19 items from 2015
DreamWorks' long-awaited live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell is finally moving forward, after spending years in development, with Scarlett Johansson coming aboard back in January to star. Deadline reports that Maleficent and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies star Sam Riley is in early talks to play the primary villain, known as The Laughing Man. If his deal is finalized, he will join a cast that also includes Pilou Asbæk.
Ghost in the Shell is based on the beloved Japanese anime created by Masamune Shirow, centering on a covert ops unit for Hanka Robotics entitled Section 9. The unit specializes in stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, led by The Laughing Man (Sam Riley), whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka's advancements in cyber technology. The original series spawned a number of anime movies such as Ghost In The Shell (1996), Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004), Ghost in the Shell »
Cinematographer John Seale first worked with director George Miller back in 1992 on "Lorenzo's Oil," an intimate drama that bears few similarities to the high octane action of their second collaboration, “Mad Max: Fury Road.” As he tells us during a recent webcam chat (watch below), he came on board this epic reboot of the franchise at a very late stage, just months before shooting was set to start. “When George rang, it was a bit of a shock that he did, because it was so late in pre-production. But it was quite easy, in a way, to make a decision to go with him and help him make the film.” -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions Now 73, Seale reveals he had not shot a film since “The Tourist” in 2010. “I’ve retired after every movie for the last 15 years,” admits the veteran lenser who »
Angelina Jolie-Pitt wants you to look at her breasts.
They're a major character in By the Sea, Jolie-Pitt's third film as director (and the first in which she's done double-duty as a star). They lurk beneath her blouse like thinly veiled subtext and jut above the surface of her bathwater like two theater actors slightly visible in front of the stage curtain. The actress hasn't shied away from nudity in the past, but she's never been as genuinely naked as she is here.
One of the most looked-upon people »
Ricky Gervais is officially returning to the Beverly Hilton as host of the 2016 Golden Globes. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's victorious three-year run as Globes emcees was a thrill, but it appears we'll be returning to an era of prickly jokes, devious giggles, and blatant celebrity slams. Though Fey and Poehler were masters at blending class with hilarious insults (like that one about "Gravity" being a movie where George Clooney flees the planet to get away from a woman his own age), Gervais' snickering rancor is often effective. Let's take a look back at his three Golden Globes monologues and see how they've held up. 2010 It's an audience-pleasing round of Steve Carell jokes, small penis jokes, a lengthy mockery of actors' "importance," a hilarious snipe at Kiefer Sutherland, and a timely joke about being replaced by Jay Leno. It's all successful enough, but it's bizarre to think we once considered this edgy or polarizing. »
- Louis Virtel
Hollywood has officially been put on blast as producers for the 73rd Golden Globe Awards announced Monday that Ricky Gervais will return as the ceremony's host after a three-year reprieve for celebrities. The comedian was known for doling out scathing burns during his opening monologues when he hosted the event from 2010 to 2012. Gervais' appearance at the 72nd annual event was also among the highlights from that ceremony. The 73rd Golden Globes will air January 10th on NBC.
"I'm making a list. I'm checking it twice. Gonna find out who's naughty and nice, »
Production has been under way since August on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the first Star Wars spinoff that will hit theaters next December. Gareth Edwards signed on to direct last year, with Gary Whitta (After Earth) writing the first draft of the screenplay, before Chris Weitz (Cinderella) took over the writing duties in January. Today we have a new report from Latino-Review, which claims that Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation writer-director Christopher McQuarrie came aboard at some point to provide a script polish.
The filmmaker reportedly did a "two-week pass" on the script, but it isn't known how much he changed from Chris Weitz's draft, or when exactly Christopher McQuarrie performed this polish. The filmmaker had a shortened post-production schedule on Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, when Paramount pushed it from a Christmas Day release to July 31. It's possible that he started work on the script just after wrapping »
Bad films are part of the movie-making process. For every Citizen Kane, there are dozens of Law Abiding Citizens; for every The Exorcist, hundreds of Exorcist II: The Heretics.
They're all meant to do badly, because they are bad. But sometimes, there's an aberration. Sometimes... they're successful. Very successful. Very, very successful.
Here, then, are 14 of our favourite least favourite films to ever make studio heads' eyes turn into little dollar signs (in order of awfulness).
14. Anger Management (2003)
Rotten Tomatoes ranking: 43%
Production budget: $75 million
Worldwide box office: $195 million
Anger Management spluttered back into like in 2012 as a TV vehicle for snake blood-drinking "winner" Charlie Sheen. It lasted two seasons: the first had 10 episodes, the second 90, all so the show could go into syndication. As soon as it hit its 100th episode, it was immediately canned.
13. Meet The Fockers (2004)
Rotten Tomatoes ranking: 38%
Production budget: $80 million
Worldwide box office: $516 million
The third »
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
The story of Philippe Petit’s daring high-wire walk between the twin towers of the World Trade Center in 1974 is not a new one to New Yorkers or to film lovers: it was the subject of 2008’s Oscar-winning best documentary feature, Man on Wire (see it if you haven’t already; it’s currently on Netflix and Amazon Prime in the U.S., though not in Canada or the U.K.). But we haven’t seen that story like this before. Robert Zemeckis has been a cinematic fantasist of the highest order, using magical FX to tell wondrous »
- MaryAnn Johanson
'Maze Runner 2: The Scorch Trials' with Dylan O'Brien. 'Maze Runner 2' to beat Johnny Depp 'Black Mass' The 20th Century Fox release Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, the sequel to the 2014 hit The Maze Runner, and Warner Bros.' Johnny Depp star vehicle Black Mass will be battling it out at the North American box office this coming weekend, Sept. 18-20, the last (astronomical) summer weekend of 2015. According to Variety, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials will “likely” end up at the top of the U.S. and Canada box office chart. In fact, more than just “likely,” in case tracking is on target. Including Thursday evening shows, Maze Runner 2 is expected to collect somewhere around $35 million from 3,790 sites, while Black Mass should take in $22 million or so from 3,188 theaters. 'Maze Runner 2' vs. 'The Maze Runner' Maze Runner 2 will then open only about 10 percent ahead of the original, »
- Zac Gille
While Superman probably won’t be making a full blown appearance in Supergirl any time soon, plenty of other characters from the comic books will be. The latest is Red Tornado, and the Justice League member will be played by Israeli actor Iddo Goldberg, who’s best known for appearing in Defiance, Salem, and The Tourist.
According to the official description from CBS, the character was designed for the army by scientist T.O. Morrow and is the world’s most nefarious android who is capable of devastating National City. Once free from the U.S. government’s grip, Red Tornado sets out on a path of destruction that only Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) will be able to stop.
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Based on his heroic nature in the comic books though, you have to believe that it won’t be long before Red Tornado sees the error of »
- Josh Wilding
If you haven’t been impressed with the work Johnny Depp has been putting out over the past decade, with disappointments like Mortdecai, The Tourist, Dark Shadows, The Lone Ranger, Transcendence, and tired Pirates of the Caribbean sequels, it looks like Black Mass might restore your faith in the actor. A new trailer for the crime […]
- Ethan Anderton
This Friday, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation will be released. It’s the fifth film in the iconic franchise, but sadly stands as only the third film of its director Christopher McQuarrie in 15 years since he got behind the camera. That’s a real shame, because Christopher McQuarrie is Hollywood’s best-kept secret when he really should be their pride and joy.
Christopher McQuarrie was so damn hot in the mid-90s. He wrote the script for the classic The Usual Suspects and came home with an Oscar. He ended up using that clout to get his feature-directing debut made with the criminally underrated The Way of the Gun, released in 2000. The film failed both critically and commercially – a domestic gross of $6 million, and a worldwide gross of only $13 million against a $21 million budget – and McQuarrie went from insider to outcast in Hollywood.
Fast forward eight years and McQuarrie had only »
- Dylan Griffin
Caitlyn Jenner stunned the crowd at the 2015 Espy Awards: First, with her eloquent, emotional speech urging viewers to give trans people their respect. Second, with her form-fitting Atelier Versace gown. The star took to the stage to receive the 2015 Arthur Ashe Courage Award in a floor-sweeping white confection featuring a plunging neckline, long sleeves and ruching at the waist. We almost had to do a double take, however, because the gown is nearly identical to a Versace number Angelina Jolie donned to the New York City premiere of The Tourist in 2010. It's not insanely surprising that the two might rock similar looks: Yesterday, a source told E! News that Jen Rade, Angelina's stylist, would assist in »
We look at the films that slipped through Hollywood's net, from biblical epics to a time travelling Gladiator sequel...
This article contains a spoiler for Gladiator.
If you're one of those frustrated over the quality of many of the blockbusters that make it to the inside of a multiplex, then ponder the following. For each of these were supposed to be major projects, that for one reason or another, stalled on their way to the big screen. Some still may make it. But for many others, the journey is over. Here are the big blockbusters that never were...
The late Michael Crichton scored another residential on the bestseller list with his impressive thriller, Airframe. It was published in 1996, just after films of Crichton works such as Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure and the immortal Congo had proven to be hits of various sizes.
So: a hit book, another techno thriller, »
Ok, we have more than a half a year of movies to go, so "win" is hyperbole. But thanks for clicking all the same. What I'm saying is George Miller's latest is such a nuts-and-bolts marvel of the form that not only should it be up for consideration in a number of areas, it really ought to be the impetus that drives the Academy to finally add a certain new category that has long been championed in some industry circles. The look of this film is absolutely bonkers. And, admittedly, it's the accumulation of a few departments that really gets it there. But with that in mind, if it wasn't clear by my interview with the man, cinematographer John Seale needs a serious victory lap for jumping onto this wild ride, strapping in and delivering much of this spectacle in-camera. Many of us are surely pleased he didn't go out on "The Tourist, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Alex Garland, screenwriter of “28 Days Later,” “Sunshine” and “Never Let Me Go,” makes an impressive directorial debut with cerebral sci-fi thriller “Ex Machina” (in theaters today), but Garland waves off the achievement of leaping to directing as “just next in a continuum.” “The truth was that there was no epiphany moment about directing, because I just don’t dignify the directing role the way we’re supposed to,” the British filmmaker told The Dissolve. “There are a few people — like Woody Allen, he’s an auteur, and I’m cool with that. But for me, directing is about collaboration.” Whether directing is a logical next step or a hard-sought achievement for screenwriters, it’s often done by telling studios, “Hey, here’s my next screenplay. You can have it as long as I get to direct.” Preston Sturges — at the time the highest paid screenwriter in Hollywood — is noted for »
- Emily Rome
A report surfaced last week revealing that Downton Abbey is ending after Season 6, since the cast members' contracts all expire with this upcoming season, and most of them are ready to move on. Today, Carnival Films and Masterpiece on PBS confirmed that the show will come to an end after Season 6, although executive producer Gareth Neame revealed to E! Online that the producers are contemplating a Downton Abbey movie. Here's what he had to say below.
"Our position on that is we would be very interested in that. It is definitely something we're contemplating. It would be great fun to do. I think it would be a wonderful extension of everything that people loved about the TV show, but I can't confirm that it's definitely going to happen. We shall see."
Before Tom Cruise decided to star in Knight & Day for James Mangold he was considering several projects. One was The Tourist, which Johnny Depp ultimately took, another was The Matarese Circle, which would have put him alongside Denzel Washington with David Cronenberg directing and the other was Motorcade, a thriller that was, at the time, to be directed by Len Wiseman, who instead went on to direct the Total Recall reboot. Looking at those options, it seems Cruise made the best choice for the time, but Motorcade never really died and Dreamworks is now ready to bring it back to life. It was just announced Joe Carnahan has been brought aboard to direct the thriller which pits the U.S. president against terrorists who commandeer his motorcade on the streets of Los Angeles and Carnahan is bringing along his Smokin' Aces star Ryan Reynolds to play a disgraced Secret Service »
- Brad Brevet
Johnny Depp and Paul Bettany are old friends at this point, having already worked on films like Transcendence and The Tourist together, but their comic chemistry is finally getting the showcase we only now realized it deserves with Mortdecai. In the film, Johnny stars as Charlie Mortdecai, an English aristocrat and part-time conman, with Paul as his manservant, the brutishly charming (and unfortunately named) Jock Strapp. The two teamed up again for a day of interviews today in London following last night's premiere of the quirky caper - which also happens to star Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Goldblum, and Olivia Munn - and quickly became one of our new favorite comedic duos. Read on for some of the highlights from today's press conference with the pair, and stay tuned to Popsugar Now next week to watch our interview with Paul and Johnny. Paul on Johnny Being Like Family "My »
19 items from 2015
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