16 items from 2016
Based on the lucrative Hasbro toy line, today’s announcement puts Blunt opposite Kristen Chenoweth in the animated adventure, best known for her roles across Glee and Broadway musical, Wicked. Pegged for a release in 2017, director Jayson Thiessen is to take point at the helm, working from a script produced by Meghan McCarthy, a regular to Ponyville having worked on the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic animated series.
Ready to make their big-screen debut are the film’s core cast of My Little Pony: Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, and Rarity. No word yet on the specifics of Blunt’s character, though we understand it will be unique to Thiessen’s feature.
Rooted in the rolling hills of Equestria, Lionsgate’s pitch »
- Michael Briers
The science fiction genre is a versatile one. It can be used to explore politics, racism, environmentalism, or almost every subject under the sun. While the stuff that really sells in Hollywood tends to be the escapism type of movies, like Star Wars (which, let's be honest, is fantasy), Star Trek, and Edge Of Tomorrow, among many others, there doesn't seem to be any real shortage of the more low key scifi films--the ones on which the genre was founded.
These films are less about predicting the future, and more about making a statement about society. Films Ex MacHina and Her are both great examples of recent films that fall under the category I'm talking about, but they're by no means the only ones. It's a well-worn genre, and one that isn't likely to disappear any time soon.
The latest of these films is one called Equals, a picture directed »
- Joseph Medina
Ever since Marty McFly stepped into the DeLorean and accidentally transported himself to the year 1955, time travel has become an increasingly interesting, puzzling, and miraculous concept that cinema-goers get to experience through film.
A recent film that expertly uses time travel in an original and spell-binding way is Rian Johnson's Looper. Starring Joseph Gordon Levitt and Bruce Willis as an assassin from the future who goes back in time on a mission to kill himself, Looper spins the time-travel genre on its head and delivers a complex moral tale that is high on action and that left us floored.
Looper screens as part of the Great Digital Film Festival which runs from February 5th-11th. Click here for tickets and showtimes.
- Adriana Floridia
Starring BAFTA and Golden Globe nominee Emily Blunt (Edge Of Tomorrow, Into The Woods), Academy Award nominee Josh Brolin (True Grit, No Country For Old Men) and Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro (Guardians Of The Galaxy, Inherent Vice), Sicario is a searing, unflinching journey into the deadly, volatile and morally murky world of Mexican drug cartels from visionary director Denis Villeneuve (Incendies, Prisoners).
With mesmerising cinematography from 12-time Oscar® nominee Roger Deakins (True Grit, No Country ForOld Men), and an outstanding supporting performance from Jon Bernthal (Ant Man, Fury) Sicario is the white-knuckle thriller of 2015, having debuted to universal critical acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival.
The story focusses on FBI agent Kate Macer (Blunt), who after uncovering a Mexican cartel’s house of death, sees the find causing unexpected shockwaves on a personal and global level. Asked to join a covert black ops mission headed »
- Dan Powell
The inaugural J-Creation: A First Look Showcase will take place on March 3 at the London Hotel in West Hollywood.
Burbank-based Bang Zoom! Entertainment will oversee all creative aspects to the event, which is being presented like an awards show.
Tokyo-based manga publishers Bungeishunjū, Shogakukan, Shueisha and Takarajimasha will present, as will Japanese literary management company Cork and broadcaster Fuji Television Network.
Tatsuro Hatanaka, president of Amuse Group USA, said: “We know there is tremendous global value in the IP emanating from Japan but there are perceived road blocks that have prevented these from being discovered and exploited on a grand scale.
“We see this event as an attractive platform for Hollywood and Japan to come together and mutually discover collaborative opportunities that lead to successful films, television »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Snarky humor and a wonderfully put-on Matthew Macfadyen are the best reasons to see a satire that ultimately seems to forget where it was heading. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Emil Forester (Matthew Macfadyen: Anna Karenina) makes, in the words of his cleaning lady, “strange films”; his last one was shot entirely on a container freighter in the middle of an ocean. But he’s stumped for an idea for his next one. Will an invitation to a film festival in the “Autonomous Republic of Karastan” — motto: “land of inspiration” — give him the spark he needs to start a new project? In fact, he won’t have any choice: President Abashiliev (Richard van Weyden) insists that Emil direct an epic film about a historic Karastani national hero, and despite the fact that Emil doesn »
- MaryAnn Johanson
To coincide with the upcoming release of Sicario on DVD and Blu-ray on February 1st, we’ve got a couple of exclusive video interviews with director Denis Villeneuve and star Josh Brolin; check them out here…
In Mexico, Sicario means hitman. In the lawless border area stretching between the U.S. and Mexico, an idealistic FBI agent [Emily Blunt] is enlisted by an elite government task force official [Josh Brolin] to aid in the escalating war against drugs. Led by an enigmatic consultant with a questionable past [Benicio Del Toro], the team sets out on a clandestine journey forcing Kate to question everything that she believes in order to survive.
- Gary Collinson
It looks like the "Star Wars" franchise has been in need of some script doctoring. Reports have sprung up today about re-writes being performed on both Gareth Edwards' "Star Wars: Rogue One" and Rian Johnson's "Star Wars: Episode VIII" - albeit for different reasons.
First up, Latino Review has reportedly confirmed a report from back in October that writer/director Christopher McQuarrie ("Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation," "Jack Reacher") was brought in last year to spend a few weeks doing a re-write on 'Rogue One'.
Gary Whitta penned the original draft of the script which Chris Weitz subsequently re-wrote. However the site indicates the studio was still not fully happy with where the script was at and so was brought in McQuarrie to do a two-week polish on it - presumably after his "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" commitments were complete.
McQuarrie is used to being a script doctor, »
- Garth Franklin
Writer/director Christopher McQuarrie is on a nice winning streak. Two years ago his pen brought us the intense, sci-fi blockbuster Edge of Tomorrow, and last summer he blew all of our minds both writing and directing Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. He is currently hard at work putting together the pieces for Mission: Impossible 6 - but if new reports are to be believed, he's actually been spending some time also "saving" the script for Star Wars: Rogue One. The Gareth Edwards-directed project about the heist of the original Death Star plans has gone through many different hands on the writing level, but Birth.Movies.Death is now reporting that Christopher McQuarrie did some quiet, uncredited rewrite work that has benefited Star Wars: Rogue One immensely. The site has sources that say that McQuarrie was hired by Lucasfilm and Disney when the movie was first going »
Back in November, producer/screenwriter Simon Kinberg confirmed that production on 20th Century Fox's X-Men spinoff Gambit will begin sometime this spring, describing the movie as a "sexy heist thriller." Channing Tatum is still set to star as the card-throwing title character, with Léa Seydoux portraying the female lead, Belladonna "Bella" Boudreaux. Today we have a new report from Wgno, which reveals that the movie will start production this March in New Orleans.
20th Century Fox previously issued an October 7, 2016 release date for Gambit, putting it up against Warner Bros.' The Accountant, Disney's The Girl on the Train and Lionsgate's Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life. Production was originally set to begin on Gambit last fall, but the production schedule shifted after director Rupert Wyatt (The Gambler) dropped out in September. The production got back on track with Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow), but the studio »
Fox's Gambit, starring Channing Tatum as the titular Cajun mutant, was expected to head into production this past November with Rupert Wyatt behind the camera, but that all changed after the director left the comic book movie. Edge Of Tomorrow's Doug Liman has been tapped to replace Wyatt, and it's being reported that filming is now scheduled to kick off this March in Louisiana. You... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
"Questions are a burden to others, answers are a burden for oneself"
It's possible this could be Scott's next movie after Alien: Covenant, but the negotiations on this are still far too early. There is, after all, the small matter of further Alien/Prometheus sequels too, that Scott intends to direct himself.
The original TV series of The Prisoner of course starred »
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is on the verge of entering its fourth weekend in theaters, and a lot of fans are ready to watch it again. If only to see one of the film's breakout characters a second, third or fourth time. While Gwendoline Christie's Captain Phasma was supposed to be the next Boba Fett, that distinction was actually earned by a Z-6 baton wielding Stormtrooper who calls Finn out as a traitor before engaging in a baton-lightsaber battle on the grounds of Maz Kanata'a Castle. He has since been dubbed Tr-8R, and set off a firestorm of memes around the Internet these past couple of weeks. Earlier this week, we learned more about Tr-8R's backstory. And now, LucasFilm has confirmed the true identity of the First Order's most loyal soldier.
Tr-8R's official name is Nines. He earned that nickname from his Stormtrooper code Fn- »
Over the last few years, Emily Blunt has made a habit of playing tough-as-nails characters, from her role as a badass FBI agent battling cartel violence in Sicario to her armor-wearing turn tussling with aliens and saving Tom Cruise.s ass in Edge of Tomorrow. While those roles are difficult, she says her latest part, in the upcoming adaptation of The Girl on the Train, is the most challenging thing she.s ever done. It wasn.t the physicality of the part that drew Blunt to the part, but the idea of playing damaged, addicted woman. Talking to Deadline 32-year-old actress said: I love that your heroine, your lead character is the most unreliable witness in the world because she.s a drunk. And yet she.s right, and nobody believes her. The idea of playing a part like that where you just feel like you.re drowning is exciting. »
/Film the first footage from Disney's Moana
Playbill Rapper Daveed Diggs on getting his shot on Broadway's smash hit Hamilton expanding the world. (I hope to one day see this show. C'mon lottery gods!)
Gizmodo an exo suit from Edge of Tomorrow constructed from junk!
Comics Alliance apparently director James Gunn says Captain America: Civil War is awesome and this has excited the internet for some reason. Next time someone Outside of Marvel's employ enthuses about one of their movies early, get back to us?
The Envelope thinks that Mad Max Fury Road and Carol will lead Oscar nominations (with 9 each). I dare not hope that this is true because that's just so much fabulousness in one Oscar year.
/Film claims that the breakout character of Star Wars is Tr-8R -- this shows how well we've been following »
- NATHANIEL R
Licensing arrangements be damned, 2016 is a massive year for the X-Men universe. Not only do we have Tim Miller and Ryan Reynold’s dragging Deadpool onto the silver screen next month, but there’s also the small matter of Channing Tatum’s Gambit spinoff along with Bryan Singer’s all-encompassing X-Men: Apocalypse, which is due to lumber onto the scene in May of this year.
And so, to herald the upcoming one-two-three punch of Mutant goodness, Empire has assembled the leading cast members from each feature film for an epic shoot, and you can gaze longingly at the end result above.
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The photo brings together the likes of T.J. Miller, a clean-shaven James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Oscar Isaac, X-Men stalwart Hugh Jackman, Channing Tatum sporting a brilliant t-shirt, Deadpool‘s Ed Skrein and Gina Carano, Jennifer Lawrence and of course, Ryan Reynolds ahead of his »
- Michael Briers
16 items from 2016
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