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David Cronenberg to receive lifetime achievement award at 2018 Venice Film Festival

David Cronenberg to receive lifetime achievement award at 2018 Venice Film Festival
Festival to pay tribute to the Canadian filmmaker of ‘The Fly’, ‘Crash’ and ’Naked Lunch

David Cronenberg will receive the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 75th International Film Festival of the Biennale di Venezia (Aug 29-Sept 8).

“I’ve always loved the Golden Lion of Venice,” said the Toronto-born director. “A lion that flies on golden wings––that’s the essence of art, isn’t it? The essence of cinema. It will be almost unbearably thrilling to receive a Golden Lion of my own.”

Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method screened in Competition at Venice in 2011. The tense drama about Sabina Spielrein,
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‘Gringo’ Review: Nash Edgerton’s Wacky First Studio Film Dulls His Dark Comedy Chops

‘Gringo’ Review: Nash Edgerton’s Wacky First Studio Film Dulls His Dark Comedy Chops
For his first studio film — and only his second feature in two decades — idiosyncratic Aussie director Nash Edgerton loads up on some of his signatures, including lots of bad guys, tons of twists, and a dark sense of humor. Unfortunately, his sensibilities are dulled by a sprawling story that never quite snaps together. Edgerton’s previous feature-length effort, the brutal and brilliant “The Square,” offered up a crime story populated almost exclusively by very bad people, an exercise in how to make even the most vicious of characters impossible to stop watching. For his “Gringo,” Edgerton adds something new: an actually likable protagonist.

Still, it’s not enough to make “Gringo” really pop, and the wacky worldview that Edgerton is so often able to infuse in his works — look no further than his brutally funny and violent short “Spider” for proof of that — never emerges within the confines of his most straightforward comedy to date.
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Top 100 Most Anticipated American Indie Films of 2018: #84. Nash Edgerton’s Gringo


He might have a background in back breaking stunt man work (more than two decades worth), but in our books, this Aussie’s true vocation should be filmmaking as a full time gig. Nash Edgerton broke out big in our books well before his feature length film The Square (our interview with him); it’s his short films with the Blue-Tongue films collective in Spider (2007) and Bear (2011) that impressive, sharp, witty and perfectly tuned. Production on Gringo began in March of 2016 with a rather impressive name cast.

Starring his brother Joel Edgerton, this shuffles the deck David Oyelowo, Amanda Seyfried, Charlize Theron, Yul Vazquez, Thandie Newton, and Sharlto Copley, this pits a mild-mannered American businessman Harold Soyinka (David Oyelowo) against the elements. Crossing the line from citizen to criminal, Harold tangles with duplicitous business partners, Mexican drug lords, international mercenaries, and the DEA. Hopefully Edgerton’s knack for great timing,
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Charlize Theron & David Oyelowo in First Red Band Trailer for 'Gringo'

"I know a guy..." Amazon Studios & Stx Entertainment have revealed the first red band trailer for the dark comedy Gringo, the latest film directed by Nash Edgerton, brother of Joel Edgerton (who also appears in this). Nash has worked as an actor, stuntman, writer, and filmmaker previously, making some outstanding short films over the years (look for Fuel, Lucky, Spider, Bear, The Captain). Gringo is about an obedient businessman who takes a trip into Mexico for his drug company, but everything goes crazy once he's there. David Oyelowo stars, with a cast including Charlize Theron, Joel Edgerton, Amanda Seyfried, Yul Vazquez, Thandie Newton, and Sharlto Copley. This looks totally kooky and entertaining in the most absurd ways, which is exactly what I want from a good dark comedy. I'm actually looking forward to it now. Here's the first red band trailer (+ poster) for Nash Edgerton's Gringo, direct from YouTube:
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Ccxp Teaser Poster For Venom Officially Unleashed

“We are Venom.”

That’s the official tagline attached to the Ccxp (Comic-Con Experience) teaser poster for Venom, Sony and Ruben Fleischer’s starry spinoff pic that is about to uncover a whole new breed of anti-hero in 2018.

Initially spotted at Brazil’s annual expo early last week, the banner image features a classic rendition of the alien symbiote that first slithered onto the pages of Randy Schueller’s comic in ’88. Now, almost 30 years later, Fleischer and Mad Max star Tom Hardy are about to deliver a hardboiled version of the iconic anti-hero, and we understand filming is already underway across parts of Atlanta and New York.

As a matter of fact, both Hardy and Fleischer have been dropping story clues all this week, after the latter revealed another comic inspiration for Venom‘s narrative arc: Planet of the Symbiotes. First published in ’95, its story will seemingly be fused with that of Lethal Protector,
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Review: Kaleidoscope Is Beautiful and Fragmented

Lots of mentally fragile guys are obsessed with their mothers, especially when it comes to cinematic tropes. Of course, there's Psycho, a giant of a film and a close cousin to Rupert Jones' debut feature, Kaleidoscope. Out today on VOD and in select theatres from IFC MidnightKaleidoscope is the tale of an ex-con who's having trouble re-integrating into society. Jones' brother, the always-terrific Toby Jones (Harry Potter, Atomic Blonde, The Hunger GamesBerberian Sound Studio), plays the disturbed man Carl, who we follow through his apartment, some memories, and perhaps misremembered events. Elements of Psycho echo within Kaleidoscope, but so too does Stanley Kubrick's masterful The Shining, Roman Polanski's The Tenant, and Spider (David Cronenberg's 2007 film centering on a schizophrenic man also re-entering society played by Ralph Fiennes).  Carl meets up with...

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Phil Lord & Chris Miller Discuss Leaving ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

Earlier this year, The Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller left the Han Solo movie that has just wrapped up shooting with Ron Howard taking over the helming duties. Much has been discussed about their leaving the project, but we haven’t heard too much from the filmmakers themselves.

The duo were appearing at the Vulture Festival in L.A to talk about their MTV animated series Clone High. The outlet spoke about their experience of being fired from the Star Wars young Han Solo movie and getting replaced by Howard.

Here’s what they had to say.

“The experience of shooting the movie was wonderful,” Lord said. “We had the most incredible cast and crew and collaborators. I think in terms of us leaving the project, I think everybody went in with really good intentions and our approach to making the movie was different than theirs. That
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Avengers: Infinity War, and the story threads you need to know

Rob Leane Nov 20, 2017

Earth's Mightiest Heroes will finally take on the big baddie Thanos next year. Here's everything you need to know...

This article contains spoilers for Thor: Ragnarok, and various McU movies before it.

Arriving in April next year, Avengers: Infinity War is set to be the culmination of everything we’ve seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far. Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have written the script, with Joe Russo and Anthony Russo handling the direction. Those four chaps first collaborated on the grounded-by-Marvel-standards espionage flick Captain America: The Winter Soldier, before expanding their operation significantly for its superhero slugfest sequel Captain America: Civil War.

With Infinity War, they are working with an even bigger stable of heroes. The film’s official poster shows – deep breath! - Robert Downey Jnr’s Iron Man, Chris EvansCaptain America, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor,
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The Big Bang Theory season 11 episode 4 review: The Explosion Implosion

Caroline Preece Oct 19, 2017

The Big Bang Theory manages to have some fun with a couple of old ideas in its latest season 11 offering. Spoilers ahead...

This review contains spoilers.

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11.4 The Explosion Implosion

One thing The Big Bang Theory had to prove when announcing another pregnancy for Howard and Bernadette was how different it could be from the first. There’s the commonly held idea that babies ruin shows, but so far The Big Bang Theory has not only sidestepped a lot of the challenges - chiefly by not ever having to have a baby on set - but also milked the scenario for multiple plot lines and running jokes.

So why have Bernadette become pregnant again, rather than Amy or Penny? Well this time they’re having a boy,
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‘Eastern Promises’: David Cronenberg’s Brutal Drama of Family Ties

Looking back on this still-young century makes clear that 2007 was a major time for cinematic happenings — and, on the basis of this retrospective, one we’re not quite through with ten years on. One’s mind might quickly flash to a few big titles that will be represented, but it is the plurality of both festival and theatrical premieres that truly surprises: late works from old masters, debuts from filmmakers who’ve since become some of our most-respected artists, and mid-career turning points that didn’t necessarily announce themselves as such at the time. Join us as an assembled team, many of whom were coming of age that year, takes on their favorites.

In remembering David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises, one scene immediately comes to mind: Viggo Mortensen fighting two fully clothed men in a bathhouse while completely nude. Cronenberg, never one to shy away from showing the human body,
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Venom Movie May Begin Shooting Later Than Expected

Venom Movie May Begin Shooting Later Than Expected
A new report claims Venom will begin production later than originally planned. The slight delay is not expected to affect the release date, which is definitely a good thing. It seems as if the project is moving at a rapid pace considering that the movie was only recently announced and casting seems to still be under way. There are still a lot of questions up in the air in regards to who we will see pitted up against Tom Hardy's Eddie Brock and just how much the Sony project will have to do with the McU, if at all.

Omega Underground has revealed that the Venom movie has started to hire crew members in Atlanta, which could put a damper on the projected September 1st, 2017 production start date. According to their report, Columbia Pictures is now accepting applications for all crew positions for the Spider-Man spin-off movie. It's now late August,
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Westeros Weekly: Breaking Down That Shocking Jamie Theory With 'Game of Thrones' Superfan Patrick Fabian!

Westeros Weekly: Breaking Down That Shocking Jamie Theory With 'Game of Thrones' Superfan Patrick Fabian!
Holy Mother of Dragons!

After Sunday night's viciously satisfying episode of Game of Thrones, we knew that only a true superfan could help us break down all the biggest moments from "The Queen's Justice."

You may know Patrick Fabian as the smooth-talking Howard Hamlin from AMC's Better Call Saul, but we know him as a diehard Game of Thrones fanatic, so we flew him into the Et studios (via dragon, of course!) to co-host this week's episode of Westeros Weekly!

More: 'Game of Thrones' Longest-Kept Secret Finally Revealed!

In addition to discussing Olenna Tyrell's jaw-dropping Joffrey confession and Cersei's fitting kiss of death, Fabian weighed in on one of the most shocking (and plausible!) GoT theories out there: Jamie will be the one to kill his sister.

Let's break it down…

As you may recall, the woods witch Maggy told young Cersei a cryptic prophecy which correctly predicted that all three of the queen's children
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New Plot Details and Style Info Revealed For Silver & Black and Venom Movie

Superhero movies have become so popular nowadays that they are starting to become sub-genres of them. Ant-Man was a superhero movie, but it was also a heist movie. Spider-Man: Homecoming was a superhero movie, but it was a coming of age high school movie as well. Sony is now looking to focus on particular elements as well with their upcoming Marvel properties, and it could be a good direction for them.

Directors Gina Prince-Bythewood and Ruben Fleischer have recently talked to the media confirming the style and plot elements they want to share in their films. Gina Prince-Bythewood, director of Silver and Black, mentioned recently that they want to focus on being a buddy film akin to Thelma and Louise and Midnight Run.

"I wanted to tell the story of two damaged women who are at war with each other but need each other to survive."

That definitely sounds like
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Venom and Silver & Black Directors On The Cores Of Their Respective Films

Right now, Sony Pictures has a decent amount of momentum going for them. Spider-Man: Homecoming is an unquestionable hit with fans and critics, and is making bank at the box office. While this may only further cement their connection with Marvel Studios (who pretty much made the film), this will also likely give Sony confidence in their other projects going forward — namely the VenomVerse.

It’s been a confusing little narrative from Sony. First the films Venom and Silver & Black were off in their own little pocket, free of Spider-Man and the other Avengers, before producer Amy Pascal implied that they indeed live in the same universe as the McU. The situation has since been cleared up some, with them technically existing in the McU, but not necessarily interacting with any other characters (kind of like how the Marvel/Netflix universe is connected to the McU).

Related: Venom To
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Sony’s ‘Spider-Man’ Spinoffs Compared To Films Of John Carpenter & David Cronenberg, And ‘Thelma & Louise’

Ambition is never in short supply in Hollywood, and when it comes to superhero movies, studios and filmmakers like to talk a big game about how their four-quadrant tentpoles will break the mold. The reality is, aside from efforts like “Deadpool” or “Logan,” that has never been the case, and most follow a very familiar template. Even so, having a grand vision, even if it gets watered down by the final product, can yield some interesting results.

Continue reading Sony’s ‘Spider-Man’ Spinoffs Compared To Films Of John Carpenter & David Cronenberg, And ‘Thelma & Louise’ at The Playlist.
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Venom Spinoff Will Reportedly Take Cues From Carpenter And Cronenberg

Barring the back-and-forth surrounding the film’s relation to the McU – or lack thereof – Venom has piqued the curiosity of comic book fans the world over thanks to Sony and Ruben Fleischer’s desire to engineer a dark and potentially R-rated Spider-Man spinoff.

Not only that, but there have been rumblings that Venom, a movie that will see Dunkirk star Tom Hardy wrestle with the alien symbiote, will be more horror-oriented in nature, and that’s something that Columbia Pictures president Sanford Panitch echoed in a new interview with Variety.

The exhaustive report essentially places the blistering success of Spider-Man: Homecoming under the microscope, before analyzing how Jon Watts’ triumph will be used as a springboard from which Sony will launch its own Marvel Universe, beginning with the release of Venom next October. It’s a movie with “with and a dark element,” according to Panitch, who went on
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John Ostrander: Calling Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard!

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Since the last time we were together discussing things of great (or minor) import to the universe, I’ve been to the E.R. twice. Yep, no half way measures for this kid – you gonna screw things up, screw things up big time!

Well, actually, I didn’t do it. It was done to me.

It started a week ago last Saturday. I got up to go to the bathroom at 6:30 Am (normal) and things were fine. I got up again to go at 8:30 Am and I couldn’t get out of bed. My balance was completely shot. My equilibrium was gone. Vertigo is not just a name of a DC imprint. I had written Count Vertigo in Suicide Squad many years ago and it seemed he had caught up with me and was exacting revenge for any and all trials I had put him through.

For me,
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J. Hoberman’s Best Movies of the 21st Century

There have been a lot of lists about the best films of the 21st century. IndieWire has been digging through the last two decades one genre at a time; meanwhile, the New York Times’ top movie critics provided their own takes. J. Hoberman, the longtime Village Voice film critic who now works as a freelancer, decided to join the fray. Here’s his take, also available at his site, and republished here with permission.

People have been asking me, so I thought I might as well join (or crash) the party initiated by the New York Times and put in my two cents regarding the 25 Best Films of the 21st Century (so far). I don’t see “everything” anymore and I haven’t been to Cannes since 2011.

There is some overlap but this is not the same as the proposed 21-film syllabus of 21st Century cinema included in my book “Film After Film.” Those were all in their way pedagogical choices. Begging the question of what “best” means, these are all movies that I really like, that I’m happy to see multiple times, that are strongly of their moment and that I think will stand the test of time.

My single “best” film-object is followed by a list of 11 filmmakers and one academic production company (in order of “best-ness”) responsible for two or more “best films,” these followed by another eight individual movies (again in order) and finally four more tentatively advanced films (these alphabetical). I’m sure I’m forgetting some but that’s the nature of the beast.

Christian Marclay: “The Clock

Lars von Trier: “Dogville” & “Melancholia” (and none of his others)

Hou Hsiao Hsien: “The Assassin” & “Flight of the Red Balloon

Jean-Luc Godard: “In Praise of Love” & “Goodbye to Language”

David Cronenberg: “Spider,” “A History of Violence,” “Eastern Promises,” & “A Dangerous Method

David Lynch: “Mulholland Drive” & “Inland Empire

Ken Jacobs: “Seeking the Monkey King,” “The Guests” (and more)

Cristi Puiu: “The Death of Mr Lazarescu” & “Aurora

Chantal Akerman: “No Home Movie” & “La Captive” (assuming that 2000 is part of the 21st Century)

Paul Thomas Anderson: “The Master” & “There Will Be Blood

Kathryn Bigelow: “The Hurt Locker” & “Zero Dark Thirty

Alfonso Cuarón: “Gravity” & “Children of Men

Sensory Ethnology Lab: “Leviathan,” “Manakamana,” & “People’s Park”

“The Strange Case of Angelica” — Manoel de Oliviera

“Corpus Callosum” — Michael Snow

“West of the Tracks” — Wang Bing

“Carlos” — Olivier Assayas

“Che” — Steven Soderbergh

“Ten” — Abbas Kariostami

“Russian Ark” — Aleksandr Sokurov

“The World” — Jia Zhangke

Citizenfour” — Laura Poitras

Day Night Day Night” — Julia Loktev

“Once Upon a Time in Anatolia” — Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Wall-e” — Andrew Stanton

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Spider-Man trilogy plans confirmed by Tom Holland

Kirsten Howard Jun 14, 2017

Spider-Man will be back for two more standalone McU films after Homecoming, young Mr Holland has confirmed...

When Marvel and Sony finally made a deal to share their friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man, many fans celebrated tentatively. How much of the character would we see in future collaborative efforts between the two studios before Sony snatched him back?

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Well, in terms of his standalone adventures within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, that question has now been answered by the man currently in the suit, Tom Holland. The actor recently spoke to AlloCíne, where he confirmed that there's a trilogy of movies planned for this incarnation of Spider-Man under Marvel and Sony.

“There is still a lot of room for Peter Parker and Spider-Man especially to grow in the next two movies.
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Exclusive: Paul W.S. Anderson’s thoughts on Resident Evil reboots and sequels

The video game movie industry is in a renaissance at the moment. The Angry Birds Movie was a box office hit last year, and Warcraft made an incredible amount of money from the Chinese market alone. Since then we’ve seen adaptations of Tomb Raider and Rampage go into production, as well as more and more video game movies being be announced.

With Paul W.S. Anderson bowing out of the movie series he created with Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, Constantin Films announced over the weekend they were rebooting the franchise with James Wan producing a six-film series. While there were a few shocked reactions from fans, producer Samuel Hadida had hinted in 2012 that he wanted to reboot the franchise at some point, because that is the nature of Hollywood.

Released this coming July, Lights, Camera, Game Over!: How Video Game Movies Get Made details the behind-the-scenes stories of
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