Movie News

‘Fukushima 50’: Movie About Japan Nuclear Disaster To Star Koichi Sato, Ken Watanabe

  • Deadline
‘Fukushima 50’: Movie About Japan Nuclear Disaster To Star Koichi Sato, Ken Watanabe
Japan’s The Kadokawa Corporation has set Setsuro Wakamatsu to direct and Koichi Sato and Ken Watanabe to star in Fukushima 50, a feature film about Japan’s 2011 nuclear plant disaster, when a post-earthquake tsunami hit the Fukushima Daiichi facility and caused a meltdown of the core reactors.

The film, based on Ryusho Kadota’s book On the Brink: The Inside Story of Fukushima Daiichi and adapted for the screen by Yoichi Maekawa, centers on the workers including shift supervisor Isaki (Sato) and site superintendent Yoshida (Watanabe), who risked their lives and stayed at the plant to prevent total destruction of the overheating reactors and minimize devastation that could have impact the lives of the 50 million people who lived within 150 miles of the plant. The workers who returned were dubbed the “Fukushima 50″ by the media.

“The Fukushima accident shook not only the people of Japan but also around the world,” said Wakamatsu,
See full article at Deadline »

John Bluthal obituary

John Bluthal obituary
Stage and screen actor who appeared in popular sitcoms including "Never Mind the Quality," "Feel the Width" and "The Vicar of Dibley."

The actor John Bluthal, who has died aged 89, forged a long and successful acting career in Britain that began in the golden age of television in the 1960s, when he provided a foil to the comedy legends Michael Bentine, Eric Sykes, Peter Cook and, over several decades, Spike Milligan.

Bluthal soared to the top of the bill when he starred alongside Joe Lynch in the sitcom "Never Mind the Quality", "Feel the Width" (1967-71), the pair playing respectively the Jewish jacket-maker Manny Cohen and the Irish trouser-maker Patrick Kelly running a business in the East End.
See full article at The Guardian - TV News »

‘Fantastic Beasts 2’: Alison Sudol Defends Queenie’s Shocking Decision

Spoilers for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald follow below. If you haven’t seen the film, turn back now. The sequel Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is full of twists, turns, and shocking reveals. For the second in a planned five-film franchise, screenwriter J.K. Rowling opted to raise the stakes in an interesting way with a few key developments towards the end of the film. The backbone of the story is Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) attempting to lure the very powerful Credence Barebone (Ezra Miller) to his side, in an incredibly patient manner. The now-escaped …
See full article at Collider.com »

‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ Trailer: Peter Jackson Directs A Beautiful Wwi Doc That Utilizes His Technological Talents Like Never Before

For Peter Jackson’s latest film, he decided to take all that technological know-how that he’s proven over his filmography and apply it to a documentary. Leaving the world of Middle Earth behind, Jackson is now tackling World War I, aka the Great War, in a new doc “They Shall Not Grow Old.” And even though he’s directing a film using footage from the early 20th century, Jackson is using that as a chance to provide a never-before-seen glimpse into the conflict.

Continue reading ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ Trailer: Peter Jackson Directs A Beautiful Wwi Doc That Utilizes His Technological Talents Like Never Before at The Playlist.
See full article at The Playlist »

‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor,’ ‘Rbg’ Nab Producers Guild Documentary Nominations

‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor,’ ‘Rbg’ Nab Producers Guild Documentary Nominations
The Producers Guild of America has selected seven nominees for its best documentary award, including box office successes “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?,” “Rgb,” and “Three Identical Strangers.”

The PGA revealed the nominees on Tuesday morning. Nominations in the other categories, including theatrical motion pictures and television, will be announced on Jan. 4. The PGA Awards ceremony will take place on Jan. 19 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The other nominees for best producing of documentary theatrical motion pictures are “The Dawn Wall,” “Free Solo,” “Hal,” and “Into the Okavango.” The producers of the nominated films are in the process of being vetted for individual producer eligibility.

The Fred Rogers documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” has grossed $22.6 million domestically, making it the 12th-highest grosser of all time. The Ruth Bader Ginsburg doc “Rbg” has topped $14 million for Magnolia Pictures and “Three Identical Strangers,” which centers on the lives of triplets,
See full article at Variety - Film News »

‘Halloween’ Blu-ray Release Set For January – Watch One Deleted Scene Now

‘Halloween’ Blu-ray Release Set For January – Watch One Deleted Scene Now
Halloween may be over, but Halloween is just getting started. The Blu-ray release of David Gordon Green‘s hit horror sequel/reboot to the classic franchise will arrive just after the start of the new year – with the digital release arriving a few days after Christmas. The home video release comes loaded with all treats, and no […]

The post ‘Halloween’ Blu-ray Release Set For January – Watch One Deleted Scene Now appeared first on /Film.
See full article at Slash Film »

A24 Writes Enviable Awards Script

It might seem that New York-based indie distributor A24, two years after claiming a best picture victory with Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight,” and a year removed from the success of Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird,” is set for a low-key Oscar season in 2018. Films like Bo Burnham’s “Eighth Grade,” Paul Schrader’s “First Reformed” and Ari Aster’s “Hereditary” certainly echo the small-but-acclaimed paradigm of previous players, but they and Jonah Hill’s “Mid90s” seem unlikely to catch fire in the Academy’s top race. It will be particularly difficult to gain a foothold with the major studios roaring back this year with films like “Black Panther” (Disney), “Green Book” (Universal), “A Star Is Born” (Warner Bros.) and “Widows” (Fox).

Nevertheless, here’s a bit of Oscar trivia for you: A24 has secured at least two screenplay nominations in each of the past three years, including three in 2016. Some of them,
See full article at Variety - Film News »

‘Roma’: Alfonso Cuaron Explains Why Oscar-Winning Dp Emmanuel Lubezski Passed On The Film

Alfonso Cuaron is a filmmaker known for accomplishing some pretty crazy visuals in his films. And you can probably thank cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezski for that. The Oscar-winning Director of Photography has been a mainstay in the Cuaron filmography since the mid-’90s. However, the Lubezski name isn’t attached to the latest film, “Roma,” which is perhaps the filmmaker’s most visually ambitious film to date. And in a new interview, Cuaron explains why.

Continue reading ‘Roma’: Alfonso Cuaron Explains Why Oscar-Winning Dp Emmanuel Lubezski Passed On The Film at The Playlist.
See full article at The Playlist »

‘Creed II’ Director Steven Caple Jr. On Satisfying ‘Rocky’ and ‘Creed’ Fans Alike [Interview]

‘Creed II’ Director Steven Caple Jr. On Satisfying ‘Rocky’ and ‘Creed’ Fans Alike [Interview]
Sylvester Stallone may have really thought he was saying goodbye to Rocky when he wrote, directed and starred in Rocky Balboa. Then Ryan Coogler came along with the idea for Creed. It seemed to energize Stallone again and as soon as Creed came out, he started teasing ideas for a sequel that would bring back […]

The post ‘Creed II’ Director Steven Caple Jr. On Satisfying ‘Rocky’ and ‘Creed’ Fans Alike [Interview] appeared first on /Film.
See full article at Slash Film »

How ‘The Judge’ Inspired Middle Eastern Women to Pick Up the Gavel

How ‘The Judge’ Inspired Middle Eastern Women to Pick Up the Gavel
Utah native Erika Cohn was teaching film in Israel and Palestine via a Rotary scholarship when she met the subject of her film “The Judge” for the first time. She was at a conference with a friend when Palestine’s first female Shari’a judge, Kholoud Faqih, walked into the room and took her breath away, Cohn told the crowd after a showing of her film at the International Documentary Association’s annual screening series.

“She had this unbelievable charisma and presence that just radiated about the room,” Cohn said. After the two women spoke, Faqih invited Cohn to visit her courtroom. The filmmaker showed up to the Shari’a courts with her camera and her conversational Arabic, eventually gaining access. While she occasionally ran into trouble accessing the courts (especially when the Chief Justice changed), she knew she had to persevere because she wanted to tell Faqih’s story.
See full article at Indiewire »

Lin-Manuel Miranda on ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ and Why the Original Movie Made Him Cry

Last April, a group of fellow journalists and I went to London to visit the set of Mary Poppins Returns. For those unfamiliar with the upcoming sequel, the story has Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) returning to help a new generation of Banks children after the family suffers a tragic loss. With the help of her friend Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda), Mary is able to bring some magic back into the lives of the Banks family. While we were on set, we got to have a group interview with Lin-Manuel Miranda. During our conversation, Miranda talks about how this experience …
See full article at Collider.com »

Steven Berkoff: who will dare to stage my one-man Harvey Weinstein play?

He’s played baddies in everything from Bond to Beverly Hills Cop. Now he’s tackling the disgraced movie mogul in a self-penned play. The actor-playwright explains why theatre is dying out – along with his enemies’ reputations

‘I like evil people,” says Steven Berkoff. “I’m like a surgeon who is happiest when working with a very diseased body.” The actor and playwright, now 81, is explaining why he wants to take the title role in Harvey, his latest one-act play, about a real-life alleged sexual predator called Harvey Weinstein. He’s long been renowned for playing screen villains, from Bond baddie General Orlov in Octopussy to Rambo nemesis Lieutenant Colonel Podovsky. But playing the disgraced movie mogul? That’s something different.

“This is a creature,” he says, “who offers freedom, offers to change your life, because once you hear that magic word ‘Action!’ – wow, you’ll be changed from this small,
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

Not Even Ezra Miller Fully Believes That ‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ Reveal Is True

Going into the weekend, fans knew that J.K. Rowling had some surprises in store in the new “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.” The ‘Harry Potter’ prequel/spin-off told the further adventures of Newt Scamander and Pals, as they continue their quest to stop the titular villain. It was also the first time that fans would be introduced to Jude Law’s Albus Dumbledore. However, what people probably never saw coming was the twist at the end.

Continue reading Not Even Ezra Miller Fully Believes That ‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ Reveal Is True at The Playlist.
See full article at The Playlist »

North Bend Film Festival Returning to ‘Twin Peaks’ Town in 2019

North Bend Film Festival is returning or its second annual celebration of genre film and immersive experiences in 2019! The four-day fest made its inaugural debut in North Bend, Washington this year and it's by far one of the coolest cinephile experiences you can find in the festival circuit right now. In case you missed it, you can read all the details in my full festival recap here. Next year, North Bend Fest will move up a week for its returning year, taking place August 15 through August 18, 2019 to "showcase exciting new work in cinema, experimental …
See full article at Collider.com »

Arrowverse’s ‘Elseworlds’ Teaser: First Look at Batwoman in Action, First Mention of Batman By Name

Arrowverse’s ‘Elseworlds’ Teaser: First Look at Batwoman in Action, First Mention of Batman By Name
After years of skirting around Batman like it was a dirty word, the latest Arrowverse “Elseworlds” teaser finally drops his name a dozen times. And like Beetlejuice, apparently, the Caped Crusader shows up. But she’s not exactly the one they expected. Ruby Rose makes her debut as Batwoman in the fifth annual Arrowverse crossover event, […]

The post Arrowverse’s ‘Elseworlds’ Teaser: First Look at Batwoman in Action, First Mention of Batman By Name appeared first on /Film.
See full article at Slash Film »

Thanksgiving Box Office Battle: ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ to Top ‘Creed II,’ ‘Robin Hood’

A boxing heavyweight champion and an outlaw with a bow and arrow will be no match for a video game baddie and his trusty sidekick as “Ralph Breaks the Internet” looks to dominate a busy Thanksgiving weekend at the domestic box office.

Disney’s animated sequel is expected to earn between $67 million and $77 million over the five-day period, which would easily best fellow newcomers “Creed II” and “Robin Hood.” The trio of wide releases are all getting a head start on the weekend by opening on Wednesday. Previews begin on Tuesday night.

“Ralph Breaks the Internet,” the adventure that follows video game villain Ralph and his best pal Vanellope, will debut across more than 3,900 theaters, the majority of which will include 3D screens. John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman are reprising their voice roles in the follow-up, which looks to get a solid head start on the first film’s $49 million launch.
See full article at Variety - Film News »

Everything Is Awesome!: The New ‘The Lego Movie 2’ Trailer Drops

Everything is indeed awesome because the latest trailer for “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” is here and yeah, it looks kinda awesome.

Last year, we saw the release of two “Lego Movie” spin-offs. But now, we’re getting a sequel to the film that launched the whole franchise. The heroic everyman known as Emmett, voiced by Chris Pratt, will return to save the day.

Continue reading Everything Is Awesome!: The New ‘The Lego Movie 2’ Trailer Drops at The Playlist.
See full article at The Playlist »

‘Sex and the City’ Director Details Kim Cattrall Drama, Tension Began Over Parity

‘Sex and the City’ Director Details Kim Cattrall Drama, Tension Began Over Parity
Sex and the City” executive producer Michael Patrick King recently appeared on the “Origins” podcast and spoke candidly about the drama between Kim Cattrall and her co-stars. King, who also wrote and directed several episodes and the feature films, says tension between the cast became obvious early on in the show’s run. “Sex and the City” was designed and marketed from the beginning around Sarah Jessica Parker, who was the biggest name of the four central cast members after making a career as a movie star.

“The show doesn’t exist if Sarah Jessica wasn’t the blonde star of the show, that’s number one,” King told “Origins” host James Andrew Miller. “Kim was not at the height of her career, Kristin was under her in terms of notability, Cynthia was a theater actress and their contracts reflected that status.”

King said the initial parity between Parker and
See full article at Indiewire »

New ‘Kingdom Hearts III’ Trailer Goes All in on Disney Worlds

If you’re not familiar with the Kingdom Hearts franchise, you might see this new Kingdom Hearts III trailer and think, “Disney worlds! Fun!” And after a 13-year hiatus from the main series proper, even I can’t help but be excited for the chance to visit Disney worlds from Frozen, Big Hero 6, Toy Story, and Monsters University. And yet I also know that between Kingdom Hearts II and Kingdom Hearts III we got Kingdom Hearts: Coded, Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days, Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance, and Kingdom Hearts X. Thankfully, the …
See full article at Collider.com »

All 57 Disney Animated Movies Ranked from Worst to Best

It's hard to rank the Disney animated films, and not just because there are so many of them. These are films that mean so much to so many people, that are inherently linked to powerful memories of childhood and have informed what we so many adults consider magical. Ranking their respective strengths and weaknesses becomes as much an investigation of why you loved something as it is to their relative worth as a creative endeavor. (Divorcing yourself of those emotions is mightily challenging.) Still, I tried to do just that, and wanted to share stories from the making of …
See full article at Collider.com »
An error has occured. Please try again.

Recently Viewed