11 items from 2015
Re-teaming with Darclight, the company behind her most recent movie Zhongkui: Snow Girl And The Dark Crystal, Bingbing Li will next head for The Nest. She's producing and will star in the arachnophobic sci-fi thriller. Kimble Rendall (Second-Unit on the Matrix sequels, I, Robot and Killer Elite) is directing.The plot involves a team of scientists who, in order to get to the "discovery of the century", must negotiate a labyrinth of carnivorous spiders. There's always bloody something, isn't there?It's a Chinese-Australian co-production: the fourth to come about through an arrangement between Screen Australia and the China Film Co-Production Corporation since 2006. It's being touted as the biggest-budget project to come out of that deal so far, although the number isn't being specified. Given that the previous three co-productions - Children Of The Silk Road, The Dragon Pearl and 33 Postcards - amount to a combined total budget of about $60m, »
Below you will find our favorite films of the 68th Locarno Film Festival, as well as an index of our coverage.Daniel Kasmantop Picksi. L’Accademia delle Muse, CosmosII. Thithi, Happy Hour, Right Now, Wrong ThenIII. Deux Rémi, deux, 88:88COVERAGEDay 1: James White (Josh Mond), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Don Siegel)Day 2: Infinitas (Marlen Khutsiev), I Am Twenty (Marlen Khutsiev), The Ballad of Cable Hogue (Sam Peckinpah)Day 3: Cosmos (Andrzej Żuławski), The Wild Bunch (Sam Peckinpah)Day 4: Thithi (Raam Reddy), Te prometo anarquía (Julio Hernández Cordón), Chant d'hiver (Otar Iosseliani), July Rain (Marlen Khutsiev), Year of the Dragon (Michael Cimino)Day 5: L’Accademia delle Muse (José Luis Guerín), Les idoles (Marc'o), Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (Sam Peckinpah), The Killer Elite (Sam Peckinpah)Day 6: Good Morning, Night (Marco Bellocchio), No Home Movie (Chantal Akerman), Epilogue (Marlen Khutsiev)Day 7: Chevalier (Athina Rachel Tsangari »
Since his debut in Guy Ritchie’s 1998 film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, actor Jason Statham has emerged in the past few years as one of the leading action heroes currently working, with his popularity being proven by the fact that the Transporter series, which he headlined for the first three films, has gone on to a tv show adaptation and will be rebooted in theatres next weekend with The Transporter Refueled. That’s not the only action franchise Statham has headlined, however, as he has also been the leading man in the Crank films and been a part of the Expendables franchise and, more recently, the Fast and Furious franchise.
Action heroes often have to throw lots of punches onscreen, and Statham has been no exception in this regard. Now the youtube channel Burger Fiction has put together a compilation of the numerous punches Statham has thrown onscreen »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Spanish director José Luis Guerín is best known in the States for his pseudo-fictional love letter to women-watching In the City of Sylvia, but in fact is a prolific documentary filmmaker and has brought with him to Locarno the lovely and elegant pseudo-documentary L’Accademia delle Muse. Playful and clever as ever, Guerín has collaborated with Professor Raffaele Pinto and several actresses, perhaps students, to stage a false course in philology. The class, populated almost entirely by women, discusses the nature, influence and meaning of muses in poetry, and what starts as seemingly a documentary on this classroom, its teacher and a few select students, subtly evolves into a drama of words and unseen actions.The issues at stake as discourse in the class—what desire means, if it has to be sexual, the difference between a woman and a muse, how a lover influences the beloved and vice versa »
- Daniel Kasman
We’ve just received word that AMC are to launch in the UK with an exclusive deal with BT (British Telecom). With that news comes the additional information that The Walking Dead spin-off, Fear The Walking Dead, will air exclusively on the channel on 31st August, which is a week after its North American air date.
If you are a BT customer you have no worries as the new channel is 100% free to subscribers to their phone and broadband service; a bit like BT Sport (which snapped up a huge chunk of Champions League coverage this year). The service will be automatically added to users set-top boxes from August 28th.
The news is bound to cause upset with fans of The Walking Dead as there are a lot of us who are not BT subscribers, and a BT subscription comes at an extra premium. If you want to watch the »
- Paul Heath
Did you know that Brian Trenchard-Smith's classic Ozploitation film, Turkey Shoot, has been remade into a modern action film starring Dominic Purcell (Killer Elite, Prison Break), Viva Bianca (Spartacus) and Robert Taylor? Me neither.
Packed with mayhem, stunts, and special effects, Elimination Game (still Turkey Shoot in some parts of the world) is said to be "a warped reflection of the global fascination with increasingly brutal reality-television competition game shows."
In the wake of a shocking civilian massacre in a foreign war zone, disgraced Navy Seal Rick Tyler is sentenced to rot in a maximum security military prison until he is offered the opportunity to put his life on the line to win his freedom. A one-man force o [Continued ...] »
*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
Blake Lively and Jason Clarke are already at the top of the cast, and now All I See Is You has another confirmed cast member. Yvonne Strahovski (24: Live Another Day, Dexter, Chuck) has joined Marc Forster's psychological drama.Forster wrote the script for this one with Sean Conway and it finds him back in the sort of brain-tickling thriller territory he explored with 2005’s Stay, rather than the blockbuster terrain of World War Z. All I See Is You involves Lively as a blind woman whose sight is restored. But while that would surely count as a reason for celebration, her repaired vision means she can now see all the undiscovered details about herself, her husband (Clarke), her marriage and their lives together. Strahovski will be playing Lively's best friend. She's probably best known at the moment for the TV credits we mentioned above, but she's also had feature experience in Killer Elite, »
Twilight Time is celebrating its 4th anniversary with a major promotion that sees some of their limited edition titles reduced in price through April 3. These are the titles on sale.
Retail price point: $24.95
Bell, Book, And Candle
Retail price point: $19.95
Roots Of Heaven
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
The Voice UK topped the ratings on its first Sunday outing this year, overnight data reveals.
The BBC One talent show's final Knockout Rounds were seen by an average audience of 7.46 million viewers (31.9%) at 7.45pm, up from Saturday's 6.99m (31.9%).
Earlier, Countryfile brought in 6.17m (30.1%) at 6.45pm, while Poldark dropped around 400,000 to 6.56m (28.2%) at 9pm. Match of the Day 2 scored 2.59m (23.9%) at 10.35pm.
On BBC Two, Pompidou amused 665k (3.5%) at 6.30pm, followed by Comic Relief - The Best Bits with 1.20m (5.7%) at 7pm.
ITV's The Chase entertained 3.34m (16.9%) at 6.30pm (161k/0.7% on +1), while Off Their Rockers tickled 3.19m (14.4%) at 7.30pm.
International actuals took their time arriving after the long holiday weekend in the U.S. Most studios have now reported, and in some cases have included grosses through Monday. There were no massive fluctuations, but some of the Oscar nominees including The Theory Of Everything, Boyhood and Birdman enjoyed nice bumps in holdover markets. Figures have also been added below for Jason Statham’s Wild Card, which opened to a strong hand in France, two weeks ahead of its domestic debut.
Figures for the above films have been updated below along with: Taken 3, Seventh Son, Big Hero 6, Penguins Of Madagascar, Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, American Sniper, Exodus: Gods And Kings, Into The Woods, Unbroken, Ouija, Blackhat, Dumb And Dumber To, Horrible Bosses, Honig Im Kopf, Gone Girl, Let’s Be Cops, »
- Nancy Tartaglione
11 items from 2015
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