12 items from 2016
Aged just 29, the ambitious director – who believes himself a late-starter, having “only” taken up filmmaking in his early twenties – is already committed to thorny issues, as evidenced by his controversial 2014 short “Among Us,” which focused on the stories of three adult paedophiles. Developed in his native Netherlands but shot in Italy, “Stranger in Paradise” offers three takes on immigration, first from an aggressive right-wing tabloid perspective, then from a more humane, liberal stance. Finally, a classroom of real-life migrants are told how their cases may yet be handled.
The film opened Idfa on Wednesday night, affirming outgoing festival director Ally Derks’ belief that the event “has a reputation to maintain for strong, topical, controversial opening films – films »
- Damon Wise
One of the more recent additions to the kingdom of TV queen Shonda Rhimes, How to Get Away With Murder follows a quintet of pre-law students score a prestigious internship with power lawyer Annalise Keating (viva Viola Davis!). Soon, they find themselves entwined in a web of secrecy and murder. Annalise's closest ally and confidante is her underling Frank Delfino, portrayed by Charlie Weber — at least, he was until the end of the second season, when she learned of a certain past betrayal and Frank skipped town with a money-packed suitcase. »
Written and directed by Adrian Manzano, whose first film “Sex, Love, Salsa” won several awards in the film festival circuit, “La Gradua” centers on Miosotis (Sofia Rodriguez), a Dominican 23-year old Liberal Arts college graduate who comes back to the Bronx… Continue Reading → »
- Vanessa Martinez
Don’t laugh, but Zac Efron is shaping up to be one of the funniest actors in American cinema today. When he starred in 2014’s Bad Neighbours as a hot-but-dim party animal whose shindigs make life hell for the nice couple next door, it was a light-bulb moment. Efron was a scream: who knew? Only a small group of cinemagoers who had seen him two years earlier as a dippy stoner in the 2012 indie comedy Liberal Arts. But it was Bad Neighbours that should be credited with inventing the Zac-com, a mini-genre that also includes Dirty Grandpa, Bad Neighbours 2: Sorority Rising and his latest, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.
In its emphasis on preening complacency, his performance »
- Ryan Gilbey
A great many shows and movies are coming to Hulu next month, some more notable than others. To skip the chaff and go straight to the wheat, allow us to collate and curate a selection of the most notable titles available to stream in July:
“48 Hours” and “Another 48 Hours”
“‘Don’t Look Now”
“In the Loop”
Read More: ‘Transparent’ Ratings Lag Behind Rivals on Netflix & Hulu
“Simon Killer »
- Michael Nordine
Coming off of one of last year’s best performances in 45 Years, Charlotte Rampling has just signed on to writer-director Lisa Langseth‘s latest drama Euphoria, which will be her English-language debut. Deadline reports Rampling will join cast members Eva Green and Langseth-regular Alicia Vikander, who is also producing through her new company Vikarious. The story focuses on two sisters (Green and Vikander), traveling towards an unknown destination in Europe while in conflict. No more information is currently known about the film, which has plans to shoot in the German Alps this August.
In related news, two Agatha Christie films are in the works from Sony and Paramount, with their eyes on Alicia Vikander and Emma Stone, respectively, THR reports. The projects will not be adaptations of Christie’s work, but instead examinations of her life. Sony’s project, titled Agatha Christie, would focus on the titular character (Vikander) crossing »
- Mike Mazzanti
Josh Radnor, of How I Met Your Mother and Mercy Street fame, will be exploring uncharted (for him) territory as director of Lionsgate/Summit’s sci-fi drama The Leaves, the latest supernatural comic to come alive on the big screen.
This isn’t Radnor’s first time behind the camera (though it is his first paranormal one). His first venture behind the scenes was writing and directing the buzzed-about dramedy Happythankyoumoreplease, followed by Liberal Arts, which he also starred in. Both of his films received serious accolades even though neither was a box office smash.
In an uncharacteristic move, he won’t be making an onscreen appearance this time around. The Leaves is also a departure from his usual comedic material as he enters the world of science fiction. »
How I Met Your Mother alum Josh Radnor is getting into sci-fi. He will direct a sci-fi drama called The Leaves, based on a Virgin Comics (now Liquid Comics) one-shot comic of the same name. Summit Entertainment acquired the rights to the graphic novel way back in 2008. Here is the description of The Leaves on Amazon: Inspired by the real-life Naadi fortune-tellers of India and one man’s legendary experience, Doctor Max Mellick has the universe at his fingertips — a world-renown heart surgeon with a striking girlfriend and extravagant New York lifestyle. When he attends a friend's funeral in India, something deep within him is forever changed. Identified as evil by an Indian fortune-teller, Max is forced to flee the country — to save his own life, but more importantly, to preserve his destiny. Interestingly, there’s a major aspect of The Leaves’ story (which Variety mentions) that’s not in that summary. »
- Emily Rome
Gotham Chopra and Carla Hacken (“Hell or High Water”) are producing. Radnor is directing from a script by Christopher Kyle and Kevin J. Walsh in a story focused on a man who must fight to convince the love of his life that they are soul mates when he ends up in a parallel universe where she has no idea who he is.
Radnor is not expected to star in “The Leaves.” It’s the third feature directing job for him, six years after he made his feature directorial and screenwriting debut with the 2010’s “Happythankyoumoreplease.” The comedy-drama won the Sundance Film Festival Audience Award and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize.
Radnor starred for »
- Dave McNary
The story follows a man who must fight to convince the love of his life that they are soul mates when he ends up in a parallel universe where she has no idea who he is. Radnor is not expected to star.
Radnor, who also helmed "Happythankyoumoreplease" and "Liberal Arts," is directing from a script by Christopher Kyle and Kevin J. Walsh. Gotham Chopra and Carla Hacken ("Hell or High Water") are producing.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
A lot of young women — or former young women — may disagree with me, but for a while there Zac Efron came off as a poster boy for the following notion: that it’s possible to be too good-looking to be a movie star. In the “High School Musical” films, of course, he was all mussy-coiffed, aqua-blue-eyed charm — a wholesome hunk who knew how to dance, and when he wasn’t dancing knew how to micromanage his charisma so that it fell right on the cusp between dewy and sexy. He was a classic teen idol — he looked like Sean Cassidy with hair gel — and when you’re sitting on top of that world, surrounded by screaming fans, it always seems, at least within the entertainment industry, like you can conquer anything.
It was all but forgone that Efron would get a crack at movie stardom, and he did, but when »
- Owen Gleiberman
Talking to Vulture recently, Chris Evans revealed that if The Avengers were real, he would more than likely be #TeamIronMan. "There would have to be some sort of responsibility," he explained. "You have to answer to somebody. You can't just let this group of vigilantes answer to themselves." Well, that's a fair point and all, but based on the images below, I would say that the Captain America: Civil War star is in fact more likely to be #TeamScarletWitch! The talented actress - who you should definitely check out in the likes of Martha Marcy May Marlene and Liberal Arts if you've only seen in her in Godzilla and the Marvel movies - has been making headlines after stealing th show on the red carpet of the European premiere, and these are the photos which have caused such a stir... Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War finds Steve Rogers leading »
12 items from 2016
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