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“A Bigger Splash”: Jack English; “I, Daniel Blake”: Courtesy IFC Films; "Miss Sloane”: Kerry Hayes Awards season campaigns are an alchemical combination of politics, word of mouth, and sheer luck, and there’s often no telling where the chips may fall. We’re breaking down which major distributors have which horses in which races. Smaller-scale, independent films have triumphed at Oscar ceremonies in recent years. After a particularly strong year for filmmaking outside of big studios, it’s time to take a closer look at the 2016 contenders for Oscars, SAG Awards, and other upcoming accolades. (While it’s difficult to define “indie” precisely, we’re including in our definition films with smaller budgets and off-the-beaten-path distributors.) Read on for a breakdown of where the buzziest projects stand in an increasingly competitive era for indie film. Read: 7 Major Studios’ Awards Season Contenders A24Despite having only existed for four years, »
Have you ever wanted to see a wookiee pull someone’s arm out of its socket? Well now you can thanks to a deleted scene from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which sees Chewbacca coming to the aid of Rey when she’s confronted by Unkar Plutt and Maz’s castle, and Unkar coming to realise that it’s not wise to upset a wookiee…
See Also: Carrie Fisher shines in recently released The Force Awakens deleted scene
Star Wars: The Force Awakens sees J.J. Abrams directing returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Tim Rose (Admiral Ackbar), in addition to John Boyega (Attack the Block), Daisy Ridley (Silent Witness), Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (A Most Violent Year), Andy Serkis (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Domhnall Gleeson (Ex Machina), Gwendoline Christie »
- Gary Collinson
Paris – Daouda Coulibaly’s Mali-set “Wulu,” Sebastian Marnier’s “Faultless”and Thomas Kruithof’s “The Eavesdropper” form part of a gaggle of crime thrillers and sci-fi/fantasy movies unspooling at the 19th UniFrance Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, France’s annual national film showcase.
In volume, they do not represent the most numerous film type at that market; that crown belongs to comedies, accounting for 32 of the 76 movies screening there. But some of the crime thrillers are among the best-reviewed films at Rendez-Vous.
“Who doesn’t love a good sociopath? In novelist-director Sébastien Marnier’s feature debut “Faultless,” he conjures up a doozy,” Variety wrote, calling “The Eavesdropper” (aka “Scribe”) “a timely political thriller told with flair” and “Wulu” “an auspicious debut.”
- John Hopewell
The world has been on pins and needles ever since we heard that Channing Tatum and Tom Hardy could soon be working together. And we can all exhale now, because the team-up appears to be a done deal. Variety reports that the two leading men—both of whom would be annoyingly good-looking if they weren’t also so annoyingly charismatic—have overcome “scheduling conflicts” and are signing on to be sweaty and muscular in close proximity to one another in Paramount’s South America-set thriller Triple Frontier, directed by J.C. Chandor (A Most Violent Year).
Scripted by Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thirty), the film will take its name from “la triple frontera,” where the Iguazu and Parana rivers connect between Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil, creating the perfect environment for organized crime to flourish. Details are sparse, so it remains unclear what kind of accent Hardy will be mumbling his ...
- Dennis DiClaudio
The American Society of Cinematographers recently added an very welcome category called "Spotlight" in which they note the work of DPs working in films with either very limited releases or festival only entries. It's a smart way to draw attention to work that might otherwise go unnoticed. In this new category they've nominated Lol Crawley for Childhood of a Leader (which we recently discussed), Gorka Gomez Andreu's work on the Georgian Oscar submission House of Others, Ernesto Pardo for the Mexican film Tempestad, and Juliette van Dormael's lensing of the Belgian film Mon Ange (My Angel). Why there are only 4 honorees and not the traditional 5 we do not know.
But the marquee category is of course Theatrical Motion Pictures. And here's the beauties they most loved looking at this year...
1st Asc nomination. Also his first BAFTA nomination. One previous Spirit nomination for Selma. Other »
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The Mark Boal-scripted Triple Frontier, once attached to longtime collaborator and director Katherine Bigelow, perhaps as a follow-up to Zero Dark Thirty, appears to finally be materializing after a period of insufferable gestating. According to Deadline, the Paramount-backed thriller set in the “notorious border zone between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil where the Iguazu and Parana rivers converge” is currently involved in ongoing talks with Channing Tatum and Tom Hardy.
Replacing Bigelow at the helm is J.C. Chandor (All is Lost, A Most Violent Year) on a project that Tom Hanks, Will Smith, and Johnny Depp all originally circled. Produced by Chandor alongside Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven and Alex Gartner, nothing’s been made official yet on the Tatum and Hardy front, but the news is much-welcomed progress.
In more casting news, The Hollywood Reporter has announced that two-time Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes and two-time Golden Globe winner »
- The Film Stage
Triple Frontier: Channing Tatum (Magic Mike Xxl, above left) and Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road, above right) may be teaming up for a crime thriller. Both actors are in early talks to star in Triple Frontier, to be directed by J.C. Chandor (A Most Violent Year). The movie is set in a notorious crime zone in South America where Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay meet. [Variety] Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo: A documentary about actor Danny Trejo (Boost, above) is on its way. As a teenager, Trejo was drawn into a criminal lifestyle and spent years in prison. After he was released, he began helping at-risk youth and a few years later found work on the set of Runaway Train, launching his entertainment career. The doc, directed by Brett Harvey, is aiming for release in...
- Peter Martin
J.C. Chandor’s long-gestating “Triple Frontier” might be getting a double dose of big-time talent. Deadline reports that Channing Tatum and Tom Hardy are in early talks to star in the action thriller.
Once planned as director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal’s followup to their Oscar winner “The Hurt Locker,” the film has steadily cycled through reams of exciting talent names, from Tom Hanks to Will Smith to Leonardo DiCaprio to Johnny Depp, and Tatum and Hardy are simply the latest names to (potentially) join the churn.
The film takes place in the “la triple frontera” border zone where the Iguazu and Parana rivers meet between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil, known as a tough-to-govern area and a hotbed of organized crime. The feature will reportedly require a large ensemble of cast members.
Boal still has »
- Kate Erbland
Channing Tatum and Tom Hardy, two men with similarly shaped faces, may star together in a long-in-the-works thriller called Triple Frontier, according to Variety. The film was initially going to be a Kathryn Bigelow’s project, but she’s not involved anymore and it’s now in the hands of A Most Violent Year’s J.C. Chandor. A host of notable actors—including Tom Hanks and Will Smith—have been linked to the movie over the years. Johnny Depp’s name was brought up last January. Variety reports that Tatum and Hardy have “scheduling conflicts,” so even they aren’t a done deal.
Triple Frontier is written by Bigelow’s frequent collaborator Mark Boal and takes place in the region known as “la triple frontera” along the borders of Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil. The area has been deemed a “smugglers’ haven” by The New York Times and also been ...
- Esther Zuckerman
J.C. Chandor’s next movie, Triple Frontier, may see two major stars leading the cast if conversations are successful and deals go through. According to Deadline, Channing Tatum (Hail, Caesar!) and Tom Hardy (Taboo) are circling the project, and Paramount has been interested in getting them on board since last month.
Triple Frontier takes place in a haven for organized crime where the borders of three countries, Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil, meet. If that description doesn’t immediately grip you, the talented people behind the project should be able to get you more interested.
Chandor, who is set to helm the film, has yet to have a misfire when it comes to his previous directorial efforts. He came on the scene in 2011 with Margin Call, followed that up two years later with All is Lost and most recently helmed A Most Violent Year. The film’s screenwriter, on the other hand, »
- Justin Cook
Triple Frontier: Channing Tatum (Magic Mike Xxl, above left) and Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road, above right) may be teaming up for a crime thriller. Both actors are in early talks to star in Triple Frontier, to be directed by J.C. Chandor (A Most Violent Year). The movie is set in a notorious crime zone in South America, where Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay meet. [Variety] Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo: A documentary about actor Danny Trejo (Boost, above) is on its way....
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While season 1 of Syfy's The Magicians ended on a particularly dour note, it doesn't appear that season 2 will be doing away with the dry, sarcastic tone it established. A new trailer for the second season has now debuted, and life appears to be looking up for Quentin, Alice, Penny, Margo and Elliot as they become Kings and Queens of Fillory. Check out the trailer below! The Magicians returns to Syfy on January 25, 2017. Based upon Lev Grossman's best-selling books, The Magicians stars Jason Ralph (A Most Violent Year, Aquarius) as Quentin Coldwater, a brilliant grad student who enrolls in Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy, a secret upstate New York university specializing in magic. He and his 20-something friends soon discover that the magical fantasy world they read about as children is all too real— and poses grave danger to humanity. Stella Maeve (Chicago P.D.), Hale Appleman (Teeth), Arjun Gupta (Nurse Jackie) and Summer Bishil (Towelhead, »
12 items from 2017
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