and groundbreaking stories. Now it’s time to experience the Marvel Universe like you never have before – as a coloring book! Marvel is pleased to announce its next wave of Adult Coloring Books featuring some of Marvel’s most iconic characters, stories, and artwork to delight fans the world over! The Marvel Universe has action, power, excitement, and adventure. Now all it needs is You!
“The Adult Coloring Book market has become a pop-culture phenomenon,” says David Gabriel, »
- Tamika Jones
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