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Anghus Houvouras on the contemporary Masters of Cinema…
Sometimes a good movie conversation can lead you to interesting places. Take the discussion around the wildly overpraised Baby Driver; a good movie that’s being called a ‘masterpiece’ (it’s not). During the discussion my friend Simon Columb posted this on Twitter:
Edgar Wright ain't no "master". Bloomin' eck pic.twitter.com/4HJzn2sS8X
— Simon Columb (@screeninsight) July 2, 2017
I love Edgar Wright. I’ve watched the entire catalog of his work many, many times. Hell, I’ve watched the two series of Spaced At Least a dozen times. The man has an amazing sense of style and kinetic storytelling that feels uniquely his own. But even with a gun to my head I would not list him among the modern contemporary masters of cinema (even one that shoots cars). But, thanks to that hyperbolic burst of circle-jerk fandom, a thought came to mind? »
- Anghus Houvouras
Like clockwork, after one film from Joel and Ethan Coen hits theaters, it’s not long after that we hear about what they’ll be taking on next. For their Hail, Caesar! follow-up, things took a bit longer, but for good reason, as it looks like their next project is a more ambitious one. Revealed at the start of this year, it was announced that the No Country For Old Men and True Grit directors would be returning to the west for the TV miniseries The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.
Backed by Annapurna Television, we knew it would “intertwine six different story lines” and it may “pursue an innovative approach that could combine television and theatrical,” the first story details have now arrived for the Civil War-set project that will film in New Mexico. Courtesy of Albuquerque Journal (via The Playlist), check out the details below:
The Ballad of Buster »
- Jordan Raup
The Coen Brothers are planning something quite ambitious for their next project. News broke at the beginning of the year that the filmmaking duo was set to direct a Western anthology series under Annapurna’s new television division, but the Albuquerque Journal now reports the project is a “feature-length omnibus consisting of six different stories.”
Whether these different stories will be released in pieces or as a whole film remains to be seen, but Annapurna did say it was mulling “an innovative television and theatrical integrated approach” for the distribution. Perhaps the feature version will be released in theaters, while a television distributor will air or stream the series in six parts. There has been no confirmation on the distribution strategy yet.
According to the Journal, production on “Buster Scruggs” is expected to kick »
- Zack Sharf
Initially a bustling urban backdrop for this new and correspondingly modern medium known as cinema, New York City has been a focal point of American movies since the inception of the form itself. Movies were made to move, and no place moved like NYC. At first, it was the city alone that dazzled filmgoers: the sheer scope and scale of Manhattan’s topography, the size of the city’s towering skyscrapers, the clustered ebb and flow of its lively population. Then stories emerged out of this concrete jungle, stories born from the teeming metropolitan setting: immigrant tragedies, gangster tales, social dramas of class inequality and economic expansion. Before long, Hollywood coopted New York, and suddenly, the bi-coastal portrayal of the Big Apple featured posh penthouses, swanky nightclubs, and a decidedly one-sided representation of the haves and have-nots (Hollywood liked the haves). As an alternative, independent filmmakers took the city’s »
Looking at the new list of members for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, there are a lot of big-name actors. Movie stars like Channing Tatum (“Foxcatcher”) join recent nominees Hailee Steinfeld (“True Grit”) and Lucas Hedges (“Manchester by the Sea”).
On the Academy’s official announcement, each actor’s name is followed by the films cited for their inclusion. For Ahmed, it’s “Nightcrawler;” Glover, “The Martian;” Key, “Don’t Think Twice;” Malek,”Short Term 12;” McKinnon, “Office Christmas Party,” and Paulson, “12 Years a Slave.” Almost all of these are excellent films (“Office Christmas Party,” looking at you), but do you associate these people with those projects?
Or do »
- Ben Travers
As of this writing, Transformers: The Last Knight, the fifth installment in the Transformers series directed by Michael Bay looks to bring in $69.1 million domestically. The movie may make its initial tracking projection of $70 million by the end of the day, which would still make it the lowest grossing Transformers opening for the franchise in it's 10-year history. The first installment of the series earned $70.5 million back in 2007 and was the highest grossing non-sequel movie of 2007., topping the box office in 10 countries.
Variety is reporting that Transformers: The Last Knight is performing well overseas much like other summer blockbusters like The Mummy so it may end up turning a profit after recouping its $217 million budget. The Last Knight made $41 million on opening day in China alone, making the projected end of the weekend box office at somewhere around $196.2 million, which is definitely nothing to scoff at. The movie comes at »
Back in January it was announced that the Coen Brothers are heading to the small screen to write and direct the Western anthology series The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, and now The Playlist is reporting that production on the miniseries is set to begin next month in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is being produced by Annapurna TV and will explore how “the stories of six individuals weave together in the old West at the end of the Civil War.”
While the project marks the Coens’ first TV project, they do have previous experience in the western genre, having directed the True Grit remake, along with the Oscar-winning modern day western No Country for Old Men. »
- Gary Collinson
The recently announced Transformers spin-off Bumblebee will be set in the 1980s and it appears as though the popular Transformer may be getting back to his roots with the classic Volkswagen Bug. The Bumblebee spin-off will give fans of the Autobot a peak into what his life is like without Optimus Prime, which is a good choice because Mr. Prime doesn't seem to be bringing too many viewers into the theaters these days. The spin-off is already getting comparisons to The Iron Giant which is definitely a good thing, especially when compared to the last few Michael Bay directed Transformer movies.
Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura recently sat down with Entertainment Weekly to discuss the Bumblebee spin-off. After talking about the movie taking place in the 1980s, Bonaventura revealed that Bumblebee might possibly be going back to his roots. He says this.
"You might even see a Vw Bug. You never know. »
Production on the Coen brothers’ western TV series The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs is set to kick off next month, according to sources over at The Playlist. The project is Joel and Ethan Coen’s first foray into the realms of television and sees them take to Albuquerque, New Mexico for the shoot in July.
According to the same source, the TV series, which is described as a drama/ comedy, will tell the stories of six individuals weave together in the old West at the end of the Civil War.
Of course, the duo are no stranger to the western genre having served a pretty decent remake of True Grit a few years back. The pair will write and direct the series. No news on who will lead the cast, and there is no network or streamer mentioned as the outlet for airing as yet.
Not much more is known about The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs at all, bar the above, but we’ll obviously keep you posted.
The post Coen brothers TV western The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs to shoot in July appeared first on The Hollywood News. »
- Paul Heath
Horror fans can howl at moon this summer when Scream Factory releases their Collector's Edition Blu-rays of Teen Wolf (featuring a high-def transfer from the interpositive) and Teen Wolf Too, and to help hold fans over until the August 8th release date arrives, the special features for both Blu-rays have been revealed, along with the announcement that Shout! Factory will release Teen Wolf: The Complete Animated Series on DVD September 5th.
Press Release: Hooooooooooooooowl! On August 8, 2017, Scream Factory will present two classic films from the 1980’s, Teen Wolf (Collector’s Editon), starring Michael J Fox, and Teen Wolf Too (Collector’s Edition), starring Jason Bateman, the latter on Blu-ray™ for the first time. In addition, the Saturday morning kids show Teen Wolf: The Complete Animated Series will get a DVD release from Shout! Factory, on September 5.
- Derek Anderson
Little is known about the plot of the Christina Hodson-penned project except for the fact that the “Pitch Perfect 2” actress will “play a tomboy who also holds a job as a mechanic after school,” according to THR.
Hodson has a number of high-profile projects in the works, including “Gotham City Sirens,” the “Suicide Squad” spinoff centering on Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn and other female villains and heroes from DC. Hodson’s previous credits include “Unforgettable” and “Shut In.”
Steinfeld scored an Oscar nod in 2011 for “True Grit.” She most recently appeared in last year’s “The Edge of Seventeen,” written and directed by Kelly Fremon Craig. The coming-of-age film — and Steinfeld’s performance — earned rave reviews.
“The search for our lead, Nadine, was massive and lengthy. We literally auditioned a thousand girls over the course of more than a year. We scoured the entire planet,” Fremon Craig told us. “We knew we couldn’t make the film if we didn’t have the right actress. Nadine is a tough role to pull off because she’s many antithetical things at once — she’s tough as nails but incredibly fragile, she makes you laugh then shatters you completely, and she feels everything deeply but pretends like it’s all rolling off her back,” she explained. “Hailee Steinfeld came in to read very late in the game and she captured all of it and more, and with a miraculous effortlessness. She’s a force of nature.”
Hailee Steinfeld Eyeing Lead Role in “Transformers” Spinoff “Bumblebee” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
Hailee Steinfeld has joined the cast of the Transformers spin-off film Bumblebee, so reports The Hollywood Reporter. According to the trade, Steinfeld will play a tomboy who also holds a job as a mechanic after school.
The film is set-up at Paramount Pictures where the rest of the Transformers movies are based, and will be directed by Travis Knight, the man behind the superb Kubo And The Two Strings, the celebrated animation that was released towards the end of last year.
The Bumblebee movie will be based around the fan-favourite yellow robot who transforms from a Chevrolet Camaro.
The next instalment in the Transformers franchise, Transformers: The Last Knight, arrives in cinemas later this month. Mark Wahlberg, Jerrod Carmichael, Isabela Moner, Josh Duhamel, Anthony Hopkins, Laura Haddock, Santiago Cabrera, Liam Garrigan and Stanley Tucci are amongst the cast of the Michael Bay-directed movie.
Steinfeld was last seen in the »
- Paul Heath
Just a few weeks ago, a Hasbro patent application gave fans their first look at the Bumblebee spin-off logo, and now we have word about the first cast member coming aboard. Actress Hailee Steinfeld has entered negotiations with Paramount to star in Bumblebee, with a deal close to being finalized. She will be directed by Laika founder Travis Knight, who will make his live-action directorial debut with this spin-off, following his true directing debut with last year's Kubo and the Two Strings.
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Hailee Steinfeld will portray a young tomboy, who also holds a job as a mechanic after school. Producer Michael Bay confirmed in April that this project will be a Bumblebee prequel, which was also backed up by producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, although neither producer would reveal what specific time frame this movie is set in. Many have speculated that this movie will provide an origin story for Bumblebee, »
Per The Hollywood Reporter, Steinfeld's character will be a tomboy student who trades in her textbooks for socket wrenches after school to work as a mechanic. She'll likely become the human owner of Bumblebee and the two will end up on an adventure together.
Stepping in to direct Bumblebee for Paramount and the first franchise director not named Michael Bay is Laika CEO Travis Knight. For Knight, Bumblebee will mark his directorial debut. Laika's most recent film was the critically acclaimed and beautifully animated Kubo and the Two Strings.
The character of Bumblebee, a fan favorite Autobot since his early 1980s introduction, has played a role in every Bay Transformers cinematic film. Where Bumblebee the movie falls into Bay's timeline remains to be seen. »
With Transformers: The Last Knight getting ready to storm into theatres in just a few weeks, Paramount is already starting to get the wheels turning on the first of many planned spinoffs: Bumblee. Not too long ago, Laika CEO Travis Knight was appointed to the helm and this evening, Variety brings word that Hailee Steinfeld is being eyed to star.
The plot of the spinoff, which centres on the titular robot – a firm fan favorite, might we add – is being kept under lock and key, but from what we understand, the role that the True Grit actress looks to land is that of “a tomboy who also holds a job as a mechanic after school.” Though we don’t know much more than that, it’d be foolish to expect Bumblebee’s solo outing to differ too much to what’s come before. In other words, if you can’t stand this franchise, »
- Matt Joseph
Laika CEO Travis Knight will be making his directorial debut on the pic.
While plot details are still unknown, the story will focus on the popular character who has appeared in all of Michael Bay’s “Transformers” films. Details behind Steinfeld’s character are also being kept under wraps.
Bay, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Brian Goldner, Stephen Davis, and Steven Spielberg are producing. Christina Hodson penned the script after joining the “Transformers” writers’ room last year, where the studio began fleshing out ideas for other movies contained in the “Transformers” universe, but not necessarily set along the franchise timeline.
Following her Oscar-nominated role in “True Grit,” Steinfeld has risen the ranks of leading ladies and this pic now »
- Justin Kroll
Based on true historical events during Stalin’s 1930s campaign against Soviet Ukraine, Bitter Harvestis the powerful story of love, war, and survival, arriving on DVD, On Demand, and Digital HD June 13th from Lionsgate. This action-filled epic follows a young artist as he battles famine, imprisonment, and torture to save his childhood love and free his country. Starring Max Irons, Samantha Barks, Barry Pepper, and Academy Award® nominee Terence Stamp (Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Billy Budd, 1962). Written and directed by George Mendeluk (TV’s “Highlander: The Raven,” “Night Heat”), the Bitter Harvest DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98.
Set during one of the most overlooked and tragic periods of the 20th century, Bitter Harvest is a powerful story of love, honor, rebellion and survival as seen through the eyes of two young lovers caught in the ravages of Joseph Stalin’s policies of »
- Tom Stockman
Author: Jo-Ann Titmarsh
Takashi Miike has just made his hundredth film, and what a fine centenary moment it is. Blade of the Immortal takes the Japanese director to familiar territory, with samurai swordsmen and shoguns at odds with a renegade faction. In fact, there are many similarities with Miike’s highly entertaining 13 Assassins, not least of all the body (and limb) count.
Whereas 13 Assassins was a more classical tale, Blade of the Immortal is an adaptation of a manga comic about a cursed samurai who has to kill a thousand evil men to become mortal. And – spoiler alert! – in the film version our hero gets to about a fifth of that number in the first ten minutes before we’ve even got to the opening credits. The film opens in black and white. Our hero, Manji (the excellent Tetsuya Oishi), has killed some men, one of whom is his sister’s husband. »
- Jo-Ann Titmarsh
Former Paramount Pictures CEO Brad Grey has died from cancer at age 59. Grey served as the head of Paramount for the past 12 years, stepping down just this past February. He died with his family by his side at his home in Holmby Hills, California.
Read More: Paramount First Looks: Garland’s ‘Annihilation,’ Payne’s ‘Downsizing,’ and Bay’s ‘Transformers’
Prior to joining Paramount, Grey co-founded management and production company Brillstein-Grey Entertainment with Bernie Brillstein. At Bge, he executive produced shows including “The Sopranos” and “The Larry Sanders Show.”
Grey also co-founded Plan B with Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston before the couple split and Pitt took control of the company, Deadline reported. Grey left Plan B for Paramount shortly before production began on Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed,” which won for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Plan B had a first look deal with Paramount for several years before »
- Graham Winfrey
We don’t talk about books a whole lot around here, but many on The Playlist are avid readers, and one novel that I’ve been telling everyone to read immediately is Paulette Jiles‘ “News Of The World.” A point of comparison might broadly be “True Grit,” as the book tells the story of Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, a war veteran who earns money in 1870 by traveling town to town in the South, reading headlines and news stories of the day from newspapers around the globe.
Continue reading Tom Hanks Will Spread ‘News Of The World’ at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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