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Promoting the release of the upcoming cartel thriller, Sicario, from writer/director Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Enemy), Lionsgate has released five "Lotería Card" Posters, paying homage to traditional Loteria cards - the Latin game that originated in Mexico. The cards feature members of the cast including Emily Blunt as FBI agent Kate Macer, Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin as well as two others featuring images that "capture the themes" of the film. The film's title, Sicario, means hitman in Mexico and the film focuses on the border area stretching between Mexico and the U.S. where an idealistic FBI agent (Blunt) is enlisted by an elite government task force official to aid in the escalating war against drugs. Along with those already mentioned, the film co-stars Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey Donovan and Daniel Kaluuya. Sicario releases in theaters on Sept. 18. sb id="1534759" height="360" width="640" »
- Brad Brevet
He has been making movies for almost twenty years now, and up until his 2011 film “Incendies,” Denis Villeneuve only ever made films in his native country of Canada. So perhaps it’s understandable that it took his first Hollywood production, 2013’s “Prisoners,” for the filmmaker to receive international acclaim. Since then, Villeneuve has been on a roll with last year’s “Enemy” and the upcoming “Sicario,” the latter receiving a wealth of positive buzz when it premiered at Cannes this past May. Villeneuve has recently commenced filming his follow-up to “Sicario,” “Story of Your Life” which boasts a cast that includes Jeremy Renner, Amy Adams, and Forest Whitaker. And he's said to be attached to direct the sequel to “Blade Runner.” The man’s simply unstoppable at the moment. Read More: Interview: Denis Villenueve Talks Shooting Toronto For 'Enemy,' Dipping Into the Subconscious & His Next Projects Just in time, »
- Ken Guidry
Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »
- Anna Robinson
Love & Mercy star Paul Dano, Harry Potter alum Daniel Radcliffe and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead have joined the cast of Swiss Army Man, one of the most quirky-sounding dramas we’ve seen get the green light in recent times.
Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, known jointly as Daniels, are at the helm of the indie pic, which centers on a hopeless young man who finds a dead body while stranded in the wilderness. Striking up conversation with and then befriending the corpse, the man begins a very surreal journey to find his way back home. Told you it was weird.
No details yet on which roles the stars will be playing, but its nonetheless exciting to see such a talented trio of performers come together for a project, particularly one this unusual. Dano, who has been playing oddballs for years in everything from Little Miss Sunshine to Prisoners, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano (Prisoners) are set to star in an intriguing sounding indie flick titled Swiss Army Man, and Deadline is reporting Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World) has also joined the project. The movie comes from directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (known as "the Daniels), and it was developed at the Sundance lab. The dramedy "centers on a hopeless... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.
“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”
“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy »
- Michelle McCue
Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning. For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing. Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women. And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.
Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.
Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically »
- Tim Gray
Curated by senior programmer Michael Plante, this first (and complementary!) batch of festival shorts features early projects from Emmy contender Jill Soloway ("Transparent"), "Prisoners" and "Sicario" director Denis Villeneuve and more. SundanceTV will be releasing five more Festival Shorts next month, along with a number of shorts from the cast and crew of "Rectify," Sundance Channel's Peabody-winning drama that returns for season three on Thursday, July 9. Read More: Cannes: Denis Villeneuve Says Drug War Film 'Sicario' Is "Very Dark" and "Quite Violent" The shorts already available on Sundance.TV are: "Una Hora Por Favora" Directed by Jill Soloway Co-stars Wilmer Valderrama (“That ‘70s Show,” “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series”) "Next Floor" Directed by Denis Villeneuve Canal+ Award Winner at Cannes Film Festival 2008 Best Canadian Short Film at Toronto Film Festival 2008 »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Specialising in escalated drug cartel activity response, idealistic FBI agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) finds herself assigned by the Us State Department to a taskforce commissioned to aid in the escalating war on drugs along the border area between the Us and Mexico. Led by Matt (Josh Brolin), an enigmatic consultant with a questionable past, the team sets out on a clandestine journey that forces Kate to question everything she believes in in order to survive.
Written by Sons of Anarchy star Taylor Sheridan and shot by legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins, the film has a stellar supporting cast that includes Benicio Del Torro, Jon Bernthal, Victor Gerber, Jeffrey Donovan and Daniel Kaluuya.
Mexican for hitman, Sicario will have you on the edge of your seat as the lawless border »
- Sacha Hall
When the mission takes Kate over the border into Mexico, she becomes trapped in the middle of a cat-and-mouse game between the CIA and an all-powerful drug lord.
Sicario was recently screened in competition for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, with the award ultimately going to France's Dheepan.
A Us release date for Sicario has been set for September 18. A UK opening follows on November 6. »
Coming off of great buzz at Cannes, Denis Villeneuve's Sicario arrives on U.S. shores September 18. Today the trailer dropped and it's a doozy.Starring Emily Blunt as an FBI agent who gets thrust into the Mexican Cartel drug war, the Prisoners helmer's latest effort looks to be a morally complex, audacious action-thriller made for adults. Our own Jason Gorber reviewed the film at Cannes and had this to say: "Villeneuve's film feels at times deeply operatic, but it never loses itself into reverie. Blunt in particular is extremely effective, coming across as authentically powerful and vulnerable in equal measure."With some stunning work from cinematographer Robert Deakins the trailer does indeed hint at Jason's take. Sicario also stars Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro. Take a...
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Denis Villeneuve is one of the best directors to come to the fore in the last few years, with 2013's widely loved Prisoners and his follow up, the complex and surreal thriller, Enemy. Villenueve is not a newcomer to cinema but it is only since the release of his english-language films that the world has decided to sit up and take notice of his talents. His latest feature, Sicario, focuses on Emily Blunt's idealistic FBI agent, who is drafted in to take on a drug cartel in Mexico. When she sets out on a clandestine mission to take down the drug lords, she begins to question everything she believes in, as she sees that the rules apply less and less in order for her mission to succeed. the trailer looks great, with some striking and violent imagery, and a pulsating action beat. If Villeneuve can apply his deft touches »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Dave Higgins)
Today we have the trailer for the upcoming "Sicario" crime thriller, starring Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro and Jon Bernthal. Check it out below. Plot: In Mexico, sicario means hitman. In the lawless border area stretching between the Us and Mexico, an idealistic FBI agent (Blunt) is enlisted by an elite government task force official (Brolin) to aid in the escalating war against drugs. Led by an enigmatic consultant with a questionable past (Del Toro), the team sets out on a clandestine journey forcing Kate to question everything that she believes in order to survive. The new movie is directed by Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners) and already premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. It's set to hit theaters on September 18th. Trailer: »
We assume Sicario is already on your radar because we also assume you remember it being on our list of 2015 Movies That Need to Be on Your Radar. If, however, it isn't, we're guessing it will be after watching the first trailer for it, which just hit online. Directed by Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Enemy, and the upcoming Blade Runner sequel), Sicario stars the always impressive Emily Blunt as a rising FBI agent who is sent to Mexico to help the CIA take down a drug cartel. As is often the case with trying to topple drug-fueled empires, things don't go so well, and our bushy tailed agent finds herself caught up in a war that seems to have enemies on all sides. Sicario also stars Josh Brolin, Benecio Del Toro, Victor Garber, and Jon Bernthal. It hits...
- Peter Hall
Canada’s Denis Villeneuve (Enemy, Prisoners) reteams with cinematographer Rogers Deakins – who has criminally never won an Academy Award despite twelve nominations – for another brutal yet beautiful thriller.
In this September’s Sicario, an FBI agent (Emily Blunt) from Arizona heads south of the border on a cladestine mission to take dismantle a drug lord's operation. In Mexico, “sicario” means “hired killer,” and when Kate (Blunt) is teamed up with a non-American mercenary with a questionable past (Benicio del Toro), the line between friend and foe becomes blurred.
Blunt has clearly not forgotten the skills she honed in the grossly underappreciated Edge of Tomorrow. There’s a little Full Metal Bitch there in her interaction with Del Toro and Josh Brolin, and it’s exhilarating to see.
Basically, throw Emily Blunt and a gun in a movie together, and we’re there. It also helps that Villeneuve and Deakins are there, »
- Sasha James
The trailer opens amid ominous music with the warning, “In Mexico, ‘sicario’ means hitman.”
The story, set in the lawless border area between the U.S. and Mexico, centers on an idealistic FBI agent (portrayed by Blunt) who’s exposed to the brutal world of international drug trafficking by members of a government task force — played by Brolin and Del Toro — who have enlisted her in their plan to take out a major Mexican cartel boss.
“Sicario” opens Sept. 18 limited »
- Dave McNary
Evil Dead director Fede Alvarez’s next horror venture, previously titled A Man in the Dark, has cast its two lead roles. Jane Levy, who toplined Alvarez’s Evil reboot as the possessed Mia, has landed the role of a young, imperiled thief, while Stephen Lang will take on the part of a blind man out for blood.
The pic focuses on a trio of teens who execute perfectly planned home robberies. When they break into the home of a reclusive blind man (Lang) for their biggest and final heist, things don’t go as planned and the three wind up fighting for their lives against a psychopath determined to keep his darkest secrets from coming to light.
Alvarez is reteaming with his long-time screenwriting partner Rodo Sayagues on the project, which original »
- Isaac Feldberg
Director Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Enemy) is known for taking his characters into some dark places, and it looks like that trend continues with Sicario. To bring you up to speed, the story follows an idealistic FBI agent (Emily Blunt) who is enlisted by an elite government task force official to aid in the escalating war against drugs. Led by an enigmatic consultant with a questionable past, the team sets... Read More »
- Sean Wist
It was a smash at Cannes, and now Lionsgate has unveiled the first trailer for Denis Villeneuve's thriller "Sicario" starring Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro. Blunt plays an FBI agent assigned to the U.S.-Mexico border in the company of two men, a CIA official (Brolin) and a mysterious consultant (del Toro).
Villeneuve, coming off the huge success of "Prisoners," reunites with cinematographer Roger Deakins on the project which has been described as containing expert action and being very violent and bleak in its exploration of a complicated scenario. "Sicario" opens September 18th.
- Garth Franklin
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