Invictus (2009) - News Poster

(2009)

News

Exclusive: Watch the first trailer for Sean Else’s Blood & Glory

  • HeyUGuys
Author: Zehra Phelan

To celebrate the forthcoming UK premiere and release of Blood & Glory, we have to honour of exclusively launching the trailer for the film.

Written and directed by Sean Else (Platteland; ‘n Man Soos My Pa), Blood & Glory may be a fictional story but it takes its inspiration from events that unfolded during the Anglo-Boer war in South Africa in 1901.

The cast is made of both British and South African actors that include Charlotte Salt (Beowulf; The Tudors), Patrick Connolly (Inferno; Crushed), Nick Cornwall (Blood Loyal; Retribution) and Josh Myers (Rise of the Footsoldier III; The Sweeney) for the British contingent and Stian Bam (Veraaiers) who plays Morkel, Bok van Blerk (Platteland; Vrou Soek Boer) and acclaimed South African talent Grant Swanby (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom; Invictus; The Fall) fighting for the South African contingent.

Also in trailers – The first teaser for Mary Poppins Returns arrives!

Director
See full article at HeyUGuys »

‘Fifty Shades Freed’ Dominates Box Office as Eastwood’s ‘The 15:17 to Paris’ Skews Old

  • Indiewire
‘Fifty Shades Freed’ Dominates Box Office as Eastwood’s ‘The 15:17 to Paris’ Skews Old
Threequel “Fifty Shades Freed” (Universal) easily led all films, including three wide openers, as so far 2018 lags behind 2017 at the box office, going against sports competition from both the Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics. Grosses are now down one per cent.

Next week’s anticipated release of Marvel’s “Black Panther” (Disney) this Friday will reverse that trend. Early projections for this eagerly anticipatedAfrican-based superhero story directed by Ryan Coogler (“Creed”) are about $150 million, the total for all the films for last year’s three-day President’s Day weekend.

The openers this weekend totaled an expected $75 million. They represent three distinctive strains of mainstream studio product these days: a franchise sequel (“Fifty Shades Freed”), a hybrid animated-live action feature (“Peter Rabbit”) and a true-life heroic action dramatic re-enactment (“The 15:17 to Paris”).

Disconcertingly, last year’s three similar titles totaled $55 million more: “The Lego Batman Movie” at $53 million (more
See full article at Indiewire »

Second Opinion – Darkest Hour (2017)

Darkest Hour, 2017.

Directed by Joe Wright.

Starring Gary Oldman, Kristen Scott Thomas, Lily James, and Ben Mendelsohn.

Synopsis:

Chronicling a pivotal period in World War II, Joe Wright’s biopic pitches Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) amongst warring politicians and nations, as he wrestles with the decision to fight Adolf Hitler against insurmountable odds.

The thought of another awards season biopic, especially one with the omnipresent figure of Winston Churchill as its focus, following Michael Gambon (Churchill’s Secret) and Brian Cox’s (Churchill) recent portrayals, is enough to make you slump in your seat like a minor backbencher.

However, Darkest Hour brings some major players to the strategic planning table; the awards buzz garnered by Gary Oldman’s prosthetic heavy performance as one corner of Parliament Square, and in its director, Joe Wright, a filmmaker whose unique visual DNA is woven into every one of his movies. Which makes it
See full article at Flickeringmyth »

As Industry Awards Move Forward, ‘The Shape of Water’ Takes the Lead

As Industry Awards Move Forward, ‘The Shape of Water’ Takes the Lead
The new year has brought the usual wave of guilds and industry groups weighing in on the year’s best work. Editors, art directors, casting directors, writers, makeup artists, and now, producers, have all chimed in this week, with cinematographers, sound mixers, visual effects artists, and directors still to come.

And pay attention. This is momentum week, as Oscar voters receive ballots Friday and will vote for a single pressure-cooked week. It will be pencils down on Jan. 12.

The December circuit made it clear what film is the critical darling of the year: Jordan Peele’s “Get Out,” which has claimed 12 best picture prizes so far. But “critics don’t vote for Oscars” is always an important mantra this time of year. Conversely, the guilds have crossover membership with the film Academy, so it’s worth taking serious note of their choices.

At this point, Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” has reaped the most
See full article at Variety - Film News »

No fairytales, just real love: How 'Mayaanadhi' shut up the cynic in me

Film commentaryIn the 21st century, the idea of people crossing deserts for love sounds cheesy – 'Mayaanadhi' challenges that lack of faith. Sowmya RajendranFacebook/ Aashiq Abu*Some spoilers ahead As a woman viewer, watching a romance on screen usually involves looking at love from the shoes of a man. The way his heart trembles when her hair blows in the wind, how her earrings shake as she nods her head, how her eyes widen in surprise when he gives her a gift. You buy the fantasy even if it feels strangely alienating. You can never imagine being that woman because you know so little about her other than her smiles and gestures. Also, you know you can never look so pleasant all the time. You are not that guileless and pristine, the child-like innocence that the heroine wears is something you abandoned at 12. You are rooting for the hero to conquer her heart, triumph in his pursuit. Because that is what popular culture tells us about love – it is about the hero winning her heart, it is about her losing her heart to him. Team A vs Team B, a game that must come to an end. But in real life, you know love isn't about winning; it is about enduring. Minus the background score, the beautiful clothes and the stunning locales, love is mundane. It is comfort, familiarity. The lack of surprise. But you need it like the air you breathe. It's only when it's gone that you are left gasping, bereaved. Mayaanadhi (written by Syam Pushkaran and Dileesh Nair) is the closest I have come to experiencing this ordinariness on screen. Appu and Maathen, played by Aishwarya Lekshmi and Tovino Thomas respectively, are that imperfect urban couple in your social circle. Or they could be you and your ... ? Your what, precisely? Is there a label for that person you keep returning to, like a habit? You are on and off with them, they get on your nerves, they say the wrong things, they make the same mistakes, they never change. And yet, you return because it seems like a law of nature. A river must flow. Aashiq Abu's triumph lies in gifting his audience with an intimate knowledge of both the characters we watch on screen. If the average romcom gives us the man's perspective, films like Ohm Shanti Oshana have subverted the genre to give us the woman's take on relationships. But Mayaanadhi does not make us choose – we are bystanders, witnesses to a slow unravelling of the story of this man and woman who met, loved, lost, and need to find each other again. We are watching but without that ugly feeling that we're intruding, turning into voyeurs. Maathen is crazy about Aparna, aka Appu. But never for a moment does the film make us believe that Appu is anything but a person, a human being, before being a woman. This, despite the film having one of the best choreographed love-making scenes in Indian cinema in recent times. When Maathen takes a luxurious bubble bath in a hotel tub, his associate calls and tells him he knows what Maathen is doing – probably masturbating. Maathen, at the moment, is looking at Appu's pictures on the phone, but he's smiling, a besotted look in his eyes. He is indeed thinking of Appu but it isn't necessarily because he's horny. He's looking at her because she's comforting – like that glass of Boost he always turns to. Appu – fragile, vulnerable, insecure and ambitious – is so genuine that the actor makes you believe Aashiq Abu just followed a real woman around with a camera. Her mother curses and abuses her; Appu still ranks her as one of the two people in the world she really loves. Her housemate wants her to listen to her sob story; Appu asks her if it can wait till she eats her kuboos. Her ex-housemate Sameera becomes a star while Appu is still struggling to find work as an actor; Appu resents her success but is still supportive when Sameera's world comes crumbling around her. She is assertive when you don't expect her to be, hesitant when you think she will break out. Mayaanadhi has a plot beyond the love. It keeps invading the story, reminding us that Appu and Maathen, Maathen and Appu, are not the only people in the world, though we want them to be. The characters who wait in the margins are also sketched with heart. The cop who doesn't mind kissing his newly-wed wife on the top of her head though he knows his seniors are watching, another cop who is embittered by a woman's betrayal, Sameera's fear of her conservative ikka – these are moments, lines and expressions that connect with the story of Appu and Maathen in a butterfly effect kind of way. The ending leaves a lump in your throat though you knew all along that this is where it was headed. Maathen has his pot of gold but he can never catch the rainbow. Despite knowing what will happen, the final sequence takes you by surprise. Lines from Invictus came into my head, unbidden: "Out of the night that covers me, black as the pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be, for my unconquerable soul." Once in a while, I resent the fact that I live in the 21st century, where the idea of people crossing deserts and mountains for love sounds cheesy and foolish. Move on, the world tells us. Don't waste your time. There is no heroism in waiting and pining. For the most part, I agree. But just sometimes, once in a while, I want to hold dear to my heart a story like Mayaanadhi. Not because it has the grandeur of the epics, but because of another less-celebrated quality it shares with them – that of endurance against the tyranny of time and distance. Thank you, Aashiq Abu, for sharing Appu and Maathen with us.
See full article at The News Minute »

Morgan Freeman’s Biggest Revelation: He Could Shape His Own Destiny

Morgan Freeman’s Biggest Revelation: He Could Shape His Own Destiny
Revelations Entertainment has explored a wide variety of topics since Morgan Freeman and computer-programmer-turned-producer Lori McCreary founded the production company two decades ago: The projects have been both global and universal, tackling South African politics (the 2009 feature “Invictus”) and women in power (CBS’ “Madam Secretary”) in addition to fundamental issues such as love, belief, rebellion and peace (the National Geographic docu-series “The Story of Us”).

But the impetus to form the company came from a deeply personal place in Freeman.

Like many men of his generation, Freeman grew up playing cowboy and watching Westerns. But, as an African-American, he didn’t see many people who looked like him riding high in the saddle on the big screen, literally or figuratively. There were a few who were given respectable but not necessarily fully developed roles, including “Spartacus” gladiator Woody Strode and “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” co-star Rex Ingram, but most high-profile black actors appearing in mainstream films, such as
See full article at Variety - Film News »

Film News Roundup: Billy Dee Williams, Omari Hardwick, Tiffany Haddish Receive Honors

Film News Roundup: Billy Dee Williams, Omari Hardwick, Tiffany Haddish Receive Honors
In today’s film news roundup, Billy Dee Williams will receive a Hollywood legacy award, the Art Directors Guild taps three for lifetime achievement, and fan-owned Legion M invests in a Nicolas Cage movie.

Honors

The American Black Film Festival will honor Billy Dee Williams with the Hollywood legacy award, actor Omari Hardwick with the distinguished Abff alumni award, and actress Tiffany Haddish with the rising star award.

The awards gala will take place on Feb. 25 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The show celebrates individuals of African descent who have made distinguished contributions to American culture through their work, and salutes the year’s best movies and television shows.

Williams’ credits include “Brian’s Song,” “Lady Sings the Blues,” “The Empire Strikes Back,” “Return of the Jedi,” and “Batman.” Hardwick stars in the Starz series “Power” with credits on “Tyler Perry’s for Colored Girls” and Bet Network’s “Being Mary Jane.”

Haddish starred
See full article at Variety - Film News »

Britannia Honorees Come From Both Sides of the Pond

This year, BAFTA Los Angeles is partnering with IGN to bring the 2017 Amd British Academy Britannia Awards to viewers all around the country! The livestream of this year’s ceremony, which will honor Aziz Ansari, Kenneth Branagh, Matt Damon, Ava DuVernay, Claire Foy, and Dick Van Dyke, will begin at 8:15pm Pt on Oct. 27.

Aziz Ansari

Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy

The Britannia Award is the latest kudo for Aziz Ansari, co-creator and star of Netflix laffer “Master of None.” The award “recognizes talent whose popularity and cultural impact exemplifies the uniquely transcendent quality of excellent comedy.”

“[Ansari’s] recent streak of ground-breaking work makes him a deserving recipient,” says BAFTA Los Angeles chairman Kieran Breen. “Aziz’s thoughtful and intelligent humor seamlessly traverses cultural and national boundaries.” Ansari’s “Master of None,” which he created with Alan Yang, has won the Emmy Award for comedy writing two years in a row, in addition
See full article at Variety - Film News »

Report: Just 14 Percent of Studio First-Look Deals Are With Women-Led Companies

Tina Fey, one of the few women with a first-look deal, on “Great News”: NBC

The latest round of first-look production deals have been finalized and, according to a report from Variety, there are very few pacts with women-led organizations. Of the 139 total first-look deals, 20 are with female-driven production companies, amounting to about 14 percent. This marks a superficial and slight increase from last year’s 19 deals. “The additional deal — Amblin Partners’ pact with Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall,” the source writes, “is merely a bit of paperwork, as the indie studio was incorporated into Universal.”

First-look deals see “studios provide the overhead plus some funds for development in exchange for having first dibs on movie projects,” Variety writes. And if this report’s numbers are any indication, studios are not that interested in doing business with women or developing women’s stories.

“The value of women in the marketplace seems to be a lesson that continues to be learned,” observes “Hunger Games” producer Nina Jacobson, who is under a first-look deal at Fox. “It keeps needing to be reaffirmed every time it happens, such as with ‘Wonder Woman.’”

That’s a good point. You’d think that the success of apparent game-changers like “Wonder Woman” and “Girls Trip” would be enough to convince studios that first-look deals with women-led companies are simply smart investments. But it’s not.

The studios with the highest number of first-look deals with women are, unsurprisingly, led by women themselves. Universal, headed by Donna Langley, has pacts with Charlize Theron, Tina Fey, Elizabeth Banks, Eva Longoria, and more. Fox, topped by Stacey Snider, has deals with Jacobson, Karen Rosenfelt (“Twilight”), and animators Karen Disher, Lori Forte, and Locksmith Animation’s Sarah Smith and Julie Lockhart.

PGA co-president and “Invictus” producer Lori McCreary believes that, in order for more women to achieve first-look deals, there needs to be more women in leadership positions. “When I made my first film, Sherry Lansing was running Paramount, so it never occurred to me that women shouldn’t be producers and have studio deals,” McCreary told Variety. “Any time there’s a woman able to greenlight a film, it makes a difference.”

McCreary added, “In Hollywood, there’s a lot of talk about how the industry needs to think outside the box and reach out of its comfort zone to find talent from diverse backgrounds.” “For this to happen, change needs to start at the top,” she continued. “Now more than ever, these types of conversations are taking place, and it’s starting to get people to think differently about who they work with and the types of projects they take on. But change takes time.”

Yes, it does — but there’s no time like the present. Women comprise 52 percent of moviegoers. Top-grossing films with female protagonists gross an average of $50 million more than films featuring male protagonists. And female-written films receive the highest return on investment at the box office. With figures like that, studios should be making first-look deals with female-led production companies their №1 priority.

Below are all the women with first-look studio deals. List adapted from Variety. For more information on the studios’ current first-look deals, check out Variety’s “Facts on Pacts” publication.

Fox Animation

Karen Disher

Lori Forte

Sarah Smith and Julie Lockhart, Locksmith Animation

Fox 2000

Nina Jacobson, Color Force

Karen Rosenfelt, Sunswept Entertainment

Paramount

Dana Goldberg, Skydance (with David Ellison)

Sony

Elizabeth Cantillon, Arad Prods. (with Avi Arad)

Amy Pascal, Pascal Pictures

Universal

Elizabeth Banks, Brownstone Prods. (with Max Handelman)

Charlize Theron and Beth Kono, Denver and Delilah Prods. (with A.J. Dix)

Tina Fey, Little Stranger

Samantha Vincent, One Race Films(with Vin Diesel)

Deborah Forte, Silvertongue Films

Eva Longoria, UnbeliEVAble Entertainment

Amblin Partners

Kathleen Kennedy (with Frank Marshall) (Kennedy/Marshall)

Warner Bros.

Deborah Snyder (with Zack Snyder) (Cruel and Unusual)

Denise Di Novi (Di Novi Pictures)

Margot Robbie (LuckyChap Entertainment)

Polly Johnsen (Polymorphic)

Tory Tunnell (with Joby Harold) (Safehouse)

Im Global

Christi Dembrowski (with Johnny Depp) (Infinitum Nihil)

Amazon Studios

Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler (Killer Films)

Report: Just 14 Percent of Studio First-Look Deals Are With Women-Led Companies was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
See full article at Women and Hollywood »

Morgan Freeman to Play Colin Powell in Biopic

Morgan Freeman to Play Colin Powell in Biopic
Morgan Freeman will star as Colin Powell in an independent biopic about the former U.S. Secretary of State.

The film will focus on Powell’s 2003 speech to the United Nations to seek support for the Bush administration’s plan to forcibly remove Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, based on intelligence — later discredited — that Iraq was developing nuclear weapons. Powell later described the event as a low point in his career.

Reginald Hudlin is attached to direct “Powell” with Ashok Amritraj’s Hyde Park Entertainment and Freeman’s Revelations Entertainment as the production companies. Producers are Amritraj and Lori McCreary, Freeman’s partner at Revelations.

Hudlin will direct from a script by Ed Whitworth, which was on the 2011 Black List. The project will focus on Powell’s tenure as the 65th United States Secretary of State, serving under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005. He was the first African American to serve in that position.

Executive producers
See full article at Variety - Film News »

Matt Damon to Receive BAFTA Britannia Award As He Enters Oscar Season With Two Bold, Divisive Roles

Matt Damon to Receive BAFTA Britannia Award As He Enters Oscar Season With Two Bold, Divisive Roles
Matt Damon is one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, and a superb actor. This fall audiences anticipate his return in two high-profile award-season movies. He plays a rather nasty character in “Suburbicon,” a film noir ’50s dramedy adapted from a Coen brothers script and directed by George Clooney, Damon’s old chum and “Oceans” co-star. And he’s a goofy sad sack in “Downsizing,” a future-world sci-fi comedy with an ecological message from Oscar perennial Alexander Payne, in which he becomes 5 inches tall to save the environment.

It makes perfect sense for BAFTA to present Damon with a well-deserved award — the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film — at the Britannia Awards October 27 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. After all, he won an Oscar in 1997 with buddy Ben Affleck for writing “Good Will Hunting,” and was nominated for his performances in that movie as well as “Invictus” and “The Martian,
See full article at Thompson on Hollywood »

Matt Damon to Receive BAFTA Britannia Award As He Enters Oscar Season With Two Bold, Divisive Roles

  • Indiewire
Matt Damon to Receive BAFTA Britannia Award As He Enters Oscar Season With Two Bold, Divisive Roles
Matt Damon is one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, and a superb actor. This fall audiences anticipate his return in two high-profile award-season movies. He plays a rather nasty character in “Suburbicon,” a film noir ’50s dramedy adapted from a Coen brothers script and directed by George Clooney, Damon’s old chum and “Oceans” co-star. And he’s a goofy sad sack in “Downsizing,” a future-world sci-fi comedy with an ecological message from Oscar perennial Alexander Payne, in which he becomes 5 inches tall to save the environment.

It makes perfect sense for BAFTA to present Damon with a well-deserved award — the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film — at the Britannia Awards October 27 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. After all, he won an Oscar in 1997 with buddy Ben Affleck for writing “Good Will Hunting,” and was nominated for his performances in that movie as well as “Invictus” and “The Martian,
See full article at Indiewire »

Morgan Freeman To Be Honored With 2017 SAG Life Achievement Award

Morgan Freeman – Academy Award winning actor, producer, voice actor and activist – has been named the 54th recipient of SAG-aftra's highest tribute: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment.

Freeman will be presented the performers union’s top accolade at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards,which will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018 at 8 p.m. (Et), 7 p.m. (Ct), 6 p.m. (Mt) and 5 p.m. (Pt). Given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” the SAG Life Achievement Award will join Freeman’s exceptional catalog of preeminent industry and public honors, which includes a Screen Actors Guild Award, an Academy Award, HFPA’s Cecil B. DeMille Award, an AFI Lifetime Achievement Award, seven Image Awards, a Silver Berlin Bear, several Obies, a Kennedy Center Honor, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
See full article at Look to the Stars »

Morgan Freeman to Receive SAG Life Achievement Award

Morgan Freeman to Receive SAG Life Achievement Award
Morgan Freeman has been named the 54th recipient of the SAG Life Achievement award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment.

Freeman will be presented the accolade at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 21 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The award is given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession.”

Freeman has won a Screen Actors Guild Award, an Academy Award, HFPA’s Cecil B. DeMille Award, an AFI Lifetime Achievement Award, seven Image Awards, a Silver Berlin Bear and a Kennedy Center Honor. SAG-aftra made the announcement Tuesday.

“I am thrilled to announce Morgan Freeman as this year’s recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award,” said SAG-aftra President Gabrielle Carteris. “Some actors spend their entire careers waiting for the perfect role. Morgan showed us that true perfection is what a performer brings to the part. He is innovative, fearless
See full article at Variety - Film News »

‘The 15:17 to Paris’: Clint Eastwood takes a big risk in casting his latest film, but will it pay off?

‘The 15:17 to Paris’: Clint Eastwood takes a big risk in casting his latest film, but will it pay off?
Playing a biographical role in a Clint Eastwood movie has been known to pay off for A-list stars: Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon both earned Oscar nominations for the true-story “Invictus” (2009), and so did Bradley Cooper as the title character in “American Sniper” (2014). And Tom Hanks was a Critics’ Choice nominee for playing […]
See full article at Gold Derby »

Win a Clint Eastwood 40 Film Collection boxset

Author: Competitions

To mark the release of Clint Eastwood 40 Film Collection, out now, we’ve been given a copy of the boxset to give away on DVD.

For nearly 40 years, Clint Eastwood has called Warner Bros home. This essential collection contains the extraordinary films created during his partnership with the studio, where Eastwood opened Malpaso Productions in 1975. The deluxe boxset includes: Where Eagles Dare (1968), Kelly’s Heroes (1970), Dirty Harry (1971), Magnum Force (1973), The Enforcer (1976), The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976), The Gauntlet (1977), Every Which Way but Loose (1978), Bronco Billy (1980), Any Which Way You Can (1980), Honkytonk Man (1982), Firefox (1982), Sudden Impact (1983), City Heat (1984), Tightrope (1984), Pale Rider (1985), Heartbreak Ridge (1986), Bird (1988), The Dead Pool (1988), Pink Cadillac (1989), White Hunter, Black Heart (1990), The Rookie (1990), Unforgiven (1992), A Perfect World (1993), The Bridges of Madison County (1995), Absolute Power (1997), Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997), True Crime (1999), Space Cowboys (2000), Blood Work (2002), Mystic River (2003), Flags of Our Fathers (2006), Letters from Iwo Jima
See full article at HeyUGuys »

Clint Eastwood Is Returning to Acting

Clint Eastwood Is Returning to Acting
Clint Eastwood is one of those rare Hollywood stars who is a legend both in front of and behind the camera. While he's best known to most audiences as an actor, with decades of iconic performances, but he has also established himself as one of our finest filmmakers as well. In recent years, the multi-hyphenate has focused his energies more on filmmaking and less in acting, with his last on screen performance coming in his 2012 baseball movie entitled Trouble With the Curve, where he played an aging baseball scout. During an appearance at the Cannes Film Festival, the Hollywood icon suggested that he eventually will make his return to acting.

Variety attended a master class being put on by the actor-filmmaker at the Cannes Film Festival, where he discussed a variety of topics. The filmmaker stated that he does miss performing "once in a while but not often," while hinting
See full article at MovieWeb »

Clint Eastwood to Direct 'The 15:17 to Paris,' True-life Terrorist Train Thriller

Clint Eastwood made his directorial debut by helming The Beguiled: The Storyteller, a 12-minute documentary about director Don Siegel that was shot on location during production of The Beguiled, released in 1971. Sadly, it's not been made available publicly since then. Eastwood directed his first feature, Play Misty for Me, later that year and steadily honed his talents on the big screen, even as he took on a wide variety of projects that reflected his personal interests. As both producer and director, he earned Academy Awards for Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby. In recent years he's been increasingly attracted to real-life stories, such as Invictus, J. Edgar, Jersey Boys, American Sniper and Sully. Now he's ready to take on another project that is drawn from...

Read More
See full article at Movies.com »

12 Movies to Watch After You See ‘The Fate of the Furious’

Assorted recommendations inspired by the multifarious sequel.Sorry, Marky Mark, but you’ve already got a car-based franchise.

By the time you’re done watching The Fate of the Furious, you’re likely to have forgotten some of its distinctly differing parts. The sequel begins as one thing then becomes another and another and another, delivering a thrilling mix of action sequences that don’t quite fit together as a fluid and cohesive whole.

I was reminded of a number of dissimilar movies while watching the eighth Fast and the Furious installment, so this week’s list of recommendations could be an even more mixed assortment than usual. But I have no interest in prescribing bad-tasting medicine like The Game Plan in response to Dwayne Johnson’s soccer dad scene. I’m also ignoring Jason Statham’s cheeky insult reminding Johnson and us all of his dumb Hercules movie.

Instead of going with the usual chronological trip
See full article at FilmSchoolRejects »

Matt Damon vs. Ben Affleck: Film Critics Are Forced to Pick a Favorite — IndieWire Critics Survey

  • Indiewire
Matt Damon vs. Ben Affleck: Film Critics Are Forced to Pick a Favorite — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

From “School Ties” to “Live By Night” and this weekend’s “The Great Wall,” Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have each — for better and worse — left a considerable and ever-increasing footprint in the cultural landscape. But while the world is wide enough for both of them, our hearts are not. And so, we forced our panel of critics to choose: Ben Affleck or Matt Damon?

There can be only one.

Charles Bramesco (@intothecrevasse), Freelance with Rolling Stone, Vulture, Vox

This is a toughie. In terms of looks, both Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s faces remind me of between forty and fifty of my least-favorite classmates during
See full article at Indiewire »
loading
An error has occured. Please try again.

See also

Showtimes | External Sites