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As if we weren’t already excited enough about Blade Runner 2, today brings word that cinematographer Roger Deakins has signed on to shoot the long-awaited sci-fi sequel, reteaming with director Denis Villeneuve after two extremely fruitful collaborations on Prisoners and Sicario.
The 12-time Oscar-nominated lenser is without a doubt the best in the business. Over the years, he’s teamed with everyone from Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption) to Stephen Daldry (The Reader). A frequent collaborator of the Coen Brothers and Sam Mendes, Deakins has excelled in every genre he’s ever attempted, never failing to create atmospheric, fully realized worlds for filmmakers to explore.
He’s certainly not best known for futuristic dystopias, having shot just two films – In Time and Nineteen Eighty-Four – that can be considered sci-fi, but it’s going to be absolutely thrilling to see how Deakins recreates the world of Blade Runner (previously lensed by »
- Isaac Feldberg
Good news, everyone! When it was announced that Denis Villeneuve would be directing Blade Runner 2, my first thought was, “Hey that’s pretty cool!" And my second thought was, “Wait, does this mean Roger Deakins is going to shoot a Blade Runner movie?!” Indeed. Alcon Entertainment announced today that the 12-time Oscar nominated cinematographer will be reuniting with Villeneuve on the project, marking their third collaboration after Prisoners and the upcoming Sicario. Deakins is quite possibly the best director of photography who’s ever lived, so the prospect of him capturing the world of Blade Runner is beyond enticing. A frequent collaborator of the Coen Brothers, Deakins has shined in a variety of genres from Western (True Grit) to comedy (The Big Lebowski) to James Bond (Skyfall). While he did shoot 2011’s In Time and 1984’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, we haven’t seen much from Deakins in the realm of sci-fi, »
- Adam Chitwood
In 2004, she made her film debut in the teen comedy "Mean Girls", with subsequent supporting roles in independent films, including "Nine Lives" (2005), the crime drama "Alpha Dog" (2006) and a recurring role in the Upn TV drama "Veronica Mars" (2004–2006). Between 2006 and 2011, she starred on the HBO drama series "Big Love" and appeared in the 2008 musical feature film "Mamma Mia!".
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- Michael Stevens
The best way to describe James Godwin's wildly inventive The Flatiron Hex is that it is like watching a big-budget summer sci-fi action-comedy performed by one man, with puppets and a couple of projectors. Making its world premier at Dixon Place, a space that grew out of salons held in Artistic Director Ellie Covan's living room and is primarily dedicated to helping artists create and develop new work, The Flatiron Hex brings to mind Neil Gaiman's American Gods and the works of William Gibson and Cory Doctorow, as well as films such as Night Watch and Hellboy, through a lens of 1940s and 50s hardboiled noir. Godwin, who made his own debut at Dixon Place in 1988, creates a future New York City, now known as Nyorg, »
- Leah Richards
With the drone warfare drama, Good Kill, opening in Canada and the Us this week, I had a chance to speak with director Andrew Niccol about the film briefly over the phone. But it was a very dense conversation that offers some insight as to what was keeping him up at night while making the film.The New Zealand born filmmaker has spend most of his career working in Hollywood as a writer (The Truman Show, The Terminal) and double-hyphenate director (Gattaca, Lord of War, In Time). Much like the voice of his films, there is a pragmatic, down-to-earth manner in his conversational tone balanced with a further-reaching inquiry as to what is right and what is wrong with us as we continue to barrel full...
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Indian record-breaking film “Pk” is set for a major release in China later this month. The Disney-backed film grossed $97 million on its release in India and Indian diaspora markets in late 2014.
Wang Baoqiang (“Lost in Thailand,” “Personal Tailor”) voices the lead character, played by Aamir Khan, in what is believed to be the first dubbed version of an Indian movie recently released in China.
The film had a gala premiere in Shanghai yesterday (May 13) and will move to wide release with 3,500 venues next Friday (May 22). Distribution is by China Film Group, the state-owned enterprise that also releases the major Hollywood import titles.
The release underlines a growing thaw in cultural relations between the two Asian neighbors, initiated by China’s President Xi Jinping last year. In time for Chinese New Year in February, Shah Rukh Khan-starring caper movie “Happy New Year” was given a release by M1905, a subsidiary of China Central Television. »
- Patrick Frater
Written and directed by Jean-Pierre Melville
Nearly every mention of Jean-Pierre Melville’s cinema inevitably alludes to his crime films, and for good reason. Of his 13 features, nine fall under this general heading, and for the most part, they are his best and most admired. Amongst the rest of his filmography, slightly varying and further distinguishing his career, are his occasional forays into the war film—or, more precisely, the wartime film, for typical battleground scenarios are negligible. This is the case with Léon Morin, Priest (1961), with The Army of Shadows (1969), his extraordinary ode to the French resistance, of which he was a member, and this is the case with his debut, Le silence de la mer. (His 1950 feature, Les Enfants Terribles, defies generic categorization.)
“The war years were the best years of my life.” Such comments from Melville often got a rise out of those around him, »
- Jeremy Carr
Fatal Irony: Is There Anything Good About This Kill?
Nearly two decades after collaborating on the shrewd and subtly realized sci-fi allegory, Gattaca, Ethan Hawke again teams up with writer/director Andrew Niccol for Good Kill, which details the experiences of a drone pilot struggling with the implications of his vocation. It, like its predecessor, is an acutely analytical, slyly stylized work with social relevance. But unlike that more metaphorical genre piece, this very literal, accessible film has more of a manufactured, politically pointed feel to it.
Niccol, a director that’s made a career out of dissecting the fundamental ideals of socio-cultural trends and examining their inherent, fatal flaws, is again using the medium as a sounding board for social discussion. Having recently assessed the more oblique, ideological nature of the one-percent ethos (In Time) and the resurgence of Communist values (The Host), he’s shifted his focus to »
- Robert Bell
A condensed version of this review was published during the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.
Had it been released twenty years ago, Good Kill, a drama about military unmanned aerial vehicles from writer-director Andrew Niccol, could have made for an intriguing piece of science fiction. Ten years ago, the same combination of concept and creative would have made for an eerily prescient look at the evolution of 21st century warfare away from boots on the ground tactics, to drones in the air permanence. In 2015, though, Niccol’s not so much late to the party in making such a film, as he is the wrong man to host it. “Drones aren’t the future. They’re the right here, right f___ing now,” Bruce Greenwood’s gravelly Colonel Johns instructs at one point, which is as clear and concise a thesis on the subject as Good Kill manages to find.
- Sam Woolf
Justin Timberlake on the Oscars' Red Carpet Justin Timberlake at the Academy Awards The Social Network actor Justin Timberlake arrives at the 83rd Academy Awards, which took place on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. At the ceremony, Timberlake and Black Swan actress Mila Kunis introduced the nominees – and eventual winners – in the animation categories. Throughout the proceedings, he pretended to be the elusive Banksy, whose Exit Through the Gift Shop was a Best Documentary Feature contender. The joke fell mostly flat, but Timberlake actually elicited some laughs when he imitated three-time Oscar-nominated veteran Kirk Douglas*, who mercilessly stretched the Best Supporting Actress announcement into what seemed like hours. Admittedly, Douglas was funny. (The winner in that particular category turned out to be Melissa Leo for David O. Russell's The Fighter.) As announced by the Justin Timberlake-Mila Kunis duo, the Best Animated Short Film was Shaun Tan »
- D. Zhea
In time, the treasure trove of Sony emails will cease to be a daily pipeline for gossip and schadenfreude and will harden, slowly, into a timeless artifact of Hollywood culture in the 21st century. With distance, we will have an unprecedented 360-degree view into Hollywood’s cliqueish byways, its entitlement, pettiness, self-satisfaction and sweat-soaked fear. For those of us who know all too well the people involved, it’s literally too much information. Please don’t send me emails about someone’s marriage — I absolutely don’t want to know. Also Read: 11 Revelations From WikiLeaks' Sony Hack Emails And it »
- Sharon Waxman
Bet has also hopped on board the nostalgia train, announcing at its upfront presentation Thursday that it plans to revamp “Punk’d,” the hidden-camera show originally hosted by Ashton Kutcher that ran on sister network MTV. A host was not named at the presentation.
The upcoming slate also includes “Zoe Moon,” a sitcom starring Brandy Norwood as a single mom, and “Chasing Destiny,” a singing competition show featuring Destiny’s Child alum Kelly Rowland as she searches for the next big girl group.
“Black consumers experience Bet Networks differently than any other network because of our 35 years of history, tremendous experience and insights. We continue to give our viewers what they want – high-quality content that respects, reflects and elevates them,” said Bet Networks chair-ceo Debra Lee. “With more hours of original programming than ever before, our new shows coupled with our returning hits like ‘Being Mary Jane’ and ‘Nellyville’ make »
- Whitney Friedlander
We’re without a figure to lead the way. Every generation has one of them, and these days, there really isn’t anyone out there challenging the ideals of the Christian right, the masses putting the blame on everybody from musicians to filmmakers for the tragedies that could have been avoided with proper treatment of the individuals who committed the awful crimes. As a society, we’re so quick to place the blame on others, for our mistakes, for our failures.
If there has been one person who has seen more than his share of being blamed for the choices and mistakes of others, that individual would most certainly be Marilyn Manson. The shock-rocker was a red flag and target right from the get-go, and there isn’t a time in his career in which he was put under the conservative microscope and blamed for horrible events as much as »
- Jerry Smith
"You ain't seen nothin' yet!" Disney has unveiled the third trailer for Brad Bird's Tomorrowland, starring Britt Robertson and George Clooney. This original sci-fi adventure introduces us to the other world behind Disney, Tomorrowland. The plot involves Casey Newton (Robertson) finding a mysterious magical pin and getting sucked into this adventure. We've seen plenty of glimpses already, Disney is showing footage at Disneyland, and this new trailer doesn't have anything new (that we haven't seen elsewhere) other than a few more finished VFX shots. I'm still incredibly excited for this (the weapons looks so cool!), but I want to see a bit more than we already have. In time... For now, enjoy this new trailer and featurette to go with it. Another note - our friends at SlashFilm are reporting that a 6-minute preview for Tomorrowland will show in front of Avengers: Age of Ultron in IMAX. In addition, »
- Alex Billington
Laff, the country’s first-ever, over-the-air broadcast comedy television network officially launched on Wednesday. In time for its debut, the network has licensed the broadcast television rights to all 145 episodes of sitcom “Spin City” from Paramount Worldwide Television Licensing & Distribution. Michael J. Fox headlined four seasons of “Spin City,” which centered around life inside the New York City mayor’s office. The series also featured Heather Locklear, Barry Bostwick, Richard Kind, Alan Ruck and Connie Britton. Charlie Sheen replaced Fox for the series’ final two seasons. See Photos: The Faces of Pilot Season 2015 The addition of “Spin City” brings Laff »
- Joe Otterson
Network: BBC America
Episodes: Ongoing (hour)
TV show dates: May 22, 2014 -- Tbd
Series status: Has not been cancelled
TV show description:
This historical action drama series is based on the characters found in the novel The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas. Set in Paris in the year 1630, Athos, Aramis and Porthos are highly-trained Musketeers who fight to protect their king and France.
Along the way, they meet a young but skilled farm boy who longs to become a Musketeer. Charismatic, impulsive and ridiculously brave, young D'Artagnan (Luke Pasqualino) has exceptional skill with a sword. Athletic and determined, he is also intensely romantic. In time, »
Hahaha! Oh, how David Ayer teases. The next photo from Suicide Squad has appeared on Ayer's Twitter, following the group shot of the cast yesterday. It addresses the question of "where is Jared Leto?" The actor was noticeably absent from a cast shot that included everyone else, from Will Smith to Margot Robbie to Joel Kinnaman to Viola Davis. The new photo shows Jared Leto, with short green hair preparing to play The Joker, hiding behind half a camera. At what first seems like a bad shot, is actually a reference to the cover of the acclaimed Joker graphic novel The Killing Joke, written by Alan Moore & Brian Bolland. Nice one, Ayer. It's a cool shot, I just wish we'd get more than this tease and the hair shot from before. In time... Here's the new shot posted, referencing the question of where he is with the tag "#WhereIsJared"? Here! »
- Alex Billington
Good Kill isn’t a science fiction film, but its premise could easily come from a dystopian novel - or a darkly prophetic story by Philip K Dick.
Ethan Hawke plays Major Thomas Egan, a veteran pilot who controls unmanned aerial vehicles (or drones, as they’re often dubbed by the media) as they circle the skies of the Middle East. At the orders of those higher up the command chain, these drones can strike targets from 10,000km in the air - so high that someone on the ground could look up and not even see the craft gliding above them. »
Since his feature filmmaking debut began in 1997, writer-director Andrew Niccol has made diverse movies united by similar themes. Many of them deal with the way technology either impacts us in the present or will affect us in the future. More still meditate on social injustice.
Good Kill shares the concerns and thought-provoking tone of Niccol's best films, such as The Truman Show (which he wrote, and Peter Weir directed), In Time, Lord Of War and his masterpiece, Gattaca. Set in 2010, it's about the experiences of Major Thomas Egan (Ethan Hawke) - a distinctly 21st century brand of soldier. Once an adept pilot, he now clocks into work at a military base just outside Las Vegas, sits in an office chair, and launches aerial drone strikes over Afghanistan and other countries in the Middle East. »
It’s all there in that swooning opening music: Gattaca isn’t just another sleek film about the future. The feature debut of New Zealand-born director Andrew Niccol, the smart, elegant, intensely moving Gattaca may just be his finest film to date.
The film introduces us to Vincent Freeman (Ethan Hawke), who’s in the process of a carrying out a painstaking daily ritual: shaving every stray hair from his body, exfoliating his skin and burning the material left behind - it’s as though Vincent’s treating himself as a crime scene.
Vincent lives in a future where genetic profiling has divided society into Valids - those whose DNA has been fettled to perfection by scientists before birth - and In-valids - those conceived naturally, with all potential genetic flaws it involves. »
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