8 items from 2017
Magicians have been trying to make a resurgence on the cool side of our zeitgeist since Now You See Me (we all know how that went), so it’s no surprise a new indie-superhero angle is being taken with Sleight. The feature debut of writer-director J.D. Dillard — who did VFX work for The Force Awakens — Sleight‘s new trailer has all the floating-card trappings of a superhero flick combined with a coming-of-age crime drama edge.
There are quotes in the trailer hailing the film for its genre-bending abilities, but superhero films and crime dramas go rather hand-in-hand, in my opinion. Still, it looks to have an effective use of VFX for its modest budget. With a lean hour and a half runtime, it could be a late spring indie worth your time. Featuring new-comer Jacob Latimore (The Maze Runner, Ride Along) and the always-watchable Dulé Hill, see the full trailer below, »
- Mike Mazzanti
If Lionsgate’s lucrative Now You See Me franchise focuses on the more glamorous side of cinema magic, writer-director J.D. Dillard is poised to shift the spotlight onto the genre’s dark, character-driven underbelly with Sleight, the low-budget thriller that first made waves back at last year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Now, it’s teetering on the verge of release, and though a magician isn’t strictly supposed to reveal their tricks to the clueless viewer, a new trailer for Dillard’s drama has debuted online for our viewing pleasure. Described as Chronicle meets Iron Man, Sleight begins by introducing Jacob Latimore’s gifted lead character Bo, a budding street magician who finds himself mingling with the wrong crowd in downtown Los Angeles. Eager to protect his young sister Tina (Storm Reid), Bo finds his life placed under threat when a local drug dealer turns against him, threatening to kill »
- Michael Briers
Dax Shepard (“Hit and Run,” TV’s “Parenthood”) and Michael Peña (“The Martian”) star in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action comedy CHiPs. Shepard also directs from a script he penned based on the characters from the popular ‘70s television series created by Rick Rosner.
Jon Baker (Shepard) and Frank “Ponch” Poncherello (Peña) have just joined the California Highway Patrol (Chp) in Los Angeles but for very different reasons. Baker is a beaten up pro motorbiker trying to put his life and marriage back together. Poncherello is a cocky undercover Federal agent investigating a multi-million dollar heist that may be an inside job—inside the Chp.
The inexperienced rookie and hardened pro are teamed together, but clash more than click, so kickstarting a partnership is easier said than done. But with »
- Michelle McCue
“Mr & Mrs Adelman” is being repped in international markets by Le Pacte, whose sales are handled by Camille Neel.
Opening in 1971, the film charts the lifelong, epic romance between a renowned writer (Bedos) and his muse (played by newcomer Doria Tillier) over the course of 45 years.
“I’m particularly happy that our first acquisition is a film about a long and beautiful love story, which is a rare thing in cinema,” said Tremblay, who co-founded Canadian outfit Metropole and worked there for 10 years before launching MK2/Mile End with MK2.
Tremblay said he believed “Mr & Mrs Adelman” marked the birth of a promising director, Nicolas Bedos.
For his directorial debut, »
- Elsa Keslassy
It's been over 20 years since the initial release of the groundbreaking anime movie Ghost in the Shell (based on Masamune Shirow's popular manga), and ahead of the live-action film adaptation's release this March, Lionsgate and Funimation Films are teaming up to bring the anime back to the big screen in February:
Press Release: Santa Monica, Calif., – January 9, 2017 —The “Ghost in the Shell” franchise has been entertaining audiences for more than 25 years and this February, Lionsgate and Funimation Films are partnering together to bring the 1995, groundbreaking anime film back to theaters for a two-day limited theatrical engagement. The original “Ghost in the Shell” movie from acclaimed director Mamoru Oshii, will return to the big screen on February 7 – 8, 2017 in 110 theaters across the United States. Moviegoers will be able to enjoy both the original Japanese version with subtitles as well as the English dub of the film. Each will be available on separate days of the engagement, »
- Derek Anderson
The joke came when Jimmy Fallon noticed Matt Damon in the audience, to which he delivered a zinger suggesting that Damon’s best acting role was telling Ben Affleck (the two are very good friends) that he liked Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
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Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before. »
- Robert Kojder
A new behind-the-scenes shot from the filming of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice shows a furious Henry Cavill charging forward, presumably during the film’s fight scene between its two titular superheroes. Check it out below…
Cavill unveiled the picture to the whole world via his Instagram and Facebook and attached a humorous caption along with it that read: “Remembering a time while shooting BvS and they told me I wasn’t allowed my usual Salted Caramel Mochaccino with skinny coconut milk and whip… #NoMercy #NoExcuses #Superman.”
Despite the negative reviews directed toward the film, most of them took no issue with Cavill’s portrayal of the Man of Steel, which, considering how much scrutiny certain actors receive for their interpretations of classic comic book characters, is worth something. The case could even be made that Cavill hasn’t really had the proper material from Dawn of Justice and »
- Justin Cook
Zack Snyder may be the man behind the Dceu (for better or worse, depending on who you talk to), having already directed Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice with Justice League on the way, and apparently, he likes having a little fun on the sets of these blockbuster epics, inserting himself into the picture.
Cinematographer Larry Fong revealed via Twitter that during a scene in a fight club where Ben Affleck’s bat-hands pick up a cell phone mostly offscreen, the hands actually belong to Zack Snyder. No stranger to making a cameo in his own films, Snyder is also rumored to appear in Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman, which opens in July.
Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. »
- Robert Kojder
8 items from 2017
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