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Last year Amazon Prime released their biggest television project to the masses. That show was Extant and starred Academy Award Winner Halle Berry as Molly Woods, a female astronaut, whom after returning from a year long solo space mission found herself pregnant. Meanwhile her husband John, played by Goran Visnic was hard at work designing a new form of artificial intelligence, known as a ‘Humanic’. The result was Ethan, played brilliantly by Looper’s Pierce Gagnon, a robot child that Molly and John were raising as there own.
As the series progressed it was revealed that Molly’s baby was of course alien in origin and Molly found herself desperately trying to save her hybrid child form government officials, whilst still trying to keep Earth safe from invasion. If you haven’t seen the show »
- Kat Smith
San Diego Comic-Con 2015 has released their full schedule for Saturday, July 11. For your convenience, we have pulled out all of the movie, TV and DVD related panels and events below, but you can can visit Comic-Con.org to check out the full schedule including comic book and video game panels. Take a look at all of the movie, TV and DVD events that will take place during the first day of Comic Con.
10:00am - 11:00am SpongeBob SquarePants
The cast of SpongeBob is back! All your Bikini Bottom favorites are on hand to perform Idiot Box at a live table read as chosen by the fans online. Featuring Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick Star), Rodger Bumpass (Squidward), and Dee Bradley Baker (all other Biukini Bottomites.. Following the performance will be a Q&A with the cast and creative director, Vincent Waller. Plus, a sneak peek at a »
Comments Emily Blunt as a whip smart, can-do badass? Yeah, that’ll pretty much never get old, so keep it coming. The trailer for her latest actioner “Sicario,” a term which means “hitman” in Mexico, is here, and it looks like we’re in for more of the Blunt ballistics we’ve become accustomed to lately. Except … this is going to be an even drearier scenario than the futuristic sci-fi set-ups we’ve seen her in before (see also, “The Adjustment Bureau,” “Looper,” and “Edge of Tomorrow”). This is chaos of the here and now variety. In the gritty crime drama, Blunt stars as an FBI agent who’s been tapped to help regulate the dangerous border between the United States and Mexico as the War on Drugs intensifies. And while any patrol assignment in the area would be hazardous enough to a person’s health, she goes and joins »
Who would have guessed, when Emily Blunt first broke through as Meryl Streep’s snobby assistant in The Devil Wears Prada, that she’d go on to have a career as a badass action hero? Yet here we are with Looper and Edge of Tomorrow and now Sicario, the latter of which promises to be her darkest turn […]
- Angie Han
From Zoolander 2 to 23 Jump Street, with 100s in-between. Here's our rundown of the assorted movie sequels in the works...
Think Hollywood is bereft of original ideas? You just might after this. Here's our look at the assorted movie sequels currently in the works. Since we last did a list like this, we've dropped films that seem to have died a death - Wanted 2, Spring Breakers 2 - but we'll keep this rundown up to date over the coming month.
Without further ado...
23 Jump Street
Sony is pressing ahead with a third Jump Street movie, as well as a possible Jump Street vs Men In Black film, and a female-headlined spin-off. For 23 Jump Street specifically, Rodney Rothman is back and working on the script (he wrote the second one). It's unclear yet if Chris Miller and Phil Lord can find breathing space in their schedule to direct. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are both expected back, »
In April 2013, Disney Chairman Alan Horn made the dreams of millions come true when he announced a range of new plans for the iconic and beloved Star Wars film franchise. Beginning with a new trilogy of core sequels – headed up by Star Wars: The Force Awakens – the studio confirmed that there would also be several standalone, spinoff movies, giving a broader view of Star Wars action.
With this parallel Star Wars series quickly becoming known as the Star Wars Anthology films, the imaginations of fans ran wild – with such a rich universe to draw upon, the possibilities seemed endless. The schedule for these new plans was confirmed by Disney CEO Bob Iger – the intention being, to release of a new core film every two years, interspersed with an Anthology film. The result of this schedule means we will potentially see a brand new Star Wars film every year, for six years, »
- Sarah Myles
*Updated* The month of June has a spectacular variety of horror and sci-fi titles arriving on VOD that make for a ton of opportunities for fans to beat the summer heat from the comfort of your own living room, all while catching up on some great films. Rodney Ascher’s latest terrifying sleep paralysis documentary, The Nightmare, is getting a release courtesy of Gravitas Ventures, Dark Sky Films is unleashing Ted Geoghegan’s We Are Still Here in early June and the latest from iconic director Joe Dante—Burying the Ex—digs its way onto VOD via Image Entertainment.
Amigo Undead (Gravitas Ventures) - June 2nd
Amigo Undead is a horror/comedy that begins when Kevin Ostrowski, a straight laced financial adviser, is invited to his ne’er do well older brother Norm’s 40th birthday party. It takes some arm twisting, but the free-wheelin’ Norm eventually convinces his brother »
- Heather Wixson
For the high-wire biopic, Zemeckis has teamed up with the chameleon-like Joseph Gordon-Levitt – who seems to be carving a niche for himself by not looking like himself in films after Looper – to tell the story of Philippe Petit’s notorious walk between the Twin Towers. If the story sounds familiar, that’s because it was already a film (the exceptional documentary Man On Wire), but Zemeckis has injected something beyond mere realism.
There’s very much an Ocean’s Eleven vibe to the two minute trailer, which will no doubt take some creative liberties, but will seemingly reimagine the caper as a heist.
- Simon Gallagher
Now it's time to talk about the DC Comics movie everyone seems to have forgotten about, Sandman. Way back in December 2013, it was announced Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception, Looper) was going to produce an adaption of DC Comic's "Sandman." Not much info was given at the time, but it was rumored he may not only direct, but star as the lead character Morpheus. News about the movie stopped flowing shortly after the announcement. In August 2014, we got our first update that the movie was still going on, but not much else was said. Now, a-year-and-a-half after the first announcement, we finally get a decent update. In an interview with MTV, Gordon-Levitt talks a little about the film, saying, "It's slow but steady. It's a really complicated adaptation because those comics, they're brilliant. But they're not written as a whole...'Sandman' was written over the course of whatever -- I forget exactly, »
- Charles Dean
Lucasfilm is cultivating some impressive up-and-coming names around their Star Wars films. Aside from J.J. Abrams directing Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Rian Johnson of Looper will direct Episodes 8 and maybe 9, while Godzilla's Gareth Edwards is helming the anthology film, Rogue One. Josh Trank of Chronicle and Fantastic Four was on board for the second anthology, but dropped out over behind-the-scenes drama. Colin Trevorrow is another name that has ben linked to the resurrected franchise, but according to the Jurassic World helmer, he won't be tackling the galaxy far, far away any time soon. When the filmmaker recently stated that he will not be returning to direct the sequel to his dino extravaganza, people began to wonder whether that meant he was being considered for another big blockbuster event (i.e. Star Wars). Speaking with MTV, Trevorrow put an end to those rumors, saying: I feel like, at »
James Wan's longtime collaborator Leigh Whannell was the co-creator and co-writer of the Saw and Insidious series. For the third chapter of Insidious, Whannell has personally picked up the director's megaphone for the very first time.
We met up last week to speak about his newly-forged processes as a writer-director, his ambitions, the lessons he learned from this film, and lots more besides, from Poltergeist to The Shining and, at three separate talking points, the Star Wars saga.
I think would-be filmmakers and students of the medium will find some of his answers particularly intriguing, but be warned, there are spoilers for The Others, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
Going back to the beginning, the first Insidious was regularly compared to Poltergeist. Did it start out as a Poltergeist homage, »
The Toronto International Film Festival has a bit of a spotty track record when it comes to opening films, and past five years have been evidence at how varied and sometimes random seeming the choices can be. The last few years have seen the festival lean toward starrier efforts like Robert Downey Jr.'s "The Judge," Rian Johnson's sci-fi "Looper," and Benedict Cumberbatch's Julian Assange tale "The Fifth Estate." But the preceeding years were marked by the U2 documentary "From The Sky Down," and in perhaps the fest's lowest moment, "Score: A Hockey Musical." And there's always pressure on organizers to support Canadian produced content by giving a film made in the country, with Canuck financing, or with home grown talent, a big spotlight. And that seems to be driving the reported contenders for the opening slot this year. Screen Daily reveals Atom Egoyan's "Remember" (trailer here), Deepa Mehta’s "Beeba. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Originally written as a Cannes market closer for Variety’s last print daily, on May 19, this article has been updated through Tuesday, May 26:
Cannes – Five years ago, Cannes biz was powered by movies selling out worldwide. U.S. distribution pick-ups were something of a sideshow.
Now it’s the U.S. and China that are driving the train. One week after on-site trading at Cannes wound down, 2015’s edition still looks like a tale of four markets: U.S. and China, both galvanized by new players; Europe, depressed by eroding ancillary markets; arthouse, still a buyers’ market focused on star titles and ever more near completed films.
Trouble is, the U.S. is helping to make up for the weakness in the market but its growth is not yet at a par with the shortfall, doesn’t take up all of Europe’s slack, said Lotus Ent.’s Bill Johnson. »
- John Hopewell and Ramin Setoodeh
Industrial Light & Magic, the San Francisco-based visual effects house that has changed the course of cinema history countless times over the years, is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2015. Wired Magazine has rounded up a who's who to discuss its impact and how the advances made there — first in a sweaty Van Nuys warehouse, and now in a swank Presidio complex — have morphed the film industry into what it is today. It's well worth your time. If, however, you're the "tl;dr" type, I couldn't help but jot down a few takeaways as I read. Here are seven. But seriously, take some time to read through it if you can. It's a tight but detailed look back, full of the kind of stories — from "Star Wars" to "Transformers" — that make "movie magic" a thing. George Lucas wants Marvel to make another "Howard the Duck" movie I've actually always loved Willard Huyck »
- Kristopher Tapley
Five years ago, the business at Cannes was powered by movies selling out worldwide, and U.S. distribution sales were something of a sideshow.
Now it’s the U.S. and China driving the business forward, with 2015 Cannes fueled by U.S. and China, both galvanized by new players. Europe remains depressed by eroding ancillary markets.
Trouble is, while the U.S. is helping to make up for the weakness in the market, its growth doesn’t cover all of Europe’s slack, said Lotus Entertainment’s Bill Johnson.
But some big late market additions, new players and one spectacular deal added brio to an far more upbeat market.
“Though there were no tentpoles, in terms of volume, this was a good hectic market, with big movies and big companies’ slates pretty well selling out,” said Ivan Boeing at Imagem.
More big projects could still come onto the market, he added.
The biggest deal in the market was the $acquisition of world rights for a reported $20 million to Tom Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals” by Focus from CAA/FilmNation. Drama is a relationship mystery thriller with Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams. »
- John Hopewell and Ramin Setoodeh
Shared universes are big business right now, and here are seven franchises that could, and should be expanded...
It's likely that by the time you finish reading this sentence a new cinematic universe will have been born. In fact, it may be one of the cinematic universes I propose later in this article. If that's the case, I apologise for my obsolescence. Furthermore, if you're reading this in the future and any of my proposed cinematic universes have come to pass and turned out awful, I also apologise.
Just know that I'm sorry, and I've a feeling that many of us are going to be sorry and that the film industry could be in a sorry and confusing mess in five years time thanks to 'Cinematic Universe Fever' (a real affliction, and currently a very common complaint on the casebooks of doctors and private physicians in Hollywood). Right now, really »
Who doesn’t love a good action movie? They’re among the most fun that Hollywood has to offer, particularly when they’re of a high quality. Later on this week, a reportedly amazing new one in Mad Max: Fury Road is hitting theaters, so to prep us all for that experience (I see it later on today, so yay for that), I wanted to do a countdown of the recent best that the genre has to offer. Essentially, every action flick since 2000 was eligible, and I whittled that down to a top ten list. It’s hardly the definitely “new millennium action movie” list, but I think it’s a pretty solid one, to say the least. You’ll be able to see the list below, which could very well be amended once Mad Max: Fury Road comes to town… Here now are my picks for the ten best »
- Joey Magidson
France, Germany, Spain, South Korea make deals on gay rights drama.
The company has sold the film to airlines (Entertainment in Motion), Eastern Europe (Megalow Media), France (Selective Films), Germany (Universum), Greece (Hollywood Films), Hong Kong (Edko), Israel (Lev Cinemas), Middle East (Front Row), Portugal (Outsider Films), Scandinavia (Mis.Label), South Africa (M-Net), South Korea (Rainbow Films), Switzerland (Praesens), Spain (Filmax), Taiwan (Movie Cloud) and Turkey (Filma).
Based on a true story, Freeheld follows a gay policewoman’s struggle to ensure that her police pension is passed to her lesbian partner when she is diagnosed with a terminal illness.
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Image Entertainment has picked up the North American rights for Adam Egypt Mortimer's supernatural slasher flick Some Kind of Hate. The flick had its world premiere at the Stanley Film Festival this past weekend. Some Kind of Hate stars Ronen Rubenstein (It Felt Like Love), Sierra McCormick (Disney's "Ant Farm"), Grace Phipps (Fright Night, Disney's Teen Beach Movie), Spencer Breslin (The Happening, The Kid), Lexi Atkins (The Boy Next Door, Zombeavers), Noah Segan (Looper), and Michael Polish (The Astronaut Farmer, Twin Falls Idaho).Some Kind of Hate tells the story of a troubled teen who's subjected to severe bullying. He accidentally conjures Moira Karp, a teenage girl pushed to commit suicide by bullies years ago. Moira is now a vengeful and unstoppable force on a mission of gruesome retribution. But...
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This won’t come as much of a surprise, but it has been announced that 2017’s Star Wars: Episode VIII is set to shoot at Pinewood Studios in the UK, and will presumably go into production once Gareth Edwards finishes up with the first standalone spin-off movie, Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One.
The announcement was made by UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, who said: “This investment by Lucasfilm is a huge vote of confidence in all elements of movie-making in Britain – from the visual effects designers to the lighting technicians and from the carpenters to the costume designers… We are committed to backing this sector and the decision by Lucasfilm to continue to make the UK the home of Star Wars production is why we are right to believe that Britain is the best place in the world for the creative industries.”
The follow-up to this year’s »
- Gary Collinson
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