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‘Anima’ Imprisoned On An Astroid

‘Anima’ Imprisoned On An Astroid
The King’s Speech and Wolf Hall financier Hindsight Media (previously known as Prescience) has nabbed rights to sci-fi movie spec Anima, Deadline reports. While plot details are being kept under wraps, the thriller follows a prisoner who is sentenced to solitary confinement on a remote asteroid. It’s being pitched as in the vein of Moon and Ex Machina. Swedish directing duo Fredrik […]
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Viz Media to launch new Pokemon manga series Pokemon Sun & Moon

Viz Media has announced that it is adding to its expansive Pokemon publishing catalog with the upcoming release of Pokemon Sun & Moon, the new manga series from artist Satoshi Yamamoto and writer Hidenori Kusaka.

In this new Pokemon story arc, Moon is on her way to deliver a rare Pokemon to Professor Kukui in the Alola region when she meets his good friend Sun, a courier entrusted with a special Pokedex. Sun offers to safely deliver Moon to the professor’s lab? But then they tangle with a group of grunts from Team Skull and are attacked by a mysterious Pokemon! What is this sparkling stone the mysterious Pokemon leaves behind??

The first volume of Pokemon Sun & Moon will launch on May 8th, with future volumes published every four months.

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20 Best Heady Sci-Fi Films: Part 1

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In honor of the 50th anniversary of 2001: A Space Odyssey, we make our picks for the best cerebral science fiction films of all time. Here are picks #20 - 11.

The job of science fiction is to push boundaries. Indeed, the very description of science fiction suggests going a bit further than established fact. Science fiction is supposed to build on the known world around us. It is supposed to explore the unknown. When science fiction is at its best, this exploration is being fueled by our own human condition. The reason we are exploring outward is because there is an uncertainty inside. We feel incomplete in some regard, and the answers might be out there.

Science fiction films that can best communicate the relationship between the universe and our own minds tend to be the films that leave a lasting impression. This is my pick for the 20 films that do the best job of this.
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Duncan Jones on Netflix’s ‘Mute’, Designing a Futurist Noir, and That ‘Moon’ Connection

Once upon a time, Duncan Jones intended Mute to be his feature film debut. An unorthodox mystery set in a future Berlin, the film follows Leo (Alexander Skarsgård), a mute bartender who tears through the city's criminal underbelly like a silent wrecking ball after the woman he loves goes missing. Of course, Mute didn't end up being Jones' first film, far from it, and in the fifteen-plus years he spent trying to get the project off the ground, the film evolved, became connected to the filmmaker's sci-fi masterpiece Moon, and ultimately landed at Netflix
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‘Prospect’ Is A Western Sci-Fi Hybrid Reminiscent Of ‘Moon’ [SXSW Review]

The uncharted, lawless era of the 19th century Gold Rush, and the accompanying American dream notion that went with it—journeying thousands of miles for a better life with the hopes of striking it rich— are transposed to the world of sci-fi in Zeek Earl and Chris Caldwell‘s “Prospect,” a sci-fi/Western hybrid that debuted this week at SXSW.

A well-natured amalgam of both, say, “Star Wars,” and Duncan Jones‘ “Moon,” especially in its impactful first half, “Prospect” tells the story of a teenager (Sophie Thatcher) and her father (Jay Duplass) who travel to a remote alien moon’s toxic forest on the hunt for a rare substance, aiming to make a mint.
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Sam Rockwell's Troubled Past Led Him to His 'Three Billboards' Oscar Win

Sam Rockwell half-jokingly said that if he won the best supporting actor Oscar for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, he would finally marry his girlfriend of more than 10 years, Iron Man 2 co-star Leslie Bibb. He did take home the statuette, and a source who knows the couple says, "Sam's not in a rush, and Leslie says she's fine the way things are, but who knows — a promise is a promise." You can't blame Sam, 49, for wanting to take a pause and enjoy his moment of glory. After all, he's been toiling as a character actor for years, earning raves but not much money or fame for films like 2009's sci-fi cult fave Moon and 2002's Chuck Barris biopic Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. "I think of myself as a journeyman actor," says Sam. "I've got some talent, and I work hard." Sam and his girlfriend, Leslie. (Photo Credit: Getty Images
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Duncan Jones’ Mute Couldn’t Work in a Post-Blade Runner World

Duncan Jones’ 2009 film Moon heralded the arrival of fresh and exciting voice in the science fiction genre. The film was smart, thought-provoking, and paid homage to its cinematic forefathers (most notably 2001: A Space Odyssey and Solaris) without being too derivative. Jones would make a follow up film that hurdled over the sophomore slump like an espresso-fueled cheetah two years later with Source Code, a fresh take on the notion of being stuck in a time loop (think Groundhog’s Day, but way sadder).
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A Conversation with Writer/Director Duncan Jones About His Film Mute and A Lot Of Other Stuff

Entertainment runs in the blood of writer/director Duncan Jones; not only is he the son of Rock legend David Bowie, he burst into Hollywood via the Sundance Film festival with his first ever feature film, Moon. Now several years and two movies later Jones is bringing his passion project to life with the help of Netflix. Mute is a sci-fi noir thriller set in Berlin that stars Alexander Skarsgård, Paul Rudd, Justin Theroux and Dominic Monaghan. Jones and co-writer Michael Robert Johnson have been working on this high-tech futuristic take on noir since the early 2000s, even before Jones wrote his first movie Moon, and it has gone through quite the evolution. 

Recently I got to sit down with Jones and talk about all things Mute related and beyond.  

Gt: So tell me how Mute came to be, supposedly it is your passion project? 

Duncan Jones: "Yeah, sixteen years
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Mute and Warcraft Director Duncan Jones Says He Wants To Make A Western

With his fourth feature film Mute now available to stream on Netflix, lots of minds are on director Duncan Jones. The son of David Bowie and talented screenwriter watched his career suddenly skyrocket after the huge success of his debut film, Moon. In the years following Jones' success he has helmed three more films including Source Code and the box office flop, Warcraft. His fourth film starring Alexander Skarsgard, Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux is a spiritual sequel to his very first film, Moon.  So far, Mute is getting pretty mixed reviews on both sides of the spectrum but it seems like the majority of people who are fans of Jones' films really like it.  Jones has been working on Mute for the better part of the last 15 years, and calls the movie his "passion project." But now that Mute is behind him, what's next?

I recently sat down with Jones to discuss Mute,
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Specialty Box Office Lags as Oscar Season Plays Out and Streaming Surges

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Specialty Box Office Lags as Oscar Season Plays Out and Streaming Surges
Looking at the full-page movie ads in the Sunday The New York Times, one might think the upcoming movies are “Phantom Thread,” “Dunkirk,” and “Darkest Hour.” Nearly all the Arts & Leisure film ads were for Oscar contenders.

That’s where the specialized market finds itself after a successful four-month awards season. But those films, many of which are already streaming, are played out with not much gas left in the tank.

What will fill that void? So far, apart from some late-breaking modest foreign-language Oscar contenders (all lagging behind their predecessors) and minor initial interest in Sally Potter’s British import “The Party” (Roadside Attractions), now in its second week, the cupboards are bare. It looks like trouble at the arthouses until some fresh product opens and hopefully clicks.

“Young Karl Marx” (The Orchard) had a credible two-city debut this week, which is a positive sign. But it isn’t
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Second Opinion – Mute (2018)

Mute, 2018.

Directed by Duncan Jones.

Starring Alexander Skarsgård, Paul Rudd, Justin Theroux, Seyneb Saleh, Noel Clarke, Robert Sheehan, Sam Rockwell and Robert Kazinsky.

Synopsis:

A mute bartender goes up against his city’s gangsters in an effort to find out what happened to his missing partner.

Filmmakers should really stop saying how it took them a decade to get a film made. Nine times out of ten, the final product is disappointing. Case in point, Duncan Jones made the first script for Mute 16 years ago, and the hype has only (understandably) increased since his first two films Moon and Source Code became hits. That his previous film, Warcraft, received poor reviews meant only that a return to sci-fi was a good thing for Duncan, who’s been open about his passion for this brainchild project. Add in a Netflix release and the hype only got bigger, as people all over
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Interview: Duncan Jones Speaks Out About His Netflix Sci-Fi Film, Mute

Mute may be the title of director Duncan Jones’ latest movie, but one thing comes through loud and clear: the filmmaker has become one of the most reliable voices in thoughtful, moody, human-scale science fiction.

After his much-admired 2009 debut film Moon, the clever follow-up Source Code and a foray into large-scale franchise filmmaking with Warcraft, Jones — who as the son of pop icon David Bowie has artistry, theatricality and a keen sense of the cosmic in his DNA — is delivering his first original film for the steaming giant Netflix, which debuted on Friday.
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Sci-fi Noir Thriller Mute was Originally Written As a Modern-Day Mobster Film

Duncan Jones' 15-year passion project, Netflix's sci-fi noir thriller Mute feels like it could perfectly fit into the Black Mirror universe, but it wasn't originally conceived that way. I recently sat down and talked to the director about the film and he explained that when he and co-writer Michael Robert Johnson first started writing what was supposed to be Jones' first film it was set in modern times.

The project was shelved when Jones and actor Sam Rockwell decided to do what turned out to be Jones' very first film Moon. Then in the years that followed, Jones did two studio films, Source Code followed by Warcraft only to return to his original project to find it slightly dated. 

"We wrote it around the same time that Sexy Beast came out and Layer Cake and these kind of a new wave of British gangster films that were coming out.
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‘Mute’ Director Duncan Jones on His Strange and Deranged Sci-fi Passion Project [Interview]

‘Mute’ Director Duncan Jones on His Strange and Deranged Sci-fi Passion Project [Interview]
Writer-director Duncan Jones‘ new movie, Mute, has been a long time coming. “I’ve finally got this boulder up the hill,” he told us with a laugh and a sense of relief. The filmmaker behind Moon, Source Code, and Warcraft originally envisioned his bleak, surprisingly old-school sci-fi mystery as his directorial debut, but the project faced its share of challenges over […]

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‘Mute’: Duncan Jones Tells Rian Johnson Why He Won’t Work Exclusively With Netflix on Future Projects

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‘Mute’: Duncan Jones Tells Rian Johnson Why He Won’t Work Exclusively With Netflix on Future Projects
In a February 22 Q&A with “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” director Rian Johnson, Duncan Jones revealed that despite his extremely positive experience collaborating on “Mute” with Netflix — where the film made its streaming debut a few hours later — the service won’t be home to all his future endeavors.

If “you do a Netflix movie, [and] you do another Netflix movie, at some point, people are not going to know whether you make good movies or not, because there’s not really that much information about how those movies have done,” Jones told a Los Angeles audience attending a special theatrical screening of “Mute” at the Pacific Theatres at the Grove. “There’s ratings, which is great, but you don’t know if anyone’s seen them.”

Read More: ‘Mute’ Review: Duncan Jones’ Futuristic Bowie Tribute Feels Like An Amish ‘Blade Runner’ Spin-Off

Jones said he is torn between wanting
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Duncan Jones' Mute is Thrilling Futuristic Take On Film Noir - One Minute Movie Review

Director Duncan Jones returns to the sci-fi genre with Mute a spiritual sequel to his critically acclaimed debut film Moon.

This Netflix original takes a little Blade Runner, mixes in some Witness with a dash of Pulp Fiction and Black Mirror for one hell of a fantastic futuristic noir thriller.

Watch the 60-second review from One Minute Critic:

You can check out more 1-minute reviews on One Minute Critic's Instagram or Youtube page.
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Mute Review: Duncan Jones’ Berlin Runner 2049

An original project that filmmaker Duncan Jones has been developing for years, Mute is a sci-fi/Noir flick that takes place in the same universe as Jones’ 2009 film Moon (his feature length directorial debut) but operates largely as a standalone narrative. Moon and Mute share some of the same creative DNA in a thematic sense too, in that both are character-driven movies that attempt to find the humanity within the machine of a futuristic world that’s not so far removed from our own modern reality (in certain ways). Whereas Moon succeeds in blending intriguing sci-fi concepts with an emotionally resonant human story, Mute unfortunately comes up short in both respects. Despite some promising elements, Mute struggles to explore philosophical questions within a sci-fi setting in a way that feels innovative and fresh.
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Film Review: ‘Mute’

Got an old screenplay in your bottom drawer that’s been rejected by practically everyone in town? Now’s your chance: Netflix seems to be greenlighting second-rate “content” like cinema was going out of style (and if the company’s stream-at-home strategy succeeds, it just might). The latest beneficiary is “Moon” director Duncan Jones, who dusted off a 15-year-old idea, attached a few name actors, and delivered the latest disappointing Netflix Original with alliterative “Mute,” an over-designed but otherwise uninspired slice of sci-fi noir — a stock missing-persons mystery in which a wordless bartender goes searching for his girlfriend through the sketchy near-future Berlin underworld.

It’s an old trope, but movies in which characters are defined by the fact that they don’t speak almost inevitably lead to scenes in which they finally say something (à la Paul Dano’s long-repressed F-bomb in “Little Miss Sunshine”). “Mute” opens with a badly injured boy floating in a lake
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‘Mute’: Duncan Jones’ ‘Blade Runner’ Wannabe Lacks Mystery & Depth [Review]

Watching the noir-ish sci-fi movie “Mute,” from English filmmaker Duncan Jones (“Source Code,” “Warcraft“), I couldn’t help wondering about the intended audience the director made the film for, and whether I’d spent the last few years awaiting its 16-years-in-the-making release in vain. Watching its credits, I didn’t need to wonder. “Mute” attempts to take Jones back to the type of filmmaking of 2009 when his feature debut, “Moon,” premiered, dazzled us and proclaimed the helmer a new and exciting talent to watch.
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Check out a huge batch of images from Duncan Jones’ Mute

Coinciding with its arrival on Netflix this Friday, a huge batch of images have been released for director Duncan Jones’ hotly-anticipated sci-fi mystery Mute featuring Alexander Skarsgard, Paul Rudd, Justin Theroux, and Seyneb Saleh; check them out in the gallery below and click on any of the images for hi-res versions…

See Also: Watch the trailer for Mute here

“Berlin, the future, but close enough to feel familiar: In this loud, often brutal city, Leo (Alexander Skarsgård) – unable to speak from a childhood accident – searches for his missing girlfriend, the love of his life, his salvation, through dark streets, frenzied plazas, and the full spectrum of the cities shadow-dwellers. As he seeks answers, Leo finds himself mixed up with Cactus Bill (Paul Rudd) and Duck (Justin Theroux), a pair of irreverent Us army surgeons on a mission all their own. This soulful sci-fi journey from filmmaker Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code,
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