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When Christopher Nolan Met Takanori Iwata: The Director Speaks at Dunkirk‘s Japanese Press Launch

Contrary to popular belief, the Japanese are not totally averse to watching war movies, with Clint Eastwood’s Letters from Iwo Jima and Peter Webber’s Emperor being fairly well-received in recent years. However, those films undoubtedly owed their success to the presence of revered Japanese actors Ken Watanabe and Toshiyuki Nishida, boy-band idol Kazunari Ninomiya and the calmly authoritative Tommy Lee Jones (who is so big over here that he fronts a major coffee brand). Given that Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk offers none of the above, one wondered how the Tokyo media conference, held at the plush Roppongi Hills complex on Thursday […]
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New Films by Hosoda, Webber, Solanas on Charades’s Strong First Slate (Exclusive)

New Films by Hosoda, Webber, Solanas on Charades’s Strong First Slate (Exclusive)
Charades, the Paris-sales banner recently launched by Carole Baraton, Yohann Comte and Pierre Mazars — former sales execs at Wild Bunch, Gaumont and StudioCanal, respectively — rolled into Cannes with its first slate, headlined by Mamoru Hosoda’s “Mirai” (working title), Peter Webber’s “Inna de Yard,” Juan Solanas’ “My Name Is Luz” and Devashish Makhija’s “Ajji.”

“Inna de Yard” is a documentary feature directed by Webber, who previously helmed “Girl with a Pearl Earring,” “Emperor” and “Hannibal Rising.” Laurent Baudens, Laurent Flahault and Gael Nouaille are producing the doc via Borsalino Prods.

Taking place above Kingston in Jamaica, the film follows legendary voices of reggae including Ken Boothe, Winston McAnuff, Kiddus I and Cedric Myron, who reunite to record the “Inna de Yard,” which revisits their staple songs. The film also delivers a snapshot of everyday lives of these musicians, who reminisce about their collaborations with Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Jimmy Cliff.
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Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 CD Score From Composer Tyler Bates Available On April 28

Marvel Music/Hollywood Records have released the digital versions of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 songs-only album and Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 original score album by composer Tyler Bates (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “John Wick Chapter 2,” “Watchmen”).

The film opens in U.S. theaters on May 5, 2017.

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 is filled with great action, humor and performances, but it is also infused with a new mixed tape and soundtrack, a dynamic that resonated deeply with audiences in the first film as evidenced by the success of the soundtrack album. The Grammy-nominated “Guardians of the Galaxy” soundtrack reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, becoming the first soundtrack album consisting entirely of previously released songs to top the chart. The album was certified Platinum by the R.I.A.A.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol.
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The Great Wall Review

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Author: Emily Breen

There are precious few things in this world which cannot be improved by a measure of silliness – and Zhang Yimou’s not entirely historically accurate story of a legendary alien battle at The Great Wall of China is no exception. In combining his trademark gravity defying fight sequences with thousands of green blooded CGI monsters, Zhang has contrarily crafted a very beautiful and wildly expensive B-Movie.

William (Matt Damon) and Tovar (Pedro Pascal) are soldiers for hire, wandering the wilds of China in search of a source of black powder – gunpowder – to sell to the highest bidder upon their return to the west. When their group is ambushed late one night William’s mercenary training ensures the pair’s safety and grants them a gory and unusual get-out-of-certain-death-free card as they stumble across a secret army preparing for the fight of their lives.

Our introduction to Commander
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25 triumphant moments from the movies

Robert Keeling Nov 11, 2016

A salute to some of the finest uplifting moments in film, and to cinema's ability to lift your day.

A few weeks ago we published a list of traumatic moments that have appeared in family films. Of course we all enjoyed that waltz through painful childhood nightmare fuel, but the question was raised, why not do a list of slightly more positive and upbeat movie scenes instead? Thus, this: 25 of the most triumphant movie moments of all time.

Everyone has that go-to feel-good movie which they stick on when life is getting them down. Had a bad week at work? Stick Four Weddings on. Football team lose 5-0 and get soaked through on your way home? Time for Baseketball. Leave a tenner in the pocket of your jeans that just went in the wash and thus suddenly realise that life is a never-ending cycle of pain and
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BBC, Shanghai Media Group strike first official UK-China co-pro

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BBC, Shanghai Media Group strike first official UK-China co-pro
Documentary Earth: One Amazing Day to be the first feature produced under the UK-China film co-production treaty; new Sherlock special to screen in Chinese cinemas.

BBC Earth Films and Smg Pictures have announced a partnership to create new feature film Earth: One Amazing Day (working title), with release set for 2017.

The documentary is the sequel to the BBC’s 2007 documentary, Earth, and is the first feature film to be produced under the UK and China film co-production treaty, signed last year.

It will be directed by British filmmaker Peter Webber (Girl with a Pearl Earring, Emperor, Hannibal Rising), working with the BBC’s nature filmmakers, together with an as-yet-unnamed Chinese director.

The deal will be signed at a ceremony in London today (Sep 21) with Wang Jianjun, director-general and president, representing Smg and Paul Dempsey, president, global markets, representing BBC Worldwide.

The signing ceremony will take place at the creative showcase being held at Lancaster House in London
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Irons, Neill Board "Tutankhamun" Mini-Series

Max Irons and Sam Neill have joined the cast of ITV's event series "Tutankhamun".

Peter Webber ("Emperor") will direct and Guy Burt ("Jekyll and Hyde," "The Borgias") is writing all the episodes of this epic story of Howard Carter's discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb.

Starting from 1905, Carter (Irons) was an eminent British archaeologist in his twenties whose license is revoked by Cairo's Antiquities Service.

After years spent broke and ostracised, a chance meeting with the dashing British aristocrat Lord Carnarvon (Neill) begins an unlikely friendship. The pair ultimately discover the last resting place of the boy-king in 1921 against all odds and at great personal expense.

Francis Hopkinson and Catherine Oldfield will executive produce and Simon Lewis will produce. Filming will take place in South Africa during the winter and early 2016.

Source: Deadline
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Max Irons And Sam Neil Board Cast Of ITV Event TV Series ‘Tutankhamun’

Exclusive: Max Irons and Sam Neill have boarded the cast of the ITV’s event series Tutankhamun. Acclaimed directer Peter Webber (Emperor) will be at the helm for the whole series, which follows the epic story of Howard Carter’s discovery of the tomb of one of Ancient Egypt's forgotten pharaohs, the boy-king Tutankhamun. Irons (Woman In Gold) will play Carter. Sam Neill will play Lord Carnarvon, who sponsored Carter’s expeditions. Guy Burt (Jekyll And Hyde, The Borgias)…
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11 of action cinema's great movie villain pairings

From early Bond to 21st century sci-fi, here's Ryan's pick of 11 unforgettable villain pairings from action cinema history...

You're generally lucky if a movie has one genuinely great villain in it, let alone two. This is probably because creating a villain takes great acting and writing - it's one thing to create a preening character who stomps around a story doing unpleasant things, but creating a villain who's three-dimensional, witty, scary and above all memorable requires considerable skill.

Every so often, a movie comes along which gives us not one, but two classic villains, with the personality of one complementing the other. A familiar dynamic was once laid out by Steven Spielberg: one is smart and eloquent , while the other is the tougher, more violent of the pair. It's a template that we've seen time and again in cinema, but it's only occasionally that both characters leap from the screen.
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Matthew Fox and Patrick Wilson Team Up for 'Bone Tomahawk'

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Matthew Fox and Patrick Wilson Team Up for 'Bone Tomahawk'
Matthew Fox and Patrick Wilson have signed on to join Kurt Russell and Richard Jenkins in the indie Western Bone Tomahawk.

The story centers on a group of four men who set off on a rescue mission to save a group of captives from a tribe of cannibals who live on the edge of civilization. Patrick Wilson is playing a "thoughtful cowboy" whose life is interrupted by a tragedy, which hinders his rise to foreman in his cattle outfit. Matthew Fox is playing an unscrupulous gentleman with sinister plans.

S. Craig Zahler (The Brigands of Rattleborge, Air Guitar Nation) is directing from his own screenplay, with Caliber Media partners Dallas Sonnier and Jack Heller producing. They have also arranged financing through a deal with The Fyzz Facility's Wayne Marc Godfrey, Robert Jones and David Gilbery. No production schedule was given.

Matthew Fox most recently starred in Emperor and World War Z.
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Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox Join Kurt Russell Western ‘Bone Tomahawk’

Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox Join Kurt Russell Western ‘Bone Tomahawk’
Patrick Wilson and Matthew Fox have joined Kurt Russell and Richard Jenkins in Caliber Media’s Bone Tomahawk, the brutal tale of four men attempting to rescue a group of captives from a band of cannibals who live on the edge of civilization. Wilson will play Arthur O’Dwyer, a thoughtful cowboy whose rise to the foreman position of a cattle outfit is interrupted by an unfortunate accident that reshapes his life in unforeseen ways. Fox has the role of John Brooder, an eloquent gentleman whose whose dark inclinations have put him and his polished weapons at the very edge of the western frontier.

Wilson’s coming off the recent horror hits Insidious: Chapter 2 and The Conjuring. He departed the cast of Marvel’s Ant-Man this summer and is currently in theaters in the sci-fi comedy Space Station 76. Fox starred in Peter Webber’s WWII drama Emperor and Summit’s Alex Cross,
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After the Japanese surrender at the end of World War II, General Fellers (Lost's Matthew Fox) - an American officer with contacts behind the bamboo curtain - is tasked by General Douglas MacArthur (an impressive Tommy Lee Jones) with establishing whether Emperor Hirohito should face a war crimes trial. As a polished “who decided it”, this is an intriguing entry point into a fascinating period of Japanese/American history.
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'Edge of Tomorrow' Blu-ray and DVD Releases October 9th

'Edge of Tomorrow' Blu-ray and DVD Releases October 9th
Live, Die, Repeat when Edge of Tomorrow arrives onto Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on October 7 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Directed by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Mr. and Mrs. Smith), Edge of Tomorrow stars Oscar nominee Tom Cruise (Born on the 4th of July, Jerry Maguire, Magnolia) and Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada, The Adjustment Bureau).

Warner Bros. Pictures' and Village Roadshow Pictures' sci-fi thriller Edge of Tomorrow was directed by Liman from a screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie and Jez Butterworth & Jez Butterworth, and based on the novel entitled "All You Need is Kill" by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. Edge of Tomorrow is the first motion picture to be shot at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden.

Edge of Tomorrow was produced by Erwin Stoff, Tom Lassally, Jeffrey Silver, Gregory Jacobs and Jason Hoffs, alongside executive producers Doug Liman, Dave Bartis, Joby Harold, Hidemi Fukuhara and Bruce Berman,
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Edge of Tomorrow & Batman 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-Rays Revealed

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Warner Bros.' home entertainment division have announced some details and dates on a pair of blu-rays that action fans are sure to want to pick up. The first is a newer title in Tom Cruise's surprise blockbuster, Edge of Tomorrow, and then we have details on a special 25th Anniversary Edition of Tim Burton's classic Batman film starring Michael Keaton. Come inside to check out all the details on both these titles and when you'll be able to pick them up!

Live, Die, Repeat when “Edge of Tomorrow” arrives onto Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on October 7 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Directed by Doug Liman (“The Bourne Identity,” “Mr. & Mrs. Smith”), “Edge of Tomorrow” stars Oscar® nominee Tom Cruise (“Born on the Fourth of July,” “Jerry Maguire,” “Magnolia”) and Emily Blunt (“The Devil Wears Prada,” “The Adjustment Bureau”).

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Aff Adds Panelists to 2014 Conference

The Austin Film Festival just sent me their latest email newsletter with a list of new panelists for the 2014 conference, and I thought I'd share it with you. And yes, there's a local filmmaker in the list. I should not even have to tell you which one, since we've written about her movies enough that you can figure it out.

Here's the list:

Vera Blasi (Emperor)Kat Candler (Hellion)Stephen Falk (Orange is the New Black)Susannah Grant (Members Only, Erin Brockovich)Marti Noxon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes)

You can read a complete list of 2014 panelists on the Aff website. Austin Film Festival runs from October 23-30 this year.

Also, don't forget that the next film in Aff's "1968" series is Rosemary's Baby, which screens next Tuesday, July 29 at 7 pm at the Texas Spirit Theater in the Texas State
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Peter Webber film among Bam projects

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Peter Webber film among Bam projects
Pickpocket drama from Girl With a Pearl Earring director is one of 33 film projects in development being presented at the Bogota Audiovisual Market (Bam).

Filmmakers will begin talks with potential partners in Bogota today at the fifth edition of Bam (July 14-18), Colombia’s biggest film market, organised by the Bogota Chamber of Commerce and Proimagenes Colombia

The projects include Fresh, a new film to be directed by Peter Webber, who made Oscar-nominated Girl With a Pearl Earring and more recently Emperor.

The feature is being produced by Colombia’s 4Direcciones Audio-Visual, which has raised nearly 25% of its estimated $2.5m budget, and centres on a teenage pickpocket against the backdrop of hip hop and graffiti in Bogota.

The project, which is hunting co-production, investors and distribution partners, was previously selected for Rotterdam’s Cinemart and the Berlinale Co-production market.

More than 250 applications were submitted for this year’s Bam Projects, covering films in
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Enter Our 'Edge of Tomorrow' Giveaway

In anticipation of the film's release, Latino-Review is givinging away a few "Edge of Tomorrow"-related items to some lucky readers, including a "Edge of Tomorrow" Backpack, "Edge of Tomorrow" Bluetooth Speaker, and much more.

In order to enter the contest, email Latinoreviewmail@gmail.com with your name and address and include "Edge of Tomorrow" Giveaway in the subject headline.

This giveaway will be open until June 9th at noon Pst and is only open to residents of the United States. Also, only one entry per person. Once the giveaway ends, we’ll look over the entries and randomly draw winners that day. Winners will be advised via email.

Here is what we got.

Black Backpack – Arv $80Bluetooth Speaker – Arv $58Survival Radio & Flashlight – Arv $33Portable Battery Charger – Arv $16Silver Weave Notebook – Arv $18"Edge of Tomorrow" Hat – Arv $16Movie tie-in Paperback "Edge of Tomorrow" Novel previously published as "All You Need is Kill
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St. Louis: Win Passes to an Advance Screening of ‘Edge Of Tomorrow’

Hey local fiends! We have some passes to give away to our readers for the upcoming sci-fi action film Edge of Tomorrow. Read below on how to score some passes to see it June 2nd.

Oscar® nominee Tom Cruise (the “Mission: Impossible” films, “Collateral,” “Jerry Maguire”) and Emily Blunt (“The Devil Wears Prada,” “The Adjustment Bureau”) star in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ sci-fi thriller “Edge of Tomorrow,” under the direction of Doug Liman (“The Bourne Identity,” “Mr. & Mrs. Smith”).

The epic action of “Edge of Tomorrow” unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world.

Major William Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably
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Film Review: ‘The Eternal Zero’

A fictional account of a Japanese WWII pilot that features the most breathtaking images of aviation seen in an Asian war film since South Korea’s “Soar Into the Skies” (2010), “The Eternal Zero” marks another vfx victory for helmer Takashi Yamazaki, here surpassing the technical sorcery of his “Space Battleship Yamato” while delivering an elegantly crafted human drama. One of Japan’s 10 biggest hits of all time (having bagged $82.7 million to date), the eight-week B.O. champion cloaks its nationalistic message in an emotionally wrenching story that sweeps the viewer right along — but cops out in the finale, with a glorification of kamikaze missions that contradicts its initial criticism of blind patriotism. While Koreans and mainland Chinese may take issue with the film’s ideology, its crackling action scenes rep a selling point in other overseas markets, even if its mammoth length presents a challenge for theatrical release.

The film
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Matthew Fox: 'I was treading on eggshells around Tommy Lee Jones'

Matthew Fox: 'I was treading on eggshells around Tommy Lee Jones'
Lost star Matthew Fox heads back to World War II for his latest film, the historical drama Emperor.

Fox plays Bonner Fellers, a general who's sent to Japan to decide if Emperor Hirohito will be hanged for war crimes.

Starring alongside him is Eriko Hatsune as Aya Shimada, a woman Fellers romanced years earlier, and Tommy Lee Jones as legendary Us military figure General Douglas MacArthur.

Fox said that he was "really moved" by the script for Peter Webber's film, and found that the true life story was one worthy of big-screen treatment.

On working with Jones, the actor told Digital Spy: "Tommy came on at the very end of the shoot for the last two weeks.

"I think it served the film really well.

"I was the brigadier general up until the point the real general came along - MacArthur showed up.

"Tommy has a presence on his
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