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Years ago, Chris Pratt went in for a commercial audition that didn’t go so well. “I introduced myself and he looked up at me and said, ‘Do you think you’re attractive?’” Pratt recalls. “I said, ‘I don’t know.’ He said, ‘Thank you.’ And that was it.”
Pratt can laugh now, as “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Jurassic World” have turned him into one of the world’s most bankable action stars and sex symbols. And through it all, Pratt still manages to keep his reputation as one of the nicest guys in the business.
“I had good parents that raised me right,” he says, when asked how he keeps a clear head in the business. “And maybe it had something to do with the fact I’m 37 and moved here when I was 20, and in those 17 years saw the benefits and cost of being an a—— play »
- Jenelle Riley
Major studios - and a surprise name - are bidding for the next 007 film, according to reports.
Five studios are pitching for the rights to distribute the next James Bond film, according to a report in the New York Times.
Sources told the paper that Sony, Warner Bros, Universal Pictures, 20th Century Fox and Annapurna Pictures have been making presentations to MGM and Eon Productions, who control the franchise. Disney and Paramount are reportedly not interested.
Sony distributed the last four films, but their deal finished with 2015’s Spectre. MGM and Eon are now only offering a one film contract.
The most intriguing name on the list of Bond suitors is Annapurna. Founded by Megan Ellison, they are renowned for prestige films such as Foxcatcher and Zero Dark Thirty, and have never distributed big budget franchise films before.
The company launched a full-service distribution and marketing operation this January, which will kick off with the inaugural release »
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Last year marked the 15-year anniversary of Richard Kelly’s debut cult curio, Donnie Darko. While the film’s cult-status has elevated it into its own separate canon alongside other 21st-century indie-cult hits, Kelly’s two other films — the positively delirious and daring Southland Tales and the labyrinthine sci-fi period piece The Box — prove that he is a director deserving of much greater consideration. Sadly it’s been about eight years since a new »
- The Film Stage
Annapurna, Megan Ellison’s independent production company-turned-studio, has spent much of the last year adding veteran Hollywood executives as it ramped up to become a full-fledged distributor, debuting the trailer for its first release, Kathryn Bigelow’s “Detroit,” last week. But its ambitions hardly end there — in December, the company launched a video game division, Annapurna Interactive, and its first game is coming out later this month. And like Annapurna’s eclectic film catalogue — the production company is behind diverse critical darlings including “20th Century Women,” “Sausage Party,” “Joy” and “Zero Dark Thirty” — its games are going for something a. »
- Matt Pressberg
As you may remember, recently Jessica Chastain told a story of how it took the muscle of megastar Tom Cruise to convince a studio to let her out of her Oblivion contract so she could do Zero Dark Thirty. And today we've got a similar story of alternative movie history involving another big budget sci-fi movie. This time it's Pacific Rim star Charlie Hunnam explaining why he's not in Pacific Rim: Uprising. Hunnam's scenario was a bit different from Chastain's, however. Pacific Rim wasn't immediately a big enough hit to demand a sequel, so Hunnam moved on to other things, including a new version of Papillion. But then the kaiju fighting movie became a big hit in China and suddenly a sequel became possible, which would have pulled Hunnam off of the project he...
- Peter Hall
Jessica Chastain has become an outspoken advocate for gender equality in Hollywood, from pushing for the hiring of more women directors and crew, to seeking better representations of female characters on the big screen. Here, in an interview with Variety, the Oscar-nominated actress (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “The Help”) spoke candidly about how she negotiates her contracts to make sure her wages are on par with her male counterparts.
Jessica Chastain: I’m not taking jobs anymore where I’m getting paid a quarter of what the male co-star is being paid. I’m not allowing that in my life.
I remember watching Amy Pascal — it was after the Sony hack, and she was giving a talk somewhere. She said part of the reason women don’t get paid equal to men is they don’t ask for more; actresses need to stop being so grateful. That really hit me. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Welcome to the latest installment of Trailer Park, our semi-regular look at the latest trailers to hit the interwebs. This weeks line-up features a handful of the latest movie trailers including Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Atomic Blonde, Baby Driver, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, The Hippopotamus, Detroit, Chuck, Drone, The Bad Batch, Beatriz at Dinner and a TV spot for the new The Mist series from Spike.
First revealed at today’s Last Jedi panel at Celebration Orlando, the new trailer marks out first look at the continuation of Rey, Finn, and Poe’s journey, set immediately after the events of 2015′s The Force Awakens
Lorraine Broughton, a top-level spy for MI6, is dispatched to Berlin to take down a ruthless espionage ring that has just killed an undercover agent for reasons unknown. She is ordered to cooperate with Berlin station chief David Percival, »
- Phil Wheat
Attention, awards voters and pundits: the Academy Award-winning director-writer team of Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal will return to the big screen Aug. 4. “Detroit,” a sure-to-be-gripping depiction of the 1967 riots in Detroit, Michigan, will be released by Annapurna Pictures to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the racially charged events. Bigelow and Boal have turned their lens to recent history on foreign soil—the Iraq War in “The Hurt Locker” and the hunt for Osama bin Laden in “Zero Dark Thirty”—but now shift their focus to American history. Starring John Boyega as a security guard and Will Poulter as a police officer responding to the riots, the film is based on John Hersey’s book “The Algiers Motel Incident.” Read: John Boyega Is the “Star Wars” Hero You’re Looking For If the trailer below is anything to go by, the filmmaker’s skill at building tension and crafting action is as strong as ever. »
Crime drama Triple Frontier has slipped toward development limbo (again) after losing Channing Tatum and Tom Hardy, along with its home studio Paramount, according to Deadline. And just when you thought the dogged project had turned a corner.
Production was due to get underway next month with J.C. Chandor (All is Lost, A Most Violent Year) behind the lens, but Deadline claims that all was not well behind the scenes, leading to the studio ultimately dropping the project altogether. It’s a disheartening, largely anticlimactic end for Paramount’s involvement, particularly when you consider that Triple Frontier has a script from the Oscar-winning Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thirty, Detroit). Indeed just after Tatum and Hardy came into contention, it was reported that Moonlight star Mahershala Ali and Adria Arjona had also signed on to star, though it’s unclear if the latter pair will remain on board now that the »
- Michael Briers
Brand new trailers hot off the press! The past couple days have been abundant with fresh trailers and today is no different.
Kathryn Bigelow’s new film Detroit dropped its first trailer today and we’re already on the edge of our seats! She’s teaming up with screenwriter Mark Boal again (this duo’s brought you other acclaimed movies like The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty). It’s early in the year to start making Oscar predictions but this one is almost guaranteed to get some award season love. The film stars the likes of John Krasinski, John Boyega, Will Poulter, and Anthoney Mackie. It follows a police raid in Detroit in 1967 which results in one of the largest citizen uprisings in the United States' history. »
- Zachary Dent
Some directors churn out a new movie every other year or so. Kathryn Bigelow, however, is a bit more judicious in the projects she takes on. Whether it be the classic bank robbery thriller Point Break, the underrated sci-fi gem Strange Days, or her first foray into the war in the middle east, The Hurt Locker, Bigelow tends to shape her projects for years at a time. Her last feature was 2012's Zero Dark Thirty, and since then she's been working on a movie that's managed to stay pretty well under the radar despite its high profile. For years it didn't even have a name and was just called the Untitled Detroit Project. But today things change with the arrival of the first trailer for Detroit. Check it out. Written by...
- Peter Hall
Annapurna Pictures has released the first trailer for the upcoming film Detroit. From the Academy Award winning director of The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, Detroit tells the gripping story of one of the darkest moments during the civil unrest that rocked Detroit in the summer of ’67. Annapurna Pictures, founded by Megan Ellison, focuses on creating sophisticated, high-quality content that is critically and commercially conscious while still appealing to a diverse audience. By upholding Ellison’s vision to put filmmakers and artists first and preserve their authentic creative voices no matter the genre or medium, in 5 years, the
First Trailer and Poster For Katheryn Bigelow’s Detroit is Released »
- Nat Berman
I grew up in Detroit, as did my father and his father too. Detroit was once the shining example of capitalism and opportunity in America... in the 1950s. Somewhere along the way things went terribly, terribly wrong, and it didn't happen overnight. Today, Detroit is shell of its former self, struggling to regain its former status and rebuild its image.
To understand the Motor City's decline, you have to focus upon a key moment in its history, which director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) and writer Mark Boal dramatizes in the new trailer for Detroit. This film recounts events before, during, and after the city's 1967 riots -- widely considered the worst civil disturbance in American history.
My father served in the Michigan National Guard in 1967. He lived through the Detroit riots on the front lines, and he saw it all. Whatever happened that summer, he refused to speak of it. »
- David Kozlowski
Chris here. Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty follow-up, Detroit, has been veiled in almost as much secrecy as that Oscar-winning film, our only snippets of information being that it’s set during the 1967 Detroit riots. The film also has a pretty packed ensemble cast including John Boyega, Jason Mitchell, and John Krasinski (though suspiciously lacking in black female roles). But now we have a first look at what she’s crafted thanks to a tense trailer – and the results are stellar.
Though our mind naturally wanders to Oscar with Bigelow's name and her regular writing partner Mark Boal attached, the film's late summer release (roughly fifty years after the riots) also suggests confidence the film could be aiming to seize the zeitgeist just as we tire of superhero bombast. Though production company Annapurna Pictures has had Oscar success with the likes of American Hustle, Her, and Zero Dark Thirty, »
- Chris Feil
Five years after being nominated for Best Picture with her critically-acclaimed thriller Zero Dark Thirty, which took moviegoers inside the Navy Seal operation that ended with the killing of terrorist Osama Bin Laden, director Kathryn Bigelow is back with another true story adaptation. Producer Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures has revealed the first trailer, poster and photos today for Detroit, which has been given an August 4 release date. Much like Zero Dark Thirty, this new film Detroit sheds some light on a critical time in American history, exploring the 1967 Detroit riots that rocked the nation.
From the Academy Award winning director of The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, Detroit tells the gripping story of one of the darkest moments during the civil unrest that rocked Detroit in the summer of 1967. The riots were sparked after the police raided an after-hours bar known as the Blind Pig on July 23, 1967, which »
Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveriesNEWSMichael Ballhaus (second from right) on the set of Martin Scorsese's The DepartedMichael Ballhaus, the great German cinematographer whose innovative work connects Rainer Werner Fassbinder to Martin Scorsese, has died at the age of 81.Goodness, could it be true, The Lost City of Z director James Gray and Brad Pitt finally teaming up? And for a sci-fi? Indeed: the film, titled Ad Astra, will be shooting this summer.Recommended VIEWINGKathryn Bigelow has been attached to several projects following the success and controversy of Zero Dark Thirty, and now we have a first look at her next feature, Detroit, set during 1967 riots in the city. It will be in cinemas this summer.The teaser trailer for Joachim Trier's Thelma, possibly headed to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. We spoke to Trier about his English language debut, Louder Than Bombs, »
The Oscar-winner’s first film in 5 years gets a trailer.
After reinvigorating her career with a pair of films about the war on terror — The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, the former of which earned her a Best Director Oscar, a first for a woman — Kathryn Bigelow has turned her focus to a war at home for her first film in half a decade, Detroit.
Set during the 1967 Detroit Riot (aka the 12th Street Riot), the film tells the story of the raid on an after-hours bar that launched a five-day skirmish between a group of citizens and police, the former being predominantly African-American and the latter being predominantly white. Happening just two years after the Watts Riots and a year before the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., Detroit takes place just as the civil rights movement was hitting a fever pitch, and as evidenced by the first trailer, released »
- H. Perry Horton
The release of the “Detroit” trailer is a reminder of just how much we need a film from screenwriter Mark Boal and director Kathryn Bigelow right now. The film is a look at the police raid of an unlicensed, after-hours bar that triggered what is known at the 1967 Detroit Riot. While the details of the production have been kept under wraps — including, until now, the title itself — today’s two-minute-plus trailer shows Boal and Bigelow are hyper-focused on the moments that led to the citywide explosion of racial tension.
Read More: Film Based on Deadly 1967 Detroit 5-Day-Long Race Riots in the Works w/ Kathryn Bigelow Directing
If you have listened to Season 2 of Serial, or watched “The Hurt Locker” or “Zero Dark Thirty,” then you know why journalist-turned-screenwriter Mark Boal is the man to tackle this subject. Obsessed with the seemingly small details and psychology behind his subjects’ motivations, Boal »
- Chris O'Falt
The first poster and trailer have debuted from director Kathryn Bigelow’s upcoming drama Detroit. The film explores the events that took place during the race riots in Detroit in 1967 and stars John Boyega, Will Poulter, Algee Smith, Jacob Latimore, Jason Mitchell, Hannah Murray, Kaitlyn Dever, Jack Reynor, John Krasinski, and Anthony Mackie; take a look below…
From Kathryn Bigelow, the Academy Award® winning director of The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, Detroit tells the gripping story of one of the darkest moments during the civil unrest that rocked Detroit in the summer of ‘67.
Detroit is set for release on August 4th and features a cast that also includes Ben O’Toole, Joseph David Jones, Ephraim Sykes, Leon Thomas III, Nathan Davis Jr., Peyton Alex Smith, Malcolm David Kelley, Gbenga Akinnabve, Chris Chalk, Jeremy Strong, Laz Alonzo, Austin Hebert, Miguel Pimentel, and Kris Davis. »
- Amie Cranswick
Kathryn Bigelow has made a name for herself by crafting intense and complex action films and thrillers, with her recent efforts, The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, earning her massive acclaim. She will bring that talent to the story of a police raid in that sparked a massive citizen uprising in 1967 Detroit in the aptly named movie, Detroit. You can watch the first electrifying trailer below! The topic of... Read More »
- Matt Rooney
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