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Special effects legend Rick Baker formally announced his retirement this week. Baker cited a “cheap and fast” philosophy in the movie industry that was at odds with his desire to ensure things got done right as the catalyst for his retirement. Baker’s work stretches across several prominent films, from An American Werewolf in London to Videodrome to The Rocketeer to Ed Wood to Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes and Tropic Thunder. Baker also worked on the Men in Black films and Michael Jackson’s famous “Thriller” music video. The 2014 feature Maleficent will now stand as his last work.
Baker will, however, be auctioning off his famous work via The Prop Store, beginning today.
Jessica Chastain and Amy Schumer are poised to work together on a new comedy. The Tracking Board has reported that Chastain, known mostly for her dramatic work in features such as The Tree of Life and Zero Dark Thirty, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
We all want to be BFFs with Chris Pratt. That.s just the way it is. His appearances on Parks & Recreation, Moneyball, and heck, even Zero Dark Thirty, were layered with a genuine warmth, which didn.t disappear when he lost all of his weight and turned into a hunk for Guardians Of The Galaxy. Now firmly established as one of the most engaging leading men in Hollywood, this Jurassic World behind-the-scenes clip proves that even monumental success can.t stop him being a giant goofball. The above footage simply shows that working with Chris Pratt would be a pretty terrific way to spend a few months. The cast and crew certainly appear to be having a good time. We also get a good look at the variety of jumps, slides, rolls, and pirouettes that Pratt had to conduct while filming. Ok, there wasn.t that much of that last »
Abhishek Sharma's last film Tere Bin Laden, a satirical take on the American obsession over Osama Bin Laden, the 'most wanted man' in the world, proved to be a sleeper hit in 2010. The film marked the entry of Pakistani actor Ali Zafar, in the world of Bollywood. Now, we have a sequel to the same titled Tere Bin Laden Dead or Alive starring anchor turned actor Manish Paul.
Tere Bin Laden Dead or Alive revolves around the happenings of May 2, 2011, the day when Osama Bin Laden was executed, as claimed by the American Media. According to director Abhishek Sharma, Osama's death remains a mystery which could very well make way for a gripping plot for the second installment. The actor, who played the role of Bin Laden in the prequel, Pradhuman Singh will continue his act as Osama. The sequel, just like its previous installments, will be a satire »
...with stunts performed by the world's top 'extreme sports' athletes:
"...in 'Point Break', a young FBI agent infiltrates an extraordinary team of extreme sports athletes he suspects of masterminding a string of unprecedented, sophisticated corporate heists. Deep undercover, and with his life in danger, he strives to prove they are the architects of the mind-boggling crimes that are devastating the world's financial markets..."
Extreme sports will include surfing 70-foot waves, snowboarding, wingsuit flying, free rock climbing and high-speed motorcycle stunts.
Renowned extreme athletes performing stunts in the film include surfers Makua Rothman, Billy Kemper, Brian Keaulana and Ahanu Tson-dru; snowboarders Lucas DeBari, Ralph Backstrom, Mitch Toelderer, Mike Basich and »
- Michael Stevens
As in the 1991 original, Point Break follows FBI agent Johnny Utah – this time played by Luke Bracey (G.I. Joe Retaliation) – as he goes undercover, snowboarding, rock-climbing, parachuting, and of course surfing his way through his latest investigation alongside suspect Bodhi (Zero Dark Thirty’s Édgar Ramírez).
Pushing familiar themes of brotherhood, betrayal, and… explosions, the remake's trailer feels like the original had a baby with The Fast and the Furious franchise – and you know what? We’re kind of okay with that.
Point Break is directed by Ericson Core, written by Kurt Wimmer (Equilibrium), and also stars Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies) and Ray Winstone (The Departed). It plays in Cineplex theatres on December 25.
- Sasha James
“Still surfing?” “Every day.”
The film stars Édgar Ramírez (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “The Bourne Ultimatum,” “Carlos the Jackal”) as Bodhi, and Luke Bracey (“G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” “November Man”) as Johnny Utah, along with Ray Winstone (“Noah,” “The Departed”), Teresa Palmer (“Warm Bodies”) and Delroy Lindo (“Sahara,” “Gone in Sixty Seconds”), under the direction of Ericson Core (“Invincible”).
In Alcon Entertainment’s fast-paced, high-adrenaline action thriller Point Break, a young FBI agent, Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey), infiltrates a cunning team of thrill-seeking elite athletes – led by the charismatic Bodhi (Edgar Ramirez). The athletes are suspected of carrying out a spate of crimes in extremely unusual ways.
Deep undercover, and with his life in imminent danger, Utah strives »
- Michelle McCue
In 1991, Kathryn Bigelow directed the adrenaline-charged action crime movie “Point Break,” about an FBI agent who goes undercover to catch a gang of bank robbers who may be surfers, starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze. It’s become an action crime classic over the last two decades, and sure, it’s an enjoyable film, but do we actually need a remake? Hollywood sure seems to think so. Warner Bros. is releasing “Point Break” later this year, but this main trio is decidedly less sexy than Bigelow, Reeves and Swayze. Then again, everyone’s gotta start somewhere. This new version of “Point Break” focuses on some up-and-comers: Luke Bracey staring in the Keanu Reeves role, and Edgar Ramirez in the Patrick Swayze role. Now, Ramirez is known and celebrated in many circles — he was amazing in Oliver Assayas’ three part “Carlos,” and has done strong supporting work in "Zero Dark Thirty, »
- Edward Davis
Reporting from the Cannes Film Festival. Quebecois director Denis Villeneuve is quickly becoming a crucial voice in cinema, crafting human stories of immense power and durability. His one-two-three punch of Incendies, Prisoners and Enemy has been enough to get him noticed in film-savvy circles, but his latest film Sicario may be his best work to date. It's a bleak drug-trade thriller on the surface but deep down it's really a dense character study with comments on the violence in this modern world. It's in the same ballpark as other modern commentaries like Traffic and Zero Dark Thirty but with its own unique flavor. Emily Blunt dominates the film as Kate Macer, an FBI agent with a tough exterior in a male dominated field. When we're first introduced to her she's just discovered a gruesome find tied to a major drug cartel operating on both sides of the U.S.A. »
- Marco Cerritos
Proponents of the U.S. government torture program used after 9/11 quickly saw the effectiveness of Hollywood in justifying the agency’s “enhanced interrogation techniques,” a new “Frontline” documentary “Secrets, Politics and Torture” claims. And when “Zero Dark Thirty” director Kathryn Bigelow came knocking, they answered, said “Frontline” filmmaker Michael Kirk. “Certainly there’s evidence that the CIA used her effectively,” Kirk told Public Radio International host and senior producer Carol Hills. “We have an email – a behind-the-scenes email — where one person at the CIA is saying, ‘We have to get on this horse. We have to ride this horse — »
- Deborah Day
Frontline’s “Secrets, Politics and Torture” – another top-notch documentary from Michael Kirk, who has extensively chronicled the legacy of Iraq and war against terrorism – really omits a vital fourth component from its title: Pop culture. Time and again, this one-hour project returns to the role played by TV and especially movies in shaping public perceptions of torture despite a raft of evidence, much culled from the Senate’s exhaustive report on the topic, that so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” don’t work. Given the politically charged nature of the debate, to avoid wading through even the 500-page summary, it’s an hour well spent.
Kirk begins, appropriately, with the movie “Zero Dark Thirty,” one of those Hollywood products (“24” being another) that have made torture look like a reasonable response to the threat faced since the Sept. 11 attacks. But California Sen. Diane Feinstein is then interviewed, saying she felt obligated to walk »
- Brian Lowry
Since jumping into the English language from his native Frenchtwo years ago, Denis Villeneuve has proven himself more than capable of tackling proven narratives from a unique and purposeful perspective. Prisoners was a kidnapped daughter thriller that leaned heavily on the familial effect and Enemy went further than any doppelgänger movie before it in exploring fractured psyches. Now with Sicario he turns his eye to border disputes and drug cartels, honing in ultimately on a sense of futility. It’s a film that’s at once tense and enlightening, without going preachy or losing sight of entertainment.
Emily Blunt takes over from Jake Gyllenhaal (who will have to be impartial about the work of his two-time collaborator as a member of the Cannes Jury) as Villeneuve’s protagonist, playing a FBI drug officer who becomes a part of a major operation sanctioned by the Us Government (led by »
- Alex Leadbeater
Two years after making his U.S. debut with the crackerjack kidnapping drama “Prisoners,” French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve ups his own ante with “Sicario,” a blisteringly intense drug-trade thriller that combines expert action and suspense with another uneasy inquiry into the emotional consequences of violence. A densely woven web of compelling character studies and larger systemic concerns, Villeneuve and screenwriter Taylor Sheridan’s bleaker, more jaundiced riposte to Steven Soderbergh’s 2000 “Traffic” may prove too grim and grisly for some audiences and too morally ambiguous for others. But with its muscular style and top-flight cast, this fall Lionsgate release should score solid (if less than “Prisoners”-sized) business from discerning adult moviegoers, along with dark-horse awards-season buzz.
- Scott Foundas
Los Angeles - On Thursday, Jill Soloway had some strong and hilarious advice for the outgoing and incoming students of the AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women. "Rub your shame all over your script." "Tear those motherf*ckers down, like vile lady-dogs." "If you can't cry, you're a liability." "Shoot from your pussy." The Emmy-nominated, Golden Globe-winning film/TV director aimed her keynote address to the 20 or so Dww directors showcasing their short films at the Directors Guild of America HQ. There's been a recent spike of voices advocating for more women directors and women's stories in Hollywood especially on the heels of this past Oscars season; the late April release of a damning USC/Sundance study on the employ of female directors; and the Aclu's targeting of gender discrimination announced this week. Certainly, Soloway noticed. "It's an amazing time for women," the "Transparent" creator/producer/director said in her opening remarks, »
- Katie Hasty
Cannes — Harvey Weinstein appears to be in a good place. The Weinstein Company is, after all, coming off three-straight hits with "The Imitation Game," "Paddington" and "Woman in Gold." Thursday evening the industry titan held court for his annual Cannes preview, noting that he loved this year's slate while insisting that that's not always the case. The highlight of the evening was intended to be the first footage screened of Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight," but this pundit was much more impressed with Garth Davis' "Lion." Based on the true story of Saroo Brierley, "Lion" chronicles how, thanks to his inherent curiosity, a 5-year-old boy is separated from his family in India. Now, 25 years later, Saroo (Dev Patel) has grown up after being raised by an Australian couple (Nicole Kidman and David Wenham) and begins a search for the biological family he believes is still waiting for him to come home. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.
Hollywood has had a long love affair with the heist sub-genre. Dating as far back as the silent film era with 1928’s Alias Jimmy Valentine, and transcending various genres like westerns (The War Wagon), war (Kelly’s Heroes) and even animation (Toy Story 3), the heist has tantalized our fantasies and outsmarted our wits for decades. Whether it’s for the very last time before retirement, gathering the gang back together for a big payday or for the thrill of pulling off the perfect robbery, all heist films share one key element: commitment to a plan. »
- Shane Ramirez
On May 17, the 68th Cannes Film Festival will partner with luxury goods giant Kering to honor three outstanding female filmmakers for their contributions to the world of cinema at a Presidential Dinner. Two-time Oscar-winner Jane Fonda will receive a special "Women in Motion" honor award, recognizing the philanthropist's professional achievements and commitment to peace, women and equality. Megan Ellison, founder of Annapurna Pictures and producer of numerous significant films including the Oscar-nominated Zero Dark Thirty, American Hustle and Foxcatcher, will receive an honorary award for her pioneering career and its impact on American cinema. The presidential dinner also will pay a
- THR Staff
Former ICM agent Meredith Wechter has officialy joined Wme. Wechter brings clients such as “Frozen” star Josh Gad, “Pitch Perfect 2” star Brittany Snow, and “Furious 7” star Gal Gadot with her. Wechter’s will also bring “Jurassic World” lead Bryce Dallas Howard,”Salem’s” Seth Gabel, Abigail Spencer from USA’s “Suits,” “Pretty Little Liars” star Lucy Hale, “Scorpion” star Katharine McPhee, and Jeremy Strong known for his work in “The Judge,” and “Zero Dark Thirty.” See photos: 15 Hollywood Stars Up for Grabs in CAA-uta Talent Shakeup Wechter left ICM last month after ten years with the agency. Her »
- Joe Otterson
From anime to pitch-black thrillers, here's our pick of the underappreciated movies of 1987...
Sometimes, the challenge with these lists isn't just what to put in, but what to leave out. We loved Princess Bride, but with a decent showing at the box office and a huge cult following, isn't it a bit too popular to be described as underappreciated? Likewise Joe Dante's Innerspace, a fabulously geeky, comic reworking of the 60s sci-fi flick, Fantastic Voyage.
What we've gone for instead is a mix of genre fare, dramas and animated films that may have garnered a cult following since, but didn't do well either critically or financially at the time of release. Some of the movies on our list just about made their money back, but none made anything close to the sort of returns enjoyed by the likes of 1987's biggest films - Three Men And A Baby, Fatal Attraction »
Kathryn Bigelow is among the prominent female filmmakers showing their support of the American Civil Liberties Union’s stand against gender discrimination in Hollywood. “I have always firmly believed that every director should be judged solely by their work, and not by their work based on their gender,” Bigelow said in a statement to Time on Tuesday. The “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Hurt Locker” director was referring to the Aclu announcement that it will ask state and federal agencies to investigate Hollywood studios, networks and talent agencies, and possibly charge them, over what the organization describes as “rampant and intentional »
- Debbie Emery
The pair will both serve as executive producers on the project, which will begin filming later this summer in Chicago.
Watch the trailer for Get on Up below: »
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