9 items from 2017
Few musicians can follow a knockout performance from Adele, but the Grammys made the excellent choice of scheduling a performance from The Weeknd and Daft Punk right after her, a combination that ended up being purely electric. Although they sadly didn't have a Stranger Things theme, their futuristic, Tron-esque set ended up being the perfect backdrop for The Weeknd's latest hit, "I Feel It Coming." All in all, a pretty great start to an already exciting night! »
- Quinn Keaney
Author: Zehra Phelan
The start of a brand new week and a brand new action-packed, futuristic kick-ass trailer for the iconic Japanese anime adaptation Ghost in the Shell has dropped, giving us a lot more of an insight into what to expect than its previous teaser during the Superbowl.
Related: Ghost in the Shell Superbowl Spot
Die-hard fans of the original anime story, who have been up in arms over the ‘white-washing’ of this guaranteed Hollywood blockbuster, may just throw out the boycotting ideas once they have indulged in Director Rupert Sanders visually spectacular and ambitious world. In the new trailer we get our first look at villain Kuze in a futuristic haze of imagery which could have dropped right out of a computer game – neon lighting in the backdrop almost gives a Tron: Legacy/Blade Runner-esque feel to the movie.
Scarlett Johannson, who plays the lead Motoko Kusanagi, »
- Zehra Phelan
Ryan Lambie Feb 15, 2017
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.
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, »
Author: Zehra Phelan
James Cameron, here in the role of producer, is revving up the gears for his manga adaptation Alita: Battle Angel. Back in October it was announced that newcomer Jorge Lendeborg Jr. – who is all set to star in this year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming – had joined the cast, and now it’s been confirmed that Jennifer Connelly has also signed up for this grand adaptation.
Connelly, who is currently filming director Joseph Kosinki’s (Tron: Legacy) Granite Mountain alongside Miles Teller, Andie MacDowell, Jeff Bridges and Josh Brolin, is lined up to play a ruthless villain in Alita: Battle Angel which has already started filming in Texas with Maze Runner’s Rosa Salazar as the lead character.
- Zehra Phelan
Let’s get it out of the way: 1982’s Tron is a perfect example of a film wherein style completely trumped substance to its lasting detriment. That’s not to take away from its importance as a groundbreaking piece of work, one undeniably laced with rich iconography, but instead to point out that on a narrative level, Tron left a lot to be desired, too caught up – and understandably so – in exploring its own world to focus on giving us a solid story with which to truly support itself. As a result, with several decades now under its belt and its once incredible effects and animation now painfully dated, it’s even easier to see that there’s no real meat on the film’s bones that has allowed it to truly stand the test of time for most people outside of its own loyal fanbase.
In essence, Tron is »
- Geoff Cox
Long-gestating followups include blockbusters like “Jurassic World” and famous flops like “Blues Brothers 2000” George Miller took nearly 30 years to follow up “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome” with the Tom Hardy-Charlize Theron thriller “Mad Max: Fury Road.” “The Odd Couple II” is among the sequels with the biggest gaps between films. Twenty-nine years after the 1968 original, Jack Lemmon returned as Felix Unger and Walter Matthau was Oscar Madison in their last film together. “Tron: Legacy” came 28 years after the original, and featured Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner. Shot in 3D, the film featured extensive visual effects and a score by. »
- Todd Cunningham and Beatrice Verhoeven
Yesterday, we reported that Will Smith is being eyed for the lead role in Disney's live-action Dumbo adaptation, which Tim Burton is set to direct. It seems that is not the only role the studio is trying to cast, with a new report revealing Tom Hanks has been offered the villain character, although it is not immediately clear if he will take the part. The report claims that he may also take a role in the World War II drama The Grey Hound, but it doesn't seem that the actor has made up his mind quite yet.
Variety reports that Will Smith will play the father of the children who become friends with the elephant after seeing him at the circus. This report also reveals that, if Will Smith does take this project, it will likely have a "significant impact" on his long-awaited Sony Pictures sequel Bad Boys For Life. »
Sources tell Variety that a deal is far from closed, but if Smith were to take the role, it will likely have a significant effect on the future of the upcoming “Bad Boys” sequel, “Bad Boys for Life.” Sources indicate that both films would shoot at the same time. If Smith is leaning toward “Dumbo,” the start date for “Bad Boys 3” would be pushed back or the film could be shelved entirely.
If a deal closes, Smith would play the father of the children who develop a friendship with the lovable elephant after seeing him at the circus. Insiders also indicate that Tom Hanks has been offered a role as the villain. He may, however, choose instead to star in the World War II drama “The Grey Hound.”
- Justin Kroll
One of the few production companies in which their name alone can attract attention — even more impressive considering they are less than five years old — A24 had one of their best years yet. While 2016 brought The Witch, Krisha, Green Room, The Lobster, De Palma, Morris From America, American Honey, Moonlight, and 20th Century Women, 2017 will see the release of the highly-anticipated How to Talk to Girls at Parties, Lean on Pete, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, A Ghost Story, and It Comes at Night, among others.
We can now add another to the list, but only as Untitled. This morning, A24 uploaded a teaser for a secretive sci-fi film (in fact, we’re not even sure if it’s a film) with no recognizable actors. The preview includes text displaying Beyond Reality, Realize Feeling, Feel Bare, Bear Witness, Witness Change, Change Identity, Identity Questions, Question Life, and Live Beyond »
- Jordan Raup
9 items from 2017
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