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With films like Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty,” Spike Jonze’s “Her” and David O. Russell’s “American Hustle,” producer and Hollywood patron Megan Ellison has navigated the Oscar circuit with aplomb. She would no doubt like to come out swinging with a sure-fire contender in her first distribution event under the Annapurna banner. Does she have one in Bigelow’s latest film, “Detroit?”
Let’s begin by making one thing abundantly clear: Regarding this and any future assessment of a film’s prospects with the motion picture Academy, it’s worth keeping in mind that around 20 percent of the group has joined in just the last four years, thanks to an ongoing inflation of annual new membership invites. It’s quite alright to say “I don’t know what an Oscar movie is anymore,” though few who trade in this work will have the guts to do so. Sureness »
- Kristopher Tapley
We brought you a little footage from the Netflix panel for Death Note, which was hosted by the awesome Terry Crews, earlier today, and now we can bring you some of the new footage screened at Comic Con in San Diego just yesterday.
Based on the famous Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, Death Note follows a high school student who comes across a supernatural notebook, realizing it holds within it a great power; if the owner inscribes someone’s name into it while picturing their face, he or she will die. Intoxicated with his new godlike abilities, the young man begins to kill those he deems unworthy of life.
The Netflix original film is directed by Adam Wingard (Blair Witch, You’re Next) and stars Nat Wolff (Paper Towns), Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers), Lakeith Stanfield (Get Out), Paul Nakauchi (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s »
- Paul Heath
Netflix have, of course, got a big presence at the San Diego Comic Con, and on Thursday they held a special panel for their forthcoming movie Death Note. Watch the Death Note Comic Con panel in the player below.
Death Note Comic Con panel: Watch the highlights from San Diego
Based on the Japanese manga work by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, Death Note follows a high school student who comes across a supernatural notebook, realizing it holds within it a great power; if the owner inscribes someone’s name into it while picturing their face, he or she will die. Intoxicated with his new godlike abilities, the young man begins to kill those he deems unworthy of life.
Related: Watch the trailer for the Netflix movie Death Note
- Paul Heath
The studio confirmed the date change Thursday but did not elaborate. It’s possible that “Mother!” could be premiered at the Telluride Film Festival or Venice Film Festivals — both which open on Aug. 30 — or even at the Toronto Film Festival, which opens Sept. 7.
“Mother!” is directed and produced by Darren Aronofsky through his Protozoa Pictures banner along with Scott Franklin and Ari Handel. It co-stars Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kristin Wiig, Domnhall Gleeson, and Ed Harris, in addition to Lawrence.
Lawrence and Bardem portray a couple whose relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.
- Dave McNary
Light's life will never be the same after Ryuk enters it, and you can watch the pivotal moment they meet in a new clip from Netflix's Death Note movie ahead of its August 25th premiere:
"What if you had the power to decide who lives and who dies?
We suggest you obey the rules. Based on the famous Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, Death Note follows a high school student who comes across a supernatural notebook, realizing it holds within it a great power; if the owner inscribes someone's name into it while picturing their face, he or she will die. Intoxicated with his new godlike abilities, the young man begins to kill those he deems unworthy of life.
- Derek Anderson
Sideshow has revealed Prime 1 Studio’s upcoming Wonder Woman (Training Costume) statue which is based on the likeness of Gal Gadot as the Amazonian Princess in the DC blockbuster solo movie. The collectible is limited to 1000 pieces and is available to pre-order now, priced at $899.99; take a look below…
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Prime 1 Studio is proud to present Wonder Woman Training Costume from the Wonder Woman Film. Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers and her true destiny. Wonder Woman is superhero film based on »
- Amie Cranswick
In just five years, Megan Ellison‘s Annapurna Pictures has established itself as a producer of quality films. Among its Oscar contenders to date: 2012 – “The Master” and “Zero Dark Thirty”; 2013 – “American Hustle” and “Her”; 2014- “Foxcatcher”; 2015 – “Joy”; and 2016 – “20th Century Woman.” This year, it is both producing and […] »
- Paul Sheehan
Saved the best for last...meet Mia Sutton from the Netflix original film Death Note.
Mia is the high school girlfriend of Light Turner, who embarks on a crusade alongside him to rid the world of evil with the Death Note.
Death Note follows a high school student who comes across a supernatural notebook, realizing it holds within it a great power; if the owner inscribes someone's name into it while picturing their face, he or she will die. Intoxicated with his new godlike abilities, the young man begins to kill those he deems unworthy of life.
The Netflix original film is directed by Adam Wingard (Blair Witch, You're Next) and stars Nat Wolff (Paper Towns), Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers), Lakeith Stanfield (Get Out), Paul Nakauchi (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End), Shea Whigham (American Hustle »
- Michael Connally
Boy21, published by Little, Brown and Co., tells the story of two high school seniors in a rough town that is ruled by the Irish mob. One looks after his disabled grandfather, finding some respite when playing basketball, and the other is a former basketball prodigy whose life is upended by a tragedy.
John Whittington is currently onboard as a screenwriter for the project but no director or actors are as yet signed onto the film.
- Samuel Brace
DC’s Wonder Woman is set to tick off more achievements and become the biggest summer movie of 2017 domestically.
Having already become one of the biggest films of the year, and taking fifth place in the highest grossing action heroine movies of all time, Wonder Woman should be passing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 any day now.
Currently clocking in at $381 million in the U.S., the superhero movie is only $5 million behind the Marvel sci-fi sequel which sits at $386 million – an incredibly successful movie in its own right.
Slipping past Guardians will make Wonder Woman the summer’s biggest movie but it is still quite some way off the year’s number one movie overall. Beauty and the Beast claims that particular spot, having accumulated $504 million.
- Samuel Brace
Sony Pictures has released the trailer for “Only the Brave,” the biographical drama starring Miles Teller and Josh Brolin based on the true story about firefighters and the historic wildfire that struck Yarnell, Arizona in June of 2013. Formerly known as “Granite Mountain Hotshots,” the name of the elite firefighting group that battled the deadly blaze, the film only took on its new title this week. GQ, which posted the trailer on Wednesday, published a magazine feature about the story entitled “No Exit” in 2013.
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Directed by “Oblivion” and “Tron: Legacy” director Joseph Kosinski, “Only the Brave” tells the harrowing story of the tragic fire that claimed the lives of 19 members of the Hotshots. “Black Hawk Down” screenwriter Ken Nolan co-wrote the script with “American Hustle” co-writer Eric Warren Singer. The star-studded cast includes Jennifer Connelly, »
- Graham Winfrey
Although Wonder Woman 2 is yet to be officially announced, we’ve already heard that Geoff Johns and director Patty Jenkins are hard at work on the story for the sequel to this year’s DC blockbuster, and now TV’s Wonder Woman Lynda Carter has revealed that she’s had talks about making a cameo in the Amazon Princess’ next solo big screen adventure.
“Yes, we’ve talked about it, ” said Carter in an interview with People. “We were trying to get me in the first one and we couldn’t make it work with our timing. It really is up to Patty, and if it works in an organic way it’ll be great fun and it’ll be wonderful to do. Am I open to it? Absolutely. I Adore Patty Jenkins, and it’ll be wonderful to do. But we’ll just see how that goes.”
Carter – who »
- Gary Collinson
Current production companies on the project are John Malkovich’s Mr. Mudd and Channing Tatum’s Free Association. Producers are Barry Rosenstein; Mr. Mudd’s Russell Smith, Lianne Halfon, and Malkovich; and Free Association’s Tatum and Reid Carolin. Peter Kiernan is an executive producer.
Lionsgate has also hired screenwriter John Whittington, whose credits include “Lego Batman” and “Ninjago,” to adapt the novel. “Boy21,” published by Little, Brown & Co., centers on the relationship between two high school seniors in a rough town ruled by the Irish mob. One takes care of his disabled grandfather and finds escape on the basketball court; the other is a former basketball phenom whose life has been turned upside down by tragedy.
No director or actors have been attached yet to “Boy21.”
- Dave McNary
Flickering Myth’s Tai Freligh caught up with Wonder Woman star Connie Nielsen this past week to discuss her role in her new film The Confessions, and also managed to slip in a few questions about her work in the DC Extended Universe, during which Connie shared a funny story about her first meeting with the Amazon Princess herself, Gal Gadot.
I thoroughly enjoyed Wonder Woman. Have you been surprised by how wildly successful the movie has been?
Gratified and grateful for the reception of this film.
Any funny set stories working with Gal Gadot?
The first time I met Gal I was in the make up trailer inside a tanning tent getting spray tanned – a uniquely clammy experience – when, as I step out of the tent, naked but for a thong, Gal is whipping off her clothes to get into the tent – and that’s where we said hello the first time. »
- Gary Collinson
Death Note is coming to Netflix on August 25th and those in the know probably aren’t looking forward to anything more.
Based on the manga (and anime) of the same name, Death Note is the story of Light, a teenager who finds a notebook that will cause the death of anyone whose name he writes in it, as long as he has seen their face. It’s a story that could easily go wrong, but if it’s put together right it has the potential to win over fans in droves.
The manga, by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, is a complex character study that dives into a variety of moral questions in the darkest and most dramatic way, while remaining a wild, thoroughly fun story. Light, as one might imagine, I suppose, quickly figures out the kind of power he wields, and decides to start using the notebook with almost reckless abandon, »
- Marc Eastman
The true crime saga, based on Rodney Sheldon’s manuscript, surrounds the founding and expansion of the Chippendales nightclub and male strip show during the 1980s by Paul Snider and immigrant Somen Banerjee — who eventually pleaded guilty to attempted arson, racketeering and murder for hire, and was found dead in his jail cell in 1994.
Patel is in talks to play Banerjee while Stiller has been attached since 2014 to portray Nick De Noia, who became Bannerjee’s partner and was murdered in 1987. Snider killed himself and Playboy Playmate Dorothy Stratten — who had designed the Chippendale collars and cuffs — in 1980.
Producers are seeking a director with “Bubbles” writer Isaac Adamson having written the latest version of the script. “Chippendales” will be produced by Permut Presentations’ David Permut, Bold’s Michel Litvak and Gary Michael Walters, and »
- Dave McNary
MaryAnn’s quick take… Simple, yet stupid. A magic box grants a teen wishes… that don’t come free. Apparently they’re not making eighth graders read “The Monkey’s Paw” anymore. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Have you ever heard the phrase “Be careful what you wish for?” You haven’t? Then you are the only person besides Ohio high-schooler Clare, who acquires a magic box that grants seven wishes, and doesn’t seem to think there’s anything hinky going on even once way too many people around her are dying in freakish ways after she wishes to get rich — and does! — and wishes to be the most popular girl in school — and it happens! — and so on. I mean, one bizarre accident in your vicinity is weird, and two is a coincidence. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
As Wonder Woman overtakes the domestic box office total of Deadpool (it is currently sitting at $368.5 million vs #363.1 million) and is also poised to eventually surpass it in the international box office, the Merc with a Mouth has taken to social media to congratulate the Amazon Princess on her success. Naturally, there is a subtle joke attached to the complement. Check out the tweets here…
The Merc may be filthier, but her B.O. is stronger. Congrats #WonderWoman. pic.twitter.com/jhP1hRAKlY
— Deadpool Movie (@deadpoolmovie) July 11, 2017
You are the absolute greatest, Ryan Reynolds @VancityReynolds Thank you! We love you and your movie too. ❤️❤️❤️ #deadpool #deadpool2 ❤️❤️❤️ https://t.co/6Raj3VBEIR
— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) July 11, 2017
Currently, Wonder Woman is the 10th highest grossing superhero film at the box office, and could potentially climb even higher by passing up »
- Robert Kojder
Warning: There are spoilers for Wonder Woman below in this post…
According to Screen Rant, some production notes they have obtained have spilled the beans that the sequel to the critically and commercially successful DC Extended Universe superhero extravaganza Wonder Woman will be set during the Cold War, sometime in the 1980s, and features Gal Gadot’s Diana Prince battling the Soviet Union.
However, what’s really intriguing and even downright confusing is the rumor that Chris Pine will also be returning to the action, obviously considering that he met an unfortunate demise during the first film’s climax. If true, it will definitely be interesting to see how Steve Trevor is resurrected from the dead.
Thankfully, although not confirmed, director Patty Jenkins and much of the same production crew are reportedly set to return, so theoretically everything should be in safe hands.
For now, let us know below in »
- Robert Kojder
Despite new superhero competition from Spider-Man: Homecoming, Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman continues to pull in the cash at the box office, with the Gal Gadot-headlined solo movie having now pushed its worldwide total to $745.8 million.
It’s already become the highest-grossing instalment of the DC Extended Universe domestically, and now the film has surpassed Suicide Squad’ $745.6 million to climb to second worldwide behind Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which grossed $873.3 million last year.
Wonder Woman is also currently the fourth highest-grossing movie of 2017, behind Beauty and the Beast ($1.261 billion), The Fate of the Furious ($1.239 billion) and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($857.7 million).
Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of »
- Gary Collinson
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