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Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)
In honor of Darren Aronofsky’s “mother!,” which just became one of the only movies to ever earn an “F” Cinemascore rating, what is the craziest movie that a major Hollywood studio has released this century?
Joshua Rothkopf (@joshrothkopf), Time Out New York
Talk about a self-answering question. Unless you can point to another movie that brews such an aggressive whirlwind of psychosexual anxiety, starring the biggest star in the world (who is also romantically involved with the director), then we’re talking about “mother!” I’m sure you’ve got “The Wolf of Wall Street” at the ready as an alternative, but how crazy is that film, given »
- David Ehrlich
Roles in Inception and The Dark Knight Rises may have sent his career into overdrive, but fans have been devoted to British actor Tom Hardy for much longer than that. Many have been watching him since that first menacing turn in Star Trek: Nemesis in 2002 (he's the only actor to have played both a Batman and a Star Trek villain). The hot dad then spent years balancing indie films and period dramas before he conquered Hollywood. A few early adopters may have been in love with him for over a decade, but we've been trying to pinpoint the exact moment the world really sat up and paid attention . . . and we've settled on 2009. Why? If you've not seen him in Wuthering Heights with his wife, Charlotte Riley, do yourself a favor and hunt it down. And take a look at our photo chronology for more proof that was the year when everything changed for him! »
- Gemma Cartwright
In honor of its 20th anniversary, the Visual Effects Society polled its membership to list the 70 most influential VFX films of all time. James Cameron led the pack with six entries (“The Abyss,” “Aliens,” “Avatar,” “Terminator,” “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” and “Titanic”); Steven Spielberg followed close behind with five (“Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “E.T. the Extraterrestrial,” “Jaws,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” and “Jurassic Park”); and Peter Jackson had four Oscar winners (“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy and “King Kong”).
“The Ves 70 represents films that have had a significant, lasting impact on the practice and appreciation of visual effects as an integral element of cinematic expression and storytelling,” said Ves board chair Mike Chambers. “We see this as an important opportunity for our members, leading visual effects practitioners worldwide, to pay homage to our heritage and help shape the future of the global visual effects community. In »
- Bill Desowitz
Having been removed from Warner Bros.’ upcoming Justice League movie in favour of Danny Elfman, Junkie Xl – a.k.a. Tom Holkenborg – has found his next project, signing on to compose the score for the upcoming Alicia Vikander-headlined Tomb Raider reboot.
Having collaborated with Hans Zimmer on the likes of Inception, The Dark Knight Rises and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Junkie Xl has also received acclaim in recent years for his work on the likes of Mad Max: Fury Road and Deadpool. He ruled out a return for Deadpool 2 following the departure of original director Tim Miller, stating that he “wouldn’t feel right” working on the sequel.
Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen. Now a young woman of »
- Gary Collinson
Christopher Nolan’s drive for authenticity with “Dunkirk” led him to bring the cast and crew of his World War II epic to the very beaches in France where Allied forces snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. Even though the fighting ended decades and generations ago, there were still land mines and other live explosive devices lining the shoreline and the harbor.
“Every time we’d need to do one of our explosions, we’d do a controlled explosion first to see if it would set off anything,” Nolan said during a question and answer session at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday. “When you think about how long ago it is, it was very sobering in terms of the lingering impact of these kind of events.”
Nolan was on hand to celebrate IMAX’s 50th anniversary (the drama is shot using the company’s cameras). The event comes, as »
- Brent Lang
When the calendar turned from June, we counted down our list of the best podcast episodes of 2017 to that point. Now that fall is on our doorstep, there’s nearly an entire summer’s worth of fresh shows to listen to and appreciate.
From Memorial Day onward, the nonstop flow of audio entertainment kept up at breakneck pace. (Think of how many sunlit jogs, outdoor yardwork sessions and scorching commutes they had to fill!) With plenty of other events and sources of information vying for attention between the end of May and the beginning of September, a few of the best episodes may have slipped through the cracks.
Read More:The 50 Best Podcast Episodes of 2017 (So Far)
So here to provide a handy roundup of new and returning favorites are some quality podcasts episodes to add to the fall catch-up queue: the funny, fascinating and solemn installments from this year’s summer months. »
- Steve Greene
Warner Bros. would love to see Leonardo DiCaprio as the Joker in the studio’s planned origin tale, according to sources. But it’s way too early to predict whether the versatile star might be interested, and no offer has been made.
It makes sense that a Scorsese-led Joker would look to involve DiCaprio — they’ve teamed on “Gangs of New York,” “The Aviator,” best picture winner “The Departed,” “Shutter Island,” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
But the Joker project could be a real longshot since DiCaprio, who hasn’t made a movie since he won best actor for “The Revenant,” has been attached to numerous projects that never got made, some with Scorsese. The duo are currently in development on “Devil in the White City” and “Killers of the Flower Moon »
- Dave McNary
Remember the rumor that Inception was really a secret Dark Knight sequel with Leonardo DiCaprio playing the Riddler? Later we learned Warner Bros. actually did want the actor for the role in the actual later sequel, The Dark Knight Rises. Well, now the studio is back to similar wishes, as The Hollywood Reporter claims they want DiCaprio for their recently announced Joker movie. With the Dark Knight Rises hopes, Warner Bros. had the potential influence of Christopher Nolan. This time, they've got Martin Scorsese, who has worked with DiCaprio many more times and directed the actor in two of his five Oscar-nominated performances. DiCaprio is about to work with Scorsese on their sixth major collaboration, Killers of the Flower Moon, so...
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- Christopher Campbell
Remember the rumor that Inception was really a secret Dark Knight sequel with Leonardo DiCaprio playing the Riddler? Later we learned Warner Bros. actually did want the actor for the role in the actual later sequel, The Dark Knight Rises. Well, now the studio is back to similar wishes, as The Hollywood Reporter claims they want DiCaprio for their recently announced Joker movie. With the Dark Knight Rises hopes, Warner Bros. had the potential influence of...
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— ねこやん (@tatuya01) August 29, 2017
This is a lot like that, except it’s just a single cat photo instead of a 2 hour and 28 minute movie. Time to prepare yourself for … Cat-ception.
Stare into the back of this kitty’s coat. What do you see? Why, it’s another cat. It’s a cat in a cat! It looks like it has its own tail and everything. »
- Kelli Bender
Sony Pictures has debuted five new "Flatliners" character posters ! Opening in North America on September 29, the new "Flatliners" movie stars Academy Award nominee Ellen Page ("Inception", "Into The Forest", "X-men: Days Of Future Past"), Diego Luna ("Rogue One: A Star Wars Story", "Elysium"), Keifer Sutherland ("Melancholia", "Mirrors", "Flatliners" the original one), Nina Dobrev ("The Vampire Diaries", "The Roommate"), James Norton ("Black Mirror") and Kiersey Clemens ("Justice League"). "Flatliners" is being helmed by Niels Arden Oplev, (original Swedish version of "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo"). The film boasts a screenplay from "Source Code" writer Ben Ripley. The original "Flatliners", released in 1990, was directed by Joel Schumacher. Starring Keifer Sutherland, »
Early last week, white British actor Ed Skrein joined the cast of Neil Marshall’s upcoming “Hellboy” reboot, a casting choice that was immediately derided for its whitewashing of Skrein’s character, a Japanese-American Marine named Ben Daimio (whose family tree includes no less than a famous Japanese spy and war criminal, who also appears in the John Arcudi and Mike Mignola comic book series). In short order, Skrein did something wholly remarkable: he dropped out of the project after learning about Daimio’s heritage.
In an official statement, the actor made it clear that he believed the choice was what was “right,” noting that portraying the part in “a culturally accurate way” was clearly important for audiences (Skrein also pointed to his own “mixed heritage” family in the statement, which you can read here). In a »
- Kate Erbland
Every summer movie season has its highlights and low points – but from a commercial perspective, this year's edition was mostly just bleak. The final numbers aren't in yet, but 2017 is projected to be the lowest-grossing summer since 2006. (For perspective: That was the year that the Cars and Pirates of the Caribbean franchises first launched.) Sure, people still spend tons of money at the multiplex – the final box office tally is estimated to be around $3.8 billion. But, with a few major exceptions, there simply weren't the breakout, must-see event movies and »
Christopher Nolan has become the rarest of rare things in Hollywood. There are auteur filmmakers out there, but it is tough for them to find success at the box office. Especially with mass appeal blockbusters. With Dunkirk, Nolan has proved that he can make a truly artistic, uncompromising auteur film and it will make bank at the box office as well. Case in point, Dunkirk has officially crossed the $400 million mark at the worldwide box office.
According to Box Office Mojo, with what Dunkirk was able to add to its already impressive total at the box office this weekend, the WWII epic has now grossed $412 million at the box office. The movie is still performing well domestically, coming in sixth place this weekend, adding another $3.9 million to its domestic total, which stands at $172.4 million. Even in a movie without Batman, without complicated dream heists and without even a whole lot of dialogue, »
Head to the movies this weekend to see Logan Lucky, and you'll see more than Steven Soderbergh ending his moviemaking retirement phase and returning to the big screen. (You've been greatly missed, sir.) You'll see more than just Channing Tatum and Adam Driver playing down-on-their-luck Southern brothers who hatch a plan to rob the Charlotte Motor Speedway. You'll even see more than Daniel Craig sporting a bottle-blond crop-cut hairdo and Seth MacFarlane sporting something on his head that looks like a cross between a mullet, a Jheri curl and roadkill. »
The WWII drama has been performing above expectations during its run so far, having accumulated $366 million worldwide, including $156.3 million in the Us, and a mighty $58 million in the UK.
However, Nolan’s latest has yet to be released in China, the second biggest market in the world. The director has a big following in the country and he will be hoping that can translate into big numbers for his critically acclaimed feature.
The director is set to visit Beijing, and rumours of his visit to the city have been met with “considerable fan excitement” on Chinese social media according to Warner Bros. (via THR).
Nolan will be attending a press conference in the Chinese capital city on August 21, which will then be followed by the premiere of Dunkirk on August 22.
This will be Nolan’s first trip to the capital, »
- Samuel Brace
Call Bryan Fuller whatever you want, but just don’t call him a liar. The “American Gods” creator has been saying for well over a year now that talks of a potential “Hannibal” Season 4 would only begin two years after the Season 3 finale aired. August 2017 marks two years since the last episode, “The Wrath of the Lamb”, and guess what? It appears that Season 4 talks have officially begun as promised.
Fuller first teased that talks were beginning in a tweet last week. Although he issued a warning that “this takes time,” Fuller also announced that “Hannibal” producer Martha De Laurentiis was jump starting the conversation about continuing the acclaimed serial killer drama.
Conversations couldn’t start until 2 years after the final airing of season 3. @neoprod has started those conversations. This takes time.
— Bryan Fuller »
- Zack Sharf
Most people should be familiar with Hans Zimmer’s music. After all, he is the man who composed the music for movies that include but are not limited to Gladiator,Inception, and the Pirates of the Caribbean series. As a result, it should come as no surprise to learn that Zimmer has earned numerous awards and accolades over the course of his career, with examples ranging from an Oscar for The Lion King to no fewer than four Grammy Awards for three separate movies. Summed up, he should be considered one of the best music composers in the entertainment industries for excellent
- Nat Berman
From Thunderball to Inception, from punchy thrillers to mixed-race romances, Earl Cameron blazed a trail through British acting – with just one lung. He relives his meatiest roles and the prejudice he rose above
‘Not long till your birthday!” the receptionist shouts as Earl Cameron materialises in the lobby of the Holiday Inn near his home in Warwickshire. He’s come with his wife, Barbara, to check on the party arrangements. They’ve booked the conference suite, which he now fears is too small, given all the guests who are coming. He has six children scattered around the world, more grandkids than he can keep track of, plus scores of old friends.
It’s going to be a big bash, which is only fitting. Cameron was arguably Britain’s first black movie star – and these are the preparations for his 100th birthday, which takes place this week.
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- Xan Brooks
In an age where special effects reign supreme, there’s one aspect of the filmmaking process that hasn’t gone through a radical transformation — music. Some of the best movies in any given year would be sorely lacking without their memorable scores, and this has remained true well into the first two decades of the 21st century.
Film composers play an integral part in the filmmaking process, and there are a handful whose bodies of work stand out in recent years. Of course, this list of 12 major composers only begins to scratch the surface of the talent out there. There are plenty of other worthy contributors to the medium who didn’t make the cut — Danny Elfman and John Williams, we’re looking at you — but rest assured that this top dozen represent the cream of the crop.
- Gabrielle Kiss
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