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Try as they might, studios can't consistently tell what audiences will latch onto. For example, the Captain Phasma character in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" was intended to be a Boba Fett-esque enigma that would appeal to 'Star Wars' superfans, but it was the young, human leads plus Bb-8 that moviegoers went for. When it comes to "Mad Max: Fury Road," it wasn't the titular character that resonated most deeply with the audience —rather, it was Charlize Theron's Furiosa. And the guitar-slinging The Doof Warrior was a huge hit with audiences: the fire throwing rocker adds a surreal layer to the non-stop action film that's easily one of the most memorable elements. According to director George Miller, itseems that the character had an even more important position in the picture initially. Read More: Review: George Miller's 'Mad Max: Fury Road" Starring Charlize Theron & Tom Hardy »
- Kevin Jagernauth
It’s a wonder that Jane Got a Gun is even out in theaters right now. Anyone with even a passing familiarity with its production headlines will have read about its hellacious development cycle – whether it be the multiple delays, or the revolving door of talent like previous director Lynne Ramsay, and departed headliners like Michael Fassbender, Jude Law, and Bradley Cooper.
Gavin O’Connor, who’s built a sturdy reputation through elevated genre hits like Miracle and Warrior, was given the unenviable job to pick up the pieces. And while he’s created a fleet, nasty western that feels uncompromising in its violence, it’s also just as quick to jettison any of the themes that have the possibility to weigh down the story. In the last third, O’Connor isn’t so much tying up loose ends, as forcing the groundwork for the tidiest ending possible.
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- Michael Snydel
There are movies that can make you feel nostalgic for a more innocent time — i.e., the pre-Internet era — when audiences (and critics) could approach each new release unburdened by detailed knowledge of its production history. “Jane Got a Gun,” a solidly made and conventionally satisfying Western, is one of those movies. For those who have perused the countless accounts of last-minute cast changes, musical directors’ chairs and repeatedly delayed release dates, it may be difficult to objectively judge what actually appears on screen here without being distracted by thoughts of what could have been, or should have been.
To be sure, a hefty percentage of the folks most likely to enjoy an old-fashioned oater such as this normally won’t devote massive quantities of time to consuming showbiz blogs and trade papers. But those unplugged genre aficionados may not know “Jane Got a Gun” exists, since the Weinstein Company »
- Joe Leydon
G’Day USA hosted its annual Los Angeles Gala on Thursday night at Vibiana in Downtown L.A., where distinguished Australian guests and celebrities including Hugh Jackman, Mariah Carey, Nicole Richie, Joel Madden, Brett Ratner and 5 Seconds of Summer gathered to honor key Australian figures in entertainment and celebrate the relationship between the U.S. and Australia.
The diplomatic networking event, which was hosted by Australian actresses and previous Oscar nominees, Rachel Griffiths and Toni Collette, kicked off with a duet performance of “My Romance” by Seal and “The Voice” Australia winner Harrison Craig.
“I would like to take a moment to express our great gratitude to this great nation for welcoming all of us Australians and giving us the opportunity to share our passions on the world stage, to take over your casinos, to steal your Oscars,” said Griffiths. “I just really hope that Donald Trump doesn’t build »
- Alyssa Sage
After a bevy of problems — a director who quits on the first day of production, a series of cast changes, conflicting script approvals, legal battles and the loss of a distributor — the Weinstein Company premiered Western drama “Jane Got a Gun” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York on Wednesday evening. Natalie Portman, who produced the film and stars as the title character, Jane Hammond, made a grand entrance at the intimate screening presented by the Cinema Society — where she admitted to Variety that the production was “stressful,” but has made her a “stronger and braver” filmmaker.
“This was the most challenging movie I’ve ever been a part of. There was an obstacle every hour, every day,” Portman, 34, told Variety on the red carpet. “It was interesting that all the problems we went through were parallel to the obstacles that characters in the movie go through. You »
- Paul Chi
Kung Fu Panda 3 enters a marketplace where the largest January opening for an animated feature is currently 2014's The Nut Job with $19.4 million. You can count on Po the Panda squashing that number with ease. Additional new releases looking to find a place on the chart this weekend include the 1950s-set disaster thriller The Finest Hours, the R-rated spoof feature Fifty Shades of Black and Jane Got a Gun. Question is, while Po and the Furious Five are taking the top spot will these other new releases be able to top last weekend's top two films? Last weekend's box office took a hit thanks to the East Coast snowstorm and films such as The Revenant and Star Wars may be looking to make up some ground. Starting with number one, and working in the favor of Kung Fu Panda 3 is the fact the last really strong animated release was »
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"You so much as flinch and I will blow your head off!" Perfect timing, I'd say. The Weinstein Company has released the official Us trailer for Gavin O'Connor's long-delayed action western Jane Got a Gun, starring Natalie Portman. We've already watched a number of trailers for this film so far, including a full-length international trailer, so this is just another reminder that it is still being released later this month. It's also nicely timed with all the political discussion about (and obsession with) guns in this country, which might help get a few more people out in theaters to see this considering it has "gun" in the title. Also featuring Joel Edgerton, Rodrigo Santoro, Noah Emmerich & Boyd Holbrook in the full cast. Lock 'n load! Here's the official Us trailer (+ new poster) for Gavin O'Connor's Jane Got a Gun, from TWC's YouTube: Jane Got a Gun is directed by Gavin O'Connor (Miracle, »
- Alex Billington
After numerous delays, it looks like Jane Got the Gun will actually get a U.S. release in a few weeks. Led and produced by Natalie Portman, the western sports a fine ensemble, including Ewan McGregor, Joel Edgerton, and Rodrigo Santoro. Will remnants of what made Lynne Ramsay initially attracted to it remain, or will Warrior director Gavin O’Connor bring an entirely different angle? We’ll find out soon, and today brings the first U.S. trailer.
That’s not all from Portman, however. Gearing up for a big year, Knight of Cups will arrive in March, and later this year we’ll likely get the French film Planetarium, helmed by Rebecca Zlotowski (Grand Central) and written by Zlotowski and Robin Campillo (The Returned). A 1930s period piece about two sister spiritualists who are believed to have a special connection to ghosts, the first image has also landed today, »
- Jordan Raup
Given that The Weinstein Company are focused on their other big western of the year, "The Hateful Eight," and that the release date is a few weeks away and not much promo has been going on, I was fully expecting the studio to bump "Jane Got A Gun." However, it looks like the Weinsteins are pressing ahead with the Natalie Portman-starring film, and they've finally released the U.S. trailer for the movie. Read More: Relativity Puts 'Jane Got A Gun' And More Up For Sale As They Fight Off Bankruptcy Granted, it's pretty much the same as the international trailers you've already seen, but these new images will provide a fresh look at the former Lynne Ramsay project. Gavin O'Connor ("Warrior," "Pride And Glory") got behind the camera for the film co-starring Joel Edgerton, Ewan McGregor, Noah Emmerich, Rodrigo Santoro and Boyd Holbrook that tells the »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Once you’ve caught up with our 50 favorite films of last year, it’s time to look towards 2016. While our comprehensive previews will be arriving shortly, today we’ll take a look at the month of January. This is usually a dumping ground for Hollywood, and although there are a few bigger titles that have our curiosity, it’s mostly festival hold-overs from 2015 that are the essential watches.
It should be noted that many of the best films of 2015 — including Carol, Anomalisa, 45 Years, Arabian Nights, Mustang, and Son of Saul — will be expanding throughout the month, so check your local theater listings. A restoration of Orson Welles’ Chimes at Midnight will also be touring the country, and there’s a limited NYC run of Studio Ghibli’s Only Yesterday; both should certainly take priority over anything below.
- Jordan Raup
10 items from 2016
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